The Hood River news. (Hood River, Or.) 1909-current, October 04, 1911, Page 7, Image 7

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farm after einerRluK from Hevernl
inilt-M of riinyim. CoiiiiiiimIIimim farm
Iioiim-m antl tiullillniiH were nottcentile
throughout SIhtiiuiii eounty, liullt
111 the ywirn when wheat farming
there wan profitable. WaMco, the
tlrnt SheriiiHii county town reached,
prenented an oi appearance of de
cay noil Improvement; of wooilcn
ItilllilliiK1 (lewcrteil antl lirlik Htruc
turcH recently titillt. From there to
Moro, the county Heat, and (iriiHH
Valley, mile after mile of rich wheat
(toll lay on every hand, miliject to the
tickle KO'hh'HM of rain for production.
We were Informed ly the owner of 11
law wheat farm that lltflit cropH
had liceii harveMted for Hevernl yearn
and that thin year much of the
wheat wait Injured liy rain during
the tlirenhtiiK hpiihdii. Me Htatel,
however, that expectation) for a
line crop next year ran high, due to
the heavy early Septelnlicr ralim.
Ilowlini; itloiig ami climlilnu: rapidly
we hit Kent at an elevation of S.MM)
left. Ten tnilcH Houth of Kent we
croHHcd the Hue liack Into WaHcu
county ami ncvcn iiiIIch further on
came to Shaulko, the teriulniiH of the
liranch railroad that runx out of
I'.lKK". ami for many yearn the Htart
liK point for the entire central Ore
jjon country.
At an elevation of nearly 4. (M0 feet
Khantko hitiiim nearly on top of the
world, and ltn main nnnvt In Hcenery.
For inlleH urouml t here In no row
liiH thlnK except here anil there
HtraKKliuK patchen of hmc tirunli.
Hut the view thin In imiKnllicent.
Spread out for nillen l the Hiirround
liiK country with elRht miiow capped
peak In the distance Mount WuhIi
liiKtou, Snowy l?utte, the Three SIh
terw, llamoinl 1'eak, Itlack Hutte,
Mount Jeffernon,. Mount Hood, Mount
AdauiH la fact the entire ranne of
the CaHcade mountain Im outlined
atcaliiHt the nky for a dlntance of i.'iM
iiiIIch. W ith the hulldliitf of the rall
roadu up the )enchuten the jilory of
Shaulko im a trading center Iihm de
parteil, hut Itn Hcenery ft 11 1 reinaliiH.
The hundrednof men, hornet), freight
wiikoiim ami Htaert that traverned
the roadH from the Interior to thin
point In all klndn of weather are no
more. The toot of the locomotive
whlntlcat Madranand Kedmond un
nouncen that prorenn han teen car
ried KHI mllen furt her Into the Inter
ior. Kxcept for the Antelope and
part of the John Day country there
In little left for Shaulko. Two hoteln,
a Mrf wool warehoune and a live
little newHpapcr are now Itn chief
datum to dlxllnctlon.
Nine inllcn further Houth drought
unto Antelope, at the eile of the
ntock country and a drop In eleva
tion of almoHt 1.1MMI feet NentlliiK at
tile hottom of foot IiIIIh, amid poplarit
planted many yearn nun by Itn thrifty
Scotch and Irlnli pioneer reHldentn,
thin little center for nheep am) cattle
men Hlept peacefully In the Hunllnht.
The dayn when the cowboy rode In
and nliot up the' town have appar
ently none and not hlny; remalnn of
Itn Htreutioun pant but bullet holen In
the celling of Frank Sllvertooth'n
fainoun Muloon. Ilnrdy, Intelligent
Scot and Irlnhmen ami their dencen
dautn are to be found 111 the Antelope
country. I'ant mantern at raining
and Judging hornen, cattle and nheep
they lament the punning of the open
range. Not the leant Interesting of
them In Franklin Mclleth, born with
the Htnell of heather In bin nontrlln
ami landlord for l." yearn of the Oc
cidental hotel. True to I'ncle Sam.
but ntlll a lover of bin native land,
every year or t wo he entertalnn the
Oregon Scotch Society which gath
crn at Antelope, and then there are
great dolngn. The bagpipe plpen,
kiltn tlanh In the Hiinnhlue, nimble
feet leap over the broadnword and
"Annie Laurie" and "The lilue lielln
of Scotland are nung an only Scotch
men canning them. 1-t It Ik nald
alno that Franklin Mclleth In an
good a hotel keeer an he In h Scotch
man, which In nay lug a great ileal
leaving Antelope and Itn luterent
Ing cltlzenn to the eant we took the
road to Madran, panning through
tliefamoun Cow Creek canyon and
over the no lenn celebrated dobe IiIIIh.
In the dayn of freighting Cow Creek
and thene lillln were the terror of
teamntern In wet weather and men,
hornen and wagonn were frequently
lont In getting through thin dauger
otiHgup and nea of mud which af
forded the only route to Madran,
Itciid, I'rlnevllle and all that nectlon
of Oregon country. We now struck
Crook county and at Hay Creek, 1 JO
mllen out from The Dallen, a rich hay
country wan reached. Three mllen
further.over nage brunh htlln nparnely
timbered with juniper treen, brought
un to Madran, now reached by both
the Oregon Trunk and lienchuten
Situated In a nandy tint Madran
nppeared to be a thriving little city
with the drawback, however, of hav
ing a ncarclty of water. It In the
Sugar prices are soaring but you can save
money by buying from us.
Best Fruit Sugar, per Sack... S7.25
The Dalles Diamond Flour rcrSack-
( Tcr Parrel .. QjAv
Clovcrlcaf Butter, per roll 75c
Cbttolcne, 10 pound pail 1.50
Cottolene, 4 pound pail 60c
Swift's Silverleaf Lard, 50 pound can 6.75
Swift's Silverleaf Lard, 10 pound pail 1.50
Swift's Silverleaf Lard, 5 pound pail 75c
Swift's Jewell Compound, 50 pounds 4.75
Tea Garden Syrup, l-pal. can 85c
Tea Garden Syrup, 12-gal. can 45c
Karo Corn Syrup, No. 10 pail 00c
We are Closing Out a 5tock of Chinaware at
5oc on the dollar. Call and look it over
MASON Tint BRc Quart .fw Half Gallon $ .85
SCIIUAM PintToc Quart .85 Half Gallon 1.30
ECONOMY. ..Pint 85c Quart 1.10 Half Gallon 1.10
L. H. Huggins
center of a wheat growing ami ntock
country, hut In inont, InntanceH water
han to tie hauled inllen for both do
inentlc and drinking purponcn. Mad
ran wan given a IiIk hoont when the
rallroadn reached It and for a time
Itn renldcutn entertained the belief
that the railroad nhopn would tie lo
cated there, hut It In now nald that
they will lie placed at Opal City or
Metolun, where both rallroadn take
the name track. At prenent Madran
In the ntartliiK point for ntacn
(which hy the way are automohllen)
and freighting teams for Kedmond,
ltcnd and I'rlnevllle.
Preferring a country where water
wan a little mure plentiful, we punhed
on to Kedmond. 33 inllen nouth.
The run wan through a thickly-grown
nage brunh and Juniper tree country,
with lofty, rock-bound lillln. Here
we Btruck the tlrnt evidence of the
big Irrigation project of the IK'
chutcH Irrigation and Tower Com
pany, and alno got our tlrnt gllmpne
of the fentlve jack rabbit. A number
of thene leng eared npeedcrn ncooted
acronn the road In front of the ma
chine an we neared Kedmond about
nuudowu, and In getting over the
ground had un lieaten to a frazzle.
With Irrigation, the country around
Kedmond nhown evidence of lelng
brought Into a high ntate of cultiva
tion. Many new clearings are vlnl
ble, and the noil, a rich, nandy loam,
neemn capable of growing anything
that will nurvlve late and early front.
Kedmond wan putting on aim on ac
count of the railroad having reached
there the day before, and, attended
by a vlnlt from (Jov. Went and Sam
Hill, the traditional golden eplke had
been driven by the little daughter of
Mayor Jonen. The tow'i wan full of
life and buntle, and preparatlonn
were being made Jor a general
whoop up Sept. Iluth. Kedmond
du!m Itnelf the hub of Central Oregon,
anil there In nome truth In the anner
tlon. Half wny between Madran
and Bend, It U the nearest railroad
point to the I'rlnevllle country on
the eant and Slntern, Laldlaw and
Metolun on the went and nouth, and
han a big area of good boll tributary
to It. Comparatively npeaklng. In
thin land of magnificent dlntancen It
In near tliulier. An a bunlnenn place,
Kedmond nhown enterprise and pros
perity mid Infant building up. It In
believed that fruit can be grown
there nuccennfully, a In-llef borne out
by the fact that at Slntern, l." miles
nearer the Cascades mountains, some
of the (luet peaches In the stare are
leaving Kedmond Saturday morn
ing, we ran to Bend, a distance of 20
miles, parsing along the main ditch
of the Iieschuten Irrigation nnd
Power Company, 20 to 30 feet wide
and conveying a large volume of
water. The country between Bend
and Kedmond Is comparatively flat,
covered with nage brush and Juniper
and with scattering pine timber,
hand holdings are living cleared. Ir
rigated and cultivated In thin nectlon,
and It given promise of being one of
the most productive and properoun
In the Central Oregon country. At
Bend we found the citizens excited
by the coming of the railroad, which
In expected to reach there October
th. For a time at least, Bend will
be the terminus of railroading Into
this section of the state, and showed a
more substantial growth than any
town we hail yet visited. Several stone
otlice buildings, built of red granite
quarried In the ucar-by hills, were no
ticeable, and the mnglc touch of water
gave It green lawns to enhance the
beauty of a number of handsome
dwellings. Situated on the bauk of
the Iieschuten river, which Is as
placid an a lake at this point and for
40 miles above, the town reposes In
the edges of pine timber. The hum
of a sawmill announces that the
timber is being transformed Into
lumber. Bend's people are progres
sive, and, like other Interior towns,
the automobile has preceded the rail
road. Substantial banking Institu
tions, well-equipped stores and good
hotel accommodations also mark the
steady stride of progress. In dln
tance. Bend In midway between The
Italics and Medford, 175 miles from
the Columbia river by wagon road
and l."0 by rail.
From Bend we dropped back on
the went side of the Heschutes to
Laldlaw, happening to arrive when
a district agricultural exhibit was
being held, and saw many tine speci
mens of grain and vegetables grown
without Irrigation. Lower down
we stopped to view the celebrated
('line Falls, where the Deschutes
drops. '10 feet, presenting a beautiful
spectacle, and then pushed on over
the plains to Crooked river canyon.
Here we took the opportunity of
seeing the Crooked river bridge, one
of the mechanical marvels of the
year and the third highest transpor
tation bridge In the world. Tower
ing above the yawning chasm for
32.1 feet, thin structure Is 300 feet long
and Is anchored by huge abutments
set In the solid rock sides of the can
yon. One peep over the sides of thin
mammoth crack In Mother Earth,
caused, no doubt, by the sudden
cooling of the earth's surface ages
ago. In niilliclent to Instill fear Into
the hearts of ordinary observers, al
though the bridge workers swarmed
over the spans of the partly com
pleted bridge like files, apparently
unmindful of any danger. The
bridge Is located about ten miles be
low Kedmond. Many of the huge
parts of the structure were freighted
In by wagon, and Its cost, when fin
ished, will approximate half a mil
lion dollars. Construction trains
were running over it the day we
were there, although the riveters
were still at work.
Passing under the railroad trestle
we headed for I'rlnevllle. the county
seat of Crook county. A tire blow
out caused a sudden halt, and while
It was lieltig repaired, lunch was pre
pared and served In the open. The
cook allowed no kicking, and, the
Journey being resumed, we headed
into the Crooked Klver valley at
O'Neill and sped for I'rlnevllle, trav
ernlug 13 miles of the bent looking
country seen on the trip. Broad
acres of hay and grain land, sleek,
ntock, big ranch houses and farm
buildings lined the way. The rouds
were excellent, and the city of I'rlne
vllle, lying at the head of the valley,
proved to be the most attractive and
prosperous visited. A handsome
stone court house lends ofticlal dig
nity to the town, while well-kept,
sprinkled streets, broad sidewalks, a
commodious garage, numerous au
tomobiles, fine teams, good hoteln,
splendid dwellings and well-stocked
and fitted up stores of all descrip
tions denote unquestioned prosper
ity. With the railroad but twenty
miles away, I'rlnevllle feels that It Is
now almost a suburb of Portland,
and Its enterprlnlng citizens have
subscrllied $50,000 toward the con
struction of an electric line to trav
erse the valley and secure rail trans
portation direct with the outer
world. Power will be taken from
the Crooked river, a few mllen east of
the city. The termluus of the road
will be at Kedmond or Opal City.
A night ride through the Grizzly
mountains of 50 miles brought un
back to Antelope. On this run the
jack rabbits, startled by the lights,
cavorted around the car, dart
ing In all directions, and one that
wan too venturenome wan run over.
IeavIng Antelope the next morning
we panned through Shaulko, crossed
the line Into Sherman county, struck
Bakeoven and headed fur Nherar's
grade, the terror of all who travel It.
Down Its rocky ledge of road we
slowly dropped, fearing each turn
would send un to the bottom, no
guenslug bow many hundreds of feet
In-low. At the bridge over the Des
chutes we saw the two new rail
roads, Harrlman on the Sherman
county bank and Hill on the Wasco
side, and also the famous old Shemr
place and water power site, valued
at 50,0oo. The crawl up the grade
on the Wasco side, was even longer
and more dangerous and not until
we were up on the plateau did we
leel safe. From here we could look
off for milt's and see the White Klver,
Tygh Valley aud an Immense section
of country that we had only skirted.
From Sherar's bridge the run was
through Boyd over ever stretching
out and rolling wheat and hay lands
to The Dallen.
The trip past Chenowlth, through
M osier and over the Cascades
brought un again Into the valley of
waving apple trees and the editor
was made suddenly aware of thin
fact by a whoop from his companion
In the back seat, who was unable
to restrain himself properly notwith
standing that It was the Sabbath
The conclusions reached by an In
vestigation of the central Oregon
country are that the coming of the
railroad means a process of cutting
up big acreages Into smaller ones,
the Influx of a greater population
and a rapid Increase In the refine
ments of a greater civilization.
The hardy cattleman natually re
sents the plowing up of land be re
gards as lietter adapted and more
profitable f;r grazing than for farm
lug. He points to the day when the
big ranges were covered with cattle
and declares times were then more
prosperous In this big country, and
It must lie admitted there Is much
point to his argument when succes
sive failures In wheat farming are
taken Into consideration. On the
other hand the wheat, hay and gen
eral farmer desiring a more segre
gated life presses his claims and is
fast driving the stockman out. In
the meantime the Iron horse Is lie
coming more potent than the wild
one. as has been tils' cane In other
parts of t lie country, and the days of
land freedom In central Oregon are
over. The ultimate prosperity of
thin great country far from being
without Itn charm; where scenery Is
a drug on the market, will depend
on ah Intelligent selection of crops
best adapted to semi arid conditions
and high altitudes.
An East Side Twenty
For $10,000
Five Acres, 4 to 8 year apples
Twelve Acres, yearling apples
Half Acre, 3 year pears
Near Church, School, Station and Store
The Hood River District Land Co.
Funeral Director and Practical Embalmer
Nerve Specialist and Chiropractor
A Reliet tor All Diseases
Ferguson Building
Telephone 222
Real Estate And Insurance
Next to Mt. Hood Hotel
Unimproved Farms a Specialty
Ottiec phone 45-L, Resitlence 3-15-K
The Old, Reliable True-to-Name Nursery
Of Hood Rlx)cr
offers to planters for fall and spring, 1911-12 their
usual choice stock of all leading varieties adapted to
this locality. Our 15 years' experience in the Nur
sery business in Hood River, the thousands of vigor
ous, prolific trees that are annually testifying to the
wisdom of our methods, and the hundreds of pleased
customers should be sufficient recommendation to
merit your patronage. Our trees are all grown on
whole roots and all buds and scion3 are personally
selected from the best bearing trees in Hood River,
which insures healthy, vigorous, early bearing trees
of known parentage and above all true-to-name.
We are now booking orders for fall and spring de
livery. Order now Defore stock is exaustea.
Address all communications to
The True-to-Name Nursery
Mood River, Ore.
Phone 2002-K
Bakery, Coilcctloncry. rruit, ice Cream, Soil Drinks, Etc
Come in, try our Piano, and leol at homo
$750, F. 0. B. Portland
5. VoCstorff
1213 D Street. HccfS River
i nood River Plumbing company
Sanitary Plumbing and Heating.
Tinning and Sheet Metal Work.
Repairing Promptly Attended.
s, U Y 1 1 N vji t-xpREs3 and AGGAr'E 4
Office Phone 29
is. Residence 2J8K
Furniture and Tianos Mo)ed
Wood Yard and Feed Store in Connection
i Mr i i nMor cn w w . n
First Class Livery
Phone S
Transfer and Livery company
Freight and Baggage Transfer
liFor Sale Cheap
ii g
Inquire at Rictus Office q
Range, Heating Stove and Other
Household Furniture.
721 Columbia St. Phone 1 54-M