This property was homesteaded by P.E. (Rollie) Maddox in 1905. Mr. Maddox was the nephew of Mrs. James A. Colvin. Unfortunately, Mr. Maddox died during a drive home from the coal mines one winter between 1906 and 1913.
After her husband’s death, Mrs. Maddox sold the property to Mrs. R.J. Woodhill and Mr. William Wood. Mrs. Woodhill was well-known in the Lawn Hill area for providing sweets to children at all community functions. Mr. Wood and Mrs. Woodhill were not married, they simply wanted to farm in Western Canada and decided to take up the challenge together. The pair of them cleared some 200 acres of push and planted the large evergreens on the home quarter.
In the spring of 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Anderson bought the property. Mrs. Helena (Lena) Anderson was the sister of Vernon Simpson, whose barn is also featured in this database.
In about 1955, Daniel and Gertrude Lewis bought the property with Mamie Lewis. The Daniel Lewis family lived here until 1982, raising their four sons. Mamie Lewis’ home barn is also featured in this database. The property the following barn sits on now belongs to Randy Lewis.
This barn is thought to have been built by C.P. (Carl) Colvin using frame construction and platform framing. Early in the life of the barn, the barn housed horses, milk cows, and pigs. The barn had three large stalls on either side of the main walkway. An addition was added to the eastern side in 1929 to create more pens and a storage area. Slowly, horses were no longer needed and cattle were kept out in the pasture. This barn was last used by Daniel Lewis to house the family’s pigs and gamefowl.
Lewis, Daniel. Personal communication. 13 Jul. 2017.
52.666698, -111.755429 NW 36-42-13 W4
Barn Condition: Poor
Construction Date: Pre 1920
Features: Hay hood
Roof Shape: Gambrel
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Wooden shingles
Additional History on the Property
Mr. William Wood and Mrs. R.J. Woodhill Story
Wood, Rosa. “The William Wood Story”. Sedgewick Sentinel: A History of Sedgewick and Surrounding Districts. 1st Ed. Sedgewick: Sedgewick Historical Society, 1982. Print
Jake Lewis Family
“Jake Lewis”. As the Wheel Turns: A History of Merna and District. 1st ed. Sedgewick: The Community Press, 1971. Print.
Daniel and Gertrude Lewis
“Dan and Gertrude Lewis Family”. The Pleasant Country: Volume One Killam and District 1903-1993. 1st ed. Killam: Killam Historical Society, 1993. Print.
“Carl P. Colvin”. As the Wheel Turns: A History of Merna and District. 1st ed. Sedgewick: The Community Press, 1971. Print.
“James A. Colvin”. Sedgewick Sentinel: A History of Sedgewick and Surrounding Districts. 1st Ed. Sedgewick: Sedgewick Historical Society, 1982. Print