Southern California Editorial Excursion
to the Yosemlte Valley.
To the Editors of Southern California:
The Executive Committee of the Southern
California Editorial Association at a recent
meeting appointed a committee consisting of
Warren Wilson of the Los Angeles Daily
Journal, E. P. Clarke of the Riverside Press
and L. M. Holt of the Imperial Press, to ar
range, if possible, an excursion to the
Yosemite Valley, and in connection with
that excursion a meeting of the Association
for the consideration of such business In
terests as might be brought before the As
This committee placed the question of
transportation in the hands of L. M. Holt,
who, after lengthy negotiations and corre
spondence, was able to make a very satisfac
tory report to the committee at a special
meeting held on Monday, May 5, and in ad
dition to an excursion program he recom
mended a program for the meetings, all cf
which being approved by the committee Is
hereby .placed before the editors and pub
lishers of Southern California for their con
sideration and guidance.
The itinerary for the trip to the Yosemite
Valley has been arranged as follows:
Leave the Arcade Depot In Los Angeles
on Thursday, June 12, at 12:10 o'clock p.m.
Arrive at Raymond, the terminus of the
railroad trip the next morning at 5:30 (Fri
day.) :^' ._
Leave Raymond at 7,a.m. Breakfasju
v--^Arrive at" Ahwahnee At noon. LuricaV^
'•. ■ , Arrive at Wawona 6 " p.m. Dinner,' ' mght
Leave Wawona at 7 a.m. (Saturday.)
Arrive at Yosemite at 1 p.m. Lunch.
Remain in the valley one and a half days
— two nights. During Sunday take a six
teen-mile drive over the floor of the Valley.
Leave Yosemite at 7 a.m. (Monday) and
drive to Mirror Lake. Here take saddle
horses, with guides, etc., for trails to Vernal
Falls, Nevada Falls and Glacier Point.
Arrive at Glacier Point at 1 p.m. Stop
Leave Glacier Point at 7 a.m. (Tuesday)
with saddle horses, guides, etc., for Sentinel
Dome and the Pahona trail, following the
south rim of the Valley to Inspiration Point.
Arrive at Fort Munroe at 1 p.m. Basket
Leave Fort Munroe at 2 p.m. by stages for
Arrive at Wawona at 6 p.m. Stop over
Leave Wawona at 7 a.m. (Wednesday.)
Arrive at Mariposa Trees at 9:30 a.m.
Leave Mariposa Trees at 10:30 p.m.
Arrive at Ahwahnee at 1 p.m. Lunch.
Arrive at Raymond at 6 p.m. D'nner.
Take cars for return trip leaving .Ray
mond at 7 p.m., arriving at Los Angeles at
7 a.m., Thursday, June 19.
The entire expense of this trip from Ray
mond through the Yosemite Valley as herein
outlined back to Raymond again is $37.50
paid to the stage company, which covers
transportation, hotel bills, meals, saddle
horses, guides, and every necessary expense
on the trip.
Or, if the editorial party desires, it can
stop over one day at Wawona, which time
can be spent very profitably picnicing in the
Mariposa Grove or visiting Signal Peak, the
Chilualua Falls, etc., at an extra cost of
$2.50 to each mjember of the party, arriving
in Los Angeles Friday morning.
This itinerary is said to be the most com
plete ever offered for a Yosemite trip.
The Southern Pacific Company agree to
furnish transportation to members of the
Association — one representative to each pa
per with lady member of family — such trans
portation to be paid for in extra advertising
so as not to conflict with any regular adver
tising for miscellaneous transportation
already arranged for. This transportation
is to be good from the members' nearest
Southern Pacific station to Raymond and
The Imperial Land Company having re
ceived so many courtesies from the press of
Southern California in connection with their
extensive work in reclaiming the Colorado
"Water is King— Here is its Kingdom."
IMPERIAL, CAL, SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1902.
A PIONEER OF THE IMPERIAL
Thomas H. Silsbee was one of the first men to be
come interested in the lands of the Colorado Delta, and
his pioneer experience has caused his name to be perma
nently and prominently linked with the future develop
ment of this country, for the future health and pleasure
resort of the Imperial Settlements, and in fact of South-
i California, on the eastern border of that beautiful
sheet of water — Blue Lake — has been named after him —
Mr. Silsbee was born in Wisconsin at the close of the
Civil War. When a young man he drifted westward to
Kansas, thence to Colorado, and finally landed on the
Pacific Coast, where he engaged extensively in the cat
tle business. He brought many droves of cattle, some
times a thousand at a time, from Old Mexico, New Mex
ico and Arizona, into this Delta country via the Southern
Pacific through Flowing Well, driving- them across this
trackless desert where Imperial is now located long be-
THOMAS H. SILSBEE
AFTER WHOM THE TOWN OP SILSBBM ON BLUB LAKE WAS NAMED.
fore this town was dreamed of. These cattle were taken
across the line and fed and fattened mostly in Lower
California between the Boundary Line and the head of
the Gulf. He hecanie thoroughly familiar with this
country, and knowing as he did the fertility of our soil,
and that this section must of necessity become a wealthy
"ttlement when water was obtained for it, he carefully
watched every move made towards securing the water
As soon as the first move was made by the California
Development Company, Mr. Silsbee secured large tracts
of land around Blue Lake and induced his friends to do
likewise. Recently he united with the leading 1 men of
the Imperial Land Company and incorporated the Blue
lake Town Company, for the purpose of developing and
placing on the market the town which has since been
Desert and developing the Imperial Settle
ments, have tendered the editorial excur
sionists the use of two Pullman sleepers for
the trip from Los Angeles to Raymond and
This excursion will not only give the
editors an opportunity to have a pleasant
outing, and most of them to see the Yosemite
Valley for the first time, but it will also
give them 1 a much needed opportunity to
meet together for consultation over im
portant business matters that should, if
properly managed, pay them well for the
time and money spent on the trip.
As the main question for consideration
the committee has selected this subject:
" What can be done to secure for the pa
pers of Southern California a reasonable
compensation for the publication of legal
It is the desire of the committee to have
this question thoroughly discussed, and to
have some action taken that shall lead to
In order to lay the foundation for such a
discussion it is desired that one editor from
each one of the seven counties south of
Tehachapi Pass be selected by the editors of
the respective counties, and that such editors
shall present to the Association each a brief
paper — not exceeding fifteen minutes for
reading, in which shall be presented some
practical plan for the solution of this ques
It is desired that tha editors of each
county shall designate at an early date some
one of their number to present this subject.
The names of such persons so selected
should be .sent to the chairman of. this com
mittee as (soon as possible, as the time is
short and the persons so selected should be
given as much time as possible to consider
After these papers are presented a general
discussion will be invited with a hope that
some plan of procedure may be agreed upon
before the conclusion of the editorial meet
It is hoped that every newspaper publish?
south of Tehachapi Pass will be represented
on this excursion, and in the deliberations
of the Association by some one authorized
to represent the financial interests of the
Business meetings of the Association will
be held at Wawona Hotel on Friday evening,
June 13; at Yosemite Hotel, Saturday even
ing, June 14, and again at Wawona Hotel
on the return trip Tuesday evening, June 17.
At these meetings the papers and discussion
above referred to will be in order, also the
annual election of officers and any other
business that may come up for considera
Those joining this excursion must be
members of the Editorial Association of
Southern California. The membership fee
is $2, and the dues are $2 a year. Those
who are now members, and who paid their
dues for 1901, will only have to pay the dues
of 1902 — $'> Those who did not pay their
dues last year will have to pay dues for two
years— s4. Those who are not members
must pay the $2 membership fee and dues
for 1902—51. This remittance should be
sent to the chairman of the Excursion Com
mittee, with the application for transporta
tion, and the chairman will turn it over to
When this remittance is made the member
can also authorize the chairman to arrange
his transportation with the Southern Pa
cific Company, as all applications for trans
portation must pass through, the chairman
of the Excursion Committee. .
The payment to the Btage company of the
$37.50 can be made to a representative of
that company during the trip from Los An
geles to Raymond.
The Excursion Committee should have a
complete list of those who are to join the
excursion by Monday, June 9, in order to
arrange for the necessary Pullman sleepers,
and in order that the stage company may
be notified of the accommodations they are
Direct all communications relative to the
Editorial Excursion to L. M. Holt, 224
Stowell Block, Los Angeles, Cal.
L. M. HOLT, Chairman.
E. P. CLARKE,
Editorial Excursion Committee.
Los Angeles, May 9, 1902.
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