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Paintings from the Local Artists Collection

In Alix, Alberta on May 31, 2017 at 5:40 PM


Many more paintings by local artists are displayed in the museum.

In Alix, Alberta on May 27, 2017 at 2:51 PM

The cream separator from the museum Dairy section. Alix was where the Alpha brand began.


Carradale School District

In Alix, Alberta on May 24, 2017 at 5:36 PM

One of the original school districts.



In Alix, Alberta on May 24, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum is presenting “Fashions Through the Decades” Sat. June 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum.  Free.  Everyone Welcome.

Alberta Golden Jubilee 1955 Celebration Plans

In Alix, Alberta on May 23, 2017 at 7:10 AM

From The Inkspot June 6, 1955, in the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum’s Collection


A public meeting was held at the Town Hall on Monday May 30 for the purpose of organizing the various activities of the proposed Golden Jubilee Celebration and community Picnic.  The various organizations of the village and community were well represented.  Date of the celebration will be announced at a later date.

The following committees and convenors were appointed.

  1. Parade Committee: Conveners: Mr. Allyn Mann, Mrs. H. Parlby
  2. Committee in charge of Old Timers Applications and Presentations of Scrolls: Convener: Mr. O. Lundberg
  3. Reception shelter: Convener[s]: Chad Thorp, Ken Drushka
  4. Horse-Shoe Pitching contest: Convener: John Holsworth, The Forester Lodge
  5. Men’s Soft Ball: A.A.A.A. Organization: convener: To Be Appointed
  6. Ladies’ Soft Ball: Lady Foresters: Convener: Mrs. J. Rottenfusser.
  7. Souvenir committee: School Staff: Convener: Mr. N. Hrynyk.
  8. Races, etc.: Oddfellow Lodge, Convenor; Mr[e] Ralph Hornett.
  9. Decoration Committee: F.U.A. Convener: Mr. John Ditto, Canadian Legion Convener: Mr. A. Stewart.
  10. Reception committee: F.W.U.A. Convener: Mrs. R. Purkis, I.O.D.E Convenor: Mrs. E. Holsworth.
  11. Treats Committee: Maccabee Lodge: Convener: Mr. Ray Ramsay.
  12. Advertising: Alix Board of Trade: Conveners to be appointed.
  13. Clean-Up Committees: A.A.A.A. Organization: Convener: To be appointed.
  14. First Aid Committee: Alix Fire Brigade: convener: To be Apptd.

Tragedy on the Red Deer River

In Alix, Alberta on May 17, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Tragedy on the Red Deer River – by Jean Bigelow

I still have a very vivid memory of a tragic occasion on the Red Deer River while the railway bridge was being built south of Alix.

We often went for a picnic at a place where the river was fordable at low water.  This day, my father, Edward Parlby, drove my cousin, Jack Arbuthnott, my two brothers and myself to the river for the first picnic of the season.  The river was in flood, with cakes of ice whirling down the swift current.

We were enjoying our lunch while watching the men working on the high railway bridge when we saw a big wagon drawn by four horses, with more horses in their harness tied in pairs behind the wagon.  I believe there were twelve teams in all.  The horses were to be used for work on the approaches to the bridge, hauling gravel, etc.

In those days, there were no bridges between the old one at Red Deer and the Content Bridge east of Alix.  The men in charge of the outfit decided to try and ford the river, rather than go around by Content Bridge, which would have meant another twenty-five miles.

We watched while the driver hesitated for a time before starting down the steep bank into the swift river. About half way across we could see they were in trouble.  The swift current carried them sideways, with the unfortunate horses tangled in their harness and unable to swim.  The wagon turned over, throwing the men into the rushing water.  One man was drowned, as were thirteen horses.  A few horses managed to break loose and swim ashore.  I remember watching one big grey horse swimming for the far shore, and finally scrambling out, much to my relief.

The men on the high bridge were scrambling down and running to where we stood to try to reach the overturned wagon as it was being swept downstream, close to a sandspit on our side of the river.  My cousin, Jack Arbuthnott, ran back to where our horses and the democrat were for a long rope which my father always carried with him, and running out to the end of the sandspit he was able to lasso the wagon as it was being swept past.  With the aid of the railway men the wagon was pulled ashore, saving the lives of the men.  I believe it was the driver who drowned.

I can still see all the poor horses with their legs in the air, tangled in their harness, lying drowned.  I was a small girl at the time, and was so upset at the sight that I ran and sat in the democrat, which was behind some bushes.

A year later on another picnic, when the river was very low, my mother came across a leather wallet with money still in it.  We often wondered if it had belonged to the drowned man.

Gleanings After Pioneers and Progress Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1981

“World War Two Honor Roll” printed in the Alix Free Press in 1942

In Alix, Alberta on May 15, 2017 at 9:04 PM

Note that the list includes men AND women, although the title says “men”.war-list

Army Worms

In Alix, Alberta on May 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Army Worms by Jean Bigelow

The year of the army worm – 1909 – was an experience to remember.  We had just moved onto the quarter section which my father, Edward Parlby, had given me.  The depression years were very tough, when every dollar counted if you were lucky enough to have one.

We were hoping for a good vegetable garden, but the army worms took over.  We had noticed a very large number of moths flying over a very weedy field in the fall of the previous year, but never realized they were laying eggs which could hatch out into such pests.

The army worm travels like an army, destroying vegetation as it goes.  When the worms come to an obstacle, such as a telephone pole, they climb up the pole and down the other side, instead of going around.  It was the same with the house, up the walls, across the roof, and down again.  Over in Mirror the train was stopped because the hordes of army worms made the tracks too slippery for the engines to gain traction.  Trees were stripped of their leaves.

My husband, Alec Sheret, dug trenches around the vegetable garden, filled them with hay, and set fire to the hay.  The worms would call to the trench and topple over into the flames, which stopped them in the day time, but at night they marched over the trench and ate everything in sight, even the onions down to the ground.  I hated walking in the long grass as the worms would crawl up my legs, and once when I was phoning my mother I saw a worm crawling down the cord towards my ear!

Alec tried spraying with Paris Green, which killed a great many, but unfortunately killed my poor kitten and a pet hen.  In those days we didn’t know much about pest control and toxic sprays.  “Paris Green” contained arsenic!

This article is taken from Gleanings, (the follow-up book to Pioneers and Progress), Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1981. Both books are available for sale at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, Alix Public Library, and Alix Home Hardware


New Displays at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum

In Alix, Alberta on May 7, 2017 at 5:05 PM

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New cabinets enhance our china display, and a new item from the clothing collection is shown.

barbershop display

Take a trip to the barbershop and hairdressing salon of the past.

Picture from Museum Clothing Collection

In Alix, Alberta on May 6, 2017 at 5:33 PM


Riding skirt modelled by Eve Keates – from one of the museum’s photo albums