Old Stettler Independent building File photo

A Look Back – Stettler Independent Archive Files

Originally Submitted By: Margaret Connon and Mary-Jane Jackson/Updated By: Landin Chambers

Reported during the fourth week of March

2008 – 10 YEARS AGO

United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) inaugurated its first constructed fertilizer plant in Stettler last Thursday, March 20, promising improved services to their members and the farming community in this area. The plant has a storage capacity of 11,600 tons and a blending capacity of more than a tonne per minute. Fertilizers supplied are namely: urea, phosphate and sulfur-based products.

1998 – 20 YEARS AGO

Brian McKinnon has been named president of the Stettler Minor Hockey Association for the 1998/99 season. He replaces outgoing president Terry O’Mally who remains on the executive as past-president.

1988 – 30 YEARS AGO

Thieves broke in and robbed the Erskine Curling Rink in the early hours of Saturday morning and attempted to break into the Erskine Grocery as well. A passing motorist reported a suspicious vehicle to Stettler RCMP who arrested the pair from Calgary as they were leaving Erskine.

1978 – 40 YEARS AGO

Red Willow children are happier these days since Ted Howlett removed the partition on the ice surface of the curling rink, then flooded the whole space for skating.

1968 – 50 YEARS AGO

Four hundred and fifty-one head of horses sold for an average price in excess of $100 at Stettler Auction Mart. High team bought at a price of $725 for Belgium geldings contributed by Emil Skocdopole.

1958 – 60 YEARS AGO

Arson is suspected in connection to the early morning blaze that caused $5,000 damage to the Court House according to Fire Chief Pat Chapman. It is not believed that any records were lost, and offices are back to normal. The alarm was turned in by Mrs. Kay Murray, who lives across the street.

1948 – 70 YEARS AGO

The power of the oil beneath the farmlands at Leduc was amply demonstrated this week when Atlantic No. 3 began blowing wild. For 38 hours it sprayed the countryside for two miles around, and it is estimated that $20,000 worth of oil has been hurled into the air.

1938 – 80 YEARS AGO

Following three or four weeks of mild sunny weather, there was a complete change on Monday afternoon. There was rain in the morning, but by 4 p.m. this had changed to a blizzard with rapidly falling temperatures. School was closed on Tuesday owing to drifted streets. Blizzards in March are not infrequent, but they usually happen earlier in the month.

1928 – 90 YEARS AGO

Mr. Harry Watson has returned from California, and will now farm on the Mark Six property north of town this year. Mr. Watson and family travelled all the way from California by car and had no particular difficulty all the way.

1918 – 100 YEARS AGO

The shipment of goldfish to W.J. Hart was so long on the road that only 20 fish arrived alive, out of 750.

1908 – 110 YEARS AGO

The granting of a post office to E.W. Barrett on the SE of 18-40-20 is proving a great convenience to the settlers in that neighborhood. The name of the new post office is “Kanata.”

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