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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….

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.

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.

Alix Horticultural Club

In Alix, Alberta, Clubs & Associations, Entertainment, Fairs, Flowers, Gardens, Organizations, U.F.W.A. on February 15, 2021 at 11:09 AM

From “Alix Horticultural Club – by A. Nielsen”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Horticultural Club, 1974

In the spring of 1947 Mrs. Minn Thorp, an ardent gardener, thought it would be a good thing to have a Horticulture Club in Alix.  So on the afternoon of April 12, 1947, about forty people gathered in the U.F.A. Hall.  Mr. Gordon Sterling, District Agriculturalist from Lacombe, was present, and after showing an interesting film he gave some very helpful advice on organizing a horticulture club.

The newly elected officers were: Honorary President, Mrs. Irene Parlby; President, Mrs. C. Thorp; Vice President, Mrs. Ashley; Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. O. Lundberg; Directors, Mrs. Ed Jennings, Mrs. M. Schnepf, Mrs. M. Nielsen, Mrs. W.D. Clarke and Mrs. A. Mann.

The membership started at $1.00 per year…. They took over the Flower show from the U.F.W.A. as it was pretty much the same women who were active in both groups…. then the children’s garden project….

They oversee the landscaping of the Alix Cemetery… all through the years they have tried to demonstrate and teach better ways of gardening.  Therefore, experienced persons were asked to demonstrate pruning, grafting, flower arranging, dividing roots, informative slides and films….

In 1947 the Flower Show was put on by the U.F.W.A. and the Horticulture Society under the convenorship of Mrs. Olive Allan and Mrs. Thorp. There were forty-six classes…. A new feature was the presentation by the Royal Bank of an engraved silver tray to the exhibitor from the Alix district who won the largest number of points.  It was won by a large margin by Mrs. M.V. (Anne) Schnepf….

That fall was fabulous for vegetables, mammoth varieties, as we didn’t have a killing frost until October 3rd, so they decided to have a Vegetable Heavy-weight Championship Contest and Display, everyone to bring in large or odd vegetables…. The prize list had forty classes, all kinds of vegetables, sheaves of grain and grass, canned fruit, vegetables, pickles, and jellies, several classes for dahlias and gladioli, winter bouquets, and herbs….

Lacombe held the Provincial Show in 1961, and Alix Club assisted…. Then Alix held a Flower Tea in the U.F.A. Hall with 14 classes….

 Alix Horticulture Club affiliated with the Alix Athletic Association to be able to take advantage of the grant by the Government for fairs, so it became the Alix Athletic and Agriculture Association….

Mrs. C. Mansbridge and Mrs. D. Hayes were on the Board of the Provincial Horticulture Society for several years….

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.

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….

Irish – Scotch Bonspiel

In Clive AB, Curling, Entertainment, Haynes on August 2, 2020 at 10:29 AM


From “By Ken McLeod”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive History Club, 1974

Cecil Law, Ed Kenworthy, myself and whoever we could get to be skip, would enter as a team.  We never won any prizes, but we did manage to get quite a kick out of it.

One day Cecil came into the store where we were working.  Cecil was always quite jolly but this day he was really beaming, so we knew he had some kind of scheme up his sleeve….  He finally said, “…let’s put on an Irish – Scotch bonspiel.”…  I said, … I have four Scotch men picked already!” and I named them,

” Jim Scott as skip, Jim Grant as third, Mac Wilson as second, and I (Ken MacLeod) as lead.”

Out Cecil goes and I didn’t see him for about a week… when he comes in with a bigger smile than ever….

“Well,” he said, “Here is my team – Bob McKee as skip, Vin Duffy as third, Bob McCormack as second, Cecil Law as first….”

Well, the die was cast….  We chose the 25th of January for the Scotch game and the 17th of March for the Irish game…. Ted Elder … was a Pipe Major.  Asking Mr. Elder to play and getting his consent, I then asked Mis Rita Emmitt of Red Deer if she would come and do a few Scottish dances.  Miss Emmitt was teaching Highland dancing to a number of pupils in Clive….

The evening of January 25 arrived and we were all gathered in our store waiting for the time to go to the Curling Rink.. and we lined up to march … with Ted Elder and Rita Emmitt in the lead… next coming Jim Scott, Jim Grant, Mac Wilson and Myself, followed by all the children in town.  Arriving at the Curling Rink we were quite surprised to be greeted by our friendly foes, the Irish, with crossed brooms, making an arch over the door for our gang to march under.  March under we did- the pipes still playing- we marched around the waiting room and then down the centre of the ice on the walk that was there, and (good sports that they were) the Irish marched right behind us.

Finally the game started, and a real tight game it was, too. When things looked bad for us Pipe Major Elder would stir us on as only the pipes can, and we finally came out the winners….

When March 17 came around, this, of course, was Irish night and Cecil and Vin Duffy had decorated the waiting room with shamrocks.  I didn’t see any Leprechauns, but someone prepared a delightful lunch.  However, we won this game after a very hard-fought battle.

Martens, Peter, Fritz, and Frank.

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Coal Mining, Entertainment, Farming, Haynes, School, Stone School District on January 18, 2020 at 12:04 PM

From “Peter Martens”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Peter Martens was born in Hamburg, Germany.  He came to the United States in 1901 and worked in several states before coming to Canada in 1908.  He homesteaded in Coronation at the time.  He farmed in the summer and worked in the coal mines in the winter in Edmonton.  He lived in a sod shack till 1913 when he moved 2 granaries together for a house.  In 1913 he was married to Emma Seidel who came from Dresden, Germany.  Mrs. Martens nursed in Dresden before coming to Canada.  In 1915 a son, Fritz, was born.  In 1918 a daughter Charlotte, was born. Mr. Martens moved to the Haynes district in September of the same year to the N.E.1/4, S. 26, T. 38, R.24, W.4. The Martens family stayed with John Carter for one week before moving a tar paper shack on to their own place.  In June of 1920, a son, Frank was born.  There were about 20 acres broken on the farm and 27 sloughs full of ducks and muskrats.  The first two crops were put in by Mrs. Martens driving the wagon and Pete broadcasting the grain and using a pile of brush as a harrow.  The year 1924 was very dry, the weed pile was as large as the grain pile.  The Russells threshed for us several years with the Steamer.  They bought their first radio in October, 1928. In May of 1929 they bought their first car. In 1918 Guss Kriewald came to Alix from coronation.  He bought the Andy Ditto farm.  Guss died about 1922.  Bertha Kriewald was Peter’s sister.  They had one daughter Elsie, born around 1900. Fred Martens, Peter’s brother moved to Haynes with Peter.  He left Haynes in 1921, moving back to Coronation where he died in 1940. 

From “Fritz Martens”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Fritz was born at Coronation in 1915 and moved with his parents in 1918.  He started school in 1922.  He went to the Stone School which was one mile east of where he lived.  Hazel Stewart and Marie Moorhouse were in his grade all through school except for two years when they lived on A. Thomas’ farm.  The big event in 1927 as Picture shows in the Haynes Hall.  In 1933 he bought 143 acres from Bob Russell and a milk cow was the down payment.  He farmed till 1939.  He spent one year working in the Aircraft Plant in Montreal and one year at Boeings in Vancouver.  He spent about 4 years in the army.  After the war he cooked for the C.P.R. and White Lunch Café.  He came back to Haynes in July 1948 and bought the Dick Stewart place and farmed there ‘til 1959 when he moved to B.C.

From “Frank Martens”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Frank was born in June 1920 on the farm one mile north of where he now lives. [1974]  He bought the quarter south of his father’s in 1937 and farmed with his dad until 1943 when Mr. Martens retired.  In 1944 Frank took over his father’s place and lived there until 1954 when he moved to his present location. [1974] S.E.1/4, S26,T38, R24, W.4.  In July 1951 he married Gloria Larson from Onion Lake, Sask.  They have five children, Dwayne…Neil…Gary…Terry and Lori….

Alix Free Press Jan. 2, 1931

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Entertainment on December 19, 2019 at 9:44 AM

Historical Storytelling Presentation PLEASE NOTE ERROR: PRICE IS $10 PER TICKET.

In Alix, Alberta, Entertainment, Famous 5 Persons Case on August 27, 2019 at 5:47 PM