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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta vuiy I nE Antique prairie cow found in 'Pass ditch By VERN DECOUX Crowsnest Pass Bureau BELLEVUE Archaeologists watching the construction of Bellevue's sewer system have discovered the remains of a giant prehistoric bison. While in past local residents have found arrowheads and other stone tools in their gardens indicating the area was used as an Indian village many years lit- tle was known of how old the site was before the sewer' excavations turned up the ancient beast. The skull and limb bones of a giant species of extinct buffalo was found July 9 in a 4th St. trench here. Sewer construction workers saw bones in the wall of the trench they were digging. They left them intact until an archaeologist arrived on the scene. Study of the bones by archaeologists Brian Reeves and Mike Quigg indicated that they were from the front quarters of a very large buffalo They said the animal's skull is probably still buried. The area behind was carefully dug out and remains of the skull were found where the animal had died. The archaeologists carefully photographed and measured the skull. Preliminary study indicates that the skeleton belonged to one of two giant races of extinct bison known as Bison Antigus or Bison Occidentalis. Buried some 10 feet below the surface in silts of a pond dried up years ac- cording to geological evidence the animal probably died or more years ago. This would be during the end of the last ice age. The experts say the bison was three to four years old. He was twice the size of today's bull bison. Nearby in the ditch at the same crude tools and butchered bison bones were also indicating prehistoric hunting people were living by the which in those days was in an evergreen forest. It is the earliest evidence yet found of man in the Crowsnest Pass region. It is the1 first site of this age found in Western Canada with bison remains of these extinct bison in association with artifacts. Further study of the remains and other in- formation still being collected will provide a good idea of what the environment and climate were like in ancient Crowsnest Pass. The South In short Wins writing prize IRON SPRINGS Sally Haney has won first prize for her short Couple That Didn't Like She won the prize at the recent Alberta Women's Institute Girls Club convention at Olds. Miss Haney is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Haney of Iron Springs. Hose contest Aug. 24 TABER The Taber Volunteer Fire Department will hold the provincial hose coupling competition here Aug. 24 at the Taber Community Centre. Southern Alberta media are being asked to enter the novelty event with four-man teams. Donation made HIGH RIVER A total of has been added to the Highwood Memorial Centre restoration fund here by members of the Tongue Creek Mutual Telephone Company. Lineman and trouble-shooter Tom Findlay presented the cheque to Ernie Henderson of the restoration fund The mutual was formed in 1936 and was phased out through the Alberta Government Telephones takeover and installation of buried cable in the Tongue Creek area. Mutual members Phil Carman King and Wally Mcln- tyre were on hand at the recent presentation. Festival set MILLARVILLE The annual Millarville Flower Festival is slated for Aug 3 and 4 and is sponsored by the Senior Women's Guild of Christ Church. Visitors are invited to participate and view this festival of blooms and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the surroundings of prize-winning blossoms and plants. There will be organ recitals both days. Home baking will be available on Saturday. The festival will again conclude on Sun- Jay with a short service at the church at 3 p.m. Tea hours are from 2 to 5 both afternoons and from 7 to 10 Saturday. 3.m Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON 562-2149 Specialists in all types of Engines ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd A venue South Phone 328-8131 Director named at Coaldale COALDALE Pic- ture Butte secretary- treasurer Earl Mcllroy has been named Town of Coaldale administrator effective Aug. succeeding Rae Yamasaki who resigned two months ago to take a position with the department of highways. Proposed bylaw to be advertised COALDALE The proposed 15-foot side yard bylaw will be advertised to allow time for town council has decided As now the bylaw stipulates the house founda- tion must be five yards from the property line. Interest rate up COALDALE The Alberta Housing Corporation this week informed town coun- cil the interest rate for borrowing by muncipahties and hospital and school boards is per ceni effective July 15. The rate is not to exceed 12 per cent Appeal to be heard this Tuesday COALDALE Members of the provincial planning board will be in Lethbridge Tuesday to hear about nine Marathon Realty appeals on stipulations set by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission for the transfer of CP Rail lease- holdings to Marathon. The Town of Coaldale will be represented by Mayor A. F. Blakie at a session concerning the proposed Coaldale Marathon sub-division. Rodeo set for Aug. 5 NANTON Young cowboys will tame terrible-tempered steers and catch elusive calves at the Nanton and District 7th annual Little Britches and Junior Rodeo Aug. with events set to begin af p.m. at the grounds here. The parade will start at 10 a.m. but all entries must be at the starting point no later than when judging will take place. This year the parade will assemble in a new loca- tion south of the J. T. Foster School. Entry forms for the rodeo may be obtained at Ted's Barber Shop here. Deadline for entries is Saturday. There will be rides and games for children. Conces- sion booths will be open. Evening entertainment will include junior playoff lacrosse at The Hub and bingo at the Nanton Community Centre. The annual barbecue will start at at the community Trailer factory to locate plant at Coaldale site COALDALE Intercontinental Truck Body Ltd. is erecting a plant here that could be manufacturing truck trailer bodies as early as December. The 95 x 100-foot plant is un- der construction by Glen Lit- tle Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge and should be completed by early November. The plant will make aluminum truck bodies. Ten people will be hired at with two-year expansion plans raising the work force to 35. Owners are Neil and Hugo Van Seters of Lethbridge. They also own Pro Motors of the city. Says Neil Van Seters- are extremely happy with cooperation received from town council. We're confident the new plant will be a success and help put Coaldale on the It is located in the town's in- dustrial site in the northeast section of town. Hcrald- District Bison's great granddaddy buried at Bellevue This beast had bigger ancestors in the 'Pass Coleman now 70 Environment agency may buy 'Pass historical society learns BLAIRMORE The Crowsnest Pass Historical Society learned this week that the department of the environment is negotiating to buy Winnipeg Supply and Fuel Company land on which the Frank Slide is located. The information from Environment Minister W. J. Yurko indicates that upon purchase the area will be classified under the Heritage Act and given full protection under that law A letter from the Crowsnest Pass Citizens Historical Society was sent to Premier Peter Lougheed June 12. It warned of deterioration of the Frank Slide and the proposed removal of rocks from the Frank Slide by the Winnipeg firm. The letter re-quested the government take action to stop the removal of any portion of the Frank Slide that would significantly alter its physical appearance or its historic value It also requested that stiff penalties be imposed for the disfigurement of Frank Slide rocks by painting names or slogans on the large stones. The Frank Slide fell April 29. 1903. and is the largest rock slide of its type in the world. More than 60 people lost their lives in the early spring morning disaster B.C. may buy White Swan Lake land for use as a recreational site KIMBERLEY The B.C. government is expected to make a decision at about the end of July on the proposed purchase of 40 acres of land at White Swan 50 miles northeast of here. A department of recreation and conservation spokesman said the decision is imminent. The 40-acre campground site now owned by Jack Collins may be purchased for eventual use as a government operated campground and park. Mobile home service will cost COALDALE It will cost to service the new 14-unit Town of Coaldale mobile homes court in the southwest water and sewer supervisor Walter Riemann told a recent meeting of town council. The court could be ready for use by he said. Underground lines will cost about natural gas lines will cost per unit plus per lineal and water and sewer services will cost about Merchandise given to honor family STANDOFF About in merchandise was given away by the family of a couple who died in a car accident in the Fort Macleod area Dec. 1973. The gifts from the family honored the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Standing Blood Indian ranchers and former Sundance participants who died in a road mishap. They were honored recently by their grandchildren and friends at a special dance at the Sundance grounds. More than 500 people including a couple from New York who traveled here for the occasion Pete Standing second eldest son of the said the a yearly gather- ing of the Blood Indians' religious was appropriate because both the deceased had been involved in it. Mr. Standing Alone had been the leader of the Red Belt Society until his death. His wife Louise was a member of the Mutokis Telephone lines will be buried with the power lines. The present eight-unit trailer site will be cleared when the new court is ready and mobile home owners will be required to move. The ren- tal rate has been increased from Mobile homes are not connected to water meters. Prices for water and sewer hook-ups will be studied. Asking price for the land including cabins and is But the selling price is open to negotiation subject to assessment. George ex- ecutive assistant to Parks Minister Jack said the minister is now studying a report prepared by parks branch planners on feasibility of the purchase If the minister accepts the recommendations contained in the negotiations for a sale price will begin. Mr. Reamsbottom said policy does not allow a parcel of land to be purchased by the government for more than its assessed value. The provincial assessor has not yet looked at the land. The Kimberley Junior Fish and Game Club first approached the provincial government with the sugges- tion the property be acquired by the parks branch COLEMAN This coal mining town turned 70 at the weekend as hundreds of oldtimers returned. Memories of bygone days spiced the tea held in the Coleman Roman Catholic Hall. It was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jones. A variety concert was presented by the Coleman women in the Order of the Royal Purple. featured dances and the theme was 1907 to 1974. A packed house greeted the entertainers. Events got under way in the town park with music provided by the Cement Gravel and Rock Company Band. It attracted a large crowd. The Coleman Teen-Age Club provided a carnival and entertainment in the park area. The Coleman Volunteer Fire Brigade lighted a fireworks display from the slack pile south of town to brighten the first evening of the weekend show. Blairmore RCMP and the award-winning Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band headed a morning parade of decorated cowboys and cowgirls. The afternoon program featured marching on the main street by the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band. There was an jack- gymkhana at the east grounds. It was sponsored by the Coleman Riding Club and drew a large crowd The Coleman Curling Club and recreation board's Bavarian Beer Garden was judged a sudsy success by organizers. OPTICAL MISCRIPTION CO. _------------------.. Jbi Your Business Associates Will Be Staying At The 3 jtlotd Fernie B.C. Color TV DD Telephones See You Reserve 423-4438 Revelstoke Companies 1602 3rd Avenue Alberta Phone 327-577 7 ;