Despite snags nationally, Stettler mail keeps moving – A Look Back


2001 — 10 YEARS AGO

– Council has decided to stock the West Stettler Park pond with Northern Pike as a solution to eliminate the white suckers who have established themselves in the water. At the same time, this option should provide a recreation fish that the public can catch.

– A drier than normal summer and an unseasonably warm winter has caused a grasshopper explosion in parts of east central Alberta.

1991 — 20 YEARS AGO

– It will be business as usual for the local post office, despite rotating strikes by Canada Post employees in other parts of the country. “The mail will move,” said Stettler postmaster Marvin Ingram.

– The six tourist information centres owned by Battle River Tourist Association will be turned over to the communities that have been operating them so capably for the past 15 to 18 years.

1981 — 30 YEARS AGO

– They danced in the rain Saturday night in Halkirk as that community celebrated the paving of its wide main street and access road. The honour of cutting the ribbon for the official opening fell to Mayor Dale Kent.

– Town council has decided that there will be roller-skating in Stettler Community Centre in 1982, as requested by the recreation commission. At the same time, it was decided that events that require placing dirt on the floor of the big arena be cancelled.

1971 — 40 YEARS AGO

– Alberta Premier Harry Strom was greeted by more than 400 people at Stettler Memorial Hall on Aug. 19. He stated that Alberta’s prosperity didn’t result from a chance happening, but sprang directly from a series of solid Social Credit governments.

– Valeen Pruden, a former member of Stettler Figure Skating Club, is now a gold medallist, the highest achievement that a Canadian figure skater can obtain at the national level. Valeen passed her gold free skating test at Banff School of Fine Arts.

1961 — 50 YEARS AGO

– Oldtimers tell us that the summer of 1961 has been hotter than any other summer since the turn of the century. The thermometer rose to more than 80 degrees on 28 days, and on four occasions exceeded 90 degrees.

– A record attendance of more than 1,100 pupils, 300 in senior high, is expected when Stettler schools open Sept. 5. All high school classes will be held in the new school being built by Stettler School Board.

1951 — 60 YEARS AGO

– Candidates for queen of Canadian Legion Carnival in September are June Ramsay, Jean Schreiber, June Tucker and Shirley Szapko. They are selling tickets for the dance, which count as votes.

– The CPR park near the railway is now a thing of the past, and Gulf Oil will use it as a site for its office and warehouse, and for storage of oil pipes.

1941 — 70 YEARS AGO

– Several hours of searching went on by Castor townspeople when little Austin Harman disappeared from home after dark. He was found about midnight, on his way home, after taking a long walk in the country.

– The Queen’s Fund Travelling Box has been making the rounds in Donalda to raise funds for air raid victims. The box is passed from house to house, with dainty morsels of home baking

1931 — 80 YEARS AGO

– A large gathering assembled at the Gadsby Cemetery on Sunday afternoon to witness the unveiling ceremony of the Memorial Cairn, recently erected by the Gadsby Branch of the Canadian Legion in honour of their fallen comrades in the Great War.

– An opinion columnist writes that there is something about a beard that seems to lend dignity to a man, and clothes his speech with a sense of power and wisdom that the utterances of but few barefaced men can equal. “A beard is the dividing line between youth and manhood.”

1921 — 90 YEARS AGO

– WANTED: Young lady or gentleman as an assistant on stage. Will travel all over Canada and the U.S. Must have $500 to get what you need for work. Call at Room 3, National Hotel, Stettler.

– Mr. Jim Glazier of Gadsby has decided to go in for fox breeding, and have fixed up runs and corrals for his new stock. He has imported five pairs of cross-bred silver foxes and has quite a few visitors stopping in to see them.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

– An inquest on the death of Norman Merritt, who was murdered on his homestead 35 miles east of Castor, was concluded before Coroner Lyon. F. Carlson, a good friend of Merritt, confessed to the murder and will go to trial.

– The Traders Bank of Canada has opened their new branch in Halkirk under the management of T.A. Smith, who is ably assisted by H. Hick Coons. It is one of the best bank buildings along the line.

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