The Seventh International Dry Farming Congress was held in Lethbridge from 21 to 26 October 1912. Approximately 5,000 delegates and guests attended the event from all over the world. Lethbridge at the time had a population of only 8,400, and delegates were accomodated in hotels, private homes, tents and railway cars. The City of Lethbridge spent about 1.5 million dollars in municipal improvements for the Congress: paving downtown streets, a street railway system, water treatment plant, buildings on the Exhibition Grounds, and other improvements.
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View of 5 Street South decorated for the Seventh International Dry Farming Congress. The view is looking south from about 1 Avenue South.
Photograph of 5th Street south near the corner of 3rd Avenue looking north from the Dallas (Coalbanks) Hotel. The man in the horse drawn dray in the foreground is Charles W. Tillack who operated a dray business in Lethbridge from about 1912-1920, when the family returned to Stirling, Alberta. The …
Photograph of 5th Street south near the corner of 3rd Avenue looking north from the Dallas (Coalbanks) Hotel. The man in the horse drawn dray in the foreground is Charles W. Tillack who operated a dray business in Lethbridge from about 1912-1920, when the family returned to Stirling, Alberta. The horses are identified as Prince (left) and Jim. Information was provided by Charles Tillack's son, G.D. Tillack in July 1997.
Photograph was originally part of an album compiled by the British and Colonial Photographic Company owned and operated by Arthur Rafton Canning. Photograph was removed from album as a conservation measure.
This photograph along with other Stafford Family photographs had been originally donated in the 1990s and stored along with unprocessed materials ant the off-site storage until 2011. No paperwork was found on the donation. The photographs have been re-accessioned and processed by Jaime Vedres in Jan-Feb 2011. The certificate of gift will be signed by the original donor Cam Peat (John Campbell Peat).
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View of 5th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Buildings lrft to right are: Higginbothan's Apathocary,?'?' the Echange Chop Shop, the Union Band and the I.G.Baker store which became the Hudson's Bay.