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Lemuel & Nellie Viers


Nellie Viers: b. 1923 d. 26 August 1936

Lemuel Viers: b. 24 April 1861 d. 4 April 1951

Cemetery Location:

Nellie Viers: Block E, Row 5, Plot 15

Lemuel Viers: Block E, Row 5, Plot 15


Lemuel Viers was born in Ohio in 1861, the year of the Civil War.  He moved to Ponoka, Alberta in 1901 and then to Revelstoke in 1920, where he worked as a labourer for Canadian Pacific Railway and Government Roads. Lemuel and his wife, Sarah Agnes Viers, had five children: Clarence, Clara, Mrs. W. Johnson, Charlie and Albert.

A tragic accident at Glacier took the life of Lemuel’s granddaughter Nellie Viers (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Viers) in August 1934. The 13-year-old was with a group of people berry picking, when she lost her footing stepping off a bridge and fell into a creek bed, striking her head on a rock. The injured girl was taken to Revelstoke by train, but never regained consciousness.

In June 1947, a search party discovered the mangled remains of Lemuel’s son, Clarence, after the young man failed to return from a hunting trip in the Big Bend area. It is believed a Grizzly attacked him at his cabin not long after he went up to his trap line in November 1946. His remains were buried near the cabin where he was found.