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!