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Former Residents of Alix (2)

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Business, Churches, Dance Band, Farming, Organizations, Pioneer Farming, Settlers, World War !! on March 28, 2021 at 9:54 AM

From “People of Alix – as suggested by Gordon and Flora Wilton” (2)

Gleanings After Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1981

Flemming: Mr. Flemming used to have a tailor shop in the old Underwood Building on Main Street in the 1920’s.  He made suits fitted to order for his customers.

Henry: Henrys kept the drug store on the corner during the 1930’s.  Mrs. Henry was a trained druggist.  This store contained many things attractive to young people….The two sons, Frank and Jack, attended school in Alix.

Hurley, Nora: Nora Hurley came out to Canada with her brothers from Ireland in 1911 and lived with or near them south of Alix.

Jones, Eric: was a veteran of World War I who took up a quarter section of land under the Soldiers Settlement Scheme Board.  He played the banjo to the accompaniment of Tom Bullivent’s piano for the dances. He retired to the coast of British Columbia.

Loney: Mr. Loney drove the bus from Alix to Edmonton via Camrose.  The children attended Alix School.  Everett Loney lives in Blackfalds [1981] and has been Brand Inspector for some years.

Marks: Mr. Marks was Mr. Loney’s father-in-law, Mrs. Marks was very active in the U.C.W.  they lived east of Alix near the overhead bridge.

Matheson, George: George Matheson worked as a mechanic in Lymbery’s or perhaps Holling’s garage.

Monts: Two brothers and their families lived in the old Early house on Lake Streetin the 1920’s.  They were probably brothers of Mrs. Oscar Sims.

Morgan, George: Mr. and Mrs. George Morgan and their family arrived from Britain some time after World War I to take up land two miles north of Alix under the Soldiers Settlement Board.  They arrived in Alix when the creek was in food.  Ulric Marryat met them at the train with his team and democrat.  On the way to their new home the team went off the grade covered with water and they got stuck.  Mrs. Morgan and the little ones had to be carried to dry land before they could continue their journey.  The boys’ names were Merlin, Herbert, and Benny.  Their sister’s name was Enid. Herbert married Isabel Martin and they had two daughters, Shirley and Pat.

Madsens lived near the overpass and not far from the Free Methodist campground.  A daughter, Lydia, became a teacher in Lacombe and is now [1981] on the town council.

Owens:  Mac Owens was born in Ireland and came to Alix in 1930.  He later left to homestead I the Peace River country but found it too hard to break land so returned to alix.  Alex Findlater found him his first job at Tom Bullivant’s.  From there he went to Harbottles.  Later he took up farming on the old Toepfer place.  Then  he sold his farm and moved to Red Deer….

Alix Residents of the Past

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Infrastructure, Organizations, Railway, School, Settlers, Stettler, World War II on March 26, 2021 at 12:23 PM

From “People of Alix as suggested by Gordon and Flora Wilton”

Gleanings from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1981

Blairs had the Hotel during and before 1916.  They were very good friends of the Patricks.

Bogus, Frosty …was a barber in Alix in the 1930’s.  After the barber shop burned down, the family moved to Stettler.  They now live in Red Deer. [1974]

Boyston was a barber who was very fond of wrestling.  He wrestled with Morris Schnepf and others out at the Alix Fair Grounds.  He was also the drummer in Frank Brooker’s band.

Brookhart, Mrs.: lived in thehouse where the Mortimers lived later.  She kept many boarders.  Mrs. Brookhart was admired for her courage as she did her work from a wheelchair having had one leg amputated. She was most wonderful cheery person and raised her family of boys by herself.  Cliff Brookhart served in the Armed Forces in world War II.  Later the Brookharts moved to Stettler.

Chinn: Chinn and Fisher operated the garage which later became W.E. Jennings’. The two families were related.  A great tragedy occurred when Mrs. Chinn tried to clean clothes with gasoline.  The vapour caught fire and Mrs. Chinn was burned to death….

Cole: The Cole family lived on a place with a little house close to Highway 12 near Alix.  The family consisted of the parents and four children: Henry, Ida, Patricia… and Wesley; all of the children attended school in Alix.  Henry Cole worked for “Caterpillar” for many years….

Collins: Mr. and Mrs. John Collins lived in the C.P.R. Railway Station as John Collins was the station agent for Alix in the 1930’s.  They were active in community affairs, especially curling. Two children, Jack and Illene, attended school in Alix.  Jack joined the Navy during World War II….

Ditto, Ella nee Toepfer was for some time telephone operator in Alix.  She married Andrew Ditto some years after his first wife died and lived with him on the Ditto place just north of town.  They retire to Kelowna after the farm was sold to John Henry Ditto.

Ferguson, Mr.: owned the Drug Store in the 1920’s.  He was also agent for Watkins Products.  Willie Ferguson, the son, attended the school in Alix.

Ferguson: Another family of this name lived in North Alix during the 1920’s.  Carmen married Mrs. DeZutter’s daughter.

Brooker Family

In Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Carpenters, Dance Band, Dance Band, Entertainment, Haynes on March 22, 2021 at 12:00 AM

From “Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brooker – by Stan Loughridge”

Gleanings from Pioneers and Progress ,Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

The Brooker family. Including Frank, Matt, and a sister, came to Alix from Calgary.  Mrs. Brooker had a beautiful singing voice, and sang in choirs in Calgary. The daughter looked like Mary Pickford, as Stan remembers.

The boys had an orchestra, Frank on drums, Matt Brooker and Lawrence Petit on saxophones, Walter Lissack on cornet, Floyd Cockrall on piano.  They played all over, Delburne, Haynes, Clive and Alix.  It was a snappy orchestra, quite a band.

All three Brooker men were carpenters and did a lot of contract work.  It was amazing how fast the three of them could put up a house. 

Frank worked at the creamery hauling with the truck; he also worked with the poultry or eggs.  He married Hazel Ryle and they went to Lloydminster.  Matt married Mary “Bunty” Grey and he went to work for Fish and Game.

Stan tells of a time that Matt Brooker returned a hunting rifle to his Dad.  Matt had been careful to empty the gun, and on more than one occasion Stan had taken the gun down off the wall to show to his friends.  On this particular occasion there was a deafening roar, and a bullet that must have been lodged in the magazine Needless to say, everyone standing around was quite shaken, and glad no one suffered the fate of the rocker.blew the rocker off the rocking chair.

Zoom March 25: Elaine Rude, “Drought -Tolerant Perennials

In Alix, Alberta on March 18, 2021 at 9:14 AM

Zoom Meeting Mar.25 Topic: Drought Tolerant Perennials with Elaine Rude of Paint Brush Garden Design and Consult

Time: Mar 25, 2021 06:30 PM Edmonton

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Text Box: Elaine is a Master Gardener, instructor, garden designer and obsessed gardener.  She gardens on a large property outside of Calgary where she indulges her passion for home grown produce, fruit and flowers.  No stranger to the challenges of country gardening Elaine is working to develop a gorgeous country garden with plants well adapted to her conditions

Winter is the time we dream about how perfect our garden will look this summer.  Perennials blooming abundantly in waves of continuous colour with nary a stem out of place or a blemish or insect in sight.  Alas, Mother Nature doesn’t always treat us kindly.  As our summer weather becomes more unpredictable with extended periods of hotter and drier conditions, we need to choose our perennial plants wisely so that we can obtain a semblance of our dream.  So, let’s take a look at some super tough drought tolerant perennials that can handle whatever Mother Nature throws our wa

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum is fortunate to invite you to 2 Gardening Zooms in March:

In Gardens, Horticulture, Soil on March 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM

1.) On March 17, 6:30 tp 8:30 p.m.:Mike Dorion, Aka the Compost Kid, loves talking about soil.  Starting with a Gardening class put on by the Calgary Horticulture Society, he became immersed. It continued with his Permaculture Design Certificate, SPIN Farming, Greenhouse Design, Compost Facility Operators Certificate, and mentoring in Regenerative Soil Systems and Soil Microbiology. He is currently working on his Soil Food Web Consultant role with the Soil Food Web put on by Elaine Ingham, and sits on the board of Calgary Permaculture Guild.  It all starts in the soil.  Anyone who has ever grown anything knows this, but do we really have a clear understanding of what is actually going on down there.  Let’s dive into the nitty gritty of it all and learn about how to care for the life in the soil and what they need.  With that in mind we can increase our health of the soil and help mitigate the list of problems that get in our way.

2.) On March 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Elaine Rude will present on drought tolerant perennials.. :Elaine is a Master Gardener, instructor, garden designer and obsessed gardener.  She gardens on a large property outside of Calgary where she indulges her passion for home grown produce, fruit and flowers.  No stranger to the challenges of country gardening Elaine is working to develop a gorgeous country garden with plants well adapted to her conditions.

Contact alixmuseum@gmail.com for information.

Cuthbert and Margaret (McRoberts) Wolferstan

In Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Churches, Dairy Pool, Famous 5 Persons Case, Farming, Hickling, Lamerton, Mirror AB, Organizations, Pioneer Medical Health, Political Parties, Ripley, School, School Trustees, Settlers, Trails, U.F.A., Wheat Pool on March 8, 2021 at 1:53 AM

From “Cuthbert Wolferstan – by Peggy Wolferstan Purkis”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Cuthbert Wolferstan was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, where he was educated and grew up.  His father was a solicitor (barrister) and had as one of his clients the Rev. John Hall Parlby … whose two sons Walter and Edward had settled earlier in the Buffalo Country.   It was natural then that Cuthbert (Bert) should come out to Canada with a nephew of the Parlbys, Jack Arbuthnott, and that they both should make their first Canadian homes at Dartmoor and Long Valley Ranches.

After working for Edward Parlby some little time, Bert Wolferstan went to work for … Edwin Goater who had homesteaded west of the present site of Mirror.

In 1905 he filed on his own homestead six miles north of [Alix.]

Having proved up on the homestead, he sold his livestock and went to work for a time in and around Edmonton.  It was just then that the University of Alberta was being started.  Bert … was called upon with his team to turn the first sod.  This was done the evening before the official beginning.  The site was carefully ploughed, then the sod was rolled back in place as though undisturbed.  The next day, with Premier Rutherford driving the team and the University President Dr. H.M. Tory at the handles of the walking plough, the first furrow turned over without a hitch.

Bert’s next adventure was an exploratory trip into the country north of Edmonton … and he returned to the homestead.  In December of 1910 he married Margaret McRoberts, who had come from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was nursing in Edmonton….

It was during these early years that Bert Wolferstan and John Bailey with their teams opened up a wagon trail which wound through the hills to the little hamlet of Alix.

Between the years of 1912 and … 1916 three children were born…: Margaret, or Peggy – now [1974] Mrs. Ronald Purkis- lives on the homestead; Nancy – Mrs. Joe Drushka of Alix; and a son Thomas who now lives in Mirror.

In 1916 Bert Wolferstan became the proud owner of a Model T Ford.  Before he had time to become a practical driver, he took his young family for a little ride. The car was going well but he wanted to stop it and was not sure just how to accomplish this. His solution was to drive it into the soft butt of a haystack.  The car stopped.

Mrs. Wolferstan, as a trained nurse, was often called upon to help in emergencies. She brought many of the children of pioneers into the world.  She nursed with Dr. A.E. Chown.  Dr. McLellan was a very good doctor….

The Wolferstans were always very active community people and members of the Anglican Church. Bert was vestryman and warden, first at St. Monica’s Lamerton (later Mirror), and in his later years at St. Pancras, Alix…. Bert was one of the prime movers in the building of the Hickling School…. later he became a trustee and then Secretary-Treasurer of the Alix Board.

Bert Wolferstan was active in the Farm Movement… and one of the first members of the United Farmers of Alberta…. Working with George Bell, a farmer of the Ripley District… he scoured the country for contract signers for the Alberta Wheat Pool…. With Fred MacDonald and Jack May he spear-headed a drive to organize the Buffalo Lake Livestock Co-operative.

When the United Farmers of Alberta entered politics he became Secretary of the Constituency Association, and was returning officer during the Honorable Irene Parlby’s campaigns. An original member of the Central Alberta Dairy Pool he served on that Board as delegate, and then as Chairman.

FREE ZOOM TALK with MIKE DORION March 17, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Flowers, Gardens, Soil on March 5, 2021 at 11:55 AM

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum Presents: A ZOOM Talk With Mike Dorion

It All Starts in the Soil

Wed. March 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Elaine Meehan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. (free)

Topic: It All Starts in the Soil with Mike Dorion

Time: Mar 17, 2021 06:30 PM Edmonton time

Join Zoom Meeting Please contact alixmuseum@gmail.com

Meeting ID: Please contact alixmuseum@gmail.com

Passcode:: Please contact alixmuseum@gmail.com

Mike Dorion, Aka the Compost Kid, loves talking about soil.  Starting with a Gardening class put on by the Calgary Horticulture Society, he became immersed. It continued with his Permaculture Design Certificate, SPIN Farming, Greenhouse Design, Compost Facility Operators Certificate, and mentoring in Regenerative Soil Systems and Soil Microbiology. He is currently working on his Soil Food Web Consultant role with the Soil Food Web put on by Elaine Ingham, and sits on the board of Calgary Permaculture Guild.  

It all starts in the soil.  Anyone who has ever grown anything knows this, but do we really have a clear understanding of what is actually going on down there.  Let’s dive into the nitty gritty of it all and learn about how to care for the life in the soil and what they need.  With that in mind we can increase our health of the soil and help mitigate the list of problems that get in our way.

Garden Planting Signs

In Gardens on March 3, 2021 at 12:22 AM

“Garden Planting Signs – By A.N.”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mrs. Cora Nielsen planted her garden by the moon signs and, whether you believe it or not, she had beautiful gardens and house plants. Of course, too, it might be because she loved them.

This is her list of the signs she went by, “Plant beans in the crab, the 4th sign, or the full of the moon.  Peas the day following the new moon. I have never had a failure.  The time to slip and plant your flowers is the 6th sign, of Virgin. The rest of the garden, Scorpion, and on, down to the feet, so I am told.