Craigmyle Car­di­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - 403-665-2492 Bev Bergman

The last planned event in Craigmyle be­fore Christmas is the Christmas Can­dle­light church ser­vice to be held on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 17 at 7:00 in the Craigmyle His­toric Church. This in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional ser­vice will be filled with a va­ri­ety of Christmas mu­sic and a brief thought pro­vok­ing mes­sage en­ti­tled, “Who missed Christmas?” Af­ter the short ser­vice re­fresh­ments will be served in the base­ment. All folk from inside and out­side the com­mu­nity are in­vited to at­tend.

The Ladies Christmas party held this past Fri­day night saw seven­teen ladies en­joy a fine sup­per and take part in sev­eral con­tests which evoked a lot of laugh­ter and en­ter­tain­ing rib­bing. Gifts were ex­changed by play­ing the left-right game and all went home with a new trea- sure to en­joy.

Sun­day’s pan­cake break­fast saw a good turnout of hun­gry folk. Of all those at­tend­ing, likely Brent and Deb­bie Olm­stead were the most elated as their fam­ily was in­tact for the first time in a year and a half! Danielle is home from Australia and work­ing at her orig­i­nal job in Ed­mon­ton. Kelsey and her spe­cial friend, Nick, were home for the week­end as well.

The next pan­cake break­fast will be held next year on Jan­uary 7, 2018.

I would like to re­mind all good read­ers to take a few min­utes and check out the Craigmyle His­toric So­ci­ety face­book page. CHS mem­ber and vol­un­teer, Jan­ice Hoover, does an ex­cel­lent job of up­dat­ing the page and it is well worth check­ing out pe­ri­od­i­cally.

The CHS has an in­ter­est­ing face­book story to re­late. A lady from the UK posted to the CHS face­book page that, while go­ing through old fam­ily pa­pers, she had come across a post­card from 1913 ad­dressed to J.E. Steel at Craigmyle, Al­berta, Canada. She had no idea what the con­nec­tion was to her fam­ily and won­dered if some­one from the CHS might be able to help her shed some light on this name. Two CHS mem­bers, Jeany Til­bert and Bev Bergman, took on the chal­lenge and be­tween the two of them and the UK lady the pieces quickly fell into place.

Joshua Steel and his wife, El­iza, did in­deed home­stead in the Craigmyle area. Also liv­ing in this area for a time was their nephew, Dick Boyn­ton. The UK lady shared that her grand­mother’s maiden name was also Boyn­ton and so the con­nec­tion was made that Joshua Steel’s wife and the UK lady’s grand­mother were sis­ters.

In­ter­est­ingly, Dick Boyn­ton lived on the Sit­tling­ton farm north of Watts for a time. That farm was bought by Ge­orge and May Fleck in later years and was the farm where Bev Bergman grew up (cur­rently the Les and Linda Hutton farm). It is such a small world!

Most of the in­for­ma­tion in this search was gath­ered from the 1970 Delia Craigmyle Saga, with cen­sus records and vot­ing lists con­firm­ing and adding some facts.

The peo­ple who worked on the 1970 book gath­ered in­for­ma­tion in a pre-com­puter age; their only means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion was by mail or phone. The vast ma­jor­ity of sto­ries gath­ered would be hand writ­ten and even­tu­ally type writ­ten by the vol­un­teers – no spell check; no easy way to cor­rect er­rors or change word­ing; no easy ac­cess to check facts; and the list goes on and on. Most of the vol­un­teers who worked on the 1970 book have since passed away. I won­der if they ever truly re­al­ized the legacy they left behind by their gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion of time and ef­fort.

Happy Birth­day to Brian Blades on De­cem­ber 8 and Mea­gan Chost­ner on De­cem­ber 14. Have a great day!

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