Old Stettler Independent Building (File Photo)

A Look Back – Stettler Independent Archive Files

1988: Mother Nature delivers sucker-punch to Stettler

A Look Back – Stettler Independent Archive Files

1988: Mother Nature delivers sucker-punch to Stettler

Reported during the first week of April

2008 – 10 YEARS AGO

Within hours of being demolished to make way for a parking lot, the rubble from one of the iconic buildings in downtown Stettler, The Hub, was burning on Monday night in what was described as a “suspicious fire” by the Regional Fire Chief Mark Dennis. The building once housed an auto spare-parts outlet, then a book shop and later a toy store. The Hub was also home to a very popular barber shop and a sandwich shop.

1998 – 20 YEARS AGO

Another prairie landmark officially closed its doors on Tuesday. The Alberta Wheat Pool elevator in Big Valley is no longer open, although some grain will be trucked from it in April to empty it. The closure of the Big Valley elevator accompanies the formal abandonment of the rail line from Big Valley to Stettler.

1988 – 30 YEARS AGO

Mother Nature delivered a wild sucker-punch to Stettler and district when 66 cms of snow buried vehicles and (almost) homes. The storm, driven by high winds, pushed emergency measures close to their limit.

1978 – 40 YEARS AGO

A plan to beautify the shoreline of Cold Lake, and create a picnic and parking area on the south shore, was unveiled at a Stettler Chamber of Commerce meeting. As well, a suggestion was made to place benches, planters and garbage receptacles along Main Street.

1968 – 50 YEARS AGO

The students and staff of Wm. E. Hay Composite High School ventured into the exciting and entertaining world of musical comedy on March 28 and 29, when the High School Students’ Union presented “Swinging High.” The chorus, stage band and musical productions are all under the very able direction of Mr. Ken Mallett.

1958 – 60 YEARS AGO

The official opening of the $500,000 addition of Stettler Elementary School and Stettler Junior High School took place Friday night. There are 79,000 square feet of floor space all under one roof, including two libraries, 14 classrooms, a home economics room, music and drama room, two science rooms and much more.

1948 – 70 YEARS AGO

The 12th annual horse sale sponsored by Stettler Farmers’ Horse Sales Association was held at the exhibition grounds, where 294 horses sold at an average price of $70. Manager F.T. Colley was largely responsible for the success of this year’s event.

1938 – 80 YEARS AGO

About 15 golfers played over the Stettler course on Sunday, marking the second time the course has been used this spring.

1928 – 90 YEARS AGO

A letter from Alberta Government Telephone outlines the steps necessary to secure a 24-hour telephone service for Erskine. It was decided that immediate steps be taken to canvass the entire district with the view of having continuous service at an early date.

1918 – 100 YEARS AGO

John Pratt has taken over the Bottle Works, formerly conducted by Jason Smith.

1908 – 110 YEARS AGO

An announcement was posted about a farmers’ meeting to be held in the Town Hall on Saturday.

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

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