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COOD MEETING lSjiELDHEP/ I The North Dakota Flood (j ^rol Association just sompleted a tv ^"ays session at Vallt-v City Frif' and Saturday. The Aneeting w( alled by ^s President vO. E. B) mg of Hai vey and State Drainage Engi ^rbert A. Ha-d who is secretary ofpfch organizationThe latter issued aboutx'O per nai invitations to bus- was present in spite of the influenza. Some of the leaders of the movement telephoned and wrqte the secretary re gretting that sickness alone was keeping them from attendance. A good snappy program had been laid out and it was carried out with dispatch and enthusiasm. It consisted of several short addresses and execu tiye sessions that accomplished what the meeting had been planned fpr. The temporary organization effected in Fargo in October was converted into a permanent one, and in addition to above officers, J. B. Eaton, Fargo, was elected first vice president, Mayor Moe second vice president, and F. R. Strong, Milnor, treasurer. County chairmen were chosen for each of the 16 counties draining into the Red river and its tributaries. The object of the association was pointedly stated by the executive com mittee as being that "of promoting the work of drainage and flood control in the valley of the Red River and of its tributaries." As outlined by the sev eral speakers this is to be accomp ished largely through the construction of reservoirs in the valley of the Shey enne, Wild Rice, and Pembina rivers in North Dakota, and at the outlet of the Minnesota lakes. Some work must also be done to improve the chan nels of the Red and its tributaries by way of cut-off and dredging. The little crooked channels of the Red and its' branches down in the val ley are usually able to carry off what water falls in the .flat valley. But disastrous floods have been caused, as in 1915 to 1917 when the average an nual loss exceeded 15 million dollars, by the "second flood" caused by the water from melting snow and spring rains up in the higher counties along the Sheyenne and other rivers. Some years of greatest flood the Sheyenne contributes nearly half of the water passing Grand Forks. Other years the Lake Traverse, S. D., basin gath ers the waters to cause the havoc, as in 1916. Still other years the Minne sota lakes country send the devastat ing floods. Usually all tributaries add to the d&ma'ge, and the federal and state en gineers all agree that controling dams and reservoirs will be the solution of the trouble-r: ^^^!!1 illy all these im- Xounding ilams will be built up in the ligher counties. State Engineer Hard, who has made the preliminary survey told the location and advantages of the different reservoir sites, along the Sheyenne, Wild Rice, and on some of the Minnesota lakes which he has been called as consulting engineer to ex amine. Since the work was primarily start ed to relieve the flat Red valley coun ties of floods causing millions of dam age, the question maturally arises to people in the higher. counties as to what benefits they could hope to de rive. This was clearly explained by President Blanding, Engineer Hard P. F. Trowbridge of the agricultural experiment station and Mr. P. E. Simons who is the .engineer in charge of the work now being done by the U. S. department of agriculture in the Red valley. This work was secured from Hon. Carl Vrooman, assistant secretary of agriculture at the solici tation of Engineer Hard and a fund was raised by him in many of the val ley counties payable to the govern ment to secure the large work of pre liminary engineering. Three federal engineers are at work with office in Moorhead. As to advantages, while it was frankly stated that while the primary purpose was to relieve the lower coun ties, many great benefits will readily accrue to the counties in which the dams are to be' built. While some land will be damaged and need to be condemned, the amount is small. On the other hand it takes no great imag ination to see the numerous benefits to be got by the people along, say the Sheyenne, is semi-permanent lakes or reservoirs are built by the state or government. These will be stocked with fish. Lac qui Parle lake in Min nesota yielded $30,000 worth of rough fish alone last year. The small lakes about Ortonville did as well. Harvey and other towns require additional municipal water supply. A control reservoir built there would solve the water question for all t'nje. Ice could be cut in winter, yielding large rev enue, and each reservoir would become a beautiful -Jake resort. The state's engineer pointed out the fact that six or eight small dam sites exist below Valley City where dams but 15 to 20 feet in height can be built by private individuals'for gener ating each a few hundred horse power. Practical example of this exists in the Bemmels Milling Co. dam at Lisbon where practical millers use no power but that of water for about five months in the year. The rest of the time auxiliary engines generate steam power. The 200 horse power from water are clean velvet. These dams are TOO smajl to count in flood con trol and much larger ones must be built to get capacity. Good sites are thought to. exist near Baumez bridge north of Valley City, and at several points in Nelson,- Eddy and Wells counties. The war department called a meet ing in St. Paul Nov. 15, at which were invited the governors and drainage en gineers of the three states in the val ley also the officers of the North Da kota association were present. Major Freeman, the war department district eqeinee ruled that if tne three states will prepare plans for the different projects in the respective states .and -V X.v •ajtaViinm A 4"*ve them check •/ainage engineers, ^jly $25,000 appropri ior the benefit of the ness me^ .u farmers and a good rep resentation from all over the valley marckVjudge~A."Wartner, of Harvey The main busine City meeting was ^accomplished by planning bills to be Introduced at Bis marck to meet not lnly the war de partment terms but \ilso oappropri matter favorable considerau^a at Bis was made chairman of the legislative committee which consists of Wm. Lemke, Fargo, Hon. C. G. Meed, Lis bon, J. B. Eaton and A. Y. Moore of Fargo, Senators Walter Welford, Neche, Jas. Wenstrom, Dover and A. G. Storstad, Horace, and Nelson Kun kle, Fessenden. WALTER GRANKIS WRITES LETTER Co. C, 12th Infantry, Army Supply Base, Norfolk, Virginia, Dec. 22, 1918. Times-Record, Va'iley City, N. D. Dear Editor: This is the first time I take the liberty to write to you, and I am sure that before I am done you are glad that such is the case. I am one of the boys that left Valley City in September. I went to Camp Lewis, from there to Camp Fremont, from there to camp Mills and now I am at Norfolk. I believe I am the only one from North Dakota in the whole regi ment. While at Camp Lewis I had a chance for a commission in the artil lery but thinking that I would not get across in time, I turned it down. So now I am in this regiment. It is made up of regulars. It was organized in 1879 and has an enviable record for fighting during all the wars of this country. It would undoubtedly have made a new name for itself in the gr.eat war had not the kaiser quit the ring. It seems as if the central pow ers were watching the progress of the 12tli. When we left Camp Fremont, Turkey gave in. When we were at Kansas City, Austria quit and when we were aboard the transport ready to leave, Germany begged for peace. So here we are and all anxious to get back, to God's country again. As for this place—well, we will say nothing about it. I am enclosing a folder which deals with the proposition of paying the soldiers a year's pay (army pay) after being discharged from the service. Sii*, I do^not know your pQSLtioq. in regard to this but I' venture to say, that if you could see conditions as they really are, you would be glad to use your influence in favor of it. At' this and other camps the civil ians are paid up to §10 a day for work in the cantonments. There are negroes here getting from $8 to $10 a day for performing the easiest and simplest wcA-k imaginable. There are also sev eral so-called "disinterested citizens" making enormous wages by letting their horses and mules out to the gov ernment. On the other hand, here we are, get ting $30 a month, all working hard and losing our accustomed income. We have also lost our more or less remun erative pisitions at home. We are not complaining2 but it seems that if Uncle Sam is handing the change around, we are as much entitled to it as some of the others. The civilian population in the east inaugurated this movement and we were asked to write home about it. Of course we are glad to do this. We wish it would pass. It is up to the people at. home-to see that the men who were ready to give all, are not passed by. You must pardon this long commun ication but I am sure that you will do all you can to see that the men get their due. Hoping to hear that you have taken a favorable view of, this movement I am it/ w. le states then ap congress cf the Valley ate funds for dam ctfnstr A campaign of ed, and all citWiinrtj fine big work are5"w"! officers of tlie_ af Drainage Engine for information, ai^ Vi legislators of their district start in the lit the State Fargo, -on the ive the Very respectfully yours, WALTER GRANNIS. HAPPILY WEDDED OIRtSTMAS DAY Another Valley City couple chose Christmas day as the best day on which to get married, and at 6 o'clock last evening Rev. F. A. Mundt, pastor of the German M. E. church of this city united in marriage Mr. Louis H. Somdahl and Miss Elizabeth Esther Schroeder, of this city, the ceremony being performed in the presence of only near relatives and friends. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mar tin Somdahl of this city and is at pres ent employed at the O. Simensen store here. He is a very fme young man. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Schroeder, of 224 Eighth avenue south, and is a young lady of many good qualities. Mr. and Mrs. Somdahl left last night on No. 8 for the Twin Cities for a wedding trip. The Times-Record joins with their friends in extending congratulations. NOTICE OF ANNUAL STOCK- HOLDERS MEETING $£ You are hereby notified that the an nual meeting of the Middlewest Trust Company of Valley City, North Dako fcaj will be held at the offices of the Company in Valley City, IjTorth Dako ta at 2 p.m. on Tuesday the 7th day January, 1919, for t» purpose of ting directors and the transaction such other business as may prop ly come before the meeting. $s&t ... to MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE Rose Lawry, of near Rogers, 38, stout built, brown hair, wore black plush coat, round black hat, dark blvle dress, had small black handbag, has disappeared mysteriously and no trace of her has been found. She was last seen on December 26, when she was in Valley City with her sister, Mrs. Mat5 Stenson. Both women had been in the city doing some shopping and they were both supposed to take No. 7 on the N. P. Dec. 26 for their home at Rogers. Mrs. Stenson boarded the train and expected her sister to show up any minute, but the train came in and Rose Lawry did not show up arid up to the hour of going to press she had not been found. Her disappear ance is shrouded in mystery and the police and family have been putting forth all efforts to locate her but have failed so far. It may be that she was taken sick or had some mental trouble and wandered away—nobody knows, but the relatives and friends are an xiously waiting word of her. Chief Swanson says that his department is doing all that can be done to locate the missing lady and we hope she will turn up all right in the very near fu ture. 5= S3 MOVEMENT CREATES MUCH ENTHUSIASM That the membership and the offi cials of the Epworth M. E. church are plan that promises so much in its pos sibilities. Other plans were made to apply the principles of the movement in a local way. Every member should acquaint himself with the local, state, and na tional, yes, international outlook in this great opportunity to render val uable service. The conference was one of the best held in a long time. Pro vision was made for a department of publicity, a new idea so far as the lo cal church is concerned. Improvement in the influenza situation will allow all activities ta be resumed in the near future. On the 7th of January "Hearts of the World" is to be shown a Grand theater in this city. Mr. Rob inson is getting some wonderful films for his patrons and is giving the movie patrons good service. The picture shown last Friday and Saturday "Am bassador .Gerard's Four Years in Ger many," is without doubt one of the finest and most interesting films ever shown in this city, for the reason that it deals authentically with all the events leading up to the U. S. going to war with Germany. It was a thrilling and gripping story and those who saw it came away knowing more about, war conditions than they knew before. This was a great film. This one coming on January 7th is equally good. The editor and many other Val-, ley City people have Seen this else where. It will* be well worth seeing. It is of course a film built from the war and carries through a vein of ro mance and love, together with th« stern and soul rending cruelties of the war as practiced by the German high military command. These are. the kind of pictures that are well worth while. %iw v?:f%r! Tfil VALLEY CITY NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1919. INVESTMENT SERVICE In no way can a Sank be of greater or more genuine service to it's customers than in giving advice and counsel regarding their investments. Many people find it more dif ficult to invest mohey safely than to make it. Customers of this Bank are cordially in vited to consult us freely on matters con nected with investment. If we don't know, we have the means of finding out from competent and reliable sources. The time to seek information on such masters is before making the investment— not afterward. BANK OF 1 OLD SOUHER ANSWERSCALL The funeral of the late Joseph Gal lipo was held on Monday of this week. The deceased came to Barnes county in 1879 and was one of the earliest set tlers of this county, living here contin uous since he first moved here. He was a man much respected by his friends and neighbors. Joseph Galli po was born in St. Mary's, Canada, July 24, 1842. He came to the United States when a boy and lived with his parents at Rutland, Vermont. When the civil war broke out he enlisted and served from 1861 to 1865, then he moved to Iowa and lived there eight years during which time he was en gaged in farming. He then moved to Michigan and resided there eight years moving then to North Dakota. His wife preceded him to her eternal home ten years ago, and he passed away December 20, 1918. He leaves a family of seven boys and three girls to mourn his loss. Born—December 27, 1918, to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin White, at Brooklyn, N. Y., a 7% pound baby girl. She has already been named Elizabeth Long streth. Here's offering our congratu lations. WI rapidly awakening to the spirit of the should be interested in the flood con great centenary movement to raise $80'000,000 or more in the next five years as a part of a great reconstruc tion plan is evident from the interest shown in the first quarterly conference held at the church Thursday night. Rev. James Anderson, district super intendent of the Fargo District, pre-, sided and gave a powerful exposition of the needs of the hour. He gave facts and figures gathered from his observations during the past summer in the company of 40 or 50 other men who traveled extensively through the great industrial centers and districts of the eastern states. There are vast sections of humanity, foreign, colored, and native, who need the help and in spiration which the centenary move ment in all its phases will extend to them. The official board unanimously agreed that this church will cheerfully and gladly respond to every call and will do its part in this vast reconstruc- Lake Traverse and the Wild Rice so tion venture. It is an honor and a that the adding of the waters of the rare privilege to have a part in a Sheyenne constitutes the peak of the Uf crrrIS INTERESTED IN FLOOD CONTROL Some citizens of Valley City may raise the question as to why they trol project for the Red river valley Every citizen of the city and commun ity is loyal to the state and any pro ject that is of material benefit to any portion of the state concerns the peo ple of Valley City several million acres of land in the Red River Valley are so flooded every spring as to greatly reduce the crop yield. In a single sea spn of high water the crop loss is greater than the total estimated cost to the people of North Dakota for the completion of the project. The Sheyenne river throughout its length of more than 250 miles drains an enormous area. It is normally a quiet sluggish rivulet, but in a wet spring, the volume of water carried by this stream constitutes fully one-half the capacity of the Red river at Grand Forks. At such times the Red is al ready overtaxed by the volume of water poured in from the Ottertail, flood and is therefore the culminating cause of the flood disaster. Now by a series of dams, located by competent engineers, creating impounding reser voirs, the flood waters of the Sheyenne can be held back to be released when the carrying capacity of the channel will not be overtaxed. The primary purpose of these reservoirs must be recognized as being to hold back the flood water and therefore these resei* voirs must be approximately empty as the time for the spring flood ap-' proaches. Incidentally these reservoirs furnish a supply of water for power purposes that can be depended upon for more than half of the year. We should not t]1G I ignore the added value of these bodies oi water as places of resort and re creation and for community ice and water supply. Proper stocking with fish has been shown to return a net income of more than $10 per acre for the entire impounded area. Incidentally the value of impound ing the flood waters to the agriculture of the state will be of value beyond estimate. When the flood water rush es off in the spring it is lost to the state and becomes an added menace to our Canadian friends. Hold it in the state and a very large per cent of itvevaporates during the growing sea son. This increases the humidity of the air with an increasing prospect of a return of the water as a refreshing shower. These improvements cost money, and you ask who pays the bill. The people of course. The whole state should gladly bear the cost of prelim inary work to the extent that the en tire state is benefitted. The main cost must be assessed upon those lands and communities directly reaping the ben efit. A flood control and drainage commission should keep all water pow er rights for the benefit of the entire ft 4 v^- community and not for the individual. It should control all commercial fish ing privileges. Sbme property will be damaged by the construction of the reservoirs and the owners, of such property must be compensated by those who are bene fitted. In order to secure government aid in this flood control project it is im perative^ that the entire drainage area be considered by the engineers as a single unit. This will necessitate that commissions in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota be created with power to operate as a unit in control of the entire drainage basin. The cost will not fall heavily on any single community and will commensurate with its benefits. DR. P. F. TROWBRIDGE, Director North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. CLARK-RATHJE minister, they- were immediately fol lowed by Miss Esther Schroeder, bridesmaid, who preceded the bride, accompanied Jy her father, slowly marching down the church aisle while Mr. Robinson played the wedding march. The wedding party then took their places in front of the officiating clergyman, and in a few minutes after formal reception to receive the con gratulations of those present and the bridal party repaired to the home of the bride where a very fine wedding dinner was enjoyed by the relatives and friends of the newly wedded cou ple. Miss Clara St_enshoel and Mrs. Lee Ferguson officiated as ushers at the church. Mr. and Mrs. Rathje left on No. 8 for Minneapolis and other points for a wedding trip and will re turn to Valley City to live the balance of the winter. The bride is well known to all our readers, being the daughter of Mi wand from one of the best families in this neighborhood, his home being near. Tower City, and while we do not per sonally know him, we are told that he is a mighty fine young man. The Times-Record joins with the many friends of both the bride and groom in wishing them a long, happy and prosperous life. SALVATION ARMY DISTRIBUTES CHEER 4 A very impressive wedding was sol emnized in the Congregational church Christmas day at 4 o'clock when Rev. J. F. L. Bohnhoff, pastor of the Ger man Lutheran church of this city, united in marriage Mr. Robert John Rathje to Miss Marguerite Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Clark, of this city. The ceremony was per formed in the presents of the relatives of the contract ing couple and many of their friends from the city and country. The ring ceremony was used. Prior to the wed ding Mrs. Knute Froysaa very nicely sang a solo "O Promise Me," with C. A. Robinson at the pipe organ. Then the officiating minister took his station in front of the pulpit and was immedi-1 ately followed by the groom, attended jPlore ,t ,e rfS by his best man Mr. G. D. Wagar who feeJ^enjlaced thejiand^of our took their stations on the right of the wprp ni,n a most impressive ceremony were pro nounced man and wife. The newly a married couple then held a sort of in- needs Mrs. I). W. Clark and we believe will make her husband a Spleri- *~diti'6ua &a surpris did helpmeet for the fine young man ingly low amount was collected to who has associated himself with her ward the adoption of French war or for a life's partner. Mr. Rathje comes phans, for Valley City, the total col lection for that evening amounting to only $26.93. For the benefit of those who could not give their dimes to fur ther this splendid work, however, There was a glad time at the Salva- of donating their money. tion Army barracks in this city last When the fund amounts to $36.50, night. The occasion was a Christmas renough to clothe and keep one child, tree and distribution of gifts to the his or her name and address will be children. Ensign and Mrs. O. Sand- immediately published. Local donors gren, of Jamestown and Rev. and Mrs. can then immediately* correspond. L. Sandgren, of Jamestown, came down to assist in the good cheer do-1 NOTICE ings. There was a nice program ren- Notice is hereby given that the reg dered and a fine Christmas tree \yhich ular annual meeting of the stockhold was the joy of the children. Gifts ers of the Right Price Mercantile Co., were distributed to the little folks and of Valley City, N. D., will be held in they were -given candy, nuts, etc. The the office of the Right Price Mercan Salvation Army "also distributed 11 tile Co. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1919, at baskets of eatables to poor families 10 o'clock a. m., for the purpose of so that in these homes they ha4 a electing directors for the ensuing good time for once. The Salvation year and for the transaction of such Army is doing some great work and other business as may properly come their deeds of kindness are scattered before said meeting. all over the world. 26-3tw JNO. J. BECK, Sec. We have moved into our new Banking Home on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. We shall be pleased to greet our friends and extend to them all the courtesies it possible to do consistent ith conservative banking. MIDDLEWEST TRUST €0. ESTABLISHED 1«7*. BOOKS NEEDED FOR MEN IN HOSPITALS Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Con gress, who is general director of the library war service of the American Library Association, thus directs at tention to an opportunity for service that is open to everyone. For the books that are needed for our men in hospitals and those in camps awaiting demobilisation are the books that are on the book shelves of almost every American home. "What these men need in reading matter is good current fiction," said Dr. Putnam. "The American Library Association has supplied and is sup olying technical and educational books by thousands to meet the insist end demands of our men in uniform for that class of reading matter. These books have to be bought, and almost all of the funds available for the as sociation's library war service are re quired for this purpose and for the maintenance of the service. "For fiction and general literature we have to depend largely on gifts from the public. Since last spring soldiers and sailors. Books wear out, an dthese books have been widely scat tered among the camps on this side and overseas, so now we have no re serve supply of good fiction to draw on for the pressing need of the mo ment, which is in the hospitals and the demobilization camps. "Every good recent book that can be snared from anyone's personal book shelf will find its way quickly into the Thp ripwlv I hands of some soldier rsailor who 1 needs mental relaxation and recreation if it is taken or sent at once to the nearest public library. Every public library in the United States is a re ceiving station for Library War Serv ice and books received are forwarded as speedily as possible to the hospitals and demobilization camps." mental relaxation and recreat on FRENCH WAR ORPHAN FUND On account of severe weather con- Manager Robinson of the Grand The ater, has consented ^o having two small girls, representing war orphans in the lobby of his theater, for after noon and evening performance on New Years. The "orphans" will have their nite boxes in hand, and patrons cannot miss this chance to help. Plans are being made to place collection boxes, the various business establishments, that interested parties, as well as transients, will have the opportunity «. '""J"' "There are tens of thousands of wounded men in our army hospitals and every returning transport and hospital ship brings more thousands. Many of these men will be in hospitals for months, some of them for a year or more, before they are sufficiently recovered to be discharged from the army. "These men need books. They need books more than they need almost anything else except surgical care and nursing." •aS-'