Looking Back - 1998: Sylvester wins the Rosebowl


Jessica Morton
Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago
Tuesday, March 29, 1938
If you want to hear motorists “blow up,” ask them about the condition of Highway No. 4 between Neepawa and the Arden ridge. What with holes and corduroy, it is described as a real “gizzard shaker”. Coming off the good stretch between Gladstone and the ridge, it is the more noticeable. Whether or not the government intends to put this section in good shape this season is not known. What should be done and what is going to be done are two different things.

70 years ago
Thursday, March 25, 1948
Congratulations to Bert and Dempsey Allan of Riding Mountain who won first prize in the Regional Contest of the National Barley Contest for 1947. The prize consisted of $160 and 10 bushels of Montcalm barley. Total value of the prize was $210. This prize was awarded to a sample taken from their cartload of O.A.C. 21 Barley.

60 years ago
Friday, March 29, 1958
The Dairy Science class from the University of Manitoba, under the guidance of Dr. J. M. Nesbitt and Assistant Dairy Commissioner Kerr, paid a visit to the Neepawa Creamery on Tuesday morning. The purpose of the trip was to acquaint the students with the manufacturing methods now used in the dairy industry. While in Neepawa they were also shown through the Neepawa Salt Well.

50 years ago
Friday, March 29, 1968
A new principal for Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute has been selected by the Beautiful Plains School Division Board to succeed Cecil Cox, who has been promoted to superintendent of the Division. After reviewing 10 applications received for the position of Neepawa Collegiate principal, the board approved the application of Ivan Trail, currently the principal of Shilo Collegiate. Superintendent Cox was authorized to negotiate a contract with Mr. Trail for the position.

40 years ago
Thursday, March 30, 1978
Neepawa hockey fans are looking forward to Sunday, April 2, when the Neepawa Bantams play against a visiting Bantam team from Hammarby, Sweden at 1:30 p.m. in the Yellowhead Arena. The Swedish players are in Canada to compete at the Lions’ International Bantam Tournament in Winnipeg and accepted an invitation to play an exhibition game here. The Neepawa team will be coached by Bud Johnson, assisted by Don Martin.

30 years ago
Tuesday, March 29, 1988
The town has agreed to give a grant to the Neepawa and District Disabled Persons Association to help erase part of the deficit accumulated in the Handy Van’s operations. The Disabled Persons Association  had written to Neepawa council as well as to the councils of the rural municipalities of Langford, Rosedale and Lansdowne asking for assistance in getting rid of the van’s deficit of about $9,000. The town agreed to make a one time grant, even though they had no assurances the other municipalities would do the same thing. “We have to show good faith the others are going to come through,” said councillor Bob Durston.

20 years ago
Monday, March 30, 1998
Everything is coming up roses for 16 year old Maria Sylvester or Arden. Last Thursday, Sylvester was presented with the coveted Lions’ Club Rosebowl trophy for the best vocal solo for 15 to 18 year olds during the Neepawa and District Fine Arts Festival. Sylvester said although she hasn’t made any career plans she “hopes music will be a part.” Along with the Rosebowl, Sylvester was awarded the Dr. Bjarki Jakobson scholarship. The runner up to the Rosebowl, Allison Bailey was awarded the Patricia Middlemass scholarship.

10 years ago
Friday, March 28, 2008
Currently on display at Neepawa Viscount Cultural Centre is “A Moment in Time,” a collection of paintings by Carberry’s Marguerite J. Scott. Scott was at the gallery on March 20 for a “meet the artist” event. Scott has been painting for 40 years and the works on display are done in watercolour, acrylic and oil paints. She describers her style as “realism” and says that she “paints what she sees”.