ONE YEAR AGO
• A bartender at a Red Deer restaurant fired a hole-in-one Monday during a charity golf tournament. Dustin Harper, employed at Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar, won $10,000 for his ace on the 170-yard 12th hole, a par three. He is the second person that summer to win a $10,000–prize for scoring a hole-in-one at Spirit Creek Golf Course.
• After 15 years as the Wild Rose MP, Myron Thompson would soon hang up his cowboy hat. He has served with the Reform, Canadian Alliance and finally the Conservative Party. At each juncture, he had been known for speaking his mind.
It’s something his constituents appreciated, giving him 63 to 72 per cent of the vote during the last five elections.
FIVE YEARS AGO
• The 56-year-old man who sexually assaulted his daughter and niece and then asked four people to kill them so they couldn’t testify against him was jailed for 15 years. The accused, who cried at times during sentencing, represented himself after firing two previous lawyers.
• The Residential Society of Red Deer began repairing its third unit in the last 12 months to become a crack house. It cost about $2,000 to fix up the broken windows and holes in the walls.
10 YEARS AGO
• Computer programmer and Advocate columnist Adam Neiman was left in a coma after a savage beating on a downtown street. No one witnessed the attack, which took place shortly after midnight.
• An RCMP bomb squad was called in from Edmonton after a suspicious-looking package was left at the northside CIBC. Police evacuated more than 75 people from the surrounding area, and found a bomb that could have destroyed part of the bank.
25 YEARS AGO
• City auto dealer Kipp Scott wanted to provide passenger air service from Red Deer to Calgary and Edmonton Mr. Scott’s new company, Air Alberta Charters Inc. would apply to the Canadian Transport Commission to provide 24 flights weekly to the Calgary International Airport.
The plan, which had been studies for six months, later called for flights to the Edmonton Municipal Airport, Blaine Haug, manger and chief pilot of Air Alberta Charters Inc. said.
• It’s unlikely the city would have 60,476 residents by 1986, said city planner Vern Parker, however city planners were standing behind their predication of 100,000 by the year 2000.
The figures were contained in a city growth study begun in 1982 and were under discussion between city and county councils, Mr. Parker said.
Base work done in 1982 predicted a 1985 population of 60,476, which Mr. Parker said was unlikely.
50 YEARS AGO
• With four new service stations under construction, the four mile stretch of No. 2 Highway from the 2-11 junction to the Penhold cutoff, most of it Gaetz Ave., is rapidly becoming a regular “Gasoline Alley.” In addition, there is another service station going up at the east edge of the city and another one just south on the highway on the divided lane stretch. The new stations, all of which would be in operation shortly, would bring to more than 40 the number of gasoline outlets inside of four miles.
• A letter to the city council recommending the establishment of camping grounds in Red Deer was authorized by members of the Red Deer Recreation Commission.
It was pointed out that provisions for a city camping grounds had been suggested in the recreation commission survey made the previous year, but had not been acted on.
90 YEARS AGO
• Mr. Geo. H. Kent of Lacombe made a rather unfortunate bargain in buying some hay on the road allowance from his rural municipal council. He found two Czecho-slovaks, or Bohemians, L. Peterke and Mrs. Pescova, cutting the hay and went after them. As a result of the mixup, he was fined $1 and costs for assaulting Peterke and $5 and costs for jabbing a fork into Peterke’s horse. He mixed it up with Peterke after the court and a second summons for assault cost him $15 and costs.
The defendant claims that the plaintive wasn’t always as loyal to the British flag as they profess to be today and this had a good deal to do with the trouble.
100 YEARS AGO
• Farmers reported excellent crops in the Red Deer area; farmland was fetching $15 to $25 per acre.
• Telephones were available for rent from Western General Electric Company Ltd.
The cost for businesses was $25 per year or $15 for residences. Half of the yearly rent had to be paid in advance.