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Woolgar Family

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Carradale School, Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery on May 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM

From “Woolgar, Richard, NW-14-39-23 – by Marge Ludvigsson, as told by Sid Woolgar”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Richard Woolgar and his wife Ellen came from England to Alix in 1911.  He was in the plaster and stucco trade, and many are the buildings in a wide radius that carry his workmanship. At first they lived in town, above the then municipal office which is now [1974] Mrs. Vi Cowan’s apartment, and their daughters, Winnie and Betty, were born there. Charles Woolgar, a brother, had a blacksmith shop and the Massey Harris agency next door. In 1916 they moved to the Mansbridge farm, where Sidney was born,….[ten] to NW1/4-14-39-23-4 purchased from a W.L. Wright who went overseas and was killed….

In due course they attended Carradale School, and, as the road wound past their door, they sometimes got rides in the buggy with the schoolteacher, Miss Mary Sanderson from Alix.  When the road was changed to west of the C.N.R. tracks the family found it difficult to get out in wet or wintry weather.  Although the house was practically surrounded by sloughs, it was always a problem to get good drinking water.

Sometimes Sidney was kept from school to accompany his father on a job, and recalls that once during the ‘Thirties his father supplied all materials and applied them in Mirror at the rate of 38c per square yard.

Betty married Medley Rogers in 1937 and for a time they lived on the Horseshoe Ranch nearby, but later settled in Kelowna, B.C….

Winnie married William Rodgers in 1941 and they lived in “Uncle Bob Woolgar’s” place on the south east corner of NW1/4-36-39-23-4…. She succumbed to cancer in 1956, leaving a son, William, and a daughter, Ellen….

Richard Woolgar became a victim of the dust from lime used in his trade.  After suffering with silicosis for some little time he passed away in 1941….

In 1946 Sidney bought the “Mason place”, SE¼-14, kittycorner to his home quarter…. Around 1950 he bought the SW ¼ from Hil Primus, and on it built a new house….  Winnie’s son Billy spent much of his time with his grandmother and Uncle Sid. The original home quarter was sold to Harold Rogers in 1959, and of the remaining area that part east of the C.N.R. railway on the S1/2 – 14- was sold to Jim Robinson in 1959.

Royal Bank Calendar 1933 from our calendar collection

In Alix, Alberta on May 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM

from “William Guest Family”

In Clive AB, Railway on May 28, 2020 at 9:06 PM

From “William Guest Family”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

William Guest emigrated from England in 1903 to Winnipeg, Man…. Then he came west to Lacombe where he got a job working on the railroad at Clive.

Ellen Beatrice Rea emigrated to Winnipeg from England in 1905.  William Guest returned to Winnipeg to marry her after he had filed on a homestead in the Calkins Valley district.  They returned to the homestead after they were married until 1910 when they moved to Clive with their son Wm. Jr. …and Dorothy….

Mr. Guest worked for Mr. John Longstreet and later rented land from Mr. Longstreet and Bill Johnson.  There were three children born at Clive, Edith … George…. [and] Albert….

The Guests left Clive in April 1923, by team and wagon driving their livestock to return to their homestead.

From "John Svitana – by Donald Brodie (Grandson)

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Haynes on May 20, 2020 at 7:31 PM

From “John Svitana – by Donald Brodie (Grandson)”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

John Svitana (1900 – 1965), powder blaster, of the village of Zdair, Czechoslovakia, was born on June 25, 1900.  Educated in Zdair and lived there to marry his first wife, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown).  They had three children: the first two boys dying in infancy.  Mary is the only surviving child of John and Elizabeth.[1974]  John emigrated to Canada in 1925 leaving his wife and daughter behind on a small farm near Zdair.  Elizabeth died six years later, leaving Mary with her sister Margaret of Spisska Bela, Slovakia.  The happenings of John’s first farm are unknown.  Mary lived with her aunt Margaret for a period of three years when John sent money for Mary’s boat fare to Canada.  John worked in the mines in Sudbury, Ontario as a blaster.  They lived there for two years before coming out West to live on a farm approximately 3 ½ miles east of Haynes.  John married the widow, Mrs. Macey, and they lived on that farm until the family split up in 1937; Mary to live with close friends.  In 1946 John bought a farm approximately 2 ½ miles north of Haynes, where he lived by himself until his death in 1965. Mary married Bill Brodie in 1947, and John’s estate was left to their five children who now [1974] presently hold title to John’s land.

John Svitana was buried in the cemetery in Alix, Alberta.

From the museum’s calendar collection

In Alix, Alberta on May 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Our Wall of Fame

In Alix, Alberta on May 12, 2020 at 4:48 PM

Ribbons from parades. the museum’s parade entries have been enhanced by Mr.Geoff Parlby driving his antique car!

Alix Free Press and Mirror News Record June 9, 1949: ads W.E. Jennings Garage, Alix Ladies Wear, letter re: Blood Donor Clinic

In Alix, Alberta, Business on May 10, 2020 at 9:11 AM

from the Museum’s Newspaper Collection

Jennings, Lymbery and Alix Pharmacy Calendars from the past

In Alix, Alberta on May 8, 2020 at 2:24 PM

from The Alix Free Press Jan. 22, 1937

In Alix, Alberta on May 4, 2020 at 6:37 PM

Political Ads from 1949 in the Alix Free Press and Mirror News Record June 9, 1949

In Alix, Alberta on May 1, 2020 at 9:09 AM

from the Museum’s Newspaper Collection