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VOL. VI MORE CANTALOUPES A New Melon Growers' Association Organized Last Wednesday Night A numb jk of cantaloupe prowers met last Wednesday night In the band hall and or ajilzed the El Centro Fancy Melon Gr >wers' Association. The following II tof directors was elected: H. W. Kln\e, P. 0. Parsons, C. N. Kyne, W. s) Ballard and J W. Mast en. Mr. Klnne was made president and Mr. Parsons, secretary of the new organization. H. B. Pearson, of the. Crutchfleld & Woolfolk Co., of Plttsburg, Pa., was present and outlined his company's plan of operation and explained the many advantages it possessed and the new association signed a contract with his' company to (handle the output for this year. This Co. Has already j)urchased v two lots just north of the El Centro ma chine shops and will erect a packing house thereon right away. Arrange ments have been made to build a spur track to the new packing house and it will be used jointly by the association and the machine shops. Two hundred acres have been signed up already and It is thought the acre age will be somewhat increased next week, although it is not the intention to take on much more this year, i An advance of 75c per cra^e for the month of June and 50c per crate for July is given the growers, with a quick settlement for the balance. Crutchfield & Woolfolk will maintain an office here, having secured rooms over the bank. An experienced field man will soon arrive and will give the growers pointers, which will aid them materially. Open Air Concert The El Centro band gave its second open air concert last Sunday afternoon and judging from the applause and compliments frorri the cr6wd which listened it was easily evident that the event was a great success. The boys are becoming accustomed to each other and can work admirably together, thus producing the best effect possible with the limited number of instruments in the band. A large crowd occupied the hotel veranda, upstairs and down, and many In from the country enjoyed the music from their rigs. Prof. Antonio Scarpa, who directs the band, was the recipient of many compliments and had to acknowledge several encores. He has Instructed the musicians In a way that produces the music and aside from a little ner vousness the boys followed his baton regularly. Another open air concert will be given by the El Centro band next Sun day, February 23d. This will be good news to those who heard the band last Sunday. The following is a list of the players and instruments: Director, Prof. Antonio Scarpa. A. W. Woods, flute. Chas Henderson, clarionet. P. 0. Parsons, clarionet. Prof. Scarpa, clarionet. J. R. Slane, cornet. Roy L. Rumsey, cornet. Murray Stover, cornet.. John Norton, baritone. L. J. Woolley, tenor. B. E. Nosier, alto. E. H. Sherman, alto. R. H. Clark, tuba. Bert Parker, snare drum. R. P. L. Moore, bass drum, EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 1907 A Surprise Party A pleasant surprise party was given to Mr. W. C. Gray, at his home, three miles east of El Centro. last Monday night, February 18th, by his many friends, In honor of his 51st birthday. Although Mr. Gray never dreamed of such a thing, he nevertheless enjoyed himself to the fullest extent, as well as did all those who were present. Ice cream and cake was served and dancing was indulged in until a late hour. Mr. and Mrs. Gray have just lately sold their place here, but do not Intend to remove from the valley. Those present were Messrs. and Mesdames Leebe Van Horn, T. J. Sowles, Mrs. Mary Atkins, W. L. Payne, Ha'ry Glenn, Miss Daisy Tay lor, of San Pedro; Misses Nannie M r^anr Pearl Morgan, Susie Van- Horn, Ora Van Horn, Alice Edge, of Holtville; Bertha Taggart, of Holtville; Opal Gray. Mildred Gray, Etta Souder, and Cora Souder, cf Santa Ana, Mr. Geratt Atkins, Jesse Atkins, Alva, Fred, Herbert, Ray and Everett Van Horn, of Holtville; F. Fuller, of Imperial; Bert Morgan, Willie McGulre. Ray Rice, of Silsbee; Ernest Butran, Bane Chapman, Frank Merchant, Thomas Gray, Edward Beckworth, Ed. Edge, of Holtville. and many other friends whose names are not remembered. The offices of v^the , Holton Power company, wereVmoyed yesterday from the rear of ♦he, flank; to a suit of rooms up stairs in thV^im'e '^building, where they will be per mVn^ritly, located. Mr. Paris, the general is now nicely settled! and., is v no N doubt greatly relieved attflnally securing office space large enough to enable the creasing business j>f his company to be handled with gneater dispatch, than was possible in the limited office space just vacated. F. G. Havens, Ira Aten and W. F. Martin, the latter gentleman a mem ber of the U. t>. Geological survey, have been goneVill week on a tour through Lower California, going to the recent break and\ down by Hardy's Colorado, and theyunay have also vis ited the mud spring*. The party are expected back'to-dayi They went to Investigate the condition of things in the lower country and to see the new dam. \ Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Patterson left Friday noon for San Diego, where they intend to visit for a few weeks. Mr. Patterson will make proof at that place in the near future. AND TUB IMPERIAL I'RHSS THEY'RE STILL UNDECIDED READING ROOM OPENED A Delightful Social and Entertain ment Given by the Ladies Thurs day Evening Thursday evening the opening of the new reading room In the hotel block was made the occasion of a so cial gathering in the parlors of the ho tel and the evening was very pleasantly passed by quite a number of- people. A short program was given, consisting of a delightful duet by Prof, and Mrs. Scarpa on the claironet and violin, ac companied by Miss Mabelle Swindle on the piano; recitation by Miss Alma Tuttle; recitation by Mrs. G. T\ Irvln; an original poem by Mrs. J. C. Black- Inton, entitled "The Desert of the Colorado," for which Mrs. Blackinton received many compliments; vocal du et by Miss Tuttle and Mrs. C. F. But tress and a song by little Dorothy Mas ten and Cyril Parsons. x The party adjourned to the reading room, where decorations with nastur tiums, sunflowers, roses and wild mus tard and the artistic arrangement of pictures made a very attractive room for the occasion. Refreshments were served and a social time followed. The local organization of W. C. T. U. started the idea of a reading room and tfie committee in charge consists of Mesdames J. S Brown, J. G. Newton, L. H. Cooper, W. W. Mastenand Mr. E. C. Pound. The reading rocm promises to be a heipful institution and with the*constant addition of books and magazines will grow valuable to the town as time passes. Still Acquiring Right of Way ;w By a transfer at the office of the "county recorder. Monday, the San Di ego'& Arizona railway company ac quired practically all of its right of way alongy sixth averus, National CltyJ fro^mr First \street to Twenty- Fifth. Thisjdeed Is a grant of property in volved-lri the 'condemnations proceed ings instituted' some time ago .in the superior c6urt"to l acqulreV;thfl > right cf way. The property=ls"deyded to the railway compariy'by- trie 'San Diego Land company, of .which John E. Boal is general manager/and according to the deed filed VMprsay the price paid for the property Id' question was $81 - 287.50.™ san Diego Union. Wilson, (the real estate man from lmpe'rlal «.. ved a great many people property Wound El Centro this week. He and his auto are familiar figures here. I School . Entertainment Exercises appropriate to Washing ton's birthday were held In the El Centro school house, Thursday after noon. The program included selec tions in remembrance of the four prominent Americans whose birthdays occur In February — Washington, Lin coln, Longfellow and Lowell. The teachers appreciated the inter est manifested by the many visitors. Following is the program as rendered: Song, America, School. Address of welcome, Viola Buttess. Patriotic quotations, school. Recitation, Washington's birthday, Rudyard Perklss. Recitation, Our Flag, Harry Newton. Recitation, Paul Reveres Ride, Maud Adams. Song, Mount Vernon Bells, school. Recitation, Building of the Ship, Boyce Aten, Ollie Morgan. Recitation, The First Snowfall, Al berta Perkiss. Recitation, The psalm of life, Rol and Adams. Song Dorothy Masten, Cyril Parsons. Recitation, The rainy day, Edith Adams, Imogen Aten. Recitation, The arrow and the song, Rolland Downing. Recitation, The flag, Marlon Aten. Recitation, The . children's hour, Marjorle Paris. Recitation, The day is done, Hester Adims. Song, Tenting to-night, school. The Press is in receipt of the an nouncement for 1907 of the Whlttler, Cal., and a card from Dr. Francis J. Bold. The doctor Is nicely located at Whlttler and is listed as one of the physicians of the hospital. His many friends of the valley wish him unlimit ed success and congratulate the Whit tier hospital in being fortunate enough to add his name to their stuff of phy sicians and surgeons. Colorado River Oage Taken At Yuma Dally mean gage height and dis charge of the Colorado river at Yuma, Arizona for week ending February 16, 1907: Date Cage Height Discharge February 10 21.00 20,800 February 1 1 20 90 20,300 February 12 20.75 18,900 February 13 20.60 17,400 February 14 20.50 16.600 February 15 20.55 17,000 February 16 20.50 16,600 Reclamation Service. ON THE MOVE Town Property Takes a Jump and Building Prospects Good for the future The town of El Centro has already felt the impulse of renewed confidence which has started to spread over the valley as a result of the last victory over the Colorado river. A sure Indication that things are picking up is the activity in the town lot business done by the El Centro Townsite Co. during the last week. Following Is a list of purchasers who feel that they have made a good and safe Investment In property close to the heart of town: Robt. P. L. Moore, two lots. E. H. Sherman, two lots. J. W. Masten, two lots. O. B. Tout, two lots. F. L. Replogle, one lot. D. D. Pellet, one lot. L. M. Moore, one lot. The El Centro Fancy Cantaloupe Growers' Association, two lots. First M. E. church, four lots. This Is a total of seventeen • lots which were purchased during the week with several more ready to close bar gains of similar nature. President W. T. Bill, of the Town site Co., who has been here several days, Is greatly pleased with this con fidence displayed In El Centro, and * while he has always believed, with: Mr. Holt, that El Centro has a great future, he Is glad that the activity has com menced so early. BUILDING NOTES The activity In building is also on the Increase. L. M. Moore will commence con struction Immediately of a $1000 house on his lot in block 4. Plans for the newF^iesbyterian church, which l^o-be i *efected .on one of the corners at 4th and Olive streets, are completed and funds will soon be available for construction. The church will cost about $3500. Plans for the El Centro school house which will be a $5000 addition to the buildings here, are also complete. The building, according to present plans, will be located northwest of the Franklin hotel. The new cantaloupe^assoclation will build a shed near the El Centro ma chine shops. The biggest cesspool In the valley Is being constructed back of the El Cen tro hotel. It is 35 by 10 1-2 feet and it is to be twenty-si.* feet deep. An other Is being constructed for the ac commodation of the opera house block In the rear of that structure. Trie new residence of C. E. Paris, superintendent of the Holton Power company. Yas been completed and Mri Paris and family moved In this week. It Is one of tthe most convenient and best built houses In the valley. It Is located at FoVth and Olive streets. There are many other plans to build, which will be consummated in the near future. E^ Centro promises to grow by leaps and\bounds and R Is,the opln on of everyonev who studies'the^sltua tlon that this plac^e" offerssometof the best opportunities for that can be had In the valley. * * !. y C. E. Chapman, secretary of the El Centro Townslte Col, returned to Red lands, Monday, after a week's stay here. James J. Jackson and wife, of Riv erside, are InVownVthls week. Mr. Jackson owns*- oontilderable property out Silsbee way and fa here to look NO. 46