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Students occupy improved schools at Eden, Brookdale; “Worst storm on record” causes $1 million damage

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80 Years Ago, Friday, March 10, 1933 - Fusee-McFeeter Co. (Located on H.M.K. property) have decided to manufacture a low priced casket.

80 years ago Friday, March 10, 1933 Because of representations made to them, the Fusee-McFeetors Company at their annual meeting on Tuesday decided to consider the feasibility of manufacturing and selling a low priced line of caskets. 70 years ago Thursday, March 11, 1943 Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Coutts, of Neepawa, Man. of the safe arrival overseas of their son, P.O. Murray R. Coutts, R.C.A.F. Enlisting Dec. 29, 1941, P.O. Coutts received his wings and commission a year later at Dunnville, Ont. 60 years ago Thursday, March 12, 1953 Magistrate Crawford of Gladstone presided over police court last Thursday and disposed of a number of cases. A man found operating a still was fined $100 and costs; a young man driving at excessive speed paid $10 and costs; for causing a disturbance in a public place another individual couldn’t produce the necessary coin of the realm so decided to spend two weeks in the pokey as a guest of the government. Four other men ran foul of the law pertaining to the methods of obtaining alcohol beverages or of the time and place to drink them. Each paid a fine, while one had his car impounded and his driving license suspended for three months. 50 years ago Friday, March 8, 1963 The Beautiful Plains Division high school building program is nearing completion with students already occupying the improved facilities at Eden and Brookdale. Construction is expected to be completed at Carberry and Neepawa in the near future. The units at Eden and Brookdale offer identical facilities. Classrooms are of modern décor and feature fluorescent lighting. Assembly rooms, while not as large as some, offer adequate space for indoor recreation. Both teachers and students are very pleased with the improvement over the old schools. 40 years ago Thursday, March 8, 1973 Ten-year-old Christopher Hancock of Winnipeg was injured on Saturday evening at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Hamilton Street when he came in collision with a truck. He sustained two fractured legs. The Gordon Hancock family were visiting in Neepawa and Christopher and his sister were returning from the Roxy Theatre and were crossing the intersection from east to west when the accident occurred. First on the scene was Peter Cottingham who made the boy as comfortable as possible and summoned a passing motorist. 30 years ago Thursday, March 10, 1983 Manitoba Hydro officials are calling it the worst storm on record. Stan Mazur, administrative manager for Manitoba Hydro’s western region, said the storm that blew in March 5 caused in excess of 5,000 outages, resulting in over $1 million in damage. “Heavy wind, and freezing rain caused trees to fall over power lines. The poles snapped, conductors and cross-arms broke, and in places whole lines collapsed, “ said Mazur. 20 years ago Tuesday, March 9, 1993 If you think the weather the last couple of weeks has been unusual, think again. Eric Stanzeleit of Environment Canada’s Brandon weather office, said back in early 1980 temperatures reached 30 degrees Celsius, meaning you just can’t predict the weather. “Everybody looks for some big reason when we have what we consider unusual weather,” said Stanzeleit. “But what we’re having right now isn’t totally abnormal. Weather patterns are never constant.” 10 years ago Monday, March 10, 2003 John Harapiak and Giselle Clements were sworn in as co-presidents of the Neepawa and District Chamber of Commerce, at the organization’s annual meeting last Friday. Harapiak is serving his second term as Chamber president while Clements is completing her first year on the board of directors. Tracy Wehrhahn was named the organizations vice-president. Rounding out the board of directors are John Drinkwater, Pat Murray and Norma Terreck. All were elected by acclamation. Wayne Hollier is the Town of Neepawa representative.

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