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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 1, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta rmiRSDAY, AUGUST 1, 191J? Vim LlSlliliMIDUli DAILY HERALD PAGE SEVEN HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT II la siild Hint In tlm Wosl Uin lowna Uiui iiiivliiK lip liko imiiilirouiiiH ovcn-iiih'lil, aiiil Inily IIiIh iiiny l)o miii! J o[ Um vlUiiK(! of ISiiroiirt wlilcli i:aiiin [J. liitn i!.\l3leiico oil .flily 'JI�(, UKIil, wluui ^ Ihc! e.P.H. iiuclloiicur solil this lli-.m lolH. Ill .Mny, I'JIO, Htimo Ion nioutlis lUlUl", il llOHHOSSCCi IWU rOill (iSUUO jflriiiH (iiucessury mljuncU of any imitilii-ooni vIlliiKO) a ilortor anrl u (ii'iiKKist. n .MelluiillHl . Cluu'ch. two vuirdnaro nlorDH, Iwo kIoi'os, iour elevators, pfjol room, lliroc liuu-tier ym-dii. a icatauranl. u hotel and a biituher �liop, \vlik:li indiiali'loH ciii-ployoil till! gi-oator part ot llio pnpula-lion o[ about two Uumlrod Inlialii-tiintii. Of tliOK(!, tliu ploni'cr llniia, fliore iu'o only llirHe in ImiincsM today, Murray anil Cootnir, Dr. Walllvlii, tlu! (i.rnKglBt, Grant and Moir, ono of tlio real cftalo firms. .Many of tho old tiinera .stllj iT'Hido In llio city bui aro ongagod in oilier buslni'iis. TliQ spot olio.Mon by t!i� (.'.I'.ll, for tho town situ was an Idiyal nnu for a niualirooin Krowtli. In In; centre ot iiomo oC tho rlohosl land In tho province I by no niean� real estate Raff) It la situated In level country with no hard pulls into the town and therefore no drawbacks for tho grain Krowers for miles around, who ship tbrouKh Hnrons' elevators their millions of bushels of grain. Tho first BOttloniont of tlin district, of Barons took place chiefly in the years of 1004-05 \vIion an influx of liomostoaders began. At this time tlio nearest towns were Claresholm. 2." miles to tho west, and Lethbridgc a matter of twenty to thirty-five miles to tho aouth. Many and varied were I ho hardships; low prices of wheat, which was not easily raised owing to tho ditficultlea of breaking and farming tlio land, hecnuso of tiie lack of horses and machinor.v to farm acreage enough to Bupporl tlio residents; tho long haul to tho nearest railways; hick ot ojiportunity for earning a livelihood while resident upon Hie home-r.toiidH, Tlieso and other minor drnw-l)ackH causud tlm majority of the hoinesteadera to pari wjlh tlinlr land at very low rates to the incoming im-migranl.�. These inimigranta, In this vwm; true sottlcra. eaiiio from the older provinces of Cnnnda and the thickly settled Iliiiti'd Stiitoa with the object ot gaining a start which is ho mucU easier to jiroouro In a new country Ihau in an old. It speaks well of llic chins of settlers they were when we cijusidi'r the changes In the iiarons district iiiiuU', by them In the last de-I cadi'. Small wonder that one who left ; Barons in the summer of 1!)10 sh.ould, I uiion returning In 11)17, riih his eyes \ and (lucstlon if he too, like llip Van W'iiiklo had not slept for twenty ye in; so apparently magical is the chtingi; ill the viilii;!e and surroundiuK diis-', Iricll It !s a lalo of dovelopiuvnt thai, ' wo have to tell with peiV anil--not Willi sword-but with the iilow. the true sword of an agricultural district. .\cros of land hitherto aumm'or resorts of gophers ,and a few :;lragRliiu; cattle and horses were brought under'culllvntion. Its monotonous dun of gopher mounds anif brown prairie grass changed, to black, then to velvety green and very soon to mile after mile of waving golden gr.iin. j Farms like these must have luodern i mnehlnory and many liorses l:> ci.'Iii-vate the land and to got liie iiesi troin iiKHtbinery and llvestoclc*s and Implomont sheds usually precericd the dwelling house in construction, imt the farm women have ono consoial ion-their homes are the better for liavihg boon deferred in tlio biiikilng HO long. .Many modern The Pioneer Grocers MURRAY & COOPER BARONS WE CARRY A SPLENDID LINE OF GROCERIES, DRY GOODS AND BOOTS AND SHOES PRICES RIGHT/GOODS RIGHT. MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy WiU Increase if You "Drive in" at Hansen's Filling Station BARONS, ALTA. MODERN SERVICE Barons Opera House and Ice Cream Parlor II, W^en Visiting Barons Don't Fail to Visit the Movies and Ice Cream Parlor � PLANTING & WHEELER BEAVER LUMBER GO. LUMBER, LATH AND CEMENT. Everything in Building Material Let us figure on that new barn and save money. The NEW STORE Where They All Go UP-TO-DATE STOCK GOOD SERVICE PRICED RIGHT G. E convleiicpa. such as ehictric lights and labor saving devices and water works aro now common in the farm liofiiOK. rioiiie five or six year,4 ago ttiese conveniences were iinlieard ot for farmers mili^s from any jiower plant or river. How are they jiroctired? .Most easily. Kor Hie llhls, f;)r wasli-j ing. for churning, for sewing, a siuiill j gasoline engine and utortii^e batlerieri i solves Ibe problem. As for llie water- must not the farm litivc a wliiil mill i or engine to pump wali:r for the ^ stock'.' How simple then, lo in?!al ai tank and plumbing system and thus : lighten the drudgery for Ihe farm wo-; tiicn. iJriidgery vanisliod, leinure cniiu! ' to dwell and lo enjoy leisure aiilouio-biloji, ine.'uiM ot faster travel, lieciimc _ the propiM-ty of aliii'-.cit ever farmer., With the snug bank account.H ami i larger area for pleasure came pride in farm and home and one s.tw lawns ' seeded ftud sliruli.i planted, for beauiy as well as trees for wiudlirciiUs. ! The (luestlim of education ne.'.t oc- , cupied till! farmers. As the cliildri'ii ; grew I lie loun'ry schools were found . deficient of advautagtn in the way of \ ediicatlou, 'I lie cla.ss of loacliors v,-)i'cli � could b(^ procured for sucli si liools | wi'i'o deficient oftei, in bolli . training 1 and /inalificalions. tieside.i this there v,-erc difficnllies in the way of distance without |)ro))er moans of trans-liorting the pupils to school, and lack of teaching conveniences for printer demoiiHtrat ions of some siilijccis. Bo in lillt some of tlie more enlerpris-ing farai'.'rs decided tliat better educational iidvant.'iges siiould be secur eii for tho farmer.-; and farmers' wive.i of to-niorrow and accordingly toDli tlK^ nriller up wil'.i tlio iicDart-uionl of ediic:it:on. A co'.i.-.oliihUed district centred in Barons v.a.s proposed and by dint of tiie liard work , of tlicso enterprising men. was ie-cnred. Although this scliool has not been an unonalificd suvcess and Umves much still lo be .ilr.drcd. It is an Im-j ni'jn::o improvement over the tiny I rirairie ecliool room of yesterday, witli ' Us smoky coal stove, oltnii fiirnisli-; ing insufficient heal, its dangerous i drinking fountains, poor vontiiatioii \ and accommodations, not to mention I llio long snowy walks undertaken hy j most of tlie iiirpils to reach the 'seat ', of lojirnlng.' 'I'lir^ moiloiii brlc); I)iii!d-' Ing of three rooms, ;:p:'.cioiis iiall and 1 (iniall library and clieniicil labratcry ; wliicU was the nr.v lieadiiuarlers of the consolidated school, reached. by a drive in a cosy van, seemed ii par;'.-dise to llie mn.^l of Uie prairie denizens acf-ustomed t" plodding throngii a toot of snow in liolow zero wealiier (o reach a school whose temneralurc vied Willi tlie "great ontdour:-," or else veered to tlu otiier' e.xireme in tho way of oppressive heat without pro-l)or ventiiatio.'i. At liie pre?enl writing the school has been enlarged by two additional frame rooms, and employs tlvo teachers while motor vans have taken tho place of the. slower horse transportation. The building of a larger scl'.ool was proposed hut the cost of building materi.-l has caui-cd It to be d(;forred until after the war. These additional advantages of.education insure a more promising tnturo for the district in that the fnttiro fnrmer.s will have the benefits of Uiglier education and will bring scicnco into their farming and art into tlie beautifying of their homes, Tho better school in tlio village Induced many people to move Into tho district and thus much land changed hands and bettor prices were a result. The village ton, was benefitted- more farniore, larger acreage meant more business firms. We find the Barons of today as thriving .x place in business respects as many towns throe limes its size. It now contains eight large elevatoi'fi, total oaiiRcity about five hundred thousand bushela, which aro taxed to their greatest capacity and often clogged by the Inpour-ing grain from the Harona district, so productive Is tho land. In addition tho village baa numerous bualnosa firms. Including throe general stores, two hardware-stores, three restaurants, au ice croam parlor, an opera house, three real estate firms and many other industries and business firms necessary to a thriving agricultural village. Barons Is the home ot the Wheat Barons and as tholr' nnceatral sent is well named. 'May tho heirs of the baronetcy bo justly proud of their town In till) years to come when it shall become a town. So grateful linvo we liiinmltea been to the powers that he tor placing our vlllngB on the map tliai .m' bave eaidi year since 1911 celobr.ii. 1 tho diite of that event, namely .inly :;lst, or as nearly that date as po:. iblc. The celebration hoH usually ly . n conducted by the merchants tiir! coiinfillors of tho village and has m h yiar prtived an unqualll'ied succiss. This, year tho mcnlianis waived their iisual cuatom ami arc allowing the local U. F. A. to hnid the cplobrn-tion under their airuil' imme of the Wheat Barons. Wo will show you a good time. Big dance in evening at Manhattan Hall with licst of music. I'^Iverybody welcome. The Prizes The Barons local of the t' V. A. and tho local branch of the Woman's Institute would draw the ;ilferitioii of tho members of other branches of their asaociatloni) to the fact that at their joint celebration on August lilli prizes, in which Hanms is not per niittod to participate, are being offered to the locals having most niem-bera In parade, t Is hoped that every local witliln reach of tawn will attend in full strength and that competition tor theae prizes will be ki^en. Attention i.s also drawn lo llipyprlz-es offered to the heat decorated auto-mobllCH in parade. Owners of cars are requested to display all their ar-I tistlc skill ho, an to make the parade ono ot the luoat striking features of tho day. Refreshments of various kinds will be on hand and everything possible! will be done to provide for tlie com-! fort, as well as for the enjoyment, of the' crowds that are expected to be in attendance. Tho Hed Cross society will �erve supper in tho store formerly occupied by C. K. Thomas and, as all the receipts are to be used for highly patriotic purposes, it is hoped that the public will patronize tho supper liberally. Hver.vthing will be hoine-cooked and put up in the moat appetizing manner. A. C. FREEMAN The BIG STORE Lowest Prices Asked for All 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 1. H. C. and John Deere Agency i CROPS mi EEN RAISED LOSS IN COTTON CROP. Washington, Atig. 1.-Loss of 1,700,-000 bales in tho prospective cotton crop, duo principally to droughty; con-ditlcna III the western part of tho cotton belt, especially in Texas, was shown today in the department o� ag-reculturo's August production foro-caat, placing tlie estimated crop nt 13,619,000, oaulvalent .lOO pound bales, compared with iri,325,000 bales toro-cttst in .luly. Two of the largest buildings ot.tho Brovo woolen mills engaged on government contracts v.-ore destroyed by tire. Tho loss Is estimated at $500,-000. To Ihe Btrnnger travelling on the -Mdorsyde branch of the r.B.U., or by road through Baron,;, the number and capacity of the grain elevators at Ibis point is always a source of wonder, and maiiy are the expressions ot surprise, and the que.aions asked, dally. \Ve have here more elevator capacity than any other iioial in Western (^anada, whicii is etiuivalent to laying that we lead the world in this particular line-barring of course terminals and other points lo which grain la shipped. And thtit all the elevator space we possess, ami more, is necessary Is evidenced by the congestion which takes place aumially. There are at Barons, eight eleva-tore, with a total capacity ot about 400,000 bushels, yet year after year the various companies face the difficulties ot keeping the grain moving fast enoiigh to meet the demand tor elevator space. This can be quite understood when it is known tliat we hold the world's record tor grain shipments, our ]!il.'5 shipments of nearly 2,000,000 bushels being, eo far as known, tlio largest amount of grain over shipped from any one point of production in any ono year. Harona would appear to be famed for wheat production throughout the length and breadth of this continent. Residents travelling in various parts ot the United States are continually being surprised by questions from the most unexpected quarters, until such experiences have come to be taken as a matter of course. Tho appearance of the word "Barons" on a iiotel register in any fanning community on the continent would seem to be sufficient to bring a host ot en-tiuirers. Entitled To Fame. That the district is'entitled to all Us famo no one aware of the tacts will deny. During all the hard times In Southern Alberta, when crops In other districts were proving failures year after year, properly cultivated farrae here never failed to produce a crop, 1910 is the outstanding example. In that year, as fa well known, not a drop of rain tell between seeding and harvest, and throughout practically the whole ot Southern Alberta the crops were a complete  falluro. But sunimorfallowod land In Barons district came through with wheat varying from fifteen to eighteen bushels to tho acre. There may be those who doubt the accuracy of this statement. To such we extend an invitation to visit tho dlistrlct this year ^nd see for themselves the crops we are growing in 1918, which is almbst as dry as was 1910, and is considered to be even a more unfavoralde season, on account of tho high, dry winds that have been blowing all spring and summer. Come around at threshing time and wo will show you twenty bushels, and more, to the acre, rolling out 6t the separators. Wo aro talking, however, of our worst years. What ot 1915, with wheat crops ranging from BO to 70 bushels lo tho acre, or of 1910, .Which ran tho preceding year a close second, CO bushc)! crops being cpmmon? Wh'it ot 1917, when nearly all o�. Southern Alberta and Montana were dried out, and this district produced wheat crops up to 40 bushels to the acre, even stubbled-in crops going 25 and over? Those facts (and the figures can be substantiated! surely prove that the district Is entitled to Its pre-eminence for wheat production. Wo can, indeed, claim without tear ot contradiction, that our lands, properly farmed, ^I'lll produce paying crops In any year, wot or dry, that our average production over a period ot years will show unheard-ot results. Residents who have not previously experienced a dry year bave been pes-almlatic and disheartened all through the preaent dry season, hut as harvest time draw^s near and they see tor themselves that crops, such as they considered impossible under existing conditions, aro assured, they begin to vie with older residents in their enthusiasm for and their faith in the country. The local U.F.A. and the Woman's Institute extend to readers of the "Herald," far and near, a hearty invitation to their celebration on Tuesday, the 6th inst., and promise to all a pleasant time and a view ot some ot the finest crops la the Weet. TRAIN WRECK Terre Haute, Ind., Aug. 1.-A westbound train on the Pennsylvania tor St. Louis left the track in the east .yards here early this afternoon and one coach was badly cmashed. All ot the trains left tho track. Three coaches turnedi over. Ambulances are bringing the injured to the Terre Haute hospital. QUIET ON BRITISH FRONT. With the British Army in Flanders, Aug. 1.-(Associated Press.)-The ground on the British front is now drying under the hot sun. Except for the laying down ot barrages here and there along the lino and the usual harassing fire from both alde.s, however, the front this morning was quiet. POPHAM &MAY Real Estate Insurance., and Loans m fiave for sale all the best offerings in this incomparable district. BARONS � ALBERTA II. ANT & MOIR Real Estate and Inisuraiice Barpns - - Alberta See us and buy a farm in the Esrons Dist rict. Never had a crop failure^ Delaney & Rodgers HARDWARE, HARNESS AND FURNITURE Everything at Bottom Prices. Cash Talks. GET OUR PRICES. YEE GHONG RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY FRESH FRUITS ICE CREAM SODAS CIGARS AND TOBACCOS, SOFT DRINKS MENDENHALL. & HATFIELD "FORD DEALERS" We sell Ford Automobiles, 'Tordson" Tractor and One-ton Truck. Tourists-This garage is always at your service and you will find our stock most complete. OUR MOTTO: "QUICK AND SUBSTANTIAL SERVICE." PHONE IS T. H. SLAYMAKER Harness, Saddlesjrunks, Men's Work Gloves Bring in your Harness and have it repaired before Harvest. WM. VENNABLES IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF ALL KINDl Mr. Fanner-Buy your gat and oils by the barrel and save money. - MOORE & STARK BILLARDS POOL and BOWLING BARBERSHOP SOFT DRINKS ClQm AND TOBACCO WELSH & WELSH Everything in Hardware CHi^S. WING RESTAUflim AND CONFECTIONERY MCAu At AU HOURS ICECREAM ^ CIGARS AND TOBACCOS ;