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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, December 10, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 29 King mansion evokes memories of former prime minister MACKENZIE KING READS IN HIS LAURIER HOUSE STUDY RommeVs image helped son win mayor's office By CRAIG R. WHITNEY New York Times Service STUTTGART, West Ger- many The new mayor of this Swabian City is Manfred Rommel, son of the late Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the famed "Desert Fox" of the Second World War Manfred Rommel, a modish-looking native of this city of 620.000 people and a Christian Democrat, won a surprising 58 9 per cent of the vote in the election Dec 1 Since most of the voters used to favor the Social Democrats, he has suddenly become a figure of national importance. "Even I was Rommel said. "I can speak the Swabian dialect perfectly and my opponent couldn't, and that's one thing in my favor But my father certainly had a lot to do with it." Not, he added, because he used him in the campaign he did not Manfred Rommel grew up in the family home at Herrlmgen, near Ulm, the only son of the field marshal, who led the Afrika Korps from 1941 to 1943. Manfred Rommel was 15, he remembers, when he saw his father the last time. It was in October, 1944, after the field marshal had incurred Hitler's wrath for advocating capitula- tion on the western front he was convinced Germany would lose the war and for allegedly sympathizing with the officers who tried to kill the Fuhrer on July 20. "He had been wounded in the son related, "and was back at home The Gestapo had guards outside the gate. On Oct. 14 two generals came to the house. Father came out a few minutes later and told us thai in 20 minutes he would leave us forever. He was suspected of conspiring in the July 20 assassination attempt, but was promised that if he took poison then he would get a state funeral and no reprisals would be taken against us." Years after his suicide CAREERS MECHANIC SERVICE MANAGER WANTED For New Local Japanese Import Car Dealer Write Box 58 Herald stating qualifications! REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY Dy INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER SALES SERVICE CENTRE 2 SALES PERSONNEL FOR FARM EQUIPMENT SALES Farm background an asset but not essential. Full company benefits, excellent renumeration. Un- limited opportunity for advancement. Apply in person or write giving full resume to C.W. STANLEY Sales Manager 304 Stafford Drive Phone 327-3125 Field Marshal Rommel has become one of the few German war heroes, having won the respect of his enemies and having died a vic- tim of Nazism though he certainly prolonged its control by his brilliant campaigns in the North African desert. Britain scrimping on energy LONDON (Reuter) The British government has ordered traffic to go slower, buildings to be colder and streets to be dimmer in an attempt to save energy and help solve Britain's serious economic troubles Energy Secretary Eric Varley announced in Parlia- ment on Monday a package of new regulations as a follow-up to the Labor government's budget in November which put up gasoline costs to limit fuel consumption in the face of the world oil-price rise Varley said speed Ji.nits on all roads other than the coun- try's arterial expressways will be reduced from 70 miles an hour to 50 or less and 60 on larger roads Expressways keep their 70-mile-an-hour limit Maximum heating levels, except for homes, will be 68 degrees with limited exemp- tions to protect the young, the the sick, the disabled and certain types of material and equipment. Varley also appealed for maximum voluntary savings in private homes. Varley said Britain's fuel import bill for this year will probably exceed billion. EXPERIENCED MEDICAL RECORDS PERSON To share duties in 60 bed accredited active treat- ment hospital. Salary to commensurate with ex- perience an H S.A.A agreement Starting date to be agreeable to both parties. Applicants may apply to, Miss R. Rinaldi. Director of Nursing, Crowsnest Pass General Hospital and Nursing Home District No. 40 Box 510, Blairmore, Alberta. OTTAWA (CP) On Dec. 17 it will be 100 years since the birth of William Lyon Mackenzie King, who was prime minister of Canada longer than any other politician. King was born in Berling, Ont., now known as Kitchener, the son of a lawyer and the grandson of the Upper Canadian rebel, William Lyon Mackenzie. There will be few celebrations of his centenary even though he was prime minister for almost 21 years. He retired in 1948 and died two years later. Prime Minister Trudeau's office has announced no special plans. No com- memorative stamp will be issued by the post office. The only major event is a symposium to discuss the former prime minister at the University of Waterloo, adja- cent to his place of birth. Historians, civil servants, politicians and friends of Mr King will meet there Dec. 16 and 17 to talk about apsects of his long career from 1900, when he was named editor of the labor department's Labor Gazette, through 50 years as MP, Liberal party leader and prime minister. Among those participating in the symposium, organized by the university's history department, will be one-time colleagues. They include Paul Martin, once a member of his cabinet and recently named high commissioner to Great Britain: J. W. Pickersgill. his longtime secretary, who later became a Liberal cabinet member, and Douglas Abbott, also a King minister, now a retired justice of the Supreme Court oif Canada. The most interesting reminder of Mackenzie King is Laurier House, his residence here from 1923 until his death The Victorian mansion near downtown Ottawa was be- queathed to the people of Canada along with his 500- acre estate at Kingsmere, Que., 15 miles north of here. The house is operated by the Public Archives of Canada and is open to the public. The home reflects Mr. King's work habits, his taste for furnishings and his penchant for acquiring mementoes. Earlier the home of another prime minister. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, it was com- pletely renovated after being willed to Mr. King in 1923 by Lady Laurier. "You can almost feel him in some of the said Marny Graves, a decorating consultant for Laurier House and acting curator of the collection until recently. The third-floor study was Mr. King's favorite room, she says, and it evokes the former prime minister's hfe-sytle. It was from this room that Canada is said to have been governed during his years as prime minister. He would work at every available opportunity from the study rather than his Parliament Hill office, Mrs. Graves said. On every available ledge and wall area there are photographs, paintings, statuettes and other keep- sakes collected by the bachelor prime minister. "It's what one might call organized she said. "He was a great squirrel." On the piano at the entrance to the room is an object of consuming interest to visitors, Mr. King's crystal ball, Said to have been a spiritualist, he allegedly spoke often to his deceased mother and sought her in- spiration in times of dif- ficulty. At the far end of the bookhn- ed room is a painting of Mrs. King, a light shining down on her face. On a table below is a silver box holding locks of her white hair and her wedding ring. In another part of the room is an oid dog collar and a box of dog tags. They belonged to three Airedales, all named Pat, which served as Mr. King's constant companions. Other rooms remind one of the former prime minister as well. Pencil stubs can be seen in the breakfast room, next door to the study. "Each morning he would break a new pencil to fit the size of his pocket, but he would use both sides of said Mrs. Graves. His jecond-floor quarters remained private, despite the constant bustle of his working studv on the third floor. One of Mr. King's staff members recalls that he never entered the second-floor quarters during all his years working for the prime minister. He would use the back stairs to reach the third floor. More than visitors are expected at Laurier House by the end of the year, Mrs Graves said. But not only Mr. King is represented there. Heirlooms which once formed part of the furnishings in Laurier's time were donated to the house last year and are on display in the second-floor parlor. And in the rear of the same floor, former prime minister L. B. Pearson's study from his Rockliffe Park home has been reconstructed. For historians, the beginn- ing of next year will see the opening of Mr. King's diaries from 1931 to the end of 1944. The decision to open these diaries, previously available only to his biographers, was taken by the literary ex- ecutors of his estate. Extracts of these diaries from 1939 on were published earlier in four volumes, edited by Mr. Pickersgill, one of the four executors The remaining years of the diary wil! be opened starting Jan. 1, 1976. one year at a time, according to the 30-year limitation placed on the documents, said Mr. Pickersgill. Prof. Blair Neatby of Carleton University, one of Mr. King's biographers, said opening the diaries will do much to increase under- standing of tha't period in Canadian history. Private aspects ot Mr King's hfe will emerge as well, because he did not make much distinction between his public and private lives, Mr. Neatby said. The diaries tell of his dreams, his aspirations and his superstitions. 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