1921 Stettler telephone directory lists 359 names – A Look Back

2000 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Dr. Hayam El-Kaleb arrived in Stettler to become the fifth physician to serve the region. Born in Egypt, she practiced for the previous two years before coming to Stettler.

• Phyllis Galleberg, 74, of Stettler arrived home from hospital after she was injured during a tornado that swept Pine Lake on July 14.

1990 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Stettler Public Library could be moving off Main Street and into the old County of Stettler building. Town of Stettler council has agreed to buy the 35-year-old building and plans to move the library to the site in 1993.

• Stettler region can lay claim to two volleyball crowns at central Alberta junior high championships at Spruceview. Donalda girls capped the tournament with a record of 10 wins and one loss while Gadsby boys beat Lacombe in the final game.

1980 – 30 YEARS AGO

• Royal Lady Pat Ziegler of Stettler Order of the Royal Purple presented a cheque of $1,000 for the proposed performing arts theatre in Stettler. Funds were raised from sales of the Royal Purple’s 75th anniversary cookbook.

• Village of Donalda has received a complete operational casualty-collecting unit from disaster health services. The unit consists of 50 blankets, 24 stretchers, 17 complete medical bottles and 24 first-aid haversacks.

1970 – 40 YEARS AGO

• MAC Central High School in Alix presented a variety night in a tribute to “People” that featured songs, dances, comedy and drama that portrayed people from birth to death, from primitive man to man’s destruction of the earth.

• Close to 750 persons gathered at Stettler Memorial Hall to honour the Erskine Playboys with coaches Horace Chapman and Al Chapman who won the 1970 Western Canadian Midget Baseball Championship.

1960- 50 YEARS AGO

• Two men from Stettler – Leo Gitzel and Ward Krejci – have passed their final examination to become chartered accountants ad have been recommended to be admitted as members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

• Gerald Kromm of Stettler has become the second bowler to ever roll over 400 at Star Bowladrome. A score of 400 is as rare as an eight-ender in curling.

1950 – 60 YEARS AGO

• Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on Sunday this year and those attending dances will find the program postponed until after midnight. However, they will probably make up for it in the early-morning hours.

• McTaggart Motors in Stettler had a large illuminated sign erected on top of its building to support the letters GM (General Motors) which are about 10 feet high.

1940 – 70 YEARS AGO

• The local branch of the Canadian Red Cross has decided to send 300 cigarettes to all the boys in the district who are now serving in the Canadian Forces overseas. This will remind the boys that at Christmas, we will remember them.

• As a telephone work crew in the south of England waited for council’s permission to dig a road to lay a trunk line, a German raid dropped a bomb which did the excavation for the crew.

1930 – 80 YEARS AGO

• Stettler will host Ponoka to open the 1930-31 season of the Big Four Hockey League on Dec. 9. The local players have been getting into shape and working hard to put a time on the ice and will give a good account of themselves.

• Stettler Elks and Stettler Rotary Club are a sponsoring a Christmas Cheer Fund as donations of clothes, meat, fowl, vegetables and money will be gratefully received and wisely distributed.

1920 – 90 YEARS AGO

• The 1921 telephone directory was published at Stettler Independent office this week and free copies may be obtained at the office. A total of 359 were printed to correspond with the number of town and rural phones on the list.

• Ladies, do you know that the Gadsby Women’s Institute has a very cozy Rest Room which is open very Saturday afternoon upstairs above the Farmers’ Store? Member will welcome you and serve a refreshing cup of tea.

1910 – 100 YEARS AGO

• The little town of Wallace would like people in the vicinity to know that they are wide awake. They have a hardware store, two lumber yards, three grocery stores, and a pool hall.

• A meeting was called in the Wessington district to appoint a committee to get up a Christmas tree and entertainment on Christmas Eve. We expect to have a fine program, a beautiful tree loaded with gifts and we’ll have a really jolly time in the school house once again.

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