Can you imagine a small-town doctor with an airplane, visiting patients all around southern Alberta 100 years ago?
For almost 40 years, Bassano’s Dr. Alexander Gladstone Scott worked around the clock, tending to the well-being of the surrounding frontier communities. With patients spread across many miles, he took to the roads, and then to the skies, going “Above and Beyond” to care for prairie people in the days before public health care.
In a video produced by Jonathan F. Koch and the Forgotten Alberta Project, with the cooperation of Bassano Medical Clinic, the Town of Bassano, and the Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP), we celebrate the living legacy of Dr. A.G. Scott: An innovator, pioneer, and prairie trailblazer.
St. Julien School was named for the First World War battle of St. Julien, part of the Second Battle of Ypres, which took place in Belgium during the spring of 1915. The Second Battle of Ypres was significant as it marked the first time chlorine gas was used by German forces to inflict mass casualties on Allied troops. The Canadian victory at St. Julien also marked the first time an armed force from a former European colony had prevailed on European soil. According to the Esther community history, locals met at Chris Torgerson’s farm in 1918, voting 9-2 in favour of building a school. After considering Vimy Ridge and Rutherlands as possible names, school trustees agreed on St. Julien to honour the famous victory. The school opened in 1918, and remained in operation until 1955, closing after a new school in Esther negated the need for St. Julien. #alberta #canada #military #history #pioneer #schoolhouse #war #ww1 #worldwarone #ypres #mybadlands #FABTrip15 @gregfarries
Queenstown once boasted a bustling commercial sector, including a hotel, five grain elevators, several stores, a school, and numerous private residences. Eclipsed by the nearby centre of Milo during the ‘20s and ‘30s, Queenstown slowly withered to its current size. Today a handful of homes and abandoned buildings are the last remnants of a prosperous pioneer-era community. #Alberta #Canada #abandoned
After leaving Milo, Greg and I ventured north towards Queenstown, a former shipping point along the C.P.R.’s abandoned Lomond Subdivision. Already two hours behind schedule, we made a bee-line for the Drumheller valley, pausing at a small community graveyard along the way.
On August 1, 2015, Forgotten Alberta visited the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Cairn, described by author and researcher, Gordon Freeman, as “Canada’s Stonehenge”. Freeman believes the Majorville stones are the remains of a 5000 year old open-air sun temple, used by First Nations people to observe winter and summer solstices. (Source: Atlas Obscura)
- #FABTrip15: Majorville Medicine Wheel
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Following our visit to the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Cairn, Greg and I trekked westward across an ocean of parched grassland, passing a wedding party, abandoned homesteads, and iconic remnants of the community’s pioneer past. We then detoured south for a delicious burger and a glimpse of a prairie rarity on the edge of Milo. Continue reading #FABTrip15: Majorville to Milo