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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. PROWERS COUNTY CROPS Stale Crop Report Shows Prowers County to be Agricultural Lead er in Arkansas Valley/ The crop report just issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Colorado Hoard of Immigration is very exhaustive in its scope and furnishes a comparison of the agricultural activities of the different sections of the state by coun ties. In southeastern Colorado com prising the Arkansas valley and ad jacent counties, Prowers county stands out as the leader in almost every line of activity. In almost every line of extensive agriculture Prowers county in its section stands either in first or second place, usually far in the lead. In wheat production with 833,000 bushels it is far in ]fad of any coun ty, Baca being second with 700,000. In corn Prowers county is a close sec ond to Pueblo with 688,000 bushels to 753,000, and the others trailing far hack. In barley Prowers is first and Baca second and in oats Otero first and Prowers second. Sugar beets finds Otero again first and Prowers second. In the biggest crop of all. however, alfalfa. Prowers outdistranes its next nearest competitor by over fifty per cent. In sorghums it is Baca county first and Prowers a close second. These counties are also first and second in broom corn, the two raising over 95 per cent of that crop in the state. In livestock the big kingdom of Las Animas leads naturally but Prowers county is a good second and Baca third with the others far behind. In the sheep feeding industry Prowers is again in the lead and Bent county second. With the largest milk condensery in the state and the second largest flour mill in the state, and more than double the alfalfa meal mills of any other county in the state —ten in all — Prowers county is easily a leader in the manufacturing part of the agri cultural industry also. With by far the largest area of irrigated farming land in this section of Colorado, and a non-irrigated farming area second only to Baca county, Prowers county is assured of the leadership of the val ley for years to come. Tax-Exemption Undermining Industry Congressmen who threaten to pre vent the adoption of President Hard ing and Secretary Mellon’s recommen dation of a constitutional amendment to prohibit the future issuance of tax exempt securities will doubtless pre tend—some of them in honest ignor ance —that they are taking the popu lar side of the question. Tax-exempt securities are today the one chief means of tax-escape enjoyed by the ultra-rich, and they are taking full advantage of it to avoid their just dues to the public treasury, which must be made up by added taxation on balance of public. The situation as described by Mr. Mellon is that “under our system of graduated federal income surtax the issuance of tax-exempt securities while of diminishing advantages to the borrowing state or city provides a per fect refuge for wealthy investors, be ing most valuable to the wealthiest taxpayer. The actual figures show that to the taxpayer* paying surtaxes in the brackets securities subject to federal income surtaxes would have to yield about 10.4 per cent in order to be as attractive as a 5 per cent tax exempt security." In other words (since entirely safe 10.4 per cent investment securities are scarcer than hen’s teeth) vast sums of money are being invested in 5 per cent tax-exempt securities. If the advantage of tax-exemption were abolished this money would find its way into ordinary business invest ments. It is Mr. Mellon’s judgment that the withdrawal of so much money from business investment tends to un dermine the development of industry. That is a: more serious effect than the government's annual loss of revenue amounting to $300,000,000. THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1923 B. & L. ANNUAL MEETING Large Tuan Out of Stockholders on Monday Evening and Old Of ficials Re-elected. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Lamar Building and Loan Association w-as held on Monday evening at the offices in the Myers building on West Olive street. There was a large attendance of the inter ested parties, over sixty per cent of the nearly ten thousand shares being represented. The concern will at the present rate of growth soon have over a million dollars worth of stock out standing and all holders of the stock appreciate the fact that there are few really safe chances to invest monthly earnings that will compare with this institution in earning power. The as sociation has never since sturtirig puid less than twelve per cent dividends compounded semi-annually, and some times it pays thirteen per cent. Such returns with absolute security of in vestment are not often found any where. The meeting heard the reading of report of the secretary as published in last week’s Register, and ordered it referred to the auditing committee or a puid public auditor as the bourd of directors sees fit. The stockholders voted to have the funds tied up in the Citizens State Bank charged to profit and loss, and any payments made on it placed in same account. The amount is about eight hundred dollars and is the association’s first loss in over twenty years’ business. It was also ordered that the secretary ami treasurer hereafter give surety bonds, the same to be paid for by the association. Heretofore these officers have given personal bonds to save ex pense. but the great growth of the in stitution demands more up-to-date me thods now-. The question of appoint ing a paid solicitor to secure new busi ness was discussed and final decision left with the directors. The meeting then reelected the old board of directors by practically un animous vote as follows: C. C. Hud dleston, W. J. Johnston. Cora R. Strain. F. H. Kelsey, I. H. Myers, Dr. C. T. Knuckey and Frank Wheeler. After adjournment the board met and reelected its officers as follows: C. C. Huddleston, president; Cora R. Strain, vice-president; I. H. Myers, secretary treasurer. Paving Progress. Every day in every way Camel Boulevard is getting bumpier and bumpier! Since the plumbers have been putting in the new lead connec tions with the water mains, the sky line on Main street is getting more ami more like a morning view of the Rocky Mountains, but now we have hopes. The council at their meeting this week practically accepted plans drawn by the Wei land Engineering Co. for the paving work, and ordered Judge Fee, city attorney, to proceed with the necessary legal steps to make the bond issue legal and insure get ting the funds for the work. The plans for the lighting system are also well under way and the citizens are look ing forward to the approach of the time when they can again be proud of business district. Disbands the Rangers. Governor Sweet has issued an order to the Adjutant General of the State to disband the force of state rangers on February Ist, and General Newlon has accordingly issued the orders nec essary to put his command into effect. This leaves the protection of proper ty in the state up to the National Guard, which is far more costly than the rangers when called out and ow ing to the time required to mobilize the companies seldom arrives on the scene until after the property has been destroyed and more or less people kill eel. The state voted it wanted this last fall, however, and the governor having made his campaign on that platform is only acting consistently when he carries out his pledge. STOCK SHOW DATES Lions (tub Committee Announces Feb ruary 21, 22 and 23 as Dates for Big Stock Show. Secretary Allyn Cole of the Lions Club last week announced the official dates of the big annual stock show for this section to be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 21, 22 ami 23. The location of the big show is not yet decided upon as the com mittee in charge is negotiating for the most desirable quarters possible, so that in case of storm or other unfor seen circumstances the exhibitors will suffer no loss. At the last meeting of the club sev eral stock raisers, who had registered stock on exhibit at last year’s show, were quests and were enthusiastic for a bigger show than ever this year. They stated it was the best advertise ment for their stock they had ever had and reported sales running into thousands of dollars as ths direct re sult of their exhibit at the show last year. The parties making these pur chases stating it was on account of •seeing the exhibit they becume inter ested, and the sales representing vis itors from more than a dozen states. Arrangements are under way that will make this year’s show a much more elaborate one than before, and the number of stockgrowcrs offering to make exhibits is far greater. Not only will there be more exhibits but there will he u great variety of breeds shown. The committee and members of the club are taking hold with a determina tion to make this year’s show- the lead ing one in the state. I.ATER—The committee has secur ed the big annex on the west half block of the Sunday Garage for the stock show and this uaito.nceraent will be tiie best news yet for the stock growers desiring to make exhibits of fine registered animals. 'They will be assured of safe housing and more ample quarters than last year. The location is the most central that could possibly be obtained and at the same time most secure. The committee is to be congratulated on securing such excellent quarters and this one item alone will insure far better and larg er displays than have ever been ex hibited here before. It will mean much inconvenience and trouble for the big garage institution, but shows a public spirit on their part that will meet with general approval. OPENS TOMORROW Second Annual Poultry Show of Ro tary Club on Thursday and Friday. Chairman J. E. Rose of the Rotary Club poultry show committee says all is in readiness for the greatest ex hibit of fine poultry- of all kinds ever seen anywhere. The big armory build ing has enabled the committee to pre pare twice us many coops as last year, but all are being eagerly taken by the poultry raisers of this territory to ex hibit their large line of fancy birds. The program for the two days and nights of the show is complete and will present all who attend with in teresting and instructive information with regard to this great industry which is rapidly coming to the front as one of the great wealth producers of the valley. The two days promise to be ones of large crowds and much interest in our city. Lamar Loses. The Lamar high school basketball teams went to Holly last Friday even ing and sustained a double defeat at the hands of the teams there. The Lamar boys started well but were not able to stand the pace owing to not having stuck close enough to the train ing rules, and were defeated by a >core of 35 to 20. The girls team w-as defeated by an equally decisive score of 41 to 25. The teams vrill play the two Wiley high school teams at the high school gymnasium on Fri day evening of this week. DATES TO REMEMBER Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. February 21, 22 and 23, Biggest Time Ever Had in Lamar. I.amar Lodge No. 1319 B. P. O. Elks will stage the best show ever given in Lamar at the big armory building on the evenings of above dates. The entertainment committee is preparing a program for a three nights’ Elks Circus never before equalled anywhere else in the country. There will be the big main show each evening with a glittering array of best talent in the country as performers, and a stupendous array of gorgeous sideshows such as and Ring ling Bros, combined would be unable to duplicate. There will be entertain ment and sport to suit everyone, and the man who likes to hate himself had better stay away for if he attends even one night it will take him a month to get back in that frame of mind. Plenty of the best music in the valley will be present and there will be danc ing every night for all who wish that form of amusement. And those that don’t will find so much other amuse ment that there will never be a dull moment. Full program will be an nounced later. These will be real red letter days in Lmar as the big livestock show will be held the same dates. All this sec tion of the state is cordially invited to come to Lamar on these days. (They can spend the days inspecting the big show ami seeing the finest stock that will be exhibited anywhere in the west, and at night enjoy the biggest circus of the year. No better combination could be arranged, and the week .rill be one long remembered by the peo ple of this section of the state. Mark these dates on your calendar as you can’t afford to miss them. HOSPITAL MEETING Meeting of Business Men Last Thurs day Evening on Hospital Situation. A meeting was called last Thursday evening at the Ben-Mar hotel of the business men interested in the hospit al question and was presided over by President C. Ray Strain of the hos pital bourd. The board finds after three years of running the hospital that it has a deficit of about fifteen hundred dollars which must be taken care of if this most needed institution is to be kept open for the benefit of the public. Cramped and handicapped us it has been for many years it has nevertheless saved the lives of many people in Prowers and adjoining coun ties who had not the means or perhaps the time to reach the next nearest in stitution of the kind. Hundreds of people of the country around have been greatly benefited by it and received care in affliction which would have cost them much more to obtain elsewhere. For this reason it is im perative that the hospital be kept open and the meeting was unanimously of that opinion. A committee composed of I*. W. Marx, 11. C. Davis, and John Y. Brown was appointed to handle this proposition. Plans were also discussed to revive the question of building a larger hos pital with modem conveniences and 1 equipment. The proposition of M. J. I McMillin to donate a valuable block i for a site is still open and means of raising the necessary building fund were discussed. The institution is the third on the program adopted by the united clubs of Umar over a year jago, and now that paving the business [section and lighting system for it are | almost in sight the hospital should be I next in line. The same effort that has at last forced consideration of the two 'first numbers on the program will se cure this also. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Coover left the first of the week overland for Atlanta, where Mr. Coover expects to attend the national convention of j cleaners, and introduce some new pat ents he has secured for improvement of the clothes cleaning presses. NUMBER 35. WORK AMONG TOURISTS Representatives of Luncheon Clubs and Garage Meet Here and Lay Plans For Campaign. "A meeting of representatives of the Lions, Rotary and Commercial Clubs, and garage men of the Arkansas Val ley, was held in Junta last Thurs day evening, and plans laid to continue I the work of directing tourists along the Santa Fe Trail, which was inaug urated last summer. "Those interested met at the Harvey House, where a splendid dinner was enjoyed, after which the party ad journed to the council chumber of the city hull for the meeting. S. E. Blunt of l,u Junta, presided at the meeting, and Churles Owen, of Limur acted as secretary. "The purpose of the meeting was first stated by Mr. Owen, after which the delegates present were called on for brief remarks. R. J. Weaver, of Pueblo, stated thut he wanted to en dorse the movement now fostered by the Rocky Mountain Mdtors Associa tion, in regard to establishing uniform tnurkers along all the state highways of Colorado. This association will con tribute SIO,OOO for the purpose, and the State Highway Association will give an equal amount. “Other representatives who were called upon were A. V. Fagerstrom and P. A. Gray of Pueblo; Dave Rob inson, of Canon City; L. F. Mahoney, and J. G. Washburn, of La Junta; J. T. Elder, George Cunning, W. H. Harkrader and J. M. Jackson, of I*as Animas; J. K. Lumbar and C. K. Govreau, of Rocky Ford; E. C. Gee, of Granada; Charles Owen, C. B. Ray and M. R. Sunday of Lamar. "All of these gentlemen were strong in favor of continuing the work of di recting tourists through the Arkansas Valley in so far as it was possible. Mr. Fagerstrom who represented the San Isabel Forest, stated that last year a total of 104,000 people visited this spot, and he was strongly In fa vor of advertising the region among the tourists. There are 650,000 acres of unsurpassed scenery in this region, and he urged local people to visit it next summer. During last year a total of 650 miles of road were con -tructed in this region, and the "Marble Cave” was explored and put '• 'ha|»e for tourist travel. "After considerable discussion the following name was udopted: “The • Southern Colorado-Kansas Old Trails Association”. The Kansas towns along the Old Trail* road are realizing the value of the work being undertaken, and are willing to co-operate to the fullest extent. R. H. McNeal, who spent last summer in this work, was present and made a number of valu ■ the meeting that a large number of maps should Ik* secured, routing the tourists along the Santa Fe Trail, and through Pueblo into the San Isabel Forest. "A director from each town from Canon City to Holly will be chosen and these men will constitute the hoard of director* for the Colorado division. “The directors already chosen are: Dave Robinson, Canon City; Jackson Taylor, Florence; A. V. Fagerstrom. Pueblo; J. K. Lumbar, Rocky Ford; J. G. Washburn, La Junta; J. T. Elder, Las Animas; Charles Owen, Lamar; E. C. Gee, Granada. This body met Thursday evening and elected the fol lowing officers: President, J. T. Elder, vice president, A. V. Fagerstrom; sec retary, R. H. McNeal; treasurer, Chas. Owen. “As soon as practicable the maps will be secured, and the reverse side will carry a large amount of historical information bearing on the various towns along the road mentioned, and the San Isabel Forest and Me.sa Verde Park will be especially strongly fea tured.”—La Junta Tribune. Isaac Grimsley, who was quite sev erely injured two weeks ago by being knocked down by an auto, was able to Ik* down town again last Friday and is gaining right along.