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OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY
Vol. XV. No. 29
BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1919
$3 a Year
FACTS REGARDING IRRIGATION QUESTION
SHOW HOW BADLY WATER IS NEEDED
Dry Farmers in all Directions Greatly Interested:
Express Feeling That Irrigation Will Mean
More Than Anything Else to Country
EDITOR RECEIVED COMMUNICATIONS
The following letter from Peter F.
Tctvg, an industrious dry farmer,
who has been tryin vain for ten
years to make a living on hU home
stead on the Snake river plains west
of Aberdeen, shows the condition
confronting him and others on the
great plain:
Byrd Trego, Blackfoot, Ida.
Editor Idaho Republican.
Dear sir:
I read Sunday in a borrowed copy
of your paper, of the move yourself
and others are making to get water
to irrigate the Snake river plains,
and I write to ack if you think there
is a chance to get it extended far
enough to reach us. My place is two
miles south and four miles west of
Aberdeen. You have been over my
farm and know how rich my land is,
I have been trying for ten years to
make a living on it, and have given
It up. A great many of my neighbors
have done the same. I am now liv
ing on a rented farm where there
is water for irrigation, and I would
hold on to my farm if there is a
chance to irrigate it. I cannot keep
up the taxes excepting by making the
money elsewhere than on the land.
Last year I had 200 acres of wheat
and harvested only fifty-one bushels.
The drouth killed the rest. I can
make no headway. I cannot even
take your paper to keep posted on
the news of my county. I wish that
you would be kind enough to write
me what you think I had better do
under the circumstances.
Yours truly.
PETER F. TOEVS.
Aberdeen,.Idaho., Jan. 21, 1919.
Springfield Family Interested
Mrs. John Belcher was in town
Thursday and said they are anxious
to see the Dubois project extend to
the big flats northwest of Springfield
where they have a dry farm. All
the lands thru that locality are very
fertile and dry farming is rather a
doubtful experiment, but with water
added they would jump to high val
ues.
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Dry Farmers Want It
E. C. Hale of Groveland telephoned
about the new project and stated
that if it would afford water for the
Big Bend, Cedar Crest nad Morgan's
pasture lying in great pocketB of
the lavas to the north of Blackfoot,
it would make a good many settlers
happy. There are about 1000 aores
in Morgan's pasture, 2000 In an un
named annex, 5000 in Cedar Crest
nda 10,000 in the Big Bend.
These lands are being farmed or
partly farmed, and have been yield
ing light crops, but the soil is very
fertile and settlers would have vis
ions of greatly added wealth if water
could be expected.
Clyde Mfan Inquiring
J. H. Mudd, who has upwards of
a thousand acres out of the range
of the Dubois project, on Little Lost
river, called at the Republican of
fice to say that this is one of the big,
worthy undertakings that all the
people of the Snake river valley
ought to be proud to work for. The
great expanse pt fertile lands on the
Lost titer side of. the plains that
cannot be watered from the west-on
account of the Tack of water, makes
_empire lp itself and this move to
join the big valleys 8y.a belt of green
reaching from one river to the other,
he says is the biggest, and most com
mendable thing he knows of.
Distinguished Engineer Quoted
When some men were discussing
the character of the land in the Du
bois project at Idaho Falls recently,
C. A. Spath of the Farmers and Mer
chant's Bank, remarked that in 1917
when some of the eminent engineers
were touring the irrigation projects
of the west, Engineer Wiley of the
reclamation bureau, remarked that
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Orphenm Theatre
GEORGE WALSH
in
BRAVE AND BOLD!
Stunts and thrills ga
lore in this.
Sennett Comedy
Sat Matinee 2.30
if the land in the upper Snake river
plains had been in the Twin Falls
country it would have been put under
cultivation fifteen years ago, it was
such superior land.
JUDGE ANDERSEN
IN WASHINGTON
Judge J. H. Anderson is at the
Washington Hotel, room 414, and
from there he will direct the work
of securing data on the Dubois pro
ject to lay before the secretary of
the interior and congress asking for
an appropriatoin for continuing the
preliminary work on the project in
cluding the Taber-Aberdeen exten
sion. —
At a meeting held at St. Anthony
Wednesday afternoon arrangements
were made to send Judge N. D. Jack
son and W. W. Spires to Washington
to aid Judge Andersen, starting Sat
urday morning.
Idaho Falls has been asked to send
one of the firm of Cotton & Wilson,
civil engineers, to Washington, and
the question will be decided by the
Rotary club Friday evening.
Cotton & Wilson have been com
piling data and maps for two weeks
and will finish today. Byrd Trego
will go to Idaho Falls this afternoon
to go over all the matter with them
and with Jackson and Spires before
they leave for Washington.
Pocatello men are taking an inter
est in the project, and arrangements
are being made for Blackfoot men
to hold a meeting at Pocatello soon.

AROUND THE COURT HOUSE
Willard Fackrell has sued for a
divorce from Vera Fackrell and Viv
ian Garsky from Alvin Garsky.
At the last session of the courity
commissioners, nothing was done
about providing a bond election or
any other move to furnish employ
ment by making good roads. Prac
tically all of the people seem to hav?
reached conclusions that it is the
thing to do. and the sooner the let
ter, bit the commissioners judged
that it was not time to act. Practic
ally all of the road overseers ere
against anything that looks like tak
ing road work out of their bands.
All of tliis helps to convince the pub
lic that th - road overseers need (he
mr
POTATO GROWERS ELECT
The annual meeting of the stock
holders of the Blackfoot Potato
Growers' association was held Mon
day afternoon, Jan. 27 at the ware
house with a large and influential
attedance.
It was unanimously agreed to in
crease the capital stock from $10,
000 to $25,000.
The following stockholders
elected to serve as directors for the
ensuing year: E. A. Bead, W. C. Sol
lehberger, Walter fBithel, ' Thomas
Thomsen Lee Moyer, Everett Green
and J. w. McCarty,."with James Pen
dlebury again chosen manager.
were

FARMS BRING GOOD PRICES
C. H. Brown Jr. has sold his twenty
acre farm lying northeast of Black
foot to George Merrill for the con
sideration of $6,300. Mr. Merrill has
disposed of hie property between the
rivers, consisting of thirty-seven
acres to a Shelley man for $8500.
Mrs. Brown and brother Marion
Lindsay went over to Oakley the first
of the week to see the country, and
they are so favorably impressed with
it that Mr. Brown is considering lo
cating there. Mr. Merrill will take
possession of his new home the first
of February.

DAUGHTER DOING NICELY
Dorothy Jean, little daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. E. L .Taylor of Poca
tello Is recovering after a surgical
operation at Lynn Brothers' hospital.
It will be remembered that
Dorothy and her parents reside on a
ranch at Taber during the summer
time and that Dorothy Is the little
girl with an abundance of long
golden curls. They make their home
in Pocatello during the winter
months when the activities on the
ranch are not so great as to demand
constant attention.
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DIVIDING BINGHAM COUNTY
Idaho Falls people have secured
the passage of a measure thru the
senate, providing for submitting the
question to a vote of the people of
three townships In the Willow creek
country, relative to cutting them
selves off of Bingham county and
annexing to Bonneville county.

STATE HORTICULTURAL MEET
The twenty-fourth annual meet
ing of the Idaho Hortienltnral so
ciety will be held at Boise, February
13 to 16 inclusive.
39-2
To The County Commissioners:
I believe that Bingham county should have a bond election and
authorize the expenditure of a large sum of money tor hard sur
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.)
WILL THE PEOPLE BACK THE COMMISSIONERS?
The editor of this paper firmly believes that every live, wide
awake and progressive citizen is cognigant of the fact that an at
tempt to maintain our present main highways at the standard
necessary for modern traffic, is altogether useless, expensive and
a wanton waste for public funds.
With the government advocating the establishment of motor
frleght and express lines; the tremenduous increase of passenger
and pleasure cars, together with the excessive weight and carrying
capacity of the modern truck, our present roads will require con
tinuous and expensive maintenance, and will be in a state of utter
inefficiency the greater part of the time. The people of this country
are fast awakening to a knowledge of these conditions with the
result that those communities whose officials are alive to the situa
tion, are exerting every effort to meet it in the most practical and
economic manner, with the result that hundreds of millions of
dollars will be expended this year on the construction of permanent
roads. Permanent roads are by no means to be considered as a
luxury, they are the greatest and safest investment possible to any
community whose desire it is to prosper and keep pace with modern
enterprise and development. The United States government has
proven by actual test that lands adjoining and contiguous to per
manent highways increase in valuation within a year or two to an
extent sufficient to pay for all construction. In substantiation of
this statement it might be well to say here that up to October 1 of
last year the government had laid at its training camps, naval sta
tions, artillery proving grounds, arsenals and supply stations, where
the heaviest traffic imaginable is experienced, approximately two
million six hundred thousand Bquare yards of modern up-to-tlie
minute concrete pavement. This undoubtedly was done after care
ful thought and exhaustive investigation upon the part of specially
trained government engineers and highway experts of prominence
and ability, and whose anticipations of future traffic problems and
conditions convinced them that permance of construction was the
one great essential.
Since this country went into the war the people have seen
how easy it is to raise
result that more billions wUl how be raised for constructive pur
poses. Practical and permanent Yoads being a prime factor in con
structive effort are undoubtedly due for their full share of these
funds. If bills now pending in congress are passed, there will
very soon be $625,000,000 to be expended on fifty-fifty basis with
states and communities whose officials have forethought enough
to have ready funds sufficient to meet their share of any project
which they may have in view. Therefore we believe that it is up
to Bingham county to get immediately to work and be prepared to
ask for its share. No doubt it will be "first come, flirst served".
Such being the case we should be ready.
We have every reason to believe that our county commissioners
fully sense the importance of the present situation and are only
awaiting to be assured that the people are behind them, it is to
this end that we have published the cupon which appears elseyhere
in this paper, and we certainly hope that the public will avail itself
of this opportunity to inform our officials that the people are behind
them body and soul, in any effort they may set forth to secure for
Bingham county and adequate system of modern highways.
Sign the coupon and mail it or bring it to this office and more
than that utilize every effort possible to impress upon your neighbor
the fact that a highway system such as suggested by what other
wide awake communities are doing will accomplish more toward
placing Bingham as the banner county of the greatest state of thlB
wonderful intermountain empire.
distructive purposes with the
Canadian Soldier
is Visitor Here
A. a Chapman, Canadian Engineer
Visiting Relatives in This City
Was Here Inst Spring
VISITED RELATIVES IN ENGLAND
A. C. Chapman, a Canadian soldier
who has been serving with the Can
adian forces in France Bince last
spring, returned to his home at Idaho
Falls Monday.* Together with his
wife and little son, he came to Black
foot Tuesday and will visit here for.
a short time. Mr. Chapman visited
friends and relatives in Blackfoot
last March and will be remembered
by many people who met him at that
time.
Mr. Chapmna saw five months of
active service with his company in
France and was very fortunate until
he contracted influenza which de
veloped Into a serious case of pneu
monia and hls condition was consid
ered very dangerous for some time.
Before returning to America, he en
joyed a week's visit with his mother
and other relatives who live In Eng
land.
In speaking of the good work done
by the various oversea organizations
Mr. Chapman praised the work of the
Salvation army very highly. He says
that everything they do for the sol
dier boys la done absolutely free of
charge, and that when the boys come
In from the front lines tired and
cold and nervous, the salvation army
workers are ready with hot coffee
and smokes wuich are given to the
boys freo of charge.

PREPARING FOR PAPER FAMINE
The Idaho Republican received a
shipment of print paper Wednesday
consisting of enough for 100,000
copies of the newspaper.
This supply added to several tons
already In stock Is estimated to last
the Republican until the first of May,
1921. If the price goes down we still
have what we want, and if the short
age comes as predicted, thru heavy
exportation of paper to other count
ries we are fortified for it
Embroidery Club
Resumes Meetings
Gatherings Discontinued During War
Period to Work at Surgical
Dressing
FIRST MEETING LAST WEEK
One of the oldest, yet most up-to
date organizations In town, known as
the Embroidery club, held their first
meeting In many, many months, at
the home of Mrs. Eldredge a week
ago Thursday afternnon. ,
This club of ladies discontinued
their gatherings as fancy workers
during war times and devoted the
time to surgical dressing work. Now
that it seems more consistent they
will resume tnelr meetings and plan
on having the good social afternoons
together as in former days.
All members with the exception
of one were present at the first meet?
lng and Mrs. Eldredge very delight
fully entertained the ladies. At the
close of the afternoon a very dainty
lunch was served.
Mrs. Holbrook wsb the royal host
ess of the culb members at her home
on university avenue this Thursday
afternoon. At the close of a very
pleasant afternoon delicious refresh
ments were served.

LOCAL RANCHER DIES
William H. Walton a rancher of
this locality, passed away at the
France hospital Monday evening at
5 o'clock, after suffering very hard
with hemmorage of the lungs.
He Is survived by three daughters.
One daughter Mrs. L. Larsen of Cent
erville, Utah, was at the bedside of
her father during hls Illness. The
remains were taken to Centerville
for burial.

ABERDEEN MEN IN
Frank Bnne and Peter F. Toves
were in from Aberdeen this week to
get a load of syrup for stock feed
from the sugar factory.
Both men are hoping for the ex
tension of the Dubois project to in
clude their country.
BLACKFOOT CITY COUNCIL AND CITIZENS
MEET AND CONSIDER CITY'S PROBLEMS
^Warrant Indebtedness of Past Few Years Such as
Demands Some Unusual Action to Get City
on Sound Footing Immediately
NO DEFINITE DECISION REACHED
At the special meeting of the city
council Tuesday evening for hearing
protests against the occupation tax,
a few business men attended and
spoke on the subject.
Mayor Stevens stated that
warrant indebtedness which has been
accumulating for a number of years
had reached such a climax that
would be necesary to resort to some
unusual means,
debtedness had grown to $57,000
and it takes fourteen months from
the time a warrant is issued until
it can be redeemed in its turn, and
investors in' warrants do not care
tie up their money in them when
they stand so long. The fire depart
ment fund was exhaused and it was
proposed to raise funds by donation
among the business houses to keep
up the fire protection, but this idea
turned into proposal to levy an oc
cupation tax, and the council wanted
the advice of the citizens who had
choice in the matter. Dr. Patrie, the
county physician, was present and
on being asked if he had something
to present relative to his work first
said that
The warrant
Public do not Agree
as to what should be done about in
fluenza quarantine, and that so long
as public sentiment runs counter
the quarantine it is hard to enforce
it, and since the ban had been lifted
from everything out the dances, and
since a good many of the young peo
ple go to other towns up and down
the line where dancing is permitted,
he proposed that the ban be lifted
entirely.
When asked if the board of health
cannot enforce its rules, Dr. Patrie
said that if cases were put to a jury
and the jury was against the quaran
tine or the ban, the jury would find
a way to carry out its wishes, eveu
if a good case were presented.
Ernest Pearson, who is on the
school board, said they had left the
ban on dancing for thirty days be
cause it had been shown that dances
seemed to have been responsible for
the spread of the disease, and the
board wanted to test It, and bad
asked the pupils to obstain from
dancing for that period. Dr. Patrie
said the ban applied to roping off
every alternate row of seats in the
picture shows, as a preventative of
people coughing at those in front of
them, and it might as well be lifted.
If people have not the good manners
not to impose their breath and their
coughs and sneezes in people's faces
it doesn't do much good to take
out on the picture show man.
there comes a new wave of influenza
the doctor said, the ltd ought to
clapped on tight for a definite period.
A good many people had been in
fluenced by the army test of flu germs
being thrown. Into the faces of $ol
dlers, none of. whom had taken the
disease, but there were hardy men
with high vitality And resistance due
to the rigid training and out door
life of the army, and the same test
tried on the average civilian might
have resulted very differently. The
doctor said the council's jurisdiction
-was subject to the county board
health, but he would like an expres
sion from the council; a vote showed
three la favor of lifting the ban, two
opposed and two not voting because
they were on the school board and
had voted to sustain the ban thirty
days as stated.
The City Finances
W. B. Royse, manager of the
Bolse-Payette Lumber company,
asked for information regarding the
finances, and Councilman Beakley
and Davis responded. The bonded
indebtedness is $106,750 and the
legal limitation under our present
assessed valuation of $2,003,000
$120,000. we have been levying
tax of fifteen mills or less each year,
and for 1918 it was fifteen mills.
That raises about $30,000 and it
payable in January and July. The
1918 tax must be applied on interest
and bonds and warrants already is
sued and if the July collections were
in hand now it would leave the city
still owing about $40,000 on out
standing warrants and without fundB
for current expenses. People doing
work or furnishing goods and ser
vice for the city do not care to take
the warrants and hold them fourteen
months for redepmtlon, and It is not
an invtllng investment for a bank or
a capitalist to carry them because the
money will bring greater returns
put in other things. The council has
jealously guarded the credit of the
city bo that Its warrants have sold
at par, but under these conditions,
if they still hold up to par It will be
by the Indulgence of somebody that
is willing to do the elty the favor.
The First National bank Is the custo.
dlan of the money, or rather the
deficit Represented by the warrants,
and they are carrying all of them ex
cepting those issued for the purchase
of the fire engine last summer. The
warrants bear 7 par eeot interest.
Lumberman Opposes'
Mr. Royse was not in favor of the
occupation tax, and thought it better
to raise the money by regular levy,
but make it high enough to clean up
the outstanding warrants in two or
three or a few years. Mr. Davis
thought it could be done in about
three years, but it would be one year
from now when we should receive
our first relief and one year is a good
while to be without firemen and with
out sale for our warrants that are
issued expecting as we may, impose
upon the good nature of the bank
in carrying them at a relative loss
as compared with other investments
or loans at a higher rate of returns.
Editor Against It
Editor Trego said he was opposed
to the principle of the occupation tax
because it was making some men pay
their own share and that of others,
just because of his occupation or be
cause it was possible to get ready
money out of him quicker. He said
the people had been coming to the
council for years asking for more
lights and more of everytb'ng they
desired, and got it at city expense,
and a feeling had grown up among
many people that whatever was
charged to the city did not cost any
thing; that by some mysterious
means it took care of itself, and if
the occupation tax were levied it
would be lending color to that fal
lacy. He wanted the people who
asked for the things represented in
this debt to pay their first proportion
of the debt and to keep it in mind
when they asked for other things
in future, that everything they ob
tained thru the council was going to
be paid for by themselves. There
were too many people holding the
idea that they are a part of |the gov
ernment when it comes to asking for
what they want, but not a part of it
when it comes to paying the bills.
He said that if we follow the custom
of going to the business houses for
money for all the multitudinous
things that Society needs, suqh cost
all has to be added to the cost of the
goods sold and it serves to dHve trade
away from the town to other places
where they do not burden the mer
chants with miscellaneous expenses,
and all sorts of charities.
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Ex-Mayor Rebels
Ex-Mayor Peck said he was op
posed to the occupation tax for the
reasons already stated and for the
further reason that an indebtedness
of $163,000 for a town like Black
foot is not an amount to be alarmed
about, and he did not want the word
to go out that Blackfoot's finances
were so low that the merchants had.
to take on the load to save the town.
He said he did not believe it was go
ing to run our warrants down .below
par to go along as we have beep do
ing until we can make another levy
and collect it.
Attorney Says No
A. S. Dickinson said he wad op
posed to the occupation tax as a prin
ciple and for the reason that it was
both unsatisfactory, unjuat nqd hard
to get rid of after It was once en
acted. He had aben it tried and
while it was very unpopular, jyet ft
seemed that the more unpopular it
was, the harder It was to get it re
pealed. He had watched it in a town
where he lived fifteen years, and it
had been in vogue before he went
there and is still in effect and' as un
popular as ever. It was nb't tin ac
cordance with the principles of our
government to make one man carry
the tax burdens of others.
Auctioneer Is Willing
N. E. Montgomery said he .was in
favor of the occupation tax ftn(l ha
was willing to pay hls, altho he had
but little property on which td pay if
it were collected thru the levy in
stead of the occupation tax, add ha
would have to pay thru three sources
if the occupatoln tax were collected.
He said he thought that
men in business would be
the occupation tax, for he had heard
some of them say that whs their
choice.
When asked to name some of them
he said, "Why there Is Mr. Thorsten
berg for ono. He ean speak for him
most of the
glad to pay
self.
Partner is Willing
Mr. Thorstenberg said he had made
that remark and he meant 't. He
said it was hard to sell real estate
here because taxes are so high, men
coming into the town and.looking
over the situation say they can't af
ford to own property and they prefer
to rent. They can loan their money
and pay rent and come out winner.
Taxes are so high he was ashamed
to tell men how high they were, for
tear they would leave town. Mr.
Royse chipped in the remark that
when men asked him about taxes ha
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