John and Lisa Saffel

Saffel family: L to R: Walter, Arnold, Mr. John Saffel, Martha, Elizabeth, Mrs. Lisa SDaffel, a cousin, Hilda. Leonard was not in picture. John and Lisa Saffel and their son Leonard came to Barons in 1914 from Crimea via Fort Pierre, South Dakota and Medicine Hat, Alberta. In Alberta, Lisa gave birth to five children: Hilda, Walter, Elizabeth, Martha, and Arnold.

John farmed until he died in 1948. Lisa died in 1958.

During World War II, Leonard worked as a welder in Seattle. He now farms near Barons.

Hilda worked at Hotel Vancouver and is a prize-winning knitter. She married George Wollan in 1968.

Walter left farming in 1939 and held various jobs before eventually receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington in 1949. Since 1956 he has worked for Texaco as an accountant.

Elizabeth died in 1938.

Martha, who worked as a telephone operator for many years, died in 1971.

Arnold became a teacher and taught in the Lethbridge School Division. During WWII, he joined the RCAF, and later he earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and earned an MBA at Western Ontario University. Following an appointment at the University of Alberta that included teaching at The Banff Centre, he founded his own chartered accounting firm in Calgary. He continues to teach both at The Banff Centre and Mount Royal College. He has been married since 1959 to Vivien Roland and has three children.

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