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1958: Sod turning at E-free church

Posted on April 25, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #278
These items were taken from the August 28, 1958 issue of the Graphic.
Burdett News by Mrs. Donald Warren
– Long time resident of Burdett laid to Rest – Funeral services for the late Samuel Ashton, 55, long time resident of Burdett were held in the LDS’s Chapel in Medicine Hat on Monday, August 19th. Survivors include his wife Claire, six children, Evelyn, Dorothy, Garth, Lyle, Marjorie and Lynn.
Winnifred News by Mrs. Bertha Annon
– Quon Chong is having modern power driven gas pumps installed. The excavation for the tank has been dug. The hole is 6 by 8 and is 7 feet deep. About 140 gallons of gasoline was lost recently from the old tank.
– Frank Zorn suffered burns to his arms recently when his clothing caught fire as he was walking around his tractor. He was rushed to the Taber Hospital for treatment and was allowed to leave in a few days.
Bow Island News
– The wedding of Marilyn Theriau and Walter Pahl was featured on the front page at the Evangelical Free Church in Bow Island.
– Town of Bow Island – Tenders will be received by the town of Bow Island for 800 feet of snow fence. Tenders to be in Town Office by noon September 30th, 1958. Envelope to be marked “Tender on Snow Fence”.
– For sale by tender, the old curling rink located in the Town of Bow Island. Tenders must be accompanied by a certified cheque of 20% of tender amount and the date of removal of the building must be stated. The site to be left in a clean and orderly fashion. Tenders received up to September 15th, 1958. Envelope to be marked “Tender on Old Curling Rink”. Do you remember where the old curling rink was located? I do – Wayne Gilbertson’s home is now located on that site on 2nd Street West.
– The building and improvements in the town are progressing rapidly and quite a change can be seen over the past two months. Workmen are busy now with the interior finishing at the new Hospital and Nurses Home; good progress is continuing at the United Church where contractors are busy with plumbing, heating, wiring and interior finishing. The Humphrey Undertaking Parlor is noticeably improved in appearance; the former McMurray Hardware is being completely renovated for Ferrel’s Plumbing; the Sytsma Bakery is ready for business; Johnny’s Coffee Shop has been improved this week and a coffee bar is presently being built in the Pool Hall. As to homes, several new houses built this summer are near completion and some owners have moved in.
– Ernest Keeler was hospitalized overnight, Sunday following an accident just west of town on the road to the river; Ernest was alone at the time and received minor injuries when his car overturned.
– On Tuesday evening a sod turning ceremony was held at the Evangelical Free Church, where a new church building will soon be under construction. Taking part in the ceremony were Rev. T. Hanson and Harry Strom, the Building Committee Chairman. Excavation started Wednesday morning for the foundation.
Whitla News
– For sale: General Store with Post Office and Telephone Exchange. Good turnover. Living quarters attached. Apply: George E. Cranmer, Whitla or phone 1A.T.T.
This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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