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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETH3RIDGE HERALD Tuesdoy, May 30, 1972. r- "jr1- i is Lhe cradle and Mecca lit Mornioiii-lu across Canada. Local ixl in Iho of the rolling foothills of southwestern no miles southwest of Lcthbridge, it lies where tlio foothills meet [he eastern slopes, of Hie Rocky Mountains. The valley is clotted with many crystal lakes. Along the streambed ami the lower slopes of the valley floors, there are thousands of acres of deep green grass. These are all timeless trademarks of south, western Alberla. And it those same time- less trademarks that captured and held the imagination of Charles Ora Card when he an- swered a call from Mormon Church president John Taylor, In Iliac. Tiie president of the Church of .Ti'siis Christ of Latter-day Saints had asked Card to movo to a land a land where ftlUi'iii could be practised in freedom. Trek starts On Si'pl. 14. Card, prr-si- ilonl of the Cache Creek- Slako of the LUS churcb in Utah, left home for this land of dreams. He Iravclkid thousands of miles and trail1; Ullchar- lererl Over lo Washington, then on to P.riiish Columbia, Card and his crew travelled. Ik: ail over I he rugged Rock- ies anil past Calvary, bc-foro south. On Oct. ?l IBSn. Carl, Bishop Isaac Zuntlal and Elder J. W. Ilendricks camped the of I.oe nearly ilO Tiiilcs south of I.olhbridgw. They searched no further: The Lee Creek Valley symbolized fho call they had answered. On June 5, a church was among the first structures to be erected and a week later a congregation of 40 heard John E. Laync declare that a femplo would be erected on the land. Temple built The prediclion was fulfilled 30 years later. Slarled in 1913, the now-famous Cardslon Mor- mon Temple was completed in 192.1. It cost SI million. It was Dec 20, 1898 that Cardslon was established as a village, with Jusiah A. Hammer as the overseer. On July 2. 1901 Cardslon was incorporated as a town, with Charles Ora Card as the first mayor. When president Card squnl led on the shores of Crook, ranches were already establish- in the dislricL, wild leases of acres permillcd By 1907 Cardslon owned its own works and elccnic pla'ii. Calvary rouer arri'.i'd i'.i29. A sewage disposal plant was buill in 191U- Today Cardslon is Hie trail- ing centre for corner of Ih-j pro-, ince. The re- gion's economy is backed by mixed farming, sheep raising. so many oilier parts of southern Alberla. the devjlop- monl of Cardslon and district did not come ahnut Hie backing of irrigation. The fialt family of England moving through the terri- tory with eoloni7alioii Being first rale colonizers, Ihe Galls look advantage of Hie knowl- edge ol Mormons, who had learned their trade in irriga- tion in Ihcir Utah homeland. Construction A. Delbert Cazier was one of the largest contractors of the day. With 100 horses, he built much of the right-of-way for the railroad and canal works for Die Alberta Railway and Irri- gation Company. Ho came to Canada in 1903 to build a canal for Hie old AR and I on the Milk River. Before arrivinR in Alberta, his outfit worked on the con- struction of a railroad in Mon- tana. Cazicr's work herd increased to 200 horses as development in southern Alberta boomed. When Crazier arrived at the U.S.- Monlana border, he was unable lo pay his in fee. He came lo Lclhbridgc and presented bis problem to the i'.ead of the Allwrta Railway and Irrigation Company. The Crazier Coiisl ruction Company WP''- back in business. The old Milk River canal is nf hi.1 toncal significance lo southern the turn I lie cent my, the Northwest IniRiiliua Company, later I'.nimn as Ihe Albeila Railway and Irn'nalion Company built Ihe old diversion weir on Ibo SI. llivcr in the 1890s at Kimball, south of Cardston. 7he area lo be cinered land under the dilcb lolalk-d acres between Kimball and Letbbridge. The federal government granted ihe irriga- tion company 500 acre-feet of water lo diverted. The St. Mary River rises and crosses the boundary into Montana at Kimball. Tn 1902 the newly formed United States Reclamation Service decided to construct an irrigation canal in southeastern Montana. Because of a water shortage, the U.S. government decided it would build the main part of the irri- gation works on the Milk River. The procedure would have dried up the Milk River during the summer irrigation period. At the same time, tliis would have made the project on Iho Canadian side valueless. Canada wins Residents ot southern Alberta and the Northwest and the Irri- gation Company were up in arms. The federal government negotiated with the United States claiming prior use. Hut, Ihere was no international law or treaty covering the silualion. The U.S. claimed Hint because the water originated in that ronnlry, they wore going lo use it, Canada said that if Ihe U.S. was going to use Canadian water, the NorlJnvest Irrigation Company and the St. Mary could be diverted inlo the Milk River around the easlcrn edge of the Milk River nldfic; ami back inlo the Northwest Iniga- lion Company System. The diversion canal v.-ns sur- veyed jj] Ihe of JiiO.'J. That year Cazier Brothers con- structed about 20 miles of Canal bc.'ore freeze-up. When Iho U.S- Ur-rlamation Service saw (hat Canada meant business, it decided lo back off. When tin's was done, Canada was granted half of the flow from each river, with the Ca- nadians getting the first 500 cubic feet out of each. It is this project that has brought about the reality and organized projects like Ihe Aet- na and United Irrigation Dis- tricls. While a large portion of the irrigated acreage is for stock watering and sheep rais- ing, sizeable acreages are de- voted in each district to mixed farming. District view And, Hie sellUmenl of Card- ston has spread around Iho neighboring region lo form com muni Lies like Glen wood, HilLspring, Mountain View. Ma- grath, Raymond and Stirling. While Ihe population at time hovered around Lhc mark, it has now stabilized around 2.750. While there Is