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1958: Graphics beat the Combines in Donkey Ball

Posted on March 21, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #274
These items were taken from the July 24, 1958 issue of the Bow Island Graphic
Graphics Defeat Combines in Amusing Ball Game
Last week large crowds gathered at the local ball park to see the Graphics defeat the Combines in a hilarious game of Donkey Ball. The Graphics, a team made up of players with superb horsemanship as well as great talent in the game of baseball were successful in guiding the donkeys around the bases on four occasions while the Combines, whose ability lie more in the game of baseball than horsemanship, were unable to bring home a single run. The more skilful equestrians were also the only ones to score a double play. After the game the Combines were privileged to ride the donkeys down Main Street (not many of them fulfilled the pre-game agreement to call out the name of the victors though) Bert Knibbs was coach of the Combines while Max Hamilton did similar duties for the mighty Graphics.
Winnifred News by Mrs. Bertha Annon
– Friends of Mrs. A.F. Hodgson arranged a surprise party for her at her home on July 13, the occasion being her 80th birthday. Among those attending were Mrs. Mabel Angle and Harold, Mrs. Eugene Angle and sons, Mrs. Mary Stedman and Mrs. Marl Hodgson and Virginia all of Bow Island and Mrs. Jerold Hodgson and children of Winnifred. Mr. and Mrs. Harvie Hodgson and children of Lomond and Mrs. Glenn Snyder and son of Wheatly, Ontario were also present. Mrs. Hodgson lives by herself in her home on the farm and is able to do her own cooking and housework.
Foremost News by Odella and Pauline Unser
– Mrs. Leva Rierstad and Roy Brower are patients in Medicine Hat hospital as a result of an accident which occurred Sunday night. Mrs. Brower driver of a light delivery, missed a turn and went through the ditch east of here, near the farm of S. Davis. This turn was not marked, and was not clearly visible. Melvin Hasper rushed the parties to Medicine Hat. Mrs. Rierstad is suffering from an injured knee and Roy Brower will be in a cast for some time with both legs fractured. Mrs. Brower escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.
– Tenders will be received by the undersigned until 5 pm, August 8, 1958 for the two-room school located on the school grounds in the Hamlet of Nemiscam. Envelopes to be clearly marked “Tender on Nemiscam School”. The buildings must be removed and the site cleared up within 30 days of acceptance of tender. The highest or any bid not necessarily accepted. Roy R. Wallman, Secretary-Treasurer, County of Forty Mile No. 8, Foremost, Alberta.
Bow Island News
– Bob Peterson received chest and wrist injuries recently when he fell from the truck loaded with lumber on which he was working.
– Roy Adolf and Bride visit Bow Island: A wedding of interest to many Bow Island and district residents was that of Constable Roy Adolf, formerly of Bow Island and now of the RCMP detachment at Swan River, Manitoba, to Miss Violet Marks also of Swan River. This happy couple were married on July 12 in St. Andrew’s United Church at Swan River. On the completion of their honeymoon the couple will live in Amaranth.
This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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