1999 – 10 YEARS AGO
• More than 40 volunteers helped construct the new playground Byemoor School playground which includes three slides, glider, monkey bars and suspension bridge, at a total cost of $14,000 raised by the school parents’ council.
• Stettler Family and Community Support Services celebrates 25 years. Stettler FCSS was established in 1974 with part-time director Jean Gilbert and its main program was the Solo Club which provided a social outlet for people who were single.
1989 – 20 YEARS AGO
• Barry and Leanne Brown received an award for 15 years as part of Alberta’s foster families program. In that period, they have become “Mom” and “Dad” to 23 foster children for various periods.
• Town of Stettler incumbent mayor Bob Stewart hung on to a slim victory over challenger Redford Peeples to capture his third term in office.
1979 – 30 YEARS AGO
• An evening to show appreciation of the community for the devoted service of Dr. R. J. (Bob) Zender who retired after more than 30 years as a medical doctor in Stettler will be held at the Memorial Hall,
• October 18 marks the 50 anniversary of the Person’s Case. This is the date that women were legally declared to be persons in Canada. Before this, women were considered insignificant in a class with “children and morons”.
1969 – 40 YEARS AGO
• Showing improvement and desire each time out, William E. Hay Wildcats of Stettler have taken a stranglehold on second place in football league standings and are assured of a playoff position. They suffered their only loss to undefeated Camrose.
• Mr. and Mrs. Ron Tomlinson of Halkirk won a trophy for placing second in the planning, planting and care of their grove of trees in conjunction with a contest as part of the Coronation Fair.
1959 – 50 YEARS AGO
• Sharon Tippie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Tippie of Stettler has been awarded the Governor General’s Medal for highest marks in Grade 9 examinations among pupils in the Stettler Inspectorate, and she received three other awards.
• A storm which struck Stettler on Oct, 8 dumped more than eight inches of snow on the town and district and buried swathed fields of grain. Farmers estimate that two weeks of warm weather will be needed before harvesting can be resumed.
1949 – 60 YEARS AGO
• The Bank of Nova Scotia opened in Stettler for business on Oct. 11 in up-to-date premises next to McTaggart Motors. Close to 350 guests attended their open house and were shown through all departments.
• Fourteen infractions of the Vehicle and Highway Traffic Act were tried before Magistrate Fred Biggs during the month of September and a total of $275 in fines were levied.
1939 – 70 YEARs AGO
• What Stettler needs at this stage in its history is a new town hall. For over 30 years we have made an old building do, equipped with and out-of-date heating system and without offices of any kind.
• Stettler firms are staging the greatest shopping event in the history of central Alberta. During the six days of Shopping Week, $277 in prizes will be given away by merchants of the town.
1929 – 80 YEARS AGO
• Local hockey boys have taken up basketball so they will be in first-class physical trim when hockey season starts. Every Tuesday and Thursday night, they will work out in the Stettler Arena.
• The weather this week has been more like July than October with temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) in the shade most afternoons, the highest ever recorded in October in Alberta.
1919 – 90 YEARS AGO
• N. B. McGillivray has fitted up a nice chapel on South Taylor Way with an organ and other conveniences for funeral services. This chapel fills a well-defined need in a town the size of Stettler.
1909 – 100 YEARS AGO
• Mrs. Anna Grover and her two small children were victims of a terrible fire near Sullivan Lake. Flames swooped down on them like a hurricane as they fled their home, burning the children to death immediately before Mrs. Grover died the next day.
• Castor News – Mr. Simpson’s handsome new pool tables have arrived and the new pool hall with a bowling alley in the basement is indeed a beauty and reflects great credit to its owner.