Recently Ann B did a wonderful project on one of Alberta, Canada's first teachers
Edith Coe Warren.
It got me thinking about another amazing teacher.
Alberta was in the Depression and a teacher named William Aberhart decided to
run for Alberta's seventh Premier. He campaigned by saying Alberta was the riches
place on earth, a land flowing with milk and honey.
The news could talk about know one else, they called him everything under the sun.
Alberta was nothing but a dust bowl. Weeks before the election they asked everyone on the streets if anyone was going to vote for this crazy man, not one person said they would vote for him. The day of the election he went in with a landslide and shocked just about everyone especially the news media.
They went back onto the streets to find who it was that did vote for him
and not one person admitted voting for William.
What he gave them was hope.
William got up and spoke to the men of Alberta and he said if the fathers of Alberta would pray Alberta would become rich, which of course everyone thought was sheer nonsense of course.
He was joyful and witty, so many stories about him.
He then set up men's prayer groups all across Alberta, he started a Bible school and was on radio preaching every week.
He and another man named Ernest Manning began to build the riches place on earth, Alberta.
Oil was found, farming began to flourish from one end of Alberta to the other. They built schools, places for seniors, roads etc. etc. etc. and never wasted a dollar.
There was no crime to speak of, I grew up in Calgary and know one ever locked their doors. To this day it is a low crime city,
the only ones that commit the crimes have moved into Alberta.
It was called the Bible belt,no store of any kind were allowed to be open on Sundays.
The Big Four
People from all over the world move into Calgary. One man asked me where are the slums and I said there are none.
There were no homeless until recently. Still today one of the wealthiest places
on earth. (tar sands)
William and Ernest Manning who also ran for office effected millions of lives for the better for generations.
They attracted entrepreneurs, businessman with the freedom, safe, debt free cities.
What did all their enemies accomplish?
On yet another note the Wild Bill Hickock and Annie Oakley came to Calgary for the first
Calgary, Stampede, started by the Big Four.
were the wealthy Alberta cattlemen Patrick Burns, ... The Big Four Building
at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary
was named for the four