Fueling the engine

By Sandra L. Brown

April 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Folks did not stand idly by and watch while things happened; they jumped in fueled by their ever present determination to steadily progress forward.
Accepting things the way they were wasn’t really an option. 
It was regarded as stalling progress. 
A shortage of time and funds to build a church was viewed as a temporary hurdle.
Church services were first held in a tent, then in the home of Rev. Lloyd until the Log Church opened for services in 1904. 
Challenging times called for alternative solutions as folks drew strength from each other. 
With each accomplishment a sense of proprietorial pride was felt in the community.
Folks in the Lloydminster hamlet originally settled on either side of the fourth Meridian in the Northwest Territories.
The Village in the Northwest Territories was established in 1903 with Dr. Amos as the first overseer, who incidentally was also the first doctor.
Mr. Miller was the first overseer in 1906 for the Village in Alberta. 
H. B. Hall, a local shop merchant was the first mayor of the Saskatchewan town in 1907. 
Amalgamating in 1930, the town and village joined together with Harold Huxley as mayor. 
Straddling two provinces as the 10th city in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, Lloydminster’s destiny was to become the only border city in Canada.
Of historical significance is the illustrious Information Sheet which circulated in 1904. 
It was designed to provide reassuring details about the existing settlement. 
“Of the future of Britannia, there can be no doubt.  We have a fine belt of land, and there is still room for hundreds more along the lines of railway survey, and north and south of the rivers…While it may be premature to say that everything is now sunshine, this much is evident, that of the one thousand souls now on the land, 990 are here to stay, and three years from now, they will be glad they did.  We have a fine district, a splendid set of people, and the future is full of hope for any who takes hold.  Those who come out this year will have many advantages we did not have.” 
Folks with little or no farming experience soon adapted to their land and raised award winning crops and stock. 
Many of the most outstanding stock breeders and Canadian producers lived locally. 
Agriculture was and still is a major contributing factor in our economy.  Circa 1953, it was estimated that 60 per cent of district raised stock was marketed mainly in Edmonton and Winnipeg. 
Initially built in 1909, the Lloydminster Co-operative Creamery started as a butter factory.
It eventually grew to include a separate egg and poultry building, milk department and cold storage for milk, ice cream, butter and frozen products. 
The creamery made household deliveries of pasteurized milk and cream. 
Wholesale deliveries and shipping services of dairy and poultry products were also available.
Turning liabilities into assets and seizing every opportunity for new growth is an old story in Lloydminster’s oil and gas industry.
What set us apart from the start was the undisputed fact that local citizens financed the search for oil and gas laying a solid foundation for the future of this raw industry. 
Other towns relied upon experienced companies to pursue exploration before they could lay claim to paving their own way into the history books.
In the early 1950s despite the setback of the railroads switching from Bunker “C” to diesel fuel thereby substantially reducing sales, Lloydminster recorded more than 700 wells during the slowdown. 
The Barr Colonists chose an exceptional area of vast mineral wealth to settle near.
Together with the discovery of sizeable oil reserves and the world’s obvious dependence upon fossil fuels, more of Lloydminster’s oil will be in demand. 
Lloydminster was very unique as we were self-driven by local movers and shakers focused on moving forward. 
Searing their way into the history books with this unbeatable combination of distinctive elements along with many others make up our community soul. 
From its early origins, a cooperative spirit developed with each gathering of folks providing the steady heartbeat of progress. 
More than a century later, we have 30,000 plus folks who are nourished by their community and are fueling the engine to keep Lloydminster thriving.

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