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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March 24, 1973 THE IETHMIDGI HEUIB _ 5 People of the south Chris Stewart Optimism surmounts every obstacle The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MORIEY Losing your life's savings coming postmaster and the se- upon arrival could sour you on nior Baldry, assistant. Lethbridge for life unless ol Always optimistic, Mrs. Bald- course you are optimistic Mrs. ry switched from general mer- Emilee Baldry, a zestful, happy chandise to selling Christmas cards and flowers, taking or- ders for both Fraches and the woman with the knack pt turn ing hardships into blessings. She laughs when she recalls her arrival from Menkato, Min- Marquis. She served as news correspondent for The Herald nesota, via Great Northern on for 10 years, before turning to June 5, 1909. Arriving on tho radio. .Lacking telephone or car, this prolific writer walked to every town meeting cover- night train she booked into the Lethbridge hotel planning to contact her brothers in the morning but returned from breakfast to find her purse and contents missing. She was left with the nickle in her pocket with which to contact her brothers at the Sink's brewery. ing local events, writing her copy near midnight just in'time isnU long enough to pursue all her interests. She loves today's young peo- ple and linds them "extremely kind to older people more than is necessary, perhaps." Her greatest joy is to attend their track meets, basketball and baseball games. Talk of discrimination an- noys her. "There is no place today for such she says. "Living in Coaldale for 55 years 'with its conglomera- te She credits them with bringing to Coaldale its first hospital. "The Japanese, moving cast during the Second World War, brought their kindness and con- sideration and have helped to make Coaldale the friendly town it is today." To listen to her praise and enthusiasm for Coaldale is to believe this Alberta community is Utopia. Returning to her native Ba- varia has never occurred to Even the gumbo oozing from puncluolity. the gravel roads, clinging like Always a sports enthusiast, plaster to her floor length Mrs. Baldry m her ear y days, skirts didn't discourage this sponsored the Coaldale Wo- age prairie lover. She knew the blue sky enveloping Lelhbridgc as her train rumbled west was a good omen. Her optimism throughout her 65 years' residence has subse- quently turned the most threat- ening skies into a promising blue. Tho eighth of ten cliildren born to Mr. and Mrs. Johann Shimph in Haushan, a Bavari- an nu'ning town, she had spent her childhood roaming the beautiful Bavarian Alps, enjoy- ing flowers, birds and forests of spruce, oak, ash and walnut. It was "Sound of Music" coun- try with its accompanying beauty and charm. Music and religious education commenced in kinder garten continued throughout her high school years in Munich, where her apsrtment window offered a prime view of Munich's famed Notre Dame cathedral. Her father's early death in- fluenced the family, in 1306, to move to German speaking Menkato, Minnesota. Two years later she was to follow her brothers to Lethbridge where the savings secured in her purse were to vanish upon her arrival. Mrs. Charlie Perisel's board- ing house, near the Sick's brew- tion of races gave me an for the night train to Lethbridge preciation of the world's people her. "People and places to make sure it was on the edi- which I consider to be invalu- she says, "And I pre- able. "1 loved everyone of them. Every person contributed some- thing unique to the town which bcnefitled all of us. "Take, for instance, the ar- rival of the Mennoniles follow- ing the First World War. They were so poor, but through hard tor's desk first thing in the morning. Hers was always "new news" because of her fer to remember it as it was in my childhood." Her recipe for a useful, happy life, is the Biblical one, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you and ing and is bound to the world." Her favorite medi- tation is the 23rd Psalm. While Mrs. Baldry is busy complimenting the Coal dale townspeople her fellow Coal- dalites arc praising her as the woman who gave so much of herself to her community. She had no sooner moved to the Blue Sky Lodge when a Coal- dale resident 'phoned The Her- ald suggesting she be included in the People of the South series because of her contribu- tion to Coatdale life. Afternoons and evenings still find her bad; in Coaldale visit- ing the sick, making hospital calls, attending meetings and enjoying friends. "After-all, when you have lived over 50 years in one town Bermuda-country of tensions men's baseball team and served as its first baseman. She recalls their attractive blu'o and red bloomer-and middy uniforms sewed themselves, ankle-high laced-up boots and red caps. She played tennis, ice skated and enjoyed a regular Tuesday swim at the Leth- bridge Y. "I enjoy every sport other than she is quick to tell you. She enjoys nothing better than a local basketball game featuring her grandsons, and whether viewing a game live or on TV she still hollers as if her life depended on it. A keen hobbyist, Mrs. Bald- ry's needlework graces the homes of many Coaldale resi- dents. She works with single threads fashioning flow- ers, birds and baskets on pil- lowslips, tablecloths and bed- spreads, some of which have earned her first prize at local Federated Women's Institute fairs; She knits beautiful afli- gans and during her 55 years' residence in Coaldale her gar- den was a showplace. An avid coin and stamp collector she has in her collection several "shin the 25 cents paper money popular in the 30's, and coins more than 100 years old. She is a life member of the Federated Women's Institute of the World, joining in Coaldale in 1917 when membership stood at EO. (Today the group has disbanded due la the over-ahun- love your neighbor as your- you are really part of it, self." she adds, "a aren't she laughs as she announces she won't be at work and determination they person loves himself a lot and home for the next week because created homes and beautiful if you love your neighbor equal- of her schedule of Coaldale gardens which are a credit to ly as much" that is a lot of lov- functions. cry, became her temporary dance of women's groups in the home until she established a similar operation next door, providing a home for her brothers as well as several Asian and European miners employed in North Lethbridge. When John and Frank Shimph purchased a chicken farm at Crystal Lake, now known as Sunnyside, she joined them, often riding her black horse Ruby into Lethbridge to sell cream, even at 40 below zero, weather when she was "sure her feet would freeze. district.) She has been a mem- of the Coaldale United Church Women for over 50 years, is a life member of the Pythian Sisters and a former Rebeccah. Her late husband, who passed away in 1963, was also a busy public figure. He served as Coaldale mayor .for several terms, as magistrale, justice 'Plumping them uTa basin of o{ the peace, notary public and .cold water provided by her as school trustee for IS years. customer restored adequate warmth for the return journey. Beritley, considering her Ger- man background an asset to his business (patronized by a high percentage of German im- hired her in his dry- goods department in 1912. Earl- ier when purchasing tea for Mrs. Perisel she was told to make sure she was waited on by "the dark man with the because Mrs. Per- isci believed he alone knew iiow to blend her tea. The dark man was none other than Rob- ert James Baldry, now her fel- low clerk, whom she married in 1916. Baldry had purchased a gen- eral store in North Lethbridge in the spring of 1917 before buy- ing out the Coloren general store in Coaldale. tion then was a mei pared to ffM today boasted one church, Coaldale Selling her Coaldale home last month following 55 years' residence wasn't viewed as a hardship by this versatile wo- man. She reasoned it was a wise move for a woman touching 83 and beginning to find the garden heavy. One thing she was sure of she wouldn't move in with her fam- ily, despite the fact each one had given her a warm invita- tion. Instead she decided to move to a senior citizen's home. (She has one daughter, Mrs. Keith Pilling of Picture Butte and two sons, Wilfrid Eugene of Calgary and Arthur E. al Lethbridge as well as 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.) She reasoned, "There is the Green Golden and what about that new one MRS. EMIJ.EE BAIDRY Photo by Bill Groenen Book Reviews An inside look at filming a fight Following the shooting of the governor and his aid, Bermuda's first black govern- ment leader, Sir Edward Richards, deplor- ed the killing'. He said, "Our country has always been a peaceful, law-abiding one." What nonsense! Sir Edward knows that since the dreadful riots of 1968 Bermuda has lived in fear and apprehension with sporadic outbreaks that revealed the vol- cano beneath. Since Bermuda lives on the tourist industry there has beon a frantic effort to cover up the true conditions. At the time of the riots I wrote a factual ac- count back to Canada and desperate at- tempts were made to contradict it. Following the riots there have been epi- demics of violence. Coming to church one Sunday I found the street below almost a rubble with cars overturned and burned in ths streets. In another direction, two blocks away, a major store was burned. There were riots at the city hall and at certain limes cars feared to pass. I had ugly encounters on the street back of my church and found it safer to avoid certain streets at night. There were numerous cas- es of rape and, beating of white women which the police were suspected of hiding from the press. The tension is phychological rather than physical. Nowhere are the Blacks better off than in Bermuda. Employment, under a carefully restricted policy of immigra- tion, is plentiful. Pay is good. Blacks are in the professions and in business. There has been no history of rape and burning of blacks as there has been in America. Blacks had freedom from slavery in 1833 in Bermuda long before America. As quickly as Bermuda has desired it, Britain has gradually withdrawn from control until this year Bermuda stood on the edge of complete independence. CBC must have searched hard for the pictures they show- "Garden of Innocents" 'by Art Fisher and Neil Mar- slKill (Clark, Invin and Co. Ltd., 185 pages, Tliis is an interesting, enjoy- able look at the behind-the- scenes problems encountered by the authors as they endea- vored to televise "The Fight" (All vs It offers an intriguing look at what surely must be considered the great- est shovy on earth. Three hun- dred million people the world problems (it was interesting to lion people and earned note that what is good in color a minute. But without Fisher is not necessarily good in black and Marshall and their televi- and seating difficulties sion crew, not only Ali and Fra- -the authors had to beat these iijjd many other drawbacks in. putting on the show. The last minute preparations were put into focus with the joke about a commuter who asks the con- ductor how come the train is 10 minutes early; "It's yester- day's replies the conduc- tor. Two black men, descendants of slaves, fought before 300 mil- zier would have come up short, but a great portion of the world as well. A great book about a great fight. P.S. One cannot help but think of the millions of dollars George Foreman cost Ah', Fra- zier and Jack Kent Cooke, the man who holds the rights to the Ali-Frazier rematch. GARRY ALLISON boasted one church, Coaldale Arriving al entrance she V'OTK ulat cvenl- T f i c United, and daily train service made a snao in ita day back in March 1971. The ]SJn fppl fof to Lethbrige favor when to h'U ht h book, about how the fight man- 1NU IUI Customers came from as far away as Chin and Turin buying book, about how noticed the name "The 'Blue r A Sky Lodge." That was it as fa? as the as Mrs. Baldry was concerned. s Numerous boxing hooks have been published, many on the Ali-Frazicr fight, but none have looked at bash boulevard from There was no need to look further. "Where could they find a more beautiful she week's supply at a time. The asked. "Alberta's blue sky is the side of tha street the store, featuring every- thing from groceries to farm its most distinctive feature." It was her love for the blue equipment, was a gathering sky that brought her scurrying place as shoppers stood around the pot-bellied stove exchang- ing news while perfecting their aim at the large enamelled spit- foon dominating the entry. The line-up at the adjoining post- office resembled a miniature aulbors view it. It's a new siant on boxing, and a welcome one. Tiie book is peopled with the back to sunny Alberta years likes of Burt Lancaster, Archie earlier when she followed her brothers out to Mission, B.C. The rain and grey skies de- pressed her. Her move to Lethbridge on February 1st furnished her Moore. Frank Sinatra and a character dubbed Henry VI. Some astonishing and intrigu- ing insights into the fighters are provided by Moore and fight film collector Jim Jacobs, -1 J TIT 1- i e 1, u 1 1111JI lul UJUL United Nations as townsfolk of with a view window fronted by Moore's analysis of boxing is a various nationalities queued for their mail which had hung se- cured by a hook at the station overnight when delivered on the night train. The Great Depression was settling over southern Alberta in the early 30's. By 1935, with lovely fountain and a wide expanse of prairie stretching far beneath the blue sky can- opy which has never ceased to (hrill Mrs. Baldry since her ar- rival from Minnesota. "Ad.juslmenl? Sure there she admits, "but then life is masterpiece. His summation of fear, as experienced by a box- or, is a beautiful piece of work. Only a veteran of 228 visits in- side (he ring could provide such insight. An honest line about tile prc- tight publicity and the making "Regrets? None' whatever, of the gate caught my eye. Re- forced into bankruptcy, even about going bankrupt. I 'emng to Oie fact that Frazicr cy sold their Mclaughlin wouldn't exchange my life and was -a 7'5 favor.itc, but Ah the friendships in Coaldale for all the wealth in the world." She hasn't time to think about growing old. Her only health rule is to live fairly sen- many farmers unable to full of re-arranging, isn't their bills, the Baldrys Euiek, purchased four years errlier for for a mere because they couldn't af- ford gasoline, but managed to retain the post office with popular underdog who will draw the fans, Henry VI said, "Ali created the scats Fra- risr will lill them." Last minute lighting prob- "Baseball: Diamond in the Rough" by Trying A. Leil- ncr (Criterion Books. 226 pages, distributed by Longman Canada A duller book on the subject of baseball would be hard to imagine. It reads like an as- signment carried out by some- one with no real affection for the game. There is a woodenness about tho writing that is an affront to an aficionado accustomed to the colorful ness of sports col- umnists. The high drama of Jackie Robinson's entry into professional baseball is missed in this matter-of-fact state- ment: "The breach came in 1946, when Jack R. Robinson, a young black athlete from UCLA, was given a contract and brought into Bi-ooklyn organization by Branch Rickey, president of the club." At the time of writing it was no doubt true to describe Willie Mays as one "who has banged out more Itome runs than any Oiber major league ballplayer besides Babe Ruth." A genuine student of the game, however, cd of slums in Bermuda. Slums are scarce and Blacks live in homes as good as Whites anywhere in the world. Some people, or Black, will always live in slums. An American business man who was pur- chasing a house in Bermuda asked ma whether there was grave danger of a Black- White confrontation. I replied that the black people now had too.great a stake in the community to risk destroying it. A few evenings later I reported to some nativa white Bermudian business men what I had said. They scoffed at such confidence, pointing out that the radical young Blacks had no such feelings and did not cars whether or not they destroyed the com- munity so long as they expressed their hostility. The same psychology was brought out in a TV discussion on development recently. There was deep resentment against the people who were trying to assist in development. "We wish you would get out and leave us they said. Actually the white people are the natives in Bermuda; the black people came later. This makes no difference. The Blacks form two-thirds of the population and ulti- mately the Whites will be forced to sur- render. Surrender will mean socialism ol the utilities. Political and business control will shift to the Blacks, eitlicr gradually or violenty and suddenly. It is sad be- cause Bermuda is as lovely as Paradise. Churches of every denomination abound. Why have they not created more harmony and brotherly love? Some of them tardily and grudgingly have admitted Black mem- bers. A legacy left in the sixties was ear- marked for a hall for one of Bermuda's most prominent churches for Whites alone! It was set aside by a special act of gov- ernment. Five years ago Blacks were still excluded from the yacht and leading golf clubs.. White and Black are to blame and the Christian Church is far from innocent. THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE APERTURE B. L. FAIRBANKS Need ior fitness and exercise Dr. B. L. Fairbanks joined the facnlly of the University of Lethbridge physical education department in 1967. He obtain- ed his BS MA and PhD from Brlgham Young University. He is the coach of the U ti! L urcstling team and has long bttn interested in the field of fitness ud ex- ercise, their cdlest sou Robert E. be- sibly. Her 24 .hour day simply lems, camera f allures, color would have taken the precau- tion of noting that Hank Aaron was about lo surpass Willie Mays something lie did fair- ly early in the 1972 season. If anyone is still under the illusion that Abner Doubleday invented baseball this book could be useful in setting him right. It becomes fairly clear in the early part ol the book that the author sees baseball as having evolved out of the English game of rounders. He even reports that baseball may have originated in Canada. The reader has to wait until page 196 before discovering how Dou- bkday came to get credit. A former president of the Nation- al League, A. G. Mills, in 1903 attributed the invention of the game to Doubleday "without of- fering in evidence anything more substantial than a num- ber of vague, circumstantial, and speculative opinions and statements." Perhaps the most interesting feature of this book is the abundance of reproductions of newspaper clippings, pho- tographs, cartoons and box- scores all of historical inter- est, DOUG WALKER Man's need for fitness and exercise has always existed. However, the need has been such a necessary and direct part of life itself, and the processes of maintain- ing a livelihood, that little attention has been directed toward such goals. It has only been within the last lew years that man has built for himself a way of. life that does not meet his need for fit- ness. Perhaps he is even unable to adapt to the lazy life, unless he recognizes some of the very basic needs of his own biologi- cal system. Man is not a loafing organism. Without something to engage his mind and muscles, he rapidly degenerates. Our age of auto-' mation may bring us more leisure than the human organism was designed by nature to tolerate. How to transform this leisure into fruitful activity, and so escape biol- ogical disaster, will be the particular job of the immediate future. Physical activ- ity with its vigorous rhythmic movements in the adolescent period, and the more recreational activities for older people may hold the key to an effective life. The very specialized way of life which we have produced to efficiently supply our many needs has created as many prob- lems as it has supplied answers. It is quite paradoxical that, at the very time in his- tory when man is almost capable of com- pletely divorcing himself from the drudgery of work (as he has long considered his same intelligence has also discovered work Is not really a drudgery. Work Is a blessing in disguise. A certain amount of "physical work" is a basic essential of "good health." It is interesting to r.ote that present day concepts regarding the importance of ex- ercise have not always been accepted. Physiologists used lo believe that many types of physical activity were harmful to the man over forty. Maxwell Maltz in his book "Psycho Cy- bernetics" states the following: "We doc- tors are lo blame as much as anyone for warning patients over 40 to 'take it easy' and give up golf and other forms of ex- ercise. Twenty years ago, one famous writ- er even suggested that any man over 40 should never stand when he could sit, never sit when he could lie down in order to 'conserve' his strength and energy. Physio- logists and MDs, including the nation'! leading heart specialists, now tell us that activity, even strenuous activity, is not only permissible, but required for good health at any age. You are never too old to exercise. You may be too sick. Or if you have been comparatively inactive for a long while, the suddenness of strenuous exertion may have a powerful stress effect, and may be damaging and even fatal." The majority of people who live a rich, full life, remain active mentally and physically. The Hunza people are a good example of a people who have come to know that it is possible to keep pace with time, without letting it age you into inac- tivity. From the day a Hunzakut is born, he is never coddled. He keeps active until the day he dies, and does not think about growing old. Elder members of the so- ciety the men and women over 90 don't even retire from work. Their very philosophy of life is one which considers the idleness of retirement a much greater enemy to life than work. One must never 1 retire "from" something. One must retire "to" something. With a philosophy like this, work is continued as a matter of choice. Without initiative and the knowledge that an elderly person is an integral part of his community, there is only one end slow stagnation of the spirit. Once the spirit of an individual rots away, the body begins to lose its incentive to produce strong muscles, bones, tissues and cells until one day some small part of the com- plex human mechanism simply ceases to function and death becomes an easy vic- tor. Even though the average man attains an unquestionably greater age today than formerly, much of this longevity is mark- ed by a more or less pronounced state of ill-health. We should not allow ourselves to become content with the minimal level of vigor and vitality representative ol the mere absence of disease, which is the only real assurance that anyone receives when they emerge successfully from a medical ex- amination with the pronouncement of a "clear bill of health." The successful com- pletion of the mechanics of a medical ex- amination is no more an indication you are really healthy, than being admitted to a university indicates you have completed the degree requirements of that institution. Both are very important steps, but at best they are only the mere beginnings of a journey and not the realization of des- tination. ;