Welcome to the new Cremona/Water Valley and District Chamber Of Commerce website!
In 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Jackson came to Canada from the United States and opened a store and post office. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson applied to head office in Calgary to have their post office named “Honley” after Mr. Jackson’s home in England. It was feared this name would be confused with Hanley, Saskatchewan. A good friend of theirs, Mrs. Caroline Reid suggested to name it “Cremona”. She had been reading a book at the time on the Stradivarius Violins made in the Italian village of Cremona. This name was approved and the new Post Office and store became Cremona.
When the railway track was built to Cremona in the 1930’s, a new Village of Cremona grew at its present location. Then, with the changing times, the train – once used to transport grain grown in the area to markets, was replaced by trucks, and the aging tracks were removed in 1979
Cremona was incorporated into a Village on January 1, 1955, with a population of approximately 190 people. The Village of Cremona is governed by a council of three as well as one administrative head. A strong community spirit abounds in the Cremona area, which has been clearly indicated by the many volunteers who have helped build our community hall, ice arena, curling rink, and the Gold and Silver building.
In 1920, the economy was shaken by a sudden drop in cattle prices, but in spite of this, the Water Valley School district was formed. The school opened in 1921 and classes were held in the Driscol house
(now known was the Fenn house). This well-built, authentic log home, which is still in use today, catches the eye of many tourists. Ernie Taudine, a concertina-playing bachelor, gave the school board enough
money to furnish the school. The present school site was purchased and the schoolhouse built in 1926. The school district needed a name, so the teacher had the children bring suggested names which were put
into a hat and the name “Water Valley”, submitted by Bernice Howard, was the one drawn.
Cremona and Water Valley’s strongest assets are its friendly people, beautiful countryside and small village charm.
(From the “Water Valley Bituma Story” by Lorraine Yates and the Cremona History Book “The Chinook Wind Still Blows”)