HISTORY OF DEBOLT, ALBERTA
Elbert and Laura DeBolt and their family came to this area in 1919 from the state of Washington and opened up the first Post Office. His brother George and wife Virginia DeBolt owned a stopping place in those early years where you could put your horses up for the night, have a meal and a place to stay overnight. "Virginia Avenue" is named after Virginia DeBolt. Some of the DeBolt family still live in the area.
Hubert Memorial Park is located on Virginia Avenue, DeBolt. Open mid May to September.
Hubert Memorial Park is a collection of some of the early buildings and artifacts of the area. Buildings include the DeBolt United Church Manse where student ministers lived in from the early 30's to the early 60's. The Edson school teacherage (white building) one of twelve original schools in the area, moved here from its original location about 1 km east of DeBolt. Crowe House, where Reg Crowe one of the early settlers of the area had lived. It was moved from the Goodwin area. The Mehlum family was one of the early families in the area who used to cut ice in the winter and stored it in the Ice House, a small log building now in the Park. Also the Mehlum log barn was originally built in the early 1930's and moved from its original location in 1979 from about 1km northeast of DeBolt. In January of 2004, a log home was moved to the museum that was first lived in by Sam Turner and his wife in 1930 2 miles east of DeBolt.
Hubert Memorial Park is named after Mr. Hubert who left his estate to the community.