THE GIETZ HOUSE OF THE 1920S

By Farley Wuth, Curator,
Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
Copyright, Pincher Creek & District Historical Society

The Gietz House, a rustic one-storey frame dwelling constructed in the 1920s, was located on a Mennonite homestead east of Pincher Creek. Alf and Tina Gietz owned the property for years and operated a bed and breakfast. A prominent member of the family is the Honourable Beverly McLachlin, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, who was raised in the Pincher Creek area. The Mennonite experience on the Canadian Prairies was representative of the immigration and farming boom accompanied by religious diversification which came about after the First World War.

Featured exhibit in the dwelling are a series of stoves, lanterns and foot warmers held by the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society. Stoves from the early 1900s were versatile; they could burn either wood or coal depending on which fuel was readily available. Both resources were locally accessed in the Pincher Creek area. Some of the units served as heating devices only while cook stoves doubled in both capacities. McClary stoves were one of the more common pioneer era brand names. Barn and household lanterns provided after dark light in most frontier houses and outbuildings. Kerosene was also a common fuel utilized in a pre-electrical era. Foot warmers, which provided winter warmth in sleighs, were fueled by coal.

Large stoves such as the one seen in this circa 1910 photograph of the E. J. Mitchell drugstore on Pincher Creek’s dusty Main Street were commonly placed near the centre of any pioneer structure so that most of the interior would remain relatively warm during those cold winter days on the Canadian Prairies.

Admission

Low Season (August 31, 2020 - May 21, 2021):

Adults: $12,  Seniors: $10,  Youth (7-17: $6,

6 & Under Free.  Family (2 adults & up to 4 youth): $30

High Season (May 22, 2021 - August 29, 2021:

Adults: $14,  Seniors: $12,  Youth (7-17: $7.50,

6 & Under Free.  Family (2 adults & up to 4 youth): $35

Please no pets, only Service animals allowed

Hours

Low Season Hours:** Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 4: 30 pm

 (August 31, 2020 - May 21, 2021)

Closed weekends and holidays. 

**Village accessibility pending weather and snow/ice conditions - please call first (most Village buildings not heated)

High Season Hours: Daily 10:00 am to 6:00pm 

(May 22, 2021 - August 29, 2021)

Tel: 403 627-3684

1037 Bev McLachlin Drive, Pincher Creek, Ab. T0K 1W0

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