Clive (Valley City) continued

In Clive AB, Railway on August 27, 2020 at 5:37 AM

Clive (Valley City) continued

In 1912 the C.P.R. offered the village the use of the water stored in their water tank for fire fighting purposes, at the rate of one dollar per year.

During this same year (1912) the first sidewalks were constructed in the Village.  These walks were built of wood planks but in 1925 were constructed of concrete.  The first roads in the village were merely wagon trails, and later were graded and gravelled.  In 1973 the main street of Clive was paved.

The Corporate Seal procured by the Village of Clive in 1912 is still used by the Village in 1973. The first Village Secretary’s salary was $60.00 per year.  The Assessed Valuation on Farm Lands in 1913 was $20.00 per acre.

In 1913 a 10 per cent reduction was allowed on the Taxes and the Auditor’s cost was $10.00.  The first skating rink and tennis court were built in Clive during 1913.

In 1916 E.L. Dickenson was appointed as First Town Constable and also Pound Keeper.  He was later relieved of his duties by Harry Cramer.  It was during this year of 1916 that the first By-Laws for the Village of Clive were written.  The Village Council also purchased two chemical fire engines at this time at a cost of $150.00 each.

In 1920, in the absence of any medical assistance at Clive, Council was given permission to communicate with the Minister of Health, asking for authority to dispense Liquor to any flu patients requiring it, and that the Minister be asked to have the Liquor Vendors forward one or two cases to the Mayor for this purpose….

In 1924 the Village purchased a lighting Plant.  The Plant was operated by Elmer Cheever and later by Waldron Bros.  The lights were turned on at 6 o’clock in the evening and off at 10:00 P.M. except for Saturday when they were turned off at 11:00 P.M. The total cost of operating the plant was $150.00 per month, with the Street Lights costing $15.00 per month.  The balance of $135.00 was divided into a Flat Rate amongst those connected to the power.

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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