Dewey was born in Roanoke County, Virginia in 1897. He moved with his parents, brothers and sisters to Salem, VA in 1906. He was hired to work for the Barnett family in their home and feed store.
Dewey came to Alberta with the Barnett’s in 1915 to a farm in the Bottrell area. He worked for them for 4 additional years before moving on to work in Dog Pound and Bottrell area.
Later, he found work with the Hogarths tending teams of horses on the Banff-Jasper Highway construction and again with local ranchers in the Cochrane area.
Dewey loved children and as Ivan in “Skippin’ Sugar Cookies”, says spent a lot of money on them.
Dewey passed away in 1970 and is remembered here in Cochrane in St. Andrews Cemetery and Dewey Blaney Park.
from an article in Big Hill Country
Long after Dewey passed away he inspired me.
He was around Cochrane alot when I was small and I also saw him at the Cochrane Racetrack site where he lived. He worked for many ranchers in the area including my grandfather J.W. (John) Boothby.
Dewey inspired my interest in history. I read in Big Hill Country that his grandfather was a slave. That small piece of information made me realize that the Civil War and slavery were not long ago even though 1861-65 sounded so many years passed.
That small fact also made me realize that the study of history helps understand why we are the way we are today.
by Mark Boothby