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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHURIDGE HERALD Monday, Juno 29, 1970 NOT FOR BEGINNERS And not for the weak- from Vancouver, Great Fails, 'rvamloops, Edmonton, Cal- hearted, either. The Lethbridge Coulee Kruisers' hill climb gciry and Lethbridge and vehicles were given thor- ough tests by the steep Oldman River terrain. Needless to say, four-wheel-drive vehicles were the order of tbe day. Satwday, held just west of the Kenyon Field airport, offered excitement and just a little risk. Entrants came Rain Helps Crops And The rain showers received in southern Alberta during the weekend, combined with the showers of two weeks ago, have helped spring crops consider- ably, according to an Alberta department of agriculture offi- cial in Lethbridge. He added, however, severe heat between showers will re- sult in somewhat reduced crop yields. Lethbridge received .2 of an inch of ram during the week- end, Fort Macleod .5 of an incH, Cardston .2, Taber .2 and Vulcan .3 of an inch. The forecast calls for var- iable cloudiness, with scattered thunder showers Monday and Tuesday. Winds will be westerly 15. The forecast high and low tem- peratures in Lethbridge Mon- day were 70 degrees and 50 degrees. SUN AND MUSIC Members of the Lethbridge Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band regaled Lefhbridge sun-worshippers with two hours of Highland music Sun- day afternoon in the Henderson Lake Park area. The audience sat on park benches, sprawled on the turf, or, as in the case of the baby to the left, took if easy in age-old papoose style. The concert was sponsored by the city's department of parks and recreation. -TUES., I IS YOUR FENAL DAY To Pay Your Property Taxes are now due and must be paid by p.m. Tuesday, June 30th, 1970 or a penalty of 1 per month (July to October 31) 2% November and 2% December will be assessed on all overdue faxes. It is to your advantage to take care of your taxes now! WE'LL SEE YOU AT CITY HALL -TOMORROW DOMESTIC WORKERS Six students experienced as domestic workers are available for summer jobs through the Canada Manpower student placement division in L e t h- bridge. By JOAN BOWMAN Staff Writer It was at Raymond in 1920 that two of Lethbridge's first flyers, Harry Fitzsimmons and Jock Palmer, had their mis- understanding with the bull. Both men had been trained in Britain and France during the First World War, and 1920, they and other partners formed the Lethbridge Aircraft Company. The two had purchased their first plane, a Curtis M-horse- power biplane, known in war- time as the Canadian training ship. (Fitzsimmons later joined the CPR in Lethbridge and died here in 1944. Palmer is best known as the founder in 1926 of radio station Both men put their Euro- pean training into trick flying, passenger rides and being Number One attraction at southern Alberta rodeos. But nothing had prepared them for the Raymond bull. They had landed their plane opposite the town's grandstand, during a rodeo, where a crowd was watching steer-riding and bull-dogging. One bull, apparently crazed tlie activity, took off across ;he track, crashed through a 'ence and made for the plane, ;he two flyers and some spsc- :ators. Fitzsimmons at first took the animal's fancy and away they went, the bull in heavy pur- suit, around and around the plane. Fitzsimmons, fearful that the 50 Years Since Days Of Fitzsimmons And Palmer ing Was Super Venture bull would make a short cut through tlie plane, headed for a fence and called for the others to follow. Palmer decided for the fence, but so did the bull. Palmer bounded along, his hel- met, with the chinsirap un- done, flopping about with his every leap, and the huii short feet behind him. He reached the fence, bare seconds ahead of the bull and clambered up. "How's that for he said. "Did 1 run him to The crowd cheered. These and other stories of early barnstorming days by the two men are re-counted in the spring issue of the Alberta Historical Review. The stories are drawn from Fitzsimmons' privately print- ed booklet, The Sky Hoboes, and they tell of the days when flying was one part flight to one part patching the plane, "Old with whatever came to hand. Fitzsimmons claimed to be the first Canadian airman to try out wing walking and changing planes in mid-air. He ventured into aerobatics be- cause Hie two had come into flying business late and need- ed a gimmick to make some money. (They crashed in 1922 during a mail run and Fitzsim- mons quit, so never really got into the profitable mail busi- One of then1 rehearsal tricks bad Fitzsimmons clamber out- side, beneath the plane, while Palmer flew it. The plan was, if Fitzsimmons didn't reap- pear on the other side, Palmer would come down as close as possible to Henderson Lake, pull the machine almost to a stall, and allow Fitzsimmons to fall into the water. Once on a trip to New Day- ton, the plane had most of its undercarriage ripped off dur- ing a landing in a cattle water- hole. The main repair implements were hvo-by-four planks which whan set in place made the plane look like "a race horse with rubber boots on." Another time, repairs were handled with a needle, thread, linen and adhesive plaster. This particular accident, some place in southern Alberta, was accompanied by a short so- journ which probably couldn't happen today. It seems neither flyer was taken with the state of the sheets they were given in a hotel. The hotel keeper got v vy upset and said 100 men had slept in the bed before, and no cne else had complain- ed about the sheets. The flyers slept on the ground that night, under one of the plane's wings. It was Fitzsimmons' conten- tion that women made better passengers than m e n. "A woman is a mighty hard prop- osition to scare, believe he wrote. But women brought their own problems, like being over- weight. One day while Palmer was jving short rides to pas- sengers in a town near Leth- bridge, the passengers seemed to be getting progressively heavier. The 15th was a "graceful young gazelle weighing 300 pounds if she weighed an ounce. "I would have gladly given back her money and be- sides if she would only go Fitzsimmons wrote. Despite the sweat of fear on Palmer's brow, Fitzsimmons got up on the wing and bent his knee for her to step on and spent the next endless mo- ments trying to keep the woman from forcing him back through the wing to the ground. Eventually the woman, with Palmer in the cockpit, took off, but the "old bus" never got higher than 50 feet. When neither the plane nor Palmer could take anymore, they landed, but it still took both partners and a couple of spectators to pry the passenger from her seat. "I thought at one time we'd have to saw the plane away from Fitzsimmons wrote. The two were bothered by persistent questioners, such as the Lethbridge gentleman who came out every day to glare at the plane, but to no avail. He couldn't figure out what made the "vings flop." And one particularly annoy- ing woman asked Palmer what happened to a flyer if the en- gine stopped while in flight. "That is really one of the terrible features of he answered. "The poor fel- low simply flies around and around until he starves to death." The woman was not amused. Expo Visitors Leave Toni Some 135 Lethbridge and dis- trict students, including a 25- person party of the Teen Clefs singing group leave for Japan tonight, bound for Expo 70. The students aged 13 to 25 leave Lethbridge from the Civic Centre by bus at p.m. and board a 250-seat DC-8 jet in Calgary which leaves for Japan at 1 a.m. The plane stops for about an hour in Anchorage, Alaska enroute. Arrival time in Osaka, Japan, is noon July 1 with a day lost when crossing the Interna- tional Date Line. The day is made up on the return journey, however, when the students leave Japan at noon July 15 and arrive back in Calgary at about 7 o'clock in the morning, July 15. The flight.is costing each stu- dent plus a recommended or more for expenses. Wendell and Lynda Mills, city residents, will be two of the charter flight's 10 chaperones (the others are from Mr. Mills is a social studies teacher at Wilson Junior High School. In Osaka, the students will stay from July 1 to 6 at the Hotel Sakaguchi, about 15 miles from Osaka and just 20 min- utes from Expo. July 6 to 8, they'll stay at a Japanese inn nearby the only students from a total of five charier flights who have the special accommodations opportunity. Mr. Mills said the hotel norm- ally caters to Japanese busi- nessmen and has all of the usual Japanese facilities in- cluding vertical bathtubs, four feet deep and feet square. They'll eat their meals in the hotel and local restaurants, and have the opportunity for special tours around Osaka and dis- trict. Most of the students will spend their days visiting the fail- but the Teen Clefs are invited guests, performing two sessions daily for seven days during the fair. The Japanese government is paying all of the group's ex- penses while it performs, but transportation to and from Japan, and for the second week of their trip, is its own respons- ibility. From Osaka the tour leaves July 9 for Tokyo, stopping for a half day in Nara, the ancient religious capital of Japan. In Tokyo they will stay in the Olympic Village, built for the 1964 Japanese Olympic Games. AH swimming and other athletic facilities will be available for their1 use during their stay. They will also be given a half- day sightseeing tour of Tokyo and an afternoon shopping tour. In Tokyo the Teen Clefs will give several church perform- ances. EXTRA WEAR FOR EVERY PAIR SHOfcRERAIR MIKE HANZEL 317-7IH STREET SOUTH FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! APPLIANCE CLOSE-OUT SALE! WE LIST A FEW OF MANY BARGAINS ADMIRAL 13 CU. FT. FROST-FREE REFRIGERATOR list 419.95. SElt-OUT PRICE ADMIRAL PORTABLE DISHWASHER A Cycle. Twin Spray Arms. 16 Place Setting, r.'iople Top. List 349.95. SELl-OUT PRICE ELECTRIC 4 BURNER AUTOMATIC RANGE Window Oven. list SELL-OUT PRICE City Of BERTf-MACS STEREO COLOR TV 315 7th Street South Phone 327-3232 "Serving South Alberta for over 31 years" 1970 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST GREAT INDIAN BATTLE KINSMEN FORT WHOOP-UP Open Daily 12.30 to 8.30 p.m. Beginning July 1st SPECIAL ADMISSION Wednesday, July 1st Only l D n I Glenbow Indian Handicrafts Available Picnic Facilities Train Operating Daily Come And Bring The Family ;