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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 3, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDA*. ^o-oilST 3, 1918 Trta LETHDRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE NINE BARONS, A WONDERJOWN OF SOUTH ALBERTA HISTORY OF BARONS REMARKABLE STORY OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT It Is iald that In the West tho townB long haul to the, nearest rallwaya; and vIllBges spring up like mushroonis overnight, and truly this may bo said ot the village ot Barons which camo into existence on July 2lBt, inp9, when the C.P.R. auctlonoeri sold the first lots. In May, 1910, some ten months later. It possessed two real estate llrma (neceesary adjuncts of any mushroom village) a doctor and a druggist, a Methodist Church, two hardware stores, two general storos, tour elevators, pool room, three lumber yards, a restaurant, a hotel and a butcher shop, which Industries employed the greater part of the population of about two hundred Inhabitants. Of these, the pioneer llrms, there are only three In business today, Murray and Cooper, Dr. WalUvln, the druggist, Grant and Moir, one ot the real estate firms. Many of the old timers still reside in the city but are engaged in other business. The spot chosen by the C.P.R. fov the town site was' an ideal one for a mushroom growth. In he centre ot Bome ol the richest land in the province (by no moans 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 around, who ship through Barons' elevators their millions of bushels ot grain. The first settlement of the district ot Barons took place chiefly in the years ot 1904-05 when an influx ot homesteaders began. At this time the nearest towns were Claresholm, 25 miles to the west, and Lethbridge a matter of twenty to thirty-five miles to the south. Many and varied were the hardships; low prices ot wheat, which was not easily raised owing to the difficulties ot breaking and farming the land, because ot the lack ot horses and machinery to farm acreage enough to support the residents; the lack of opportunity lor earning a livelihood while resident upon the homesteads. These and other minor drawbacks caused the majority ot the homesteaders to part with their land at very low rates to the incoming im-nilgrnnts. These immigrants, in this case true settlers, came from the older provinces of Canada and the thickly settled United States with the- objoct ot gaining a start which is bo much easier to procure in a new country than in an old. It speaks well of the class of settlers they were when wo consider the changes in the Barona district made ^>y them in the last decade. Small wonder that one who left Barons in.the summer of 1910 should, upon returning in 1917, rub his eyes and question if he too, like Rip Van Winkle had not slept for twenty years so apparently magical Is tile change in the village and surrounding district! It is a tale ot development that wo have to tell with pen and-not with sword-but with the plow, the true sword of an agricultural district. Acres of land hitherto summer ro-sorle of gophers and a few straggling cattle and horses wore brought under cultivation. Its monotonous dun o� gopher mounds and brown prairia grass changed to b^ck, then to velvety green and very soon to mlla after mile of waving golden grain. Farms like these must have modern machinery and many horses to cultivate the land and to get the best from machinery and livestock they must be well housed. As a consequence one saw large stables and implement sheds constructed. Strange to say the stables and Implement sheds usually preceded the dwelling house in construction, but the farm women have one consolation-their homes are the bettep for having been deterred in the building so long. Maiiy modern Big Celebration Aug. 6th So grateful havn wo Unronltos been E3vorybody welcome. The Pioneer Grocers MURRAY & COOPER BARONS Wk CARRY A SPLENDID LINE OF ^jfi'RIEKMV GOODS A^^^ BOOTS AND SHOES PRICES RIGriT, GOODS RIGHT. MOTOR IN PEACE Your Joy WiU Increase if You "Drive in" at Hansen's Filling Station BARONS, ALTA. MODERN SERVICE convlcncee. such as electric lights and labor saving devices and water works are now common in the farm homes. Some five or six years ago those conveniences were unheard ot for farmers miles from any power plant or river. How are they procured? Most easily. For the lights, tor washing, for churning, for sewing, a small gdsolino engine and etorago ballories solves the problem. As for the water- must not the farm have a wind mill or engine to pump water for the stock? How simple then, to Instal a tank and plumbing system and thus lighten the drudgery tor the farm women. Drudgery vanished, leisure came to dwell and to enjoy leisure automo-bilos. means ot faster travel, hecamo the property ot almoet over farmer. With the snug bank accounts and larger area for pleasure came pride in farm and home and one saw lowns seeded and shrubs planted, for beauty as well as trees for windbreaks. The question ot education next occupied the farmers. As the children grow the country schools were found deficient of odvantagea in the way ot education. The class ot teachers which could be procured tor such scliools wore deficient often in both training and qualifications. Besides this there were diftlcullles in the way ot distance without proper means of transporting the pupils to school, and lack of teaching conveniences for proper demonstrations of some subjects. So in 1914 some ot the more enterprising farmers decided that better educational advantages should be secured for the farmers and farmers' wives ot to-morrow and accordingly took the matter up with the department ot education. A consolidated district centred In Barons was proposed and by dint of the hard work of these-enterprising men, was secured. Although this school has not been an unqualified success and leaves much still to be desired, it is an Ira-menso Improvement over the tiny prairie echool room of yesterday, with its smoky coal stove, often furnishing insufficient heat. Its dangerous drinking fountains, poor ventilation and acoommodatlons, not to mention the long snowy walks undertaken by most ot the pupils to reach the 'seat of learning.' The modern hrick building ot three rooms, spacious hall and email library and chemical labratory which was the now headquarters of the consolidated school, reached by a drive in a cosy van, seemed a paradise to^ the most ot the prairie denizens 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 veered to the other extreme in the way of oppressive heat without proper ventilation. At the present writing the school has been enlarged by two additional frame rooms, and employs five teachers while motor vans have taken the place ot the slower horse transportation. The building ot a larger school was proposed but the cost of building matori..! has caused it to be deterred until after the war. These additional advantages of educi.tion in- to the powers that bo for placing o\ir village on the map tlmt .we have each year slnco 1911 colnhrated the date ot that event, namely .Inly 2l8t, or as nearly that date a.s imsnlble. The celebration has usually l)con conducted by the merchanlH aixl councillors of the vlllago and Iuik