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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Etzikom oldtimer reminisces Promised land forgot promise By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor ETZIKOM Johnnie Mines says Hoping is still Faith has lost faith and Etzikom is the promised land that forgot its promise. His Abraham Joseph homesteaded here in three miles from town. the hardships our mothers and dads went you wonder how people lived to be 70 or -says Johnnie Hines. our dad and mother's day they worked to try and keep us fed and get us off to The land east of here was rocky and hilly but toward it levels off and is better. don't know how they had the nerve to take a family and set it on a little rock pile and try to make a But Etzikom was a lusty little baby of a town. Mr. Hines says there was a a two big long livery barns for farmers' horses who had to stay two Chinese three a big blacksmith two or three little churches and some garages. those when they had they'd come 30 miles from Pendant across the big coulee from south of the Milk River. They had to stay overnight They had to put them all Mr Hines remembers those long wagon rides. In talking to you almost think he mis- ses them three years we were on our dad's homestead we had to take the team and wagon and drive 34 miles north to Bow Island to get supplies to do us for three he recalls. There was a lot of rock picking in the summer- time. lot of people live on that land for a couple of find they would be no good on either walk away or trade to the other fellow for something. No one had much of anything to give. had the full run of the country. of it didn't matter where the stock nobody owned or used the land ranchers made some even at that They had plenty of horses and the homesteaders needed horses. They would sell to him. So it wasn't so bad after all. whatever was going on. I was in it. Whatever was going I got the good of it. they are all gone. Can't find anybody my age to talk things over with any he says. Born at Toronto in his family 'went to North Dakota for two years. Early in 1909 free homestead country opened and they moved to Bow Island. were only eight or 10 families in Bow Island at the Then to Etzikom. got up to our eighth or ninth grade schooling out in that part of the There was a homesteader and family sitting on every half section. Now there isn't one on every 20 sections. You can walk over the prairie and see a hole. You say to here's where a homesteader had his home. But there's nothing there now. dad took us on the he only had 10 acres broken. Every year we broke 10 more Finally we had about 500 acres of cultivated land You got strong arms from rock Every fall the Hines family would dig out its own coal in the 40-Mile coulee. few years I bet everybody in that country was in that coulee digging coal There were no nothing. Nobody had any money. 1914 all the farmers had to get feed and relief. They got seed shipped into Foremost. That was as far as the railroad went We went in to get sack seed Then 1915 and 1916 there were awful good awful good bumper crops of that relief was in red ink on the back of the titles until that land sold in the fifties. They had two columns when they sent you a bill One side was that was four times the size of what you first owed them. was just about ready to write up to Edmon- to make an offer of to call it square. But I hung on. Dief cut it off. so I put my in my pocket A bachelor all his Mr. Hines says Etzikom was a bustling little town until after the Second World War. Then it started going downhill. Johnnie Hines St. Joseph's School under direction of Sister Yvonne Coaldale school concert set COALDALE The pupils of St. Joseph's School here are just about ready for Wednesday night's Christmas concert. The at 1413 23rd will open its doors to concert-goers at p.m. Wednesday St. Joseph's School Band and both under the direction of Sister are ready to perform. Each class will present some entertainment. This will be a grand concert because the pupils and students range from Grade 1 to says prin- cipal Sister Imelda Toomey. Sister Imelda teaches grades 5 to 9 literature to students in Grade and religion to students in Grade 9. Sister Yvonne teaches band Some of her band rehearsals are about as far from on as you can get. But band rehearsals are really lots of if rather and the children are at key pitch for the Wednesday night concert. What would Christmas be without a little bit of When St Joseph's Choir sings Joy to the you'll know they really mean it. Keep ___ Christ in Christmas 4-H club gives awards Inierted by Knighti of Columbus Reporiyour news to. The Lethbridge Herald Correspondent in Your Area TABER ROSSOIBB ........................................223-2252 TURIN MRS. PAUL JUHAR .................................731-4394 i TYRELL'S LAKE MRS. HOWARD HAMLiNQ ...........................642-2263 VAUXHALL MRS. R.W. POWERS ................................654-2369 WARNER MRS. PEARL LIEBELT...............................642-3610 SPARWOOD MRS. MOLLY LATKA ................................425-6817 Contact these people your District News or Classified Advertising PICTURE BUTTE Chris Haney and Len Nieboer were grand and reserve champion honors winners at the recent Lethbridge Northern 4-H Beef Club awards night held at the Elks Hall here The banquet started with singing of 0 Canada with Sue Boras at the piano. Master of ceremonies was Walter F. Boras. He called on Lorrie Boras to lead Grace. The Battersea Women's In- stitute served the banquet Mayor Alex Chronik spoke briefly. Entertainment was supplied by Barb and Susan Haney and Sue Boras Trophies were presented as follows Grand Chris Haney. donated by the Battersea Wl. Reserve Len Nieboer. donated by the Battersea WI. Proficiency. John donated by Mrs. Stan Larter. Best rale of gain. Ann RCMP recruit RAYMOND Karl Motycha has been accepted into' the RCMP He will start training for what he hopes will be a lifetime career. The new recruit is a native of son of Mr. and Mrs John Motycha. well- known farmers of the Ray- mond district. donated by the Battersea Wl. Showmanship. Kathy Hor- moth. donated by the Southern Alberta Co-op. Pen of John donated by Juris Livestock Judging John donated by Butte Feeds. Best records. Sue donated by the Bank of Nova Scotia Chris Haney presented a picture of his champion calf to the Vern Baker. Raymond trustees appointed RAYMOND New members of the Raymond Public Library board ap- pointed by Mayor Graham and are Joseph Helen Sabey and Larry Melvin Gerald 'Gibb is the fourth member of the board. Mr. Gibb has been chairman ol the board for a number of years. Representing the mayor and town council Ts Coun. A. G. Evans. Retiring board members were Mrs Jack John L Evans and George Schneidt RCMP project gets donation FORT MACLEOD The RCMP Centennial Town of Fort Macleod's official centennial received another boost recently when K Alan manager of the Lethbridge and district divi- sion of Canadian Western Natural Gas presented to Mel co-chairman of the Fort Macleod Library board. Others at the presentation dinner were Bill superintendent of Lethbridge district local company Ernie and assistant manager. Earl McKenna Construction costs will be thanks to the work done by the library spearheaded by Mayor Buzunis. Federal and provin- cial along with out-of- town business have been the only source of funds. Plans have been referred to the architect for some revision. It is expected the building will be ready for Homecoming Weekend. July 5. 6. and 1974. Hear more clearly without irritating background noise. Zenith's new Directional Hearing Aid. If you find that much of the sound you hear is irritating then our new Directional hearing the could be just right for you. This comfortable aid brings you rich sound at a pleasant level as it softens and reduces harsh unwanted background noise from the side and rear Come in for a demonstration of the or any other aid from Zenith's line of more than 20 quality aids at no cost or obligation. Batteries for all makes of hearing aids. quality goes m before the name goes on LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Helping the hard o1 hearing since 1943 Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 715 4th Avenue S. 327-2272 December 1973 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 15 Farmer aid program aimed at livestock Alberta farmers are eligible for up to in assistance if livestock are killed by natural disaster or predator animals such as coyotes and wolves. The administered by Helmut farmers' advocate in the Alberta department of is designed to lighten the finan- cial burden in cases where 10 per cent and 40 per cent of a herd is lost by natural dis- aster. The Livestock Disaster and District councillor to meet CUPE on new agreement BLAIRMORE Bureau I Mayor Ernie Fantm and Coun. John Ulrich were appointed by the Blair- more council to meet with representatives of Coleman and Bellevue councils to draw up guidelines to deal with the new proposed CUPE agreement. Council discussed the Carol festival at Vauxhall VAUXHALL The Vauxhall Community Carol Festival will be held at 8 p.m today in the Vauxhall High School It will feature the Vauxhall High School Band. The invited to play at the World's Fair at Spokane in will perform at Hanna Wednesday night Unifarm ladies name officers McNALLY McNally Women of Unifarm recently met lor a noon luncheon at the home of Martha Bartlett. New officers were elected as follows Katharine vice- president. Jackie Mona treasurer. Betty Peggy publicity. Lois program. Delilah Strand and and Lois Greeno. It was decided to donate to the Cup of Milk Fund. Evelyn delegate to the convention at reported the McNally club won first prize for its entry in handicraft The next meeting will be a joint with the at the home of Diana Jan. featuring Family proposed sub- mitted by CUPE. which deals with increased wages and ad- ditional fringe benefits The present agreement expires Dec 31 Amendments made to the dog licensing bylaw increased the rates for males and spayed females from to and tor females from to Sunshine Club holds meeting CLARESHOLM The Sunshine Club's recent Christmas meeting roll call involved members saying I would like for Christ- mas Most women hoped their family members would visit Bui one Sunshiner plans to go toboganning with her grandchildren A gift was sent to the Willow Creek Auxiliary Hospital and cards to those who are ill. Mrs J G Dickinson and Mrs J R. Laidlaw were in charge of the program Mrs. Dickinson read the story of Jack a Christmas tree Mrs George Goslin accom- panied her daughter. Mary who sang Holy Night Later Mary Ellen played and sang her own com- position a New Mrs Goslin played a medley of Christmas songs and the accompaniment for group singing. Predator Damage Indemnity Program will also help to reduce the financial losses caused by predator mostly in sheep flocks and cattle herds in Southern Alberta. For proven cases of natural disaster or predator farmers can collect up to 80 per cent of the slaughter value or normal market value for commercial breeding pur- poses of animals killed since Jan. 1972. No compensation will be paid to farmers with less than five animals of a particular type. In cases of predator in- dividual animals will be paid while natural disaster losses must incorporate herd or flock percentage losses. To confirm predator farmers are urged to report any loss immediately to their municipal pest control district fish and wildlife officer or the RCMP. Stavely girl is Willow Creek queen CLARESHOLM Peggy Nelson of Stavely Fri- day was crowned queen the annual Willow Creek Com- posite High School Queen's Ball. Other contestants were Susan Allison. Judy Brown and Judy all of Laurie Creighton of and Val Cooper of Stavely. Peggy Nelson The County of Lethbridge No. 26 Office at 214 13th Street Lethbridge Will Remain Open DECEMBER 22. and Will be CLOSED DECEMBER 1973 NOW IS THE TIME TO INSTALL ZONOLITE INSULATION Bring your present insulation up to the recommended level with Zonolite it never settles. Fireproof Verminproof Rotproof Odorless PER PACK 1 67 PRESTO LOGS The Clean Economical Convenient Fuel Manufactured from wood evenly compressed to 4 times the density of natural wood. Free from pitch and slivers. Assures sparkless long constant even heat. Per carton Containing 6 logs 1 ADVANCE CH..GD. LUMBER CO. LTD. Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since Cor. 2nd Ave. 13th St. Lethbridge Phone 326-3301 ;