Sacred concerts at Stettler Opera house every second Sunday – A Look Back

10 YEARS AGO – 2000

• People on dialysis in the Stettler region will have to continue to travel to Red Deer or farther for medical services. Stettler resident Ray Schissler, who has been on dialysis for two years, was told by the Northern Alberta Renal Program patient care manager that Stettler Hospital will not be receiving a machine.

20 YEARS AGO – 1990

• Stettler branch of the Royal Canadian Legion recently distributed $51,574 to 27 local groups and organizations. This is the second such distribution this year of funds raised by Nevada tickets sales.

• Pastors of local churches are once again providing religious education for grades 5 and 6 classes in County of Stettler schools, as they have since 1977. This year, the program is required to spend at least 20 per cent of their class time on “comparative religions”.

30 YEARS AGO – 1980

• ICG Utilities has announced an increase in natural gas sales due to a change in the Alberta Border Price. The effect on residential consumers will be up to 30 per cent above existing rates.

• Bryan Stewart won the 9-and-under division in the provincial pass, punt and kick football skills competitions in Calgary. His 230-point total was far superior to that of his nearest rival, a boy from Calgary who collected 193 points.

40 YEARS AGO – 1970

• Winter came in with a blast to the Alix area on Oct. 22 and many residents had snow and ice to put up with. School buses took their passengers home on Monday at noon.

• Stetttler Wildcats of William E. Hay Composite High School put an end to a highly productive regular season in football as they whipped Lacombe Rams 26-8. Stettler’s record stands unblemished throughout the 1970 season.

50 YEARS AGO – 1960

• A milestone in the development of Stettler will take place with the official opening of the community centre. The program includes figure skating, minor hockey, senior hockey, broomball, father-and-son hockey and music by the Stettler Band.

• Explorers and Canadian Girls in Training groups of Stettler United Church have announced they will collect pennies on Halloween for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The children’s motives are unselfish as they like to help other children who are hungry and sick.

60 YEARS AGO – 1950

• William Jolley is the first local citizen to report seeing a flying saucer when he saw the object flying northward about a month ago. He described it as white, and lying at a speed in excess to any aircraft.

• Gadsby Ladies’ Aid will hold its annual chicken supper in the Gadsby church on Friday, Nov. 3. Admission is adults for 60 cents and children for 30 cents.

70 YEARS AGO – 1940

• Everybody in this neck of the woods knows harry Lynn who has been crying auction sales around here for 27 years. He has also farmed, ranched foxes, trucked and has been reeve of the Village of Erskine for 24 years.

• The Red Cross held and amateur concert in Pekin Hall at Castor which raised about $45 as prizes were won by Lily Hag, Buddy Pals and William Quigley.

80 YEARS AGO – 1930

• Golfer in this part of Alberta will be interested to learn that L.W. Eyestone won the senior championship at a golf tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa last week after playing a series of games to reach the crest.

• Manager Free of the Stettler Theatre will show two special talking pictures. “Mamba” is the feature this weekend with John McCormack in “Song O’ My Heart “ next week.

90 YEARS AGO – 1920

• Red Willow News – Now that people of Alberta have decided by a large majority against the importation of intoxicating liquors into the province, it is hoped that every self-respecting person may feel that it is his obligation to respect the will of the people.

• Cinders have been substituted for the board sidewalk in Stettler in front of the Salvation Army barracks and t he Van Benito Cigar factory.

100 YEARS AGO – 1910

• Stettler Orchestra is starting a series of sacred concerts to be held in the opera house the second Sunday after in each month to help furnish the people of Stettler with good music.

• The appearance of the streets in Stettler has been greatly improved by the removal of overhanging signs, to comply with the bylaw recently passed. There are still a number of signs along Main Street that have to come down.

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