Ticking on in remembrance of 'caretakers of time'

Justin Crann
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Big Cliff chimes in its own centennial

Clifford Simpson, who worked for 22 years to maintain the clock on top of city hall, didn't get to celebrate when the device chimed in its centennial.

Simpson died in 2012 at 84 years old, but several members of his family — including his wife of more than 60 years, Marion — were present to help ring in the clock's 100th year at Moose Jaw city hall on Thursday morning.


At exactly 10 a.m. on Aug. 7, Big Cliff chimed in its 100th year.

"The clock was put in motion at 10 a.m. on this day in 1914," said Kelly Mentanko, the city's operations manager.

But the clock on top of city hall would not have celebrated its centennial without the dedication and hard work of many people, including Clifford Simpson, after whom it is named.

And in recent weeks, it has also received a significant tune-up from a team of volunteers.

"They gave the clock a 100-year tune-up — they went in, changed some cables and did some lubrication — to make sure it works properly going forward," Mentanko explained. "We also had some contributions from local companies in supplying parts and supporting a celebration."

He added that he's happy to see the clock receiving "a good tune up."

"It'll be good for another 100 years, and we certainly want to make sure the history is there for the rest of the community to enjoy," Mentanko said. "We want to be sure we do our part to preserve heritage and that, going forward, it is continued."

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Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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