Big Val­ley Bulletin

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Linda Still­inger 403-876-2479 l.still­inger@gmail.com

The next meet­ing of the Big Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety takes place on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rail­way Sta­tion meet­ing room. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend. 2016 mem­ber­ships are due, and it is not too late to join the so­ci­ety. Also, if you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer at train times to greet the tourists, talk to a so­ci­ety mem­ber about what is in­volved. It is a lot of fun and all help is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

In the 1920’s Big Val­ley was not a vil­lage, but a town with a much larger pop­u­la­tion. The state of health care here in Big Val­ley was much dif­fer­ent as there ac­tu­ally were two doc­tors in town - Dr. Smyth and Dr. Ross. At times a larger house dou­bled as a hos­pi­tal, but ac­cord­ing to the May 19, 1928 Cal­gary Her­ald, “A new hos­pi­tal to be known as the Elks’ Free Hos­pi­tal and ad­min­is­tered by Catholic Sis­ters, will be opened in Big Val­ley, Al­berta around June 15. The build­ing was for­merly used as a ho­tel. It is owned by Di­a­mond Brothers of Cal­gary, and Father Nolan stated that ar­range­ments for the sale of the build­ing have been com­pleted. At the present time it has 46 rooms and when it is re­mod­eled and com- pletely ren­o­vated, it will have ac­com­mo­da­tion for about 33 beds.” Though the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety can’t tell us which ho­tel this was, (not the Fron­tenac), it is in­ter­est­ing to note that at one time there were sev­eral other ho­tels here in Big Val­ley.

17 play­ers came out for crib at the Big Val­ley Inn Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 7. Mar­garet Levesque took first place, Bill Kirt­ley took se­cond place and Lawrence Wilkie took third spot. Glo­ria Em­blau went home with the booby while Mar­garet Levesque won the draw. The next tour­na­ment is on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, Valen­tine’s Day.

The Friends of the Big Val­ley Li­brary So­ci­ety held their first meet­ing of 2016 last week with an agenda dom­i­nated by plans for pro­gram­ming events they will be spon­sor­ing this year. Up­com­ing events, be­gin­ning this March in­clude “Chair Yoga”, a six week course pre­sented by HJC Care Ser­vices be­gin­ning on Tues­day, March 1, a book talk with the au­thor of “Un­speak­able Gift”, Ca­role Lauw­eryssen on Mon­day, March 7 and the Lavera Gold­eye Talk­ing Cir­cle on Thurs­day, March 17. For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­grams stop by the Big Val­ley Li­brary or con­tact Cindy Mailer at 876-2132.

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