1978: Some pumpkins...


By Cassandra Wehrhahn

Neepawa Banner & Press

110 years ago,


September 22, 1908

Canadian veterans of the South African campaign are organizing an association.

Terrorists in Russia are again becoming active. In St. Petersburg 85 arrests were made in one day last week and a large quantity of bombs and dynamite seized.

100 years ago,


September 20, 1918

The Japanese have captured a Russian naval base at Khabarovsk.

A further draft of Western Canada soldiers has arrived in England.

A peace note from Austria has been contemptuously rejected by all concerned.

Great aerial activity is reported all along the western battlefront. One day’s record reads: “60 German planes brought down, with a loss of 16 British.”

Evidence is accumulating in convincing quantity that the Bolsheviki government of Russia betrayed Britain and France to aid the German disorganization of Russia.

War news this week has all been favorable to the democratic armies, who have advanced on all fronts. The British have got three miles nearer St. Quentin, taking 6,000 prisoners.

French and Serbian troops have achieved further success in Albania, while British and Greek troops have made an important advance in Macedonia. The French took 3,000 prisoners.

By indiscriminate sinking of Norwegian ships the commanders of German submarines have drowned 1,800 non-combatant citizens of Norway. And still Norway is at “peace” with Germany.

One of the cheering bits of news from the warring countries yesterday was the escape of J.D. Wark, of Franklin, from a German prison camp.

90 years ago,


September 21, 1928

Imprisonment for debt is on the Alberta government’s legislative agenda for next session. Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia have such a law.

80 years ago,


September 23, 1938

A campaign has begun to oust Jews and Jewish interests from Italian journalism.

The German army has been ordered to refrain from hand-clapping because “it does not testify to soldierly conduct”.

President Roosevelt asserted in a speech at Kingston, Ont., last week that the people of the United States “will not sit idly by if domination of Canadian soil is threatened by another empire.”

Spanish Insurgent dispatched report that 5,000 government militiamen have been captured and additional thousands killed as General Franco opened last week what apparently was a planned general offensive.

Next year some 500,000 German Jews must add Israel or Sarah to their names. The government issued a decree requiring any Jews having a non-Jewish name to adopt as an additional name, Israel if male and Sarah if female.

Germany is speeding up fortifications. The shortage of labour is so great that mothers are urged to take posts in offices so men can be released for work strengthening the Reich. Italy has given Germany a free hand in Czechoslovakia while the Nazi promise to show renewed interest in backing Italy’s support of Franco in Spain.

70 years ago,

September, 1948

Dorothy Loader, 20-year-old British girl from St. Giles, Wimborne, Dorset, England, who is making a transcontinental trip across Canada alone by bicycle, stopped off in Neepawa for a two-day rest last week. She was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Russell George here.

60 years ago,


September 23, 1958

Members of the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade are presently undergoing intensive field training exercises at the brigade concentration area at Sollan in Northern Germany.

50 years ago,


September 20, 1968

Western Samoa will issue its first special Christmas stamp in October and the design was provided by a local artist. The stamp will feature a Samoan study of Madonna and child with a fale (Samoan grass hut) in the background.

The artist is Marilyn Onyschak, whose husband is a teacher at a Samoan College. They went there from Canada to teach under the Commonwealth Education Association scheme of co-operation. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Ohirko of Norgate, Man.

When the idea of a Christmas stamp was put forward, the Director of the Post Office and Radio contacted the art master at Chanel College. Mrs. Onyschak, who has been painting for about two years, had her offering selected.

In a brief ceremony recently, the Minister of Post Office and Radio, the Hon. Fa’alava’au Galu, presented Mrs. Onyschak with a cheque for $50 for her work.

40 years ago,


September 21, 1978

At HMK school in Neepawa, the pumpkins have company in the shape of sunflowers. Last year’s grade 3 students received two seeds each from their teachers Bob Bradley and Alice Moger last May.

30 years ago,


September 20, 1988

The September meeting of the Amaranth Women’s Institute was on Tuesday at the New Horizon office.

Kay Ander     of   Portage was the hostess. Eight members and one visitor answered the roll call President Catherine Johnson chaired the meeting. Due to the secretary being away Eva Thompson took down the minutes.

A donation of $25 was sent to the Peace Garden Fountain Fund. An invitation was read from Child and Family services inviting the WI to a dessert party on Sept. 20 to honour present and former volunteers.

The MacGregor seminar to be held Sept. 26 was mentioned. Tickets on the pumpkin Kay Ander brought were sold and raffled. The winner was E. Thompson. The hostess gift was won by Della.

There were 37 sick calls made. A daintie lunch was served by the hostess.

20 years ago,


September 19, 1998

On Sept. 6, police apprehended a Minnedosa resident after the flag at neepawa Liquor Commission was stolen and flagpole damaged. The resident returned the flag and paid $300 restitution.