Looking Back - 1998: Hunter, Nicholson and Haynes break ground


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Neepawa Banner & Press archives

Brent Hunter, Eleanor Nicholson and Roger Haynes (left to right) broke ground for a new lily park at the intersection of Mountain and Elizabeth.

By Jessica Morton

Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago


June 3, 1938

The local ball team lost their first contest of the league schedule to Arden on Tuesday evening by a 5-1 score. Errors and lack of hitting were too evident, from a spectator point of view.

The diamond is being put in good condition this week and with a few more practices the class of ball will no doubt improve. The feature of this game was Danny Fearn’s diving shoestring catch of a line drive to centre field. The play was spectacular but costly. In the resultant fall Danny suffered a broken collar bone and will be out of action for three weeks.

70 years ago


June 3, 1948

The skeleton of a buffalo, which apparently became mired in the marsh on the edge of Gladstone many years ago was unearthed this week by M. Puhach. Mr. Puhach, who lives on No. 4 highway (now Hwy 16) was digging a basement for an addition to his home and was down about two feet when he came across the skull. The horns came off and after carefully digging to remove the skull he could plainly see the bones of the animal’s back. Further digging revealed that the skeleton was upright with all four feet in a standing position.

60 years ago


June 3, 1958

A Neepawa horse, Prince James, owned by Dr. Bill Brydges and driven by Johnny McGregor, captured the Free-For-All at the Wawanesa Harness Race Meet on Saturday. The 16-year old pacer was driven in the fastest times of the afternoon in this race. He finished the first heat in 2.15 1/5 and the second in an even 2.15.

50 years ago


June 4, 1968

Though league play has not yet started, the Neepawa Cubs baseball team has been active in two baseball tournaments so far this season, and they have yet to lose a game. The Cubs captured the first place money of $100 in a tournament at Gladstone on Sunday, scoring victories over Eden, Plumas and MacGregor in the 10-team event. The previous Sunday, May 26, the Cubs also won three games in a 12-team event at Carberry and shared first and second money with the Fort Rouge Mallards when the final game could not be played. Cubs scored victories over a Winnipeg team, Pilot Mound and Arden to reach the final in the Carberry tournament.

40 years ago


June 1, 1978

Neepawa has a 5 win - 2 loss record in the Labatt’s Best-Ball Inter-Club Golf League, at the half-way mark of the schedule. If the men continue the good golfing, they will be in the running for top spot. On May 24, the Neepawa team won at Boissevain with a score of 22 1/2 - 13 1/2. Martin Taylor and Barry McLachlan were one team, with Harvey Ebner and Harry Steingart the other. At Shilo on Monday, May 29, the Neepawa crew upset Shilo by a 21-15 score. Local golfers were: Tom Meyers - Martin Taylor and Barry Long - John Zeke.

30 years ago


June 7, 1988

On May 20 grades 5,6 and 9 of Glenella School went on a tour of the Whitemud Watershed under the direction of local teachers Harvey Walker and Irene Sulik. Our guides, Glen Nichol, Wayne Hildebrand and Dick had done a superb job supplying us with information about the tasks and objectives of the Watershed. The Watershed, as another conservation practice, supplies grass seed to farmers who want to turn useless land into grass.

20 years ago


June 1, 1998

Neepawa’s newest park will lend even more flower power to the annual Lily Festival. Not only will the park at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Elizabeth Street be a colourful addition to the town’s plantings, it should be held up as a fine example of community co-operation and involvement. The land for the, as yet, unnamed park was a vacant lot donated by the Town of Neepawa; Kozak and sons supplied the equipment to transport and level topsoil, Roger Haynes supplied the roto-tiller and man power to work the soil and Brent Hunter designed the planting arrangement. Volunteers planted shrubs, perennials and 250 lily bulbs last Monday. Lily committee chairperson, Eleanor Nicholson, says a large bird bath will be purchased this summer with the $300 donation received from the IOOF, Neepawa Legion and Neepawa Royal Purple.

10 years ago


June 2, 2008

Neepawa’s Prairie Season Bakery has been selected as one of 81 Best Buys in the 2008 edition of the national restaurant guide, Where to Eat in Canada. Reviewers for the guide travel across the country, picking what they believe are the best restaurants in every city and town in Canada. The 400 page book then details what each establishment is like, what it does best, what it costs and when it’s open. Prairie Seasons’ use of locally grown organics helped it earn a spot in the guide.