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PAGE TWO VISIT TO NORTHERN i BELTRAMI COUNTY IS i ENJOYED BY BOOSTERS In an effort to give to the reading public just what happened on the boosters' trip to the Grygla country, Baudette, Waskish and Kelliher, it is cover every minute country is like, what the settlers are like, what the ditches are like and i-- what the roads are like. What people in the south end want to know is whether the ditches are draining the land, whether the roads can be travelled over and whether the settlers are contented and satis fied. The settlers are much interested in knowing when a railroad will be put through their community, when more ditches will be dug, when roads will be completed and connected up and just how far the co-operation of the southern Beltrami county residents will extend. It was evident that the northern neighbors were glad to see the dele gation tsom the south end and it was also evident that the boosters were glad to mix and mingle with the north-enders. After leaving Bemidji, the first stop was made at Red Lake River, just where it leaves the big lake and where Superintendent Cross of the agency has had a splendid new bridge constructed. Here the boosters lunched and were photographed by the official photographer, Louis Lar son. Louis had them "look pleasant" from the new bridge and then he pushed the button. Reach Grygla Country The cars then headed for the much heard of Grygla country, but before reaching this veritable paradise they were guided by William Everts over some genuine "corduroy" roads. Bill just wanted to see how the drivers would enjoy it, and thought that if any were to be eliminated, the time to do it was right then and there. But every driver was right on the job and put his car through without. The women of that community pre-! pared a fine dinner, after which have got to get busy and correct speakers from among the visitors, as. them well as from the local community,' were heard. E. E. McDonald presided at the meeting and introduced the speakers. He gave a short and interesting talk on the purpose of the trip and com plimented the settlers upon their spirit and development work. Judge C. W. Stanton was the first speaker introduced. He said: "I have heard so much about the Grygla coun try and have had something to do with authorizing the construction of ditches here, that I have longed for years to come up here. "Just what your opinion is with re gard to the work thus far done I am not familiar, but 1 brought with me a "body guard" of sixty men, because I did not know what I might en counter. I have come also to learn cuuiitc* International Falls spoke on behalf of if I have acted wisely in my decisions. Amendment No. 1. After his talk he "You need more ditches. The out- r SIDE LINE EXPRESSIONS BY DITCH FARMERS The following expressions were noted in conversing with actual set noted in conversing wii.n aciuoi tJerS an ar pubiished som th wh gom 0 Monday morning, August 23, t Thursday night, August 26, but toj leave with them an idea of what the iroa to show why armer are pleased and ar dissatisfied with the rditchess thu fa i j. J.: t TV Pinnaar .._. _.. not. the intention of- The Pioneer tr.n cover every minute of time from constructed!.- "Theo are no good AH they did in some places was to make 1 they some places was UWBS ds, and darn poor ones at that. 0 W hav pai(j ditches we never rud on. Something has to be done mighty quick.a ha an o road a mishap. This was where Andy structed. We have a good start and Johnson joined the bunch and lead something to look forward to. We the way around the route. I need more of them and bigger ones. The new and prosperous village of I Four Towns was reached shortly after I "I am paying ditch taxes and not i 12 o'clock. This enterprising village getting one cent's worth of benefit, is but three years old and lies right It's a joke. The ditch ends near my in the heart of the ditch drained area, place and is full of water. It won't where land is easily cleared and run off, because the hill is in the where farmers are developing real way." farms. There is a splendid co-operative "The ditch taxes are getting pretty creamery here doing a fine business strong for me and if they dig any and being operated by the efficient more of them I might as well give up, butter maker, I. L. Hanson. The for all the good they do me." store is owned and operated by J. Olson and enjoys a splendid patron age from the surrounding territory rabbitgot couldn't "The ditches are a mighty good thing, but we have got to have more of them, if we expect to develop the land." "When it comes right down to it, we are all in favor 'of the ditch projects, but we ought to have real ditches. The ones we have don't do the business." o "If they let the plan of ditches as we had them planned, it would have done some good, but as it is nobody is satisfied. The only thing to do is to build them- over again and in dif-1 ferent places." "No use trying, you can't makef water run up hill. Some of the ditches vere built to slope 'uphill,' but the water doesn't carry a pump along." "It's a cinch that this country is no good at all without ditches, but they must quit experimenting and do some sensible constructing. The, outlets are too small and you can't -raising make them do the business unless they are made bigger." "In dry summers great crops can be raised. We always could, but what we want is something certain, rain or shine." "The whole system is punk. They should have been built on the quarter lines and then they would have been of some use. As it is they'll never do." "Why, I'd leave this country in a minute, if the ditches were not con- "Too many mistakes have been made in -building the ditches. That's why we settlers are grumbling. They "I would be willing to pay twice the tax, yes, three times more, if they would make adequate outlets and dig more ditches. They are a great thing." "If it would do any good I'd keep on kicking, but nothing has been gained this far. Suppose if we all get together and kick we'd get soma where." This year the crops are fine and if I c.ould count on not being flooded I would put more under cultivation." Good Road* Endorsed. Representative F. J. McPartlin of (took lets should be made larger so that imously. adequate drainage facilities may be "The women are going to vote next provided. The ditch taxes thus far November," said Mr. McPartlin, "and are being paid promptly, which indi- they are going to carry Amendment cates that the property improved was No. 1. The Babcock plan means for worth while. The roads alone, which, Northern Minnesota that we will get have been constructed by the digging' millions of dollars of hard surfaced of these ditches are worth more than road for nothing. It means that the, the cost of the entire project. main trunk lines in Beltrami county "The development of good roads will be taken over, built and forever and ample drainage will bring to this maintained by the state. Laterals community hundreds of visitors an- and feeders will get all the money nually, which will mean the bringing of hundreds of new settlers." To Fix Road*. Mr. McDonald, before introducing the next speaker assured his audience that the roads on the reservation would receive attention, because he intended to take Congressman Harold Knutson over the same route of cor duroy and the shaking up he would receive would without doubt inspire him to ask for several hundred thou sand dollars from congress for this nurpose. Andrew Erickson from Four Towns was next called upon. He saidt "Some of the ditches are just as deep at the beginning as at the outlet. The culverts are too small and when the rain comes the ditches get full and the water can't get through the cul vfirts* "We had a big project outlined, but it was overruled and the present sys tem put iri. We must have more outlet OT the land will be flooded." T. J. LUlevold Talk*. "I would be glad to pay three times the ditch tax if bigger ditches were DuilV' said Mr. Lillevold. "Last year I had 160 acres of fine crops and in July 155 of them were under water. a rising vote and it carired unan- now being used on the main highways from the county funds. "The plan will actually reduce the taxes. Beltrami county used about $110,000 on roads. You can cut down your taxes two or three "mills and still have five times as much to spend on laterals as you now spend, if you will vote and adopt Amendment No. 1." Want* a Railroad. E. A. Evans made a hit with the crowd with his straight from the shoulder jabs when he said: "The ditches we have were built like skin ning an animal the wrong way. We have just as many floods today as we did before the ditches were put in, because the outlet is too small. "A year ago last Fourth of July we needed row boats to get around. The ditches were filled with water and so was the land adjoining, because of an inadequate outlet. "You members of the drainage and conservancy hoard, I beg of you to see what is done in the future is properly done. The present system is no good at all. There is not a man in Steenerson township who would not be glad to pay dollar for dollar in good ditch construction. They THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER GRYGLAAND THENORTH COUNTRY would not complain if they got value received. "I am willing to shut my eyes to the past and present arid look to the future if proper construction is par sued and present mistakes corrected. "I hope to live to see a railroai built through this great farming country. _, "There is no better soil on Gods green footstool. than we have here and a railroad will let the people know that there is such a country. 1 am glad to see the county agent here on this visit. We never knew there was such a person. "We want your moral support ?nd co-operation, not your money. What we need here is a "revolution" or something of the kind to make our wants known, and I hope that action will begin at once to start organizing active farmers' clubs. "Good roads, a railroad and ditches with big enough outlets is what this country needs. If you don believe it come again after"we have, had a rain for three or four days.", Selvig Talk*. Chairman McDonald then called1 upon C. G. Selvig, superintendent of the Experimental Station at Crook ston and president of the drainage and conservancy board. Mr. Selvig paid a great tribute to the women of the new localities and stated that their part in the development of the country was to be admired. i He said that no action would be! taken by the board until expert ad-, vise and a full investigation was made regarding the needs of ditch reconstruction and that the work would be rushed with cautious haste, He advised the farmers to get pure bred cows and sires and.enlarge their, creamery for the purpose of market-, ing more butter. "Let the grain go until you get a railroad," suggested Mr. Selvig. .Torrance Make* Hit. Mr. McDonald next called upon Graham M. Torrance and invited him to tell why the road was iii such poor condition. Without the least hesita tion Mr. Torrance proceeded to ex plain the situation. "The road is in such poor condi- tion," said Mr. Torrance, "because I did not know before that there was such a thing as a road there. "I have been your county attorney for a number of years and this is the first time I have visited you. Not because of my own choosing but be cause the federal government waited until now to build a bridge across the outlet. 'The speakers have told you why we came, but they somehow or other failed to state the real reason. We came in order to get acquainted. The people in Bemidji know that if they hope to grow more prosperous their neighbors must prosper. "You~ know after all there is no difference between us. We are all alike. We imagine that you people up here may have had^grievances and that your love for us had somewhat waned. But now that we are here and have dined with you and rubbed elbows with you, it is evident that we are no better than those of you who Lve here. "In our hearts we hold you in the highest esteem and want you to be lieve in us. Believe that we have come to learn of your needs and to help you in every possible way. You have made us feel most welcome and we're going to come again, and that real soon." Predict* $100 Acre Land. Judge Grindland, who was the next speaker, paid a high tribute to the pioneer settlers who laid the founda tion for this new settlement. "I want to encourage you to stay on the farm," said the judge. "Mistakes have been made in ditch construc tion and more mistakes will be made, but we know they will be remedied. "In the very near future you will have $100 an acre land up here, and you should keep on making improve ments. I am more interested in the i upkeep of the present ditch system than in the construction of new projects. We should have some law passed to provide looking after and maintaining the ditches." After the program and picnic at Four Towns the boosters proceeded to Grygla. Every man had a longing desire to see this much talked of, much advertised and prosperous farming "paradise" known as the Grygla country, and were a bit curi ous to_see the city of that name. The party arived there in time for a six o'clock dinner ,and it was a good one. Real spring chicken and all that goes with it and fine fresh strawberries and cream. The program in the evening held THE MILES COVERED TO AND FROM BAUDETTE C. L. Isted kept an accurate record of the miles covered and the distances between the vari ous points of interest on the entire trip. From Bemidji Miles To Red Lake Outlet 54 To Four Towns 81 To Grygla 98 To Schilling 125 To Baudette 191 From Baudette To A. A. Andrews farm 86 To Waskish 40 To Kelliher 1 To Bemidji 112 Total mile* traveled S08 "SIDE LIGHTS" OF MERRIMENT ON BOOST- ERS' TRIP LAST WEEK The quartette which rendered the two selections, "Alfalfa Hay" and "In the Land Where Clover is a Weed,", will be booked with some well known vaudeville show in the near future, i o The address on "Hay Wire" by one of our boosters will long be re membered as a master piece, both from delivery viewpoint and the lan guage used. "Arretted" on High Sea*. Judge Grindland, J. Johnson, R. Given and J. .Elwell were placed under "arrest" on high seas for board ing the wrong steamer in Canadian waters. The "captain" of the ship threatened to put them to sea in a row boat, but after some persuasion on the part of Judge W. Stanton he consented to give them a hearing and trial. E. E. McDonald appeared for the defendants and succeeded in proving h:s clients' innocent of crime upon high seas. The trial was a mock affair and afforded considerable amusement for the crowd in as much as the defend ants took the matter seriously. o When it conies to looking after cars on the road. "Ole" Ongstad is a past master at this art. "No delays on the road," vas Ole's slogan, and he surely made good. When Judge Harris'"car became disabled Ole just tied it on behind his new Dodge and towed it over the worst kind of roads for twenty miles. He went down steep banks, up steep grades, through muskeg and sand and over hanging bridges, and never faltered. He was on the job all the time and the two mechanics who assisted him were the best hustlers who ever tackled a re pair job of any kind. o The "Red" ticket boys got just as much for their money as the "Blue" ticket boys, only the variety was not so great. The judgment of the committee in charge with regard to certain mem bers of the party was objected to quite strenuously, when it came to sorting the "sheep" from the "goats." One individual declared that this was the second time he was taken for a preacher, the other time being at a funeral. There was a noticeable difference in riding on a boat and in a car over the ditch roads. The boat rid ing was not so rough, but the "skid ding" effect was the same with some. As a "songster," Mr. Cutting easily carried off the honors, and as hosts the two "Bills" from Baudette were real "greenbanks." The farmers at Four Towns know what they want and know how to *ask for it, so that it will not be mis understood. Straight from the shoul der and to the point, was their favor ite method. The hotel at Grygla sure put up a fine chicken dinner at a price long to be remembered. The boys are still wondering how it could be done. o Some of the boosters have learned that a bottle of "Near Beer" is better than one far away. Ginger ale "highballs" made with real ginger ale are not hard to take before or after meals. "Mulligan" is a good dish, when you can get plenty of it, and the boys were not disappointed in this respect. Hard surfaced roads are rotten, when intermingled with soft spots. The roads near Kelliher and in a large portion of William Lennon's district are fine, and the voters will not make a mistake to re-elect him this fall. He can show more results than any other commissioner and the people have but to drive through the county to find this out* at the Woodman hall was presided i over by Editor Mussey. The speakers included Judge C. W.' Stanton, E. CT Lonergan, F. J. Mc Partlin, C. G. Selvig, and a solo by M. C. Cutting. The hall was packed to its doors and a goodly number of Gryglaites were on hand. In the hall was arranged a fine agricultural exhibit. After spending the night in this village the" boosters got a six o'clock start for the north, with Baudette as their goal. About 9:30 they reach ed the popular settlement of Schill ing, where much to their surprise the good people of this village served one of the most enjoyable spreads of the entire trip. W. G. Schilling, postmaster and merchant, was on the job the minute the first car stopped. The women served home-made cake and it seemed as if there was no end to the supply. Just how many pieces each man ate no record was kept, but they left well filled and entirely satisfied. Dahl's camp on the banks of the Rapid River was reached after one of the toughest road problems on the trip. Our good host, Mr. Dahl, served a dinner to the boosters which would do credit to the Markham hotel. The party arrived in Baudette about 7 o'clock Tuesday evening. I Wednesday* they were the guests of -4- Baudette and Spooner business men and were taken by steam boat up the Rainy River onto Lake of the Woods. This trip will long be remembered as a rare treat, especially by those who were obliged to ride in the Clipper, alias the Blue Boat, alias the Oasis. The Ginger, alias the Red Boat, alias the Sahara, carried the select crowd, but followed a course where the moisture was less dense than its rival, the Clipper. The boats left for Village Island, where a mulligan dinner was served and where the guests enjoyed a plunge in the waters of the Lake of Woods. The party returned to Bau dette about six o'clock in the even ing, after which a trip into the coun try was taken and where some of the finest farm land on earth was seen. Crops of clover, grains and hay were in abundance. At 6:30 Thursday morning the six teen cars left for home, arriving at A. A. Andrews' farm at noon. Sev eral hours were spent there looking over Mr. Andrews' fine farm and see ing demonstrated the possibilities of developed peat lands. On this farm the finest crops of strawberries, hemp, pepper mint, bar ley, onions, rye, peas and other crops were seen. The sight amazed the visitors, who little dreamed that it was possible to produce in such abun dance the variety shown by Mr. Andrews. Waskish was reached about 2:30, where several farmer clubs were cele brating a picnic. The visitors were royally recevied and splendidly enter tanied. A fine program was provided, which was followed by dancing and music in the evening. The gathering was addressed by Judge C. W. Stanton and J: F. Mc Partlin, who covered the same sub jects as at the previous gatherings. Mr. E. E. McDonald again presided and gave some of the local settlers an opportunity to be heard. H. L. Bowen advocated that Red Lake be lowered so that the water in the ditches would not back up and drown out the crops and settlers. P. M. Sorley made a brief report on the condition of the Tamarac river and predicted that locality to be the best in the county within a few years. Christ Esplee of Shotley, when called upon had this to say: "A good deal of drainage has done just as much harm as good, because the Tamarac river cannot handle all the ditch waters. This evil must be re medied. The floods do a great deal of harm. Red Lake must be lowered if we want to get away from the. floods. The work should be done at once and each should be made to pay according to benefits received." County Agent D. C. livorcek gave a splendid talk" to the farmers. He advocated community organizations and expressed confidence that with united efforts that country would de velop into a prosperous settlement. "Your fundamental problem," said Mr. Dvorcek, "is the drainage prob lem and in order to get the best re sults, present your difficulties to the conservancy and drainage board. M. W. Deputy, president of the Bemidji Normal school, delivered an interesting address, inviting settlers to send their children to the Bemidji school. He outlined the work being done and predicted a great future for the school and the country. Peter Hogeland was the next speak er who said: "I am always suspicious and looking for a *nigger' in the fence. I am glad there are no poli tics in evidence on this trip. We have been saying some nasty things about the ditches for the past seven years and I may some right now. "Families have had to move out because the floods drove them out. The Tamarac river is not big enough to carry the ditch waters when it rains. I suggest that ditches be run west and south so that some of the water will be-turned into other rivers. "I hope they will rush things and save the settlers along the Tamarac river. I don't want them^to tax us any more either, because" we have paid enough taxes and never got any thing OT them." The party left for Bemidji about six o'clock and reached home about nine. All were satisfied with the trip, but few expressed a desire to make it again the next day. BAGIEY .Misses Mabel and Josephine Nelson left Saturday for Fargo, N. D., from there they will leave for their schools, where they will teach the coming fall term. Mrs. Hulda Bailey and son, Jerry, of Brainerd, spent the week here vis iting friends. Miss Ethel Noyes of Shevlin spent Saturday here. A large number of the Bagley peo ple attended the funeral of Arne Rank of Shevlin Saturday. Chester Bugge returned home from Kenyon, where he has been employed Misses Alice and Inez Peterson and Alice Melby motored to Bemidji Tuesday. Frank Moritz deft for Bemidji aft er spending the past two months. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Grove left for Circle, Mont., where they will make their future home. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sannon left for Bemidji, where they will make their future home. Mr. Solberg and son, Eddie, return ed home from Eagle Bend, where they have been visiting. SIvert Lee received word that his father-in-law, Tom Olson, passed WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 1, 1929 away at jiemer Monday. Mr. Olson was formerly of Bagley. Miss Anna Olson returned home from Clearbrook, after spending a week with her sister, Mrs. Frank Tunberg. Gordon Noyes of Shevlin, w^as a Bagley visitor Saturday. Mrs. Jean Hobart and Harold Hum bert attended the Sunday school con vention held at the Congregational church Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Ward Nichols, Mr. and .rs. Arney and Mr. and Forrest of Clearbrook attended the convention at the Congregational church Sunday. Miss Eva Bergland of Clearbrook, is visiting at the home of Mr. and* Mrs Hans Degerness Bill Kaiser left for Bemidji Mon day. Frank Deneen left today for his home in Alexandria, where he will visit. Miss Alice Deigel of Elko visited here Saturday. TURTLE LAKE *_* Miss Dagney and Myrtle Christen son of Nymore are visiting at the Jens Nielson home. John Peterson, who nas neon vis iting relatives in North Dakota re turned home Thursday. Mrs. J. H. Locks called on Mrs. O: W. Olsen (Monday. Miss Mildred Dickinson expects to leave Monday for Minneapolis where she will do her fall shopping, (before leaving for Worthington, whereAS will attend high school. Mr. and Mrs. Jens Nielson and daughter, Miss Mettie, and the Misses Dagny and Myrtle Christenson were Sunday visitors at the M. W. Butler home. Blanche Fournir visited at the A. P. Reeve nome Sunday. Mrs. Henry Brown, Mrs. iPeter Larkin, iMiss Wynn and Guy Simp kins autoed thru our town Thurs day. IMiss Jennie Lawrence visited Mrs. O. W. Olsen Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Byron Wentworth and sons Philip and Ernest, autoed to the O. iW. Olson home Wednesday evening, "rather late." Didn't think "By." would ever run out of gas but it seems he did. Clinton Skinner, who has been as sisting M. W. Butler thru haying, left for his home in Jones township Wed nesday. William Olsen transacted business in Turtle River Tuesday. Mrs. Samuel Deal visited Mrs. O. W. Olsen Tuesday. SPUR Chas. Lang of Bemidji is in town looking after the cutting of his oats on the Ritchie farm Mrs. Wm. Gerlinger is the owner of two finely bred Guernsey bulls, one a pure bred fror imported stock from G. -P. Grouts Guernsey stock farm at Nickeson, iMinn. J. Souder has gone to Wisconsin on a business trip. David Carnegie is the owner of the first Holstein cow in this section. The Spur school board has engaged three very competent teachers for the coming year. CLEARBROOK The splendid rain Sunday helped the clover fields and fall pastures. It made things look greener and every body feel better. Peter M. Skog, in the town of Ed dy, last week threshed his winter wheat which /yielded 24 bushels to the acre. The stork presented the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Sheets and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rierbaum with a 2 bouncing baby daughter each. On the farm of L. Jensen just north/ of the Clearbrook village limits was threshed- a large field of oats which yielded 70 bushels to the acre. Such crops speak volumes for the agricul tural lands adjoining' Clearbrook and vicinity. Walter W. Nelson, who represents the Willys-Knight electric lighting plants sold one to Ole A. Engebret son of Leon township this week. The Rosen rye has demonstrated its value as a 'big crop producer in this section. Reports as high as 40 bushels to the acre have been receiv ed. The big Clearwater County fair will ue held at Bagley, on September 23, 24 and 25. Get your display ready and plan on taking at least a two days vacation. Chairman Sam Hunt, one of the county dads in Red Lake county, ac companied by Mr. Henning, E. G. Buse, Mr. Healy and District Engi neer Palmer called on business men at Gonvick, Clearbrook and Bagley last week to ascertain the reasons why the Jefferson Highway from Bag ley to Red Lake Falls did not receive its quota of the traffic to which it was entitled. A delegation of busi ness men from here accompanied the Red Lake Falls boys to Bagley where a joint business meeting was held, much to the benefit of all concerned. Vast improvements are being made' on the Jefferson Highway ibetween Bagley and Clearbrook, which has placed the condition of the J. H. bv tween the two points on par withV the average condition of the highway in the state. At present a crew" is busy graveling the highway, while other sections are being prepared for heavy grading and surfacing. The Red Lake Falls boosters were more than pleased with the splendid condi tion of the J. H. between Red Lake Falls and Bagley. The big game of base ball between Gonvick and Clearhrook last Sunday was declared off for the time being: because of rain.