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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.

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

Billy & Leone (Haynes) Gilbert

In Cattle, Farming, Ghost Pine, Haynes, Hopedale, North Star, Pleasant Valley, School, School Teachers, Settlers on October 31, 2020 at 3:06 PM

From “Billy Gilbert”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

In the summer of 1893 Billy Gilbert and his friend Billy Morrical left Randolff, Iowa, bound for Canada, driving a team of mules and a covered wagon.  They came through the Dakota’s and Montana and reported a very dry season on these parts.  Water had to be carried in a barrel, on the wagon, for men and mules, and it was hoped it would last until the next source of water could be reached.  The dry weather created large cracks in the ground, near what is now Lethbridge country, that had to be driven around as they were too wide to cross.

In September they arrived in the Pleasant Valley District, four miles north of the present village of Haynes.  Billy Gilbert homesteaded theS.E.28-39-24 W4 and some years later bought the N.E. ¼ of the same section from a Mr. Kenear (homesteaded by W.O. Chapman.)

A log house was built after some difficulty on the homestead quarter. The logs which were cut near the Red Deer River, were washed away during highwater, and a second lot had to be cut.

In 1895 he went to Nelson, B.C. and obtained work in an ore mine. While there he met a girl whom he had met before at Haynes.  She was Leone Haynes, daughter of another early settler, that the town of Haynes was named after.  They returned to Haynes and were married at Innisfail in 1898.  Their daughter Jessie was born in 1900 and became a school teacher, teaching in many places like Brookfield, Hopedale, North Star and Ghost Pine, where she met and married Earl Ruby….

Herbie Gilbert, Jessie’s adopted brother… lived in Red Deer where he started the Red Deer Auto Racing Club.

The Gilberts improved their land and operated a post office from their house about 1905 to 1911, then they moved to Edmonton … until [in] 1914 they came back to take up farming and raising cattle….

He bought the NW ¼ of 21-39-24-W4 from the CPR and the SW1/4 21-39-24 from J.L. Jackson….

In 1921 Billy was seriously hurt when his Fordson tractor reared over backwards breaking his pelvis and leg.  As a result he suffered ill health…. [H]e managed to stay with the old homestead until he passed away Christmas Eve 1933.  In 1944 the place was sold to Dick Waddy….

Mrs. Gilbert passed away in June, 1957….

W.B. Linklater

In Haynes, Hopedale, Railway on September 1, 2020 at 5:15 PM

From “W.B. Linklater Story  – by Ben Linklater”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

I was born in Hopedale School District, on what we called the Seal place. From the few days stay there, we went to what was home, the Cundiff place.  Then we moved to Haynes, where the folks built a house, 16 X 24 feet, three rooms downstairs, two rooms in the upper part.  Green lumber was used, and eventually the wind came in, along with rain and sunshine.

In 1939 the family moved to West Saunders, where Dad worked on the CNR Railway.  Marjorie, Kathleen and myself had to walk 2 ½ miles to school on the track to Alix.  One morning, on crossing a very large trestle, we got caught on it by the train, dog and all.  We managed to get onto a barrel, just in the nick of time.

In 1940 we moved back to Haynes.  I went to school at Hopedale until grade nine, then to Red Deer for grade ten.  I helped H. Waldron at harvest time – $1.00 a day to shovel grain in bins; and spent a lot of time at the Jack Dobinson farm.  After working on farms, at a blacksmith shop and driving truck, I apprenticed for a mechanic with Ben Gautier from January, 1951 to April, 1955.

… I met my wife, Margaret Randall.  On September 10th, 1955, we were married.  After a short stay in Lacombe, we moved to Haynes where we took over the garage from B. Gautier…. We have gone since into mixed farming, cat work, and contract land clearing.

From our marriage, we have three children: Bernice;…Allan;…Leslie;…and Keith , deceased in 1953.

Haney W.6-39-23 W4

In Farming, Haynes, Pioneer Farming on August 9, 2020 at 2:37 PM

From “Leland Haney – S.W. 6-39-23 W4 by Erma Lakeman”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Leland Haney left home in Minnesota, U.S.A. and came to Canada to Haynes area.  He filed on the homestead on June 25, 1900 and received title March 19, 1906.

He and Miss Mary Thomas were married Nov. 14, 1904.  Later he sold the land and bought N.W. 6 from his mother.  After a few years of farming, he traded this land to Mr. Watson for land at Elma, Washington and returned to the U.S. A…. Mr. Haney was fond of music and played the violin for many house parties and dances in the early years.

From “S. Haney – N.W. 6-39-23-W4  By Erma Lakeman”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Haney filed on their homestead in July 1902.  They left Spruce Hill, Minnesota, and arrived at Lacombe in March, 1902.  They travelled by train, and shipped their livestock, machinery, and household effects by boxcar. They were met at the train by their son, Leland, who had come to Canada two years earlier.

They came to the Haynes area and lived with a bachelor neighbour, Al Hunter, until they built their own house.  They had eight children, two of them died before they left the U.S.  The others were: Byrd who returned to Minnesota the next year, Enos, Leland, Lillian (Mrs. Hunter), Bessie (Mrs. Morril), and Cecil (Mrs. P. Aldrich).

Mr. Haney hauled the mail from Lacombe to Content, and was kicked by a horse, while on a mail trip, three days later on Aug. 17, 1905.

Their sons finished proving up the land, and they received title in Dec. 1909.  Mrs. Haney sold the place to her son, Leland.

As a young girl Mrs. Haney taught school in the U.S.  She eloped with Sylvester, who was one of her students.  After his death, she married Mr. Sidney Smith, and lived in the village of Alix….

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.

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….

Welton and Lena Bronson Family

In 1930s Depression, Coal Mining, Farming, Haynes, Pioneer Farming, Railway on July 11, 2020 at 4:10 PM

From “Bronson Family – By Alice Elder”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Welton Amasa Bronson came west from Peterborough, Ontario in 1899.  He freighted for the Grand Trunk Railway west from North Battleford, using a four horse team to bring supplies to the rail crew.  In the coldest winter weather, he slept in a tent at night along the trail…. Finally, he settled on the NE ¼ of sec 4.T39.R24.W of 4, just north of where Haynes is now located.

He returned to Ontario to marry Anna Helena Stone in the fall of 1904, and they came back to start their life together on the new homestead.

In those days, Lacombe was the nearest post office and also the nearest place to purchase supplies.  Welton used to go to the Red Deer River, get a load of coal and early the next morning about 3 o’clock, start to Lacombe where the coal was sold. With the money obtained from the coal the necessary shopping was done …about once a month or when absolutely necessary.

Their first babies, twin boys, died within a few days of their birth, but on December 17, 1906, Roy Francis Stone Bronson was born.

There was always land to clear, and baking to be done…. In 1910 Welton and Lena decided to have a sale, rent their farm and go back to Ontario to be near their relatives.  After the sale, they rented their farm to E. Clare Sherburne and his wife Adah….

Welton had a near brush with death due to …typhoid fever.  After his recovery Welton, Lena and son Roy returned west in the spring of 1914 with one addition, Alice Julia Milissa Bronson born November 10, 1913 in Ontario.

In 1917 they got their first car, a Model T Ford….

Willard Clarke Bronson was born on April 21, 1917….

Lena was an excellent seamstress and she made all the family clothes; was often called upon to make wedding outfits for the brides of the district.  She made quilts of the pieces and rugs out of any garments too worn to be made over into children’s clothes.

There was a much-used Indian trail just north of the house….

Life was happy then, but early in 1920, on January 13, Lena died of pneumonia and pleurisy, and Welton was left to raise the family alone.

Roy and Alice went to school but two year old Willard needed more attention.  Often a housekeeper was hired to care for him and to help with meals.  Welton got word that his father-in-law James Clarke Stone, had just lost his wife due to a heart attack in Ontario and he was alone at an advanced age.  That winter Welton left Roy to look after the farm and the animals while he went to Ontario to bring his father-in-law back to live with the family for the rest of his life.   Granddad Stone was a wonderful help as he was an adult that could be with the children when Welton was working outside….

In 1925 Welton married Annie Claxton, who had come to the district from Calgary to keep house for her brother   William George Claxton…. Roy … suddenly came down with appendicitis.  He went to Red Deer Hospital for an operation and died a few days later on Feb. 4, 1926….

After living at Haynes about 10 years “Granddad,” James Clarke Stone, died on January 13, 1935….

Two years later in the spring of 1937, Annie Bronson… died of pneumonia.

Welton’s daughter Alice and her husband Adam (Ted) Elder came from Calgary to help run the farm for a year.  After helping for a year they moved away to farm on their own….

Welton … died December 19, 1939….

Willard stayed on the farm.  He married Mary Brookes from Red Deer and shortly after they moved to South Burnaby, B.C.  They rented part of the farm to Joe Cameron and later to Martin Lakeman.  They sold their farm in the mid 1960’s.

Haynes Post Office

In Bullocksville, Clive AB, Fountainstown, Haynes, Lignite, Mail, Pleasant Valley, Satinwood on July 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Haynes Post Office

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Early residents of the area picked up mail at various points, some of which were Bullocksville, operated by Billy Gray; Fountainstown, operated by J. Rice; Lacombe, and Pleasant Valley, operated by Mr. McLeish.

The first Haynes Post Office was started in 1900 by W.J. Morrical, on his farm.  He was married to Melissa Haynes, daughter of the first settler in the area, thus the name of Haynes.  In 1904 it was taken over by Mr. Reynolds, and in 1905 by W.B. Gilbert, who was also married to a Haynes daughter.  He kept it for four years, then turned it back to the government, and Harry Ross applied for it. In 1911, mail was sent to Currie post office, postmaster being G.N. Clark.

In 1912 Mr. George Ralston moved into Haynes proper from Lignite, and ran the post office for two years.  Then it was turned over to Mrs. Edith Rusk, who had been operating Currie post office in the Satinwood district.  She had four children.  In 1916 she married Algernon (Algy) Sage, who was a local blacksmith.  They had one daughter.  They operated the post office until 1927, during which time it burned down once (1923) and was rebuilt.

Mr. George Ralston, a bachelor, operated the post office in 1930-31.  Mrs. Edward Fawcett took over from 1932-37, and in 1937, Mrs. Celia Norquay became postmistress.  Some time after her takeover, she purchased the Albert Bredo house in Haynes, and moved the post office into it.  She operated the post office until 1965, when it was closed, and Haynes residents went on Rural Route No. 1, Clive.

Many local people, including Ed Hockin, Ken Thompson, John Thompson, Lorne Joslin and Alvin Maurer hauled mail from Clive to Haynes.  Our rural route mail carrier was Alvin Maurer until his passing, following which Mrs. Maurer has delivered the mail until this time. [1974]

Charlie and Ada Bucknell

In Alix, Alberta, Farming, Haynes, Hopedale, Pioneer Farming, School, School Teachers, Sports News on June 30, 2020 at 1:29 AM

From “Chas. Bucknell Family”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

Charlie Bucknell was born in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1870, and in 1896 He married Miss Ada Henshaw of New Providence, Iowa.  Having relatives and friends in the area, they came to Haynes in 1906.  To start with they lived in a log cabin on the Jack Phillips homestead, moving afterwards to several different locations, while buying the SW3 immediately east of Haynes, from the C.P.R. for $3.00 an acre, and building a house there.  Mrs. Bucknell took care of Mr. Phillips in his declining years.  The house burnt after a few years and was rebuilt around 1918 and the large barn which is still [1974] in good condition on the property was erected about that time. The location of the house on the road to Alix made it a popular overnite [sic] stopping place.  In the early years the Bucknells raised good Percheron horses as well as cattle, but like so many others they “lost their shirt” in the slump after the First World War.

Mrs. Bucknell was known as “Ada Charlie” to distinguish her from Mrs. Dick Bucknell, also an Ada.  She was a Quaker by faith who always lived by her high principles.  She had been a schoolteacher in her youth and did a lot towards getting the church going, then she taught Sunday School in the district for many years.  She had a hobby of photography in which she showed much skill, developing her own pictures in the early days. She organized the Haynes Ladies Club “for mothers of small children who don’t get out much” and was always a staunch supporter. Another of her many talents was that of veterinary medicine, using many recipes the Indians told her about.

Charlie was well known in the district as an eager participant in concerts and plays put on in the Hall, and for his aptness and wit as Master of Ceremonies at the early “do’s”.  He was a champion checker player, attending many tournaments and was very knowledgeable about baseball, travelling widely to umpire games.

Many teachers at the Hopedale School boarded with the Bucknells and one, Miss Eva Skuse, who later married Don Lonsberry who taught at Satinwood became a lifelong family friend.

The Bucknells adopted a son, Jay, and also helped to raise two granddaughters, Myra and Myrna….

Charlie and Ada celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1946.  In 1953 they sold the farm to Ted Elder, and retired to Blueberry Creek….