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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta J THE I.KTHBHinC.K DAILY HEKALD. innifi.VTIOX NUMBKR SATURDAY. MAY 17, GOALDALE COMMERCIAL CLUB What Satisfied Settlers Say of Coaldale District May 191S. To Its Secretary. Commercial Club, CoaWale, Alia. COALDALE AS AN IRRIGATION DISTRICT Irrigation in the Coaldale Dis- I net lias heea carried on success- fully during the past ten years and the bountiful crops produced nave demonstrated beyond a doubt the nmaiing advantages accruing from the use ot irrigation water. In ord- er to appreciate this we will-out- line briefly some condilions con- fronting I be irrigation farmer ol the- Coaldale TOstrict. The land has a gentle slope to- wards tie east, northeast, which tends to particularly easy handling of the water, so much so in fact that very little extra work has to be done on most of ihe farms lo set in shape to irrigate other thau patticg in the ditches. The method oJ irrigation most generally followed is that inown 35 "free Hoodies." Under ibis system ol ir- rigation toe ditches are pat in eith- er on the contour, or at right angles to the ccntour of the land (depend- ing on the slope o! Uie particular section) and then by means of can- vas dams put io at different inter- vals ditch "the water is Hooded orer the ground. As more alfalfa is seeded in the district tie is toming into vogue and "when once this system is installed the of the er is ranch easier." The soil-'a clay loam. verv rft- ceptive of irrigation ana is ereeu'- ttonally retentive of moisture so .that a considerable amount may be ejored at one time for the use of tVo plant The subsoil being a savidy clay .helps to drain the surplus water when too heavy an application is made thus prevent- ing Tvuter logging. the terms of tne Irrisalioa ;Act, enacted the Dominion -Got- eranient in 1S94' (then known as the -Xorth-Wcst irrigation AclI all irijM to all surface, -water .in the. Provinces of Alberta and Saskatch- ewan is Tested in tie Crown. Wafer rights are'tatfcn out under this Act .tor irrigation purposessand, ,as U the case in the Coaldale. District, 'jne. farmer _obtain5 a certain amount of water depending on the area of im'guble land he from the irrigation sys- tern supplies his land. The Duty ot AVatfrY or the amount of -jraler a farmer is to receive was previous- ly filed as flcnr dur- ing the .'irrigations-season ol second.foot for each 150 acres ot irritable land. Totaled up pfoacers in the JUtrkt that he left in Idaho, and has seen desert lands of Utah and luaho blossom out into the most f alaable'and prosperous coininuulties of Ihe west. Ihe influence of irrigation. otliw officers of the Club art: First Vice-presi- dent T B. Dunham, one ot the old tiaieri of the fiii- irlct and one of its most prosperous farmers; Sscond Vice-Presideat. T. P. Bowlby-.Mr. Bowiby Is ratW as of best and'most successful fanners ci the, Falls district ot Idaho, and is using the same "gooa farming methods hero that proved so successful in Idaho- he was one of the first to raise clover seed in Idaho and firmly believes that1 clover seed will do as well in the Coaldale district. T. B. Dunham has resided in the district for- the past ten years and should be of great value to the club in woiilng out its ,-arlous problems. Other olticers of'the Club are: Directors. F. Knapp, R. J Baldry. Roger Lund, J. C. Bass and Jesse Wells; Auditor, B. 5. Pawscn; Secretary, Harry A. Suggitt "Very comfortable and well furnished rooms have been provided and the public is cordially invited to make use of these rooms at all times. The rooms provide a meeting place for the members of the club slid also other organiiations. The ladles especially are requested to make use of them as a rest room and meeting place. Considerable publicity work has already been done and material and cuts are now being prepared for an attractive booklet in which the advantages of the dis- ,trict will be set forth. These book et will ba wideU (distributed throughout the irrigation di tricts of Ihe, "Western States. Any one wishing to obtain cue of the e bookie cm The town of CoaWalo is Just now at the-IMsiantnK sm] King.. ot a healthy no eRoit Is beltif mads tt> boom: PUBLICITY AND A. Suggiti. ihe town, effort U being made; lo chafrmiV D. S. Psvson, Johu C. Bass, irrtgstors lato the district; the towu will adrwcowlta. w- QTunwaiii. the district. Roser Lund, cbltrniiu; Frank Coaldale now bus two-elevators, one general ftorfc Knapp.A'.-XI.-Loekwood. two bank, garage. thwe-JfUbw RAILWAYS AND O. Kerr. chairman; hardware store, .barber, jboii and iwl hiijlj.j.yfg. refVy.. p. II. Ilelghes, R..-R. I.ea. C. E. A. Morrell. estate concerns, two'blacksmith'shops, Vivo'hay buy. ing organisations, confectionery store and oil ware- R Coaldale is Destined to house. J Coaldale is well situated lor intensive farming; the city ot Letbbrldge only leu miles away and oilers a good market for considerable produce. Calgary, the livestock market for all ot Western Canada. Is only 150 miles awuy. Livestock' loaded oh the. cars it Coaldale in the afternoon are oh tbe market at the next momlng. The lumber camps and mining camps ot tho Cron'i Xest are from 100. to 500 miles west and a large part, ot tho hay rsrsed in the Coaldale district finds a ready market in these caups. The laud surrounding tbe Coaldale irrigated district Is not waste land by any nieaus; the whole ol South- ern Alberta 4ml Saskatchewan 'offers an unlimited market for the products of this district. Over EO'j cars of alfalfa were shipped out of Coaldale from the 191S crops and this hay was distributed way from the Pacific Coasf.eMt to Winnipeg and norlh to Edmonton. Thousands.of sheep and cattle are fed In the Coal- dale district every year anil this industry Is simply in ihe beginning; the feeding of livestock offers one of the easiest and most beneficial means of disposing ot the products of ihe district. There are a number of busiuess opportunities ia Coaldale and the growth ot the district warrants In- vestigation. Any information wanted regarding CoaUalo or ihe district wjil be gladly furnished. Address Stcrelary, Coaldale Commercial Club, Coal- dale, Alberta. COALDALE COMMERCIAL CLUB L. Hottmsn. president; T. B. Dun- ham, first vice-president; ;T. P. Bowlby, second vice- president; H. A.. Suggllt; secretary-treasurer; B. S. Parson, auditor. Knapp, Robert J. C. Bass. Roger L-und, Jesse Wells. COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP McD. Davidson, .chairman; W. j. Schiniek, .AND T. follow a potato growing dislrict meal JJbwlbv chairman; W. A; Bozarth.W. H.'-'Fairtield, L. mills follow a' sugar factory, .jKj. Become An Point Crhe day .when this district will Imvo -A family on every1 80 or 160 is not far distant, let iho Coal. Consolidated School patriot are about one hun- dred sections of land, nearly alt under irrigation cultivation.. The average sized farm in the established Irrigation dlsjrk'ts ot Jhb Western States is SO acres. If these one hundred sections were divided Into acre we woukl have eight' famines to the section or 800 families for our rural .'population in nur present School Twin Falls. Idaho, with a population of over while dependent absolutely upon its farming activi- ties, has 11 tributary area of less than half ofithc- Coal- dale -Irrigation district. Oreeley, Fort CoIlif.sV Lougmout end 'Loveland. ot Northern Colorado, wlln a combined population of over thirty thousand, have less Irrigable land surrounding them than within an eight mile circle of Coaldalc, and Iho mentioned above have uu re- sources whatever ejcepl those created and maintained by the irrigated-lands. The cropp survey In the Big Horn Uaslu, Wyoming, shows acres of cultivated irrigated land theretere located 1023 the average, sited-farm being 60 acres, ihe principal crops in alfalfa, grain, sugar beets and potatoes. This giyes au idea .of u'hat the Coaldale district IB capable ot "growing Into. it requires about acres of "Irrigated land to maintain a sugar factory. Coaltfale district has acres. Enough canning factories could be maintained In Ihe Coaldale- district to provide all of Western Canada with peas and other-vegetables. The potato growing industry Is lust being started on a commercial scale: in a few years hundreds of cars will be shipped out where only one is shipped out-no-w. Potatoes do very well fii ihta district. ,At Ihe Do.minlp'j Experimental Station, .seven mile.s from tho town of Coatdale, (lie average yield for a What Satisfied Settlers Say of Coaldale District 103 SUi Avenue B. Twlu rails. Idatio, Fob, 28, HIS. -Mr. II. A. Suggilt, Sec, Coalilnio Community Club. Dear your la- vor of the I'Jtli InaU rthink thai formiujg a Commercial Club will' a very good Men for your Uis- "iriet. I don't recollect whirl I men- itontui In regard to your land hi my last loUef to you. IIat I visli tu say I am fully con- vinced it is slrouger land naturally than our land tm the T-.rla tlalls tract, and that it Mill grtw'tully ny miiL'li grain, roots and as laud here when properly farmed, which don't is'carried out iu your v section toy all farmers. I think some parties in your SK- 'iloii iry to farm more icrcage than they can properly care for, und when compare tile urice of, your laud with laud here %S'Q must conclude your land is cheap, as land Is, selling here from to an aero. Four hundred and twenty five dollars an acre wns recently turn- ed down uy a party -who owns" SO acres, four and a half miles from Twin Palls. Another party living livo miles from Klmbcrly Jir.s just turned down an offer of nn acre for SO acres. These tivo farms are choice SO acre farms with good buildings, but Uie land Is hardly as Ecoit, or not bolter anyhow, than your !aud. Yours truly, THOMAS RICHARD, I imve no objection for you to use what I am writing you. SecfcUrv of Coaldalc-Commercial IN THE WEST" crop fs concerritd. This stale ot affairs is found to tAlst when an average irrigation of more than eight inches of "water fs given to a grain {Icid (hat has been irrigates m previous stasons. Heavy applications in many cases of increasing the yield have aduallr decreased the yield con- A; ciample of this I have hut to refer to an instance that occurred last year. One farm- er Irrigated his w-heat twice, giv- ing a total application of 1.80 feel, while the farmer gave one irrigation of .53 feel, yel the small- er application coming at more near- ly the correct time produced a yield of 7 bTTsh'eb per acre more than the field, that received Ir- rigation. These two farms were side by fide and received almost, the Kame treatment. Furthermore at- our Experiment Station at Brooks we find lighter applications of water, more, applied give on the. whole much .better results ttian one or two excessive applications. 'With ..reference to" alfalfa under the 'water applied on one farm at Cpnldalo whlch produced a cror, of 4.DI loifE per acre and during the past five years this field has given an aver- age yield ii' 3.41-'Ions of ft ay" per acre. With alfalfa the Is ap- plied after each cutting, althoiigii some "prefer to apply the watflt be- lore By fall Irrigating H is often possible '.o .avoid applying water before Ihe first culling of. alfalfa in the- following fiprlng. Al- though the number of Irrigations ilepend considerably on the as a general rule one Irrigation per cutting Is all necessary, so that when thret cutting are obtain- ed but three applications of wat- er are. necesEary. The Itiity of AValer Invtsllgation -work fs being ,conlimic-d en- larged Jhla scaEo'n and we'are at all limes pkaBiiil'to give arfy help' in the way of advice or ilemoir Mratlon to the Irrigation, farmers that we pflsalbly-'-.can. E. E. EISENHAUER, B.S.A, Agricultural KiiginVer In Charge of Duly of Water. Investigation, at Coaldale. Alta..'Canada, 1st, 1J1S. Mr. H, A, Sect. Chamber of Commerce, City.' Uear Sir: In reply lo your letter asking me to glve'itiy .tlpcrlencc farming irrigated land in Ihe Coal- dale .district how this; lrrfga> tion project compare.1; wilh llie, Shoshone project of' Where I farmed lor seven years I wish lo say that 1 much pleased with the Coaldale district anil think that it lias a gren! future .hC-fOrO It, V As for the comparison of (he two places I; would from >.a financial- standpoint .yicrc Is-no comparison lo -made. on the fthoshonc. projwt'is selling from ll.'e.OO'toiJSM.OO.P'.cr Whllc'much better land My alfalfa this year was bettor 'than I ever raised there. The root crops yield littler here and espcc-, lally potatoes. never seen'Ml better adapted to Irrigation. One'can rtm water' as far as lie cares to wltli no of washing the soil. "The; black chocolate loam with clay subsoil maken ati Ideal com-s binalldn tor retaining moisture. I saw a field that was Irrigated in the fall of 1917 and seeded lo wheat in the spring ,of.l918 ami without any moro Irrigation and n very tflmal] amount of rain fall make 38 bushel: ptr acre. "vl seei'ed somo hariey on the 17th ot'Jime on land that I lia'tl walerej point (s Iho on tho Hhosliohct project projects Wgilcrn Stalca, Is that alter they haVe been watered tor a short tlrtic tlie la'r.d begins lo accp. er of Ihe pear ,...._r.... and cxpress'.my.bpSn. Ion on. irrigallon dale, "is- Southern.-, Idaho., seasons aro-nbpnt its at Uurlcy, Iilnho, :ihd? whl'p'ro- ducc .an equal yield" of klfalfii" hay and potatoes. But the Coaldale soil tvill prnducb'u" yield of'grain nnd is nlso "escelienl fofiralslng sugar beeis on account of its black, mellow, loam. Another big featurs'-shlch appeals "to an irrigation Uiat this soil requires but one irrigation to produce a'- crop quires two arid often three tor grain. And it Is excellent soil for mixed farming on account ot thes rich quality ot the soli.and Us high retaining moisture for tame pasture grasses, Scspcclfully yotTri. >M. S. HO'tTM.AN. LETTER FROM Wf. A.-BOZARTH i May'oth. 1913. Secretary Commercial Club, .Coaldale, Alia. _ 1 came to Coaldale in''.March of 1517. from Iluhl, Idaho, having pur- chased a halt section of irrigated land four, and one half miles north west of Coaldalc. I hnd only a-small acreage In crop in 1197 as I was not nhle lo gct'thd land Broke up acres during 1917 wilh my own horses and cropped this in 1918, be- sides 'having seeded one hiyidrcd and twenty ncres lo "timothy. Iliad 120 ncres in wlicul In 1S18 which, raUcd me 3.000 which I sohl for per bushe) al Coal- j dale, and 20 acres in bats on land broken In lOIS-ivhlch rklsed fifty bushflls lo the acre.. --I consider'this, crop'-vory good to be raised on new land which had not been livellnd or prepared for irrigations It would'not Itavc '_ been feasible to have gone on, the raw land In the .district I left In Idaho and have raised a oYop with such little work. The soil in Iho C'oaldale dislrlct'. is the Iiest adaptc'.l for the raising of sugar beds ami potatoes, that I have ever had any experience with. I have been In the flurlcy dls-'. trict for elglit 'years and In Ihe Twin !''alls country four years and have had considerable .experience during that time with bcetn and potatoes, but I have raised finer i potatoes since I came Here tlian-T liavc ever seen grown, I-ast year I -j. lo'ycllcd out the-dirl that out of my cellar nnd planted it "With polatoun and Ihe potatoes yielded as good as I have ever raised on.! sp'eciatly I put In tho crop and harvested It dlli Alone circent hfr- j Ing a man fiir two Oays during Btookiug, so havl' had very light Hav'o also tho. land battt myself anil seeded II this spring, .Will say am verj well nloas6d with tlie district and COB hrfftglng alkali anil lolhcr saltn "Hi 4'fiCri 'niiaMllles. thnt it .kills any .vegotallon. that It comes In conlac't frith. This lanil li ed by drainage.. Tho cost of which the prospects to.-be'good.-1 oflen txcccdsllio original cost of tf.e Irriga'tldn water. We have n6 seepage In the Coal- ilalo (lislrlct. I have noticed .on some larfitfr fafms whare nm making more niohoy hero I over did. on (400 land, where I .came from. W.-A. BOZARTH. they prdjfr the native sort .'or Jias- bpfire'EeHlpf; which threshed