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COUNTY OF NEWELL No. 4 - Excerpts taken from the "Story of Rural Municipal Government in Alberta 1909 to 1983" by the Association of the Municipal Districts and Counties
Contributed for use in Alberta Digital Archives by Darlene Homme
1935 - Eight small improvement districts amalgamated to form I.D. No. 123
1938 - I.D. No. 123 becomes I.D. No. 28
January 1, 1953 - County of Newell No. 4 is formed with the addition of E.I.D. School Division No. 44
The history of the County of Newell No. 4 is probably very similar to many other Counties and Municipalities. It is therefore, difficult to write something different and interesting for the reason that they all perform the same function, by the same authority and controlled by identical Acts and Regulations.
However, while probing the past, we find many items of local interest. Individuals who pioneered the country with courage, foresight, and dedication to progressive advances in our local areas and to Alberta as a whole, contributing freely of their time and energy in guiding our destinies to the point of our present high standard of living. This also applies to those having taken part in our progressive growth of Municipal and Counties high standard of local government, to those men we owe a great deal.
Many may recall the primitive equipment used by our original municipal road builders when they had to break the original grass sod to form our first graded roads. Remember the two horse slip and four horse fresno, both foot burning implements and when the only maintainer was called a road drag made of two or three pieces of heavy angle iron bolted together with a plank on top for the operator to stand on, thus adding additional weight.
Then later came the horse drawn road maintainer (grader) as it was called. Can we remember the introduction of gravel on these graded roads and how it was appreciated when wet? When our only culverts were made of wood and only installed in the worst drainage spots. When we tolerated mud holes where no culvert or adequate drainage was available. Surely, in recalling the above conditions should we not be proud of our progress and appreciate the good roads we have today.
There has been many changes in our administration since our inception at which time our area comprised of eight small improvement districts until 1935, when they were amalgamated to form I.D. No.123, with Mr. G. Anderson as Municipal Inspector. In 1938 another change was enacted which made us l.D. No.28. The following councillors were elected: A. T. Johnson, N. A. Shuttleworth, M. Wade, R. Baird, and C. M. Lund, with Mr. Johnson appointed as the Reeve. Under the administration of these men we began to obtain better roads, improved equipment and methods. By 1952 we had many miles of high grade and gravelled roads.
In 1952 the M.D., together with the then existing E.I.D. School Division
No.44, made application to the Provincial Department of Municipal Affairs to be
incorporated as a County. On January 1, 1953 we became the County of Newell
No. 4, under which the administration of Education, Agriculture Service Board, and
Municipal Affairs came under its jurisdiction.
The original council was elected in 1953 was as follows: N. A. Shuttleworth
(Chairman). J. Mortenson, I-f. OcKey, W. LoKier, P. McAleese, K. Waraksa, R.
Arrison, B. Plumber, G. Douglass. Secretary-Treasurer was H. C. Scammell; Public
Works Foreman, G. Krepps; and A.S.B. Field Supervisor, G. W. Philpott. Current
council members are: J. Hajash, (Reeve), G. Larsen, G. Douglass, F. Mandeville, R.
Armstrong, T. Musgrove, A. Chrumka, F. Bergen, P. Bartlett, and H. C. Scammell
County councils today must be made up of intelligent administrators as the responsibilities are many and varied. The wise handling of large sums of money was made necessary by the demands for continued improvement of transportation and education. These men as those of yore, dedicated to continued progress for the well being of the County and its Taxpayers.