LOOKBACK: Dance postponed due to illness

A service offering rides to motorists who had too much to drink but don’t want to leave their vehicle behind was on the drawing board of a Red Deer based organization aimed at curbing drunk driving.

Murray Utas

Murray Utas

25 YEARS AGO

• A service offering rides to motorists who had too much to drink but don’t want to leave their vehicle behind was on the drawing board of a Red Deer based organization aimed at curbing drunk driving. Don Leach, executive director of DUTI (Driving Under The Influence), says a licensed chauffeur service which provides two people to chauffeur the impaired driver and his vehicle home was a “terrific idea.”

• Regular passenger air service between Red Deer and Calgary could have begun as soon as summer, following Canadian Transport Commission approval of a proposal by city auto dealer Kipp Scott. The formal licence would be issued to Mr. Scott’s company, Air Alberta Charters Inc., after the company met some additional requirements, said Ponoka-based aviation consultant Bev Hughes.

50 YEARS AGO

• Residents of Central Alberta are expected to spend the Easter week-end quietly — attending special church services, visiting relatives and friends, puttering around their homes, enjoying the Great Outdoors and making the most of the first long holiday week-end of the year.

While only Good Friday will be a general holiday and most businesses and offices in the city will be closed for the day, many workers will not be returning to their jobs until Monday or Tuesday. Large numbers of those having three or four days to themselves will be going to other parts of Western Canada on visits.

But if the weather is favorable for the resumed harvest, the holiday week-end will mean little rest for hundreds of Central Alberta farmers. They will send at least part of the week-end trying to finish harvesting what remains of their 1959 crops.

As usual, the main feature of the week-end will be Easter church services planned for nearly every denomination. All city churches are generally filled for these special services, and this Easter is not expected to be any exception. Many also are expected to attend the special Good Friday service at 3 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Church.

90 YEARS AGO

• Owing to so much sickness in the Prairie Creek settlement at this time, the dance and basket social which the G.W.V.A. were going to have in the Pleasant Vale schoolhouse has been postponed to a date which will be announced later.