Looking Back - 1988 : Faulkners celebrate 65th anniversary



Photo courtesy of Neepawa Banner & Press Archives

Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner, wed 65 years, 1988

By Cassandra Wehrhahn

Neepawa Banner & Press

80 years ago


July 5, 1938

The annual memorial service of Neepawa Lodge I.O.O.F. and Anemone Rebekah lodge was held Sunday afternoon at the cemetery with fine weather favoring the event.

Meeting at the cemetery gates, a procession was formed and led by the Salvation Army band marched to the ceremonial grounds. After the singing of the hymn Peace, Perfect Peace the recitals were read by Dr. J.R. Martin, N.G., for the Oddfellows and Mrs. W. Stewart for the Rebekahs. J. Curtis, chaplain offered a prayer and the address was given by the Rev. Harry Wilson. Following the reading of the names of the departed members Abide with Me was sung. The band played selections during the decoration of the graves.

70 years ago,


July 8, 1948

The Neepawa Dominion Day Sports under auspices of the Beautiful Plains Agricultural Society was a grand success again this year. The weather was ideal and every district, town, and village in central Manitoba were represented. The Brandon Greys captured first money in the baseball tournament that featured that day. More than 6,000 fans saw the power-packed Brandon club trim the Eden team in the final game 7-1. Playing manager Ian Lowe’s crew encountered little opposition and they shutout the Arden and Portage-Oakville clubs to advance to the final. Steve Wylie, Brandon’s new colored star, pitched and won his second game of the day. Ray Kilburn, tall right-hander, was on the mound for Eden and went the distance against the heavy-hitting Greys.

Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Buchanan left by car last week for the Calgary Stampede.

Mrs. Raymond Western has arrived by air to visit Mrs. Western’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Ferg Irwin of Neepawa.

60 years ago


July 4, 1958

One of the busiest of the many busy spots in Neepawa this week is the Pioneer Museum in West Park School Auditorium. A total of 590 visitors were recorded there on Monday alone.

And those who are going are coming away well pleased with what they see. A tremendous display of over 1,000 items fills the hall and the stage, and provides a thorough glimpse into the past.

There are pictures and clothes, furniture and implements, dishes and household items, and many others. Many have been heard to express regret at the little time available to them for browsing, for a thorough coverage of all the items would require many hours. All visitors seem to be highly impressed.

Credit for the work in preparing the displays should go to the ladies of 23 communities in the district, who called on the citizens of their districts for the antique items. The seven Women’s Institutes in the district, who were the original sponsors of the project, feel that it could never have achieved the scope it has without the help given by the ladies from the other 16 communities.

50 years ago


July 5, 1968

A bridal shower was held June 22 in the recreation room of Franklin School to honor Dona White, whose marriage to Adrian Kolton will take place on July 6.

Dona, her mother Mrs. Francis White, and her future mother-in-law, Mrs. Nicholas Kolton of Winnipeg, were escorted to special chairs and presented with corsages.

Over 70 people attended, including people from Winnipeg, Gladstone, Neepawa, Mentmore, Dauphin, Edna, Boissevain, Minnedosa, and Bethany.

Two contests were conducted. A musical contest was led by Mrs. A. McLaughlin and won by Group 2. The other contest, conducted by Mrs. W.J. Kitson, was won by Mrs. Vera Hockin of Mentmore.

After Mrs. Roy Orr read a welcome letter to Dona, gifts were brought in by a decorated wagon drawn by Dona’s two nieces, Suzanne and Kristine White of Dauphin. Dona invited everyone to her trousseau tea on July 2.

Lunch was served by Group 2 of the UCW.

Other special guests were Adrian’s sister, Connie Kolton, of Winnipeg; Mrs. Lyle Bryam (cousin) of Neepawa; and Mrs. Gerald White of Dauphin.

40 years ago


July 6, 1978

The Labatt’s Western Manitoba Inter-Club Best-Ball Golf League wound up at Shilo this last Monday, with the Brandon A team winning top honors. Neepawa placed third in the competition which began in late May. The Neepawa golfers played 14 games, with a grand total of 266.0 points, an average of 19.00.

Golf teams participating in the weekly play were from Brandon, Shilo, Minnedosa, Killarney, Boissevain and Neepawa.

Last week, in the final matches, the Neepawa team of Barry McLachlan-Martin Taylor had a total of 8- while John Zeke-Bob Cummings scored 75. Zeke birdied on the fifth and fourteenth holes.

30 years ago


July 5, 1988

Flossie and George Faulkner will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on July 11, 1988. They were married in Nottingham, England on July 11, 1923 and honeymooned on the Cunard Line, “Caronia” over to Canada the same week. Taking up residence in Winnipeg, Mr. Faulkner worked for the CNR and several other construction firms prior to employment with the Winnipeg Electric Company as a joiner. He spent five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and served in Canada helping to establish aircraft repair depots in Australia, United States and from across Canada. Special thanks are extended to doctors White and Benning of Neepawa for caring and looking after their health needs.

Friends and neighbors are invited to an Open House, 345 Adelaide Crescent on Sunday, July 10, 1988 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

20 years ago


July 8, 1998

The Whitemud Watershed Conservation Tree Train rolled into 10 community stations with freight cars full of trees over the past two weeks. Each day the train was met by a mob of green-thumbed towns people awaiting their package.

Freight included over 3,000 trees, with varieties including Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Villosa Lilac, Basswood, Poplar, Green Ash, and Mountain Ash.

Just as Johnny Appleseed was busy in the 1880’s, the grade five students of the Whitemud Watershed district were busy planting their own apple trees.

The Johnny Appleseed Program, an environmental tree planting initiative, was welcomed into schools with bright eyes and great anticipation as each grade five received their five foot tree.

They not only went home with an apple tree and a smile, but they also took with them the skills and importance of tree planting.

10 years ago


July 9, 2008

The Western Canada Lottery Corporation is spending $675,000 to ensure its ticket retailers can’t rip off unwitting winners.

Each of the province’s 835 lottery outlets will soon be equipped with 19 inch screens to tell players if their ticket is a winner and how much it is worth.

As a promotional device for the lottery corporation, the screens will also display the amount that could be won in the next draw.

Every retail location will also have an automatic ticket checker which can be used by players. Currently, around half of the locations that sell tickets have the machines.

The move follows scandals in both Ontario and British Columbia, where fraud on the part of retailers led to ticket sellers winning a disproportionate number of jackpots.