Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Wtdnttday, Niywnbtr 1, If 72 THE IETHMIDM MRAIO Vacation retreat purchased for Island to become building lot site ST. ANDREWS, N.B. (CP) The 500-acre Island here which once served as the va- cation retreat ot Sir William Cornelius Van Home, builder of the Canadian Pacific Rail- way, has been sold to an American who plans to subdi- vide it into building lots. Norman Langdon, 39, who said he came to neighboring Maine penniless In 1964, pur- chased historic Minister's Is- land for this year after the New Brunswick gov- e r n m e n t turned down a suggestion it be made into a park. The island has long been a favorite tourist spot because it can be reached by car only at low tide when "the road on the ocean floor" appears but it is expected it will be closed to the public once it has been sold for private homes. Mr. Langdon said it was un- likely he would be able to sell lots on the Island if he planned to allow the public access to the old Van Home home still standing near the Island's south-am tip. He alread" has invested some money to repair the 28- room house, complete with 11 fireplaces. The estate also boasts stables, bams and a groundskeeper's cottage. The island was slill In the hands of Sir William's de- scendants until I960 when his granddaughter lost interest in it. Shower held NEW DAYTON (HNS) Many friends and relatives gathered at the New Dayton Stadium to honor Roberta De- Pratu with a bridal shower. Theresa Kaupp attended the guest book and Mrs. Tom Cronk- hite was mistress of ceremon- ies. In the opening of gifts, the bride was assisted by her cousins Mrs. Joe Wachtler and Jane Paterson as well as Ber- nadette and Anita Kaupp'. Hostesses were Mrs. Tom Cronkhite, Mrs. Hal Cronkhlte, Mrs. Joe Schoen, Mm. Leo Rarock, Mrs. Stewart Skeith, Mrs. Forest Greene, Mrs. Bob Duncan and Mrs. Elton Duell. It was at that point that Charles Van Horne, no direct relation of Sir William's, stepped into the picture. The then Progressive Con- servative member of Parlia- ment for Restigouche ar- ranged the sale of the island to a group of Ohio business- men incorporated as the Van Home Isllnd Club. The original sale price was but by the time the mortgage was arranged in 1963, the price had jumped to still a bargain. The Cleveland group put in more roads and even built an airstrip but their dream of a resort island slowly faded and the island came back on the market. Charlie Van Home came Into the picture again, this time as New Brunswick's minister of tourism. "When I found out it was for sale again, I went to Ot- tawa 15 months ago and Ot- tawa said it would be de- lighted to see Minister's Is- land as a he said. 'They were willing to put up 75 per cent of the purchase price, But I went to see Pre- mier Hatfield in the spring and summer of 1971 and his attitude was no. It would only involve on the prov- ince's part. But he wouldn't hear tell of It." LOST PORTFOLIO Premier Hatfield dismissed Mr. Van Home from his port- Put out paper MILK RIVER (HNS) Erie Rivers High School has on sale its first issue of the high school paper. jody Snow is editor; Karen Quinn, assistant editor; and Deborah McCulloch, b u s i ness manager. Reporters are Zara Foley, Liz Sheffield, Bonnie Thielen, Kathy Angyl, Larry Wilde, Mike Hierath, Jan Stanford and Renee Wright. Typists are Karen Quinn, Deb McCulloch, Annette Bianchi and Jody Snow. Artist is Mike Hierath and the advisor is J. Greg Thomas. Adulk are Invited to sub- scribe to this paper and also to offer constructive criticism. folio this year because of ov- erspending In the tourism de- partment. Dr. Noel Tibbo, deputy- mayor of St. Andrews and as- sistant director of the federal fisheries board research sta- tion here, envisaged a major aquarium on the Island, re- lated to the work at the re- search station. He even went as far as to draft a plan for a marine aquarium-national park [or Minister's Island. "It wouldn't have cost tens of he said. "It would have been millions. But what better place than here, close to the border, in the traffic Even the new owner, Mr. Langdon, wonders why the provincial government didn't seize the opportunity to pur- chase the island. "Sure, the province should have bought the place and turned the whole Island into a monument for the CPR and Van Home." TIGHT FIT You can't board a bus wit h o trunk, llcl, a circui elephant, learnt Til this scene in Denver. So the ponderous pachyderm had lo walk that to the coliseum. SIMPSONS bears At home or On The Town Fall and you're into the iocial whirl. 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