Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE UTHBRIDOE HERALD Thumfoy, July 1973 Outside Waterton Family runs new campsite By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer WATERTON The new overflow camground just outside the park here is op- erated by Elmer Ekelund, his wife and four sons. Mr. Ekelund, an easy go- ing, wind-burnt man who looks like a cowhand on somebody's ranch, and his sons, did much of the con- struction work in building the 80 acre campground in two and a half months. Started with the help of a Alberta Opportunity Company tourist loan, it has room for 150 units including 62 full water-sewer-electricity hook-ups for trailers and eight with just electricity. Mr. Ekelund's father home- steaded the land that tee campground now occupies and there's still a little tog cabin there where Mr. Eke- lund was b o rn. He plans to restore it when he has the time. NEXT-YEAR LOOK The campground facilities aren't quite finished and the campground has a next-year look about it as far as land- scaping goes. To make up for the lack of grass and trees in the campground proper, Mr.' Ekelund allows tenters to pitch camp around the out- side perimeter. He says he's planted grass three tunes, but each time the wind blew it away and the dry weather hasn't help- ed. But he says al the hook- ups, and 12 toilets with hot and cold running water were ready on opening weekend. The main building which will have -a recreation room, small store, laundromat, -and showers should be open in another week, Mr. Ekehmd says. Some businessmen in town have suggested the camp- ground wasn't ready, is still inadequate and the park overflow campground should be kept open. They add that they think Mr. Ekelund was pressured into opening by the parks admmistrat ion before he was ready. MORE FACILITIES Mr. Ekelund just shrugged and said, "Well, I guess ev- eryone is entitled to their when he beard that comment. His campground doesn't approach the quality of the townsite campground yet, which with its well kept lawns, trees and little streets seems a bit like a trans- planted suburbia. But there's no question, there are more facilities there than at the old overflow campground, which is basically a grassy field with a few outhouses scattered around. Park superintendent Tom Smith says the decision to use Mr. Ekelund's camp- ground July l rather than the overflow was made be- cause Mr. Ekelund said he was ready. "Like any good business- man when he says he's ready, he's said Mr. Smith, NEVER FULL "We've been watching the campground and listening for people who haven't liked it there, but they're in the mi- he said. The townsite campground usually fills up by midday and the other park camp- grounds by mid afternoon. Mr. Ekelund opens his office for registrations about 2 p.m. and says he usually has 30- 40 units by evening with more on weekends, although he's never been full yet. Most people seem to stay one night and then move into town the next- morning. Mr. Ekelund refunds the camp- ing fee if people in his camp- ground find a space in the park the same day. He charges the same this year as the park for an unserviced space, for electricity and 84 for a full hook-up but says he will have to charge more next year. Some people have been staying on at his campground more than one night. PEACE AND QUITE A couple from Calgary had stayed there two nigWs and said they found it "not bad" alhough they were a bit up- set at first by the construc- tion zone appearance of the site, but added: "It's going to be really nice when it's A group from Saskatch- ewan had been at the camp- ground three nights and were staying another two. They said they didn't mind staying outside the park although they were a little disappoint- ed at coming all this way to Waterton and not getting in to camp. But they said they liked the peace and quiet of the camp- ground and found it no prob- lem to drive'into town during the day. Well drilling starts for water haulers Search for water drilling crew sets up near Whipple farm. Local boy dies in fall The body of a 12-year-old Lethbridge boy missing from a Catholic youth camp at Waterton Park was found Wednesday afternoon at the base of an 800-foot cliff. Arthur Joseph Cordeiro, 2906 13th. Ave. S., and four other boys became separat- ed from the main group of 23 boys who were on a hik- ing expedition 10 miles west of Waterton townsite. The ex- pedition was sponsored and supervised by the Lethbridge chapter of the Knights of Col- umbus. A search was started for the five boys Wednesday morning and Cordeiro's body was found at 2 p.m. at the bottom of a cliff at Mt. Lme- ham. RCMP in Waterton are now trying to determine how the boys became separated from the main group and if the Cordeiro boy became separ- ated from the smaller group after they wandered away. Coroner Dr. John Morgan advises an inquest will be held. By RIC SW1HART Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD' The North Macleod Water Haulers Co-op has started drilling far water, forsaking for now at- tempts to expropriate a flow- ing well owned by Jane Whip- pie. About 130 families in the Fort Macleod, Granum and Nobleford districts were cut off from domestic and live- stock water supplies earlier this year when 80-year-old Mrs. Whipple blockaded a flowing wall on her four miles north of here. The Municipal District of Willow Creek then decided to expropriate the well and land surrounding the well for ac- cess to the site. Following the decision to expropriate the well, Mrs. Whipple changed lawyers. The water haulers agreed to allow three weeks for the new lawyer to acquaint himself with the facts. At-a meeting about June 22, the decision to postpone the expropriation proceedings was made. At the last municipal meet- ing in Claresbolm about July 12 the decision was made to drill another well at a cost to the co-op nrerabers of to A committee was establish- ed with members from the water haulers and the municipality. Detmer Detmers of Gran- um, a member of the com- mittee, told The Hsrald Wed- nesday at the drilling site, "When the well wasn't ex- propriated, I personally thought it was going to be a long drawn out legal affair." He said when the decision was made to postpone the ex- propriation proceedings, he started to look for other sources of water. He was then told by the water haulers to keep quiet about his inten- tions in case a search for alternate water supplies by a member of the co-op was detrimental to the co-op's case. The well being drilled Is located feet southeast of Mrs. Whipple's house. It is located on crown land leased to John Van Sluys, a neigh- cring farmer who gave per- mission for the co-op to look for water. Garfield Bland, a mem- ber of the provincial depart- ment of the environment in Lethbridge, is supervising the drilling process. Because of the possibility of hitting a strong flowing well, the ex- pert supervision was needed. Mr. Detmers said the co- op members were sick Sad tired of the "continual trouble" they had been hav- ing since Mrs. Whipple came into possession of the land where the present flowing well is located.' "We feel it is time to get a well and be done with he said. "If this well will produce water, we won't have to wor- ry about our kids not getting water." He said the co-op is anxious to get the wdl because it would be the only satisfactory source of water. Fire hazard in 'Pass, Waterton rated extreme Two small forest fires have been brought under control in the Blairmore district. District Ranger Jim Here- ford said a three-acre fire eight miles southwest of Blairmore is still hot. A 13- man crew is finishing mop-up operations. A two-acre fire north of Highway 3 in the same vicin- ity has been extinguished. At the peak of the fires, which were started by light- ning Friday evening, about 70 men were fighting the blaze. Firefighters included a trained crew from Lac La Biche in Northern Alberta. Water bombs and helicop- ,ters carrying 300-gallon buck- ets were also used to combat the fire. Faced with an anticipated rise in campers and tourists for the coming long weekend. Mr. Hereford has asked that campers use only registered fireplaces at the campsites. Tom Smith, superintend- ent for Waterton Lakes Na- tional Park, said this morn- ing that the forest fire haz- ard is still extreme. He said the park b bone dry- Any person using the back country of the park for camp- ing and .hiking is required to register with a park warden or at (be administration building. Long-time city lawyer dies in city at age 84 Funeral services for long- tune Letbbridge lawyer George Rice, who died in the GEORGE MCE city Tuesday following a lengthy illness, will be held Friday at a.m. in As- sumption Catholic Church. Mr. Rice, who was 84, was born in Bear River, N.S. in 1888. and graduated from Dal- housie University in 1912. He came west to Lethbridge in 1913 and practiced law in the city until 1967, the year of his retirement. During the First World War Mr. Rice interrupted his legal career to serve overseas with the Royal Flying Corps. He was a member of the downtown Kiwanis club and tfae Knights of Columbus. He also served on the separate school board. Mr. Rice is survived by bis wife, Mary Catherine of Lett- two sons, Donald and Edward both of Lethbridge; Nancy (Mrs. A. O'Connor) of Hawaii, and Mary (Mrs. C. D. Gray) of Kelowna. Place names a mirror held up to history, says local professor By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer "Mental poverty" is what's .really being read on some Lsthbridge street signs. So claims a University of Leth- bridge English professor. Dr. Ernest Mardon is in- terested in onomastics, the stuly of the origin of place names. The city's Lakeview dis- trict is an area that has par- ticularly aroused the profes- sor's ire. There's little evidence in the repetitious Lakeview li- tany of street names of the professor's contention (Sat "place names are a mirror held up to history." Lakcwbod, Lakeland, Lake- way, Lakeshore, Lakeside. Lakepoint, Lakebill, and Lakemount are not the sort of names the professor feels have significance, to be re- corded and not forgotten. Happily there's another less improverisbed story be- hind the names of rural Al- berta. ALBERTA PLACE NAMES Dr. Mardon has already published a short monograph on location names in South- ern Alberta. In manuscript form awaiting publication by the university this fall is his larger text on Albertan place names. Place names fascinate the professor for Uieir sense of history, for what they teBL Dr. Mardon quoted G. K. Chesterton in explanation: "My sins might be scarlet, but my books win be read." three weH known places in Alberta reveal the past in their names. Ponoka, Lac La Biche and Red Deer are proof of ttie influences of three settling groups, the Cree, the French and the Anglo-Saxons. "Changing attitudes lead to changing said Dr. Msrdoo. Hostilities cf the First World War prompted Berlin, Ont residents to change their city's name to Kitchener. Humboldt, Sask. is one of the rare Canadian placenames that did not reject its Ger- man origin at that time. The professor said the "overlays of culture'J in place names should have "every- day significance" for ordin- ary people. He stressed that his concern in writing a book on the vast topic of Alberta place names has been "for readability, application for the high school and general reader." The professor's first book- let on analyses the kinds of origin they have. A lot come from natural geography. Mountains, river plants and flowers have been noted by many races and linguistic groups: Crowsnest- Pass, Willow Creek, Cypress Hills. These are often Eng- lish translations of earlier In- dian names. Indian names still abound in Alberta. Etzikom is the Blackfoot word for Pdtisko "rolling and "bad water" is the transla- tion for Pakowki Lake. The booze bandits chapter of local history is read in the names of Fort Whoop-Up, Stand-off, Slide-out, Kipp, and Whiskey Gap. These signs went up in the six-year period between 1868 and 1874 when American whiskey Puzzling street names without o mop, finding streets in lokeview is difficult. traders had the run of the Canadian West. The North West Mounted Police's arrival here in 1874 is commemorated in names. Most local school children know that Fort Macleod was namad for Colonel James Farquarson Macleod, first NWMP commander. Less common knowledge is the fact that Walsh and Ir- vine, Atta. have NWMP con- nections. Major James Mor- rc Walsh was force inspec- tor from 1873-1883. Colonel A. Irvine was the second NWMP commissioner after MacLeod. The railway left a big mark in Alberta's typonymy. Rail- way bosses were remember- ed by CPR officials in tit? townsites of Bassano. Gleich- en and Warner. Claresholm got its name from toe wne of CPR superiniendant Nib. lock. MORMON INFLUENCE The stamp of early settlers is also in this district Mor- mon colonization of the area is obvious from the sur- names of LDS pioneers serv- ing now as placenames. Cardston remembers Charles Ora Card, Leavitt, WiTiam Leavifct, Raymond, Raymond Knight. The name of Taber is a difficult one to puzzle out. Some sources say it conies from the word the result of Mormon influ- ence. This claim is substan- tiated by the next name on the railway line Eton. Elcan is the rest of "taber- nacle'" spelt backwards. Others maintain Taber honors the memory of Mr. Tabor, a Colorado senator. Other pioneers gave their names to the South. Lund- breck contains the surnames of two sawmill operators, Lund and Breckenridge. A postmaster, Milo Munroe is immortalized by the town of MHO, Atta. So is an okKime farmer, Horace Welling in Welling. During the First World War the Geographic Board of Canada gave' the names of famous campaigns, sol- diers and battleships to mountains in Canada's south- west. Mt Vimy in Waterton Parks dates its label from that time. American influence is ob- vious in places where "city" forms part of the name: Uranium City, Diamond City. This, said Professor Mardon, is not an Anglo-Saxon char- acteristic. The professor's interest In names is not eccentric. He shares it with other members cf the Canadian Institute of Onomastic Sciences, a cross- Canada committee of aca- demics to which he has re- cently been elected secre- tary-treasurer. By coincidence, several In- members are also on the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names, a division of UK De- partment of Energy, Mines and Resources in the federal government The federal committee's in- terest in names is in map charting and standardization of terminology v.ith interna- tional rules, but the Onomas- tic Inslitoie's purposa is more historical and cultural. Several institute members like Dr Mardon have done independant work on the place names of specific prov- inces. A current project of the Institute is a dictionary oi Canadian surnames.