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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Four First World War veterans survive 'Kaiser Bill heard I was coming' Sglurday, November 11, 1972 THE LETHIKIDCE HERALD 3 Haigh thanks 4-H horsemen By MILDRED IIAIIKHIl 'Herald News Service MAGRATH This Remem- brance Day only four First World War veterans remain in town of the who enlisted from Magrath district. J A. Spencer, Leo Coleman. Irvin Harris and Clyde Spencer found contentment in their home town and have contri- buted to ils growth and devel- opment. MAY, 1010 J. Arthur Spencer enlisted at Edmonton in May, 191C, and served in England and France. He saw action at Vimy and Amiens and was discharged March 9, 1919. Returning to Magrath he taught school but due to the ef- fects of trench fever decided la farm instead. Well read on na- ture's lore anrt world topics he has written contribuLions The Herald. He is known many as the Duke of Pothole His farm surveys that wind- ing Pothole Coulee stream and he has found peace along its course and on Ihe high banks where their home stands. Married lo the former Olga Soderman of Hcd Deer, their family includes two boys and four girls. When the Second World War came Arthur Spencer enlisted in the army and served Vk years in England and years in Canada as an instructor. (Their oldest son Francis and daughter Ann joined the Royal Canadian Air Returning to the farm in 1945, Arthur became involved in pol'- tics and was a Progressive Con- servative candidate. His love of history prompted a record of Magralh's genealogical research and hunting for arti- facts, rocks and fossils. In recent years he has cat- alogued his findings and pub- lished a book, Crystal Spring Campsite, which outlines Indian history as shown by artifacts found around Crystal Spring, six miles east of Magralh. After lecturing and demon- strating all over Alberta he do- nated his fine collection to the University of Lethbridge. Now he is taking a course there on archaeology and is an active member of the Alberta Archaeological Society. Leo Coleman registered for the army at Pocatello, Idaho, at 23 but came home to visit his folks at took the flag by the hand" and stayed. He enlisted in the Canadian Army at Calgary in 1916. Training for the militia had been started before the war and schools were held each winter at Pincher Creek. "Several of the older fellows attended those Leo recalls. When shipped overseas he was in England six months be- fore going to France in April, 1917. Sent lo the front lines he was "over the top" two or three times. Wounded in September, he was carried out by German prisoners then taken by ambu- lance to a flat car which car- ried wounded to a first aid camp. Two weeks later he was sent to England-. Doctors were going to take off his left leg but after several operations at the Canadian Camp ol Arpington he return- ed to Canada in March. At Calgary doctors put sheep muscle in his leg and it healed but he carries the scar of "go- ing over the top" to take a ma- chine gun nest in the First World War. Mr. Coleman married Emma Mercer Tollestrup in January, 1922. Their two sons Lynn and Alan served in the Royal Cana- dian Air Force in the Second World War. Lynn was killed in 1957 while on training exer- cises for NATO in Germany. A daughter, Kuth Sahme, lives in Puyallup, Wash. Leo Coleman farmed and op- erated a barber shop for many years. Now he collects rocks. He cuts grinds and polishes them to a fine beauty. Lovely agate specimens from Wash- ington, pretty striped rocks r o m Yellowstone, petrified wood from Montana and tiger's eye from California make con- versational rings, brace lets, broaches, earrings and neck- laces. He has f o u n d you can't mix agate with ordinary stones. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman are al- ways alert for pretty or unu- i sual rocks and collect them wherever they go from the Cypress Hills to St. John's to California. MAY, 1S18 Irvin Harris joined up May 7, 1918, and trained at Sarcee, Calgary, and Pelawawa, On- tario, before embarking for England. He vividly recalls that hig boat at Montreal and 19 days on board ship. They landed at Manchester and went lo Bram- shot Camp in southern Eng- land. While training there he got the flu Nov. 11 when the Armi- stice was signed. "I missed it all because of the flu and I was never sicker After 22 days in hospital he was sent to the Mineral Springs at Boxlon, Derbyshierc, where he became an orderly- Next station was Eippon in i Yorkshire where he was attach-' ed to Kahki College. King George V's birthday was a memorable event: "A real cel- ebration like the fourth o[ July. We saw the castle that was blown up in 1914 and enjoyed the beach." Leaves at Edinburgh and Glasgow were treasured high- lights of his time in the army. Irvin came home July 20, 1919, and was discharged Aug. 2. His older brother Roy was killed at Vimy Ridge July 17, 1917, after 16 months' service overseas. After his return Irvin worked on the. Bar K2 Ranch lor the late Oreen Hansen then on the late Ralph Wmterton's farm. In 1921 he married Louella Mel- drum and set a goal for a farm of their own. He bought one south of Ma- grath a few years later and purchased a half section of irri- galed land west of town sev- eral years after. In 1928 he raised more sugar beets than any farmer deliver- ing lo Ihe Spencer Beet Dump tons per acre on a 40-acre piece. He was a member of the Beet G r o.w e r s Association, UFA, town councilman for four years, president of MIA, genealogy chairman and pres- ident of the Red Cross. Mr. Harris has always enjoy- ed music and was a member of the Latter Day Saint choir that went to Salt Lake City to sing in the Mormon Tabernacle. Fishing is his hobby. He re- tired five years ago. In 1969 he got a trophy for the biggest rainbow trout caught at Police I Lake five pounds, 12V4 ounces. and Mrs. Harris enjoy visits from their four children and grandchildren at the brick home they built in 1932. They share many memories of good and bad times in the building ''Kaiser Bill heard T was coming and surrendere chuckled Clyde Spencer. He en- listed in August, 1918. He went to Toronto where cadets were training but the Hue epidemic came and all were quarantined so he didn't get any flying time. "Wireless was new and we trained in that as squadron leaders could use it. Gypsy Moth, Fohker and Camel planes were used then and I enjoyed seeing models of them when we PINCHER CREEK (Special) The presentation of buckles visited our son Lloyd at Ottawa and certificates to all who par- last year." Clyde Spencer had a (arm east of Magrath when he went Ln training. Soon after his re- lease he sold that dry land and bought irrigated land west of town. He produced sugar beets for 43 years, attaining a record as the longest active grower in I the district. Recently he was informed he is one of the original members ticipated in the 4-H ride-a-thon will be made soon. The proceeds from this event were donated to St. Vincent's Hospital here for the purchase of hi-low beds. Administrator Oliver Haigh made special men- 18.000 miles of the Alberta Wheat Pool. II nf will honor him this year as itj celebrates its 50th anniversary. He has been a member since: for SDOl'lS 24 years of age. From 1928 lo 1938 he was on the Sugar Beet Growers Board. That year growers were anx- ious to get a sugar factory at Taber but officials were doubt- ful that more sugar could be sold. C. C. Spencer worked for the farmers to sell sugar. Sales went up from 65 to 85 per cent in Alberta and from 40 to 50 per cent in Saskatchewan. He was also instrumental in opening the market for Alber- ta in eastern Canada. There was trouble selling dark brown sugar ES eastern- ers were used to a yellow type so Mr. Spencer sent a sample to Mr. Rogers in Vancouver. The factory was soon making yellow sugar and has done il ever since. Clyde was contact man for the sugar factory till 1942 when sugar was rationed. By that time he was in the sheep business, on the s c h 0 o 1 board and president of MIA. Later he was Bishop of Ma- grath Second Ward and has been a LDS Temple official at Cardslon for 13 years. Married in 1931 to Hazel FOREMOST 'Special) A recent meeting of the County of Forty Mile school committee gave approval for a total of 000 miles in travelling to sports participation this year. The mileage allowance in- cludes trips for music groups and vocational guidance field trips. The allowance is a substan- tial increase over last year. The school committee is attempting lo do its share in promoting a healthy school spirit with the widest possible student partici- pation. Each school in the county was asked to submit a request for the estimated mileage that would be needed during the year. These proposals were con- sidered by the committee and generally approved. The meeting also approved "teacher preparation lime" pol- icy. As a guideline, senior high teachers would receive a maxi- mum of four preparation pe- riods per week or 160 minutes. Junior high school teachers would receive three periods and Rii-ic, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer j elementary staff two. now have the distinclion of be-1 Ttle, proposed policy was vig- uig the only couple still here who were here in 1899 This Remembrance Day we honor those who gave Iheir lives in battle and those who lived' lo build our community. SOLDIERS OF MAGRATH DISTRICT WHO SERVED IN FIRST WORLD WAR Top row: William Smith and Ernesl Dalton; killed in action Jack Sweet, Charles Flynn, Philip Palmer, William Howard, leroy Harris and George Baxter; Capt. H S. Taylor, Fred Breen and A. H. Campbell. Second row: Cpl. George Weatherly, Sgl. N. S. Forsyth, James Ham- F. Briggs, James Oliver and James Fcggin. Fourth row: Hallis Bingham, Alva Passey, James A. Sabey, James A. Howard, Lieut. N. L. Head, Joseph Foggin, W. O. Miller, Ben Oliver, Melvin Ririe, Clarence Howes, Jay 1. Anderson. Fiflh row-. Herman Gygi, Albert Parkinson, Merril Neil- son, Sgt. C. E. Rieber, Frank Miller, John Head, J. T. Steele, Roberl Hodges, ilton, William Henry Gibb, Vivian Campbell, A. J. Mercer, Arthur Rob- Robin Taylor, Richard Toomer, Irvin Harris. Bottom row: Walter Wock- ertson, Joseph Miller, Arthur Spencer, Horalio Swallcw and J. E. Wood. Third row: John Bridge, George Cousins, C. G. Monson, Clarence Blaxall, Capl. N. T.Beeman, Lieul. F. W. Karren, leroy Hudson, lea Coleman, A. netz, Owen P. Heninger, George Hillier, James Passey, Charles W. Spence, Guy W. Sloddard, Ben Hood, William Norton, Allan Groll, Joseph Gondok and Clyde Spencer. Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS CIRCULATION JOB PRINTING Vernon Decoux, Resident Rep., Blairmore Phone 562-2149 More district igt on pace 10 FRED KEWER ANNOUNCEMENT Ray Chambers, owner and operator of Bridge Villa Mobile Home Sales and Bridge Villa Estates, is pleased to an- nounce the appointment of Fred Keiver as Manager of Bridge Villa Mobile Homes. Fred has a wealth of Mobile Home sales experience and is looking forward to showing you the Canadiana, Century and Alco line of mobile homes. COUNTRY NEWS These Are The Lethbridge Herald Correspondents in Your Area GRANUM MRS. ED. CESAR General Delivery GRASSY LAKE MRS. MARY TURNBUtt General Delivery PICTURE BUTTE S. P. JOHNSON Gen. Del. RAYMOND MRS. DELIA WOOIF Gen. TURIN Mr.. Paulin Juhgr................ Phcnc 738.4394 Contact those people for your District Nowi or Classified Advertising 90Hi birthday VULCAN Some 90 friends- neighbors and relatives of Mrs. Agnes McKay attended open house recently, on the occasion of her 90lh birthday. Mrs. Laurene Home welcomed her mother's guests from Cal- gary, Vulcan and other points. She was assisted by grand- daughters of the guest of honor, Marilyn Gore, Linda Whiteside and Barbara McKay and other family members. The honored guest who was born at Teaswater, Ont., came to the Vulcan district with her late husband, Gordon McKay in 1913 and [armed in the Reid Hill area. The couple had two sons, Carson and Bruce and. two daughters; Mrs. Merle Harvey and Mrs. Korne. Mrs. McKay has resided hi Vulcan for many years and was actively interested in the Wom- en's Institute, the United Church Ladies Aid, the OES and the oronsly opposed by ATA Local 12 when it was approached for its opinions. Foremost and Conquerville students made representation to the board requesting the sale of soft drinks in schools during .school hours. Alter considering the requests, the school commit- tee decided to retain its present policy and not allow the sale of such refreshments during school hours. Some discussion took place regarding the question of petty thelt in the Foremost junior high school. The root of the problem lies in the inadequacy of the lockers and locker space at the Foremost school. The hoard decided, to take no action at the present time. The board was informed that the services of a speech therapist were now available on a limited basis. HEAVY DEATH TOLL 1915 LONDON, Dec. Groat Britain's loss of officers and men at the Dardanelles up to Dec. 11 was 112.921. This is the grand total of officers and men. including naval lists of killed, wounded find missing. The number killed was 25.279. In addition to the total of casu- allies, the number admitted to ton of this at the recent annual meeting of St. Vincent's Hospi- tal Auxiliary. The annual committee re- ports proved to be very encour- aging for all members who had worked in the auxiliary. The names of Mrs. Max de- Young, Mrs. Margaret Johnson, Mrs. Herman Peeters and Mrs. Harry Taylor will be added to the honor scroll. Mrs. Joan Murfin made 37 toys for the auxiliary; Mrs. A. Degroot, three chrochet baby sets; Mrs. E. two knitted sels; Mrs. I. Stanizew- ski, two knitted sets and Mrs. Peeters, one. During the year 24 cakes were baked for patients' birthdays. Christmas, Easter, Mothers' Day, Father's Day Hallo- ween favors were given to the patients. The travelling carl has been a feature of the auxiliary for several years and is taken around three time weekly with supplies for patients. Officers for the 1972-73 year are: Mrs. F. Hudillestun, presi- dent; Mrs. H. Taylor, 1st vice- president Mrs. D. Melton, 2nd vice-president; Sister Bertha, secretary; and Mrs. Haigh, treasurer- Quail visits elks BLA1RMORE fCNP Bureau) Grand exalted ruler of the Canadian Elks lodges, Charles A. Quail, of Round Hill, will visit the Blairmore BPOE No, 15 Tuesday, Dec. 5. Plans for the occasion were completed at a recent meeting. The Blairmore lodge w a s visited by 24 members of thp. Granum lodge. Exalted ruler Tony Kunz presented the Blair- more lodge wilh the travelling gavel. Tony Vcjprava o( the Blair- more lodge was presented with a gift for services rendered to the lodge. Past exalled ruler Clarke Bradley called upon Marx Gryschuk, past district deputy grand exalled ruler and present exalted ruler of the Blairmore Elks, and presented him with his DDGER jewel. The lodge approved dona- tion of to the Canadian Men- tal Health Association. A special meeting of the hall committee and trustees is to te held, in the hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Six new members will be ini- tiated. Royal Purple lodge. I hospitals was Present from outside points i The losses were distributed as were Mrs. Merle Harvey, Ed- follows- monlon. Billy Home, Mrs. Reta Officers Men McFarland and Hugh, Andy Me- Killed 1 690 23 670 Keague and Mr. and Mrs. 'Cecil McKeague of Calgary, Mrs Gwen McKay of Calgary, Les Marshall of Milo and Mr. and Mrs. D. Raymond of Sylvan Lake. Many lovely cards, letters, gifts and flowers were received by Mrs. McKay, as well as the sincere good wishes of her num- erous friends throughout Ihe countiT. 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