Jack and Arthur Routledge both lived on this property for a short time. 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. Jack’s quarter was not suitable for farming and so he had to walk all the way 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. Click here to learn more about that property.
Meanwhile, Arthur’s family had a mixed farm operation. They crop farmed, raised shorthorn cattle, and milked cows. As such, they used the barn for draft horses, milk cows, and ill or birthing cattle. However, for the first few years that the Routledges were in the area they used oxen to pull the plow, not horses. Arthur had four children, Robert, Donald, Arthur Frank, and May. After Arthur died the farm got passed to Donald Routledge. When Don died in the late 1990s he left the property to his brother Arthur Frank Routledge. Upon Frank’s death in the early 2000s, the farm went to his three children: Douglas, Gordon, and Janice.
Recently, the three siblings decided to reshingle the barn. They mentioned that it helped renew their connection to their family’s homestead. Doug also remembers a family reunion that took place on the property over ten years ago. He has fond memories of how happy the family was to come together in a place with so much meaning to all of them.
Routledge, John and Peggy. Personal communication. 20 Jul. 2016.
Routledge, Doug. Personal communication. 22 Jul. 2016.
52.841073, -111.427451 NE 32-44-10 W4.
Barn Condition: Good
Features: Hay hood and hay track, one wooden cupola
Roof Shape: Gambrel
Paint: None, may have been brown
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Asphalt shingles
Siding: Wooden shiplap
Foundation: Field stone
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 John (Jack) Routledge’s property please click here.
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