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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta iiy, October WHEAT, COAL AND NATURAL GAS CENTRE OF SUNNY SOUTHERN ALBERTA Lake Offers Opportunities to Mercantile Establishments Professional Men, Investors, Farmers and Industries Grassy Lake is the center of as fine a farming coun- try as there is in all the wonderful west. bushels pfigraifi in 1911, and over a million bushels in 1912. FiftyJQur steam and gasoline plowing outfits in the district Breaking up the prairie tell the story. Underlying the fertile fields are great seams of high- grade coal, and under the coal is the natural gas. Ask yourself if these resources will make a city. Any one of them will build up a town many times larger than Grassy Lake is today. Can you ask for a surer and safer investment. The'townsite owners, to attract outside capital and divert a1 share of'attention to the town itself, offer lots in the townsite at initial sale prices on easy terms.. Close in Residential Lots, and Business Lots, and according to location. Terms: One-fourth Cash; Balance ten equal monthly payments. The Grassy Lake Townsite Company, Limited Address all communications to H. A. Driggs, Manager Grassy Lake, A Iberia Toronto Office: 76-78 Richmond Street, E. The Grassy Lake Country BY J. CLARK KNOX "Undoubtedly God might have made a finer country, but undoubtedly God never did." This expression was used by a widely travelled agriculturist after a tour of inspection of the district of which Grassy Lake is the centre, and from the point of view of the the grani grower it is true. A country of "steam, plow" land where the fertile prairie sod may be broken in April, .May and even in June and produce a crop the following August and often that Mist crop is eaual in dollars to the purchase price of the farm. The district is an iiitril one for the "dry-farmer" the soil being saturally atlcptcd for the conservation of moisture. Not by any means a typically dry country. the past two years show a splendid rain-fall, but in the early growing season ihere is generally a drouth for tem days to three weeks duration and the results of good and bad farming are then apparent. Experience in the fo'ur years since farming operations were commenced in the district has proves that the man who knows the business of of properly working; the land and conserving the moisture is sure of hand- some returns for his money invested and his lajjor, No otucr part of the liard wheat belt wiil give better or surer results. RECORD FOR THREE YEARS' Figures always talk most eloquently and they prove the value of Grassy Lake district for grain nrowing. In the first crop of any account was grown and it was truly a bum- per. the "homesteaders" who were the only fanners had only from ten lo thirty acres under cultivation and the total production for the wide ter- ritory was small. average yield of wheat however, was at least 30 bushels while oats produced as high as 110 bushels per acre. The samples of grain were the- best Canadian wheat inspectors received. The following' year was exceptionally dry and there being no moisture in 'the around in the spring and practically no rain umil late in July the crop was a partial failure, but proof was seen in various fields that sacrifice methods would mean' success even against heavy odds, ana during a phenom- enally dry seasons. In 1911 farming started in earnest 2nd about five per cent of the land was put under wheat, flax, cats and barley. The yield for the district was over, half a million bushels and the last crop was not marketed until late this summer. "Nineteen twelve" has been the banner year. Although last fall was not favorable for farm work and practically no fall plowing was done, the acreage in crop this year has increased by fully fifty per cent, and the crop 5iov; marketed is truly a bumper. Ilscvesting was earlier in the Crassj Lake district than any oilier part of western Canada and the first car of IK w wheat to reach the Winnipeg market was from Glassy .Lake. It was traded No. 1. hard, and weighed 88 pounds lo the bushel measure. KinC'3 that cur was shipped nearly a quarter of a million bushels of wheat have been marketed in Hie town tlw inability of the railway company to supply cars has handicapped the movement of the crop. As much wheat is still in the farmers' hands and not lc-js than iriO.OOO bushels of flax, oats, barley and other grains. The crop was not damaged to iiny extent by any cause what- ever and lir.or samples of cannot he produced by any country 5n the I fuily eighty per cent of the wheat grading No. 1 hard and No. 1. I Northern and nothing getting a lower grade thin No. 2. Northern. A large part cf the barley crop has been purchased for malting purposes while the flax and oats are all of high grade. ROOM FOR THOUSANDS Grassy Lake district wants good and they will be welcomed' by a 'thrifty, enterprising Bart hospitable people, all loyal Canad- ians but the majority horn under the siars and stripes and the rest Can- adian or British bcrn.' There is room for thousands and the land offers rich returns for tho work of their hands and their brains, can be pur- chased at from to ai.'re, according lo location and quality There are good schools, good laws, churches, rural municipalities and all the advantages of an older- fanning country. It might be said that the land in Grassy Lake district, is "two-stoned. There is the fertile soil on lop and beneath are seams of high-grade coal. And, Indeed, there may ho said to he f. basement, for underlying !he coal is natural gas. Karmcvs now have fuel at their door and in Hie near future may have gas piped into their homes. PANAMA CANAL WILL HELP i The Crow's Nest Pass branch of the Canadian Pacific raiUva.v, which serves tho district is beinir extended to -the Pacific coast and will be com- pleted by the time' the Panama Canal is opened. This short lino to the sea- boniil will give Southern Alberta a decided. advantage oicr other parts o, the Canadian West and the. reduction of freight rates on grain, increased by eight to twelve ccnus per bushel tho price received by the grain grower. THE TOWN OF GRASSY LAKE Grassv Lake the town that is tho centre of this hind of opportunity, is tvuic-il ofwestcrn Canada, where the growth and development of Hie t.own-3 and 'cities have, astonished the wrold. The population has grown in three years to over Mil nnii it is not liaposalblo very improbable that within the nevt three year's it will he tripled.. Certain it is that Grassy Lake will bo one of the "big" towns of Southern Alberta and it may be n city. The agricultural resources alone Will build up a large and Important commercial centre and development of the coal lunils and natural gas fields will attract the industries that make cltta. Clay for brick-roaklng glass sand are found, in inexhaustible quantities, offering Inducements for the Investment boasts of buildings that have been erected for the future; solid monuments to the foresight and enterprise of the pioneer merchants and busSs inen Tho homes are comfortable ami architecturally pleasing. The Snco of trees IB being overcome and In planning a city the builders are not forcettinc tho advantage of natural beauty. lino of business usually found in a larger town is represented and the stores anil sioclin of merchandise arc of the city class. An: Opportunity of a Life Time A Cordial Invitation is Extended to Visitors to the Dry Farming Congress to pay a visit to the Progressive Midway Town, Grassy Lake, that offers an op- portunity to the investor in town property that is hard to beat in Southern Alberta. I am prepared to sell the balance of the Original Townsite of Grassy Lake, con- sisting of about seven-hundred town lots. Every lot high and dry and a good building lot.' The outside lofs are not over a hun- dred yards over the quarter of a mile cir- cle from the post office and business cen- tre of the tovjn. Present price list of lots, from to for Residential Lots; Business Lots from up, according to location. Terms: A liberal discount for cash. Call or write to the owner Grassy Lake, ;