Mysterious animal preys on cows and calves – A Look Back


2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Stettler is experiencing a mini boom of late and it’s certainly evident with the number of visible construction projects under way in the community. According to a report to town council, there’s been $6,247,500 in building permits issued to date.

• Although Stettler and area did get a good spring rain about a week ago, more rain is needed in the near future to ensure the crops in the area don’t dry up. Most canola crops are behind right now.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Stettler’s Kello-Bilt Industries Ltd. is relocating its manufacturing facility to the United States, but will maintain a strong presence in the community, assuring that parts and service will be available for the more than 6,000 pieces of equipment at the Stettler location over the past 20 years.

• Ryan Couture is Stettler’s latest provincial champion, winning gold for the javelin event at the recent high school championship in Edmonton. Couture has an invitation from the Edmonton Olympic Club to train with them in the future.

1981 – 30 YEARS AGO

• During a ceremony to officially open the Donalda Coulee Friendship Drop-In Centre, Solicitor- General Graham Harle on behalf of Dean and Tina Franklin presented a beautiful picture of an old-time threshing machine in action.

• Town of Stettler and County of Stettler have made arrangements to jointly own and operate the fire hall and equipment located at Stettler. Fire chiefs are Scotty Wood of Stettler, who has overall jurisdiction, and Willy Bauer of the County.

1971 – 40 YEARS AGO

• Carrying an imitation coffin inscribed with “Justice is Dead” and shouting the same, 100 students of Wm. E. Hay High School marched on Stettler School District offices demanding the reinstatement of two teachers whose contracts had not been renewed.

• A big cat-like animal has been spotted in the Byemoor district, and two dead calves have been found with large claw marks on the carcasses. Two cows have also been clawed, and coyotes in the area have made a mysterious disappearance.

1961 – 50 YEARS AGO

• A good crowd was on hand at the Stettler Flying Club’s air strip to witness their second annual model airplane contest. Drawing contestants from all over Alberta, the highlight of the contest was the radio control flying.

• Pat Filipenko of Stettler broke the cub midget provincial broad jump record when he competed in the Alberta Track and Field Championships and jumped 16 ft. 3/4in. Pat also took part in the high jump and relay race.

1951 – 60 YEARS AGO

• Alberta’s scheme to test applicants for driver’s licenses will be brought into operation this year. They are applicable to persons seeking a driver’s license for a first time, and to those whose license has been suspended.

• The police have found the pony belonging to Betty Wood which was stolen last week. It was taken away by a 13-year-old girl who had travelled as far as Wetaskiwin before being picked up.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

• Stettler’s First Annual Stampede will be held at the Fair Grounds June 18 and 19. One of the big features will be the barn dances held each night, with a cowboy orchestra supplying the music.

• The Independent is published this week on a better grade of newsprint which will add to the overhead, but is worth the price in a better imprint for advertisers and more legible reading material.

1931 – 80 YEARS AGO

• Messrs. Dunlap and Cullis intend starting a dairy farm, as some cows have trampled their lawns, and they figured they might as well keep them in the back yard and have their own milk and butter supply.

• Mr. George Murgatroyd has had a checker board painted on the floor of the band stand, and has installed blocks for playing checkers. There have been quite a few games played during the past two weeks.

1921 – 90 YEARS AGO

• A memorial service for soldiers fallen at the front will be held in St. George’s Church Sunday afternoon. All returned men are invited to attend, whether coming from the district or not.

• Stettler baseball team did nobly yesterday when they won the $50 trophy at the Gadsby Sports. They defeated the strong Botha team in the afternoon by a good score, and the equally strong Gadsby team at night 11 to 6.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

• At a meeting of the School Board it was decided to form a Boy Scouts Association for Stettler. The object of the Scouts is to train boys in everything that tends to make them good, clean, upright citizens.

• Two miles east of Kanata lies Pheasant Back, a prominent hill overlooking the country for miles. This hill was named for a Blackfoot Indian who had eloped with another man’s wife, and was later killed by the husband.