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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.

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