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Alix and Bullocksville early buildings

In Alix, Alberta, Bullocksville, Business on May 1, 2021 at 5:18 PM

The museum has a large collection of photos.

John and Muriel Hennel

In Alix Arena, Alix, Alberta, Business, Dairy Pool, Farming, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, School, Settlers, Sports News on April 2, 2021 at 5:52 PM

From “John Christian Hennel – by Muriel Hennel and B. Parlby”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

John Christian Hennel was born on April 23, 1909 of Esthonian parents whose country was at that time under the control of Russia.  His father, William, and his mother, Ida Anete, and their seven children emigrated from the city of Tver to Canada and settled to the south of Stettler.  John, the youngest of the family, was only one month old.

After their arrival in Alberta, three more children were added to the family before tragedy struck in 1915 when William died suddenly…. Ida faced the challenge of bringing up all ten [children] as a close-knit family as well as operating the family farm very successfully.  With her help, all her sons were gradually established on farms of their own.

John was educated at Descendo School near his family home….

While living and working on his mother’s farm, John hauled cream to the Central Alberta Dairy Pool at Alix, then under the management of Mr. Nels Larson.

On December 21st of 1935, John married Muriel Knight whose parents were among the Alix District’s early settlers.  In 1936, the Hennels built their first little house in Alix….

About this time the C.A.D.P. purchased a fleet of trucks to collect cream…. John was now put in charge of servicing the entire fleet and operated the shop to the north of the plant.

When the trucks were later sold, John bought the Creamery equipment and went into his machine shop business on his own.  On the first day of December 1945, John moved into his newly built Hiway Machine Shop which the Hennels have operated ever since. [1974]  Muriel has always been his right hand assistant, keeping the books and looking after repair parts.  Muriel was also a car saleslady for Adamson Motors for two years and was top saleslady for her district.

Gradually John obtained first class papers in mechanics and welding so in demand in a country area.  Oil field welding is his specialty.

The Hennel’s daughter, Maxine, was born on July 18th, 1943 and obtained her public and high school education in the Alix Schools.  Later she took a business course in the Key Secretarial School at Red Deer.  Maxine’s skating talent in the carnivals in the Alix Arena will be long remembered.  In 1964 Maxine married Eugene Winchester of Red Deer.

They have three children, a boy, Gerry, Gay and Gid.

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.

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.

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

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

From UFWA Cook Book – Ads

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Cook Book, Haynes on November 8, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Wing & Neisje Wong

In Business, Farming, Haynes, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on July 30, 2020 at 3:12 PM

From “Wing Wong  – By Carol Wong”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Wing Wong was born in Canton, China in 1897.  At the age of eleven years he came to Canada accompanied by a family friend.  When the ship docked in Victoria he spent all the money he had, an American nickel, on some jelly beans.  For two years he worked as a houseboy in Vancouver, earning $6.00 a month.  From 1910 – 14 he worked throughout B.C. employed as a dishwasher with a railroad maintenance crew.

In 1914 Wing moved to Calgary and in 1920 he came to the Alix area.  He built a house and farmed on what is now [1974] the E. Stump place….

One fall an emergency arose when … [the men] Pete Russell had hired to help thresh quit…. Wing rode horseback seven miles every morning to help pitch bundles all day.  At night he rode home again to look after his own livestock.

In 1927, Wing bought the hardware store in Haynes from Mr. Thompson.  The store later expanded to include groceries, gas, oil, and lumber.  Groceries were often traded for eggs valued at 5c a dozen.

Mr. and Mrs. Wong were married in 1932.  Mrs. Wong, the former Neisje Lakeman, was born in South Dakota in 1907 and came with her family to Canada in 1912.

One night there was a robbery in the store.  Hearing a noise, Wing went to the front of the store carrying a flash light (his gun was out on loan to a duck hunter).  The robber was at the cash register and ran out the front door firing a gun as he did so.  Mrs. Wong screamed, waking Link Rapp and Charlie McMillan who were working for Wing and staying with the family.  The police were called and when they arrived the robber was tracked through the autumn frost to Jim Rice’s place.  He had gone there for help when his car became stuck, and was given breakfast with his gun on his knee. The Rices thought he was a duck hunter.  The robber was apprehended by the police when he went back to his car.   After all the excitement was over the police and the culprit enjoyed a cup of coffee back at the store before going on to Red Deer.

A pair of boots, gas, shells and groceries were the items taken from the Haynes General Store.  This same robber had been the object of a police hunt throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

Mrs. And Mrs. Wong sold the store to Mick Stuart in 1944 and moved to Red Deer.  They have three children: Ronald…Stanley…[and] Rella….

Farming in the Carroll District

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Carroll, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on July 25, 2020 at 3:34 PM

from “Anderson – by Dolly Walker”

from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mr. Anderson came to the Carroll District in 1910 and cleared and broke about 150 acres.  He came here as a contractor from Edmonton, and built a small house up on the hill.  His daughter, Jessie McLean, who eventually inherited the land, used to spend a lot of time with him.  In winter, he would go back to Edmonton and stay with Jessie.

Johnny and Ruth Schnepf and two children, Viola and Johnny, stayed in his house one winter while he was in Edmonton.

Then his son, Cliff Anderson, came to farm it.  He had a wife and one child.  He built another house.

The next ones were Mr. and Mrs. Alf Turner, and Alf’s two brothers Henry and Steve.  They all lived together.

Henry was a blacksmith.  Steve dug wells for a living and made wells for a good many people around the district….

When they left here they started up a transport company called Turner’s Transport, which is still in operation. [1974]

Oscar and Ruth Sundberg and three children came to live here for a few years.  He was a farmer as well as a trapper and hunter. He had a cabin on one of the cut lines in the foothills west of Innisfail….

Then came Mr. and Mrs. George Peterson; they bought the north-west quarter.  Good neighbour Charlie Rouse put the two houses together and made one good house out of them.  Mr. Peterson passed away after a lengthy illness, and Mrs. Peterson stayed on until retiring in Alix.

Irving Peterson built a house on the same quarter … and Cecil Walker bought the other three quarters.