Prosper Daye

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Prosper Daye
Born 1893
Died 1914 (aged 20–21)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Driver
Religion Roman Catholic (Census returns)

Early Life


Birth 6 April 1893 in Alberta (assume Canmore) (date from 1901 Census, Kootenay, British Columbia)


Prosper Day married Mary Dubois in Belgium.
Prosper Sr. died 13 Jun 1900, aged 42, at Canmore, Alberta.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Morris Daye (b. 1885 Belgium)
  • Bernard Daye (b. 1887 Nova Scotia) (m. Hannah Foster, Dec 10, 1908 in Hillcrest)
  • Adel Daye (b. 1890 Nova Scotia)
  • Prosper Daye (b. 1893 Alberta)
  • Alex Daye (b. 1895 Alberta)
  • August Daye (b. 1898 Alberta)



Census Records

1901 Kootenay, British Columbia, age 7, living with his mother Mary Daye, widow.
1906 Lille, Alberta, age 12, step-son, his mother Mary was married to Frank Ottan.
1911 Hillcrest, age 17, occupation labourer in a coal mine, living with his mother Mary Daye, a widow

Immigration to Canada

Prosper and Mary Daye with son Morris immigrated to Canada from Belgium in 1887 (from Census information)

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Prosper is buried in the Mass Grave in Hillcrest.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Mother, Mary Daye Otten, twice widowed, married George William Oversby 1917 in Fernie, British Columbia. She died, 1941, age 75, at Duncan British Columbia.


Schedule E

Interesting Facts

Prosper Daye Sr., father of Prosper, was killed in a mine accident in Canmore, Alberta, June 13, 1900.
A long time boarder with the Daye family was Charles Schroeder, another victim of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. Brother Bernard may have married Hannah, sister of John Foster, another victim of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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