Re: Alberta Query
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Hi-- In the 1958 Gazetteer--- Alberta
Moose Mountain is N of Powder Face Ridge.
Xenia Stanford wrote:
> Hi Phyllis - the name Moose Mountain is a popular one in North Americahttp://www.afhs.ab.ca
> but the only one I can find in Alberta is in Kanaskis but you can see
> the mountain from Bragg Creek. There was a dance hall built but no
> builder or developer is name. See
> These sites have additional information about Moose Mountain:
> http://www.albertahomesearch.com/offices/braggcreek.html and
> There is also a Moose Mountain Provincial Park near Kenosee, SK that
> had a dance hall built in 1909 but credit is given to R.B. Clarke for
> building this one.
> John Cross was married to Elizabeth Wotherspoon. Don't know if she is
> related to your James but Cross and Elizabeth were from Scotland.
> The following individuals are found in the local history books (titles
> of the book follow the person's name)
> WOTHERSPOON, Jack ; 170,171; Vermilion Memories; Vermilion River
> WOTHERSPOON, Jake; Bowtell Tails; Vermilion River
> WOTHERSPOON, James; A History of Olds; Mountainview
> WOTHERSPOON, James; Olds, A History of Olds & Area; Mountain View
> WOTHERSPOON, Mary ; 32; Vermilion Memories; Vermilion River
> Looking at Kevisville though it is in the Red Deer County as is Moose
> Mountain District (as far as I know there is no mountain in Moose
> Mountain District). Since these are near Olds, I would think the
> following would be of interest to you:
> WOTHERSPOON, James in: A History of Olds; Mountainview
> WOTHERSPOON, James in: Olds, A History of Olds & Area; Mountain View
> Also Bowden is near Olds on the way to Red Deer. Since I come from
> west central rural Alberta I pass all these places on my way "home"
> and back from Calgary. Also growing up in rural Alberta, I know well
> the dance hall tradition. Every district had one at one time. Every
> Saturday night there was a dance somewhere! Everyone went from babies
> to old people. A local band played (my family had a band - the
> Midnight Ramblers: they even made a record! - and played at many of
> the dances) and everyone danced everything from waltzes, polkas,
> square dances, line dances, and so on.
> You may be able to figure out where Kevisville (near Innisfail) would
> be on the map at the url below with the following land description:
> Kevisville 25-35-4-w5 Clearwater Locality
> Garrington Bridge is between Bowden and Sundre (west of Kevisville) so
> the story that the hall was moved via that connection is quite likely.
> Most of these buildings had little to no foundations so were fairly
> easily moved on skids pulled by truck or tractor. You hated to get
> behind one of these on a narrow country road!
> Sorry, I don't know exactly where Hub Ranch is but it must be in that
> vicinity. So best bet would be to find the books above that mention
> James Wotherspoon. U of C has digitized and made some of the local
> history books available online. The index of the Ws for the Olds book
> is at http://126.96.36.199/loc_hist/page.aspx?id=663421
> Good Luck!
> à bientôt,
> Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* owner-dist-gen@...
> [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]*On Behalf Of *Phyllis Ziajka
> *Sent:* September 5, 2005 12:52 PM
> *To:* AFHS Dist-gen e-mail list
> *Subject:* Alberta Query
> Hi Lists...
> Is there anyone on the list who lives near (or knows much about) a
> place called Moose Mountain which is supposedly NW of Boden. also
> a place called "Kevisville" and "The Hub" Ranch.
> I have just had an email from a distant cousin in Scotland about
> this.... apparently the Dance Hall there (I think at Moose
> Moutain) was built by one of her ancestors (or ancestral
> relatives). This is something she has just found out. The
> fellow who built this Hall was a James Wotherspoon (related to my
> Scottish 4th-cousin, but not to me), however if I could find out
> anything more about him or either of the above places, I'd love to
> pass this info along to her in Scotland. Apparently the Hall was
> later moved to Kevisville, via the Garrington Bridge.
> If anyone can give me any further information about any of the
> above I'd really appreciate hearing from you. Unfortunately I'm
> leaving on holiday tomorrow, so would very much appreciate any
> info ASAP.....
> Thanks in advance,
> Phyllis Ziajka
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