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Rocky Ford Enterprise.
TWENTIETH YEAR. THE BEET GROWERS Meet in Annual Confab and Talk Over the Troubles of Beet Growing. It was 2 o’clock, instead of i o’clock, when the Beet _ Growers meeting got down to business on Saturday. President Latson explain ed that he had misunderstood the hour of meeting. Without any preliminary spiel as president he Allied upon Secretary Ryan to re.nl the minutes of the last annual meeting. The minutes were approved as read, and President Latson called up on cx-Presidcnt Ebbert to address the meeting on the present beet sit uation in the state of Colorado. Mr. Ebbert said this was unex pected, and he was not loaded to talk. He had been up in Northern Colo rado in the last few days, with a view to learning something on the beet situation, and it was that trip to which the president had reference in asking him to address the meet ing, though he had gone purely on his own account. He was at Fort Collins at the annual meeting and heard what was said. It was a hummer meeting. Little Johnstown sent 5 3 growers, and some wives. Thej growers marched through the streets' of Collins carrying banners. The procession was five blocks long. Mr. Ebbert reviewed briefly the situation in the northern end of the state: Mr. Morey, representing the fac tory interests in the north had dodg ed making a contract with the grow ers from time to time since. last June, until just recently when in re sponse to resolutions passed by the growers they had finally come for ward with a contract: a flat rate of $5 and not more than one-third of the crop to be siloed, or a flat rate of $4 75 and no siloing to be done by the grower, lie had not learned if this proposition had been accepted. Mr. Norton opened up the debate on the local situation with the com plaint there had been refusals to take beets at the WeHzer dump when there were no car*. Nobody in the meeting had dump ed beets on the ground but several reported waiting, some for hours and others all day. for a chance to unload. There had been actual refusal* to weigh beets by the scalesman. some reported. The secretary brought forward ibc “bill of complaint*** filed last year and read the clause in the request* granted by the A. B. S. Co., agreeing to the dumping of beet* on the and tell* tale* of PROSPER ITV fifl I Jmr in a manner that cannot be all IWgtl 11 r —i misunderstood. The man with B 11 a RANK ACCOUNT is the one IL) I who gets results and if you r»- wn t-aiSl. Peel to lie successful you wilt to do likewise. We issue Certificate* of De posit in amounts of One Hun- Hollars and over carrying interest at 3 and 4 per cent. "*•** fIEITY if MOIEY ti LOAN The First National Bank of Bocky Ford. SAFE RELIABLE COURTEOUS FARMERS’ & MERCHANTS’ WHEN or YOU’RE OUT OF A JOR AND broke—then what? Got any rich relatives who will hold vCrflfC# you up till you can get on your feet again? You’re In luck if you have. You can’t expect neighlnrs and friends to bother with you If you can’t pay. FRIENDSHIP CEASES WHERE POVERTY BEGINS! Don’t depend on anybody. Start a bank account, save part of your wages (sich seek sn<l. It It ever rotnes In r shnw.lntrn. Ih> In a |„ m|i inn to ask mill* of in* one Firwn & Mtrtluts Bilk ot Rock) Ford. OLDEST BANK IN OTCRO COUNTY. (fM*rg*rat*g dim* 14, fftf.) THE STATE BANK Capital, Surplus and Profits $72,000 Bmtmty OmpomJt tor Rant. JOHN R. 00DDIN0. PrM. OEO. W. SWINK. Viu-Prn. E. J. SMITH. Cuhlar. D. W. BARKLEY. Jn. AmLCmE ground when cars were not ready. It was pointed out that the grow ers contracts did not contain this proviso, though it had been granted by the Co. Mr. Vamlcnbcrg said there were other dumps besides the Wcitxer dump where there were long waits. Some dumping oil the ground had been done at bis dump. Mr. Vandcnberg also complained of injustice in the matter of reckon ing tare. There was something very irregular and unsatisfactory about it and he cited several instances in point. The meeting returned, however, to question of delays in lumping and further complaints of delays were filed. One speaker would rather have pay for bis waiting team than to dump on the ground, as teams could not be used to advantage at this sea son of the year. Others bad plenty of work for their teams. Mr. Hallows said in reply to a question, that when he called up Mr. Wictzer in regard to dumping on the ground he was told the car* were on the way and would be there in a few minutes, but they didn’t come Another speaker said they had quit believing the story about th# car* being there "in a few minutes.’’ Another speaker said there were more beets to get in than some grow er* could haul if they lost no time waiting and something ought to he done to facilitate delivery at the dumps. Mr. Comer said the sugar com pany no doubt had its troubles about cars. ||c had waited down in New Mexico 14 day*, and wa* told the ear* would be there each day. lie thought the A. B. S. Co. had been up against it like other corporations, and in a season like this, when everybody was short on cars, wc ought to he considerate with the company, which had treated the growers here on the whole, very fair. Geo. Lackey said a corporation al ways held a grower up to hi* con tract. and the Co. ought not to make a contract tt could not keep. The meeting suddenly dropped the debate on dump* and ordered a com mittee appointed to go through the crowd and collect the annual mem bership fee. Then W. N. Randall wondered if ROCKY FORI), COLORADO. FRIDAY. JANUARY 11, 1907- the Co. could not 'phone out orders over the country when cars were short and save the growers coming in with their beets and waiting. P. K. IHinn suggested that the points acceded to by the Co. should be printed into the contracts for 1907, and proposed a committee be named to request that of the Co. Mr. Ebbert said the Holly Co.’s contract provided for compensation for waiting at dump. Just what the compensation was he did not know Mr. Gauger, speaking for the Holly Co. said compensation was agreed to by the Co. The wcighinastcr kept a check on the time waited and the grower is asked to send in his report, i and the matter was then amicably ad justed. Mr. Ganger further explain ed how difficult it was to always make connections in the matter of cars. AH the factories were no doubt doing their best t> meet the difficulties. His Co. would do every thing possible to facilitate the. deliv ery and would do the fair thing by the growers in the matter of loss by delays. Col. Story talked of the injury done to siloed beets by the late fro*t«, and thought the loss on rot ten beets ought to be sh jred by the company. He asked what the Holly Co. did in that matter. Mr. Gauger said lie was here a* a grower of beets today ami not as a representative of the Holly Co. and was not prepared to commit that Co. a s to what it would do on any point, but the understanding of their Co. was that they would in everything try t-» do f airly by the grower. Mr. Ebbert said it was probably no* possible to adjust tlic past losses in this matter of time lost at the •lump but the growers ought to sec to it that for the future this part of the agreement he made a part of the printed contract. Mr. Brown suggested a committee to wait on Mr. Wictzer and ask that the points conceded last year he in corporated in the contract of 1007 This was the substance of Mr lllinn’s motion previously offered, and it was now adopted. Mr. Manny suggested the having of a permanent grievance committee of the Association, to whom individ ual growers could send in their com plaints in writing, this committee to consider and formulate and present all reasonable complaints to the Co. Mr. Martin suggested asking Man ager Wictzer to come to this meet ing and hear what was said in the wav of complaint. The suggestion did not get an im mediate response. Another speaker hutted in with .» demand that the dump fees he elimi nated. the pas* fees at the Wictzer dump. a< agrrrd. paid the cost of the dump. He thought each dump as to cost should stand on its own basis ami fees he eliminated whenever it was paid for by growers delivering there. Mr. Ifarsin returned to the ques tion of asking Mr Wictzer to come to the meeting and moved a commit tee to go to the telephone and ask him to come down. The chair appointed Mr. Ifarsin. who promptly went to the phone. While waiting Mr. Ebbert read a paper received from the Holly Co., saying that Co. had decided to make hi-monthly payments for delivery of beets on the 15th and .loth of each i month. This announcement was greeted with approval by the meeting Mr. tiarsin inter# rpted Mr. E. to: announce that Mr. Wictzer would 1 come at once to the meeting; and Mr. Hallows was named by the chair to drive up to the factory after him ! Mr. Ebbert continued with a sug gestion that the meeting express it* 1 appreciation of the Holly Co.'s ac | linn, which was agreed to. O. J. Baxter, who had just arrived •aid it seemed to him all the bou quets were being thrown to the Ifolly Co by this meeting and .ill the criticism* at the A. B. S. Co. It •eemed not just the thing, while rc •lticsts were being made of the A. B S. Co. to he too one-sided in thi« I matter. Mr. Baxter also a*krd if the land lords generally were taking one fifth jof the *oc paid for siloing. The V B. . is landlord, was deducting it i W. X. Randall said. a« a landlord. be was going to raise this qtiesti-ni; J today. He said the grower did the work, but there was a shrinkage of *i!ocd beets, and for this reason thcl landlord should share in the 50c. A motion was proposed that the landlord get his proportion of the j money paid for siloing, above 20c. the actual cost of siloing. But the meeting decided that tin'*] was a matter that should he decided between renter and landlord Mr. Wictzer having arrived, the matter of providing for promt t dumping of. beets was stated to him by the president. Mr. Wictzer said it was the inten tion of the Co. to take rare of the beets brought to the dump, and the instructions to the weighmasters was to weigh the beets and let the farmer dump them on the ground when there were no cars in sight Of course the farmer was to he asked to wait if ears were near at hand. Imt if he could not wait he was to he al lowed to dump on the ground. The Co. did its very best to give the cor rect information about the coming of cars, but the difficulty about cars was such that no one could he cer tain in his statements about them. Mr. Wictzer said the Co. was per fectly willing to make this matter of dumping a part of the printed contact for next year. In answer to Mr. Vandcnberg, Mr. Wictzer said the delay at the factory' dump was caused by so many farm- 1 ers : i-tting in with their loads at the iami hours of the day, and he would he glad to have the farmers tell the • Co. how to remedy that. The same delays occurred in farmers taking away pulp. He would be glad to fa cilitate the work of the farmer as far as possible. Mr. Vandcnberg admitted he bad not been at the factory dump himself, but his haulers had reported their delays to him. Mr. Wictzer said on the qurstion of dump fees, that there was still a con>iderahle shortage on account of dump building, and the Co. had de cided it was fair to continue the fees until the dumps were paid for. A grower suggested that each dump should have it* own cost ac count and he freed from fees when paid for. Mr. Wictzer said that was a mat ter the growers must bring before the directors of the Co. lie could not determine it himself. If present ed it would no doubt he considered. The meeting thanked Mr. Wictzer, 1 an«! also the Holly Co for their! courtesies shown the meeting. Mr. Manny’s proposition for a per manent Grievance Committee was 1 then put in form of motion, but the ' motion was killed by the open dc- j bate of the meeting. Mr. Ifarsin said something should be done to protect laborer* against the «li*lionest labor contractor* who were beating the laborers out of their earnings. A contractor present said 1 his was a matter the Association should look after There were men who took contracts so cheap that they showed that they never intended to nay their hand* Regular and honest contract «»r- ought to he in some way recog nized by the Association as such. A motion to hav* the dumping on th* ground feature incorporated in the A. B. S. Co contract for 1907 was pnt and carried. The committee on nomination of officer* reported the following nomi nations: A. I.at«on. President; Frank Crowe. Vice President; C. V. Ryan. Sccctary: Geo. Hallows. Treas urer; and additional directors; Geo. lackey. E. Brewer. J. J. potter. Ja* Mulloney. Frank Day. Ben Glecson. John Bennett. A P Best. p. Ball. R F. Rafferty. P. J. Willis. The list was duly elected and the mrcting adjourned. f. Tfi* attendanre during most of the Session was large, the hall being filled to its capacity. "The other Smith" It will raqvir* tim* probably to restore th* confidence of our th«atr* go*rs in Manager Norton’s local stock company. afUr its r*nd*nng of ’'Charley’s Aunt,", and that may b* why th*r* wa* only a slim audience at th* Optra Hou** Bsn* fit performance given on Monday night To b* *ur* tt wasn’t Manager Norton's show Monday night At least he wasn’t pushing the publicity end of it But Mr. Norton we* in K; and those who wit nessed th* play realized that be was in it end wondered how how he was going to get out of it In fact that was the whole point of the comedy of "The Other Smith"—how Smith is going to get out of the complication with the other Smith thet his good intention to help a lady in j distress got him into. But th* wav | they did it Monday night ough*. to d something toward reestablishing our lo cal amataur* in the good graces of the I public. The comedy of ’’ The Other Smith" is not nearly so good a* some others our local Thespians have essayed W« say ’Thespians ’ advisedly, because they have made tragedy of comedy some times. The dialogue of "The Other Smith" has nothing particularly clever in it: and the situations arc mightily stained But barin' one perhaps, the players did . all-round good wark in it for nen-profes sionals. Miss Sinclair, as the waitmg rnaid with the Cockney accrnt. had the best part in the play and did it creditably Miss Pollock, as the victim of misplace*! confidence m one of the Smiths, wa-. sweetly affable betimes, and the p dure of injured dignity at others. Miss Fenton did her less conspicuous part very ac ceptably for a debutant; and Miss Martin as the other half of the other Smith, showed qualifications for a promising emotional actress. The gentlemen in the cast were all well made up, if we ezeept perhaps Mr Shiela’ moustache. In fact where stage kissing is involved in the play anv lady would be excused for dodging the it sue with that moustache. Mr. Lee. as the sanctimonious Smith, was very good in dress and in acting. Mr. Bohanan is a decided acquiaition to our amateur the atrical forces. In the part assigned him on very ahort notice -the part of friend and adviser of the other Smith - he made Uiemostofhis opportunities. W* she 1 hop* to see him again in a better play. Mr. Meyer esthe detective in th* case well it was easy to detect that nature has not intended him for an actor. One merit of Monday night’s performance was that there were no tedious waits. Once the curtain rung up the play went thru with a rush and th* audience was turned loose before 10 o’clock. Th* late change of date, to suit other engagement* of the patronizing pnb’ic. and the failure to advertise the play suf ficiently explain* in truth the email pat ronage given it. r Vegetables Good things for the table thoao wintry days Rar snips Carrot* Turnip* Onionm Cabbage Celery Sweot Rotatoes Fordftooh Squash I It you want Quality In Groceries-buy here The KIMZEY GROCERY CG. nm—tri r.irn mrtitJ 3 For Get g & S 3 FLUKE & RITCHIE g GROCERIES 3 3 | a»tKM«Km)R9ft»RmXßW»Eaft3a3£t»S3«£ The Old Reliable ROCKY FORD GROCERY CO. In Hnailquartar* for nil Goode in Uirir lino. Agent* for Clin** A SnuUiru'n Ten* nud Coffee*. STATE Bill BLOCK. ROCK! FOR*, COLO. W. E. Anderson. W. I. Reynold*. Proprietor. Hood Plumber. THE SANITARY PLUMBING SHOP. Plumbing, Heating. Steam-fitting. Tin and Iron Work. Pumps. Tanks. Wind mil*. 961, Elm Ave. l*hone White. 40*. Aunt Nancy Reynolds Passes Away. Mrs. Milton Reynolds, known to many 'of her local acquaintances as Aunt I Nancy, died et her home on South Ninth . street last Sunday morning from pneu monia. Her scute illness was brief and the news of her death a surprise to her friends. She had reached the goodly age of 76 years, and had survived the death of her entire family of ft children, dttp te the fact that she was of luberu'ous con stitution and her eerly years had been years of serious invalidism. She and her husband came to Rocky Ford some four ' teen years ago. quite early in the history of the town Thev were In ianiens by birth, and dd their part in cleering tho wilderness of that State and reducing it ti order and civ.ltzalLn before coming to ! the prairie lands of the far west. They bad teen married fit ysars !a*t New ' Year's day. Aunt Nancy wa* a woman r.f severe morals and of kindly heart j strictly honest herself, she was d.sposed Ito rein others up to her etandard, but when trouble and misfortune came sever ity melted into gentleness and sympathy and helpfulness. Her funeral service •00k plane at the church of the Dunkard Brethren on Tuesday last and was large.y attended. The days of the new >ear will ba lonely for Uncle Milton. More Lectures. The people of Rocky Ford are to be favored with a second course of lecture entertainments this season. The Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church. 1 which made a subscription of 42.000 i toward the new church, having arranged the course as a means of securing funcs. There are to be six lectures, four of which will be given by the pastor of the church. I Rev. W. I. Daveapcrt. one by Rev. 11. B. Hummel. D. D.. of Trinidad, and one by Rev. Conrad Bluhm, of La Junta. The topics are all of a taking character and I should attract good audiences from a town of the size and intelligence of Rocky Ford. The subjects are worth a not* of. They are: "Fool* and Their Follies”, date Jan. 16; "The Pass! a' Play", date Jan. 29: "The Greatest American (Abraham Lincoln)*’, date Feb. NO. 3S 12: "The Martyr Queen", data March 16; "Uncrowned King* and Queens", date April 16; "An Evening with James Whit* comb Riley", date April 26. More speci fic announcement te being made in cir cular*. Handsome Windows. Th# building committee of the Presby ter,an church closed e contract last week for the stained glass windows fur the new edifice. The glass is not stained, but opalescent. the »id process of staining g'ass havi.tg given way to the new pro cess of coloring calied opa'escent; in which the coloring matter is mixed with the molten glass. Th* manufacturer’s agent sent to meet the local church com mittee carried with hirn window design* don* in water color, the value of which was over one thousand dollars, and from these the committee made their selection. There wiii be several picture windows in the new church end the cost for g!aizmg alano will be* matter of fbOO to S7OO. Sw Ink Nn I linger a Wide Open Tow n. Sheriff t.eorge Barr retires from office next Tuesdiy after nine year* of service par excellence. He did not want to leave a single stain on his official escutcheon so he went up to Swmk last Friday and closed up th* gambling houses which had been flourishing like a green bay tree there for about two weeks previous. Sheriff Barr entertained the dark sus picion that some enthusiastic democrat m-ght try to lay th* blame of open gam bling upen e republican administration af ter he had retired, and just to forestall anything of that kind notified the sure thing men to cease their evocation in stanter or suffer the consequences. The sperts acquiesced gracefully, and prom ised to be good, at leaet a* long as Barr held office. Gambling is now a closed incident at Swink. end will be until Jan. Bth. There may be eomething doing after that date, as th* eitf officials, including the city marshal, ere favorably disposed to such innocent peetimes es "craps" and •’stud poker." They eey they don’t have so much trouble with drunk* when open gambling has full snsf.—Ls Junta Trib une.