Currie, Ethel Higdon - Golden Jubilee Medal

Ethel Higdon Currie

Ethel Higdon Currie, who was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, is the daughter of Americus Alexander “Mack” Higdon (b. Nov. 30, 1877) and his wife Mattie Elmira Franks. Ethel married Austin James Lorne Currie in 1940.

This is Ethel’s direct descent line from Leonard Higdon, b.1760, to “Mack” Higdon, b. 1877:

  • Leonard Higdon born 1760 in Anson County, North Carolina, died 09-11-1837, married Susanna Harris 03-17-1791
  • Leonard Higdon born 05-10-1795, died about 1860, married Eva Hoffman, 12-12-1815
  • William Huffman Higdon born 09-14-1816, died 05-05-1903, married first wife Jane Buchanan 12-02-1837
  • Joseph Hoffman Higdon born 07-25-1839, died 01-01-1909, married Margaret Matilda Berry, 09-21-1865
  • Americus Alexander "Mack" Higdon born 11-30-1877, died 06-05-1972 Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, married Mattie Elmira Franks 11-04-1908, daughter of Elisha H. and Ellen Rich Franks. 

Ethel Higdon Currie was recently presented The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in Calgary. Ethel earned the medal for her work with the Red Cross.

Ethel writes that the medal may be worn only on certain occasions. The description of the medal follows:

The Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty to the Throne on February 6, 1952.

It is awarded to those persons who, like you, have made a significant contribution to Canada, to their community or to their fellow Canadians.

The obverse side of the medal bears the current Canadian effigy of Her Majesty; the reverse side, the Royal Crown above a single maple leaf on which is superimposed the Royal Cypher. The medal is suspended from a ribbon on which the outer stripes appear in red, followed by broad royal blue stripes, white stripes and a red stripe in the center.

This Commemorative Medal is part of the Jubilee year celebrations organized by the Department of Canadian Heritage.  

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