Jeannette Nordin dug up this old photograph last week and mentioned that she thinks she took it upon returning from living in northern Alberta. The family was so happy to see those elevators that signalled they were finally approaching home after a very long drive.
Last April, I had the opportunity to visit Sounding Lake and area — something I’d wanted to do for a long time. Both cairns our small group visited are situated on privately-owned and leased crown land. We relied on our host to seek permission from the landowners and ranchers who lease the land to allow […]
Abandoned Around Here – A Photo Blog
History is everywhere, especially in these old farm sites. Explore safely and respectfully, but do explore.
Remembering Pearson School House
On August 31, 2020, at approximately 4:00 a.m. the call came in to local volunteer firefighters that there was a fire at Pearson School, located seven miles north of Hughenden. The school was built in 1920 and ready to open that fall. It was named after one of the district’s early settlers, Andrew Pearson, and […]
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to visit and photograph the interior of Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Hughenden’s main street. Constructed in 1914, it’s one of this community’s oldest structures. It’s always a pleasure to spend time here. It’s a piece of history that is able to take me back to a time before […]
The Amisk-Hughenden Historical Society is responsible for maintaining this little church. If you’re interested in donating to Holy Trinity’s upkeep, please get in touch. We are currently raising funds to shingle the roof and lift the sinking porch. Excerpted from Arlene Beebe-Cromarty’s submission to Memories and Milestones Head over to Lori’s site to see more […]
Philip Pon: Popular Prairie Entrepeneur
I recently received an Edmonton Journal article published on May 12, 1934 that showcased Hughenden and Hardisty businesses, and suggested to readers that these were great communities in which to live and to conduct business. From the article, I selected the bit about Philip Pon and his restaurant to focus on. As I pawed through […]
Kids Survive the Darnedest Things
They knew just where to look, for Jim Murphy had dreamed a dream that night. In the dream he saw the child and recognized the terrain.
The High Cost of Dying: It costs a lot to die and it costs a lot to lose someone. With death in the hands of funeral homes, we don’t have much choice regarding how human remains are looked after. I’d like to see that change.
Following a $50,000 fire which destroyed seven buildings here Sunday, body of E.J. Swenson, for 14 years manager of the Whyte and Orr hardware store was found in the smoking ruins of the store.