Monday, 17 December 2018
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
Monday, 26 November 2018
Thursday, 23 November 2017
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
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
Olive Parks, my Mom, she was about 3 or 4 in this photo. It would have been taken at my Grandparents farm south of Esther in the Hudson He...
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,...
St. Julien School District #3578 In 1918 The St. Julien Community, south of Est...
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 ...