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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta PAOEftN rHELETHBRIDGE OAIUY HERALD. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27. 1909. Two Important Citiies, Pincher Creek and Pincher Progressive Towns-A Country Of Big Crops AM Around- Coal, Copper and Oil Prosperity "From the HeraM's Travelling Cor-. The latter three have annual banquets of receiving mail on the night trains, jMethodist, Rev. R. E. respondent." in honor of their patron saints. No: Banks at the Creek Igiicac. Rev. W. G. Jan i There are two banks at anv creek, :bu: in tbe town of Pincher Creek the :church buMings. Catholic churcn on c-ne the la the early days a traveller lost a Canadian Club has yet been orgamz- of pincers at a creek, which thus ed. The settlers all get on well to- tecame known as "Pincer af- -ether and are all becoming active Canadian Bank Ot Commence tecwards changed to "Pincher Canadians, doing their, part to devel- t UiiiiA DUIiUinS, TS I op tins corner 01 Aloeria. i magnificent stone structure A confusion of names now exist so Tee road to the station has oeea (union ga fcere Is an explanation at the outset. improved by the combined efforts of About thirty miles west of Macleod the Alberta government and tbfe citi-! Pincber Creek tiers in new the Crows Nest line of the C.P.R. zens of Pincher Creek. The govern- has fne !such advantages. is a station call-ed Pincher. At the nient put in more needed culverts and a station' is a small, young town called ditches, and graded up a fine Pincher City, whose post office is wav which was covered with gravel both the mental and physical develop- imeat of the students. Separate School Last spring the Roman Catholics of f Pincber Creek organized a separate j school. They hold school for the present at the convent and have one teacher who holds a teacher's certifi- icate from the Education Department I of Alberta. There is about ion the assessment of the separate school. i Plenty of Churches Pincher Creek is well supplied with churches, as the following list shows: j Roman Catholic, Rev. Father Hetu Presbyterian, Rev. W. W. Aitchison Finlcy; Ant- es and Bap- Re7' J' F' Hunwr" AU haTe but the Roman he top of the hill i PUSL1C SCHOOL. nk is a credit to both dng Callics that institution. To hurrjr to charch' Many o__i_ ...___i ia new settlements would conspicuous position, i churches, and the j abOut feet they struck a the of oil. But tkey were looking! the following about Pincher City: Pijocht'r City is busy, but is not making any noise about it. Since its incorporation, which was only a short lima ago, and the council elect- ed, which consists of the following energetic business men of Pincher City: Joseph McKnight, P. Walsh iand H. W. Morgan. Although 1 at the head of Pincher City j but a very short time, the council i have devised plans, and are preparing to execute them, which will advance the interests of Pincher City very; materially, having arranged to lay sidewalks on the principal streets, al- j so devising a plan to install a water- I works system, and procuring a bank i for the town, these three additions being badly needed, banking facilities- especially, not only by tbe merchants by the farmers of the whole i district who dispose of practically Five Steam Plows j everything raised on their farms at is estimated that four steam J] for something bigger and better and j plovrs of Pincher Creek distlict nave win be fil3ed ia a short time- grouads a2d a a rac called Pincber Station P. 0., while paid for by public subscriptions. When; about three miles away to the south the gravel becomes settled this will R. N. W. M. P. Inspector Belcher, Corporal Bower lhere is a Iarse membership. .'have not yet reached tbe at j broken abou- acres some of the bank manaSers wilf which they eipcct to find oil. They ?asl steam plow' be astonislic'd at tneir short-sighted- Royal Templars j hare struck small quantities of gas, into the district late this fall. in not in first. The Royal Templars of Temperance j but nothing of any value. HoweTer, There will be st-eam or' frnolmous volume of business- just lately organized and already j they expect to nnd oil at about l.-'casoliae p'ows here nest season j transacted here by the merchants is. is the thriving old town of Pincher be one of the finest jroads in Alberta. j _ Creek, which modestly hides ia the The rotten bales of hay by the road- Talley behind tbe hill, and whose citi- side are souvenirs of the mud boles, j zens get their mail at Pincher Creek But 'tis strange that after all this and one or two constables are sta- The j SOO i lodge meets on Friday evenings at the i This land abounds in small seepag- at Piacher Crwt- Iaspecior Oddfellow's Hall. es and small oil springs. They have The implement agencies of Pincher Creek sold thirtv binders and about j astonishing, but can be accounted for i from the fact that the merchants caa. Temperance and Moral Reform j magnificent timber and also good wa- For the last two and a half years 1 ter power. This company is com- P. 0- For the purposes of this ar- work some teamsters still Brick Yard tide the surrounding country tribu- the gravel acd avoid the cul tary to Pincber railway station will not j0 pack down the gravel. called Pincher Creek district. From the depot there is a See new of the surrounding country, which once tbe pasture of the wild bi- ents is the secretary. On the nil! a little east of the mill j Sand he Piacher Creek Brick Power and j F. Light Co. ha'" son, and later of the range cattle and they make gocxi The Dopulation of Pincber Creek is C. C. Johns is manager of the works about There are three bars I at the camp in Alberta, iand one wholesale liquor store, and The pincher Creefc Oil and 0. Smart is leader of the band. besides, members, oi the Pincher Creek _ ,and do sell their goods for less moo- tnirt" criils tms season. One agent -s ev than merchants wno have to add- estimate? tuat tnere must have been i OR a certain percentage to cover cart- aaout 2oO bincers at work during the! v j age expenses, also rent, license, tai- narvesi. Fms is an irniex oi the1 r es, and otner incidental expenses. cram being raised in a district once! s ..which the merchants 01 Pincher Crtr 1 iamous for its cattle, wnich would! I escape, for the reason tnat they own .siampwe at a binder. lhe premiseg Pincher City any cvception, Company Many villages strive to become cit- ?s, but here is an incorporated vil- and their taxes, and cartage expenses are very small it- ems. lage that, is a city. The village coun- j w. P. Laidlaw, who conducts a gec- cil are Messrs. P. D. Walsh, J. Me-J era! store, reports business very sat- insiruments- Piacher Creek. j Creek, and about four miles up Seep-. Morgan. They have j isfactory. and is building an addition Amateur Athletic Association The Canada Western Railway. age Creek near the Watertoa Lakes .already started to pur down plank j to his already large building, so J. Schofieid is president and Dr-jis already surveyed from Calgary to at the southwest corner of Alberta, 'sidewalks. There is a frame school. to enable him to carry a complete- Wright secretary of the Pincher Creek Butte, Montana. It will pass right They have 1320 acres running up this :7he school trustees at Pincher City I stock of everything the farmer needs. Amateur Athletic Association, which j through Piacher Creek. The station narrow valley. On the edge of Messrs. E. G. Cook, J. W. Me-} Walsh-Pickett Co., recently from will affiliate "with'the Alberta A. A. A. will likely be on the hill south of the j property is one of the largest oil Knight and R. W. Morgan. Miss Me- j >forth Dakota, are conducting a gen- linent. Tbe oil is teacher of the 35 or 40 pu-1 eral storCj farm All local clubs will be afiiiatec with j town. It is said that the contracts seepages on the con association. The local A.A. A. jwill be let this fall to start work in f owing out so profusely that it caa and -he Vancouver Milling ith the and PSNCHER CREEK. MILL AND ELEVATOR. are ia classes from Stand- will arrange for a big field day of the spring. Two contracts will be I be seen in a photograph of the rock. to is no school lib- sports nert summer, and ail sports i let. One to build north and one to This oil has been tested by various as will be directed by the association, build south of Pincher Creek. An-; chemists and graces as high as that. so that there will be good, clean other contract will be let south from i of Pennsylvania. Two shallow test portant buildings are the two eleva- araateur sport. Among the sports Calgary. j wells have been sunk above the seep-' tors of tbe Alberta Pacific Elevator now n vogue here are football, j Coal and Oil i ages so as to Snd the direction of hockey, polo, baseball, cricket and: The district of Pincher Creek is un-i the source. Neit spring heavier ma- lawn tennis. There is also a gunjderiaid with coal- About three or i chines will be-procured and the pro- club. Pincber Creek has some ex-! four coal mines are iii process of de-! p'erty developed to its fullest extent, perts in their various lines of sports veiopment. When the railway iacili- The property is well wooded and for they have secured a dozen cham-jiies are improved the development; there is evidence of abundance -of pionshio cups, including one which 1 will receive an impetus. But as yet; other minerals such as copper, coal, iron, sulphur, salt and some traces of sold. of every description. They re- port business excellent, and have pur- i chased the building they occupy, and have added several additions to it since purchasing. R. W. Morgan, postmaster, and one- of Pincher City's pioneer merchants, t-nree j anc! mainstays, and who made a snc- hav warehouses natLrally bring much j cess of the gents. jurnishi2g business business to the village of Pincher j in pincber City's early days, and had City. -The loadics Platform asd stock horses, when the cowboys could ride to supply tbe local demand. Mther and thither at will with no j This company also furnishes electric need for cutters. But old davs j power and light for the town. are passing away. The buaalo are i arsQ Town j gone. The broncho is now getting j The Pincher Creek Milling Co. have j used to the sight of a steam plow or j a 5our mijj and elevator oa the brow j automobile. the old Indian buf- j of at t-ne nOrth of the town I faio hcnt-er consents to the sale of! about -hree from the tail- part oi tbe nearby Peigan. reserve, so -war, that Ms sons may get money to buy j The view from here is fine as we engines and plows and put in prac- iook over the roofs and tree tops tice tne lessons learned at school. j tbe valley at our feet and across From pincber there is a fine view i to the Roman Catholic church and of the rolling prairie slopes, tbe val-1 convent on the hill on the farther leys, tie hills and ridges and the j side of the valley. It must be a snow Trhite peaks of the .Rocky 'pretty town in summer with its trees Mountains btyoad. One young man and birds and babbling creek. said. "It used to be fine -when we; .Descending the hill we enter the could ride anvwhere on the open j town, and cross tie creek on a fine ranee." The saddle and hamessmak- steel bridge. The high bridge and the Marathon race. A ten-mile Marathon j five years yards also assist in marketing grain and cattle. The Anglicans and Methodists both hold service in the frame Methodist A railway supposed to be the N.P. church. There is no bar for the has been surveyed within about three thirsty at the Alexandra Hotel, and j miles of the property, and it is also the livery and feed barn is located i supposed that Corbins' railway frill near tbe elevators. i come through the South Kootenay The other business places of the i Pass from the Flathead countrv. citv are three general stores. faith enough in Pincher City to pur- chase the Henderson building, which is a very large and expensive one, and! at a tall fignre, and had it remodel- led and fitted up for store purposes, and is now conducting a general store which would be a credit to any city. He has er.litted the able services of his brother L. L. Mornau, who is- fully competent to 511 the position. one I being wide-awake and well trained The oScers of tee Pincher Creek hardware stcre, harness shop, black- jOil and i ness men. Co. are local busi- smite lumber yard, implement John Herron, M.P., lines. He reports business more than satisfactory, and is BRIDGE AT PlNCHEft CREEK is _ shed, aud coal yard. j Tinually adding new lines to his president; E. J. Mitchell, vice-pres.; The post office of Pincher station is immense stock the directors are J. Lebel, T. iin a store in tbe village of Pincher iLebel, W. R. Dobbie, J. E. Woods City, -which is on the north side of! I and P. C. Hanson. M. D. Couch, the the track opposite the depot of Pinch- I I secretary-treasurer, is at present in "er where the busses wait for passen- i I tie east .making arrangements for gers for the town of Piacher coc- al- v i t' v i t spring operations, was won at Calgarv bv the ure bn- these mines raerelv help to supplv the _. 0 ._ f i, i Western Coal and Coke Co. gade, tne polo championship cup and local demand. i i j jv VT ,r- .1 I Alongside tne road and about halt tne Coleman Miser cup recently Oil and gas are also to lortnd in j x -o- r-- _. oetWcen bv Jas. A.nowlton in his famous the Pmcfc-er CreeK district, i he next Otto Larum, who is conducting a blacksmith shop, is a recent, arrival from North Dakota, is a first-class mechanic in his line, and deserves tbe has er remarked, "I am going to tear out new cribbing which protects the old j those saddle stands and put up hooks j undermined buildings on the bank hoM team harness. I sell more' tell tales of exciting times when the race .1 .see be bcld at Pincher Creek on ments m this comer of Alberta. When Pincher Pincher station is the develop-1 drimng otnst of the and and which is three miles awav. Thus tfeere j purchased the blacksmith shop also- is more or less comusion in tie minds of travellers when they arrive i at pincher for the first time, and residents of both town and village have more or less difficulty in get- patronage he is receiving. He purchased the blacksmith residential property, where he intends to build a home for his family, who- i have moved here. Fred Collins, proprietor of tie- July i, 1910. j the proposed railways are built and and Coke Co., whose head office is at; tins; their mail, owing to letters be-1 Alexandra Hotel, complains of Ms The. athletic grounds are one of the 'a11 the several oil companies succeed hotel being too small to accommo- hamess and less saddles than before." j little stream becomes a mighty cur- j in the west. There is a natur- j ibere will surely be cheaper oil .Another gentleman said, i hat patch (rent. blaci breaking on yonder ridge j Changed Course of Creek j measures about a square mile." I The town of Pincfeer Creek has A steam plow was busy on Nov. [spent in changing the course; 10th. There has been plenty of mois of the creek and putting cribbing at tore and tbe plows have been busy; the banks where there was danger 01 i "breaking and preparing ground for; tbe creek scooping out part of the al grandstand on the south side te ten-acre plot. Boys' Brigade Ia Sept. 1909, a boys' brigade of! tne consumers. boys 10 years old and up was or- i already been found. Spokane. They have found consider- tng improperly addressed. If me able of gas, but they expect to have citv had been'located on tbe south ;date his business although rt is a to drill three or four hundred feet side of tbe track, then both town and sized hote1' contains forty find suScient. They have, village could grow till they met at j rooms' intends to enlarge it in the- the franchise for supplying tbe town the oil well, and a big city became a j future- jwitb sras for heating and lighting. -Irealitv of the future. Fred Robbins, Pincher City's pio- Aoout twentv miles "south oi Pinch-: _. i _, Western Coal and Coke Co.; The villa.se council is arranging tor j neer liveryman and mainstay, reports Creek, about.7 a waterworks system at Pincher i business excellent. He is now Citv. An engineer has been engaged paid for any slack times which and large dividends r for tie shareholders of the operating companies. next year's crop. The threshers may town ia flood time. Manure is being 1 lae finished bv this time. er Creek an abundance of iron r> nave mines at Beaver tiie _ j. IS miles west of Pincfcer Creek. Thev gamzed, wun Dr. Wright as captain, i tiers oi tne Cardston district have I _. 1 iare now ernpiovin? about tmrtv men, to come and levels. Lack; may have experienced when Pincfcer 1Jespie as 2rSt j and s Tbe gram j piled behind the cribbing. The rapids REEK. L 0 0 K i G E is being marketed at the mill an vators, and the tons and tons o be sent- w-esiward to hungry horses a: the -r bush. tbe Old Man there- Tbe boys are equipped .with short rifles, bells and cartridge pouches. 1 They also have a sub-target gun. and i two regular Enn-eld rifles for prac- l.. tice. The Echo I A. X. is "editor and man- ager of the Pineher Creek Echo. j which echoes the happenings of busy '.Picccer Creek district. I Pincher Cree-k has an opera house with capacity for about 400 people. Another important industry of i Pincher is the Scott factory and repair shop, where they co black- smith work, vrood-working and g'-n-' era! machinist work. Public School The ique. town of Pincher Many sew your.-.: Avenue htigzisa; Some cities pay rr.cr.'y railways to enter. Creek has and of the Old Timers isizHt in thi> val- Jey before th- came. It did come near :h-.-y car-'-d not for bloser acquaintance. Hat the towr. las spread fiats till i: no-- Ills tbe valley 2nd is growing up on he bench lands. There must be .some aith and pluck and life to cause town to thrive -under conditions others might consider adverse o progress. A new sprar-s up t the depot but still the old town own In the valley is'holding its own both fas: and Trace H. E. Hyde, secretary. They ;he agitatior. which resalt- the road to the ards I TO VII. The school ;s tr.crE." is s. oi i-.-! of and ap- v-as th'- vear Standard VII vcrk, and no doubt high school crquip'nen-t vriil be increas- ed each vear. j of which is being developed and prov- i ing very rich. The Chicago Oilfields Co. are drilling for oil thirty miles north- west of Pincber Creek at the south fork of the Old Man river. Recently two. big scams of coal were located. Four carloads of machinery have ar- rivod and the real will be de- vc-lopcd Owing to the straight form- ation of the coal it can cheaply cuiU'd. crater coniir.g up are already yieidinsr a gallon of oil .a day. The survty of a comes within half a mile of the property. But the surveyors refuse to company they are surveying for. The Canadian Northwest Oil Co. have three sections on the south branch of the south fork of the Old .Man River and about :birty-nve miles o: Pinchor Creek. They cc.n-.nifr.ccd operations in Dec.. 1907. into Canada. This company now have a about 1.700 deep. At but hope to have 300 men when the ine, so that in the mean- ill way rcecbf-s their they car. export coal. lime coai is being mined and d in heaps to to ship ihe new railway conies. of water has been the chief handicap Citv was in its infancy. F. H. Holmes, manager of the Tay- ilor Lumber and Grain Co., reports i business as very satisfactory, and the I future prospects very bright for his business. Charlw Vent prefer less sun- shine, and more frost for hi.s busi- ness, which is the coal business. H. A. Kemp, the saddlery an-d har- ness man, reports an excellent busi- ness, and That his business has in- creased to such an extent that he is compelled to enlasgf his premises, which he will dn m the .spring. Pinrht-r City being on the railway, and having direct and first class rail- way service to the cash markets in ihe mining and lumber camns in Brit- CREEK. LOOKING WEST. cf lhe ambitious village, which ha.s i such a fine level towr.site and a ish Columbia, and being situated in ninc-nt view of the surrounding coun-' iturai Dusiness centre of one of te tnoun- the best mixed farming districts m Aibt-na, if it does not develop rapid- the iT is because ihc district that s not substantial and nec Good Post OfEce hi- PO.S- is is a separate ding. There from V.-CST. with the night Pincher Creek .school has made a very showing. Last July ten pupils passed Standard V. and seven for Standard VI departmental examinations. All who wrote were f-ucccssful. This U-rrr: there are thir-; Five outside post ofices re- ia Standard V, eight in Stand-1 railway station of the Canada Wes- ceive their mail from Pincher Creek, ard T' and sevcn in Standard -rn- i Postal business is about double what' Around the school are excellent A Good Settlement i it was last year. It is also a money play-grounds, which are used by the! Pincher Creek district is settled office, and the service is good, pupils, who have organized a base-! ith a rspresentinc Ger-.-The wickets are usually open soon ball team, a junior football team, j ans, French. Eastern after 8 a.m., and remain .open till and a girls'basketball team. No donbt; mericans, English, Irish and Scotch 7 p.m. This is one great advantage these outdoor sports have assisted in' nd ere long it too, expects to have trains. the settlers are the reamery. Standard uncertain quality. ore of these crtam- ernents of Southern ould be less vrork the ladies on the er is patronized Creek district has yielded though a frost i- did -onv- damage in places. The ;s a.- niuch as was anti- cipau-d at first. r.f crop for the surrounding senieri to prospective district oi Pincher Creek has been parties who through is true thai this district has being grossly misrepre- tt'ers, bv 3usrh ignor.ijice. or rnalsce. or piair. dis- lying, we will be lenient with tit. iC and more cash for larms wnen a by a farmer. Winter Wheat The Erovrinc of winter wheat n; and give ihem lhe beiient of and'call it ignorance, as to than erer before. Next this district more subject to yiar, if a sood crop, there should be frost than other pans of '-Mberta 1.000.000 bushels of grain in this dis- Those who will investigate will trie-, of Pinrficr Crock. is tri-. fed that such representations are not- binary to the railway at Pincher. true. Sonic parts of the district have This year's grain is grading well. Suffered some this year by frost, and For example, recently at Winnipeg on especially where the seed ing was done I oats is now engaging the attention of a certain day there was only one car hate last fall, or late this spring, :hc- fanners of this district. So the of wheat which the Inspector graded caused the grain to mature ranches even are beginning to farm. Xo. 1 Red, and it was grown by'pate and was slightly damaged by Hay is a big crop. Pincher Creek Hanson and Stewart of this district, i frost. But generally the crops were a vast amount of hay, most of; The average price for improved land jail thai could be'-expected, and es- pecially the crops- raised in that part i it .qoing up the Crows Nest Pass to is from up to while un- j the rnir.es anc lumber camps. Pincher; improved lands sell from up to j Creek is now more a district for mix-1 J20 per acre and grazing land brings DR. WARNOCK, M. P. P. j ed farming, so will have more staby- j ?8 and up. ity, come what may. i A correspondent of ,thc district lying north of Pincher City, wheat averaging from 35 to 45 j bushels per acre, and grading No. has contributed1 (Continued on Page Eleven.) ;