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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
XXIV' YEAH —NO. 51 GUNN RANCH SELLS FOR $10,000 On the 19th. inst. Starr Nelson and Samuel L. Staples of the firm of Staples & Nelson, purchased the John Gunn ranch from J. Frank Cole for $10,000.00. They intend making a feeding | lant of this property for sheep, cattle and hogs, using it in connection with their sum mer range on the Blue and American fiats, ranging there in summer and fall and feeding through the winter at their plant. These gentlemen are both well known in this community, Mr. Staples having at one time been heavily interested in the E Bar fruit farm on lower Surface Creek and later going into the sheep business. Mr. Nelson is an old time engineer on the D. & K. G. ami still holds a position in that capacity. They are lx»th very enthusiastic over the prospects of this valley and their heavy investments here certainly go far to prove they have faith in its outcome. Shooting Scrape at Cedaredge. Just as we go to press word comes from Cedaredge about a shooting scra|x* on Tongue Creek last evening. G. E. Chapman and a man named Catridge went to the home of a Mexican named Alva Potter to serve a warrant for his arrest. They got their man but while Catridge was searching him the fellow ducked and ran to hts dug-out. Chap man shot at him twice and he seemed to fnll as he went in the door. No at tempt was made to investigate and Deputy Sheriff Hammond was sum moned to-day and has gone out to Pot ter's headquarters to ascertain if he is still there, alive or dead. His wife swore to the warrant for his arrest on the charge of cruelty. Joint Installation. M. W. A. and Royal NeighUirs held joint installation of officers at the 1. O. (). F. hall Saturday night, the evening proving to Ik* one of the most pleasant in the history of the two organizations. Nearly 100 were present; lioyle's string band furnished music and dancing was indulged lit-following the installing ex orcises and preceding the banquet and then again following the banquet, con tinuing until midnight. For the M. W. A. John Watts. Head Consul, acted as installing officer ami induct«*d into office the following: Con sul, W. 1.. Garrison; advisor. C. M. Smith; banker. J. F. Freed; clerk. Dr. W. A. Ridley; sentry. Rob’t Porter; watchman. Geo. Bradley; physicians. Drs. McCartney. Ridley and Burgess. Installing officers for the Royal Neigh bors were Flora Jacobs and Eliza Bar ton. The new officers are as follows; Oracle, Pearle Lincoln; vice oracle. Rose Pifer; recorder. Emma Skinner; receiver, Viola Beebe; chancellor. May Painter, marshall. Lucy Sheffield; inner sentinel, Sylvia Wells, outer sentinel. Madeline Smith; manager. Florence Bond; physician. Dr. McCartney. Millinery Opening. Mrs. Casaie Ruth, an experienced milliner, willo|K*n business in the room north of the “Porter & Obert Hardware Co.” Feb. Ist. Mrs. Ruth will put in a full stock of spring goods. Get her prices before purchasing. 51-52 County (jots Money. Delta county is to receive $1,921.88 from the public school income fund. The total amount apportioned to all counties in the state was $117,817.22. Cement Walks Ordered. At the council meeting last night ce ment Hidewnlks were ordered construc ted from the Delta House to the depot. Publication of the notice will bo made next week. Wanted. A good farmer to work SO acres of ground on shares. Hay and some or chard on place, ranch located on Lower Surface Creek Mesa; plenty of water. For further particulars, inquire of Tkavis & Casti.k. Delta, Colo. W. M. Williams and wife returned from the Pacific coast to-day where they have been for the past year. Mr. Willinms is having very |>oor health. The Bosse ranch on California mesa has been sold to Ham Hinton for SO,OOO. It consists of 160 acres. George Mc- Knight has Innight the Sam Duncan 160, near the Bosse place, for $5,000. Mrs. Chas. Gillespie was brought from Lu Jane to Delta and is now at the home of I)r. Burgin, under whose pro fessional care she will remain for some time. % Mrs. Gillespie’s condition is very serious. She was accompanied here by her Hister, Mrs. Wunnamaker anil by Mrs. Buck. All these parties are from Dr. Burgin’s former home, Bethany, Mo. ! Breach of Promise Suit. Monday of this week a case was filed in the office of the Clerk of the District Court entitled, “Mary Alison vs T. V. Alison,” being an action to recover $5,000 for breach of promise. We understand defendant recently j came to this county from the east. | Plaintiff is not a resident here. How both names come to be Alison in a suit of this nature is as yet a mystery. Ot her allegations are made against de ; fendant for which financial compensa tion is requested. Should the case come to trial it is likely to be attractive to a class. Studio Of Music. Prof. Clifford E. Dana, of Ottawa. 111., has been in Delta for several days, a guest at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Hick. Prof. Dana has decided to open a studio of music in Delta with the ex pectation of ultimately establishing a Conservatory of Music. He has ar ranged to use the parlor of the Presby terian church for private and class in struction and will register scholars Saturday. Feb. 2nd. Prof. Dana is a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and of the Chicago Musical College. He teaches piano, voice cul ture and harmony. Grand function Committee Here. A committee representing the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce were here yesterday conferring with a simi lar committee representing our Busi ness Men’s Assn., regarding the forth coming bill to bo introduced in the leg islature for a branch of the State Nor mal School on the Western Slope. Grand Junction wants it; so does j Delta. Our people proposed that the I bill should provide for the school at one , of the two towns, the place to be select ed by the Board of Control of the State | Normal after a careful investigation of the merits of both places. Mayor Bunting. James Carnahan and Rev. Lyons went home to lay this proposition before their people at a meeting to night. T. K. Seaton. Judge King and George Wilson represented Delta in the confer ence. If Grand Junction does not ac cept this proposition Delta should take the bit in its mouth and go down the ] line for the prize. Local and Personal ! Dr. Stockham is in Denver this week Hog* Heed has accepted a position as stenographer with King A* Stewart. ■ W. Ci. Cook continues to improve, j His brother, the doctor, started back to his home in the east last Sunday. ! The W. C. T. U. will be held at the j homeof Mrs. Hose Darling. Friday after noon Feb. Ist. A cordial invitation is extended to all. Mrs. Cassie Ruth, of Katon. Colo., will open a millinery store in the room recently vacated by Travis & Castlo. jin the Sanders building. The Fitzgerald-Dermody Co. sold to Roy L. Myers and .lohn L. Huston, of Guthrie Center. lowa, -0 acres each ad joining Sam Farmer’s place on the east. The domestic science class presented Miss Ammons and Miss NefT with cut glass pieces in token of the esteem and high regard in whioh these ladies are held by those win* attended the school. Judge King has an invite to the ban quet tq l»e tendered by Gov. Huchtel to members of the legislature and others at the Savory Hotel in Denver next Wednesday night. He expects to at tend. Albert McCoy, inspector for the Mer cantilc and Merchants Fire Insurance Co. of Denver has been in town this week on business connected with his companies. He expects to move from 1*001)10 to one of the Western Slope towns. If he hits the nail on the head he will choose Delta. 11. J. Baird who came from Malvern, lowa, last week, bought R. L. Stringer’s 30 acre ranch west of Eckert for a con sideration of $3,600.. Mr. Haird has re turned to his home with ex | notation of disposing of his interests there and re turning here to locate permanently. He is an attorney by profession. The Independent had W. H. Burnett taking over the oflice of Clerk of the District Court last week, which caused some good natured comment at the ex pense of the editor. We were some what puzzled about which of the gentle men should receive apology, A. E. Amsbary, who is the Clerk, or Mr. Bur nett. Each thot the other the one to whom we should humble ourselves. As the gentlemen are so considerate we have decided to apologize publicly to both and trust the otlense is now for ever erased. THIS OFFICIAL I’APEH <* I' IIKLTA COUNTY DELTA, COLORADO, FBI DAY, JANUARY *25, 1907. BRIEF REVIEW OF DELTA'S RESOURCES fine Water; Thousands of Acres of fruit; Best Beet, Alfalfa and Grain Soil; Live Stock; Im mense Coal fields; Climate Unexcelled. WE HAVE PLENTY Of EVERYTHING THAT’S GOOD i When one comes to comprehend the vast resources ot Delta county he is al most astonished by their magnitude.^ We really have EVERYTHING. The town of Delta is completely ear rounded by a multiplicity of intereet;- that are sure to make it a city of 10,000 inhabitants within a few years. Thi •tatement is not idle talk. It is the judgment of many of the most conser vative men who are residents here and have been for many years and who know what Delta has back of it to make it grow into a thriving and prosperous city. In the first place we have a climate that is par excellence and which we be lieve it is no exaggeration to say is greatly suf>erior to that which people lof the Eastern Slope boast so much ! about. Our winters are milder, we have far less wind, no hail storms and are less subject to violent extreme* of I |>ercipitation. Delta's supply of water for domestic use will be no small factor in increasing I its population. People from eastern states are not slow in learning tsßt pure, wholesome drinking water h a I matter of the greatest importance ■ a i mountain country. Denver has Its ! Cheesman dam and Colorado Springsflfcs Seven Lakes but neither Denverjpr Colorado Springs nor any other citwfe the state, of which we have knowledjb can put their waters to the test and show* the same purity as does the water which gives health and vigor to the in habitants of this thriving little city of i Delta. On top of Grand Mesa is a great, , broad, flat country, at an altitude of | 10,000 feet. There the snow piles up to a height of eight and ten feet each 1 winter and when spring comes the sun and rain melt it and it is alisorbe: by | the earth. The water thus filtered thru the earth and rock comes out on the [side of the mountain as springs. It is clear as crystal, cold as ice and it s certainly pure as water could be. Prac tically at the source of this spring the I municipality of Delta takes it in charge. Enclosed in iron pipes it is brought a I distance of 25 miles to the town, t >ur ! water is something we have every rc.i --j son to be proud of and it will be the de ciding point on which will hinge the selection of location by hundreds of the most desirable citizens within the next few years. The fruit industry is probably f greatest importance. In Delta county there is a total of 27,000 acres planted to fruit. This is something immense and yet as an industry fruit growing n this county is in its infancy. The p; - duction is becoming immense. Thous ands of acres are coming into bear ng each year, and yet the demand for ur fruit annually exceeds the supply. The industry is becoming so big and is grow ing so rapidly that men who have boon schooled in the work for years acknou 1- edge their inability to look into the future and see what it is necessary to do to prepare for the prompt ami eco nomical handling of the product. Aside from its great fruit districts Delta is surrounded on every side by a farming country which grows the be.-t sugar beets in the state, it grows alt - fa as successfully as any other section. A Burglar In Town. Tuesday night, or rather Wednesday morning at 1 o’clock. Mrs. Gus Schlapp was awakened by a noise in the house and on getting up to see what the cause might be, she came in contact with an intruder who was standing near the foot of the bed. Mrs. Schlapp screamed, thus awakening her husband, and at the same time dispatching the I burglar as effectively as if he hud been ! carried away by a cyclone. When Mr. Schlnpp had become sufficiently con scious to know what had happened tho j burglar was no more. The gentleman entered at the front door which, as per custom, had been J left unlocked, but Mr. Schlapp says the custom has now been changed. it produces the best quality of potatoes and is destined to rival the famous Kooky Ford district in the production of cantaloupes. But we do not stop there. Yields of wheat and oats in the alleys of the Uncompahgre and Gun nison and on the mesas of California. Garnet and Ash are unexcelled either from the standpoint of quality or quan tity of gram. All vegetables are grown in profusion. The things enumerated above are enough to make a future for any town, but the end is not yet. In the moun tains. from 25 to 40 miles from Delta in every direction, is as fine stock range as can be found in the west. On a hundred hills within sight of us roam thousands of head of cattle during the >ummer months. The stock interests of Delta county, which concentrate here, are of immense importance and constitute an industry thut is as per manent as the hills on which the cattle graze. Last but not least in the long list of resources that stand as the foundation jof Delta’s future, is the millions of tons of coal at its very door. Quite often in talking to those who come from afar to see what we have no men tion is made of the great coal fields, but 14 miles to the north. Nothing one can think of is of greater importance than good fuel at a reasonable price. We have said little about our coal supply largely on account of its undeveloped condition. The supply is over there, just a little ways to the north, but the few mires that are operating have nec essarily experienced small development on account of lack of transjK>rtation fa cilities. The Independent reporter was talk ing to Mr. Zigler. manager of the Fair view Goal Co., last Saturday and he told us something of the magnitude of supply in those hills that made us fair ly catch our breath. His company owns t>4o acres of land on which he says there is a ton to every 25 cubic feet, or a total of IT million tons on their prop erty alone. It is an 11 foot vein. John Griffith overheard Mr. Zigler’s state ment and he added that there are hun dreds of millions of tons in the same territory. Think what it means to a towm to have hundreds of millions of tons of coal at its very door! When some kind of transportation is provided the mining industry which will bo developed will be of no small proportions. The Fairview company has expended £1.700 in constructing a wagon road to their mine, expecting to Use a traction engine. The experiment has not been altogether satisfactory. Last Sunday they began a survey from Delta to the mine. What for? Mr. Zigler is non-communicative on this point. There have been rumors of an electric line. Is this survey for that purpose? We cannot say. but whether it is or not it is only a matter of time until electricity or steam power will reach those mines. What a diversity, what an array of resources surround this town of Delta! Was a town ever more favorably sit uated? Will Delta in ten years yes in eight years —have 10,000 population? Bis Money In Sheep. For several years the sheep business has boon one of the best paying lines a man could engage in. John Bouldin. who has his tlock of 1,500 head in this county for the winter and who keoj>s in touch with the market, tells us fat lambs sold for $7.75 per hundred in Chicago last week. That is going some. He tells of some recent sales in this and Montrose counties that would have startled a sheep man seven or eight years ago. L. L. Ryhan, nine miles south of Mont rose, sold 2.000 sheep at £O.OO per head. J. H. Halley sold his tlock of 4,000 head at $6.00 and 2,100 acres of land at $5.00 per acre. The sheep industry is now in the moat nourishing condition in its history. Sanderson-Seaton Nuptials. ! Fred H. Sanderson and Elizabeth Seaton were married at the home of ; the bride’s brother. T. K. Seaton, in Delta, Sunday. Jan. 20th, at high noon. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Nichols, pastor of the Baptist church in Hotchkiss, in the presence of imme diate members of the family, including the bride’s mother. Mrs. C. H. Seaton, and Miss Theodosia Ammons, who is an intimate friend of the Seaton family. Mr. Sanderson is a prosperous cloth ing merchant at Hotchkiss. Mrs. San derson held the position of primary teacher in the Hotchkiss schools for nine years and resigned after teaching three month’s on her 10th year. Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson left on the i Sunday afternoon train for Pueblo and Denver where they will spend the I honeymoon. A jolly crowd of friends 1 accompanied them to the dejiot and saw them safely aboard the cars amid a shower of rice. These friends also saw to it that their trunks were well decor ated with old shoes and other nuptial paraphernalia. Proposals for Sealed Bids. We will receive sealed bids for haul ing lumber from Darling’s saw mill to what is known as the well, or trans fer. and also separate bids for hauling from well or transfer to Delta for the year of 1907. All bids to be in by six o’clock February Bth, 1907. and will be opened and contracts awarded Feb. 9th, 1907. We reserve the right to reject any and all bids. For further particu lars inquire of L. D. Haiser, Mgr. Ind. Lbr. Co.. Delta. 51-52 Send This Paper Away. There has been such a demand for the sugar beet article, published in the Independent of Jan. 11. that we have decided to reproduce it in this issue. When your copy of the paper is read, if you do not care to preserve it, mail it to some one whom you know contem plates a change of location. If every body makes use of their paper in this way. Delta county will get the beneht of an immense amount of advertising. Mark the beet article ar.d the write-up of Delta’s resources which appears on the first page. There will be a number of extra cop ies of this issue. If you want any or der quick for they will not last long. Local and Personal. \V. P. Dale and wife went to Denver yesterday. Orchard pruning nicely and satisfactor ily done. Call on Chris. Eberhard, south Main st.. Delta. The ladies of the Maccabees will give a ball and supper in the I. O. O. F. hall Feb. 14. A cordial invitation is extend ed to the public Regular monthly service at the Cath olic church next Sunday. Rev. Father O’Farrell will hold Mass at 10 a. m.; Sunday School at 9:30. Mr. and Mrs. C. Blanchard and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kitch. of Cedaredge. were guests at the home of W H. Dom iny in North Delta yesterday. J. S McSparren. of Sioux City, lowa. ; desires to become connected with the Delta canning factory and get that in stitution on an operating basis this year. He has gone to Denver to confer with E. J. Mathews and the Estabrook interests. George W. Bruce is back from Kan sas City accompanied by a party of land seekers. He was also accompanied by Dr. Haskill, a wealthy retired physi cian. who expects to locate permanent ly in Delta. Mr. Bruce represents the Kansas City syndicate which has heavy investments on California mesa G. E. Morris brought the editor a great big load of coal from the Coalby mine yesterday. He says our friend Watson up there is busy as a bee and is boosting for Coalby with all the might there is in him. Mr. Morris had his name added to the Cedaredge list and that list, by the way, is getting to be a bouncer. Vera, eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. (.Jetts, is one of the hap piest and proudest little girls in Delta and all on account of the fact that she has won a total of st>o in merchandise and money prizes from the Youth’s Companion and did the work which en titled her to the honor and reward in less than two months, from Oct. IS to Dec. 15. There was $43 in premiums and sl7 in cash and Vera now has a bank account ami carries a credit book the same as big men do. Several persever ance prizes were included among her earnings. That word perseverance is a good one for her and other little girls to understand. It takes u great deal of perseverance in life to win much of a success. PI? ICE FIVE CENTS FACTS ABOUT THE GUNNISON TUNNEL. Many people know all about the Gunnison tunnel and at the same time don’t know anything about it. New comers will appreciate the following facts concerning this great project and old timers will probably learn some things they didn’t know by reading what follows: ! First -The Gunnison tunnel, 30,600 feet, nearly six miles in length, 10 1-2 by 111-2 feet in the clear, with a fall of two feet to the mile, and a capacity of 1.300 cubic feet of water per second, or more than a million gallons every two minutes. Second —The south canal, which carries the water from the mouth of the tunnel to the Uncompahgre river. This canal has practically the same dimensions as the tunnel and the same carrying capacity. . Third-The east canal. 35 miles long, heading near Montrose and watering the east portion of the valley. Forth—The west canal, heading ten , miles above Montrose, 40 miles long with a capacity of 650 second feet. It will supply water to the northern and western ends of the valley. Fifth—The present existing system of canals and laterals, drawing water from the Uncompahgre river. The . south canal will carry a large supply of water over to the Uncompahgre river from the mouth of the tunnel. Replen ! ish the river above all the old ditches : the water from the Gunnison will sup plement and reinforce the supply from the Uncompahgre. which experience has shown to be insufficient. There will be no dam across the Black canon at the point the river is to be turned into the tunnel. Instead of this, the tunnel itself will tap the river from beneath its present granite bed. By this plan neither floods or slack water can prevent the tunnel from taking all the water needed from the river. The tunnel will be lined from one end to the other, with a solid, impervious lining of Portland cement. For more ! than half its total length the tunnel traverses solid granite, but even in solid granite there might be such a thing as a rock falling or a cave-in. With a continuous tube of concrete, the flow of the tunnel will never be interrupted after the water is once turned into it. All the flumes, culverts, diversion gates, drops and other works along the line of the main canals will be built of steel and concrete, of weight to last for centuries. Wherever there is danger to the main canals from seepage or of sliding banks, the canals are heavily lined with concrete. In the drvest years, when the Uncom pahgre fell to a mere trickel and crops languished, the Gunnison still flowed enough water through the Black canon to water the whole Uncompahgre valley. In future years, when the tunnel gates are opened to their uttermost, there will still flow, unused, a mighty torrent of water. Deaths. • The seven months old babe of Mr. and Mrs. John Platt, who reside on California mesa, diet! Jan. 13 of pneu monia. Funeral services were held Tuesday ami the body interred in the Ash mesa cemetery. Joel Bluford Culwell died at his home in the Tongue Creek valley near Eck ert. Friday. Jan. 18. after a two weeks’ sickness with typhoid fever. Deceased was 42 years, two months and 11 days old at the time of his death and leaves a wife and two children, a son almost grown to manhood and a younger daughter. Deceased came to Delta county from Glenwood, lowa, about one year ago. He bought the Fogg ranch in Tongue creek valley and was interesting him self in the regular lines of farming and fruit growing. He had impressed his worth as a citizen on the minds of our people and his untimely death is greatly deplored in the community. He was an esteemed member of Delta Lodge No. 116. I. O. O. F.. Ik) members of which organization formed an escort for the ' remains when brought to the depot on . Sunday for shipment to Auburn, Neb., where burial will take place. The bereaved wife and children have the tender sympathy of numerous friends in their time of grief and sorrow. Delta Boy Scares High. James J. Girardet. son of our towns man W. S. Girardet, has been appoint ed deputy Dairy Commissioner by Gov. Buchtel. Young Girardet is a student at the Agricultural College and will graduate this spring. He has worked hard to secure his education and is de serving of the success and honor which this appointment brings to him*