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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta G. Rider Davis rites Thursday FORT MACLEOD (Special) Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Christ Church Anglican here for Grier Rider Davis former mayor and life-long Conserva- tive who died at his home Sun- day at the age of 84. He was born at Wiarton, Ont., and came to Fort Macleod at the age of six weeks. His father, D. W. Davis, came here in 1369 and became the first member cf Parliament for the Fort Macleod constituency. Mr. Davis was educated at the Macleod School, at Dawson City, and Upper Canada Col- lege in Toronto. Upon his return from school he ranched and farmed for a number of years. This was prior to articling with Macleod and Grey and later with A. G. Virtue legal firms. He served as sheriff and clerk of the court here from 1923 to 1934, then he began pri- vate practise, retiring in 1966. He was made a Queen's Coun- sel in 1953. He served as mayor of Fort Macleod from 1939 to 195C. Before this, he was a member of council. In 1949 he was made an hon- orary member of the Blood In- dian Band. His name was Chief Big Snake. He was a life member of the Fort Macleod Elks, the Mas- ons, the Royal Canadian Le- gion and a charter member of the Fort Macleod Rotary Club. Mr, Davis was a past-presi- dent of the Southern Alberta Pioneers and Oldtimers Asso- ciation. Survivors include his wife Eloise, one son J. Chester Davis and two granddaughters of Fort Macleod and four bro- thers. TO HONOR BOYS COALDALE (HNS) A din- ner to honor the Kate Andrews High School Gaels Provincial "B" Boys Basketball Champions will be held at p.m. Friday, May 4, in the St. Joseph's I School. Bow Island natural gas field to be marked by historical sign BOW ISLAND _ After near- ly 64 years existence the Bow Island natural gas field will soon have an Alberta govern- ment historical highway sign. The Alberta government rec- ognizes the fact that this nat- ural gas field has played an important role in Alberta's nat- ural gas industry, particularly Canadian Western's system, and now they intend to tell the tourists about it. The sign will be located in the vicinity of a public picnic site where a highway crosses the South Saskatchewan River. The idea for the sign came from Mrs. Ron Adams, wifs of a Canadian Western employee at the Bow Island Field, whose suggestion of a plaque on the site of the discovery well, Old Glory, was developed into a historical road marker for the entire gas field. Canadian Western then ap- proached the .provincial govern- ment and in reply John S. Hicks, acting head curator, hu- man history, had this to say: "I am most pleased to re- ceive your recent letter sug- gesting that an appropriate sign should be erected in the Bow Island area referring to its importance in the develop- ment of Alberta's natural gas industry. The Historic Sites Ad- visory Committee discussed this possibility and has rec- ommended that such a sign would be erected. We will, therefore, be proceeding with it as soon as necessary arrange- ments can be made." The suggested message Tor the historical sign is as follows: "A few miles east of this spot, in February, 1909, Eugene Coste brought in the discovery well of the Bow Island gas field. Called "Old Bow Island No. 1 produced natural gas at feet. The original volume tested at cubic feet of gas per day. Eventual- ly the well went dry and was cemented and abandoned in 1931. "The Bow Island field was the first commercial gas in Al- berta wiih sufficient reserves to supply distant markets. In 1921 a line was laid from this field to serve Lethbridge and Calgary. With tire decline in re- serves, Bow Island's role changed and it became the first major storage field in Can- ada, the original compressor station having gone into service in 1930. "Today Bow Island is still an important field, acting as a storage reservoir to meet win- ter peak demands in Southern Alberta." The Bow Island Field and compressor plant are operated by Canadian Western and after 60 years still play a vital role in the company's opsrations throughout its system. Picnic May 2 at Park Lake COALDALE (HNS) A se- nior citizens' picnic at Park Lake will be held from 11 a.m. to about p.m. Wednesday, May 2. It is being arranged by Randy Duffy, senior citizen pro- grammer for the south county area and Aron Clements of the north county area. Any senior citizen may reg- ister by phoning the Coaldals recreation office at 345-3746. Cost is for the trip and din- ner. The cars or bus will leave the Coaldale recreation office at a.m. May 2. .Tutidoy, April 24, 1973 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD 3 Pincher bridge closed PINCHER CREEK (Special) In the i n t e r e s t of public safety, town council, following a report by its consulting engi- neers, Underwood McLelland and Associates; has ordered the closing of tha Bridge Ave. bridge. It crosses tha Pincher Creek. The old steel structure was earlier banned for heavy traf- fic. A limit of pounds grcss weight was imposed ear- lier but this is deemed unsafe. Tenders have been called for repairs to the structure and es- timates are that these could run as high as to re- store it to satisfactory stan- dards. It is thought that a new bridge would cost town council about Hirsche, Drewry chosen STIRLING (HNS) The Laker Basketball team was hon- ored at the recent south- west zone conference banquet at Fort Macleod. Two of the team received all- star mention. Grade 11 student Marty Hirsche and Grade 32 student Bret Drewry were chosen all- star players by the coaches of the participating teams. Oldtimers' social set for Wednesday COALDALE (HNS) A se- nior citizens' social afternoon will be held from 1 to 3 o'clock Wednesday, April 25, in the Coaldale Sportsplex. It's open to all senior citi- zens of Coaldale and district. Activities will include cards, films and coffee will be sarved. The event is arranged by Randy Duffy, senior citizen pro- grammer for the south county area. Explorers amass wins in volleyball FORT MACLEOD (Special) Fort Macleod Venturers and Explorers, a volleyball team sponsored by the LDS Church, has topped all other teams in the area. They copped the trophy at a tournament at Lethbridge. This win puts them into play at Calgary where they will vie for the honor of representing southern Alberta at Portland, Ore., in the northwest Pacific playoffs. D'ARCY PJCKARD Rusty knotvs when it's time to get the Lethbridge Herald Miss Patricia Dudley, Grade 10 student at Magrath High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dudley of the district, has taught her dog Rusty a real smart trick. Rusty fetches the Lethbridge Herald. He does it every day, right on time, without fail. The circulation truck drops the paper, wrappd in a blue plastic 'bag, near the farm. Rusty runs across the field to get it. The Dudleys are on Alberta Master Farm Family. 12 foxes, coyote., weasel trapped by William Mert; STIRLING (HNS) For the first time since his boyhood, William Mertz tried his hand at trapping. His winter's haul was 12 fox- ts, a coyote and a weasel. Also caught (while raiding the traps) were a number of un- welcome jackrabbits and skunks. Steel traps used are from number 2 to number 4 size. One of his main aims in this win- ter's trappings was to halp save the pheasants. There's more to it than just tl'.e trapping. Then comes the job of skinning and stretching ths pelts. If this isn't done Cancer drive progresses FORT MACLEOD With April, cancer month, half finished, the campaign in the Fort Macleod area is going well. Volunteer canvassers report a warm reception as they make their house-to-house rounds. One country group sponsored a card party. properly, the pelts can be ruin- ed. A fur-buyer told Mr. Mertz more than half of the pelts re- ceived are worthless because of not being cared for properly. Mrs. Williams heads CWL PINCHER CREEK (Special) Keith Williams will head the St. Michael's CWL for the 1973-74 term. Other officers: Mrs. Mick Bcnertz. 1st vice president; Mrs. Jack Gladstone, 2nd vice- president: Mrs. Delamar Hcch- stein, 3rd vice-president: Mrs. Don Pelletier. secretary; and Mrs. Robert Schmidt, treasur- er. The membership dinner will be held Tuesday, May 1. More district on page 11 REPORT your if u..........r1 i DISTRICT Land assembly plan announced for Clareshohn subdivision CLARESHOLM D. J. Rus- sell, minister of municipal af- fairs and chairman of the Al- berta Housing Corporation's board of directors has an- nounced the following contract award: Contract awarded to Calgary Concrete vrith tha low bid of for surface improve- ments such as road and side- walk construction and installa- tion of curbs and gutters. A total of 127 residential lots will be available at prices ranging from to per lot. The subdivision Is located west of the downtown core. IMPROVE PARK STIRLING (HNS) Unto the direction of the Stirling Lion's Club and the recreation- al committee, about 100 loads of dirt have been hauled to the village park to improve the baseball diamond. New grass will be planted. RICE IS HOSTESS MAGRATH (HNS) United Church Women met recently at the home of Mrs. W. J. Rice. FOR SALE Late 1970 680B CASE BACKHOE AND LOADER 2550 hours with cab. 18 ond 30 inch backhoe buckets and extras. Can be financed with good established credit rat- ing. PHONE 327-6386 OR 327.0092 Buy One Snok-Pak at the regular price. Get another one FREE! Thursday, April 26 only Colonel Sanders and his boys make it 'Finger lickin', good' i I FOOD and PASTRY SHOP 2021 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 328-8161 1701 M.W. DRIVE PHONE 328-7751 GREEN THUMB ENTHUSIASTS! Here's a MUST for your Library "Better Ways to Successful Gardening In Western Canada" By ISABELLE R. YOUNG and CHARLES YOUNG The Lrthkidge Herald Correspondent in Your Area PICTURE BUTTE S. P. JOHNSON ___ PINCHER CREEK MRS. EO IUNN RAYMOND MRS. OEUA WOOLF MASINAS1N MRS. fRED MUEUER SHAUGHNESSY MRS. AUCE E. WADE SPRING COULEE MRS. RON HANSGN STAVELY MRS. 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