Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Soundtrack of my Life

You may or may not be familiar with a Canadian band called the Tragically Hip. Last year their lead singer, Gord Downie, announced he had terminal brain cancer. They embarked on one last tour and I think a good portion of the country watched their final live concert on the CBC (of course).

Gord Downie passed away this morning and even though something is expected, it does not make it any less sad. The Hip has always been a part of my playlist since Road Apples came out in 1991. There are songs that can immediately take me back to certain times in my life and that got me thinking about the soundtrack of my life. The Hip would definitely be on it. Also, if you pay attention to the lyrics there are bits and pieces of Canadian history and other truly Canadian references. He was a poet.

What would be on your soundtrack?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Springwater School

It has been a few days since my last post...but I hope it was worth the wait. I give you Springwater School and it's a beaut!

There isn't many stone buildings around, so it is always exciting to see one. Even more rare are stone one room schoolhouses. I found myself in the area of one such school recently. This wasn't a random find and I can now cross it off my ever growing list of 'must see' places.

The Springwater area, which is about 28 kms NW of Delia, opened for settlement around 1910. Like many places in Alberta, it was due to the coming of the railroad. The need for a school in the area was soon realized and the Springwater District was formed. It was't until 1922 that the stone school was completed thanks to a hired stonemason and volunteers who helped reduce costs by hauling the building materials themselves. There appears to have been a temporary school here before the stone school was completed that was destroyed just prior to 1922.

This lovely and unusual stone school only served as a school for 20 years but was used for many other function during those years and after, including dances, fundraisers, and other social events. This school also has a stage that was used for travelling entertainers, student concerts and fairs. I don't recall seeing the inside of another school that had a stage. Just image the Christmas concerts and happy times that stage has seen!

The Playground and the Outhouse.

View form the stage. Notice the double doors on each cloak room.
Seems a single door would have sufficed.


Inside the west cloak room, matching one one the east side.
Both with 2 doors, right beside each other. 
After it ceased being used as a school, it became a community centre. It hosted bridal showers, weddings as well as card games in the basement. You'll see photos of the basement, I can't imagine people hanging out down there. Definitely a man cave vibe, emphasis on 'cave'.

Had to check out the basement, despite my overactive imagination.

The school received a new roof in 1980, and in 1987 it became a Designated Historic Building in Alberta. The Delia Historical Society now maintains the school.

Sign the guest book and the chalk board if you stop by, see if you can spot our names on the board. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

References: HeRMIS; Provincial Archives of Alberta: Our Roots
Photos taken on October 1, 2017.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hegre Norwegian Lutheran Church

On my last trip to Lloydminster, I stopped at several churches along the way. This church is right beside the highway, east of Camrose, AB. You can't miss it. It was one of 4 churches I stopped at that day.

This area of Alberta was predominantly settled by Scandinavian people, including a large cluster of Norwegian people. Over 20 Norwegian settlements were established within a 50 mile radius of Camrose, making it the largest concentration of Norwegian settlements in Canada.

After holding services in various homes, 5 families formed a congregation in 1909 and chose the name Hegre after a place in Norway. Over the next few years funds were raised and land donated. The church held it's first service in 1915, even though the interior of the church was unfinished. It was during the summer of 1916 that the interior was plastered, painted and the alter and balcony were built.

The church is no longer used for service but is used for special events. It was added to the Alberta Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Unfortunately I was not able to see inside, if this blog reaches anyone that knows this church, I would love to hear from you or see more photos.

Always have to add a selfie from our adventures!

References: HeRMIS; Plaque on site
Photos taken on September 15, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. We celebrated yesterday at my house. It was not originally supposed to be here but plans got 'fubared' (I will not get into details lol), so we decided to do our own turkey. Luckily both my sisters and their significant others and my nephew all made the trip up.

It was a great day and I am thankful for many things, including my family. I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and it'll soon be Thanksgiving for my American friends!

I hate to say it, but a selfie stick
 would have come in handy here.

Have a great day everyone, I have to go now and have some leftovers.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Minburn Moment

As a rule I try to stop in every small town I pass (time permitting), because chances are I'll find something interesting. Maybe not a World's Largest attraction...but chances are that downtown or on 'Railway' there is an old building or 2, or more. Sometimes most of the town is old. Perfect.

One such place I recently visited was Minburn, AB. Place Names of Alberta says that a writer named Mina Burns is the towns namesake. The only thing I could find about her is she was a magazine writer from Ottawa who wrote about Western Canada. Did she visit the area? Did someone realllly admire her writing? They must have been some great articles to get a town named after you....does my blog qualify me to have anything named after me? I'd settle for a park or a lake.

Canadian Northern Railway established a station here in 1905, a post office followed in 1906 and Minburn was incorporated as a Village in 1919. In 2015 Minburn was downgraded to a hamlet. The population was 105 in 2011. To be a Village you need to have 300+ people. The trains still run by Minburn but there is no longer a station on Railway Ave.

I know there are lots of interesting things to discover in Minburn County but I only explored the townsite (hamletsite?) on this visit. On my first pass through town, I saw a couple old homes that had some character. I do believe that they were occupied though, so I didn't take photos.

Here are some things in and just outside of town.

An old thresher and truck

Out of Service
Dead End
I love 'Now & Then' photos. Here is the Minburn Hotel and in 50's. I'm sure it much older but I couldn't find another photo.
On the corner of Railway Ave and 50th St

Photo from

Hope you enjoyed this Minburn Moment, be sure to stop by a small town today and see what you find!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Rowleywood Nights: Pizza and Historic Buildings

I had no idea what to expect when I decided to invite a bunch of people to meet me at Rowley, AB for monthly pizza night. This night happens on the last Saturday of every month and is how the locals raise money to maintain and preserve the historic buildings of Rowley.

I had been there last year, but on a non-pizza day, and I was alone to explore the town. This Saturday the town of 8-10 people swelled to around 300 (a guess only). Pizza orders start at 5 and since they can only bake 18 pizzas at a time, it can take awhile. No one seemed to mind. Sam's Saloon, compete with sawdust floor and free popcorn, was packed and the band (Hell City Express) and company were great. In the meantime, I happened to run into a local who had the keys to some of the old buildings so we got to see in the old store, train station and one room school house.

The pizza order line up starts early
I will focus on a bit different view of Rowley than my first visit. With so many people camping in town this time, it would have been impossible to get good shots of any of the buildings anyway. I like photos without people. The photos from my previous trip can be seen here.

Right beside Sam's Saloon is the Rowley Trading Post. It is/was the general store and ice cream shop. In the back was a room set up with old wooden theater seats but it wasn't ever a theater.

Post Office boxes!

After that, it was onto the train station that was built in 1922. After being informed that the place was haunted, the phone in the train station rang! No one answered it. It rang again a few minutes later so I ran and picked it up. It sounded like an old man on the other end and he wanted to order pizza. I told him that he had reached the train station and he hung up. It rang again later. I wonder if he ever got through to the right number and got his pizza.


Signal controls. Also, Gordon never did become Premier. 

Vintage wallpaper from the living quarters

Last stop was the old school. It was first White Rose School built in 1911. It was moved to the nearby district of Hillsgreen when that school burned down in 1946. It became a community centre for a short time and then was moved to Rowley.

I was worried my son might be bored but there is a park there and there were so many kids to play with, he even found a kid he knows from our town! He also had books to read. We got our pizza around 8pm and it was delicious. It was good to see Chris and Connie from, BW from and Tim & Kim. Also enjoyed meeting BW's nephew who was the life of the party.

Same photo as last time, fall version!

Hope everyone had a good weekend and maybe some pizza.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Return to Rowley

Rowley! Sept 2016

I visited Rowley in September of last year and immediately fell in love with it. It's been a whole year but I am going back tomorrow. This time though I will also be meeting friends and we will be enjoying the monthly Rowley Pizza Night, put on by volunteers. The money goes towards the up keep up this virtual ghost town.  I can't wait. I am sure I will take a few photos while I am there too.

Also since I loved it so much I made a wood photo out of it, which is one of my hobbies. To see more you can check out my Facebook Page: Ingrained Images or find me on Instagram @ingrained_images

Have a great weekend everyone! Catch up with you all on Monday or Tuesday!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

St. Paul's Anglican Church

As teased in my previous it is, St. Paul's Anglican Church in all it's glory!! This church is located in the Forest Bank area of Saskatchewan, which is north of the Village of Waseca.

I was hoping to find more info on this lovely church but the places I normally look are coming up with very little information. What I did find was that the church was completed in 1910 by volunteer labour. However the first service, a Harvest Festival, was held on September 19, 1909. I am not sure if that is correct or a typo. Regular services are still held here today.

We always try the door just to see, this time the front door was unlocked but the door to the main part of the church was locked. The following photo was taken through the window. It is a well kept beautiful church. 

Photos taken on Sept 16th, 2017.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Marshall and Forest Bank: A Short Journey into Saskatchewan

Recently I was in Lloydminster, AB. I say Alberta since I was staying on the Alberta side but part of the city is also in Saskatchewan. This brings up so many questions about laws etc...but I digress....

Saskatchewan is a mostly undiscovered territory for me. I wish I had paid more attention when I was younger, since I visited southern Saskatchewan just about every year. Fast forward many years...I had the opportunity to explore a bit in the very west central portion of Sask. On my earlier visit this year, I checked out Waseca, Paynton, and Bresaylor. This time I stopped in Marshall, and a couple other sites on the backroads.

In Marshall, we saw a train approaching as we were stopped beside the grain elevator, I didn't have time to get in a better position for a cool train + elevator shot. This is my 'Train Geek' attempt.

Comin' in hot!

Moving fast!

Marshall Hotel now.

Marshall Hotel then. Photo courtesy of
After Marshall, it was onto a couple of planned stops. Just down the road from the church I was looking for, I found an old school that had become a community centre. It has an overgrown baseball diamond, and some rusty playground equipment. No one has played there in awhile, but that didn't stop my son from trying out the spinny, rusty, probably will need a tetanus shot thing. However, the area around the community centre was mowed.

The church and the community centre are both called Forest Bank. What does this mean kids? It means there was a pioneer community here. I could not find much info on the school, but I did confirm it was Forest Bank School #1659. While I was taking photos, my son told me the door was open, so we took a quick peek inside. As we went in, a familiar smell hit me. It's not a pleasant or unpleasant smell, just the smell of an unused place. Dust and time and forgotten things.

Once you go in you have to go up or down, the basement level was flooded, but a look from the bottom of the stairs showed some desks and other furniture. Not much to see upstairs, just left over paraphernalia from it's days as a community centre, chairs, kitchen equipment and various odds and ends. We left and made sure the door was secure. Remember, touch nothing and take only photos.


Game over.

Thanks for the Memories and a crude primitive chalk drawing.

Finger lickin' good.

Down the road is St.Paul's Anglican Church at Forest Bank. This place is beautiful and there will be post later this week, here is a teaser:

Photos taken on September 16th, 2017.