Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, September 17, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD earn mbles company must live up to the deal made more than 90 years ago. In return for lucrative land grants and bundles of money, the company agreed to build and operate the railway perpetually. If the branch lines that serve the Prairie small towns and grain elevators are unprofitable today it is because they were never intend- ed to be profitable. "They were built as branch lines. They knew they wouldn't make money by themselves. "Now they want to pull them out because they say they are losing money. Well I say, and a lot of other people say so too, that they should use some of those profits Canadian Pacific makes on hotels and airplanes and trucks and live up to their railway obligations. Mr. Boucher has lived in Magrath since 1969. Before that he lived at the West Coast after retir- ing from a 48-year career with the Massey-Harris farm machinery company. He lived in Toronto for almost 20 years but got to know Southern Alberta when he was Massey-Harris' credit manager out of Calgary. Many towns in the South Milk River. Wrentham, Cardston. Glenwood, Del Bonita have heard the Boucher warnings. And his voice has carried out of the dis- trict to the provincial capital and even to Ottawa via the Alberta Chamber of Commerce committee on railroad abandonment he is chairman of. And there's much_ more to be done. More people to talk to. One of Mr. Boucher's biggest disap- pointments is the way his forecasts are received in neighboring Card- ston. But maybe that will change. "They just don't know. People in toil us "well, they -won't take our elevators, but they just don't know. "We'll tell them, won't we Charlie. Footwork After careful re- search at Magrath li- brary, Charlie Matkin (left) and Harold Bouch- er, above, step into rural streets campaign- ing for continued rail service. Centre, the pair meet Jack Hock- ing and John Salberg. Later, Ray Harker, Glen Gurney and Lawrence McClain inside a store.