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I 18 77 WESTERN WV.EKLY ll " " I Richmond an Ideal Cache Valley Town H On the broad bench, above the stretching lowlands of upper H Cache valley, under the protecting shadow of the Wasatch moun- H tains, nestles the city of Richmond. Above the cloud veiled moun- M tains, like sentinels, keep their eternal watch, and hail the farther M ranges. Below the town, sloping to the river, lie the rich levels, B dotted with grazing cattle. H Broad, well kept streets, with graveled sidewalks, lined with box-elder and poplar trees, lead past pleasant homes and enterprising M business houses. In the center of the city lies the tabernacle square. M Towering above the trees, in the center of the square, rises the new M tabernacle, which has recently been erected at a cost of $65,000. The M building is very spacious, having a seating capacity of 1800, and is M very artistic both as regards exterior and interior. M Here assemble those of the dominant church to worship the God M under whose guidance their fathers, the pioneers, wrested a sullen M country from desolation and savagery, and made it to bloom like a H garden. H Opposite the square stand splendid school buildings. The erec- H tion of good schools and churches arc the surest indications of the M advancement and progress of a people, and along these lines Rich- M m ond is pushing to the fore. M The pioneers who settled in Cache valley, wise in their genera- M tion, judged that here they should make their range. Here, from the H first settlement, the stock raising industry has predominated. The H ranches were of ample acreage, and the farms remain now even larger H than in any section of Cache valley. The younger generation has H followed in the footsteps of their fathers in the cattle industry. But H no longer are the fattened beeves driven in great numbers to the H markets. The dairy has come to the fore. Here stands the largest H condensed milk factory of the intcrmountain region, and not only H is the local production of milk enormous, but Richmond is the H center to which flows the lacteal fluid from the entire northern sec- H tion of the valley. M But it must not be understood that the dairy industry wholly Hi dominates the energies of the people. The raising of blooded horses Hl has, for a long time, occupied the attention of a large number of pco- K pic in the city of Richmond. For years the buyers of high grade H horses have looked to this section for a large supply of horses to ship H to all parts of the country. B For the last twenty years ranchers have been importing splendid M stock for breeding purposes, constantly replacing the old by better, M until what is commonly known as scrub stock cannot be found any- M where for miles. Four studs, with imported stock, with an invest- M ment of $10,600, are in operation. It has not been the endeavor of M the breeders to attain speed, but working qualities, strength and size. M Almost all of the stock is Pcrcherons and Belgians. As one sees these M great animals on the streets his mind involuntarily reverts to the H "Horse Fair" of Rosa Bonhcur. M Agriculture has held its own. The soil seems particularly M adapted to the raising of hay and alfalfa, and Richmond is a grea't M shipping point for baled hay. Of the grains, wheat produces the M most satisfactory yield. A considerable section is devoted to the m propagation of this cereal. All of the ordinary vegetables of the m garden arc raised with most gratifying returns, but largely for home m consumption. Each year sees a larger area devoted to the sugar M beet, and this product is now bringing a considerable income to the i city. M The small fruits have always produced exceptional yields, and the m vines produce luscious fruit of exceptional size. Xo finer apples can M be raised anywhere than in this place, and a large acreage is now H being put into orchards. A considerable quantity is now beinc m shipped and it is increasing in arithmetical progression M An abundance of springs furnish opportunity for the culture of H almost innumerable trout. Several companies are now operating, and H others are about to incorporate. H rSn.R-C,!mIK, hT a first.clas,s watcr supply. There have been va- H or fen ,tC"tlCOmpa:rS: but this 'car t,lc "ty has.issucd bonds H for $35,000 to take over the interests of the smaller concerns, and to M instal a municipal system which shall cover the entire city. Irriga- H on dH hes supply water to a large portion of the tillable land but H the remainder has proved best adapted to arid farming H n,c .electric liKit and power in the town is supplied by a private H corporation the High Creek Electric Light a.Kl Power Company H which supplies practically all of the towns of the uppTvallcy Tl e H P ant on Cub creek at present generates sufficient Twer? Another m station will eventually be installed at High creek the mminJ SoS T? ft 0"l?ilc CaPital is ' tlle exploiting of H the mining interests. Splcmhd surface showings of various mineral have been discovered by prospectors, and some development work has been done, but lack of money has caused the abandonment of the work before satisfactory results have been obtained. The principal indications are a galena ore carrying heavy values in silver. There are also several good showings of copper. One of its advantages, to which Richmond can point with par onable pride, is its school system. Housed in fine modern build ings, with a most competent corps of teachers, there is no city in the county which is better fitted to give early training to the growing generation. Richmond is known as the "Home of Educators." No city in the state in proportion to its size, and none of any size in the valley, has sent out so many teachers throughout the country. Possibly tlie best known of these is President Kerr, formerly of the A. C. U. at Logan, and now of the Oregon Agricultural College. As an ideal spot for the homeseeker or for the investor, Rich- niond offers splendid possibilities. For the homeseeker there is a splendid climate, the purest of water, an unexcelled outlook on plain and mountain, fair railroad facilities, which will be improved on the advent of an electric road to connect with the cities of the south, and which is even now in contemplation. The price of land is reason able, and the cost of living is so low that it fairly makes the city bred man gasp with astonishment. For the sportsman the streams abound with fish, and the hills arc alive with both large and small game, while in season the ducks flock in myriads on the lowlands. Here the city man can come to live the life of the country gentleman, or of the ardent farmer, with out driving himself into bankruptcy, and at the same time he can keep closely in touch with the great centers of civilization. For the investor, in either a large or small way, there are most ex cellent openings. A man can find plenty of opportunities in small businesses, or he can employ large sums to advantage in the devel opment of the great natural resources of the city. The Richmond Industrial Club, a new organization, is doing yeoman's work for the aggrandizement of the city. Their club rooms arc located in the new bank building, and the members extend to the stranger a most hearty welcome, the club's motto is "Push Richmond and Prosper." A BIG RICHMOND STORE. The Richmond Co-operative Mercantile Company under the able management of Mr. J. V. Funk shows the progress of new ideas which is transforming the general store of a few years ago into the department store of today. The departments arc divided into gro cery, clothing, shoes, dry goods, ladies' and gents' furnishings, hats, I paints and oils, and crockery. A stock of about $20,000 is car:icd and a business of $50,000 done a year. This store was the first in' this section to annually replace all stock, closing out by special sales all goods which do not move rapidly, and thus keeping a live stock on hand at all times. Operating on 30 day credits with their customers, they are enabled to go into the great markets of the country and pay caMi, thus giving the people the benefit of low prices. The people in the vicinity of Richmond are not obliged to resort to the larger towns to obtain either necessities or luxuries. AN ENTERPRISING LUMBER COMPANY. Long ago, in the days of the pioneers, C. II. Monson established the liist lumber yard and planing mill in Cache Valley. This firm wide- the name of the Excelsioi Lumber Company, has levelopcd until now it is the most up-to-date lumber company in the valley. The business has remained in the family and is now undei the man agement of (!. A. Monson, a son of the founder. Not only in Rich mond arc their larire yards and mill works but also in Franklin. In both places the business is growing, and new buildings are about to be erected. A specialty is made of mill work, and it is the boast of the concern that no order of whatever magnitude cannot be filled on the shortest notice. Buying exclusively in car lots they are able to offer the best of prices, and this fact is fully appreciated by the consumers. In addi tion to lumber the Excelsior Company carries a full line of builders' , hardware and paints, and cement and roofing material. , t" D. W. James, Plumber, Steam and Gas Fitter. Estimates on all kinds of Plumbing and Fitting gladly given. Both phones 379. 67 East First South Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.