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1958: Concerns about cemetery

Posted on September 13, 2016 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #257
These items were taken from the March 27, 1958 issue of the Bow Island Graphic.
Bow Island
– Mr. and Mrs. Art Ledene of Lethbridge are planning on moving to Bow Island and have purchased lots east of the Edlund home, where they plan to have a new home built this summer.
– The Bow Island Lions Club is concerned over the present condition of our cemetery, which, as you know, has been without sufficient care for a number of years. We feel that the community as a whole should be concerned and that, in respect to the pioneers of this area laid to rest there, some definite action to improve and beautify the cemetery area should be taken. The Club therefore proposes that the following program should be undertaken: 1. Repair and paint and maintain the fence. 2. A suitable arched gate entrance. 3. Planting of trees. 4. Suitable sprinkler facilities for watering. 5. Preparations and maintenance of roadways and walkways. 6. Repair or replacement of existing grave markers and to be sure all graves are marked. 7. Gradual replacement of prairie grass to lawn grass. 8. Provision for part time caretaking. The Club suggests that the program be carried through by: 1. Volunteer work parties. 2. A yearly town grant of $200 (min.). 3. Yearly donations of $25 from interested church, fraternal and service organizations such as ours. 4. Individual donations. The Club welcomes any suggestions which you might wish to make regarding this proposed program, which would be administered by the Lions Committee operating in close co-operation with the Town Council. If you feel this is a worthy program and we are sure that you will, a donation as above mentioned to cover the upcoming year will be gratefully accepted, and cheques would be payable to the Lions Club Cemetery Funds. Yours for a better community. Elmer Bergh, Jim Roth, Lee Haughian – Lions Committee.
Winnifred by Mrs. Bertha Annon
– Farmers are busy hauling their seed grain to Bow Island to get it cleaned and treated. Quite a number of farmers have ordered registered seed grain through the elevator agents.
– Mssrs. Halpin, Swennumson and Coffman inspected the calves that are being raised by the Calf members. Last Saturday morning they visited the Roeder and Harink farms.
Foremost Section
– In the final basketball games of the term, Bow Island won both the boy’s and girl’s games. Score for the boy’s game was 28-23 with Frank Davies being high scorer for Bow Island (16) and Richard Walters high for Foremost with 8. Score for the girls game was 28-20, Audrey Angle scored 14 points for Bow Island and Fern Bollinger 8 points for the home team.
– Two families have moved into the district and have children attending school here in Foremost. Patsy Flexhaug is in Grade III while Adella Chodnicki is in Grade IIe.
Etzikom by Mrs. Grace Stromsmoe
– Neil Slimmon had the misfortune of upsetting his school van on Thursday morning. Neil was coming in from his east run with five children when the front end of his van caught a snow bank causing it to go sideways before upsetting in the ditch on its top, with all four wheels in the air. Fortunately no one was injured.
– Mrs. Glen Lee is at present substituting for Mrs. Don Boll, Junior teacher here, who is absent due to illness.
This has been a Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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