2000 – 10 YEARS AGO
• Out-of-town shoppers supported Christmas cash cards presented by Stettler Chamber of Commerce as more than $1.2 million was recorded in the campaign with $268,105.24 bought by people from outside Stettler.
• A $1.2 million addition to Willow Creek Lodge in Stettler is all but complete with 22 new residential units abuzz with activity as residents moved during the weekend, now accommodating 53 units.
1990 – 20 YEARS AGO
• Stettler RCMP raised more money per capita during last year’s Special Olympics torch run than any other police detachment in Alberta. They were awarded with a limited-edition printed titled “to the Finish”.
• The proposed site for Big Valley Jamboree (annually held in Camrose) sits in the heart of one of the most ecologically-sensitive areas of Alberta according to Dr. John Lunn, head of Heritage Interpretation International. Dr. Lunn told county councilors that if plans to locate a music festival in the Tolman Badlands goes ahead, a unique and irreplaceable habitat could be lost.
1980 – 30 YEARS AGO
• William E. Hay Composite High School Thespians will present the three-act play “And You Think You Have Problems” at the Kloset. William E. Hay school family theatre in Stettler. Directed by Pat Brayton, the Thespians are rated as one of Alberta’s best high school drama groups.
• The 18th annual Mid-Winter Scout Jamboree was held in the Memorial Hall in Stettler with 156 Scouts, 33 leaders and a staff of six in attendance. Each Scout was presented with a jamboree badge.
1970 – 40 YEARS AGO
• Julius Duris of Gadsby has completed his second 100-mile swim at Stettler Centennial Pool. He has accomplished this by swimming 256 lengths of the pool each time out.
• One of the highest awards for Cub Scouts is the woodsman badge and six of these have come to the Donalda pack. Wade Konschuh, Howard Blomgren, Robin McKay, Duane Steinhoff, Robin LaRose and Larry Konschuh each earned these badges.
1960 – 50 YEARS AGO
• Stettler High School girls remain undefeated after another victorious basketball game in Delburne. Carol Sorenson and Maureen Wingert were the top Stettler scorers.
• Red Willow twin sisters Joan and Joyce Thomas received their graduation caps at a ceremony at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Joan was honoured for having the highest standing in her class of 54 students, wth Joyce a close second.
1950 – 60 YEARS AGO
• There is something about the Royal Café in Halkirk that sets it apart from other eating places. Many people who make trips through this territory make it a point to reach the restaurant for their dinner or supper.
• A pleasant social evening was held in Botha School to honour Connie Arlendson when she was presented with the Governor General’s Medal. Her teacher is Miss Vincent.
1940 – 70 YEARS AGO
•.Captain C.H. Dunn, president of the Castor chapter of the Red Cross announces that contributions have reached $1,100. Which is more than any other town of its size in Alberta.
• Playing fairly smooth hockey, the Erskine boys defeated Botha after a scrap or two, a couple of blown fuses and some other minor diversions.
Local boy Gordie Bishop did a pretty good job of netminding.
1930 – 80 YEARS AGO
• Syd Coldwell of Stettler is still making a high record with his White Leghorn chickens in the egg-laying competition held weekly in Lethbridge.
His birds now stand second in a list of about 30 enttries.
• “A woman’s mouth is often compared to a rosebud, but a rosebud is usually closed.”
1920 – 90 YEARS AGO
• General surprise and regret were expressed in Stettler when it was learned that town founder Carl Stettler died at 59 years in Memphis, Tennessee on Feb. 1 as the result of an operation for blood poisoning in the foot. Mr. Stettler will be buried in Stettler.
• Warning has been received of the possibility of the western movement of influenza reaching Alberta and advice that precautions be taken and preparations made for meeting any outbreak.
1910 – 100 YEARS AGO
• Halkirk residents are pleased to at last have some flour in town. Mr. Higgins got two carloads of flour in a few days ago and sold over five tons the first day.
• There is quite a spirited discussion going on among a certain party at Blue Ridge young folks as to whether they really saw Haley’s Comet the other night or if it was a string of Joe Ball’s red hops going to water.