Ontario is in the
Centre of the Great
Snake River Valley
The Produce from
15,000,000 acre it
marketed from On
tario each year
Representative Newspaper of Ontario, Malheur County and Snake River Valley.
ONTARIO. OREGON. THURSDAY. JANUARY 21. 1915
MONEY RAISED TO
BUILD NEW LINE OF
Boise Man Who Has Re
cently Returned From the
East Says Winnemucca
Line Will be Built.
CONNECT WITH NORTH IDAHO
Proposed Line Will- Cross
Snake River at Weiser
and Come Through On
tario and MalheurCounty.
The money for building the Doise
Winncmucca branch of the Western
Fucific is ready and it only remains
for the director of the ny.stf in to
decide what action they will take in
the matter. The business men of
Boise have offered a handsome bonus
for the construction of the road and
the Idaho state legislature has intro
duced a re : iiliiiimi to appoint a com
mittee to make an investigation of the
rout. Everything is favorable to the
undertaking and it means a great
'' Staving of time and money if a north
ami south roud should be constructed.
The Hill lines own the Pacific and
Idaho Northern road that extends
from Weiser to Meadows, from there
north is a water grade down the Sal
mon river to Grangeville, from which
place there are railroad connections
to all point In northern Idaho. From
"Weiser the proposed road will cross
the river and extend south through
Winnemucca opening up to settle
ment a large tract of undeveloped
country. A branch line will connect
the road with lloise. So far this seems
to be the idea of construction.
Such a road will mean much to Ida
ho, southeastern Oregon and also Ne
vada. Direct connection with north
ern Idaho, Washington and Montana
will open up a new business district
and give this inland empire a chance
to ship directly U points on the
Northern Pacific and Great Northern
railways. Much of the products of
this region will find a market there
and vice versa. The problem of mar
Vets is a problem of distribution and
these facilities will be provided by the
Also the traveling facilities will be
more expedient than heretofore. Take
for instance the members of the legis
lature of northern Idaho. To reach
Hi. is. they must travel through Wash
ington and Oregon taking up more
than twice the necessary time and
money. To the traveling public the
"Yellowstone National Park with all the
surrounding country will be brought
within easy reach and the northern
part of the district will find a new
route to Utah, Colorado and California
through this great inland empire.
B.,F. Bush president of the Western
Pacific has promised to send the report
of the directors a decision to the busi
ness men of Boise as soon as he re
ceives it and when that arrives the
people of this district will know just
what is going to be done.
Of THE ARGUS
E. J. Patch of Dead Ox Flat
is Enthusiastic Over
Appreciation of the attitude of the
Argus in making a plea for harmony
in the interest of the Warm Springs
project, comes in a letter from E. J
Patch, of Dead Ox Flat. The letter
Weiser, Jan. 18, 111 5.
Editor Ontario Argus.
Dear Sir: I wish to commend you
on your editorial page in the issue of
the 14th inst.
I have been pleased to note that the
men of Ontario, both individually and
LOCAL POWER CO.
DAS BEEN SOLD
Institution Passes Under
the Control of a New
At n price of two million five thous
and dollars the property of the Idaho
Oregon Light and Power Company
was sold Monday to the Electric In
vestment Company, a Delaware con
cern organised for the purpose of pur
chasing the plant. It is controlled by
the group known as the minority bond
holders, later as the Priest committee,
now the holders of the majority of the
bonds of the Idaho-Oregon Company.
An interesting story of big business
methods is involved in this deal. The
old company defaulted on the interest
in order that foreclosure proceedings
might I..- instituted and the property
revert to a New York syndicate so as
to freeze out the bond holders. In
this way all the power lines of the
state were to be secured and a trust
formed so that prices could be raised
so as to bring in big dividends. But
the bondholders to protect themselves
formed the company that purchased
the property. The property was sold at
public autcion from the steps of the
court rouse. Only two bidders wore
present among fifty onlookers.
The new company intends to com
plete the Ox Bow plant to its full
capacity of 30,000 horse power at
soon as practicable and enlarge thr
field of operations as the demands
warrant. Low rates and good ser
vice is to be the aim and desire of the
The following people were success
ful in passinK the recent Teachers'
Kxaminations: Elare Glover, Jordan
Valley; Robt. I. Carlton, Rockville;
Grace Daley, Watson; Sadyee Prewitt,
Vale; Betsy Taylor, Ontario; Merry -ellen
Hon, Nyssa; Opal Crouch, Bonita;
Virginia Forbes, Brogan; Glenn M.
Darnell, Parma; Mrs. Alice Robinson,
Vale; Nona Austin, Ontario; Amy
odrll, Ontario; Hasel Mulkey, Vale;
Kdna Von Readen, Ontario; Margaret
Cupp, Weiser; Matye Seito, Westfall;
L. L. Jillson, Weiser; Rhoda Sasser,
Vale; Nellie B. Weir, Weiser; Katie
Cahill, Payette; F. G. Clemo, Ontario;
Earl B. Nedry, Ontario; Lucy Barnette
Fox, Ontario; Francis Wylmoth Cur
rey, Ontario; Mabel Orcutt, Westfall;
and Elmer Hartley, Crowley.
Co. School Supt.
through organisation, are working for
the success of the Warm Springs irri
gation project, and I only take issue
with your statement that Ontario will
not be directly benefitted through com
pletion of said project I wish to say
that in my estimation every town and
every individual producer, in what
ever part of Snake river valley they
may be located, is directly interested
in any legitimate project, enterprise,
vocation or business that will add to
our resident population. Why can
we not develop the community spirit,
the spirit of co-operation that is being
shown by the citizens of Ontario, and
extend it to include every working or
ganisation in Snake river watershed,
with the slogan Navigable River to
the Ocean, with every lock a power
Let us boost for Snake river valley
from the summit of the Rocky Moun
tains to the Pacific ocean. (I know
some of our old maps have Snake river
emptying into the Columbia) and I
firmly believe by a united and per
sistent effort we can solve the trans
portation problem, the power problem,
the problem of irrigation of vast
tracts of land out of reach of gravity
systems, and add millions to our
population in the next ten years.
Yours for Snake River Valley.
E. J. PATCH.
ONTARIO MAY CE1
California Man Proposes a
Service of "Jitney Cars"
to Connect Ontario With
A regular interurbnn auto service
between Ontario and Emmett, includ
ing way points, will be established in
the near future, according to advice
received from Boise today, where a
deal is under way for the purchase of
the automobiles. A California man is
said to be the promoter of the scheme,
and has been here and thoroughly
looked over the ground with this ob
ject in view. Tho service will include
the towns of Fruitland, New Ply
mouth, alks Store, ending at Emmett
at one end of the line, and at Ontario
at the other end.
It is said two seven passenger tour
ing cars will be used. The distance
between Ontario and Emmett is about
thirty miles, and a complete round trip
will be made each day by each ma
chine, one machine leaving Ontario
and one leaving Emmett each morning.
Is is proposed to establish a rate of
18.00 for the round trip to Emmett;
1.60 for the round trip from here to
New Plymouth, and probably a dollar
for the round trip to Fruitland.
In addition to the passenger service,
it is said arrangements will be made
for hauling of light freight such as
farm produce, so that farmers living
in the territory served, may send their
produce to town without having to
make the trip themselves. It is said
the service will be established in the
very near future.
Bee Inspector Appointed.
In the matter of appointing the bee
inspector the County Court has made
no mistake in the choice of Howard
Mallett. Howard is a wide awake
bee-man and has studied the business
from all sides. He intends to raise the
standard of bee-keeping in this county
and will work at the job faithfully.
Corn Industry is Topic
Other Matters of Importance to the As
sociation Are Taken Up.
A car of corn shipped into the
county means several hundred dollars
shipped out. This point was em
phasised in the report of the Corn
committee at the meeting of the Mal
heur County Pomona grange held Sat
urday at the Boulevard Grange hall,
when all of the members were urged
to prepare for the Corn Growm con
test which will be held again the com
ing year. Nor is this simply a plea
to patronise home industries, it being
brought out that the sheepmen who
have tried the home produced corn
declare it better than that shipped in
from the old corn districts. Particu
larly is this the case for the sheep
men who wish to Iw e corn for feed on
the desert, they pr terring to have the
corn ground or crushed with the cob,
a process which the freight rates from
the corn belt makes Impracticable.
Moreover, in this dry climate there is
no danger of getting musty corn, a
fault found with so many cars of corn
received from the sections in the rain
belt. There is, then, only one thin;
against the home grown product,
there is not enough of it, and that can
easily be remedied.
Corn, Corn, Corn, that will be the
ADD 15 NEW
PUPILS THIS WEEK
Total Enrollment is Now
618 Which is Nearly 100
More Than Was Ever
Known Here Before.
Eighteen new pupils were enrolled
in liu schools Monday; this brings the
total enrollment up to 618, pretty
nearly a hundred more than has ever
been upon the registers before, and
suggests a daily average attendance
the coming semester of right around
ill). And (Ley are a pleasant, good
working, rosy cheeked bunch; one that
it gives one an inspiration of the
right kind to look at. It would drive
dull care away from a good many
j mothers were they to come over once
In a while id inspect them; yes, and
it would ncit make the fathers feel any
worse for the time necessary in
taking the trip.
We are not figuring on preaching
a sermon, but if you read one in this,
we trust you will take just a little
heed of it Last month there were 152
cases of tardiness. And the fathers
and mothers wore to blame for it. The
children were not punished; it would
not have been right. But you parents
re setting a mighty bad example
which is dangerous to the future use
fulness of the child.
Basketball still holds its place as an
exciting drawing card. Perhaps the
best game of the season, at least the
most exciting one was that pulled
off between the Oregon Club and High
school last Thursday evening, January
14, before a good sired crowd of ex
felted adherents for both sides.
The O. H. S. team wan defeated by
a score of 20-24. In the first half
of the gume the Oregon Club boys
team work became somewhat broken
up, while the High School hoys, al
though on the short end of the score,
in tho final count, played a consistent
game from start to finish.
Following is the line-up:
High School Team Oregon Club Team
Lee Mattux Center McPherson
Earl Weaver Guard Clemo
Ernest Gramse Guard Clint Trow
Hunted Forwani Chet Lackey
Alfred Holland Forward Strane
Art Holland Sub Koupal
We are now members of the Idaho
league, with the first game the com
ing Friday night.
for Main Discussion
slogan of the grange until this sec
tion has been thoroughly tried out for
that, the greatest of crops. One
hundred and twenty-one bushels of
corn to the acre is the record now.
What will it be when this section has a
thoroughly acclimated and developed
seed and the management has been
carefully worked out by the practical
farmers of the section?
"Beating the Telephone Trust," was
the topic of A. P. Davis, of Union
county, who explained in some detail
how the farmers and merchants of his
county had solved the telephone prob
lem by uniting and building a tele
phone line of their own. The line is a
success in every way, and while the
Public Utilities commission compels
them to charge twelve dollars a year
they pay themselves back six, and still
have a sufficient amount left to pro
vide for any depreciation in the plant.
The gopher committee reported that
an effort is being made to have a bill
passed at the present session of the
legislature making it possible to or
ganise districts for the control of the
In the discussion of "The I.ocal
Effects of the New Banking Law," Mr.
WELL KNOWN MAN
CROSSES GREAT DIVIDE
Wm. Vogel Passes Away at
Hospital After Two
Wm. Vogel died at the hospitnl Sun-i
tiny evening Jan. 17, after a two
weeks attack of pneumonia. He was
born in Germany in IBM anil his par-
ents came to this country when he was
three years old. Last fall he and his
jwife moved to Ontario. He was con
verted and joined the N'arerene church
nit the beginning of the revival in that
i liurch in the early purl of tho winter,
lie was a carpenter by trade and
.up. nut. nded the building of the tab
ernacle. He leaves a wife and many
J friends who mourn the loss of an earn-
iCst, sincere Christian to this commun
ity. The funeral services were held
nt the tabernacle Wednesday after
noon at 1:.I0. Rev. O. M. l.nm ..i
the Naxerene church at Fruitland
pnached the sermon.
ENDS BUSY SESSION
Many Cases Disposed of at
Session of Court Sen
tences Imposed Today.
The circuit court completed its work,
Wednesday after a busy week. The
following is a resume of the work.
C. II. Spencer was found guilty of
the charge of living in a house of ill
fame. The penalty for this ofTence is
from two to fifteen years in the state
Mmli . 'ir . C. H. Granholm was
found not guilty of the same charge.
Edith Smith. Myrtle Smith, ami Edith
Johnson were tried for the charge of
keeping a bawdy house. Edith Smith
was found guilty. Tho others were ac
quitted. Edith Smith and Sam Wert,
also Edith Johnson Htid Myrtle Smith
were tried for selling liquor without a
license. Cases were dismissed.
The case of Charles Ilamblet and
Stella Wilson whs continued on motion
of the district attorney.
Walter Meldrum was found guilty of
larcey in the Owl Cigar Store, Ontario,
The penalty is a term in the state pri
son. Frank Lucy was found guilty of
petty larceny in the Golden Kule Store
at Ontario and will serve a jail sentence.
A special venire was necessitated to
try the case of the state versus Wheel
er. Wheeler was charged with stealing
two geldinKs from the livery stable at
Vsle. Oscar Virgil Brown, commonly
known as Happy-Jack was tried on the
same charge last fall and was acquit
ted. Wheeler broke jail at that time
but was recaptured. The jury also re
turned a verdict of not guilty in the
case of Wheeler.
The special venire from Ontario con
sisted of A. Jaquish, H. II. Waggoner,
John Dies, Charles Carter, J. H. Far
ley, H. C. Whitworlh, Amos Johnson.
W F. Doan, D. P. Dearborn, hunk
Rsder, Chas. Emison, E. A. Eraser, T.
H. Moore, W J. I'inney. J. P. Kidd,
Hsrry Farmer, Frank Welch, W. W.
Letson, Wm. Mink, and John Martin.
The grand jury for the April term
was selected Wednesday.
The court will pass sentence on all
the convicted parties today.
A. I.. Cockrum explained how the new
banking law safeguards the entire
country, forming reserves that will
serve as reservoirs, absolutely pre
venting the recurrence of stringencies
and panics at times when great
amounts of money are required to move
the crops, and yet the new law offers
no opportunity for inflation. This, ac
cording to Mr. Cockrum, is the best
piece of legislation for the country
passed in many years.
From an agricultural point of view
Mr. A. G. Kingman's address on
"The I i -.-on.-. From the Corn Growing
Contest," proved one of the finest
messages delivered to this section in
a long time. Mr. Kingman skillfully
1 analysed the results, both from an
1 economic and from an agricultural
I standpoint, and prophetically looked
into the future and showed what u few
years of successful corn growing
would mean to this section, making
for prosperity and stability.
COYOTE IS MORE
INDIAN OE OLD
Dr. J. S. Saurman of State
Board of Health Makes
Startling Disclosures on
His Visit to Ontario.
RABIES MENACE TO LIFE
Arrangements Are Made
for Ad ministering
Pasteur Treatment b y
Physicians of Ontario.
Declaring that the coyote is a great
er menace to life and property of the
present generation, thun the Indians
were in pioneer days, Dr. J. S. Saur
man of the State Hoard of Heulth.
with offices at Portland, voiced a
strong apiieul to local people, asking
that strict measures be adopted to
protect human life from the danger of
rabies, which ho declares to be prev
alent throughout all the Northwest
states. Dr. Saurman was in Ontario
last Friday, being on his way home
after a trip to burns, Vale and other
Dr. Saurman found much evidence
of rabies in Harney county, and pre
dicts that the menace will spread rap
idly unless stringent measures are
adopted by the authorities in an ef
fort to che-k it. In speaking of rabies,
the treatment and cure, Dr. Saurman
"There is absolutely no treatment
for rabies, except the pasleur treat
ment. Prevalent superstitions and st
called home treatments are of abso
lutely no account. For instance, many
people believe in a "mud stone" and
think it will effect u cure. Not all
persons who ure bitten by a mad dog
develop rabies, and it is on account of
this that these so-culled treatments
have gained recognition. But there is
no real treatment for rabies, except
the paateur treatment. This treutment
entails a series of hypodermic injec
tions lasting for twenty-one days. The
treatment causes no ill effects, anil a
man may continue his daily work
while under treatment, without hind
rance. It takes about five minute to
give a treatment.
"However, it is necessary that this
treutment, in order to bo effective,
must be commenced within two or
three days after the person is bitten,
and before there is any sign of rubies.
Once a person gets rabies, there is
positively no cure. This treatment
may be securel at the Portland office
of the State Board of Heulth free of
charge, and arrangements are beiug
made whereby it can be secured
locally. City Health Officer Whitney
will receive the serum, and any prac
ticing physician can udminibter it.
The ordinary charge for the complete
series of treatments is $150.00.
"There are two kinds of rabies, tho
furious rabies, and the dumb rabies.
In the former, any animal affected lie
comes furious and fights and bites
everything that comes in its wa .
With the dumb rabies, the aiiimul acts
as if it was sick, and like it had a bone
caught in its throat. Many people
have been infected by attempting to
run their hand down the animal's
throat in an effort to find a bone.
"In the present emergency, I would
advise that every dog in the country
be muzzled. The dog is the real men
ace to human life, and the coyotes are
the menace to dogs and other animals.
Enough cure cannot be exercised in
protecting life und property from this
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