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Imperial Valley Press.
VOL. VII COUNTY DIVISION AND THE COUNTY SEAT An Interesting Issue to Come Before the Peo ple of the Imperial Valley this Summer or Fall Although an undoubted majority of the residents of the valley would pre fer to have the county division election held after the hot summer weather Is over, a small minority; in fact, three people have so manipulated matters that an election will be held about Sept Ist, probably the hottest part of our hot season. It Is fully recognized that the action taken by the Imperial committee was in every way premature and high hand ed, and really did smack of unsavory methods, nevertheless it Is now up to the people to make of the western end of San Diego county anew county, and to choose for that new county a set of officers and a coun y seat. It has been Intimated that the reason Imperi al took upon Itself this obligation to force upon the people a vote as soon as possible was to not allow of any great deliberation on the part of the people themselves, as by hustling the thing along In double-quick time, there would be a possibility of Imperial to grab off the county seat. The people mostly interested in the town of Imper ial fully realize that El Centro has taken a front rank among the towns of the valley, by virtue of its business en terprise and rapid growth and to wait a moment longer for a decision in the - matter would be suicidal. This, and no other reason, explains the action taken, and the very fact that all the adverse criticism from Imperial Is di rected toward the town and people of El Centro, proves to many that this town of brick buildings and Industries Is the strongest candidate in the field to-day for the county seat. Imperial has constantly and continu ously asserted that the people of El Centro are rylng to delay county dl vision,. while it knew that El Centro was only trvlnjj to secure for the peo Just to Illustrate Just as an illustration of what an impecunious liar the Standard can be when Howe is of a mind to make it so. read these two little columns: The effort to build a livery stable at El Centro which would be showy and yet con tain the fewest possi ble brick has resulted hi the collapse of three walls of the building. The walls did nut all fall at once, but have been gradually tumbling for several days. The lastof the three went down Saturday night. The Heber associa tion met with a little mishap Saturday night. The frame work for the new packing house was up and the wind leveled it to the ground. The loss will not be heavy but will cause a few days' delay and may necessitate some otli er arrangement fur handling the first melons to be shipped this year. The livery stable Howe refers to was not veneer, but of as heavy wall as are the buildings In Imperial, and the same hard wind that blew down the Heber packing house blew down the walls of the livery stable. The broad sides of the building stood against the wind and as they were not braced the wind had the best of it In the f^st place. But the. Standard had a chance to misrepresent It and It took it. EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY. MAY 18 1907 pie of the Imperial valley fair play And now It has evolved Itself Into this: when one Is found that Is not absolute ly and unequivocally In favor of Imper ial and Imperial's committee of three, he is promptly denounced by the Im perial paper as an obstructionist Statements of the kind that are emln ating from the^ Imperial paper are real ly not worth much more than just a general denial, for 'he people of the valley consider the source from which they spring and believe sparingly. Imperial is in the field for the coun ty seat good and hard; emissaries and boosters are being sent to the four cor ners and sharp politics are being played by the steering committee which has the campaign In charge. They have showed from the beginning that fair ness has been eliminated from their memory. Any misrepresentations which they have so far been able to Imagine have up to the present time been used. El Centro, on the other hand is in the field to win the county seat, If such can be done by fair and honest means. There is not a representative In tnls town who will counsel any other means. In this valley, with fair and honest men In the majority. It Is a crying shame that such mean tactics as have already been fastered upon the people, should have happened. And it will not be much of a surprise if it meets with ov erwhelming defeat. The people of El Centro have talked the matter over candidly and seriously and, while they are as determined as they can be In the matter cf locating the county seat at this place, they have set their hand against any unjustness or unfairness, and while they intend to do what they can In an honest way. they are firm In their belief that the support of the voters will In the end uphold such a course. Caused by Wind The wind storm last Saturday night did some damage to the packing sned of the El Centro Fancy Melon Grow ers' association, as well as the livery stable of Dr. Biacklnton's and the packing shed at Heber, all of which are In the course of construction The damage was not great In any case, only it was more In the case of the livery stable, that being of brick. The rest of the new buildings being erected In El Centro were far enougn a ong so that the wind had no effect It the buildings that did suffer had been properly braced there would have been no damage at all, but the wind so seldom blows hard enough to do any damage at all, the contractors were tak en by surprise 'his time. Messrs. A M. Ham. H. E. Harris, vice president of the San Bernardino National Bank, and Judge J W. Cur tis, In company *lth H. E Peck, were in El Centro, Wednesday, looking at the new warehouse of the Imperial Grain & Milling Co., of which they are stockholders. AND THB IMPERIAL PRESS WHIST CLUB Delightfully Entertained at the Home of W. E. Downing, Thursday Night Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Downing, as sisted by Mrs. D's brother, W. A Berneker, very delightfully entertained the whist club and other friends, at their home, on Brighton street, Thurs day evening, the event also being 'n honor of the second anniversary of their marriage. The house was fra grant with sweet peas, carnations, ole anders, roses, nasturtiums and cosmos. Punch was served during the evening in the dining room. Six tables of progressive whist were played, while at two tables the flinch players tried their luck. Prizes wereawarded the fortun ate ones in whist. At a late hour or ange Ice and cake was served, after which all departed for their homes, all voting a delightful evening. Farmer Purdy Hart, of the Holt ville district, was here Tuesday, and says that while he is qutte busy with ranch work, he still has some time to spare plugging for El Centro as the best favored point f or tne county seat. R. C. Harbison, editor of the San Bernardino Sun, was a visitor here Wednesday. SEE Europe if yon will but see El Centro first. People of the Imperial Valley COME AND SEE OUR TOWN The Center in name The Center in location Come and See Our New Cantaloupe Sheds Come and See Our New Grain Warehouse Come and Kat at Our Hotel Come and see the only Steam Laundry in the valley (now in course of con- struction) Inspect the foundations for the Steam Electric and Distilling Plant El Centro has the largest payroll of any town of the fame size iit the United States Come and See Our New Creamery Come and See Our Machine Shops All kinds of Mill and Foundry Work Come and See Our Ice Plant in Operation Come and See Our Domestic Water System The best in the Imperial Valley Come to Kl ContioMay 31 to tin* opening of our Opera ll<>unt)l>y t la- Im- perial Valley Association And decide for yourselves whether EL CENTRO la a One Man Town or not NEXT SUNDAY IS DEDICATION People Preparing to Attend from all over the Valley. Lecture Satur day Night The dedication of the Methodist Episcopal church will be an event long to be remembered by those who at tend the services next Sunday. The program for the day Includes three services, the morning, afternoon and evening. Each service Is replete with Interesting numbers, the devotional part being especially the object of much preparation. The music, under the direction of Miss Mary . McWllliams, with Miss Bragg at the Instrument and Mr. So chcr as oblfgato accompanist on the violin Is to be excellent. The first event In the new church will be the sacred concert given by the choir Friday evening. Everyone should attend and hear the program that has been prepared. The fall pro gram appears on tne editorial page. The lecture by Dr. Pitneron 'Boots and Saddles" will be a great treat. Mauy tickets have been sold and if you have not secured one you should not delay the matter. Dr. Pltner, who is presiding elder of this district. Is noted as a lecturer ann 's extremely entertaining In the pulpit. — Calexlco Chronicle. Memorial Services The G. A. R. of imperial valley will celebrate memorial Sunday in Imperial, Sunday, May 26th, at 2 o'clock p. m. Major Patton. of the U. S. regular army, retired, a parlcipant in four wars, will deliver the address. All soldiers of all wars and friends are cordially Invited to attend. F. H. Wales, In behalf of the comrades. Three Vitals of the Christian Religion At 8 o'clock next Sunday night at El Centro hear the sermon on Three Vitals of the Christian Religion. Speaker Samuel B. Letson. Voters who have not already regis tered should do so at once. Deputy county clerks at El Centro are as fol lows: Ira Aten, D. D. Pellet. Call either at the Ira Aten Land company's office or at the Press office and the deputy at either place will register you. ON THE WAY Ties for the New Road on the Way from Japan Two steamers are plowing their way across the Pacific ocean, filled with ti.s from Japan destined for the use of the San Diego and Arizona railway. These cargoes will contain enough ties for a large part of the line between this city and the Colorado river. The steamers will arrive at this port some time next month. A railroad survey party Is working below the line In Lower California. Another is working in this county. Mr. Spreckels of course eeslres to as certain which is the best possible route. Although the Southern Pacific railway hods a concession In Lower California It is underssoud that this will not ' hold water" and that another railroad can be constructed through the territory. John D Spreckeis, president of the Sa>> Diego and Anzj^a railway, will arrive in tnls city me first of the con> ing week. — San Diego Sun. HARVEST BEGINS Combined Harvesters and* Binders Will Soon Be in Full Action Dr. J. C. Blackinton's crew of har vesters started to cut' and thresh with a combined. Walter Moore's field of barley. From this field they will go to that of Chris Jackson's, and by the time these fields are finished all the grain will be ready to harvest The threshing machine which has stood by the El Centro machine shops all winter, where It underwent a thor ough overhauling, Is being put in shape to go to work. Over on the Eastslde E. Mead has started his combined, whtch this year is under the charge of 'Charles Mead. There Is another combined expected on the eastside and by the time that Is put into operation the harvesting sea son will be well under way. The output for the valley will ex ceed considerable that of last year, al though those who raised wheat and barley last year have cut down their acreage of this cop and have gone to raising more alfalfa, the Increase be ing due to the large amount of new land which has been put under cultiva tion. The yield per acre Is estimated to be about the same as that of last year. TO HANDLE CROP Southern Pacific Officials Here Pre paring for Heavy Cantaloupe Shipments H. V. Platt and H. B. Tltcomb. of the Southern Pacific, were In El Cen tro over night Wednesday night. They were here to make arrangements for handling the large cantal upe crcp be ing grown here. The valley will have to have a special engine to handle the cars between Brawley, Heber and El Centro. The new side track at El Centro was arranged for and work will commence on its construction Imme diately. A large number of cars of melons will be handled from this point because of the Ice plant located here. Outside of the large acreage of melons grown and shipped from here, the cars from Heber and Holtvllle will be Iced at this place and every possible effort Is being made to be In a position to give to this very Important matter the best of attention. The facilities for icing cars at the Ice plant are much better than they were last year and no * delays In the handling of cars are an ticipated. • The Holtvllle and Heber crops are coming along nicely and shipping from those places as well as from here will soon be in operation. The two new packing houses, one at Heber and one here sre being rushed with all possible haste and will be ready as soon as the season opens. FURNITURE STORE New furniture Store Will Open in Hotel Storeroom Wm. Wessel, of Imperial, will open his furniture store next Monday in the west store room of the Hotel El Cen tro. He Informs a Press representa tive that he would open with a com plete new line of the best grades of furniture. His location is one of the best in El Centro and there is no doubt but what this move will be profitable to him. NO. 6