Thursday, July 02, 2009

Hat to the Park Virtual Trip

Good beautiful morning report 33 1379 kms

What a prairie gem this little town is!

You can feel the vibrant pride reflected in the clean streets and multi-flowered parks and gardens.

James and Anne Rose came from Lancashire, England in September of 1905. When the town wanted to apply for a post office in 1907 they had to have a registered official name so they decided on " Rose " after their first settlers. Unfortunatley the name was already taken, so they changed it to " Rosetown".

By 1909 the population had jumped to 500 and continued to expand thereafer. The beatiful homes are a long way from the " sod huts", those original and notorious prairie shelters. Relatively easy to construct from readily available materials, they leaked in the rain, froze in the winter, baked in the summer and of course were infested with mice. If they had taken the time and effort to see how the natives had solved those problems long ago, they would have built big teepees that could hold up to 10 people. These in contrast, were water proof, could handle a stove and or open fire pit inside for heat in winter and had a vent to keep it cool in the summer. It had the added feature of being portable. When the earth floor got too gunged up to wade through the every day trash, they simply took it down moved to another spot and, ta-da, spring cleaned.. I know, they couldn't hammer nails through the walls to hang their pictures, or hide their " thunder mugs" under their hammocks, but I'm sure they would have figured out something until they built proper homes.

The town motto is " The heart of the wheat belt" so you can tell what the main occupation still is.

In spite of the current enthusiasm, without any viable direction from Federal or Provincial planners,it seems smaller towns like this once more face major hurdles. World demographics indicate declining birth rates and aging populations are producing more needs for local health services just as there are fewer and fewer people to provide or pay forthem.

This coupled with budget cutting will unfortunately in the long run, force residents to move to larger centers for these services. Theiy are going to need their cumilatve native resiliance to survive the future just as much as their grandparents did 100 years ago..


Doug G

Thanks Doug

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