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Our Church Exhibit

In Alix, Alberta on May 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The village of Alix has had many Churches over the years, including Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Roman Catholic.


A portion of the Church exhibit, showcasing a pump organ and original stained glass window

Included in our Church exhibit are a stained glass window, a pump organ, and church artifacts from the early 1900’s including hymn books and bibles. Many of the artifacts that make up this exhibit are from the St. Pancras Anglican Church.

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St. Pancras Anglican Church (c. 1910s)


Images and documents depicting  St. Pancras Church, on display at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum


World War Two (L) and World War One (R) Rolls of Honour originally housed in St. Pancras

These Rolls of Honour from the two World Wars were in the St. Pancras Anglican Church, and were given to the museum when the church closed.


A foundation stone from the St. Pancras Anglican Church

A special piece of St. Pancras now lives in the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum –  its original corner stone. This stone is a part of the many artifacts included in our Church exhibit.



Stanton and Hickling Schools, as told by Doug Cormack

In Alix, Alberta on May 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM

In response to last week’s post, former Alix resident Doug Cormack got in touch with us and shared a memory from his time at school. Mr. Cormack went to Hickling School, which is north of Alix (Stanton School is south-west of Alix).

” Thank you very much for the historical blog.  Although I had known nothing of the Jackson family I have several fond memories of Stanton School although of a rather different era.  In 1939 -1940 the teacher at Stanton was Bruce Marsh who was engaged to Mary Rasmussen, who was teaching at Hickling (a neighbouring school district at the time) and boarded with my grandparents, the Villys, in a cottage on our farm SE 23-40-23.  As I recall, Hickling supplied a cheering section at Mary & Bruce’s wedding in July 1940.  Mary and Bruce later moved to Leduc where Bruce led the school band before his untimely death in the 1970’s.”

Special thanks to Doug Cormack for sharing this story. You can find more of Mr. Cormack’s writing at the museum, where he wrote the narrative recalling his memories harvesting ice that pairs with our vintage icebox. 


James Jackson

In Alix, Alberta on May 13, 2016 at 1:12 PM

From “James Jackson”, as told by daughter Ethel Favel

The Jackson homestead was registered on March 19, 1909, No.155109. SW1/4 of 32-39-23 West of the 4th about three miles west of Alix. 

“The first winter we came to Canada, we lived in a tent.  It seems impossible, considering that the weather is a long way below zero. However, we were remarkably healthy, not even a cold.  Then [M]other and Dad built a log house into the side of a hill, so that the lower floor was well protected….

Until Stanton School was built in 1910, schooling was a problem.  Arthur and our Aunt Flora, who was making her home with us, rode horseback about five miles to Alix School.  I learned to read at home.  The first day of school at Stanton, Mother took Arthur and me.  There was no road and when we tried to return home we got lost and ended up at a neighbour’s place a long way from home.  The next day Mother again took us, but she carefully marked every turn in the grassy path with white cloth tied to trees.

Game was plentiful.  Deer would come home with the milk cows during the first years.  Ducks were so fat in the fall, they could be knocked down with a stick trying to get airborne.  The soil was so rich, and the gardens gave us rhubarb, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, peas and numerous other vegetables. Raspberries, saskatoons, and chokecherries grew wild and were gathered and canned.

Our recreation in the winter was sledding and skating.  Hockey was enjoyed on the lakes unless there was an early snow.  Christmas was a celebration at Stanton School, with plays, poems, and songs, then of course Santa Claus.  Mary was quite concerned to find Santa had borrowed Father’s ring.  There were candy bags and presents for every child.

The coldest day I remember was 60 degrees below zero.  Mother  took us to school, for she was afraid we might freeze on the way.  She left us near the school and drove home. We entered the school to learn that our teacher hadn’t come.  She sent word it was too cold.  Percy Hudkins was janitor, and he had a fire in the stove, so when we were warm again we went home.  The pupils thought the teacher was really a sissy”. 

This article is from the book Pioneers and Progress, a history of the Alix-Clive area printed in 1974 by DW Friesen and Sons Ltd., Calgary.  Copies of it and of its follow-up Gleanings are available for sale at the Alix Public Library, Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, and Alix Home Hardware


Alix Railway History

In Alix, Alberta on May 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM



At one time, Alix had three railways. Its first one was the C.P.R. line from Lacombe to Coronation; its second was the Grand Trunk Pacific branch line from Tofield to Calgary. The C.N.R. eventually took over the G.T.P. and the Canadian Northern.

At the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, visitors can learn more about the railway history of this area and see historical photos of railway construction and early railway accident that occurred near here.

Alix Rail

There are books and narratives of local railway history available for browsing at the museum