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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
XXV YJfIAH VO. 38. A MEATY PAGE OF DELTA AND DELTA COUNTY NEWS Ditch History. The Independent will publish a series of ditch history articles, taking a Delta county ditch as a subject each week. It is the desire to have these sketches of sufficient length to contain a good his torical description of each ditch, the amount of land irrigated, the progress of its work, improvement and equip ment, a mention of it* stockholders and those interested, and something of the soil and improvements of land under it. We wish to take up one ditch per week until all have been described, and are willing to devote spsce of from one to two columns for the purpose. To aid this department we would like to have the secretary of each company prepare the article, or some member of the company who is thoroughly acquainted with all detail. The object is to make these articles a matter of irrigation news, compiled from fact, and of sta tistical and reference value to the pub lic as well as to those interested In each ndividual ditch in the county. The tabulated publication of the ditch and reservoir numbers, priorities and capacities of Surface Creek and Tongue Creek in last week's Independent was so well received that we feel we should go on with an interesting ditch depart ment. Dc'U vs. Maatrosc. Foot Ball score 22 to 0. Basket Ball The above is the result of the games between Delta and Montrose last Sat urday and furnishes additional proof of how easy outside teams are for Delta. '*Bow, wow, wow!” The games were played at Montrose and the visiting players from Delta were well entertained, except, of course, on the athletic grounds. But our feet-ballers ought to have let Montrose score just one. The basket ball game was more evenly matched but our girls, as usual, won the game. Delta girls an ahraya The nest gene with Montrose will be played at Delta. Commenting on the social features of the games the Montro-us Enterprise said: ••The evening was devoted to a re ception, tendered to the \ isi tors by the High School students, at the school building. Over one hundred and fifty were present. Cake, sherbet, etc., were daintily served by the young lady students. All had a royal time at the reception. There were solos, orchestra 1 music, class and school yells and a gen eral enjoyment resulted. The Delta students are fine young j folks, and made many Iriends while in the city. I Return games will be arranged in the near future, at which time Montrose will do better work. The Delta delegation were profuse in their appreciation of the treatment they received, not only from the Mont rose young people generally, but from the contestants in the games especially. "We received the beat and fairest treatment we ever received anywhere,” said one of them. Another expressed it thus: "The squnrest hunch of fel lows we ever met. Notwithstanding the fact that they were losers, they never once complained of a decision or questioned a play. ” On the other hand, the Delta visitors proved themselves to be true ladies and gentlemen and the day was mutually pleasant.” To Settle Cedaredge Boundaries. County Surveyor John A. Curtis was appointed commissioner to settle the Cedaredge boundary by Judge Shackel ford, this week. The question involved in this boundary matter is mainly im perfect markings, many of the govern ment survey corners being indistinct or altogether missing. There having been more or less rock on the surface origi nally, and which has been removed since settlement, some of the corners were unwittingly removed, so that it is necessary to re-establish the section lines. A re-survey of much of the ter ritory will probably be necessary. Temperance Singers Coming. The Roblev Male Quartet, which is out under the auspices of the State Prohibition Committee, will give one of their free public entertainments at Pn onia on Saturday evening, Oct. 26, and will give a gospel prohibition service at Delta, in the Christian church on Sun day afternoon, Oct. 27. This quartet is making a splendid reputation for high class work and are being greeted with large audiences every whore. The tenor and bass are also soloists and the second tenor is n reader and impersonator. Another Veteran Answers Lnst Roll Call. Constant C. Marsh was born in Platts burg, N. Y., June 12, 1830, and passed away October 18. 1907, aged 77 years, 3 months and 6 days. He was converted and joined the M. E. church when 14 years old. He loved the church and took active part in pub lic service until impaired health made attendance difficult. Two years ago long-standing physical trouble necessi tated his retirement from active ser vice. For 63 years he knew the Lord and all that time was identified with the church. On July 3, 1851 he was united in mar riage with Miss Sarah M. Pease) of Oswego, 111. To this union were bom nine children. His wife and four chil dren survive him. The surviving children are: Mrs. Paulina Dukeman of Pueblo; Mrs. Esther L. Allen of Paonia; Arthur C. Marsh of Theodore, U tah and Walter C. Marsh of Delta. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army, Company C, 88th Illinois Infantry. After nine months of hard service he was honorably discharged on account of an injury received while on duty. The injury assumed an aggravated form two months ago, causing his demise. He was a member of the Geo. B. Mc- I Clellan Grand Army Post No. 76. An ; other Comrade has answered the last I roll-call and joined the army in the . skies. > All his life be was a tiller of the soil. ! Fourteen years ago he came to Delta ! and on Nov. 1, 1894 he identified him . self with the church here and for thir -1 teen years he has built his life into the church, lending it his good influence, i On July 3. the 53rd anniversary of ‘ his marriage, he was operated upon in , St. Luke's Hospital, in Denver, and lay j a sufferer for more than three months. 1 His sufferings were very severe but he | uttered no word of complaint. Patiently | he endured “as seeing the inevitable." On the 18th of October the silver cord was loosened, the golden bond broken, and a good citizen, a devoted husband and HIM. father wnnr borne te the sweet seat of hoover. DdU Comity Cm! Measures. Delta county's coal resources should not be overlooked. While millions of tons have been proven to exist in known deposits, there is little question but great bodies of coal exist in sections of the county not yet explored and per haps of even better quality than any so far uncovered. The formation of much of the country is such as indicates coal measures below, a> d it is not improba ble that, were drill holes put down, strains of both bituminous and anthra cite coals would be encountered, and in the shales below, oil deposits of great value may exist. In other sections of the state—even near-by sections Coal resources are being developed and large j capital is being interested in the work. ; The same thing should be in progress over Delta county, where, up to this time, only moderate attention has been given to coal development and where the mining of coal has only been in op oration sufficient to supply home con sumption and a scattering outside mar ket. Plenty of good commercial coal is already opened up and certain of the coal measures have been exploited suf ficiently to indicate limitless supplies Deer Increasing. The success of hunters in bagging deer this season indicates that the sup ply of that noble game is increasing under the one-deer stipulation and a growing observance of the law. There are vast forest and mountain sections in the state that afford ideal homes for the deer and where for many years they will be little disturbed or annoyed by the too constant company of man. With a proper respect for the game laws now regulating their taking, the supply should not only last but increase. The present law should be changed to protect fawns and no doubt will be at the next session of the legislature. Delta County S. S. Institute. The Delta County Sunday School Institute will be held in the M. E. Church at Delta, Monday, November 4th, 1907, all day. Hev. Joel Harper and Mrs. J. A. Walker, of the state organi7.ation, will be present to take part in the program. All Sunday Schools of the county are expected to be present with a report, or send a report to the county president Dr. W. A. Ridley, Delta. Program in full will appear next i week. I TJIE OFFICIAL PAPER OP I'EI.TA COUNTT DELTA, COLORADO, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1907. AN ORIGINAL LIAR. Quite a number of critics war* ent at the rehearsal of the play, M An Original Liar,” which is to be next Wednesday night at the Op House, by home talent, for the bsagMt of the Episcopal church choir, and they are unanimous in saying that this wjHl be the best home talent ever produced in western Colorado. The young pe^ e have been hard at work for the fBPt two weeks under the capable manage ment of Mr. Randolph Gray, whe'is directing the play. Mr. Gray is takiAg the leading part, so the success of the performance is assured. Quite a number of Delta people saw Mr. Gray’s work when he was hdre during fair week with the Kemptifo Comedy Co., and his work shows him j to be a very capable young actor. IV people of Delta should turn out enmaihe 1 and encourage the young people in tMr undertaking, not only because itie hr the good of the church, but beemMe they should be encouraged in their work. The price of admission is within range of everyone, and it ie certain that they will get their money’s worth. The play is a farce comedy in three acts, brimful of fun from start to flahk Dick Comfort, a young man, is living an allowance, made him by his unde, with the condition that he shal not marry. •ut Dick marries, keeping Ms ! uncle in ignorance of the fact, and also his wife in regard to his uncle being averse to his marrying. On the math* ing the play opens Dick receives a letter from his uncle stating that he Is coming to spend the day. Dick trias lb play the part of a bacheldr for the day, so he dispatches his wife off ea an errand to town, not expecting her lo return until late that evening. Me has great difficulty in preventing a meeting between his uncle and his wife, whMh is very laughable but finally he aaft> ceeda. He is informed by his undo that his aunt will arrive on the negt train coming from town. She and Dick's uncle not being on speekiag terms, she decided to come by heeeelf. Then an old ftiend of Dick's, G serge Merrigale drops tn to pay him a visit. Then Dick’s trouble begin. He tefls eo many fibs that they finally come with out his assistance. _ . The cast «f eharacteea areas foHNC Dick Comfort, married yet slngl#— Randolph Gray; George Merrigale. an unfriendly friend— Os win Ro w baths m; Alexander Meander, Dick’s uncle, blamed but b lam less—Roy Woodgate; Edith Comfort, unknown, u< honored, unsung—lrma Singleton; Mrs. Clemen tina Meander, Dick's aunt, blameless, but blamed —Eva Stell; Lilly, Mrs. Clementina Meander’s maid —Daisy Hornsby; Betsey, a girl about the house - Eileen Schlapp. A Comrade Sleeps. Resolutions of Delta G. A. R. Post on death of C. C. Marsh: Under present conditions it is not strange that the remnant of the (once) [ Grand Army of the Republic should, now, pensively consider our destiny. I Sixteen years ago we numbered 410.- j : 000 members; now, only half as many remain, while THEIR halting steps, in creasing feebleness and the large per centage of those who annually depart, admonish us that we should “set our houses in order.” After several years of comradeship with Constant C. Marsh, Geo. B. Mc- Clellan Post have, at length, escorted his weary and broken body, under the flag that he loved, down to the “Dark River,” and, by the impressive cere monial of our Order, waved his immor tal spirit to the farther shore. Comrade Marsh leaves another ••va cant chair” in our Post-room and our councils which must ever remain un filled. Comrade Marsh was a good man: In youth he upheld his Country’s honor and in manhood he prosecuted dilli gently religious, family and civic duty In our grief at parting our rejoicing is that we can point to his life as being more than ordinarily an exemplar of Holy Writ, saying: “Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace.” Resolved, that Geo. B. McClellan Post mingles its grief with that of tin' aged relict and of the fatherless chil dren of our deceased Comrade and orders that its action herein be pub lished, that a copy hereof lie delivered to the widow, and that it be inscribed on the minutes of the Post. C. P. Bragg. R. J. Coffey, R. Richakt. Committee. Tour ol All rtcxico B> Private Train Leaves Denver January 28 via Colo rado & Southern. Tickets cover all j expenses. Write T. E. Fisher, G. P. A., 1 • Denver. Drank Carbolic Add. J. S. Turner, of North Delta, was found dead in his stable this morning. Dr. Burgin, county coroner, was noti fied and held an inquest this forenoon. The verdict returned in accordance with evidence obtatined, was that death was caused from drinking carbolic acid. Turner, it is said, had been in ill health and had acted despondent for some time. Deceased was married and leaves, we understand, a wife and two daugh ters. He had been a resident of North Delta less than a year. Registered at Delta Hotels. H. N. Gilbert, A. N. Cutting. C. E. Magrum, Denver; E. P. Smut, Omaha; C. P. Kenedy, K. C ; Tom F. Bell, W. E. Neatland, A. J. Lupton, H. H. Monroe, Denver; F. P. Addleman, Hotchkiss; F. L. Stone, Pendleton, Ind.; Geo. Sharp. Montrose; Geo. Kline, M. J. Schinor, R. C. Burbridge. K. C.; E. J. Crockell. Pueblo; Charlea King, Denver; “Posey” Montrose; M. Alex ander, Chicago; J. J. Regan, P. B. Hunt. L. J. Davis, J. A. Whiting, Pu eblo; F. L. Meridith, J. J. Beaman, St. Louis; John Schopple, Grand Junction; S. Hescbt, W. McMella, Fred Roualt, J. T. Murray, Denver; H. A. Yoat and wife, St Louis; H. A. Howinta, Rochester, N. Y.; Chas. G. Lewis, Chicago; Charles R Martyn, Ouray; J. F Kinkandall, Cincinnati; P. S. Lorick, Philadelphia; A. M. Davis, Stuart, Iowa; Robert Halley, Montrose; Chas. M. Wilson, N. F. Abbott, Denver; John Nicholas. St. Paul; W. Ezra Johnson, New York; J. L. Keru, Chicago; W. C. Webster. Seattle; J. S. Coleman, Chicago; C. F. Rankin, St. Louis; A. H. Moon, Montrose; B. A. Metz. Den ver; C. A. Rossland, La Fayette, Colo rado; A. T. Henry. Pueblo; John A. Sellers, Newman, Idaho. Mis. Stepbaa Addresses History Class. Thursday forenoon from 9:45 to 10:30 Mrs. Geo. Stephan of this city spoke to the second year class of the high school who are studying Roman history. Mrs. Stephan with her husband trav eled over Europe and made careful study of Roman antiquity. She illustrated her remarks with pictures and profiles of Rome and its objects for study. Her description of the Eternal City, ef tke Palatine Hill, of the Capitohne 'Hill, of the Forum, of the Colosseum, of the Pantheon, of the Mausoleum of Had man, of the Vatican and of Tri umphal Arches, together with the statutes of the Roman Gods was very distinct and interesting. The whole class, with their teacher, feel grateful to Mrs. Stephan for this lecture. Wheefer-Hood Marriage. Ex- Alderman W. D. Wheeler of Delta and Mrs. Ruth A. Hood, also of Delta, were united in marriage at the Baptist parsonage Monday night of this week, by Rev. S. A. Hayworth. The happy couple took the train the same evening for Eugene, Oregon, where they expect to make their future home, and where the best wishes of Delta people follow them for health, happiness and pros perity. Subscriptions Received. The following subscriptions to the Independent have been received dur ing the week: J. S. George, Read, Colorado: W. H. Crow, Osakis. Minnesota; W. J. Dar nell, Cory. Colo., W. A. Davis, E. L. Crow, Mrs. J. A. Hurst, Delta. Advertised Letter List. Letters remaining uncalled for in the postoffice at Delta, Colo., for the week ending Oct. 25, 1907. Win. Campbell, Wm. H. Mills. Mrs. A. R. Missick. Miss Glen Rawlins Mrs. Wm. Shellhammer. In calling for these letters please say “advertised. ’ * Ella New. P. M. Austin Briefs. Mr. Chapman, ot North Delta, gath ered his second crop of strawberries last week and presented Dr. Miller with a crate of them. Dr. Archer, John Kettle. B. L. Bert ram and Otis Mansfield started hunting Thursday beyond the Gorsuch ranch. Dr. Archer is first on the Mesa this season to finish beet harvest. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lindburg who have been spending the summer ac Dr. Miller's, returned to their home in lowa Sunday. Mrs. C. O. Allen, who has been visit ing at the home of J. O. Allen, returned to her home at Pleasanton, Kansas, Sun day. * . » Cory Items. Mr. E. E. Landreth and son Ralph have gone to their coal hank to get it in running shape before cold weather seta in. 1 Mr. McCarrier’s sister-in-law and mother, from California, came laat week for a month’s visit, but the alti- i tude was too high for them and they \ had to shorten the visit to a few days. The Ladies’ Aid Society will hold its next meeting with Mrs. Horton, on November 6th. Messrs. McDowell, Beasley and Smith have been on Grand Mesa cutting logs this week. The apple harvest is about over. The Colorado Fruit Co. boxed 1,500 boxes, Mr. Wm. Kennicott 1,600 and Mr. Hubbard about 1,500 boxes. Cedaredge Items. Editor Brewer was out again on the trail this week and came in with a fine big deer as the result. There will be a public sale of house hold and ranch goods Oct. 31, at A. L. Patterson's on Surface Creek one and one-half miles west of Trickle bridge. Good broad board side walks on Cedaredge streets are greatly improv ing the appearance of the town and promise comfortable getting about when the muddy season arrives. Melvin Gipe, who represents Cedar edge as a Sophomore and foot-ball man at Colorado College, has been suffering from an attack of tonsilitis recently. On account of the illness of Mrs. Ed. Bull, her sister Miss Ensign will not I return to her home in Missouri for the present. Charles Kiser is undergoing a siege of mumps. Bom to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Myers, on Wednesday, October 23, a son. Miss Grace Marshall of the North Delta schools and Miss Alpha Prouty visited Mrs. Joe Hogrefe over Sunday. Mrs. Hogrefe drove down to Delta on Monday with her guests. County Survey or Curtis ’§ * t work this week on the official survey of sec tion 17. I Miss Lucy Spicer and Mias Helen I Street of the Delta schools spent the week end with Miss Johnson and made the trip up on Rim Rock Saturday. There will be a public sale of the household goods of V. E. Hengstler at i his ranch (the old Yeiter place) on Oct. 1 28; John Shelled?, auctioneer. Mrs. I Hengstler has recent)? interned from ! the hospital where she has been for taeatment and her health requires a change of locality. Mrs. E. E. Bull is ill, threatened with typhoid but the doctor hopes to break up the fever before it becomes serious. James Alexander and Carl Springer spent Saturday on the Mesa fishing. Earl Morris was up from Delta last Monday. Cedar Mesa gives an entertainment in the new school house on October *JS. There will be no charge for admission, but the program, of selections on the phonograph, will be followed by a box supper. A prize of one dollar will be given for the finest basket and proceeds will go toward the purchase of an or | gan. Mrs. May and her daughter Miss Ruth May visited Mrs. Richardson and Miss Daisy Richardson last week, on their way to the coast. Cedaredge has passed a curfew ordi nance and needs the coming school bell more than ever, in order to help enforce the regulation and keep the children at home evenings. A. G. Kammer was down from Tellu ride last week looking after his ranch property and visiting his brother C. A. Kammer. While here Mr. Kammer increased his holdings in Cedaredge by the purchase of a forty adjoining his ranch, from W. F. Morris, considera tion S9OOO. The forty is partly im proved, having on it about 15 acres of alfalfa. D. A. Herron of Tellurlde came down with Mr. Kammer and visited Cedaredge. Austin ana Hotch kiss. Eckert Locals. Mr. and Mrs. John Hart. Miss Laura Hart, Mrs. Judge Whiting of Hart’s busin, Mr. and Mrs. Archer of Austin. | were visitors at tlje J. O. Simpson ranch, last Sunday. Mr. Hart was driving his auto and handles the ma chine like an expert. Mr. J. B. Ratekin, who has charge of the Womack ranch which was recently purchased by members of the Colorado Agricultural College, will commence work this week preparing one hundred acres of land to be set to apples next spring. Seventy-five acres of this land is now in alfalfa and the task of pre paring it for orchard is no small one. The varieties to be set will be Rome Beauties, Winesap and Jonathans ' grafted on Northern Spy roots. I Dr. J. D. Walker picked and shipped PRICE FIVE CENTS from hia orchard some of the finest Ben Davis apples that has been taken from | Surface Creek mesa, yet, some people | have the nerve to say this is an "off iyear” for fruit, but the Dr. says “no.” Mr. and Mrs. Bert Weir were Delta visitors last Tuesday. Elias Wenger is the recognized spud man of Eckert, having just finished digging a splendid crop of the Irish man’s delight. Rev. George and wife of Cedaredge took dinner with Mr. and Mrs. James Lamar, last Sunday. ‘Tie said of Rev. George that he is not of the yellow leg chicken type of ministers, yet he seems to know where to go for a good meat Frank Teach out’s team became frightened last Sunday and by his pres ence of mind, a bad runaway was averted. A broken tongue was the only damage. Miss Daisy Griffith of Lake City, Mrs. Arthur Lamar and Miss Darnells Lamar have been visiting Delta friends this week. Anderson Hansen and family have moved to the McMurray ranch. On last Thursday the Ladies’ Aid met at the home of Mrs. George Hull and spent the time allotted to work in help ■ mg Mrs. Hull with a rag carpet, after which dainty refreshments were served. The next regular meeting will occur on Nov. 7th, at the home of Mrs. Clippen field, the ladies giving a literary pro gram. Mrs. James Stell and Mrs. Wil liam Miller have charge of this program and it will be one of unusual merit. Local and Personal. Leave order for Roll in’s coal. Phone 195 red. 38-2 t. County Treasurer James Beckley re turned from a trip to Denver the first of this week. “Tom” Brown, well known Western Slope attorney, died at his home in Grand Junction, Tuesday afternoon of this week. Dr. W. P. Headden. State Chemist, and Mr. L. C. Bragg, on the staff of Prof. Gillette, are at Delta this week from Fort Collins. Saturday November 2nd, will be reg ular monthly sales day at the Restau rant corner, Fourth and Main streets. Remember the day, date and place. • A reception was given Rev. W. G. Barron at the parsonage of the M. E. church last night by the members, proving a delightful social function. Mr. Thomas Thompson came down Wednesday to make final proof before U. S. Land Commissioner M. R- Welch, on his desert land 80 near Cedaredge. Clay Davis returned Thursday from his bear hunt. The bear was caught in traps set. but was too strong, getting away but leaving hair in the trap jaws. Don’t skim over the Independent carelessly. Every page contains good matter. Even the advertisements are attractive and well worth careful read ing. Visitors continue to arrive at Delta in good numbers. The growing interest in Delta county property and resources is responsible for the coming of a great many. Quails are becoming so thick around Delta that they are considered by many a nuisance. The California quail isn’t regarded an insect exterminator, while the field lark is. Mr. F. A. Briggs was down from Cedaredge Wednesday. Mr. Briggs states that the concrete work in prog ress at the Leon Lake and other reser voirs has been greatly facilitated by the past few weeks of good weather. I Marriage licences were issued this week at Delta to E. L. Barnett of Grand Junction and Miss Ina I. Epps of Paonia. and to M. S. Beckley of Delta and Helen Hepworth of Cedar edge. Mrs. Geo. Owens returned last week from an extended trip over Indiana. Illinois, lowa and Kansas. Mrs. Owens came home somewhat improved in health, by travel, but saw no place she likes so well as Delta. Mr. W. E. Obert, of Stephan &Obert. returned this week after two month’s absence, during which he visited his old home in Pennsylvania, extending his trip to New York and Buffalo, then taking in the exposition at Jamestown. A good step was no doubt taken in the erection of a canning factory in Delta county, which can be operated to save much of the product too ripe to ship. Along this line additional means will become necessary, as. with a full crop next year, all agree that the mat ter of transporting all of it to market direct from the orchards, will be a very serious problem. Evaporating plants are suggested as an additional means of helping to save the fruit crop.