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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE -HERALD SPECIAL PUBLICITY NUMBER Blessed With Rich Lands and Lots Of huve been shipped from here this, season up to the time of writing. a larjje quantity has been; held over for seeding. There isj no elevator as yet, but several; companies are contemplating) building before next season, sol as to be in a position to pur-j chase the large crop expected j next season from the increased patented coal under riffhts, be- sides several leases. While this company own the coal under- neath near the town and to the north, they have not developed their coal property to any great extent as yet, but in the near future they expect to equip their mine with" a plant with an output of from" 400 to 600 GRASSY LAKE is 52 miles miles from Lethbridge and 54 miles from Medi- cine Hat, on the Crow's Xest branch of the C.P.R. Some say it was called after a lake, while others maintain it was so named because of the abundance of rich, nutritious grass found in the vicinity. A few of the old timers may remember the day of the buffalo, while others may have used buf- falo chips as fuel for their camp fires while hunting near here. For this is one of the oldest sta- tions on the old A. R. and I., situated half way between Medi- cine Hat and Lethbridge. When the A. R. and I. were operating this line as a narrow gauge road. Grassy Lake was a very im- portant point. It was also not- ed for its game, and was a ren- dezvous for hunters for hundreds of miles. Bucks, geese, chick- ens, antelope, and other game were very plentiful. But now the prairie is pastured by the herds of the ranchers and dotted by the shacks of the homestead- ers. In. the days of the cow punch- er this was one of the finest ranching districts in all of Al- berta, but as the romance of ranching wore off and the farm- ers commenced to come in the situation is changed. Grassy Lake is the old days buffalo and game, followed by the ranchers with their cat- tle, sheep and horsesj but these again to" be crowded out soon by the farmers and miners of, the present and the future. Live stock lias been and is yet, an important export product of Grassy Lake. At present there, are several large herds of cattle Some of the largest horse breed- pasturing in the district. Tliejers in the district H. Wel- hirgest is owned by Maunsell ker. J. Llewelyn, J. W. Kil- Bros., of Macleod, whu have aijrour. G. Perry. Fletcher lease across the river which ex- Bros., E. C. Cox, Neil Bros., pires next- season, and will be on Ha me] and Sons, William the market for settlement. They Phipps. C. A. Attwood. E. D. own about lo.OOO head of cattle; King, li. II. Bennett, and and horses. These animals are Gilmour. pasturing out all winter, and tlie stockmen are bein? never see anv hay. This outfit i crowjtHl out by the enterprising exported to Liverpool from LMJO j settlers. who" have obtained to head this last season. homesteads or pre-emptions, and Other important ranchers of-intend to engage in mixed i'arm- this district are James Perry, Each year more and more K. S. Slawson, Mason and of the prairie sod is turned over, Webb, Armstrong and McHugh. i the waves of golden grain Lee Staverl. and J. M. Hems- undulate with the breeze. It GRASSY LAKE HOTEL. le. will not be long till we will have i'o change our name to some n name more significant of grain T> -ieAi uction. Hut the soil that fa d t rn, T j. ibis is also a fine district ior j V1 sheep, and pro Da blv carries some i A i i rr of the largest herds in Western i i n j r i .r can grow a rich heavy grass crop Canada. brassy Lake is the if i 3 e i yields a.n a buudant harvest of shipping point or a great many i j n i j. i 3 ,1 i i wheat, outs, barley and flax. cars oi wool and mutton eacli- And season. These sheep are grazed tBe h on the prairie without hay shelter the year round TLcyieven vieU are tended by sheep herders, -and doeg tke each herder handles a flock of jwffl thus two or three thousand head, i The country is so open that tliej _T sheep stray very little. lhe of the largest sheep breeders Iav s McEensde and Campbell. Xeil, Brothers. Thompson thers. Green Jacobi, Thomp- 1 of j acreage. This soil cannot be beaten for field roots, garden i vegetables and small fruits. j Strawberries, raspberries, goose- I berries, currants and cherries are a splendid crop. Fruit will yet be an export of Grassy Lake. We not only-have a fine ranch- ing and farming coxintry, and a large area of rich soil on the sur- face, but under the surface we have riches untold. Vast areas of coal underlay the whole dis- i trict. The coal is found at a depth of about 86 feet, but in for fa h f ftf t It f tons per day. Their land has i been surveyed for sidings, tip- I and other improvements. I This mine is owned by capital- i ists in Lethbridge and "Winni- i peg. The largest shareholders i are H. A. Driggs, of Grassy iLake: H. T. Cherry. "Winnipeg: i 0. TT. ilacMicking, formerly of Lethbridge: R. F. Reeve, man- jager Bank of Montreal, Leth- Conybeare and Jones, C. B. Bowman, and J. Young, I of Lethbridge, and "Woods, manager Bank of Montreal, Ma- 11 son aud Thompson, and as Treffo farther south towards the inter national boundary we find Joe1111" ha Young. But the dav of the sheep men here is comins to an rlns 5e _ LaDd acres of tLe Grass-v year, and over half been turned over to cniawlers- fres< ot sec. 31 tp. 8, E13, a11 wheat-' from ldl tbe-v exPeet a eason- end. for they are being: crowded lout by the The set-i 'Llewelyn had last season tiers of this district have bumper crop of fall wheat., their enterprise by purchasing j yielding about 35 bushels per one of the finest gold medal There were also a number lions ever brought into the coun- j small areas, but making- a try. Figaro, jN'o. 55-315 (62494) considerable total acreage, for is" only a four year old. but [last year vras practically the first weighs 2.100 Ibs.. and cost 600. This has always been a great horse breeding district. But there is no doubt that Grassy Lake will soon be raising a great many of the prize-winning horses for the fairs of "Western Canada- crop. The yield was goody -shoe- ing what the country will do when the country is all under cultivation. "Wheat wus a pretty fair crop last.season, yielding a conserva- tive average of 28 bushels to the acre. About ten cars of wheat GRASSY LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL. most cases along the coulees the; farmers and ranchers are dig-j ging their own coal where the; seam crops out near the surface at a coulee. It is found to bej a very good domestic coal, andj is becoming famous throughout j Saskatchewan and Manitoba. j The companies holding the larg- j 'est areas are the The Driggs, Johnstone and Cher-! rv Svndlcate own acres of grath. This is a very strong company financially, and no doubt will be of vast help to the district. In November, 1906, James R. Shearer and Luke Raisbeck opened up the ftrst coal mine on the south half of section nine, and only one and a .half miles south of Grassy Lake station. A company was incorporated under the name of the Grassy Lake Coal Co. B. G. M. Todd was president, and Luke Rnis- .beck was manager. During the summer of 1908 James R. Shear- er travelled through the Pro- vince of Saskatchewan, and in- terested several prominent and influential men in the coal pro- position at Grassy Lake, with the resxtlt thai a new company was incorporated, with head- quarters at Regiua. This new company, the Saskatchewan-Al- berta Collieries, Ltd., bought out the Grassy Lake Coal Co., and began operations on the first of December. 1908. This com- pany is capitalized at and is spending the sum of 000 in further development. Their intention is to put in a spur track and open up three or four tunnels in order to handle an outpxit of five or six hundred tons per day. The main development will be commenced early in the spring, and will be .completed in readi- ness for next winter's trade. In the meantime the company has opened up two tunnels to sup- ply the present demand. The coal is a high grade do- mestic coal, and judging by the increasing demand for it in Sas- katchewaji, it is more than hold- ing its own in competition with the other Alberta companies. The Saskatchewan Alberta Collieries, Lt., as at present or- ganized, consists of the follow- ing directors C. Knight, Regina, president: W. B. Neil, Saskatoon, vice-presi- dent: George S. Gamble, Re- gina, secretary-treasurer: James R. Shearer, Grassy Lake, man- aging director: Dr. Shaw, J. M, Lacey, and Walter Knight, of Regina, and John Spicer. of Saskatoon. Another mine is owned by Messrs. Alder and Mills, who have leased an area of coal land about five miles south of Grassy Lake, and are selling coal, prin- cipally to the ranchers and farm- ers, in the district. They have a very fine seam of coal, being from four feet to five feet eight inches in thickness, and of a superior quality ior domestic use. The coal business in this district is as yet in its infancy, and when fully developed Grassy Lake will be one of the big coal towns of the Crow's Nest Line. Mr. Wm, Salvage, one of our progressive general merchants, in conjunction with" some other capitalists, have made a test kiln of red brick from clay taken from as large clay bed within one mile of the town. This clay, when properly manufactured, will make brick which will be a credit not only to the operators but also to the town, and will, we believe, be second to noue in the West. Grassy Lake has a great fu- ture ahead when one considers all pasture, cattle, sheep, horses, grain, hay, coal and brick. It contains several uptodate merchants, lumber yard-of the Citizen Lum- ber Co.. blacksmith shop, livery stable, barber shop and pool hall, "two restaurants, a a butcher shop, a drug store, a post office, station and a barracks for the police. One of the R.N.W.M.P. is stationed here. His .patrol duties extend from the Red Deer river to the United States boundary, or, in other words, his district covers square miles. This speaks well for the law-abiding charac- ter of the settlers. Grassy Lake is not behind in educational lines. It has a good school. The following religious denominations are represented here Presbyter- ians. Anglicans. Roman Catho- lics, and Latter-day Saints. A new church is being erected.this year by the Presbyterians. The C.P.K. have put in large yards and sidings, and we un- derstand that in the coming summer they will build a new station, as the present one is taxed to its limit to accommo- date the people. Grassy Lake has a progressive Board of Trade, with a member- ship of forty-three. The pres- ent officers P. Porter, president; A. L. Blythe, secre- tary-treasxirer. Under the man- agement of the Board of Trade a monthly market day is held at Grassy Lake, on the first Fri- day of each mouth. We under- stand that in the near future the Government telephone line will be extended from Taber to Gras- sy Lake, and then on to Medi- cine Hat. At present we have a daily mail, a telegraph office, and an express money order :of- fice. There is an excellent open- ing here for a bank, solicitor, boot and shoe store, harness shop, and a dressmaker and mil- linery shop. Grassy Lake has a great pros- pect for a prosperous future, and the settler or citizen who comes now will reap a-rich harvest'for his investment. Southern Al- berta is so noted for its pleasant, healthful climate that it is need- less to say more. But Grassy Lake is noted for its good water in abundance and easy of access. Perhaps that is the reason we have no undertaker, and (none is needed. WE HAVE ACRES OF FINE WINTER WHEAT LAND In the Lethbridge, Stirling, Warner, Taber and Grassy Lake Districts for Sale at Reasonable Prices and Terms These Lands are increasing in value very rapidly, and your money invested NOW will bring you big returns within a few years. You can make "good money" farming this land or you can have it farmed on shares. The average production of wheat per acre in Southern Alberta is greater than in any other part' of Canada or the Western States. These lands also grow Oats, Alfalfa, Timothy, and, in fact, nearly all Grasses and all Root Crops, such as Sugar Beets, Potatoes, Mangels thrive and yield abund- antly. Small fruits also do well. Write us for maps and descriptnre matter, and we shall be pleased to give you prices, terms and full information. The F.L MASON LAND COMPANY mmxt. WHIM ROOM 2 STAFFORD BLOCK ;