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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THI LITHMIDCI HfUlD f Margaret Luckhurst 3 Staysko Builders Of The South Focus on the University By FISHBOURNS TF ANYONE knows ill that 1 should be knows about the of railroads operating in early Southern it certainly must be pioneer An drew He can quote o the day when spur lines wben nar rowgauges were replaced with when and where all serious train wrecks tt is logical for Staysko to be so precise and for railroading has been bis If it had not been for the Lethbridge would like ly stifl be i small prairie town called Staysko stated with conviction during an Indians had knownabout the fire that burn ed in the ground for centuries Nick Sheran discovered the coal but couldnt transport The ok river boats and barges that tried to move the coal to the Hat ran aground on sand H wasnt until the Gaits built a narrow gauge railroad from here to Dunmore that the future of the coal industry and Lethbridge really perked Siaysko declares hes rid den everything on wheels that can on a railway narrow gauge or from handcar to giant When I first went railroad Ing nearly sixty years Staysko there were a number of lines operating in tie There was the old tarkey trail as it was from here to Great and the St Marys River Railway which ran from Stirling to Cardston and a line to Haney viBe which was later abandon were others of course but eventually they were either torn up or bought by the Why were there so many highways were pretty poor in tbase yet people had to It wasnt hard to put a railway line down for there were lots of speculators and labor was plentiful and Nobody had cars in flwsedays if you wanted to go any where you went by train or1 you i didnt go at Do you know that at one time you could get a reten excursion ticket to Banff from Great FaHs for only ten dollars If Staysko had not been keen on railroads and had the oppwbmity to make his career hv probably would have become a Like most of the early peo ple in I come from mining Staysko I was born in Pen in Thats a min ing town south of The people in those parts were experienced miners and superintendent of the mines in tried to get experienced We moved here in and by that time the town was really boom Staysko attended AkVysius School which used to be near where Beny Motors stands He admits some what ruefully that he didnt par ticularly like I used to play hookey now and again and sneak down to watch the men loading cars with coal down al For a Staysko worked in Number 3 but finally in 1907 he realized a secret life long ambition at taken on at the I guess today people wouldnt think it was much of a but it paid 13 cents an hour and I worked 13 hours a as a wiper clean ing off That pay wasnt too bad for a kid in those Staysko didnt remain a wiper for long In a fewmonths he was promoted to For firing on the road 1 got per hundred miles or 10 hours whichever came he reminisced with a In 1909 I was firing for George a real old time I got to thinking there must be an easier way to run a locomo I asked George why they couldnt be fired by it seem ed reasonable to but he didnt think that would be prac Funny so long for trained mechanics and engi neers to see the value in that It was a long time before dieseis displaced the steam and a of coal had to be shovelled in all that In 1912 Staysko was pro moted to a position he was to hold in the Lethbridge division for 24 Later he was moved to Medicine Hat where he spent another 24 years on the I was en The Canadian fw 10 travelling between the Hat and Swift then I was 18 months on diesek before I re tired in be re Then I finally hung up my must admit I havent miised work in the least I guess Id seen enough of trains after nearly fifty years of With two sons o his Staysko has always been inter ested in boys I ofgan bed a cub pack here in he boys need to be kept busy these when there arent so many chores to They need o get out OB hikes awl run off their The coulees are a great place for kids to fear When we were young we practically lived down Of course you could swim and bunt then somehow there always seemed to be lots to and we didnt have any leaders to plan things for us Once he started working on the Staysko didnt have much spare We worked hours in those he and when we were finished for the day we were pretty some evenings a few of us would meet at Gait Park and have a little basing Bare you Wed go a couple of rounds and sometimes get a black but it was good exercise and we enjoyed In the long career ofmost railway disaster is not un Staysko considers himself I think I had a watchful guar dian he I had some close but I always came out In 1910 we ran into a dust storm at Soil had sifted onto the track which threw the engine right off the track and through fce right ofway I broke my ankle ajd leg that But when 1 became an I never took any The fellows I worked with called me 100 per cent Andy because I was care but it paid Im still As in all there are characters who stand out in ones memory because of their eccentric Leth according to Stays has had its was Rattlesnake Andrew Staysko Photo by Walter Kerber he an old drunk everyone was scared of because be carried snakes around under his If any one crossed him hed just haul out a snake and everyone around would Then there was Steamboat He used to work on steamboat on the but came to Canada during summers o as a shepherd around He was a pesky nuis ance to the railroaders because hed beg and if the con ductor wouldnt let him he and bis old dog would lie down in front of the train aad pre vent it It was easier to let him hitch a ride than argue with But Coyote Henry was the oddest of them Some folks said he wasnt quite ill and there were tones when we could believe He trapped coyotes and lived in a dugout in the coulee just north of the GaK He lived alone wilh about a dozen mangy dogs and didnt encour age once when I was down there as a to my surprise he invited me I but as soon as I got into his dugout I be came nervous for his door was all covered with long sharp When I asked him what they were for he I put spikes in there so when mountain lions scratch my door they cut their He pull ed a wad of papers out of the base of the door leaving a then f shoot hem through the holes Mountain I won dered Believe I got out of there Coyote Henry had lived alone too Upon Staysko s returned to Leth bridge to We liked the he but our sons were married and and somehow we still thought of Lethbridge as It was a good move for enjoy the work were doing in organizing the Museum and its good to feel I can contribute something to the community Vfben asked about the loco motive in Gait Gardens Staysko explained We felt the kids around hen needed to see a steam locomo its part of our But they are getting very hard to get I knew about number and had heard was to be I felt sorry about It was built back in and I drove it in So I wrote Crump whom I knew when be was fore man of locomotives in Calgary years We got the I like tosee it It re minds me of the early days of the railway and its importance in opening the Earth DayOur Earth APRIL 2ted is Day in the United A I do not know whether there been aey presidential proclamation about this and rather doubt it but it is estimated that about high schools and over universities and colleges will be participating in this attempt to make people aware of what we are doing to our The plans range all the way from the more or less traditional teachins and ecolours to somewhat more dramatic events such IB trashins the business of dumping garbage on the doorsteps of polluting plants or authorities too timid about enforcing the existing control legsi One major group is even talking about liberating particular streets from Individual participants in these events include major figures from sport and other as well as a host of university Some of the names are household words teross the continent even we Cana dians have heard of Senator Mayor John Barry Arthur Walter to mention only a Of course it Is on these wellknown names that the limelight will and whose words and endeavors will be well But probably you will never bear about the thousands of students who will plan and organize these and whose intention arxl concern it is to make the rest of us realize that the destruction of our environmentis serious not just for but for the whole human It Is the scientists principally biolo gists whose disclosures and warnings provide the factual base for the cm tent antipollution It remains to be of whether we will heed their Minings in time Rachel Carsoni Silent Spring was published eight yean and it was only recently that we be gan to took seriously at DDT and Hi et But it bac been the students who bava lifted the warnings from the learned paper and and arcplified through their teachins and so that OK rat of us could and perhaps In the scientists have made the an murition it is students who are firing This is as they are the to whom the menace of pollution is most They are and It is those who are young now who struggling for breathable air and uopoj hited water and edible food few from And it is Just that my friends make no mistake about Here in a in a wideopen part of a country that is itself sparsely we still have relatively clean to have not yet pol luted our water supply beyond and are sufficiently well off to be able to afford food for the most ii fit for our Thats true for most of if not quite But it is not the case in other parts tt the and it wontbe that way hen The day will come when what enjoy will seem just too to someona stronger and in a worse Either or with our customary discern ment we will let it all be fouled up or foul It up ourselves for a fast The yourg people the first generation to have strontium 90 in meir bones and DDT in their fat seem willing and maybe able to do something about I hope they go all out on this The Voice Of One By FRANK MORIEY Why Should We Fear To Die Book Reviews Welcome Addition To Poetry and Ab errations by Eliiabeth Gbnr lay Sono Nis 6 ALTHOUGH Elizabeth Gour lay has published in a large number of Canadian and American early collection of her poems was he led a life of his broadcast over the CBC pro works are the comment on it Anthology this is her The same might be said of first book of And a wel Elizabeth G our She too come addition to Canadian po seems to lead a life of alle But whole Shakespeare is Keats in commenting on concerned with macroeosmic Shakespeares gejius says that with raging Canadian Investments Abroad Half A Loaf Canadas Serol tote Among Developing Coin triej by Clyde Singer Ryer tm CANADA HAS a good reputa lion among developing coun tries because its aid has been done Canada Journalist Clyde Sanger In this book examines the various forms of assistance given by Canada and Private which there is very little is viewed in terms of the Brazilian Light and Power Volunteer as the Unitarian Service Committee and the Unit ed Church of are look ed at in terms of their work in Government partici pation is reviewed in several parts of the Even Can adas regrettable nonrole in Not Up To Expectations Decent and Indecent Our ind Political Be fcavlor by Benjamin 21 is nothing larly distinguished about this book by a really outstand ing man of our It is dis appointing that it jacks t h e wallop the author himself has made by his courageous oppos ition to what he calls the im moral war in In the Spock at tempts to cover all the sub jects that interest Lack of cohesiveness and continuity is the Jlosl of the things he writes about have before and would be boring if it were not that Spock was now saying The initial publicity concern ing the book led me to expect a rather full discussion of ob But there are only half a dozen pages devoted tin he In these pages Spock forthrigbtly turns his back on the civil libertarian position he previously espoused and comes out in favor of some H is logical for Spock to take this Objecting as he does to the brutalizing ef fect of war on he could hardly approve of the same in fluence being exerted through literature and The subject of censorship is so murky at the present time that a fuller discussion by Spock would have been Naturally the business of the Vietnam war is but strangely his trial on the charge of conspiring to aid vio lations of tha Selective Service law is not even men His views on that law and Ihe court would have been interesting and would seem to have justifiably been included in this book than his views on for in The book is worth of I am just saying that I expected more than I DOUG the crucial matter of birth con trol programs is emphasized in the critical situation faced by The fact that Manitobas foi m er Minister of George Button gets a lot of at tention for his work in Turkey and the Winnipeg Allies for Millions walks are singled out over much more successful ones elsewhere is A book sponsored by the Mani toba Association for World Development should give some space to the efforts of the people of that province Prime Minister Pierre in an important speech in Edmonton a couple of years said the world must be our Unfortunately only a few Canadians are really concerned about Few things have done more make people aware of the needs of the developing nations than the Miles for Millions Yet even they have not people as much as is desire This book would serve a valuable purpose in filling the void if people could be per suaded to read The last chapter of the book is especially valuable because it covers the whole gamut of questions relating to interna tional eA adas role in A handier ref erence on this subject would be hard to Clyde Sanger is on Sic staff of Ihe Toronto Globe and Before coming to Canada in 1967 he was for five years staff correspondent in Africa for The Guardian and then for two years that papers corres pondent at the United DOUG and the dethronement of Gouriay is con cerned with the grizzled a seagull out of its natural ha the rain slashing the deut the dropping of a a a fork salty primal and the visions of clean ing Yet everything has an allegorical times suijeUiues ob scure and In one of her poems entitled for she de picts a woman who wore a stone about her neck for fear that barm might come to it shrivelled by the dark it took on and dragged her down when it could absorb the light it grew more large ballooned her up Then the poet concludes but yet to live in permanent unbalancing is hard indeed sometimes she longed for equipoise again wondered where for cutting cord to find the proper weapon It is refreshing to read a mod ern poet who beluugs neither to the cult of nihilistic despair nor to the toilet bowl school of who does not oversea son her lines with the spice of but instead sees and haunt ing mystery in what is often mistaken for the the too oomiiioajtace for poetic inspir met Elizabeth GOUT ley in her first volume of po etry we can justly attribute lo her wliai Sim so gcucfvUsly at tributes to another I know a poet lyric in her I dance with dance of the stones the still slow motion of the uni LeROY Department of English Umverritv of A DYING Scotch fanner asked the faza ous Thomas What do you know about1 you have never died Do the dead alone then know about death But astronomers tell of worlds they have never seen and physicists of to surely Paul may tell us of Philip of father of Alexander the had a soldier awaken him every morning with the Remember Phil you must die Probably it sent him into action resolved to put in a full days It increases the importance of life if we like Andrew Marvell hear at our backs times winged chariot hurrying Despite what psychologists say about the death men do not like to think about They cover it with flowers and avoid the speaking of the dear de parted who had passed Death is the terrible and said the Russian Few faiths face the fact of Fewer still are those who can say with Francis of Welcome Sister Death Or with John the Thou hast invited me to Thy and I Tbe Elizabe Henry wrote of his Depart ed beautous the jewel of the just Shining nowhere but in the What mysteries do lie beyond thy Could man outlook that mark Is it that nature intends to kin man and succeeds in the end Is fife wiUi its tod vis an a the knave and fool going back to the same dost Does Shakespeares play remain but not Shake speare Abandonment of hope in a future life means the doom of the loss of all a senselessness in lifes and the verdict everything precious and lovely in lifehas only a dubious ircheolo gical Yet is it not strange that in every race and culture one finds longing for the in t faith in immortality of some kind mil Is eternal and say the reports The gloomy philosopher Schopenhauer In furthest depth our being we are secretly conscious of our share in the inexhaustible spring of so Uat we caa always hope to find life in it Paul lists death as one of the good Hrings in a gateway which opened into a life far better than Tbe only death the Bible recognizes is the death of The of has a cycle of growth tun all but the soul man forever James Martineau at 95 deals with1 most abstruse problems and is capable oi the clearest William of the worlds finest was most at the end of his EBhu Root it 90 per forms the finest Einstein was brilliant in old So with many The growth of that Is ths key to death as it is the key to Death is part of a process of mans chance to emerge into a new Tbe ok body is put aside and we are given a new as Paul sin and We know not what snail but we know that we shall be like Death gives the mxntuidty for the consummation of for the achievement of the objective of Death is gives history nukes this progressive Death is dreadful if you live on terial level what a dread ful thing it must be for you to die ex claimed Samuel Johnson looking at the luxurious apartments at David But for the mail who wishes to walk an ascending ever conscious of Dew ever seeking higher values and in death leads him upwards to i high er sphere and equips him with new pow As Sir Philip Sidney wrote on Fear of Natures works be and death doth serve As Natures why should we fear to Our life is but a step in dusty Illiterate And Jobless From The Victoria DtDy Times WHO FRIDB themselves generally on a reasonably high educa tional standard throughout the learned earlier this month that the situation is not much to be proud A statement in the House of Common said In Canadas idolt population 20 years and over accord ing to the 1961 illiterates with no schooling per cent o the population and who were func tionally wilh one to four years of schooling per cent of the With almost one in 10 Canadian adults in illiterate classifications at the beginning of the last we have grounds for con The impact of that illiteracy on Cana dian life is indicated in to questions b the House By the same per cent of the unemployed aged 15 to and per cent of those aged 20 fo 24 were functionally having had less than five years of elementary educa Extenuating circumstances caa be sug gested for Ihe totally illiterate function ally illiterate In a country of this A number of them were raised in places too remote o enjoy adequate educational advan tages no ia the far north and isolated areas where population did not warrant The next census should show a reduction In the number and percen tage of Canadians educationally Certainly this should be the case among In dians whose attraction to schools has notlefiby in recent The latest recorded carry their own message on In gen the more highly educated workers re ceive the best and bestpaid The corol lary may have even greater force For those with little or no education there frequently no jobs at all a point to be remembered as more privileged Canadians engage in sophisticated arguments over tht best that can be provided in ;