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A Look At October 1912 In Vermilion

Time to take a look at what was going on in Vermilion in a specific week decades ago. This time, I am looking at what was going on in the last weeks of October 1912.

The first dance of the autumn season took place at the Royal George Theatre. Over 100 people attended and everyone agreed that it was a great success. It was decided that since this dance went so well, dances each month would be held.

The Ladies Aid, along with the Vermilion Presbyterian Church, met at the home of Mrs. A.F. Turner and presented Mrs. Reverend Simons with a cut glass service. Mr. and Mrs. Simons were moving to Edmonton.

R.S. Gates, the manager at the Royal Bank of Canada, was transferred away and replaced with H.R. Colvert from Brownsville, Ontario. The branch had only opened the previous year.

Joseph Robinson took an exhibit of grains to the Dry Farming Congress in Lethbridge. His crop had a yield of 1,264 bushels of potatoes from two acres of land. It was believed that it was a record for the district and possibly Alberta at the time.

Miss Reid succeeded Miss Woods as operator at the central telephone exchange. The exchange had recently been moved out of the Brimmacombe building and put into its own building, built specifically for it.

Several people from Vermilion decided to go back to Europe to spend the winter there and then return to Canada in the spring.

The Williams Concert Company was in town and gave a beautiful performance for the townspeople at the Royal George Theatre. Several more companies were booked for the future.

Harvest services were also held at the Anglican Church and was very well-attended. The church was decorated with products from the grain fields of the area.

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