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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1940's news blowing in the wind By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer "Will the person who took the picket chain from Swingler's stable please return it at once "Friends of Mr Thad Ives will be sorry to hear he is confined to his home having had the misfortune to strain the ligaments of his knee "Judge and Mis J A Jackson are visitors in Medicine Hat today and will return to the city this evening The above 'terns appeared in the Sept 12 1940 edition of The Lethbndge Herald found blowing in the breeze last week near the YMCA by John Gon- durak, 644 9th St S Mi Gondurak doesn't know how the faded and tattered paper came to be laying on the street after all these years, but it is likely it came from one of the old homes being demolished on 8th Street S north of 6th Avenue to make way for the proposed senior citizens apartment highnse What was the local news on Sept 12 1940' "Miss Verna Jenks, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs V L Jenks of Del Bonita was married at Waterton National Parks on September 5 to Mr Frank Made, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W M Madge of Milk River "After a trip to Jasper, Banff and Vancouver Mr and Mrs Madge will reside in Milk River Thirty-thiee years later Mr and Mrs Madge are still in Milk River They have three children who are all married "J L Livingstone member of the Lethbndge fire department since 1924 leaves at the end of the month to join the Royal Canadian Air Force as an ar- mourer Mr Livingstone stayed in the RCAF for five years two of those overseas making sure the guns on the airplanes were working He returned to Canada in 1944 and became a training officer at air force schools in High River and Calgary He then returned to the Lethbndge fire department where he stayed until his retirement in 1965 On Thursday, September 12, 1940 news from the Second World War was all over the front page A mighty new anti-aircraft barrage burst over London tonight in angry challenge to the Germans' sixth con- secutive heavy nightly attack on the capital 'Gunners let go anywhere instead of waiting until the enemy was spotted The previous night in London 165 peo- ple were killed in the raids The British were retalhatmg, however with air raids on Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen Also in the world news "Pioneering the first passenger flight to New Zealand the American Clipper left Los Angeles at 4 22 p m with 17 passengers aboard Back in Lethbndge Mrs C R Daniel entertained at a delightful autumn tea the mutual improvement centre had a social, Mrs Alvau, who lived on 2nd Avenue S reported tomatoes in her garden weighing lJXi pounds, and Lethbndge Breweries Ltd bought of a war loan Frank Willms Coaldale farmer was convicted of speeding He was fin- ed and costs Edmond Four Horns was found guil- ty of being in possession of intoxicants on the Peigan Reserve and sentenced to 60 davs in Lethbndge jail For being in- toxicated Leo Strikes With Gun, was fined and costs "For failing to stop on entering a main highway, Joe Andres, Coleman miner, was fined and costs Dr Kildaire s Strange Case with Lew Ayres. Lionel Barrymore and Laraine Day was in its last day at the Capitol Theatre Spencer Tracy, in Edison the Man. was the coming attraction Sporting Blood with Robert Young and Maureen 0 Sullivan was in its final day at the Roxy The coming attraction was the Bumsteads in Blon- die Has Servant Troubles "They're Torrid' Terrific' TNT1" This description was given John Gar- field Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien in the movie Castle on the Hudson playing at the Lealta The movie also starred Burgess Meredith Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen were playing at the Lethbndge Arena the coming Saturday and Steve Smerek and his Royal Alber- tans were to play at the Coaldale Com- munity Hall Friday The cost of living was interesting A ground floor suite with three rooms bath and garage was A two room apartment was and a one room was A boy milker expected to help with deliveries made with room and board included Twenty-four large bottles of pop in assorted flavors were two tons of lump coal were 50 and a Beatty engine drive washer with a copper tub and a year guarantee went for 50 A 1934 Ford coupe that ran nicely and looked good cost and a Chev 1V2 ton truck with a four-speed transmission sold for A hand-cut woman's suite made with British fabrics cost 95 and smart fall hats were 49 Blouses were 79 cents and men s odd pants were on sale for 39 Mens' and boys' pyjamas were 95 cents, women s gloves were 25 cents and sport oxfords went for 89 Women s slacks were the coming fashion rage But not everyone was impressed As one dischanted male put it "You look charming as you advance my sweeting, but have you ever seen yourself retreating RICKERVIN photo Remember those headlines Gwen Wescott, Herald front office employee, examines 1940 paper District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbndge, Alberta, Monday, October 22, 1973 Pages 11-20 Slalom on wheels! It's called auto salom. Drivers navi- gating their cars through a twisty course marked out on a good-sized parking lot with rubber pylons After the competitors registered for Sunday's slalom, held by the Lethbndge Sports Car Club, all hands reported for a drivers' meeting, above Then a stroll through the course. Max Barnes and Gay Williams are laying down the ground rules Left, the action. Bob Turner, shown in the cockpit of his Datsun 2402. Russel Wilton puts the family Mazda through the course. The timer at work, and, left bottom, Rod Pruss and his formula racer zip through the pylons. The cyclists below will have to wait a few years before they can compete Highrise will house 160 City's senior citizens view plans of new home RICK EHVIN photos By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer About 150 Lethbndge senior j citizens came to the Civic Centre Sunday to look over plans for the building that will likely be the future home of many of them On display were floor plans. site plans, and a model of a j typical suite in the 10-storey highnse that will accom- modate 160 people in 122 bachelor and 19 one-bedroom suites at 6th Avenue and 8th Street S The plans showed the building set diagonally on the site with apartments facing southwest and northeast, a recreation lounge on the ground floor, a smaller recreation lounge laundry facilities and a roof-top gar- den on the top floor The typical bachelor suite, labelled an "efficiency suite" by the architect George Wat- son of Robins, Mitchell and Watson of Lethbndge contain- ed a bedroom off the living room that can be screened by a curtain or portable screen, giving the privacy many of the elderly demand It has a total area of 383 square feet, while the one- bedroom apartments have an area of 520 square feet The units were reduced in size after the first plans for the building were rejected as too costly The people at the meeting seemed mostly pleased by what they saw and heard even giving Alberta Housing Corporation executive direc- tor Jim Landsky a smattering of applause when he said rents would be based on ability to pay and would be as low as a month for a bachelor suite Mr Landsky, local Alberta Housing Corp director Fred Weatherup. and Mr Watson and his assistant, Bob Baun- ton, were peppered with questions by the senior citizens The first question asked was when how soon will the building be built Mr Landsky said it could be ready for oc- cupancy by late 1974 or January 1975 It will go to tender within six weeks, he said, and a contract would likely be let in January, with construction expected to take about 10 months depending upon how severe a winter the city has Both Mr Landsky and Mr Weatherup said the high-rise was onlv a beginning and more senior citizens accom- modation will be built in the citv in the near future Mr Weatherup has said previouslv the highnse pro- ject should have been started four vears ago Indications are that there already is greater demand for the kind of accommodation the highnse will provide than it will be able to meet The most recent unofficial list of people seeking suites in the building has 183 names on it according to an official who has been keeping track of the situation Curiously enough though, of the several elderly people who were displaced by the down- town redevelopment project, only three of four came to the Sunday meeting according to a social worker who helped many of them move One of the reasons the building was twice-expanded from the version first put forward which had 75 suites, was to accommodate these people And they have been told they will be the first on the waiting list for the new apart- ment building The waiting list and the building itself when it is com- pleted will be administered by a board of local citizens who will form the Lethbndge Housing Authority, Mr Weatherup says The housing corporation will appoint the members of the board, which will likely include one or two senior citizens, within 90 days he said Mr Landsky told the meeting the housing authority would prepare a tenant selec- tion method, but besides the people who had been displaced by the downtown project, those who were living in inadequate housing would be given first consideration Others would be accom- modate don a first-come-first- served basis according to need he said, but everv con- sideration would be given peo- ple who have been waiting a long time for this kind of housing With the building about to go to tender, one last matter will likely be cleared up at city council s meeting tonight Council will consider a recommendation from its land sales committee that the nearly two-acre site valued at be donated to the Alberta Housing Corporation on the conditions that the cor- poration construct and operate the building Since this is what the AHC will do and council isn t likely to take any action that will hold up the start of the building, it is expected to approve the recommendation Sunday s meeting was billed as a chance for the senior citizens to not only get a look at the building but to make suggestions concerning the interior design At this stage it s not likely any major changes can be made but changes in some of the finer details such as fix- tures, can still be made in the final working drawings the architects say Suggestions at the meeting ranged from a comment by a man in a wheelchair that the bathrooms in the ground floor suites set aside for handicapped persons should be larger, to a remark that old people find it easier to open doors with lever handles than with knobs On the whole the elderly audience seemed to leave happv though there were some dissenting opinions "It gives me claustrophobia said one woman of the efficiency suites "I'm still disappointed bv the height of the building said another woman who vow- ed they wouldn't get her to move in above the fifth floor. but at least it s brick and fire-proof "These suites are a little small but I think they've thought of just about everything said a third Lifeline volunteers are friends to lonely By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Throughout Lethbndge, there are lonely and emotionally upset people who are regaining lost friendship and an ability to cope with life's stresses through the Canadian Mental Health Association's Lifeline program Volunteer staff with the association, work on a one-to- one basis with people recover- ing from an emotional upset, "providing friendship and guidance through simple every day problems" Ruth Slobodian lifeline co- ordinator adds the CMHA receives referral cases from physicians and people who phone the association office seeking friendship "At this point, the program is mainly follow-up but we would like to do more preven- tive work by the time we see clients they already have deep problems or are recover- ing from them June Tagg, direct service Man charged in stabbing A 35-year-old Lethbndge man has been charged with attempted murder following a Saturday night street fight and a stabbing near the York Hotel. 3rd Avenue and 13th Street N David Howard Vandervoort, 605 Stafford Drive, appeared in Lethbndge Provincial Court today and was remand- ed without election or plea to Wednesday He was arrested by city police shortly before midnight Saturday Kenneth Robert List, 21, who resides at the York Hotel, is in serious condition in St Michael's General Hospital with a stab wound in the chest Suffield fatality named A Calgary man killed in a one-car accident near Suffield Friday night was among at least four traffic fatalities on the Prairies this weekend Kenneth William tuchiran was a passenger in a car that left Highway 1 and struck a road approach The driver of the car. William Dunn of Calgary is in a Medicine Hat hospital with multiple in- juries A five-year-old Regina boy. Robin Allen, was killed Fri- day when he stepped into the path of a car in the city Ellen B Craig. 74, became the first traffic fatality in seven years for the town of Lacombe She died in a two- car collision there Saturday Ernest Samuel Lennon 56 of Winnipeg was killed Sun dav in a two-car collision near the outskirts of the citv chairman for the CMHA. says social service agencies also play an important part in the lifeline program "The people who come to us are usually under another agency's treatment The agency recognizes the need for a personal relationship type of treatment and recommends a lifeline friend she says The association now has about 25 volunteer friends in- volved in the lifeline program One volunteer provides friendship and guidance to one client "It works best this way because the volunteer is not overworked and working with one person provides a better chance for the relationship to change from patient-worker to friends Mrs Tagg says Volunteers are matched with clients through common interest As much information as possible is gathered on both the client and volunteer to narrow the possibility of a poor match. Mrs Tagg says Some volunteers do not work out with the person they are assigned to, and if not another match is set The association is trying to approach each case and find an objective for both volunteer and client to achieve The association is hoping to attract more volunteers es- peciallv males and there is a need for more older people in the program ;