Rural Alberta! - Amy's Amazing Adventures
Amy's Amazing Adventures

Rural Alberta!

by on Jun.29, 2009, under Uncategorized

This weekend I went with Steve and his family (minus his mom who is currently in Paris, France!) to visit the places Peter Day (steve’s dad) worked in when he first came to Canada from England in the 60’s.

He came to Oyen, Alberta to work on the Barnett’s farm.

school-house-smallThis is an old school house


The farm




an old root cellar

We visited with lots of the people he worked with back then.

We went to the town of Esther, Alberta which, at that time, was the hub of activity for the area, but is now a ghost town.


An old Garage


A Radio shop and Post Office


We drove through a field to the top of Starvation Butte and saw the whole area.



It was a nice trip and I enjoyed meeting everyone!


8 comments for this entry:
  1. AlexAxe

    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

  2. Sarah Jennings

    Wow. The old school house photograph is amazing. Some of your photos look like illustrations. Inspiring stuff :)

  3. Brenda

    Your wonderful pictures of our farm and Esther bought back many fun and exciting memories of adventures we 3 girls had as kids growing up on one of the biggest farms or ranches in the area. Each photo I could tell a story about, either good times or getting into trouble, by beening or doing something that was a wee bit dangerous. It breaks my heart to see the building were never kept up as dad always put money back into the buildings and land. My dad must look down from heaven and shake his head, because dad and Peter worked hard, long hours to impove his place. This was the first farm, that dad and mom bought and built up from nothing.This farm I grew up on. It had 3 houses and 3 barns, plus a lot othere buildings. We even had our own playhouse with real furniture,that we had to keep clean at all times and an old school house that we played school everyday, after our morning chores were done. The second farm dad, mom and Peter (this is the farm that all the grandchildren remember)built up from nothing to an amazing farm once again. I must tell a little bit about my folks, before I go on. My dad Jeff Barnett came from Del Bonita, and my mom Beth (Holland) came from the Cardston area. The moved up north of Oyen into the Esther area around 1942. They came by train to Sibbald. Machinary, cattle and horses were on the same train as mom,dad and my older brother Ronny. Dad used the horses to move the cattle up to his new place.Machinary thr next move and than mom and Ronny.
    After 35+ years of hard work,dad decided to sell his place and relocate in the Stavely area, he didn’t last long in this so called retiremnet life.
    Dad was so unhappy with retired wasted time that mom, dad and Peter went back to the Ester area and bought land that connected to a huge parcel of land that dad hadn’t sold with the main farm. Any way it was once again a very productive place. The young couple that bought it after dad’s passing have really kept it up, the building look good and the cattle are fat. That is the difference of a farmer who has pride in his working farm snd one that only wants a dinasty. Peter, was my dad’s “right hand man”,without Peter’s long hard hours of work, my dad wouldn’t got the many needed hrs.of work in to accomplish a successful farming life. Ask Peter how many Sections of land dad and mom had-it will blow your mind. Thanks to Peter and Shari’s wonderful family for being part of our family till this day. Love Brenda

  4. Brenda

    Amy, Mom,Beth Barnett( age 89) just walked over to read and look at your great site. we had a visit about all your farm pictures.She was wondering if you had more pic. of the farm,like the main house? If so she’d like to see them when we come down in Sept. She says hi and please all of you come back soon for a good old visit and some more laughs. I also e-mailed your site to my sister,Cindy in Utah, she’ll love it. Thanks love Brenda

  5. derekpm

    Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback

  6. Dirk Wiersma

    Today I was searching internet and Icame across the farmbuildings of Jeff and Beth Barnett,was very surprised because I was hired-man there from november 1964 till the end of 1965 . After that I went back to the Netherlands and my life over there which is a long story . Maybe Brenda or Barbara or Cindy will receive this message Many greetings specially to Mrs Beth Barnett (in Oyen ? )

  7. London England

    My great uncle J. H. Foot moved to Canada early in the 20th Century and the only address I have is Hill View, Esther, Alberta which in in my Grandfather’s address book. His sister was my grandmother Ada Foot

    I believe they had a farm but not sure.

    Would you know anything?

  8. Peter Day

    My name is Peter Day, and I lived in the Esther area from 1968 when I came from England to 1978 when I moved to Lethbridge. During my working their I came to know many of the Foot family.
    I have been in touch with Brenda Sanderson (Barnett) as she has neighbours who are Foot’s, and live in Oyen.
    If your interested I will gather their email and mailing addresses and post them here for you to make contact.
    In the Esther and District published book 1910-1990 called “Sage Brush and Shifting Sand”, ISBN 1-55056-059-X. there is mentioned a Fred Foot and his wife who raised two boys Bill and Frank. So quite likely there has to be some who would know about the connection

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