Local Improvement District (L.I.D.)
to Rural Municipality #555
The Local Improvement District (L.I.D.) # 974 has had an office in Big River since the 1930s. Under the Northern Areas Branch of the Department of Municipal Affairs, it was responsible for the administration of the local areas as well as relief payments, land mapping and district roads.
L.I.D. business was first conducted by travelling agents from Prince Albert and then Reverend Smith became the first resident Inspector and a local office was opened here.
The second Inspector in the district was John Swanson, a local farmer. The office was located on the corner where Reimer's Garage used to stand, across from the Anglican Church. It was a small white and green building heated with an airtight heater and was much in keeping with the hard times, so boasted very little equipment or furnishing.
Harry McInnis was the next Inspector, coming from Meadow Lake in 1942. The trip over took all day as there was no northern route and the existing highway was so muddy the car would get stuck every few miles.
The duties of the Relief Officer (as they were called) in those days were many and varied. They operated on a very limited budget and there was a lot of paperwork involved in the job. Most families were having a terrible struggle to survive through the lean years and because of this, feelings ran high on the best way to spend every cent. Everyone had their own opinion and all were right but funds just didn't spread far enough to accommodate everyone and it fell to the Inspector to decide where and how the dollars could be stretched to the best advantage. Supplies to service all the road camps were hauled by the Inspector in his car and should anyone take ill it was generally the duty of the Inspector to take them to the city for medical attention. Often in time of accident or tragedy, it was the duty of the Inspector to offer assistance as best he could.
As economics improved during the war years the L.I.D. provided a road-building program and a machine shop was set up at Ladder Lake in the old airbase hangar. Lyman Johnstone was in charge of this and many district roads were constructed at this time. The road to Green Lake was opened up, as were new roads into the homestead areas. It was a familiar sight in those days to see the yellow and black boxcar cabooses, which marked the road crew camps.
The Local Improvement District came to an end in 1977 when it was phased out and replaced with a Rural Municipality.
R.M. #555, 2004.
Map of R.M. #555.
The L.I.D. Inspectors were appointed by the Government,
and are as follows:
Rev Smith - date . . .?
John Swanson - date . . .?
Harry McInnis - 1942 - 1945
Hector Hartnett - 1945 - 1951
W.H. Burns - 1952 - 1953
T J Collins - 1954
C E Wildman - 1955
George Halter - 1958 - 1959
Albert Michel - 1959 - 1963
W G Zbitnew - 1963 - 1964
H A Stobbs - 1964 - 1972
C D Belter - 1972 - 1973
P J Mallaghan - 1973 - 1977
The Local Improvement Elected Officials
were as follows:
Dan Braidek - 1967-1972
Aime Crossland - January, 1977 - September, 1977
Albert Crossland - December, 1973 - December, 1976
Norman Curtis - January, 1976 - September, 1977
William Donald - January, 1973 - September, 1977
John Dunn - October, 1966 - September, 1977
John Hartnett - ???? - 1976
R. Lomsnes - 1973 - 1976
Albert Michel - ???? - July, 1966
S. Parker - November, 1966 - October, 1967
Eldon Sproxton - January, 1968 - October, 1973
Albert Swanson - February, 1968 - September, 1977
R. Warriner - ???? - November, 1967
Walter Wicinski - February, 1964 - December, 1975
Bruce Scorgie - 1958 - 1960
Leonard Young - 1961 - 1963
Jim Panter - 1963 - 1964
Today the Rural Municipality is divided into four districts, where there is a councillor for each district. It is the job of the councillor in his district to report to the reeve, any matters that are brought to their attention. Meetings are held once a month to discuss any issues that are brought forth, with special meetings called when needed. These councillors also have numerous other committees that they sit on in the community.
Our Administrators since it became an RM
are as follows:
Ivy Johnson - Acting Sec-Nov, 1977-Oct, 1983
Ivy Johnson - Acting Admin-Nov, 1983-Nov, 1986
Trent Michelman - Dec, 1986 - Nov, 1990
Ivy Johnson - Acting Admin - December 1990
Michael Yuzik - Jan, 1991 - August, 1995
Wendy Gowda - Drummond - Aug, 1995 - Oct, 1998
Nicole LaChance - Nov, 1998 - Dec, 2000
Donna Tymiak - December, 2000
Gerald Horner - Sept, 1977 - Dec, 1982
Bruce Anderson - 1983 - 1992
Eugene Swanson - 1993 - 2000
John Teer - 2001 - until present time
Division 1 Councilors
Abe Bergen - Sept, 1977 - Dec, 1982
Joe Wall - 1983 - 1984
Doug Panter - 1985 - 2000
Richard Crashley - 2001 - 2002
Doug Panter - 2003 - until present time
Division 2 Councilors
William Donald - Sept, 1977 - Dec, 1981
Bruce Anderson - 1982
Norman Sandry - 1983 - 1985
John Teer - 1986 - 1991
Cec O'Neil - 1992 - 1995
Bernard Gunderson - Jan, 1996 - April 1999
John Teer - 2000 - 2000
Holly Reimer - 2001 - until present time
Division 3 Councilors
Jesse Klassen - Sept, 1977 - Dec, 1990
Brian Blampin - 1991 - 1992
Joan Abbot - 1993 - 1994
Bryan Smith - 1995 - 1996
Jeff Harty - Jan, 1997 - Sept, 1997
Darlene Bradley - Nov, 1997 - Dec, 2000
Elloyd Block - 2001 - until present time
Division 4 Councilors
Albert Swanson - Sept, 1977 - Dec, 1983
Olaf Hyllestad - 1984 - 1985
Bruce reed - 1986 - 1991
Brad Thiessen - 1992 - 1995
Robert Hasall - 1996 - 1999
Steve Raymond - 2000 - until present time
This honour roll is presented to the residents of the Rural Municipality of Big River No. 555 in celebration of the contributions its first settlers made to the community. These pioneers, through their determination, courage, and vision prepared the way for Saskatchewan's future.
The names honoured here have been gathered from the recollections of the people. It is acknowledged that some made their contributions are not included. Their tribute is no less valuable and is also commemorated in this honour roll. This honour roll was presented in celebration of Saskatchewan's 75th Anniversary Year 1980.
1910 - Gilbert, C.H.
1919 - Corbie, Leo - LeGouffe, Paul - Brown, Paul - Harvey, Ted - Lamothe, Joe
1920 - White, Walter - Kelly, Philip - Persinko, Fred - Lavoie, Nelson
1921 - Craddock, C.E. - Pankoski, Alex
1922 - Gallant, Joseph
1924 - Schloegel, Frank
1925 - Begger, Max - Billinger, Joseph - Eisman, Horace - Eisman, Max - Feldmere, Carl - Runge, Frank
1926 - Doucette, Fred - Briggs, Dave - Dlugon, Charles - Downing, Tom - Linde, Hans - Lyons, Sam
1927 - Geisbrecht, Jacob George - Grimmler, John George - Guilmette, Albert -Guillimony, Reiny - McKnight, George B. - Wychodzew, Theodore
1929 - Wicinski, Steve
1930 - Colby, Carl - Young, Wilfred - Cronk, Irvine - Wilson, William
1931 - Bradley, Louis L. - Daley, Patrick - Panter, Anton - Swanson, Gus - Leach, Ivan - Bouchard, Pete - Cowie, James - McMillan, Duncan
1932 - Archibald, Walter W. - Cronk, Louis Erving - McVean, Alec - Milligan, John J. - Milligan, William H.- Reilly, Albert - Watson, Tom - Watson, Percy - Burt, Roland - Atkinson, Bob
1933 - Hayes, John - Cook, George - Reid, Sam - Beniedictson, Gudmunder
1934 - Bechtel, William A. - Davidson, Alex - Davidson, David - Skopyk, Wasyl - Skopyk, Mike - Skopyk, Alex - Shinkaruk, Mike - Chub, George - Haas, Fred - Lucken, Henry - Zeigler, Edward - Giles, Tom - Thibeault, George - Fritz, Julius - Hoehn, John - Lamberton, Sam
1936 - Mitchekmore, Cuthbert - Scorgie, Bruce A. - Thibeault, Pete - Warriner, George - Warriner, Tom - Olafson, Walter - Grawbadger, W.A. - Patrick, Frank - Webster, Clarence - Hansen, Rector - Boychuk, Elko - Neilson, Frank -
Anderson, Frank - Clarke, George
1938 - Sandry, James - Gunderson, Olman - Miller, Jake - Miller, Issac - Bergen, Pete - Klassen, Issac - Kilbreath, Milo - Clever, John Frank
1939 - Giesbrecht, Jacob J. - Hiltz, James William - Bittman, Chris - Olenchuk, Pete - Hansen, Ralph - Hildbrand, Pete - Cerzenski, Andrew - Anderson, Roy F. - Douguette, Rene - Pelletier, Ted - Sklopsky, George - Lendroff, Bruno - Harty, Leo - Fraze, David - Winkter, Martin - Larson, John - Mitchell, Albert - Picke, Dave - Winkter, Frank - Peters, Abe
1940 - Paul, Raoul