Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wvdneiaay, April II, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 D'ARCY RICKARD photo High noon at Skiff Skiff is deserted at o time when most communities are ed buildings and shacks, whispering to anyone who cares to listen that noon. While other people in other centres rush out for lunch. Skiff folk. Skiff had better days, about 15 strong, are nowhere to be seen. The wind blows through desert- Sands of time blow over Skiff O-ARCY RICKARO Herman Wilton to leave Skiff Most welding jobs todoy ore handled by farmers on iheir forms. This puts general repairmen like Herman Wilton of Skiff out of business. By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor SKIFF This is a mystery. Who killed Skiff? I stood on main street here yesterday. The wind was blowing. It's a lonely town. Skiff is dying, slowly, like the last ink slipping out of a ball-point pen. Six houses with people in them. The rest are gone. Joe Poberznick of Leth- bridge says, "I used to own the John Deere Farm Equip- ment business at Skiff. I left Skiff in 1970. I closed the business in August, 1969." It's a story that is being repeated over and over again in rural southern Alberta. The small farmer is going, or gone. The small centres are dying. Nobody seems to have the answer. Mr. Poberznick says: I lived there most of my life. I was in business there from 1954 to 1969. Why did I quit? Well, the big farmers were coming in there. One fanner bought up five farms. He did no busi- ness at Skiff. That's a loss of five customers. "And with the better roads, better cars, people seemed to be going to the city to do their shopping, to do their business." Today there are six fam- ilies at Skiff, if you stretch the meaning of families. The place is as dead as the fold- Ing bathtub. They are Mr. and Mrs. Dean Xcwton: Miss Margaret Pearce; Jake Rcmpel: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Levcrton and three daughters; storekeeper Nick Poberznick and his wife: and Mr. and Mrs. Her- man Wilton. The Wiltons are leaving. S awui it, through Skiff awful quick. Or you can go slow and still not see a soul. Mr. Wilton has been here eight years. He just sold out. He's a welder. There just isn't that much call any more for welding at Skiff. The younger farmers do their own welding. The older generation has gone. "I found myself three months over 50 eight years ago." says Mr. Wilton. "CPA moved out of Lethbridge. I thought I had a job at the power 'house. We came to Skiff with little or no cash." BUSED TO FOREMOST The school closed about 1957. Then the cHldren were bused to Foremost. "I had all my schooling at says Joe Poberznick. "We first moved in there in 1930.1 was six. It was a one- room school, up to as high as 25 to 30 kids. They were taught to Grade 10. Only one teacher." He re m e m hers teachers Henry Thiessen, now of Cal- gary, Mrs. Clark (Ivy) Lund of Rosemary and a Mrs. Smith. But who killed Skiff? There's some big farms around now. These outfits farm whole townships or more. They don't do any busi- ness in Skiff. Why should they? But the farmers they bought out used to keep Skiff alive. NO HUTTER1TES Any Hutterites? "There was one colony there in 1938." says Mr. Pob- erznick. "Had options to buy this one farm. Stayed five years, then they How d5d you feel about leaving? "It's pretty hard to take you know." Skiff has lost its board of trade, some of its baseball teams and its skating rink. The Skiff Ladies Club still meets and even sponsors a Mighty Mite hockey team in Foremost Minor Hockey Association, God btess them! Long live Skiff! Croicsnest Pass Bureau NEWS CIRCULATION JOB PRINTING Vcrnm Oecovx, Rwident Hep., Marnran WANTED IMMEDIATELY CAPABLE and RESPONSIBLE MAN or COUPLE FOR FEED LOT AND FARMING OPERATION Home end utilities supplied. Salary to be negotiated. Apply BOX 4, THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Bake sale Saturday COALOALE (HXS) The CoaWalc Arts and Crafts dub i will spcmsor a bake sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April H, in j OK Martens Pno Hardware. Proceeds will go towards Sportsptof Mtchen store. Tickets on a set of ceramics HEAR OR- ARM1N GESSWE1N BIBLE TEACHER FROM SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CAUF. WED.-FRI., APRIL 11-13 p.m. LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd Avenue South Golf club seeks tax relief By ROSS GIBB Herald News Service TABER pres- sure from two directions on the Taber Golf and Curling Club was indicated when a delega- tion from the club met recently with the town council. Brian Collett was spokesman for the three man delegation which included Dave Paradee and Gale Fitch. The golf and curling club lounge came under taxation as- sessment for the first time this year. The tax bill based on 85 mills on the assessment will amount to some The club wants to have this cancel- led since the premises is part of the recreaffion complex own- ed by the town. Councillor Wayne Gough ad- vised council of a meeting with officials of Taber Irrigation District at which irrigation wa- ter used on the golf course will be charged on quantity rather than on an acreage water rights of per acre. It was estimated that the 65- acre park area will use worth of water based on a us- age of 24 inches at per mil- lion gallons. Formerly the charges were per year. To assist in meeting the ex- tra expense, the delegation re- quested to co-host the annual New Year's Eve dance with the town's recreation department, and inclusion in the STEP pro- gram for two students to work on the golf course during the summer. Both proposals, as well as the cancellation of taxes on the lounge, were taken under ad- visement by the council. Permission was also given the golf club to use town domestic water for the golf course greens only pending the inti'O- duction of water into the irri- gation system early in May. Jens Laursen heads Elks GRANUM (HNS) Jens Laursen was recently installed exalted ruler of the Elks. Installing officer was Ron Ceilings of Coleman, assisted by the Coleman patrol team. Other officers installed were: past-exalted ruler, Tony Kunz; leading knight, Harold Clark; loyal knight, Doug Barnes; lec- turing knight, Barry Pratte; treasurer, Don Douglas, Jr.; secretary, Stan Byer; esquire, Alfred Brisby; chaplain. Ken DeMaere; inner guard, Leon- ard Bailey; tyler, Ray Dunlop; three-year trustee, Harold Jor- genson; two-year trustee, Case Hykoop; one-year trustee, Alan Munro. More district on page 5 r LaKAY'S LADIES1 WEAR GLOSEOUT ALMOST FINAL SHOP NOW FOR Fashions AT ROCK BOTTOM PRICES Gov't Permit No. 983 PRICES BEING SLASHED BY THE HOUR Dresses One Group Large selection Fantastic Savings Sizes 8-20, to S2Vi. CLOSE OUT PRICE S 7 MANY MORE UNADVERTISED SPECIALS ONE GROUP Good choice Fortrels, crepes, cottons. CLOSE OUT PRICE THURSDAY THURSDAY 9 o.m. 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