The Ontario Argus. (Ontario, Or.) 1???-1947, August 10, 1922, Image 1

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NO. 36
Thiough Courtesy or Idaho's Gov
ernor Dairy Party Visita Mal
heur County Look to Tills
Section as Coming Dairy
Malheur county entertained the
party of dairy specialists, leaders In
the dairy industry of America Mon
day. This opportunity came as the
result of the courtesy of Govornor
D. W. Davis, whose guests the vlsi
ora were on this trip.
The special car in which the party
travoled lauded at Payette on No. 17
and the cars from Ontario, Payette
and Welser met them, and drove
them to Weiser where a sumptous
trout breakfast was served to 62
On the trip across Dead Ox Flat
onroute to Welser the party stopped
at the Otto Miller place and at the
A. A. Gutterldge ranch where the
soy bean crop and pasture lots were
From Welser the party wont by
car up Mann's creek for 12 miles
and back down Monroe creek to the
Inter Mountain Institute where the
herd of prize cows was inspected,
From Weiser the return trip was
made on the Idaho side to Payette
and thonce to the, C. H. Sargeant
ranch near Frultland where lunch
eon was served by the Jersey club
and the business men of Payette.
The party went to New Plymouth,
and then came to Ontario where a
short rest was taken before leaving
for the trip to Parma via Nyssa.
The first night stop was made at
Parma, going from there to Boise,
spending the seventh and eighth
there, leaving Boise on the ninth
for Shoshone, spending the day on
the Twin Falls North Side, and the
night of the ninth at Buhl. Leav
ing Buhl on the tenth, they will
motor to Burley, stopping at Twin
Falls for lunch, and spending the
night at Rupert. Leaving Rupert
by train Jthoy will go to Pocatello,
.stopping there the night of the
L eleventh, going north through Idaho
Falls and Rexburg to Ashton on tho
This excursion brought what Is
said to be one of the greates't oppor
tunities offered to the people of a
western stato, the party of eastern
dairy exneits and representatives
of big eastern agricultural publica
tions invited to Idaho by Governor
Davis, have arrived to investigate
the region for possible development
as a center of the country's rapidly
growing dairy products industry.
With Wisconsin, the present cen
ter of dairy farming7 unable to ex
pand further. New York decreasing
in production, Minnesota with very
little increase In development pos
sible, and the consumption of dairy
products increasing rapidly, these
big producers and experts are look
ing to soiithern Idaho and Malheur
county, Oregon as tho ideal region
into which the dairy Industry can
Tho vlsit-of the eastern experts is
expected ?o have a two-fold object,
one being tho showing of Snake
River "Valley the possibilities of its
own territory and the oppqrtunlty,
' intelligently grasped, of tremen
dous development" In business, pop
ulation and importance. In fact It
Is hinted that as a "direct result of
this trip and that of J. L. Kraft,
noted dairy products distributor,
Borne months ago, the establishment
of a chain of some thirty cheese fac
tories in Idaho Is a possibility for
the near future. Mr. Kraft is also
a member of tho present party. The
second object which Is of equal Im
portance is the gaining of direct In
formation by the dairy experts and
agricultural Journals for use In
eastern dairy districts for tho guid
ance of dairymen there in expanding
their activities into the Idaho re
gion which It Is pointed out can sup
port 30 times as many cows on a
given acreage as tho richest "Wis
consin land. '
Tremendous publicity for the
southorn ' Idaho region is, expected
as a direct result of the visits of
eastern exports. One member of
the party J. H. Frandson, who was
formerly professor of dairying at tho
University of Idaho is dairy editor of
the Capper Farm Press, represent
ing the Nebraska Farm Journal,
Kansas Farmer, Cappers Farmer.
Missouri Rurallst Oklahoma Farmer,
Ohio Farmer. Pennsylvania Fanner
and Michigan Farmer, all Capper
(Continued on last page)
The directors of School District
No. 8 havo completed arrangements
for the refunding of tho district's
bonded debt at a reduction In Inter
est of one-half of one per cent, or a
saving of J230 per year in interest
charges. The bonds to tho amount
of $46,00Q have carried 6 por cent
but are now to bo replaced by 54
per cent londs which wero pur
chased by Johnston & Haltrem of
Portland. Under tho terms of the
contract the bonds are to bo run for
20 years with the privilege" of re
tirement at any interest paying date.
Tho bonds were originally issued for
tho erection of school buildings and
during only a few years has there
been any provision made for the re
tirement of any portion of them.
In Urban Schools Much Smaller Per
Cent Takes Up Club AVoik
Distribution of Club Work
In County Shown By
' Report "-
In the monthly report of the coun
ty club leader there was given this
month a study of tho distribution of
club memberships In the t county
which is interesting. It shows that
while Ontario for example, has two
Clubs, Nyssa one, Vale has four and
Oregon Slope three.
Malheur county boys and 'girls
are In the following numbers study
ing thes subjects: Canning C,
sewing 117, cooklng19, corn grow
ing 21, dairy record keeping ,45,
home making 17, pig raising 42,
poultry raising 31.
In discussing tho work of the
clubs Harry R. Wellman, county
club leader, in his report says:
The success of Club work Is Judged
on what it does for the Individual
bov or girl, what it does for the
community and what it does for tho
county. This in turn depends upon
the ouality of work that is turned
out, tho financial success of the pro
ject, the benefit toward Improving
the agricultural and home-making
practices, and tho number of boys
and girls that it roaches. At this
time we can only consider the latter
or in other words the number of boys
and girls that aro in the club vork.
For nurposes of comparison we
will conslderonly those pupils who
are iu the third to eighth grades In
clusive, because we have very few I
club members, outside of Vale,
either below the third, grade or
above the eighth grade.
This year 297 boys and girls ac
tually started work on ono of the
club projects. 200 of this number
living outside of Vale, Ontario, Nys
sa or Jordan Vaalley. (Up to the
nresent time club work has not been
carried on in Jordan Valley.) There
are 1518 pupils between the 3rd and
RHi irrndes inclusive. 747attendlng
school In four towns and 771 attend
ing school In the rural districts.
In figuring up tho percentages we
find that 19 per cent of the total
number of boys and girls In the
above grades are In club work and
that 25 per cent of the Tural boys
and girls are in club work.
Street ami Sidewalk Improvement?
Ordeicd Enforcement of Antl
Clgnretto Law Discussed
At a meeting of tho City Council
last Monday evening steps were tak-
nn. to ImDrove two sections of the
city. An ordlnanco was passed for
the Improvement of streets In Dis
trict No. ,1, which, embraces Virtue
street and Tennesseo avenue, by
grading them to the proper subway
and surfacing them with gravel. .
Notice was ordered to be given to
the owners of property In block 24
to build a sidewalk on Richardson
A commltte consisting of W. F
Roman, A. L. Cockrum, T. II. Moore.
E. C. Van Petten, H. C. Boyer and
E. A. Fraser was appointed to act
as a budget committee to make up
the annual city budget.
The matter of moro strict en
forcement of tho antl-clgarotte law
was presented to the council by Mes
dames C,. E. Bingham, W. J. Roberta
ana A. O. Moore1. Assurance was
glvon the committee that more rigid
enforcement of this law would bo
brought about.
Enilsnrles From Central Develop'
ment Lcaguo Encouraged by
Interest Manifested by Peo
ple of Columbia and WIN
anictto Vnllcjs
"Tho people of Oregon want to
seo a railroad constructed across tho
state, and not all of the people In
tho Wllamotte Valley havo been
stampded by the Southorn Pacific
propaganda." This was tho mes
sage which. J. W. McCulloch and
Mayor Doollttle brought, back with
them following their trip through
tho Wllamette Valley and In north
eastern Oregon for tho purpose of
sotting before the peoplo of those
Rectlons tho views of tho Central
Oregon Development League con
cerning the railroad situation in the
central portion of the state.
"We held meetings at Baker, La
Grande, Tho Dalles and Hood Riven,
and these meetings wero well at
tended. Though we did not ask for
resolutions, endorsements wore giv
en us and resolutions wero adopted
at Hood River and several of the
other points," said Mr. McCulloch.
"Over In tho vajley we held meet
ings at Salem, Eugene and Corvallls
and stopped for a timo at Albany.
Wo weit to Astoria and Seaside and
held meetings at tho former and had
our position endorsod there.
"The Southern Pacific had repre
sentatives following us during our
entire trip and at Salem an effort
was made to take tho meeting from
us entirely, but was defeated by
the fairness of the presiding officer.
"It was our position that wo wero
not Interested in what railroad Is
extended from Crane to Odell, that
wo are interested solely in getting,
'a railroad' and that we object to
tho argument that this central and
southeastern Oregon territory be
made tributary to the Central Paci
fic through branches run up from
Nevada, when in fact it is farther
from the Central Pacific than it is
across from Crane to Bend for ex
ample. "The Southern Pacific has been
very active In arousing public senti
ment in every community over there,
and we found that though resolu
tions have been passed favoring the
Southern Pacific contention, that
90 per cent of tho people with whom
wo came In contact .desire a, rail
road to bo built across Central Ore
gon and should public sentiment bo
consulted we will have many friends
In that territory."
Ranchers Life Ono of Trouble These
Dnjs Sprnjers nnd Poison nro
"Needed to Control Emeinlcs
of Crops
Betwpen red spiders with their
depredations on the prune orchards
and the -attacks being made on the
young lettuce by tho grasshoppers
the life of tho rancher growing
either of these crops Is a busy one
theso days.
The spider mites which got under
way with their flank attack upon
the prunes before tho orchardlsts
were aware of what was, happening,
have made serious Inroads upon tho
yields, according to many of the
prune raisers. Thoy have reduced
the crops (n tho Boise and Snake
river valleys by nearly 50 per cent,
according to soma estimates, and
ranchers who had ordered their suit
cases In which to ship their crop
are cutting down their orders by
noarly that amount.
It is belloved that jthe efforts of
tho grasshoppers to get fat on let
tuce salad was detected in time so
that the rancher who secures poison
nnd spreads it about his field will
not suffer any loss at all.' The de
tails of the' poison formula which Is
being sent out by County Agent L.
R. Brlethaupt can be obtained frpro
the farm 'bureau office, and with It
Instructions as to how it should be
used. Ranchers whose crops have
not yet been touched should watch
the fields and when tho hoppers bo
gin to gather take stops to protect
tho fender plants for the amount
which the hoppers can eat In a short
time Is asthonisblng.
Definite Date Sot for Opening of
Ontario Schools New Members
Added to Teaching Foico
Ann6uncement was made this
week by authorities on tho school
board that September 4 is the date
set for, the opening day of Ontario
schoolsJfJ.VUh the opening at this
early dlp It is believed It will bo of
greatcjt.'udvantage to the students
In tho respect that school will close
earllervln the spring and few will be
compelled to drop oct on account of
early farm" work.
No definite arrangements hae
been mado regarding school during
Fair week, but It is believed part
time will be taken off to attend, but
not the entire week.
Sovoral of last year's teachers
are back in tho High school and
grades with only a few new addi
tions In the faculty of all thieo
schools. Following is the corps of
teachers for the coming tormr
East Side
Miss Hazel Smith, principal and
wllHtbach tho 5th A, Gth and 7th
grades"? Mrs, E. B. Couklin, 1st and
2nd gtades; Mrs. Gertrude Mooro,
3rd, 4th and 5th B.
West Side
Mrs. Poarl Jamleson, 1st; Mrs.
W. F. Homan, 1st; Miss Ada Lee,
2nd; Miss Ruth Lackey, 2nd and
3rd; Miss Laura Wherry, 3rd; Miss
Etta McCrelght, 4th; Miss Vera
Neeb, 4th and 5th; Mrs. Henry Cas
Iday, Blh; Miss Mae Piatt, googra
phy Gth, 7th and ffth; Mrs. W. J.
Roberts, language and grammar, 0th
7th and 8th; Mr. W. J.-Roborts,
principal, and will teach hlstoiy and
physiology, 6th, 7th and 8th.
High School
Miss Catherine Conway, English;
Miss Carrie Baloy, commercial and
gymnasium; J. A. .Turnbull, sclenco
and military drill; Miss Ruth Cabeen
English and Latin; C. A. Lathrop.
Principal, and will teach mathema
tics; Sgt. Abendroth, R. O. T. C;
O. E. Paulson, vocal ngrlcultuio; J.
Ml McDonald superintendent, teach
ers training class; L. L. Culbertson,
hlstory;Mlss Helen Dunstone, music.
Pionilso Mado by Commission While
Heio Lust Month is Kept Lo
ral Man to Guai d Fish, Bit (Is,
and Big Game Hens nio
Larry Gramso of this city was ap
pointed deputy state game warden
for Malheur county last Week by
the Fish and Gamo commission, thus
keeping tho commissioner's piomlso
mado to the sportsmen of tho coun
ty last month when tho commission
ers wero here.
Mr. Gramso has. assumed tho du
ties of his office and Is now In tho
field gottlng acquainted with the
situation. SInco he has lived In this
section for years and has traversed
every section of the county ho Is
thoroughly familiar with Its topo
graphy. Ho has also hunted and
fished over tho torrltory ho will pa
trol and knows tho sportsmen of the
valley. .
Hunters report that tho sago lion
Is almost an extinct specie this year
but that ducks aro plentiful. Tho
lakes of the Jordan Valley section
aro covered with thorn and even In
the lower valley they aro beginning
to mako their appearance much
earlier than usual.
Tho Argus has a letter fiom a
woman In the Interior concerning a
17 year-old boy who wants to cpme
to Ontario to go to school. He
would like to get c placo to work tor
his board during tho school year,
so It anyone In town seeks Hint, kind
of help, or could arrange to uo a
boy's ability, call at The Argus of
fice and secure this loUer.
Mrs. J. W. McCulloch who accom
panied Mr, McCulloch on his trip to
tho Wllamette Valley, roraalned over
thore for a visit with relatives.
II. C. Boyer wan delayed on start
ing his trip to the East, and did not
get away until Friday ntg,bt. He
will be gone for several weeks.
Attention has been called to tho
fact that several young boys have
lately boon seeking thrills' by climb
ing to the heights of tho city water
tank, and unless this is stopped the
participants will como to grief.
This pastime is likely to result in a
serious injury or death In caso some
ono should fall, and authorities are
determined to put a stop to it Im
ltioCTn, Kingman Kolony, Oregon
Slope, Jefferson and Rherdale
Piopailng Tennis to Enter
Judging Contests
An application of the educational
advantages of holding an annual
county Fair Is given in tho Judging
contests which aro to be hold under
tho direction of tho county club
leader, H. R. Wellman, wherein tho
boys and girls who hao been study
ing tho various branches of agricul
tural production, livestock and poul
try raising will compete for honors.
Already five teams of boys and
girls havo started work in prepar
ation for tho contest and will havo
representatives who will show Just
why thoy think this or that specimen
is tho best entitled to consideration
for the blue ribbon.
The teams which havo already
signified their intention of entorlng
the contest como from Brogan, King
man Kolony, Oregon Slope, Jeffer
son and Rlverdale.
That tho boys and girls are work
ing on this project Is evident from
their activities during tho past
month during which four meetings
wero held by pig clubs for the pur
pose of work In livestock Judging.
Tho pig clubs at Oregon Slope, Jef
ferson nnd Rlvordalo met with Mr.
Allen, assistant stato club leader, at
the Intormountaln Institute and
took up the score card method of
Judging dairy cows and pigs. Mr.
Allen also met with tho Brogan pig
Tho 10th annual convention of
District No. 25 convened In I. O. O.
F. hall at Ontario August 2, at 1:30
p. m., with Mrs. Mildred McMahon,
president of Robekah Assembly of
Oregon, In attendance Tho follow-
Robakah lodges wore represented:
Beatrice No. 82 Ontario, and Yellow
Rose No. 202 of Nyssa.
Tho morning sosslon was post
poned on account of a funeral In tho
city. Tho aftornoon session was
called to order by tiro chairman,
Emily Poguo, with 29 members
from tho two lodgos in attendance.
Tho session was devoted to business
and Instruction In tho lodge work,
by tho president.
Roports. wore read from tho fol
lowing lodgos of tho social activi
ties as woll as rogular business:
Sylvia No, 43 of Burns; Beohtvo No.
135 of Joidan Valley; Yellow Robo
No. 202 of Nyssa, and Bcatrlco No.
82 of Ontario. Beatrice No. 82 ex-
empllffed balloting for momborshlp
In a very crodltoblo manner. Yel
low Roso N. 202 exemplified tho In
troduction of visitors from another
Tho following officers were elected
Leah Elliott, Yellow Roso No. 202;
vice chairman, Wlnnlo Dlven, Be
atrice No. 82; secrotary, Vornena
Beam. Yellow Roso No. 202; mar
shal, Phoebo Hunter, Yollow Rose
No, 202; R. S, chairman, Emily
Pogue, Beatrice No., 82; L. S. chair
man, Ida Walters, Yollow Roso No.
202; O. S. guardian, MInnio Louck,
Yollow Roso No. 202; I. 8. guardian
Oertrudo Boswell, Boatrlco No. 82.
Tho ovenlng session was called at
8 p. m. and was dovoted to business
and Installation of officers by Presi
dent Mildred McMahon.
Tho initiatory dogree was exem
plified by Yellow Roso No. 202, and
the Robekah degree was confored
upon Gertrudo Skow and Anna Carl
son. Pres. Mildred McMahon gave
an address to tho lodgo after which
she Instructed tho members In' tho
secret work.
Meeting closed with tho next an
nual convention to meet at Nyssa.
Miss Lucy Miller of Caldwell who
has a class of violin students" here,
was In Ontario Saturday on which
day sliee meets her pupils, and will
continue to do so throughout tho
"Potato" Smith Declares That Nev
er In Forty Years' Experience
Has IIo Scon Such Ylolds
250 Sucks Per Aero
Sovonty acres of potatoes, so
thick that you cannat tell In which
direction the rows go for the vines
aro so heavy that thoy roach to tho
waist of an avorago man, aro being
dug now by C. F. (Potato) Smith,
from the Rex Marquis ranch on tho
John Day highway botwoon here and
Vale. Tho crop so far indicates
that tho yield will break all records
for spud production.
"Not in forty years of potato
growing havo I ever aeon such a
field of potatoes," said Mr. Smith.
"Wo havo dug four acres and they
haVo run ovor 250 sacks to tho acre,
and tho porcentago of culls has boen
very small. Tho later potatoes will
go oven more than 250, and should,
I believe, reach fully 300 sackspor
"Sovoral times I havo soen patch
es of potatoes, say flvo to 20 acres,
go 300 sacks to the aero, but I havo
never seen a field as largo as this
do so. Hero thero aro 70 acres and
thoy aro all uniform. While wo
are getting 250 sacks por aero from
theso Irish Coblers, I bellovo we will
get-fully 300 sacks of rurals.
"This Is due of courso to sovoral
things. Tho soil is exceptionally
fine, It was properly cared for alnco
it was turned from sago brush, and
wo plowod under a crop of alfalfa.
But thero Is moro land like this In
this section which should produce
equally largo crops if rightly
Mr. Smith who Is perhaps tho best
known potato raiser in the Snake
River valley, camo to tho Idaho
country from Orooly, Colorado, ,
whore ho settled 40 yoars ago and
started to raise potatoes. After 27
years In tho Greoloy district Mr.
Smith moved to Idaho, settling first
in tho Idaho Falls torrltory and a
few yoars ago movod, to Door Flat
near Caldwell, whoro ho now makes
his home. His son Is oporatlng the
Marquis ranch which Mr. Smith
tented last fall and hd comos horo
now and then to look after tho crop.
"Raising potatoes is Just llko
mining," says Mr. Smith, who Is
somowhat of a philosopher as woll
as ranchor, "for whon a man gets
to raising thorn ho seldom can get
away from It. Thoy aro a gamblo,
but year In and yoar out thoy wilt
pay at loast that Is how I havo
found It. I havo mado big money
and taken Bomo big Iobsbs, too. But
thore aro years when I have cloanod
up $20,000, and tho chanco to clean
up that much Is an alluromont that
keops mo In tho gamo. I don't care
If I never keep tho monoy, for I
Jujt want to mako It so I can spend
It, and travol. Why, ono yoar I
travoled 17,000 miles In our old car
and wo enjoyed life."
On tho crop which ho Is gottlng
from tho Marquis Hold Mr. Smith
roughly estimates tho cost of pro
ducing each sack of spuds to bo
about as follows; for ront of land
seed 10 cents, picking 9 ContB (ho Is
paying 7 cents and boarding the,
men) hauling to tho cars 7 cents;
sacks 10 cents, preparation of tho
ground, supervision eto. 10 conts,
total GO conts. Somo of tho Items
may run a little moro than this but
tho total cost of all othor olemonts
will not mako tho total oxcood 65
cents. Tho first three carloads
which Mr. Smith sold wont for 95
Whllo Mr. Smith has succeeded In
gottlng a romarkablo crop his re
cord Is exceptional. Right across
tho road a Jap is farming a ranch
with land practically tho samo as
that on tho Marquis place and Is
getting only 50 sacks por acre. And
yet thero are tboso who declare that
tho Jap Is a hotter farmer than tho
whlto man.
Andrews Grain Co. Is tho firm
name adopted by Ontario's newest
business houso, A. N. Andrews of
this city, Is proprietor and started
operation's this week In tho old
Boyer building across tho street
on tho corner from the postofflco.
Ho Is operating a complete feed,
grain and seed store.
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