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■ ■ mm tv , 4 k » * 0 Little Payette Lake. Five miles east of Lardo. Source of Lake Fork. with a mixed experimental orchard of the hardier kinds of apples, pears, cherries and prunes, purchased at the Boise Valley Nurseries at Caldwell season The trees were planted last and are looking well. Some few things are irrigated little, mainly the natural grass mead a but, in the main, without ows; is grown everything Mr. irrigation Blackenship has a fine spring of wat er on the hill slope east of his house tract of I which has been piped down for house hold use. land which Is making him He has a fine money, H( recently contracted 1200 bushels of grain grown last year for |1.50 per hundred. He believes the farm er should produce, so far as possible, and especially and of variety a crops, needed at th« things home, makes good this view in his work. own He has good stock, including a few dairy cows. A fine view of the surrounding valley can be the timbered slopes, and a remarkable wealth of native flora, brilliant nough in colors and delight the eyes of the seen on shadings, to most ardent admirers of those beautiful things of nature. Of course, the family Is weii contented with their farm home and this fact was reflected by the said that she and the family whenever they had been outside of the valley for any length of time seemed always home sick to get back to the farm. John Estes, a son-in-law of Mr. lived in the Idaho, e wife when she rest of the Blackenship formerly Pnlouse country where in North his wife C'fful school teacher the State University. was a and attended He likes his suc the State University. He likes his new home in this locality better, has a good tract of deeded land and Is also homesteading 160 acres and growing grain quite He ' extensively. lit Is also mail contractor between Pay ette 1akes and Roseberry, with progressive ideas and a j ottenger is another pion-jand who has prospered. farmer J. w. eer farmer and his two sons. He j and Wills, j nave nearly a section of land within easy reach of Roseberry. Ira „„ . , extensive j la.t year they rut 300 -tons I They grow timothy, clover, Mr. Pottenger al so has 115 head of Shorthorn cattle that are well bred and profitable. His home is a convenint and att They raise hay and grain on quite scale. of hay. bromus Inermus and tall meadow oat ! grass, and all of these varieties do exceedingly well. rac tlve one, with a fine large spring from which he generates power to run a number of handy machines I He came to this about the place, country about the time Mr. Blacken ( ship did, and as he expressed it, days when the early flour was a luxury, ' ground wheat in m I a coffee mill," so as not to forget how it tasted. He also helped Mr. Blackenship pack in flour, in the spring following the hard winter of 1883 and distribute it, a few pounds to each family, in order to keej) the wolf from the door until the succeeding season would relieve t**e situation. The snow- was very deep in the valley that winter and the settlers had but little in store to prevent distress. Mr. Pöttinger said he came to the valley broken in health and poor in purse. and felt that he had He had regained his health, prospered as lan fte deserv 1 S<> e Has so vve11 sati sfied much, if not more ed ; that it would not be easy to drive him out of the country now." Exhibit of Dry l^tnd Products. Those w'ho exhibited specimen stocks of grain and grass during the visit of the editors were James Watt who had winter rye 7 feet and 4 inches high, grown on sod ground tall meadow oat grass 6 feet and ^ inches high from ground seeded in the spring of 1895, both grown with out Irrigation; James Garrett had bromus inermus and timothy Blackenship winter wheat berries and gooseberries Martin had broom acre field that height; spring wheat - Mr. and straw Edward grass from a five averaged 6 feet in sown May 25 3 feet high; oats 10 Inches in height. sown May 25, 2 feet There w -ere other similar object lessons in dry land farming on exhi bition or near at hand, that great surprise to the visitors, many in arid land were a The demonstrations culture, and on High and Brownlee, points on his trip, that up later in the col ' r.fer ' here (he sa w way through Long, j Round Valleys, Dry Buck on other j will be called j of the Rural, mnns So far as Roseberry is concerned 11 seems to be we,! loc ated for becom ing a trading point of prominence as well as a ^ , k, place for family residence The dry land farming Is , 0 be supplemented by an irrten * that will strengthen thn 11 system al it considerable agricultur resources of the locality and that will consequently reduce to a mini mum the possibility of The estimate is Valiev, will crop failure. I u made that Long In which the town is , 0cated 8 produce close to a halt million 1 bushels of grain this year, and which brought directly tributary to I the place in the event of the con (struction of the flouring mill and elevator. The creamery now being built will tend to center the dairy interests here while plans for road construction to tributary points will put the town in position to at least share the trade with the sister towns 1 will be of that regioin. finally the enterprise of the and the seeming disposition And people to co-operate in building up a first I class communtiy will go a long ways ! accomplishing what they towards All of that region needs transpor tation facilities for moving the pro well as for hope to achieve. putting the people in touch with the outside world, and when this is as ducts of the farms as sured, as it doubtless wil be, in a few years, as there are no serious obstacles to railway construction up there, and when secured, it needs no great stretch of imagination to I of the picture Long Valley as one of the most fruitful and prosperous in the That is what the peo entire state, pie of Roseberry believe and they are not likely to be disappointed, either. Roseberry has a general store con ducted by Eph Culpepper, two church es —a Christian and Methodist, a new and handsome two-story school Duild ing and the Oddfellow's nail and a blacksmith shop, In addition to those already men tioned, the editor of this paper ack- ! nowledges courtesies shown him by E. Culpepper, the merchant and prom | inent citixen of the place, Charles Patten and to an extensive farm er, who in connection with Mr. Cul pepper is erecting a large, well ar ranged building for hotel purposes; | also to Postmaster Blackenship, a son; of W. J. Blackenship, to George Curl a nd to Maynard Loomis, about whose farming demonstrations have something to say later. we shall While at Vanwyck, in Long Val ley last week > the editor or the Gem state Rur al was indebted to B. H.Mc D ougal, a former Canyon county farm ^ f ° r a drive out to home, five mileS fr0m that pIace - al has 360 Prosperity Around Van Wyck. Mr. McDoug M no„i„ti acres of land which is p ually w-ell suited to dairying and stock-raising, with the farm, acres in pine, timber, with He has, in connection something like 2 5 spruce, and tamarack Quaking oo D r er0US cIumps of the native growth ^ Th T & ° f ve grow tn. The farm is sup / ' ■ m inl t A m ;> v : ■. ëf ; » i ■ : ; > 1 , h mm . i ■ 1 ■M. I I if* WE* (Tv h 1 If a - 1 '4mm ga 0 me UCkS - ♦ east of Lardo, Favorite hunting place tor bi * plied with water the spiings from the adjoining slopes. He has 120 head of Shorthorns among which are sot milk cows that supply his househnu and his private cheese factory, p does not make cheese extensively hi! has no difficulty in selling all that manufactured at that pi ace . McDougal grows timothy ard grass and a native year r °und, fay •im bered Mr. and orcb grass or also a blue which he He rais as well as raix ture including red top; stem, six rowed barley, likes well as a grain ration, es many garden vegetables, an abundance of strawberi berries, currents, le s, goose pie plants, and oth er truck. Mr. McDougal, like farmers who succeed, tends to business and in that most strictly 7 way, with the co-operation of an intelligent wife has secured a desirable farm whicn will continue to grow in value under his careful management, Mr. W. R. Davison, a near neigh bor of Mr. McDougal, and a former resident of Boise, is experimenting : j with smal fruits and finds that the leading varieties do well there, j He keeps a few cows, and has 15 acres of grain, besides a fine potato patch and other vegetables, dwelling house occupies an elevated site on the farm, which commands a broad view of the valley and rounding hills. ah His sur Both Mr. Davison i and his wife appear to be well pleased with their home, and their faith in it seems to be fully justi fi e d ! In driving from Vanwyck to Mr, McDougal's farm the 150u acre farm of Thomas Davis of Boise is seen, where hundreds of head of cattle are A luxurient growth of bromus, timothy, alsike and cloves was notic fed. ed. in the vall ey was passed. There was an oat fleId of 100 acres, which was Registered The Auxier ranch, one of the best excellent. Shorthorn cow's and bulls are kept at this place; j also some good grades— about 50 There are many other highly im proved and producive farms around Vanwyck > and the acreage Is con antIy bein & enlarged, i head in all. The town is an important trading point for a large section of country. The leading mercantile firm of that place is Sims & Whitney. They do an extensive business. The writer acknowledges courtesies at the hands of Justice Whitley of this firm, who ^ also proprietor of the Whitney * S &1S ° proprietor of the WWtIe7 house.