Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thurtday, July 11, 1971 THE LETHBRIDOf HERALD S Before they rolled up the Grassy Lake was sky and land grass By KATHERINE MacDONALD Contributing Writer GRASSY LAKE Grassy Lake in 1893! Can you imagine what it was like? I can tell you, because it was my home for a year in those far-off days: monotonous and beautiful, like other prairie railway stations or whistle stops. It was a vast canvas of grass and sky, encompassed by a golden frame of holy quiet and peaceful vacuum. Grass was thickly abundant, and not that short curly fuzz, either; but the shallow depres- sion t'other side of the railroad track that passed for a grew lovely billows and rushes that rose and fell in the breeze, and turned to honey-colored hay in the fall. A prominent and curious pink and gray rock perched nearby and resembled an overstuffed armchair or primitive throne. It was the subject of much con- jecture. The funny little narrow-gauge railroad that snaked its way across the prairie from Dun- more to Lethbridge was the one outstanding sign of the inva- sion by the east. The original planner of this busy little rail- road was the North-West Coal and Navigation Co., succeeded in time by the Alberta Rail- way and Coal Co. John J. Devine, seeking a hot, dry climate, gathered up his little family and belongings, left his job as station master at an obscure point in lovely Nova Scotia: "Johnsons' Cross- so well named, (but now it is called and ar- rived one hot summer day in 1893, to spend one whole year as section foreman of a gang of men tearing up, and putting down, rails and ties on the nar- row-gauge railroad. At the time of arrival there were no Indians or their tee- pees in sight to intrigue the newcomers nothing but vast stretches of waving grass, wifli a couple, or three, dots of build- ings stabbing the stillness like exclamation points. These were the customary section house, square and lone- ly looking, painted the pre- valent red-brown; a smaller building housing bunks for crew section men, and a similar shack, much smaller, :o contain the telegraph instru- ment so necessary in that wil- derness. The telegrapher was a blond young man named Firth. I be- lieve his first name was George. He spoke often and most importantly about anoth- er but more dominant point, called Gleichen, located some- where south-east of Calgary. Devine was a hard worker but being of Irish descent had a streak of humor that stood him in good stead and cheered on his family. Also, there was the occasional visiting cowboy, mounted of course, searching to locate stray critters for his outfit. In time, the family came to know of such outfits as the Conrad Brothers, W. G. Conrad of Montana, Howell Harris, Tom Luce of Pondera, Mont., and others either from across the border or the sur- rounding Alberta districts. Some Tf these names became more familiar and the bearers personally recognizable, after the Devines left Grassy Lake for the bleak plains of Montana. Later in the year a family of Indians pitched their teepee sonts distance from the house and near the tracks. Two Indian women were very curious as to how tihe house was run by the plump young Mary Devine. A busy woman always bustled about among her pots and pans and various enticing smells in the kitchen, to be waylaid by the two laughing women and held firmly in her tracks while they patted the dimpled arms. They even pinched the waist of the astounded woman and depart- ed laughing. That was just what Mary Devine surmised: that she was the joke, and huge as well! However, before the Indians left, the youngsters were outfitted and delighted with too pairs of very sporty beaded moccsains. Those were the days when Ta-ra-ra Boom de Aye, The Union forms committees NATAL (HNS) Michel Local No. 7392, United Mine Workers of America, met in the Union Hall recently and committees were elected for the new two year1 term. Grievance committee mem- bers are: representing the Michel operations, Pete Wiat for the underground and John Romancewicz for the surface; Rick Ganter, Elkview Prepar- ation Plant and Ed Dase, the open pit operations. The finance committee: Ed Dase and Steve Katrichak; au- diting committee: Steve Hu- dock and Pete Wiat. Doorman Andy Latka was re- elected. Members to act on the execu- tive along with the newly-elect- ed officers are Pete Wiat, John Romancewicz, Rick Ganter and Ed Dase. From Holland IRON SPRINGS and Mrs. Marinus VenderSteeg have as then1 guests Mr. anc Mrs. R. VanderSteeg of Veenen- dal, Holland. ON VACATION IRON SPRINGS (HNS) Frank Huising is spending a vacation at Penticton, Seattle, and Spokane. Man that Broke the Bank of Monte Carlo, and After (he Ball were the tunes in vogue. An organ from the home in >va Scotia and played by ;heir raother sometimes ac- companied the youngsters in their vocal efforts. Wfien alone and unobserved, mother's fa- vorites were The Dying Nun and Rock of Ages. Then, on waking in the morning, the youngsters were enlightened and entertained by "pin-ups" on the bedroom walls by some previous tenant: One, of two strangely dressed (or, rather, undressed) men, but with mit- tens on, facing each other in an alarmingly threatening pose (Corbett and and another, a veritable prince of a man in tights, arms flexed to show bulging muscles and a thick, glossy mustache adorn- ing his handsome face. For variety, there was a framed picture in color of a drowned sailor lad who had been cast up on the seashore. Garbed in a heavenly blue out- fit, he was supposed to be visioning in the sky above his welcome to heaven, with angels floating at his side to aid him io the pearly gates. A honeymooning couple, it was learned later, was the tal- ented young Lethbridge law- yer, C. F. P. Conybeare, and his lady. The name, Conybeare, became more familiar as time passed, and Mr. Conybeare proved to be a poet and play- wright as well as a competent lawyer; his name and talents indubitably linked with Lelh- bridge's romantic history were handed down to two talented daughters. The lack of domestic animals and household pets seemed to irk the two youngsters. How- ever, something was found and destined to take on the role of a Roly-poly, beau- tifully furred, not too big and with short, funny legs anc bushy tail. It was discovered hiding in a flat hole dug into side of the railway ditch, low exciting! But, it proved o have a sour, aloof, dis- position and resolutely refused o play. Sometimes, when it vas routed out of its hole by a redding stick, it came out fowling and complaining, and vaddled off so fast it outdis- anced its tormentors. MTiat uirk of fate restrained that animal from attacking can nev- be explained or accounted or. The badger is noted for his erocity when disturbed, but hat one was more entertain- ing and patient than any baby- itter. Ah, memories! The delight- ul young Englishman Jim Tiorne, who joined the section crew; he, of the ready laugh and tuneful, "My word, Mrs. (His t was assumed he had come aut west as a remittance man. What was Grassy Lake like i 1893? Much the same as the oregoing recital of events will if firm; but, alas! if there hould be big, healthy apple rees flourishing and blossom- ng, sprouting and bearing fruit in that area today, it is none of Katie Devine's doing! She )lanted an apple seed but, as >he became older and wiser, .he fact was forcibly thrusi upon her: that the glossy >rown appleseed, planted so carefully in that interest of pos- fcrity and as a message to in- brm that the Devines had been there, would never attain the destiny of its kind. Even though vatered every day and care- "ully tended, it would prove to je a crop failure. For the .plump, shiny seed lad been salvaged from a gen- erous portion of cooked apple- sauce served at the last meal eaten in Grassy Lake before entraining for the cattle trod- den plains of Montana. Greg Kveder most valuable player By LUCINDA LUCHIA Herald News Service NOBLEFORD Nobleford was the scene of a Little League Tournament with teams from Champion, Carmangay, Barons; Monarch, Picture Butte and host Nobleford participat- ing. The first game saw the Pic- ture Butte All Stars defeat a valiant Barons crew 10-0. The winning pitcher was A, Brown over L. Niegel- The second game saw Noble' ford defeat Champion 16-3. The winning pitcher was Stan Sjo- gren over Fath. The first and second games were called after five innings because of the 10-run rule. In the third game, Carman- gay bested Monarch 8-5 in the first full game. The winning Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS CIRCULATION JOB PRINTING Vemon Deeoux, Resident Rep., Blairmore Phone 562-2149 "WHOOP-UP 1 FUN FEST" St M Come and Whoop-lt-Up I Park Plaza at the WHOOP-UP jj DAYS 8 July 19-24 m Fun Starts at 18 to 1 a.m. "Terry and Gregg" in the IMPERIAL LOUNGE and Point of in the PIRATES COVE CABARET 9 S I S I i ntcher was K. Blimkie over1! fohn Flamond. Blimkie also aided his own cause with a grand slam home run. Picture Butte All Stars won nto the finals and Nobleford and Carmangay met in the semi-final with Nobleford com- ng out on top 10-8. The winning pitcher was Ke- in Luchia over the hardest litcher of the series, T. Ross. This game was marred by an unfair play by one of the mem- of the winning team. For- tunately the offended player was not hurt and the umpire, Ken Kotkas of Barons, felt a warning was sufficient. The final game commenced with Nobleford playing its third jame of the day to the second game by the 'Butte All Stars. Nobleford was really hot, de- feating the 'Butte team 12-4. Les Sjogren was the winning liurler over Keith Thurlow to win the 1971 edition of the Nob- leford Little League Tourna- ment. Officials for the day-long iourney were Glen Peters, Frank Jankunis, Ken Kotkas, Ken Romanchuck, Jack Dono- liue, Jack Harrington, Jr. Har- old Roberts and Charles Sjo- gren. Awards were presented to the most valuable player and the five judges were unanim- ous in their decision that Greg Kveder of the Nobleford team was the winner. Greg also won the batting trophy with a bat- ting average of .638- Placing second in this area was R. Blimkie of Carmangay with a .625 and third place went to an- other Nobleford player, Kevin Luchia. with a .555 average. To be eligible to win this trophy, the player must have had at least six official times at bat. FLAZAf MOTOR HOTEL N and RESTAURANT (Licensed) i 10th Avenue and Mayor Magralh Drive Phone 328-2366 9 Other presentations to the Nobleford Little Leaguers were the most valuable player in league play, as chosen by the fans, and this award went for the second year to Les Sjo- gren. A Hard Luck Trophy was pre- sented to Perry Luchia. Aftei missing the last seven game, of the season he still placed second in the MVP voting. Oth er awards are pending. NEW FIRE TRUCK Taber MD Heeve Clarence Jespcrscn hands the keys to the new MD fire truck to Fire Chief Jay Edwards. MD secretary treasurer Doug Francis looks on while MD Fire Chief Harold Tnrnbull inspects the new equipment. It protects the area north and south of the Oldman River. Gibb Photo. VISIT HANEYS IRON SPRINGS and Mrs. Howard B. Haney have had as their guests recent- ly Mrs. Haney's sister, Mrs. Vern Amunds, of Deep River, Ont, and her brother and sister in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Maier who are going to reside in Calgary after spending the past two years at George Que., an Eskimo settlement where they taught school and where Mr. Maier served as fed- eral government administrator. DR. DELBERT B. PAYNE (D.D.S.) wishes to announce the opening of a DENTAL PRACTICE On July 19, 1971 In the CREDIT UNION BLDG. Cordston, Alia. Phone 653-395S OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. These Are The LctHtnidge Herald COUNTRY NEWS Correspondents in Your Area PINCHER CREEK AND BROCKET KORINE YEUOW HORN..............------. Bretkat PINCHER CREEK MRS. EDWARD IUNN (Special Correspondent) Box 513 WRENTHAM MRS. RAIPH WHITROW P.O. Box 97 CLARESHOIM PAUL ANDIRSIN P.O. Box MS COUTTS MRS, AUCI HACKI General Delivery MASINASIN MRS. FRANCIS MUtlliR P.O. Sox 329, Milk River COAIDAIE MRS. 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