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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, THE klTMBMDOl HMALD-Jf Her oil weWsiust a trickle but... This woman knows her crude SARNIA, Ont. (CP) Charlotte Kodyen of Sarnia owns an oil field. It's a 50-acre spread of 12 wells at Both well, Ont. Which produces 600 barrels of crude a month. Compared with high produc- ers in Western Canada, Iraq and Iran, this is a mere trickle. But Mrs. Kodyen is no mere amateur in the world of oil. She was in her teens when she met her husband, Earl Kodyen, a Petrolia, Ont., driller whose name appears on the honor roll at Canada's only oil museum in nearby Oil Springs. He died in 1966. "I met Earl at a dance at Wheeler, near Petrolia. I was 15. I thought he was so tail, good-looking and exciting. I met him again two years later when he came back from the oil fields ot Oklahoma and we were married shortly she recalled. Earl owned the, field at Bothwell. He liked to take Charlotte along on field trips to check pumps and so forth, but Char- lotte wasn't a willing learner. "I hated that she re- membered. "I hated wading through weeds" to check dirty old machinery." No knowledge Also, she didn't understand the pumps and all the in- tricate hook-ups. However, she kept on going to please her husband, and today there's lit- tle about oil work that she doesn't understand. "I could even repair a pump, I think, if I had she said. Through the years, she grew to love the little old field at Bothwell and all the exciting fields around the world which she came to know. Before he was married, Eari spent some time drilling in Iran and he brought back hand-made Persian rugs which were "cured" in desert sands. The rags still grace the floors of Charlotte's 100-year old home here where she lives with her two Siamese cats. "I was 20 when I went'to she said. "Earl went as manager of the oil field at Zakyenthos, an island in the Ionian Sea not far from where Jackie Onassis has her home today." Was in Greece They spent three years in Greece and then went to the Desert in Iraq where her husband was as- sistant manager of a desert field. "It was a strange feeling to see a nomad coming out of the desert. You'd wonder where he came from and how he sur- vived the blowing sand and the heat. They wore hoods and when they saw a person com- ing, they covered their faces with their hoods. We had a high wall around the com- pound and we slept in the gar- Common sense people wear HARDLITE LENSES The Common Sense Lens In some localities hard resin protective lenses are Law! Why? They're shatterproof. They're only half the weight of ordinary lenses. They're backed by a warranty against eye injury. They're available in YOUR prescription. So who needs a law? OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. 308 7ih ST S LETHBRIDGF 377 3609 den at night and sometimes you'd hear the pad, pad, pad of feet. It was an Arab walking around. Sometimes I was frightened when Earl was away. Westerners never went out of their homes on the day of the Feast of Ramadar. The Arabs-raced Arabian horses through the compound and around it and through the desert. Shortly before the Second World War, the Kodyens went to Australia where Earl was hired to work for the depart- ment of the interior in explor- ation. Jackasses "We had laughing jackasses on our porch every morning and a garden full of parrots and magpies. We often drove through the outback where houses are ,100 miles apart, and once, during a rain storm we were imprisoned on a bridge for four days. We thought we'd die. The coun- tryside finally dried up enough for us to get to the next town." After Australia came New Guinea where Charlotte rode wild horses back and forth from her home to the well site. Desert food A most memorable dinner was held for the Kodyens dur- ing the 1930s when they were in Iraq. Sheik Mishan owned the territory where the drill- ing company was working, and he invited a number of oil people to his palace for-din- ner. "The sheik asked if we wantefl a European dinner or a traditional desert said Charlotte "Of course, we chose the latter." "In the middle of the table cloth, a whole lamb was res- ting on grape leaves, and the waiter walked around on the cloth in his bare feet and serv- ed the guests." Harems- too After dinner entertainment was a visit to the Sheik's ha- rem and following this, the guests went'for a ride on a camel. Tom Barnes is Charlotte's foreman at the Bothwell Oil Field. She makes weekly trips out to see how things are go- ing. Sometimes, if the weather is particularly bad, it's a month between trips. She said that crude is sell- ing for a barrel today, but pipe is expensive and Tom's wages are high. She has had the field core-tested and she was told that 1.5 million bar- rels of oil remain under the earth's surface. "It's all terribly she said. "Like gold fever, there's oil fever, too." She added in a nostalgic mood: "I was born under a lucky star. Imagine? A little Canadian girl like me, born in the small town of Dresden, who grew up to travel the oil fields of the world' and meet Greek princesses and Arab sheiks and above all, fall heir to an oil well. SERVING ALBERTA The Royal Agri Bus at Taber September 16th marked the opening of a new Royal Bank Branch in Taber, with temporary premises at 5213 47th Avenue. However, Royal Bank services in Taber will not be restricted to these premises. The Bank Agri Bus, working out of the Taber Branch to serve the surrounding farms and rural communities, will bring banking as dose as your telephone. Out to take a look at the new Branch on wheels recently were, right to left, Gordon Saunders. Past President, Taber Chamber of Commerce; Pat Phillips, Manager of the Taber Branch, Keith Sveinson, Manager of the Royal Bank Agriculture Department; Arthur Avery. Mayor of Taber and Hugh dark. Assis- tant Superintendent of Loans with the Royal Bank of Canada. Pat Phillips, who wit! manage the new Branch, lias been with the Royal Bank for fourteen years in various agricultural divisions. He was previously employed as Assistant Manager at 8th Avenue and Centre Street in Calgary, a Branch with a long tradition of serving the Alberta Agricultural Community. Pat and his wife Loma have two sons, Greg and Blaine. If you would like to have Pat Phillips drop in and see you with his Agri Bus and the complete range of Royal Bank services, give him a call at 273-4481 or drop in to the office in Taber and say hello. ROYAL BANK serving Alberta WeeWhimsv CHARLOTTE KOYDEN DISCUSSES OIL PUMP WITH FOREMAN Maureen Harshbarger VM! be sent the onffmt art for her quote chad's quotation to Pill' for men 20 years away EDMONTON (CP) The chemist who synthesized the first birth control pill says the next major advance in contraceptive hardware, such as a male contraceptive pill, may not come for another 20 years. Dr. Carl Djerassi of San Francisco, a Stanford University chemistry professor who synthesized the female birth control pill more than 20 years ago, was speaking at The University of Alberta. He said the growing anti science and anti technology sen- timent in the western world makes it difficult to take the risks patients to test birth control procedures. Animals are not very useful as test subjects because none are similar enough to humans, he said. Dr. Djerassi attributed the current public attitudes to the Thalidomide tragedy and active consumerism. "However, I am convinced in 10 or more years society will recognize the price it pays in considering only the risks and the benefits of technological advances." Rickshaws imported EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Bill and Genny Davenport, in an effort to employ an ancient means of transportation to meet a modern problem, have come up with a pedicab. They have purchased five pedicabs, a -bicycle version of the rickshaw, too years ago We did it HELEN f JOHNSON f for... PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE Xllbcfta this year do something with us! Send for our beautiful new vacation kit. PO Box 2500, Edmonton, Alberta Inserted by Civic Government Associatu .Province. TUES.. WED., THURS., FBI. OCT. 15-18 LAKEVIEW LIONS CLUB WILL CONDUCT A PLEASE KEEP YOUR FRONT LIGHT ONI PROCEEDS TOWARD COMMUNITY BETTERMENT TM. pawibl. 'hfcuflh Wowing. 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