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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta FRIDAY, AUGUST DAILY HERALD PAGE BARONS, A WONDER-TOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT U U slid thai In the West the towns loug haul to nearest railways; convlencc-e. such as electric lights ar.d spring up like mushrooms overnight, truly this may ho said oT tha village of Barons which camo into existence on July 2Ut, 190'J, when the C.lMl. auctioneer sold tho first lota. la May, 1910, some ten mouths Inter, It possessed two real estate firms (accessary adjuncts ot any mushroom .village) a doctor aiid a druggist, a Mothodist Church, 'two hardware stores, two general .stores, four elevators, pool room, three-lum- ber yards, a restaurant, ft hotel and a butcher shop, "which Industries dm- ployed the- greater part of tho papula- Uuii of about J hundred lubab! tahls. Of these, the pioneer firms, there fire only three in business ta- duy, Murray and Co op or, Dr. Wallivhi, the druggist, mid ,Molr. one of the real estate" linns. Many of thy old timers still reside 'ti the city but a ft: l in. other business, Tho spot chosen by the O.P.ll. for tho town site was an ideal one for 0 mushroom growth. In ho centre i some ot tho richest land In the pro- vince (by no nicauB real estate gaff) it is situated in level country with no hard pull? Into the town and therefore tip'drawbacks for the grain growers lor miles around, who ship through Barons' elevators their millions ol Bushels of grain. Tho first ECtllement of the district of Barons took place cuietly (n tho yours of 1901-05 when an. Influx ol homesteaders began. At this Lima the nearest towns were Claresholm, miles to tho west, anil Lethbrldge a matter of twenty to thirty-five miles to the south. Many and varied (lie hardships; low 11 rices of wheat which was not easily raised owing to the difficulties of breaking nnd farm ing the land, because of tho lack of horses and machinery to farm acreage enough to support tho residents; the i ot opportunity for earning a Itve- Shobd while resident upon the horue-i '.cads. These and other minor draw- jacks caused tho majority of tho homesteaders lo part with their land at very low rales to tho incoming fui- migrants. In this case true settlors, came from the older pro- vinces of Canada and the thickly set- tled United States with'the object of gaining a start which Is BO much caster to procure In a" new country than la an old. It speaks .well of tho clans of settlers they were we consider iho changes in tho tiarons llslrict made by them In tho last dc cade. Small wonder that one who left Herons iii tho summer 191Q should, upon relxtrhtng la 1917, rub his eyes ami question 1C he too, UUo Hip Van Winkle had not slept for twenty years so apparently magical Is the change In Iho village anil surrounding dis- trict! It is a tale gf development thai we have to tell with pen with with the plow, the true sword 'ot an agricultural dis- trict. Acres of land hJtherto summer re sorts of gophers and a few straggling cattle and horses were brought un- der cultivation. Its monotonous dun of j gopher mounds and' brown prairie' grass changed to black, then vety green and very soon to milo after mile of golden grain. Farms like these must have modern! machinery to culti- vate tha land and to get the best from machinery and livestock they must, bo well housed. As ,a cohseauence ono saw large- stables, and implement aht-iia constructed. Strange lo say the stables and Implement sheds usually preceded the dwelling house In con- struction, but the farm women have ono homes are the belter for having been deterred in tha building so long. Many modern bration has usually Big Celebration Aug. 6th So grateful have we Daronltes been Everybody welcome, to .the thai be for plat-Ing our on tlio that have each The Pioneer Grocers COOPER BARONS WE CARRY A SPLENDID LINE OF GROCERIES, DRY GOODS AND BOOTS AND SHOES PRICES RIGHT, GOODS RIGHT. and, labor saving derices and water works are now common in the farm homes. Some five or six yeura ago these conveniences were unheard ot for fanners miles from any power plant or river. How aro they procured? Most easily. Fur tbo lights, fgr was It- lug, for churning, tor sewing, a small gasoline engine and storage batteries solves the problem. As for the must not tho farm have a wind mill or engine to pump water for tho stock? How simple then, to a tank and plumbing system and Hi us lighten the drudgery for tho farm wo- men. Drudgery vanished, leisure i to dwell and to enjoy leisure automo- biles, means of faster travel, became tho property of almost ever farmer'. With tho snug bank accounts and Urgcr area for pleasure came pride fii (arm and home an4 one saw Jawna seeded and shrubs planted, for beauty as well as trees for windbreaks. Tho question of education next oc cupied tbo fanners. As the children grew tho country schools were found deficient of advantages in the way o! education. Tho class of tcacliers whlcl could be procured for such schools were deficient often in both training and qualifications. Hesldcs this there were difficulties In the way of UIS: anco without uroper means of trans- tho pupils to school, and lack of teaching conveniences for proper demonstrations of soiuo subjects. So n 1514 some of the more cuterpris- ng farmers decided that hotter 'edu- cational advantages should be secur- ed for tho farmers and wives of to-morrow and accordingly ook the nutter up with the depart- -neni uC education. A consolidated district centred in Darons was pvo- posed and by diet of the hard work of these enterprising men, was cured. Although this school has not tjeen an unqualified success and leaves much still io be desired, it Is an Im- mense improvement over Ihe tiny prairie school room of yesterday, with its smoky coal stove, often furnlali- ing Insufficient heat, dangerous drinking fountains, poor ventilation and accommodations, not to mention the Ions snowy walks most of the pupils to reach tho ;seat of learning.' Tim modern1 Ing of three rooms, spacious hall ahd email library and chemical la oratory which was the new headquarters 'of the consolidated school, reached by.a drive in a cosy van, seenied a para- dise to the .most of the prairie deni- zens accustomed to ptbddjng" through a foot of sritivr In below zero' wealhei vear.bince Wll the dale of, lhat event, namely July 21st, or as yearly lhat date an possible. Thu cele- eimJucteii by thq merchants auil councillors ol the village' aud lia u 'ThU year i year proved uiyn-bants waived their Ufcual custom un4 arc nllowjug the local P. K. A, to hold the celebra- tion 'Under their This local formerly Whcatliiii'l tVtitre Local, has changed Its to Bar- ons ivliere they huve I meeting room i meeting lii local Wom- en's Institute. JK's irons ol starling a fnnil to build a uniting place In tho village it was that the rcceinle ol tho celebration after the prises ivcra paid should go 10 lhat cud, The programme for die afternoon consist 3 of a gram! autu float parade at I p.m. which procr-ods through the village to Ihe celebration grounds cast of town. There the rest of Ihe pro- gram consisting of two bie ball games, races, contests. tug-of-war. etc., will take Tlic will lie Champion ball teams vs. Claresholm, MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy Will Increase if You "Drive at Hansen's Filling Station 1 wftDnwo- AI'TA BARONSrr ALTA. MODERN SERVICE llarons' playing the winning team. August' Gthf tho I) IB Uate, don't for- get. Cpnie and see liie huino of the Barons. Wo. will show 'you a good time. Rig dance in evening at Manhattan Hall with lest of music, The I The Barons local ol the U. F. and the local branch of Ihe Woman's! Institute would draw the attention ot [he members ot ether branches of ,heir associations to the fact that ar their joint celebration on August Cth In which liarons is not per- mitted to participate, are being offer- ed to the locals having most mem- bers in parade, t Is hoped that every local wjihtti reach of town attend in full and that competition for these priies will be keen. Attention ia aUb'drawn to" the priz- es offered lo tha best decorated auto- mobiles la parade. Owners ot cars aro requested to display all their ar- tlatlc skill as to make the parade one ot thp most striking features of the day. Refreshments of various kinds will bo on hand and everything possible will be done to provide for the com- fort, as well as for the enjoyment, of the crowds, that are expected to be in attendance.' Thci Hcd Cross society will serve supper, in the store formerly pled by C. K. Thomas and, as all the receipts arc to be used for highly pat' rloilc purposes. It is hoped that the public will .patronize supper lib- Everything will be home- cooked and up iu the most anpe tiziiig manner. To the stranger travelling on the Aldenydd branch of the C.P.K., or by road''Through Barons, the number and capacity of the grain elevators at this ;point is.always a source of won- der; and many are the expressions of and the questions asked, daily. W.e have here more elevator capacity than any other point In West- ern 'Canada, which is equivalent to saying that we lead the world In this of course ter- minals and other points to which grain is shipped. 'And that all the elevator space and more, is neces- sary 'is evidenced by the congestion which takes place Bnnually. to reach a school whose temperature I There at Karons, eight eleva- vied with tho "great outdoors" or else I with a total capacity of about ------J yet year after year the thfl substantiated) surely prove that the district is entitled to Its pre-eminence for wheat production. We can, In deed, cjaim without fear of contradic that our lands, properly fanned will produce paying crops In an) year, wet'or dry, that our average production over a period of years wil' show unheard-of results. Residents who have not previously experienced a dry year have been pes simlstic and disheartened all through the present, dry season, but as har vest; lime draws near and they see or themselves that crops, such as thej under existing conditions, are assured, they begin to vie with older residents In their en tliusiasm for and their faith In the country. The local U.F.A. and the extend, to, readers of Chi far and near, a hearty in vltatlbn to celebration on Tues day, the' 6th inst., and promise to al a pleasant time and vipivpf some o the linest crops In the West. veered to the other extreme in the way of oppressive heat without-pro- per ventilation. At the present writing the school has been enlarged by "two additional frame, rooms, and employs five teachers while motor vans have ttes.ot keeping Ihe grain moving fast meet the demand for eleva- tor space. This can lie quite under stood >when It is known that wo hold Barons Opera House and Ice Cream Parlor a. When Visiting Barons Don't Fail to Visit the Movies and Ice Cream Parlor PLANTING WHEELER taken the place of. tho slower horse I Iho, world's record-for grain ship- transportation. The building oj ger school was proposed but Ihe cost of hullding haa caui-cd it to1 be deferred until after the war. Thebe idditlonal advantages of sure a more promising future district in that the future 'farmers will have the .benefits ot higher edu- cation and, will brlnjj science' Into, :helr farming and art Into the beauli-i fylng of their homes. The better school-jn the village in- duced many people to move ihlo Iho district and Urns much land changed hands and better prices" iverc a re- sult. The vjllage loo, was more farmers, larger acreage meant more business firms. We find the Barons ot today as. thriving a place in business respects as many towns three times its stzc. It now contains eight Inrge elevatore, total capacity about five hundred thousand biislieip, which are taxed to tJiclr grciMoit ca-. pacity ant! often clogged by tho tnpqur> ing grain from the Bnrom' distrlctj BO productive Is the isml. In atUlilioii the village has numerous firms, including IhrcO'gerjera) stores, two hardware resfaur-1 BEAVER LUMBER CO. ;.V LATH AND CEMENT. _; Everything in Building Material. Let us figure on that new, barn arid save money. TRAIN, WRECK Terre Haute, Ind., Aug. wcsl liound train ,on the Pennsj-lvania fo St. Louis left the track in the eas yards here early this afternoon an one 6oach was badly smashed. A of the' trains "left" the' track." Thre coaches turned over. Ambulances ar bringing the1 Injured to 'the Terr Haute hospital. fattr ants, an Ico cream parlor, ait opera house, three real ostatc firms aruj many other. Industries and business firms necessary to a thriving ssriduf lural village. Darons is the home ot Ihe Wheat Uarons and as their ancestral seat'Is well named. -May the heirs of .-the baronetcy be Justly 'proud o! their town In tho years (o como when -it shall become a town. The NEW STORE "Where They All Go" UP-TO-DATE STOCK GOOD SERVICED PRICES RIGHT C, E. THOMAS LOSS IN COTTON CROP, Washington, Aug. of 000 bflfcs In Hie prospective'coition crop, duo nrlnclpfilly lo droughty cpri-. ilUlona In tlio weslorn part of lon licit, especially fn Texas, .WRB shown today in (be department of rig- rcculturfi'a August flrofluntlon fore- oflst, placing tho estimated crop at equivalent 500 pound biles; compared with hnles fore- cast In July, Two of the largest buildings of.ltip Provo woolen mills engaged on gov- ernment contracts were destroyed by firo. Tb6 loss is estimated at' OOD hicnts, our 1D15 shipmeats of nearly Lushcls being, eo -far. aR the largest amount of grain from, any one'point, ot production in any one year. would appear to he famed for .wheat production throughout the length and breadth of this continent Residents travelling in various parts bt-ttio United States; are continually belnR surprised by questions from the most unexpected Quarters, unU such, experiences have come to be taken as a matter of course. Tho i pearance of the word "Barons" on a hotel register in any farming com-j inuuity on'the continent would seem! to be sufficient to brjng'a host of en- quirers. Entitled To Fnme, .-That (lie district' is. entitled to nil KB fame no one aware ot the. facts deny. During all the hard limes! in Roiuhcrn Alberta, when crops in otJier districts were proving failures s-.iler year, properly cultivated 1 jfarnis here never failed lo produce a I crop. 1010 is the outstanding exam- ple. In thnt year, as .ia well known, not; a drop of r.iin fell between, fieed- !ng and harvest, ami throughoui prac- tically tho whole of Southern Alberta the crops were a complete failure. land In Barona. (Halrlct came through ivitli wheat van] ying from fifteen to eighteen htiahclsl to.tho acre. There may be those who i doubt the nccurncy.of this slateriienl. To such we .extend an. invilatiou to Visit the district this'year and sec for] themselves the crops" are growing; in 1313, which Is almost as dry as j was'iOlO, and is considered to ba even a more unfavorable season, on account of the high, dry winds lhat hnvc been blowing all spring and siimtncr. Come oroiiml tit thrcsliing lime and wo will 'ishow you twenty htisbcls, and more, to tha acre, rolling- out of the'separ- ators. are talking, however, of our worst years. Wlinl'o'f 1016, wllti w he At crojis ranging from 50 lo 70 i bushels lo the acre, or of 19115, which ran tlio preceding year a close second, 60 bushel crops being o! Southern Alberta and Montana were dried oiitj and this district prmhtced wheat cropa to 4" bushels'lo the apre, even ....ililPRln crops going 25 and over? These, facia (and Ihe figures' can be QUIET ON 'BRITISH FRONT. With tha Britbh Army In FianderE Aug." ground on the front is now do Ing under the Hot sun. .Except for ti laying "down-' of" barrages here an there line and (lie usua harasslnB fire from both' sides, hoy ever, the front this morning was quie POPHAM m Real Estate Insurance.. and Loans Have for tale all the best offerings in thb in- comparable district. m BARONS ALBERTA A. C. FREEMAN The BIG STORE Lowest Prices Asked for All Highest Prices Paid to the Farmer for Farm Largest and Best Assorted Stock of Goods in Town BURNAP MONDS THE BARONS IMPLEMENT MEN I. H. C. and John Deere Agency Delaiiey Rodgers HARDWARE; HARNESS AND FURNITURE Everything at Bottom Prices. Cash Taflu. I OET OUR PRICES. YEE CHONG RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY FRESH FRUITS ICE CREAM SODAS, CIGARS AND TOBACCOS, SOFT DRINKS MENDENHALL HATF1EID "FORD DEALERS" We sell Ford Automobiles, "Fordson" Tractor and Oner too Track garage is always at yoor service and yen wiD ow stock most complete. OUR MOTTO: "aUICK: AND SUBSTANTIAL SERVICE." -PHONE 15 T. H. SLAYMAKER Harness, Bring in your Harness and have it repaired before Harvest. WM: IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF ALL KINDS, Rfr. ypnr.gas and ofls by the barrel and MOORE STARK BILLARDS and gPWU'NG BARBERSHOP-'- SOfTWWKS' CWARS AW) TOBACCO GRANT Real Estate and Insurance Barons Alberta Sec and buy iann m the BaroM District Never had fafee. WELSH WELSH Everything in Hardware CHAS, WING RESTAUHA5T KAiiATAUJWIf ICECREAM ;