80 years ago Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1932 A brand new automobile, worth over $900, just for spare time work for a few weeks, is an offer that hundreds of men and women right here in the Neepawa district should consider seriously. The Press is making just such an offer to people who help them build up their subscription list. Not only that, but there are hundreds of dollars in cash prizes and weekly donations to be awarded. 70 years ago Thursday, Aug. 20, 1942 The Masonic Temple, Saturday evening, Aug. 15, was the scene of a happy gathering when members of the lodge #370, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way employees catered a complimentary banquet to A. T. Herbert who was retired Aug. 7 this year as road master from the district covering 20-9 sections. Mr. Herbert started his career with a C. P. R. at Harrowby in 1896, going from there to Portage la Prairie in 1897. In 1898 he transferred to the Northern Pacific when that railway was taken over by the Canadian Northern, acting as section foreman and extra gang foreman until April 1911, afterwards assuming the post of roadmaster at Neepawa. 60 years ago Thursday, Aug. 21, 1952 Monday was election day in Neepawa. What excitement! What a commotion! Old timers say that there has never been anything quite like it before. Dudley Ewer was elected mayor over George Rey with 942 votes as against 444 for Mr. Rey. 1,386 eligible voters of the 2,062 shown on the 1951 voters list, or approximately 70 per cent of the eligible voters visited the voting places on Monday. Never before in the voting history of the town, according to reliable sources solicited by the Neepawa Press, has the turn-out at the polls been so heavy. The last town election for mayor took place on Friday, Dec. 1, 1933 when W. G. Pollock defeated R. H. Fusee 414 votes to 318. There were 1,152 names on the voters list in that year. 50 years ago Friday, Aug.17, 1962 Fields and garden crops lay in ruins between Neepawa and Springhill this week following a violent hailstorm Tuesday evening that, for some, was little short of disastrous. Agricultural representative W. O. Lee estimated that the area of most severe damage was about eight to nine miles long and one to two miles wide. Damage occurred beyond this core area, but was considerably less severe. In the hard-hit area Mr. Lee judged that crop damage would range up to 75-85 per cent although some individual farmers have claimed as much as 100 per cent on some fields. 40 years ago Thursday, Aug. 17, 1972 Neepawa Town Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with the construction of an additional sewage lagoon cell after accepting a revised plan drawn up by Underwood – McLellan Associates. The contract for construction was awarded to Tailleau Construction Ltd. of Winnipeg for an estimated amount not to exceed $63,250. Work on the project will begin immediately. 30 years ago Thursday, Aug. 19, 1982 A $14,500 air compressor donated by the fire commissioner’s office, Brandon, was the center of attraction last week for Neepawa’s firemen. Until now, local firefighters have taken their air tanks to a Brandon firm for re-filling, at an estimated cost upwards of $1,000, said Chief Tim Prawdzik. The compressor is provided as a gift by the province to the major center in each new mutual aid fire district. All fire departments in the district may re-fill air tanks, at no charge, with the central unit. 20 years ago Tuesday Aug. 18, 1992 The month of July was the coldest on record since daily temperatures have been tracked, with an average mean temperature of 15.4 Celcius. Environment Canada officials blame the cool, wet weather, on the eruption of a volcano, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. The volcano erupted last year, spewing 20-million tons of sulfur dioxide gas into the atmosphere. As a result the sun rays are being blocked by the gas and the air isn’t being warmed up as it would normally. 10 years ago Monday, Aug. 19, 2002 A Neepawa business owner, whose place was knocked off for the second time in six months, says it’s time the town brought in 24-hour police patrols. And for once Monty Simon is in full agreement with Neepawa mayor Ken Waddell. (Simon was vehemently opposed to the site selected for the new personal care home, mounted a campaign to have it built in another location, instead of the West Creek development. Waddell sat on the site selection committee.) “I’m thinking to myself, I’ve been in business eight months and I’ve been gaffed, had a smash and grab, a back window busted and now this,” Simon said. “I’m not thinking of pulling out, but it makes you wonder who would want to start a business in downtown Neepawa.” Early Friday morning, one of the front windows of Simon’s Mountain Ave. Quick Cash (located near to the Hamilton Hotel) was smashed and a Sega game system stolen. It was the only display window that wasn’t covered with bars.