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Columbus Courier
Published In the Interest of Columbus and the Loiter flnbres Valley
Vol. I.
Columbus, Luna County, New Mexico, Octob r 6. 1911.
No. Hi.
Republican State Convention.
After an all day an night scs
sum, tln Kopublieau slate con
vention ru at Lu Vog'is, N. .l ,
Sept. J-i, noni.nated the lollow iug
ticlut :
(!oornor, H. (J. Ituistiiu. ol
Soeorio county; Lieut. Uovci nor,
Mul.upiias ,iai inn ot Taos
counly; Secretary ol State, Sc
ctindino Komeio, ol San Angnci
county; Slate Auditor, . Li.
Sargent, ol Ivio Arnua county;
State Treasurer, by I vest re Mir-
aoal, ol Valencia county; Stale
Supt. 01 Senoo.s, A. H. Stioup,
01 Ikrualillo county; Attorney
General, R'ank W. Clancy, oi
Horiialillo county; Justices 01 Hie
Supremo Court, Rank W. Park
er, Clarence J. Huberts and hd
ward lv. Wrigut; Congress,
Gcoigo Curry, Tumro.Mi, and Hi
Jegu Hueu, Albuquerque.
Republican County Convention.
A lvupulilic.au county conven
turn, lor the purpose 01 nominat
ing candidates for county otltces
was held in Doming, Saturdiy,
Sept., !10. Folio wing are l.iu
D. H. Stephens, shorilT; Chris
Uutlhol, treasurer; H. It. Case,
clerk; no no m I n a 1 1 o n county
suoerintendent: Harry R Haiti
win. surveyor; Harry Whitehead,
commissioner, 1st district; A. U.
Hatley, commissioner, 2nd dis-
trict; L)r. .1. M. Williams, com
missioner, ild distric ; John
Steineinann, tax ussesor; li. C.
Kly, representative; (with jMiwer
to substitute). Dr. J. Li. Moir
was nominated tor county elmir i
,,,,m d .las. Durham as uroeinct I
chairman oi wie .mi iin.-uiuui'.
It is almost an absolute rule
that towns showing the lastest
growth and greatest development
contain merchants and business
men who are right up to the miu
ute and who prove their faith In
advertising by their generous
use of their local newspaper.
Advertising is one of the great
est factors of modern business.
This is no idle dream, but a de
monstrated fact. The merchants
in our biggest cities, whose
names are known all over the
country, one and all have testified
that their success is largely duo
to their faith in newspuier space.
It is equally true in thu smaller
towns. The man who uses news
paier space, and uses it intelli
gently to the man who gets the
business of the community.
3mh nf lahtabb 3)uformatum.
(The lo lowing article publish
ed in the Doming Graphic last
weelc coiues I nun the pen of li.
tt. l.'tse, a civil engineer and ex
pert geologist. It was written
at the instigation ol .luo. Corliett,
president ol the bank of Doming )
wi.o received a request Iroin.L
.l. Allen, p-isncugcr truftlo man
ager oi t.ie Kocu Island linen, lor
accurate inlorination regarding
the possibilities ot i riijat ion in
l he Mi inures valley. - Kd.)
The Mimbrcs Valley is a Hoi
sou L'lain, or Pocket Plain, u geo
logic type which is lound Ire
quontly in the Southwest. It
uas no drainage outlet. All the
water that lulls upon Us water
shed is retained in the siibtcr
ranean strata ol the valley. Too
Munbres River proper lias a
watershed ol about l.'ilK) square
, miles. It is u perennial stream
to where It leaves its narrow
mountain ulloy, ami enters the
open level stretch ot country
known as thu Ijower Mhnbres
Valley, the area ol which is some
I'SO.OtJO acres.
On leaving its mountain valley
some 2(5 miles northwest of Dem-
ink' the water sinks, Hading its
wuy into the underground water
system ol the alluvial and collu
vial deM)stt which tills the valley
During the rainy season, from
June to August, the dry channel
curries the Hood waters escaping
the "sink," anil also the Hood
waters draining into it below the
wink ii flitniu'p nt' about Jlfi miles
i - -
southeast from its M)int or exit,
distributing these Hood waters
also into the underground strata.
No lakes exists at the "end" of
this dry water bell and wh .t
water Is not lost by evaporation
and absorption along its banks
Huds its way also into the under
ground system.
The river at its sink has been
gaged thru a period of years
and some 2r0,00() acre feet of
water iour into the "slnlc" at
this point annually. In addition
to this it is estimated that 2.'0,
(XX) aero feet are added from that
part of the catchment area known
as the Hurro Mountains water
shed. The valley till consists of, lirst,
soil from i to fit) feet deep, then
alternate layers of clay and gra
vel. The logs of 100 wells from
I very highly ol it. In some hi
1T.0 to 2iH) foot in depth showing :tj,,,,s ,,, tIL. v.,lt.y u ,,.,, lllu,
gravel strata:-, varying in HiU'U-! heavy adohe soil is' lound it has
ness from ." to :0 leet and Iroin j K.on plated and found to loosen
2 to 10 stratus oeeiiriug with n , a, ,Ven the soil to a grout o.
that depth. tent, at the same tune liirinsiiiiig
The water plane, or depth ja umtii,g o( tine hay . oiy lour
from tin' surlaee, vaiUs from 10 lor six weeks,
to l.-0 leet, there heiUK an ami Rirlhoi inorc it is well spoUeii
in probably J 2."i,000 acres i ! m as a line in'oducer ol the hac-
whicli the pumping hit lor wells i
of from ."(X) to l.'itX) gallons eupao
ity per minute will range Irom
;!() to n." leet.
Ul this 12.",( XX) ue.es, probably
not more tna i l,(KM) a res a re tin-
der cultivation now. That ureustund
will probably be doubled next! liMimny places throughout the
year, and it is not uuukcly Hut it.ast um, ,(.i. WL.hl Ulu ,.u,.
i;,(K0aer.s wi.l have been re-: nm,,s S(HV swotl doVcr ahmK
claimed by the close of I'.IPJ. nK,t , wnys t() kw,p (U,W
The aurieultural history ol this, tllL, vv,,uUs Nllt iire(uently it
valley began in HU)M when the , is usc,(( ,,. kl l ,
llrst irrigating well and pumping I
plant was installi d. Prior to
Hint year it was strictly a cattle
country, and its thousands ol
acres of grass and incsquito land
alVorded range lor numerous
The advent of the farmer was
hardly appreciated. Considera
ble doubt existed as to the suc
cess ol agriculture, but land was
being rapidly taken up. In 11)00
a Calilornian who lor several
years hud been manager of the
Cudahy ranch in South I.os An
geles, visited this valley, saw the
one pumping plant, then in iior
ation, deli 'oring 1, (XX) gallons per
minute, and immediately realized
the iMissibilities.
This gentleman, who had had
some lit years experience m
pumping water for irrigation in
California, installed a plant ol
1250 gallons and the commercial
possibility of agriculture was de
finitely determined.
Following Ills example, others
tried the so called experiment
and made good, the result loing
that today probably 2r0,(XK)
acres of the available land here
has been tiled on, and there are
in operation qomo lot) pumping
plants Irrigating approximately
4,000 acres of what was consider
ed three years ago land tit for
grazing only. '
The agricultural value of this
valluy land having been deter
mined, land values have risen ra
pidly in the past three years. In
the Kio Grande Valley, HO miles
(Coiitininil on I'uu'c .1)
Sweet Clover for Hard Land.
Several f, rmer ol 1 1 valley
have heeil o.n peiinie.it iny this
year with wcel clover and .-po.ik
torin mi helpiul to allalla unit
without winch, indeed, alfalhi
cannot be grown, borne huu
even sown it alone; witti allalla
and claim it materially assists thu
latter in obtaining a cuiclc sturdy
woni mit ,tmns , tlu New
England states have been renew
ed by this plant. However, in
this section sweet clover is of
value chielly because ol its h)W
or, to break up and prepare thu
heavier soils lor easier cultiva
tion. New Blacksmith Shop.
Lloyd Allen of 101 Paso who lo
cated government land here
about a month ago is preparing
to put up a blacksmith shop in
Columbus. The building will be
10x10 and will be begun this
week. Mr. Allen is an ex per
ienced blacksmith and wood
worker, has a line lot of tools al
ready here ready for business as
soon as the building is completed,
and will be prepared to do all
kinds of repairing as well as con
structing in his line.
Fine Rain.
Columbus and the Ixwer Mini
bres Valley was visited with an
other one of those Hue fall rains
Wednesday night which makes
everybody, young and old, far
mer and townsman, sit up and
smile. As a result of those rains
many of the farmers in this part
of the valley are cutting a big
tonnage of prairie hay, while the
crops planted by the dry far
mers, are in many instances
striving for competition with
those of the full Hedged irrigator.
Dr. and Mrs. Albro returned
from a months' visit back east
last Tuesday. They report a
most enjoyable trip.

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