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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta HAOI SIX THE IETHBRIPQE DAILY HERALD, TUESDAY, OCTOBER M, INI. M 1 11 nl n RAYMOND IJ An Industrial Centre with Sugar Factory, Flour Mills and other Manufactories fj Good District Surrounding Municipal Schools and Hustling Town in a Good Country. 7 t T V .-H-I-I-H-I-I-H" 'or-l {From the Herald's respondent.) Raymond, Oct. is already a famovs town. Its flour and sugar finds a market away north of ing tribesman or the venturesome white explorer. What a transforma- tion from the ancient buffalo hunter to the hustling contractor in the beet field. In the next field is his Edmonton, and away to both east! brother man from the Island of Ja- and west. Both flour and sugar are thoroughbred Raymond products, pan, also an industrious contractor or of the white man, whose 1 mustard in the spring wheat, but some wild oats. Most of the wheat is grading No. 2, with very little smut. Town Incorporated in 1903 The town of Raymond was incor- porated in 1903. It now has a popu- lation, of and an assessment of, long to Lethbridge; should be duplicated because the busi- ness is so crowded that frequently there is great -delay in getting con- nection. This one .wire has to do the business of all the towns as far as I'ardston. If there .was an extra wire j even as far as Raymond and it would I manufactured from wheat and beets j ancestors carae from Europe. Here is about Dr. J. H- Rivers is help much in relieving the present grown from the fertile, soil of the Raymdnd district. Many consumers who eat Raymond flour or sugar may not know where this live town is sit- uated. Raymond is about eighteen miles by road, and twenty-five miles by railway south-east of Lethbridge. It is probably the largest industrial centre on the Alberta Railway and Irrigation system. Leaving Lethbridge the trail fol- lows the main the C.P.R. to Montana then the "train puffs along past Wilson Siding. Away to the south-west the smoke of the Raymond factories, and the white concrete geography and history from j just finishing his second term in the j congestion. Europe, American and Asia condens- j mayoralty chair. The present town ed in a few score of men in a Ray-j councillors are H. S. Allen, T. J. mond beet field. O'Brien, E. L. D- King, J. The men and the beets and the horses and dogs are all God's crea- tures, ployed pany Yet the people who are em- by the Knight Sugar Corn- have nearly as many religions Raymond's Stores Are Crowded Most of the stores at Raymond carry such large stocks, that they W. Evans and T. W. Harris, with are crowded to properly'ex- Geo. H. Budd as secretary-treasurer, j hibit their goods. Gradually, no Town Constable Jas. Rodeback is doubt in the near future a general en- town police, but has very little po- i largement of store buildings will take lice work to do, so he is saddled all along the street. There is rink. It is lit by electric light and heated by hot air, which is forced through the pipes by means of elec- tric fans. It is one of the finest buildings of its kind" in Southern Al- berta. Presbyterian Church There is a neat Presbyterian church jand a manse at Raymond.- It is the 1 only non-Mormon church here, so na- ;turally it has a mixed congregation of people, formerly of various denom- inations. This almost union church has a work to do. Rev. J. Cameron, M. A., is a forceful preacher and' his sermons are above the average heard in small towns. Be- mond, both citizens and transient employees, including Indian and Jap and eVcn including possibly'a stray Chinaman or colored gentleman The surprise would come when the sing- ing started and all joined heartily in the song, "Onward Christian Solj diers." The Raymond Presbyterian church as a mixed congregation of various denominations who all sinj? this song, which is also sung by the Mormons in their services v Many of the Indians have no doubt learnt this song from their missionaries. This summer a local minister held a Bible class, at one of the Jap camps. As the white visitors arrived on thr scene one of the Japs "Here- come the Christian Soldiers." is a favorite, with who may have learnt it from the Army Y.M.C.A. on the plains of Cor-1 ea during the late war. Sich a song suig by such a mixed gathering would :be.typical of there-, latiori of Christianity to the brother- hood of man "Man to man the world o'er, Shall brothers be for a" that Raymond Musical In July 1908 the Raymond Military- Band went to Calgarv Exhibition DR. J. H.'RIVERS The Mayor of Raymond as there were languages at the Tow- with a lot of jobs. er of Babel, but of that later. After passing the sugar factory the train soon stops at the station. It is one of the busiest stations on the A. R. I. line. There is so much business -that the agent has an assist- ant. Forty-nine carloads of wheat painted houses of the town show up and two carloads of oats were ship- in the distance. At Stirling the from here last season. It is also train leaves the main line which runs j the shipping office for Welling Siding. to Coutts and takes the Cardston I Then the grain there is all Branch. 1 the freight business of the sugar fac- i tory and the general merchandise of; the town. The general business of i this year shows fifty per cent. in-! crease over last year. This track takes a sharp turn to the right and as it stretches between I the two Stirling townsites the tra- vellers, get a good broadside view of each. After a couple of miles or so at this season of the year there is an interesting sight on either side of the-train for the beets are being har- vested. As we look out the windows j brought Uttder we see stubble fields with stookd or The Ellison Milling and stocks of grain or straw; a few patches of summerfallow land or breaking ready for 1910 crop perhaps ooo bushel elevator at Raymond, .iri some places showing the green of where .is the head office 0{ this the stoolmg winter wheat, and the large fields of beets. They are most interesting, lor here there life and activity, at least it will be Welling s The town jail is certainly a cooler, for it is built of cement blocks and 'being fire-procf and vacant most of the time is used by the town clerk as i a vault for the safe keeping of his files and papers. When smoke occa- sionally flies from the chimney the public know that Mr. Rodeback has a bird in the cage, and is making it warm for him. Fire Department .The fire department is a volunteer brigade with James Hawkins as fire chief and six men. A chemical en- gin-c is in a neat little shack i ready for emergencies. There has every indication that business continue to increase. will and made sides his work in Raymond he also j for" coming "from such a joung town .preaches every Sunday afternoon at j Last year Raymond had a delightful' i Stirling, and during the summer held i novelty in a bugle band of bovs be- There are four general stores, three last wmtei It will be re-organ- ised in a few weeks, and-a'very suc- a very creditable showing' cessful series of meetings is expected. one laundry, three two lumber yards, one har- ness shop, four implement agencies, tailor, one jewelry store, two brick two elevators, a flour mill, a kr.'t.ting factory and a sugar factory. has two doctors and a and instruct .the speaks Debates with neighboring schools- possibh be arranged While there .-is a good library in the public school, still a good public lib- rary and reading xxoom, and possibly a mock parliament would be.a useful addition to the various organizations, now existing for the young men of Raymond. Public School There is a staff of nine teachers, and an enrollment of, 500 pupils in. dentist, who look after the ills aches of the people. Like most western towns ther? several real -estate offices ready. and so in the future. Rev. A. M. Gordou, for itself- Owing to the cornet play- the Raymond The staff now of Kriox church, was formerly a pastor here. Near the station are the two ele-ibeen only one fire this year, and that 1'velco.nie visitors to the .town- vators and the flour' mill. These are busy places after -threshing, and will be busier each year as more sod is Elevator Co., Ltd. have a 150-bbI. flour mill, and a company, which has a mill and eleva- te j tor at Lethbridge, a mill and is larger pipes d an elevator at spring 1-A- miles south, of i and the 14-ft. again .after the tram passes, j Norwegians Lift More Than Scots, and men are plowing along' The writer paid a visit to the flour rows of the beets thus loosening min and saw the big 220-lb flour the employees were fill- ing. to be -shipped to Christiana, ed by hand ;thea thrown into piles after, the tops have been cut off. The beets are then hauled in wagons to 1 Scotland the factory while the tops are fed to the cattle. In one, field are a bunch of Norway. Flour is also shipped .to but the "Canny Scot" pre- fers a sack. weighing only 140 Ibs. While forthe Canadian-mar- busy Japs, in another an industrious crowd of .Indians, probably some of the: very ones who were at the'Leth- bridge' fair, then. all. decked in their ancient pagan, dress, but now in their working clothes. The various colored ket the flour is put up in 98Tft. and 49-ft. sacks, for even the Js7orwegian prefers these in Canada. Eleven carloads of flour have been shipped to Norway already this sea- son. season flour was also shipped to Japan and China. stable a few days ago. Waterworks i The town contemplate installing a waterworks system at a cost of 000. The town own two springs south of town. At present water j comes in to the town by a gravity I pressure- in a small pipe. But this pipe freezes in winter. Then the citi- zens fall back on a big to have a big gathering or the people of Ray- It is ,.sur- R. -A. Gillis, referee, and; there "are of young 25 combers, many of whom are pret- Canada who claim j ty fair shots at the traps or at '.the lakes where the ducks and geese lose j-1 heir lives by the dozen. 1 -.Literary Society The senior students of the Rav- New Taylor-Academy' .at The new Taylor Academy which'is of being built at Raymond by the pub- has subscriptions''of the Latter Day is Saints and others of Southern Al- a two-story brick building, with basement and twelve class rooms, gymnasium, auditorium and manual "training" room. It will have up-to-date equipment through- out, and.will cost It is to- be finished by August, 1910, and op- (CONTINUED CN PAGE SEVEN.) O'Brien, pres., and G. H. Budd, sec-' rotary. Board of Trade Raymond has a watchful >Board of is 50 SECURITY INVESTMENT Co., Ltd. GEORGE H. BUDD Manager as well towns where there is a licensed bar. Much, Building A new brick block has been built by the Security .-and Investment Co of ..which G. H.. Budd-is manager Itl when nccded' For i thCy had a CaSC bcfore Ranway Commission, and sent a delegate to the Associated Boards of. Trade. The officers are: T. J. 0'-; Brien, pres.; R. A. Gillis, vice-pres.. i and E. B. Sloan, secretary, Lodges Too The of Oddfellows Mdfcllows Hall here, and a the TVi.depentlent Order' of i Foresters is now being organized. Large Modern Opera House The Raymond Opera House Co., Ltd., 1008 one of the fin-: est buildings of its kind in the-west' at a cost of F. B. Rolfson, of Lethbridge, was the architect. It' is of brick with truss stwl roof, j The wain floor is 50 fx 90 ft., and willseat 550 people, while the gal-i lerywill hold 250 more. Thc floor is' arranged on springs to be of special benefit when used for dances, but the j floor is also arranged so it can be! tilted to give-the audience a better'1 view of the stage when tsed for a j concert. Thc stage is 0 x 80 f t., j and is also used for a roller skating! basement, and built of Calgary prcss- brick. It will likely be used for the company's offices and the store of the Hub Co., Ltd. There will be ten offices .to rent upstairs. Over. worth of building nave been started at Raymond 'this year, and probably haVc an brick. i lodge, of Good Post Office i Postmaster C. B. Fox has the post I office in a separate building, in charge of an efficient staff of clerks. Maills received daily to and from Lethbridge and Cardston. The trains on the A. R- I. as yet have no mail clerks _ so thc mail between thc towns along J. j the line arc carried in separate lock- in the baggage car of the train. T-hn 'Raymond post office has H good set of locked boxes. Government Telephone The central for the Raymond ex- change is .in thc rear of McDuffec's drug store. There are 75 subscribers and five more applications in. The RAYMOND MILITARY BAND ;