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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta B LUTHBHIDGE HERALD TUVKMV. Miy 'Everything is old... I'm afraid that someday we might just dry up and blow FORTUNE TURNS AT LUCKY LAKE DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-O821 12c STREET NORTH By WILLIAM BORDERS New York Times Service LUCKY Sask. Twenty years when Hans Eskelson moved to Lucky Lake to start a the town had three a movie a furniture store and a weekly newspaper. It he bouncy little now everyone of them's moved Eskelson waving his hand toward a deserted Main Street on which boards covered nearly half the like missing teeth in a smile. Lucky which is 150 STILL SELLING FOR STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 3143rd Streets. Phone 327-3024 miles north of the Montana is typical of hundreds of declining towns that dot across Canada's broad flat prairies isolated backwaters left behind in a general wave of prosperity. This is the of Canada's rich wheat which supplies the world with because of soaring prices and good the farmers around here have more money than they have had in years. But not much of it is finding its way into places like Lucky Lake. the roads got folks'd sooner drive to Moose Jaw or Sasktoon to explained who runs the town's tiny power and serves as mayor. there are fewer people. Not only has the population of the town declined from 430 five years ago to 360 today but with bigger farms and smaller farm so has the population of the countryside. There are 350 people living on farms in the 200 square mile census SAVE ALL-STEEL GARAGE NO SNOW TO SWEEP NO ICE TO CHIP KEEP YOUR CAR READY TO GO ANYTIME Package Contains Basic Garage Galvanized Roof One Window One Door Two Overhead Doors Parchment Coloured Price is F.O.B. Nisku Plant Erect in only two days on a temporary complete the foundation and floor next spring. Immediate Delivery. BRIDGE BUILDING SALES SOUTH MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE. LETHBRIDGE. PHONE 327.0334 region that centers on Lucky forty years ago there were three times that many. Because Saskatchewan has little economic base other than wheat this is the only province in Canada that's actually losing in a time of general growth. The population just slipped below which is less than it was in the 1930's. The same thing is for the same just south of the border in North and South both of which are also declining in population. Young married people and new families are flooding east from here to Winnipeg or west to and the population that is left behind is getting fast. In the last the only age groups in Saskatchewan that had grown in size were and over 55. must increase opportunities for young people to get into a committee report in the provincial legislature declared last year. cycle of declining leading to cutbacks of social amenities and local leading to further loss of must be In that the government has drawn up a law reducing the non- resident ownership of and restricting the operations of corporate though do little for the economy of places like Lucky Lake. But it cannot legislate against the general described by Percy D. a hearty man with a face deeply lined from squinting into the sun all his life on a wheat farm just east of I was in families had eight or 10 and a man could get by farming a couple of hundred Now the size of the average farm here has grown to more than 800 and the average houshold has less than two children. All over the on the corners of fields between the schools and churches that were busy meeting places during Jones' boyhood stand or filled with wheat being stored on its way to markets thousands of miles away. Not only is the school or grocery store a long drive away from anyone who but so are the and the new loneliness that that produces is another thing helping to reduce the appeal of traditional farm life. Within the there is deep concern that the trend will ultimately affect Saskatchewan's two major Saskatoon and Regina. They are now agreeable and busy places of just over people but their population increases are leveling off. two cities can't keep on growing with everything else in the province going unless our economy turns to something other than warned a government economist. A related often unspoken is about the population of who are staying here as the whites and whose birth rate is twice as high. Saskatchewan is perhaps 10 per cent Indian and there are new social problems and new signs of urban racial discord as the proportion increases. And so they are even beginning to worry in Lucky Lake which got its name years and years ago when a few of Hank Haack's oxen broke out of his but made it no farther than the which everyone agreed was lucky. is still a good little said Mrs. who is the postmaster's a redhaired widow who came here in 1947. everything in Lucky Lake is and it's been a long time since there was anything new. I'm afraid that someday we might just dry up and blow NOTICE If you own a travel trailer or camper... NOW is the time to have your propane equipment and appliances thoroughly inspected and adjusted. Be sure of a carefree holiday with dependable propane cooling and lighting systems. All it takes is a phone call for an appointment. 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