Mike Rainone

The students and staff at the Composite High School have always been very active and avid supporters of helping others in their community

PHOTO: Remember When looks at 1966 high school students.

Remember When looks at high school students in Ponoka in 1966 helping out in the community.

The students and staff at the Composite High School have always been very active and avid supporters of helping others in their community
The Ponoka Composite High School Class of 1967 shown from left to right are: back row-left to right Gerald Brachman

Ponoka class of 1967 to celebrate 50th reunion

Ponoka Reflections: The summer of 1967 was a special occasion for the 86 young members of the Ponoka Composite High School graduating class.

The Ponoka Composite High School Class of 1967 shown from left to right are: back row-left to right Gerald Brachman
Shown in these photos are hardy early Ponoka district pioneers

Our early Ponoka pioneers left their mark in many wild and wonderful ways

This weeks' Reflections and the rugged pioneers who moved to Ponoka.

Shown in these photos are hardy early Ponoka district pioneers
The annual yearbook honouring the 1960 graduating class at the Provincial Mental Hospital Ponoka paid tribute to the many vital departments at the massive mental health facility. Featured here are the staff of the Occupational Therapy section

PHOTO: Remember When looks at a past graduating class

Ponoka's Remember When found this photo of a past graduating class from the former Ponoka Mental Hospital.

The annual yearbook honouring the 1960 graduating class at the Provincial Mental Hospital Ponoka paid tribute to the many vital departments at the massive mental health facility. Featured here are the staff of the Occupational Therapy section
A great view taken from the south side of the Ponoka Provincial Building at 5110-49th Avenue

Our Ponoka Provincial building was a Douglas Cardinal creation

This week's Reflections looks at the history of the Ponoka provincial building, a Douglas Cardinal creation.

A great view taken from the south side of the Ponoka Provincial Building at 5110-49th Avenue
This remarkable panorama of our early Town of Ponoka landscapes features the long 1910 view of Railway Street from north to south as well as Chipman Avenue. Centered by the majestic Royal Hotel the photo vividly illustrates the diversity of the buildings

PHOTO: Remember When looks at early landscapes of Ponoka

This week's Remember When looks at a few historical landmarks of Ponoka.

This remarkable panorama of our early Town of Ponoka landscapes features the long 1910 view of Railway Street from north to south as well as Chipman Avenue. Centered by the majestic Royal Hotel the photo vividly illustrates the diversity of the buildings
Elizabeth and Thomas Hickmore and their family came to the Ponoka district in 1925

Tom Hickmore served the Ponoka Brick School for 31 years

This week's Reflections looks at the history of Tom Hickmore, a caretaker at the Ponoka Brick School for many years.

Elizabeth and Thomas Hickmore and their family came to the Ponoka district in 1925
This entire 1960s family sits huddled around their new black and white television set watching a favourite program. In those first early days the television was only on for a few hours a day

Was everyone already tired of television by the 1960s?

This week's Reflections highlights an 1961 Ponoka Herald editorial taking on the "fad" of television.

This entire 1960s family sits huddled around their new black and white television set watching a favourite program. In those first early days the television was only on for a few hours a day
Remember When? During the flurry of ‘television madness’ in the 1950s and ’60s many thousands of tall steel antennas were being installed on neighbourhood roofs or whereever a good signal could be picked up in order to bring this new family entertainment phenomenon into our living rooms. This early 1950s photo features three very determined gentlemen putting up their antenna on the highest nearby hill

REMEMBER WHEN: Looking back at the history of television

This week's Remember When takes a hearty look at television and what some back then called a fad.

Remember When? During the flurry of ‘television madness’ in the 1950s and ’60s many thousands of tall steel antennas were being installed on neighbourhood roofs or whereever a good signal could be picked up in order to bring this new family entertainment phenomenon into our living rooms. This early 1950s photo features three very determined gentlemen putting up their antenna on the highest nearby hill
Jim and Jerry Mark

PHOTO: Remember When and the Oasis Motel

Remember When? looks at the history of the Oasis Motel and the family that built it.

Jim and Jerry Mark
In 1953 Jim and Gerry Mark opened their first 24-hour Jimmy’s Esso Service and Coffee Bar on the east side of Highway 2A just south of Ponoka. Over an exciting span of 40 plus years at the same location the ambitious partners added a fully modern 4-Star Oasis Motel and George’s Snack Shop

The Mark family really enjoyed their busy life-style in Ponoka

Reflections this week looks at the Mark family and their involvement in the community and businesses they operated.

In 1953 Jim and Gerry Mark opened their first 24-hour Jimmy’s Esso Service and Coffee Bar on the east side of Highway 2A just south of Ponoka. Over an exciting span of 40 plus years at the same location the ambitious partners added a fully modern 4-Star Oasis Motel and George’s Snack Shop
This tranquil picture shows Red Deer Lake as seen from Johnsons Beach

The history of Johnsons’ Beach on Red Deer Lake

Reflections of Ponoka looks at this history of Johnson's Beach on Red Deer Lake.

This tranquil picture shows Red Deer Lake as seen from Johnsons Beach
Fredric Algar and Harry Finch opened a tiny store in the vacant Ponoka station house next to the new Canadian Pacific Railway line in 1896

PHOTO: Historical photo of a store in downtown Ponoka

Remember When highlights this old downtown Ponoka store first owned by Frederic Algar and Harry Finch.

Fredric Algar and Harry Finch opened a tiny store in the vacant Ponoka station house next to the new Canadian Pacific Railway line in 1896
One of the very first early 1900 photos of the Village Ponoka (population 151) shows a bird’s eye view from our current 50th Avenue looking northwest and out into the rugged wilderness. Featured at the front behind the new wooden sidewalks are the meat market and the lumber yard

Our Ponoka grew from the Alberta wilderness into an amazing town

Ponoka's historical Reflections column looks at the beginning days of growth in town.

One of the very first early 1900 photos of the Village Ponoka (population 151) shows a bird’s eye view from our current 50th Avenue looking northwest and out into the rugged wilderness. Featured at the front behind the new wooden sidewalks are the meat market and the lumber yard
Going into the late 1930s and ’40s the bustling Town of Ponoka was growing rapidly in all directions. This photo of 50th Street looking north features all sorts of businesses as the shiny vehicles lined up along the sidewalks. Identified from left to right are: The Empress Theatre

PHOTO: Ponoka’s 50 Street – circa 1940s

Ponoka's 50 Street highlighted in this archived photo of town.

Going into the late 1930s and ’40s the bustling Town of Ponoka was growing rapidly in all directions. This photo of 50th Street looking north features all sorts of businesses as the shiny vehicles lined up along the sidewalks. Identified from left to right are: The Empress Theatre
This classic early 1900s photo shows the Canadian Pacific Railway train coming into the busy Ponoka station. No matter what time of the day the long wooden platform was always full of incoming or outgoing passengers

In our earliest history the mail always got through

Back in the day in Ponoka, letter carriers had tough challenges, so it goes in this week's Reflections.

This classic early 1900s photo shows the Canadian Pacific Railway train coming into the busy Ponoka station. No matter what time of the day the long wooden platform was always full of incoming or outgoing passengers
On June 6

In 1964 Ponoka embraced their new Kinsmen Community Centre

This week's Ponoka Reflections looks at the exciting construction of the Kinsmen Community Centre.

On June 6
Walter and Ruth Gee and their son Myrl were among the earliest pioneers of the Grand Meadow district south west of Ponoka. For well over 100 years the Gee family generations have always been very active in their avid pursuits of farming

The Gee family helped to establish the early Grand Meadow district

Looking back at the history of the Gee family in the Ponoka and area in this week's Reflections.

Walter and Ruth Gee and their son Myrl were among the earliest pioneers of the Grand Meadow district south west of Ponoka. For well over 100 years the Gee family generations have always been very active in their avid pursuits of farming
In this 1963 photo

A salute to our early wild and woolly automotive era

Reflections - a look back at how the automobile impacted the region

In this 1963 photo
(L-R) Here is the Provincial Mental Hospital Band in 1961

We will never forget the Children’s/staff Christmas parties at the P.M.H.

Reflection of Ponoka speaks to holiday celebrations at former hospital

(L-R) Here is the Provincial Mental Hospital Band in 1961