Prince Albert Tales
In the last column I wrote about Ron Smith, a past member of the Prince Albert Timberland Bowbenders Archery Club. Ron passed away recently. Ron may not be with us now but that which he loved is still here for others to explore – archery - through the club he served.
At the turn of the 20th century Tuberculosis was at pandemic level. The government of Saskatchewan responded by building three sanatoriums – Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.
The other day Fay and I, in order to get out of the house and take a break from Covid updates, jumped in the car for a little ride. Our destination was The Little Red Park just north of the city. Part of the reason we made our way to that beautiful spot was to pay a visit to the site of the old Sanatorium and later The Prince Albert Training School which had been located on the western edge of the park.
Two revious columns outlined how local high school football teams, the Riverside Rams and the St. Mary Marauders, brought home Provincial Championships. In this column I will turn my attention to the ‘Blackbirds,’ later renamed the ‘Prince Albert Opti-Mrs.’, who brought Provincial Girls’ Softball Championships to Prince Albert in: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, and 1971.