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That a new era of activity and
development is opening up in this
Valley :s apparent to every one.
There has been a very marked
improvement witliin the past two
weeks. The merchants all re
• port increased sales, the people
are coming into the Valley at the
rate of about fifty per day. Va
cant houses iif Imperial are net
ting scarce, and those tliat & are
still unoccupied are already rented
and will be,tenented irTa short
time. We are informed by Mr.
D. R. Stevenson that the arrange
ments are all complete for the
erection of a new and complete
ice plant at Imperial, and- that in
conjunction with this a modern
up-to-date creamery will be in
stalled. Also that a capitalist is
in the Valley now who is ready
to furnish the farmers all the
money they want to buy dairy
cows, put in alfalfa and get into
the dairy business.
That this man will loan his
money on such security and at
such rates, the farmers can deal
with him and still see something
in it for themselves. Mr. Steven
son said this man and his terms
would be made known to the
dairymen at their meeting next
Monday, and he felt confident
the outcome would be such a
lx>om in the dairy business as it
had never had anywhere.
We suspect this man will make
it a condition with his loans, that
the dairyman shall patronize the
Imperial creamery and ice plant,
for very likely he will be inter
ested in the entire operation.
Such a course would be a sub
stantial thing to do for the town
and one that would be -very much
apprecinted by our people and
business menl The people of
Imperial must be loyal to their
town and support all movements
for its development and the fur-!
therance of its interests. Every j
effort must be. put forth to secure!
the location of the high school j
here. A meeting in the further- j
ance of. this movement will be!
held at the office of the Imperial I
Land Company on Wednesday, j
October 4, at which time the!
petitions bearing on the matter j
will be prepared and pat ties se- i
cured to circulate them. This
work is under the direction of the j
Chamber of Commerce. |
Then there is the Agricultural
Experiment Station — Imperial is
the proper place tor that, too.
This Experiment Station can bej
had if we go after it, and that it!
will be> gone after goes without;
saying, for the people of Im- ;
perial are aroused and united in •
the work of building up the
town and are not going'to permit
any opportunity to do so to pass
The construction of a bridge!
over New river northwest from
town will bring the great deposit
of building stone and sand, re
ferred to elsewhere in our col
umns, to within easy access to
this place and that will give Im
perial a big advantage over the j
other towns of the Vallay in the
matter of first-class building ma
terial. While the other towns!
of the Valley all have their
advantages and are each backed
by good country surrounding
them, Imperial is pre-eminent
in general advantages, and with !
its central location ' and substan- j
tial lead will easily distance all I
its competitors and continue to
be, as it always has been, the
Hub City, the capital of the
desert Empire and county seat
of the future Imperial County. !
For An Experiment Station
Imperial Valley has "made good".^oii'
every proposition that it has ever had
. to face, and it has been done single
handed and without promotion or help
i from any public source. The pioneer
i farmers took up the work of redeeming
this Valley in the face ot the most dis
couraging advice and pessimisti" reports
from tha government soil experts. By
their perseverance and loyalty to their
work they have demonstrated that there
was something the soil experts didn't
know. They have shown that Colora
do river water and Imperial Valley
brains will make crops grow, where the
rules of the book say the seeds won't
'germinate. Our farmers have done a
"great work in overt urn ing the set formu
jihis of the doctrinaires and proving that,
there is more in irrigation and culture
than had been supposed by the bookish
attaches of the soil survey. But there
is a very great work the govern niunt
can do iii this Valley and one that will
benefit yot only the people of this Val
ley, but those of every arid state and all
i the west where similar soil and climatic
"conditions obtain. And that, is to es
tablish an Agricultural Experiment
Station. Congress appropriates money
liberally for the use of the Statt? Agri
cultural Colleges in this work and we
learn that there was an extra appro
priation given to California during the
preset) t year of $30,000 for this purpose.
! There is nowhere else in the arid west
j where such .typically/ desert conditions
i are present and in no other region is so
large or so successful an irrigation work
being done. Here all the unsolved
problems of arid region agriculture and
horticulture lare present and ready for]
determination. What we need is a
complete experiment station that can
hike up and test all the different plants,
mains, fruits and economic trees that
have been found by our agricultural ex
j plorers in other psirts of the world where
| the climate and soil is similar to ours
; and which promise to be successtul here.
I They should also conduct irrigation in
vestigations and look into the matter
of drainage. Such a station would be i
j highly appreciated by our people and
they would be glad to co-operate with
the government officials in the matter
of establishing it and iri its work after
il was established. We are certain that
a tract of land and free water" could be
secured for the site of the experiment
farm and all the government would be
asked to do would be to put up the build
ings and maintain the work. The man
to confer with regarding this matter is
Professor E. J. Wickson, Director of the
Agricultural Experiment Station, Berk
eley, California, and we snggest that
the Chamber of Commerce take this
matter up with him at once. Professor
Wickson was here with the Irrigation
Committee on June 10th and got some
idea of our country then and we hove
reason to believe he will be willing to
listen to our claims and will do what he
can for us in this matter. The fact that
funds are available . with which this
work can be done makes the present a j
very opportune time to urge the matter. {
The value of such a station to our peo- 1
pie and Valley would be very great.
Just think what it" would be to have the
government reporting on our early
grapes, our cantaloupes, our immense
crops of alfalfa and money making crops
of alfalfa seed. Also onr hogs and cat- ,
tie, as well as the dozens of valuable!
plants they, would introduce and adapt!
to our Valley's production. Let an . or- 1
gauized effort be made to secure the Ex
periment Station. There is plenty of
money to support it and imperial Val
ley is the proper place for it. The gov
ernment shonkPdn all the}' can to pro- j
mote our welfare now to even up mat
ters for the "knocks" they have* given
us in the past.
W. V. Hardy, the United States Hy
drographer, is having a little less stren
uous time with his work than he had
while the water was rising and he had
to measure the rivers flowing through
this Y f alley. All he- measures now is
the canals and some flumes he has in
stalled to see how much water is used
on certain tracts during the year. The
work of measuring the run-off of water
in New river and Salton channel has
been discontinued by the government.
Water has been measured in this Valley
now for nearly three years by the gov
ernment hydrographers and enough
data has been secured to show what the
loss is by seepage and evaluation. So,
now th*-*y measure the Colorado river at
Yuma ami, again below the Imperial
heading, then measure the water in the
ditches in this Valley, make the deduc
tions for seepage and evaporation, ac
cording to the tables they have prepar
ed and the rest of the volume is being
discharged into Salton Sea. They call
such a table a "rating curve." There
is no more correct or painstaking work
done anywhere than ' is done by Uncle
Sam's boys in the Reclamation Service
and the work done in this "Valley is as
good as the beat-
The Creamery. Matter
Last Monday afternoon there was a
meeting of the Dairymen's Association
and the imperial business men, at the
vacant room in the Water Company
block. _ This'meeting waa held by pre
arrange^ on both sides and it was
disappointing that more definite pro
gress was not made. The dairymen
met by invitation from the business
men, to consider a proposition froiii
them regarding the creamery business.
At the appointed hour, the room was
'well filled and the business opened by
President Wilsie of the da ; rymen stat
ing the object of the meeting.
It was* then stated what the offer of
theEl Gentro Townsite Company was,
and Mr. Banta on behalf of the business
men,- made an offer-to do just as much
for the dairymen as the, other people
proposed and some better under cer
tain conditions. There was an evident
uneertuinty v of,iiiifid among the dairy
men in regard to just what they wanted :
some advocating a co-operative cream
ery and some wanting a stock •company
with limitations on the amount of slock
one person could own. •
After a good deal of discussion pro
and con on this matter, Mr. Banta pro
posed that the business men would
build such a creamery as the dairymen
wanted and soil it to them at cost with
out any cash payment and only charge
eight per cent on the notes. By this
means the dairymen could organize any
kind of a company the}' choose.
This appeared to be about -to brim;
matters to an issue, when Mr. Chase,
who owns the creamery that is now in
operation, took the floor and told the
dairymen that he was not altogether a
hopeless proposition. Jle reminded
them that he came into tlii.« Valley in
last April and bought t lie creamery
from Mr. II age with t lie express
promise from the dairymen that he
should Have the business as long as his
work and treatment, of thorn was satis
factory. Me then wanted to knov if
there was- any dissatisfaction and if so,
what was die cause for it, and promised
Unit it should bis removed. lie offered
to furnish the dairymen with 'milk
.testers, so they might test their own |
milk, and asked them to select a maul
and put him in the creamery as their
representative, to see th'ut all tests!
were properly made. , I
Several of the men recognized the
obligation they are under to Mr. Chase
and expressed a desire that he be enter
viewed and an effort made to secure
satisfactory terms from him. After
quite an animated discussion a cpm
mittce consisting of Messrs. Webster,
Haskell and Allen was appointed to
confer with Mr. Chase and with the
Imperial business men and the El
Centro: people and get the propositions
offered by these various parties and re
port; ft) an' executive session of the
Dairymen's Association to be held at
the same room in the Water Company
block on next Monday; afternoon,
October 2, at 1 o!clock, • I
While the meeting was in session the \
discussion took quite a wide range and
while some of the talk was not quite to
the point it was all "for the good of the |
order", and was'very interesting. One j
of the best speeches of this character!
was made by Mr. M. H. Sheets, who
lives out near Mesquite Luke, and is]
strongly opposed to any move to lessen ;
the ereamerv business of Imperial. ;
Mr. Sheets said that what this Valley !
needed was more dairies and more;
daiynien instead of more creameries. I
He told the Imperial business men that ;
what they should do would be to help!
the farmers get their farms into alfalfa j
and then help them get good dairy \
cows. That if they did this they would \
promote the welfare of Imperial by I
promoting the welfare of the farmers
around the town. That if there were i
.____— — _ ._ —
only enough dairymen dose to linjieriaH
there would always be a creamery here, j
and if the business men of Imperial;
always sold their goods the cheapest
the farmers would always come to this
town to trade. He told of a man in his !
old home in lowa who loaned $300,000 j
to dairymen to buy cattle with and!
never lost a dollar of it. ■
There was a genera! tendency among j
t! t dairymen to deprecate the sugges- j
tiou that there was anything either:
antagonistic or otherwise in regard to!
any of the towns of the Valley in their i
movement. It is but natural that a i
dairyman would prefer to have" a
creamery as close to him as possible for
the time he spends on the road adds to ]
the cost of his cream.
They know, however, that more
dairies is what is needed l>efore their j
wishes can be realized. It is freely!
stated by those in position to know,!
that bhe outcome to be expected will be j
satisfactory arrangements between Mr. I
Chase arid the dairymen, and no further/
agitation on* their part concerning more
creamery facilities at the present time. ]
E. E. Kasor of San Bernardino is in
the Valley for a few^ days thisweek.
B. G.-Bartels, who has been employed
on the Sisson ranch for about two
months, retnrned this week to Santa
Frank Barbours wife and family
arrived in Imperial this week from their
summer home at Banning and now
occupy 'the Ernest Heber house on G
A. H. Rehkoff was in Imperial Tues
day niuht to meet hie sister and sister
in-law, who came in on the evening
train from their old lowa home, on a
visit to Imperial Valley.
Rev. H. C. Mullen left for
Los Angeles to attend the annual con
ference of his Church, which meets in
that city this week. Mr. Mullen's pas
torate in this City has been very suc
cessful. During his work among the
Methodists here their new Church edi
fice has been erected and the member
ship built up to its present- strength
from a very small beginning.
, G. W. Denny and family came in
I Wednesday night from a month stay at
Loa Angeles and Escoudido. While out
he made final proof on his land. Like
Charley Fernald lie failed to stay here
jdnrinjr August and sweat all the ;m; m-
I purities out of his system, so he is
j suffering from severe boils which have
!so prostrated him that he has to go on
crutches: We hope Imperial climate
will .soon fix him up all right.
Last Monday morning':? train brought
to our town five j-ou ng men direct from
Illinois looking for employment. When
they got off at the depot and looked
around they were<juite a hit dishearten
ed and had very small hopes of success
here. Imperial was so different to what
they juid expected or. had been used to
in their eastern homes; However, they
plucked up courage and came up town,
where they found plenty of men look
ing for farm hands. They were all hired
out before two o'clock and each one gets
forty dollars a month, board and lod<*
ing. This looks nearly as big to an Illi
nois farm hand as a job as cashier of a
bank. There is a good demand for la
bor in this Valley ami reliable hands
can always get top prices.
11. C. Oakley is in the Valley for a
few days and spent part of the time in
Imperial. Mr. Oakley was a pioneer
promoter of the Imperial project and
has mad£ a fortune dealing in water
stock and promoting new companies.
Asa member of the Oakley, Faulin
Company and the Imperial Land Com
paq-, he and his partners controlled
the California Development Co. in the
palmy days of the Valley 'a promotion
and many and profitable were the deals
he engaged in at that time. At present
he is looking after his large property in
terests, having his lands improved and
working to build up his property and
settle up the Valley. He owns a large
tract in the heart of the eatitaloiiire belt
at Brawley and is one of the solid prop
erty owners who has made his fortune
in the. Imperial Valley.
Imperial Drug Co. ™™li*
For Patent Medicine, Combs, Brushes, Whisk Brooms, Chamois,
Purses, Chatalaine Bags, Board Card Games, Face Cream and
Powders, Talcum Powders, Fine Soaps, Perfume and Sachet
Powder, Fine Stationary :: :: :; :: :: :: ::
You will find the Imperial Drus Company the best place trbuy
Drs. Holtzmati, DgOoofsts arid opticians
--'Colonist Rates
September 1 5th to
October 31st, 1905
. Prom Eastern lPoiri ts
to California
Many Other Points in Proportion
CHOICE OF MANY ROUTES from the Northern boundary of the
united States to the Atlantic Ocean. Agents will receive deposits
account tickets from the East.
Inquireof J. E. CANNON, Agent, Imperial,
SoMtherri l>aciHc
: The members of the Imperial Valley
Dairymen's Association • are hereby
notified to meet at the office of Imperial
Water Company No. 1 at 1 o'clock
-sharp, on Monday, October 2, 1905, to
consider the-proposition of the Imperial
Easiness Men, that of Mr. Holt and of
Mr. Chase on the subject of creameries.
Secretary Imperial Valley Dairymen's
The maximum and minimum temper*
ature registered by the Government
thermometer as given by Weather Ob
server Dyke for the week ending Sep
tember 28 was as follows :
Date Maximum Minimum
Friday 104 65
Saturday: 98 ; 74
Sunday 102 „..% 69
Monday..... 104 70
Tuesday 105 " 69
Wednesday ...... 106 72
Thursday ........ 90 65
Imperial Market Reports
Barley per 100 * SO to 90 eta
Wheat " "..!.. $1.25
Hay, Grain per ton $9.00
" " Alfalfa, baled „..*. $8.50
11 loose ? ..... $7,00
Kaffir corn
Alfalfa. seed, per pound 15 eta
Eggs per dozen .....,!:.: 25 eta
Butter, ranch, per p0und...."....-... 20 eta
Poultry, old hens, per poniiif..... 7 eta
young roosters, r/'f V 9 eta
turkey!?, per pound 12)^cts
Hogs, live weight, per lb 4'< to 4?4 cts
Cattle, live weighs, "" Sets
cows: live weight,. per pound LL H > cts
Los Angeles Market Prices
Butter — Board of Trade Creamery, 57^
cents per two lb roll; Fancy Valley,
57, ! 4 ; Fancy Dairy, 47^; Fancy Coast
Crejuney, 50; Storage, 50.
F.ggs? — Local Ranch, 3<> to M 7 cts. ; East
ern Fresli, 30; Eastern Storage, 27 to
o0 ; Seconds, 123 ct^.
Potatoes per cwt.— New crop, Fancy
Local Burbanjksifl tosl.UO; Northern
High land, $1 to $1.15; Woodward
Island, $1.10 to $1.20;, Salinas, $1.25
to $1.50.
Onions — New crop per cwt., Sityerskina,
50 to 75c; Yellow Dauvers, 75 to$l;
Watsbuville, 00 to $1.10.
Poultry — Dealers are paying, live weight
for broilers, two lbs and under. 17cts
per lb; Fryers two to three lbs. 16c;
Old Hens, 14c; Old boosters. 14c;
Roasters, 3j.< to 4 lbs, 15c ; Ducks, 12c;
Turkeys, 20c.
Honey— Extracted, Water White, 12 to
13c per lb; Comb, 6J« to 7}.< c; White
12 to 13c; Light Amber, s*.j to 6*~.
Hay— Barley per ton, $14.50; Wheat,
$11 to $12.50; Alfalfa, $!J to $10; Oat,
$13 to $14; Red Oat, $!> to $11; Off
Grades, $7 to $9.
Live Hogs, bp^ to s)«c i»e ib.
Live Cattle— Steeis, 4 \£. to 4? 4 ; Cows,
Sheep, $3 to $4 per head.
Post Office
Uours: Ba. m. u»7:.V> p. ni. Sunday 9to 10a.m.
Mails close, East.: 3:40 p. m. West: 7:15 p-*m.
*• HoUvillr. H»*ber and Calexico.7:lsa. ta.
Stlsbee: Tuesday's. Thursday's, Saturday's*.
Mails arrive from Ea3t, 7:55 a.m.
' ** From West, 8:05 p. ra.
11. K. Allatt, Postmaster.

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