The Falun Sport Club was
formed in 1930. This led to the formation of The Live Wires" Ladies
Softball team. By 1932, the Live Wires were a "powerhouse" team. They
played against teams from Millet, Camrose, Leduc, Edmonton, Usona, and
others that dared to challenge. The Live Wires were
excellent players and lost very few games. ‑
"We were practicing
and playing ball at every opportunity."
The Live Wires did not just play
softball. Five participated in the Dominion Women's Track and Field
Championship* held in Wetaskiwin in August of 1931, and the Track and
Field Provincial meet in Calgary held in September that same year.
Tutored and guided by Miss Timofeef, the players staged song‑dance‑skit
concerts at Lone Ridge and when the Falun Mercs played the First‑Nations
(Ma‑Me‑O) at the annual Pigeon Lake Hockey Challenge, the Live Wires
were the crowd cheerleaders.
They displayed many talents, lively
spirit, and good fun. They looked sharp in self‑sewn uniforms of white
blouses and green velvet shorts. The athletic achievements and the
enthusiasm of the Falun Live Wires are still the talk among the seniors
in the Falun Community.
When many of the team members got
married, this team broke up after the 1933 season.
Coaches: Ottar Mattson, Billy
Sponsors: Clarence and Elsa Isaacson (The Falun Store)
Grounds: Dick Cronin
Concert Organizer: Nadin Timofeef
Players: Ruth (Weir) Mattson; Stina
Carlson (m. Bob Fanham); Nettie Anderson (m. Richard Wollin), Tena
Anderson (m. Cletus Tagtmeyer/r.m. Combs), Kathleen Cronin (m. Bob
Maxwell), Mary Cronin (m. Frank Patterson), Olga Maciborsky (m. Wm.
Kolody), Nellie Maciborsky (m. Michael Kuhn), Annie Maciborsky (m.
Walter Forth), Lully Homlund (m. Arnold Pubantz); Devina Sjorlund ‑
(catcher during Ruth Mattson pregnancy)
Utility players: Fanny Maxwell, Olga Swanson)
*Nettie Wollin one of two
sisters playing for the Live Wires earned a gold medal in 1931 at
the Women's Dominion Track and Field Championships held at
Wetaskiwin. Nettie also set a new Canadian record for Junior Discus
85' 7 1/2" beating the old record of 84' 2" held by J. Thompson,