Irvin Anderson - Barnwell Alberta
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Irvin Anderson was born on September 20, 1892 in Provo Utah. Irvin met Edith Veneta Hurd in February 1917 and ten (10) months later they were married on December 10, 1917 in Hill Spring Alberta.
Irvin & Edith started farming two miles north and one mile west of Barnwell Alberta.
Their first crop consisted of 160 bushels of wheat gathered from the ground around a small pond of water on the farm. The rest of the land that they owned was too dry to raise anything.
In 1918 a flue outbreak occurred in the community at the same time their first son was born. They considered themselves fortunate as many people died every day around them.
The crop of 1919 was no better and as a result Irvin went to work in the coal mines in order to buy bread & milk.
They moved to Barnwell Alberta. They were ready to move off the farm when there was talk of irrigation coming to Southern Alberta which gave them new hope to stay on the land. They lived on their land for 57 years.
When their sons Heber and Boyd started to farm they bought all the land that Irvin had. Edith and Irvin continued to live in the stucco house on the original site.
Their grandson Rick Anderson moved into Irvin & Edith’s house after grandpa and grandma Anderson moved into the village of Barnwell next to Boyd and Betty.
Irvin was a very caring and gentle man and had a great laugh. Life never got him down.
One of Irvin’s favorite foods that he had every night before going to bed was warm milk poured over stale bread.
After their 62nd wedding anniversary Irvin passed away on April 2nd, 1980 in Taber Alberta at the age of 87 years old.
Irrigation comes to Southern Alberta - a new beginning
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Prior to the turn of the century the area of Canada known as the Canadian North West Territories was a region of level prairies fringed by the Rocky Mountains. The prairies had very few people living on this vast landscape.
The Canadian Pacific Railway established a rail line from Medicine Hat to Lethbridge and on through the Rocky Mountains to the west coast. On the rail-line some 30 miles east of Lethbridge was a hamlet known as Woodpecker. To the east of Woodpecker (renamed Bountiful and then Barnwell) some 7 miles was a CPR Tank #77 (renamed Tabor and then changed to Taber).
Land was opening up making the opportunity for claims both plentiful and inexpensive. Many of the early settlers of the area were coal miners employed in mines nearby at the former community of Coal City.
Out of necessity settlers were encouraged to grow large gardens in order to support their families.
In 1909, the first irrigation ditch was created by local farmers who needed a reliable supply of water for their cattle and animals. The new Bountiful ditch was created.
Irvin went on a LDS mission (Northern States mission) in the spring of 1914. Upon his return home he went to work in the coal mines in order to make ends meet. The mines closed in 1920, and miners left for the Crowsnest Pass and Drumheller. Those who stayed tilled the soil and created new farms, which brought a new prosperity to the region.
The first water to prime the new canal was turned into the system on September 10th, 1920.
From 1909 to 1915 the local citizens had many meetings regarding raising financial bonds in order to raise a contract to build a larger canal that would be used to bring life saving water to the farmers.
On June 29, 1915 a special meeting was conducted at the Barnwell school and at that meeting came the decision to create the Taber Irrigation District. The first years were extremely difficult however Irvin and Edith's fortunes changed with the coming of the water when he was 25.
Irvin and Edith never looked back and successfully raised 5 children (Heber, Gladys, Dean, Boyd and Rex) on the land.
Myrl Johnson - Early Marriage and Motherhood
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As written by Myrl in her memoir:
Melvin was born in this house on his father's birthday, the 31st of October 1919. It was very cold and the snow was about a foot deep. It stayed very cold all winter. Melvin was a healthy baby and got along fine. Grandma Allred came and stayed with us when he was born.
Mother and Dad still lived at the old farm and I longed to go back. We spent most of our Sundays there. In 1919 Garth was born, 21 July. He had dark hair and brown eyes and was a great little fellow. Then on the 9th of January 1921 Gerald was born. He had blue eyes and blonde curly hair and had such winning ways. On the 2nd of April 1923 Marie was born, blue eyes and dark hair and so cute. Grandma Allred lived there with the folks then and Marie being the last baby they all enjoyed her so much. Grandma made quilts and rugs and did a lot of hand work. She had her own little house by the side of the folks but ate her meals with them. We only lived about three and a half miles from them but I sure loved to go home and be with them on the farm.
In February 1920 we bought 60 acres of the quarter of land that Irvin had, and we moved to a little one roomed house down by the side of Irvin and Edith, and stayed there that summer. Hillman went out to work and Irvin stayed home and put in all the crops for both of us, and then we divided everything even. The crop was all up nice and green when the winds started to blow. It blew so hard and so many days that the crops were either buried with sand or blown out and the air was so full of dust it was hard to see anywhere. Some of the machinery and lots of the fences were buried up too. After about three weeks the wind stopped blowing. Some of the grain came up again and we had fair crops. There were not trees in the country then but ditches were being built that summer and we were all looking forward to having trees and gardens as well as other crops. We would pack up a lunch and get in our buggy's and go to the river for a picnic as that was the only place where there were any trees and water. We picked lots of berries there too. We tied branches on our buggy's to decorate them. We had Snap on our buggy on this side and Clarence had Black Prince on his buggy. The prairie was big and flat with only the telephone lines and fences and a few farm homes to see. We made the best of everything and had lots of good times together.
The first home we owned was the fourth house that we had lived in after we were married and is on the sixty acres of land we bought. We moved into it the fall of 1920 and the next spring we planted trees all around, some of which we dug up at the river. The next summer on the 29th of July, 1921, Phyllis was born there. Mother came and stayed with me for a while. Phyllis had blonde hair and blue eyes and was a healthy baby and grew good and was so cute and we loved her so much.
The trees grew very fast as we had the irrigation now and could water all we needed to. We had good gardens and lots of flowers and a lawn and Melvin and Phyllis played good together. Melvin always took good care of Phyllis and didn't let her get very far away. When he started to school he had to walk a half a mile alone and he didn't like to go alone very well. After Phyllis started school they didn't make any fuss about going at all.
On December 12, 1923 we got on the train and went to Cardston to go to the temple. On December 13, 1923 we went through for the first time and were sealed for time and eternity. Melvin and Phyllis were sealed to us at that time. We stayed over night and came home on the train the next day. We didn't have any cars in those days, but they were very happy days. We worked hard planting our little farm and fixing our house and planting trees and flowers and a garden. Irrigation had just come to us and it was really wonderful to have water, all we could use. This was the first time we could have trees and a lawn around the house and we thought we couldn't get too many trees, so we planted them everywhere and later had to dig some up, but it was good to have lots of shade for the children to play in.
Melvin and Phyllis were happy children and played well together. We enjoyed having our family come to visit. We didn't have any electricity so we used the old fashioned lamps to light our home. As the years passed by we were happy in our little farm. In the fall of 1925 Kenneth was born, 22nd of November. Kenneth was born in the old home on Dad's farm. All the family was there and wanted him named Kenneth. Grandma Allred was there too and she wanted him named Park, so we called him Kenneth Park Anderson, and we always liked it. Ken was born on Sunday and the following week the threshers pulled on to our place and threshed our crop. It had rained so much all fall we couldn't get it done any sooner. The following winter was cold and we had lots of sickness. There was measles and mumps and chicken pox and whooping cough around the community. Melvin and Phyllis in school they got them all and so Ken had them when he was so young, but with constant care and watching he got through it all. As spring came and the days turned sunny and warm again, health returned to our family and all was well with us again.
In April we bought our first car, a Ford. When Kenneth was nine months old he started walking. He never was satisfied to walk, he always ran and got lots of bumps. We had a cupboard in our kitchen with wide shelves in the bottom and a curtain across the front and Kenneth would crawl up in there and play with all the pans and lids. In the Spring of 1929 section 29 was divided up in to small plots of from 10 to 20 acres, so we bought 15 acres there so we could be closer to school and church. In the fall of 1929 we moved. Ken was four years old when we moved so won't remember much about it. It was an old house so took a lot of fixing, but we were thrilled to have it to work on. We had so many plans for our home and family. Two years later Marlin was born in this house, 8th December 1931. Uncle Marlin Allred from Arizona was staying with us then for a visit so we named Marlin after him. He was so pleased he bought him a whole new outfit of clothes. We enjoyed the new baby and Uncle Marlin stayed for a few weeks and helped me take care of him. Ken was six years old when Marlin was born so we enjoyed having another baby in the home. He was a healthy, happy baby and grew up so fast and when he was three years old Dennis was born, 8th October 1934. So we had two little boys together and we enjoyed them so much. When Dennis was one year old his father became ill with Brights disease and was sick most of the time. So in the fall we went to Arizona and California to see if the warmer climate would help him. We went with my Mother and Dad and Grandma Johnson and Florence and we took Dennis with us. Arvilla and Ivan took care of Melvin and Phyllis and Ken and Marlin. We wanted to take them but there wasn't room. We left on the 14 November 1936. Grandma Johnson stayed with her girls in California and Hillman stayed with some of his relatives to take treatments for his health. The rest of us came home. The winter was so long and lonesome. His health didn't improve and on the 13th of March 1937 he came home a very sick man and passed away on 24th of March 1937.
After the funeral I stayed with my mother and dad for almost three weeks and they were so good to all of us and all our friends did so much for us. It was so hard to take care of the children away from home so we went back, heartsick and lonely. The children were so good to help and so we started a new life alone. We were buying our home and land, fifteen acres of land, and we had five horses and two cows and some pigs and so we worked thinning beets and different things until our place was paid for. Melvin was seventeen, Phyllis fifteen, Kenneth twelve, Marlin five and Dennis two and half years.
When Dennis and Marlin were small I got them a little wagon and when I went to the store or over to Grandma and Grandpa's I would pull them along in the wagon. We finally sold our horses and cows because we didn't have any pasture for them and it was so hard to get feed for them. One winter Mother and Dad and the ones that were home then, came over and stayed with me because I was so lonely. When I think of it now I guess it was hard for them to leave their home to come, but I really enjoyed it. Phyllis and my sister Marie went to school together and enjoyed the winter together. Mother had a heart attack and was very sick. There was no hospital in Taber then, so we took her to Lethbridge. She got better but always had to be so careful after that or it would come back again. They moved back home in the spring and the next winter they went to Arizona and stayed for a couple of months, which they enjoyed very much.