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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 12, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta Ml SATURDAV, OCTOBER 12, 19IS / TIIE LETIIBRIDGE DAILY HERALD 'AGE SEVEN Huge Irrigation Project Is Nearing Completion; Brings Water to Thousands Acres Canada Land and Irrigation Co., Big Amalgamation, Is Put ting Project on a Colonization Basis in Rapid Manner-Will Have Land Under Water in Spring. What is to be one of the largest )r-fiffntion projects in western Canada, a project which Willi convert a vast tract of southern Alborta land, hitherto raising no orop, into a veritable paradise, la now rapidly nearing com-plotlori in the country that stretches to the north and west of Retlaw. 'riiB project which ovontuaily is calculated to bring water to a total of sumethlng over 200,000 acres of land, has now reached that completion where ifD.noO acro.i of the land will be somewhat large scale, several years ago, and were threatened with trouble by breakdown in finances, and the war. Those three conipanioB are the Southern Alberta Land Co., the. Alberta Land Co., and the Canadian Wlioatlands, L/trt. It was under the name.,.st of the officials of the company luHt week in a trip over the pro-jccl. The-name.of the coriipany which i."! bringing this reclamation work about is the Canada Land and Irrigation (\h Thi; lii.story of the company is somewhat interesting. Inasmuch as it is an amalgamation ot tiiroe' companies which started in on the land, wheat growing and Irrigation business on a The history of the undertaking ot tliese men is well known in Southern lAlbertu. The big ditch was biiilt, vast sums of money were spent. In the mistaken idea of irrigating, first, not the lands nearest to tlip. source ot the supply of water, ))ut those farthest away, nahieiy those lands in the Suf-field district. Over 200 miles of main ditch was biiiU, huge expejiditures undertaken in flumes and other engin cering work, and ihen the project Threshhig on the Canada Land and Irrigation Co. Farm*. �went flat when financial troubles ranii> upon the companies. In December of 19ip D. \V. Hayes, an irrigation expert ifrom the U.S Reclamation Soi'vico, a man of vision as well as ot pi-actical ideas, and of action, took control ot the work, and things began to move. Engineering faults wore corrected, the badly constructed dam at Bow Ulver was rebuilt and the project was taking definite shape when the war brought operations to a close for a'tiine. In June of last year, Mr. of Calgary, to the end of the Suffield district, is just over 300 miles. During the length of its course it presents some remarkable engineering feat-ure.s. and examples of splendid construction work are to be seen. ,f The intake construction has not been fnllj' completed but water is now flowing through the sluices into the main canal. . In the course of the canal there are two huge siphons, one several miles oast at the intake, and the other not Hayes effected an amalgamation as 1 yet completed, and which wilt be a stated above, with a capitalization of I mile in length, oairying the water twelve millions, and today the project gives every evidence of eventually becoming the groat success its promoters have been dreaming for it. ^ The Engineering Work. ... The company as it stands now has an investment of something over seven millions, five of which are represented In engineering" work on the project. The main cauaf, from the intake on tho Bow River, 40 miles oast dov,-n through the Bow River valley near the eastern end of the main canal. IThere are two large flumes, one near tho intake, and tho other, a huge affair exactly a mile in length andj which cost .$125,000 to build, crossing the valley just east of the Vauxhall farm of the company. Huge Artificial Lake. The greatest feature of the main ricid t-'eas on tiie Honalanu irrigated Farm. canal is the huge reservoir in Snake valley, an artificial lake which when filled to capacity will be tha largest artificial lake in Alberta. It is to bo known as "Lake McGregor, and is 22 miles In length, and at spots ijearly four miles across. This huge reservoir in now being filled with water, and when filled will carry sufficient to run the entire project for a year. Several iniles further south, there is another artificial reservoir, southwest of Tra-. vers, which will hold 30,000 acre feet of water which will be .sufficient to run the project for a month should the water be cut oft from above. There are two large cuts on the project, one not-far from the intake, which is-near-ly two miles long and seventy feet deep, and tho other leading into the reservoir near Travers, which is not so large. \ v. Colonization Policy. Now that tho engineering work of tho projecl is practically completed, and the supply of water Assured, the company is turning its attention to Its colonization scheme, whereby it hopes to colonize between 1000 and 2000'settlers on Its irrigated lands. The amalgamated company controls a total of  630,000 acres of land north and east ot Rothiw. As mentioned before, 200,-000 acres of this is Irrigable; not only irrigable, but most admirably adapted from ail viewpoints for the purposes of irrigation. The_ soli is the very best for irrigntion purposes, the lay of the 'land, or tho great majority of it, is ideal, 'chore being scarpely u, section of J.he Irrigable tracts that/cannot easily bo reached by water. North 9t Vauxhall where tho company is establlsliing one of its farms, there Is a particularly beautiful stretch of, country, sloping away on botli sides from the' main canal, and lending itself readily to tho purpose of irrigation. A Sound Basis. The company has wrorked Wt Its policy of colonization on -a most careful and sound basis. There .will be no middlemen selling land on all sorts df pretence's, grabbing their commission and leaving .tije^fairmg!; and the company to fight It put;^' The company sells direct. . It takes tfte utmost pains to show the buyer wli%t'ie Jb buying. It also takes the ,ut��6St paiUB to secure only those buyere who are reas-' onobly sure of makiair a success of their purchase. 'The satisfied and Buccessful farmer is a successful project" is the policy the company is working OJI. The company furthermore. Is not by any meauB deserting the man once he gets onto his land. The company Is out to-help the farmer make a success of his purchase, and has initiated several ways ot helping him to that success. They are establishing a series of farms, under competent direction, not as demonstration farms, for they do not believe in spending a.lot of money to do what an ordinary farmer cannot do,but to assist in sofvInB the problems of the ordinary farmer who finds himself living pn the corbpany's land. Irj-igation men of. experience, will bo available to those farmers for service and help whenatter needed, r' The Company Farms. As to the company's own farms, one has only to pay a visit to their four �facms at present in operation to be cpnvinced of what a paradise has been created. The company) under,ithe direction of Mr. Hayes,' who is a p.wc-tlcal agriculturist as,.veil,as an irrigation eiport has inade its four farms pay not only expenses, but a very fine surplus each year which has been applied on the project generally. The Home ranch farm which ia an irrigated farm, the Bungalow farm, a dry farm, the Ronalane dry farm and the Ronalane Irrigated farm, all have made money for tho company. Tho dry farms are under tho direction of Alan McGregor, son of J. 13. McGregor, and a veterjin of the prosont war. The llonalano irrigated farm, which 1b a beautiful place set down In the valley in tho bend of the Bow River whore the stream tiirjrti^ soOtheast-wards. Is In charge ot Mr. Jlanson, an expert and an enthuaiast. This farm netted $6,000 for' tho company this year The crop of field peas alone takeu-frbpi this fiiirm this yeariwas an eyo-oponer and in the words ot Hon. Duncan Marshall, was the bpst crop of peas in Alberta this year. Another crop that has been brought to perfec-tiua on this farm is that of corn, which by thorough and p-vMpnt work, has been acclimated and brought to a high degree.of perfection by Mr. Han-Bf.n. This corn is knowr. in many h6lel'�,ln .the province inAa.-. On this far^ the average of sonic of (he crops I,rod,i'ced. in liijH, I'Jl) ixii 2017 arc as follows: . "Wheat average yield 44.7 bushels, oats 91.5 bushels, fjarley .55.."? bushoLi,-alfalfa 3.07 tons, field peas 41 bushels,  potatoes ;>07 bushels, "sweet corn G27 | dozen. t Tho live-stock on this farm is also a feature. Some of it was shown at the Lethbridge exhibition. The aheep I have done particularly well. The win- j ter feeding of sheep in yard with open ; shed has been undertaken with great' success. In November IWlfi, 27(i head: of grade sheep were started on thiH farm, and in February 1917. were sold | at $13.00 u hundred. j Details of Project i A detailed description of tho en-1 gineering wurk on the project Is as [ follows: ' The canal system, which starts at , Gleichen, and extends south In a 1 south-easterly diroctfon, consists of \ 175 miles of .Main Canal, 78 miles of Main Branch Canals, and 52 miles ot lateral system-secondary canals, all ot which are constructed, and ready for 6peration. The Intake Works, which consist of two Weirs, known as the diversion weir and Spill Dam, having a length of 486.7 feet and 526,5 feet respectively, are con.structed, and at the eastern end of the diversion jj'eir, a sluiceway ia constructed, having 4-8x10. stony sluice gates. Adjoining the sluiceway, the intake is built, wiiich consists of 5-10' gates. , The capacity of these diversion works j is 1,500 cu. ft. per second. From the i intake to the inlet of Lake McGregor i reservoii-, there arc constructed one : wood-stave syphon, two wooden flumes, 2 waterways, and three small concrete drops. There are two dams at the Lake McGregor ^ reservoir, known as the. north and south dam. This reservoir has an available capacity of 300,000 aero ft. Prom thtf south dam, the canal is built along the Snake A'alley and the Little Bow diver, and runs into a ba.sin called the Little Bow reservoir, which has available capacity ot 30,000 acre ft. From the Little Bow reservoir, the canal extends eastward, some 28 miles to the western boundary of the company's lands, which are to be irrigated. The main canal extends eastward from this point, approximately 40 miles to the Bow River, at which point a steel bridge-some 720 feet in length-has been built, to carry wood-stave pipe 9G inches Inside diameter. This syphon line, when constructed will be approximately one mile in length. From this point, the canal extends east and north over the company's lands tor a distance of approximately 30 miles, where It divides into two main branches, known as laterals "D" and "F" having lengths of approximately ten and three miles respectively. . In the Western district, a lateral "A" Is constructed south for a distance of twenty miles,' which Irrigates lands in this district, and one extends north called lateral "B"' forj a -distance ot approximately twenty-nine miles. This lateral is required to Irrigate lands in the Alberta district. The distribution system in the Western district, which is the ffi-st district to be plSced under irrigation, is com-^ pleted, and Uie classifipation of lands win be finished in the very near future. The company are classifying their lands very carefully, and are endeavoring, as far as possible, to make a classification that %.'.ll enable the' purchaser to handle his land from- an economic standpoint. This classififca-tion is subject to the approval of the Minister of the Interior, (Irrigation Branch), consequently, you can see that the interests of the purchasers will be safeguarded. The water rental charge of $1.50 per acre is another Item that is fixed by the Minister of the Interior. Work on Ronalane Farm Speaking of the Ronalane irrigated farm, which comprises 100 acres, one of the officials of the company states: "Our Ronalane Farm was started in 1914, and sine*, that date, we Have been operating the farm ivith the object of determining what crops c?n be grown to the best commorciul advantage oij our project. Tinder tho careful supervision of Mr. Hanson, wa have been able to make this, farm a paying proposition, a.nd have opisrat-ed the farm along the name linos 'hat any irrigalted farmer would operate his'- own place. We, of course, have had additional expense in connection with the test plots which wo carried on ,in conjunction with the Department of the Interior (Irrigation Branch). This work, of course, would be something that the ordin.iry farmer would not have to bother-with. "Our records for last year show that the Ronalane Farm, which is approximately 100 acres of irrigated land, would liave paid Mr. Hanson a net profit, above all expenses ot $G,-000, including ' board tor himself and family. There Is no reason, in our opftiion, why any other, exporleueed farmer cannot operate as,auceessfully as Mr. Hansen has done. x''As stated, we believe that our ultimate success will depend upon the prqsperity of ,the farmers, not only frJDraa commercial standpoint, ,V.ut also from the congenial relationship existing between the surrounding farmers, and with that object in viev/ we intend to do everything in our pownr to-see that all purchasers are suocess-tul. Our first step in this direction is -to handle all satea ourselves, and pick our men vory carefully, as wn lieliovo, that the general IncUnatiun oi: all liuy-ors Is to purchase morn ia:i 1 than tliey can actually handle. We iire koIhi? to proven', as far iw iin.isrnlc, tho over-buying of any purclia;;(M'. "Our object, of coursf!, will tie to sell to experienced fiir.-nRr.s .tk' Irrigators. There .will be immh. liowcvor, where purchasers will not liuvii had this experience, and it iii our iiacii-tion to have responsible men, s'lch as our Mr. Hansen, at the dispo-jsil of these purchasers. It will lie their duties to assist them, nm\ advlso them in any matter that tliey might vinh. AVo most certainly v/ant to see all piir-cha.fors prepare tliei)- land pi'Dperly, and by having such men na Mr. Hah- should be no roason why all laud should not bo prepared properly. � "It is our intention to start small alfalfa farms in different parts of the project, and it a purchaser comes in with sulllcient capital to acquire one of thoao tracts; wo will sell the snmc. This particular feature will enable n man, who has stock, to protect the samo during his first year by bcin;; sure of an-alfnlfa crop. AVe, of course, strongly advocate the growing of ^'ir-ago crops, and feed it to pure Ijred stock.* We know that more money can bo made along these lines '.han any other in tliifi particular diftrict. Cha.i. B, Price, well know!? Arnprlar busiijess man, is dead. 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FRANK HEDLEY DRUG COMPANY. The Open Shed Feeding System for Shfiep on the Ronalane Irrigated Farm,' \ Armed to the teeth '"Troops who travel alongside of them haive their work cut out. General Currie seems to cafry light railways in his pocket, and if the Canadians have to stop anywhere for a day or two, transportation facilities spring up behind them as if by magic. Germans will go miles out of their way to avoid the Canucks." Chap.les H. Grasty, in N.y. Times, Sept. 2,19I8. The Canadian Army is fully equipped for Wari Nothing that could lielp our" army in their task is lacking.'^ If this were not so, their great initiative and courage'would avail them nothing, ^For..this^is "a mechanical war.", . - The Canadian Army as it stands to'-day is'a'marvel of organization. In guns, in ammunition, in transport, in equipment for the grim work of war-for efficiency of man and beast-it lacks nothing. If a railroad is needed-one is immediately^ available, i When the Canadian Army starts to move-the movement is accomplished with certainty and rapidity.^ When it attacks-i-tliere is no lack of ammunition. It has gas masks and aeroplanes of the latest and most^efificieat types. - .r The Canadian Army is a highly dia-. ciplined, efficient, thoroughly equipped engine of war. It unquestionably is~ as the Hun very well knows-1* armed to the teeth.; Canada's war loahs have' made the'glwy^of'the Canadian Army possible-they have ^ been^ictory Loans in fact, as well as in name.'' ' -L^^^g^li^f It is unthinkable,^ is it not, that our'men should lack any implement of war that money will buy! It would be a greater shame ,than the mind cares to dwell on, that our, men � should suflfe^ death or disaster-or just fall short of complete Victory, because we now hold back the money necessary to maintain their full fighting efficiency. The money for the needs of our'army?will Xbe provided by Canada/s Victory Loan, 1918. Cana4ians at home will see to that' Issued by Canada's Victorj- Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada^ 63 ;