long been a popular sport in Onoway, with the
first curling rink located in
the low area north of the tracks.
supporting curling in Onoway go way back.
Thanks to Bill Cook, the minutes
(starting from 1956) and a wide variety of
documents that give us some insight
into the history of curling in our community
are now part of the archives at
the Onoway Museum. These minutes tell how hard
people worked to fund and build
a new curling rink, then to upgrade it to one
with artificial ice.
Curling Company was formed and shares were
sold at $100 each (a large sum back
in the early 60s) to community members. The
annual fees in 1961 were $20 for
men and women, $10 for students.
minutes tell us that in the late 50s, the
firetruck was used for flooding and
that one of the directors was sent to “Ice
School” in Edmonton. It was noted
that the caretaker’s job included looking
after the ice when ladies and others
used it (not just the men). By 1964, the
caretaker (Alex Lafleur) was paid the
grand sum of $200 per month.
early on, young curlers were encouraged (there
was no age limit) and this bore
fruit. In 1983 Onoway High School team
consisting of Kevin Branting, Bill
Bossman, Richard Guidinger and Rob Cook won
the provincial championship in the
small high school category.