Bismarck, N. D., April 27.Every
farmer and homeseeker in the north
western and middle states has un
doubtedly been reading from, week to
week, the strong and able articles that
have been prepared by W. C. Gilbreath,
commissioner of agriculture for the
state of North Dakota. We had the
pleasure of meeting Mr. Gilbreath in
Minneapolis last week and asked him
to give us a few facts in regard to the
state, that would appeal to homeseekers
and' investors in different sections of
the west, who are anxious to secure a
new home. I also asked Mr. Gilbreath
in regard to individual cases of people
who have come into the state with very
little capital, but plenty of energy and
push, and what results they have
achieved. Mr. Gilbreath said:
The following regarding the state
of North Dakota is well worthy of con
sideration by the homeseeker and the
investor. That this state is receiving &
marvelous growth can be best appreci
ated by an investigation. Thousands of
people have" made their selection of
homes in North Dakota this year and
Btill there remain millions of acres
waiting for the industrious husband
man. It's a broad field and open to all.
That it is a state where the tiller of
the soil reaps a rich reward can be verij
fied by thousands of new settlers who
came to this state with hopes and fears,
but who have realized far beyond their
There are no industrious poor men in
this state. All are prosperous, and why
not. where land is so cheap and yet so
fertile and productive that one crop
pays for the land with a sufficient sur
plus to keep the producer until the, next
vear's yield? That this is true is at
tested by the fact that there are real
estate dealers offering to pell land and
take in exchange for the payment the
first year's crop. You may ask, If the
land is so productive, why is it that
these real estate dealers are willing to
dispose of it on such liberal terms'? J&y
answer is that many of these propri
etors own thousands of acres of land
and are willing to demonstrate their
confidence in the productiveness of the
soil by making this generous offer.
They want to show the public that the
soil of this state is valuable, pro
ductive and cannot be excelled for
the same price in any part of the uni
The following are a few of the many
letters reproduced showing what men
have accomplished in North Dakota.
This could be supplemented by thou
sands of others which come unsolicited:
W. L. Eichards, president of the Da
kota State bank of Dickinson, who or
ganized that institution a few years
ago: I consider this section good for
diversified farming, and am sure if any
man will come here and work as hard
as he would in the older states he will
make more money. I don't know of a
single instance where a man came here
and attended to business but what he
has made a success."
Mr. Douglas of New Salem writes:
"All my oats and about two-thirds of
my wheat crop was on land broken in
the spring. This land I worked thor
oly, threshed, from it thirty-three bush
els of wheat an acre, and from the six
acres of oats received nearly 300 bush-
Is it strange that men will offer to
sell land and take the first crop pro
duced in payment for the same?
Henry Lesch came to Oliver county
from Minnesota in 1903, and states:
"My first crop was in 1903, and it paid
for the land. My wheat averaged sev
enteen bushels to the acre. This sea
son was considered by old settlers one
of the poorest years. On my old high
priced farm in Minnesotaone of the
richest in the farming portion of south
ern Minnesotathe yield of wheat that
season was also seventeen bushels an
One acre of his Minnesota land was
selling at' from eight to ten times the
amount he paid for his North Dakota
acres, yet the yield was no greater.
The value of land should be measured
by its proctucing qualities. Is it Rood
financial sagacity to hold land which
can be sold for say $50 an acre when
you can buy equally as good in fertil
ity and productiveness for $5 or $6?
Frank Suchy says:. 1 came here
in" 1890, landed in Mandan. Had enough
moiHtey to buy one team and two cows,
not enough to file on government land
had to rent for two years before I made
enough to file. Poor crop first year,
but a fine crop in 1691, and then I filed
on my homestead and from that on I
have been raising crops every year.
The lowest crop was fourteen bushels
I now own 640 acres of land paid
for in full, am not in debt at all, have
thirty head of cattle, twelve head of
horses, ten working "horses and two
colts, and all the machinery need to
farm with. I have 135 acres broken,
the balance is in pasture and hay land.
"We raise good crops of corn every
year, atod. I have never known it to fail
raise about forty or fifty bushels to the
-acre. I believe it is a good country to
raise hogs, better than the eastern
states, far better.
I have good frame buildings and in
"good condition. I believe my property
is.worth $12,000 at least, and I would
.not sell at that."
John Kline of Bichardson states: "Of
course we had very little money when
Interview With W. C. Gilbreath, Commissioner of
i Agriculture for the State of North Dakota, ~pu*
Words From a Man Who Has Made Many Years' Study
of True Conditions of the !Flickertail State*1[%yf
we got here about' $1,600.' With -this I
bought a half section of land, and you
can think for yourself what good land
this is, when,I tell you,we already.five
years ago had everything" paid off/and
bought another half, section of land,
and now have in all a whole section, or
540-acres. Our land with the house,
barn and granary, and stock is now
worth in the market today $10,000. We
have a comfortable house, built of
stone, a barn also built of stone, which
iB 80 feet long aWd 33 feet wide, a
granary of-stone, which is 80~ feet, long
and. 20 feet wide,. seventy-five .head of
cattle, ten horses. This year we
raised 2,188 bushels of avheat (of which
I sold $1,900 worth, keeping enough for
seed and family use)1,222 bushels of
oats, considerable corn, 100 bushels of
potatoes. In the meantime we have
sold considerable butter and eggs, and
this fall sold $25 worth of cabbage."
BMT H. Smith gives his experience in
tJHT following letter: I came to
North Dakota from Minnesota Nov. 14,
1902, and filed on 160 acres. I first
built a barn 14x24 for horses, and as
soon as I could broke some ground and
planted potatoes, corn and all.kinds of
vegetables, and they surely never did
better on the well-worked ground than
here on the sod.
'In the fall I dug a good cellar and
built our house, 16x24, and built a lean
on the barn, 14x24 built a sod hen
house, a sod cow barn 20x40, had a well
dug and have splendid water.
"In the spring I had forty acres
ready for a crop and we were well
pleased with the first crop. Our wheat
yielded fifteen bushels an acre. Oats,
thirty bushels and corn twenty-five
bushels, and all ripened well. We have
a splendid soil and it will produce any
thing when well rotted and taken
"In the fall I hauled timber and built
a barn for the cattle and horses, 28x40
a granary 10x24 a henhouse 12x14.
We did all our own building, except six
days I hired a man.
Chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese
do fine here we raised 115 chickens
The fuel question is simply wonder
ful. We can buy coal for $1.25 a ton
or we can dig it ourselves for nothing.
What more can a man ask for?
I cut and put up about two hundred
tons of hay nired a man two weeks.
Our stock will keep and fatten on this
hay as well as cattle do in the east on
timothy hay and clover and ground
"We have now twenty-four head of
cattle and eight horses. The mail
passes our house six days in a week.
We can count about forty houses
from our place now, and it is no un
common thing to count from twenty to
thirty teams in a day passing by.
"fn conclusion, let me say to all the
renters in the east, make a strike do
it now pull out and get a home.# And
to those that are looking for a.n invest
ment, you can never find a better place,
to invest your money than here. Our
only regret is we did not come here ten
L. J. Stoxen tells what a man of
grit and energy can do in this state.
He says: "Icajne to' North Dakota
with but $2 in my pocket. I
now own 1,600 acres, all practically
clear of encumbrance, which, at the
prices at which land is now selling,
is worth at least $19,000. I have a
comfortable home, a good granary, a
commodious barn and cattle shelter for
the accommodation of 160 head of
stock. I located a good vein of lig
nite coal on my land, from which I ob
tain sufficient fuel to supply my own
needs ever since settling here. Lig
nite coal is used by every one in this
section of the country."
There are thousands of acres of gov
ernment land open for settlement.
These embrace some of as good lands
as can be found in the state. The cost
for filing on these lands is nominal.
No greater opportunity ever presented
itselr to secure a home at so small a
Sworn statistics show the produc
tiveness of the soil. Letters from resi
dents with whom you can correspond,
give their experiences and the result
of their efforts. Cities, villages and
farmhouses are springing up as if by
magic, attesting the fact that the tide
of immigration is turning to the fer
tile prairies of JNorth Dakota. In
vestors are realizing the increasing
values of real estate: homeseekers are
comiirg by trainloads .to secure new
homes railroad companies are propos
ing and building new roads wholesale
houses are being established at differ
ent cities and towns and manufacturers
are seeing the importance and financial
advantage of opening factories and
supplying the people with' their prod
ucts this growing, prosperous and
rapidly populating state.
Homeseekers and investors who read
the foregoing can have absolute faith
in^. anything that Mr. Gilbreath says,
as'he is thoroly conversant with every
condition that exists in North Dakota
and is known thruout the great north
west as a man of the strictest.integri
ty, and one in whom absolute faith can
be reposed. Ward D.. Williams."
Best Investment on record is Land
Advertising on North Dakota
Are you Interested?
Unimproved lands at $18 to $25 per acre. Highly improved farms, with
complete sets of buildings, growing crops, close to schools, churches, rail-
road towns, at $25 to $40 per acre.
Now is the time to buy and secure the.benefit of the inevitable advance
in values. Write me for-particulars and descriptions. ,.\v ,v ...._,.,
jjii li1 HI 1
MR. MONEY MAN, do you want good
safe investments? Just write me about
Barnes County's first mortgages. They
are gilt edged security and pay 5 per
cent interest. Better look this up.
A Native Product
Red River VaHey
And a fair sample' of the happy
faces found among 'purchasers of
North Dakota farms.
Cass county is the best known of
North Dakota counties. It is in the
heart of the Bed Eiver valley, and
Fargo, its county seat, is the metropo
lis of the state.'
"WKeat oats, barley, flfix, .corn,, mil
let and potatoes are the principal
crops. Field and garden vegetables
grow large and excellent in quality.
Sheep-raising is carried on with
marked Buccess, and is constantly in
creasing in importance. Cattle are
also furnished to .farmers to raise on
Fargo has the best railroad connec
tions of any city in the valley the
third largest machinery trade of any
city in the United States, irrespective
of size the largest manufacturing and
jobbing- business of any city in the val
ley the" finest buildings eleven, and
one-half miles of electric street rail
way, eleven miles of paved streets, six
teen miles of water mains and fourteen,
miles of sewers. The city is lighted
by electricity and gas.
Fargo is proud of its educational sys
tem, which comprises the state agricul
tural college, with an attendance of
over 700, and the United States ex
periment station Fargo college (en-
dowed) Sacred Heart academy high
school and six% other fine school build
ings. The city employs a superintend
ent and fifty teachers to look after the
training of over 2,100 pupils.
FRE E HOMESTEAD S ^Jgtle&iSSSF1*w
THE OLIS JOTJRN
READ COMMISSIONER GILBREATH'S STRONG ARTICLE ON "FACTS REGARDING NORTH DAKOTA'S I
^One hundred and twelve eastern farmers and their families on three special cars, .bound
for Richardton, Mandan and Mott, North Dakota, March.28th, 1905. This is o|Ay onejof the
many farmers' excursion parties which WM. H. BKOWN COMPANY are taking to\North
-por detailed information, write
131 LA SALLE ST.,
HARVESTING CORN IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY, NORTH DAKOTA.
CAN RAISE ANY PRODUCT GROWN tf ILLINOIS AND A GREAT DEAL MORE. The
Illinois land that once was slow sale at $5 per acre, now sells readily for from $100 to $150
per acre. THE RED RIVER VALLEY M^P^ A
Ift THE TOITEfr STATER ARE BOTO^a^. INCREASE RAPIDLY IN VALUE, BECAUSE
THEY ARE PRODUCING 3*CUC|r GREATER PJtpiPITS THAN $150 PER ACRE LANDS IN
ILLINOIS. IN NO OTHER COUNTRY AND WITH NO OTHER COMPANY
CAN YOU BUY LANDS WITH A CASH PAYMENT DOWN AND BALANCE
PAYABLE HALF THE .CROP EACH YEAR UNTIL THE LAND IS PAID FOR,
No chance of ever-losing1
J, B. Streeter, Jr., Co,, Bankers
Capital and Surplus. $250.000 LARIMORE, NORTH DAKOTA.
AGENTS WANTED EVERYWHERE,
MR. FARMERrhere is a money-mak
ing home for you. 600 acres, one mile
from' Valley City, 350 under cultiva
tion, balance timber and- meadow, 160
fenced, fair buildings of all kinds,
spring, well and river water. R. F. D.
and rural phone. Price $40 per acre.
F. m. mcALLEH, Valley City, tf. B,
This 160 Acres is already in crop.
There is little to be done between
now and harvest time, and still we
ONE-FOURTH THE OROP.
WE HAVE TAKEN
just because we want a
let more good farmers
out here. 160 acres, four
miles. from two rail
roads, every acre culti
vated and now in crop.
]We want $24.50 an acre for it. We
will make agreeable terms. Write
Wheelock & Wheelock, Fargo.
0 A 4% "TCbuys good halt section
A &J_ HtIofarm, Carring-
WHICH ARE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE
your land on a proposition of this kind, and the best
guarantee we could give of our faitK in the land actually paying for itself. In Illinois
you pay half the crop for xen% and at expiration of your lease are turned out5 without even
"thank you," while here the half you turn over to us pays for the land. DID YOU EVER
HEAR OF SUCH A CHANCE BEFORE? We are selling fine improved farms on this plan.
YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. WRIE TODAY FOR OUR
ILLUSTRATE LAND BOOKS, GIVING FULL INFORMATION AND STATISTICS. WE
HAVE GRAIN FARMS, STOCK FARMS AND DIVERSIFIED FARMS, FINELY IM-
PROVED FARMS AND CHEAP LANDS. Write us just what you want and amount of
money you have to put into land. We can fix you out. LARGEST OPERATORS IN COUN-
TRY AND OWN OUR OWN LANDS IS REASON W E CAN SELL LANDS ON TERMS WE
DO. WRITE TO
^gV seat town), soil Al,
fair buildings, 180
acres cultivated balance meadow and
prairie. its a SNAP, it you want this
you must burry. Write
Traverte Land Co.,. Wbeatoq, -Mian.
QpOB 800-acre improved
f?lrm 600 Nacres culti-
ruryntOnWa vated, 200 acres feno
OT buildings goodsplendid' water
6 miles from town.
#.9 per BST9 Now ^et this quick.
and seS joa lands ttom $B to SIS Der.acrewheat, oats, barley, flax, laore crops. Coal for
and haTuhut. The beat water In abaUt-w wells and sntuum. Heilis Elliot Land Co.,
WW We will locate you on
160 acres frjee lands
Lisbon, N. D., April 27.For a long
time I have been impressed with the
growth, of the stock and dairy indus
tries of Ransom county, but until a
few days since -had no data on which
to base any figures.
The Adams & Frees company of Lis
bon, the largest owners of farm lands
in southeastern North Dakota, havo
been keeping very close tab on these
lines, and from them I learn that the
shipments of livestock for market from
Lisbon in 190$ were only 30 ears in
1904 they were 85 cars, and in the first
three months of 1905 have been 50
cars from Lisbon alone. They inform
mc that in addition to these shipments,
as many more have been shipped' from
stations other than Lisbon.
While these figures may not seem
large to a man from Iowa or Illinois,
they make a great showing for a sec
tion of country generally thought of
as strictly a wheat country, and a com
parison of the figures for the three
years given show the rapid increase. If
240 acres of level
which makes a
fine shelter for
stock in winter.
Located In a
fine, high priced
farms. One of our
best bargains. Price
.$16.00 per acre.
Pull section of wild
land, six miles south of
Elliott, deep .black soil,
over a clay subsoil, all
level arid every foot Is plow
land. Can be sold on easy
cash payments or on crop
payments, as desired. Here is
a chance to get a fine farm, on
such easy terms that anyone
can buy.it. Price $24.00 per acre.
RANSOM COUNTY AT THE FRONt
In Stock-Growing and DairyingThe Growth in
These Industries Has Been Phenomenal^
160 acre farm located 12 miles northeast of Fargo one-half
mile from the Buffalo river, three miles from a small station on
the Great Northern every acre under cultivation rich blaek soil
with yellow clay sub-soil a^nice, neat house, barn and granary good
well of water in a first-class neighborhood, for $32.00 per acre
terms, $1,500.00 cash, balance long time at 6 per cent, interest.
160 acres of land 3J miles from the City of Fargo all
under cultivation, 80 acres seeded to tame grass small set
of buildings. Price $31.00 per acre, $2000.00 cash.
Write us for our monthly bargain list. We have got some snaps to offer.
We Have Hundreds of Desirable famsjor Sale in This Section.
*:#5ali Homeseekers and Investors Write tfpr Detailed Information to ^^^4
Ellsworth & Jenkins, *1!SZ&SZ
THE POINT IS
That Ransom County is no doubt as good
if not the best in the state that you
are going to be done with your spring
work in a few days. You have read
and heard all kinds of statements
about Ransom county and North
Dakota. Now, if we cannot
demonstrate the truth of our
statements, we must lose.
Take a chancecome and
see for yourselfif you
buy, we will rebate
the price of your
'fare* Write us
so we can se
A Day's Outing in Stutsman County
due of the Garden Spots of North Dakota
YOU FRIEND S ABOU IT. Sr-STtiia
double your money. Renters buy improved farms on half crops. Aroid
mistakes easy to make in the Northwest, by card to
E. A. WAiSWORTH, LANGDON, N. D.
the shipments for the balance of the
year are even normal, they will reach
for the year 1905 125 cars from. Lis
Five creameries are in successful
operation in this county, and the farm
ers are fully appreciating the profit in
The history of all new states. has
been that when its farmers cease.rais
ing wheat exclusively and commence
stockraising and dairying, its farmers
grow wealthy and itd lands advance in
value rapidly. Ransom
at that stage now -where its1
15, 1905, is the day you can get returns and celebrate if you boy
th following before May 20th:
320 acres with buildings, and you get half of 200 acres crop, price $81*33
320 acres with buildings, you get half of 175 acres crop, $27.50 per acre.
Don't write unless you mean business. R. R. fund refunded to buyer.
Thomas J. Baird Investment Go. WBKr
Ellsworth & Jenkins, Fargo, Nort Dakota,
Offer the following farms as a sample of some
of the bargains they have for sale in the RED
RIVER VALLY, lands that are in the vaUey proper:
320 acre farm, located 5 miles north of Fargo, good house, barn and
granary, small pasture 300 acres plowed and seeded into crop. The
land is a rich black loam with a black soil two and one-half to three feet
deep,, underlaid with a yellow elay sub-soil rented for one-half of the
crop 220 acres seeded to wheat, balance oats. Price $35.00 peracre, cash
payment of $2500 down, balance on long time terms to suit purchaser.
stable in value and are increasing in
The Adams & Frees company inform
me that their business has been larger
thus far this year than for the same
period since they commenced business
twenty-two years ago, and they look for
a constant and rapid advance for years
to come. I believe from my observa
tion that they -are entirely right in
their opinion, and that investments
made now are safer and surer of a
profit than at any time heretofore.
der Co., N. D.
500 acres under,.
level tillable land,
good water, and
$3,000 worth of live
stock, horses, cattle,
and sheep, and all ne
cessary farming machin
ery, household furniture,
and everything complete.
All goes for $18.00 per acre.
A great bargain.
ROTJEKE'S LAND LOAN AND':
Lisbon, North Dakota.
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