Face the future with confidence

By Sandra L. Brown

April 18, 2018 2:18 PM

Ever since Lloydminster began in 1903 we have been an example of stability and steady progress on the western prairie. 
Lloydminster forged ahead during the 1930s and 1940s as many other towns experienced a decline in population. 
This was largely due to the influences of very successful industrial enterprises based on our area’s rich resources. 
From the mid-1940s to the early 1960s the population almost quadrupled.
During this time there were new stores opening, four new schools, an 88 bed hospital with a nurses’ residence, medical clinic, an automatic telephone exchange operated by the Alberta Government Telephones, artificial ice rink, senior citizens lodge, and a CKSA radio and CHSA-TV station. 
It was an amazing period of growth and expansion for the community.
Agriculture may have started off with grain production as a prominent force in our progress, but many farmers soon diversified into livestock production. 
Wheat, barley, rye and flax sales annually brought in about $14 million. 
The statistics are staggering for the Lloydminster area farmers as the number of raised stock increased. 
If you add in the income received from grain, cattle, hogs, dairy and poultry products during this time in our history, the total amount from the agricultural sector was $28 million. 
Operated by the Saskatchewan Co-operative Creamery Association, the Co-op Creamery in Lloydminster served a large area in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. 
With a membership of over 2000 dairy and poultry farmers, this creamery “distributed pasteurized milk and cream, creamery butter, eggs, poultry and ice cream under its own Co-op brand.” 
Agriculture was an industry within itself and the dairy portion provided extra income. 
Adding overall strength to the agricultural industry, these numbers underlined Lloydminster’s solid stability. 
They also emphasized reasons why, “this City has forged ahead and why it can face the future with confidence.”
Natural gas was supplied locally by the Lloydminster Gas Company and electricity through the Canadian Utilities Ltd. 
The project to provide folks with an unlimited supply of water from an area north of the city was finally completed. 
The well-equipped Fire Department was completely run by volunteers.  Interestingly, Lloydminster was the headquarters for the surrounding RCMP detachments. 
We’ve all heard the real estate advice of how important location is. 
Perhaps our pioneers did have the foresight to know that in time Lloydminster would be divided by two major highways. 
The Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR) provided daily transcontinental service.  A modern airport for both commercial and private use was owned and operated by the City. 
Scheduled flights through Lloydminster were provided by Pacific Western Airlines.  We were and still are geographically located to provide the best possible transportation in and out of the city for goods and services to other markets.
Early on Lloydminster was recognized as a sports-conscious centre and the importance of sports and recreation has continued through the years.
Lloydminster has always been well known for its flourishing community spirit and this has naturally helped folks face the future with confidence.

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