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We Talk Glibly of Mining and'
Lumbering, and Incidentally
of Farming. This Last the
Perpetual Wealth Producer.
What is there here to make a
city? is a question often asked by
the visitor, and we talk glibly
of our mining and our lumbering
and incidentally of our farming.
To get down to hard facts, we
all know that the poteritial wealth
of the community must be in agri
culture, as it is everywhere. When
favored by nature in addition with
great stores of mineral and great
bodies of merchantable timber, it
is indeed a fortunate combination
for any section and will build a
city, wherever the hand of man
turns these gifts of nature to use
and to profit.
The one resource least talked of
and the least exploited here,
though the greatest of the trinity
of wealth producers, is agriculture,
and we propose to give in this ar
ticle the hard facts and will use by
way of illustration the land directly
across from Libby, comprising an
area the farthest point of which is
not more than a 30-minute drive
from town.
The territory embraced within
Pipe and Bobtail creeks, from their
headwaters to the Kootenai bank,
comprises a compact body of 12,ooo
acres of as fine farming land as can
be found outdoors. The wealth of
this section, stated in cold figures,
is startling, and would be scarcely
is startling, and would he scarcely I
Interesting Batch
of Troy Notes
From Our Regular Correspondent.
Mrs. H. W. Rouse returned
from Bonners Ferry Thursday,
where she has been visiting the
past week.
Jesse Cripe and sister, Mary,
were Bonners Ferry visitors last
F. M. Gosswiler and son made
a business trip to Spokane Thurs
day of last week, returning Friday.
Miss Verris McKnight, who has
been visiting with her friends, Mr.
and Mrs. W. F. Doonan, left for
Everett, Wash., Saturday, where
she will visit her sister, Mrs. J. H.
Leo Greenough, who has been
here the past two weeks looking i
after mining interests, left for Spo
kane Saturday.
Percy Kidder, who was accident
ally shot in the shoulder a short
time ago, went to Bonners Ferry
Monday for further medical aid, I
returning the next day much im
Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Walker of I
Sylvanite are Troy visitors this
week. Mr. Walker has a contract
to saw the lumber for the Lincoln '
Gold Mining company, which is
to be used for the construction of a
new stamp mill later.
Ernest Redeye and Stirl Thorn
ton made a trip to the county seat I
Tuesday, returning the next day.
Rumor is out that Ernest got a d
marriage license. How about that?
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. George
Gladwyn, Monday, a niue-pound'
milkmaid. George is happy over d
the new arrival.
Misses June and Hazel Roberts v
believed unless the facts were re
duced to details.
The timber alone in this area
from careful cruising, reaches :
total of 50o million feet boarc
measure of mature yellow pine
larch and fir. At the presen
stumpage price the timber repre
sents a value of more than one
half million dollars.
When manufactured it will rep.
resent a value of more than twc
million dollars.
As the lumbermen's profit in
good times is estimated at less
than 20 per cent, the remainder,
or more than one and a-half mil
lion dollars, goes directly to our
own people.
These are conservative figures,
and represent simply the initial
wealth of the land in the area
given which will be distributed at
home in paving the way for the
more enduring wealth to come
from the soil.
A detailed description of the ag
ricultural features will be inter
The low bench along the river
comprises about 2,000 acres. The
soil is enriched by the deposits
from the river and is a rich, sandy
loam, suitable for all kinds of
crops grown in a temperate zone,
and no irrigation is required.
The second bench, about 200
feet above the river, comprises
3,000 acres and has exceptional ag
ricultural value. The soil is a
rich, black, sandy loam with a
clay subsoil. All kinds of crops
entertained the young ladies of the
Auxiliary club Wednesday. A
pleasant time is reported.
Assistant Forest Supervisor W.
A. Raymond of Libby was a Troy
visitor Tuesday looking after the
interests of the forestry depart
men t.
Mr- and Mrs. J. C. Martin leftl
for Spokane and Wallace, Idaho,
Tuesday, to visit old friends.
F. B. Callow went to Spokane
Monday on important business.
The Iola club gave another pri
vate dance last Friday. A very,:
enjoyable time is reported. Supper
was served at the Windsor hotel
for the guests.
Miss Estella Milnor of Eureka
was called home Friday on account
of the serious illness of her father,
who was reported very low. She
returned to Eureka Sunday, on
which date her father was much
Claude Houghton was a Troy
visitor this week. Many friends
were pleased to see him.
The Great Northern Railway!
company has been testing the min-!
eral resources in the vicinity of
Kootenai Falls the past week by I
placer mining. Arthur B. Coreyr
of Butte had charge of the work,:
assisted by Win. Hogan and Chas.
Drake. Mr. Corey left for Great
Falls Friday.
V. A. Sather made a trip to r
Bonners Ferry this week. 0
The secretary of the interior has. r
decided, in a case arising from a c
contest, that residence and cultiva
tion of a homestead must be made c
by the heirs of a claim holder who i:
dies before his time of residence is
\V. H. Graham has started his .a
drill on his placer ground, recently a
purchared of Mr. Criderman, and 1'
will operate until spring. t
A Detailed Description of One Small Section
Lying at Libby's Front Door. Twelve
Thousand Acres of Rich Soil Under Ideal Con
ditions. Will Afford 600 Families a Profitable
Business. Farthest Point Only 30-Minute Drive
from Trading and Shipping Point.
I .. _-_ .
can be grown without irrigation.
The highest bench, a gently
a sloping area of 2,000 acres, is 300
feet above the river. The soil is a
n sandy loam with fine gravel and
s clay subsoil. All crops may be
grown and it is especially suitable
for fiuit. Irrigation would be ben
r eficial, though not necessary save
in exceptional years.
The balance of the area com
I prises about 5,000 acres of bottom
a land along the valleys of Bobtail
t and Pipe creeks. The soil is made
up of creek deposits and is a black,
sandy loam, suitable for all kinds
of crops.
The level character of the land
and condition of the soil make
road building easy. In fact, the
r principal expense would consist of
cutting out the roadway, and the
farthest point of the tract would be
but a 30-minute drive from Libby.
Should irrigation be desired, this
also may be secured for the entire
area under the most favorable cir
cumnstances and at small cost. At
the north edge of the land the t
waters of Pipe and Bobtail creeks'
are on a level with the high bench (
land noted above. By the con- '
aU uLIUll UI i a alUrL !Iume water
Timothy Miller has four petitions
covering important progressive leg
islation, which you are invited to
sign, the intention being to call
out a vote upon them at the next
general election under the initia
tive and referendum law of the
state. One petition provides for a
direct primary law similar to the
Oregon law ; a second calls for in
structions to legislators by the peo
ple which sha'I be binding; a third
provides for a popular expression
as to presidential preference, and
the other is a corrupt practices
All four have the backing of the
People's Power league of Montana,
an organization which is moving
to secure the enactment of import
ant reform measures that the legis
lature, through indifference or de
sign, fails to pass. All progressive
citizens should sign these petitions
so that we may have the opportu
nity to vote them in. Take a few I
minutes off and call on the judge I
at his office and put down your sig
nature if you are in favor of these I
reform laws.
Whitefish Pilot: Nick Murphy
returned last week from the mines t
about 45 miles south of Libby.
Nick says the prospects are very t
promising for raceiving abundant
returns. He, with C. G. Hall and
Athers, has been putting in machin
ty and getting ready to take out t
are as soon as the weather will per- t
snit in the spring. L
It has been a rather expensive
indertaking,'as all the machinery
had to be packed in from Libby 45 v
niles, which was a difficult as well .
is an expensive job. But there is t:
ittle to fear but what they will get a
.heir money back many fold, I
may be diverted from Pipe creek
and carried to the large area lying
east of Pipe creek at a cost of less
than $'o per acre. .The land ly
ing west from Pipe creek may be
irrigated from either Pipe or Bob
tail tor a much less cost per acre.
It has been demonstrated that io
acres of land in this valley will
produce crops which will net a
profit of over $100oo per acre. Under
intensive modern methods of farm
ing the latd may be made to pro
duce more than the above figure.
It is a known fact that fruit lands
in the state of Washington, where
the conditions are less favorable,
are netting profits double the above
But assuming a profit of $Ioo
per acre, to be well within the
limit of conservatism, it means
that this 12,ooo acres would pro
duce annually, if cultivated prop
erly, over one million dollars. It
would mean that 6oo families, each I
occupying 2o acres, could conduct
a profitable business, surround
themselves with the comforts of
suburban life and the farthest resi
dents distant but a 3o-minute drive I
from their trading and shipping i
point. t
Roundup, Mont., Tribune: Hand
some rewards will be given by the
United States government to any
one of its spies who succeed in
beating a homesteader out of his
place. While not successful in any
case in this vicinity, thousands of
dollars have been expended by the
government detectives in their ef
forts to catch sothe homesteader
driving a delivery wagon or work
ing in a ditch or something to en
able them to oust him from his
When the last heel of bacon is
gone, and the last spoonful of beaus
is eaten, the homesteader has the
delicious knowledge that if a spe
cial agent catches him working for
another grubstake he will be con
tested forthwith ; and also will have
to pay one-half of the cost of hear
This is not in any sense preach
ing lawlessness. The homestead
laws intend fairly enough to com
pel the occupation and development
of the country by those who are
getting the land, but the residence
requirements are too strict when
they prevent a man from working
to get money to improve his place.
These miserable agents are sap
headed college graduates, appointed
to good salaries through the favor-:
itism of some old judge or other in,
the east. If they were farmers, or C
men of some sort of business ex
perience, they would not do any!
harm. As it is, it seems a shame
they should be paid good money y
that would buy so much bacon and a
beans. c
Kalispell Journal: W. J. Beager, t
who was formerly manager of the c
American Kootenai Mining com
pany of Libby, and who has hosts -
.f friends all over Flathead and ~
Lincoln counties, was married the 1
Think of it! A million dollars
dumped into Libby every year
six hundred prosperous families at
our front door!
About 3,000 acres of this land
has been listed to settlers by the
forest service and it is likely the
timber will be removed therefrom
in the very near future. The re
maining 9,ooo acres is owned by
lumber companies. Of these own
ers, the one belonging at home,
the Libby Lumber company, is
putting all of its land upon the
market as fast as cut, and at a very
reasonable price, and intend tak
ing off the Pipe creek timber in the
very near future. The other com
panies, non-resident owners, have
not yet agreed to part with their
land, but the Libby Commercial
club is negotiating with them and
hopes soon to have satisfactory as
surances that the land will become
marketable within a short time.
The land is becoming so valu
able that these foreign companies
cannot afford to pay their just,
taxes upon it and continue much
longer to leave it lie idle. Hon.
Jas. Wilson, secretary of the inter
ior, during a visit here last year,
said the raw land alone in this
valley was worth $ Eo per acre
for fruit and truck farming.
We have cited the Pipe creek
area simply as one illustration of
what the future has in store for
Libby upon which to base her
hopes for city growth. It is but a
fractional part, and a small one at
that, of the agricultural wealth
first of the week in Ohio. He will
arrive in this city today for a visit
with his niece, Mrs. Rube Sparling,
and family. He will also visit with
his sister, Mrs. Wm. Mooring, neat
Columbia Falls, before going to hi
home in Seattle. Mr. Beager will
be welcomed and congratulated by
his many friends in this city.
The case of the State vs. Fred
Marvel, on complaint of T. J.
Handley, the charge being assault
in the first degree, came up before
Judge Hoffman Saturday. Both
live at Rexford and are near neigh
bors. The trouble arose over a
fence being taken down by Marvel,
it is alleged, causing stock to tres
pass on Handley's ground, and in
an altercation Marvel drew a gun
and threatened to shoot complain
ant, all of which is denied by de
fendant. The judge decided to
hold defendant in $300 bonds.
Last Monday morning Judge
Hoffman heard the case against
Frank Gagnon, charged with stab
bing Jack Stewart. Defendant's
iplea was self defense. He was
also held to answer and bonds fixed
at $300.
A. F. Hill, special field agent of
'the bureau of statistics for the
United States department of agri
culture, covering the states of
Montana and Idaho, has given out
some interesting figures which fore
casts the agricultural future of
Taken as an average all over the
state, his report shows that the
production of winter wheat this
year averages 31.7 bushels to the
acre, and in the quality scores 95
out of a possible too points. The
significance of this wonderful yield
is shown in the average given for
the entire United States. which is
only '14.5 bushels per acre.
Other crops for Montana average
this year as follows: Spring wheat.
25.2 bushels per acre, oats 49.2,
barley 36.5, hay two tons per acre.
These averages are all for this year.
This Will Be the Home of the
Acreage Farmer, Where In.
tensive CultivationWill Make
the Highest-Priced Lands
surrounding the town. For miles
upon miles the country back oi
town stretches up Libby and Fisher
valleys and over into the Pleasant
Fisher section-sixty miles of won
dertully rich soil. The natural
crop of timber is worth millions;
the natural crop of metals is worth
other millions; the perpetual crop
of agriculture can scarcely be esti
mated in figures.
When the Libby district is men
tioned we think of mining and
lumber, but the forest service has
a map of the agricultural lands
tributary to Libby, made up from
the field work of its cruisers, and
the total is amazing.
Libby's future is assured.
The natural resources are here.
The climatic conditions are good.
Fuel and water are abundant.
Land will never again be as
cheap as it is today.
Some of the highest-priced acre
age in the northwest will be found
It is only when we go into de
tail that we can grasp an idea of
the dormant wealth just coming
into life in the beautiful valley of
the Kootenai.
If anyone asks you what there is
here to make Libliy a city, tell
Tell them the facts.
News 16 Years
Ago This Week
(Items culled from old Troy Times.)
The weather for the week ending
Nov. 14 showed an average mean
temperature of 35 degrees. The
coldest point was 23 above and the
warmest was 50 above. Snow, a
The Inter Lake absorbed the
Graphic at Kalispell.
Bill Gay, known by all oldtime
Black Hillers, of whom there are a
number in this section, was found
guilty of murder in the first degree
at Helena. Gay had killed Depu
ty Sheriff Macke in the spring of
'93 while a member of a posse in
pursuit of Gay. The outlaw es
caped and was captured a, year
later in California. In the early
days of the Black Hills Gay killed
a young man, for which he served
a short term,
E. L. Preston was running the
levels for a flume and pipe live
trom the Lake creek falls to the
town of Troy.
The U. S. States supreme court
handed down a decision that a
homesteader could not sell timber
oft his land until he had secured
patent, and if he did he was liable
to criminal prosecution.
Billy Richards was bound over
at Kalispell on the charge of set
ting fire to the Great Northern
bridge near Columbia Falls during
the A. R. U. strike flurry.
The civil action of D. T. Wood
& Son vs. the Troy Chamber of
Commerce, came up before Judge
Erickson yesterday, and was dis
missed. J. W. Scott appeared for
plaintiff and B. F. Maiden for the

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