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Looking back - Department of Highways: No bypass planned for Neepawa

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Cecil Pittman/ Neepawa Press

The home of Melvin Murray was constructed in 1909-1910. The home was located on 494 3rd Avenue in Neepawa.

80 years ago Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1932 C. T. Pedlar has purchased the property on which stands the restroom, Miss Miller’s millenary shop, and the old Press building, and as soon as convenient will tear down the present structures and there upon erect an up to date filling station embodying all the latest features of the best city establishments. They will include car washing, pressure greasing, polishing, et cetrera. A restroom will be an added feature, as well as the latest facilities for handling gasoline, oils and greases. 70 years ago Thursday, Oct. 1, 1942 Mr. and Mrs. A. Chislett, of Bethany, received word that their son Sgt. Herbert Alfred, had been killed in action overseas. Aged 22, he was born in Winnipeg and received his education in Bethany. On leaving school Herby worked on his father’s farm until he and his brother went to the west coast and secured employment. While out west, Leslie enlisted in the army, while Herbie returned and went into the air force. He received his training at Prince Albert and Fort William, receiving his wings at Toronto. He went overseas October 17, 1941. 60 years ago Thursday, Oct. 7, 1952 Members of the Neepawa Rotary Club are now optimistic that their scheme for erecting a dam and developing the Park Lake area on the town’s southern extremity will be carried out by the P.F.R.A. On Sept. 23, Mr. Rieson, a P.F.R.A. engineer from Winnipeg, made a preliminary survey of the area to determine whether the project warranted sending out a party of surveyors and engineers this fall for a detailed report. He was quite impressed by the proposed project and felt the matter would receive favorable consideration. 50 years ago Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1962 For the fourth time in its eight-year history, a team of Neepawa youngsters took top honours at the Provincial Junior Rifle Club championship shoot at Miami on Saturday, Sept. 29. Neepawa’s popular “RED” team topped a record-breaking entry of 42 teams, to become the first team to have their name inscribed on a new John Labatt’s trophy. This new trophy, emblematic of junior shooting supremacy in the province, was designed by the famous Canadian wildlife artist, Clarence Tillaneus, by special commission and has been two years in the making. 40 years ago Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1972 Nominations for the civic election closed at 2 p.m., Wednesday, with four candidates in running for three seats on Neepawa town council. A last-minute entry by Don Sylvester, a salesman at McDougal’s garage, will ensure an election this year. The three other candidates are incumbent Thom Strock, a hardware store proprietor; John Kerr, clothing store proprietor; and Bill Guinn, of Guinn Brothers Marble and Granite Works. 30 years ago Thursday, Oct. 7, 1982 No bypass is or has been planned for Neepawa by the Department of Highways said Angus MacLeod of the planning and design department in an interview on Sept. 22. A rumor began in August that rather than upgrading Hwy. 16 through Neepawa, a bypass was being discussed as an alternative. Several highway merchants became alarmed at these prospects and began a campaign to prevent a bypass of the town. MacLeod said that if a bypass was planned, it would usually be initiated by the town council, and the local MLA would be notified. 20 years ago Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1992 Neepawa Hospital has raised just over $30,000 in its effort to make laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery available locally. Two Neepawa surgeons, Dr. David Chapman and Dr. Owen White, have already trained in the technique to perform the surgery locally. Hospital administrator Eric Gustafson said 17 gall bladder operations have been done in Neepawa using laparoscopic surgery. 10 years ago Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 Penny Taylor of Minnedosa has been invited to dine with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip during the royal couple’s visit to Manitoba this Tuesday. Taylor, 24, is currently taking her nursing degree at the University of Manitoba. Taylor was selected to represent Manitoba at the royal gala by Minnedosa MLA Harold Gilleshammer.

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