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COUNTY'S RESOURCES OPENED
UP BY SOUTH FORK HIGHWAY In last Sunday's Issue of a Spokane paper appeared the following artlcl? relative to the new South Fork high way, the first link of which was com pleted this summer,which extends to -Castle creek. The article waa written by A F. Parker of this city, and deals •iso with the mining and timber re sources that will be opened up with the completion of the route to Elk, <Xty : i Initial construction of the first lap of the South Fork of the Clearwater highway from GrangevUle to Elk City la an event of far reaching import ance, opening as it Will, a virgin area of 000,000 acres. This includes the great central Idaho gold bearing cones together with commercial timber ou the Nez Perce national forest, offi ■eially estimated at 3,000,000,000 feet, of which 000 , 000,000 feet will be ac cessible for removal through the con struction of this highway. In the early days the. old Nez Perce Indian trail to the Buffalo country was the sole route Of (travel, and over it freight from Wallula to Vir ginia City, Mont, and the placer mines of the Black Hills was packed. Like all Indian trails, It traversed the high mountain peaks and summits to dodge the deep canyons on lta route through Elk City and crossing the Bit ter Root divide onto the Nez Perce fork of the Bitter Root valley. Theuro eastward via the Deer Lodge valley to the happy hunting grounds of the buf falo land. of a to On this trail Lloyd Magruder, a merchant of Elk City, and the inde pendent democratic candidate for con gress in 1868, who bad packed into Virginia City and was returning to his homo 'with four others, was bru is tally murdered ami robbed on October 11, 1873. The discovery of the mur der at his camp m ar Magruder moun tain and the fiual hanging by Lewis ton vigilantes forms a chapter of Ida ho history. Unimproved District. This historic trail wus the medium <-f travel from Grangeville to Elk City until the last territorial legislature appropriated $16,000 to construct a wagon road from the present town of Clearwater to Elk City. Tills romf wus built from Clearwater to New some by a Spokane contractor named Cameron under a state contract. The portion from Newsome was construct ed by Grangeville citizens from New some to the "30-mile tree," and the re maining 10 miles was built by R!k City people and is still usd for the transportation of niai Is, passengers and freight from both GrangevUle and Stites. It follows closely the old trail crossing two mountain ranges on ex cessive gradients as follows: Commencing at Sûtes, altitude 1200 feet, in the deep canyon of the south fork, It runs southeasterly for nine miles to Clearwater, altitude 2200 ft : Clearwater to Switchback, six miles, altitude 4280 feet; Switchback to Cor ral hill, four miles altitude 5100 feet ; Corral hill to Mountain House, six miles, altitude 6310 feet; House to Newsome, eight miles, alti tude 3800 feet; Newsome to Mud Springs, nine miles, altitude 5200 feet; ■Mud springs to Elk City, 11 miles, al titude 3900 feet. This road traverses « heavily timliered country which is wet and difficult to travel except for c brief period in the summer, the timber conserving the moisure and promoting growth of dense under growth, rendering drainage impossible. Double Equipment Needed. Under these conditions of great dif ferences of elevation, character of soil and timber, excessive grades and high cost of maintenance, the stage line and freight operators must necessarily provide themselves with «louble equlp rnent, requiring transfers from wagons to sleds, according to the different ele vations to be overcome. From elthci Grangeville or Stites the trip to Etk City over this road requires two days, and all-night stop over at Newsome be ing a part of the schedule. The dis tance from GrangevUle to Elk City over this route Is 60 miles. Construction of the South Fork highway will reduce this distance to 45 miles, with radical différences ia the soil and climatic conditions from Mountain a road building standpoint, traverses a region of gravel anil rock on water grades, and In addition being more permanent ln as it to character and more accessible will be naturally more readily maintained. The advan tage to mall, passenger and freight service over the completed new high way is self-evident. Under present con ditions three days are required make the round trip to Etk City^and return, while auto travel over the high way rout*- will reduce the time to a day. to Connecting with the new North and South highway at Grangeville, new route Is constructed through Mt. Idaho and down Mill creek to Rocky Ridge school house and thence head ing for the South Fork ever easy grades through rough country to the boundary line of the Nez Perce nu the In that ttonal forest, a distance of 11 miles. This portion of the new highway winds around the ridges on a maxi mum 5 1 er cent grade, with fertile farm and orchard lands, making a scene more beautiful than the hang ing gardens of ancient Babylon, with backgrounds of \im the beauty of the scene, with the South Fork in the lower distance wind ing its course to the northward, In it self a vision of delight A Substantial Bridge. At the forest boundary line a sub stantial wooden bridge, 16x100 feet, has been constructed high above the highest water mark, and from thence the road proceeds up the north bank of the South Fork to Castle Creek, a distance of nine miles, covering some heavy rook work for almost the entire stretch on natural water grade, rarely exceeding 1 per cent. The river flows below with occa sional riffles and long stretches of slack water, with the high hüls sloping back for hundreds of feet in height, the slopes on both sides being heavily timbered, making a delightful landscape, through which it is a plea sure to ride.. The original intention was to complete the highway to. Meadow creek, two miles above Castle creek, but the hgh costs of labor and mater ials'exhausted the appropriation, and work was necessarily suspended at Castle creek. ber to enhance In Tbo Iu • In oua the on of out The work was done under contract by Otto Hansen of Spokane. Wash., and while tir» road tied is only nine feet wide, it will answer the purpose until such y me as the continuing ap fell propriations a r e available for its wid- (ed ening and installation of culverts, etc-, to conform to government standaid specification. No other highway in the northwest offers more scenic beau ties than this soutli fork route, ami it is already a public resort to the best fishing and hunting grounds extant, tourists already availing themselves of this virgin fishing und big game hunt ing ranges for their summer vacations. Under agreement with the secretary of agriculture the task of maintaining the highway as far a£~at present con structed devolves upon the commis sioners of the Grangeville Highway district fire e*l the But the South Fork highway has more utilitarian purposes iu view limn that of a public pleasure ground to summer vacationists, it is estimated by the Nee Perce forest officials that 500,000,000 feet of timber are directly contiguous to the new highway. With the sfieedy exhaustion of the white pine forests now under exploitation north of Ute lower Clearwater valley this new field along the South Fork highway will be the next and last stand for extensive lumber production In northern Idaho. Opens Way to Timber. In addition to the foregoing the new highway will traverse one of the greatest undeveio|*ed mineral coun tries in the United Stales, which in the early-day excitements yielded many millions of dollars it» gold from the rich placer mines of Florence, Elk City, Ten Mile, Moose Creek, New some Creek, Boat Hill, Summit Flat, Buffalo Hump and placers on the bars of the *South Fork highway which are still in the producing class. The utility of the new highway Is further apparent in the stimulus It will furnish to the quartz mining in terests which have been' laboriously developed In the last 20 years under extremely disadvantageous conditions of inaecessibltty and freight rates. J. J. prohibitive Quartz properties on Ten Mile, Moose and Newsome creeks ar«» within hailing distance of the pro posed highway. — Further up the stream the 8011 th Fork mining belt haa been steadily producing for some years, while still higher up the river are great por phry dikes of low grade goM-bearing ore extending back to the Crooked river, Ruffalo, Hump and Dixie min ing districts. The enormous gold pro duction of early days was undoubtedly eroded from these dikes, and enough is now known of their prospective val ues to insure the importance of these central Idaho mining fields source of future gold supply to finance the growing commerce of tlx» world. Thus the South as a Fork highway is bound to prove a very valuable asset in the economic development of the great hinterland of central Idaho, and Its ultimate extension to the eastern slopes of the Bitter Root simply a question of time a range is FEDERATED CHURCH. Two Sundays more In Grangeville. and for both 1 shall have very impor tant messages. May I not have a larve lies ring? Let all plan to be at Sun day 4bhool and church services next Sunday. The morning subject will be. "The Christians Relation to the Work!." In the evening I will talk on "The M«i«*t Common Tragedy.' senior choir will sing In the morning The and the ;unior choir In the eveir'ng. H. 8 . RANDALL, Pastor. LYRIC W EEKL Y PROGRAM SUNDAY, AUGUST 2L ENID BENNETT In "The False Road." A story of I*>ve that was lost on the primrose path, then found again. "Prink Hearty" comedy ; Path# News. MONDAY-TUESDAY, AUG. 28-24. WILLIAM F ARNUM In- "The Orphan." A stirring story of Tbo Plains. ''Who's Who?" Sunshine Comedy. WEDNESDAY-THUR&, AUG. 24-25. TOM MOORE Iu "The Great Accident." "Angel's Feathers," Comedy. • FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 8MT BRYANT WASHBURN In "Too Much Johnson, oua tale of an erring spouse who put the "try" in triangle. "Great Scott," SeniH*tt Comedy. A scandal FOREST SERVICE NEWS. Tbc lighting storms of the 1*1 st week caused a considerable number of fires on the N es perce forest according to re ports received by the local Forest of fice. Fifty-four fireg^ were started by lightning since Iasi Thursday noon. Thirty five started within twenty-four hours. With the prompt action of the protection men and trail crows Jiono of the fires gained any headway and reporta now indicate that all fires arc out or under oontrol Considerable rain fell in the mountains following the lightning storms which materially ap (ed ln 8uppmJ8ülK tires ullt , making fire conditions fairly sufe for another week. Seventy seven fires have oocur e*l on the Forest this season. 1 ENCOUNTERED WATER. Tunnel Being Driven on Waverly , Struck Wafer-Filled Shaft. Word wus received from Florence today to the effect that the tunnel that la being driven on he Waverly mine bad opened up the old shaft Monday at a depth of over 100 feet. This slntf: had stood for a long time with a large amount of water which pour* d through the opttnin^in a heavy volume when released. Operations on the tunnel huve lax-n I 11 progress for the past to ears with this object lu view. The shaft on the property is more titan 200 feet in depth the bottom of which will he pumped out to give ac ross to the valuable mineral leads of former years. LANDS ADDED TO NEZ PERGE FOREST The following lands situated in the Buffalo Hump country, were added to the Nez Perce national forest by pro clamation sigia-d by President Hurd ing on the 9th day of July: In unsttrveyed T. 26 N-, R. fl E., Sees 1 to* 18 Inclusive. In unsurveyed T. 27 N„ It. 6 E., Secs. 19 to 36 inclusive. In unsiirveyed T. 26 N„ It. 7 E., Secs. 4 to 9, inclusive. Secs. 16, 17, 18. In uusurveyed T. 27 N„ It. 7 H., Secs. 19. 20, 21, 28 to 33, inclusive. CAMPERS RETURN. J. E. Kinraid and Party of Lewiston, Back From Elk City. The party composed of Mr. ami Mrs. J. E. Kin,-aid, son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pennell of Lewiston, Mrs. Geo. Tannabill and mother. Mrs. Lyttle, of Lewiston, and Mr. and Mrs. Grover Pennell of Nez Perce, who pas sed through Grangeville last week en route to Elk City and adjacent points returned this week,and reported hav ing had a fine vacation but found cer tain section of the road in an awful state. While in the city Mr. and Mrs. Kin caid and children, were the guests at the Frank Van Deventer home. WHY DON'T YOU USE ► THE WANT ADS ? ■ m C JOHN WASMUND PASSES. Former Ftnuer Resident Taken Krem Home at Savageion, Wyo. Telegraphic Information wm rerolv «"<1 here this morning announcing the «leiirh of John Wastnund, at hi» home near Savageton, Wyoming. at 8 o'clock this morning. Cancer was attributes! as the cause of death. John Wastmtnd and family resided In this community for many years and is survived by the widow and t>er of children among whom are Mrs. 'Hi««. Twyman and Mrs. Ralph Ixtve laee. and 11 680 28. by 8 KV4 8 . a num of TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO KILLING DEER. In the Probate court Monday Nor man Church and Clarence Hawley of Warren, pieaded guilty to killiug deer <>ut of reason, and were given a fine of 3100, and $85.10 costa in each Loth are confined iu the county lall. A forest ranger named R. C. Ver non, of Warren, who was also before the probate court on a charge of un lawfully killing deer, plead uot guilty. Trial was set for Septbmlier 9. SI »tiebreaker Incensed. Allen Stonehreaker of Chamberlain Basin, charged with violation of the game act by Deputy Warden Nelson of Valley county, plead not guilty, trial was set for September 9. Attor ney M. Reese Hattabaugb appeared iH'hulf of Mr. Stonehreaker. The defendant in this slderably wrought up over the troat ment accorded him by the game war den. When the warrant was served him it Is slated he made arrangements to eom ( . out for hearing whenever the ease was set. preferring a period that would give Him an opportunity to save his buy which had l>een cut. Mr. Stone, breaker state*! he would lx- very for tunate if his hay crop was not ruin ed by the time he reached home. case. put re of and ou case was eon by the and arc the ap ROAD RECONSTRUCTED The re.-oust ruction of the road by 1 lie Forest service from Grangeville to the Adams ranger station is prac '. «■ally completed. The work consisted 0 ! straightening out the road, removi, g rock and building new and l-nvev grades uround the steeper pitch»* iu the old road. The road lias become very p<> inlar w ith residents of Orangeville and •ite < »r communities from Washington, Wyo ming ami other States have also used feet. time on for lu of ac of it. AN EXPLANATION. In compliance with the wishes of tit*» commercial elub and at the ur gent request of nine or ten prominent representative citizens, ladies and gentlemen, it is due the ctunmunity to know that tin- donor of th«> municipal park lias waived, for the present sea son only, that iwirt of the considera tion in t la* deed to the city. t>earing on the exclusion of automobiles from tlx» park. the J. F. FASS X ECHT. to pro E., CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Who said "Slump" The weather is hot and everybody is busy but they all came to Bible school last Sunday 100 strong again. Everybody Is going to Bible school, why don't you? Both old and young Hre welcome. Our young meng class had bad luck for two or thrro Sundays but after this it will l>e in full running order and all young tpen are invited. The pastor will be the teacher.. Services next Sunday as usual. Meriting sermon "The Chris tians Equipment" Evening 'Tine Deity of Christ." Christian Endeavor at 7 o'clock. Miss Esther Teleher will sing in tile evening. ' E., E., 18. H., Mrs. Mr. Mrs. Mrs. pas en hav cer Kin at O. A. COOPER. Pastor. RESTORATION TO ENTRY OI LANDS IN NATIONAL FOREST. Notice is hereby given that the lands destirilaai la-low, embracing 199.20 acres, wi.hin the Idaho national for est, Idaho, will l>e subject to settle ment. and entry under the provisions of the homestead laws of the United States and the act of June 11, 1906 (34 Stat.. 233), at the United State* land offlro at Halley, Idaho on Oct ober 28, 1921. Any settler who was a*-t ivally and iu good faith claiming any of said lands for agricultural purposes prior to January 1, 1906, and lias not abandoned sum*», hus a preference right, to i-iake a homestead entry for the lands actually occupied. Said lands were listed upon the applications of the persons mentioned below, who have a preference right subject to the prior right of any such settler, provided such settler or applicant is qualified to to make h* mestead entry and the pref erence right is exercised prior to Oct oto»r 28, 1921, on which date the lands will la» subject to settlement and entry by any qualified person. Applications may be filed twenty days prior to the above dale hut will uot la» allowed until the day set for opening thereof. Ex-service ijv n who served during the war with Germany will also have a preference right of entry for a period >f sixty-three days prior to the above dato. Such preference, however, is sub ject to the superior preference of set tlers prior to January 1, 1906 anl 11st ees* A tract of 128.83 acres within Sections 24 and 25, T. 24 N., R. 10 K. and Sections 10 and SO, T. 24 N., R. 11 E.. B. M.. described by H. E. 8 . No. 680 Listed without applicant. List 4 2802. A tract of 70.48 acres within Sec. 28. T. 24 N„ R. 10 E.. B. M, described by H. E. 8 . No. 602. Listed without applicant List 4-2508. GEO. It WICK HAM, Assistant Commissioner of the General Land office. July 22, 1021. NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior, U. 8 . Laud Office at Lewicton, Idaho, August 11. 1921. Noiice is hereby given that Lloyd J. Hrundagc, of Riggins, Idaho, who on February 27, 1920, made Stock-raising Homestead Entry, No. 07640, for KEVi 8 EV 4 . See. 1; 8 EK 8EV4, Sec, 11; and KV4 SWy,. and S% NW% Section 12, Township 24 Noith, Range 1 East, Boise Meridian, has filed notice of In tention to make three-year proof, to establish claim to the land above de scribed, before Eleanor M. Aubin, C. 8 . Commissioner, at Pollock, Idaho County, Idaho, on the 19th day of September, 1921. ALL HATS AT Wilks'Millinery $1.50 and $2.00 HEADS YANKS WRECKING CREW | BABE 9 m m ■■■■ ' ■ «■m BEf 1 f ' 'Â fa •iri i in m /■r\, 7 « j: . > & é \ ; "v ; < > ••• m '.J*-: 1/ j J T .■ ÊL mz I f: Sst iilia • Babe Home-Run" Baker and Bob Meuse) are the three'lead ing batsmen of the big leagues. With three such sluggers batting in order they form a combination which has a record of smashing not only batla, i?, or , . s °' °PP°sing team». In base-ball circle* they are knows as "The Wrecking Crew." IF YOU WANT LUMBER No. 1 Common, rough or dressed, Rod Fir or Pine, delivered or at the mill. We can furniah It. Our lumber Is very evenly sawed, and the dressed lumber is perfectly milled. The KERR LUMBER CO. Pacific Phone Farmers 24x8 Harpster, Idaho. f : I m 1 « ■ c A WIRE YOUR HOME for electricity this summer. Light brings more cheer to the home than any other factor. ►d w id w CO a Hi 0Q « > O id id N » > 3 GO rtM /J o > « « ► GO In,tail td H < ► IT* «► *d H 4 ■a Claimant mimes as witnesses : Miles Howard, Frank A. Hamilton, Jacob E. Holbrook, lx>roy L. Gordon, all of Riggins, Idaho. HENRY HEITFELD, ' Register. Augl8-Sepl5 GO TO LAMM'S for mm X s Wo are mighty proud of the reputation we have attained in Orangeville as dispensera of Pure Drugs. For this season we have an am ple supply of Castor Oil, Gly cerine; Epsom Salts, Witch Hazel, Senna Leaves, Benzine, Turpentine, Aromatic Cascara, Quinine Capsules, Iron, Qui nine and Strychnine, Stedlitz Powders, Boric Acid, Squibb 's Castor Oil, and Thousands of other useful and necessary ar ticles. Make your wants known to us—We have the goods. LAMM DRUG CO. USE SHARPES PILE OINTMENT Write me and I will send you a free sample of this pile Ointment the first ap plication iwll convince you of what it will do for piles. THE SHARPE CO. 109 N Fulton St., Wilkes Barre, Pa.