Stettler books reading time to close Alberta literacy gap – A Look Back


2001 — 10 YEARS AGO

– 10-year-old Jenna Jemieff won the Miss Majorette title in the Canadian baton twirling championships this summer, after placing first in five categories. Jemieff says her ultimate goal is to go to the world competition.

– The RCMP investigation into some human bones unearthed earlier this month near Castor has ended. The adult skull and bones were discovered by highway works preparing a strip of land for construction. According to the medical examiner, there was no foul play. Investigators believe the bones had been there for about 50 years.

1991 — 20 YEARS AGO

– Stettlerites are being challenged to read for at least 15 minutes Friday as part of International Literacy Week activities. A recent survey indicated one in five adult Albertans is functionally illiterate.

– Tim Wallenbach took a load of freshly combined wheat to the Botha elevator, using a method that hasn’t been seen in the area for many years. Driving a team and wagon with the load took 2.5 hours; a grain truck would take about 15 minutes.

1981 — 30 YEARS AGO

– A total of 134 Stettler runners raised about $3,500 for the fight against cancer and to honour the memory of Terry Fox, the young cancer victim who died in June after valiantly attempting to run across Canada.

– The second feed-mill fire in Central Alberta in as many weeks has meant the loss of the Coronation Feed Services Ltd. Mill, which served farmers from as far away as Youngstown, Consort and Hughendon. The next nearest feed mill for this area is at Castor.

1971 — 40 YEARS AGO

– The official opening of Stettler General Hospital will take place Sept. 29, when Lieutenant Governor Dr. Grant MacEwan will officiate, along with hospital board chairman Walter Kloepfer.

– Giving notice that they will be hard to stop again this year, the Stettler Wildcats romped over Camrose 19-0 in the high school football league opener. Their first home game will be against Wetaskiwin.

1961 — 50 YEARS AGO

– The waters of Buffalo Lake are yielding some big pike this fall. An 18-pound monster was caught by Orin Ball, and other good-sized pike have been caught in the last week.

– Stettler’s second annual Summer Skating School has once again proved to be most successful. Close to 70 skaters from Alberta and Saskatchewan attended this year.

1951 — 60 YEARS AGO

– Deryk Cooper, 17, has brought distinction to Stettler School by winning the $1,000 Calgary Herald Scholarship for a four-year course in chemical and petroleum engineering. He is also the winner of the Sharpe Memorial and the IODE scholarships.

– Stettler’s fine community hall, built by the Elks and the Canadian Legion, was officially opened Thursday night. A public inspection took place, followed by a dance with music supplied by the Eric Fish Orchestra.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

– Little Bert Erickson of Erskine was lost for several hours when he strayed away from his farm home. The two-year-old was finally found 5 1/2 miles away from the house at one o’clock in the morning.

– Dog poisoning is quite a problem in town, and it’s reported that as many as 17 have been poisoned within the past few weeks. Most were household pets, poisoned in their own yards.

1931 — 80 YEARS AGO

– A card party will be held in the Oddfellows Hall under the auspices of the Women’s Institute. Make up your own table of your friends, and pivot for every four hands.

– The church board has regretfully stated that unless there is a substantial increase in the monthly contributions, Gadsby United Church will be obliged to close its doors.

1921 — 90 YEARS AGO

– The people of Botha and vicinity are justly proud of the new community hall, build by the farmers, businessmen and citizens of the community. It has a large stage, a hardwood floor, and one of the best picture machines on the market.

– A Basket Social and Dance will be held in Linda Hall. All returns will be forwarded to the starving Russian children through a relief committee.

1911 — 100 YEARS AGO

– The fire practice early Monday has demonstrated that our fire protection is up to standard. The boys turned out in quick time in response to the alarm, and the length of Main Street was well sprinkled in short time.

– Wolf Hill will soon boast a new up-to-date store. Dan Eriss of Victoria, B.C., is to be the “man behind the gun” and will hold forth on NW-22-34-17, not far from the post office.