Local History

George Orme, owner of Jacques-Orme Funeral Home, and Dr. Henry George are seen with the city’s first ambulance at the Red Deer Exhibition around 1925. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Archives)

Michael Dawe: Red Deer’s first ambulances were also used as hearses

There has been a great deal of media attention in recent weeks…

  • Oct 21, 2020

 

The site of the proposed EB Eddy factory, looking south from the Red Deer River, 1951.  Because there were strong hopes the factory would eventually be built, the 40 acre site remained vacant for a great many years. Red Deer Archives P4434

Michael Dawe: Plans for match factory failed to ignite in Red Deer

While many people think of the 1920s as a period of good…

  • Oct 14, 2020

 

Michael Dawe: Ku Klux Klan experienced period of notoriety in region

Michael Dawe: Ku Klux Klan experienced period of notoriety in region

Whenever economic times get tough, or the normal order of things gets…

  • Oct 7, 2020

 

Michael Dawe: Difficult economic times gave rise to social unrest

Michael Dawe: Difficult economic times gave rise to social unrest

Whenever economic times get tough, or the normal order of things gets…

  • Oct 2, 2020
Michael Dawe: Difficult economic times gave rise to social unrest
Michael Dawe: Battle against Typhoid fever was hard for Red Deer to win

Michael Dawe: Battle against Typhoid fever was hard for Red Deer to win

Much of Red Deer and central Alberta’s history included outbreaks of serious contagious diseases

  • Sep 23, 2020
Michael Dawe: Battle against Typhoid fever was hard for Red Deer to win
Michael Dawe: Ideal conditions delivered bounty to region’s farmers

Michael Dawe: Ideal conditions delivered bounty to region’s farmers

Farmers face so many challenges in making a living

  • Sep 16, 2020
Michael Dawe: Ideal conditions delivered bounty to region’s farmers
Michael Dawe: High-profile competition put Sylvan Lake in swim of things

Michael Dawe: High-profile competition put Sylvan Lake in swim of things

Origins of the Wrigley Swim competitions reach back to 1927.

  • Aug 26, 2020
Michael Dawe: High-profile competition put Sylvan Lake in swim of things
Michael Dawe: Indecision almost prevented creation of downtown oasis

Michael Dawe: Indecision almost prevented creation of downtown oasis

One of the crown jewels of Red Deer is City Hall Park,…

  • Aug 12, 2020
Michael Dawe: Indecision almost prevented creation of downtown oasis
Michael Dawe: 1971’s destructive hailstorm shattered a great summer

Michael Dawe: 1971’s destructive hailstorm shattered a great summer

Alberta has been experiencing some interesting summer weather this year. Generally, there…

  • Aug 5, 2020
Michael Dawe: 1971’s destructive hailstorm shattered a great summer
Michael Dawe: A century of nurturing the land, and the community

Michael Dawe: A century of nurturing the land, and the community

The Scott family celebrated the centennial of the Sno-Valley farm, on the…

  • Jul 28, 2020
Michael Dawe: A century of nurturing the land, and the community
Michael Dawe: This isn’t the first summer Red Deer’s fair has been cancelled

Michael Dawe: This isn’t the first summer Red Deer’s fair has been cancelled

Normally, today, July 15, would have been the start of the annual…

  • Jul 15, 2020
Michael Dawe: This isn’t the first summer Red Deer’s fair has been cancelled