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City of North Battleford Historic Archives

Balych Family

  • Family
  • 195-? - present

Alexander and Pearl Balych (both born in 1924) were business people in the city of North Battleford, and were very active in community, cultural and religious activities for many decades. They owned Roxy Photographic Studio, 1956-1959; later Alexander was employed by Larry's Electric and then by CKBI-TV as a photographer. He served as Branch Manager of the Western Development Museum (North Battleford) and was on the Museum Provincial Board. Pearl worked in the photography studio and served as a Recreational Director at the River Heights Lodge, while concentrating on community service. The Balyches' community involvement was sustained and extensive. In the 1970s, Alexander served as Commissioner of the North Battleford Chamber of Commerce, and Pearl served as Interim Commissioner, being the first woman to occupy that position. Alexander was a member of the North Battleford Industrial Development Board in the 1990s. Other community involvements included: the North-West Economic Development Council, the History Book Committe for "Following the Furrow," and the City of North Battleford Archives Committee, 1992-1998. From 1962-1972, Pearl Balych hosted the auditions of two local television programmes, "Tiny Talent" and "Spotlight on Talent" on CKBI, in the course of it, transporting over 1,000 children to Prince Albert for programming. For eight years she coordinated "Bushel Basket," a Battlefords-area talent programme of Exhibition Week. The Balyches were also involved in the production of a regular Ukrainian radio broadcast in 1959-1960 on CJNB Radio. They were both executive members of All Saints' Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Battleford. In 1981, Pearl Balych was chosen North Battleford's "Citizen of the Year."

Battlefords Real Estate Board

  • SCAA-NBHA-0001
  • Corporate body
  • 1954-2007

The history of real estate in Saskatchewan, before the board was put into place, would start with Dominions Lands Act, which was passed in 1872. This act was to encourage settlers to settle in the west and preserve the natural resources of the Prairie Provinces. Dominion Lands Offices were set up and would essentially give 160 acres to any male farmer that agreed to cultivate 40 acres and build a permanent dwelling in the first three years. All the farmer had to do was pay a ten dollar administration fee. This would be the first form of real estate office opened. Soon, more real estate offices opened up to aid in the selling or buying of the province’s land. The commencement of North Battleford Real Estate Board, as it was previously called, dates back to 1957 with a man named Bill Taylor. He joined his agencies, Bill Taylor Real Estate (1185 King St.), with four others, being North Battleford Agencies (Co-op bldg. 72 2nd Ave. E.), A.A. Stewart and Son (91087 King St.), Maher Agencies (1121 King St.), and Greise Land Co (28 1st Ave.). The start of the Multiple Listing Service was in 1958 to coincide with these uniting agencies, and their first meetings were held in only the house of its secretary Joan Wheeldon. This board was following the early lead of many other real estate associations in Saskatchewan including the Association of Regina Real Estate in 1912. However, North Battleford Real Estate Baord came to exist when the real estate business was growing. It was only two years earlier, in 1955 that the Canadian Institute of Realtors was established. This was the three year course at the University of Toronto where realtors could be educated. There were eight students from Saskatchewan attending this institute in this year. Times were way different though in the beginning years of real estate, especially considering that banks did not give out mortgages. All purchases were done as payment agreements between the two parties and the real estate agency if one was involved.
Through the years, many agencies joined this board and the Multiple Listing Service. It was very advantageous for the agencies so they could have access to the listings that all the other agencies on the board had in their files. With this cooperation, the realtor had to give part of its commission to the Multiple Listing Service for the service it provided in the deal. Aware that cooperation involving money could cause problems, in 1958, terms were written that the agencies had to agree to before joining the board such as the code of ethics, stressing the importance of the clients, and that everyone must submit to these by-laws. Later on, an arbitration committee was put into place, so they could give judgement on certain cases where there were grievances to be dealt with. Examples of grievance would be a realtor not giving the proper amount of commission to where it is due or having their agency open to clients on Saturday as they were only permitted to be open 5:00- 9:00 Monday to Friday. Being on the Board had many advantages, but it also came with costs. For an agency to join the board, they were normally charged $300.00. They then had to pay monthly to continue to be on the board, for each individual broker or salesman they had on staff to use the MLS, and their share when expenses such as advertising and donations were split between them. The hierarchy of boards continued this, as North Battleford Real Estate Board had to pay into the Saskatchewan Real Estate Board (SREB) and the Canadian Association of Real Estate Boards (CAREB) for each broker and salesman they had on staff.
The primary function of the North Battleford Real Estate Board is to serve the community of potential property buys with the utmost efficiency and courtesy.They are to know what is on the market all over the city and to be able to narrow it down the possibilities to only the ones that the buyer would be interested in according to their needs. A person with this much knowledge about the field allows a property to be chosen in the least possible time. Considering this, it is no wonder why the North Battleford Real Estate Board grew so rapidly. As agencies joined in, they had to make more structure. They made an executive, consisting of only a president and secretary to start with, and then adding vice president as well as four directors. Many committees were formed in order to specialize in certain decisions or planning events. Some include grievances and arbitration, as mentioned before, legislation and standard forms, membership and ethics, constitutional and educational, publicity and advertising, Multiple Listing Service and financial, correspondence or planning events, constitution to do revisions, and election of officers. The meetings moved from having them in various offices of North Battleford Agencies, Maher Agencies, and A.A. Stewart, to having many at the Beaver dining room (11 Ave. and 100th St.) or the Credit Union board offices (1201 102 St.). They hosted many informational meetings for agencies outside the board to try to expand. They also would volunteer at schools to show how to follow through with making a realtor their career choice. Once all the agencies in town were a part of the board, the name change took place. The North Battleford Real Estate Board dissolved from the beginning of year 1967 until it was officially The Battleford’s Real Estate Board on October 1st 1967, being announced to the public over the radio on October 13th 1967.
The board also increased in power as they took on big projects in order to increase their popularity and advertising. They donated money to causes or activities in order to get their name out there, but this paled in comparison to other projects. In 1967, they started what they called the Centennial Project to commemorate the one hundred years since Canada came into existence and to celebrate the part that the business of real estate had in it. For this project, they rallied funds in order to have a real estate office on the grounds of the pioneer village that is now on the Western Development Museum property. They also challenged themselves with hosting large events. They hosted the Saskatchewan Real Estate Convention in 1960, 1965, 1971, and 1978. This was both a huge honour and ordeal to host such a large event, especially in 1971 when it was the 20th annual Saskatchewan Real Estate Board convention. They would also regularly arrange to have guest speakers; anything to learn and get a leg up in their business. Through the many documents available, it is clear that it took a lot of cooperation and hard work to get the Battleford’s Real Estate board to the successful place it is now.

Cooper, Lorne

  • Person
  • 1936-2003

Lorne Cooper was born in North Battleford on August 25, 1936. He attended Notre Dame Elementary School. In 1955 he graduated with his high school standing from the Convent of the Child Jesus (COCJ). Shortly after graduation, the North Battleford News-Optimist hired him as their Sports Editor; he held that position from 1956 to 1961. Later he served as News Editor for the News-Optimist from 1961 to 1963. For the next 17 years, until 1980, he served as News Director for CJNB Radio. He rejoined the News-Optimist as Editor in April of 1980. Lorne has actively served the Battleford's community for many years. He was inducted into the North Battleford Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in October 1998. He was a recipient of the Rotary District 5360 and North Battleford Rotary Club "Integrity Award". He was the Chairman of the Host Committee for the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships in 1974. He also served on the city committee for the City's Golden Jubilee in 1963, the Canada's Centennial in 1967, and the Saskatchewan Homecoming in 1971. Lorne was married to Emily (nee Fedun), formerly of Richard, Saskatchewan. He and Emily have two daughters: Sandra (Wade) Sidor of Calgary, and Wendy (Rick) Rawlyk of Chestermere, Alberta. They have four sons: Lorne Jr. of Baljennie, Dale of North Battleford, Richard of North Battleford, and Kelly of Prince Albert. They have seven grandchildren. Lorne passed away on July 3rd, 2003. He was only 67 years old.