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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta Section 6 Lethbridge Herald Special Publicity Number 8 Pages LETHBRIDGE as I egmnin 6 50 MILES west of Winni- peg yon arrived at Dunmore Junction then the outpost of Lethbridge a place called into being by, and existing solely for the bene- fit of the Gait Collieries. It was there that the N. W. C. and N. company's narrow gauge, line, facetiously known as the "butter churner" or the "Turkey joined the C. P. E- line. It was then a place of considerable im- portance, being the terminus of tionable torments upon some one who has offended him Fred Whear, in honor of the aue and also .the narrow home of a large number of men employed in trans-shipping the coal from narrow to broad gauge ing pla UAIC _-i fortunate "rank and file were in- three weeks, until the deed packd into open coal cars.: began. in Command of the division with east EounJ gt. and on theilation, which had been; ness men not flow through the bunghole n Comman eas oun an o d not ow troug e un the Inspectors and a Sergeant's ?north by the railway track, on erected by the company for its; to their as thej np ther It was a the caboose in! the south by Duffeiin St., and j; employees was other; It was a were al- on the west by the river. It was purposes and was the aristocrat-; days ride and we: divided into two parts namely part of the town. In it the congenial rest-; the bottom and the bench or flat. officer commanding the police vLy ni-ht: bottom o; large portion Of i Dr. Mewburn and others iting room.: the population stffl lingered in their residences. It stands 1 miles i company dwellings board-: after Bound street opene .1 uu. of his loon. Eggs from which the -or- empty apple i igiriaT contents had .been remov- ori -jmrl refillpA with whiskey, VIEW OF THE NORTHWESTERN SECTION OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. iutendent, William Stafford and years as a municipal pest house. 'neglected and dilapidated, a monument to an almost forgot- ten past. -'all the bosses of the mine as er :aim mauuycu "JI v n siderable merriment from the i well as Mr. L. i. Gait, trip, especially, when that car hit lager of the company, stall lived the high places as it frequently' there and continued to do so lor did being mounted on coal car some years as there were no springs and we soon understood shafts in those days and the how the road had earned the mines were worked by drifts til it either fell to pieces or dis- appeared beyond the hill where the Custom "House now stands. j I mentioned that there were of which were came freely in. entirely liquid. Pails of lard also But it is the people who in- j nineteen saloons yet these were habited these buildings, rather I prohibition days, but prohibition the buildings themselves was a farce, for public sentiment that the mind recalls. Everyone i was adverse to it. The pioneers of Southern Alberta were almost a unit in the exercising of their ingenuity in circumventing those neers were "Jiaii-ieiiows-weur. whose duty it wus to enforce the met'" one with the other. The law. In this they were aided various types and characters such by eastern shippers, the largest us never could have developed and best wholesale houses co-op- under the restrictions of'eastern erating with their western cus- knew everyone in those there were" no class distinctions or petty jealousies and the pio- vrere. frequently found .to have been filled with fluids they had no business to contain. But worse than this the whiskey smuggling from Montana brought into the country a most loyally endeavored to put down this smuggling hut their efforts were unavailing, because the set- tlers would assist anyone wifr was pursued, assist him con- cealing his cargo so that it could not be found, misdirect the pur- suers and balk them in evexy possible way. Dantes, and they were of fre- quent occurrence for even then there was-a Quadrille Club, were held in halls with "bar attach- ments. A popular figure in the dances of those days was, "Waltz your partner to the It in this way the saloon keepei was repaid for the use of his hall, but on Sundays, these same halls would be used for services and no charge for them made. Such was the West in those days. Its men for the most part rollicking and. good naturedj liy- ing their .life for the day and heedless of the morrow. Depriv- ed of the luxuries -and amuse- the East they amusecL themselves in rough and ready" Avays and enjoyed their existence.. As'the country became more, set- tled new men came in who car-; ried. on business.- m a more busi- ness like way, sowing and reap- ing on which, the old timer had and sung. Naturally most of the true.-'old- timers'went-to-the wall. Checked in their old methods of life and being too old be apt at learning new tricksi they grad- ually scattered "to the gold fields of British Columbia or the re- moter regions of the Yukon and few indeed are left in Lethbridge todav who saw the first Christ- undesirable class, men who lived mas observed in THE QALT HOSPITAL AND NURSES HOMt-A NEW HOS- PITAL WILL BE BUILT THIS YEAR. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CONVENT AND SEPARATE SCHOOL. RESIDENCE AND BEAUTIFUL LAWN ;