Thursday, 29 November 2018


I have posted this a few years ago, however thank you to Patti Evaskevich, we now have a photo with names of people on the platform. Thank you Patti for this photo.
In 1911, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway surveyed the route of their branch line from Bigger, Sk to Hemaruka, Ab. In 1912 the grade for the railroad was constructed to Loverna and the following summer the steel arrived. Along with the railroad arriving in the area, the town of Loverna sprang up, with restaurants, a Chinese laundry, a poolroom, and a lumber yard.
It was a grand celebration the day the steel was completed to Loverna, people were invited to drive some of the Last Spikes, as Loverna was the last station in Saskatchewan. That night, homesteaders from near and far gathered in the pool hall, they danced and celebrated. The line was completed to Hemaruka, Alberta in 1924.












Tuesday, 27 November 2018


The Pratt family was always a big part of my life growing up in the Esther community. Jim was one of the early settlers in the community, after he and Beatrice married, they had three sons. Bruce and his wife Ann on the left, George and his wife Phyllis in the middle back, George worked for my Dad in his younger years and taught me how to drive at a very young age. You could always count on George to come and help with anything you needed help with. He was a magician with a pair of pliers and a table knife, able to repair anything. Roy and Roxie on the right, always family friends, Roy and I worked together, played ball together, hunted together and curled together for many years. I do remember some of the all night sessions with our friends making sausage at Roy and Roxies house. Jim and Beatrice seated in the center were the matriarchs of this family, Beatrice often babysat my siblings and I when Mom and Dad were off curling. Beatrice made a sauve called Pratt's Sauve, and I am sure it would cure anything that ailed you. Phyllis and Roy and Roxie still live in the Esther community and are active in the happenings about the community.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Welcome back all, after some time I have rejuvenated my blogging and hopefully everyone will enjoy what I have to offer. The photo here, is the house my Great Grandparents built in the 1800's near Candiac Saskatchewan, I had the opportunity to travel there and photograph it a week or so ago. My Grandmother Edith Hewines was born in this house in 1898, she lived there until it she went on to further her education and become a teacher. My Granddad came from London England to Canada and arrived in Glenavon Sk to work for a local farmer. He wanted to file for a homestead so he travelled to Alberta, landed in Sibbald on the train and heard there were homesteads available north towards Esther. He walked several miles and found a 1/4 section that he liked and filed for homestead there. A few years later he and Grandma were married and moved to the homestead a few miles south of Esther and that is where my part of life began. My Mom was born in Loverna, Sk. and later on met my Dad at one of the local dances and the rest is history for another blog.

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Another Esther Pioneer.
Ed Affleck was one of the early pioneers in the Esther Community, he came to the area in 1913 and set up his farming operation southwest of Esther. Ed, like so many other pioneers, played the violin and Marge, Leonard Westerlund and Ed played for many of the local dances. Ed met Mildred Purcell, on Dec.29 1938 they were married in Camrose. All the years they lived on the farm, they never had power in the house, only propane lights, propane fridge and propane stove. Ed was one of the true pioneers of the West. Pictured above is Mrs. Purcell, Mildred’s mother, holding her great-grandson, Delbert Pratt. The other is a photo of Ed cutting Frank Cartwrights hair.

Delbert now ranches on the Esther flat, raising a fine herd of cattle and even doing a bit of travelling with his lovely wife Sheila.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Esther, Alberta Artifacts.
Many Artifacts have been in the Esther, Alberta area over the years. First Nations people traveling through the area left behind a puzzle which has been a challenge to Archeologists for many years. One Artifact that was left behind is located North West of Esther a few miles, it is a human effigy consisting of stones placed upon the ground in the shape of a stickman, it is approximately 8 ft in length. Nearby there are also clearly defined tent rings which are also made of rocks. These vary in sizes, but are generally from two to seven meters in diameter, they were used to hold down the edges of the hides which made up the teepees.

Monday, 25 September 2017

From 1925 until 1963, the train came through Esther three days a week with freight, mail and grain cars. There never was a station or a station master in Esther. This little building served as the storage shed and a small waiting room. Sometime after 1963, groceries and freight were no longer hauled by train and this little building was purchased by Bruce Pratt and moved to his farmyard where it remains today. It is a small piece of the community history that has been preserved and is still standing straight and proud.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

If you look on Facebook you will notice that several people travel through Esther because of the elevator and often take photos of the several abandoned buildings there.
The Esther Garage was built in the early 1940's and has changed hands many times since then. Clayton Ball and Harry Hunter built the garage to keep their truck in, Clayton also sold Fargo trucks for a few years. The Office portion was even used as a schoolroom for a few years. In 1949 Sam McKnight bought the garage and started a welding and repair shop, Jim Pratt was his first mechanic. In the early 50's Henry Kroeger bought the garage and sole Massey Harris machinery and Dodge cars, Henery's brother George ran the garage and was the mechanic. In about 1955 Bruce Pratt bought the garage and his brother Roy who is a heavy duty mechanic ran it for him. The last and current owner of the garage is Bill Dalton and today it is used for storage and is very photogenic for the passing photographers searching for the next abandoned building to take a photo of and post on one of the great Facebook sites.

I have posted this a few years ago, however thank you to Patti Evaskevich, we now have a photo with names of people on the platform. Th...