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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December By STEVE KRUEGER, Canadian Press writer Our Sincerest... our many valued customers for your past patronage and Best Wishes For The New Year! the MANAGEMENT AND STAFF DIETRICH'S TRUCK EQUIPMENT 2628 2nd Ave. N., Lethbridge Phone 328-3254 LEAVITT, Alta. (CP) "My family has been farm- ing in this country since 1890.1 guess my daddy will be the last one nothing for us any more." Tom, a sun-tanned 17- year-old from the rolling country just north of the Montana border east of Waterton National Park, was describing the future that faces many young peo- ple on Prairie farms. He knew it was inevitable that he and most of his brothers and sisters would spend the rest of their lives away from the wheat fields and pastures that have been home for their family for 80 years. said his father wouldn't like to read what he was saying about family farm life was different from other farm children in one respect, however. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mor- Tom would soon be leaving the farm country for a two-year mission for the church, which has its largest concentration of Canadian members in and around nearby Cardston. "He was a man and he was an elder (a position in the church's That was when I knew we'd have to be leaving." Tom's father, mother and 12 brothers and sisters carve a living from a two- section farm. His grain- hauler, pulled by a tired tractor, had gone off the road and he reluctantly had flagged down a passing reporter for a ride. "My mother and father married said Tom. "When my father came back from his mission he married a girl from Moun- tain View and they settled on the back section. "My folks are still my dad is only it will take a long time before he retires from the farm. It will be too long for me and the rest of the family to wait." "My older brother went on a mission four years said Tom. "He wasn't the same when he came back. He wasn't the kid I used to go fishing with any more. GREETINGS With old-fashioned warmth and lots of good cheer, we wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your continued friendship and'patronage. Tom's father, one of four boys, had taken over the farm from his father only four years after marrying the girl from Mountain View. "Even though my grand- father was only 48, he was worn out. Fanning was tougher then and a man was ready to rest a lot sooner. It meant his kids could take over the farm sooner." Tom's father drives an air-conditioned tractor and rides from field to field in a pickup truck, instead of on the family mule as had his father. That, combined with farm economics and Hutterites, will keep Tom and most of his brothers off the land. "My older brother thought about buying a farm but it costs too said Tom. "He was looking at some land near Pincher Creek for a hay ranch but he couldn't get enough money." SALES SERVICE Your headquarters for, Noble Implements Morris Bod Weeders Maverick Trailers Lethbridge 1107-2 Ave A North Nobleford Phone S24-3255 Taber Phone 223-3433 Phone 328-0096 The cost squeeze on farm land has worsened because of higher food prices received by producers, said Tom, and because of the "Hutterite land grab." "The Hutterites are good farmers and good people, but they have too much money for us to compete in buying land against said Tom. "It's in our family's the kids either stay on the farm or as close by as they can. All my uncles live within 10 miles of the farm we live on and only one aunt lives more than 30 miles away. "But with the big Hutterite colonies all around us, and the big Blood Indian Reserve, (Canada's largest reserve, situated north and west of Cardston and stretching to Lethbridge, 50 miles to the northeast) there isn't much land left." Tom's older brother lives in his grandfather's log cabin on the family farm. He will probably be the only son to stay on the land. "When I get back from my mission I want to go on to school and learn a said Tom. "I guess they'll be needing a lot of men in the oil sands, and since it will be a pretty raw bunch of men there they'll also be needing a good missionary to give them the word of God." Ladder aids eels TORONTO than eels were able to go over a hydro dam in Cornwall with the help of a 500-foot ladder built for them, Ontario con- servation officers say. The 100-foot Robert Saunders Dam had prevented the migration of eels into tributaries of the Great Lakes until the ladder of wooden troughts was set up to criss-cross the face of the dam 7V2 times, the Ontario min- istry of natural resources said in a news release. The ladder is believed to be the only one of its kind and the highest in the world. It was recently dis- connected for the winter. The ministry and Ontario Hydro, joint developers of the ladder, will discuss possible changes in the ladder. American farmers in 1972 paid billion in farm real estate taxes and another 5 billion in federal and state income taxes. The volume of food eaten, per person, in the United States, is expected to hit a record high in 1973, up seven per cent from 10 years ago. A general world wide demand for food has had much to do with changing food prices in the past year. North Americans today eat 115 6 pounds of beef a year. In 1950 they were eating only 63.4 pounds of beef, per individual, each year ;