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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald- District Lougheed to give cheque to Fort Macleod FORT MACLEOD Premier Peter Lougheed will present a cheque for to the Town of Fort Macleod today. The cheque for two Alberta RCMP century celebrations projects, will be presented to Mayor George Buzinus, at the Garrison Ball The Alberta-RCMP century celebrations committee earlier announced cabinet approval of the two sub- missions for projects from the Town of Fort Macleod com- memorating the history of the RCMP in Alberta. A cheque for will be presented to the town by Premier Lougheed for construction of a library and senior citizens' recreation centre. The new complex will be built at a central point in the town to replace the tiny library built around 1890. An additional grant will be presented to the town by Premier Lougheed for creation and erection of three statues of Colonel Macleod, Chief Crowfoot and Jerry Potts. The statues will be erected at the entrance, exit and centre of town, the work to be commissioned by Richard Gibson, sculptor at the provincial museum. Mine renovation tops E. Kootenay building NATAL (HNS) The redevelopment of an old mine near Spillimacheen has contributed to a substantial increase in the value of building permits issued by the Regional District of East Kootenay last month, over 1972 Baroid of Canada was given a permit valued at to construct the foundation for the concentrator at a mine site eight miles west of Spillimacheen. Total permits tor September were valued at compared to in 1972. The total value for 1973 is approximately million behind 1972. Permits to date stand at while in the first nine months of 1972 the total value stood at Ashley Oliver, building inspector, says the residential construction trend continues with 16 new dwelling units created in September. 92-year-old area poet told history in rhyme By MARY LUNN Herald News Service PINCHER CREEK Pmcher Creek poet A L. (Scotty) Freebairn died Wednesday. Although gone, he will not be forgotten He had left the book Rhymes of an Oldtimer, a history of the Pincher Creek area told in rhyme. It tells of Kootenai Brown, with whom Mr Freebairn was acquainted. It .relates the adventures of Massacre Butte, tells some Blackfoot history and other tales Born in Beith. Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1881, Mr. Freebairn emigrated to Pincher Creek in 1899 His father filed for a homestead on what was called the old In- dian Farm in the Chipman Creek District Scotty Freebairn journeyed from there to Pincher Creek each day, apprenticing to E. J Mitchell, a druggist. He was provided with free lodgings in the old Brick Hotel and a salary of a month. Winter evenings were spent sitting around the old pot- belly stove listening to tales of the opening of the West. He operated a Dry Goods Store for 50 years until retir- ing in 1952. In 1926 he began his career as a writer and poet His I i Scotty Freebairn many poems have been published in the Alberta Anthropology of Verse, National magazines and new- spapers, as well as being plac- ed in some universities. In earlier years Mr. Freebairn was active on the board of trade, also as president, and in sports. Mr. Freebairn is survived by his wife Laura, and five children: Mrs. Wm. (Laura) Christopherson, Minneapolis, Minn.; John of Calgary; Mrs. Lome (Agnes) Mitchell, Calgary; Mrs. Mary Farley, Pincher Creek and Lees of Kamloops, B.C. There are also 17 grandchildren and nine grea t-grandchildren. The Freebairn's celebrated their 62nd wedding anniver- sary, April 12, 1973. Crowsnest Pass Bureau Vernon Decoux. Resident Rep., 562-2149 REPORT your i The Letltbridge Herald Correspondent in Your Area CLARESHOLM PAUL ANDERSEN ..................................235-3511 M. M. GRIMSEN (SP) ................................235-3615 COALDALE MRS. PETER TVMBURSKI ...........................345-3821 COUTTS MRS. HENRY HACKE ...............................344-3762 COWLEY C. A. WEEKES ......................................626-3601 CRANBROOK, B.C. NANCY MILES.....................................426-3232 DELBONITA G. E. DALTON ......................................653-2161 Contact these people for your District News or Classified Advertising r ;a TT -Ij-Is'f ED CESAR photo Disillusionment Natural gas turned failure into succcess on Plateau Mountain. Gold seek- ers failed in 1930 but the Savanna Gas Field produces the mountain's real treasure. Foreground: weathered claimstakes. Background: a drilling rig. Natural gas the real treasure Gold was a fantasy By MRS. ED CESAR Herald News Service GRANUM High above timberhne on foot Plateau Mountain. 44 miles west of Nanton, weathered claimstakes and a drilling rig mark events that happened there about 20 years apart A gold rush that ended in a fiasco in 1930 and the beginning of the Savanna Gas Fields came at about 1950 The gold rush was sparked by conjecture on the part of a few individuals No trace of the precious metal was ever found. The mountain is near the area where the legendary Lost Lemon Gold Mine is thought to exist and someone saw a trapper, who had been working a line near the mountain, with a few bits of gold- bearing rocks. No one actually knew where, when or how he obtained the rocks but it was assumed that they came from the area where he trapped. A careless word or two spread the rumor throughout the district and explod- ed into a mad rush for gold. Hundreds of gold-crazed prospectors swarmed the surrounding valleys, the rocky canyons and the mountains vast roll- ing crest. Farmers, businessmen and laborers alike abandoned their respon- sibilities and rushed to the area So eager was the multitude to stake claims, with dreams of reaping great riches, that many came ill-equipped and inadequately clothed The problem of transportation in those days, the hard depression years and the haste to stake claims resulted in grub- stakes minimized to the barest of necessities On one occasion, the complete grub- stake and equipment of one hopeful from Calgary consisted of a few boxes of meat extract cubes and light city garb The rush continued into winter and it was fortunate that it was a mild and open one otherwise many would have perished in the usual cruel elements "of that altitude. The police, sensing the possible severity of the situation, moved in and turned back all but the adequately equipped. These, too, soon realized the futility of the venture and departed. Except for an occasional passing hunter or prospector, the mountain slept un- disturbed again for nearly 20 years until diamond drills began grinding deep into its rocky bosom. This time, not merely in- spired by a wild fantasy but from proceeding information gained from modern seismic exploration, the drills un- covered the mountain's real treasure. It was not in the form of precious metals, as was first sought, but in the form of natural gas from hundreds of feet below the mour'ain's windblown crest. Today, pipelines and roads to its sum- mits, canyons and valleys form a network adjoining the several producing gas wells in the area known as the Savanna Gas Fields. The gas. owned by the Husky Oil Com- pany, ir piped over 50 miles to the Saratoga Processing Plant, west of Coleman, where sulphur and other by- products are extracted. From there, it is fed into the West Coast Transmission pipe line which extends through British Columbia and into the United States. The one-time mountain of disillusion- ment has thus become a prominent source of wealth and well-being to a growing nation. It is also fast becoming a point-of- interest stop for tourists The rugged beauty of Plateau Mountain, its flora and many species of wildlife, were filmed by Ed Cesar last summer for CBC national television. The film "A mountain of will also be dis- tributed by Marlin Films Toronto throughout Canadian Libraries and schools scturaay, ocioiwr LETHBRIDQE HERALD Noble Cultivators industry of year CALGARY Noble Cultivators Ltd of Nobleford Thursday accepted the in- dustrial achievement award presented annually by the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. The award is the first for an Alberta firm within the boun- daries of the society which also includes British Colum- bia, Washington, Oregon. Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The award, presented to G. C Noble, president of the firm by society awards chairman Harcourt Hobbs of Lethbridge, is to give recogni- tion to an industry or agency that has made a substantial contribution to agricultural engineering or the field of agriculture. Mr. Hobbs told about 100 engineers that many people remember the drought which plagued agriculture through the 1930s on the North American plains and the dust storms and black bliz- zards which accompanied them. It was the vision of Dr. C S. Noble in attempting subsurface tillage to make me soil less vulnerable to the at- tacks of nature that altered agricultural practices in the west, said Mr. Hobbs. From a one-man work shop operated by C. S. Noble on his farm just east of Nobleford, the first blade implement was improved after tests in California orange groves dur- ing the winter of 1935-36. The spring land preparation on the Noble farm was done in the spring of 1936 using three blade implements. Encourag- ed by the results, Mr. Noble constructed 25 additional machines during the following winter, selling 17 to the United States Soil Conservation Ser- vice. Through that agency the im- plements gained fame as a method to stop the soil wind erosion, under the supervision of J. C Russell and F. L. Duley, of the University of Nebraska, pioneers in land management. The blade proved a rather simple principle of under- cutting the soil during summerfallowing. leaving the crop residue on the surface to Driver's licence photos rejected COALDALE (Staff) Rev. John Wurz of the Hutterian Brethren Church and the Wilson Colony south of here has protested the planned use of photographs on driver's licences in Alberta. The leader of 66 Dariusleut Hutterite colonies says the brethren don't want to have their photographs taken for the driver's licences because the making of graven images is against their religion. Mr. Wurz, 72, says if this is allowed it will "break a little piece of our religion off and if you break a little piece off here and a little piece off there, soon you have nothing left." He has protested on behalf of the Hutterian brethren, first bringing it up at the re- cent special advisory com- mittee meeting. He received support at this meeting. The special advisory committee was formed to ad- Councillors9 pay hiked COALDALE (HNS) councillors will receive an increase of for each of- ficial meeting they attend here. The mayor's remuneration was increased to per year. The mayor or councillor who drives his own car may claim 14 cents per mile or bus, train or air fare. Per diem allowances were also established. Councillors will now receive per day and all expenses for attending to town business on out-of- town trips. vise the chief elders of the Dariusleut and Lehrerleut Hutterian brethren on land ac- quisition from the point of view of the best use of existing rural facilities. This body agreed that a thumb print or finger print on the licence would serve the same purpose as a photograph. While the Dariusleut Hutterites are very strict regarding photographs, the Lehrerleut people seem to be more flexible. Mr Wurz has written to Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne but has not receiv- ed a reply on the request to allow Hutterites not to be photographed for driver's licences. protect the land and at the same time kill weeds. During this period, the blade implement consisted of a straight blade with a support system strong enough to with- stand the tremendous pres- sure exerted when passing through the land. From this first innovation, the Noble blade has evolved to the present large V-shaped sweep blade, still mounted on the support designed by Mr Noble to undercut the land. Using the blade as the backbone of the company, management and staff of the company have built the business to more than a million-a-year manufacturing industry. The company ex- pects sales to reach more than million in 1974. A seed drill, which has won praise from Dr. Ed Andrews, head of the Lethbridge Research Station, for work in India in dryland agricultural work, is fast gaining in impor- tance for the firm. Harrows, chisel plows and disc machines are also built and distributed by the com- pany. The market area encom- passes the three prairie provinces and 17 states in the U.S. Six hundred dealers are kept abreast of developments by five travelling represen- tatives based at the home plant and four resident area representatives in the U.S S. F. Noble, oldest son of the company founder, said about 60 per cent of the equipment built in the plant is exported to the U.S. Exports are also sent to Russia, Argentina, Por- tugal, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, India and El Salvador. About tons of steel is used in the plant annually keeping 100 workers busy in a modern square foot fac- tory built in 1951. Mr. Noble says a small engineering department is busy working on im- provements to the existing line of equipment. NEXT WEEK AT LETHBRIDGE FARM SUPPLY CENTRE Subdivision needs okay NATAL (HNS) A partially-completed subdivi- sion on the old Wycliffe road will have to receive approval from the Regional District ol East Kootenay before it can proceed. Zoning of the Wilks and Kahn subdivision has been referred to the region's technical and planning com- Taber fatality identified mittee for study and recommendation. Work on the new housing project was halted earlier this year when the RDEK's zoning bylaw for the Wycliffe area went into effect When the project was started in October of 1972 there was no regional zoning bylaw in existence. The man who died at Taber from injuries sustained when a farm vehicle backed over him last weekend has been identified by RCMP. Joseph Clarence Rieu, 51, originally from Manitoba, died Monday in the Taber hospital from injuries receiv- ed when the vehicle backed over him Sunday. It has not been decided if an inquest will be held. WINS MLS "SALESMAN OF THE MONTH" AWARD FOR MONTHS OF AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER Jack Higgins, Manager, Royal Trust Real Estate and his staff wish to Congratulate Jack Wyatt on this fine ach- ievement. This award is for the highest vol- ume of MLS Sales and listings for these mon- ths m Lethbridge and area Jack has served the public well in his field and is well quali- fied in all aspects of real estate-residential, farms and commercial. JACK WYATT Royal Trust Estate The Sign that Sells 323 Tin Street South Phone 328-7761 YMCA FALL PROGRAM IVIWfB For Information Phone 328-7771 CREATIVE LEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS 6 and 7 YEAR OLD GYM SWIM RECREATIONAL SWIMS Course starts Oct. Dec. 20 Through movement exploration in our well equipped gym and pool children develop motor skills and self aware- ness assisted by our trained staff. A parent is required to accompany each child the first class in the gym and pool. Months A parent is required to go in the gym and pool every session with each child A. Tues. Thurs. p.m. B. Wed. Fri. a.m. COURSE FEE C. Walking to 48 Months Tuesdays p.m. COURSE FEE 2 and 3 year olds D Tues. Thurs 2-00- p.m. E. Wed. Fri. am COURSE FEE 4 year olds F. Wed. Fri. October 27-December 15 An instructional program using the small group approach in order to facilitate the learning of individual water and gym skills. Saturdays COST a.m. ADULT FITNESS SKI FITNESS A twice weekly session of exercises designed to improve your fitness level for a more enjoyable ski season. Mon. Thurs p.m. COURSE FEE CO-ED FITNESS A fitness class especially designed for Men Women or couples plus opportunities for recreational volley- ball and a plunge in our pool. Tues. Thurs. p.m. October 20 COURSE FEE 5 year olds G. Wed Fri. a.m. 4 and 5 year olds H. Tues. Thurs. p.m. COURSE FEE 4 and 5 year olds I. Thursdays p.m. COURSE FEE MEN'S PHYSICAL FITNESS This noon hour program includes jogging, exercises, dip in the pool, weight training and racquetball. Mon. Wed Fri. Advanced Tues. Thurs. Beginners YEARLY FEE 3 MONTH FEE FAMILY (ONLY) SWIMS Friday p.m. Sunday p.m. ADULT (ONLY) SWIMS 18 A over Sunday p.m. COST: Adults 506 Youth 13-17 35e Children Families I LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT I A program designed to tram leaders in physical, non-physical or aqoatic programs. Course to cover teaching styles, techniques, growth and developmental patterns, group dynamics and problem solving processes, and basic program activity characteristics. Age 15 and over Time: Tuesdays p.m. Commencement: October 23, 1973 Course Duration: 20 weeks FIRST MEETING: Oct. 23, p.m. All Purpose Room CO-ORDINATOR Cam Brown Membership required. ;