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Representative Newspaper of Ontario, Malheur County and Snake River Valley. h VOLUME XVIIV THF ONTARIO ARGUS, THURSDAY. AFR1L 22, 1915. NO. K fflfte PROSPECTS FOR BIGGEST CROP IN YEARS Early Spring Weather Gives Orchards and Fields a Good Start MORE CORN THAN EVER BEFORE Early Varieties of Fruit are Now in Full Bloom Apple Crop Heavy Never before in the history of the Lower Snake and Fayette River val leys, have the prospectt for a bum per crop been no good as they are at present. Our spring so far has been ideal and shade and fruit trees are almtoet .In full foliage and bloom. Early varieties of fruit trees are a mass of blossoms, and the many or chards on both sides of the Snake river present a most pleasing and beautiful sight. Every farmer in the entire dis trict is busy with his spring plant ing, and many crops are already growing and the many fields are commencing to take on the green covering. A large increase in the acreage of corn is being made this yvt, it be- j int. estimated that probubly three time as much corn will be grown this season thun ever before. There are also many new apple orchard that will bear this year for the first time, especially in the Kruitlund sec tion, ami the apple crop this year will be much greater thun ever be fore. The acreage of alfalfa will prob- lilv Ite somewhat reduced, but the i alfalfa hay crop in this section hus been too large for the market the past year or so, and n reduction of the crop is needed by the farmers. While there is a shortage of rain fall in this section of the country as in common all over the northwest, yet the effects thereof are not felt here as much as in other localities. For this is principally an irrigated section, and there is an abundance of water for irrigation purposes. In the dry farming sections, how ever, the lack of rainfall is felt se verely, but it is hopeil that ruins late j in the season will bring out a good crop. CLW. PUTT , After a lingcrint; illness of ) two years' duration, Mrs. G Wi Flatt. one of ihe best known residents of Ontario and Malheui county, passed awuy early Monday morning. Mi ami Mrs. Piatt have been R of this county since ItM when UttJ j tiled at Jordan Vulley. They moved to Vale in 161)4 when Mr. Flatt was elected County Assessor of this coun-' .ty, and came to Ontario in Ibit'J since which time Mr. Piatt has been ulenti- fied with the First National bank. Mrs. Flutt, whose maiden name was Edith M. Lewis, was born in New Haven, Conn., and received her edu cation in the public schools of New York City, where her parents moved while she was quite young. She was married to Mr. Piatt May 10, 1876, in New York City, the father of Bishop Paddock, present Episcopal bishop for this section of Oregon, performing the wedding ceremony. She was baptized in the Congrega tional church, but was brought up as an Episcopalian, and has always been a sincere worker in her church. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge, and was a member of the Carnation ( ontinued on page 4.) Prospective Settlers E. W. Van Valkenburg of the On tario Heal Estate Co,, left yesterday with three prospective settlers for Harnes county. The new comers are looking for stock ranches. One man who came from Wyoming brought a car load of household furniture and and stock with him, and has fettled Jin Ontario temporiarily gntil he can find a ranch. M. E. Bain Appointed. M. E. Bain, former editor and pub lisher of the Argus, has been selected as one of the delegated of the State Editorial association to the Interna tional Frets Congress which meett in San Francisco July 5 to 10. Others chosen are: Edgar McDaniel, Coos Bay Harbor, North Bend; Elbert Bede, Sentinel, Cottage Grove; Geo. P. Putman, Bend; G. A. Robbins, Pilot Rock; E. H. Woodward, New berg; A. E. Voorheis, Grants Pass, and E. W. Allen, U. ef O., Eugene. MALHEUR CORN IS GIVEN BIG BOOST "Country Gentlemen" De votes Full Page to Corn Growing Here An interesting article in the "Coun try Gentleman" under date of Apr'l 17 deals with the corn growing possi bilities of Malheaur county and southern Idaho. The article takes up ut length the corn show held in Ontario last fall, and tells how E. I.. Tale produced 121.(18 bushels of corn to the acre. The article is illustrate! with several nice half tones, and will be a greut advertisement for this section of the country. The first purt of the article follows: For some time it has been known that corn could be grown in the in termountain country, but how suc cessfully it could be grown and at what yields to the acre have been very puzzling questions. The de velopments of the pust season have, however, removed all doubts of what could be done in the corn belts of the irrigated west. This term "corn belt' is applied to these intermoun tain districts for all irrigation pro jects do not fulfill the requirem tjtt for corn, other than for silage and it is only in the lower altitude coun try that corn can be made to pro duce very profitable and enormous yields. One of these districts stretch. ; across the full length of southern Icluho and into eastern Oregon and known as the Snake River valley. Throughout this district there has been a very active campaign by county agriculturists to bring coin into its own, ami ut a corn thou h A r.-ri ntly in Ontario, Ore., tin r. v.m- tJOtl .-iirpri.-ing and inn restim.'. Every competitor repre.- i.i -.1 va required te select hit corn, not from an experimental acre hut from of sufficient size to insure on In lil conditions; and Um yield of hi- avaagp was ietarmlned i mittee that supervised the moaiUrO I: itii t of the land and the huskine ;.n ing of the corn. Fifty per cent of the farmers con. pi ting in tin grew over 100 bushels an acre; tli sweepstakes winner, E. L. Tate, grew 121. fi bushels an acre, thereby M tublisliiiiK record yield for the- in termountain country; Uert K son, of the Big Bend district, 112'; bushels an acre; and A. M. Johnson, Nyssa, Ore., 112.05 bushels an an. The lowest yield represented was 63.6 bushels an acre. Though this contest was open only to eastern Oregon growers the yields in Idaho during the season were none the less satisfactory. Mr. Butter field, Weiser, Idaho, who in 1913 grew 160 acres of corn that averaged If bushels an acre, surpassed this yield by 10 bushels an acre last yeai, an average from a 200-acre field. Arthur Van Sicklin of Weiser mo tored over from Weiser Saturday. 250,000 HEAD SHEEP GATHERED AT Many Bands Gather at End of Line to Undergo Spring Shearing BIG WOOL SALE HAY 10TH Several Thousand Head of Sheep are Sheared Each Day Probably the largest number of sheep that were ever banded to gether in Eastern Oregon are to be found now at Riverside where ap proximately two hundred and fifty thousand heud ure now undergoing the proceat of being theared. The sheep belong to a score of owners, among whom are Anderson & Gwinn, I. V. Williams, John Woods, Bill A! Ian, A. Van Ator, Mealy Co., J. Hughes, Davis Bros, and several own ers from Idaho. The shearing is going on near the depot at Riverside, and the wool Is being stored there. About four or five thousand heud are being sheared daily. The shearing plunt belongs to Prow & Johnson. It is the inten tion to sell all the wool at Riverside, and the first tale will be held on May 10th. Buyers from all over th country ure expect- d to be pre-., nt t i bid on the wool. RAMBLES OE A VISITOR THROUGH THE MODERN GARDEN OF EDEN Being One of a Series of Articled Telling of a Visit to Kai h ol The Many.KurmN And I'laet-M of Interest in ThiH Section. When the Lower Snuke Uivt r Valley was creatid the .Maker then of wus most certainly in a generous frinre of mind. For the nonce His there ul cares must have been at a nun mi, allowing full attention and ci Tel nl planning for the future in the making of this, one of His most f. rOT 'I For n.iwle ! la Um orid Sfl i ' gifts of natural rueoureeu greater, thun to this OsCtlea Pi the Snake and Fuyctte River V.-.ili .. . "Modern land n of !. i i t 111 ably railed, and t n h i' f)ivvrni!i- ' lorsPwf JBBaVMBflLsaT V FyIbV S 1 Jr JrYVdgHgf I " 'SPYi BsrBsHHnSKi.'l daii BpKliVH U Ba 'g ossln. lew '. bHsmuAm F " 4 Taken on th I. A. Cieer Place an Fruit land Ave nue in the Fruitlund District. Mr. uger is Stand ing by the Corn How. is not a misnomer While it remained for the hand of man to detn lop an. I bring to maturity tin- wotuk tion, yet the work of the Creator is only emphasized thereby. Until the advent of the white man this section oi the country wa. upon as a purt of the great s desert. It differed little from th" sandy country to the south only that the surface ml teen I a little til,'' tO ' FRANCHISE IS ASKED BY DEAD OX FLATJO. Mammoth Project to Irri gate Huge Tract is Be ing Worked Out HAVE OWN POWER SITES Would Market All Surplus i Power in Ontario and Neighboring Cities The City Council of Ontario is now considering an application for a fran chise for electric power asked for by the Dead Ox Flat Irrigation Com pany. The irrigation company was originally organized for the purpose of bringing some twenty-two thous and acres on Dead Ox Flat under ir rigation. The company now owns power rights on the north and east forks of the Fayette rivet which will piodute electricity to the extent of some fifteen thousand horse power, and the intention of the company it to develop this power, transmit it to the Snake river and utilize it for pumping purposes to ruise the wuter to a sufficient height to water the vast territory north und emit ol On turi Realizing that they will have a vast amount of surplus powet, the company is now taking steps for the (Continued on Fag 4) I. rush made a ranker growth. The lilst pioneers pussed up this lund, however, ,-ecking what th. y thought WOtl more favorable spot, linihci to th went. 'I In ilia! tin nioit oi the out l. V tiler:, ol lite .. valley trailed their oxen und their coven i wi ion uu u Mi n without re; 'i.m tin- ( i 1,1. :t i p pertuintiei they van pe Miloi after i:,il the alli i.t.. BlBM level ;:.- ; floor, nvi il . i Far mi no Srene for those who came later to find out tae secret. The soil it. ef i, a it. It sandy '"am of an almost incredible depth. With' ; irrigation it i a c""l farming .'and, but with Irrigation it becomes the trw "garden spot " With climate ng of the moat tan 1 r dormant to di- t He . I Grand Jury Meets The grand jury is in session this week at Vale, and Prosecuting Attor nes Brooks has been in attendance sll week. The jnry will probably bo in session until the last of the week. It is said that their duties this session arc light. Ships In Sow Dorothy Anderson, sn enterprising student of the Lincoln School west of Ontario, has entered into the industrial school work with a vim. and is the first student in the county to select hog raising as her project. She has secur a young sow from the Union Stock Yards Company, of North Portland; who arrived in Ontario Tuesday, and expects to raise a fine litter of pigs. Lloyd Holloway, of the same district, has alto selected hog raising, and has sent for a sow but it has not yet arriv ed. It it taid one or two students in School District No. 13 have also sent for tows. The Stock Yards Co have made arrangements that the towt can be paid for when the pigs are market ed. S. AKER DIES SUDDENLY Came Here Four Years Ago and Took up Home stead Near Town John S. Aker, uged .''. years, und a resident of this section for the past four years, tlictl in Ins chair at the dinner table .Sunday ut his home in Ontario, uft r having driven in front his homestead on Dead x I'lut in the morning, heath came entirely unex petted und was a shock to his wife ami son who were with hint. John S. Aker was horn in Fulton, Schoharie county, New York, on No Vetnber 5, 1855. Me was reared to manhood and lived ut that place un til comittK to Oregon four ' ars ugo. lie immediately took up A homestead n Dead Ox Flut und hud just ad ..itiscd to make final proof on the place, the date for linal proof huviug been set for May If, next. The deceased is survived by his ite, Mrs. Canil B. Aker; a MB, Les lie J. Aker, who is u local attorney, a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Gebaaer of . anil a sister, Mrs. Rebecca 11... ..lit.... ... A ,.,t. ..-.!..... V V The funeial will be In Id thi .. (Thursday) afternoon from the i. , ill in e in ( Intario. SCHOOL ELECTION IN FRDITIAND TUESDAY 'I he people ol tin I i U , ,. t No, lh Will Vi U i" I I t . not i in- ti u of the ili.- ti n t shall b u l . i i i.iii it foi the p . of building a m ,. high school n l , ultli nd, i' I the i" t. litem ol the trustei ' ,, ,. th in i ni building for tl grai I i :. 0l BUrpe I A union In aim.- t. i the two buildii the eonU mplati tl Impi o niei,' It if -tali .1 that the pn .-, nt fat ill f the i,ic.it school building are I adequate ir only about forty pupil-, end that tin- present m ollment of t in- high wheal li K,- II If estimated that the enroll neiit next year will be about 110. There are many people I in the Kruitlund section that are in favor of the proposed Improvement, and it is freely predicted that th' measure will carry. Caldwell Coming Sunday The Caldwell aggregation of alleged hall players will cross bats with On tario on the local diamond Sunday. Prom recent write-ups of the CaUwoll . t am they are plajiiin a euotl class of ' af bail tad goad gaaat is aspected Rau 'day. OTAND MAN GORED BY DIM J. M. Royston Well Known Stock Raiser Instantly Killed by Animal DRIVING BULL INTO THE BARN Wife and Daughter Present When Accident Occurs- Funeral Today J. H. Royston, one of the best known farmers and stockraiscrs of the Lower Snake Hiver valley, wuh almost instantly killed by a jersey bull at his home two miles south of Pruitland last Friday evening. The accident occurred about (:.'10 In the evening, when Mr. Royston attempted to drive the bull into the barn from an adjoining pen. The hired man on the ranch has been accustomed to caring for the bull, but the hired man had gone to town and wus lute in re turning, and Mr. lioyston decided to put the bull in the barn himself. The bull is suttl to have been cross for some time, and bus been watched closely by those who have handled him, but this is the first time he hits attucked anyone. Mr. Koyston cn td th" pen again, t t! -otests of members of his family who wen there, believing he could handle th hull as Mill u.. anyone, lie stinted to drive the bull toward the burn, when the animal became suddenly infuri ated und churgetl Mr. Koyston. Mi. Ro)stou is gfjfan of uii gad could not avoid the ouiomlllg bull a i ,i, ily us u panngat man. and he caught against the side Of the barn. One of the horns entered th. greiu tad the ether horn entered the leg just above the knee. As the horns entered, the bull jerked his head and literally tore the horn through I ho flesh. Itlood Ves els were seven.1 li . Koyston, the younee.-t daugh ter, witnessed tin scene, ami In t cries i lame brought Mr, MorriauBi a mac neighlcr, who ;i pp. iv: the house, to the re-cue. The hejl 'icl nm charge his victim again bul stood pa v. lag and hollowing when Mr, Morrieon n .iclc d the pin. 'I h inj n d n was Immediately carried out af I pen but died I" 'on h - d tho i ml i .. ol in-" d and ' in :ni to havt caueei ath, ul llinugh the Injur) wa i -oi Mi. (to) on his i i .ul i . . :u . H ha r In pi t , . ... He -, iin H i nek t i I. cams t' M , Neb., l Of III I i mi' . and Si i ilren i , ard I . Be 'l win ' Karl Ko. ton ol Kimberlj Ion i Ru .-ton oi ( ro son, eb., and ' barb und J. a.' Ro) Ion "I l''ru laiwl Tl tluughteis are Mr.. r:dwani WI Knnberly; Mrs. Harry Hart, Twin falls, and Clara, lima ami Josephine Royston of Fruitland. Two brother, Robert Ifnyston and William R" and their wives ate hen- from liulti more, ltd., to attend the iuiu.il, and Henry Miller, a brother-in-law, from lie. land, Mil., i ulso In ie for the funeral. Tint funeral occurred tall (Thui tluy afternoon. Heary Blachwall umi wife and Ifr, De Ariuond and wife came i" Oatario from their farm ubtm Vale Uoaday.