Another farm centennial marked in area

The Pearson family celebrated their 100-year farm with a celebration at the homestead at Wolf Hill southwest of Byemoor on Sunday, Aug. 1. The celebration was held on top of Wolf Hill, where a huge tent was set up and a large crowd of family, friends and neighbours gathered. The hill affords a gorgeous view of the verdant countryside for many miles around. A few moose were spotted wandering the fields below.

Bob Pearson and his bride Cecile (nee Caldwell) moved to their homestead (SE 25-34-18) the day following their wedding in 1910, in what was then known as the Hartshorn district. They had a family of nine children. The two surviving members, Mary (Pearson) Hogg, age 99 years, and Eva (Pearson) Erickson both attended the celebration.

The Pearson homestead was taken over by Bob and Cecile’s son Ed and Olwin (nee Green) Pearson. Ed and Olwin raised their two children, Barbara (Szapko) and Gary here, and were active members of the Byemoor community for many years.

Today the Pearson farm is owned by Gary and Dolores (nee Ballinger) Pearson who operate it from their farm a few miles to the south.

The Pearsons have two daughters, Trina (Peters) and Carla (Anderson). Gary and Dolores carry on the Pearson tradition and are extraordinary volunteers and supporters of their community.

The afternoon celebration involved much visiting and reminiscing with food and beverages galore. Thanks to the Pearson family for their hospitality and congratulations on reaching this milestone of a 100 year family farm.

Sympathy is extended to the McCrindle families on the passing of Gary McCrindle on Aug. 1 at the age of 66 years. Gary was raised at Byemoor, the middle of three sons born to the late Bryce and Alice McCrindle. Our thoughts are with his wife Elaine, his children Stephan, Russell, Raymond, Darrell and Shelagh and their families, his brothers Eldon (Sharon) and Tom (Bonnie) and their families. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Stettler Funeral Home. Gary will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Glen and Theresa Tucker are the proud grandparents to two more grandchildren. Brian and Alison Tucker of Edmonton had their first baby, a son Brayden McDavid Tucker, on June 29. Lindsay and Adam Bowness of Kingston, Ontario had a baby boy Nathan Henry Bowness on Aug. 1, a little brother for Liam. Great grandparents are Clifton and Mickey Tucker and great-great grandma is Bunnie Boehlke. Congratulations to the Tuckers on their growing family.

Laurie Somerville was accompanied by her sisters Pat of Utah and Robin of Rocky Mountain House to Anchorage, Alaska where they spent a week visiting with their sister Joy.

Members of the Nixon family attended the wedding of Tamara Forrester and Peter Rutz at Stettler on Saturday. Tamara is the granddaughter of Dale and Carol Nixon.

The Sullivan Lake West Ag. Society’s 34th annual fair is coming up in Byemoor on Aug. 21. There is still time to get entries ready for the parade and bench show. Fair books are available at Our Home Kitchen n Gifts in Endiang, at the store in Byemoor or from Sharon McCrindle and Deanna Johnson. There will be a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the hall and the parade goes at 11 a.m. Bench show opens as soon as judging is complete and the supper starts at 4:30 p.m. The cabaret and dance starts at 9 p.m. On Sunday the pancake breakfast runs from 8 – 11 a.m. and the slo-pitch tournament goes all weekend.

All the streets in Byemoor were improved last week when county crews re-did them with an oil and gravel surface which should make for smoother travelling now.

Friends of Terry and Carol (nee Knowles) Bradford will be pleased to know they have moved back to Alberta from B.C. and are currently residing in Stettler.

Installation of the rural water lines has begun south of Endiang. Wet weather has made the plowing of lines at Byemoor and Endiang very challenging. The same goes for haying, showers and poor drying conditions have made it difficult for farmers to get this year’s bumper hay crop in the bale.

Rosemary Stulberg attended the 99th birthday celebration for family friend Gertie Savage at Stettler on Sunday.

Birthday greetings go out to: Aug. 13 – Garry Keibel, Aug. 14 – Lorene Stulberg, Aug. 15 – Jim Keith, Aug. 16 – Rod Grams, Sullivan Buchwitz and Rachael Yates, Aug. 17 – Lindsay (Tucker) Bowness, Troy Wilkie and Jaymie Wasdal, Aug. 19 – Tani (Schilling) Boss.

Happy anniversary to: Aug. 14 – John and Carolin Schofer, Aug. 18 – Clifford and Lynda Wilkie.