Born in 1909 in a small town north of Dublin, Ireland, Stan Alldritt Sr. sought to stake his own claim in the new world. With a sense of adventure and a great work ethic instilled upon him by his family, Stan Sr. came to Canada in the early 1930s. Upon arrival, Stan Sr. obtained a teaching degree from the University of Saskatchewan, followed thereafter by a degree in Geotechnical Engineering.
He worked for many years in both fields, though as the 1930's drew to a close, the possibility of war grew ever more real. The Canadian government sent out a decree seeking engineers to be trained to help with the war effort. Jumping at the opportunity to give back to his new found country, Stan Sr. was off to Ontario where he was trained as an Aircraft Engineer. Receiving top marks in his class, Stan Sr. was offered his choice of posts. After careful consideration, Edmonton was chosen as it seemed to be the land of opportunity.
After settling in Edmonton, Stan Sr. worked at the aircraft repair division at the Edmonton Municipal Airport. Damaged aircraft would be sent via ship from the warfront to Canada, and then via rail to Edmonton. Once repaired, the planes were then flown back to Europe to rejoin the war effort.
Interestingly, the government would hold regular salvage auctions. At such auctions, Stan Sr. would purchase the wooden crates that the aircraft parts came in, taking them home and stockpiling the nails and wood in his spare time. In addition, he would scrape the solder from the stainless steel boxes (used to ship aircraft engines) which were obtained from the same auction, selling the lead back to the government.
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