Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Oldtimers will Please pass the lacchino urrosl Friday, December 54, 1971 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAIB 3 liy C. A. WKEKES Herald News Service Christmas, like Remcm- briince Day, is essentially a pnignanl time of recalling old friends and old plates. An oldtimer remembers far- ther back each year and with the Yuletide calls to mind those friends and family members of long ago Christmases. As our greeting cards arrive they are hung on long trans- verse strings across the front room. This may suggest ostentation but to rn'c and the family at least, it creates the happy illu- sion that the old friends are with us in spirit. So much so is this we seem to sense their presence. As the lines of cards grow longer we feel ourselves rich indeed and Christmas takes on new mean- in'1 to our souls. Two old frierds. long vanish- ed from this earth, arc here- with portrayed. Particularly, do 1 remember as a prime friend, the late Dr. George Arthur to whom I owe my life. He was a tall, burly- bearded man blessed with a heart of gold besides an in- tense love of all children and all folk. He was a real frontier type of doctor who worked veritable miracles with his patients. In the earlier days of the cen- tury it was nothing to hear him hail his consult arils in French, Ukrainian or Cree. Few knew the working man as he did. A GIFT FOR YOU Santa helps Mrs. Isabella Stollcr peck through the wrapping paper on her gift at the re- cent Nohlefonl Christmas party. Santa loves big kids too! Little folks received the most loving care. I well recall how it was my misfortune often to step on rusly nails. He cauterized each wound with a sharpened match- stick and Friar's Balsam. No wonder he was said to be a prototype o' Ralph Connor's character, The Doctor. Dr. Arthur hailed from Truro, N.S. Graduating from medical school he went to sea as a ship's doctor. It was at I he turn of the cen- tury that his steps turned to- wards the West. Already he had earned his doctor of divi- nity degree in addition to the MD earned before. After a period as a mission- ary doctor hs found his way to Vegreville and spent the bal ance of his life there or around Lavoy close by. He chose to live outside of towns a farm seemed to be just the place for off-duty hours. Later as he got along in years he stayed in Lavoy where he had his office, a drugstore and the usual com- bination of telephone and post offices. How I loved the summers I spent at his farm where I could fetch the cows and milk them. There, too, 1 undertook to care for the pigs. Gopher-catching gave me my only spending money and I well recall the cent a tail that the doctor paid me. Indoors there was his library available to me with three walls hidden by books. In the front room was a well- tuned piano that was the cen- tre of interest on rainy days and on happy evenings or week- ends. In the far-back days 1 recall he had a former trotting racer to get about on his calls. This mare had the propensity of taking off at the clang of a bell. Later the doctor drove in all the pomp and glory of an old Model T Ford. Dear among the old friends of yesteryear I would place Jack Richardson, one of the earliest objects of my devotion. He was a big-hearted man who played a prominent part in Ve- greville as I recall it from the days before the First World War. He had a thriving livery barn not too far from our home so it was inevitable that in my little-boy rambles I ended up there. There was always the gla- mour of saddle horses, teams and the old Democrat stage that hi those days carried His Majesty's mail and a very con- g 1 o m c r o u s assortment of freight between our town and St. Paul dcs Metis to the nortli- tisl BACK FUND A bake sale at a Lctlibriilge depart- ment store and a school dance Helped Ccialhurst High School students help the refu- gees from Bangla Desh. Teacher Bill Dyck, not shown and s'.iidents, top to bittern, Keg Nieol, George, Cook, Su- san Livingston, Chris Socnen and Tracy Bcglaw, brought Sinn to The Herald's Cup ot Milk Fund on behalf of the school student body. Thanks a million, jranf! We're over the top thanks to our wonderful south Alberta community of communities. -Ed Finlay Pholo HEtPING HANDS FOR REFUGEES lakeview School pupils of tethbridge raffled a bouquet, held o bake sale, operated bingo games and sold candy, popcorn and comics to raise 5291 for The Herald's Cup of Milk Fund. A great effort! We're proud of you! The whole school took part. Top, Aney Wall, ,7, lefl, and Anthony Andrews, 7; middle: Duane DeGeer, 8, Pom Shigehiro, 10, and Todd Kopp, 8; boltom: Bobby Moore, 10, Paula Harper, 10, Tami Pistawka, 11, and Valerie taidlaw, 11. Principal Mrs. Elrna Groves set the youngsters in motion. LENSES For everyone who wears glasses Available in ALL prescriptions. These. 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Tlie Bill Bacviik rink of Fer- nie won the "C" event, spon- sored by Georgette Bertoia of Sparwood, toppling the G. Ste- phenson rink of Fernie. The weekend bonspiel altract- ed a of out-of-town rinks especially from Ferule and C, Sparwood and Fernie rinks dominated the wins with four rinks each cop- ping while Coloman rinks won and Rlairmore and Elkford each had a single rink winning a prize. A Mai twelve rinks won prizes in the three events during the hori- spiel. WARDS RENTALS By C. A. WKEKES Herald News Service COWLEY Napoleon once said, "An army travels on its stomach." The truth of this lr.is never been questioned as many a vet- eran of the Second World War can vouch for ]t is a fact that never before, possibly never since, have so nanv men and women cam- >aigned in so countries and became exposed to so many customs, foods, curren- cies and climates. Travel does broaden a man 'as so many of us in postwar days found when we went to into civilian clothes after some years in khaki battle- dress: Just recently my jaded appe- tite was stirred by the uncov- l-C. I T C 2 C 8. R G ering of two souvenir onr from Italy, Christmas 1914, and one from Holland, Christ- mas 1345. After Yulclidc mess dinners from to II is passible to find tlie pood cheer of Can- ada, England, Ilaly, and Hol- land having many common de- nominators, chiefly in the voca- bularv of each country and the availability ana' nature of of the features of any menu. Our li'tle booklet of Canadian servicemen's verse, brought out in Italy, had one decided gem. namely, "Christmas comes but once a year. So does Hie tur- key, so docs the beer What tickles us so much loo is that after all those interven- ing years one can still fairly accurately translate "Le voca- bnlaire. i" i Thv various ilrms seem to have tha power lo make us IHnk of comrades v.ho joined with us in those hectic byegone days. The Kalian menu is printed with capital letters anri a beaut green maple leaf (fir which the p.'inter had to carve a .'ino'iium it was something cf a prob- lem to establish the full detail with what little vocabulary WR had in Italian. The printer had even less English in that little hill-tcp town of Chianchiano where B Division of First Ca- nadian Convalescent Depot had been established. The sergeants' mess was in a posh but small hole! in the "rilzy" part of the tourist belt. Oh yes, we had turkey and the trimmings, vegetables and all, only it appears as "Polpet- tone alle fiorenlina con cardi gralinati i sformalo di carotc." The turkey itself was, "Tac- cliino arroEto." Cheese is It was a feeo" all right even if you did not know how to say the words in Italian. The war was over and Cana- dians were going home, all ex- cept a happy group forming the establishment known as No. 1 Leave Transit Camp in IS'ijme- gen, Holland. A menu labelled Kerstmis bears the heading of "spij- skaarf." How different the vocabu- lary! We began with Vermicelli Soep no trouble with that. Our turkey shows up as "Gcb- raden Gevogelte" with our be- loved spuds as "Gebakken Aaro'appcltjes." the Cauliflow- er as "Blcsmkool" and peas as "Worteljes." The dessert turned out to in- clude "Kerslmis" pudding met "L i k e u r satis. fruitsalade, Kaas. Mekka and Likeuren. Delicious? Of course! After the long war years with M and V, eggs, des- sicateu potatoes1 and convey steak (liver to you) this was a banquet fit for kings. As master of ceremonies there were many duties for us to attend to. We sat between the carr.p commandant, Col. St. aurent and the area com- mandmant whose name has vanished from memory. Tymburski Photo GERMAN SCHOOL KIDS HELP Pupils of the dale Mennonite Conference Church German School sacri- ficed their Christmas gift exchange to favor Ihe Cup of Milk Fund. Twenty-one dollars is their gift to refugee children. Timmy Janzen, Annie Dyck and Katie we think you're beautiful! Mrs. Jake Jcnzen says the German School is conducted every Saturday from Nov- ember to April at the church. Good luck to all of you! Evervone heard carols By ALICE WADE Herald News Service people of Shaughncssy got a pleasant surprise recently when young people went to everyone's house and sang Christmas carols. There were 14 youngsters: Rcsemarie, Roy and John Kip- nik. Sandra and Debbie Mrzcik. Perry Ruaben, Wil- liam, Come and Helen Raats, Monte and Barrie Scbimpf. Pa- j ti-ica Hudson. Monica Kcrber and Arlene Pierson. j Everyone enjoyed the sing- ing. invited them in for refresh- ments and gave them dona- lions about which they are giving to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The young people thanked all the people here for the warm reception they received. "Hats kids, for Job well done. Unifarm eveiit PINCHER CREEK (Special) Table Mountain Unifarm prom held a pot-luck supper or members and friends re- cently. Mrs. Edith McRae, delegate o the Unifarm convention in Ddmonton, reported on events that took place. Mr. Boyden, president of the ocal, introduced C. Price, R. Deering and B. Pritchard, from a local accounting firm. They spoke on personal income tax, basic herds and capital gains. Many pertinent questions were asked. FOR CHRISTMAS NOBLEFORD (HNS I No- bleford Central School held its Christmas program in the school auditorium. Tt was well attended and greatly enjoyed by all. May the }or ol Christmas ttll your We. 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