Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuetday, THE HERAID 5 Ail 11 sail >scri hers join ACT Grain Belt Mutual Telephone Co. to close shop The Grain Belt Mutual Tele- phone Co., with 11 subscriliers and 10 miles of line, bows to tcclinrjlotfy next March. Grain Holt and 12 other mu- tual companies In the Clarcali- olm district of southern Alberta n lo play Jonah to the Alberta Government Tele- phones' whale next March. "There'll be nostalgia but mostly will be happy U> see them said Don Gau- dette, secretary for eight of the companies. "They've just be- come too much trouble." The mutual oyslcm was formed in the 1930s after a se- vere storm crippled telephone lines In the rpovince. No money was available for repairs and ACT offered tbe lines to groups of farmers to operate Ihetn- Bclvea. Because they have been fiard-presscd lo cope with Hie rapidly-rising standards ot the industry, Uic government-owned telephone company has been taking over their jobs In a 10- year, million upgrading pro- gram which started in 1DM. Once, more than mu- Inals with subscribers dotted Alberta's counlrys 1 d e, Only about 200 exist today and by the program'.1, completion In mid-107-1, even these will bo memories. Not everybody will be happy to sec the mutuals go. "I'd give anything to be back in those said Fora Dewcy, an operator in the Cla- rcsholm exchange from 1940 to 1952. "The telephone office was at the centre of the action then. We operators know just about evorylhing that was going on." The mutuals worked best be- f o r e the magneto phone era when even local calls went through opera- tors. Mrs. Dewey remembers a call came for a not at home, she could often tell the call where llw party could reached. "Sometimes the person could be passing by the window of the exchange office and I'd jiist run out and pass on the message, The wires used to strung up in trees in some cases and on windy days you could hardly hear for the roaring on the line. "We'd lave problems wilh people talking loo long and we finally had to decide that five minutes was long enough for anyone to tic up a line shared by as many as 15 The mutuals arc still a cheap form of communication. But wlion trouble nils the line, the subscriber has to fix it himself because he La the telephone company. Not being able to place a caU when the subscriber wauls, be- cause someone eke is on the line, is a never-ending source of frustration. Tliat's why the doit-yourseUt mutuals i t h names of Meadow Creek, Ruby, ttw Trunk Line, the Star Line and Claresholm View- will soon dis- appear. Get up to 100 tons per hour with new Fox model 3000 Forage Harvester If you own a high powered truc- lor (up 10 165 Hio at FOX builr tho new ModiM 3000 Forago Harvosror for you. You can get up lo 75% production than before, putting more profit into your oporolion At 1. nhout theis wanted FOX FOX pioneered cylinder cut and separata blowing principle for uniformly and completely cut haylaoe iflaffO. Now, heavy duty construc- tion iruaughout with heavier U- joinli cind hovel (jean, new case, sironrjor high dotation tiros, and 3-sfrand power band V-bclr 10 drive blower. Electric knlfs grinder, on the model 3000 harvester, available 01 an option, orlgimil edgo bovel to Tranimisiion ihlft-dolay feo- turo niinimiioi iriock loads, pini ond provide extra safely fxiclor. Ruculler icreenj nlvo UP lo 41% more cutting area with FOX square hole OpMonal equipment include) food hoppw packago for oar corn and r ecu 1 ring hoy, hydrau- lic remote elbow conlrol and harvciiMU) heads. You'll wnnt to too all of tlie pro- fit mtifcori of your Koehring Farm D'vlsion deal or. Stop in day at: INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 21? Stafford O.ivf UTHBRIDGE. AISIRTA Phoni 327-1571 OH aw se. CAtGARY, AlBEHTA Phont 243-5551 DEALER" NEAREST YOU at Flemings WE HAVE 3 ONLY FARGO SWEPT LINE LOG WHEEL BASE WITH GREAT FEATURES LIKE VB motor, 3 speed manual transmission, G7BxlS tirei with rear gripl, deluxe h oaten, block heaters, 50 amp ahemaror, 70 amp battery oil preotura roar overload springt. In of medium blue, rjarfc green and white or turquoiso and white. Onfl unit ii equipped with roar wrap around bumper and power brakes and another unit wttfl tool storage compartment. On these 3 units you can save as much as Take advantage of the savings. One unit, stock No. 5264 is priced as low as We also have a good stock of 4 SPEEDS and AUTOMATICS in FARGO CUSTOMS, FARGO ADVENTURERS and FARGO ADVENTURER SPORT mOTOR LETHBRIDGE Corner 7th Sf. and 1st Ave. S. Ph. 327-1591 TRUCK DISPLAY CORNER 3rd AVE. and lOrti ST. S. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.