Country Roads: Appleton

This blog is an attempt to continue Kathryn’s “Country Roads” series, and I will start with “A” for “Appleton”. This farming community grew up around Appleton School which was built about two miles south of Beaverlodge in 1913. Marion Hill attended Appleton School in 1934 when this photograph was taken, and it is archived in her collection.

After a new school was built in 1941, Euphemia McNaught had the old log school moved to the McNaught homestead which is now a provincial historical site on Secondary Highway 722 two miles south of Beaverlodge. You can visit the homestead and walk the trails and the new boardwalk down to the lake, or even take a workshop in the old Appleton School. Learn more at the McNaught Homestead Heritage website.

by Executive Director Mary Nutting

Northern Tribune ~ July 23, 1936

 

A Visit to the Pattersons & Stickneys of Hythe

The wandering newspaper editor J.B. Yule visited the Hythe area in 1943.  He noted some impressive buildings on the Patterson Bros. Stock Farm, and a modern home on the Stickney farm.  A visit to Balderston’s down the road followed, where he was shown the strange sight of a goose which roosted on a pig at night.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

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The Herald-Tribune ~ April 8, 1943

New Fully Modern Hotel Opens in Beaverlodge

According to the writer of this article, a modern hotel is the dream of every town, and for many years Beaverlodge had longed for this amenity.  Seems a bit dramatic!  Nevertheless, a modern new hotel with a restaurant, refreshment parlors, large foyers, fifteen rooms, and a fully modern bath room with hot and cold running water would have been an asset to any community.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 11, 1935

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 11, 1935

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 11, 1935

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 11, 1935

Escaped Lion Shot at Rycroft

This month, Country Roads heads north to Rycroft for a sad story about a lion which escaped from a circus.  While the lion did seem to have a bad attitude, he was likely confused and scared, much as the people trying to recapture him were.  The incident took place early in the morning, so there were not many people about.  Thanks to Bill Scott for sending me the article from the July 27, 1950 paper.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

 

A Clash of Technologies

Still with the Country Roads theme, this story took place at a dam near the hospital in Rycroft.  While saying that an Ogopogo had been seen in the dam was an exaggeration, the story itself is pretty funny.  It does point out, though, the difficulties in adjusting between two modes of transportation.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ August 26, 1943

The Herald-Tribune ~ August 26, 1943

The Indian Woman’s Dream

Just as the article says, this story is stranger than fiction.  A woman from Horse Lake had a dream about where to find the bodies of two men who had drowned in the Wapiti River nearly two months earlier.  It’s unfortunate that the woman was not identified in the report, and some follow up information about her would have been interesting.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald Tribune ~ June 21, 1945

The Herald Tribune ~ June 21, 1945

The Herald Tribune ~ August 23, 1945

The Herald Tribune ~ August 23, 1945

From Saskatchewan to Grovedale

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The Grovedale Ferry crossing the Wapiti River. ca. 1930

This month’s Country Roads heads to Grovedale for an account of the first homesteaders south of the Wapiti River. William Gabler had spent part of the winter of 1928 trapping in the area and was so impressed with the country that he returned to Rama, Saskatchewan and persuaded two other families, the Camerons and the Murrays, to join him in establishing a farming settlement. In the 1929 article, the area is not called Grovedale yet, but by 1943 when Mr. Gabler died, it had become the name of the district.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune Feb. 11, 1943

Feb. 11, 1943

Grande Prairie Herald June 14, 1929

June 14, 1929

 

Optimism in Bay Tree

The news from Bay Tree in the November 25, 1937 issue of the Northern Tribune talks at length about the progress that has been made in that area.  The writer attributes many of the improvements to better roads.  That area was pretty isolated so good roads would have been a boon.  At the end of the article, there is a list of possible (but not probable) future developments, including annexing the “BC Block.”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

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Northern Tribune ~ November 25, 1937

Northern Tribune ~ November 25, 1937

Coincidence or Romantic Telepathy?

A girl from England had an opportunity to fly to Canada for her marriage to a Sturgeon Lake farmer, but had no time to notify him of her arrival in Grande Prairie. This story tells of one of those amazing coincidences that sometime happen, when she spied him crossing the street at Bird’s corner. I couldn’t find the wedding announcement in the previous papers, but I did find an article that may explain why Harold was in town. His father John, had been trampled by a horse and was in Grande Prairie Hospital. Was it that, or the “long arm of romantic telepathy” that brought him to Grande Prairie that day?

20 Feb 1947

20 Feb 1947

13 Feb 1947

13 Feb 1947

A Hair-Raising River Crossing

We’ve posted about ice boat runaways, ice carnivals, and cutting ice, but this 1939 report from Pipestone Creek about people crossing the Wapiti River when there was three feet of water over the ice takes the cake!  An item following this report says that an $8 basket to cross the river on the ferry cables could save a life during the dangerous spring and fall.  A bridge wasn’t built over the Wapiti until 1958, and it was south of Grande Prairie.  The Wembley ferry operated until 1970, but winter crossings were still on the ice for many years, with crossings during the spring thaw the most hazardous.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939