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Jerome & Lucy (Underwood) Thomas

In Clive AB, Entertainment, Farming, freighting, Pioneer Farming, Settlers, theft, Trails on February 21, 2021 at 12:21 AM

From “The Jerome Thomas Story – by Howard Thomas”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Jerome Thomas was born in 1854 and his wife the former Lucy Underwood was born the same year.  Grandfather came by democrat the year before moving up from Iowa to the Clive area about 1901.  His possessions were shipped to Lacombe and then moved out by wagon.  Their homestead is … NW 22-40-24-4. 

Grandma ran a “stopping house” for travellers freighting between Lacombe and Red Willow on the old Buffalo Lake trail.  This trip used to take 3-4 days.  They used to hang a lantern from the peak of the roof out the upstairs window and this could be seen as you came over Church Hill….

One fellow tells how he used to stop for supper at Thomas’ and while he was inside eating, he had a bent pin through a kernel of corn tied to a string and fastened to the wagon outside. An old hen would swallow the corn and when the traveller drove off the chicken led behind firmly tethered by that string pinned in the corn.  Once driven over the hill, ole hen would get her neck wrung. [T]hus the fellow had his next day’s dinner as well.

The Thomas children were all musical.  There were Bert, Jess, Belle, Lorena, Will, Minnie, Jim and Roy.

They played for dances miles around the country and would travel in the winter by sleigh with hot stones to keep their feet warm.

Jerome Thomas died in 1912 and Lucy Thomas in 1918….

Roy the youngest son, never married.  He stayed on the family homestead for many years. His sister Lorena Handley kept house for him.

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.

Fred and Annie Stalia Fisher

In Clive AB, Enterprise School, Farming, Infrastructure, Lakeside District, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Railway, School, Settlers on February 1, 2021 at 9:58 AM

From “Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Fisher”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Fisher came from Kearney, Nebraska to Lacombe, Alberta and on March 1st, 1900, [they] and five daughters moved out 7 ½ miles south-east of Lacombe to the Lakeside district.  The family lived on a quarter section of land owned at that time by Mr. Darling.

Mr. Fisher purchased a team of horses, a walking plough and two sections of harrows. No one in this area owned a seed drill.  Mr. Fisher sowed his feed by broadcasting.  In his spare time Dad walked to his homestead in the Clive area and built a log house and barn on NW-20-40-24-4.

In 1903 we moved to the homestead 1 mile south-east of Clive.  The land was cleared by cutting huge trees and roots with an axe.

Directly across the trail was… the land [where] the first school was erected by Dad and some of the neighbors.  All of the labor was volunteered with no wages for anyone.

The name of this first school in the area was “Enterprise” No.701….

During this time several of the men, Dad included, prepared the site for the village of “Valley City” which was later named Clive – with a team of horses and a bob-sleigh.

Dad hauled lumber, groceries, etc. from Lacombe to Lamerton, Erskine and Alix as there were no railroads yet….

Dad, Mother and we children lived in the log house until 1918, when we moved to the Lakeside district.  Dad bought a half-section of land from Mr. Mole, who had built a lovely brick house here, in 1915.

There were quantities of delicious wild fruits, including saskatoons, chokecherries, raspberries, strawberries….

My mother’s name was Annie Stalia Fisher and our family consisted of 11 girls and I boy. They were Daisy, Myrtle, Ida (myself), Mildred, Lorena, Minnie, Rosie, Fred Jr., Josephine, Violet, Annie and Ruby….

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Johnson and their daughter Sarah, later she married Jim Grose; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fisher and five daughters; Mrs. Ernie Short, Clem, Bill, Jennie and Grace, a baby in her mother’s arms; Mrs. Aden Joslin and her daughter rode on the same train coach from the States until we all landed in Lacombe.  Gussie, their daughter, teaching school in Minnesota, followed them here when summer holidays took place, later marrying Jim Tees.

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.

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….

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….

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….

The Waterman Story

In 1918 "Spanish" Flu, Alix, Alberta, Clive AB, Eclipse, Farming, Pioneer Medical Health, Settlers on October 15, 2020 at 8:57 AM

From “The Waterman Story- By Mrs. Margaret Waterman”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

I went west with my father, W.C. Henry, early in April, 1917.  Dad had bought a section of land in the Eclipse District, years before.  We arrived in Clive in pouring rain, and drove through a sea of mud, it seemed to me, out to the Fred Sissons farm, just half a mile from Dad’s place.  We had known the Fred Sissons at home in Thornton, Ontario where I was born … and I well remember we had to build a log road through the mud to the barn before we could get Dad’s horses home.  I had come straight from the Toronto General Hospital, in Toronto, and for a while I doubted my sanity for coming west at all.  Also, I was very lonely.  Soon, however, I was busy doing some nursing under very primitive conditions, I thought.  One of my first cases was with Dr. Montgomery, whom I learned to have great admiration for.  He was a very clever man.

I learned to ride and spent many hours inn the saddle roaming all over.  In June, I think it was, we went to a picnic or some such thing, and there I met Jack Waterman, and married him the following summer, and went to Alix. It was not long before the dreadful 1918 Flu’ broke out, and I was nursing again until I became ill myself.  Early in the following year Dad took me to Crossfield where my sister lived, and there Jean was born. Bill, Bob and the twins were born on the farm near Alix.  We later moved back to take over Dad’s farm in Eclipse, and it was there that Jack and Margaret were born. Two years later we all moved to Vancouver

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….