|The Dignified Rutherford|
The marker states it's dates from 1902-1949, but other sources say it wasn't open until 1907 and closed in 1952. It was named Rutherford after the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Rutherford, who served from 1905-1910. (I hope I never see a Notley School). After the school closed, some of the local families purchased the building and it became a community hall. It looks like it hasn't been used in a few years, the door is boarded up and the grass is over grown. A new-ish metal roof suggests it wasn't boarded up until recently, maybe a decade or so? I don't really know. Down the road to the West is the Earlville-Rutherford Cemetery. Many of Rutherford's pioneers and their families are buried here. Earlville was the name of the co-operative creamery that the pioneers founded in 1905 and ran successfully for 7-8 years before it was deemed to far from town and closed down.
|The unmistakable profile of a one room schoolhouse.|
On this same day I drove through a few different districts, each with it's own history, school and pioneer families. Markers and miscellaneous:
|Eclipse 1902-1953, now a Community Centre|
|Swing set at Eclipse|
|Nebraska District and my car..oops!|
|Sargent. Original school opened in 1900|
This one was built in 1946.
Sources: Our Roots - Ponoka Book; Pioneering With a Piece of Chalk