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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, May 30, builder will be missed fi.v .Toff BALLA Ficr-iiltl Sliifl Writer Wlicn Mary and 15. R- "Ernie" McFarlanrt decided to leave Uio cily in November of Lrtlibridgc lost two of its most prominc-iit ciliz.ens. Mien Eniic made his rotire- nwnl from the city official, he was paid the signal Iribulc of Uic highest award of the Lctli- brirjgc Ch.imber of Commerce, and well-wishers sent tributes from throughout the Pacific Northwest.. Ernie retired last year as director of interior Erewcrics Ltd. of Creston, B.C. nnd it was the KootcDays turn to he a loser. Educates) in Victoria and Cal- gary, lie made Lethbridge his home for 25 years before ha moved to the Creston Valley, world famous for its apple or- chards and a variety of. other tree and small fruits. The son of the late John I. McFarlnnd, founder of the Al- berta Pacific Grain Company, family nnme parries on to- day as Lhc builders ami first owners o[ the MnFnrland Build- ing in downtown And he still continues ttt have other business inUirc'.its in the city. Ernie McFarhnrl joined tho stalf of Imperial Motors, a Chrysler agency here In 1937, when the old garago was lo- cated at the west end of the existing parkade. The business had been established by tho McFarland family, and It was sold by the family to the T. Eaton Company as a site for a parking lot. During his many years In Lethbridge, Ernie was Involved in scores of undertakings all leading to the betterment of tho city. A driving force belilnd the building of the Southern Trans- Canada Highway, he served as a founder and president of the organization behind tho move. Objective of the highway was to stretch from Ifcdiclno Hat, through Lclhbrldge, the Koofe- nays, Okanngan and on to Princeton whore it would link the main trans-Canada. This would provide an alternate to the main trans-Canada be- tween the Crowsncst Pass and the West Coast. He served as the organiza- tion's president for more than JO years nnd was also a driving force in the tourist and indus- trial promotion of the highway. His service to Lethbridge and southern Alberta actually start- ed shortly after the years of the Second World War. His next drive was to link Leth- bridge on the trans-Canada air route- Working closely with the lato IU, Ifon. C. D. Howe, (hen min- ister o[ defence, Ernie's dream was finally realized when Leth- bridge became a part of tho Trans-Canada Airlines hook-up, predecessor to ALT Canada. As a direct result of his ef- forts, for several years Lethf TOKO Offers a combination of performance, safety and convenience features No Other Mower Has! Small Wonder it is North America's Most Papular And Best Buy I Hero's the new Toro Rider wilh you'd expect to pdy a lot more for. See it now al Hoyl'il AT ONLY With generous Trade-in Allowance for your used mowerl Wo Have A Complete Selection of Toro Mowerl priced from only 137.95, all available with Generous Trade-In Allowance} See the New 21-INCH GUARDIAN Wilh KEY-LECTRIC START The ullimale Mower Marti wilh d key and pulls Itself through the job. PRICED AT ONLY Or choose the popular 19 INCH CUT ELECTRIC WHIRLWIND Toro'i Famous Wind Tunnel housing pulls the grass up for a belter cut. Comes with 100 Ft. of cord and bagging in- cluded. AT ONLY IAOQ'5 I 07.70 COME IN AND SEE ALL THE TORO MOWERS ON DI5PLAYI WE NEED USED LAWN MOWERSI CONVENIENT TERMS AVAUADLEI Downtown 606-608 3rd Ave. 5. Phonrt 327-i767 bridge was Hie main operating base for TCA. Again as a follow-up to his In- terests in flying, Ernie beeatno one of the founders of the old Lethbridge Flying Club. To bring flying in Lethbridge along even further, Ernie became ac- tive in the air cadet corps. His keen Interests in flying continued and he became presi- dent of the Canadian Flying Cluba Association, and the na- tional organization of air ca- dets. The years immediately after the Second World War saw sharp interest renewed in fur- thering Irrigation throughout southern Alberta. As president of (lie Lcthhridgc Chamber of Commerce, Ernie's Interests switched to the irrigated lands of the south. He was president of the chamber when the St, Mary Dam was built. It was the Initial capital irrigation struc- ture to be built In the south fol- lowing the war. Ernie then switched ills at- tention to the position of tbo native people. He served aa first president of tho Kainal Chieftainship and continues to hold that position today. Membership in the chieftain- ship is restricted to 3ii living members and Is designed pri- marily to upgrade the status of the native people. By default, the Kainal at- tracted scores of visitors and businesses to southern Alberta, II also attracted considerablo Interest from dignitaries and officials of the state nnd royalty from around the world. A Liberal candidate for Otta- wa In 1953, Ernio was chair- man of the Southern Alberta War Savings Bond drive during tha Second World Wat. From 19M he was a director of the Canadian Chamber of Com- merce until his election to the executive of the local chamber in 1940- IQ J949 ho was named a director at large of tbo Cana- dian chamber. In 1953 he was appointed a director of the Northwest Avia- tion Council, International sec- tion, and a director of the Ca- nadian Flying Clubs Associa- tion. Oilier appointments or ctec- tions included: Callow Veter- ans and Welfare League, direc- tor of the Alberta Motor Asso- ciation, regional chairman of (he Canadian Citizenship Coun- cil, Poliomylilis Foundation and regional advisor to the Ca- nadian Welfare Council He served as chairman of tho Council of the Cana- dian Chapter of Christians and Jews, chairman of tha Letn- bridge industrial commission, president of tho Lethbridge Ju- nior Band and honorary chief of the Peigan Indian Tribe. He was on the Board of tho Continental Confederation of Adopted Indians of America, the Lethbridge Country Club, Lethbridge Chinook Club, New- foundland Flying Corps and Kootenay Launch Club of Net son, B.C. SPRING CLEARANCE SALE New and Used SOUTH PARK AND BIACKFOQT HOLIDAY TRAILERS AND CAMPERS -AND- RAM-DELL 5th WHEEL TRAILERS 21 and 24 ft. NEW SOUTH PARK BW FT. 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