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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THI LCTHDRIDOE HIRALD Thur.-Jay. Novsmber 30, 1972 more than battles and the famous VANCOUVER For mosl pcopJc, history is textbook knowledge one academic has culled from another's text, or more ambitiously, from original sources such ns journals, dia- rias or And the lexis usually relate the history of important men and women and of important events. Sir John A., n Hitler, a W. A. C. Bennett. Vimy Ridge, the Quebec Conference, the United Nations. What you don't get to hear about is (he history of the peo- ple often outside historic events, but equally a part of history. People like Jon Ferguson. Mr. a trapper, has the history of Grande Prairie, Alia., In his head. "Well, I don't know loo much about hislory, but I know a little about Grande Prairie." He remembers the first car in Grande Prairie: "An old Indian fellow Juhmu Calico, he bought two Mndel Ts. Usta Le all learns and never see a car." That's history. 'HAD ROUGTI TIMES' "We've had some rough limes around Grande winds, cool winds, but it's warmed up seems like now. You never hoar G5 below zero arouu' Grande Prairie any more. You didn't usta sit around at 55 below zero and lhat'd be that way all winter Tor Febiuary, 'cept once in a v.hile it would kick in 7H Mr. Fergu-'cn is one o.r more than 100 British Columbians who have committed the past to tape for a Local Initiatives Pro- gram. The proJGv. I emphasized cultural communities and Inter- views were conducted in native Japanese. Russian, native In- dian and East Indian dialects. Project head Bill Langlois said oral history has definite ad- vantages over written, textbook history. a new typp of history Don't get caught with an expired guarantee. Thai spells trouble! Like cosily, unexpected repair bills. Exasperating delays. Protect yourself against this kind of worry with a Simpsons-Sears Maintenance Agreement for the life of your Simpsons-Sears appliance. For jus! pennies a day, we assume lolai responsibility for all service and parts necessary to keep your appliance in perfect operating condition. We also provide unlimited service calls, even If the problem is non-technical, such as a blown luse! For complete peaca of mind put Simpsons-Sears under contract wilh a Maintenance Agreement. PHONE 328-9231 Ixi. 278 for complete Inlormalion Chargoltonyour which focuses rai the common man, the average citizen, not the great man approach, not someone like Bennett, but with UJG average man who had to suffer through liis regime. "Ii sheds a new light, e new perspective on hislory. Also, with oral history it's hard to lie because you have to lie for hours, consislenlly, "So we find a much higher degree of validity in oral his- tory." MOVED FROM QUEBEC Arthur Laverdurc, 72. trav- elled from Montreal in 1909 with his family. At that time, lumber mills along the Fraser River irere at- tempting to replace Sikh work- ers with men from Quebec. fare was all paid by the Fraser Mill Lumber Co. They wouldn't let nobody off (the They made sure that no- body got off at any stations and tryin't o skip away and go somewheres else, you see. "They made sure that the people got down here and got their jobs and then collect their money back on them. see. "When we arrived they throwed us down on the inside line up there. The Hindu men were waiting for us with two- by-fours, but it didn't material- ize. 1 guess they didn't like the idea of those people goin' to take their jobs away from them. Thai's whai they had. figured, you see but, however, they got over if." TAUGHT IN FRENCH His schooling, he says, was all in French. Only his father spoke any English. There was friction between the English and French corrun unities. "It took us quile a maybe, say, about a fore we did start to mix up with English kids. And I started a Hi tie slowly, and then, maybe after a couple of fights we started to get along a little bet- ter Mr. Langlois said his group has betn called "masters of trivia." Trivia, however, usuaMy have a limited, small value. The history af B.C. doesn't. "It's a very human said Mr. Lan- glois. Columnist's notebook By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Re- marks you can't escape from hearing after a national elec- tion: "The people have spoken." "f told you right, at Ihe start who the winner would be." "We may have lost the hat- tie, but that doesn't mean we have lost the war." "I don't know whether the best man won or not. All I know is that my man lost." "It's all a lot of hot air-any- way." "Maybe, now that we've got. that out of the nay, every- body in the office can get back to business." "The whole thing reminds me of a three-ring circus." "I think the mud we threw was belter than the mud they threw, but the trouble was they had twice as much to throw." "The time has come to thank our loyal supporters. Without the kind of help we got from you, defeat would have been impossible." "Xo. I can't say we didn't have enough principles and is- sues. Whal we were short of was a litlle thing called money." MAKES NO DIFFERENCE? "Yes. I did tell you that if I lost I'd pay you on the day after election. Hut that was last week. What I'm telling you this week is Hint I can't pay up unlii v.-eck." "What difference cloos II. make to us, anyway? still have to go on working five days a week from here to eternity." ''The way those follows talked, I thought that when we woke up the day after the election Ihc world would look complelely changed. But cv- cryiliinf; looks like il's still in Hie s.ime mess il nlways was." "Oil, rmnp on now. .lust be- cause you loM Ihn oleclion, I hat doesn't mean you Ivive lo lose your lemper, too. Nobody hkrs n sorehead." 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