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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tueiday, March 20, 1973 THE LFTHBP.IDCE HERAID 3 Above: Resident George Spence prepares a meal on his apartment stove capes there now are two stesl fire escapM, one built in Hie '30s and the oilier in the ''Vis. Parts of the old climbing lad- ders are slill there. Heating equipment lias un-t dergone many changes over Hie years and more changes from the ceiling -with a socket for plugging in a radio or iron, The block metal stoves with metal lids serve renters for frying, boiling and even roast- ing of meals gas has been cut off to the ovens. The small burners provide, puxUiary Iraat when the tem- perature drops. 'Hie old stoves are contrary to health department regula- tions which prohibit their use in a room used for sleeping. Changes will have to ba made in the near future, said a city health department official. Rooms are no longer elabor- ately furnished, by today's standards. There is room for a bed, a wooden chair or two, the siovc, a table, a fridge and per- haps a trunk. Rents vary according to whe- ther there is a fridge awl how long a person h'as stayed there. Some residents have ash trays, others use sardine cans. Stove exhaust pipes run ccross the rooms to a central pipe in the hallway to exhaust fnmes. Tiie central bathroom with sink, tub and toilet have clean plywood partitions ar.d walls. A shoelace helps hold the seat on the toilet in one bnthroom. A sink sits in a hallway. But to the people there it is home. One resident has been there 20 years, said Mrs. Han- sen. Many have been there eight and nine years. The accommodation isn't fan- cy, she said, "but it's one of llxj cleanest places in town." The city's medical health offi- Right: lodgers climb the main stairs to clean, spartan accommodations ccr confirms that on cleanli- ness, "it's very good." Signs about the premises ad- vise: "No visitors after 11" and "Positively 'no women allowed, This means you" and "Notice, radios, televisions; plsase play low so you won't disturb other tenants" and "Pleas? turn out lights when not in use." Fire warning There arc fire warning signs and in each hallway there is a switch with a fire bell above it. Tlrerc are fire extinguishers lianging from liall walls and there are internal fire lioses. There has never baen a seri- ous fire in the building. Ask anyone in there what thoy would do in case of fire and they all have their escape routes planned. Pensioners who will never see 80 again live on Hie second ar.d third floors. Some have gone to nurs- ing homes where tlie rule -is sanitation, balanced diets, en- tertainment programs, occupa- tional therapy ar.d brightness, have tried to get back to tlie Castle Aparmsr.ts, said Mrs. Hanscn. Some cried when they had to leave their old home. Many people today wouldn't want to sps-d their lallor years in the Castle Apartments, Mrs. Hartsen indicated, hut to many living there it is home ar.d they are happier than in brighter surroundings. One 75-year-old li- kened his room to "a liole in the wall" but it served his purpose. He plans to retire to property lie owns in B.C. The residents at the CasUe like it because they have com- plete freedom, said Mrs. Han- sen. They can sleep as late as Continued on Page 8 ;