NEWS & EVENTS
Culture Fest Melfort 2017

Celebrate Culture Days at Culture Fest Melfort!
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kerry Vickar Centre

[Sat, Sept 30]
Dutch Elm Disease Detected in City

Be advised that Dutch elm disease has been detected in the City of Melfort. The City is now undertaking the process of removing infected trees and firewood.

NLP Pool Maintenance Shutdown

The Northern Lights Palace Pool will be closed for seasonal maintenance from Monday, September 11th to Sunday, October 1, 2017, with reopening scheduled for Monday, October 2nd.

[Mon, Sept 11]
Celebrate Canada 150 All Year!

Canada Day may be over, but we are still celebrating Canada 150 all year!  Show your Canadian spirit with a Canada 150 T-Shirt.  Available for $15.00 at the Melfort & District Museum for a limited time only.  Call 306-752-5870 for information.

 
HISTORICAL COUNCIL GALLERY


 Melfort's First Council
1907-1908


Top Row:  D. Nesbit, J.P. Carney, Dr. Hatton
Bottom Row:  G.B. Jameson, G.B. Johnston (Mayor), S. Greenwood, W. Armstrong

Mayors' Gallery
Historical Council Minutes
Historical Mayors' List
Municipal Heritage Property Register

Melfort's First Election

The first Council election in the Town of Melfort was held July 16, 1907 in the Ozark Hall.  To be eligible to run for Mayor or Councillor, one had to be a male British subject of 21 years, able to read and write, reside within two miles of the municipal limits and own property at the time of the election (the land being of freehold read estate within the municipality of at least $500 or leasehold estate within the municipality of at least $1,500).  By nomination day on July 9th there were three candidates nominated for mayor (G.B. Johnston, W.W. Rutan and A.E. Wild, who dropped out of the race) and ten candidates nominated for councillor (S.G. Greenwood, G.B. Jameson, R.R. King, D. Nesbitt, Captain J.A. Turner, T.A. Humphries, J. Hatton, J.T. Carney, W.H. Armstrong and Wm. Flett). 

Electors had to be 21 years of age and own or occupy land within the limits of the town for at least three months prior to the election.  There were 129 votes cast in the first election.  Mr. Johnston, the victor and Melfort's first mayor, received 66 votes.  Mr. Rutan received 56 and the remaining 7 votes were spoiled and not counted.  Nine married women voted and although their votes were challenged, they were counted.  In the election of councillors, G.B. Jameson led the poll with 101 votes out of a possible 122.

Information gathered from Voices of the Past, A History of Melfort and District by Timothy Ryan, published by the Melfort and District Golden Jubilee Committee in July, 1955.

360-degree Panoramic View of Melfort circa 1908