farms and  waving meadow was then a lonely stretch of the rich and fertile land of Manitoba.

In 1889 the Northern Pacific railway company extended their road from Morris to Brandon, and stations were apportioned at various intervals en route accordingly. Baldur was one of these, and the old routine on the advent of a railroad through a new dis¬trict followed, first one store then another until a little community had be¬gan to accumulate. The scattered settlers whose markets had up to this time been Manitou, fifty miles distant, and Brandon, a little over the same journey away, found a home market which gave a natural and consequent impetus to every June of business. Such is the synopsis of the founding of the thriving town of Baldur, which is a distributing point for a very large tract of the finest and richest farming lands in the province of Manitoba. Its found era could not have selected a more beautiful, healthier, or central point for the location of the future town which was to be. Since the railroad was built the growth of the town has been steady but at the same time rapid.

Every year as the country became more settled a growth in the town was noticeable. In 1898 a business streak of energy was evinced the town gaining thereby a third general store, a second lumber yard, a bakery and a newspaper, and the onward rush continues at the present time. The activity in mercantile and business circles during the present year has resulted in the erection of $25,000 worth of building, and in-dications of a like expenditure next year. It has a population of lour hundred, has a solid stone and a number of handsome brick business houses and residences and is most substantial in every respect. Populated by progressive liberal-minded businessmen


Store and Grounds of P.F. Curtis – Photo by F. Stevens

the town is making prodigious strides forward, commercially and financially— its backbone being the unexcelled farming lands in its immediate vicinity. The business of the community aggregates a considerable volume during the year, and as the merchants carry larger and more varied

stocks than the stores at outside points, people are induced to come here for trade from a great distance.

Two branches of industry are established including a flour mill and a planing mill. Baldur is headquarters for the land hunter, here he may obtain all desired information about the country, and from this point of the intending settler is within easy reach of any part of the district. The town is naturally the centre of attraction for the district. It has the following business houses and other requirements: 4 large general stores, 1 hardware store, 3 fruit and confectionery stores, 1 butcher shop, 3 general blacksmths, 1 machin¬ist, 1 bake shop, 1 banking institution, 2 financial and real estate offices, 2 implement agencies 3 bicycle agents, 2 hotels. 2 lumber merchants, 1 furniture and undertaking store, 1 bookbinder, 1 shoe maker, contractors and builders, 1 newspaper, 2 doctors, 1 veterinary surgeon, 2 livery and feed stables, 2 sew¬ing machine agents, 1 society hall, 1 private school, 3 elevators, 1 grist mill, municipal offices, 1 constable, 2 justices of the peace, 1 piano and organ agent, 2 churches and a skating and curling rink.

The following secret societies are re¬presented in Baldur, and each have a good membership: Black Preceptory, Loyal Orange Lodge, Independent Order of Oddfellows, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and Knights of the Maccabees. Baldur has one of the best farmers' markets to be found anywhere and as a consequence it is an im¬portant trading centre.


Winnipeg Elevator, Dominion Elevator, Roller Mill, Rink, Northern Elevator


There are three grain elevators in Baldur, viz., the Northern Elevator capacity 15,000 bushels; Dominion Elevator, capacity 35,000 bushels, and the Winnipeg Elevator, capacity 28,000 bushels, making a total capacity of nearly 80,000 bushels. These are always represented by responsible men, who generally commence buying the beginning of September, and continue on the market till the last months of winter. In the summer buyers go through the country buying up surplus supplies, so in this way every convenience and facility for the disposition of his grain in afforded to the

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