More than 6,000 watch Stettler’s 1971 parade – A Look Back

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2001 — 10 YEARS AGO

– A boil-water order issued last Friday by East Central Health in Stettler, Gadsby and Botha was lifted Monday. According to town manager Rob Stoutenberg, the boil water was necessary because of a high sediment buildup in the drinking water supply.

– A grass fire that broke out at 12:10 p.m. last Thursday consumed about 480 acres, and it could have been much worse. Apparently ignited by a pickup truck in a field, the fire departments from Byemoor, Big Valley, Stettler, Halkirk and Castor responded to the blaze. Including the local volunteer connection, more than 100 people were involved in fighting the fire at its peak.

1991 — 20 YEARS AGO

– The Work Orientation Workshop (WOW) is coming to a close after its fifth successful summer in Stettler. The program consists of both workshops and work experience to help make students more aware of workplace demands.

– Central Western Railway could receive the government OK this week on the agreement it needs to purchase 130 miles of CP track between Stettler and the Saskatchewan border. “I know of no problem that would stop it, technical or ideological,” said president Tom Payne.

1981 — 30 YEARS AGO

– Marian McCarty, one of the most eligible bachelors in the community, is now more eligible than ever. He won a trip for two to San Diego in a raffle sponsored by the Stettler Junior As.

– The town of Coronation is celebrating its 70th birthday, and the Coronation Town and Country Fair is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The two birthdays will be saluted at this year’s fair.

1971 — 40 YEARS AGO

– Ted Nibourg of Stettler has been named Alberta winner of the 1971 Canadian National Exhibition Scholarship. Ted plans to enrol in pre-veterinary medicine this fall at Red Deer Junior College. Canadian Junior High Finals in Virden, Man

– Stettler Board of Trade’s County Fair parade drew the applause of more than 6,000 people. It was deemed to be the best parade since the town’s 60th anniversary celebrations in 1967.

1961 — 50 YEARS AGO

– One man is dead, and extensive damage has been done, as the result of a train-truck collision on the CPR level crossing five miles west of Stettler on Highway 12. The service truck with its mobile drilling rig was crushed beneath a pile of 13 cars.

– Imagine seeing a moose here. Peter MeInychyn and his dad saw one south of Big Valley. The big-game hunters won’t have to go far.

1951 — 60 YEARS AGO

– The new Jenkins Groceteria will open Aug. 30, according to manager Harry Wotherspoon. The building was rebuilt after it was gutted by fire in January.

– Stettler School will open Sept. 4, with a staff of 20 teachers to take charge of the estimated 530 students who will register on the first morning. The principal is J. W. Briggs.

1941 — 70 YEARS AGO

– Gadsby is keeping up its reputation for good cattle. In the last two weeks, 300 head have gone out, including one special car picked up by Bob Berry for an Ontario customer.

– Stettler Golf Club’s first medal tournament was held Aug. 17, with an entry list of 43. A highlight was Geo Wood’s hole-in-one on the 240-yard second hole.

1931 — 80 YEARS AGO

– A ruby-throated hummingbird paid a visit to the residence of Judge Gray, the first seen in this locality. It’s thought to be a harbinger of good times ahead.

– Botha is without a barbershop again, as Mr. McChesney left for Edmonton. “Uncle Bill” will be missed in the village as he seeks greater opportunities in the city.

1921 — 90 YEARS AGO

– Mr. and Mrs. John Ross are building a new residence on their farm, east of Gadsby. The site is up on a hill, with a very pleasant view.

– The lineup of autos, parked on both sides of Main Street from Railroad Avenue to Town Hall on Saturday night, didn’t indicate that this district is bankrupt, as a few “chronic complainers” suggest.

1911 — 100 YEARS AGO

– Cora Lynn is badly in need of an elevator, and there is no doubt that it will have one before long, as considerable grain shopping takes place from this station. Within the past few weeks, 15 cars of grain have been shipped, with more to follow.

– May Park School has resumed for the fall session, with Ms. Howson in charge. She comes with good recommendations that should ensure continuation of the good work for which the school is noted.

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