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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBBIDGE HERALD SPECIAL PUBLICITY NUMBER RAYMOND THE SUGAR CITY MAN CAN conceive of no more prosperous region than Southern Alberta. And among her prosperous towns is Raymond. Here wealth and learning, so- cial and moral culture, business enterprise and integrity have be- come firmly planted, and dis- tinguished visitors have named this town the "Sugar town of the founded by tried men true. Raymond is located along with tow-ns of Southern Alberta in. a region of a stupendous and widening commerce and of great manufacturing enterprises. Ray- mond will go forward because it is near the centre of a great cat- tle producing, wheat growing and beet growing district, be- cause Raymond people and East- mi and Southern capital have faith in it an'd because its com- bined features, commercial, so- cial and public spirit, mark it as a resistless candidate for fu- ture progress. j Raymond is a seven year oldj town with a population of over; 2 000. It has an assessed valua- j ti'on of a real valu- ation of and a bonded debt of For the latter a sinking fund is and all interest is promptly paid, j It required to conduct the town government in 1908. It has many business establish-! ments giving employment to1 hundreds of persons. The larg- est of these business establish- ments is exempt from taxation for a term of years and conse- quently is not included in the assessed valuation. Viewed from the health-seek- ers' standpoint Uaymond has few equals. The pure, light air, the freedom from disease germs make it a health-seekers' resort. Here there is a healing fount 'in the atmosphere that will return him, provided his case has not gone to the extent of his having, typically speaking, one foot in the grave, to full vitality. There is a thriving branch of the Bank of Montreal here whose genial manager is always ready .to..give information and facts up- on, which opinions of the stabil- ity and importance of the town may be based. A statement of the facts and figures from the bank, however, would be too lengthy for insertion here. There are also a number of building and loan, associations representing large, investments. The natural advantages; of Raymond as a feeder and stocker market of cattle is. already at- tracting the attention of both the buyer and the shipper. During the past year the railroad and; Stockyards company has been; forced to keep pace with the bus- iness until now it is an easy matter for them to handle trainloads of cattle in one day. j In manufactures Raymond j scores more points than any of i her sister towns of Alberta .and the aggregate of her industries; makes no insignificant showing! The pioneer weekly newspaper: elected for mayor, Dr.-T.H.Riv- ers and given him six tried and true men for a municipal council for the town of Raymond. Raymond has a modern and well kept hotel, and under the management of Mr. C. W. Card, a practical hotel man, it has been a phenomenal success. His motto is to keep a good ho- tel at moderate rates. The school facilities of Ray- mond have always been the spe- cial pride of its people and chal- A VIEW OF RAYMOND FROM THE RAILROAD STATION. of Raymond is the Raymond Rustler. For six years it has been in the field and today from careful management and a fair treatment of "the topics of the day and every project advanced for the good of the town and lo-- cality is serving: a age. We have a long distance tele- phone service and about 60 sub- scribers in the town. No legis- lation can be too wise or too well considered looking toward the development of the West. Acting from this as a base for argument "the ratepayers have lenges comparison with any town in Alberta. The water supply is ample for present needs and the electric lighting plant contributes to make it one of the best lighted towns in Alberta. There are two church ings and both well filled on 'all church going Raymond has a well-fitted postoffice and prompt service.. It has now nearing completion a opera house. There is here a live board of trade which gives aid and en- couragement to all things of J. H. RIVERS, M. D. Mayor of Raymond THE SUGAR BEET FACTORY AT RAYMOND. THIS DISTRICT IS ALL THE TALK AN ORGANIZATION that is doing consistent work in placing before thej best class of prospective settlers j the advantages of Sunny South-! ern Alberta, is the Imperial De-j velopment Co., Limited, of Win-, aipeg, irhose Letnbridge office is, located in the Southard Block.! and is in charge of W.J.Lloyd, i the vice president of the com-; pany. So it fell out that one fine day, eharged with the editorial man-; date to run Mr. Lloyd to earth; and "talk to him." I found my-i self in his office, intent on ex-; ecuting my fell purpose. I i found my man up to the; eye-brows in work, which hadj piled up during his recent aence; but, making discretion; the better part of valor, he sur- rendered, for half an hour at any j rate. i I asked, "what is thej beat Its all very was thej reply, "I've just come backj from a little jaunt through Mani-: toba and the Dakotas, and it' really looks as though the whole; population down there would like! to join us in a "Questions to j my intimation of my interroga-j tory away! I! haren't done a thing but answer j questions during the past three j weeks, and a few more or less; woa't matter. "Interested in Alberta? They certainly ire. The present year see tBe biggest trek yet. And only are the in- fcflt MtnitoW On- tario also have hundreds about to come and inspect our lands for Once -they coine, they will come to stay." ''Come from Ontario yourself. do you I asked. "Sure, Bruce county. We have a good live organization in that province, and are getting some good settlers from just the right sort of people to do well for themselves and Alber- ta." "And do the majority of your purchasers become actual set- was my next pointer. His reply speaks volumes for the fu- ture expansion of. Lethbridge dis- trict. "Well, he. said, "a great change has taken place in the investors' frame of mind; two years ago, four out of every five that bought were figuring on what they could make by im- proved value on re-sale; now you may safely say that nine buyers out of ten look at what they are likely to make by cultivating the Is-'nd, and. regard increase in val- ue as an incidental." "During the last year we sold some acres mostly in the district east of Warner, and of that you may fairly say one-half was taken by people 'who are coming, bag and baggage, to set- tle and make new homes in Sun- ny Southern Alberta; as to the remainder, it is mostly in the hands of people who are setting in to cultivate; little, if any is held as a simple speculation." In answer to a general query as to the operations of the Im- perial Development Co., Mr. Lloyd informed me that the pany had interests in coal and timber, as well as in farm lands, in many parts of the Canadian West, and that the office here had only been opened on account of the speedy growth of local business, which could not be conveniently dealt with from the head office in Winnipeg. He fur- ther informed me that the Com- pany was in close touch with the Old Country; through their of- fice in Charing Cross, London, interest to the people or calcula- ted to promote the welfare of the town. The growth of the beet sugar industry is one of the remarkable developments in the agricultur- life of this locality. It is only about six years since the factory was built but the value of the output has grown from nothing to half a million dollars this year. The soil and climate is pecul- iarly adapted to beet culture and the .percentage of saciharine matter contained in the Raymond beets is greater than in most countries. The factory has met with some difficulty on account of lack of other facilities. It is hard to make an intensive farmer out of a wheat' grower or a grazer. It has felt the need of a more dense population. Fortunately, however, the factory was con- trolled by men accustomed to building in new undeveloped dis- tricts and awaiting the progress of development to for energy and foresight. It has required .energy, faith, and busi- ness tenacity to pull the enter- prise up from its beginning to its now successful state. We are .naturally proud of this industry and there is every reason we should be proud of it. Raymond flour like Raymond sugar has become famous for the excellence of its qualitv. Ekrar Mill A -of the Ellison Mffl- ing Oo., handles most of our im- mense production of wheat which is always of a high grade. The yield is from twenty-five to six- ty bushels to the acre and weighs 5fxom sixty-two to: sixty-five pounds to the bushel. Prom these figures it must be- seen that wheat growing here is a profit- able industry and. with our farm- ers studying through many ad- vantages offered by the Govern- ment the science of''agriculture it will surely remain profitable. To homeseekers iaiid' seekers for investment we say "Gome to Raymond." Our'- mayor and Council, oui' business and public men backed by a' community of intelligent citizens and enterpris- ing farmers will give you a hearty welcome, a welcome whose warmth will exceed even the warmth of Sunny Southern Alberta atmosphere. i they had excellent facilities for I educating the Old Country farm- er and investor to, some of the i opportunities .offered by the The growing interests of the i company in London necessitated i the President.. Mr. C. J. A. Dal- iziel, spending much of his time in England, and is at the present [moment in the Old Country di- 1 recting and organizing the com- jpany's trans-Atlantic campaign. Some Facts About Lethbridge LETHBRIDGE'S CHURCHES Roman Catholic. Anglican, two. Presbyterian. Methodist, two. Baptist. Salvation Army. FIGURES TALK The Postmaster General's for the ending March 31, 1908, showed tht gross postal receipts at Leth- bridge to have been The same report for the year ending March 31, I'NT, placed the receipts at This is an indication of Lethbridge's wonderful ad- vancement. increase af in postal receipts in twelve months tells a story of great expansion. In this con- nection it must ba brought to mind that nearly a dozen new post-offices were created in the district adjacent to Lethbridge in IBM, thus cut- ting off a lot of revenue the postoffice enjoyed in the pre- vieus year. :i CITY WITH SIX has six of Bank of Catholic Catholic Public and GOOD idea of the in Lethbridge can from the fact Tilley for the Life Assurance Co., last year, mottly eroding new WEAREANE mMDAMV But Old Nonas At the Land Business If You Want to Sell Land, Write Us If You Want to Buy Land Write or Call On Us Sunny Southern Alberta Lands and Sunny Southern Alberta Wheat Ranching Com- pany Stocks for Sale SEND FOR BOOKLET THE1C.BOHRNSTCDTCO. 629 PALACE BUILDING MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA Business Resi In the City of lethbridge unbrohen NORTH LOTS FARM LANDS, Close In FIRE INSURANCE Town and Country Lowest Rates FINANCIAL AGENT STOCKS BOUGHT and SOLD LOANS, Etc., Etc. CORRESPONDENCE SOLICITED T. E. LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA J ;