Halloween High Jinks

Justamere Ladies Club dress up, 1956 (L-R Nathalia Schwemler, Lena Dahl, Randy Olson, Dorphy Bekkerus, Stella Gilkyson, Mabel Hagen, Doris Sappet, Cecil Robinson, Esther Olson, and Vivian Vekved)

Justamere Ladies Club dress up, 1956 (L-R Nathalia Schwemler, Lena Dahl, Randy Olson, Dorothy Bekkerus, Stella Gilkyson, Mabel Hagen, Doris Sappet, Cecil Robinson, Esther Olson, and Vivian Vekved)

It sounds like the Halloween party at the local high school in 1933 was quite an event – a haunted house tour, games, dancing, and singing, then lunch.  The party closed with a snake dance downtown, which to me would have been the most exciting part.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ November 3, 1933

Grande Prairie Herald ~ November 3, 1933

Foiled by Technology

Burglars using “modern burglarizing methods” were foiled by radio station CFGP broadcasting details of the robbery and asking people to report any suspicious activity.  Kind of an early version of Facebook!  The robbers apparently didn’t have a very good escape plan.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ November 12, 1937

Grande Prairie Herald ~ November 12, 1937

Just Wanted to See if You Noticed

Printing of the Herald Tribune in the 1960s.

Printing of the Herald Tribune in the 1960s.

This is a cute item about a boy who wrote to the paper wanting to know why the funnies were missing.  I doubt that a seven year old would have been that satisfied with the answer, other than the promise of a package coming to him in the mail and an invitation to visit the newspaper office when he was in Grande Prairie.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 23, 1936

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 23, 1936

Baseball Wins Over Banking

With so many ways to watch World Series Baseball now, it’s easy to forget there was a time when you were either at the game or could only listen to it on the radio.  In 1937, radio time had been booked by the Canadian Chartered banks for an informative talk, but they gave up the time for the broadcast of the opening game of the 1937 World Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.  That move likely gave them more good publicity than their talks.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 8, 1937

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 8, 1937

Oops!

The Dimsdale news of October 13, 1932 recounted an incident where a farmer’s tame goose was shot by a hunter.  The farmer met the fellow at his car and “sold” him the goose.  The fellow in the second article went out to the barnyard with his .22 to get a chicken for Sunday dinner, with unexpected results.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Northern Tribune ~ October 13, 1932

Northern Tribune ~ October 13, 1932

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 19, 1927

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 19, 1927

Sharing the Bounty

In the midst of the Great Depression, while southern Alberta and Saskatchewan were suffering terrible drought, the Peace River Country had bumper crops and vegetable gardens.  Even though bad weather delayed harvest, the people of the north determined to share their bounty with the farmers in the south.  Boxcars full of vegetables were collected and shipped out – just imagine the quantity it would take to fill one of those!  The news items I chose tell about shipments from Grande Prairie and Sexsmith, but many other communities in the area took part in this great endeavor.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 5, 1934

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 5, 1934

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 5, 1934

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 5, 1934

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 5, 1934

Grande Prairie Herald ~ October 5, 1934

Racing Model Ts

The Herald-Tribune ~ September 11, 1947

The Herald-Tribune ~ September 11, 1947

As far back as 1947, there was the desire on the part of the locals to go “outside” to see if they could be competitive in the big city.  Laurie Little did fairly well in Calgary with his Model T, but he already had plans to improve it for the next year.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ September 11, 1947

The Herald-Tribune ~ September 11, 1947

A Clash of Technologies

Still with the Country Roads theme, this story took place at a dam near the hospital in Rycroft.  While saying that an Ogopogo had been seen in the dam was an exaggeration, the story itself is pretty funny.  It does point out, though, the difficulties in adjusting between two modes of transportation.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ August 26, 1943

The Herald-Tribune ~ August 26, 1943

Warm & Fuzzy Animal Tales

Gene & Rudy Croken with their dog, ca. 1925

Gene & Rudy Croken with their dog, ca. 1925

I’ve picked these three unusual stories this week because of all the various ones I have found in the papers, these create the most vivid images in my mind.  It’s pretty hilarious to picture a hen sitting on two piglets!  The other two are the kind where you just have to say “awww!”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ August 28, 1931

Grande Prairie Herald ~ August 28, 1931

Northern Tribune ~ May 12, 1938

Northern Tribune ~ May 12, 1938

Grande Prairie Herald ~ March 7, 1930

Grande Prairie Herald ~ March 7, 1930

A Partially Solved Mystery: Can You Help?

Standing, L-R: Mrs. Pring, George Pring, ? , ? , Grace Pring, Allan Mortensen, Hazel Medlock, Myland Mitchell Front: all unknown

Standing, L-R: Mrs. Pring, George Pring, ? , ? , Grace Pring, Allan Mortensen, Hazel Medlock, Myland Mitchell
Front: all unknown

When I was going through my mother’s pictures, I found some negatives of what looked like a wedding.  I had them developed, but could only identify my mother, Hazel Medlock.  The Archives staff weren’t able to help either, so the pictures were put away.  Recently I was going through the paper in my ongoing search for blog items and was so excited to find the write up of the wedding in Mom’s pictures.  From that, we could identify the bride and groom, her attendant (my mother) and best man.  Mary’s visit to Spirit River recently identified the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Pring (on the left).  That leaves five people to go!  If anyone could help complete this, we’d be very thankful.

Written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ August 18, 1938

Grande Prairie Herald ~ August 18, 1938