1999 – 10 YEARS AGO
• Stettler’s Municipal By-election will take place on Monday, July 26 at the Community Hall. Diane Conibear and Chuck Newton are vying for the empty position.
• Heavy rainfall hit Stettler last Wednesday night and the heavy rains continued into Thursday morning, causing town workers to scramble to keep up with the precipitation.
1989 – 20 YEARS AGO
• The Canadian Northern Society has taken over the lease and operation of the Big Valley railway station. Current plans for Big Valley include an outstanding local museum and interpretive area at the round house.
• Premier Getty has picked Heartland Plaza at the north end of Main Street for the location of his Stettler constituency offices. Mr. Getty is also considering establishing a premier’s office in town.
1979 – 30 YEARS AGO
• The children of Emmanuel and Melissa Gray hosted an open house in honour of their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary held in the C.E. Wing of the United Church.
1969 – 40 YEARS AGO
• The line squall that swept through Central Alberta late Sunday afternoon hit Stettler with ferocious force, doing heavy damage to gardens and splitting off a number of the big old poplars around town. Hail accompanied the downpour, and fields of standing grain about four or five miles south of town were damaged 100 per cent.
• Many longtime friends and fellow workers gathered in the banquet rooms of the Buffalo Hotel, Red Deer, Saturday evening to honour Mr. and Mrs. Hec Morrison, marking his retirement after 49 years with the CNR, the last seven of those years were spent in Stettler.
1959 – 50 YEARS AGO
• Haunted Lake, one and a half miles east of Alix, has been quarantined and listed as ‘out of bounds’ by provincial government health officials after 14 head of cattle died from algae poisoning.
• A steer belonging to Sam Martin, one mile north of Stettler was apparently killed by lightning during the height of a violent electric storm.
1949 – 60 YEARS AGO
• Fraser Layton, accountant for Burrows and Burrows Department Store, recently found an English Shilling piece in the cash. N 1816, when the coin was made Napoleon had been confined to St. Helena, the war of 1812 was over in Canada and trouble was brewing between Upper and Lower Canada. The value of the coin has not been placed.
• Miss Vera Hansen left Thursday on her way to Fourock, Scotland where she will be teaching school next term.
1939 – 70 YEARS AGO
• For the first time in about 24 years Marquis, that fine sterling variety, which for so long has occupied first place in the West has now been obliged to make way for another variety. Thatcher is now the dominant variety, Marquis is second and this is Red Bobs.
• After a rainy month of June which brought a feeling of optimism to everyone in this district July has followed dry and cloudless. Grain is standing at a good height and is now uniformly headed out. The heads are of a remarkable size, but a good soaker is urgently needed to assure complete maturity.
1929 – 80 YEARS AGO
• Miss Myra Cipperly, formerly of Stettler High School, has won the bursary scholarship of the Alberta University, which gives the privilege f a year’s study in a French university.
• Manager Free of Stettler Theatre is putting on his first talkie program on July 29, 30 and 31. This event marks quite an advance in the movie picture business and there will be a large audience on hand to hear the first extended program of this kind.
1919 – 90 YEARS AGO
• Cpt. and Mrs. Green received word tat their son Pte. H.T. Green of the 50th Battalion was married to Nancy Evans, in London on July 16. They are now spending their honeymoon in Dublin.
• As an indication of the wide advertisement the summer resort of Rochon Sands has had over the recent election two letters were published, one from Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States and Chas. Stewart, Premier of Alberta.
1909 – 100 YEARS AGO
• The Town of Stettler was crowded last Friday morning until late at night with buyers form all parts of the country to attend the sale of the Castor lots. The sale of 260 lots realized a total of $49,000.