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A weekly summary of event* of In terest to Kettle Falls and the Upper Columbia River Valley, the garden •pot of the great northwest. Mn. Myrtle Fish, Representative Kettle Falls Kettle Falls News Water users are requested to pay their water rent to J. M. Williams at the bank beginning May 1. Those not paying on or before the 7th of the month will have the water tinned off, and a fine of $1 will be made to have it turned on again— Water Com mittee of City Council. The cement walk,s are finished on both sides of Broadway, and it is ex pected to have the walks in the other parts of town renewed or repaired as soon as possible. St. Peter's guild met with Mrs. Harry Stephenson of Meyers Falls Wednesday afternoon. The Presbyterian Aid met with Mrs. N. B. Wheeler Tuesday after noon. E. K. Jacobs has impro\ed his home, Cozy Comer, by adding a bed room on the north side of the house. An addition is being built on the pool room in the rear, which will be used by Messrs. doakey for their bottling works. Wm. Sellers of Silver Queen can yon has rented his farm to David Smith, and left a short time ago for Idaho, where he expects to make his home. Jacob Marty, Sr., of Portland, Ore., is visiting friends and relatives in Rickey canyon. May Cranston, a senior in the Col ville high school, was a guest of Alice Sawers for a couple of days this week. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Kelley and Roland Kelley left Tuesday for Pull man where they will attend the grad uation exercises of Miss Hffie Ethel Kelley, pianist, assisted by the State college orchestra, Thursday, April 27. Mrs. W. S. Douglass and grandson and Douglass Vander Meer spend the last week-end in Spokane. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Volney Mor ton, April 14, a son. Mrs. E. M. Fish received word sev eral days ago that her mother Mrs. Christina Schiebe of Rochester, N. V., passed away on Easter Sunday, at the advanced age of 97 years. Mrs. Edna Prentiss is visiting at her home in Daisy this week. Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Mann and Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Leiser entertained about fifty of their friends at the Masonic hall last Friday evening. Five hundred was played at eleven tables. Prizes were won by Mrs. E. K. Jacobs, Mrs. C. A. Heath, Mrs. A. R. Squiro, W. Manning, F. G. Carlisle, J. M. Williams. At eleven o'clock supper was served in the din ing room which was artistically deco rated with pussy willows and blue birds, while the table decorations were wild Easter lillies and bluebirds. There is a dance at the gym to night. The schoolhouse in district No. 10, across the river, was destroyed by fire Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Clous Heide enter tained at a birthday dinner last Sun day in honor of Mrs. P. E. Folsom. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Heath, Mrs. Jennie Clary, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Folsom, Harold Fol som, Mr. and Mrs. Clous Heide, and Wendel Heide. After the regular meeting of Pine Tree Chapter, O. E. S., Wednesday evening, the members from Kettle Falls entertained members from Mar cus and Meyers Falls. Games and centests were enjoyed, after which a two-course supper was served. Dates for approaching school ac tivities are as follows: Operetta, April 28; junior prom, May 5; senior play, May 12; sophomore play, May 20; baccalaureate sermon, May 21; commencement, May 25. It will pay you to call in and see my line of up-to-date spring millin ery. All new stock. A hat to suit every face. Mrs. Karen Fogh. j> Things thai are doing ? i Hunters | inour h"illin«'»| er| v . i city. Reported by? Happenings ; our special corret- ? pendent j iw t( 'l*'llM,'t»'l.M.'l.M.M.»-.M.M.")lJ».l>.H.l'ilM'U li,'t.'u»>.'U»«* Well, it sure looks like spring. The sun comes out so nice and warm. The fishermen have been bringing in a nice string of fish. Mrs. W. Sims returned from Port land, where she has been for some time. E. W. McLean, an old-timer of this town, who moved to his son's place near Spokane, was visiting here last L. M. Harlow House Painting WORK DONE ON CONTRACT B. F. D. MEYERS FALLS, WASH. week. Everett Walker took George New man and Mrs. A. E. Warsinske to Davenport. Mr. Walker will go from there to New York, where he will sail for Germany. J. R. Thompson was in Hunters last week. Mrs. Chase Thomas visited Mrs. Hamilton last Monday. Mr. Cardie went to Spokane last week to visit Mrs. Cardie. Audrey Magary and brother Ed returned to Hunters last week and are staying at the Sims home until their mother arrives. A. M. Porter was called to Valley on account of the serious illness of Mis. Porter. At this writing she much better. Mrs. Hamilton visited Mrs. B. Fris ke one day last week. The Greenwood Park grange met last Saturday night with a large at tendance. Two candidates received the first and second degrees, and were Martin Scheele and Jess Hall. A nice lunch was enjoyed as well as dancing* Mr. and Mrs. B. Carpenter visited at the home of Mrs. Friske last Mon day. Mrs. Flood's brother and family have rented the Chever place for the summer. The Hunters meat market, owned by J. P. Hood, has built a slaughter house one mile east of town, just north of Platnors. Mrs. E. Chapman visited Mrs. Fred Hamilton last week. Mrs. Dick Ewing's sister from Portland is visiting here. Ted Irish is helping Oscar Mapor take care of his sheep. Mi 1, and Mrs. Meuin were visit ing at the Campbell home Sunday. Fred Markliam has brought his sheep back from his other place. Mrs. D. Sampson visited Mrs. H. (iuenther one day last week. Mrs. Stevenson was taken home last week. The Hunters school ball team de feated the Cross school or lower Fruitland school on the Fruitland dia mond by a score 27-2. We hope to defeat Lincoln next Sunday. A. P. Moffat is running his truck. Mr. and Mrs. J. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hamilton visited L. Ewing last Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Cardie are the proud parents of a baby girl, born April 23. Mother and baby are doing nicely. E. Chapman and family went to the river in the car Sunday. They brought back a load of sand for the chicks. Mr. Hoffman was at the Over myer home last Sunday. \ i J } Marcus \ Re«»rt.« l«*e.^ vento! l . - ot this thriving s I Happenings \ Town Jl<"ll>M'l«'ll"U'l.><l»l"UM.M.» l^rfl.ll.«.l>.l<.<>.»><. 1-5 Mrs. H. Nelson and son Jack have gone to Curlew for a visit with Mrs. Kelson's parents. Dr. and Mrs. H. F. Craig and son returned from a few days visit at Spokane. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Buerline and Mr. and Mrs. A. Hopson were Sun day dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Stromman. Mrs. Lewis Erickson received the sad news of the death of her sister at Laclede, Idaho, having died sud denly of diphtheria. Mrs. Erickson has the sympathy of the entire com munity. Mrs. Fred Harley of Spokane is visiting at the home of her mother Mrs. Wetterer. The first hand bills are out announc ing the coming of the grand fourth of July celebration at Marcus, which will have the cooperation of the sur rounding territory. Watch for the big posters and programs to be is sued in the near future. Mrs. H. P. Craig and son, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Riley were Colville shop pers Thursday. Mrs. E. S. Moore returned from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where she had been called by the illness of her aunt. E. Webb was in Spokane on busi ness Saturday. The Pythian Sisters will give a card party at the K. P. hall Satur day night. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rhoads, Mr. and Mrß. C. Zirkle, Mr. and Mrs. G. Wallace of Colville were guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. Foust Sunday. A birthday surprise party was given at the Arthur Haskins home in honor of his 13th birthday, also in honor of Misses Nellie Robertson, Sarah Flansburg and Lenora Thomp son, whose birthdays are also on the same day. A good time was enjoyed. Light refreshments were served. All departed wishing them many happy returns of the day. We are glad to report that Marcus has now a printing establishment, composed of A. E. and Charles L. Wright and wife of Riverside. The first publication of the community newspaper will appear next week. (Too late for last week) H. L. Lockhart and family spent The Colville Examiner, Saturday, April 29, 1922 Easter Sunday at the home of C. Albright at Boyds. E. Webb and family were in Col ville Sunday attending church. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Howen April 17. H. H. Lair is remodeling the post office, thus making more room for the distribution of mail. A. C. Wetterer and family motored to Spokane last week and spent the week-end with Mrs. Wetterer's par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley. A party was given by Mrs. E. S. Moore and Mrs. E. E. Smith in honor of Mrs. L. W. Lee at the home of Mrs. Moore. The home was beau tifully decorated in Easter festoons. At lunch time they all drove to the home of Mrs. Smith where tables were spread for 30. A delicious luncheon was served. Those present were Mesdames G. Knox, R. L. Neale, L. Erickson, H. F. Craig, L. vV. Lee, C. Dahl, R. Faulkner, R. W. Henley, J. F. Morgan, G. Hamilton, E. Webb, E. Horn, A. C. Wetterer, G. Wetter er, R. W. Eddy, E. Holston, C. Hum phrey, C. Mackintosh, F. F. Parker, A. W. Eastman, C. Avery, J. Sofa, J. H. Yarwood, E. E. Smith, E. S. Moore. Mrs, M. McGinnis of Spokane is spending the week with her husband and visiting friends here. Harold Faulkner has been sick, but is better at this writing. r —;: — \ \ Meyers | Repo^Ae ? Falls S <-Tenti about j Chronicle I |OWB Mrs. A. L. Swanson, Representative Last Thursday noon the school children and teachers gave a picnic dinner for Carl and Margaret Burri, who left Saturday afternoon for Medford, Oregon, where they will make their home. Mr. and Mrs. Burri and children have lived in Meyers Falls for several years. Mr. liurri had a jewelry store and did repairing. Their many friends in Meyers Falls wish them success in their new home. Saturday, April 15, a surprise party was given Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Led ge rwood at their home in the Oak hill district. The guests brought many good things to eat. The eve ning was spent at cards, music and visiting. An enjoyable time was had. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Abe Howell, Mr. and Mrs. A. Brewer, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold and children. This is only one of the many parties held in this vicinity lately. Mrs. D. P. Harvey went to Kellogg, Idaho, to stay for a while with her daughter Mrs. Chas. Ford. Mrs. Ford underwent an operation for ap penicitis. Sunday Oak Hill and Meyers Falls junior baseball teams played the first game of the season. Meyers Falls won. Itaking, cleaning, seeding, plowing and planting axe all the fad now, and things are beginning to look green. R. N. Miller, farm management demonstrator of the Washington State college, accompanied by H. J. Plumb, county agent, was in Meyers Falls inspecting cost account books. He was well pleased with the show ing. The Utility club members, who were guests of Mesdames Wm. Mil ler and Myron Spencer Thursday, had a fine dinner, and made two dress forms. Fred Abbott is able to be around on crutches, but it will be some time before he will be able to use his foot. Meyers Falls has two more auto mobiles added to her list. C. H. Gerking has a Ford ,and the M. & M. store a Dodge. C. H. Gerking and family and the Ed Hale family, and Miss Hazel Phil lips had a picnic dinner at the dam Sunday. Mrs. Harry Stephenson entertained the Kettle Falls guild Wednesday. Dairying with purebreds is an in spiration for future possibilities. Subscribers to the Examiner should note the credit on their address, as showing when their subscriptions ex pire. In case of error, this office should be notified immediately. A notice of expiration will be sent to each subscriber either before the time is up or in the last issue, and renewals should be prompt in order not to miss any issues. All subscriptions expire with the date shown in connection with the address, and the Examiner follows the practice of all reputable publications in stopping at expiration. The Kxaminer has for years made a specialty of high class job work, and in this department does all classes of commercial printing, society print ing, color work, engraving, emboss ing, punching, ruling, perforating, loose leaf work and carries a stock of loose leaf binders and fillers for name. This office sells all classes of cuts, notarial and corporation seals, corpor ation book*, stock certificates, bonds and warrants. Office supplies, filing cabinets, legal blanks. The Kettle Falls Country WONDROUS CLIMATE AND PRODUCTIVE SOILS FOR FRUIT GROWING AND FARMING In the Kettle Falls country there are delightful climate, pure water, cheap fuel, wonderful scenery, good hunt ing and fishing, good schools, and health. The Kettle Falls country ll part of the Columbia river valley, in northeastern Washington. It is 100 miles north of Spokane and 30 miles south of the Canadian boundary. It is reached by taking the Great Northern railway north to Meyers Falls, which is 4 miles from Kettle Falls, stages meeting all trains. The surfaced road between the two towns is one of the best in the state. Auto tourists may take the Inland Empire highway north from Spokane, or may leave the Sunset highway at Davenport and follow the state road up the Columbia river. Another road connects Kettle Falls with Repub lic and the Okanogan country to the west. Still another road connects with the Canadian highway at Laurier to the north. Entry may also be made by the road which leads from Nelson, B. C, down the Colum bia. The irrigated lands lie on the valley floor. Non irrigated lands are on the benches that rise in succes sion from the river, and on the mountain slopes. The region is protected on all sides by timber-covered mountains which hold the winter snows and insure a steady flow of water in the streams throughout the summer. The altitude of the valley lands is 1200 feet. COLUMBIA RIVER CLIMATE IDEAL A climate is a hard thing to describe. People who live here awhile invariably proclaim it the best on earth. There are no extremes of heat or cold. Occasionally a day in midsummer is uncomfortably warm, but invari ably cool in the shade. It is not a sultry, sticky heat. A. night when one can not sleep comfortably is a rarity. Snow usually comes to stay about the middle of De cember, and covers the ground much of the time until mid-February. Winter cold spells are of short duration. Rarely does the mercury get below zero. People coming lrom the prairie states, and even from the south, are surprised at the comfort they feel here in the coldest weather. There are plenty of gpntle rains to get the crops started in good shape. Annual rainfall is from 15 to 20 inches, and crops are grown without irrigation, es pecially on lands having some sub-irrigation from near by higher lands. RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY The Kettle Falls country is primarily a farming country, as yet only partly developed, although it has an important lumbering industry, and some mining. The area of farm lands adjacent to Kettle Falls reaches close to 30,000 acres, with not much more than 10% in cultivation. The remainder is covered with timber or is stump land. About 6,000 acres are in the Fruitland Irrigation District, and about 1,500 acres are under the irrigation canal in Ferry county, across the Columbia river. Other lands are above the irrigation ditches. When cleared they are suitable for general farming, dairying, -stock raising, and fruit growing. Most of the commercial apples are grown under irrigation, but some, very successful orchards depend entirely upon the natural fall of moisture. Opportunities for development here are many. There is no other equal area of undeveloped land of which the productivity is so fully approved. Practically all crops common to the temperate zone are raised here with marked success. A few of the more important ones are apples, soft and small fruits of nearly every kind, alfalfa, corn, potatoes.wheat, oats, and vegetables of all kinds, especially tomatoes. Apples are the most important single crop. All the leading commercial varieties are grown. The quality of the fruit is equal to that grown anywhere. About 70 trees per acre is the usual planting. Trees usually begin to bear the fifth year; production per tree runs from two to four boxes for the first two years bearing. Trees twelve years old produce up to 80 boxes each. HOME OF THE DELICIOUS APPLE Some varieties of apples are thought to do better in certain fruit districts. The Kettle Falls country will grow them all, but claims special success with the high priced Delicious. In the 12-acre apple orchard of Hansen Bros, IV2 miles south of Kettle Falls, an acre and a half of Delicious trees produced gross returns of $5,200 in 1919, $1,950 in 1920 and $2,850 in 1921. Thus in three consecutive seasons the gross return was $10,000. At the present time there is every indication of another full crop in 1922. These trees were top grafted in 1912. PEACHES, PEARS, PRUNES, APRICOTS Do you like soft fruits? Here is a list of the ones raised here: Peaches, cherries, pears, plums, prunes, apricots, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, dewberries, blackberries, melons. FROM A STRAWBERRY GROWER Kettle Falls, Wash., Mar. 25, 1922.—Sec. Commercial Club, Kettle Falls: Dear Sir—Your inquiry regarding growing strawberries in a young orchard received. , In reply will say that I know of no crop that will pay larger returns for the labor expended and I consider this valley an ideal location for that industry. I grew strawberries in my orchard for several years while the trees were young and by so doing I paid all my living expenses, also the upkeep of the orchard. I consider the cultivation and irrigation necessary for the suc cessful growing of strawberries to be ideal for a young orchard. I wish to say that there are many other crops that can be successfully grown in a young orchard, such as corn, potatoes, and all sorts of garden truck, and I know that Joe Reed of Marble grew seed of all sorts for many years in his orchard while the trees were young and I think that is the only large commercial orchard in the whole northwest that has been made to pay for its upkeep from the very start. I feel that if properly handled the growing of seeds in this valley would be a paying proposition.—Yours very truly, F. G. Carlisle. HUNTING AND FISHING For the hunters, the forests still have their bear and deer in considerable numbers, while pheasants, grouse, quail and kindred game are in abundance. The moun tain streams and lakes teem with eastern brook, cut throat and rainbow trout, with more of perch and bass in the larger lakes, and salmon fishing in the Columbia. The beauty of the many lakes clear as crystal, set like gems in the green wooded hills, is not surpassed any where. COLVILLE FOREST RESERVE This furnishes not only good hunting and fishing but also provides a splendid sheep range for some 20,000 head every summer. The Town of Kettle Falls Kettle Falls maintains a splendid school system, in cluding a four-year high school. Pupils from the country are taken to and from school in a comfortable van furnished by the district. The Baptists and Presbyterians have church build ings. Episcopal services are held at the Masonic hall. Sunday schools are nourishing. The spiritual needs of the community are well cared for. The Masons, Odd Fellows, Eastern Star, Rebekahs, American I .egion, and American Legion Auxiliary have live locals here. The Kettle Falls country is practically free from health disorders that come as a result of climate, ex cept the common colds. There is no malaria, no stag nant water, but lots of pure air and sunshine, with mild climate, and good water to drink. FRUITLAND IRRIGATION DISTRICT This district lies on the Stevens county side of the Columbia, with its upper end just south of Kettle Falls. There are 6,000 acres under the ditch, of which 4,900 acres are in the district, with 1,200 acres in orchard and 1,500 acres in other crops. There are 2,200 acres yet uncleared, but most of it easy to clear. The water right is for ICO cubic feet per, second, tufflcient to cover the total area to a depth of 75 inches during the irrigating season. Water is delivered to users in creosoted, wire-wound selected coast fir pipes, under pressure. The supply is constant, day and night, throughout the season. Each user has his own outlet valve. Privilege is granted the user to have taps for lawn sprinkling. GARDEN VALLEY IRRIGATION DISTRICT This is a project just across the river from Kettle Falls. It comprises 1,500 acres, but there is a prob ability that it may be extended to take in 2,500 acres more, extending clown the river below the limits of the present district. THE POTATO GROWING INDUSTRY We can beat Ireland in growing potatoes. Ours have that delicious mealy quality so highly esteemed for table use and especially baking. Potatoes are about the easiest crop to grow. Under irrigation they yield 7 to 10 tons an acre. Non-irrigated lands produce up to 8 tons an acre, depending on season and soil. NO BOOM PRICES YET Land values in the Kettle Falls country have not been boomed. Raw lands are still cheap. Land under Irrigation canals can be had for $35 to $50 an acre on easy terms. Improved orchards are held around $500 an acre. In size, color and flavor the apples of this valley are second to none in the entire country. HANDLING IRRIGATED FARMS One man can care for 20 acres of fruit land until the third year after it begins to bear. After trees are that age, 10 acres are all one man can care for. One man can handle from 3 to 5 acres of berries or small fruits. Forty acres of alfalfa with some dairy cows makes a profitable investment. Alfalfa yields from 5 to 6 tons an acre here. VEGETABLES AND GRASSES All of the following are found in every garden: Cabbage, sweet corn, carrots, beets, beans, celery, tur nips, onions, sweet peppers, lettuce, radishes, peas, asparagus, and tomatoes. Seed potato raising is very profitable, steady markets bringing $50 to $60 a ton. Nearly all of the lands of the Kettle Falls country are suitable for alfalfa. The crop is best under irri gation, but a considerable crop is raised on non-irri gated lands. It is common practice to plant alfalfa between the fruit trees after they reach bearing age. It may mem unusual to raise corn this far north, but it ib a fact that excellent crops of corn are grown here. The low altitude makes a long season free from frost. We do not pretend to rival the corn states, but we raise up to 60 bushels of good corn per acre, and it will make a hog fat just the same as Illinois corn. Probably the chief value of the com crop in the future will be for silage for the dairy industry. Wheat, oats and barley are important crops on the non-irrigated lands. Some of the crop is fed, some is milled at local flour mills, and some is shipped. Perhaps the best indication of satisfactory markets is the fact that it has not been found necessary to es tablish canning factories or drying plants for the prod uce of this valley. The markets have always absorb ed fresh picked fruit at a price considerably better than could be afforded by a cannery or dehydrating plant. There is a big demand foi 1 peaches, apricots and tomatoes from the sections adjoining this district. Growers' trucks loaded with seasonable products sup ply the larger market centers, and in the fall of the year the orchards are besieged by parties in autos and trucks looking for canning peaches and tomatoes. The products of the orchards now in bearing have not been adequate during the last few years to supply this de mand from adjoining communities. There is also a market for fruits in British Columbia, the mining camps of Idaho, and in Montana. The market for cherries includes Minneapolis as a distributing point. SHIPPING FACILITIES The marketing of the winter apple is largely handled through warehouses at Meyers Falls, the shipping point for this district. Because of the excellent reputa tion the apples of this district have won by their keep ing qualities, there has been an active demand for this fruit at all times. In the marketing of cattle and hogs the Spokane market has always maintained prices in a line with the central stock markets. It is well known that the western production of pork does not meet the demands of western markets, and additional depen dence is placfd on eastern packers to supplement the western product. Spokane and local creameries com pete for the cream produced in the valley and several cream routes are maintained. There is a strong local market for alfalfa, and the local product is not suffi cient to meet all requirements of the valley. Alfalfa has been shipped in from outside points for several years, indicating a splendid opportunity for the man who will "manufacture" alfalfa by up-to-date methods of irrigation. The state roads which lead from this community to all the cardinal points of the compass assure satisfactory tranportation to all markets within a radius of 100 miles, which takes in the largest mar keting center in eastern Washington, Spokane. PLENTY OF LAND LEFT Some of the uncleared valley lands, and practically all of the surrounding mountains, are covered with a growth of yellow pine, ftr, tamarack, or cedar. It is estimated that there are 100,000,000 feet of saw timber yet to be cut. There are also vast quantities of tie timber and cedar poles. It will take many years to re move the commercial timber. Fuel is plentiful and cheap.