Prince Albert Tales
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.
Did March, 1971, come in like a Lamb or a Lion?
Well there was no blizzard or even high wind on March 1st, but if it was a lamb, it had chilly feet (-15). However on March 31st it was a balmy 24 degrees. So the lamb must have pranced merrily about even with its fleece as white as snow.