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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta TTflT THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HEItAtP SATURDAY, MARCH 12, Prize Winning Stories' In The Herald Contest Based on Actual Incidents of the Early Days of Southern SOUTHWESTERN ALBERTA THIRTY YBAUS AGO (BY EDWARD HAGEl.L, LETHURIOGE.) .t was a boom time in Ifeo parly history ot I.fthbridge, the construction of the "turkey trail" be- ing in progress and building opera- tions in tho town bains United only to, dinning The Ftcss of at that time was by the Xows." published by late "Si" i Saunders, ami in order to up by tlie supply of hammer and sawjwith progress of tlio town, the labor. Money, especially American sii-1 publication a journal rer dollars, was abundant, anil as the i was jn honco tile ar-' greater, portion of We population was rjrai 0{ another printer to composed principally of single men., jssist on tho mechanical stiu'i. Thu who spent as freely as they raruod. j beautiful weather experienced that I tlifl town was protty lively. Arriving I winter until the middle of January in the town In Uis fall of that year t U-ag indelibly impressed upon my found the streets muddy from goouriag accommodation at effects of an October snow storm, Clark tin- i and as wooden sidewalks existed only al Hotel, I formed an acquaintance Smoke in patches, built by tlw: owners wmi Snnl Homer, an ex-ll.X.W.M.P. ct business property which they front- man> and Sundays we invariably strol- ed, it was impossible to escapo its i lcll m..ly over 01. amvu tho t M A i river, often sitting on the ground to j smoko or converse. This continued right np to the middle of January. when a cold snap set in, lasting: till the midcHo of February, when winter practically made 'an exit, i The year IS91 saw the completion or tiie railway to Great Falls and a big celebration was held on the Smiare, (now Gait Gardens) to celo- brato tho event. A large number. of people came up from tho Falls and football and baseball matches weru pulled oft, in which, if I recollect aright, Lethbridge came oft victori- ous. Altogether "a good time was had." The sals of whiskey and other strong drink over the bars was pro- hibited, supposedly to prevent poor Lo from obtaining the same, but by securing a permit from Kegina, (the seat of government of the Northwest Territories) a small kes could be shipped in for private consumption. Of course, if you didn't need it your- self you could dispose of it for a consideration to one of the hotels or saloons, of which a. number existed In the district west 5th street. "Tern and Jerry's" appeared to be the favoriti drink at the first Christmas- tide spent in Lothbrirtgn, and they wera being openly dispensed over the bars to all eemers. f The boom was not of Ibns duration, for, with the completion of the rail- way, men left t'or other scenes, build- ing activity fell off, and as coal min- ing was the only industry upon which Put -H HXtti ttu< tcnvn for existence. IhliiKs at-aildsummor were very flat. At that limn Soutliiirn AltwrU was excellence, thu "nincnlnK" coun- try, mill bflnic denlrous of taking a trip through Iho country to eho West, tlio slack doomed an opportune one. Tlio Hchool principal. and Ins a liko Uosiro. wo tliroo net out ill the' osrly part of July fi'r tho immtitalim. A livery team and ilcmocr.it wagon pro- vid'jt'l transport for ourselves and outfit. A Mormon colony had located at (.'.inlston about Tour yours before, and wo followed tbo, trail used ky till-in to Honk's Ferry. This was lo- catoil on the ,St. Mary's River whore later the C. 4'. li. railway brldga was built (which latter was demolished when thu MB viailuot at Ltithbrldgs was built tu provide it more direct routo west.i safely negotiating the rushing stream, wo ascended the steep trail on Iho opposite sido and continued ,our way across the Hlood Keservo. Tlio country was very dry. thu trail full of gophrr and badger holes.'anil flying ants took the pleas- ure out of lite. We camped that nisht near a water hole, picketing the hor- ses. Dove lay nearest the tent open- ing with a loaded rifle by his side, for horse thieving was all too rite. Is'ext morning wo continued our and later struck the Mormon settlement, beautifully located on Lee's Creeli. So far country had beon practically level prairie without sign of house, fence or stock, with the exception of Honk's place, but here it became more railing and in some places almost hilly. Bearing south- west, through a "stockman's paradise ami water in arrived at Fish Creek (where is now. located Mountain we camped and a short time spent along the stream provided a splendid sup per ot' brook tixwt. Two Mormons had thus far located in this ideal Payne and wero busy putting up hay, of which there were thousands of tons to be had for the cutting. Following down the stream, we came to tho Big Bend of the Old Man River, whose rushing waters and rocky bottom wero safely negotiated. Here was located the headquarters of the big Cochrane ranch and a detach- mertt of R. N. W. M. Police, the ser- geant in charge meeting us on the trail. A short confab, a friendly, "wet your eye" and we proceeded on our way, directed by the friendly red- coat. "Crooked Creek" which we pres- ently crossed, was rightly named, and towards evening we arrived at tho Kootenay River. Following up wo came to the lakes, and here met "Kcotenay a typical western- man of college education and refined habits, married to an Indian and guide, living at the lake. Under his direction we forded the lakes and pitched camp under the shado of a towering mountain. A day was spent in trolling on the upper lake, a fine bull trout adorning tho supper table. Next day, following a general direction by Kootenay Brown, we crossed the river on horse- SERIES 21 SPECIAL-SIX Highctt Quality at a Moderate Price The SPECIAL-SIX is the most wonderful five- passenger car on the market today. Its tremendous popularity- -its record for due to the unequalled value which it represents. It is buflt of the highest quality jected to the most exacting standards of inspection backed by a manufacturer whose ability, moral character and financial integrity you can trust We urge you to see this in it to any learn for yourself that price alone does not indicate the quality that has been built into this car. Cord Tire GRAHAM MOTOR CO. T14 ST. SOUTH, LETH3RIDGE. THIS IS A STUDEBAKER YEAR comon AND HEADACHES AintCD St.