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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta AuguH 1973 THE UTHBRIDCE HIRAID 3 TotaZ utilization at Johnson's Cowley mill D'ARCY RICKARD photo These logs will be totally utilized at Johnson Brothers' Sawmills at Cowley. The new mill embraces concepts of anti-pollution and total utilization. in high de- Burned out five times Johnsons run mand in the oil industry and and used for insulation and bedding in farm are by-products. new GORDON JOHNSON sales manager Guides camp near Macleod CHAMPION Fifty Guides and Rangers from the newly formed Prairie Rose area camped together under the leadership of camp ad- viser Racelle Ellis at Okeekan near Fort Macleod. Guides from Drumhellcr end Hanna and four junior leaders from Champion were present to carry out the RCMP theme. Guides saluted the RCMP in its Centennial year. Most of the Guides attended the Musical Ride. A special guest was RCMP Const. Rick Chapman. He spoke to the Guides about the force. Guides hiked into town to visit the Fort Museum and swimming pool. Mrs. Eleanor Ross of Car- mangay was successful in earning her Quarter Master Certificate at this camp. By C. A. WEEKES Herald News Service COWLEY Johnson Broth- ers' Sawmills here had a pay- roll in excess ol last year. The first little back in operated for a few months each year. It had a crew of five men. It was a far cry from the bie new one. Delivery then was by there was no grading and bought a thousand board feet lumber. The total payroll was aboul for the year. All the accounts and records were in Edwin Johnson's shirl pocket and that shirt has long since worn out. The modern mill was be- gun in using John- son Sawmills' lumber and the firm's own men. Even at that it must have ccst well over without calculating cost of time lost be- cause of changeover problems. There are no horses in the only tracks and fork- lifts. Lumber is sold according to npecies and dimension and the price varies from to per thousand board feet. Over the years the number of employees has increased as has the size of the payroll. In 1972 it was said to have ex- ceeded LOYAL WORKERS Edwin and Bert Johnson laid a foundation larger than they ever thought possible. Sawfiler A. J. Armbruster should know for he has served the firm for 48 years. He is known only as to old and new associates. John Terry has been a John- son's man for 24 years. He is the planerman. In 1925 Edwin and Bert John- son set up their first mill out in Happy west of Stave- ly. Things went well enough. In 1927 they moved over to Beaver west of Fort set up a better mill and logged an area through the Porcupine Hills. This berth kept the mill working until when they moved this time into the Village of sawing fir as well as spruce and pine. Bert Johnson died in 1953 but his two Don and were trained in the business so they carried on. Edwin Johnson's Gor- don and were already involved. Bert's two Shirley and married logging men. Gus Fritz and Russell who rounded out the firm while Bert's Mrs. Lola took charge of records. MEAGHERS M1MRTIR V00KA Swim meet opens three-day spree Jamboree opens 4 LOLA JOHNSON accountant PICTURE BTJTTE There are things in store for Picture Butte and district when the sixth annual Jamboree Days pets under way Aug. 5 and Events will get under way a swim meet on the Sat- urday. Sunday there will be a girl slow pitch tournament and a Ponies to run at Taber TABER Plans for a two-day race meet at the Ta- ber rodeo grounds were an- nounced by the Taber Exhibi- tion Association. President E. E. O'Donnell says eight flat races will be held Friday and Satur- Aug. 24 and 25. Special features of the meet will be pari-mutual betting and the beer garden entertainment each evening at the grounds. Post times are 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. Prize money will include the sponsor's purse together with entry fees and a percent- age added by the exhibition Board. Win and place tickets only will be though plans include a few Quinella com- binations. Rodeo association president Vance T. Jensen is chairman of the TEA racing committee. fastball team double header ball game. Monday will be the big doy and the wind-up of the three days of entertainment. From 7 to 10 a.m. the Lions' breakfast will be held at the skating rink. While this is in progress a men's and women's bicycle race will be held. At 11 a.m. the annual parade will start with parade marshall Ken MP. Other dignitar- ies will be Leighton and Mayor Alex Chronic. Medicine Hat's Lions Boys Band and the Picture Butte High School band will perform. Other events through this day will be the beer garden in the basement of the Elk's the dairy show at the Juris's Ro- do grounds and at p.m. the rodeo gets under way. No fair tlds year at Taber .TABER A late start in planning for the 1973 Taber community fair has prompted its cancellation for 1973. It was slated for Aug. 18. Recently appointed chair- man Mrs. Nancy Platt says the program for the 1974 fair will be off the press about the end of this year. Plans now include the fair and the exhibition association's race meet to be held on the weekend of Aug. if the dates are cleared for the races. LETHBRIOGE AND DISTRICT EXHIBITION THIRD ANNUAL SHEEP SHOW and SALE AUGUST 7th and 8th Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds Show begins Aug- 7th 1 p.m. 250 htad of rtgiittrtd Trimming clais and fllrli' Itad halter clots begins 7 p.m. Auguit 7. Sale Begins Aug. 8 1 p.m. With registered ewei telling then ever 300 commer- cial followed by registered rams............. food Elks will hold a barbecue at the hall. Later in the evening a sale will be conducted. To round out Knights of Columbus will stage its big dance at the Elk's Hall. Booster Buttons are being sold for and this button will gain the holder admission to all ball games and the rodeo. The buttons are being sold by members of the Picture Butte High School Band with the pro- ceeds going to the band. COALDALE The Barons-Eureka Health Unit is sponsoring the following infant and pre-school Aug. in the Coalhurst High School from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. in the health unit office in the ad- ministration building from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and to 4 p.m. Aug. in the school from to p.m. V A U X Aug. in the school from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and l to 3 p.m. Aug. in the health unit office stairs in the town office build- from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and to 4 p.m. Aug. in the health unit office in the ad- ministration building from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and to 4 p.m. For social sendee appoint- ments Coaldale 345- or Taber 223-3911. The medical officer of health urges parents to ensure their children are fully protected against contagious disease and tooth decay. Venereal a mount- ing health will be dis- cussed in a fully confidential manner. BERTHA WORMS Although the Vulcan area is among those parts of the province expected to have heavy infestations of Bertha armyworms in rape- seed crops are expected to be sufficiently mature to minimize damage and prepara- tions have been made for fight- ing any major outbreak ot the armyworms. Today third-generation John- sons are in various depart- ments of the operation. Another mill operated on Dutch Creek north of Lund- breck and west of the Kanana- skis Highway. This was phased out in being moved into Cowley to enlarge and improve this setup. Logging still continues past Dutch Creek and the trucks haul from west and south as well with distances averaging 25 to 60 each way. The present payroll shows an average crew of 80 men and one shift will be able to handle 70.000 to board feet. At Christmas the firm throws a party for its employees and and another one for chil- dren. It is then that awards for service are handed out. New concepts in the world of lumbering are those of anti-pol- lution and total utilization. The new mill has no hence no smoke. A log is totally utilized. All logs hauled in are weighed on a 10 by 70-foot scale. Lumber is the primary prod- with sawdust and shavings as by-products. Sawdust is in high demand in the oil indus- try and feedlots. Shavings are used for insulation of buildinss and for bedding in farm stalls or in poultry housing. ON A SHOESTRING Edwin Johnson remembers the crude simplicity of his ear- lier mills and their hazards. They were operating on a shoe- string with bankruptcy always a dark cloud overhead. It speaks for the dogged de- termination of the family and their mill and woods crews that they got through those dif- ficult limes even though burned out five times to the new era of electrically power- streamlined processing of lumber. 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