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Agriculture The Salt River Valley
Although settlement and irrigated
farming in the Salt River valley actual-
, 1 began more than fifty years ago,
- actual progress dates from the build-
, ing of the Roosevelt dam.
' When the project was taken over ap-
proximately 160,000 acres were under
irrigation. About 30,000 more acres
had been under cultivation at previous
; times, hut owing to the lack of water
had been abandoned. The total area
under the project now in approximately
JOO.OOO, and the total for the county is
- nearly 300,000 acres.
v A considerable part of this approri-
mate 100.000 outside of the project has
. been developed fclnce the taking over
'w' f the project by the United States
reclamation service and is indirectly
. the result of the success of the Roose
velt irrigation project.
L The valuation of the 160.000 tinder
' .; -Jiliivation at the time the government
- took over the project is at least double
in value, other lands not then under
cultivation have increased in value to
i far greater extent. Just what the
average would be is rather difficult to
ay. as some Indication of the Increase
f business which is due pretty largely
Hrectly or indirectly to the Roosevelt
irrigation project, the following figures
vill show:
The Coming of Cotton
The deposits of the banks of the
. county under date of June 30, 1910,
were $4,894,550.65. For June 30, 1919,
the deposits of the county were $17.
703.947. The value of taxable prop
erty in the county for i913 and 1914
', the earliest dates Of which we have
utthentic figures were $66,962,669. The
present valuation Is $100,650,667.31. The
increase since the taking over of the
project is very much gTeater. The as
sured water supply has made possible
the development of the long staple cot
ton industry which would not have
been possible otherwise. This is worth
to this valley something like $18,000,
"Oil or $20,000,000 annually at the
. present time.
The revenues from the farm crops of
Maricopa county has been carefully
compiled and is estimated as follows:
Figures For 1919
Acreage Value
Alfalfa 92.534 $ 5.006.836
Barley 13.354 767.780
Kean 2.",:; UOJiOO
Berries 206 42.700
Cotton 91.187 19.148,270
" fruit. Citrus 2.433 1.944.405
Fruit, Deciduous .. 2.612 879.200
Garden 2,980 766.000
Lettuce 200 68.000
Orain Sorghum ... 3S.275 1.722.576
Indian Corn 7,444 304.776
Watermelons COO 86.400
Cantaloupes 4.000 874.000
Oats 2.493 150.566
- Pasture 25,151 54.530.00
Potatoes 1.623 67,400
Sudan Grass 2.700 192.600
Vineyards 321 342.170
Wheat 17,734 1.117.242
Townsites, Homes. y
Roads. Ditches &
otherwise unac
counted for 21.000 j
328,620 $33,924,530
Less acreage
?roppted twice.... 33,000
-Livestock, Poultry.
Etc $ 5.0'JO.OOI
By Products 2.000.000
Cotton Value $19,000,000 '"
The leading item that makes upthis
grand total is 91.187 acres of long
staple cotton, which is worth $19,148,
2 70. If the price stiffens any more the
final figures will be considerably in
xcess of this figure.
Second on the list is the alfalfa crop
of just about the same acreage. Its
money value is placed at five million
dollars. Of course there Is to be fig
ured In addition the correlative produc
' tion In livestock, dairying and kindred
Citrus fruits produced about two
million dollars, with deciduous fruits
Approaching the million dollar mark.
Truck gardening registered very
:-lose to a million dollars for the year,
while grain, sorghum and Indian corn.
It's Grandmother's Recipe
to Restore Color, Gloss
and Attractiveness
Almost everyone knows that. Sage
Tea and Sulphur, properly com
pounded, brings back the natural
color and lustre to the hair when
faded, streaked or gray. Tear ago
the only way to get this mixture was
to make it at home, which is mussy
and troublesome. Nowadays, by
asking at any drug store for
"Wyeth's Sage and Sulphur Com
pound." you will get a large bottle
of this' famous recipe. Improved by
the addition of other ingredient, at
a small cost.
Don't stay gray! Try It! No one
can possibly tell that yon darkened
your hair, as it does it so naturally
and evenly. You dampen a sponge
or soft brush with It and draw this
through your hair, taking one small
strand at a time; by morning the
gray hair disappears, and after an
other application or two, your hair
becomes beautifully dark, glossy and
Arizona Republican's
Ninth Annual Bargain
offer now open.
Mail That Check Today
short time crops, returned over two
million dollars.
Allowing for acreage that was double
cropped there is reported a total of a
little less than three hundred thousand
acres in cultivation in the county.
The average production per acre for
1919 was $135.
Future Is Bright
What will the future be? Looking
back at the progress1 that has been
made, every citizen's heart swells with
pride at our achievements, but no
doubt had one of those pioneers who
first conceived the idea of talcing
water from the Salt River for Irriga
tion, predicted one half of what has
been accomplished e. would have been
reviled as an idle dreamer.
We have done well. We have a great
valley, fine towns and a wonderfully
progressive people, but this progres
sive people will not stand still and the
next ten years may show us as great
or even greater incitease In production,
in wealth and population as has the
last decade.
Just to show that there is a basis
for such a statement, it Is only neces
sary to cite the fact that our average
yield of cotton is one half bale per
acre, while many have produced from
a bale to a bale and a half to the acre.
Our average production of alfalfa hay
in the valley is four tons and eight to
ten tons is not so uncommon ato ex
cite comment. Our production of wheal
is 18 sacks or 30 bushels, and yields ot
60 bushels have been made. We have
nearly 6,000 acres in orchards and most
of this acreage has not yet reached full
maturity. The average production of
our dairy cows is probably about 230
pounds. It is entirely possible to raise
this to 350 or, more.
. Predictions Are Absurd
So it Is in practically every branch
of agriculture. The possibilities are so
great as to make predictions seem
absurd Impossible unions qualified
with explanation.
To a truly progressive people such as
those of the Salt River valley there is
no limit to what may be. The future
is reflected in the achievements of the
It makes no difference what your
wants may be you can have them sup
plied by using and reading The Repub
lican Classified Pages.
S X Mi
Not so optimistic a others, but
nevertheless confident that all things
will work out well in the end, Clinton
Campbell, president of the newly or
ganized Builders' Exchange of Phoe
nix, told The Republican in a general
way of what has happened in the
realm of builders during the year.
"The year has been not the best in
many respects, he said, ""and although
there has been a tremendous amount
,of building, the margin of profit has
been small because of the industrial
'Unlike the retailer who has a con
crete commodity to sell, the contractor
is absolutely at the mercy of both the
labor and material markets, without
any chance to protect himself against
unforeseen advances In price. The re
tailer is protected by the fact that his
stock remains in hand, and he can ad
vance his prices as he needs to do so.
Under the abnormal conditions of the
present year the contractor can not do
"Labor has raised its price on as
little as two or three days notice. The
dealers in - material are not so bad.
They will protect you on the contract
in hand, especially for their regular
customers. Labor is - different now
from what it was in former years,
In speaking of the newly organize!
Builders' Exchange, Air. Campbell
said :
"The aim of the organization is the
betterment of our business, of courte.
but we think that we can accomplisVi
a great deal of good for ourselves and
fro the public in general. All general
building contractors and sub-contractors
are eligible to full membership,
and material dealers are eligible to as
sociate membership. There is a roster
of approximately 50 at present, and
W. A. Seavey is secretary.
"We propose to handle a labor
bureau in connection with our organi
zation, and to "keep in touch with the
various crafts and their members, ir
one man is short of carpenters, for in
stance, he will report that to the sec
retary, who can tell him that another
contractor has more than he can use
That will work for the benefit of both
the workmen and the contractors alike,
since the former will not have to wait
between Jobs and lOBe money."
Asked if he were able to place an
estimate on just how muea building
activity has been curtailed by the in
dustrial dispute. Mr. Campbell .said
that although unable to place an exact
estimate, it was undeniable that many
people are leaving, or refusing to come
to Phoenix because they find it Impos
sible to . have homes built for them
selves. "I wouldn't forecast the peak of this
trouble. We thought early last spring
that we had reacned the climax of
high prices, but on the 8th of this
month lumber took another jump of
from 15 to 20 percent, and I can't see
when it is going to end.
l am not against craft organization,
understand me, but I am against col
lusion among- the crafts to dominate
the situation. I think we have got to
come to the open shop as the only prac
ticable solution of the building trades
crisis. Look at Los Angeles, famous as
an open shop town for a number of
years. Compare its flourishing condi
tion with cities in the bay region,
where radical unions have a free rein.
The open shop is not purely a local
question, the whole country Is awake
to It.
"That's what I think about the year
that is past and the year that is be
fore us."
Oppose Relaxation
of War-Time Dry
Law Before Jan. 16
Republican A. P. Leased Wire
CHICAGO, Dec. 30. Resolutions de
claring any relaxation of war-time pro
hibition before constitutional prohi
bition becomes effective January 1 6.
would be "not only a collossal blunder
but a frightful crime" were adopteu
today at the annual meeting of the -.li-rectors
of the anti-saloon league ot
Illinois. President Wilson and con
gress were urged "to maintain their
present loyal attitude."
Possible candidates for the presi
dency were discussed but It was stated
that the American anti-saloon league
would make no endorsement until after
the political parties had made nomi
nations. Judge Landis was referred to
To Our Friends
and Customers
Smith-Hughes Co,
The House of Service
. Ajax Road King Tires
Fairbanks Morse Agency
506 N. Central
Phone 606
About Jan. 1 we will move to Third Ave. and J ef f erson
once as a "big enough man" to be
tt Cherrinirton. secretary of
v -urnT-tri Iaactia aarainst alcoholism.
declared America would not have pro
hibition enforcement until the rest of
the world went dry. He said liquor
interest were dannlne to make Hav
ana the Monte Carlo of the western
HAVRE DB GRACE. Md.. Dec. 80.
One man was killed and two were hurt
today when an aerial bomb exploded at
the Aberdeen proving grounds. The
dead man is Elbert Fallon. Henry
Campbell had his ear drums ruptured,
but will recover. Fallon's leg and arm
were blown off. The men, it is said.
dropped the bomb while they wcr:
carrying it.
LONDON British dance halls arc
now hiring girl partners who a:-.-rented
to men dancers at 10 cents for
10 minutes. Unromantie but popular.
How easy it is for us to say "A Happy New Year
to the ones we love
Be a Slave
BUT Are we going to do the things that will
make it, in reality, "Happy"?
WHY Not do what YOU KNOW will go a Ion:
way toward making THIS year the happiest she
has ever known?
I am pointing to the answerfreedom from
drudgery -for the one who does
so much FOR YOU
For Another Long Year
QUPPOSE you call 3531 right now and tell us to take an
washing this week the way it should be done
YOU will be surprised and pleased to know on what easy terms you can
pay for it DO IT TODAY
Arizona Electrical
. ; 325 West Adams Street
Phone 3531

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