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One tragedy in 1943 gave pause to many people who spent time skating at Como Lake. A dozen boys were skating on the ice when a section of ice broke through. Ernest Madsen, 14, fell into the water and some of the boys and nearby workers tried to save him, but the ice kept breaking around him. His body was pulled from the water; the police tried artificial respiration, but the boy died. It was something many of those boys would not soon forget.

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simple wooden house and raised four boys. Alvin Antonson helped his dad blow up tree stumps with dynamite to clear land for a garden. They smashed through rocks to dig a well. They raised chickens, goats and rabbits to feed themselves when money was scarce. All four boys - Oscar, Alf, Alvin and Marble went to war. Oscar and Alf served in Europe

and Alf was wounded. All survived the war. For some Coquitlam residents, life did go on. Teresa Racine was 16 when she met a young man at a dance. He asked her to go to the movies with him the next week. Later that evening, she was asked by another to do the same thing. Now with two dates for the same

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night, she had to decide which one she would actually go out with. She chose the man who arrived first and she eventually married him – Teresa was 18 and Lucien was 31 when they married in 1942.

The Antonsons and their neighbours eventually saw Coquitlam change from a place of wooden farm houses and dirt roads, to a place with pavement and the services we now take for granted. Most houses got running water and electricity. Telephones linked neighbours to each other and to a wider world. Aldersen, Glen, and Mundy schools opened. There was regular bus service.

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