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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, September 1972 THE LE7HBRIDGE HUAIB 3 Smallest., neatest shop in south Bert goes like sixty at 70 By D'ARCY RICKAHD Herald Districl Editor Business empires may come and go but the Lothbridgo pop- corn man goes on forever. Albert Edward Coulter, 70, Bert sells popcorn to Roy Miles Darlene Terry wins dollar bill operates Bert's Popcorn at 5th St. and 3rd Ave. He turned 10 last July. "I'm shooting for 80 now, that might be a little bit tougher." He may not be another How- ard Hughes but Bert, as every- one calls him, is the most fa- mous popcorn man in southern Alberta. He's steady, he's reliable and i he has the smallest, neatest and most definite business in town. This is the age of specializa- tion and Bert is a specialist. He has one lino he knows it perfectly. That line is popcorn, salted and buttered, Ihe very best popcorn money can buy. Born at Dundalk, Ont., July 13, 1902, Mr. Coulter came west slill a youngster. His mother died in Ontario when he was tlrree years old. His father homesteaded in Weyburn, Sask. Bert went to school there for live or six years. Bert went to slay with his brother at Acme, northeast of Calgary, and came down with poliomyelitis. He was nine. It left him with a bad back. "I was out playing in the lum- ber yard right beside where we lived and that's where they _, found me. One of the boys who In tho years since, Bert's Popcorn has become a south- cm Alberta institution. He's proud of his neat little stand and Lelhbridge is proud of it too. I-ethbridge mayors, cily officials, policemen and just plain John Doc in'general have all complimented Mr. Coulter on his fine business. GOOD HEALTH Beit is in good health. "I have a little trouble with my spine but it isn't too he says. "I go to the chiroprac- tor every week. Ho kind of loosens me up a little bit, other- lo be in pretty wise I seem good health." A Hutterite comes up to the window. "Have you got pop' He wants he says, mo- tioning to his boy. "Give him popcorn. Give him E. package of gum too." 'You want a corn asks Bert. Another man comes. "You got a 15-cent "No, 10." "Thankyou." "Not feeling any pain, thai says Bert. Mr. Coulter starts his day al a.m. There's a big popcorn ma chL-.e waiting for tho kernels. "I come over here and I pul the suite h on and I get out o here for about 12 minutes while she's heating up, then I comi RAYMOND (HNS) Ray- mond's annual "Fun on Horse- back" celebration drew 50 en- tries for a full afternoon pro- gram at the stampede grounds. The credit for the show goes to two energetic mothers, Mrs. Marie Still and Mrs. Delzey Burkholder. They organized and sponsored the arena pro- gram. The two top showmen of the day turned out to be Sandra daGroot and Darlene Terry. In showmanship, Brian Still took lop honors. Ribbon race: Denny Jessop and Brian Still tied for top place. Button race: Paul Burkhold- er. Walk and trot: Maureen Snow. The above contestants were all in the eight years class. In the nine to 13 class the musical chairs event went to Sandra deGrool; buttonhole race, Melanie Milner; water race, Dale Jessop; dollar bill race, Sandra deGroot.' The 14 and over class: dollar bill race, Darlene Terry; pota- toes race, Cliff Williams; sad- c'Je-up, Mara Snow; musica chairs, Darlene Terry; relay race, the team of Bert Still Jerry Burkholder, Roy Terry and Cliff Williams. RELIANCE AGENCIES (22 3rd. Ave. So. Phone 327-1116 ttsting Service -ExcluiivB Agents for BOYCHUCK Corulruclion lid. -Complete Insurance Service IN ADDITION -We now announce Ihe EXPANSION of our APPRAISAt DE- PARTMENT for Gaini Value -Highest and Beit Insurance Feasibility Appraisal Information call: Norm Bullied Ken Branch Jerry Zezulka vorked in tho. lumber yard ound me. 'But I can remember when I vas paralyzed and how I was paralyzed. In those days they lidn't even know what to call it. They were calling it "infantile paralysis' because they thought it only attacked infants. "My doctor, he wrote Into the provincial laboratory, at Ed- monton 1 think, to find out if they had any information. They told him he was absolutely on his own. They hadn't got much on it yet. So I could have been one of the first cases in Alber- ta." A bellhop for about 14 years at the Marquis Hotel, Mr. Coul- ter decided lo go into retailing. His first popcorn stand was on the Bank of Montreal corner across the street from the Leth- bridge Public Library. ONE BLOCK WEST City council decided the and blocked motorists' views. r. Coulter was asked to move. e moved west, one block west. The stand was easy to move, was blessed with wheels in hose days, like most other pop- orn wagons. In about 1960 Bert decided on nother major change. He took wheels off the stand. His usiness was now titled and definitely part of Lethbridge scene. back and start operating. "Como dinner time, then I g for my dinner. Get back here sually about 1 p.m. and go to -ork again until 6. I work till :30 at night, sometimes 10. "Oh, yes, you see people, from very walk of life, come around ere sometime or another. Most >eoplc are in a hurry when they omo here, get the corn and way they go. I Iry to be riendly. "Most people are pretty nice )eople. That's the way I find says Bert, shoveling pop- :orn in the bags, giving the comers a twist and pulling hem in a stainless steel draw- er at the bottom of the ma- "I can't get past this says a woman. Well I think I've got you addicted says Bert. "I think 1 have got you all tied up. You're coming pretty regu- larly." 'I don't work Bert says. "I work Sunday. Wednesday is my poorest day on the stand. I take that off, you see, have a day off. The first five years I had this stand I never took a day off at all. Seven days a week." Getting back to his youth, Bert recalls moving up to "It seems to me everybody's got a little trouble. You might not like them that day but the next day comes along, you might like them again, that's Lhe way I find people. "I get a chance to sec peo- ple. One will go along. He's got a worried look on his face. Another one will come along, he's got a beautiful smile. If you look at someone, looking a big sad, perhaps you will get that way yourself. 'I fird people quite a study. I hope they're not studying me at the same he says with a chuckle. "This corner here, I think you see a little bit of everything here. (A big truck waits on his doorstep for the Chat with tourists they always have something to tell you. They ask quite a lot of ques- tions. If I can answer them, I do." gas Natural may power school buses ATTENTION FARMERS at Armstrong Welding are now taking orders for anyons Intereiled in having their rub bart concaves rebuilt and hand faced for next leoson. Due to the great demand very year before harvett, we have been mlising tome farmers. Act now don't be left out) Have yours dona after harvest this year before ttoring I hem for the winter. last longer ihrashei better for half the new price. 10 yams' experience thousandi of satisfied customers. Satisfaction guaranteed. Act now. PSono Jack Armstrong ARMSTRONG WELDING SERVICE T3315 124 St., Edmonton, Alberta Ph. 454-0254 Mobile Number YJ229Z3 BEAT THE WEATHER SALE at MILK RIVER BALERS Oliver 62T Rotoflo Seed P.T.O. M.F. No. 3 P.T.O. M.F. No. 3 Motor N.H. Super 66 (New) P.T.O. COMBINES J.D. 730 Cab, chopper, 13 fl. table and pickup. New rub bars conver- sions IHC 503 13 fl. and pick- up. (A Caso 1040 _ 18 tab, IMa M.F. 510- 18 fl., cab, chop- per. M.F. 410 16 fl., cab, chopper. INTEREST FREE FINANCING ABOVE SWATHERS VersalilB 103 18 ff. S.P. motor overhauled. Versatile No. 10 18 ft. P.T.O. (like M.F. No. 30 T6 ft. P.T.O, Transport Kit. CCIl 18 ft. P.T.O. Canvas, Transport. OLDER MACHINES 2-M.F. No. 90-16 ft. T-M.F. No. 80-14 fl. 2-Cockshutl 428 15 ft. 1-I.H.C. 151 15 ft. Till MARCH 1, 1973 ON THE EQUIPMENT. Milk River Farm Supply Ltd. Phone 647-3737 After Hours Phono 647-3961 Vlobile homes site discussed PICTURE BUTTE (IINS) own council, after a lengthy iscussion, decided to table a for a mobile homes site. A copy of Ihe proposed Cal- ary Power lino extension in alley directly south of logcrs Ave. was presented to o u n c 11 for its authorization. 'or further clarification it was ecided the planning commit- ee and Mayor Alex Chronik r. e e t with Calgary Power to liscuss the crossing of Tiogers Ave. by the power line. A bylaw to provide the clos- ng of the alley between the iroperties of Bay Osberg and Jill Vogt was given second reading. The previous council had made a recommendation fhat 4th St. between Highway Ave- nue and Crescent St. be made nto a town square. Council will abandon this idea. A letter will bo sent lo the jity of Lelhbridge giving sup- Dort from the (own lo Lclli- rid go in its bid lo have the winter games (here. A floodlight will he erected on the town garage for yard light purposes. A letter was read from the Happy Oldlimers' Club regard- ing a possible meeting place. A commiltee was appointed to look into this request. Tho recreation committee is to make a study as to the cost of repairing the swimming pool. A new soda ash pump will be ordered to replace tho old unit, beyond repair. The police and safely com- mittee v.-ill make a survey of streets that will require either slop or yield signs. It was decided that a hard hose section adapter be pur- chased. Const. Jerry Jantz of the lo- cal detachment of the R C M P attended the meeting for the p u r p o s e of discussing polic- oi Uie town. TABER (HNS) A feasibil- ity study into the possible con- version of some of the Tabcr school division school buses, from gasoline lo natural gas, is desired by division trustees. The sliidy would be underta- ken by Canadian Western Nat- ural Gas Company Ltd. Trustees authorized secre- lary-treasurer Richard M. Greenaway lo investigate the conversion possibility. It was prompted by a recent article in The Lethbridge Herald. The conversion would require installation of adapters, regulators, fuel mixers, tubing, and the provision of gas re- ceivers to operate at PSI pressure. The conversion cost, expected to be per unit, must be supported by a compressor re- fueling station at approximate- ly Against these costs is a re- duction in engine wear and air poliulion and a material sav- ing in gas cost specified at 5.3 cents per gallon (when liquified) plus provincial tax- es. A possible disadvant age would be a limitation of travel between refuelling, said to be about 150 miles for the type of vehicles in use. The conversion would be a first for school buses, the gas company having advised that, to its knowledge, no one has yet attempted to equip a school bus with natural gas equip- ment. Abbey, Sask., (population, in 1915. "1 had brothers there. Went lo school for a couple of years, got Ihrough Grade 7 and part of Grade 8." He worked on farms in the area, never married. Why did he never marry "I guess I must have been asked that question a thousand times and the only answer I can give you is, don't know.' No girl ever made me think that way, I guess. I guess was loo b u s y making a living (or myself. It hasn't always been easy, you know. I just went from year lo year. Anoth- er year went by and then another one." Bert came to Lethbridge in May of 1WO. He worked for short time the Alexandra Ho lei, then got a job In a sof drink bottling plant. This six monlhs. That fall he start ed as a bellhop for the Mar quis. Bert says Little League is the best thing in the world for kids "I talk to kids when the; come here. Talk about basebal I will ask them, did you wi today? 'No, wo got heat.- It' surprising how cheerful kid will say that. I tell them, when you are getting beat, that's how you find out how to win. "Kids, you know, to me, art really something. Quile a study to check one child out agains another how they are think ing. They are all a little differ ent but tliey are all mighty fin people. I always liked kids an I always got along with kids My brother will say, 'Kow c you get along so well wit I say, "Why shouldn someone be able to get alon with a child. "Most of Ihe children wl come here are very nice kids, you can get talking with them very nice and nearly all wel" mannered." And if you go over to 5th an 3rd Ave. you'll see Bert. Yi can't miss him. There's a on his building, "Hot Butterei and there's a no fellow uiside wearing a wlu cap and white jacket. The ca has a red stripe down each si' and the jacket pockets are That's Bert. ENGINEER INC Glenn Tanaka of Picture Bulle won a SGOO scholarship from the Alberta Hotelmen's Asso- ciation. He is studying engi- neering courses at the Uni- versity ol Alberta. Liouettes receive silver spoous CARMAN GAY (HNS) Six members were present in the" United Church Hall for the re- cent meeting of the Liotiettes. Engraved coffee spoons for 100 per cent attendance for the year ending June 30, 1972, were iresentcd lo Gill Anderson, Anderson, Georgia Brownell, Edith Church, Judy Hildreth, Beulah Hubka, Rosel- a Hubka, Joy Laczo, Hazel Jyckman and Ruth Shumaker. The bulletin board and "litter 3ear" are now in readiness to be erected at lha corner of Main St. The next meeling will be held Sept. 26. Meets Tuesday COALDALE (HNS) The Coaldale and District Fish and Game Association, will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, In lha John Davicteon School. More district on page 10 PRETTY AS A PICTURE Miss Joan Pavan, daughter of Joseph Pavan of Sunnysid'e, presents a neat and stylish picture as she rides side-saddle at the East telhbridgd Rotary Horse Show at the tethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. The horse is Dream, Groenen Photo Cost sharing on airport to he prohed TABER (HNS) Town council will meet uoon with the Tabcr MD council to discuss sharing of cosls and responsi- bility for construction and op- eration (including mainten- ance) of the airport. Preliminary estimates pro- vided by the ministry of transport set the cost of con- struction of the paved landing field at against which a grant of has- been made available by the federal government. WANTED SHOP FOREMAN FOR FORD DEALERSHIP IN SOUTHERN AlBERTA Top wages, full company benefits Wrife to Box 27, Lethbridge Herald COMPETITION FOSTER PARENTS FOR BLOOD RESERVE GROUP HOME, STANDOFF, ALTA. Open lo all interested couples. Group Home accommodates 4 teenagers. Aged 12 to 18 years. For application forms contact! ARNOLD FOX BLOOD TRIBE SOCIAL SERVICES STANDOFF, ALBERTA or PHONE 737-391T ClOSING DATE OF COMPETITION SEPT. COUNTRY NEWS These Are The lethbridge Herald Correspondents in Your Area NATAL, B.C, PAUL CHALA P.O. Box 287 MASINA5IN MRS. FRANCIS MUEUER------P.O. Box 329, Milk River MONARCH MRS. JACOB DEKKER P.O. Bex 61 NANTON MRS. MARY BENSON P.O. Box 314 MOUNTAIN VIEW MRS. MAXINE HANSON Gen. Del. Conlaci these people for your District News or Classified Advertising SUPERWINCH For use everywhere there's a load to be pulled or lifted A musf for farmers, ranchers, businessmen, sportsmen. Ideal for loading or liffing boars, snowmobiles, motors, or equipment. 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