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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Handling bales of hay is all in a day's work for Ross Hanson at Birdseye Ranch, west of Cardston the view on the prairies Haystacks-neat, tidy and they're beautiful Auguil 30, I97S THl ItTmmot HWAIB School work tenders called NATAL (HNS) Tire board f trustees of School District 1 (FcrnieJ has called for endcrs for construction of rooms and it three schools In the area tamely Spanvood Momentary, lidfiemoni and Lsabdia Dickon n Fernie. The tenders Jiave toen adver- ised by the board's architects, v'ixon and Browning of Cran- irook with deadline for receipt if iynuers Sept. i-j. lu lijt: of the Sparwood school, enders must provide a bid xmd or certified- cheque in the amount of while those entering on the joint project or the Kernre schools will have o provide the same but in the amount of Trustees have been more or ys frustrated in the efforts to provide gymnasiums and change rooms, first by depart- ment of education cut hack in expenditures which arc par- licuiarly aimed at these facili- ties and then, this summer by the contractor's lockout. The lockout mail calling of lenden pointless until recently. Because of rising costs and the fact that the original build- ings had to be constructed with a view to future additions, some trustees fee] that the end costs have been larger than they would have been if the facilities had been included when the schools were built. An example is building a blank wall an addition will go, then hav- ing LO tear uiit till; Wall When the addition is built. Due to the lime of year, It Is not deemed likely that the addi- tions will all be built and In op- eration this fall. Neither Is it likely, that the proposed Elk Valley School will be built this year, because of opposition to the site chosen by the hoard. Whether shift classes will instituted at Spanvood this Jail fKt'ause the school has not been built is not clear. The board does not yet know, nor will It know until Sept. 5 how many pu- pils it will have to accommo- date. Sawmill complex to open following expansion worl liy D'AHCY HICKAIU) Herald District Kdilnr One of the best ways to rh.inr-e the view on the prairies K to build a haystack. Is this why ranchers build haystacks? Don't he silly. They don't care about haystacks as monuments. K a n c h crs build stacks because they don't want the hay to spoil. Stacked hay shads water better and keeps Its nutritional content. But I think haystacks have a deeper meaning. Men build hay- stacks because they want tho fiay to keep, certainly, but also because they think the prairie is loo flat. Haystacks are pleas- ing to the eye. Fact is, they're neat and tidy and fantastically beautiful. I'm nuts about haysacks. The modern haystack Is Mjrcly as splendid as the pyra- mids of Egypt. And if you're a cow, you can eat them. Olrl-slyle stacks were some- tiling else. They were rounded at the top. Topping off a hay stack was an art. Only the mosl highly skilled hands were allowed lo top off a slack. I' was the "icing on the cake." What tremendous satisfaction there was in completing a Ktiick, pulling the hay derrick out of the stack-yard and clos ing Iho wire gale. Then the ICEIVOS would fall the first woulrf cover thi collosa! edifice and the ell w o u 1 d come down and tea the whole tiling ap.'irt. Hnying used lo lie a fanlaf Me cxjK'ricnce. If you've neve Parish changes wtlc hay while the sun shines, ou've missed (me of the really rent ami thrilling experiences life. It was an enterprise punctu- ted with hired hands hollering L h ors cis, I he hay derrick like the biggest machine ever invented. The hullrakes bucked the hay up on to the teeth of the stacker and then pulled back. Then the derrick team, pull- ing on a thick cable, slowly (CNT lUir Itev. Dennis MaL'Donatf >rio.sl in llu: Crowsrit'sl ItoiiKin Catholic Parish, hi tiocn Inmsfcrred I" ivhorc lie will lake; over chilira as ifirrrlnr, of the; cdn- mitir. Falhrr MacDnriiild] has brrn hi MIC Crow.snoM Pass fur the past two ami one half yc-cirs. He is lo bo rcplnml by Rev, Louis Itastang of Hie Foremost parish. Duties for both priest.5; Sc'pl. I. The Knif-hts of ('nlmnbns, St. .losojib (hi; Worker council, will sponsor n parisli picnic for all rrowsnesl Priss parish mem- bers. The evrnl will wilb an outdoor mass lo nt p.m. at T.ros T-fikn nenr cabin. Tlio picnic, to lye held on Smulay, Sept. 10, will nlso serve ns ft farewell ev- ent for Father MacDonnld and a welcome for Kev. Kostfmg. Tho Knifilifs arc planning a busy nftcrnoon of events to in- clutlo races and games for I he yonnf'slrrs and horseshoes and other toiirnamcnls for tho ndnlLs. Families arn urged tn bring picnic baskrt.s fnr (lie outdoor rvenL The Knighls will provide ice cream, pop ami hot dogs for (he children and cof- fee for Iho adults. EAT INSECTS IVnnle in some rnunlrles eat usually roast or fried. rcaking and groaning, hum- ning of Lhe mowers and angling of the kick-rakes. Bull-rakes wheeled and turn- d like knights jousting in tour- amenta. The whole affair was carried ut in the hottest, driest heat mnginable horses sweating all and stackers sweating rfood. And the fun around the cook- Every meal was a ban- iuei with jesting, laughing and belly-aching. Tilings are different now. It's ill automated now. Pardon me it's 95 per cent automated now ami the other five per cent i tack-breaking work shored by a couple of men. Many hands make light work Throw in a half-dozen good teams of horses and you had tho old (Says. Tilings are differen now. It's getting lonely In the hay fields. Three or four men can put up to 4B tons of hay a day. That's about hales. Tn the "good old days" a 12- man hay crew would put up only 30 or 40 tons a day. Automation has made the hay fieht a lonely place. With auto- matic stookurs it takes only (he tractor driver lo leave neat .-looks of hay hales all over the fields. "That hay Is just ns good as In the says Ross fl.mson, kicking Ihc tripper on the stook- er ami watching llw nont pile of hay hales slide into the Birds- eye Ranch meadow. 'floss Hanson is Ihc "quarter- back" on Ihe hay field. Strong and husky, he handles cadi bate, lining the- hist fif) or 70 pound-bale to shoulder height In "pyramid" oul the little slack. A wagon and front-end loader nrc all that's needed lo got the hay into (lie big aluminum bnrn. If Ihe giintl, ymi can wrap Ihe whole jnb np in work. flaying in I nld iri to nboul when the old wire, hand-lied balers came inr took big crew. At Hi rrlseye Tlanch here he three men on the hay mowers, Ihrce on rakes, two on UK; hay derrick, a couple on the stack and a coupic more on (he hay racks. Tlic whole thing out Inlo a 20-day job. II the wealher was ohstiiiftlc, haying could turn inlo a month-long affair with plenty of horse-play during inlermi-ssions. Today some of tho bigger places, such as Iho Mcir.tyre Ranch south of M.igralh, arc pulling tip 50 and fJO tons of hay a day. In the old days the clackety mowers went lo work. Then il was raked inlo long rows for !he bullrakes. These were formidable machines each pusheri and wheeled by n leam, with long wooden toelli oul in front. Tlie hay was buck- ed up on these teeth nnd Ihen pasherf lo the stacker. Evenings were often spent shaping n row toolh from a to replace one Hint had ar- gued with a rock, To n kid, Ihe stacker looked drew the load from horizontal o vertical, giving a "kick" at ne end that showered hay over he top of the stack. You had to jack Ih ose horses quickly to give It enough slack to come down. Otherwise it would stay up there. I the men on the stack being mostly Indians. Tl was hard, dirty, hot and dusty work. There was always a can- vas bag or two of water, kind of lukewarm, lying in the sha- dow of the slack. The trips to these bags were many. The derrick team spent a lot of time standing around. Their heads were continually bobbing up and down, fighting flics. They were tilings that looked tike kitchen .strainers on their noses. After the slack was built, four or five teams would pull the derrick to another stackyard tucked away in the brush. Then another haystack would be begun. Al the same lime, hayracks would be hauling fodder to the bam. It seems like yesterday but it's a quarter of a century ago that hayfifiUL were full of peo- ple, horses and funny-looking machines. Happily, men are still build- ing stacks today monuments to bountiful mother nature. NATAL fllNS) Crow's Nest rnduslrics hopes to have Ihe sawmill section of its Elko com- plex reopened after a two-week shutdown. The shutdown was necessary lo tic irj the existing facilities of the sawmill with an expansion aimed al increasing produclion. President Bruce Pepper re- ported that the shutdown had a slight and temporary effecl on payroll, an effucl which will end when the mil! reopens. During the sawmill shutdown, the olher sections of the com- pany's lumber division, includ- ing the planer and Ihe old Elko mill, were kept operating. During the expansion, done with the aid of a federal in- centives grant worth Crows Nest Industries found some of the facilities had lo be repaired and improved. This resulted in reinforcing with concrete of the Inpu fc decks. Previously, the decks were supported by wood. The expansion of facilities will give the complex 50 per cent more production for a to- tal of board feet per day. 13ut full capacity at the new level is nol expected to be reached until late this year or early next. At the same time, although the major portion of the work, originally scheduled or com- pletion in July, has been done, the joh will not be finished for several weeks yet. You're at STORES We give your Chev. Ford or Plymouth the big choice in footwear. DLC-100 RETREAD firtstont firttiont 4-ply Nylon V 4-ply Nylon y Double Bolted V WHITE- 1 Deluxe Champion V I CHAMPION STRATO-STREAK STRATO-STREAK WAIL SUP-R-BELT P INSTALLED INSTALLED INSTALLED rpl.1, i bias ply lircs! INSTALLED to Ihc mini rind f> vr.uour 1 II 10 A___A long, lorvy way. INSTALLED Our Golden sniy tiro, il's a wide, low- prolilft "78" INSTALLED This Ihc liie that comes cm many '72- '73 model cars. It 500 POLYESTER INSTALLED The best of Ihe bias- ply tiros. Four full plins of Polyosiergivs you exceplionsl pro- tection from impact "l gives of ivc v'ou Ji tjood Sup-R-8cli Oi.n pio- lection from imp M the roart. anrf tr> vitJrs Ihc smooth rida 1 damage, Yet gi> lake your car look anrffongmileagelhat A you a new kind ke loday. car msnufacturejs loo. demand. RADIAL-V WHITEWALL INSTALLED Our mils guarantee says all Ihrro is to say about mifeage. Ask for all the details, And find o ut a boirt t ho 5 m oolh- est rids, and safest control you'vA ever xperiDficod, And we Ye also very big in brakes! DISC BRAKE SERVICE including Dalsun and Toyota DRUM BRAKE OVERHAUL DRUM BRAKE SERVICE FOR VW PORTABLE BARBECUE Wo Uiit by iruing Iho drumj ant) nrcing the now linings for perfect biaking contact. And we check masler cyfinrlart, whoal cylindf rj, shoo return springs nnd hrafcw luicljinos, Wa use only premium liialiry brake fluid. We check anrf ONLY 2 GIANT BEACH TOWEL Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. 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