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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LKTHHMDOlB HEBAL1) SPECIAL PUBLICITY NUMBER Another Town Born Lucky jiuis full to handle the grain be grown here this BOVriSLAND is a thriv- ing yearling town situ- ated about sixty-five miles from Lethbridge and forty- five miles from Medicine Hat :tlie Crow's Nest Pass branch of the C. P. Pt. The surrounding "country is a beautiful upbud -un-- dulating prairie. The soil is a rich clay loam of great depth and very produc- tive. The land here is now all1 taken under homestead and pre-; eruption rights and in the spring-; the homesteaders will be here in.' great numbers dotting the prai- rie with their buildings. Before another year, a vast amount of now virgin soil will have the grass roots turned towards the sun. At present there are quite a number of acres in fall wheat. The Southern Alberta Ranch Go. have about 200 acres: A. F.; Werts, 100 acres: W. about 30 acres; J. Martin about 25 acres; W. A. Keyes 25 acres; N. Walwork about TO acres; N.: Ancion about 10 acres; Fred Campbell 10 acres and J. Pasley; about 15 acres. There iV quite a lot of land already brok-. en, which will be sown to spring wheat and oats, perhaps 500 acres in-all. The Southern Alberta Eanch: have very successfully grown fall wheat upon their ranch four miles north of Bow Island for the past three years The yields per acre are good They are now commencing their ditoh that-will irrigate the coun- -try north of the river for a distance of forty miles to the north and east as far as Medi- cine Hat. The C.P.R. which has been boring for gas at Bow Island for the past year, and who have had i a small flow since last struck last week a quarter mil-; lion flow of gas. We under-: stand that they are going io continue to greater depth inl which will sou. SOUTH ALBERTA LAND CO.'S FARM BUILDINGS AT gOW ISLAND. the anticipation of securing oil. If they are successful this will assure us of a glorious fu- ture for Bow Island will then be- come one of the great industrial centres of Canada. Bow Island has coal to burn, and it need not be shipped in either. But snow flies next winter we will be shipping coal from here. The whole country is underlaid with coal of the best quality in seams of great thickness. X. Walwork is operating a coal mine at present and D. Long Co. are also. The coal of both mines is much better than that of Grassy Lake a little bet- ter than that of Taber and the equal or the peer of Lethbridge for steam and domestic purpos- es. Most of the incoming settlers 'have brought plenty of horses them, so steam plows have uot beeu used much as yet, bu: when they are introduced the I coal will be convenient. The people of this vicinity j having nearly all come from North Dakota where they were prosperous farmers and either sold or rented their places. So they are people who have mon- ey and experience which will :uiake this a great agricultural district. The future industries of Bow Island while yet only vague, in- beet sugar factory to be erected by the Southern Alberta Lund Co. A sample of beets grown here was sent to Germany for analysis and was pronounced the highest in sac- charine of any analyzed from Canada. A large elevator will be built A large hotel will be erected in the spring to furnish accom- modation for the travelling pub- lic. Several stores will be built year and we expect a popu- lation of 500 by next Christmas. The business houses of Bow Island consist of: The Bow Island Hotel; the McAlouey Hotel; J. Le Marche, lumber merchant; E. B. Loucks, planing mill; Geo. Herber, liv- eryman; B. T. Whitney, meat market and feed J. W. Ellwood, blacksmith: A. F Werts Co., general store. J. W. Hopkins is postmaster while the Hassey Harris Co. is represented by A. F. Werts Co. and the International Har- vester Co., by Geo. Herber. James Olquist, owner of the townsite, will be pleased to have correspondence with any person relative to any industry or bus- iness they may desire to locate here. There is a good opening for a doctor and a drugstore, for the first man on the ground would have the best prospects. The post office is now a money order office raid the office is be- move. December of the same ing enlarged to accommodate the needs of the increased number of settlers. year I came up myself, built a shack, fenced 'it ond plowed u fire break around it. I then de- cided that my neighbor had made no mistake in the claim he had picked for me, for I think I have good a piece of laud as you