CANADA: Alberta

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TITANIC survivors:

17 year old  VERA GILLESPIE a Canadian and daughter of Frederick William Gillespie & Anna of Calgary, with her new husband, Albert Dick, had just toured Europe on  their honeymoon. They were returning to Canada as 1st class passengers on the Titanic when it sank in the Atlantic April 1912. They were rescued from one of the boats.

Albert Adrian “Bert” Dick, 31, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 29, 1880, but was raised in Alberta. He and his brother started a sawmill in Ponoka, and by 1904 were so successful they began selling real estate and commercial properties in Calgary.  By the time Bert was 24, the Dick brothers had built the Hotel Alexandra on 9th Avenue. He married Vera Gillespie May 31, 1911, but because she was socially gauche teenager, Bert took her on  a belated trip to the Holy Land to educate her.

After the rescue, the Dicks were socially austrasized because he didn’t go down with the ship. They also suffered financially. They built a magnificant staircase in their home that folk said was reminicent of the one on the Titanic.

1916 census lists this family as: Albert A Dick 35 yrs b 1881 Manitoba; Vera T Dick, 25 yrs born Ontario; G Vera Dick, 10 months, daughter, born Alberta (b 1915) living in Alexander Hotel, 34 Calgary East, Calgary, Alberta. His ethnicity was Scotch.

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