A LOOK BACK
2001 — 10 YEARS AGO
– Stettler Employment Services, which is a branch of Family Community Support Services, has just received a three-year, $500,000 contract that will provide services to Stettler and area residents in the form of job placement and training on the job.
– A franchise known as Curves for Women has opened their doors in Stettler. The grand opening for Stettler’s newest business took place Oct. 1.
1991 — 20 YEARS AGO
– Major renovations for the modernization of Erskine School will continue throughout the year, with completion date set for June 1992. Change will include a new gym, new bathrooms, library and music room.
– Stettler cat owners will have to keep feline friends on a tight leash if council goes ahead with a new cat bylaw. If passed, cat owners would be forced to obtain a licence each year, and might be fined if their pets are running loose.
1981 — 30 YEARS AGO
– Twenty-five years of scouting in the Buffalo Lake district were celebrated with a parade in Stettler and a family camp at Boss Woods Scout Camp. As part of those celebrations, district Scouts build a cairn at Camp Boss Woods.
– The official opening of Grandview Kinsmen Playground took place, with national president Bruce Glass cutting the red ribbon. Several children attended the grand opening, but few had time to stop playing to watch the ceremony.
1971 — 40 YEARS AGO
– There are 195 entries in the Stettler Independent’s annual doll contest, and there have been 78 winners to date. Also offered this year are stuffed toys, with the latest addition being a 25-inch Sylvester Cat.
– The Stettler Snowdrifters and the Donalda Snow Raiders each year hold a number of snowmobile races in the district. There is an increase in the recreational use of the snowmobile.
1961 — 50 YEARS AGO
– Ken Murray of Stettler won the seventh annual provincial car “road-eo” finals at Edmonton and received the Gordon Taylor Trophy, which signifies the top driver in Alberta.
– The Alberta Liquor Control Board has recently approved the installation of television, radio and piped in music in the province’s licensed premises. The new rule will prove popular with sports fans.
1951 — 60 YEARS AGO
– Editorial: For some reason, Canadians, whose courage in other ways has always been above reproach, are a terrible meek and mild bunch when it comes to dealing with their own government — which is supported to be elected to carry out their will. I sometimes think that the government could pass a law tomorrow taxing a man’s sleep at, say 50 cents an hour, and get away with it.
– A total of 700 Eastern harvesters have arrived in the province during the last seven days to help take off Alberta’s bumper crop.
1941 — 70 YEARS AGO
– Mr. Fletcher of Stettler High School has been advised by the Department of Education that Doreen Mildred Olive has obtained the highest marks in Grade 9 examinations. Thema Elizabeth MacKenzie attained the second highest standing.
– J. Lawrence Department Store is offering a variety of men’s English worsted suits in the newest stripe patterns, specially priced at $24.50. Britain delivers the goods!
1931 — 80 YEARS AGO
– Linda Hall is being rebuilt, as the hall burned down last fall, with the cause of the fire never being discovered. It has filled a prominent place in the social life of the district, and people are determined to have a new hall.
– The Frontenac Chapter of the IODE will donate a number of prizes for Stettler School this year. This will encourage pupils to do their best work throughout the year and during June examinations.
1921 — 90 YEARS AGO
– Several gold-diggers in the vicinity have staked out claims on the Red Deer River near Content, and expect to be pretty flush in a few months. If the find turns out, we may all be richer by the next year.
– The new dance featuring “The Night Sparklers” will be held next week in Saunders Hall. The experience of dancing under the glow of sparklers will be something never to be forgotten.
1911 — 100 YEARS AGO
– Sgt. W. MacBrayne of Camrose arrived in Stettler to take charge of the RNWMP barracks. Const. Bailey has been transferred to the north country and will likely be stationed at Lac St. Anne.
– The annual Harvest Thanksgiving service was held in St. George’s Church, with music nicely rendered, and decorations appropriate to the occasion. Attendance was large, and a number of persons were turned away because of lack of room.