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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 1946 A. Kesler, Oldtimer 4.4.4. Early Rancher and Wheat Raiser in South Alberta Looks in Forming School Districts Waterloo Park News And Notes By JEANETTE COURT i DIAMOND CITY (HNS) A top-ranking pioneer and old-timer of Alberta, Arthur E. Keeler, needs co introduction to any resident of the south, and the esteem with which he is regarded was very aptly expressed at the "Old Tim- er's Ball." held at Stirling a short ago when the ccgirxnau. in presenters a guest of honor badge to him said, "Mr. Kesler. we are presenting this badge of honor to S'tsu. not becauese you are an old- timer, and not because you are an old man. but because of the fine record as a pioneer, which vou -have established, because of the fine family you have raided and because of your clean, upright liv- ing which has ses a goal for all 3f us to aim at." Sam in Salt Lake Born in Salt lake City, in 1S66, on the large Kesler ranch, the ranching instinct in his blood grew with him. At the age of 14 he be- came his father's foreman, and made sucn a capable one. that he was maintained as such for the next seven years. At 21 he took over the entire ranch and operated it until Ssa decided to come to Canada. Oa Dec. 27. 1888. he married Earnei Taylor and seven children were bom "to them oa the raach in Utah. Three others were born in Canada. DISTRICT NEWS PAGE FIVE Busy Southern Alberta Herald Engraving. A. E. KESSlFfk winners at the early stock in Lfethbridge and in 1913-19 Mr. Kesler owned over 700 of these fine animals. "Those were bad years for cattlemen." he recalls. "Feed, if one could get it, sold for S66 a ion. The cattle died like aies and all we got out of that year's opera- tion was the hides. At the rate Arriving- in Lethbridge on May! those animals died Jt sure kept- us 1st, 1900, Mr. Kessler says "The getting the hides, too, I'll teU land around Stirling was just opened UD for homesteading. There was no trouble finding the right road to take, for there weren't anv roads. In fact, there wasn't even a house between Coutis and Leth- bridge. or between Cardston and Lethbridge. I selected a home- stead seven miles south, of Stirling and set to work to build a house for my family." Beginning- of Kesler Ranch That -was the beginning of the Kesler ranch. In Canada, later grew which _rew to comprise 2% sec- 5er TO tions at Stirling and 15 sections at Derby Manybenies. "There were no schools so we you. Moves to City In 1S22 Mr. Kesler left the ranch to take up residence in Lethbridge to allow his three younger childlren. benefit of more advaned education, but the lure of the soil was not to be denied, and in 1327 he ramp out to the LJf. to take a farm. Has love of gardening was soon made evident. Beautiful roses and peonies were scon challenging other gardeners in the district to com- hired a teacher to come out to the ranch to teach the youngsters those first two winters." he said. By this time other settlers had ar- rived. Mr. Kesler set to work to have a school greeted. He -was instili- inentel in getting the "Troy" S.D. and the "Mammoth" S.D. formed and a school built in both districts- Ke served as school trustee and secretary-treasurer for both dis- tricts for 25 years. A number of UXS. people had taken homesteads in and around political welfare. the "Mammoth" school, so it was not long before e. Sunday school was formed with Mr. Kesler as its first superintendent. First Car of Wheat "I raised the first carloat8 of to be sold in Mr. Kesler states. "There were no side tracks then and X had. to haul in all around in wSgoas, to the Taylor Miiling Co. I sold the first carload of potatoes in Lethfaridge, also. These were bought bv Cone- land Bros, and sent to Fenae, B.C. were the days -when, if a pete with their beauty, Mr. Kes- was the winner of the "Peony district for several seasons, and plantings from bis lovely yellow roses are in almost everv garden round about. In 1340 the Kesler home suffered a sad bereavement in the passing of a faithful wife and mother. She had been predeceased by two daughters and two sons. Mr. Kesler has 19 grandchildren and sis great-grandchildren. He has one sister and one brother living in Canada and one brother in Salt Lake City. He is a great booster for Canada. and is still keenly interested in its "Cacada has been good to he good to my family. I like the country, and I like the people, but I don't Think much of -hit -wind." he continued, "you nave nothing to complain about here. I remember, once in the States, fath- er and us boys had juss finished trimming the trees on the ranch. There were two heaping hayrack loads of trimmings standing in the vard when the wind struck. It took those branches up and right out of sight, and I rode the range for WATERTON LAKES KATION- AL, PARK. (HNS> Easter services were held in All Saint's Anglican Church oa Sunday even- ing, Ven. Dr. S- A. Middleton con- ducting. The church -xas crowded to capacity, local Lions attending en, masse and many park visitors J met also for Easter worship. Special Communion service was a Easter Monday, at eleven o'clock, when, newly confirmed members received their lirss Com- munion. Mr. and Mrs. A- H. Hanrood were Calgary visitors on Monday. 1 Doug Matkin of Red Deer, and his sister. Miss Pat. of Cardston, spent Easter with their grand- parents. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mat- kin. Mrs. Ralph. Webb and tiro sons. Jimmy and Gary, returned to Cal- gary on Friday, after spending several days with the former's par- ents. Mr. and Mrs. Ed BeiL Mr, and Mrs. George SSewart and son, John, returned on Saturday following several days spent in Calgary. Mr. and Mrs. G. Delany ST. -srill arrive on Saturday from Calgary to spend tie srtmmer at their home here. Jim Skor-Rackeite of Reginaj spent the holiday weekend at the! home of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. F Rackette. owing to the illness of J. F. Rackette. who is a patient in the Cardston hospital. Miss Mildred Christiansen of Cardston spent the holiday with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Christiansen. An enjoyable ladies' night, spon- sored by the local Lions Club, was spent in the school on Wednesdav evening. Dancing followed the luncheon, pianists being- Mrs. Pat Camell and Mrs. E. Haug. providing the Tnngir Miss Vilma Ott of Calgary spent Easter weekend at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Ott. Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Cridland and Misses Doris and Alice Zom of Pincher Creek, spent Easter Sun- day as the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zorn. Ptc. Kevin Goble. recently re- turned from England, Is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Goble. Miss Rose Blair of Calgary was the holiday guest of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Hagglund. Mr. and Mrs. O. Goble were Lethbridge visitors at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Erik Henderson and Mr. Hender- son, this week. Miss Ann Stott Is leaving this for her home in Mr. and Mrs. Earl Marcellus of Calgary are guests of the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed BeUL IN TO RAYMOND RAYMOND. B games. vffi te Welcome Home To Rebned MM Planned At Bow Island May 8 -Ml Sunday Scnool next Sunday again be held at the usual time o: and am. HONORED and BO charge for at and dance so be held as a. house moved into town ana placed her I Thursday afternoon, Aprs! 23th. A arrives. QUILTS FOR WAR BRIDES COALDALE GIRLS SHINE spring flowers sad strearaers. IXir- i Tmi cpC AY IMP ing the early part of the afternoon IH tABaWj are assoag the items on the sports agenda, and R. G. Thorson and G. are busy mafriTig arraage- PreseutatSoss fce made at the dance to those ia the were not yet home or were on- to attend the party held ia December. Everyone is asked to keep the date ia minA_ and Jadiea sre asked to bring for the dance. i to pre -i Women's ins'Uute held quilling Fiidsj- Ts-hea i four quilts. Ii Is tbeir sent a quilt 1-3 arriving. HAS OPERATION' RAYMOND. (HNS) Friends nill be pleased to know that Mrs. presented m a public esses: Mrs. A, A. Ford. Mrs. T. H- MEDICINE HAT SOCIAL NEWS man wanted anything he got out! months after, but never did find and got It. There was none o: these line vitamin Hours and foods then. he says, "for the fast two years, the only flour we had made out of frozen ---shipped in from Manitoba. You couldn't begin to make bread it. Then that second Tear we loaded -jp 60 bushels of wheat- and hauled It up to Cprdston'to a lit- tle mill there. That flour made "bread I love to remember. W. P. Russell cut that crop of wheat and the Hardy Bros threshed a horsepower threshing machine." Mr.' Kesler was one of the first to get a car in his district, and he Vas very proud of that new Model T Ford, which was followed by a Ford sedan and then a Buicfc. "I have out seven new cars." he declares, "and I'm still good to wear out another." Raised Shorthorns The Shorthorn cattle raised on where it dropped them. It strip- ped all the shingles off the house and rwisted a big apple tree'up like a corkscrew. The same day it derailed a passenger train into a gully. I never want to see a sight like that again. No. folks, you haven't much to complain about here In Alberta." Mr. Kesler drives his own car, and until recently, made a yearly trip to Sale Lake City. He -srent to Vancouver by plane this winter. He says he prefers a car. He is a greai fisherman. He has a mqtorboat, and a moderniy- fitced trailer house. Just as soon as the season opens at Waterton he moves down there, and stays until the season closes In the fall. "I can hardly wait to get dowa there again this spring." he de- clares, and the look in his eye iore- bode 111 for some fish. Here's to a happy summer to the youngest old the Kesler ranch were prominent man "In the South. Lethbridge Northern Bus BUS SCHEDULE READ UP p.m. 9.15 8.55 8.45 8.35 Lines READ DOWN a.m. 6.45 a.m. 10.45 Lethbridge 10.20 Murry Cor. 7.10 10.10 Diamond City 7.20 10.00 Shaughnessy 7.30 8.25 9.45 Picture Butte 7.55 8.05 9.25 Iron 8.15 7.40 9.00 Turin 8.40 p.m. 5.45 6.10 6-20 6.55 7.15 7.40 Sunday only, Leaving- tethbridye to Picture Bntte at 5.45 p.m. Sunday only, Leaving- Picture Butte to Lethbridge at 6.45 pjn. Saturday only, Special leaving Lethbridje to Picture Bntte only, at 11.00 pjn. Saturday only, Special leaving- Picture Butte to Lethbridge, at 11.55 p.m. We are open for arrangements for chartered trips. Phone 3536, 4036 or 91-3134 SOME RESEEDING MAY BE NECESSARY TRAVERS. (HNS) High have been prevalent all this month some land drifting badly, but gale and dust storm was one of the worst on record, and although 60 per cent has been seeded, some of this may have to be reseeded. Bain is badly needed throughout this district Young Couple Spends Honeymoon at Travers TRAVERS- (HNS) "Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Pytlarz of Vancouver are spending part of their honeymoon with their parents. Mr. and Mrs- John Pytlarz. A social evening was held In the Community frail on Saturday In honor of 'the young couple. J. C. Pytlarz, -who was educated locally, took UD radio and at the start of the war was with the U.S. Merchant Marine and had some ex- citing trips from New York to France. Later returning to Canada, he was employed by the Department of Transport on wireless monitor work. he is now stationed, at Williams Lake. B.C.. on meteorological work at the airport. P. W. Cope has successfully under- gone an operation in Rochester, Minn. Cope- accompanied on her trip to the clinic by Sir. and Mrs. Herb Wilde and children. ENROUTE TO CANADA RAYMOND. (HNS) Clar- ence Richardson and Hussel Welsh have received word that their wives S Eves and Mrs. J. S. Koran, are on their way to Canada. Both of these boys married English girls.' ARRIVES FROM TORONTO RAYMOND. (HNS) Mrs. Robt. McMalien is expected from Toronto soon to make her home here with her husband's people until her husband arrives. Bob is expected home from overseas nest monih. TO PRESENT PLAY BOW ISLAND. (HNS) A three-act comedy, "Too Many Rela- will be presented in the Municipal Theatre in Bow Island on Wednesday evening. May 15. This play is presented under the auspices of the United Church Young Peoples' Society, and is directed by Miss Winnifred Phay. The entire'cast is made up of young people. SHOOTS PARK DEER. FINED WATERTON LAKES NATIOX- (HNS) A. E. Beazer :r tras fined S50 and costs of the court oa Tuesday by trate A. H. Harwood when he was found guilty of shooting a deer inside the park boundary. Warden R. M. Christiansen interceDted the man upon hearing the shoe, and warning was given by Magistrate Harwood that further out-of-sea- :r! attended the WX Girls room 1 speajdng contest- the on an attractively decorated wagon Cnurch when five of the girls were j bv little two-year-old Sharon Eres; heard. Vema Doram spoke oa wearing a pretty yellow dress. Miss: -Leisure Mae Reid nad an Basseu was assisted in opening the exceptionally timely _ ._ Area; Early Sown Wheat Dp on! CHNS) !si Elevator agents estimate that then gifts or Doughs Eves Afters while Maria Jean Me- this dis-i is a Hole over of SI manSd1 i 5E1 trict. Ver 40 of the crop j in store in granaries on th. a charming manner of honor. The bride's charge of Mrs. W. lunch was served b> campoeu greatiy enierameG wita .3 sho-ri-g above the: her talk on "The Modem i At RIM.T Irian J Mrs. W. E. Bryans of Lethbridge.! vcunst plants a rich green! At Island who kindly judged the the gi giris to them and the audience many portant hints and good advice as to how to improve in public speaking-. Maria Jean McCann with 38 points out of a possiole June Kemper i -he moisture so tha; r.o 22 points, and Laura Campbell 30 MEDICINS HAT. (HNS) Mr. Bob Gow returned to Calgary early in the week, after spending Easter with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Gow, Gow, who is a vei War Two. is atte: sity classes in Calgary Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kerning left early in the week to visit friends in Peniicton, B.C.. for a short time. Mrs. A. R. Fui'serson. of Penuc- toa. spent the weekend in the city with, her husband, who is a C.P-R- official recently arrived to make his home here. Mr. Crawford Goode and Miss Umted Church by CamrCSC male qusr- Col- of month of 1OW professor of ogy at the college, gave a short ad- dress stressing the necessity of strong donated for this purpose by the OYer I2 hours. K- of P. lodge and the Selds Coaldale WX. tte fomer promising of Mar.y badly. No re- "being ce- FROM CALGART ETZTKOM. (HNS) Mr. and Mrs. -T. J. Sergeant, Gwen and Mervyn. and Mrs. E. Sergeant. Jimmy and Bernadine, all of Cal- gary, -were recent visitors at the home of Mr. and airs. O. M. Stromsmoe. ETZIKOM VISITOR ETZIKOM. (HNS) Mr. Gor- don Milne of Winnipeg a recent guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Courtnev. TEEN-AGERS ENTERTAINED BOW ISLAND. (HNS) The local c.GJ.T. group were hostesses to about 50 "teen-agers" on Tues- day at a social evening. son shooting of game in the park will bring the TTipvimiim penalty of for the offence. EASTER SERVICE COTJTTS. (Special to The Herald) On Easter Sunday, Apni 21. the children of the Coutts j L.D.S- Sunday school, under the direction of Elder H. Smith, pre- sented a fine program of appro- priate music, short talks, and scripture reading. A group from. Raymond, -with Elder Frank: Taylof in charge, assisted with the num- bers. An attentive audience enjoyed the services. The ictal number present was 94. NEW BUSINESS TRAVERS. (KNS) Herbert Spinks. an overseas veteran, has started a transport business in Tra- vers. STCDT WEED ERADICATION i HNS) meeting was called last week to discuss the hoary cress weed situa- tion and the department of agri- culture decided to use the district as a testing gorund for the eradi- cation of noxious weeds. WITNESS PLAY MONARCH. CENS1 On Thursday evening. April 25. the married folks of the Reformed Church were entertained by the Ladies' Aid when they presented a one-act play, ''Among Us After the play, a pie social held. About 27 couples were present. SEEDING WELL ALONG ETZIKOM. (HNS) The farmers of this district are well ad- vanced with wheat seeding. The weather for the past week has been fair and windy, with very little mois'iire. Moisture is needed badly in this district. U.F.A- LOCAL DEFUNCT TRAVERS-