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Information at the Museum

In Alix, Alberta on January 31, 2021 at 1:14 PM

Photo from the Museum

De Jong Family

In Clive AB, Pioneer Farming, World War !! on January 31, 2021 at 12:17 PM

From “Spike and Hylke De Jong – By Mrs. Ed Morrical”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Spike and Hylke came from the Netherlands to the Clive area in April, 1927.  Spike worked for John Duffy and Hylke worked for George Duffy.  In 1928 they went to Blackie, Alberta and then returned to Clive in the fall and purchased the land originally owned by Carl Hecht.  When they purchased it Harry Jeynes was living there.    In 1929 Spike and Hylke’s mother and dad, Mr. and Mrs. John De Jong and two daughters, Doetje and Henneka came to this farm from the Netherlands.  In 1932 they rented the McCleish place which was owned by George Scorah.  In the spring of 1932, Henneke went back to to Holland.  In 1933 Doetje married Ed Morrical.  In the fall of 1935 Spike and Hylke quit farming and Spike married Miss Minnie Monts in December.  In 1936 Spike and Minnie went to Southern Alberta to raise market gardens.  During this time Hylke worked out at various places.  In the fall Spike and Minnie returned for the fall harvest and lived on the Carl Hecht place.  In the spring of 1940, Spike moved his family to B.C….  Hylke joined the army and after the war moved to B.C. also.

In 1945, Mr. and Mrs. John De Jong moved to B.C., returning to Alberta in 1946 where they worked for Richard Bavender for one year.  In 1947 they moved to Clive where they lived until their passing.

The Myth of the Winter Garden

In Alix, Alberta on January 28, 2021 at 6:04 PM


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The myth surrounding winter garden

It’s the myth that plagues gardeners up and down the country. Days are shorter and leaves have fallen from trees.

Wait, what?!

This is when the gardener shifts to dreaming mode.

You dream of your garden every night, envisioning the bright colours and textures and green of your summer paradise. You consider heading south for a vacation, not just for the warmth and sun but just to see some incredible tropical plants and green things. You start thinking about moving to some place where you can garden year-round…

No matter where we garden, we all have a bit of zone envy – the itch to grow something not suited to the heat, cold, moisture or dryness of our region. Gardeners in the North want tender tropical plants to survive their cold winters, while Southern gardeners try to grow plants that need more of a chill than their mild winters provide. But the desire doesn’t end there. Pick any growing condition that limits plant selection, and I bet you’ll find a gardener trying to grow outside the lines.

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Clive Community Hall

In Clive AB, Coal & wood heating, Entertainment, Infrastructure, Organizations, School, Settlers on January 24, 2021 at 10:28 AM

From “The Clive Community Hall”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

As the population of the Village of Clive and of the surrounding area was increasing, the need was felt for a building to hold large meetings, or in those early days funerals… J.T. Reynolds, F. E. Allison and R.N. Longstreet were then council members and at their council meeting of July 30, 1928 a motion was passed to sell lots one, two, three and four in Block 22, plan XLVII to the newly formed Clive Community Hall Company Limited for the sum of one dollar.

The new company then proceeded to sell shares to finance the building they wished to construct.

E.L. Reynolds was president of this new company and H. B. Scott secretary.  They sold 114 shares.

The next year the Hall was built and open for many activities, dances, suppers, concerts and local talent plays when the seating of the hall was taxed to capacity.  It was a great entertainment centre but rental prices were low and power and fuel costly, so financially they were in the red and owed the bank approximately 3000.00 dollars.  In November 1943 a shareholders’ meeting was called…. <r. Eb Wagner and Mrs. Somervillle seconded a motion that we try to borrow the money in small amounts to pay the bank and try to pay off our debts within the next three years.  This motion carried by a large majority and a new board was set up with Mrs. W.H. Somerville as president.  The Clive council gave a donation as did the Clive School Board.  They felt indebted to the hall for its use for school fairs and Christmas concerts.  Several amounts of one to four hundred dollars were loaned.  Now the work began, suppers, sports days, plays and other entertainments were held.  All the people in the district were wonderful.  They donated time and food and in less than three years the money was paid back with interest.

Now many of the shareholders had passed on or moved away, so it was difficult to get a quorum for a shareholders’ meeting.  All the shareholders left were notified by registered mail of a meeting to be held on March 15, 1952.  There was a very good turnout at this meeting and a motion was passed that a Clive Community Hall Association be formed with a board of six members elected at the annual meeting.  These members were to appoint a secretary-treasurer who would also be a member of the board.  This board was to administer the current business and welfare of the hall.

The new board members elected were E.L. Reynolds, Eb Wagner, V.G. Duffy, M. Oro and W. Morton.  K. Nelson was the new secretary….

John Anthony and Margaret Jane Thomas (Carter) Family

In 1918 "Spanish" Flu, Alix, Alberta, Cattle, Horses, Pioneer Farming, School Teachers, Settlers, Stone School District on January 19, 2021 at 2:12 AM

From “Carter Story – By Lydia Carter”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

John Anthony Carter was born in England in 1849.  His wife, Margaret Jane Thomas (Carter) was born in Wales…. [T]hey shipped by train from North Dakota in 1900.  Their family was Orlando, born 1876; Francis b. 1877, d. when 18 years old; John Edward b. 1879; Charles b, 1881; Griffin b. 1884; Les b. 1886, Evan Earl b. 1889, d. February 1920 of the “Flu”; Les died a few days later of the same epidemic; Ira died when a small boy; Archie Oral, b. 1891; Laura Ann, b. 1893.

Before they left U.S.A., they drove by team from one state to another. One incident was – Jesse James stole one of their mares but left the colt.  She kept whinnying so much that they turned her loose, and she returned home.

Arriving in Alix they settled in the Stone district and built a log house.  Fred Stewart, years later took it down, log by log, and moved it.  A frame house was guilt in 1905. Les, Eve, Archie and Laura went to Stone School.  The teacher was Belle McLeod, later Mrs. Charles Stone…. Eve married Lydia Nelson Sept. 28, 1912. For the occasion they drove a team hitched to a democrat borrowed from the Larkin Bros. Myrtle Nielsen attended Lydia while Archie Carter was best man…. Reverend R. White married them in his home…. Eve had built a house that summer…. Previously, Eve had homesteaded north of Coronation and Orlando had homesteaded here, near Alix.  But they traded homesteads…. The Carters ranched, raising both horses and cattle.  The open range in eastern Alberta was plentiful so they raised their colts there, then drove them back to the Stone district to break and sell.  The Carter’s horse brand was EA on the right hip. Those horses were a wild lot….

The senior Carters moved to Coronation….

Eve and Lydia had three boys, Oral, Riley, and Dell….

David J. and Ethel M. Will

In Clive AB, Curling, Farming, Westling on January 13, 2021 at 8:59 AM

From “The David J. Will Story – by Ethel Carter (Will)

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

David J. Will was born in Delphos, Ohio in 1888 and came to Lacombe, Canada in 1912.  He had little money as he had his pocket picked in Chicago, on the way.  Mrs. Will, the former Ethel M. Healing, was born in England in 1893 and emigrated to Lacombe with her parents in 1907.  This was one of the coldest winters ever remembered.

I married Dave Will in 1916 and we farmed in the Lakeside district for a year and Crossfield one year and got hailed out after putting in 640 acres of grain, so we moved to Clive and bought a half section from Proctors which my husband broke up as there was but 60 acres cultivated.  My husband liked farming and worked very hard to clear the land.  We farmed for 48 years and then sold to Mr. Ackerman and built a house in Lacombe to retire.  In 1968 we moved back to our farm and rented most of the land to our son-in-law George Shackleton.  Then owing to health reasons we sold to M. C. Weber and came back to our home in Lacombe.  In 1964 while we were on a holiday in California, my husband and eldest daughter Helen were killed in a tragic accident when our car and a large truck collided as a result of its driver falling asleep.   My daughter’s husband and myself were badly injured.

We had two children, Helen (Mrs. Winter)… and Marjory (Mrs. George Shackleton)….

Many hard times were experienced during our first years of farming, but we enjoyed all and had splendid neighbours and many good times.  My husband was very fond of curling and travelling and he always kept cattle…. He was an ardent U.F.A. member.  Our children went to Westling School 2 1/2 miles on horseback, and many times their lunches were frozen, but thawed them out on the school’s old wood heater.

I 1970, I married Ray A. Carter, however he passed away in October 1971….

Softening and Enhancing Colour in the Garden

In Alix, Alberta on January 13, 2021 at 7:56 AM



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Softening and Enhancing Colour in the Garden

Gertrud Jekyll was known for her colourful garden designs.  The secret to these dazzling displays was her use of whites and pastels in the garden.   Join me for a discussion on their use to bring depth, interest and enhance colour in your garden, and the plants which will help achieve this goal.



Elaine Meehan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Softening and Enhancing Colour in the Garden Time: Jan 20, 2021 06:30 PM (Edmonton time)

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Peter John and Annie Wickenberg

In Churches, Clive AB, Farming, Mail, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer Medical Health, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Urquhart on January 8, 2021 at 8:02 AM

From “The Wickenbergs”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Peter John Wickenberg and his wife, the former Anie Westling, came by immigration train to Lacombe in 1898.  It was July 17th and upon their arrival it started to rain, and continued to do so for 7 weeks straight, during which time they built a house, which had no roof, during all the rain!  A large lake had formed this side of Lacombe, so finally they brought out their supplies by boat.  This house was to be first frame house built in the district.  The Monsons arrived shortly after and lived with them until their home was built.

The post office at this time was at Urquhart, so the Wickenbergs, settled where Noyce Boddy now lives, [1974] were close to mail delivery.  There were no phones or radios, but Erick Westling had a phonograph, and this delighted everyone.

Water wells were drilled using horse power and these same horses ground the grain in a grinder.  This grinder, and a first threshing machine were all shared by neighbours and relations, and owned on a partnership basis.

The Wickenbergs had seven children, Josie (Mrs. Modine), Rosie (Mrs. Haverstock), Johnny, Roy, Agnes, Molly (Mrs. Chuck Parsons) and Lily (Mrs. Frank Knight).  Agnes died at the age of seven from scarlet fever, and was the first to be buried at the Saron Lutheran Church cemetary…..