The first form of municipal government in Saskatchewan, which was the North West Territories at the time, came about in 1883 when the federal government gave the legislative council of the NWT the authority to make laws on local government. Under this authority Local Improvement Districts (LID’s) were created with the first ones being a single township in size and later being altered by the government as they saw fit. The LID’s had the power of taxation and their main concerns included roads, noxious weeds, gopher control, and a wolf bounty. In this area the first LID was formed in 1899 with Allan O. Pringle as the overseer and was designated No. 182. It included Township 4 Ranges 33 & 34. The year 1901 saw the creation of LID No. 484 which was overseen by John Campbell, as well as a change of the overseer of LID No. 182 to Thomas Timmons. By 1904 the LID’s were larger in size and District 2-B-1 including Townships 3 & 4 Ranges 32, 33, & 34 and District 3-B-1 including Townships 4 & 5 Ranges 32, 33, & 34 were formed. In 1907 townships became divisions with an overseer for each division. December 13, 1909 saw the government disorganize the LID’s and form rural municipalities nine townships in size with six divisions. Each division was a township and a half in size and had an elected representative. The years 1910 and 1911 saw the local area petition the provincial government to form their district into a rural municipality. The first petition was made in July 1910 by J.A. Lemay, the secretary of the municipal committee. Other members of the committee who signed the petition application were A. Goettler, A. Fleming, T.R. Timmons, James McCrindle, and Edward Kyle. The names they suggested for the rural municipality were Wallas, Ellise, Cantal, New Home, Rosebank, Huron, Arbor Vitae, Oakley, and Perth. The name Reciprocity was suggested on a later petition. The population of the proposed area was 826. The district was awarded a municipality which came into existence on December 11, 1911.