Buck Alex


by his son, Paul

My parents came to Canada from Poland in 1912 with three children, Rose, me, and six-month-old Mike. We came to Vegreville, Alberta, then stayed with my uncle, Eli Buck, at Two Hills. In 1913 Dad filed on a homestead (S.W. 34-­55-5-W4) in the Primula district. After building a log house with a sod roof, and buying a team of oxen, a wagon and a cow, he packed up the family and moved to the homestead. That year he broke about three acres.


Back: Paul and Mike Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Alex Buck, 1929


Rose and her husband, Carl Starcheski, in 1963

The following year we had a crop and a garden, and we were away to a new start. Dad worked for Mr. Avery in the Ellsworth district for about thirty-five dollars a month. There was no school at first; then in 1914 one was built, but there was only money enough to pay a teacher for one month. In 1915 we had a teacher for three months, and for six months in 1916.

At that time there were no roads, only trails. That first year Dad walked from Two Hills to the homestead, a dis­tance of about fifty-eight miles, which took about two days one way. For the 1918-19 term I was sent to school at Vegreville, living in a boys' home there. When the 'flu broke out the school was closed and we seven Primula boys were sent home. We came by train to Vermilion, but coun­try people were to stay away from the towns, and no one was there to meet us. We had to walk the fifty miles or so home — quite a hike for a group of ten-to-fifteen-year-olds.

My father passed away in the 1940's, having rented his farm out a year before. My mother lived 'til the 1950's, spending time in my home at Heinsburg, and with Rose at Round Hill. Both are buried at Gratz. I later bought the farm for taxes, then sold it to Sam Sass.