Fall Arrives | September 14, 2020

Volume 1 Issue 16 | | Editor: Colleen MacLeod | #meadowlarkmonday

Harvest

All around the area, harvest is in full swing and this was no different at Pioneer Acres yesterday. A post from their Facebook page:

“Pioneer Acres last night. Our little crop of rye has been harvested and baled. Straw can’t of course be eaten by humans but it makes good bedding for animals like cattle, sheep or horses. This winter if you drive past a farm you might notice some happy cows up to their noses in straw bedding (it’s their version of a fancy duvet). And, the bales have a pretty texture and make good subjects in photographs.”

Apple Season

Of all the crops, apples may just be the most quintessential fall crop (sorry pumpkin). An extremely versatile fruit, apples can be used to make applesauce, apple pie, apple crumble, apple crisp, apple buns and apple cake as well as juice and hard cider to name a few. Apples often feature in Thanksgiving stuffing as well. There are so many uses for apples, this list could get very long. What is your favorite way to enjoy this delicious fruit? Comment below or send us a recipe for our next issue: themeadowlark.ca@gmail.com.

A Busy September Weekend

If you stayed in town this weekend you had a number of events to choose from on Saturday: it was a busy weekend in our little town.

Destination: Rocky Mountains

by Carli 

Instead of traveling somewhere warm this month, why not enjoy a horseback ride through our own Rocky Mountains? There are plenty of places that offer trail rides for anyone with or without experience. You can even go for overnights in either tents or camp lodges. These photos were taken near Banded Peak and it was an absolute beautiful ride and such a great experience! I hope that no matter what happens, we are able to find some inner peace by going outdoors and enjoying our own backyards.

Full Speed Ahead!

by Tracy & Ayvree, Irricana Kountry Kennel

The sun is shining, and all the dogs at Irricana Kountry Kennel are soaking up every single moment of summertime warmth. They’re spending it the best way possible, outside playing together & running full out, much to their heart’s joy and content! More pictures on our Facebook page.

What’s Up at the Library

The Adult Book Club and the Walking Club are back! In addition to a variety of programs both virtual and in person (check the calendar here), the library has new hours for September.

Fall Fair

The Irricana Library is hosting its Annual Fall Fair virtually! Entries are accepted until September 22 and the categories are: writing, sculpture, painting, digital art, crafts, photography, cake decorating and flower arranging. Get creative and get your entries in! Details here.

Camp 133

by Shelly, Pioneer Acres Museum
A little remembrance from 3 German POW, Camp 133

This model of a destroyer has a tiny swastika mounted on the front. That is because it was created by German prisoners during World War Two. Whilst we do not know the full story behind the creation of the artifact, the little message expresses affection for the people it was made for, perhaps a local farming family.

During the Second World War, nearly nine thousand Canadians became prisoners in Germany. A few were air force personnel who had their aircraft shot down. As you can imagine, not many were lucky enough to survive a plane crash. More commonly, prisoners were from the navy and had been rescued from the sea after their destroyers, cruisers or carriers were torpedoed. This happened to the Germans, too. And after they were rescued and taken prisoner, many made their way here to southern Alberta where there was an immense prison camp in Lethbridge called Internment Camp 133.

Under the Geneva Convention, prisoners had to be issued the same rations as Canadian troops stationed at home, which meant that prisoners on the prairies ate well – truckloads of sugar, meat, jam and other rationed items poured into the camp, which also housed a dental office, two large recreational buildings, a hospital, a mortuary and a detention barracks.

With so many young farmers serving in the Canadian army, the irony was that it was the German POWs who helped to ease the critical agricultural labour shortage. Their efforts brought in the harvest during those years of war and many volunteered to work in the fields, glad for the freedom it brought them. Many local farm families had fond memories of the young men who stayed with them. In Chestermere, Frank McElroy recalled,

“One summer, during the war, we had a prisoner of war working for us for a couple of months. He was a very well-educated Navy man from Germany, who made no trouble for us at all, and we were sorry when the time came for him to go back to the concentration camp. We were not allowed to give them too much money and their wages were sent to the camp to be given to them in small amounts. Several farmers in this area had prisoners of war working for them, for a couple of summers, most of them good workers.”

Around 6,000 German prisoners worked on southern Alberta farms until Camp 133 was closed in 1946.

Sources:
Saddles, Sleighs and Sadirons
Lethbridge: A Centennial History by Alex Johnston/Andry den Otter

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