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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATUfoDA 1018 tETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGENTJfE A WONDERTOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT It II Mid IhM In the West the towns long twul to spring up like mushrooms and truly into may be said of the of Barons which came itito exUtenca on July when the sold the first Itt some ten months U estate flrmi nacMiarjr adjuncts of any mushroom Tillage a doctor and a two hardware two general four three lum ber a a hotel and a botcher which industries em ployed the greater part of the popula tion of about two hundred Inhabi Of the pioneer there are only throe In business to Murray and the Grant and one of the real estate Many of the told timers still reside In the city but are engaged In other The sp6t chosen by the for the town site was an ideal one for a mushroom In he centre ot gome of the richest land in the pro vince by no nieane real estate gaff It is situated In level country with no hard pulls Into the town and therefore no drawbacks for the grain growers for miles who ship through Barons elevators their millions ot bushels of The first settlement of the district of Barons took place chiefly in the years ot 190405 when an Influx ot homesteaders At this time the nearest towns were 25 miles to the and Lethbrldge 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 ot horses and machinery to farm acreage enough to support the residents the These and other minor draw backs caused the majority ot the homesteaders to part With their land at very low rates to the Incoming Im These In this case true came from the older pro vinces of Canada and the thickly set tled United States with object of gaining start which Is BO much easier to procure in a new country than in an It speaks well of the class of settlers they were when wo consider the changes in the Barons district made them in the last de Small wonder that one who left Barons In the summer ot 1010 upon returning In rub his eyes and question If he like Rip Van Winkle had not slept for twenty years so apparently magical is ttfe change In the village and surrounding dis trict U is a tale of development that we have to tell with pen With with the 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 Its of gopher mounds and brown pralria grass changed to then to vel vety green and very soon to mila after mile of waving golden Farms like these have 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 add 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 such an electric lights and labor saving devices and water works are now in the farm Some five or six years ago these conveniences wore unheard ot for farmers miles from any power plant or How are they procured Most For the for wash for for a sriall gasollne engine and ntorage batteries solves the As for the must not the farm have a wind mill or engine to pump water for the stock How simple to Instal a tank and plumbing system and thus lighten the drudgery for tho farm wo Drudgery leisure came to dwell and to enjoy leisure automo means of faster became the property of almost ever With the snug bank accounts and larger area for pleasure came pride 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 the As the children grew the country schools were found deficient of advantages in the way of The class of teachers which schools training The Pioneer Grocers MURRAY COOPER BARONS WE CARRY A SPLENDID LINE OF GOODS AND BOOTS AND SHOES PRICES GOODS MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy Will Increase if You Drive in at Hansens Filling Station MODERN SERVICE Barons Opera House and Ice Cream Parlor When Visiting Barons Dont Fail to Visit the Movies and Ice Cream Parlor PLANTING WHEELER BEAVER LUMBER LATH AND Everything in Building Let us figure on that new burn and save The UPTOJATE STOCK GOOD SERVICE PRICES RIGHT THOMAS could be procured for such were deficient often In both Big Celebration 6th ami Besides this there were difficulties in the way ot dis tance without proper means of trans porting the pupils to and lack of teaching conveniences for prflper demonstrations of some So in 1914 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 ot A consolidated district centred In Barons was pro posed and by dint ot the hard work of these enterprising was se 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 Us 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 brick build Ing of three spacious hall and small library and chemical labratory which was the new headquarters ot the consolidated reached by a drive in a cosy seemed a para dise toy 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 else veeredto the other extreme in he way of oppressive heat without pro per At the present writing the school has been enlarged by two additional frame and employs So gnitefttl liavo wo Bnronltos been to the powers that ho for placing our village oil the map that we have each year since 1911 eolobrntert the date of that July or as nearly that flate as The cele bration has usually boon conducted by the merchants and councillors of the village ftnd has mch year proved an unqualified This yeW the merchants waived their usual ctfttom ami are allowing the local to hold tho celebra tion under their This local formerly Wheatlaml Ontre has changed Us headquarters to Bar ons Where tiley havn been meeting in tho meeting room of tho local Wom ans Deslrmifl of starting a fund to build a moM Ing place In the village It was decided that the gate receipts of the celebration after the prizes were paid should go to that The programme for the afternoon consists of a grand auto float parade at 1 which proceeds through the village to the celebration grounds east of There the rent oC the pro gram consisting of two IIK ball will take The competing ball teams will be Champion Barons playing tho winning August the MK dont for Come and see the home of the Wheat We will show you a good Big danno in evening at Manhattan Hall with best of Everybody The Prliee The Barons local of tho and the local branch of the Womaita Institute would draw tho attention of the members oC other branches of their associations to the that at their Joint celebration on August nth in which Barons is not per mitted to arc lining ed to the locate having moat mem bers in t is hoped that every local within reach of town will attend In full strength and competition for these prizes will bo Attention Is also drawn to the pric es offered to the best decorated auto mobiles in Owners ot cars are requested to display all their ar tistic skill so as to make the parade one of the most striking features of the Refreshments of various kinds will be on hand and everything possible will be done to provide for the com as well as for the of the crowds that are expected to bo in The Red Cross society will servo supper in the store formerly occu pied by Thomas as all tho receipts are to bo used for highly pat riotic It is hoped that the publicwill patronize the supper Everything will be home cooked and put up in the most tizing To the etranger travelling on the Aldersyde branch ot tho or by road through the number and capacity the grain elevators at this point is always a source of won arid many are the expressions of and the questions We have hero more elevator capacity than any other point in West ern which is equivalent to saying that we lead the world in this particular of course ter minals and other points to which grain is And all the elevator space we and is necgs sary is evidenced by the congestion Which takes place There are at eight eleva with a total capacity of about afteryear the various companies face the difficul ties of keeping the grain moving fast enough to meet the demand for eleva tor This can be quite under stood when It is known that we hold five teachers while motor vans have the worlds record for grain ship taken the place of the slower horse your 1915 shipments of nearly 2000001 so far as The building of a lar ger school was proposed but the cost of building mater has caused It to be deferred until after the These additional advantages ot education in the largest amount of grain ever shipped from any one point of production in any one Barons would appear to be famed sure a more promising future for the for wheat production throughout the district in that the future farmers will have the benefits of higher edu cation andwill bring science into their farming and art into the beauti fying of their The better school In the village In duced many people move into the district and thus much land changed hands and better prices were a re The village 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 eight large total capacity about five hundred thousand which are taxed to their greatest ca pacity and often clogged by the inpour ing grate from the Barons so productive la the In addition the village has numerous business including three general two hardware three restaur an Ice cream an opera three real estate firms and many other industries and business firms necessary to a thriving agricul tural Barons is the home of the Wheat Barons and as their ancestral seat Is well May the heirs of the baronetcy be justly proud of their town in the years to come when U shall become a While padding from a civil engineer ing camp in the Province of Quebec to a little village called Lac Fleming of Owen Sound and of both Queens University were made the targets of some defaulters who were hiding In that Dressed In khaki trousers and the young men were mistaken for military po lice after several attempts to shoot them one of the bullets pierced Flemings A despatch from says that two publishers were sen tenced to eleven months hard labor on charge of seditionin advocating length and of this Residents parts of the United States are continually being surprised by questions from the most unexpected until such experiences have come to be taken as a matter of The 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 ea Entitled To That the district Is entitled to all its fame no one aware of the facts will During all the hard times in Southern when crops in other districts were proving failures year after properly cultivated farms here never failed to produce a 1910 Is the stand ing exam Inthat as is well not a drop of rain fell between seed Ing and and throughout prac tically the whole ot Southern Alberta the crops were a complete But summerfallowed land in Barons district came through with wheat var ylng from fifteen to eighteen bushels to the There may be those who doubt the accuracy of this To such we extend an invitation to visit the district this year and see for themselves the crops we growing in which ia almost as dry as was ami is considered to be even a more unfavorable account of the dry winds that have been blowing all spring and Come around at threshing time and we will show you twenty and to the rolling out of the separ We are of our worst What of with wheat crops ranging from 50 to 70 bushels to the or of which ran the preceding year a close 60 bushel crops being common What of when nearly all of Southern Alberta and Montana were dried and this district produced wheat crops up to 40 bushels to the even stubbledin crops going 25 and over facts and the figures can be substantiated 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 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 draws 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 BIQ LAND FIRM Barons is the centre of one of the biggeat land operating in the The ChewGunn inter ests have been operating for some years ad own large tracts of land in the They have harvested some of the biggest crops ever seen in the A SPORTY TOWN Barons is the centre of one of the best sporting organizations in the its baseball In cidentally the town never passes up anything in the way ot and has always had a name for one ot the games t towns in the west when It came to Bowling Is another line in which Barons sports and they are experts at the POPHAM Real Estate and Loans Have for sale all the best offerings in this in comparable BARONS ALBERTA MOIR Real Estate and Insurance Barons Alberta See us aod buy a firm in the Barew Never hid crop C FREEMAN The BIG STORE Lowest Prices Asked for All Merchandise Highest Prices Paid to the Farmer for Farm Product Largest and Best Assorted Stock of Goods in Towm BURNAP MONDS THE BARONS IMPLEMENT MEN and John Deere Agency Delaney Rodgers HARNESS AND FURNITURE Everything at Bottom Cash GtT OUR YEE CHONG RESTAURANT AND CONFECTIONERY FRESH FRUITS ICE CREAM SODAS CIGARS AND SOFT DRINKS MENDENHALL4 HATFIELD 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 SUBSTANTIAL PHONE 15 SLAYlVtAKER Mens Work Gloves Bring in your Harness and have it repaired before VENNABLES IMPERIAL OILS AND GREASE OF ALL your gas and oils by the barrel and save MOORE STARK BILLARDS and BOWLING BARBERSHOP SOFT DRINKS CIGARS AND TOBACCO WELSH WELSH Everything in Hardware WING RESTAURANT AM CONFECTIONERY MEALS AT ALL HOURS ICECREAM CIGARS AND TOBACCOS ;