A Passionate Proposal
Red Deer and District Archives


Red Deer and District Archives, Hilda Buckman fonds
(Accession Number 86.1)
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Hilda Buckman, who was born in England in 1893, came to Canada with her brother George in 1914. They shared a primitive homestead near Rocky Mountain House. In 1928, Hilda decided to move to High River where she took care of four children for a widower, Jack Leckie.

It was at this point that a friend, Frank Calhoun, began writing Hilda. On July 7, 1928, he proposed marriage. Alas, Hilda did not accept the offer. Instead, she moved back to her own homestead in the bush near Ricinus Alberta.

Hilda did eventually marry - to Fred Crook in 1939. They later moved to Mirror Alberta where they farmed. Fred passed away in 1978. Hilda passed away in 1986. They had no children.

Her letters from Frank were found in her correspondence files. They now form part of her personal fonds in the Red Deer and District Archives.