Oregon City enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) 1891-194?, January 01, 1892, Image 3

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The Finest, Fruit Lund tr llio
Whole Moi'IIiwcnI.
The AtlvuiitutffH of I li Nlfiiiilleu Hf
ginning lo he Itcall.iil.
Tbi Pralrlt Will Admirably Support I Froi
pxrona Trading OimUr, Which It Browing
Up la ib Towi of Omliy a Buu
moat of Iti Advaatagai,
luxated on the Hiiiilliiirn I'acltle rail
way about auven miles southward of Ore
gun City mid a few miles from tlie Wll
lutix'lto rlvtir ami leaa Hihii a in ill' from
tint MolUUa la the town of Canby. It ia
not a largo, town lint It la attracting a
good deal of alttMllon liy reason of lla
Tim Irai't of country now known aa
Canhy pralrle was formerly known aa
Knight's pralrle, taking lla name I ruin
the pioneer litnilly tlott settled there.
The lur brothers, (ienrgn, Joseph, Wil
liam ami Charles Knight look up homes
on the prairie a score of yearn ago and
It waa but natural that tlial particular
section of roiinlry alioulil receive tln'lr
name ly way of dcalgnatlon. When the
Kouthmn Pacific railroad waa built
through tlm valley In IK7U a station waa
established on Knight's prairie, anil, aa
It waa aliortty alter tlm murder of (ien-
eral Candy )y ilia Ireaeheroua Modoea It
waa decided lo ierpetuate the name ol
the ga'.luut aohller hy naming the plaee
"Canliy. " Ami J the place waa named
ami the hroail acrea aroiiml It have be
come known aa t'anhv pruirle. Iti a
euphonious imil honorable name, though
prohahly then- waa more appropriate
ness in the one It succeeded.
Canhy prairie occuplca aeveral thou-
ami acres of liiml in the angle formed hy
the Join ' ' the Molulla and Willam
ette ii.v.K"T5lnn north ol the fonner
ami eurl u (he hitter. It Ima a sh
toward the riveia junt sutlicielil for drain
age, the html being otherwise almost
peifeclly level. The anil ia of a rich
ilutk loam with aullii'ient sund It ,ive it
warmth and make it a quick growing
soil. Ita fertility ia practically exhaust
lei ., Il la deep ami Hculiurly suited lo
the grow th of audi rropa aa send ronta
dow n into the ground. It dues not hake
in any kind of weather and no drouth ia
aullicient to dry it up, lla filahle quit!
ity la never destroyed. It Hiaeascs the
chariicleiilic of the heat alluvial aoila
and in thia climate-Its limit in the way
of production Iiub never been reached.
The town uf Canhy hua grown up
around llie luilwuy atation. It la ml
the result of wide advertising. No town
boomers lutve built up Ciinliy foriqiecu
lative purposes. It Iiuh simply enjoyed
ti e growth that it m location has brotiKht
it and (lie business houses liH'iited there
Inivf been established in obedience to
the law of supply and deimiml, There
mo no five-story buildings mid real
estate ia not 'J,(KH a front fool. The
develnpineiit of the tributary country
and the giowth of the town uru in entire
harmony. There ia no dimmer of over
straining in the race for industrial
The I' idled States census of IHW
showed a population in Cnnby precincl
ol 77. Of course many of these live
outside the tow n and could not properly
he counted in ila population hut the
Itrouth Hini c the cciihiih year haa been
Biich iik lo very largely luukc up for the
deduction of those in the precinct living
outHide the boundaries of the town.
When the character of the country
about Canhy is coiiHideied Ihe Wonder if
that it ia not iibcady entirelv occupied
willi on hnidH Thia and other hini
llar instanceK found in the West im
press upon the iniiids of visitors from
the I'nst the fact that Ihe I'acilio slope is
n new country, industrially speaking,
and Ihe opportunities so abundant bete
are not the discarded fancies of other
people and other times. They nro virgin
The inviting cbaracter and appear
ance of the t'anby prairie need not be
viewed with alarm by eoplB who ate
uccustomed to thinking that if il were
reiilly as tine as It seems it would loli
hk have been overrun with the indus
trioiis. It wan only recently that people
w ho saw Canhy prairie realized ita im
mense possibilities. Kruit culture bad
not been Hystmnatically conducted in
the, Willamette, yalley, but when thor
ough calluru whs appted to tbo businesii
the advantage "f a truct of country like
that in which Canhy ia situated became
appaiant and oIl'ortH were at once put,
forth to reap the ndvanlnnea whbh ila
peculiar lllttesH for fruit culture brought.
Kruit raiHiiiK baa been tried on Canhy
prairie and tbo business baa been dem
onstrated a fiucccHS there. It haft passed
entirelv beyond the experimental stand.
The rich, warm soil of tho prairie makes
it adapted to tlie Krowlh of fruit trees
and plunU. The climate ir so mild and
on,nnble that those fnulH reipiirinn Bomi
troplcal conditioitH llimrish surprisimjly.
I'eaches, apricotH, Btrinvbenies, nielona,
(.'tapes, nectarines, walnuts, chestnuts,
etc., take kindly to the soil and cliniate
of the prairie mid they yield lare crops
of choice proditctH. Sweet potatoes and
peanuts may also be grown. Of course
all tho common friyjts of tbo valley,
such as apples, roars, plums,, prunes,
- ttiCJeJIriJ1' rjj'fOtJ '
Mil.',, are aucceaafully ralxed hern, aa well
at other farm vnipa,
It waa only two or three year ago that
attention began to be given lo the ayi
temutie culture of fruit on Canity prai
rie. It hna alwaya been more or lnaa
grown tbeie, but when the marketa of
the world were opened to the Northwest
hy tlie completion of the transcontinental
rallwava from the East and Houlli, there
waa offered an Incentive for fruit liua
bundiy. Then, Instead of falling off the
treea and rolling on the ground there
waa a market for the fruit that bud
formerly gone to waste, The market
comliliona have ronaiaully improved.
The aliipplng of fruit to Tort land la made
cheap ami easy by rail, ami to Oregon
City it ia delivered by teama. Theie are
fewer peata than elsewhere and the pro
duct la conespondingly Improved in
quality and appearance.
The policy being put In practice by
the Canhy prairie aople ia to divide the
land into tracla of live or ten acrea eack,
or even emallcr ate.is, and get the eo
ple who wish to make a hpecial'y of rait
ing the more sensitive fiuila, More
lach pita are being planted in that
locality probably than in any other sim
ilar area in the United Statea It will
take a few yeara 1 1 bring the treea Into
hearing condillou, but in half a decade
there will not be better H'Uch orchard
anywhere than on Canhy prairie.
Many are elw setting out large areaa
lo atrawbeny planta and the melon crop
of each year ia greater than that of the
preceding m-ason. Currents, cherriea
and lierriea are ralwd in abundance.
Now that the tlrat atepa in atarting the
fruit industry have Is en taken Ibeothere
will follow in natural ai-ipience. The
production ol fruit inakea necessary
iiieana for handling it to advantage. 80
drier and canneries are to he estab
lished steps have already la-en taken in
the matter and aa the treea come into
I earing there will lie ample facilities for
handling their product lo the best -aibla
advantage. The fruit can l mar
keted in at least three dill'ereut forms
green, diied or picaerved in cans.
While the town of Canty ia the mar
ket place and trading center for one of
the flueat prairies in the West, and (mil
raising ia pre-eminently the industry lor
which it ia snited.it doe not depend
uK)ii any one resource for ita eupport .
At the southern edge of the town ia the
Molulla river, which lull aulTicient fall
and ia of large enough volume to afford,
reliable water power for many factoriee.
A bead of twenty-live feet can lie ob
tained at comparatively small cisins.
A line bank of gravel an the edge of the
stream ia valuable lo the railroad for
ballasting track and It hat a crew of men
there nearly all the time getting out
gtuvel fur use along muny miles of its
tracka That ia said lo be the best
gravel pit in Ihe Willamette vallcv. Hut
(he bank is only a few lods w idii. The
soil of the prairio is not at all grav
elly. The ground wbeie the water
power could be utiliziil to the best ad
vantage is well suited for building sites.
To the eastward of Cnnby is a fine
body of timber that the inanufactuiiiig
interests of the neighborhood use to good
advantage. Several InmlN-r and ahinglu
mills aie now turning out a considerable
volume of timlier for building. Much uf
Ibis ia sliliicd to other markets, being
hauled by teams to the railway at
Canhy. The roads are much better
than are usual In the Northwest and
teaming over them in continued through
all kinds of weather and at all seasons
of the year.
Tbo conformation of tbo country is
such that Canhy ia the most conven
ient railroad point for many square
miles of territory. Large amounts of
wheat, Mtatoe8, wool, hops, etc., go
there for shipment. And the people
who have such goods to market do their
pnrchasinK in Canhy, thus making a
cousideratdu volume of commerce for
Ihe low n .
Tbo business men of Canhy 1110 wide
awake und progressive. It is true that
in many iesvcels the stores of the tow n
have tlm same qualities of goods and mell
at tho same prices in some cases
cbeas'r as Portland merchants. Tlie
conservative, business. like methods pur
sued cannot fail to challenge admiration.
The w hole prairie is occupied hy thrifty
Americans w ho tire contented and happy
in their intelligent labor for adynnco
ment. Thoy have provided themselves
the best of school and church privileges
and they take pride in every moans of
promoting their own social and indus
trial welfare. The Methodists of tho
Northwest have a large tract of land on
tbo Molulla river near Canhy, and an
itnnienso tabernacle on it where they
hold campmeetings annually.
A ferry is about to ho established to
afTord a means of crossing the Willitm-
otti) for tho rich country about llutto-
ville, wboto vast quantities of bops are
raised .
Tho now depot erected r.t Cnnby Is the
dest one between Salem and Toi'tlund,
which allows that the railway company
recognizes the place as one of future
Tho following succinct account of the
year's progress in and about Canhy,
written by one of her business men,
gives an admirable view of Its advance
ment during the past year and its pres
ent condition :
Wo notice many improvements in this
village since last year. There have been
twenty-five new buildings erected here
since January, 181)1, and two moro dwell
ings will be built ye this winter. Boine
are already preparing for building early
In the spring, ami we expect to see thirty
or forty new buildings erected here next
season. Our new depot is about com
pleted and la a credit to the town. Il Is
a roomy frame structure of neat design
and agreut convenience to shippers over
the former small station.
Our school Is progreasing finely under
the able management of Charles Y,
Draper, of Oregon City, and Miss Nellie
Illasell of this place. There are now
ninely-ftve pupils enrolled agalnat sixty
six last winter. If the increase contin
ues In the same ratio we shall have to
employ three teachers next winter.
Our nurserymen are still planting
peach pits. There are now about 100
acres of nursery on the Canhy pralrle,
and still there la plenty of room for more.
It has been demonstrated beyond a
doubt that Canby prairie is the beat soil
fur nursery that can be found In the
The slrawUrry industry is growing
rapidly here, there being about fifty
o:res cultivated on the prairie at the
present time with moat gratifying re
sults; lu fact this prairie is the natural
home of this esculent fruit, and those
who cultivate it proerly are making a
good profit by shipping to the Portland
market. The soil here is well adopted
to the cultivation of all small fruits such
as raspberries, gooseberries, currants,
etc., as well as peaches, prunes, plums
and apples. The grape also does very
well here, The ground It very easily cul
tivated owing to iu sandy nature.
There are about 5000 prune trees on the
pralrle outside of the nursery, and thous
ands of peach and other fruit trees also
A good business could be done here
with a cannery soon as the trees come
to hearing, which will be one year to
two years hence.
We need a good hardware store and
tin shop at this place, which we think
could noon build up a good trade in that
line, esieciullv when the cannery is put
up, which must come soon, to save the
iinniei.w crop of fruit that will be giown
in tnis vi. lnity.
Our merchants are now selling goods
at Portland prices and handling a large
business. The n-ople are flocking in
from the surrounding country and the
farmers go home happy, having pur
ctiased more goods than ever before with
less money.
The Canby board of trade consists of
a memlierahip of forty-five with officers
as follows: President, Wm. Knight;
vice president, (1. Whipple; secretary,
S, J . Garrison ; correa;ainding secretary,
W. M Shank; treasurer, V. L. Mack.
Co titteeon finance: George Knight
G. Whipple and and G, W. Shank.
Committee on trade and commerce:
James Evans, Louis Kogers and W. 8,
Committee on membership: W. 8.
Gribhle, M. While and H. O. Mack.
Committee on roads and highways:
I. A. Cox, S. J. Garrison, Win. Knight,
II. A. Vorpahl, J. C. Walgiimot and
J. Knight.
Contiuitteeon advertising: Win. Shank
S. J. Garrison, L, P. Howard, V. L.
Mack and J. C. Walgtnot.
Ilnpiumlnga vf t lip Week In the Town anil
on Hip Pralrle.
Cashv, liec L'X. The Christmas tree in
the church last Thuri-duy evening was laden
with presents lor old and young. There
w ereatioiit tw o hundred present w ho listened
to several Christmas imtiiems sung hy the
choir, a lew verses spoken by the children,
and an address by the pastor, after which
(he presents were distributed. Then about
a hundred pounds of candy and nuts and
two boxes of apples were passed around.
When Ihe congregation finally dispersed it
was with contentment and well-tilled
pockets. It was a Christmas long lobe
remembered by many.
The literary and debating club gave a
dance on the eve of Christmas. There were
just enough present to have a good lime.
The dancing commenced at an early hour
and continued till about midnight when
Mrs. Mary Carol hers served a delicious sup
per, alter w hich dancing was again in order
and it continued till the crowing of
Several of our citizens are sick with la
gripjie. (leo. Knight, W. S. Knight, W. 8.
Kellogg, S. II. Kelly ami 11. W. Shank's
family are just recovering from the disease.
William Dunn, of Nebraska, is the guest
of Herman Lee.
William Johnson and wife, of Salem,
spent Christmas with Mr. Avery and
Mr. 8. A. I). Onrley, of Oregon City, was
In our midst Sunday.
The railroad company is taking up the
ties of Campbell and Harlow this week.
The depot carpenters have departed south
where they will continue in the good cause
of building depots.
II. A. Vorpahl Is remodelling a cart for
tbo minister. When it is completed it will
bo free from "horse motion."
Rev. Richards, of Portland, preached to
the people Sunday at eleven and Kev.
Louther in the evening,
Mr. John Slovens left last Friday for New
York city where bo will remain for some
Miss Elizabeth Ulonnt is preparing to
open tho street hot neon her two blocks.
Tho I. 0. O. T. will have a basket festival,
a lecture by 11. Harrison, of Jefferson, and
a watch parly In Knight's hall on New
Year's eve.
Mr. Joseph Shull has rented five acres to
Messrs. Campbell and Ferry for nursery
purposes for Ihe term of five years, also live
acres to J, A. Cox for the same time and
1 gXAwKroTmETtf bank.
Home of Hi Enterprising Concerns of
a Lire Town.
Messrs, Carlton and Koaetikrans, two
young men recently from Portland, have
leased Wm. Knight's big store in Canby
for a term of five years and have stocked
It with a full assortment of general mer
chandise suited to the trade of a growing
town like Canby and have started in with
the Intention of building up a good trade.
Their well-arranged store well fitted
with choice and well selected goods in
every line shows that they know a good
article and mean to give the patrons of
their store an opportunity to buy goods
ol the best quality, and they promise
them that customers shall receive as
much for their money as they can get the
same class of goods for any where. To
enable them to handle country produce
to the best advantage they have Just
completed a large warehouse and will
give enjiecial attention to buying and
shipping farm produce of all sorts. If
active capable management associated
with square dealing and goods sold on
their merits will enable the Arm to build
up a good trade they mean to succeed
and make the business a permanent one.
Both partners come to Canby with the
reputation of being thoroughly reliable
and entitled to the confidence of the
James Hodges is well known in and
about Canliy as a merchant of thoroughly
reliable qualities whom all can trust
and deal with confident of square and
upright dealing. He carries a full stock
of general merchandise including dry
goods, huts and caps, hoots and shoes,
clothing, groceries, etc., and has by close
application to his business built up
a good trade which be has no difficulty
in holding Mr. Hodges does not want
the whole earth but is content with a
part, as he means to slay in Canby,
assist in building up the town which is
surrounded by the finest fruit belt
in the state. Mr. Hodges also bandies
fruit in their season and has quite a trade
in farm produce. He Invites farmers
living within reach of Canby to brine in
their produce and to examine his stock
of goods.
George Knight, the Canby Nasby, ex
press agent, station agent an! mer
chant is the best known man in Canby
and probably the busiest, as be is always
at work. In his store is to be found a
good assortment of general merchandise
all well selected which be sells
very close. Mr. Knight baa been so
closely connected with Canby and its
interest so long that the place would not
seem like itself with out him. He is al
ways pleasant and ready to oblige all
parties and is generally liked bv every
body. In his store he has a very good
trade and good class of custom which
would tie lost trading any where else.
Ho has seen the town grow from a farm
on the prairie to its present prosperous
proK)rtions and has increased his stock
to meet tbo demands of the place.
M. Hosford is another of the famil
iar Canby names which every one knows.
He conducts a general merchandise bus
iness with a good stock which he is
adding to as the growth of the phce
warrants him in extending his invest
ment. He lias a nice trade which is
improving with the growth of Canby
and the rich country tributary thereto.
Like most dealers in general merchandise
iu villages surrounded by a farming com
munity, bodoesa good and thriving bus
iness in farm products, which be is al
ways ready to buy or exchange, giving
the highest market price and content
to rely upon the small profit made on
the sale of the goods for bis share in the
deal. It will pay the residents of Canby
and vicinity to call on Mr. Hosford for
prices and samples.
1)11. KNH1I1T.
Dr. Charles Knight, of Canby, in addi
tion to bis practice owns a drug store,
which has done a very successful busi
ness in that line during tlie past year.
He is also interested in real estate,
confining bis attention in this line to
property in and about Canby. He has
on liis list many pieces of choice prop
erty, especially of fruit lands of the very
best quality, which be offers at very low
figures and on easy terms. When look
ing for a borne or any investment call on
Dr. Charles Knight, of Canby.
If you go to Canby you will be Biire to
stop at the Canby house kept by mine
host, W. W. Weed, who prides himself
on his clean and well kept house. His
hotel has the well earned reputation of
being one of the best places along the
line to get a good meal and a clean bed.
Canby is fortunnto in having a hotel so
well conducted.
A Wise Man's Advice.
Wisdom cries aloud and says, "How
long, oh ye sons of toil, will ve neglect to
visit the Second-hand and Notion store
where you can get more goods for a dol
lar than anywhere else in town?" Pins,
2 papers, 5e. ; needles, 2 papers, 5c. ;
spoons, per set, 6c. ; 10 quart dish pane,
20. Opposite postollice.
Subscribe for the En ihki'Mbe.
Ehwuris office.
The fruit induntry has brought more wealth to California than all
her gold mines; and Oregon's orchards are a mine of inexhaustible
The Shrewd Man
Will secure for himsalf a tract of land suitable for fruit growing before
the choicest lands are gone.
Is one of the ppots in Oregon where the fruits and vegetables grown in
the Middle and Southern states mature and ripen to a perfection not
excelled in their native soils. It is the home of the prune, peach, mel
on and strawberry.
Takes the lrrd of the fruits grown on this prairie. Its thriftiness and
ease of handling, combined with its early fruiting, makes it the tree to
plant for quick returns.
The Willamette
Has an immense body of the best prune land on the prairie, set out to
the celebrated Italian prune, which they will sell in small tracts on the
most liberal terms ever offered on fruit lands in Oregon.
In this garden spot of the Willamette valley can yet be bought af pri
ces within the reach of all. The Willamette Land Company have both
improved and unimproved lands which they will sell in tracts of from
two and one-half acres to as large as are wanted.
That exorbitant freight rates have killed some of the finest fruit dis
tricts on the Pacific coast. Canby prairie is within two hours drive of
Oregon City, and four hours drive ot Portland, two of the best markets
on this coast.
Full particulars by addressing the Willamette Land Company,
Oregon City, Oregon.
-aecessors, Messrs. mgans aim riuuiw
Land Company
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