10 YEARS AGO – 2000
• Plenty of jobs are opening up in the oilpatch even here in the Stettler area with 73 rigs in place in central Alberta, according to Don Herring, president of the Canadian Association of OIlwell Drilling Contractors.
* Christmas tradition in Stettler soon returns with Moonlight Madness, Light-Up Evening, Santa Days, Twinkle Tour and the Night Before the Night Before.
20 YEARS AGO – 1990
• Stan Waters, Canada’s first and only elected senator, says the next few days will be critical in the fight against the federal government’s proposed goods and services tax (GST). “We’re now reaching the ceiling of Canadian tolerance, “ he warned.
• The Town of Stettler has issued a development permit for the construction of a new 20,784-square-foot supermarket (Sobey’s) on the site of the old Rondel Ford building. If the project goes ahead, it will likely be the largest food store in Stettler.
30 YEARS AGO – 1980
• Carefully researched and well written, the book “Donalda’s Roots and Branches” is off the press and is a valuable addition to he growing list of good local histories. It is a work worthy of a good community.
• Danny Upton of Botha scored a perfect 29 cribbage hand while playing against Jim Green on Nov. 10 at Stettler General Hospital as Danny was recovering from an appendix attack.
40 YEARS AGO – 1970
• Operator of a boarding house for men since 1984, Mrs. Selena Gilbert is fondly remembered as “Ma” by hundreds of men who have experienced her kindness and eaten her good food over the years. When does she expect to quite? “Oh, I have never thought about that,” she said.
• About 200 dancers enjoyed a callers’ association square dance at Stettler Memorial Hall on Saturday evening with caller Carl Parks of Yorkton, Saskatchewan as dancers came from many parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
50 YEARS AGO – 1960
• Stettler Kinsmen Club presented the Scout Hall with 50 new wooden chairs at its group committee meeting as the Kinsmen club sponsors Cubs and Scouts in Stettler.
• Pupils of Stettler School of Dancing and their teacher Jean Willis took part in the Highland dancing competition in Edmonton at Jubilee Auditorium with local girls Senna boss of Byemoor, Joe Lena Victor of Nevis, Gail Anderson of Stettler, and Valerie Fridulin and Sherylene Fridulin of Big Valley.
60 YEARS AGO – 1950
• The new addition to Stettler School contains six classrooms and one of the most-up-to-date science labs in Alberta. The new auditorium has a seating capacity of over 550 and will also be a used as a gymnasium.
• Close to 200 men left Donalda on Sunday morning to take part in the annual coyote hunt. Some 21 coyotes were killed as the men closed in on them in the Meeting Creek coulee.
70 YEARS AGO – 1940
• Miss Marilyn Olive of Stettler won a bronze medal donated by the late Lord Tweedsmuir for the highest marks in Grade IX examinations in the Stettler inspectorate. Miss Olive has had a high standing since she entered school.
• Crown Lumber has completed a handsome front to its new Stettler store which was formerly occupied by Macleods. Work was completed by Stettler Planing Mill and features panels of vitrolite on white stucco.
80 YEARS AGO – 1930
• A number of ladies met in Sharpe and Page’s tea room to form a ladies’ curling club. Mrs. Mackie was elected president, Mrs. Courtright as vice-president and Mrs. Cunningham as secretary.
• A gale of almost cyclonic proportions visited the Endiang area and considerably damaged small buildings, hay and feed stacks. A shower of large raindrops riding on the dust-filled gale plastered houses and windows with mud.
90 YEARS AGO – 1920
• Juveniles and many adults are finding the (unnamed) lake south of town (Stettler) a handy place to go skiing. The ice is pretty well crowded every day, especially after-school hours.
• Tony Thieman was brought before Justice Dennis this week as he was fined for threshing on Sunday with a charge laid by A.P.P. Mahoney.
100 YEARS AGO – 1910
• Bother had her first experience with fire when the pool hall, owned by W. Marchant and occupied by J. Burkhart, burned to the ground.