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U.F.A. Members Elect, Alberta Legislature, July 1921

In Alix, Alberta on October 30, 2017 at 12:33 PM

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Fairview (Stone) Cemetery

In Alix, Alberta on October 23, 2017 at 8:18 PM

From “Fallen Leaves – At Rest in Fairview (Stone) Cemetery – by Alice Nielsen

Many of our pioneers have been laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery in the Stone District.  It is better known locally as the “Stone Cemetery”, although at the beginning it was known as the Coalbank graveyard.  That was before the cemetery was officially registered at Edmonton.

Charles E. Stone had donated the land, and the citizens of the surrounding countryside met March 12th, 1904 in the Hopedale School, near the present hamlet of Haynes, to organize a committee to lay out the graveyard.  They elected A.L. Thomas as Chairman, and Charles E. Stone as Secretary-Treasurer, of the committee.  J.B. Cundiff, J.A. Carter, S. Cundiff and Orlando Carter are other names appearing in the Minutes of this meeting….

Anyone paying $2.00 was to be entitled to a lot…. A row of lots on the east side was to be left for paupers.

In the records of early burials in that cemetery the former residences of the deceased person are given as “Bullocksville” or “Fountain Town”.  Bullocksville was a Post Office and store, which gave its name to the surrounding district…. Fountain Town, or Fountainstown, was the Post Office and store in the home of Jim and Hester Rice, four miles south of Haynes….

From Gleanings after Pioneers and Progress. Alix –  Clive Historical Club, 1981

A record of some of those buried there appears in this article in Gleanings and there is a copy in the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.


Dedication of Alix Avenue of Heroes

In Alix, Alberta on October 22, 2017 at 4:02 PM
Sat. Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. On Highway 2
Dedication of Alix Avenue of Heroes.  Refreshments afterwards at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum on Main (50) Street.

Flashback Friday

In Alix, Alberta on October 21, 2017 at 3:37 AM

Side One of DressesDecades in Fashion

BRAZIL – free event at Alix

In Alix, Alberta on October 20, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Learn about Jayden Stauffer’s trip to Brazil Wed. Nov. 15 – 7 p.m. at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

Coffee and Conversations to follow presentation.
Jointly sponsored by Alix Lions Club and Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.
All welcome.  FREE

Fundraiser for Alix Avenue of Heroes

In Alix, Alberta on October 20, 2017 at 8:47 AM


Flashback Friday

In Alix, Alberta on October 19, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Beaded Mittens by Metis Artisan, Samantha Lafontaine


In Alix, Alberta on October 19, 2017 at 3:41 PM

British Home Children

Christine Woodcock February 16, 2016 8

Between 1869 and the Great Depression, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain. The idea behind this scheme was to alleviate the number of poor and destitute children who were living in workhouses where they were separated from their families. These youngsters were transferred from the workhouses to Children’s Homes and from there, were sent to Canada to work on farms as indentured servants. The girls worked as domestic servants and the boys as farm labourers. The very young children (infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers) were often adopted out to families in Canada while children as young as 6 were sent to work on the farms. Siblings were generally separated from one another.

The first people to pioneer this idea of child migration were Scottish Evangelical Christians Annie MacPherson and her sister Louisa Birt. In 1870, MacPherson bought a large workshop which she turned it into a “Home of Industry”. Here the poor and destitute children could work, be fed, and be educated. MacPherson soon became convinced the real solution for these children was for them to emigrate to Canada where they would have more opportunities for a better life. MacPherson, while the first, was not the only person exporting children to farms in Canada.

Two other entrepreneurs of benevolence were William Quarrier and Thomas Barnardo. William Quarrier, a shoe retailer in Glasgow, built the Orphan Homes of Scotland at Bridge of Weir. This community which included 34 cottages, a school, a church, and a fire station quickly became known as Quarrier’s Village. Between 800 to 1500 children lived at Quarrier’s Village at a time during the 1890s.

The Orphan Homes of Scotland participated in a relocation programme which sent more than 7,000 young people to new homes in Ontario, Canada where they were employed, in the main, as farm labourers. These are the British Home Children.

Thomas Barnardo started his charity homes for children in London in the 1870s. The homes were originally for children who had been left abandoned or destitute as a result of the cholera outbreaks in the country. Barnardo eventually had 96 homes spread throughout the UK. The majority of these were in England, but his homes also expanded into Scotland.

These vulnerable young children were sent not only to Canada, but also to Australia where they were part of the Child Migrant Scheme. Many of the children who went to Australia were deemed orphans, even though many of them still had parents in the UK. Often these children were adopted to families in Australia. Older children were indentured farm workers or domestic servants. Many had their names and dates of birth changed.

Child emigration was largely suspended for economic reasons during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Library and Archives Canada has an extensive database of immigration and  census records for children who arrived as British Home Children.  This is a free website.

In addition, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has a database of British Home Children and a query to them can provide assistance in gaining access to the records that are privately held by the sending agencies/organizations.

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In 1884 my Irish great grand father who was 6 years old was shipped to Canada. In his own words ” I was shipped to Canada by the Nuns to work as a slave on a farm in Canada” It appears he was sent from Ireland to England then to Peterborough Canada. After 30 years of record searches and hiring researchers I still have not been able to find his information prior to 1900 marriage in Canada.
James Wilbert McDonnell / McDonald parents as per marriage certificate Patrick McDonnell Rose Ann McCraghan. Born Dublin Ireland.

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The Bridal Party

In Alix, Alberta on October 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Wedding Party Display

1. F. Pears Family 2. C.H. Cole Family

In Alix, Alberta on October 16, 2017 at 12:36 PM

From “The Fred Pears Family – as Told by Bernard Pears”

Fred Pears came from England in 1903 with his wife and young son Fred Jr.  He settled on a homestead in Saskatchewan near the town of Grayson.  While farming there, there two more children were born, Olive and Bernard. In 1909 they moved to Edmonton where they lived for a short time, and where their youngest child, Millicent, was born in 1910.

The family then moved on to Alix in 1911, and while there they lived in four separate houses.  Their father worked on the railroad on the section gang for a time and also in the signal box.  He also tried his hand at clerking in Panrucker’s Store.

In the fall of 1918 the family went on to Red Deer for two years, then on to Victoria.

from Gleanings after Pioneers and Progress,  Alix Clive Historical Club 1981


From “C.H. Cole and Family – by Henry M. Cole”

Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Cole moved to Alix in the spring of 1928.  They took up residence on the Hickling Ranch on the north shore of Haunted Lakes.  At that time their family numbered three, Henry, Ida and Patricia.  Another son, Wesley, was born in 1932.  A house was built in town in 1934 at which time C.H. Cole bought a truck and did general hauling.  All of the children attended school in Alix.

Henry started work in the creamery in 1938 staying on at Alix after the family moved to Edmonton in 1939.

from Gleanings after Pioneers and Progress,  Alix Clive Historical Club 1981