2001 —10 YEARS AGO
– Agricore shareholders and delegates have voted in favour of a merger that will create Agricore United as Agricore and UGG become one.
– Stettler native Cody Connon has made the roster of the University of Calgary Dinosaurs football team as an offensive lineman. It’s a significant step, considering that in the fall of 1998, coaches had to talk Connon into playing with the Stettler Wildcats high school team.
1991 — 20 YEARS AGO
– Big Valley area residents will appeal the Alberta East Central Health Unit board’s decision to grant an permit for development of an industrial landfill near their farms. Don Saar and Otto Nicklom unsuccessfully argued their case at a recent public hearing.
– Leah Wilkie, recent graduate of William E. Hay High School, was one of 180 students from around the world chosen to attend Operation Enterprise of the American Management Association. The 10-day program took place at Lake Moraine in upstate New York.
1981 — 30 YEARS AGO
– Attracting much attention at Stettler Flying Club’s annual fly-in breakfast was a Steerman bi-plane from Lacombe. Sixty-eight visiting aircraft made the trip to Stettler in perfect flying weather.
– Mayor Bob Stewart will officially open Peavey Mart on Sept. 10 at its new location north of Cold Lake. A mechanical bull named “Twister” will be on hand to take the adventuresome for a ride.
1971 — 40 YEARS AGO
– The 41st annual Decoration Day was held at Gadsby Omega Cemetery on Aug. 29. The beautiful new planters at the main gate, donate by the Berry sisters, were dedicated at the memorial service.
– A community-needs survey has found that 93 families would make use of a day-care centre. The report states, “Considering the average day-care centre needs no more than 20 children to support it, we feel there would be no problem in establishing such a service.”
1961 — 50 YEARS AGO
– The Stettler Midgets, with the strong right arm of Don Chapman, the fleet feet of John Chapman, and the all-around baseball ability of their entire lineup, took the Alberta baseball championship by winning two tense games against the Calgary Generals.
– C.Q. McKay and T.A. Pratt are offering a $50 reward for information leading to the arrest of thieves that broke in to the Stettler Auction Mart on Saturday night. They broke the glass in one of the office windows, forced open the door of the safe, and used a crowbar on the door.
1951 — 60 YEARS AGO
– Canadian Gulf Oil has chalked up its third major Devonian oil discovery in the Stettler area. As a result, the region is the hottest spot in Alberta.
– The opening of the new Marshall-Wells Store takes place today, and the public is invited to attend. A 66-piece dinner set will be given away, and all who sign the register are eligible for the prize.
1941 — 70 YEARS AGO
– C.L. Willis attended the Banff Springs Hotel golf tournament, and won second prize in the championship flight. In the finals, he met Whaley of Seattle, who won the main trophy two years ago.
1931 — 80 YEARS AGO
– The Byemoor School Fair will be held Sept. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. sharp. There will be singing and drills in the hall, a grand parade, stock judging, and sports of all kinds.
– Wives should remember that the average man is like an egg. If you keep him in hot water, he soon becomes hardboiled.
1921 — 90 YEARS AGO
– A fire broke out in the buildings owned by Nicklom Bros. near Ewing Post Office, and in a short time, the barn, granary, car shed, and chicken house were burned to the ground. The owners also lost 500 bushels of wheat, five loads of hay, four sets of harness and a separator.
– Harold and Lloyd Hansel of Gadsby have four nice coyote hounds that they are training for the coming winter. There are plenty of those cunning, fleet-footed rascals around yet, despite their many enemies.
1911 — 100 YEARS AGO
– Coronation, the little hamlet with the great future, is still growing and now claims a population of 35. A number of new buildings have recently been erected, including a livery stable, a hardware store and a bank.
– The Square Deal Mercantile Co. at Big Valley has suspended work at its coal mines. They have to send a man to take the mining examinations before continuing their operations.