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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturddv, March 1972 THt inHBSIDOl HERAIO Margaret Luckhurst People of the south 31 The search for gold ended with coal AFTER reflecting on the thought for a time, I've cha: concluded it's a pity our city wasn't named Sherantown or something similar. It would have been a line tribute to tho first settler who saw the area's potential and in a small way started its development. Instead, however, the sito was named after an English financier, William Lclhbridge, Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND lift road 'Southern Alberta SsVentba'cVin't'ire Traders' ly'poorT After all neither of us he was engaged for 20 years. wagons to be sold to the only were farmers; I was a city girl and my husband an office man. We didn't have the ex- avla ajteathat Ume. Later, when the North West "lliose. were very h a p p y Mrs. Sheran said, "we built a nice home and got to e Pnlirp arrived and rjerience Thev were years o( know all the people in the dis- usband to Ire a gardener, Bill Hope, who kept it up most beau- tifully, and it was always some- where for the old folks to rest and relax. I don't know how AST September Uie university embark- ed on a new kind of academic pro- gram intended to meet the needs of pco- Lelbbridge for adults and S3.00 for students and senior citizens to include Ihe book. Presented by Uic division of con- pie interested in taking part in university tinuing education of Lhe faculty of arts leod this presented another j at Fort Mac- frustration and difficulty but trict very well. My husband (he city could turn it into any- to courses but who did not particularly want and science in co-operation with the geo- who never set foot in Canada, welcome market But the work and whose native sentiments could not have been synony- mous with Nicholas Sheran's, But so blows the winds of in- fluence and nobody now can argue that this shy, rather re. was hard, and transport diffl cult. Sheran lived the frugal life of neither of us ever lost our spir it." the west side of the river. A few years after he had decided tiring man, would even have he was going to stay at "Coal appreciated the honor. In an interview with Mrs. James Eheran who is Uie last sister Marcella wiio had come surviving member now to bear to keep house for him. Her mar. died a couple of years after his thing but what it is without th8 retirement in 1960 and I moved consent of the people of Lclh- In spite of the farm hard- back to Lethbridgc where my bridge. And I am certain they ships there was tun to be had. daughter Mrs. Thomas Ewing, wouldn't want to sec it destroy- and her husband and family re- cd." side." responsibilities of exams graphy department, topics will be: March and paper writing. These would be open Climate of Southern Alberta; and this "name" in A 1 b e r t a, she riage was one of the big events doesn't think Nick Sheran would of the decade and a clipping of it is now pasted into tiie Sheran scrap book which I had the We had dances regularly in a squatter in a rouglTsback on the West Lethbridge school." Mrs. Sheran recalled, "and they were fun everyone cama from miles around. In thoso Banks" (which he presumably days we could hire a three- he was joined by his piece orchestra from Nobleford bridge celebrated a for and the floor of tho schoolhouse would be really bouncing." One of this lady's fondest is of the time Leth- back in 1928. "It was a The memorabilia of the She- ran family is scattered. Some has already been donated to the Sir Alexander Gait Museum, some still in private hands, some undoubtedly lost. "When my father in law came west close to 100 years to anyone regardless of academic that is, no admission require- ment just a good sound academic pro- gram on a non-credit basis, intended for Geography and Non-Agriculture Re- som'ces: March 14th Agriculture and Settlement; and Urban Development; March 21st The Origin and History of public interest. The entire series was to be Names; and Contemporary Admin- have been impressed to have a city named after him. "All Ihe Sherans were mod privilege of leafing through dur- est Mrs. Sheran ad- ingUe interview The Fort Benton River Press wonderful she recalled. _......_ ___ ___ "It was a Wednesday half-holi- ag0 nis New York relatives Tragedy struck the Sherans day and the store.? were closed. gave him cane, which had a while they were on the farm, A cairn to Nicholas bad been daggel- in ,t to help him pro- Thelr sonf aged 12, was return- erected in Gait Gardens and tccl himself! I don't know inc from school on horseback Grandma Sheran unveiled it. whether Cassic Shera.i, his only vlicn the horse slipped and fell There were speeches and bands surviving daughter, still has it m the ice The lad's foot was and the whole thing was very or whether it is lost. I know exciting and rewarding for ttie always going to patch up immediate family. Since that family scrap book before id >k- it iy, id known as public service and was offered as part of the continuing education opera- tion. To say the least, tills was an ex- perimental situation and the university could not be sure as to the probable ac- ceptability of such an undertaking, and al- though Uiere had been a lot of public in- terest in non-credit offerings there were not too many specific guidelines. As it turned out ths public service offer- istrative Problems; March 28Lh Litera- ture and Synthesis; and a special guest lecture. Another program that seems to be stim- ulating its snare of interest in public ser- vice Is the last one on the platter for this semester and it will offer a unique ex- posure to the past, present and predicted role of Canada in world In a se- ries of five successive lectures that will ings in the fall semester attracted more March 20th and conclude than 500 persons, a large percentage of whom were enrolled in the popular "Shake- speare on Film" scries Hint finally ended up in the Yates Centre because of the large numbers. Obviously the university had hit on Friday (21th) the continuing education di- vision of arts and science, along with the political science department, will feature diplomatic and government officials from Canada and a number of otiier rations who will discuss Canada's role Vrith (a) Eu- another kind of personal development pro- rOpe, (b) the Pacific nations, Cc> devclop- gram that was of interest to the people ;ng nations, (d) United States, and (e) tie family heritage, and prefers to talk about it rather than ot her- self. "I came to Canada in she said, after a bit ot coaxing. "I was born Lily Coop- er in Leicester in the Midlands of England, and my mother and two sisters and myself came out to Edmonton to join my brother who had come to Canada to make his fortune. As we had been city people (my father had a hoot and shoe factory) the wide open spaces of the prairie were something of a shock to us; but we were for- tunate in being able to adjust without too much difficulty." One of the first shocks ex- perienced by the Cooper fam- ily had occurred upon their arrival. "We had brought over a large box of family treasures as most settlers of the time did things we prized very highly. But the drayman who was to deliver it to our home snid the box spilled open and all the contents were lost along the way. He didn't see any of it, he said. It didn't make sense to us, but we had no insur- ance of course, so we didn't see our belongings again." It was while she was in Ed- monton that sl'.e met her hus- band Jimmy Sheran. "He had come up to Edmonton from Lethbridge to take a business course, and was working with a lumber company at that Farlane Mansion in Fort Mac- leod by their friends. This is the first marriage of a white couple recorded at Fort Whoop- Up. Such is the progress of civ- ilization." In the early 1880s other mem- bers of the Sheran family ob- viously encouraged by Nick's small success, moved west. Mr. and Mrs. James Sheran and their two oldest children ar- rived and settled in the river- bottom where they started a cattle ranch. "I can't imagine what my mother in law must have thought of the Mrs. She- ran said. "She was a woman of culture and dignity, and there was so little here then. A few settlers were arriving, but af- ter coming from New York City well, all I can say is, she must have had remarkable courage. My husband was born here, shortly after they arrived. Other members of the family were born later, and it was all so very primitive for them. "The family had brought out many lovely household items, but they were flooded out, and mother in law used to hope when the river went down that perhaps she'd find some pieces of her silver somewhere, but she never did. However, they were stubborn Irish and built again only to be flooded a sec- ond time. Eventually this must have discouraged them for they built for the third and final she "We wera