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

Drainage & Grain Elevators – This Week In History

There was an Editorial in the April 11, 1916 paper complaining about the lack of drainage in the town. In the April 25 edition, the headline was “Council Making Improvements”. Did the newspaper have that much influence, or were improvements already in the works? After driving around Grande Prairie this spring, one can only hope the City will spend at least that much this year fixing potholes!

Daily Herald April 11, 1916

Daily Herald April 11, 1916

Daily Herald - April 25, 1916

Daily Herald – April 25, 1916

 

Bear Creek Flood 1930's

Bear Creek Flood 1935

Also in the April 25th paper was a short note in the “Clairmont News” stating that the first grain elevator on the “the Grande Prairie” would be built at Clairmont. Later in the paper was an article explaining why that was.

April 25, 1916

April 25, 1916

 

April 26, 1916

April 26, 1916

 

 

 

 

 

The Clairmont Elevators

The Clairmont Elevators

 

 

This Week in History

Using articles of interest from the Grande Prairie newspapers dating between 1913 to 1950, this first article is the account of a wedding which appeared in the July 8th, 1937 edition of the Northern Tribune. This seemed a good choice, since the wedding dress described in the write-up is currently on display in The Grande Prairie Museum’s 2013 featured exhibit “The Wedding Dream”.

The complete wedding write-up can be found here.

Popular Clairmont Couple Are United In Marriage

     At 11 o’clock Wednesday morning last week St. Joseph’s Church bells in Grande Prairie pealed happily for the wedding of a well-known-and popular young couple from Clairmont.

      Rev. Father McGuire officiated when Rudolph Croken, son of the late John A. Croken of Ireland, and “Jennie” Tomshak, daughter of Joseph Tomshak, were united in the bonds of holy matrimony.

      The pretty bride was charmingly gowned in a pale pink robe of silk lace and net over a satin foundation, with white accessories, and carried a lovely bouquet of pink and white roses and maidenhair fern.

     Her Bridesmaid, Miss Verna Vavrick of Clairmont, wore white flat crepe with blue trimmings, a blue hat and white accessories.

     Mark Patterson supported the groom.

    The church looked beautiful with its masses of pink and white flowers and graceful ferns. The Little Flower Choir sang the hymns very sweetly, with Shirley Carter as organist. The bride entered the crowded church on the arm of her father to the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.

    After the impressive ceremony Brother Thomas took a photograph of the wedding group outside the church. Then the bridal party with about fifty of their relatives and friends enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast at the Palace Cafe before leaving for the reception at the Bride’s parents’ home near Clairmont.

    There twelve women and a chef were kept busy supplying food for some 500 guests. The tremendous table groaned under the weight of turkey, duck, and fowl, of salads, cakes and cookies of every conceivable palatable dish one could wish for.

    In the evening an aeroplane piloted by Jack Lewis, who was accompanied by Allan Clarke, as student at the Flying School, flew low over the grounds and showered peanuts on the guests and presents on the young couple.

    In the evening Clairmont Hall was packed to overflowing at the wedding dance, the Prairie Orchestra supplying the gladsome music…