The City of Estevan has named a road in honour of a local businessman, politician and community member.
Brown Road was dedicated during a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. The road, which is named after the late Russell Brown, is in south Estevan, and runs from Collins Road to Souris Avenue South.
Brown was a captain in the army during the Second World War. He served as the MLA for the Last Mountain constituency for the New Democratic Party, and was the minister responsible for SaskPower when the Boundary Dam Power Station (BDPS) was commissioned in 1959.
He moved to Estevan in 1966 and purchased the Empire Hotel. After selling the hotel, he purchased A&A Jewellery.
In the community, Brown was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch and the Estevan Elks.
Brown was elected to Estevan city council in 1969 and was re-elected in 1970. Then he was elected as the MLA for Souris-Moose Mountain in 1971, a position he held until his death later that year.
One of his daughters, Debbie Packet, said it`s appropriate to name the road after Brown, because BDPS is visible in the background, and he was instrumental in the power station`s construction.
Another daughter, Pat Garvey, said her father was very proud to live in Estevan, and he fell in love with the community because of its people.
This week’s edition of Southeast Lifestyles will have more on this story.