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



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