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St. Peter’s Bashaw, Lamerton Parish

In Alix, Alberta on August 29, 2017 at 9:42 PM

St. Peter’s Bashaw

In 1960, the Lamerton Parish of the Anglican Church celebrated its 50th anniversary and published Parish Paths, with W.R. Newsom Editor and Publisher.  Most of the writing was done by Mrs. Beatrice Parlby.

Excerpt from “St. Peter’s Bashaw” in Parish Paths.

The first mention of Bashaw in Oswin Creighton’s letters is dated September 23, 1912. “On Sunday I drove on after service at Mirror fourteen miles to Bashaw….”  The second reference, December 2, 1912 gives a picture of winter service in those earlier days.

“On Saturday I drove from Alix to Bashaw.  It turned very cold with a bitter wind … and I was nearly frozen when I arrived.  Sunday was just as cold.  The hall where we had morning service was simply freezing…. Even so there was a congregation of nearly twenty….”

…(August 8, 1913) Oswin Creighton describes the first plans for building a church at Bashaw.  “I found at Bashaw that we have now over five hundred dollars in the bank, the sum we had decided we must have before starting to build.. So we had a little meeting and decided to build a church costing eight hundred dollars.

“October 21, 1913.  On Saturday Bishop Pinkham arrived…. Next morning an early Confirmation and at eleven o’clock, Matins, Dedication and Confirmation.  The Bishop was delighted with the church.  There was a large congregation; the service was altogether beautiful….

Oswin Creighton had already decided to return home to England by the end of 1914…. Immediately after his arrival in England he volunteered  as Chaplain and received his appointment early in November. On April 9. 1918 in France, during an enemy attack… [a] shell bust killing him instantly….


CAMT 2017: Alix Wagon Wheel Museum

In Alix, Alberta on August 28, 2017 at 8:21 AM


Rolling onward, the Central Alberta Museum Tour moved to the small town of Alix and the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

My personal history with the town of Alix was pretty limited.  Back in 1994, I worked on a road crew that was responsible for chipsealing Highway 601 between Alix and Highway 11.  While we didn’t stay in the town while working on the project, it was homebase for our equipment for the duration of the project.  We stayed at a hotel in Lacombe and made the commute out here each day.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Wagon Wheel Museum.  I had [correctly] assumed it was not a museum about wagon wheels but wasn’t sure what to expect.  Honestly, prior to CAMT I hadn’t had time to explore many of these small off-the-beaten-path museums.  As was a theme on this tour, it ended up being a pleasant…

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Do you remember 1952?

In Alix, Alberta on August 22, 2017 at 9:40 PM

“High School Curling League” from The Inkspot, Feb. 1, 1952

The Alix High School Curling Club held its first meeting on Jan. 4th.  Officers are as follows: May Jennings, Pres., Beverley McColl, Sec., and Joyce Whitfield, Treas.  Due to the small number of rinks entered this year, we decided to curl on Sunday afternoons only.  Seven rinks were originally formed but some members dropped out, leaving only five rinks.  The Senior Curling Club has given us a student’s rate of $2.50 for each student.

The rinks are:

  1. May Jennings Hugh Thorp          3. Mary-Jean Buchanan     4. Phyllis Warren

Elaine Primus                 John Warren             Keith McColl                         Lloyd Hansen

Billy Hansen                   Norman Deen           Gerald Parlby                        Ken Toepher

Ken McColl                     Gloria Howitt            Donald Crawford                 Beverley McColl


Sub: Allan Pasutto


St. Pancras Alix

In Alix, Alberta on August 15, 2017 at 7:11 AM

The Name …St. Pancras   Where did St. Pancras get its name”

In 1960, the Lamerton Parish of the Anglican Church celebrated its 50th anniversary and published Parish Paths, with W.R. Newsom Editor and Publisher.  Most of the writing was done by Mrs. Beatrice Parlby.

Excerpt from “The Name …St. Pancras”” in Parish Paths.

Where did St. Pancras get its name?

Quite an unusual one in Canada but not so across the Atlantic….

The little church in Alix in 1910 was the immediate namesake of the family church of the two Parlby brothers, Walter and Edward….

In 1910 the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway wound its bumpy way from Calgary to Edmonton.  One station was built half a mile from the C.P.R. station at Alix, and a round house at the new town of Mirror….

The population increased rapidly …. Rev. L.O. Mott, Rector of St. Monica’s [Mirror], held services in the Imperial Hotel at Alix, but the need and desire for a church in the hamlet grew.

Donations of labor and money were given freely.  An energetic building committee was formed with John

Palmer as Secretary.  G.H. Darlow had much to do with the designing of the structure…. The actual

Dedication was not until September 24, 1911.

The most descriptive and authentic information comes from the letters of Oswin Creighton, the first resident rector…. In one of the letters to his mother, Oswin Creighton says his proposed stipend of $1000.00 per year seems to him to be “tremendous wealth.”  [L]etters… describe the progress in the construction of “the shack”.  From then on Mr. Creighton’s letters are headed, “The Rectory”. (More latterly this little building 22 X 12 ft. was the home of Mr. Kent and in the last few years was used as a Sunday School room.”

Summer Students

In Alix, Alberta on August 9, 2017 at 8:24 PM

So fortunate to have our summer students – Adam (STEP) and Sara (Canada Summer Jobs).   We have had many interesting visitors, and looking for more.  We are open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of August.

1931 Receipts

In Alix, Alberta on August 8, 2017 at 6:57 AM


Bills from the Past

In Alix, Alberta on August 1, 2017 at 6:54 AM


from the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum collection