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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
XXIV YEAB—NO. 30 We Are All Disappointed. The statement in last week’s issue that W. P. Dale had been appointed as a member of the Board of Control of the Agricultural College proved to be erroneous. It was founded on a report published in the Denver Post. The first of this week Gov. Huchtel ap pointed ex-Lieut. Gov. J. L. Brush, of Greeley and Congressman Brooks, of Colorado Springs. Mr. Dale had the solid backing of the Western Slope and in fact was endorsed oy the strongest constituency of any candidate under consideration and he would undoubtedly have been appointed but for one unfor tunate circumstance which is explained as follows: The present Board of Con trol have become divided into two fac tions. Without solicitation one of these factions was backing Mr. Dale. Gov. Buchtel decided to put aside all recom mendations and of his own initiative appoint men of his personal chosing, no mention of whose names had been made by the purported contending fac tions. This he did. Mr. Dale’s friends are severely dis appointed. Knowing him they realize the Governor’s error in assuming that he might affiliate with a faction as a member of the Board. Contrasting his fitness and efficiency with that of Mr. Brush the Governor's mistake is all the more apparent, but in the absence of information beyond the above explana tion to a Delta citizen, we must neces sarily give the Governor credit for proper intentions. Credit To Douthitt. In the wonderful record made by Del ta county beet growers during 11X)6 a good, big bunch of credit is due Field Sup’t. J. W. Douthitt for the sensible and practical guidance he has given those interested in the industry. Mr. Douthitt has been careful and thought ful in his work ami has endeavored to make it possible for all to succeed and secure satisfactory results. He has not worked so much for a large acreage, but for a large yield. He has advised farmers not to plant beets unless they were surrounded by conditions that would insure success. Mr. Donthitt is the right man in tho right place and he U valuable, not only to his employers, but to the county as well and the peo ple of Delta county owe him a debt of gratitude for the wise manner in which he has conducted his work. To Organize Water Users' Assn. A plan is on foot to organize what u ill probably bo called “The Surface Creek Water Users’ Assn., combining all the different reservoir companies under one management. It is simply a plan as yet, but if the idea works itself into definite form and becomes a reality it will undoubtedly prove of great ben efit and a source of economy both in water and expense to the different res ervoir companies. The INDEPENDENT will report such development of the project as may occur. Later— A mass meeting was held at the court house Wednesday afternoon following the Short Course session and was attended by many stock holders in different Surface Creek reservoir com panies. Dr. A. E. Miller acted as chair man. It was the unanimous decision of the meeting to form an organization such as is described above and the fol lowing committee appointed to arrange a plan for submission to the different companies: 11. K. Ferguson, 11. W. Hull. M. R. Welch, R. W Curtis. James '/.ananetti, Porter Plumb and A. E. Miller. Do Likewise. Many subscribers have cullc<l the past two weeks to pay their subscrip tion and almost invariably made it a year in advance. Kind words have been expressed in behalf of the paper which makes the editor feel that hard work in serving a constituency is not in vain. Wo are grateful for this encourage ment and with more extended acquaint ance hope to give you a still hotter pu|»er. We can take care of this sub scription money to good advantage and all who wish to square arrears and put their |>eg up a year hence have our un qualified consent. Jeffers Ranch Not Sold. Negotiations were on a couple of weeks ago whereby the .lofTcru ranch on lower Surface Creek w«* to change hands at $12,(100. Altho thin waa an increase of $7,000 in value within a year, Mr. Jeffers was not anxious to sell ami really felt bad to think that he was about to part with a place that he believes will be worth considerable more than that amount within a few years. Luckily fur him the parties backed out and it is aafe to say no one else will get a chance at that ranch for the same figure. “THEY CAME AND SAW,” -AND WERE CONQUERED Visitors and Residents Alike Are Enthusiastic In their Acknowledgement and Loud In Their Praises Of the Work Done In Delta This Week—Program Is the Work of Many Weeks of Preparation, and Is the Eirst of Its Kind Ever Held In the State. AGRICULTURAL SHORT COURSE AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS Instructors and Lecturers Meet Hearty Encouragement—Surprise Expressed on All Sides on Account of Course’s Completeness—fine Fruit Display—Premiums Awarded Delta county h?s scored strain. The Horticultural Short Course is a great big success. Over 100 substantial farm ers and fruit growers have been enrolled as students and have attended the ses sions with persistence and good atten tion. The College professors have been earnest and sincere in their labors, have covered every subject as fully as time would permit and a vast amount of val uable and vital knowledge has been given out and absorbed. It has been a wonderful week for Delta and the en tire county and the benefit will be ap parent for years to come. It is not within the province of a local I >aper to report in detail the lectures and discussions that have taken place in this school. It would require the constant attendance of a reporter at each session and the ground covered w*ould fill every page of a paper this size, advertisements eliminated. Much as we would wish to cover the ground i gone over during the week it is out of ' the question and those who reap the benefit of such schools must do it by personal attendance. We have not heard a word of com plaint from anyone attending; all has been praise. It has not only been a week of earnest desire to impart knowl edge and an equally earnest desire to absorb it, but a week of good fellowship as well. The evening lectures have been largely attended; people have mingled together and become better ac quainted with one another; those from Paonia and Hotchkiss in the North Fork country, and those from Cedaredge and the entire Surface Creek country have become better acquainted with we of the Uncompahgre and Gunnison valley and the bounding mesas, California and Garnet. Citizens from different parts of the county understand or another beteer and realize to a greater degree than ever before that our interests are identical. EVENING LECTURES. The first lecture of the course was given Monday evening. Dr. Barton 0. Aylesworth spoke from the subject "A Good Citizen," to an audience that completely filled the ball room of the Odd Fellow's hall. The high school orchestra furnished music and W. P. Dale introduced the speaker. The ad dress was one that will long be remem bered by every one present. It was thoughtful, broad, suggestive, compre hensive and will make better citizens ot all who endeavor to follow the prin ciples of good citizenship promulgated. Tuesday evening Col. Tuttle, of Den ver, delighted another large audience with a patriotic lecture entitled, "Paul .Jones and the American Flag." The lecturer was introduced by Dr. Darley who, years ago, was a neighbor and friend of Col. Tuttle in the capitolcity. Wednesday evening, Miss Theodosia Ammons was greeted by an audience which packed every available inch of s|wcc in the largo hall to listen to her lecture from the subject, "What to Eat and Kitchen Environment." Miss Am mons has been conducting a class of over 60 ladies in Domestic Science dur ing the week and her admirers with their friends and a large representation of men felt sure that she would give a delightful discourse. T. K. Seaton pre sided and introduced Miss Ammons as a lady he had known for many years and for whom he. as well as all who had personal knowledge of her work at the College, held in the highest esteem. It is safe to say no lecture of the week has proven more popular. RECEPTION. Thursday evening was set aside for a reception tendered by the Delta Bu&i- THE OFFICIAL. PAPER <> I' UELTA COUNTY DELTA, COLORADO, FRIDAY, JANUARY IS, 1907. ness Men’s Ass’n. to students and fac ulty of the Short Course and students and faculty of the Domestic Science course. Guests were properly received at the door and made welcome by a committee of ladies and gentlemen. Social con versation and general good fellowship was indulged in between the hours of eight and nine o’clock while the high school orchestra rendered good music that was enjoyed and appreciated, as manifested by generous applause. Promptly at nine o'clock order was requested that a short program might be carried out prior to serving refresh ments. Dr. Darley was introduced and responded with a characteristic talc that kept everybody roaring with laughter. There are few better enter tainers than Dr. Darley. Something good is anticipated when he is intro duced and he never disappoints. Hie high school quintette followed with a selection which brought forth a heartp - encore and to which the boys gracefu ly responded. Prof. Gillette spoke briefly as did W. H. Burnett and W. R. Dale. These short addresses were interspersed with a duet rendered by Miss Croxton and Mrs. Carr, also two numbers from I the male quartette composed of Messrs. ; Arthur, Jeffers. Wolbert and Pregent. These musical numbers were enthu.-- astically encored. At the close of the regular program ■ Prof. Paddock was presented with a j beautiful clock by his friends and au- j mirers who desired in some way to man ifest their appreciation of his interest j and thoughtfulness in behalf of the horticultural interests of this part of j the state. The presentation address was delivered by G. H. Mei mt. of | Paonia and to which Prof. Paddock i made a fitting response. It was thi intention to give Prof. Paddock a loving i cup. but this plan was necessarily a bar. doned on account of the committee's in- \ ability to get it in time. Following the exercises referred to above refreshments were served in tin dining hall consisting of minced han sandwiches, salad, coffee, ice cream and cake. While the first table was being served dancing progressed in the ball room and continued for an hour after ( midnight. The reception was thoroly enjoyed b> 250 people and for its successful cu'. mination the Business Men's Assn, deserving of much credit. Arri.E CONTEST. The apple contest brought out a fine display of fruit on Thursday. The ob ject in holding this contest was to show the grower from what standpoint tf» select prize winning fruit from his orchard. The judges were Professor Paddock, Fletcher and Whipple. W. H Garvin and A. E. Miller. Following were the prize winners: Jonathan -1st, Dr. Archer; 2nd, 11 Stolte. Rome Beauty—1st, Dr. Archer; 2nd. George Conklin. Wine Sap—1st, J. R. Patterson; 2nd. W. N. Kennicott. Grimes Golden- -1st, H. Stolte; 2nd. W. N. Kennicott. W. W. Pearmain —1st, F. H. Mc- Connell; 2nd, W. N. Kennicott. Gano — 1st, H. Stolte; 2nd, L. W. Swcitzer. N. W. Greening-1st, Geo. Conklin. M. Black Twig—1st, L. W. SweiUer; 2nd, W. N. Kennicott. York Imperial—1st, L. W. Swcitzer. Winter Bannana- 1st, J. B. Ratekin. Smith Cider—1st, T. W. Odem, 2nd. Joe Gallup. Arkansas Black—1st, H. Stolte. i I Stamen Winesap— 1st, Dr. Archer. > ! Best packed box appies —1st, H. , j Stolte. i At the close of this contest 60 plates ! I «>f the exhibit were auctioned off. | j Castle & Travis bought them for 22c j per plate or a total of £13.20. The dis- . play is now c$i exhibit in the windo w of their office on Main street and a pret tier sight is seldom to be seen. ENROLLMENT. The names of those in attendance at the Short Course are as follows: l«eltn—W. I’. Dale. farmer: T. K. Kenton druggist; John K. HIIlinnn. merchant: t»lr ardet A Kurt. butchers: John .1. Travis, f-nI estate: K. 1’. Hunt, merchant: N. H. * H’llc, real estate: \V. E. obert. real estate: .1. H. English. farmer: ('. s. Gibb*. J. W Jeffery. J. !’. Kernohan. fruit growers; N. E. Clack, furniture; II. A. Richardson, department Horclculture Inspector: A. • Dvlo. IL R. conductor: H. K. Hrnls ted. M. D.; Orover Plants. H. W. Wil liams. W. F. Met "ash. K. C. Luce, Mrs. Luce. CUraocc Hmlth. J. E. Gallup, rtJhAiV*: W. I.. W,*nd. I W. f.7 Hurn. Gen. Conklin. John M.Trew. W. M. Doling. V. p. Nutter. K. xVanee. Ruby Neff. A. J, Vorse,orchard 1st*: J. E. Moore. M. R. Welch, farmers; Kilph lilnchley. Porter Plumb, I.l<>nal Wlgrnm. n. K. Gibbs, Ham Fnrmcr. \V N. Tucker, orchardlsts; K. W. Kno*. surre' or; II. J. Frothlnghnm. minis ter; C. K William-*, farmer. Cedaredge—M. A. Kngitah. 11. A. stolte. J. P. ('uldwell. C. M. Cooke. C. I- (Klein, fruitgrowers; It. F. Iioucht}*. farmer: Amo* Glpe. L Mason I<ee. II. ('e*ett. lone Rob erts. E. w. t'lilid’*. Tmss. orchardlsts; Robt. I*. James, farmer; .1. I.. Turner, or chardl't: Viola '\ Idney. orchard!*:. 1 Austin V. K. Miller, granger; 11. H. Hist, farmer «. s. Archer, J. «•. A. K1 nip-on. M. I* Hunting. orchnrdtst**. Kckert—J. It. Ratekln. 11. W. Mull, fruit grower* Andrew Hanson. Er«*tl C. Kwe.-n hart. J. A. I.uellen. Leo Fischer. \. I . Pat terson, ,En\nk I.uellen. Richard Eorrest. 11. K. Ferguson. E. E. llull.J. W. Hawkins, orchardlsts. Oory—H. H. • unntnghnin, farmer; John UiilHth, E. R. t*niTc> . \\ . N. K. nnlcott. J. R. Patterson. Henry Hawker. Archie Hawker. K. F. Hubbard. Edwin orchard lsts. Hotchkiss—(\ R. Miller, farmer; r. \. Fowler. .1. A Wayne. K. M. Duke. H. E. Robert*. Win. Wlcke. I.. ( . Ellington, orchardlsts; R. A. Vshley. farmer. Montrose— W. H. NVeybrlght. orchardlst. Paonlu—Tho*. Hester. It. W.turtK u. ||. Merchant, t'. 11. t'hnpln. orehardlsts. Olathe-ll. J. Price. E.l Verb .»f*t-.l. ore!i ! ardlsts. Grand Junction — Tlios. Conway. ore ha rtl 1st. Rond—J. (illicit, orchard Id. DOMESTIC SCIENCE. The men have not monopolized the entire week by any means. At the Odd Fellows hall the domestic science class, comprising over .» ladies, have mot each afternoon and listened to the lect ures of Miss Ammons which she has il lustrated by practical demonstrations in cooking on the range. Miss Ammons is ably assisted by Miss Neff and their work here this week has proven of much interest and great value. Those attending the course areas follows: Mesdniue* It. E. MchnlT. y. I M. McM ar ray, J. F. KIdler. 11. Luce. .1.11. Killian. lA»*ter, M. R. Welch. 1 . H. t'«*ok. Dollar. Iturge-*.* N. II. I'Halle, .1. J. Travis, H.C. Getty, Luce, Ellen Conklin. K. M. Get is, r. K. Heaton. Findley DulHelil. T. R. Geer, If. W. Childs. T. K. l4tmb. \. E. Amsbnry, Wilson. t'onorer, A. C. Remington. I*. W. Woods, K. A. AUH. W 11. lulling, I* A. HH»k, H. Htockham. Ren Elliott . 1. C. Hall. Dave llenslor, Traverse, Win. Mathers, Milton Fish. J. K.Knnder*. Kali lamb. Moore, MUIar, Archer. R. F. Williams. W. I\ Dale. J. A. Hurst, Mlllnrd Falrlnmb. t'lms. Klrbv, ('. H. Gibbs. Misses Emma Myers, Marlon Walker, Keaton. There were a bout fifty others Hint came In anil all ended one or two lectures that are not on the list. Local and Personal. D. P. Cook is in town this week. Second and third cutting hay for sale on Garnet mesa. Phone. Colo. 195 red. 50-51 Judge Baxter was down from Paonia Monday attending to legal business in the county court. If you want your watch regulated to run right bring it to Edmonds, the Jeweler and it costs you nothing. Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Miller are guests of Dr. and Mrs. Hick this week while attending the horticultural and domestic science courses. Guy Sprinkle, who has been employed in the Delta Steam Laundry for the past year, left Monday evening for Cal ifornia where he will join his father, who haa been there for some time. . The place to get vour watch, clock or jewelry repaired is at Edmonds. He does the repairing for the Railroad where accurate time is required and you can depend on getting a square deal. Dr. Frothingham will lecture on “William the Silent.” Tuesday, Janu ary 29th. at S p. m. at the Opera House. This lecture is given under the auspices of the young men’s Bible class of the Baptist church. Music by the High School orchestra. Admission 25 and 35 cents. W. G. Cook is improving. While he is very weak the crisis has passed and unless something unforseen transpires Mr. Cook will recover. His brother. Dr. Cook, arrived the first of the week from Cleveland. Ohio, and will remain until Mr. Cook is completely out of danger. A. B. Crabill is at home and in charge of his duties at the mill after a three week's trip to Shenandoah county. Vir ginia. where he was called on account of the serious illness of his aged father. Mr. Crabill was glad to get back to Colorado where he is free from asthma and which troubles him in the east. S. W. Weeks, who has a farm on California mesa, came in to get ten copies of last w eeks iNDKPENDENT. He was sending them back east as the best conviticer of the profitableness of irrigated farming and the wealth pro ducing character o f the sugar beet. Mr. Weeks raised eight acres of beets last year that netted him SSO per acre. T. K. Seaton is in receipt of an invi tation to attend a “state dinner” at the Albany Hotel in Denver, tendered to Governor Huchtel and other distin guished guests by the State Commer cial Assn., on Jan. 23. While appreci ating the honor bestowed upon him as president of the Delta Business Men’s Assn.. Mr. Seaton finds that he will be unable to attend. A. C. K. Bridger will represent the Indkpbndknt as correspondent from California mesa. Mr. Bridger and his wife came here last summer and have taken up a homestead on the mesa. He was preparing himself for the Pres byterian ministry, but was compelled to give it up on account of a nervous breakdown. He goes to the farm as the best remedy for this trouble. Says he is feeling fine since getting out into the health giving air and sunshine with ! plenty of exercise back of it. He will * raise poultry to start with, in which' line he has had considerable experience and will enlarge to general farmii\g k when the Gunnison water is available- PRICE FIVE CENTS Genuine Mexican chili at Smith’s Lunch Wagon. J. A. Wayne came in from Denver Wednesday where he had been for the past month. The year and a half old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Eberhard is critically ill with pneumonia. Prof. Keplinger is over from Boulder for a visit with his family. He is tak ing a special course at the State Uni versity. Dr. Whiting raised 10,000 bushels of oats last year, averaging 70 bushels to the acre. The lowa people here this week will count that pretty good oats, we imagine. R. W. Curtis and W. H. Garvin, of Paonia, two of the North Fork’s leading fruit growers attending the Short Course this week, have caused their names to be added to this paper’s sub scription list. At the home of the bride on Garnet mesa Sunday. Jan. 13, at 3 p. m. J. H. Gutridge and Miss Maggie EL Stevens were united in marriage by Rev. Froth ingham. The happy couple have gone to housekeeping in the Mrs. Barker house on Meeker street. Edward Silva is here from Montrose exhibiting the Bean Power Sprayer. Mr. Sylva was for ten years manager of Ashenfelter’s ranch, resigning his position last November. Mr. Sylva is greatly pleased with the booster spirit manifested by Delta people and says he never saw anything to compare with the admirable way in which the Short Course has been conducted. T. W. Odem, one of the prosperous farmers of this vicinity is now putting water in his house which promises to be a convenience well worth the expense. By going about 1200 feet above his house and putting in an inch pipe he is able to get a pressure that will throw the water several feet above his house. He expects to put hot and cold water all thru his fine residence. —Surface Creek Champion. E. B. Moore had a couple of coops of Buff Orpingtons and White Crated Black Polish chickens on display in A affir window tMi were beauties. Mr. Moore is a poultry fan cier and he certainly has some pretty chickens. He would like to see a poul try show held in Delta this winter, which is a good suggestion. Poultry people should get together and carry out the idea. Paul E. Kennedy, an erstwhile citizen of Delta, is in town this week greeting old friends. Mr. Kennedy can relate some rich jokes of days gone by and among them are some of his newspaper experiences nearly 20 years ago when John A. Curtis was at the helm of the old Delta Chief. Mr. Kennedy is in the seed business at Rocky Ford and will interview local growers of canta loupes and other seed products. Judge Burnett took over the office of Clerk of the District Court yesterday. Walter Singleton, the retiring official, had the business of the office all com pleted to the day of transfer and gave his successor a clean page to begin work on. Mr. Singleton goes out with the esteem and good will of all who have had dealings with him and Mr. Burnett goes in with best wishes from all for an equally satisfactory stewardship. Mrs. W. F. Hornsby met with a ser ious accident Tuesday evening. She went to the barn and got up on the manger for some purpose when she lost her balance and fell off. causing an in jury to the muscles and leaders knee joint which rendered her unable to arise. She was alone and it was some time betore her absence was noticed and assistance arrived. The injury is very painful and Mrs. Hornsby is still confined to her bed. Vivian Circle Women of Woodcraft were awarded a e2o prize by the dis trict meeting held in Montrose Nov. Bth last for being most perfect in the ex emplification of degree work. The meeting comprised lodges of Ouray, Gunnison. Montrose. Eckert, t'aonia and Delta. At the last meeting of the Circle this money was turned over to the guards to replenish their parapher nalia fund. The W. O. W\ and Circle will hold joint installation Jan. 28th. The big ice house now under con struction at this place by the Denver & Rio Grande Ry.. is nearing completion and will be ready to receive ice by the time the new switch has been put in. The capacity is 4,000 tons, which at four tons to the car will ice 1,000 cars. The ice is to be shipped from Minturn where there is an abundant supply. Laying steel for the new switch will begin next week. The ties are on the ground and grading has been completed on the west side.