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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, June 25, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 THE WAYSIDE HOUSE FOR TRAVELLERS ELLS SE f> t tJ asked if the owners permit. in the bottom of the he was told. The ordered the jug be d into the glasses of ne in the tavern, judge never did find mit. but took a I of permits out of ket and signed them twners could send to for more liquor. E who wanted more Irink during their the stopover, could meal, which cost 50 and was on a self- >asis, for a man's horse cents and lodging night cost the same. :rry fares varied ing on the load, ninlie on horseback pay 25 cents, but few other people 0 have been carried for less than 50 les the stagecoach gers. Mounties and rs were the most :nt visitors. But one travelling in Lelhbridge and Macleod would 1 certainly have i in at the stopover record books show :ilors ranged from ore prominent to tn travellers. On May Inspector Wroughton of the Northwest Mounted Police crossed the river with a two-horse team at a cost of 75 cents. A week later, on May 8. Mr. J. Smith took his bull team across the river for 13 On one trip the ferry made across the river, it carried eight teams of oxen and three wagons loaded with coal from Lethbridge bound for Fort Macleod. It later returned with a load of lumber from the Porcupine Hills. Another who was a frequent user-of the ferry and visitor at the stopover house was A. J. Whitney, a rancher from near Lethbridge on the west side of the river. The names go on and on but one of the most difficult jobs Long and Urch must have had with that ferry was on May 10. 1891. A "beef herd to be supplied to the Indian by I. G. Baker Company of Fort Benton. Mont., was ferried across the river. But by themid-1890s the days of the stagecoach and bull teams passing the old stopover house were almost over. The railroad pushed westward. Richard Urch and his wife were the only ones on the ranch by 1900. Mr. Urch's partner, W. H. Bill Long had decided against staying in the country he helped pioneer and returned to England in 1894. Long's younger brother, Harry, who had helped at the stopover house, left for British Columbia in 1893 to prospect for gold. Richard Urch died in 1924, leaving behind a herd of cattle of more than 2.000 head. His wife lived on at the ranch until she died in 1944. From 1929 to 1932 she had a young teacher boarding with her. The teacher was Miss Irene Lomas, who taught at the old Fort Kipp school. While Miss Lomas was living at the stopover house she was visited frequently by Karel Roeloff. then of .Monarch. "We were married in 1937 and then about 1948 we bought the ranch from the Urch estate." said Mr. Roeloff. His wife died in 1969 and Mr. Roeloff married again a few years later. Mr. Roeloff. now living at 1816 20th A Ave. North, said the last residents of the old stopover place were there until about 1959-60. by MIKE ROGERS Herald Staff Writer ;