CNR donates caboose to museum – A Look Back


2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

– Mirror’s mayor says a proposed intensive livestock operation could contaminate the local drinking water supply. “I’m concerned that (hog) manure could run off into (Parlby) Creek,” said Mayor Gail Ringguth. Parlby Creek is Mirror’s drinking water source.

– Stettler’s ice cream princess takes (and makes) the cake in East Parkland’s Fortune Hunters program. Sarah Meyer is one of 37 Central Alberta students taking part in Fortune Hunters, a summer program that teaches business skills to young people.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

– A Calgary trucker came within seconds of being burned alive after his tanker truck, loaded with 30,000 litres of fuel exploded and burned, following a two-vehicle accident near Big Valley. The truck clipped a horse trailer and both vehicles went out of control, but no one was injured.

– The Buffalo Lake stabilization plan was given the go ahead last week, ending nearly 15 years of negotiations with the provincial government. Work on the $13 million project is expected to begin within the next 9 months.

1981 – 30 YEARS AGO

– A 40-year-old CN caboose has been carefully set down on a short track in front of Town and Country Museum. The caboose was given to the museum by Canadian National Railways, from the CNR line in Stettler.

– One of the community’s oldest centres, Red Willow was a settlement before there was a Stettler. At their homecoming July 18, they will auction the first copy of the Red Willow history book.

1971 – 40 YEARS AGO

– A 70-mile-per-hour wind toppled a service drilling rig north of Nevis Gas Plant. Lethal gas escaping from the well had to be flared, and burned unchecked for six hours.

– Mrs. M. Coultis has retired after 25 years as cook at the Stettler Municipal Hospital. Staff of the hospital honoured Mrs. Coultis at a tea held in the hospital dining room.

1961 – 50 YEARS AGO

– Maxine Kneeland of Stettler won the grand championship with a Holstein, when a total of 73 animals were judged during the annual 4-H Achievement Day of the Stettler, Botha and Erskine clubs. Glen Hannaford of Botha received a trophy for reserve champion of the show.

– The Les Isaman rink of Stettler successfully defended the title it won last year at the Nelson Midsummer Bonspiel. Playing with Les were his two sons Jack and Lawrence, and Delmar Tweit.

1951 – 60 YEARS AGO

– Stettler Band, in spanking new uniforms, and marching with precision, were a big hit in the Calgary Stampede parade. They were preceded by a large red and white banner advertising Stettler as the “Heart of Alberta.”

– Vandalism was rampant at the local golf course Saturday night when the fence was torn down and the first fairway was scattered with rubbish and beer bottles. The police intend to clamp down on all “rough house” of this kind.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

– The annual Dominion Day celebration of the Stettler Legion attracted a good attendance. Main events of the day included baseball, foot races, horse races, bicycle races, and a program by the Alabama Minstrels.

– A bad fire, caused by spontaneous combustion in the binder twine, destroyed the Cockshutt warehouse last week. Binder twine worth $5332 was lost, as were implements worth $2000.

1931 – 80 YEARS AGO

– The Edgewater Pavilion will be opened for the season July 10, when the first dance will be given, with music by Al Wilkie’s orchestra. Dances will be given through the season on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights.

– The CGIT camp at Bar Harbor opened July 2, under the direction of Miss Jean Huston. Fifty-three girls are in attendance from Stettler and surrounding area.

1921 – 90 YEARS AGO

– Premier Stewart spoke at Gadsby last night, attended by townspeople and farmers generally. The Premier did not arrive until 10 o’clock as, owing to the heavy roads, he was obliged to come through on a speeder.

– Grasshoppers are plentiful in lawns and gardens at present, and there are also a number of them in the country. It is reported that the grasshoppers are feeding on binder twine this year, so harvesters should be on guard for this.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

– A grand celebration will be held at Victor, July 12, with baseball, football, horse racing, foot races, and a big dance in the evening. A good time will be spent, and a cordial invitation is extended to everyone.

– There is a rumour that the CNR has surveyed their new line through Stettler, and as far as Cut Bank Lake. Keep coming boys, and hurry up with the grading and the steel. There will be lots of grain to be shipped this fall.