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1958: BI hospital nears completion

Posted on August 1, 2017 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen
Down Memory Lane #289
These items were taken from the November 20, 1958 issue of the Graphic Newspaper.
Bow Island
– N.F. Edlund, Early District Settler Passes at 82. Nels Edlund came to Canada from Sweden in 1907. He leaves to mourn his wife Anna, three sons, Arthur of Bow Island; Woodrow of Cranbrook, B.C.; and Paul of Burdett; three daughters Mildred (Mrs. W. Green) of Bow Island; Muriel (Mrs. Norman Johnson) of Medicine Hat and Doris (Mrs. I. Peterson) of Edmonton. He was predeceased by a son Douglas in 1947.
– Hospital Nears Completion, Guided Tour Proves Interesting. This is the headline, written by Roxie Hamilton (wife of Editor Max Hamilton). The article is long, and provides an excellent overview of our new hospital and nursing wing.
– Miss Frances Gerwing Appointed Matron of New Hospital. Members of the Hospital Board motored to Calgary last week where they interviewed and hired Miss Frances Gerwing as the Matron of the new hospital. Miss Gerwing, who is presently Matron of the Golden B.C. Hospital comes with a very high recommendation, as to her capabilities. She is expected to arrive in Bow Island early this week, to begin interviewing staff and ordering supplies and linens necessary for the operation of the hospital. There are already several applications on file for nurses and nurses aides although advertisements have not yet been placed, so it isn’t expected to be too much difficulty in obtaining a full staff. The ten bed Nurses Home will be completed this week for the arrival of Miss Gerwing, who will have a small suite including a kitchenette, lounge and bedroom for her personal rooms. The invitingly decorated rooms for the nurses will certainly be a factor in keeping a permanent staff, who will have the use of a comfortable lounge during their free time. While the Hospital Board and the new Matron were in conference in Calgary they ordered the remainder of the equipment needed for the hospital. Since the above was written Miss Gerwing has arrived to take up residence in town.
– Pastor A.E. Dahlen officiated at Baptismal Services recently at the Zion Lutheran Church for eight children of the congregation. Donald, Lawrence, Mark, Curtis and Kevin Peterson, sons of Mr and Mrs. Carl Peterson were received. Mr. and Mrs. George Moger acted as sponsors for Donald and Lawrence and Miss Lorraine Schwartzenburger of Milk River and Paul Peterson acted as sponsors of the other three children. Also received for baptism were Dale, Dewayne and Joy Selvig, children of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Selvig. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Skoye of Claresholm acted as sponsors.
– Constable Doug Egan and his friend, Constable Don Gibson spent the weekend here visiting Doug’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Egan. Both have been touring various points in the United States with the Musical Ride of the RCMP and have now returned to Regina. Last Tuesday evening several Bow Islanders enjoyed seeing the Musical Ride on a TV program being broadcast from the San Francisco appearance and were quite thrilled to see Doug appear on the screen. (A note from Old Fred: I can remember Doug telling me about having to clean up the stables at Regina. He said that when the horse appeared ready to poop, it was easier to catch it in his hands, rather than let it hit the floor and then have to scrub the stable floor.)
That’s all for this week. This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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