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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 30, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - 3 1111 HP 'People in Alberta are fortunate' CARDSTON (HNS) U Agriculture Minister Dr. Hugh Homei1 says his. home town is Barrhead and Cardston follows alphabetically and there is no way the government is going to allow, such towns as Barrhead and Cardston to be without rail lines. "It is just as simple as that," he said. He was-speaking to. a recent meeting" of Uriifarm here. Niriety attended. 'The president of the Magrath Chamber of-Commerce presented :a declaration concerning the proposed abandonment of rail-Way lines, to the minister. ,. The minister spoke on the rural- and' agriculnirai situations. '^People in Alberta are fortunate,", he said. "The net income was down in 1971, but it is back up; it didn't go down as far as Saskatchewan or Mani toba." ' There is a mixed economy .in Alberta. Sixty per cent of the income for agricultural goods comes from livestock' and 40 per cent from grain. InSas katchewan arid Manitoba the major income is grain.. "Things have changed dra matically; prices have ad vanced substantially. We were following programs like Operation Lift and the operations of the Canadian Dairy Commission and at the same time there were scarcities around the world in all kinds of food. 'The other important thing is that there is a market for pro-c e s s e d agricultural products and the two can be tied together. 'There is hope for rural Alberta. "The Task Force report on agriculture said we should aim at just producing 500,000 feeder cattle. That isn't good enough nor will it increase the income of the farmer in Alberta. "About $30 million worth of products were shipped into Can-, ada in 1972. A lot of the butter eaten in Alberta is imported. The Central Alberta Dairy Pool in Red Deer imports a million pounds of skim milk powder. All the food In the super markets is processed somewhere else and shipped here. Many products are shipped down east to be processed and then shipped back here to the consumer; It is the intention of the gov* eminent to promote more processing in Albertai" Mrs. Seely feted by friends . STIRLING (HNS)' - Mrs. ^Myrtle K. Seely of Lethbridge was recently honored by her family on her 83rd birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Leo Seely, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Seely and their son, Allen, and a sister, Mrs. Alberta K. Wells, were present. Mrs. Seely came to Stirling with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kiddle, from Utah in 1901. She married Orson Seely and they had nine children; seven are now living. The See-lys farmed until his retirement He died in 1964. Mrs. Seely gave years of service to the various organizations within her church, especially in the Ladies' Relief Society. She now has 25 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Canadian Indian Art '74 D'ARCY RICKARD photo Hitch-hiker, a sculpture by western illustrator and fine artist Gerald TaWeathers of Standoff, Blood Indian Reserve, will be shown at Canadian Indian Art 74. It is sponsored by the World Craft Council, Department of Indian Affairs, Royal Ontario Museum arid the Canadian Guild of Crafts. It is an International Craft Exhibition and Conference and will be held in the Royal Ontario Museum Exhibition Hall at Toronto from mid-June through until the end of August. Canadian Indians are eligible. Each entry must be of original or traditional design. Crafts, paintings in all media, drawings, engravings, lithographs and sculptures will be shown. All entries become the property of Central Marketing Service. For details, write to Tom Hill, exhibition co-ordinator, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Room 614, 400 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ont. Closing dote for entries of Sept. 30 is to allow the Royal Ontario Museum time to prepare the catalogue. &f DISTRICT K J)V. COALDALE (HNS) - The Barons-Eureka Health Unit is sponsoring the following infant and pre-school clinics: TABER: Tuesday, April 3, in the Health Unit Office in the Administration Building, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. COALHURST: Tuesday, April 3, in the Coalhurst High School from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and l to 3 p.m. BARNWELL: Wednesday, April 4, in the school from 1 to 3 p.m. IRON SPRINGS: Wednesday, April 4, in the Huntsville School from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. COALDALE: Thursday, April 5, in the Health Unit Office (upstairs in the Town Office Building) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. TABER: Thursday, April 5, in the Health Unit Office in the Administration Building, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. GRASSY LAKE: Friday, April 6, in the Chamberlain School from 1 to 3 p.m. TABER: Tuesday, April 10, In the Health Unit Office in the Administration Building, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. HAYS:-Tuesday, April 10, in the school from 1 to 3 p.m. PICTURE BUTTE: Tuesday, April 10, in the Picture Butte High School from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m. For social service appointments telephone: Coaldale 345-3388; or Taber 223-3911. The medical officer of health urges parents to ensure their children are fully protected against contagious disease and tooth decay. Information on venereal disease is available. Riding club organized TABER (HNS) - A local riding club was organized here re cently but an official name was not chosen by 25 at the meet ing. Officers are Ed Sparks, chairman; Dennis Eckland, vice - chairman; and Heather Ferguson, secretary. , Membership fees were set at $10 per family, including children 17 years of age, and individuals; $5. A Day in Disneyland Harry Schnell of the Calgary Winter Club will perform at the Taber Figure Skating Club's annual ice carnival Saturday. Performances are set for 2 and 8 p.m. Entitled A Day in Disneyland, it will feature more than 140 performers. Miss Irene Sherratt, club professional, will direct the show. The Taber arena holds 2,000 people. Alberta Wheat Pool honors members Sixteen charter members of the Alberta Wheat Pool were honored at a recent 50th anniversary dinner at Magrath. From left, Fred Miller, Del Bonita AWP agent; Carl Jorgensen and Walter Smith, Del Bonita charter members; and George T. Dudley of Magrath, AWP director. 'WE HAVE A BOOM, THEN A BUST' 100TH BIRTHDAY CALGARY - A 100th birthday party will be held for Claus F. Oseen, formerly of Turin, in the Rosemont Hall, Centennial Park, 2626 10th St. N.W., Saturday, March 31. Everyone is welcome. By MILDRED HARKER Herald News Service MAGRATH - "Because a group of grain producers took the initiative to solve their problems through mutual action in 1923, the Alberta Wheat Pool is able to observe its 50th anniversary this year. "Our present members salute the original contract signers whose constancy and loyalty helped build their asscciation into a great organization." The above is part of a letter presented with a leather plaque, engraved with the name of each founding member, to original Wheat Pool members at a banquet in the United Church Hall here recently. Milo Fleming, Pool representative; district agents George Fyfe and Wallace Baker, Magrath; O. Craft, Welling; Ron Hansen, Spring Cou lee; welcomed guests. In 1923 the Pool set aside two cents a bushel plus one and a WANTED PEA SEED CONTRACTS HIGH CONTRACT PRICES COLUMBIA SEED COMPANY LTD. BOX 331 VAUXHALl, ALBERTA PHONE 403-654-2535 half to build three elevators. | Now there are 899 with 1,215 annexes. Almost 130,000,000 bushels were stored in 1971-72. Fifty-s i x managers handled one-half to more than a million bushels. Mr. Fleming encouraged farmers to control weeds as dockage is expensive. There are 185 40,000-bushel elevators full of dockage. Director Harry Patching expressed gratitude to Pool members for their support. He re-called days when he lived along the St. Mary River west of town. Delegate George Dudley reviewed grain prices from the First Worid War, when wheat hit $4 per bushel, to the present. "But every time we have a boom we have a bust," he recalled, for the price dropped to 63 cents after the hard winter of 1919. Many went bankrupt because there were not enough returns from cattle and sheep to pay for hard wintering costs. By 1920 the government set up the wheat board and established a ceiling price of $2.60 a bushel Some felt a co-op would be better so 3,500 gathered to hear Ernest Sapiro's ideas. Henry Wise - Woods took over and teams went out in Model Ts 490 Chevs, and horse and carriage to get farmers to contract grain for five years. Their aim was to get 50 per cent of the farmers. By Sept. 3 there was 45 per cent signed up Most stayed so by the time operations started 50 per cent was attained. It was one of the greatest efforts ever extended by farm people. They had no money and no buildings but someone suggested they could get the funds from New York so the banks loaned them $15 million to start. The Wheat Pool has grown to be one of the largest businesses in Alberta. This farmer-owned and oper ated co-op now has assets of $72 million proving that a "voluntary co-op is the best way to handle affairs." Delegates elected to attend annual meetings instruct the executive as to policies they wish to have carried out. The executive directs the management. Sixteen of the original found ing members or their representatives were presented with personally engraved leather plaques as a souvenir of their efforts. They are: C. C. Spencer, Wal lace Dudley, Ken Anderson Harden Anderson, J. M. Ras mussen, Ray Bennett, Ervin Harris, Con Watson, Jim Hunter, Lloyd Sabey, D. H. Keeler (whose father-in-law Chris Jen sen was the first director) Walter Taylor, Olive Grun inger, (representing her father the late Frank Card), C. A. Ben nett, Jack Mackenzie and Charles Ripley. Similar honors were extend ed at Del Bonita to Carl Jorgen sen and Walter Smith. Mrs. W. Baker and Mrs. G Fyfe served lunch. LAND CONTROL PINCHER CREEK (Special) - The Pincher Creek MD council is concerned about the "lack of control" on corporate and communal ranches and farms in the province. Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS -:- CIRCULATION -:- JOB PRINTING Vernon Deceux, Resident Rep., Blairmore - Phone 562-2149  I NOW RENTING "Imperial Court 52nd Ave. & 6th St. West CLARES HOLM 33 UNIT TOWNHOUSE 2 BEDROOM .00 3 BEDROOM .00 $154 Includes refrigerator, stove, drape rods, fenced, landscaped and paved parking FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT B & H HOMES (CALGARY) LTD. 2050 10th Aye. S.W. CALGARY Phone 1-244-2716 t ;