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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, 21, 197) THl LITHIftlDOt HMAID 3 Anyone for spaghetti? Angela Toppano of Coleman, Importer of fine Italian foods, sits behind a counter that displays 30 types of macaroni as well as lentile beans and Italian rice. He has served the Crowsnest spaghetti eaters for 50 years. VERN DECOUX photo. 'My life in this valley has been a real joy' Toppano tells it like it was By VERN DECOUX Crowsnest Pass Bureau COLEMAN Angelo Top- pano of Coleman, a store- keeper right out of Italy, is held in high esteem here, es- pecially by Crowsnest Pass macaroni lovers. A warm, amiable person, Mr. Toppano will mark his 75th birthday this July 5. Born at Tomba d'Mereto. Province of Udine, Italy, he completed his schooling at nine years of age and after working in Hungary for two seasons, making bricks by hand, he came to Canada in 1913. He began working for the International Coal and Coke Company, in the cleaning plant, picking rock. He con- tinued this work until 1841. MARRIED IN 1922 He married his late wife, Ennis Molina, in Blairmore Dec. 27, 1922. In 1923 he rented the store he now owns. His wife operated the store for many years. A partnership with another party was formed and func- tioned until 1941. Mrs. Toppano died in Feb- ruary, 1943. He has two daughters, Mrs. G. (Mary) Atkinson and Mrs. S. (Norma) Perozak, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Toppano acted on the Coleman council for 14 years before his retirement in the mid-1960s. He took an active part in the Cpleman Italian Mutual Benefit Society. He was also grand presi- dent of the now dissolved In- dependent Order of Fiore D'ltalia (Sons of He was head of the 15 lodges in the order. Recollections of the "good old days" brought a misty but happy look into Angelo's eyes. He recounted his asso- ciation with the late Amelio Picariello While t a 1 ki n g about "Pic.'' Angelo pro- duced an old, black, three cell flashlight. Angelo told of how he came in possession of the antique light. He said he was watch- ing a poker game between "Pic'' and his father-in-law, Ceaser Molina, in the back room of a bootlegger's estab- lishment. When the game broke up Mr. Picareillo left and forgot his flashlight which Angelo picked up. He asked his mother-in-law, Mrs. Molina, what he should t.un i-o V1V VTlWt WJV, IA1JUL plied, "Keep it he's got lots of money." Mr. Toppano also recalled the events that led to Mr. Picariello's demise. He stated that "Pic" and his son Steve were returning to Blairmore with a load of whiskey they had picked up in Fernie. "Pic" was driving in the lead and son Steve was fol- lowing behind, both men driv- ing McLaughlin Buicks. When they arrived in west Blair- more "Pic" spotted the pro- vincial police and signalled for Steve to make an about- turn and head back to British Columbia. Steve swung the car around and headed west with "Pic'" following close behind, zig- zagging across the road to prevent the police from pass- ing him. The police apparently phoned ahead to Coleman where a Sgt. Lawson tried to apprehend Steve. He would not stop. Sgt. Lawson fired a shot and hit Steve in the hand. "Pic" followed Ms son to Crowsnest, at the border, and then stopped. Steve con- tinued to Fernie. Mr. Picar- iello was unaware his son had been shot in the hand. Hearing about the excite- ment, Mr. Toppano and Brick Bell jumped hi a car and drove west to Crowsnest. Mr. Toppano recalled Picar- iello was sitting in his car talking to the police. Mr. Top- pano says he walked over to "Pics" car to see what was going on and he said he saw his revolver sitting on the seat of the Buick. Later that evening, states Mr. Toppano, Picariello re- ceived a telephone call from a Fernie party which infor- med him that Steve had been shot. Picariello, accompanied by Mrs. Ailasandro, jumped into the car, drove to the Stg. Lawson home on 2nd St. in Coaldale and confronted the policeman in his nightclothes. "Pic" asked Sgt. Lawson why he had shot his son. An argument ensued. Picariello got his arms around Lawson's neck and a scuffle started. Lawson got away and was running back into the house. Picariello, it is assumed, thought he was going after a gun. Meanwhile Mrs. Allasan- dro, still in the Buick, fired a shot through the cars wind- shield, possibly to stop the fight. Picariello levelled off his revolver and shot Sgt. Law- son in the back. NABBED Picariello ran away and several days later was ap- prehended south "of Blah-- more. A preliminary hearing was held in the old Coleman Opera House where Picariello was picked out in a lineup on the stage by Sgt. Lawson's little daughter ss the man who shot her father. On being identified Picariel- lo broke into tears. Mr. Toppano also recalled the Bassoff train robbery and jokingly told of a friend who had just got marrie> and was on the CPR local en route to Spokane for a honeymoon with his new bride. The hold-up took place near the limeworks at Crowsnest. The new groom, foreseeing his honeymoon coming to a short end, pulled his money out of his wallet and threw it under the train seat. The rob- bers took his watch and an empty wallet. But the groom has his honeymoon. Angelo recalls the "Bolshe- vik" days in the 'Pass when strikes, hard times and other problems prevailed. Such per- sonalities as Harvey Murphy and Tim Buck were promi- nent figures in the district. Talking about the "dirty Angelo commented that, despite hard times, peo- ple got credit in his store and they always paid him. The worst years, he said, were in the 1950s when many drifters went through the area "and some of them really hooked me." However, Angelo added, "I'm still in business and still able to provide my custom- ers with lentile beans, Italian rice, 30 types of macaroni for soups, spaghettis and Las- agne. I've got anything you want." he said, as he proudly pointed to his antique maca- roni display case. His store specialized in all Italian imported goods such as olive oil, macaroni, cheese and tomato pastes. Retiring to his little "hole in the wall" office, Angelo commented, "I really like the 'Pass and its fine people and my life in this valley has be a real joy." DISTRICT NEWS COALDALE BOOMS COALDALE (HNS) There is no doubt about it. The build- ing boom is definitely on in Coaldale. To the end of May construction value in 1973 to- talled ATTENDS PARLEY NEW DAYTON (HNS) Mrs. Stewart Skeith attended the recant 49th annual meeting of the Alberta conference of the United Church at Edmonton, along with Rev. and Mrs. Gra- ham Dickie. Mrs. Skeith gave her delegate's report at the regular church service. AIDfS STUDENTS CLARESHOLM (Special) An employment office, to as- sist in placing students in sum- mer employment, will be open- ed in the 'former RCMP build- ing on 49th Ave. W. Miss There- sa Gugala of Claresholm will be in charge. SLOW-PITCH SET NEW DAYTON (HNS) Men's slow-pitch ball has been organized in the County of Warner 5 with seven teams en- tered: Stirling, New Dayton, Warner, Milk Rivir, One- Seventeen, Masinasin and Coutts. New Dayton dropped the first game to One-Seven- teen. THE TOP PINCHER CREEK (Special) The Pincher Creek and Dis- trict Red Cross campaign is now concluded and was realized. A certificate, Over the Top, was received from head- quarters at Calgary. TURIN DEFEATED NOBLEFORD In Little League action, Noble- ford set Turin down to defeat by a 20-4 score. Pitcher Tony Woodcock hit a ball over the right field fence in a losing cause. Ned Jankunis was 3 for 3 at the plate for the winners. ATTEND CAMP NOBLEFORD Seventeen young people recent- ly spent a weekend at the Canyon Church Camp at Wa- terton with 12 adults. They re- ceived training in first aid, camping, and recreation. RAISED COALDALE (HNS) The Alberta Municipal Financing Corporation recently advised the town that the 1973 allotment to municipalities has been in- creased to from per capita. TIED AFfER SIX NOBLEFORD In Little League action a game between Picture Butte and No- bleford wound up a lie after the regulation six innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning Randy Pike scored for Noble- forl. Ned Jankunis was given the win, with help from Stan Sjogren. L. Drake was the los- ing pitcher for the Butte. Province will be asked to help build Pincher Creek's new bridge PINCHER CREEK (Special) Town council will proceeed with contracting for the new bridge to span the Pincher Creek at Bridge Ave. The present bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic. It is unsafe. The possibility of more pro- vincial government contribut- ion, either monetary or engi- neering, will be looked into. The engineer will be ap- proached about the size of the span of the bridge. Lawyer Garth Turcott, rep- resenting M. and M. Svab En- terprises and Darrel Brown, sought access to Highway 6 across Harold Lunn's property. Mr. Turcott requested that the town negotiate with Mr. Lunn to provide an access to the businesses or undertake ex- propriation of the necessary lands. Council stated the matter wasn't town business as it was dealing with private prop- erty. Council would not inter- fere with it. Four new lots have been es- tablished at Rigaux Drive and Bridge Ave. They will provide a scenic view. The parks and recreation de- partment requested council to negotiate with Miss Ruby Bish- Agro societies act amended to back loans EDMONTON The Agricul- tural Societies Act has been amended by the provincial leg- islature to increase the govern- ment's guarantees for loans to agricultural societies from to It became necessary to in- crease the guarantees for loans because there has been a con- siderable increase in the num- ber of new societies formed within the last two years, and because so many existing so- cieties are engaged in building new community facilities like exhibit buildings, arenas, and community halls. Under the Alberta govern- ment's priority employ ment program, rural communities can get a grant to cover half the cost of a building project up to a total of Another amendment to the Agricultural Societies Act makes it possible for an agri- cultural society that wants to establish a race meet and pari- mutuel beting to approach the Alberta Racing Commission di- rectly. Prior to this amendment having been passed, such a so- ciety would first have to go through a time-consuming and cumbersome legislative proce- dure. op to arrange for use of her property on Charlotte St. for additional ball diamond facili- ties. Miss Bishop advised that the town could use the same if taxes and frontage taxes were cancelled this year. Insurance tenders were in. Councillor F. Sorge, J. Olyslager and Mayor J. Teran were appointed to the insur- ance committee to represent the town. They were authorized to purchase all insurance after reviewing the tenders. Garth Turcott and Mrs. Di- ane Randall were appointed to the preventive social services board to represent the Town of Pincher Creek. PSS will be forming two separate boards, one to handle the Crowsnest Pass area and one for Pincher Creeek. The Pincher Creek board proposes to have seven mem- bers, two from the Village of Miss Dexter occupies NWMP HQ HIGH RIVER The old North West Mounted Police detachment quarters in High River is still in use but has changed a little as Miss Lila Dexter is now occupying the building as her residence. Cowley, two from the Pincher MD and three from the Town of Pincher Creek. Previously the PSS for the two areas was directed by Dave Hembling. He resigned to take a position at Penticton. Mayor Teran noted further information had been received from the RCMP centennial committee advising that grants are available to commemorate the RCPM centennial. Mrs. Binning honored by her friends GRANUM (HNS) Mrs. Keith Binning, nee Rita Hahn, was honored recently at a bri- dal shower in the Lutheran Church. Purple and white streamers with pansies formed a back- drop for the bride and her as- sistants, Rita Hahn and June Hoge. Mrs. Holy (Sheila) Hahn, mother of the bride, recorded the gifts. A contest, presented by Mrs. Art (Evelyn) Fjordbotten, was won by Mrs. Lloyd (Kay) Sher- man. Miss June Hoge sang two solos accompanied by Mrs. Brace (Cheryl) Johnson on the organ. The committee gift was pieces to a tea set. A special guest at the shower was the mother of the groom, Mrs. Paul Binning of Carman- gay. The Utlikidge Herald Correspondent in Your Area ETZIKOM MRS. PIUS EHNES 666-2157 ENCHANT MRS. MARGARET DORCHAK 739-2159 FERNIE MRS. RICHARD WIUIAMS 423-743t FOREMOST GEOFF TAGG......................867-3661 FORT MACLEOD MRS. TED SWiHART.................... 234-3612 GRANUM MRS. 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