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Flower List from Irene’s Garden

In 1930s Depression, Gardens, Irene Parlby on April 30, 2021 at 7:18 AM

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….

Vivian (Murdoch) Clarke

In 1930s Depression, Churches, Clive AB, Entertainment, Fairs, Farming, Organizations, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Railway, School, School Teachers on February 11, 2021 at 11:01 AM

From “My Memories of Clive – by Vivian (Murdoch) Clarke”

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

Who could forget the Village of Clive and the people who lived there during the Nineteen Thirties?  The events that took place at the Community Hall, the School Fair, the movies, plays, dances, and the Christmas Concerts?  The skating, the carnival, and hockey in the winter at the rink?  Ditzler’s ingenious toboggan on runners that was pulled behind the car.  The opening of the baseball season every 24th of May, with the parade and the Maypole dance.  The Strawberry Socials, the Swedish Picnics, the Chicken Suppers, the Box Socials, when the ladies’ decorated lunch boxes went to the highest bidder.

Septembers, with Arbor Day cleanup and tree planning ceremony at the school. George Vanderzyl, our Principal from the year I started school until the year I graduated.  Vic McCormack, jumping on his bike at recess, and racing to his Dad’s barber shop for the score during the World Series.  The school picnics at “the spring” on Grose’s Hill.

Mrs. Brereton’s Mission Band, Mrs. Allison and the United Church Sunday School, with its small church replica to receive our birthday pennies; the Baptist Church’s summer Bible School, and their annual Christmas Concert.

The trains, with their steam engines, that flattened small objects we placed on the tracks; and the dray that was always waiting at the station for trains to arrive; in winter; hitching our small sleighs behind the dray or  the farmers’ sleighs that were hauling grain to the elevators.

Watching Mr. Shore at work in his blacksmith shop; the Minstrel Shows, piano recitals, and chivarees.  The list is endless…. 

I can’t think of anywhere I would rather have gone to school or spent my childhood.

Rude-Rottenfusser part one

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Business, Farming, freighting, Great Bend School, Hairdressers, Pioneer Farming on February 11, 2021 at 8:59 AM

From “Rude-Rottenfusser – by Mrs. Jenny Rottenfusser” part 1

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

My parents, Olaf and Irene Rude, were visiting at the home of his brother, John, and Lena Rude when I was born. John had homesteaded the quarter south of Jim Blades in the Delburne district.  At that time, 1917, they lived in a log house on the bank of the Red Deer River.  In the spring Dad obtained work at Cadogan until a cyclone wiped out the farmer for whom he was working.

We moved to the Millet-Wetaskiwin area and lived there until I started school at Larch Tree.  Our family included Olga, Ivan, and Nels by now.  Dad always wanted to return to the lumber camps in B.C. where he had first worked after coming from Norway.  In the spring of 1925, my parents loaded everything in two hay-racks, one wagon and a buggy, and started south.  They had twelve horses.  Another fellow drove one outfit.   One hay-rack had a canvas over it, and we lived in that, travelling like early pioneers.  It took two weeks to reach Midnapore.  I remember Mom waking Olga and me to give us our first sight of Calgary, a row of lights on the horizon. Going through Calgary, under the railroad track, barefoot ragged kids stood, yelling and throwing things and calling us gypsies.

Dad and his friend obtained work hauling pipe to Turner Valley.  They unloaded the hay-rack beside Sheep River and there we camped for some time.  There were a lot of other people camped also.  Towards fall we lived in a house in Okotoks.  I went to Pine Creek School.  Just before Christmas Dad sold the horses and wagons, and we took the train to Nevis and hired a car to take us to Uncle John’s.  My brother, Carl, was born in March.  In the spring Dad went farming for Arthur Chaffin.  We lived in the district for many years. Gordon and Stuart were born later. We all obtained our schooling at the Great Bend School.

A farmer could work out his taxes by driving the school van, usually at the rate of of thirteen days to a quarter of land.  When I was in High School I drove the van for thirty-five cents a day. When I first started to work out I received eight dollars a month.

I moved to Alix in October, 1942, and opened Jenny’s Beauty Shoppe. There had not been one since Nancy Drushka had closed hers.  Perms were $2.50, $3.50, and $5.00.  When cold waves came in I charged $6.50.  A set was 50 cents, a shampoo and set, 75 cents.  For 10 cents they could get it combed out when it was dry.  I sold out to Jean Cosentino in 1947.

George and Myrtle Wilson

In 1930s Depression, Cattle, Pioneer Farming, Railway, School Teachers, Veterinary Medicine on October 1, 2020 at 11:11 AM

From “George Wilson – by B. Parlby”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

George Wilson grew up in Victoria, B.C., where his parents and their family lived.  He came to the Alix district in the early Twenties, and married Myrtle Moore who had come north from the U.S.A.

The Wilsons lived on Old Dartmoor Ranch north of Alix for some years.  When the Walter Parlbys moved closer to town George undertook to buy a portion of the ranch containing the house.  He and his wife kept and milked dairy cows.  In addition, he raised a considerable herd of Suffolk sheep.  Unfortunately the depression of 1929 and the Thirties made it too difficult to make the payments.  The Wilsons gave up farming and moved to Mirror where George worked over twenty years for the C.N.R.

As a young man George Wilson worked with a veterinarian in Victoria and learned skills in doctoring animals which he used all the rest of his life.  Whether on the farm or in Mirror he was always greatly in demand to assist his neighbours in the care of their animals.  Floating or pulling horses’ teeth, treating a horse for colic, a cow for bloat, or helping a prize dog to give birth to pups, each to him was a job worth doing. … Kindly, generous, hardworking and humourous, George was a general favourite with his neighbours, especially on the threshing gangs when he and Len Siddons would make uproarious fun.

Myrtle Wilson worked hard in her role of farm wife, cooking, baking scrumptious pies, milking cows at chore time, as well as caring for their two children, Jean and Donald (Bud). After they moved to Mirror, she had time to garden, for she loved flowers….

Donald works [1974]] on the C.N.R.  He married Dorothy Heuman of Mirror and they have three sons, David…Douglas…and Dan.   Dorothy, their mother, is teacher librarian at Mirror School.

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.

Horseshoe Lake Ranch(e) by Mary Ainslie Jackson

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Business, Carradale School, Farming, Settlers on June 21, 2020 at 6:56 AM
There was an ice house which was filled each year with ice...

from “The Alvin Maurer Story – by Florence Maurer”

In 1930s Depression, Clive AB, Eclipse, Pioneer Farming, Pleasant Valley, Settlers on April 8, 2020 at 8:59 AM

From “The Alvin Maurer Story – by Florence Maurer”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Alvin G. Maurer was born November 1915 to Martha and John Maurer of the Pleasant Valley district.  They had lived here since 1905.  Alvin received his schooling at the Sargent School, and then took over most of the farm duties.

He married the former Florence E. Nesbitt who was born in May, 1916, and who was the daughter of Isabel and Nelson Nesbitt.  Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt came to Clive on the north ridge of Pleasant Valley in 1915.  She received her schooling at Eclipse and then left for a few years as a beautician. 

Being born W W I babies, and living through the depression of the 30’s, our sports and social lives were of original being.

Community skating at the John Elliott farm.  Alvin was goalie for the team.  Dancing was our one joy, for fifty cents an evening, singing by the creek with our friends were other things that Alvin excelled at.  One of our most favorite pastimes was eating ice cream at “Mother” Dean’s café.

In 1940 during the W. W. II years we received ration stamps for food and gas; also, at this time were the births of our children.

The supplementing of income consisted of driving caterpillar tractors, breaking land the veterans had purchased in the district, and for the first seismic oil crews over knob hill and the valley filling oil sumps.  Later filing boilers on oil rigs and helping fellow farmers when possible.

We moved to the Village of Clive in 1949…. Florence held the position of postmaster’s assistant for 13 ½ years.  Alvin was contract mail courier for nineteen years, until his passing in 1972.

He has left two children, Thornton….  Sharlene [Tonneson]… four grandchildren, and his wife Florence…[1974]

from The Alix Free Press Jan. 21, 1938

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta on March 3, 2020 at 3:11 PM

Central Alberta Dairy Pool

In 1930s Depression, Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Business, Dairy Pool on March 1, 2020 at 9:52 PM

Central Alberta Dairy Pool part 2

from “Some Memories of My Years in Alix, and Its People” by Alice Whitfield

Art Foster was the engineer in charge of the boiler room and machinery.  Bert Smith also worked there…. Around 1932 Poultry and eggs were added to the business, and in the fall turkeys were loaded onto the dray from the farm trucks or wagons.  They were piled as high as was possible and as many as would stay on. (Very sanitary delivery in those days!) Needless to say it was not unusual for a few to fall off and be spoiled in transit….  I remember Jack Pears, Frank Brooker, and Gene Deen driving the old team with the dray.

One of the girls doing the egg candling was Katie Walper, and you could find her in the dark room looking through the egg against a light to see if it was fresh or had a chicken in it. A lot of the eggs came in cracked, and they tried making what they called Melange from the cracked eggs by beating them and freezing the mixture, but it didn’t work out too well.  Another product was powdered buttermilk which did have a really good market while there was plenty of cream.

When the new mechanical printer was installed, Mary Deen took over and worked there for many years….  The creamery story wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Okey Lundberg, who came with his wife, Ruth, from Rimbey where he had been the manager. He was active in the Alix Athletic Association which was responsible for building the arena…. Ruth Lundberg served as 4-H Girls Club leader for a number of years….

This article is taken from Gleanings, (the follow-up book to Pioneers and Progress), Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1981. Both books are available for sale at Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, Alix Public Library, andAlix Home Hardware.