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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….

Marshall Dilts

In 1930s Depression, Farming, North Star, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery on January 1, 2020 at 3:45 PM

From “Marshall Dilts”

Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

Marshall Dilts was born about 1873 and grew up in the corn belt of Iowa. In 1900 he married Catherine Elizabeth Gilbert, sister of Bill Gilbert, and in 1908 they moved to Canada by way of immigration train, unloading their effects in the hamlet of Tees.  They lived for a while on the N.W. ¼ of 15 now [1974] farmed by Bill Hecht.

He later purchased E.1/2 21-39-24-4 in the North Star District from J.L. Jackson and built a log house hear the middle half section.

In 1916 he bought the N. ½ of 22 in the same township from Jay Baker, originally homesteaded by C. Buckley and D.A. Kennedy.  This land was later purchased by Wing Wong and is presently [1974] owned by Stanley Wong.

The Dilts family consists of four sons.  Ralph, the eldest, born in 1903… Rollo born in 1905….Ora born in 1911….[and] Gilbert the youngest was born in 1918.

In the fall o 1920 the Dilts rented the farm to Alex Norquay and moved to the town of Clive, where they bought an acreage near where the old brick school used to stand.

In 1921 the log house burned down and a new one was built the following year.  In 1923 Jim Bates came from Saskatchewan and rented the farm for about two or three years…. In 1925 Vin Carter took over until 1928 or 1929.

By now Ralph and Rollo (Dilts) decided to go back to the farm so they bought a Rumley Oil Pull tractor….and used it along with horses to do their farming. This was the time of the dirty thirties, when times were hard and the skies were dark with blowing dust both day and night.  Consequently, with little or no crops, the boys had to give up after a few years, and went into other businesses….

It was now Mr. Dilts himself who continued on with the farming for a few years, but ….it was rented out to various tenants, one of whom was Dick Waddy who farmed there for several years, then  was sold to Alex Otto and Sons….

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….