Donalda to proceed with the building of arena – A Look Back

2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Conditions are still dry and brittle over most of Alberta and in some areas it is becoming a critical situation for farmers. This has area cattle farmers worried and searching the skies for moisture.

• May 26 marked the very first Tar Trek Fun Run – “a five-kilometer mission to encourage new runners, stamp out nicotine and to boldly run where no one has run before…” Walkers trekked three kilometers over pavement, past the Stettler Museum and on the walking trails of West Stettler park. The three kilo runners took the same route with others running the five-kilo trail.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Motorists are being asked to keep a sharp eye out for a herd of 140 high school students stampeding down Stettler streets. The event marks the annual Wm. E. Hay Road Runner Race that will test the mettle of local Grade 10 students.

• Stettler will send at least five people to the community’s sister city in Japan this fall. Mayor Bob Stewart said that the community’s ties to Okoppe were important to future economic and cultural exchanges.

1981 – 30 YEARS AGO

• The old-time neighbourhood spirit was seen recently when friends and neighbours supplied their machinery and trucks to help Stan Eichhorn put in his crop and garden. There were 16 men, 8 women and 5 children, doing their share.

• At a special meeting sponsored by the Ag Society in Donalda, it was decided to proceed at once with the building of a $145,000 arena in the village. The building will be located in the southeast corner of the school grounds.

1971 – 40 YEARS AGO

• Stettler businessmen have issued a challenge to citizens of Stettler and surrounding town to meet them in a tug-o-war during Krazy Daze. Plans for this year’s event are taking shape rapidly and it looks like the two-day shopping carnival will be more popular than ever.

• Antiques up to 70 years old were discovered by the Volker family in the walls of the former Landry home at Erskine. A baby bottle, patented in 1898; a parasol and several pairs of ladies shoes; letters dating back to 1900; magazines and newspapers.

1961 – 50 YEARS AGO

• Russ Capel has announced that Premier Khrushchev of Russia was asked to officially open the Stettler Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion’s stampede in July. The theme of this year’s stampede is “United Nations.”

• The Alberta Fish & Game Association has restocked three local fishing spots this spring. They have place pickerel eggs in Buffalo Lake, and stocked Boehlke’s Pond and Kerbes’ Pond with fingerling trout.

1951 – 60 YEARS AGO

• May 24 in Stettler was marked by the dedication of the beautiful Sharpe Memorial Park to the memory of Stettler and District veterans who lost their lives in the world wars. Mayor H.A. Blair, on behalf of the town, accepted the park from Mr. Shape, who had built it up in the past few years.

• At a local amateur contest in Donalda, sponsored by the Beef Calf Club, six-year-old Darryl Clement and his four-year-old sister Lynn won first prize singing the “Blue Skirt Waltz.” They were accompanied by Miss H. Bednad on the guitar.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

• Radio station CJCA recently gave an outline of the history of Stettler, starting from 1905 up to the present. A number of landmarks were mentioned, such as the big fire in 1908; the new school in 1910; the arrival of the CNR in 1911; the municipal hospital in 1929; and they also touched on the many sports-related accomplishments of the town.

1931 – 80 YEARS AGO

• The fifth annual golf tournament of Stettler Golf Club was held on the local course May 24 and 25, with an attendance of 79 golfers. There were many visiting players from Calgary, Edmonton, and points in between.

• The boulevards and lawns in town are badly infested with dandelions. Householders should put up a larger supply of dandelion wine than usual, so as to keep down the growth.

1921 – 90 YEARS AGO

• About 100 Stettler residents journeyed to Castor on Empire Day to see the sights, and to take part in the celebrations there.

• “I hereby declare a Public Holiday on Friday, June 3, 1921, from the hour of 12 noon to 5 p.m., the said date being the Birthday of His Majesty the King, and also the day fixed for School Sports. All good citizens are requested to govern themselves accordingly.”

– EB Nash, Mayor

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

• Eleven months ago the bald prairie stretched where now stands the progressive village of Munson. Situated on the rising ground of Fox Coulee, it is the ideal spot for a city, as it commands a view of the surrounding countryside.

• Both the lacrosse team and the football team from Castor have accepted challenges to play a match game with the Stettler teams at Stettler June 22, Coronation Day.

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