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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD SPECIAL PUBUCITY NUMBER LETHBRIDGE, A Modern City (CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE OF SECTION FIVE.) many of the Americans here arej interested in, or have farms inj this vicinity and reside in Leth-j bridge as their permanent home, i and give the necessary attention! to the land at the required sea-1, sons. Many homesteaders follow the same example and reside in the city in the winter months and perform their homestead du- ties in the summer. Having well to do farmers in the district makes a great dif- ference in the volume of trade done by the city merchants. In making inquiries among a num- ber of representative houses the writer was assured that from 40 to 50 per cent, of the annual turnover was credited to out of town trade.- When one comes to think what this amount means in actual dollars and cents the fact is simply astounding. j The Farmer Prosperous The relations between the farmer and merchant are much different to what they have been in the nast. Now the merchant RESIDENCE OF W. A. BUCHANAN, DU 1938 PER IN ST. EAST. ERECTED does not find it necessary to car- ry the farmer from month to month and have him settle up once a year as formerly. The Southern Alberta farmer is as a rule prosperous and independent. He knows how to get the most out of the land1 and his know- ledge is the result of years of actual experience, and he knows the value of money, and usually has enough in the bank to tide him over until the harvest sea- right way in beautifying the city and I think your mayor and last j-ear's council deserve s iue above observations were iven onl after a careful invesfa- gatidnjbad been made, less tliaa cial praise for their foresight in knows how to pick out j there was ,5 the wheat from the chaff. This ltt A Great Future For Lethbridge and District Lies Ahead E ARE naturally pre- judiced in favor oJ Southern Alberta. We have done something towards making the country, or rather in 'making known its advantages, but the country has done more 'for has made this com- pany. In the early spring of 1906 our vice.president, Mr. R. H. Owen, 'discovered" "Sunny Southern Alberta'." Our first purchase was a tract of acres south of Lethbridge surround- ing the station then known as Brunton. A good many exper- ienced land companies had look- i ed over the proposition and turn- l ed it down, and many were the prophecies by wise ones that we would certainly go broke trying to sell Southern Alberta ranch lands for farming purposes. Our of land was sold out year, track and Some Changes In the City During 1908 Recorded By the Camera BALD PRAIRIE A YEAR AGO making the improvement expen- ditures. I think any money spent on. city improvements is money well spent and will re- turn many fold." "T simply can't help getting son. Times are changing, too, for the merchant in Lethbridge. The old time credit system is slowly but surely gaining a strong foot- hold, and although credit is ex- tended by a large number of the stores, the practise is not nearly so prevalent as it was even at this time last year. One merchant with large interests and who has a big staff, is constantly cutting down his list jjf credit customers, explained that he might eventu- ally have to do a strictly cash business on account of the keen mail order competition, and that he could meet their prices if all his business was done on the cosh basis. Living Is Moderate By a careful comparison with cities situated it is foundHhat living in -Lethbridge is moderate. People coming here from, the source of supply of many articles enthusiastic over Lethbridge, and I think it might well be call- ed the City of Progress. Take your merchants for example. I have not been in a city of sim- ilar size with more up to merchants. They are exception- ally well informed as to th> goods they sell and I see they carry the highest grade of goods and well assorted stocks, and know the power of newspaper ad- wheat from the chaff. section to tiiere is iiww is not sm isolated instance of a! the prosperous little town of favorable impression, but is tak-. Warner. Our first acres en as an example of the average were sold to tBree hundred differ. interviews-regarding Lethbridge ent peopie making an aTerage i elow but I find a delightful cli-; with the conditions of the mar- mate, more like summer than V middle of winter. any bank manager what the an us ount wMle it might be fairly good as a grazing country, was utterly worthless for agricultural pur- poses. I do not think it is ne- cessary to offer any argument to disprove this. The crops raised in Southern Alberta during' the past several years have proven conclusively that it is an agri- The Prairie Is Being Rapidly Settled All About IV 0. W. Kerr Com- pany has been selling lands the past year in the vicin- ity of Lethbridge, Warner, Nanton, Stirling, Ray- mond, Magrath, Coaldale and Chin, in the famous Lethbridge District of Sun- ny Southern Alberta. The people to whom these lands have been sold represent a number of the States, prin- cipally North and South Da- kota, and Iowa, Minneso- ta, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ne- braska, while there have been a number of buyers from New York State, Ok- lahoma and Texas, Colora- do, Montana, Washington, California; and in fact near- ly every one of the United States. These people are board of trade is doing; he thinks of Lethbridge for in- cultural country and with pro- excellent work and I received vesting purposes and you will per farming will produce as state living Ls'high but they'ne- glect to take into account the freight rates. As far as electric light is con- cerned, the city has taken over the plant and hope to be able to make a.-reduction in rates in the near future. Water exten- sions have been pushed energet- ically in the outlying districts where it has been in great need and some of the streets on which the water has been laid have been sparsely; settled which may ac- count for the.existing but by no means permanent, "andit should not be a great time before the, waters rates are re- .duc'ed substantially. A Great Future Ahead The following interview -will give a splendid example of the average opinion of outsiders in to Lethbridge.. The interviewed was a man of means of varied business interests, 'who was looking over the -and especially Alberta for in- vestment opportunities. He spent a week in Lethbridge and the surrounding territory and was asked his opinion. "Why, you people don't know your own town. You have no idea of the wonderful advantag- es you have here. Do you real- ize that some day (and it might be sooner than you expect) Leth- j .bridge is going to become one- of j the most important manufactur- ing and wholesale centres of this! great western country? It sim-' ply can't help and it has every advantage and facility for making good." "The advantages of your pres- ent railway service and the roads being surveyed and proposed will unquestionably make Leth- bridge a great railway centre, arid I may tell you "that that million dollars the C. P. E. is spending on this bridge down here over the river, is a pretty good argument of ;the faith they have in your city. C. P. E. people know this country like a book and you may be sure tjiat when they spend such an enormous amount on a structure like that, they ace sure of their ground. "Look at the vast amount of _ mndeveloped water power you hare here simply going to waste, and your coal areas are wonder- ful and apparently are inexhaust- ible. I down at the river the other day and saw seams of all over the fVe people of Leth- tob, I find them problem ft and loyal to their city. every kindness and information j find that he is a most optimistic at their hands. And I must not I person. There are in all six well overlook your real estate i known banks doing business in he-said, with a reminiscent i Lethbridge and they all seem to chuckle. "They are most en-1 have their hands full handling ergetic, and I had quite a time j the volume of trade that comes keeping out of their their way. good crops of grain as can be raised on the American contin- ent- The country has the .soil necessary to make lacks the Southern Alberta crops but what Sunny needs, and SOUTHERN ALBERTA LUMBER C O.'S NEW MINSTER ROAD OFFICE ON WEST- aboit it tht WESTMINSTER METHODIST CHURCH, NORTH WARD, DEDICATED LAST YEAR must-have before it will become much of an agricultural country, is When I say good farmers, I mean good farmers, not the hit and miss sort of fellow who farms on the sidewalk or by 'phone, but the practical fellow who applies the same common sense methods to farming in that he would apply if he were farming in Iowa. It. takes settlers to develop the country and make liind values, and in this South- ern Alberta is lacking. Too of the land at the present time is in the hands of specula- tors who axe too short sighted to see the advantage of improv- ing 'the land.' We strongly ad- vise all of our customers to put their land under cultivation. We consider it poor business judg- ment to allow land to lie idle as virgin prairie when the land, by being produce from one hundred to one hun- dred fifty per_ cent, annually on the investment. Another thing that is holding back the development of the country is the fact that the owners .of large holdings think, if they hold on long enough they will get fancy-prices, but Jand cannot, and will not advance without the settlement. We are doing everything we can to urge our customers to improve their land and we" know of no better suggestion to offer to commercial bodies at Lethbridge than to urge people along ,the same line: The Lethbridge district is ca- pable of sustaining about fifty times as many people as there are there at the present time and with the development of the country it seems to me' that the city of 4 Lethbridge lias a good future. We are glad to co-oper- ate" in any way with the citi- zens in bringing about these re- sults. O.W. KERR. President of Co. DOUBLE BRICK ON COUTTS ST. SOUTH OF BY MR. SHARMAN COURTLAND. OWNED as a rule of a class that should make desirable citi- zens in any country. Prob- ably 75 per cent, "of the sales, or even more, have been made to men who j either move onto the lands themselves or send up their sons to improve them. The past summer brought in a great many of those who purchased in 1907, and 1909 will bring in more of these with a large number of 1908 buyers with their effects. The town of War- ner has been built up with- in the past year or two, Milk River has a start. The retailing by the company 'of the nearly acres of the old Cameron Ranch north of Lethbridge, Coal- dale and Chin, has already brought a number and will next spring bring in a great many more settlers to help make these towns grow. These lands were some of the choicest in the district, and brought good prices, and the buyers were either fairly well to do States farmers or their sons. The company's plan of breaking up and improving some of the land when they offer a tract for retail, has been a paying .proposition to them, and has enabled the buyer of such land to -get' in a crop and get returns on his investment that much quicker, and their policy of assisting their buyers to get their land plowed and into crop .where they are unable to be right on the. ground at the necessary time "is commendable. The Field Manager, T. S. McKenzie, purchased a section of the Cameron Ranch land north of Coaldale and Chin, has put up first class buildings, it and has about half of sown to winter wheat. In 1907, the prices of land in the territory where they have operated ranged from to for COMFORTABLE RESIDENCE ON COURTLAND ST. BUILT BY SMITH BROS WILSON FOUft FINI RESIDENCES ON BITWfflN DUFFCftIN AND HIOFATH trout micro ON rom> IN THE NEW DUNLOP BLOCK ON BARONESS ROAD LAST YEAR tPRVADt TO SUiUHM. STORE ERECTED ON WESTMIN. good lands well located, while in 1908 the range lias been to and in some cases even .more for non-ir- rigated lands. The effects of the big crops again in. 1908 will be to boost prices still more during 1909, and it will keep advancing until it gets up to somewhere near its value based on the earning power. The 0. W. Kerr Co. es- timate that their sales have run considerably over acres during the year, and figuring a half- section to the man this would make over 300 buyers from this company alone, while the people who" have located in the district on the strength of their advertis- ing would run a great many times that. They state that they figure on keeping at the good work until there are so many satisfied set- tiers in the district that all the land will be taken up and. off the market, or until they find another "Sunny Southern POPULATION TREBLED population at the ccntus by tho Do- minion govcrnmtnt in IMt, A einsut wit taken in the fall of I MM and the popu- latlon This is incrmt in two, ytars of nearly three hundred per cent, .There's With the mining village of which for pur. f pooe excopt municipal 4jc merit, a part of the elty, Uthbrfdfs'i poftolatlofi to ovor ;