|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:
J. H. STANDING, GENERAL MERCHANT.
GEO. TUMOTH, GENERAL MERCHANT.
CHAS. CANNON, BANKER, INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE.
FRANK SPARKS, HARDWARE AND FURNITURE.
A. C. HOUGHTON, IMPLEMENT DEALER AND MACHINE AGENT
Hardware Store of F.F.
Sparks- Photo by F. Stevens