Archive for March, 2019|Monthly archive page

1930s Phone Book with Alix pages

In Alix, Alberta on March 31, 2019 at 6:03 PM

Lady’s Dresser Top

In Alix, Alberta on March 27, 2019 at 5:51 PM

The Great War Veterans of Canada

In Alix, Alberta on March 27, 2019 at 5:31 PM
One of many documents about organizations in Alix

Wildflowers Hybrids List

In Alix, Alberta on March 26, 2019 at 7:58 AM

Bruce and Betty Somerville

In Alix, Alberta on March 25, 2019 at 10:05 AM


Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

John Bruce was born on January 1st, 1924 (his Dad called him his 1924 model) in the big house that still stands on the farm.  Bruce took all his schooling at Westling and Clive Schools.  He started farming with his Father in the summer of 1941.  In October of 1951 he married the former Betty Hughes of Edmonton and they have one daughter Linda.

The log house which was here when Mr. and Mrs. Somerville came in 1915 is still here [1974] and is being used on the farm.  The big white house was originally the first hotel in Clive, then Valley City.  It must have been quite a sight to see it being moved by a steamer owned by Mr. Oscar Westling.  When they just about got to the creek, Mr. Westling thought one steamer was not enough so they asked Mr. Axel Westling if he would come with his, so then the two of them pulled it to the farm site.  Out of the hotel, they made the house, a barn which got struck by lightning in 1951 and a two car garage.  The new house was built in 1965.

Wildflowers and their Hybrids presentation

In Alix, Alberta on March 19, 2019 at 12:17 PM
About 50 people were present at the museum for the presentation by Verne Williams (Calgary).
Coffee & Conservation at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum

Alix Women’s Institute

In Alix, Alberta, Organizations, Settlers on March 17, 2019 at 4:18 PM

 From “Alix Women’s Institute” from materials submitted by Edith Herbert and Elsie Ekval

The Alix Branch Women’s Institute was organized in 1915 – but no official charter received until 1921; the cost of a frame for said charter was ninety five cents paid to David Melvin.

Minutes reveal that members travelled to a Constituency Conference in Bentley in 1920 by horse and buggy; and in 1930 when Mrs. Annie Bissett and Mrs. Celia Toepfer were delegated to attend a meeting in Drumheller, they travelled by train, leaving Alix at 10:15 a.m. and arriving in Drumheller at 4:25 p.m., return fare being $5.50.

The W.I. opened the first Rest Room on the West Side of Main Street in 1920 and continued to keep it going until 1934 = this was the forerunner of our present Drop-In-Centre…. Later, the W.I. building was rented for six dollars a month as a Medical clinic for Dr. Warren, a dress shop, a residence for several different people, also a bake shop; and finally sold in 1946.

Community activities recorded include: Christmas Romp for all children 6 to 14 years of age; social evenings for husbands and families, Grandmother’s tea with twenty to thirty –five present, summer garden parties, series of winter bridge or whist card parties…. The W.I helped purchase the first school piano and paid the cost of school playground equipment.  Then in 1930, the W.I. took over the care of the cemetery and struggled to do a good job until 1936.

Many members over the year have contributed much to the work of the W.I., among some of the names being Mrs. Ida Pinnell,…Mrs. St.E. Sanderson…Mrs. Marie Butchard, Mrs. Annie Bissett, Mrs. Pears, Mrs. Celia Toepfer, Mrs. Pettit, Mrs. Yarwood, Mrs. Cleef, Mrs. Ed Jennings, Mrs. Mary Warren, …Mrs. Elsie Ekval, Mrs. Bessie Ashley, Mrs. Edith Herbert, and Mrs. Martha Beamish.

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.

Wildflowers & Hybrids Talk Mar. 13 by Verne Williams

In Alix, Alberta on March 15, 2019 at 1:24 PM

About 50 people attended the talk by Master Gardener Verne Williams at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

Do you remember 8 track tapes?

In Alix, Alberta on March 10, 2019 at 6:09 PM
The 8 track player and many tapes are a gift from M. Fitzgerald

Do you recognize these old school books?

In Alix, Alberta on March 6, 2019 at 5:25 PM
Part of our school display which includes photos and histories of Ripley, Sargent, Hickling, Stone, Carradale, Carroll, Open Valley, and Stanton Schools.