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1958: Bow Island Hospital Board awards contracts for hospital, nurses’ home

Posted on August 16, 2016 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen

Down Memory Lane #253

These items were taken from the March 6, 1958 issue of the Bow Island Graphic Newspaper.

Councillors Elected for County of Forty Mile – These are the results of the 1958 elections in the County of Forty Mile No. 8. – Division 1 – John M. Griffiths 41; John E. Johnson, 68 elected. Division 2 – Barney Gogolinski 43; J.B. Hougen 71; Lyle Nattrass 89 elected. Division 3 – James M. Hearn 37; Wm. Widdop 54, Paul Welsey 80 elected. Division 4 – A.W. Stringham 31; Dan VandenBerg 62 elected. Division 5 – Mrs. Grace Kuehn 20; John Wutzke 71 elected. Division 6 – John Voss by acclamation. Division 7 – James Jensen 20; W.T. Kolody 74 elected. Division 8 – Frank Romeike elected by acclamation. Division 9 – W.K. Babe elected by acclamation. There were about 1,900 eligible out of which 765 persons voted at 15 polls.

Bow Island

– Contracts Awarded for Hospital and Nurses Home. At a meeting of the Bow Island District Hospital Board the contract for construction of the Bow Island District Hospital and Nurses Home led to the D.H. Oland Construction Co. of Medicine Hat at a price of $136,333. Electrical Trades awarded to the Southern Electric of Medicine Hat for $15,995 and Mechanical Trades, including the heating and plumbing was awarded to Whittick Bros. of Lethbridge at $59,904. The complete cost of construction amounting to $212,232. The furnishings and equipment are not included in the estimate and possibly these items will be asked of the tenders at a later date. Construction will start immediately. Architects are McKernan and Bovey.

– The new home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Egan was the scene of a surprise housewarming on Friday evening when around fifty friends gathered for a social evening. Guests enjoyed an evening of cards and the honoured couple were presented with a gift, a card table and set of chairs by Elmer Culler on behalf of the group assembled. A lovely lunch served by the ladies concluded the enjoyable evening.

– Mr. and Mrs. Tony Roth are receiving congratulations on the birth of a baby boy, weighing 5 lbs. 12 oz. on Saturday March 1 at the Taber Hospital. Both Mother and baby are doing fine.

– Judd Couillard has made a generous offer to the local Cubs and Boy Scouts, he has offered a sleeping bag suitable for camping, to the Cub and Scout who receive the greatest number of proficiency badges between now and camp time.

– The wedding of Carolyn Mitchell and Ralph Adams was featured on the front page.

– On Sunday, several of the members of the local KC’s attended the Initiation Banquet held in Lethbridge at the Marquis Hotel. Bill Goodwin was one of the 48 candidates welcomed. Knights of Columbus Councils were present from Lethbridge, Milk River, Pincher Creek and Bow Island. Those attending from this organization included Bill Goodwin, L. Halpin, R. Ulrich, J. Lerner, P. Torscher, L. Torscher and H. Miller., B. Miller and J. Volk of Burdett.

– Sheila Halpin, Home Economist in Calgary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Halpin is the General Convener of the Calgary Home Economists Association Spring Tea to be held Saturday at Central United Church. The proceeds from the annual event go toward the Home Economics Scholarship Fund.

There will be further items printed from the March 6 issue (lots of news).

This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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