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VOL. I. NO. 236.
BIG RED APPLES GONG AT TEN Locul Product lakes Place Ip Front at Ten Cents With Califor- nia Oranges at Fire. At the depot rafe are oranges which are shipped all the way from California' and priced at five centi each, while on the same counter bo side them are Wenatchee valley ap ples, gtown in the home of the Big Red Apple which are being sold read ily on account of their size, color and flavor to the curious passengers of the Great Northern at ten cents each. Aside from the growing markets in the east, including New York and as far as London, to the north in Alaska points and to the west in Australia and the Orient, the home folks in Seattle and other parts of the state sit up and take notice as the Wenatchee valley product be r ' >mes more widely known. The fol lowing from the Seattle Pest-Intel ligencer bears evidence of the prices paid for really fancy fruit: SEATTLE, April 29.—The apple market is displaying unusual strength for the time of the year. While it was the general opinion among the commission men that the apple mar ket would advance before the cose of the season, still the present strengthening is a little unexpected. There is already a three-dollar mar ket on Winesaps, and the very choic est grades are commanding in some cases as high as $3.25. Ben Davis is firm, and in good demand at high prices. The apple receipts are com paratively large for the time of the year, and many shippers have ad vised their brokers that they are going to ship immediately. HARD BLOW TO WALLA WALLA Suffers Len of Fruit Crop Valued at Half a Million Dollars, by Frost. WALLA WALLA, April 30. — Walla Walla valley will probably suffer a loss of half a million dol lars to the fruit crop this year as a result of killing frosts on Saturday and Sunday nights. Not until yes terday was the extent of the damage realized, but it practically means the wiping out of the early fruit, which was in full blossom when the cold snap and light north wind came. Apricots and peaches have suffered worst, but apples and prunes have also fared badly. In some sections only- saver cherries survived of all orchard products. Garden truck and I early vegetables succumbed to the nipping temperature. Beets, early corn and cucumbers will have to be reseeded, and asparagus is put back two cuttings. In some places in the Babcock or chard prunes which were not in full ••■blossom yet were spared. It is now hoped that a considerable part of the Apple crop may pull through in places, aj part of the blossoms were not matured. Apricots in many lo calitits as large as bird's eggs were withered. The whole crop is wiped our. Fruit Inspector C. L. Whitney, himself one of the heaviest losers, estimates that this famed valley will not produce 10C boxes of any kind of fruit this season, and says half a million dollars is a conservative es timate of the loss. Reports coming in today from- Tukanon, Dayton and Waitsburg dis tricts indicate that probably three quarters of the crop was destroyed, partially exemption being due to the fact that Orchards in those sections were not so far advanced. Damage south of the Oregon line was not so great, and it seems probable that the Umatilla county loss will be light. Specially unlucky is the blow to two new Walla Walla enterprises, the green fruit canneries just being built here and at Freewater. These depend largely for existence on this flrst crop, but they will have little except tomatoes and vegetables to • can, and so may not be profitable to run. They represent an Investment of nearly $50,000. Blalock Fruit company, W. S. Offner, J. P. Mc- Minn, C. L. Whitney. Fred Effert and W. A. Ritz. W. S. Offner will lose $30,000 in one apple orchard alone. Strawberries will not exceed half a crop, as all but the late ones were "chilled. Smudge fires started in some orchards south of here Sat urday night saved a large portion of the blooms. J. M. Fiedler, a mammoth apricot grower, says his crop is a total los", while J. W. Cookerly brings news from Kennewick that the damage there is serious to all kinds of fruit The normal annual export of fruit and green vegetables from this coun ty is $200,000, which will be prac tically wiped out this year. Prunes have suffered less than any other fruit. Many small producers in this sec tion will be ruined, as it is the sec ond year they have suffered, am 1 this year was banked on to plul them out. The loss is all the more bitter because the fruit crop promised to be one of the best in the history of the valley. Growers have succeeded in ridding the orchards of every sort of insect pe3t, apd all indication? pointed to the greatest harvest known for years. 816 HARDWARE FIRM OPENS OFFICE HERE Hardware House Selects Wenatchee As .Jobbing Headquarters for Central Washington. The Big Wholesalers Have Their Eye on Wenatchee. They are coming to realize its im portance as a distributing center for Central Washington and the Okan ogan country. The latest outside cencern to seek a local footing is the Marshal Wells Hardware company of Portland, Du luth and Winnipeg. The business world will remember Jack Dillion as having traveled through this section in times past for the big hardware firm, which now seeks a location here. Mr. Dillion has retired from the road and will hereafter be in charge of the sport ing goods department. But he is suc ceeded by on.j of the firm's most en terprising younger salesmen, Mr. C. C. Cross, who will make his future headquarters in Wenatchee. travel ing once a month into the Okanogan country, and going east and west on the Great Northern. Mr. Cross is a guest at the Roosevelt, and in con versation with a World representa tive this morning, stated that his company realized the growing vol ume of business in central Washing ton, and by this means will keep in closed touch with the trade. It is probable that after a little while the company will open permanent show and sample rooms here in Wenatchee. The coming of this concern shows the trend of affairs in the valley, and is significant of the place Wenatchee is coming to occupy as regards the rest of the state. CLAIMS TO BE THE DISCOVERER Wenatchee Man Alleges Attempt to Defraud Him Out of New Min ing Prespect at Chelan. C. R. Cunningham of Wenatchee and formerly of the Lake Chelan country, will scrap for what he al leges are his rights in the first min ing discovery made on Chelan" Butte which was recorded by S. Fourtner. Mr. Cunnigham's story in the mat ter is as follows: "1 discovered the float last fall which led to the pres ent locations which are being-made, but not knowing enough about min erals I called in Mr. Fourtner and to gether we went over the butte. The recent stories which have left Mr. Cunningham out of the deal al together he alleges looks to him like an attempt to defraud him out of :is filing and location. Mr. Cunningham was the first white man to get into this region, the first one to take up a homestead in that locality and the first man to dis cover the traces of gold in that dis trict. Should the matter be carried further to rob him of what he says are his rights in the matter, he will scrap it to a finish. S. Fourtner came over from Seat tle the first of the week and yester day morning left for up the river but before leaving Wenatchee is said to have told certain parties that the claim was his alone. The claims above mentioned are recorded in the name of S. Fourtner. WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1907. N. Y. APPLE BUYER j PREDICTS PROSPERITY; Kays Local Fruit Growers Will Have Kig Crop—And Top Prices. Eastern people will eat a lot of Wenatchee apples this year. That's the way it looks now. With the crop failures of the mid dle states, and the immense damage to fruit in the northwest—and We natchee valley's happy escape—the future to local fruit growers certain ly looks good. H. W. Day, who left Wenatchee last night, thinks the valley farmers have occasion to jubliate this year. He says that in all of his travels throughout California and the fruit growing states of the northwest he has visited no district where the pros pects for an immense yield are great er than this. He was particularly gratified with the prospects for a big apple crop, as his firm, Scoble & Day, is the largest apple dealer in New York City. Last year they pur chased nine car loads of apples from Wenatchee. which they purchased here of th e Wenatchee Produce com pany. ii Kinds of Apples Wanted. Mr. Day states that the eastern market consumes only three kinds of apples—Spitzenbergs, Winesaps and Newtowns. It is not possible to ship smaller fruits or perishable grades of apples on account of the great distance. Prunes, however, are al ways acceptable, and find a ready market in the ea3t. In the opinion of Mr. Day the prices of various grades of apples will b e considerably higher this sea son than last, on account of the late destructive frosts which have dam aged and destroyed the crop in so many places. His company expects to buy more apples locally than last year, and will purchase as heretofore through the Wenatchee Produce com pany. This is Mr. Day's third annual visit to the Wenatchee valley, and he considers it one ef the surest s.ntrcc? of supply from which his firm draws its business. La3t year the Wenatchee Produce company paid local growers $2.00 a box for Spitzenberg apples. The prices this year will probably run a little more on account of the short crop outside. TREE PLANTING AT ITS HEIGHT Number This Year Will Far Eclipse That of Any Previous Year. Few people who have not had an opportunity to visit the several parts of the Wenatchee valley and sur rounding section have little concep tion of the rapid development that is taking place. Thousands of new trees are being set out, new buildings be ing constructed, and the outlying districts are being made to bud and blossom like the rose. Last year the number of fruit trees set out in this county approx imated 600,000. The three previous to that one million trees were set out. The close of the present season will see more than any previous year. Five cars of young trees have been shipped in by one company alone, and are now being distributed. On the flat about Wenatchee, Mil lerdale, which has been divided into five and ten acre tracts within the past year, will be entirely set to fruit. The Olds company at Sunny slope are putting out many acres. In the vicinity of Cashmere the Wenat chee Orchard Bonds company have many men and teams at work pre paring ground, setting out new or chards, and continuing the improve ments which have already been well begun. This company's lands are al ready partly improved by bearing or chards and the balance is being made ready and planted to trees. In the Peshastin district the same Is true, while at Orondo up the Co lumbia this will be the banner year in the way of the number of trees planted. Placer Finds Excite Bridgeport. J. B. Valentine, at one time sher iff of Douglas county, and one of the leading merchants of Bridgeport, passed through town yesterday on bis way to the coast. Mr. Valentine reports that there* i 3 considerable ex citement around Bridgeport over some recent placer finds along the j Columbia river. The bars of the Co lumbia have been worked for placer 'gold at different times for many years and ni some instances have yielded big returns. As a rule, however, the gold found wa3 too fine to be saved. Chinamen have been the most suc cessful in the Columbia placer fields, but even they have ceased to wash | the black sands for several years. °A j week or so ago some young men of Bridgeport struck rich pay dirt on the island below that town and have been taking out a quantity of the yel low niets 1 . This resulted in a revival of interest in the placers of that lo cality a;.d a number have located claims and are now getting good re turns from their clean ups. BADGER MOUNTAIN FARMERS CLUB To Meet Monday Evening—"Good Itoads" the Topic—Seeding B«'ing Done. The regular meeting of the Farm er's club will be held at the Beaver Creek school house Monday evening, May 6th at 7 J>. m. All who are interested in the betterment of the community are invited to attend. In organization there is strength. The Farmers' club stands for good roads. Through its efforts the canyon road was much improved, the club having sent a delegation to present our de mands'to the county commissioners. Wenatchee is our natural point and we must work for better and lighter grades to that city as the time is here when we have to haul all our building material arid supplies and fuel from there. The club has twenty-one paid up members which is very likely to be much increased at the next meeting. Deputy Assessor Thompson was as s 'ss-ing property here last week. The farmers are hoping the new >»»i(*gj i>e onpatrnHed in time for the moving of the fall crop so that sitting on the river bank waiting turns to cross the ferry will be a memory. The most of the seeding is being done on summer fallow land, yet there is considerable stubbling be ing done. The latter process was very disastrous last year. What . will be this year the harvest will answer. The past week ha 3 been very favorable for seeding, except Saturday morning when a blizzard set in from the northeast. About 1 inch of snow covered the ground, but disappeared in a few hours. A remonstrance is being circulated against the boundaries as proposed in the formation of the new school district. It is being freely signed. Cashmere News. H. R. Mills of lowa will become the new cashier of the Farmers & Merchants bank, taking the place of C. E. Taylor, who resigned. L. N*. Wilcox, who has been dan gerously in, is reported to be im proving. The former real estate office of Jones £ Freer is being remodeled, and will be occupied temporarily by the new bank, during the erection of its handsome new concrete building. Th Presbyterian C. E. Society of Cashmere will present "S'x Cups of Chocolate," a college romance In one act at the Cashmere Presbyterian church on Friday night, May 3. The first part of the program will consist of an ole > m follows: Piano Duet, i.c Slardi Gr%3," Shubert Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Raab Male Quart tte —Messrs. Amos, Mor le -, Hanan, Long Vocal Solo, "Love Me and the World is Mine," Mr. Flske P'sliastm Items. School i former district 35 closed this week after a six months' term. Olaf Gree"- 1 . the teacher, will now at tend to his farm. The o. ganization of the new con solidated school district No. 57, com posed of districts 15, 34 and 35, waa effected at a meeting of the different boards held at one o'clock Monday in the school house of district 34. G. B. Kinney, G. Stage and Mr. Yew ell were elected directors and G. B. Kinney clerk. Mrs. C. R. Zinkey of Everett is vis iting friends in this neighborhood this week. On Orondo Avenue Near Wenatchee Aye. I I can, for a few days only, sell you a little piece of good business frontage at a price quite a little under the market. Reasonable terms. This is a rare opportunity if you want to get a good piece of business frontage. ARTHUR GUNN Real Estate - Financial Agent 27 Acres, Good 'Water Right 10 Acres in fruit,l7 acres alfalfa, two story plastered house and good barn. For a few days only $10,000-5,5000 Cash, Balance Easy Terms BOUSQTJET & CHRISTENSEN Real Estate Surety Bonds Insurance Hard to Keep a Full Stock of BARGAINS Sold a bunch of them this week No side issues. We sell land, that's all we do. Don't List Your Property with us unless you wish to sell. A free ride to the buyer. A pleasure to show our goods. RED APPLE REAL ESTATE COMPANY C. H. Chapman A. J. Llnville Opportunity For * HOME—in an irrigated district in the midst of the great wheat belt Fop Investment There is no other place on the Great Northern Railroad in the wheat sectionjwhich is so situated as is the town of IRBY A Fruit district which is bound to grow into a large place, because it is beautifully located for homes in the wheat section. The same fertility as the lands in the Wenatchee valley. These on the market for $300 per acre. For further information address Irby Townsite and Land Co. IRBY, WASHINGTON. Special Sales Our Spring Lenoleums Have Arrived Dressers from $10 to $20 Hanos and Organs on installment plan Come and Get Prices DUNCAN & GRAVES COLUMBIA VALLEY BANK Capital $100,000 Established.lß92 The Old Strong Bank FIVE CENTS PER COPY. Wenatchee, Wash.