The shorter the days get, the lower the fees for golfing – A Look Back

10 YEARS AGO – 2000

• Stettler Citizens on Patrol (COPS) took a first step towards becoming a reality as 20 concerned citizens attended a meeting with Stettler RCMP, Stettler Chamber of Commerce and business owners and operators.

• Stettler Elementary School raised $20,582.00 during the Terry Fox Run week activities, beating the goal of $20,000 as teachers Mike Roach and Teresa Bowles got their heads totally shaved.

20 YEARS AGO – 1990

• Local motorists won’t escape the soaring gasoline prices that have emptied pocketbooks in the city. Already the Turbo stations in town have boosted prices for regular unleaded to 60.9 cent a litre, up from 55 cents only a week ago.

• Stettler Town and County Sports Association hosted what was reported to be the second-largest school orienteering meet in Canada with 458 students participating in the event in the Paintearth Creek area.

30 YEARS AGO – 1980

• Red Willow Pioneer Association hoped to have its history books ready before Christmas. It has been decided that a Red Willow homecoming will be planned for July 1981.

• County of Stettler and Streit Bros. moved the platform form the old site of the Canadian National Railway depot to the new site at Stettler Town and Country Museum as ties and a track will also be added.

40 YEARS AGO – 1970

• Stettler Imperials held a successful walkathon which netted the club closed to $600 as eight-year-old Larry Williams was the youngest walkers and he made it all the way.

• Stettler Fish and Game Association has 22 wild turkeys, the most-exclusive game birds, which it will release in the spring. In the meantime, the association is seeking an enclosure somewhere in the country to keep them over the winter.

50 YEARS AGO – 1960

• Stettler Wild Cats remained undefeated in the Central Alberta High School Football League. They came home from Delburne with a 34-1 win Wednesday and then shut out the willing Delburne boys 34-0 on Sunday.

• About 12 years ago, Stan Petherbridge opened his J&P Food Store in Stettler. Since then, he has built up a chain of markets in central Alberta and last week, he opened his seventh store – in Hanna.

60 YEARS AGO – 1950

• Young 14-year-old Robert A. Palmer of Big Valley won the Governor-General’s Medal for obtaining the highest marks in Grade-9 examinations in Stettler School Division. This is the third time the award went to Big Valley.

• Donalda citizens decorated the village with banners and flags, then gathered at the train depot to greet the 100 members of Edmonton Chamber of Commerce on the Friendship Train as an address of welcome was given by Village of Donalda Mayor Chris Lausen.

70 YEARS AGO – 1940

• September 1940 has made a record which has not been equaled as long as the old-timers can remember.

There was no frost during the month and most nights, the thermometer has been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit (about 2 degrees Celsius).

• There is to be a general collection of aluminum, copper and lead utensils in Stettler as Boy Scouts will make a house-to-house canvas.

80 YEARS AGO – 1930

• The miniature golf course in Stettler is proving to be quite a centre of attraction as the evening daylight lessens. Mr. Hossell, the proprietor, has reduced the entry fee by giving two rounds for 25 cents.

• She (in tears): “You’ve broken the promise you gave me.”

He: “Don’t cry, Sweetheart. I’ll give you another one.”

90 YEARS AGO – 1920

• Rapid progress is being made on the new sash and door factory which is located opposite Good and Foster’s Livery Barn as Mr. Neilson expects to be ready for operation soon.

• On and after Oct. 1, the curfew bell will ring at 8:30 o’clock instead of 9:30 o’clock. – Castor Advance. (Must have trouble keeping O.W. Colley at home).

100 YEARS AGO – 1910

• Nevis and Halkirk are to be elevated to the full status of regular agency stations this week and each will be provide with telegraph facilities.

• School teachers of the Gadsby area had a most enjoyable outing when they visited Paintearth Creek and explored its natural beauty. Mrs. Presley was the chaperon and found her duties both light and pleasant.

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