Emilia (Emily), born on October 25, 1922 at Sexsmith, was the 2nd oldest of John and Tillie Marek’s six children. In 1928, The Marek family moved to a farm in the Twilight District and Emily and her siblings attended the Twilight One-Room School. After completing Grade 9, Emily attended St. Joseph’s High School in Grande Prairie.
Craig’s family, the Johnston’s, arrived in the Bezanson area in 1912. Craig, born on March 12, 1975 at Grande Prairie, is Wanda Zenner’s middle son. He has two brothers, Daren and Barry. Craig attended the Bezanson Consolidated School followed by High School at Sexsmith and then on to NAIT in Edmonton where he studied Civil Engineering.
By 1949, the veterans from Bezanson and the surrounding area decided that the formation of a Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Community. They followed the model utilized by the East Smoky Legion Branch No. 89 from DeBolt and received a favorable response to their application for a Charter. Therefore, the West Smoky Legion Branch No. 244 came into existence on March 4, 1949.
The Bezanson Baseball Team, the Eagles, was formed after the war in 1948 and had flashy white and red uniforms.
There is no official number for war brides who married Canadian soldiers during the First World War but it is estimated that 54,000 relatives and dependants accompanied troops who returned to Canada following demobilization
Patricia “Patty” Patten was born on December 12, 1982 in Williams Lake, BC. Her parents, Dan and Karen, moved to Bezanson when Patty was three. The Bezanson Consolidated School has always emphasized the importance of students participating in sports. Dennis Maxwell, principal of the Bezanson School, recognized Patty’s talent and instilled in her the value of hard work and the love of competition. Patty participated in all the team sports that the school offered and excelled at track and field. Following Grade 9 at Bezanson, Patty attended High School at Sexsmith where she graduated.
Although Bezanson has always been well-known for its ball teams, it wasn’t until the mid 1960’s that there appeared to be sufficient interest to form a women’s team and compete in the “Inland Ladies Fastball League.”
Lester and Stella Nellis, originally from West Duluth, Minnesota, arrived in the Bezanson area in 1916. The second youngest in the family, Harry, enlisted in the Army and while stationed in England, met and later married Grace Taylor. After Harry was discharged on demobilization, the young couple settled on a farm in Bezanson where they raised a family of three sons; Leslie, Lawrence (born on July 1, 1950) and Edward.
Sidney Webb, grandson of Sidney James Webb, spent a very enjoyable afternoon on June 23, 2019 viewing the site of his grandfather’s house and barn at the Bezanson Townsite and also viewed the homestead land (SW of 28-71-2-W6) and the fraction purchase land (SE 28-71-2-W6) of Sidney Sr.
The Peace Country Historical Society, formed in 2009, is the newest and northernmost chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. The Society is devoted to the preservation and appreciation of the history of north-western Alberta.