2001 – 10 YEARS AGO
• A cause for great cause for concern on many minds is the utter lack of moisture to fall from the sky all over Central Alberta. Grain fields are looking okay right now but the pasture lands are being affected.
• Hold-up staged on Main Street: The Kinette Club of Stettler are staging a fundraiser where they will ‘hold-up’ motorists at the four way stop just south of Main Street – asking residents to donate their pocket change to Cystic Fibrosis.
1991 – 20 YEARS AGO
• Town councillors have agreed Stettler should add its name to the list of towns vying for a federal prison for women. The prison would be one of four regional facilities being built to replace Ontario’s aging Kingston penitentiary for women.
• Stettler’s disaster services coordinator says he’s confident the community is prepared for any major medical emergency that might occur during the 1991 Summer Games.
1981 – 30 YEARS AGO
• The grand opening of the Co-op Food Centre and Buckskin Bill Inn Cafeteria in the new shopping mall in West Stettler will take place May 14. The occasion marks the return of the Co-op to the food business in Stettler, and fulfills the commitment made to members.
• The Alberta Government has called for tenders for a new liquor store in Stettler. The new store will be about three times as large as the 30-year-old store it will replace.
1971 – 40 YEARS AGO
• The Wm. E. Hay High School badminton team defeated 15 other schools to capture the W.A. Cotton trophy, emblematic of CWASAA badminton supremacy.
• A typical artist’s conception of the prairie skyline is one which shows the silhouettes of myriad grain elevators. But that picture is quickly changing, as there has already been a reduction in the number of elevators across the country.
1961 – 50 YEARS AGO
• Council of Town of Stettler has passed a curfew bylaw stating that “no child under the age of 16 years shall be in any public place within Town of Stettler without proper guardianship between the hours of 9:30pm and 6am.” Any child contravening this bylaw will be taken home, and parents may be fined.
• Members of Stettler Branch of Royal Canadian Legion and Stettler Elks Lodge will hold a grand celebration in Memorial Hall, when the mortgage on the hall will be burned. The program includes dancing and refreshments.
1951 – 60 YEARS AGO
• The Independent has learned that the $2,000,000 oil refinery scheduled to be built at Stettler will bring an approximate $100,000 yearly payroll into the town. Construction will begin early this summer and should be completed this year.
• It seems there’s a vicious rumour going around town that it now costs you one buck to get your hair sheared. “Tain’t so” say the barbers, who are cut to the quick!
1941 – 70 YEARS AGO
• At a meeting of the District Health Unit, Dr. McCallum introduced a discussion of supplying cod liver oil capsules to school children. The Board was in favor of assisting to the extent of providing one-half of the cash to the different school boards.
• Jack Ritchie, Jim Horne, and Raymond Gilbert, who have been taking courses at the technical school at Calgary, were home for their last leave before joining the Tanks at Camp Borden.
1931 – 80 YEARS AGO
• Farmers are very indignant over a two cent drop in cream prices. Those north of town are further stirred up by an announcement that there will be a charge of 15 cents per can for hauling cream to Stettler this summer.
• A news item says that there are 20,000 less traveling salesmen than there were ten years ago. Our theory is that they stopped at a farmer’s house.
1921 – 90 YEARS AGO
• The high winds of the past week have played havoc with some of the lighter soils and there has been considerable drifting, especially where the native trees have been cut down. Some of the finest groves in the district have been cut and burned within the past year.
• Sports at Halkirk seem to be flourishing this year, as that town will have baseball, football, and tennis clubs, while the school girls are playing basketball.
1911 – 100 YEARS AGO
• Corporal T.C. Davies returned this week from Edmonton where he rode his big bay horse, which will be included in the coronation contingent from Edmonton. So Stettler will have the distinction of having at least a horse at the Coronation ceremonies.
• A man by the name of Jaukroges, who was placed in the local gaol, attempted to burn the court house down by setting fire to the bed sheets in a corner of his cell. The fire was discovered before any further damage was done.