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Village of Coalhurst - 1916

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A History of Coalhurst and District - Pages 9-10
January 4th, 1913 to December lst, 1936
- Records of the Dept. of Municipal Affairs, Edmonton
- Supplied by the Provincial Archives, Edmonton
- Edited by Edward Ferguson, L.G.A., Administrator

Reeve: J. B. Dehart. Councillors: F McDonald, Patrick Kelly. Secretary-Treasurer: A. F Cunning.

Mar. 18/1916 - Letter from Frank Barringham, Secretary of Coalhurst Local Union #1189 United Mine Workers of America, to Minister of Municipalities. Asking how a Village Council could be reestablished. The ratepayers are not satisfied with the Official Reeve.

Mar. 23/1916 - Deputy Minister to Frank Barringham in reply to the letter of Mar. 18th, 1916, informing Mr. Barringham that the Department will make arrangements for an election if the ratepayers now desire to elect a Council.

Apr. 2/1916 - Municipal Inspector to the Deputy Minister, informing the Deputy Minister that he had arranged a meeting of ratepayers on Mar. 22nd, 1916 and explained to them it was not the wish of the Department to appoint an Official Reeve and would arrange an election of Councillors. The Inspector found out from the Village meeting that mine owners and business men were afraid that if an election was held that since the miners have majority vote that the miners would elect all three Councillors and would pass by-laws that might be detrimental to the interests of the other parties, there was some friction between the Miners Union and the Coal Company. The Inspector suggested to the ratepayers that it was not good policy to mix their personal matters into municipal affairs, and it would be better for best interests of the Village to have a representative from different interests on Council. They agreed to nominate a miner, a businessman and a representative of the Coal Company. Suitable dates for nominations are Saturday Apr. 29th, 1916 and the following Saturday if necessary, with A. E Cunning as appointed Receiving Officer.

Apr. 4/1916 - Deputy Minister to A. E Cunning, Secretary Treasurer, informing Mr. Cunning that from the Inspector's Report, it would be in order to hold an election, and notices should be posted for a nomination meeting Saturday Apr. 29th, 1916.

May 1/1916 - A. E Cunning to the Minister. Report on nomination meeting on Apr. 29th that the following were nominated and being eligible, were declared duly elected to be Councillors for the balance of the year 1916 - J. B. DeHart, E McDonald, and Patrick Kelly.

May 2/1916 - A. F Cunning to the Minister, to inform him that the first meeting of the new Council on May 2nd, 1916 had appointed J. B. DeHart, Reeve and A. F Cunning, Secretary-Treasurer.

Dec. 5/1916 - A. E Cunning to the Minister, that no nominations were required for the 1917 Council but the present Councillors are willing to serve for another year.

Dec. 9/1916 - Deputy Minister to Frank Barringham, Secretary of the Miners Union, referring to letters of Mar. 18th and 23rd, 1916, and informing the Union that no nominations of candidates for 1917 had been made. It appeared that the ratepayers did not take sufficient interest to attend nomination meetings and asked for this to be brought to the attention of the Union. Also, informed Mr. Barringham that another nomination meeting had been called for Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 1916 and if sufficient candidates are not nominated, the Village will again be placed under an Official Reeve.

Dec. 21/1916 - A. E Cunning to the Deputy Minister, to i nform him that at the nomination meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 1916, Pat Kelly, D. Sorbara and Tony Cancellieri had been duly elected for 1917.

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