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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta 1 AtJGtlST 101R THIS UntlliHlfKiE 1MILY HERALD PAGE SEVEN A WONDERTOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT Tl Is said that in the West tho towns ami spring up like mushrooms and truly this may ho said of tho village of Uarons which came into existence on July when tho auctioneer sold tho first In soirto ten months it possessed two roal estate necessary adjuncts of any mushroom village a doctor and a a two hardware two general p6ol throe lum ber a a hotel and a butcher which industries em tho greater part of the popula tion about two hundred Inhabi Of the pioneer there are only throe in builness to Murray and tho Grant and one of the real estate Many ot the old timers stil reside In tho city arc engaged iu other Tho chosen by the for tho town site was an Ideal one for a mushroom In ho centre ot some of tho richest land In the pro vince by no nienijfi real estate gaff It is situated in level country with no hard pulls into the town and therefore no drawbacks for tho grain growers for miles who ship through Barons elevators their millions bushels ot The first settlement of the of Barons took place chiofly iu the years of 190405 when an Influx of homesteaders Atthis time the nearest towns were 25 miles to the and Lothbridge a matter of twenty to thirtyfive miles to the Many and varied were tho hardships low prices of which was not easily raised owing to the difficulties of breaking and farm ing tho because of the lack of horses and machinery to farm acreage enough to support tho residents the long haul to tho nearest railways lack of opportunity for earning a live lihood while resident upon the home Theao and other minor draw backs caused tho majority of Hie homesteaders to part wjth their land at very low rates to thr incoming Im These In this case trim came from the older pro vinces of Canada and the thickly set tled United States With the object of gaining a start which is so much easier to procure In a new country than in an It speaks well of tho class of settlers they were when we consider the changes In tho Barons district made by them In the last de Small wonder that one who left Barons In the summer of 1910 j upon returning In rub his eyes and question If he like Rip Van Winklehad not slept for twenty so apparently magical la tho change in the village and surrounding dis trict s a tale of development wo have to tell with pen with with the the true sword of an agricultural dis Acres of land hitherto summer rc sorts of gophers and a few alrngRlinf cattle and horses were brought un Its monotonous dun of gopher mounds and brown prairio grass to then to vel vety green and very soon to mile after mile of waving golden Farms like these must have modern machinery and many horses to culti vate tho land and to got tiie from machinery and well As a one saw large stables and implement sheds Strange to say tho stables and implement sheds usually preceded the dwelling house In con but the farm women have one homes are tho better for having been deferred in the building so Many modern The Pioneer Grocers MURRAY COOPER i BARONS WE CARRY A SPLENDID OF DRY GOODS AND BOOTS AND SHOES PRICES MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy Will Increase if You Drive in at Hansens Filling Station MODERN SERVICE Barons Opera House and lee Cream Parlor WKen Visiting Barons Dont Fail to Visit the Movies and Ice Cream Parlor PLANTING WHEELER BEAVER LUMBER LATH AND Everything in Biiilding Material Let us figure on that new barn and save The NEW STORE Where They All Go UPTODATE STOCK GOOD SERVICE PRICE3 RIGHT such as electric lights and labor saving devices and water works arc now common In the farm Some five or six years ago these conveniences were unheard of for farniors miles from nny power plant or Mow hey procured Most For wash for for a small gasoline engine and storage hatterlnn solves the As for Ihn must not the farm have a wind mill or engine to pump water for the stock Mow simple to IIIFUI a tank and plumbing system and thus lighten the drudgery for Die farm wo Drudgery leisure came to dwell and to enjoy leisure automo means of faster becime the property of almost ever With the snug bank accounts and larger area for pleasure came pride in Farm and home and one saw lawns seeded and shrubs for as well as trots for Tho question of education next oc the As the children grew the country schools were found deficient of advantages in tho way of The class of teachers which could be procured for such schools were often in both training nml Besides this there were difficulties in thu way of dis tance without proper means of trans porting the pupils to and lack of teaching conveniencesfor proper demonstrations of some So in lull some of tlio more enterpris ing farmers decided that better edu cational advantages should be secur ed for tho farmers and farmers wives of tomorrow and accordingly look the nintlor up wilh the donart nienl of A consolidated district centred In Barons was pro posed and by dint of the hard work of these enterprising was no Although this school has not been an unqualified snpeess and loaves much still to be it Is an 1m manso Improvement over the tiny prairie school room of with its smoky coal niton furnish ing insufficient its dangerous drinking poor ventilation arid not to mention the long snowy walks undertaken by most of the pupilK to reach the seat of Thr modern brick build ing of three spacious hall and library and labratcry whiclf was the new headquarters of the consolidated a drive in a cosy seemed a para dise to the most of the prairie deni zens accustomed to plodding through a foot ot snow in below zero weather to reach a school whose temnorature vied wilh tho great outdoors or else veered to tho other extreme in the way of oppressive heat without pro per At tho present writing the school has been enlarged by two additional frame and employs five teachers while motor vans have taken the place of the slower horse The building of a lar ger school was proposed but the cost of building has caused It to be deferred until after the These additional advantages of In sure a more promising future Cor the district In that the future farmers will have lie benefits of higher edu cation and will bring science into their farming and art into the beauti fying of their Tho better school in the village in duced many people to move into the district and thus much land changed hands and better prices were a re The village was more larger acreage meant more business Wo find the Barons of today as thriving a place in business respects as many towns three times its It now contains eight large total capacity about five hundred thousand which are taxed to their greatest ca pacity and often clogged by the inpour ing grain from the Barons so productive Is tho In addition tho village has numerous business including three general two three restaur au ice cream an opera three real estate firms and many other Industries and business firms necessary to a thriving agricul tural Barons Is the home of the Wheat Barons and as their ancestral seat Is well May the heirs of the baronetcy be justly proud of their town in thb years to come when It shall become a Big Celebration 6th So grateful hnvo we liiimnltcs been to the powers that lie for piaclnK our village on the map thai hnvo your since 1IH1 iI ilin Onto of that namely July a or as nearly that date us pu Tho cele bration has usually IK in conducted by the merchants nv councillors of the village and has year proved an unqualified year the menlimits waived their usual custom and irrallowing the local tn hold tho oelebra ion under their local formerly ccnirn has its hefidHuirtcrH to Bar ons where they haw Iwn meeting In the meeting room of thelocal Wom ans DeslroiK of starting a fund to build a meetim place In the village It wast Hint the gate receipts of the after the prlnns were paid ghoul1 to that The programme for I lie alturnoon consists of a grand unto float parade I which through the village to the celebration grounds east of There the of tho pro gram consisting of two big ball tnsof will take Tho compdiiiK ball teams will be Champion Barons playing the winning August the big for Como and sen IN home of the Wheat We will show you a good Big dance in evening at Manhattan Hall with best of Everybody The Prizes The Barons local of the and the local branch of the Womans Institute would draw the attention of the members of other branches of their association to the fact that nt their joint celebration on AURUSI lith in which Barons Is not per mitted to are offer ed to the locals having most mem bers In t Is hoped that every local within reach of town will attend In full strength and thnt competition for these prizes will be Attention is also drawn to es offered to the best decorated auto mobiles In Owners of cars are requested to display all their ar tlstic skill an to make the parade one of the most striking features of the Refreshments of various kinds will be on hand and everything possible will be done to provide for the com as well as for the of thecrowds that are expected to be in The Red Cross society will eervp supper In tho store formerly occu pied by Thomas as all tho j receipts ore to be used for highly pat riotic it is hoped that tho public will patronize the supper lib Everything will be home cooked and pit up in the most appe tizing LOSS IN COTTON of 000 bales in tho prospective cotton duo principally to ditions in the western part of the cot ton especially in was shown today In tho department of ag reeiiltures August production fore placing the estimated crop at equivalent pound compared with bales fore cast In Two of the largest buildings Irovo woolen mills engaged on gov ernment contracts were destroyed by The loss is estimated at To the stranger travelling on the Aldersyde branch of tho or by road through the number j and capacity of the grain elevators at this point Is always a source of won i and many are the expressions of and the questions We have here more elevator i capacity than any other point In West I ern which is equivalent to raying that we lead the world In this I particular of course ter minals and other points to which grain is And that all tlie elevator space we and is neces sary Is evidenced by Hie congestion which takes place There are at eight eleva with a total capacity of about yet year after year the various companies face the difficul ties of keeping the grain moving fast enough to meet the demand for eleva tor This can be quite under stood when it is known that we hold I the worlds record for grain ship our 1015 shipments of nearly bushels so far as the largest amount of grain over shipped from any one point of production in any one Barons would appear to be famed for wheat production throughout the length and breadth of this Residents travelling in various parts of the United continually being surprised by questions from the most unexpected until such experiences have come to be taken as a matter of The ap pearance of the ward Barons on a hotel register in any farming com munity on the continent would seem to be sufficient to bring a host of en Entitled To That the districtisentitled to all its fame no one aware of the facts will During all the hard times In Southern when crops in other districts were proving failures year after properly cultivated farrae here never failed to produce a 1910 is the outstanding exam In that aa is well not a drop of rain fell between seed ing and and throughout prac tically the whole of Southern Alberta the crops were a complete summerfallowed land In Barons district came through with wheat var ying from fifteen to eighteen bushels to the There may be those who doubt the accuracy of this To such we extend an invitation to visit the district this year see for themselves the crops we are growing in which is almbst as dry as was and is considered to be even a more unfavorable on account of the dry winds that have been blowing all spring and Come around at threshing time and we will show you twenty and to the rolling out of the separ We ore of our worst What of with wheat crops ranging from 50 to 70 bushels to the or of Avhich ran the preceding year a close 00 bushel crops being common What of When nearly all of Southern Alberta and Montana were dried and this district produced wheat crops up to 40 bushels to the even stubbledin cropa going 25 and over These facts and tho figures can be substantiated surely prove that the district Is entitled to its preeminence for wheat We In claim without fear ot contradic our properly Aj111 produce paying crops in any wet or that our average production over a period of years will show unheardof Residents who have not previously experienced a dry year have been pes simistic and disheartened all through the present dry but as har vest time draws near and they see for themselves that such as they considered impossible under existing are they begin to vie with older residents in their en thusiasm for and their faith in the The local and the Womans Institute extend to readers of the far and a hearty in vitation to their celebration on Tues the Gth and promise to all a pleasant time and a view of some of the finest crops In the TRAIN WRECK Terre west bound train on the Pennsylvania for Louis left the track In the east yards here early this afternoon and one coach was badly All of the trains left the Three coaches turned Ambulances are bringing the Injured to the Tarre Haute QUIET ON BRITISH With the British Army in ground on the British front is now dry ing under the hot Except for the laying down of barrages here and there along line and the usual harassing fire from both how the front this morning was POPHAM Real Estate and Loans Have for sale all the i best offerings in this in comparable BARONS ALBERTA GRANT MOIR Real Estate and Insurance Barqns Alberta See us and buy a farm in the ba Never bad a crop failure C FREEMAN The BIG STORE Lowest Prices Asked for AH Merchandise Highest Prices Paid to the Farmer for Farm Produce Largest and Best Assorted Stock of Goods in Town BURNAP MONDS THE BARONS IMPLEMENT MEN and John Deere Agency Delaney Rodgers HARNESS AND FURNITURE Everything at Bottom Cash GET OUR YEE CHONG RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY FRESH FRUITS ICE CREAM SODAS CIGARS AND SOFT DRINKS MENDENHALL HATFIELD FORD DEALERS We sell Ford Fordson Tractor and One ton garage is always at your service and you will find our stock most OUR MOTTO QUICK AND SUBSTANTIAL PHONE 15 SLAYMAKER Mens Work Gloves Bring in your Harness and have it repaired before VENNABLES IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF ALL your gas and oik by the barrel and save MOORE STARK BILLARDS POOL and BOWLING BARBERSHOP SOFT DRINKS CIGARS AND TOBACCO WELSH WELSH Everything in Hardware ICE CREAM WING RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY MEALS AT ALL HOURS CIGARS AND TOBACCOS ;