A new grandstand for 450 people at Exhibition Grounds

2000 – 10 YEARS AGO

• With 18 lots in the northwest corner of the Town of Stettler – Meadowlands – in the construction stage, a public hearing was held to address future needs in the area. A majority of people at the hearing spoke against the bylaw, concerned with the appearance of rental properties.

1990 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Gilbert and Sullivan Chorus of Stettler will present its spring production “The Sound of Music” this Friday to Sunday.

• Town of Stettler council approved a Community Tourism Action Plan grant valued at $69,287 to purchase, move and restore a railway station to be located at 47 Avenue and 47 Street.

1980 – 30 YEARS AGO

• Frontenac chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) presented prizes for top mathematicians at Stettler Elementary School from grades one to six – Cory Rosenfelt (Gr.1), Rod Bruntjen (Gr.2), Wade Pallister (Gr.3), Kirby Hruska (Gr.4), Stacy Lorenz (Gr.5) and John Chan (Gr.6).

• Henry and Ella Ko have leased the dining room facilities at Stettler Legion where they officially opened Stettler’s latest restaurant. Local MLA and Solicitor-General Graham Harle was present to cut the ribbon. The Legion clubroom is still located in the same building.

1970 – 40 YEARS AGO

• Wanda Collins of Fenn and Hall and Annette Kerbes of Big Valley were among 24 contestants chosen as semi-finalists in the Lacombe Lions Club Talent Contest on Friday, May 22. The contest will be shown live on Red Deer television.

* Mr. and Mrs. Milford Parcels of Stettler celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 16 with an open house at the Legion clubrooms. They were married on May 19, 1920 in Penhold, Alberta.

1960 – 50 YEARS AGO

• Stettler and District Agricultural Society is erecting a new 450-seat grandstand at Stettler Exhibition Grounds and will include an office, ticket booths and modern washrooms.

• Candidates for the Canadian Legion Stampede on July 5 and 6 are Lavonne Hronek of Halkirk, Inez Jones of Donalda, Hazel Walker of Endiang, Pat Gerlach of Stettler, Volita Riddell of Big Valley and Faye Strandquist of Stettler.

1950 – 60 YEARS AGO

• Empire Day on Wednesday, May 24 was featured with fine weather and most local householders spend the day in their gardens while some motored to Rochon Sands or Calgary or Edmonton.

• In honour of Father J.J. Aherne, who is leaving on a three-month trip to visit his aged mother in Ireland, the people of the parish held a party at his home on Sunday, May 21. Mr. Timon Berthot, on behalf of the parish, presented Father Aherne with a purse of $200.

1940 – 70 YEARS AGO

• Stettler High School is presenting its first annual graduation dance at Carder’s Hall on Friday, May 31 with high schools from Big Valley, Erskine, Botha, Castor, Coronation and Lacombe also invited.

• Most shrubs began to bloom May 24 this season including lilacs and caraganas. Apple and plum trees are also in bloom and by the end of the week, all blooms will be complete. The warm weather over the past two weeks accounted for the early flowering.

1930 – 80 YEARS AGO

• The new Red and White Store at Fenn opened officially for business on Saturday last. Mr. Burke is still officiating and hopes that under new management that business will increase.

• The indignant lady had just recognized the street beggar she habitually patronized. He was climbing into an expensive automobile. “What,” she gasped. “You own this and beg?” “Yes, lady,” he admitted. “It is the only way I can keep it up.”

1920 – 90 YEARS AGO

• The question of a band stand is one that will be disposed of this year. The band has been handicapped during the last two or three seasons by a lack of accommodation for outdoor concerts. It was felt that the board of trade should take this up as it is a common matter.

• In view of the fact that many gardens are now being put it, owners of chickens should see that they are securely penned in. One energetic chicken can destroy a whole bed of vegetables in a short time.

1910 – 100 YEARS AGO

• Wall Lake News Items – The hearts of the people were gladdened by a fine rain on the 18th as foretold by the weather prophet.

Arbour Day was well observed at the school grounds. New seats have arrived for the school. There was no school Monday and Tuesday owing to the teacher being ill.