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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May 1974 THE LETHMIDQE People of the south By Chris Stewart The hand that rocks the cradle THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley 'The hand that rocks the cradle When Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia in her lifetime effort to establish a national observance of Mother's Day it was to honor women like 90-year-old Mrs. Karen mother of whose dedication to motherhood is unique. This resident of the Green Acres Lodge isn't sitting pining for her family. Far from She's busier now than many women 30 years her junior. She wants it this way to free her children to enjoy their lives instead of worrying about her welfare. Meanwhile she thrills to their is happy she has them to relate to and visit and that they are available should she need them. feel so sorry for those 1 without a family in their mature she said. must be frightfully She was off to dinner at her son Stanley's in Calgary last spent her 90th birthday picnicking with family members at visits her children in Saskatchewan and Lethbridge regularly but chooses maintain her independence 1 and busy schedule for the sheer satisfaction it gives her. She walks to downtown Lethbridge twice a keeps abreast of world events and current fashions and volunteers for regular dining room duties at her residence. This nonegenarian an eye for style and pretty clothes. To doning a pretty dress is as good as a tonic. She peruses catalogues to study new fashions and experiments with color combinations and fabrics. I had observed this dainty laay with the slight Danish accent on previous occasions. was I wondered. a hostess or a She was so well such a bright and always immaculately groomed. I had concluded she was by her quick step and unlined but I was grossly inaccurate. years How do you do don't do she replied softly. just make the best of what I She does this excellently. She lives with an air of expectancy and has a refreshing attitude towards life she to her love of beautiful things. It shows in i her countenance. Whether it's the first crocus inching it's way through the prairie grass or a yellow-tipped starling perched on a limb Karen views it with wonder. She credits this quality to her Danish mother who stirred her children's imaginations by reciting-them fairy tales as they gathered evenings in their Copenhagen kitchen roasting apples on their black stove. As mother knitted she described beautiful castles and knights on white steeds. She painted a beautiful with words as she related to them. They could the moats and when they closed their eyes and listened. It was a magic hour. Karen has never lost it. But every story didn't guarantee a happy ending for this young teen-ager. She had her dreams shattered at 14 when the beautiful confirmation dress she envisaged turned out to be one of the plainest grey. Winning the best-pupil award had earned the duchess' annual gift of yardage at confirmation time. Karen was thrilled and hurried off through fields and chestnut- lined lanes to the royal residence to receive the coveted award. She carried her prized package home carefully wondering it bo organdy or and is it pink or pale She couldn't wait to open it. Imagine her let-down when she discovered it contained not flimsy white chiffon but yards of grey To this day she refuses to wear grey or black. was so upset I just sat down and she recalls. She sailed from Denmark at age 18 on a year's visit to an aunt in Milwaukee but a chance meeting with Frank Peterson changed her plans to return. Following their marriage in Spokane in 1904 they operated a dairy farm until fire levelled their home. Karen recalls going to the clearing to call her husband for lunch only to discover upon her return her house was a mass of flames. are the she screamed as she raced towards the remembering she had left them playing in the yard. She was filled with fright to her she spotted them running towards her with eldest daughter Mildred clutching the hands of her two younger brothers. was so relieved 1 almost she said. The burned-out family were sorting out their future plans when a chance meeting with George Tinsley of Taber seemed to offer an answer to their dilemma. Frank accepted his invitation to Taber with a view to moving there. He liked what he saw and sent for his wife and children. The Petersons loved Taber. They rented Mr. Tinsley's 2500-acre farm and 10-room house. Karen's buxom kitchen table seated not only her own family children by but hired help and guests. The dining room doubled as a cutting area for her dressmaking. She sewed all the families' clothes on her treadle knitted their sweaters and baked mountains of bread and buns at boiled her white laundry in a copper boiler on top her coal ironed with flat cooked her starch for the men's dress shirts and started her day at 5 a.m. was the happiest woman in the she says. my family all around me. was like on If even one child was away overnight there was an empty feeling in the Family discipline was left chiefly to Karen when husband Frank was busy in the fields. She recalls her Karen Photo Rick Ervin Brief book reviews can I come You Can't Come by Norma and Wendy Steven H. Revell distributed by G. R. Welch 126 pages. Parental wisdom is mixed with an saccharin religiosity in this small book based on the actual experience of one family. like many girls just out of high found herself very homesick when she left lier family to go to college. Probably her parents handled the situation with better sense than most. Their reliance on constant prayer and scriptural guidance was remarkably matched by an equal measure of devotion from Wendy. The perhaps is that without their deep Christian the problem could not have been resolved. Some families will find help in the Stevens' of their experience. ELSPETH WALKER natural diet combined with non-toxic ingredients is presented here by Mrs. Jane Banks in a range of delectable gourmet recipes. GERTA PATSON Classical by Robert Woods -Kennedy J. McLeod 203 According to the publishers' blurb this .novel what it is like to be young and in The lovers are two unusually mature teenagers attending school in Paris in 1927. They're so busy romping in bed and there's little time left for education at least not the kind I'm used to. Perhaps there is some profound meaning to the novel but if so it's too deep for me. TERRY MORRIS Arthritic by Collin H. M.B. and Jane Banks Whiteside 184 A return to a simple Chinese diet has cured Dr. Dong of arthritis. He maintains that everyone's body is different and that only by experimentation can one discover one's own cure. He that a deteriorating additives and preservatives may be one cause of rheumatic disease. While he does not pretend to have a cure for arthritis he certainly may teach you how to live. A low calorie by Richard Adams Publishing Co. 426 pages. Fiver senses the destruction of the Warren and convinces his brother Hazel that they must leavo this place or die. They are not able to convince 'ho Chief Rabbit that this h'iiinop. so they muster their courage and gather the few rabbits that do believe and set off on one of the strangest journeys in rabbit history. In Fiver's dream he sees a hill off in the distance where he knows they must go to be truly safe. To reach this haven they encounter hardships that no rabbit in his right mind would deliberately attempt. The Elil that they can't see. and other rabbits hinder their progress. Upon reaching Watership Down they face a new problem in building their they have no does to reproduce. To gain the does they need they become entangled in a bitter feud with another warren that becomes a of wits and courage to the death. Richard Adams has written an immensely interesting hook incorporating fact with folk lore and fiction to create his masterpiece. found it gave considerable information on other animals besides the and their habits. I would definitely recommend it to young and old alike. SYLVIA JQEVENAZZO Sleeping Arousing Church Power in by Robert K. .Hudnut 164 The potential of the Christian church for shaking and shaping great as it is. largely- untapped. This is a burden to the soul of Robert. K.' Hudnut. a U.S. Presbyterian minister. He makes a plea in this .book for .congregations to take corporate action on social issues. There is recognition objections arise to this proposition and he deals with them. 1 remain about the possibility of being able to get enough agreement on most social issues in the average congregation to make much impact. It would be interesting to see what kind of a reception the book would gel if studied by church sessions or councils. The writing is not distinguished. Most ministers are apt to find the DOUG WALKER husband spanking a son only once. Generally mother's scolding was sufficient to bring a child into line. Daughters Mildred and Bonnie trained at the Calgary Normal taught at nearby Bonaire and Taber boarded at home and rode horseback to classes. Most the sons stayed home until they were married. Evenings were spent either listening to Karen's childhood stories as vividly as her own or to the battery radio if they weren't entertaining family friends. The large house bulged with teenagers singing and dancing to the accompaniment of the family piano while Mrs. Peterson provided platters of food. far rather have all the teens at our house because then I knew where my family she said. One luxury she did insist on was a mid-afternoon break when she could relax with a novel favorite authors are Kathleen Norris and 6.r-nest a fashion magazine or her take time to change into a_ pretty freshen her face and appear pretty for supper. break was invaluable and bolstered me for the she besides my husband liked to see me She was president of the Kpnneyburg Women's Institute of four WI groups she has the others being Fort Macleod. Dawson Creek and Husband Frank would drive her by horse and buggy to her regular meetings in members' homes with youngest son Stanley always tagging along. thought institute meetings were the she laughed. She entered her baking and crochet-edged pillow slips in the not for prizes but just for the jun of exhibiting. With only. sons. Stanley and Mervin left on the farm a member of the mechanized division of the Governor General's Foot _ was killed in Frank Peterson in 1939 decided his farm chores were too heavy so purchased a smaller- irrigated acreage at Fort Macleod. In 1950 he bought a 480-acre parcel at Dawson Creek near eldest son Forest. Mrs. Peterson loved the location with its valleys and lush wild berries but she worried jabput her husband's failing health. Upon his death in 1953 she moved to Coaldale and subsequently Lethbridge making home with bachelor son Mervin but at age 84 the wishes of her decided to move to the Green Acres Lodge. She felt household responsibilities were getting too much for her and feared being a burden to her family. not fair for oldsters to make .their family feel responsible for she claims. thought it through well and decided it was the less selfish thing to She adjusted easily to lodge made a host of new- friends and developed new- interests. Her eight living children died in Fort St. Mildred Russell of Carlton. Bonnie Tolman. Swift Dorothy Fort St. Mabel Calgary and Mervin and Norman in plus 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren are extremely- kind to her but but she won't live with them. She doesn't want any of their careers and interests hindered because of being responsible for her. She corresponds and visits them regularly and is certain they'll fete her on her 91st birthday- just as royally as they've done on former milestones but live with Because she loves them too much. On Mother's Day the Peterson family will honor their gracious 90-year-wld matriarch. She's a style- setter. welhinformed. interesting and a model for any mature fashion show. But those aren't her chief distincti ves. She has the capacity to love deeply and to give herself unstintingly for good of her to put their happiness before her own and to smile in the face of tragedy.. She's one who believes from experience that hand that rocks the cradle rules the Karen Peterson is among those mothers of whom wise King Solomon wrote. children will rise up and call her The tragedy of Africa The tragedy of Africa is oppression and exploitation of the African by the white man and the cruelty and oppression perpetrated on their own people by the'black. It had been anticipated by the natives and Europeans alike that by some freedom would bring an era of prosperity and enlightenment to the African. The opposite was the case. The Belgian and French Congo were thrown into chaos and thousands slaughtered. The correspondent for the Manchester a most liberal and generous after some harrowing describes leaving Uganda knowing that thousands of Ugandans will be butchered by their own countrymen. The East Indians were expelled with the greatest inhumanity and injustice. But they were fortunate. Uganda has a record in recent times for the most appalling torture and bestiality. Nigeria was considered a show place for but th.e other tribes of Nigeria seemed for a time determined to exterminate the Ibos whom they slaughtered mercilessly. The genocide of the Southern Sudanese by the North makes one sick at the stomach. When women and children sought the shelter of the the woods were set on fire and all who fled were killed like mad dogs. Ethiopia has deliberately inhibited the growth of civilization with the consequence that the land is ravaged by famine. Of the hundreds of millions of dollars pumped into the African economy. 90 per cent of it has been poured down the drain wasted or squandered by dictators. Now African nations are faced with the impossible problem of paying interest on the money loaned. The principal will never be repaid. Peter Ritner in his book on a... Death of describes the South African government as one of the vilest and irrational in the history of the world. This is sheer nonsense. It would be impossible to find a more hideous and indefensible record than that of the Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique. But no country has demonstrated its competence and humanity when governed by Africans. Zambia's murder of two defenceless Canadian girls is typical of a state of mind. Since wanted the friendship of Zambia and has sunk millions into the country there is almost no official criticism of Zambia. On the -other hand it has become heretical to say anything good about Southern Rhodesia and South Africa. There is no simple and easy answer to African problems. Also the South African answer is ultimately unworkable. Apartheid or of the four Asian and an inflexible is impossible to maintain. It is also a sin against and Christian brotherhood. Though the urban native is essential to the African he is given citizenship privileges only on tribal reserves. Classification of races involves tragic humiliation. Greatest victim is the East Indian who is rooted in South Africa for over a century but is caught between the Bantu and white Afrikaner. Cultured and he is doomed to an inferior life on a as chief of the told loneliness was the worst feature of apartheid. On the other if the blacks were to govern the country the East Indians would be destroyed and tribal warfare would be certain. A civilized life would be impossible. As it native literacy is the highest in much higher than and 80 per cent of youth from 7 years to 20 can read and write. South African wages are the highest for natives in Africa. The government has cleared up slums. The Rev. Dr. Munro of the Church ol Scotland I wanted to show you a I would not know where to take A Bantu middle class is growing up encouraged by business loans from the government. Playgrounds for Bantu have been built and no house in urban areas is further than half a mile from a playground. Meadowlands has 36 tennis courts and 33 children's playgrounds for Bantu alone. Baragwanath General Hospital near for the Bantu was one of the finest white or black in with most modern equipment and free treatment except for a token charge of 30 cents for.those who can afford it. Listening to Ian Smith the other night on television it was impossible to think of him as other than a very dedicated man. who was trying to work out a solution for black and white. These men in Rhodesia and South Africa are not monsters. Undoubtedly their policies need modernizing and a greater content of justice for the but the alternatives of the radical wing are unrealistic. Is it not ironic that if British rule had continued in India tens of thousands of Hves would have been saved and India would be much further It. is cold comfort to reflect that good government is substitute for self-government. no The University of Lethbridge APERTURE Dr. Rare plants near Waterton Dr. Job a native of The came to the University of Lethbridge in 1968 after seven years of teaching at the University of British Columbia. His The Biology of Parasitic Flowering published by the University of California Press in and earned him the George Lawson Medal of the Canadian Botanical Society two years later. Since coming to Lethbridge he has also concerned himself with the native flora of southern particularly Waterton Lakes National Park. His Common Coulee Plants of Southern was published by the University of Lethbridge Production Services in 1978. Waterton the beauty of which we all tend to take for is a treasure house of and in some rarely-seen flora. To those Albertan naturalists whose interests go beyond animals is amazing how often a person calls himself a yet cannot tell between a Douglas fir and a the southwestern corner of the province holds a special fascination. Quite aside from the obvious scenic qualities of the Rocky Mountains it is becoming clear that the area -is by far the richest in the province as far as its vegetation is concerned. Some 55 per cent of all plant species reported for all of Alberta are known from Waterton which has an area less than 0.1 per cent of the province. This does not of that more than half of Alberta's plant species are found only within park but it does give a strong indication of the great richness of the flora there. Among the many plants in Waterton Lakes which occur nowhere else in the some of the more unusual and attractive ones should be paid special attention. Most of these are common to areas south or west of the province of but others are rare in any location. Quite near the town of Waterton is a rocky area with shrubs of Mock also a characteristic shrub of the B.C. interior. Not far from but more in the we may find one of the most exotic and rare of Alberta's the Mountain Lady's Slipper. In contrast to some this is a true Lady's with white and purple brown flowers reaching two inches in size. Very few people have ever seen this and it is probably better as the species would be exterminated quickly if picked. A miniature is the very rare Jones' with blue-green leaves only an inch blending in with the surrounding colors of the limestone slopes on which it grows. The upright blue flowers do not reach higher than two inches. This unique columbine grows in Waterton Lakes and adjacent but nowhere else in the world. Another alpine the attractive cushion like Douglasia. is known from a single spot on Ml. us only locality in Canada. Especially interesting is the case of the western sometimes also called the Wake-robin. Early in this century a flowering plant of this which is locally common west of the Rockies but not otherwise known from was photographed by F. H. Riggall. This photograph still but a reliable collection of the plant has never been made. As far as I no one again saw a Trillium in Alberta until last spring. At that time. John an experienced botanical collector from discovered a flowering colony of the species on the slopes of Mt. Vimy. Whether this colony is the one photographed in 1915 is an open but in any case it is good news that this well known and beautiful wildflower still survives in Alberta. For reasons that are not yet clearly most of the rare species in Waterton Lakes are grouped in various habitats around the lower end of the lake and townsite. This distribution has obvious dangers because tourist traffic is highest here. The clustering of most rare plants in this area should be one of the strongest arguments for informed naturalists to continue to oppose further highway development in the panicularly in the direction of the Akamina Highway. The same position By Doug Walker As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of McKillop United Church a film was shown of some of the highlights in the history of the congregation. A segment of the film dealt with the dedication of the church building in the fall of 1962. I was president of Alberta Conference of the United Church at the time so I was prepared to see myself leading the official parly into the church. But it was a surprise to see one of rny present golfing Jim Rae. at the rear of Ihe procession carrying the pulpit Bible. When I met Jim after the film showing he said. you notice me in lhat I you're still trailing ;