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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, DECEMBER 13,1913.
San Diego Colony Shows How
Good Living Can Be Made
on Small Parcel.
ONE ACRE SUFFICIENT LAND
Objects Are to Force Every Foot of
Ground to Yield Something, to
Eliminate the Middleman and
Aid Community Uplift.
What is the Littlelands movement?
It is not communism or socialism,
but simply a co-operative plan by
which members of the colony bring
their little parcels of land to the high
est state of cultivation, market the
products by a system that eliminates
the middleman and apply the profits
accruing from the sale of land and
water to the benefit of the settlers in
building roads and making publio im
One of the fundamental factors in
this movement is to produce from one
acre or half-acre the utmost which the
land is capable of producing.
The colony of Littlelands, established
near San Diego, a few years ago, is an
example of what can be done with the
Immensely fertile tracts about Port
land. There never was a better oppor
tunity than now is offered to salaried
men of Portland to take up such a
movement. The success which could
be expected of such a community plan
here has been so noteworthy in the
Littlelands colony near San Diego, that
a director of one of the Government's
experimental stations has been led to
Expert Praises System.
"If this system could be extended
throughout our Western States, it
would support 2,000,000,000 inhabitants
in comfort without infringing on our
forest and mineral resources."
In discussing this movement, a writ
er in the Craftsman recently) said:
"The fact that the Llttlelander has
found It possible to support himself
and his family upon one acre of land
Is less significant than that he has
been able at the same time to secure
for them contentment and happiness.
His wife might not find happiness in
sharing his work if it were not for the
fact that the whole family may with
out great trouble or expense find di
version and relaxation in the nearby
"The Llttlelander is not necessarily
limited to one acre of land. In a few
cases newcomers have. purchased more,
but Invariably they have found that
one acre was as much as they could
cultivate thoroughly without assist
ance. The hiring of help is not withjn
the Littleland theory, because it is be
lieved that the man working for wages
will not devote himself whole heartedly
to his task, or if he should do so will
' soon break loose and become an inde
Twenty Families Prosper.
"There are at present in the San
Ysidro Valley upward of 20 families
who are living more comfortable lives
and enjoying greater happiness than
they had ever known before; in the
past these men, among whom are mer
chants, bookkeepers and cashiers, had
had salaries averaging $100 a month or
more. The present state of independ
ence, abundance and confidence as to
the future is derived from one acre of
land and a house which is much more
eomfortable and attractive than their
"The first object of the Llttlelander
is to supply his personal wants, and
frequently everything eaten at his table
is produced upon his own ground.
Ducks, chickens, Belgian hares and, of
course every kind of vegetable can be
raised upon one acre of ground, leav
ing a considerable surplus for sale. At
San Ysidro a one-acre tract has yielded
60.000 heads of lettuce. On the other
hand, the same acre of ground Is in
many cases devoted to IS to 20 kinds of
vegetable in marketable quantities or
to raising a flock of chickens or other
"To take a specific illustration,
man who until he approached his 60th
year was a bookkeeper in the Chicago
stockyards came out to San Ysidro
three years ago, and be declares that
although he lived for a long time in
constant dread of losing his position he
now wishes that he had been dis
charged before his hair turned white.
"With a salary of $25 a week he was
constantly in debt. After three seasons
In San Ysidro. representing in their
yield eight hours daily work in the
open air, he sums up as his assets
greatly Improved health, mental ease,
absolute Independence and a surplus of
$200 or $300 at tbe end of each year.
Co-Operation la Keyaote.
"While the Littleland colony Is In no
sense communistic, co-operation is an
important factor In its success. The
profits accruing from the sale of land
and water are deveted to the benefit of
the settlers in general and are ex
pended upon road and park improve
ments, lighting, school and library
maintenance, etc All such matters are
discussed and voted upon at the regu
lar Monday night weekly meetings,
when women have an equal voice with
the men in the decisions.
"Marketing is also done co-operatively.
The Llttlelander is his own
best customer. None of his produce
goes to waste. The community cart
calls at his place dally and takes up
anything that he may have to offer,
even though It may be only 25 cents'
worth. Combined with similar small
quantities contributed by his neigh
bors an amount is secured which is
salable in San Diego, where the dealers
are eager to obtain the fresh and un
usually fine vegetables grown in the
Valley of San Ysidro. j
"In several Instances the Littleland
ers are making a living from one-half
an acre and less. It has been found
that 300 chickens and a house can be
placed upon to town lots, leaving
room for a small vegetable garden and
a strip of lawn. Some of the results
achieved have -astonished the agricul
CHICAGO .MAX BCYS BLOCK
J. R. Smith Declares Portland Will
Benefit Greatly From Canal.
After looking into conditions in the
large Pacific Coast cities. J. R. Smith,
a contractor and builder, of Chicago,
has chosen Portland as his future home,
having decided that Portland offers the
best opportunities of any city for the
contracting and building business.
Mr. Smith last week purchased a
block in Altamead, the growing suburb
east of Mount Tabor, and already has
begun tbe erection of two handsome
five-room bungalows. In deciding on
Aitamead Mr. Smith took into consid
eration such advantages as car serv
ice, the price of real estate, and the
desirability of the locality.
"I believe that there is no part of
the city which offers a better oppor-
man who wants a home," aaid Mr.
Smith. "I look for Portland real es
tate to go steadily upward. The Pan-
- A . i a rltv than
Biuft iaua uieuiia mwiw 1 "
the people seem to realise, and the
rush of new people to the Coast and
Portland means a constant demand for
homes. The people of the Eastern
states appreciate wnax uic ranwua a
nal will do for the Coast, and there will
be thousands of investors and home
seekers come to Oregon within the next
Residence Property Sold.
T. J. Long has sold a lot 100x102 feet
at East Eighty-second street, near
Division, to George Braunsworth from
Mrs. Anna Lundberg. for $4000. The
site was bought for a home which will
cost $2500, on which work has been
started. Mr. Long has traded a 40
acre tract of unimproved land In Linn
County to Mrs. Emily A. Ferris for a
lot 100x102 in Home Subdivision, Glen
wood Park, near Piedmont car barns.
Mr. Long bought another lot in the
same neighborhood from Mrs. Ferris
Heights Lots Purchased.
Mrs. Mary Strong has purchased a
fine view site on-Talbot road, Portland
Heights, from R. Marshal and M. Seaman.-
The consideration was $4000.
Walter H. Graves has bought two and
one-half view lots in Alta Vista from
the Oregon Kealty & Investment Com
pany. Both sales were negotiated by
Mrs. John Brooke.
SUBURBAN ' PROPERTY BOUGHT
BY T. J. LEONARD.
Trading in Farm Lands Continues
Fairly Active Porter Bros.
Buy Florence Tideland.
While trading In farm lands and
acreage property the past week was not
especially active, there were several
transfers of some importance. The Dr.
M. J. Denny tract of 60 acres, lying one
mile southeast of Lents, in Clackamas
County, was purchased by T. J. Leon
ard, a Portland realty operator, for
$15,000. About one-half of the tract is
under cultivation and the remainder is
cut-over land. The new owner plans
n .nhiviita th ro-nnertv into half-
acre tracts for suburban home sites.
Johnson Porter, of Porter Bros., rail
road contractors, has contracted for
the purchase of 20 acres of tideland at
Florence, at the mouth of the Siuslaw
River. Porter Bros, own a sawmill at
that point and expect to begin oper
ations at the plant January 1. The
firm now owns about 42,000 acres of
timber land In that district. It is be
lieved that soon a railroad will be built
Into the Florence district. Mr. Porter
is one of the contractors who' is
building the Willamette Pacific Kail
road, but is investing In this property
for himself, having faith in the future
of the Siuslaw section now that the
railroad and harbor improvement are
assured. This purchase gives him sev
eral blocks of waterfront, close to the
business section of town, with good
boomage facilities and is an Ideal saw
mill site, with great quantities of tim
ber easily available.
One of the most . Important real
estate deals was the sale last week
rt ion arr nf thA Snrav tract to W.
t rMni.A nf Mnnmmith. ThA con
sideration Is given as $10,000. Mr.
Prophet, who has recently aisposea oi
a mercantile business at Monmouth,
is an experienced dairy, chicken and
hog man and he will go into that bus
iness. He will move onto the land af
ter the New Year and will at once
start the erection of buildings neces
sary for his operations.
to- n rnnnr of Cottasre Grove, has
sold his 275-acre farm in the Silk
Creek country to J. D. Anderson. The
farm Is in a high state of cultivation
and is considered one of the best
places in the Cottage Grove district.
F. B. Mllliorn, of Prlnevllle, has
purchased from John Seavey, of Eugene,
a farm of 614 acres lying above Spring
field. Tbe greater part of the place
is under cultivation.
Henry Hart, of Portland, has purch
ased two 10-acre tracts of the Falls
City Orchard Company, and has al
ready taken possession of his new
home. Mr. Hart has. taken up the land
Improvement problem in a way that
spells success from start to finish, ac
cording to the Falls City News.
Mrs. Mary M. Gillette and Mrs. Rob
inson, of Portland, have purchased the
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nrit.h U...1 r,r a mil. havnnri
lying t niM.ii "ut'i "
Reedvllle on the Southern Pacific line.
The farm nas oeeu in iiups iui many
years. It is probable that the new own-
it, ... th nlapft flftnr if
Cr win diu-vi ...... - - .
a .An. toitf 1 la AlantrifiAri and nut
it on ine maritei in b"''i v m.
W. A. Cummings has sold his 82
acre farm, lying on the Oregon Electric
between Halsey and Peoria, to L. E.
Soderstrom, of South Dakota. The con
sideration was $5200. Mr. Cummings
sold his 160-acre farm near Olex, in Gil
liam County, to W. W. weatnerrora tor
Frame Structure Under Way.
ir.. HjT Ponlui tlttth(WII ttAM 1 At thA
contract for the erection of a frame
building at me noripweBi corner oi
11 1 AUU . ...
. - -...,., nf th. rnllroatl bridrtt to
cost $4500. It will be 50x70 feet in slxe
with full cement oasemeni, piute glass
store fronts and show windows. It will
contain three store.
SPRINGFIELD IS VICTOR
Eugene High School Debaters Lose
by 2-to-l Decision.
c-invfloM Hlzh School debating; team
composed of Amy Carson and Miss
Bartlett tonlgnt oeieaiea iuarsarei
Pratt and Martha Beer, Eugene High
School debaters by a two-to-one deci
sion in a preliminary aeoate oi me
state lnterscholastlc series.
fk. anrinff-ftAld team debated the af
firmative of the" question: "Resolved,
That the State OI ureguu biiuuiu aaiuut
a law similar to the one recenUy
. . CatA nf Wifihinirtnn
acopiea uy ......... . - " "
which provides for the recompensa-
tlon or taDorer mjM .... ...
ing hazardous duty."
The attendance was good. Including a
large delegation from Springfield.
Livestock Shipper Breaks Record.
KLAMATH FALLS, Or, Dec. 14.
cn&iai t nnifi fterber has lust
Shipped eight cars- of cattle and sheep
to the Sacramento marnei iron oere
There were 110 head of cattle and about
600 sbeep in the lot. This is the largest
ingle shipment from ids vaney hub
Manslaughter Charge Holds.
ELLENSBURG. Wash., Dec. 14.
(Sneclal.t After three hours and 15
minutes' deliberation today, a jury in
the Superior Court found A. B. Miller
guilty of manslaughter. The case went
to the Jury at 1:45 and the verdict was
returned at 4 P. M.
constructor of docks in the world, says "Boston is in earnest to become
a world port and is taking full advantage of the Panama Canal possi
bilities. New England has not an hour to lose, if this section of the country
is to profit by the maritime possibilities just ahead." . Speaking of Buenos
Ayres, where he built miles of
the thousands and thousands of men at work on the docks I cannot help
wondering. how many of those poor laborers are now classed as millionaires.
I know for a fact that if I had invested the small sum of $500 in a little piece
of ground where now the great warehouses stand, I should have been worth
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a rvTR5k ttttv TT iT m Em ' sh b
If & Is the center around which all Tt
n ur investment activities will diz- W
ui zily revolve, very soon. The 11
. . psychological foundation for Sj h
(1 several real estate fortunes. m
a ' ' ' Quarter acres now for $2000. Jlj ' f
S EE US IMMED'I AT K LY ''
LOIS SELL FOR $32,200
E. ROBERTS BUYS 4 PAR
CELS IX LAUKFXHCRST.
East Side Apartment-House Brings
$27,000 Several Sales of
There has been a considerable move
ment in residence property on the East
Side the past week. Property to the
amount of IS lo:s In Laurelhurst was
sold by tbe Laurelhurst Company to
William E. Roberts for a total consid
eration of $32,200. The transfer in
cludes blocks 85. 61, 62 and S4, which
are well located in this fine residence
district. The average value of these
lots Is about $2500. The sale is the
WASHINGTON STATE PRISON WILL DEDICATE NEW
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CONVICT L.UJOR BllLDS fSSjOOO AlTOITORIliM. ,
Twenty-five thousand dollar chapel at Washington State Prison, in Walla Wala, which will be dedi
cated Sunday afternoon. This chapel was built by convict labor, under the direction of Chief Engineer Wil
liam Qulnn. The Interior is aa handsomely appointed as any auditorium in the country, with easy seats,
a good stage, scenery, etc. . v
JAMES C. BUSTIN, Watertown, Massachusetts, greatest
at least $10,000,000. -It is just the same m other
localities. Land investments count and that - is
why I say, watch
largest made in Laurelhurst for some
In Sunnyside Minnie A. Ackerson
sold her property to K. C. Sugg for
5000. J. H. Tipton sold to M. C. Da
vis property in Hollyrood to the
amount of $4500 and in Meadowhurst
property to the amount of $26,000. The
former includes a house and lot and
the latter 23 lpts in blocks 4 and 2.
Meadowhurst. H. F. Bothful has
sold his Mount Tabor property, Tabor
Heights, for $5000.
Webster's Court, a 26-room apart
ment on a lot 50x90 feet, at the south
west corner of Pacific street and Grand
avenue, owned by Daniel Zeller, valued
at $27,000, has-been sold to the J. M.
French Kealty Company. The company
took in exchange the "Mountain View
Farm," valued at $25,000. The Portland
property is located in the vicinity of
the new railroad bridge and was re
cently built by Mr. Zeller and yields a
good income. 1
C. V. Dyment has purchased a lot
and home In Buehner's Addition, on
East Fifty-seventh, between East Sal
Docks, he says,
Boston and her harbor front
all that district.""
The same things that
can be said of Boston
apply to PORTLAND
mon and East Main streets. Mount Ta
bor, from Bert E. Boice, for $8500. The
residence is modern and contains nine
rooms. It was built recently by Mr.
Boice. Mr. Boice accepted as part
payment a 40-acre tract located about
eight miles nortneast ot Vancouver,
valued at $5000. The tract is well im
proved. . .
Albany Man Braves Hoodoo Day.
ALBANY, Or., Deo. 14. (Special.) It
may not have been because It was Fri
day, the 13th, but yesterday was one
of the lightest days for new business
In many months at the Linn County
Courthouse. Not a single new case
was instituted in the Circuit Court end
no new proceedings were begun In the
Probate Court. Only two instruments
were filed for record In the County Re
corder's office. One man braved the
fates and secured a marriage license.
He was Otto Frank Viernow, of Al
bany, who secured a permit to wed
Mary Martha Mackeben, also of this
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"As I think back and consider
UNIFORM LAW l& URGED
RURAL CREDIT SYSTEM FOR
Subject Declared to Be of as Great
Importance as Improvement of
Of interest to the farmers of Oregon
is the movement for the adoption of
uniform state legislation which would
make possible in . this country the
operation of a system of rural credits
and low interest-bearing : loans to
farmers similar to that in vogue in
many European countries.
At a recent meeting of 26 Governors
held at Washington, D. C President
Taft urged the adoption of such a plan.
In discussing the subject he said:
"There is no subject of greater Im
portance to the people of the United
States than the Improvement of the
agricultural methods, the keeping them
up to date In all agricultural communi
ties, the securing of profits to the
farmer, the attraction of the young men
of the country to farming as a lucrative
profession and the lowering of the cost
ot producing agricultural products and
the lowering of their prices to thecon
sumer. "We have great capital in this coun
try and we have farming property that
Is producing farm products of Immense
value. It would seem clear that with
these two elements It would be possible
to introduce a third by which the farm
ers engaged in producing the crops
should be able, in view of the value of
what he produces, and the value of the
land on which it is produced, to obtain
money on the faith of the land and the
faith of the product which will enable
him to expand his acreage and better
his methods of cultivation and produc
tion. "An easy exchange between capital
and farmers with proper security has
been established in European countries
where the rate of interest has been
lowered so that the farmer Is prac
tically on the same basis of advantage
in the borrowing of money as the busi
ness man. If this can be done abroad
it can be done here, and If abroud we
find that Government institutions
adapted to form the conduit pipe be
tween capitalists and farmers are suc
cessfully operating, why should we not
adopt them here?"
iliss Munson Is Opposed for Mayor
by Independent Candidate.
WARRENTON, tr., Dec 14. (Spe
cial.) Miss C. C. Munson has been
chosen as the candidate for Mayor on
the Citizens' ticket and JohnW. De
trick, a contractor, has been made an
Independent candidate for the Mayor
alty at the general election, December
17. Considerable Interest la being taken
In the race between these two candi
dates, .especially as Detrlck was per
suaded to accept the Independents'
nomination solely on the opposition to
any woman presiding over the destinies
of the city.
Many are supporting Miss Munson
trusting that Warrenton will be t the
first town in Oregon to elect a woman
Frank J. Moule Dies.
EUGENE, Or., Dec. 14. (Special.)
Frank J. Moule. of Portland, died on
a northbound Southern Racine train
today, following a hemorrhage, as he
was returning to Portland after sev
eral months In California in an at
tempt to regain hit health. He was
11 nnil ViAa h..n In nflllf
health for some time. Ho Is a brother
of Mrs. L. W. White, 441 tiast xweuty
first street North, Portland.
The Dalles Population Gain;.
THE DALLES, Or., Dec. 14. (Spe
cial.) The census of The Dalles publlo
schools, which has Just been completed,
shows a total of 15H0, with a gain of
25 over last year. The boys and girls
are about evenly divided In numbtsrs.
Am a fAfncrnlwA orildrfAtl Of tlODUllt 1 1 (1 11 .
'the school census Is multiplied by five.
This universal metnoa woma snow ine
Dalies to have 7650 people