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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta rily by the difference of of Chinatown have chosen icir final years in the com- rolling smok- newspapers airmailed into and e in the national league the league's membership unity in Lethbridge now th almost all living Cana- original Chinese but many will mourn its Chinatown will spend etly and gracefully in the e was. in law him 5 wife July 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD -3 LL OUGHTRED Staff Writer Gimsuck Wong cooked in irant serving his native Can- itly 90-year-old cook has out- the White iple Leaf. ent for 65 Mr. Wong arful fabric of Lethbridge's de into the suburbs. for but in 1909 Mr. i to cook for hands on area ctic summer and harvest as 25 years old and tired of month in the Dallas Hotel in including was an first kitchen job in Victoria packed his bags for the land where farm cooks got paid he was away from farms he that were part of the Lethbridge's Chinese corn- years ago there were about ig in Chinatown. They work- rants and truck gardens and between 3rd and 4th ie. There were no sidewalks just wooden boards laid in ame 20 years when he province of Canton and his horn-rimmed spec- a hand-rolled Mr. Drt'ed his wife and raised his sending his Cana- Immigration Act which tion into Canada of Chinese return to Canada in 1929 nd English with an intensity he says he is now a great grandson and three great ig Kong. iger but Mr. Wong once more after his 1929 Like many elderly Chinese se Gimsuck passes acefully in the company of now it sits The or Chinese National no longer rings with the voices of children taking Chinese lessens after regular school hours. Once a focal point of a thriving com- the national league is now home for seven elderly Chinese men who play cares and read Chinese newspapers the stern gaze of the .eague's Dr. Sun Yat-sen Flanked by the flags of Nationalist China and the the Chinese leader's last will and testament still hangs proudly with his oil portrait. Now a district of an oldtimer sits out behind a 2nd Street South building in the cool evening air. Bill Groenen photos ;