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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Local news The Lethbridge Herald District SECOND SECTION Monday. July 1974 Pages 9 to 16 Fort Macleod 100 years proud It was a grand afternoon for a parade Centennial parade took more than an hour to pass by A day for centennial finery not many occasions demand a parasol these days By MIKE ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Fort Macleod was bubbling with activity at the weekend as centennial celebrations reached their high point and weeklong Homecoming festivities neared an end Leighton Buck Centen- nial Society president and Social Credit MLA for said the population of the town just about doubled with all the former residents returning for school and other reunions The occasion marked the lown's beginning with the arrival of the North West Mounted Police in 1874 Saturday afternoon the streets of Fort Macleod were crowded with people for an hour and a half parade that featured everything from clowns and cowboys to floats saluting the RCMP Bands had come from as far away as Regina to participate in the fun After the a midway opened at Midnight Stadium and at 5 p m pounds of BILL GROENEN photos barbecue-style beef was ready and chefs prepared to feed hundreds of hungry centennial guests About hungry party- goers attended the giant barbeque and it wasn't dif- ficult to tell everyone there enjoyed the meal Entertain- ment during the outdoor dinner was provided by local including a school band and the town's centennial dancers Mr Buckwell said he was very happy everything went as well as it did He was pleas- ed with the the tur- nout and the parade At the two dignitaries were presented with Fort Macleod centennial cufflinks Lieutenant-Governor Ralph Stemhauer received some cufflinks from Chester a prominent Fort Macleod lawyer Mr Davis' grand- D W Davis was the first MP for the Northwest Territories Fort Macleod Mayor Charles a former RCMP presented RCMP Commissioner Maurice Nadon with another set of cufflinks It turned out to be a real homecoming and a heart- warming experience for both the residents and those who came he said He said the reunions far beyond the centennial committee's with more than people coming to Fort Macleod from as far away as New York and California Royalty Homecoming Queen Mary Healy Flyboys remember those days of '42 Col. Macleod one of parade entries Gift for Nadon presented by mayor Vice-regal guest Lt.-Gov. Ralph Stemhauer The Homecoming host stayed for supper Nearly sat down and enjoyed barbecued beef at Midnight Stadium School reunion was tops dropped 25 years for two said Jack of as he attended the class reunion of Fort Macleod and district schools at F P Walshe School during weekend celebrations Mr who graduated from F P Walshe in the said he didn't talk to anyone who didn't say reunion is absolutely fan- tastic reunion topped the whole show the whole week of he said A long-time teacher and reunion Margaret claimed there were at least former students at the reunion that she had taught Mrs still an active teacher in Fort Macleod and herself a former student fronv the said she was proud of the fact she remembered most of her former students' names R E the oldest continuous resident of Fort was at the reunion He had friends but no former classmates all passed away a long time he said Events in those days seem- ed fast and furious but the fellows at Fort Macleod RCAF No 7 Service Flying Training School remembered the years between 1940 and '45 as of the best of our lives Those who could make it were in Fort Macleod at the weekend to remember those days renew friendships and talk about old times The Royal Canadian Air Force reunion was part of Fort Macleod's centennial celebrations What were those days like and what times did the fellows recall the best9 One fellow smiled and said highlight of Georges' life was when the WDs came in WD meant women's and it was George Bull fiom the fellow was talking about George was 21 years old when he got to the Fort Macleod base in 1942 It was during his stay there he met his wife was coming back from leave and she and a couple of other girls were on the train a couple of seats away from me A week later he met the same girl in downtown Fort Macleod and six months later they were married in Sask Rae originally from Calgary and now living in arrived at the base in 1942 and it became his home for two years Rae was a flying instructor and there were several characters he knew as students One incident he never forget used to be a thing called the milk run flight across the border to pick up li- Rae said Liquor at Fort Macleod was rationed to one or two bottles a month and some of the fellows had a thirst for more 'There was one student of a who flew down to Kahspell with a cou pie other fellows on the milk run and they couldn t get back because of a dead battery had to radio the base for help and someone flew down there with a Rae said with a smile They had a tough time getting back across the border Those involved in the incident were reprimanded but nothing much happened and the matter was hushed up All the memories aren't humorous George Hodges from Calgary and Harry originally from Lethbridge and now living in Fort Macleod talked of some of the crashes 'Remember that Tiger Moth that crashed over Harry pointed in a westerly pilot was killed Harry recalled the first crash the base the plane crashed into the river That was when the barber got hurt He just wanted to go for a ride Once the fellows began recalling some of those they were off-and-runnmg and no one could get a word in edge-wise that tall what was his name' He used to gel 6 unk and fall in the ditch on the wav back to the said Rie Commander said used to call it Opey's air force because he would always go to bat for all the guys Just then someone stuck his head in the door and is it all right if a sailor comes in way sailors and dough boys across the street Then someone shook the sailor's hand and handed him a glass Those were the days ;