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VOL. 1. NO. 2.
Blackfoot Lady Christens The
Idaho Republican.
Representative!* of Education Fill- Poets
of Honor. Management "Oraeke" a
Itarrel of Lemonade For the Guest*.
Large Edition Printed Amid Music
and Social Enjoyment.
The Idaho Republican dates
l from July 22nd at 2:45 in the
[ H afternoon. In response to an in
vitation extended to citizens to at
tend the opening and christening
of the paper, a number of promi
nent citizens assembled at the Re
Building, and busied
themselves inspecting the new
building and plant till the chief
actors of the hour took their res
pective places.- A peculiar inci
dent marked the proceedings
when four ladies who are promi
neat in educational and Social af
fairs were escorted to the posts of
At a given signal Miss May
Scott, State superintendent of
public instruction, turned the
switch that connected the power
of the cataract at American Fulls
with the motor which drives the
The low whirr of the
motor was followed by evolutions
of the presses, and Miss Julia
Anderson, superintendent of the
schools of Bingham county, who
stood oil the feeder's platform,
placed the large white sheet in
the press, and in a twinkling it
had run through and was laid out
on the table, a newspaper.
Miss Susie Biethan, a member
of the first giaduating class from
the Blackfoot high school, who
has since continued her studies in
Illinois and California, stretched
forth her hand over the paper and
said in a sweet clear voice:
'•]n tlu- name of the projectors of
, this enterprise, in the name of the
people of this community, in the
name of education and progress, in
the name of all that is good, I
christen thee Tiik Idaho IIki'FH
lican. v ,
A round of applause went up
from the assembly, and Miss Casr
sie Wright, a lady who was edu
cated in the Blackfoot schools
and was a member of the second
graduating class, folded the paper
and passed it to the editor who
also received part of his prepara
tion in the Blackfoot schools and
was for many years identified
with school work in the county.
The presses which had slowed
down for a moment during this
formality, resumed work with
pressmen Carlin and Sullivan each
feeding a press, one turning' out
newspapers which were passed
among the guests arid were eager
ly scanned, and the other turning
out souvenir cards containing
explanations about the
machinery and the ottiee in
At the "punch-bowl" corner
Miss Nina Shultz and Miss Gail
Johnson served lemonade to the
guests who drank to the success
of the house and to the health of
their friends.
Miss Mabel Morrison passed
the guests distributing
souvenirs and Miss Leonorc Bie
of the
than distributed copies
Lorenzo Thomas, register of t he
Land Office, was on hand, as he
mid to extend congratulations.
how it is done,"
"to see
Frank W. Bean who has set a
few lines of type for every new
paper that has ever been launched
at Blackfoot, was present, looking
D. H. Biethan who is now in
the third decade of a prosperous
mercantile career in* Blackfoot,
looked on with satisfaction, drank
to the success of the house, and
although men wore waiting to see
him at the store, he paused near
the door to listen to tlui sweet
tones of the piano accompanying
his daughter's voice singing
Love You Still."
Editor Kelly of the Bingham
County Democrat, honored the
occasion with his presence, and
inspected everything (including
the lemonade) with apparent
pleasure and satisfaction.
George and Felix Roberts of
the Blackfoot and Rigby Roller
Mills, G. li. Holbrook of the
Cash Grocery, and Cashier Clias.
Fisher of the -Standrod Bank, took
time to inspect the" plant and ap
propriate a little of The Reflihli
oan "punch."
Alex. Younie, E. M. Kennedy
and Cashier Dobell of the Black
foot Bank, A. J). Quantrell of
the Blackfoot Lumber Company
and J. Marrom of the Hub Store
did their part, and spent some
time examining the samples of
work on the stock ease.
Percy Jones, who has been
identified with newspaper^ work
for a long period at Blackfoot,
stood among many friends on t-his
occasion, and one at least was
glad of his company, in view of
the fact that his paper, the Black
foot News, was always an expon
ent of education and sobriety,
and made every citizen of Black
foot a debtor for the good work
done to encourage the grading of
lawns, the planting of trees and
flowers and the painting of cot
Professor Johnson, the princi
pal of our public schools, who
had jest been out irrigating his
fruit farm, sat in the big oflice
chair and took turns reading the
new paper and chatting with
ladies and gentlemen who gath
ered about him.
Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart sat
down on the big sofa with Mr.
and Mrs. llansbrongli on one side
and Manager Monroe of the
Sugar Company on the other, and
jollied one another about their
differences in politics, and drank
lemonade over the toast, "Beheld
how beautiful it is for brethern to
dwell together in unity."
Rev. Remington of the Baptist
church and Geo. L. Wall and C.
L. Fowler of the post office, came
near overlooking the "punch
bowl" corner, but each did justice
to it when its presence was re
Chas. \Yey, the steady man of
the Southern Idaho Mail, was too
late to witness the christening, J
but looked the shop all over and j
had a little chat with I,. E. Dil
lingham about printing and pub
There were many other good
folks and their friends who came
and went during the afternoon,
whose presence was appreciated,
but the printers are shouting
"copy," and that confuses some
Wednesday evening a "dry fog" i
rose on the site of the Grove City,
and aided by zephers that were
not at all gentle, it settled over
house tops and much furniture
that was under the house tops.
Nineteen years ago workmen commenced clearing off the
sage brush from a tradt of land EaSt of the village of Blackfoot,
on which to eredt the state asylum for the insane. A farm has
always been maintained in connedtion with this institution, which
now comprises about two thousand acres, and is handled in part
with hired labor and partly with the labor of patients whose con
dition admits of or requires out-of-door work. Each year some
improvements are made in the way of clearing and planting new
lands, setting young trees and erecting new buildings.
The institution now has charge of some 250 patients, which
it provides with a home at a total co£t of 36 cents per day per
capita. The institution raises pradtically all the fruit, vegetables,
dairy produdts and. honey required by the patients and such em
ployes as make their home there. Enough horsft are kept to do
the farm work, and a herd of about two-hundred head of cattle,
chiefly durhams, are kept; about twenty of this number are
thoroughbreds, and nearly all the others are grades representing
good values. The value of this stock is being increased by the
the addition of good Stock -from time to time, and by slaughtering
the inferior ones for consumption. There are also about one
hundred and forty Berkshire hogs, fifty full-blood Ramboulet
sheep, two dozen thoroughbred chickens and some ducks and
The produ&s of the soil ia£t year consisted of six hundred
tons of alfalfa, seventy-five tons of cabbage, fifty tons of white
carrots, twenty-five hundred pounds of ox-heart carrots, thirty-four
hundred and ten pounds of tomatoes, eighteen hundred and sixty
pounds of lettuce, two thousand pounds of spinach, sixteen hun
dred and forty pounds of rhubarb, twenty-one hundred and ninety
pounds of green String beans, thirty-three hundred pounds of
cucumbers, sixty-eight hundred pounds sweet corn, eight hundred
and seventy-six pounds cauliflower, eighteen thousand pounds of
onions, twelve hundred pounds of ruttabagas, fifteen hundred
bushels of potatoes, three thousand pounds of prunes, one thous
and pounds of plums, one hundred and fifty pounds of peppers,
twenty thousand pounds of parsnips, three hundred bushels of
pears, fiftv dozen muskmelons, ten hundred and fifty-six pounds
of gooseberries, three dozen egg plants, two thousand and thirty
one pounds of currants, six hundred and twenty-six pounds of
of cherries, seven thousand bunches of celery, fourteen thousand
pounds of table beets; two thousand bushels of apples, two
thousand five hundred pounds of honey, four hundred pounds of
tobacco, ten thousand seven hundred and seventy pounds of tur
The yield of sweet corn per acre was three thousand and
forty pounds; tomatoes, fifteen thousand five hundred and twenty
pounds; rhubarb, sixteen hundred and sixty pounds; peas, sixty
six hundred and thirty-seven pounds.
This data was taken from the records of the various de
partments, from personal observations in farm and garden and
from measurements of trads on which products were raised. In
a few indances, where the amount of lad year's produd could
not be ascertained, the record of the previous year was taken.
In gathering the above data no culling was done, but
everything was taken jud as it appeared in the records of farmer
and gardener.
they showed any especial advantages, but because the boundar
ies of lad year's crop in each case were known.
A trad of drawberries which has been bearing for ten
years is to be plowed up this season, the plants having become
too old to bear well, and a new trad has been set this year.
There are about fifteen hundred apple trees in the orchard, and
hy reason of the uniform distribution of water by irrigation, they
have made a uniform growth and few if any dead trees appear.
Lad year the trees in the orchard were loaded so heavily that
all observers likened the fruitage to bananas as the clusters hung
from the smaller limbs. This year an unusually late frost thinned
out the blossoms so that the trees are not over-done in bearing
the fruit as it is maturing. The orchard has been enlarged this
year by the planting of a thousand apple trees, which were grown
in the asylum nursery at a very little cost.
The tracts measured were not seleded because
A ten acre tract was planted to forest and shade trees this
A new dining room and amusement hall are being built
story to the present dining room, which is 34x60
new cellars
by adding one
feet. The electric light plant is being doubled and
and store rooms are being built. 150,000 bricks were made on
the asylum grounds last year which are being used to make these
The Republican oflice is indebted to Dr. Givens, medical
superintendent J. E. Elsen, book-keeper; Geo. L. Bumgarner,
steward; Peter Joenson, farmer, Oliver Cooper, assistant, for
courtesies and assistance in obtaining data.
On the last page of this issue is presented a view of the
Idaho Asylum. Twenty years ago this landscape presented to
the eye only a waste of sage brush and drifting sat^ds in a cattle
country, where land was considered worthless for fuming.
Great Irrigation Scheme.
A long time ago it was an ac
cepted theory on the plains of
Kansas and Nebraska that rain
followed cultivation of the soil,
and accordingly the settlers kept
penetrating the dry plains and
breaking up the sod in the face of
successive failures till that thoqry
was a very unpopular one. Faker
Scientists tried diligently to pro
duce rain, but their occupation is
gone, though their goods are still
in demand, and nobody has a cor
ner on them.
The government is making in
vestigations now looking to the
wetting of the soil of the great
plains, and it will be interesting
to note the results of their experi
ments. A. ft. Wright who was
conducting investigations on Lost
river last year, and who made an
irrigation exhibit at'the BlacKfoot
Fair, is on the government corps
of pumping investigations in Kan
sas. Others are taking observa
tions and making surveys to de
termine the feasibility of storing
the waters of all the principal
rivers that rise in the Rocky
mountains and Hoiv eastward,
utilizing the great basins and
lanes in the mountains for storage
1 'eservoirs, and generating electric
power in a multitude of places
where the streams are drawn off
on to lower levels; then using the
water to irrigate the grandest em
pire ever yet irrigated—the plains
reaching from Montana and the
Dakotas to the llto Grande,
all that area which is now waste
and worthless for cultivation, area
which has neither water, timber
nor fuel, were electric lighted,
electric heated, electric plowed
and cultivated, and artificially ir
rigated, with parks of flowers and
fruit trees on every farm, the
dream of Bellamy, which was con
sidered an altogether impractical
thing fifteen years ago, might be
seen in practical operation where
the prairie dog now reigns undis
turbed. These are feasible mat
ters. What has been done and
what is being done on a smaller
scale elsewhere, can be done on
the plains of those states oil a gi
gantic scale. It will take the en
gineers a long time to figure out
the best ways to do it; many up
starts from college will wear out
their high topped shoes on the big
trek of the surveys before the
work commences, but once let the
American people put as much vim
into that enterprise as they put in
to the war of the rebellion, and
then pay assessments on it as lib
erally as they paid the pension
rolls, and a new civilization will
come into existence just east of
the Rockies, that will overshadow'
all the achievements of all the ir
rigated districts of the earth today.
Mr. and Mrs. Beak Eldredge
retiirued lust Friday from their
wedding trip down in the states,
They visited the Lonisana Pur
chase Exposition and had a
delightful time. Mr. Eldredge
advises people going there to en
gage hotel accomodations at the
Inside Inn or the Outside Inn or
some other inn that is just outside
and within easy reach of the
grounds. It is about six miles out
to the grounds from the city, an I
twice as far in to the city if you
are out to the grounds and tired
out. All the time you are travel
ing in or out you might just as
well be in the inn resting and
figuring out where you will go
when you feel like going mu
Large Gathering of People of
All Classes.
S|n>iikorn Call Attention to tin* Moaning
lot Pioneer I»ay, anil Fasten Some III*
torlcal Facto
Their Auditor*. Scrap*
of tin* llietory of Furly .Settlement
of Idaho.
Pioneer Day in Blackfoot
clear and beautiful, and people
who have disrespectfully said that
the wind always blows at Black
foot should have been on the spot
i to witness the nicest weather in
the world.
At 10:30 the band boys who
had been playing sonio national
airs, took-seats among the audi
ence that had gathered in front of
the speaker's stand, and the liter
ary program was carried out, most
of the speeches being reviews of
the events connected with the
early settlement of the country
west of the Missouri River, and
especially the irrigated districts
of the west. *
Interesting addresses were made
by Andrew Jenson, Don- C\
Walker and O. Buchanan. A
male quartette under the direction
of II. D. Brown rendered several
selections. A recitation by Miss
Maud Bevans and a song by a
ladies' quartette under the direc
tion of Mrs. Buchanan wore much
The speakers brought out the
fact that the 24th of July is cele
brated, not only as the anniver
sary of the arrival of the first col
onists into the Salt Lake valley,
but as the anniversary of the be
ginning of irrigation in the weBt,
which commenced on July 24,
proportions that absorb not only
the capital of big investment com
panies, but the attention of an im
portant branch of the government,
and much of the time and thought
of the national congress. Elder
Don 0. Walker of Lewisville
viewed some of the differences
between the appearance ofyftieTin
mediato vicinity O^&lMfoot, now
with its Helds and orchards and
sugar beets, and its appearance
twenty years ago when he first
passed the place. Andrew Jen
son, the historian, called attention
to the fact that the first colony in
Idaho was established at Ft.
Lemhi in 1855, and that after
three years the Indians drove
them out and the place was aband
It may be of interest
renders of The Rkfuhmcan to
know that the members of this
first colony crossed the Snake
river at the old Butte Ferry be
low Blackfoot, and went up the
west side of the river to Market
lowing September,
year the grasshoppers ate every*
thing, and the third year the
crops were harvested, but while
they were still threshing in Feb*
ruarv, they were attacked am!
driven out by the Indians. Judge
Shurtliff, now a
senator from Utah
l OOSTIXt'KI* ox t,
and has since assumed
r e
Lake and "Muddy Lake," and
then crossed the "Shanghi Plains
to Spring Creek, now called Birch
Creek, then over the divide to the
present site of the Lemhi reserva
tion. Arriving there late in June
they planted some crops which
wj;re killed by the frost the fob
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