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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta March 10, 1974-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-11 Abandoned mines mark Nordegg glory NORDEGG, Alta. (CP) The rotting houses and abandoned mine shafts of this town snuggled in the high foothills are ghostly reminders of the past glory of the coal and steam age. At the peak of the mining town's life, there were residents and 450 homes. About workmen were on the payroll of Brazeau Col- lieries Ltd. before it shut down operations in 1955. Today, Nordegg is home for 125 persons and the in- voluntary residents of a provincial prison camp. But a Red Deer coal company is studying a strip-mining operation that might restore the town to a shade of its romantic past. Brazeau Collieries delivered its first coal shipment in 1914, the beginning of the boom pe- riod for Nordegg. The pioneer town had its own caste system with social life divided between management and the miners. Women from the management group seldom associated with the wives. The elite occupied the first three rows of the town theatre, with a rope separating them from the common folk. Five large houses which were once the residences of senior management still Talking tombstone comforts bereaved POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) Donald Wells says he has invented and hopes to market a talking tombstone that also shows movies of the deceased. "People will buy it because they want to relate to people who have passed he says. "It's difficult to relate to a tombstone." Wells, 44, a salesman, says he has drawn up plans for battery-operated, audiovisual tombstone and is negotiating with companies to market them by this spring in 16 models. The deluxe model would include a tape recording of the deceased's voice, a movie projector and screen to show typical scenes from his life and a 20-foot scroll containing his writings. Mechanical parts would be enclosed in an underground case. Wells won't give the price for the tombstone but says it will be costly. "I've had people tell me I'm crazy I've had people tell me I'm going to be a millionaire THE BRITISH SPIRIT OF L LONDON CRUISE UNE- to... Alaska t f This summer experience We magi of Alaska and Canada on me newest cruise ship sailing there-the all-First Class SpirH ol London, registered in Britain. She leaves Vancouver on eight-day vacations from June through September Exploring the mag- nificent ecescape of Glacier Bay and calling at Juneau. Ketchikan. Sk Haines. and Sitka with tares from tust DEPARTURE'S FROM VANCOUVER On June 3. 11, 19, 27 July 3, 13. 21, 29 August 6, 14, 22, 30 September 7, 15, 23 For further information and reservations contact. UUmMA TRAVEL SERVHX 608 Sth Ava. S. ____ Phona 32t-7t21 Ample Iree pefMfttt. at rear sit on what is known locally as Nob Hill. They have oak staircases and French windows and were, until recently, regularly cleaned. The plant was taken over during the First World War by the custodian of enemy property because the national mood was suspicious oCGerman-born Canadians such as Martin Nordegg, mine founder and manager. After the war, the mine reorganized operations with installation of briquetting equipment for manufacturing moulded blocks of coal dust. By 1950, it was the largest briquetting operation in Canada, producing tons daily. Disaster twice struck the town. An explosion ripped through the mine shaft in 1941, killing 31 miners. In 1950, fire destroyed operations but "the mine reopened following a million rebuilding pro- gram that lasted 18 months. Modern technology gradually overtook Nordegg and the need for the town disappeared as diesel engines replaced coal-buriyng steam locomotives. When the mine closed in 1955, long-time residents moved to other Alberta mining towns and the old town and its mining plant were fenced off and guarded by watchmen against looters. The town was forgotten until 1963 when a facelift of some old mining buildings turned it into a minimum-security prison used as a base for forestry projects. A new hamlet, mostly in- habited by prison staff and provincial government em- ployees, has grown outside the old town and prison camp and residents are carefully watching plans for the stripmining operation. Exploration crews have been examining coal reserves in the area for two years Japan would be the primary market. At an earlier point in its history, a new mining development would have been warmly welcomed. But some residents, enjoying the rural quiet, are concerned about the effects of mining. A consulting firm is con- ducting environmental studies that may hold the key to whether coal will once again rule Nordegg. STILL SELLING FOR LESS) STEM'S GVT4UTE FURNITURE 3" Warms. FlpM 327-3024 Canadian Genetics (Leth) Ltd. Specialists in custom collection and distribution. Semen available from any bull of any breed. 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