2001 – 10 YEARS AGO
• It appears a new building planned for the location once occupied by Starling and Innocent will have a number of tenants taking up space in the complex which will be known as the Stettler Health Centre. The Independent has learned that the local IDA Pharmacy store is on the move. The Stettler Medical Clinic, presently in Stettler’s Mall, will also relocate to that location.
• Edmonton Eskimos great, Henry “Gizmo” Williams passed a long a message of respecting your parents, working hard in school and never taking for granted the everyday things in life at the windup for the Stettler Minor Hockey Association on April 10 at the Stettler Community Hall.
1991 – 20 YEARS AGO
• The Stettler Independent has been sold, co-publishers Bob and Alan Willis announced today. Trinity Holdings has bought The Independent and its affiliates, Bashaw Star and Castor Advance from the Willis family. The Independent has been a Willis family owned enterprise for 84 years.
• Westcan Malting Ltd. has officially begun work on its $50 million malt processing plan at Alix. A spokesman remarked that the plant offers an excellent example of how Alberta’s agricultural industry can be made more profitable through “value-added” projects.
1981 – 30 YEARS AGO
• As winners in the Kiwanis Clubs’ Understand Canada contest, Jackie Tiedeman and Kenny Ma, both of Stettler Elementary School, have won expense-paid trips to Ottawa. They will visit the Parliament Buildings and tour the city.
• The government-appointed chairman of the newest Environmental Council of Alberta public hearings panel is Roy F. McBride, a surface mining consultant and farmer from Halkirk. The upcoming hearing is an important opportunity for people with concerns about noise pollution.
1971 – 40 YEARS AGO
• More than 150 persons paid tribute to the community’s Great War Veterans and their wives, as well as several life members of the Ladies Auxiliary to Royal Canadian Legion and widows of veterans, when Stettler Branch of Royal Canadian Legion held its annual Vimy Night banquet.
• Two former Stettler men, Perry Pearn and Brian Ogilvie, are team mates for the Red Deer Rustlers Alberta Junior Championship team. Pearn has had a good season on defense and Oglivie is Rustlers leading scorer.
1961 – 50 YEARS AGO
• Stettler Auction Mart is one of the town’s biggest attractions to farmers from all over Central Alberta. There were 23,844 cattle, 17,356 hogs and 1,964 horses sold through its ring in 1960, making it one of the biggest markets in Western Canada.
• Mr. and Mrs. Sven Norman, who live northeast of Stettler, lost 600 week-old chicks in a fire when a large brooder house burned to the ground. Stettler Fire Department answered the call immediately, and kept the blaze from spreading.
1951 – 60 YEARS AGO
• Stettler Junior and Senior High schools will present an operetta in two acts at the new auditorium. The lively and tuneful “Sunbonnet Girl” is being directed by Miss Eleanor MacDermid of Junior High Staff.
1941 – 70 YEARS AGO
• The hum of the thresher is again heard in the land. Grain has come through the winter surprisingly well, and it threshes ever so much better than last fall, as it is thoroughly dry now.
• The parents and friends of the pupils of Aunger School were entertained with an Easter Party and Puppet Show. Great praise is due to the teacher Miss Ritchie and her pupils for the show they put on, and for the very artistic invitations sent out.
1931 – 80 YEARS AGO
• The Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Chicago Black Hawks in the final game 2-0. This is the second year in a row that they have won the world’s championship.
• Sensation of the Edmonton Spring Show was 13 year old Evelyn McMahon of Gadsby, with her Shorthorn heifer. Besides winning the Prince of Wales challenge shield, the Exhibition Association cup, and $187, she brought home the gold medal and a miniature of the shield.
1921 – 90 YEARS AGO
• So many have expressed their appreciation of the Gospel Song Service held last Sunday in the Opera House, that a second service will be held next Sunday. Rev. Dr. Unsworth will give an address and Mr. Dunnington will sing.
• Adams Grocery, Main Street Stettler – one pound tin of coffee, 56 cents; one pound shelled walnuts, 60 cents; tin of pumpkin, 25 cents; dozen oranges, 28 cents; white laundry soap, 11 for $1.
1911 – 100 YEARS AGO
• Taylor Street is at present the best residential street in town, and will see further development this summer. Businessmen have purchased lots, and will erect substantial residences thereon. Sidewalks will be required as for as the creamery.
• Master Henry Smartwood is doing good business in Gadsby as a news agent, being sale agent in town for the Saturday Evening Post. His energetic manner stamps him as a “chip off the old block.”