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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta Section 5 8 LETHBRIDGE, A Modem City 'HE CITY of Lethbridge has every indication oi becoming in time one of the greatest agricultural and in- dustrial centres of Western Can- ada. Its natural advantages are great. Its location as regards railroad facilities is exceptional- ly fortunate. It is a divisional point of the Crow's Nest branch of the Canadian Pacific railway, and this line runs through to the Pacific coast. .Lethbridge will also be on the line of other trans- continental railways. The Can- adian Northern Hallway holds a charter connecting it with the Regina-Bfandon branch; the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway will build a line from Calgary to the American boundary through Lethbridge; and the Great Northern Railway's trans- continental line will touch Leth- bridge. In addition to a number of other proposed lines which have Lethbridge as destination, the Canadian Pacific Railway holds a charter for the comple- tion of a line from Weyburn, Sask., to Lethbridge, and is al- ready preparing to build a line from Calgary- to Lethbridge. Lethbridge is, also the termin- al and a divisional point of the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Co. The Alberta Railway Ir- rigation Co., has a main line through to Shelby, Mont., con- necting with Great Northern points, and also, it branches to Cardston, tapping this wonder- fully rich wheatrgrowing dis- trict, A Distributing Centre Lethbridge is fast becoming a distributing centre and new warehouses are coming in rapid- ly and leading manufacturers of Canada and the United States are realizing more forcibly the great advantage Lethbridge giv- es in the way of economic freight rates and distribution facilities. The backbone of Lethbridge is its coal mines and the rich agri- cultural territory adjacent. In fact its wonderful coal areas are directly responsible for the ex- istence of the city. The story of j the growth of Lethbridge is one of the most enthralling interest and the rich thriving and pros- perous city of today stands as mute evidence of faith, loyalty and unswerving purpose. Great Quantities of Goal When E. T. Gait was Indian Commissioner, stories had been carried to him of the marvellous qmantity of coal strata lining the banks of the Belly River. Mr. THREE BEAUTIFUL LETHBRIDGE HOMES BARRISTER. G. K. NOUR8E, MANAGER OF BANK MERCED F. REEVE, MANAGER BANK OF-MONTREAL. OF COM- Gait: caused the matter to be in- vestigated and upon evidence that this would be of im- mense commercial- value he suc- ceeded in getting Ms father in- terested. J.ji 1884 actual and systemat- ic development was begun under Sir Alexander T. Gait, by Wil- liam Stafford, a capable man of eperience and note. Prom- that time until the present Lethbridge has suffereil but from de- pression. That was in the Tears 1888 to 1896 when the world" over felt the situation. From that Lethbridge has progressed steadily and the last two years have witnessed a growth that has been simply phenomenal. In the f aH and -winter of 1-907 when the financial stringency' affected the United States and the great- er portion of Canada. Leth- bridge scarcely felt the depres- sion and commercial travellers reported the best -business in this city of any point in Alberta. Obligations were met with promptness and Lethbridge rose high .in the estimation of the wholesalers, and the credit xat- ings of its merchants were per- ceptibly increased. The build- ing operations far surpass any previous year, not only in amount but in the character of the build-', ings. Better homes are being BEAUTIFUL HOME OF J..E. LETHBRIDGE ON DUFFERIN STREET. COTTAGE HOME OF FRED GOW, REDPATH ST. ERECTED IN 1908 erected, more substantially built and office buildings.are being put on very fair terms. Loan homestead entries began panies.have great faith in Leth-j to increase, until today the dim e-n Ti-4-icil i -4-wirt 11 a vi-wrt QTA up that would credit to any bridge and a substantial loan is! trails of the prairie are cut off to Rltv ill the Tllft irrftftt Tint rh'-pfifnlf frt TirJ-fTi flio no.ftia Yrtan TTo Tmicf nrrrtTD city in the West. The grea' demand for offices and residence has made rents high, especially in the case of the latter, and the rapid building of houses, of va rious sizes has not in any meas ure been able to keep pace wit! the great demand.- The scarcit of houses has been sorely felt am as a result in many cases th rents are almost prohibitory. I must be said in justice to the landlord that he is not to blamhospitals in Canada. In this connection, Mr. E. T. Gait's name again-becomes prom- inent. Mr. Gait generously do- nated for the erection of a hospital, providing the city would give a like amount and set .apart a certain sum each year for maintenance. The proposition was put to the people in the form of a by-law and carried unanimously... New Market Place The new market place which was completed ?last year has met there should be no drawbacks, to profitable poultry cultured There is. also a good demand for fat- tened poultry as a large percent- age of the poultry marketed at Lethbridge is cold storage fowl, and a large part of this is brought in in carloads from the East. Building Activity The past year has been one of great building activity. Take that wonderful the great steel high-level bridge which will make .Lethbridge the railway centre, of Southern Al- berta. This undertaking invol- es the expenditure of over a- "million dollars, and is most substantial evidence of the great confidence the C. P. R. has in tie future of Lethbridge. ('have the preference and.this type of. house may be seen in every part of the city. A house of tkis 'kind representing jthe above ex- penditure rents af and per month and a profitable investment .for 'the owner. Such a dwelling will" probably bring in greater re- tarns for the money invested, than any other style of house and this, no doubt, accounts for its popularity. The outlying portions of the city deserve special mention in the matter of growth. Property has been comparatively cheap and numerous families who have come to Lethbridge expecting to get houses without difficulty have purchased lots a little on the outside and built A great many people also prefer to reside away from the' centre of .the city where they can have more ground and fill their lungs with good fresh air, because the air is jnuch purer than in the heart of .the city and it is es- pecially enjoyable ;in the, sum-, mer, when no matter now hot and sultry the day may the cooling breezes of are most A number of comfortable; shacks will be found, in the outlying.-. districts, which belong mostly to industrious peopfe who are prac- tising economy, in: order that they may build a better home in the near future. V Places of Entertainment Lethbridge now enjoys a bet- ter variety of entertainment than heretofore. Until recently OK- yer's Hall was the only available ''Opera and as a role shows of the better grade 4id not touch Lethbridge; V: 2v ow it is quite different. Two first' class moving picture thea- tres have been erected and they have full houses every night. -In addition to the moving-pictures, high class vaudeville is put 'on and the programme is changed weekly and is greatly enjoyed. A handsome new opera house with -a-seatuig-eapacity 800 is being built, whieii when completed will be one of the pret- tiest and "best in the Westr A special feature of the new thea- tre will the large stage which will accommodate companies re- quiring the most elaborate stage facilities. Lethbridge will then be in line for .the best plays that come "West. For its size Lethbridge is ex- tremely musical, and has a num- ber of talented. teachers, of'lfc- strumental and vocal music, m addition to a Conservatory -of Music which is doing good work. Lethbridge also has two bands, the City Band and the Concert Band. -That the citizens are mu- sical is demonstrated by the 1ft- eral patronage given to musical entertainments of merit, are frequently given. Amateur theatricals are popular and Lath-; bridge contains a number of am- ateur actors and actresses of ability. It is rumored that an- other new theatre is to be built on Bound street, but article was written the .state- ment had not' been confirmed. Lethbridge is a cosmopolitan- city and its population is made up of people of various nations. with gratifying, success: and the' Tlie substantial to grow grain; the progressive farmer from the United States and Eastern Canada, with the latest scientific machinery, came A MOW OF THE NORTH WARD. ERECTED IN IMt to grow wheat on small and large and flowers it will further en- chant the beauty-of the city. An Ideal The climate of Southern Al- is almost ideal. In the summer no matter how warm the days may be the -evenings are cool enough that one may always have a refreshing sleep. The winters are mild and.bright and the snowfall is very light, dis- appearing almost as soon as it falls under the influence of the dry winter chinook winds. Build- ing operations are almost invar- carried on throughout the winter. The temperature is equitable and the precipitation is light. There is no rainy'sea- son and the amount of sunshine andf bright weather tWs section produce; poultry, eggs and Vut- farmer finds ready sale for his ter'.- JsTotwithstanding the natural advantages of this district for the small farmer to grow garden truck and raise poultry, etc., Lethbridge finds it necessary to import largely of these products. There are splenilid openings for truck farmers, men who thor- oughly understand soil culture and the raising of vegetables, and scientific poultry raising. Plots of irrigated land can be obtained adjacent to the city and when properly conducted immense crops .may be raised by the controlled water and long sunshine. A 600 bu. to the'acre crep of- potatoes is not uncom- mon under these conditions, and strawberries and small fruits grow in rich profusion. An acre has been known to produce boxes of strawberries. A syndicate has been formed of. mostly Calgary capital to grow small fruits on an extensive scale in this vicinity, and the undertaking should prove a pro- fitable investment. Poultry Raiting Fresh eggs are very scare dur- ing the winter months and at cer- tain periods are impossible to obtain at any price. The mild winters are well adapted to poul- try raising" and grain being cheap and a market at hand, In- addition to from commercial buildings is a. splen- did criterion to judge the ad- vancemen't of any city, and it is also in the case of new dwell- ings that the growth of the city of Lethbridge is manifested. This buildiag activity has not, been confined to any faitn all parts of Catfada, who are ot course in the majority, Ameri-- cans and Englishmen come well up in the percentage as indicated by the recent census. The American Citizen Americans especially are in- terested in Lethbridge and have portion of the city, but all sec- tions have experienced great in- crease. Dozens of pretty dwell- ing houses have been erected all over the city, but cozy and com- fortable cottages costing from to seem to may be mentioned that Ameri- cans are quite prominent in rail estate circles are spending considerable' mpji'ey inducing their fellow countrymen to lo- cate in this district. A great (Continued on Fourth TWO KE8IDENCCI Off RE DP ATM ST. iUILT BY W R, VIRTUE Ml nm ;