Kapcsos Homestead, Hill Spring, Alberta

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    This is my Great Grandparent's farmstead Steve and Margret Kapcsos, It was built by my Great Grandpa Steve and another local carpenter, made out of logs that they had hauled from Pole Haven just west of Mountain View, AB.

    My Great Grandpa came from Polgar, Hungary to Canada in 1927, he originally made it to Saskatchewan where he got a job rock picking but ended up receiving very little money as was promised to him. Not giving up he made his way west taking the railroad until he made it to the Hill Spring area where he fell in love with the beauty of this new foreign land that remained him so much of home that he found this land here and built a smaller shack in order to house his wife and daughter, who later came all the way to Canada once he had saved up enough money to send back to them for their long journey to Canada. After this he and another Hungarian carpenter built this house for their growing family.

    In 1947 my great grandpa was shot while working in the sugar beat fields when a stray bullet bounced off a lake nearby and hit him in the back. He recovered, but cough a cold about a year later and died of kidney failure.

    The farm didn't have power clear up until the mid 1960s and they used a hole behind the house to store food to keep cool. My Great Grandma moved into town in 1970 and later sold the farm in 1972. It was about to be demolished in 1980 when the third owners wanted to build a new home on the present site. Luckily they decided to moved the original home a little to the west for storage latter as a barn, so it's been about 40 years since it was last occupied.

    Also my Grandpa Steve Jr. was born in a barn just a little west and north of this home, The house is the last of the original farm and has lasted over 80 years until finally falling in on itself with a little help from a backhoe. It's a good thing we made it out there in time to see it go. I climbed through the hole in the roof and found a couple old tin cans shoes and neat old Hungarian newspapers dated back to 1936, which have now become family-heirlooms...

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    1. The Lost Canuck Photography by Cody Kapcsos 62 months ago | reply

      Here is what it looked like back in the day..


      This is my grandpa Steve Jr. with his dog Ring at the old homestead.

    2. Clara's Rose 62 months ago | reply

      Great shot Cody, Wish my old home place was still there, no sign of every being. glad you got there in time to get these shots and heirlooms.A fav

    3. The Lost Canuck Photography by Cody Kapcsos 62 months ago | reply

      Thanks Clara. I am very glad we got there just in time too. We were on a family trip to Waterton Park when we decided to take a look around and see if any of the original farm was still there. It was sad to find this but at the same time very exciting to see where it all began. The owner of the land says that the logs were pretty rotten so he had to "take her down" so we took all we could from the pile of ruble and I am currently making a picture frame for a drawing of the place.

    4. smokeytoo 62 months ago | reply

      A wonderful shot of your grandparents place. The use of the wood to make a picture frame is a great idea.

    5. cathemoel 62 months ago | reply

      What a sad (but well done) pic, but what an interesting story about your family history. And the pix of it from the past are wonderful to see--nice doggie.

    6. Corwin's Trumps 62 months ago | reply

      It must be sad to see it gone, but how great is it to have such knowledge about your family history!
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      Seen in Canadian History (?)

    7. MudMapImages 62 months ago | reply

      This is very cool....

    8. Calakmul 62 months ago | reply

      Great photos and it's nice to reach back in time and lay your hands on something so tangible!!

    9. OldDogNewTrick 62 months ago | reply

      So good to connect with your own history. Too bad you didn't get a shot of this while it was still standing.

      It may be possible that my father knew your Great Grandpa. My father came here from Hungary in 1930 and worked around the Lethbridge area before he bought his first little farm near Raymond. There was a pretty active Hungarian community around Lethbridge and many occasions to get together.

    10. The Lost Canuck Photography by Cody Kapcsos 62 months ago | reply


      Too cool! My grandpa Steve Jr. actually met my Grandma Blackmore in Raymond where she was born and razed. Its a small world, eh?

    11. Archaeobobalist 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Archaeology: Site formation or when buildings fall down, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. Bev'sPhotos 57 months ago | reply

      Really interesting, Cody. It's nice to be able to trace your "roots", isn't it?
      So glad you salvaged some items to treasure.

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