2001 — 10 YEARS AGO
– Heart Haven Lodge resident Jake Epps is receiving local fame for this two pound tomatoes, grown right outside of his residence. Members of the lodge’s staff say Epps has kept the entire building in tomatoes and peppers for months.
– Friday, Sept. 14, has been declared a national day of mourning to remember those killed and those suffering the loss of loved ones from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon in the U.S.
1991 — 20 YEARS AGO
– The Stettler Independent is a winner, taking three awards at last weekend’s Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association convention in Calgary. The Independent won the McCutcheon Graphics Award for the most effective and original use of colour in advertising; placed second for best sports page; and took third for best all-around newspaper.
– Pharmasave is celebrating the grand opening of its new downtown location in a building more than twice the size of the old store. That means wider aisles, better selection, and more room to roam.
1981 — 30 YEARS AGO
– Alberta Power Limited opened the fifth unit at its Battle River generating station Sept. 16, after eight years of planning and construction. The $250-million unit sits beside a reservoir created by damming the Battle River.
– Stettler School Board has approved an exchange visit between Stettler Wildcats football club and the high school football team from Sackville, N.B. The Stettler group leaves Oct. 8 and the Sackville team will be in Stettler in November.
1971 — 40 YEARS AGO
– Town council has approved four “welcome” signs to be placed at the entrance to Stettler; two on Highway 12 east and west, and two on Highway 56 north and south.
– Three Erskine students have won Canada fitness awards in competition against the national average: Janet Jackson, Tom Nichols and Doris Gendre.
1961 – 50 YEARS AGO
– A flash fire destroyed the building, stock and equipment of Anderson Motors in Halkirk, as well as the adjourning home of Jack McPhee, who has made his home in the district since 1906. Percy Anderson plans to build a new service state on the same location.
– Stettler School Board has announce the winners of the annual C.L. Willis Memorial Scholarships. They are Leona Fix, Evelyn Gerlach, Jean Ellis, Joanne Zender and Mary-Lynne Howard.
1951 — 60 YEARS AGO
– Canada’s aged are applying at a rate of 5,000 a day for a federal pension of $40 a month, starting next January. Under the new plan, the pension will be given to all persons 70 and over, regardless of means.
– Stettler and district boys will give a riding exhibition during a stampede to be staged in Calgary for the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. V.E. Stuckey has received a letter from Dick Cosgrave regarding the event.
1941 — 70 YEARS AGO
– The Erskine Branch of the Red Cross is collecting aluminum as a contribution to the War Services. Bring in your old pots and pans, and deposit them in the box by the hardware store.
– Thirty-three Alberta towns and communities were plunged into darkness as fire swept through the boiler room of the Canadian Utilities plant and completely destroyed a major portion of the large building. Reconstruction will get under way immediately.
1931 — 80 YEARS AGO
– The school board has regretfully announced that it’s impossible to accept any pupils from outside points at Gadsby School this year. A second room for high school classes is urgently needed.
– For Rent: Five-room house and bath, good garage, coal and wood sheds, $15/month.
1921 — 90 YEARS AGO
– Following the wrestling bout next week, an Aviation Ball will be held in Saunders Hall. This is a new feature, and promises to be very entertaining.
– The annual school fair was held at the Agricultural Grounds, and the exhibit was one that brought credit to the rural schools of this inspectorate. About a dozen schools had exhibits.
1911 — 100 YEARS AGO
– The Great Piano Contest begins Oct. 1 and closes Dec. 31. Every new subscription to The Stettler Independent entitles the subscriber to 1,000 votes. First prize is a Krause piano, with the latest improved scale.
– Cora Lynn is practically assured of a meat market in the very near future, as a party has purchased a lot and intends building soon. Also needed are an elevator, drug store, doctor and barber.