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The Yakima herald. (North Yakima, W.T. [Wash.]) 1889-1914, March 29, 1911, Image 3

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Ahtanum Holsteins of Messrs
Marks Prove to R. B. Miller
Their Work in Yakima
Official Records, Made Under
State College Expert Indicate
The Menu of Herds Under De
velopment Here
Messrs. J. P. & 11 B. Marks nf the
Ahtanum are proving, along with
sthers in this valley, that the dairy
cow is a good proposition. This is
a fact which would interest R. B.
Miller of the Harriman railway and
is interesting an increasing number
•f people In this town and valley as
they become Impressed with the
knowledge that the fruit Industry Is
■ot the only one here but that men
are doing splendidly and attaining a
high degree of success In other lines.
As an Indication of the character of
the animals owned here by the Hol
stein breeders it may be said that a
bull, sold at auction in Wisconsin a
week or two ago for $1900, is a
brother of the herd bull at tho Marks
ranch and Is an inferior animal not
being as highly bred on his dam's
side as is the Mark's bull.
Cows Aro Profitable
Seven cows in the Marks herd have
proven their right to class with the
famous Yakima orchards as motley
niakens, as they have showji them
selves to be bread winners. They
have been under a week's test con
uucted, officially, by Warrea Lin
coln of the State College at Pullman
One of the cows was taken at a time
when it was too late to make any
preparation whatever for the trial.
AH the other animals were tested
Glider practical ranch conditions as
it is the flrst time the Messrs. Marks
have had such a trial of the merit of
tl eir animals and they were neces
sity unacquainted with tne fined
Foints which are arrived st when
records are sought. The pleasing
thir.g is that every animal was doing
better at the close of the test than at
the s-lart
Facts of the Test
Holstein names are Interacting but j
to the expert they tell a story of
breeding and achievement which has
n positive money value. Herewith
are the animals of the Ahtanum,
nsn.es and all, which have contrib
uted this past week to the glory of
. the vJiiley:
Fp.v Nudlne DeKol 2nd—Agei
tnrte years; twenty-one Rid throe
tenths pounds of butter A/erage but
ter fat, 3.9.
R;-u Oak Gerster, aged 36 months:
seventeen and nlnetv-two hundredths
pounds of butter.
Pietcrtje Wltkop DeKol. aged 36
(nonths; sixteen and threi quarters
pcunds butter. This animal was but
two cays out of the two year old
clas-; when the test began.
Allie Mona DeKol 2nd. aged cow;
twenty and one-tenth pounds butter.
Abbekerk Rose Wayne, aged three
years; seventeen and flve-tenlhs
pound butter.
Heifer, aged 25 montlis, fifteen and
one-tenth pound butter with an aver
age milk i roductlon, dally of 59
pounds. This animal was brought in
here last fall by Mr. Marks along
with a number of others. She has
had a heifer calf and today she anl
her calf are worth what the entire
shipment cost.
Florence Sarcastic, junior four year
old, tested five months after having
had a calf and taken out of the
herd in trial after the test began;
seventeen and six-tenths pound of
abutter with an average dally milk
production of sixty pounds.
In each instance the foregoing aro
the results of a seven days test. They
should mean something to the
thoughtful reader. Messrs. Marks
propose to hold further tests this fall.
Citizens of McArthur, Ohio, Hear
of It From a North Yakima
Letter Writer
News of the North Yakima Valley
blossom festival is traveling. The
Republican of McArthur, Ohio, of
Starch 23, contains a letter, written
by W. E. Shockey of this city In
which j.lic fact is set forth and the
good people of that part of the
United States urged to come here for
•vent. In his letter, among other
things, Mr. Shockey says:
"The citizens of North Yakima are
going to try an innovation this year
in the way of a 'blossom festival.' I
want to say right here that the plan
has all the ear marks of a success,
nnd as for the blossoms, they must be
seen to be appreciated. There is no
trouble in smelling them. The air Is
fragrant with their odor. Their fra
grance permeates everything. They
are all pervading—in the house, thy
store, everywhere. With miles upon
miles of orchards surrounding the
city, they make a wonderful sight—
with their myriads of trees covered
with blossoms, each tree laden with a
covering of the color peculiar to its
"Would be delighted to see some
of the McArthur people out here
about that time. About a month
later Portland, Oregon, holds its
"Rose Festival." which In its way la
as remarkable as the blossoms are
to North Yakima. Either or both
would be worth traveling much far
ther to sen."
For Infants aud Children.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
Signature ol C^^<^j^-£UcJC(<i4
Arrangements have been made by
the North and South Nob Hill div
isions of the Taklma Valley Fruit
Growers association and by the Fruit
vale division, for the leasing of the
Taylor-Lynch warehouse on tho
Morthern Pacific right of way for use
this coming season as a fruit depot
for the handling of the orchard pro
ducts of the members of the union. It
Is altogether probable that some of
the other divisions will arrange with
those named for the handling of their
fruit this year. The shipping season
for the new association is at hand as
It will begin with asparagus grown by
Its members and follow this up with
strawberries, of which the aggregate
ts growing large.
Is Carrying Out Careful Irrigation
Plans on Its Tracts in the
Lower Valley
More wonderful than the tales of
Dean Swift are stories from real life
In the Yakima country, thus proving
the truth of the adage that truth is
stranger than fiction. The foregoing
is brought forcibly to mind by an in
vestigation Into the proposition of
the Parker Heights Orchard com
pany, some of the results of which
follow. Particular attention is called
to a fe wof the striking innovations
inaugurated by the company as com
pared with most ot the companies
elsewhere, and, with nearly all the
other companies In this favored sec
tion of the greatest orchard lands on
the face of the earth.
The company has a tract of 160
acres one mile from Buena, 16 miles
from North Yakima, on the line of
the O. W. R. & N. Co. line, recently
completed. This land Is beautifully
located, sloping gradually, making It
Ideal for Irrigation, equal to that of
the world famous Nob hill lands of
North Yakima. From the sightly
I elevation may be seen 300 hundred
homes, where peace and plenty dwell,
while to the westward and southwest
Mount Rainier and Mount Adams
I raise their snowy bulk of sootloss
Method of Getting Water
The two particular points of In
terest are the method of getting the
water onto the land and distribut
ing It, and the plant by which the
above is accomplished. The first cost |
of the machinery at the pumping sta
tion was two or three times as much I
as mlgiit have been gotten along with
for the time being, but that would
ultimately have been much more ex
pensive for the owners of the tracts j
of lund covered by the system.
Water is raised by the pumps to
three different elevations, the first ot
50 feet, the second of 100 feet, the
third of 150 feet. Each one hun
dred acres is entitled to one cubic
foot of water per second, this being
much more than will ever be neces
sary to use. The water being raised
to the different elevations is deter
mined by the number of acres ot land
to be supplied. Water is supplied
from tho Union Gap Ditch company
line.. The company is the owner of
a full water right, enough to irrigate
more than three times the amount of
lands entitled to it.
About tho Machinery
The machinery consists of one 100
--horse power motor, on each side of
which is a vertical triplex plunger
pump, driven from the motor direct
by gearl. 3, power from tho propul
sion of the motor being furnished by
the Pacific Pjwer & Light company
from its line running through Parker
Bottom and Zillah. All the preceding
are mounted on the same cast iron
bedplate, installed on solid concrete
foundation 11x3 feet. Near the mid
dle, at one side, is a well 7 feet In
diameter, 14 feet deep, circular in
section, lined with concrete. Leading
Into this well from the ditch Is a 12
--lnch cement pipe line. Suction pipes
from the pumps lead down into the
well, taking water as desired. The
pumps are two In number, the small
er with a plunger 5 Inches in dia
meter and an 8-inch stroke, capable
of raising 100 gallons of water per
minute to a height of 150 feet above
the canal level. The second pump
has plunger S inches in diameter,
with 8-inca stroke, with capacity of
raising 250 gallons per minute to a
height of 60 feet. The big pump
works raising water to the 50-root
level, the smaller one pumping to
the 150-foot level, working only part
of the time. The rest of the time the
larger pump Is used to raise water to
the 100-foot level, the Dower required
in each case being the same.
Water Carried In Pipes
The water Is conveyed to the high
est point of each tract in under
ground wooden pipe, doing away with
the ordinary ditches, which take up
so much valuable land and which are
breeding places for weeds and a
source of big loss of water. Right
here Is the big point. If the water
were to be pumped onto each tract
at all hours of the day and night, the
amount of water In the pipes would
of course be very small. By pump
ing the water onto the tracts for a
portion of the time only, the one do
ing the irrigating Is not required to
he on hand constantly, while the
total supply of water furnished is at
the same time more than sufficient
for all needs of irrigation.
The management of the Parker
Heights Orchard company Is practic
ally the same as that of the Yakima
Orchard Development company,
handling the Beulah lands, and the
Mt. Adams View Orchard company,
with a tract near Zillah. In the
three tracts there are nearly 900
acres. Nearly half the tracts of the
Parker Heights Orchard company
proposition have been sold, most of
the purchasers residing in the east.
The officers are as follows: Charles
N. Hunt, president and treasurer;
Charles Leigh Hunt, secretary and j
manager. The above two and the fol
lowing are the stockholders: Blanch
E. Ballard and Sarah Faegre Hunt I
Silver Lead Mine at Libby in
Which Local People Were In
terested, Has New Owners
Had Held on for Years to Interests
Which He Still Believes Are;
Sure to Make Some Millionaires
Out of Holders I
W. D. Wrlghter has returned from
Spokane and Libby, Mont., where he
negotiated the sale, for approximate- ,
,ly $200,000, of the Snowshoe silver,
lead mine of the Rustler Mining &
Killing company. This is a property
which Messrs. Wrlghter, I. H. Dills,
W. L. Lemon and a number of other
North Yakima people were heavly
Interested and on the sale of which
they make 50 per cent on their In
vestment. The purchase was made
by E. H. Wilson of San Francisco,
a Nevada and California mining
man, who Is preparing actively for
the Installation of machinery, the
construction of additional reservoir
capacity, mill improvements, etc., at
a cost of many thousands of dollsr«
He expects to have 150 men at work
In the mine and mill by July 1.
To the Western News of Libby, Mr.
Wilson said he considered the prop
erty to be "one of the strong veln«
of the mining world." The property,
which carries silver and lead, and
small quantities of gold has already
produced over $1,000,000.
Story of the Mine
The Rustler company was organ-!
Ized eleven years ago by T. A. Noble
of Pittsburg, D. P. Bowers if
Cover d'Alene and W. D. Wrlght.».r
of this city. Later Bowers died and
his interests were taken over by Mr.
::oble, who later also died and since
then the mine has been Idle pend
ing the settlement of his estate. Mr.
Wrlghter has held on year after year
In the hope that some turn of for
tune would enable him to see the
property opened ud as a producer but
the tedious drag of the probate
courts and the lack of faith of thofe
Interested prevented. He 1s con- j
vlnced, as Is the new purchaser, that
someone will make millions out of
the mine. Friends here of Mr.
Wrlghter will be pleased to learn
that he has realized handsomely, as
It is, on the proposition. [
Engineer Likes Property
C. H. Swjgart of this city, of the
I reclamation service, Is among those
who have made a personal inspection
j o fthe property having done so for a
' friend whom he advised to tike hold,
: saying the Snowshoe was the making
;of a big mine. The local holdings
have now been disposed of but the
future of the property will be watched
.vlth Interest.
Mining Man Married But a Week
Takes Carbolic Acid and Dies
in Police Station
After a romance extending over three
weeks, J. H. Adams, aged 45 years, a
mining man of Biker, Oregon, and
Spokane, took poison In tho police
station Monday morning and died
soon after. He leaves a young widow,
who was formerly Miss Aylene James,
a nineteen-year-old girl who was act
ing as waitress in the Tieton cafe
when he met and married her. In
sane Jealousy on his part and a lack
of funds were the causes for the deed,
It is stated. Adams had been taken
from a train bound for Spokane at
the request of the management of
the Tieton Hotel who said the man
owed a board bill.
The couple had been married only
a week. Adams and the girl met at
tho cafe and forthwith he began to
court her assiduously. One week ago
she resigned her position and they
married that evening at the home of
an old friend of the Adams family.
Husband Was Jealous
Mrs. Adams, after she learned of
the suicide, told of the life her hus
band led her from the beginning. Sho
said he was insanely jealous of her,
threatened her with a revolver, de
manded that she look at no other man
than himself and they had quarrels
every day. The life became unbear
able and Mrs. Adams decide Satur
day she would not livS with him.
When Adams was brought from the
train to the police station he was not
searched by the police, therefore the
city officers did not know of his pos
session of the acid until after ho had
taken it In tho toilet room where ho
asked permission to go.
The general bid of C. W. Gilbert,
for the construction of the new Mc-
Knlev school building In Richland
addition, was accepted by the school
board last night, subject to such pos
sible reductions as might be agreed
upon. The heating hid of the Stand
ard Plumbing and Heating company
for same, and the piumbina- bid of
the Yakima Valley Heating and
Plumbing c.mpany were likewise ac
cepted, subject to possible reductions.
The bids were as follows: General
—W, R. Tlolden, 133.153; C. W. Gil
bert. $32,671.51: C. H. Rruenn, $33.
--500: Wilson Bros.. $34,462
Heating—M. A. Thompson Heat
ing Co.. Tacoma. $4750; Standard P
& H. Co.. $4233: Yakima Hardware
Co.. $5200: Yakima Valley Plumbing
& Heating Co., $4900.
Plumbing—Standard P * H. Co..
$2710; Lentz Co., $2350; Yakima
Valley H. & P. Co., $2275.
Heating and Plumbing—John Saw
bridge, $7695; Standard P. & H.
Co.. $6940; Yak. Valley H. &. P Co..
The general plans for the new Fair
view school bu Idlng were decided,
upon and the architect was author-1
lzed to go ahead and complete the
' plans In accordance therewith
Thousands of People in the City
to Participate in the General
He Points Out That the Idea From
Which the Entire Development
Came Was Purely Local in Its
Then und Now
The North Coast was the frozen zone.
And Yakima Jack Babbit's Own,
And Walla Walla Mossback's Horne —
'Twas Devils Desert. THEN.
Two Villages to Cities grown,
The Mossback and Jackrabblt gone,
The North Coast has become our own
'Tls God's Own Garden. NOW.
"What the North Coast Hath
Joined. Let No Man Put Asunder,"
was the supreme sentiment that pre
vailed in North Yakima Wednesday
among the thousands living along the
line of the Oregon-Washngton Rail
way & Navigation company, who had
come here to celebrate Its completion
to this point and the inception of a
regular passenger and freight service
that will mean much to the whole
country traversed by the new line.
It was peculiarly fitting that the
central figure In the celebratlin
should be Robert E. Strahorn, who
for five long years had struggled with
the problem of building a competing
line In the territory of an old and es
tablished railroad. For almost that
many years the work of the Indefa
tigable, modest man of energy was
known to the public as "Strahorn's
Mystery," but It Is a mystery no long
er. It would be useless now to go
Into the history of the road which Is
well known to all. and It need hardly
be said that the proudest and hap
piest of all participating In the cele
bration was that same Robert E. Stra
horn. whose efforts had at last been
crowned with success.
Every Prospect Pleasant
The weather was made to order for
the occasion, the day being clear and
Just warm enough to bo pleasant,
consequence on this thousands as
sembled In town long before the two
passenger trains bearing the visitors
from down the valley and from the
eastern part of the state came In. The
ranchers came with teams and autos
and their outfits could he seen a'i
over town. Every hitching post had
its auota of horses and the stables
were all filled. The hotels did a rush
ing business and long before night
had assigned the last room.
In the bright sunlight, the red,
wh'te and blue of the decorations
added to the beauty of the Bcene, and
later the lights from the incandes
cent arches strung over the Intersec
tions of Yakima avenue subdued the
coloring and lighted the street effec
tively over Its whole length through
the business section.
Reception at Station
The station of the Oregon-Wash
ington Railroad & Navigation com
pany, at West Yakima and First ave
nue, dressed with flags and bunting*
was the scene of the greatest activity
about noon, when the flrst train jams
In from Kennewick and way points.
The platform and sidewalks were
crowded with Yaklmans who had
gathered to welcome the thousands
from down the valley.
Nagler's North Yakima band played
appropriate airs while waiting on the
platform for the coming of the trains
Rag time, marches and dance steps
kept the crowd Interested. Among
the pieces ; layed was a rag time en
titled "Yakima Spasm," composed by
Walter Hamilton, of the Herald office.
As the official train came In from
Walla Walla bearing 13 carloads of
shouting humanity, the band played
"Casey Jones," the engineer's favor
Kennewick Excursion
The train of a dozen cars from Ken
newick came In on time, arriving at
noon as the whistles were blowing.
This train was loaded to the guards
and contained passengers from Atta
lla, Kennewick. Benton City, Prosser,
Grandview. Emerald, Granger, Zil
lah, 6eulah. Parker and Donald. Zil
lah led with nearly 250 of Its best
citizens, headed by Zillah Chlnauer
snd Vera Smith, pretty girls bearing
flags, Mayor E. J. Jaeger and the Zil
lah Concert band and a troop of
(young ladles with hats decorated with
streamers and wearing numerous
badges. One of there read "From Zil
lah." The Kennewick crowd were
plastered with badges bearing the
words. "Watch Kennewick Expand."
and from their buttonholes hung tags
reading, "From Kennewick to all
points In Washington and Oregon —
—-By Water or by Rail.' "
The contingent from the first train
were escorted to the Chr'stlan church
nnd the Young Men's Christian asso
ciation, where they were Bervcd with
Welcome Guns Fired
While waiting for the Walla Wall*
train, which came In about one
o'clock, a firing squad, composed of
Counc lman Mull. E. Hamilton. A. L.
Bell, C W. Mitchell and E. L. Ruth,
flied welcome guns from two anvils.
The Walla Walla special, pulled by
two moguls, X 144 and 8.1. dis
charged Its much decorated and be
rihboned crowd on the platform and
j after being formed In line they were
'headed by their, funny men and the
| Walla Walla band. They were es
corted by Nagler's to the Commercial
The Walla Walla Sqund
The funny squad from Walla Walla
attracted much attention. Jack Lam
bert, att red as a Dutchman with
green socks and other Incongruous
articles of dress, topped off with a tall
hat tipped with a founta'n, which
played water on the crowd from time
to time, kept the people lining the
street In a constant un oar of
laughter as he demonstrated hnw the
2R llv ng artesian wells of Walla
Walla gushed
Jake Kaufman. weighing 310
pounds and standing over six feet, I
was attired In a suit of jute sacking
and Charles Nye wore cowboy togs
Following a sign bearing the words.
"What the North Coast Hath Joined
Together, Let no Man Part Asunder."
Upheld by Phil Hawley, In clericals.
i were the bride and groom, "Walla
i Walla" and "North Yakima." Jack
| Sweezy. In white and wearing a red
! hat, was the blushing bride. "Walla
Walla," while the groom, "North
Yakima." was represented by C. S.
i Jones, of Walla Walla. They made
I, a hit.
One Dangerous Man
A. A. Herring, dressed In stripes,
1 made a very docile convict, but he
j must have been a dangerous man, for
ihe was chained between two guards
and followed by an Immense dog that
J wutched him closely as they marched
along the street, ft, H Johnson, see
i retary of the Walla Walla rounty
falr bore placards advertising the an
! nual event on an Immense straw hat.
I with a rim four feet In diameter. The I
man "afraid to go home in the dark" |
i was covered with incandescent lights
and his umbrella bore a large light
;on Its tip. G. D. Hennesey was the
"vegetable man."
| It seemed as If every other man in ,
the Walla Walla crowd carried a ban
ner or a sign, with some expression of
Rood will and congratulation Im
printed thereon. Some of these caught
on the fly are as follows: "Oh, Yon
Yakima;" "North Const, tho tie that
Hinds;" "Our interests Are Mutual;"
: "Boost, Boost, Boost, Boost," and the
words "Shake, Yakima." surrounding
clasped hands.
Visiters Are Cheered
Yakima avenue was lined with
thousands of people who cheered
these enthusiastic visitors on their
march to the Commercial club where
they were entertained at lunch There
they were served with good things by
i corps of colored waiters and after
being refreshed they betook them
selves to the street, some to look
around town and see the sights,
others to visit friends. Many at
tended the baseball game later, be
tween Walla Walla and North Yak
'lma and several hundred took advan
tage of the hospitality of tho Yakiin:i
Valley Transportation company, which
furnished a number of special sight
seeing cars for the visitors, who were
taken on a ride through the orchards
In the valleys surrounding Nortn
Yakima and on Nob hill.
' Before the crowd started on the
tide they listened to music by Nagler's
band and tho band of the Young
Men's Christian association .
Mr. Strnliorn's Speech
I i From the tail end of ii sight seeing
'cur. after being introduced In a few
I well chosen words by Majf-or Schott,
| Robert E. Strahorn. amid tumultuous
I cheers from the crowd thnt jammed
i the north side of Second street nnd
Yakima avenue, began his SDSSCh re-
I viewing the inception and growth of
, the North Coast road. He said In
1 | "It Is particularly lifting that these
joyous functions should be held at
j North Yakima. This Is the birthplace'
of the North Coast road. It was con-!
| celved, started and orlglnnlly financed
from here. There Is a banker pres
' cut now who could tell you all about
1 the method of raising the flrst $1000
thnt went Into It, nnd Its method of,
"Consider how each of you feel,
with your comparatively small lndl
i viduai Interest In the consummation
of the enterprise and then you can
i faintly appreciate tho emotions pos
sessing the rather sentimental tamper-
ill I
I The Stark Year Book
for 1911 Volume II
j W*m 'GGER, better, hnndsomcr and even more practical thnn Volume I
j ■"""'v which came out a year ago. Fruit growers will find it to be indis- i]
> 1 I pensable in their orchard work— it will be sent to any one on i
! receipt of 10 cents to cover mailing cost. The Stark Year Hook
j is totally different from ihe average nurseryman's catalog. It is as beautiful as it is
| practical and its practical features have given it the value of a horticultural text book. jj
] Volume II contains 31 full page illustrations of fruit anil flowers in natural colors, reprc
] senting 16S varieties and covering apple, crab apple, quince, pear, peach, apricol,
j cherry, plum, grape, curranl, raspberry, blackberry, mulberry, dewberry, clematis
and roses. 8S pages are devoted to descriptions antl records of varieties ami to infor- i
Imation on all subjects directly related to fruit growing such as planting anil caring
fof an orchard, pruning, spraying, cultivation, cover crops, etc., etc. |
The Stark Year Book is the one horticultural hand-book you cannot afford not I
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Those are five moncy-in-your-porkrt reasons why » number nf other spei-iully good things in nil ilnm-i
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wan I unci I. i it tc, you wlic v you wntil il. i
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anient of one whose whole heirt, soul
nnd energies have been absorbed In it
for over Aye years.
leading Steps Recalled
"In commemorating this important
Incident In the history of Yakima val
ley nnd our state -t would seem fit
ting to recall some of the leading
steps by which It has reached Its pres
ent stage.
"It will doubtless be a surprise to
many to know what has never been
announced before. thnt the North
Const railroad really had Its start In
1904 ns a result of my ambition to en
ter the electric railway field In this
valley. During that year when, .is
many present well know, I hid already
become rather heavily Interested In
enterprises In North Yaklmn nnd vi
cinity. I arranged to revive the elec
tric railway enterprise which some
years before had been projected by
our lamented friend. Judge Whltson
md others. I mention this here be
cause of the very Interesting relation
It later bore to the North Const
scheme as the latter unfolded.
"The Intention then was to build
electric lines from North Yakima up
and down the tributary valleys, for
example, up the Ahtanum and Naches,
over Into the Moxce. down Yakima
valley, through Parker bottom to
Zillah and Sunnyslde nnd ultimately
up Into the Cowlche and elsewhere.
liocnl tMlraaM Intervene
"1 had practically arranged the fl
nancinir when local interests came for
ward with a request that I desist, be
cause, they said, they had made all
arrangements to promptly carry out
the same scheme. Wishing them God
speed 1 stepped aside. However, M
the months lengthened into a year or
more without these other Interests
making substantial progress I began
to seriously consider the matter of
competitive railway facilities in a
broader way.
"Tiias, i September ioor>, after
having made some preliminary sur
veys, with your honored citizens O. A.
Fechtor and John J. Rudkin and some
eastern Mends, I organised tbe North
Coast Railway company, which on ac
count of the rapid broadening of the
enterprise was supplanted by The
North Coast Railroad company In
April. IPOfi This marked the actual
serious beginning of our work. En
gineering and right of way work In
the Ynklmu valley was well advonceo
by July. 1906. The first grading on
the line was done on the Rainier di
vision at Rowe hill about ten miles
west of North Yakima In October,
1905, while the first grading on the
Yakima division was done about two
miles from Grandview In March,
1906. Final contracts were lot for
grading tbe Yakima valley line to
your townsmen Case and Eschbach
July 1, 1808, and this firm (now Kscli
bach, Bruce A Co.) has since con
structed practically the entire line
from the Columbia river to this city.
Columbia River Bridge
"The most important engineering
and construction feat, the bridging of
the Columbia river, was really begun
in March. 1909, and completed No
vember 1, 1910, This hitler great task
and all (his other work has been ac
complished Without the loss of il single
life or noticeable financial mishap, a
line tribute to the skin and care of
chief Engineer F. i. Pitman and
staff, and the high class of our con
tractors and construction forces'.
"The first rails Were laid at Attalla
December 18, 1909 and they reached
tho city limits of North Yakima on
February .18, 1911, and to bring the
history up to date we should add that
(he honor of Inaugurating the first
through service has been accorded to
our valued neighbors of the superb
City of Wnlliv Walla for this glorious
2Snd day of March, 1911.
"Now, returning briefly to the eloc
[tric railway situation. As many here
know this was llnnllv taken In han I
by such of your esteemed fellow citi
zens as Hon. Jack Splawn and
Messrs. H. B. Boudd-ar and G. S. Ran
kin In 1907. These gentlemen were
the real heroes In this railway ro
mance, and I only wish I could ade
quately express the obligations of this
community to them and fittingly por
tray the magnitude of their work and
the gravity of their trials In endeav
ors to put the enterprise on Its feet.
Rut their public spirit and enterprise
got them In several years ahead of
t me, and along In the spring of 1909.
vvhen they had placed about six miter
if road In operation and reached ths
I'mlt of their resources. I again
picked up the threads of my electric
railway scheme of five rears before.
interested strong friends. and the
story of Its subsequent rapid develop
ment under the able management of
President N C. Richards Is familiar
to all. That, like our steam railway
interests, its mission Is but partly ful
filled and is bright with promise v
a great developing factor of thi*
region, goes wthout saying
Progress Elsewhere
"As our progress elsewhere is nec
essarily linked with and of mucn Im
portance in connection with our Yak
ima valley 1 ncs I will add that our
present temporary Yakima-Spokane
service via the old O. R. & N. line
from Attalla will In duo time bo •up
planted by a short through line via
Klngold Bar and Connell. upon which
some ten miles of grade has been
completed northeastward from Bet
ton and about 50 miles southweat
ward from Benton and about 50 miles
■OUthWSStward from Spokane. leaving
gups of only about 70 miles, of which
contracts for about 15 miles are now
being let. Also that the 50 miles of
completed grade just referred to
forms S part of our new Spokane
l'ortland short line which connects
with the old O. R. & N. Snake River
line near Ayer. contracts for the re
maining 40 miles of which have re
rent ly been let at an expense of about
$4,000,000. For the benefit of our
Walla Walla friends I will say that
this will leave a gap of only 40 miles
to complete a new short line from
Spokane to Walla Walla. which,
when covered, will reduce the dis
tance between those cities by over SO
miles, and very greatly reduce ths
present heavy grades.
Growth to tho Westward
"I have already taken too much c-f
your time in this prosy recital to pur
sue the story Into still other Holds
md other activities which aro neces
sarily Involved In a review of the en
terprise as a whole. 1 know how
deeply you are Interested in what Is lo
follow in your Immediate vicinity and
especially to the westward. All of
these things, which aro of such vital
Import to you, will, I am confident,
come In good tlmo. Having thus far
made good, and being to a large de
gree held responsible for tho Invest
ment of these millions of dollars
which have contributed so greatly to
your prosperity In recent years, I
think you will agree that my effort*
and Influence will hot relax and that
together we must now see to It that
there Is fair treatment of and ade
quate return upon the great outlay
when we can bo assured everything
we have hoped for and promised will
be realized.
"It would be futile for me to at
tempt to recall even a small fraction
of tho absorbingly Interesting and
sometimes even dramatic Incidents
which have marked our progress In
these enterprises up to date, or to flt
llngly express my appreciation of the
loyal support we have received from
our good Yakima Valley friends In
many a trying hour. I hope and be
lieve It will always be so, and that
our shortcomings under these new
and possibly graver responsibilities
will be met by your patient and hearty
cooperation In the future ns In the
pust. Wo will try to lightly pass and
forget our troubles, which havo been
legion, and dwell on the brighter
spots. Yet will merely suggest to
those who think utir progress has
been slow that probably no 100 miles
of rnllroad has ever been built
through un apparently easy country
from a construction standpoint which
has encountered a more Infinity vari
ety of obstacles calculated to embar
rass and obstruct. ,
Relations With tho Public
"This naturally leads to some refleo
tlons on our relations with the public.
In endeavoring to faithfully discharge
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