Our Story: Feddema Families

Newell & Chandler Drilling Co. “Crew of 5” (1943). Back row: Vernon Kreugar (left), Gerald Morrison (centre), Raymond Feddema (right). Front row: Orval Babb and Norman Kennedy.
Submitted by Murray Feddema, active in the oil and gas industry from 1963 to 2016.

Congratulations to Canada Action, Canada’s Energy Citizens, Rally 4 Resources, and all those who gathered in support of our industry at the June 11, 2019 rally on the Stampede Grounds.

Our family joins many others in response to “Oil Respect,” by standing up for Canadian oil and gas families. We need to be heard, loud and clear; sending the message that obstruction by opposing governments and special interest groups is not the way to resolve this Canadian problem.

The hard working people in our family—those engaged in the fields of geological and geophysical programs, drillers, constructors, field and facility operations, technicians, administrators, accountants and managers throughout the industry—should be given respect.

Rick Feddema, a fourth-generation oilpatcher, works with Precision Drilling in the North Battleford area.

Past and current members of the Feddema family have been active in the industry at: Calgary, Edmonton, Viking, Norman Wells, Turner Valley, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Swan Hills, Fox Creek, Fort St. John and Sierra (northeast British Columbia), Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Slave Lake, Wabasha, Rainbow Lake, Whitecourt, Rocky Mountain House, Kindersley, Weyburn (Saskatchewan), the Canadian Arctic, the USA (Williston, Elk River, and Powder River basins), Alaska, and the Middle East.

The Feddema family arrived in Alberta as homesteaders in 1903. During 116 years of history these men and women were not unlike many others who helped pioneer the province. They worked hard during the good times, met the challenges of difficult times, and represented this country during foreign wars and conflicts.

Without complaint, many of them migrated to other areas for employment, continued to maintain farm lands and a few found lasting careers away from their agricultural roots. Dating back to 1929, the oil and gas industry provided the expanded family with much deserved opportunities in business, the trades, and in the professions.

Ray Duperron, who’s married to Cindy (nee: Feddema), sits in the back row on the right amongst his Diamond Valley gas plant rescue team colleagues (1994).

The challenges that have rippled throughout Alberta’s history were not insignificant. The challenges that the oil and gas industry currently faces are deliberately obstructed by neighbouring governments and special interest groups. The path of obstruction can be changed. Canadian workers must support our leaders to succeed without obstruction. As in the past, we can meet the social, economic, and technical challenges.

Please allow our family members the choice to stay engaged in the oil and gas industry—at home in Alberta and other parts of Canada. Allow the industry to continue to perform its valuable role and create opportunities throughout Canada.

The Feddemas are supporters of OIL RESPECT, standing up for Canadian oil and gas families.

 

 

John Feddema spent time with the boomtown oil rigs at Little Chicago (a sister city to Little New York), also located in southern Alberta in the mid-1930s.

 

Wash day in Little New York, the 1935/36 boomtown was nestled between the oil derricks (close to High River, AB).

 

Gilwood Construction Company, Edmonton – Gerry Feddema’s crew-fabricating oilfield piping (1970s).

 

Cyril Feddema at West Coast’s Station No. 1 in Taylor, BC (1957).