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Alix Residents of the Past (3)

In Carpenters, Farming, Gardens, Genealogy, Pioneer Medical Health, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Railway, World War !! on April 20, 2021 at 7:48 AM

From “People of Alix – as suggested by Gordon and Flora Wilton” part 3

Gleanings after Pioneers and Progress. Alix=Clive Historical Club, 1981

Page, Floyd and Irene: The Pages owned the corner Drugstore, Floyd was a qualified druggist and Irene Page nee McBean was a nurse….

Peacock and Picard kept the general store on the corner in the late twenties and early thirties.  Later this became the Deen’s restaurant.  Wally Peacock was a god amateur carpenter and electrician.  The son’s name was Harvey.

Shepherd: Lee or “Dad” Shepherd was Mrs. Alex Bissett’s father.  He was a man of many parts.  He had been a member of the Royal North West Mounted Police in his younger days. While in Alix, he was by turns shoemaker and harness repair man, caretaker of the livery barn and town policeman.

Spelman, Harvey: Spelman bought the hardware from Bob Toepfer.  He was very tall and rather thin. At one time he had had his arm tattooed with his name, which was the fashion at the time. …

Sailor, Ted: Sailors lived for a few years on the old Tallman place a few miles west of Alix.  Their family consisted of two boys and two girls….

Woods, Wally: He was one of our most enthusiastic hockey players.  Wally married Irene Straub, who was our chief operator in the Telephone Office for many years.

Dr. Hart came to Alix about 1910.  He lived in the tall old house … on the north side of the railway tracks. Elmer Primus recalls Dr. Hart setting a broken leg for him….

Dweaks had a long underground mine with rails and a coal car for bringing the coal to the surface.  Three of the daughters, other girls remember at school, were Jessie, Loretta, and Dolly.

Prokopuk, Joe and Annie:  Joe came from the Ukraine.  Annie was born in Manitoba, a sister of Jake Pidherney.  Joe was a section foreman for the railway at Joffre.  Then he was transferred to Coghill where Annie passed away. Annie … did all kinds of fancy work, grew flowers and gardened industrially.  They had no children.

Zimmerman: The Zimmermans lived near the Free Methodist camp.  Mr. Zimmerman looked after the railway switch called “The Diamond” for years.  They had a large family of seven children:  Jay, Mandy, Vern, Fred, Sam, Jim, and Jennie. Jennie is now [1981] Mrs. Melvin Ripley, and she has three sons.  Some of the Zimmerman boys worked on the railway.

Wilton: During World War II the three brothers, Rex, Ray and Gordon were all in the services.  Duncan had an injury to one eye as a little boy which impaired his vision so that he could not join up.  Roy Pears and Cliff Brookhart joined up at the same time.

Obituaries 2005 – 2010 from the Museum’s Scrapbooks

In Alix, Alberta, Genealogy, Obituaries on December 3, 2019 at 10:35 PM

Obituaries 2005 – 2010

Gould, Madeleine Jarvis, Paulette Matier, Wayne
Bascombe, Margaret Jean Bascombe, Roy Alexander Anderson, Bill
Anderson, Ruth Gould, Brenda Depauw, Maurice (Butch)
Marshall, Howard “Smokey” Shupe, E. Douglas Rogers, Harold Charles
Russell, William Norman Mattie, Roger Clandinin, Ruth Gladys
Guynup, Irene Elizabeth Booth, Vernon Ralph Roy, Robert Bennie
Haustein, Gerhart Lyle, Delena Marie Robinson, Jim
Ray, Bernice Kathleen Johnson, Allan Leroy Stingel, Margaret Rose
Soltermann, Robert Shupe, E. Douglas Olsen, Gareth

from “Ludvigsson, John Walter …” by Marg Ludvigsson”

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Genealogy on November 20, 2019 at 9:54 AM

From “Ludviggsson, John Walter SW1/4 2-40-23-4 and W1/2-13-39-23-4 by Marg Ludvigsson”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

John Walter Ludvigsson was born seventy miles inside the Arctic Circle at Kiruna, Sweden, and came to Canada in 1922 with his father, J. Eric Ludvigsson.  They homesteaded … near Polwarth, Sask., later moving to B.C.  In 1946, they moved to Alix [with] his wife, Marjorie and daughter, Astrid.

They first bought [land] from Carl German, together with eight horses; and Marjorie – once office clerk in Vancouver- became acquainted with hard water, threshing, wonderful neighbours, and judging outside temperature by the height of hoar frost on the inside of the kitchen door….

In 1948 that property was sold to Wm. Code of New Brigden, and the four Ludvigssons bought the W1/2 13-39-23-4 from Fred McGonigal.  Its well had soft water! This farm required tractor power, provided by eighteen years by a Model D John Deere.

J. Eric Lugvigsson passed away in December, 1950….The Ludvigsson family has shared the history of its neighbours: drought and dust storms in 1949 and 1950, and early killing frosts; the devastating hailstorm of July 1953… spring blizzards such as April 27, 1948, and March 15, 1951; the wicked blizzard of December 15, 1964…. The tornado-like hailstorm … in 1971….

Rural electrification came in 1953….

Ludvigssons broke up more land and built a modern house in 1962.

They were one of the few families unrelated to others in the district, until in 1967 Astrid married Malcolm R. (Mickey) Minnick, grandson of the Clarke Minnick that homesteaded the Nebraska School quarter, S.E. ¼ 24-24-4104…. They have a daughter named Alberta.

Obituaries 2005 – 2010 in Museum Scrapbook

In Alix, Alberta, Genealogy, Obituaries on July 31, 2019 at 10:36 AM

Obituaries 2005 – 2010

Gould, Madeleine Jarvis, Paulette Matier, Wayne
Bascombe, Margaret Jean Bascombe, Roy Alexander Anderson, Bill
Anderson, Ruth Gould, Brenda Depauw, Maurice (Butch)
Marshall, Howard “Smokey” Shupe, E. Douglas Rogers, Harold Charles
Russell, William Norman Mattie, Roger Clandinin, Ruth Gladys
Guynup, Irene Elizabeth Booth, Vernon Ralph Roy, Robert Bennie
Haustein, Gerhart Lyle, Delena Marie Robinson, Jim
Ray, Bernice Kathleen Johnson, Allan Leroy Stingel, Margaret Rose
Soltermann, Robert Shupe, E. Douglas Olsen, Gareth

Contents of Museum Scrapbook #4

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Dairy Pool, Genealogy, Museums, Organizations, Pioneer Farming, Sports Teams on July 25, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Scrapbook No. 4

Central Alberta Dairy Pool History

1963 Alix Dial Telephones

1910 Baseball Team

1905 Legislative Assembly

1942 – Alix Report

Won Lung (1961) 50 Years Ago In Alix

1953 Photos

Alix Ambulance

Museum

Content Bridge

Lisa Sergeant

Museum Board

Tall Spruce

Jim Gadsby

Community Hall

B. Parlby (Agriculture Hall of Fame)

Alix Gator

Keith Mann

Elections

Betty Burgh

Mushroom Plant

Westcan Malting (Rahr)

The Macey Story – by Andy Macey

In Alix, Alberta, Genealogy, Haynes, Heatburg, Railway, Sargent District, Settlers, Stone School District, World War I, World War II on July 20, 2019 at 5:47 AM

From “The Macey Story – by Andy Macey”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

My father and mother, Steve and Barbara Macey, lived in Czechoslovakia, Europe.  My father was killed in 1918, about two weeks before the end of the First World War.  My brother Mike was two years old.  I was born after my father was killed.  We also had a sister Barbara.

An agent came around promoting Canada.  My mother was so impressed she and three others decided to come over.  She left us three children with our grandmother.  Mother ended up at Gleichen… for four years.  Language was a trial for her but she made out.  She came to Alix where she met and married Fred Bonderchuk.  He wanted the children so he made arrangements for mother to come over to get us and bring us back to Canada.  We arrived here May 29, 1933.

We bought the Fred Hunter place and lived there.  Fred was section foreman at Heatburg and Haynes; he died around 1937 from infection. I had finished schooling in the Old country, as had Mike.  However, Barbara and I went to the Stone School to learn English. I didn’t go long, but Barbara finished her schooling here. Barbara married Howard (Pip) Hamilton…. Mike married Ila Lyn and they had two girls.  He was accidentally shot in 1947.

I married Evelyn Rottenfusser in 1944, and we have three children, Mary…Larry …and Lorna.  We live [1974] on NW ¼ of 23-39-23-W4th Meridian.  I bought it from Mrs. Palmer in 1943….

My mother married John Svitana and he came to live on her farm and did her farming.  Eventually she bought six acres from Sargents and put a small house on it.  She built a new house on the north side of Highway 12 and lived there until she passed away in the fall of 1965….

In Canada in the winter of 1940 or ’41 I was training for a month during the war, the same as so many young men. I remember that Eldon McGonigal, Ray McKibbin, Irving Peterson, Joe Vogal, Walter Buelow and I were in training at the same time.

Evelyn remembers – Andy wanted some bread like his mother made.  So she tried to make it.  She was a bit green about it and didn’t keep it warm enough with the result that it didn’t rise.  Rather than be teased by her husband she buried it behind the building.  Later she looked and the bread had finally raised, dirt and all.

Harbottle, Robert Edward

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Genealogy, World War I on July 10, 2019 at 2:37 PM

From “Harbottle, Robert Edwin – By Inez Harbottle Ditto”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Robert Edwin Harbottle was born in Burford, Ontario in 1876, married in 1907 to Tressa Mary Brethour in Brandon, Manitoba.  They moved to Carstairs in 1908 and to Didsbury in 1910 where he operated a Blacksmith business which at the time included the shoeing of oxen.  One daughter was born in Didsbury (Mrs. Dorothy Kennedy….) The family moved to Alix in 1912, where he continued with the Blacksmith trade.  A second daughter, Inez, was born in 1913 and was married to John Ditto in 1936….

R.E. Harbottle enlisted in the 50th battalion in Calgary and served for four years in the first war, returning to Alix in June of 1919 and, in October of the same year, the family moved to a farm south of Alix where he remained until his passing in February of 1935.

The livestock brand registered and used was YH.