2001 – 10 YEARS AGO
– Former Stettler native Patricia Garrett recently received a prestigious Alberta Solicitor General Award for her long involvement with the Wetaskiwin Victim Services.
– Renovations have begun on Paragon Place – including a new dining room, communal kitchen and recreational space. The renovations will also include the adding of 5 new suites.
1991 – 20 YEARS AGO
– Hailstones the size of walnuts were reported after two storms slashed through this area in one evening. Crops and gardens were flattened and leaves sheared off trees, with damage estimate at 80 to 100 per cent in some fields.
– The 1991 Alberta Summer Games will bring nearly 2,000 athletes to Stettler town and county for five days of competition. Twenty-three sporting events are scheduled at nearly 20 different sites.
1981 – 30 YEARS AGO
– The sixth annual Red Willow Slo-Pitch Tournament takes place this weekend, and fans will have the opportunity to watch some of the finest teams in Alberta play in this prestigious event.
– The Stettler Independent’s trophies for the best kept urban and rural grounds have gone to Bob and Rose Holowenko, Stettler, and Beth and Bill Chapman, east of Stettler on Hwy 12.
1971 – 40 YEARS AGO
– An important scientific experiment began operating last year near Lousana, southwest of Stettler. It is part of a network of special astronomical observatories devoted to the study of meteorites.
– Premier Harry Strom has announced that his Social Credit Government will seek re-election in Alberta, August 30. Returning officer Clifford E. Stiller has set up offices on Main Street Stettler.
1961 – 50 YEARS AGO
– W.E. Sands of Stettler has told the Independent that the newly organized Stettler Historical Society will raise money to establish a museum here. He believes that eventually the famous collection of the late W.E. Gray will be returned to Stettler.
– Rochon Sands will hold its first annual Sports Day August 6 and 7. Twelve top softball teams will compete, and there will be horseshoes, children’s racing, and a fishing contest, with a concert and dance in the evening.
1951 – 60 YEARS AGO
– A new business in town, the Corner Restaurant, was opened last Friday and is well patronized by the public. This building was formerly occupied by J. Lawrence & Co.
– Central Alberta golfers will be playing for a fine array of prizes when they tee off at the annual tournament at Stettler’s golf club.
1941 – 70 YEARS AGO
– Our teaching staff for this fall is now complete. Mr. Pallesen will be in charge of the high school; Miss Vera Large will have the intermediate room; and Miss Jean Carrico will be the primary teacher.
– Fruit seems to be as scarce as hen’s teeth this year. Saskatoon and gooseberry bushes are bare or infested with worms; tame strawberries and raspberries have dried up; the apricot season was over before we knew it had started.
1931 – 80 YEARS AGO
– Mr. W.B. Gray of Stettler has been given a special grant of $600 for his services as Dominion Lands Agent for the past 25 years. Mr. Gray lost his position when the province took over the natural resources.
– Lawn tennis is quite a popular sport this year in Endiang, and to make things lively and interesting, a tennis tournament is in full swing, the first round having been played off with some very hard-fought games.
1921 – 90 YEARS AGO
– Stettler’s annual fair and exhibition will take place August 18-20. Admission to the grounds is 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for children over 10 years of age, and children under 10 get in free. Automobiles will be charged 50 cents each.
– The mains are being dug for the waterworks extensions down Niblock Street. Upwards of 20 households will be able to connect with the town water by the end of the month.
1911 – 100 YEARS AGO
– In the list of prize-winning schools at Edmonton Exhibition, Gough Lake School has won first prize and a diploma for the best art exhibit. This is a tribute not only to the school, but also to the teacher Mrs. Mapping.
– The creamery at Edensville has now put on a night shift, which is certainly a relief to the day men. They formerly started work at 6 am and worked late into the night.