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W. McKay

In November 1902, W. McKay was sent by the Alberta government on a crew to finish construction on the long-distance line between Riviere Qui Barre and St. Albert. The Riviere Qui Barre line would then be extended from the Alexander Mission to the government farm buildings on the Alexander Indian Reserve, 9.6 kilometres away.

There was a rush to finish the line before winter set in and froze the ground, rendering it impossible to install the telephone poles. The work crew did win the race: the line was completed in early January 1903, and telephones installed.


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