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The World

The depression set off by the stock market collapse in late 1929 is felt across North America and Europe.
Sept.1, 1939 Germany invades Poland, setting off World War 2


The effect of the world-wide economic depression is compounded in Western Canada by an extended drought.
In 1936 the Federal Government cancelled debt for feed and wrote off many advances to to the drought areas.


The effects of the drought on the prairies are felt most acutely in the southwest corner of the province.
The Farmer’s Creditors Arrangement Act – aims to reduce farm debt loads.

The R.M. of Argyle

The depression and the drought affect Hartney much as they affect other communities.  
The expansion of the role and scope of schools, the influence of radio, and the changing technology in transportation all had an effect on life in Hartney.


After Dr. Cleghorn’s death (1929), Ivan Schultz was returned by acclamation as the Liberal member for Mountain.
He served until 1955.


Milk cows sold for $30. A phone call was 5 cents, but even at that price many people gave up the telephone.



In January 1933 John Harrower retired from the office of Secretary -Treasurer after 44 years of service. 


John Harrower



Good rains early but the wheat crop rusted and rotted.


Hot dry summer.
Federal Drought Relief Program established.
Neelin Anglican services are held in the School and the Union were also until 1936 - when the members built their own church.
Ivan Schultz appointed Minister of Education.

Dr. A. Keenberg was appointed the first Municipal Doctor.


Spring rain leads to an improved harvest.


Abundant crops.


September 1:  Hitler invades Poland and World War II begins.