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Alix Residents of the Past (3)

In Carpenters, Farming, Gardens, Genealogy, Pioneer Medical Health, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Railway, World War !! on April 20, 2021 at 7:48 AM

From “People of Alix – as suggested by Gordon and Flora Wilton” part 3

Gleanings after Pioneers and Progress. Alix=Clive Historical Club, 1981

Page, Floyd and Irene: The Pages owned the corner Drugstore, Floyd was a qualified druggist and Irene Page nee McBean was a nurse….

Peacock and Picard kept the general store on the corner in the late twenties and early thirties.  Later this became the Deen’s restaurant.  Wally Peacock was a god amateur carpenter and electrician.  The son’s name was Harvey.

Shepherd: Lee or “Dad” Shepherd was Mrs. Alex Bissett’s father.  He was a man of many parts.  He had been a member of the Royal North West Mounted Police in his younger days. While in Alix, he was by turns shoemaker and harness repair man, caretaker of the livery barn and town policeman.

Spelman, Harvey: Spelman bought the hardware from Bob Toepfer.  He was very tall and rather thin. At one time he had had his arm tattooed with his name, which was the fashion at the time. …

Sailor, Ted: Sailors lived for a few years on the old Tallman place a few miles west of Alix.  Their family consisted of two boys and two girls….

Woods, Wally: He was one of our most enthusiastic hockey players.  Wally married Irene Straub, who was our chief operator in the Telephone Office for many years.

Dr. Hart came to Alix about 1910.  He lived in the tall old house … on the north side of the railway tracks. Elmer Primus recalls Dr. Hart setting a broken leg for him….

Dweaks had a long underground mine with rails and a coal car for bringing the coal to the surface.  Three of the daughters, other girls remember at school, were Jessie, Loretta, and Dolly.

Prokopuk, Joe and Annie:  Joe came from the Ukraine.  Annie was born in Manitoba, a sister of Jake Pidherney.  Joe was a section foreman for the railway at Joffre.  Then he was transferred to Coghill where Annie passed away. Annie … did all kinds of fancy work, grew flowers and gardened industrially.  They had no children.

Zimmerman: The Zimmermans lived near the Free Methodist camp.  Mr. Zimmerman looked after the railway switch called “The Diamond” for years.  They had a large family of seven children:  Jay, Mandy, Vern, Fred, Sam, Jim, and Jennie. Jennie is now [1981] Mrs. Melvin Ripley, and she has three sons.  Some of the Zimmerman boys worked on the railway.

Wilton: During World War II the three brothers, Rex, Ray and Gordon were all in the services.  Duncan had an injury to one eye as a little boy which impaired his vision so that he could not join up.  Roy Pears and Cliff Brookhart joined up at the same time.

Former Residents of Alix (2)

In 1930s Depression, Alix, Alberta, Business, Churches, Dance Band, Farming, Organizations, Pioneer Farming, Settlers, World War !! on March 28, 2021 at 9:54 AM

From “People of Alix – as suggested by Gordon and Flora Wilton” (2)

Gleanings After Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1981

Flemming: Mr. Flemming used to have a tailor shop in the old Underwood Building on Main Street in the 1920’s.  He made suits fitted to order for his customers.

Henry: Henrys kept the drug store on the corner during the 1930’s.  Mrs. Henry was a trained druggist.  This store contained many things attractive to young people….The two sons, Frank and Jack, attended school in Alix.

Hurley, Nora: Nora Hurley came out to Canada with her brothers from Ireland in 1911 and lived with or near them south of Alix.

Jones, Eric: was a veteran of World War I who took up a quarter section of land under the Soldiers Settlement Scheme Board.  He played the banjo to the accompaniment of Tom Bullivent’s piano for the dances. He retired to the coast of British Columbia.

Loney: Mr. Loney drove the bus from Alix to Edmonton via Camrose.  The children attended Alix School.  Everett Loney lives in Blackfalds [1981] and has been Brand Inspector for some years.

Marks: Mr. Marks was Mr. Loney’s father-in-law, Mrs. Marks was very active in the U.C.W.  they lived east of Alix near the overhead bridge.

Matheson, George: George Matheson worked as a mechanic in Lymbery’s or perhaps Holling’s garage.

Monts: Two brothers and their families lived in the old Early house on Lake Streetin the 1920’s.  They were probably brothers of Mrs. Oscar Sims.

Morgan, George: Mr. and Mrs. George Morgan and their family arrived from Britain some time after World War I to take up land two miles north of Alix under the Soldiers Settlement Board.  They arrived in Alix when the creek was in food.  Ulric Marryat met them at the train with his team and democrat.  On the way to their new home the team went off the grade covered with water and they got stuck.  Mrs. Morgan and the little ones had to be carried to dry land before they could continue their journey.  The boys’ names were Merlin, Herbert, and Benny.  Their sister’s name was Enid. Herbert married Isabel Martin and they had two daughters, Shirley and Pat.

Madsens lived near the overpass and not far from the Free Methodist campground.  A daughter, Lydia, became a teacher in Lacombe and is now [1981] on the town council.

Owens:  Mac Owens was born in Ireland and came to Alix in 1930.  He later left to homestead I the Peace River country but found it too hard to break land so returned to alix.  Alex Findlater found him his first job at Tom Bullivant’s.  From there he went to Harbottles.  Later he took up farming on the old Toepfer place.  Then  he sold his farm and moved to Red Deer….

De Jong Family

In Clive AB, Pioneer Farming, World War !! on January 31, 2021 at 12:17 PM

From “Spike and Hylke De Jong – By Mrs. Ed Morrical”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Spike and Hylke came from the Netherlands to the Clive area in April, 1927.  Spike worked for John Duffy and Hylke worked for George Duffy.  In 1928 they went to Blackie, Alberta and then returned to Clive in the fall and purchased the land originally owned by Carl Hecht.  When they purchased it Harry Jeynes was living there.    In 1929 Spike and Hylke’s mother and dad, Mr. and Mrs. John De Jong and two daughters, Doetje and Henneka came to this farm from the Netherlands.  In 1932 they rented the McCleish place which was owned by George Scorah.  In the spring of 1932, Henneke went back to to Holland.  In 1933 Doetje married Ed Morrical.  In the fall of 1935 Spike and Hylke quit farming and Spike married Miss Minnie Monts in December.  In 1936 Spike and Minnie went to Southern Alberta to raise market gardens.  During this time Hylke worked out at various places.  In the fall Spike and Minnie returned for the fall harvest and lived on the Carl Hecht place.  In the spring of 1940, Spike moved his family to B.C….  Hylke joined the army and after the war moved to B.C. also.

In 1945, Mr. and Mrs. John De Jong moved to B.C., returning to Alberta in 1946 where they worked for Richard Bavender for one year.  In 1947 they moved to Clive where they lived until their passing.

Alfred A.E. Batchelor

In Alix, Alberta, author, Pioneer Farming, Publishing, World War !!, World War I on December 20, 2020 at 10:29 AM

From “Alfred A.E. Batchelor – by Eve Allan Keates”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

The Batchelor family came to Alix in 1939 and made many friends. Captain Alfred A.E. Batchelor was a veteran of both World Wars, and in his book mentions Alix’s first parade when ninety-seven men turned out for the military training program, which he was instrumental in organizing.  He had seen unprepared men in the First World War and was determined that something should be done once the Second war started.

On request of relatives and friends Captain Batchelor began a book, “Not For Gold”. An autobiography which sadly had to be completed by his family after his death in 1967.  He said as the Centennial Year was coming up he would like to express in some way his thankfulness for having had the privilege of living in Canada.  His book is dedicated to the youth of Canada….

One interesting and humorous note which I feel was typical of the Captain, “We have no family tree but my ancestry goes back as far as the next man’s and having no tree to brag about, we don’t know how many branches were sound and how many rotten.”  He managed with one arm for many years having lost the other in the First World War.  His friends and neighbours were amazed at the way he handled his horse, which he rode up until the day of his death, and undertook his daily farm chores using his hook and one arm.  In 1945 to Brunt Lake, then to Chilliwack, B.C….

from “Rude-Rottenfusser by Mrs. Jenny Rottenfusser” part 2

In Alix Creamery, Alix, Alberta, Boy Scouts, Carroll, Cattle, Farming, Hairdressers, Horses, Organizations, Railway, School, Settlers, World War !! on December 1, 2020 at 8:38 AM

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974

Albert Rottenfusser bought the W1/2-26-39-22-W4 in the spring of 1940.  This was Hudson’s Bay land which had been farmed by Jim Carroll. On May 4th Albert and his brother John came from Stettler bringing horses and machinery with which to farm.  As there were no buildings on the place they hauled out a granary in which to live.

During the summer John and Albert bought a cottage at Buffalo Lake which consisted of three rooms and a screened-in veranda.  It was not lined inside so was terribly cold in the winter; the tea kettle would freeze on the stove. Ten head of horses were moved to move the building until they came to the sand hill between Ira Mann’s and home.  To get up the hill it took fourteen horses, Tony De Wald’s tractor, blocks and tackle.  A brother-in-law, Vernon Bignell, also helped.

Mr. and Mrs. John Rottenfusser Sr. had homesteaded in the Botha district, after coming from the state of Washington.  Mrs. Rottenfusser, and her eldest daughter, Mary, then a baby, were on the first passenger train that ran from Lacombe to Stettler in the fall of 1905.  In December 1940 they moved to the Alix district, buying the Peterman farm in the Ripley district….

Vernon and Frances Bignell came to the old Abe Carroll homestead west of Lee and Carl Carroll’s in 1945….

During the war years Albert served in the R.C.A.F.  His brother John and his wife, Alice, lived on the farm.  In 1944 the taxes for the north quarter were $39.09 and for the south quarter $$41.16; in 1973 the taxes on the same were $136.80 and $130.72.  In March 1947 Paul Winters drilled a well for Albert.  It was 210 feet deep, total price $329.75….     Albert and I were married in Lacombe….

Brian was born September 4, 1947, and Wanda on July 4, 1949.  When Wanda was a baby, we got a new roof and remodelled the house, turning the veranda into a kitchen and dining room.

We bought Mrs. Sibert’s land, NW1/4 27-39-22 through the V.L.A. in 1952. We also got our first tractora Model D Case….

Carroll School closed in June 1953.  In September, when Brian started school, the children were bussed into Alix.  Ned Barritt was our bus driver, a job he held for sixteen years.  The Carroll Community Club bought the school as a community center….

We had Aberdeen Angus range cows, but Holstein milk cows, and shipped cream to Alix Creamery.  It was much easier after we got electricity and a milking machine.

Albert took an active interest in the Canadian Order of Foresters and was Leader of Boy Scouts until his illness and passing in 1966.

Some years the berries were in abundance.  It would be like a picnic, with neighbour ladies coming to pick and having coffee….

Brian is working for his Masters in Geology at the time of this writing [1974] …. Wanda and I stayed on the farm  until she graduated from grade 12.  In 1967 we moved to Calgary when she entered university….

Edna Wismer

In Mirror AB, World War !!, World War II on August 6, 2020 at 3:44 PM

From “Edna Walters Bissett Wismer”

Pioneers and Progress  Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Edna Walters worked for Col. Eaton when she finished school.  George Bissett was working for … Ward Barritt, on the farm in Ripley where they met.  They were married in May of ’39.  After harvest they moved to Alix and lived in the Parlby home.  George joined the army and was moved to the east in Jan. 1940.  Edna followed. In May George went overseas.  Edna remained and took a business course and worked in Ontario till she returned to Mirror in 1942 and then got a job in Edmonton.  George missed the Dieppe raid because of injury.  He later left the army, joined the air force and was returned to Alberta for retraining.  In 1945 George and Edna were divorced.  They both remarried later.   Edna married an ex Sergeant Major Colin Wismer.  They lived in Edmonton for the next 23 years.  In 1970 they moved to Ethel Estell’s house in Mirror.