Published each Saturday at Imperial,
San Diego County, Cal., by
IMPERIAL PRESS PUBLISHING CO.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1902.
Joe Estudillo rode up from Calexico
J. Hicks, of San Diego, registered at
Hotel Imperial last Sunday.
C. M. Pima and wife, of San Diego,
were town the first of the week.
'R. D. McPherrin spent Sunday in
Ciiiexico making blue prints of several
of his maps.
Charles I^athrop returned Tuesday
from a business trip to Los Angeles
Earl Heber returned Tuesday from
Los Angeles where he has been visit
ing his parents.
S. H. Hoi ton, of San Peipro, was
camping on his ranch near Silsbee the
first of the week.
W. D. Montgomery has a change of
ad this week and quotes some prices il
will pay you to look up.
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Barnett, of Ri
veria, came in Saturday for a visit of
several weeks with Fred Fuller.
R. H. Beuton, G. W, McCain and
Dave Babcock, all of San Diego, were
registered at the Hotel Imperial Wed
Jos. F. Aver, who is the newly elect
ed constable at Calexico, passed thro'
town Tuesday on his way home from
C. D. Hartshorn, of Escondido, spent
a few days this week with his brother
W. H. Hartshorn, who is interested in
the ice plant.
V. E. Shaw a leading attorney of
San Diego, came in Tuesday to look
at the fertile land in what San Diego
is wont to call "Our back country."
N. I. Mosley, who has been an em
ploy of the Southern Pacific for fifteen
years, is in the valley for an outdoor
life as office work was telling on his
Dan Browning informs us that A. N.
Jones, of Silsbee, has a sweet potato
that weighs 12 pounds. That should
be on exhibition here when the Farm
ers Institute meets next Friday.
Last Wednesday we 'had a most disa
greeable wind and sand storm which
culminated on Thursday morning 1 in a
steady rain for several hours. Not
much water fell but what did was
enough to make every-thing sticky.
Arthur Fuller, of Riveria, came in
last Saturday to spend the winter with
his brother Fred Fuller on their ranch
south of town. He left us some fine
Englisn Walnuts which he picked in
his own grove. He has 10 acres in
bearing and if the balance of the crop
were as fine as what he left us, they
will have no trouble in tnarketeng them.
Carroll B. Smith, J. O. Riddel and
K. C. Wells, of Redlauds came in Tues
day and spent Wednesday on W. F.
Holt's tract east of Calexico. Accom
panied by V. E. Shaw they left Impe
rial about 3a. m. Thursday for Old
Beach to br in time to catch the Over
laud west. They must have had a
disagreeable ride because shortly after
they left it began to rain and kept at
it steadily until about 9 a. m.
'lhere will be a special Thanksgiving
service in the Imperial church next
Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock.
Every one is invited to attend.
Re-Organize Sunday School
On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23d, a
meeting- will be held at the Blue Lake
School House, at 3 o'clock for the pur
pose of reorganizing the Sunday
School. All persons living' in the vi
cinity, both old and young, are urged
to be present to share in this impor
Thanks Giving Dinner.
Mrs. Belle Mead, Proprietor of the
Hotel Dining Room, will serve an elab
orate dinner on Thanksgiving day,
Nov. 27th. It will be a regular New
England dinner with turkey. cranberry
sauce, and all the side dishes that go
to make a meal of that kind .first class.
Dinner will be served from 12 to 2 p.m.
Fence and Corral Posts For Sale
Fence posts $10 per 100: Corral posts
$20 per 100. On all orders booked next
week 10% off on 1000, 5% off on 500. I
want money or bankeable security for
next week and will be at Imperial on
Thursday, the 27th, Friday 28th and
Saturday the 29th. Shell and Rutter
began cutting the 17th and are cutting
150 per day. Parties can inspect them
on west side or inlet to Blue L-ake.
E. L. Eggi.kston.
More Cattle for the Valley
On Tuesday, Nov. 18th, a rodero was
held at Monument 221 near Calexi< o
and the following Mock was passed
over the Mm- into the United States:
Edward Aiken 190 head cattle
Thing Bros 400 '• •"•
Edward Ga ski 11 100
Thing Bros 140 •• hogs
J. B. Hoffman. 6 mules and I horse.
Leroy Holt was expected to leave
Wilcox, Ariz., Thursday with 500 head
of cattle bound for Imperial.
A Public Convenience
W. D. Montgomery, with an idea of
being accommodating' to the public in
general, has erected a large public
watering trough in front ot his store.
It's a convenience which is highly ap
preciated oy every person who has a
horse or mule to water when they come
to town. Another convenience which
Mr. Montgomery has added to his store
is a parcel delivery within the city
limits- This is free to all liis patrons
and is in operation every day except
Barbacue Next Saturday
On next Saturday, the last day of
the Farmers' Institute, at noon will be
held a mammoth barbacue at which
everyone present will be fed as long
as there is anything left to eat. The
committee in charge, Clias. Lathrop,
W. A. Van Horn, A. J. Elliott, Benj.
Harbour and W. D. Montgomery are
straining every nerve to make it a suc
cess. It will be a unique feature of
the Institute and one which many peo
ple have never seen.
Again we emphasize the fact that
exhibits are wanted with which to dec
orate the hall.
You cannot afford to miss a single
session of the Institute.
Returned From Gulf of California
A. E. Babcook, Robt. Beuton and
Jos. Maddox about ten days ago rode
horseback across the country to the
country near the head of the Gulf of
California, which is about 170 miles
from Julian and 80 miles from Yuma.
Messrs. Babcock and ltentou have
about 1500 head of stock on their ranges
there and they made arrangements
Watch this Space
And note our prices for prompt paying 1 cash trade
Breakfast Bacon, the best 20 cts alb Coal Oil, 5 gals. $1.50, bring your can
Bacon Backs - - 17 cts alb Tomatoes, Corn, Peas and Beans at
Rex Hams, Al, 17 cts alb $2.75 per case while present stock
Best Granulated Sugar $5.50 per cwt lasts.
17 pounds for $1 Dried Peaches, Pears, Plums and Apri-
Devilled Ham for lunch 5c per can cots, "new crop," 25 lb lots, 7c to 8c
Johnson's Pineapple - 15c per can per pound.
Imperial Farmers' Store,
W. D. MONTGOMERY, Proprietor.
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while there to pasture more of their
herds. The stock in that section are
all fat as there is an abundance of
green feed, thousands of acres of land
being subject to overflow from the
Colorado river during the season of
Mr. Maddox stated that they met a
party of 18 miners from Los Angeles
with teams and mining outfit destined
to a recently discovered El Dorado 50
miles below the line, where quite a
number of prospectors and miners are
at work developing the mineral re
sources of that section.
Mr. Silsbee, the founder of the set
tlement of Silsbee on Blue Lake in the
Imperial country, and his associates
have taken up about 60 square miles of
good grazing land in the neighbor
hood of the mouth of the Colorado.
But with all it*, natural resources
Mr. Maddox does not consider )hat re
gion a very desirable place to make a
home. — Julian Miner.
The Land Question
It is time for the landless to begin
to study the laud question. It can be
done better now than at any later pe
riod. Land every where is becoming
dearer. Many think it dear already.
Many thought it dear ten years ago,
or twenty years ago, and on that ac
count refused to buy a home, prefer
ring to wait until land became cheaper.
Now they see their error, for it takes
from three to ten times as much mon
ey to buy an acre as it did a few years
ago. As an investment for actual use
laud is as cheap now as it ever was.
As much clear profit can now l>e made
from laud costing thirty dollars per
acre, as could have been made from
the same land when it was without a
purchaser at five dollars per acre.
Times have changed, customs have
changed and methods have changed,
and improved implements enable a
man to cultivate twice or three times
as much land as he could a few years
afjo, and prices for farm products are
higher. Thirty years ago a farmer
was considered a prodigy of success if
he cleared more than five per cent per
annum on his investment. Now many
farmers clear twenty to thirty percent
and some make much more than this.
Results of yood farming considered,
land is cheaper now than it ever was,
even if it costs five times as much per
acre. People are beginning to realize
these facts and as a result there is an
ever increasing demand for laud for
farming. Agricultural education and
agricultural inventions make farming
now a most attractive business known
for men of normal instincts, and just
such men are on farms, or looking for
farms, the former having a larye ad
vantage over the latter, because they
have the start ol them. Now is a good
time to buy farms, and the Southwest
is the best country in which to buy
them.— Farm and Ranch.
W. F. Holt was in the valley this
week with a party of landseekers.
Importance of Water
Prof. VV. I). Gibbs, of the Experi
mental Station, made an interesting
talk on "Importance of Water on Crop
Growth," illustrating' many points by
data which hung in view of the audi
ence. He dealt chiefly with the topic
of soil moisture. He stated that it was
a well known fact that plants required,
for the best results, the four essen
tials of heat, light, food and water.
We have these requisites in profusion,
with the exception of water, although
this all important factor ranged from
a ten-inch rainfall in some sections to
a forty-inch in others*. Green growing
crops are composed largely of water,
while even dry crops contain a large
amount. Plants also receive their food
through the medium of water, and
water also dissolves their food and ren
ders it available. Water also aids in
decay and regulates the temperature,
which are necessary functions of plant
life. Our soils have a deficiency of
water, while crops require large quan
tities of it.
For illustration, it requires 309
pounds of water to produce one pound
of the dry matter of corn. Weeds take
water from the soil to the detriment
of crops and this is their worst feature
The object is to make the best possi
ble use of the water supplies that we
have. Crops extract a great amount
of water from t lie soil. By cultivating
a loose layer ol soil it will tend to pre
vent evaporation. This is on the prin
cipal that oil will ascend more rapidly
in a closely woven wick than in one
loosely woven, the capillary attraction
being greater, therelore moisture will
not ascend to the surface and evapo
rate »o readily in loose ground as in
that which i«* packed down. Fall plow
ing will save more moisture than
spring plowing. The soil holds the
moisture like a sponge. Cultivating
as soon as possible after every rain or
irrigation will aid in retaining the
moisture in the soil. Flat cultivation
is better than ditch cultivation, as
there is less surface exposed. Rolling
alone dries soil, but if followed up by
ha rrowing the ground retains moisture.
The Experimental Station is heartily
interested in thisquestion, and promis
es any aid possible; good work has al
ready been done but more is needed. —
Farm and Ranch.
E. L. Eggleston is advertising fence
posts for sale. He expects to have 10,
000 Hue posts and says that if they are
soaked a month the "borers" will nev
e.i touch them.
The government experts were in
town Saturday securing" bids for suplies
They are a most genial lot of young
men to meet and are tending strictly
to their work. They are of the belief
that this will be one of the greatest
sections of California but there area
few spots where trouble will be experi
enced in handling the land. At pres
ent they are working in the vicinity
of New River.
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