Posts Tagged ‘Alix’

Ads from the UFWA Cook Book (Alix Museum Collection)

In Alix, Alberta on December 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Moving to Hudson Bay Land excerpted from “John Rottenfusser”

In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on December 28, 2018 at 11:41 AM

From “John Rottenfusser”

Pioneers and Progress, Alix-Clive Historical Club 1974

The Rottenfusser Bros., Albert and John, moved into the Carroll district 0n May 4th, 1940 onto Hudson Bay land.  No buildings, no corrals of any kind.  We spent the first night sleeping under a tree, later nicknamed “The Apple Tree”, and the site for the cottage which was to be moved later.  The next day we finished moving the granary which required three sets of skids to bring it from Stettler to our new farm.  This was home, grain bin, harness room and all.

That fall we moved a cottage from Rochon sands to the farm.  This is a part of the present house [1974].  It took us fourteen days with wagon and horses to make the move.  To move the house up the sand hill north to the present site required fourteen head of horses, Dewald’s tractor and a block and tackle borrowed from Mr. Olson….

Now that we had a house on the land, we journeyed back to north east of Stettler to get our cattle and other belongings.  In the time we were loading a storm hit bringing cold winds and snow.  On the morning we started back to alix, Albert was driving six horses on two wagons, another team hitched to a wagon trailing behind.  Vernon and I herded the cattle and loose horses.  This trip took two days The first night we stopped … keeping warm by the campfire.  The next day onto Alix and home.  With no barn, all the stock was turned out to a straw stack….

Albert joined the Air Force (Military Police), returning in 1946.  I was married in 1944 to Alice Brown….We have two children, Orma … and Maurice.

Alberta Golden Jubilee

In Alix, Alberta, Settlers on December 15, 2018 at 11:45 AM

From The Inkspot June 6, 1955, in the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum’s Collection


A public meeting was held at the Town Hall on Monday May 30 for the purpose of organizing the various activities of the proposed Golden Jubilee Celebration and community Picnic.  The various organizations of the village and community were well represented.  Date of the celebration will be announced at a later date.

The following committees and convenors were appointed.

  1. Parade Committee: Conveners: Mr. Allyn Mann, Mrs. H. Parlby
  2. Committee in charge of Old Timers Applications and Presentations of Scrolls: Convener: Mr. O. Lundberg
  3. Reception shelter: Convener[s]: Chad Thorp, Ken Drushka
  4. Horse-Shoe Pitching contest: Convener: John Holsworth, The Forester Lodge
  5. Men’s Soft Ball: A.A.A.A. Organization: convener: To Be Appointed
  6. Ladies’ Soft Ball: Lady Foresters: Convener: Mrs. J. Rottenfusser.
  7. Souvenir committee: School Staff: Convener: Mr. N. Hrynyk.
  8. Races, etc.: Oddfellow Lodge, Convenor; Mr[e] Ralph Hornett.
  9. Decoration Committee: F.U.A. Convener: Mr. John Ditto, Canadian Legion Convener: Mr. A. Stewart.
  10. Reception committee: F.W.U.A. Convener: Mrs. R. Purkis, I.O.D.E Convenor: Mrs. E. Holsworth.
  11. Treats Committee: Maccabee Lodge: Convener: Mr. Ray Ramsay.
  12. Advertising: Alix Board of Trade: Conveners to be appointed.
  13. Clean-Up Committees: A.A.A.A. Organization: Convener: To be appointed.
  14. First Aid Committee: Alix Fire Brigade: convener: To be Apptd.

from the MAC’75 – ’76 Yearbook

In Alix, Alberta, Graduation, Museums, School, Sports Teams on December 8, 2018 at 5:03 PM

From a yearbook in the museum’s collection”

1975 Graduating Class   and 1975-76 CWASAA Curling ChampionsScan_20180924 (2)Scan_20180924 (3)

1972 School Gardens

In Alix, Alberta, School on November 23, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Some award plaques from the days of school gardens and bench shows are on display at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

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From Elmer Primus and Family – by Merle” part 2.

In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Settlers on November 21, 2018 at 12:59 PM

From “Elmer Primus and Family – by Myrle” part 2

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974.

Elmer began working for “Wong Loon Groceries” after school and on Saturdays.  They used to grind up about 40 pounds of coffee every Saturday morning, then package it.  The brown sugar came in hundred-pound jute bags.  It had to be packaged, also raisins, currants, beans, even cookies came in large boxes.

They had to unpack about 10 or 12 dozen eggs a week per farm family.  They were packed in chop or grain to keep them from breaking on the buggies or wagons.  A few had the large egg crates.  You brought one-pound prints of butter and with eggs, gave the farmer credit, with which he bought the other groceries he needed.  Many people would only buy butter or eggs that certain people had brought in.

Eddie Wong came out from China and had completed school there, so Elmer was asked to take him to school to learn English.  First, he had a desk at the back in Grade I, then each week he would move up a grade.  He mostly had to learn new ways of doing mathematics and the English language.  It didn’t take him long.

After completing his schooling Elmer decided he wanted to farm so he moved out with [his brother] Hillert and Hazel.

Every Friday and Saturday night for a year and a half he worked for George Darlow in the show hall as an apprentice in the projection room.  Everything was hand operated.  The hall was upstairs over the pool room.  Pat L’Hirondelle ran the engine to create electricity.  Then Mr. Darlow sold out; that finished that job.

People were just starting to drive cars so everyone wanted somewhere to go so they had good crowds.  The streets had many model “T” Fords and the hitching posts had teams and top buggies as well as the wagons etc.

Hillert moved to Open Valley District so Elmer batched for 10 years…. He trapped rats, hunted, sheared sheep, raised pigs and ran around.

Harold Worke

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, Organizations, Polo club, Settlers on October 19, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Worke, Harold  – by B. Parlby

Harold Worke came to Canada from Channel Islands about in the first decade of the 1900’s.  He married Margaret Turnbull, a sister of William and Henry Turnbull and they had one son, Leslie.  Mrs. Worke had a very beautiful singing voice and used to take part in the entertainments so popular in those days.

Harold Worke was one of the group of young Englishmen who played with the Alix Polo  team before World War I.  His horse, however, required considerable urging, and Worke would chivy his mount down the field with a continual chant of, “Giddap, giddap, giddap, giddap!”

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974.

High Tea & Conversation Irene Parlby

In Alix, Alberta, Famous 5 Persons Case, Museums, Settlers on October 12, 2018 at 4:16 PM


Marking the 150th birthday of Irene Parlby of the Famous Five / Persons Case:  High Tea and Conversation at the Alix Wagon Wheel MuseumOct.  27  3 p.m.        Admission by Donation      Event for Adults


Women of Aspenland

In Alix, Alberta, Churches, Museums, Organizations, School, Settlers on September 6, 2018 at 11:57 AM


Mary Sanderson and family.

Mary taught in Alix and area for many years and is one of this summer’s new entries to Women of Aspenland on


In Alix, Alberta, Business, Churches, Dairy Pool, Museums, Organizations, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, School, Settlers, War Memorials on July 6, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Alix Wagon Wheel Museum Association is very grateful for funding for our summer students. We are getting a lot of work done, and able to have the museum open all summer.

Chelsey is partly funded by Young Canada Works.

Keyanna is partly funded by Canada Summer Jobs.

Talayna is partly funded by STEP.

Come in to have a tour or browse on your own to see our exhibits: businesses, schools, churches, First Nations, war memorials, railways, service clubs, art by Alix artists, sports, pioneer tools, dairy/Alix Creamery, toys , taxidermied birds, Eager Beaver, and more.