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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBBIDGE HERALD SPECIAL PUBLICITY NUMBER ALBERTA GRAIN FOR. WESTERN _______ SHIPMENT ____ OUR COMPANY OPENED THE MARKETS OF JAPAN, CHINA AND MEXICO FOR ALBERTA HARD RED WINTER WHEAT, AND TO FILL ORDERS ARE NOW IN THE MARKET AT ADVANCED PRICES CALL ON OUR AGENTS Alberta Pacific Elevator Co. Limited Head Office Calgary, Alberta The Canadian Real Estate and Adjustment Co. HEAD BLOCK P. O Box 387 LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. E. T. MoGREGOR Manager We Buy and Sell Farm Lands and City Property We Write Life, Fire and Accident Insurance and Collect in any part of the World GIVE US A CALL WHEN IN LETHBRIDGE Centre Of Rich District JUST, SIXTY-SIX miles south-west of Leth- bridge at the terminus of j the A. R. I. lies the town of i centre of the Cardston electoral district (pro-j vincial) and the Cardston agri-j cultural district. Cardston is the oldest town on the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Com-j pany's line and is proxid of her] distinction as the Mother of the! Mormon Colony in Canada. j The founding of this colony; at Cardston began in 1886 whenj Charles Ora Card, of Logan, j S. A., came out to; explore parts of British Colum-! bia and the North West Terri-; tories with a view to selecting a home for himself and a number! of associates who were anxious .to partake in the development of the new country. Southern Al-j berta presented the most invu-j ing place for Mr. Card, camping at the mouth of Lee's! i Creek, he moved east to where j the town of Cardston now stands j and decided it was the best'spot! in all his travels. Here, he rea-j soned, is rich soil, plenty of; good grass, plenty of good wa- ter andfjpractical accessibility to i Mr. Card carried back a fa- vorable report to his friends in! Logan and Cache county. In early spring of the following! year, 1887, a company was form- j ed consisting of C. 0. Thomas E. Ricks. Thomas X.; Smith and Neils Monson: The; company approved of Mr. Card's; selection and at once set to work putting in gardens, hauling tim-; ber. building shacks, etc. Later; in the spring of the same year! others arrived from the north-; ern part of Utah, among them j being Messrs. -T. A. A. Woolf, Johanas Ander-' son, Thomas R. Leavitt, Samuel Matkirj. E. R. Miles and George L. Farrell. This was the neu-: cleus for the new town and dis-; irict and also for the settlement; oi' the Latter-day Saints as a col- ony. Other names prominent in the early history of Cardston, are; Bishop Dain.es, Morgan and Hen- ry L. Hinman, Layne, Ricks and Roberts, Mr. F. D. custom's camped the St. Mary's river just south j of Cardston and Messrs. Donovan j and Barker were "watching their sheep" on Lee's Creek just north of where the town now stands, j Before the summer was passed j the population of the little hurg1; wu> about ninety. A place of I worship was improvised the trees near the creek- j The by the time j winter arrived they had ercitedj a place of worship 20 x 20 1-2 a complete organizution fioui the Sabbath School up.''A I writer speaking of the pictures- of the scene when these i pioneers J5rst arrived, j "Never in all their travels had the little party seen a balmiev j clime nor a more enticing-'spot than when they viewed the were located and; gion where Cardston now stands j farming ranching carried! The hills were clad in emerald: on extensively. To the east of; green, and in the evening, as iniSt Mary's River, the rich and; the the Titanic masses' fertile farming land of Spring: of the Rocky Mountain rang.; j Coulee is fast being settled lined against the-curtain of the: Cardston has today a popula-; sky, took on more glorious tints j tion exceeding one than Nature's painting on a j three elevators, electric light and; shell. The grand Old Chief i water works under the direction j mountain, whose summit has land ownership of the municipal-; never yet been reached by man, jity, large roller mill, splendid j towered before them as stores and all the modern social: wark of safety, and the loftyjand home conveniences of the! snow-clad peaks and serried! day. Being a natural centre for! heights seemed grander to the one of the finest and ;most pro- j pioneers than an army with ban-! ductive agricultural districts ners, while the air was pregnant [the North American Continent' as with a benediction. The whole'the trade of Cardston is rapidly scene reminded them of their j increasing and she is fast forg- far-ofd home, and they decided j ing ahead. It is only about three that surely this was the promis- i years ago since the railway en- ed jtered the town. In the last five1 Extending west of Cardston years her progress has been the villages of Leavitt. Cald-1 greater than during the whole vrell, Mountain View and her life time. The Cardston zer soon sprang into District is specially adapted for the largest of these being Moun-! the raising of winter wheat, tain View. On the south the set- j yields under Statutory Declara-j tlements of Aetna. Kimball made by some of the most AT CARDSTON. honest men in the land, have shown G2 bushels of winter wheat to the acre and as high as 135 bushels of oats. West of Cardston, bordering on the foot- hills, is one of the best dairying countries to be found anywhere. Plenty of good grass, clear run- ning water, cool nights and pure air. Gardston is looking for more railways and also for some won- derful developments in the1 oil and mineral claims which, are be- ing worked to the "West. The district has every evidence of possessing rich and deep veins of ore and coal deposits. Work in the oil wells has been carried on for some time and the indica- tions are that they will produce immense quantities of oil some of these fine days. The settle- ments to the west and south of Cardston are all tributary there- to and their business and judi- cial transactions are aE carried on there. It is this that gives Cardston its pre-eminence in the southern part of the country. A VIEW OF CARD5TOK FROM ACROSS Trie RiVEn. ;