Looking back - 1977: Hart wins Manitoba Angus Queen crown


By Cecil Pittman

The Neepawa Press

80 years ago. Friday, April 2, 1937: Fire about11:00 a.m. on Wednesday destroyed the large barn on the farm of R. Bray, south of town. It’s believed to have been caused by a lantern. All stock in the barn at the time was saved, with the exception of three small calves. A large quantity of feed was also destroyed. The loss is covered by insurance. The Town fire brigade responded to the call but the flames had gained such headway that it was impossible to do anything except protect adjacent buildings.

70  years ago. Thursday, April 3, 1947: Lloyd Whightman, shifty centre man and top scoring ace with the Neepawa Intermediates, has received an offer for a try out with the St. Louis Flyers next season. In a letter from the St. Louis club, Lloyd was asked if he wished to try out for the club and required to fill in a set of forms. If he accepts the offer, he will report to their fall training camp, at Port Arthur, next September 22. The Neepawa boy, Lloyd has played hockey here in the various classes and during his service career played with one of the Navy Teams on the east coast.

60 years ago. Thursday, April 4, 1957: Town's oldest resident, W. G. Pollock, 96 dies. Willliam George Pollock well known resident and mayor of Neepawa for 17 years died in the district memorial hospital here, Monday afternoon April 1, he was in his 97th year. Mr. Pollock was Neepawa's first mayor. 

50 years ago. Thursday, April 4, 1967: Managers of the Roxy Theatre, Art Willis and Walter Greenhalgh, presented their last movie film Saturday night before closing the doors of Neepawa's only theatre. The operators were notified two months ago that their lease would not be renewed by the owners, Myles Town Theatres, when it expired at the end of March. Mr. Greenhalgh said he was regretful that they were forced to close, “There were many patrons that made the theatre their place of entertainment and these people will greatly miss it,” he said. He expressed his appreciation of the assistance given by the local businessmen, “without whose support we would not have carried on during the winter months”. Mr. Willis noted that attendance during the first year of operation was fairly good and a small profit was shown in the business. Support fell off during the second year and “it is doubtful we will break even”.

40 years ago. Thursday, April 7, 1977: Reprint: Crown Angus Queen Affair 16-year-old Judy Hart, of the Mentmore district, has been crowned the Manitoba Angus Queen for 1977. Judy was officially crowned at the Aberdeen Angus Association Dance held last Wednesday in Brandon in connection with the Brandon Winter Fair.

30 years ago. Thursday, April 2, 1987: Three Rosedale residents are hoping to convince Municipal Affairs Minister John Bucklaschuk to ignore a recommendation that the rural municipal remain in the Neepawa and Area Planing District. “We've written to the Ministers to request a meeting,” said Raymond Couture, who along with fellow Rosedale resident Ed Levandoski and Carl Prescott are hoping to meet with Bucklaschuk. “We want to highlight a few errors made by the municipality board when they had the review”.

20 years ago. Monday, April 7, 1997: As many as 37 Neepawa properties may be subject to public auction this October under the provisions of Manitoba's new municipal act. Administrator Ken Jenkins said the town is owed about $29,000 in tax arrears, although he expects much of that will be paid before the sale date. “With the severity of the new process, I expect it will be whittled down to fewer than 10 properties in arrears by that time”, Jenkins said.

10 years ago. Monday, April 2, 2007: Keeping young people clean and sober requires a complimentary approach shared by the whole community, a meeting on drug awareness was told  Wednesday evening. That approach, which was developed by the Minneapolis-based Search Institute for organizations including Beautiful Plains School Division, should encompass adult support, inter-generational relationship, safe places, clear and consistent boundaries and participation in constructive activities. But in today's society, many of those key building blocks are missing, which often leaves kids floundering, division superintendent Ray Derksen said. “Kids reflect our values”, said Derksen. “It goes way beyond of using and not using drugs,”. The division hands out suspensions for students caught using or selling drugs or alcohol. Derksen said that takes the problem out of the school, he doesn't believe it should simply be shoved off on the community.