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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta May THI IETHMIDGI HERALD S Builders Of The South5 Margaret Luckhurst A Partnership Dedicated To Service TT IS difficult and even au 1 dacious lo try to capture in a few paragraphs the dedi cation to service and the joio de vvre that have encompass ed Asael and Maydell Palmer throughout their 81 The broad range of personal and community interests which they plus the individual ones they still should be inspiring to younger couples who view their golden years with qualms and In the Palmers rock ing chairs and idleness are not synonymous with growing old so much as they are a testi mony to the inability to think Asael Exile Palmer was born in Salt Lake in No vember His early years were spent on an irrigated mountain valley but in 1903 when he was his parents emigrated to They settled on an irrigated and dry farm 13 miles south east of Lethbridge where they sugar beets and When he was he lo cated on a homestead in the Turin district where he experi enced all the difficulties of iieer Because of his high school education was delayed until 1910 when he en tered the Knight Academy in During his high school one of Palmers teachers was a young lady by name of Miss Maydell Miss Cazier was born and raised in in the small town of She attended the Uni versity of Utah where she grad uated in 1911 with a Bachelor of Arts In 1912 she came to Alberta where her who was a construction was engaged in build ing canals for various irriga tion After graduation and mov ing to Canada I began teach ing at the Knight a post I was to hold for five Palmer recalled during an interview one of my star pupils was I guess you might say I was teachers Palmer at any rate I married her in When I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and qualified to teach at the I eventually became her On leaving college Palm er became soil chemist and ir rigation inspector for the Cana dian Pacific One proj ect he was assigned was to determine the suitability for Irrigation of a block of com pany land at wMch federal government offi cials declared unfit for irriga Palmers investiga tions convinced Mm that the soil was satisfactory and he recommended that the block be The area was de veloped and is now a success ful unit of the Eastern Irriga tion While he retained his posi tion as a consultant with the in 191819 Palmer served as instructor in science and vocational agriculture at the Knight then as principal from 1919 to The Knight a Mor mon was at that time known throughout the province for advanced Palmer While we followed the govern ment curriculum he we operated along the lines of Churchill High School in Lethbridge insofar as policies of discipline were con Long before it became popular for students to have a voice in curricula and policy students at the Acad emy were given the right to express their opinion in such It was purely a pioneering venture that was well con Palmer explain we certainly didnt have riots or yet student activity was encour aged and The whole lock mili taristic public school program was much too rigid at one Palmer however I believe it is far too permissive now in both schools and Students are too aggressive in their de mands and have moved too far to the left throughout the course of experience should teach us that change comes about rapidly enough without stimulating to our is realizing that too permissive an attitude in dealing with the educational processes does not necessarily produce desirable In both the United Slates and Canada the student population has shown that 80 per cent of them are able to handle unrest and disillusionment unfortu nately 20 per cent cannot and a kind of guerrilla warfare de The Establishment crumbles and nobody In Palmer was ap pointed assistant superinten dent of the Lethbridge Experi mental under ASAEL AND MAYDELL PALMER In 1921 agriculture was still in a pretty undeveloped stage on the Palmer When we first moved here the population was and the road from Lethbndge to Coutts the old Fort Benton Trail was merely a Irrigation was just starting and no one knew much about Every fanner bad his own methods of farming and if he didnt succeed he Very little was known about dry land farming and what summer fal lowing was done wasnt sue cesful because it was done in the wrong causing soil Ik Palmer was the tiwd man engaged at the Agricul tural Station with an agricul ture Today I supect there are perhaps 75 or I think this is a commentary on how agriculture has grown and progressed in 50 At one Palmer there was little hope held for any agricultural achievements in the section of the prairies known as the Pall iser Captain John Palliser was sent out here by the British government to see what possibilities existed in the west for agricultural All he saw of course were miles and miles of dry with occasional sections of red dish soil which like He was unimpresed and turned in a very negative re It took a long time and a lot of hard work to prove him but this has been ac It wasnt any easy task con verting a veritable desert into one of the richest agricultural areas in the The farm ers in the 20s and 30s were faced one discouraging factor after he rem the soil drifted so badly that it was impossible to drive a car down a road with out running into heavy soil drifts that built up in the ditch es and on the Sometimes the visibility conditions were so bad motorists couldnt see more than a few feet ahead even with headlights Obvi ously something had to be done to stop the soil from There was a concentrated ef fort to hold the soil rath exten sive tree planting This was a small Unfortu nately the situation was worsened by long years of drought when about the only thing that survived were the They were a swooping over standing crops in great thick clouds and reducing them to nothing a matter of Between the drifting and the families were forced to move north to get away from the wind and the plagues of At times it looked as if all of southern Alberta was going to blow completely Undiscouraged by setbacks inflicted by natural Palmer and the experimental station staff continued their probing to stop the soil from In his fine Against The Desert James Gray noted Canadian author and historian Asael assistant superinten dent at the Lethbridge Experi mental Station knew more about soil drifting than any other Canadian His interest in the control of wind erosion was aroused by a local Cham ber of Commerce meeting on soil blowing in Until then his special concern had been irrigation and its He set out to inform himself on wind erosion only to discover the literature on the subject was sparse to the point of non And wherever his journeys took him he took spe cial notice of the action of the top soil in the ever present winds from the Palmer entertained a private conviction that plowless fallowing was an excellent way of preventing soil drift one farmer had al ready adopted this method only to find that the soil was blow ing so badly it was almost drift ed In demonstrating his problem to the farmer in dicated that he had burned off the stubble before summer fal lowing but had missed the part where it was not Tlie solution to hold the soil was to leave the stubble on the fields or allow ing weeds and thistles to grow at We called it trash cover Mr Palmer it seemed an ob vious and simple solution and we wondered why we hadnt seen it Once we were convinced of its efficiency began a crusade which took me to various experimental sta tions and sub stations across Canada to set up control pro I also went to Ottawa where I was asked to write a pamphlet on my recommenda Book tiors for drifting This has been widely used through out the Apparently the problems of conservation we have in the Chinook wind area of southern Alberta are repeat ed in many parts of the Palmer has also written many bulletins for the Depart ment of Agriculture on irriga dry toxicity of sales in Alberta and many In 1968 he had published a paperback book en titled When the Winds wMch tells the story of how the battle against soil drifting was won on the Camdian In 1927 Palmer received his Master of Science degree at the University of In upon retirement of he succeeded him as superintendent of the Leth bridge Experimental Station until his retirement in In the years the Palmers lived in the Lethbridge area considerable changes were taking It grew from a mining tow to a farming in dustrial Palmer Like many centres this we were very busy de veloping our churches and other facilities which lead to a well rounded With our children we were very involved in many activi Our first commitment was to the church with which we have always been deeply in For many years I taught and literature to the womens or ganizations in to church as weE as the various youth I am still teaching lit erature in the Relief Society and thoroughly enjoy it this land of relationship with women of all age groups is and for women who have raised their families this kind of activity keeps them mentally While I was busy with this my husband was President of the Troubled Area War and Peace in Smith East Asia by Peter Lyon Oxford ANYONE interested in the background to the trou bled area of the world known as SouthEast Asia would find this a useful reference Most of the book is historical and analytical with some dis cussion of the ways of war and Ihe possible ways lo The first 160 pages review the domination of the area by the the French and the Japanese the history of the ten states the irileresls and involvement of other na tions the alliances and align The remainder of the book deals with the political questions of war and While thebook does not pre sume to be part of the great debate about the presence in SouthEast ttiat sub ject can scarcely be Several observations by the author indicate Uiat Ire is du bious about the case for being For in the discussion of neutralism he notes that leaders have been suspicious of this stance failing to recognize thai it is often just another name for This is a wellorganized and clearly written A pre second World War map wilh names such as Siam marked on and a poslwar one wilh cur rent names would have been very useful to the reader who is not as well versed in geog raphy as he might DOUG Photo by Bryon Wilson Lethbridge Stake for many years his retirement in Since that time he has been a member of the Stake High a group of 12 men who advise and assist the Slake Palmer was also a char ter member of the University Womens Club and served for a number of years as provin cial In 1953 Palmer retired as Superintendent of the Leth bridge Experimental stati o n but unlike most people who seek a life of relaxation and ease when Ihey Faiiner accepted instead a position in Pakistan with the plan as agricultural director of an experimental station For two years the Palmers worked with the Pakistanian government in im proving and upgrading agricul tural The people in most of these underdeveloped countries suf fer from the lack of efficient Palmer ex it is Pakis Africa or I be lieve the colonial governments withdrew too chaos and dissent in their Almost immediate 1 quarrels and revolutions broke out between political and racial and these in some countries seem never to be re but drag on and Even in the case of Ihe Ameri can revolution I cannot help but was it necessary Would North America not have been better off today if it had never taken place This is highly theoretical but it stands Of Amer ica was not in the same posi tion as the other and benefited from all the centuries of British leadership and ex What do the Palmers think of present times Neither of us understand the protest and yiolence in schools and Palmer There seems to be a nefarious scheme to de moralize our and we cant help but think it must be organized by employed agita The moral climate of our society too must be called into and Palmer have two sons and two 16 grandchildren and one great All our children have gone to and the older grandchildren of uni age are all in various stages of earning their degrees Palmer you mustnt mind if we but two of our grandsons have earned Woodrow Wilson Fel Were very proud of our In consideration of the con tribution Palmer has made to the scientific development of agriculture in the Uni versity of Lethbridge will con on him the degree of honoris causa at its convoca tion May Focus on the University By FISHBOURNE And Now Let It Work A RECENTLY ended One Prairie Prov ince Conference came to no conclu sions and made no recommendations about western Canadas political It wasnt expected because it wasnt that kind of a Those who planned the enquiry made it clear from the start that they were not seriously looking for any specific answer to the question of whether there should be one or three or some other number provinces on the they intended that there would be an outpouring of ideas about con stitutional and other questions of particu lar interest to western the cen tral question serving primarily to ensure a focus on problems and considerations of special interest of those of us who live on tire The absence of specific conclusions not I believe the conference ac complished something noth ing it reminded us that our internal political boundaries are lines on maps that we drew and are not necessarily It reminded that there are alternatives to the present any one of which is if a sufficient number of people want it badly Our having looked at some of these alternatives may turn out to be quite As an illustration of how ones thinking can when a new idea is I might mention the notion put forward by Mayor Buckwold of He thought a sensible arrangement might be a single local government for a large centre of population plus the rural areas surrounding it up lo a radius of 100 This idea got very little attention when it was but the more one thinks about it the more sense it both rural and within an area like that have a number of things in One of the most important is communica tion they all read the same daily news paper and listen to the same TV and radio They all use the same air ter and the trend seems to be that they will soon have the same rail and bus For all of them all commercial travels the same and they have a common shopping area except for a diminishing proportion of daytoday They share same cultural and recreational opportuni For these and many other peo ple in these regional areas lend lo identify except of course for purely local While north and south Lethbridge ites may not see eye to eye on and I am sure hat Claresholm and Nanton people can find things to argue they have a lot more in common with each other than they have with say Lloyd minsler or Anyone within a hundred miles of Lethbridge knows about and is interested in irrigation they couldnt care less about and wood But people living in and around Hinton scarcely are aware that there is such a thing as irrigation while wood pulp is big and vital to Whether this particular idea has any real merit or not isnt the point the im portant thing is that a new idea was ad vanced at Perhaps nothing will ever come of but one never knows who might take it improve adjust and finally produce something To that is the whole point of a con ference like this The papers present the questions and and a great deal of informal discussion provided the opportunity for new ideas to be presented to the very people most able to do some thing about serious and thoughtful men and for the most part ex perts in their particular All of these new ideas will be taken to be care fully considered al a later They will all be critically thought about and The impractical ones prob ably will just but the more worthy ideas They will surface although there is no way of telling or in how modified a One thing can be with a considerable degree of and that is that some changes will come about because of this Any time two or three hundred intelligent men and women are given the opportunity to confer in an atmosphere thai encouraged of new thoughts and something is bound to The Voice Of One By FRANK MORLEY Jesus And Money THE Ford Foundation used to occupy an estate in Pasadena which was pop ularly known as Itching Others defined it as a large body of money com pletely surrounded by people who wanted It is said that if a man runs after hes money mad if he keeps hes a capitalist if he spends hes a playboy if he doesnt get he lacks ambition if he inherits hes a parasite if he accumulates it from a lifetime of hard he never got any fun out of Paul warned Timothy thai the love of money is the root of all This must be the most misquoted text in the Not but the love of it is the root of all Many wise men have said the same Democritus said that love of money is the metropolis of Philo said thai love of money is the source from which all evil Love of said is the mother of all Money is not bad in but it carries the danger that a man comes to love it Many a man has been generous before he became but when he gets rich he became Men try to find security in In the excavation of the city of buried in lava from Vesu the first body discovered was a skele ton with the bones of his hands still clutch ing gold The Romans used to say that wealth was like sea The desire was insatiable and the more a man drank the more he wanted to Some men have held money in con I have no time to waste in making the great naturalist and Louis Thoreaus atti tude more closely resembles that of He saw a need for but saw the danger of being attached to To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly he The cost of a tiling is the amount of what I call which is required to be exchanged for it immediately or in long The firsl rule Jesus laid down was that the service of God was of supreme im You cannot serve God and Jesus had a way of speaking of Mammon which personified Jesus feared men could become slaves of worship it the way most people in our society do Lay not up for your selves treasures upon he urged the There was no permanency in these and thieves got at Life should be built on values and possessions independent of the chances and changes of There are no pockets in a says a wise Spanish When he commanded the rich young man to sell all that he had and give to the obviously Jesus saw two First the young mans attachment to rich es his lack of Thus the second rule Jesus laid down was that the rich have a responsibility to look for human need There is no suggestion that Dives hurt He didnt help him because he didnt really see A man must accept all his possessions as a trust and use them to help iri the Ihird demanded eco nomic He bitterly reproached the Pharisees who devorued widows houses and for a pretence made long Jesus fell a profound sympalhy with Ihe poor and outcast of He had noth ing but contempt for the rich and powerful who neglected the weightier matters of the and had no sense of worldly Mammon was to be made to minister to As Socfcman it called for a mans not his Jesus not that his disciples be taken out of the but that they be kepi from Beware of he warned Paul held thai covetousness was The teach ing of Jesus regarding wealth is not that wealth is a but thai il is a greal re A poor man may be covetous and a A rich man may be generous and a good man The spirit is the important Eternal life is the souls supreme What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul Passing The Preacher By Dong Walker A PERENNIAL problem for parishion ers is thai of whal to say when pass ing the preacher on the way out of Something besides good morning seems in Somewhere along the line a tradition has grown up of providing the preacher with a sort of evaluation of his The standard procedure is to attempt to be Only rarely are the ad verse comments made directly at the door of the The best aftersermon comment directed my way was made by an elderly gentle When he came be peered over his glasses al me and nice try ;