The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, June 19, 1910, SECTION THREE, Page 6, Image 40

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    The Part Destiny and Ambition,
and a Desire to Do Something
Worth While, Played in Bring
ing About the Development of
One of the Richest Agricultural
Sections of the United States
In the Klamath Falls country the
scenic view of the wilderness will al
ways remain, for Nature has done
much for this great section. Thou
sands will enjoy the view of the lakes
6kirted by mountain and pine, but a
great city, the largest between Port
land and San Francisco, is arising
where once the Indian hunted. Few
men have had as great an opportunity
as is afforded Mr. S. O. Johnson,
Mr. G. X. "Wendling and their asso
ciates to do something for' posterity.
They have come to realize that after
all there is something to life besides
the dollar mark, and that there is no
greater destiny than that of prepar
ing the way for happy homes in one
of the greatest sections of the whole
I use the word "destiny" because I
believe that some great unseen power
must . have brought these two men to
gether. IE . Johnson and Wendling
had continued to compete with one.
another instead of co-operating there
would have been no railroad in
Klamath Falls, no city there, and no
outlet for the neighboring country.
Here in this vast empire now in
process of railway conquest is ample
room for an agricultural population
as great, if not greater, than the Ger
man Empire.
In the year 1905 S. O. Johnson,
general manager of the McCloud
River Lumber Company, found him
self in active competition with the
Weed Lumber Company, of which
George X. Wendling was president.
Lumber had brought them both into
the Klamath Falls country and they
were very active in promoting the in
terests of their respective companies.
Neither of them in these days of lumber-making
thought that a future time
would see them working together in
the development of a great agricul
tural empire with Klamath Falls as
its capital.
Mr. Johnson, from the time he came
to California with his father, the late
Samuel S. Johnson, has put in nearty
all of his time in Northern California
and Oregon. Today he knows every
wagon road and trail in the vast terri
tory of which Klamath Falls is the
center and distributing point.
As head of the Weed Lumber Com
pany, Mr. Wendlins was very active
in building railroads into the best
lumber territory. Roads were Deeded
to get lumber out of the forests and
into the market, and to the task of
creating adequate transportation Mr.
Wendling applied himself with char
acteristic vigor. - While he was doing
this the attention of E. II. Harriman
had been attracted to this wonderful
When Mr. Harriman received the
reports of his engineers, who had
carefully examined the timber re
sources tributary to Klamath Lakes,
what did he learnt He found that
five saw-milling concerns, cutting
100,000 feet of lumber each daily,
making a total of 500,000 feet per day,
computing the working days each
year, would require two hundred
years toharvest the forest tributary
to that natural commercial center,
Klamath Falls. If this material were
reduced to carloads of 15,000 feet
each, the train would contain 1,333,
333 cars, and equal a train approxi
mately 42,666,656 feet long equiva
lent to 8080 miles, or nearly one-third
the distance around the earth. This will
mean payrolls of over $200,000,000.
But lumber will not last forever. .
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What else did the engineers report t
That the inexhaustible fertility of the
soil in the Klamath Basin would pro
vide sustenance for man and beast for
countless ages ; that in the main the
great plateau was made up of lake,
bottoms, holding as a treasure of fer
tility the products of erosion, the
work of ages past. That the Govern
ment of the United States reported
after careful examination that the
Klamath Basin was the most natural
and feasible irrigation project of all
the work undertaken ' by ' the Nation,
and on their recommendation the.
Government appropriated $4,500,000
from the irrigation fund incident to
this giant 'undertaking. Much of the
work has been completed, and the re
mainder ' is being pursued with per-"
sistent vigor under " this ' ample ap
; l5
propriation, and when finished will be
the largest body of irrigated land in
the United States.
Soil, sunshine and moisture are
essentials of production. Nature has
been kind to Klamath Falls. She has
endowed her with soil and warmth,
and has put moisture within her reach
through the medium of irrigation.
The Weed Lumber Company was
building a road from Weed, Cal., to
Klamath Falls, Oregon. -Wendling,
as president . of -he Weed Lumber
Company, saw that the road would be
more valuable to the country as parti
of the great Southern Pacific, and he
opened negotiations -with a view of
transferring his road from Weed to
Klamath to the Southern Pacific. It
was turned over to the Southern Pa
cific for the actual cost of its con-
' struction; forty-two miles of right of
way were given free. The only thing
reserved ; were the townsites along
-the right of way.
In the . meantime, Johnson and'
Wendling, , rivals ' for ' business, . had
come to realize that greater results
could ; be obtained : by co-operation,
and .in June, 1909, we find them asso
ciated together." Mr.' S. O." Johnson
. as president of the Klamath Develop
ment Company. ' Mr. Wendling as
. vice-president, and "Ir. Johnson as
vice-president ' of the Weed Lumber
Company, of which Mr. George X.
Wendling is president. , Almost sub
consciously had : the idea come to
both of . tVem that not merely the cut
ting down of timber but the building
' of, cities and the development of a
. great agricultural empire was . their
life-work.. , . ,
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