OCR Interpretation

Rocky Mountain husbandman. [volume] (Diamond City, Mont.) 1875-1943, September 25, 1879, Image 2

Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025309/1879-09-25/ed-1/seq-2/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 2

Rociy M0Io tain Hllubanilan.
W. H. SUTHERLIN, Assistant Editor.
HUS&ANDMAN, although slow, has, like the
interest it represents, been steadily onward
and upward. The warm support extended
to it all over Montana since the day of its
introduction assures us that the people are
fully alive to the necessity of an agricultu
ral paper in the territory, and warrants us
in the effort to place before them a journal
second to none in" the country.
We take pleasure in announcing to our
friends that the time for enlargement is now
near at hand. A large cylinder power press
has been ordered' from New York, and
about the beginning of the next volume, or
upon the arrival of the new press, the Hus
BANDMAN will be enlarged to a forty-column
paper and otherwise materially improved.
We will also remove our office of publica
tion to White Sulphur Springs, a point
affording better facilities for a publishing
The publication of a live newspaper in
Montana is attended with heavy expense at
best, and this enlargement and change of
base, which has become necessary to meet
the demands of the public, entails a still
greater outlay. Therefore, those in arears
for subscription are requested to be prepared
to settle the., same, that we may press. on
from venture to success.
THa e Oor or both wheat and.oats has
been good in all sections of Montana;: the
only failures being in those sections. ~here
the hail storms swept them, and these are
conflned. to. less than twenty farms--a small
Our attention has been called towan article
in the Bozeman Courier, urging farmers to
hold for remunerative prices, but a note
some weeks since, recognizes sixty cents
'per bushel. as remunerative. If this is the
figure they. would have the farmers hold
for they are not very well posted on the
present cost of, farming in Montana. We
admit that the time is coming when wheat
can be aised here for a small sum-perhaps
as low as fitty cents per bushel-.but we
know too well the difficulties and uncertain
ties with which the farmers have to contend
to entertain for a moment the thought that
we have reached that stage or time. The
selling of grain at sdeh a sacrifice cannot be
tolerated, and should not'be done. It has a
tendency to be detrimental to the growth
of our country-to drive men from the-voca
tion, and cause a: great scarcity another
season. Our farmers should bear in mind
that there has been a gain in population this
year of nearly one-third its former number;
.that there is a large increase in the demand
for bread stuffs in our northern maricets;.
while it is not improbablq that the light
crop In Utah the present season may mate
rially improve our flour trade by supplying
eastern Idaho and the. Utah & Northern
railroad terminus with flour. We can sup
ply the demand in that quarter at a less fig
ure than it can be had elsewhere.
As to the oat market, though there is a
good crop there is little rea`son to tear that
prices will be unusually low; or rather,
that there it just cause for low prices. The
increase of mining operations in toe several
districts will cause a corresponding increase
of teamihg during the winter season; to
gether with the improved market at the
north, as well as the continuous freighting
to and from the railroadterminus, assures
uIs that al, the oats raised this season will
find a ready market at fair prices. The
need of cash by some farmers to pay har
vest hands, threshlng bills, and to settle
with the tax collector will, of course, cause
lIw prices to rule the markets for a season,
hut we hope those who can possibly hold
their grain up will do so, as we feel conf
dent there is no cause whatever for being
Wiarmed. We have given this subject care
fltZtyntiou and thought,, andt.iall sincer
ity make these suggestions for the benefit
of our friends, the farmers, with whom we
are identified.
However, we do not advise that products
be held for large figures, but farmers should
stand firm for fair remuneration. Less than
seventy-five cents to one dollar per bushel
r is not enough for wheat. The country can
well afford this, and to sell for less will not
increase the consumption. The surplus is
probably no more than shouli be held as a
guaranty against high prices in consequence
of the appearance of grasshoppers another
year. But should these pests not come, and
a large amount of train accumulate, there
would probably then be no necessity of
selling for less than one dollar per cental,
for with railroad tacilities it should realize
our farmers that sum in foreign markets.
remains the same as last year. It is one of
the most beautiful sections in. the Rocky
Mountains, and to notice that it has made
but a slight gain in population while other
valleys have almost doubled their number
of residents, is surprising. No other valley
can justly claim a superiority over the Mad
ison in agricultural land, and no valley ex
cept, perhaps the Judith, can cope with it
in extent and natural advantages. The set
tlement with the exception of one or twyo
farms is confined to the narrow low land,
(skirting the river. Back of that the bench
rises gently up to the mountains, forming a
platteau from nine to twelve miles in width
and stretching along their base, grassy,
beautiful, and as even as a table for 30 or
more miles, cut only by occasional willow
fringed rivulets, sparkllng with fresh moun
tain water, sufficient to irrigate the land
and which can be turnedifrom their shallow
channels and to any point, with a plow fur
row. Cereals of all kinds and many tender
vegetables grow and ripen quite as well as
in other sections, and I can see no reason
why this section should want for home
seekers.. The residents with whom I km
acquainted are J. G. Smith, A. W. Switzer,
G. W. Burns, Sam Smith, E. A. Maynard,
A. N. Bull, M. W. Switzer, D. M.. Jefleris,
J..Jefferis, J. F. Halden, Os G. Smith, Geo.
Watkins and Alonzo Moody, nd, a tBioire
genial, neighborly and hospitablPe dpe'
are not easily found. Nearly all of their
farms join, and are so Wuinch of a sameness
in appearance that separate mention can
not be made of them. Suffice it to say,
however, that all were aglow with prosperi
ty and bountiful crops. Thare are two
school districts and good schools are in pro
gress, Mr. Carr and Miss Hatte Bull being
the teachers. The Madison grange, of
which the persons above named are mem
bers, is one of the most prosperous now in
existence. As a social organization it is all
that could be desired.
which runs fror the mountains on the west
side of the Madison river, has several pretty
farms alongits banks, of,which I remember
the names of C. M. Pinkney. and G. B. Bess.
The first named has a nice- sloping hillside
farm and is doing.the dairy business in a
scientific manner, having many conven
lences for the same. Mr. Bess is farmtilg
and cheese-making, both of which, fromi.sp
pearances,.are profitable. In this owinec
tion it will be appropriate to mention the
name of Wmin. Fletcheir who lives by ithe
'Madison and near Meadow creek. He is
one of the principal cattle raisers of'this sec
tion and at present is engaged to supply the
slurrounding country with beef tor table
wears a dull forlorn look, but that it will
see better days i not at all Improbable fobr
I am'informed that the mines in the vcinrity
are benlug developed slowly but very satis
factorily, and the owners of many of the
leads are sanguine of success . W.R. Reele,
formerly a resident here is working theCen
tennial, Arctic and other leads. The:C n
tennial runs from $10 to $40~ per ton, and
the Arctic yields $25 rock. They are locat
ed in Spring mining district, where an aras
tra is used for cruslhing The Convoy and
some other leads owned by other persons
here, turn out4 $300 ore, which isbeing
slhipped East for reduction. At Red Blufls
a 5-stamp mill is running regularly. 'One
."gpoor.lman's mili" othrnew. patterpn,Iu
connection with two arastras, is being built
to work ore which yields $1CO0 to $150 per
ton. barman Gray is working a leased
claim there which assays on an average
$1,700 per ton in gold and silver. A lot-of
it put through the Red Bluff mill, however,
only paid about $60 per ton. He is taking
out a large quantity of ore and proposes to
ship East, where he can get a full return
for its value.
is quiet, and to look about the half deserted
town, one would think it was dying by
inches, but such is not the case. The rush
is over, and now it is settled down to a reg
ular slow, but sure business. The business
is confined to two stores, a blacksmith shop
and two hotels. In point of comfort for the
weary traveler, the hotels are ahead of
many larger Montana towns. Both the
Reele house and Allen's hotel woud be cred
itable houses in any of our cities. The pro
prietor of Allen's hotel carries on the black
smithing business and is also interested in
farming. Mr. Reele, of the Reele house, de
votes his attention to the developing of his
various quartz mines, and Mrs. R. superin
tends the hotel. Of the halt dozen quartz
mills at Pony only one 10-stamp was in op
eration. The other mills Mbr various rea
sons are idle. One cause of the slowness of
operations here is the tough iron pyrites
which is found low down in the mines.
This iron is hard. to work and for some
cause or other the operation in it has not
been successful. Another cause of the
quietude is the want of teams to haul ore,
but probably a more reasonable cause is the
lack of nerve by the owners of the best
mines and mills. I am convinced that the
stupor ot things is not on account of the
want of rich ore, for I learn that there are a
number of mines that pay $100 and up
wards to the ton. Ot these I may name the
White Pine, Nead, Willow creek, Key
stone, Clipper, Brooklyn and Idogo. Thos.
Carman is working the White Pine, and his
clean-ups seldom fall short of $100 to the
ton. Mr. McKaskel is working the Key
stone, and at the time of my visit was run
ning out $100 and upwards to the ton. But
with these statements let me say that with
all of this wealth in lead property easily
worked and quickly realized, these men em
ploy but few hands, apparently feeling con
tented .with a slow lifetime job of hard
knocks with their own hands. This is an
other reason why Pony looks dull, shatter
ed and shabby. The Atlantic and Pacific
leads are probably the largest paying veins
in the Pony country. Their width is about
60 feet. Some of the lead matter .is hard
but stratas of soft decomposed' rock follow
through the veib which is exceedingly-rich.
One run oilover 100 tons went $900 per ton.
The ore is easily extracted, and the mill
site and other advantages are so convenient
that it is estimated that $6 ore could be
worked with profit. Hon. H. H. Mood is
one ot tihe principal owners of these leads,
and I would not be surprised that he may
develop a bonanza in them one of these
is skirted by several thousand acres o fine
farm land and probably a dozen farms and
homes already taken up. The most desira
ble spots J. J. Boyer & Bro. are first at the
upper end of the valley. They have a nic4
location for their business, dairying and
stock-raising. My visit there was both
pleasant and instructive. At H. IH. Mood's,
which is next below, I spOent some hours in
looking at fine horse stock. This is one of
the best improved farms on upper Willow.
In the stroll about the premises to look at
fine stallions, mares and colts, we crossed
nearly a halt-dozen pastures from which
timothy hay had been mown this season,
and were putting torth green and beautiful.
One of the best looking stallions [ have no
ticed in my trovelg is Mood's Royal Ben.
pie is 17 hands high and weighs 1,500 lbs.
This is truly the model horse ranch of sast
Madison county. In company with Mr. M.
and seated in his neat buggy, drawn by one
of his flune match teams, I had a pleasant
ride down the creek, callibg upon my
friends Wm. Forte, Frank Ball, R. Goins
and James Riches, and a number ot others
whom we found in the full enjoyment of
good health and prosperity. These people
have some of. the finest farm locations in
this section, and produce a large amoount.of
grain yearly. They have a neat school
house in their midst, in which school is kept
in progress about half of each year. I was
charmed with the beauty of the willow
girded valley and ple:isaut homes overlook
ilg they cheerful streami WILL.
---- - S-- - UrP~~F--
We arrived at Stateler chapel, on Willow
creek, at halt-past eleven o'clock, Friday,
September 12th, after a most enjoyable
morning ride from Mr. Spalding's. Bro.
Stateler came out of church to welcome us.
He said services had just begun,. to hurry
up and we would be in time to hear Bishop
Keener's first sermon to the conference. Of
course we hurried; went into church with
out taking time to arrange our toilets, and
were in time to hear the greater part of the
sermon, though we missed the text and In
Just in front of our seat was a whole seat
full of little boys, ranging from eight to
twelve years old, who behaved just like
little gentlemen, paying the strictest atten
tion to every word the Bishop said,. and
keeping perfectly quiet. I did not see one
of them turn his head or misbehave in any
'After the sermon, a young Mr. Eva was
ordained Deacon.
Conference met again at 3 o'clock, and
was in session until five. Services were
held at half-past seven p. m., Bro. Craven
officiating. After preaching, he invited'all
Christians in the house to come torvard and
shake hands with the preachers. It seem
ed that two-thirds of those*present respond
'ed. How delightful to find one's self in
such a religious element.
Saturday morning the conference con
vened at 9 o'clock. We were there in time
to hear the Sabbath-school question discuss
ed, and were especially benefitted by the
Bishop's remarks on the training of child
ren. He is eminently qualified to talk .on
that subject, for lie has raised a family- of
'his own with satisfactory results, for he has
three sons, all of whom are preaching. His
daui ters are also "members of the house
hold of faith." What a happy father he is !
The Bishop preached at 11: o'clock, taking
his text from the parable of the rich man
:and Lazarus. I wish every person in Mon
tana could have heard that sermon; more
especially those who try to.believe in uni
versal salvation. His arguments were un
answerable. He. proved so clearly that
God's law would be of none effect it there
was not a penalty for the violation of that
law;- that the law was given in love; that
we might have freedom ; that there is no
freedom without law; and that Gbd, to be
just, must exact the penalty for the viola
tion of law.
Conference convened at 3'o'clock for the
last session. At half-past seven the anni
versary missionary service commenced; the
Bishop lecturing on missionary wprk in a
very effective manner, for when the collec
tion way. taken it amounted to $160. Bro.'
Stateler said, "Let the cent lbution be wor
thy of Willow creek," and I think It ,was.
As one woman said; when told how much
was collected : " Well, they do beat all to
fling in over there.
Love-feast commenced at nine o'clock on
Sabbath morning-Bro. Clark in the pulpit.
It lasted until 11 o'clock, and'then not more
than one-half of those who desired to tes
tify for Christ had opportunity.
At 11 o'clock the Bishop preached a pow
erful sermon to a crowded house-yes,
crowded to overflowing, for gany stood at
the windows on the outside.' After preachl.
ing the church was dedicated.
There wais preaching again at 3 o'clock,
Bro. Stanley officiating; after which Bro.
Craven was ordained Elder. Then the
Lord's supper was administered to more
persons than I have ever before seen par
take of itat one time in Montana. The
doors of the clhu'h were then opened and
there were se,~ral accessions.
Sabbath eveniihg the Bishop preached
from the text, "' ThaJwhlch is born of the
tbshis flesh, and that which is bornof the
Spirit is spirit," ploving the reality, and
necessity of conversion.
After preaching, the appointments were
read, sending the preachers all back v'hvere
they had been, and leaving Helena. and.
(Qoncludied on 7th p.ge.),

xml | txt