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Imperial Valley Press.
VOL. IX. ENGINEER ENGAGED TO PLAN WATER WORKS City Trustees Quit Marking Time and Take a Step . Forward ■ Engineer Sonderegger Estimates That Water System Can 'be Installed in El Centro For Fifty Thousand Dol lars—Will Make Report Next Week. The City Trustees of El Ceutro have engaged Engineer Sonderegger to make a report on a water system for the city and an estimate of cost up on which to base a resolution of in tention to call a bond election. Mr. Sonderegger appeared before the board last Wednesday night, at the request of the Advisory Committee, and out lined in general terms the system that he considered adequate. He said he believed it would cost about $50,000. exclusive of land, and he would make the plans and superintend the con struction for $2500 or five per cent of the cost. 'He would make the preliminary report for $200, that sum to be deducted *from the $2500 if his plans should be accepted. The trustees discussed with the engineer many of the details of the proposed system, the type of pumps and engines required, the power to be used, construction of settling ba sins, etc. and acquired more definite information in an hour than they had accumulated in six months of futile effort to make a start without the aid of a water engineer. City Attorney Smith advised the board how to proceed to call a bond election and said It would take at least a month to perfect the preliminary steps up to the election. On motion of Trustee Brown, the board requested Mr. Sonderegger to submit a general plan and estimate, and he agreed to have his report ready for the meeting next Tuesday night. FIRST LEMONS MARKETED C. F. Lalhrop, who has some val uable land adjoining Imperial town site, has been experimenting with lemon trees for the past three years. A number of his trees are loaded with fruit. Last Monday Mr. Lathrop picked 175, which represented the production from one-half of one three year-old tree. These lemons he sold to Mcßride & Son for $1.75. From this it will be seen that lemons are a promising crop in this valley. It is the rule to set 108 trees to the acre. At this* rate lemons would bring a return of $378.00 per acre. — Imperial Enterprise. EL CENTRO TEAM LEADS All Other Nines Strengthened With New Men — Great Game Expect ed at El Centro Sunday STANDING OF CLUBS CLUB played won lost tied Pet. EL CENTRO ..8 7 1 0 875 Calexico 9 5 < 0 656 HoltVllle 7 3 3 1 500 Yuma 7 3 4 0 421 Imperial 8 3 4 1 42* Brawley 7 1 6 0^143 • El Centro won from Imperial Sun day 2 to 1, and thereby Increased the lead for the pennant. The game was one of the moat hotly contested of the season, Scott of the Chicago White Sox, being in the box for Imperial. Scott was an enigma for most of the players, Terry McKune, who made four clean hits being the exception. Last Thursday El Centro defeated C.ilexico in an entertaining swatfest. Five home runs were made, one by Culexico, four by El Centro. Easterly put two over the fence. Imperial de feated Calexlco on Friday by reaßon of Oscar Jones' masterly pitching. HoltvlUe lost to Calexlco Saturday by stupid base running and because pitcher Wlggs let down at critical points. Ilrawley scored her first victory of the season at Yuma Sunday by a scorn of 6 to 1. Slim Nelson pitched for Yuma and Berger for Drawley, Tom Tennant, who Is now Drawley's cap tain has signed Campbell of Oakland Offfelol Pcipof of Impurlnl County and City of ' 111 Contro. for second base and Tonnasson for pitcher and right field. Yuma lias big Hogan on third and Cameron of Oak land for first. Iloltvlllo is tiild to have signed pitcher Henley of Frisco and mighty Truck Eagan for the in field. Imperial has added Scott and Haley and Calexlco is to have one or two new ones. El Centro will strug gle along with the same old bunch. There will be one of the greatest baseball games ever played In Imperial Valley In El Centro next Sunday. El Centro will be pitted against Yuma's strengthened team and It will be a great contest between masters of the game. HOLTVILLE SCHOOL ELECTION Holtville* school district will vote on December 27 on a, proposition to issue $1000 bonds for the purpose of sup plying school buildings with furniture and ejulpment. LAND OPERATORS INDICTED Blaisdell and Perry Charged With Perjury and Skinner Again Ac cused of Fraud. The Federal grand jury in Los An geles has found indictments for per jury against H. W. Blaisdell and R. T. Perry and another for fraud against Sigel Skinner. Blaisdell recently pleaded guilty of fraud in land trans actions and was fined $4,000, but he failed to come through with the sort of testimony the prosecutors of the land frauo>cases wanted and his vir tual immunity seems to have been withdrawn. Skinner Is still in jail and it is guessed that he may soon have the company of other indus trious contestors and instigators of land litigation. LECTURE ON MASONRY There will be a lecture on Free Ma sonry in the Auditorium at" lmperial on St. John the Evangelist's day, De cember 27th, at 7:30 p. m. by C. H. Hawkins, P. D. D. G. M. the Cow Boy Orator of, the Indian Territory. Under auspices of Imperial Lodge No. 200, F. &A. M. Everybody invited. THE MESQUITE CLUB Young Men Organize and Will Open Reading and Recreation Rooms on South Sixth Street. The Mesquite Club, El Centro's-or ganization of young men for mutual benefit and recreation, held a meet ing at the Holt Opera House on Tues day night, and the committee on membership reported thirty-two mem bers enrolled. Mr. Moulder, assistant, superintend ent of the Holton Power Company, was made president; R. P. Moore, secretary, and Robert Bell, treasur er. These three, with Homer Haver male and J. F. Tout, form a com mittee on. by-laws to be presented at the next meeting. It was decided to take a lease on the two rooms in the Holt block at the rear of the Valley Department Store, fronting on Sixth street. These are the rooms formerly occupied by Dr. Mattocks and the Wells-Fargo Express Company. They are con nected and can be well arranged for club quarters. A committee on fur nißhlngs these rooms was appointed, composed of J. W. Colson and Suni ner T. Martin. It is probable that an arrangement will be made with the public read ing room association 10 give it the use of one of these rooms, while an other room will be fitted up for the exclusive use of members of tfio Mesquite Club. The charter membership roll re mains open, and the promoters of tlie o.iib hope to enroll a large propor tion of the young men of Xl Centro. An attractive programme of winter activities has been mapped out. • HOLTVILLE'S CHRISTMAS BPORTB Holtville Is preparing to celebrate Christmas with a fiesta and holiday sports. The program includes bron co riding, steer tying, base ball, trap and turkey shooting and a barbecue. The Bhooting competitions will be the first events on the morning program, and It is expected that expert marks men from all parts of the valley will take part in the sport. EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 190 Q. EL CENTRO AN OVERLAND RAILROAD JUNCTION Extension of Inter-Urban^ Line to New River Will Connect With San Diego & Arizona and Make County Seat the Valley Terminus of Spreckels Road. New Town to be Established Near West End of Holton Extension Work will begin soon <>r, pyxvv^ikHC&Zfce^JKS'-af the Holton Inter-Urban railway west from Ei Centro to New River that will open up a large district now handicapped by poor roads and long hauls to market. The line is to be laid with heavy rails and even tually will connect with the San Diego & Arizona line that is be ing built eastward from the coast. The extension from El Centro will be built this winter, but it will take about three years to make the connection with San Diego. In the meantime a new town will be established near the western end of the extension, prob ably in the vicinity of the Webster ranch. El Centro is to be the valley terminus of the San Diego & Ari zona, which will connect here with the valley branch of the South ern Pacific and make a through line between San Diego and the East. The sidings, spurs and yard tracks being built at El Centro are designed to take care of traffic at the junction of overland lines. CANAL COMPANY IN HANDS OF RECEIVER Appointment of Col. Holabird Means End of Litigation and Improvement of System Col. 1 1. C. Holabird, of lios Angeles, has been appointed receiver for the California Development Company and has taken full charge of the system. The appointment was the outcome of foreclosure proceedings brought by the Southern Pacific to wind up the affairs of the irrigation company and take full legal possession of a busi ness that it has been financing ever since the break of the river bank rupted the C. D. Co. The holdings of the California De velopment Company embrace large appropriated water rights, the head works and that portion of the main canal that lies in the United States, in addition to large Mexican interests, hi order to foreclose upon that portion of the company's property that lies in Mexico it wi^l be necessary lo bring proceedings in Lower California. Hy the appointment of a receiver the Southern Pacific will be put on the tame footing with the other cred itors. It will lead to the disentang ling of the various legal complica tions which have beset the company in the courts and will ultimately make it possible for the people of the val ley to acquire control of the sys tem after it has been put in good con dition and is in shape to be handled by them or their representatives in a satisfactory, businesslike way. Col. Holabird, who has now become general manager of the C. D. Co. is one of the ablest and best known bus iness men on the coast. He has been associated with some of the leading captains of finance in the United States and has been identified with huge business deals lnvolrlng large sums of money. For several years he acted as E. H. Harriman's person al representative iv the purchase of big estates in Northern California and in Oregon and In handling other mat ters of importance. Col. Holabird has the experience, the ability, the force and the financial backing to enable him to successfully handle the great Irrigation system of Imperial Valley. Something more than a year ago Mr. Harriman requested Col. Hola bird to take charge of the irrigation system as general manager, but the affairs of the C. D. Co. were then bo complicated by litigation that Col. Holabird deemed It advisable to wait until, the situation should be cleared up before assuming responsibility. As receiver he will be able to go ahead with the work necessary to put the system into good condition and will not be obliged to depend for funds upon his ability to borrow money from the railroad on security already mortgaged to its full value. The re ceivers' expenses will act as a first lien upon the property, and he can go ahead and make these needed im provements and repairs without losh of time or further deterioration. Col. Holabird, while realizing ,th» magnitude of his task, enters upon (Continued on page 8.) ALFALFA MEAL MILL NEARLY COMPLETED Concern Will Make a Ready Market For Valley Hay and Grain Crops Lively scenes are presented at the Imperial Valley Alfalfa Meal Mill Company's plant, in the southeastern part of El Centro. A corps of men is engaged in finishing the main build ing, and several machinests are here to place the machinery. • The main building, which is 40x44 and fifty ' feet in height, has an ex tension 70x28, one story. This is of galvanized iron, It is one of the most conspicuous buildings in El Cen tro. Near this is being erected a brick engine room, and close at hand the pit has been dug for an oil tank storage of two cars capacity. Stock yards, stanchions, etc., are going up, and the whole will be one of the best equipped plants of the kind to be found in the West.v^ K. P. Ellingson, an expert niachin est, has come from Ueloit, Wiscon sin, and Mr. Herbert, of Los Ange les, has come to superintend the in stallation of the machinery and en gine. A reservoir 50x75 feet and eight feet deep has been constructed. A force-pump has been placed, and this throws a stream of water two hun dred feet. Running water is sup plied through all the feed yards. At the beginning of operations at this plant ten men will be given em ployment. This number will be* grad ually increased as the business ex ■ • ■■■ •' ""' pands. Within two weeks the plant will be ready . for operation. T^arge amounts of material for the "Imperial" feeds is already assembled. In storage the firm has more than 500,000 pounds of the Egyptian corns, while It has con tracts for. the delivery of 500 tons of loose alfalfa hay to the mills with in ten days after the operations are commenced. The mills will create a ready market for loose valley hay, and will dis tribute the ready cash to the growers without the waits for returns from Ix)s Angeles markets. Already stanchions have ueen en gaged for the use of strings of dairy cows while they are being fed the balanced rations intended to increase their flow of milk. Immediately back of these stanchions are to be erected pens for "finishing off 'hogs, and the milk from separators will be turned directly Into the troughs at the pens, for ,use with the rations of alfalfa meal and "Imperial" foods. Packers a t Los Angeles express their satisfaction over the location of these feeding pens at the new mills, and they declare the quality of pork produced by this systematic feeding will be Improved and that they can afford to pay higher prices for such stock. After the mills are fully in opera tion, It Is the Intention of the com pany to open up a retail establish ment in El Centro'B business center, for the purpose of handling their pro ducts and a general feed supply busl ines. The company Is booking or ders from outside points, and it Is expected that within a short time the 101 Centro products will be found In various coast markets. All indica tions point to the development of the enterprise Into large proportions. EVERGREEN WATER COMPANY The Evergreen Mutual Water Com pany has filed with the Imperial Coun ty Clerk a copy of its articles of incorporation. The company is form ed, for the purpose of supplying the Stormer Tract at Hrawley with water for domestic use. The incorporators are David A. Stormer, J. A. Albert Godwin, E. B. Stilgebouer, H. J. Threl keld and A. Mellen. The capital stock is $10,000, of which $1,900 has been subscribed. HOLTVILLE'S TEST WELL Delay in Boring Caused by Sticking of Casing at Eight Hundred / and Fifty Feet. Rapid progress was made in bor ing for artesian water at Holtville until last Thursday, when the two inch pipe stuck at a depth of 850 ,feet and work was suspended to await the arrival of pipe of larger diameter which will be put down outside of the first pipe. The inner pipe can then be driven deeper and boring resumed. It is to be regretted that a complete log of the boring is not being kept as the information would bo of considerable value geologically. COUNTY CHAMBER MEETING The County Chamber of Commerce held a meeting yesterday afternoon, too late for a report of the proceed ings in today's Press. The matters under .^consideration were the equip ment of the proposed demonstration train to travel through the South and Middle West; the incorporation of the County Chamber under the State laws, and the employment of a permanent secretary. The meeting was held at the El Centro City Hall. CALEXICO'S WATER PLANS City' Purchases Plant of Imperial Im provement Company and Will Make Extensions to System Calexico recently voted a bond is sue of $30,000 for the purpose of ac quiring a municipal water system. Last week the City Trustees closed negotiations with the Imperial Im provement Company whereby the company sells to the. city all of block 74 and 75, and seven lots in block 73, all the equipment of the com pany, pipes, engines, tanks, basins, right and title to Rockwood Park, and the thirty-foot strip along the inter national boundary line. The pur chase price is $8000. Officers of the Imperial Improve ment Company estimate that the land sold the city Is worth at regular list prices $6,700. The statement is also made that the company has expend ed $30,000 In the water system, but how much of that is of value now is problematical. The board of trustees is consider ing the best plans for the improve ment of the municipal water system and the most popular of these plans, says the Chronicle, is as-follows: ,To establish three reservoirs, one deep one to hold at least 50,000 gal lons of clearj water to be cemented; two settling basins at a higher level that can be cleaned every week and used alternately, flushing into a spill way that empties into New River; to cement the boundary ditch as far oust as the city limits and enclose the same in an Indian proof barb wire fence; to establish an air pressure tank that will not be exposed to the sun in summer and will give even more pressure than a gravity system; to lay all mains in alleys instead of the public streets and to set thirty hy drants in all parts of town for fire pro tection and Btreet sprinkling purposes. The system involves the laying of nearly 80,000 feet af pipe which will cost $12,210 and when completed Ca lexlco will have us good a plant as any iv the valley. A portion of the new part of the system laid recently by the I. V. I. Co. will be used. / ' i No. if SEGONO COUNTY FAIR WAS GREAT SUCCESS Products of the Valley Opened Eyes of Visitors and Amazed ExperVs Nearly Four Thousand Persons Pass ed Through the Gates— Texans Made Cotton Day the Liveliest of the Sea son—Financial Results Satisfactory. The second annual exhibition of the Imperial County Fair Association, the first held under state regulations In the 45th district, closed last Saturday with a cotton day celebration managed by the Texas Society. The Texaiiu served a barbecue to the crowd a*4 made the day the best of the four dayß of the County Fair. They had a Southern darky picking cottoa, dancing and telling stories In the field presided over by .King Cotton and they took part joyously in many of tha races. The gate receipts showed an attendance of 1800. The cotton exhibit was incomplete because the goods made of Imperial Valley cotton shipped by the Oakland Mills, were stalled somewhere on the railroad and failed to arrive until af ter the fair, being fifteen days iv transit. An excellent race program filled ia the afternoon time and held the crowd until dark. The relay race was ex citing while it lasted but it was not finished because' one of the broncaoa, bolted and ran all over the field, fi nally colliding, with another horse and falling with its rider. The total attendance of the fo»f dalys, shown by admissions at the gate, was 3804. The receipts front all sources were $2811.75 and the ex penses will foot up a little under that figure, leaving the association a small margin of profit. The list of premium awards has not been completed but will be ready for publication next week. , The fair was completely successful and creditable in every way to tie county and to President Carter -amd the other officers and committees m( the association*. The display of pro ducts was an eye-opener to visitors. H. C. Huhtoard, of the famous Hub bard & Wright ranch, San Fernando, was here on his first visit to the val ley and after inspecting the stock show he pronounced this valley th« best stock country he had ever seea and altogether the biggest farming opportunity in America. He was es pecially interested in the C-M. Cos. exhibit of horses and mules, and he said he never had seen mules ka Missouri to compare with some of the animals raised here. HEAVY LAND INVESTMENTS Charles Bliss Buys Lombard Ho§ Ranch and A. L. Bliss Takes Whole of Bradford Ranch One realty deal in Imperial Valley ranch property totalling the sum of $36,000 Is to be credited to Holtville this week, while another deal has been made whereby the entire 320 acre Bradford ranch, northeast of HI Centro, passes into the hands of A. L. Bliss, of this city. The Lombard j place, consisting of 240 acres, was -sold to Charles Bliss, who came herew ith his brother, An son L. Bliss, several months ago, and who had planned to take a half of the Bradford ranch. After he had decided upon the Lom bard purchase, his brother arranged to take over the entire Bradford ranck as his own holding. The Lombard ranch brought $135 an acre, or $32,400, while the stock and equipment on the place was pur chased by Mr. BUbb for $3000. The lund adjoins Holtville on the north. Mr. Bliss will use It as a mock ranch, raising high-grade hogs; in which Him he has had much experience in Il linois. GRAND JURY CONVENES The Imperial County Grand Jurr on Wednesday of this week, on th« call of Judge Franklin J. Cole. Tbo jury remained In session only one af ttiruoou and then adjourned to nteet next week.