Last chapter in pioneer history

A big congratulations goes out to Matt and Dorris Morris on their anniversary last Saturday, Aug. 15.

A big congratulations goes out to Matt and Dorris Morris on their anniversary last Saturday, Aug 15, sorry about this being late. But I hope you had a fantastic day.

Bingo tonight starting at 7:15 p.m. at the seniors’ centre. Make sure you come on out tonight as you could be the lucky one who wins the Jackpot, which hasn’t been won for a while, so it’s been growing.

Let’s look at the last pioneer I can locate anything on who worked on the elevators here in Botha. Art and Ilene Rock and their six children moved to Botha on Oct. 1, 1961, and made their home in the CPR station house.

Art worked as a mechanic at the Botha Garage from 1961-1964 and than worked at the Country Shop until he retired in 1973. Ilene, after years of cooking for her family, started working part time at the Auction Mart for Ed Emmett.

Many memorable recollections their children remember are where their dad, Art, brought a merry-go-round, which everyone (children and adult) enjoyed. These children also had a hockey area, which was set up on the station platform, ball games just west of the station platform and dug snow tunnels in the drifts along the snow fences. Children never lacked things to do. They were also involved in CGIT Explorers, Cubs and Scout programs.

Art and his wife enjoyed curling and especially dancing, attending most dances that were held at the Botha Hall. Ilene also was an assistant Cub leader for many years, and also a member of the UCW.

In 1968, Art retired from the Country Shop and they moved to Stettler. Ilene started working in the nursing home until Art’s passing on June 11, 1983. Ilene remarried in October 1986 to Arnold Stewart, a former Botha resident and they moved to Bashaw.

There is one special event coming up in the very near future. On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m., there will be a special event at the Stettler Elevator. Supper will be from 4 to 5 p.m.,, so watch out for more information on this, and come out and learn more how elevators worked in them days. Stettler Elevator is one of the very few elevators left in Alberta, so make sure you keep this date in mind. Everyone is more than welcome to attend this special event.

Gwenda and Robin Gravely had a very exciting time last weekend when they had all family show up and enjoy the weekend with them.