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Moving to Hudson Bay Land excerpted from “John Rottenfusser”

In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on December 28, 2018 at 11:41 AM

From “John Rottenfusser”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club 1974

The Rottenfusser Bros., Albert and John, moved into the Carroll district 0n May 4th, 1940 onto Hudson Bay land.  No buildings, no corrals of any kind.  We spent the first night sleeping under a tree, later nicknamed “The Apple Tree”, and the site for the cottage which was to be moved later.  The next day we finished moving the granary which required three sets of skids to bring it from Stettler to our new farm.  This was home, grain bin, harness room and all.

That fall we moved a cottage from Rochon sands to the farm.  This is a part of the present house [1974].  It took us fourteen days with wagon and horses to make the move.  To move the house up the sand hill north to the present site required fourteen head of horses, Dewald’s tractor and a block and tackle borrowed from Mr. Olson….

Now that we had a house on the land, we journeyed back to north east of Stettler to get our cattle and other belongings.  In the time we were loading a storm hit bringing cold winds and snow.  On the morning we started back to alix, Albert was driving six horses on two wagons, another team hitched to a wagon trailing behind.  Vernon and I herded the cattle and loose horses.  This trip took two days The first night we stopped … keeping warm by the campfire.  The next day onto Alix and home.  With no barn, all the stock was turned out to a straw stack….

Albert joined the Air Force (Military Police), returning in 1946.  I was married in 1944 to Alice Brown….We have two children, Orma … and Maurice.

Westling School 1919

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, School, Settlers on December 22, 2018 at 9:38 AM

from Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974.  this book is available for sale at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, Alix Home Hardware, and Alix Public LibraryWestling School 1919.png

Alix School History

In Alix, Alberta on December 19, 2018 at 5:18 PM

Christmas Concerts of the Past

In Alix, Alberta, Famous 5 Persons Case, Pioneer Farming, School, Settlers, Stettler on December 19, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Christmas Concert

From “Elmer Primus and Family – by Myrle” excerpted from Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974.

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 sand one and one-half feet that night, and never was used for a large crowd again as it was condemned.

Alberta Golden Jubilee

In Alix, Alberta, Settlers on December 15, 2018 at 11:45 AM

From The Inkspot June 6, 1955, in the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum’s Collection


A public meeting was held at the Town Hall on Monday May 30 for the purpose of organizing the various activities of the proposed Golden Jubilee Celebration and community Picnic.  The various organizations of the village and community were well represented.  Date of the celebration will be announced at a later date.

The following committees and convenors were appointed.

  1. Parade Committee: Conveners: Mr. Allyn Mann, Mrs. H. Parlby
  2. Committee in charge of Old Timers Applications and Presentations of Scrolls: Convener: Mr. O. Lundberg
  3. Reception shelter: Convener[s]: Chad Thorp, Ken Drushka
  4. Horse-Shoe Pitching contest: Convener: John Holsworth, The Forester Lodge
  5. Men’s Soft Ball: A.A.A.A. Organization: convener: To Be Appointed
  6. Ladies’ Soft Ball: Lady Foresters: Convener: Mrs. J. Rottenfusser.
  7. Souvenir committee: School Staff: Convener: Mr. N. Hrynyk.
  8. Races, etc.: Oddfellow Lodge, Convenor; Mr[e] Ralph Hornett.
  9. Decoration Committee: F.U.A. Convener: Mr. John Ditto, Canadian Legion Convener: Mr. A. Stewart.
  10. Reception committee: F.W.U.A. Convener: Mrs. R. Purkis, I.O.D.E Convenor: Mrs. E. Holsworth.
  11. Treats Committee: Maccabee Lodge: Convener: Mr. Ray Ramsay.
  12. Advertising: Alix Board of Trade: Conveners to be appointed.
  13. Clean-Up Committees: A.A.A.A. Organization: Convener: To be appointed.
  14. First Aid Committee: Alix Fire Brigade: convener: To be Apptd.

Ripley District

In Alix, Alberta on December 12, 2018 at 5:15 PM
The tall spruce was a landmark for many years.  The photo is mounted on a piece from that tree.

from the MAC’75 – ’76 Yearbook

In Alix, Alberta, Graduation, Museums, School, Sports Teams on December 8, 2018 at 5:03 PM

From a yearbook in the museum’s collection”

1975 Graduating Class   and 1975-76 CWASAA Curling ChampionsScan_20180924 (2)Scan_20180924 (3)

From Ireland to Lacombe in 1881

In Alix, Alberta, Railway, Settlers on December 1, 2018 at 9:14 AM

From “Rice Story – Told by Mrs. Hester Rice, on tape to B.P. and A.N. in 1971” part 1

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974


I came from Ireland in 1903.  I was born in Roscarberry, South Ireland in 1881.  I left Ireland to come to Lacombe to be married on May 8.  I was Hester Ann Young.

The boat, the Corinthian, left from Londonderry.  It was a cattle boat and there were so many immigrants that it was so crowded; five women and one or two children to a bunk.  We were were three weeks coming.  It wasn’t too enjoyable, it was so rough.  Except for the captain we’d never have seen the other side.  He stopped for icebergs, and was very careful.  We were supposed to have the mail back, but it was weeks before we did.  My folks were wondering where I was.  We arrived at Quebec in the morning.  The St. Lawrence was lovely, except for bush fires.  It was exceedingly dry.  In Ireland it rained so much we prayed for the sun, but here they were praying for rain.

We stopped in Montreal for customs.  Everyone went to a hotel, but we didn’t stay too long.  We went on to Winnipeg, and stayed at a hotel there too.  I think we went by C.P.R. railway, colonial cars were awful, plain boards, so hard.  We just had rugs for warmth.  I had brought a heat lamp, but had forgot the metholated spirits, so we tried to heat water on the pipes.  We’d get out and and try to get something at the stations.  We’d put our quarter down and “toot” would go that old whistle, and we’d run without our pie.  I finally told my cousin, “Next time I’ll run with a pie and not leave a quarter,” and I did.