Fonds 060 Municipal District of Bear Lake No. 740

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Municipal District of Bear Lake No. 740 fonds
Reference code: 0060
Date: 1912 -1944 (date of creation)
Physical description: 28 cm of textual records

2 maps

Language: English
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed by Mary Nutting, June 2001
Exported from AoR and added to new database April 2023 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

The first meeting of the council of the Rural Municipality of Bear Lake No. 740 was held in Abbott’s Hall Lake Saskatoon, December 11, 1912. James McFarlane was the first reeve, with F. Lukey as secretary-treasurer and L.H. Adair, W.C. Dillon and Alex Craig as councilors.

The M.D. of Bear Lake covered an area of 18 miles square, including townships 71, 72, and 73 in ranges 6, 7, and 8, West of the 6th. The area was divided into districts served by individual councilors, and one of the first decisions was to hire weed inspectors for each division. In 1913, a motion to enforce herd law was passed, and in 1914 the municipality filed on 10 acres on SW 15-73-6 for a public cemetery. This eventually became Emerson Trail Cemetery.

Councilors for the municipality included Anton Hunskor, Dr. A Bradford, G.P. Peebles, J. Sutherland, L. Hodgins, I.V. Macklin, W. Salmond, Ryley, Robb, Somerville, McLevin, G. Jebb, H. Dool, Balmer, McDonald, White, Watson, Grearson, Hottom, and Howell. As well, J.B. Foster, Alex Novelsky, Lee Warren and Wm Housman served in division 10, Jean Lozeron, R.G. Higgins, B. Liland and Stanley Moe in division 9, and B. Throness, Uri Powell, Rudolph Johnson, Allan Hauger, Ole Hegglund, J. Velve and Tom Farnsworth in division 8.

Although discussion about joining the two districts was already being discussed in special meetings by September 7, 1929, the council served the area until December 31, 1943. At that time, they were disbanded and merged with the Rural Municipality of Grande Prairie No. 739 to create a new Municipal District No. 127. Considerable new territory was also added. Five years later the first County in the Province of Alberta, County of Grande Prairie No. 1, replaced the old municipal districts system.

Custodial history

Records became the property of succeeding organizations, M.D. of Grande Prairie No. 780 and 127 and County of Grande Prairie No. 1, and were deposited on loan by the County of Grande Prairie in the Provincial Archives in 1970. The records were transferred to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives by permanent donation in 2000. An accrual to the fonds, the 1912-1923 minutes and 1914-31 financial records, was transferred by the County to South Peace Regional Archives in 2013.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the records of the Municipal District of Bear Lake from 1912 to 1944. These records include by-laws and minutes, financial statements, Alberta Gazettes showing tax sales, miscellaneous financial records, a town plan of Lake Saskatoon, and a land ownership map. The fonds is divided into three series: Minutes, Financial Management, and Maps and Plans.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds


Duplicate copies and draft minutes were discarded.

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions.

Related material

Related Records are succeeding organizations: M.D. of Grande Prairie No. 127 and County of Grande Prairie No. 1.

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Cartographic material (documentary form)
  • Government (subject)
  • Politics and government* (subject)

Table of contents

0060.01, Minutes, 1912-1944

0060.02, Financial Management, 1913-1943

0060.03, Maps & Plans, 1912-1928

Series descriptions

Series 0060.01: Minutes

Date: 1912-1944 (date of creation)

Scope and content:

The series consists of by-laws and minutes of the M.D. of Bear Lake from 1912 to 1944. Minutes contain monthly statements, accounts, assessments for tax purposes and debenture records, yearly financial statements, and occasional agreements and correspondence. One minute book also contains the minutes of the meetings of the Local Board of Health, 1918-1920.

Physical description: 23 cm of textual records

Access points:

•                Textual record (documentary form)

Series 0060.02: Financial Management

Date: 1913-1943 (date of creation)

Scope and content:

The series consists of the financial records of the M.D. of Bear Lake, including printed and handwritten financial statements (1913-1943), Department of Municipal Affairs Inspectors’ Reports and associated correspondence (1913-1928), Alberta Gazettes with lists of properties sold in tax sales (1937-1943), lists of outstanding cheques (1921-23), a sheet of 1932 school accounts, and various 1924-25 financial records including bank books, a deposit book, a land purchase agreement, cancelled cheques, and a written explanation from the Secretary-Treasurer R. B. Howell.

Physical description: 5 cm of textual records

Access points:

•                Textual record (documentary form)

Series 0060.03: Maps & Plans

Date: 1912-1928 (date of creation)

Scope and content:

The series consists of a 1928 land ownership map of the M.D. of Bear Lake No. 740 and a 1912 town plan of Lake Saskatoon, which fell within the M.D.’s borders.

Physical description: 2 maps

Access points:

•                Cartographic material (documentary form)

File / item list
Reference code Title Dates Physical description
2003.33.01 Item – Lake Saskatoon  1912 1 diazo plan : 14.5 x 22 in.
Material specific details [cartographic]:

200 feet = 1 inch

Scope and content:

Town Plan of Lake Saskatoon as a subdivision of S1/2 of the NW-2-72-8

2003.33.05 Item – Bear Lake Municipality No. 740  1928 2 maps : 21 x 26 in.
Material specific details [cartographic]:

1 mile = 1 inch

Scope and content:

Quarter section map of Bear Lake Municipality No. 740 showing landownership in 1928, and copy.