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submitted Yellowhead County: (This year the Yellowhead County Heritage
program will partner with Yellowhead County libraries and the Tipple Park
Museum to bring our community a deep slice of local history. We are calling
the project: We are our stories.
We'll be talking with current and former locals from every corner of the
county and we'll gather stories, pictures, and memories for your reading
pleasure. We hope it'll inspire you to share your stories.
Our first look at the county's past comes courtesy of Joyce Wilkins, former
Mountain Park resident.)
Mountain Park in its hayday before the bust.
Decades ago, Mountain Park had a course.” In time, those who made a
stake in the vitality of the Alberta home of the railroad cars would find
Coal Branch. This was a small preferred accommodations—below
mining town in a sparse constellation the hill, regular houses were nested
of similar towns stretching south of around the local school.
what is now Highway 16. Still, Joyce remembers these houses
These towns drew both Canadians for their quirks, if you can call
and immigrants in search of work. staying warm a quirk: “When the
Joyce's family of her father's side wind blew, the linoleum which wasn't
emigrated from the Ukraine and glued down, would just lift a bit.”
moved to Mountain Park in 1942. The houses weren't well insulated
“My grandfather initially went to and staying warm was a matter of
Mountain Park to find work, and then stoking a stove or coal burning heater
he got hold of my dad and told my and even getting dressed on chairs to
Passport•Citizenship•Rifle Arms Licence• father that there was work available avoid frigid floors!
Permanent Resident•Photos & more in the mine.” Despite the unease of cold
The life of an early 20th century mornings, Joyce reveals that she took
DROP IN AND SEE! miner was a hard one. “I remember at everything in stride: “We never
remembered it as being sort of
least one miner being killed in the
time we were there, and it was our uncomfortable. You know how you A local “Honey Wagon” otherwise known as a waste disposal cart.
5040 3rd Avenue, Edson next door neighbour.” An older miner are as children.” proof that childhood is blissful, and We'll gladly provide you with a
Though the mining town of
had perished in a mine collapse.
780-723-5787 even crept into the homes of altogether disappear in the children have a knack for making the transcript of your story and digitize
The cramped conditions of the mine Mountain Park would shrink and
best of every moment.
any photos you bring to us.
The 'We are our Stories' project
To read this story in its entirety to
The Weekly Anchor newcomers. “We lived in a house on 1950s—near a decade after Joyce's kindly invites anyone who has a story find out about day-to-day living in
family settled there—her and many
top of the hill, which I understood
was a railroad car divided in half for others' memories still remain. Joyce's of the past, whether short or long, to Mountain Park and what they did for
two families,” notes Joyce, “It was childhood stories remind us that participate! Please contact the entertainment including recreation,
very basic inside. No running water, hardship or not, parents will strive to Yellowhead County Heritage musical entertainment, and
but we did have power. My mother bring their children small joys, if not Department, a Yellowhead County community events go to
had a chicken coop so she kept big opportunities. But most Library www.yellowheadcounty.ab.ca and
chickens. There was an outhouse of incredibly, this Mountain Park kid is branch, or the Tipple Park Museum. search for We are our Stories.


Seen here on January 19, is a group
of friends who enjoy getting together
Friday nights at the Library during
Games Night. The group likes to
play Dungeons and Dragons and
have been meeting for the past 1.5
years to play their version of the
table top role playing game. They
work as a team to go through
different dungeons and adventures
based off of dice rolls. Pictured are:
Chad Garson, Kai Mohr, Robbie
Hemsworth, Tyler Pratt, Samuel
Pennings, Christopher Hemsworth,
Brandon Cain, Tyler Ferguson and
Garrett Inscho. photo Deanna
Mitchener




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