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from "Katie Kerr (Cook) – By her daughter Doreen"

In Alix, Alberta, Coal Mining, Farming, Lamerton, School, Settlers on March 27, 2020 at 12:14 PM

From “Katie Kerr (Cook) – By her daughter Doreen”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

It all began in Argyllshire, Scotland, where James Beaton was bornin 1816….

The future Mrs. Beaton sailed from Scotland and they were married in Buffalo, New York, in 1861….

Their family were Hugh, John, Dougald, Katherine and Bell….

Katherine met and married a surveyor, James Kerr. They farmed near Oil City and had a family of four, Effie – 1887, Eva – 1889, Kitty Bell – 1892, and James, 1894; then twins Clarence and Clayton – 1898, who died within three months.  Within a few months Katherine’s husband passed away, followed shortly by her mother and father…. [She] died in 1901 leaving four small children who were given homes with family and friends…. Bruce and Martha Cook…had no children so Katie was to make her home with these strangers…..

In April 1902 Bruce Cook headed for Alberta by C.P.R…and went to a farm south of Alix.  Here he built a home and sent for Martha and Katie…. Soon after arriving in their new home Katie developed a beautiful case of measles…. Their wealth consisted of six cows, two horses and a colt which had been purchased at Morningside.

The winter of 1902 – 1903 was long and very cold, so when spring arrived, they made a trip to Lacombe for groceries and supplies.  The road, or what there was of it, was in reality one long mud hole taking two days to make the trip one way.  As well as going to Lacombe there were trips to Lamerton, also for groceries, but even more important, for the mail.

Coal was obtained from the Larkin coal mine, and wood was cut on the Cook property…. In 1911, the family built a home in Alix, known as the Thorp house [1974].  Bruce Cook died in 1913.

During these years Katie received her education…. Among her memories are such events as the Railway being built from Lacombe to Stettler in 1905…. The first store and Post Office burned one very cold night, and the first doctor of the area, Doctor Wilson, lost everything.

The first school in Alix was only one room, and of course the heating system consisted of coal and wood. 

The Ball team was active….  The first minister was Mr. Barner….

In 1916, Katie returned to Ontario and took a business course in Sarnia, becoming reacquainted with her sisters and other relatives.  She returned to Alix in 1918 and clerked in Wally Peacock’s store, and later was stenographer in the Municipal Office….

Mrs. Cook and Katie lived together until 1930 when Martha passed away.

At this point Katie joined her brother, Jim Kerr, and his wife a Turner Valley.  Here she met and married an oilfield driller by the name of Angus McLeod.  Their only child [was] a girl called Doreen….

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.