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Imperial Press
VOL. 11.
The San Diego Sun publishes an in- ,
terview with a business man who is
interested in the Imperial Settlements
which is well worth reading:
A San Diegan-Sun reporter called
this morning upon a well known busi
ness man who has made frequent trips
to the New River section of the coun
try, and who has cons-derable interests
there, and asked him to give some
information regarding the country and
its prospects. His reply was:
"In the first place, I do not believe
the citizens of San Diego fully appre
ciate the importance of the eastern
part of our county, and are not awake
to its possibilities. This is largely due j
to the fact that it is difficult and
somewhat expensive to make a trip
into this new and heretofore un
known district. To make the trip
overland means a hard wagon ride of
eight days, and that the person mak
ing the trip must camp out, and in
various ways be put to an inconven
ience. The trip by rail must be made
through Los Angeles or Colton, with
poor accommodations, and more or
less delay, followed by a stage ride of
30 miles to Imperial. The transpor
tation costs about $30 beside the other
expenses. This also consumes about
four days in time, and to either trip
must be added at least four days ad
ditional to properly see the various
portions of the country. However,
notwithstanding these inconveniences,
it behooves our people to take notice
of what is being done in our own
county, and to make the most of the
opportunities afforded us, or we may
wake up some morning to the realiza
tion that these opportunities have been
utilized by others.
"In a direct line from San Diego to
Silsbee it is about 115 miles. From
here to Los Angeles about the same.
From Los Angeles to Silsbee, or Blue
Lake, is 230 miles, or twice as far.
Yet the traffic of this valley is all
"Water is King— Here is its Kingdom."
taken to Los Angeles, on account of
having rail connection over most of
the distance. When we get through
with the San Diego-Eastern we will
have the advantage, but in the mean
time the Southern Pacific has entered
into a contract to complete its exten
sion to Imperial by September Ist,
thus leaving 115 miles of wagon road
to compete with 23(T'miles of rail. It
requires no calculation to see where
the trade will go. While our people
are doing all that can be done with
the railroad from here, they should
also become acquainted with the
needs, conditions and requirements of
the country they expect will contrib
ute to our commercial future. There
has been approximately 120.000 acres
of land filed upon in the New River
section, and while at present -there
may not be more than 6000 oi** 700.0
acres in actual cultivation, prepara
tions are being made to double -that
amount this fall and winter. On ac
count of distance from market and
supplies, all improvements made there
have been at considerable expense,
and the early completion of the rail
road will mean a much more substan
tial growth than in the past was pos
"The Imperial Land Company and
its various ..connections have been in
dustr^(|is i^f getting water into the
valley, and putting in laterals and dis
tributing ganals. Their main canal
enters the New River Valley in its
southeastern portion and travels
northward about twenty or twenty
five miles. It varies in size from 40
to 70 feet in width, and is deep enough
to carry a river of water. In every
direction houses and tents denote the
habitation of some homesteader or
desert land entryman. Teams are at
work clearing and cultivating the
lands, and in making extensions to the
canal system. The town of Imperial
has made great progress and is now
quite a flourishing village. Caiexico,
on the Mexican border, and about 16
miles south of Imperial, is destined to
be quite an important place, while the
new town of Silsbee will be put to the
front, and on account of its location
on the beautiful Blue Lake, will be
come a town of importance, and is one
in which many of our San Diego peo
ple have interests. When our railroad
is finished and passengers from the
hot deserts east come to this lake, sur
rounded by green trees and pleasant
homes, there is no doubt but many
will decide that the term desert is a
misnomer and cast their anchors
there. An ice plant has been deter
mined upon, and soon this luxury will
be found in the midst of the formerly
dreaded Colorado Desert. The survey
of the San Diegan-Eastern skirts the
southern line of the Silsbee townsite,
while the Southern Pacific extension
will come to Imperial, nine miles
northeast from Silsbee, and will un
doubtedly be extended to Silsbee.
Crops and Climate.
"While the possibilities of this coun-
try have not been tested, it has long
since passed the experimental period.
Crops of sorghum, barley, millet, mel
ons and vegetables have already been
raised in wonderfully large yields. Al
falfa has done fine, and will attract
much more attention in the future.
It is believed that sugar cane and cot
ton will be a success, but if not, there
is enough money in the croVs that are
known to be successfully raised. The
lands are easily cleared and cultiva
tion is not at all difficult, and being
level, irrigation is an easy proposi
tion. The crops already produced
show the excellent producing qualities
of the soil.
"Much has been said about the hot
weather in this locality, but those who
have spent the last two summers
there are almost unanimous in saying
that there are several valleys in the
older parts of the State that are as
hot. The greatest objection to the
weather that I have found is the high
winds that are quite prevalent, espe
cially during the winter and spring
months. These, however, are not half
as objectionable as the cold winds
and sleet experienced in many States
during the same months."
Minutes of meeting of Board of
Directors of Imperial Water Company
No. 1, held June 3rd, 1902, at the office
of the company, room 224 Stowell
Block, Los Angeles, California.
The meeting was called to order by
the vice-president, Mr. Paulin.
Directors present: I. W. Gleason,
George A. Carter and F. C. Paulin.
The reading of the minutes of the
previous meeting was dispensed with.
Whereupon Mr. Carter offered the
following resolution and moved its
adoption: "Resolved tnat the 10th day
of the month be established as the
pay day of the corporation." The
motion was duly seconded and carried.
The bills of Mr. J. H. McKim and
Mr. Gleason for traveling expenses
were presented, and on motion were
allowed and ordered paid.
Whereupon, no further business ap
pearing, the meeting then adjourned.
Down on the lower end of the irre
claimable (?) Colorado Desert, where
two years ago there were no inhabi
tants, there have been established
three postoffices — Imperial, Barnes
and Silsbee. And it now looks as
though, within another year, three
more will be created — Caiexico, East
side and Braly. Talk about growth!
Only supply a sufficiency of irrigating
water, and settlement follows with a
rapidity that paralyzes the conserva
tive Easterner. And the beauty of
irrigation is that it creates intensive
farming. Hence small tracts, dense
population, near neighbors, schools,
churches, society and civilization. —
Redlands Citrograph.
That's what.
Charles Kelly left an eight-foot
stalk of clover at the Chamber of Com
merce yesterday, which he found in
Jamacha Valley. The rich soil of ir
rigated Imperial may equal, but will
hardly discount, this in the clover
line. — San Diego Union.
That stalk is tall enough; all that is
necessary is enough stalks.
The early worm feeds the bird.
No. 9

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