Clive (Valley City)

In Clive AB, Railway on August 20, 2020 at 8:32 AM

Clive (Valley City) Part 1

When the Moose Jaw extension of the C.P.R. system was being constructed, it was the it was the usual policy of the railroads at this time to place stations about nine miles apart. It was the ill fortune of this district to fall between two stations – Tees and Chigwell – thus compelling the settlers now established in the Valley City area to seek shipping facilities at points of easier access for most of the settlers.  At this point it is necessary to note that Clive (Valley City) was unique amongst towns of the west, because it had to assert and claim the rights of recognition along the C.P.R. right of way.  A committee was formed consisting of: B.F. Allison, H.J. Northcott, G.H. Reynolds, D.F. Pringle, N.V. Meadows.  Later the following were added to the committee: W.M. Morton, J.T. Reynolds, R.N. Longstreet, and A.C. Johnstone.  This committee was responsible for the purchase of the townsite, the payment of a considerable sum to the C.P.R. ($12,000) and the furnishing of sidetracks, which were energetically undertaken by the surrounding settlers.  At the time the Village began business, it rejoiced in the name of “Valley City”, later gaining a name on the C.P.R. system.  The citizens were informed that in the choice of name, they were forestalled by a town in North Dakota by the name of Valley City.  Clive, the name of the intrepid founder and defender of the British Dominions in India, was suggested and accepted. In the year 1905 the C.P.R. railway went through, going east to Coronation. At the time that train did not stop at Valley City and the outgoing mail was put on a steel arm within reach of the baggage man from the train onto the platform.  In the year 1910, the first train stopped.

This article is from the book Pioneers and Progress, a history of the Alix-Clive area printed in 1974by DW Friesen and Sons Ltd., Calgary.  Copies of it and of its follow-up Gleanings are available for sale at the Alix Public Library, Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, and Alix Home Hardware

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