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The Imperial Press.
PublUhrd at the center of the *"««<•« Irrigate d territory In Am. r lea, In the heart of the Colorado detert. San l)lr Z o county. Southern California. A 7 feet below the level of the tea. Under pr«a
• ent canal*. 2.10.000 acr«i! under Irritation ty«trm when completed, 400,000 acret. Adjacent to Irrigated land In A r lion* and Un-1 to t* lrrigated by the National (hviiiiicwt from th« «am«
gV«nd Colorado river wbktl wlllmki • combined body*! more than • million Irrigated acres.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Of the Imperial Valley Water Users' As
An Outline of the Organization and Some of the Workings of the
Association Up to the Present Time.
Many people now in Imperial Valley
do not know of the early history of thu
Water Users' Association and many who
were here since tho idea of government
ownership was fir»t conceived, will not
mind a review of the past in view of the
fact that government ownership is now
the parumout isMtio. It would take
many pages, in fact, it would fill a t>ook
to tell all the transactions that have oc
curred, and tho book would bo quite in
teresting; hut the I'kkss desires to put
before the public tho following short
The first beam of the bright light of
government ownership Ml upon the peo
ple of Imperial Valloy when in the early
part of May, HK)I, W. X, Kmytho gave
an mldress on the streets of Imperial to
about 200 citizens of tho valley in advo
cacy of government ownership of the
Imperial irrigation system, and made
IMI'KIUAL, CAL., HATUIWAY, DKCKMIIKIi 3, 1004.
mi appeal for the organization of a water
That meeting authorized Chairman F.
Hanlon's Heading, where the Colorado River is Tapped by the Imperial Canal.
G. Havens to select seven men as direc
tors to organize the Imperial Valley
Water Users' Association. Mr. Havens
appointed W. F. Holt, C. S. Lombard,
8. J. Ulroy, W. A. Van Horn, I. W.
Cileason, F. N. Chaplin and served as a
Mr. Oilcnson and Mr. Holt then form
ed a plan, which was agreed to, of hav
ing the hoard of directors of the mutual
water companies chooao tin; directors of
tho association, and the number wus in
creased to eleven. Then tho men who
now form the I ni|>urial Valley Water
Users' Association wero chosen by the
resprctivu water companies as follows:
No. 1, 1. W.Glensbn, W. A. Kdgarand
K. I). MclMierriu; No. 4, K. E, Wills;
No. 7, W. F. Holt; No. 8, J. J. Miller;
"Water In Kins-Here Is lt« Kingdom."
No. 5, F. N. Chaplin. 0. W. IMhwell
wan cho#cu to represent tho north end
of No. 5. 8. J. Ulrey andC. 8. 1/milmrd
wero chocen to represent the valley at
large. F. (». Havi-ns wan tnado a mom-
Iht by virtue of being the original organ*
izef of the association. Bhirley C. Ward
wan employed as the attorney for one
The association wan then incorporated
with a capital stock of $6,000,000. Im
mediately after incorporation the Water
Users' Association opened negotiations
with the California Development Com
pany to purchase the canal system own
eel by the latter, and also with the Uni
ted States government to procure a loan.
The company and the Water Users'
Association locked horns and a disagree
ment followed that lasted for sometime.
A mass meeting was held in July and
: the company ngrecJ to arbitrate. The
company offered the system for $5,000,
000. Tho Water Users' Association of
fered the company ♦1,250,000. Finally
tho conservative element of the associa
tion agreed to purchase the system for
$3,000,000, subject to the approval of
tho United States government.
Messrs. Unit ami Lombard wero sent
hack to Washington to hurry upthodeal
and they have returned. Tho latest
move of the conservative element of the
Water Users' Association was partially
stated in the last i&sue of tho valley pa
The Press is a paper published for the
people without fear or favor. It is the
pa|K?r for all.
Tlw Lad Ira' Aid Society of the Chris
tian church will give a social in tho
new brick building by tho bank next
Wednesday evening. They will serve a
goikl lunch for which a charge of fifteen
cents will be made. They will have a
lurge booth and offer both useful and
fancy articles for sale. An excellent
program will be rendered during the
evening. A cliargc will he made for ad
mwhion. The proceeds will go for the
new seats for the church.
Tlie cantata at the Christian church
last Sunday evening was exceptionally
well rendered and reflected much credit
upon both the children, and those who
trained them. There were about thirty-
five took part. The program was on
the occasion of Rally Day for home
missions. At the close a collection was
taken for that purpose.
The church was crowded and many
stood at the windows and some left, not
being able to see.
Meat Market Sold
Tiling Brothers have sold their meat
market in Imperial to Ed Ingram «fc Co.
of Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County,
who will take clmrue about January lnt,
1905. Thing Brothers are truly pionters,
having I wen here when Imperial watt
unknown. George Thing, who has U-en
in charge of the market, is well known
in Imperial ami hUi smiling face will ho
uiiasiMl at hi* «'l«l place of buniiu'ss. We
learn that hu will remain hero for tho