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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LitHSRIOOE HERALD f UMNfey, OctobW 18, 1974 I I I 1 TEDDY EVANS STANDS AMONG A CROP OF FLOWERS 1 I i f s I I Flower g enjoys life alone in remote B.C. valley LARDEAU, B.C. (CP) There's no power, running water, telephone, television, or car at Teddy Evans' farm. He has no bone, cow, dog or kitten. Bat be does nave his flowers and that's all be ever wanted. "I'm an why I'm crazy about explained Mr. Evans, 86. For 61 years he has lived alone on his farm in the tiny sheltered valley near the isolated Lardeau River in the West Kootenay, in southeastern A narrow gravel road links him with the nearest town, 35 miles south. He nas some groceries delivered twice a year out he makes or grows everything else he needs. "All my life, I've liked to be he said. "When I came here, most people thought I was crazy and maybe I was. Bit there are different kinds of lunatics." He left Liverpool when bis parents suggested be work in a bat factory in northern England. He found a railroad job and worked the branch line along the Lardeau River. That's bow be came to buy his 40-acre spread with its spectacular view of the Sel- kirk Mountains. whole place bad been badly burned by a forest fire and it didn't look anything like it does said Mr. Evans. "But I had to stay because of the railroad job." Today there are meadows, an orchard, flower beds, vegetable gardens, stone walls, fences and several buildings made of logs. His first borne was a small cabin which burned down in the 1920s. Then he built a spacious two-storey bouse with glassed-in porch. Hauled trees He began building the bouse during the summer of 1918, using his hone to haul trees to the site. He moved into it during the fall of 1999 and finished the inside that winter. "The kitchen contains a cast-iron wood stove and a coal-oil lamp. Water comes from the creek via a length of plastic pipe but in winter be must melt snow. His fur- niture is handmade. He began growing tulips commercially in the 1920s and continued until his retire- ment at the end of the Second World Wat, He sold bis bulbs but couldn't market toe flowers because the only transportation was a once-a-week train. He got his original bulbs from Holland and added more every year. His old records, written in a perfect copperplate reveal he once grew 100 varieties of tulips, 85 kinds of narcissus and all kinds of irises and crocuses. Mr. Evans stiD tends a vegetable garden and masses of flower beds. He has a root cellar and.grows so many vegetables that be many away. Cooking is not one of his talents and be was too busy with his flowers to get" married. He has friends and relatives living close by who keep an eye on him. In recent yean they have cut his hay, chopped wood and re roofed his house. ;