Fonds PR2799 - Smoky Lake County fonds

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Smoky Lake County fonds

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    PR2799

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    • 1911 - 1995 (Creation)

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    17.23 m of textual records. -- 2 maps.

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    Located within the boundary of Township 61, Range 4, west of the 4th Meridian, Smoky Lake County includes the following urban municipalities: the Town of Smoky Lake, the Village of Vilna, and the Village of Waskatenau. Smoky Lake County includes the following hamlets/urban service areas: Bellis, Edwand, and Spedden.

    In 1883, the Northwest Territorial Council passed the Municipal Ordinance, allowing for the establishment of local government areas. In response to this ordinance, many townships -- typically comprised of 36 sections of land --, organized to form herd districts (1883), fire districts (1886), statute labor districts (1887). In 1897, all three ordinances amalgamated with the passing of the Local Improvement Ordinance. Local Improvement Districts maintained public works such as road building, management of fires, noxious fumes, and animals. A 1903 amendment of the Local Improvement Ordinance allowed Local Improvement Districts to include between 3 and 6 townships.

    In 1912 with the passing of the Rural Municipality Act, the Province of Alberta created the Department of Municipal Affairs. The Act allowed 9 townships to apply for incorporation as a rural municipality as long as the land contained 1 person/square mile. Under this provision some local improvement districts organized as municipalities while others chose to continue as local improvement districts. In 1918, the Government of Alberta required the organization of all local improvement districts into municipalities with the Municipal Districts Act.

    The municipal history of Smoky Lake County began in 1922 when the Municipal District of Wasel No. 575 became the Municipal District of Vilna No. 575. In 1943, the Municipal Districts of Vilna No. 575, Smoky Lake No. 576 and Unity No. 577 merged to become the District of Smoky Lake No. 575. In 1945, the Municipal District of Smoky Lake No. 575 renumbered as the Municipal District of Smoky Lake No. 89. In 1961, the Municipal District of Smoky Lake No. 89 became the County of Smoky Lake No. 13. In 1999, the County of Smoky Lake No. 13 changed to Smoky Lake County. In 2000, the Village of Warspite dissolved to become part of Smoky Lake County.

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    The fonds consists of assessment rolls and registers, assessment and tax rolls, cash books, minutes, legers, expenditures, receipts, by-laws, labor pay sheets, farm and land assessment forms, the following local authorities:

    • Local Improvement District 30-N-4
    • Local Improvement No. 576
    • Local Improvement District No. 577
    • Municipal District of Ashmont No. 605
    • Municipal District of Municipal District No. 576
    • Municipal District of Unity No. 577
    • Municipal District of Vilna No. 575
    • Village of Bellis, and
    • Smoky Lake County.

    In addition, the fonds contains 2 maps illustrating land boundaries of Smoky Lake County.

    The fonds also includes tax assessments, minutes, disbursement, and cashbooks of the following school districts:

    • Bavilla #1477: 2-58-15-W4, 1906 - 1952
    • Bear Lake #2898: NE 10-60-16-W4, 1913- 1956
    • Bellis #3185 (North Bellis): 9-60-15-W4, 1914 - ?
    • Brighton #3245: NE 36-59-19-W4, 1915 - 1951
    • Cache Lake #3285: SW 22-59-12-W4, 1915 - 1951
    • Clodford #2678: SW 29-59-19-W4, 1912 - 1953
    • Cossack #4468: SW 6-61-16-W4, 1930 - 1952
    • Dickiebush #3984: NW 23-58-15-W4, 1920 - 1952
    • Edwand #1632: 36-59-16-W4, 1907 - 1958
    • Errol #2073: SW 25-59-13-W4, 1909 - 1957
    • Gold Creek #3681: NE 28-57-16-W4, 1918 - 1950
    • Green Lake #3908: NW 19-57-13-W4, 1920 - ?
    • Irondale #2532: SW 7-59-14-W4, 1911 - 1950
    • Kildonan #4644: NW 11-60-14-W4, 1934 - 1957
    • Kotzman #2325: NE 30-59-16-W4, 1910 - 1955
    • Lilyfield #3316: NW 28-58-14-W4, 1915 - 1954
    • Lopstick #1433: SW 27-58-18-W4, 1905 - 1952
    • Low Level #4024: SE 18-59-15-W4, 1921 - 1950
    • Mission Hill #4585: NE 35-60-17-W4, 1932 - 1952
    • North Bellis #3185: SE 9-60-15-W4, 1914 - 1953
    • North Kotzman #3881: SW 18-60-16-W4, 1919 - 1955
    • Northern Moose #3581: NE 21-60-18-W4, 1917 - 1953
    • Pakan #3530: 12-58-17-W4, 1917 - 1950
    • Pine Knoll #3133: SW 26-59-14-W4, 1914 - 1954
    • Prosvischina #1476: NW 33-59-15-W4, 1906 - 1946
    • Quiet Nook #2500: SE 6-58-13-W4, 1911 - 1957
    • Riverland #1942: NW 6-59-19-W4, 1909 - 1950
    • Ruthenia #2408: 11-58-16-W4, 1911 - ?
    • Sidehill #3985: NW 11-58-13-W4, 1920 - 1956
    • Smoky Lake #13: ?
    • Smoky Lake #3880: ?
    • Sokal Lake #3886 (Veillette): NE 8-60-12-W4, 1919 - ?
    • South Kotzman #2325: ?
    • Spedden #4320: SW 34-59-12-W4, 1927 - 1984
    • Sprucefield #2766: NW -8-60-19-W4, 1912 - 1953
    • Stry #2508: SW 26-58-13-W4, 1911 - 1954
    • Sunny Knoll #3914: SE 6-59-13-W4, 1920 - 1954
    • Thorhild # 3632: SE 6-60-21-W4, 1918 - ?
    • Toporoutz #1935: 18-59-17-W4, 1909 - ?
    • Two Lakes #4571: NW 36-60-12-W4, 1931- 1953
    • Victoria #75: NW 21-58-17-W4, 1886 - ?
    • Vilna #75: NW 20-59-13-W4, 1920 - ?
    • Volunteer #3933: NW 11-59-16-W4, 1920 - 1950
    • Warspite #3241: NW 10-59-18-W4, 1915 - ?
    • Waskatenau #2419 (Waskatenow): 16-59-19-W4, 1911 - ?
    • Wayetenau # 4656: NE 28-61-13-W4, 1934 - 1955
    • White Deer #3650: ?
    • White Earth #3582: SE 16-60-17-W4, 1917 - 1952?
    • White Mud Creek #2407: 12-60-18-W4, 1911 - 1952
    • Wineston #4888: ?, and
    • Yuma #3384 (Bellis): SE 34- 59-15-W4, 1916 - 1957.

    The fonds also includes County files related to the appointment and hiring of teachers, health services, hospitals, municipal districts, town schools, village districts, workman's compensation board, and teacher salaries. The fonds also includes records used, maintained, and created by the County of Smoky Lake District Library Board including administrative correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings dating from 1984 - 1995.

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    In 1970 and in 1974, J. Skuba, Secretary Treasurer of the County of Smoky Lake donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta on behalf of Smoky Lake County. In 1998, the County of Smoky Lake District Library Board donated material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: Some records are restricted.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        The Provincial Archives of Alberta holds many other school district records.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from: Municipal Affairs: http://www.municipalaffairs.gov.ab.ca/cfml/profiles/data/0286\_1.htm (Accessed Sept. 28, 2007) William Peter Baergen, Pioneering with a Piece of Chalk: The One-Room Country Schools of Alberta 1885-1982, 2005. Eric J. Hanson, Local Government in Alberta, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1956. Bert Wolfe, Understanding Western Canada's Land Survey System, Saskatchewan UP, 1978. Land described according to the Alberta Township System.

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        Includes accessions PR1970.0114, PR1974.0380 and PR1998.0889.

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