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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBKIDGE HEKALD SPECIAL 'PUBLICITY NUMBER Uaresholm The Million-and-a-Half Bushel Wheat Centre SUPPOSING Oliver .Gold- smith had entered the service of the Hudson's Bay company and had. approached what is now the Province of Al- berta from British Columbia, he might have seen from the Por- cupine Hills a waste of far vast- er extent than he saw when he "Campania's plain, forsaken weary waste expanding to the for nowhere does one get the im- pression of the vastness of the] prairie better than from the sum- mits of the foothills and no doubt also from the peaks of the Rock- ies, if one could succeed in get- ting there. The.view obtained from a height, especially on a summer day when the mists lie over the prairie, almost gives one the impression that the foot- hills are high bluffs at the sea- side. Whatever similarity there may have been, in the old Hud- son's Bay Company days between the prairie and a weary waste has now disappeared, and the prairie country is the most pro- dxictive in the demesne of the Do- minion of Canada stretching as it does for hundreds of miles to all points of the compass, dot- ted with homesteads., and peopled with a cosmopolitan population possessing all the qualities that make for strength and success. In one of the choicest parts of the land stands the thriving town of Claresholm aged seven years, within easy distance of Calgary, Maeleed and Lethbridge and with a population of over The country was a great ranching one till a few short years ago., but what a difference ;'There was a horse in the bar." This was the answer giv- en by a party accused of assault in .Claresholm over a year ago, but the horse on that" occasion came into the bar in a very mild way and without any yells or pistol shots 'of the rider. The horse in the bar would seem, to mark the dividing line between the old ranching days and the modern farming days. Despite all thft Mr. Arthur Stringer may say about the cow-boy being merely an ordinary human be- he has been found very pic- turesque indeed in this country. It was not two years after the town began to rise on the prai- rie that a certain knight of the lariat came into Claresholm and was surprised to see it looking extremely like a farming town so much so that he.thought he would show the people that thev were extremely slow and wanted up. Having got well ,ie rode llis into the Wilton Hotel and demanded a which, on account of his obfuscated condition, the proprietor refused: whereat the cow-boy fired, a .few shots through the ceiling of the bar by way Pf a start. This caused the proprietor to take refuge in the cellar or somewhere else for fear of his life. After a lope round the town to the accompan- iment of gun shots the wild man retired to a shack -on the put- skirts, of the town to rest. "A forlorn hope'' was enrolled to take him dead or alive, which approached the aforesaid shack on tip-toe, and one of the party bolder than the rest having open- ed the door and peeped in found LEADING CITIZENS HOLM MAYOR FROST. OF. CLARES- or, was the first inhabitant of Claresholm. He came from Pilot in Manitoba nearly seven years ago, and went first of all to look at Edmonton but return- ed to Glaresholm having made up his mind that that point was good enough for him. He brought with him 10 cars of lumber and set it down close to the depot. For the first three months he saw nothing but a few range cattle, and as to these he no doubt for- saw the day when they would not approach the town so close, a mail carrier from the hills and an odd man. The only grain grown in the country was a few car loads down by Willow Creek. That was in 1902, and in July the settlers began to come in and Mr. Moffatt began to send the lumber out. That fall and next winter Messrs. Mof- fat Sous were kept busy with lumber and coal and it was hard work frfini daylight till dark both for them and other pioneers ofj the town." In 1904 the place was incorporated into a .village anci William Moffatt was appointed as the years go on. Could the Great Northern receive the char- ter to Macleod and rights for the passage of its rolling stock over the present track here, as sug- gested by our member, Malcolm there is no question but that great relief would -be obtained. Failing this and the refusal of the C. P. 11. to con- struct sufficient rolling stock it will be necessary to build large A VIEW Or THE TOWN OF CLARESHOLM FROM THE C. P- R. STATION warehouses and storing purposes. elevators for The farmers undoubtedly expect to get rid of their grain in the fall of the year and are not in a position to car- posit of day loam which is. football teams disport themselv- chuined to be equal to the sur- es. and here from time to time face soil, but the top alluvial de-; excellent little racing meetings posit is so heavy that Jt is hard-i a re held which are much appre- ly probable that this lower de- fitted by the citizens and the ry their wheat over until it can! posit wju 'ever an agget country people as a be moved at the convenience of soil cultivation. Needless to: from the daily task. which when, he on EX-MAYOR MOFFATT. O. U. AMUNOSON. overseer, a position held for two years, Claresholm attaining to the dig- nity of a town, he ran for mayoi and was successful, and there- after he 'WAS elected twice by ac- clamation. In conversation with Ex-Mayor Moffatt, he was 14 years in Manitoba and there is no comparison between tlie two countries for climate and crop.. I had seven frozen crops out of -fourteen' in Manito- ba. I feel as I always did as soon as I first arrived" in Clares- holm, that it would be one of the banner towns in Alberta, as I j consider that there are more till- jable acres of wheat land adjacent to Claresholm than to any other town in Alberta, and wheat mak- es a town. We have all we could wish for here but transportation, After five years' service in the Town Council I have retired from the office of mayor feeling satis- fied that I have at least tried to do what was right." There is no more respected man in Clares- holm than William Moffatt, and nobody would think of question- ing his sterling honesty or in- tegrity. Coming of good Scotch Irish stock and born in Ontario the railway. In this connection a great deal of trouble might be saved by having the farmers' lia- bility spread throughout the greater part of the year, rather than have it mature almost en- tirely in the last two months. There is no doubt that the av- erage jield per acre in this dis- trict will increase. There art many farmers inclined to abuse the soil in their efforts to get im- mediate results. Breaking sod out of season is a serious mistake and farmers have so well learnt this lesson that this will soon be a thing of the past. Again an- other mistake is sowing flax or oats on sod the first year it is broken, and in fact flax is per- haps not very well suited to this climate. Such errors on the part of the farmer serve to seriously retard the crop average, but on the other hand many of our best farmers are adopting system of summer third or a half of ery year, which will crease the average, and in. a few years the system will be general- ly adopted. The crops from sum- mer fallow this year have aver- from thirty to fifty bushels to the acre .and this method of has clearly established itself as being far in excess of any other and also, far more pro- fitable. Summer fallowing also provides a solution for the ques- tion of soil exhaustion. It is claimed'by some of the farmers that eighteen to twenty crops have been raised successively on the same land without apparent diminution of the soil's strength. Of course, the majority have not been in the country long and are therefore not in a position to question that argument, but it certainly seems unreasonable. This nmch is known, however, that the crops in summer fallow are larger than crops from break- ing- There are many other ben- efits in this method of farming by which-it is commended to the intelligent farmer and amongst others, it means clean farms free from weeds; it means a more equitable distribution of the work; it means a great economy in labor as the land is cropped Less often and therefore needs [ess work and lastly it means most of all, greater results. The cost of fallowing'is very- little more for-a fifty bushel crop that for a ten bushel crop, but the profits of the farm, are out of all proportion. relaxation A skating say, the country is thickly set- rink has been constructed this tied and one can drive for miles' winter and is well patronized. past neat well-kept homesteads. the town there are three doc- There are still and will be for; tors, three lawyers, one dentist, many years, considerable cattle! two drug stores, four general Van clung in the hills west of stores, two gents' furnishing the town, the largest ranch be-! stores, u bowling alleys three ing the Glengarry or "44" of blacksmiths, four lumber yards, which A. B. McDonald is man- one- feed store, three implement ager. agents, besides several real es- Backed up by a couutry such The Wilton Hotel was as this the town of Claresholm nrst bllllt for a co-operative is as well situated as could be 'store when tlle town but Compared to other towns on the ter was ac Calgary and Edmonton line, it became the Alberta Ho- presents as a rule a more than J'el first a11 a boarding usual bustling appearance. tlie most modem hotel the sidewalks on a busy day are being the Queens. often really crowded. There are Claresholm was extremely Tin- two banks, the Canadian Bank fortunate in that about eighteen of Commerce and the Union months ago its electric light the school Avhith' is a fine brick building half a mile from the postofh'ce, arid which has been exceedingly well ...con- ducted by the retiring principal Mr. Bradley. There is a tendency for :the front of the town running parallel with the railroad track to absorb most of the business, but it. will uot be long before two of the avenues running at right an- gles to this street