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VOL. XXIV. NO. 10. A PROMISING TOWN IN DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON PROSPERITY AND COMFORT IN THE VICINITY OP KRUPP, DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON. Throughout the whole state of Washington there are growing towns whose future growth and importance are apparent and whose citizens are working shoulder to shoulder to build them up and to develop the adjacent territory to the highest state of prosperity, assuring them a large and ever increasing trade Of Krupp, we could say no less; it is an enterprising town and its futuure is assured through the fine surrounding country, where the sources of income to the tiller of the soil are many and varied, including orcharding, grain raising, stock raising, etc. The above view depicts a delightful picture—one calculated to assure the reader what there actually is to be seen at Krupp, Washington. Fuller information regarding the town and environments given in the article below THE history of Krupp and the vici nity tributary thereto, from an agricultural standpoint, is of com paratively recent origin, while as a stock raising section it dates back to 1879, when Henry Mar lin drove a bunch of cattle from The Dalles, Oregon, and squatted on a por tion of the meadow land adjoining the present townsite of Krupp. Later, in 1876, Mr. Marlln sold his right to the land and his herd of cattle to George Urquhart, under whose management and the later ownership of Urquhart Broth ers the herd was increased to about 4,000 in 1888, with the present location as headquarters; from which time on, owing to overstocking and too many cayuses, the cattle business ceased to be very profitable, although cattle have been run in a desultory way up until the arrival of the man with the plow, for whom it remained to show what the country would produce. "Whatever his misgivings may have been to begin with he has demonstrated that with proper and suitable cultivation the vol canic ash soil of proper depth will pro duce from 20 to 30 bushels of wheat per acre, with 40 bushels in favorable sea sons. With a very modest beginning of 45,000 bushels in 1901, he has in creased his output until his sixth crop WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, MAY 15, 1907. The Town of Krupp and Its Environments marketed at this station in round num bers amounted to 750,000 bushels. While it is probable that he will not double the amount marketed last year, there is no doubt but he will add one-half more to it in the near future, as there is more good agricultural land tributary to Krupp than to any other point along the Great Northern railroad. With the exchange of the products of the adjoin ing country, and the addition of wool and livestock, the future of our farm ing industry is very flattering. Krupp is situated in the extreme east ern part of Douglas county, on the Great Northern railroad. It is built on a formation of volcanic ash soil and stone underlaid by a strata of gravel, thereby giving it a natural drainage and affording an abundance of pure cold water; with a fine stream of clear spring water flowing through the town site, thus giving the people of the town and surrounding country plenty of water for their stock and lawns without the expense of pumping from deep wells, and also enabling them to put up the very best of ice at a minimum cost. The greatest industry contributing to the welfare of the citizens of Krupp is wheat raising, although stock and wool men are well represented, Peterson Bros, and Urquhart Bros, being the principal stockmen. There are now four large companies buying wheat at this point, each owning large, warehouses, and at least two other companies will be rep resented here for the fall season of the current year. We have a good hotel, two banks very strong financially, three general mer chandise stores, barber shop, drug store, harness store, meat market, furni ture store, a doctor, a lawyer, a real estate office, a saloon, blacksmith shop, livery barn and photographer. We have a good school and churches. One important thing lacking is a good flour mill. There is no doubt but that we will market close to one and one-half million bushels of wheat within the next three years, thus affording an abundance of grain. The people owning the town site will donate a location anywhere along the stream flowing through the town and also a free right of way to the railway track. We have a large local trade for flour and feed and with Seattle with an export market so near! by there is certainly a golden oppor tunity awaiting the arrival of a mill man. The entire village and farming community will give loyal support to the industry. Adjoining the townsite is George Ur quhart's irrigated ranch, consisting of 50c per Year; 5c the Copy. a young orchard of twelve to fifteen hundred acres of Irrigable land in the valley adjacent to Krupp, sufficient to support many families and at the same time furnish the village and vicinity all the fruit and vegetables they can use at a very reasonable cost. Any person anticipating settling in the west will make a mistake if he fails to investigate the opportunities Krupp and vicinity has to offer. Irrigation has its drawbacks and set backs like everything else. Sometimes the land is alkaline; sometimes it suffers from seepage and becomes water-logged on account of having an impervious sub soil which will not permit the water to drain away; certain low-lying lands suf fer from late frosts and are therefore suited only for raising alfalfa, potatoes and vegetables, which, while very profit able In themselves, oring a good re turn if they make a profit of $20 to $50 or $60 per acre. The ideal land for suc cess in fruit raising by irrigation is a mellow, friable, sage-brush loam, pos sessing sufficient slope to carry the irri gation water over it and from It. Even the poorer classes of irrigated land are profitable, but not nearly to the extent of the better classes which are suitable for fruit tree growth.