Letter – Writer gives thanks for memories rekindled

RE: Clegg’s Corner, Jan. 17, 2018 [Happy Birthday to Our Grand Old Lady]

I worked with construction companies, architects and engineers as an architectural technologist here in Edmonton. Our family used to live in High Prairie from 1950-63. We then moved to Edmonton. My father was a rig welder and mechanic for Massey Harris [Bill Ferris] and later Case-Chrysler dealership [Ike Lawrence] in town. We also had the Royalite Oil Bulk dealership in High Prairie from 1958-62.

I went to school with Denis Peyre. Edmo and Violet Peyre were our neighbours to the north of us. I am now 69 years old and still work in Edmonton. I graduated from NAIT Architectural Technology in 1970, and taught there in 1991-93. I worked for Batoni Bowlen [1970-75] and was very involved in the Edmonton Coliseum construction from 1972-74. It looks like it will be demolished. It’s not as old as the lovely Sports Palace where I used to watch the glorious Regals [1958-63]. If the Coliseum is torn down what a sad day in my life it will be. I put my heart and soul into that building.

Our family’s house is still standing right next to the United Church Cemetery. It was built in summer of 1954. I remember when the Sports Palace started construction in the summer of 57 and used to watch it every day. It reminds me that I started Grade 1 in that little two-room white school house in September 1954 right next to where the Sports Palace now stands.

Oh well, I would like to come to High Prairie to take in a hockey game some cold and snowy winter night. I have a Regals newspaper picture from around 1960 of the team that my father had. He was equipment manager. George Bishop was the coach and I believe Ike Lawrence was the team manager.

I agree with you. I had many, many great memories in the Sports Palace.

Wayne G. Sloat,


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