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More than 100 years of history at Sylvan Lake’s Hazzard County

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  • 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. 

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    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

    Read more stories about Sylvan Lake, Alberta.  Click here.


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    Tickets just $35 in Alberta’s newest Dream Home Lottery!

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    Alberta’s newest home lottery features a 1.5 million dollar dream home in south east Red Deer.  With 4,600 square feet of space, this dream home is verging on “mansion” status.  We’ll show you a video and photos as well, but this luxurious home by Abbey Platinum Master Built is something you really should see for yourself.  It’s at 57 Larratt Close in the south east community of Laredo.   Here’s a sneak peak…

    These lottery homes are always beautiful show homes, but this one just might be a step above… just check out these incredible features.

    There really are too many features to see in a few dozen photos if you can believe that.  We haven’t even talked about the heated triple car garage, or the fully landscaped park-facing back yard!  Someone is going to win all this in March.  For all of us who don’t win, there are many other prizes to see on the lottery website.. cacaclottery.ca.  These include 2 vehicles, a $20,000 play centre, a $15,000 diamond ring, groceries for a year, and fuel for a year!  Cut off for the early bird cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 is January 15th.

    There’s also a Split 50 draw with a minimum prize of $200,000 and a maxium payout of a half million dollars!  Cut off date for Split 50 and for the Dream Home Lottery is March 10, 2019.  Prizes will be drawn on March 27!  Who will win this incredible dream home?

    Click to visit the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre Dream Home Lottery

    Phone: 1-833-475-4402


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    Dream Home Lottery “Battle of Alberta” offers impressive Oilers and Flames prizes this weekend!

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  • Central Alberta Child Advocacy 2019 Dream Home Lottery Battle of Alberta

    Support your team and a great cause this weekend by purchasing tickets to Central Alberta’s largest Dream Home Lottery!

    We invite you to join us for our 3 day “Battle of Alberta” event, starting, Friday January 11th!

    Decide whose team you’re on – Oilers or Flames and enter your ballot for that team to show your support and see who gets the most votes! One ballot will be given for each ticket package purchased directly at the house this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ballots in for the Calgary Flames have a chance to win an autographed Glencross Jersey, and ballots in for the Edmonton Oilers have a chance to win an autographed Russell Jersey. After the jerseys have been drawn for, all ballots will be entered in for a chance to win 4 loge seats to Monday, January 14th Oilers vs Sabres game! Ballots will be drawn Sunday, January 13th at 5pm.

    We will be joined by local radio stations all weekend long: Friday 11th – Real Country 95.5 & Z98.9 Mid- day show (10am-2pm), Saturday 12th – Big 105.5 on location from 1-5pm, and Sunday 13th – 106.7 The Drive on location from 1-5pm.

    Hamburgers and Smokies will be supplied by Nossack Fine Meats, with generous donations from Cobs Bread and community donors – available Saturday the 12th from 1-4pm.

    Visit the Dream Home at 57 Larratt Close, Red Deer for your chance to buy tickets before the Early Bird Deadline (January 15th, 11pm)! Early Bird Prizes include cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000. Tickets start at just $35 with over $1.8 Million in prizes to be won! To purchase tickets online or for more information visit our lottery website: cacaclottery.ca or call: 1-833-475-4402

    Proceeds from the Dream Home Lottery will be in support of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. Every ticket sold supports the CACAC and is an investment in the promise and possibility of a healthy future for our children and our community.

    Here’ another story from Todayville about the Child Advocacy Centre’s new home at RDC.

     

    For additional information contact:
    Mark Jones, CEO, 587-272-2233, or email mjones@centralalbertacac.ca.


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