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Vermilion 100 Years Ago This Month

It is that time again, when I journey back once a month to 100 years ago to find out what was going on in Vermilion in 1924.

Let’s strap in, get up to 88 miles per hour and journey back to April 1924!

On April 3, J.E. Currey of Vermilion, one of the biggest dairy farmers in the area, attended an event in Edmonton where he stated the beef stocks in Alberta were deplorable compared to England, which he had just returned from.

At a special meeting of the district court on April 5, Judge Taylor found Steve Koluk guilty of incest and he was sentenced to five years imprisonment in Prince Albert.

On April 8, a blanket of snow covered Vermilion to 30 centimetres. Many felt that this was good news because of the extra moisture it would put into the ground.

On April 12, a concert was held by the Boy Scouts that brought in $32.80 for the local club.

At the annual general meeting of the Vermilion Golf Club on April 15, it was good news all around. Called very satisfactory, it was stated that the largest expenditure from the previous year was the clubhouse. Judge H.C. Taylor was elected as honorary president, while George W. Wright was made president. Membership fees of $10 for men and $5 for women were adopted. A decision was made to create three more sand greens as well.

On April 30, the funeral for Mary McClinton took place at the Presbyterian Church in Vermilion. Nearly everyone in town attended as she was one of the first settlers to the community. She had passed away at 66 years old.

That same day, it was announced that spring work was ongoing through the district but it was delayed due to frost and snow. There was also a scarcity of help in the area but soil was reported to be in excellent shape.

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