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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TiMWtoy, April 2, LETHBRIDOE HERALD Merle Anderson, 86, keeps rig moving SENCOR Herbicide Gets tough weeds in potatoes SENCOR will also provide some control of couchgrass (quackgrass; and yellow nutsedge When other herbicides lei grass or broadleaf weeds through, or when infestation is extra heavy call on SENCOR Apply it... Pre-emerge Early post-emerge (except on early red-skinned varieties) Both ways No pre-mixmg Moderate agitation Doesn t stain skin Doesn t stain clothing When you need Good Stuff for tough weed conditions order SENCOR 50% Wettable Powder from your supplier Barnyardgrass Fall panicum Foxtail Lambsquarter Lady's thumb Pigweed RESPONSEability to you and nature. CHEMAQRO LIMITED 77 City Centre Drive Mississa-jga Ontario By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer Any chuckwagon enthusiast will tell you some of the greatest races ever seen have involved a wagon bearing the colors of the Merle Anderson outfit. Merle's rigs have been clattering around tracks since 1956, winning such prestigious events as the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Calgary Stampede and world titles. Today at 85 years of age, Merle Anderson has no desire to go into retirement Too vivid are the memories and the thrills of his classic races with the rigs of Peter Bawden, Commodore Allen, Orville Burkinshaw and lately wagons bearing the canvasas of R. J. Keen, Janko Bros, or Archie Hackwell. Arrived in 1907 Alberta has changed since Merle first left his Iowa home back in 1907 at the age of 18. "I had five American dollars when I arrived. My dad had told me before I left that it was up to me to 'make it or break it.' One of the fond recollections he has of his early years in Canada is attending Guy Weadick's great outdoor shindig, the Calgary Stampede, and since that time he has never missed the big show. He bought his first car in 1908 "It was a Ford, the kind with the coal o 1 lamps on the side." Wilf s friend Among the many friends Merle has made along the way is western balladeer Wilf Carter "Wilf wrote his first song up at my Merle remembers. "I recall one time when Wilf and me set out to deliver some grain. My wagon was ahead of Wilf's when a blizzard hit, and when we stopped he'd passed me and neither of us knew how, the snow was so blinding "We held up in an elevator at Sharpies (between Carbon and building a fire in a scoop shovel to keep warm." Also numbered in Merle's acquaintances over the years were Senator Patrick Bums, one of the "big four" of the Calgary Stampede, and the cowtown's flambouyant former mayor, Don McKay, who "knew all the wagon men." From his first job at Carstairs, for a day hauling rock for a town merchant, Merle parlayed his original into a acre farm near Carbon. He first settled on the farm in 1910. "Its mine, lock stock and barrel now, so I guess I did pretty good on my he laughed. "Homesteaders had nothing back when I first arrived here, just shacks made of prairie sod Now look at this country." 'Foot burner' He put m 12-14 hours a day, breaking two acres at a time, following a one- blade "foot burner" (plow) all day. And at night he would turn his team out to feed on the prairie wool. "Those early farming days stay with a man all his said the rugged little pioneer who broke 400 acres of rich Alberta soil with a hand plow Rodeo was in its virgin state back when Merle first took interest in it and among the top riders of the day was a hand called Pete Knight "Pete used to lead six or seven horses tied tail to tail from one rodeo to another Merle recalled. Knight, who eventually STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rt SlmlS. Phom 327-3024 Blond d' Aquitaine Normando Hanncton Conqueror and Blood AqulUiim In grwt ordw le 916.00 3289671 A cLtd. met his death in the rodeo arena under the hooves of a bronc named Duster, has seen his greatness stand the test of time. "Pete was the greatest cowboy to ever put a foot in a Merle said as he leaned back in his chair and let his mind drift back to the 1920s and 30s when the rider from Crossfield was king. The subject of chuckwagon drivers naturally arises when one talks with Merle Anderson and, though he's never driven himself, he is an expert in assessing the men who risk life and limb guiding chuckwagons around the racetracks of North America. "There are quite a few good ones: Bobby Cos- grave, Ron Glass, the Dorchesters, Slim Helme, who drove my rig to victory at Calgary and, of course, Bill Greenwood who handled my team for 10 or 12 years, winning Cheyenne and Calgary." Merle figures his best wagon team was his original one. "We had two horses called Brownie and Fly in that team. Anyone in the business will tell you they were great little horses." Merle Anderson has been involved in wagon racing across Canada and the United States as an owner for nearly 20 years and at 85 years of age he has no intention of retiring. He has seen them all, from Pete Knight and Dick Cosgrave to Marty Wood and Kelly Sutherland and he intends to oe around to see a few more. MERLE ANDERSON "CUSTOM BUILT" WES-T-RAVEL TRAILERS Travelling Choose from 14 and 17 foot Models In your choice of interior equip- ment Camping SM ind Prici Thm Now At JENSEN WELDING P.O. Box 2216, Tatwr, Altwrta 223-2544 CIGAS PRODUCTS LTD. Takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of... Ron Bedu A _ _at As Manager of the Lethbridge Branch Ron brings to Lethbridge many years of experience with Cigas in Calgary, and will be pleased to offer his experience and services to our existing cust- omers. CIGAS PRODUCTS LTD. 28105th Avenue North Phone 328-6667 ;