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BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO. FRIDAY AUGUST 12, 1904.
VOL. 1. NO. 4. $2.00 PER YEAR. THE STATE CONVENTION ~\jlon. Frank R. Gooding Is Nom inated for Governor MORRISON NOT IN THE 'RACE State Administration Indorsed.—The Unit Kule Turned flown.—No Mention Made of the Mormon Question. Miss May Scott and das. M. Stevens ItenomiiiHted The state Republican conven tion at Moscow Wednesday was remarkable for spirited contests, and for the despatch with which it did its work. Two and a half hours of actual business session The usual and it was done, amount of indorsing was done, no minority reports were introduced, and half of the nominations were made by acclamation. Frank R. Gooding of Shoshone was nomin ated for governor, having 195 votes,, as against 90 cast for John T. Morrison. 1. N. Sullivan of Hailey was nominated for chief justice, Dr. Washington county, lieutenant governor; W. H. Gibson of Fre mont, secretary of state; II. IS. Coffin of Ada, treasurer; J. J. Guheeu of Pocatello, attorney general; Robert Bragaw of Koo tenai, auditor; Miss May Scott of Blackfoot, school superintendent; Robert Bell of Custer, inspector of mines; presidential electors, F. J. Hagenbarth of Fremont, H. W. Keefer of Bingham and K. W. Olliver of Idaho county. Burton L. French was nomin ated for congress, Jas. M. Stev ens for judge in the Sixth dis trict. Geo. F. Gagon was made a member of the state central committee from Bingham county and J. H. Brady of Pocatello was made chairman of the state cen tral committee. B. L. Steves of The Pride of Blackfoot Blackfoot has reason to be proud of its schools, its boys and girls and many other possessions, and while it is counting its advan tages it should not forget its en terprising real estate men. They are making a great effort to spread information among eastern home seekers which will enable them to realize the opportunities which our locality affords. They are paying out money m iunips to have descriptive matter published in papers which have a large cir culation among people who. are interested in irrigation. When the home paper contains such in formation they send them prospective settlers, of the Rkitiu.k'an by the real estate firms of Black foot to the number of 430 copies, and when homeseekers living in the storm-ridden, rainy, drouthy! states realize wliat is going to waste in Idaho they may be ex pected to join our "Harvest Home Excursion" to see for themselves. to One issue was sent out Much Impressed A Mr. Furguson from Colorado has been looking over southern and eastern Idaho for some time, and took some big tours on the Westside this week with W. W. McDonald. Mr. Furguson was very much impiessed with the Johnson and Millick orchards; bridge, just beyond Snake river and Mr. McDonald says he could hardly get him away from the or chards, notwithstanding the fruit is scarcely ripe. Factory Notes The walls of the boiler house and machine shop are completed, and ti»e walls of the warehouse are built up about six or eight feet. The main building will be three stories high with a tower over the vacuum pans extending two stor ies above the rest of the building. The work of installing the ma chinery in this building is pro gressing rapidly. The ccrbona tors, evaporators, fourteen dif susion batteries, all juice pumps and the entire boiler plant are now being placed in position. A number of storage plants and eight crystallizers have arrived this week and are being unload-1 ed, and the piling is being driven for one of the four hundred foot trestles. Two four hundred foot trestles for wagons are completed, but the approaches are not done. Workmen are busy building the beet sheds and the Humes for about liti men carrying the beets from the shed to the factory. The sugar com pany is wonting and Contractor Spear is employ ing about 40 men on the mason work. On the company farms 35 acres of alfalfa and acres of peas are being plowed under for fertilizers and the ground is being prepared for next year's crop. Accidental Drowning Our townsman, N. Tanner, Jr., on Sunday learned by telegram from Ennis. Texas, of the drown ing there of his son, Francis M., a machinist in the railway shops. He lias not been able to learn the particulars, but says it was evi dently accidental, as there was no known cause for suspicion that lie, met death at the hands of another or by self-destruction. He was 27 years of age and of moral hab its, bad good employment and by letters of very recent date was in cheerful and hopeful spirits. He leaves a wife and one child. The funeral will occur on Sun day at the Latter Day Saints' church at 2 p. m. Friends of the family are invited. Death of Frank Boxwell. On Thursday morning August 4th, the youngest son of Win, F. Boxwell was killed by the break ing of a derrick at his grand father's ranch near the Lemhi His father has just gone agency. into the mercantile business in Blackfoot and Frank's mother and sister returned to Salmon from a visit to Blackfoot, just be fore the accident happened, but had not seen him. Mr. Boxwell received notice of the accident and left for Salmon Friday The sympathy of the whole lit to the be morn ing. community goes reaved family. Creamery Burns Last Saturday morning the Rose; J 1 creamery, located between More land and Riverside, was burned to the ground and most of the ma chinery is a total wreck. There i i was no one in the building when , ...... . the fire started, but it seems to have originated in the engine room. This being a mere shell the engine and boiler did not sus tain much damage, but all die ap paratns for handling miik and butter was ruined. The insurance I on the plant was $2,500. D. R. Sedgewick of Salt Lake, bought eighty acres of land on the Westside lust week, and a Mr. Parker of southern Utah also bought eighty acres, through the Blackfoot Real Estate agency. | 1 j j j LAND AND ORCHARDS Seven years ago a man living two miles west of Blackfoot planted eight acres of twenty dollar land to orchard, and planted potatoes betweeen the trees. The potato crop paid for the cultivation and care of both crops each year, and at the age of five years the trees began to bear. Every year they come in with a larger cash account through the sale of apples, and al though nature sent three heavy frosts late in the present season, the apple trees are loaded so heavily that it has become neces sary to remove some of the half developed fruit to save wrecking the trees. The soil is so prolific that but for the kind intervention of frosts to kill part of the bloom, the trees would be ruined by their load of fruit before it came to maturity! I he owner of the orchard would not sell the tract now for several times twenty dollars an acre, and the sweet corn, potatoes-and-cream and on his table may be some of the green apple pie which appear reasons why he will not sell. Across the road from him is a twenty-acre nursery of which things might be said except that there is an endless variety of fruits, flowers and shrubs. There are all the hardy variety of apples, loaded with fruit, belts of strawberries, raspber ries, gooseberries, currants, blackberries and loveliest of roses growing between. Then there are the shade trees, elm, maple, mountain ash, and many others besides .the seedlings by the tens | 0 f thousands, including pear, peach, apricot, mulberry, hack berry and the wild black cherry. There is a block of cherry trees which all look alike, 140 of them, and they bore 'bushels and bushels of fruit this year notwithstanding the late spring frosts. the same ! GROVELAND. A mile north of this, and about three miles from Blackfoot is Groveland, which until recently was just a big school house set down on the plain at the end of an orchard, but a few weeks ago Adam Yancey, who owned a tract of the land laid out eighty acres in city blocks, streets and lots. The streets were made eighty feet wide, and the tract was cut up into forty-five lots, forty of which have already sold at one hundred dollars apiece, two have been set aside for public buildings and three for sale. Six of the purchasers have built cottages on their lots, the three-room country school house has become the town are school, a hall 30x60 feet has been completed, the telephone company has extended their line to the village and will put in a lot of instruments this season if themianufacturers will supply them for market, and the cataract at American F alls is to be connect ed by wire in time to light the village next winter so the children, bless their little bodies, can read their Christmas books by "water-light." Sugar beets, tomatoes, or alfalfa are growing on all streets and lots, and next spring the fences will be built around the sev eral blocks, water will be made to run in ditches on each side of the streets, and fruits and flowers will grow within the lots. Mr. A. Yancey, the promoter, has let a contract for a six thousand dollar brick house which is now being erected, and an eight acre orchard bordering the house which was set two years contains 800 trees in fine condition. Out of the 800 trees, ago thirty had to be reset the second year, and five died during the second year. The cherry trees bore well the second year and again this season, which is their third year. Between tha rows of fruit trees are sugar beets, and just what the profit is on the tract this year we can tell you better in November. The beets are not yet matured nor harvested, but experi and irrigating systems have shown that cold weather does to the crops when it is wanted, the prospect for the beets is bright, and the price of the crop is fixed. There is now and then a man who says that too much fruit is being set, that the market will soon be overstocked and that it will go to waste. These same fellows said ten years ago that too much alfalfa was being sown; that the day would soon come when everybody would have from two hundred to five hundred tons to sell and there would • be but few purchasers, but condi tions changed on both sides of the equation. I he sheep indus try took on some grain; the building of provements of old lines made a great demand for hay and grain, that the farmer who was prepared to "overstock the market" the one who made the money, and now his land is in fine any of the other crops which profitable than hay and grain. ence not come too soon and that water comes was . . condition to raise the sugar beet or j j may be considered more It was conceded a few years ago that the agricultural land in this locality was about all taken up, but now the opportunity for the settlement of new lands is as great as it ever was, and the work of getting settlers to populate the land already taken has commenced on a new scale. All this creates a greater market borne. Each family that comes here to settle adds to the market for fruit and produce till he has something to sell, and the old settlers are using more fruit each year. The opening of mines and the settlement of lands along the line of the Salmon River railroad greatly enlarges our market, and in addition to all this our products are coming into successful competition in the greater and unlimited markets of other states. greater proportions which called for much hay and new lines of railroads and the lm so Trouble Begins This is the season when the teacher is abroad, and the voice of the school ma'am is heard in the land. Being a well tutored and poorly paid class of workers, and having more postage stamps than railroad tickets, they write to superintendents and school boards. In addressing the super intendent they invariably express a desire for "a good school" (why not have a good one*) and prefer a place in a graded school. They mention that they are capable of taking any , department, but that primary work (or perhaps high school work) is preferred. In writing to trustees of rural dis tricts they indicate that they want the school house to be near a good boarding place. They generally send some "recommendations'' which indicate that they are well qualified and working with a great purpose. The old style of stating it was to say that the applicant has a faculty for "imparting knowledge," but "Squeers" is dead now and his methods have been all shot to pieces by the normal schools, and that line is obsolete; so much so, that an up to-date teacher would burn a rec ommendation in which it was used. There are more applicants for schools in Bingham county this year than there usually are, and somebody is going to fail to get a place. There are more male teachers applying in proportion to the whole number of applicants, and it is quite probable that some of them are attracted by the pros pects for homes and granulated home-made sugar which the Blackfoot country offers to the world now and will continue to offer in large packages for the next fifty years. School trustees have a naughty habit of piling up their applications till a school meeting comes along, and then select a teacher from the list. In the meantime no reply has been made to any of them, and eaefi teacher has written to a dozen other hoards. Each "honorable body" thinks it lias all the teach ers it can dispose of and a dozen more, so in the hot days of August the selection is made. September the board lias written to a lot of others, and finally, un able to get any of them, they turn to the county superintendent for aid. Down in Nebraska they put, a stop to that kind of foolishness! a long time ago. A particular day was set aside in the good old summer time for employing teach ers, and those wanting situations niade application to the board where they wanted to engage, This forced the teachers to apply for such places as they were quali fied to fill, and which they stood some chance of getting. Any ap plicant who had the good fortune to be employed in two places at once immediately fell into bad repute for such duplicity and might lose them both. When Idaho guts a little older it will _ \\ itli all due respect to the del-, egates who attend the state con-' p . .. , r • volitions at Moscow and Lewiston we suggest that it might not come amiss these hot days if each oi them bad a placard on liis sleeve bearing the words: "I am out for business and a jolly good time. Fill me up when empty. Send me home when full. adopt some plan of its own to put these things on a "business basis" and school officers and teachers will make a big saving in sta tonery. l FARMING MADE EASY Canal Companies Are Lucky This Year LESS GRAVEL TO SCRAPE The Storage of Water in Will Put un Lnd to this Annual Trouble Peo pie Along the Mississippi Levees An Helping I s Now f.ootf Prospect* This is one of the years, thank fortune, when the farmers do not all have to go to the river and re move gravel bars to let water into the canals. "The man behind the scraper" looks back at the times he has spent camping at the head of the canal, scraping gravel when lie ought to have been irri gating or stacking lmy, and won ders how he ever put up wit!; the hardships and the losses it made in his crops. These tilings will not occur again as they once did, because men who make canals are learning some tricks from the beavers and from dear experience, about where and how to tap a stream; where to put a dam if they build a dam, and how to use a waste gate if they have one. Then too, the days ef great floods in Snake river are passing to the rear. The men of the Reclama tion Service will soon be storing the Hood waters ill the big lakes about the head of the river and releasing it in July and August, thus keeping the stream down to its normal size and preventing the annual shifting of gravel bars, which has caused so much dis tress in the past. This may seem like a great task, but it isn't; not for Uncle Sam. There are now twenty-five millions of dollars in the Reclamation fund, and al though this money is designed to be expended, vet it must bo re turned every decade to the Recla mation Lund to be used in carry ing some other project for re claiming arid lands. All the re ceipts arising from the sale of public lands go into this fund to be loaned and reloaned The people along the lower Mississippi who have been studying the sub ject of Hoods, are looking forward witii much interest to the time when the great basins in the Rocky Mountains will be used to store the waters during the winter an(1 »P rin « mo,lth8 whwr-they are lial)le t0 lmvo ,U,ods from ,a ' ns and ^ ie melting of snow iu tbe Mississippi valley. hen they can depend oil the West to withhold an immense volume of water from the Mississippi they will control their local Hoods and keep the channels in better trim for steamer traffic. These are f ;,r s(,m e of tho'grandest achieve meets ever made in the world will now be coining into reality ie pursuits of j>eace, and the electricians who are swarming from the schools and shops every year will find their services iu de mam | installing eleetrial appara . tus to utilize the tremendous of P owur that ca " bo Z en ' erated among the big canals and reservoirs where the water is drawn off to lower levels, some of the reasons why our west ern statesman secured the vote of men from rainy states for the pas sage of the irrigation law. The western irrigator has reason to hold up his head and take courage, through tl Subscribe tor Tim Rbfublican, the best paper in Bingham county.