Thomas Underwood was a carpenter by trade and came to Calgary
with the C.P.R. construction gangs. When that job petered
out he worked for two and half years with W.J. Cushing and
then launched out in business for himself as builder and
contractor. Thomas was born at Asfordby, Leicestershire,
in 1863. He came to Calgary in 1885 and married Catherine
Graves in 1887. They had nine children, three dying in infancy.
Catherine Underwood died in 1934 at Calgary, and Thomas
Underwood in 1948 also at Calgary. Thomas was elected to
the City Council 1895-1901, and was mayor of Calgary for
two years, 1902-03. He was deacon of First Baptist Church
for thirty odd years.
Researched by M. Lynas
Richard Urch came to Lethbridge in 1884 and
established Stop-Over House at Fort Kipp in partnership
with William H. Long. He was born in England in 1860 and
died at Lethbridge in 1924. He returned to England in 1891
to marry the sister of William Long, Elizabeth Long. Elizabeth
died at Lethbridge in 1945. They had three children. A large
ranch house was built and the stage coach left Fort Macleod
at 9:00 a.m., stopped at the Urch Long Ranch for lunch,
and reached Lethbridge in the evening. The family also had
cattle and had the UL brand.
Urquhart, William John
William Urquhart was born in Glengarry County, Ontario
in 1842 and married Margery Grant in 1877 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
They arrived in Calgary in 1889, bringing with them their
first child, John Kenneth, born in Glengarry County in 1877.
Their second child, a son, was born in Calgary in 1890.
A third child was a daughter, born at Olds in 1892. William
Urquhart died at Chilliwack, B.C. in 1922 and Margery Urquhart
died at Vancouver, B.C. in 1940.