Alex McGibbon’s father Robert came from Scotland and his mother was Emma Curry from here. His parent’s married and settled in Dungannon on a farm. Alex’s father was killed in a freak blasting accident while he was working near his farm building the railway line. This happened in 1899.
Alex was only two years old, his sister Mary was four years and his mother was pregnant with Emma. The young widow worked hard for nine years to support her young family. She sold cream to the Timothy Eaton Company in Toronto which she shipped by rail. She remarried to James Knobb and they continued farming.
Alex was a WWI veteran and when he returned he married Hazel Foster. Her father was Ira Foster, a park ranger, and her mother was Agnes Brown. They had a farm in Dungannon and had two children there, Robert and Ralph. They then moved to Bancroft and opened an Ice Cream Parlour at 51 Hastings Street north where North Hastings Family Pharmacy now stands. This is where son Sandy was born in 1927.
Alex took a course to learn how to vulcanize rubber a technique to fix car tires. He worked for Robert Stringer at his garage where McCaskie’s now stands. Stringer sold Model T Fords from that location.
After a few years in town Hazel and Alex moved back to farm on Upper Turriff Road where baby Gwen was born.