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From Elmer Primus and Family – by Merle” part 2.

In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Settlers on November 21, 2018 at 12:59 PM

From “Elmer Primus and Family – by Myrle” part 2

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

Elmer began working for “Wong Loon Groceries” after school and on Saturdays.  They used to grind up about 40 pounds of coffee every Saturday morning, then package it.  The brown sugar came in hundred-pound jute bags.  It had to be packaged, also raisins, currants, beans, even cookies came in large boxes.

They had to unpack about 10 or 12 dozen eggs a week per farm family.  They were packed in chop or grain to keep them from breaking on the buggies or wagons.  A few had the large egg crates.  You brought one-pound prints of butter and with eggs, gave the farmer credit, with which he bought the other groceries he needed.  Many people would only buy butter or eggs that certain people had brought in.

Eddie Wong came out from China and had completed school there, so Elmer was asked to take him to school to learn English.  First, he had a desk at the back in Grade I, then each week he would move up a grade.  He mostly had to learn new ways of doing mathematics and the English language.  It didn’t take him long.

After completing his schooling Elmer decided he wanted to farm so he moved out with [his brother] Hillert and Hazel.

Every Friday and Saturday night for a year and a half he worked for George Darlow in the show hall as an apprentice in the projection room.  Everything was hand operated.  The hall was upstairs over the pool room.  Pat L’Hirondelle ran the engine to create electricity.  Then Mr. Darlow sold out; that finished that job.

People were just starting to drive cars so everyone wanted somewhere to go so they had good crowds.  The streets had many model “T” Fords and the hitching posts had teams and top buggies as well as the wagons etc.

Hillert moved to Open Valley District so Elmer batched for 10 years…. He trapped rats, hunted, sheared sheep, raised pigs and ran around.

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