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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, May 3, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 D'ARCY RICKARD photos Ron Hansen, Ole Kraft keep grain moving 'Loading cars to beat Ole Kraft, Alberta Wheat Pool elevator operator ot Welling, has been with the organization 22 years. He has operated elevators at Wetaskiwin, Fleet (near Corona- Conrich (east of Dalroy (east of Hilispring and Welling. Mr. Kraft says he's really busy this time of year, "loading cars to beat heck." The Lethbrickjc Herald Correspondent in Your Area ET2IKOM MRS. PIUS EHNES 666-2157 ENCHANT MRS. MARGARET DORCHAK............. 739-2159 FERNIE MRS. RICHARD WILLIAMS 423-7138 FOREMOST GEOFF TAGG 867-3661 FORT MACLEOD MRS. TED SWIHART GRANUM MRS. ED CESAR 236-3806 Contact these people for your District News or Classified Advertising Backs Pool Ron Hansen, 29, Alberta Wheat Pool agent at Spring Coulee, says the Pool is the "purest form of democracy you'll ever find." He backs the organ- ization TOO per cent. But Mr. Hansen finds he has to use a good deal of diplom- acy in dealing with farm- ers. "You're sort of the go- between between farmers and head office as far as policy he says. More district pages 10, and 34 Pool purest form of democracy' First Article In Two-Part Series By D'ARCY RICKAKD Herald District Editor SPRING COULEE It seems like an awful lot of responsibility for one man. But Alberta Wheat Pool agent Bon Hansen, 29, can handle it. He's on top of ev- ery detail. He runs two eleva- tors here single-handed. Don't envy him his job. Mr. Han- sen served a long, hard ap- prenticeship to get where he is. The same holds true for Ole Kraft of Welling. The Pool, like ancient, Rome, sends its men to hundred of far-flung outposts in its em- pire. Mr. Hansen, a married man with three children, was busy loading rail cars when this reporter dropped in un- announced recently. "Too busy to said Ron. "Come back when the weather's Then he disappeared back into a cloud of dust. His two elevators and an- nexes hold a total of 207.000 bushels. We had to find out how it worked. So we drop- ped back. GRAND TOUR "C'mon." said Ron. "I'll give you the grand tour.'' Then Mr. Hansen took us through little doors, down dimly lighted passageways, up ladders, through rail care, over sections of floor that seem to float like ocean-go- ing ships and through dust- filled closets filled with exotic grains like rapeseed, sunflow- er seed, oats, barley and wheat. He put me on a little eleva- tor and showed me how to pull a rope to raise myself into the dark upper attics of the big bin. He showed me how eleva- tors are built, not like ga- rages and othsr mundane structures, but with the two- by-sixcs laid one upon anoth- er up to the sky like long bricks. "These bull pens were built during the says Ron. "This one holds bush- els. We have to get an auger in here to auger them out." A farmer drives up. Ron throws a switch here, eases a lever there, checks a huge scale to his right, makes a few notes in a book and the truck eases up to a 45-degree angle. Grain pours into the bov.els of the big bin. Roij grabs a handful and chucks it into a can. He glances at the little kernels and grades it without a second thought. "You get so you can tell the grade at a he says. It's graded again at one of the Pool's four large termi- nals located at Vancouver, Thunder Bay and Victoria. All the second gradings come back and they should match. If they don't someone's not doing his job right. Chances are, it won't be Ron. He's been with the Pool for 10 years, has worked at numerous elevators in the Trochu area and in the south at Magrath, Milk River, Well- ing and here. "The Wheat Pool is the purest form of democracy you'll ever he says. "Members make all the de- cisions." Ron is busy putting up a fence around his modem Gibos wars on car bodies BLAIRMORE (CNP Bu- reau) Town foreman John Gibos has been named Blair- more co-ordinator for the car body clean up campaign here. The local council is par- ticipating in the provincial littercheck campaign to gath- er up old car bodies. This is in co-operation with the pollu- tion control division of the de- partment of the environment. The local nuisance grounds will be used as a storage de- pot until the car crusher unit visits the area. Persons having old wrecks and wishing to avail them- selves of this service should phone Mr. Gibos at 562-2340 or at 562-2247. home at Spring Coulee. Wife Flo-Ann hopes the Pool lets them sit there for a good long while. They love this part of the country. HEALTH HAZARD Ole Kraft and Ms wife Maxine feel much the same way about Welling. Their two daughters are grown. Ole started as second man at Wetaskiwin. "Dust ii, my big problem.'1 he says. ''The r.ew elevators have a dust collector. This helps a lot. But there's still plenty of dust. We were load- ing barley all week. Dusty as heck. I wear the respirator but I still get the old wheeze in the chest." Loading cars is hard work. There's no grain the big spout is moved from side to side to fill the ear- but coopering up the cars is a big job. The doors are seal- ed with cardboard nailed on the inside to a steel strip. Capacity at Welling is 000 bushels in four elevators. They're trying to empty out the old Federal elevators tha Pool took over. "We'll take them down if we ever get them says Mr. Kraft. Ole and Ron and about 840 other Pool elevator operators throughout Alberta and B.C. will be humping, right along from new until frost hits the pumpkins. Come August, they'll be really busy. They've got 52.000 farmer- members to kftep happy. It's the Pool's 50th anniver- sary. The Pool has distributed in cash refunds and reserve credits on 1971-72 de- liveries to Pool facilities. The Pool has returned its surplus earnings to its members in this way for 35 consecutive years. A total of more than has been refunded to member patrons of the Pool's country facilities. And it's operators like Ole and Ron who keep the grain and cash flowing. Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS CIRCULATION JOB PRINTING Vernon Deeoux, Resident Rep., Blairmore Phone 562-2149 TOYOTA TRAVEL CENTR1 is having a FRED STORY 25 years experience LES INGLE 35 years experience Fred, Us, Cen ond Gayle welcome Mr. Bob Barber to Toyota Travel Centre's sales staff. Bob was in the automotive industry for eight years at Rocky Mountain House, where he hod a GM dealership. He also spent several years as District Manager for Massey Ferguson, having worked out of Edmonton and Calgcry. He moved to .lethbridge in 1955. From 1955 to his present appointment at Toyota Travel, Bob was involved in the farm machinery and motel business. Bob welcomes his many friends and customers to visit him at Toyota Travel Centre and to see the fine display of Toyota cars ond trucks, Skylark travel trailers, motor homes and campers. Check the many savings below! 1969 EMPRESS MOTOR HOME Self contained, still under warranty at miles. Immaculate Mr. Bob NEW 1972 AQUARIUS 1800 MINI HOME Sleeps 4, power steering ond power brakes SENCOR Herbicide Really gets tough weeds Barnyardgrass Fall panicum Foxtail Lambsquarler Lady's thumb Pigweed SENCOR will also provide some control of couchgrass (quackgrass) and yellow nutsedge. When other herbicides let grass or broadleaf weeds through, or when infestation is extra heavy, call on SENCOR. Apply Pre-emerge Early post-emerge (except on early red-skinned varieties) Both ways No pre-mixing Moderate agitation Doesn't stain skm Doesn't stain clothing When you need 'Good Stuff for tough weed conditions, order SENCOR from your supplier. RESPONSEability to you and nature. i Chcmagro Limited 77 City Centre Drive Mississaugua, Ontario CON BARRETT 25 years experience 1973 TOYOTA HI LUX PICKUP A pleasure ond unit combination BRAND NEW 1973 TOYOTA COROLLA 2-DOOR GAYLE JOHNSON 21 years experience 4 speed. Many no cost standard op- tions that are ex- tra cost on domes- tic automobiles Bank Financing Arranged No Down Payment O.A.C. PAYMENTS AS LOW AS PRE-OWNED CARS 1971 VEGA HATCHBACK. Low mileage 1971 TOYOTA COROLLA Auto, trans., low mileage 1970 VIVA GT AT 197] TOYOTA COROLLA 2-DR. A reol buy at........ Largest stock of Skylark trailers, ond Empress motor homes in Southern Alberta Over 40 new Toyota cars and trucks to from 7J13MC TRADES WANTED COUTTS HIGHWAY OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 9 P.M. PHONE 327-3165 ;