William E. Hay opens its school doors … 50 years ago


2001 — 10 YEARS AGO

– A delegation attended last week’s council meeting regarding the mural at the water tank near IGA’s new location. Apparently, the workmanship on the volunteer-driven project was a point of concern by council at a recent meeting and the delegation was in attendance to remind the council that very little dollars were put toward the project and that it was volunteer-driven.

– Work is well underway on a new outdoor rink just north of the Rec Centre, with a chance that youth could be using the rink sometime this season.

1991 — 20 YEARS AGO

– Stettler’s three grain elevators are full, and will remain so indefinitely due to delays in shipping caused by labour disputes at Canada’s three main terminals. CWB estimates the grain industry is forfeiting $35 million in lost sales per week while the strike goes on.

– A barking dog woke up its owner in time for her to escape from her burning house trailer during a blaze on the museum grounds in Stettler. The fire destroyed the home within 30 minutes.

1981 — 30 YEARS AGO

– The sod-turning ceremony for the new church building of the Evangelical Free Church in Erskine took place after their Thanksgiving service. The sanctuary will be 4,000 square feet, with an educational wing to be added when the need arises.

– This is School Bus Safety Month, with the theme “Wait a Minute!” Good advice. Never allow a shortage of time to lead to chance taking.

1971 — 40 YEARS AGO

– “Hockey is a man’s game.” That was the way Gordie Howe put it, and that’s the way he played the game. After 25 years of pro hockey, he’s hanging up his skates in the Detroit Red Wings’ clubhouse.

– A new lease on life has been given to the Village of Donalda, with the digging of a basement for the new hotel. Real Bergevin has purchased the Meeting Creek Hotel and plans to have it moved to Donalda by November.

1961 — 50 YEARS AGO

– The official opening of William E. Hay High School in Stettler will take place Oct. 20. Invitations are extended to the parents of students attending the school, for a guided tour of the facilities.

– Endiang goose hunters have shot down a goose of the white species, which was banded on both legs. This is the first time a double-banded goose has been brought to our attention.

1951 — 60 YEARS AGO

– Pat Chapman has recently been appointed chief of Stettler’s fire brigade. He succeeds W. V. McTaggart, whose resignation was received with regret by the town council.

– Next year, Alberta motorists will be issued “permanent” licence plates, eliminating the present system of changing the plates each year. As well, there will be a combination of number and letters, instead of only numbers.

1941 — 70 YEARS AGO

– An effort is being made by the whole community to see that the boys on active service get a parcel at Christmas. In this harvest season, farmers are asked to come forward with just one dollar per family.

– The CGIT, Trail Rangers and Young People’s organizations in Red Willow were organized last week for the coming season.

1931 — 80 YEARS AGO

– Councillor Duckworth has located a gravel pit near town that he figures will supply enough material to gravel the town streets. He states that the pit is eight-feet deep, with an estimated quantity of 4,000 square yards.

– Mr. D. Robinson has brought in a winter radish that measured 17 inches in length and weighed three pounds. The winter radish is becoming more popular as a good vegetable to carry over the winter.

1921 — 90 YEARS AGO

– The UFA political convention of the Red Deer Federal constituency met at Stettler, and continued in session until after midnight. Fourteen candidates were nominated, with Mr. Alfred Speakman finally winning the most votes.

– There will be a sale of home baking and cookery at Cudmore’s Store in Gadsby, preceding the first Chautauqua concert. The excellent goods purveyed by our local lady cooks are usually snapped up within the first hour.

1911 — 100 YEARS AGO

– Mr. Woods, general manager of the Bank of Toronto, paid a visit to Donalda and Red Willow, and promised to locate a branch here in the next couple of months. He spoke very highly of the country east of Donalda.

– Real estate is turning quite fast in town just now. One real estate firm reports to having sold one piece of property three times last week, and another twice this week.