The Canadian Order of Foresters

In Alix, Alberta, Organizations, Settlers on January 9, 2019 at 11:49 AM

From “The Canadian Order of Foresters” by John Rottenfusser

Court Meadow No. 1576 was organized by Mr. William Duffel of Calgary, District Manager, on August 23rd, 1932 in the office of the creamery, thus arriving the name Court Meadow from the Meadow creamery.  The charter members who organized this purely Canadian Fraternal Order are as follows: Leonard Siddons, Duncan Wilton, John Ditto, Bert Housen, N.A. Larson, Peter Marryat, Dennis Marryat, Leonard Johnson, Wilfred McMahon, Douglas McCallam, Hugh Housen, John Crews, and W.A. Hallet.  Leonard Siddons was the first Chief Ranger and at this first meeting organized an annual dance….

The Ladies of the Canadian Order of Foresters was organized by Mr. John Rottenfusser, District Manager, on August 27th, 1954.  Charter members were Nora Carter, Orma Hanes, Luella Parsons, Evelyn Macey, Agatha Mc Gregor, Elva Sim, Dorothy Mann, Barbara Hopkins, Kathleen Helfrick, Rhoda Ferguson, Betty Ann Bell, Elizabeth Walker, Margaret Thirjman, Ruth Anderson Maisie MacGregor, Eva Mellick, Ludwena Walton, Edith Marie Booth, Lois Boe, Joan Weis, Alice Rottenfusser, Gwendolyn Jarvis, Violet Olson, Helen Casson, Justina Naschuk, and Mary E. Walton….

It has been an active group through the years taking part in various activities.  In March 1973, they won the Dominion Foresters curling championship at Goderich, Ontario.  Skip was Shirley Mattie, 3rd May Menage, 2nd Gwen Jarvis, lead Rose Straub.

This article is from the book Pioneers and Progress, a history of the Alix-Clive area printed in 1974by DW Friesen and Sons Ltd., Calgary.  Copies of it and of its follow-up Gleanings are available for sale at the Alix Public Library, Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, and Alix Home Hardware.


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