from “Elmer Primus and Family – by Myrle” part 3

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Museums, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, School, Settlers on September 10, 2018 at 8:28 AM

From “Elmer Primus and Family – by Myrle”  part 3

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974.

In 1930, Elmer married Myrle Rouse [daughter of Florence nee Lagore and Charlie Rouse]. When Rouses sold out he bought their threshing machine and threshed through the district down to Fred Rouse’s for a few years.  That kept him busy day and night, as there was always a belt or something needing fixing after the day’s work.  He broke his arm cranking the engine, but only laid off about a day.

Soon you couldn’t get bundle haulers, so the combine came in and most people had their own threshing machine.  It was never so much fun or as much work again.  The friends working together always had so much fun, jokes were played on each other, sleeping in the barn on the hay.  You didn’t need nearly as many pies, or sides of meat, or lunches, but we still look back on it as the good old days.

Myrle was born in Glasgow, Montana U.S.A.  June 16, 1908.  Rouses came back three months later and went to Stettler until Myrle was six.  She went to Grade 1 in Stettler from August until Christmas.

There were only two things I remember.  I was in a Christmas concert and was so excited I forgot to start until someone nudged me; the teacher was making frantic motions for me to begin.  We all had candles.  I had to say, “Candles light the cottage small, shine upon the palace wall.”  Anyway, I was too busy watching everyone being moved from the centre of the hall.

The Assembly hall in the red brick school sank one and one-half feet that night, and never was used for a large crowd again as it was condemned.

I never was very good in arithmetic so one day I had three answers wrong.  The grade 1 teacher made us sit upon her desk and the kids marched by us while we wore a dunce hat.  So, I was glad to leave my friends as I was always afraid I’d have three wrong again.  It didn’t improve my arithmetic any, either.

When the children were young we had several young men working for us.  Tom Docherty, Walter Deen, Leonard Johnson, Randy and Paul of one Lagore family and Glen Lagore of another.  All helped at a very cheap wage and were like part of the family.  Randy also went to school and took the children, Elaine and Larry.  Later, John Mansbridge stayed one summer.  Larry called him “Johnbridge” as he didn’t think he was a man yet.  Art McDermand also took them in his truck for some time.  They rode horses or bicycles.  We never had a bus.  If it was too bad, I took them in a sleigh and stayed at Rouses’ (Dad was ill) until after school.

We still had the wood cook stove and often burned wood in the heater so Larry was chief wood man.  He was pretty smart though: he always had wheelbarrow, wagon, stone boats, all ready and every time his cousins came out which was quite often, he would have them bring up all those train loads of wood.  They loved it and so did he.

Elaine Elma was born Aug. 11, 1934.  She took all her schooling at Alix.  When she first finished school, she worked in “Goodman’s Store”.  Then …she took [teacher] training and taught three years at Huxley, then married Art Mehle…. They took the Co-op in Alix, then bought the theatre and built a garage.  They had four children Warren David…Paul Mark, Glen Edward, and Brian Arthur….

Larry Frederick born March 2, 1938, went to Olds and returned to buy the Rouse farm [with] his wife Rosemary (Hoppe).

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