Biggs, Hugh Beynon

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Biggs, Hugh Beynon

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Hugh Beynon Hesketh-Biggs, 1876-1941, was born in Lahore, India and emigrated to the Rosebud Valley area west of Drumheller, Alberta in 1893. He bought the Springfield Ranche that same year, and in 1906 married Mabel Florence James, 1881-1970. Mabel emigrated from Guernsey, England in 1903 and worked as a nurse before her marriage. The Biggs had four daughters, Marion Phyllis, 1909- , Doris (Hutchinson), Rachael (Kilsdonk), 1915-, and Agnes 'Bud' (also called Myrtle), 1925-1998. The town which grew up around the Springfield Ranche was named Beynon after Hugh. For further information see "Hugh Beynon Biggs, Ranch Photographer" in Alberta History. -- vol. 26, no. 3, (Summer 1978), p. 13-20; and J. H. Turner's article, "Springfield Ranch : A Picture Story Going Back to 1892" in Canadian Cattlemen. -- vol. 22, no.6 (June 1959), p. 12-13, 41.


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