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The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, November 09, 1904, Image 10

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Valleys of the Red, James, Missouri
and Mouse Rivers Offer Opportunities
for the Homeseeter to Become Inde-
pendentAll Lines of Farming Pros
Grain has been the leading crop in the
Bed river valley. The country is pe
culiarly adapted to the production of
this crop. Grasses grow very well.
The farmer seems to be more inter
ested in the corn crop than any other.
It is only recently that people began
to think that corn could bo raised in
North Dakota. At almost every insti
tute in the valley excellent reports are
received from successful corn growers.
Fodder is raised extensively, and is
used as food for horses and cattle on a
large scale. Corn has matured in most
places thib year, and when one considers
that it readily adjusts itself to environ
ments, there is reason to believe that
corn will soon be a safe crop to raise
very year.
Extra Good for Stock.
itself to be an extra good livestock
country. Many large herds and flocks
are raised in the different parts and
breeding stock is in great demand.
Farmers and others are fully aware of
the value of livestock the farms
and great effort is madeono stock the
farms as soon as possible. Creameries
are established in many places. When
the farms are well stocked, two things
will be improved in the system of agri
culture, the fertility of the lands will be
preserved and weeds will be kept down.
The increase in the price alone of a
given number of acres in the Eed river
valley in one year, will be more than
the profit that can be made over and
above the cost of production on an equal
number of acreB of high-priced land fur
ther east, and one will have to put in a
I year of toll to get even that.
I On high-priced lands, one digs for
results, while with the advancing price
of cheap land, one makes money while
he sleeps. Wheelock & Wheelock, Mor
ton & Co., J. B. Folsom and W. D.
i Hodgson, all of Fargo, are among the
1 best known land dealers of the Eed
I river valley. Their reliability is un
questioned and the homeseeker and in
vestor can make no mistake in opening
negotiations with them for Eed river
valley lands.
Claims Substantiated.
North Dakota, counting the actual
production of the soil per capita, which
is the best test of a state's agricultural
worth, is one of the richest spots on
the face of the earth. The state raised
in 1901 about fourteen acres of grain
for every man, woman and .child its
population. It raised forty bushels of
flax and 235 bushels of wheat per cap
ita of population, which sold at an ag
gregate of $130 per capita, and has
more acres of good farm land per cap
ita than probably any state in the
union. One of the first farmers in Ward
country to market grain the present
season was James Foley, who reported
that he had threshed only seventy
of grain
ceive a check forand $1,875 pay for it
The land on which it was raised is not
worth over
halfha thabeen
just re-
amount. If
thes grain (wheat sold two day
later it would have brought six cents a
bushel more.
Another farmer from the same
vicinity reports that ninety acres
yielded $33.20 an acre. Another man
from north of Minot reports 2,080
bushels of oats on twenty acres of
land. Yields of twenty-nve to thirty
five bushels of wheat are common.
Still, many of the best pieces of
grain in the county are now in the
stack, and the exact yields cannot be
iven. For instance, John Ehr has a
tract in macaroni wheat, and
the conservative farmers are estimat
ing the yield as high as forty-five
bushels, while all concede that it will
go as high as forty bushels to the acre.
These instances can be equaled by
any good farmer who will work his
land as the farmers in the older states
work theirs. It must be remembered
that farming in this country is new
yet, and that most of the farmers are
i new. Many of them are men who, in
i the older states, were unable to own a
I farm themselves, and either worked for
other farmers or rented farms. But
can their old employers and landlords
show any better reports than the
above? Have they any land that will
produce more dollars to the acre, year
after year, than this $12 to $20 an acre
Best of Soil for General Farming.
By the Mouse river valley is meant
not merely a narrow strip of country
lying along the Mouse river, but the
entire area formerly occupied by gla
cial Lake Souris. This valley is situ
i ated in the north central part of North
i Dakota and the south central part of
Canada. In the state of North Dakota
it includes within its borders McHenry
county and parts of Ward and Botti
neau counties.
This loop of the Mouse river em
braces a laTge expanse of land that is
equal to any soil on earth for general
farming. The soil is a rich, dark drift
of alluvial loam, from two to four feet
deep, resting on a deep and very tena
cious clay subsoil. It is specially
adapted to grain growing, giving a
bountiful yield of the finest quality. L.
W. Torgeson of Minot deals in these
lands, and has large lists from which to
make selections.
Bansom County.
Bansom county has few equals as a
stock countjry. Particularly is this
the case with reference to freedom
from livestock diseases, and the small
cost of producing a marketable horse,
steer or iiog. The common diseases of
livestock, those maladies that have
proven so destructive to stock producers
,m other states and countries, find no
favorable conditions for their develop-
,v ^ment here.
$,- Lands in Bansom county will double
^in value within three years, barring
a 'general financial panic, which does
f^, not now seem to be in the range of
^probabilities. |jfjl Diversified farming is doing for Ean
,som county what it nas done for Iowa.
Minnesota and Wisconsin, that is, it
,is creating a new era of prosperity and
solid condition of values
and. advance in the values of land Adam
Frees and Walter Williamson are
strong and reliable business men of Lis
bon, the county seat of Eansom county,
and make a specialty of choice farms
and gilt-edged investments.
"Valley of the Jim."
iThis region, lying midway between
i.' the Bed and Missouri rivers, is one of
the most promising as a general, all-
a rapid
Land interests wishing: repre
sentation on Journal's weekly
page devoted to North Dakota,
write Ward D. Williams, man
jjjB,grvNorthwest advertising^i*
around farming region. Wheat and"
forage plants have been cultivated for
years with great success. Corn is gain
ing ground each year, and the stock
and dairy interests are fast becoming
of first importance.
Diversified farming is making the
& t/u*.
J. G. Lund
Minneapolis, Mimu
.Dear Sir-
o^vvu -JJcr A9Q-&> 0~Ca, GS L.euruy*t -fax, cn^v Cstv* Co^^x**^
^iZa C_f 0-/ OtWcX Cc/9 JLP oof* o-t-cu vUvt^. a^vx.., ^-C^JC^ ^Ck^
residents of all this section well to do.
Land valuations are bound to increase
rapidly and the man who buys today
can count on large profits in the course
of a few years from the natural up
ward trend of real estate values. The
Lund Land Agency of Minneapolis and
Rc^s/ell and Nort Dakot a Assure Jireat Prosperity to the Homeseeker.
Uoo. \tr /7y
Land purchased at $1600 produces in i9o4 $6oo, more than the land cost. you want such an investment
Wells & Dickey of Minneapolis and
Jamestown are disposing of large tracts
on easy terms in this favored locality.
West of the Missouri is a stockman's
paradisean abundance of grass and
water, open winters, plenty of coal
for the digging, and free homesteads
tAME$TOWN..M. p.
Ilherewfth enclose you draft for $427.26 which represents
your netproceeis or-your-one-fifth ofthe crop on KW i. 27-139-73,
Kidder County, 'N. Dak.
The amount of different-grains-were as follows, to-wit
1240i bushel wheat, sold for $1268.15
Yourshare of this crop was one fifth,or $437.76
Paid-to'JoiurStorey^for renting and
looking'after the crop, 10.00
and low-priced proved-up lands. Good,
practical farmers are going in^ and land
values will double in a short time. Wm.
H. Brown & Co. of Mandan, N. D.,
and Chicago, III., have immense tracts
of trans-Missouri lands for sale on easy
"Wells & Dickey Co. Bond Department, Minneapolis, Minn., have on hand and for sale, Selected Farm Mort-
gages, Netting Buyers 5 per cent. Send for Lists."
Why Don't YouWri
And get our Large List of Lands we have
for sale in North Dakota? The following
area few Sample Snaps:
N.W. Sec. 28-189-65, 160 acres nice wild land, located six miles south of
"Windsor, on the main line of the Northern Pacific railroad, and twelve miles
from Jamestown, the county seat of Stutsman county. "Well settled commun-
ity. Adjoining wild lands selling from $12.00 to $15.00 per acre and improved
lands $18.00 to $25.00 per acre 100 acres splendid farming land, large meadow
that will out any amount of hay running water. "We offer this land for a short
time at $10.00"per acre. Terms, $500.00 cash, balance equal annual installments,
Interest 6 per cent. This is a splendid quarter section for general farming.
Half section of nice wild land, located two and one-half miles east of
Sykeston, Wells county, North Dakota. "Well settled community soil a heavy
black loam with clay subsoil, free from stone can nearly all be broken oreek
runs through one corner, furnishing running water the year around nice
meadow. Lands adjoining held at from $15.00 to $25.00 per acre, our price
$13.50 per acre. Terms, $3.00 per aore cash, balance crop payment plan. If you
are at all interested in buying land, it will pay you to Investigate this propo-
We Sell Land on the Crop Payment Plan.
Wheeloc eelock
20 Waldorf Block, Fargo, N. D.
Present Conditions Due to the Consistent and Untiring Efforts of
Two of North Dakota's Strongest Land CompaniesAdams
&* Frees, and Walter Williamson of Lisbon, North
Dakota, Largely Responsible for a Prosper
ous and Growing County.
Lisbon, N. D., Nov. 5.Your corres- ing wheat of the highest grade. Durum
pondent was reading the other day, an
article in one of the great daily papers,
concerning wheat and the high price.
He was also very forcibly struck with
the conclusion there arrived at, and
these are to a large extent hifLbeliefs.
Now, while the wheat area is not
growing in proportion to the consumer,
still the lack of area can, to some ex
tent, be offset by extensive or more
thoro cultivation. By this process, an
acre of ground can be made to produce
twice as much as it has formerly, and
still this production need not of a neces
sity lower the price of wheat, indeed it
will not. The history of the settle
ment of the northwest from Ohio out,
has demonstrated that as the wheat
area passes on and the intensified farm
ing is carried forward, prices advance.
Today there are portions, in Iowa that
are only made# productive by under
drainage and this sometimes at a cost of
$20 an acre. I do not know any other
section of the state where these condi
tions are being more successfully
worked out without the excessive cost
of preparing the ground for new condi
tions then there are in Bansom county,
N. D.
The soil of this county is so rich
and so generally fertile and able of
cultivation and yet requiring none of
the extra phosphates, nor necessitating
under-drainage at an excessive cost,
and still the soil is capable of produc-
I Southern Red River Valley...
or Macaroni wheat has in Basom coun
ty reached its great worth. In fact the
finest wheat in North Dakota raised
today is raised in Ransom county. This
county has been made known to the
middle west and its intelligent, pro
gressive farmers largely through the
courage, conviction and confidence of
a few energetic, bright, capable busi
ness men, and among these three, the
Adams & Fress company, and Walter
L. Williamson, deserve special mention.
These two, the largest individual land
owners in the county, have spared
neither pains, trouble nor expense in
demonstrating to the Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota farm
er, that they have the soil, they have
the climate, they have every condition
to farm it as farming is. Indeed, it
would surprise an Illinois or an Indiana
man who never was to the west, to
visit Ransom county and see the prog
ress and development here. The farm
er has buildings with the latest im-'
{rovement and machinery of the very
atest pattern so that he does his work
under the very best conditions and cir
cumstances. Here is as rich land as,
ever laid out of doors. Soil that com-:
pares to the one hundred dollar lands
of Illinois, now selling for thirty and
forty dollars an acre. This is not Jack
Straws, if you don't believe it write or
go and see for yourself.
We have a 240-acre farm, with heavy deep-black loam soil, and yel-
low joint clay subsoil, right adjoining a thriving village of 500,
in well improved and prosperous locality. Neat set of buildings
cost $1,500. Price for quick sale only & 1/* P" A Per Acre
Nothing the matter with the land in any mA/ ^il on Easy
way. If only you knew what this country ^TitMit/V Terms.
is doing, or that the land was one-half
as good as it really is, you would get right on the next tram and
look in. Address BARNES & SHAFFER, Wahpeton, No. Dakota.

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