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She Sueumeari Views
Volume i. No. 15. TUCUHCARI, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY. FEB. 3, 1906. Subscription $1.50 a year. QUAY COUNTY DEVELOP ING RAPIDLY Crops a.nd Orchards Show Very Good Progress. SHEEP INDUSTRY ATTRACTIVE Many Settlers Filing on Land or Pur chasing Patented Claims. (Santa I?u New Mexican, 5 1 1 1 ult.) MvyC. Mechem, district attorney lor Quay and Guadalupe Coun- ties, .and M. 13. Goldenberg, of the M. 13. Goldenberg Company, Tu- cumcari, a successlul sheep raiser and one 01 the most progressive citizens of eastern New Mexico, were among the many who came to tlit Capital City to attend the in augural ceremonies. They re mained until today and I -It at noon, via the Santa Fe Central for their homes. Mr. Uoldenberg lias been a resi dent of Tucumcari and vicinity for over twenty years and is one of the prominent pioneers of that sec tion. When seen by a New Mex ican reporter at the Claire last night, he said: Well, I'm pretty enthusiastic over the prospects of Tucumcari and vicinity. I was that way when l came there a good many years ago, and I haven't changed yet. Neither do I contemplate chang ing, because things are steadily improving over our way. About 1,000 new settlers nave arrived in Quay County and taken up home steads there in t h e past three months. They came principally from Kansas, Indian Territory, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas, whore they disposed of their lands at good prices. ''13y making homestead entries upon the public domain they re tained plenty of funds to instal improvements, and as a result nothing but success can follow. Many of them not caring to go through the technicalities of filing claims, proving up, and so forth bojghf patented lands. The ma jority, however, prefer to take ad vantage of the homestead laws. Satisfactory crops have been raised in Quay County during the past year. Milo maize, Kaffir corn, Mexican beans and millet are among the principal crops, al though wheat, barley, vegetables and garden truck are yearly pro duced. borne Indian corn aver aired thirty bushels to the acre without irrigation last season The Iruit industry is compar atively a recent thing in Quay County. Several orchards hav been started and are doing fine II. M. Smith has an orchard with in the townsite limits of Tucum- ari which is a point of interest to ill our visitors. The orchard is really a credit to a country far more developed than Nev Mexico. It has had the effect of encouraging other farmers to put out trees in irge numbers. They will be re turning revenue in a short time. I have been having a rush in the real estate business, and with in the past few weeks I have sold large number of lots in the orig inal townsite of Tucumcari to El Pasoans who are coming there in numbers. This has been brought about to some extent by the building of the El Paso & Northeastern Kail road to Tucumcari which now makes this town the end of the Rock Island system and a division point of the EI Paso & Northeast ern. 1 have information that the Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Rail road will be extended to Tucum cari, the grade work for the pro ject being almost finished at pies ent. It will be compiled, I un derstand, this spi ing, thus giving Tucumcari the nearest and straigh t est route to Memphis, Tennessee. 1 he sheep business never looked more promising than at the present time in Quay County. By lambing season we will have plenty of water and green grass every where, and all sheep men know the meaning of such conditions. One thing I noticed with pleasure is the fact that a lame number of fine rams have been brought into the country recently. Not enough attention has heretofore been paid to this feature of sheep raising. "New Mexico sheep for a mini ber of years have been undersized but this defect is rapidly being remedied. several sheep raisers have brought their herds up to the standard or better, and the effect has been cropping out everywhere of late. Rams for use on the range should not weigh less than 150 or 200 pounds, and should shear 25 pounds of wool. Not the short greasy sort either, but the long fibered wool, of the Ramboullet type. "And by the way, Tucumcari has one of the finest wool scouring mills in the Territory. It scoured 1, 500, 000 pounds of wool last year. The work done by the com pany surpasses any similar work in New Mexico. One thing that aids greatly is the supply of fine water used at the mill. Uur wool brought an average price last year of 19 cents a pound and our spring lambs averaged $2.15 each. The sheep in general NEW MEXICO'S STOCK INDUSTRY Our Cattle, Sheep and Horse In- (eresls Flourishing. EXPORT LARGE THIS YEAR From an article published in the Albuquerque Citizen a short time igo on the subject of our resources in horses, sheep and cattle, we are in mighty good condition and prices ought to be even better this coming season. We have not had in' of the severe snow storms that did so much damage in Lincoln ind Torrance Counties, as I see by the press reports. Oilier live stock is holding its own. Cattle ire advancing in price, Yearling steers are being contracted for at S12 to $15 a head, while two yeaj old steers are quoted at $16 to S19 a head according to quality. I can truthfully pay a compli ment to the people of I ucumcan and Quay County in general. While a good many crimes were committed during the building of the El Paso & SoutUeastern and for a short time afterwards, such conditions have now been ehmi- nated. ludge Edward A. Mann is a representative of our com munity in his firm and able ad- ministtation of justice. He de serves a vote of thanks from every law abiding person in our country for the way in which he conducts his court. He has made himself a terror, to the lawless and a monu ment of fair dealing to all. 1 know that he is irenerallv esteemed for his courtesy and the impartial manner in which he interprets the law. While we have such a man on the bench, there is little to fear from bad characters, In the lan guage of the day, Judge Mann is alright.' "The interests of Tucumcari are being ably looked after by a com mercial club composed of all those interested in the community's wel fare. Much work has been done in advertising our country by this club, and business propositions are looked after in good shape. The individual interests even, are not neglected, and this clnb stands for the best that is in our com munity. Well, maybe I've said more than proper about Quay County, but it's all to be found there. Here 13 one little state ment that the weather bureau will verify, and then I am done. The average rainfall for Quay County from March 1 to November 1 last year, was 22 inches. How is that for the farmer? Now I'll quit." naturally enough arrive at the con clusion the sheep ranges of New Mexico, are the ideal of all t h e sheep owners, and the finest in United States. The past season has been one of the most profitable to the industry for a good m any years. A million lambs and sheep were shipped out of the territory during 1905, the values of which were cents to 5 cents per pound. The average lamb ship ped out weighed from 50 to 75 pounds, and brought in the eastern markets S2.50 to S3. 75 each, some of the choice lots s e 1 1 i n g for a higher figure. Wethers command ed from S3. 50 to S4.50 each, and some shipments higher. The wool clip was much above the average and the grade was good. The amount of sales was more than 22, 000,000 pounds, 20,000,000 pounds of it being fronvthe spring clip. The prices throughout the season averaged 20 to 22 cents per pound, and the total amounted to nearly $5, 000, 000 worth sold. The cattle business is a close second to the sheep industry. The following tabulated statement from the territorial cattle sanitar' board shows the increase in cattle, horses and hides shipped out during 1905: For 1905. For 1904 203,159 Cattle 166,273 I53S Horses 14.967 3"835 Hides 38,865 The banner year for the ship ment of cattle, horses and hides, was 1903, 220,866 cattle, 13,499 horses and 20,221 hides were ship ped out. T h e export of horses has been increasing for twenty years, the 1905 record being the highest attained by territorial breeders. The total number of cattle in the territory is estimated by the cattle sanitary board to be 900,000. The year 1905 showed the calf crop to be short, probably averaging not more than 50 per cent. The ter ritory was pretty well stripped of steers last year, there being few 3's and upwards left at the end of last fall's shipments. The number of 2-year-olds is limited, also, and the steers for 1906 will be mostly yearlings. Something over 6.000 brands were recorded during 1905, which shows the number of herds to be on the increase, although many of the applications were due to the new law making it a penal offense to run a brand without first having it recorded, but the fact re mains that a large number of ap plicants are new residents asking for new brands. The Mclntirc Brothers of Santa Rosa, shipped a car load of burros to South Carolina last week.