Ponoka Reflections

Theresa (Kohlman) Turner                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Celebrating Ponoka’s homecoming

Celebrating the Ponoka families who dedicated their time to Ponoka

  • Mar 20, 2019

 

This classic 1911 photo shows the initial construction of the Provincial Mental Hospital at Ponoka, including the main administration building with the first patient wards for men and women, as well as the Power House and brick chimney and the new water tower.                                Photos courtesy of Prairie Postcards

Reflections: The early construction of then Ponoka mental hospital

Looking at the early development of then provincial mental hospital in Ponoka

 

Reflections: Remembering Ponoka’s colourful hockey history

Reflections: Remembering Ponoka’s colourful hockey history

Ponoka’s hockey program was the envy of many communities back in the day

  • Mar 6, 2019

 

Barbara (Smith) Uhl                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Saluting Ponoka’s lady pioneers

This week’s Reflections salute goes to Barbara (Smith) Uhl

  • Feb 27, 2019
Barbara (Smith) Uhl                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
This undated photo shows members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 Ponoka and 65 Air Cadet Squadron. In the back row from left to right are: Bob Tiltgen, Bing Jones, Dale Boddy, Allan Crawford, Bob Stirling, Glen Stirling, Robert Jones, Dale Stewart, and Larry Stemo; and then in the middle row is: Gary Stickney, Allen Spence, unknown, Gord Stewart, Roger Schell, Daryll Bresee, Allan Morrison, David Webb, Roger Haber, Bill Holman, Richard Portas, David Hinkley, Larry Blythe, Terry Rees, Russell Kraft, unknown, unknown, and Terry Davies. Those seated up in the front row, left to right are: Greg Whalley, Wayne Sondergaard, Doug Moller, Trevor Davies, Bruce Erickson, Murray McCoy, Dale Girling, unknown, and Bruce Hinkley; while the officers include: Dave Spink (2nd from left) and Ernie Ellis in the middle. The 65 Air Cadet Squadron has been hosting our Ponoka town and county youth from the age of 12-19 to a vigorous training and special event program since 1941. A correction to two names was made in this caption. Terry and Trevor Jenkins’ last names are actually Davies. We apologize for the error.                                 Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Ponoka Air Cadet program began way back in 1941

Celebrating the longevity of Ponoka’s Air Cadet program

  • Feb 20, 2019
This undated photo shows members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 66 Ponoka and 65 Air Cadet Squadron. In the back row from left to right are: Bob Tiltgen, Bing Jones, Dale Boddy, Allan Crawford, Bob Stirling, Glen Stirling, Robert Jones, Dale Stewart, and Larry Stemo; and then in the middle row is: Gary Stickney, Allen Spence, unknown, Gord Stewart, Roger Schell, Daryll Bresee, Allan Morrison, David Webb, Roger Haber, Bill Holman, Richard Portas, David Hinkley, Larry Blythe, Terry Rees, Russell Kraft, unknown, unknown, and Terry Davies. Those seated up in the front row, left to right are: Greg Whalley, Wayne Sondergaard, Doug Moller, Trevor Davies, Bruce Erickson, Murray McCoy, Dale Girling, unknown, and Bruce Hinkley; while the officers include: Dave Spink (2nd from left) and Ernie Ellis in the middle. The 65 Air Cadet Squadron has been hosting our Ponoka town and county youth from the age of 12-19 to a vigorous training and special event program since 1941. A correction to two names was made in this caption. Terry and Trevor Jenkins’ last names are actually Davies. We apologize for the error.                                 Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
This 1922 photo featured the new modern Ponoka Telephone Office located at the west end of Chipman Avenue. Staff members Pearl Conrad and Esther Wagen are shown on the front step and over the years would be joined by many others during the long and colourful history of our rapidly expanding town and county telephone system.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: When Ponoka got water, power and phone lines

This week’s Reflections looks at when Ponoka got utilities

  • Feb 13, 2019
This 1922 photo featured the new modern Ponoka Telephone Office located at the west end of Chipman Avenue. Staff members Pearl Conrad and Esther Wagen are shown on the front step and over the years would be joined by many others during the long and colourful history of our rapidly expanding town and county telephone system.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
Here is a classic early photo of the first Ponoka Municipal Hospital, which was located at the corner of Railway Street and 57th Avenue, and would faithfully serve the vital medical needs and care of our rapidly growing town and county for close to 40 years.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Celebrating Ponoka’s first medical milestone

Ponoka’s first municipal hospital celebrated in this week’s Ponoka Reflections

  • Feb 6, 2019
Here is a classic early photo of the first Ponoka Municipal Hospital, which was located at the corner of Railway Street and 57th Avenue, and would faithfully serve the vital medical needs and care of our rapidly growing town and county for close to 40 years.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
This large and colourful roadside marker stands on the side of the road near the Highway 2A bridge just south of Ponoka, and features an early photo, plans, and the vivid story of the historic Fort Ostell, which was quickly constructed in 1885 just a short distance to the west. The sturdy wooden fortress was built and guarded by 20 members of the 65th Mount Royal Rifles for just 50 days to protect against possible invasion in the area during the Riel Rebellion.                                Photo by John Stanton

Reflections: Ponoka’s Fort Ostell in 1885

Looking back at the very first days of Ponoka’s Fort Ostell

  • Jan 30, 2019
This large and colourful roadside marker stands on the side of the road near the Highway 2A bridge just south of Ponoka, and features an early photo, plans, and the vivid story of the historic Fort Ostell, which was quickly constructed in 1885 just a short distance to the west. The sturdy wooden fortress was built and guarded by 20 members of the 65th Mount Royal Rifles for just 50 days to protect against possible invasion in the area during the Riel Rebellion.                                Photo by John Stanton
Ada Ashton

Reflections: Recognizing Ponoka’s pioneer ladies

Continuation of Reflections’ looking back at Ponoka’s lady pioneers

  • Jan 23, 2019
Ada Ashton
Reflections: Looking back a brave Ponoka soldier

Reflections: Looking back a brave Ponoka soldier

Private Frederick Keith Miller is recognized in this week’s Ponoka News history column

  • Jan 16, 2019
Reflections: Looking back a brave Ponoka soldier
This amazing photo was taken at a busy livery stable along Railway Street Ponoka, and shows our first and most reliable form of early 19th century transportation, which was always willing and ready to tend to their countless daily tasks, no matter what the weather or roads might have been. As well as delivering mail or picking up supplies, the hardy drivers with their horses, buggies could always be seen out and about seven long days a week transporting local citizens, farmers, doctors, businessmen, and guests throughout the thriving community and rural districts.                                Photo from 1944-45 Ponoka High School Quill and Shield Yearbook

Reflections: Looking back at early Ponoka transportation

Buggies were the way to go in the early Ponoka days

  • Jan 9, 2019
This amazing photo was taken at a busy livery stable along Railway Street Ponoka, and shows our first and most reliable form of early 19th century transportation, which was always willing and ready to tend to their countless daily tasks, no matter what the weather or roads might have been. As well as delivering mail or picking up supplies, the hardy drivers with their horses, buggies could always be seen out and about seven long days a week transporting local citizens, farmers, doctors, businessmen, and guests throughout the thriving community and rural districts.                                Photo from 1944-45 Ponoka High School Quill and Shield Yearbook
Here is a little fun quiz for everyone: This classic photo was taken from the south end of Railway Street (50th) in down-town Ponoka in the 1920s. I will give you a hint of some of the early businesses, homes, churches, and schools, and see if you can pick out those that still remain or what they now are. Royal Hotel, Leland Hotel, Public High School, Catholic Church, Empress Theatre, United Church, Massey Ferguson Farm Machinery, Kennedy/Russell Hardware Store, J.P. Horn Blacksmith, and the first homes of the Crawford’s, the Bures’, the Stoddarts, and the W. Jones.                                Photo courtesy of Mrs. Mary Horn

Reflections: Ponoka News readers keep these columns alive

Without our readers, the Reflections/Remember When and Hammertime columns would not be possible

  • Dec 30, 2018
Here is a little fun quiz for everyone: This classic photo was taken from the south end of Railway Street (50th) in down-town Ponoka in the 1920s. I will give you a hint of some of the early businesses, homes, churches, and schools, and see if you can pick out those that still remain or what they now are. Royal Hotel, Leland Hotel, Public High School, Catholic Church, Empress Theatre, United Church, Massey Ferguson Farm Machinery, Kennedy/Russell Hardware Store, J.P. Horn Blacksmith, and the first homes of the Crawford’s, the Bures’, the Stoddarts, and the W. Jones.                                Photo courtesy of Mrs. Mary Horn
Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum                                Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Story of Ponoka’s past lady pioneers continues

Celebrating Betty Matejka’s legacy in Ponoka

Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum                                Betty Matejka has happily lived in the Ponoka district for over 90 years and has dedicated her very active life to a career of teaching, raising a family of five with husband Bill, always helping out around the farm, as well as faithfully supporting, promoting, and assisting countless organizations throughout our town and county.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
Nena (Ross) Eastes/Reed spent 73 years of her very active life in Ponoka, thoroughly enjoying each and every day serving as a teacher, community volunteer, lover of the arts and music, as well as a faithful and loving wife and mother to husband Arthur and three daughters, a grandmother of seven, and always a loyal friend and mentor to so many folks, young and old. Her colourful life history was recorded in Alberta’s millennium celebration book A Century of Living, which honours Alberta’s pioneers.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Continuing the celebration of Ponoka’s pioneer ladies

This week we salute Nena (Ross) Eastes/Reed who spent 73 years of her life in Ponoka

  • Dec 18, 2018
Nena (Ross) Eastes/Reed spent 73 years of her very active life in Ponoka, thoroughly enjoying each and every day serving as a teacher, community volunteer, lover of the arts and music, as well as a faithful and loving wife and mother to husband Arthur and three daughters, a grandmother of seven, and always a loyal friend and mentor to so many folks, young and old. Her colourful life history was recorded in Alberta’s millennium celebration book A Century of Living, which honours Alberta’s pioneers.                                Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
Verna Raycraft stands beside her magnificent Nutcracker collection that she has put together over the past 20 years in appreciation of the famous early Tchaikovsky ballet classic and for her great love of music, which she had carried on and shared with her community for many decades.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Reflections: A Ponoka resident’s Nutcracker collection a delight

Verna Raycraft’s collection is feast for the eyes

  • Dec 12, 2018
Verna Raycraft stands beside her magnificent Nutcracker collection that she has put together over the past 20 years in appreciation of the famous early Tchaikovsky ballet classic and for her great love of music, which she had carried on and shared with her community for many decades.                                Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
This amazing winter photo taken in the 1990’s amd features Joffre and Bryn Holtz, Paul Weinmaster and Tim Rosencrantz enjoying a casual winter afternoon game of hockey on the Battle River near Ponoka. This grand tradition of fun for all ages on outdoor rinks has carried on for countless decades and, thankfully, will always carry on in the brisk fresh air and magnificent surroundings of our friendly and active community.                                Photo by George Lee (Ponoka News files).

Reflections: Enjoying the great experience of the outdoor rinks

Remembering what it used to be like for a Ponoka tradition of playing outside on ice

This amazing winter photo taken in the 1990’s amd features Joffre and Bryn Holtz, Paul Weinmaster and Tim Rosencrantz enjoying a casual winter afternoon game of hockey on the Battle River near Ponoka. This grand tradition of fun for all ages on outdoor rinks has carried on for countless decades and, thankfully, will always carry on in the brisk fresh air and magnificent surroundings of our friendly and active community.                                Photo by George Lee (Ponoka News files).
Remember When: Ponoka’s early ice age

Remember When: Ponoka’s early ice age

The area has come along way from the first outdoor rink along what is now 48 Ave in Ponoka

Remember When: Ponoka’s early ice age
Cora Emalyne Cissell (1873-1940)                                Photos courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum

Reflections: Saluting Ponoka’s pioneer ladies

Looking at Ponoka’s history and the ladies who helped build it

  • Nov 28, 2018
Cora Emalyne Cissell (1873-1940)                                Photos courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum
This magnificent home was built in 1917 for George D. and Tillie Clark at 5120 52nd Avenue, where they lived and raised their family of six until 1954. Known as one of the earliest and largest homes in early Ponoka, the two story house was then sold to Glen and Martha Johnston, who along with their family of seven children became very active in the community and rural districts, as well as pursuing colourful careers in business and politics. The Johnstons sold the home to the Oliphant family in 1995, and they continue to proudly maintain its grand traditions and splendour to the present day. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Reflections: The Johnston family and one of Ponoka’s largest early homes

A look at an early home in Ponoka, which at the time was one of Ponoka’s largest

  • Nov 21, 2018
This magnificent home was built in 1917 for George D. and Tillie Clark at 5120 52nd Avenue, where they lived and raised their family of six until 1954. Known as one of the earliest and largest homes in early Ponoka, the two story house was then sold to Glen and Martha Johnston, who along with their family of seven children became very active in the community and rural districts, as well as pursuing colourful careers in business and politics. The Johnstons sold the home to the Oliphant family in 1995, and they continue to proudly maintain its grand traditions and splendour to the present day. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
The pungent and sweet aroma of wheat straw cured in stooks and that earthy and faintly wine-like musk of sheaves piled high were so common in the early days of our pioneers. In this classic early 1920s photo the big crew works with tractors, threshing machine, horses, and wagons to complete the vital district harvest just in time for winter. That lone family car had likely just arrived packed with with lunch and refreshments for the busy boys.                                Photo from Trail Grown Over

Reflections: D.A. Morrow’s early Ponoka poetry

This week’s Reflections looks at the Morrow family and the poetry that came with one member

  • Oct 24, 2018
The pungent and sweet aroma of wheat straw cured in stooks and that earthy and faintly wine-like musk of sheaves piled high were so common in the early days of our pioneers. In this classic early 1920s photo the big crew works with tractors, threshing machine, horses, and wagons to complete the vital district harvest just in time for winter. That lone family car had likely just arrived packed with with lunch and refreshments for the busy boys.                                Photo from Trail Grown Over