1930 - 1939
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.
and the R.M.
The depression and the drought affect Hartney much as they affect other
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
Hartney dramatists (Little Theatre group) win top place in the district
Maurice Fry and friends build and fly “The Seraph”, a
Low rainfall – crop yield is less than half the national average
Municipality undertakes a program of road building and repair in
conjunction with the provincial governent as a relief measure.
Some rain but a plague of grasshoppers destroyed crops.
Many farmers had run out of credit and assets. Municipality and
provincial governments struggle to provide relief where needed.
Low snowfalls, Soil erosion and dust storms become a serious problem.
McMorran and Wright and other historians begin research into the Fur
Trade Posts that had operated in the Hartney area a century earlier.
Hartney Little Theatre players win the Free Press Shield a the
Grade 12 courses added to Hartney School offerings.
Dominion Chatauquas, with headquarters in Calgary, brings a three-day
program of music, plays and lectures to small towns.
H.C. Batty assumes postmaster duties (untill 1954)
Federal Drought Relief Program established.
Hartrney Horticultural Society organized.
Spring rain leads to an improved harvest.
Vote to approve liquor – operated by Shea’s Brewery.
Hartney Horticultural Society formed.
September 1: Germany invades Poland, WW2 begins
Manitoba Power Commission purchases Hartney Light and Power
November: Hartney Willing Workers Society formed