Here’s some history from the Sylvan Lake and District Archives about one of Sylvan Lake’s oldest buildings, what is now the Hazzard County Bar and Grill. Continuously operated since being built over a century ago, this building on 46th Avenue started out as Dingwall’s Boarding House.
Enjoy this local history story and stop by for a cool drink next time you’re at Sylvan Lake.
James Dingwall Family
By Alex Dingwall and Lillian Duffield
James Alexander Dingwall and Catherine Ann McCrimmon were married in 1908 in Glengarry County, Ontario. They had two children, a son, Alexander, born March 27, 1909 and a daughter, Helen, born April 24, 1911.
The family moved west to Red Deer in 1913. Mr. Dingwall worked for Great West Lumber Co., which firm operated a saw mill on the Red Deer River.
On April 17, 1917, the family moved to Sylvan Lake where they operated the first Dingwall Boarding House. Mr. Joe Rosse had a store in the front part of the building. This building was destroyed by fire on January 21, 1921, when a gasoline lamp exploded. It was rebuilt in 1921 and this building still stands. At present (1984), the P&F Offshore Grocery occupies part of the premises.
The Dingwalls catered to CNR freight train crews hauling coal from Nordegg Mines. There were 14 to 16 trains a day at that time. Many boarders enjoyed the sumptuous meals served by the Dignwalls. Some of these were Dr. E.K. Wright, who organized the first Sunday School in Sylvan Lake; school teachers, Miss Spicer, Miss Baker, Miss Buzzard, Mr. Les Matheson and others. Also, the late Jack Penley, who operated Varsity Dance Hall for many years, and members of his orchestra boarded at the Dingwalls. Many free meals were handed out to those in need during the depression years. Mr. Dingwall’s beautiful big garden helped supply food for the table.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Dingwall were faithful church workers. Mr. Dingwall looked after the heating of the church and hall for many years. When the basement flooded and caved in, Mr. Dingwall built the new foundation. Mrs. Dingwall was a member of the Ladies’ Aid and worked hard for the turkey suppers sponsored by that group. She was on the committee in the early days that acquired the church bell and this bell still hangs in the new church belfry. Mrs. Dingwall was also responsible for obtaining a building, donated to her by Mr. Z. Mederis, which was moved in beside the church to be used as a Sunday School Hall for many years. Ladies’ Aid meetings, teas, and turkey suppers were held in this hall as well as many other functions.
Mrs. Dingwall was also a faithful member and worker for the Women’s Institute and served as president for a number of years.
The Dingwall’s son, Alexander (Alex) Edgar Dingwall, married Evaline Mina Byers of Sylvan Lake on August 31, 1940. He served five years with the Canadian Forces in the Second World War and saw service in England and Italy. On his return in 1945, he and wife Eve made their home in Red Deer where he was employed for 30 years at Red Deer Motors. They obtained a home through the V.L.A. at 3511-44 Avenue in 1949 and still reside there. Alex and Eve have two daughters.
Susan Catherine, born April 15, 1948, married Syd Nichols of the Willowdale District and they now farm four miles east of Rocky Mountain House. They have two daughters, Janet and Laurie.
Mary Louise was born August 28, 1949. She married Gordon Dolling (son of a former Sylvan Lake councilor) and they live in Fort McMurray. They have two sons, Jimmy and Darin.
The Dingwall’s daughter, Helen Barbara Dingwall, married Robert Thompson of Calgary on September 12, 1945. They moved to Vancouver, Washington, where Helen still resides. Robert passed away in January, 1982. They have one daughter, Shirley Ann, who is married and has two sons. They live 20 miles from Helen.
Another early Sylvan Lake family was Mr. and Mrs. F.D. McCrimmon, who were doubly related to the Dingwalls. Mrs. McCrimmon was Mr. Jim Dingwall’s sister and Mr. F.D. McCrimmon was Mrs. Jim Dingwall’s brother.
They also had a sister, Mrs. Mary Bell (McCrimmon) Falkner, who resided in Sylvan Lake for many years.
Mr. Jim Dingwall passed away on July 27, 1954 at the Red Deer Hospital. Mrs. Dingwall passed away in the Rimbey Nursing Home on February 28, 1960. They are both buried in the Sylvan Lake Cemetery.
from: Reflections of Sylvan Lake, pp. 178-179 — Copyright Sylvan Lake Historical Society 1984
Trevor’s Story: I Have Anxiety and Depression. Where Can I Get Help?
Trevor has suffered from anxiety and depression for a while. He had no idea where or how to get help with this. In discussing this with his doctor, he was referred to a Mental Health Counselor at Red Deer Primary Care Network.
Trevor says, “I, the skeptic, didn’t expect that I would get much help but did decide to work with the counselor. I needed to do something. We had 6 sessions together. The counselor provided me with insight on things that should have been so obvious to me but they weren’t. You don’t know what you don’t know. The counselor provided me with very practical and valuable tools. I came away with a different, more positive way to think about things. And it was just great to have a non-judgmental person to listen to me. It is a relief to just be able to tell someone who was really listening about my struggles.
These sessions were so valuable. I am in a much better state than I was. My struggles are not over but I manage to get through each day using the tools and improved mindset that I learned.
If anyone else is struggling like me I recommend no matter if they think it won’t help just go, go in with an open mind. Even if you just feel you need someone to talk to you will get valuable tools to help manage your situation.”
To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com
Read more Success Stories from the Red Deer Primary Care Network.
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The Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery is back for 2021
For the past 40 years, the Dream Home Lottery has been the cornerstone of the Red Deer Kinsmen’s contribution to the community’s greatest needs. Many of
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Since 1981 the Kinsmen Club of Red Deer has run their annual Dream Home Lottery from October to December. Using local home builders and trades, this project is the club’s largest fundraiser. Lives continue to change as we make that magical phone call letting the winner know they have just won a new home while the funds raised continue to support our local initiatives. In 2020, the club had to make the difficult decision to forgo the dream home portion of its lottery due to the unknown brought on by COVID, however, in 2021 we are coming back with an even bigger and better lotto!
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These charities are an important part of the City of Red Deer, and it is crucial that we as a community always do what we can to support them. By being able to help provide funding for these and other groups help them make incredible changes in people’s lives that would otherwise be impossible. We are so fortunate to live in a community of such caring, giving people. It is because of you that we are able to do what we do.
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The Red Deer Kinsmen have served the City of Red Deer since 1937 through fundraising and support of its many groups, community projects, and the people who make it an amazing place to live. This year is even more important as we were unable to run the Dream Home Lottery in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.
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We are proud to have been associated with some truly outstanding organizations, including the:
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