A large grove of trees located in the Stoneshire neighbourhood has been named in honour of one of Spruce Grove’s founding families, the Stefflers.
Located between Fairway Point and Lilac Bay, Steffler Grove sits on land that was once homesteaded by Charlie and Katharine Steffler. Spruce Grove City Council voted to name the grove of trees after the Steffler family during a June 24, 2019, council meeting and a dedication ceremony was held on Sept. 29, 2019.
After settling in the area in the early 1900s, the Steffler family farmed on several different quarter sections of land in Spruce Grove and contributed to the overall growth and development of the community.
In addition to farming, Charlie was also an accomplished carpenter and built homes, barns, granaries, machine sheds and garages in the surrounding area. Other members of the Steffler family, Herb and Mary Steffler, farmed a quarter section of land on what is now Calahoo Road and were involved in the community through the Women’s Institute and Red Cross.
During the dedication, four senior members of the Steffler family were in attendance: sisters Irene Steffler Bristow and Edith Weitzel (daughters of Charlie and Katharine), as well as Anita Steffler Wedman (daughter of Herb and Mary) and her husband Arnold Wedman.