With the municipal election right around the corner, let's take a look at the first mayor of Fort Saskatchewan, W.F. Langworthy.
 
While some of Langworthy's history is recorded, much of it isn't known. For example, when he first arrived in the region. 
 
The first records are from the 1890s when Langworthy farmed in the area. It was also known he travelled to the Yukon to participate in the Klondike gold rush with a group of locals in 1897.

By at least 1900, he married Margaret Alice Graham, the daughter of James. E. Graham, one of the school trustees who helped get the ball rolling on building the first school in Fort Saskatchewan.
 
The following year, Langworthy went into business with H.E. Daniel and opened up a hardware store on 100 Avenue, where the Pioneer House stands today.
 
In 1902, Daniel had left the hardware store to start his own insurance and real estate office. Langworthy moved the hardware store across the street into a two-story building that would become Langworthy Hall. On the second floor of the building, meetings and dances would be hosted, including a recorded political meeting addressed by Frank Oliver.
  
On July 1, 1904, just over a year before Alberta became a province, Fort Saskatchewan became a town. Langworthy won the town's first mayoral election by narrowly defeating W.G. Shera, his only opponent, by just three votes.
 
Langworthy served three terms as mayor when terms were only one year long. As mayor, his administration's most significant accomplishment was bringing the Canadian Northern Railway into town and negotiating a land deal to build a train station and a dual railway/automobile bridge.
 
The candidates running for mayor in the 2021 Fort Saskatchewan election are Gale Katchur and Deanna Lennox.