This section deals with the the growth of agriculture in the Lloydminster District. In the early years, most came for land and to farm. The “Barr Colonists” were reputed to be townsfolk who knew little about farming. However, be that as it may, agriculture grew rapidly and most were successful. Before long a number of producers, of both livestock and grains, were winning national and international prizes for the quality of their products. Much of this remains, with agriculture still a focus of the community.
(Left) The entire family, plus a few neighbours, celebrate what they came all those thousands of miles to do - plough the first furrow in their own land.
The “Barr Colonists” had a somewhat deserved reputation of being city folk who knew little about farming. However, many took the business of learning and improving their “agriculturist” skills seriously. One facet of that was the Lloydminster Exhibition Assoc.
“World Oat Champions”
Left: photo from 1913 shows: back left J. C. Hill, back right, George Hill; front left, Fred Hill, and front right Tom Hill. The trophy is the Colorado Silver Cup which this family won in 1911, 1912, and 1913 at the National Corn Exposition in Columbus, Ohio for a sample of one peck of oats, grown on their farm near Lloyd-minster. The three wins prompted the Americans (as is their want) to declare them “World Champions” and they were allowed to keep the trophy. The Cup was eventually donated to the City of Lloydminster (about 1953) and subsequently placed in the Barr Colony Heritage and Cultural Centre.
Right: a clipping from a 1913 Kansas newspaper about their wins.