Leroy Brownlee was a real "do-it-yourself-er". He came to Alberta in 1911 and homesteaded near Hoadley, where he built and ran his own sawmill and shingle mill. In 1940 he built a printing press, and joined the publishing business. One of his ventures was a lonely-hearts club magazine, euphemistically entitled "The National Hobby and Trader". It not only had Canada-wide circulation, but reached the lovelorn as far away as Missouri. Undoubtedly his publication sparked a few genuine romances. As for Leroy, himself, he never married.
Leroy Brownlee fonds, M 6259

Courtesy of the
Glenbow Archives

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