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1958: ‘Home for the Aged’ to be built in Bow Island

Posted on June 6, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #284
These items were taken from the October 9, 1958 issue of the Graphic
Bow Island
– Home for the Aged to be Built in Bow Island: It has been officially announced that a home for the aged, under the Alberta Government plan will be built in Bow Island. Harry Strom, MLA relayed this information to Mayor A.J. Bonette. The home, with equipment will cost approximately $200,000. The five acres of land needed for the project is the responsibility of the Town and other contributing municipalities. The site for the home has not yet been determined. These homes are planned as self-sustaining units to give comfort to the aged in the area. Old Fred’s comments: This of course is the Pleasant View Lodge, and there have been many changes and additions made over the many years.
– Mrs. Ken Metz and her little daughter, Patricia who have been spending the past few weeks here with Mrs. Metz’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Tunstall left on Tuesday by train for the East, where she will sail for France to join Ken who is stationed there with the R.C.A.F.
– There is a front page item regarding the passing of Lawrence Halpin. The late Mr. Halpin was born in Senaca, Wisconsin, and came to Bow Island with his parents in 1910. He received his education here. He leaves to mourn his wife Evelyn, two daughters, Sister Mary Lawrence of Toronto and Sheila, Mrs. E. Torscher of Calgary; two sons, Roger and Timmy of Bow Island; two brothers, Francis of Medicine Hat and Steve of California. Pallbearers included: A. Doran, A. Gyorfi, E. Brosz, G. Schmidt, B. Millar and J. Roth.
– Miss Mildred Vasselin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Vasselin of Medicine Hat and formerly of Bow Island was married to Cyril Michael Robson of Vancouver on Saturday, September 13 at the Chalmers United Church in Vancouver.
Winnifred News by Mrs. Bertha Annon
– Three-year-old Susan Kleensasser of the New Milford Colony was injured in a fall down a flight of stairs on Sunday and was a patient in the Medicine Hat hospital for a few days.
– A repair crew is installing a diesel motor in Ogilvie Elevator and the elevator will be closed for a week or so while the work is going on. The telephones have been installed at the elevators.
Foremost News by Mrs. Mary Ann Granberg
– Bill Heiniger and Ron Hinchcliff flew to Vancouver last Friday and back again Sunday. While they were there they caught their quota of salmon.
– The regular meeting of the Masonic Lodge was held on the evening of Wednesday, October 1st in the Community Hall with G. Mehlen in the chair. One highlight of the evening was the official visit of A.W. Rider, District Deputy Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Lethbridge. Other visitors were Mr. Perkinson and Rudd Leister of Lethbridge, Bill Calder, Jack Harmon and A.W. Flamme of Bow Island and Mr. Hemling of Milk River.
Burdett News by Mrs. Dora Warren
– Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Thacker have returned from Vancouver, B.C. where they attended the wedding of their nephew Norman Keyes. They also visited with their daughter Delores, Mr. and Mrs. Gaudet and family at Powell River, B.C. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. D. Keyes of Bow Island.
This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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