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About Malheur enterprise. (Vale, Or.) 1909-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 8, 1910)
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AND. VALE PLAINDEALER
VOL. 1, NO. 8
VALE, OREGON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 8. It 19.
PRICE 5 cent
RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION SOON TO BEGIN
Reports That Stock Was Dying by
Hundreds Proven to be
M'KNIGHT DENIES IT
Sheepmen Resent The Stories of
Large Losses Published in
T ; ' Some Papeis
That Bheep and stock generally suf
' fered no great hardships during the re
cent severe weather is the gist of the
statements made by several sheepmen
and stockmen in those parts of Idaho
and Oregon contiguous to Vale. Some
newspapers in Boise and elsewhefe
published sensational accounts of losses
that . were never incurred but such
stories brought out from stock men
contradiction and statements that prov
ed the losses,, if they existed at all, to
be very small. Tales of very severe
loss In the Minidoko district were whis
pered around during the week but they
have been shown not to have been well
George McKnight, President of the
Woolgrowers Association of the State
of Oregon, when seen last Tuesday by
an Enterprise man, stated that no
losses had occured to his knowledge,
unless one takes into account the loss
of some old stock a percentage of
which is lost every year. He did not,
however, wish to be quoted as saying
that no losses will occur as he does not
know what might be the consequence
of a continuation of the bad weather.
ai me time me stones 01 ine alleged
losses were circulated there was no
foundation for them whatever the fu
ture might bring forth.
OIL IS HERE
FOR THE STATE
Five Hundred Dollars Posted to ' Some Vale People to be Witnesses
Prove Knockers Have No
Ground jo Stand on
Sends Coin Through Enterprise to
Portland to Prove Courage
Against Binger Hermann in
A marriage license was obtained last
Tuesday by Vincent Harland of Mal
heur county and Miss Blanche Honey
OIL SAND NOT
SO DEEP HERE
That the oil will be found at a much
less depth near Vale than at Ontario is
the opinion of Alonzo Fisher an expert
oil man who has spent most of his life
operating in the Coalinga, Bakersfield
and other oil regions.
He believes the sand dips towards
Ontario and that the belt runs in a
Northwest Southeast direction. In
Ontario he figures that oil eannot be
expected at a depth of less than 4000
feet.' That oil will be found here in
great quantities he does not in the least
doubt. The field htus all the ear marks
of being a great producer in his opinion
and he says that work alone is needed
to bring in the wells.
Eight-sixty Wins Watch
The person holding the number, 860,
won the watch given away at New
Years by O. W. Propst.
COUNTY WILL HAYE
LARGE MAP MADE
Paul Jones, County Surveyor, while
in Vale this week stated that he is now
working on the production of a large
map of the county. The scale of the
map will be half an inch to a mile. All
the county roads, railroads etc. will be
Money talks, and T. W. Davidson
the Vale Oil man spoke volumes to
prove his conviction that he has oil
when he posted $500 last Thursday
morning as an even bet that he can
produce the goods.
The direct cause of the bet was a state- j
ment made by a Portland man that j
there is no oil in Eastern Oregon, j
This ma.! is Tom Yerger. Some time !
ago Mr. Yerger was staked in on some j
oil ground by J. .E. Reed at his own re- j
quest, but when the time come to put j
up the nominal sum charged he pulled
out with the statement that there is no
oil here. These facts were communi- j
cated to Mr. Davidson, and the latter,
knowing the futility of empty words
when it comes to convincing the scept
ical, drew a check on the U. S. Nat
Several local people, some of them
from the city of Vale, will be witness
es for the state in the case of Ex-Congressman
Binger Hermann who will be
tried at Portland on the tenth on the
charge of land fraud. T. E. Hammers
ley, deputy United Stales Marshal,
came to Vale in the early part of the
week and subpoenaed the witnesses,
amongst whom are B. W. Mulkey,
County Clerk, S. L. Payne, Assessor
and Finley McDonald.
The marshall also subpoened Drewsey
people. Hermann was formerly Com
missioner of the General Land office.
POWDER THROWN FROM
HEIGHT WITHOUT RISK
A remarkable experiment was wit
nessed last week near the city when a
box of the most powerful powder
known was thrown from the roof of a
railroad car to the earth to prove that
no such shock could cause it to explode.
The test was made by C. Johnson who
came in charge of a car of powder re
cently for the Willow River Company.
The explosive is known as "Trojan"
and is advertised to be the least dan
gerous and the most effective. Other
ional Bank of Vale, and in the presence j vantages it presents are the facts
of a representative of the Malheur I tIiat a cause8 no sickness or headache
to those using it, and it does not freeze.
The experiment, while regarded ask
ance by several was quite safe. Mr.
Johnson says a cap alone can set it off.
Enterprise enclosed it in an envelope
addressed to Reed. The letter accom
anying it directed Reed to bet the
money against an equal amount that
the Vale Oil field has the goods.
More than that, the letter also contain
ed the offer that Yerger should select
one man, Davidson a second, and the
two should select a third, all to make
an investigation, which investigation
should be carried out at Davidson's
The Enterprise man was then handed
the letter and by him it was mailed.
It now remains to be shown whether
the knockers will talk now or re
main silent for all time.
T. T. Nelsen for finest linoleums.
ffhat the extension of the railroad to
the west into the Burns Country will
soon be in full swing is now certain be
yond the shadow of a doubt.
This vitally important intelligence
has come through the fact that the
Railroad Company has already nequested
some contractors to present bids for
the work of construction. The rumor
to this effect prevailed during the past
week, but nothing definite wos known
until the return of D. H. Ashton, the
construction engineer, to Vale on Thurs
day when he was seen by an Enterprise
man and the question was put to hin.
directly. Mr. Ashton manifested a
strong disinclination to speak, but he
finally admitted that he knew one man
who had been asked to present a bid.
-Similar proposals may have been made
to others .but he did not know of
them, or he did not feel at liberty to
mention the fact. However, he and
his family have now come to settle in
Vale where he has had a new residence
built and this fact alone is freighted
with the greatest possible significance.
One statement Mr. Ashton did com
mit himself to was to the effect that
nothing remained now to cause a delay
in commencing the work of construction
but the obtaining of a right of way
from the settlers in the territory
through which the road will run.
As readers of the Enterprise will re
member, Mr. Ashton stated some time
ago that some two thousand men will
be employed on the construction work .
He says that the work will be exceed
ingly heavy in some places.
RAID JORDAN PREPARES FOR
VALLEY GAMES CUP CONTEST
Several Prominent Citizens of
Interior Town Arrested on
Charge of Gambling.
According to the thermometer of
H. P. Osborne, the temperture fell to
23 below zero last. Monday morning.
Several prominent citizens of Jordan
Valley, including J. A. Schass, propri
etor of the largest hotel in that town;
were arrested last Tuesday on the
charge of gambling, complaints having
been issued by prosecuting attorney
McCulloch after a careful investigation
of the conditions. A special deputy,
C. M. McCoy, was dispatched to Jor
dan Valley to execute the warrants
and eight men were immediately plac
ed under arrest by him. In all, more
than twenty complaints were filed, the
evidence having shown, it is alleged,
that a very large number of people
had made a regular profession of pok
er, faro and other games in violation
of the law. It is expected the prisoners
who were started off after their arrest
for Vale, will be brought up before the
Circuit Court for trial next week.
The prisoners came to Vale and when
they appeared before Justice of the
Peace Zachary Wilson yesterday they
were bound over in the sum of $500
each. The names of those arrested
are J, A. Schass, Orin Acton, A. Byrd,
Joe Silvies, "Tom," a Jap, Lee Hung,
and L. Place.
Schass is charged with permitting
gambling in his building, Acton, with
running a chukaluk game and Franklin
for coriductin ti 21 game.
Lee Hung the Chinese prisoner says
he has been gambling at Jordan Valley
for four years and that he has lost a
bout one thousand dollars.
Vale Will Be the Scene in March
of the Test of Skill
Will Have Charge of the Vale
Forces in the Battle on
Have inquiries for good ranch prop
erty, Vale Realty and Investment Co.
FOR VALE DEPOT
tl. :t j ,i 1 I
x lie miiiimu yiuciaia nave ucliucu w
place large arc lights on the new depot
so that the structure will be brilliantly
iiluminated. The matter has already
been taken up with the Electric Light
Company so that no difficulties may be
experienced when everything else is
Four To Become Citizens
Cornelius William De Boer, Fred
Koopman, Peter Stam and Emil John
have placed their applications for their
final papers as citizens of the United
States and the matter will come up at
the coming session of circuit court.
MISS LILA GRIFFITH
IS NEVADA BRIDE j
Miss Lila Grifliith, a popular young j
lady of Vale became a New Years bride i
in Elko, Nevada, and several of her j
friends at Vale were remembered when j
the invitations were being sent. The j
groom was Robert Critchley who lives
at Elko. '
FOR THE FOURTEENTH 1
A grand masquerade ball will be
given by the Vale band in Hunt and
Carey's hall on next Friday, January,
14, and a rattling good time is assured
to all. Some of the costumes to be
IN TWENTY-TWO YEARS ; Wurn are fitted to be peaches, while ,
other win oe brilliant and pretty. ,
The best music ever heard is promised '
as well as the keeping of good order on I
the floor no that the dancers may en-
joy a royal time. Every needed prep-1
aration is being made so that every-'
thing will go with a swing during the '
The weather experienced in Vale re-1
cently is the most severe that has visit- j
ed this section for twenty-two years,
according to A. B. Mcpherson. Twen-
ty-two years ago Mr. McPhersonj
Uught school in this neighborhood and
to-day he tells some yarns about the
effect of the climate, that should be i
taken cum grano sali were it not fur
me I ac I mat we nave Ms own word
for the truth of the statrmant that he !
is the nuat veracious man in Malheur
Cvyut Scalp llurnrd
The rrnii..i.y of burning royute
-4l was per f. nurd U ThurUy,
TUre ir.'J of tUni and sirl
Hope Receives So Answer
No answer has been rrreived from
the railroad official t the iiimmuiiir.
lion n'l.t by M. it. 1Iim-, in whih he
Stated that he wiil ri fui t donate hi
'rrty on inaiu lril f r Um pur-,
of hat ills' tl l thoroughfare
straitf hUiiod, ui l Uu en any abau
duns Its stin 1 1 Ut i.sve all the trl
loI.Ull.4 If lh('l, '
W-- - Hi fin
Miss Mulkey, in her capacity as chief
of the grammar grades, has begun the
work of preparing tha pupils of the
Vale schools for the contest which will
take place here in March for the pos
session of the Coveted Silver Cup. She
has no doubt whatever that her . young
champions will cover themselves with
glory as they have in the past, but she
irtends to leave no stone unturned to
bring about the crushing dui'eat of all
comers. Several schools itj the county
have signified their intention of taking
part and the children of Westfall, On
tario, Nyssa and the other towns will
troop into Vale full of confidence.
Principal Seeley has surrendered the
reins of office, so far as the cup con
test is concerned, to Miss Mulkey and
that lady is now sending out enquiries
to the different schools. It is expected
that special trains will be run from On
tario and Nyssa while conveyances of
all kinds will be brought into requisition
for the young invaders of Westfall and
Settlers Under the Proposed Boise
Owyhee Districts Bow to
TO FORM ONE DISTRICT
Court Sits Only One Minute ted
Claggett Asks For Dismissal
Gave New Years Dinner
The dinner given on New Years by
the ladies of the Methodist Episcopal
Church was eminently successful from
every point of view. Very large num
bers attended and all were highly pleas
ed with the fine manner in which every
thing had been arranged.
Linoleums, Rugs and Carpets at T.
FOR THE YEAR
The tax levies were fixed by the
eoonty court last Thursday as follows:
For general county purposes 7 8-10.
n illri. Tax for county schools 2.6 millt.
I There are 2,400 pupils, at $7 per
, capita. For county road purposes 4
A mills. For state p.irposes 2.5 mills.
! For school libraries 1-10 mills.
I WESTFALL IS
j IN THE LEAD
Miss Gladys Woo J ward Ahead in
Great Piano Contest by
Miss Gladys Woodward of Westfall
is now in the lead in the great content
tor the $125. piano olK-red to the ladies
of Malheur county by the Malheur Eti
( terprise. Vale's leading contestant,
I Mrns Murguret (Ik nn, is, however,
. s.tcond, and only four yearly subscrip
tions are required to placo her on un
' equal foot.ii. g with the champion oi
Wehlfull. Such an improvement in
p iMllon could be elite ted in leas than
half a day, in an ho .r for tl at matter,
ao the slight lead of Wentfall's young
Acting on the instrnctions of W, H.
Brooke, attorney for the settlers under
the Boise-Owyhee ditch lines, T. W.
Claggett asked last Monday for the
dismissal of the petitions for the form
ation of the two districts, and Judge
Richardson and Commissioner Mallett
dismissed them accordingly. Mr. Clag
gett stated after the adjournment of
court that another petition will now be
presented in favor of including both
of the proposed districts in one. He
believes, however, that some difficul
ties will be experienced also by the
new petitions as the settlers under the
Owyhee ditch line seem to be opposed,
at least to some extent, to the new
proposal. No .further, adjournment of
the hearing could have been made aa
the period of four weeks, allowed by
statute for such adjournments, had
come to an end. A strong effort will
be made to have the new petition suc
ceed and it is hoped by the great ma
jority that the opposition will be over
came and that a project of such tre
mendous importance will finally become
an accomplished fact.
Strike bear Nome
According to the Seattle Times of re
cent date a gold strike of importance
has been made near Candle, Seward
Peninsula. It is said that seventeen
claims have already been proven to
hold pay which ranges from ten cents
to one dollar a pan.
Wanted, homesteads and desert re
linquishments, Vale Realty and Invest
K. P. BANQUET
A grand initiation service followed by
a banquet in the restaurant is part of
t le program drawn up by the Vale
Knights of Pythias for January 13,
The Ontario Knights have been In
vited and they are expected to come in
a body to aid in making the occasion a
s,endid success. The local lodge ia
building up to magnificent proportion
at the present timo and is composed of
the very best material in the country.
The hall has been leased for another
yjar at the end of which period, it is
jxMcted, arrangements for the erec
of their own building will have been
OFFICERS ELECTED FOR
VALE HOT WATER CO.
At a meeting of the incorporators of
the Vale Hot Water Company, which
was held this week, organization was
effected and the following ofTicert were
elected: - President, T. W. Halliday;
Vice President, M. G. Hope; Secretary,
lorn Jones; Treasurer, I. W. Hope.
WILL BORE FOR
- OIL NEAR BURNS
The district around Burns is about to
receive thorough prosfjecting for oil
by local people. S. M. Talbot, who
lady really means only very little, when I was an operator in the Virginia oil
one remember the potent possibilities I fields passed through Vale this week
of such as MiriH Margaret. on thi way to Burns where he will
At la:,t aivounis from Miss Angio drill next Spring for the Harney Valley
I.yelU, Ontario's chances looked ex
! ceedingly bright, but no word has beei.
Od and Gas Company,
received from that young lady for some i CTCI CV WH I TAY
days. One of the beat known citizens ! 0LU't 1 "JLL 0,nl
TO END OF TERM
"Till: W0HIJ) WIU, KNOW IN 11)10 "
of Ontario, who knows Mm .yill;,
: when seen i.i Vale the other day, wan
' kMken to alx'Ut III'.' matter and he
' juht said:-
, "Thau all right, Mis l.yells is win
i nifig in Iliolu M'li.'.i-it Ihun one."
Mm Count ttUrc VViUou iri said U be
Working quietly but i tlcclively III iqtt
of the cat II IiimIi Uhiii her lime by hi r
j t (tool lii"l. M.e vwtiiU lo win, but,
SIM 4, no io Hie ot l I t lui IK lit l to I . . ,,L 1A
11 Lira (n I l.u f.n t thul lut
toil mil M .i, vi.li d ti.ouM ni main r, ! W. I). Kakir mii grsnUd rlht-of
tl.n itil u' irfM of woil.irg in lb ' wsy for the t l phone linrs over the
li'iiin t'.vMi v ill ijn ivji.i for a'toiiniy (ouda b thv ivjnty court lt
s-m.it d.... lUrd( w'th (rtl" rMtrkUw.
Princ ipal Seeley of the Vale schools
relumed in ti.ne to take up hi work
at the clone of the holidays. He says
it is a fact that he contemplate a
change in U at inn but that he will re
main here, anyhow, until the end of