Imperial Valley Press.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Can fruits be grown in Imperial
Valley? The question was answered
by an emphatic affirmative in this ex
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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. | •
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.
COUNTY ADOPTS A
NEW OFFICIAL MAP
This Will Conform to Resurvey
of Imperial Valley by
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
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
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
J. B. Parazette and others appear
ed before the Board, requesting that
$500 be appropriated for the Imperial
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
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 «,)
xml | txt