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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thimdoy, June 29, 1972 THE UTHBRIDOE HERALD 7 City developer started with after war When Art Baity returned to Lethbridge in 1947 he had in service pay and gratuities. In 1948 ho established Art Batty Construction Ltd. lie built a basement and framed a house. He and his wife moved into the basement. He then sold the unfinisljcd house for a profit. Since that time he has built houses in the city valued at million and has put up million worth of commercial building, his last project being the Holiday Inn. Born in Gleichen, near Cal- gary, in 1922, Mr. Batty moved with his family to Lcthbiidge in 1929 where his father oper- ated Lethbridge Dairy. He attended school at Fleet- wood and LCI. He assisted with milk deliveries on Saturdays for 25 cents a week until he had to buy a bicycle, which his father made him use to herd cows. An item appeared in The Herald in the early '30s which drew attention to one of Mr. Batty's early enterprises: "Lit- tle Art Batty Been selling rab- bits for 35 cents." In 1941 he joined the RCAF and served as a mechanic in England, India and Ceylon. He married Mary In England in 1945, received his discharge and moved to Medicine Hat where he stayed a year. He moved to Lethbridge, set up the construction company and built the first house in 1948. In five houses were built, 22 in 1950, 48 in 1951, 80 in 1952 and so on until houses had been built by the end of when operations of Art Batty Construction were ended. In 1938 there were just Mr. Batty and a helper in the busi- ness. In 1961 he had 160 em- ployees with an annual payroll of about By that time he had constructed 10 per cent of the houses in Lethbridge. He was best known for build- ing up the Glendale area be- tween Magrath Drive and 28th St. and 3rd and 6th Ave. S. He built 80 per cent of the homes in that area. Another big Batty area was between Mayor Ma- grath Drive and 20th St. be- tween 16th and 20th Ave. S. Development of Holiday Vil- lage began in 1951 with con- struction of his construction of- fice and warehouse. Total in- vestment in that one area now stands at about million. In 1961, tired of tha construc- tion business, Mr. Batty closed down operations and retired to Victoria in 1962. Retirement lasted eight months. He purchased a major interest in Josephine Tussaud Ltd. wax museum. In 1963 he moved to Scotsdale, Arizona where, he became president of Josephine Tussaud Inc., Ameri- can wax museum division. From 1963 to 1968 a dozen wax museums were developed in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Batty sold out his inter- ests and returned to Lethbridge in 1968 to start preliminary work on redevelopment of Holi- day Village (Shoppers World at that With the Holiday Inn com- pleted and Holiday Village projects nearing completion, Mr. Batty now is looking for- ward to a llirec-month holiday. Future plans are indefinite. For relaxation, Mr. Batty ob- tained his pilot's liceiKe in 1951 and one year received the Leth- bridge Flying Club Pilot of the Year award. He has logged more than hours in the air in single and twin-engine aircraft. A past president of the Leth- bridge Junior Chamber of Com- merce, he is now on the senate of Jaycees International. Mr. and Mrs. Batty have a son Lloyd, 22, attending the University of Arizona, a dautfi- ter Mrs. Marcia Melcalfe, 24, of Phoenix and a granddaugh- ter Shanin. Standing on the roof of the Holiday Inn, the highest resi- dential building in the c'iy, Mr. Batty reflected: "Lethbridge has been very good to us and I will always be proud to tell any- one, anywhere that I come from this friendly, clean, agressive city. "I have very much enjoyed being in business in Lethbridge especially compared with busi- ness in a major U.S. city. "A lit of hard work has been involved. But it has been worth it it has been rewarding and personally satisfying." VARZARI IRON LTD. 2802 2nd Ave. North UETHBRIDGE Ph. 327-1296, 328-6414 We were very happy to be chosen to detail and fabricate the reinforcing steel for this welcomed new addition. Developer Art Batty We Were Very Proud to Be Associated With HOLIDAY INN As One of the Major Sub-Trades installing the Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning HEATING CO. LTD, 919 9th Ave. S.E., Calgary 1215 Lakewood Rd., Lethbridge ;