Looking back - 1967: Stoney Creek School surrounded by water


By Cecil Pittman

The Neepawa Press

80 years ago:  Friday, April 9, 1937L. Vivian entertained the provincial intermediate hockey champions, the local hockey club executive and mayor Pollock at a banquet at the King Edward Hotel Tuesday evening.  

70 years ago: Thursday, April 17, 1947 -  Bernard Turner has disposed of the Neepawa Ice and Cartage Company to Robert Farris Jr. and James Miller. Mr Turner wishes to thank his many patrons for their support in the past and trust that they will continue to favour his successors, who are both veterans, with their patronage. 

60 years ago: Thursday, April 18, 1957 - Oberon youth, Stanley Oliver, wins University of Manitoba award at the commencement exercises of the diploma class in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. Stanley Oliver was presented with the United Grain Growers award for higher standing in the course on farm business management. 

50 years ago: Tuesday, April 18, 1967 - Stoney Creek School, at Lions Riverband Park, was surrounded by water over the weekend, as floodwaters from the Whitemud River and Stoney Creek overflows the low lying araeas east of Neepawa. Homes in the Valley View development, at the south east corner of town, were threatened early Saturday morning as a flood from Stoney Creek crested. Other than the little seepage in some basements, no damage was reported.

40 years ago: Thursday, April 21, 1977 -  Neepawa Town council expressed concern at its meeting Tuesday night about the rising cost of fighting frequent grass fires. Firefighters were called out a half-dozen times in the last few days and council was on the verge of passing a bylaw Tuesday night to charge the cost of fire calls back to the persons found responsible for lighting same. However, the suggestion came from Council McElmon that there may already be laws in effect which give the Town authority to either prohibit setting fires or to charge costs as they see fit. 

30 years ago: Thursday, April 16, 1987 - Neepawa home purchased as a tribute to internationally renowned Canadian author Margaret Laurence, just months before her Jan. 5 death, will be dedicated by her son and daughter. David and Jocelyn Laurence had confirmed they will be in Neepawa for the dedication ceremony occurring during Margaret Laurence week, being proclaimed by the Neepawa Town Council, for June 21-27. 

20 years ago: Monday, April 21, 1997 -  Kelwood school will graduate its last class in June, after a last-ditch attempt to keep the elementary school open failed.  At last Tuesdays, board meeting, Turtle River School Division trustees debated a motion to keep the school open. When  it came down to a vote, the results were tied- five in favour and five against.  “When there’s a tie vote, it means the motion is defeated,” said Kelwood-area trustee Ken McCurdy. McCurdy was behind the move to rethink the decision to close the school, that was made at a board meeting last month. 

10 years ago: Monday, April 16, 2007 -  His house wasn’t the only think to go up in smoke.  A Neepawa man, police didn’t release his name also lost a marijuana grow operation when a fire broke out in the Main St. home last Monday. Neepawa fire chief Scott Gibson said the homeowner, who left his 207 Main St. home earlier in the morning, called in the alarm after returning around 11 am to find it filling with smoke. Gibson said firefighters fought the flames, which originated in the basement, for hours, but the interior of the home was gutted. He’s pegging damages at around $100,000.  “There was nothing we could do to save it,” Gibson said.  Firefighters finally called it a day at 6 p.m. Investigators with the Office of the Fire Commissioner and police were then called in. Spruce Plains RCMP Sergeant Eric Davidson said, “Light and equipment consistent with a grow operation as well as some plants” were found in the basement of the home.