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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta 'AGE THE IJBTHBmnce DAftT I031AI9 SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, Lethbridge's First Newspaper The Passing ofE. T. Sounders Recalls the Early Venture of the Happenings of Those Days, as they Appeared in the "News" (Br Edward lUcell.) Tho oC "SI" Saunters. lu the columns of 'be to many latoot or tie early dav-s ot- our aty and vicissitudes that have tucoimtercA and OTWXOUIC with' passing a few reminiscence ot the ity-s intl Mnwfles which liaset tie ia tho pioneer days ot r.ews- my be vt Interest to many of your and uuder that as- sumption I iddncj to tlic of iranEterrin; to solus of the ojr the passing atrty of plonwr news- Prior to publkatalu of The I.ethbrldge News lu Xoremtwr. 1SS5, were but dozen in three groat provinces ot Assinrboia. SMkat- ehewau and. Alberta, these points ot 4ielnf the embryo cities of Ilesina. Calgary, and Eduioaion and strategic points at which the faraouB Northwest Mounted Police stationed for goTeramenl pur- Prince Albert and and its lilcs for tho folloiv- iag years ire redolent of the free II and optimism that characterised the years settlements oC Can- ada's island empire. Naturally, under tho then eiistinj it could hardly be ex- pected th'at the first newspaper pub- lished iii a small Isolated town, wlUi nothing Taut a'feTr large cattle ranches in tho surrounding country, would bo ot the blanket description. In those days tho -wonderful tytxvcoiMiiE ma- chines that -mEke easy tho voluminous issues of the present day, were hut ciroams 'of the future, and nil typa lip.d to be .band set by "comps." three or i our v columns of set type being a good day's work. The first issue ot Tho News consisted of four 'pages, BOO of 'page toeing nino inches by IsveVre inches. Tho number of pages was afferwardE increased to Tho press oh which the Jirst "News'' wae printed was a' small Washington hnnd -press brought into the country by way ot tbo "Missouri and freighted oVerbnd from Port BetUon, Montana, .by bull. team freight, and was us-2d in publication of the Macleod Gazette, tbree years prior to the issuing of Kews. This press was soon dis- placed 'oy a Coitrell drum cylinder driven iy a. coal oil eujrinej and a job jrriirticg i'pness an-1 equipment was ahio Later on, with the growth 'of the town, the plant was farther jcularjcd, and steam motive power [substituted lor coal oil, later to be by electricity. As an 'incentive to publication, the <'Town presented "Mr: two. lota ;as a site- for his business aiVl tie-News was soou after installed in'a siiiUiMtt building erected on Fifth Street, where now stands the Stafford Block. .tie land surrounding the town was thrown open to settlement, Saunflers entered on a -ifew miles northeast of the town, and '.pitt in his homestead duties as .well as attending to- his newspaper. But then, 'EOT, the seasons wero very capricious1, .and after seeming his ha decided that a. fortune was uot to bVmado oat of dry fanning and ceased operations. Mr. Saundecs was z great. admirer 0{ good horse flesh and a born sport, and a drive behind ;nis team oS bays over the prairie trails was an exhilavating pastime. Lake all business ventures in the early' the Sews had its vlds- JeE'und periods of prosperity. The '.'year ISM, which saw the constniction of .the narroT-guage line from Leth- bridge to Great VMk, was one of great activity, in keeping witli -the provalHng spirit ol optimism, tho Xews blossomed into a semi-weekly, a ffuH-fleaged editor, J. M. Me- 4nii a telegraphic bulletin But the', boom was of short duration, and the News resumed its weekly publication.' Then followed soniB years, but tne spirit ot optimism "still breathes through the columns of The Nejvc. Word pictures of tho f ut- paint a prosperous tho metropolis of the south and great rural developtuont. Irrigation is com- ing to -the fore and railway construc- tion for opehiuK tip tho rich districts the, south and west and providing "a market for the product of tno mines of .these predictions hive be- realities, a trlbulo to tho fore- sight anil sturdy failu of the pioneers. For- a niurAer of years The Newa cottmued on its career under the m.in- ol Jir. Sauniiurs, 1500 The Jleraid" (which In the mean- time had acquired tho A. Buchanan) having daily field in 1901 by Mr. entered It was a partnership ivae formed with Mr. K .llAgen, ,who had been employed on 'the News staff in all capacltleB since 18JO. At the expiration, of tlio agree- In 1S05 -Mr. Saunderfl sold out .Ilia Interest to a local company, ivith JE, Hagell ns manager. Tho town at this time iras makluB steady pro- gress, and' always heralding tho van of. progress, tho News was issued an a dally, under tlie cup- tlon ot "Tho Soulhcni Alberta News." The- mote was premature however, and after Tunning for one and losing considerable money, tho Xowa again fell hack to Us iveck- Iy issue, with J. Manwaring as edtlor. About 1906 a competitor entered the field for so many years occupied alone by tbe KCWJ, "Old Man" Stmifcon of Craivbrcok putting in a plant and pub- lishing a weakly 'Tne with Liberal Inclinations. About two years after this, Loth- bridge experienced Its big boom, and Mr. Hegel! cold out the good will of Iho X6K3 to Southern's Ltd., -who had also acquired the Calgary Herald nnii Edmonton Journal. A new office was built 'on 8th street, and In November "Tho Morning Nows" made Its It costs lota of money however to run a daily paper, and lha Tentmro f roving very unprofitable and thought an opportune t'lmo to cease nubllcatfen. After running ior short as a weekly, the plant removed to Cilgary and Mmcmton. SInco that dstc. "The Herald" has continued to issue a daily that is a credit to the ua well as to the city In wblcb. it Is. is- sued. After hk connection with the News Mr. spent most of his time ai Creet nuuaiing "The Echo" whica paper he had lis-hM yean pro About this Uuie Mr. Saundors to realize on the optimism that for had suitaiued hlci. The premlsei on Filth street, which. In the early had offered lor sale to sat- isfy a tor 5SOO aad ifound no bid- der. with tin bo continued to hold theiu. were fold tor aad shortly ofterwards resold for 000. He sold his house snd prem- ises, irliers now stands the Dominion Block, for a good healthy sum; like- wise his Ucmeatead, and leasing "The Echo" he most of his time on a niiich he had acquired, a few miles Iron- puncher Creek, and later his failing him, he spent cousider- ab'.o time lu California. r The columns tf the early volumes or the make most reading to anyone interested in tho history ot town and country in gl ver them one is impress- ed with the rcany changes that bare occurred with passing and tho number of former well knowu who have "gone west." Among tho advertisements in tbe early numbers of VoJ.-l, iro notice Dr. P.-II. Mowburn. C. K. P. Conyhearc. Dr. L. G. DoVeber (Macleod.) Triweekly 'Stage Line between and Macleod. Halfway House at Kipp. Wa shorn Brown, Painters. Bentlej, General Merchandise. J. D. Higinbotham Co., Medical Hall. v. Hency Whitney, Livery Stable. J. W.' Ciolhiag. Alberta, Brewing Co., (Noel St. Godfonl.} J. CttTinab, General Merchan- dfce. i House, W. Henderson. Baroness Stloon. r tetchange Beer I. G. Baker Co., General Merchan- dise. O. S. Main, CHy Meat Market. X'nton'Bank ot Canada, J. G. Billett, T. Botterill, Hardware. T. r. Kirkham, Tinshop. John Craig, Furniture, Cos! Company. Mar. 33t a mestine of members of the Church, of England held at thV room night, it was decided to at once pro- MISERY OF IIL-HEAITH cue. try: Tho cold, biting wind of Saturday nlglil would have sighed through tho trees if there been any to tlirough. Under its jeoial Influwce a dyspeptic looking fliwo back and. forth, awpemW by the iiNk from a bull wagon. It iooi- ed down ou passers by iu a sorrow- ful and reproachful kind of a placard announced what might IM (h terrible fate ot that class knowu whiskey intotaera. eratly supposed tV.Et the cos- tor Is (he leadlus Induslry ot thU pflrtion' ol tho North'.rssi. This is 9 aistake. whiskey iuduBtry is tlio leading And thb is coau- I. 0. lluker creased fi-wu aumbw ot i Co. have ju-t recelv-their contract tor boef tot has liaeu The price- -was prohckly w low that tho coQimiseiouer for Indian uffaJre could not resist the teiapta tlou lo make the increase. Oct. 1C, Mr. iff Beulley goes to marritd. bon nr Nf, .Kuntlsy a tend-oK 01 Frlihsy evoniag -and tit had a goox lime, Miner jiubtwr Co. will bulW J here on Saturday for tbe cast, 'where at MR. GACPARD DUIORO "For three I wis 3 tar-tic nftttrfnm Dyspepsia and my gcncrsl icillh TSS rerj- bad. I cousullej'a physician and toot liis medicine aud carried oot his instrnctions; I did not improve ind finally the Axtef foU at I catlJ not ke owe', jit this time, friend advised ml to 't'niii-a-tim' sad I (lid so. After latinj two boies of 't'niii-a- I wis yreitly relieved; nnil tradwlly this marvelous fruit medians inidc completely well, digestion and jeneml health splendid-til of which I owe to GASPABD DUBORD. 60c.a bo.vG for At all desleK or seat postpaid by Fruit-4-tires Limited, OiUwa, Oat, cesd to liulld a church uere. It was stated that the following sums had al- ready been donated for the church, Sir A. T. Gait f2oO, Uurdett- Coutls. and tho liishoji of Sask- atchewan ?2CD, making a total ol This with a like amount to be raised here, more than halt of which has already been promised, is cipect- cd will put up a aeat building' ;mu free it from all encumbrances. Mar. IS. was a large and fashionable fathering nt the Pres- bytorian church on Tuesday evening to witness the nuptials of '.Mr. E, 3. Hodder and Jliss A. f. Fortes, of Lcth- bridge, this being tho first occasion the kind In town. Tho ceremouy waa performed by HOT.-Mr. IlobertBori. The bride looked very charming, etc. Mar. 12, meeting In the cause of temperance was bold in the Presbyterian church 'on Monday eve- nins. We believe it is the intention to form a society-----------. would suggest that the first effort of .the society be directed to having a decent license system adopted in- this coun- try, thereby lessening drunkenness. 'Macleod Gazette, Mar. is gen- Eean, jeneril supt. wesiera division C.l'.H. passed through, ou In a special car on a.trip of inspection as for vat as the summit of llorklps. He re- turned nn Thursday night. So fir there Is no certainty when tho running of trains through to tho cof.st will coi menee, it will depend, no clo'ul upon tho of snow slides west the Columbia. it- April 30, ISSC.-rXIr. mrcjay, late chief engineer of the acd EUK- of tho Gait