Memories of early years of Frontier Days

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The following is an open letter sent to Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer.

I recently read an article about Swift Current celebrating 75 year of Frontier Days.

Congratulations on keeping the celebration going for all those years and "hats off" to the hard-working committee who in past years nailed slabs on the fronts of shops on Central Ave. and all those who entered the beard growing competition for our enjoyment.

I was there and I wish to convey what it was like for an 11-year-old girl to attend such an exciting function.

My dad, Henry McLeod (Cabri) was working south of Swift Current on some PFRA project. He wrote to my mother to bring a picnic dinner and the family to Swift Current on July 1. He booked two rooms in the Imperial Hotel.

Mother, myself and three siblings drove to Swift Current in a Model A Ford. It was the original #32 highway so we only hit pavement on #4, 12 miles outside of Swift Current.

What a day it was! The magnificent parade, dinner of fried chicken, potatoes, salad, butter tarts and a quart of tea in a quart sealer wrapped in paper two inches thick (likely the Swift Current Sun). All this in the Elmwood Park, lovely now and lovely then.

Then to the Fairgrounds for the rodeo. In the evening the grandstand show. Thrilling I know, but I don't remember the content.

Tired and completely fulfilled we enjoyed the hotel with its electric lights and running water, which didn't come to the farm for 20 years.

Dad went back to his job next day and after a bit of shopping we returned to the farm.

The following year we did a repeat, but after two excellent crops in 1938 and 1939 we travelled in a brand new Ford V8.

Our family attended that event for many years continually, it was 19 for me, then we moved to Assiniboia.

Thanks for the memories. May you have many more successful years.

Nona Lucas - Assiniboia

Geographic location: Swift Current, Elmwood Park

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  • Bert
    June 05, 2013 - 19:52

    Yes i agree it is a great event although i cannot figure out why it is still called Frontier Day's? Did not mayor Larson and her crew pay a Medicine Hat company $50000,00 to change Swift Current from the "Frontier City" to "where life makes sense" should it not be called "Sense Days" ?