History

Before Saskatchewan became a Province in 1905, it was part of the area known as the North West Territories which covered all that portion of land lying between Manitoba to the east, British Columbia to the west and from the International Boundary between Canada and the United States north to the Arctic Ocean.

Up to the year 1905, the North West Territories was under the administrative control of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and a Council of eleven members appointed by the Dominion Government. This Territorial Council acted under the authority of the North West Territories Act of 1875, and was empowered to pass legislation to provide for the governing of this vast area. When the Province of Saskatchewan was established in 1905, all municipal affairs came under the supervision of the Territorial Department of Public Works.

By the year 1908, the Saskatchewan Legislature had adopted legislation to provide for the formation, operation and control of the local government units we have today -that of city, town, village and rural municipality. Before that, the rural area was divided into Local Improvement Districts; the size and shape of which was variable as natural boundaries such as creeks, hills and rivers were used, but most of them were of the nine township square size. These Local Improvement Districts were administered by elected representatives of the people who lived in each district. By March 21, 1907 rural local government assumed legal form and status.

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The Rural Municipality of Mountain View, as it exists today, was part of the Mountain View local Improvement District No. 16-N-3. The Councillors elected to administer the district were as follows: Division I: Charles T. Ramsey – Twp. 31-17-3 Division 2: Frank Cutten – Twp. 32-17-3 Division 3: Alex Walker – Twp. 31-18-3 Division 4: William J. Heatherington (Chairman) – 32-18-3 Division 5: D. Dubrueil – Twp. 33-17-3 Division 6: M. J. McMillan – Twp. 33-18-3 and Charles Lawrence, Notary Public, Berkshire Farm, of Wiggins, Sask. was Secretary-Treasurer.

  • The Petition
  • The Election
  • The Authority
  • Agriculture
  • Pioneers
  • On May 19, 1909 a petition was sent to the Municipal Commissioner for Saskatchewan by a Municipal Committee, whose names appear on the copy of the petition, for the authority to proceed with the organization of a rural municipality. The seven names submitted for the name of the proposed municipality also appear on the petition. Accompanying the petition was an approval of the resident electors requesting a vote be taken for and against the organization of the rural municipality.
The petition for the authority to proceed with the organization of a rural municipality. The seven names submitted for the name of the proposed municipality also appear on the petition.