Farmers accept merger, but with some reservations – A Look Back

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2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

– Local farmers are saying an Agricore and United Grain Growers (UGG) merger is necessary, but it’s not a partnership they’re entering with smiles on their faces. They say the merger means there will be one less competitor at the bargaining table, but that farmers are better off dealing with strong companies instead of companies that have a negative balance sheet.

– Jack Rairdan of Stettler has been elected to the Canadian Charolais Association, which has its headquarters in Calgary.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

– Local athletes captured 41 medals during last week’s Alberta Summer Games in Stettler, helping Parkland earn the event’s Trynchy Cup for the most improved zone. Parkland dominated events like triathlon, where it picked up three gold and a silver.

– Environment Minister Ralph Klein has appointed nine members to the Buffalo Lake management team that will advise Alberta Environment on Phase V of the Parlby Creek-Buffalo Lake water management project.

1981 — 30 YEARS AGO

– More than 2,000 children and adults were captivated by the petting zoo of farm animals and poultry during the Stettler County Fair. Conveners were Marlene McNeil and Lorna and Marilyn LaRose.

– There will be a public hearing on CNR’s request to close out its 34 miles of track from the Hanna line through Endiang and Byemoor. If CN wins its case, the grain-gathering system of that area will have to make major adjustments.

1971 — 40 YEARS AGO

– Beginning this September, the school board will operate a student residence in Stettler on a trial basis. The new facilities will be located in the old Municipal Hospital.

– Rapeseed crops in the County of Stettler are being threatened by two types of worms this week; the beet web worm and the bertha army worm. Measures to combat them are being taken by district agriculturalists.

1961 — 50 YEARS AGO

– Town Hall, one of Stettler’s best-known landmarks and, in recent years, biggest eyesore, has been torn down. The part of the building known as the fire hall will be used as a warehouse by Kay and Bill’s Freight Lines Ltd.

– The annual award night at Rochon Sands Pavilion saw 146 children and adults receive progress cards or efficiency buttons. The swimmers had taken Red Cross swimming courses at Rochon Sands this summer.

1951 — 60 YEARS AGO

– The new organized Fish and Game Association has completed a successful crow and magpie campaign. The association bought 2,700 pairs of feet from district children.

1941 — 70 YEARS AGO

– There are four cases of infantile paralysis in this district; two in Stettler, one in Gadsby and one in Halkirk. All cases are of a mild type, but health authorities are keeping in close touch to prevent any spread of the disease.

– The annual horse races under the auspices of Stettler Horse Racing Association were held at the fairgrounds July 30 and 31. Crescent Shows was on hand with rides.

1931 — 80 YEARS AGO

– The first annual flower show of Stettler Horticultural Society will be held in the old Stettler Meat Co. building Aug. 22, and a nominal admission fee of 10 cents will be charged. There will also be a garden competition.

– A delay in repairing two bridges that were washed out by heavy rain is causing inconvenience to farmers in the Botha district. The cream truck cannot make its rounds, and there will be problems for the school van if the repairs aren’t made soon.

1921 — 90 YEARS AGO

– The management of the Opera House has secured for one night only the picture of the big fight between Dempsey and Carpentier. It is worth seeing, especially to those interested in sport.

– Mr. Scallion wishes it to be widely known that St. Paul’s Mission at Hartshorn will be dedicated Aug. 21. Anyone wishing to take in all three services can bring a lunch basket.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

– Donalda will likely have a hospital in the near future, as a joint stock company will be formed and shares will sell at $25 a share. Mr. F. Adams of Camrose is helping to push the project.

– Two wagon-loads of furniture and machinery, along with a large herd of horses, passed through Big Valley on their way to Peace River from Montana. They know little of the hardships they face before completing their journey.

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