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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta lolurdoy, April IS, _ THI IE7IIBRIDOI HtHAlD 5 Margaret Luckhursl People, of llic soulh. >i'-l Hotelier's daughter recalls early days "T BELIEVE I have lived in the best parl of (his cen- Gladys Home (Mrs. Kaii'licld Lelhbridgo old-limer said during an inter- view the other day. "So many exciting things happened in Iho earlier decades, things my gen- eration never anticipated. I re- member for instance, seeing tlic first car in f.cthbridge, and well I recall the first lime I saw an airplane, Now, ot course, life everywhere is quilo different, (ho pace has changed, and for one who has teen so many changes, even around Lcthhridgc, it Is all a litlle frightening at limes." There arc probably not too many pioneers left who can look back over 75 years in Lethbriclge and reminisce over the changes locally, but Mrs. Hortie is one of them. "My life Elory isn't very sho explained apologetically, "ac- tually it was my father who was a true pioneer, and if he were alive today he could tell many details of the early west, lie did write a book on his ex- periences called "My Life" but it was never published. It real- ly is for family reference only but it does make good reading for people interested in our early history." Mrs. Home's father was Fred W. Downer, who, as a young lad left his home In Brighton, England, to seek, Ins fortune in (he New World, his Look relates that he got a littlo tired of his rather mundane job nnd taking leave of his parents and very little cash in hi.i pockels, caught a ship to Can- ada travelling steerage class. Fortunately for young Fred ho met another young adventurer on hoard who wasn't nearly is adventurous as he thought. Half-way on the long journey lo Canada this misguided adven- lurer got a terrible case of home-sickness and could hard- ly wait to return to England. Upon arriving at Quebec in tho fall of 1886 he generously do- nalcd his train ticket to Win- nipeg to young Fred (who was prelty well stony-brake) and returned tc England forthwith. But not Fred. He caught the next train to Winnipeg whers upon arrival, he promplly found himself a job as a porter in a hotel. This didn't hold his interest for loo long, however, as lales of the exciting west seemed to offer more opportu- nity, lie popped on a Iraln again and went to B.C. where IIG took on whatever work he could find in logging camps, on Hie railway, and In other ns- sorted jobs of Ihe day. 1r For Ihe next couple of years this young Englishman travel- led nronnd both in Canada in Ihe U.S. gaining experience wherever he went, eventually EcUling for a time in Montana. "He worked on the construc- tion of Ihe Great Northern prior to going Mrs, Home said. "lie home- steaded the town of Columbia Falls, where eventually he built a furniture store. He sold the furniture store after u while and went to manage the Gay- lord Hotel. He went back to England to marry my niothei- took her back lo Columbia Falls. I expect the frontier life was quite n jolt to an English hride, hut she seemed lo adjust well. I remember her telling me how surprised she ivas to see so much Mrs. llorne was horn in the Gaylord hut the family did not stay too long n Colum- bia Falls. Mr. Downer moved them to Great Falls where he again went into the hotel busi- ness at the Grand, for a time. It was while they were living here lhat his Interest In mov- ing back lo Canada was renew- ed. "Mr. Robert O'Hagan, the father of another old-timer Mrs. W. J. iFloss) Armstrong, was an engineer on the narrow gauge railroad thai used to run from Lclhbridge lo Orcat Falls. He showed my father a poster announcing the GOlh an- niversary ot Queen Victoria's reign. 1 guess it made him homesick. He s a i d he wanted to see Ihe Union Jack again, and encouraged by Ihe reports of ('cvclopmcnl in Alberta, he decided to move us up here. We arrived in l.clhbridge in the (all of 1897. I was four- years-old." Mr. Downer went into part- nership with Win. Henderson in operating the I.ethbridgc Ho- tel. "Lethbridge was very busy at lhat Mrs Home snlrl, were huildnig the Crowsnesl Pass railroad so there were a lot of workers coming and going. During the extra busy limes the billiard tables had lo be converted to beus to accommodate the over- flow of guests." "At the titne we moved to I.elhbridge there was a popula- tion of about We had electricity, but there was no sewer or waler. Water was de- livered to our door at twenty- five cents a barrel." Mrs. Home, alt! jngh an An- glican, received her early schooling at St. Aloysius Con- vent. "It was convenient and my parents liked the program. Lalcr on 1 attended Havcrgal Ladies' College in Winnipeg where I graduated from high school. I uas sent tliere be- cause other youni! Indies in town had attended and it had been highly recommended but il was a long way from home." Fifth Street in Ihe pioneer days of Lclhbridge was the main shopping area, Mrs. Home recalled. "It was always very busy as II had shops of every kind for all shoppers' needs. It doesn't seem quite right that it is no longer Ihe hub of the business district. I think shopping centres and su- permarkets are one of the greatest changes I've seen in Lclhbridge, and while I sup- pose they have Ihcir place, I do feel sorry for the merchants downtown." Youngsters made their own fun years ago, Mrs. Home re- called. "As a child we played in the irrigation ditches that ran down the main streets. We fished in the ditches in Ihe summer and played in the snow in them in the winter." As Lethbridgc grew, Mr. Downer expanded his business interests to include real estate. MRS. FAIRF1EID HORNE Ph.olo by Ed Finloy Book Reviews War recollections and reflections "Wars and Humors of Wars" by linger Shinn (AhinRdon, 238 paRCS. S6.9.i. distributed G. H. Welch Company, UroLhirds of this hook consists o[ the au- thor's battle and prisoner ot war experiences in lite Euro- pean theatre of the Second World The remaining third is a miscellany ol mate- rial on in general and of conscientious objection to In particular. Written soon after the cvenls described, the first part has re- mained unpublished until now. Dr. Ehinn resisted tho nrpc lo rewrite it and contented him- self with adding a foot- notes, lie has allowed what he calls the naivete lo stand. II is a gripping narrative, mostly about his prisoner of war ex- periences which include1) hun- dreds of miles of marching through Poland and Germany while cold and hungry. In- cluded is Ihe account of the premature 'release' of prison- ers by an American force, on orders by General George Pat- ton, which resulted in the de- struction of almost the entire force. Such waste of life trou- bled Shinn, as did the devastat- ing bombing of German cilies. This Is the backdrop against which Dr. Shinn reflects, In tha second part, on contemporary reactions lo war. Although not a pacifist, Dr. Shinn is sym- pathetic to those young men in tlie United States today who are opposed to participating in the Vietnam war. As a the- ologian (on the staff of Union Theological Seminary in New York) he bas testified lo Ihe validity of conscientious objec- tion to a particular w a r. Some of these instances are recount- ed. In the end Dr. Shinn does rot offer much hope for (he elim- ination of vrar. Realism about the buman condition prevents that. But lie remains hopeful because of his faith in a king- dom that has no end. There Is a unity to this book liul it would not surprise me if some readers missed it. The various parts, especially in ths Fecond section, are not clearly tied together, DOUG WALKER. Japanese living art Lapse into barbarism "The Failure of lllihrral- Ism" by Fritz Stern (Alfred Knopf, Kanrlom House of Canada Llmilcd, 233 'PHIS is a book ol essays on the political cullurc of modern Germany. Professor Stcro, a distinguished histo- rian and a recognized authority on Modern Europe, examines Ihe emergence of political II- liberalism in Germany and the complex events and situation that led to Ihe cataslropbe Ibal resulted from the clash of German with the infer- csls of other European slates. National socialism can only he understood against the background of German tradi- tion. Politics is more than the collision of economic or class interests, says -he author, il is nteo it matter of attilnrlcs or styles ol thought. From Bis- marck to Adenauer Ihe Ger- mans have sought n father and the concept of the state has been patterned after the model of the family. A German would learn illiberal attitudes or see illiberal models at every slage of bis life. In Ihe schools, the universities, Ihc army and in positions of authority they had evolved for so long that they had become a cultural style. The result was law-abiding docile populace, but politically very immature. Throughout Ihe book the an- Ihor relates Ihc past lo ths present and we begin lo under- stand how a civilized nation can lapse so totally into bar- barism, abandon its free- dom and become indifferent to the monstrosities and savagery mctcd nut lo other nations and other races. GERTA PATSON, "Practical Bonsai for llr- ginners" by Kcnji Murala: Hangman Canada Lid. ART of growing minia- ture trees in has been known and respected by the Japanese for centuries. T !i c liny replicas arc regarded as nn example of Living art and arc created with superb aesthe- tic sense and dexterity lo dem- the lull natural hcauly of the plant used as b a s i f material. Growing bonsai can a passionate dedication even to tho Westerner lo whom it is a relatively new inlcresl. He must be natienl. The rr.wnrcl.s of his efforts are slow lo show up, but once a bonsai is SUCCCAS- lully rooted, Irainn.', and slarts (o grow, a family heir- loom is born. In Japan tiiey are handed on from generation to generation in tlic confidcnca that they will be looked after as carefully as we atlcmpl to preserve the family plate. (Don't let tnc capital gains lax interfere willi your pleasure il you should decide lo tako up bonsai culture. Forget Mr. Ben- son enjoy cadi diminutive twig.) If money is no object you can buy a bonsai complete will: pot and rock. Fairly good ones usually cast around f5Q with prices going up according lo the quality of bolh conlainer and plajil. IL is much move satisfying to ii5.e your imii iugeniiiiy and initiative wilh this book (o guida 310 along the way. Written by Japan's greatest expert, Mr. Kcnji Murala, founder and permanent adviser [o the Bon- sai Union and Japan Suiseki i-tjtutc, il tells just about every- thing you need lo know- pre- paration methods, Lransptant- tng, rejuvenation, trimming leaves, cutting branches and rools etc. Numerous skctchcj and illustrations Bre included, plu.; handsome reproductions of some of (he most fair.ous bon- sai in history. The jacket cover displays one of Ihese a five needle pine, 300 years old and still going strong. JANE E, 1IUCKVALS Focus on the University He built Slralhcona Court. Vic- toria M a n s i o n s, Connaugbt Mansions, and for his family n largo home on tho corner of Third Arc. and I3lh Street S. (now the Chinook "My father was active in commu- nity affairs from the lime we moved lo Mrs. Home explained, "he had a great interest in (he potential of Ihe area and as a member of the Board ol Trade attend- ed the International Dryland Farming Congress in Colorado. He was determined lo have a similar one in Lelbbridge and worked toward lhat end. With Ihe assistance of Ihe board he promoted, organized and man- aged the Dry Land Congress held here in 1812. II was a big "first" for Lctbbrirlpe and R very busy lime. My mother en- tcrlained guests at luncheons and teas; our house seemed to be busy the whole lime." Following graduation from Havcrgal where she won scholarships, young Gladys in- dicated she'd like to go to col- lege but her father disap- proved. "He didn't think this was suitable for a young lady so T returned to Lcthbridge and wont to work at the Herald on Ule Miladi page. The paper was smaller in (hose days ol course and contained more hometown news events. I wrote up many lengthy accounts ,of weddings, leas and so forth. It was very enjoyable." "This was during the First World war before there was radio Every afternoon one man from Ihe Pass phoned tor Ihe latest war news. 1 expect he was anxious over someone at the front. On the day (ho war was finally over (hero had been a false alarm earlier a huge crowd galtiei ed around the Herald waiting for official news of the armistice." A highlight lor young Indies of that genre was Iheir "com- ing out party" at the age of in. "It was quite an event for mo Ihe evening 1 came Mrs. llorne recalled with a hmilc. "Father had rented Ihe Pylli- ias Hall, we had servers in elegant uniforms and 1 wore a very lovely gown, the very latest of the day, which in- cidentally I still have. It was a freezing cold night in Novem- ber, but that didn't dampen anybody's spirits at all. It was a very line party indeed." In 1917 Gladys married Fair- field Home who worked with his father In the local branch of the wholesale grocery chain. They built a home at Ihe cor- ner of llth Street and 3rd Ave. S. where their tlircc children, John, Donald and Dorothy were raised. Early in the Sec- ond World War Mrs. Home was widowed. "It was a had time for me as John had enlisl- cd and spent the next few years overseas. However, 1 had the other two children who wore of immense help to me during those difficult years." Mr. Downer lived until Into his 80s. "He was still involved in community h i s daughter recalled. "He had a particular interest In the Chi- nook Club, and on his 76th birthday he sold them our old family home for JT.MO. It seems to be fulfilling its pur- pose for that organization very well." Mrs. Hornc Is a life member of the S i r Alexander Gait Chapter 10DE and was award- ed a 50-year gold membership pin for her work In the sol- diers' cemeteries in Ihe city. Recently she was named Iron- orary regent of the chapter. She is also a member of St. Augustine's Anglican Church, the Pemmican Cluh and the Women's Femmican Club. Al- though severely crippled now with arthritis Mrs. Home keeps in close touch with hor community. "I can't read very much but I alv.ays read the Albertan and, of course, The she said. Her son John and his family live in l.elhbridge, but both DouaJd and Dorothy, also married and raising families, live else- where. "Don't forget to mention that I have nine grandchildren and two she said proudly, as she show- ed pictures of two grcat-grand- rlauchtcrs. "I don't see nearly as much ol them as I'd like to, hut I bear from them often." Also wilhin her family circle is a brother and his family who live at the coast. "He was in the First World War and suf- fered injuries so he is not .ihlrt lo livo in this high altitude." she explained. Mrs. Home's mam reqrel u one consistent wilh age. "Al- most all of my old friends are she lamented, "and each year slill more of them go. It gives me a lonely feeling, after knowing Ihem so many years. But Lelhbridgc has been a wonderful place in which to live, and I only hope il con- tinues to be so for Ihe gen- erations ol tho future." By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Wkeislone 'I E inside- cover states "WheLstflnc is designed lo encourage artistic expres- sion in all forms and creative expression in interdisciplinary thought." The 2G pages inside say things like The Grey Lndy A Personal Memoir. The Mobile Soul, Dodos Did Not Make It, Lesson in Dalliance, and The World as Dichotomy in poem and prose form. There are a number of ink, charcoal, pencil and photographic works which say other thills. The 32 persons who contributed the above (and more) arc peo- ple from tlie university and the commu- nity and all have spent a good deal of lime making ready (heir urt'scnUlions lo the second annual (1972) edition o[ Ihe uni- versity's first (19711 creative journal, pro- duced entirely on campus and known as Whetstone. Whetstone is an impressive project, not only because it is the physical representa- tion of a good deal of effort on the part of an editorial board and editor on Campus, but it's Uie kind of creative work that brings together artistic types in the as the first sentence states. Perhaps the diversity of works Is best exemplified by the fact that the list of contributors includes people in high school, people on the (acuity, people who are cur- rent U n i v c r sily of Lethbridgc students, people who used to be University of Lclh- bridge students and people from Leth- bridge who care to be included in that im- pressively expanding group of establishing constructive reciprocal relationships wilh The University of Lelhbridgc Similarly, the editorial hoard is niarlfl up of people whose specialities (academ- ic) associate (hem with colloquium study, history, English, art, modern languages, linguistics and the library, hut whose artis- tic creativity and-or Interest in the expres- sive freedom of others have brought them Lo devote much tune to this Ihe sec- ond in what will hopefully be a continu- ing series of Whetstone productions. Whetstone Is worthwhile as an inlcresl- Ing visual and literary experience and is now available on campus. Briefly. This weekend marks the end of classes for the semester, exams beginning Monday. SLrctching the histories! aspect jiibl a touch, Ihc spring semester as il now concludes represents the last phase of operation of Ihe split-campus, now famous (or is it for shuttle-buses, two campuses ten miles apart and some very tricky class schedules, No more. Summer session I May Sth and will make IU- home entirely on (he west side. During May, June July the remaining "east- erners" will he moved to Iheir permanent quarters on Hie west side, nil construc- tion for wlucb will be concluded in June. It is with a good deal of anticipation that people look forward to the Official Open- ing '72 ceremonies set for ScpUrrbcr 22, 23 and 2-1 lo appropriately acknowledge this new and interesting campus. In the mcanlirnc Ihrrc nil! semesters of summer session, spring con- vocation exercises and certain amount of activity lo be tempered positively by en- couraging cnrolni'jn'- increases experienced this past semester. The university greatly appreciates numlxir ot individuals and groups which have taken advantage of student-conducted tours offered by information services dnr ing the hist eight months. These have now been discontinued, for Ihc lime being at least, mainly because the student guides arc in (he process of final preparations for scinesler exams and presentations. Efforts will be made (o look after the many pco pic who come lo Ihc campus on week- ends and I would lie rrrniss not to state ttiat we arc hoping to build a good deal of enthusiasm around Ihc official opening ceremonies which will allow the univer- sity to introduce Us newest building (the physical education art complex) as well as the major academic residence complex, in recognition of the completion of DIG first phsse of development of Ihc new campus. A reminder thai the cnmnleln Mim- mer session calendars arc now svailable and (he 1072-73 main calendar h just coin- pleting its run on the University of Leth- bridge production service's press. Contact registrar. 3AU Funds At recent medlns of the board of governors it was reporl- ed lhat tho luiivcrsity has, to the prescnl time, received MC0.367 from the Three Al- berta Universities Fund. In addition, and as per the agreement be- tween the universities and Ihe government an amount of has been received sj fl matching grant from (he government. The impmlaril point lo be made here lhat the much needed physical education --art complex now being completed wouH likely Mill be on the drawing board If il had not been for the outstanding support shown to 3AU by Lctlibridge and area cit- izens. lr The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Is church unity in retreat? A SWISvS theologian, August Bcrnlhird Haslet-, has resigned from Ihe Vati- can Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity alleging that the Pope and the sec- retariat are now giving priority to solving the Catholic Church's internal problems and have put the ecumenical movement "on ice." There are many other indica- tions that the ecumenical movement wil] by no means be a quick and easy tobog- gan slide. In England the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches have come to- gether to form the United Reformed Church, Its membership, however, is un- der one million and thus will be but a small percentage of the total population uhile enthusiasm must be tempered by the fact that between six and seven hundred Congregational Churches have ejected stay out of the union. It also appears very doubtful that the talks hetwecn (he Metho- disl Church of England and the Church of England will result in union but this will be clearer after the May 3 vole of the General Synod. The ghaslly tragedy in Ireland iip- jicared to display such a division between Protestant and Roman Catholic may, how- ever, turn out lo have exactly the opposite effect of promoting co-operalion and win- ders landing beUveen the two denomina- tions, Conversations between Komnn Cath- olic and Protestant have increased and deepcticd quite dramatically in the neces- sily of the tragedy. Roman Catholic in- volvement in the World Council of Churches has also been intensified ivliile Uic statement o( the Anglican-Roman Cath- olic International Commission on the Eu- charist was a major ecumenical develop- ment, "Deware of the terrible simplifies; it Is they who will do us most harm in the said Jacob Bnrkhart, Ihe Sulss his- torian. There ore no simple and easy an- swers lo Church unity for men who hold the purity of the Gospel in deepest con- cern, Nevertheless unity and brotherhood ot spirit is an absolute essential for the Church in facing the paganism of the world. In the early Church the unity was so real that the Christians called "a third race" by their critics, a criticism that vas their glory. The boundaries of color and nation were transcended by spir- itual bonds so that they were nil one. In Jesus Christ. In the light of the Gospel disunity !s a sin and in this sin every communion has shared. It is shocking how easily disunity comes in to disrupt relations. On the occa- sion of the Women's World Day of Prayer this year a leader in one with a tri- vial excuse threw out the order ot service used in (he wide worship on (hat day and substituted one of her The act violated the vcr> spirit of Hie service. The Church is Ihe basis for tlie unity ot mankind As St. Thomas Aquinas put, il, "The union of men with God is llio union of men wiih one another." The conception ot mankind as a universal family of God is only possible in a worM wide Church displaying a profound unity. Only the Christian Internationalist can challenge in Iho name of Christ the blasphemy of a self-sufficient nationalism. The desperate need and of the world is (or (ha coming of the Kingdom of God on earth and lo join with tho Holy Spirit in the creation of this Kingdom is the primary task of the Church. A divided Church is a farce and a hypocrisy, Diversities are en- riching and right; disunities arc sulfur artl wrong. But we must remember (hat God Himself is a creator of unity and (he uni- fying spirit cannot be gcncmled by merely human efforts. The Church has the mis- sion and destiny of prnrl.iiminp anrl nm- bodying the Jove find the Kingdom of God but she certainly cannot do this in rivalry, hostility, and denominational pride. Good, bul nol good enough By Doug. Walker TTI-SPETH took ui) inv offer of prom- ised immunity from being filler fodder if she could Identify the writers of the ed- itorials for the last six days of February. She called them correctly for Ihe first five- days and then failed to pass Ihe final hurdle. Thirteen editorials were published rlur- Jng Ihe tost period: six were by Jane Huclt- vale; Iwo by rim Mowers; one by Mar- garet Luckhursl; and four by me. li-lspetti gave Margaret credit for writing a piece Jane had authored. Awareness lhal Jane had gone on a winter vacation was undoing. I have to admit that Klspcth is very per- ceptive about our differing stylos hut Til bet she didn't know that Joe Balla and Jon ila contributed editorials recently, ;