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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta Section Special Publicity Numbe fe. r 8 Pages FACTS AND FIGURES TELLING OF GROWTH OF LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT By ALD. GEO. M. HATCH YOUR REQUEST to me to write something on agri- cultural development and settlement of our surround- ing country during the past year for publication in your special edition, has been received.and is appreciated. In attempting: to comply, and after giving the subject some thought; ;I find the field opening out so widely and running' into so many different .channels, tha 1 enter upon the subject with full realization that I cannot do it even.partial justice. As you know, Mr. Editor, the year of 1908 did more for Leth- bridge and its tributary qountry in the way of new settlers, add- ed power in horses, .traction en- gines, ntHv homes, new sod brok- en, and in the way of new flour- ing mills, new and in the- abundant harvests, and along all other lines inppen- ing up a new country to agricul- ture, tK'an had been accomplish- ed in all of the years that had gone before. But I understand that these are only assertions and will not count unless backed np by some facts and So in my be- wilderment, I sought the aid of -the C. P. R. freight office and found there their records show- ing that 410 carloads of immi- grants effects been unloaded at. our station during the past year. Assuming, that each car would represent "a family, and that the average family would; consist of five members, we would from this record .alone, have added to'our farming pop- ulation, in round numbers, people. Following this record a little farther, the writer feels safe in. assuming that for each family not less than 100-acres of new sod was broken. This then, in round numbers, will give xis from this source 400 IHW ItOmM and acres of new land pre- pared. Running over the records of the C. P. R. again, we find .that 31 traction engines were un- loaded. These .would with their following, several families each. It is safe to count two for each, which would increase the number of new families by 64. The greater number of these machines were xinloaded early in the season and had a full season's work iu breaking sod, others coming later would not. So in estimating the new land broken as a result of those ma- chines (considering time off for1 threshing) the writer believes; that; an--average of sixty days for) each" machine in breaking sod} would not be far from the mark, and that an estimate of 20 acres a day to each would represent the new land brought under cultiva- tion front; this source, in round numbers to be acres. Now. in the way of new set- tlement and development there are those who have come to us with their money, buying and outfitting in our markets. There is no record of these, they are out. upon the land, creating new tom- es with uew environments. In; venhuing a guess at their num- aer, I am going to estimate them! equally with those who havej shipped in, although I believe! ;hat they are in greater- i ?o from this soiirce we will add i more families, more' people and more acres ofj plowed land. j far, I have considered only the people we have added to our agriculture during 1908, j had people here, engaged in; farming, before .these t-nme. They were the ones who contributed the grain to load the cars of wheat, oats and flax -sent away, from here. Again we look to the C. P. R. for information, 'and find that we shipped from. Lethbridge Mine- teen Hundred and Sixty-Five (1965) cars of wheat, oats, flax and flour. will use our .pencil a mo- ment and estimate, from the t-g- given, the amount' oT grown. Considering the shipped as being seventy per cent, of the.crop raised, we will assume that thirty per cent, re- presents home consumption and that which is held in, elevators, mills and granaries. Reasoning in this way and es- timating one thousand bushels to the car. I find that we have marketed abroad One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand bushels of grain; add- the thirty per cent, to this, we get a total yield of Two Million Five Hundred and Fifty-Four Thousand Five Hundred bushels We now divide this-bv the Gov- of thirty determine that our average n grain for the season of 1908 was Eighty-Five Thousand One Hun- dred and Sixty Acres. It is fair to assume that the growers of average yield find from foregoing that___, bushels per acre, and added in number of families S64 and in population to our agricultural development. That as a result of this we have: Acres. this grain will have added new acreage equal to one-half, or Forty-Two Thousand Five Hun- dred and Thirty acres, which will total for crop Of 1809 of make a One Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand Six Hundred and Nine- ty asres from the former fanners. To recapitulate in figures, we New land broken to an estimated acreage of To the credit of machine plows, acreage Credited as the result of labor of former farmers Jus obtained in any part of the West, with a climate far less rig- porous than a majority of the peo- pie have been used to, rapidly increasing values in their j lands, they are all enthusiastic, i and _ will only sell for the large {profit in enhanced.value, to buy I again a farther "out, at" a: i less price., We have considered .our agri- cultural development only from the standpoint of grain raising, Total Will the resuts bear me out in -j.M-uv.we" "owe our fame." _____, But we will not close this let- predicting that tho crop of 1800 .without saying to your read- ers that this is n'ot 'all. Our hun- dreds of carloads, of fat cattle from our farms and rang- es; the successful raising of A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE RIVERVIEW ADDITION, ONE OF THE SECTIONS OF THE CITY BEAUTIFUL RESIDENTIAL THE FREIGHT SHIPMENTS SHOW MARVELLOUS r ADVANCE Appended is a statement of the freight tonnage forwarded and I received -at tethbridge'for 'the last six years; The forwarded tonnage in the year-1906 was, .of course, on .accoiTi'l. of. miners" strike, which graphic manner which labor'troubles hrave on -town tSe'j-- sources of wealth. The show a considerable increase, j statement of. a.good one, especially in i the, last three years as it showi? in 1908 an increase over 150 per j two years. Of course, a portion of this gain in tonnage! is on-account of the steel for the big-bridge, 'but even without this i the increase in geueial supplies would be 50 pei cent ovei. 1907 i and double 1906 FOEWAEDED RECEIVED TONNAGE will total seven millions of bu- shels of grain from Lethbridge. and tributary country? I think so. be considered as a part of the agricultural development of. 1908 are the many thousands' .of acres sold to settlers who will emigrate to our country in the early but' whose labor will not bring tangible results until the season of 1910. I am writing of 1908, but I may be permitted to forecast that we will make a .greater percent- age of increase during next year from this source than we did dur- ing the year'that has past. It would perhaps be as well to consider here as to whether our! farmers 'are-.contented, and happy in their new homes. The- writer drives much among them, and' can find only happy, contented people, and why not TFith the j comparatively easy pioneering, j no clearing of land in getting itj ready for the plow, abundant markets to bxry and sell in. with the necessities for improving as cheap as in the Western States of the United States, and -with the products of the farm .in all Hues commanding as high prices horses and mules; the thousands of sheep whose surplus wool aid mutton finds, its way to Eastern markets: our hogs, our poultry, our dairy products, our rapidly increasing acreage of alfalfa, and sugar beets: the growing of all small fruits, and with all varie- ties of vegetables successfully raised, by more and more of our farmers, as the prairie is subdued to mellowness, extending acre- age- in these lines to meet the demands of our enlarging mining and lumbering development and" growing towns and cities. The value of products or the increased supply for the sea- son of 1908, I lave no way of estimating. Sufficient it is, that we are beyond the experimental stage in all- lines mentioned in this letter, and with our yet vast territory of uncultivated land, and in the light of our agricul- tural development of the last few1 years reflecting the future, we are assured of a position in the agricultural class enjoyed by few- districts upon the Jforth Ameri- can, continent. 1903 1905 1906 1907 1908 89554 1903 1904 1908 WRITING ON THE STONE Almost directly south of Lethbridge a spot bearing the name of Writing. on-the-Stone." At this point 18 miles east of Coutts and due .north of the West Butte of Sweet Grass Hills on the Milk Eiver, a Mounted Police post located The peculiar name 01 is due to the writing to be on the stones all about In the immediate, vicinity of the post there are thousand of stones of sand stone some of them-.being-as high as 35 feet It is a picturesque spot but- very few citizens of-Southern Alberta e-vei paid-a vmfr to it as of the way'of ordinary travel Manj reasons for the accumulation; of -so much -stone at this point are given, one of the Indian legends being .that'an 'evil spirit rolled them from the mountain tops to kill some bad. is also an un. confirmed story that dn encounter took" .a" "band of and some white BUILDINGS LIKELY TO BE PLACED UNDER CON- STRUCTION IN 1909 Gourt house costing in the neighborhood of to be -erected on the corner of Dufierin and Crabb Sts by the Alberta government. District jail to .cost .over to be erected on a site ac- quired-; several years ago on the old Macdonnell farm east of the A new hospital. A new power plant Bank of -Commerce biiilditig. P. -Burns" Co. .block. .Hillri Co; tiree.storey block. R three storey fire block. W C two storey block Misses McLeay. new block. T. At Evan's block on Dufferm St. E Hull, block on northeast coiner of Eedpath SOME OF THE BEST IN LETHBRIDGE I, E. A. CUNNINGHAM I. ALD. ADAMS. I. 0. ftTAFPOftD. O L VNOOMAN. t. C. F. P. CONYBCAftE YOUNG. 3. HON. t. O. DtVEBER. 7. MAYOR HINDERSON. II, C. R. DANIEL. 4. E. O. MOCKFORO. I. J. 1.. JOHNSTON. II. A. L. FOSTER. ;