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VOLUME 4 WIBAUX, DAWSON COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 1910 NUMBER 1 WIBAUX RONMENT Wibaux, the coining city of Eastern Montana, is on the main line of the Northern Pacific rail road, six tniles from the North Dakota state line, and centrally located in the rich Beaver Val ley of Eastern Montana, through which the beautiful Beaver river wends its way. Wibaux has a population of six hundred thrifty citizens, and is destined to double its popula tion within the coming year. Situated as it is in the heart of the Beaver Valley, on the main line of the N. P. R. R., with the C. M. & P. S. R'y running par allel fifty miles to the south, and the N. P. "cut-off" similiarly I situated about the same distance on the north, it holds a com manding position. Not only is it supported by the vast grain belt, but it is also the "home town" of the stockmen, who ranch in the brakes bordering on the val ley, and with these two wealth pro ducing industries alone, a mere visitor to the Valley would have no study coming to detirmine or fore tell the Wibaux of 1915—or even two years hence, for the demonstra tions of the past two years disclose convincing evidence of the great resources of the \ alley, which will be shared with Wibaux—the me tropolis. While Wibaux, in its infancy, was a typical "cow town,' and supported entirely by the ranch men, it could not. be recognized as such today. Tn fact there is scarce ly a ranch now to be found outside the "brakes;" hence, agriculture is now the chief industry, although the town is still enjoying a sub stantial ranch trade owing to the fact that it holds the trade for many miles tributary. Wibaux in Brief Tn brief, Wibaux is the metrop olis of the famous Bea\er \ alley, the land of unbounded resources; where only mild winters prevail, and there is virgin soil to be tilled. She's the investors' opportunity and the money-makers' goal. Wibaux is now supporting a First National Bank, with a capi tal and surplus of $40,000, and a First State Bank, with a capital of $40,000, and carrying combined deposits of $420,000. Three ele vators were kept busy, day and night, handling the grains the past season. Practically all of the com mon necessitis of life are handled BIRDSEYE VIEW OF PIERRE WIBAUX'S PRIVATE PARK by her business houses at the pres ent time, although she offers splen did opportunities for a flour and feed mill, a brick plant, a cream ery, a cheese factory, and an elec tric light plant, and other lines are open for good live men. Come to Wibaux and investigate the advantages for yourself. Rapidly Developing During the past two years the Beaver valley has undergone great development in its chief industry, with the result that every fanner in it today is enjoying prosperity. Many of whom came here from the Eastern states within the past four years, filed on the govern ment lands, and with ordinary ambition demonstrated the value of the Beaver valley soil. Grad ually these facts relating the splendid farming opportunities became known throughout the East, and it was but a short time until farmers could be seen com ing in by the dozens. And, while today thousands of acres of this threshing scene in'the fertile beaver valley once vast range has already been grasped from the innocent grazers to be utilized to a better cause — the plow—there is still a large acreage remaining which is cer tain to be treated likewise. Each year since the farmers of the valley first began coming in it is estimated that the total acreage under the plow had doubled that :>f the proceeding year, while dur ing the past year it is believed to have almost trippled, and there is every reason for believing, under present conditions, that the fol lowing season will eclipse all for mer ones in this respect, it may | also be said that the greater por tion of the soil which has already ' been cropped was broken, disced and seeded with steam and gaso line rigs, and n many of these farms the harvesting was done with the same power. That is the way they farm in the rich Beaver valley, We belivo it is a safe estimate when we say there are not less than fifty of these rigs within the boundary of the Bearer valley today, and when you take into consideration the small expense of hiring engine power, as compared with the value of the crop yield you will readily observe that the smallest farmer can easily afford to adopt such a method of farming. The average plow rig hauls six and eight plows, a disc and a drill, necessitating but one trip over the laud until the crop is ready for harvesting— and these marvelous outfits are handled with ease on our gently j rolling prairie. In consequence of these circumstances there is naturally a great d« maud for plow ing rigs—-in fact, at the present writing, many of the fanners who do not possess these facilities are endeavoring to secure contracts for the spring breaking. Of course this does not mean that horseflesh cannot be used to an equally economical advantage as can steam or gasoline engine's lor farming—-and perluq , eventually, "horse farming" will become more common, but as a matter oi fact at this Mage of the gann the old method ir apparently "too • -j i a a u. ~ as Sul j..* pin,-, It being our chim illustrate to the caste what Wibaux is. what, i in-r up and wlmt it <>ib Point < >' I jl '('t to rn reader is ke* ping u in the way of opp »rlunities I >r the pros pective settler, we can think of no heller means of accomplishing this aim than to describe the country tributary to the town, to give a few fuels relating to the products of export, their value, ami tlie importance of \\ ibaux as a shipp j ing point. In attempting to give a record of this we believe there are no move Accurate figures than railway company, fur the months of November. alone, those of the whose receipts October and are as follows: Cattle and sheep, total number of cars, 278, estimated value of $883,600. Grains, principally wheat and tlax, total number ot cars shipped, 127, or approxima tely 192,500 bushels with an esti mated value of $288,000 or a total estimated value for stock and grain exported from Wibaux dur ing last October and November o! $571,000. The total freight and express re ceipts for the same two mouths were $55,820,49, w hile the passen ger receipts were $8,875.05, or an increase in the latter of $1,249.68 . -t the same period last year. Ou Schools and Churches As the Valley progresses, so does its metropolis and e\ery branch of its commonwealth, and this is par ticularly true of its tine schools and j churches. Throughout the Valley. I within easy access of every farmer, | good country schools are to be j found, while in Wibaux we have jthe graded and high schools, with three teateers an 1 the principle, all j of whom are accomplishing much lit! t lie ediu ational interests. J In religious denominations. w« have three 1 tine churches located in Wibaux -for the Episcopal, Cath olic and Congregational worship ers, and Sunday Schools have been organized in many neighborhoods, holding their weekly meetings in t he |mhlic school houses. in Conclusion To iccapitulnte we will say Hint ; with thousands of acres of fertile i lands, with a rapidly growing town j for a market, with a transeouti I nental railway running past his i door, with a climate that is delight | fnl, plenty of good fuel for the I digging- and, the many other j advantages the farmer w ill ' lind "opportunity" staring him in I the face on every trail in the west, and •■success" painted on the f And it is up m Hi- success ami pi-,,,pi rigv of the farmer that the t ,\vu depends for its existence. Hut, for the town man who wants i , tart some kind of business for liims.-ii he will find Wibaux to be :i good point. The town now has: ' 2 banks, 2 hotels and 2 restau ! ranis, 1 saloons, 3rd-elass post - j office, 8 fine churches, 2 burber ! shops, 2 lumber yards, l meat ! market, 2 liv. ry stables. 2 auto j liveries, 2 general stores, 2 hard ware stores, I real estate offices, 1 saddle and harness shop, 1 phy sician, 2 tow n halls, 1 newspaper, 1 public school, 2 blacksmith | shops, 8 elevators, 1 bakery, 2 attorneys, 1 jeweler, 1 drug store.