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A slice of 1930’s Sylvan Lake heaven

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  • Hey local history buffs, the above video is a great snapshot of a place and time, in this case, 1930’s Sylvan Lake, AB.  

    Lake Cottages have always prompted whimsical names. Sylvan Lake is no different.  This story showcases some great photos from the 1930’s and also includes a Directory from the 1960’s. Names like “Seldom Inn” and “Turkey Teepee” stand out. 

    Below is a photo of the Webster cabin, known as the LA-ZE-LOT.  George Webster (second generation) with grand-daughters Kari-Lynn Shiells and Susan Marie Shiells.

    the LAZ-E-LOT

    “Robin Nest” home on 41st Street and 50th Avenue

    The above photo shows the “Robin Nest” home on 41st Street and 50th Avenue in the early 1930s. The people are unnamed except as “Grandma and Ed”.  Ed was the maker of the wooden figurines in the picture.

    Two very interesting accessions have come to us out of the blue from two very interesting contributors. The first one came through registered mail from a lady by the name of Gertrude Lambert in Edmonton whose father, Mr. Elliott, had been a teacher at the Olds Agricultural College and, later, Vermilion College. They built a cabin at Sylvan Lake about 1921 where the whole family spent the next 18 or 19 summers (until 1939).  She and her daughter had been down to hunt up their old cabin which is still standing and while they were in town, picked up the current Sylvan Lake News with a write-up about our then new Archives. So, without so much as a phone call, she sent a collection of beautiful old photos and an accompanying registered letter. She was later down for a visit and brought additional pictures. Another interesting side of this story is that we also have met the present owner of the same cabin whose father, Dr. Charles from Calgary, purchased the cabin from the Elliott family and they have been coming here every summer since 1943. We also have pictures from this family.

    Here’s what we do know.  The Elliott family built their cabin at Sylvan Lake about 1921 and came every summer until 1939 when WWII broke out.  William taught at Olds, later Vermilion Agricultural Cottage;  children Gertrude (Edna) and Bill, Jr.

     

    From left to right: Mrs. (Edna) Elliott; Dr. Jack Elliott (guest); Mr. William Elliott; Jack Elliott (guest); and Bill Elliott. In front is 5-year old Gertrude.

    Elliott Family Cabin (Grey Glen), circa 1930

    Above is a picture of the Elliott family and their guests gathered on the porch of their Sylvan Lake cottage (circa 1930). From left to right: Mrs. (Edna) Elliott; Dr. Jack Elliott (guest); Mr. William Elliott; Jack Elliott (guest); and Bill Elliott. In front is 5-year old Gertrude. On the back is written: Originally Grey Glen / address 13 Street, 2nd road from (corner) road from Red Deer which went along the waterfront. Built approximately 1920-24 by my father W.J. Elliott and son William S. Elliott  (Site:  33rd Street East)

    Davey family, next door to the Grey Glen, Elliott’s Cottage at 13th Street in Sylvan Lake

    Above, the Davey Cottage, circa 1930’s

    This is the cottage belonging to the Davey family, next door to the Grey Glen, Elliott’s Cottage at 13th Street in Sylvan Lake, circa 1920-38. An older woman and two children are standing by a screened-in porch and a man is sitting and reading a newspaper inside.

    Davey Family, circa 1930s

     Above, the Davey Family, circa 1930s

    The Davey Family owned the cottage next door to the Elliott’s cottage at 13th Street in Sylvan Lake, circa 1920-38.

    Jean Phillips, Gertrude’s Elliott’s friend

     Above, Washing Clothes, circa 1930s

    Jean Phillips, Gertrude’s friend from Edmonton, bringing in the washing at Grey Glen Cottage.

    William Elliott sawing wood

    Above, Sawing Wood in May, 1941

    William Elliott sawing wood with a buck saw at Buck Saw

     

    Polishing Shoes

    Above, Jean Phillips, Gertrude Elliott’s friend from Edmonton, polishing her shoes on the deck of Grey Glen, Elliott’s Cottage.

    The Elliotts at Grey Glen

     

    Edna & William Elliott [1930]

    Mr. and Mrs. William Elliott are standing by their cottage, Grey Glen.

     

    Gertrude Elliott, Grade 12

     Above, Gertrude Elliott (Edna), 1938

    This is a picture of Gertrude Elliott taken in 1938 when she was a Grade Twelve student (later, Edna Lambert – donor of these pictures). Her full name was Edna Gertrude Elliott.

    Taken at Grey Glen Cottage

    Former Elliott Cottage in 1996

    Above, The (Former) Elliott Cottage in 1996

    In March of 1996, Mrs. Lambert’s daughter drove her mother to Sylvan Lake to see if they could find the old cottage on 13th Street built by Mrs. Lambert’s parents, the William Elliotts. They were successful, despite the fact that the name of the street had been changed to 34th Street. Mrs. Lambert, in her letter which accompanied the pictures stated that it appeared “in excellent condition, well cared for and very familiar”.  It had been renamed Sherwood Lodge (formerly, Grey Glen) This picture was taken by Mrs. Lambert and her daughter that day and sent to the Archives with the historical pictures.

    William Elliott

    Above, Mr. William Elliott Sawing Wood with a Buck Saw – May, 1941

    Bill Elliott

    Bill Elliott at Grey Glen Cottage [1938]

    The name Grey Glen is on the fence as well as the roof of the cottage.

    Life Guards

    Above, Sylvan Lake Life Guards, circa 1937-38

    Gertrude and Bill Elliott worked as life guards on Sylvan Lake for two summers just before the outbreak of World War II, then the family sold the cottage, Grey Glen. 

    Jean Phillips 

    Jean Phillips – Chore Girl, circa 1930s

    Jean Phillips was a friend of Gertrude Elliott’s who was visiting at Grey Glen Cottage. She is holding a water pail in her left hand, a bottle in her right hand, and has a blanket or towel over her right arm.

    Below you’ll find a directory from the 1960’s.  Collectively they form a portrait of a much simpler time.

    For other Todayville stories from the Sylvan Lake Archives, CLICK HERE.

    If you have a unique and interesting stories you would like to see on todayville, you can do one of two things.  Either register for free (except for business) or send us an email with details to rdnews@todayville.com.  Learn more about the Sylvan Lake Archives.

     


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    Springbrook to construct impressive skateboard park

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  • From the Springbrook Community Skate Park Committee

    Springbrook Community Skate park Committee receives $125,000 CFEP grant from Government of Alberta

    Group is nearly 75% funded for the $635,000 Skate Park Facility

    Springbrook, a young, family oriented community located 8 km south of Red Deer, will benefit greatly from this grant. The $125,000 CFEP (Community Facility Enhancement Program) grant will bring the total funds raised for the project to approx. $455,000 of the $635,000 project total. Red Deer County ($305,000) and community fundraising efforts ($25,000 to date) have contributed to the total.

    Adrian Pidhirney, Committee Director, Springbrook Community Skatepark Committee and FCSS Community Worker commented, “This is a great opportunity for our small hamlet. With nearly 1/3 of our population of 1500 under the age of 20, this park will have major impact now and well into the future. We are hoping to begin construction late this summer, with a completion date of Spring 2020.”

    The remaining $180,000 will be raised through local fundraising efforts and through corporate sponsorship opportunities. Local businesses are encouraged to contact the Springbrook Community Skate park Committee regarding sponsorship opportunities. Please visit www.sc-sc.org or www.facebook.com/SpringbrookCommunitySkateparkCommittee for more information.


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    Time is Muscle Fundraiser for Cardiac Cath Lab Saturday

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  • In February of 2018 a group of volunteers, in conjunction with the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation hosted a Community Cardiac Awareness and Fundraising event called “Time is Muscle”

    Since the event rapidly sold-out, we are eager to forge ahead in 2019 with a larger venue at the sponsoring Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. “Time is Muscle” 2019 is a heart-themed 3 course plated dinner, a “Heartbeats Band: Songs from the Heart” Retro Rock & Roll Party, silent auction, live painting, art gallery & sale, 50/50 & vacation raffles and a fun photo corner. Guests are encouraged to wear red in solidarity for the cause!

    The purpose of the event once again is to raise funds to enhance cardiac care at the Red Deer Regional Hospital with an emphasis on the acquisition of a cardiac catheterization lab, to raise public awareness of cardiac (heart) health and the need for hospital expansion.

    Currently, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. Cardiac catheterization is a specialized procedure to unblock coronary arteries that feed the heart (also known as an angioplasty) in the event of a heart attack.

    Corporate and personal donations are sincerely appreciated including cash, products or services and will be issued a tax receipt and optional recognition. Business names will be presented alongside silent auction items at the event. You can also provide your own framed logo. See publications below.

    Sincerely yours, the Time is Muscle Team (Directors Vanessa Higgins-Nogareda & Harley Hay)

     

    Come lend your support for a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital Expansion!

    Time is Muscle’s aim is to raise awareness that Central Albertans need a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Red Deer Hospital Expansion. Funds raised will go towards Cardiac Care via the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. 

    When: January 19, 2019

    WhereSheraton Red Deer Hotel, Tuscany Room

    What: 3 course plated dinner, The Heartbeats Band “Songs From the Heart” Retro Rock and Roll Show and Dance, Central Alberta Health Care Advocacy Video Sponsored and Directed by Harley Hay, Silent Auction, H’art gallery and sale, raffles, photo corner

    Dress: WEAR RED! business casual to semi-formal

    Bring: A photo of any loved one who has passed from Heart Disease that you would like to honor on our memory wall

    Information/ Tickets: www.facebook.com/TimeIsMuscleRD or 403-343-4773

     


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