A Visit to the Pattersons & Stickneys of Hythe

The wandering newspaper editor J.B. Yule visited the Hythe area in 1943.  He noted some impressive buildings on the Patterson Bros. Stock Farm, and a modern home on the Stickney farm.  A visit to Balderston’s down the road followed, where he was shown the strange sight of a goose which roosted on a pig at night.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

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The Herald-Tribune ~ April 8, 1943

The First Chinese Woman in Grande Prairie

Richmond Avenue, ca. 1945

When I first saw this article, I read it because I remember Mrs. Wong well.  I was very surprised that she was the first Chinese woman to come to Grande Prairie.  We shopped at the Grande Prairie Department Store, owned by Arthur Wong, and I remember her always so neatly dressed, usually wearing a sweater set, and with tightly curled hair, which I assume was a perm.  She worked on the dry goods side of the store, and as I recall, she never learned very much English.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ January 27, 1949

 

A Magnificently Modern Store

The opening of Bird’s new store in 1941 seemed to be a pretty big occasion.  There had been a special edition of the Herald Tribune the week before, and the Mayor officially opened the store, with several speakers, including the local MLA.  The opening was broadcast on radio CFGP.  After reading some of the articles in the previous newspaper, I am wondering if this was the first “self-serve” grocery store in town.  The articles mentioned the special shelving, the fluorescent lighting, and describe it as having a “most citified layout.”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune ~ January 23, 1941

A Beaverlodge Soldier’s Christmas Party

David, Mary Jean, and Jim Carlisle decorate their Christmas tree, 1939

For the last post of this year, I found this feel-good story which shows why Canadian soldiers still hold a place in the hearts of the Dutch people.  Thanks everyone for your interest in the blog this year, and I look forward to continuing it in 2017.

Captain Don Little of Beaverlodge organized a party for seventy-five Dutch children with the help of his unit.  The men even sewed little cloth bags for the treats, which were contributed from their own Christmas parcels.  Sinterklaas and Black Pete attended the party, which was the first for the children in several years.  In appreciation, the soldiers were presented with a little dog named Dutchy as a mascot for their unit.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ January 4, 1945

A Stuck Duck

With the cold weather we’ve been having, we can sympathize with the little duck who got his tail frozen in the ice at Flying Shot Lake.  Lucky for him some people were out skating and he was rescued.  Interesting that the first place they they took him was to the newspaper office.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ December 8, 1949

The Herald-Tribune ~ December 8, 1949

He Wasn’t Actually Lost…

This story about the search for men lost in the bush around Nose Mountain involved mill workers, RCMP, Indian trackers, a Dakota search plane, parachutists, and the first helicopter to land at the Grande Prairie Airport.  One man found his own way back to the road, and the other said that he hadn’t been lost at all.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ December 8, 1949

The Herald-Tribune ~ December 8, 1949

Pilot Officer Bill Bessent

Bob and Bill Bessent, 1944 (SPRA 292.02.10)

Bob and Bill Bessent, 1944 (SPRA 292.02.10)

At the very young age of nineteen, Bill Bessent of Grande Prairie had completed twenty-nine missions as a mid-upper gunner, and became a night vision flying instructor in England.  He was promoted to Pilot Officer, and received the Distinguished Flying Medal.  He returned to Grande Prairie after the war, and has lived here ever since.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald Tribune ~ August 24, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ August 24, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ September 14, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ September 14, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ November 9, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ November 9, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ November 23, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ November 23, 1944

The Herald Tribune ~ July 24, 1947

The Herald Tribune ~ July 24, 1947

The Mothers Waiting at Home

The letter in this article is from a bereaved mother in Quebec, writing to the mother of a soldier mentioned in her son’s diary.  It is a moving reminder of war’s far reaching effect, even on strangers, united only by their concern for their sons.  The mother in Quebec is hoping to find someone to talk to her about her son; the mother in Rycroft is awaiting news of her son who had appeared in casualty lists.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ October 12, 1944

The Herald-Tribune ~ October 12, 1944

A New Era for Education in Grande Prairie

The opening of the new Grande Prairie High School in 1950 was a milestone for education in the area.  It was one of two composite high schools in the province at the time.  It was an impressive building, both inside and out.  Mr. Kujath, who was the first principal of the new school, was still there when I attended the school in the 1960s.  At the same time, Wapiti Lodge, a dorm for County students, was opened.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ October 26, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ October 26, 1950

Escaped Lion Shot at Rycroft

This month, Country Roads heads north to Rycroft for a sad story about a lion which escaped from a circus.  While the lion did seem to have a bad attitude, he was likely confused and scared, much as the people trying to recapture him were.  The incident took place early in the morning, so there were not many people about.  Thanks to Bill Scott for sending me the article from the July 27, 1950 paper.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950

The Herald-Tribune ~ July 27, 1950