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Imperial Valley Press.
Chamber of Commerce Meeting Sat
urday Was Well Attended
A call meeting of the El Centro
chamber of commerce was held in the
office of the Ira Aten Land company
last Saturday afternoon and was well
attended by. Doth In-town and out-of
The meeting was called In order
that the chamber might take a new
grip on the doings of the community
" . now that the water Is about shut off
and a revival of business will soon be
manifest throughout the Valley. There
was considerable business to come be
fore the meetlng.vwhlch was disposed
/ of, the Interest, ln everything coming
up seeming to be alive and keen.
The resignations of D H. Chaplin,
'A. D. Medhurst and T. B. Blanchard
as directors was accepted and C. E.
Paris, True Venclll and G. W. Nich
ols were elected to fill the vacancies.
The president then appointed the
Land, Irrigation, Horticulture and
Ways and Means:
C. E. Paris,
F. S, Webster,
Health and Sanitation: -
D. H. Chaplln,-
R. L. Rumsey, ,
W. A. Van Horn.
Advertising and Statistics:
N ,D. D. Pellet,
A. D. Medhurst', *
F. S. Webster.
Membership and Grievances: <
Parks, Roads and Improvements:
E. E. Forrester.
W. A. Van Horn,
f T. B. Blanchard.
Reception and Entertainment:
T. B. Blanchard,
... Ira Aten,
' S. T. Richardson, •
C. E. Paris, '
W. E. Wllsle.
After these committees were select
ed the president reviewed each one
and In a concise way pointed out the
duties that befell them, bringing forth
mahy questions. The center of Inter
est eventually fell on the committee of
I parks, roads' and Improvements, the
duties of this committee being varied
and In some instances perhaps of an
unpleasant nature. The opening of
new reads, building of culverts and
ways and means of keep ng th,e roads
open to comfortable travel received
consideration. The question of flood
ed roads Is always a matter to bring
forth Ideas and opinions and It did not
escape this meeting. It seemed that
fully one-half of the attendance had
come by way of a muddy road and
knew n whereof they spoke."
The suggestion made by a member
(that the El Centro chamber induce the
Imperial chamber to join with them In
an effort to keep the road between the
two towns open and free from flood
and mud seems to be well put and
should be acted upon at pnee. There
Is always lots of travel north and south
ri «n_d'i|'s terribly annoying to almost al
ways find that road practically linpass
$£b i meeting adjourned to no cer
tainiiate, but subject to the call of the
vfprbpof officers. ,
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EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, JANUARY J9 1907
MET AT BRAWLEY
Imperial Valley Board of Trade Held
The Imperial Valley Board of Trade
held its meeting at Brawley last Tues
day and an interesting session It was.
This board Is composed of two' mem
bers from the chamber of commerce
of each town In the valley and It Is re
gretted that there was not a better at
tendance, at this meeting and members
should strain a point to be on hand
whenever the board meets, as It Is of
the utmost Importance, not to any
particularcommunlty, but to all of
them in general.
Mr. Gleason appeared at the < meet-
Ing with petition to, be signed as against
the reclamation service having any
thing to do with the Imperial valley.
His argnments were plausible and he
handled the question In a masterly
manner, but the members qf the board
who were present could not be induced
to see it his way and did not lend a
signature to the petition. There was
practically no business transacted and
most of the entire session was given to
the discussion of valley Interests.
Dr. Greenleaf, of Holtville, Is presi
dent of the board and H. N. Dyke, of
Imperial, secretary. The treasurer
will probably be elected at* the next
meeting, which will be held at El Cen
tro at a date to be fixed later. f\
Odd fellows to Organize/
x A number of Odd Fellows met at
the Hotel El Centro last Sunday after T .
noon with a view to organizing. and af
ter some discussion it was decided to'
organize an I*o. 0. F. lodge at this
place. Another meeting will be held
at the Masonic hall In the opera house
block, El Centro, at 3 p. m., Sunday.
January 20, at which time proper ar
rangements will be made to complete
the organizatian. All Odd Fellows of
the valley are earnestly requested to
A few months ago Mr. W. A. Van
Horn secured the services of a first
class Swiss cheese maker and started
an Industry at his ranch, five miles
Jsouth of El 'Centro,' that atjhe /present
time promises to Increase very rapidly.
Thre quality of the cheese made by
Mr. Van Horn Is equal to'any and far
superior to most all other makes of
Swiss cheese.- It appears this Is an
Ideal place for the curing and the flav
or produced probably by the superior
feed procurable here Is not to be ex
celled. As the Imperial Valley Swiss
cheese becomes better jenown the de
mand for It steadily grows. Mr. Van
Horn has made arrangements to keep
It on sale at all the grocery stores In
the valleir -
A New Law firm in San Diego
From the San Diego Union is jcllp
ped the following regarding the form-
Ing of a new law flrrrvof which Mr. G ;
H. P. Shaw, formerly of Imperial, Isa
:'v "Will H. Holcomb has severed- his
connection wlththe firm of Collier,
Smith & Holcomb, and has entered
Into partnership with George H. P.
Shaw, assistant district attorney under
Casslus Carter. ' Both Mr. Holcomb
and Mr. Shaw are well known attorneys
In this city and have served well in
public offices, Mr. Holcomb as county
clerk and Mr. Shaw as assistant dis
trict attorney. The new firm will have
offices over the quarters of the Home
land Improvement company."
E. McCully. of Calexico, was here
Sunday In attendance at the meeting
of Odd Fellows, which was called to
discuss the plan to organize a lodge of
I. 0. 0. F. at this place.
AND THB IMPERIAL PRE2SS
Directors of all the Water Companies
"Met Tnursday at Imperial
A meeting of the water companies
was. held In Imperial last Thursday
and the Reclamation Service, gov
ernment proposition and the Presi
dent's message were 'discussed to the
limit. H.*L. Peck was chairman of
the meeting and Frank Stanley, of
Brawley, secretary. Although It was
a directors' meeting, a large number
of stock holders of the various water
companies were, present and were
given a voice but no vote. During the
forenoon session I. W. Gleason pre
ser.ted a resolution In favor of ressur
ectlng the old Imperial Valley Water
Users Assoc'atlon, which was organ
ized about June, 1904. and providing
that Water Company No. 1 have four
directors, No. 5 to have two and Nos.
4, 6, 7 and Bto have one each. This
was tabled afternoon.. *
At the afternoon session Mr. Glea
son Introduced an amended resolution
"Wliereae : The cost of preparing and
filing the articles of incorporation of the
Imperial Valley Water User's associa
tion, amounting to over $1500, was paid
by the mutual water companies of the
Imperial valley in proportion to their
outstanding capital stock, and hence by
all justice and equity^iW said articles
belong toar±d-wrff*tiie property, of the
said^Hrtfiual water companies.
'""Therefore, be it resolved by the direct
ors of the mutual water companies' of
Imperial valley, assembled at Imperial
this 17th day of January, 1907, that they
proceed to nominate ten, according to
tike number of districts of the said asso
ciation covered by the various water
companies, as follows: Water company
No. 1, covering four districts to nomin
ate four of the said men ; Water com
pany No. 5, covering two of the said
districts, to nominate two men and Wat
er companies Nos. 4, 6, 7 and 8, one
man each to be their choice for the di
rectors of the said association. That
the ten men so chosen nominate one
more at large and with lull power to fill
any vacancies that may occur, they are
hereby empowered to become the di
rectors of the said Imperial Valley Wat
er Users' association, or to organize a
itysw association, whichever to them
shall appear most practical and be the
directors of said association until the
third Tuesday of January, 1908, or until
their successors are elected and qualified.
Be it further resolved that the present
directors of the said association b^ re
quested to surrender all their right and
title therein to the said men so nomin
ated and that when in power the said
directors be requested to so amend the
articles as to empower tli3 directors of
the Hiiid mutual water companies to
nominate and elect the directors each
year thereafter until such time as the
"water system of the Imperial valley be
taken over by the said association and
it ahull be prepared to call an election
of its stockholders in accordance with
the provision of the articles of associa
Be it further resolved that the various
mutual companies pay the expenses of
the association and the actual expenses
of ils directors when in its service in the
proportion of their stock issued."
Although this resolution carried, it
was hot by unanimous vote. The men
nominated to serve as directors are as
No. I—l. W. Gleason. S. J. Ulrey,
R. D. McPherrln, W. E. Edgar. N
No. 5— F. N. Ch.plln, J. R. Stev
,No. 4— W. H. Best. \
No. 6— R. T. Perry.
No. B— D. S. Elder.
No. 7 — C. H. Eckert.
This was all the real business tran
sacted at this meeting. The result
seems to be that another Water Users'
association will come Into existence
with another body of men In control.
The meeting to elect the nominees
will be held shortly.
fraternal Order of Eagles Perfected
Organization Wednesday Night
••Blgdoln's was on" Wednesday
night. The Eagle lodge perfected Its
organization last Wednesday night In
the Masonic lodge room._ Nearly six
ty members were taken In and the
new lodge starts out with a handsome
bank account. C. A Crlttendon was
down from Los Angeles In the capacity
of deputy to the State Deputy Grand
and acted as Instituting Officer. There
being such a large number to Initiate
there were two from among the .appli
cants chosen to,| 'ride the goat" 'and
the proceedings of the lodge was
through with by 1 1 o'clock. It was
then announced that a bountiful repast
had been prepared at ' the Hotel El
Centro. All adjourned to Investigate
and from the looks of the remains of
the roast hog, boiled ham and side is
sues It would appear that there were
no small appetites In the crowd. Many
from Imperial were present, as well as
The officers elected for the ensuing
Worthy President — Al Casner.
Past Worthy Pres.— W. L. D ayne.
Vice President— G, E. Paris.
Chaplain— W. W. Masten.
Secretary — D. D. Pellet. i
Trustees— T. B. Blanchard. D. H.
Chaplin, F. G. Havens.
Physlcla"nTDr7F, W. Peterson.
0. S. G— H. H. Peterson.
I*S. G.— W. E. Downing.
Conductor — A. D. Medhurst.
A great deal of enthusiasm Is evi
denced regarding this lodge, as it is
believed It will prove the right kind for
this place. Its social and beneficiary
features are a matter of much pride
among the older members and with
such a large membership at the outside
its future success is practically assured.
Ministers IJold Session
The ministers of the valley held a
session at the Hotel El Centro, Friday
afternoon and formulated plans to or
ganize a Valley Ministers' Association.
A committee on constitution was ap
pointed and will report at the next
meeting, which Is to be held at Imper
ial Monday February 4, at 1 o'clock.
Those present at yesterday's meeflng
here were: Rev. Chas. Wentwortn. of
Imperial; Rev. A. H. Croco, of
Brawley; j Rev. F. H. Wales, of Im
perial;. Rev. G. C. Skafte, of Holtvllle;
Rev. J. F. Tout, of Imperial and Rev.
W. M. Harkness, of Calexico.
,Rev. Croco was chosen temporary
cFlalrman and Rev. Wentworth tem
porary secretary. Permanent officers
will be elected at the next meeting.
Some Land Deals
I. L. Wilson, of Imperial, reports a
busy week, having made some good
trades and sales. He sold the Record
place, east of Heber, to Frank A. Tet
ley. of Riverside, besides a quarter
septlon to the same man in another
section of the valley. Mr. Tetley has
shipped a carload of stock and will Im
mediately commence to Improve his
newly acquired property. He intends
to put In 1 60 acres of alfalfa, and will
plant out a nursery with enough orange
trees to set out 100 acres. The Tom
Beach place, three miles east of Im
perial, was sold by Wilson to Stone
Bros., of San Bernardino, prominent
marble cutters of San Bernardino and
Riverside. Wilson also sold 200
acres to Clyde Reynolds.
A Meeting of Government Ownership
Advocates Was Held Saturday
A meeting was held at El Cer.'ro
last Saturday afternoon, which was at
tended by quite a number 1 of peoplr
who are In favor of government ova
ershlp or rather that the Imperial val
ley be taken over by the reclamation
service. The meeting was attended
by representatives from all the towns
In the valley. The call for the meet-
Ing was not publicly advertised, but
many of those known to be In sympa
thy with the movement' were notified
and were on hand at the appointed
time. Those present were signers of
a petition to the secretary of the Interi
or, asking that he give their appeal
consideration and after an informal
discussion articles of Incorporation
were drawn up for the San Diego Wat
er Users' Association. Those signing
as Incorporators were: F. G., Havens.
Ira Aten, S. D. Ulrey, F. A. Stahl.
Thos. J. Chappell, F. N. Chaplin. J.
M. Prim, W. E. Wllsie, G. W. Nich
ols, J. C. Blacklnton, D. D. Lawrence,
A. D. Hull, E. E. Forrester, James
Strattftn. H. R. Kyle, G. N. Apktns,
S. j. Ulrey, V. F. Kucera.
After these had signed a meeting of
the incorporators was called of which
F. G. Havens was chairman and W.
E. Wilsle secretary and the following
directors were chosen from among
them: F. N. Chaplin, W. E. Wllsle,
S. D. Ulrey. E. E. Forrester, F. G.
Havens, S. J. Ulrey, P. A. Stahl, J.
M. Prim, A. C. Brown.
The directors then immediately pro
ceeded to elect the officers, who are
as follows: President, F. G. Havens; .
vice-president, S. J. Ulrey; secretary,
W. E. Wilsie; treasurer, F. A. Stahl.
The San Diego County Water Users* '
Association will incorporate with a
capital stock of $4,000,000, divided,
Into 400,000 shares at $10 each, with
a proviso that It may Increase or de
crease Its capital stock as its future
needs become apparent. Its aim as
put forth at the meeting and in its In
corporation papers is to irrigate the
lands in San Diego county that are Ir
rigable, from the Colorado river, or
such portion thereof as may be fir ally
approved by the secretary of the Interior.
New Health Officer
* At the last session of the board of
supervisors at San Diego the appoint
ment of Dr. G. M. Bumgarner, of Im
perial, the new health officer for the
valley, was made. Dr. Bold formerly
held this position, but his having moved
to Whittler left the place vacant. The
appointment seems to be agreeable
and the good health of the valley will
receive the same due consideration la
the future as In the past.
Colorado River Qage Taken At Yuma
Dally mean gage hei, ht and dis
charge of the Colorado river at Yuma.
Arizona, for week ending January 12.
Date Gage Height Discharge
January 6 21.55 14 400
January 7 ' 21.60 15.300
January 8 2160 15 300
January 9 21.50 15.900
January 10 22.10 21700
January 11 22.10 21700
January 12 24.66 34.500
The household of Mr. and Mrs. True
Venclll^was* made extremely happy
last Monday, on the arrival of a nice,
big 10- 1b boy, wholays he has com*
to stay and thlnds he'll like the placet
as he becomes better acquainted.