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In Organizations, U.F.W.A. on July 31, 2020 at 3:21 AM

United Farm Women of Alberta

“Some aims of the U.F.W.A.

from the U.F.W.A. Cook Book 5th ed.

Wing & Neisje Wong

In Business, Farming, Haynes, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on July 30, 2020 at 3:12 PM

From “Wing Wong  – By Carol Wong”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Wing Wong was born in Canton, China in 1897.  At the age of eleven years he came to Canada accompanied by a family friend.  When the ship docked in Victoria he spent all the money he had, an American nickel, on some jelly beans.  For two years he worked as a houseboy in Vancouver, earning $6.00 a month.  From 1910 – 14 he worked throughout B.C. employed as a dishwasher with a railroad maintenance crew.

In 1914 Wing moved to Calgary and in 1920 he came to the Alix area.  He built a house and farmed on what is now [1974] the E. Stump place….

One fall an emergency arose when … [the men] Pete Russell had hired to help thresh quit…. Wing rode horseback seven miles every morning to help pitch bundles all day.  At night he rode home again to look after his own livestock.

In 1927, Wing bought the hardware store in Haynes from Mr. Thompson.  The store later expanded to include groceries, gas, oil, and lumber.  Groceries were often traded for eggs valued at 5c a dozen.

Mr. and Mrs. Wong were married in 1932.  Mrs. Wong, the former Neisje Lakeman, was born in South Dakota in 1907 and came with her family to Canada in 1912.

One night there was a robbery in the store.  Hearing a noise, Wing went to the front of the store carrying a flash light (his gun was out on loan to a duck hunter).  The robber was at the cash register and ran out the front door firing a gun as he did so.  Mrs. Wong screamed, waking Link Rapp and Charlie McMillan who were working for Wing and staying with the family.  The police were called and when they arrived the robber was tracked through the autumn frost to Jim Rice’s place.  He had gone there for help when his car became stuck, and was given breakfast with his gun on his knee. The Rices thought he was a duck hunter.  The robber was apprehended by the police when he went back to his car.   After all the excitement was over the police and the culprit enjoyed a cup of coffee back at the store before going on to Red Deer.

A pair of boots, gas, shells and groceries were the items taken from the Haynes General Store.  This same robber had been the object of a police hunt throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

Mrs. And Mrs. Wong sold the store to Mick Stuart in 1944 and moved to Red Deer.  They have three children: Ronald…Stanley…[and] Rella….

Alix School (High School End) 1960 from Inkspot (Yearbook)

In Alix, Alberta, School on July 27, 2020 at 7:32 AM

Farming in the Carroll District

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Carroll, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on July 25, 2020 at 3:34 PM

from “Anderson – by Dolly Walker”

from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mr. Anderson came to the Carroll District in 1910 and cleared and broke about 150 acres.  He came here as a contractor from Edmonton, and built a small house up on the hill.  His daughter, Jessie McLean, who eventually inherited the land, used to spend a lot of time with him.  In winter, he would go back to Edmonton and stay with Jessie.

Johnny and Ruth Schnepf and two children, Viola and Johnny, stayed in his house one winter while he was in Edmonton.

Then his son, Cliff Anderson, came to farm it.  He had a wife and one child.  He built another house.

The next ones were Mr. and Mrs. Alf Turner, and Alf’s two brothers Henry and Steve.  They all lived together.

Henry was a blacksmith.  Steve dug wells for a living and made wells for a good many people around the district….

When they left here they started up a transport company called Turner’s Transport, which is still in operation. [1974]

Oscar and Ruth Sundberg and three children came to live here for a few years.  He was a farmer as well as a trapper and hunter. He had a cabin on one of the cut lines in the foothills west of Innisfail….

Then came Mr. and Mrs. George Peterson; they bought the north-west quarter.  Good neighbour Charlie Rouse put the two houses together and made one good house out of them.  Mr. Peterson passed away after a lengthy illness, and Mrs. Peterson stayed on until retiring in Alix.

Irving Peterson built a house on the same quarter … and Cecil Walker bought the other three quarters.

Do you recognize any of these Alix Businesses?

In Alix, Alberta on July 20, 2020 at 2:14 PM

Alix School Grade 11 Class 1960 from Inkspot Yearbook

In Alix, Alberta on July 17, 2020 at 7:46 AM

Railway Water Tank at Troon

In Alix, Alberta, Carroll, Railway, Troon on July 16, 2020 at 3:24 AM

From ‘Troon Water Tank – By Dolly Walker”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

Troon water tank was built in 1916 by the Canadian National Railway.

A man known only as Dad Mason was operator or pump man.  He came here in 1921 from Winnipeg.  He was a friend to all the children.  His house was never lonely.  He had a few housekeepers before he married a Mrs. Webster….

Then Mr. and Mrs. Glasspoole and family came to Troon in 1928 from Eckville to take over from Mason.  They had eight children then, and one more son was born later.  Frances Walper was one of their children.  After about ten years the C.N.R. closed the water tower.

The Glasspooles decided to take up farming so they moved to the former George Hill farm for a few years, eventually moving to Alix.

Troon water tower burned in 1945.

Teaching Staff of Alix High School 1960 (from Inkspot Yearbook)

In Alix, Alberta, School, School Teachers on July 13, 2020 at 7:20 AM

Welton and Lena Bronson Family

In 1930s Depression, Coal Mining, Farming, Haynes, Pioneer Farming, Railway on July 11, 2020 at 4:10 PM

From “Bronson Family – By Alice Elder”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Welton Amasa Bronson came west from Peterborough, Ontario in 1899.  He freighted for the Grand Trunk Railway west from North Battleford, using a four horse team to bring supplies to the rail crew.  In the coldest winter weather, he slept in a tent at night along the trail…. Finally, he settled on the NE ¼ of sec 4.T39.R24.W of 4, just north of where Haynes is now located.

He returned to Ontario to marry Anna Helena Stone in the fall of 1904, and they came back to start their life together on the new homestead.

In those days, Lacombe was the nearest post office and also the nearest place to purchase supplies.  Welton used to go to the Red Deer River, get a load of coal and early the next morning about 3 o’clock, start to Lacombe where the coal was sold. With the money obtained from the coal the necessary shopping was done …about once a month or when absolutely necessary.

Their first babies, twin boys, died within a few days of their birth, but on December 17, 1906, Roy Francis Stone Bronson was born.

There was always land to clear, and baking to be done…. In 1910 Welton and Lena decided to have a sale, rent their farm and go back to Ontario to be near their relatives.  After the sale, they rented their farm to E. Clare Sherburne and his wife Adah….

Welton had a near brush with death due to …typhoid fever.  After his recovery Welton, Lena and son Roy returned west in the spring of 1914 with one addition, Alice Julia Milissa Bronson born November 10, 1913 in Ontario.

In 1917 they got their first car, a Model T Ford….

Willard Clarke Bronson was born on April 21, 1917….

Lena was an excellent seamstress and she made all the family clothes; was often called upon to make wedding outfits for the brides of the district.  She made quilts of the pieces and rugs out of any garments too worn to be made over into children’s clothes.

There was a much-used Indian trail just north of the house….

Life was happy then, but early in 1920, on January 13, Lena died of pneumonia and pleurisy, and Welton was left to raise the family alone.

Roy and Alice went to school but two year old Willard needed more attention.  Often a housekeeper was hired to care for him and to help with meals.  Welton got word that his father-in-law James Clarke Stone, had just lost his wife due to a heart attack in Ontario and he was alone at an advanced age.  That winter Welton left Roy to look after the farm and the animals while he went to Ontario to bring his father-in-law back to live with the family for the rest of his life.   Granddad Stone was a wonderful help as he was an adult that could be with the children when Welton was working outside….

In 1925 Welton married Annie Claxton, who had come to the district from Calgary to keep house for her brother   William George Claxton…. Roy … suddenly came down with appendicitis.  He went to Red Deer Hospital for an operation and died a few days later on Feb. 4, 1926….

After living at Haynes about 10 years “Granddad,” James Clarke Stone, died on January 13, 1935….

Two years later in the spring of 1937, Annie Bronson… died of pneumonia.

Welton’s daughter Alice and her husband Adam (Ted) Elder came from Calgary to help run the farm for a year.  After helping for a year they moved away to farm on their own….

Welton … died December 19, 1939….

Willard stayed on the farm.  He married Mary Brookes from Red Deer and shortly after they moved to South Burnaby, B.C.  They rented part of the farm to Joe Cameron and later to Martin Lakeman.  They sold their farm in the mid 1960’s.

We Are Grateful

In Alix, Alberta on July 8, 2020 at 6:33 PM

to Canada Summer Jobs for our summer employee. This allows us to continue the museum’s work!