1999 – 10 YEARS AGO
• Stettler firefighters Mark Dennis and Oris Rider received Certificate of Commendation for saving a man from drowning in Buffalo Lake in 1996. Town of Stettler Mayor Keith Ryder and County of Stettler Reeve Brian Lynn presented the awards on behalf of Canadian Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
• With the year 2000 quickly approaching, panic hit people locally and globally as people feared computers and computerized systems would crash with the turn to Y2K
1989 – 20 YEARS AGO
• Parents wanting a bus shelter to protect students in the Grandview area of Stettler from the cold weather got a cold shoulder from both the Town of Stettler and Clearview School Division. Parents argued that the location was unique because of the few trees and houses that can be used for shelter, and the wide-open fields that surround it.
• Town of Stettler council has thrown its hat into the ring into the debate over turbans and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They have agreed unanimously to support a petition calling to retain the traditional uniform.
1979 – 30 YEARS AGO
• Stettler and District (provincial) 75th Anniversary Committee will present a silver mug engraved with the anniversary logo to the first baby born in Stettler Hospital in 1980. All other babies born there in 1980 will receive a souvenir scroll and spoon.
• The new gymnasium at Alix Elementary School was officially opened Dec. 19. It was expressly engineered to reduce the noise level to the absolute minimum level by means of a unique acoustic ceiling and carpeting on the walls.
1969 – 40 YEARS AGO
• Ron Peterson, star defenceman with the Stettler Trojans of the Parkland Senior Hockey League, was seriously injured in a game against Coronation. Doctors found his left kidney punctured in three places with the result that it had to be removed.
• Band instructor Lloyd Harris is planning to take band members to Europe in 1971 as a community project.
1959 – 50 YEARS AGO
• Chang Yon Hi, a young Korean girl, has been adopted by the pupils of Mrs. Brodie’s Grade-6 class. Yon Hi will soon be receiving letters and gifts for her 29 new brothers and sisters in Stettler.
• The Horace Chapman rink with Bill Chapman, Clarence Chapman and Bob North won the Erskine $100 curling bonspiel by showing the way to 15 other entries. The second event was won by Bill Filipenko of Stettler.
1949 – 60 YEARS AGO
• Some 15 men were fined $10 each for fishing in Buffalo Lake with snares through ice. They had made a habit of erecting a small building over holes in the ice and fishing illegally in comfort.
• “It took hundreds of years to build these pyramids,” said a guide to a tourist in Egypt. “Oh, I see, it was a government job,” the tourist replied.
1939 – 70 YEARS AGO
• The terrible ‘30s are just about gone and most of us see them go without regret. This decade brought heavy financial losses, sickness, work and worry. As Amos and Andy say – “It wouldn’t’ have been so bad if the Depression hadn’t come along just when times were so hard.” However, it’s past, and we hail the ‘40s with much higher hope and the fervent prayer that we need never again pass through another such period.
1929 – 80 YEARS AGO
• Below-zero temperatures last week was struck dumb by a Chinook Saturday night and the temperature since has been around 30 Fahrenheit (minus 1 Celsius) in the daytime.
• Miss Pearl Margaret Sundberg has become the bride of Lord Cheylesmore, and English peer who own land in the Alix area. The new Lady Cheylesmore is the daughter of A.J. Sundberg of Alix.
1919 – 90 YEARS AGO
• L.J. Babcock has purchased the Erickson Blacksmith property in Gadsby and is prepared to do all kinds of metal work. The necessities of the district and Mr. Babcock’s experience and ability assure success for the business.
• Petitions are being signed in the district in regard to altering sleighs from the present width of three feet to the usual wagon and auto width of four-and-a-half feet. This change in width will be good for the roads and good for sleighing.
1909 – 100 YEARS AGO
• Among the latest industries to be added to Castor’s list is that of a chopping and feed mill. Lone Brothers purchased the engine and crusher of the International Harvester Co. and expect to have it in operation at once.
• There are 43 immigrants living in a four-room house on McNabb Street. Constable Causey has taken the matter in hand and disinfected the place using 250 pounds of lime and two cans of chloride of lime.