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1957: British teachers arrive in Foremost

Posted on August 4, 2015 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #216
These items were taken from the August 15, 1957 issue of the Bow Island Graphic Newspaper.
Bow Island
– After operating Bert’s Clothing and Sporting Goods here for the past three years, Bert has sold his business to Earl Hemsworth of Gull Lake, Sask. Mr. and Mrs. Erickson plan on remaining in Bow Island if Bert can find the outside work that he enjoys. Before opening the store here the Erickson’s lived in Venezuela, South America for three years where he was employed by the Shell Oil Co. During their stay there the lowest temperature registered at 82 degrees, so they spent as much time as possible in the Andes Mountains which were very beautiful and only a short drive from their home. On the other side only a short distance away was a dense jungle, so needless to say, they find life in Bow Island much more appealing to them.
– Mrs. Gino Corraini is working at Lowry Cleaners office this week while Norma Bateman is on holiday.
Foremost
– The teachers from the British Isles have started to arrive to take up their duties in the School Division. Mr. and Mrs. R. Warbough of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England have arrived and have been placed in the Manyberries district.
– On Friday night during the bad electrical storm four fires were started south of town. One was on the farm of Frank Walks, one at Tony Narkowski’s and the other at Tony Herbst’s. There was little damage done by these three fires as there was a crew of 25 to 50 men fighting the fires and later the rains came and extinguished the flames. The fourth fire was at the Allerston Hall in the Masinasin District which was totally destroyed.
– A large crowd attended the ball games at the Elks Park last Sunday when Foremost played a double header with Redcliff in the Southern Irrigation League Playoff. Foremost won the first game but lost the second one and thus finished their league games for the season. Foremost may have lost the second game but in a little altercation between the Foremost umpire and a Redcliff player, Foremost came out on top, from what I hear.
Skiff News Briefs by Mrs. Clara Poberznick
– Much excitement was caused in the area a few weeks ago when several box cars were derailed, some totally wrecked, when the track gave away. The accident took place about ? mile east of Skiff.
– Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kuftenoff are the proud parents of a new son born August 8.
– A farewell party was held in the Skiff School on Tuesday evening July 30 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. H. Aman and family who moved to Coutts recently. They were presented with a Sunbeam Electric fry pan and a nest of T.V. tables as a gift from the community. They will be greatly missed by the Skiff people.
– The Pool dwelling is now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Leverton and Denice. Mr. Leverton now has the Pool No. 1 elevator while the Pool No. 2 has been taken over by Mr. Jerry Pittman formerly of Warner.
Bow Island
– Mr. and Mrs. Alex Lengyel recently enjoyed a weekend visit from their daughter Irene who is employed in Calgary as a secretary to a lawyer. Her ability to speak Hungarian has been very helpful in the court cases recently concerning Hungarian immigrants.
That’s all for this week. This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen.

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