The Vultures of War

This item from the Nov. 8, 1935 paper calling on all citizens to commemorate Remembrance Day, refers to the Italo-Ethiopian War, one of the many smaller conflicts that took place between WWI and WWII. The result was Ethiopia’s subjection to Italian rule, and is often seen as one of the episodes that prepared the way for WWII, as it demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the League of Nations when League decisions were not supported by the general powers. The war, by giving substance to Italian imperialist claims, contributed to international tensions between the fascist states and the Western democracies. (Encyclopedia Britannica).

Nov. 8, 1935

Nov. 8, 1935

Written and researched by Kathryn Auger

 

This Week in History – 1943

Training in Grande Prairie. The building in the background is the Courthouse which was standing where the Centre for Creative Arts now sits on the corner of 99 St. and 101 Ave.

Training in Grande Prairie. The large building in the background is the Courthouse which was standing where the Centre for Creative Arts now sits on the corner of 99 St. and 101 Ave.

The April 8, 1943 issue of the Herald Tribune seemed to have an unusually large number of articles and ads to do with the war effort. The four items I have chosen are a glimpse of how daily life, even in remote northern Alberta, was affected by war.

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News Items from the December 9, 1943 Newspaper

Sexsmith boys Ken Nelson, Gordon Rycroft & Allen Tink home for Christmas, 1942.

Sexsmith boys Ken Nelson, Gordon Rycroft & Allen Tink home for Christmas, 1942.

This week, instead of picking one subject, I have chosen various articles from one paper. War news was a very large part of the papers at that time, as shown by 3 articles from the front page. Also interesting to note is that the Christmas light up downtown lasted from December 18 until Christmas Eve – one week only.

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The items from page 6 are fillers, but they illustrate some of the difficulties being experienced in Britain. We are more familiar with the larger issues faced by the people there, but these items show the extent to which everyday life was affected.

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This Week in History – 1940 School Numbers and War Evacuees

Montrose School

Montrose School

Grande Prairie has been a growing city for many years as highlighted by the size of the students enrolled in school over 70 years ago. This article found in our search through this week in history breaks down how many students were registered in school in 1940. The total number of students was 420!

The Herald Tribune

The Herald Tribune

Another clipping we want to bring your attention is about the arrival of “War Guests”. Mentioned is the arrival of visitors to Grande Prairie and Hythe. Nancy & Rea Burrows arrived from Glasgow to visit their grandfather Robert Burrows in Glen Leslie. Welcomed to Hythe was Dorothy & Denis McCann who planned to live with their uncle J. McCann.

The Herald Tribune

The Herald Tribune