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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, Stptembtr 17, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD High River subdivision has place for heritage By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor HIGH RIVER (Staff) A new subdivision here threatened to push aside some historical structures but foresight and planning have saved Shorty McLaughlin's ranch buildings. When you stand beside the rugged cottonwood timbers in the old buildings, you know a lot of western history has blown over the rustic walls. McLaughlin Meadows is the tag of the new town development. It will be filled with modern homes. Next door will be a new park, designed for winter and summer fun, a museum and the old log structures. Medicine Man dies at age 96 The oldest and most venerated medicine man of the Blood Indian band has died at the age of 96. A practising medicine man for 75 years and spiritual ad- visor to four generations of Bloods, Willie Scraping White died late Monday night in Blood Hospital, Cardston. A ranking elder in the Horn Society, he was recognized by band members as the leading authority on tribal religious rites. During his career as adviser and healer, the medicine man named thousands of young Blood children, often ac- curately predicting future personalities and bestowing appropriate names. Harriet Shade, daughter of Willie Scraping White, told The Herald: "Willie was unique he was very, very respected by different medicine men." Willie did not acquire extraor- dinary powers "on his own, but through spirits it was all through the spirits." "He's the last of his said Alan Van Orman, Willie's friend and physician. The Cardston doctor said Willie's healing powers went beyond "a very good diagnostic ability." "He never asked for the doctor said, but Willie did set fees for therapeutic reasons: "Willie once said if you charge a big enough fee and WILLIE SCRAPING WHITE you get the fee before you do your work, the patient has a better chance of getting better." One of the first students to attend classes in St. Paul's School on the reserve, Willie Scraping White was born Oct. 23, 1877 in Red Crow's cabin. The cabin was the first log structure built at the band's traditional wintering grounds near Standoff. The venerable healer outliv- ed five wives who bore him five sons and two daughters. AH five sons died in infancy. He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Shade of Cardston: nine grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 33 great-great-grandchildren. Most of his survivors live on the Blood Reserve. Shortly McLaughlin, famous throughout North America for his racing stable, would be proud of it. He died in the late 1920s but his name will live on. "When I first came out here and looked over these old buildings, I didn't think it could be said High River building inspector Bruce Lawrence. But it has been done, or almost, and it is the kind of project that grips the im- agination of the man who says "this is my native land." It has been named the Town Farm. The idea is to provide a community playground in a pioneer setting. The old log buildings and the stone house will be restored and preserved as part of our cultural heritage. Recently a group of students of the Department of En- vironmental Design, Universi- ty of Calgary, worked on the project for a week, camping on the site. They got to know their professors and they got to know what goes into the building of a log house. Under the supervision of local contractor John Hanson, the students were divided into groups, each work party tackl- ing a specific job. They raised four log barns and poured concrete foun- dations under them. Only one barn was com- pletely finished. Footings for the others have been poured but the foundations still have to be placed. A professional house mov- ing company was hired to raise the buildings and lower them again. Many of the bot- tom logs were badly rotted and had to be replaced. Cross bracing of s.teel rods and cables were used to pull the barns back into shape. All the outbuildings were reroofed with cedar shingles. The students set up a "rafter shop" and went to work on Shorty's long, open sided stable. It was in such a sad state of disrepair that it was com- pletely demolished, and replaced. The new stable is going to be longer. It is not quite finished. It will house oldtime farm equipment at the Town Farm. A windmill, purchased from northwest of Calgary, was refurbished and installed in the old well, and will pump water to fill a small pond created around the base. The excess water will flow through a small stream into Baker Creek, where it is hoped it will form a pond for ducks and geese in summer and for winter skating. Plans are not yet completed for the house. A new roof of cedar shingles, may be install- ed and other renovations carried out. The house may be furnished in the style of the period in which it was built. A log gateway has been erected at the entrance. Nine- ty spruce trees have been planted and a 28 vehicle parking lot started. The total cost of the farm is included in the budget for the McLaughlin Meadows subdivi- sion a total of It will be recovered from the sale of lots in the new housing development. This summer's work used up about WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS PROMOTION SALE 1 DAY ONLY-THURSDAY, SEPT. 19th 516 3rd Avenue South Next Door to Bank of Montreal South in Short Recreation meeting set PICTURE BUTTE A meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Tues- day at the recreation office here for all men who want to play some sport in an Oldman River Recreation League. Scheduling of games, officiating and organizational details will be discussed. Camping program offered PICTURE BUTTE County of Lethbridge residents have been invited to take part in a camping program offered by the Oldman River Northern District Recreation Board. Five weekend sessions will feature training, camping and hiking. Deadline for registrations is Sept. 26. The first camp will he held Sept. 28 at the Crowsnest Forest Reserve. Centre for Personal and Community Development Homemaker .Mrs. Hazel Walshe acting as substitute mother for Tracy and Kenny Braal during the temporary absence of Mrs. Braat This one of the services provided by the Centre for Personal and Community Development. Trie Centre is one of 15 member agencies of the Lethbridge Untted Way, Last year Ihe Centre received from the United Way. Give generously during this year's campaign September 16 to October 16 Your United Way contribution helps 14 other agencies in addition to the Centre for Personal and Community Development United Way contributions can ba mailed to: The United Way 1120 7lh South Albtrta {Contributions will be acknowledged by official receipts) Lougheed to tour South BROOKS Premier Peter Lougheed and his 21 member cabinet will be touring southeastern Alberta Oct. 7 and 8. Details of the visit have not been completed but the cabinet will arrive at Medicine Hat the evening of Oct. 6 in preparation for a two day tour. Oct. 7. six groups of ministers will fan out across the southeast for a series of public meetings. The area covered will likely extend from Bow Island east to the Saskatchewan border and from Brooks and Suffield south to Foremost. First aid classes scheduled PICTURE BUTTE The St. John Ambulance Associa- tion and the Oldman River northern district recreation board will hold two courses in first aid. 'The 16-hour course, including lectures, films, slides and practical training, will be offered at Barons starting Oct. 1 and at Nobleford starting Nov. 5. Each will be two hours with classes on Tues- day and Thursday evenings. Registrations will be accepted at the recreation of- fice here for the Barons until Sept. 27 and for the Nobleford class until Nov. J. Rotting more slowly One of several old log buildings at the old Mc- Laughlin Ranch near High River. The Herald" District Bank manager appointed BROOKS Lyle Moore of Lethbridge has been ap- pointed manager of the Money raised for complex BROOKS Min Fujimoto of the Brooks area has donated a load of potatoes to the Kiwanis Club. The potatoes were sold at Vancouver and brought for the proposed recreation complex. A cheque for that amount was recently presented by Kiwanis president Wally Wells to Russ Wiebe, chairman of the recreation complex planning committee. Brooks branch of the Bank of Montreal. He succeeds William Hanrahan who has been transferred to Yellowknife, N.W.T., as manager there. Mr. Hanrahan has been manager of the Brooks branch since it opened in October, 1972. Mr. Moore has been with the Bank of Montreal for the past 15 years, starting at North Battleford, Sask. He was born and raised at Edam in the North Battleford district. He has served with the bank at Saskatoon, Sioux Lookout and Port Arthur, Ont., Duck Lake and Domremy, Sask. 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