Clive (Valley City)

In Alix, Alberta on July 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM

“The Village of Clive was incorporated the 14th of February, 1912.  The first Councillors were: Mr. Fulthorpe, Mr. Longstreet and Mr. Douglas Wilson, the Secretary-Treasurer was L.R. McDonald and the Assessor A.A. Smith.  The first taxation rate was 20 mills for municipal purposes and 10 mills for school purposes.  To finance the Village, the council was empowered to borrow $100.00 from the Union bank and as time went on, more money was needed and $500.00 was borrowed….

Some of the first settlers …were Fred Allison, who had a small store and who had taken over the Post Office from Sammy Johnson (who had taken it over from Mr. Jones), called Urquhart.  This was situated on the site that is now the Cemetery.  Mr. Allison moved the store and Pot Office into Clive, and sold the store to Mr. Brereton.  The Post Office and one telephone were in the Big Store until they were moved to a building built by A.C. Johnstone.  The building was later sold to B.F. Allison.  Fred Allison also had a Real-Estate office in his building for a number of years.

A livery stable was built by G.H. Woods and later purchased by J.T. Reynolds. A blacksmith shop was built by O. Urick, later sold to Lee Phares and then to Percy Shove…. One of the earlier businesses was a creamery operated by Mr. Brereton… which was later called the Golden Rod Creamery also a store which later was operated in this building by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Handley….

The Postmasters who served Clive and district through the years are as follows: Mr. Jones, Sammy Johnson, F.E. Allison, A.C .Johnstone, B.F. Allison, Mr. Coote, Vin Duffy, R. Sissons, S. Graden.

At one time Clive had two newspapers.  The first one (in 1915) was called the Clive News Record with J.H. Salton as editor.  The second paper – The Clive Review – was edited by Mr. Beachman

In the year 1915 the Village Council received an application for permission to install a gasoline bowser on the street.  Council refused permission stating that this would be dangerous to pedestrians, two months later the application was again received and permission was granted to install it behind the store premises so that it would in no way endanger the pedestrians.”

This article is from the book Pioneers and Progress, a history of the Alix-Clive area printed in 1974by 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

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