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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Retired hospital engineer planned only 'short stay' By STEVE BAREHAM Herald Staff Writer When Simon Berger, recently retired chief engineer of St. Michael's General Hospital began work at the hospital in 1931, he planned to stay for five months. Forty years later - in February this year - he retired from his engineering post. Mr. Berger was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1905, and came to Canada in 1928. After spending some time in Regina, he decided to travel to Vancouver in hopes of finding employment. On the way west he passed through Lethbridge and liked the town, but other than a tern porary job, no employment was to be found. Vancouver did not prove much more hospitable. When he arrived he discovered more than 10,000 people were unemployed in that city. He finally managed to secure a job on a Why it's called THE SECURITY GRAPH Erie Mayeske How much Life Insurance do you really need to guarantee your family the kind of future you want them to enjoy? The Manufacturers Life's Security Graph answers this question by an easily understood visual method. A Security Graph review of your present Life Insurance will enable you and your family to get maximum benefits from your present policies. For more information just mail the coupon. To: MANUFACTURERS LIFE INSURANCE, COMPANY 210 Profewionol Bldg., Phono 327-5514 I would Tike to know more about your SECURITY GRAPH. MAMC-. AODRESS. �J7 dairy farm and for the next two years he milked SO cows a day for $25 a month. In September of 1931, word reached him that a new hospital was being built in Lethbridge. Quitting his job at the dairy, he returned to Lethbridge and on Oct. 3, 1931, became shift engineer at the new St. Michael's General Hospital, working 12 hours a day for $20 a month. Mr. Berger recalls that when the hospital was built there were few houses to the south or east and the comparatively huge structure became a landmark. When the hospital was first built it had 85 beds and 10 doctors had the hospital privileges there. The hospital now has over 200 beds and 92 doctors. "It was one of the most modern hospitals around in those days," said Mr. Berger. The only other hospital in Leth-brir' e at the time was the old Gaty Hospital. The institution wasn't to function without its problems, and many people thought t h e hospital was too big for a town the size of Lethbridge. "During the 1930's, people just didn't have any money and it was a constant struggle keeping check on sinking finances." "There was no such thing as medicare, doctor plans and unemployment insurance," said Mr; Berger. He recalls one day during those years when the hospital matron called the staff together and told them there was no money for salaries. She asked Mr. Berger to find a car and visit some of the people that owed the hospital money. "I came back without one cent." Then in, 1942, with the war raging in Europe, Mr. Berger was forced to leave the employ of the hospital and worked on a government oil project in the North West Territories. There were 3,000 men working on the project, and Mr. Berger remembers one time the mercury wallowed around 70 degrees below zero for three months. After the war he returned to Lethbridge and took up the position of chief engineer at the hospital, a job he held for the next 25 years. Mr. Berger was educated on the job, mostly in steam plant operation. It was his responsibility to keep close check on the plant, including the 11,000 TRUMAN SELBY FARM AUCTION SALE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31st Located 3 miles south on pavement, Vh south on the gravel, V* mile west of MILK RIVER SIGNS WILL BE POSTED SALE STARTS 11 A.M. LUNCH AVAILABLE Terms may be arranged on larger machinery with owner prior to sale time. I have received permission from Truman Selby to offer at public auction the machinery and goods listed below: MACHINERY 1 - 14 ft. John Deere hoe drill, 7 in. spacings ond Cominco fertilizer attachment; 1 - 14 ft. Graham Hoeme heavy duty cultivator; 1-14 ft. vibrating spring harrow; 1-18 ft. Model HC 1720A Noble blade with wing winch, ran be converted to 21 ft.; 1-14 ft. centre drive John Deere rod weeder; 1 - 12 ft. John Deere Surf lex tiller, can be extended to 16 or 20 ft., new model; 1-8 ft. Massey Harris one way; 2-3 bottom plows; 6-sections of diamond harrows; 4-4 ft. sections of one way packers; 1-high .wheel press drill with mustard attachment; 1-30 ft. weed sprayer; 1-8 ft. blade. HARVESTING AND HAYING 1-Model 428 15 ft. Cockshutt combine with cab, in A-l shape; 1 - 10 ft. Sun pick-up; 1-27 ft. Marath groin auger with motor; 2-hay rakes; 2-hay mowers; 20- pick-up guards. TRACTORS 1-930 Comfort King Case troctor with cab, dual hydraulics, hos only worked 1120 hours (like new). 1-W6 International gas tractor, good motor, has done very little work. TRUCKS AND WAGONS 1 - 1952 Chevrolet 1 ton truck. 1 - 14 ft. rubber tired wagon. 3-Old wooden wheeled wogons. MISCELLANEOUS 1 tumble bug; 1 steel stone boat; barb wire; wooden gates; 1 400 gallon septic rank, brand new; 1 large mandrel and 2 saw blades; 1 roll of chicken wire; I roll of hog wire; 1-8 by 16 hog house; 2 cylinder pumps; 1 pump jack; 1 centrifugal force septic tank pump; 1 Macleods grinder; 1 25 ft. fan belt; 1 25 ft. length of 1W in. rubber hose; 1 field marker; 1 trap 10 by 14 ft; 1 garden cultivator with mower; 1 hydraulic cylinder; gas cans; 1 paint spray outfit with compressor; SHOP TOOLS 1 '/? h.p. electric motor; 2 M h.p. electric motors; 1 Vi in. electric drill; 3 hydraulic jacks; picks and shovels; 1 grind stone; gas pumps; log chains; 1 post drill; 1 vise; wrenches; 1 forge; 1 socket set; 1 tool chest; 1 P.T.O. air compressor. Many more items. HOUSEHOLD 1 toaster; 1 Mixmaster; 1 enamel table; chairs; dishes; 1 small cot; end table. MANY MORE ITEMS AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: All the machinery listed for this sale is in exceptionally good condition. If you need any good machinery this year, this tale will give you the opportunity to acquire it. Don't let cold windy weather keep you away from the sale as all the machinery will be lined up in front of the shelter belt at the Selby farm. SALE CONDUCTED BY BOB LAACKMANN licence No. 010457 Phone 627-2141, MILK RIVER Owner TRUMAN SELBY-Phone 647-2103 feet of steam pipes in the hospital. Over all the years, he can only remember once when a real emergency arose. That w? in 1968. A power line outside the hospital became damaged and the hospital was without power for about eight hours. "The auxiliary power proved , inadequate, but the hospital had to carry on as best it. could, conserving power for the emergency units first." Sev al electric motors burned out, but no harm came to any of the hospital patients. Mr. Berger concedes that even with the 36 years of hard work he put in at the hospital, he has accumulated many fond memories, and met thousands of people. "If I could, I would do it all over again." SIMON BERGER PERCENTAGE FIGURE In an average year, the apples produced in British Columbia account for about 45 per cent of the Canadian total. Work set on plant Kenwood Engineering Construction Ltd. of Lethbridge has been issued a $23,000 building permit for foundation work for the $200,000 Aqua Tech Ltd. manufacturing plant at 3719 2nd Ave. N. Work is expected to be completed in about a month. The plant is to be in operation in May. It will produce activated carbon, which is used as an anti - pollution agent. mo hi: i ii y ItllliAliiP Student exchange Alderman C. W. Chichester was chosen chairman of a committee organizing a student exchange with Saint - Laurent, Lethbridge's twin city, at the group's first meeting. Plans call for 20 local students to participate. They are Color film for meeting The color film Vagabonds o� the Mountains will be shown at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday of the Chinook Out-dor club. The film will be narrated by Ron Smylie of Calgary, one of the group that made the first all - Canadian climb of Mt. Logan. The meeting will be open to the public and there is no admission charge. It starts at 8 p.m., in the Gas Company auditorium on Stafford Drive. tentatively scheduled to leave for Saint - Laurent June 25 and return, with the Saint - Laurent contingent, July 11. The Quebec students will leave for home July 27. The students who will make the trip have not been chosen, atnough the selection process is under way. The committee is also awaiting word on a federal grant to cover travel expenses. A similar student exchange was held two years ago. Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION (JJmaico SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 618 3rd Ave. S. . Phono 328-5447 ___ Saturday, March 20, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - It Synchronized swim show The Lethbridge Synchronized Swim Club will hold a water show, Alice in Wonderl and, March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Fritz Sick Pool. Intermission guests for the! show will- be from the Lethbridge Diving Club and Ihei Lethbridge Lions Amateur Swim Club. Tickets for the show are available from any member of the Synchronized Swim Club or at the YWCA office. Proceeds will be shared between the YWCA and the Synchronized Swim Club. Bus passes A total of 2,721 bus passes have been issued at city hall to persons over 65 who have lived in the city for at least a year. WANTED SCRAP IRON NOW PAYING MORE FOR ALL TYPES OF SCRAP METAL Form Machinery-Tractors-Trucks Industrial Scrap-Machinery-Demolition Anything Made of Iron! COPPER - BRASS - RADIATORS - BATTERIES - CAST IRON etc.- Truck loads - Carload* Truck Scales - Magnet Crane Service National Salvage Company LIMITED NEW LOCATION 206 33rd Street North Phone 328-1721 "Scrap It Our Busineu" 2r -JJ ;