New Gadsby gun club to raid ducks this month – A Look Back

2000 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Town of Stettler Mayor Keith Ryder and former mayor Bob Stewart join a delegation from Okoppe, Japan to unveil a plaque to dedicate Okoppe Trail around the fish pond at West Stettler Park to mark the 10th anniversary of the twinning partnerships of the two communities.

• Betty Fox, mother of Terry Fox, visits Stettler on Sept. 5 and addresses a crowd to thank the community for sharing in the dream of her son in the Terry Fox Run.

1990 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Town of Stettler residents are invited to extend a warm western welcome to a delegation of 12 dignitaries from Okoppe, Japan who will be in town to officially complete the twinning of the two communities. Highlights of the two-day visit will be a tree-planting ceremony and a gala signing ceremony.

• Young 12-year-old Dawn Nitschke of Stettler missed the Lakeland Rodeo Association crown for top barrel racer by only two one-hundredths of a second. She and her 17-year-old horse Missy turned in a flawless performance, rounding the course in just 13.8 seconds.

1980 – 30 YEARS AGO

• County of Stettler council, during its regular meeting July 9, named the Liberal Church and Liberal Cemetery, the Gendre Family Chapel and the Estonian Church and Estonian Cemetery as historic sites.

• Stettler MLA Graham Harle will present 14-karat gold medallions to Alberta pioneers. Valued at $300 each, the medallions are intended to honour people born in Alberta in or prior to 1905.

1970- 40 YEARS AGO

• Horace Chapman and his Erskine Playboys, who won the Western Canadian Midget Baseball Championship over the Labour Day weekend, were given a warm reception by the little community of Glenboro, Manitoba where the tournament was played.

• House for sale: Deluxe on the beach. Attractive ranch-type bungalow close to water. Lovely view from moist delightful living room. – Vancouver Sun daily newspaper.

1960 – 50 YEARS AGO

• More than 450 young people form all over central Alberta danced to the Battle of the Bands at Stettler Community Centre with rock-and-roll music supplied by the Be-Bops of Calgary and the Arist-O-Kats of Edmonton.

• The Nevis district is rightfully proud of 15-year-old Floyd Graham who has completed Grade 12 and will now attend the University of Alberta this fall where he will study towards a Bachelor of Education degree.

1950 – 60 YEARS AGO

• There has been an unprecedented demand for harvest labour in the district this fall. To date, 102 harvesters from Ontario and Quebec have been distributed for the Stettler office (of what?), with 70 more on order.

• Dunbarney Schol has been moved two-and-a-half north and four miles west of Gopher Head. Pupils are being vanned there and Mrs. Romaine is in charge.

1940 – 70 YEARS AGO

• Stettler Women’s Army Corps held its first meeting last week with about 70 ladies present. In the near future, members will take a special course in army drill under the direction of capable officers.

• The city newspaper lacks that something that has endeared the “local weekly” to the folks of a community. Wherever they go, the interest in the “hometown’ paper never wanes. – Lethbridge Herald newspaper.

1930 – 80 YEARS AGO

• Workmen are making good progress on the reservoir near the Canadian National Railway which will hold 200,000 imperial gallons and should supply the Town of Stettler with water for some years to come.

• A miniature golf course has opened in Stettler in Everett’s warehouse north of Main Street. A large crowd was present to get acquainted with the various hazards on the 18-hole course.

1920 – 90 YEARS AGO

• There is a scarcity of teachers in Stettler Inspectorate this fall with 13 schools vacant. This scarcity is the most remarkable when it is remembered that school boards are offering $1,200 per year.

• As the southbound train from Stettler was traveling between Warden and Fenn, a fine specimen of the green-headed Mallard crashed through a window and fell bleeding, amid a shower of glass onto the lap of an astonished passenger.

1910 – 100 YEARS AGO

• A gun club has been formed in Gadsby and will inaugurate by having a raid on the ducks this month. Two teams were chosen for the outing and the team with the lowest bag will bear the expense of a dance.

• Some $600 will be offered in prizes at the third annual Alix Fall Fair. The plowing competition takes place at Mrs. Westhead’s ranch to be done by walking plow on a quarter acre of stubble.

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