John and Rose Pye

In Alix, Alberta on June 29, 2017 at 4:07 PM

From “John Pye”

John and Rose Pye arrived from Alberta from Ontario in June 1913 with their two children, seven year old Lois and three-month-old Lillian.  In 1915 another daughter, Alice, was born.  They settled on a farm seven miles north of Clive.

Lois learned to ride her pony 2 1/2 miles to Westling School and John loved the outdoor life: hunting and especially fishing were his hobbies.  He built his own small rowboat and kept it handy at Middle Chain Lake.

John was a kind of “Jack- of -all -trades” and was often in demand in the neighbourhood to help with odd jobs of carpentry and brick-laying.

Social life was not lacking in those days.  Besides the usual visiting, there were surprise parties in the winter.  Eight or ten neighbouring families would meet at the different homes in turn, and play active games and contests.  Everyone brought lunch.  Of course, you usually knew when your turn “to be surprised” was coming up.

Church and Sunday School were held at the Westling school house.  The Methodist minister from Clive drove out every 2nd Sunday for services.  The Pyes were part of this congregation and John served as Sunday School superintendent for some time.  Annual Sunday School picnics were held at Morrical’s Grove on July 1, and families would drive as far as 15 to 20 miles to come.

Doctors and hospitals were not so easily accessible in those days and in 1919 4-year-old Alice Pye died of a ruptured appendix before a doctor could make the 15 mile trip.

The next year, 1920, a small pox epidemic spread through the Clive district and Lillian, always a delicate child, succumbed to that disease in July.  Lois continued her education at the Clive High School, riding horseback the 7 miles morning and evening, boarding in town in the winter months….

In January 1926, John Pye died….   Rose….passed away suddenly in 1931.


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

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