There are 38 patients in Stettler’s 24-bed hospital – A Look Back

2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

• An increase in funding to the Alberta RCMP will positively affect the Stettler detachment, although they won’t be getting a new officer. They will receive an increase to their operating budget, as well as some money for building maintenance.

• Thanks to the response from witnesses, the location of a fireball in the area has been confirmed. Alan Hildebrand, a Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary, said calls from locals who saw the ball or pieces of meteorite that broke off confirm it came down north of Ewing Lake on the evening of the Jan. 25.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

• The World Vision 30-hour famine took place in a number of schools around the world this past weekend. Students participating at Halkirk School raised about $700, which could feed a family of four in Ethopia for about five months.

• Stettler swimmer Marl Merkley has been named the province’s Outstanding Female Age Group Swimmer for 1990. The Grade 8 student broke provincial records in the 1,500-metre freestyle.

1981 – 30 YEARS AGO

• Ross Nitschke, a Gadsby student of Wm. E. Hay High School was winner of Stettler Rotary’s annual essay and public speaking contest. He will have an expense paid trip to Ottawa, and join other students from across Canada.

• The new fire hall in Stettler, jointly owned and operated by Town and County of Stettler, will be officially opened March 12.

1971 – 40 YEARS AGO

• The Erskine Association of Teens will sponsor a queen candidate for Stettler County Fair in August. Debbie Reynolds was chosen as the club’s candidate.

• The 23rd annual Ice Show, “Wizards of Oz” will be presented by the Stettler Figure Skating Club in the community centre. The show this year is under the direction of 17-year -old Linda Innocent.

1961 – 50 YEARS AGO

• Stettler’s annual bowling tournament was once again successful with well over 200 entries from Stettler, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Edmonton. Stettler’s bowlers won six of the seven trophies that were up for competition.

• The Recreation Bantams and Legion Midgets of Stettler, two of the hottest minor hockey teams the community has even possessed, have advanced to the northern finals in a quest for provincial titles.

1951 – 60 YEARS AGO

• The weather this week is said to have broken the record in Alberta for the past 60 years, as the thermometer has fallen as low as 35 below and remained at 20 below in the daytime. Snow everywhere is up to three feet on the level.

• Stettler Hatchery is in the midst of its chick raising for the 1951 season and around 10,000 chicks are shipped out each week, including a 5,000 order to Red Willow Colony. This is a useful local industry conducted by Mr. White.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

• The Town of Stettler has purchased a sorrel team from Bill Streit which adds to the appearance of the streets, and a new rubber tired wagon from Glen Smith. All that is needed now is a new set of harness from Andy Robinson.

• A part was put on in the Erskine community hall for the boys of the district who have joined up with the Active Forces. All the soldier boys of the district were home for their last weekend on leave before going to Camp Borden.

1931 – 80 YEARS AGO

• There are some 38 patients in the Municipal Hospital at present, which is going some for a 24-bed hospital. Ten new babies are included in that count, which shows that the district is not going backwards as far as population goes.

• The greatest event of the hockey season will take place in the areas Friday night when the West Side of Town meet the East Side in a broomball game. The team will be composed of players who were all brilliant stars when Stettler was born.

1921 – 90 YEARS AGO

• Botha news: Mr. Obenchain had a parrot; Mr. Prudden bought it. The store was cold; the parrot wouldn’t talk. He took it home; the parrot got warm. It talks, it screams, it bites! Late breaking news: the parrot has moved.

• Col. Rohrer is displaying a bunch of green grass which he picked out of the pasture on his farm. It is three inches long and quick healthy looking, but will not nourish many head of cattle.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

• It has been decided by a substantial majority of Erskine School District ratepayers to call for contracts for the erection of a larger four-room schoolhouse, to cost in the neighbourhood of $10,000 to take the place of the single-room building now in use.

• Leo is getting to be quite the place, with mail twice a week , a general store, school, etc., and the finest land to grow No. 1 wheat. We will soon have a long-needed blacksmith shop, which will be run by the Georges.