AND THE CIMARRON CITIZEN
ESTABLISHED 1872 -NEW VOL. VI
CIMARRON, -COLFAX COUNTY. NEW MEXICO. THURSDAY. APRIL , 1914.
CIMARRON HOLDS THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF COLFAX"
W. J. "Uncle
Respected Citizen of Colfax County
For More Than Forty Years;
W. J. Vaoce, aged 75 years, died
in Cimarron, at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. L. A. Chandler,
after an illness of several weeks,
with which he was effected several
years. Me was brought to the
home of the latter about two weeks
ago from his ranch near Roy,, with
the anticipation that love and tend
er care would restore to him that
robust health which he for so many
years enjoyed. While bis depart
ure to that shore yonder was not
unexpected, bis loss is mourned by
not only the immediate members of
the family, but by a legion of asso
ciates and friends who became at
tached to the sturdy pioneer.
Deceased is survived by his
wife, three sons, Ralph, Noal and
Will; and four daughters, Mrs. H.
H. Chandler, Mrs. L. A. Chand
ler, Mrs. Lige Sbahan and Mrs.
Al Davis, all of whom reside in or
Cimarron. Funeral services were
conducted in the home of Fred
Whitney, Thursday afternoon and
a large number of sympathetic ac
quaintances participated in paying
their respect to the deceased in at
tending the last sad rites. Mr.
Fetter of Raton, who has been the
family pastor for many years de
livered a fitting sermon. The bur
ial was in Mountain View ceme
tery. W. A. or Uncle Billy Vance,
as be was better known, came to
New Mexico in 1861, moving short
ly thereafter to Colorado where he
resided until 1869 when he again
returned to this territory, remain
ing here permanently until his lab
ors in this world came to an end.
He followed the occupation of In
dian Trader in the pioneer days,
trading and exchanging with the
Apache and Ute tribes, who prac
tically dominated in this section.
Later he was employed by the gov
ernment in contracting beef for the
military posts, since then abandon
ed, to supply the soldiers and the
Indians who were taken prisoners,
New Mining Co.
At Red River
The Golden Treasure Mining
Co., filled articles of incorporation
Saturday, with the state corpora
tion commission at Santa Fe, and
is capitalized at $500,000. The
office is at Red River and G. L.
Oldham is the agent upon whom
process may be served. The share
holders in the company are: J. L.
Oldham of Trinidad; M. R. Old
ham of Red Kivtr; and G. L. Old
ham of Red River, each i 100, 000.
The company will transact a real
estate and mining business in Red
River, where mining developments
are taking on new life. Good pay
ing ore has been located, some of
which will run as high as $ iuoo
per ton and more, and the field has
only been touched in point of de
i ni For Culverts
After severing his position with
the United States governmeet he
went into stock raising for himself
and working for other outfits ns
cowpuncher- In this capacity he
came to be known over the entire
county for his honesty and good
fellowship; he was loved by all for
his sterling worth. Though he
was a tireless worker his remuner
ation in earthly possessions was
comparatively small. As a sturdy
pioneer and trail blazer he was be
yond reproach and bis many deeds
of kindness will linger in the minds
of those whom he assisted long aft
er his body rests in peace. From
the fruits of his labors the present
generation is reaping the harvest,
and made it possible to live in
peace and prosperity.
Buys In At
Fred W. Brooks of Cimarron
and las. K. Hunt of Raton, pur
chased the controlling interest in
the Montgomery-Johnson Shoe &
Clothing company of Raton, lat
week, and the firm will in the fu
ture, carry on its business under
the name of the Johnson-Jones
Messrs. Brooks and Hunt pur
chased the interests of Messrs.
Towler and Montgomery of Canon
City, Colo. It is understood that
the old firm was in financial diin
culties, thereby necessitating the
sale to the parties mentioned.
From Her Pony;
Riding a pony to Farmington to
take part ia a play, Gladys Tavlor
teacher at the Peninsula scboo
was thrown from the saddle when
the animal suddenly jumped, her
foot catching in the stirrup. She
was dragged 25 feet before her foot
was released, and was unconscious
when picked up, with a long wound
in the temple. She is recovering
nicely and no permanent injury
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. McEndorfer
left Wednesday on a visit to rela
tives and friends about South Bend,
Mr. McDivilt bought the Wilson
sawmill last week. He is a saw
yer of thirty yeais expeiieuce and
be expects to furnish his patrons
The new cement machine pur
chased by the board of county r ad
commissioners, was demonstrated
by a representative of its makers
to the members of the board the
first of the week in Raton. The
new machine met with the approv
al of the board members.
With it, it is possible to make
concrete culverts at the minimum
cost, both in the material used and
the labor. Concrete conduits rang
ing in size from 20 inches to four
feet in diameter, can be made with
the machine. It is not improba
ble that, after giving the new de
vice a rigid test, the road board
will purchase several more and dis
tribute them throughout the coun
ty. Several Pass
At the examinations tor the 8ib.
grade recently held by County
Superintendent Josie Lockard at
Raton, Cimarron, Springer and
Dawson, the following candidates
made the required mark as speci
fied by the state board of educa
tion: Susanna Butler, Florence Mack,
and Virginia Martin, Raton; Joe
Williams. Yankee; Opal Vander
bur, Johnson Mesa; Ilva Short and
Audrey Shoemaker, Bell.
Mrs. Lockard was highly pleas
ed with the progress made in the
school library. There are now
375 volumes in the library. She
visited the schools at Roberts, Bo
nito, I . town and Cimarron.
The body of A. J. Burton, a con
tractor for the Lake Charetta Land
company, was located on Thursday
morning about a mile from his cab
in. It is presumed that while Bur
ton was returning to his cabin trom
Colmor he got lost and wandered
off a cliff, when be had practically
reached bis destination. Relatives
in Kansas have taken care of the
The Spiinger Ditch company let
contracts to J. F. Wilson and F.
E. McCartney for the cleaning and
extending of the highline and De
vine ditches, under that project.
John Lauterback, the sheepman,
has purchased a new Ford car, to
replace the one he has used.
Geo. VV. Wilson and A L. San-
ford of Cimarron, have opened up
a blacksmith and harness shop in
Springer. Bulb are well known
with nicely sawn lumber.
Wm. Page moved to Mt. Dora,
N. M., last week to take charge of
the Farmers Dvelopment Co's.
store at that place.
There is some talk about putting
in a cheese factory at Miami in the
The Antelope Valley Irrigation
company has a force of men and
teams at work four miles east ot
Cimarron, doing extensive repair
work at the point where the intake
projects into the Fonil creek. The
dam is being reinforced to with
stand the Ireshets in the near fu
ture caused by the melting snow in
The intake and dam were con
siderably damaged by the floods
last June, and have not been re
paired until 'this spring. The re
servoirs on the project are filling
up with water as rapidly as can be
expected, and in all probabilities
the farmers on the tract will have
sufficient water with which to irri
gate their crops.
J. l. HagaJorn returned Mon
day evening from Clayton where he
spent a few days buying cattle and
succeeded iu purchasing 500 bead
which will be trailed to the Rayado
Ranch about the first of May and
turned onto the range to be fatten
ed during the summer months.
No cattle has been on the ranch
since it was taken over by the Ray
ado Colonization company several
years ago, and there is an abund
ance ot grass in the bills.
Upou returning Mr. Hagodorn
brought a registered jack along, he
having purchased it in Stillwater,
Oklahoma. The jack will be used
on the ranch to breed mares; it be
ing the anticipation of the compa
ny if raise many mules in the fu
ture, Raton Snapshots
D. N. Rittenhouse, a middle
aged man, was taken into custody
Wednesday morning for gun-play.
1 be man is sunering a nervous
breakdown aod his sanity is being
questioned. He fired at several
parties during the night, but noue
The city dads of Raton feel as
though they have dine their duty
in making a tree distribution of
400 trees to the property owners
No more trees will be given away
John C. Shaffer and Miss Ruth
Vincent were united in marriage
Wednesday, at the home of the
bride's parents. Immediately alter
the ceremony the couple departed
tor their home in Los Angeles,
Calif., where the groom has a posi
tion on the Santa Fe train service.
Ibe dam in Linwood canyon
will be completed this week by the
contractor, Frank Grubelnik.
M. N. Mikesell is atienda,,; the
irrigation congress in Denver, be
ing one of the delegates appointed
by the governor to represent New
Quietest Election In
The Town's History
Inclement Weather Keeps Many From
Polls; Three Tickets "Scratched"
Out Of Total Vote
Martin Buckovc and son Mike
were business visitors in the Key
City this week from the Moreno
Valley. Mr. Buckovc brought
down a few bunches of onions and
distributed them among his friends
here. The onions were grown on
bis farm in the valley this year and
were of a choice variety. While
in town he negotiated the sale of
onions and other vegetables to loc
al stores, and will take advantage
in shipping his produce to market
by using the 50 pound parcel post
carrier. Mr. Buckovc reports that
he will have a large acreage of both
garden truck and cereal crops.
T. R. Nance came Aovra from
the Moreno Valley, Tuesday to vis
it a few days with his family and
A large number of men and
teams started work this week in en
Urging the reservoir uf Charles
Springer, three miles north of the
Key City. The reservoir is being
considerably enlarged and repaired
at this time to store more water
for irrigation purposes. Many
more acres will be put under culti
vation this year, making it neces
sary to increase the storage capa
city of the reservoir from which the
water is taken.
The water is being appropriated
out of the Ponil and converted in
to reservoir by way of an intake.
lifting Of iid"
in Aztec Must
Stop At Once
Considerable trouble is being ex
perienced at Aztec in enforcing the
prohibition law. Dr. McRee was
arrested this week on the charge of
selling liquor in violation of the
law and fined Í35. Lifting of the
lid it is said has been frequent and
an Aztec paper states that the citi
zens have stocd the continued law
breaking as long as they intend to,
and have organized to see that the
law is enforced.
One good Durham milch cow,
elf made kitchen cabinet, six hole
No. 8 range, chairs and other
things at a bargain.
H. R. Blakelv.
H. C. Ellis went to Raton, Wed
nesday to attend to business mat-tars.
At no time in the history of Cim-
arran, either before or after the in
corporation of the town, has an
election been held where so little
interest was manifest, as the one
closed on Tuesday evening. No
indication before or on election day
pointed to any degree of interest in
the political situation of the town.
The thing sought for was accom
plished before the election, namely
a non-partisan ticket, and it is very
doubtful whether a set of men who
were nominated and elected for
the respective offices could have
been chosen than:
Mayor, C. R. Bass.
Clerk, C. G. Waters.
Council, Jaa. T. Lail, A. W.
Vasey, L. R. Butler, Perfecto Cor
dova. Treasurer, Herman C. Ellis.
Every candidate on the ticket
was elected, and when the ballots
were given the final count, three
tickets were scratched, all other
ballots were voted straight.
Thus, it may be said, in the
peaceful slumbers the election is
over with, and the new city officials
can enter upon their duties guiding
the affairs of the municipality for a
term of two years.
What was once a bed of political
eruption is now forgotten, and the
"watchful waiting" policy has tak
en the place of those bitter politic
al encounters that will go down in
biographical sketches of Cimarron.
Owing to the inclement weather
the number of voters was very lit
tle who availed themselves of the
opportunity to vote the straight
ticket. It is estimated that not
more than one-fifth the votes were
Drive Most Popular
In The Southwest
While the signs of spring are
coming and going, much interest
is manifest among tourists and mo
torists about the 400 mil circle
drive, of which Arthur Seligman
and other Santa Feans are the tath
thers. Many improvements are
contemplated along this popular
highway so that the motorists can
tour this beautiful drive with the
greatest of ease and pleasure.
With the exception of a short
pif-e of road in the western part of
Colfax county, the highway is in
a good condition, suitable for auto
traffic, and it is expected that the
road will be repaired at the earliest
The f4Qo-mile circle drive' it
the most popular and picturesque
trip in the southwest, and those
who have been over it say it can
not be excelled in the United
States. Perhaps the most import
ant part of the drive is that be
tween Cimarron and Taos, where
the motorist passes through the
Limarrou Canyon, aud the 1000
foot Palisades through the beauti
ful Moreno Valley, over the divide
and on to Taos.
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