Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
BILL GROENEN photos COLONY GERMAN TEACHER DAVID WALTERS Hutterites master new skills outside colony By Jim Grant Second of two Hutterite education does not come to an abrupt halt the day a colony child is removed from the English school, as often is thought to be the case by non-Hutterite Southern Albertans. At the age of 15, the young Hutterites are taken from the English school are required to perform certain duties and begin apprenticing for a trade. The trade is specifically related to the Hutterite way of life. The girls are taught to cook, sew and complete many other household and farmyard duties. The boys apprentice as carpenters, machinists, mechanics, welders, boot- makers, leather worker and skilled tradesmen in other farm related occupations. The skilled workmen on the colony assume the role of instructors and are usually assigned one or two appren- tices, depending on the colonies future needs. The workshops on the Spring Point Colony, 22 miles northwest of Pincher Creek, are equipped with the same modern equipment that can be found in some of the more advanced locations in Lethbridge and some of the oldest equipment that may now only be found in museums and Hutterite colonies. The colony elders boast of obtaining machine equipment from modern businesses that couldn't find skilled workers to operate it. If the colony needs a certain machine to maintain its equip- ment or construct new equipment, it doesn't hesitate to purchase it and send one of the Brethren to a trade school to gain the required skills to operate it. Recently, the Spring Point Colony sent some of its young men to Mathew Halton High School in Pincher Creek to im- prove their welding skills. SELF-SUFFICIENT The motive behind the apprenticeship program is to make the colony self- sufficient, a move -that may appear to be wise if the country is headed toward the depression some predict. Colony Minister Martin Walter told The Herald the Hutterites believe education "is a good thing" if it is to serve a useful purpose. It is wrong if it is being used to satisfy someone's ego, he quietly added. The Hutterites are obvious- ly making use of the knowledge they gain in the six or seven years spent as apprentices of the colonies skilled tradesmen. They make their own shoes, clothing, furniture and other household and farm equipment. Repairs to machinery, equipment and buildings are all completed by colony per- sonnel. Colony German teacher David Walters says the only. quality expected of a Hutterite child in school or the apprenticeship program is the willingness to learn. If they are willing to learn, they can accomplish what they need to, he adds. Rev. Walter says it is of ut- most importance to the colony that the English school teach the children to learn and listen. In addition, their reading, writing and arithmetic skills "would be up to he suggests. While the Brethren dis- approve of becoming educated for the sake of being educated, they claim to fully support new methods of learning being introduced into the English school and the expansion of the children's educational skills, if it is for a purpose. "We are for anything that is for a better education for our Mr. Walters points out. He often views a film prior to its showing to the children at the request of the principal of the two-room, 43-student, school. KINDERGARTEN A National Film Board presentation of Hutterite life in Canada was a smash hit with the Hutterite adults, principal Klaus Opatril told The Herald. To illustrate their advanced thinking toward educational instruction at a young age, Mr. Walter points to the kindergarten that operates each day on the colony. It operates from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the pre-school instruction of the three to five age group. Mothers of the children leave them in the kindergarten in the morning and "don't have to worry about them again" until three in the afternoon, he says. The Hutterite minister says the children are taught to memorize hymns and religious principles. The Brocket Colony, three miles east of Pincher Creek, is even more advanced in its approach to education. The Brocket. Spring Point and Waterton colonies all fall under the school jurisdiction 'of the Pincher Creek School Division Board. TIES CUT The Brocket Colony has been sending students to the Pincher Creek Mathew Halton High School for a few years now and has three students enrolled in the school this year. When the Hutterite children on the Brocket Colony reach the age of 15 they are given the opportunity to continue their education or remain on the colony. The colony cut ties with the Hutterite Brethren prior to 1950 and as a result is able to be much more liberal in approach to education even though the communal life is still maintained by those who remain on the colony. BOOTMAKER APPRENTICE CLINT MURR, 16 WINTER GAMES TORCH LIGHTING SET MONDAY ON PARLIAMENT HILL A torch to be lit on Parliament Hill in Ot- tawa Monday by Prime Minister Trudeau will carry the 1975 Canada Winter Games message across the country. Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, who is also vice president of the Winter Games society, told city council Monday of the torch parade planned to publicize the games. The torch will be lit by the prime minister at p.m. in a ceremony to be broadcast across Canada by the CBC, she said. It will then be carried by motor caravan to New- foundland, back across the country to Van- couver, up to Edmonton and then home to Lethbridge. Torch light ceremonies will be held in each of the some 55 communities across the country visited by the caravan. The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Pages 15-28 Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, Dscember 31, 1974 City unsure how to handle secret city parking study By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A still secret parking study was tabled by city council Monday amid some confusion over what's to be done with it. The report contains recommendations on land ac- quisition for parking lots or structures and was kept from the public to prevent escala- tion of land costs Other parts of the report, however, apparently contain recommendations that angle parking downtown be gradually converted to parallel parking. Mayor Andy Anderson told council the study should go to an expanded parking com- mittee, which would relate its wort to studies to be done by a transportation committee. But Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson said the study was just the kind of thing she'd been looking for, and should be discussed now by the whole council. It's part of getting a philosophy of movement of cars throughout the city, she said, and it could be used to lead to discussion of other relate'd philosophies, for ex- ample public transit. Engineering Director Randy Holfeld, whose depart- ment prepared the parking study, cautioned the study was only one aspect of the total transportation picture and as such was very sketchy. The transportation study will look at land use, public transportation, trans- portation networks including streets and parking the whole aspect of moving goods and people, he said. That study may be done by consultants to be hired by the citv. and arises out of the urban transportation grants instituted by the province this year. Mr. Holfed reported to council Monday that the trans- portation steering committee, made up of city and the mayor, had asked for detailed proposals for such a study from two consulting firms. MANY COMMITTEES But the terms of reference for the proposed study were questioned by Aid. Tony Tobin, who said later he was thoroughly confused by the proliferation of committees studying transportation. He asked for names of members and functions of the traffic committee, the park- ing committee, the trans- portation steering committee and the bicycle committee. When told there is no traffic committee yet, Aid. Tobin asked why two matters on council's list of unfinished business on Monday's agenda had been referred to it. According to previous ex- planations, the trans- portation steering committee is to have a report prepared which will then be looked at by a council traffic committee which will recommend how council should spend the provincial transportation grants. PHILOSOPHIES Aid Tobin argued Monday that the terms of reference suggested by the steering committee for the initial .study were backwards in that 'they suggest development of philosophies of parking and levels of public transport ser- vice as well as land use. Council should be deciding philosophies, not farming them out to some consultant, he said. Hurlburt permission' Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt says he told Ezra Taft Benson he wanted to use a speech from the prominent Mormon in the House of Com- mons. Mr. Benson, president of the Quorum of 12 Apostles which governs the Mormon Church from Salt Lake City, was the secretary of agriculture for the United States during the Eisenhower administration. Mr. Hurlburt. in his first speech in this Parliament, used large sections of a speech made by Mr. Benson without attributing them. "I let him know I was going to use it." says Mr. Hurlburt. "I have a great respect for him and I wouldn't mind you associating my name with Ezra Taft Benson." Mr. Benson, 75, could not be reached for comment. But a spokesman for the quorum said Mr. Benson's office could not confirm one way or the other if Mr. Hurlburt asked permission to quote from the speech "The speech is public property and everyone has a right to use the spokesman said Mr. Hurlburt sent copies of the speech to his con- stituents as one of four free household mailings annually allowed MPs (Seepages) 2.3 per cent of rails may be abandoned in 1975 EDUCATION 'IS A GOOD THING IF IT SERVES A USEFUL PURPOSE' Portions of rail lines north of Brooks and east of Calgary are included in the 143.2 miles of Alberta track the federal government feels will soon be abandoned, railroad officials said Monday. The portions are 36.1 miles in the Rosemary subdivision north of Brooks from Rosemary to Finnegan and 30.5 miles in the Irricana subdivision east of Calgary from Irricana to Standard. All other Southern Alberta track has been designated by the federal government as being among the miles of Alberta track that will be protected for the next 25 years or among the miles of Alberta track that will be protected for at least one more year. Otto Lang, the federal minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, made the government's long- awaited rail line abandonment statement a week ago. Of the 143.2 miles of Alberta track that the railroads may proceed with abandonment applications for in the New Year, 101.8 are CP Rail lines and 41.4 are Canadian National lines. The 143.2 miles are 2.4 per cent of the entire trackage in Alberta. CP Rail spokesmen said their 101.8 miles are: the 36.1 miles in the Rosemary subdivision; the 30.5 miles in the Irricana subdivision; 35.2 miles in the Hoadley subdivision southwest of Edmonton from Truman to Breton. CN spokesmen said their 41.4 miles are; 17.7 miles in the Spondin subdivision northeast of Drumheller from Spondin to Scapa; 10.7 miles in the Kingman subdivision southeast of Edmonton from Kingman to Barlee Junction; 13 miles in the Haight subdivision east of Edmonton from Haight to Inland. The CP Rail officials said the portions of line in the Rosemary and Irricana subdivisions among those the railway has for years sought to abandon, claiming they are uneconomic. Four other Southern Alberta lines the railway has also consistently claimed are uneconomic now fall under the designation of being protected for at least one more year. They are the Cardston to Glenwood, Cassils to Scandia, Suffield to Hays and Raley to Whisky Gap lines. Mr Lang last week said there are now miles of rail lines in the three Prairie provinces. The three designations include miles of lines that will be protected until the year 2000 "to allay fears that the wholesale abandonment of rail lines in Western Canada is about to take miles of lines protected against abandonment applications for at least one more year, and 525 miles of lines for which protection against abandonment is" not sensible because they are no longer being used. Industry Minister Fred Peacock said Monday the federal government's promise that a majority of rail lines on the Prairies will be protected against further abandonment for at least the next 25 years will allow development of the regional economy. Mr. Peacock, in a prepared statement, said Ottawa's action will allow "development of a rationalized grain system which will provide the producer of grains in the province with more efficient transportation and will allow grain companies to plan and develop facilities at strategic points without the fear of loss of rail service."