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

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