Current Temperature


February 5, 2023 February 5, 2023

1958: Web worms infest Bow Island

Posted on February 14, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #271
These items were taken from the July 3, 1958 issue of the Graphic.
Bow Island
– The northwest section of town was invaded with an army of web worms on Wednesday morning and they have been moving slowly into town on a south westerly direction. The web worms resemble army worms which did so much damage in the 30’s, but this type does not seem to be devouring everything as they travel along.
– Scouts Darrel Calder, Bobby Matsumoto, Bobby Grover, Wayne Ulmer, Murray Whitney, Roger Hillestad and Donald Hadnagy are going to the Scout Jamboree in Banff this week. Allan Rae, Scout Leader, will accompany them.
– Donkey Ball:
Dear Mr. Knibbs, It has been suggested that you feel your baseball team, “The Combines” is a group of pretty hot ball players. That may be but it is the considered opinion of many that your boys are only so many second stringers. To prove this too be true, you are hereby challenged to oppose a team known as “The Graphics” on Thursday July 17 at the local ball park. In fairness to you it should be pointed out that this team will be such great players as “Bubbles” Bateman, Gino Corraini, Bus “Twist the Tail” Allen, Mike Tuchscherer and many others. If your courage is sufficient, you and all your supporters you can muster are asked to be on time because these boys are chomping at the bit and are really ready for a tough ride. Yours Cordially, Max Hamilton, Coach of “The Graphics”.
Dear Mr. Hamilton, In accepting the challenge so carelessly thrown out by one so very  few at the great game of ball, it makes me wonder about your sanity – your fool hardy courage is so evident. It is known far and wide that the members of the Combine Club are players of the greatest ability – in fact, they are champions. It would be a great pleasure to us to add the scalp of your team to our belt so we advise you to employ a trainer, a coach and a number of substitutes because our boys will be riding for all they are worth. To make the game a little more interesting we would like to make this suggestion: it is proposed that the losers ride down Main Street after the game calling out, with great enthusiasm, the name of the winning team. Cordially yours, Bert Knibbs, Coach of “The Combines”. Do you remember this event? I do – I was bucked off half way to first base.
– A lengthy article on the front page dealt with the Dedication of the United Church at Burdett. A history of the Burdett United Church from 1909 to 1958 was printed.
Winnifred News by Mrs. Bertha Annon
– A work crew is busy at the Wheat Pool elevator this past week, repairing the siding and painting the structure.
– The B and B gang of the C.P.R. were here on Thursday to close up the station. All the furnishings were removed. William Annon has been appointed caretaker.
– A front page story was featured regarding the Winnifred United Church Marks Golden Anniversary. About 50 ladies attended the ceremony.
– William Zorn Laid to Rest – He passed away in the Taber Hospital early Friday morning, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife, Laura and two sons, Kenneth and Douglas. Also his father, Leo Zorn and his brother Frank both of Winnifred, and a sister Mrs. R. Hesleton of Bowness.
This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

Leave a Reply

Get More Bow Island Commentator
Log In To Comment Latest Paper Subscribe