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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGK HEKALD SPECIAL PUBLICITY NUMBER GRANUM THE PRIZE-WINNING DISTRICT G RANUM (until recently known as Leavings) lies 40 miles west of Leth-'" bridge on the C.P-R-, between Lethbridge and Cal- gary, in the centre of a well-set- tled and productive wheat dis- trict. The town itself, which is in a healthy condition of growth, has one of the most admirable sites in Southern Alberta. The Willow Greek, a goodly stream, flows one mile to the west, and the neighboring Porcupine Hills, o'ertopped by snow-crested mountains, lend their majesty and picturesqueness to the scene. The town, certainly has fallen into the lap of luxury, and plen- has poured her cornucopia on its head. Little did the roaming Indian or vagrant cowboy think that; the plains in the neighborhood j of the "Leavings." where the old police trail left the "Wil- would be the busy scene of the agricultural labors of to- day. Like the 'Sleeping Beau- the land lay waiting for the inagic touch of the faith, and in- dustry that should cause it to awake. The old police name, "The Was discarded when prosperity, like a lover came, with the chinook, awoo- ing, and the name Granum (Lat- in word for grain) was assumed as most truly descriptive of a .cJistHc't which anyone gazing upon from the heights of the neighboring kills, would certain- ly hail as a land of promise, which, the rancher passed by, has become Granum, ine prize winner. It lias since justified and proven the aptness of the -name by .carrying off the. laurels. First, at the Lethbridge Seed Fair last spring, where Mr. where Granum secured first for; million. This will be mucli ex- district exhibit, and Granum j ceeded this year, judging by the farmers also won several indi-' unusual amount of fresh break- A VIEW OF THE FLOURISHING TOWN OF GRANUM vidual first prizes ou j In 1907 over half rain, etc.: ing done last summer. There n million are four elevators here in the bushels of wheat were shipped grain trade, besides the track JohnVbsburg, of this place, won cup, and again at the Dominion.-Exhibition, Calgary, GRANUM'S PRIZE WINNING EXHIBITION AT THE DOMINION FAIR AT CALGARY from this point, and the ship- j shipping done by the individual ments for the crop of 1908 will j farmers. The great difficulty, run close to three-quarters of a; of course, here, as at otter vvjj in the of and this condition is likely to aggravated owing to increased acreage aforesaid, unless new lines of vnflrood come to the relief of this fertile belt of Southern Alberta. and Present. i'our years ago Granum was! marked only by a box car for a depot. Ranchers had been here for years, but it is only a short time since attention has been given to the growing of wheat. Now it is a thriving village of nearly 400 population, with every line of business represent- ed. Canadian Bunk of Commerce 2 good general stores. 1 furnishing. 2 hardwares 1 tinsmith 1 drug store 2 doctors 2 hotels 2 restaurants :3 implement houses 2 livery barns 4 elevators 1 milliner 1 dressmaker 2 tailors 1 jeweler 1 confectionery 2 laundries j 3 blacksmiths 1 harness maker 2 lumber yards 3 real estate agencies 2 billiard halls 2 concert halls 1 undertaker 2 barber shops 4 churches 1 two-roomed school 3 iusxirance agents 3 contractors Government telephone 1 carpenter shop -2 furniture stores 1 shoemaker 2 coal dealers 2 butchers 1 feed chopping mill There are business openings here "for the following branches: 1 large flour mill 1 large general store 1 local newspaper 1 photographer 1 dentist I sash and door factory 1 skating rink 1 establishment to manufac- ture grain cars for this year's .More banJvS More C.N. R.. G.N.R. 2 more elevators Railway stock yards 1 coal dealer 1 pork-packing plant 1 livery barn 1 creamery 1 cheese factory -Room for anybody An Ideal Farm A And An tueai Farmer with Turkey Red. He believes tlwt spring wheat is more profit- uble.. under irrigation. Mr. Whitney has made good in raising hogs. His timothy hay went better than two tons to the acre last year, and he sold for a ton in the stack. His alfalfa yields three crops annually, with a total average of over four tons-to the acre. The first crop is cut "in the latter part of -Tune, the second in August, D Whitney, who has a farm 3 miles east of Lethbridge, is one of the leading farmers of the district tributary to the city. While farmers in the West have been able to produce splendid results by following crude methods, Mr. Whitney be- longs to the class who makes a study of-his profession and puts brains into the soil. Mr. Whitney came to this dis-: trict twenty-seven years ago, and i located on a homestead eight j miles from the city. Six years j ago he purchased his present i farm of 470 acres for an! acre. The same year he con-j structed liis handsome which is fitted up with all mod- j ern improvements, including hot i and the third in September. His and cold flowing water. If you j alfalfa would pay interest on the offered an acre for this j value of his whole farm, farm today you couldn't get the i This farm yields 300 bushels deed. Mr. Whitney is fond of; to the acre of "The Irishman's D. J. WHITNEY experimenting, and has what can be done with shown Delight." Mr. Whitney is more proper i flum anything else noted for the wr ith money. THE FARM HOME OF D.-J. WHITNEY, NEAR LETHBRIDGE cultivation. Needless to say he: successes he has attained in his has had immense yields of j garden. -All kinds of vegeta- for which this district is noted, j bles and small fruits have been He has obtained the best results grown with the best results. An acrp nf nrs fHia last year yielded a revenue of An eighth of an aore of strawberries produced 100 quarts of which sold at a box. A bos of xthese berries averaged inches iti circumference. Mr. Whitney says that celery can be grown very successfully here, and that nothing is easier to raise than strawberries. He advise anyone to cultivate them. The results of Mr. experiments in tree culture are more than meeting his expecta- tions. He has seedlings planted out, some having attain- ed a height of 20 feet and a dia- meter of 6 inches. The first of these were planted in 1904. The selection consists of elm, cotton- wood, ash, and Russian poplar. The Inspector of For- estry for the Government award- ed him the first prize for. the best shelter belt of trees in Al- berta. In referring to vegetables we neglected to mention that Mr. Whitney had watermelons- in abundance, weighing from' 15 IDS. to 35 Ibs. each. His pump- kins and squash averaged. 35 Ibs. each. Mr. Whitney is a poultry, fan- cier, .and his barred Plymouth Rocks are spoken of all over the Province. The Government placed an order for some of his. stock for the Provincial Poultry Farm. His birds sell at or each, and eggs at a (dozen. Mr. Whitney's poultry, are prize winners, and his ducks- have never been awarded less than the red ticket. We must not neglect mentioning the suc- cess this farmer has had with his only colonies found in Southern Alberta. Mr. Whit- _ney has fifteen colonies, and he never lost a colony during a .win- ter. The bees collect from the alfalfa bloom until the season for prairie flowers arrives. His- boxes weighed 65 Ibs. each last year, and the quality was very superior. He would recommend this industry to anyone, and is convinced that it can be made a success in this district. .Mtv- -Whitney raises quite a number of hogs, and fattens them upon alfalfa and Essex rape. He says sheep do excep- tionally well on Essex rape. Mr. Whitney does not; decry dry farming, but he prefers to and uses irrigation. He believes it a sound investment to pay a lit- tle premium for this insurance. THE AVERAGE YIELD OF WHEAT PER ACRE IN THE WHEAT AREA IN THE WORLD IS 12 BUSHELS PER ACRE IN THE BUSHELS PER ACRE. THE FAMOUS WINTER WHEAT COUNTRY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA IS PRODUCING AN AVERAGE OF PER ACRE OF NO. i HARD WHEAT TESTING FROM, 63 TO 68 POUNDS PER BUSHEL. THIS INCLUDES ALL SORTS OF FARMING, GOOD, BAD AND VERY BAD, WITH i PROPER SCIENTIFIC FARMING, USING THE SUMMER FALLCJW SYSTEM, AVERAGE YIELDS OF 50 BUSHELS PER ACRE ARE NOT AT ALL UNCOMMON. DURING THE YEARS SEVERAL FIELDS, UNDER HIGH STATE OF CULTIVATION, HAVE SHOWN YIELDS OF 67 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE, MACHINE MEASURE-TO to 74 BUSHELS PER ACRE BY ACTUAL WEIGHT. THE FARMERS OF THIS DISTRICT TELL ABOUT THE YIELDS OF 1908 W. S. third, Lethbridge. In answer to your enquiry of recent date in regard to the crops I raised in the season of 1908, I would say that from 145 acres" of summer fallow I threshed bushels of Alberta Red winter wheat, or an' average of 40 bush- els per acre, for which I received 81 cents per bushel, or per acre. I had a 125-acre field I simply sowed on the stubble in the fall of 1907 (no other that averaged 18 bushels to the acre, all grading No. 1, Of the spring wheat I had nearly 300 acres, off which I threshed bushels, or an average of over 20 bushels to the acre, and for which I received from one to two cents per bushel more than from the winter wheat. After keeping 500 bushels for next year's seeding I received over for last year's crop, which I am very well satisfied with. W. L. Thompson, Spring Coulee. Replying to yours of recent date I beg to say that I have at the present time 30 sections of land in. Southern Alberta.' There are acres under cultivation, and will have acres to crop for 1909 harvest. I have acres in Alberta Red winter wheat, which looks fine. We will plow up acres of ne.v sod the coming summer, and summer fallow acres, which will put most all my land in cultivation by this time next year. At the present time there are 12 sets of good farm buildings on my land. .These are occupied either by ten- ants or by hired men. As soon as the frost is out of the ..ground the Government is going to connect all these houses .to' one central telephone house at Spring Coulee; -Also connect it to the local exchange at Spring Coulee, 90 that at any time any of my men can talk to me pir any of the outside world by just pressing the button. I had this year acres in crop in Alberta Red winter wheat, which averaged me 40 bushels to the acre. Hoping that the coming year will be as successful for all Southern Alberta as the past. 1, A. Woolf and Son, Cardston. I am iii receipt of your communication of the 24th inst., asking for a report of my crop of 1908. I had in wheat 400 acres, from which I harvested bushels, an average of 34 bushels to the acre. One .hundred and twenty-five acres of this was sown to winter wheat at the rate of 30 pounds to the acre; 75 acres of this gave a yield of or an average of 63 bushels to the and 50 acres gave a yield of bushels, or ah average of 57 bushels to the acre. The winter wheat land was summer-fallowed, being worked thoroughly with a drag harrow from June, when it was plowed to the 15th pf September, the date it was sown. I attribute the difference in the yield to the fact that the 75-acre piece was old ground, and in good physical condition, while the 50-acre piece was back setting, and did not work up so well. The wheat from the 75-acre piece was of a very even stand, the heads were of a uni- form size, and the kernels also were very uniform in size and well filled. Mr. Guiton, Forestry Inspector from the Experi- mental Farm at Indian Head, pronounced this wheat the best he had seen in either province. Our spring wheat averaged 25 1-2 bushels per acre. Most of it was grown on backsetting, and I could not get the soil in as good a condition as I wished. have sold bushels, of wheat, and it has aver- aged me 73 1-2 cents per bushel. From I. M. Dudley, Spring Coulee. Your enquiry about my say that averaged 48 bushels to the acre (200 acres of; winter Oats went 50 bushels to the acre Spring wheat was not so good on account of too much rain in June. Some Raymond Yields. Enclosed please find affidavits from some of the farm- ers in this district regarding their crop of This is to'certify that we, the undersigned, .had 20 acres of fall wheat (Turkey Red) that yielded 53 bushels to ihe acre. This was on summer fallowed land. Also 100 acres that yielded 39 .bushels of red Fyfe wheat (spring) to the" acre, summer fallowed: This was raised on section 20, tn." 6, range of 4. ,cSgd. -Schumers Bros. This certifies that on 60 acres of summer-fallowed land I threshed an average of 38 bushels of Red Fyfe spring wheat per acre. And on 25 acres of spring plowed land I raised 85 Bushels of first-class oats to the acre. And on 60 acres I raised two tons of timothy hay to the acre. Sgd. Jos. C. Peterson. This certifies that on 48 acres of summer fallowed land I raised 40 bushels of Alberta Bed wheat to the acre. Sgd. John T. Henniger. Jr. Yields it Warner. In reply to your favor of Nov. 24th. I herewith en- close you a statement in regard to some of the crops raised in the vicinity of Warner. We had the management of some land belonging to Mr. A. L. Warner, Duluth, with the following result. Ninety-five acres of winter wheat went 40 bushels to the acre of No. 1 Alberta Red. Winter wheat, at the present time, is worth 80 cents on the track at Warner. The labor and seed upon this land cost us per acre, which, as you will see, would leave us a profit of per acre. G. B. Snapp, Warner, Alberta, had 75 acres of winter wheat, which went 39 bushels to the acre. Tenny Bros., of Warner, had 148 acres of winter wheat which went the acre. We threshed bushels of oats off 30 acres from "Mr. Warner's land. The spring wheat in this, vicinity went from 25 to 35 bushels to the acre, and is worth 80 cents per bushel on track at Warner. The farmers in this settlement are all thoroughly well satisfied, and they are having far better crops than they ever raised'in Dakota. Minnesota, and Iowa, where most of them came from. The crops are good, and the climate is fine, with am abundance of good coal and good water. The stock live out on the prairie all winter, and keep fat on the prairie grass. We all predict a great future for Southern Alberta. Sgd. F. S. Leffingwell, Tenny Bros., Geoi. B. Snapp. Jensen Ranching Co. Magrath, Alta., Nov. 25th, 1908. Dear with your request, I beg to submit the following report of our farming operations for- -the years 1907 and 1908. In the year 1907 we harvested a crop of 600 acres, which gave us bushels Albert Red winter that sold for 82 cents per bushel. v In the year 1908 we harvested a 700-acre, field produced bushels Albert Red5winter wheat. Sold same for 71 cents per bushel, all grading No. 1. .We also had 100 acres Volunteer wheat, which gave us bushels No. 1 Northern. All the expense we had on the Volunteer crop was cutting and threshing. Our expense per acre discing and harrowing, 50c.; cutting grain, stacking-, 30c; threshing and delivering to ele- vators, twine, 45c.; seed, 45 Ibs.. at 75 cents, about 60c.; total, say, per acre, The yield was 50 bushels to the acre, at-71 cents per bushel; total per acre, less expense; net, We pastured on the above fields 100 head of horses, 75 head of cattle, and 175 head of hogs. We figured the feed, such as straw stacks and stubble, was well worth per acre. This made the net amonmt per acre ;