80 years ago
Friday, Oct. 20, 1933
A local clergyman complained that he has had fewer weddings all the time he has been here than he had in one year in a former charge. This is doubtless a result of the depression.
The boys and girls love each other just as much as they do anywhere, but they also know that they cannot get very far on 15 cent butter and 10 cent eggs.
The young folk of today do not believe the old gag that fooled many, that “two can live as cheaply as one”.
70 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 21, 1943
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Baker, of Springhill district, have recently received word through official German information, confirming the death of their youngest son Flying Officer Henry D. Baker who was first reported missing in April of this year, following operations over enemy territory and in July was listed as presumed dead.
60 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 15, 1953
The 1953 Neepawa Lions Club Country Fair ended last Saturday night and all agreed it was another highly successful event.
Chairman of the fair was John Herne, past-president of the club. A large crowd passed through the turnstiles at the sports arena to enjoy the night’s festivities and to assist the club in their work of community betterment.
High on the list of the Lions Club’s plan is the project to undertake extensive improvements at Riverbend Park and a large share of the proceeds from the Country Fair is already earmarked for this purpose.
50 years ago
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1963
A barn on the farm of George Higgins, one mile north of Birnie, was destroyed by fire Sunday night.
The fire alarm was turned in to the Neepawa fire department about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. The civil defense pumper truck and crew from the Neepawa brigade attended the fire, but arrived too late to save the barn which was almost completely destroyed.
Their efforts were confined to saving the house and granary which were both nearby. No stock was lost in the blaze.
40 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 18, 1973
A delegation from Neepawa Rotary Club, headed by president Des George, asked Town council to give consideration to renovation and improvement of Rotary Park as a winter works project.
The delegation was given an application form and asked to return it, complete, to the town office as soon as possible and it would receive the council’s sanction with other winter works programs.
30 years ago
Thursday, Oct. 20, 1983
For a renovated salt plant, the Yellowhead Centre has served Neepawa pretty well through its first 10 years of operation.
Called the area’s “Mecca” for sports activity when it opened, the Yellowhead has become the hub of Neepawa and District’s several social activities.
“The complex involves everyone,” says Janet Cochrane, vice-president of the Centre’s board of directors. “Besides hockey and skating, there are weddings and dances here so everyone uses the facility.”
Board president Cecil Cox says the many volunteers, from the ladies auxiliary to the members of the board, are the people who bring success to the Yellowhead.
For example, the ladies auxiliary has contributed over $140,000 to the arena’s operation according to Cox.
20 years ago
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1993
For Sale - Gill and Schmall sign - some pranksters put Neepawa Collegiate on the real estate market last week, perhaps as a harmless prelude to some Halloween fun.
NACI principal Pat Angers reports there have been no purchase offers worth considering – yet.
10 years ago
Monday, Oct. 20, 2003
Vandalism of the town’s water hydrants has become a major concern, public works committee chairman John Douglas said at last Tuesday’s Neepawa council meeting.
Douglas said on the heel of the town’s hydrant flushing program, vandals have decided to open up some hydrants themselves. Because the hydrants aren’t being opened properly, Douglas said hey are being damaged, posing a danger in case of fire.
Douglas said if the vandals are caught, they will be prosecuted. He said the town will also ask the courts to order restitution for any damage they have caused.