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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
XXV YEAK-NO. 18. DELTA HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT Eleven Graduates Deliver Orations and Receive Diplomas. Good Program. Graduating exercises of the Delia High School were held at the opera house last Friday evening, at which time a class of eleven young people re ceived diplomas certifying to the fact that they had creditably completed the prescribed course of Btudy. Nearly ev ery seat in the opera house was occu pied by a representative audience of Delta people. The stage was nicely arranged and decorated for the occasion. The motto, “Work and Win,” was arched in silver letters above the stage and to the right and left were large American flags. On the stage were numerous [Kitted plants. The exercises opened with music by the high school orchestra. Rev. E. .J. Harlow pronounced the invocation, which was a thoughtful, impressive and eloquent prayer. This was fol lowed by a song, "O’er the Waters,” sang by the high sch<iol chorus club, comprising 12 young ladies and nine young men, under the direction of Miss Croxton. Orations were then delivered by the eleven graduates, this part of the pro gram being as follows: The Wizard of Santa Rosa Verna H. Waterman Humanity for Humanitv’s Sake Minnie J. Isensoe The Progress of Art Kathleen M. Maxtield Onward and Upward Irene E. Kuhnley Orchestra ..Selected Electro-Mechanics in the Twentieth Century . R. Gell Burson Lincoln Helena G. Cook Caste Mildred D. Harding Modern American Music Lucile C. Obert I Anchored .. Veazie Chorus Club Tennyson’s Ideal of Manh<»od Hazel Musser Trusts Chester E. Harding Judge Lindsey and His Court Maymc B. Clarke Orchestra Selected j The orations were in every instance ! good. The subjects were treated in an j original manner and the delivery of the j different graduates was excellent. No i attempt was made to strain voices in order to Ik* dramatic, but the different essays were given in a natural tone of voice and with natural expression, j Whoever trained this class certainly had the right idea. Both the trainer i and class are to be congratulated. Dr. Frothingham presented the di- | plomas, after addressing the class and I audience on the subject of education for several minutes. The class song was then rendered, after which Rev. Grim pronounced the benediction. Thus another school year is closed j and one more set of graduates are sent out on the highway of life to (tattle with the stern realities of the world. May they be wise enough to seek high er education, is the best thing we can wish for these young people. Dominguu Canon Fruit. A fine display of fruit has been on exhibition at the office of Travis & Cas tle this week, brought down from Do minguez canon by II. A. Richardson and K. M. Getts. It came from the Getts, J. C. Storts anti A. Leonard ranches and consisted of two varieties of cher ries, three of plums, four of apples, two of pears and Elherta peaches. Mr. Richardson makes the following report. At tho Leonard place there is six acres of fruit of all kinds and a full crop of everything. On Mr. Getts* place there is a large crop of pears, plums, cherries, prunus simoni, apples, [icachcs and grapes. Storts will have a full crop of apples and thinning will be necessary on every peach tree he has. Mr. Storts has five acres in fruit alto gether. Married In Borrowed Clothing. (grand Junction papers tell of the ur reat at Olathe of Mrs. John Gillespie, nee Zoa Conley, charged with stealing a skirt and other wearing apparel bo longing to a Mrs. Johnson at Grand Junction, for whom the girl worked up to the time of her departure to get. married. Gillespie and his wife were wedded in Delta last Saturday night at 8 o’clock by Rev. Grim at the Methodist parson age. They went to Olathe where the groom resides and where on Monday his wife was arrested by the Grand Junction authorities. Mrs. Gillespie was released on $800 bond and has not yet had her preliminary hearing. Delta Will Not Celebrate. At the Business Men’s meeting Mon day night it was decided to celebrate the Fourth of July and a committee appointed to make arrangements. There was strong opposition manifested at the meeting, those opposed feeling that Delta should patronize Surface Creek and Paonia and in turn bid for a good crowd at the fair this fall. The com mittee ultimately concluded that this l>osition wps well taken and decided not to go ahead with arrangements for a celebration. A special train will prob ably be arranged for to I’aonia and a large crowd will no doubt go to Surface Creek. All will boost for the fair. Transfer is Completed. Two months ago E. C. Luce Ixmght the interest of H. W. Davis in the Grand Mesa Abstract Co and assumed the active management. No announce ment was made at the time as the transfer was not fully completed until a few days ago. Mr. Luce has been in the abstract business 25 years. 20 years in Colorado and five years in Wisconsin. He was formerly with the Delta County Abstract Co., has a wide acquaintance thruout the county, is a man who makes , and holds friends and will prove a strong factor in building up the business of the Grand Mesa Company. Much Snow on Gr<ind Mfc>a. Richard Forrest was down from Eckert Wednesday and dropped in to the Independent office to set his sub scription a year in advance. Mr. For rest is an employe of the U S. Fish Commission and returned on Tuesday from a trip to Grand mesa lakes to in vestigate snow conditions, having been assigned to this duty by the govern ment. He re|K»rts that from Barren lake on the snow is a!»out four feet deep on the level. From Clay hill to Barren lake it averages from two to two and a half feet. He crossed fences on snow shoes June 4th. This is said to be an unusual amount of snow for this time of the year Baking Contest Decided. The baking contest advertised in the > Independent by Turner & Huntley for I the first and necond best loaf of bread baked from Velvet flour, was decided j at their store Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Davis, Mrs. George Dike and Mrs. Hood were the judges ami they chose the loaf baked by Mrs. Chris Eberhart as the l»est ami that of Mrs. John Reed as second best. There were 17 con testants for the two prizes, a 100 lb. sack and a 50 lb. sack of Velvet flour. All the bread was of excellent quality and it was no easy task for the judges to make their decision. Fool Bridge Goes Oui. A teni|K>rary foot bridge over the j North Fork river at I’aonia went out, ! and fortunately during the night, so that no lives were endangered. Com- i inissioners Wilson and Wilmot went up j to the scene of bridge troubles last | Sunday and while there authorized re- i establishment of the foot bridge, pro vided W. R. Gale superintended the work. This was agreed to. The foot structure which went out was put in by private citizens. —- • - — Keplinger to Fruita. I’rof. U. W. Keplinger was down to Fruita the first of this week ami con tracted with the school board at that place to take the superintendency of their school for the ensuing year. Mr. Keplinger held this position in the Delta schools a number of yenrs ami is a very competent man. Fruita is to bo con gratulated on securing his services. River Gelling high. The Gunnison has been gradually coming up for several days. A few North Delta gardens are being damaged by seep; there is really no overflow as yet. Grave fears are entertained, how ever, for the future as ro|H>rts from the I mountains indicate that only a small part of the late snow has molted and the big flow of water may be expected to come yet. Big Increase In R. R. Business. If you think Delta has been ma terially airected because frost did a lot of damage to the fruit crop, just change your figures. One of the best eriterions to the business and prosperity of a community is the railroad ami if this is true we are certainly hitting a pretty swift lick. During March the Denver & Rio Grande agent remitted receipts of $11),(MX) which was an in crease of $11,(XX) over the same month a year ago. When the business of a single month nearly doubles it is cer tainly going some. To be exact the March receipts show an increase of $8,075, April $5,417 and May, $3,300. TIIE OFFICIAL PAPEB OF DELTA COUNTY DELTA, COLORADO. FRIDAY, .IL'NE T. 11*07. Manufacture Ice In Two Weeks. P. Schuller is here to install the ice plant and, assisted by Mr. Hoine and a force of men, is getting the machinery and equipment in position. The plant will be in operation in two weeks and will be turning out a fine quality of ice made from pure mountain water. Mr. Schuller represents the Altof Mfg. Co., of Denver. He recently installed a plant at Durango and came to Delta from the Coor brewery at Golden where he put in a 25 ton plant. This company has I I plants in successful and satisfac tory operation in Colorado. In connection with the building nec essary to cover the ice plant machinery, a refrigerator room is being construct ed. It is easy to see the Delta Dressed Meat Co. have in contemplation the operation of the packing house at no distant date. When the ice plant is in operation and the refrigerator room completed the packing house equipment will be complete in every detail. Stock Shipments. C. C. Sampson returned from Placer ville Tuesday where he inspected the loading of 15 car load, about 200 head, of range horses sold by S. I*. Gutshall to E. C. Handley of St. Louis, who ships them to that city. T. A. Mostyn loaded a car of fat steers here yesterday for shipment to W. M. Randall, a butcher at Telluride. T. A. Mostyn shipped 130 head of steers to Dallas, in Montrose county, last Saturday, where they will lx* grass finished on the Dallas Divide range and then placed on the market. POPULAR DELTA GIRL WILL WED Miss Susie Belle Winton to Become the Wile of Howard G. Fletcher Next Tuesday. Yesterday morning's Grand Junction News tells of a night of farewell jollity given to Howard G. Fletcher by hi* Grand Junction friends on the eve of ■ t his departure for California to claim j the hand of Miss Susie Belle Wintont | on* «f DeitaVcharming daughters. thF ! ceremony to take place in Angeles j next Tuesday, June 11. The News says: t “Two score of the male friends of Howard G. Fletcher, cashier of the I Grand Junction Fruit Growers’ assoc:a - 1 tion and one of the most prominent and popular young business men of this city, i last night tendered that gentleman a j plethoric stag party ere his departure 'on No. 5 for Los Angeles. Cal., where. Ion Tuesday, June 11. he will claim as his brjde Miss Susie Belle Winton. of Delta, a young lady almost as well j known locally as in her home town up 1 the Gunnison, and an estimable woman I who, as Mrs. Fletcher, is destined t<> grace Grand Junction society circles as ; an actual resident after June 25. on which date the happy couple expect t" return hence. After August 1 they I will Ik* at home to their unusually large circle of friends in a handsomely ap pointed suite of rooms at the Boyer house, corner of White avenue and Fourth street. Miss Winton has been spending the winter in southern California in com pany with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Winton, who will witness the wedding ceremony next week. She is an only daughter. The honeymoon will consume the better part of two weeks, and immediately after the marriage Mr. and Mrs Fletcher will leave Los I Angeles on an extensive trip through many points of interest over a wide • western territory, which will include a trip up the Pacific coast. Salt Lake City and Denver. A full week will be spent in the Mormon metropolis, and several . days in the Colorado capital before the : couple reach Grand Junction. 1 The bride-elect is a graduate of Den } ver university, class of ’06. She was . very popular in college life, and is still , more popular among her Delta friends | and those who know her best. She is I both cultured and refined, without a I trace of selfishness or personal egotism. Her husband-to-be came to this city six years ago from Cherokee, Iowa, and during the entire period of his residence here has held the one position with competency and conspicuous ability to handle its manifold duties. He has the confidence ami good will of everybody. ” —— • ■■■■■ — Illustrated Panama Canal lecture. 1 The Delta Business Men’s Assn, has arranged with Alfred Patek, a noted * newspaper man, to deliver his illustrated lecture on the Pnuumn Canal. Mr. 1 Patek visited the canal, made a large 1 number of photographs, secured a vast ‘ amount of information and is giving a ‘ most fascinating and instructive lecture. At the opera house in Delta. Thursday evening, May 13. CROWN GALL KILLS FRUIT TREES Disease Thrives in Irrigation Coun tries. Watch For it On Nursery Stock. M> Lkhi.ik F. Pu t.i. I)<-lta t 'oiint> Fruit luvMiitaliun The accompanying figure illustrates crown gall as found upon the roots of peach trees. Handkerchie f’s were placed behind each of the galls to bring them into prominence in the picture. Although called CROWN gall, it will be seen that only the larger one on the right grew at the crown, the other oc curring upon a small root deep in the ground. This is frequently the case, and is one of the most deceptive feat ures of the disease. While it attacks several kinds of fruit, in Delta county it is more commonly found upon peach and apple trees. Strange to say this disease which is so serious in irrigated regions causes very little trouble in the eastern states. For this reason eastern nurserymen have made but little en deavor to eradicate the disease from their nurseries, and it has been dissem inated freely in every direction. Most of these nurseries have been slow to comprehend that the right exclusion of this pest from Colorado' by our inspec tion laws has been necessitated by its greater destructiveness under our con ditions. Knowing this, every orchard ist ought to be his own horticultural in spector, especially when his stock comes to him} from outside the state. It is much easier to detect before planting than later or.. Its symptoms in the mature orchard tree are the yellowing of the foliage of one or more limbs, ; gradually spreading to include more and more of the tree while scantiness of foliage and an attempt toward great productiveness of practically worthless fruit frequently indicate the last stages of the disease prior to its death during the following winter. Unfortunately yellow foliage frequently indicates other troubles, such as root rot. too much water, gypsum or other forms of marl, etc., all of which make the diagnosis of crown gall rather difficult for the orchardist. When a tree is suspected, however, he should dig around the crown, removing all the soil down to the branching off of the main roots. Frequently this reveals the cause of the trouble. The only remedy is to pull it out and burn it. taking care that no portions of the infected tissue be scat tered in the orchard There is little doubt that it is contagious. 1 have been in orchards where a crown galled tree has been removed and the next tree in the row in the direction toward which the water flowed during irrigation was showing marked symptoms of the disease. Many experiments have shown that there is little value in cutting otT the galls, indeed there is some evidence that it only serves to stimulate the disease to increased activity. Married. Mr. Louie Neff, third son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Neff, and Miss Bertha Edie were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Edie. on Garnet mesa. Sunday. June 2, at 1 :.’>o p. m. The ceremony was performed in the presence of the Neff and Edie fam ilies and a few friends by Rev. J. G. Neff, father of the groom. The young people represent two of the most highly respected families of the community and start on life's journey with bright prospects. The Independent joins with their numerous friends in hearty congratulations and best wishes. Advertised Letter List. Letters remaining uncalled for in the postoflice at Delta. Colo., for the week ending June 7, 1907. Miss Gertrude Holman A. F. Otto Miss Maude Morris In culling for these letters please say "advertised.” Ella New, I\ M. Delta Water Wins Citizen. Mr. John Forrest, who came to the Uncompahgre valley six weeks ago, has bought the K. C. Luce property on Garnet mesa, comprising a seven room two story house and 7 1 4 acres of land, most of which is in bearing fruit, for a consideration of $4,000. Mr. Forrest purchased a farm near Montrose when he first came to the valley, then he bought the English farm on Garnet mesa and now he purchases a most de sirable home in Delta. In making choice between Montrose and Delta for a place of residence, Mr. Forrest was largely influenced by our municipal mountain water supply, which is undoubtedly the best in the state. Please score one more victory for the pure and sparkling Doughspoon. Mr. Forrest is to secure possession of his new home about the first of July, at which time his family will arrive from Lincoln. Neb., where they have been living on account of the educa tional advantages afforded by the state university of Nebraska and the high schools of that city. HILLMAN--CRABILL WEDDING Two of Delta’s Most Popular Young People Married Last Wednesday. Letitia Mary Crabill was married to Walter George Hillman, at the home of i the bride on Palmer street. Wednesday. June 5. at the hour of 12 o’clock, noon, j Rev. W. S. Grim, pastor of the Meth odist church, performed the ceremony in the presence of the bride’s family and a small company of near relatives. The bride looked beautiful in a white embroidered robe and carried white roses. Following the ceremony a four course luncheon was served. The bride gave as favors bon-bon boxes tilled with pieces of the wedding cake. The house , was decorated with smilax. palms and j white carnations. Those present besides the father and j mother of the bride were. Rev. and Mrs. Grim, Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Stock- ] i ham. Mr. and Mrs W. B. Stockham , land daughter Nellie, Mr. and Mrs. Joe | Crabill. Mr. and Mrs. George Crabill. ; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hillman and son. The principals in this happy affair are I two of Delta’s worthy and most prom- , ismg young people. Mrs. Hillman is j the handsome and accomplished daugh- ! ter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Crabill. She ! has been raised and educated in Delta. |is an accomplished musician, organist at the Methodist church and is an active church worker. Her list of friends is only limited by the extent of her ac quaintances and these friends love her ’ for the high quality of womanly char acter which she possesses. The groom. Mr. Walter G. Hillman. ; is a tine young man. Always courteous and obliging he manifests to all a ( character of manliness and uprightness which wins friends and establishes con fidence. He came to Delta five years ago to accept a position in the First National Bank. Four years ago last March he was entrusted with the res t ponsible position of cashier, the exact ing duties of which trust he has per . formed in the most praiseworthy man- I manner. He has firmly established ( himself in the confidence of his em ployers. as well as the bank’s patrons, , and his future in the business world gives promise of splendid accomplish ‘ ! ments. Mr. and Mrs. Hillman took their de ' parture on the Wednesday afternoon train for an extended honeymoon trip 1 to Ohio, where they will visit relatives of Mrs. Hillman, afterward going to [ the Jamestown exposition. Buffalo. N. V.. Niagra Falls and to Mr. Hillman’s old home in Canada. They will be “at ‘ home” after August 15. They received the following handsome i presents: Leather couch and china closet, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Crabill; 1 purse of money. Eastern friends; Hav * alin china dinner set. Dr. and Mrs. ; Stockham and Mr. and Mrs. Will Stock -1 ham; 400 day clock and cut glass dish. M. E. church; section book case, Mr. 1 and Mrs. J. E. Hillman; Morris chair ■ Miss St rock; pearl handled knives and forks, Joe Crabill; table cloth and nap ' kins. Mrs. Joe Crabill; cut glass dish, Mr. and Mrs. George Ridley; fern dish. Geo. Wilson; two salad plates, Mrs. L Geo. Stephan; pillow cases, Mrs. Ren ; Gheen; cut glass dish, Mr. ami Mrs. Geo. Crabill; silver baking dish. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stockham; pearl han dled fruit knives. Etta Jorden; cold meat fork, l’earl Haley; cut glass dish, Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Seaton; cracker iar. Mrs. Singleton; hand-painted tray, Mrs. A. C. Remington; silver baking » dish. Mr. and Mrs. 11. H. Wolbert; burnt wood plate rack, Marion Walker; large picture. Misses Hillman; leather ’ shopping bag. Mrs. A. R. King; tray doth, Nora Kellogg. PRICE FIVE CEXTS WOMAN’S CLUB ANNUAL RECEPTION Brilliant Affair at Home of Dr. and Mrs. Stockham Last Evening. The Delta Woman’s Club gave its sixth annual reception last evening at the palatial home of Dr. and Mrs. Stockham on Garnet mesa. It was an occasion long to be remembered by the 150 guests, on account of its social ele gance and the splendid program carried out. In the receiving line to welcome the guests were Miss Ella New, Miss Em ma Myers, Mrs. Kelso and Mrs. Harry Stockham, who extended a friendly and cordial greeting to all and bade them be at home. Soon after nine o’clock the formal program opened by a selection from the high school orchestra, after which Miss Ella New, president of the Delta Woman’s Club, delivered the address of welcome. Miss New is a most gracious •presiding officer and her address fairly bristled with wit and humor and was delivered with ease of manner and nat turalness of expression, so that the guests were put at ease and in the best possible humor for the things that were to follow. Miss New said women were sometimes accused of doing all the talking, hence on this occasion it had been planned to give the men a chance and to let them talk to their heart’s content. The complete program as carried out is as follows: PROGRAM Music High School Orchestra Welcome Miss Ella New Vocal Solo Miss Minnie Jackson Reading. . Miss Beulah Scofield Violin Selection Mr. Wanee WOMAN’S WORK THROUGH MASCULINE EYES. "A laucli i« worth n Imiulril in any market. [The Business World Dr. A. H. Stockham **A prudent wife i*» a cift from the Lonl j The Bar Mr. H. J. Baird ' Woman - intuition ii* l»*tt»»r than man * locic. The Court. Hon. A. R. King “Her aims an* rurht. hut iJu Hies* t«*> hitrh. The Pedagogue Prof. U. W. Keplinger I “Woman, to know her i* a liberal education. | The Press Mr. Findley Duffield ! “She n«*o»i« no euloicy. *»he speaks* for her*elf. The Reformer Rev. Dr. George Darley “Wrotnc* that diould !»• richted. - Knight of the Quill.. . Mr. E. E. Watts I ‘ The wi-«' man rettecti. upon what he is* coin*; I to write, the foolish U|h>u what he hue written. I The Legislator Hon. Merle D. Vincent "l>iscui!M- our Itondace a.** we will. Ti*» a woman ruN** it** **till. j The Pulpit Rev. Mr. E. J. Harlow Nuture intended to make Woman her masterpiece. Selection Male Quartette J Music High School Orchestra At the close of the formal exercises ! light refreshments were served and the i remaining part of the evening was de j voted to social conversation and general intermingling of the guests, who lin gered until a late hour. All expressed themselves as having been delightfully entertained and gave the officers of the Club their best wishes for its future i success and growth. High School Deltonidn. The “Deltonian,” issued by the class ' of ’07. is a creditable piece of work and is an exposition of our school which would go a long way toward convincing eastern people that in educational mat ters Delta is at the front. Quite a supply of these books are yet on hand and citizens of Delta could not do a better thing for the town for the same amount of money expended than to send the Deltonian to eastern friends. The graduating class has been to heavy expense and every book sold is assist ance to them. If you have not secured one or more copies of the Deltonian do so at once. The books are on sale at the Seaton and Cook drug stores. Beet Crop In fine Condition. General Manager John Scoefiler cf the Grand Junction sugar factory has t»een here this week looking over the beet fields in company with Field Sup't. J. W. Douthitt. He pronounces the crop in Delta county in the best condi tion of any section of the territory he has yet visited. Mr. Douthitt tells an INDEPENDENT reporter that the crop is in fine condi tion, the stand is good, the fields are being thinned, weeded and properly cultivated and conditions could not be better to this date. Just about 2,000 acres have been planted in Delta county.