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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY. KEBKLARY 26, I'JSI THK LETHBUIDGB DAILY HERALD PAGE NINE VAUXHALL THE DISTRICT THAT HAS MADE GOOD RESULTS FIRST YEAR'S OPERATIONS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS OF SETTLERS IN THE NEW IRRIGATION DISTRICT liir soil that is prevalent in tlite ilifi- trU'i.. nuiuuly, a medium samly louni, In addition in alfalfa Is a crop tlitit puts back more Into tho soil iban it. lakes out. so that occasional grain breeding ami rawing of pure-bred stock In the Vauxhall district. Canada Lund Irrigation Co., lAd.r have, during tho put five yrt.ru. apflt" iultzed In pure-bred Suffolk sheep ;i-opfi grown on himla that havo been Jierkslilre hogs ut tholr irrigated 'ireat Pro grew and Shown'Throughout the! Increase After One; Year's Experience of Acres Will Be in Crop in This District Next Year. READERS OF THE HERALD hive.read a great dial during the past two years of Vauxhall Irrigated district, just new coming Into prominence as lone of the sections of Southern Al- berta that Is attracting a large number of splendid settlers. But very few of them have had an opportunity of looking the district over and seeing for themselves the.wonderful progress and development that has already taken place In the nearest HvaJ of the Coaldale district. Thouflh it is only in its infancy, the VauvhalT district, with splendid irrigation system supplied by the Canada Land and Irrigation Co., Is giving evidence that in a very short time it will be one of the finest and most productive areas in the whole of Western Canada. Less than a year since the water was turned into the ditchet, the amount of land'already under cultivation and the large number of fine new buildings erected in the year creates a very favorable impression 'an the visitor, and lie at once decides that here is a community that Is s cH.-itriot is being plaeotl under the Canada Lniirt acres of irrigable land Irrigation Co., Ltd., an English cou- having -Canadian headquarters in Medicine Hat. The water supply- is tuUfiii from tho Bow river til producing maximum vhioh crops each year. .In 1916 the Alberta Pacific reservoirs lauds around used for raising alfultu, produce enor- mous yields. I'uro-brod livestock ib recognized as being a grout factor in tho success of any Irrigation district and in order to raise these animals economically it IK absolutely neces- sary to have large quantities of feed grown cl'jr-o to hand; this again is a strong argument in favor of large fields of yH'alfa. because that is uii- jdoubtedly one of the finest fodder i crops that tun he produced. i Due to the efforts oC the Irrigation company who, for many years, hare been growing considerable quantities 1 on their irrigated farm, this project bus ah'c'idy u reputation tor producing j potatoes of a very fine quality. The large yields thai: have bomi obtained j show Mint th'H destined to be a vovy urolHablo crop for the future, j particuhirly when the price of j gets within reasonable bounds. The (inmaml which has thus boon created will continue to grow, providing that tlm quality is kepi up to standard, and U must, therefore, be the endeavor of all the farmers who intend to raise potatoes in large mianttties, to see to it that this standard is not lower- I ed. Tho way In which this will be t accomplished Is by establishing u Potato Growers' association in tho Purebred Berkshire Hogs Pasturing on Irrigated Alfalfa Pasture. Lethbridge. ana the [mperiul Oil com- pany have also acquired a site and will start operations. The operating department of the Canadian Pacific Hallway is alive to the future (possibilities of the place and has already placed a depot there. They intend to havo an agent sta- the spring of Grain company built an elevator this point in order to take care of the point K: miles southeast of Calgary. I Krai" grown on the Bow slope, which and 1'iw-ing through tlie main canal "Is Part of M'e Canadian Pacific Rail- e I way Company's irrigation project. district which lies .on tho oppo- the company's''engineers as Bite the Boiv river is only 15 Aioned v'au-siia'l'l' llie Western District, hi connection the canal system, the company lias two large storage basins. Lakei M-jGroKor reservoir, with' a capacity (if acre-feet, and the Little Mo'.v reservoir, with a capac'ty of :'0.- liure-fnct. Of these two. the Litlk- Row rsservolr Is the nearer to the Vauxhsll district, and as this reservoir liai sufficient storage reserve to sup- ply the entire, irrigable in the company's project (200.000 aqresl ten- one entire month, It means that the source of supply Us actually only 40 miles from the district. I According to the Irrigation Act. ilia j ompany is required to deliver during I the irrigation season, which Is from May t to October T. sufficient water to cover each irrigable acre sold, with IS Indies of water. Lake McGregor lias a large enough capacity to fulfill tliese requirements for one season or, in other words, there is enough a tor. ajve in this vast reservoir to cover acres of land with one and a hair" feet of water. wonder that thosn iarmei" don't worry about the water supply! trade miles from Vauxhall, and principally at this point. In the tall of 1919, tha Vionecr Lumber company decided ta put in yard at Vauxhall, and have done good vauxna" business since that time. C. J. Bray The town of Vauxhall, where the I started a general merchandise store now settler starts out from, lies on i there last spring, and since then many the SiimeU-Bliicklo branch of the Can- lots have been purchased for businesi house and engine house. The entire layout is lighted by electricity and existing in the district, but they give an idea of progress and enthusi- that 1s beins shown. A Ldrg4 Amount of Money Spent, Permanent Improvements Since the [all of 1919. when farm. Wonderful success has been met ivUli by tbo company in raising ivnlmals, mid, at all the fairs at which they have exhibited, they have swept the board. The last competition which wjs contested by the company, was (hi- Alberta winter fair at Calgary, belli there in November last. They were awarded in the competition for Suf- folk sheep, championship and reserve championship for both ram and ewe; first and second prizes for a pen of three owes, and first, second and third iu the four other classes in which they exhibited. Almost as good success was obtained iu the competition for Berkshire hogs. They were awarded championship for both boar and aow, and reserve championship for boar, also first prize in the four other classes In which they exhibited. Tho demand for boars and sows for breeding purposes is steadily increas- ing, and is now considerably more than the company can supply. Such results as these should prove a great stimulus to the farmers. Five of the farms in tho district are al- ready carrying pure-bred livestock and in a few years there is little doubt that Vauxhall district will be lira. The settlers in this district are nlready making; arrangements for the formation of uu association of this first began to arrive in the district, kind, and when this is in operation, large sums of money have been spent i there will be a ready market for all improvements. At that j the produce that can he grown, and Pure gred Suffolk Sheep Held for Winter Feeding, will adian Pacific Hallway, and is very purposes. The IJeaver (Alberta) Lum: One of the Many Farm Residences In the VauxHaM District. similar in appearance to any other little prairie town, but after talking for a little while with some of the people who live there, the great pos- sibilities of the place soon become apparent. The townslte lies tinder the ditch and can be irrigated, which ensures fine trees and beautiful lawns j ami gardens, as well as water domestic use. In addition to these advantages. It will have tributary to it a district containing approximately her company have established a yard, Messrs. Norrie Fawcett are build- ing an implement warehouse; Messrs Richards Co., a blacksmith shop; H. V. Rounds of Travel's, a post office; and J. S. Sullivan, a livery barn. Iu addition to the above, which are all built or in course of construction, the following people have purchased lots and Intend to buiJd in the spring: The Otis Staples Lumber company, McGregor Hardware, T. P. Bowlby of fully equipped with all modern con- veniences. Mr. BuKeiie..D. Klmbull. who comes from Saskatchewan, where ho was engaged in the lumber 'business, pur- chased a hali'-seetion of irrigated la.nd ia. in the district iu'1019 and farmed I in this tho following year, taking oft'r a profitable crop of wlipat. oatH and potatoes, tn 41ie fall oi .1920 he made a further .purchase .of three quarter- sections and he now owns the second largest farm iu the district. During the past year, many buildings were erected on this including a fine residence, mess-hoiise. horse-barn, double large implement shed. and chlclcen house, Mr. Kimball has spared no expense in order to make I his farm'- modern and up-to-date iu every respect and he is there to stay. Another" large holding is thai of the f Vnuxluill Stock Farms. This company'' is cnmpr.sfHl of Medicine Hat men and j Is operated by Mr.. jflan.Si'ti. who at j une time ran the irrigation company's j farm at Ronalaiie. There is probably; no one in the dUtrfct who has better j I idea of tho results than can be ob- i i tained by irrigation in Soiiiharn Al- j jberta ihan man, and tho subslaii-, Unl building improvements on this Those who know IrrlcratRd UN- show that the stockholders have; i the utmost confidence 'in his Judgment i Practically nothing to he seen but j small premium on through which the entire crop famous for its pure-bred herds. will he marketed and which will he entirely responsible for the proper grading and sorting of the potatoes, so that the wholesalers can always bo sure that tho potatoes which they obtain will be up to a certain stand- Typical Irrigated Land in Vauxhall District. 1921. trlcta, say that this is only tho be- and after au inspection of tlie ability. farms tributary to the town, cmo is j One of 'tlm fuuturus of Hits farm is convinced that these people large root cellar, which is some very .good reasons for their j fuel, and lias a capacity of little over a year was the farmers able to obtain a the market price. statements, Settlement In the latter part-of the yenr .1310, the Irrigation company placed their bushels. This- structure departs from the general rule with regard to cel- lars, and the earth. raw unbroken prairie with no fences j Very good results have been obtained from various root crops, and all of these will prove profitable as soon as the labor situation la such that they can be harvested without too much over'hcad expense. buildings, whereas now the latest valuation shows that approximately has been snenf. on permanent improvements (luring the past year and In every direction fine residences and farm buildings, strong fences and Instead of ring into oC u cuUlvutea land it has been erected "I'ovc tlie ground ami the earth piled on top, ln to lvo an ideft of wuat "Urns been accomplished, the following rather out of the ordinary, but was j fi iveu us rougbjy thought advisable on account ot thy luvel nature of the h'.nd on the fitrm. first irrigable lands on tho market. and about 4500 acres were sold that year. The new settlers wasted no time, but set to work immediately, and by the spring 1920. approximately acres ot this land were In crop, j It would be supposed, from Uu; size During 1P20 additional farms wore! of it, that this cellar had been f and it is estimated that in 1921 i mgned to hold the entire potato out-} there will be approximately lil.oou put of the district, but Mr. Hanson acre's iu crop. To the dry farmt.r, I affirms that there will Ije many more atich an acreage means about 4u farms like it in the' district before lone. of 320 acres, but under irrigatior. because Vauxhall will Ijecome one ot smaller holdings are the rule, and the famous potato-growing districts there are at present in tlie district tiS j on the continent, distinct farms, varying in size from 1 The original promoter of [lie ii-riga- 20 acres to 640. i lion scheme. Mr. .1. Q. McGregor of No. Farms Size Uraiirion, ManUoha. has fafth in his 1................6'10 acres or more j own idea correct: Buildings lUachinpr and implements.. evelopmeni, Total Glancing; at I lift agove figures It be- comes apparent thai, the settlers who are now eftabiished there are con- vinced that this district will prosper, because they have shown their faith pending on all average of Lethbridge's Opportunity Lothbridge has a very distinct inter- est iu the progress of the Vauxhftll district as outlined above. Lying it does only about 60 miles northeast of the city, it means that a new, grow- ing and stable trade territory is being opened up aud Lethbridge business men, who are interested in. seeing: that the wants of the new-comers are, taken care of, will want to establish! as close relations as possible. As there is no direct rail connection witlii Vauxliall, -which is serred. by a branch; line from Suffield. on the main line' the C, P. R.. but there ia every reason to believe that this will be remedied, and Vauxhall brought with- in Lethbridge trade territory, within a few years by the completion of a C. P. R. branch line from Retlaw to Lethbridge via Kipp, for which branch a charter was secured by the railway company at the 1920 session of the House of Commons. This line will eventually run through irrigated land, practically all the way from Leth- bridge to well east of Vauxhall, and promises in the future to be one of the best producers in the whole oC Al- berta. 'This is one reason Lethbridge i is anxious to get the Lethbririge Northern irrigation project started. It will result in the building of the new branch aud that will bring to our doors the acres of irrigable land of the Canada Land and Irriiiu- tion Co. surrounding Vauxhall, a dis- trict .which will eventually support a population of farm families, with solid towns scattered over the project supporting many more. Lethbridgy wholesalers and merchants should sea to nothing ia left undone to, The Well Equipped Farm of the Otis LumtMr Company. .....-----300 to 1BO acres 80 acres -10 to 80 acres -10 acres .........Less than 10 acres ution TO stock his Vauxhall farm with of HIP. pick of his herd. This farm will he under Uin management of A. McGregor, who is considered an authority on alfalfa 1 in Alberta, ant! also hail considcr- iS. jable experience in bundling livestock, Tlio most practical unit N from SU so thut it is safe to nay that the Mc- :o 1GO acres and 80 per cent, of tho j Gregnr I'nnn will soon, be on a par [arms sold are 160 acres or less. These wfth their Brandon farm, smaller holdings mean more inteii-J Messrs D. Uays, I. C. Kami and sire cultivation, increased population j J. J. Walsh, who are all well-known land better community spirit, and they j In Hat. have fount! art the will be the indirect means of building j Lur.enif; Stock Farm, and nre up prosperous towns. That the district becoming -wide- The Vauxhall HomeBuilders WE ARE IN A POSITION TO ERECT YOUR BUSINESS BLOCK OR RESIDENCE ESTIMATES GIVEN WORK HONESTLY CARRIED OUT Vauxhall Home Builders DRAWER 10 VAUXHALL has not been misplaced, will be twown during tho next few years, for it has been proven un tho company's farm ovtir a period ot" six years that tho soil will, 'under irrigation, produce bounteous crops of grain, roots and fodder. Average Acre Yield For 1915-192Q C. L I. j Irrigated Farm Avenige yields per acre for six Vauxhull Dlitrict Crop Values, 1920 bring the Vauxhall diatrtet aa close i to the doom ot Lethbridge. Wheat Oats Green Feed Barley Flax....... Potatoes Alfalfa..... l-'ield Peas Roots Field Corn ti.632.40 587.50 337.50 43.00 ly known can be.been from the fact that settlers are coming in from all over the continent. While travelling around, the visitor meets men from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba. Bri- tish Columbia, England and Scotland, j the states of Washington, Oregon. Idaho, Oklahoma. Georgia, -Michigan, Minnesota. Iowa and Utah. Medicine j Hat Is -also well represented and j many familiar faces are KOCH. All these new settlers are of a j splendid type and will malic the kind I of citizens that Canada needs. They i look at things- from tlie farmers" standpoint, but are big. broad-minded men. who realize that there are vari- ous sides to nil questions which affect the future of Canada, mid they can be" counted on'to g'.vn and take in all questions which affect their own in- (lufllry. Farms The that of .'iic Oils Staples Lumber com- j pony of WyciifiV. It. C.. which bought HiOO acres of irrigated (larrd in the fall of I U. Thny divided their hold- ings into tuo farms and aol to work imnirrdiutoly to sot. I he land into shiipe for a. crop in 1020. The money lit on the buildings ami land im- ;ompany three of thn nicest miarter-iiections in i years, 11115 to 1920 inclusive. Canada the district. Othor names thut are l-and and Irrigation Company's farm: easily recognized by Medicine Hat! Alfalfa (tons) 3.47 people Vnrn Parrish. .l.jWhenl j Total With a view encouraging the both by railway and by good automo- bile trunk roads, for it ia a district 'which will be heard from in the next, few yeara. Convention of the Dry Farmer Comparisons 111-9 always odious ami especially is this ao from the point of view of the dry land farmer, when comparing his lands with the irrigat- ed lands. Thero is not much doubt (Continued on Pago 10) W. Dixon. Wflliiim J. Courod. H. Bond. Dove .Mitchell. C: AY. flm A. Oats (bushels) H. Ke ami O. M. Cahlor. All itli. j Barley fbii-shuls these I Peas G1.25 .44.20 men have already taken one crop off! Potatoes (bushelst ............IJfiS.-K! their ;uid are enthusiastic in j Sugar Beets (Ions) ............14.86 their praise of Hie district B. Tom-man, who comes origin- ally from the slat'.- of Washington. has shown -that raspberries, straw- berries. soosebnrrl.es. currants and also chorri-'s and plums can be sue cesHfnlly raised in the district and he iiUnnds to make a of these. Dr. Tolmie of Tuber has a improved f( 51 art or section, and Imr vett- ed a fine Held of tlax last fall. A. P. who for many years has been employed by the irri- gation' company as gasoline engine expert, is nuw located, and in addition to successfully farming SO acres of farm in tlie district j land, ho dons most of the threshing ruiiniuintty, Alex who for many yeart. iiJtri hec'ii farmins dry land in Ua'.clnnviiii. puri'luiHcd an trrigttl'id litHl ami 1ms put in the sunniHT getting thfr; pinc-p of land fine shape for a crop in a conipjiralivuly land a good soaking in j is, therefor wliic'i oil (li provenujntH of tliis company runs j tlin fall, and those who know, say _ into and no tliat, lie? will gel JIH good a crop an i doubt Unit they iini in tlie district to aliyoim in district next your. This stay. Diirinp ihf punt summer, the j goes to show that, previous I'ol In wing puniiiiiKMiL buildings (TMrtnil fur in: MaiiiiKor'H rcfl- dHiii'.u. garage. bunk-houHe, cook-house. hoivi iiiid barn, shed, .shop, utl gra nary, ofTice. hlackHinitb clilckX rrJgating is not neconsary in der to be s'uccefipfnl on an Irrigutod farm and that any practical dry- t'ariuei1 can make good. The above-mentioned u fnw r.Aiiainlos in' ilia Irrdrntfid now What Can Be Grown There During tlie past season tlie follow- ing crops have I icon grown in tlio distiicl.: Wheat, barley, oats. flax, field peas, potatoes, field corn and alfalfa. ai'c. however, only a feu- of the variet.ie.s that can be grown and in future years, profiting by tlio example -set by the Canada Land and Irrigation Co.. Ltd.. on their irrigated farm, it is safe to say that turnips, sugar beets, white-shell beans and] practically every variety of garden i truck will lie produced. Such vege- tables as squash, tomatoes, cucum- j hers and partictihirly sweet mm, have j bei'ii successfully matured each year, I mid tlie applies to" all khifls of j so that truck gurrlonlng j shoiiiii fi'ttturn cxtnnsively among the i Hi i tire- activities in tin- Vauxhall dla-j Irfd. A I. tin- very Ix'st, i nins will for unly j ronjiit and it j f.u consider will be the crops j main Talcing Urn con-] sensiii- fif opinion. It would appear thai alfalfa and potalofs will lie tli4 Htaplp crops for (his yrnjeft when the! inu.jorfly of (liu landowners have got their lands into proper shape for frri-i gatfon. The best arRiimunL in favor1 nl ihlK statement In the fact that both of crops prosper In tlie purlieu- WRITE OR SEE The Man on the Spot If interested in the Vauxhall District we shall be glad to answer any inquiries; furnish any in- formation or sell you a farm or a location in the village. We Represent the Universal Agencies, Lethbridge WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE PEOPLE NOW LIVING HERE OR COMING TO THIS LOCALITY HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO s Protect Yourselves and Your Families WITH INSURANCE AGAINST LOSS BY FIRE AND ON LIFE' For safety's sake insure your life and your property. Iniur- ancc is an investment, a saving, a safeguard and a duty you owe yourself afid your family. May we talk it over with you. We rep- resent strong life, fire, aicknesi and iccident companies. HARRY ROUNDS NOTARY PUBLIC VAUXHALL ALBERTA ;