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Down Memory Lane, 1958: Local man loses life when tractor overturns

Posted on January 17, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #267
These items were taken from the June 5, 1958 Bow Island Graphic.
B.I. – Steve Szaniszlo Killed in Tractor Mishap: Steve Szaniszlo, age 30, was the victim of a tractor accident on the farm Wednesday evening. The tractor overturned and death was instantaneous. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 am at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Bow Island.
B.I. – Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Thorson are the proud parents of a baby girl, born at the Taber Hospital on Tues., June 3, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces.
Memorial Cenotaph to be Unveiled Sun., June 15: The Jubilee Park Committee has arranged a program for Sun., June 15 to officially unveil the Cenotaph at the park at the Civic Centre area. A parade of veterans, Legion Auxiliary. Scouts, Cubs, Guides, and Brownies will start at 10 o’clock at the water tower. The parade will move down Main Street to the Legion Hall and then north to the Cenotaph. Mayor Bonette will address the gathering and the unveiling committee will be carried out under the direction of the Cenotaph committee. Following the placing of the wreaths, a Legion member will speak and “Taps” will signal for the march-off through the north gate of the park.
All veterans and members of the other groups are urged to be at the assembly point at the point at 12:45 pm on Sunday. The public is invited to attend the service that will mark the memorial for all those who fell in the service of their country. In the afternoon, the Bow Island/Conquerville Combines are host to the Foremost Braves in a double-header baseball tilt, so come early for the unveiling ceremony and stay for the day.
Editorial: One of the things that remain long after men have passed through the gates of death is the good works they did while they were here. Surely those who have devoted time and energy during the Community Cemetery Work Days will be remembered long.
A short while ago, the local cemetery was a disgrace to this community, but with the guidance of a few and work of many, that has changed. Where once only weeds and disregard were evident, now can be seen cultivated areas, marked roadways, and signs of the thoughtful people. Rocks have been removed from grave areas, gopher holes have been filled, the outhouse has been set up properly and painted, headstones have been leveled. Three tractors have been working and the scouts have taken on the hob of painting stones along the roadways and an iron-lettered sign will be erected above the gate. Two more work parties are scheduled for this year and plans are now being made to have a sprinkler and a part-time caretaker for the cemetery next year. The cemetery committee has requested cash contributions from organizations and individuals to help pay for the cost- Have you contributed yet? The Town of Bow Island and the surrounding districts can be proud of the men, and the women, who devoted their time and talents to the betterment of their community.
This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen.

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