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Do you remember this?

In Alix, Alberta on March 30, 2018 at 12:44 PM

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In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on March 26, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Part 2 From “Bonham Family Corrections – by Hazel (Bonham) Wold”

John Bonham married Charlotte (Lottie) McDermand … in May 1905, the year the territory became the Province of Alberta….  I was born in the William Bonham homestead house in May, 1906….

… after my father and grandfather “proved up” and had title to their farms, William my grandfather got “itchy feet” as was his way…. …So he persuaded my father to sell the land and we all went back to Kansas City, Kansas, to visit his older son Ezra who was a stone mason and contractor there.  He had a family of three girls and two boys.  It was William’s intention to stay in Kansas.  However William’s wife was a semi-invalid by this time and my mother looked after her.  The doctor in the city advised William to take her back to a cooler climate.  … so in the spring of 1910 we all came back to Alix.

We rented a farm from Richard Sargent Sr. for a time and my father did repair work in the corner of Charlie Woolgar’s blacksmith shop…. When my grandfather passed away we moved to a house across the road from the Sims plac4e, and my father devoted all his time to repair and machine work.

John had the third car in Alix, a “Hup Roadster”.…  He had a thoroughbred trotting horse he brought back from Kansas City, and he would take all the prizes at the town fair with “Billy”, his pride and joy.

Then about 1918 Ezra Bonham came to Alix along with his youngest son Arthur.  They stayed with us for a time and did carpentry and cement work.

Then when my father bought the house in town by Davey Melvin’s, Uncle Ezra and Arthur built two rooms on it and we all moved to town….

My father built a machine shop on the adjoining lot and quit farming, save in the fall when he would run the tractor for H.H. Hickling during threshing….

I of course got all my schooling at Alix grade school.  It was a Consolidated School then, having taken in Open Valley School District, and those children were brought to school in a horse-drawn van.  ….

On the death of my parents within two years of each other I sold the home and machine shop to Geoffrey Parlby.

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

This book is available at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum and Alix Home Hardware.


Remember When? Alix

In Alix, Alberta on March 23, 2018 at 6:47 PM

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Morgan and Artise Daniels

In Alix, Alberta, Boy Scouts, Pioneer Farming on March 19, 2018 at 9:54 AM

From “The Morgan Daniels Story – by Artise Daniels”

Morgan was born on the S.W. ¼ of 20-40-23 at Tees, Alberta, and took his schooling at Tees.

He was in the Armed Services in World War II, along with his brothers Alvie and Luther, and sister Martha.  After returning home he and his parents purchased the S.E.1/4 8-40-23 and the S.W.1/4 8-40-23.

He married Artise Chiswell, a Lacombe girl, on October 10, 1952.  During our farming career, two little helpers, Arlyne and Keith, arrived.

To Supplement our farm income Morgan worked part time for several Alix business men, C. Smith, J. Hennel, I. Peterson, and Art Mehle.

In the fall of 1964 we purchased a home in Alix and here remained for another seven years.  In 1965, another helper, Lorne, arrived to complete our family.

Life became more active one winter when Morgan and his sixteen Boy Scouts decided to build a boat for a project, and launch it on the Red Deer River, come summer.  When the big day arrived they were assisted by K. Keeton and Ron Martynuik; Bill Gould was the bus driver to the portage and exit points.  The boat floated, and the boys enjoyed their day on the river.

In May of 1971 we moved to Edmonton….

This article is excerpted from Gleanings After Pioneers and Progress, Alix -Clive Historical  Club, 1981.  The book is available for sale at the Alix Home Hardware and the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.


Alix – Remember When? 2

In Alix, Alberta, Business on March 16, 2018 at 12:34 PM

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Photos of the Past

In Alix, Alberta on March 12, 2018 at 2:29 PM

IH Dealership Alix

1955 Alix Memorial

Steam Threshing

Who – o- o m do you see?

In Alix, Alberta on March 9, 2018 at 5:06 PM


from the Taxidermied Collection, Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

Firefighters’ Hats, Nurses’ Capes at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum

In Alix, Alberta on March 5, 2018 at 6:32 PM


Alix Campfire Girls’ Club, 1915

In Alix, Alberta, Images, Museums, Pioneer Farming on March 2, 2018 at 1:19 AM

Campfire Girls

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

Sheila Marryat

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, Pioneer Farming on March 1, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Sheila Marryat

The Marryat Flower Garden  –  From “Things I Remember – by Ella Jane Jewell”

One of my early memories is of an afternoon spent in colonel Marryat’s lovely flower garden.  I wasn’t old enough to go to school, and the columbines were as tall as I was.  There were little gravel paths edged with stones, and I remember Sheila telling me how her father hauled them from the lake and that the flower seeds came from England.  It was the first beautiful flower garden I had ever seen, and I was delighted when we were given little seedling plants and went home to start a flower garden of our own.  The flowers I saw that day are still favorites, and are in my garden.

How I envied the girls old enough to be “Camp Fire Girls” when Sheila Marryat and Jean Reid started the girls’ club.  Many of the meetings were held in our home as it was centrally located.  Sheila was a lovely girl and always found time to say a few kind words to me.

From “Memories of Manadon” by Beatrice Parlby

Sheila Marryat, who was the first radio secretary for C.K.U.A., often came for weekends.  There was always a warm bond between Irene Parlby, the eldest of the large Marryat family, and Sheila, the youngest.  One afternoon, Sheila and Miss Reid were coming from Edmonton by train.  On the way out from Lacombe, the brakie, who used to call out, “A – lix! A – lix! Next station, A – lix! Next station!”, stopped to chat just as the train was passing the hay meadows.

“You’ll soon see the Honorable Lady’s house! In just a few minutes!”

Sheila thanked him, but didn’t mention that the “Honorable Lady” was her big sister….


Both excerpts were taken from Gleanings After Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1981, available at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum and Alix Home Hardware.