William T. Ainscough (Born 1854,) and his wife Margaret moved to Alberta in 1899 with their six children from Utah. They had a total of 15 children, 9 lived to adulthood; Mary Elizabeth (md. Ernest Quinton), Ada Ann (md. Alfred Mandel), William George (md. Zina Peterson), Elmer Earl (md. Evelyn May Bradbury), Lewis Franklin (md. Leah Hanson), Charles Owen (md. Marguerite Dalley), Lillian Hortense (md. 1. William Canning 2. Dave Munson), Scott Thomas (Died 10 years old from raptures appendix), and Stanley Russell (md. Leona Stoddard.)
William George Ainscough (Born May 15, 1885,) served in WW1 as Captain with 13th Canadian Mountain Rifles. After the war, he worked as a general road foreman in Southern Alberta. He married Zina Peterson and had five children; Rex William (Born August 3, 1912 and Died November 12, 1925), Hugh Scott (md. Violet Lutz), Reed Wilson (md. Buck Craig), George Alan (md. Jean Suffern), Grant Lee (md. Jacqueline Cross).
Reed W. Ainscough (Born June 2, 1918,) son of William George Ainscough and Zina Peterson, joined the 93rd Field Battery in 1940. His battery served in Normandy and in North West Europe. (In July 1942 he took a leave to marry Buck Craig.) After the war he returned to Fort Macleod and took command of the 93rd Field Battery. He also commanded the Fort Macleod Cadet Corps and formed three other Cadet Corps – Pincher Creek, St. Pauls, and St. Marys Corps on the Blood Reserve.
Reed was very active within the community. He was awarded the Fort Macleod “Citizen of the Year” award in 1958. In June 1959 he moved to Medicine Hat as District Manager of Canada Life. He became Commanding Officer of the South Alberta Light Horse from 1964 to 1968. In 1969, he moved back to Lethbridge as Manager of the Canada Life Office. Reed was also very active in the Alberta Heart Foundation in 1964, joined the Provincial Board in 1970, and served as Provincial President in 1981 and 1982. When Lethbridge hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games he served as Chairman of the Ceremonies Committee. Reed was appointed to the Senate of the University of Lethbridge from 1981-1987 and served in the Board of Governors for two years. Reed and Buck had two sons Craig and Chris.
(For more information on the Ainscough Family see file 2016.1070/019)
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Reed Ainscough and friends posing for pictures during the Claresholm Stampede