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Parades of the Past

In Alix, Alberta on January 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM


Parade pictures from the past are among the many photo album pictures at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

Barnardo Children

In Alix, Alberta on January 29, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Barnardo Children

From “History of William Morton Sr. – by Florence McLeod”

Mr. William Morton, son of Henry Morton Sr. one of the early settlers of Marlborough Township, near Ottawa, Ontario, married Jane Scarlett also from Marlborough Township.  They settled near Kemptville, Ont.  They had no children of their own.  In the year[s] 1881 to 1910 boat loads of children from the Dr. Barnardo Home for children in England, were sent out to various parts of Canada for adoption.  In 1881 William Morton met the boat in Montreal, intending to adopt a little girl, but saw two little boys standing on the docks holding hands and took them into their home and hearts.  The boys were William Ryan Morton age seven and John Ryan Morton age five.  William was a carpenter by trade.  He was injured while at work and after a lengthy illness he was advised by doctors to move west.  In 1890 Mr. Morton arrived in Lacombe, having to ford the river at Red Deer, as the railway was through to Edmonton but the bridge at Red Deer was not completed.  He took out a homestead which is now part of the experimental farm at Lacombe.  He built a log house, then sent for his wife and son John.  William Ryan (Billie) stayed in the East where he had employment.

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Link re: Barnardo Children:

British immigrant children from Dr. Barnardo’s Homes at landing stage, Saint John, … Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds unique and extensive records …

British immigrant children from Dr. Barnardo’s Homes at landing stage, Saint John, … Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds unique and extensive records …

The Swanson Family

In Alix, Alberta on January 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM

From “The Swanson Family – by Helga Ward”

Swan Swanson came from Trehoiningsjo, Sweden, to B.C. in 1911.  In 1912 he came to Ponoka and joined his brother Otto.  The two of them bought Oxen and broke a lot of prairie land.

In August, 1912, my mother, brother, Alex and I came from Sweden to join Dad.  We lived in tents that summer and we two kids had a marvellous time.  Alex and I borrowed some white cotton gloves and pretended we were high society, but it wasn’t long before they were black from the mud and roots.  We thought Dad and Mom would be mad but he said they only cost a nickel a pair.

One night Mother and I were left alone while Dad and Alex went to Ponoka for supplies.  It took two days to go and come back.  That night the coyotes started to howl, we were scared to death, even our dog hid under the bed….

In 1913 we moved to the Chain Lake district; we were very isolated and we never realized how lonesome Mother must have been, not seeing another woman for months and months.  Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Strandberg called one day when they were fishing on the lake, and what a visit we had.  Then we joined the Saron Lutheran Church and really felt like one of the community.  That winter my Dad and my uncle built a log house on the banks of Chain Lakes …. NW 32-41-24-W4.

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974


Samantha Lafontaine Metis Artisan

In Alix, Alberta on January 20, 2017 at 2:25 PM


Samantha has a facebook page as well.

Pump Organ

In Alix, Alberta on January 19, 2017 at 6:52 PM


This beautiful pump organ is part of the Churches exhibit.

The Hartle Story

In Alix, Alberta on January 16, 2017 at 3:24 PM

From “The Hartle Story”

Donald Campbell Hartle (1839 – 1911) and his niece Adeline Hartle with a group of persons from North Dakota came to the Canadian west in 1900.  He homesteaded on the SW-16-40-24-4 in the Westling district.  They built a log house with a sod roof for their new home and log and sod outbuildings.  Norman Meadows, one of the group, who had travelled … from North Dakota, broke up this virgin land with a steam breaker.  Donald also used a breaking plow with horses.  When spring came, grain was sowed by hand and cut in the fall with a six-foot Deering binder.  A well had also been dug and a rope and pail used to obtain water… Adeline Hartle died in 1909, the first of the family to be buried in the Saron Lutheran cemetery.  Donald Hartle then wrote to another niece in Ontario and Etta Emma Hartle and her husband George Alfred Hartle came west to live with him.  They arrived in Lacombe on September 9,1909 with their three children Albert William, Gladys Muriel and John and rode by wagon a distance of almost twenty miles to the farm.  The house had to be enlarged so the sod roof was removed and an upstairs room was added….[I]n 1911 both Donald Hartle and little John passed away.  Another baby Donald Michael was born in 1912 and a baby girl Marjorie Carolyn was born in 1916.  Again the grim reaper entered the home and the mother, Mrs. George Hartle died in 1917.  George stayed on the farm and raised his four children with help the first year from his sister-in-law Mrs. Sarah Caroline Dean.  After she left to go nursing, Gladys though still in her teens, took over as housekeeper for her dad and mothered the younger children until in 1926 she married Frank Russel May of the Chigwell district.  Later Mrs. Dean came again and helped, till she later in 1935 opened a café in Clive.  Gladys and Russel May lived on their farm in the Chigwell district until 1953, when they sold out and moved to Edmonton.

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1973

Martin & Josephine Keeton

In Alix, Alberta on January 9, 2017 at 12:21 PM

From “MART KEETON – taped by Myrtle (Keeton) McDermand and Dora (Keeton) Housen in 1972

Dad came from Ohio and met our Mother in Washington where they got married.  Mother’s Dad came from Holland…. In 1894, they decided to come to Alberta…. We put all our belongings in the wagon and drove all the way through.  There was just Lacombe here.  It was the nearest town, and there was hardly anything there when we came.

There was our father (Mart) and his brother Dave.  One drove the stock behind.  We camped on the way….

We came down by the Joffre bridge and built a little log house with a dirt floor.  We lived in that one room….

After we moved to where we are now the house was a fairly good size.  We got supplies in Lacombe.  Dad would go in with four horses and a wagon when roads were bad.  He’d bring out a load of groceries – flour, sugar and coffee – it had to be roasted and ground.  We lived on ducks and fish and things like that.  There were lots in the country.  I remember going to the river and catching some twenty goldeyes in an hour’s time.  The men would go out and bring in twenty ducks.  There were wild berries, lots of them.  We lived pretty well off the land, we really did!

The horses gradually died from swamp fever, we lost all of them in time.  We didn’t have any cattle when we came.

Dora: Our early teaching.  Charlie Stone went back east and married my dad’s sister.  She was a teacher.  We used to go to her house where she taught us arithmetic and spelling and lots of things she thought we wouldn’t get in school.  Aunt Em died a few years later after having twins.

The Stone School was built in 1902 and we went to school there.  Reverends Patterson and Williams were the teachers….

Myrtle: There was a long time we didn’t get our mail.  There were mail carriers though.  Enis Haney and his father before him carried mail in a buggy with one horse.  He came from Content, but picked up the mail at a farmwith a post office half way to Lacombe.  Then he would drive around and deliver it.

This article is excerpted from Pioneers & Progress, Alix Clive Historical club, 1974



Carradale School

In Alix, Alberta on January 4, 2017 at 6:35 PM

carradale-school-district-2Carradale School District from “Open Valley School District no. 1437 – by Myrle Primus”

… so many families were moving down to the mines that a house was moved over from Horseshoe Lake Farm for a school.  Mr. Semple called it Carradale after his home village in Scotland.

The Carradale School District consisted of much of the same area as had Open Valley. Except that …the east half of sections 12,13 and 24, joined Alix Consolidated School District No. 12 about 1915 – 16; all this district’s pupils went to town (Alix) about 1923….

…Mrs. Rogers was the first Carradale teacher.  She had forty-two pupils, bour of them her own children…. [and] started in 1923.  Mr. McGonigle made the teacher’s desk.  It was so large you couldn’t move it out for parties etc.

Then Henrietta Robins taught a year, 1923 – 24….

Then Miss Mary Sanderson taught two and one half years, commencing August 1, 1924, at $900.00 a year….She usually drove from Alix in a buggy…. She quit at Christmas 1926 and was hired for the Alix School.  While she was at Carradale the school division boundaries were being redrawn, and one day two inspectors arrived at once; Mr. <cLean from Red Deer and Mr. Thibodeau of Stettler.  They talked it over on the road and Mr. McLean went in….

Mrs. Craig finished out the term….

Myrle Rouse taught 1927, 28, 29, and 30….Jean Semple taught from 1931 – 33….

Next Miss Mary Rasmussen taught for three years….

Then Molly Rice taught a year.  By that time mining had changed from hand labour to machines, so people were moving out again….

In 1936, the school was closed and moved south of Jongeling’s.

This article is taken from Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974.  It is available for sale at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, Alix Public Library, and Alix Home Hardware.


In Alix, Alberta on January 2, 2017 at 4:25 PM


Alix Wagon Wheel Museum has sports memorabilia and pictures of past athletes and teams.