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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.

Herbert Panrucker by B. Parlby

In Alix, Alberta, Business, Churches, Farming, Hickling, Mirror AB, Organizations on March 18, 2020 at 2:28 PM

From “Herbert Panrucker – by B. Parlby”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Herbert (Bert) Panrucker and his wife Adele (Dolly) came to Alix from Worchester, England, about 1907.  Herbert W. Panrucker started a general store in the hamlet of Alix in partnership with A.G. Holland.  Both husband and wife were very active in the community affairs of the growing village, especially St. Pancras Church, of which he was warden at the time of its dedication.  They were also active in the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges.

H.W. Panrucker was most generous with customers in his store.  Walter Parlby used to tell about the times when he went to pay his grocery bill in the fall after his cattle were sold.  Bert Panrucker would write out a receipt and then give him a pair of boots in appreciation.  Such was store-keeping in the second decade of this century.

Some years late H.W. Panrucker sold the store and bought the Allan Brothers farm as Rennie was rejoining his regiment overseas.  The Panrucker family went into the country to live, on the farm that is now [1974] owned by Ray and Harry McKibbon, (N.1/2 of Sec.6-23-40-W 4th.).

Herbert Panrucker – by B. ParlbyThe Panruckers had two daughters, Millicent and Gertruce.  Both were unusually clever musicians. Millicent was Gold Medallist in Piano, Alberta Ladies’ College, Edmonton.  Gertrude, who married James (jim) Russell, the Mirror lawyer, was organist in St. Monica’s Church for many years.

Yerburgh, Richard Eustre Vertue

In Alix, Alberta, Churches, Farming, Hickling, Lamerton, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on February 4, 2020 at 8:57 AM

From “Yerburgh, Richard Eustre Vertue – as told by R.E.M. Yerburgh and H. Parlby”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Rev. R.E.V. Yerburgh (Dick) was born in England in 1879, came to Canada early in 1906 and bought the S.E. ¼ of 14-40-22.

He married Gladys Eileen Marryat, a daughter of Colonel Ernest L. and Mrs. Marryat, on December 11, 1906 in the little log church of St. Monica’s near Lamerton.  The marriage ceremony was going very smoothly when suddenly the whole congregation were startled by a hoarse but determined voice, “This marriage must stop!  Miss Marryat is going to marry me!”

A young Englishman by the name of Burrows had risen at the back of the church and drawn a revolver.  Quickly several of the men present took the interrupter in hand and hustled him out of the church.  Then the ceremony went on.

Three children were born to this marriage:

  1. Richard Eustre Marryat Yerburgh, January 12, 1908.
  2. Robert, born April 1, 1910 and died at about six weeks old.
  3. 3. Ernest Robert Marryat Yerburgh, born November 4, 1910.

Tragically the mother did not survive, but died on November 6, 1910, and her husband was left with two small sons. Members of the Marryat family living near came to his assistance in caring for the little ones.

Some time later Dick Yerburgh returned to England and took as his second wife Mary Eleanor Thorhill on April 18, 1915.  Returning to Canada and Alix they settled down on the land.  “Mary Yerburgh” as she is called by her old friends became in every way a real mother to “Dickie” and “Bob.”…

With the Yerburghs came Celia Giles, later Mrs. John Mansbridge….

The Rev. R.E.M. Yerburgh (Dickie) writes… “Our house was called “The Hill” after Dad’s old school…. Water was a problem and the remains of many old wells were scattered around…. My last remembrance was of water being hauled from a well dug close to a small slough on the way to Dartmoor Ranch. (Parlby’s).”

Like a lot of other people, I expect, we were chronically hard up, and one year about all the meat we had was that of rabbits which Dad shot.  The next year came the disease that killed off the rabbits every few years.  That year there was very little meat.   I remember my father spotting a partridge or a prairie chicken, and to make sure he got it he stalked it, but got too close and blew it to pieces,”

In 1916 the Yerburghs sold out and went to Victoria B.C. to live.

from “Mr. and Mrs. John Rasmussen, Mary and Bruce Marsh – by Mary Marsh”

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Carradale School, Coal Mining, Farming, Gough Lake, Heatburg, Hickling, Mirror AB, Museums, Pioneer Farming, Railway, School, Settlers, Zenith on January 19, 2020 at 4:03 AM

From “Mr. and Mrs. John Rasmussen, Mary and Bruce Marsh – by Mary Marsh”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Copies of this book are available for purchase at Alix Home Hardware and the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

Mum, Dad and I came to the farm in March 1917.  I remember Daddy telling about how much snow there was when we arrived at the siding at Heatburg.  If I remember correctly, they bought the land from a fellow by the name of Lunn. … We were on the farm until 1921 when we moved to Nordegg, where Dad worked in the mine for a year.  In 1922 we returned to the farm where we stayed until the folks sold it in 1945.  They rented it to Victor Mitchell for two years and they lived in Alix where I went to High School. 

During those years between 1922 and ’45 Daddy worked in the mine at the river, also in the mine in Ardley (where he lost his eye) and then on the railway as a sectionman. All the time he ran the farm as well, raising a little grain, pigs, a few cattle and a lot of chickens.  When they sold the farm they moved to Edmonton where they lived until they passed away, Mum in 1960 and Dad in 1970.

Note – Mrs. Rassmussen was a good gardener, did beautiful needlework, smocking, crocheting, tatting.  She taught the neighbourhood girls to do these things and they appreciated it very much. – M.P.

About me – I was born in Calgary and was three years old when we moved to the farm…. I went to school by van to Alix (grade 1), at Nordegg for grade II.  Carradale school district was formed the winter that we moved back to the farm.

I remember my dad and a friend used eight horses to move the school building from Horse Shoe Lake Ranch across the lake, with the with the ice cracking underneath it, and Mum and I running alongside….

I finished Grade 8 at Carradale, then took grades 9 and 10 in Alix and Grades 11 and 12 In Stettler, went to Normal School in Camrose in 1931 and ’32.  I taught the Carradale School for three years, then Gough lake, Zenith, Mirror and Hickling.  I married Bruce Marsh in June 1940 and we finally moved to Leduc where we both carried on with teaching until June, 1970….

Bruce taught at Stanton School and… formed an orchestra in Alix….

Photos from Alix High School Reunion 1993 (1929 – 1965)

In Alix, Alberta, Gadsby Lake, Hickling, School on May 28, 2019 at 10:51 PM