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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 1910.
Col. L Hoffer Gives Enthusiastic Praise to Lavey Southern Pacific Townsites Party of Salem and Willamette Valley Men Who Inspect Klamath Falls Country Return With Glowing Reports of the Fertility of the Soil and Great Strides That Are Being Taken in Work of Development—Declared to Be a Veritable Paradise. From Salem Statesman. The delegation of Salem and Willamette valley business men, who spent the past week in the Klamatb Falls country, returned on Saturday and this morning. En-, thusiasm Is a mild term to describe the state of mind in which they have come back, to tell of the won derful development work that Is going on in Klamath Falls and the Klamath basin, and the new town sites of Worden, Dorris and Mt, Hebron, in which hundreds of Wil lamette valley citizens have made investments during the past two weeks. The party was made up of representatives selected by pur chasers of these properties, and each is to submit an independent report of his observations. BACKING KLAMATH FALLS. Speaking of the party and their observations Col. E. Hofer said: "Of course, the potent force that is opening the Klamath region to rapid settlement, and building towns as if by magic, is the Natron and Klamath Falls extension of the Harriman system. The men who spent years in bringing the rail road into that country, and with out which no Klamath Falls de velopment would have been pos sible, were Major Worden and his sou, William Worden. As allot ment agent of the government in cutting up the Klamath Indian reservation of 1,250,000 acres, Ma jor Worden gained a familiarity with the country which made it possible for him to speak with au thority as to its resources. The \\ordens made countless trips over the country, crossed deserts and mouiftlll-S for hundreds of miles afoot aid on horseback, made pil gi'imagekto Washington, New York and SnnV ra,K '' sco > an< * finally in terested Harriman system in the resoif' ces of the Klnmath basin. Associated with them as leading factors in' the Klamath Develop ment company <*< Weudliug and S. O. Joh.- Bon ' San Francisco millionaires, wh° are at tho heatl Of a group of la'B° industrial cor porations repressltißf hundreds of millions. MAGNIFICENT fcAILROAD CONSTRUCTI- ON "The extension of P c Southern Pacific from Weed r? 5> lan ' at .! 1 Falls was completed Ma£2 0, 1909, and how the entire line frftJS*; :; math Falls to Natron is under" I ■trustion, and mch conatructioi has never been seen on the Pacific coast. One million five bundled thousand dollars has been Spent at Klamath Falls alone on depots and terminals. A granite and marble passenger station, the finest in the world for its size, greets the Incom ing of the train and the railroad company has 66 acres laid off in sidetracks, yards and shop grounds. The track is laid with 90 pound steel, ballasted with crushed rock, with bridges and culverts of solid steel aud concrete construction. A DREAM REALIZED. "With the arrival of tho railroad and the construction of the first unit of the government reclamation system, the dream of Major Wor den has become a tangible reality, This one man of tireless energy and get-there s disposition, who walked into this country financial ly to the bad by at least $10,000, has produced results which are al most beyond his own expectation. Looking at Klamath Falls from five miles out In the alfalfa fields, in the midst of 40,000 acres that, has been put under the ditch, one | sees the future Spokane of Oregon rising on a semi-circle of hills. Klamath Falls Is spreading by leaps and bounds, and the picture dream of a great brain is coming out on the screen of the municipal panorama. The $4,500,000, only a small part of which has been ex pended, set aside for the reclama tion projects, has already added more than $10,000,000 to values In the Klamath basin, and It is only a beginning. By dredging and drain ing Title lands, nnd by utilizing the water from tipper Klamath lake, the transformation of tho Inex haustible source into endless vis tas ot ulfalfa and grain fields, has begun. All the fabled wealth of the Nile valley in Egypt will be double discounted and laid away in the shade by what Is being ac complished before the eyes of the present generation in the Klamath basin. Great red barns, clustered stacks of alfalfa and fine farm houses intercept the sky line ns one looks out over the reclaimed lauds, almost as thick as the der ricks in a great oil region. THE GATEWAY CITY. ' While the enduring prosperity of this region, like all others, has its foundation in the wealth of the soil, the greatness of the city that is here Springing into being, can only be contemplated by a study of the topography. Four mountain passes enter the basin, practically all coming together at Klamath Falls. One to the south leads into California via Butte valley to Weed. Another pass goes out into eastern Oregon through Lost river. Still another into Nevada via Mer rill. The fourth pees leads into the Willamette valley and Coos Bay via Natron. Each pass again opens out into largo valleys with lakes, Reclamation possibilities and a pro ductivity that Is stiuply Incalcu lable One stands on the heights above Klamath Falls and sees more expanse of rich agricultural country nnd wonderful mountain scenery than at any other place in the world that 1 have over heard of. Mt. Shasta looms up In the south, OS miles away. Bixty tulles to the north are Mt. Pitt und the rim of Crater lake. The view ex tends east aud west aa far ns the eye can see. ON THE MAIN LINE. "Klamath Falls nnd the three new towns, Worden, Dorris nnd Mt. Hebron are on what will be the main line of the Southern Pacific railroad between Portland and San ' Francisco. This line cuts off seven I and one-half hours in the travel be- i tween these two great cities. It substitutes 1 per cent grades for i grades of from 4 per cent to 6 per I cent, and light, graceful curves for I the letter S and horseshoe bends in 1 the tracks over the Siskiyous. One < engine will pull all ordinary trains over this line, where it now takes I three, and sometimes four engines 1 to pull passenger trains. It is only 1 reasonable to suppose that if cities ! like .Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass and Roseburg could be built upon the old main line, these new cities on the Natron extension will be come just as great. It is generally '• predicted that Klamath Falls being 1 1 slated for the end of a division, and • it has exactly the same location as 1 Ashland, will, in not many years, : be another Spokane. In place of 1 taking 40 or 50 years to grow, as 1 did the towns on the old line, these new cities in the Klamath basin, 1 with great tides of Immigration ] coming to the Pacific coast, and the ' more rapid means of promotion, ' will grow into large cities in one- ; quarter of the time. Klamath Falls : and the three towns mentioned, 1 surrounded by clear lands, ready for the plow, backed by water and timber, and pushed with extensive ' advertising campaigns and excur sion trains that are to be put on in ~ May and .Tune, will grow at a pace ' hitherto unparalleled. WORDENS SELECTED LAVEY. \ "After looking over the entire United States for two .< • ai<j. the Wordens picked on P ( . tthvey to push their properties Because the record showed that in nvo years he had handled n ore. real estate than any one firm <m the Pacific coast. He has a quarter million dollar corporation, and has the largest and best organized selling force of trained cften of any firm I on the ooast. Tl\e P. C. Lavey & j Co. interests i tl connection with those of the Klamath Falls Devel opment comp« R y at Klamath rails, and the rtvf- oe townsltes in the Butte valley, amount to over three million dollars. The Klam ath jjßfia Development company has itay offices in its own large brick /wilding, and they have se- ] 'ureayindustries already located at Kl »n*.nth Kails of one-half million &°"Mr%. On tho additions platted nt Jjtlnmath Falls by this company sold by P. C. Lavey, are hun dreds of new houses and a number !of brick blocks. The famous hot j springs, with a park and the five* j acre site for the now $100,000 court house are located on their lands. REAL ESTATE IS ADVANCING. "I could mention many specific Instances of remarkable advances In Klamath Kalis realty. The old John P. Miller farm of 4500 acres near Klamath Falls, was sold about 1 12 years ago under mortgage for , $10..">0 per acre, it Is now being cut up into 40 to ItiO-acre farms and sold off at $00 to $75 per acre. AH the P. C. Lavey & Co. addi- , Hons to Klamath Falls lie on gentle slopes, where no grading of build- | | ing lots or streets is necessary. All the property is in plain. Open sight, COmßUtndl beautiful views and there is not a foot of this property that is undesirable for residence purposes, or unavailable for imnie , diate use, in acreage as fruit and vegetable tracts. What is more important to the business man and ' investor is the fact that every lot 1 •und tract is advancing in value | every time a new day of sunshine j ]Is poured out over it, and they have about three hundred days of sunshine during the year in the j Klamath Falls basin. The above statement is equally true of the three townsltes in the Butte val ley, lying just south of Klamath Falls. DESCRIPTION OF BUTTE VALLEY. "I hnve seen many of the most beautiful valleys in the I'nited States between the Mississippi and the Pacific coast, and there Is j nothing quite as fertile and attrac- I the as the Butte valley, with the | Klamath river running along the •Mat edge of It. It is eighteen miles long ami about ten miles wide, oval iv shape and completely walled in with mountains. Every acre of the land is fertile, is under laid with water at a depth of from six to ten feet, nnd free from brush [ ami timber, practically ready for I cultivation, Dorris is located at the north end of the valley, and Mt. Hebron at the south. It will surprise many Salem people to learn that lots in these towns that sold at $100 ami less are re selling at $250 <o |600, and business lots nre held at 11,000, These remark• üble gains In values are duo to the '. fact that these properties are not ' i on a Jerk-water branch line of rail- i road, but on the main transconti nental line that will carry the com ! merce ami population between Portland and San Francisco. PARTY GOT RECEPTIONS. "I wish 1 could describe to you iv 1 ! detail the receptions accorded the Oregon delegation at these points., Large audiences, banquets and balls were prepared for us every- Where, and there is not a man, woman or child In that country who does not think well of Pat Lavey. I would like to describe our drive for a day through the Butte valley in the center of which is located a large Mcnnonite col- ' I ony, who have purchased 14,000 acres, We spent ail day Thursda) driving iv both directions from Klamath Falls. Every member of i the delegation is prepared lo de leters that 11 Is very gratifying that a large real estate operator has j more than made good, after seeing I all the property offered for sale, and testing it from Several stand points. It simply amounts to litis, that I. ('. Levey & Co. believe the day has come When real estate I firms who would promote towns! tea ] must tell the truth about what they offer in their advertisements. There is universal disgust all over the country at real estate fake methods, especially in dealing with new townsltes. All Mr. Lavey asked the delegation to do was to say whether the representations made by his firm as to Worden, Dorris and Mt. Hebron were true or not. Every one of the ten men Who went ever the properties is j prepared to say that these repre sentations are more than true. The original townsite party was com posed of C. E. Fox of Albany; W. W. Aldredge of Oregon City; T. R. Shockley of Silverton; W. J. Byrne of Portland; W. P. Strand berg of the Portland Telegram, and E. Hofer and George Sallan lof the Capital Journal. They were joined a day later by Henry Bruhn and R. H. Wolter, well known Ger man residents of Salem, who went 1 down of their own accord to try i to capture the $1000 reward offered by Mr. Lavey if any of his state ments about these townsites were not true. Their exploration ended ' by saying that they considered their six lots which they had pur chased for $350, worth at least I $1000. I am making these state ments because nearly 400 people have purchased lots at Klamath Falls and in the new towns, and they will be interested in knowing what our impressions are of the veracity of at least one townsite company. I believe it is in the in- j terest of public justice to make this Statement, and I have done so with- j out any solicitation on the part of Mr. Lavey, who accompanied j the party. I know that I am voic- Ing the honest opinion of the en tire delegation, and these senti-! ments were expressed over and 1 over by every man who has enjoyed j the delightful week which we have , spent In the Klamath country. Two Independent, Hon est Citizens of Salem From Salem Capital Journal. Henry Brutin, who lives at 90S North Seventeenth street, and R. H. Wolter, who lives at 790 North Sev enteenth street, returned Sunday morning from their investigation of the Klamath Falls country and the townsites between on the railroad. They bought six lots in those town sites for $400, and after looking over their property and asking resi dents as to prices at which lots are selling on the ground, say they would not part with their holdings for less than $1000. Mr. Wolter. who is a builder and owns consider able property In Salem, priced a lot In Dorris with a building on it for a restaurant costing about $700 to erect. The owner is holding It for 12000, They were offered four lots at Salem in tho second addition to the Klamath Falls, block 23, on range 11, for $900. These lots were sold at Klamath Falls on March 13 for $1350. They visited and spent some time on all there townsites —Worden, Dorris and Mount Hebron. They found people from Sacramento buy ing property at Mount Hebron. Mr. Wolter says: "We reached Dorris Friday at 10 a. tn., March 18. and looked over the town for four hours. It is a good sired town and a live place gener ally, quite a business point, with fine, rich land, consisting of sandy hrown loam. Tho drinking water Is excellent. I talked with one man who raised 200 sacks of potatoes on one acre last year on a hillside with no cultivation whatever. "The local ion for a town is excel lent. Many kinds of hardy fruits, such as apples, pears and small fruit, are raised on the slopes of the foothills, and peaches on the river lands and in sheltered places. We stopped at the Turner ranch, a finely Improved place. Farming land can bo bought at from $12 to $50 an acre. One tract of 1400 acres, suitable for a colony, can be bought for $25 an acre. Water Is found at 12 to 14 feet from the sur face and can he obtained for irriga tion from a lake nearby having about 120 feet elevation. Dorris has stores, churches, stock yards, fine depot, school and residences far be yond our expectations. "Mount Hebron has n fine depot, postofflce, stores, splendid hotel, sa loons and residences. The Roil Is just simply perfect—w-e brought along some which we can show to anybody. The MeOuiro ranch, ad joining the tOWQ, has winter wheat up two Inches high. Mr. MoGuire snhl he had raised 40 bushels to the acres on that land. It was raining some and we could not go around as much as we would have liked. "There Is an Immense body of pine timber near Mount Hobran. with three sawmills running, two under construction und v half mil lion dollar box factory contracted ready to |Q up. There are railroad yards, stock yards and a fisoo gal lon Water tank. There will he round houses here, as It is the division of i the railroad from here to Weed, i "The lots we purchased are clear. ]no grading required. The townsite ils perfectly clean and level. We ; could not buy over one lot of people living there for the price st which three were sold to ns at Salem " Henry Bruhu, who has farmed in Kansas and Minnesota, says tha' he is highly pleased with what he has seen of the Klamath country. He said: "We have three lots each In the new tOWnsitM of Dorris, Worden and Mt. Hebron. I have no fault 'to find With my Investment. In fact, 1 am highly pleased. P, C. Lavey & Co. misrepresented , thlngr to us by not telling all the truth and all the facta In favor 'of their properties. They did not tell halt they could say In favor of it FacU of the three towns has THE SPOKANE, PRESS the best possible location for a future city. The streets are wid*» and clear and as finely located as in Salem. Lavey & Co. have nof 1 near told the truth as it should be told about these towns. What tfe found surpassed all our expecta tions. We expected to find that they had sold us rough lots on the hillsides. "The finest kind of grain crops can be proluced in the Butte val ley. The wheat grown is a Russian variety and the product Is fine, better in quality than the Bluestein. The finest wheat grown In the Willamette valley can not beat it. The fields of winter wheat and grain and the same is true of bar ley and oats. We saw very fine samples of these grains that were grown at Macdoel, where the Meu nonite colony has purchased a large tract of farming land. I have farm ed in Kansas, Minnesota and Wash ington, and never saw better soil than here and in the Klamath Falls country. We saw oats four inches higher than our oats, and alfalfa that at the first cut was four feet long. "I want to say something about the city of Klamath Falls, which is the natural railroad center of all this country. The three great mountain passes come together here and everything for 50 miles around will be tributary to Kla math Falls. With the fine the wonderful lakes, the govern ment irrigation, the hot springs and the great health resort connected with them will make this a fine city. W T e visited the additions laid off to Klamath Falls which are all finely located and the lots are not over-valued. There is not a par ticle of fictitious element about Klamath Falls. We could see Kla math falls, being below that. The land is the richest in the world. It has all the elements in the soil that nature put in there. We saw the rank stubble field which any farm er could tell produces a big crop of grain; we saw apple orchards with the Mmbs brown and smooth as glass, no scale or moss on them. The country seems to produce all kinds of fruit. "We are only stating what we have seen and anybody can go and see it just as we did. We made our own investigation, we paid our own railroad fares and our own ex penses and are expressing what we saw as the truth about the country, and would be glad to tell a great deal more to anybody that will call on us at our homes in Salem. I am not sorry I invested in those new towns. If I can cash some property I own I would like to buy a good farm in the Klamath coun try." The undersigned have read over the above statement which was submitted to us after giving the in terview, and we take pleasure in subscribing the same for the bene fit of the public and our friends. HENRY BRCHN. R. H. WOLTER. Salem, Oregon, March 21, 1910. What to Expect, Get Ready In order that out of town purchasers may be ready to get in their orders at once, we will give you an idea of the offer we are going to make, but remember this offer will not be in effect till Tuesday, May 3rd. Three Lots for $175 FIRST—We will sell to the first hundred purchasers who apply at our office, 207-8 9 Rookery Building, or by mail, or to one of our salesmen, three lots, one lot in each of the three towns of Worden, Oregon, and Dorris and Mt. Hebron, California, for $200. And to the first hundred pur chasers we will allow a credit of $25, provided they send in the coupon which will be in Tuesday's advertisement. Thus the three lots, size 50x130 feet, will cost you but $175. $15 Down and $1 a Week Pays Balance With your application, either by mail or to our salesmen, you pay $15. Your coupon gives you $25 credit; that makes $40. Then you pay the balance at the rate of $1 A week, without taxes or interest. Now Then, Remember This We will allow this cred t of $25 to only the first hundred purchasers, and we do this only to learn how many people there are who read our advertisement who really will take quick advantage of the best offer c ver made or that ever will be made in real estate in this world. THE MOMENT THE PRESS IS ISSUED TUESDAY, CLIP OUT THE COUPON APPLICATION, FILL IN YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS, INCLOSE $ld CHECK, DRAFT OR MONEY ORDER. WE WILL SELECT YOU THREE LOTS, GUARANTEED TO BE RIGHT IN EVERY WAY, NO ROCKS, NO SWAMPS, NO TIMBE RTO CLEAR, GOOD SOIL READY FOR GARDEN. WE WILL SEND YOU ONE CONTRACT COVERING THE WHOLE TRANSACTION, AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO PAY THE BALANCE AT A DOLLAR A WEEK, MONTHLY IF YOU DESIRE. WHILE YOU ARE DOING THIS THESE TOWNS WILL BE GROWING FAST, AND BEFORE YOU HAVE THE LOTS PAID FOR THE THREE WILL BE WORTH $500 TO $1,000. BE READY TO ACT WEDNESDAY MORNING P. C. Lavey & Company 207-8-9 Rookery Bldg. WARNING! TO THE PUBLIC On Tuesday, May 3rd, This Paper Will Contain the Greatest and Most Liberal Real Estate Offer Ever Made in the World Read This Evidence Then Look at This Map See the Three Links of Fortune Worden, Oregon. Dorris and Mt. Hebron, Cal. WHOLESALE REAL ESTATE fAOI T Spokane, Wash.