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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE, 'ALT A., SATURDAY, APRIL II, HOI FARMERS PAID FOR 4. LAND WITH ONE YEAR'S CROP NER rt K ,j. IN THE HEART Of A TV, TWO HR-OLD GREAT FARMING kSJv i towns are noi a new practical experience in farm- tiling in thy Canadian 'ing and being possessed of consider- in nil purls of Alber- able means. They com.- (o the ta and Saskatchewan, and country with good amounis of ready i there are lo ie seen the beginu- money, start-bank accounts ami pay, ings of towns, the future ol which n.> t-ush (or v.hat they -get. Many of j one cun even surmise. Whal is noxjtlu'm Inue known to Jmy cash j a.mare collection of oar-roofed s-hai-kti for their farms. who havi- not J 'in a few years be a great city j come' to'-'Waruor yet are only Wait-j ing to dispose of their properly in j tlu> Slates before pulling up slakes I there and in this land ci1 sun or it may he a prosperous little country town, with its quota of trim atoms .and comfortable homi-.s. Tlu- .people of each of the towns are pie- and plenty. .pared-to buck it up as tile uiKHj.'tis j To tlu" north ol tnji- tract accquired of the greatest city In UK- province or by the K err Co. were two homestead, at least of that district. The most! townships where a few people had; of these claims have n.ore or less farming in a small way with; "ground as there is no doubt that in jAhe .results. A tier of town-j a few years there will be a. large' ships rsoiith of the Kerr tract is homej cultivated foims in the oldei provinc- es and in the Stated, The winter wheat awiagcd from east. Good cold watei hus Wn struck in abunrlauc.; at depths uhging irtSui ten to one huudied pml seventy, I Unity to 'thmy-uve bushels to y .the if good in tho ,-the .'wheat went about amnu-dia-e vicinity of W.muu UIAI are, "ilijity to the aciv. A sinull aeuugc of gave a ie- tuvn o'fJ fifteen bushels to the acie. The oats went from forty ty eighty bushels, the low yiekt.-, being on and aie not oyei tifieejr feet dee p. uat-r fief fiom gin 'and Snow Fail. The.iainfall and jly'in exee.-s of those, at number of towns and cities where now. there are hamlets or town.sites.. The town of Warner is dillerent j stead land und in thf last year four solid ta'ven by homesteaders. In l-Vhrn-iry and March of this no k-ss than twen WARNER AS IT-WAS LESS THAN TWO YEARS of excellent quality. A test wab made in the cultiva- tion of sugar beets and very fine recoids are made. Being the >ample was produced. important matt-, i ah sugar factory "at Kaymond, a town -Thi. is an ls only a 'ihiles ftom Wainei, Fur- Milk River lidge the nieeipitaMon i.s haturally greater than 'jt. is; in parfe that are farthei away from the rfdgeY j'eople in Lethbiidgfu? Kay. and the neighbonng towns to. the north spa the rain and snftw falling on the ridge and con- tenitoiy when tlie is I'roin most, of the. other town'; in so far that its residents are not j that in u few years it will j highest city in Southern At- j Ij'erta, though they tlo claim, and j rightly so, that it will he one of the towns il> thi? country. Another! is in vlass of that lit'invr ere'-tted there. Jn most of: tlie new, towns the first stores and j hotels are small shacks with but lit-, j tie. for floods or j lUil the stores of Wm.aer larjTi- and ciioisijn ro Ije j best stores of an established town und the hotel both as to build- j and maniinement would he a ere- j to a placi- of much greater pre li.v homesteaders houses were efectec. To "understand the reasons for the and prosperous appear- of the town one must into short history. The study will the fact 'that the town in fib- :'stantial and prosperous because it is in a substantial country ami pqiople are of the substantial and type. i; 'Wanu-r is situated just forty-two of. .Lethforiiige along Alberta Railway and. Irrigation V.-Coinjwiny's line that runs down into aionuiniu and eight miles from the IJivcr ridge which separates the and Saskatchewan, rivers. the railway" has .bwn. a tilt number of-years toliairv been'settled- -nt all the held the most of laid which been given to grant for building the rail had made no effort to Jam! around Warner and it not on the market for sale vWhere" the prosperous little town of stands, there .was jioth- -more than it siding and a. section .house known as llrunton so called stock holder of the orig- inal company. The country was all ona great free range lor the cattle. sheep and horses of the- ranchers of 3131k Hiver Country. O; rottrse, there were, homestead crs here and there but influence of the rancher's opposed to-settlement which meant sooner or Jater that they should be deprived Of the free range. It was largely, through their representations that the '.country got the reputation the sugar men of the continent having seen the excellent leatilta ofi Uot Southein Albeitn. diy at the.se jespc-ctive the iniportauce of establish- tov'ns- i ing in tins part of Can- Some idea of UIP amount of rain- fall can be gathered from a of, the lecorcU of the meteoiological offlee at Lethbiidge. Add to this fiom tin to twenty per coin and a pietty close esimate pi the precipitation around Warner will be made. 1007 the pje- by months wa.s as folows: Inches. Januai y .........................i .52' Kebi uaiy March ...........................0.3H Apiil ............................1.03 STEAM PLOW AT WORK ON in 2-1. j alone. An idea of tin- build- ing during the, past year can be gleaned from the fact that over fifty carloads of lumber were sold from the Warner lumberyard. Warner has a territory tributary to it including nearly three hundred thousand acres, all good land, and 011 account of the dilliculty of cro'ss- ing- the Milk Hiver Ridge there li no r-anger of any of the territory being. tuken away from U'aniL'r by other rarlroads coming across its territory The ridcre is eight milns from War- ner and curves siightly: arourVcl it. placing Warner in the centre .of, .a hali moon shhped of country "IiMhis distjriot there are 'ho vr out. two hundred settlers, MOUNTED POLICE QUARTERS AT WARNER June July August 3.64 1.43 _ October November illdiu December Total 15150 of whom, which a population the of too for the successful According of grain anrl its the semi-arid district. story the land was fit lml and never would be good for anything yjsc. e course of time, however, the for eyes: of men wore lookin chain land and xyho knew the possi- bilities of dry-fanning jn the so-call- wl; Semi-arid districts, saw this beau- tiful 'stretch of courun-. As they saw expanse of prairm, ererl with The nutritious Krass grow- inij upon an exceedingly fertile soil vrit.h a good water" supply, thej- realized its A. L. Warner, from whom tne the means of the bringing the A. K. j. KerrTo. of St. I'aul together, UK- >vsult jhar the latter pur- from tlu- former an area of about hundred thousand of about one lire in the town itself. The total.population at present is about five hundred .people. Practically .all those have in the hist year, over twenty car loads of settlers efTe.-ts' having ar- rived dufinjr Jn the town of WarnW at 'the to supply the. necxls (if this I population there are two line gener- al stores. a and hardware store, two or thm- impleine-nt agen- cies, a a 'blacksmith' shopman hotel, a livery, u church, a school, and a post oflice. The Alberta j tail way and Irriga- tion Cu'iipuay. trains connect with the Great Northern at Shelby Junction-in ilcntaua and with the Canadian Pacific at run through Warner three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, arid Satur- days, going from Lethbridge to iy and retuVnina: the same flay. AS yet there is no. regular, .station agent at Warner but ihu company has de- citkti to place one here very s-oon as the- amount of trallic to this point makes it There is every Probability of the company's putting on a daily service in the immediate future which will mean a daily mail service as -well. The daily train ser vice will be put on as soon as the line under construction between Hill- ings, .Montana, anrl Great Falls -Montana, is completed. This road xv.-ill.be a direct line from Lfithbr'dge to .Kansas and there will be j an excellent t.ruib service as it has been no more energetic ami successful organization for the promotion of tho sctttcmenr ada and it no vain' "prophesy thai in a few years there 'will sugar "factories in the southern part, of this Elevitor. Last year's crop was ''nearly 'all used for feed aiid for seed 'for this yearii-Jusf in pussihp; -itj-is-not orit of place "to> mtn'tion at w lien, ar m- era of Warner wanted seed to put; in last, fall and this spring they did not own district to get it. There was -liot 'a crop fail- ure in- the whole The. en- with the of few; of ;rlatt L-- cipttation 1902 1903 The average- for .the" six yearsViiiy eluding" ,1907 has been 17.65-inches.; When "it ''is Jtl'i'at expert stopk 'before that1 farnous September came: ?r' there will be at" thousand "acres under. ,crop. teen inches of inoisturii in thp; is an. abundance for the production" of: the wheat it "will be jseeh ;that there', is' no "reason for speaking of tlie: Warner being in the dry with'. that: lias made Suimy. Southern -Alberj- air-is: dry zincl -irivigt oi'ijtinp, beiiig at about above level.: This j 'means after deducting the necesary 1 azrtount for seed that there will be ters .are mild, stoc ninning all 'winter without shelter. .Inisuinpier tlie: long days'tire warin" 'evenings at least one! >hundred thousand cleligh'tiu'lly cool, as yet.haia shels of ship this year. Th_isi not sufferedjan, fall 'is based upon tlie xeiitire nadybeeii the crop -will 'be this year harvested before the than '.la'sti which, i.s" hardly j the; country. There fair to for with -average} is no -reason to believe Warner {conditions 'and Ifjtter cultivatiTin the! .will-.be all to yield should be heavier. JJut the. fact that there will'. hundred thou- sand -bushels 'of "grain for shipment this year, is one tbat needs consid- An.elevator, is needed in the very worst way. .Already several ties have ,been :the sit-. nation with the btit every probability points the other Fuel.; One great advantage that people; corning to Southern have over to-; 'many .other parts of mn being -develop ami the only cross line X.D.. and (Jatewiiy, The residences of betvret'n T-or'.al, B.O the town are mostly of a many tjthers I summer bv substantial order and are to be bmit this thorri Allwrta thnn the O W K-- those who purpose mat have de- plying for mcorponition into a local'j The-rGram improvement hamlet. When this is there was an acreage in i thousand done they will be to levy taxes f of about t 1'orJ.he building .of- sidewalks aiid j .'.which this year will-be in creaseTl to at. least six tlmu.sa'iiid. Chas. Ostby, -the consideration of the. yield a recent arrival Uncle Sam's temporarily in the new town. by the A. K. I. Co. when the laml C'o. On the twenty-socond of March .ninptwn hundrnr! ?ix as yet town has not Brought their excursion to War- llonst of in'tho.wny of lo-( ncr nnd.from that time on Southern this xvill be rapidly first purchascil from the compa- nad The conipanv hrsd their own special car which came to on (I on rtown to every until in less than two' acquired was sold. The price of the years'the whole tract that they nad land vnried as the distance from the railroad and other considorationsi were taken into accoimt from ?8 to! S20 fir, aero the average price! running at about' 812 an acre. Most tlw Inm! sold to actual sott- fi few of whom cnnie to Warner.; year arid many arc coming this i year.' At the present time nearly ov- cry train brings to Warner one or; two rni-s wttlors" effects. majority of settlers are and South Bakot'n, Iowa, Wisconsin, and 'Michiga-n. a spl'endul class of strttlors, i the lighting of the streets and such i other improvements as may be deem- j wl necessary. The water supply of i (lontain; brought wHTfrhim a steam T tho town is goon being from the- well piow outfit sunk there for the O. W_, Kerr Co. f over the rich .Two or L> sterfin to -arrivu as the rea'der musl all the .crop .was put in-bn sod is for for grain men are not slow to see, such 'an advantap-, cous'point as Warner promises: '-Domestic coal. is extra 'hart.7; i and leaves Four miles The Soil. t from Warner another inine is bting- Tlie soil of the Warner district 'is ojk'ned up and that coal, a'ricK cliocolate loain v.'jth heavy ...fllo.njji.. the subsoil'. There is no alkali and "the j Kightee.n north-east: soil is :quick, "the grain .maturing Warncr is being early and easily; it is easily worked] UP by Mr. Harker, who lias into condition and is uniforin through-! a soaluithreo feet eight inches thick., out tlm whole djstrict, no: Sections' of Coal a ton delivered and analysis of ftlieS'spil .was made' principal of tlie North Dakota iintver-l Jht Warner Farm. he said that it-was the best.i -f A.-.L. Warner. name hasi gram producing soil he-had evor'an- iiv7prl given the town, owns a fariiti' i r" t W- 9n.c-haH '.'.'v'. jiist'across-the .track from blessed with a.bountinil excellent .water. It is gen-, th-il the water supply amount of "Rut oven at" that'll was such .as to put into ..the Water.. site. A'careful record was kept of: the expenditure and receipts on the: of .this district was rather scant; and j given: The crop put in, was i: one; .spring breaking and of J course, couki- insure at least ply. One of a partial water supplyj.centspeiv acre- cutting and shocking >r those wells sunk at j 1.1.25 per acre; stacking per .when- ..shade the yieldii of older and tHe town and tho.....otiicr nine si J25 totfil labor and .seed of_ :peri acre.. The fence around ccsjT: rat.e of ThcTpnin- I nry iivwhiclt the grtin is stored cost" .t anrVwi'1 grain from ISO acres, making granary cost acre. Thus counting in the cost so? fencing and -granary the total oxit- j lay ,is per acre. The.crop, whieh-- iirtho gTanarj- to beanspecteil by rtny who woijld, dmibC isrworth at balance of acre which more than cover the cost of tho land, Which' wns purchasetl twV years; ago: Loffingwell ;Egan, :who !aging tire state j that the crop .cbyered; all the oxpenie of -scod arid riW, the originat cost of the land, .taxes, ir.tcrcst- and" nip other incidental charges' leaving IcomfortaMc all. A VIEW OF THE BUSINESS SECTION OF WARNtR" AS IT IS TODAY ;