- Born: 31 May 1883, Lochee, Dundee, Angus, Scotland
- Marriage: MITCHELL, Mary Rait
- Died: 9 Sep 1920, Tofield, Alberta, Canada aged 37
- Buried: Tofield Cemetery, Tofield, Alberta, Canada
Died while digging a water well. He was overcome by asphixiation at a depth of 45 feet.
from Tofield cemetery records
EASTON James September 9, 1920 block-12 lot-9 grave-836
Noted events in his life were:
• Research. Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland and the 39th most populous settlement in the United Kingdom. It lies within the eastern central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea.
The town developed into a burgh in Medieval times, and expanded rapidly in the 19th century largely due to the jute industry. This, along with its other major industries gave Dundee its epithet as the city of "jute, jam and journalism".
The phasing out of the linen export bounty between 1825 and 1832 stimulated demand for cheaper textiles, particularly for the production of cheaper, tough fabrics. The discovery that the dry fibres of jute could be lubricated with whale oil (of which Dundee had a surfeit, following the opening of its gasworks) to allow it to be processed in mechanised mills resulted the Dundee mills rapidly converting from linen to jute, which sold at a quarter of the price of flax. Interruption of Prussian flax imports during the Crimean War and of cotton during the American Civil War resulted in a period of inflated prosperity for Dundee and the jute industry dominated Dundee throughout the latter half of the 19th century. Unprecedented immigration, notably of Irish workers, led to accelerated urban expansion, and at the height of the industry's success, Dundee supported 62 jute mills, employing some 50,000 workers
The jute industry fell into decline in the early 20th century, partly due to reduced demand for jute products and partly due to an inability to compete with the emerging industry in Calcutta.This gave rise to unemployment levels far in excess of the national average, peaking in the inter-war period
• Immigration, 1904. according to 1911 census
• Census, 1906, City of Winnipeg. He is a lodger in a large rooming house. He is also listed as being single.
• Research. James was a machinest for the CNR until 1911. At that time they moved west to homestead near Tofield and he also worked in the Tofield coal mines for extra income.
In a book called Salute the pioneers : Round Hill & district there is a short story about the family.
It states there that the family first moved to the 'Woodlawn District' which would be 7 miles west and maybe south of Tofield and took up a homestead there. The same article says that they moved to the Bardo area in 1919. However, the 1911 and 1916 census places them in Township 50 Range 18 which would be just north of the Moen farm and near the Tofield coal mines. James Easton took a land grant of NE-10-50-20-W4 but what year is still a mystery,
• Census, 1911, T50-R18-W4. The census page gives this address which would be just North of the Moen farm which was T49-R18-W4
• Residence, 1914. The Henderson directory list Easton Bros as farming near 50-20-W4
• Census, 1916, T50-R19-W4 Tofield. Listed as farming
The detail on page 5 says T50-R19-W4
Province: Alberta District Name: Victoria
District Number: 43
Sub-District Number: 25
Sub-district Description: Township 50, ranges 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, west of fourth meridian, including the village of Ryley
Township Number: 50 Range Number: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Meridian: W4
Reference:R233-47-9-E, Statistics Canada
• Land, 1919, NE-10-50-20-W4. Government documents show a Western Canada Land Grant to James Easton as NE-10-50-20-W4
This land would be just north of Miquelon Lake, east of Ministik Lake, west of Tofield. The eastern boundary would today be highway 833 which runs from Lindbrook Corner on Highway 14 south into Camrose. The northern boundary of the land would be the same road that separated the Moen and Patterson farms some 12 mile East. (Moen farm was NW-10-50-18-W4).
Today there is a restaraunt on almost the exact spot. The place is called "The Footloose Caboose Lodge".
This area was not in the original 1892 survey of land but was added sometime later and family history suggests that James, Mary,and family moved onto this land around 1919.
Wilson Boyd is listed in this same township and range in 1911
James married Mary Rait MITCHELL, daughter of Unknown and Unknown. (Mary Rait MITCHELL was born in Jul 1884 in Scotland and died in Camrose, Alberta, Canada.)