25 YEARS AGO (1987)
Published July 15, 1987
Land Prices No Longer Paydirt
Farm land prices in Central Alberta fell almost 33 per cent from 1981 to 1986, slightly less than the 36-per-cent drop across the province.
But an acre in 1986 was still worth $606 — about 50 per cent more than the Alberta average of $407, according to Statistics Canada.
Red Deer County land is now the most expensive, at $757. Prices here have fallen 29 per cent.
Published July 18, 1987
City Drivers Pay More For Gas
Than Rural Neighbours
Residents of smaller Central Alberta communities are reaping the rewards of a gasoline glut while Red Deer vehicle owners pay the highest prices for fuel in the area.
But a spokesman for a large oil company warned Central Albertans could see the price of fuel jump because of climbing crude oil prices and declining profit margins.
Depending on location, the price for a litre of leaded gasoline ranged from a low 40.2 cent in Bashaw and Mirror to Red Deer’s high of 43.6 cents.
50 YEARS AGO (1962)
Hitching Posts to Go-Mayor’s
The Ross St. “hitching posts” died by the narrowest margin at city council meeting.
The posts were to be removed “on or before the 18th day of July.”
A motion to rescind the order, passed at a previous meeting, for tearing out the posts, brought a tie vote from the six aldermen present before Mayor Ernest Newman signalled the death warrant by his deciding vote.
City Plans Overpass For 45 St.
Great progress was made in city council chambers with plans aimed at the construction of a substantial highway traffic overpass across the CPR right-of-way at 45st.
The total cost of the project was estimated to be $580,160 by Stanley, Grimble and Roblin, an Edmonton-Calgary firm of consulting engineers.
90 YEARS AGO (1919)
Great Interest In “Queen of the Fair” Contest
Mr. Thomas Meighen, popular film idol, was hinted to officiate in Red Deer at the coronations of the “Queen of the Fair.” Mr. J. B. Dopud, manager of the Queen Contest, which had been started under G.W.V.A. auspices, hoped to arrange for him to visit for this purpose on his way to Winnipeg.
Academy of Music Examinations
Mr. Forsythe, examiner for the Toronto Academy of Music, expressed himself as “being wonderfully impressed with the musical talent of the young people of Red Deer.
The results of the examinations conducted were received and they revealed a remarkable record of the achievement.
All the pupils of Madam LeSaunter passed, several of them with exceptionally high standing. Red Deer was fortunate indeed to have a teacher of madam’s ability,” he said.