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And Tucumcari Times.
Volume 4. No. 14
Quay County Vp and Doing.
Over 2,000 New Settlers Secure Home
steads. Prospects Encouraging.
Rapid Increase ii Population
Santa Fe New Mexican, in Jan. iC, 1907.
"Over two thousand new settlers
pre-empted homesteads last year in
Qua' county. Within its borders
are still hundreds of thousands of
acres of public domain open to set
tlement. The influx of immigrants
from the middle western states
during the past twelve months has
had the effect of creating a number
of new school districts Tucumcari
is reaping benefits from the coun
tryside that is rapidly becoming
populous and is destined to be in
the the midst of a great agricultu
CAME ON PERSONAL HUSINESS.
"The foregoing is a synopsis of
nn interview last evening with Dis
trict Attorney M. C. Mcchem, of
Tucumcari, who has been a visitor
for several days in Santa Fe. He
said that he did not care to discuss
the object of his visit. However,
he talked readily enough when the
reporter broached the subject of
the speedy growth of his home
town and the surrounding country.
COUNTY LEADS IN IMMIGRATION'.
"Mr. Mechem has seen the
plains in all directions as far as the
eye can reach around Tucumcari
converted from an almost desert
waste into fertile farms. He has
seen this transformation take place
within the space of a few years.
Small wonder, then, that he is op
timistic and enthusiastic as to the
future of Quay county. He said
he believed that it led all other
counties of the territory in immi
gration last year, and that the in
flux of new settlers will be as large
or larger this year. He said:
" 'I don't know exactly how
many new settlers located in Quay
county last year, but I am told that
the number is in excess of 2,000.
They are still coming, too. The
Immigration lately has been most
ly from Kansas, Missouri and Iowa,
while previously it was from Texas
and Oklahoma. These, new set
tlers are a splendid class of people
and are practical farmers for the
most part. They generally have
money saved up for the proverbial
TUCUriCARl, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY. JANUARY 19, 1007.
rainy day, as is shown by the fact
that the bank deposits in Tucum
cari have increased fully two hun
dred per cent, within the past
year and a new bank was establish
ed there recently.
LAND CULTIVATED WITHOUT IRRIGA
TION. "The rainfall in Quay county
during the year 1906, according to
the government gauge, amounted
to 18.4 inches. The bulk of the
precipitation came during the
months of June, July and August.
Agricultural Exhibit Collected by Postmaster A. K. Carter, in the Lobby of the Tu
cumcari Post Office. Crops Grown Without Irrigation.
This insures a crop of such cereals
and vegetables as we raise. Some
fine crops were produced last sea
son on fresh broken ground and
all without irrigation. Indian corn
measured out forty bushels to the
acre in some fields. There has not
been a crop failure in the locality
to my knowledge for five years.
Most of the land is sub-irrigated
and in some places water is struck
in digging post-holes.
PLENTY OF LAND LEFT.
"Hundreds of thousands of dol
lars have been spent by promotors
in colonizing the Texas Pan Han
dle. In Quay county there are
something like half a million acres
of the same kind of land which the
people are going so wild over in
Texas, and it is open to settlement
under the homestead and desert
land laws of the United States.
No railroad company or other
company have assisted in the set-
tlcment of Quay county. Immi
grants have been drawn there prin
cipally by others who settled on
land and cultivated it with success.
The Bureau of Immigration of the
Territory has also done very good
work in this respect, and its pub
lications on New Mexico and Quay
county which have been distribut
ed liberally have served a very ex
cellent purpose and have done
much to attract attention and
bring immigrants into Quay coun
ty. A new town has sprung up on
the plains about 35 miles east of
Tucumcari. It has been named
Grady. Although away from any
railroad it is growing fast and the
indications are that it will be a,
thriving villlage before long.
MANY NEW SCHOOL DISTRICTS CRE
ATED. "At least 12 new school districts
were created during last year in
Quay county. There may have
been more. This was made neces
sary by the large number of new
settlers. An eight thousand dol
lar school house was erected two
years ago in Tucumcari and the
board of education is figuring on
putting up another building to
provide additional facilities. The
school population of the town has
doubled within a year.
"Tucumcari is naturally bene
fited by the settling of the country
tributary. The merchants are do
ing a large business, and it is
steadily increasing and the place
is flourishing. The homeseekers
coming and going also make busi
ness lively for hotels and restau
Subscription $1.00 a year.
rants. I should say that two dozen
dwelling houses are now in course
of construction in Tucumcari.
"Something like eight new post
offices have been established in
Quay county recently, as further
evidence of its rapid growth."
For the purpose of re-organizing
the Commercial Club and to con
sider many important matters per
taining to Tucumcari and Quay
county; also to consider the im
provement of our school facilities
here and elsewhere in the county.
Meeting to be held at the Court
House on Thursday, January 24,
at 7:30 p. m.
W. F. Buchanan. Pres.
Theo. W. Heman, Secy.
The new fixtures of the Stag Bar
have arrived and are probably the
nicest in the city.
M. W. Bates and E. J. Bates of
Puerto, were business visitors
Tuesday and Wednesday.
We are getting right up-to-date
now, a shooting gallery has arrived
and is doing a land office business.
E. H. Fullwood was in the city
yesterday and informs us that he is
yet without a broom maker, and
that his crop of broom corn is yet
on his hands as a consequence.
II. M. Smith & Co. have sold out
to W. B. Wood, a late arrival from
Holdenville, I. T. The sale was
made Wednesday. The fixtures
went for S800.00 and the stock at
Amontr the many modern things
noticed about the new Israel block
we see almost the first thing on en
tering the store, three of the very
prettiest electric chandeliers manu
factured. They add a great deal
to the appearance of his already
splendidly arranged store.
The Missouri legislature en
dorses President Roosevelt's .dis
missal of Negro troops. We don't
know whether it makes any differ
ence with the president what our
opinion on this matter is, but his
action in the premises suits us
fully as well as if we had done the
business ourseli and if vested with
his authority we would decapitate
the commission of every mother son
of them no matter whether they
had been white, black or spotted.
A sentence-to ro years service on
the panama canal at hard labor
would be giviug them just about
what is coming to them. There
should be no sympathy for such