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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 2, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 15)18 THE LlililBRiriGE DAILf HERALD PAGE SEVEN ) BARONS, A WONDER-TOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT Tl ia Bivtd that In tho Woat tlio towns Ioub liaul to the noaroHt railways; iii.rl v.ll;ii;eH wprlng up llho miiBlirooins nvornlglil, and truly lliifl may bo said of llio vllUiEO oL' Barons which canio into uxinonco on .Tuly lilst, mol), wlion the (11'.R. auclloneor sold llui first lots. Tn May, 1910, somo ten months later, It ijossossud two rual cstalo firms (nccofisary adjuncts ot any muHliroom villago) a doctor and a driigKlst, a Motliodist Cliurcli, two liardwaro stores, two gonoral stores, liiiir olovators, poo) room, throo Inm-licr yards, a roslaurant, a hotid and a l)iilcl)i;r shop, which Industriys om-pioyod tho greater part of thu popiila-lUin of about two hundred inhabitants. Of those, the ploneijr tlrms, thoro are only throe in l)U�!noso today. Murray and Cooiior, Dr. Wailivin, tlio drngRist, Grant and Moir. one of the real estate firms. ?dany of tho old timers still reside in tlie city but are ongaRert in, otlier bn.siiiess. Tho spot choBOii by the C.P.Tl. for tlio town silo was an ideal one for a n\ushrooni grnwili. In h.o centre ot siomo ot tho richest land in the province (by no meano real estate .gaff) it is situated in level country with no hard pulls into tho town and therefore no drawbacks for tho grain growers lor miles around, who ship througli Uarons' elevators their millions o� ^ushuls of grain. Tho first settlement ot the district of Uarons took place cfjiofly in tho years of 1904-05 when an intlnx ot lioniosteadors began. At this tlino the nearest towns wore Clarc^shohn, 2n /iiiles to tho west, and I.cthbrUlKO a matter ot twenty to thirty-five miles tn the sontli. Many and varied wore I lie hardships; low prices of wheat, which was not easily raised owing to the diffionities of breaking and farming tlie land, because of tho lack of horses and machinery to farm acreage enough to support tho residents; tho lack ot opportunity tor earning a livelihood while resident upon the homesteads. Those and other minor drawbacks ca\ised thu majority ot tho liomosteadorH to part with their land at very low nito.i to tho Incoming Im-nilgranta. Those Immtgranls, in thi.q case true settlors, came from the older pro-vlnce.s of Canada and the, thickly settled United States with "the object ot gaining a start which is so much easier to procnre in a now co\mtry than In an old. It speaks well of tho clans ot settlors they wore when we consider the changes in tlio Barons district made by them In the last dc-cade. Small wonder that one wlio left Barons in the snmracr of 18J0 should, upon returning In 1917, rub bis eyes aiui rjiinstion It ho too, lll.-o Itip Van Winkle had not slept for twenty years r,o appai'ontly magical Is the change In tho vitlafcG and surrounding dia-trict! It is u tale ot dcvelopmont that wo have to tell v/ith pen and-not with sword-but with the plow, tho true sword ot an agricultural district. Acres ot land hitherto summer ro-sorta ot gophers and a few straggling cattle and horses were brought under cultivation. Its monotonous dun ot gopher mounds and brown prairie grass changed to black, then to velvety green and very soon to mile after inllo ot waving golden grain. Karms like these must have modern machinery and many horses to cultivate tlie land and to got the best from machinery and livestock they must bo well housed. As a consoouence one saw large stables and Implement sheds constructed. Strange Jo say tho stables and Implement sheds usuall.v preceded the dwelling house In construction, but the farm women have one consolation-their homes are tlie hotter for having been deferred In tlio building so 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 Will Increase if You "Drive in" at Hansen's Filling Station BARONa? ALTA. MODERN SERVICE Barons Opera House and Ice Cream Parlor m When Visiting Barons Don't Fail to Visit ihe Movies and Ice Cream Parlor PLANTING & WHEELER BEAVER LUMBER CO. LUMBER, LATH AND CEMENT. Everything in Building Material Let us figure on that new barn arid save money. Big Celebration Aug. 6th r.onvloncea. suidi as electric lights and labor saving devices anil water works nro now common In I he farm homos. Some five or six yours ago llieso convoiiieiici.'s ivero unheard of for farmers niili'n from any power plant or river. How are they procured? .Moat easily. Kor (lic^ lighls, for washing, for cluiriiing, for sewing, a small gasoline engine anil Htorago batteries solves tile problem. As for tho water- must not till! farm have a wind mill or engine to inimp wafer for tho stoidv'.' How simple then, to iustal, a tanlc and plumbing system rind thus ligliteii the drudgery Uir >hn farm women. Drudgery vanished, leisure canio to dwell and to enjoy lelsiin,' automo-bil(!s. means of faster travel, became tho property of alnioiit ever farmer. With tho snug banlv accounts and larger area tor pleasure came pride in farm and home and one saw lawns seediMl and shrubs )>Uinted, for beauty as well as trees for windbreaks. Tho ((uealion of education ne.xt occupied tho farmers. As the children grew the country schools were found deflctient of advantageK in the way of education. Tho class of teachers which could be procured for such schools wore deficient often in liotli training and (jualificallons. Besides tliis there were difflcullics in tlie way ot distance without proper means of transporting tho pupils to school, and lack ot teaching conveniences for proper denionstrat^lons of some subjects. So in 1014 some of the more enterprising farmers decided that bettor educational advantages should bo secured for tho tanners and farmers' wives ot to-morrow and accordingly toolc tho matter up with the depart-mont of education. A consolidated district centred in Barons was proposed and by dint of the liard work of these enterprising men, was secured. Although this school lias not been an nnqualitlod success and leaves much still to bo desired, it is an Im-raenso improvement over the tiny prairie echool room of yesterday, with its smoky coal stove, often turnlsli-Ing insufficient heat, its dangerous drinking fountains, i)oor ventilation and accommodations, not to mention tlie long snowy walks undertaken by most of tho pupils to reach tho 'seat of learning.' Tho modern brick building ot tliree rooms, spacious hall and muall library and chemical labratory which was the new headquarters ot the consolidated school, reached by a drive in a cosy van, seemed a paradise to the most ot the prairio depi-zons accustomed to plodding through a Coot of snow In below zero weather to reach a school whose temperature vied with the "great outdoors" or else veered to the other extreme in the way of oppressive heat witliout proper ventilation. At tho present writing So grateful liavp we Haronltes been to .the iiowcrs thai lie for placing our village on the maii that have each year since 1911 c'l'diraled the date of. that event, namely .kily 21st, or as nearly that date a.; [lohKihle. The celebration has UKiKilly iicin ('ondncted by tho merchants ronncillors ot the villago and bus ..idi year proved an umiualltled siin-. : j This year the mi'ii'liants waived their usual eustoin and are allowing thojocal U. K. A. to hold the celebration under their aiisiiiciK, This local formerly Wheatlaii'l Ccnlte r,ocnI. has changed its h';i.!(|iiartcMH to fiar-ons wlioro thoy havp lif.'n un'oting in the meotlni? room u\ ijic local Worn-tin's Institute. I ii'>irnii..; ot starting a fund to build a m �iting place in tho villago it was decidi-il that the gate receipts of the ccUIn-aUon after the prizes were paid shoiilil go lo that end. The programmi- t'oi- the afternoon consists ot a grand auto float parade Ht 1 p.m. which pnir ind.M ihroi^gh tho village to tho celebration grounds east of town. There the ri'st ot the program consisting of two big ball games, races, contests, tug-nf war, etc., will! take place. The conipiiting ball teams will be Chamiiion vm. Claresholm, Ilarons playing the winning team. August Gth, the bii,- date, don't tor-get. Coma and k('i> liie homo of tho Wheat Barons. We will show you a good time. Big dunce in evening at Manhattan Hall with best ot music. KveryboOy welcome. The Prizeo The Barons local of the U. T. A. and the local branch of the Woman's Institute would draw the attention of the members of otlier branches of their associations to the fact that at llieir joint celebration on .\iigiisi lUb prizes, In which Harons is not ptu-mlttod to partiidpate. are lieing offered to the locals having iiiosi members In parade, t Is hoped that every local within reach ot (own will attend In full strength and that coinpetition for these prizes will lie keen, Attention is also drawn to the prizes offered to the best decorated automobiles In parade. Owners ot cars are rerjuested to display all their artistic skill flO as to make the parade one of tho most striking features of tho day. Rotreshments ot various kinds will be on hand and everything possible will bo done to provide for the com-1 fort, as well as for the enjoyment, of the crowds that are expected to be in attendance. Tho Ued Cross society will serve supper In the 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 the supper liberally. Kverything will be homo-cooked and put up in the most 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 RiCKHM BEEN m iN To the stranger travi-lliiig on tho Aldersydo branch of the C'.l'.R., or by road through lUuoiis. the number and capacity ot the grain elevators at this point Is always a source of wonder, and many are the expressions ot surprise, and the iiuestions asked, daily. We have liore more elevator capacity than any otlier point in Western Canada, whli'li is eciuivalent to substantlatcdl surely prove that the district is entitled to its preeminence for wheat production. We can, indeed, claim without tear ot contradiction, that our lands, properly farmed, will produce paying crops in any year, wet or dry, that our average production over a period ot years will show unheard-of results. Residents who have not previously experienced a dry year have been pessimistic and disheartened all through the present dry season, but as harvest lime draws near and they see for themselves that crops, such as they considered Impossible under existing conditions, are assured, tbey begin to vie with older residents in their enthusiasm tor and their faith In the country. The local U.P.A. and the Woman's Institute extend to readers of the "Herald," far and near, a hearty invitation to their celebration on Tuesday, the Gth Inst., and promise to all BURNAP & MONDS THE BARONS IMPLEMENT MEN I. H. C. and John Deere Agency Delaney & Rodgers HARDWARE, HARNESS AND FURNITURE Everything at Bottom Prices. Cash Talks. oer OUR PRICES. saying that we lead the world in this , , . particular line-barrins' of course ter-i a Pleasant time and a view of some ot minals and other point;; to which grain is shipped. And tliai all the elevator space we posses.s, ami more, is necessary is evidenced by the congestion wiiich takes place annually. There are at Harons, eight eleva-tona, with a total capacity ot about 400,000 bushels, yet year after year tho various oorapanies face tho difficul- ties ot keeping the grain moving fast the s(diool has been enlarged by two i enough to mcot tho demand tor eleva- addltional frame rooms, and employs five teachers wiiile motor vans have taken tho place ot tho slower horse tor space. Thin can be quite understood -when it Is known that wo hold tho -world's record tor grain ship- transportation. The building o� a lar-!nients, our i;iir> shipments of nearly The NEW STORE Where They All Go UP-TO-DATE STOCK GOOD SERVICE PRICES RIGHT ger school was proposed but the cost of tuiildir.g matcri..! has it to be deferred until after the war. Those additional advantages ot education Insure a more promising future for the district in that the future farmers will have tlio benefits of higher education and will bring science Into their farming and art into the beautifying ot their homes. The better school in tho villa'ge induced many people to move into the district and thus much land changed hands and better prices were a result. The vjllage too, was benefitted- more fanners, larger acreage meant more business firms. We find the Barons of today as thriving a place in business respects as many towns three timos its size. It now contains eight large clevatorsi, total capacity about five hundred thousand bnshoh;, wiiich are tar.ed ro their greato.-.t capacity and often clogged by tho Inpour- 2,000,00(1 liiisliels being, po far as known, the largest amount of grain ever shipped from any one point ot production in any one year. Barons would appear to bo famed for wheat production throu.ghout the length and breadth ot this continent. Residents travelling in various parts of tho TJnited States are continually being surprised by questions from the most iiiioxpected quarters, until sucli experiences have come to he taken as a matter ot course. Tho appearance of the word "Barons" on a hotel register in any farming community on tlio continent would seem to be sufficient to bring a host ot enquirers. Entitled To Fame. That ilic district is entitled to all ^ its fjino no one aware of the tacts] will deny. Uuring all the hard times in Souiliern Alberta, wiien crops In other districts were proving failures the finest crops in the West. TRAIN WRECK Torre Haute, Ind., Aug. 1.-A westbound train on the Pennsylvania for St. Louis left the track in the east yards here early this afternoon and one coach was badly smashed. All of the trains left the track. Three coaches turned over. Ambulances are bringing the injured to tUe Terre Haute hospital. QUIET ON BRITISH FRONT. With the British Army In Flanders, Aug. 1.-f Associated Press.)-The ground on the British front Is now drying under the hot sun. Except for the laying down of barrages here and there along tho lino and the usual harassing tire from both sides, how-over, the front this morning was quiet. YEE CHONG RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY FRESH FRUITS ICECREAM S0DA3 CIGARS AND TOBACCOS, SOFT DRINKS MENDENHALL & HATFIELI) "FORD DEALERS" We sell Ford Automobiles, "Fordson" 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 15 lug grain from the Barons district,! year ffter year, properly cultivated so productive is the land. In addition ' farmo hero never failed to produce a the villago has numerous business firms, including three general stores, two hardware stores, three restaurants, nn ice cream parlor, an. opera house, three real estate firms and many other industries and business firms necessary to a thrivln.g a,','ricul'-tural villatje. Barons is tho home of the Wheat Barnna and as their ancestral seat is well named. May the heirs of the baronetcy be justly proud of their town In the years to come wiien it shall become a town. , LOSS IN COTTON CROP. Washington, Aug. 1.-Loss ot 1,70G,-000 bales in tho prospective cotton crop, due principally to droughty conditions in tlio western part ot tho cot-Ion bell, ospociiiUy in Texas, ,wns shown today In tho department of ng-rcculture's August production forecast, placing tho estimated crop at ].;!,(ili1,000, equivalent ,100 pound bales, compared with iri,;',25,000 hales forecast in ,liily. Two of the largest bnlldlnga of the Prove woolen mills ongngod on gov-ornment contracts wore destroyed by fire. Tho loss is estimated at $500,-000. ciop. 1:110 is the outstanding exam-j plo. In that year, as is well known, 1 not. a drop of rnln fell between seed-j liig and harvest, and throughout prac-1 tically (ho wliolo of Southern Alberta j the crops were a complete failure. I Hut stiinmorfallowod land In Barons' district came through with wiieat var-1 ying from fifteen to eighteen bushels j to the acre. There may be those wiio | doubt tho accuracy of this statement, j To such we extend an invitation to visit the district this year and see for themselves tlie crops wo are growing ] in I'.ilS, which is almost as dry as was 1910, and is considered to bo, even a more unfavorable season, on account of tho high, dry winds that have been blowing all spring and summer. Come around at liire.sbing time and wo will show you twenty bushels, and more, to tho acre, rolling out of the' separators. We are InlklnB, however, ot our worst years. What ot liliri, willi wiieat crops ranging from 50 to 70 i bushels to the acre, or ot 1910, wiilch ran tho preceding year a close second, GO bushel crops being common? What ot 1917, wiion nearly all ot Southern Alhorla and .Montana were driod out, ond this district produced wiieat crops up to 40 bushels to I ho acre, oven stubbled-ln crops going afi and over? Those facts (and the tlgnres can be POPHAM &MAY Real Estate Insurance., and Loans T. H, SLAYMAKER Harness, Saddles^TrunkS) M�q's Work Gloves Bring in your Harness and have it repaired.biefore Harvest. WM. VElNNABLES IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF AIL i;iNDS. Mr. Farmer-]^ and oils by the barre) and , .sav(e money* Have ior sale all the best offerings in this incomparable district. BARONS - ALBERTA MOORE & STARK BILLARDS BARBER SHOP CIGARS AND TOBACCO SOFT0RINK5 C. E. GRANT & MOIR Real Estate and Insurance Barons - - Alberta See u� and buy a farm in the Baront District. Never ha^ a crop fwlure. Everyihif^ in Hardware ixj -i.jii......ii-.-iuiyiw-: ICECREAM CHAS. WING RE3TAURANt AI0 CONIliil CIGARS AND TOBACCOS 370?7464 ;