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Although the number of Estonians in Alberta is not enormous, there still remain small pockets of Estonian settlements scattered across the province. The area around Stettler found favor with many of the early Estonians to arrive in the province. This small community of Estonian Albertans built Linda Hall in 1911 and it became the place where community meetings and social activities were held.  In order to better deal with grain buyers and protect their landholdings, they formed the "Linda Esti Põllumeeste Selts", or Linda Estonian Farmers Organization, in 1910.  

Linda Hall went from no more than a thought in the minds of the community members to completion in just a short year. The community members raised money by selling box lunches. Besides meetings of the farmers organizations, there were dances, celebrations such as Christmas and Jaanipäev, and theatrical performances. In 1930, the Linda Hall burned down. Even through the Depression, a new and bigger hall was built. The new Hall, "Esti Põllumeeste Selts" is known now as the Linda Hall Society. With a new generation of members the meetings were conducted in English.

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