That's Life - December 20, 2023

Oh my gosh by golly I admit that I do get nostalgic at Christmas, it seems to happen every year. I think it’s the music.

Now, since we moved our newspaper production to our home I thought to myself, why don’t I have a look at an issue of the Three Hills Capital from 80 years ago? In the blink of an eye, I was sitting down with the December 23, 1943 issue.

My family owned Three Hills Locker Storage from 1948 to 1980 but there it was on the front page of this Christmas issue offering yuletide greetings. My dad and uncle were serving overseas in 1943. The last thing on their minds was owning a butcher shop in Three Hills, Alberta, as World War II lingered on.

Traders Furniture offered their Christmas greetings 80 years ago and, like The Capital, continues to serve Three Hills and area to this day.

Traders offered some last-minute Christmas gift ideas. How about a footstool (two sizes) for $2.50 and $5.50, or 59 lamps to choose from starting at $2.95 - How about a new mattress for $7.50? Head over to Sawdon’s Drug Store for Christmas gifts .25 cents and up. Hey ladies, your Cutex nail polish sets started at .50 cents. Brush, comb and mirror sets started at $6.95, Or you could give war savings certificates, the patriotic and practical gift.

In 1943 towns offered just about everything there was to offer. Man, how things have changed.

I felt the yuletide greeting from the editor of the day was fitting for this world in 2023! Here it is, 80 years later.


“There is hope in all our hearts as the Yuletide of 1943 draws near… a hope that before 1944 is ended, peace and goodwill can return to the world. Lets not forget that the great fog of battle which today enshrouds the world with its horror of combat and sorrow of death, will lift and be dispelled by a bright and shining peace. Meanwhile, we have a job to do…to make sure that the safety of mankind can never again be threatened. Let us all carry on so that victory will give all people the right to live in harmony and at the festive season clasp hands in the spirit of goodwill to joyous shouts in all languages of those time-honoured words, A MERRY CHRISTMAS!”

I am sorry to say his words are still relevant today.

Now, The Capital crew is taking a break for a few weeks. The next issue will appear in your mailbox on January 10, 2024.

We hope all of you enjoy a wonderful Christmas season and may you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2024.

We want you all to know that your thoughts and prayers have helped us a great deal over the past few years. It is an honour and a privilege to continue serving our readers.


That’s Life.