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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….

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.

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.

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…..

From “Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coote – By Margaret Duffy”

In Churches, Clive AB, School Trustees on October 25, 2020 at 5:25 PM

From “Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coote – By Margaret Duffy”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coote moved to Edmonton from Ontario in the year 1911 due to my father’s health.  In 1915 Dad came to Clive and felt so much better we moved down in August 1916.  Dad farmed for three years and then took over post office and telephone office from Mr. B.E. Allison and was postmaster and telephone agent from 1919 to 1945.

Dad… was on town council and Mayor of the town for several years.

Mother was very active in all the town activities, was a real worker in Red Cross during both World Wars I and II…. She was a provincial worker in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, also president of the Ladies Aid…served on the Board of the Clive United Church and was on the School Board for years and years.  She was a life member of the Clive United church and also took her turn when we were short of help on the switchboard.

Dad and Mother had five children, Mrs. Charles Eblen (Elsie Margory)…Charles McCloy (Loy) married Esther Allison….Milton Clarmont married Helen Reyolds…Violet married W.J. Cunningham….Margaret married Vincent Duffy….

St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church at Clive

In Boy Scouts, Churches, Clive AB, Coan & wood Heating, Lamerton, Pleasant Valley on September 3, 2020 at 10:12 AM

From ‘the History of St. John, the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Clive, Alberta

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

The earliest services were held in a little country school house with the Reverend Leitch Porter conducting…. Archdeacon Dewdney was another frequent visitor conducting services whenever he passed that way on his missionary journeys.

In 1909 or very early in 1910 plans were made for the building of the present church [1974] …. A fund of $402 was contributed by four members of the Elliott family…. Other donations came in from Pleasant Valley, and the surrounding area, and the fund at the Quebec Bank at Clive swelled to over a thousand dollars.

On one of his visits, Archdeacon Dewdney held a service in the Brereton Hall at Clive after which he called a meeting to form the first vestry.  George Elliott became the first people’s warden and Basil Hertslet, the first rector’s warden.  Other members of the vestry included D.C. Hartle, John Elliott, Ernest Short, Bernard C. Hertslet, W.S. Boesfield, Lawrence Nichols, and Edward Fawcett….

Ernest Dickinsen, a mason by trade, who lived near Chain lakes, donated and laid the first cornerstone…. Donald Hartle, his nephew George Hartle, and Ernest Short donated stained glass windows.  Henry Cramer and Ernest Short were foremost in putting up the framework, and by early autumn, the building stood ready….On the thirtieth day of September, 1911, the parish of St. John the Baptist’s was formed by the Rt. Rev. Cyprian Pinkham, Bishop of Calgary…. Four baptisms were performed by the Bishop at that first service…. And [one] … confirmed.

In this same year, Oswin Creighton, a son of the Bishop of London, England, came to Canada as a missionary.  After some months in Edmonton, he was sent to take charge of the Lamerton Mission…. [which included] Clive….

…Oswin Creighton was not long in organizing a troop of Boy Scouts….

Two stoves heated, or partially warmed this high-ceilinged church.  One of these burned wood and coal, giving some degree of constant heat.  The tall iron one which burned wood only had to be fed by dropping the sawn blocks of native poplar down through the opening at the top.  Twenty feet or more of tin piping was slung horizontally from the high ceiling to connect the stoves with the chimney of the building. Under favorable conditions these pipes gave off almost as much heat as the stoves…. Should the wind veer to the south, however, the chimney and pipes refused to fulfill their purposes, and the congregation would be literally smoked out.

In those days of horse transport, the old hitching post was an inevitable feature of the outside of any public place….

Early in September of 1913, Oswin received a helper…R.H. Gregory… a recent graduate from Oxford….

The first organist at Clive was Miss Isabella Elliott….

The W.A. was started by Mrs. F.C. Dean in 1915….

Various improvements to the original structure have been made….  in 1954 … a basement was dug at the back of the lot where the horses were once tied and the church building was moved back on to a solid foundation.  The two stoves and the twenty feet of pipe were replaced by a modern heating system…

The following are the names of the clergymen who had charge….: The Rev. Oswin Creighton, 1911-1914; The Rev. N. W. Holdum, 1914 1919; The Rev. Andrew Love, 1920-23; Leslie Bachelor, student, during the summer of 1924; The Rev. G.M. Morgan, 1924 – 1929; The Rev. Thomas Chapman, 1929 – 1936; The Rev. W.E. Herbert, 1936 – 1942; The Rev. L.W. G. Hudson, 1942 – 1945; The Rev. George Major, 1952-59 aided by a student, Peter Millen during the summer of 1957.

The present [1974] incumbent, the Rev. K.M. Collison, arrived during the latter part of 1957….

from The Alix Recipe Book, the Women’s Guild of the Presbyterian Church

In Alix, Alberta, Churches, Pioneer Cookbooks, Pioneer Medical Health on July 3, 2020 at 8:08 AM

from: Doctor Montgomery – by Molly Rice Nielsen"

In Churches, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer Medical Health, St. Patrick School District on June 14, 2020 at 6:27 PM

From “Doctor Montgomery – By Molly Rice Nielsen”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Doctor Montgomery came to the St. Patrick’s district in 1906 and settled on the N.W. Sec 16-Tp38-Rge24.  To that little pioneer district, he was neighbour, friend and Doctor, and was called to doctor people for miles around.  The knowledge of his skill was widespread.  People came by team to take him to the sick or brought the ailing ones to him.  Not only did he bring healing to that area, he brought culture.  He was a talented entertainer, and often sang at local concerts, where he always received a loud applause and encore.

Doctor Monty as he was locally called helped build the log church, later called St. Patrick’s, donated an acre or more for the building site and helped to maintain it.

When there w[ere] five Sundays in the month, there was church at St. Patrick’s.  It was attended by people from a distance as well as the local people.  In summer outdoor services were held.  The organ was taken from the Rice home by democrat to the church.  Mrs. James Rice played the organ.  Later the Doctor organized Sunday School and acted as superintendent.  He had a good influence on our lives, we never saw him angry or rough.

In 1919 there were enough children to have a school, and the church was used as a school too.

In 1920 during the flu epidemic the Doctor went to the Delburne district.  Before he left, he called at the school and asked the teacher if he could visit for awhile.  He said goodbye to each of us individually.  He told the teacher how hard the men had worked to build the log church that was used for school.  Several of the pupils had made the supreme sacrifice and rested in Flanders.  He hoped we would become good citizens and only then would their efforts be rewarding.  That evening, our mother said to us, “I don’t think we will see the Doctor again.” We didn’t, he died as he had lived trying to help others.

From “Fred McGonigal – W1/2 13-39-23-W4th”

In Alix, Alberta, Brookfield District, Business, Carpenters, Churches, Farming, St. Patrick School District on April 18, 2020 at 9:17 PM

From “Fred McGonigal – W1/2 13-39-23-W4th”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Fred McGonigal had a hand in building a large percentage of the structures within a wide radius of Alix. He worked with his brother Glen, also Mr. Pemberton of Mirror and later with his sons Eldon and Willis.

The Mirror C.N.R station, Alix Arena, Alix Presbyterian (later United) Church, Nelson Hotel, the drug store in Alix {1974], grain elevators, houses, granaries, and countless other buildings carry his handiwork.

In 1904 he came from Michigan with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe McGonigal, who homesteaded in the Brookfield district.  His own homestead was in the St. Patrick school district. He worked on many buildings in those areas.  At the time of his marriage in 1913 to Esther Garrett, he was driving a team for Scorah and Nelson’s livery barn in Alix.

He later bought land from Mr. Marks the W1/2-13-39-23-W4th, which was originally C.P.R. land.  In 1919 the McGonigals traded residences with Bill Patrick and family of Alix.  Harold Patrick was born during the time the Patrick family was on the farm.  From 1923 to 1927 St. Elmo Sanderson and family occupied the place, and their daughter Audrey May was born during that period.

In 1927 Fred McGonigal and family moved to the farm and enlarged the house….

Around 1940 Mr. and Mrs. McGonigal moved to Alix and in 1945 built the house now occupied [1974] by Mr. and Mrs. J. McCuaig.  Their son, Willis, lived on the farm; he and his brother eldon did the farming and worked at carpentry with their father,  Eldon’s own farm was nearer town.

Carmen and Agnes (De Zutter) Ferguson and family lived in the house 1947-48, after Willis McGonigal became an elevator agent in Nevis.  Carmen worked at carpentry with the McGonigals.

Fred and Esther McGonigal had five children, namely: Verona, who married Noyce Boddy…Eldon who married Dorothy Dye…  Willis who married Doris Williams… Gwynneth who married Allan Johnson…Patricia who married Norman Sim….

From “Thomas Uriah Blair – by Rose Ann (Blair) Schmaltz and Dennis Blair

In Cattle, Churches, Coal Mining, Delburne, Eclipse, Farming, Gaetz Valley, Gardens, Pleasant Valley on March 22, 2020 at 1:01 AM

From “Thomas Uriah Blair – by Rose Ann (Blair) Schmaltz and Dennis Blair

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Thomas Uriah Blair was born at Lorette, Kentucky January 13th, 1860.  Annie Gedruty Kennedy was born in Miama County, Minn., April 20th 1862.  They were married about May 19, 1885.

They emigrated to the Pleasant Valley District … about April 10th, 1899, with their family, Nancy, Dennis, Thomas, James, Rose Ann, John, and Catherine. Uncle Guss Kennedy and a friend met us in Lacombe.  They took us by team and sleigh through a foot of slush and snow to Uncle Dave Kennedy’s home.  We lived there for a time and moved to the George Wood place.  It was an old log house with dirt floor and sod roof.  We could not live there as it rained so much and the roof leaked badly.  Dad filed on homestead S.W. 32-39-24-4 in Pleasant Valley.  He got a job with Mr. J.L. Walters for the summer.  Mr. Walters was away with his invalid wife who died later.  We lived in his house until Dad and the neighbours built a house on Dad’s homestead.  We moved into it…[on] April 20th, 1899.  The neighbours supplied us with vegetables, and we trapped prairie chickens, partridges and rabbits, using muskrat traps with grain set on the “plate”, and snares for the rabbits.  Dad earned money enough to buy a cow.  That winter he operated a “drift mine” for coal at the Red Deer River….

Uncle Dave’s land joined ours on the east and he and Dad worked together and put in a huge garden. In the fall the neighbours all came and helped Dad get his crop in for the winter, and Dad worked all around helping other neighbours to get their crops gathered in.  In the fall of 1900 dad moved us all to the coal mines.  Mother baked bread for the other miners and served meals to the coal haulers. In the spring of 1901, we moved back to the farm ….

Dad made enough money to buy a team of mules, so he could put in our own crop and take it off.  He used to walk to and from the mines, and to and from Lacombe for groceries, and carry them home on his back….

In the fall we picked blueberries and other wild fruit…. In 1901 the North Star School was built and we started school, the first schooling we had since we arrived in 1899…. In the fall of 1904 Dad sold our farm to Link Morrical for 108 head of cattle and some cash. We moved to the Rowley place until the spring of 1905, where we attended the Eclipse School. 

On February 8, 1905 Dad moved us across the river to brother Den’s place in Gaetz Valley District.  He built the Gaetz Valley School and a log church in the country, also St. Michael Catholic Church in the town of Delburne…. We farmed there until 1917. Dad bought the Delburne Hotel and operated it until 1920.He sold it toa Mr. Leach and built a home where they resided until 1942 when they retired….