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The Canon City Record.
VOL. XXXI Another Arkansas Valley Electric Road Is Talked Or S. H. Atwater Expiate* Proposed Electric Railway Which It Planned to' Connect Canoe Cfey With 6e*den City, ■ Kaataa —Big Plate May Be Erected Hate to Fteahh the Electric Power Retoltetent Adopted at Meeting; te Poehlo SlSalliil’ of the ataroet Interest to of OUr had the Ar 'tauu Willey la general wee held at the Oread hotel In PueMe last Satar day. It was called by A- B. Hnllt, j gaaeial representative of the ’Worth am Electrical company of Madlaon, I Wls., for the purpose of c—l dering a proposition for the construction of an electric power and transportation line aflordlng railroad facilities and power for pumping water for Irrigation and other commercial usee over e routs’ extending from Dodge City, Renew*, rim Colorado Springs and Paehlo to this city. The scheme la a magnificent one. but kaa many things to commend It and fta realization within the next two yaara la regarded as a probability byj men who are familiar with such en terprises Messrs 8. H. Atwater and D. W. Rosa of this city were present and the PueMo meeting and were sur jflul At Um encouraging: (eatnrll of i the proposition as presented bf Mr.' Halit sad his associate*. At the 'w guest of the Dally Record, which de-l Wind «a«» the mete la the metier might ha given to Ha readers. Mr water very Madly prepared the M' lowing statements for publication: TV* the Editor of Ihe Cancu City lteoord. Dear Sir: I am asked for a state ment as to the real conditions per taining to the proposed electric rail road from Canon City to Garden City. Kansas, which has been so heralded In the Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo papers. In looking over those papers there are nome very glaring errors and this letter Is written at your request that our people may fully understand chat la proposed. For several months Mr, T. B. Coul ter and the writer have been corre sponding with and have had confer ences with Mr. A. B. Hulet, field man represent Ing the Northern Electrical company of Madlaon. Wit., which Is on# of the very largest electrical com pantm to the whole country. A »Ht tog was called tar Saturday, the Wth. at Pweblo, and aa Mr. Oualter had to ba ont of the olty. ha requested that Up* Mr. D. W. Rom. secretary of our Easiness Men's agmdaUog. to iahe hu place in the conference. It was the request of Mr. Hulet that we say nothing about the meeting and very few.. knew anything of It until the meeting at Pueblo had cloaad. The' meeting was very* largely attended' and some of the beet business men of the valley were present, notably such men as A. B. Gillespy of Garden City, who le manager of the sugar refinery of that place. We went to the meeting In n really skeptical mood, for such plans have been proposed so many times and nothing had come of them that we were prepared to look for very small definite results. Especially ware we of the opinion that the Irrigation part Of the plan was not feasible, for pumping water around Canon has not always been very suooeeafnl. When wa began to compare notes with man from the lower part of the valley and such men ns Mr. Gillespy who said that far the refinery they had put down five wells and with oootlnuonfl hard pumping had baaa nnabls to lowsr the water In Ihe underflow sapre than a oftohe whole toons that Ihdrt wan aa imMsaw uw -EmEmr tmm slit to Mr font betow the sarfnoe. we tfctoe obliged to think We we referred to tic official re port «f Profeeeor Carpenter of our acriealtoral college giving lie lading® regarding this nnderflow and the map® prepared, fey Mm showing 'the extent of It One of the gentlemen from f*>w ler told ns -horn he had been afele .10 i 1 pump thle enderflow at a very mnder ate expense and had watered many . acres, we were simply ready to eay that possibly we were wrong. But the report In some of the large dallies that the present irrigating ditches would be given op is ahsard j In the extreme. The rain fall in j western Kansas is considerably more than ours and it is quite possible that pumping plants large enough to sap ply 160 acres can he Installed at very moderate expense and together with dry farming methods much land can be watered. But as we have very little under flow and this part of the plan does not interest us. it ia simply necessary vo tell your readers what is proposed for our part of the valley. jfee lor them Electrical 00. manu fagftnreJ electrical appliances and ma chinery. The hard times In the east heve etopped their factorise and they Wish ;iw get some demand for product ka the wot. The ptau la to In mall a very lame electrical pleat right here la the coal n-t-T fl~at convey power to the toms east of aa. tor ear parpaaa for which II la needed. Ther are led to believe that an electric line would pay If built into the rapidly growing sectlona east of Pueblo. The freight Is very large. One gentleman bold us that of watermelon seeds alone there had been Bhlpped seven cars from Rocky Pord. The installation of electric pumping plants for each farmer would be but one little part of the whole, at the present time, for while later it may grow lo be a large Industry, atlll It will take time to get large tracts of land opened up above the present ditches. Canon City U Interested In getting such a power plant right here and the building of It would make work for many men for months. All this would open up other Industries and If It can be brought around all of our people will be glad. I wish to be very conservative in all this and I hope Mr. Editor that It WUI not be construed that I am trying to boom this matter unduly, for I real lap that It la a very large undertaking, stlO 1 felt that Canon City was later aaind. Mr. Boas and I felt that the stand ing of the company bahlnd this pro tect, the advantage which such con struction work would be to our peo ple and even more than this the help that the Une down to our Royal Oorge lfne, .wsvffcrs safe In proceeding 'and asking' for a meet ing of the Chamber of Commerce of our elty lo consider the plan. Such meeting will be called later when Mr. Hulet will add roes ns and the whole matter oan be heard, from the people who are willing to under take the work. The praaldant of tha Northern Electrical 00. will be asked to be present at tha neat regular meet ing of the representatives of the sev eral towns Interested. Prom all appearaaeas It would seem that Canon City holds the key to the situation for the other towns do not have the cheap ooal that Una at oar doom. Tha amonat of detail work needed to work ap this projeet la vary large gad Mr. Hnslt will get data to gether aa rapidly a* possible. Whea he Is ready to report your readers will ha gives the tuMnuatto*. Very truly yaws, ■. H. ATWATMB. : The’ Bally Reoord praaMte here with the teeeluße—®pM®hdfcdße»<u-' sMe HMhf copied frees the Thet U ls the sewn, of BMiMtsisfcS" CANON CITY. COLORADO, THURSDAY, APRIL 23. ’°* Shie and la teat heartily endoreed ud recommended to the people of the Ar kansas Valley aa worthy at their ate port and endorsement, and we earaaat. ly aak for the eo-operation in cant ing through thla project -It la further resolved, that eaph representative take up this matter ta hie own section and call a meettap or thoae that he deema would be intar eeted In an eaterprtae of thla kind dad In the development of the country and lay thla matter before them. A ad apaai Invitation of the dldecent repreaenta tlvaa. Mr. HnUt wUl vtalt the different sections on aa ittnery arranged before HON. CLARENCE C. HAMLIN Hon. C. C. Hamlin who was endors ed (or the United States senate at the Republican county convention at Flor ence the other day Is taking a very prominent place in the senatorial race. El Paso, Teller and Fremont coun ties have given him an endorsement and all the Arkansas valley counties and most of the western slope will be (or him at the outset. Mr. Hamlin la a man of big Ideas and Mg undertakings. Se would rank easily with the Mg men of the senate If elected. And he has that rare qual ity of being a very likable fellow and makes friends wherever he makes ac quaintances. orrss romom Three Fine Magazines Given to Yon Free of Charge I lie Feel OMn Dtfutwet IhhWi that N> Mr rab- IMa prartlrillj «■ a rank koala Weeklies win eeel k« permittee to (Ire emit tor swre thaa mm jeer —sai the Pm* Mice >i|Htont Iw eat April let tor toe Dm whaa the Mnl Me ea the Weekly Reeeri list are to MM Ml we aipe fee to help ee to he able to reefer* to thle erier. Wea*t jeeUMlj adeee chMht Aa ah extra Maceaeeeet to pet aU to eleea thle aeattor ap at eaee no wUk mla fhfla «a all whe pap ap to thle aeeath—APßlL—paylap aat laaa than •Ua, we wßlaaaMPar eae year three hae fcuefty aeepaebeaa alaelatolr l»ee af charge. Ike aMaeha arei — The lWoUktr'i Wtftht. - « DnmmUsi *t Hook. WHHGbY hand, and tliacuas the matter in detail atjth them and preaent the working plan ofthls project. And that a meet- Iag Will be called within 30 day* from date to organize this Into a regular working company. - *. H. ATWATER. President ly. OTUBW. BOUGHT NEW RESIDENCE PROPERTY ON LINCOLN PARK W. U. Paine baa sold him residence propeatymt M 3 Park nnenac, Uncoln Park, In Mr. Franeia, late of 3a) Ida, trfeo will oeeapy it aa a home. Mr. Francis baa been endeavoring to ac galrr parrs rarl~a of this property by parchaae for more than a year, and be Is to be congratulated on bis suc cess for it is one of the moat attrac tive places on the Park. Mr. and Mrs. Paine are as yet undecided when they will locate, bat It is hoped they win not permanently leave Colo rado.' They will visit in Michigan and othee pdtnts in the east before settling down again. WbereTer they may go they will carry with them the best wishes of a wide circle of their friends for their snocess. Mr. Planets Is an Industrious, energetic man and will follow the example set by his predi cessor In Improving and baautlfylng his MM*. ■' There are many reaaona why Fre mont county feels kindly to Mr. Ham lin. He comes very near being a res ident of this county and It Is quite possible that he has greater interests In Fremont county than he has at his home, Mr. Hamlin is a director of the First National bank and he is the active head and one of the chief stockhold ers of the Beaver Land * Irrigation company, which is adding thousands of acred to our tillable lands. From the standpoint of our own in terests Fremont county would be as well represented at Washington with Mr. Hamlin In the senate as with any one of our own people. City Council Select Municipal Officers For The Current Year Mayor Seely Names Standing Comm Woe far.the Torn Ending April f, 1909—Aldermen Vote to Take op Van Boakirfc Option on Reacrrok Site Although the municipal year ends April fret the second halt ot the pres ent administration of city affairs did not begin in reality until Tuesday tor it was not until Monday night that the business of the old year was final ly closed and the appointments made for the concluding term. Following a custom established by his predecessors in office Mayor Seely announced the standing committees of the council for the annual period terminating April Ist, 1909. They are as follows: Finance —Aldermen Obey, Pressey, and Garrett. Fire —Aldermen Jewett, Lamb and Hiatt Streets alleys and bridges—Aider men Reeves, Boyle and Lanfb. Police— Aldermen Pressey, Garrett and Boyle. Building—Aldermen Jewett, Okey and Hiatt Cemetery—Aldermen Boyle, Garrett and Reeves. Water—Aldermen Okey, Pressey and Hiatt • • i, -3; Lighting—Aldermen and Hiatt License —Aldermen and Jewett. R Ordinance —Aldermen Lamb, Jew ett and Reeves Sewer —Aldermen Hiatt, Garrett gad Lamb. City Hall—Aldermen Reeves, Lamb and Okey. Sidewalks—Aldermen Garrett. Boyle and Lamb. The places to be filled by «Pi»o*at msnt this year included the offices or city attorney and city marshal, which, until the passage of a law by the last legislature changing the manner of their selection, were elective, the same as the mayor and aldermen. In a number of the offices to Hlj filled formal applications for appoint ment were filed by the candidates with the city clerk, in others no applica tions were made and they warn, filled upon nominations made by the council. It was stated that the salaries would be the same as last year, and, tu cases where there was no opposition, the city clerk was Instructed to cast the vote of the council for the nominee. To avoid possible complications a resolution was adopted before the balloting began declaring all of the appointed offices at the command of the council vacant, and for about five minutes the city was without legally constituted officers of any kind. There being no opposition Charles W. Van Patten was elected water su perintendent to succeed himself. Oth er elections in the water department were Lee Wynkoop. chief engineer at the pumping plant, and Park R.* Al lison and R. H. Anderson, assistant en gineers at the pumping plant. Other elections were as follows: S. B. George, street supervisor. Charles F. Skinner, park commis sioner and city herder. J. T. Conrad, city teamster. G. Porteous, sewer Inspector. C. T. Chapman, captain-of fire de partment. Virgil Cutler, lieutenant fire de partment George S. Padgett, pipe man, fire de partment D. J. Houston, city marshal. Hiram Pllmore, night marshal. A. 8. Monroe, cemetery sexton. Dr. Mary E. Phelps, health officer. A. L. Taylot, city attorney. John W. Rogers, police magistrate. D. L. Barton, janitor at the city hall. On motion it was decided to leave the office of city engineer unfilled tor the present , At a previous meeting of the coun cil It was voted to receive bids from persons ssplriag to the ponltton of street sprinkler and several of them were submitted tor Its sraffnlta. They were ns follows: W. D. Harris. |M a month for toe asssal parted, V' Daniel J. Lamb. «M a maath A1 Baxter, Utt a meato. - A- M. Ratcliffs, to a msato W. ffawlay «M a meato. say and all toffs firasaadad a&ri-fasswr lac tos last two ar thrss jsaaa aaaat NO. 17 mously awarded the contract to Mr. Merris. J. A. McQeehee was an applicant for the position of cemetery sexton, but it was voted to retain A. 8. Mon* roe, the present incumbent, in that of* flee. There was some rivalry for tba position of health officer, or, more properly speaking, several persona were placed in nomination for that office and two or three ballots were re quired to determine who eras the choice of the council lor that office. A. L. Taylor and Judge S. P. Dale each received four votes for the city attor neyship and Mayor Seely ended the deadlock by casting the deciding vote for Mr. Taylor. The apropriation for municipal ex penses this year is $31,500, of which $3,000 will be paid out In salaries to the elective officers; $4,300 goes into the street, alley, bridge and park de partment; $2,700 into the water de partment; SI,OBO to the cemetery; SI,BOO to the police; $2,500 to the ire department and S7OO to the health de partment. Deputy Warden Allen Jameson ad dressed the council in relation to an exemption for the guards and other employes of the penitentiary from the provisions of the poll tax ordinance recently passed by the council for road purposes Mr. Jameena that Main and First streets were*Hffil in excellent condition without cost to the city by the penitentiary author ities and that on that account the em ployes should be immune from the ex actions of the poll tax ordinance. On motion the tax was remitted as asked rr by Mr. Jameson. Dr. Hart Goodloe addressed the council upon the matter of water rates at the Canon Infirmary, of which he is the proprietor. He stated that the water tax as applied to the infirmary was inequitable and exorbitant and he requested that a readjustment be made. The complaint was referred to the water committee with instructions to report the result of their Investiga tions at the next meeting of the coun cil. Col. F. W. Blanchard, on hebalf of Greenwood Post, G. A. R., asked the council to erect a flagstaff from gas pipe, or some other durable material, in Greenwood cemetery from which the national flag might be floated on public holidays. The petition was fav orably received and the matter refer red to the cemetery sexton with in structions to superintend the erection of the proposed flagstaff at the public expense. The annual report of the fire de partment, which was carried over from last meeting, was referred to the fire committee without reading. Alderman Hiatt reported on the purchase from William Kenley of the reservoir site on the eastern slopes of Fremont Peak which was adopted. He reported that the money had been paid to Mr. Ken ley. Alderman Reeves, who was dele gated to consult Harding Brothers up on the matter of securing from them •even or eight acres of land adjoining the site of the proposed reser voir, reported that they had very gen erously offered to donate the city- the property asked for without compen sation and would make out the died at any time the city might require it. On motion a vote of thanks was tend ered to Messrs. Harding for their lib erality and the city clerk was instruct ed to convey to them the action of the council in adopting the resolution ex pressive of its appreciation. Alderman Lamb of the lighting com mittee stated that nothing had been done in relaUon to the reenluOon 1 adopted at a former meeting of the council requesting the committee to interview the Colorado Light and Paw ' er company with a view of ascertaln -1 lag whether it would be possible to ’ secure from it special oonocesloea ta 1 regard to the price for porch lights • during the summer osaaon, The mat ters. he said, would he attended to In 1 time to report at the next regalar suing ; Tfca tlcktlßs aonmlttw iyrti« ffr- Continue