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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Pass history buffs J 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 ..ot only the largest of its type in the woriu 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 thai 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sur- face or depreciates the historical value of the slide be denied and that any current permits for development be rescinded It also requests that any application for the removal of rocks from the Frank Slide be denied and that a stiff penalty be impos- ed for the disfigurement of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 ot slogans or names Copies of the letter sent to the premier have been sent to ten government departments x .-xox- Natural gas industry here started at Bow Island By GEOFF TAGG Herald Correspondant FOREMOST The Old Glory Well blew in February 1S09 and the natural gas era of Alberta began Sunday a large crowd gathered at s site on the main highway at the east end of Bow Island to witness another chapter m 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 Old Glory was lit and the new tourist information centre on the site officially opened Lethbndge historian Alex representing both the provincial government and the R C M P Century Committee addressed the More page 14 audience on the sigmficanc of 1974 as centennial year 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- mittep 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 in evidence Corral Panels These labor saving inexpensive corral panels are the best m portable ranch equipment Easy lighter very strong Excellent foi use around in etc. in Makes corral cleaning a 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 PJ 11.80 14.OO 17.92 CLINT'S EQUIPMENT LIMITED Made 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 driller 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 000 cubic feet a day In 1912 a pipeline was built to Lethbndge 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 m 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 offic'al 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 stones 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 Cndland 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 present Hevald- District Crown should take says Coleman Council Sparwood men win race SPARWOOD The raft race featured at the Sparwood Coalmmer 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 Monn 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 Feme 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 requireu tor 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 Binda 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 MANAGEMENT 2000 Acre CrMlc Area 1100 Acre Bonita Area Cowley Town Lois Barber Shop in Pincher Creek Natural gas is coining to the Glenwood-Hillspring-Hartleyville rural areas m a aj CANADIAN WESTERN NATURAL GAS COMPANY LIMITED HARTLEYVIUE FRANCHISE AREA i 4 i W4 Janadian Western Natural Gas Company Limited 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 cost providing all participate in this pro- gram HERE'S Natural fuel and IM Mvlngi 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... 2 Hours Of Action Packed Entertainment The Stratus Faction Tuesday and Wednesday JULY and 17 8 P.M. Trans-Canada Helldrivers Tuesday and Wednesday JULY and 17 9P.M. ;