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About Malheur enterprise. (Vale, Or.) 1909-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 13, 1917)
Vale Is the Ccntefr of Vast Development. Drilling for Oil Finally Inaugurated. Warmsprings Project Assured. Willow-Aide Project makirt Headway. Owyhee Project Progressing. The Fro at less1
Brogan Country More Prosperous than ever. Great Drainage Projects Going Forward. Dairying Rapidly Gaining. Sheep, Cattle, Hogs, Higher than ever. Malheur County is a Mecca for Investors.
VOLUME VIII, NO. 7.
VALE, OREGON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 1917.
SUBSCRIPTION, $2.00 PER YEAR
Lumbermen's Trust Company Secures the Bonds of the District at 95 1-4. Warmsprings Development Is
Practically Assured; 31,000 Acres of Valley Land May. be Under Water Next Season. Future of Vale and
Ontario Assured.Land Buyers Already on the Ground. Action of the Board Creates Stir in Portland
JOINS LANE IN
Both President Wilson and
Secretary Lane Favor Ir
rigation in Malheur Coun
ty by District.
C. W. MALLETT DOES
A GREAT SERVICE
Has Able Assistance in Pre
senting Conditions to the
Proper Powers Effort is
The people of Vnle and Ontario to
gether with the owners under the
Warmsprings system cannot fail to
appreciate the efforts made by their
neighbor and those whom he enlist
ed in assistance, in their endeavor to
obtain government aid for the Warm
Mr. C. W. Mallett insisted that up
on the proper presentation of our con
dition and a .fair representation of the
needs and rights of the community
the powers controlling those matters
would recommend the project to Con
gress. Mr. Mallett selected Col. C. E. S.
Wood to assist him Th his efforts and
upon their arrival in Washington
they found .Joseph N. Teel and Bill
Hanley on the ground and both of
these gentlemen gave every possible
help to convince the appropriation
committee and the Reclamation com
mission of the righteousness of their
The earnest representations of Mr.
Mallett had much to do with the
change of views and method adopted
by the Hon. Secretary of the Interior
in recommending this and the King
President Wilson also took time
from the great amount of state af
fairs pressing upon him to recommend
Our citizen, Will R. King, attorney
for the reclamation commission, gave
such help as he consistently could,
having the interest of his home com
munity at heart.
Representatives Sinnott, Hawley
and McArthur also did all they could
to further the interest of the com-
(Continued on page 6.)
Auto Crashes Into
Occupants Unable to See Train, Mov
ing at Slow Gait Girl is Ser
As a result of a collision between
an auto and "Sagebrush Annie," on
the crossing between the St. Paul or
chard and Ontario, Saturday after
noon, a Miss Fairbanks lies critically
injured internally at the Holy Rosary
hospital in Ontario, and Mrs. 0. E.
Clark, who was seriously cut on the
face and skull is receiving medical
treatment from Dr. Brown, of Vale,
at the St. Paul orchard.
The dense fog Saturday afternoon
was responsible for the accident.
There were six occupants of the car,
four of the Fairbanks party and Mrs.
O. E. Clark and son, none of whom
knew the train was near until it was
upon them. The engineer of the
train was unable to see the car, but
stopped the train after the accident
and brought the party to Vale, where
theinjured were turned over to Dr.
Drown, and Miss Fairbanks taken to
the hospital the same day.
That a fatal accident did not re
sult from the collision is a source of
wonder, as the car was overturned,
and nearly demolished. Dr. Prinz
nig, of Ontario, reports the injured
young lady in a serious condition.
INQUIRIES ABOUT LAND
DEALER VISITS COUNTY
PEOPLE COMING SOON
Several inquiries have been
made for farming property on
the strength of the Warmsprings
bond sale. A prominent dealer in
real estate in the Pendleton and
Walla Walla country was in Vale
Tuesday and endeavored to make
some deals, with what success we
"Your land seems to be ex
tremely reasonable in prico," said
Mr. Lucas. "In our country land
growing only wheat has steadily
advanced in price until it has
reached the high price of $170
"It occurs to me that you might
easily dispose of such land as was
not well farmed or farmed by
those who had been able to care
for a lot of stock on the range,
raising hay to winter them. The
new Stock-raising Homestead law
will break up the range for a
time at least and people will come
into the country by the houaand
to raise a fine crop on say 160
acres and own 640 or more acres
in the hills where they can sum
mer feed a few head.
"This land can be handled at
reasonable prices and if your far
mers are ready to sell we will find
buyers for as much as they wish
to dispose of provided they will
give those who are in the busi
ness ,an opportunity."
The new Homestead law provides
that driving trails be established in
order that stock may be moved from
place to place and particularly to the
These trails are to be provided by
government reservation upon repre
sentation and petition of local stock
men and sheep growers. Engineers
Ashford and Miller have been at
work some weeks preparing plans and
maps for filing with the department.
As these trails will be from one to
five miles wide, a large area will be
kept back from location and some
conflict will come up between appli
cants and proposed trails.
Water holes are to be kept open to
the public and therefore everyone will
get equal opportunities for driving
and watering as well as grazing.
NYSSA SCHOOL BEATEN
BY VALE TEAM
Vale Boys Defeat Nyssa Warriors by
45 to 9 Score Friday Evening
The Vale High School basketball
team brought home the scalps of the
Nyssa team Friday evening, where
they defeated the Gate City players
by. a score of 45 to 9. Few Vale fans
saw the game, but those who accom
panied the team say that the Nyssa
lads were defeated from the start,
but made a game struggle to the last.
George Glenn, on the Vale team,
was responsible for most of the scor
ing, but was given splendid support
by the balance of the team, Murray,
Fletcher, Ellis and Brown.
Now, if Germany really meant it,
she can come forward and explain in
detail just what she meant by it
If a note could only stampede the
belligerents as easily as it does the
market. Boston Herald.
Passing of Mrs. Mary V. Richardson,
on Friday Evening, a Shock to
Mary y. Richardson, tho wife of
Judge B. .0. Richardson, passed away
at their home in Vale Friday evening
at about 6 o'clock. Mrs. Richardson
had been sick since Thanksgiving
from the effects of an operation for
cancer a year ago.
Born in Cedar county, Iowa, in 1853,
Mrs. Richardson came to Malheur
county, formerly Baker county, in
1868, to the town of Eldorado, where
she met and was married to Judge B.
C. Richardson, on April 10, 1869. Four
children were born to this union. She
is survived by her husband, two sons,
J. M. Richardson of Vale, and B. M.
Richardson, of Ola Idaho, four broth
ers, C. D. Davis, Ontario, H. P. and
J. J. Davis, Vale, J. W. Davis, Port
land, and two sisters, Kate N. Dorris,
of Jamieson, and Ida Harris, of Vale,
all of whom were at her bedside when
she passed away.
Mrs. Richardson was a devoted
member of tho M. E. church of Vale
for 20 years; arid always took an ac
tive part in church work until pre
vented by ill health. Funeral servi
ces were held from the M, E. church,
Sunday at 2 o'clock, the sermon be
ing preached by Rev. W. J. Luscombe.
Interment was made in the Vale cem
etery. NEW BAKER
New Baker From Washington Buys
Out Joe Gwilliam's Bakery
Donald Walker, of Spokane, Wash.,
has purchased the Vale Bakery from
Joe Gwilllam, and took charge the
first of the week. Mr. Walker and
wife come from Waitesburg, Wash.,
Mr. Walker being for a long time the
French pastry baker at the Daven
port, one of the largest hotels in Spo
kane. Joe Gwilliam will from now on de
vote his time to his bee ranch near
SANITARIUM SHOWS REMARKABLE GROWTH
The Vale Hot Springs Sanitarium
under the management of Dr. T. W.
Thurston, has grown to considerable
proportions since 1914 and with a
moderate capital might become one
of the big institutions of the country
and increase the population of Vale to
a marked degree.
On account of the limited quarters
the Sanitarium cannot advertise its
great benefits as it la now overflowing
with practically none but local peo
The year 1917 opens well for Mal
heur county. The final .consummation
of the sale of tho $750,000 bond issue
of the Warmsprings Irrigation Dis
trict assures the people of this sec
tion that prosperity is about to dawn
upon them. The thousands of acres
which have shaded tho, horizon with
tho dull green of sage brushh with on
ly the jackrabbit and coyote for life
in the monotony of Jhe plains, will be
replaced with green fields of alfalfa
and fat cattle and sheep.
Homes will dot tho landscape and
school houses present evidence of a
Already attempts have been made
to obtain options on prdperty and tho
very air seems filled with a new spir
it The deadly groove of pessimistic
thoughts has given way" to optimism,
and hope for the future; and a desire
to help make tho future properous.
The bids for the bonds were open
ed at 2 p. m., Friday, Jan. 5. The
Lumbermens Trust Company,
California National Bank of
Sacramento and Blytne Witter. &
Co., San Francisco, 92.5 and ac
Henry J. Kaiser & Co., Port
All bids were condiiiomh upon the
buyer controlling construction. The
Lumbermens Trust company bid be
ing the highest, it was accepted. This
company waived tho conditions as it
was shown that the construction and
material must be advertised in ac
cordance with the statute.
The agreement as finally entered
into was 95 A and accrued interest
for the bonds and 3 perctnt on month
ly balances with the Board to have
the privilege of placing such funds
as the home banks of Vale and Onta
rio might be able to use to advantage.
Sale Proves Acceptable Change.
This sale is considered the most ad
vantageous which has ever taken
place in Oregon for irrigation bonds
and has two definite meanings: Dis
trict bonds on a feasible project will
sell and Portland is waking up to the
necessity of helping the Eastern Ore
gon territory to develop. It is true
that the onds on this project should
bring more money but still such bonds
are not yet rehabilitated in the eyes
of eastern buyers and it will take
many years to completely eradicate
the bad work done in the past. But
it is well for this country to have
made so good a sale at this time.
ple, that is comparatively local. Pa
tients come from as far east as Poca
tello and west from Baker and Pen
dleton and slight advertising would
soon fill a large hospital.
It is unquestionable that the
springs have great curative effect on
stomach trouble, rheumatism and kindred-ailments.
There are now employed at the San
itarium a number of nurses find
there arc accommodations for twenty
Vale Game Association Wishes Cer
tain Changes in State Law for
Malheur and Harney.
Recommending certain changes in
the game laws of tho state in so far
as they apply to Malheur and Har
ney counties, the Vale Fish and Game
Association have prepared a set of
modifications, which they have sent to
Julien A. Hurley, C. M. Crandall, and
the State Game Warden Shoemaker.
These changes are made after thor
ough investigation and knowledge of
conditions as they exist in this par
ticular district, and are as follows:
That all hunting and fishing licens
es be $1.60 each instead of $1.00. That
the combination license remain $2.00,
and the extra 50c be used as a propo
That the bag limit in "Steins Moun
tain Reserve" for deer bo placed at
one buck and one doe, in place of
three bucks, as the law now 'says.
This is done to build up the number
of deer in that locality. That the
same limit apply to the rest-of Mal
heur and Harney counties, as tho
present regulation has resulted in a
scarcity of buck deer.
That in the matter of antelope pro
tection, a reward should be given to
persons giving, information leading to
the arrest ana conviction of persons
killing or injuring antelope.
That tho legislature pass a resolu
tion memorializing the Department of
the Interior to make open season for
ducks in Idaho the same as in Ore
gon, or the Oregon law changed to
conform with the Idaho law, and that
the bag limit be 15 ducks every 7
days instead of 30 as at present.
That the open season on sagehens
be changed to from August 1st to
September 16, and the bag limit be
15 in 7 days. The season now opens
July 15, nnd the limit is 10 every 7
days. The reason for this change are
the sagehens are not mature in the
county before August 1, and they are
at present very plentiful in both Mal
heur and Harney counties. ,
NO COAL FAMINE
Three cars of coal arrived in Vale
Friday, long overdue. No danger of
coal famine at present.
for more patients.
The genial Doctor is continually
adding to his clientele and is contin
ually adding to the conveniences of
To put into being a complete plant
such as the demand warrants would
require more funds than are now
available but the owner proposes to
continue his expansion, arpidly if he
may, slowly if he must, but the slo
gan will always bo FORWARD.
MALHEUR CO. MOVING
OIL DRILLING SHORTLY
WORK BEGINS AT NYSSA
With so much that is new go
ing forward this section of Mal
heur, and in fact, the entire coun
ty, will show development un
equalled by any county in tho
Machinery has arrived on the
ground on tho Nyssa-Arcadia
drainage area and work will be
gin at once to bring some 3000
acres into use and make the re
maining 4000 acres more valua
ble. The Ontario drainage district
moves along steadily and will bo
ready for complete operation
within a short time. This will
improve about 6000 acres, some
of which is going to the bad al
The Western Pacific Oil and
Gas company will be dropping
their drill within a few weeks
and thnt development will assist
in bringing the county to the
front The location which they
havo selected is one well known
to experts to lie as well no any
land in the country for oil.
Tho new Stock-raising Home
stead law will bring more than a
thousand settlers into tho coun
try nnd this in ' connection with
the development of the Warm
springs project will add Wonder
fully to the advantages of the
county which we may present to
Two elections were held in this sec
tion Saturday: The Warmsprings
District and the Willow-Alder Dis
trict elected directors nnd treasurer
for the next two years. Tho vote in'
both districts was light ns tho weath
er was cold and unpropitious.
Directors elected by the Warm
springs District were:
George McLaughlin, Division No. 1.
J. H. Russel, Division No. 2.
R. E. Weant, Division No. 3.
Rex Mnrquis, Division No. 4.
A. W. Trow, Division No. 6.
Frank M. Vines, treasurer.
Directors elected by Willow-Alder
I. W. Hope, II. A. Fosselman, John
Leo H. Schmidt elected treasurer.
Hurley Best Placed
CIRCUIT COURT MET IN
VALE PAST WEEK
Criminal Work for Circuit Court at
Vale During Past Week and
The Circuit Court has been engag
ed in criminal work tho past week
with the Seaweard caso on Friday,
beginning Thursday afternoon.
In the case of State vs. Byce, lar
ceny of grain from a warehouse, tho
jury stood 11 to 1 and after tusseling
for four hours the jury stood 11 to 1
and thereupon were dismissed.
One of the jurors was convinced
that thero was n missing link In the
caso put up by tho state and declined
to seo anything but the missing link.
In the case State against Hanna for
assault, the verdict was not guilty.
Kimbull is still minus an ear.
No man could be us tough as n
week's growth of beard will mako him
Constantino will have no peace un
til h declares war. Brooklyn Eagle.
BIG RUSH FOR
Land Office Overwhelmed
With Work Since the New
Law Went Into Effect
Town Alive With Locators
PLENTY OF PEOPLE
WANT NEW LAND
Millions of Dollars Will Be
Added to Tax Roll in Five
Years as Result of New
Law Settlement is Rapid
Following the publication in the
Enterprise of the fact that tho Stock
raising Homestead act was a law to
gether with the publication of the en
tire law, the local Land Office has
been overwhelmed with work. ...
Applicants are in Vale by the fif
ties and the end is not yet- Tom-
Jones, tho register, is finding put
that there aro people in tho country
who want land, and tho money in the
country to pay for it is making M.
N. Fegtly, the receiver, rustle to tako
It is rather astonishing to note that
there aro more than a dozen appli
cants who havo lived in Malheur coun
ty for many years and havo nover
made an entry of public land. John
Weaver 1b ono and Arthur Derrick
Tho result of this act will be to add
millions of dollars to the tax roll in
the next five years and add hundreds
of people to our population.
Such rapid settlement of the coun
try coupled with tho fact that the
Warmsprings project will be practi
cally completed this year, gives the
county a rosy glow of sun shininjp
IDAHO ROAD MEN VISIT VALE
. E. Q. Marsing and J. E. Garrity, of
Claytonia, Idaho, were! in Vale Mon
day, discussing the highway situation
in the Idaho-Jordan Valley section.
They propose a chango in tho road
from Jordan Valley to Caldwell cut
ting off some 18 miles.,
Tho gentlemen were in consultation
with the County Judge.
Man in the State
Senator Julien Hurley the Best Plac
ed Man is the State at Salem
Mr. Crandall also There.
Malheur county has succeeded well
at tho legislative assembly at Salem.
Julien A. Hurley, senator from
Grant, Harnoy and Malheur, is tho
best placed man in the state. His op
portunities for helping the counties
he represents is almost unlimited and
while tho work will be incessant and
ardous Mr, Hurley is a young man
and can stand the heavy strain.
Senator Hurley is on the following
committees, being Chairman of the
Irrigation Committee: Irrigation
Committee, County and State Offices;
Judiciary, Mining, Public Lands, Rail
roads. Irrigation, Judiciary and. Railroads
are the three best committees at com
mand of the Speaker.
C. M. Crandall Well Placed.
C. M. Crandall, joint representative
from Harney and Malheur, is placed
on three committees; Capitol grounds,
Public Lands and Corporations.
The corporation committee Is ono
of the best in the assembly.
We are perfectly neutral In this
war. We don't care who makes
peace. Atlanta Journal. '