Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE HWA1D 5 Fred gave lessons in furnace room Concluded from Page 4 Then he moved out to farm Bear the town, coupling the farm work with jobs as a butcher and blacksmith. RAISED SEVEN CHILDREN He became janitor at Sed- gewick high school in 1938. was hard times he said. "I had to have a steady job to supprt my fam- ily." He and his wife, who died in 1961, raised a family of seven children. The school, which opened in 1919, was centralized in 1943, with students being bused in from Killam and Lougheed, about seven miles away. The superintendent said to me: Those kids should have a hot drink at said Fred. "That was right up my alley. ordered 11 quarts of mflk a day. Mind you, it cost less then. Only 10 cents a quart. "They bought me an oil Stove and I made up the hot chocolate every day before lunch." Fred dispensed hot choco- late, good advice and table tennis lessons to thousands of students for 35 years. "And Students for 35 years. "And you know, I've' never had an angry word with one of them." 4-H report DEL BONITA By Dartene Jorgeasen The Del Bonita 4-H Beef Club held its monthly meeting May 12 at the Jenkins Ranch. Bob Jenkins discussed special points on grooming a calf and other aspects a 4-H member should know when the owner of a calf. A demonstration on trimming hooves was given by Mr. Jen- kins. Members then Judged three classes of yearling bulls. FOREMOST By Lenora Van Staalduinc The 8th meeting of the Prong- horn 4-H Beef Club was held May 22 at the Foremost School. Don Van Staaldirine led pledge. The club discussed building a float for the Foremost Maver- Jck Mardi Gras Parade. The show and sale of club was held June 8. TURIN By Terry Oseen The monthly Turin 4-H Beef was held on June 11. RoU call was estimated calf weight at time of 4-H caK sale. Secretaries report was given correct as read. Secretaries also read the correspondence paper handed out every month. We handed in. raffle tickets for the Pinocho Stampede. We discussed the calf sale and the year-end activities. We decided to have a barbecue at Park Lake on June 28 at 7 p.m. Applications for summer camp at HiUspring were distri- buted. Remember members, the next meeting will be moved ahead one week to July T pan. Tnte town of about 700 people remembers Fred as the man who talked many po- tential dropouts into staying in school, the man who was always there when you had a problem. And as the man you can still go to if there is a community service to per- form. Institution "He hasn't changed fa looks at said Mr. and Mrs. Gus Probst of Lougheed, both of whom graduated from Cen- tral High. Their oldest son is a student there now. Although he retired as jani- tor in 1965, Fred has contin- ued to serve the school as table tennis coach. He is a little stooped now but can still slam the ball so' hard his opponent has little hope of returning it. Table tennis is life to him. "I don't know how you can keep healthy without be says. The lessons began in 1941, when Fred set up a piece of plywood balanced on four chairs. There was no gymnasium then. The table was. set up in the furnace room. Three more tables, purchased by the school board, were sub- sequently added and Fred gave lessons every noon hour during the winter season. "We had two provincial champions, you know, and they held the championship three he said. Those" two champions, Dianne Holt of Sherwood Park, and Evelyn Bradley of Winnipeg, were unable to make it to the homecoming. But they sent a bouquet of flowers with another former player, Faye Lien of Irma, Alta. "Fred was always there when you needed said Mrs. Lien. "When we wanted to travel around and play table tennis the teachers weren't always interested, but Fred was. He'd come with us on the bus." Doris MUke, a 1954 gradu- ate who still lives in Sedgew- ick, said Fred was "our rec- reation." "We didn't have volleyball and basketball. 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