Looking back - 1947: Lion’s Club Halloween Party a success


Cecil Pittman
The Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago
Tuesday, November 2, 1937

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Foley was nearly demolished by fire Friday afternoon. A neighbour informed Mrs. Foley that smoke was issuing from an upstairs window and when she investigated she found a bed in flames but with a few douses of water she was able to quell the fire. It is thought an over heated stove pipe ignited the curtains in the room.

70 years ago
Thursday, November 6, 1947

Fun galore and strange characters from every land marked the most successful annual Hallowe’en frolic and parade sponsored by the Lion’s Club on Friday night. The sports arena was filled with contestants and spectators. A street parade led by a galaxy of noisemakers, bugles and drums, left the arena at 7:30 pm and marched through the streets where every boy and girl was served doughnuts and apples. Members of the club put a great deal of effort into the arrangements and into ensuring the event a success. Prizes for the best costumes for all ages went to Roland Pilkey first and Caroline McClay second.

60 years ago
Thursday, November 7, 1957

The discovery of the body of an elderly man three miles south of town late Tuesday afternoon ended the search for missing Neepawa resident. From investigations carried out by the police and identification made from articles and clothing from the body it was believed to be that of Robert H. Glendefim, 84, from the home here since June 8, 1956.

50 years ago
Friday, November 3, 1967

A total of $288.87 was collected by the children of Neepawa for the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The total was almost $40 more than the $249.55 raised for UNICEF here last year, when the Manitoba total reached $20,000.

40 years ago
Thursday, November 3, 1977

The United Way campaign fund is slowly and steadily growing. Campaign chairman Earl Murray reports this week that the campaign totals $14,080, as of Press time, with many more kits yet to come in. The figure doesn’t include a number of rural collections and includes none of the business campaign collections as of yet. Mr. Murray is hoping that most volunteers will be finishing up their collections and turning their kits in this week.

30 years ago
Wednesday, November 4, 1987

Getting involved in community work rather than winding up with a criminal record, presents juveniles with a “Golden Opportunity”, according to Neepawa chairman of the alternate measures program. Dan Jardine said these are bonuses to both the juveniles and the community in the program. It means community service will take the place of a permanent record, and for the community it means valuable services can be performed.

20 years ago
Monday, November 3, 1997

Workers at Neepawa’s Spring Hill Farms hog processing plant reached a new agreement with a company last Monday - four days before planned strike action. The agreement, reached with the help of a government conciliator was supported by 88 per cent of the plants 220 employees. It calls for a 15 per cent wage increase over the 5 year life of the contract. Wage increase is retroactive to February 1 of next year.

10 years ago
Monday, November 5, 2007

After retiring from a General Motors assembly line, Ed Cudney found he needed something to keep busy. So the transplanted Ontario man by way of The Pas - Cudney and his wife moved to Neepawa last February - turned to his old hobby, woodworking. Woodworking not only kept him busy, in the past his creations have raised enough money to send young cancer patients in Ontario to two weeks of summer camp each year. When he moved to Neepawa, Cudney wanted to keep up the tradition of helping kids with cancer. He reasoned that after surviving both lung and bladder cancer, it’s the least he can do for others in a similar situation.


Photo from Cecil Pittman Archives
Neepawa’s Santa Claus parade in the early 50’s. On the left is Joyce Johnson and on the right is Cecil Pittman.