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THE BLACKFOOT OPTIMIST
OFFICAL PAPER OF BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO. VÖL. IV NO. 11 BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 1911 $2.00 PER YEAR IDAHO IS UNCLE SAM'S GREATEST IRRIGATOR The vast sum of $ 7 , 113,435 from the national government has been set aside for the COMPLETION OF ONLY TWO PROJECTS IN THIS STATE, BESIDES $76,667,540 FOR THE RE CLAMATION OF LAND8 UNDER THE CAREY ACT PROJECTS. THE AGGREGATE LENGTH OF ALL IRRIGATION CANAL8 IS ALM08T, IF NOT QUITE TEN THOUSAND MILES. By HEBER Q. HALE, Chief Clerk State Lai»d Department, In The Illustrated Idaho Magazine, For January. To say that Idaho has more lamds Under irrigation canals than any oth er state in the American Union, Is merely to say, in other words, that Idaho farmers are, to an extent not approached by their brothers in amy other state, insured against crop failure; and not only this, the Ida ho farmer is guaranteed that his pro ductions per acre shall not be excell ed by any one, and that his fruits 6hall be the most luscious and 5ns grains the most sought after. To say that Idaho has expended more money for carnal construction and has more irrigated lands subject to entry by the homesteader is to reveal facts which easily predict the future greatness of the "Gem State ' The heretofore desolate wastes are fast being made productive; the sun parched plains are yielding to the magic touch of this mghty power; and where once the dwarfed sage, nestling under its wing the camel like rabbt bared its lonely head to the sun, now appear the fruitful fields of growing grain end the happy homes of the Nation's sturdiest citizens. Idaho's in-gated farms are attract ing thousands of settlers to the stfite each year—estimated all the way from 10,000 to 25,000 persons - come and make homes. Considering the many hundreds of thousands— nay, millions of acres of virgin lands yet untouched throughout the State, one can elaslly see the perpetuity of the wonderful record Idaho has al ready made as the lea. din g irrigation, and home-building state im the world. The irrigation question, though just awakened in many of the arid states, Is practically a solved problem, us far as this state is concerned. It is one of the most important factors in the history of Idaho and it will con tinue to be a subject demanding the thoughtful attention of the thoughtful for generations yet to come; for, like all great Institutions and ndustries WINNERS AT THE POULTR Y SHOW THESE ARE THE FORTUNATE ONES WHO CARRIED OFF THE RIB BONS AND THE PRIZES AT THE FIRST ANNUAL SHOW OF THE SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO POULTRY ASSOCIATION. Highest scoring pen, any class; H, C. Nelson, of Logan, Utah. $5 cash, given by D. W. Standrod & Co. Highest scoring male bird; W. E. Ryberg, of Logan. $3 cash, given by the Blackftoot State Bank. Highest scoring female bird; E. E. Malm. $2.50 cash, given by the. First National Bank. Highest scoring pen of Rhode Is land Reds; Mrs. Shirley. $5.00 in merchandise, giv> in by the C. W. & M. Co. Highest scoring pen White Orping tons; I. L. Thulium, ict Trenton I, Utah. A silver teapot given by Neil F. Boyle & Co. Highest scoring pen of Buff Or pingtons; A. Younie. $2.50 in mer chandise, given by Scott & Oo. Pen White L ghorns; H. E. Nel- , son, of Logan. Lilver spoons, given ' y H. W. Curtis. White Wyai dottes; W. E. Ryberg, r f l , .an. A dish, given by F. C. Christ, _ u Columbian Wyandottes; Frankie DeKay, Jr. 3 pounds ot candy, giv en by the Idaho Bakery. Browu Leghorns; J. S. Gordon. Gloves, 'given by The Cash Store. Second White Wyar.dott s; E. M. Kennedy. A plate, given toy the rn Pharmacy. Second Rhode Island Reds; Mrs. Shireley. Vases, giv n by the Shel lev Mercantile Co. Pekin Ducks; Christian Lev A ■ of flour, given by the Blackfoot Farm T9' Milling Oo. Bek Minore as; E. E. Malm. A founded upon mother earth and true principles, Irrigation has come to stay, end as the years succeed each other, improvements and progress wil be made in the method of its appli cation to the soil. The science will be studied and perfected, bringing a bout a condition wherein a maximum production can be obtained from a minimum water supply. Though Idaho has a water supply which has been, considered inexhaus afale, yet a more conservative use of our waters must be brought about, principally from the fact that as the irrigated area tocreases the water supply will decrease. Certain water courses are now taxed to their limit the great Snake river can scarce ly offer another degee,—yet all a DEMOCRATS ARE GETTING BUSY ON THE JOB Apropos of the county of Bingham ! being divided and the affairs of the j old county of Bingham and the new county of Bonneville, being adminis tered by the d mocratic party, a meeting of the Democratic county central committee was called for Monday, February 6, to be held in the Commercial Club rooms. Early on that day there began to arrive from the various sections olf the county the stalwart supporters of the Jeffersonian principals of Democracy and before noon much caucusing had been done by the ' various fact ions within the party. Slate» were made, broken and made again. Un der the circumstances Governor Haw ley has the appointment of the new officers and it is generally supposed' that County Clerk Jordan, Sheriff Bucklin, Assessor Wright and County Attorney Good will tender their res ignations as officers to Bingham , hatpin, given by Eva Smith. Third Wyandottes; A buggy whip, giveui by Leo Hennish. Best Buff Orpington; Geo. Chal mers. A book, given by T. A. Hayes Second White Orpington; A china vase, given by A. L. Hughes. Most hirds of one kind entered ; Rhode Island Reds; Mrs. Shirley. A broom, giv n by Charles Berryman. Second Buff Orpingtons; A. Younie A cuspidore, given by Jas. Buttcane. First Hamburgs'; Geo. Chalmers. A bottle of hair tonic, given by the Bridge Street Barber Shop. First Silver Laced Wyandottes; Walter Jon s. A picture, given fay The Palace Drug Store. Second Silver Diced Wyandottes; L. Wilson. A plate, given by D. H. Biethan. Second White Leghorns; G. W. Parrish. A pair of glov s, given by C. E. Kinney & Sons Co. First Barred Plymouth Rocks; T. J. Ragan. A sack of aonn, given by Bond Bros. First Light Bramahs; Jas. Fendle bury. A sack of corn, given by The Elevator. First White Plymouth Rocks; S. B. Willis. A bettle of face lotion, given by D. F. Arthur. Second Light Brahmas; Plort Ar thur. A year's subscription, given by The Optimist. First Rhode Island R ds; C. V. Fisher. Northwest Poultry Journal for one year. First White Wyandottes; W. E. (Continued on page eight.) round them lay barren and unclaimed lands. I say, the day is coming, If It is not already at our doors, when a more conservative use of water shall be demanded. The old' system, which is stlil tom vouge, of floodingi things must cease and give way to a more economical and conservative practice; there will then he enough water for all and to spare. The conservation question in this state lis a live one. The protection through the shade offered by standing trees, of our Immense deposts of snow in the mountains for the supply of our streams during the summer months is being carefully maintained!. The storing of the flood waters in the spring in great artifically con (Continued on page three.) county and throw ther future desti nes with the new county with Ida ho Falls as the county seat, hence all the stir and (the making of the "Big Medicine" Monday. Talk of a sacrifice with the Repub lican party was abroad for a while, and it was thought that some Repub licans might be nominated by the Democratic organizaton to fill the contemplated vacancies, but after the meeting only one Republican had been nom'iir.ated, and that was be cause there was no eligibles in the ranks of the first named party. Democrats Are Not "Wets." State Emmigration Commissioner Samuel J. Rich presided temporarily at the meeting, pending the re-or ganization of the committee. Mr. Rich addressed the gathering for about tweety minutes, telling of the needs of the party, ref rriir.g to the fact that the Democratic party was referred to generally as the "wet" par ty, while to reality silnee the pass age of the local option laws to the state it was generally known that there was more places where intox icants could be purchased than ever b fore, aind turning his remarks to local conditions, he said that in his opinion the dives now conducted within the confines of the city were a disgrace to any cvlzed communi ty, that the pool rooms were a men ace to the young men, the high school boys end the youth of our community, and that the citizens of this commonwealth should ask the city council to pass an ordinance prohibiting boys under twa::ty-one years of age from frequenting pool rooms, and that he would be one of the Democratic party, in favor of stopping the sale of imtoxicatng liq uors within the county, and that in the -veii-t of the members of the par ty securing the positions desired, they should enforce the laws to the letter and thereby show to the peo ple that the Democratic party, which had been celled the "wet' party, should forever stand for a higher grade of morality than had charact erized the republican party since the days of the passage of the local op tion laws. WOES OF RURAL DELIVERY Not infrequently there is a kick about the rural mail carrier, and the non-delivery of maiL It has come under the. observation of the writer not infrequently that the man who kicks the most, is usually careless about letting the water from an ir rigation ditch run in the read to such am extent that a mail carrier is not compelled to endanger his prop erty, according to postal r igulations, to cross the puddle formed. Last week the following little in cidents happened In the lives of ru ral carriers out of Blackfoot. The wagon of Ed. Benzley tipped over "OLD" BINGHAM IS GRADUALLY REDUCED "OLD" BINGHAM COUNTY, ONCE LARGER THAN MANY OF THE STATES OF THE UNION, IS THE VICTIM OF ANOTHER CUTTING AFRAY. INTERESTING HISTORY OF FORMER DIVISIONS AND OF THE BREAKING UP OF "SLATES." ONE THAT WAS THE CAUSE OF A GOVERNOR'S DOWN FALL. BINGHAM WAS CREATED TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO THIS WINTER. By C. E. Arney, In The Sunday Salt Lake Tribune. Boifee, Ida., Feb. 4. —Bingham coun ity is divided. Bonneville county Is created. Idaho Falls is at last a county seat. The bill was passed and county created out of territory of north Bimigham by the efforts of Sen ator St. Clair in the senate and Rep resentatives Edington, Johnston and Waindck in the house. The creation of Bonneville county, out of Bingham terrtory, recalls some "ancient history" of more than ex traordinary Interest. It was in 1885, twenty-six years ago this winter, that Bingham county was created out of Oneida county terri tory, wiith boundary limes extending from a few mlcs below Oxford (no-.v in Bclr.mock county) on the south to the Montana line on the north and ! ! Mr. Rich then presented the names of JiGihn W. Jones as chairmen, '.V. H. Stuffelbeam as vice-chairman er.d J. T. Carruth 'as secretary of the new county central commit te , and W. A. Beakley made a motion that the three names should be voted on collectively. Jas. Just, of Presto, a rose and asked that the names be voted upon separately, suggesting that the slogan of athe Democratic party was: "Let the People Rule, and that railroading the names thro in bunches gave no one a choice in the matter. The chair maim stated that he heard no second to Mr. Just's motion aind that gentleman said lie had not brought a second with him, intimating thereby that Mr. Rich had brought his right along to the meeting to the person of W. A. Beak ley. 'Twas Only A Ripple. That however, was only a little rip ple on an otherwise harmonious meet ing. The three officers were unani mously elected Bind Mr. Stu'ifelb am succeeded' Mr. Rich in the chair. Mr Rich then asked for a little further patience on the part of the assem blage end stated that the Search and Stezuro law, now before the house and senate should receive the support of the democracy, as should every knw tending to annihilate the liquor traffic. This was met with great cheering, ar.di lit looked as though the much-abused Demccraltc party of Bingham county, was to set the mor al pace for the Republicans who were voted into offices, both city and cour, ty, on a decid dly dry platform. A vote as to whether the commit tee should go into executive session or not was 'taken and it was decided that it should. After the adjourn ment of the committee it was learn ed that the following gentlemen had been chosen to fill the vacancies which may arise from the resignation of the officers elected at the general clction last fall: Sheriff F. E. De Kay; county attorney, W. A. Beak ley; clerk of the district court, J. T. Carruth, assessor and collector; Heber .C .C Rich; county commit ion ers, W. H. Stuffelbeam, Blackfoot, an Thomas Bennett, of Basalt; E. T. Peck, coroner. and his horse got down. Frank Wifi 's faithful horse finally became tired and quit work at the edge of a large pool of water in the road. AH the carriers have had to 'take down fences and resort to various means to deliver mail and' this was mot occasioned by flood wat r from rain alone. Many Of the mis haps were the result of water from under th observation of the writer ing in them. Ask a mail carrier wheth r we need good roads. Advertise In the Opltmlst. It pays. Subscribe for the Optimist. from Wyoming on the east (excluding Bear Lake county) to the Loot River mountains ail the west (excluding Am erican Falls). This web an enormous county from point of territory. Early in the '80. it became the coun ter of the anti-Mormon movement within the territory of Idaho. Black foot was the home of Fred T. Du bois, who' had just thetm been appoint ! ed United States marshall in the ter ! ritory. It was also the home of C. J. Bassett, who was 'generally recog i nized os his closest friend and ad vser. The Anti-Morman Movement The seat of the antii-Morman move ment demanded at olnoe the attention of the politicians of the state. W. B. Green had been elected as one of the In the selection of these gentlemen the county democratic ce tral com mittee was far seeing. They chose good timber for every office, men who have demonstrated who have demonstrated by their pri vate lives and the successes they have made that they are capable of making good to offices of public trust, mail of brains, ability and gooid principles. W. H. Kestner was slat ed for assessor and collector but re signed, so that F. E. DeKay might receive t.he nomination for sheriff and there would not be two men from Blackfoot, without a party rep representative from the south er.d of county. If these gentl men hold of fice, and put up a. clean administrai tion such as they pledged themselves to do at the meeting Monday, they will give an impetus to Democracy in Bingham county such as it has not had in many years before. BONNEVILLE COUNTY BILL IS SIGNED GOVERNOR ATTACHES SIGNATURE TO MEASURE AUTHORIZING DIVISION OF BINGHAM. IDAHO FALLS TO BE SEAT OF GOV ERNMENT, WITH BLACKFOOT OLD COUNTY CAPITAL. Bonneville is now a county, with Idaho Falls as the county scat. Y s terday (Tuesday) aft' moon Govern or Hawley attached his slgni. ture to the bill creating the new county. He sent for Senator St. Clair, th auth or of the bill, notified him that he had given the moasur his approval and presented the senator from Bing ham with the pen with which he signed the bill. Although this was but an ordinary steel pen, in an or dinary wooden holder, Senator St. Clalir carried it off as wie of his most highly tr asured pessossions. Bonneville is the first new coun ty to be created since Bonner and Twin Falls came into xistence a few years ago. It is created from Bingham county to the southeast ern part of the state, leaving Black foot still the county seat of the southern portion of the county. In this same connection, it is inter esting to note that the senate yester day passed by unanmuos vote the Hammer resolution providing for one senator '.or each county, new or old, and a number of repr sentatives three dimes the number of senators. This resolution provides for a con stitutional amendment, and as it had already passed the house, it is mow in a fair way to success. The fe 1 ing among the legislators is that the voters of the state will gladly vote for the amendment. Helps County Division. The success of this measure to in crease the representation so that _____-____ ach county shall have one senator legislators, the strongest one from Oneida county, being a resident of Idaho Falls, then known as "Eagle Rock." The company's shops with several thousand men were then lo cated at Eagle Rock. In tlie origaimal draft of the bUl* there was a sort of undrostamdtog that Eagle Rock should be the county seat. In the passing of the bill, however, a shuffle was made ai.dl Blackfoot landed the county seat of Bingham county. This change is said to have been made for a consid eration and the deal was at the t tine credited to the manipulations of .one of the smoothest politicians who ever I struck Idaho, namely, D. P. B. Pride, secretary of the territory, a podiuct of tlie state of Maine, and a close friend of Senator Eugene Hale. Governor William Bunn was at the time the territorial governor of Idaho Bingham county was named by Gov. ernor Bunn out of respect to his old friend, Percy Bingham. When the county was finally creat ed Governor Bunn invited Marshall Dubois to help him name the officers, for the new county. Dubois called on him and. left his ideas as to whom these men should be, in the following list of officials: For sheriff— Samuel F. Taylor of Eagle Rock. For clerk— C. J. Bassett, of Black-_ foot. 1 For assessor—George W. Groton, of Soda Springs. For Attorney—Harry M. Bennett of Blackfoot. For probate judge— F. M. Shoemak er of Blackfoot. For commissioners—A. Moyes, Eag le Rock, Fred S. Stevens of Blackfoot and Henry O. Harki:. ess, McCammon. This was the list of strong men, anti-Mormon in politics to the letter and close personal and political friend of Marshal Dubois. (Continued cm page two.) will raise the blockade on county div ision bills. It was asserted that mo county division bill was safe until the success of the reapportionment measure was assured. Since it is now assured there is mo t Hing how county division bills will become laws before tlie end of the prestint sess ion. Clearwattr and Power counties have be n stamped with approval by the house and are mow in the com mittee cm counties and county boun daries in the senate. Senator Coates who has consistently opposed 'Very county diviisem measure to date, is expected, to make the fight of his lito against the creation of Power coun ty, as it takes in all that part of Blaine county through which the line of the Oregon Short Line passes; amt would depriv Blaine county of a bout $18,000 to aa*ual revenue withou benefittiug the county in airy way. As senator Coates is a member of the s note committee orn counties and county boundaries, two reports, one favorable and the other adverse, are practically certain on both Clear water and Blatoe county measures. Idaho Statesman, Wednesday morn ing. _______ For Sale. Some pure bred' White Wyandotte cockerels. $1.00 each, if taken once. E. M. KENNEDY. at Water For Sale. Water in the Blackfoot Irrigation Canal is for sale at the offices of . the Idaho Irrigation Lauds Co. tf.