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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, July 21, 1973 THI LITHMIOOI HMALD A land which promised much but gave it up grudgingly They waited in line to file their claims By GEOFF TAGG Special Correspondent FOREMOST As Foremost celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this weekend, the village can look back on 60 years that be- gan with the coming of the rail- road. Perhaps the real story goes back' even farther. Settlers moved into the district to the north, south and east of the present townsite during the early- years ot the century. The area to the west was not really settled for at least anoth- er decade. Family names reflected a widely diversified cultural background. Many in the Fore- most area itself came from North Dakota. It seams that the Land Office at Lethbnuge came from that state and encouraged his fellow countrymen to settle in the area. Surveys of the region were done in May and June of 1909 but already squatters had moved into the area. Surveyors called them to a meeting at CAREERS TOWN GLEICHEN Requires TOWN FOREMAN Duties Operation and maintenance of Water and Sewer streets etc. State age, qualifications, experience, marital status and salary expected. For further particulars contact undersigned. Applications close July 28. Duties to commence first part of August 1973. W. E. Murray, Seeretary-Treasift'er Town of Glelchen Bex 159 Gleichen, Alberta Phone 734.3732 JOURNEYMAN PLUMBER require a Journeyman Plumber wilh commercial experience. Applicant will be expected do some take-off work and generally assist in building a me- chanical contracting shop in Lethbridge. Applicant should state age and complefe resume of experience. This position offers a rewarding future to the successful applicant. All replies will be kept strict- ly confidential. Apply to Box 74, Herald SHOP FOREMAN FOR LOCAL FARM EQUIPMENT and MACHINERY MANUFACTURER Must be experienced in this field and able to work well with other people and work without supervision. Salary negotiable to experience: only experienced parties need apply. Apply in person to VICTORY EQUIPMENT LTD. 920 2nd AVE. 'A' NORTH, IETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-4389 WHERE SMART WOMEN SHOP Reitman: are interviewing for ASSISTANT MANAGER We are looking for ambitious applicants to assume the responsibility of store management or ass'stant management. Applicants must have had experience in women's fashion retailing. Must be a self starter, ambitious, and interested in getting ahead in a retail career. We are also interested in training experienced ladies' wear sales personnel who would like to be trained to assume the responsibility of management. Salary based on experience and qualifications. Apply: MRS. S. KLAUS, Reitman's College Mall, or Phone 328-7011 for appointment. Tarpaper shack houses first Foremost bank ForemosS's first bank was this old tarpoper shack opened in 1913 by A. B. King and W. A. Cruickshank. Mr. King is fourth from the left. Other photo, used by per- mission of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute and the Foremost Historical Book Society, shows the Foremost main street in 1917. Foremosfs 60th anniversary celebration open- ed today with a pancake breakfast, parade at 10 a.m., official opening of the an- niversary celebrations with former premier Harry Strom on hand, golf tournament, horse shoes, beer garden, parachute display and giant community barbecue. Sun- day morning there will be a worship service and rodeo in the afternoon. Happy helper Joanne Ririe tells haw to work at home MAGRATH (HNS) Ma-1 grath First Ward Primary of the IDS Church held its clos- ing social in the assembly hall recently with President Mrs. Bay Stevenson conducting. Mrs. Orrin Nelson was the narrator for a program, "What we do in Primary." Four-year Sunbeams showed tiny treasures, assisted by Mrs. V. Bennett. Moonbeams presented a flan- nel board story of "lovely things God gives us." Stars decorated a carousel with things we like to do. Each class sang songs to illustrate with Mrs. Mark Dahl conducting, accompanied by Mrs. G. Fletcher. Targeteers put on a lively puppet show and sang about "the animals that help us." Merry Misses displayed their handiwork with Joanne Ririe giving an explanation of their course to become "happy helpers" at borne. Lana Cook and Diane Barren showed reflections of happiness as graduates of Primary. Mrs Alan Dudley presented gifts to them. John Rasmussen told how Glazer A boys lead the way with a torch of truth. Mark Barker gave requirements for advancing. Two squares of youthful dancers performed under the direction of Mrs. M. Stevenson Work accomplished durinj the year was displayed am lunch served to children am their parents. their base camp in the Coulee south of Foremost. They Were nvited to sign up their claim, bus obtaining the first rights to the land they had squatted on. In December, 1909, they were notified 'that land could be open for filing on at the Lethbridge Land Office Jan. 10, 1910. Names such as Fred Kearns and Perren Baker come to mdhd as among. tfibse who lined up'for three days awaiting their turn to-file. Friends and rela- tives kept the hardy pioneers fed and coal stoves kept them half warm during the long wait to file on a quarter section of land, with the pre-emption of a further quarter section. It is interesting to go through these original files, many of which have a subsequent story to tell of happiness or heart- break in a land which prom- ised much, but gave it up grudgingly. In 1910 a post office was built at Webber, south of the pres ent townsite of Foremost, and hi the years before Foremost was born, this lonely prai- rie outpost was one of the cen- tres for local people. It was closed down in 1914 when a post office was opened here. In those four years the mail stage had run from Web- ber to Grassy Lake twice a week, but to local people Web- ber was much more than a mere post office. In 1913 the CPR announced the railroad would be com- pleted from Lethbridge through Stirling, to Weyburn. Sask. They announced the names of Forthcoming stations on the line, Wrentham, Conrad, Skiff, Legend, Foremost, Nerniskam, PakowM and Manyberries. The line came to Foremost in Octo- ber, 1913. The CPR blueprint for the layout of tiie town is dated Oct. 6, with various levels of ap- proval up to Oct. 23. The first train arrived in November, but went no further. It was anoth- er two years before the next section of the line was built RAIL BRINGS BOOM A boom had started when it was clear (hat the line to Fore- most would be completed be- fore the winter of 1913-14. Some ambitious businessmen, predicting where the line would run, opened up their business- es, only to find they had to move them later as they had picked the wrong site. In two short weeks alter the steel arrived, no less than 17 new businesses opened in Fore- most a bank, a hotel, res- taurant, harness shops, poo hall and hardware stores. The frames for homes were being erected, and work began on the first elevator. The period from 1913 to 1917 was one of phenomenal growth As the town grew a schoo was built. It was the centre of community life, used for church services, dances and so- cials. Early editions of the Leth- Magrath'Cardston Band will march bridge Herald carry almost; weekly accounts of fires, usual- ly-of unknown origin, destroy- ing property in the area. The first major fire was in 1916 when a sizeable part of the business section was destroy- ed. Foremost was a part of the Municipality of Burlington 34 which expanded at an enor- mous rate. There is considerable evi- dence of administrative bung- ling in the running of the dis- trict. With the faying times they lived through, this is real- ly hardly surprising. BANK ROBBERY In 1922 Foremost received national and subsequently in- ternational publicity with a daring bank robbery which net- ted t h e thieves in cash and securities. The story was straight from a silent movie script, complete with masked bandits, guns, tied-up officials, getaway cars, cut telegraph lines and rbcks strewn in the roadway. The heist was organized by Garden City celebrates Tuesday MAGRATH (HNS) Ma- grath win celebrate its 75th an- niversary Tuesday. The program for the day in- cludes: pancake breakfast to be served by the Lions from 7 a.m. to 9: parade line-up for judging at the high school at 9 a.m. pa- rade, led by the Magrath-Card- ston Marching Band. 10 a.m. program at the elementary school gymnasium, 11 a.m. with a box lunch served at noon. Children's races will begin at 1 p.m. at the fair grounds east of the golf course. Horse events will go on from to at the track here. A barbecue is planned for at Jubilee Park. TARR DIRECTOR As Director, Treaty Rights end Research, Indian Association of Alberta, you will ad- minister the program as laid ou? by the Board of Directors to conduct both oral and archival research into the Rights of Alberta Indians under Treaty. Responsibilities will include insuring that policies related to the program arc adhered to; maintaining direct feedback to the Executive Director on progress of program; super- vising end directing activities, location: Edmonton QUALIFICATIONS Several years responsible planning knowledge of research techniques; demonstrated research abilities; excellent communication skills; ability to work with others; understanding of problems facing Treaty Indians; ability to speak em Alberta Indian language would be on asset. Salary: Negotiable PlMM by July 31, 1973, to: INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA No. 203 11710 Kmgiwoy Avenue EDMONTON 2SG OX5 ALBERTA Swimming races and diving demonstration will take place at the pool at 6 p.m. Concluding event for the day will be a firemen's demonstra- tion on Main SL This proved very popular with the younger set last year who enjoyed donning firemen's togs and competing for the hose. A special invitation is extend- ed to former residents to cel- ebrate Magrath on Pi- oneer Day. Any pioneer 80 years of age or older who wish- es to ride in the parade is ask- ed to contact Doug or Mildred Barker. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sekella of lundbreck. Alberta and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald. Peake of Lethbridge invite all friends and neighbors to an OPEN HOUSE AND WEDDING DANCE in honor of Lillian and Bob in the Pincher Creek Community Hall, -Pineher Creek at 9 p.m., Saturday, July 28th, 1973 PICNIC JULY 2> GRANUM The Daley Creek picnic will be held Sun- day, July 29. Pot-luck hffldi (dinner) at noon at the Granum HalL Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MA1CO SMITH-JONES WARING AID SERVICE R1PUY OrTtCAl 3rd Art. S. I WANTED SCRAP IRON NOW FAYING MORE FOR ALL TYPES OF SCRAP METAL Farm Industrial Anything of Iron! COFFER MASS RADIATORS BATTERIES CAST IRON etc.- Trade toads Carloads Truck Meftitt Ctom National Salvage Company LIMITED NEW LOCATION 33rd StrMt North Phone 328-1721 "Scrap b Ovr Swiftm" an international ring operating in border towns. Securities were recovered from Vancouver and New York. The leaders were even- tually apprehended due to some close cooperation between the Alberta Provincial Police and authorities across the U n i t e d States border. Another major fire destroyed much of the eastern side of Centre St. in 1930. The thirties were as bard on the Foremost people as on any- one else, but they managed. "What we hadn't got we Just learned to dp one old- timer puts it. Many refused to accept re- lief and would trade work for food rather than take free handouts. Foremost was a dis- aster area. Consolidation of school dis- tricts took place in 1937, and Foremost became the centre of a school division that was a far cry from the one room school house at Buffalo Head, south of the town, which had served the educational needs of the community from 1911 to 1914. Block Bros, Top Two Salesmen For Month Of June, 1973 NOY BARNABY 327-6683 "SUCCESS THRU SERVICE" Phone 328-2356 1240 3rd Ave. S. Kill LAZARUK 328-7402 NATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICE LAWRENCE SMITH 328-7970 BRENDA DAWLEY 3284309 MAR1ENI CAUL 128.1459 LES MARTIN 328-2464 WARREN LYCKMAN 327-1472 CAROL LEAH IORAN 756-3447 Stirling MARG STEWART TIM GRJSAK 328-2266 TED ADNITT 327-1384 JAKE TAMS 3284522 MANAGER STU SHORTT 327-4142 J- C- BEIEKlE 327-1818 Assistant Mar. FRANK TINORDI "SUCCESS THRU SERVICE" EfNAR STOKKt Open 9 to 9 Guaranteed trade Realtor Pbent 328-2356 Canada Wide Complete Financing N.R.S-M.LS. Intorat leans N-R S. Catalogue ;