Look Back – Oxen took fright and dragged plough over Caldwell

2000 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Stettler RCMP arrested two local males who were caught in the act of break, enter and theft at Stettler Subway.

• Stettler pilot T.J. (Thompson) Lovell had quite a fright when low fuel forced him to make an emergency landing on a rural road – C&E Trail – near Red Deer when he was flying from Whitecourt.

1990 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Kathy Hankins of Stettler did the impossible when she shot two holes-in-one in just over one week, Her first came at Rochon Sands on July 22 and her second during regular ladies league play July 31.

• Stettler-area team roper Rocky Ross finished third on average and first in the final round at the national high school rodeo finals in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States. He was part of a 48-member Alberta team in competition with more than 1,250 qualifiers from Canada and the U.S.

1980 – 30 YEARS AGO

• Swelled by crowds of homecomers for the 75th anniversary celebrations, attendance at Stettler County Fair exceeded all existing records for events held in this community. More than 6,500 persons were registered by Ches Sorensen and his staff of 100 clerks.

• Canada World Youth has selected Stettler as one of rout Alberta communities to carry out and Indonesia-Canada exchange this fall. Young people will work in a volunteer/learner capacity in a variety of areas.

1970- 40 YEARS AGO

• Stettler Light Horse Association attracted 170 horses and 360 entries to its first indoor horseshow. Entries came from all over the province, but local girls Diane Innocent won grand champion and Laura Innocent won reserve champion with their ponies.

• Alberta midget baseball championships come to Stettler next week when Horace Chapman’s defending champions from Erskine face Wanham from the Peace River region, Legal from the north and Orion from the south.

1960 – 50 YEARS AGO

• Miss Donna Stevens has received one of the highest academic awards an undergraduate can received from McGill University. She was honoured as a university scholar as a token of distinction.

• Stettler schools were expected to be overcrowded this year and three outside classrooms were to be opened in the old Anglican church and in Christ King Catholic Church parish hall. Stettler school board is discussing the possibility of building a new school.

1950 – 60 YEARS AGO

• Central Alberta’s largest business firm, McTaggart Motors of Stettler and Lacombe entertained employees and their families with a picnic at Rochon Sands as over 200 people attended the affair and were treated royally by the hosts.

• Two-year-old Helen Bogen of Consort was lost for 31 hours in the bushes in the area known as Whitton in the rugged Neutral Hills. Recovering in hospital, she appears to be perfectly alright.

1940 – 70 YEARS AGO

• Sharpe & Page has recovered most of the property stolen from the business’s office safe last month. A sack containing the cash box was found by Norman Smith and Teddy Smith, the two young sons of Albert Smith.

• Sheppard Jewellers has a grandfather clock that was made in Wales about 150 years ago. It still keeps good time and is equipped with a calendar that works automatically from day to day.

1930 – 80 YEARS AGO

• A meeting to organize a local flying school will be held Aug. 18. If there is enough interest, Dominion Air Industries will purchase a machine for the purpose of carrying passengers, as well as give flying instructions.

• Teacher: “It gives me great pleasure to mark you 85 on your examination.”

Johnny: “Why not make it 100 and give yourself a real thrill.”

1920 – 90 YEARS AGO

• Ratepayers should take notice that women have a vote in municipal elections this year. Those who can vote, in addition to property holders, are the wives and daughters of property holders, provided they are a minimum of 21 years of age.

• Wanted: Two lady strippers. Experience not necessary. Contact Van Benito Cigar Coy., Stettler.

1910 – 100 YEARS AGO

• Harold Caldwell of the Cornucopia area met with an accident while unhitching his oxen from the sulky plough. They took fright and ran away, knocking him down and dragging the plough over him. He suffered a gash on his head and several bruises.

• Donalda will likely have a hospital in the near future as a joint stock company is being formed and shares will sell at $25 each. Mr. F. Adams of Camrose is helping the project along

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