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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 8, 1905)
THE SUyPAY OREGOXIAy, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 8, 1905.
OREGON COUNTIES EXPLOIT RESOURCES
WONDERFUL DIVERSITY OF WEALTH AS
SHOWN BY EXHIBITS AT THE FAIR.
JkM ORROW is a county of promise.
VI Although a" comparatively
young' and not very thickly-settled
country. It is making Itself felt
as a producer of wealth. The assess
able property totals 52,500,000 at this
time, and there are less than 10,000 in
habitants, all told.
The Morrow County booth at the Ex
position is an ambitious affair and
forms a strong appeal to any who
might be in search of a new "home!
The exhibits are arranged in .such -order
that it is an easy maUer to learn
Morrow's inducements to settlers.
Located a trifle less tUaa 200 jnliea
east of 'Portland, in what used to be
the western portion of Umatilla County,-
it has an -excellent climate wherein
no great extremes of weather are en
countered. There are many settle
ments and new ones are springing up
yearly. The principal towns at this
tlmo are Heppner, lone, Hardman and
Irrigon. Heppner, " the county-scat,
boasts a population of 1500 and has
such modern conveniences as electric
lights and telephones.
Grain and wool aro the county's
strong points in the way of products.
Xast year 5LG67.O0O came from tho
total products of the county. The neat
:total of 3500,000 -pounds -of" wool were
expc-ted1 sortfc ?7004000 ar4 2t000,900
..L-r? - I, I-
bushels of barley wheat and oats wore
shipped away tp the market. In all,
75.000 tons of hay were -grown.
Most everything in the "way of vege
tables and fruit grows in the fecund
soil of many districts. This is attest
ed "by the fine peaches, apples and
vegetables shown in the exhibit booth.
Not long ago there were many tlibus
ands of acres of supposedly worthless
land lying around loose, but the march
of civilization has put a price of from
$10 to $55 per acre oh this. same land,
and it In scarce at that -price.
Not satisfied wlth"such bounteous
gifts from nature. Morrow County
resident: arc now engaged in opcnlng
up .coal HeUJs. These arc in the south-.
oastern part of the uounty, and whllo
tho extent of their value has not yet
been . fully, determined, there Is reason
to. bellev that-another tremendous
source of wealth is soon to be added
to the county.
The exhibit at the Exposition Is a
credit, ,to ,the county. It is In- charge
of Henry Blu'ckburn. assisted by C E.
Newsom. In the securing of awards
the county is holding Its own, notices
of 29 gold medals. 2U silver and 11
bronze awards having already been
received. Many more are confidently
looked for vhen the jury on awards
finishes its labors next week.
The "Italy of Oregon," Jackson,
County has been termeC and with Its1
climate, which is claimed to be the
finest on the Pacific Coast. Its green
hills and valleys. Its -wealth of fruits
and flowers, and all the many other
kindnesses of Nature, the name seems
to have a rather peculiar fltness.
"Without a rival In the "market," Is
the common declaration made In con
nection with Jackson County peaches.
The income to the growers of the
county from this luscious fruit has
grown to a remarkable extent, and
certain tracts of land In the county
have been known to yield $300 an acre
from peaches. Prunes, plums, pears,
apricots, nectarines, cherries and ap
ples grow to perfection In the county!
and look the part as they are exhibited
in heaps at the Exposition.
Jackson grows an enormous quan
tity of potatoes and tomatoes. Sam
ples of these homely products of tho
soil are displayed .In the county's
booth, and silently tell another tale of
the dollars wliich come to Jackson
County farmers from these humblo
sources. The first Bwcet corn shown at,
the Exposition was displayed in the
Jackson County booth, and was grown
In that county. m
Because of Its enormous production
of grains. Jackson County claims a
place In the front rank of grain-producing
counties of the Northwest. Al
falfa, timothy and clover are harvest
ed In great quantities, and of the first
named as much asMhree- crops a year
have been glcajied from certain tracts.
Gold not only grows in Jackson
County fields. -but It lies, hidden be
neath tho soil. There aro on display,
jealously guarded in a glass case, sev
eral immense nuggets , of pure gold,
valued at from 5250 to '$400 a nugget.
Truly Jackson County deserves the
name so proudly claimed by its people
Products of Malheur County.
Over in Malheur County they put out
some lucerne roots .early in the year.
"When the sun came out the lucerne com-
menced to grow. After it got above the
ground it ran up toward" the sky at the
rate of an inch and three-quarters ever
24 hours. At least It attained a height
of 35 inches in 20 days.
Lucerne, of course. Isn't the only thing
they raise In Malheur, but the growth of
that 'particular bunch -gives an excellent
Insight Into the peculiar fertility of tho
soil. As to the veracity of the statement
the lucerne in question is on exhibition
at the Malheur booth in the Agricultural
building. There Is also one of the finest
collections of various agricultural prod
ucts to be HQen, anywhere in the Exposition-
The collection includes fine apples,
apricots, berries, peaches, pears, plums,
prunes, nectarines, grapes, sugar-beets
cereals of every kind, potatoes and all
garden products and In short most every
thing that grows this side of the tropics.
The showing inhoney is large and varied,
and promises to take away a majority of
the gold medal awards for products of the
busy bee. t
Just at this time Malheur residents are
considerably interested In the sugar-beet
Industry, which is one of the most lucra
tive known in agriculture. A sugar-beet
factory has recently been established at
Payette, Idaho, adjacent to Malheur
County. The MaWeur people, having
learned that their lands are adapted to
the raising of beets, have set about rais
ing them,, and at this time over 4000 acres
of .Malheur County land has been pre
pared for big crops of beets.
Malheur Is somewhat remote from Fort
land, being situated In the extreme south
eastern corner of Oregon, bordering on
Idaho on the east and Nevada on the
south. It boasts a pleasant. ' finely mod
erated climate, with warm days? cool
nights, and Winters that seldom find then
way to zero.
In livestock .and wool Its records are
heavy. The annual wool shipments total
approximately 4.00O.(XO pounds, while 23.00o
bead of cattle. 15.GG0 head of horses and
30.C00 head of sheep reprsesent the annual
shipments of stock.
The- residents have by no means lost
hope In the Government's Malheur proj
ect whereby It Is planned to reclaim OO.COJ
acres of fine agricultural lands at a cost
of over $22i0.ceo. These lands He In low
altitudes, and would therefore be very
productive when watered. The areas to
be reclaimed have an additional value
that of proximity to the railroad and the
assurance thereby of a market.
The exhibit of Malheur's resources is
attractively made in the Agricultural
building and gives prospective homebulld
ers much to think about in their search
for a suitable home. The exhibit Is; In
charge of M. X. Fcgtly.
Mnrion County's Exhibit."
Sacajawea done in grains and astride a
coal-black steed .never looked down upon
a fairer or a scene Indicative of greater
wealth than that of the Marlon County,
Oregon, booth In the Agricultural build
ing. Lewis-and Clark Exposition. And to
lend the dignity of the State Capitol to
the exhibit and to also represent the
wealth that grows In the soil of both
the county and the state, a great seal of
the State of Oregon Is mounted In graino
on one of the lofty beams of the booth.
There are but few larger reservations
In the building than that of Marlon
County, and but few exhibits which show
a greater variety of products and manu
factures. Oil the counters encircling the
display are mammoth cabbages, some of
which weigh more than 35 pounds, beets,
wax-beans, potatoes, turnip?, pie-plant,
peaches, apples, cherries, plums, prunes,
chestnuts and walnuts. And In the cen
ter of the booth are pyramids and cases
containing specimens of dried onions,
parsnips. potatoes, carrots . and mush
rooms, in which an enormous trade has
been built up with Alaska and other dis
tant points. The display of canned and
preserved fruits is magnificent, and Is but
another bit of evidence concerning the
frultfulncss of Marion County and the
enterprise of her citizens.
The designing on the walls in grains and
grasses is both beautiful and unique.
Every fanciful weave of both the design
er's mind and hand Is wrought out In
golden grain and grass, and the thought
that these things are but temporary
brings regret to those who witness their
There are stalks of almost every kind
of grain and 'grass grown, to be seen In
the Marlon County display. Heavy, lux
uriant stalks of alfalfa six feet long,
stalk? of vetch, of cheat hay, of flax, of
wheat, of timothy and of oats, und lastly,
but most decidedly not leastly, vof hops
are arranged In such a manner' as will
best lrlng their good points' In relief.
B7 records made up by expert compilers
It has been proved that Marlon County Is
the largest grower of hops In the United
States, having produced almost 12 per
cent of the entire crop- of the country In
one season. A3 the hops are exhibited in
the county's booth at the Exposition, the
best test Is jn the excellent beer on dis
play. Marion County in 1504 baled 51,732.
100 worth of the odorous grain, or 34.452
bales. In the year 1200 Marlon" County
produced 5.7S0,GS0 pounds of hops, shipping
the stuff to all parts of the-" world.
It is claimed by Salom people that more
hops are sold there at first hand than In
any other city in the world. It Is also
stated that three-quarters of the hops
grown In the State of Oregon are grown
within a radius of 25 miles from the State
Prune portieres grace one end of the
bootht and represent another giant Indus
try of the county. Six million pounds of
prunes have, been produced within the
county in one ssason, and were sold for
$150,000. These were packedln what is
claimed to bo the largest pnine'-pwcklnsc
plant In the Northwest. located at Sak-ni.
Good things to eat and all made of prunes
are made every day by a young woman in.
As indicative of another great Industry,
there is shown an extremely beautiful
Angora goat fleece. On top of a hvs
cabinet there stand, as If In life, an An
gora buck andV Cotswold iheep. In the
cabinet are shown laprobes madJ of vry
fine mohair, and in another ease ar
shown blankets and samples of' brrw-l-cloth
and suitings, made-.of Marlon Coun
ty wool and by Marion County mill
Marlon County Is out with the statement
that three-quarters of the 150.840 Angora
goats raised In the entire state" graze ami
breed and bear their fleeces within 50
miles of the State Capitol.
Of the other products of the soil of
Marian County and of its factories are
yimplVi of almost 40 different kinds of
weods.of which there Is now standing
about 3.350.000.000 feet; harness made of
leather secured from Marion County cat
tle, and by Marlon County workmen:
cheeses of all kinds and of all smelL.
beautiful couches and bits of furniture
made of Marlon County woods and by
Marion County turner?, and tire-brick.
Nothing more convincing can be said
than that In 1904 Marlon County yielded,
grain valued at J1.421.S50. and numbering
2.369.750 bushels, and that the totHl value
of her farm products for that year wa
a.j.o.wj. am or tne goia umier t.ie
earth there are shown sample of rich
ore which should yet bring many uicre
million:; into tho count.
SEEN' WITH FRENCH EYES
Pastor Wagner's Critical View at
. , President Roosevelt.
" Pastor Charlos AVngner. the French
clergyman-author of "Simple Life."
writes, his Impressions of President Roose
velt'and his family gained Inst Fall dur
ing "A Visit at the White House." The
strongest recollection tho great French
man took away with him was made by
the President's marvelous norvous en
orgy. "He gives the Impression." says Pastor
Wagner, "of concentrated foree. of a
spring at tension. You feel that lie Is
ready at any moment for a supreme ef
fort, to expend himself In any cause that
demands It. . . Here Is a man who
will never retreat before anything, unless
It be evil-doing: for he Is as scrupulous
as he Is determined and brave, a leader
wjn) obeys the Inner law. This chief of a
republican state, armed by Its constitu
tion with more authority than most sov
ereigns enjoy, has the sensitive con
science of a child. He Is to sum It u
justly an honest man. He will never b
made to foltbw crooked 'paths; whatever
end he chooses to pursue, you may be
sure that he will move stralsht toward it
"Moreover, he Is clear-sighted, without
illusions: he knows life and men with
their underhanded ways. And yet. seeing
things as they are. he believes in the
ultimate victory of the good, hut he
knows that the price of this victor' i
dally struggle against the elements of
destruction. He has clone, much, and
thought much. His body. ' supple am:
warrior-like, equal to the greatest fatlgu
Inured to hard privation, is at his ser
vice, like a good steed perfectly respon
sive to its master. ... Those who ac
cuse him of Imperialism do not know
him. His patriotism Jias nothing aggres
sive about It; It menaces no one. If he
would have America strong, it te that she
may not be at the mercy of the g..xl
pleasure of others: and the people are
with him In this matter. Pacific but In
vincible such Is their character. - . .
For those everywhere who Interest them
wives In the destinies of the whole hu
man family to find at the center of the
life of a great people, a people whose In
fluence makes Itself felt to the end of the
earth, a character of this metal, a
heart, of such kindness, an Intelligence
so broad. and so rare, may well strengthen
a world-wide confidence.".
Detroit Free Pres3.
"Do you mean to say that this child
fell from the third story and lunded on
"Yes." replied the policeman, "I was an
"That settles It." replied the neighbor
"I always said hor mother was a. cat "'
During the recent visit of tho French fleet
to England the London MalUjubllshed every
day an account df the previous proceedings
In French, for the benefit of the visitors.