Sunday, 26 February 2017

Housekeeping notes

For the bale fans I have been going through the posts and tagging the prior posts with a "bale" label. Anything related to Alberta or British Columbia I have been tagging as well. 

The Gray Homestead February 20, 2017

I have been here before and posted it before. The last time I was here it was in September 2015 and it was pouring rain. This time I wanted to see it in better weather. This is along Highway 886 north of Cereal, Alberta. The house sticks out as there is nothing else around in this lonely part of the province.






When I travel I like to have my girlfriend with me. She loves to take photos as well. A lot of times I have someone with me on roadtrips.


The view south of the house along Highway 886.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Mystery sign February 19, 2017

Sometimes you run across something in the middle of nowhere, or in this case near Sunnyslope, Alberta, with no infomation to go with it. It was not marking where an old school once stood. I got lucky with an internet search and I think I found out what is the story behind the sign.


"Mr. McIlmoyle was born at Lakefield, Ontario, 15 September 1876. With the blood of the adventurer in his veins, he joined the Royal North West Mounted Police in 1898. While serving in the police force, he was active in The Pincher Creek area. Later he was placed in charge of the detachment at Banff, Alberta. When Lord Minto’s Party toured the West, Zachariah had the responsibility of guilding and guarding that group. In 1903 he resigned from the force, and engaged in farming. He acquired the N.E. ¼ Sec. Of 5-31-25-W 4 as a purchased homestead. He had previously bought the South half of 24-31-26 W 4 and on this parcel is where he lived and did the most of his farming. The quarter on section 5 was used for putting up hay. He married Cora Scott Rogers June 6th, 1906 and raised six children, Kenneth, Georgie, Marion, Stuart, Mena, and Keith. In 1911 he bought a general store in the hamlet of Sunnyslope. While he was operating this place of business, the farm was run by hired help. In the year 1913 he was appointed Assistant deputy minister of Agriculture which position he held approximately 15 years. Two years before his death he took over the administration of the Dept Adjustment Act. This act was passed to bring aid to the drought stricken areas in the southern part of Alberta. While going about his duties in the government office he was holding, he suffered a paralytic stroke, from which he never recovered. He passed to his death two months later. At the time of his death (6 Jun, 1928), he was a member of the Royal North West Mounted Police Veterans organization." taken from Memoirs of Sunnyslope Pioneers. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Corinne School 1911 - 1952

Northwest of Hanna, Alberta on February 20, 2017. There are a number of abandoned old schools in the Hanna area. I have seen very few school markers sponsored by groups. The ones I have seen were sponsored by oil and gas companies. This one is by a local women's chapter of the Dundee Women's Institute in Hanna, Alberta. I have not seen their name on any other old school or historical sites.

Jenn at westofthefifthmeridian.blogspot.ca pointed this place out to me some time ago. I was on my way to the Consort area and I made a point to stop here. There are some great old abandoned schools in this area and I was expecting a bit more. The place has a depressing feel to it.


The school operated from 1911 to 1952. After that it was turned into a granary. There is steel piping wrapped around the building. I would guess it is to strengthen the structure. 



Since I did not want to trespass I walked along the side road then through some dense brush to get picture of the other side. All this while I am recovering from a cold. It turns out there was nothing interesting on this side. The one time you do not look you might miss something so I try to get a good look whenever I am at a new place.


Thursday, 23 February 2017