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Imperial Valley Press.
VOL. VII COUNTY DIVISION MEETING AT IMPERIAL A Prearranged Affair Was Pulled Off Ac cording to Program at Imperial, Thursday Afternoon Last week three wise men of Imper ial fearing to wait for county- division until summer was over lest either El Centro would grow so fast as to take away all chance Imperial ever had of capturing the county seat or that Im perial, now dying, would by that time be too dead to skin, concluded to do it now and to gain great glory by having It all In their own hands. So they ap pointed a committee of one hundred prominent citizens from all over the valley, a majority of whom could be counted on to favor their plans and called them to meet at Water com pany hall, Imperial, on May 2d. The ' "program was carefully arranged and went through without a hitch. Roy McPherrln, of the California Develop ment Co., was made chairman and Bert Chaplin, secretary. A. D. Med hurst./of El Centro, was not one of the one hundred selected, but he secured a proxy and butted in. .He got the floor and proceeded to tell the assemblage . that the persons who appointed them had a lot of gall to assume to act for the citizens of tne valley without giving the citizens of the various towns and precincts an opportunity to select their own representatives and move that the meeting adjourn and that a new, meet- Ing be called two weeks hence the delegates to be selected by the people of the various precincts; the motion was seconded, but Attorney Farr raised a point of order that Medhurst was not a delegate. It was apparent to the chair that Medhurst would have to be squelched or he might queer the pro gram, so he promptly ruled that the meeting was purely a private Invitation affair and that no one who didn't have. a printed Invitation card with the mon ogram of the wise three could attend.. That squelched Medhurst. Then At NEW LODGE AT CALEXICO fraternal Brotherhood Starts off With a fine List of Members Monday evening the new lodge of the Fraternal Brotherhood was organ ized in Calexlco. L. M. Appleby. or ganizer, has been working for that or der here for the past few weeks and secured a good starting list of twenty two members. The officers are as follows: President. R. L. Conklln. Vice president. May Potter. Secretary. 0. B. Tout. Treasurer, Ray Edgar. Physician. F. W. Peterson. Chaplain, Florence R Morrison. Sergeant, G. R Thrasher. Mistress at ar.ns. Edytrt M^Thrasher Inner door keeper. J. E. Peck. Outer door keeper. W. B. Hammers. Past president. J. A Morrison. A marriage license has been granted to James R. Elliott, of Imperial, and Florence X Ga^ill of J tpotul, Cal. Councilman elect. A. E. Djdson, with his son and Oito Didnchson. has returned Irom auo weens 1 camping trip througu ihe Imperial valley. — San Diego U'lion. EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, MAY 4 1907 torney Farr moved the passage of a resolution favoring county division and authorizing the chairman to appoint a committee of three from each precinct to conduct the campaign. Prof. McCully, of Calexlco. moved that the meeting adjourn for a week and that each precinct send In its own delegates. The chairman ruled him out of order. The professor then moved that the meeting adjourn sine die, but the chair without waiting for a second declared his motion lost for want of a second and recognized attor ney Farr. who made a speech in favor of his resolution. The speech was unnecessary, but.lt had been prepared for the occasion and had to be un corked. When the learned attorney had pulled all the tall feathers out of the American eagle In his appeal to the patriotism and cupidity of his hear ers, the program was carried with a rush. The unsquelchable Prof. Mc- Cully got the floor again and moved that each pjecinct be allowed to name six persons and that the chair select the three commltteemen from such list of six. The motion was seconded, but Attorney Farr again raised a point of order. Just what tne point of order was he tailed to state, but that wasn't necessary, as the chairman promptly decided that whatever the point was It was good and well taken The Imper ial people then Invited the visiting dele gates to stay and take supper with them; the supper, llKe^he meeting, be ing strictly an invitation affair and our reporter not being one of the valley's one hundred select citizens, was unable to report further, but It Is safe to as sume it also went off according to pro gram. We hope, however, that un like the meeting. "Farr & McPherrln" were not permitted to do it all. Calexico to Have Telephone Exchange After June Ist I The Imperial Telephone company has announced a completely new plan and system to be In operation at Calex lco by June. P. V. Murray, special agent for the company, arrived in Ca lexlco. Monday, and from him was learned Calexico Is to have an ex change Installed within thirty days, the ontflt now being on the way. The new system when worked out will not have more than ten subscribers on the same ltne. thus assuring every subscriber a better service than the valley has known. Suyerlntendent Yeakle and Mr. Murray are now actively engaged In perfecting the system along these lines and Imperial valley will soon have a more suitable telephone service in cv cry way.- Wants to Be Guardian L L. Forrester, of Imperial, grand father of Nina. Eva and Carl Miller, has filed a petition to be 'appointed their guardian on the ground that their mother and their father are both dead. The estate consists of a homestead en try In San Diego county by the de ceased mother. R. H. Ingram was In the valley this week and visited all the /.owns. AND THE IMPERIAL PRESS Mr. Holt and County Division The Imperial Standard of last Wed nesday published a scare-head article to the effect that W. F. Holt and the Holton Power company were trying to defeat county division. The statement was false. And furthermore If the Standard's editor did not know that such statement was false he was grossly careless, as he could have easi ly ascertained that such was not the case. Yet the Standard's editor on the week previous delivered a lecture to newspaper men In Los An geles In which he more than roasted newspaper men who mlstate facts In public print. Sam Jones used to tell of a man, who, when he wanted to do a dirty trick In his cellar, hired some one to proclaim his virtues from the house top. The difference between the Standard's editor and Sam Jones' man is plain — the Standard's editor had to proclaim his own virtues. Mass Meeting A mass meeting of all who are in favor of hold- ing the election for coun- ty division ufter the hot weather is over, so that the new county will not be formed before there will be money to run it, is called to meet in the Masonic Hall at : : : EL CENTRO Wednesday At 2 P. n. • May Bth Everybody i s invited. Prompt action now may be of benefit to every tax payer in the proposed new county : : : : Change of Locations The Southern Pacific will send a house-moving crew to Calexlco shortly to move the business houses that have disposed of their property where they are now located for right of way pur poses. As has been stated the Calex lco Mercantile Company will be located on the corner opposite the First State Bank; A. E. Eslow, the barber, has leased a lot from W. F. Holt, next to Edgar Brothers' store and will erect a building to accommodate his shop; Webster's pool hall will be located In the Donovan building now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins as living apart ments; P. Barnes & Co. will occupy the vacant store room In the ho:el block. Their building will be moved to their lots a block east of the hotel and cut In two parts, making two additional store rocms. which will no doubt be occupied. Bob Davis has not decided just what he will do at the present writing. Jenkins & Meadows' livery stable will be located on the corner opposite the postoffice. As soon as the papers are drawn, which will be within a month, the moving will commence, and Calexlco will be once again In permanent business quarters. — Calexlco Chronicle. M. BlackstocK, State Bank Com missioner of California, has been In the Valley this week inspecting the various banks He was in El Centro Tuesday and Inspected the Valley State Bank, which he found In first class shape. MAY 17th Is the Day Set for the San Diego Ex cursion to Imperial Valley The chamber of commerce of San Diego had planned to be In Imperial valley to-day, but It was thought best to postpone the trip here for a couple of weeks, for following so soon upon the excursion to El Cajon valley ,there were some who would not feel .that they could take the time again so soon to visit the Imperial valley. Speaking of the excursion the. San Diego Union says: "The chamber of commerce excur sion to Imperial has been definitely fixed for May 17. It is important that those intending to go should leave their names and designate the class of sleeping accom modation they will require, at once at the office of the Santa Fe railway company, on C street, between Fourth and Fifth, so the proper equipment can be provided. The trail as at present ordered will consist of one standard and two tourist sleepers, one dining car and one com bination baggage and smoker. This equipment will be changed to accom modate the wishes of the passengers. The train will leave the depot just be fore or following the regular train in the morning, arriving In Imperial in the afternoon of the same day. Two days will be spent In the Imperial val ley as guests of the chambers of com merce of the cities of El Centro, Holt ville, Calexico, Brawley and Imperial. The train wlil be pulled out of Imperial valley the night of the 19th, delivered at Pasadena, Monday mo:nlng. May 20th. where the chamber of commerce of Pasadena will take charge of the party for a sight of that beautiful city. Here the special train will be given up and the party will return on any regular train within thirty days. The following are among those who have already signified an intention of go.ng: E. W. Peterson, J. W. Thomp son. F. A. Schneider, Mr. and Mrs. Day. of Lakeside; Mr. and Mrs. Omer C. Smith; Mrs. S. M. Utt and daugh ter. E. E. Snaffer and wife, W H. Frasler, Bert Hakes and C. 0. Rich ards. A Better System B. V. Murray a telepnone expert, is in the valley Inspecting the telephone system and we understandhe will re main until the entire system Is put in better condition. It Is to be hoped this work of Improvement will be put forward with all possible haste. The efficiency of a telephone system is very important In a country like this where there are so many In use. Holtvllle Is rejoicing over street lights, they being turned on for the first time last night. REDLANDS HOSPITAL Redlands, California MODERN HOSPITAL ALL CONVENIENCES RATES: Ward $1 5 per week Rooms $20 to $30 per week Maternity Ward $20 per week Maternity Private Room $25 per week . . Redlands hospital Training School for Nurses . . Information on application to Superintendent REFRIGERATOR SERVICE Southern Pacific Taking Up Matter of Refrigerator Car From Valley W. D. Pontius, commercial agent of ihe Southern Pacific, while In Xl Centro, Wednesday, Informed a Press representative that his mission to the valley this week was to look after the handling of the cantaloupe crop. He says the Southern Pacific company Is figuring on the establishment of a dally refrigerator car service from points In the Imperial valley, to handle ship ments of butter, eggs and produce. The need for such a service had been called to the attention of railroad offic ials and they were not slow In taking the matter up. There will soon be, If not already, a sufficient amount of perishable stuff to fill a car a day and the railroad company Is to be' com mended on its quick action In the mat ter. Such matters as these are what show to the greatest extent the Importance to which the Imperial valley Is rising. The shipment of butter from the valley Is increasing daily, likewise the ship ments of cream, eggs and other produce Every elfort possible should by made by the farmers to produce such. stuff as will require refrigeration during trans portation, for in these is the most mon ey made. Acres of lettuce, cucum bers and tomatoes should be added to' the present production of garden truck. Los Angeles will afford a splendid mar ket for the early grown and the only competition the Imperial valley farmer will meet is the output of hot houses, which will not be noticeable. Along this line lies innumerable chances here for the man who can se cure « ten acre tract and farm it in tensively. It Is not Idle talk that the income from such a tract rightly tilled will equal that of the 100 acre farms in the far eastern states, where the seasons are so short. The small farmer is the coming man and the S. P. is getting ready to handle his pro duce. Old Maids' Convention The old maids will hold a convention In El Centro on Saturday night, May 11th. The -Old Maids" Convention" is a very laughable farce and will be played in Masonic hall, by ladles of Imperial. The proceeds of the play will be divid ed between Imperial and El Centro and wili go for the benefit of the libra ries of ttiese towns. You will miss a treat If you do not see this play. The ladles are rehearsing nightly and will be able to furnish an abundance of fun and amusement. Remember the time, the cause and the place. The Sewing Circle met and vlstted vlth Mrs. C. E. Pans Thursday afternoon. NO. 4