Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHJRlnGS HER AID Tuxtiay, Cklobet 17, 1973 Nobkford as a village de- pends on one major industry for its lifestyle, is slowly growing in all facets of urban life in the province and has eyes lo the future when it can enjoy providing a haven for people who want the luxuries of large city living with the benefits of smaller communities. Incorporated as a village in Alberta in 1918, the community of 400 persons is located 18 miles west of Lcthbridgc. C. S. Noble, prominent agri- culture worker and inventor, is credited with the formation of the to'.vn. Working in the real estate business privately and for the CPU, he arranged for the purchase of acres of land for per-acre. Noltle formed In 1909, the Grand View farm was established and two houses were built to the west, adjoin- ing the farm. The village of Noble was formed. In 1911 the CPR line from Calgary to Lcthbridge through the town which offered considerable encouragement for expansion. Tn 1013 the area en- compased acres. By 1911 the area had reached acres and Ncble Fomylation Limited wns incorporated to op- erate the holdings. A disastrous slump hit in dropping the price of wheat from per bushel to cents por bushel. The Noble estate was foreclosed in 1D22 and Mr. Noble was hired by the bank to sell the assets of the farm, [hen amounting to acres. Hut by 1030, bo was farming B.fUlO acres again and that year incorporated Noble Farms Limited, with sons Gerald and Shirley as partners. The dirty 30s came and with It came the invention of (he Noble blade cultivator. As the company formed 'to produce these machines grew, so grew the village of Nobleford. Council Today, Nobleford is governed by a village council headed by Mayor Arnold Lubbers. Carl Lang and Genne Nicboer are councillors and May Paul is the part-lime secrctary-lreasurer. Mr. Lubbers acled as village secretary-treasurer for 17 years before doctors suggested he re- sign from the demanding tasks. He is a man who exudes the confidence in the small com- munily, confidence he explains that is needed to make a suc- cess of it. He came to Noble- ford 22 years ago "when il was very run down." "The townspeople have built it up until today it is one of the best villages west ol Lctli- bridge." Mention of the new housing division brings a spar- kle to his eye. There are dwellings in the village on which cilizcns pay taxes on a 71 mill rate. Cal- gary Power provides electricity lo the residents and bills them directly. Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Limited has a similar arrangement for the supply of natural gas. The gas lines were laid to the village in May of inr.6, con- necting with a main line near Monarch. Planning body Water is supplied lo the vil- lage from the Lethbridgc North- ern Irrigation District. Once lo the village Ijoundary, the water is dislribulcd Ihrough the vil- lage's own water system. Part of Ihe plan for the vil- lage comes from the fact that it joined the I.ethbridge Dis- trict Planning Commission in 1950 (later named' the Oldman Hiver Regional Planning Com- Once in Ihe commission, Iho village could get planning as- sistance from the Lelhbridgo office. Since )OGO, 30 new homes have been built. There have been three completed tiiis year and one more is due to be finished soon. To serve the citizens, there is one hardware store, two gar- ages, one general store, a post office, a lumber yard ami ce- ment plant, a coffee shop, a part-time bank service, Chris- tian Reformed Church and United Church of Canada and one farm machinery dealer. Five elevators owned by Al- berta Wheat Pool and Pioneer Grain Ltd. are in the village to serve the needs of the out- lying farms. Noble Central School serves 310 students ranging from Grade 1 to 12. School fi The mention of the school brings fire to the eyes of Lubbers. He said several years 'ago llrere was talk of the school being taken away from Nobleford. He said the (hen mayor Mrs. Jean Noble fought tooth and nail to keep the fa- cility for the village and she managed to win the battles. "And I'm going lo continue to fight lo keep the school in the he said. Mr. Lubbers said the school is very important for the con- tinued growth of the village, which ho claims has been slow hut steady. "A school is Iho key to youth in the village for the future of the commimily." And to serve the needs of the youth as well as the rest of the residents, the village sports a tennis club with courts, a baseball diamond and skating rink for hockey facilities. He said the present curling rink will be replaced soon with a new structure. Paved streets The village sports a paved entrance to the downtown sec- tion, including main street. Side walk and curb and gutters have been completely la'.d throughout the village and the paving of Ihe rest of the streets is the next major project on the agenda. One lacking facility in the vil- lage is a hospital. However, as Mr. Lubbers points out, the hospital at Picture Butte is only 10 miles away and Lcth- bridge is only 18 miles from the village on paved roads. The only true industry in tho village is Noble Cultivators. Ltd. but the council passed a bylaw recently which will al- low for the formation of an Industrial park area on tho north boundary shoidd any in- dustry wish to come in. Tho nrea can easily he serviced to fit the needs of tho industry, lie said. As West Lcfhbridge expands, -Mr, Lubbers said Nobleford should able to play an in- crensingly important role in tho make-up of southern Alberta. Residents of the town will bo able to frequent the facilities of the new portion of Lettibridgo and yet have the niceties of a small community. "It may not happen In my he said, "but it will hap- pen."