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Markerville , Settlement

Markerville was settled by Icelanders. The first settlers left Iceland in 1873, came to Wisconsin, went on to the Dakotas and up to Alberta in 1888. Though building a new community was hard work, the Icelanders found pleasure in many of their tasks, the first being the building of homes.

Besides being a business centre, Markerville was a stopping place for traffic coming from the west to the railroad at Innisfail or to the larger centre at Red Deer. By 1910, about 100 people lived in the small village of Markerville with a farm population of 400 Icelanders in the area.

The development of the community was influenced by one of its first settlers, Icelandic poet Stephan G. Stephansson.

Alberta and Medicine River

Alberta and Medicine River

Farming

Farming