Rimbey-area residents may have noticed that a long-standing heritage house was recently demolished but they might not be aware of the history of the home.
Known as the Sturm Family Home in more recent years, the house, built in 1928, was demolished in January, 2021.
Located at SW-28-43-2-5, the farmhouse was originally built by Fred C. Kenner.
Kenner was noted for raising Belgian horses, says Garry Sturm, who was the most recent resident of the home.
A barn was added in 1929.
Picnics and barn dances were held at the farm for many years, according to Garry Sturm.
Sturm’s parents Pete and Ida Sturm (nee Flagg) bought the farmhouse in 1948, moving to area from Abbotsford, B.C. area, where they had a dairy farm.
They purchased the two quarters of land from Phil Pearman, according to the history book “Over the Years: 1892 to 1982.”
Later, the Sturm’s two sons Norman and Garry continued to work the farm.
At the time the book was published, Pete and Ida were living in Ponoka.