Jack Routledge homesteaded this quarter. Jack and his brother, Arthur, moved to the area in 1905. Both men filed blind, meaning that they filed for their land without seeing it. Arthur received NW 32-44-10 W4 while Jack received SW 32-44-10 W4. Click here to learn more about Arthur’s property. Jack’s quarter was not suitable for farming and so he had to go back to Wetaskiwin to refile. Few homesteaders at the time needed to travel back to Wetaskiwin and so Jack had to walk. He walked all the way to Wetaskiwin carrying a ploughshare (a plough blade) which was not the right size for his plough. Luckily, he was able to get a ride back to Lougheed with new homesteaders going the same way. While in Wetaskiwin, Jack refiled for the quarter cater-corned to Arthur’s, the SE 06-45-10 W4, which is the property this barn sits on.
The barn on this property is one of the smallest barns in this database. John Routledge remembers that it was built by Mr. Gascoyne through the Sedgewick CO-OP lumber yard in the late 1960s. Gascoyne built the frame and the roof of the barn. To save money, the Routledges built the stalls and poured the cement. John Routledge’s father, William, used the barn for his mixed livestock farm. Up until about five years ago, John used the barn for his beef cattle. Now the barn stores square bales and lumber.
Routledge, John and Peggy. Personal communication. 20 Jul. 2016.
52.846086, -111.431450 SE 06-45-10 W4.
Barn Condition: Good
Construction Date: Late 1960s
Features: One wooden cupola and three lightning rods
Roof Shape: Arched
Paint: Red with white trim
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Asphalt shingles
Siding: Wooden shiplap
Foundation: Cement block
Additional History on the Property
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Routledge, D.J., Routledge, W.A. “The Routledge Brothers ‘Jack’ and Arthur”. Verdant Valleys In and Around Lougheed. 1st ed. Lougheed: Lougheed Women’s Institute, 1972. Print.
For information on Arthur Routledge’s property please click here.