In Alix, Alberta on September 8, 2016 at 8:53 PM

From Lamerton to Mirror

From “William George Merkley – as remembered by Mrs. Pearle (Merkley) Heumann”

During the summer of 1903, we moved to Lamerton.  It was at this point that my father opened up his own farm implement and harness shop….  Later my father managed the Lamerton hotel for many years….  We attended the school at Spotted Lake and also attended the school after it was moved to land south of Lamerton.  The Mirror cemetery now occupies this space.

On July 11, 1911 the townsite of Mirror was put on sale by the Grand Trunk Company and the Transcontinental Townsite Company.  Prior to this date, several sections of land were purchased from several farmers.  The town was named after a paper in England called London Daily Mirror.  My father’s land was amongst those sections.  We moved into town where a lot had been given to my father, who built a house and our family lived there for several years….

The railroad found that they had bought too much land.  Some of the land was returned to its former owners.  My father was one of those who again owned his old homestead.

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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