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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta lUMday, June 11, 1ft. iHE LEiHBRIDGE HERALD Floating liquor store makes last run for Vancouver Island loggers ZEBALLOS, B.C. (CP) Slim Seal's floating liquor store, the celebrated booze boat Chamis Queen, Battle Potato Beetles GUTHION Spray Concentrate Fast knockdown Long-lasting control Easy to use. Apply any time Colorado potato beetles hit, up to 7 days before harvest. Saves money Order from your supplier now. RESPONSEability to you and nature CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 City Centre Drive Mississauga. Ontario 7431JC has made her last run from this western Vancouver Island community. The ship and captain of the Vancouver Island navy of the provincial liquor control board have been rendered obsolete by the approaching opening of a government liquor store in the forest products town of Tahsis. The store opening will end Tahsis dependence on the liquor outlet at Zeballos, the hub of activity in a community that otherwise has fallen on hard times. On a float plane, you can get to Tahsis from Zeballos in 12 minutes. But for most of the 21 years Mr. Beal has been carrying on his liquor delivery service, a thirsty Tahsis logger without charter money was as isolated from his need as an alcoholic astronaut on the moon. Mr. Beal has adjusted well to his enforced retirement, said Mrs. Beal. "In the early years he was making three trips a week, but in the last five years he's cut it down to one trip because they have a cocktail bar in Tahsis now, as well as a beer parlor and a Legion so there isn't the same demand. "When he started off with the Mary Meade, when it came down the inlet the cry would be 'Here comes the booze boat'. "All the fellows would line up down at the dock and there was always lots of kibbitzing. They called him 'doc' and I wondered why, and Slim said; 'Well, that's because I'm the one that brings the medicine.' "In 21 years, I can only recall him missing two trips and he went out even on days when the waves were about five feet high. They relied on him in Tahsis and he never let them down." Mr. Beal said that when he arrived in Zeballos in 1938 he worked in the gold mines until they shut down and then in the pilchard processing industry until the pilchards disappeared. "The first liquor trips were made in 1947 by a fellow named Chuck Harvey and he did it until 1949. I Mr. Beal said. "Then there was another guy who did it for one year and he went think he was his own best I customer. That's how came to get the boat. "And it's been a satisfying life. Look at it this way; there are people, tourists, who pay thousands of dollars to cruise the way I do every day, and I'm doing it to make a living." He said that during the three-trips-a-week period the Wednesday trip was mainly bread, laundry and about 50 dozen beers for guys who had a hangover. "Then I would take other orders on Wednesday for delivery on Friday. The men who made their mind up later in the week that they were going to have a party or something or other, they ordered Friday night for delivery on Saturday." Since he cut down to one run a week, his bread and butter has been log salvaging for the Tahsis Co. and Mr. Beal plans to retire to a less remote part of the island, possibly Courtenay on the east coast. NEXT EDITION OF "THE CHINOOK" Will appear in The Lethbridge Herald TUESDAY JUNE 25th Advertisers are reminded that the dead- line for advertisements is Wednesday, June 19th The Lethbridqe Herald Heating pads ERASER LAKE, B.C. (CP) Heating pads on the floor to protect workers' feet from freezing is one measure used by Eraser Lake Mills in this central British Columbia community to combat winter cold and keep the sawmill in production. When temperatures hover at the 30-below mark, inside mill temperatures warm only to 12 or 15 degrees below zero. Hence the heating pads. Workers stand on them while they work. "The people in here don't get much chance to move says General Manager Derek Manklow. "The heating pads must not be too hot otherwise people would sweat and that is the worst thing that could happen in these temperatures." The electric pads merely raise floor temperatures a few degrees to a more tolerable level. The critical point is reached when bolts on the saw will no longer tighten. mawr 'litI' SET THE ONE IUI BEST TABER, ALBERTA FORD 750 CAB OVER Priced to sell, fully reconditioned motor, transmission, tires. Open daily Phone 223-3537 HOLLAIND TRADE UP NOW For years of Dependable Service! 0 Budget Plan Available! MACLEOD FARM CENTRE NEW HOLLAND EQUIPMENT See us now for great buys on New Holland BALE WAGONS FORAGE HARVESTERS GRINDER MIXERS New and Used BALERS FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA PhOM ;