Social Whirl on the Prairie

Once the fall work was done and winter set in, the local residents got very busy!  The front page of the December 9, 1913 paper mentions at least seven events which had taken place or were happening in the next weeks.  Many were Christmas concerts and dances.  Besides the ones on the front page, there was an ad for a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball and for the opening of the new skating rink.  I thought the prices were a bit high, then realized that the price was for a season ticket.  Also interesting to note that women and girls paid less than men and boys!  A single admission to skate in the new facility with an eight foot high board wall around it was twenty-five cents.  For those whose Christmas plans were to go “outside,” the coach line was offering special rates – an $8.25 saving off the regular fare.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 9, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 9, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 9, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 9, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 9, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 9, 1913

Frontier Signal ~ December 17, 1914

Frontier Signal ~ December 17, 1914

Frontier Signal ~ December 17, 1914

Frontier Signal ~ December 17, 1914