James Shepherd, working for the Ross Knight chuckwagon outfit, was among the crews that had to evacuate High River. They had 30 minutes to pack up and head out to higher ground.
Velvet Nickerson heard from her parents, near Fairmont, that they were close to evacuation when their local bridge lifted and shifted. Pictures of their picnic table, (normally 20 feet above the river) was showing only the very top. Velvet’s brother Ben was one of three people left in a mine shaft near Sparwood. Velvet later got word that all were safe!
The late Peter Taggart’s step daughter Donna lives close to the downtown area of Calgary and came home to Stettler to stay with her mother, Florence, bringing a camera full of pictures of Calgary.
Frank and Eleanor Dahlgren are safe at home after travelling through the flood area, fighting detours and bridges out to get to grandson Tanner Walgenbach and bride elect Megan’s wedding near lambrick Alberta in “The Gap.” The wedding was moved to dry ground at their residence and it was a beautiful day on Saturday for them. The groom and groomsmen; then the bridesmaids came in a horse and wagon, followed by the bride and step father on horseback. Eleanor and Frank were among the guests that enjoyed their stay in one of the cabins on Tanner and Megan’s property that are used for hunters and trail riders. Of the 300 invited guests, including parents Cecil and Pat Walgenbach and many more relatives from the area, only two from Stettler were unable to make it on time.
In other news, Westwoods Agriplex is starting to hum with activity, including family reunions and weddings.
Diane Baird is back home from a wedding in Saskatoon this past weekend. The daughter of good friend and one of Diane’s bridesmaid’s, Bonnie.
The bingo Saturday night saw 20 people there. With another good crowd next month, the loonie pot will be close to one hundred dollars. Next bingo is July 20.
Percy and Paulette Heer, along with several other couples, helped Barry Brown celebrate his 80-plus one birthday on Friday night. Cake, coffee and laughter were on the menu.
Donna McKay was among the friends and family gathered at the Anglican Church last week to say goodbye to Steve Gordon. His wife Joyce is a good friend of Donna’s and part of our Gadsby District Hobby Club. Our deepest sympathies.