Francis Xaviour ATHERTON[1]

Male 1912 - 1986  (74 years)


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  • Name Francis Xaviour ATHERTON 
    Born 11 Jan 1912  Creston, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1986  Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4015  Atherton
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2016 

    Father John Joseph ATHERTON,   b. Between Oct 1871 and Dec 1871, Salford, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary Louisa HEFFERNAN,   b. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Between Jan 1893 and Mar 1893  Wangford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3058  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eileen KELLY,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. 2007 
    Married 16 Jun 1937  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. W.J. ATHERTON
     2. J.A. ATHERTON
     3. N.M.F. ATHERTON
     4. P.E. ATHERTON
     5. J.A. ATHERTON
    Last Modified 14 May 2015 
    Family ID F4533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jan 1912 - Creston, Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jun 1937 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Dec 1986 - Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Note from Pat Sanagan (Book Review `Tuppence Ha'Penny Is A Nickel` from Amazon) :

      Drawing on the rich and turbulent history of the opening of the Canadian West around the turn of the century, and on the diaries, letters and stories of his parents brothers and sisters, the late Francis X. Atherton has fashioned a richly textured novel, based on the exploits and adventures of one remarkable family - a family who helped to create a nation.

      This is the story of Alice Heffernon, whose life as a well brought up young Englishwoman is utterly transformed by her marriage. Here, too, is the story of her adventurous and restless husband, Joe Atherton: athlete, actor, printer, journalist, publisher and pioneer. Together with their children, they abandon the civilized comforts of England, to begin a new life, and build a new society.

      Tuppence H'Penny Is A Nickel brings the manners and mores of the Victorian era to life, both in the United Kingdom and the Canadian West. It is a joyful and exuberant chronicle of a time and a way of life long gone.
      About the Author
      Francis X. Atherton, youngest son of J. J. Atherton and Alice Heffernon, was born in Creston, British Columbia at the tail end of his father's rollicking career as a newspaper publisher. The Creston Review is the only paper founded by the elder Atherton that survives to this day.

      The author moved with his family to Calgary and to Vancouver where, at age sixteen, he quit school and launched a lifelong career in the auto industry.

      Employed first as a salesman and then in automotive parts, he worked for International Harvester, Studebaker and Volvo Canada Limited, in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto.

      When he retired from Volvo as Central Canada Regional Manager, in 1977, he had already begun researching the novel that would be based on his parents' life together.

      Atherton died in December 1986, a few months before publication of Tuppence Ha'Penny Is A Nickel, but not without completing the first draft of a sequel, which follows the family through the turbulent years of the First World War.

      He is survived by Eileen, his wife of forty years, and by five children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S14500873] Murray.