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Estelle Thornson

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The countdown begins …

2014 marks the 100th year since the incorporation of the Rural Municipality of Cartier and events are being planned to celebrate this occasion. Reserve the weekend of June 13 and 14, 2014 to attend this 100th birthday of Cartier. During this countdown to the Centennial Celebration, articles will be printed in The Headliner to highlight various aspects of the RM of Cartier — past, present and future.  

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The Hutterian Brethren communities have their origins way back in Europe in the 1500s and follow the basic tenets of Hutterian beliefs, including a belief in the separation of church and state, communal living, communal ownership of property, nonviolence and opposition to war, and adult baptism.

Also, Hutterites have retained the dress, customs, language, and simple unadorned lifestyle of their ancestors.

During the 1870s, this communal group of people immigrated to the United States to escape military conscription, loss of their own schools and religious persecution.

They faced these same challenges at the beginning of World War I, and in 1918, the Brethren decided to migrate from the Dakotas to Manitoba and Alberta where the Canadian government granted Hutterites freedom of worship and freedom from military service in exchange for developing the land.

James Valley, Milltown, Rosedale, Maxwell and Huron Colonies are the oldest colonies, established in 1918.

Iberville Colony (1919) and Barickman Colony (1920) were soon to follow, with Waldheim Colony (1934), Poplar Point Colony (1938), and Lakeside Colony (1946) being established later.  

Starlite Colony was the last to be established in the municipality, in 1991. The RM of Cartier is now home to 11 colonies and, while the colonies are still predominantly agriculturally based, some have diversified their economics in such areas as metal-working, granite works, homebuilding and cabinetry.

Contributed by Estelle Thornson and Marilisa Voth. The Treasures of Time Municipal History Book was completed in 1984 and a second book is now being worked on to complete the 100 years. The book will be sold at the end of 2014. Your contributions of stories are needed by Jan. 31, 2014 to make the book a success and may be submitted to cartierhistory@mymts.net or dropped off at the RM of Cartier office.

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