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West Smoky Legion No. 244 History

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.

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Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Patty Patten

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.

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Bezanson Athletes From The Past: Featuring Lawrence Nellis

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.

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