Louise Bellair/Botha Booster
A happy birthday wish goes out to Mr. John Hankins for this coming Sunday. Hope you have a great and fantastic birthday John.
Bingo evening is on Wednesday, July 19, starting at 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Coffee Hour is every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Senior Centre. So we are hoping everyone can join them.
With summer here now, a lot of things are taking place in the community, but if you are planning a special gathering get a hold of Shaun Derr at 403-742-4811 and host your special event at the Botha Hall. They have very reasonable rent there and it’s a great place to hold your event.
As we venture into the summer months, we will focus on some of the pioneer lives that came to Botha to make their homesteads and business, and made Botha what it is today.
I found a great poem written by Joe Ball, whose history and some of his family history can be found in the Botha Memories book.
Joe was born on December 1, 1891 in Robertson, Kansas. He was the seventh child of Josiah and Sarah Ball. Joe’s father came to Alberta in 1902 in search of land and took out a homestead eight miles south of Red Willow. Joe and his mom and his sisters and brothers except a couple joined Joe father on April 1903, meeting him in Lacombe. Joe’s grandmother also came over with them to join the rest of her family. In 1905, the family moved again to farmland, just north of Botha.
Joe and Dewey joining Joe’s parents moving over to the house and his parents divided the house in half with Joe living on the south side of the house and Dewey on the north side. This is where the two families raised their children even if they were one big happy family together. Before this took place Joe married Johanna Marie Helena Seyer Kitson in 1920. After Joe’s dad passed away the land was divided between the two boys and over time they both lost the property to the mortgage company.
After this, Joe and family moved to Botha and bought a house. Joe lived there until his passing in 1977 at the age of 85. Joe was a good father and provider and a very busy worker in spite of his handicap. He was also a man that never complained about anything.
As the summer months are slow, but really high on the visits, please keep me informed if you have company, family gathering, wedding, have travelled etc. You can contact me at 403-742-5317. A big thank you to the community, and want you all to know that this would very much be appreciated.