Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
.Saturday, May It73 THE IETHMIDGI HERALD 5 People of the south Chris Stewart Surprises add to the spice of life Anticipating the unexpected keeps life Interesting for 87 year old Mrs. Janet Maclndoe. She's never surprised at any- thing ever since her fiance shocked her upon her arrival in Lethbridge by announcing they were to be married that very afternoon. Janet Coleman had arrived by train at 5 a.m. that cloud- less May 10th morning in 1914, following a two week trip from Barrhead, Scotland. Her floor length pearl edged wedding gown, carefully handstitched and boxed in her bulging packing case, was expected to arrive in ample time for her prti-arranged June wedding. But the anxious groom had borrowed a gown, veil and headpiece, purchased a bou- quet, engaged a minister and chosen attendants and within 10 hours of her arrival this Scottish lass had become the wife of John Maclndoe, the tinsmith turned farmer who courted her in Barrhead. Although she had envisaged a church wedding complete with all her she wel- comed enthusiastically the hur- ried arrangements completed by the groom's family. The bell-edged arch in mother Mar- tha Maclndoe's Third Avenue living room became the chapel, the strains of the family organ ushered in the bride and the large dining room housed the happy reception. She laughs about it now and all the other unexpected events which have spiced her long residency in Southern Alberta. "Didn't you show any dis- pleasure in forfeiting your own wedding I asked this spry octagenarian. "No. my should she ask- ed crisply, with her "no" dis- closing a distinct Renfrewshire ring. "Even a change of wed- ding plans isn't worth making a fuss about." It was this philosophy that was to see her through all the unknowns of Southern Alberta farm life. "I'll never forget that beauti- ful May morning walking from the depot up Third Avenue to the Maclndoe home (next to the present Beaver Lumber When I saw that sun breaking through I knew it to be a good omen." She had sailed for Canada from Barrhead aboard the Granpion along with four other brides-to-be, to marry her girl- hood sweetheart who had pre- ceded her to Alberta six years earlier. Leaving her family, es- pecially her recently widowed mother, had been difficult. But once out of port she never look- ed back only forward. "I can never remember be- ing homesick, even she reports proudly. "And even if I was my Scottish spunk wouldn't let me admit it." Her first trip by horse and open wagon from Lethbridge to Wheat Centre (where her hus- band had acquired a home- stead) necessitating an over- night stop on a mattress sup- ported by the crisp snow, was a far cry from the heathered hills of her girlhood. She re- calls gazing endlessly across the great white expanse during her nine winters in Wheat Cen- tre, and wondering if indeed it did actually abruptly end some- where she didn't know where. The lack of conven- iences coupled with the eerie night cry of the coyotes would have discouraged a less re- sourceful person, but not Janet Maclndoe. She loved the vast- ness, the clear skies, the chal- lenge and the continual sur- prises highlighting prairie life. "Those were the she laughs. "When we needed cloth- ing, our neighbor, a seamstress would sew for us while I did her house worfc. We provided our own entertainment by re- citing Bobbie Burns and other poets. We were never bored and there was no delinquency. I learned to hitch a team, care for horses, burn acres of weeds, ride the seeder, stock, garden, bake bread, shake cream into butter and make soap from fat and lye." The birth of her only child, George, (Scotty) on January 25, 1916, brought her back to Gran- ny Maclndoe's. In March with her baby cuddled in a 'barrow coat' she and husband John set out again for home in their open Bedding down on the snow and discovering she had left her baby's formula bottle back in Lehtbridge she improv- ised by opening a can of con- densed milk, dipping the child's nipple into the contents and of- fering this to his lips. When rriMning broke she discovered the milk had frozen to his small face. She insists Wheat Centre was misnamed. "It should have been called Wheatlcss. The only crop we ever grew during our nine years there was levelled by bail." But what Wheat Centre lacked in yield it made up in friendship. The large Scottish element settling the area bringing such town names as Lomand and Kirkcaldy trans- ported the land o' the thistle atmosphere to these lone prair- ie residents. Each fall the Maclndoes, de- void of a crop, travelled by open wagon to Drumheller where John worked winters in the mines gradually building a home on the Red Deer river banks. Surprises were general- ly awaiting them on their early spring return to the farm such as the year they found their entire winter supply of coal ransacked (John had made the two-day trek to Bow City for their year's supply before heading for Drumheller) forc- ing them to gather twigs and roots to warm their two-room cabin. An "unpleasant sur- prise" is how Mrs. Maclndoe puts it. It was no surprise to Janet the day her husband, a found- ing member of the Alberta Wheat Pool in Wheat Centre, announced he had had it. He had been so enthused over his crop that morning the first in nine years and had gone off the JO miles to Tr avers proud of his achievement only to return that night to find his entire acreage levelled by a freak hail storm which hsd ruined his crop while sparing bis neighbors. "We just rode off and left the she re- calls laughing. "We had had enough.'1 She wasn't even surprised the day her husband announced they were heading south for Butte, Montana. "After all, weren't surprises an everyday occurrence by this But one surprise she wasn't ready for was John's return from the Butte mine with a green tinge in his hair. Janet observed with horror as the color deepened with no amount of washing able to reduce the green. Convinced the mine caused the discolora- tion and fearing the end result she welcomed her husband's de- cision to move on to Oak Creek. Colorado. From there they moved to Peoria, Illinois before settling for six years in Detroit where John worked for the Ford Motor Company until depression signs sent them scurrying back to Vauxhall, this time in a new Dodge driven by their 13 year old son. It was in Glasgow, Montana, while parked for lunch, a policeman asked for the driv- er's identity. When father re- ported the driver was lunch- ing in a nearby cafe the police- man strolled on leaving George to drive his passengers safely on to Alberta. "How did you react to all these moves on short I asked this agreeable Scot. "Never bothered me a bit. I was game for anything, even to viewing mining as a respec- table career after looking down on it in Scotland." (She explain- ed that old country miners didn't wash up before return- ing home whereas in Canada they shower.) With mining jobs at a prem- ium John Maclndoe served a three year stint in Pete Rich- ard's blacksmith shop in Vaux- hall before being employed in the Bow City mines where a leg injury, suffered when a coal wagon left the rails, terminated his mining career. It was at their partially irri- gated 160 acre farm nine miles north of Vauxhall they replaced their horse and team with a spanking new tractor. They later farmed at Grantham from 1929 until Mr. Maclndoe's death in 1961 when Mrs. Mac- lndoe moved to Lethbridge. Last summer her son George died unexpectedly and Mrs. Maclndoe (who always enjoyed vibrant health) suffered an al- most fatal bout with pneumon- ia but her determination to be in attendance at a local wed- ding is credited with her re- covery. She enjoys visits with her 'Crazy Capers' 1 low can 1 relax when T know that's what, my staff is doing. daughter in law, Ruby and grandsons David in Calgary, Richard in Ottawa and grand- daughter Marilyn Glover and her three great granddaughters in Lethbridge. Blessed with a rollicking sense of humor, an attitude of happy anticipation and still rolling her r's despite the fact she left bonnie Scotland 60 years ago she offers today's young brides sound advice on husband management. "I'd rather train a husband than a horse any she laughs. "It's much and offers a few successfully-tried tips. "It's just like baking Scotch shortbread if you don't use good ingredients you don't get tantalizing results. (She insists on using rice flour and unsalted butter.) "It's the same with training a husband smother him with kindness and you'll have the best husband in the world. "Why bother arguing? There's nothing worth arguing about. Isn't it better to agree and avoid friction? You can't both be right all the time. If the wife gives in she'll be sur- prised how often her husband comes around to her way of thinking without any prompt- ing from her. Try it and she recommends. %iKyvfi w wSftflft'ft (b Wr Itt? MRS. JANET MaclNDOE Photo by Ric Ervin Book Review The sasquatch hunt goes on "Bigfoot" by John Napier; (Clark, Invin and Company Limited, "The Sas- quatch File" by John Green (Cheam Publishing Ltd-, soft- For those with a curiosity about hairy, man like mons- ters that are supposed to be wandering the wild hinterlands of North America and Asia these books are good. They will undoubtedly afford hours of en- tertainment to say nothing of conjecture and conversation particularly worthy of wild nights when rain beats on the windows and wind howls mournfully in the fireplace chimney. When I read some of the re- ports of sightings and tracks recorded in these books, I am inclined to think they were ori- ginally put on paper by jovial gentlemen with tongues in cheek, v.ho, if they took them- selves seriously, should have changed their brands of whis- key long before. In a map show- ing locations of sightings and track reports in the latter book almost every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada including the northern Territor- ies are in eluded. Considering how many peo- ple, highly trained and other- wise, who have gone looking for I he yeti and sasqualch over past decades without coming up with the positive identifica- tion of a single specimen, I am reminded of a noteworthy incident. It concerns an old- timer, an experienced moun- tain man, cowboy and expert tracker who was out looking for some missing horses owned by liis boss. He looked high and low for three days through sev- eral wilderness mountain val- leys to no avail, and upon com- ing back to camp tired, dis- gusted and hungry, was asked by his employer, "Do you have any idea where they The oldtimer spit in the grass, shook his head and was heard to mutter. "No I don't, but if it's any comfort, 1 sure as hell know a lot of country where they Contemplating the numbers of times I have been asked by sundry people about the sas- quatch, I can only say, that I too have been in a wide stretch of this continent where they are supposed to be but have seen no sign of them. And it seems logical that their sign would be fairly easy.for an experienced tracker to read, for they are reported to be big and should weigh in the vicinity of 300 pounds or even more. No ani- mal of that size can move with- out leaving readable signs of its passing. Considering our his- torical reputation as itchy fin- gered hunters inclined to shoot it seems out of character that somebody hasn't hung up a sasquatch, in view of about 500 sightings and reports of var- ious tracks. This is something to which neither author gives much consideration but it is worthy of thought. Both John Napier and John Green make no bones aboul. being unbiased historians set- ting forth data various in- teresting evaluations. John Napier not only deals in detail with the sasquatch but also with the Asian yeti. He does so in a cool-headed fashion cover- ing the pros and cons, citing and discussing various casts and reports of tracks among other things. Like Green, he sits on the fence, takes a mid- dle-of-the-road view and does not commit himself one way or the other. Several learned men have been involved in trying to pin down the existence of these great ape-like creatures, by far not the least of these, Sir Ed- mund Hillary of Everest fame and leader of an expedition into the mountains of Nepal in 1959- 60. This expedition was largely devoted to trying to capture or film a yeti and included two zoologists. They managed to borrow a so-called yeti scalp from a village monastry, which proved to be a piece of bear hide cut from the back of one of these animals. In 1962 I had occasion to meet and visit with Hillary in two of our camps in the Yukon and Alaska. He told me that he was convinced the yeti was the product of myth. Having travelled extensively in the rain-forest jungles of British Columbia where the sas- quatch have been reported many times, I have never seen the tracks of anything that big that I was not sure were those of a grizzly, so I am inclined to think the sasquatch is com- pletely mythical. But for the sake of chance and realization of my own limitations, T will sit on the fence with Green and Napier hoping that some enter- prising and courageous young zoologist will some day come up with positive proof, one way or the other. To date, scien- tists, as John Napier points out, are largely afraid of being ridiculed and have not really looked. In the meantime, we can enjoy a couple of highly interesting books. ANDY RUSSELL The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MORtEY Israel reaches maturity King Hussein of Jordan describes Israel as the most powerful small state that has ever existed in history. When Mr. David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, formally proclaimed the state of Israel on May ttth, 1943. the prospacts for survival were dim indeed. The following day six Arab armies invaded the country, only to be driven back decisively and Egypt and her allies boasting they would "drive Israel into the sea" suffered fearful defeat in the Six-Day War of June, 1967. On May 7th this year Israel celebrated its 25th r'j-th- day with a massive miliary parade which demonstrated that she was far better pre- pared for war than in 1967, her weapons more sophisticated and massive, and her position far Isss vulnerable. Many Israelis were bitterly critical of the expensive military display. There is much poverty and over-crowding. There is considerable inequality in the standard of living between rich and poor, cultured and uncultured. Hopes for the future of Israel lie not in war but in peace and in the de- velopment of moderates rather than mili- tants. Surrounded by vast Arab popula- tions, Israel must convince them of their sincere desire for peace and justice, espe- cially for the refugees. Without creating such a conviction, it will not be possible to create the model society which is the Israeli dream. It would bs a tragedy if it were not real- ized. The transformation of Palestine has been a miracle. The country has been re- stored to fertility and productivity after having sunk to a stony desert and slums. Three million people now inhabit square miles and Israel looks forward to increasing the population to six million. In science and technology Israel is up with world leadership. If she can desalinize the sea water the desert Negev may yet be converted to productivity. Her international trade equals billion, and her gross na- tional product equals that of Egypt, eight timiis her population. But the factor that will preserve Israel is neither military nor economic. It is the factor that has preserved the Jewish ident- ity through exile and hideous persecution which would have utterly destroyed any other people. That is the spiritual factor which includes not only a religious faith, but a belief in a divine destiny. It is hard for a non-Jew to speak of this question of moral idealism and responsibility when he shares the ghastly guilt of European perse- cution of the Jews, when he knows his own country showed a hard and immoral atti- tude to the Nazi persecution. Nevertheless any lover of Israel must view with con- cern the dilution of religious and moral idealism and faith. They are the people of the Covenant and Bible students are prac- tically unanimous in believing that the des- tiny of the world will be decided in Pales- tine. SATURDAY TALK -By NORMAN SMITH Permissiveness needs discipline SARASOTA, Florida It is pleasant down here, sitting on the beach watching the pelicans and bikinis going by; all high- ly moral, mind you, and in the full glare of the sun. So let's talk of morale? It seems that in these United States where the saying has bean "anything they're begin- ning to wonder if she ain't gone about as far as she can go, and maybe a mile further. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune began its leading editorial recently, headed The ob- scenity of violence, declaring that por- nographic movies which "have been flood- ing this country" have reached "satura- tion point." The Herald-Tribune says flatly that "ex- plicit demonstrations of varieties of the sex act are obscene to most Americans." Well, far from reaching saturation or satiation poir.t, many U.S. authorities feel worse is to come, and that the new freedom is brutalizing rather than emancipating. Are Canadians just naturally purer, just as our air is cleaner, or will we too find that in the name of art, of adulthood or freedom, we may release more than we imagine? Coincidentally, days before leaving Can- ada I read in the Toronto Star of a forum on censorship and morality wherein Anglican primate of Canada and several others left me puzzled, or worse. Archbishop Scott argued that though por- nography was dehumanizing it was a moral issue rather than legal. "You he said, "legislate moral behavior. It ceases to be moral when it is imposed. You have to have the right to choose. I personally would opt for a so- ciety of maximum personal freedom, an context with a sense of responsibility." Questioning the words of a responsible and revered church leader doesn't come easy to me, but, with respect, I do. It would of course be a better world if we would all obey the Ten Commandments in spirit and letter without thdr being im- posed. But are we in, or parts of, "an open context of The Commandments embrace moral is- sues, yet we demand and accept laws not to kill or steal or bear false witness or commit adultery. We even still enforce some laws to keep holy the Sabbath Day. I doubt Archbishop Scott argues against civil laws designed, in reason, to support the moral intent of all or most of the Com- mandments. As he says, pornographic movies are "de- humanizing." I would have preferred to hear him come down against commercial pornography. As it is, he seems (I repeat, by Defending their legality to be "approving" the "skulking profiteers." Surely this makes it harder for "old fash- ioned'' parents to fight the good fight with children lured by tho assurance that por- nography is just art, or even the art of living. The discussion can lead us into all kinds of traps or misunderstandings. The man at the forum representing the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association ridiculed the validity of the Criminal Code because it said only that obscenity is "un- due exploitation" of sex, crime, horror, vio- lence, cruelty. Who could make other than a "subjec- tive" judgment on such things? he ask- ed, disapproving of subjective judgment. Those who ask such a question forget that our democratic system is based on sub- jective judgment in the last analysis: a judge makes it, a voter makes it, a teacher makes it. A man charged with being drunk and disorderly is the recipient of subjective judgment. We the people elect people to appoint people to make subjective judgment on us as well as objective our taxes are so decided, or whether we go to war. A law more specific than outlawing "un- due exploitation" of sex in pornographic movies would have first to imagine and then describe the thousand and one per- versions of the sex act it prohibited only provoking the movie makers to con- jure up another thousand and one not pro- hibited. At that same forum the Ontario cabinet minister in charge of film censorship said: "I don't see how I can tell you what you are entitled to see." Well, it seems to me he is not only en- titled but obliged to see that commereia] movies do not pressnt "undue exploita- tion" of sex. The censors will err some- times, they'll never please everyone but who doesn't work under those conditions? Both government and church ministers may be right that what is and is not por- nographic is a legal question, but does so- ciety not need them and all in such places of influence to fight against commercial pornography? I am sure they don't mean to, but when they seem to wash their hands of it or leave it to us and pass by on the other side, or proclaim it as chiefly a legal question, they assume some of the work of the devil's advocate. The margin between moral and legal here is surely not all that clear. Our Lord, after summing up the meaning of his mess-age into two commandments, said "on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'' Censorship need not be blind, prudish, or unrealistic in the context of the times. But I think the vast majority of Canadians fav- or prohibition of "undue exploitation" of sex in movies or any other public place and look to those in authority to turn out the money-takers fattening on that immorality. One hears it said that there is no use any more in parents trying to dissuade their children or grown children from "do- ing for they will be ignored. One has heard people saying there is no use of speaking out against an errant poli- tician for "he will win anyway." T have myself heard cabinet ministers criticizing their own legislation but add- ing, without pause to blush, that "it will get us a lot of votes." Something's going wrong here if our poli- ticians, our churchmen, our teachers and councillors and all we ourselves are going to lead only where we think we wilt be followed, to speak out only when we will win agreement. If permissiveness is to enrich our lives it too must know discipline as do art, love, friendship, nature, generosity, and even compassion.