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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Pass history buffs try to protect slide BLAIRMORE The Crowsnest Pass Citizens Historical Socie- ty has forwarded a letter to Premier Peter Lougheed in an attempt to preserve the Frank Slide. The Society learned that the Winnipeg Supply and Fuel Company has made an application to remove a portion of the Frank Slide. The firm is reportedly considering re opening a limestone quarry operation it once operated at the slide site. A feasibili- ty study on the economic value of the lime rocks is said to be underway. The Win- nipeg firm has no office in Southern Alber- ta The society is opposed to the removal of any portion of the slide which would significantly alter its physical appearance and to disfigurement of the slide rocks by the writing of slogans or names The correspondence points out the Frank Slide is not only the largest of its type in the world but is also the resting place of some 66 persons who were buried under the slide when it fell. The Society is asking that the slide be preserved in its present that it be classified as a heritage that any applications for development which alters the physical disturbs the sur- face or depreciates the historical value of the slide be denied and that any current permits for development be rescinded. It also requests that any application for the removal of rocks from the Frank Slide be denied and that a stiff penalty be impos- ed for the disfigurement of rocks by the painting of slogans or names. Copies of the letter sent to die premier have been sent to ten government departments. Natural gas industry here started at Bow Island By GEOFF TAGG Herald Correspondant FOREMOST The Old Glory Well blew in February 1909 and the natural gas era of Alberta began. Sunday a large crowd gathered at a site on the main highway at the east end of Bow Island to witness another chapter in the fascinating history of Alberta's first gas well la an hour three part an R.C.M.P. Centennial project plaque was a replica of Ok' Glory was lit and the new tourist information centre on the site officially opened. Lethbridge historian Alex representing both the provincial government and the R.C.M.P Century Committee addressed the More page 14 audience on the significanc of 1974 as centennial and traced the history of the R.C.M.P. in Alberta and the events that led to the force arriving in the area. Bow almost 70 miles east of was on the trail of the force as they made their way west. Local historian George Thacker related incidents of local interest on the march taken directly from the diary of George who was leading this particular party in search of the forts in the Grassy Lake region Mr. Thacker gave a day by day description of the force's movements in the Bow Island a subject on which he has become an authority. Members of the local com- mittee were introduced by master of ceremonies Dave Robertson. Speakers represented the chamber of local and the city Four R.C M.P. officers took part in the unveiling of the centennial including two of Bow Island's native Constable Dale Farrell and Sgt Doug Egan. The ceremony was performed by Marl Hodgson. Officials of the Canadian Western Natural Gas Com- pany were much ir. evidence Corral Panels These labor saving inexpensive corral panels are the best in portable ranch equipment. Easy lighter very strong. Excellent for use around in etc. in Makes corral cleaning u dream. Remove one or two panels and use power equipment. Can be set up in any way or place you desire. Completely self-supporting. Let your imagination be your guide. Ideal A.1. Equipment. Do It Yourself... We have lots of wire available if you want to make your own panels also a good quantity of panel wire for Hogs and Sheep. CATTLE 11.89 14.OO 17.92 CLINT'S EQUIPMENT LIMITED In Canada By Alberta Phone 654-3534 for the lighting of Old Glory. Following the successful development of the Bow Island the company was formed and began serving Albertans with natural gas. In a cermony directed by Dr. Phil the history of the area's gas reserve was out- the wheel turned and the flame lit atop the towering derrick. The story of the Old Glory well that was to be of such historical significance began in 1908 when Eugene Coste began drilling a well. At the 1700 foot level he ordered the well to be but the R. W. Martin ignored the believing that they were near oil. A few days later oil was encountered at the 1909 foot level and was completed at 1916 feet The test showed cubic feet a day In 1912 a pipeline was built to Lethbridge and Calgary and the first commercial gas field in Alberta was born In the 1920's the field became the first un- derground gas storage field in the and since 1930 has been used to meet peak winter a function it still fulfils today. The annual children's day at Bow held on July has been renamed Old Glory and the official ceremonies were timed to coincide with this event. Pincher park open PINCHER CREEK Culture and Youth Minister Horst Schmid recently opened the Pincher Creek Museum and Kootenai Brown Park here at a ceremony attended by 300 people. The Pincher Creek Community Band opened the event with 0' Canada and entertained with other selections. Oldtime stories were read by historical association essay winners Dorothy first and Tammy second Zelda Levine received honorable mention. Traditional Indian dances were performed by six young native girls dressed in white buckskin dresses. Six Peigan men drummed and sang an accompaniment. Oldtime music was performed by Ernie Cridland and Joe who played the violin and banjo respectively. Mr. presenting a chair -used in the first Alberta said the museum is the present meets the future and the past is welded to the The Herald- District Crown should take says Coleman Council Sparwood men win race SPARWOOD The raft race featured at the Sparwood Coalminer Days was won by a craft crewed by two Sparwood residents. Karry Davis and Larry Hyggen made the run down the Elk River from Elk Valley Bridge to Hosmer Bridge in one 35 minutes and 30 seconds A Calgary Kramer took first place in the senior men's fastball tour- and a Kramer Dale won the most valuable player award. Al playing on the gas company team from was judged most sport- smanlike player and Don Morin of the Husky Hounds from Calgary the best pitcher. The Calgary Safety Round- Up Band highlighted the parade. Best float in the parade was Michel-Natal Hospital's entry. Best commercial float was exhibited by IGS Hardware of best club float by Fernie best comic float by Fernie best comic horse and best adult horse by Paradise Stables and best junior by Colleen Bailey. COLEMAN Council recently elected to support a recommendation of the Old Man Regional River Planning commission which calls for the Crown to assume title to unused CP Rail proper- ty. The railroad owns much choice land in various com- munities which is no longer required for transportation and the planning commission has said that the unused land should revert back to the respective communities through the Crown. A report from the depart- ment of the environment's air pollution control division showed that the average dust fall per square mile for the month of April was 80.197 tons as compared to the month of March's 88.379 tons per square mile. The readings varied from 8.979 tons per square mile at the Miller Fleming residence to 205.965 tons per square mile at the John Bmda residence in west Coleman. John Kapalka secretary treasurer reported that the equalized assessment for 1974 was and the provin- cial school foundation fund was Approval was received from the local authorities board to proceed with a bylaw for debenture borrowing of 000 for construction of a new town office and library. LAND DEVELOPERS RANCH MANAGEMEN1 KEN NICHOL 626 3917 COWLtY 2000 Acre Creek Area 1100 Acre Bonila Area Cowley Business Town Lois Barber Shop in Pincher Creek ______ Natural gas is coining to the Glenwood-Hillspring-Hartleyville rural areas CANADIAN WESTERN NATURAL GAS COMPANY LIMITED HARTLEYVILLE FRANCHISE AREA Rqe. 2P W4 Canadian Western Natural Gas Company Leth- bidge will install natural gas in this area under the Franchise approved by the Department of Tele- phones and Utilities. Natural gas will be made available to all rural residents at a reasonable providing all participate in this pro- gram. HERE'S N.lur.l Is hnl and Irw Mvlngs toconw apparent. HERE'S HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN SOONERI If you are located within the boundaries outlined on the attend an information and sign-up meeting to be held in the Glenwood Lions July 9th at p.m. For further information contact Canadian Western Natural Gas Company Limited CAROSTON Phone 653-3954. LETHBRIDQE DISTRICT EXHIBITION JULY 15th thru 20th featuring... The Stratus Faction 2 Hours Of Action Packed Entertainment Tuesday and Wednesday JULY and 17 8 P.M. Trans-Canada Helldrivers Tuesday and Wednesday JULY and 17 9 P.M. ;