Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbtidge Herald SECOND SECTION July 29.1974 Pages 13-24 Look we won Riding the Magrath LDS second ward Sunday School float to victory in the 75th anniversary parade Saturday from Rich Karen Mark and Sheri 6. They are among 25 children on the de- lightful pink and white float with the are our most precious For the kids got the thrill that comes once in a lifetime as they took first place in the fraternal division of the parade. Magrath celebration pleases weekend crowds By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor MAGRATH About people lined the streets of the Garden City Saturday morn- ing to watch a thrilling 75th anniversary parade that sometimes appeared to be a rerun of the recent Lethbridge parade. It had the 1975 Canada Winter Games float from Lethbridge. The Lethbridge Shrine Club performed with its usual brand of sombre cymbal clashing and the Lethbridge Community College horsewomen and other equestrians from Lethbridge were present. A contingent of marching RCMP headed the followed by horsemen bearing the Canadian and U.S. flags. Four more flags were carried by smartly attired girls and then came the award-winning Magrath-Cardston Marching Band. It played with the precision and gusto that won the T. Eaton Trophy for best all- around Canadian band at the Calgary Stampede Parade as well as three other trophies a special award for a very recent performance at Salt Lake and first place at B.C. The band performed at Del Fort Macleod and Lethbridge this summer. Next came the Magrath Trading Company float with three girls attired in long dresses and then oldtimer A. B. pioneer carpenter of the town. There were hundreds of children in the parade in riding Shetland pulling decorated wagons and dressed as animals for the Jensen family circus. Another float carried Gloria Alston and a company of queens of the 1949 celebration. The parade was stalled when a horse-drawn wagon balked in front of the old Magrath theatre building. The driver seemed rather bewildered. Finally the outfit was turned around and rode back to where it came never finishing the route. Carter's Garage and Tanner Building Supplies were represented by then came children around a wishing well with a wish you would drop The Magrath Municipal Hospital float theme was a spoonful of The Happy Valley Farms Ltd. displayed its prize- winning Rambouillet sheep in two big followed by Jerry's Trailer Sales of a commercial entry by a manufacturer of horse and stock trailers. A big whale told the people the Playground '74 program members are a whale of a Pioneers Irene Strang and Tom both citizens of Magrath since drew much applause from the crowd on a covered wagon float that depicted of our The Vauxhall Jets junior baseball team was on hand. There were many English and western riders and then came the old Magrath School ringing down memories on main street. The Magrath LDS Church second ward float carried tiny tots under a turning diamond and canopy supported by pink and white pillars. The our most precious Then came the Queen of Joy and the queen contestants on a float with the spring of our Mayor Pingree Medicine Hat MP Bert Hargrave and Cardston MLA Ted Hinman waved greetings to the crowd. Another church float proclaimed world wide. I am my brother's Paul and Nola Madge of Milk River showed big smiles as they rode in their 1913 Auto Wagon. A very old Magrath fire truck also managed to chug through the course. Low comedy was provided by a character study tagged Patty Hurst and the SLA gang. And of City of Lethbridge Salutes the boasted its mirrors and bright colors. There was a chuckle as Jack Rassmussen rode an old wheel scraper that was used for the first Magrath canal contract east of the old Magrath dam. It was horse-drawn. It drew laughs because it looked like it had seen better days. Also on hand were Mark Passey's commercial a rubber-wheeled vehicle that advertised his electrical Spencer's prize and others. After the procession many spectators headed for the 11 a.m. program in the elementary school followed by a plate lunch. Earlier that morning J. A. Spencer unveiled a plaque at the RCMP headquarters here. The Our With Deep Appreciation For 100 Years of Faithful Ser- Magrath and Underneath was a smaller plaque with the 1874- 1974. This project was under- taken with assistance from the Alberta RCMP Century Celebrations Committee in recognition of a century of peace and progress in Alber- The twc-day 75th anniver- sary celebration closed with a dance to the music of the Ray- mond Canadians. Sunday there were special church ser- vices with the pioneer theme. Magrath rodeo The spectators and western wear salesmen had a great time at the Magrath Rodeo over the week- but it was all sweat for the cowboys and working stock.