2019 – Coaldale Centennial
The Coaldale Centennial committee is planning a special year of activities in 2019. Check back often for Events & Activities throughout 2019 as details roll out. We greatly appreciate the support we have received for our Centennial events and activities.
May 31 & June 1: MCC Sale- Auction & Handmade Market
June 1 & 2: Demolition Derby & Mud Bog
Date & Details TBA: Great Coaldale History Race
October 25: Pumpkins in the Park- Details TBA
Coaldale Centennial Selfie Contest
Check back each week for a new Fun Fact and a new location to find our Centennial Owl. Find Mr. Bogle, take a selfie with him, tag us with #CoaldaleCentennial and share it on social media to be entered into our monthly draw for a plush Centennial Owl keepsake.
Did you know that the first printed media in Coaldale was distributed in 1940?
Jacob Lowen was a school teacher in Russia who taught German and Russian language classes. While in Russia, Jacob wrote his first news release and posted it on the official bulletin board. While records do not indicate what this release said, it forced him to flee Russia as a refugee. Settling in Coaldale, Jacob began his printing business with a small lap-top printing press and a case of type which he was able to purchase for $45. In the first year, he only managed $26 in profits. Jacob also printed religious pamphlets, in German, for prisoner-of-war camps throughout Canada. Four years later in 1947, Jacob purchased a linotype and began printing an advertising sheet. This sheet became the Coaldale Flyer by 1950, and by 1956 it was being circulated to 500 subscribers. Jacob aimed to inform his patrons of such things as fines, regulations, taxes, and general news. By 1957, Jacob was also in charge of the Lethbridge Northern News and the Raymond News. Jacob employed twelve correspondents to contribute to the papers. In 1959, the Coaldale Flyer and the Lethbridge Northern News combined to form the Sunny South News. The printing press operated in this building from 1940 -1973.
Share your selfie. Our Owl is set up at 1806 20th ave until August 26 and then he will be on the move again.