Mike Rainone

Ponoka Wheelchair vans a vital community service

This week's Reflections looks at the vital services of the Wheelchair Van Society.

The Provincial Mental Hospital at Ponoka celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 1961

Ponoka was really looking forward to the ‘roaring 60s’

This week's Reflections looks back at the 1960s in the Ponoka area.

The Provincial Mental Hospital at Ponoka celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 1961
Early 1900s photo of the historical CPR dam on the Battle River in Ponoka.

CPR dam is Ponoka’s oldest historical site

Our Ponoka and vibrant surrounding districts have been blessed with a very long and colorful history

Early 1900s photo of the historical CPR dam on the Battle River in Ponoka.
In the early 1900s just about everyone from far and wide took whatever transportation they could find and came out in their finest to the annual Ferrybank/Chesterwold Stampede

Where rodeo and prairie romances were born

This week's Reflections looks at the history of rodeo in the prairie provinces.

In the early 1900s just about everyone from far and wide took whatever transportation they could find and came out in their finest to the annual Ferrybank/Chesterwold Stampede
A typical 1920s day out in the countryside with one of those fancy Model-T Fords

The colourful early story of the automobile

This week's Reflections talks about the history of the automobile

A typical 1920s day out in the countryside with one of those fancy Model-T Fords
Dear old Santa Claus really has these children in awe during his annual pre-Christmas visit to Ponoka many years ago

Christmas customs from around the world

This week's Reflections looks at Christmas celebrations around the world compared to other nations.

Dear old Santa Claus really has these children in awe during his annual pre-Christmas visit to Ponoka many years ago
Dick Slater and his congenial drivers faithfully served the 7 days- a week year round dray delivery service from the Canadian Pacific Railway Station to countless stops and tasks around Ponoka with this magnificent team of horses from 1920 to 1968 when the station closed. Also shown in the photo are driver John Benson on the left and proud owner Dick Slater on the right.

The long and colourful history of senior hockey in Ponoka

This week's Reflections looks at Ponoka's senior hockey past.

Dick Slater and his congenial drivers faithfully served the 7 days- a week year round dray delivery service from the Canadian Pacific Railway Station to countless stops and tasks around Ponoka with this magnificent team of horses from 1920 to 1968 when the station closed. Also shown in the photo are driver John Benson on the left and proud owner Dick Slater on the right.
Dick Slater and his congenial drivers faithfully served the 7 days- a week year round dray delivery service from the Canadian Pacific Railway Station to countless stops and tasks around Ponoka with this magnificent team of horses from 1920 to 1968 when the station closed. Also shown in the photo are driver John Benson on the left and proud owner Dick Slater on the right.

Some nifty little memories of our Ponoka history

This week's Reflections looks at several fun memories from the early days of Ponoka.

Dick Slater and his congenial drivers faithfully served the 7 days- a week year round dray delivery service from the Canadian Pacific Railway Station to countless stops and tasks around Ponoka with this magnificent team of horses from 1920 to 1968 when the station closed. Also shown in the photo are driver John Benson on the left and proud owner Dick Slater on the right.
Ponoka’s first major bank was this tiny Canadian Bank of Commerce

The early banking boom in Ponoka

This week's Reflections looks at the early banking boom in Ponoka.

Ponoka’s first major bank was this tiny Canadian Bank of Commerce
An early 1930s photo of Chipman Avenue

The long and colourful history of Chipman Avenue

This week's Reflections looks at Chipman Avenue in Ponoka and its history.

An early 1930s photo of Chipman Avenue
This first Ponoka Town Hall was built in the early 1920s for a few thousand dollars and served the community until it was demolished in 1963. The multi-purpose brick building housed the town offices

Ponoka 1961 looked forward to a new town hall, freeway and more

This week's Reflections looks at 1961 announcement of new town hall.

This first Ponoka Town Hall was built in the early 1920s for a few thousand dollars and served the community until it was demolished in 1963. The multi-purpose brick building housed the town offices
The Sharphead School class of 1914 included (back row

Sharphead district known for colorful history and hospitality

This week's Reflections considers the days of the Sharphead district.

The Sharphead School class of 1914 included (back row
The ‘good old boys’ from the Bismarck district north west of Ponoka poise in front of the first gas-thrashing outfit in the area in 1913. Shown sitting on the tractor are (left to right) Paul Nagel

Bismarck was the early frontier between Rimbey and Ponoka

This week's Reflections looks at the early days of Bismarck between Ponoka and Rimbey.

The ‘good old boys’ from the Bismarck district north west of Ponoka poise in front of the first gas-thrashing outfit in the area in 1913. Shown sitting on the tractor are (left to right) Paul Nagel
A young Bernie Steinmann bravely gets ‘needled’ by Miss M. Fawcett of the Wetoka Health Unit in Ponoka during the 1950s when the vital poliomyelitis immunization shots were provided to the students in the higher grades of the Ponoka and district schools. Between 1927 and 1953

Finally winning the long battle against poliomyelitis

This week's Reflections looks at efforts to eliminate Polio over the years.

A young Bernie Steinmann bravely gets ‘needled’ by Miss M. Fawcett of the Wetoka Health Unit in Ponoka during the 1950s when the vital poliomyelitis immunization shots were provided to the students in the higher grades of the Ponoka and district schools. Between 1927 and 1953
This creamery was built by local farmers in 1921 at 49 Avenue Ponoka

The long and colorful history of Ponoka dairies

This week's Reflections looks at the history of the Ponoka dairies over the years.

This creamery was built by local farmers in 1921 at 49 Avenue Ponoka
This powerful Wood River football team won all the cups and shields as well as the provincial championship during the 1932 season

The long and colourful history of Wood River

This week's Reflections looks at the history of Wood River, a Welsh settlement east of Ponoka in 1900.

This powerful Wood River football team won all the cups and shields as well as the provincial championship during the 1932 season
Shown from left to right are long-time Ponoka residents Hec Labrie

The town of Ponoka was 50 years old and booming in 1954

This week's Reflections looks at Ponoka's 50th anniversary in 1954.

Shown from left to right are long-time Ponoka residents Hec Labrie
Brothers Bruce

Bruce and Jim Erickson proudly salute their family history

This year's Reflections look at a Ponoka family's history.

Brothers Bruce
Ponoka’s first all girl Air Cadet Squadron was formed in 1954 by Orton Dodd’s

Air Cadet Squadron for Ponoka girls started in 1954

This week's Reflections looks at the girls in the Ponoka Air Cadets.

Ponoka’s first all girl Air Cadet Squadron was formed in 1954 by Orton Dodd’s
The Ponoka United Church in 1943. It was the original Presbyterian Church built in our community in 1903.

Ponoka United Church has served our community since 1895

This week's Reflections looks at the history of the United Church.

The Ponoka United Church in 1943. It was the original Presbyterian Church built in our community in 1903.