Optimism in Bay Tree

The news from Bay Tree in the November 25, 1937 issue of the Northern Tribune talks at length about the progress that has been made in that area.  The writer attributes many of the improvements to better roads.  That area was pretty isolated so good roads would have been a boon.  At the end of the article, there is a list of possible (but not probable) future developments, including annexing the “BC Block.”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

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Northern Tribune ~ November 25, 1937

Northern Tribune ~ November 25, 1937

Coincidence or Romantic Telepathy?

A girl from England had an opportunity to fly to Canada for her marriage to a Sturgeon Lake farmer, but had no time to notify him of her arrival in Grande Prairie. This story tells of one of those amazing coincidences that sometime happen, when she spied him crossing the street at Bird’s corner. I couldn’t find the wedding announcement in the previous papers, but I did find an article that may explain why Harold was in town. His father John, had been trampled by a horse and was in Grande Prairie Hospital. Was it that, or the “long arm of romantic telepathy” that brought him to Grande Prairie that day?

20 Feb 1947

20 Feb 1947

13 Feb 1947

13 Feb 1947

A Hair-Raising River Crossing

We’ve posted about ice boat runaways, ice carnivals, and cutting ice, but this 1939 report from Pipestone Creek about people crossing the Wapiti River when there was three feet of water over the ice takes the cake!  An item following this report says that an $8 basket to cross the river on the ferry cables could save a life during the dangerous spring and fall.  A bridge wasn’t built over the Wapiti until 1958, and it was south of Grande Prairie.  The Wembley ferry operated until 1970, but winter crossings were still on the ice for many years, with crossings during the spring thaw the most hazardous.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

Northern Tribune ~ March 30, 1939

The East End

Rather than wait a month to conclude the town descriptions prepared for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Tour, which were posted on our blog on Tuesday, we decided to finish them this week.  Today we have the East End, Clairmont, and Sexsmith.  Watch for the next Country Roads on February 23, and read about a Buffalo Lakes couple’s hitchhiking and horse riding honeymoon.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Sexsmith

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Sexsmith

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ The East End

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ The East End

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Clairmont

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Clairmont

Country Roads

This week we are introducing a new feature called “Country Roads.” The last week of each month, the blog will highlight people, places and events in the County. The articles I chose to begin this new feature are from September 1929. The paper had write ups about the towns and districts surrounding Grande Prairie as part of an information package for a visiting contingent of members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Including Chamber of Commerce members from every province, newsmen, and a group from Britain, there were over three hundred people. The visitors were divided into groups over two days, and taken in automobiles on a tour of the area. This week: “The Trip West.”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ The Trip West

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ The Trip West

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Beaverlodge

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Beaverlodge

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Hythe

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Hythe

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Wembley

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Wembley