The Curling Rink and the Arena

In Alix, Alberta on December 10, 2016 at 9:25 AM

An item in the Sports Display:

John Holsworth’s Curling Sweater Knitted by Lucylle in the 1940’s

Alix AB 1949-1950

John Holsworth, being a curler, was interested in starting curling in Alix.  Bob Whitfield Sr., Randy McKinnon (Red and White Store) and Smokey Beason (Red and White Store) and John Holsworth got permission from the Dairy Pool to take down an and old building next to the skating rink.  They saved all the old lumber and nails and with work bees of the community built a three-sided building using the south wall of the skating rink as the main wall.  This completed the rink.  Many persons in town were interested in curling or learning.  Everyone bought their own rocks and even took them along when curling in the bonspiels. John took his own rocks when curling in Edmonton.

Bonspiels were up to 60 rinks with four sheets on the skating rink and tow sheets of curling ice.  John Holsworth was draw master.

The bonspiel was in February and there were lots of headaches with the warm weather during the day, so many times all night curling took place.

We worked with the rink committee and lunch counter.  Seven groups of ladies ran the lunch counter.  All funds went into one account and we were the AAA Association.  Many good times and friendships were developed.

Lucylle Holsworth

From “The Alix Curling Club – By Edith Holsworth”

From Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

The first Alix Curling Club was built in 1928…. The names that come to mind in getting the club started are: Alex Bissett, Felix Straub, Robert Whitfield Sr., Tom Wilton, Art Foster, Clarence Johnson, Chris Sorenson, Chris Topenberg, Bill Patrick, Harold Edgar, Jack Brethour, Bill Foster, Bud Todd, Wally Peacock, Terry and Eric Jamieson, Humphrey Parlby, Fred Crowe, Mayor Jack Mackie, along with Tom Cunningham, Bill Bright and Mr. Van Meer from Tees. The ‘kid’ rink was made up of Harold Patrick, Jack Collins, Bob Straub, and Jack Walper….

[I]n the fall of 1962, the new curling rink was built….


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