Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
POT-LUCK By D'ARCY RICKARD Paul Andersen Photo MITZIE AND NORMAN Mitzie the crow and Nor- man Foxcroft of Claresholm are real pals. When she fol- lows Merman slis flies about five feet off the ground. She follows him 1o school and got into the building once through an open window.. She gets three meals a day at the Foxcroft residence, usually cheese and crackers or a hamburger. Seme people think Mitzie is a nuisance, swooping down on kids, but Norman thinks his fine- f ear-hereef-friend is, oh, wow, terrific. Mitzie guilty of dark deeds By PAUL AN'DERSEN Herald News Service CLARESHOLM big black crow is not the most pop- ular bird in rural Alberta. The crow is regarded with as much contempt as the coyote or fox. Here in Claresholm, a very warm relationship has de- veloped between a 13-year-old hoy named Norman Foxcroft, and a big, shiny, black crow named Mitzie. Mitzie follows Norman wher- ever he goes all over town. She likes to fly after his bicycle. Mitzie is on good terms with most of the [own children. Some kids will tease her, says Mrs. Tina Foxcrofl. 'Mitzie remembers those who are mean to her, she says. The crow flew down and grabbed hold of a boy's shirt and held on with his beak till lie was removed. The boy had chased him with a stick a coup- le of days before and Mitzie had remcmljered him, says Mrs. Foxcroft. One housewife reports the crow appears every morning at frer house and plays "try and catch me" with her labrador dog. The lab comes home all puff- ed out and sleeps the rest tif the morning. He has not suc- ceeded in catciiing Mitzie. The Foxcroft.s say that Mitzie doesn't associate with o 1 h e r crows hut meets with a flock of magpies each morning and they chatter and have a great time. Once a big hawk came arounci and Mitzie flew around franti- cally, chattering loudly til! (he hawk took off. Mitzi likes to go to the school each morning and watch the physical education classes out- side. One teacher said she is a nuisance as she swoops down to get the children's attention. A few days ago she c a rn e home limping. Mrs. Tina Foxcroft has writ- ten the following message to those who have complained to the police: "I can believe some of you people are scared of the crow. But please believe me, all she will do is scare you. How many of you people who complain have a dog that we are afraid of? We Hill try and keep our bird she says, adding she hopes people will keep their dogs home too. Pot-Luck is indebted to G. W. Robertson of Edmonton for con- tributing some Interesting ma- terial on Rev. J. Bidault, in- cluding a letter he wrote in 1925 to the Rl-Rcv. J. T. Kidd, bishop of Calgary. The name of Father Bidault is very much part of the story of southeastern Alberta from 1910 to 1927. It is not likely soon to be forgotten. Today he resides in the "Star of the North" retreat at St. Albert. Now well passed his 83th birthday, he is still active, tre- mendously exciting, and well able to remember people, names, places and incidents as- sociated with a long and fruit- ful life, says Mr. Robertson. Father Bidault was born In LeMans, France, in 1884. Conditions in France at the turn of the century made it nec- essary for Father Bidault to get to Namur and Liege in Bel- gium to train for the priest- Ixjod. While lie was attending uni- versity in Belgium a priest from western Canada visited that institution. He was Father Lacombe. There began a deep personal friendship. On reaching Lethbridge In 1010, Father Bidault had two major problems. He had U> master both English and Ger- man. Most of the German speaking people came from near (he Black Sea in Russia but there were others from Germany and from the Slates. During the First World War, Father Bidault was priest for several German-speaking congregations. Here are excerpts (rom his letter to the Rt.-Rev. J. T Kidd, written in 1923: "My Lord, "The Missions of which I am In charge at the present day are located mostly on the CPR branch from Stirling to Wey burn, although a few centres are quite lav away from the railroad, some north, others ions from the special collec- .10 ns prescribed in his dio- cese. "The priest support Ls so small that it docs not cover the ravelling expenses of the mis- sionary. Total (from 80 fam- ".lles) in five months: "Now, if one remembers that I have to cover at least miles a month to see them and trivc them service, one can easily imagine what a sacrifice it must be to be laboring under similar circumstances. "From a spiritual point of view, however, the ministry among these people is not void of consolations. As a rule, they are good, religious, and approach the Sacraments of- ten. Only seven men this year missed their Easter duty, and I feel confident that later on they will come back." Never one of the great horse- back riders, Father Bidault used a 1913 Model T Ford coupe. He did all his own re- pair work and at times travel- led 100 miles per week. There is a heart warming and particularly happy association. A 12-year-old boy in 1913 cele- brated mass with Father Bi- dault in St. Augustine church in Taber. Today he is 71-year- old Archbishop Anthony Jordan of Edmonton. The detailed report which Father Bidault sent to his sup- erior, Bishop Kidd of Calgary, gives a vivid picture of the ex- tent of his efforts, his deep concern for those he served, and his unfailing optimism that a plan greater than we could ever imagine has been steadily unfolding around us. Today the report which Father Bidault submitted many years ago is kept in the Provin- cial Museum and Archives of Alberta In Edmonton. Any who care to may read and examine 11. MR. AND MRS. JOHN MelNNES OF SPARWOOD Mr. and Mrs. John Mclnnes ____ Ottobtr 35, 1972 THI ItTHBRtDOt HEflAlD 3 Mrs. Kuhl lieads skaters FOREMOST (Special) The annual meeting of the Foremost Figure Skating Ciub elected Mrs. Bob (Myrna) Kuh! presi- dent. Mrj. A! (T.ea) Sepp is secre- tary and Mrs. Norman (Muriel) Williams Is treasurer. Definite dates for the opening of the 1972-73 season have not yet been set hut it is expected the ice will be ready early In November. Ice is reserved Sundays from 4 to 11 p.m. During this time, private and group lessons will be scheduled. The organization will strongly feel the loss this vear of coach Mrs, Hap (Eeth) Bates. Lessons will be given by Gay Uglcm of Lethbridge, formerly of Medicine Hat, a professional teacher. Married for 50 years south. "Ttiese missions are seven !n number: New Dayton, Fore- most, St. Joseph (north of Fore- Nemiskam. Faith, Etzi- kom and Pleasant View: with a few other small places that could hardly be called mis- sions, for there are only in each one or two Catholic fam- ilies, such as Pakowki. Ava- lon. Goddard, Lucky Strike and Skiff. Come on WEIL GIVE YOUR CAT A DASH Of WSTINCHON! Adashful of cockpit styled dials to gauge the big Cat1 7achomelers, Heat gauges. Compasses, Speedometers Allwi'h new translucent lighting that lights up the enlue dial face. AncJ new terminal board hcck-ups. for installalion. Corne on over! Wo'vo not goodies t tor the Call j A c SEE YOUR LOCAL ARCTIC CAT DEALER Tires bunt fir, fire al Raymond RAYMOND (HNS> Dam- age was small in the recent fire al Tuckers Auto Service Ud. It was confined to three new tires and the building. It occurred in a small metal building with a wooden floor where records and n ew tires are stored. The building is lo- cated within a few feet of Ihe main building. Burning grass got under the building where it ignited the wooden Moor. Neighbors noticed smoke coming from the building and the alarm was turned in. 'Decoupcige' COALDALE (HNS) Miss Marilyn Tatem, district home economisl, will demonstrate Ihe art of decoupage lo the Coal- dale Arts and Crafts club at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Coatdale Sporlsplex. "Altogether, there are 111 families and 611 souls. "New Dayton has a small t congregation of seven families. Mass is said there In a private house on the first Sunday of each month. "Foremost has a small Catholic population of eight families only. They have mass In the school house, the population having always been loo poor to build a church. "Seven miles north of Fore- most, there is a larger congre- gation of 31 families, mostly al] Russian German. A HlUe church has been built in their midst years ago but It is hy far too small "The financial condition on all this line Ls rather dcplor- able. Most of the people are depending entirely for their 1 i ving on wheat raising; anc as the last seven years have been exceptionally dry, there resulted for them a complete crop failure. "Hence the congregat ions have gradually become small er, many of the members hav ing left the country to go else- where. Those that are stil there are living in poverty, no to say misery, ami should there a crop failure this year, it K likely (lint most of llicm gone before (lie end of the year. Without a doubt, it is thi poorest and Ihe most desolali counlry in Ihc.1 flioce.se of Cnl "Consequently Hie revenues are practically null, and for the last five years already the Rt. Rev. Bishop McNally has exempted all tliese congrega Pension plan session set TABER (HNS) Ixiuis La Place of the Lethbriclge dis- trict office of the Canada Pen- Ceramics club CLARESHOLM A meeting fo reorganize Ihe, Clnresholrn Ceramics Club was held recent- ly In the Craft Centre. New officers elected were: president, Mrs. Ken Bahl: sec- retary-treasurer, Miss Grace Norgard. It was decided a fee of per member, to ho paid in ad- vance, would be charged for llic 25 classes planned for this 1 year. sion Plan will he at the Tabe Administration Building from to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, a a public service to residents. Mr. Place will answc rfueslions on the Canada Pen sion Plan, Ihc Old Age Securltj and the Guaranteed I n c o m He will also provide assis tance In completing applicatio forms. WIDE-SPREAD Dlack field crickets arc fnun In nearly every cuimtry of 111 i world. Candidates unit votes at Raymond RAYMOND (HNS) "We re on the threshold of greater [lings for Canadian agriculture, 'irought about hy hard Agricultural Minister II. A. Bud) Olson told a large audi- :nce at the political forum lere Tuesday morning. It was held In the Raymond High School. Four candidates took part. Ir. Olson, 47, of the Liberal: Party; Bert Hargrave, 55, Pro-' iressive Conservative; Willard Paxman, 47, Social Credit; and Toole, 43, NDP. Mr. Olson was first elected in 1957. He ranches. Mr. Hargrave is a Walsh rancher and currently presi- dent of the Canadian Cattle- men's Association. Mr. Paxman Is a Raymond farmer and Mr. Toole Is a union agent. Electors in the" Medicine Hat riding are directly involved. Each spoke for 10 minutes with an additional rebuttal per- iod of five minutes. Mr. Olson slated he is willing to sland on his past record. "I have never laid claim to being able to see into the fu- he said. "The agricultur- al economy is far stronger today than it ever has been in (he past." He spoke of the improvement in the grain and sugar beet in- dustries and its good effect on western Canada. contestanl Mr. T o o 1 lashed out against "so much aid Eo foreign countries M-hilc our own native people are in such great He said: "I am against for-1 cign control of the Canadian economy, the control should be kept at home. We should not sell out Ihc people of this and future generations." Kocred Jlr. Paxman said, "Social Credit is a force in Can- ada today with 164 candidates in the He stated his party is con- cerned with personal taxation and exemptions and the in- crease in the national debt. "A Social Credit government will establish a modern and sci- onlific monetary system which will allow neither inflation or Mr. Hnrgr.ive, Progressive ('.oii.serv.itnT, promised more help for (lie young farmers. He not have the same viewpoint as Mr. Olson as to the economic conditions of west- ern Canadian agriculture, a condition brought about hy the present Liberal government. A lively question period fol- lowed the four speakers with lire questions directed to each By MOLLY LATKA Herald News Service SPARWOOD Fifty years married: that is the proud rec- ord of Mr. and Mrs. John Mc- lnnes. About 35 relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fontana to honor the celebrants. Mrs. Sandra Franklin, their daughter attended. They were married at Christ Church, Fernie, Friday, Oct. 13. 1922. Officiating minister for the marriage ceremony was Rev. Henry Usher Oswald of Kara- loops, B.C. Mrs. Mclrmes was born at Tyldsley, Lancashire, England. She came with her parents to Michel in 1909. Mr. Mclnnes was born at Kenpra, Ont., and came to Fer- nie in 1907. He was in Fernie at the time of the Fernie fire and his home was one of two remaining in the area. They have made their home at Michel, Natal, and now at the Senior Citizens Villas here. On his retirement Mr. Mc- lnnes was a fire boss at the Michel mine where he h a d worked for 49 years. Master of ceremonies for the occasion was Merril Parkhurst, their nephew. More district on pages 06, 37, 47 and 49 Battersea gather IRON SPRINGS Baitersea Women's Institute met recently at the home of Mrs. D. Oliver. Catering of the Lelhbridge Northern 4-H Calf Club banquet Nov. 2 has been arranged. A bake and novelty sale will be held in the Canadian West- ern Natural Gas Company office at Picture Butle at p.m. Oct. 30. Used clothing for the Umlar- Ian Service Committee will be brought to the next meeting. Mrs. S. Larter, a member of (he group, attended (he World Music Festival at Llangollen, Wales, earlier this year, and brought greetings to (he meet- j ing from the North Wales Wo- He moved to Michel in 1916. men's Institute whose booth she had visited wlule attending the music festival. Mrs. H. M. Haney gave a paper concerning the United Nations. Mrs. Larter gave a resume of her recent trip to England and the European continent. Tha next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. I. 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