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Vol. XV. No. 28-A
$3 a Year
Would be Practical to put Discarded War Mac hine s
to Work Constructing Canals and Reservoirs
Convet Whole Valley Into Reservoir
On Tuesday evening about forty
or fifty men met at the court room
and listened to addresses by W. F.
Dillon of Dubois, J. H. Andersen of
Blackfoot and C. E .Harris of Black
foot, relatives to the work of reclaim
ing the Snake river plains. *
Many Soldiers Homesteaders
Mr. Dillon explained that of the
hundreds of settlers already on the
land in the Dubois project, 317 of
them are soldiers, either present on
the land or with the c6lors, and re
turning as soon as they can. Most
of the settlers have tried farming the
land on the dry farm plan while
awaiting for the construction of the
irrigation system so fully surveyed
by the government in past years, and
they have not been successful 'with
crops, altho they have raised some.
Reducing the Cost per Acre
Work bn the irrigation system has
never really gone past the prelim
inaries and surveys and while it ia
only suspended, the project has
neither been abandoned nor any fixed
plans or policy adopted. To build
reservoirs and canals to water their
half million aotes made it rather ex
pensive, and now that the Blackfoot
men propose the addition of another
half million acres in what may be
termed the Taber extension, that will
greatly reduce the cost per acre for
. the whole project, and the Dubois
men gladly join forces with us to
push the preliminary work in the
hope of getting plans adopted and
actual const- uctlon 'started while the
government is seeking to find em
ployment for the disbanding armies
and others thrown out of work by
the changes from a war footing to a
peace footing.
Billions of Springs
Mr. Dillon explained that men in
terested in other projects down the
valley, notably the Bruneau and Sun
nyside projects, are asking for the
use of the few reservoir sites avail
able on the upper reaches of the
Snake, and that if they are permitted
to appropriate the water it will stop
our further development, while if we
secure the reservoir sites and store
the water, a large amount of it will
go on down to them after using it
In the upper valley. This is what
engineers call the return flow, or
seepage, coming back into the river
from the country under irrigation.
As the waters of Lost river seep and
travel thru and under the Snake
river plains, so the waters that are
first stored in lakes on the head
waters and afterwards used to irri
gate the great plains, will in its own
sweet time, reach the channel of
the river and go on down where ii
can be used again. Water that runs
off in June and July during the
freshet, soon teaches the ocean, but
if it is stored In lakes till August and
then spread upon the plains, it may
reach the river, again by the next
August and swell the volume of the
river below.
Whole Valley a Reservoir
It will be remembered that when
the river was dry at Blackfoot dur
ing our water famines, there was a
large stream a few miles down the
river. Mr. Dillon said he had seen
the river dry just below the Milner
dam and two miles below there it
would swim a horse, all due to the
return flow,
thought to exist thruout the length
of the river bordering the great
plains, and the more water there is
Btored in the plain by irrigation the
more steady will be the supply in the
river at all times, including the per
iod of drouth in midsummer. Some
of the water gets back into the river
In a week or a month after being
used for irrigation, and some in a
This condition is
Orpheum Theatre
WED.-THUR., JAN. 29-30
Doug" Fairbanks
Bound in Morocco
With Sunshine Comedy
Thursday Matinee 2.30
there is for
down the stream,
use by others lower
Soldiers' Novel Suggestions
Mr. Dillon made some novel sug
gestions, which he said had been
made to him by returning soldiers,
and we pass them on to our readers.
The government has a great num
ber of electric cranes built for mak
ing excavations as in the Panama
canal and the Chicago' drainage canal
and such machines were used to
build the great French ports for land
inf our armies and supplies. Some
of them have a capacity, he said of
as much as thirty tons at one sweep
of its pair of clam-shells or scoops,
and the conveyor dumps the earth or
mud at almost any distance they
want it, up. to a few hundred feet.
The soldiers said these cranes
just what is needed for the heavy
cuts in making canal, and the elec
tricians could easily convey the
power from our various power sta
tions on the upper Snake to where
the machines would work,
of having the government sell these
cranes for scrap or to speculators,
ha said it should ship them and the
men right to the irrigatibn projects
and start on the heavy excavations,
such as the fifty-foot cut west of St.
- War Horses on Scrapers
For lighter work it was suggested
that the government has a million
horses and mules witft harnesses and
thousands of motor trucks in Eu
rope that it is about done with, and
they will probably be sold to specula
tors. They might be shipped to
America for use in the government
work at home, and give the soldiers
employment making the canals and
laterals by the use of these animals
on projects where the soldiers would
be able to make homes. The motor
trucks, he said would be useful in
transporting supplies to the construc
tion camps along the line of canals
and at the reservoir sites,
heavy tractors used for moving the
artillery would be good for hauling
and plowing the canal and reservoir
work, and much of these outfits could
be sold to the soldiers and home
steaders after construction was com
pleted, without the necessity of hav
ing the service of speculators and
their profits.
Water for Everybody
C. E .Harris suggested that the
government might make use of. all
the available reservoir sites and sup
ply water to ail the projects in south
ern Idaho, and make the state
greater than would be possible by
giving any one or two projects pre
Another Source of Wealth
He said the state has another
source of wealth second only to its
redamation projects—the phosphate
deposits of the eastern counties,
ranging clear across the state, there
being enough in one township near
Montpelier to make 1,400,000,000
tons of commercial phosphtae and
enough in that region to ,last the
whole world a thousand years. With
the vast plains fot agriculture and
the phosphate deposits for fertilizers
if we could get the government to
build reduction works to handle it
and add to it the valuable sulphuric
acid from the smelters, it would
multiply fertility, and relieve .the
smelter communities from the dam
age which the sulphuric acid does to
vegetation. The vast increase in
crop values per acre from applying
the fertilizer and the vast saving to
America as compared with buying
phosphates from Germany as of old,
puts Idaho in the limelight of the
big things that need only men and
capital to put them across.
To The County Commissioners:
I believe that Bingham county should have a bond election and
authorize the expenditure of a large sum of money for hard
faced roads.
I am disappointed in the commissioners adjourning without
doing anything to get roadwork started.
I believe further delays in starting roadwork are a detriment
to Bingham county
If we are going to do roadwork, let's lay hold and do it.
1 am against the man who would delay.
I am in favor of doing it now.
(Sign here) ....
(If you agree with the most of the above, sign it and send it
to the Idaho Republican today.)
Appreciating the serious labor problems confronting the country
due to the rapid demobilization of the army, and realizing the
plete inadequacy of dirt roads to meet the requirements of modern
highway traffic, Utah has already commenced preliminary Work
on ninety-four miles of paved highway, which is scheduled to be
finished this year. When completed this will give an uninterupted
stretch of eighteen foot pavement extending from Preston, in this
state, running thru Logan, Brigham, Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo and
terminating at Payson some sixty miles south' of Salt Lake City.
Surveyors are already at w T ork staking out the line thru Utah county
which will consist of approximately forty miles of modern concrete
construction. Logan, last fall completed three miles of the same
type reaching both ways from her city limits, and Ogden has but
recently completed three miles of the same construction, of which
both the city and state are very proud. This is but a part of Utah's
program for modern highway construction, as many counties and
independent districts are also formulating places for extensive ad
ditions to their present paved areas.
For the benefit of our county commissioners and the people
at large it might be well to state that Illinois has recently put over
a bond issue of sixty million dollars for paved highways, that ar
rahgements are under way for a similar issue in Iowa and in Kansas,
where it is proposed to pave 4000 miles of the state's most important
roads. Practically all of the western states have big road building
programs for this year and it will be but a few months until actual
construction will commence on thousands of miles of modern high
ways which will be the means of solving not only impending labor
problems, but will bestow upon these respective communities, most
perfect traffic conditions, increase the valuation of property and
amply anticipate all highway requirements of the future. Bingham
county will postively have to improve her conditions in this respect,
so—"If eventually, why not now?" '
An Old Local
Landmark Passing
Building that Housed Famous Men
aire, Working Man, Pauper
of the

"Hopkins Hall' was an expression
often heard in the early days of
Blackfoot and while it applied to dif
ferent buildings at different times,
the last vestige of it is just now pass
ing. The building has been bought
by a Mr .Candland who is tearing is
down and moving it to his farm
across Snake river.
Hopkins Hall was quite some hall
when it was built, in the days when
the trees at Blackfoot were small,
and any kind of a building loomed
large on the open plain. The build
ing has stood for a third of a century
at the southern end of Main street,
next to the flouring mill. It was
built in 1885 and was 24x38 feet in
size, made of plain lumber which in
those days soiU at about $14 and $16
a thousand. The ship-lap used on
the sides cost $22.50 if we remember
coiTectly and cost $45 now.
The building was used for a lum
ber office, and lime and other build
ing materials were stored on the
ground floor. Most of the lumber
was piled along the railroad right
of-way in front of it. The second
story was fitted up for a dance hall
and lodge rooms, and for a long
time it was the only lodge hall in
town. The main hall was 23x26 feet
Inside, and there were two ante
rooms with proper peep-holes in the
doors where members gave the sig
nals and pass-word to get in.
In the course of time a 'rich red
rich carpet was put on the floor and
dancing was done at other places.
Many of the middle-aged people of
the community of the .present time
were iniated into the Good Templfers
and other lodges in the old building
and it looked like a palace to them
Lieutenant Governor E. A. Burrel
was a member of the Good Tempters
lodge at one time as was United
States Judge S. F. Dietrich, Attorney
C. W. Beal the Wallace millionaire,
Sheriff Simmons, Judge J. M. Stevens
E. W. Rowles, Mrs. Sarah Osborn,
Mrs. J. W. Jones, Percy Jones, chap
lain George Stull, F. A. Stevens, the
Trego boys, the Hobbs boys, the Hol
brooks, the»Hopkins girls, the Wright
girls, the Sill girls and a lot of others.
Once when A. H. Simmons was the
custodian of the property he kept
all the badges and other bric-a-brack
in a tin box and at the change of
administration he turned in an in
ventory of all the goods and chattels
belonging to the lodge. He listed
each kind of badge and other thing
and dosed the report with, "One tin
box, one padlock for box, one key for
padlock, one hole for key." When
ever the writer thinks of that very
business-like property report we
think of how proper it would be for
our county officials to follow that
good old custom now, to show their
Continued on page eight
He leaves to mourn his loss a de
voted wifd and little daughter, six
brothers, three sister and a mother
and father, Mr. and Mrs. James
Chapman of Logan.
The body of the deceased will be
taken to Ogden for burial Wednes
Wilford Chapman
Succumbs to Influenza
Was Employee of Boyle Hardware;
Suffered With the Malady
Nine Days
Wilford Chapman, age twenty-six
years, died at his home, early Mon
day morning, after nine days hard
suffering from pneumonia following
Mr. Chapman has been in the em
ploy of the Boyle Hardware for the
past three years and his ambitious
nature and willingness to do and
learn were fast leading' him to suc
W. Moser, a young man who is
suffering a paralytic stroke, which
has rendered the lower limbs useless
and who has made Blackfoot his
home for some time, left Friday
morning for Los Angeles, Cal.
It is hoped that the change of cli
mate will greatly benefit his health.

The next meeting of the Mystery
club will be at the Eccles dining
room Wednesday evening at 6.80.
Banks and mail routes will be
Thursday, .an. 30,1919 is the last day that payments
can be made on liberty bonds of the fourth liberty loan.
We Shall Expect aU Payments to be Made
by That Date.
• D.W.STANDR0D& CO., Bankers.
Plans Are to Revise the Rural Mail Routes to Cover
More Territory and Put Them on Higher
Gear for More Service
The long-suffering public on
great plains and the various commun
ities close to town, who have
been able to get rural mail service
all, or service that is any better than
going to town for mail, may receive
service on a revised plan if new plans
Country people who have been
vainly agitating for changes are
vited to map out new routes to bring
the service to all the people, and
close to all homes as possible, where
autos can go, and confer with this
office about the adoption of the new
plans. This is a proper time to
getting the rocks out of the roads
any are in the way. The following
letter to the post master general
one of several appeals made to the
department recently thru different
sources, and an understanding may
be reached soon.
January 24, 1919.
Without criticising the conditions
brought about in the service by the
war, I think we shall agree that there
is much inefficiency that could not
be helped during the war, and which
we can now devote some time and
attention to, with prospect of find
ing the man power needed.
I believe we stand at a place where
it is one of the crying needs of the
country to find a man who can put
as much pep and efficiency into the
postal service as did Mr. Schwab into
shipbuilding, or as did those other
distinguished organizers and execu
tives into aircraft production, trans
portation and other activities that
have been so marvelously speeded up
by setting aside restrictions and ob
solete practices that have made work
in their respective lines only tolor
able and not at ail progressive up to
the time that national danger forced
us to throw off the feters of what is
usually denominated "red tape."
In this, the beginning of a new era,
I wish that our honorable post
master general might undertake
some such task as did General Joffra
in reorganizing the French armies in
the first few weeks of the world war,
and eliminating the useless, and ob
solete. I wish that he might ask for
power and be granted it, and by
quickening the rural service of the
country, make the present service
look like the obsolete working force
that it is.
in the county where I live, our
j rural carriers, covering a sparsely
settled country, are merely given per
mission to use motor driven vehicles
and they can chooBe between spend
ing all day threading the country
road with horses and wagon, or on
their meager pay, carry the larger
investment of the automobile, and
get thru sooner, but be put out of a
job for the rest of the day.
Whenever I talk to an inspector
about these matters, I am told that
the regulations are based on horse
delivery because there is liable to
be time in the winter when autos can
not be relied upon. There is,
should say, an average of one month
per winter, when autos cannot suc
cesfully make the rounds, and there
are an average of eleven months
when the horse-drawn vehicles are
Hon. A. S. Burlson,
Washington, D ,C'.
Dear sir.
From my humble station as the
editor of a county newspaper in
half-settled county of a western state,
1 desire to offer some suggestions re
garding the postal service, and to ex
press what I hope you will regrad
a laudible ambition for its improve
ate. We reduce our eleven months
of service to the low efficiency of the
one bad month, instead of taking the
greatest efficiency for the longer
period and taking such service as
can be supplied for the short period.
I am told, too, that the roads are
not good enough to permit the use
of autos for covering the greater ex
panse of country that I have proposed
shall be served by rural carrier in
autos, on revised routes serving a
vastly greater number of people at
slightly increased expense for ser
vice. For several years I have made
it a rule to visit about all the farms
In the county once a year, and while*
our roads are not at all perfect, I
can lay out rural routes to serve
practically all of the population on
the. level plains and make good speed
thru all the roads. The improved
auto and the improved roads have
gotten together so that the old ex
cuse of impassable roads does not
hold true. We have great expanses
of country where people have no mail
Service by rural delivery or star
routes and they are at great disad
vantage due to their isolation when
it is in my judgement, practicable
to give them rural service including
parcels post that would be of great
value to them in bringing supplies
to their homes and save long trips
to market for small, yet indispen
sable articles,
are rocks and obstacles easily re
There are hundreds of miles of
road that are only moderately good,
because there are spots where there
moved and which I can get settlers
to put in good repair for swift travel
by autos if I can hold out to them
the hope of mall service. The con
ditions obtaining in this county, are,
I take it, common to all western
It seems to me that at this time
when there is such great need of se
curing employment for the return
ing soldiers and for blocking the
agitations of the Bolshevlki, and for
enabling the rural population to pro
duce the greatest possible amount of
foodstuffs, it is timely to permit us
to lay out and revise our rural routes
and plan for the most complete ser
vice possible, with the understanding
that a more flexible rule dictated by
the. weather, shall apply in times of
winter storms and that service may
be suspended or modified as governed
by winter conditions.
So many people have autos now, it
ought to be possible to obtain luto
service for any and all routes. We
have been told that the reason we
could not buy autos for some time
was because the government wis tak
ing so many of them to Europe, or
taking over the plants for war work.
Perhaps the government will have
autos in France which It can ship
back to America for use on rural
routes rather than sell them there or
junk them, tho such shipments would
necessarily be much delayed while
troops fill the ships.
I have tried for some time to asr
.certain what if any changes of rules
or policy are being made by the
postal department relative to rural
service, so we might during these
winter days, confer together in our
own county for revision of routes
that would be in keeping with what
the department is willing to allow.
I shall feel it an honor if I may have
a reply bearing upon this subject,
and I believe I voice the wishes of
the people of my county in soliciting
consideration at your hands of this
subject so vitally affecting their in
Very respectfully,

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