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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Ghost town will bustle again Corbin coal mine oddest in world By NANCY MILES Herald Correspondent CRANBROOK If the quarter million ton sample of thermal coal contracted by Ontario Hydro by Byron Creek Collieries rises to its ghost-town Corbin will surely provide the oddest coal mine in the world. Its coal is almost in the as this reporter dis- i covered a quarter-century ago in a excur-' 1 sion'up to the Big Showing. At the very heart of the Rocky Range of Corbin is in the lee of Coal Mountain irs high above the tree-line. Our access was the disused switchback road to about feet for a close look at the broad exposed seam of coal. Most recent mining method was and the x- cellent road base had only a few rockslides as it to the point of the coal stratum. The word in the 'Pass area was as infamo.is as you could get in coal-miner circles following a 1935 labor riot which nowadays would have commanded radio and newspapers of the continent. John L. Lewis himself had launched the United M.ne Workers of the Crowsnest Pass around 1920 and iis solidarity is really forever. It bargained for miners in all the vast Crowsnest mine fields on both sides of the Rockies. Railways steam locomotives were main consumers on an international basis and a Spokane International Railway British Columbia Eastern opened Corbin operations in 1908 for SI use. CPR line siding was at McGillivray a few miles north for the Spokane destination. Corbin underground coal is and industrial paternalism of the earlier 1900s built a model town com- .plete with company store and boarding houses which operated happily until the Mine' Workers coping with the depression and limited was negotiating a new contract under its old no The miners struck in early spring. American based Eastern British Columbia Railway as the mine operator fueling SI locies flatly rejected terms and imported strikebreakers April 17 through picket lines which mobilized the 250 men and women of Corbin. In those days law and order in the Kootenays was the responsibility of the British Columbia second oldest territorials on the continent. Rioters appeals quiak- ly raised 300 Blairmore and police rein- forcements couldn't match that so they were somehow headed off literally at the 'Pass on the provuv cial boundary. Clubs hammers and rocks were the main offensive weapons and 11 officers were injured. At where the railway along Michel' Creek joined the CPR and Corbin was sealed off to simmer down. May 7 the company closed down the mine which never reopened. Closure was so abrupt that for the next decade two BCE railway locies and three partly loaded curiously remained like fossils at the siding. Eventually they were bought for scrap. Hungry coal and labor market during the Second World War resulted in some working of Coal Mountain Big Showing top strip mine on a short-term basis with big machines the main operating item. This justified the ex- cellent switchback road which overlooks an ocean of mountains and the flat northwestward course of Michel Creek emerging from waters which have melted from Waterton Park glaciers. And the tumbled debris of the company town. Crowsnest Pass Coal Company launched in which nevei missed a chiefly survived depres- sion and oil-fuel locomotive operations on its excellent Michel colliery thermal testing as best on the conti- nent for municipal gas and power mostly in the United States. If Corbin coal sample can cut this mustard for On- tario Hydro its future glows. Dectnww ivra inc County councillors favor plan for pheasant cover FOREMOST County of Forty-Mile coun- cillors favor an Alberta fish and wildlife plan to provide cover for pheasants in selected county areas. But the county council wants each road allowance location pinpointed before the plan will get the go-ahead. Harry Vnend of a fish and wildlife outlined the plan for pheasant cover are proposing to provide food and cover on road upon un- developed road he said. want to plant windbreaks on the road allowances and provide cereal crop for feed We will fence off the road allowances He said the department will water the trees and maintain them for a period of four or five years. The plan met council's providing the farmers to be involved are in accord. But Coun. Marg Dragland of Conquerville said she wants trees planted for people and pheasants have a lake at Forty Mile Coulee but it needs some said Coun Dragland. She suggested that the Redrock area of 800 acres of natural park is the place to en- courage pheasants Coun. Ed Torsher suggested the low side of the SMRD in places the water floods a bit of would be ideal for the project am not in favor unless the areas have a multi-use purpose for said Coun. Dragland Poundkeeper pay approved FOREMOST Coun. William Kenneth Babe's motion to provide a sti- pend of to all poundkeepers in the County of Forty-Mile has been approved by the county council It is for services for 1973 only. The action followed rejec- irvn of a request for higher rates from poundkeeper Richard Harty of Etzikom. He wanted the pound and domestic animals act changed to pay per day instead of for impounded animals. Mr. Harty wants mileage fees doubled to 20 cents For care of Mr Harty wants instead of Secretary treasurer Roy Wallman told council can't change the But he said a new act is be- ing prepared now to replace the domestic animals act Coun. Ed Torsher of Bow Island said the general con- sensus is to eliminate pounds. He said persons finding and caring for unclaimed animals could load take them to the auction and charge board right back to day one- Mr Harty said in his letter to council that unless his demands were met he would resign. Coun. William K. Gejdos of Skiff think we have to advertise and see if we can get another poundkeeper before we go with those rates Forty-Mile poundkeepers are Douglas Piper of Ted Bailie of N. Peterson of Burdett and Mr. Harty of Etzikom Stopped action A quick frost last week caught this overflow gate in the St. Mary River Irrigation District system east of Lethbridge in the act of spilling some excess water into another ditch. The water supply for irrigation systems in Southern Alberta are shut off about the middle of October but it takes many weeks for the entire system to drain completely. This mini waterfall has trapped several Russian thistles l Mr Vriend said the road allowance strips will com- prise 66 feet of trees and 30 feet of unharvested 15 feet on each side of the trees. want to supply feed for the pheasants by leaving a small portiorAof feed stan- said Mr. Vriend. are going to compensate the farmers He said the fish and wildlife people are looking at an area of about 20 square miles for the plan type of trees will you asked Coun. Frank row of a row of a row of poplar and another row of answered Mr adding alfalfa and brome grass would be planted Coun Lyle Natrass suggested that these areas would be covered with 15 or 16 feet of snow. going to happen with your he asked Coun. Romeike suggested the department try a few ex- perimental strips first at Charlie Moore's they planted thousands of pheasants and they haven't moved up to our he said Mr Vriend said his depart- ment has an awful lot of research on it already and we feel windbreaks will Coun Nattrass said road allowances that don't have enough width will fill com- pletely with snow. will try to develop road allowances adjacent to natural cover areas like said Mr. Vriend now we have a project northeast of He said the Forty-Mile County project is slated ten- tatively for the spring of 1975. Coun Dragland urged the fish and wildlife people to people in mind Lake down here be because pheasants have to have she said. Coun. William Gejdos of Skiff noted the funds come out of the extra fee on the hunting licences and Mr. Vriend get most of our funds from the Coun Nattrass think in a lot of areas they're glad to see the pheasants out so they don't have to see the hunters In. I had a cow shot this fall so everything on my land is Coun. Romeike said feeling isn't so sympathetic to hunters They don't need per- mission to go on they just go on Vriend said the govern- ment has allotted for the program and the funds will be increased in the future. Coun. William Kenneth Babe of Whitlaw suggested Rattlesnake a park in the northeast part of the coun- would be suitable for the fish and wildlife people to take over. are not looking just at road said Mr. Vriend. Coun. Romeike said the council needs specific road allowances designated we would like to have the farmers' okay Past due By some the narrow bridge over the Milk River south of Foremost still carries traffic. fell down a couple of otherwise it's all a County of Forty-Mile councillor quipped recently. A highway curve south of the bridge will be improved if the department builds a new bridge. Rumor has it that piles will be driven soon. Mean- trucks slow down and cars tread softly on the ancient bridge. The Herald- District Calgary Power to fix damaged television sets Spring start scheduled for Elkford complex ELKFORD Construction will begin in the spring on a recreation centre for the Village of B C Plans for the proposed com- plex were completed ana approved recently. The complex will include a full-size hockey three sheets of curling a recrea- students7 project ends IRON SPRINGS Fifty-two Iron Springs School pupils and their three teachers sat down recently to a complete Christmas dinner. It was partially a reward for their outstanding contribution to the Cup of Milk Fund but it was also a project in its total provid- ed a learning experience for every child in the school. The junior students made place cards and place boys set up the and the intermediate girls helped 'in the preparation of the meal which included and all the trim- mings. tion and banquet a library and other offices. It is expected the centre will be open in the fall of 1974 COLEMAN Coleman television viewers whose sets were damaged in June by an electrical surge will have their sets repaired at the expense of Calgary Power Ltd. A request from a local radio operator for permission to erect a highway sign giving the local Citizens Band radio operators channel was providing the department of highways approves. A panel of councillors will tour Coleman the evening of Dec 28 to view decorated homes. Judges will provide winners with prizes Coleman will consider hir- ing a dogcatcher to service all towns in the 'Pass All 'Pass towns would contribute to the cost. A letter from the Town of Blairmore suggested this course of action. Coleman will present a brief regarding location of a 240 KVA power transmission line through the 'Pass at a hearing to be held in Blairmore Elks Hall Jan 20 A program of numbering homes in Coleman will be carried out in 1974 60th anniversary Taber's most musical couple. Mr. and Mrs. John A. celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at an open house at the Taber LDS Church cultural hall. About 300 attended. Noted as a choir master and Mr. Johansen evoked some sweet memories with his bow for the gathering. Anniversary dinner planned ETZIKOM The Etzikom Sunshine Circle will cater for a Silver Jubilee in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Jurkat on Jan. 26. The club will meet Jan. 2 at the home of Ivy Lee with roll call involving a basket of fruit for the Pleasant View Lodge at Bow Island. The women approved donations for the Etzikom Hall the home and school and the Salvation Army at Medicine Hat. The recent hosted by Marion collected gifts for retarded persons. OPEN Mrs Thursa Russell will be celebrating her 80th birthday tomorrow Dec 29 Her lamlly will honor her by holding Open House from 3 6 p m Dec 29 at her home In Taber Mrs Russell does all of her own house- work She Is very active in L D S Church Women's Institute. Com- munity Affairs and still sings In the church choir Her needlework wins her awards at fairs Gifts gratefully declined Appointed Chris Landreth of Cal- a graduate of Queen's King- is Taber's new assistant recreation direc- tor. Miss Landreth has a keen interest in track and field. Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Aak about our QuirantM ENGINES CRANKSHAFTS WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centra Custom Engine Parts Ltd 1605 3rd Avenue S. Phone 328-8181 ;