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Biggar Historical Timeline

June 1922

September 1922
  • Grist Mill opened on First Avenue with capacity of 50 barrels a day
  • first Decoration Day observed in Biggar.

October 1922
  • W.C. Morris sells Bakery to W. Rann Bros.
  • first "Radiophone" to be heard in Biggar.

April 1924

May 1924

July 1924
  • volunteer Fire Brigade formed, D. Painter, Chief

September 1924

October 1924
  • X-ray machine installed at St. Margaret’s Hospital
  • first wedding in new United Church, October 27, 1924,
Miss Ada Priestly & James Murray of Lizard Lake


1925 no newspapers preserved


February 1926
  • O.K. Groceteria opens Feb 13, 1926 in building formerly occupied by Royal Bank of Canada, G.E. Hunt, Manager

March 1926
  • CNR Tennis Club organized
  • Biggar Elks hold official opening of Club rooms under the new Eamon Block, room furnished with lounge chairs made of Elk antlers, pictures donated by CN and CP, included a library and equipped with a kitchen.

April 1926

May 1926
  • 9:30 curfew for 14 years olds and younger
  • McLaren purchases motor hearse to take the place of the faithful black team that always make trip to the cemetery.

June 1926
  • Royal Purple Lodge instituted
  • 15mph speed limit in town of Biggar
  • water connections 5th Ave. East
  • The Canadian Bank of Commerce offer silver cup for school garden competition

July 1926
  • hospital board formed
  • Engineman Modeland one of the oldest engineers pulling out of Biggar made a record run with the Silk Train last week coming down from Wainwright in 2 hours and 45 minutes flat, making up 16 minutes on this division

October 1926
  • Poll Tax - $2.00 poll tax on every resident over 21 years

December 1926



February 1927
  • Hock & Packer opens groceteria

June 1927
  • CPR constructing branch line north from Rosetown

July 1927
  • CNR turntable being enlarged

August 1927
  • Ku Klux Klan organizing here

September 1927
  • harvester special run to Loverna

October 1927
  • tender to improve 14 miles of road from Rosetown to Biggar

November 1927
  • $23,000 contract for Rosetown Biggar highway rumor whether it will be on east or west side of town
  • Biggar Pentecostal now affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

December 1927
  • *** holds meeting in Biggar, theatre reported crowded



Jan 1928

April 1928

May 1928

June 1928
  • Premier Gardiner denounces Ku Klux Klan
  • Maloney of the *** makes reply to Gardiner’s remarks

July 1928
  • commence erection of Presbyterian Church, at Main and 4th Ave. East
  • Kinley-Asquith highway to be completed this summer
  • wind storm wrecks buildings and pole lines
  • farmers stuffer hail damage

Oct 1928
  • bowling alley opens in basement of Eamon Block on October 15
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church opens

December 1928
  • P. Hassard MLA
  • Rev. Kirkbride new rector at St. Paul’s
  • sale of Jamieson’s Garage to Sid Willis



April 1929
  • Biggar Oil Field pronounced best in Canada


June 1929
  • W.W. Miller, Conservative elected MLA


July 1929
  • Sheaville residential development

August 1929

September 1929
  • Ellsworth purchases clothing business of H.G. Eamon
  • Safeway excavating on corner of Main & 3rd Ave West
  • Town Hall furnished with kichenette
  • Security Elevator burns
  • Hemaruka Scapa steel to be laid next year

October 1929
  • Red & White purchased by Mr. Root of Macklin

November 1929

December 1929
  • R.P. Hassard elected Mayor
  • high school students occupy new Thornton School
  • Eamon gravel output 75,000 yard this year



January 1930

February 1930
  • Biggar Oil and Gas stock placed on New York market

March 1930
  • new Safeway Store opened Friday, March 4
  • No. 4 highway Swift Current to Biggar to be constructed

April 1930

May 1930
  • St. Paul’s Church celebrates 21 years, report includes historical data

June 1930
  • vote on new well and filtration plant

July 1930
  • John Evans, MP, Progressive member of riding
  • W.J. Loucks, Conservative MP Rosetown Federal constituency
  • J.J. Maloney lays charges of libel against editor of Imperial Review - defamation of character council D.C. Disbery

August 1930
  • fleet of trucks gravelling Biggar-Rosetown highway

September 1930
  • Oil & Gas Company to start drilling well at Lot 11, Block 38, lies between 7th and 8th Ave. just 150 feet west of Jack Hodgson’s residence
  • Hock & Packer closed September 23 and 24 in accordance with their annual custom of the Jewish New Year

October 1930
  • October blizzard
  • Mayor Hassard starts machinery at Oil & Gas Well includes a photo
  • new street lighting
  • United Church holds 20th Anniversary services
  • Bruce Turnbull awarded Governor General’s medal for Grade 12 marks.

November 1930
  • Anniversary Service at St. Andrew’s
  • A.W. Mooney family move to Winnipeg

December 1930
  • George Davidson opens Singer Sewing Shop next to Affleck Barber Shop
  • Dr. Shaw resigns his position of CNR doctor after 22 years, R.J. Gardiner appointed in his place



Sources
The historical time line for this period 1921 to 1930 is compiled from the reports and stories printed in The Independent newspaper printed in Biggar during this time period. Not all issues of the newspaper published during this time period have been preserved. The following is a listing of the newspapers missing from the collection.

  • 1921 - February 17 missing, April 21 had birth announcements but newspaper damaged, April 28 to the end of the year the newspapers are missing.
  • 1922 - complete run of newspapers.
  • 1923 - only January 4 issue, balance of the year missing.
  • 1924 - January 10, January 31, October 2 and November 6 newspapers are missing.
  • 1925 - complete year missing.
  • 1926 - January 7, January 14, October 2 and November 6 newspapers missing.
  • 1927 - July 14 missing.
  • 1928 - complete run of newspapers.
  • 1929 - missing March 7 and March 14.
  • 1930 - complete run of newspapers.







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