Charlie and Ada Bucknell

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Haynes, Hopedale, Pioneer Farming, School, School Teachers, Sports News on June 30, 2020 at 1:29 AM

From “Chas. Bucknell Family”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

Charlie Bucknell was born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1870, and in 1896 He married Miss Ada Henshaw of New Providence, Iowa.  Having relatives and friends in the area, they came to Haynes in 1906.  To start with they lived in a log cabin on the Jack Phillips homestead, moving afterwards to several different locations, while buying the SW3 immediately east of Haynes, from the C.P.R. for $3.00 an acre, and building a house there.  Mrs. Bucknell took care of Mr. Phillips in his declining years.  The house burnt after a few years and was rebuilt around 1918 and the large barn which is still [1974] in good condition on the property was erected about that time. The location of the house on the road to Alix made it a popular overnite [sic] stopping place.  In the early years the Bucknells raised good Percheron horses as well as cattle, but like so many others they “lost their shirt” in the slump after the First World War.

Mrs. Bucknell was known as “Ada Charlie” to distinguish her from Mrs. Dick Bucknell, also an Ada.  She was a Quaker by faith who always lived by her high principles.  She had been a schoolteacher in her youth and did a lot towards getting the church going, then she taught Sunday School in the district for many years.  She had a hobby of photography in which she showed much skill, developing her own pictures in the early days. She organized the Haynes Ladies Club “for mothers of small children who don’t get out much” and was always a staunch supporter. Another of her many talents was that of veterinary medicine, using many recipes the Indians told her about.

Charlie was well known in the district as an eager participant in concerts and plays put on in the Hall, and for his aptness and wit as Master of Ceremonies at the early “do’s”.  He was a champion checker player, attending many tournaments and was very knowledgeable about baseball, travelling widely to umpire games.

Many teachers at the Hopedale School boarded with the Bucknells and one, Miss Eva Skuse, who later married Don Lonsberry who taught at Satinwood became a lifelong family friend.

The Bucknells adopted a son, Jay, and also helped to raise two granddaughters, Myra and Myrna….

Charlie and Ada celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1946.  In 1953 they sold the farm to Ted Elder, and retired to Blueberry Creek….

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