Origin of Faulkner's name:
Established in 1914 as a Canadian National Railway point and named after Frank Faulkner of the Canadian Elevator Company.
The Post Office guides first listed it in 1918 on 28-28-9W under Postmaster Henry Payne. It closed in 1976.
(SETTLED 1910)
A community is more than a population of people; it is where two or more are gathered in harmony in the spirit of caring for each other.
Kathy Gibson (age 83) tells when she and her parents came to Faulkner with horses and wagon; Kathy and her mother had to be strapped to the wagon to prevent them from falling off. Cars now travel in ease where the settlers were unable to walk. Adolf Sidof relates in the history book Hardship and Happiness that there were no roads, only trails, and the men folk had to mark the trees to get from place to place. There were no graded roads until 1940.
Faulkner was named for an elevator agent who travelled to the area from Winnipeg. The town consisted of a couple of stores; post office; flour and saw mill; blacksmith shop; garage; station house and the Anglican Church. The Aston Villa School was not located at the town site, but was the school that the area children attended. It was opened in 1915, and eventually closed in the mid nineteen sixties.
This little village has left its mark on the area mainly because of the community spirit it promoted. It boasts a Women’s Auxiliary, 4-H Club and a community club. The first community hall was completed in 1953 with the final touch of the hardwood floor in 1955. Albert Reese (age 79) relates that it took ten years to raise the thousand dollars to build the hall.
The first fund raising event was a card party, which raised a total of two dollars and fifty cents. Art (age 82) and Brita (age 89) Kaus relate that the locals would spend many hours after dark working on the hall; they had no daylight hours to spare. This hall was replaced with a new one in 1989. No matter which hall, the memory of the local musicians and the wonderful functions held there will always remain with many folk in the local and surrounding area.
Faulkner certainly does not lack for talent. The music of the Springers, Gerings and Rich Middlestead; the art of Erich Hofbauer; love stories of Miss Diaz, and the poetry of Mary Burnett helped to enrich the lives of many of yesteryear and today. Mary Burnett (age 80) says her message to the younger generation is, Hard work never hurt anyone, work hard. It is certainly with this work ethic that the pioneers were able to confront the wilds of this country and tame it for the basis of what we enjoy today.
The focus of the painting is a wedding dance located in the first hall. My own recollections as a youngster growing up in the area definitely includes the many happy occasions spent there. Faulkner is still promoting community functions and will continue to build this legacy of enjoyment for generations to come.