Annie Louise Siddall was born on November 13, 1881, in Oxford, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Her parents were named Ralph and Jane Siddall. At 19 years old she began working as a teacher, but after three years Annie became restless and yearned for some adventure. That’s when she decided to take her teaching career out on the prairie frontier of Western Canada.
In August of 1903, on a harvest train (which mainly transported farm laborers west to help with the harvest), Annie’s adventure began. She originally bought a ticket for Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but harsh conditions on the train made her so sick that she had to get off at Wolseley, Saskatchewan instead. An agency was able to find her a job at Mound Lake (now Ardley), in a brand-new school district 60 km east of Red Deer, in the Delburne area. After waiting for three long weeks, Annie pushed onto Red Deer (this time in a regular train, thankfully).