10 YEARS AGO – 2000
• Thanks to the generosity of a local man, Stettler Health Foundation has a good base fund to work with. Joe Anderson passed away just before Christmas in 1996 at the age of 76 and left about $400,000 to the Stettler Hospital Foundation in his will which the foundation received this summer. The donation will be used for Stettler Hospital and Care Centre for the palliative care area and to purchase equipment, according to Dr. Alasdair Drummond of the foundation.
20 YEARS AGO – 1990
• The railway roundhouse at Big Valley has been cleared of debris and stands today as a reminder of the once-thriving ages of steam trains in the area. The building was erected in 1912 and by 1948, the last steam whistle had echoed off the walls.
• Stettler Junior Forest Wardens have adopted a club name of “Swift Fox” as 44 youngsters have registered for this year’s program.
30 YEARS AGO – 1980
• The McKay family has sold Stettler Auction Mart and family head C.Q McKay cried his last sale Sept. 30. He had been associated with the auction mart for nearly 30 years.
• Village of Donalda Mayor Eric Hjorth has been chosen to go on an all-expense-paid trip to Ottawa where he will take a course in emergency planning.
40 YEARS AGO – 1970
• Stettler Fish and Game Association held a trap shoot for turkeys on Sunday as about 40 participated. Shoots will be held weekly on he grounds about a half-mile east of Stettler on Highway12.
• More than 100 persons registered at William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler for the continuing-education program as over half of these signed up for business courses.
50 YEARS AGO – 1960
• Stettler branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has completed plans for its annual fall carnival for Nov. 3 to 5. Cash Bingos will be held each night and dances will take place Friday and Saturday nights with music provided by Cynthia Walker’s orchestra.
• This may be a surprise to local people, but two pieces dinosaur bones have been found in the Donalda hills by a lapidarist from Calgary. He also found that the petrified wood there is of the Sequoi variety and well crystallized.
60 YEARS AGO – 1950
• A new 14-mile length of railway track is being constructed near Halkirk. The track will be used to move coal from the Alberta Coal Co. mine on the south bank of Battle River to Halkirk where the line connects with the Canadian Pacific Railway line.
• Dave Harbison and Sid Chapman had to use sleights to get to town on Oct. 7 as the big snow drifts made travel by car impossible. When they returned at night, they ran into difficulty because the chinook wind had melted most of the snow.
70 YEARS AGO – 1940
• Members of Omega Home Circle in Gadsby are reminded that the next meeting of the club will be held at the home of Mrs. Dewey Hoopfer. This will be the last meeting before the annual bazaar.
• The Stettler Company of the Calgary Regiment is holding another dance in the armouries. Funds derived for the dance will be used to purchase bugles for the bugle band that will soon be organized.
80 YEARS AGO – 1930
• The Junior Red Cross of Aunger School intend to put on a Halloween dance Oct. 24. In case threshing will be on at that time, the date of the dance will be changed.
• Another vehicle crash occurred when a carload of young folks en route from Erskine to Stettler lost control of the care and turned over a few times. The Ford car and several of the occupants were laid up for repairs.
90 YEARS AGO – 1920
• Mrs. Nellie McClung will hold a meeting in the Opera House under the auspices of the UFA (United Farmers of Alberta) and UFWA (United Farm Women of Alberta). This is looked forward to by those who are interested in getting the vote for prohibition.
• Two new oil well locations have been established by the Imperial Oil Co. just south of Monitor. There is considerable activity in oil drilling in that vicinity.
100 YEARS AGO – 1910
• A crowd of about 1,000 took part in the third annual Alix Fall Fair and the weather was just right. Philip Neis took first prize with 36 entries.
• In response to a number of enquiries as to the ate of Thanksgiving Day it may be stated that the dated fixed by the Dominion of Canada is Monday, Oct. 31.