Delburne

Settlement

Delburne_na_746_7_thuDelburne began with the survey of the railway in 1910. The townsite was then put on sale on October 4, 1910 and was purchased by Wilfred G. Clendening and M.J. Manning. A folklore legend exists about the naming of the village of Delburne. Wilfred Clendening once resided in St. Louis, Missouri. An employee there was named Wilburne and Clendening liked the name so much that he submitted it to the register of towns. He was advised that there was already a town by that name. He thought of words that rhymed with Wilburne and arrived at Delburne. 
 
Soon enough, there was an influx of people eager to start a new community.  The town had a grove which was set aside for a park as the citizens were interested in beautifying their town. The village was incorporated in the fall of 1912. In October, 1912 a board sidewalk program was established to build sidewalks for most of the streets. In the late 1920s, Delburne experienced many fires, which destroyed the hotel, a house, post office and many businesses.
 

BEFORE WWII

Delburne_na_1644_51_thuThe first electricity was installed in 1926 and, in 1931 a cenotaph was erected to commemorate the young men whose lives were lost during WWI. During this period Delburne had resident doctors, a sawmill and grist mill as well as a variety of stores, including a grocer, pharmacy, variety stores, banks and clothing stores and equipment and automotive dealers.

In the early days, there was a lack of suitable roads in the Delburne area, particularly those that accessed major centres, such as Red Deer. As a result of such poor travel conditions, Delburne boasted many commercial services which have since moved into larger centres as road conditions began to improve.

The countryside is underlain with coal which juts from the banks along the Red Deer river. Many mines were operating along the river supplying work for young men and coal for the area. As a result, secondary highway 595 to Red Deer is also known as the "Coal Trail." From the earliest of times coal was hauled up the frozen river to Red Deer in the winter.
 

WWII and After

Delburne_na_1644_50_thuChurches and schools were established very early in the village but rural children attended small one room rural schools. The first consolidated school was formed in 1917 from close surrounding districts and new buildings were erected to serve the needs of growing class sizes. These were replaced by more modern facilities in 1951 which have since been replaced by larger and better buildings, allowing for the bussing of children from a much larger area.

Agriculture, coal and, later, the petroleum industries provided a stable economy for the Delburne area. A pipeline was constructed in 1956 for gas service to the village and a water and sewer system was installed in 1961.

In 1963 Delburne celebrated its golden jubilee honouring citizens who had lived in the district for over 50 years. Invitation were extended to many former 'Delburnites' and hundreds came to take part in the celebrations.
 
 

Present-Day Delburne

Delburne is a small community nestled in Alberta's parkland region. It is a charming village well treed and well kept. There are a significant number of convenient businesses as well as good recreational facilities. There are curling rinks, an arena, a golf course, numerous ball diamonds,a gym at the school and a skateboarding track is in the planning stages.

For industries there is a febre glass plant, a metal working facility and a foundry. There is a community museum which was opened in 1978 on main street across from the village park and playground.

The village has enjoyed steady, manageable growth over the past few years and recently has experienced growth in the manufacturing industries, as well.