2001 – 10 YEARS AGO
• It appears that Stettler will be getting a Catholic School in the future, based on a vote held Monday night at the local Catholic church hall. In a vote to determine whether or not to proceed with plans for a Catholic school in town, 95 people were in favour of going ahead, 43 were against and there was one spoiled ballot out of the 139 ballots.
• A large crowd attended the official opening by the Big Valley Historical Society of the elevator, a new historical site for Big Valley.
1991 – 20 YEARS AGO
• The Grand Opening of the Stettler Sports Hall of Fame will take place at the museum on Heritage Day. Some of the stars featured are Susan Sloan, Barb Clark, Ken Nelson, and Orville Strandquist.
• After nearly 30 years of full-time, around-the-clock newspapering, Bob Willis is no longer the publisher of The Stettler Independent. Bob will continue to strive to serve his community with purpose and distinction. Good railroading Gabriel Dumont!
1981 – 30 YEARS AGO
• The family of Erskine United Church held a joyful reunion with special services on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. A farewell sermon was given by Rev. Hart Cantelon who is retiring after 36 years in the ministry.
• Stettler and District Slowpitch League held its first annual slowpitch tournament with 20 teams entered; nine local league teams, along with 11 from Calgary, Okotoks, Donalda, Drumheller, Innisfail, Camrose, Calmar, St. Albert, Villeneuve and Vegreville.
1971 – 40 YEARS AGO
• “The world is passing through troublesome times. The young people of today think nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient with all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are foolish and immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress.” Peter the Monk, 1274
1961 – 50 YEARS AGO
• AGT has begun its gradual conversion of telephone number in Stettler and district. Users will place their calls by dialling seven numbers instead of the letter and number combination they have been using.
• Stettler Auction Mart, which clears more horses annually than any other place in the world, set a new record recently when 525 horses went through the ring. Auctioneers were Ace Pratt, Charlie McKay, Len Brown and Jerry McKay.
1951 – 60 YEARS AGO
• An army grenade lying in a bush at Rochon Sands suddenly exploded and sent two children to hospital. Jane and Tommy Duncan, eight and five, suffered from thousands of tiny wounds and severe shock. The grenade had been left behind when a reserve unit was practising manoeuvres there in July 1950.
• The first annual tiller matches of Stettler Board of Trade were held at the farm of Oliver Streit, with 13 entries and about 400 spectators. Albert Bauer won a trophy in the tiller competition, while A. Michelau won in the discer class.
1941 – 70 YEARS AGO
• Gadsby Sports Day and Carnival will be held June 20 with a full line of sports, midway attractions and refreshment booths on the grounds. The Military Motor Convoy and 25-piece brass band will perform during the day.
• It is a matter of congratulations to Stettler High School and this community that Ivan Six, a former student here, has carried off eight firsts in this year’s examinations at the University of Alberta.
1931 – 80 YEARS AGO
• The public is cordially invited to attend the Stettler Horticultural Society Peony Show at Sharpe & Page’s. The peony has been selected as the Stettler Town Flower, and every home should have a few of these perennials.
• A lady was spotted in town this week dressed in men’s pajamas. That shows either the extent of the depression, or the new styles – probably the latter.
1921 – 90 YEARS AGO
• A memorial tablet has been placed in the Royal Bank in memory of Archibald Brown, who was killed at the front. Previous to going overseas, Mr. Brown had been a resident of Stettler, and an employee of the bank.
• Castor has a non-official population of 801, and Coronation, 675, according to reports of the census now being taken. The census of 1916 gave Stettler a population of 1,169.
1911 – 100 YEARS AGO
• The best new town in 1911 is Mirror, situated on the west side of Buffalo Lake, in the centre of land described as “the garden of Western Canada”. The town was name for the Daily Mirror of London England.
• A new teacher arrived at Endiang this week, and will commence operations June 12. Get the children rounded up and branded, or you many not know them a month hence.