William Cousins was born in London, Ontario, in 1856, and arrived in Medicine Hat in 1883, with a wagon load of goods. He set up a small tent located in present day Riverside Park, and operated one of the first General Stores there. He briefly returned to Ontario in 1884, but came back to Medicine Hat with a new bride, Jessie (nee Thornton), and more goods for the store. The Cousins had 4 children: Jessie, Isabel, Grace and Gerald. William entered into partnership with H.S. Scatcherd and continued in the general store business until 1900, when he sold to Albert DesBrisay. He then moved onto other business ventures including real estate and ranching. William Cousins was very active in community affairs. He served as the first Clerk of the Supreme Court of the NWT, as Justice of the Peace, and as Registrar of Bills of Sale and Mortgages. He was a founder and early President of the Medicine Hat Agricultural Society, a co-founder of the Cypress Club (1902), a Hospital Board and Board of Trade member, and President of the Southeastern Alberta Navigation Company, the company responsible for the building and short-lived paddlesteamer "The City of Medicine Hat". He also had the distinction of holding the office of Mayor (1907-1908). He was a staunch Conservative and first President of the local Conservative Association. He twice entered the newspaper business, having owned "The Times" in Medicine Hat from 1889-1894. In 1903, the owners changed the newspapers name to "The Medicine Hat News" and were firm supporters of the Liberals. Mr. Cousins felt the town needed a Conservative voice so assisted in organizing another newspaper "The Medicine Hat Times", which was published until 1916. In 1938, Mr. Cousins authored a newspaper column in the Lethbridge Herald, entitled "Old Timer Tells ...", which contain many first-hand reminiscences of the early history of Medicine Hat. William passed away in Medicine Hat in 1940, at the age of 84. Son Gerald was born on January 25, 1888. His sister Grace remembered him as a generous, personable young man, interested only in ranching. He served overseas in WWI, after which his Father "set him up" on a ranch near Medicine Hat until the ranching venture failed in the 1930's. Gerald later went to Whiterock, BC. He was married to a widow, and the couple did not have any children. Relatively little is known of daughters Jessie and Isabel. Jessie married Bill Elliott, a former business partner of her Fathers. Isabel remained unmarried and at home, working with her other sister Grace in the family insurance business. Isabel passed away in 1956. Grace, the third daughter, was born on February 29, 1896. She received her elementary education at Medicine Hat attending Toronto Street School, but went on to complete her education in Toronto at St. Margaret's College. She worked as a legal stenographer in Calgary and Swift Currant for a time, but returned to help run her Father's insurance business with her sister, following his death. During WWII, Grace ran the Christmas Seal and Victory Loan Campaigns, and worked with the Kinsmen Club. She retired from business in 1956, following the death of her sister. Grace Cousins passed away on May 2, 1987, having never married.