Coronation man seeks answers about mysterious 1871 newspaper

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By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A Coronation man walked into a Calgary second hand store over 30 years ago, purchased some antique items that included a rare, 19th Century newspaper and has been wondering about the periodical ever since.
Ivan Garstad, whose name might be recognizable from his years as a professional bull rider, bought a well-preserved copy of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, specifically the Tuesday morning edition with a cover date of Jan. 10, 1871 from a pawn shop along with a valuable wooden bedroom suite and Singer sewing machine. But ever since he bought the newspaper he’s been wondering why it ended up in the shop and who preserved it so well.
Garstad brought the Rochester Democrat Chronicle by the ECA Review’s Stettler office Feb. 18 and noted that he bought it in about 1986 when he was in Calgary working on the Olympic venue construction project...continued.

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