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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….

Memorial Plaque

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, Organizations on September 24, 2019 at 10:21 AM

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


Content Bridge

Lisa Sergeant

Museum Board

Tall Spruce

Jim Gadsby

Community Hall

B. Parlby (Agriculture Hall of Fame)

Alix Gator

Keith Mann


Betty Burgh

Mushroom Plant

Westcan Malting (Rahr)

Museums Do More!

In Alix, Alberta, Mirror AB, Museums, Parades on June 3, 2019 at 9:49 AM
International Museum Day & Mirror Parade 2019

International Museum Day & Mirror Parade

In Alix, Alberta, Entertainment, Mirror AB, Museums on May 19, 2019 at 9:39 AM
First Prize in its Category!

Photo by Donna Peterson.

The Harris, McMillan, and Beebe Family

In Museums, Pioneer Farming, Urquhart, Westling on April 30, 2019 at 10:39 AM

From “The Harris Story – by Ethel Harris”[nee Beebe]

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

How can one, in a few short paragraphs, reveal the true story of any pioneer family, the courage, faith, and endurance?  I am proud to have become a member of one such family when I married Ray Harris in 1925.

Ray’s parents, father Eph and mother Annie Harris [McMillan] were married in November 1889 at Bronson, Kansas – Father Eph was 16 and Mother Annie 18 years of age…. Forced by prolonged drought conditions in Kansas in the latter part of the 1890’s, the McMillan families sought better farming conditions, and found these conditions in the Urquhart District, Northwest Territories, Canada.  The families made a mass migration to Lacombe, arriving there with all their effects, on April 1, 1900.  From Lacombe, the journey to the various homesteads, near what are now Clive and Tees areas, was made by wagon. 

Grandfather McMillan had filed on land 3 ½ North East ofpresent village of Clive, while Father Eph had filed on a quarter section 1mile west of Grandfather’s (2 ½ miles North East of Clive.)  Ray at this time was 8 ½ years of age,Flossie 7, Frances 5, Norris 2 ½ – still a young family.  Louis was born here in Sept. 1901…. Busy years ensued and in 1903, Father received title to their land and Canadiancitizenship for the family.

School districts had been formed and teachers secured.  The Harris’ were in the Westling school district….   Father Eph [died] in Feb. 17, 1908….

Ray was now 15 ½ years old, and was faced with the heavy responsibilities of heavy farm management and labour.  Flossie, now 14, was a great help, while the younger ones were soon to realize they could be of help also….

from “Harold Hilton Hecht – by Mrs. Maude Hecht”

In 1930s Depression, Business, Museums, North Star, Organizations, Pioneer Farming, Sargent District, School Trustees, Settlers on April 8, 2019 at 11:45 AM

From “Harold Hilton Hecht – By Mrs. Maude Hecht”

From Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

Harold Hilton Hecht was born in 1896 in Republican City,Nebraska, the oldest of five children. In 1905, his widowed mother Mrs. Annie Hecht and Grandmother Mrs. Hance,brought the young family to the Sargent district, southeast of Clive.  The children got their schooling at Sargent. 

At a very early age Harold worked out for other farmers, baled hay, broke land, threshed with an old steamer, also drilled wells….

In 1922 he married Maude Viola Morrical, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Morrical.  They rented land in the district, also worked for two years at Erskine for Sim Clark. 

In 1931 they moved to their own farm north of Haynes, the N.E. ¼ of 16-39-24-4 where he farmed and raised cattle.  Harold hauled coal into Clive from the river to sell, graded roads with horses and slip to pay taxes.  He was a trustee for North Star School, also a member of the Order of Oddfellows for a number of years, and belonged to the Wheat Pool.  He served many years on the Municipal Council for Lamerton District. He operated a threshing outfit and threshed for many of his neighbours. 

They rented the farm out in 1950and ran the coffee shop in Clive, a busy place in those days with all the oil drillers and truckers.  They bought his mother’s place in Clive…. Harold worked for Crown Paving in Edmonton nearly eight years.  In 1960 they sold the farm to John Stone of Alix. Harold died of a heart attack March 31, 1962,

They had two children Hilton Joseph… [and] Helen Rose McKinney….

from “The McDonald Family – by Hector McDonald”

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, Pioneer Farming, Stone School District on April 7, 2019 at 10:03 AM

From “The McDonald Family – by Hector McDonald”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

On June 3, 1926, …[w]e left Inverness, Scotland by train for Glasgow, sailing on the “Athenia” to Quebec City.  We then boarded the immigrant train westward across the prairies to Alix, where we were met by the Soldier Settlement Board Supervisor, Sam Pocklington, and George Collingwood.  They drove us to the farm, north half sec 30, T38, R23, W4M, twelve miles southwest of Alix in their Model T Fords.  Jack Nixon was in town with a team and wagon to transport our trunks and a few groceries.  A hired hand in Scotland was promoted to a farmer in Canada with 320 acres!

Alexander McDonald was born at Leanach, near Inverness in 1882, and joined the Boer War forces at age 17 and later served as a regular in the Scots Guard, then with the Seaforth Highlanders in the First World War.  Margaret Allcorn Spittal was born in Glasgow in 1888, moving to the Inverness area, where she met and married Dad in May, 1912.  With seven children, ranging in age from twelve years to nine months, they immigrated to Alix and the Stone School District No. 657.

Our early years on the farm were a struggle.  One of the first problems facing us was well water unfit to drink. In the fall of 1927, our log house burned with all of our possessions. After living here and there with the neighbours, we fixed up one half of the cowbarn for living quarters.  Then, through the kindness of our neighbours, we moved into our new house in the spring of 1928.  Winters were spent getting out firewood and brushing land for the next summer’s breaking, sometimes up to 45 acres with a twelve-horse outfit.

Ewen married Pauline Bascombe …. Robert Ypres married Ethel Presho.  Catherine MacKenzie married Robert Stone…. Jean Wilson married Thomas Knight…. Mary married Oral Carter….Alistair… married Hazel Bray.  Hector McBean married Shirley Hanson.

During the Second World War, Dad served with the Veterans Guard, looking after prisoners of war.  Ewen and Alistair served with the Royal Canadian Artillery and Robert with the Air Force.

Alix School Garden Show 1969

In Alix, Alberta, Gardens, Museums, Organizations, School on January 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum has information about the school gardens and Horticulture Club

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School Garden Rules

In Alix, Alberta, Fairs, Museums, Organizations on January 4, 2019 at 10:55 AM

The Alix Wagon Wheel Museum has more information about school gardens – and many other topics.

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