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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, October LETHBRIDGE HERALD-5 People of the south By Chris Stewart It's all a matter of discipline THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley If you're planning to lunch with 93 year old John Charyk of 318 7th Avenue South, you'd better be on time. Nothing upsets him more than keeping the soup warm or being late for an appointment He's as punctual as the 45 year old pocket watch in his trousers' pocket, as neat as a pin and spells accurately. Ask him to spell Vladivostok or Waikiki and see. If pen- manship reveals character, as some believe, the beauty and uniformity of his writing is in- dicative of a well-organized and disciplined life. His white frame house, he painted inside and out three years ago, glistens on his manicured lawn. He has built a new side fence and this past week dug post holes for his rear gate. He rises punctually at 7 a.m., breakfasts at eight and completes his housework, gardening and shopping before tackling his heavy cor- respondence comprised of regular letters to his family with cards and enclosures tor every birthday and anniver- sary all with the punctuali- ty reminiscent of his railroading days when he'd arrive 15 minutes early to meet incoming trains This erect, organized non- egenarian, refuses to retire to an old folks home. "Why. they're all too old in there." he chuckles. He was 19 when he arrived in Winnipeg on March. 27. 1900, from his native Czordkow in the Ukraine, penniless but fired with motivation. When he landed his first railroad job in April instead ol card playing after hours with his peers he studied late by oil lamp perus- ing newspapers and books to perfect his English and patiently practiced his pen- manship which wa? later to distinguish his "on the track" reports He worked briefly in Moose Jaw before going east to Fort William to cut 125 railroad lies a day for S26 per month and in 1902 was appointed sec- tion hand al Kananaskis at per 10 hour day When his fellow-workers, attempting to gain recognition for the Brotherhood of Railwayman, struck lor 11 weeks he turned to digging irrigation ditches with ploughs and scrapers south of Cochrane. They struck again for a half cent an hour in- crease (five cents for a ten hour day i and subsequently for 10 and 15 cent a day in- creases before Charyk was promoted to section foreman at Glenbow in 1904 at the then- handsome wage of 50 per day plus a three-bedroom house available for merely monthly All he needed now was a wife "A hard thing to come by in those days." he recalls laughing. But four years later, in June. 1907, when invited by Calgary friends to meet two im- migrant Ukrainian girls, John Charyk narrowed his choice down to one Anna Dorask from Hodykowke. three miles from his native Czordkow. He proposed on their second meeting. Married in October at the home of mutual friend, Andrew Semkowicz. they settled down in the Glenbow station house where (heir eldest son John was born. He recalls iivu fooi snow drifts in 1910 between Lake Louise and Field where he and his crew cleared mountain tracks. The closure of the Lake Louise school plus the fact the community lacked a doctor (Mrs. Charyk made the 24 hour, 600 mile trip to friends in Portage la Prairie, each time a birth was ex- pected) influenced husband John to seek a transfer to Camrose. A move to Calgary followed and a subsequent ad- vancement to roadmastcr at Consul (east of Manyberrics) where again lack of schools (necessitating the five Charyk children staying on in Calgary) forced him to re- quest a move to a schooled area. In January, 1931, he was transferred lo Lelhbridgp where his roadmasler duties look him clicking along on his speeder over the 160 track miles between C o u 11 s, Cardslon and Lelhbridge. He recalls the week-long snow- blockage on the Lelhbridge- Cardston route in the fierce '37 winter when mountainous, crusted drifts, as high as telephone poles, edged the tracks. He claims he was only cold once during the winter of 1905-06 (the worst he can remember) when, enjoying a Christmas leave at Monder, east of Kdtnonton. he had a strong urge lo relurn to Kananaskis ami luckily so a deep freeze set in the nexl day plummetting tem- peratures to 30 below for two full weeks bringing trains to a standstill. He remembers, in sharp con- trast, the surprise summer weather of March, 1926. when his gang ol 250 completed 116 miles of track between Lethbridge and Calgary in 23 days, just before a heavy snowstorm blocked the line. He never fired a man during his 44 years of railroading. Instead he reasoned with them, docked them half an hour's pay if they were late and displayed an under- standing indicative of his own appreciation of steady work. He remembers overseeing a crew of 100 Chinese whose swinging queues kept in rhythm with their spike hammering. Their constant talking, frequent stops for Chinese tea and bulky, heavily padded Chinese clothing slow- ed their production. By com- parison the Japanese crew was speedy. When a gang of 85 hungry Russians arrived and he found himself minus a cook. Charyk fed them cookies and biscuits until locating a new chef. The only saving feature of this em- barrassing situation was that he could explain his situation to them (he spoke Russian) rather than reverting to the sign language he used with his Oriental crew. Hundreds of hoboes rode the rails and hung around the Canmore water tanks during the depression years. He remembers the sad day when a young transient lost both legs when he fell from a box car and when rescued his total possessions consisted of a handful of potatoes in his jacket pocket. The CPR's appreciation of Charyk's work was expressed upon his 1945 retirement in a letter from superintendent R. Lamb who praised him for his organizational ability, good judgment and loyalty to the company's interests. But Charyk values his role as a parent far more than his railway career. It was to this responsibility he and his wife Anna (now deceased) gave their fullest attention. They were both determined their five children would receive the best possible education and opportunities. "Daddy work and 1 save." was Anna's enthusiastic response to any obstacle threatening to disrupt their children's educational progress. To own a car or en- joy luxuries was unthinkable. They paid their bills promptly the moment John Charyk's cheque arrived. He worked on extra gangs to earn the need- ed funds for his children's benefit. Each was encouraged to follow their natural in- clinations be it teacher, telegrapher or scientist with the parents providing the sup- porting encouragement. Anna Charyk taught her children to be innovative. She played and sang with them, her good humor wringing peals of laughter from the happy youngsters. She taught them how to make miniature furniture Irorn wild grasses. But according to eldest son John, it is the spiritual values passed on by his parents that are most appreciated. "They had so much in- iiiative. he recalls. "We didn't have much money for toys but they taught us to devise things oul of almost nothing. Mother made work fun and provided constant en- couragement." Today, at 93. John Charyk keeps a bulky scrapbook of his families' accomplishments and sheds a faint tear when he refers to their strong points. He tries to be present on each important family occasion, such as the John Charyk night last June 8th when the residents of Hanna honored John Jr. upon his retirement after 42 years as teacher and principal in the area. The town band was there and so was Dad Charyk who had driven all the way up from Lethbridge and who, following Ihe festivities, insisted on motoring back lo Calgary for the night a long day's trip for a 93 year old. But he was up punctually at 7 a.m the next morning, as usual. His only health fad is a bowl of hot morning porridge. He doesn't smoke, doesn't wear a hearing aid and reads well without glasses (although he prefers to wear them if reading for long He travels by city bus. is an avid reader, radio and TV fan and attends St. Paul's Greek Cnlholic church regularly. Son John, author of The Lit- lle While School Mouse and The Pulse of the Communilv. books dealing with Alberta's rural schools (and presented with a plaque and clock by the Alberta Teacher's Association last week) claims today's teen-agers lack family love and their home life "has gone out the window" the an- tithesis to the parental sup- port and encouragement of his youth. This university summer school lecturer, who holds BA. BSc and MA degrees believes strongly in "having standards to live by" and predicts the return of the so-called old-fashioned virtues he learned from his parents. Son Joe. president of the Communications Satellite Corporation which put Early Bird into orbit and was ap- pointed by the late President Eisenhower as un- dersecretary of the U.S. Air- force, obtained his BSc in engineering at Edmonton, his doctorate at the California In- stitute of Technology arid served as an associate professor of aeronautical engineering at Princeton. Son Nicholas, interested in telegraphy, joined the CPR in Calgary and daughters Helen Forrest and May Ferencz are married and reside in Calgary and Lethbridge respectively. Grandson Bill Charyk is a lawyer, granddaughter Patti Forrest is studying law at Queen's University in Kingston: John Charyk is studying medicine in Washington. D.C.: Albert Ferencz is teaching in Lethbridge and Leslie Forrest is an accountant at the Banff Springs hotel. Glad he came to Canada? You better believe it! Here John Charyk has enjoyed a freedom denied in the Ukraine and opportunities for his fami- ly available only in a land such as Canada. He is equally proud of successes earned by fellow Ukrainian immigrants many of whom have entered Canadian professions. If being highly motivated is a criterion for success the Charyk family has been well endowed for both Dad and Mom Charyk spared nothing for their families' welfare. A congratulatory telegram from son John on the Charyk's golden wedding anniversary puts it aptly. "You have both been wonderful parents and the five of us in no small measure owe our successful careers to you splendid ex- ample, guidance, sacrifice and advice Words cannot appropriately describe such unselfish parents as you are for such love is spiritual When I learned this well- loved patriarch's only regret is that he accepts the old age pension without "actually working for it" and he still plans to visit son Joe's family in Washington. D.C next spring. I commented. "John Charyk. you are indeed a wealthy man." by Walter Kerber John Charyk Sr. (seated) admiring the plaque presented by the Alberta Teacher's Association to his son John (standing) upon his retirement from 42 years' teaching. Book Reviews The role of the family doctor "The Family Doctor" by Samuel Wolfe and Robin F. Badgeley (The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 201 pages, cloth paper The ethics and role of the family doctor as set forth by the Council on Medical Educa- tion states that "The lamily physician is one who: (1) Serves as the physician of first contact with the patient and provides a means of entry into the health care system: (2) Evaluates the patient's total health needs, provides personal medical care within one or more fields of medicine, and refers the patient, when indicated, to appropriate sources of care while preserving the continui- ty of his care: (3) Assumes responsibility for the patient's comprehensive and con- tinuous health care and acts as leader or co-ordinator of the team that provides health services, and (4) Accepts responsibility for the patient's total health care within the context of his environment, including the community and the family or comparable social unit." The ideals as outlined above are certainly worth striving for in a doctor-patient relationship, when consider- ing the benefits to both physi- cian and family. The trend has progressively been towards physicians turn- ing from solo practice to group practice. The family practice idea has evolved gradually in the past decade in both the United States and Canada, giving the doctor a newer and wider role as group practitioner. The definition of a group medical practice as accepted in Canada and the United States is "Medical group practice is a formal association of three or more physicians providing service in more than one field or specialty, with income from medical practice pooled and redistributed to the members according to some prearrang- ed plan." The advantages of group practice are numerous both for the doctor and the patient. The doctors share the patients records, care is provided for a patient 24 hours a day as associated doctors may relieve one another at times, more and better technical equipment is available com- bined with greater access to professional consultations. The first medical clinic was opened in Saskatoon on July 3, 1962, after a 23-day doctors' strike became inevitable in Saskatchewan. The office was staffed by a physician and various volunteers acted as receptionists and office staff. Then in the spring of 1970 a new medical centre was opened, housing 22 doctors and staff for a wide range of medical services emphatical- ly proving the need for medical care for the populace. In 1970 the health services industry used up billion in the United States, and billion in Canada; the labor force during the early 1970s in- cluded one out of every 20 peo- ple employed by the health in- dustry. Necessarily, health care is a big operation, benefitting both the doctor and the patient. There are a variety of help- ful tables included in the volume, ranging from "Why patients see their doctors" and "Frequency of prescrip- tions" to "Organization arrangements for family doc- tors." The data has been carefully collected, evaluated and processed in capsule form, easily understood by both doctors and laymen. A thorough study on drugs brought to light the fact that the United States spend billion a year for medication and Canada spends million a year. Just under half these amounts are spent for prescription drugs. Authors Wolfe and Badgeley provide authentic comparison of typical doctors in solo prac- tice and doctors in consumer- sponsored clinics. Recommendations are provid- ed for more effective use of doctors' time and talents, a better quality of medical care, for the tighter control of rising costs. Criticism is aim- ed at the effects of the fee system, of practice on both patient care and cost of ser- vice. In addition the two authors have written "Doc- tors Medical Strike: Medical Care And Conflict In Saskatchewan" in 1967. ANNE SZALAVARY Hooks brief in "The Crafl of Tatting" by Rcnnic M. AUcnborough (Clarke, Irwin and Company Limited, 104 This small book explains one of the oldest methods of making lace. It tells a bit of the history of tatting as well as giving simple instructions which even a beginner can un- dersiand. There are patterns given for numerous designs for edgings, collars, placemats and doilies. This would he a suitable gilt lor someone interested in this crafl KLSPETII WALKKR The genius of Jeremiah Prophecy has a popularity it did not have 25 years ago when all "respectable" theological colleges regarded it as a field to be left to the freaks. Today the best-selling books and the prominent preachers of radio and television centre on prophecy, while scientific ex- periments in extra-sensory perception show that some gifted people have inexplicable prophetic powers. One of the contributing factors in the change of mood is the tragic situation of the Middle East and the cascading events toward Armageddon. Of all the amazing prophetic geniuses none looms greater than Jeremiah, unfairly called "the weeping prophet" because of his predic- tions of doom. He began his career about 626 B.C. when the Scythians were pouring their wild, ruthless horsemen from the Caucasus, the mighty Assyrian empire and fabulous Nineveh were falling before the rising world power of Babylon and the Chaldeans, who would also annihilate the Egyptian army at Carchemish. He warned against the futility of fighting against Babylon and his predictions of disaster came true. What meaning has all this for our times? First note that Jeremiah believed utterly in his predestination. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born I consecrated you." Such a sense of predestination has been a pre-requisite to greatness. Socrates had it and so did pagan, evil men like Napoleon. It is one of the tragedies of our time that most men feel like driftwood or have a sense of fatalism. The mark of declining civilizations has been a sense of drift or a sense of fatalism, since curiously they both resolve ultimately into the same thing. Hitler was a fatalist, saying that he walked the way Destiny had sent him with no more control over his actions than a sleep-walker. The second fact about Jeremiah was that he believed God spoke to him. "Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me. 'Behold. I have put my words in your mouth.' The prophets believ- ed they were inspired and both the Jewish and Christian people have believed that they had supernatural inspiration. The third fact that Jeremiah emphasizes is that sin is incredible stupidity The departure from God for nature worship is such utter fol- ly that Jeremiah can almost expect the heavens to laugh. Yet is not nature worship one of the marks of modern life17 With nature worship, incidentally, always went sexual ex- cess and abnormality, also a mark of modern living. In the fourth place. Jeremiah seeks a good man who can lead in the reconstruction of society. You can't make a good omelet with rotten eggs. Or. as Montague said in "Disenchantment." after the war of 1914-18. when all the plans had been made for a good society it was found that "bricks had run short." The fifth fact that Jeremiah stresses is the need for a new spirit He has seen the failure of Josiah's reformation and that it had been only superficial It had been a legal refor- mation, based on Deuteronomy. That was not good enough God would give the people a new convenant which would be an inward transformation. Finally. Jeremiah has faith in God's pur- pose for the people. He has his dark moments, but he recovers. His faith in the un- discourageable God and the destiny of Israel remain firm to the end. All these lessons and all this faith are sorelv needed todav. THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE APERTURE A cavity in the head Editor's Note: For the next few months, on a bi-monthly basis, this space will be devoted to the University of Lethbridge. Featured will be viewpoints informative and per- sonal of members of the U of L com- munity. To launch such a column, what better article than a humorous look at some of the blunders professors occasionally encounter? U of L Biological Sciences professor, Job Kui- jt, has compiled the following The most mundane kind of work in any teacher's life, whether in high school, college, or university, is the correcting and grading of written examinations. Fortunately, every once in a while a stu- dent will make a slip of the pen, or will ex- press himself so unusually, that the over-all effect of his writing can be hilariously funny. A little while ago I received a small collec- tion of excerpts from examinations written by university students in the United States. Some of these throw a very interesting light on the history, facts, and current practice in science. Here are a few of the best ones: "Benjamin Franklin produced electricity by rubbing cats backwards." "The process of turning steam into water again is called conversation." "A magnet is something you find in a bad apple." "The cuckoo does not lay its own eggs." "To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube." "Parallel lines never meet unless you bend one or both of them." "Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about. "Geometry teaches us to bisex angels." "An axiom is a thing that is so visible that it is not necessary to see it." "The pistol of a flower is its only defence against insects." "An example of animal breeding is the farmer who mated a bull that gave a great deal of milk with a bull with good meat." "English sparrows and starlings eat the farmer's grain and soil his corpse." "By self-pollination, a farmer may get a flock of long-haired sheep." "A triangle which has an angle of 135 degrees is called an obscene triangle." "The hydra gets its food by descending upon its prey and pushing it into its mouth with its testacles." "Blood flows down one leg and up the other." "A person should take a bath once in the summer time and not quite so often in the winter." "The hookworm larva enters the human body through the soul." "It is a well known fact that a deceased body warps the mind." "The human is more intelligent than the beast because the human brain has more con- vulsions." "For fainting: Rub the person's chest, or if a lady, rub her arm above the hand." "For fractures: To see if the limb is broken, wiggle it gently back and forth." "For dog bite: Put the dog away for several days and. if he has not recovered, then kill it." "For nose bleed: Put the nose lower than the body." "To remove dust from eye: Pull the eye over the nose." "For head colds' Use an agonizer to spray nose until :t drops into your throat." "For asphyxiation: Apply artificial respira- tion until the patient is dead." "For snake bite: Bleed the wound and rape the victim in a blanket for shock." No wonder that some university professors would agree heartily with the last one: "The cerebrum is a cavity in the head." The gambling compromise From The Great Falls Tribune Most good legislation is the result of com- promise, and the Montana Legislature's interim committee on gambling appears to have done a creditable job in its recommen- dations to the session which opens in January in Helena. The committee ruled oul dice, roulette and slot machines, forms of gambling fought most strenuously by those who oppose all gambling or games of chance On the other hand, the little old ladies in tennis shoes could play bingo, and the men could have pinochle, cribbagc and gin rummy. Punchboards would be permitted, but un- der strict state supervision. Sports pools, operated properly, also would be legal. The program outlined by the committee would keep out casino-type gambling, ad- vocated by many as a means of making Mon- tana another Nevada, but opposed by many others on the same grounds. Such a centre-of-the-road policy as outlined by the interim committee probably would be acceptable to a larger body of Montanans than either wide open gambling or an ab- solute ban on all games of chance. Committee members believe it would produce a moderate amount of revenue, which is the grounds on which many advocates of gambl- ing base their arguments. The legislature will do well to give the program thoughtful consideration. The whole story By Doug Walker After the service one Sunday morning I went lo the place where the library is housed at McKillop United Church to get a book and walked in on a session committee My apologies for intruding were waved aside by the chairman, Don MacKay. "We aren't under way with our meeting yet." said Don. "we're waiting tor the minister. In the meantime Don Wilson is giv- ing us a blow-by-blow account of his golf game yesterday." This was apparently literally true. As I left the room I heard Don Wilson say, "and on the second tee ;