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From 1956 Survey of Alix

In Alix, Alberta, Business on December 31, 2020 at 12:06 PM

From Survey of Alix Dept. of Industry & Development, Government of the Province of Alberta

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In Alix, Alberta on December 29, 2020 at 12:09 PM

From Survey of Alix Dept. of Industry & Development, Government of the Province of Alberta

Alfred A.E. Batchelor

In Alix, Alberta, author, Pioneer Farming, Publishing, World War !!, World War I on December 20, 2020 at 10:29 AM

From “Alfred A.E. Batchelor – by Eve Allan Keates”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

The Batchelor family came to Alix in 1939 and made many friends. Captain Alfred A.E. Batchelor was a veteran of both World Wars, and in his book mentions Alix’s first parade when ninety-seven men turned out for the military training program, which he was instrumental in organizing.  He had seen unprepared men in the First World War and was determined that something should be done once the Second war started.

On request of relatives and friends Captain Batchelor began a book, “Not For Gold”. An autobiography which sadly had to be completed by his family after his death in 1967.  He said as the Centennial Year was coming up he would like to express in some way his thankfulness for having had the privilege of living in Canada.  His book is dedicated to the youth of Canada….

One interesting and humorous note which I feel was typical of the Captain, “We have no family tree but my ancestry goes back as far as the next man’s and having no tree to brag about, we don’t know how many branches were sound and how many rotten.”  He managed with one arm for many years having lost the other in the First World War.  His friends and neighbours were amazed at the way he handled his horse, which he rode up until the day of his death, and undertook his daily farm chores using his hook and one arm.  In 1945 to Brunt Lake, then to Chilliwack, B.C….

Please do this survey for museum users.

In Alix, Alberta on December 17, 2020 at 4:51 PM

Alix 1956

In Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Business on December 13, 2020 at 12:01 PM

From Survey of Alix Dept. of Industry & Development, Government of the Province of Alberta

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In Alix, Alberta on December 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Earl Barnes Story

In Coal & wood heating, Farming, freighting, Nebraska District, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Settlers, World War I on December 5, 2020 at 9:45 AM

From “The Earl Barnes Story”(from a story by Earl Barnes)

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

I was born in Muskoka county, Ontario in 1895.  Dad kept sheep and did butchering for nearby hotels.  There were lots of tourists even then. In winter he worked in the bush, and he and his brothers were guides for hunters….

We then moved to North Bay where my Dad worked in the bush again. 

The last winter we were there Dad hired 19 men and with mother doing the cooking, they got big sleighs, one with a sprinkler on it, and made ice roads to haul the heavy loads.

…[w]hen we landed at Lacombe Dad had $40 left.

We lived 4 miles west of Lacombe in a house of Mr. Draders, all the kids got measles and Dad got pneumonia.  Dad got better and bought a team of oxen and went to work.  We then moved north of Bentley.  Dad bought a 22 rifle and about 6 shells and told me to keep meat on the table.  I went into the woods to get a partridge and shot off all my shells and every one hit a willow bush.  On the way home I saw something that stopped me in my tracks it was a lynx, and the longer I looked at it the bigger it got.  I guess I was the scaredest boy that ever lived.  Dad finally rescued me and by next spring I was out shooting by myself. We lived in a shack about 12 x 16 feet.  We had one little stove and since we did not have coal oil for a lamp, we used to leave the stove door open for light in the evening. Mother and us kids never saw Dad until he came home in the spring.  In 1909 Dad got a job in Lacombe and worked for Carl Nelson in a harness and shoe repair shop.  This man had SW1/4-41-24 W4 in the Nebraska district and somehow, they made a trade and we moved out in 1910.  It was closer to school.  In 1915 Dad joined the army and went to England and France.  I went in 1918 but only got to Sarcee camp in Calgary.

from “Rude-Rottenfusser by Mrs. Jenny Rottenfusser” part 2

In Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Boy Scouts, Carroll, Cattle, Farming, Hairdressers, Horses, Organizations, Railway, School, Settlers, World War !! on December 1, 2020 at 8:38 AM

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

Albert Rottenfusser bought the W1/2-26-39-22-W4 in the spring of 1940.  This was Hudson’s Bay land which had been farmed by Jim Carroll. On May 4th Albert and his brother John came from Stettler bringing horses and machinery with which to farm.  As there were no buildings on the place they hauled out a granary in which to live.

During the summer John and Albert bought a cottage at Buffalo Lake which consisted of three rooms and a screened-in veranda.  It was not lined inside so was terribly cold in the winter; the tea kettle would freeze on the stove. Ten head of horses were moved to move the building until they came to the sand hill between Ira Mann’s and home.  To get up the hill it took fourteen horses, Tony De Wald’s tractor, blocks and tackle.  A brother-in-law, Vernon Bignell, also helped.

Mr. and Mrs. John Rottenfusser Sr. had homesteaded in the Botha district, after coming from the state of Washington.  Mrs. Rottenfusser, and her eldest daughter, Mary, then a baby, were on the first passenger train that ran from Lacombe to Stettler in the fall of 1905.  In December 1940 they moved to the Alix district, buying the Peterman farm in the Ripley district….

Vernon and Frances Bignell came to the old Abe Carroll homestead west of Lee and Carl Carroll’s in 1945….

During the war years Albert served in the R.C.A.F.  His brother John and his wife, Alice, lived on the farm.  In 1944 the taxes for the north quarter were $39.09 and for the south quarter $$41.16; in 1973 the taxes on the same were $136.80 and $130.72.  In March 1947 Paul Winters drilled a well for Albert.  It was 210 feet deep, total price $329.75….     Albert and I were married in Lacombe….

Brian was born September 4, 1947, and Wanda on July 4, 1949.  When Wanda was a baby, we got a new roof and remodelled the house, turning the veranda into a kitchen and dining room.

We bought Mrs. Sibert’s land, NW1/4 27-39-22 through the V.L.A. in 1952. We also got our first tractora Model D Case….

Carroll School closed in June 1953.  In September, when Brian started school, the children were bussed into Alix.  Ned Barritt was our bus driver, a job he held for sixteen years.  The Carroll Community Club bought the school as a community center….

We had Aberdeen Angus range cows, but Holstein milk cows, and shipped cream to Alix Creamery.  It was much easier after we got electricity and a milking machine.

Albert took an active interest in the Canadian Order of Foresters and was Leader of Boy Scouts until his illness and passing in 1966.

Some years the berries were in abundance.  It would be like a picnic, with neighbour ladies coming to pick and having coffee….

Brian is working for his Masters in Geology at the time of this writing [1974] …. Wanda and I stayed on the farm  until she graduated from grade 12.  In 1967 we moved to Calgary when she entered university….