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The township of Glenister, Alberta, Canada
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In fact, I haven't yet made contact with anyone living there!

But I'm hoping that Liz Wagner of Alberta, Canada will be able to help me with that.

Location
Glenister is an area that is south-west of the town of Barrhead, Alberta or north-west of Sangudo, Alberta. The official designation is Township 56, Range 06, West of the 5th Meridian
History
What I know of the history of Glenister centres around the post office and the school
Post Office
In 1908 a combination store and post office was started by a G Matthews. Mail was brought into the area twice a week from Rochfort Bridge, which was on the rail line.

When the post office was started the choice of the people in the area was Glenroy, which was probably a combination of two first names, however the senior management of the post office decided to call it Glenister - the reasons for this are not yet clear.

In 1930 a George Evans took over the post office and moved in to his farm and fixed up a room in the corner of his house. This arrangement was quite common in those days in early Alberta. He didn't run a store, but he did sell tobacco and chocolate bars. This post office remained open until 1964, when it was replaced by a rural route out of Barrhead.

School
The Glenister School was established in 1920 and it took its name from the post office. The first school was in a private residence with space for 12 students. In 1930 a new one-room building was built and it remained in use until 1954. After this the pupils were bussed into the nearby larger townships of Sangudo and Mayerthorpe. The Glenister school building was then moved a short distance to a church yard and used as a Sunday school for a few years. Later it was moved again and used as a small hall. When a newer larger hall was built the building was burnt because after two moves it was too bad a condition to move again.
And more
I am very interested in finding out more about this place - past and present:
  • Why is it called Glenister?
  • What does it look like now?
  • How many people live there?
  • Do any of the current residents remember the early days of the township?
  • What are the main activities of the town?

Further research is needed!

Sources
Based on the book "The Lantern Era - A history of Cherhill, Rockfort Bridge, Sangudo and surrounding school districts", published by Sangudo and District Historical Society in 1979, edited by Vera E Holt.

Additional material from the Alberta provincial archives

Acknowledgements
Thanks to Ted Latimer of Lac Ste Anne district council, Alberta, Canada for this information
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