Two excerpts from the book... A Message from the Mayor of Strathmore: Steve Grajczyk On behalf of myself and my fellow Councilors, it gives me great pleasure to act as a representative of the citizens of Strathmore in celebration of our 100th year anniversary, and the completion of the centennial book. In November of 1910, the population within the village limits was 490. On January 3, 1911, the motion that Strathmore be incorporated as a Town was passed 23 to 0. The Town of Strathmore was proclaimed a Town Municipality by Command of His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on July 6th, 1911. Today, 100 years later, we are a substantial Town on the brink of becoming a city, with a population of over 13,000, and we arrive at commemorating a century of community pride and perseverance. Congratulations to all involved in the completion of the centennial book. It is our sincere hope that the past happy memories recorded in this book will be a prelude to future memories, and that the writing of this book will serve to remind us of those happy memories for years to come! Author's Preface: Paul Sonsteby On October 15th, 2011, at the Fall Gala celebrating our town's centennial, I was speaking with Kevin Keegan about the unifying power a year like this can have, how it calls for us to reassess the petty quarrels we might find dividing our community at times. In studying our shared history these past months, I have seen that there have always been such divisions, always been disagreements. Yet, in writing this book, I have worked with a disparate group of people, people with different opinions, values, ideologies, and opinions of our community. We shared one thing: Strathmore. And that is no small thing. As we move into our 101st year and beyond, it is my hope that this book will stand as a reminder that they are small things that we let divide us, but what unifies us is truly great. Here in these pages is the history we all share, of a town we are all a part of. I hope, at times, that it might serve as a reminder that we are all one.
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