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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta JANUARY 14, 1WO LETMMUUaa BMLT> PAGE PRESIDENT MARNOCH'S ANNUAL BOARD OF TRADE REPORT FOR i 919 knotoU knihcla per acre............... jw per iMMbftU per acre......... hrf I taw Mr acre per acre hrf I per acre ftm 1 tea per acre f 19 per acre put crcp production padar! laid, per acre 1M.300 nice of crop on acrw ianny yield per MIC, It a to that many of Uw kigw Vrfdings of irrigitad land in th> dirtriet are broken op into smaller holdings, upon which ia'urfrious indmdwd tanoen are ratahlMBHTig themMhai. Irrigation fanning, wHk ita gtwiitr rear-roand opmttoat, itwlf better to eonmatntad iDdmd- ual effort on armller areu, in contrast with grain fanning on larger with a busy rush in the Spring and another in the Autumn. A good irrigated farms hare been at priow running from WO and upwards for improved font. eaae word of caution that needs fo dropped from fo time in regard to pricw for grain land requires reiteration the. new-comer most satisfy himself thai he is not incurring obligations heavier than he can sec lw to carry aud make a profit, on through the years to come, rhen falling pricw for produce maj be looked for. MORTGAGE LOANS OK IMIOATTO fifteen of irrigitm dry farming, is now of inraluaMe Mrrice to the coirjannity; aud F. H. Ccnuniworwr of Irrigation, and oihen. wtre held at MacUod, Twelve Mile Schcol Floutr, Iron Springa, Cinnaagty, Tabor, Purple Raymond, Magrath, Chin Dam and at placet. At all of During thin year lows been made on irrigated farms both by mortgage companies and individuals. The steady proved 'yields from these farms recorded over the siiteen or seventeen during which the irrigated lands around Leth- bridge, Raymond. Magrath, and CotMale have been being devel- oped have demonstrated tho absolute safety of this form of in- vestment. Some loans running as high as five thousand dollars on a quarter section (150 acres) hare been made. Part Vni.-Extensions of Irrigation When we recollect that it is lass than a year ago that fnrmers were beginning to take an interest in the possibilities for getting irrigation water for the acres south and east Hi Lethbridge. aud that at the middle of -Tune this year Premier Stewart, of Alberta, and Hon. Arthur Meighen, minister of ihc interior for the Dominion were only beginning to reach an understanding as to tbe various responsibilities of their governments, there is somp canse to be pleased with the pro- gress thai has been made, although we would all have been glad 10 hive seen even more. The educational processes thai had lo bd gone through have proceeded very well. The results from farming under irrigation on the long tHlabliahed acres under water at Magrath, Itaymorid, Coaldale and this year, have been splendid. The acres extension 6f this.system at Taber is now under construction. The acres" Ijethbridge Northern district has been fully 'organized and construction should be'started in the Spring; while the United Irrigation district. AVest of Cards- ton and the Rock nnd South Macleod districts are also getting near the actual construction stage. The main thing that we are all concerned with now is the looking for all possible points of contact with every government, aswciation, corporation, nnd individual that can help us and the removing of every point of difference. We can do far more by making friends than by looking for enemies. As to the just division of the waters between the United States and Canada, surely two nations who have been, and are standing shoulder to shoulder with each other on affairs of much higher importance are not going to allow human progress to be. impeded by frazzling over forms of words. Surely it will be possible to discover and make effective'nsc of practical means whereby the Rifts of nature in the mountain waters can he heit made available for the greatest numbers of farmers in each of the countries. IRRIGATION' ASSOCIATION The service of ihe Irrigation Development Association has lain in providing a means of expression, not only for any one district that feels the need for irrigation as an adjunct and support to ita grain funning and live stock operations, but for every one of these districts. It brings together with one yoke the farmers who may desire direct benefits from the irrigation oE half a million acres of land, ns well fis tbe farmers surrounding these who will reap indirect benefits from being to purchase hay and alfalfa from their neighbors over the fence and from selling them straw for their cstlle. And' the I.D.A. also provides for the city and town people coming together their mutual interest in these matters, 'and enabling them to join the farmers in the pursuance of their The influence of the I.D.A. in these directions has become increasingly apparent. The officers of the association felt that they were on sure ground in arouning the interest of Premier Stewart and his minUters after the big meeting at Lethbridge in March; and in the work of bringing the Dominion govern- ment and the Alborta government together at the interviews Iwtween Premier Stewart and Hon. Arthur Meighen at Ottawa, the chairman was able to ejprws the full desires of the whole community. It. tbe later negotiations it helped W. A. Buchinan, M.P., lo with authority, and to make effective use of nis invaluable efforts in the same direction. As result of these negotiations the surreys and in- rcitigations were 'continued and extended by the Dominion government; and, in September, to a committee of -which one of the members was Prwident Wood of tho United Farmers of Albtrti, from the V.'Estsrr. Irrigation Association, Premier Stewart made the' satisfactory announcement that the Alberta government would give sympathetic consideration to any concrete proponl pnt before by any irrigation dis- trict, for help in financing projects. DC-MIKION OOVMVMHNT OfFMS Fl.TAKOUI, HILT It is interesting to- recall in this connection the tentative mggertion made by the Minister of the Interior, in a telegram from him read at the March maw meeting, that "if tho Province district bondi and desires Dominion loan agaiwt lame, such will be considered." Icen withdrawn. There are many precedents within the British Kmpire for ooTerament support of irrigation projects, the, most recent be- ing that referred to by Chairman Mumoeh in a communication, from him from the Old Country; the Britiih Parliament, las 1U7 meeting to how to aake pragrMt get ting formation wu giwn. PBOO It will fce netJbd that AamMion wac at the g meeting in the Majestic T Ufcire, at on 13th, 1919. The eieeuttre that was appointed tWi and added to later met once or tvice immediately after the meeting, and tber oane together again on March 37th; and again on June 9th to meet Hon. A. J. and the HOE. Chae. Mit- chell of the Alberta government. Nothing that hu transpired since then has called for the bringing together of the executive, but it may be well now that a (tatement ihould be mtdt as to progress in the meantime. Tn'e meeting of the Western Canada Irrigation Asaoeiation at Medicine Hat in August provided an opportunity for the of- of the I. IX A. to get in direct touch with other people interested in irrigation progress; and then at the man meeting ic Lethbridge at the end of August there wu a big tkm from ail the districts around Lethbridge to meet the Hon. Arthur Meighen, Minister of the. Interior and Hon. Jas. Cal- der, Minister, of Immigration and Colonization. These Minis- ters of the Crown, besides meeting our people and sensing more fully their wishes for progress in making further use of moun- tain streams for irrigation, were brought in direct contact witli successful irrigation farmers on their own land. They were entirely convinced by pcrsoiul interviews with these far- mers, and by seeing their crops, that irrigation farming in the I-ethbridge district was on a very profitable and sound bmiu'ees basis. In all cases (eicept the ire obtained from 1.60-acre plots. On this account the yields are higher than would probably have been the case had the fields been larger. The comparative results are no doubt the same i.e, the per of increase due to irrigation is the as would have lave the cast' had the fields been larger. On the dry land the crops were in all raws planted on summtr fallow land. On Ihe irrigated laad the grain crops were grown on land that had a hoed crop 'of tome kind the year previous, and the ftotatoes were usually planted on grain land. HMULTS FSOK AKD HAY GROWN Wini IKHKIATIOK Comparative yields of alfalfa and timothy are not given, for the rtison that the returns from these crops hare 10 low on the dry land that it wsf hardly thought worth while to tabulate them. On tbe irrigated part of the farm our average yield of cured uli'alfa for the past ten years has been considerably over four tons per acre. Some wasons it has exceeded five tons pet acre. This ig the weight of the hay as it was hauled to the barn or suck. There arc no reliable statistics available giving the average yield for ihe district but it is probably in the neighborhood of three tons per acre. Individual farmers of course obtain more thin this. Timothy being cut but once yields less. From one and one and a half ions to over two tons per acie the usual harvest. The Alberta Government his tsken the wise and timjly LETHBRIDGE ACHES On September 20th the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation Dis- trict iras formi'.ly srcctcd, all the necessary preliminary 'steps having been gone through during the summer. The trustees of that district, Chairman T. W. Crofts. W. F. Lever and Geo. CJww, have been folly occupied in moving toward the pninl ot getting action on construction, and H. B. Muckleston, their engineer, is now actively engaged in preparatory work in con- nection with plans and the preparing of exact estimates o[ cost. G. II. Dunning is secretary of this district, and S. J. Shepherd is solicitor. The office is in Lethbridge. The universal rise in prices is sure to he reflected in a dif- ference between the estimates of cost of this work as made sev- eral years ago, and figures based on present prices; but the district realizes this, and the farmers are prepared to think in terms of payment rather in farm produce than in dollars. step of engaging the services of a consulting engineer to advise on ihe various projects tint are contemplated. Mr. George G Auderson, of Los Angeles, who advised on the inception ol ilifi works that supply the water for the highly successful irri fanning districts around Magraih, Raymond, Coaldale Lethbridge, when these were built sixteen or seventeen and who has a wide .experience in irrigation am waterworks engineering, been retained lo advise the Gov- ern meet. WESTERN CANADA IRRIGATION ASSOCIATION This Association held its annual meeting for 1919 at Medi- cine Hal in August, and many delegates from Lethbridge nnd tlic districts were in attendance. The annual meeting is usually held alternately on either side of the liockies; bill in recognition of the fact thai the greatest de- velopment in irrigation is likely to take place around Leth- bridgc within the next few years it was decided that the 1920 meeting should be held in Lethbridge. UXITED, LONE HOCK, AXI> SOUTH JUcLEODr-iiQjOOO ACRES The United Irrigation District, whose irrigable lands coven some acres, west of Cardston, voted in favor of the erection of a district during the fall., The Lone Pock' territory just north of that, in which about acres can be irrigated, ha stakcn steps towards -organization. Immediately north of that again is the South Macleod area, in ivhich there may be some acres capable of irrigation, and the farmers there, too, are getting themselves together for organization. MAGIUTH, BATMONB, STIRLIKG ACRES, The farmers around the iCagrnth; Raymond, and Stirling districts hare made some progress toward's the actual forma- tion of an irrigation district, with the object of having nn authorized body with powers underlhe irrigation district act to look after their business. TAKER, GRASST ACRES At Taber, canal construction work has been proceeding to provide the distribution of water to the seventeen thousand acres which is to be supplied by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to the Taber irrigation district from the surplus waters in the Chin reservoir. Besides this the larger body of farrrsrfi around Tnbcr and to the cast and south are taking steps along the same lines as tbc Raymond, MagratH me] Stirling farmers, to get on with ihn actual formation of an irrigation district, with the feeling that it is advisable for ihem to get together in a corporate body now, without waiting ,ill all the details about surveys and water supply arc finally settled. WtBNER AND EASTERLY ACRES The Warner and Milk River fanners whose lands may he wnt- aid also those in (lie morn outlying districts around Fore- most, and around Allorado and to the southeast have not. yet taken definite action, but the experience that is gained by the other districts will be at (heir disposal later on for their guid- Tbii tentative offer There also itppcnra to be a strong desire among the farmers in the Sundial, Travers and Enchant districts for irrigation, and further turvey work was done there this summer. PROGRESS op SURVF.YS It will take some time. yet for the Reclamation Service to collate fully all the results of their field work during. the sum mer. It was s.boni the middle of July before Premier Stewsrt had reached on behalt' of the Alberta government that arrange- ment which Hon. Arthur Meighen, minister of the interior for the Dominion government, deemed desirable; but from that time up till the w-eathcr became too severe for further successful field work, considerable progress had been made in farm sur- veys and in acquiring further information 'as to how the wat- ers can best bo brought down for distribution. COMPABATIVB Rrsur.Ts IN CHOPS OKOWN ON DRY IiASD AT THE EXPERIMENTAL FARM, GIVING YIHUM PBU ACM; Part lX.rGeneral THE lioTAi. VISIT liCthbridge and district had the honor of entertaining H. fi. H. the Prince of Wales in October, 1919. LABOUR AND THE FAKURHS In February, 1919. Dr. J. G. Untherford. U. M. G.. addi-cis- ed the members of this Board of Trade. The theme developed hy the speaker was that the farmers of Canada, being both lab- ourers and capitalists, might become a great steadying in- luencc in the country from their personal understanding of the >roblcms affecting both employers and employed. Vrcionr LOAN 1919. It is not. so very many years ago that this was almost entirely borrowing community, whereas now the limits in Lethbridgc. arry heavy deposits in their Savings Departments. C'onsider- ble amounts from went into Government Loans in 1919; nd the total amount put into the IS 19 Victory Loan from the iistrict ran up to orer The capable management the chairman for Lethbridgc. ifr. D. E. Harris, was well upported by tbe many helpers in the city and surrounding ountry. LETHBFIDCE AMATEUR ATnijimo ASSOCIATION Public interest in tbe promotion of clean and wholesome port in Ihe city was aroused by M.r. Justice Jackson early ir. Ill9. An Association was formed lo co-ordinate effort, under iis leadership, and very good results; have been achieved. The rganization covers tbe whole field from playgrounds o all the sports activities, Winter and Summer. VISIT or EDITORS FROM STATKS At the invitation of the Dominion Government a large party newspaper men and women visited Western Canada during he summer. This description of bow they were entertained at ;thbridge is from tho Bath, N. Y., IMaindealcr: "Early in the morning we were awakened at Lethhridge by Scottish aira finely rendered by the pipes and drums, aud peek- ng out through "the curtains, there was a largo Kiltie band. As soon as our parly had made their "twilights they marched to the town hall, where the ladies of the Women's Civic Club of the Board of Trade and their assistants had gotten up ahead >f us and had prepared an elegant breakfast, which they served n a fine manner. We were formally welcomed by the mayor and the citizens iu Uthbridgc is a city of about in the province of Alberln, with broad streets, nice look- ng buildings snd a large and beautiful park set out with all varieties of flowers, right in the center of tho town. The town is prosperous, as it is in a peculiar agricultural and live stock districts, amounted to fourteen million dollars a year during 1918-16-17. Canada, and surplus of Ubor in one place readily finds meanj f getting in touch with places where there is a dearth. fOTl GAS AND OlU. It is significant that developments iu directions work closer and closer to Ijethbridge year by year. The natural field has been extended from the Hast; and the oil field is de- gradually from the South. has found in considerable volume at Bajnwell about twenty-five miles east of Lothbridge; and wellt are being sunk closer to Lethbridgc on the east, and ako at Monarch, about fifteen miles northeast of Oil is being prospected for about fifty inilei southwest of Ijethbridge. Nearly sll of this work is being un- dertaken by companies, irell equipped financially, whose bnsi- new IB fho distribution of these and their efforts arf uuch more likely to lead to satisfactory conclusions thin ii Ihe work were undertaken by individuals. ALBBSTA IKDOSTKIAL COXGBIXS This Congress held a meeting at Lethbridgt during August. Appropriately, most of the discussions centred upon whu' ransl alwavb our basic in parr ticular upon the great developments that will certainly follow the. further extensions of irrigation in the country around Lethbridge. With that foundation well laid, and with the great coal mining industry operating close to the city and in the adjacent Crows Nett Pass, industrial developments will never lag far behind what the of our population will wamnt. HBLHKO THE NEW As ihe uiop this teason affected adversely some of there filmier B who had not benefited from the years good crops, owing lo the small they hud under cultivation, ihi' ladies of the Women's Civic Club of the Board oi Trade inter- ested themselves and their fellow citizens in taking care of the needs of those families for warm clothing, shoes, etc. Mrs. P. Simpson, the president, and ilrt. Arthivr Hayr. itcretary. assisted by the other ladies of the city have done excellent work in this direction, which is greatly appreciated. Other organ- i'.ntions are doing similar work in Ihe Calgary district for the short crop areas closer lo thai city. ALBERTA Sen0014 Oue ot these excellent practical schools has been builr. this year at Kaymonil eighteen mile? south of Leihbridge. There is a Demonstration Farm surrounding the school where both grain farming and irrigation farming operations will be car- ried on. This school will be opened for next. Winter's course. Tn the meantime it is gratifying to note that a number of farm boys and girls from this district arc in attendance at, the School at Clarcsholm: not only that, but several boys from this city, who had gained practical experience in farming during the war are taking this course of instruction, nnd some of these arc likely to go oil to the University of Alberta at Edmonton, to follow up this scientific training by inking the four years' win- ter courte iu agriculture there. This Board of Trade has al- ways taken a keen interest in this movement, ever since .we arranged an excursion of our members aud some nf the young people to the Claresholm School in 191-1. 8 M le H 2 (Trlfth. Co 1909 1910 1911 1912 Ids 1H4 from recently givtin Ito guarantee to the Sondan Government, P iwue of bonds for thirty million dollars for irrigation develop- ment and construction. IERIOATIOX MBBTIMW Many largely attended meetings were held during Ihc sum- mer, and were given by S. S. Dunham, acting chair- man, I. D. A., T. W. Crofts and John Powclson. vice-chair- pen; .W, H, 1'sirfield of the Lcthbriclgo Experimental Farm 1918 Arerafs In create due (ofrr Increase due tolrr.j) Dry Irr. II Dry Bu. Bu. j Irr. Bu, Dry Irr. j Bu. 1 Bu. 1 1 r ___ i I 481 77 P.c. 5J 31 p.f. center of coal mining, The coal production 8011001, We have continued to urge the AlbeiUi government lo erect 2 Nonrm! .b'choo! for training teachers in Leihbridge. This request has been endorsed by the school authorities throughout the districts surrounding Lefhbridgc. LAND TITLES OJI'ICK Tlic people throughout this district have continued ihuir representations to the [Alberta Government ss to Ihe necessity for the establishment of a Land Titles Office at Ijcthbridge. Ihc need for which becomes greater and greater as transactions in lands ami properly increase. Part X.-Board of Trade FINANCE AND MKMBEIISHIP The nujinbcvbliip is now over (wo hundred, and ilic tions have been sufficient tn carry on the current biishuvs for the year and to pay the Secretary's salary. The total Miwndi- tures for the year amounted to 1IEETINQ3 The business of the .Board is transacted at Ilic weekly lunch- eons of Ihc Council, and the members generally alfo attend thesf- General meetings are held from time to time, iind business of particular importance is there dealt with. Your President desires to record his special ihankt to MT. Ii. T. Brymner, Vicc-President, and Mr. S. 3. Shepherd, who directed the a flairs of the Board during bis absence for pan of the year; and to the chairmen of tlie various sections foi their loyal support in carrying out the various activities cf the Board of Trade. Respectfully submitted bj, G. R. MABNOCH, Prcsidtni. and during the same time the live stock and grein amounted to nearly sixty-eight million dollars. There are nine banks in fliui place. Tbe city owns the water, light and street railway sys- tems. Soon after breakfast we were loaded into autos and taken for a twenty mile drive through the agricultural district, part of which is irrigated. The farmers were cutting anil stacking their nlfalfa, many labor saving devices being used in doing the work. A wide' scoop raXe iras used, whkh drew the alfalfa to the stack, where a hoisting arrangement carried it up and dumped it on top. Wheat was being cut. The country seemed to be very productive. Our drive ended at, Conldalc, a shipping place. There 1 met a Mr. Xohle, who has the world's I record for a wheat crop, having raiied, I think in 1915, bushels on acres. He owns a farm of acres, and keeps 300 head of horses to do ihc work. 1 asked about trac- tors and be that horse? were cheaper, considering the first cost, repairs and gasoline at 43 cenU, to operate the tractors. He stated that after the crops were harvested that the horse-- were turned out and not taken until February, and then given a little grain. MT. Noble was s, native of Iowa. A base ball riiiiD of country girls, dressed in regulation of red, wns at Coaldale to meet us. A picked up nine from our crowd was pitttd against them, but the girls could play Eome ball, so (here is no use giving the score. A decorated stand had also been erected here and the girls dished up ice cream nnd Kitl drink-: to our crowd.'' (lOfllNMKNT fJUBEAC This Bureau has giren excellent service during ihe year, over three thousand men have found employment through this agency, as well as between three and four hundred women. Far- and other employers make their wanls known lo the Bureau, people looking for work register there, and I bey are thus brought together. Connections are maintained with Government offices performing the suuic work Iliroiighou! Southern Alberta Is due for Great Devel- opment in the next five years as a result of ir- rigation extension. LETHBRIDGE Is in the very centre of the Irrigation, Wheat, Alfalfa and Coal Belt of Southern Alberta. Keep in touch with this prospective devel- opment by subscribing To The Lethbridge Herald Daily, by mail, per annum Weekly, by mall, 11.50; to U.S., JJ.Od ;