Looking Back - 1988:Kilburns celebrate diamond anniversary


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Neepawa Banner & Press archives

Cliff and Reta Kilburn with attendants Elsie Graham and Allan Kilburn.

By Cassandra Wehrhahn

Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago


May 27,1938

A.T. Barber, 80, the only man who knew the value of the contents of the Windsor Castle the royal residence, died recently at Hove, England. Queen Victoria commissioned him 40 years ago to evaluate contents of the castle, which included gold plate, works of art, antiques and china. Mr. Barber, an antiques dealer, who formerly was mayor of Windsor, promised the Queen he would never divulge the findings.

70 years ago


May 27, 1948

The sudden death of Fred Scott, on Tuesday, May 18 at 10 a.m., was a great shock to everyone who knew him. Mr. Scott who had recently been keeping the best of health was found lying dead in the barn by his niece, Iolene Scott, a heart attack being the cause. Sixty seven years of age Fred was an old pioneer of the Molesworth district, known and respected by all as a good neighbor and friend. Born in Molesworth, Ontario in 1881. He came west with his parents in 1893. Settling in the Molesworth district, he has lived on his father’s homestead since that time. The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Birnie United Church and was largely attended. Rev. W.  Osborne of Neepawa officiated. Interment took place in the Birnie Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Mr. George Scott, Harold Scott, Robt. Scott, Jr., Fred Martin, Nelson Wilson and Wm. Stewart. He leaves to mourn his loss two brothers, Elwin of Bowsman and Wilmer of B.C. Three sisters, Mrs. Hill of Alta, Mrs. McIntosh of Flin Flon and Mrs. R. N. Wilson of Glenella, also his niece Iolene Scott and her mother, Mrs. and Mr. Jasper of Glenella.

60 years ago


May 23, 1958

Results received this week indicate that two Neepawa entries captured first and second places in the recent, Provincial Mail Shoot. The ‘Red’ team had a perfect score of 500, the first ever obtained in such a shoot. Right, behind them was the Neepawa ‘White’ team with 449. Members of the championship ‘Red’ team are David Murray, Bobbie Burns, Bill Dunsmore, Frank Pasquil, Bill Burns, and Barry Dunsmore. On the ‘White’ team were Lawrence Hyra, Grant Hall, Ted Greenhalgh, Ricky Kilburn, Kenny Hall, and Barry Devenson.

Gladstone voters trooped to the polls Friday and passed the waterworks proposal by a small margin.

50 years ago


May 24, 1968

Two lucky persons shared in the big $2,500 feature prize at the first Parko Night of the seaso Collecting $1,250 each were Mrs. Mary Swiskoski of Neepawa and Herman Langner of Amaranth.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C. Robinson, Franklin, wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Olive Kathleen, to Donald Stanley Olsufka of Arden, Man. The wedding will take place on June 15.

Work on installation of a new organ at the Neepawa United Church was started this week and it is expected that the new organ will be in use by mid-June.

40 years ago


May 25, 1978

Seven teams participated in the senior baseball tournament here on May 21, hosted by the Neepawa Farmers.

Results of the game are: Rivers 3, Neepawa Farmers 0; Plumas 11, Arden 6; Carberry 11, Ebb and Flow 1; Rivers 2, Reeve 0; Carberry 9, Plumas 0; Carberry 6, Rivers 3 in the final.

Carberry placed first with a perfect record of three wins and no losses and Plumas placed third.

30 years ago


May 24, 1988

On the beautiful sunny afternoon of April 2, 1988 Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Kilburn returned to the farm, owned by their son Lorne, to entertain relatives and friends at a Come and Go Tea to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, which was an event of March 28. Their son Weldon, from White Rock, B.C. and their daughter Norma, from London, Ontario were home for the special occasion.

Mrs. Ella Nicholson and Mrs. Margaret Buchanan poured tea for the first hour and Mrs. Jenny Watson and Mrs. Wilda Bay poured tea for the second hour at the table centered with a three tier anniversary cake. Janine Scott, Susan Kilburn and Kari Kilburn served many guests. Jennifer Scott and Amy Kilburn were in charge of the guest book.

On a side table were the top of the original wedding cake and a photo album containing wedding pictures, family pictures, Reta’s original corsage and a telegram from Her Majesty The Queen. Letters of the Federal Opposition, Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, Premier of Manitoba, Leader of the Manitoba Opposition, MP for Portage-Marquette and MLA for the Ste. Rose constituency were also included in the back of the album.

Following the afternoon at the farm, a family dinner was held at the Westlander. Seated at the head of the table with Mr. and Mrs. Kilburn were Mrs. Elsie Graham, Reta’s sister and Mr. Allan Kilburn of Abbotsford, B.C., Cliff’s brother, who were their attendants 60 years ago.

Weldon asked the blessing before a very delicious meal. Lorne, who was M.C. for the evening, asked Allan to propose a toast, which was followed by a thankful response by Cliff. With a little persuasion, he continued with stories of old for all to enjoy. Reta also expressed her thanks and others who cared to, said a few words.

A very enjoyable day drew to a close after a time of visiting and reminiscing.

20 years ago


May 25, 1998

As so-called legacies go the track facility that was built for the 1992 Manitoba Summer games in Neepawa has been a good one.

“I’d say it’s been good for the town,” says Neepawa Collegiate track coach Murray Black. “It brings 1,100 or 1,200 people to Neepawa every few years, and that has to help Neepawa.”

It’s going to happen again this weekend as Neepawa Collegiate plays host to the rural track and field championships for the second consecutive year and fourth time in the last six years.

The meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, drew 950 athletes from 96 schools last year and this weekend’s competition should be comparable.

One thing that may not be comparable is Neepawa’s strength in the event. The Tigers finished third overall last year but this year’s team is smaller in numbers.

But, you never know, says Black.

“We don’t have quantity, but we have quality.”

10 years ago


May 26, 2008

Former Neepawa resident Pat Guilbert is moving back to town to take over ownership of the Neepawa Home Hardware store.

The announcement of the sale was made Thursday night by Ron Goldale, who had owned the store for the last 24 years.

The change of ownership will occur on August 31.