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Glimpses of the Past - 1906

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 19, 1906, Page 2, Item Ar00205

The date of the Vermilion Fair has been changed to the 15th of October instead of the 2nd of October as previously announced.

September 28, 1906, Edmonton Bulletin The Bull’s - Eye - Page 35

Great building activity. Fair will be held next week.

Vermilion September 26th - Vermilion is progressing wonderfully. It has been described as “The bullseye of the famous Saskatchewan Valley and the Vermilion district” and the “Hub of the famous Vermilion Valley.” It is also the only divisional point on the CNR between Battleford and Edmonton thus enjoying the benefits of a large railway business. These should be enough to ensure the future progress of the town but there should also be taken into consideration the wonderful fertility of the soil which is second-to-none and particularly adapted to agriculture and grazing, the high-class of settlers coming in and the extent of country still available for settlement. The Vermilion Valley is one of the best farming and grazing districts in Alberta. A year ago the site of the town was virgin prairie, today there is a young City with dozens of business blocks, three fine hotels, railway depot, roundhouse and shops and various smaller Industries, two churches and nice residents. The real estate offices are busy, the demand for farmlands is very brisk and the land guides are busy as nailers, showing investors over the choicest sections of the country.

The first annual exhibition held under the auspices of the Vermilion Agricultural Society will be held at Vermilion on Monday and Tuesday, October 15th and 16th. Such an announcement should create the widest interest among the many farmers of the Vermilion Valley and in the town along the CNR. Already entries are pouring in and everything points to one of the most successful fairs ever held in Alberta. The prize list as published by the directors is an unusually generous one. The stock exhibits will be particularly interesting as the grazing lands of the Vermilion country produce splendid stock. The officers of the association are: A.W. Roseborough, president; D.B. Winters, 1st vice-president H.N. Stephens, 2nd vice-president; P.G. Pilkie, secretary-treasurer; [directors] - A.W. Roseborough, D.B. Winters, H. N. Stephens, T.H. Brown, Geo. C. Powell, Geo. Oliver, Jas. Common, W.E. Sutton, John Thomson, J.W. Graham and W.A. Reid.

Vermilion Signal, February 27, 1908, Page 9

The Agricultural Society

On August 14th 1906 the Vermilion agricultural society was formed with a membership of about one hundred and an energetic board of officers; the president being A. W. Roseborough and the secretary P.G. Pilkie. Vermilion's first annual fair was held on October 15th and 16th. The weather was perfect and for an initial affair the exhibition surprised all who attended it; among the member being the provincial minister of agriculture, Hon. W.T. Finlay.

The fair this year (1907) was held on Oct 3rd and 4th and while owing to the generally unfavorable season for cereals, there were practically no grain exhibits, the other entries were well filled and the fair itself was well worth attending.

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 16, 1906, Page 1, Item Ar00122

Vermilion Fair


Today the Big Day - Good Exhibits in all Classes

(Bulletin special)

Vermilion October 15 - Today is the first day of the fair and there are quite a few visitors in town for the occasion. The weather is on the whole fine but we hope for a better day tomorrow. Today has been occupied in receiving and placing exhibits and in judging, but tomorrow is to be the big day. The large tent which has been erected on the fairgrounds is almost full, the ladies’ work being especially well represented. Fancy needlework occupies a large portion of the space and is mostly of exceptionally good quality. The exhibit of roots will convince even an amateur of the possibilities of this country. The ladies are also well represented in the class for domestic produce, there being some first class samples of bread, butter and preserves. The entries of stock are exceeding expectations and show that farmers in this part of the country are not going to be satisfied with quantity alone, but require quality as well. Stock judging and sports will be the order for tomorrow and we expect everybody to turn out in full force and have a good time.

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 17, 1906

October 17, 1906 Edmonton Bulletin “Vermilion, Oct. 16. The second day of the fair has proved one of the most successful in the records of Vermilion. The weather has left nothing to be desired and the number attending is, if anything, larger than was expected. The whole of the forenoon and part of the afternoon was occupied in judging cattle and horses. Horses were well represented, and it required some careful consideration on the part of the judges in several instances to discriminate between first and second prizes.

“The cattle also were well-bred and in good condition. In fact in every class of exhibits this was clearly noticeable, nothing but the best being put forward, and yet many who knew the country around here will say that the exhibits were not specially produced for show purposes but were just the ordinary average of what is being produced in the country.

“One event this afternoon which caused considerable excitement was the competition for the best baby, a prize of ten dollars being given. There were nine entries in all and the judges were unable to come to any definite decision so divided the prizes between two of the competitors, who seemed to their bachelor eyes the sweetest things going.

“A concert given by the English Church this evening will furnish the festivities, and the people of Vermilion have every reason to congratulate themselves, as they have today been congratulated by outsiders, on the great success of their first annual exhibition

“Among the visitors in town for the fair are the Hon. W.T. Finlay, Minister of agriculture, J.B. Holden M.P.P., and Mr. Clements, the mayor of Vegreville.”

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 25, 1906, Page 7, Item Ar00703

Vermilion Fair Prize List - 1906

October 1906

Vermilion October 22 - Following were the winners at the fair held here Monday and Tuesday

Class 1

Stallion any age: J.C. Mooney

Best team in harness: Frank Ness, Craig Bros.& Sanborn

Brood Mare with foal: D.B. Winters

Filly or gelding, 2 years: D.B. Winters

Filly or gelding, yearling: Frank Ness

Foal of 1906: D.B. Winters

Class 2 Agricultural Horses

Stallion(any age): N. Darling, A.H. Llewellyn

Team in harness: A.H Llewellyn

Class 3 Road or driving

Team in harness: J.B. Sanborn

Single driver: J. Morrison

Brood mare with foal: J. Goodridge

Filly or gelding - 2 years: J. Morrison

Foal of 1906: J. Goodrich

Class 4 General Purpose

Stallion(any age): W.A. Reid

Team in harness: Steel & McLaren

Filly or gelding - 2 years: F. Davidson

Foal of 1906: Steel & McLaren

Class 5 Saddle Horses

Gelding under 15 hands: W.R. Hayward, G. Shofield

Saddle horse ridden by lady: N. Murray, G.C. Powell

Pony ridden by boy or girl: W. Hill, G.C. Powell

Special - Best brood mare and family: D.B. Winters

Best shod horse: A. Beckett


Class 8 Shorthorn - All prizes in this class were taken by J.J. Bell

Class 12 Grade cattle

Cow three years and over: J.A. Roseborough, W.F.H. Thompson Calf - one year: E. Brook, J. Goodrich

Class 13 Fat Beef Cattle

Best cow or heifer: J.A. Roseborough

Special - Yoke of oxen driven on wagon: J. Morrison

Class 16 Sheep

Short wool - all prizes in this class were taken by J.J. Bell

Class 17 Swine

Berkshires, sow - one year and over: R.J. McCue

Sow with litter: R.J. McCue

Class 18 Yorkshire

Sow - one year and over: J.J. Bell


Class 21

Trio of fowls: A. Gilchrist

Trio of chickens: W.F.H. Thompson


Class 22 Bush

Spring wheat: W. Steele, J.G. Mooney

Bush, oats: W. Steele, W. Hill

Half bush. Field peas: W. Hill, J.G. Mooney

Class 23 Roots

Swede turnips: J.R. Waite

Turnips, other varieties: R. Watt, W.A. Connolly

Field carrots: R. Watt

Mangel Wurtzels: R. Watt

Potatoes named: A.H. Llewellyn, W. Steel

Collection of potatoes, not less than four varieties: Steel & McLaren

Class 24 Vegetables

Beets, W. Steel, J.J. Bell

Carrots, J.R. Waite, W. Steele

Cabbage: R. Watt, W.A. Connolly

Cauliflower: J.R. Waite

Celery: G.C. Powell

Onions: J.R. Waite, R. Watt

Parsnips: R. Watt, J.R. Waite

Peas: J.C. Mooney

Best collection of vegetables: J.C. Mooney


Class 25

Butter five pounds in prints: Miss M.A. Anderson and J.C. Mooney

Butter ten pounds in prints: Miss M.A. Anderson, A.W. Roseborough

Butter twenty pounds in crocks: Mrs. J. Wilson, Mrs. J. Morrison

Butter five pounds in roll: Miss M.A. Anderson

Fancy butter: Mrs. L. McKague

Collection of preserves: Mrs. S.H. Roseborough, Mrs. D. Kennedy

Collection of bread and buns from 5 Roses Flour: Mrs. J. Morrison

Three loaves of bread from Royal Household: Mrs. A. Roseborough, Mrs. J. Wilson

Fruit cake: Mrs. W.A. Connolly

Bread from Five Roses Flour: C.E. Olmstead, Mrs. D. Kennedy

Bread from Capital Flour: Mrs. A. Roseborough


Class 26

Patch work quilt: Mrs. L. McKague, Mrs. E. Jones

Fancy quilt: Mrs. J. Wilson, Miss V.P. Clements

Coverlet: W.R. Stewart, Miss V.P. Clements

Coverlet: O. Baker, Mrs. J. Wilson

Rag rug: Mrs. L. Holt

Hand knitted stockings or socks: Mrs. J. Nickell, Mrs. E. Brooks

Woollen mitts: Miss V.P. Clements, Mrs. J. Wilson

Darned stockings: Mrs. E.E. Olmstead, Mrs. J. Wilson

Hand sewing by girl under 14: Miss V.P. Clements

Collection domestic knitting: Mrs. J. Winters, Miss V.P. Clements

Collection domestic work: Mrs. H. Rankin, W.R. Stewart


Battenburg centrepieces: Miss M.A. Anderson, Mrs. W.A. Connolly

Half dozen doilies: Mrs. W.A. Connolly

Lace handkerchief: Mrs. S.H. Roseborough, Miss Good


Collection of samples: Mrs. J. Wilson

Collection in wool: Mrs. J. Wilson, Mrs. J. Nickell

Six dinner mats: Mrs. G. Zeigler, Mrs. G.H. Pilkie


Tea cloth: Mrs. S.H. Roseborough, Miss V.P. Clements

Handkerchief: Miss Good, Miss V.P. Clements

Centrepiece: Mrs. D. Gilchrist, Mrs. Holt

Best collection: Miss V.P. Clements


Toilet set in full: Mrs. Holt

Centrepiece: Mrs. Holt, Mrs. D. Gilchrist

Tea Cosy: Miss V.P. Clements

Photo frame: Mrs. C.H. Pilkie, Miss V.P. Clements

Best collection: Mrs. Holt

Table cover: Mrs. C.H. Pilkie, Mrs. Holt


Netting: Mrs. F.A. Clarke

Pillow shams: Mrs. C.E. Olmstead, Mrs. J. Nickell

Ladies fancy apron: Mrs. J. Wilson, Mrs. G. Zeigler

Whisk holder: Miss M.A. Anderson, Mrs. J. Nickell

Sofa cushion: Mrs. C.H. Pilkie, Mrs. P.J. Griesbert

Pin cushion: Miss V.G. Clements, Mrs. W.A. Connolly

Painting in Oil: Mrs. J. Hager, Mrs. G. Zeigler

Painting in watercolors: Mrs. J. Morrison, O. Baker

Pen and ink (under 17 ): Chrisholm Clements, Master Hager

Fancy Knitting: Mrs. W.F.H. Thompson, Mrs. J. Nickell

Collection of fancy work: Miss Good

Collection of plants: Mrs. Bowtell

Painting on china: Mrs. C.H. Pilkie

Collection of photos: J.H. Gano

Collection of ladies work: Mrs. H. de Delley, Mrs. Holt


Essay on Vermilion: Master Hager, Master Baker

Essay on Edmonton: Master Baker


Under one year: Mrs. S.A. Snell

Under four years: Mrs. Dr. Ryan


Angora Goats: M. Sullivan

Handmade plough share; W.F. Raddatz

Largest coyote killed in 51-6. W4th: W.H. Duncan

Most prizes: J.J. Bell; 2nd J.A. Roseborough

Best collection of potatoes: Steel & McLaren

Collection of preserved fruits: Mrs. S.H. Roseborough

The weed exhibit from the Department of Agriculture was a splendid thing for the farmers and the advice and instruction given by the gentlemen in charge were of the greatest benefit. But although many paid great attention to this part of the fair it would seem as though there are still a number of farmers who do not realize what an important enemy they have in the ordinary weed.

{Ed. Note. A photograph published in the Vermilion Signal for February 27, 1908, shows that the first fair grounds were north of the C.N.R. tracks and east of the town.)

Glimpses of the Past - 1907

The Edmonton Bulletin, October 15, 1907, Page 6, Item Ar00609

The Vermilion Fair opens today, and will be continued tomorrow, when there will be a program of races held under the auspices of the Vermilion Turf Club. The program is as follows:
Free for all, pace and trot, mile heats, best three in five. Purse $60 - first, $30, second, $20 3rd $10.
Green trot and pace, for horses that have never started for money, half mile heats, best one in five. Purse $50 - 1st $25, 2nd $15, 3rd $10.
Running race, mile heats best 2 in 3. Purse $50 - 1st $25, 2nd $15, 3rd $10.
Green running race, for horses that never started for money, half-mile heats, best two in three. Purse $20 - 1st $15, 2nd $10, 3rd $5.

October 17, 1907 Vermilion Signal
The Bull’s - Eye - Page 79

Vermilion’s second annual fair was held October 15th & 16th. Attendance was estimated at 1000. The Citizens’ Band was in attendance. A dance was held at night in the new town hall. The Turf Club held horse races on the 16th. Since no threshing had been done there were almost no exhibits of grain.

December 20, 1907 Edmonton Journal
The Bull’s - Eye - Page 82

The second annual meeting of the Vermilion Agricultural Society saw the following executive elected: Hon. President, W.T. Finlay; Hon. Vice-President, J.H. Holden, M.P.P.; President, A.W. Roseborough; 1st Vice-president, D.B. Winters; 2nd vice-president, James Connor; Secretary-treasurer, R.G. Pilkie; Directors: Messrs. Stewart, Pilkie, Connelly, Covey, Reid, Sutton, Hagen, Roseborough, Newbury, Thompson, Bell, Morrison, Llewellyn, Brown, Arthur; Honorary Director, W.B. Cameron; Auditors, L.H. West and H.V. Fieldhouse. The secretary was voted $25.00 for his efforts.

Glimpses of the Past - 1908

Vermilion Signal, October 8, 1908, Page 4, Item Ar00403

Don’t forget the big Vermilion Fair on Thursday and Friday of next week.

October 8, 1908 Vermilion Signal -  The Bull’s - Eye - Page 106

“This is the opening day of the Vermilion Fair...It is gloriously bright and warm.”

October 15, 1908 Vermilion Signal  -  The Bull’s - Eye - Page 106, 107

“Exhibition the Best in Vermilion’s History, Splendid Showing of Grain and Roots Bears Eloquent Testimony to the District’s Fertility. Big Crowd in Attendance” [Headline] “The chief exhibitors of spring wheat were H.A. Taylor, A.W. Roseborough and J.H. Foster...The best of the [oats] were shown by P.G. Pilkie. Mr. Taylor had a wonderful display of potatoes”...”In the livestock section most of the prizes went to the old reliables, J.A. Roseborough for his shorthorns and; grades, J.G. Arthur, Ayrshires, J.J. Bell, polled Angus cattle and sheep, and D.B. Winters for his magnificent Clydesdales...” “The horse races were pulled off on Friday afternoon and helped to add to the interest and enjoyment of the big crowd...” “The Citizens’ Band was present on the grounds on Friday afternoon”... “E.A. Dunham, of the staff of the Edmonton Bulletin, was in attendance and made a good write-up of the show, which was published in his paper on Monday.”

“The play [‘The Private Secretary’] put on by the Vermilion Dramatic Society following the fair on Friday night was really excellent and taken all round the best entertainment presented to a Vermilion audience in the history of the place.” Participants included: R.G. Dunsmore, the Indian uncle; Miss Hayward, the motherly landlady; Miss Farrell, the governess; Gordon Dunsmore, Rev. Robert Spalding; Miss Brimacombe and Miss Wiggins, schoolgirls; M.G. Brimacombe and F.M. Baker, the two young nephews dodging creditors; M.A. Brimacombe, the Bond Street tailor; Frank Brimacombe, the father; Jack Law, minor parts.

December 10, 1908 Vermilion Signal  -  The Bull’s - Eye - Page 113

“The third annual meeting of the Vermilion Agricultural Society was held in the Council chamber on Saturday last. The attendance was by no means what it ought to have been, considering that there are over seventy names on the membership roll. The election of officers for 1909 resulted as follows: President, P.G. Pilkie; First vice-president, John Thomson; second vice-president, H.A. Taylor; Directors; W.M. Steele, J.G. Arthur, A.T. Newbury, Jas. Common, A.W. Roseborough, W.E. Sutton, H.B. Evans, ,J.A. Roseborough, J.J. Bell, W.B. Cameron, W.R. Stewart, T.H. Brown, C.W. Robinson, Jos. Morrison, and D.D. Brown. At a meeting of the directors held immediately after the election, John Thomson was unanimously chosen secretary-treasurer. The retiring secretary, P.G. Pilkie, was voted the sum of $50 in acknowledgment of his services during the past year....”

Glimpses of the Past - 1909

July 22, 1909 Vermilion Signal  -  Bull’s - Eye - Page 146

The Signal published the prize list for the fair to be held here on Thursday and Friday, September 30th and October 1st. Special prizes were offered by the following businesses: W.J. Rutherford; Fred C. Long; W.F. Raddatz; I. Winters; Brimacombe Bros.; S.H. Roseborough; J. Herd; Alberta Hotel; W.E. Sutton; H.O. Wood; W. Telford; C.E. Slater; E.J. Kibblewhite; R.J. McClinton; O. Baker & Son; W.H. McClinton; Stephens Bros.; Woodward and Morgan; J. McKone; Pilkie Bros.; Bank of Commerce; Seed and Youngblut; Vermilion Signal.”

September 23, 1909 Vermilion Signal  -  The Bull’s - Eye - Page 157

“A concert will be held under agricultural society auspices in the Alexandra school assembly hall on the evening of Friday, October 1st.. A good program has been arranged.”

October 7, 1909 Vermilion Signal  -  The Bull’s - Eye - Page 163

“Bull’s-Eye’s Fourth Fair - A Successful Exhibition, though Prevalent Fires interfered

to some extent with both Attendance and Exhibits.... [W]ith thick grey banks and funnels of smoke visible at all angles on the horizon, telling of possible danger to stacks and the raw shelters of logs and lumber that men in a new country call home, it was too much to expect that the attendance at the fair this year would break any record... [T]hough this does not mean it was not a success, as the gate receipts, which were only a few dollars below those of 1908, show.... One of the features of this year’s fair, as of last’s, was H.A. Taylor’s exhibit of potatoes. He showed 39 varieties out of more than 100 that he has grown, and it would be hard to find a finer display of its size at any fair in Canada.”... “There were ripe tomatoes hanging to the vines, and thus showing that they were a genuine Bull’s Eye product, D. Kennedy being the local Burbank that produced them; squashes, pumpkins, corn in the ear, cucumbers, vegetable marrows, and other things which speak more eloquently than words for the summer climate of Central Alberta. The prize for the best collection of vegetables went to C.A. Hodgins, of Wellsdale, who had a fine exhibit. . .” “The work of preparing for the fair devolved very largely upon the president, P.G. Pilkie, and the secretary, Roy Jackson. Too much credit cannot be given Mr. Pilkie for the success that has attended the fairs of the Vermilion Agricultural Society each year since it was established, largely through the energy of the president himself.

“The concert in the evening brought out a large crowd, the Alexandra hall being filled to its capacity. The feature of the entertainment was the singing of Miss Bessie Pilkie, although the programme was an enjoyable one all round....”

December 2, 1909 Vermilion Signal  -  The Bull’s - Eye - Page 171

“P.G. Pilkie, president of the Vermilion Agricultural Society, has been laid up for a week with rheumatism, but that didn’t prevent him from appearing on crutches at the Seed Fair on Tuesday....”

Glimpses of the Past - 1910

Glimpses of the Past - 1916

Edmonton Bulletin September 20, 1916 Page 12 item AR 01203

Some 2000 witness fine Livestock Show at Vermilion Fair

Premier Sifton and party among the visitors -- Excellent Entry of Cattle and horses --. Stock parade and races feature of exhibition -- Exhibition of 24 schools.

Vermilion and District which holds the record of having shipped 200,000 pounds of butter to outside Markets since May 1st closed the second and final day of its 11th annual exhibition Friday night with an attendance of 2000 people, an increase over the previous day of 500 persons. Prominent among the hundreds of visitors were Premier Sifton with party and Colonel C.W. Craig, officer commanding the 154th Highlanders, the former to congratulate his constituents on the wonderful continued progress of the Vermilion district and the colonel to spend a few pleasant hours with his fellow townsmen in his hometown.

Striking features

The features of the fair were the horse races, The grand stock parade of Friday afternoon where 300 horses, 63 registered and 200 cattle, purebreds predominating, making a line up the full circumference of the wide half-mile track. Entries of swine and sheep further impressed the fact that the Vermilion and District, although a large producer of grain, holds a leading place in the stock raising industry of the province.

Record increase of exhibits

The 28 acre enclosed grounds of the Vermilion Agricultural Society was well covered with hundreds of farmers wagons, automobiles from the vicinity and distant towns, refreshment and exhibit booths and all other various attractions which go to make up a fair. So numerous were the exhibits of animals that the six hundred feet of corrugated iron roof stock sheds were only half sufficient to house the livestock, the remainder being tied to the wheels of the farmers wagons or any other part of anchorage that could be found. As a result of the increase in these exhibits the fair directors already have plans underway for the doubling of the accommodation for 1917. The race course is the regulation size and was laid out on the same principles as the Edmonton and other city tracks. On Friday the commodious grandstand with a seating capacity of almost a thousand was crowded to the front rail, the beautiful sunshiny weather of a summer day bringing out most of the people in summer apparel.

School children's exhibit

A distinctive and very attractive feature of the Vermilion fair was the school Fair of the 26 district schools of the surrounding country for radius of 15 miles, 24 out of the total number having exhibits in almost every section, and in addition exhibits in school handicraft and domestic science. This showing of the hundreds of school children was housed in a new $600 tent, 85 by 35 feet having 10 ft walls. Large printed signs were placed over the exhibits of each School, the whole being arranged in the contour of a circle and presenting a display of unusual beauty and interest. The vegetables alone were worth going miles to see and were solely the products of the younger generation who with this early training will be the exhibitors of future years. The whole was arranged under the supervision of the school of Agriculture at Vermilion and the Department of Agriculture of Alberta. It constituted the first annual event of this kind and it's great success this year is but a forerunner of what will take place in future exhibitions throughout the province. In the poultry exhibits alone of the school children, there were 40 crates of Rhode Island Reds, the eggs from which these birds were produced being distributed early this year by the extension Department of the University of Alberta through the school of agriculture. Among the schools which had the best exhibits were Allandale, Bowtell, Bloomington, Claysmore, Clovelly, Campbell Lake, Fidelity, Hamilton, Island Hill, King Edward, Morrison, Optimist, Ottawa, Poplar Heights, Queenie Creek, Rusylvia, Turkey Hill, and Thorncliffe. The biological exhibits of the Bloomington School were of very great interest to the fair visitors and included moths, butterflies and other insects.

Fine stock exhibits

Among the exhibitors of stock were George Bevington, of Winterburn, with a fine string of 16 or more Holsteins, R Alton of Vermilion with Holsteins, J.J. Bell, of Vermilion district with Aberdeen Angus, Wm. Harper and Sons of Westlock with purebred Jerseys, J. Young with Jerseys and R.A. Wilson, Vermilion district with both horses and cattle. The value of the Vermilion District as a stock producing center may be gleaned from the fact that over $300,000 worth of stock are shipped each season from this locality.

In the horse section it was a repetition of the Lloydminster exhibition, where local stock in a great degree carried off the bulk of the awards to the loss of the circuit exhibitor. All classes where exceptionally well filled, the string of Clydesdales of Van Stone and Rogers of North Battleford, being among the more fortunate of outside stock in carrying away numbers of the prizes. D.B. Winters of the Vermilion District, however, did equally as well, as did also Wm. Robinson with a fine display of general purpose classes. R.A. Wilson, a local man of the Dewberry settlement, had a number of find animals on exhibition none of which are used as regular circuit show horses, but were prepared to take the judging coming right out of the work harness. Howard McLanders, Landonville, had a find showing in Percherons. Other exhibitors of good stock in this class were J.S. and R Maxwell, N. Van Stone and Rogers and R. A. Wilson. In the Clydes, Bird Bros., B.N McGinnis, Gardiner Bros, O. Lumley and R.I. Craig where among local men who had quality in the class. In the Belgian class Harvey Llewellyn, Mannville, Van Stone and Rogers, and H. McLanders had a number of fine beasts. Heavy draft exhibitors were Wm. H. Steele, Bird Bros, Norman McGinnis, G. Debargh, J.S Maxwell, Robert Prill and D.B. Winters, the first four being local men.

Agricultural Classes

Representative Farmers

The sheep and Swine were very fair and representative on the whole of the prosperity of the district in these branches of mixed farming. Among the principal sheep owners of the district are J.T. Cummings, 1 mile from town, who has 1100 sheep, W.R Hayward with 1100 and H.J, Parent of Vanester settlement with over 1,100 of the wool bearers. Other herds in the Vermilion District run all the way from these figures to herds of less than a hundred. Among the large farmers of the district are Wm. Robinson, director of the Agricultural Society, 640 acres four miles from town, Wm. H. Steele, Claymore district, 640 acres, George Powell 1800 acres three miles east of town, R.A. Wilson & Sons, 1000 acres in Dewberry settlement and C. McAlpine, 11 miles southeast, 450 acres and 200 head of stock.