Delburne’s 100th anniversary party

Oldtimers were honoured with riding the 100th Anniversary Delburne float on Monday, July 1. (L-R) Front row: Mary McInenly and Hazel Bysterveld, middle row: Margaret Jones and Flora MacDonald with Myrtle Jeffrey in the third row.
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The residents of Delburne were in a mood for a party, and party they did, over the Canada Day weekend as they celebrated their Village’s 100th Anniversary.
The Village was to be called Wilburne, but had to be changed when the Registrar of Towns advised that another town had already been incorporated under that name.  Using words rhyming with Wilburne, Delburne was eventually chosen as the Village’s name.
Breakfasts, ball games, gymkhana, sheep herding, working horse demos, tractor pulls, children’s entertainment, wild water zorbing, suppers, and beer gardens were some of the many activities that filled the three-day event starting on June 29 and ending on July 1, 2013.
Emerson Drive performed at a sold-out concert on Saturday evening and many danced in the sweltering heat to the tunes of the Emeralds on Sunday evening.
Monday, with the sun shining and the heat rising, large crowds descended on the streets of Delburne to celebrate their Village and enjoy the parade entrants.
The first recorded minutes of a Delburne Village Council meeting was January 13, 1913.
But there was a thriving community before Delburne was incorporated in the fall of 1912.  It began with the survey of the Grand Truck Pacific Railway in 1910 and W.G. Clendening and M.J. Manning purchasing the townsite on October 4, 1910.
In a year, the town grew to have two general stores, two hardware stores, two butcher shops, two boarding houses, a furniture store, stationery, bank, newspaper, livery barn and stable, pool room and barber shop, lumber yard, auction mart, blacksmith shop, real estate office, doctor’s office, three implement agents, music hall and two churches.  There was a gun club, baseball and tennis clubs as well as a hockey team.
With the arrival of the railway, the Delburne Creamery opened its doors.  The railway also led to the construction of the first grain elevator in 1914 and subsequent elevators in 1927 and 1929.  In 1926 the first electrical lights were installed in businesses.
Today the industry base has changed to industrial and commercial facilities including a business incubator facility.  Many young families have chosen Delburne as a good place to raise their children.  In the 2006 census, the median age of residents was 37 and the largest age groups were 30 – 45 years of age and 0 – 15.
At midnight on July 1, a spectacular fireworks show wrapped up Delburne’s 100th Anniversary celebrations and Canada’s 146th Birthday Party.

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