Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, December 31, 197J Canadian department store founder had modest start TORONTO (CP) - Robert Simpson, a Scots immigrant, started out with a modest dry-goods establishment on downtown Toronto's Yonge Street in 1872. His business was successful, and in 1894 he expanded to a $500,000 building in the same area. The building promptly burned down. U . .'� a u n le d, Mr. Simpson bf . i. an advertisement in a ]o "wspaper the next day: 'v-'II rebuild immediately! ,''<� i.-r and Grander than be- . �' January, the Robert Simp-�..*:� *o. Ltd. will observe a cen-in business-during which Arm has expanded its oper-��_�� to 11 stores in Toronto, \i 'ttreal, Halifax, London, Re-�.!'.� and other centres. : rom its original drygoods ' -,e, Simpsons has branched out ii!"'^ such ventures as travel, i-./oi'^raphy and bride counselling. Mr. Simpson ran the business uutil his death in 1897. It then was acquired by Joseph Flav-elle and H. H. Fudger, under whose direction the company made its first expansions. MAIL ORDER OPENED A store was bought in Montreal. A mail-order department was opened. Buying offices were set up in the commercial centres of the United States and Europe. In 1911, C. L. Burton, a former office boy in Mr. Fudger's fancy goods store, was hired as assistant general manager. By 1925, Mr. Burton had acquired 15 per cent of the company. A group headed by Mr. Burton and J. H. Gundy acquired the business in 1929. Today, his son, G .A. Burton, is chairman. In between, C. L. Burton was succeeded by bis son, Edgar, who began his career *s a shipping clerk for a Chicago firm in 1922. He returned to Toronto in 1925, and became general manager of the store in 1937 at the age of 34. "I know all the things they say about nepotism," says his younger brother, G. A. Burton, who next inherited the firm. "But on the other side of the coin, I've known about Simpsons since I was three years old." He started out at the bottom -in the stock room for $12.50 a week while attending university. By the first half of 1971, profit of Simpsons Ltd.-of whicli the Robert Simpson Co. Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary-had risen to more than $4 million from more than $2.5 million in the corresponding 1970 period. INVOLVED IN RIVALRY Almost immediately after its establishment in Toronto, Simpsons became involved in an intense rivalry with the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. For instance, when the Toronto Transit Commission contemplated a direct entry into the downtown stores from its Yonge Street subway, it approached Eaton's first. Eaton's turned the idea down -unti Slimpsons replied that it was interested. Both stores now have subway entrances. Back in 1894 when the Simpson's store was destroyed by fire, Eaton's ran a newspaper advertisement extolling the value of its new sprinkler system and fire protection equipment, but extending "the right hand of sympathy" to those not gifted with such foresight. During 1972, Simpsons will direct advertising relating Simpson's to Canadian history. For example, it will explain that when the store was only a year old-in 1873-a man named Steve Peere walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls. And, the advertising campaign continues, as the store celebrated its 27th anniversary, the first flight in the British Empire was made at Baddeck N.S. Cost of the advertising campaign has not been revealed. Donald Duck not everything fee's quacked up to he HELP THE LETHBRIDCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE In co-operation with the Department of Advanced Education, Government of Alberta, is offering to all unemployed Albertans, these daytime training courses: RETAIL MERCHANDISING AND DISPLAY - 14 weeks commencing January 10 STENO-TYPIST REFRESHER - 12 weeks commencing Febuary 7 CLERK-TYPIST - 12 weeks commencing February 7 HOSPITALITY PERSONNEL (Bartender, Bellhop, Cocktail Waitress, Maid) - 6 weeks commencing January 10 SALESMANSHIP-SALES CLERK - 10 weeks commencing January 3 MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS - 12 weeks commencing January 3 CLERICAL, BOOKKEEPING AND OFFICE MACHINES - 12 weeks commencing February 7 WARD-AIDE - 4 weeks commencing January 10 REGISTERED NURSES REFRESHER PROGRAM - 1 week plus Clinical Service, commencing January 24 MEDICAL SERVICES CLERK - 6 weeks commencing January 24 LABORATORY AIDE - 16 weeks commencing January 3 SCHOOL AIDE - 16 weeks commencing January 3 YOUTH SERVICES WORKER - 16 weeks commencing January 3 DAY-CARE AIDE - 16 weeks commencing January 3 HOMEMAKING - A CAREER (Domestic Helpers) - 8 weeks commencing January 17 BASIC ENGLISH FOR NEW CANADIANS - 16 weeks commencing January 3 VOCATIONAL UPGRADING (Classes available at different levels in mathematics, science or communication) - 16 weeks commencing January 3 SEWING - 12 weeks commencing January 10 LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION - 12 weeks commencing January 3 AGRICULTURAL SALES - 12 weeks commencing January 3 FARM MACHINERY (Adjustment and Maintenance) - 12 weeks commencing January 3 IRRIGATION - 12 weeks commencing January 3 LANDSCAPING AND SPECIAL CROPS - 12 weeks commencing January 3 ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION - 6 weeks commencing January 24 SECURITY GUARD - 12 weeks commencing January 3 TRAILER MANUFACTURING - 16 weeks commencing January 10 FIRE SCIENCE - 16 weeks commencing January 3 AUTO BODY REPAIR (Pre-Apprentice) - 6 weeks commencing January 17 DRAPERY CONSTRUCTION AND UPHOLSTERY - Drapery - 6 weeks commencing January 10; Upholstery - 10 weeks commencing February 21 (Students may enter at either entry point) GRAPHIC ARTS - 6 weeks commencing January 17 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATION AND SERVICE - 9 weeks eommencinr January 24 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVING - 4 weeks commencing January 17 SERVICE STATION ATTENDANT - 9 weeks commencing February 28 HOST-HOSTESS TRAINING - 12 weeks commencing January 10 CUSTODIAL COURSE - CLEANING AND SANITATION - 12 weeks commencing January 10 FLOOR COVERING - 15 weeks commencing January 17 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE - Carpentry - 6 weeks commencing January 10; Second Program - 8 weeks commencing February 21 APPLIANCE SERVICE MAN - 16 weeks commencing January 10 WELDING - 6 to 12 weeks commencing January 3 RADIO TECHNICIAN (Pre-Apprentice) - 15 weeks commencing January 17 INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL TRADES - Plumbing and Heating - 6 weeks commencing January 10; Sheet Metal - 8 weeks commencing February 21 BUSINESS EQUIPMENT SERVICING - 15 weeks commencing January 17 LIBRARY AIDE - 16 weeks commencing January 10 To qualify for training candidates must have been a resident of Alberta for the past twelve months ... be unemployed and actively seeking employment . . . and out of the regular vhool system since June 30, 1971. No tuition fee will be charged and training allowance will be available if eligible-Individual courses subject to cancellation if insufficient applicants register. FOR COMPLETE DETAILS CONTACT: STUDENT SERVICES IETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PHONE 327-2141 7% THE POWER AT FOX - Dennis Stanfill, right, chairman of the board of 20th Century-Fox, talks with Fox President Gordon Stulberg. while taking a walk on the Hollywood lot. Stanfill, who replaced Darryl F. Zanuck, has achieved a dramatic turnaround to give Fox a $9,885,-000 profit for the first nine months of this year. Fox lost more than $100 million in 1969 and 1970. SANTIAGO (AP) - A new book, How to Read Donald Duck, which attacks Donald and other Walt Disney characters as "class enemies" of Chile's leftist government and its supporters, has become a big seller here. Since its release last week, the 161-page book, which among other things claims a "sado-masochistic" relationship exists between Donald and his nephews, has been snapped up in bookstores. "We're all out," a clerk said Tuesday in the biggest book store in Santiago. Other stores also reported that their stocks were exhausted. The book was written by two leftists, Ariel Dorfman, a literary critic who works in the juvenile publications division of Quimantu, the government publishing house and Ar-mand Mattelart, who heads Quimantu's "mass communications" division. The publishing house recently published several works aimed at Chilean youth to compete with Disney comic books, widely distributed here in Spanish, and other non-government publications. Dorman and Mattelart says the Disney comics are a threat to "the Chilean reality" as the Allende government works to transform Chile into Death toll rises SEOUL, Korea (Reuter) - The death toll in. Seoul's Christmas Day hotel fire rose to 164 today when six more bodies were found in the debris of the 22-storey building. Police have arrested 10 per-sons including the hotel owner and three city and police officials in connection with the fire. a socialist state because they advocate such "bourgeois" institutions as free enterprise. Scrooge McDuck comes in for heavy criticism. Most of one chapter is devoted to concrete examples of how Don-fid's skinflint uncle takes advantage of people to earn his riches. The authors hint that there are more than "casual reasons" for the lack of parents for the Donald Duck nephews in the comics. They conclude that this "aberrant world" is created in order to shield readers from "the normal sexuality of children." QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capital Furniture Bldfl. �i PHONE 328-76R4M Take stock,Cana New Year's. A good time to take stock. What do we think of ourselves, as Canadians? Where have we been and where are we going? We've come a long way in a little time, but there's much left to be done. We have most of the problems of the rest of the world-and some of our very own. But we have more opportunities, too... to make this country an even better place to live in. Realism. Optimism. A good combination when you're taking stock of your nation's purpose.. s'Sure, I'm often "agin the government." Sometimes they seem pretty slow and get their priorities wrong. But they're decent people. And we elect them. That's what's important. Nobody stops me from saying what I think - about politics or religion or anything else. I come and go as I please. That's. What being Canadian means to me, and 1 wouldn't choose anything else." "'Hewers-of wood and drawers oF water.' If we have the image, maybe we've' earned it. But I think, we're starting to change. Already we Cana-dians.produce more food than we can eat/ We're getting a grip on the greatest lode of natural resources in the world and we're going to use them wisely. We're becoming'more inventive-all the better.mousetraps don't come from 'somewhere else'. Much of the brain drain has been reversed. I don't think it's naive to believe that we really have a Canadian destiny." "I'm in politics because I think Can-: ada's worth working for. Since I've been involved I've.learned that all Kinds of ordinary Canadians are concerned, too. 1-get letters of things that bug people. Letters about poverty and inflation and pollution. We politicians' know we don't have all the answers. .It's good to know that the man in the street has some pretty sound opinions on these things - and'does^'t.mind expressing them." "Too many people in this country arc out of work. And that's a situation we've got to lick. At the same time, there's plenty of people iike me, with steady jobs, more than enougli to cat, a decent place to Jive and something left over. That's pretty good for starters. I want to sec the time when every Canadian who wants to work can get the same breaks I got." "Racial prejudice seems to be ingrained in some people's souls. But in this country, bigotry ... well, it's an aberration, not a national pastime. It will disappear, because the young people won't have it. Where else could I live and work where, so few people would care what I am or where I came from? For many, many people like me, Canada has turned bitter memories into high hopes." "Teaching young people to be citizens of a modern, technological world is quite a challenge for a covntry that was mainly agricultural half a century ago. In the past, we've had to import too many professional and technical people; now, we're turning out our own, even sending them abroad to help out in less highly developed countries. We have a way'to go yet in making education exactly match employment opportunities, but'wc have the institutions and the human resources to do it." "So 'we have dirty air, polluted lakes and streams, a vanishing wilderness... who cares? For a long time it seemed that no one did. We were too busy exploiting to care about preserving. As' if there were no tomorrow. But now there's a new feeling in the air. Canadians want to hold on to their heritage. As concerned individuals, we've banded into groups to make our feelings known - and the people in charge are listening.' That's the Canadian way." "Slums, depressed areas, crime in the streets. Sometimes you get the feeling they're things we have to live with. Still, I don't think many Canadians are'ready to take them for granted. In the city where I live, I can enjoy a quiet walk in a park by day, a safe walk on a downtown street by night. And a lot of the construction that seems so frantic is actually creating better housing or revitalizing the downtown heart of the city. We've got good reasons to be optimistic!" "Drugs, riots, acid rock -that's the youth scene to most people. But how many of us flout the law? Just because we're not square doesn't mean we've opted out. We care about war and poverty and race and pollution-we care about Canada . . . and we don't hide it .behind a big fat' complacent front. We're taller,; healthier, better educated - and more idealistic - than yputh' has ever been before. We'll make the eood thinot hanpenl" "Tension . . . Revindications cultur-elles.'.. Eh oui, nous avons tout cela ct bien plus encore. Puisque notre ton-tree batie dc 2 cultures prcstigicuscs. est la source intarissabiede ricliesses et de particularity -qui font'notre-heritage cxclusif et .valeureuk. -Av'ec tolerance et beaucoup de bonne vol-ontc, nous resoudrons n'os problemes nous-memes afin ci'aider a unifier la nation." "People who had to hack their homesteads out of the wilderness didn't have much time to' contemplate the arts. So, Canadians, were left a few hundred years behind the Europeans. Now, Canadian artists perform in Europe's concert halls, exhibit in foreign galleries. Their books are read by people who couldn't care less about their country of origin. At home, we have good theatre and ballet, opera and symphony. Only, we still don't give them the support they deserve. We can do better-in our own selfish interests.' ________ Ell mm "l guess a lot more Canadians watch sports than play them. Maybe there's a lot more flab than muscle. But we're building more hockey cushions and curling rinks and tennis courts every year . . . and you never see them empty. We can't turn out enough bikes, (the ones without engines) to supply the demand. And it's not just the jet-and-sun-tan'set that believe in keeping fit. Could be that just about all of us are getting the notion that a healthy body is-a good thing for t Canadian to havcl" E ATO N'S Because we believe in Canada Eaton's Closed Saturday, New Year's Day, January 1st. Re-Opening Monday, January 3rd at 9 a.m.