Stettler has its name placed on international trails – A Look Back

2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

• Adrianne Shepherd, Grade 10 student at Wm. E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler and Botha resident, is one of 16 Alberta youths being awarded the Great Kids 2001 Award, selected from 350 nominees. At 15 years of age Adrianne has already volunteered her time to the following: SADD, CGIT, 4-H, Botha School special events chair, Botha student council vice-president, church youth group, Wm. E. Hay year book staff, FANS. In addition to her volunteering, she provides support and aid to her mother who suffers from MS.

• With exchange programs, usually it’s the students who do the travelling but the Stettler Middle School is exchanging teachers. For a year, Sandy Foster will be teaching in Australia while Tom Lawson will be teaching in Stettler.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

• Stettler MLA and Premier Don Getty has announced his government’s decision to locate the Western Canada Lottery Corporation’s marketing division in Stettler. The move will mean 52 new jobs in Stettler and bring an annual payroll of $1.5 million to the community.

• Gordon Williams of Alix has been awarded the Alberta Award of Excellence by Alberta agriculture. The honour, which is to be given out in Calgary, Feb. 6, was awarded for the quality of milk and farm premises.

1981 – 30 YEARS AGO

• Two huge petrochemical plants are planned for a 1,920-acre site at Joffre, near Red Deer. Construction of a $300-million polyethylene plant and a world -scale $600-million ethylene plant should start in 1981.

• Librarian Dorothy Brownlee has submitted her report of the Stettler Municipal Library. Book circulation in 1980 reached 29,995.

1971 – 40 YEARS AGO

• More than 300 people from all over east central Alberta were out to Memorial Hall to hear Premier Harry Strom speak at a banquet sponsored by the Social Credit Party. He advised the community of Stettler that it will soon get a provincial building.

• A special meeting of the Stettler Agricultural Society will be asked to organize and operate a fair for this district. Public interest in the formation of a community fair at Stettler appears to be running high.

1961 – 50 YEARS AGO

• Stack the Stadium Night, sponsored by the Stettler Imperials and the Board of Trade, will feature the hockey game between Camrose Maroons and the Imperials. Clubs and lodges of the town have purchased tickets and many of them will sit in special sections.

• Members of the Ladies Aid of Donalda have financially “adopted” Suh Jae Lim, a six-year-old Korean girl, through Foster Parents’ Plan. They have promised to contribute $15 a month toward the child’s support.

1951 – 60 YEARS AGO

• At the recent provincial fox and mink pelt show in Edmonton, the Jolley Fur Ranch won high distinction. The local breeders exhibited five mink pelts against an entry of 400 from leading fur ranches in the province.

• A record entry of 74 rinks are playing under ideal conditions to find the winners of six competitions in Stettler’s 42nd annual bonspiel being played at the enlarged rink and arena this week. As in the past, Botha has the largest entry of any outside town, with 11 rinks.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

• A public meeting of the Alix Cream Pool was held to discuss the issues of surplus funds. The question raised was whether to distribute the surplus to cream shippers as a bonus, or to apply it to the debt charged at Red Deer Milk Condensing Plant.

• Arthur Jones and Walter Wade were the two boys with the highest points in the Byemoor Grain Club. They are now attending an agricultural short course in Calgary.

1931 – 80 YEARS AGO

• Most of the local men who have been working on the new CNR line from Scapa to Hemaruka have been laid off and replaced by men from the district through which the steel is now being laid east of Fertility and Solon.

• Mr. Mike Janswick took 24 Byemoor hockey fans on his speeder to Scapa, being met in Scapa by a truck by which they motored seven miles to the rink. The boys wish to thank Mike for taking them, even though he tried to dispute the rights of a water train coming home.

1921 – 90 YEARS AGO

• Stettler has been placed on the main line of international and inter-provincial trails, and Stettler industries will appear on the official guide books of this association, for the information of the traveling public.

• Advertisement: We are in a position to look after your car wants, repairs, storage, etc. We handle White Rose Gasoline and National Light Kerosene. We are agents of the famous IHC Farm Implements. – H.G. Wickwire, Red Willow.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

• A lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was instituted at Gadsby Lodge No. 73 consists of 17 members with 10 more applications to be taken up.

• Mr. and Mrs. J.A. McArthur were at home to their friends Monday night at their residence on McNabb Street in Stettler. Notwithstanding the cold weather, there was a large number present. Dancing was the principal amusement.