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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta AUGUST 8 UiTHBIUDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE SEVEN A WONDERTOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT It In anld that In tho West the towns spring up like mushrooms and truly thin may bo said of tho village of Barons which came Into existence on July when the auctioneer sold tho first In somo ton months it possessed two real estate firms necessary adjuncts of any mushroom village a doctor and a a Methodist two hardware two four pool three lum ber n a hotel and a butcher which industries dm ployed the greater part of tho popula tion of two i hundred inhabi Of the pioneer thore flre only throe in business to Murray and tho and one of the real estate Many of the old timers still reside in the city but afe engaged in other Tho spot choBfin by the for the town site was an ideal one for v mushroom In ho contra of some of tho richest land in the pro vince by no meant real estate gaff It Is situated in level country with no hard pulls Into the town and therefore no drawbacks for the grain growers lor miles who ship through Barons elevators their millions of Bushels of Tho first settlement of tho district Barona took place chiefly in tho years of 190405 when an influx of homesteaders At this timo the nearest towns were 25 miles to the and Lethbriclgo a matter of twenty to thirtyfive miles to the Many and varied were the hardships low prices of which was not easily raised owing to the difficulties of breaking and farm ing the because of the lack of horses and machinery to farm acreage enough to support tho residents the long haul to the nearest railways lack of opportunity for earning a live lihood while resident upon the home These and other minor draw backs caused tho majority of tho homesteaders to part with their land at very low rates to tho incoming Im In this case true came from the older pro vinces of Canada and thickly set tled United States with the object of gaining start which Is so much easier to procure In a new country than in an It speaks well of the clsas of settlers they were when we consider tho changes In tho Barons made by them In the last de Small wonder that one who left Barons In tho summer of 1910 upon returning In rub his eyes ami question If he like Kip Van Winkle had not slept for twenty years no apparently magical Is the change In tho villafe6 and surrounding dis trict It is a tale of development that we have to tell with pen with with tho the true sword of an agricultural dis Acres of land hitherto summer re sorts of gophers and a few straggling cattle and horses were brought un der Ita monotonous dun of gopher mounds and brown prairie grass changed to then to vel vety green and very soon to mile after mile of waving golden Farms like these must havo modern machinery and many horses to culti vate the land and to get the best from machinery and livestock they must be well As a consequence one saw large stables and implement sheds Strange to say the stables and implement sheds usually preceded the dwelling house in con but the farm women have one homes are the better for having been deferred In the building so Many modern The Pioneer Grocers MURRAY COOPER BARONS WE CARRY A SPLENDID LINE OF DRY GOODS AND BOOTS AND SHOES PRICES GOODS MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy Will Increase if You Drive in at Hansens Filling Station BARON9 MODERN SERVICE Big Celebration 6th Barons Opera House and Ice Cream Parlor When Visiting Barons Dont Fail to Visit the Movies and Ice Cream Parlor PLANTING WHEELER such as electric lights and labor saving devices and water works aro now common in the farm Some five or six yours ago these conveniences were unheard of for farmers miles from any power plant or How aro they procured Most For the for wash for for n small RttHolIno engine and storage batteries solves the As for tho must not the farm have n wind mill or engine to pump water for the stock How to a tank and plumbing system and thus lighten the drudgery for the farm wo Drudgery leisure came to dwell and to enjoy leisure automo means of faster became the property of almost ever With tho snug bank accounts and larger area for pleasure came prldo In farm and home and one saw lawns seeded and shrubs for beauty as well as trees for The question of education next oc cupied tho As tho children grew the country schools wore found deficient of advantages in the way of Tho class of teachers which could be procured for such schools were deficient often In both training and Besides this there were difficulties in tho way of dis tance without proper means of trans porting tho pupils to and lack of teaching conveniences for proper demonstrations of some So In 1014 some of the more enterpris ing farmers decided that better edu cational advantages should be secur ed for the farmers and farmers wives of tomorrow and accordingly took the matter up with the depart ment of A consolidated district centred in Barons was pro posed and by dint of the hard work of these enterprising was ae Although this school has not been an unqualified success and leaves much still to be it is an im mense improvement over the tiny prairie school room of with its smoky coal often furnish ing insufficient its dangerous drinking poor ventilation and not to mention the long snowy walks undertaken by most of the pupils to reach the seat of The modern build ing of three spacious hall and small library and chemical labratory which was the new headquarters of the consolidated reached by a drive in a cosy seemed a para dise to the most of the prairie deni zens accustomed to plodding through a foot of snow In below zero weather to reach a school whose temperature vied with the great outdoors or elso veered to the 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 fivo teachers while motor vans have taken tho place of the slower horse The building of a lar ger school was proposed but the cost of building has caiiued it to be deferred until after the These additional advantages of education In sure a more promising future for the district in that the future farmers will have the benefits of higher edu cation and will bring science Into their farming and art Into the beauti fying of their The 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 vjllaje was more larger acreage meant more business We 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 ro their greatest ca pacity and oftun clogged by tho Inpqur I ing grain from tho Barons j so productive is the In addition the village has numerous business including three two hardware three restaur an ico cream opera three real estato firms and many other industries and business firms necessary to u thriving aKricul j tural Barons is tho home of the Wheat Damns and as their ancestral seat is well May the heirs of the bnronetcy be justly proud of tlioir town in the years to come when it shall become a So grateful havn wi Uaronltes boon to powers that IM for placing our village on tile map havo each year allied 1911 imkbratod the date of that namely July or as nearly that date IIM Tim cole brtitlon HUB usually lcin conducted by the merchants ami councillors of tho village and has iach year proved an unqualified This year ln merchants waived their tlAual custom mid nro allowing the local R to hold the celebra tionunder their This local formerly Whentland Centre has changed Its liemlfiuarterH to Bar ons Where they havebeen meeting in the meeting room of local Worn arts Desirous of starting a funil to build a meeting plane In the village It was that the gate receipts of tho celebration after the prizes were paid should go to that The programme for Hie afternoon consists of n grand auto float parade at 1 which process through the village to the celebration grounds east of There of the pro gram consisting of two big ball will I take The competing ball teams will be Champion Barons playing the winning the big dont for Come and see home of tho Wheat We wilt 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 tho Womans InHtltute woutd draw the attention of the members of other branches of their associations to the fact that at their Joint celebration on August fith In which Barons is not per mitted to aro being offer ed to the locals having most mem bers in t is hopnd that every local within reach of town will attend In full strength and that competition for these prizes will be Attention Is also drawn to tho priz es offered to the best decorated auto mobiles In Owners of cars are requested to display all their ar tistic skill no as to thn parade one of the most striking features of the Refreshments of various kinds will bo on hand and everything possible will be clone to provide for the com as well as for the of the crowds that are expected to be in Red Cross society will serve supper in the store formerly occu pied by Thomas as all the receipts are to be used for highly pat riotic it is hoped that the public will patronize the supper lib Everything will be home cooked and put up in the most appe tizing BEAVER LUMBER LATH AND Everything in Building Let us figure on that new barn and save The NEW STORE Where They All Go UPTODATE STOCK GOOD SERVICE PRICES RIGHT C THOMAS LOSS IN COTTON of OOd bales in tho prospective cotton duo principally to droughty con ditions in tho western part of the cot ton especially In was shown today in the department oE ng raenltiirfis August production fore placing tho estimated crop at equivalent 500 pound compared with bales fore cast In Two of tho largest buildings of the Iroyo woolen mills engaged on gov eminent contracts were destroyed by j Tho loss it estimated at To the etrangcr travelling on the Aldersyde branch of the or by road through the number and capacity of the grain elevators at this point is always a source of won and many are the expressions of and the questions We have here more elevator capacity than any other point in West ern which is equivalent to saying that we leail the world in this particular of course ter minals and other points to which grain is And that all the elevator space we anil is neces sary is evidenced by the 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 keepiug the grain moving fast enough to meet the demand for eleva tor This can be nuite under stood when it is known that wo hold the worlds record for grain ship our shipments of nearly bushels so far as the largest amount of grain ever shipped any one point 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 tho United States are continually being surprised by questions from the most unexpected until such experiences have come to be taken as a matter of Tho ap pearance of the word 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 lie district is to all its no one awsre of the facts will During all the hard times in Southern when crops in other districts were proving failures year ffter properly cultivated j forma here never failed to produce a 1010 is the outstanding exam In lint as 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 But sunuiiprfallowed land in Barons district camo through with var ying 1rom tifteoii to eighteen bushels to tho There may be those who doubt the accuracy of this To such wo extend an invitation to visit the district this year and see for themselves the crops we are growing in which is almost as dry as was and is considered to ba even a more unfavorable on account of the dry winds that have been blowing all spring and Come around at threshing time and wo will show you twenty and to tho rolling out of the separ We are of our worut What of with wheat crops ranging from SO to 70 bushels to lie or of which ran the preceding year a close 60 bushel crops being common What of when nearly all of Southern Alberta anil Montana were dried and this district produced wheat crops up to 40 bushels to the even stubbledln crops going 25 and over These facts and the figures can be substantiated1 surely prove that the district Is entitled to its preeminence for wheat We in claim without fear of contradic that our properly will 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 drawa 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 6th and promise to all a pleasant time and a view of some of the finest crops in the TRAIN WRECK Torre 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 Terre 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 the line and the usual harassing fire from both howj the front this morning was POPHAM Real Estate and Loans Have for sale all the best offerings in this in comparable BARONS ALBERTA C FREEMAN The BIG STORE Lowest Prices Aiked for AH Merchandise Highest Prices Paid to the Farmer for Farm Produce Largest and Best Assorted Stock of Goods in Town GRANT MOIR Real Estate and Insurance Barons Alberta See UD and buy farm in the Barons Ntvtr had a crop 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 ICECREAM SODAS CIGARS AND SOFT DRINKS 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 PHONE 15 SLAYMAKER Heps Work Gldvei Bring in your Harness and have it repaired hefore IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF ALL your and oils by the barrel and save Ik O OT1 A MOORE STARK BILLARDS POOL and BARBERSHOP SOFT WOMB CIGARS AND TOBACCO WELSH WELSH Everything in Hardware ICECREAM WING RESTAURANT AND CONFECHOtttY MEALS At AIL HOUtf aCARSAN v ;