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St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church at Clive

In Boy Scouts, Churches, Clive AB, Coan & wood Heating, Lamerton, Pleasant Valley on September 3, 2020 at 10:12 AM

From ‘the History of St. John, the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Clive, Alberta

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

The earliest services were held in a little country school house with the Reverend Leitch Porter conducting…. Archdeacon Dewdney was another frequent visitor conducting services whenever he passed that way on his missionary journeys.

In 1909 or very early in 1910 plans were made for the building of the present church [1974] …. A fund of $402 was contributed by four members of the Elliott family…. Other donations came in from Pleasant Valley, and the surrounding area, and the fund at the Quebec Bank at Clive swelled to over a thousand dollars.

On one of his visits, Archdeacon Dewdney held a service in the Brereton Hall at Clive after which he called a meeting to form the first vestry.  George Elliott became the first people’s warden and Basil Hertslet, the first rector’s warden.  Other members of the vestry included D.C. Hartle, John Elliott, Ernest Short, Bernard C. Hertslet, W.S. Boesfield, Lawrence Nichols, and Edward Fawcett….

Ernest Dickinsen, a mason by trade, who lived near Chain lakes, donated and laid the first cornerstone…. Donald Hartle, his nephew George Hartle, and Ernest Short donated stained glass windows.  Henry Cramer and Ernest Short were foremost in putting up the framework, and by early autumn, the building stood ready….On the thirtieth day of September, 1911, the parish of St. John the Baptist’s was formed by the Rt. Rev. Cyprian Pinkham, Bishop of Calgary…. Four baptisms were performed by the Bishop at that first service…. And [one] … confirmed.

In this same year, Oswin Creighton, a son of the Bishop of London, England, came to Canada as a missionary.  After some months in Edmonton, he was sent to take charge of the Lamerton Mission…. [which included] Clive….

…Oswin Creighton was not long in organizing a troop of Boy Scouts….

Two stoves heated, or partially warmed this high-ceilinged church.  One of these burned wood and coal, giving some degree of constant heat.  The tall iron one which burned wood only had to be fed by dropping the sawn blocks of native poplar down through the opening at the top.  Twenty feet or more of tin piping was slung horizontally from the high ceiling to connect the stoves with the chimney of the building. Under favorable conditions these pipes gave off almost as much heat as the stoves…. Should the wind veer to the south, however, the chimney and pipes refused to fulfill their purposes, and the congregation would be literally smoked out.

In those days of horse transport, the old hitching post was an inevitable feature of the outside of any public place….

Early in September of 1913, Oswin received a helper…R.H. Gregory… a recent graduate from Oxford….

The first organist at Clive was Miss Isabella Elliott….

The W.A. was started by Mrs. F.C. Dean in 1915….

Various improvements to the original structure have been made….  in 1954 … a basement was dug at the back of the lot where the horses were once tied and the church building was moved back on to a solid foundation.  The two stoves and the twenty feet of pipe were replaced by a modern heating system…

The following are the names of the clergymen who had charge….: The Rev. Oswin Creighton, 1911-1914; The Rev. N. W. Holdum, 1914 1919; The Rev. Andrew Love, 1920-23; Leslie Bachelor, student, during the summer of 1924; The Rev. G.M. Morgan, 1924 – 1929; The Rev. Thomas Chapman, 1929 – 1936; The Rev. W.E. Herbert, 1936 – 1942; The Rev. L.W. G. Hudson, 1942 – 1945; The Rev. George Major, 1952-59 aided by a student, Peter Millen during the summer of 1957.

The present [1974] incumbent, the Rev. K.M. Collison, arrived during the latter part of 1957….

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