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from Ewen Alexander MacKinnon

In Alix, Alberta, Clive AB, Farming, Horses, Pioneer Farming, Pleasant Valley on November 30, 2019 at 12:04 PM


Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Ewen Alexander MacKinnon was born May 9, 1873 near Dalkeith, Glengarry County, Ontario.  He came to Alberta in 1891, where he joined his sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. R. McLeod. He made a home with them till a house could be built on his nearby homestead, S.W. 2-40-24-4.

Horses were a very important part of homesteading years and Hughie, as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, was, I believe, one of the best horsemen in Alberta.  There was a strong rapport with his horses which worked to the advantage of both.  The first fair ever held in Alix was in late summer of 1909 and Hugh won two first prizes…. It was around that time he sold his homestead in Pleasant Valley and purchased a half section of land from Mr. Frank Mitchell about five miles west of Alix.

On March 28, 1911, he was married to Luella Brown of Alix district.  In 1912 Hugh sold his farm at Alix and purchased a half section of land east of Lacombe, where they moved in May, 1912.  Their first son, Graeme Ewen, was born May 12, 1913. Later the farm at Lacombe was sold and Hugh purchased a half section east of Clive, from Fred Fisher and moved his family there. There was also a daughter, Flora Luella…. Donald John … Hazel Kathleen…. Lachlan Alexander [were] born…. Later they moved to the Alix district where Moira Janice was born….

“Cyclone Event by Tom Ralston”

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Pioneer Farming on November 29, 2019 at 5:03 PM

Cyclone Anecdote by Tom Ralston

In 1920 a severe cyclone hit our district.  Geordie and I and … Chet Dean took shelter in Old Bullocksville.

Neither Geordie or I had ever had any experience with cyclones, but Chet had lived for a number of

years in Oklahoma and knew how dangerous and destructive they were, so we looked to him for

instructions.   First off he said we must hold the door, which we did till the hinges and lock came loose,

then he said we had better get into the cellar.  On opening the door we discovered the cellar was full of

 water so it was back to hold the door.  Logs were torn from the back of the old building and we really

thought our time had come.  However it didn’t collapse and the worst of the storm was over in about

forty minutes.  When it calmed down, we went out to view the damage, and Chet suddenly

remembered his horses that he had put in a new log barn that Jim had just built.  The roof was taken off

level with the loft floor and was resting right side up not far from the barn.  The horses were calmly

eating hay now wore for their soaking.  The democrat was out in the slough with a log off the house

through one wheel.  A mower had the bar broken off and the sickle was left waving in the wind.  A half

barrel that we used for a watering trough was found away back in the bush.

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

George Stanton Story

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Pioneer Farming, School, Settlers, Stanton on November 28, 2019 at 8:02 PM

From “George Stanton Story – by Alma (Stanton)Pollock and Edith (Stanton) Pullman” Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Our father, George Albert Stanton, and mother, Esther Ann Stanton, lived in Port Stanley, Ontario.  Gordon, Edith and Mildred were born there by 1900.  Jack was born in Dutton, Ontario.  In 1905 the family decided to come to Alberta. My father took up a homestead near Alix on N.W. ¼ of 28-39-23.  Our family lived in Lacombe for a year, then moved out to a log house with a sod roof.  A year later they built a frame house.  While we lived in Lacombe, William Albert was born in 1905.

Father worked in the butcher shop in Alix for the first years.  Mother and the children looked after the farm while he was away.  During this time Edith and Gordon went to school in Alix.  I, Alma Rose, was born in 1907…. Mrs. Primus brought me into the world.  I was given her name….

In 1908 the settlers applied for a school and it was named Stanton for our family.  It was built in 1909, and my father was a Trustee on the board for a number of years.  We all attended school there.

My brother, Thomas Harry, was born in 1915 and the youngest one, Frances Ann, was born after we went to Edmonton.

From the Museum’s Calendar Collection – come and see the whole thing while you are at the Market at the Hall.

In Alix, Alberta on November 28, 2019 at 7:31 PM

From the Museum’s Calendar Collection

In Alix, Alberta, Business on November 27, 2019 at 10:24 AM

1958 Grade 8 N – Y The Inkspot

In Alix, Alberta, School on November 27, 2019 at 1:29 AM

There are many more school photos at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

1958 Inkspot grade 8 A – M

In Alix, Alberta on November 27, 2019 at 1:27 AM

from Alix Free Press Nov. 24, 1949 prices and goods from 70 years ago

In Alix, Alberta, Business on November 24, 2019 at 1:57 PM

from “Ludvigsson, John Walter …” by Marg Ludvigsson”

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Genealogy on November 20, 2019 at 9:54 AM

From “Ludviggsson, John Walter SW1/4 2-40-23-4 and W1/2-13-39-23-4 by Marg Ludvigsson”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

John Walter Ludvigsson was born seventy miles inside the Arctic Circle at Kiruna, Sweden, and came to Canada in 1922 with his father, J. Eric Ludvigsson.  They homesteaded … near Polwarth, Sask., later moving to B.C.  In 1946, they moved to Alix [with] his wife, Marjorie and daughter, Astrid.

They first bought [land] from Carl German, together with eight horses; and Marjorie – once office clerk in Vancouver- became acquainted with hard water, threshing, wonderful neighbours, and judging outside temperature by the height of hoar frost on the inside of the kitchen door….

In 1948 that property was sold to Wm. Code of New Brigden, and the four Ludvigssons bought the W1/2 13-39-23-4 from Fred McGonigal.  Its well had soft water! This farm required tractor power, provided by eighteen years by a Model D John Deere.

J. Eric Lugvigsson passed away in December, 1950….The Ludvigsson family has shared the history of its neighbours: drought and dust storms in 1949 and 1950, and early killing frosts; the devastating hailstorm of July 1953… spring blizzards such as April 27, 1948, and March 15, 1951; the wicked blizzard of December 15, 1964…. The tornado-like hailstorm … in 1971….

Rural electrification came in 1953….

Ludvigssons broke up more land and built a modern house in 1962.

They were one of the few families unrelated to others in the district, until in 1967 Astrid married Malcolm R. (Mickey) Minnick, grandson of the Clarke Minnick that homesteaded the Nebraska School quarter, S.E. ¼ 24-24-4104…. They have a daughter named Alberta.

Calendars: Wong Loon, Alix, 1934 and Alberta Golden Jubilee

In Alix, Alberta, Business on November 13, 2019 at 10:27 AM