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Imperial Valley Press.
VOL. VII A BUILDING BOOM BEGUN Contracts Made For Ten New Business Blocks EVERY ONE LEASED El Centra's Growth In Next Few Months Will Surpass all Pre vious Records Ten new brick business build ings and twenty or more dwell ing houses to be erected at once. That is the way El Centro will begin the winter campaign of growth and expansion. Con tracts were made this week for six brick buildings to be erected in a row on Main street. Work will be begun at once and it is expected that' at least a part of the buildings will be ready for •occupancy soon after the new year. Contracts for other brick buildings have also been made and work on these will be begun as soon as practicable. This an nouncement of extensive build ing operations will be good news to all who are watching the re markable growth of the county .seat. Other similar announce ments will be made in the near future as the present building ■operations are only a part of the .general plan of upbuilding the town. It can also be stated that every one of the business build ings has been leased before a stroke of work was done and all will be occupied from the mom ent they are ready. Among the business firms who will locate in El Centro is W. H. Goodrich and Co. of Redlands. Goodrich and Co. have been known for years as one of the leading house furnishing firms in Southern California. They have two large stores in Redlands and . are now preparing to put in a big one in El Centro. It will probably be the largest store of any kind in the valley and will be an indication 1 of what promi nent business men in other cities think of the future of El Centro. Other business houses are mere ly waiting for buildings to be completed to come here. Sever al would begin business at once if they could find accomodations. It is also probable that another office building will be erected in the near future as the demand for offices by real estaie and pro fessional men far, exceeds the supply. The Blackington build ing will be ready for, occupancy in about three weeks. This building will have two fine stores well fitted up and with handsome plate glass fronts. Negotiations for the lease of both these stores are now in progress. Business plans which have al ready been definitely made and which require only time for their* fulfilment contemplate the ereq tion of substantial brick build* Official Paper of Imperial County EL CENT RO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1907. ings within a year which will transform El Centro from a com paratively small frontier town to a big, busy and thriving business center. Within the past week there has also been exceptional activ ity in the sale of residence lots. These lots have not been sold for speculation but are in the hands of men who propose to locate here and build at once. No less than twenty new houses are now being planned and before the winter is over there will un doubtedly be more. Men who have business or land interests in this vicinity have been watch ing the situation; they have de cided that there is no longer any reason for doubt or hesitation and they are getting ready to bring their families here and to identify themselves in every way with the future of the town. El Centro is about to grow not only in a business but in a social way. It is attracting to itself an exceedingly desirable class of citizens and before the winter is over will be regarded as one of the best and most pleasant places in Southern California in which to live. Watch the Magic City grow. EL CENTRO WON Fatal Seventh Proved Holtville's Undoing — New Uniforms Ordered El Centro's reorganized base ball team defeated the strong Holtville nine by a score of 10 to 8 Sunday afternoon. Holtville has had the strongest team in the valley and showed up well, outplaying the local team except in the seventh inning when pitcher Cook slackened speed and a f usilade of hits mixed with some costly errors gave El Cen tro five runs and a lead which they maintained to the end. El Centra's nine showed up even better than was expected in view of the fact that the men had had Httle or no opportunity to practice so that there could be no team work. There are some hard hitters on the team and when one or two of the weak spots have been strengthened the locals should be one of the strongest if not the strongest team in the valley. There are now about fifteen candidates for positions on the team including one good pitcher who was not in the game Sunday. During the week $100 or more was subscribed by local enthusi asts and a full equipment of uni forms, mask, protector, gloves, bats, etc. has been ordered. It is hoped that the uniforms will be ready for wear by a week from Sunday. They will be of white with blue letters, blue caps and belts; they will be of good quality and the players will present a natty appearance. It is now up to them to play ball well enough to be a credit to the new suits. Following is the score by in nings; El Centro 0110 015 2-10 Holtville 210101210-8 Strike Outs, by Cook 13; by Colby 3; by Whitley 12. Base on Balls, off Cook 3; off Colby 2; off Whitley 5. Hits, off Cook 7 Singles, 4 Two Baggers, 1 Three Bagger; off Colby 3 Singles; off Whitley 6 Singles. Umpires Buttress, Record TRAINS AND MAIL LATE Valley Traffic Held Up Thursday and 7 Friday V WASHOUTS ON LINE Culvert Washed Away Between Brawley and Imperial. First Train Friday Afternoon : Imperial valley was practically cut off from communication with the outside world from Wednes day night to Friday afternoon as a result of the heavy showers early in the week. There were several washouts on the main line of the Southern Pacific be tween Mecca and Yuma. Three passenger trains were held at Yuma and three others at Indio. The situation was serious and 'it was only by hard work and good management that service was resumed as soon as it was. Passengers for the valley Thurs day arrived at Imperial Junction several hours late and were obliged to put up at Hotel Harri man until Friday morning. The valley train left the Junction at 8.25 Friday morning the break between Imperial and Brawley having been repaired. This train would have reached El Centro much earlier than it did had it not been for an accident to a water car which was being taken to the wrecking crew be yond Imperial. The water car was finally pushed off into the, ditch with the aid of a wrecking engine and a freight engine and the passenger train succeeded in getting away about noon, arriv at El Centro at 3;30. Everybody was glad to see the train and to get mail and the rail road company is to be congratu lated on so speedy a resumption of traffic. In the meantime the Holton Inter-Urban ran its trains every day without a break in the sched ule. HOLTVILLE'S BRICK PLANT El Centro Contracts Cause Haste In Completing It's Machinery Here The business of making brick out of Holtville dirt is being put into the front rank of Valley manufacturing industries says the Holtville Tribune this week. H. H. Peterson this week, un loaded machinery and began the work of installing an up to date brick making plant. The mach inery is of the best grade, and is from the well known C. R. Ray mond Brick Machinery Company, Dayton Ohio. The building will be46 l-2x33 1-2 feet in size and the plant when completed will cost about $10,000. , It's daily capacity will be 2500 bricks and from 12 to 18 men will be regularly employed. Mr. Peterson now has a number of large contracts at El Centro, and will rush the erection of the plant so as to get it to turning out brick. He expects to have it in full operation in about three weeks, and says he believes he will be able to supply the valleys brick demands, for several years to come. In the past building operations have been severely handicapped for want of brick and Mr. Peterson himself has often been sorely delayed in his contracts on that account. With this plant, however, no such thing can occur. The building of this plant, while a good thing for Holtville is also a big advantage to the whole val ley and Mr. Peterson cannot be too highly commended for his enterprise. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Important Meeting Next Week All Members Urged To Attend The annual meeting and elec tion of officers of the El, Centro Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday night, October 26th at 7.30 o'clock. It is espec ially desirable that every mem ber be present at this meeting as many matters of importance are to be taken up in addition to the election of officers. The meeting will be held in the new schoolhouse on Commercial street. The work of the Chamber of Commerce is of vast importance to El Centro.- It is the medium through which a great deal of information is dispensed to pros pective settlers and investors. A hearty cooperation in the work beginning with attendance at the meeting next week is greatly to be desired. Public Lands Open to Entry Commissioner Ballinger of the general land office in Washington has received reports from the registers and receivers of the va rious land offices throughout the United States and Alaska, and it is shown that on June 30 last there were 774,385,068 acres of unappropriated public land 'in them. Of this 368, 035, 975 acres, or more than half the entire area are in Alaska. Commissioner Ballinger has published a pamphlet for the in formation of prospective land seekers, showing the character of the land in each land district by counties. The total area un appropriated and unreserved in California is given as 30,391,084 acres. The land in the southern counties is described as arid, lev el, desert, hilly and mountainous and the tabulation is as follows: Kern 211,033 Los Angeles 866,657 Orange 20,674 Riverside 2,280,583 San Bernardino 4,553,084 San Diego 1,889,253 Santa Barbara 49,584 Ventura 119,001 J. A. Walton of Redlands was in El Centro Wednesday on his way home to Redlands after a visit to his ranch near HoltviUe. % FIRST TRIAL THIS WEEK Superior Court of Im perial County In Session MEXICAN ON TRIAL Assault Case From Holtville To - Come Up At a Later Term • The Superior court for Imper ial county, Judge Cole presiding, opened in El Centro Wednesday and Wednesday morning the first trial to come before the court was begun. It was., a larceny case the respondent being An dreas Ramirez, a Mexican, who was accused of having stolen a horse and buggy from the Reyn olds stable in Calexico last July. District Attorney Eshleman con ducted the case for the prosecu tion and Ramirez was defended by Attorneys W. E. Cox and V. Rapp of El Centro. The defense was based largely on a technical ity it being claimed by the at torneys for Ramirez that he had come into possession of the team lawfully and that. whatever un lawful intent he may have had was conceived later; therefore that the respondent had hot, strictly, speaking, committed the offense of which he stood charg ed. / The case was given to the jury Thursday night but after delib erating all night and a part of Friday forenoon that body re ported inability to agree. It is understood that the jury stood eleven for conviction. and one for acquittal. The ca^e is likely to come up again ?or further trial next week. ' A HOLTVILLE BAD MAN Leander Woods of Holtville was arrested Sunday night by Constable M. P. Harris of that town and Monday morning brought to El Centro and lodged in the county jail, charged with assault. Woods^ it is claimed, went to Mexicali Sunday and fil led up with liquor, later return ing to Holtville in a belligerent frame of mind. He went into the restaurant kept by Mrs. Kate Cannon and demanded in stant service. He professed to be dissatisfied and when Mrs. Cannon refused to become frightened drew a gun and threatened her. She called for help and Woods went away. Several men at once began look ing for him and Woods was un doubtedly in serious danger. Constable Harris found him first, fortunately, before the avengers had located him. Woods was araigned, before Justice Webb at 2:30 o'clock Monday morning and at a !pre liminary hearing at 9 o'clock Monday was bound over to the Superior Court. He is now in the county jail awaiting trial. NO. 28