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Hand Powered Wringer Washing Machine

In Alix, Alberta on June 30, 2019 at 7:57 AM
The long handle goes back and forth to turn the barrel.  The wringer has its own crank.
Move the handle back and forth to turn the barrel.The crank on its sides moves the roller of the wringer.

Alix Free Press Dec. 5, 1940

In Alix, Alberta, Churches, Railway, Research on June 29, 2019 at 8:06 AM

From the O. Berg Family – by Granddaughter Nellie Morris

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Stanton on June 27, 2019 at 1:49 AM

The O. Berg Family – by Granddaughter Nellie Morris

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Both Mr. and Mrs. Berg were born in Norway.  Before coming to Alix, they farmed in Washington where their family attended school.  They came to Alix District in April, 1914, settling on the N.E. ¼ of 25-39-24.

They bought this land from Mrs. Shuell that spring.  Their two youngest children Sophia and Charlie attended the Stanton School. 

It wasn’t very long after they arrived in Alix that Mrs. Berg became known as Grandma Berg. … She was always willing to help a neighbour and many a time she could be found helping a new arrival into the world.  One time I recall her telling me about a Mrs. Haney who was expecting and having difficulty.  Grandma Berg was called on and when she found that the baby wasn’t coming, she filled two good sized pails with coal and instructed Mrs. Haney to walk back and forth across the floor carrying these pails.  Mr. Haney was sure she couldn’t, but Grandma had different ideas.  The baby was born with no ill effects to either Mother or baby and without help from a doctor.

Times were hard and when the Bergs’ second daughter, Jennie, along with her husband, Archie Burdick, came in August 1914, Jennie remembers, the frozen potatoes, rabbits and partridges which they had to eat.  Luckily, they were plentiful.

The land that Mr. Berg bought was mostly brush.  Archie helped to clear some of it and the Bergs’ two sons, Otis and Harry, broke the land.  The first employment Archie had was with Mr. Ed Gessleman.  The Burdicks’ only child, Nellie, was born on the Berg farm on December 25, 1914.

The Bergs’ oldest daughter, Ida Hastings, came from the States in the 1920’s and they lived in the Alix area for a while.

Grandma Berg was a thrifty person.  I can remember that when there was any broken crockery or dishes, she would pound them into little bits of pieces like gravel and feed it to her chickens, in this way the hens got their extra grit and the egg shells were hard.  She was an ardent gardener.  In later years, her hobby was making log cabin quilts…

Grandpa Berg passed away May 21, 1940 and Grandma on October 18, 1954.

81 Years Ago ! Alix Free Press Mirror News-Record

In Alix, Alberta, Mirror AB on June 26, 2019 at 11:34 AM

From the museum’s newspaper collection.

from “Cockrall Story – by Mary Ann Cockrall” (Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive History Club, 1974)

In Alix, Alberta, Churches, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on June 26, 2019 at 7:21 AM

Mr. Charles Alvin Cockrall was born September 7, 1877, at Red Cloud, Nebraska, and died January 10, 1942, at Alix Alberta. His wife, Minnie Floretta (Sibert) was born June 5, 1885, at Red Cloud … and died June 4, 1962 at Calgary…. Their children were Charles Frank… Paul Edgar…Floyd Elmer… and Irene Rachel….

Charlie and Minnie were married May 5, 1901 at Fullerton, Nebraska. They homesteaded at Annamoose, North Dakota… along with Mrs. Cockrell’s mother, and a friend of Charlie’s, Knut Knutson….

Mrs. and Mrs. Cockrall and Frank travelled by train to Lacombe, Alberta, arriving May 8, 1903 and then by wagon to the Lamerton area. They arrived at their homestead May 15. Their homestead was S.W. 1/4-4-40-22 West of the 4th. They brought a few household possessions, one team of horses, and cattle…. Charlie had to borrow $10.00 from a neighbour, Mrs. Wood, to file on the homestead. Charlie was told by another neighbour that he couldn’t file on this quarter as it was reserved for church property. So they went to see the recording clerk at Lacombe.

He asked the neighbour who the head of this church was. He answered, “Well, Jesus Christ, I suppose.” The recording clerk said, “Well, we aren’t doing business with Him today,” so Charlie was given the homestead rites [sic] on the quarter he wanted.

They lived in a tent until the log house was finished…. in which they lived the first winter. This was later used as the chicken house. It was located on the south side of the road allowance on some C.P.R. land. He next built a two story log house. They lived in this until they built the frame house from lumber Charlie hauled from the sawmill at Ponoka….. The barn was built in 1926 by Fred McGonigal and Bob Deen….

For a few years, Charlie freighted supplies from Lacombe for Joe Edminson who managed the trading post at Lamerton. The trip took two days and he received a sack of flour for payment, The road east from Lacombe was corduroy with many mud holes and sloughs on it. If you got stuck, you left part of your load until next trip. Charlie often told of a half load of barbed wire sitting by the side of the road all summer and no one took it….

There were many trips to the Red Deer River to pick highbush cranberries with the Gilmouths and Lairs. They would bring back flour sacks full. … They always had lots of roastin’ ears (corn) and fried chicken. If it hadn’t been for the lowly bush rabbits. many homesteaders would have starved….

An old [First Nations] trail and went through the Cockrall farm…. Their campground was west of the house. … [I]t was learned that they were making their annual pilgrimage to Lac St. Anne…and used all modes of travel, including Red River carts and travois.

Wedding Gown 1980s from the Museum’s Clothing Collection

In Fashion on June 26, 2019 at 7:05 AM

Alix Free Press Sept. 16, 1938

In Alix, Alberta on June 25, 2019 at 11:32 PM

2 ads from the Alix Free Press

Wedding Gown 1910 from the Museum’s Clothing Collection

In Fashion, Settlers on June 23, 2019 at 6:59 AM

From Alix Free Press Jan. 15, 1942

In Alix, Alberta, Business on June 21, 2019 at 6:46 PM

Mirror Ads Alix Free Press Nov. 24, 1949

In Business on June 18, 2019 at 1:12 PM