Tuesday, 31 January 2017
In the mid-1930's a Beef Ring was organized in the Esther area.This was done so the families in the area would have fresh meat once a week, the membership was $5.00. Walt Cartwright who was a butcher in England assisted by his brother Frank did the butchering, in later years Jeff and Beth Barnett did the butchering, cutting and wrapping. Each member donated one beef for butchering, they would receive two pieces of meat, a choice piece and some stewing meat, cut and wrapped each week and by the end of the year, they would have received the equivalent of the beef they had donated. The Beef Ring eventually extended as far as New Brigden and Sedalia and the meat was delivered to Esther on Friday's. In 1953 a Locker Plant was opened in the Loverna and at that time the Beef Ring was disbanded.
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Saturday, 28 January 2017
In 1966 and 67 I lived and worked in Medicine Hat, my new found friends and I were always looking for things to do. It seemed one of our favorite places to hang out and give the car-hops a bad time was at the good old Dog & Suds. The burgers and hotdogs were great and the sodas of many varieties were always cold and tasty.
Dog & Suds began in 1953 in Illinois, then in the 1970’s they had expanded into Canada. Their slogan was “World’s Creamiest Root Beer” served in frosted mugs.
The one in Medicine Hat was the place to go in the evenings, there would be rag top cars and music playing and everyone hanging out and having a great time. It is unfortunate that we don’t have cool places like this today where everyone can go and just have fun while they have a snack and a pop.
Thursday, 26 January 2017
In 1914 the Municipality of Canmer was formed and took in the surrounding area of Esther, Alberta. In 1932 the Municipality was awarded a contract to build 9 miles of road near Oyen, Alberta which is now the #9 Highway. The work was all done by horsepower and shovel. I remember my Grandfather telling stories about building the highway with machinery like the grader above and a team of horses and a slip. It took years not weeks or months to build the highway we take for granted today. In 1937 the municipal office was closed and the Special Areas took over.
Monday, 23 January 2017
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 and danced and celebrated. The line was completed on to Hemaruka, Alberta in 1924.