Learn all about the history of the Bezanson Ag Society! Our current facilities include the operation and rental of two commercial kitchens, the Memorial Hall, and a regulation size gymnasium.
If your ancestors lived in the Bezanson District once the area became settled, they more than likely picked blueberries at Brookbank’s Flat that was located close to the Smoky River near the homestead of A.M. Bezanson and in close proximity to the Bezanson Townsite.
In 2018, a local researcher embarked upon a project to mark the historical one-room school sites in the Bezanson District. The Kleskun Hill Museum Society applied for and received a Community Initiatives Program Grant administered by Alberta Culture and Tourism to fund the project and with the assistance of the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 to install the signs, all the sites were marked by October 2019.
Where did the name come from? We had a problem deciding on a name so we threw a bunch of names in a hat and collectively loved the name TrickShot. It just had a great feel to it.
Three years ago, Erika Backmeyer was looking for something for her kids to be able to
attend and decided to attend a meeting in Grande Prairie about restarting the
Grande Prairie’s Junior Forest Warden club. Unfortunately, Erika was the only
one who showed up, so she decided to avoid the inconvenient driving that a
Grande Prairie club would entail. She decided to begin her own club in
Bezanson. She says, “I was a tree-planter
for many years, so the forestry part resonated with me, plus the camping and
hiking. It seemed like really great stuff to do with kids and other families!”
And so, the Bezanson Brown Bears Junior Forest Wardens began.
If you look up at the ceiling on the dance floor at the Bezanson Memorial Hall, you will see a half moon and stars. During the years of the famous Bezanson dances, when the band would play Moonlight Waltz, the lights were turned off and the moon and stars were lit up for the dance.
The Bezanson Townsite Church was dismantled and the logs were used to build a new store complete with living quarters upstairs in an area that became the hamlet of Bezanson. Over the years, the building was added on to and renovated several times before being sold. Eventually the Store was sold and the purchaser dismantled the frame portion of the store and used that wood to build his own residence while the log portion was moved intact and used as a shop.
The creation of the Glen Leslie Church began with discussions in November of 1914. It was built in 1915 with the first service being facilitated on October 31, 1915. After a complete restoration, the Church received its designation as a Provincial Historic Site and stands proudly beside the Glen Leslie Cemetery.
Forbes held services in different houses (Brookbanks, McGowans and Stewarts) on Friday evenings and Sunday morning at the Leslie home. He then did a service in Grande Prairie on Sunday evening. This began in August 1914.
Alexander Forbes was the very first minister in the Bezanson area.