settlement. He is now the largest mixed farmer in Argyle, his operations covering two sections, 1 280 acres, 800 acres of which is broken the balance of the land being excellent pasture. This year he took off 500 acres of wheat and 200 acres of other grains He owns 40 horses, 60 head of cattle and 50 pigs. A fine residence and latest and most improved farm buildings are to be found on his place. He does all his own crushing. Water supply is excellent. Mr. Cramer also owns and operates in season a threshing outfit. A hard worker, industry and determination has demonstrated what can be accomplished on a Manitoba farm He is estimated to be worth any where from $12,000 to $18,000.

Mr. Jas. Strang whose farm lies three miles south of Baldur has been farming in this country for nine years and says he has found the business profitable He farms a half section, 320 acres, cropping 110 acres to wheat. He also deals in thoroughbred Durham cattle.


Greenway is the eastern burg of Argyle and is noted for grain shipment. It has not yet developed into a town of any prominence—a post office, general store, boarding house, station and two elevators being the chief buildings in the village. The Northern Elevator Co's elevator with a capacity of 35,000 bushels, and the Dominion Elevator Co., capacity 20,000 bushels, handle the grain from a very fair farming country, the amount marketed at this point being about 100,000 bushels. This portion of the municipality is more wooded and the land more uneven than other parts of Argyle and is particularly adapted to mixed farming which is carried on extensively in these parts. The future of Greenway is very pro¬mising.

Grain Marketed on Northern Pacific

The amount of wheat marketed on the Northern Pacific railroad at the various points up, to the 20th of October was 1,736,000 bushels, and there still remained to be marketed 1,515,000 bushels making a grand total shipment of wheat from the country tributary to the line of 3,251,000 bushels. These figures were obtained from a reliable source and can be relied upon as not overestimating or inflating the ship-ment.


On the advent of the Northern Pacific and Manitoba railway into this part of Southern Manitoba in 1890 a number of towns were at once started on the Morris-Brandon branch and among them Belmont, situated on section twenty Tp. 5, Rge. 15, 102 miles from Morris, and 42 miles from Brandon. Unlike the majority of her sister towns throughout the province Belmont is not situated on the level prairie but on

an elevation so that besides being the most picturesque site along the Northern Pacific branch good natural drainage is secured.

The first to erect buildings in the new burg were Frank Burnett, financial agent of Glenboro, and Axford Bros., general merchants, from the same town. These were soon followed by representatives of other lines of business and the town enjoyed a gradual growth until 1898 when the Northern Pacific railway went on with the construction of the long expected Hartney branch and, Belmont being selected as the junction town, the railway company enlarged the station and for coal dock, made this the, headquarters for the roadmaster and otherwise improved their property to enable them to handle the increased business secured. This district is noted for the superior quality of its No. 1 hard and the prairie land to the north and the Craigilea dis¬trict south and east of Belmont take front rank among the wheat producing districts of the province. While six miles west Pelican Lake, a beautiful sheet of water 16 miles long by 2 wide, is destined to be the ideal summer resort of the future. Between Belmont and the lake the land consists principally of rolling prairie

Situated as I have described with the immense natural advantages mentioned, the citizens of Belmont have every confidence in the future prosperity of their town, which now has the following business men:



Hardware Store of F.F. Sparks- Photo by F. Stevens

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