It was a special day for citizens of Delia on Saturday, October 13.
Many gathered and braved the harsh wind to pay tribute to an outstanding lady in their community who has received national recognition as the first woman mayor in Canada.
The citizens of the early village of Delia were a very forward-thinking group. Violet Barss was one of three Councillors elected in Delia in December 1919, and was chosen by two other male Councillorsto become Reeve of Delia in December of 1919.
Barss' great nephew AL McCully was in attendance at the event and always speculated that she would receive this honour.
"We had some incline of that when we were growing up. Delia/ Craigmyle Saga was the first history book done for the community, it was mentioned in there that she was though to be the first woman mayor in Canada. And we did some research and it turned out, she was," said McCully.
The Delia and District Historical Society and the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation partnered up to make this discovery a fact, and a sign has now been placed in front of the Delia and District Dawson Historical Museum depicting Barrs story, sponsored by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
"It is pretty special coming from a small community like Delia. When she was first elected in 1919, there were something like three hundred votes cast. So the community had to have been twice as big as it is now by population," continued McCully.
The transition to becoming Reeve of Delia was an easy one for Barrs, as she had physically taken care of its citizens as a volunteer nurse.
"She was our great aunt, and she came to Sunday dinner once a week, and we knew, of course, that she was frequently called upon to tend to the sick. But as she was getting older, the frequency of that diminished," reminisced McCully. "Roads became much better, so people had vehicles that were more reliable, so they had much better access going to say Drumheller-Hanna where there were a lot of physicians and acute care facilities.