Town Life: Main Street and the Evolution of Small Town by Dr. Donald G. Wetherell Ph.D., Irene R.A. Kmet, Donald, G.

By Dr. Donald G. Wetherell Ph.D., Irene R.A. Kmet, Donald, G. Wetherell, Irene, R.A. Kmet

Within the prairies, the small city rests conveniently in our stories as a atmosphere of adolescence innocence, strong neighbours and balance. by way of following the improvement of "Main Streets" in 9 Alberta cities, Wetherell and Kmet current a close list of a mostly vanished lifestyle.

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Yet the clear expression of farmers' needs also created opportunities for community co-operation and a realization of interdependence. M. " He believed that "in the very best of all possible worlds we cannot do without one another. There can be no city worthy of the name without a happy, contended rural population adjacent to it, and there can be no progressive and comfortable satisfying farm life without the social humanizing influences of a clean and healthy town. "45 Such sentiments were not always realized.

The station, and hence the town, was located at the bottom of a dip with a slough. 17 In a few cases, railways purchased land on which to lay out a town or place a station. This was either homestead land or land being held by a speculator trying to anticipate the location of a station. Private land holders were vulnerable, however, because if their demands were too high, the railway simply bypassed their land and established elsewhere. Most stood the best chance if they developed the land on a shared basis 8 I TOWN LIFE with the railway company.

All towns had a secretary-treasurer, often a policeman, sometimes a poundkeeper and a work crew. Often, one person performed several of these tasks; in Blairmore in 1915, for example, one individual was policeman, fire chief and sanitary inspector. At times, this proved inefficient. In 1929 the Peace River town council fired the town secretary because he was not completing his tasks.

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