Workmen install gas pipes in Stettler – A Look Back


2001 – 10 YEARS AGO

– Friday the 13th struck the Byemoor area with hail larger than golf balls gathering in 8-10 feet high banks at the bottom of hills and in ditches. One farmer says the hail punched holes in the top of one of their grain bins.

– Don Gillespie, President of Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions; Harry Stuber, Director of Canadian Northern Society; & Kerry Dalton, Regional Vice President of Alberta Treasury Branches presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new theatre at Big Valley’s train station last weekend.

1991 – 20 YEARS AGO

– Stettler RCMP are investing three separate break-ins that have resulted in more than $11,000 of stolen merchandise from Alberta Prairies Steam Tours, G&H Foods, and a Nova Corp gas plant.

– A Montreal doctor says to forget about cholesterol and go back to eating eggs, butter and meat with peaceful minds. He says cholesterol is required to produce healthy cells in the body and brain, especially in growing children.

1981 – 30 YEARS AGO

– The upgrading of Stettler County Fair from Class C to Class B has brought about a change in the traditional dates, moving the event to a week earlier in August.

– The building that housed the Alberta Liquor Control Board store and the Alberta Treasury Branch in Stettler was demolished on July 12. The site is being cleared to make way for construction of a new ALCB store.

1971 – 40 YEARS AGO

– Staff and patients moved from old Stettler Municipal Hospital to the community’s beautiful new Stettler General Hospital July 7. Furnishings were provided by individuals, organizations and businesses of the community.

– St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located near Scapa, has withstood the pressure of centralization, and will this summer celebrate its 50th anniversary. A history book of the church has been compiled, and souvenir plates obtained.

1961 – 50 YEARS AGO

– Hally Walgenbach held on to his title of world champion chuckwagon driver at the Calgary Stampede last week. His outriders were Roger LeBlanc, Oris Lyster, Orville Strandquist and Laurie McBride.

– Plans are being made to create a recreational park at Huber Dam, north of Fleet. Plans call for kitchen and toilet facilities, a ball diamond, and the planting of trees.

1951 – 60 YEARS AGO

– Mr. John McLean, principle of Donalda School, has announced the 1951 medal winners for general proficiency: Elaine Doris Fischbach, Sandra Lee, Dorothy Joyce Williams, and Louise Marie Heater.

– The final shipment of gas pipes for Stettler arrived last week, and workmen are now engaged in placing them underground. The feeder lines will run south from the main transmission line to blanket the streets of the town.

1941 – 70 YEARS AGO

– We have seen many Alberta droughts, but this is the worst one in our experience. Headed grain has white tips and each day sees these tips lengthen. Small grains are apparently hopeless.

– Lawrence Bruce and Bud Tull are putting on a stampede at the Brittain Sports Ground at Battle River, north of Halkirk.

1931 – 80 YEARS AGO

– General Steel Wares Ltd. had a special car at the CPR station, where they displayed more than 45 different types of stoves and heaters. The heaters included those that will burn coal and wood, electricity, coal oil and gasoline fuels.

– The cheese making demonstration held at the home of Miss Crawford was a decided success, with over 40 ladies turning out to learn the art. Before long there should be a few hundred pounds of cheese in the district, as everyone decided to go home and try their hand.

1921 – 90 YEARS AGO

– Raising money by selling advertising space on the water tower may be an enterprising stunt, but it seems to lack finish. If town council wants to advertise, let them advertise Stettler itself, and not some businesses at 10 cents per square foot.

– On Taylor Street, Tuesday night, a farmer from near Red Willow was unfortunate to have his car badly damaged by fire. He had struck a match to see if he could find any gasoline and, apparently, he did.

1911 – 100 YEARS AGO

– A resident of the town was fined $5.25 for concealing or not reporting infectious diseases in the home. This is only a small fine, and the next case will carry the full fine of $50 and costs.

– Dr. Curtis of Bashaw has decided to locate in Stettler, and has opened up office in the Room 10 of the National Hotel.