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Alix Free Press Mirror News-Record Sept. 29, 1933

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Business, Clive AB, Coal Mining on January 30, 2020 at 1:28 AM

Alix School 1958 The Inkspot Grade Seven

In Alix, Alberta, School on January 23, 2020 at 3:34 AM

From “Anton Fischer – By Kathrine (Vogel) Fischer”

In Alix, Alberta, Carroll, Nevis, School, Settlers on January 22, 2020 at 2:32 PM

From “Anton Fischer – By Kathrine (Vogel) Fischer”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix – Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Anton (Tony for short) Fischer and their five children, Robert, Margaret, Frances, Kathrine, and Lawrence, arrived in the Alix district early in the spring of 1925 from their homestead in south-eastern Alberta.  They first settled on the George Nielsen farm in the Stanton district.  The four oldest children attended the Stanton school that year.  Lawrence passed away in the fall of that year.

Then in the spring of 1926 they moved along with their family to the A.G. Ditto place on the northern outskirts of Alix.  Here they farmed and helped Mr. Ditto with the dairy for two years.  The children attended Alix School.  In April of 1928 they again made a move, this time to the D.C. Anderson place in the Nevis area.  Here was home for the next five years. The children all attended school at Carroll, but as the years went by … Kathrine was the only one left in school when they left here in April 1933….

Robert and Kathrine moved to Lacombe with their parents in April 1933….

Their children now [1974]: Robert Fischer of Vancouver, B.C. Mrs. Mike (Margaret) Gaetz, Lacombe, Alberta….Frances – Sister Mary Frances Louise S.S.A., Victoria….

Mrs. Albert (Katharine) Vogel of Lacombe.

“Red Head” ad and Local News from “The Alix Free Press and Mirror News Record” June 9, 1949

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Clive AB, Sports Teams on January 19, 2020 at 1:40 PM

from “Mr. and Mrs. John Rasmussen, Mary and Bruce Marsh – by Mary Marsh”

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Carradale School, Coal Mining, Farming, Gough Lake, Heatburg, Hickling, Mirror AB, Museums, Pioneer Farming, Railway, School, Settlers, Zenith on January 19, 2020 at 4:03 AM

From “Mr. and Mrs. John Rasmussen, Mary and Bruce Marsh – by Mary Marsh”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Copies of this book are available for purchase at Alix Home Hardware and the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

Mum, Dad and I came to the farm in March 1917.  I remember Daddy telling about how much snow there was when we arrived at the siding at Heatburg.  If I remember correctly, they bought the land from a fellow by the name of Lunn. … We were on the farm until 1921 when we moved to Nordegg, where Dad worked in the mine for a year.  In 1922 we returned to the farm where we stayed until the folks sold it in 1945.  They rented it to Victor Mitchell for two years and they lived in Alix where I went to High School. 

During those years between 1922 and ’45 Daddy worked in the mine at the river, also in the mine in Ardley (where he lost his eye) and then on the railway as a sectionman. All the time he ran the farm as well, raising a little grain, pigs, a few cattle and a lot of chickens.  When they sold the farm they moved to Edmonton where they lived until they passed away, Mum in 1960 and Dad in 1970.

Note – Mrs. Rassmussen was a good gardener, did beautiful needlework, smocking, crocheting, tatting.  She taught the neighbourhood girls to do these things and they appreciated it very much. – M.P.

About me – I was born in Calgary and was three years old when we moved to the farm…. I went to school by van to Alix (grade 1), at Nordegg for grade II.  Carradale school district was formed the winter that we moved back to the farm.

I remember my dad and a friend used eight horses to move the school building from Horse Shoe Lake Ranch across the lake, with the with the ice cracking underneath it, and Mum and I running alongside….

I finished Grade 8 at Carradale, then took grades 9 and 10 in Alix and Grades 11 and 12 In Stettler, went to Normal School in Camrose in 1931 and ’32.  I taught the Carradale School for three years, then Gough lake, Zenith, Mirror and Hickling.  I married Bruce Marsh in June 1940 and we finally moved to Leduc where we both carried on with teaching until June, 1970….

Bruce taught at Stanton School and… formed an orchestra in Alix….

Martens, Peter, Fritz, and Frank.

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Coal Mining, Entertainment, Farming, Haynes, School, Stone School District on January 18, 2020 at 12:04 PM

From “Peter Martens”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Peter Martens was born in Hamburg, Germany.  He came to the United States in 1901 and worked in several states before coming to Canada in 1908.  He homesteaded in Coronation at the time.  He farmed in the summer and worked in the coal mines in the winter in Edmonton.  He lived in a sod shack till 1913 when he moved 2 granaries together for a house.  In 1913 he was married to Emma Seidel who came from Dresden, Germany.  Mrs. Martens nursed in Dresden before coming to Canada.  In 1915 a son, Fritz, was born.  In 1918 a daughter Charlotte, was born. Mr. Martens moved to the Haynes district in September of the same year to the N.E.1/4, S. 26, T. 38, R.24, W.4. The Martens family stayed with John Carter for one week before moving a tar paper shack on to their own place.  In June of 1920, a son, Frank was born.  There were about 20 acres broken on the farm and 27 sloughs full of ducks and muskrats.  The first two crops were put in by Mrs. Martens driving the wagon and Pete broadcasting the grain and using a pile of brush as a harrow.  The year 1924 was very dry, the weed pile was as large as the grain pile.  The Russells threshed for us several years with the Steamer.  They bought their first radio in October, 1928. In May of 1929 they bought their first car. In 1918 Guss Kriewald came to Alix from coronation.  He bought the Andy Ditto farm.  Guss died about 1922.  Bertha Kriewald was Peter’s sister.  They had one daughter Elsie, born around 1900. Fred Martens, Peter’s brother moved to Haynes with Peter.  He left Haynes in 1921, moving back to Coronation where he died in 1940. 

From “Fritz Martens”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Fritz was born at Coronation in 1915 and moved with his parents in 1918.  He started school in 1922.  He went to the Stone School which was one mile east of where he lived.  Hazel Stewart and Marie Moorhouse were in his grade all through school except for two years when they lived on A. Thomas’ farm.  The big event in 1927 as Picture shows in the Haynes Hall.  In 1933 he bought 143 acres from Bob Russell and a milk cow was the down payment.  He farmed till 1939.  He spent one year working in the Aircraft Plant in Montreal and one year at Boeings in Vancouver.  He spent about 4 years in the army.  After the war he cooked for the C.P.R. and White Lunch Café.  He came back to Haynes in July 1948 and bought the Dick Stewart place and farmed there ‘til 1959 when he moved to B.C.

From “Frank Martens”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Frank was born in June 1920 on the farm one mile north of where he now lives. [1974]  He bought the quarter south of his father’s in 1937 and farmed with his dad until 1943 when Mr. Martens retired.  In 1944 Frank took over his father’s place and lived there until 1954 when he moved to his present location. [1974] S.E.1/4, S26,T38, R24, W.4.  In July 1951 he married Gloria Larson from Onion Lake, Sask.  They have five children, Dwayne…Neil…Gary…Terry and Lori….

Thanks to those who founded and developed the museum.

In Alix, Alberta on January 16, 2020 at 11:51 PM

Sunny Spot at Alix

In Alix, Alberta, Business on January 9, 2020 at 10:18 PM
Walpers’ cafe

The Alix Free Press March 27, 1931

In 1930s Depression, Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Business, Coal Mining, Dairy Pool on January 4, 2020 at 1:22 PM

From “Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Illsley”

In 1930s Depression, Alix Creamery, Business, Oats, Pioneer Farming, Railway, School Teachers, Settlers, Wheat on January 3, 2020 at 1:00 AM

From “Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Illsley”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

My wife and I were both Nova Scotians by birth…. [In ] April 1913… we went west to get rich.

I worked in Calgary for the C.P.R. for one year and was told of a half section that could be homesteaded as the original man had to move…. A new railway line was surveyed within half a mile and the grade was.  within seventy miles, and still is [1974] the location of Garden Plains Coal mine, post office and store. There was mail three times a week.  This sounded pretty good to a greenhorn. But it actually was nineteen miles north of Richdale and twenty-seven from Hanna, nearly thirty from Castor and twenty-one from Coronation or in other words nineteen miles from anywhere and two miles to the start of Berry Creek where we had to get our water as it was just about the same distance to drill for water.

In 1915 there was a wonderful crop of grain all over; of course, I did not have but about fifty acres ready.  We decided we wanted to be nearer to town so my wife got a school to teach near Coronation and I finally rented a half-section quite near.  First year there were eighty acres of wheat, and one hundred sixty of oats.  We were hailed out; just two loads of oat bundles, no wheat.  Second year one hundred sixty acres of wheat and eighty of oats.  There was no rain until it was too late to produce a decent crop, eight bushels of No. 6, no oats to mention.

The third time trying was sure to be good, but no luck. Hail and frost did their worst.  That was enough.  I sold the cattle and the hay I had stacked and turned the horses out as per usual.  We went to the west coast…. Edmonton…. Nova Scotia …and Boston…then back to Alberta in early April of 1921.  We went to Edmonton and Imperial Oil said I could have their agency in Clive and told me to go look over the situation.

We stayed at the Reynolds Hotel and became fast friends with the Reynolds family.  This had been a very hard winter and feed was very scarce.  Jim Fife was buying carloads of oat sheaves wherever he could get them dug out of the snow and shipping it to various places.  We decided to stay there and get a place to live as soon as possible.  I went to Coronation to get our horses… and move our furniture, farm wagon and sled and buggy…. Got everything loaded and the freight train pulled out early in the morning.  About half way to Clive we met the passenger train and learned that Clive was well on the way to being totally lost by fire.  As I remember it was the post office, one store, the bank and a small apartment block, nearly half the Village.  The livery barn was not burned so got the horses unloaded and fed and we went to the hotel for supper.

The Reynolds had an old warehouse they told me I could store things in…. My wife got a school for the summer term up near Vegreville, while I bought a site from the old Townsite Co….

I think the first building was twelve by twenty feet, I bought this and started buying cream for the Woodland Dairy, Edmonton…. [I] was starting a store on a shoestring…. I made my holder for charge accounts out of a smooth board and fastened fifteen mouse traps so had room for fifteen accounts….

My wife was teaching at Westling at this time and I soon had to have help as the cream by this time was pretty well all going to Alix and I had got more groceries as well as flour and fruit; so, Helen Reynolds came to help in the store.  Took on the Cockshutt plow agency…. My wife was now in the store and by this time we had to deliver oil.  I bought a truck and employed Milton Coote.  He married Helen Reynolds and they were with me until after the crash of 1929…. It was about 1924 that we sold so much farm machinery, seed drills and harrows and ploughs and in the fall, we sold seventeen Frost and Wood no. 4 binders….

I was Mayor of Clive from 1936-43…. Sam Scott was Secretary-treasurer, Mr. Coote was one member, also Harry Williams…. Douglas Wilson. I got out in 1943 and was in B.C. for a while….My wife passed away… in March 1948.   I have since married Miss Ida W. hunt who taught at Clive from 1926to 1932….