Newspaper Page Text
BELEN, NEW MEXICO, JUNE 12, 1913
Structure is nearing Comple
tion and to be Dedica
ted next month
In company with Mr. Jacobson
of this city, and piloted by Chair
man Kempenich of the board of
county commissioners and mayor
W. G. Logan of the city of Los
"Lunas, the News-man took a
look a the new courthouse of
Valencia county last Monday. '
The structure is of Santa Fe
brick, with concrete foundation,
two stories and basement. The
brick of the walls are laid in
"gingerbread" design, the mor
tar being compressed a fraction
of an inch instead of being flush
with the edge of the brick, chair
man Kempenich piloted us
through the basement first.
Here we found several rooms
which may be put to various pur
poses, especially adapted to com
mittee rooms at times of conven
tions, and the like; a large vault
for the storing of documents,
books and papers, not in actual
use; a roomy boiler room for
heating purposes, as well as la
On the first floor proper, we
entered a spacious hall, off of
which is the commissioners room,
sufficiently large for the comfort
of the board while at work and
all citizens having business be
fore, the body.' Adjoiniagjjiisare
rooms for the county clerk, with
a roomy vault connected, for the
storage of records and documents.
On the same floor are rooms
for the treasurer and assessor,
these being also supplied with a
vault of sufficient capacity to
protect all records and papers.
Mountaing to the second floor,
we pass from the hallway, into
the courtroom. On one side of the
hal, are offices for the accomo
dation of the district court clerk
and sheriff. On the other side are
jury rooms, one for the grand
jury work and two for petit ju
ries. Chairman Kempenich led us
across the "Bridge of Sighs,"
which he explained was built for
the express convenience of Judge
Mechem in making the "prisoners
come across." This connects
with the upper portion of the jail.
The jail, like the courthouse is
two stories and basement. In this
building are offices and rooms
for the sheriff and his assistants
separate apartments for female
prisoners, lavatories, etc. In the
basement a large room is ar
ranged for a heating plant and
storage of fuel. In the west end of
the jail is the large cement room,
where are to, be placed the iron
cages for the care of ' 'los malos
hombres." The cages or cells will
be two stories in heigtd,the room
being so constructed that a third
cage may be placed above this, if
necessary. Light and ventilation
are well prepared for, without
taking from the strenght of the
walls. Chairman Kempenich di
vulged the secret to us that the
weak places in the walls are
known only to the commissioners.
What we saw of the jail was suf
ficient that hereafter we shall
want to view it only from the
outside and the greater the dis
tance between us and the jail, the
better will we be satisfied.
Both courthouse and jaif have
been wired in anticipation of
electric lighting, and telephones,
and the plumbers are at work
putting in the pipes for steam
heating, connecting up the lav
atories and sewers, etc.
Furniture has been ordered for
the new buildings which will be
in keeping with the structures
themselves, and altogether Va
lencia county will shortly have
a courthouse in which every one
of her citizens may take pride.
The dedication of the building
is to take place sometime in Julyy,
the program being in the hands
of Judge Mechem. About all that
could be learned at this time of
the programas that there will be
á "spread which will tickle the
inner man" interspersed with
speeches by various citizens of
the county, and perhaps some
from outside. In fact we were
informed that every citizen of
Valencia county would"bé wel
come o make a speech, with the
exception of one single man. just
who this one is, we are not going
to say, but Chairman Kempenich
has the line already drawn.
We hope shortly to show our
readers a picture of the new
TOME LAND GRANT ,
- CASE DECIDED
In a telegram) received yester
day by Attorney Felix Baca, of
this city, from the clerk of the
United States supreme court at
Washington, Mr. Baca was offici
ally notified that the court of last
resort had'sústáined the decision
of the 'supreme court- of . New
Mexico, holdiifg'that the "heirs
of Ba'rela, ' ' the first settler of the
Tome grant -Jn Socorro, county,.
wtsre the rigártful, owners of the
fomegrarTf, comprising 12i,'iioo
acres of land. The heirs number
Barela, the original owner of
the Tome grant, settled on the
land in 1739. About five years
ago Bond Brothers brought suit
against the heirs, claiming title
to the grant, for a partition of
the same, and the case was tried
in the district' court of Socorro
county. The court decided in
favor of the heirs. An appeal
was taken by the plaintiffs to the
supreme court, and it sustained
the decision of the lower court.
Bond Brothers then carried the
case to the United States su
preme court, and the decision an
nounced yesterday, closes the
The victory is regarded as a big
one for the heirs. The suit has
been one of the most celebrated
in the history of New Mexico and
its outcome is expected to have
far-reaching effect on land grant
litigation in the state. Albu
While exact information and
figures on the subject are as yet
not obtainable, it has been
learned from authentic sources
that the assessed valuation of
Valencia countf of this year is up
wards of four million dollars.
This is quite an advance over
that of last year, which figures
well ahead of the year previous.
This year's figures include the
assessments against the property
of the Indians in this county.
The board of... county commis
sioners held that "under the de
cision of the Federal Courts to
the effect that the Indians were
citizens, their property should be
taxed the same as that of . other
Ice cream, 25 cents a pint, at
the Purity Bakery.
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF
A special session of the board of county commissioners was
called to meet in the school house
1913, there being present Eugene
Gabaldon and Fermín Márquez, Commissioners, J. M. Luna, Clerk
and Melquíades Otero, Assessor. -
. Thereupon the Board adjourned ánd met as a Board of Equali
zation to hear complaints of citizens of the county as to matters, of
taxation. " Í .. n.
MEETING BOARD OF EQUALIZATION.' '
The Board of Equalization met in the school house at Los Lu
nas on this 2nd day of June, 1913, same parties being present as
above. Claude Hutto was engaged to take the proceedings of the
board and aid the board in its work. ;
Thereupon various citizens appeared before the board and pre
sented their claims in form of affidavit which were filed with the
various tax returns to be acted upon later by the Board. This
meeting lasted the entire day and adjourned at 5 o'clock P. M. to
meet in the Court House tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
And now oh ítjiis 3rd day of June, 1913, the County Commis
sioners, sitting as a Board of Equalization, met in the court house
at Los Lunas for the purpose of canvassing the tax returns, at
which time the following proceedings were had, to-wit:
The Board proceeded to canvass the various returns and acted
on them as follows: : l I
Julian Tafoya, personal property, . Í
" " real estate f
Fred Harvey, a corporation, personal '
John Becker Co. ,-personal property '
J no. Becker, personal property '
Bernardino Baca y Sanchez, real estate
D. C. Newell, personal property
W. M. Berger, " ... "
Anastacio Baca, real estate
José E. Chavez, " "
Julio Albino Castillo, Real Estate
Juan Rey Baca, personal property
", "7 " real estate
Manuel Urbana Baca, real estate
Adqlfo Sanchez, . "
LuisTrujillo, Claim denied "'
Belen Commercial Club Building Ass'n, real estate
Rubi Marino, real estate
Porfirio F. Mirabal, personal properj .
Remigio Mirabal, " . "Z '
Eduardo M. Otero
Adrian Chavez, personal
Vidal Sanchez, personal
José R. Chavez, personal
Chas. Reinken, trustee, real
E. Frances & Sons, personal
Albino Castillo, " " .
Pilar Garcia, "
Nestor Sanchez, "
Benigno Gallegos, personal
Nicolas Molina, "
Gregorio Chavez y Romero, real
Julian Chaves y Torres, "
Federico Costillo, "
Francisco Cordova y Sanchez, "
Narciso Pino, personal
Francisco Barela, "
Jose Tafoya, exemption
Jose Maria Barela, personal
Remigio Jaramillo, "
Justiniano Anzuras, "
Narciso Salazar, "
Tranquilino Jaramillo, ' '
Venceslado Jaramillo, "
Cecilio Lucero, real
Ricardo R. Abeyta, real
Estate Jose F, Alarid,
Diego-. Aragón & Co. real
" " personal
Jno. Becker Co. real
U. I. Sanchez, personal
And now the Board of Equalization adjourned to meet as a
Board of County Commissioners at which time the following pro
ceedings were had: ..
MEETING OF COUNTY COM
MISSIONERS. June 3, 1913.
The following resolution was
adopted by the Board:
Resolved,- That the Board of
County. Commissioners hereby
declare their intention to provide
funds for the construction of the
proposed Western Extension of
the Camino Real in conformity
with House Bill No. 130 passed
by the last session of the legisla
at Los Lunas, N. M., June 2nd,
Kempenich, Chaiaman, Perfecto
300. 00, penalty 25 p.c.
ture and that the Chairman of
this Board is hereby authorized
and empowered to draw a war
rant on any available fund for
this purpose. Should no fund be
adequate for this purpose the
Board of County Commissioners
hereby agrees to make an ade
quate levy to provide the same at
the time of making the levies for
other county purposes for the
Resolved That the Clerk of
TO TAKE UP PETITION
AT JULY MEETING
At the meeting of the county
commissioners last week, the
petition asking for an election to
decide the question of a County
High School at Belen, was tabled
indefinitely. This was on account
of the fact that the law enacted
by the legislature of 1912, had
been amended by the legislature
of 1913, and this amendment does
not become effective until the
12th of this month. On Monday
of this, week, the attention of the
commissioners was called to the
fact that the amendment in no
wise affected the calling of the
election, but merely the manner
of making the levy to maintain
the school. At the latter meeting
the board adopted a resolution
instructing the clerk to verify
the signatures to the petition and
in the mean time to take the
matter up with the district attor
ney, and promised to cousider the
matter further at the regular
meeting of the board in July.
BALL GAME STOPPED
BY RAIN STORM
Last Sunday afternoon the
Los Lunas Ball team accompanied
by a number of "rooters" from
the county seat came down to
get the scalp of the local team.
Although the visiting team was
strengthened by the addition of
two players from the Indian
School at Albuquerque, they did
not take the trophy back with
them as they anticipated-- Just
what would have been the result
had the rain not interfered with
the game, can not be told. But it
was a pretty game while it last
ed. The first inning resulted in
goose eggs for both sides. The
first half of the second, Los Lu
nas scored once, the only time
any of their players passed home
during the game. The second
half of this inning, our boys
seemed to have no trouble con
necting with the pall, both
Dempsey and Burford knocking
runs, the former bringing in Hall
who was on base. A fourth score
for the home team during this
inning was the last made.
The rain forced the team to call
the game off, the score still stan
ding 4 to 1. The Los Lunas boys
showed that thy have a good
team, aed played good ball. It is
hoped that another game may be
arranged shortly, and the
strength of the two tested to a
Last Sunday the employes of
the John Becker Company en
joyed the day picnicking at the
Beardsley ranch north of town.
Several wagons were necessary
to transport the crowd and
lunch baskets from town, the
lunch baskets being an important
adjunct. The morning was whiled
away, strolling about the fields,
picking strawberries and mul
berries. At noon dinner was
spread on the grass under a large
mulberry tree. Several who had
attended the morning services at
the churches arrived in time for
During the afternoon games
were enjoyed until the rain drove
all in doors. Late in the after
noon the party returned to town,
the latter part of the trip through
the shower, which ended a most
Enrollment has Increased
and Teachers are Showing
The Teachers Institute con
tinues this week, the interest of
the members increasing, if such
a thing is possible. Three more
have been added to the enroll
ment this week, the high school
room being comfortably filled.
Mrs. Brumback has arranged
that the teachers themselves
have charge of the opening ex
ercises each morning, a commit
tee of two being named the day
previous. Pleasant surprises have
been arranged and the rivalry of
each committee to do a little bet
ter than the day previous has
had good results. Short talks by
citizens of the town and by the
teachers, interspersed with mu
sic, have added interest. Among
those outside of the institute tak
ing part this week, have been
Dr. John A. M. Ziegler, pastor
of the Lutheran Church, H. B.
Kennebeck, chairman of the local
schoolboard and P. A. Speck-
mann of the News.
On Monday and Tuesday Pro
fessor Conway of the College of
Agriculture and Mechanic Arts,
was present and made several
interesting addresses to the
teachers. One of these, in which
he explained the manner of graft
ing and budding fruit trees
proved of especial interest to the
téachers All of" his wórR"naS"
been helpful to the members of
Mrs. Brumback, in her usual way,
is taking great interest in the
work, and has the insight ac
quired by experience of seeing
wherein the individual teacher is
deficient and also the faculty of
aiding that one of thinking the
thing through for himself.
Miss Manette A. Myers, state
director of Industrial Education,
has written Superintendent Baca,
that she will be here to assist in
the work on Tuesday, Wednes
day and Thursday of next week.
The work of Miss Myers is per
haps the most vital of all depart
ments of education as it comes
more closely in touch with the
home life. Her work covers a
large field including as the name
indicates cookery and housekeep
ing in all its branches. Her talks
will be of interest not only to the
teachers but especially to the
ladies of all our homes.
Visitors will receive a hearty
welcome at any hour during the
daily sesions from 7 a. m. to 12:30
This morning Hon. Jesus C.
Sanchez, former superintendent
of schools of Valencia county, ad
dressed the teachers, his remarks
being well received by the audi
ence. W. F. Fenley passed through
Belen last Saturday with a bunch
of horses in which he is interes
ted with Howard Sweet and D.
B. Sorrels of Socorro, to which
place he was taking the stock.
He reports some remarkable sales
of cattle in western Socorro coun
ty recently. Among these were
the cattle of Frank Knoblock,
who sold his whole herd for July
delivery, the price being $35.00
per head for everything except
cows with calf by the side, which
brought $70.00. Fenley claimed
there were two hundred head in