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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIOGE HCRAID Thursday, April IT, Toor Charlie Sartor is grand old c? man oi the 'Pass lly JOK Herald Staff U'rili-i [il.AIKMOUE Charlie Syri- ans is a graduate of Ihc School of Hani Knocks. He's 1) e c o in c one of the wealthiest men in the Crows- nesl Pass, and now Llicy call him Charlie." Charlie was once one of Ihc largest employers in the south- western corner of Alberla and southeastern lirilisli Columbia. On weekends his men poured out of the bush and logging camps in Hie Pass to go "on a lu-mler.'' When ihc-ir cash resources lie- Mine they would look up Poor Charlie. He usual- ly gave llicm what they want- ed, but first lie would fire thorn in English, French and Kali.in. "Sooner, or Inlor." he said, "llioy would just about all conio to I'c-or Charlie. Tf was while lie was attending the School of Hard Knocks aCtur the turn ot flic century that much of the future of the Crovi-sncst Pass was h e i n g moulded, and Charlie Sarloris became a part of llial Irislory and eventually, one of I h e wealthiest iduals in flic I e- gion. It V.-LIS April 7. inilfi that a young Iliilian immigrant, bare- Iy 20 years old. nut knowing a word nf English and with little money in his pocket, .stepped off an ocean liner. lie w a s checked immigration offices. As he stepped out he stared in awe and wonderment at what was New York City. Throrgs ruslicd bitlicr and yon; there was noise of sereecll- Lng trams, the ralllc of trans- fer wa'.'nns and the steady plod. announced Two senior apiioinhncnls have htjon nnnounced hi llic staff of tho Farm Credit Cor- poration. John M. (Mac> been appointed dircclor of special programs at the Ottawa head office. Saskatchewan hranch since he will have primary responsihiLily foi- the Corporation's role in I li e proposer! Small Favms opnienl Program. David G. F r a s u r has licet) promoted from loans officer- policy in Ottawa to replace Mr. as Saskatchewan manager. rorti1 AlxiLit MlO grain handlers, niaiiiteiiani'e and repair por- sodiiel at Uie Port of Montreal broke off contract talks with the National Harbors Board last week. Spokesman for the trnion of Employees of ihe fort of Mon- treal said board negotiators did not liaVL- n mandate to bargain. Issiii'.s in tlie dispute vere not (lisc-kisi-d. A strike by the union members would lie up all ffra'm through Montreal. Tliis could affect .slliihlly nonie shiinnenls from southern Alberta pltxl of the feel o[ horses on hard inlaid blocks of street. Everyone appeared w e 1 t- drcssed. well-fed and happy, it must be the place where all immigrants arc pivpn lln1 op- portunity to become rich quick. Right "then and there, the yonnf! Italian made up his mind to stay in America and become rich. But. there was m u c h hard work anil years would slip by before he could eventually say he was in l'comfortable circn mstan ces." And with this comfort. Char- lip Sartoris attained one of his_ other ambitions to Iw one of Ihe wealthiest and most re- spected businessmen of his ad- nplctl town. Uliiirmorc. While lin still retains many business interests as he near.-i the 90-year mark, at one lime ho owned and operated Blair- more Motors, Sarloris Lumber Co., Sarloris Contracting, sev- eral post and pole camps, a sheep ranch, a MOO-acre cattle range, one of the biggest and finest shins of work horses throughout Ihe 1'ass. hundreds of head of cattle, business blocks, homes, shops, offices, car truck and equipment deal- erships. There were always those who said Charlie Sarloris was a hard man to work for. Hut in reality, Charlie said he "just haled a lazy man. I can overlook and understand an honest mistake, or my men going, on a bender once in a while, but the man who loafs on UK; job and bums around (ho little cciy sidcralion." But, Charlie must have won Hie confidence of some of his men. They were with him for many yeais. He was a good boss and a good man to work (or. Born in the town of Cadres- sale. Italy. Nov. 13. 18CG. he grew up on a [arm rented by his father. He had one brother and six sisters. He atlcndcil school there, hut the family found il hard In make ends meet and Charlie left scliool at the age of nine. lie helped on Ihc [arm and worked for others. When he be- came 17 lie got the urge to travel and wondered what other countries might have to oiler a young man who was willing to bend Ins back and do some hard work. In he got work or. a conslrnclion gang. Because he was sliort and not noticeably robust, he was given the task of water hoy. Despite Ihe fact that he felt lie was as strong as any youth his age, he slaycd or.ly one year in Switzerland before returning to Italy. Again he went to work on the home farm and for others. After working eight years and not having a lire lo call his own, Charlie decided his for- tune might he in America. After obtaining the consent of his par- ents, he left Italy in April. in company with a group of hoys his own age. After taking in the sighls of iVew York. Charlie ar.d some of his chums left for Canada. He left the others at Fort William, Out., while he kept going wc.sl and ended up at Kpar- woixl. II.C.. where lie had rela- tives working on the CPU. (Irou'lli stage in tho Crow.s- iiest I'ass had reached a sec ond phase, and Hie railway was changing its sleel from light lo heavier rails. Charlie got a job at no cenls per day Tl.is was later hu reaped to per day for a tohour clay. After five inonlhs with the Cl'Il, Charlie went lo work for Ihc Foster and Strong Lumber Co. He worked there until the fiill of IJIIIV as a laborer around the mill. Then he moved on a lillle further west lo llosmcr, B.C. and jot a job as a laborer around the mine, lie stayed until the following year when mining was inlermplcd by a strike. Tlic strike meant a push still further wcsl for Charlie to Movie. B.C. He worked a year as n teamster for the Dagonier tiros., who owned Ihc Central Hold ami a loaiiini! business. The lure of cold got. lo Char- lie, and in inin he went to work (or the Society Girl Mining Company. The company's trade- mark may be seen in many sections along Highway 3, even today, with modern travellers attaching U'c name Society divl to a brand of baking powder rnlber limn gold. Movie, located along t h e shore" of Movie Lake, boasted five -hotels at the Lime, with some outstanding residences, good business section and large pavrolls from the mining com- panies. There was plenty of money floating around and at least one- party in one ot the hotels every night. After investing a few hun- dred dollars in the Society C.irl Mining Company fwhich he ev- entually losll. Charlie Sarloris returned to Italy. At least a part of the mission was to search for a wife. A year later, in addition lo his wife. Charlie returned lo the CrowsiiesI Pass in charge of a group of men headed for Society Girl Mining. They work- ed until the mines were closed down. Ill 1011. Charlie returned to the Alhcrla side of the Crows- ncsl Tass lo Frank, made famous by the slide ot Turtle Mountain in 1901. Frank be- came the centre of operations for Charlie Sartoris. Coal mining going strong and Ihe mines needed booms, tics and props. Charlie wasn't an engineer, nor did lie have any training in architecture. But when he was asked lo build a bridge across Ihc river, he wasn't al a toss. tie had heard about similar structures erected in the vicin- ity of Calgary and I-Mmoiiton and he went up lo have a look. He returned with all the blue- prints in his head and he fol- lowed them to complelion. Now nearly fifi years old. Charlie Sarlnris likes to feel he will always have a comfort- able living after being retirexl from active, day-today duly for nearly 20 years. He feels he still knows lo buy a n d how lo sell be it livestock or automobiles. Not only has he looked after himself and members of his family, but ho is continually coming through in help for the Icss-forlunale. lie has spcnl vast sums of money on the Cancer Crusade, Ihc Canadian Heart Foundation, Flowers of Hope anri oilier charitable llial arc seeking cures for nva n y dreaded diseases that so often can't cured. country has boon to me." snid Charlie. "I would like lo a good I have never cheated anyone. I have never lold a lie. I believe iti honest effort for a day's pay. Tliese are things you doo'l leiiio out of books." Charlie Sarloris Vern Decoux Pliolo ''Canada bos been good to me" Field corn crops suitable to south By STAN' r. Li'lhTiriilge Hrsparch Station Corn lias been grown in Al- berta over 60 years. Vari- eties have hccti tested at (lie L c t h hrif.gc Station since 1008. As early as 1912, corn recommended as a crop for livestock in sonlli ern Alberta. In reconl years research on the crop has boon intensified A substantial amount of inform- ation lias been accumulated on new hybrids and cultural prac- tices befit suited to conditions in southern Afjorla. A summary of this informa- tion, including a heal unit map and list of recommended hy- brids, is published annually by the Alberta Corn CoinniU I e e. Copies of tliat pamphlet are available from the research sta- tion and agriculturists. Com is now being grown suc- cessfully in many nrens of the province here il was not grown previously. The question is often asked, "Why g r o w field corn in Will] the hybrids now nv-ail- able, corn can successfully grown for grain in areas with 2r300 he.'it units or more per season. This includes most ot the area southeast of a line fi-om TCmpress. through Brooks, to Milk River. If proper cultural practices arc followed, yields of 100 bush- els per acre nrc attainable willi irrigation. At prices prevailing in western Canada in I lie few years, n net profit of per acre could he madf. An excellent marl.el Is avail- able in Uie di.s tilling and feed industries iti western Canada, niicrc, lit .M'tjptnt. all of the four to five million bushels used nnniinriy nre imported Ironi tho United Slates. The production of grain corn is soiDL'whnt more involved than that of small grains. Row crop equipment is required and tho grain must he driexl after be- ing harvested. JCfforts arc now made to establish central drying facilities. Corn has an advantage over small grains in that, unlike the small grains, it can tie harvested over a long pe r i ml n n d i Is sale is not re Mricled hy per cent digestible in the milk stago and only per cent in UK dough slage. A good quality corn silage contains fl per cent crude pro- tein ami GH per cent TDN on a dry-weight basis. In compari- son, barley grain contains per cent protein and 77 per cent TON'. The protein level In corn sil- ago is adequate [or dry. P''''ff- limit Ijcof b.il some pro- tein supplement must be added for oJhur classes of cattle. Ktir fattening cattle tho silage would also require tire addition of small amnimt.s of a high-energy frvd >uch a.s hfirlcy, ;