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About Malheur enterprise. (Vale, Or.) 1909-current | View Entire Issue (Aug. 13, 1910)
VfrLE--"The Last Frontier?
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VOL. 1. NO. 38
VALE, OREGON, SATURDAY, AUGUST 13. 1910.
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BIRDS EYE VIEW OF VALE "THE LAST FRONTIER'
Fine Buildings Are Erected
Many More Planned
For Coming Fall
Railroad Company Will Build
Freight and Passenger Depots.
Plans for New School House
Now Being MadeWill Cost
Ten Thousand Dollars.
If one were to travel over the United
States and pay a visit to all the small
towns of fifteen hundred inhabitants
and under, it is safe to say that few, if
any, would be found that have made
the same remarkable growth, during
the past three years, that Vale has.
Situated sixteen miles from the rail
road, in a wild sage brush country,
barely existing for fifteen years, then
suddenly taking on a new life and, in
three years, springing iuto a lively
little city of twelve hundred people, is
the history of Vale in a nutshell.
Eighteen years ago there were not to
exceed three hundred people in the
town, today Vale is recognized as one
of the most live, up to date towns in
eastern Oregon and is fast gaining a
reputation for herself throughout the
The fertile soil, the ideal climate and
other natural resources have always
been here; what was lacking was a
little capital combined with energy to
develop these resources. That Vale
has these faculties now is made mani
fest in numerous ways, but more par
ticularly in the fine class of buildings
that have been, and are being erected
at the present time.
The Drexel hotel, the finest building
in the city, constructed at a cost of
about $50,000 needs no comment. Then
there is the Nelsen building, uow under
course of construction which will cost
not less than $20,000. This structure
will be two stories high, 60x94 feet
with basement in connection 23x84 feet.
It will have all modern improvements,
such as steam heating plant, hot and
cold water in every room etc. There
are three rooms on the ground floor.
The front corner room will be for rent,
the inside front room will be occupied
by the Nelsen Furniture company. In
the back room will be the undertaking
parlors. Upstairs there are twelve
rooms all of which will rent. A cement
walk ten feet six inches will extend
along the east side and south front.
Next among the new buildings is the
automobile garage. A town the size
of Vale would be proud to possess a
garage of any kind, but Vale has one
that would do credit to any large city.
It is one story high, built of white
pressed brick, 60x70 feet and strictly
modern in every respect. Just across
the Malheur river east of town, a
sanitorium is being built at a cost of
$25,000 which, when completed, will
rival anything of its kind in the north
west. It will be 60x110 feet, built of
brick, one story high. It will have a
large plunge 22x64 feet and twelve tubs.
The new freight depot which is to be
completed in the near future will be
one of the best in eastern Oregon and
we have assurance that the railroad
company will erect a passenger deot
that will cost in the neighborhood of
Plana are now being perfected for a
new school house to cost not less than
$10,000, work to begin in the next
month or six weeks. Many other build
ings have been planned, but are kept
bark ty ausa laborers am nut plentiful
ggitfi u 00 w won.
PROSPFCTS FOR OIL
NEAR VALE GOOD
Malheur Company Has Deepest Well
In Field Eighteen Hundred Ft.
Gas Flow Increases.
Mr. Eames, the oil man, was in the
city Wednesday on business and while
here stated that everything was look
ing fine at the oil wells and that they
expected to strike a flow of oil any time.
The Malheur company now has its well
down about 1800 feet which iB the deep
ept well in the field. The gas flow is
getting stronger all the time and this,
according to Mr. Eames, is one of the
strongest indications of oil there is.
The next deepest well is the Mammouth.
They are down about 1300 feet and have
a strong flow of gas. The Columbia
and Eastern ' Oregon companies are
both down about the same distance,
900 feet. -v ir;.;.-. '-f-
While here Mr; Eames volunteered
some interesting information concern
ing the hot wells at Vale. He says the
water is heated by the water flowing
over red hot lava rock. He says this
country is all of a volcanic formation
and that the Malheur Butte was once a
shooting volcano. When this eruption
took place it relieved the pressure on
the big hill east of town, consequently
the hot lava was not heaved up, but re
mained in the earth and the water
flowing over this lava gives us the hot
springs. When asked why the water
was so strong with minerals he ex
plained that the hot water gathers the
different minerals from the lava rock.
Trip Through Eastern Oregon a
Revelation to Head of parri
man System. O'Brien Says
Lovett Wanted an Idea of Pro
J. P. Hill Thinks Opportuni
ties in Malheur County
Better Than Canada or
J. P. Hill, a prominent citizen of Mason
City, Iowa, arrived in Vale last Friday.
Mr. Hill was here last spring and says
this is one of the best countries he has
ever been in. He thinks the opportuni
ties better in Malheur county for a
person with small means than in either
southern California, Washington or
Canada. Mr. Hill says that if eastern
Oregon was only advertised more it
would reap great results. He says
there arc plenty of people in the east
who want just such opportunities as
are presented in Malheur county.
From personal observation he states
that with the same effort here a far
mer can make three dollars to one in
the east. He will return shortly to
his home town and bring some people
back with him whom he will locate
here. "If you only had water on this
land it is the richest that can be found
said Mr. Hill. "I never saw such
magnificent fields of alfalfa anywhere
Vale is destined to have a great future.'
FORMER U. S. MARSHAL
OF IDAHO IN VALE
K. Hounds, for a number of years
United States marshal of Idaho, ar
rived in Vale from Boise Monday. Mr.
Round sUUsI, "jus t looking around"
with a view to getting hold of some
land around Vale. He was well pleased
with the place.
Chamber of Commerce Holds
Special Meeting Trys
To Get Terminals
A special meeting of the Chamber of
Commerce was called Wednesday night
at 8 o'clock. George McKnight called
the meeting to order and after a few
introductory remarks a discussion was
opened as to the advisability of offering
the 0. S. L. terminal grounds in
Vale. George W. Hayes stated that
the citizens had been very active build
ing up the city and if it had not been
for their efforts we would net have had
railroad today. After considerable
discussion by a number of the members,
among whom was I. W. Hope, H. R.
Dunlop, George McKnight and H. C.
Eastham, it was decided to appoint a
committee of three to wait on Engineer
Ashton and offer the O. S. L.. through
him, sufficient land for terminal grounds
and work shops. They are also instructed
to see the farmers on the first nine
miles of the road out of Vale and se
cure right-of-way. Following is the
letter presented to Engineer Ashton:
Mr. D. H. Ashton,
Assistant Engineer, O. & E. K. It.
Dear Sir: At ameetingof the Cham
ber of Commerce, of Vale, we were ap
pointed a committee to tender to your
company, through you, sufficient acre
age for round house, repair shops, and
division and terminal grounds; and take
this opportunity to assure you that the
Vale Chamber of Commerce, and the
citizens of Vale, stand ready and wil
ling to furnish such grounds, upon an
assurance by your people that such im
provements will be built at an early
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Last Friday evening Dr. Davies,
the veterinary surgeon of Vale,
and Mr. Loper, were enjoying a
horseback ride through the
streets. The evening was cool
and their horses high spirited so
the idea came into their heads
that a race was in orcler. When
they reached the 8 tree); in front
of the court house they started.
All would have) ' gone well if it
had not been for", the fact that
Marshal Jack Dolan spied them.
Jack immediately placed the of
fenders under arrest for exceed
ing the speed limit and told them
. to report before Justice 1 Wilson
the next morning. Thoy were
fined twenty-five dollars and costs,
a .total of twenty-eight y dollars
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' A copy of the speed ordntMice',
which was passed by the council
. will be found elsewhere in this
Direct Primary, Recall, Initiative
And Referendum Are Among
Things Bourne Mentions
YORK MAN HERE
L. Doblin, Buyer For Alexander
Stores, in Vale Tuesday Pleased
Boise Man Surprised
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L. Doblin, New York buyer for the
various Alexander clothing stores, of
which the Malheur Clothing company
is a branch, and Wm. Simons, of Boise,
were in Valo Tuesday. This is Mr.
Doblin's first trip west and he is greatly
pleased with the country. While in the
city he called at the Enterprise office
and stated that Vale was one of the
best little towns he had seen and com'
plimented the Enterprise as a paper.
He expects to make Oregon another
visit in the future.
Mr. Simons has been in Valo before,
but it has been two years since and he
was greatly surprised to note the great
change that had taken phtce. He states
that he had difficulty in finding his way
through the residence district. He
says Valo is a coming town.
New. York, Aug. . Ex-President
Roosevelt spent the day at his editorial
office in this city. . Senator Jonathan
Bourne, of Oregon, met him by apoint
ment. "Was your talk with Colonel Roose
velt politics?" the senator was asked.
"Not in the ordinary acceptance of
the word," he replied, "yet if success
full in my mission, the result will be of
the utmost importance."
"I explained to Mr. Roosevelt how
Oregon, through her initiative and ref
erendum, direct primary, corrupt prac
tics and recall laws has evolved, adopt
ed and demonstrated the most effective
form of popular government known to
"Cononel Roosevelt's indorsement is
not essential to the ultimate success of
the cause, but believing that he has
the same confidence in the honesty and
intelligence of the people that they
have in him, and appreciating his
prominence before the world,. I realize
that his advocacy will accelerate the
adoption of Bimilar laws in other states.
This was the mission of my call."
"What did he say?"
"You will have to ask him."
Colonel Roosevelt, after the Senator's
departure, said that he was greatly in
terested in his visito'r recital and was
already on record as favoring progres
Prospects For Fruit Good
Alfalfa Seed Crop
PROFIT IN HOG RAISING
Barren Valley Grain Crops Better
Than For Years. 2,000 Tons
Will be Harvested This Season.
Best Stock Country in Eastern
ARRIVES IN VALE
Arthur W. Rinehart Predicts Great
Future Foi ValeWill Erect
The crops on the farms around Vale
this year are somewhat lighter than
usual, due to the shortage of water,
but the farmers report the quality
above the average.
The Willow River valley, one of the
best sections . in eastern Oregon, is
going to yield a bountiful alfalfa seed
crop, but the first crop of hay was short
on all the farms, the average being
about two and one-half tons per acre.
Yet when it is remembered that this
hay will sell from $8.00 per ton up and
that the alfalfa seed will bring from
$.r0 to $100 per acre, the shortage is
not so noticeable after all, especially
when the seed is practically clear &a
the straw from the seed crop will pay
for handling the seed.
Perhaps the best improved farm on
the Willow River is the Hoskins ranch.
This place will have plenty of seed and
the other crops look well. The fruit is
fine, the trees are loaded and the fruit
is free from worms or pests of any kind.
Mr. Hoskins also states that last year
he bought $132 worth of hogs and
already this year has sold about $1200
worth and has $4000 worth on hand at
present. Not so bad for the hog business.
On the Scott farm everything is in a
prosperous condition. Hay crop short,
but of a good quality and the fruit is
plentiful. Mr. Morrison states that on
his farm a little further up the valley,
his garden is extra fine, and the pros-'
pects for a big seed crop are very
bright. He is trying an experiment in
raising what Is known as Jerusalem
corn and says the experiment has
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Arthur W. Rinehart, son of the late
L. B. Rinehart, arrived' in Vale from
Spokane, the fore part of the week and
will remain over for a few days wait
ing for the arrival of Engineer Suther
land, of' the Sutherland company, of
Walla Walla, Wash. ' Mr. Rinehart owns
seven acres of land across the Malheur
river on which are several hot springs
and the engineer is coming to look over
this property. .
Mr. Rinehart Bays that there is a
great deal of talk about Vale and the
surrounding country just at present.
He says all we need is water to make
this one of richest little cities in eastern
Oregon He also ' mentioned ' thV' factl
that Vale should be better advertised.
"Nothing can keep Vale back," he
said, 'her natural location and resources
will make her a great city." '
Mr. Rinehart also showed his good
faith in the future of Vale when he
stated that as soon as we were assured
of water he would erect a block of
three story brick buildings in Vale.
Last Seashore Excursion
Augusf 24, via Oregon Short Line.
Tickets good to any point on North
Beach, limited to 15 days and good for
stopovers at Portland and other points
returning. Ask agents for rates and
Finest and complicated watch repair
ing done on shot notice at I'ropst's
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CITY COUNCIL HOLDS
A meeting or the city council was
called for nine o'clock Tuesday morn
ing, but owing to the fact that Coun
cilman. High was away and would not
be in town until the train came in, the
meeting was postoned until eleven.
The meeting was called for the pur
pose of accepting the $100,000 bond of
the contractors. Councilman Glenn in
troduced a resolution to accept the
bond, and It was carried.
About $30,000 worth of supplies for
the water system are now on the road
from the east, and the engineers are
expected in Monday, it has not been
decided whether or not a pumping
plant or gravity sytten will be installed
as the council reserved the right to
watt and determine, iX poesibbj the
MULKEY TO OPPOSE
Cousin of B. W. Mulkey Will En
deavor to Wrest Nomination From
District Attorney B. F. Mulkey, a
cousin of B. W. Mulkey, county clerk
of Malheur county, has announced his
candidacy for Congress from the first
district. Mulkey will try to wrest the
nomination from W. C. Hawley. He
will stand on a progressive Republican
platform and is anti-assembly.
Mr. Mulkey has been before the pub
lic for a number of years and is well
known throughout the state of Oregon
He was, for a number of years, presl
dent of the State Normal school at
Ashland, and once served as state sena
tor from Polk county. At the present
time he is district attorney for Jack
son and Josephine counties, to which
position he was elected two years ago,
T. T. Nelsen for Furniture and
The Oregon-Idaho Lumber
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Roll ton dikf,
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Business of Two Stores Is
$150,000 In Twelve Months
Hay Crop Light, Quality
C. H. Oxman and Geo. Mc
Knight, on SpeW Com:', "
mittee 7 '..
D. F. Graham, a prominent business
man of Westfall, and interested In the
Jones & Co State bank, was in Vale
Saturday on business. Mr. Jones is
the register at Westfall and says that
over 95 voters have already registered.
He says that Westfall has been making
great stridus along business lines this
season, in fact better than ever before.
The business for the two commercial
stores for the past twelve months was
$150,000. During the month of July
Westfall did almost double the business
that was done for the same month last
year. The business of the Jones Mer.
cantiln company was 65 per cent better
than July 1909. Mr. Graham states
that May of this year was the best
month ever known in Westfall. They
are also making many improvements
along the building line. II. M. Gilliam,
of the Westfall Commercial company,
has already erected two fine new ware
houses this year, and h half dozen new
dwellings have been erected, while as
many more are soon to be completed.
An enormous amount of freight has
been hauled overland to Westfall from
Vale this season. '
Mr. Graham states that the hay crop
this year will be lighter than usual,
but the quality Is good and that it can
easily be sold for $8.00 per ton. Thrash
ing commenced two days ago. Philip
Pheitfer will use, for the first time, his
new J. I. Case thresher.
School will begin the first Monday
in September and it Is thought the
roll will be larger than at any previous
time. Prof, Vanderbilt, an eastern
man, will have the principalsbip and
Mrs. E. R. Smith, of California will be
TRACK WILL BE FAST
Vale Representatives States That "
' President Lackey Is Doing Good
Work on BuildingsDon't For
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C. H. Oxman and George McKnight,
attended a . meeting . of the : racing :
committee of the Malheur County Fair,'
at Ontario last week and in con- -;
junction with the third member of the .
committee, Fred Stewart, arranged
uie program zor tne races, iney auo
inspected the work now going On at the '
lair grounds and are well satisfied with
the progress that has been made. Ac
cording to their statements President
Lackey is doing good work on buildings
and track and will have everything in
readiness for the exhibits by fair week. '
A well 243 feet deep has been drilled
and good water obtained. The track
is being graded and will be regulation
in every .way, the distance being one
half mile. The grand stand will seat
about 1200 and will be well built to in
sure safety of the people.
The change in dates of the Malheur
ijuuiiby x" air 1110.HC9 ib iibvcobbt jr mat.
they be kept before the people, hence
The Enterprise again publishes them.
The Fair will open Tuesday September
27th and continues for four days.
Secretary Leon J. Chapman, of the
Malheur County Fair, Informs the ed-
fi mi i i i l: j . '
nor oi ine cmerprinc mot parties de
siring souvenir postal cards advertising
ii f is tn a-
me r air can do secured oy writing ana
asking for them. . They are for free
distribution and will be good advertis
ing for the country. Write for a set to
send to your friends and invite them to
come to the Fair. ' Address the secre- ,
tary at Ontario. .
Believing that visitors at the forth-'
coming Malheur County Fair should be
taken care of the city council of Ontario
has ordered three car loads of lumber
for the construction of sidewalks from
the high school building to fair grounds.
The walk will be rushed to completion as '
soon as the lumber arrives and will add
materially to the comfort of the many
visitors during Fair week.
Keep the baby's disposition good un
til! after the Malheur County Fair, as
there is a baby show on Friday, the
last day of the Fair. Three five dollar
srold nieces are offered as nrizes as well
as a special premium for the sweep
stakes. The premium list which will be
issued about August 15th will contain
the necessary information.
BOISE BRICK MAN PLEASED
WITH OUTLOOK IN VALE
J. F. Koelsch, of the Sand, Lime A
Btick company, of Boise, was in Vale
Monday, Mr. Koelsch supplied all th
white and pressed brick that has bean
used in Valo tha past two years and Is
now here looking after business matter.
He stated that he was greatly surprised
to find the wonderful growth Vala has
made the last few years.
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