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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta TiriJi Ll-JTHBRTDCIi! DAILY HERALD Monday, Od'obcr 21, COMERS HAVE FOUND FARMING of Success in Southern Alberta, by Colin G. Groff of 1 aber AT uu- 'agricultural fair lit V ern 'Alberta a few weeks ago X -V. 1 saw shelves upon shelves of what shrined io me to be tho most remarkable voo't-tablo-, old mother earth could possibly be i-apablt- of producing. Massive potatoes weighing wo and .three pounds .each, one of vhich would make a meal for a huge carrots which re-eived the admiring gaze of the public, mooch skinned tomatoes: to I'ltnuiriK has lieou but ilm mat her of a yieL-ade. Such exhibits as He was with ordinary common sense uid a capacity .for hard work. Thai is in a season that lacked (be ustnl moisture, he grew a crop which er..foled him to pay off his -iiott's and give him a start fur imoihur year, lie ploughed deep, disced am! harrowed and disct'd, put his Feed' in good shape, Hjiti kept working the land. He imulo the most of what moisture he hud, a nil tlie crop was ihe rwrlt. Hero is the story of T. Carey, another farnuT who lias made ticnv rapid is proving the trans it ion from wlu-ai farming to mixei farming-St-arcfly more limn ten years ago tlie whoU1 vast plain wbtch stretches, from the Montana border io the liver was a bleak, wind swypt range where ibo cowboy bold sway, and the steers roamed at will the year round Today tho bleak range is transformed into u land of sunny farms, a huge wheat field, dotted with cabbages; round, plump, aud Mowers. A few feet away the wall wa.s lined iJR-itli sheafs of wheat, oats, barley, ami On the floor tieneath stood.' a of maniuis wheat 'which graded liio. 1 hard, tool; all i lie" trophies'in and weighed pounds -to. the ?3mshcl. Kneircling it were similar igacks of equally desirable grain. Across the hall the women were Admiring pyramids of tempting, look- Ing butter, basketfuls or" healthy look- (ng wiiito and .brown egga. r Outside ia the stalls stood -the jerseys that 'had produced the jbream which wens into the-fine look- butter. Near them xvero sleek leef c-atle. Beyond wore yens of pros- perous looking hogs which would glud- :iden the heart of an Armour or u porous looking" buildings round which browso herds of I'arm stock. east and ,wyst, the'usurped1 realm of the'rancher, you will liiiU them, ihe farmers who have made jjood. Men, who fought of tho of pioneer life jack, hi tho clearings of the eastern suites nml' Canada, and who aro lind- hig the light much easier whore the virgin .soil .is ready for tho plough. Men who in .Minnesota, Iowa, Wiscon- sin, York suite, Ontar- New Brunswick, had strug- gled along for- years '-to earn incomes of an acru off ?100 per acre land; in the east, are h'udiug ii no hardship io reap ?20-jp.er-acre harvests off land i-n southern Alberta. They are 1he men who have ventur- ed and have won. who are making for- tunes today .from the things which Carey struggled nwa; for lift con years farms in Iowa and Michigan that paid SI00 ai for, and an iilKhtinnro forgotton. In Southern Al- bertu ho has roalkod his tlivum. Yorkers Succeed Go a HUlo farther nisi from Carey's (arm aud you will ilud Sam Ayrcs, and Clarko Zeli, and J. ail from Now York State. They oaine iu two or threo years i.nU aro- has u farm with 320 acres of, wheat'this year, that will sivc him a good start.to faiuo tor- tune. Hi! liuis iiiim head of tho Itiuvn horses in tho district. Sinco coming up two years'ago, he has built him-j self u lino now house, and considers himsely on easy sMivt. Hack in New York, bo hovered for years between j 'arming and Hero he', faces Uio future with a ijrin, uinl laughs j at adversity. Sam Ayivs is markotliiK a ilax crop-this year ih.it is u record broakor. A. 0. Tinsley, another iarm- rr from tho States, has acres ofi vheiil'that will average 33 bushels. Swing around to the north, and i iti-iUchhig away boioiv you towards he How (liver, is u vista of prosper- ous farms owned by successful farm- ers. On the old I1. Y. ranch, when far I'O years the raiiclit'io' henk'il ON TO FORTUNE more to have cleared. He was ovtjr acres, has scUlud one 4nd to get'a good ing off tho place. Di.rk UitdeiiboBoi-d. who, wiih Dutch U- heard 'of western Canada. He industry, has n name for hlih- Swift. Prancing: round the grounds Wuers of yesterday adrtsetAvere Ira- strings of spirited horses. -On every hand were sig-as symbolic bf successful farming. Vet it was less than a decade ago that the old time Brancher was predicting ruin for the {farmer who was preparing to usurp his territory, aud enter the seemingly pre- .Various experiment of'agriculture on the prairie. From Ranching to Farming It seems but a day -since the ranch- Jer disapneared and the farmer took .fcis place. The trausitimi from ranch- possible, Instances of Making Good. Successful farming? The term is becoming, synonymous with .the name of southern Alberta, Concrete instan- ces? There aro dozens of them. Let me tell you of the farmer, ,10 miles east'of Lethbridge. who, in] what is known as the1 dry year, 1310. raised'a 20-nnsheMo-the-aere-crop of grain..while his. neighbor's stood and grumbled. He had never attended an agricultural; college or a dry farming ;aino, he saw, he ccrHiuered. Travel- ing through the west, he adopted the iimple method of jotting down his ibsorvations in a little red book. At he end of the journey, the little red iook pointed to ;l spot 32 miles east if Lethbridge, at as unrjuestion- Ji.ly the most desirable location. He jht, paying an acre for 160 ores. When he returned east to get is family, bis friends jeered, givmg1 j him a year to return io the old Michi- gan clearing. Thai was three years ago. Carey has built a home iu South- ern Alberta that is the envy of the district. In place of tttc struggle to make an acre ofT the laud he Is as much off ?20 land with less struggle. He has paid ofi most of the first farm, and has bought another 160 acres. When you visit him, he gives you u meal with plenty of butter, eggs, rich cream and chick- en. He points with pride to his herd of farm stock, fhn milch cows and fine horses, to the garden ho raises all varieties, io the fields where ho has produced iHconl crops every self, and has built up urn.1 of ihe most desirable farms in iho country, windmill catches your eye mil from hie place, ills farm the ndmiration of th..- countryside. Further north is A. P. Hemple, ivl with his marquis wheat is after ll big tractor at the congress in Let bridge. One bushel of wheat weighed pounds, and .sold for He has whole flo'ld of it this year. He tiiki prizes at the fair with his horse.vh cows, and his hogs, not to speak his vegetables. Up in the northern .extremity this district is A. B. Frt'eburser, ,wh via The Hammer Land Co. Real Estate camo in from, tho ni r.n to the poultry pens where are the chickeas he cleared on in one season. To him Michigan is a Owner of the Best Residential Section of the original Townsite of Taber, Alberta lots from up lots from (Improved and Unimproved) Easy Payments or Crop Instalment Plan is growing a crop yearly that well up io 30 bushels. Almost Paid for Farm There are dozens of others, win in the auctioneer's terras, are too nan erous- to mention. T. H. Hudson; 4 miles east of Lethbridge, at "Purpl Springs, will tell you how he 1ms uerti ly paid lor his 160-acre farm in les than, two years since he came her from Michigan. He has tlie kind o farm that does one's heart good t vusit. This year he raised ?100 worth of hogs. His crop wa a marvel. His milch cows are benui ies, and he wouldn't trade his hor ses for any ia the country. T. B. Hull, will tell youle came from a large familj and a smallpocketbook, and has bcei successful enough to capture manj trophies for his Farm pjroduco, and has made his farm so valuable tha it sold the other day for G.eo Gorham will tell you bow he clearoc from his whent crop in on season. There is nothing- extraordinary ii the success of these men. They have succeeded because they were willing to work and farm right. They have studied dry farming, which is, I all, only common sense farming. This coupled with willingness to work, as what has made them what they are Others are following in their footstep; That 'is why southern Alberta is to- :'day realizing her destiny. The old time rancher who predicted ruin for tho wheat farmer was wrong. The wheat farmer who pessimistically ed at the idea, of mixed farming was wrong. Intensive farming, mixed farming, has come to be the rule, not the exception. The Soil Is Right Successful farmers have found that tho soil in southern Alberta is par- ticularly, conducive to the successful pursuit of agriculture in all Us branch- es. The soil is a rich loam with clay subsoil, and retains the moisture in excellent shape. Witlran'average pre- cipitation the fanner who farms right has no difficulty in repeating .the his- tory of Ihose of which you have justj-oatl. With' a precipitation below the average, a lit- tle more application ot dry fanning methods and the crop is the same. Southern Alberta has been ed a dry country. There aro certain years in which the precipitation falls below the average of 15 inches. This- safe and largv iiicrcMsc thorn is no com- bination likor'Tiibi'r "Heal..Instate, Wo have ninny real linrgains that can be.lioiiglil now by th'e limn or- JiioiTey-, or by I'.iiyoiie .who cares to uuvjto one payment now and. others, later. AVe bought our properly wheii Hip town started aiitUhercl'oreare in a pos- ition'to sell cheaper who haverec-ently bought or fire hand- ling, property for clients.-- It' yon buy direct from us you save agents commission. are the owners of all properly vve are olTering for sale and can give terms to'snit pin-chaser. There is tributary to Taber aii'.agricnltnral. .area. ol' square miles of the richest farming land Alberla. .Is underlaid with rich Jields pf domestic coal and lias eleven .'mines in operation with an output ol' tons daily during the coaling sea- son. The C.IsT.E. will be in .Taber before tli'e end oi: the season of 1913 Tho town is offering liberal .in-duc'cnients to manufactures; an exc optionally good opening still avail-able for a flour mill. What has made Lethbridge will make Taber, wheat, coal and rail- roads. Tabor's prosperity is just commencing and now is time to buy while property is still lower than i nother towns in iVIberta with smaller population and less: natural, resources. Taber Has Struck Gas which will mean considerable to the future larg- est town in Alberta. Taber less than eight years ago was -nothing but prairie, today it luiSj'A p'qpu'lation of 9.500 inhabitants, the results of steady and legitimate development. If you arc at a.li interested in the above be sure to write or oaJJ The Hammer Land Co, Taber, Alberta appens once or twica In a decade, he av-oracc is from 15 inches iip for ic year, and a good farmer in south- -n Alberta asks, for no more. With soil ho has to 'teal with move oisture is unnecessary. When thu inter snows have disippeured there plenty of moisture in the soil for a ilendid start. You have read the story of farmers ho have produced SO-biuihel crops wheat. How do they do ic? Ap- ication or drp furminy methods, or other words, forming ;ilons nonuncn lisp, lines. They are cnrorul during spring plough io nut plough ;wn to a ilept'i a! inches or more, lis gives room for the io miu1 ot where it will draw upon a- pply of moisture (he summer rough. They plough deep, harrow ell, prick the .-cil when tho seed jj; and keep i; t the first 3110nUi oi ihc ason. Tliose metlioti'si ensure ihom cron in any season. The farmer Ju Kouiiiftni Aiborla is i pidly passing staso ho fel- lows the plough with the seeder and expects -to reap a fortune from the crop that will resii't- Tiiero is no coiintry where a farmer can expuct to be successful vfith a minimum of work. Southoni Alberta ie no exception to rule. The advantage we have over and climate. A farmer minds not the-hard That is why the thousands that are pouring into Al- tJor'ti' every yd.ir from every part of I ho particularly from lhe rr.- inib'lic" ID the 'south, are finding in ;Ms_, new cuujitvy the realisation of Ihoir dreams. "Future LIBS In Mixed Fanning I The permanency of agriculture in j Southern Alberta as in all other coun- tries lies iu mixed farming. Thoiigii this section of the west ,1ms won fame for its wheat the exclusive pro- duction of wheat is giving placo to mixed and it is worthy of note that the farmers who have been tho mo si, .successful in A Iberia are those who have followed farming alony diversiiied linoK. The farmers who have made good will tell you that the path to Xortuno does not always lie through a wheat field. On the con- trary it is the farmer who has his herd (if stock, hio pen of bin dairy cows and hie- vegetable garden who is ahead in has the long- line of. cred'H at'-the bank. And so It is proving in southern Alberta. Mixed farming--necessitates 110 moru outlay- very Httlo more lab- or, in the long run (In the prairie coun- try than in any other Eeetion ot tho hemisphere. Southern Alberta farm- ers are making good because they are mixed farmers, and because they find it no harder to produce fodder for their stock Hiasi on the old home back east. With soil and climate to its advan- tage, with tho capacity for raising tlio greatest crops In the world, with mixed farming a success; and xvitii rapid railway development now faking place, southern Alberta 13 un- doubtedly doslined to fain a as the most, successful agricultural country of the west. AN ALBERTA FARM HOME ;