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A New Image - Seven Persons

Seven Persons - Once Hundred Sixty Acres and a Dream

Chapter 39

Seven Persons has had a colorful and variable history. It has undergone many changes but it still stands, unique in its name, steadfast in its purpose.

The local school has been the nucleus of its locale. It has accommodated as many as two hundred and sixty students and nearly all of these children were brought to the school by buses from a radius of area reaching to the city limits of Medicine Hat, south and west to the County of Forty Mile and north to the South Saskatchewan River.

Because of extended industrial development in the nearby city, and a housing shortage there, a trailer court of some fifty units, housed those, who commuted to work. Stores and food outlets, also gasoline filling stations, are no more, but a post office continues its service. The Highway Number Three was re-routed out of the hamlet, encouraging all business away. Only freight trains of the once so busy Canadian Pacific Railway, pass through on an irregular basis.

The sense of importance, the activity between the village and the rural area, the air of being the center of the attraction have slipped away. This is another age. What does the future hold?

Will Seven Persons diminish and perhaps disappear? Will it become a "has been", a mere shadow of what it used to be? Or will it resume its role as "Our Town"? Could there be a revival because of its many attributes: nearness to the growing metropolis of Medicine Hat, fine climate, productive soil, and rural living? Will homemakers prefer to purchase property in its perimeter? Will new means of travel make it a suburb of Medicine Hat? "Tell me, 0 Crystal Ball! What is Seven Persons' future to be?"

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