Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

William Arnold Rife

Male 1882 - 1965  (82 years)


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  • Name William Arnold Rife 
    Born 5 May 1882  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Interesting story, misfortune 
    Misfortune struck by lightning, gored by bull, survived train wreck, crushed by wagon 
    Name Willie Rife 
    Religion 1891  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Evangelical 
    Occupation 1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    School 
    Occupation 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Laborer, Farm 
    Religion 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Methodist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-23912 
    Died 1965  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I23912  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father David Rife,   b. 30 Apr 1848, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1913, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Ophelia Lochhead,   b. 14 May 1853, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1958  (Age 104 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1871  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F3058  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lillian May Courtney,   b. Mar 1889, Waldon, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 17 Sep 1913  , York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jack Rife,   d. 1989
     2. John Rife,   d. Bef 1995
     3. Lillian Rife,   d. 1988
     4. Arnold H. Rife,   b. 22 Jul 1918, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 2011, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     5. Carol Elizabeth Rife,   b. 1919,   d. 11 Jan 1995, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Kenneth Courtney Rife,   b. 1920,   d. Apr 2005, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. William Charles "Charlie" Rife,   b. 1923,   d. 16 Mar 1996, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     8. David Lochead Rife,   b. 23 Feb 1930, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 2011, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F32764  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1906 my father, William Rife, was the cause for much concern when he suffered a series of unfortunate accidents. Early in the summer, he was crushed between a load of hay and the barn door. A short time later as he stood in the doorway watching a mother hen and her baby chicks after bringing in a pail of water he was struck by lightning. Grandmother tells of how she quickly threw the pail of water on dad which she has always felt saved his life, though he remained unconscious for several hours. When he recuperated enough to travel he set out by train to visit his sister in Edmonton. On the way the train was involved in a serious wreck which claimed the lives of fourteen people. Dad escaped with a bad shaking- up. On his return to Hespeler, he was gored by a bull, requiring thirty-six stitches to close his wound. His experiences were printed in newspapers as far away as Chicago under the heading, "He Bears Charmed Life."

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 22.

    2. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.

    3. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 22.

    4. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 22.

    5. [S2208] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1891, Section 1 Page 47.

    6. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      David Rife Junr (farmer of Hespeler) b. Hespeler Ont Age: 22 born abt 1849 father: David Rife mother: Mary Rife married Ophelia Lockhead (resident of Hespeerl) Age:: 17 born abt 1854 b. Galt Ont father: James Lockhead mother: Alzina Lockhead married 24 Jan 1871 Marriage Place: Waterloo, Hespeler

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 May 1882 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical - 1891 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - School - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer, Farm - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Sep 1913 - , York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1965 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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