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Rocky Ford Enterprise.
TWENTIETH YEAR. FOURTH ANNUAL IOWA REUNION The Otero County lowa Association Holds Its Fourth, Largest and Best Reunion at Rocky Ford, February 23rd. Saturday Inst at K. I*, hall the for* mcr residents of lowa, now happily situated in the Arkansas Valley, held their fourth annual reunion. The at tendance was the largest, the program the best and the occasion altogether the most successful of the series of lowa reunions. After serving a sumptuous dinner in which 350 people most cnjoyably participated, the program was com menced under the direction of Presi dent F. M. Harsin. In his opening renter k* Mr Harsin spoke of his agreeable surprise at the size of the crowd. Since the last meeting sev eral members had gone over the riv er of death, and those present ought to he thankful that they were present under such pleasant circumstances. He was pleased to see so large a number of former I owans take an in terest in the reunion. After singing “America” by the as semblage the invocation was pro nounced by Rev. F. R. Hollcnbaek who expressed the gratitude for the patriotic impulses and the good fel lowship which accompanied the meet ing and prayed that the succeeding exercises might be such as would contribute to Christian citizenship. Music by the orchestra followed. A vocal solo by Leroy B. Elicr and a recitation by Ruth Bartholomew were given next, followed by orches tral music. Miss Veda Talbutt recited a num ber giving the names of lowa's 90 toasties in rhyme. Miss Eva Tenton rendered a vocal solo with Mrs. Norton as accompan ist. MaJ. Chritton was called on to give recollection* of his lowa experience and said that a recital of the memo ries of his twenty years residence in lowa would consume the afternoon. Which fact coupled with his attack of grip was sufficient excuse for a very short talk. Miss Ethel Wallace gave a recita tion in a m«**t effective manner. Rev. W. 11. Stamp told several good storic*. ami while compliment ed Rocky Ford said he had never met a more noble people than those of lowa and lie had been all over the union Oik* of his lowa recollection* was of a day when he came near freezing to death. Then came more music—a vocal solo by Miss Eva Green. Miss Alice Babcock pianist: a violin solo hv Mr*. C. M. Burke. Mi** Thco Bark ley accompanist, which was given a hearty encore, and a piano duett by Misses Mamie Chritton and Nellie Ritchie, which called forth an en core. L. J. Henry was on the program for an address on "The Relative Ad vantage* of lowa and Colorado,” and tveiled the subject in a thorough and Instructive manner, contrasting the geographical, agricultural and climat ic condition*. The mineral, educa tional. social points of comparison not forgotten. He also had a good; word for Colorado’s good roads. lowa has lonoo miles of railroad and Colorado about the same mileage of main irrigating canal The independ ent political sentiment of both states was commended In school facilities he thought lowa ahead of Colorado, but the latter was yet young. The Washington's birthday exercises in the high school building were highly praised; also the hcalthfulnest and i rce of character manifeated by the pupils. The admirable work of our public school teachers, he said, was 11.1 t sufficiently appreciated by the patron* of the schools. After a piano solo by Misses May Fenton and Eva Gobin, Senator Crowley was called on for a speech, lie said that for 51 days he had been talking to the representatives of the state of Colorado, and did not ex pect to be called on to talk to the representatives of lowa. He wanted to correct Mr. Henry in regard to the educational facilities of Colorado. No state in the union spends as mock per capita on its state schools as does Colorado. An effort was being made to restrict the advantages of the Fort Collins agricultural college, which be was fighting, as he wanted the chil dren of farmers to have the same advantages that were afforded by the state university. I have been asked what the legislature is doing in Den ver. 1 can say. shut your eyes and you can see what we have done. The work of the legislature Is handicap ped and hog-tied by political consid erations. The coming Farmers In stitute was given a kind word. He had in former years been with the institute workers for five weeks and knew the value of such gathering*. At the Canon City institute he was given a vote of thanks for his talks ■•n spraying—which the horticultur ists of that section said had added .too car* of good apples to the output of their orchards. The following officers were elected. F. M. Harsin. President; Ivan Wei gand. Vice President; S. S. Bailey. Secretary: II I. Maxwell. Treasurer The next meeting of the association will Imp held Saturday. Feb. 33. The program closed with **Th- Song of Iowa” sung by the entire assemblage. Death of Mrs. J. E. Dukes. The friend* of the Dukes household felt there was an occasion for sincere mourning when the only (laughter «o suddenly succumbed to disease a few week* ago. but those who had tears to shed prepared to shed them when it was known several days ago that the mother, suffering from a serious ill ness and fmm ftVart-break over the untimely death of the only daughter, could not survive the strain of her trouble*. Sincere exchange* of re grets passed between man) of the ac quaintance* of one of Rocky Ford's most estimable families. The relatives who were called a few week* ago were called again The son Louis eamr from San Fran cisco and the son Mil tun and the in timate friend and former pastor. Rev C. S. Davison, from Victor, and a *i**vr*s hushand, Mr. J. Nl. Farts, from Pern. Ind. Mr*. Paris had no? yet returned, nor the mother. Mrs Bond, to their Indiana home since the previous affliction of the family. Mrs. Duke* succumbed on Friday night and the funeral took place on Monday, from the home. East Pine avenue. The Rrv S C. Green deliv ered the address, basing hi* remark* on the text: To lie absent from the body i« to he present with the Lord. Rrv. Davison *ung an appropriate •.ong with marked feeling, hut could not tru*t himself tO «pcak. a* at the previous service A quartette *ang "The Home of the Soul” and a favor ite hymn of the deceased, and many of th- friends in attendance at the home followed the remains to their interment at Valley View ccmcterv Mr* Clara Dukes was horn in Mis mi county. Ind.. and was nlttloM 51 year* of age at the time of her death. Want, to l*a**». four shares of High Lina water. Address W. H. Lane rural route No 2. Rockv Fo-d. 88-41 Cow for Sale Fresh in e few d*v%. Enquire at C. D Ro’anders. 3>S miles southeast of Rocky Ford. 88tf For Sale. First-class Furniture and Cooking Ulan ails. Inquire at 804 North 2nd St. 89-42 ROCKY KURD, COLORADO. FRIDAY. MARCH 1. 1907- OTERO COUNTY FARMERS INSTITUTE. Excellent Attendance, Great Interest, Valuable Papers and Altogether a Most Profitable Gathering. Our Annual Farmers' Institute of Otero Co. opened at Odd Fellows j hall on Tuesday afternoon last. Th*f audience was of good -izc for the opening session, numbering some thing over a hundred of our most] intelligent and progressive farmers and their ladlejt. Rev. S. C. Green opened the session with prayer. A. Latson then gave his president's address, which summarized somewhat was as follows: Mr. Latson's Address. In behalf of the committee that was last >car appointed, I welcome you to this another Farmers’ Insti tute. There have been many such gath erings in this little city in Otero; county, and as a rule, they have been a success; a success because our farmers not only know how to get result*, hut have the ability ot ex plain to others how* these results have been obtained. The success " t sny agricultural district and the cities therein, depends largely upon the farmer, and the more thrifty and en terprising the farmer, the more rapid the development. While the farm* of Otero county have started the wheels of factories, increased the de mand for railroads, built cities and towns, with beautiful churches and fine school buildings, we must not forget that it tikes capital and bus iness sagacity to make this develop ment possible. You remember when about jo of us were hustling through th< county, endeavoring to secure beet acreage that a sugar factory might be located st Rocky Ford, and when we were about to fall how the business men came to the rescue and signed up a large acreage, though many of them did not know where these beets were to be grown. Nor must we fail to recognize the great part the capitalist has had in the de velopment of our county. All honor is due to the men who had the nerve to enme Into this valley and say to the people we will plant a million or a million and a half of dollars, and take chances on your growing a crop that you know absolutely nothing about. But we made it go. are stiil making it go. and will continue to make it go. until with the co-operation of capital and business enterprise. Otero county and the Arkansas Val ley shall Income the most progress ive. the most beautiful, and the rich est in the state of Colorado. Do. you realize how the assessed vain* I lion of nur county has increased in. the la*t few years? In 1805 in round | number* it was $2,000,000; in too ft i: was $7,000,000. and this doe* not in clude the new sngar factory at Swink. So you see that in the la*« eight years the valuation ha* trebled (and what we have said of Oter** county can truthfully In said of ev cry other county in the valley) Some of the farms that a few year* ago were made tip of knoll* and de pressions are now level a* a fln*»r. and many fit only for the prairie do«* and jack rabbit, today arc made t-> bud and blossom a* the rose. A* »r pa*s the well kept, well tilled farm*, we see the fence* in good order. lh r lateral* free from weed*—for our farmer* do not wait for the stock to break down and the wind* to blow away the weed* from the fences and j ditches during the winter,—-but with hoe and scythe a war Is wagr-i against them all sutnmrr. Our farm * cr* u*e the latest and be*t improved! machinery, have fine horses, cattle and •beep Show me any fanning com munity with better draught horse* I than we have, many of our four fmr*r matehrd teams are hard to beat. And while we arc talking about thr farm, let n* pav a tribute !•» tt»« farmer's wife, who i* marching shoul der to shoulder with him in Ms stride for farm* and home*, and in most eases she i* the insnira lion and real home builder. In her home, cleanliness and thrift are rv erywhrrr apparent, on the wall* arc pictures and works of art. in the win dow* and garden* flower* are bloom ing. giving evidence of taste and re finemrnt. Ih the cellar are found jar* of fruit and yellow roll* of butter, reminding us that peace and plenty reign thrre. On the table in the liv ing room are found the daily paper, along with the latest magazine* and periodicals, and out from these home* come the hoys and girl* who ire to help shape the future of Otero rountv, and to take their part in the world's work. In this little talk I have endeavored to .Mef.irc Oteto county thr Arkan sas Valley and the farmer a* thev are today, and having put our hands to thr elow. let us not look hark unti* adding to nur thrift and enemy, cap ital and business sagacity, we have secured new trunk lines of railroad, -nd the whistle of the sugar mill i* heard in every city and town, and the agricultural districts are covered with a net work of electric line* Then we shall deserve the words: Well Pooc! W. K. Winterhalter was not able Jo be on hand when hit name was r i call-- f'-r an address on “Crop Rota- Itfmi n Relation to Beet Growing" In} !r .'!> < nee the next number 011 th I. F. M. Har- J -»*?. cie topic “Preparation of I Land ;md tlie Care of a Beet Crop”, 1 j he. < ! t pretend t>» follow, but 'of'l’.t lu led advice on the general cry in-. 11 ('f wise and profitable faßni ip Here arc some extract* from hi* paper: 11 I MR. HARBIN'S PAPER. Some Reminiscence*. Thity years ago this state was thought fit only for mining and cattle ranching, but in no other state in the union have so many different indus tries been developed in as short a time, and mdav in resources we stand in the lead. If a second Chincscyvall weer built around Colorado ana we were shut off from the rest of the world, we would be self supporting. Our mining industry is getting in the lead at a fast rate. Our agricul tural and horticultural industries lead the whole union. Stock raising Is second to none. Our horticultural industry is enlarging in area every year, and today we can produce the finest fruit in the world. Agricul tural pursuits are taking the lead of all thr many industries in the state. There is more money being made, from this nnr industry, than from all others put together since the sugar beet came to the front. The canta loupe ha* been, taking it one year with another, a surer paying crop than ever before, although it Is a risky crop to raise for several reas on*. It has to run the gauntlet of bail storm*, rust, and in*ret* by the I thousand*, which make it the risk iest crop farmrrs can raise. Sugar Beets. 1 Beet raising i* the only industry known to the farmer, that he knows the price of In-fore he plants his crop. Yon know ju*t what, or how many dollars per ton. you are going to get. whether it be one nr twenty tons per acre. Even this crop can he a failure. But this ha* been the surest «-rop we have tried in this valley. Von will hear farmers, "well, if I have a good crop” This is non sense. There are more drawbacks •u the farming business than all the rest put together. But beet factories >re springing up like mushroom* tn hot bed. and it will be said of Colo rado as it i* of lowa, "there is a •ehoolhntise in every valley and a church on every hill " Sugar Manufacturing. Don't you suppose there is good money in the sugar manufacturing business? I think it just like the cantaloupe commission business. If there was not. there would not he *0 many after it. But wc must confc«» that the sugar beet* arc what have ' MM non than all the rest put to* gether, for the farmer. It is a busi ness here to stay. I wa* reading an article in Ranrh and Range, purport ing to hr a copy front the Dcnvrr f’ost. which article dished up some figures that look kind of fishy to me. I will not undertake to give a full account hut enough to answer the purpose. "Colorado lead* the union tn beet sugar production. The value of the output for (906. gauged at the wholesale price of four cents a pound, is $ 1 2. 113.680 00. while in 1905 the value at same price wa* $7-4.ts*‘ t7(ioo. The increase over 1905 is sl.- •j 77. 104.00. Preparing Beet Land. Right here as to preparing the beet land for crop,. This preparation means it all. A field well prepared before planting lessens the work ever after on that crop. I do not figure a* a big heel raiser in these dav«. hut the first year we contracted with the American Beet Sugar Co.. I contract ed to grow sixty acre* of beet*, which 1 did At that time we had ’0 do something in this country be sides raising cantaloupe*, as this business was overdone and farmer* is a rule were getting poorer every vear. Had it hern neres*ary I would have contracted to raise one hundred ac*cs. before we should have missed getting the factory. I did not know a bit more how to raise beets than a Chinaman knows how to feed sheep, hut nowaday* a tenderfoot can heat the old-timers. This is easy They can get Instructions from any V isii lIIW Do You Want Something Good to Eat? t Promiscuous Bunch fl/0 of Bargains From I O I Stone jar good Apple Butter 40c I 3-lb can Underwood’s Clam Chowder 30c 1 can Monarch Tiny Peas 20c 9 I can Asparagus Tips 30c I I glass Jelly |oc 9 4-lb pail Coltolene 60c a 4-Ib package Quaker Corn Meal (try it) |sc 9 I 2-lb can Tender Stringless Beans |sc 2 packages Ralston Hominy Grits 25c I box Stuffed Figs 25c l-lb Dates |oc Fine Florida Grape Fruit 2 for 25c Large Juicy Lemons 30c Pineapples 25c Oranges, all sizes, all prices, all Navels. Don’t Forget the Number, 307 N. Main Cmll Rhone 29 Rord '•nr how to prepare and cultivate, and make it a nicceti. When we see the good these factories have done for our country, we ought to feel proud that there was someone who had the capital to build and handle this industry, which makes land treble in value, build up nice homes, and enables us to have schools that are second to none. While you hear criticism* every day about these sugar factories, and a few may be correct, but in the main we have fairer treatment than we sometimes are willing to give them for poor men coming here, who have teams, harness, and feed, can rent land— the factory people have furnished tools to work with, seed, and money to do the thinning, hoeing and top ping. 1 have farmed all my life and such opportunities us these never were offered in this country before. Why should we not have a warm spot in our make-up for sugar factor ies? Preparing the land. Lands should not be plowed too wet, but deep plowing should be commenced now or any time in January, February and March. Plant any time the last of March until April 15th. Harrow the ground as fast as it is plowed, and if it breaks cloddy run a elodmasher over it to pulverizer all clods. All this must Ik* done ju%t as la»l a* it is plowed. After you have your land plowed, run the levelcr over it and don’t be afraid you will pack the ground too hard. If one time running ( the Icvcicr over is not sufficient to make the land level enough, then put. the harrow to work. Put on plenty . of ,cam«; get on and ride; set the ( harrow so tt vrill run deep; then run j over it with the levelcr. Don’t he afraid of packing the land too much Then tie fore planting run the harrow I over two or three times, the la>: time harrow crosswise of the plan*-] •ng. I may tie criticized by some.. tb.niing it possible to get the Ian 1 packed too hard. l.ast year j work- ; rd one piece of land to get it level. | until the horses did not make a track deeper than if they had hern on thf public highway, but I harrowed un-1 td there was plenty of loose soil for J a seed heed. I have never had a better stand of beets since I have j hern raising them. The cultivation of heels should lie I gm as soon as you can sec ihc row. If y*»u see your licet s arc not.coming j up good, irrigate them up. N oung beets like young corn, do riot need much water. Three irrigations are enough to insure a god crop, ami 1 good crops have been raised with hut Iwd. Do the thinning as soon as the ; young heel* are high enough to gel hold of with your fingers The dis tance apart plants should he left de pend* on your land; rich soil wil sand 8 to 10 inches at lrj,st. Dry Lai I r inrln*;. I am not certain I can do this top ic justice. However, 1 do not feel that I should let this pass by without •aying something I may be the the means of discouraging some poor *oul from trying to do something he can't. Twenty years ago in March I came •o Colorado with flying colors, set tled In eastern \rapenoe count) alH.ut one hundred and eight mi 1 -* east of Denver. There were about twenty in thi crowd, women end children not counting Hogs, chi rns. rows, and dogs. We came on the H ft M K R to Yuma. Colo Our claims were forty milts south of Yuma on the Arickaree. The country around Yuma was mostly taken up Just the relinquishment* of claims were then selling from $50000 to $150000 a quarter; *0 we came down in that country, got our land for nothing as wc called it, got eminent price. My brother and I had three car* We floored our cars for about tw feet deep with Jumhcr: hosed off each end of the rar; put our house hold goods in earh end. and filled in each end with corn and oats. We had plenty to eat and wear. It took nearly all summer to move down. (coimnuKD on pack bioht) NO. 40 Concerning Cantaloupe Culture. “It is an unaltered law in nature, -ay* an experienced gardener, that like produce* like." If cantaloupe seed* he obtained from all sizes, shapes and condition* of melons the product from such will he faulty, un marketable and harmful to the repu tation of the association or locality of growers who may handle the crop It is urged that fresh wholesome seed he planted in every case and that all mcmlwrs of the association procure the same strain of seed to he planted each season in order that all melons in the car will look alike which will insure to the growers top prices for their product. In view of better prices and cash payment for cantaloupes during the coming season the industry promises to become more profitable than in the past. In the past seasons growers have had to undergo drawbacks to their business to a greater or let* ex tent. Experience in cultivating and handling the crop years have famil iarized many of the farmer* with the importance ol maturing etnod qual ity a* well as a "heavy yWlePfor the markets.—Fowler Tribune Having accepted a position as agricul turist with A. B. S. Co,. I will offer aft private sals ono team, weight 2.400, with good harness and wagon one good driving horse, perfectly gentle, a good rubber Ure run-about, and all iny farm ing implement. Also my flock* of %tan -1 dard Bred Barred Rock* and Brown Leghorn*. 40tf Thos. R. Wi’eon, 'Phono 1124 White R. R. No. 2 LOST On Swink. Chestnut or 7U» street. Sunday Feb. 24. a lady's gold . watch. 0 size. 7 .siwsl nickel Waltham movement. 60 year New Ycrk gold filled 'case with a lady'* gold fob attached. Finder receive liberal reward for return !of same to Hilfiker's Store. Miss Pearl Cary. 40-It find hand organ for sale cheap. enquire ' of J. W. Kun/ey of J. E. Dukes. II is lime to make Hot Beds, plant Alaska Peas, Radishes. Lettuce, Spinach, etc. The place to get the seeds is at Burrell's. I WANTED By an «xp«i.nced farm.', with a small family, a position a*foreman on a ranch. Address. M. E. Dyers. Rocky Ford. Colo. 40-41 I DRESSMAKING T will do dr,..- making in homos at $ 1.26 a day. Four sear* experience. Inquire at Mr*. A. I. 1 Talhelm's. 404 S. 18th »lretl 40-4lp For Sale 24 acre*. 2 mile* West of town, well improved. 4 room house and orchard Price $8,600.00. will trade for residence in Town. 40 SrKKLf & N iMAHAM JJ', Aero Tract to Kent Full water right and only 200 yard* from beet dump and cantaloupe sheds. Some alfalfa, 40 Arthur Beymer Organ >alc Bargain* in Organ* for the next 30 day*. At the C. E. Bolton Music Co. 916 Elm Ave. DAIRY COWS Fine bunch of first class dat-y cow* fo sale, easy term* to the right parly. En quire of L. W. Babcock. 40 It is time to make hot Beds, plant Alaska Peas, Radishe> Lettuce. Spinach,etc. Ihe place to get the seeds is at Burrell's Curat Tiling. to, ta and t$ Inch. Price* In\ E. E. Swink, care O. C. Frantz Stauffer wants to buy Veal Calves and Chickens