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Aleck Sheret, one of the “Hoadley Boys”

In Alix, Alberta on March 30, 2017 at 10:09 AM

From “Aleck Sheret – by H.M. Parlby”

Aleck Sheret came to Alberta under a scheme initiated by George Hoadley (more inEric W. Cormack )when he was Minister of Agriculture in the U.F.A. Government in 1924,(Known as the British boys ) the idea being to bring out from Britain young men who might be interested in farming.more info:Among the schemes were several to prepare British workmen to become) Aleck came out with the first group to Olds Agricultural College in March, 1925.From the College they were sent out to farms in the area, and Aleck came to Walter Parlby in April.  He worked there for about t years, and then went back to Calgary.  While at Alix he met Jean Parlby, daughter of Edward and Anne Parlby and they were married …[in] 1929.  Their one son Robert was born in 1932.

In the late 1930’s they returned to the Alix district and settled on the NE quarter of Sec 16-40-23-W4th….

Robin began his schooling at Hickling….

Aleck got seriously ill, and passed away passed away August 28th, 1944.

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974.

The “Hoadley Boys” or “British Boys”

Information from The Lakeland College Website, has more information on this  system, which was planned before World War I but not adopted until afterwards.The plan was to provide these “boys” with free instruction.  They were to pay $30  per month for room and board. See the article, “The British Boys aka the Hoadley Boys”.

North Alix District: A. & A.Key ; Ross Families

In Alix, Alberta on March 23, 2017 at 8:21 AM

From “James Alexander Ross”

…Mr. and Mrs. James Ross and family… came to the North Alix District from Manor, Saskatchewan, after having stayed for a short time in Bashaw.  They lived on …S.E.1/4 of 21 then on N.E. 23, in a house built by W.  McLaren, and later they lived just west of Mirror…. After the family had grown up [they] lived in the village of Mirror.

The Ross family included Charlotte (Lottie, who married Wm. Breum of Bashaw); Roy, who married Cora Ellertson of Sedalia; Bert, who married Aurora Emmanuel of Mirror; Mildred, who married Harold Hansen; Elsie, who married N.E. Barritt; Claire, who married Alma Tariss; Jean, who married Tom Wolferstan; and the youngest boy, Harold, who married Alice Norris from Chigwell.


From “Roy and Cora Ross – by B. Parlby”

Roy and Cora Ross lived in the North Alix and Hickling Districts for a considerable time, where they were both very much valued assistants to their farmer neighbours.  About 1935, just after their marriage, they lived at the Edward Parlby place, Long Valley Ranch.  Some little time after that they lived at the Walter Parlby’s, Manadon Farm.  In 1943 they bought their own far on the North Half of S.E. ¼ of 22, built a house, and were there twelve years.  About this time their place became home to a long succession of teachers of the Hickling School, where their son, Allan, commenced his education.

After selling out to Alfred Peterson, Roy and Cora Ross lived at Cereal, Turner Valley, and Stettler.


From “Key, Alice and Agnes”

Alice and Agnes (Babe) Key first came to the district in 1939 with the Stinsons with whom they lived and worked for many years.  After Mr. Stinson died, they “Key Girls” as they were called bought W. McLaren’s place, the N1/2 of the N.E. ¼ of 22-40-23.  Here they lived for almost twenty years. Their chief farming interests were a small herd of cows and a large flock of White Leghorn chickens.

In 1973, they sold out to Art Raybould and moved to Lacombe.

These 3 selections are excerpted from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974.


In Alix, Alberta on March 22, 2017 at 8:05 AM

Dealership (2)

from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974.

Billy and Alice Kraft Family

In Alix, Alberta on March 16, 2017 at 7:42 AM

From “The Kraft Family – by Margaret Kraft Kenworthy”

Wm. (Billy) Kraft left his birthplace, Hespeler, Ontario, at the age of fourteen years.  He travelled westward by pack train and learned to shoe horses as he went along on his long journey which ended in central B.C.  Then he began an eastward trek through Bella Coola, the Caribou country and Fort Steele.  He travelled by Cayuse and pack horse, and lived and mingled with the Chinook …for ten years, speaking their tongue fluently…. He worked his way eastward till he reached Red Deer in 1890, and from there took up squatter’s rights and homesteaded … S.W. of Alix… clearing the bushland and toiling to build a home and a cattle ranch.  He settled there before the survey and later his land was No. 16,17, 21 and part of 9.  His home was a sod-roofed log shack, as it was called in the early days.  Billy fed cattle for Pat Burns as well as for himself, his brand was OL Bar.

Alice Grigg left her home in Exeter, Ontario to come west to teach.  She taught[at] the first school[in] Blackfalds in 1894 and was paid the magnificent sum of $264.99 per year.  She returned east in 1895 but returned to teach again at the Canyon School in 1896…. Billy Kraft forded the Red Deer River twice a year to haul food and supplies from Blackfalds or Red Deer, so met Miss Grigg.  They married in 1896…. They lived and had four children in the log and sod home till it burned down in 1909…then a large six roomed home was built of native timber, chinked and whitewashed….  Seven children were raised here…. All the children attended school at Stanton, Stone and Alix.  Birth registrations of Berta, John and Harry are at Lamerton; Margaret’s is at Bullocksville, a now extinct hamlet, at that time (1908)  managed by Mr. George Ralston.  Elmer, Helen and Louise were registered at Alix.

Billy Kraft was a well known gardener and was most famous for his large cabbages and pumpkins….

Parents of Mrs. Kraft, Wm. and Fanny Grigg, came west in the ‘teens and for many years Mr. Grigg ministered at Hickling, Alix, Stone, and Stanton.  He drove a black pony hitched to a spanking black buggy and he, attired in black cloth, was a figure to be remembered as he made his rounds…. The first wedding he performed at the manse was that of Flora Keeton and Ike Sweet.

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix and Clive Historical Club, 1974.

Town of Content

In Alix, Alberta on March 11, 2017 at 8:43 AM


Samuel Johnson

In Alix, Alberta on March 8, 2017 at 10:44 AM

From “Samuel Johnson”

The parents and grandparents of Samuel Johnson were United Empire Loyalists, coming by boat from the state of New York near Niagara, leaving their homes and belongings behind….  Samuel, one of a large family, was born at Forestville., Ontario July 4, 1843.

Cordelia Myers was born at Port Rowan, Ontario, April 8, 1854.  Samuel and Cordelia were married March 4, 1874…. The spring of 1900…[they] visited Alberta for a summer and fall where they found that Mrs. Johnson was free of her hay fever and asthma which had severely bothered her for a number of years.  They remained in Alberta.

[Their daughters] Sarah, a professional dressmaker and Augusta, a school teacher…. arriv[ed] in Alberta in the fall.

[Their son} Will packed the family furniture, household necessities, four horses along with harness; farm machinery; Tom, a setter dog and numerous other belongings into a freight car and started for Lacombe. The train travelled slowly enough that in places Will could walk beside the car for exercise.  The animals remained in the car where they were fed and watered.  There seemed to be no manger for one horse so a living room chair served the purpose.  Will saw his first R.C.M.P. officer when he reached the Canadian border.  The Mountie was about to enter the car to inspect the horses when Tom uttered his warning growl, which brought the Mountie to a halt, followed by, “They’re all right, aren’t they?”  Receiving an affirmative answer, he retreated, and the journey continued until arriving in Lacombe about one week after departure from the old home.  The train was met by Mr. Dave Foren, attired in a very impressive spotted cowhide coat….

The journey along the trail leading east began, but poor travelling conditions caused the horses to tire.  The articles making up the load were safely left beside a beaver dam and the post office of Urquhart was soon reached.

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Metis Beading Samantha Lafontaine

In Alix, Alberta on March 6, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Samantha Lafontaine, Metis Artisan, appearing at 7 p.m. Thurs. March 16, at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.  Discussion, demonstration, show re: metis beadword.

Everyone welcome.

Free admission

Refreshments to Follow.


Two Newspapers from the Collection

In Alix, Alberta on March 5, 2017 at 3:47 PM


from John and Ruby M. Williams

In Alix, Alberta on March 1, 2017 at 2:46 PM

From “John and Ruby M. Williams – by Ruby (Williams) Brady

In July 1932 I came as a bride with a washboard and a will to work.  We purchased N.E. 26, N.W. 25-41-25 from Swan Swanson….

My first memory of my future home was entering the kitchen and finding a dish pan of baby pigs on the oven door.  Our home consisted of two granaries pulled together.  One was covered with building paper and this was our bedroom.  The other had wallpaper and lino on the floor – this served as kitchen and living room, as well as bedroom for the hired man.  In the winter ice would cover the water pail, and in the summer we nearly perished from the heat on wash day or bake day.

We had our hopes, ambitions, and dreams, and tackled life with lots of energy.  We milked cows and hatched chickens to supplement what we bought and supplied a lot of our needs right off the farm.  One bitterly cold spring, we saved a batch of chicks by putting them in a shoe box and taking them to bed with us.

In 1934 a hailstorm came through, piling hail against the door until it had to be shovelled away.  My brothers Arren and Harvey Ayers  were farming a quarter north of us.  They waded in hail boot deep to our place….

It was a happy day when we moved to our new house….

John’s father gave each of the boys a Shetland pony to ride to school.  They had to ride 3 ½ miles to Birch Lake school, but there were lots of aunts and uncles along the way.  The first winter, on one blustery winter day, Keith didn’t come home.  His dad took the team and sleigh and found him, on his pony, stuck belly deep in snow. I often wondered why Keith was late to school – even though I sent him in lots of time, and one day found the big boys were holding the pony by its tail until bell time.

I remember herding sheep, travelling the pasture fence shooting off the twenty-two and yodeling to scare the coyotes away.

One particularly lovely day I looked toward Chain Lakes and saw a flock of ducks 2 to 3 miles long.  That fall we only got one wagon load of grain from a field – but those ducks were fat, needless to say.

Work on the farm gradually changed.  Instead of 3 binders there was a swather and a combine, and about that time a war….

John and I had four boys, Keith…John…Bruce… and Lawence….

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974