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AAAA Bingo ad and Alix Lockers ad from "The Alix Free Press and Mirror News Record" June 9, 1949

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Organizations, Sports News on March 29, 2020 at 2:49 AM

Florence Nightingale

In Alix, Alberta on March 27, 2020 at 5:15 PM

“Florence Nightingale” by Dr. A.E. Shore

In a 1981 letter written by Dr. A. E. Shore [who was born in 1885, and practiced medicine in Alix and area]…he explains his relationship with his cousin, Florence Nightingale

“Florence Nightingale is very dear to me, and I am proud to be a distant relative.  Her Grandfather and my Great-grandfather were brothers….[Her father] was was considered wealthy at that time.  He married Frances Smith….  They had two daughters, Frances Parthenope and Florence….

When Florence was a child her characteristics showed that her vocation was nursing.  Her dolls were always getting sick and required nursing.  Her first real patient was “Cap”, a shepherd’s dog which had a broken leg.  ….Florence nursed him with hot cloths and he recovered. 

“Is there an Alix Free Press now?  If there is, I would like to write an article to express my thanks to Alix people… and to let the people of that town know how much I appreciate their remembrances of me.   Had I a chance to live life over again, there is no place on earth I would want to start practice medicine over again more than at Alix.

This article is taken from Gleanings, (the follow-up book to Pioneers and Progress), Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1981. Both books are available for sale at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, Alix Public Library, andAlix Home Hardware

from "Katie Kerr (Cook) – By her daughter Doreen"

In Alix, Alberta, Coal Mining, Farming, Lamerton, School, Settlers on March 27, 2020 at 12:14 PM

From “Katie Kerr (Cook) – By her daughter Doreen”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

It all began in Argyllshire, Scotland, where James Beaton was bornin 1816….

The future Mrs. Beaton sailed from Scotland and they were married in Buffalo, New York, in 1861….

Their family were Hugh, John, Dougald, Katherine and Bell….

Katherine met and married a surveyor, James Kerr. They farmed near Oil City and had a family of four, Effie – 1887, Eva – 1889, Kitty Bell – 1892, and James, 1894; then twins Clarence and Clayton – 1898, who died within three months.  Within a few months Katherine’s husband passed away, followed shortly by her mother and father…. [She] died in 1901 leaving four small children who were given homes with family and friends…. Bruce and Martha Cook…had no children so Katie was to make her home with these strangers…..

In April 1902 Bruce Cook headed for Alberta by C.P.R…and went to a farm south of Alix.  Here he built a home and sent for Martha and Katie…. Soon after arriving in their new home Katie developed a beautiful case of measles…. Their wealth consisted of six cows, two horses and a colt which had been purchased at Morningside.

The winter of 1902 – 1903 was long and very cold, so when spring arrived, they made a trip to Lacombe for groceries and supplies.  The road, or what there was of it, was in reality one long mud hole taking two days to make the trip one way.  As well as going to Lacombe there were trips to Lamerton, also for groceries, but even more important, for the mail.

Coal was obtained from the Larkin coal mine, and wood was cut on the Cook property…. In 1911, the family built a home in Alix, known as the Thorp house [1974].  Bruce Cook died in 1913.

During these years Katie received her education…. Among her memories are such events as the Railway being built from Lacombe to Stettler in 1905…. The first store and Post Office burned one very cold night, and the first doctor of the area, Doctor Wilson, lost everything.

The first school in Alix was only one room, and of course the heating system consisted of coal and wood. 

The Ball team was active….  The first minister was Mr. Barner….

In 1916, Katie returned to Ontario and took a business course in Sarnia, becoming reacquainted with her sisters and other relatives.  She returned to Alix in 1918 and clerked in Wally Peacock’s store, and later was stenographer in the Municipal Office….

Mrs. Cook and Katie lived together until 1930 when Martha passed away.

At this point Katie joined her brother, Jim Kerr, and his wife a Turner Valley.  Here she met and married an oilfield driller by the name of Angus McLeod.  Their only child [was] a girl called Doreen….

From the Museum's Calendar Collection

In Alix, Alberta, Business on March 24, 2020 at 1:45 AM

From “Thomas Uriah Blair – by Rose Ann (Blair) Schmaltz and Dennis Blair

In Cattle, Churches, Coal Mining, Delburne, Eclipse, Farming, Gaetz Valley, Gardens, Pleasant Valley on March 22, 2020 at 1:01 AM

From “Thomas Uriah Blair – by Rose Ann (Blair) Schmaltz and Dennis Blair

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Thomas Uriah Blair was born at Lorette, Kentucky January 13th, 1860.  Annie Gedruty Kennedy was born in Miama County, Minn., April 20th 1862.  They were married about May 19, 1885.

They emigrated to the Pleasant Valley District … about April 10th, 1899, with their family, Nancy, Dennis, Thomas, James, Rose Ann, John, and Catherine. Uncle Guss Kennedy and a friend met us in Lacombe.  They took us by team and sleigh through a foot of slush and snow to Uncle Dave Kennedy’s home.  We lived there for a time and moved to the George Wood place.  It was an old log house with dirt floor and sod roof.  We could not live there as it rained so much and the roof leaked badly.  Dad filed on homestead S.W. 32-39-24-4 in Pleasant Valley.  He got a job with Mr. J.L. Walters for the summer.  Mr. Walters was away with his invalid wife who died later.  We lived in his house until Dad and the neighbours built a house on Dad’s homestead.  We moved into it…[on] April 20th, 1899.  The neighbours supplied us with vegetables, and we trapped prairie chickens, partridges and rabbits, using muskrat traps with grain set on the “plate”, and snares for the rabbits.  Dad earned money enough to buy a cow.  That winter he operated a “drift mine” for coal at the Red Deer River….

Uncle Dave’s land joined ours on the east and he and Dad worked together and put in a huge garden. In the fall the neighbours all came and helped Dad get his crop in for the winter, and Dad worked all around helping other neighbours to get their crops gathered in.  In the fall of 1900 dad moved us all to the coal mines.  Mother baked bread for the other miners and served meals to the coal haulers. In the spring of 1901, we moved back to the farm ….

Dad made enough money to buy a team of mules, so he could put in our own crop and take it off.  He used to walk to and from the mines, and to and from Lacombe for groceries, and carry them home on his back….

In the fall we picked blueberries and other wild fruit…. In 1901 the North Star School was built and we started school, the first schooling we had since we arrived in 1899…. In the fall of 1904 Dad sold our farm to Link Morrical for 108 head of cattle and some cash. We moved to the Rowley place until the spring of 1905, where we attended the Eclipse School. 

On February 8, 1905 Dad moved us across the river to brother Den’s place in Gaetz Valley District.  He built the Gaetz Valley School and a log church in the country, also St. Michael Catholic Church in the town of Delburne…. We farmed there until 1917. Dad bought the Delburne Hotel and operated it until 1920.He sold it toa Mr. Leach and built a home where they resided until 1942 when they retired….

Herbert Panrucker by B. Parlby

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Churches, Farming, Hickling, Mirror AB, Organizations on March 18, 2020 at 2:28 PM

From “Herbert Panrucker – by B. Parlby”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Herbert (Bert) Panrucker and his wife Adele (Dolly) came to Alix from Worchester, England, about 1907.  Herbert W. Panrucker started a general store in the hamlet of Alix in partnership with A.G. Holland.  Both husband and wife were very active in the community affairs of the growing village, especially St. Pancras Church, of which he was warden at the time of its dedication.  They were also active in the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges.

H.W. Panrucker was most generous with customers in his store.  Walter Parlby used to tell about the times when he went to pay his grocery bill in the fall after his cattle were sold.  Bert Panrucker would write out a receipt and then give him a pair of boots in appreciation.  Such was store-keeping in the second decade of this century.

Some years late H.W. Panrucker sold the store and bought the Allan Brothers farm as Rennie was rejoining his regiment overseas.  The Panrucker family went into the country to live, on the farm that is now [1974] owned by Ray and Harry McKibbon, (N.1/2 of Sec.6-23-40-W 4th.).

Herbert Panrucker – by B. ParlbyThe Panruckers had two daughters, Millicent and Gertruce.  Both were unusually clever musicians. Millicent was Gold Medallist in Piano, Alberta Ladies’ College, Edmonton.  Gertrude, who married James (jim) Russell, the Mirror lawyer, was organist in St. Monica’s Church for many years.


In Alix, Alberta on March 16, 2020 at 1:15 PM

-Garden Talk at Alix on April 1 has had to be postponed until the coronovirus has run its course.

Community Store ad and Local News Column from “Alix Free Press and Mirror News Record’ June 9, 1949

In Alix, Alberta, Business on March 15, 2020 at 1:28 PM


In Alix, Alberta on March 15, 2020 at 1:19 PM

-Garden Talk at Alix on April 1 has had to be postponed until the coronovirus has run its course.

-Garden Talk at Alix on April 1 has had to be postponed until the coronovirus has run its course.

In Alix, Alberta on March 12, 2020 at 3:01 PM