When I noticed the article “A Timely Suggestion” on the Editorial page of the April 12, 1934 paper, I realized how much we take for granted. We are accustomed to having bathrooms available in almost every store and building in town. Imagine coming to Grande Prairie for the day from an outlying town and not having anywhere to “go”! From an article I found the next month, it appears that the Women’s Institute was instrumental in setting up the rest room. Another Women’s Institute project was a Mother’s Waiting Home. Nowadays, when travel by car on good roads from great distances is possible, it is hard for us to imagine that a service as this was ever necessary.
Researched & written by Kathryn Auger