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THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN: SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 25, 1903.
MESA CITY THE PRESENT, Mesa City, "The Gem of Valley." Salt Rive. The reclamation of the west I'rom sol itude and barren wilderness 10 happy homes : 1 1 1 1 bounteous fields needs no exigerution. and Jlea, the "liim of Salt River Valley." built by years of in dustry, thrift and toil, spsaks volumes for the homeseeker. AYith skies as blue, with soil as fer tile, with nil- as pure as was enjoyed in primeval paradise, what is there that the mind of man could desire, that Me fa has not and cannot now or ir the fu ture offer? It is one of the most splendid exam ples of reclamation and settlement that can be found in the west. Here bloom the beauties of the ro.se, The orange blosoms scent the air. The fields of green, in deep repose. are dimpleo with fint treasures rare And far :is raptured vision sc. - .Arcadia's chat ins, supreme, prevail The lowing cattle browse the leas. And peace and plenty crown the val-1. In Mesa. The symphony of love divine Is murmured through the almond trc?s The rU lies of the classic vine Vfe with he fragrance of t'.ie breeze For loving benisons above Descended to this snot of earth: And o;ie 11. ay ever gladsome rove Anions; the glories of its worth. .1.1 Mesa Mi-si is situated K miles up the val ley and tu the east of Phoenix. 1 he cap it:il of th-- territory, and it ranks as the - 1 ".ma j- - tr 'tin - -liJ 1- rtv?-'-;t IIFSA AND TEMPf. second important city in th? valley. The 1 general plan of the city, with its broad ! most elaborate embellishment. The lo- j cation is magnificent. On every hand for miles around the landscape for the . most part seems dressed in living ; green. In fields' and meadows, along i sidewalks and country roads bordered J by cottonwood. ash and the stately um- brella trees, .atuies l;i.vish band en hances the attractiveness of the Coun try of Homes." While nestling close to the mountain range, which to the east presents a'i exceptionally rugged yet pisturesque outline, the city occupies a low mesa, some llfty feet above trie river bottom, and is surrounded by as level and fer tile body of land, stretching for miles to the east. west, south and north, as lies "out of doors." Situated at the end of the valley, nearest the source of the water supply, the city commands a magnificent view of the great Salt river valley, which, with its wealth of verdure, of cattle and never failing crops, presents capti vating scenes of never failing beauty, i The city itself is well laid out and the improvements completed are in harmony with the most exacting re quirements of the modern .school. Elec tric lights turn, the night into day, and the buildings are substantial and at tractive, while the streets and homes, with lawns and shade trees, with gar dens and flowers, present to the home seeker, the invalid, the business man, all the essentials of his requirements. Ms location places it directly in the track of the enormous development that is going on in the territory. Just far ( enough from the capital city, with which it is connected by two railroads, with three trains daily, with tin extra train to be put on in the near future, and out of and above the mighty water course of Salt river, making it immune from Hoods, it is destined to be the "fine residence" spot of the valley. A MESA It is nearest to the source of tho water supply, and to the great Tonto reservoir, which- the government has ordered constructed, for which for years to come it will Vie the t unfitting station, and will handle the jmmens? supplies for its construction, and to which a road Is now being builded with! - 1 t- . ' 1. ,:.Tr:Si.V ' I y" vib?'?;-V&A jr:7 - - -- ...... . . ... I ' t ' ' ' , frtiVN'' I great expense, over which an electric car line is a probability, and along . which is to be built the telephone line, and power line that will lead the har nessed ligntningr to the distributing plant to be constructed east of Mesa, to pump from the .immense reservoir: beneath our farms, water to supplement the river supply. The power' plant, should the river supply be sufficient, may localize num erous manufacturing institutions in our incomparable district. Among the man ufacturing institutions already in ope ration may be numbered a flouring mill, an ice plant and creamery and cheese fac tory combined, broom i'acto ry. pickle works, machine shop, wagon making and repairing shops and an im mense electric power plant, and in all probability the near future will the construction of a sugar witness j factory 1 ; near the city. The improvements of the past year consists of three new business blocks, several residences, completion of Phoe nix & Eastern railroad, and depot, sec tion house and ware house; two new stock .yards, creamery and ic-e plant: the expenditure of $70000 on the electric light and power plant; establishing of Solar' Molar plant for pumping watei : the completion and opening of a large hotel conducted on the American and European plan, and the doubling of th-: capacity of a second hotel and the fit ting up of a lodging house and restau rant. In addition several new business houses have been established. Mesa is the business center of t'le principal irrigated section of Arizona, with '.1 surrounding population of over eight thousand. "The Mesa." including the town, has been selected as a model irrigating district, and a model of plas ter paris has been made by a govern ment oilici.il. Mr. Thompson, to f-e cx- r5 -i 1. ti, j.-'.- iw' fj-V-n ,1 -, t,.5 SCHOOL PUII.IdN'C. habited in the government display at the St. I.ouis fair in 190-1. Santa Fe svstem of trans( ontincntal railway, which Is now completed to Mesa and is continuing eastward, bringing to our doors the rich mining districts of Pinal. Ray, K dvin. Ti oy. Ma inrnot h, with the Aravaipi connecting rich miner.il districts us of Cochise county, and on the branch now binar surveyed through the Gilx valley, with Graham county and -'New-Mexico. - We are also connected with the great Southern Pacific railroad . by thre .- T - - . 1 A MESA MELON PATCH. trains daily over the M. & P These facts, together with rai'.roaci. the fact recognized by all, that Mesa is sur- rounded by one of the finest farming districts in the valley and irigated un der one of the best and most economi cal water systems in the valley, owned by the land owners, it is not s.urprising that one of the most prominent and far-sighted men of our sister city should declare that- Mesa "was the coming city of the valley" and that in VINEYARD. the next ten years she would grow from a city of 1,000, her present population, to a city of 10,000 inhabitants. Mesa city was incorporated in 18815, ; and under the direction of the govern- 1 ment body has steadily improved her ' streets and sidewalks, and presents to- ( day as well kept an appearance as cit- 1 ies of tunny times her wealth and iop-ul-ilion. The streets of the city .ire uniform and noble in their wide prportions, and are, laid out to the compass' cardinal points, while two plazas, the north one pliirited to umbrellas and evergreens. 10 acres in extent, provide fcr public demands in the way of parks and rec reation grounds. The business structures line the main street for u block and a half on either side, while other buildings devoted to commerce are if us ted in various dis tricts in pleasing individuality. Embraced within its business circle is found almost every line of business found in any western city. There are six general merchandise stores, three exclusively drv rrood stores and shoe establishments, four grocery sto-es. two drug stores, two hardware store?, two stationary stores, two bi cycle shops, two restaurants, one bak ery two large hotels and one lodging house, one furniture More with under taking establishment in connection, two butcher shops, one harness shop anl second hand store, an up-to-date bank. .1 limber yard, two real estate offices, two livery stables, two blacksmith shops, one opera house, and icecream and sodawater establishments in pro fusion, three millenery shops, three saloons, and last but not ieastin its -ai y functions, the daily ami weekly pater, the Mesa l-'ree Press, devoted to the interests of the people and country. I iside of the corporate limits are two large and imposing school houses in which are taught everything from kindergarten to and including the tenth grade of the high stfliool. First Settlement of Mea AVhen the mighty bells of the eastern cities were ringing out their announce ment of the bii ih of the year ls78. that poition of the great Salt River Valley 0:1 which Mesa City now stands was an arid plain, unpeopled and practically unknown. In February of that year its regeneration began. Seated at a camp lire on the banks of the Salt river, Jif teei travel-stained; weary men. almost restitute of worldly goods, planned it.- restoration to the markets of the world froii the torpor in which it had lain s,in -e the annihilation of the Aztee rac ion? centuries sini.-e. Frank M. Pomeroy, John II. Pome roy, George V. Sirrine. Warren L. Sir rine. Theodore L.. Sirrine. Charles Mal lory. Klijah Pomeroy. Parley P. Sirrine. from Pear Lake. Idaho, and William M. Newell. Charles I. Robson. William Schwartz. Joo Henry Smith, Charles Crismon. John I). Hobson. William Cri:;mon and J. II. Blair, all from Salt I.ul-e City. Ftah. were their names. And when in future years the youth of a wholly leveloped continent read the biographical histories of the great pioneer heroes of America, tio purer source for information, no nobler mod els for emulation will be found in all the archives of Occidental achievement than the earnest, patient, self-abnegating careers of these modest, but truly great reclaimers ami reformers of a long forgotten and a long abandoned land. Seated at that camp fire, their loved one.f Sieepaig near, the colony, m all numbering seventy-nine, they counsel- ed for the morrow. What were their possessions? What had they with whi.-h to begin their battle with un developed nature? What did they need? What could they procure? An inven torj was mentally taken: their require merts approximately discussed: and the results would have dismayed many men of the most determined mould. Not so with them. The first essential requi site, of course, was water not to as suage their thirst, but the thirst of the torrid lands. Ditches must be made. ; Where were the engineers, with their 'costly instruments and years of college training? Where the heavy teams and modern implements to turn thi.f water from its sunken bed out into the higher plane of the adjacent soil? They had them not. Yet that night they resolved that these ditches should be dug. Hov did they accomplish it? God only knows! The story of their privations, their suffering and their achievements will be told when the history of Mor mon colonization is fully written. So modest are these men in talking of their work that one; can only conjecture as lo the methods they adopted. The re sult is a complete and perfect system of irrigation. In May following ,W. A. Kimball, Charles Crimson, Jr., Joseph Cain and William Prim, from the neighborhood of Sf.lt IakeCity, joined, the colony and Immediately began co-operation in all of its undertakings, loiter in the fame year T. C. Sirrine located in his name the section of land upon which Mesa city now stands, which section was the true nucleus of the subsequent growth of the region now known as the mesa lands of the Salt river valley. THE CITY PROPER. Its Settlement, Incorporation and Offic ers. The Past. The ing if first settlers of Mesa were noth not practical. Every step they took 'vas taken with an eye single to the demands of an imperative future. Work was their capital, and with it j home? must be built, fields converted into farms and lots into garden patches. ' D'.ie deliberation and intelligent co-op-i elation were necessary for the selec ; tion of suitable land, and for- this pur pose a choice selection was decided up on for the building of a town. The land chosen was deeded to a townsite com- par.y by its locator, T. C. Sirrine, and . . ,"- ,,?-. , plans for a symetrical apportionment were formulated by C. I. Robson, Geo. W. Sirrine and F. M. Pomeroy, who also gaveit its present name. It w as-surveyed into lots and blocks, giving the streets a width of 123 feet, by A. M. Jones. The plan adopted for the distri bution of the lots, all of which were an acre and a (tiarter in size, was that the settler who held one share of stock in the newly built Mesa canal, each share fteing then valued at &200. Was entitled to four lots, and he who held more than one to as many in the same ratio. The work of erecting houses was tnen be gun and Charles Maliory built the first adobe house, which still stands near the geographical center of the town. The other buildings were constructed Mexican fashion," the roof being first made, supported on poles, and thi the walls were buift to it. On the comple tion of the canal, a distance of nine and a half miles, fruit trees were planted and gardens speedily laid out". A schooi house, that also served for religious purposes, was then erected of adobe," and in 1882 an addition to it was made. About this time the place began to take on quite a village air, and it was enti tled to municipal incorporation. A pe tition praying for such was signed by sixteen citizens on July 3, 1883, and was granted by the county supervisors July 15, 1883. An election was held on the first Monday of August following, and the officials elected were as follows: A. y. MacDonald. mayor: K. Pomeroy, George W. Sirrine, William Passey and A. F. Stewart, councilmen; C. I. Rob son. recorder: J. II. Carter, treasurer; H. C. Longmore. assessor: W. Rich ins, marshal; H. S. Phelps, poundkeep er. Under the wise direction of this gov ernmental body the city of Mesa was steadily improved, streets and side walks received due attention, and in the ensuing years their successors fol lowed i:i the line of progress they laid down. Desirable homes were erected concomitant with the growth of wealth, and at the present time no city of its size can boas', more- elegajit residence and business struct ures than adorn its soil. The wealth of foliage, and friuts and flowers. f deep green lawns an 1 well-kept homes add much to the facia : beauty of the town. As an index to th? taste displayed in the selection of this foliage, the pepper, a stately evergreen which grows there to a majestic size, the palm, the prototype of grace in arborage, the broad-reaching, umbruge ous China and the weeping willow may be mentioned. The present officers of the city are C. M. Mnllin. mayor: O. S. Su:pley, P. P. Hughes, J. H. Rogers and W. J. I. cBaron, councilman; J. H. Pomeroy. clerk; Alex Kerrstreei commissioner; G. W. M. Fryer, city marshal and tax collector: Frank T-TVimcroy is justice of the peace and W. A. Hurton consta ble. The precinct has always been a model of peace that others in the coun ty have vainly tried to emulate. CHURCHES AND SOCIETY. The people of Mesa and vic inity ar" a cultured, refined, church-going class. Mormon or Gentile, and there is a good population of the latter, so that the outiook for spiritual growth may be said to indicate an increased demand for larger ChurrTi -accommodations, im- j perative in the near future. There are three church organizations in Mesa city. In poi,nt of membership the Mormon denomination is in the ma jority. This Stake of Zion. as It is call ed, was first temporarily organized in Oc tober. 1878. by Apostle Erastus Snow and party from Salt Eake City, who appointed Jesse X. Peivkins as presiding elder, with H. C. Rogers and G. W. Sir rine as counselers. In 18S0 John Tay lor, president of the I'niverKfl church, called A. F. MacDonald to the presi dency of the settlement, and he arrived from Ftah in February. 18S0. retain ing H. C. Rogers and G. AV. Sirrine as his counselers. J. X. Perkins having left the country. In December, 1SS2. Aposlie Moses Thatcher and Krastus Snow visited the settlement a-nd effect ed a permanent organization. On De cember 10. 1882. a conference was held and a change wsa made. Presi dent MacDonald was sustained, as was also H. C. Rogers, but Charles I. Rob son was appointed in place of G. W. Sirrine, who was honorably released. On December 4. 18&7. PiVsident Mac Donald was honorably released from his position and Charles I. Robson was chosen in his stead. 11. C. Rogers and Collins R. Hakes were apiointed his lirst and seeded counselers. respective ly. . On February 24. 1894, President Rob son passed away. aid on May 10 of the same year Apostles John Henry Smith and BriKharh Young. Jr.. called O. R. Hakes to the presidency of the Stake, with H. C. Rogers and James l John son as his counselers. At tie departure from the communi ty of James F. Johnson. W. J. Leltaron was chosen as counseler, and after the death of Henry C. Rogers, the veteran pioneer of the Mormon colony in the valley. Isaac C. Dana was sustained as second counseler to Priest C. R. Hakes, and AV. J. It Baron as first who con stitute the present presiding authority of the Maricopa Stake of Zion. The first meeting house was also used for school purposes, and was built in 1SSi enlarged in ASS' and in lS'Jfi. the present commodious house of worship. The tabernacle was builded by vol untary contributions at a cost of $11, 000, and dedicated by F.righam Young the same year and declared free from debt. Aside from the tabernacle there are live pretentious meeting houses in the different wards of the Stake, each pre sided over by a bishop anl two coun sellors. And in eVich ward the follow ing organizations are fostered for the instruction and benefit of both old and young: Sunday schools. Relief Socie ty. Y. M. M. I. and Y. U M. I. associa tions, (the relief society and the Y. L. M. I. association are members of the Woman's National Relief Society). Pri mary associations and religious classes, each presided over by efficient presi dent!" and counsellors and each organi zation in all the wards in turn presided over by a Stake president and counsellors so that the child from the cradle to the prave-ean obtain the religious instruc tion and benefit and assist in helping others in the association that he is suited by capacity to be a member of. Aside from these associations in the wards, there are the Quorums of the? Priesthood each of wheih hold their regular meetings and have a work to perform, viz: the Seventies Quorum, the Elders, Priests, Teachers and Dea cons Quorums. The Maricopa Stake of' Zion, as it is called, is in a prosperous condition, r.f. : . (.- the people cultivajte a pure religious spirit, associating their worldly welfare with their religious aspirations, so that their religion, being practical, de velops the best virtues of good citizen ship. The present membership of the various wards embraced in this Stake, or district, is as follows: Mesa. 648; Eohi. 200. Alma. 282: Xephi. 104: Pine Ward. 100: Panasro white li-.,.. i Indian. T,:6: Fanago. southern. fi2'. Total membership, 2,f96. Meetings are held in Mesa city, as ::i ill of the wards, c-very Sunday. Sun day school at 10 a. m. Afternoon ser vices at ? o'clock and Y. E. and Y. M. M. I. meetings at 7:o p. in. each Sun day in each ward. The Baptist denomination have erect ed an elegant edifice, and the church is well attended. It is an attractive brick structure and cost $2,500. It was con structed while the church w;s under the spiritual direction of Rev. Tomilson. He was ueceeded by C. J. Ranks and Reverend Win. Pearc-e. a gentleman of bioad. libera! culture and rhetorical power, is present pastor. This body now has a membership of eighty, and embraces within its folds a Sunday school. Baptist Aid Soc iety and Paptist Young People's Society. Regular ser vices ate: Sunday school at 10 a. m.. meeting at 11 a. m.. F.aptist Young Peo ple at 0 : r.t anu tegular servic e at 7:30; Eadies Aid Society weekly and mee ting Wednesday. prayer The Methodists of Mesa have also an imposing building, constructed of brick, and handsome and commodious, and was erected at a cost of $l.fiao in The pastors of tjus church have Rev. Martlelt, Rev. Guthrie, Rev win ('.Di cker, Rev.Firr and Rev. Tolle Is the present parlor, who. 1894. been F. with his admirable v. ife, now resides at the? handsome brick parsonage constructed this year at a cost of $1,300." Rev. Tolle i.- a very able and popular speaker and i blessed with a clear baritone oie. which is eft en heard :n our gath-c-rirgs. The M. K. church at present numbcis eighty souls and embraces a Sunday schc.ol. Ladies AiJ Society, and Epworth EcaTue Society and Junior League. The cbuiv-h oi God, presided over by J. R. Plakeley, holds its regular ser vices and Sunday school in .a larg-f commodious tent. The prominent fraternal societies are well represented, among them being the I. O. O. F.. W. of . K. of P.. United Moderns., Rebecca and Ralhbone Sis ters, and Gc.od Templars, all holding their meetings in Rarnett hall while many c-f the other orders have so many members as to make the organization of lodges only a question of time. Mesa Iris also a brass band and a heme dramatic company whose excep tional fine work fills the large, commo dious and well appointed bpera house at each appearance. The opera house has a very fine fic-or and dancing during the winter season is of almost weekly occurrence. The music Is furnished by local orohe.n.r.1, supplemented by professional talent from Phoenix. November 2nd a rural mail route will be established by the postotJlce de partment, cirr.ving therfaily paper and nail to the doors of the farming and rurally located community. The route leaves Mesa on Main street, running to the Utah extension, then north 1 mile, thenc e one half mile west, thence north to river, eas-t by, Wni. Schartz. on through Eehi. returning to northeast corner of Mesa, thence ea.st one mile south, one-half in;le to Wilbur cornet, thence east to W.A.Trent corner, south lo Allison corner, west to southeast cor ner of Mesa, smith to McQueen corner, thence cast to Xelscn corner, south to base line, thence west, to Utah exten sion, north to E. Pomeroy corner, east to Dana corner and north to city. Mr. S. E. MoArthurwill be the carrier. SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION. Pardonable pride is felt in the educa tional advantages in. Mesa and vicinity, for In no part of the country, in or out of Arizona, is the standard of the pub lic schools, nor can facilities be found, superior for the education of the chil dren. The citizen.-; rf the community have faith in the public school and have spared no expense in providing com fortable, modern building.? and a suffi cient number of competent teachers that every child may receive a good common school education. Good libraries a. re found in each school. in the town of Mesa there are two large, comfortable and modern school buildings, constructed at an- expense of $22,000, containing within them appa ratus and school furniture cos tin? in the neighborhood of $3,500. The equip ment of these schools is fully up to date, as is the quality of work perform ed within their walls. The enrolflnent the last year was over 350, with an av erage attendance of 9? per cent, a rec ord of attendance unparalleled in the schools in the territory or c-lsev here. This district not only suoports a good graded school, but a, well - organized high school as well. The schools have always been served by a school board, the members of which have always been progressive and keenly alive to the importance of r -Ul: -1 -nrt f. it stri.:f.t scenk, mesa. keeping in the front rank of education al progress. It has always been upon the lookout for oppoi tunities to ad vance the usefulness of the schools. The graduates of the grammar school ere admitted to the Territorial Xormal school without examination and the graduates of the high school are ad- ' milted to the Teriitoiial University at Tucson without examination. I The following is a report of the I schools embraced In the Mesa country: j Total number enrolled, CSG; averag-i : number belonging, o'sS: percentage of attendance, 94; teachers employed, 21; value of school property. $tb,r.00. I The Mesa grammar school employs j nine teac hers, and the high school two. jand are and have been for a number of i years under the superinteudency of i Prof. J. D. Roper, a graduate of the I Ohio Xormal University, and whose I name is a guarantee of the high stand i ard of work carried on. The following 1 are hisassistants each of whom have a I very enviable reputation lor good work In the school room: Mrs Rebecca Scudder and Mrs. Emma AViU ox in the high school: Mrs. Francis Thompson, Miss Abide McKenzie, Miss Serreta Sirrine. Miss Malvina Wallace, Miss Luey Schwartz, Miss Stella Ross, Mrs. ? - -i -i ' 2 3 C. S Z "3 i PEACE. HI i I a s - - 1 xs r p- T m rm iq - -n t ; j; , - -. - 2 t Z Mesa City and vicinity, Ariz... 70.3 v.'..', 7.1 .SK.l 7r.i Jacksonville. Florida r.o.ti si.r, r,'j.y .., ;.i Pe,isa"0a, Florida 67. 'J St-. 6 '.3 3 i Eos Angeles. California . . . .' 3s. 4 67. 2.7 ."J..". Riverside. California 62.7 7S.3 63.3 ' 31.7 .'. J San Diego, California 08.1 ; - 6i.T r 62.7 : 54.4 ; .. Sacramento, California 59. 3 71.7 61.3 4S.3 New York 47.6 ! 71.6 54.3 ' 31.5 51.? Boston '. 44.9 69.1 j 51.1 ' 2S.I' 4 2 Rome, Italy 37.6 j 72. 2 64.0 2S. . '.7 Elizabeth AVinrgar, Mrs. Agnes S. Lo per in the grammar school. The Alma school district, lying di rectly west and contigious to Mesa.' is housed in a good substantial school b'lilding of brick, costing S6.000. with apparatus and furniture valued at $!. 000. This schooi enrolled last year 153 pupils and is carefully graded and is presided over by a very efficient corpj of instructois, as follows: Prof. 1. Dudley Jones, princital; Miss Coltr'n and Miss Montford and Mrs. Orpha Babbitt. The Sth and 9th grades of th - high school are taught in this school as well. The Lehi district, lying to the north and contigious to the Mesa district, oc cupies also a substantial school build ing, costing J2.000, and containing fur niture and apparatus costing $1000.00. The last year there was enrolld 08 pupils, wiih a percentage of attendance of P5. Three teachers presides over the Eehi school: Prof. Dean Goodwin, principal; Miss Bessie- Schwartz and Mifs Leotia Gibson. .' In the Xephi district a handsome brick house graces the school ground and cost $2,500 and contains furniture and apparatus valued at $500.' AA'ith an enrollment of 38 pupils it is presided over by one teacher, while Prof. Alex ander presides over the Jordon school and Miss Garnett Allison over the Highland, the last three being not graded. Owing t3 the beautiful climate of the Salt river valley children can go much farther to school than in! a country where the climate is severe; thus the districts can be larger, enabling the rchoo! authorities to more closely grade the school, and thereby secure a higher standard of work. From the above facts we can deduce that Mesa, with its nearly 700 school children and twer.ty-one teachers, can boast of schools second to none in Ari zora, and schools that compare favor ably with those of any country. CLJMATIC CONDITIONS. A Perfect Sanitarium for the Health Seeker Matchless for the Devel opment of the Products of the Land. Ask a man to make his home in your community and what is the lirst ques tion he will propound? Is it not. How is your climate? He will invest hi' money in commercial or chimerical en terprises in any country where he be lieves he can realise a handsome profit, but when contemplating the establish ment of a home, where those dearer to him than all the wealth of the Indies or the jewels of Gilconda. are to dwell, he wants to feol assured -beyond the posibility of a doubt that they will not be exposed to disease by reason of cli matic conditions. To such men,-, and only such men are desirable settlers, this people say the Altitude of Mesa is 1,300 feet, its mean temperature m about sixty degrees and its humidity just sullicient to counteract the sense of oppression to respiration, which, were it less, would result from the purity of the atmosphere. It" is high enough in altitude to render the exis tence of malarial gerrrp impossible, and yet low enough to allow of atmospheric moisture to th' degice most desirable for most perfect respiratory comforc Its proximity to the great mountains t . 1 ' r- lf : t . of the western tai.gcs i an assurar.it ;f the vvhole?omeness of the air and it balmy semi-tropic sunshine ia umu :1 to rudden chills and heavy frot. The climate of Mesa. Aiuw a, N uniformly mild, health-givir g and d -lightful. In fact, is a perf--c- .vinitj rium for all diseases of the throat an-l lungs. In the valley of the Sail river a laborer may work every day in th year, and every hour in the day; arvl this, under a cioudiess sky. in a p-ir- and dry atmosphere, and amid thf d--licious fragrance tf a semi-tropi.-.il vegetation. Here there is very hit: frost, no snow, and even in the vini.-r time, but light rains. It is rare. ir.d---l. to see the thermometry K" b-lw degree Fahrenheit. Th- numn.cr tei--prature fluctuates between 77. to 1' degree, and occasionally reahe 11 degrees. The nights, however. i in variably pleasant on ::r nunt o tbe: being no humidity in the atmosphere. 1 10 degrees would not be felt a. mu- h, as !0 degrees in any of the e.'-tcn states. The average raint .ll is ;iha 6.37 inches. The following taid. con-piled frci i the United States Signal Servi,- Re ports, covering ten yeur may prow interesting: I From the foregoing tabl it will b- seen that the average winter tempera ture of Mesa city or surrounding I almost the same as that of I"lrid. three d-g"-ees higher than lh.it of Is Angeles, two degrees higher than tha; of San iego, and four degrees higie. than that of Riverside. California. The average annual temperature is "i degrees higher than that of the f amour orange district of Riverside. This i sufficient to explain the fact that citrus and other fruits of the Sait River valley ripen from tt.re to six we-k earlier than at Riverside or any other point in Southern California. SOUTH SIDE REAL ESTATE. An Enterprising Firm Prepared Handle Thousands of Acres. lo The fact that the Salt River v.!Iey is the most extensively irrigated aret in the United States and that the Mm lands situated In the heart ot thU superb district is now beginning to at tract the attention, of the home-seeker: of the country. The storage of flood water in rer voirs for distribution to irrigators dur ing the dry seasons will soon result in our land being cultivated to highest degree of efficiency, affording employment and occupation to a pop ulation more dense than now exist H any agricultural district in the United States. Among the firms that are doing much in bringing this condition before th- homeseeker is the enterprising firm o Pomeroy Bros. Co., located in Mesa. ti.' "Gem of the Valley." This enterprising firm will soon move into their i-er c-.uarters in the Passey building, on the south side of Main street. Heretofore they have, in -connection with their real estate business, maintained a sta tionery and bicyc le-store, but ow ing t the increaf of business thy have de cided to close out this detriment and devote their time and interests to re;-1 estate, loans, insurance and kirdre-l business exclusively. The members of the firm are young pkmi of good busi ness acumen, and are honest and reli able. They were present at the birt'i of Mesa and have watched and aided the growth and development of th country since its infancy, and are fa miliar with every tract of land in it vicinity, and . can be depended on by both land owner and purchaser to treat them courteously ami fairly in all mat ters that are placed in their hands. They are acquainted, with all the lands there are for sale in the Me country" and -have a very large part of it listed and are increasing their lists daily. Those wishing to sell their lands or water or personal property, o vvho desire to purchase, would do we'l to call upon then!' or w rite them at ence. They do a strictly egitirrut commission business. They have ar ranged with money loaners of the val ley and elsewhere to handle loans Ofi good security in either large or snidll amounts. This firm has been fortunate in sell ing more property than all the other firms on the south side during the past two months. This is due in part to their superior advantages of advertis ing, they being asociated with two ef (Continued on Page Ten)