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VOL. IX. WONDERS OF IMPERIAL VALLEY SHOWN AT SECOND ANNUAL FAIR Great Variety and Abundance of Farm Products Reveal Re markable Possibilities of Reclaimed Desert — Four Days of Racing, Baseball and Merrymaking Entertain Visitors to the County Seat— Farmers' Union Celebrates. k Imperial County's second annual fair, the first to be held under the state law creating agricultural dis tricts, but. the third show of valley stock and products, opened at El Centro on Wednesday and closes to day. The exhibition has been a rev elation of the resources of the valley and the remarkable progress that has been made In developing them and proving the suitability of soil and climate to a wide range of products. Among the visitors have been many of the most successful farmers of the state, men of wide experience and ripe judgment, who have shown great interest in the exhibition of products and freely expressed their opinions of the results of experimental agri culture and horticulture In the re claimed desert. The successful grow ing of oranges, sugar cane, cotton and fruits of all kinds, demonstrated by the exhibits, has been especially interesting to the experts, and the quality of the live stock raised here has aroused the enthusiasm of men qualified to judge. The County Fair has been of ines timable value to the valley in prov ing beyond question the fertility and versatile productivity of the American Nile region, and it may be pronounc ed unqualified success. The fair opened on Wednesday, with the usual bustle to get the last of the Incoming entries on exhibition. The first day's attendance was light, yet it. included numerous people from a distance, including a company of Southern Faciflc railroad officials, among whom were T. A. Graham, as sistant general passenger and freight, agent; W. M. Averill, division super intendent; Clarence M. Knox, com mercial agent, and others; W. F. Holt, head of many enterprises in Imperial Valley, representatives of the lx)s An geles daily papers and other repre sentatives of the press throughout California; and various Los Angeles and coast business men who have di rect interests in Imperial Valley. Wednesday's racing programme re sulted as follows: Trotting half mile— Josh won, place iii heats 1, 2, 2, 1; John second, 2, 3, 1, 2; Belle, 3, 1, 3, 3. Time— l:l6 1-2, 1:15 1-2, 1:23 1-2, 1:21 1-2. Running quarter * mile— Poll Tax won, Stratton second, Snooks third, Glenbo, fourth. Time— 24 1-2. Saddle, half mile— Goldle won, Mid night second, Ginger third. Aime lost. Ginger bolted from the track during the race. Running dye eighths mile—Elber mardo won, Benlada second. Time, 1:06. Red' Ruby was left at the post. Farmers' Union Day. By Thursday morning the fair was In "fit' condition. A light rain on Wednesday night had laid the dust and the day was admirable for ex position purposes. The attendance on Thursday was large. This was Farm ers' Union Day, and the forces from this organization came in from all parts of Imperial Valley. For the free barbecue at noon, three fine fat beeves had been . barbecued, and bread and meat and ' frijoles were served boun tifully to the multitude. While the feast was In progress, ttie people standing around the large semi-circle of tables, an address on the alms and objects of the Farm ers' Union was given by W. H.Wright sou,. president of the Farmers'. Educa tional and Co-operative Union of Cal ifornia. \Thin organization had a booth on the grounds and much propaganda work was done, durng the day. Thursday's Races Harness race, half luile, for brood lmires— Won by Drragg's Belle 1-2-1; Sally McKlnney, 3-1-2: Helen Wllkes, L'-a-3. Time— l:24, 1:22. Half mile, free for all, harness — Won by Olle, 1-1; McNeer 3-2; Josh 8. 3-2. Time 1:16 4-5, 1:22 1-2. » Half mile running— -Won by John; Snooks 2nd.; Glenbo 3d. Stratton bolted. Time, 66 1-2. Pony race, boy riders, quarter mile —Prince 1; Punch 2; Kitty 8; Little Joe 4; Goldle 5. T!|tie 26. Official Paper of Imperial County and City of 131 Ccniro. Running race, three quarters — Ben Llda 1; Red Ruby 2; Elbernardo 3. Time 1:20. Hoy's pony turning race — Buster Mulvey 1; Frank Bowker 2. League Ball Game At 2 o'clock the ball game between the El Centro and Calexico teams of the Colorado Desert Base Ball League was called. The contest between Calexico and El Centro on the diamond was the most Interesting exhibition of ball playing that has been given this sea son. Calexico began by sending the ball over the fence for a home run and two tallies and El Centro dupli cated the feat in the first inning. El Centro acquired the home run habit, and the ball went over the fence five times during the game. Easterly making two of the long hits. Calexico's fielding was cleaner than El Centro's, but the heavy hitting of the home team won the game by a score of 7 to 4. Products Exhibited All day long the main exhibition building was thronged with visitors. Among all the exhibits probably that which received most marked atten tion was that of the grains and cit rus fruits. Forming a sort of portiere along the central section of the space de voted to this exhibit hung field or Indian corn — great plump ' ears of Yellow Dent and Mexican June — as fine as that of the growth of the fa mous corn belt of the Middle West. Clustering around tllis were bunches of peanuts, mammoth millet, barley, wheat, oats, alfalfa, Kaffir corn, broom corn, Egyptian corn and Milo maize; while at their base lay exhib its of sugar beets, sweet potatoes, on ions, lima beans, turnips, etc. — and cotton bolls were everywhere. The citrus fruits made a remarka ble showing. Navel oranges of fine color and size, Valencias, grape fruit, lemons. ' and tangerines found place with figs, dates, grapes of many va rieties, quinces, etc. Hugh stock of su gar cane made a background to the whole. Can fruits be grown in Imperial Valley? The question was answered by an emphatic affirmative in this ex hibit. And the flower show: gorgeous chrysanthemums of many varieties: roses in perfection; displays of potted plants and ornamental shrubs — no dearth here of material for the beau tideation of valley homes. It was in truth the desert blossoming. Numerous individual exhibits of county business houses occupied the center of the building, all of them attractive and testifying to the enter prise of the valley business men. Exhibits ot Indian cufios, exten sive and unique, were made by W. 11. Buck and Mrs. Steintorff. The fine arts section always held an admiring throng. Paintings, china ware, leather work, fancy embroider ies and needle work, the domestic arts and culinary displays, all were good. The fore part of the exhibition pa vilion was given to the county schools, and the results obtained were nota ble. On the north side all of the high schools displayed their work, while on the opposite many of the grammar schools had . displays ttiat received high praise. Many of the county teachers were in attendance, supervising their school exhibits. One of tlie features of the gram mar school exhibit was a model of a warship, "Imperial," made by Charleß C. Bal lard, of the Elder school. In sheds adjoining the exhibition hall were displays of vehicles, farm machinery, dairy supplies, engines, pumps, etc, all in charge of special representatives. The poultry occupied long rows of crates, showing the best strains of fowls— chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. The stock pens had their prime displays of cattle, horses, sheep aid hogs. The Central Union High EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1909. school students had a large refresh ment stand which did a thriving bus iness, at. times literally swamping the ambitious students with the demands for food and drink. The Women's Ten Thousand Club bad. a really rest ful rest room, and the Fraternal Brotherhood also provided similar quarters. Sideshows and stands added to the "falr-ish" flavor; and gave to may a valley resident and visitor glimpses that recalled the old time fairs of "back East." But one sight was there which was not to be seen in any of the old time fairs of the East— nor, In fact, of any previous fair in California. King Cotton sat in state on a throne overshadowed by a canopy of the fleecy whiteness grown on Imperial cotton stocks; his feet rested on a rug of cotton seed, while before him swayed in the breezes a field of cot ton stocks bearing their burden of white bolls. At the portal swung from cotton pillars a great twenty dollar piece composed of cotton and cotton seed. The design was originat ed and executed by Mrs. F. W. Waite. RIVERS ACQUITTED After being out sixteen hours, the jury in the Superior Court brought in a verdict of not guilty in the case of Victor Rivers, charged with the murder of Domingo Quiroz at Laguna Dam. STATE STREET CHURCH The State-Street Christian Church, Sumner T. ! Martin, pastor, holds all meetings in the Holt Opera House. At 10 a. m. tomorrow the Biblle school in charge of Prof. G. A. Ragan; 11 o'clock, morning worship and com munion, conducted by J. F. Tout and G. A. Ragan; 7:30 p. m., sermon by the pastor on the subject, "Make the Valley Full of Ditches." The public, and especially strangers, invited to attend these services. COUNTY DIRECTORY Mr. Thurston, of the County Direc tory, reports that three quarters of El Centro's information has been written up for the directory. Direc iory men are also working in Calex ico and tomorrow they start in at Holtville. Every citizen in the valley is urged to give full and complete information regarding adults in their family when asked to do so. There is no charge on account of informa tion received. Tlie directory will be the valley's best booster so give all the information you can. EL CENTRO LEADS LEAGUE Four More Crack Players Secured by Valley Ball Teams. Several more Class A baseball players arrived in the valley this week and the games from now on will be just as fast as in the Pacific Coast league. Doc Miller, the great est batsman in the Pacific Coast League, has signed with Holtvllle. Maggart, of Oakland, has joined El Centro, and Calexico and Imperial have been strengthened by Mundorf and Scott, Scott " pitched good ball for the Chicago White Sox and ought to put Imperial in the running in the Imperial Valley league. Last Saturday Calexico won from Imperial at Imperial by. a score of 2 to 0. Ames, pitching for Calexico, was invincible, using a fall-away ball to great advantage. On Sun day El Centro clinched first place by defeating Holtville in the most one sided game yet played this year. Big Jim Wlggs was in the box for Holt ville and received his first drubbing for the season. The El Centro play ers got 20 hits and 15 runs, while Holtvllle was unable to hit Vance at all except in the second inning, when Doc Millers' three-base hit let in two scoreß. . ; Yuma defeated Brawley, 4 to 2, thus climbing to fourth place in the percentage column. El Centro now leads the league by a good margin, but every team in the league Is strong enough to make a bid for the pennant and the race for the top place is bound to be close and exciting. League Standing V.I AMI played won lost tie Pet. El Centro ...7. 6 1 0 857 Holtvllle 6 3 2 1 600 Calexico 7 4 3 0 572 Yuma 6 3 3 0 600 Imperial 6 2 3 1 400 Brawley 6 0 6 0 000 GROUND BROKEN FOR GOLD STORAGE PLANT Three-Story Brick Building To Be Added to Industrial Group in El Centro Central Station of Extensive Whole sale Produce Business to be Es tablished by the Holt Interests — Quarters Provided For Large Mod ern Creamery. Initial work on what is certain to become one of the most extensive business enterprises in Imperial Val ley was begun this week in El Cen tre The first ground was turned for the large cold storage plant and creamery building to be erected* at once by the W. F. Holt interests. This building will be located direct ly north of the Blinn Lumber Com pany's yards, east of the Southern Pacific tracks. It will be of brick, three stories in height, and 100x120 feet. Its height and large size will make it conspicuous among the many brick buildings of El Centro. The cold Storage plant will be equip ped with the most modern machinery, orders for which have been place with the Firck Manufacturing Company. The machinery will be on the ground as soon as the building is ready to re ceive it, and the entire plant will be in operation early in the sprng. It Is proposed to do a general cold storage business, and to make this plant the supply point for many pro ducts from outside sources constantly demanded by the valley, as well as providing a storage for the perishable products raised here. The result will be the growth of a general wholesaling business which will have its ramifications in all parts of Imperial Valley. In connection with the central plant located here, it is proposed to erect smaller cold stor age and receiving plants in Imperial, Brawley, Holtville and Calexico. The building here will also provide quarters for a large modern creamery. This will be 30x100 feer, equipped with machinery capable of turning out 80,000 pounds of butter per month. This creamery will be leased to a strong company of Imperial Valley men, and .will be placed in operation early in the spring. REORGANIZATION OF BAND Owing to pressure of business Mi. DeLegro has found it necessary to turn the band over to his solo cj I'r.ettist1 '- r.ettist Mr. 11. A. Richardson. Mr. Richardson will re-organize the baud and place it on a business basis. He has secured the co-operation of Mr. E. A. Perkiss, who will act as Treas urer and business manager of tho band. Commencing with the second week in January the band will give two free concerts a month. The concerts will be given in the Holt Opera House in the cool months and in the open air in the warm months. The 'band will go into 'active rel'earsal right away. FARMERS' UNION MEETINGS \V. H. Wright son, president of the Farmers' Educational and Coopera tive Union of California, has been de livering several addresses in Imper ial county this week, and will speak tonight at Brawley; Monday night at Calexico. and Tuesday night at He ber. Tlip public is cordially Invited to attend these meetings. IMPROVEMENTS AT LAUNDRY The Imperial Valley Laundry Is la line with the various other industrial concerns of El Centro in enlarging it« capacity. An oil tank Is being placed underground, at the rear of the laun dry. This is 12x14 foot, and Is tea feet deep. It is of cement, and will hold fuel oil. The machinery is be ing generally overhauled, and the laundry is to be fitted up .for a large ly Increased run of work. INDIANS TO RAISE COTTON J. R. Royce, superintendent of the Indian Reservations In the Coachelhi Valley, siM' nt two days in El Centro and vicinity last week, Inspecting the cotton fields and gin and making a general Investigation of the new iv dUßtry, He proposes to Interest the Indians of the Coachetia Valley In cot lon culture, and hopes to Induce them to plant al leant 200 acres to cotton the next season. Mr. Uoyce states that the Indians have become much more Interested in careful faftnlng the past two years and that some of the best vegetable growers of the Coa chella Valley are to be found on the reservations.,' He believes th Indians will become successful cotton grow ers. . HOTELS ALL FILLED This week has brought a rush of business to the El Centro hotels and rooming houses. Every place has been filled. The demand for rooms at both the Hotel Oregon and Hotel El Centro was far greater than the supply. On Thursday night the Ho tel Oregon cared for 125 guests. Since the reopening of the Hotel Oregon travel to El Centro has constantly in creased. Many traveling men work ing this valley now make It a point to arrange their Itinerary so that they may stop here over night. TRACKLAYING PROGRESSES The track of the San Diego & Ari zona Railroad has been laid from San Diego to the Sweetwater River bridge. This bridge will be completed next week, when the track laying will pro ceed southerly until the Otay Valley is reached, where' more bridge con struction will delay the tracks for sev eral weeks. QUARREL WITH GUNS Rancher Shot by Neighbor Whom he Attempted to Drive Off a Road. Last week Hugo Hunt and W. R. Ford, ranchers in district No. 8, had an altercation over the use of a road crossing the Hunt ranch and it is alleged that Hunt flourished a pistol and threatened to shoot. Ford had a shot gun and used it, wounding Hunt severely In the side and arm. Ford gave himself up to the constable at JJrawley and was released on bonds. Last Monday he had a preliminary ex amination before Justice Nice on a charge of assault with intent to kill and was held for trial in the Super ior Court. | • NEW SUBDIVISION Balcom Tract West of El Centro Bought by Redlands Syndicate One of the largest land sales in Imperial Valley was closed yester day by the Putnam Land Company. The tract was sold to a Redlands syndicate, composed of W. T. Bill, C. E. Taylor, C. C. Chapman and W. C. Hargrave. This tract which com prises 320 acres of laud, was owned by H. Ray Balcom and sold at a higher figure, considering size, than any other piece of land that has ever been sold in the Imperial Valley, the price paid being in the neighbor hood of $80,000. Preparation for the improving of this land will be made immediately. The supervisors will immediately take steps to improve the site which they have accepted as a permanent loca tion for the court house. The high school will be located on this tract. The land lies Immediately adjacent to the business district of El Centro. The property Immediately adjoining the Date canal will be apportioned off into city lots. The remainder of the land will be sold in acreage, tracts to suit home makers. ASSUMES NEW PASTORATB Rev. Sumner T. Martin, of Saut« Barbara, has assumed the pastorate of the Christian churches of El Cen tro and Holtville. He will preach each Sunday morning in Holtrllle and Sun day evenings in El Centro. His fam ily will come to El Centro to reside the first of the new year. 8. D. A A. LOCOMOTIVE Eugine No. 1 of the San Diego ft Arizona Railroad has arrived In San Diego, having made the thirty days' journey across the continent from the factory of the American Locomotive Company at Plttsburg, Pennsylvania, under its own steam. It 1b of the lutest pattern of switch engines, with six connecting wheels, and usei oil for fuel. It weighs forty-two tons. NO. 33 COUNTY ADOPTS A NEW OFFICIAL MAP This Will Conform to Resurvey of Imperial Valley by the Government Provision Made For More Bridges — Permission Granted Gas Company to Use Imperial Avenue— Office of Brand Inspector Created and Dr. Dawdy Appointed to This Position. The Board of Supervisors of Imper ial County met at the Court House in El Centro at 10 o'clock; a. m. on. December 6, 1909. ; ,7 'iv^ Supervisors present: Clark, Web ster, McHarg, Ferguson. Supervisors absent: Wade. The Board proceeded to open bids for the purchase of the Wideawake school district bonds. Bids were re ceived as follows: ■ . Bid of J. H. Adams & Company, of fering a premium of $46.75. Bid of Mr. Barnes, offering a prem ium of $35. Bid of the State, offering a prem ium of $63.50. Bid of Mary E. D. Smith, offering a premium of $120.75. After consideration the bonds were ordered sold to Mary E. D. 'Smith, as the highest and best bidder. The matter of the North Date road extension being regularly called for hearing on petition, the same was taken up, and Messrs. Wesel, McCall, McElfresh and Desengberg appeared before the board and were heard.Letters were read on the matter from Messrs. Wales and Harris, and on motion the hearing was continued until 2:30 p. m. of this date. In the matter of the Holtville well, Mr. Chancy appeared on behalf of the City Trustees of Holtville, and af ter hearing him the board took the matter under advisement. The matter of location of the bridge south of Silsbee was regularly called at 2:30 p. m. Drue C. Harrington, George L. Campbell, W. C. White scarver and others appeared, urging that said bridge be located across New River directly south of Silsbee, and after dismission the Board voted to make the location as asked for, and it was further ordered that Chair man Clark be authorized to purchase and furnish lumber for this bridge as soon as the parties interested guar anteed sufficient labor to build this bridge, this order to hold, good only ninety days. The matter of the North Date road extension was regularly called' and Judge Farr and Mr. Conser appeared and offered evidence in opposition .to the same. Mr. McCall also appeared and spoke in behalf of said road, and on motion the matter was taken un der advisement. J. B. Parazette and others appear ed before the Board, requesting that $500 be appropriated for the Imperial County Fair. The Board voted to appropriate $500 from the advertising fund to Agricul tural District No. 45, for advertising purposes; and It was further ordered that a warrant be drawn in favor of the treasurer for said Agricultural Dis trict No. 45 Association. Dr. Virgil McCombs, County Physi cian, appeared before the Board' and presented the need of an insane ward for the County Jail. The matter was taken under advisement. , .-■; : , The matter of increasing 'the sal aries of the County Physician and the County Health Officer was brought up and ordered taken under advise ment. The matter of building a bridge across No. 5 main canal was taken up, and Supervisor McHarg w;is au thorized to build said bridge across No. 5 main canal in Road District No. 1, where the Hlghllne boulevard crosses the canal, and it was ordered that ninety per cent of the total con struction cost of Bald bridge be paid out of the general road fund. It was moved by Supervisor Web ster that the District Attorney be In structed to draw v brand ordinance and that Dr. C. A. Dawdy be appoint ed Brand inspector at a salary of $75 per mouth. The motion was lost for want of a second. The matter of a brand ordinance was then taken under advisement. " The Board then adjourned to Tues day. December 7. at 9 a. in. (Continued on page «,)