from “Rude-Rottenfusser by Mrs. Jenny Rottenfusser” part 2

In Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Boy Scouts, Carroll, Cattle, Farming, Hairdressers, Horses, Organizations, Railway, School, Settlers, World War !! on December 1, 2020 at 8:38 AM

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

Albert Rottenfusser bought the W1/2-26-39-22-W4 in the spring of 1940.  This was Hudson’s Bay land which had been farmed by Jim Carroll. On May 4th Albert and his brother John came from Stettler bringing horses and machinery with which to farm.  As there were no buildings on the place they hauled out a granary in which to live.

During the summer John and Albert bought a cottage at Buffalo Lake which consisted of three rooms and a screened-in veranda.  It was not lined inside so was terribly cold in the winter; the tea kettle would freeze on the stove. Ten head of horses were moved to move the building until they came to the sand hill between Ira Mann’s and home.  To get up the hill it took fourteen horses, Tony De Wald’s tractor, blocks and tackle.  A brother-in-law, Vernon Bignell, also helped.

Mr. and Mrs. John Rottenfusser Sr. had homesteaded in the Botha district, after coming from the state of Washington.  Mrs. Rottenfusser, and her eldest daughter, Mary, then a baby, were on the first passenger train that ran from Lacombe to Stettler in the fall of 1905.  In December 1940 they moved to the Alix district, buying the Peterman farm in the Ripley district….

Vernon and Frances Bignell came to the old Abe Carroll homestead west of Lee and Carl Carroll’s in 1945….

During the war years Albert served in the R.C.A.F.  His brother John and his wife, Alice, lived on the farm.  In 1944 the taxes for the north quarter were $39.09 and for the south quarter $$41.16; in 1973 the taxes on the same were $136.80 and $130.72.  In March 1947 Paul Winters drilled a well for Albert.  It was 210 feet deep, total price $329.75….     Albert and I were married in Lacombe….

Brian was born September 4, 1947, and Wanda on July 4, 1949.  When Wanda was a baby, we got a new roof and remodelled the house, turning the veranda into a kitchen and dining room.

We bought Mrs. Sibert’s land, NW1/4 27-39-22 through the V.L.A. in 1952. We also got our first tractora Model D Case….

Carroll School closed in June 1953.  In September, when Brian started school, the children were bussed into Alix.  Ned Barritt was our bus driver, a job he held for sixteen years.  The Carroll Community Club bought the school as a community center….

We had Aberdeen Angus range cows, but Holstein milk cows, and shipped cream to Alix Creamery.  It was much easier after we got electricity and a milking machine.

Albert took an active interest in the Canadian Order of Foresters and was Leader of Boy Scouts until his illness and passing in 1966.

Some years the berries were in abundance.  It would be like a picnic, with neighbour ladies coming to pick and having coffee….

Brian is working for his Masters in Geology at the time of this writing [1974] …. Wanda and I stayed on the farm  until she graduated from grade 12.  In 1967 we moved to Calgary when she entered university….

John A. and Gertrude Rogers

In Alix, Alberta on November 30, 2020 at 10:21 PM

John A. Rogers – by Gertrude Rogers

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Born in Dunseith, North Dakota, 1901, he moved to Edmonton with his parents in 1906, and homesteaded at Tofield, Alberta, where he took his schooling.

After leaving school, he hired out moving around the country as those were days when both money and work were scarce.

He went East around 1933, worked the Great Lakes and acquired experience in boiler room work.  Then on to Montreal, where he helped to form the first charter given to what was known then as the Seamen’s Union and later taken over as the International.

He met and married Gertrude nee Trevor of Shrewsbury, England, in 1937, and came west to Alberta in 1945.  He farmed in the Haynes district for two years experiencing in that short time the true meaning of Western hospitality and good neighbours.

In 1948, the Rogers returned East and Mr. Rogers worked for Henry Birks Company until he retired to Vernon, B.C., as his health was failing.

He died in Vernon Mar, 22, 1971, at the age of 70 years.

Invitation to Zoom: Seasonal Decor: Creating decor with items from your home, garden and yard

In Alix, Alberta on November 26, 2020 at 4:24 PM

You are invited to our



See a demonstration of how useful juniper clippings, spruce cones, dried flowers, little ornaments etc. can be for seasonal décor and crafting.

Presenter, Verne Williams of VMW Gardening, Calgary.

Hosted by Alix Wagon Wheel Museum Association.

Please join us on zoom Tuesday, December 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Time is allowed for questions.

RSVP: to obtain meeting number and password.

Topic: Seasonal Decor

Time: Dec 1, 2020 06:30 PM Edmonton