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Down Memory Lane, 1958: Kunz grows mega-produce

Posted on May 30, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #283
These items were taken from the October 2, 1958 Bow Island Graphic.
Bow Island News
– On display in the window of the Shoe Service and Dry Goods Store is a pumpkin that weighs forty pounds (and is about as big around as a washtub), a radish that is twenty three and a half inches long and several good sized potatoes, the biggest weighs two pounds. These giants were all grown by Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kunz.
– Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Gino Corraini were pleasantly surprised when a number of their friends called at their home to honor them by way of a farewell party. A social evening was enjoyed and the Corraini’s were presented with a Sunbeam Electric Fry pan by Mr. L. Haughin on behalf of the friends assembled. Mr. and Mrs. Corraini and Brian will be leaving for Abbotsford, B.C.
– A recent visitor in Bow Island at the Bob Faris home was Earl Soelberg of Arco, Idaho. Earl flew his own plane to Lethbridge where Bob met him. He is a former State Senator and a lawyer who has large land holdings as well as sheep and cattle feeding businesses. He was very impressed with the possibilities of this area and is looking for land here.
– There was a two page “Fire Prevention” story in this edition. The men of the Volunteer Fire Brigade are men of unselfish bent who give of their time and talents for the betterment of their community. A man does not join the Fire Brigade to add to his personal treasure but to give help in both preventing and fighting fire. The local brigade receives a remuneration from the Town for the time it spends, both in fire drill and the actual fighting of fire.  The money received goes for a variety of things – if a fireman ruins his shoes or clothing the brigade replaces it. They also contribute to many community projects. The Bow Island Volunteer Fire Brigade – Walt Ulmer, Chief; George Tunstall, Captain; Albert Bateman, Secretary; John Tunstall, Fred Mellen, Roy Loney, Bert Knibbs, Pat Knibbs, Dave Ferrel, Stan Edler, Cliff Cummins, Bob Allen, Don Gibson and Jim Roth. These boys also work in close co-operation with Town Superintendent, Grant Whitney and the Town Police, Phil Anderson.
– The new Bow Island 4H Beef Club held its initial meeting in the Gershaw School on October 2, with the election of officers being held. Frank Davies is the President, with Lloyd Davies as Vice president and David Pratt as Secretary and Wren Atwood as Treasurer. John Harink is Club Reporter. Ren Davies is Club Leader with Frank Pratt and Steve Gatz as assistants. The new club will raise Hereford calves.
Faith News by Mrs. Thekla Ehnes
– Fire of unknown origin broke out in a barn at the Eddie Taylor farm recently. Neighbours aroused the Taylor family by telephone but by then the barn was gutted with flames. Damages yet un-estimated included a truck, feed and other equipment.
– Mr. and Mrs. George Harty are the proud owners of a brand new Chev.
Winnifred News by Mrs. Bertha Annon
– John Wipf, aged 83, died at the New Milford Hutterite Colony last Saturday. A large crowd of mourners from other Colonies attended the funeral.
– A sudden and violent wind storm from the north late Sunday afternoon stirred up clouds of dust followed by a light rain. Numerous loose articles were blown about and some of the CPR snow fence was blown down.
That’s all for this week. This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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