Adolph and Olive Mattie

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Museums, Pioneer Farming, School, Settlers on January 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM

From “Adolph and Olive Mattie – by B.M. Walker”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club. 1974

Adolph W. Mattie and wife, Olive, moved in April 1929 from New Norway, Alberta to the Sparrowhawk farm south and east of Alix.  At the time they had four boys and four girls.  One more boy was born in 1932.  The children of school age attended the Carroll School for one year.  The next year all went to Nevis where the older children could attend High School.  This was during the depression of the thirties.  It seemed hard to get enough of anything to get by. There was food but no choice.  Many a good dinner started out with wild rabbit and, with a few vegetables added, we all felt satisfied.…

For three years the Matties lived here and then moved to the Ike Sweet farm south of Alix.  The school age children attended the Stone school.  The two older boys used to study high school subjects all year in their spare time and write them off in June.  In this way they could help at home and even assist some neighbour who needed help.  Prices were low, eggs being five cents a dozen when we took them to town.  In those days the Municipality paid for crow and magpie feet and eggs and it seemed the boys got more for their crow eggs than their mothers got for hen eggs.  At one time, “Pop” Mattie (as he was called by many) sold a cow with a good sized calf for $10.00….

After five years, the Matties purchased the Bill Kraft farm south and west of Alix.  The three youngest Matties attended the Stanton School, later went to Alix High School….

In June 1940, Chester Mattie was drowned south of Alix in the Red Deer River.  In December 1943 Adolph Mattie passed away and in August 1944, Frederic Mattie was killed in action in France.  Mrs. Olive Mattie Brown passed away in 1967.  Oliver Mattie purchased the old family farm and lives there now[1974] with his wife, Shirley, and their six children.


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