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Imperial Valley Press.
WILL BE CONFLICT
iys Smith, Unless Reclamation Ser
vice Takes Up Private Canal
II Representative Smith has received
I communication from Southern Call-
Brnlaris, urging that the government
Ike over the private Irrigation system
Bar Yuma. The reasons given by
He signers are that the administration
■ the water system is bad and that It
B ght to be remedied. The same per-
Bns have appealed to Secretary Hltch-
Bck to take possession of the private
H.ter system, and either make it part
H the Yuma Irrigation project or abol
g> It altogether. Smith says this Is a
By indication of what may be expected
■he reclamation service Inaugurates
HlrrigationH Irrigation system in Imperial valley,
[■the territory already covered by the
jflllfornla Development^company sys-
IBd. A conflict Is Inevitable, he says,
Ml he earnestly hopes that the joint
|H erne will not be tried In the Imperi
|Aalley. Smith says he will , confer
|Bi Senator Fllntto see If they can
a agree on some ground concerning
|B Colorado proposition. His idea Is
Bthe house to pass the bill as re
ified from the public lands commit.
H Saturday, and then have a confer
ee with the senate. Flint and Smith
llßld both be on the conference com
rSee, probably, and a compromise
|}Hngement may be made.
A Visit to Silsbee
H party of El Centro ladles wen;
M to Sllsbee last Saturday afternoon
8 big bus to attend a meeting of the
t Be. T. U. at that place. Those of
jpMiarty were: Mrs. W. W. Masten,
PflM> El Tuttle< MISS Ak " a Tuttle>
fe:B L. H. Cooper, Mrs. Dr. Bickhell.
|^fl DeGraff. Mrs. J. G. Newton,
h 1 Royce, Mrs. G. Havens and son,
f- Bis, Mrs. J. A. Miller, of Brawiey,
p^Bp. O. Parsons.
L '-Be ladles were taken out and
I jRn the river and were then royally
[ Stained at supper by Mrs. Pyle,
I /'■which they adjourned to the
i^isB 1 ' nouse ' wnere a ' ar 8 e crowd had
I'^flred to hear an address y by Mrs.
f ifl Miller. A splendid literary pro-
Li JB was rendered and wajs enjoyed
I t JBnsely by those present.
f- "Hr ' a(^' es returned Saturday even-
I - B moonlight, feeling well paid for
I; jßrip and generous hospitality ac
l " Hpthem ty the people of Silsbee.
| 'f^Bdiller stayed over Sunday and
1./. Bsed the Sunday school. She Is
II pleasant lady and an ardent
I ~flt or * ne cause °f temperance
I B a * orce^ ul and P' easln g taker.
More Pig Business
I r^--.J|V. Baker, who owns a fine ranch
X* Bihort way southwest of El Cen
| ■s' just sold the last f a dozen
I whbred Duroc-Jersey boars he
I Hsed. The demand for these
llis been beyond Mr.. Baker's ex
f i3Zi H 3ns « nlne °* them selling for $15
i 'Bid the remaining three brought
I Blece. Three of the' $15 ones
t Bken to Brawiey. These were
i |g Pigs.
Death of Miss Gulick
I" WJr home, 3 miles southwest of
I f Buss Jessie Gulick departed this
r Hlay, Feb. Ist, at 9 p m., after
1 Bllness of pneumonia. As an
I Int. active lady In the home and
| remmunlty she had few equals.
I Btful>B tful> winsome leadership In the
> Ischool endeared her to all the
I n and scholars. Here her loss
|" Keenly felt and her place most
[ Bto fill.
EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 1907
Permanent Organization Perfected
and Officers Elected Tuesday
The formal organization of the El
Centro city baud was perfected Tues
day evening as follows:
President, R. H. Clark.
Vice-president, John Norton.
Secretary, M. A. Stover.
Treasurer, F. A. Grlswold.
Director, Prof. A. Scarpa.
Honorary president, D.H. Chaplin.
Messrs. Scarpa, Stover and Stanton
were appointed to draft by-laws and
report at the next reoular meeting of
Under the leadership of Prof. Scar
pa, the boys are making marked prog
gress and they have many reasons to
feel encouraged In the result of their
efforts. Several new players have re
cently joined and more will be added
within the next few weeks.
At the meeting Tuesday night It
was decided to give a' concert one
week from Sunday and an Interesting
program Is being prepared for that oc
casion. The band has been organized
only about three months and the people
of El Centro should give. the boys all
the assistance and encouragement
possible, all of which Is certainly mer
The program for the concert will be
printed In next week's Issue of the Press.
Colorado River Qage Taken At Yuma
Daily mean gage hel-ht anch* dis
charge of the Colorado river at Yuma,
Arizona for week ending February 2,
Date Gage Height Discharge
January 27 19.80 f 13,800
January 28 19.70 13;200
January 29 19.60 12,700
January 30 19.60 12,700
January 31 19.65 ' 12,700
February 1 19.55 12,400'
February 2 21.55 25.700
Fires from what seems to>be of _ in
cendiary origin has occurred at Fr|n/n
lake this week. The houses and hay
belonging to J. L. Forrester and Harry
Buesell have been burned and totally
destroyed. These ypung men were
occupying land In that neighborhood
with the intention of filing homesteads
when the land is opened for entry
again. There seemed to be no possi
ble cause for a fire to originate without
A meeting of members of the Meth
odist Episcopal church was held In th y e
parlors of Hotel El Centro, Tuesday af
ternoon, Feb. sth, 1907. There were
present beside pastor Charles Went
worth, of Imperial, ten members of the
church. An organization was formed
by these persons signing as charter
members and proceeding to elect an
official board of five trustees, four
stewards, permanent secretary and
An option on location was decided
by selecting lots offered by the Town
site company on southwest corner,
block 3. An adjourned meeting will
be held at the same place. Wednesday
evening, Feb. 20th, at which time all
other persons In the valley wishing to
Identify themselves with this organiza
tion are urged to be present and sign
as charter members or authorize some
person to sign for them and participate
In tho completion of the organization.
Arrangements for services are soon
to be made.
AND THB IMPERIAL PRESS
Senator Flint and Congressman Smith
Reach An Agreement
Senator Flint and Representative
Smith have reached an agreement up
on the Colorado river Improvement
proposition. Both agree that the prin
cipal legislation needed Is to cover
three points: First, repairing the
break In the river bank; second, that if
the reclamation service Is to enter the
Imperial valley It must take over the
present Irrigation system, Instead of
constructing an entirely new one; third
that the reclamation service must be
given authority to go upon foreign soil,
when necessary to Irrigate American
All these points would be covered In
a bill similar to the original Flint bill,
which would authorize the reclamation
service to undertake Irrigation In the
Imperial valley, but not dlreclng. It to
do so, with ah amendment giving ser
vice authority to extend Its activities
abroad In certain cases. The kk a mount
of money necessary for the protective
works referred to, it was agreed be
tween Flint and Smith, shall be the
largest that can be obtained In confer
ence. It will probably be $1,500,000,
a compromise between the $2,000,000
originally asked by Flint and the $1,
000,000 provided In the bill as amend
ed by the house committee. The
Flint bill, as amended, will probably be
passed shortly In the house, Smith and
Flint can then straighten out matters
in conference committee.
Smith to-day introduced a, bill
amending the reclamation act so that
parties who have entered desert land
and begun its reclamation before the
government established an Irrigation
project covering land so entered, shall
have a water right for 320 acres, the
largest entry under the desert land act,
Instead of only 160 acres as the recla
mation act now provides. This cov
ers thejrffuation in the Imperial valley,
whe&emany persons could not obtain
wrffer rights for more than 160 acres
under the present law, although they
have been Improving 320 acres under
the cesert land act.
Open Air Concert
The El Centro band will , give an
open air concert Sunday afternoon,
February 17th, commencing at 4
o'clock. Eight selections will be ren
dered. Out of town people are invited
to attend and hear some delightful
band music. The band will be con
ducted by Professor Antonio Scarpa.
The cantaloupe growers of El Cen
tro and vicinity met last Saturday af
ternoon. 'The meeting was called In
order to ascertain about the number of
acres of melons that would be planted
this Season. According to the list as
made up It appears that 500 acres or
more will be put out. Ground-Is being
prepared and the planting of seed will
soon commence. The growers feel
confident that this Is going to prove a
good year and good money will result.
Those who had experience last year
feel sure that many obstacles which
confronted them last season will be ov
ercame and larger crops and better
melons will go from this point.
The regular, monthly meeting of Im
perial Water company No. 1 was held
The Valley Mercantile company Is
making tt an object for you to trade
at their store. Read their ad. else
Holton Power Company Will Build
Steam Plant at El Centro
The plans are In the hands of the
architect and the machinery has al
ready been ordered for an auxiliary
steam plant for the Holton Power
company to be located at El Centro.
Work will be commenced on this new
plant as soon as building on the Ice
plant has progressed far enough to en
able taking some of the workmen from
that building. Some of the material
Is already on the ground. It wlll'be lo
cated near the Ice plant.
This new power house will have a
capacity of 450 kilowatts and will serve
a double purpose, the primary one be
ing to be in readiness to take up the
work of furnishing electricity In case
the water power should become dis
abled, and secondly to help, the water
power should it be called upon for
more than Its present capacity.*
The building 'of the new plant will
necessitate the erection of another
transformer station at his place and
will furnish a great deal of work all the
coming fall and winter.
The Creamery Proposition.
Major J. N. Patton, In his first con
siderable effort at promoting, has
proved himself a money raiser. Sat
urday night last he had secured sub
scriptions to the amount of $3500
which he hopes to Increase to $5000
by this Saturday night. This money
is to be used for the erection of a
creamery and rolling ■ mill In Holt
vllle. - /
The stock has been largely sud
scrlbed by the farmers, who are dis
satisfied with their returns from outside
creameries. They are satisfied with
the price obtained, but are at outs with
The financing of the creamery proj
ect has the solid backing" of W. F.
Holt, who emphatically states that he
Is with the people and will make all pa
per worth 100 per cent, when he Is as
sured of 200 cows in the district tribu
tary to Holtville.— Holtvllle Tribune.
Tho ririn rr g |ven by ;I. A. Morgan
and family last night to their many
friends at their home southeast of town
was a very delightful affair. The
house was crowded and everyone pres
ent had a splendid time. Refresh
ments were served with a lavish hand.
Directors for Next Year
The Imperial chamberjof commerce
held a meeting Tuesday evening and
elected the following directors for the
ensuing year: H. L. Peck, R. D.
McPherrln, F. M. Salisbury, F. E.
Barbour, E. F. Howe W. B. Salis
bury. E. J. Norrlsh. H. N. Dyke, J. B.
Parazette, Leroy Holt and R. H. Ben
ton. The regular meeting night of
this chamber Is the first Thursday of
Tne following Is the record of the
rise of the Salton sea. near Salton
Cal., from Jan. 25th to 31st. Inclusive,
January 25 74.90
January 26 75.05
January 27 75 20
W cHiUC&ry W IIIIIIMIIIMMII *••*(*•■•* WiOU
January 30 75.35
The above record Is furnished by
Mr. W. B. Clapp, engineer U. S. Geo
logical survey, Los Angeles. Cal.
The Break in the River Is Gradually
Being Closed, Slowly But Sorely
News from the Colorado river Is
most encouraging, work Is going on
steadily and rapidly and the break In
the river's bank Is slowly yielding to>
the efforts of man. The large force
of men have narrowed the gap to about
450 or 500 feet— 3so feet less than
It was, .The work has been done with
the utmost. carefulness, so that It may
be depended upon for all time.
"In every way great progress Is being
made toward the permanent closure of *
the break." says the Yuma Sun. "In
stead of everything going decidedly
and dlscouraglngly wrong, as was the
case for so great a time, fortune now
seems to be favoring the courageous
and persistent engineers. They have
no shadow of a suspicion of failure.
A band of about fifty Papago Indians
reinforced the force of laborers at the
heading yesterday, and a car load of
mules added to the levee building
equipment. The levees now consti
tute the greatest danger and the work
of building them is being pushed to the
last possible notch.
About 9,000 second feet of water, \
or almost half of the river's present:
discharge, Is now going down the old!
channel, while the dam Is growing very
President Epes Randolph is still on
the scene and w!ll probably remain a_
couple of days longer."
JTljfi-boffclsof the El Centro schooll
-district have been disposed of and th&
plans for the new school house will be
submitted to the county superintendent
In the near future. The building will
be located In the north part of town
and will be ready for occupancy by fall.
A new water company Is being or
ganized, to be known* as Water com
pany No. 9. Its district will lie be
tween No. 6 and No. 8 on the w ( est
side of New river and will comprise
about 35,000 or 40.000 acres.
The latest news/regarding the illness
of Mrs. Vencill Is that there Is a slight
change for the better. Hopes are be
ing entertained. that she may recover.
Frank P. Wlllard, a lawyer of Es
condldo, Is In the Valley this week.
He Is Improving a ranch near Heber.
Demand for Workmen
•^^.S^o much work is going on at El
Centro and so much is planned for the
future that it is impossible to securer
enough men to handle it as rapidly as
is desired. At no time in the history
of the valley has this occurred, but:
there Is certainly a scarcity of laborers
here and there will be no let up to the
cry for help, for the cantaloupe season
Is coming on. This will Increase the
demand. Building will keep right up>
at El Centro. Before any one build-
Ing Is finished others will be planned
The officers of the new Water Co.,
No. 9 are as follows: E. E. Ben
nett, president: Chas. Wentworth,
Vice-Presldent; H. A. F. Miller.
Secretary and Treasurer^
Jflessrs. Stover, Grlswold, Moore
arid Wood have purchased tents and
will be at home to their friends after
Sunday. They are located between
State and Main streets back of the El
Centro Department store.