Elnora celebrates 100 years

Three girls (L - R) Anna Russell, Karcee Ward and Amber Hillson dressed the part and rode the McTurk Salon convertible in the Elnora parade celebrating Elnora's 100th anniversary of the rail coming to town.
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The welcome arrival of the sun provided a beautiful morning for the parade on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Elnora’s Founder Days. The parade had 60 entrants and over 120 participants making it one of the largest Elnora parades ever.
Organizers were pleased that approximately 800 to 900 people were in attendance over the weekend.
In 1906, Dan May homesteaded the present site of Elnora.  In 1908, the settlement Elnora was named after Nora Edwards and Elinor Hogg two of the first female pioneers in the area, who cared for the sick and acted as midwives. By 1911, there were homes, small businesses, a school, post office, community hall and the first telephone line into town.
In 1913 the Grand Truck Pacific Railway was built through Elnora.  Within a few years, the store, creamery, boarding house and rifle range from nearby Lakeview were relocated to Elnora.
The reason the weekend was called Founder Days was to celebrate the 100th anniversary since the arrival of the railway in Elnora.
The highlight of the weekend for many was the Quilt Cakes.  Organizers had asked each founding family to decorate a cake to form a quilt.  Participation was great with 70 families contributing —each using a unique and creative way to display their heritage through icing and decorations.
The Official Welcome hosted by Elnora Mayor, Rob Allen, was opened with a Metis ceremonial dance by John Sinclair and his son Jessie.  Politicians in attendance were The Hon. Cal Dallas, Red Deer MLA on behalf of Premier Allison Redford, Jim Wood, Mayor of the County of Red Deer, Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer and Kerry Towle, MLA, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.
Other events included a Show n’ Shine with 65 cars participating, tour of the school, a cemetery tour, Elnora Ag Society supper and fireworks. Entertainment was provided by locals including Ray Duft and Dee Hodgkinson on Friday evening, and Radi Boulton, Off the Rails (Cheek family) and Precious Cargo (Thompson family) on Saturday evening.
David Richardson, Alex Hogg’s great-great grandson preached at the Sunday morning interdenominational church service with the Community Choir leading the singing.  Alex Hogg had been an original founding member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Elnora.
“It was something really great”, said area resident, Ruth Cheek, “to see so many people come home.”

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