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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta t THE LETHMIDGE HMAIA Jvly 10, Fraser Hodgson Being mechanic in 30s was unpredictable He found out quickly enough that way of life is different Assignments and opera- tions were just fancy Words for jobs Wes Everson and I got sent out on, when we were setvicemen for the Interna- tional Harvester Company out of Lethbridge from 1935 to the middle '40s. We often went together on overhaul jobs to make it eas- ier for us and faster for the customer and the company, and we only needed one half- ton to take us and our tools from place to place. During spring and fan rush we usual- ly got split up and sent out alone as the complaints were often smaller and so hardly worth two of us for each job. Sometimes we all got fooled and the small complaint turn- ed out pretty big. I think most of the time we finished a job about when we thought we should, but quick guessing often backfired. One of these trips hap- pened to me in the late spring of 1937, on a call from the Pincher Creek Co-op, for Pin- cher Hutterite Colony. They said their TD-40 crawler P.O. BOX 357 COUTTS HWY., LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-9671 CUSTOM SEMEN COLLECTION, PROCESSING, FREEZING AND DISTRIBUTION Semen available for all breeds of cattle. NORMANDE The newest breed in North America CONQUEROR SIS Vial A full line of ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION EQUIPMENT at reasonable tractor had developed strange noises, and I was the someone sent out to see what was wrong. Ttiey had ac- quired an oldtime ranch a few miles north of Pincher Station, to compliment their holdings just northwest of Pincher Creek town. I plow- ed along the gravel highway west past Macteod and Broc- ket, and turned north f Pin- cher Station, and on several miles almost to the OVman River. The roads were still bad from the beating of the past hard winter, and as I topped a ridge on a short- cut trail through a hay field, I saw the tractor moving slowly toward the ranch buildings. The driver stopped when we met and I got out for a look, a hole the size of my two fists greeted me in the side of the final drive gear housing. The end of the pin- ion shaft was visable, and cuttings and pieces of gears and castings were hanging all around in the spilled oil and accumulated dirt. The driver said there wasn't much use towing it home, that would cause as much damage as driving, and he didn't think it could be hurt much more anyway I agreed so he went on with just one track doing any pulling, so he had to back up once in a white to keep headed in the right di- rection. After a lot of man- oeuvring we got it in a bright corner of a big sbeepshed, so if it did storm we at least could keep dry, if not too warm. As usual there was lots of very competent help around a Hutterite establishment, so we soon had the one side stripped and the steering BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD. 205 STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-8587 Headquarters for REBUILT MOTORS Complete or Partial Assembly For CARS TRUCKS COMBINES I'-fi Our Machine Shop has the equipment to quickly rebuild on a custom basis your own motor. For Complete Details, Contact: BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD. SOS 10th STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-8587 or the GARAGE or SERVICE STATION NEAREST YOU! dutch out on that same ride. By three o'clock that after- noon we had a list of needed new parts, and one man headed for town to order them. We knew that one ben bearing failure had cawed the whole bustup, and as it never happen again, all we had to do was dean everything operating room perfect, and put it back to- gether with the new parts. We set to work washing, scraping, and laying every- thing out on a couple of benches made from saw- horses and old doors, for quick assembly when the new parts arrived. At supper- time a lad came along on a pony and told us one of the boys was gone to Calgary to pick op the repairs, and would be back by daylight. We went in to eat and I felt pretty good about not hav- ing to wait around next day wasting the Company's time. The old ranch bad been turned into a sheep ranch, and I'm sure the original owner would squirm in his grave if he knew his beau- tiful pasture was being over- run with sheep, a cattle rancher's nightmare. The Hutterite 'women just came up at noon with dinner, and stayed around to serve sup- per before going back to the home place. The herders and farm boys stayed at night and got their own breakfast. I wasn't worried about tfte food situation, as I'd always had good luck eating with Hutter- ites. It was often a little dif- ferent than I'd been used to, but always wholesome and clean. There was to be a treat for supper, fresh fish caught that afternoon in the river. I got a slight jolt when I found out their cooking meth- od was .somewhat different than ours, they made soap instead of frying or baking them. And they weren't too fussy about the odd head and some scales being included. As they were suckers the only good thing about it was the soup separated aH the bones, and they strained them out of the mess. I cut supper a little short, mostly bread and jam, but breakfast was better, por- ridge, pancakes, and fried fresh pork. It's a good thing I had a good backing under my belt, because the sight that met my eyes when 1 opened the oheepshed door almost sent me down the road. The boy had arrived wfth the parts while we ate break- fast, but the mess around that tractor chased all thoughts of an early trip home far from my mind. The sheep had broken down the panel fence the boys had put up, and you can't possibly imagine the mess and scat- teration all our nice clean parts were in around, that tractor. Several lambs were snoozing on the benches, and more on the soft tractor seat, and sheep leavings were in- terspersed with bolts and small parts everywhere. The dust they had kicked up dur- Continued on Page 9 9 NORTHBOUND CRUISES 9 SOUTHBOUND CRUISES DAY CRUISE ARCTIC ADVENTURE CRUISE SEE CANADA FIRST Fantastic scenery, owaiti you on a most fascinating adven- ture cruise into the Arctic on the fully equipped, ultra modem "NORWETA." INCLUDES: Return air fare Edmonton to Hay River bus touts, cruise, oil for only A.M.A, World Travel Service 608 5th Ave.S. Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 AH enquiries welcome Office open Monday MMV Satvnfay t a.m. S p m. or ;