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Short Answers to the Questions Most
Commonly Asked Concerning
Where is Imperial Valley?
In Southeastern California.
How large ia It?
It 19 about thirty by forty miles.
What is the nature of the soil?
It is all an alluvial deposit and varies
in texture from a heavy clay, to a light
What is the quality of the soil?
The very best. It is as productive
and fertile a soil »s is to be found any
What is your average rainfall?
The average is unknown, but cannot
exceed a few inches. Some years there
is no rain falls at all, while during 1904
the fall was nearly 11 inches.
How do you raise crops, then?
From what source do you obtain your
From the Colorado river.
Have you a good water right?
The best in the world. We have the
first right of diversion both in the Unit
ed States and in Mexico.
How extensive is, your canal system?
The present canal system will irrigate
about 300,000 acres, when complete.
At present there are more than 900
miles of ditches in operation and 150,
000 acres in cultivation.
Is your water supply sufficient?
/ Undoubtedly. The Colorado river is
navigable for steamboats at all stages,
and the Imperial Canal System has a
"•tight to take all of it they want.
Is your irrigation system in competent
and responsible hands?
Yes. The distribution of the water is
in the hands of the farmers themselves,
and the company diverting the water
from the river and bringing it to the
Valley is controlled by the Southern
How is title to the lands secured?
By entry, under the United States
laud laws, in the first place, though
patents have been issued on quite an
amount of it already.
Is the title good?
Just as good as Uncle Sam can make
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HbC!Lj title to the water for irrigation
By buying stock in the water company
and using the water on your land.
; What is land with water-right selling
for?, : >, : : ;v;-;
From about $20.00 per acre for raw
land in out of the way locations, to
450.00 and upward per acre for well im
proved ranches close in to town and
What crops do you raise?
Alfalfa to great perfection, all the
grains and vegetables, cantaloupes, mel
ons, grapes, berries, fruits, and inishort,
everything that will thrive in a eemi
Does cantaloupes pay?
Yes. The profits ran as high~as $100
per acre last year at Brawley.
How long does it take tcTraise and
About five months in all.
Can you grow oranges and lemons?
Undoubtedly. The climate is favora
ble, and all the citrus trees that^have
been set out in the Valley are growing
How are youi seasons?
We have very little winter; frost sel
dom comes before Christmas, nor forms
later than February 15th.
How are the summers, are they not
long and hot?
The temperature registers high for
about GO days during June and July but
the air is bo dry that the heat is not op
pressive at all. During the very hotest
weather men and teams work out in
the sun without discomfort. Combined
harvesters, pulled by 30 horses, six
abreast have run all day when the mer
cury reached 120 degrees in. the shade,
and hay baling was carried on without
interruption the Hame day. *
What kinds oi fruit can you grow?
All the stone fruits, such as apricots,
peaches, plums and nectarines; also 01-'
ivea and citrus fruits. Dates are being
experimented with, and the results -<>
far are most encouraging, experts de
claring the Imperial Valley to be the
bent date country in the world.'
How about grapes?
(Jrape gnAving is proving to be a
great t-uccij/s, Mr. \V. £. Corwiu raised
thiee crow of grapes last year on vines
that \vei(jf only nut out in the spring of
11H)1. Ml. Anton Parieck did the same,
*iiiui «o tld everyone whose -vines were
fcJ™r^H£H three crops) oKgradea in
Y<v, we moan just that. And right
there is where the value of our climate
ia shown. The (list crop of grapes \vn9
ready for the tnaiket in May and June;
the second crop in September, while
the third crop was still in prime condi
tion At Christmas. This enables the
Imperial Valley grape grower to get in
to the market a month ahead of all com
petitors and stay in six weeks after the
rest are all out.
Is that a good stock country?
Yes, indeed. It produces alfalfa so
bountifully that botl? cattle and hog
raising is extremely profitable.
How do you handle cattle to best ad
In the dairy business. The most
profitable May is to run as many dairy
cows as your alfalfa will carry, separate
the cream and sell it to the creamery,
and keep enough pigs to consume the
skim milk. It has been found that a
well cared for ranch will produce as
much in hogs as it will in cream.
How much does a dairy cow produce
The averaga income per cow is about
six dollars per mouth for the cream,
though some cows produce twice this
How many cows per acre will alfalfa
Alfalfa would doubtless support two
cows per acre, the year round, but as it
is more profitable to keep hogs as well
as cows on our dairies, the proportion
is generally about one cow and live pigs,
How much do you get for fat cattle on
foot, and how much for hogs?
Cattle about 3 l-2to4centsper*pound,
hogs from 5 1-2 to 7 cents per pound.
Do the dairymen have to feed any
other feed than alfalfa?
No, except when they are finishing
the hogs for market they feed them
Is hog raising alone a profitable bus
Yes, indeed. It is fully as profitable
as any that has yet been developed.
Hogs thrive excellently on alfalfa, prac
tically the year round. No hog cholera
or other disease bas ever attacked them,
they mult ply rapidly, fatten easily and
bring big prices.
What'profits could one reasonably ex
pect from hog raising?
Large profits. Mr. A. L. Loffer of
Imperial, bought 20 sows for $30(Hn No
vember 1904, has sold $2800 worth of
hogs, and has 300 head left, from their
increase in 16 months. Many others
have done better than this. -
How much feed does alfalfa produce
per acre, per year?
If cut for hay, at least ten tons; if
pastured, very much more.
Does haying pay?
Yes, but not as well as pasturing with
hogs or dairy cows, unless one is close
What opportunities are offered for a
man with only a few hundred^dollars?
He could buy a piece of land and pay
part down on it, and set into improve it
as best he could, or he could relit or
lease a farm already in cultivation on
very favorable terms.
What is land renting for?
Various amounts. Raw land is let
out for from two to five years for putting
it into alfalfa. One man with a large
alfalfa ranch furnishes everything, feed,
cows, hogs, and everything and gives
his tenant one-half of the income for
taking care of them. Another tenant
has a 200 acre alfalfa ranch rented and
makes $5,000 a year, above expenses.
What can one do with from $5,000 to
He can buy the best land in the Unit
ed States, and with the best water right,
at such figures as will quickly double
his money. After he gets it,^he can
rent it out so that it will pay him 25
per cent on his investment.
Is that a healthy country?
It certainly is. Since its first settle
meiit there has only been 27 deaths in
this Valley. The population would av
erage at least 0,000 for the 4 1-2 years or
20,000 for one year. That is only one
death to 1,000 people, per year.
What is the population now?
About 8000 and increasing rapidly.
How far are you from Los Angeles?
About 215 miles.
How far from Han Diego?
About 120 miles on a direct line.
What ih the population of LLot Angeles?s t An
About 200,000. There is abundant
populatiouvni Los Angeles and the
Bouthern California coa'at towns to con
sume all thelbogs, beuf and butter we
can produce, every tinny else we can
grow. : ""'}:;,■
What railroads are in the Valley?
Tht» Southern Pacific:
What rojids aro proposed?
The Bag Piego-Kastern, from San Di
ego to Yuma, to cross the Valley from
West to fJast ami form a; junction with
the Sou/hern Pacific at KlContro.
Where is Xl Centro?
It is on the Southern Pacific railroad,
at the Junction of the Holton Inter-Ur
What are its prospects?
The very best. It ia the most advan
tageously located of any of the Valley
towns, being in the center of the best
developed dairy region and surrounded
by a large body of very fine cantaloupe
What Industries and businesses are
alreads established at El Centro?
The ice manufacturing plant of the
Holton Power Co., tho largest in South
ern California is located here. The ice
supply for the entire Valley will be
manufactured here. The packing house
of the El Centro Cantaloupe Grower's
Association will be built here soon, and
during the summer a creamery large
enough to serve the entire Valley, will
be installed. The Hotel El Centro is
the largest hotel in the Valley,. The
business part of the town is being built
of brick, $12,000 is being expended in
cement sidewalks, and everything es
tablished in the town is on a most sub
stantial basis. The Valley State Bank
the largest and most powerful bank in
the Valley is established here, and here
is published the Imperial Valley Press,
the principal newspaper of the Valley.
Two general merchandise stores are al
ready doing business here ai:d more will
open just as soon as buildings can be
completed for them.
I have 160 acres of unimproved land
near El Centro that is an ideal place for
cantaloupes and grapes. The land is
level and very choice. Don't fail to
look this up if you want quality. Bert
It. Chaplin, Imperial.
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Call at the Office of the.
El Centro Land Co.
For Bargains in Farm Lands
and El Centro Town Lots
hi Centro, Cal. Selling' Agents
Notice to Tax-payers
A statement of all property owned
on the first Monday In March must be
rendered to the County Assessor or
Where there Is no title to real estate
the personal and poll taxes must be
paid on demand,
If the poll tax, $2.00 Is not paid be
fore July Ist, 1906, one dollar extra Is
added to same,
G. W. Jorres, Co, Assessor.
by C. F. Emery, Deputy.
A Scientific Wonder
The cures that stand to Its credit
make Bucklen's Arnica Salve a scien
tific wonder. It cured E. R. Muiford,
lecturer for the Patrons of Husbandry,
Wayneiboro- Pa., of a distressing case
of Piles. It heals tht worst Burns,
Sores, Bolls, Ulcers, Cuts, Wounds,
Chilblains and Salt Rheum. Only
25c at all druggists. -, ,
Because of the increased Improve
ments and Investments following the
banishment of the saloon curse, Sel
ma's tax rate Is no higher than when
she received revenue from several sa
loons; another bank has come In and
the bank deposits are more than $400,
000 more than when saloons dominat
ed the town. Strange how no-license
will kill a good town. — Ex.
North of Calexico, Bert R. Chaplin
has 129 acres of very choice land for
sale. 80 acres has been in crop. The
rest is easily leveled. If this does not
suit you tell him what you want and he
will dig it up for you.
"Your Uncle Fuller"
i Your Friend Aten
Want to show you some of the
BEST BUSINESS PROPOSI-
TIONS that are to be had in the
Imperial Valley, towit:
320 acres, has been in crop,
21-2 miles of El Centro.
160 acres. 120 has been in cror>,
1 1-2 miles of Imperial.
80 acres, fairly well improved,
now in barley, 1 mile of El Centro.
80 acres, cheap, 1 1-2 miles of
2 unimproved 80 acre tracts,
2 1-2 miles of El Ceutro.
80 acre3, well im proved' all in
alfalfa, 1-2 mile of Imperial.
420 acre ranch, well improved,
4 miles of Imperial.
Also some good reliuquish-
These BARGAINS can be
bought on easy terms.
FULLER & ATEN
El Centro, Calfornia