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KITTITAS FARHERS' INSTITUTE.
Proceedings of the Three Days' Session Held at Ellens
The Farmers' Institute held at Ellensburg last week
was most successful. The keenest interest was shown
in the addresses and papers given, and the discussions
were participated in by all present. It was every
body's meeting, and as everybody talked, it was a
lively meeting. Opinions were freely exchanged and
the issues on questions were fought out in a good-na
tured, free-for-all manner. Professors Spillmau and
Kulmer seemed charged with information inexhaust
ible, and although the queries were propounded thick
Hon. Richard P. Bland, of Missouri Cutting his Hay with an Osborru No. ./, Mower.
and fast, the answers were uniformly satisfactory and
enlightening. Messrs. Adam Stevens and Montgom
ery, and Mrs. S. S. Keister, three of the most promi
nent people Kittitas county is blessed with, were the
committee having the institute in charge.
First Day—Wednesday- Adam Stevens, as chair
man, called the meeting to order and introduced J. P.
Sharp, who delivered an interesting address, the sub
stance of which we give below:
AGRICULTURAL ADVANTAGES OK KITTITAS.
We find as the first requisite for agricultural success
that Kittitas county has been endowed with a soil of
great productive qualities. All of the grains, grasses,
fruits and vegetables grown in the north temperate
zone can be, and are, produced in profusion in Kittitas
NORTH YAKIMA, WASH., JUN?: 17, 1897.
county, and of the finest quality. In connection with
the soil of a country, always to be considered, is the
question of moisture. This valley has been wonder
fully provided for by nature, the Yakima river taking
its course from the northwest to the southwest through
the valley, dividing it into what is known as East and
West Kittitas, with mountain streams subdividing
these divisions into several parts, affording to the agri
culturist the best possible water system. These streams
are supplied from the summit of the the Cascade range
where the winter's snowfall lies deep in the mountain
gorges until midsummer, and furnisning a never-failing
water supply. The dryness of our summer climate
renders it necessary for the agriculturist to depend
largely upon irrigation to water his crops. The cli-
matic conditions are such as to enable a farmer to ob
tain the best possible results, from a proper cultivation
of the soil. Our winters are generally cold, and the
snowfall is often quite heavy, which are also wise pro
visions. The snowfall is simply a storage of the water
supply for the ensuing summer, which is absolutely
essential to our prosperity. Aside from the winter
months, ours is practically a dry climate. We have a
little rain in the spring and fall, but very seldom much
rain during the summer, which enables the maturing
and harvesting of our crops in absolutely perfect con
dition-—rain rarely interfering with the harvest, from
the first crop of alfalfa or clover in June until the third
cutting of alfalfa in September. It would hardly be
$1 PER YEAR.
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