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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 tHE ITIHBRIDGE HERALD Thundoy, April 13, 197J Harry Watson one of the busiest men in Southern Alberta I I Ky JOK IJAU.A llrrald Stair T'S a pily Ihe Town of Pic- tare Bultu doesn't confer n 'Citizen of the Year' award. H it did, Harry would have been among the first entitled Vo such a coveted trophy It would lit in well with the others which he has received tor scores of achievements especially those in the sport- Ing world. He's served on town council for 21 years, 11 of Ihem as mayor. Picture IluUc, service centre for the Lcllilnidge Northern Irrigation Dislrict, is another Suuthern Alberta town Ihe sugar beet has helped rnnke famous and Harry Wat- son has been instrumental in the growth nnd development. Whether he has came to grips with a major issue be- fore the town, or the day to day nuts and bolls operation of ac- livily, he has tackled each sit- uation with crackling energy. ENTHUSIASTIC Even (hough he is crowding the CO-y ear mark, Harry Watson has any tiling Init a slender, or dclicale physique. He's robust and imparts en- thusiasm when confronted with questions concerning Ihe quali- ties of Picture Eullc, the Leth- bridgc Northern and all of southern Alberta, for Harry Watson has forgotten more about bis native stamping grounds than many other peo- ple will over know. He praises the character and quality of southern Alberta wherever he goes. His praises and phrases just aren't empty jargon so oflcn associated with chamber of commerce promo- tion. It's his nalivc land and he leaves you with the feeling thai ho really cores. Harry was the eldest of two Eons and a daughter in the J. J. Watson family. 'J. J.' was in the lumber business in Fore- most when the eldest son arrived. They moved to Pic- ture Untie in 1923. Harry left school when he was lli, and with brother Bar- ton, a mortgaged old building, some ?lfi in stock, determina- tion and little else, they went into the bulk gas and oil busi- ness in Picture Bultc. FIRST CUSTOMER The first customer asked to have h i s transmission oil checked. Barton told Harry lo do it