Published in the Sept. 28, 1963 edition of the St. Albert Gazette was this tongue-and-cheek letter from a frustrated yet lighthearted parent warning others about the possibility their 6-year-old children may also lose their shoes during the school day.
Headlined “New Contagious Disease?,” the letter reads “Two St. Albert boys, at two different schools, have the same trouble — they've both lost their shoes.”
“Both 6 years old, one lost his at Vital Grandin School grounds and the other somewhere between Sir Alexander Mackenzie School and Grandin Park.”
Whether or not the shoes were found and returned to the rightful feet remains a mystery, and despite 50 years passing the Gazette has no new information to report.
Past issues of the Gazette, dating as far back as Jan. 1, 1949, are available to view online thanks to the University of Alberta's Peel's Prairie Provinces archive.