B is for Bridgeview

1930 Chattel Mortgage

1932 Discharge of Chattel Mortgage

On April 25, 1935 the Northern Tribune carried an article which began, “On Tuesday evening of last week Bridgeview players presented the drama, ‘Dust of the Earth’ in the Masonic Hall here.”

The Masonic Hall mentioned was in Spirit River, and the proceeds of the drama went towards building a community hall in Bridgeview, about 10 miles south on Secondary Highway 731. A one-room country school had been established here in 1929, and a post office and store in 1931.

The people who lived at Bridgeview were mostly homesteaders, and they were a pretty active and social lot. I only found five articles in the paper, but besides the Bridgeview Players, the articles talk about a Young People’s Club, the Ladies Aid, the Bridgeview Hockey Club and an ice rink, a dance sponsored by the Veterans of the community, a box social and dance to raise money for the Christmas concert, the Holmberg orchestra, a skating party, bean supper and dance sponsored by the hockey club, and a wedding shower for a new bride. It always amazes me how much community building went on during the Great Depression.

The community hall was never built, and the school continued to serve as a community gathering place. Later on, ca. 1940, a small white church, the Bridgeview Alliance Tabernacle, was built just south of the school and a cemetery laid out behind the church. You can still see the old school, church and cemetery as the remains of the Bridgeview community, and you can read about the families in the book Memories and Moments: Bridgeview, White Mountain, and Willowvale.

The oldest collection at the Archives came from the Coulter family in Bridgeview. It contains the 1820 Will of Hudson’s Bay Factor John Davis, and, among other documents, this mortgage on the family horses and cows during the depression. This collection can be viewed as the Davis, Hodgson, Coulter fonds on our website.

Northern Tribune ~ April 25, 1935

Northern Tribune ~ December 9, 1937

Northern Tribune ~ February 27, 1936

Written by Executive Director Mary Nutting

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