OCR Interpretation

Lincoln County times. (Jerome, Idaho) 1911-1919, July 20, 1911, Image 1

Image and text provided by Idaho State Historical Society

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn89055184/1911-07-20/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

W eekly
Newspaper Devoted to the
ntereeta of the Settlers of the North Side Tract.
No. 20.
Vol. I.
$2.00 Per Year
Condition* on the North Side Tract
Very Flattering at the Present Time.
l^arge Crop* of all Kinds Now an
Assured Fact, With Prices Above
The Average.
Southern Sunny Idaho bast Becoming
the Mecca of the Great Northwest
A Presentation of Farts, Tending to
Confirm the Satisfied Condition
Of the Settlers.
Pursuant toour request some lime
for expressions from actual set
tiers in the vicinity of Jerome, and
tin; North Side tract in general, re
lative to their opinion of conditions
they exist here at the present
time, we present below several let-1
that sjteak for themselve-'.
These letters have lieen prepared
with no other object in view than
to give a clear and concise state
ment of the work accomplished in
the past two years, and are the free
and voluntary expressions of the
writers, not one of whom we believe
l.as an acre of land to sell, and the
statements contained therein can Ire
verified by a personal visit to any
of their farms.
To fully appreciate the declara
tions contained in these statements,
must remember that two years
ago the past spring, this entire sec
tion was nothing more than a sage
brush desert,
It was then that
water was turned on the tract, and
the first development work liegun.
The Canal System was new and the
average settler was entirely ignorant
regards irrigation, and as a result
many disappointment« were in store
fur all.
The year 1910 showed a vast im
provement in the condition of things,
and with further knowledge in the
method of handling the w ater, much
advancement was made. During this
time, however, the Water company
were going ahead with
provements, and had under way the
construction of a large reservoir a
few miles from Jerome, with a suf
furnish water
their im
ficicnt capacity to
enough for the entire tract «luring
should by
the irrigating season,
chance any shortage occur by rea
son of low water in the Snake river,
from which our supply is obtain««!.
With this litige reservoir com
pleted, the spring of 1911 witnessed
general activity on the part of the
settlers, and a careful investigation
shows that an additional
acres of sage brush gave way to a crop
of some kind, us com pan« 1 with the
acreage in cultivation the year lie
fere. The practical results, as can
be witnessed on the traet today, are
ample evidence of the productive
ness of our soil, anti all are
to admit that this si«'tion has now
«me of the Inst systems of water
supplies that can lie found in
irrigate«! section, with no
chance of a shortage of water,
cept through some act of Divine
providence, over which no one
The periiniical «irought seasons
occurring in the rain licit countries,
1ms fully demonstrate«! that irriga
tion is Ute only sure method of suc
cessful funning, as there is no
thing as a failure of cro|>s, front this
souive, and the prolific yield of all
kinds of pro<lucts makes an
ment itéré an alswlutely safe one.
We doubt if there is a district in
tlie northwest, with «mal advunta
Ik' purchased
can he
i n vest
Res, where land can
at os reasonable a price as
found in this immediate vicinity.
However, this condition is not likely
to exist very long, as the price
land is steadily advancing, and
with the bountiful harvest this year
it will go upwards by jumps.
We want our friends to rend over
these letters and study the situation
carefully. We feel safe in saying
that any of the writers would be
/ • /
r y.
. H iWilk'*'-* ft,
r* |H
(From the Idaho Statesman, Boise, Sunday, July Ulh.)
only to glad to answer any inquiries ]
you might make, hut a personal
visit to the tract is much more con
vincing than the word of some one
else, and we all extend a most
hearty invitation to come and see
what we have to show you. You
can then see for yourselves the pos
sibilities awaiting the settler in
Sunny Southern Idaho.
Jerome and Wendell are the two
principal towns ou the North Side
Tract, and either is easily reached
over the Oregon Short Line by a
transfer at (i'siding, though it will
only be a matter of a few weeks
when through trains over this line
will bring passengers direct to these
towns, as the new line is practically
completed except the surfacing anti
lutllosting of the tracks.
Statement of Frank B. Beatty,
The Strawberry king.
Three Hivers, Mich.,
July 15, 1911.
My first visit to tile North Side Twin
Falls tract was four years ago.
time 1 made tbe statement that the soil
Silur then
At that
as very product!ve.
then 1
I have proved up on Itkt acres under the
Can y Act, which has all licen clean«! of
brush, plow««l and mostly leveled,
heing put into alfalfa.
and I
have this spring set 1210 yearling apple
tns-s which wereship|*«l from Missourri,
of al«>ul 1500 mill«, and
a distance
the road nearly one
which were on
month; every trx«- liv««l except one, and
they have made a
I also s»-t 25,000 strawberry plants which
• shipped from the R. M. Kellogg
remarkable growth.
Company, of Thn« 1 Rivers, Michigan, a
of »*») miles, and practically
>ry plant lived, and they have up to
dale made a growth which is far ahead
of ex|n«'tati«*ns.
1 have lie 1 )) over the trai't a nntnlter
of time« and inspt«-l<«i crops "f different
kinds, and the wonderful growth every
that the state
thing Ikks made* proven
•nt 1 made when 1 first inspected the
The soil grains are
land was correct,
fine, they lay closely together, which
makes it possible to maintain a dust
mulch with very little cultivation. The
soil is warm and moist which keeps
bacteria life active; this in return makes
plant life active.
From the exiK'rience 1 have in work
ing the North Side soil, 1 feel jnslilie.1 in
the easiest noil to handle
saying that
work««! in. and it is
of any 1 have ever
remarkable the way it will hold mois
that the North Siile
of the great slrawlierry dis
1 also believe that it
which w ill be
1 am confident
w ill 1 m- on«>
triets of America,
will Ik' an apple district
come famous the world over.
With the abundant water supply at
•ommand, 1 see no reason why the
lK««mie a
our «
North Siile should not soon
garden sjiot.
Frank B. Beatty,
One of the First on the Tract.
Jerome, Ida., July 10, 1»H
L. T. Alexander.
Kditor Lincoln Oocntv Time«.
In response to your request
pressions from farmers
Bide Tract, regarding conditions existing
time, would stato
for ex
the North
here at the present
that I am probably one of the first farm
ers on the tract, coming here April, 1908,
before any work whatever hail been
done on the water system, and have wit
nessed tlie development work since it«
and have pioneered in the Dakotas and
other new countries, and knew well
what it meant to start in again in a new
country, hut the results as witnessed at
the present time I am convinced could
1 came here from .Seattle,
not be accomplished in any rain country.
Arriving here 1 commenced at once
the improving of my lund and, at the
present time, have something over 55
acres under cultivation, which is all 1
have susceptible of irrigation, the re
main'1er of my holdings being high land.
Have at the present time 15 acres of al
falfa, which was put in two years ago,
a portion of which yielded me this year
from the first cutting, by actual weight
tons and loo
and measurements, three
In addition to this. I
pounds i>er acre.
have 15 acres of grain and expect to
thresh 100 bushels |>er acre from some ol
the '«its.
Have in addition tl acres of
potato«« and a varied assortment of gar- j
den products, all of which are doing
nicely. Do not know as I could advise
any iqieeial rule to follow in the raising
of products, hut it is my intention t<>
st'K'k my farm as fast as possible, fully
believing it the Is«! method to follow .
Have no land to sell or trade, lieing
fully salisliisl with eonditions as they
exist ben; at tbe pn-sent time.
Very truly yours,
Frank A. Oakes.
What Can Be Done With Potatoes,
Jerome, Idaho, June 28, 1911.
To Whom It May Concern:
I arrived in Idaho in the spring of
19t<9, from Morrison, 111., and local««!
on a farm two and one-half miles north
of Jerome,
That was the first time that
irrigate«! country, and
I ever saw an
after clearing a part of my lain! that
year, the next spring (1910) 1 planl««l
12 acres to orchard and plant««! potatoes
between the tits' rows, making about Iff
of potatoes, and that fall and win
1 sold $754.98 of potatoes, besides
This was in
,t. res
what two families used,
new ground, and nothing what one
would get after the ground had l««'n in
alfalfa for a year or two; besides getting
the potato crop my apple tret's made a
good growth. This year (1911) 1 have
45 urn's in orchard ami potatoes between
the rows, and the trees and potatoes arc
doing fine.
1 think tliis is going to make one of
the greatest »««intries in the union.
Respectfully yours,
G. B. Hawukckkr,
Jerome, Idaho.
An Illinois Farmer's Hxperiencc.
Jerome, Ida., June 8, 1911.
To Whom It Mav Coscekn:
Perhaps you would likt' to know som«'
thing of my coming out west.
In June. 1907, 1 left Illinois, having
heard of the Twin Falls South Side tract.
1 tame directly to Idaho to investigate.
a ranch
After a short time I invest««! in
234 miles south of Twin Falls,
the upward move, and, like
offered my price I
was on
After a visit to
many others,
sold In the fall of 190».
the east, we again turned our faces
would likt*
westward, but thinking we
the coast climate, went on farther west.
After spending about three months in
Washington, Oregon and the Hollister
\b unlimi
ted /
-s r
! I

Or -iS
, <. y
L /*••
' . U

% V, f I
mwÆ"' u t ^
t r
X '
project in California, nothing seemed to
bxik so good us Idaho. .My friend, j
Ralph C.J. Wallace, kept me posted I
about the North Side, and in August,
1910, 1 came to Jerome and bought a
ranch 234 miles northwest of Jerome, all
in sage brush, with a 12x14 shack on it.
This land was purchased from Al. Bus
sell of Wellington, Kansas, at a bonus ol
$5ff.UU per acre. It has been ten months
sim-e 1 bought and now have it all
cleared, a five room house and barn
built, 20 acre* of alfalfa most ready for
the first cutting, 5 acre» of potatoes and
33a acres of orchard. 1 find the North
(side all dial if was represented to me.
Respectfully yours,
.1. K. Wracjo.
A Great Hog Country.
Coim'Dai.k. Idaho, July 1, 1911.
L. T. Alexander,
Dear Sir:
Puhlislu-r Lincoln Co. Timks.
As per your request. asking me for a
briet statement ol what 1 thought of the
North Side tract, or Southern Idaho, as
tt stock country, I will state that I am
very favorably impressed with southern
Idaho as a hog producing country,
Isirn in Illinois, livtsl there until 21
years old. (Farmed a part of the time.)
Also liv«sl 17 years in go«>d old Iowa on
a farm. (The leading state for hogs. )
After coming to Idaho 1 «Krided hogs
would do well here. 1 at once sent to
Iowa f«>r two pure hml sows, and 1 will
state that the result was far beyond my
expectations. My success at the fairs
and the way the bogs thrived in this
country interested a number of my neigh
bors and as a result last winter we had a
full car of pure bred sows shipped from
Iowa. The majority of the parties re
ceiving these sows have report««! extra
go«xl success. 1 will stale that there
wen- several who bought sows that really
did not know how even to call a hog w hen
they wanted to fet«l them, whether to
call them by Belle, Mary or Jane, or
just to grant. One must learn the wants
of animals to make a success. You must
go to school before leaching college.
1 find alfalfa and clover is the greatest
bog pasture, and that southern Idaho
«•an produce it in great abundance,
arc able, with our irrigating system, to
keep nice, green, fresh pasture through
the whole season, from March until the
freeze in December. This is a great ad
middle staff's where
vantage over our
they depenil on the rainfall. In the hot
pastures are ilried up, while
with us, w e can have the finest of pas
tures the s«'a»on through,
that the liest part of this state for hog
raising is the fa«*t that we haven't the oom
to continuously fet«l them, which I find
is not the projH'r f«««l for growing hogs.
Growing hogs shouhl have some grain
along witli their pasture, in fact the
baby fat shouhl never he lost where hogs
are rais««l for marki't.
will do well on alfalfa or clover alone,
The hog that
I w ill state
Aged bred sows
when not raising a litter,
can bt; prmlu«t«l to weigh «50 to 27«)
pounds at 7 to 8 months of agi> is the
nue that makes the f«««ler money ami
green ) we are,
with our pastures (ever
with a little grain, able to produce such
hogs. I find all the large type hr»««Is do
well here. The Chester Whites. Poland
Du roe Jerseys and Berkshires.
Choose the lm««l you like liest ami slay
Uko. H. Lawshk,
with them.
Breeder of Chester White Hogs.
Thinks Alfalfa the Best Crop.
Jerome, Ida., July 8, lull.
Lincui.n Cocxty Times.
Gentlemen: In replying to your re
quest for a general expression of views
regarding the North Side Tract, will
slate that 1 came to Jerome in the spring
of 1909, after spending several years in
the state of Washington. 1 settled on a
40-acre tract about » miles east of town,
and cleared and broke 10 acres the first
season which was sown to White Russian
oats, mixing alfalfa with 12 acres of it.
lane in the lall 1 stacked the oats, w hich
L am convinced would have yielded up
wards of 05 bushels per acre. Sold one
half of this crop to sheep men, which
brought me $175.00. In the spring of
1910 I cleared and broke the remainder
of the land, added 4 acres more of alfal-1
fa—making Iti acres in all—from which
I sold 75 tons of hay at 88.00 per ton.
Think probably that for the present, al
falfa is the most profitable crop to raise.
Have found by experience that garden
products yield profusely. Am entirely
satisfied with my experience here, and
fully believe that with pro,ter attention
to the working of the soil, the results to
I I. • it . » .w. ^ 11^1
be obtained here eannot i*» excel leu any
where. Truly yours,
F \ M iT'lell'Uid
F.xpects to be Independent.
Jerome, Idaho, July 1, 1911.
To Whom It Mav Concern:
I eanie to the North Siile tract in
March, 1909, and settl««i on a pi«««; of
land live mil««« north of Jerome.
I had
never seen any irrigation. It ffxik all
my cash to build a small house and sta
ble, and to purchase hors*>s. f«««l and
machinery, so it was tmeessary for me to
ilo outside work, such as clearing ami
plowing, in order to pay expenses. My
farming at home has been done rath«»r
hurriedly on that account. 1 have my
land all «'leareil ami a thrifty young or
chard of 29 acres, also plenty of alfalfa.
I think the growing of alfalfa and clover
s*««i will pay In-tter than anything else
until the orchards come into l«>aring.
There is money in potatoes with a certain
yieUl id from 8000 lt>s. on new land up
to f«>ur times that much per acre on al
falfa or clover sod. There w ill tie money
in hogs with a
dairy products are always high.
«•an have a green pasture eight months
in the year. When alfalfa makes three
cuttings per year, aggivgating some six
good market in reach at
Keeping cows will pay big,as
tons to the acre, raising hay isn't such a
had proposition, either. Clover will do
even IxMter. I have seen it three feet
tall here. Irrigation seems hard for a
beginner, but it is simply a matter of
getting the land in shape. < >ne must
fill up the holes and level off the humps.
Starting a new alfalfa fiel«! is a iiartieular
job, and «'are must !«• taken to prepare
the land to k««>p it from cutting and
washing. After the first irrigation it is
«•asy sailing. The water works while you
sleep. Alfalfa or clover sown in May
will yield a ton to the acre the same sea
Yon can start it at any time up to
September 1st, and lie sure of hay the
1 have eared for 40 acres of
next year.
land this year liy planting orchard, p<>
latiK>s and alfalfa, and yet done lots of
outside work for my neighbors. 1 have
a neighbor who, single handed, has
start««! 50 acres of alfalfa, besides doing
It U mighty sang
lots of outside work.
factory, alter reading of the drouth in
other sections, to Ire able to turn on the
water when 1 wish. Land, though rea
sonable now on account of the newness
of the project, wifi advance rapidly. 1
expect my forty to make me independent,
and any one who gets it away trom me
will have to pay well for it. The way
stuff grows here is wonderful, young ap
ple trees especially gets a hump on them
selves. This is a good country, with a
good climate and a splendid class of citi
zens, and it is sure to fultil the most ex
travagant predictions for the purchaser
Yours Very Truly,
P. ti. Fairman.
P, O. Jerome, Idaho.
One of the Best in the West
To Whom It May Concern.
1, B. B. -McCament, came from Guud
in tbe 8 R rhl « 191 °;. T1 * r, '
wa * tw * lve ««• °[ alfalf , a ° t n ^
when I moved on it, and that year I
l >m the balanre 1,1 cro *'- and 8010 ha >'
otl the* 12 acres in amount of $032.0U f
t '
j be «di» enough to feed my stock. I also
sold enough wheat, oats and other pn>
1 duce during the year to give me an in
come close on to $1000. I done all tire
work myself. 1 now have 9 acres in
orchard which is doing fine. 1 had
alajar, Mexico, in the year of 1909 and ✓
located on a forty acre farm south of
never done any irrigating before coming
to this country. Tlfis year, 1911, 1 ex
pect to do far belter than I did last year,
as everything is doing nicely. This
country is adapted for all kinds of grain
and grass, and there are thousands of
acres being planted to fruit and the way
the fruit men are buying this land and
putting it into apple trees is an indica
tion that wo will have one of the best
fruit sections in the west.
Yours Very Truly,
B. B. McCament,
Jerome, Idaho.
A Conservative Business Mans Views,
My land is not for sale.
1*. S.
My attitude on the question of stating
things as they hu/e been in the Wendell
District has been more or less s«'verely
criticized. Quite frequently 1 have lieen
remind««] that boosting would do ns
more good than to give too nuu'h publicity
to facts relating to coinlitions os they
really exist. This never appealed very
st'riously to me. We were up against
hard k nocks t'ai'h day in our «'fforts to
get start««l,(a ««mdition not at all unus
ual in a new country ) ami to me a boost
er under such circumstances was but an
other name for a l»ore. I am of the
opinion still that the truth, however dis
agrvahle it may l«> al times, can work no
permaiu'iit harm toanyb««lyoranything.
We will s««' (his statement verified fully
wlien we g«>l an opportunity to slum
those |>t«iple who visit us the splendid
possibilities in this newly developed
country along the Snake river valley,
with its itlt'al climate, purest of drinking
water, and a soil productivity amaxh.g
to those thoroughly acquaintt«!
with such matters in older irrigated di.
triefRelsewhere. This year weare mighty
proud of our iword, and we propo «•
k««>piiig mighty busy improving it.
Wm. A. Boland.
Wendell, l«la., July, 14th, 1911.
(Continued on page 5. )

xml | txt