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1957: Scorpions found in coulee

Posted on December 15, 2015 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #229
These items were gleaned from the September 26, 1957 issue of the Bow Island Graphic Newspaper.
– Scorpions are once again in the news. Magnus Hougen found several in a seam of coal in Chin Coulee. He captured two of them and gave them to Mr. Nelson for his collection. A grasshopper was put in the jar with the scorpions which devoured it in no time but they failed to touch the cricket which was put in the jar.
October 3, 1957
– “Funeral Services for Clifford Gray” Funeral services for the late Clifford Gray, 30, were held on Saturday, September 28, at 2 p.m. in the Duffield Funeral Chapel in Rocky Mountain Hose. Mr. Gray was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, and had been a resident of Bow Island for the past five years, where he was an employee with Ferrel’s Plumbing. He is survived by his wife Bertha and one son Billy of Bow Island, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Gray, two brothers, Keith and Brian, and one sister, Maxine all of Rocky Mountain House. Pallbearers included Dave and H. (Hutch) Ferrel, Gordon (Bus) Allen, Dave Lamond, Ray Ulrich all of Bow Island and Eddy Leboda of Lethbridge. Mr. Herschel Ferrel was an honorary pallbearer.
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– Progress is being made on the local Cenotaph which is being built in the Jubilee Park under the supervision of the Jubilee Park Committee. It is hoped the project will be entirely completed for the Armistice Day service in November.
– Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bowe are moving to the West Coast this week, and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hogg have moved into the home formerly occupied by the Bowes.
– A picture on the front page featured Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Noble celebrating their 51st Wedding Anniversary. The caption under the picture states: Mr. and Mrs. Noble were married in London, England on September 29. Mr. Noble has been the Secretary-Treasurer of the Town of Bow Island since January, 1950 and has announced the end of October as the date of retirement. Mr. and Mrs. Noble will remain in Bow Island, for as Mr. Noble says, “We have everything here that any city can offer”. We offer our congratulations.
– The marriage of Isabelle Roth and Norman Allen on September 10 was featured on the front page.
– A front page picture of the Bow Island Combines who won the Southern Irrigation Baseball League Championship. The Combines won 20 of the 30 games they played this year, defeating Redcliff Red Sox 3 out of 5 games in the final series.
– Claude Bishop accompanied by his brother Robert of Etzikom, and his sister Mrs. Hadlington of Foremost, flew to Vancouver last week to visit their sister Mrs. Rita Sergeant who is gravely ill.
– Roy “Lucky” Loney won a chrome suite at the Bingo in Lethbridge on last Saturday evening.
– Mrs. Doug Albers was lucky this past week, for she received notification that she had won a floor polisher in the recent Ford Song Contest.
That’s all for this week. This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen.

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