THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
XXV YJfIAH VO. 38.
A MEATY PAGE OF DELTA
AND DELTA COUNTY NEWS
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
Dc'U vs. Maatrosc.
Foot Ball score 22 to 0.
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
••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
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
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
> 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
Plenty of good commercial coal is
already opened up and certain of the
coal measures have been exploited suf
ficiently to indicate limitless supplies
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
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
Mrs. C. O. Allen, who has been visit
ing at the home of J. O. Allen, returned
to her home at Pleasanton, Kansas, Sun
* . »
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
Messrs. McDowell, Beasley and Smith
have been on Grand Mesa cutting logs
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.
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
Charles Kiser is undergoing a siege
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
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
James Alexander and Carl Springer
spent Saturday on the Mesa fishing.
Earl Morris was up from Delta last
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
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
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
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
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
Miss Daisy Griffith of Lake City,
Mrs. Arthur Lamar and Miss Darnells
Lamar have been visiting Delta friends
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
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
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
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
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.
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