Looking back - 1967: Funeral services held for Jack White


By Cecil Pittman

Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago. Friday, December 24, 1937: A. E. Morrish is one business man in Neepawa that will fully appreciate the Christmas holiday for the rest it will provide. Since April 21 of this year, he has had 1,061 sittings in his studio and has sold between 600 and 700 large frames, more, it is claimed than any one studio in Winnipeg. For the success of his Coronation Special Mr. Morrish gives credit to the Press advertising. 

70 years ago. Thursday, December 25, 1947: The annual Christmas Tree Program of the Neepawa United Church Sunday School was held on Friday Dec. 19 with a full attendance of young and old. The young performers played their parts and rendered their numbers very ably reflecting much patient training on behalf of the teachers, parents and a number of interested friends of the Sunday School who also gave unstintingly of their time. Before the evening closed good old Santa Claus made a very opportune appearance which added greatly to the enjoyment of the youngsters.

60 years ago. Monday, December 23, 1957: A greater number of Christmas cards than last year has come in to the local post office, the Press was informed Saturday. This was indicated when one local store was out of boxed Yuletide cards Friday and had to put in a special order for boxes of cards for Saturday morning. 

50 years ago. Friday,December 22, 1967: Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 24 at 2:00 p.m. from White’s Funeral Chapel for John George (Jack) White, director of White’s Funeral Chapel, who died Thursday, Dec. 21, at the age of 61. Mr. White was very active in the Masonic Order at all levels - local, provincial and national. He also took an active interest in sports and agricultural activities in the district. Born July 5, 1901, at Maryfield, Saskatchewan, Mr. White came to Neepawa in 1935 to establish the funeral services here. He is survived by his wife, Isabelle, one son, Douglas, of Neepawa and two daughters, Mrs. M. V. (Lois) Christie of Winnipeg and Mrs. Ray (Edith Lyle) Byram, of Neepawa. 

40 years ago. Thursday, December 29, 1977: Now that the Christmas panic is over, things will be getting back to normal in the downtown section of Neepawa. The Christmas season marks the end of Friday night shopping in Neepawa until the warm weather rolls around. 

30 years ago. Wednesday, December 30, 1987: The flood relief promised to the town by the Manitoba Disaster Assistance Board will be arriving before the end of the calendar year. The flood claims co-ordinator has written to council saying the town will be receiving its claim of $5,572.72. The claim is the result of the heavy rainfall which dumped 140mm of rain on the town in the early morning hours of July 31. The storm caused massive flooding to the town and private property. By 11:30 a.m. the banks of the Whitemud River at Riverbend Park had over flowed, waking campers and sending them scurrying for higher ground. 

20 years ago. Monday,  December 22, 1997: Gladstone mayor Frank Porada is being philosophical about the possibility his town will lose its RCMP detachment following amalgamation with Neepawa. Porada said while amalgamation may mean Gladstone no longer has full-time office hours, in some ways the move may translate into better policing. “It will release officers for more patrol time because they’ll be doing less administration,” said Porada. Neepawa and Gladstone are not the only detachments slated for amalgamation.

10 years ago. Monday, December 24, 2007: The Town of Neepawa is updating its transportation bylaw, with a move to improving traffic flow and safety. “Safety is going to be the overriding concern,” said Public Works Committee Chairman, Wayne Hollier. To that end, Hollier said more stop signs will be added to streets near Hazel M. Kellington elementary school. The proposed bylaw calls for stop signs at the corners of Second and Third Avenue and Mill Street.