Millet discussed natural gas in 1946

A Look At Millet In 1946, 1947 and 1948

by Craig Baird

For The Pipestone Flyer

The war was over, troops were coming home and things were changing for the community of Millet in 1946.

Things began well for the community at the annual general meeting of the village. In the meeting, a grant of $100 for V-J Day and public activities was approved, as was $130 for cemetery work. The total receipts for the village at the meeting was $5,255.43 and discussions were held about the possibility of bringing natural gas into the community when it was brought from Viking to Wetaskiwin.

A group of young people also formed a dance orchestra called the Silvertones.

In February, a Welcome Home Banquet was held for the veterans of the Second World War. The veterans who returned were greeted by the Rebekah and Oddfellow Lodges, the village council, the board of trade and Mayor R.R. Hopkins.

In April, Dr. W.J Simpson celebrated his 82nd birthday. He had been practicing as the village doctor for the previous 18 years.

In August, the XL Store, owned by R.R. Hopkins since September 17, 1935, was sold to E.C. Baker. That same month, annexes were also built on the elevators.

In September, a motion was put through by the Board of Trade to match dollar for dollar what the village put in for the purchase of the Davis land to build a new skating rink in the area.

The Board of Trade also lent moral support to the editor and publisher of the Hughendon Record expressing the desire to start a weekly newspaper.

As the year moved into 1947, the Board of Trade began to discuss plans to erect a new town hall in January. That same month, things become quite cold as the temperature fell to -52.2 Celsius in the month, bringing the entire community to a standstill.

Also in 1947, wholesale and storage sheds, along with five gas tanks, were built on the Imperial Oil property at the sound end of Millet along the highway.

In February in 1948, the Seat Cadets travelled to Nonsuch where they were guests of the cadets there at the annual boxing tournament.

In March, the Legion sponsored a movie and commentary by John Kaaba of pictures he has taken in the far north during big game hunts and river travel.

The Millet Creek flooded its banks in April and submerged much of the west of the town. The barn of Mr. Zayorkowski was completely surrounded by water.

A gasoline explosion caused a fire that resulted in extensive interior damage.

In June, William Buchanan of Breton passed away. He had operated the blacksmith shop in Millet since 1911.

In June, the Millet United Church went through renovations with a new vestibule and bell tower being installed.

In December, Albert Johnson was notified by the Geographic Board of Alberta that Jackson Creek was named in honour of his son who had died in the war, P.O.H. Jackson.

Have a question or idea, e-mail me at crwbaird@gmail.com

Find hundreds of articles on Canada’s history on my website at http://canadaehx.blogspot.ca

Listen to my history podcast Canadian History Ehx on all podcast platforms.

Information for this article comes from Tales and Trails of Millet Volume 1.

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