Pioneer Biographies Pg12
The Robert M. GERMAN Family The Constantine CERVENY Family
The Harry COSTAIN Family The Hystad Family
The David P. ADAMS Family --
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The Robert M. GERMAN Family
Bob and his wife, Eva, and their two daughters, Vera and Irene, came West in 1909 to live in Vancouver, B.C. We came from Oxford County near Woodstock, Ontario, where we were born. We were of Scottish and German ancestry.
In early 1915 Bob came to Ponoka and worked as a farm hand for Mr. James STEWART in the Fertile Forest district. A few months later he sent for his wife and family.
We had come to Ponoka to start a new life, and to say the least, it was different. We had heard there were a lot of Indians, also a mental institution. Did you ever come from a large city and get off the train at a little place, like Ponoka was, in 1915? Just 57 years ago.
It was "Indian Treaty time". James CLINE, my mother's brother met us at the station, and the first place we were taken was Mr. Algar's store, just across the street. It was filled with Indians, with their hair in long black braids, both men and women, and speaking their own language. I was so frightened, I'm sure my hair stood on end, and wondered why Dad had ever brought us to a place like this. However we soon learned to accept them and know they were as much a part of the country as anyone. We grew to love Ponoka and district and think it is the best place on earth to live. The mental hospital, we learned to respect, and no longer feared, and now, as Alberta Hospital is a well equipped and much needed institution.
We drove out to Uncle Jim's place in a lumber wagon and stayed there in a tent for a summer. The team could hardly pull the wagon through the mud. This was in the Ferrybank district on a farm owned by Mr. Fred McEWEN. There was pretty heavy bush around that part of the country then. The coyotes howled until you would think they were coming inside the tent. We had never heard a coyote before. Dad continued to work as a farm hand until the following spring.
In 1916 we moved into Ponoka and Dad went to work for Mr. Bill SMITH in a cream station run by Woodland Dairy. This was located on property now occupied by the Community Rest Room. Later he took over the business himself and then the Palleson Cream Station which was located on 50th Avenue. We lived in one of the Baadsgaard houses right next to the Old Baptist Church which we attended at that time. The minister then was the Rev. Milton. Irene and I attended the old Ponoka School with the big bell on the top, located on 51st Street across from the United Church. The old wooden sidewalks in front of our house would wave up and down when you ran on them.
Our next move was to Ferrybank where we lived on one of Mr. Fred McEwen's places for a short time and attended Ferrybank School, then moved to Grand Meadow district on the farm formerly owned by Mr. John GHYLIN.
Irene and I attended Grandmeadow School having as our teachers - Miss Alice O'Donnell and Miss Eleanor West. This, of course was during World War I and many of the local boys went overseas. I can especially remember Allen CRAWFORD coming to the schoolhouse to say good-bye to the teacher and pupils. He had his cal lfor overseas, and when the war was over we remember his lovely Scottish bride coming to Ponoka. We would sometimes ride our pony to school, but not used to horses, he would always through us off at the bridge and go home so we walked most of the time. A certain little boy by the name of Enos HOLBEN, who was staying with his grandparents, and just starting at school, was always waiting for us. Irene and I very proudly escorted him, as it was a long way for him to go alone. We were at Grandmeadow until the end of the war, 1918. We drove to Ponoka with the new buggy and pony and watched the celebrations, the big bonfire, on which the Kaiser was burned in effigy. This took place on the old C.P.R. lot where the shipping centre is currently located.
MORE TO COME...
Based on an excerpt from: Ponoka Panorama (1973)
Brown Family researcher: unknown

The Constantine Cerveny Family
COMING SOON!
Based on an excerpt from: Ponoka Panorama (1973)
Cerveny Family researcher: unknown

The Hystad Family
COMING SOON!
Based on an excerpt from: Crestomere Sylvan Heughts Heritage (1969)
Hystad Family researcher: unknown

The Harry COSTAIN Family
Harry Costain, a veteran of World War I, arrived in Hazel Hill in 1921 from Prince Edward Island. He had served three years in the war, twenty-two months of which was spent in the trenches. He was wounded, after which he continued to live with the shrapnel that remained.
He bought the N.W. 1/4 of Section 26 through the "Soldier's Settlement Board", and while he was erecting his permanent buildings, he lived in a tent which ultimately burned down due to excess heat from the stove. He blasted his first well with dynamite but later Fred DICKAU drilled him a better one.
His brother, Henry, stayed with him for a year while teaching school at Hazel Hill. Another brother, Milton, and a sister also stayed with him over the years.
Mrs. Margaret Taylor, a widow, kept house for him, with her daughter Marguerite. Mrs. Taylor later passed away in Edmonton, and Marguerite married Clifford STRETCH in November, 1939. Marguerite and Clifford had 3 sons and 2 daughters and moved to Victoria, B.C.
Harry took part in community affairs, played the organ at church services, and eventually moved to Calgary.
Based on an excerpt from: Ponoka Panorama (1973)
Costain Family researcher: unknown

The David P. ADAMS Family
Mr. and Mrs. D.P. Adams moved to Wooddale District in 1918, residing on the N.E.1/4 - 19-42-1-W5th. Prior to that they lived in the adjoining Rose District, where the three eldest children, Bill, Allie, and Buster started school. Ivan, Mildred, Beatrice and Pat commenced their education at Wooddale, and all 7 children finished their grade school there.
Both Dave and Mrs. Adams were active in the community. Mrs. Adams was a lifetime member of the Wooddale W.I., and various other organizations. She was an ardent gardener and loved her flowers. Both were very active in the United Church in Rimbey, where Dave served on the Board for many years. The old rugged cross at the front of the pulpit, was cut and dragged from the bush by Dave and Reverend Skinner. There it still is a prominent part of the decor.
In the earlier years of the Depression, David operated his own saw mill in the Faraway District to supplement farming, later giving this up to spend more time with his herd of purebred Herefords, which were truly a part of his life. He was honoured with a lifetime membership in the Hereford Association of Alberta.
Mrs. Minnie (Lund) Adams passed away in 1966 at the age of 77 year, three weeks after celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Mr. Adams passed away in 1972 at the age of 87 years.
Two children had predeceased them - Bill in 1960 at the age of 52, Buster in 1966 at the age of 52, and since their deaths, Allie has passed away in 1982 at the age of 72.
The four remaining children namely, Ivan and wife, Joyce reside in Ponoka, Mildred and husband Ivan Riley, in Ponoka, Beatrice and husband Henry Giesbrecht, in Calgary, Pat and his wife Delores in Edmonton. Pat now owns the home quarter.
An item of interest - Ralph Eames lived on the NE1/4 - 19 and built the house there, which the Dave Adams family later lived in.
Based on a excerpt from "Over the Years: A History of the Rimbey Area" (1983)
Adams Family researcher: unknown

 

 

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