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Copy of letter regarding training farms for young men settlement, settlement of Hebrideans, and settlement… MacDonell, Andrew Jan 24, 1925

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 C/o Ur.ff.H*Little,
1 Kogtnt Street,  S.-f.l,
24th January  1925.
The Secretary
Oversea S -Hlemont Committee,
3-4 Clement's  Inn,   !#$•£*
-Dear Sir,
The Scottish Immigrant  Aid  Society have acquired
in Central alberta an area of 2500 acres for the threefold
purpose  of;-
1.       A fraining Wmm for public  school hoys
of from Vi  to  25 years of age.
g*      Settlement  if Uebridsens,
3*       Settlement  far land w«asn«
fhe Soci-ty are of the opinion that Alberta,
and  ©specially Central  alberta,  with its  spftendid,
invigorating climate and sufficient rainfall will lend
itself to a settlement project of this itlud with every
prospect  of success.
fhe above sett lament  has a threefold character
in which each  individual form of settlement will have a
strong influence upon arid b© of advantage to the other.
This fsot is developed  in the  following sections*    It  is
important  that the three parts oi* tho scheme  should b©
considered not  separately hut as one co-ordinated whole.
There will he  sufficient work  in snamer tu Heap
all thos© settlers busy,  and during the winter there are
many forms both of work: and  of sport  that may he organised
to obviate any monotony,
1.     BU3i,IC  .'CHOCi,  BOYS,
1100 «erss will ho devoted to   the purpose of
the training farm for public School Boys.    Ho new construction
woric wouia be necessary at present,    there ara commodious
buildings comprising a largo dwelling bouse and an apartment
house which haa evidently been constructed  for the purpose of
accommodating students.    ?hers  Is roan  for 25 boys at a time
and  it  is proposed  to aaice a start with that »uffi"bor.    There
are also  commodious barns   for horses,   cows,  pftgs,  and poultry. e.
1'he land is situated  on the Battle River and
within three alias of three different railway  stations.    The
greater part of the 1100 acres  is now under cultivation,    it
is  fenced and cross fenced,    fhere is sufficient wood for
fuel purposes.     There Imve already been constructed well®
which provide an abundant supply of water.    Bittern has© is
1-j miles from the ..:ain part of the estate.
gROFOSSP QRQAHI2ATI0H..    The  intention, is to have
this traininlT^aiSi"'#rgSSied™lii follows •.-
%m    k Clergyman as Principal for general discipline.
Zm    k skilled agricultural manager for the particular
work of farm work and training.
3.    Foreman and two or three other skilled
<§«    noctures will be fciven  to students at  frequent
and regular intervale by Professors of the Agricultural
Section and others competent*
aTOO^ \in   j mzZMl,     ThBre will be sufficient stock
and equipraejrF"lfor~thS"ptirpose of giving th© students a full
course of information;  in addition each student will be
supplied with a riding pony, but must secure his own saddle
and bridle.
It is proposed that  each student shall pay a sua
of £100.   f#r maintenance.    The period of training will
comprise one year, and  furthermore,  th© Society undertakes
to place th'; student  for a further year with a selected
farmer in Alberta,  and during, the  second year the Training
farm will be Ms home in ease of his having to leave his
employment through sickness or any  other reason, without
extra charge. 3.
The following figures show the or-- ital value
of the. above property and estimated operating expenses ;•
1100 acres u $15* per acre  ..•  ^10,500
Buildings.     ...   ...   ...   ...   ..   ...     15,OOP
5f   Ce»«     }
*...   ...   ...   ..   ... 5,000
48- Morses)
iottig&ent               **.*   ...   •..   ..   ... 5,000
Salaries and, jtggjg per. annua       ... 5,000
%sm3zs&,mk±J£zmiMkXnm,      •** *•* AME
The Scottish Imaiigrani Aid Society is prepared to
advance  the  su® of Jt31,500 on account-of the above land and
buildings,  provided your Coaalttee will advance the sum of
$18,000 on account of the  stock,  equipment and operation.
there are 8 or 10 qtmrt&r sections la this
property teat  should be taken over by #ome of our best
Hebridean families.    The land is ereellent,   In some cases
partly ploughed,   in others the laud  is still unbroken.    Water
is  easily -obtainable on all those quarter sections*     ..hese
Hebrideans would be selected on account of their large
families,  because there is every prospect of a fair amount-
of employment on neighbouring farms,  Including: the Training
far®, but  particularly on the Women*e Settlement  referred
to in Section III below.    Some of the quarters have buildings
on but not all.     It ia proposed  to allot 140 acres at #12. per
acre to nine settlers,  or a total of 120C  acres at a vest of
On behalf of the  Scottish Imtaigrcuat MM  Society
I would respectfully ask that  your Committee advance the sum
of $1500.  to each settler on account of stock and  equipment,
under conditions similar to  the 3,\00 Family Agreement between
the British and Dominion Governments. in,    j;;t,.'. ? -xh  ...» ..  .cpijff.
there are many oduoatod women in Great Britain
who would migrate and  settle on the land overseas  if they
could do  so without going too fsr froa soma social centre,
and where there would be a reasonable hope of mating a
comfortable living.    There would not necessarily be a large
individual capital required  in the project for women.
One or two  quarter sections of the best land,
at  least one ^11© mty   from th©  Training School,  ironic b®
reserved   for the  settlement  of land women.    The proposal is
to  cut  these  quarter sections into lots of 10 and  20 acass.
The whole of this land  IS now under cultivation.     It  is
proposed  to  build small cottages  that would be suitable each
for two or perhaps three ladies.     They could develop farming
in small fruits, poultry,  pigs,  hoes and perhaps dairy sowi*
These women could  obtain a regular supply of labour frora the
Hebridean settlement,   and would be able-to share in,  and
contribute to,  the social amenities of the fraining fans.
In view of th© fact that  the proposed settlement
for women is a new project,   the Society would respectfully
ask that  your Committee advance the sun ©f #700.  for the
construction of a cottage on each lot of 10 acres at a rental
of 5 per cent  on anv unpaid balance,   the total amount advanced
to be repaid  within a period of 10 years,    fhe Society is
of the opinion that it possible to ©btitin women with
some capital so that no request  is raade  for stock  or equipment.
The Scottish la 1 grant  4id  ;>ociety propose to  allot
to  14 women 10 acres each,  or a total of 140 seres, which at
015..per acre would amount to j^lOO.  for settlement purposes,
fours  faithfully,


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