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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta n.yoOST 3, THE :LETHBRIDGE DAILY IIEIULD PAGE NINE BARONS. A WONDER-TOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT and villages spring up like mushrooms and truly this may ba said ol the Barons which came Jnto eiistence on July 21st, 1059, when C.P.R.' auctioneer, sold the llrst lots. In Hay; 1810, some ten months liter, It possessed 'two real estate itrras (necwsary 'adjuncts ol any mushroom Tillage) E doctor And a druggist, a Church, two hardware stores, two general Jour pool three lum- ber yards, a restaurant, a hotel and a butcher shop, which industries em- ployed tho'grenter part ot the popula- tion ot ahout two hundred Inhabi- lanla. O! these, the pioneer flrnis, there are' only three In Business to- day, Murray and Cooper, Dr. Wallivln, the druggist, Grant and Molr, one ot tho real estate firms. Many ot tho old timers si ill reside In the city but are engaged In other business. The spot chosen by .the C.I'.R. lor the town site was an ideal one for a mushroom growth. In ho centre oE of the richest land in the pro- vince (by no means real estate gall) !t Is situated 'In level country with no hard p'ulls Into the town and therefore no drawbacks for the grain growers for miles around, who ship through Baroos' elevators, Ibeir minions ol bushels ot grain. The first settlement ot tne district ot Barons took place chiefly, in the years ol 1904-05 when an influx of homesteaders began.. At this time the nearest'.towns'wore Claresboini, 25 miles to the west, and Uthbrioge matter of twenty to thlrly-Ilve miles to the south. 'Many and varied were the hardships; low prices of .wheat which'was not easily raised owing to the ulfflsiiltlea of breaking arid farm ing. the. land., because of tho Jack o horsea and machinery to farm acreagi enough" to'support the residents; resident upon the home- steads. These and other minor jaclts caused the majority of tho lomestcaders to uart with their lanil at very low rale's to the Incoming im: migrants. These Immigrants, In this case true settlers, came from the. older pro- vinces of Canada and the thickly set- tled United States with tho- object of gaining a start which Is so much easier to procure in ft new country than in sn old.-It speaks well ot tie dass.ot settlersMhey.were when wo consider the changes In the Karons district made Vy them la tho last de- ade. Small wonder that one who left Barons In the slimmer of 1910 should, pon returning in 1911, rub his eyes nd question It lie too. like Rip Van VinMo had not slept lor twenty years o apparently magical Is tae change n the village end surrounding die rlcl! it is a tale of development thai vo have to tell with pen vith with the plow, lhlves tho problem. A3 for the watorT- ust not the farm have a wind mil r engine to pump water for tbo ock? How simple then, to Instal a nk and plumbing system thus ghten the drudgery for the farm wo- en. Drudgery vanished, leisure1 camo o dwell and to enjoy leisure automo lies, means of faster travel, becami he property ot almost ever farmer Vltb the snug bank accounts argcr area for pleasure came prldi n (arm and home and one saw-lawn: eeded and phrubs planted, for beaut; s welt as trees for windbreaks. The question of education neit oc- unled the farmers. As the child re ;rew- the country schools were foun leUclcnt of advantages la the way o iducation. Tho class of teachers wMc ould-be procured Jor such school voro deficient often in both i.rainln and nuallflcallons. there vere difficulties in ,lhe way ot dla- a'nce without proper means of trana- fOrtlng the pupils to school, and lack of teaching conveniences for proper demonstrations of somo subjects. So n -1914 some' ot the more cnterpris- ng farmers decided thai better edu- catjonal advantages should be secur ed "for the farmers and farmers' wives of to-morrow and accordingly took the matter up with' the depart- ment of .education. A consolidated district' centred In 'Barons was pro- posed and by dint of the hard work oE these -enterprising men, was se- this school has noi been an unqualified success and-leaves much still to be desired, It is an im mense Improvement _over the tin; prairie school room of yesterday, wit! its smoky, coal stove, often furnish lug insufficient heat, its dahgerou drinking fountains, poor, ventilation Big Celebration Aug. 6th So grateful liavo we Baroniles been Everybody welcome. to tho lowers that be Tor placing our Ulage oh tho map that -ive have each ear since 1911 celebrated the date ot bat July 2ist, or as learly that date as possible. The cele> iratlou usually been conducted jy'the merchants and councillors ot ho village and has eacli year proved in unqualified success. This year the merchante waived their' and are allowing he local U. F. A. to hold tho celebra- ;Ion under their auspices. This local formerly Wheatland Contra Local, has headquarters to Bar- ons whereMHey have been meeting la .ho meeting room or iho local Worn inV JuElitute. Desirous ol starling a, tund to build a meeting-place In tho1 village Ml was decided that receipts ot tho celebration alter the prizes were paid should go to that end, Tho programme for the afternoon consists of a erainl auto float parade at 1 p.m. which proceeds through the to the celebration, grounds east of town. There tho rest ot the pro- gram consisting of (wo dig ball games, races, contests, lug-of-war, etc., will take place. The competing baH teams will be Champion vs. Claresholra, Barons playlug the winning team. August GUi, the Ing dale, don't for- get. Come and see the homo of the Wheat Barons. We will show you a ood time. Big dance in evening at inhattan Hall with best ol music. The Prizes The Barons local ol the P. A and the local branch of the Woman's Institute would draw tho attention ol Ihe members of oilier branches ol (heir associations to tho fact (bat at' their Joint celebration on August tHIi prices, in which Ilarona is not per- mitted to participate, are being .offer- ed to the locate having most mem- bers In parade, i is hoped that every local within reac.b ot town will attend in full strength and tbut competition for these prizes will be fceen. Attention Is also drawn to the prlt- es offered to the best decorated auto- mobiles in parade. Owners of cars are requested to display all their ar- Isllc Bkil) eo as to make tbe parade ono ot the most striking features of ;ho dajv Refreshments of various kinds will ho on hand and everything possible will be done to provide tor the com- fort, as well as for the enjoyment, ot Lhe crowds that are expected to be In attendance, The Hed Cross society will serve supper In the store formerly oceu- BARONS WE CARRY A LINE OF BOlOTSANb SHOES PRICES RIGHT; GOODS RIGHT. not to mention long snowy walks undertaken- bj t ot the pupils to reach the sea and accommodation th mos of learning-' The modem trick build Ing of three ropma, spacious hall an email library arid chemical labrator which, was the 'new headquarters the consolidated school, reached b'y drive In a COBV van, seemed a p'ai dfse to, the most of the prairie den zens accustomed'to plodding liroug a foot of enow in below zero .weathe to reach a school1 whose temperatur 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 pled by C. E, Thomas .and, as all tbo receipts are to ho used for highly pat- riotic purposes. It Is hoped that thj public will patronize the supper lib- erally. Everything will bo horr.e- cooked and put up lu tbe most appe- tizing manner. MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy Will Increase if You "Drive in" at Hansen's Filling Station BARONS, ALTA. MODERN SERVICE slrnneer travelling on the Hersj-de brauch ol ths C.P.H., or liy road through Barons, the number and'capacity oft the groin elevators at its point 13 always a Eource ot won- der, arid inany, arc the expressions of surprise, -and the questions asked, daily.. We have here moro elevator capacity tban any other point in West- ern Canada, wh'ich ts equivalent to saying that we lead tha world lu .this particular ot course ter- minala'a'nd other points to which grain Is Ehinpbd. And that all the elevator space ,we possess, and more, is neces- sary is by the congestion Whtch takes place annually. are at Barons, eight eleva- .._....._______ a total capacity ot about vied with the "great outdoors" tho the1 tie difficul- way .ot oppressive 'heat without- pro1 of" keeping the grain moving fast per ventilation. At. the present writing I enough to meet the demand for elevn- the school has been enlarged'.hy.twoltdr space. This can be Quite under- additional frame rooms, and 'emnibya stood.when it Is known that we hold five, teachers while motor yans> have 1 world's recorj tor grain shlp- substanliatcd) surely prove that the district is entitled to its preeminence for wheat production. can, in- deed, claim without fear ot contradic- tion, that our lands, properly (armed, will produce paying crops in any year, wet or our average production .over a period of years will show unheard-of results. IJesidentB who have not previously experienced a dry year bave been pes- simistic and disheartened all through the present dry season, but as har- vest'time draws near and they see tor themselves that crops, such asjhcy considered impossible under eilstlng conditions, are asstfred, they begin to vie'with older residents In their en- .thusiasm for and 'their faith- in the country. v The local VJ.P.A. and the Woman's Institute extend to readers of the far and near, a hearty In- vitation to their celebration on Tues- day, the Oth.inst., and promise to ail time and a view of some of the finest crops in the Weet. BIG LAND FIRM Barons is the centre oi one of the! higgest -concerns in the' country. The Chew-Gnun Inter- ests have been1 operating tor some years ad tracts of .land in the: district. They have harvested some. Qt the biggest crops ever ,seen in the west. taken the place of the slower .horse transportation. The bnllding of ger school was proposed but tho cost of building has' cauled It 1.0 men'tsAbur 1515 shipments of nearly eo far as largest amount of grain ever., shipped from'any. one'point of bo deferred until after: the war. .These production in year, additional advantages of Batons would appear to he famed sure a more promising future for the.for wheat production throughout the Barons Opera House and Ice Cream Parlor a When Vintmf Doa't Fail to VitH tne and Ice Cream Parlor PLANTING WHEELER that the future farmers will haya will bring science Into their farming and art into the beauti- fying ol their homes. v Tho better school in the Tillage In- duced many people' to.inpye into the district and thus much jand changed hands.and better a re- sult. Thoivillage loo, was more meant more business firms. We" find the Barons of today as thriving a place In business respects as many towns three times its sfce. It BOW contain eight large. elfevalors, total capacity about five hundred thousand bushels, i which are taxed to their greatest ca I often clogged by the inpour ing grarn'from the Barons; district, so productive Is the land Tn addition the Tillage has 'namerdua; business .firms, including: three general stores two hardware stores, restaur an ice cream parfor, an opera three real ealate Hrme am many other buslnesi firms necessary to a.thriving agrlcul tural 2 Barons Is the home of the Whea Barons and as thsir ancestral seat I well "named. Mar tho telrs of th baronetcy bo justly proud of Ihe I town-In ihd years when shall become, a town. BEAVER LUMBER CO. LUMBER, LATH AND CEMENT. ETerrttmc b Bdtdins MateraL Let w M that f new harn aid save money. The NEW STORE While padding from a plvll engmee Ing camp in the'Province of Quebec to; a little village called IAG Fronde Hi. C. Fleming of Owen Sound and H, darretts of Kingston, both Queen, University students, were'made th largeU of.somo defaulters whd.wer hiding iti that "itstrfct; DfeiEed khaki trousers and shirts, the youn nifen wero mlslflVe'n tor military lice nml, aftdr several attempts shoot them one of tho bullets pierced Fleming's leg. t j "Where Go f fc GOOD SERVICE fWCES RIGHT C. E THOMAS i from Wellington. SAffl that tno pobllahera teheed' to'eleven labo on a cnarga ot'tedillon'ii idvicilla Irish repubHc, i v "_ n v A SPORTY TOWN ngth and Bstdents parts fthe United siites: aie continually ling-surprised by questions from 16 .most unexpected quarters, until uch experiences have come to be hen as a mailer of course.- Tho ap- aranco of the' word "Barons" on a itel register farming corn- unity on tho continent would seem D be sufficient to bring a host of en- ulrers. Enlllled To Fame. That tho district-Is enllllea to all fa'me no one aware7of the facts deny. During nil the hard times .1 Southern when herons in [her districts were .proving failures ear after year, properly colllvated arms here never failed to 'produce a rop 1310 Is the .utstandlng eia'm- lo In'lhat year, as Is iv.eil bt a drop ot rain foil Between seed- t and harvest, and throughout prac- Ically the whole of Southern Alberta ho crops were a complete failure Jut- summerfallowed land1 In, Barons (strict through with wheat var- Ing from fifteen to eighteen bushels b the Sere. There miiy be'thoso who doubt the accuracy of this Itatement. rO''Euch wo extend, an'invitation to fllslrlct Ibis year and for hemselves ice crops we are growing n which fa tilmost'M dry as' frae 1910, and Is Vo even a ihoro unfavorable acconn{ of the high, dry winds tbat have been slowing'all spring and Come around at threshing tltrie and wo will show you twenty bushels; and to' tho acre, rolling Out of- the separ: itors W6 are talking, however, of our worst years. What Of 1915, with wheat Crops ranging from 60 lo TO bluhola lo the acre, or of'1916, which ran the f receding year close second, SO btubcl crops being common? What of 1917, when nearly all Of Southern Alberta and Montana were dried out, And this district prMuCed wheat crops np to 40 bushels to the 'acre, even cttibbled-rn crops going and over? facts (and the on be Barons is the centre1 of one of tho best sporting'organizations -in Ihe west, namely, its baseball team. In- cidentally .the town never passes up anything In the way of snort, ami has always.had a name for one of the gamest. towns in the -west when it came .to athletics. Bowling ia another line In which Barons sports'excel, and they are experts at the game. PQPHAM m Real Estate Insurance., and Loans Have for sak all the best offerings in this in- comparable district. BARONS ALBERTA 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. o'er OUR PRICES. YEE CHONG RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY FRESH FRUITS ICE CREAM SODAS CIGARS AND TOBACCOS, SOFT DRINKS MENDENHALL HATFIELD DEALERS" We sell Ford Automobiles, "Fordson" Tractor and One- ton Truck. garage is always at your service and you will find our stock most complete. i j, OUR 1 .PHONE 15 T. H. SLAYMAKER Harness, Men's Work Gloves .Bring in your Harness and have it repaired before Harvest WM. VENNABLES IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF ALL KINDS, Mr. your gas and oils by the barrel and 1 save money. MO IK Real Estate and Insurance Barons v Alberta See as and Iwy a lam in the-Banw District Nerer had a crop iailnre. MOORE STARK BILLARDS POOL and BOWLING BARBERSHOP SOFT DRINKS CIGARS AND TOfeACCO WELSH WELSH I i Everything in e C i 5- f 'v CHAS. WING RESTAURANT AW) CONFECTIONERY MEALS AT ALL HOURS ICECREAM CIGARS AND TOBACCOS ;