The Ontario Argus. (Ontario, Or.) 1???-1947, July 01, 1915, Image 1

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Joseph A. Morton Was One
of First Three White Men
Living in 'Ontario
Settled in Grande Ronde
Valley in 1862. Indian
War Veteran
Joseph A. Morton, one of the flrst
three white men claiming a residence
in Ontario, and an early pioneer of
Mulheur county, died Sunday morn
ing after a brief illness, aged HI years.
Mr. Morion was born in Preston
county, Virginia, on January 5, 1H34,
died June 27, 1D16.
In 1H43, he went with his parents to
Dark county, Ohio, und from there to
Howard county, Indiana. His educa
tion watt gained in the log school
house of those days and he had lo
walk a long distance to attend school.
Mr. Morton left the old home in 1852
to live for himself, going to Adams
county, Iowa, where he and Miss Clem
entine Ireland were united in marri
age in IM.'.ii. In the same year they
went with ox teams to Coffee county,
Kansas, and in 18(12 they came with ox
teams to the (irand Konde valley
They were members of u large trail,
and endured much hardship on the
route, Iteing six months in making the
journey, lighting back the Indiann
many times.
In 1870 Mr. Morton settled on bow
el Willow creek near Vale and engag
ed in the stock business. In 1872 In
removed to Bully creek and two yeur.i
later to the Snake river near Ontario
He spent the remaining part of hii.
life ..iiiiin.l Ontario and in Malheur
To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Mor
ton were born 11 children, of which
Ave are still living. Mrs. Jane Da
vis, of Ontariu, Leonard M . Mrs. Fran
cis Sells, Mrs. Alma King, of Trent,
Wush., and Joseph W.
In iH Mr. Morton enlisted in the In
dian war and served as a scout and did
good service. Mr. Morton related that
when he first came to thin country the
neighbor.-, were few and about eight
miles apart, but he has labored faith
fully und steadily and has seen the
country develop to its present prosper
ous condition, aiding materially in
this good work.
Mr. Morton was one of the substan
tial, well to do citizens of the county,
and Will be greatly missed in the coun
ty. The funeral services were conduct
ed from the home of ('. I). Davis of
our city by Rev. D. K. Baker, pastor
of the Baptist church and the body
was interred at Jamieson where the
wife and children are buried.
George McAllister, who escaped
from the county jail at Vale late last
Wednesday evening, was captured at
Durkee, about half way between Hunt
ington and Baker, and was returned
to the jail Monday evening by Sheriff
Ben Brown. The man had been doing
some janitor work around the office
and when Deputy Soward went to put
him buck in hid cell, the prisoner es
caped by locking the jailor in a corri
dor. He stole a rifle from the sher
iff's office before leaving. It is said
the man stole a horse from the H. P.
Davis ranch near Vale and rode to
Huntington, where he turned it looue
and stole another.
McAllister formerly lived in the
Burnt Kiver section, and headed back
toward his home. He was captured
at Durkee.
Wilmer Boyer is in San Francisco, a
visitor to the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
The first open nir c ncrt of the On
tario band wns held last Sunday after
noon in the city park. A large number
of people visited the park and listened
lo the music. The bind is m ikinn; ex
cellent progress Mas is now rendering
some very good music.
Takes Game From Boise
Last Sunday and is Now
In The Lead
Won. Lost. Pet.
Ontario I I
Nampa & 3 M&
Caldwell 6 4 AM
BoiM 2 -200
Inability to hit Bert Fitchener coat
Boise another gnmc in the race for
the Idaho-Oregon league penant Sun
day and lioosted the Ontario team
one notch. The score was 4 to 2 in
favor of Ontario.
Both teams fielded well ami neither
pitcher was hit hard but the Oregon
ians succeeded in taking their safe
ties when they counted for runs. Two
timely hits by Phil Nadeau scored two
of the visitors' four run.
Ontario started the scoring in the
llrst inning when Mnrtn counted on
his own single and hits by Alshire
and Nadoau, coupled with a base on
Boise came back strong, counting
two runs. Chapman was passed, ad
vanced lo second on a passed ball
ami scored on Case's single to left
iii-I1. Case took second on the throw
in, third on Chapman's bad throw to
catch Hrasted at lirst. With Crites
at bat. Case and Braced executed a
double steal, counting the second run.
Ontario gained a lead of om- ugnin
in the third when Martin was hit
took second on a wild pitch, third
on Alshire's out and counted on Na
deau's long angle. This hit also
brought in Druhot who was safe at
first when Wyman tried unsuccess
fully to catch Martin off third, and
who stole second.
The last score was made in the
fifth inning when Druhot doubled
and scored on Fitchener's smashing
drive down the first base line.
The score:
AB. R. H.PO. A.E
Chapman, c 4 10 8 0 0
Ward, aa 8 0 0 4 5 1
Case, 2 4 12 3 2 0
Blasted, lb 8 0 16 0 0
E. Horrie, cf . ... 4 0 1 4 0 0
Crites, 3b 2 0 0 2 1 0
R. Horrie, If 3 0 0 10 0
Adams 10 0 0 0 0
llersing, rf 3 0 10 0 0
Wyman, p 4 0 0 0 0 0
31 I I 27 8 1
AB. R. H PO. A.E
Smith, cf 6 0 0 1 0 0
Martin, c 4 2 10 4 0
Alshire sh 6 0 2 2 3 0
Druhot, If 3 2 11 0 0
Nadeau, 2b 4 0 8 S 1 0
Fitchner, p 4 0 2 0 0 0
Chapman, :ih 4 0 0 3 2 1
Higgins, rf 4 0 0 0 0 0
Koppel, lb 3 0 0 8 0 0
Totals 36 4 8 27 10 1
Basted for R. Horrie in ninth.
Score by innings:
Hoise 20000000 02
Ontario 10 2 0 10 0 0 0 4
Summary: Stolen bases Druhot,
Higgins, Caae, Brasted (3), Crites.
Two base hit Druhol. Three base
hit Alshire. Double plays Crites to
Ward; Ward to Case to Brasted
Struck out FiU-hner, 10; Wymun, 7.
Base on balls Fiuhner, 5; Wyman,
2. Hit by pitched balls Martin by
Wyman; Ward by FiUhner. Passed
Italia Chapman, 1; Martin, 1. Wild
pitch -Wyman. Time of game 1:10.
Umpire Soien.
We wish to extend our thanks to all
those who so kindly assisted us during
the sickness andesad bereavement of
Mrs. Charles Stewart. Also for the
floral offerings.
Charles Stewart
Mrs Jessie McDonald
David McDonald
Thomas Stewart
Donald McKenzle
Miss Jsinesiiia Mckeiuiv
Would Post pono Final Hear
ing in Rate Case Until
Late Next Year
Oregon Railroad Commis
sion Suggests Attempt
He Made To Settle
New light was thrown on the tele
phone rate hoaring Monday by the
receipt of Dr. J. Printing of a letter
from the Oregon Knilrond Commission
containing the information that the
teephnne company has asked that the
final hearing in the case be postponed
until the latter part of next year,
meaning a deluy of over a year. The
letter was presented at the regular
meeting of the Commercial club Mon
day night, nnd was referred back to
the Commercial club committee, hand
ling the teephone rale dispute, which
committee was instructed to take such
steps in the matter as it saw fit.
The postponement of the final hear
ing was asked by the Mountain States
Telephone and Telegraph company,
which is the owner of the Malheur
Home Telephone company, on the
grounds that officials and engineers of
that company have been require! by
the Commerce Commision of the state
of Colorado to furnish exhaustive in
ventories ami data concerning the com
pany throughout the entire state of
Colorado, nnd the appiration seta out
the fact that the company will le
busy with this hearing until after the
first of the year 1910.
The company expresses a willing
neat to allow the present arrange
ment of tolls to stand here as at pres
ent, until the latter part of 1010 when
th final hearing could lie held. The
Ortj-nn i-ipimi' ion suggest in its
letter that steps lie taken to compro
mise the matter with the Malheur
A. M. Lackey Who found Potash Deposits Tells for first Time About the find.
Big Company is Incorporated and Takes Over the Hold
ings of Ten People.
The first authentic story and history
of the discovery of the potash mine.-,
were given out by the discoverer, A.
M. Lackey, of the vast beds in Mal
heur county near Napton, to the Ar
gus yesterday. Many wild and varied
reports of the discovery have been
circulated throughout the county, but
Mr. Lackey has steadfastly maintain
ed silence as to the discovery and the
subsequent developments until such
time as it was thoroughly establish
ed that the deposits were of such na
ture and in bdeh quantities as would
prove them valuable.
A deal has now been consummated
whereby the holdings of Mr. Lackey
und associates have been sold to a
Chicago corporation known as the
American Nitrate company and cap
italixed at 11,500,000.00. This com
pany has already made its first pay
ment on the property, after upending
approximately $40,000.00 in experi
mental work and has now reached that
stage in its development where they
are sure that the deposits are there in
suhc quantities as will make their pur
chase of the property and the invest
ment of a vast amount of money, se
cure. The first discovery of the nitrate
was made by Mr. Lackey May 12th,
lull. Mr. Lackey and his son Fred
had been on a prospecting trip in the
hills and mountains of the central and
Chelsey Boyer was the victim of a
motorcycle accident which occurred
early Friday morning on Oregon
street near the residence of Dr. J.
Prinzing. Mr. Boyer was coming
down town on his motorcycle when the
wind blew hi hat over Ins eyes and
he lost control of the machine. He
was thrown and rendered unconscious
in which condition he wan found a
short time later by men who were
passing. He wa taken to the Holy
Rosary hospital where it wan found
that, his injuries were not serious, and
he is fust recovering.
Prominent Attorney of St.
Paul Cornea to Look Over
His Big Orchard
Morton Barrows, a prominent at
torney of St. Paul, and owner of the
famous Barrows orchard located nine
miles southwest of Ontario, arrived
here Monday morning. This is the
first visit of Mr. Barrows to Ontario
this year, and he is well pleased with
the aspect of the country. Mr. Bar
rows is an enthusiastic booster for
Ontario and the surrounding country
and says this is. one of the most prom
ising sections of the United States.
Mr. Barrows left Tuesday with Mr.
snd Mrs. Fred 0. Mahan, enroot c ov
erland in Mr. Mahan's auto, for Sa
lem. Mr. Mahan has chare of the
Harrows orchard and is superintend
ing the building of what will be one
of the largest and finest commercial
orchards in the country. Mr. and Mrs.
Mahan will be (on about a month.
Home Telephone company, in an en
deavor to come to peaceful agreement,
and thereby eliminate the necessity
of any more hearings of the caae.
The dispute fith the local telephone
company came about the first of last
April when the company endeavored
to charge a toll rate of 16 cants for
calls to Nyssa or Fruitland, and also
attempted to raise the rental for tele
phones of rural subscribers. When
the Mountain States Telephone A Tel
egraph Company purchased the local
system a few years back, an agree
ment was entered into whereby free
tolls to Nyssa and Fruitland were
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southern part of the county, being out
with the expectation of locating gold.
They were unsuccessful and were re
turning to Ontario with their wagon
and camp outfit. They pulled in at
the George Huntley ranch for water,
and while talking with Mr. Huntley
were told about the two Huntley boys
discovering some kind of rock down
the canyon whirh would sputter and
burn when set afire. Mr. Lackey says
he knew nothing about potash or ni
trate deposits, and could not imagine
what the rock could be. Out of curi
osity he sent Fred Lackey down the
canyon to get some of the rock, but he
never dreamed at that time, that it
might prove to be valuable.
Fred secured a ten gallon pail full
of the deposit, having located it under
the direction of the Huntley boys.
The rock was placed in the wagon and
brought to Ontario. After reaching
home, Mr. Lackey made some experi
ments with the rock, and, it was such
a curiosity that he showed it to some
of his friends. It was about this
time that he began to think it might
prove valuable, and took a sample to
Mr. Watson and to Mr. Withycombe
of the Ontario Pharmacy, to find if
they knew what it could be. Mr. Wat
son expressed the opinion that it was
some sort of a potash, and at his sug
gestion samples of it were sent to
Salt Lake for analysis.
Superintendent Geo. T.
Cochran Sets Dates For
Inspection of Claims
Is Expected Hundreds of
Lawsuits Will Result With
Long Litigation
Dates upon which claims may be in
spected, for water rights along the
Malheur river and its tributaries,
have Just been annour.-ed by Super
ntendent Geo. T. Cockran of Water
Division No. 2. According to the
dates, the first Inspection will lie held
at tlurns from July 28th until July
31st. The next inspection will be
granted at Riverside on August 2nd.
Another at Juntura on August 3 and
4. At Vale from August Oth to 17th,
and at Ontario from August 18th to
All claims for water rights along
the Malheur river and its tributaries,
have been filed w th the water sup
erintendent. It is claimed, however,
there are many conflict, and it is ex
pected there will be hundreds of con
tests which will mean years of litiga
tion in the courts.
There are many small streams
which flow into the Malheur river, and
a demand for more water than is con
tained in the streams, hojl brought
about the ajudicatlon, of which this
will be a part. Many long disputed
water rights along the Malheur river
will now be carried ito the courts
for settlement.
W. II Cecil wbu ., is operated on
for apeiidicltis last week, is gradually
improving. Mrs. J. L Robinson of
Walla Walla is here on account of his
The first analysis, however, did not
prove very flattering, and linuilv Mr.
Lackey became discouraged with the
attempt and was about to forget his
find ami pass it up as a lasco. In the
meantime Dr. Priuing wus told about
the rock and became interested.
About this time Harry Wilson, a
mining man who was experienced
I with nitrate deposits, visited Ontario
and became acquainted with Dr. Prinz
ing, who told him of the discovery.
Mr. Wflson immediately became inter
ested and after several days spent in
talking with Mr. Lackey, followed by
a visit to the deposits, Mr. Wilson
took an option on the holdings of ten
people and departed for Chicago.
The ten who held claim- iliere und
have now sold to Mr. W.l .on, who in
turn ha-, obi the American Ni
trate Company, are Dr. and Mrs. J.
Prinzing, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Lackey,
Mr and Mrs. Henry Allison, A. Ja
quish, Fred 1-ackey, Miss Sheila Lack-
ley and George Huntley. Mr. Wilson
, apparently had very little difficulty in
J interesting Chicago capital in the ven
It is claimed this is the only ex
tensive deposit of niu ate found in the
world, outside of Germany, and the
deposit here has caused wide-spread
interest. Mr. Wilson is now in charge
of the development work for the
American Nitrate Company.
A large number of Ontario people
went to Boise last Thursday to see the
exhibitions of Barney Oldfield ami avi
ator Thompson, who were at Boise
fair grounds in the afternoon. Near
ly everyone from here made the trip
in automobiles, and all were pleased
with the exhibition.
Large Overland Touring
Car Turns Over But
Occupants Unhurt
Five persons narrowly escaped seri
ous injury last Sunday afternoon when
a large Overland touring car turned
over on the hill near the Holy Rosary
hospital. The car belonged to J. J.
Concelmo, of Nyssa, and in thet car
were three men and two girls. All
were uninjured. Two of them were
thrown clear of the car, and the other
three were pinioned undernesth and
the car had to be raised before they
could escape.
J. Patterson of the Malheur Mercan
tile company, and W. L. Caldwell a
traveling salesman, were driving in a
single rig, going up the hill near the
hospital. The car was coming toward
Ontario, and it is rlalmed was running
at a high rate of speed. The horse be
came frightened at the car and at
tempted to turn around, Jumping im
mediately in front of the oncoming car.
Mr. Cadwell was driving, and he man
aged to get the horse straightened
back into the road Just as the car
flew past.
But in order to miss the horse, the
driver of the car was compelled to
run out of the road and close to the
ditch at that point. It is probable the
car skidded some and went into the
ditch, landing bottom side up. Both
men in the buggy saw the accident and
went to the rescue, expecting to find
some badly Injured people. Hut no one
was hurt. It is said the damage to the
car was not great.
Another chang hi- Ivnn maile ii
tb- ownership of the Moon- hotel this
M-k, when it is announced that C. K
Wilsoi of Sheridan, Oregon, has pur
chiPed u coutrolliiig interest. Mr. and
Mrs. V ilson arrived In fhituriu Si.nday
and will mike this their permanent
hi --ie but u ia stated there will ! no
change in the manugem-nt of the pop
ulur hostelry, and that W. I. Torrey
vill continue in charge.
The tennis tournament to be held
in Ontario Sunday and Monday, July
4th and 5th, promises to be one of the
most important events of the Fourth
of July celebration. Plans fur the
tournament are now practically com
plete. Promptly at 9 o'clock Sunday
morning the tournament will open
with teams from Vale, Wei or, Pay
ette and Ontario, and will continue
until the semi-finals are reached
The semi-finals will be played Monday
morning, starting at 0:30 o'clock. The
finals will be played Monday evening
commencing at 4:30.
All games will be played on the Or
egon etui, court, which is now in ex
cellent condition. Some highly In
tel esting games are being looked for
waul to.
.Mrs. Carter, from Juntura, is at
the hospital with her 11 year old son
wbn i receiving treatment for an in
jured leg.
Mr. W. II. Cecil wus operated on
last week for acute appendicitis. His
wife and daughter are with him at
the hospital.
Mr. Mcl.eod, from Juntura, is con
valescing. Walter Levers was removed to his
home in New Plymouth Tuesday
Mrs. Jake Gregg arid baby were vis
itors at the hospital this week.
Entire Program is Announc
ed For Best Celebrattion
Ever Held Here
Railroad Company Arranges
For Special Trains
And Equipment
Kverythlng is now In readiness for
the big Fourth of July celebration to
be held in Ontario Monday, July 5th.
The chairman of each of the various
Fourth of July committees, reported
at the meeting of the Commercial
club Monday night, and every detail
is now arranged for the largest and
best celebration ever attempted in
Reports from nearby cities and
towns point to nreuking crowds,
and the entertainment arranged for
them here will not he disappointing.
Residents of Homedale have taken
steps to secure a special train, and it
is said shout 200 people are expected
from that section. Report from Nam
pa say there are between 800 and 1000
people coaaing from there. Weiaer re
ports state that the entire section is
coming to Ontario to celebrate.
The O. S. L. is making arrange
ments secure special accomodation
for vsitoftWIt-.t,. U, nesurU ev
ery instance the regular train sched
ules are adequate for the handling of
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tional cars will be needed, and the
company has given assurance that
plenty of cars will be provided.
The complete program of tho events
and happenings of the day has been
arranged and is as follows:
6 a. m. Grand Salut.
0 a. m. Band concert at City Park.
Weiser and Payette bands. u
'i" a. m. Semifinals of Tennis MM
Tournament. ho
10 a. m. Parade (fuur band).
11 a. m. Oration at City Park by '
Hon. Kill. ... Biggs. he
1:30 p. m. Ball game at fair th
grounds. Ontario vs. Nampa. "
' p. in. Hand concert at city park. .
Ontario band. ..
:i in p. m. Sports on Main street,
' Hi
us follows:
100 yaui free for all, $5.00, $2.60.
50 yard free for all, $3.00, $1.50.
50 yard girls 12 to 10, $3.00, $1.50.
50 yard girls 0 to 11. $2.00, $1.00.
U yard girls under 6, $2.00, $1.00.
100 yard keg race, $3.00 $1.60.
50 yard boys 12 to 16, $8.00, $1.50.
50 yard boys 0 to 11, $f.00, $1.00.
25 yard boys under 6, $2.00, $1.00.
50 yard sack race free for all, $4.00,
Tug of war, 10 men to aide (spikes
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A do nation of $50.00 was preseutei
to the Commercial club bv the East
era Oregon Land company, at the reg I
ulur meeting of the club Monday
night. In a leu or accompanying thi
check, the land company suggests tha
the money be used for supplying fresl
fruit and farm products at the Mai
heur county exhibit at the Panama
Pacific Exhibition at San Franciso
County Agriculturist W. W. Howun
was delegated by the club to supervis
the collection of the products, and b
staled the would attempt to make
shipment each week until the moue
bad been expended. L
The meeting of the club Monda
night was well attended, and, uai.l
from the transaction of regular bus
ness, the coming Fourth of July cell
bration was discussed. Everything i
in readiness for the event. One lie'
member to the club was secured, tfc
application of A. Simon being reeeh
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