2001 – 10 YEARS AGO
– A Donalda area woman has just been accepted into the Canadian Society of Painters and Watercolours. Glenda Beaver, who lives on a farm with her husband, says it was only her second attempt to gain entry into this prestigious society. This time around, Beaver sent in five snow-themed paintings to the CSPW in Toronto. Beaver’s snow paintings are on display in Camrose for its art walk. Her work can also be found in ten other Alberta galleries and one in the Minnesota.
– Jenna Jemieff is slowly but surely twirling her way to the top of the baton world. The 10-year-old Stettler native will be attending the National Baton Twirling Championships in Kitchener, Ontario this weekend.
1991 – 20 YEARS AGO
– In 1911, the Canadian Northern Railway opened a new depot in Stettler. Now, 80 years later, Alberta Prairie Excursions invites you to join in the celebration of the historic opening of a new Stettler station complex.
– The antique car show at Donalda was a huge success, with close to 30 cars participating. The winning entry was a 1955 red T-Bird, owned by Tom Gust of Bashaw.
1981 – 30 YEARS AGO
– The Stettler Independent celebrated its 75th anniversary by offering a tour of its modern plant, followed by a staff banquet for 90, and a reception and dance at Memorial Hall with about 250 in attendance. Guest of honour at the banquet was Mrs. Eva Patton, the newspaper’s first linotype operator in 1916.
– Toronto-Dominion Bank opened its impressive new branch on Main Street with an open house. At 10 a.m. June 19, Mayor Bob Stewart officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
1971 – 40 YEARS AGO
– The controversial measure of daylight savings time will face public test again at the next provincial general election. Alberta is the last holdout against daylight savings because the last plebiscite was defeated, mainly due to drive-in theatre operators and farmers.
– More than 1,000 lined the streets of Botha to watch the parade depicting a theme of “pioneer days.” The occasion was the 60th anniversary of the village, which now numbers 115 citizens.
1961 – 50 YEARS AGO
– Town Council has made a decision to raise water rates to produce sufficient revenue to meet payments on the wells and transmission line. Effective July 1, the minimum charge will be increased to $3 per month.
– Both male and female employees in Alberta come under the same 85-cent hourly minimum wage in communities of more than 5000 population. Weekly minimum wages in large communities have been set at $34 for employees over the age of 19 years.
1951 – 60 YEARS AGO
– Seventy-three well-fitted calves were sold at the first annual Stettler Show and Sale of baby beef. The show’s grand champion was a fine Shorthorn belonging to Gerald Stormoen of the Fenn Club, and sold for 50 cents per pound.
– Miss Marlene Tigner, Frontenac Chapter’s candidate for Queen of the Calgary Stampede, placed fifth among girls from all over Alberta. She will get a free trip to Calgary during Stampede Week.
1941 – 70 YEARS AGO
– Stettler Unit made a record in the Victory Loan Campaign as it reached its quota a week before the end of the campaign. By June 21 the flood of subscriptions had swelled into a grand total of $154,850 making this district third in the province.
– Word has been received from the Toronto Conservatory of Music that Eunice Menzies and Beth MacKay of Botha have both passed their Grade IX pianoforte examinations. Noreen Underwood and Jacqueline MacKay passed their Grade VIII.
1931 – 80 YEARS AGO
– Please note the change in postage on and after July 1: Drop letters, or letters mailed for local delivery, remain at two cents. For all other offices in Canada and abroad, the rate is now three cents.
– “He was so dumb that he went swimming with a pair of suitcases because he thought a pair of trunks would be too expensive.”
1921 – 90 YEARS AGO
– The best game of the season took place at Botha Saturday night, when Botha and Stettler fought for 15 innings. The game was called on account of darkness with the score of one all.
– UFA Sunday was observed at Wolf Hill Hall, with about 750 in attendance. The ladies supplied lunch, while the Men’s Local furnished 30 gallons of free ice cream, which was enjoyed by all.
1911 – 100 YEARS AGO
– The Coronation Day at Rumsey was a gala one. Jack Erickson was crowned King of the Bronco Busters, and the way Jack went up in the air after mounting his steed was not slow.
– Botha badly needs a bank, and not one that opens for one hour every two weeks like the present one. Botha is going to have a daily bank or none at all, and we have the business.