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THE MEEKER HERALD.
VOL. XXXVI.—NO. 21. FIRST SUCCESSFUL OIL SHALE PLANT Kwlrni Capitalists ImlerUkr To Finance Refinery and Extensive Additions and Improvement" After a year of hard work in experi menting with Hm plant and process for extracting oil and by-products from oil shale, the liilmrs of the Continental Oil Shale Mining \ Keiining Co. have been crowded with success. * Tliis fact was clearly dcnionstraed when a party of delegates to the Inde pendent Oil Men's (onrcntlon, held last fall in Denver, visited the company's plant at Itio Illanco. Colo., and witness ed a trial run of (lie perfected plant. The entire party was well satisfied with the results obtained and two of its metnliers, who are stockholders in the Continental Company, have since written President Kruslniie expressing tlielr pleasure at what they saw and declaring that every statement made in the company's literature and letters was proven true. After this demonstration the plant was shut down for the winter and the entire force of workmen at once liegan doing the annual assessment work on the company's immense holdings of rich oil shale land. Tills work is near ly completed, thus assuring the valid ity of the company's title and the se curing of government patents for the lands In due course. Thoroughly satislled with the work of the plant. President Krushnic at once liegan arranging to flnun<*e the er ection of additions to the plant which will increase its capacity to five hun dred tons dally. lie has secured the active cooperation of eastern capital ists in tliis work and the lalmr of en largement will lie commenced as early as possible next spring and pushed to completion ns fast as nu» and money can do it. It should Ik* stated here that while the 'cbinpletcd* plant can he operated to full capacity every duy in the year, the work of erecting the necessary buildings and tanks and installation of machinery cannot lie done with econ omy during the severe winter weather which prevails in this high altitude. The plans of the company include in addition to enlargement of the plnut to a capacity of fiOO tons of shale daily, installation of tanks at the plant and at the nearest railroad station and the erection of a refinery on the railroad with a line of large trucks to convey the oil to the refinery until such time as a pi|N' line is luid from the plant to the refinery. As a matter of fact, the work of en largement will not lie delayed apprec iably by the weather. As soon ns the money Is ready, the full equipment for the enlargement on the plant will tic ordered and by the time it Is ready to ship the weather will have moderated so that movement from the railroad to the plant can liegln and there will not he a moment of unnecessary delay in starting the work of construction. While the company cun make no promises, it is hoped and expected to have the enlarged plant In full o|iera tlon early in 1021. If this is possible the company can then begin cnrlny dividends for its stockholders and lay ing aside a surplus for further enlar gement of this plant, ns its immense holdings of rich oil shale land will Justify the erection of a ten thousand ton plant. The officers of the company realize that the stockholders have been very patient, while the long struggle to per fect the plant has been in progress and feel like congratulating all share holders. as well as themselves over the bright prospects of the company. It lias lieeii like the work of pioneers in any new industry, hard, slow and ted ious—and they take this occasion to thank the great majority of the share holders for refraining from complaints or criticism of the work of the “men lichiml the gun." as they regard this as an evidence of confidence in the man agement which is valued highly. The officers of the Continental com pany feel that it is now incumlnmt on them to advise all holders of Its stock to keep their holdings intact, for sev eral good reasons. First, because the success of this plant means that they may expect good sized and steady dividends ns long ns they own the stock. MEEKER, COLO., SATURDAY. JANUARY 1, 1921. Happy New Year Has it ever occurred to anyone living in Meeker what the average tourist or prospective buyer thinks of the town and its citizens? Of course the opinions of these two classes of people differ. The tourist comes here purely for pleasure, and as long as he finds the type of pleasure he is looking for he goes away satisfied-making, perhaps, on his departure, a few complimentary comments on our beautiful valley, or upon the hospitality of the people. Any one who knows tourists well will tell you that most of them say the same thing about every place they visit. Meeker isn’t the only beautiful spot in America, and, although it has attractions that appeal particularly to some-others fail to appreciate them. Now the other class of people are not as profuse in their flattery. At least not after their visit is over. Their opinions represent what they really think of our locality. They come with an idea of investing their money or settling in the town or county. These are the people we should encourage and convince. Do you yourself wish to see Meeker grow? Is the town as it stands your conception of a finished product? If you belong to the fathers and mothers who are raising children to succeed in this world don’t you believe in giving them their start now? Meeker has every advantage any locality can offer and if you think it lacks something it is your place to strive to get it. Perhaps it might interest many of our citizens to know just what is the impression given to an outsider.^ A prospective investor comes to|Meeker and gives town and country a thorough inspection. Invar iably he finds much to marvel at. He sees stores, banks and other places of business which are far ahead of our population and seem out of place in a town without a railroad. He sees all this because he can’t avoid it—but, with few exceptions, he cannot find a booster in town. Everyone is centered in his or her own particular occupation, and, unless they themselves have something to sell— the P. B. goes away without anyone asking huA* to remain and consider locating. Last summer, representatives of a big eastern Investment company visited Meeker and Rio Blanco county, assuming the role of tourists. They were not tourists, and their big object was to invest money. Did they discover places to invest it? Yes—but they didn’t discover very many citizens who seemed interested enough to boost for their com munity. That was the impression they gained. A beautiful city, a beautiful and resourcefuf country—but a sleeping population. These are facts straight from the shoulder and if it hits home wc want it to. There are some people who want a bigger and greater Meeker and some who don’t. Are you aDO or'a pON’T. Let’s get together and all be boosters. Boosting put California on the map*and it caiTput Meeker there the same way. It’s up to you. Show the tourist a good time AND HANG ON TO the Investor. Second. Im*cause at the rate the choice oil shale lands are being se cured by the great oil companies, there will l*e little to lie had at any price a year from now and the holdings of this company will have at least doubled In value. Third. lieeanso no other oil company In this section has a plant on its prop erty which has proven a commercial success and the stock of the Conti nental. by reason of its great neconv pllshments. large land holdings and able management, should soon he read ily salable at not less than double its par value. Fourth, because the men who are liest posted on flic oil situation In the country and on the prospeets of the shale oil industry, are freely predicting that 1021 will see a wonderful lmom In shale lands and the shares of the well ninnaged shale companies. Many of them say it will lie the greatest indus trial boom tills country has ever ex perienced. The stock of the Continental has never been listed on any of the stock exchanges of the country, to be the plaything of speculators. Tt Is In the hands of the people scattered all over North America and there are some shareholders In foreign lands. Not five per cent of them have ever voiced a desire to sell and the ,est seem to have Invested with the purpose of hanging on until the last hope of profit was gone. The officials of the company are ARE YOU A8BOOSTER?; proud over having enjoyed the confi dence of these people and congratulate them on their foresight, now that sue ooss is assured and tin* company is likely to lie on a dividend paying basis within a few months. All of the money received for stock has lteeu devoted to legitimate expenses, the company never having maintained costly officers nor paid fancy salaries to Its officers, who now assure shareholders that prosper ity will not make them reckless, hut that they will look after the company's finances as carefully in future tis In the past. One measure of economy the com pany has decided upon is to discon tinue the issuance of special bullet ins to stockholders. It will carry an ad vertisement. In each Issue of the Oil Slink* Outlook, in which any news of interest to shareholders will he print ed. James Ix>tls of Youghal Discovers Caves Which Contain Relics of Early Age At Junction ofYampa Anil Green Rivers That Moffat county may he the means of throwing much light on the origin and habits of prehistoric races which inhabited the United States centuries ago Is tie tight probable by the discovery of .lames Loft is. Youghal ranchman. Mr. Loftis' discovery of cliff dwellings in the canon near You ghiil is tohl in the following article of the Denver Post : Two new finds of prehistoric ruins in Colorado, both substantiated, have keen reported to Prof. Jean A: .Teaneon, field man of the United States bureau of ethnology who Is now In Colorado on important work regarding the antl ipiities of tin* slate. .lames Lot is a ranchman, whose post office address Is Youghal. a small set tlement in the northwestern corner in Colorado, came to Denver Tuesday with a detailed description of a canon ••f cliIT dwellings Just west of the junc tion of the Yampa or Hear and Green rivers. These dwellings have just been discovered as a result of curiosity on the part of Lolls and two other home steaders who have taken up land in this wild part of the Western Slope. "I had been reading in the Denver Post of the finds made by Professor •Icaticon in the southwestern part of tin* state and this set me to thinking." ,suid Lot Is. , •• "Where the Yampa and the Green come together there is an inaccessible canon wall to the west. This side the wall is not so sloop. Trailing cattle last summer on fin* rear side of the river. I noticed near the top of the practically sheer wall apt ten rod to lie a long deep o|wning. resembling n groat pair of lips with Mat. stone-colored teeth. I asked some of the settlors In that country what it was hut no one knew. .. “After my work for the winter was done. I went up the Yampa and cross PRICE, TEN CENTS LOCAL INTEREST IN SHALE INDUSTRY I .Meeker and Rio Illanco County I’coplc Interested in live Development of Oil Shale Inthislrry The Herald has given over consider aide space In this issue to what we Im»- llvo to he the COMING INDUSTRY in Itio I tin iM*o County—OlL SHALL pro lmd ion. The county is fortunate in possessing a vast area of territory carrying a high grade of this mineral element. I’riic- Hcully all of the territory extending from the Grand river slop** on the smith to the south sideof While river on the north and the Mocker Itillo road on the east mid on the West into Utah. Is oil lH*aring territory. It is gratifying to know that a mini Iter of home people are taking tin ac tive part in opening up this great in dustry. of tin* vast bodies of oil shale in tills county, one of the finest is that owned by 11. .1. Hay. T. IJ. Scott, Ed .1. Wilson. Melvin Tolos. Verne Harris. K. A. Wilson and others. It is located in what may ho called the canon of lower Ph*eance Creek. Hen* is a moun tain of shale rising from the water icvcl and miii Is* essl’** worked. Another fine property Is located In Hay gulch and is of similar formation to that above described. It is also eas ily workable. The owners are Claude .1. Wilson. D. Kirk Shaw. Dr. Farthing. lk*rlH*rt Gordon. .1. W. Shepherd. K. A. Wilson. It. C. Graham and 11. A. Wlldhuck. Among itio P.laiico county people who have done ii lot of good work in drawing attention to our oil shale pos sibilities is M. D. Hopkins, former county surveyor. Mr. Hopkins located mill surveyed most of the lauds In tin* I'ii-eance region. IN Kirk -Mlutw. Uic pruMtit vanity surveyor, is another live wire in pro moting the oil shale industry. Like Mr. Hopkins, lie is thoroughly reliable. J. L. Taylor of Chicago, represents a hunch of Chicago monied men. who have valuable an extensive holdings of oil shale lands in the vicinity of Fonr tccnmilc Creek, hi the Itio lllnneo re gion. Methodist Church News Why not start the New Year right and go to church every Sunday in the in the year. Start next Sunday. New Year sermon at 11 o'clock. In the evening a sermon that will interest you on the “Tree of Knowledge mid of Good and Uvil". If God Is all power ful why does he not kill the devil said ii little hoy who was tempted. Can you answer that Come over to the Home like Church Sunday evening. St. James' Church Second Sunday after Christmas. Holy Communion L.'IO n.m. Church School fi-lo H.ni. Morning Service 11-00 n.m. Kvcning Service 7..*M) p. m. Rev. It. Alan Russell. Priest in Charge Father Stern held services at the Holy Family Church Christmas Day. A Dollar Hill will buy many useful items now days. Ik* is coming into Ills own and will give an exhibition of his strength at Hie Siiuins-Moiilton’ Store next week. Are We Well Off? Well. I should say we are! We have plenty of meat. Hour and potatoes, and cheap coal to keep us warm. That's more than lots of people hi the big cities have. And the outlook for the future is bright. ed a ford, gaining the other side. When I was over the place of hegining of the lips, after several attempts' I lowered myself by a sort of rope ladder I had made. It was too short to reach the ledge hut afforded from above a view of walls of houses, caved-ill roofs of what evidently was cedar covered with tiles of baked clay, or rooms.- lar» v pieces of pottery and Wicker baskets filled with whirl I f#>k‘ < 'to he* grain. Covered with dlVst and leaves were skeletons in'(wo of tin* rooms into tfllTcli I could look.