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Mesa City,
"The Gem of
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
The rU lies of the classic vine
Vfe with he fragrance of t'.ie
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
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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.
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!
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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-
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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
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 .-
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trains daily over the M. & P
These facts, together with
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
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-
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
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.
Its Settlement, Incorporation and Offic
ers. The Past.
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
-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.
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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
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.
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
. 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
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.
Enterprising Firm Prepared
Handle Thousands of Acres.
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
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
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
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