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Flash Back

A look back at Edson and Area history by Ed Moore

'Prettiest town site (with one exception) east of the mountains in Western Canada'

Notice issued to ask for town status

A notice in the Edson Leader, dated March 10, 1911 was posted to the lieutenant governor of Alberta asking for permission from the provincial government for the Village of Edson to become the Town of Edson. The document was signed by Roland Lloyd, secretary treasurer of the then Village of Edson.

MPP pays a visit

Peter Gunn, Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Ste. Anne, paid a visit to Edson. Gunn was visiting constituents along the Grand Trunk Pacific route. The Leader article noted that he would soon have plenty to do once the legislature reconvened, one of his tasks being getting roads open in this part of the province. The article urged readers to inform the government and Gunn that there was much to do in the development of future roads.

Plenty of homestead available

It was reported that 5,000 homesteads were available in the Edson district. It was noted that farm produce would be required more than ever given the fact that the development of mines, the railway, lumbering camps and settlements would provide plenty of eager consumers. Mr. Fulmer, the local land agent, told the Leader that a number of homestead entries had been applied for in the past week.

Free Masons meet

A meeting of the Free Masons of Edson town and district would be held on the coming Monday. The object of the meeting was to discuss matters pertaining to the craft. All Masons in the region were invited to attend.

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