Elizabeth (Beth) Teghtmeyer (née Isaac) was born and raised in the Rosemary/Brooks area. After graduating from school she took nurses training and was working in Calgary when she meet her future husband Earl Teghtmeyer at a dance – they both loved to dance especially the old-time waltz.
In 1963, with their three sons – Ken, Lloyd and Alan – they filed on a homestead in Silver Valley, Alberta. The land was 8 miles from the nearest gravel road, with no power or modern facilities. It was like going camping permanently! Winters were cold, snow was deep. If you didn’t watch, the mosquitoes would fly off with your smallest child! They left a modern three-bedroom house in Calgary – nuts! They were true pioneers. The land was free, but they had to make certain improvement before they got “Title”.
Earl’s dad had helped him out by financing a Caterpillar. Earl would work on his own land, then when he ran out of money he would work the neighbors’.
Eventually the power came, then the roads about the same time a school was built. Trees were cleared, farm land emerged.
Earl worked out occasionally to help make ends meet, but their primary income was from the farm, a mixed farm, cattle, pigs, hay and grain. They were a team: Earl was working on the land, while Beth was taking care of the kids, growing a garden, picking berries – whatever it took. Now it’s quite a modern farm, and the pavement is within 1/2 a mile of the house.
In the later years, Elizabeth had COPD and was wrestling with dementia. The nursing staff in the Lodge always spoke fondly of Beth. On her final day, she had breakfast, laid down on her bed, went to sleep and never woke up.
A private family service was held in Cochrane.
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