This Week In 1914 – Load Up Your Sleigh and Come Along

Leaving for supplies in Edson, 1912

Leaving for supplies in Edson, 1912

Even during Christmas week practicalities were in the forefront. This large ad appeared in both the Herald and Signal newspapers this week. It seems that knowing the railroad would reach Grande Prairie in 1916, farmers were holding grain to ship by rail rather than the arduous trip over the Edson Trail. The merchants of Edson placed this ad to encourage the shipment of grain during the winter, offering immediate cash .

researched and written by Kathryn Auger

Frontier Signal - December 24, 1914

Frontier Signal – December 24, 1914

Grande Prairie Herald - December 22, 1914

Grande Prairie Herald – December 22, 1914

The Edson Trail ~ This Week In 1914

Once again news was sparse for this week, but I did run across a couple of Edson Trail stories in a later paper. Since we seem to have had a lot of Edson Trail material lately I thought this would be a good place to use them. I found a short item Sept 22, 1914 where the editor of the paper was blowing his own horn a bit. I also noticed an ad “Passengers Wanted” placed by a fellow heading to Edson for supplies likely, willing to take passengers at $10. He may have had some takers, as the regular fare on the Grande Prairie to Edson Stage was $35.

Buckskin Charlie driving the Mail Team across a river on the snowy Edson-Grande Prairie Trail. ~1912

Buckskin Charlie driving the Mail Team across a river on the snowy Edson-Grande Prairie Trail. ~1912

Sept 22, 1914

Sept 22, 1914

Sept. 20, 1929 pg. 8

Sept. 20, 1929 pg. 8

Sept. 22, 1914

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Written and researched by Kathryn Auger

The Way In ~ This Week in 1913

In the Sept. 16, 1914 newspaper, the Editor responds to “frequent and persistent enquiries from outside points…as to ways and means of reaching this country”. He mentions both the long trail through Athabasca Landing and Grouard, and of course, the Edson Trail, which he refers to as the short cut!

Map from the book "Pioneers of the Peace"

Map from the book “Pioneers of the Peace”

Sept 16, 1913

Sept 16, 1913

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For more information on the early pioneers to the Peace Country the Grande Prairie and District Oldtimers’ Assoc. has a website.

 

 

Written and researched by Kathryn Auger.

 

Improved Service on ‘The Long Trail’ ~ This Week in 1914

2001.1.127A short article in the Sept. 4, 1914 paper noted ‘some very favourable changes to the traveling public’. This trail came in from the north, and had been Grande Prairie’s major link with the outside world until the Edson Trail was established in 1911. The Edson Trail was shorter, but it could still take months to travel these trails between Edmonton and Grande Prairie. (from the booklet Historical Walking and Driving Tour: Grande Prairie, Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism). So any improvements would have been welcomed by local residents.

Sept. 4, 1914

Sept. 4, 1914

Written and researched by Kathryn Auger.