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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Neighbors in Old Country meet here 60 years later By MARGARET LUCKHUUST Staff Writer Sixty years is a long time between visits with your pals. It does happen however, and it happened to the Ward family and their friends the Cleworths who used to be their next door neighbors back in Leigh, Eng- land in the early 1900s. John Ward and Harold Cle- worth, young teenagers, were great friends then; the young Ward sister, Sarah and Eliza- beth sort of tagged along, as kid sisters do. But it was a time of hard- ship throughout England and Mr. Ward senior decided he'd move his family to Canada where a betler life was prom- ised. With the exception of Jolui who joined them later, they moved to Lethbridge in 1912, severing ties with the Cle- w-orths. Mr. Ward worked for the CPR, Mrs. Ward took up housekeeping, Canadian style, and the girls went to Westmin- ster School on the north side. A new life developed for them all and memories of the Old Country grew dim. In the First World War, John enlisted and went overseas. While in England he looked up his old friend Harold and they had a weekend together, hash- ing over old times. But sadly, John was killed in action a short time later and was buried in Belgium. Life went on for the Wards in Lr'hbridge. The girls grew to be young ladies, and LeUtbridge grew too, losing it's small town western atmosphere, to be re- placed with a city type tempo. "Oh it wasn't all roses, back in the early the sisters reminisced during an interview recently, "we felt we lived away out in the sticks, as in- deed we did. There were just wooden sidewalks and when they rotted with weather it made travel at night pretty Life was not without its fron- tier excitement either. The Ward women, mother and the two sisters, were on a holdup train back in 1920 when three Russian thugs jumped on tire trajn at Sentinel waving guns; one blasted a hole through the washroom ceiling, and held up the men on the train. "They were disappointed to find that the payroll they expected to be shipped on the train was con- signed to another Mrs. Elizabeth (Ward) Christie ex-1 plained. "But they made a pretty good haul anywray, from the men. They took all their money and jewellery, but they left the women alone. It was a good thing too for I'd fainted dead away as it was. My poor mother didn't know what was going on. Tire conductor ad- vised her it was a holdup and poo: Mum just said, "what's a holdup." But she found out soon enough. Time went on for the Wards. The sisters married, and raised their families. Mrs. Ward died but old Mr. Ward enjoyed a pretty lively life reaclu'ng. in time, the remarkable age of 101 years. "On his 100th birthday we had a big do for Mrs. Chris- tie explained. "He got tele- grams from the Queen, the Prime Minister and that sort of thing, and also a write up in the paper. In a round about way, notice of his birthday reached Leigh, of all things, and was reprinted in the paper there." Well, back in Canada, in Ha- ncy, B.C., this paper from Leigh reached Harold Cleworth who had moved there wivh his wife in 1927. When he read that a former Leigh man had readi- ed his 100th birthday and was living in Lethbridge he instant- ly recognized it to be the next door neighbor of so many years before. Immediately he des- patched his congratulation "in care of the local postmaster in and sure enough it found its way to the Ward home. Since that time the Wards and the Cleworths have been see- ing a bit of each other, catch- ing up on all the years in be- tween. "I had no idea where he had gone after John was Mrs. Christie said, "and I certainly didn't expect him to IK in Canada, particularly just a few hundred miles away. Strange isn't it that after all those years we'd find communi- cation in a round about way through the newspapers? We're delighted to see Harold and his family again when we get out to B.C. and it hardly seems as if sixty years have passed." Yes it is strange, hut very nice to know that it can hap- pen. Golden Mile Drop-In Centre NEXT WEEK: Monday: a.m. Keep fit. Tuesday: a.m. Singing 3i-actice.; p.m. Bridge ournament. Wednesday: p.m. Christ- mas supper and party. Ticket lolders only. Thursday: a.m. Singing practice; p.m. Bingo. Friday: Afternoon. Visit from nurses. Saturday: p.m. Ray- mond hospital party at the cen- tre, with entertainers. Every- one welcome. COMING EVENTS: Dec. 19: CJOC and Northern Bus Lines tour of city lights. People wishing to go should leave their names at the centre no later than next Wed- nesday. Dec. 20: Heturn visit from folks at Picture Butte and No- bleford. Coming for coffee at 8 p.m., after city light tour. Dec. 25: Open 10 a.mM p.m. Dec. 26: Open 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 27: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MAIL CALL A pleasont chore for Mrs. Leora Ness, Lodge, is handing out letters to lodge residents. Mr. R. I mail while Mr. G, Hughes looks on. new matron al Green Acres lanievicz, right, receives his ________________________Thursday, December 9, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Progress made against aging NEW YORK In the novel. Lost Horizon, a lovely and seemingly young lady travels beyond the bound a r i e s of Shangri-La into the real world, and is immediately transform- ed into a wrinkled old woman. Growing old suddenly once seemed an inescapable fact of life for most women. Today it need no longer be so. Although no one has yet found the magic potion to mako us 20 again, and although how we age still remains a mystery, science is beginning to produce some interesting ideas on the subject. "No cell in our bodies lives say the re- searchers, "and each seems to be timed for a certain span of existence." Aging, they tell us, is due to the failure and even- tual decline of individual cells. Biochemist Benjamin Schloss puts it this way: "Aging is a programmed imbalance of the rate at which something is manufactured and the rate at which it deteriorates. This im- balance is progressive and hits every cell in the body." As we get older, it seems, our cells generally can no longer replace themselves, repair themselves or renew themselves as quick- ly as they did in youth. Although scientists vary con- siderably in their approach, towards the process of aging, most agree that good health habits and specific steps can be taken to slow down the aging process. One researcher, in bis late sixties, keeps fit by taking long walks, avoiding tobacco and eating sensibly. He knows most doctors have stress- the body, as it ages, needs a proper, well balanced diet, much as it did in youth. However, doctors point out, the mature body needs fewer calories than it once did to keep functioning pro perly. "Slay physicians recom- mend, "and avoid a wide range of health problems." Recent statistics bear them out. By 5IAR1LVNN KNOCH Staff Write- From the responsibility of being a mother of 10 children, Leora Ness, matron of the Green Acres Lodge Home for UK Aged, now has the respon- sibility of caring for 50 senior citizens. Mrs. Ness has been matron of the home since Nov. 1 this year. Aiong with seven other staff members she keeps the guests happy, comfortable and free from daily worries or chores. Green Acres is not new lo Mrs. Ness. Before becoming matron of the home, she held the job of chief cook for eleven years. Mrs. Ness originally came from Montana, although she has now lived in southern Alberta for a good many years. With her husband and children she lived on a farm south of Fore- most before moving to Leth- bridge in 1910. The family of 10 is grown now and Mrs. Ness and her husband both live at the home, mixing their home life with that of the guests. This is the first time Mrs. Ness has held this kind of a position and she says she real- ly enjoys it. "You learn a great deal by talking to each of the guests in- dividually. Everyone seems to ic so pleasant and happy all of the Mrs. Ness said. 'Most of the people are ex- ceptionally bright.'' Mrs. Ness says she hopes she can keep her present job until she and her husband retire. "When that time comes, I'm going to turn into a gypsy and travel no special place just go." When the Nesses become se- noir citizens, Mrs. Ness said she would like to live in a home. 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