Archie and Ivy Loughridge

In Alix, Alberta on November 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

From “Loughridge, Archie and Ivy – As told by Ivy”

Archie Loughridge was born in Roxborough, Ontario, September 7, 1886.  He came west with his parents.  Ivy Inis Carroll came from Kansas, U.S.A. with her parents in 1903….

They came to the Alix area in 1910.  In 1918 Archie bought a farm west of Alix from Jack Mackie and in November of that year he married Ivy Carroll.  In 1929 … they bought a house in Alix from Bill Kraft.  It was near the school (Mrs. Carter own it now [1974].)  there was a red barn and a chicken house, where they kept white Sussex hens in the back, where the school grounds are now.  They had one cow, but as there was a demand for milk, they got more cows until they were milking five and selling milk around town.  This was depression time and the $28.00 or so a month they made, kept the family of seven in food, clothing, and necessities.  They rented pasture south of Lindsay Lyle’s place [1974] .  when the grass was short the girls would herd them on land nea where the golf course is now.  During this time, Archie too was working hard at whatever he could do that would boost the family income.  …

One Hallowe’en a bunch of boys pulled Archie’s wagon and hayrack up on main street.  Archie was very ill at the time.  Bud Todd, in his good-natured way talked to the boys and reasoned it would be a good idea if they would put it back.  They did…..

Archie took his family back to the farm in 1939…. They stayed there until 1959; then they bought a house from Reg Gabert and moved back to town.

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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