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The Madras Pioneer
MADRAS, CROOK COUNTY. OREGON. THURSDAY. OCTOBER 4. 1906.
NO. 7 "
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First National Bank
I $80,000 00
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We Pay Cash For , Wteat
Bring it to us
LENA M, LAMB
I C. E. ROUSH
Wo Can Supply You
Glvo Ua A Call
AND FEED BARN
fEBRY RF.HI), MonnRor.
EALS CLEAN BEDS
IDIUVOKAM KIST'H mil HAI.K
fBICDni'A till i.
Keeps Constantly on Hand the Best Fresh and Cured Meats
And pays highest mnrkot prlco
for fat stock, butt or, eggs
and farm produco
THAT WHEN ANYONE REACHES
THE TOP Cf THE -ADDER ITAIEAMS
HE IJ A SUCCESS SoiZrEOpLt
ARE FooUSH Y0U(?HTQTHINK
Of COURSE in S STOT. SUCCESS
IS THE RESULT of flARD Work
AND (JW)fVGr PEOPLE SoflE7rNG
ft)R THEIR HOEY WHICH
PROVES THAT HONESTY
I5 THE BE"ST POUCY ir
YoV WAflT To DRES5
Go WHERE THEY HAVE
MADE A SUCCESS AT
DRESJlQTREfl WELL W
, BROWN CO. CMICA40.
YOU HAVE BEEN -SEEING VS CLIMB. WE OlR
SELVE5;HAVE MADE, THE R0UND-5 TO THE
LADDER OP OUR -5UCCE SS. OF WHAT? BUY-.
1N6 GOOD GOOD-Ss -SELLING GOOD GOOD AT
ONLY REASONABLE PROFIT-S, DEALING
SQUARELY GIVING ALL CUSTOMERS THE
SAME PRICE; STANDING BEHIND EVERYTHING '
WE SELL; TREATING OUR PATRONS WITH
COURTESY; AND, ASYoUKNoW, BY ATTEND
ING To oUU BUSINESS AND CARRYING THE
-STOCK. GOOD INTENTIONS COME ONLY OUT
OP THE HEAD, GOOD GOODS MUST COME OUT
or A GOOD STORE THAT IS ABLE To GET GOOD
GOODS. VE ENJOY OUR BUSINESS. ACTIVITY,
PROGRESS IS ENJOYABLE. Wfc ARE BUSINESS
MEN. PROUD OF OUR PRorESSIoN, AND WE
MAKE A PRorESSIo'N or OUR . BUSINESS. A.
PkorESSIONAL MAN IS A MAN ESPECIALLY
SKILLED IN WHAT HE DOES. WE HAVE MADE
A STUDY DRESSING PEOPLE, THIS. IS OUR
PftorESSION. . AND THIS IS OUR CoNrESSIoN.
J. W. & M. A; ROBINSON & CO.
GENERAL M'ERCHANTSi MADRAS OREGON
SUB-SURFACE PACKER DOUBLES YIELD
Joo Marnach Trios New Machine and
Harvests Tho BannorCrop of
Joe Marnach had the banner
crop of grain in this locality,
this season, and he secured it
as a result of the application
of one of the important princi
ples of the "dry farming"
methods, that of the sub-surface
packing, which packs the
ground underneath and leaves
it loose on. top. Off of 40 acres
of his ranch four miles south
west of this place, lie secured
this year 1000 bushels of bar
ley, an average of 40 bushels to
the acre. The soil on his ranch
is no bettf r than that on dozens
of other places in that locality,
and the big yield must be at
tributed to the method of farm
ing which he followed.
Last year a new farming im
plement was left in Mr. Mar
nach's hands by an implement
house, for trial. It was one of
the various kinds of sub-surface
packers which have come
into use with the Campbell, or
dry farming methods of culti
vation. It is a machine which
packs the soil underneath to a
depth of six or seven inches,
and leaves the surface loose.
The purpose of the machine is
to thoroughly pack the soil un
derneath, forming a good slor
age reservoir for the moisture
and at the same time increasing
the capillary attraction so that
the moisture may later be sup
plied to the roots of the growing
plants from below, as needed.
When the ground is plowed the
fuirow slice turning over on fo
the stubble and weeds forms
air cavities underneath, .aiding
evaporation and preventing the
plant from getting the full ben
efit of the moisture that has
been stored in the ground. To
prevent this is the main pur
pose of the sub surface packer.
The top of the ground is left
oose, soon dries and forms
dust mulch on top, which aids
in conserving the moisture in
the ground, by preventing evap
On forty acres of his land
Mr. Marnach followed the plow
with the sub-surface packer,
while on eighty acres adjoining
he did not do so, On the forty
acres packed he secured a crop
of 40 bushels to the acre, while
on the adjoining land, farmed
under the old methods, he se
cured less than half as much.
The success cf Mr. Marnach's
experiment is an indication of
what every larmer in this local
ity may expect if he can but be
induced to follow those methods
of ''dry farming" which are
proving the balvation df the
great arid regions of the West.
DECISION IS REVERSED
Frank Lucas Wins Contest Instituted
By Morton Doty on Homestead.
In a letter to one of his friends
in Madras, Frank G. Lucns
states that he has" received no
tice from tho General Land
Oilice that a decision had been
rendered in his favor in the con
test instituted by Morton Doty
against his homestead entry, on
appeal from the decision of the
local land office, the deoision of
the1 local . laud office having
been reversed. The communi
cation from M. Lucas is the
only information which has
been received at this place con
cerning the decision in this
The contest against the Lucas
homestead was instituted by
Morton Doty, a traveling man
from Portland, who brought
the contest on the ground that
the leave of absence frbm his
homestead obtained by Lucas
had been obtained upon mis
representations, and alleging
abandonment of the claim. The
testimony of a number of wit
nesses was taken here, the
testimony for the defendant re
lating ohielly to the condition
of his wife's health, which
necessitated his absence from
the land, and for which
purpoFe a leave was obtained.
The Lucas' homestead is located
on Agenoy Plains, adjoining
the Martin Pratt homestead on
Lucas has been residing at
Phoenix and Martinez, Arizona,
for a number of years past.
He filed upon the homestead
in 1901, while redding at
Shaniko, but after establishing
his residence on the land, was
compelled to go to Arizona on
account of the health of his
wife, who was suffering from
The decision in the Lucas
contest has no bearing upon
other contests brought in this
locality on the ground of in
sufficient residence, us the
main point involved in the
Lucas contest was the question
of the correctness and suffi
ciency oi tne aiuuavit upon
which the application for the
leave of absence was based. .
BAD FIRE AT PRINEVILLE
LOSS; ESTIMATED TO BE I4,00(j
Starts In Cornott's Stago Stable and
Burns That, ths Methodist Church
and Two Residences.
FLOUR MILL TARTS UP
Madras Milling Company Began
Custom Grinding Last Friday.
After standing idle for a yeai
or more, the Madras flouring
mill started up last Friday fore
noon, and it is now grinding
daily. t For the present it is
only doing custom grinding, but
there is sufficient of that to in
sure the steady operation of the
About a year ago, owing to
some friction among the stock
holders in the Madras Milling
& Mercantile Company, the
property owned by that concern
was turned over to K. L. Sabiu
of the Merchants Protective
Association, for the benefit of
the creditors. The store build
ing and stock of merchandise
was disposed of, but the milling
property was retained by the
company, subject to a small
claim still due the creditors. It
was owing to this state of
affairs that the mill has been
idle during the past year, and it
is a source of much gratification
to Messrs. Putzand Deitzel, the
owners of the mill, and to their
friends in this locality, that
they have at last been able to
The Madras flouring mill is
a htty barrel mill, equipped
throughout with the best of
modern milling machinery. Mr.
Putz, the head miller, has had
years of experience in the flour
ing business, and he is recog
nized as one of the best millers
in Eastern Oregon.
W. S. Williams, George Gould and
W, Harper have returned from Golden-
dale, where they went to secure good
seed wheat of the "Fortyfold" Variety.
They each secured enough to seed, all bi
the ground which they eipect lb' plahi o
wheat this season,
Fire broke out in Cornett'
stage stable in Frineville Tues
day morning shortly after nine.
o'clock and destroyed that
stable and the residence of Dr.
E. Q. Hyde, and, driven by a
westerly wind, crossed the street'
and 'destroyed the Methodist;
Episcopal church building, the
residence property of James
Swartz and a small barn.
The fire companies were un
able to control the blaze, the
experience of this fire showing,
the water system to be inade-'
quate to cope with a conflagra
tion of any size. It was a fort:
unate thing that the wind was
froni the west and that thq.
burning buildings were located
on the banks of the Ochoco
river, where the fire had . tq
cross a considerable space be
fore other buildings could be,
reached, lse a large portion of
the city might have been
burned. Even as it was, lire
brands repeatedly set fire to
roofs across the river and it was.
only by manning the roofs and
with the heroic assistance of a
women's bucket brigade that
these small blazes were promptr
ly extinguished; and the fire
kept under control. The totaj
loss is estimated at between
$14,000 and 15,000.
CROOK COUNTY AT PENDLETON FAiq
J. N. B. Gerking, the well
known pioneer of Athena, is at
the fair with a choice exhibit of
wheat, alfalfa and timothy from
the irrigated district nearljend,
Crook coiint', where he now
owns a large tract of irrigated
land, and where he resides inosi;
of the time.
Mr. Gerking has an attractive
exhibit on the Umatilla county
pyramid in the east end of the
pavillion. Oats over six feet in
height are on exhibit, wheat
four feet high which yielded
from 25 to 40 bushels per acre
and timothy four feet high, are
displayed by Mr. Gerking.
Tnese products grew upom
raw land and were irrigated but
twice during the season, but
made excellent growth and
yielded well. Mr. Gerking is
1 1 . - . . '-'Til . Vl'
wen pieasea witn Urook county
and will farm extensively there
from this time. East Ore.
RUSSIAN THISTLE SPREADS RAPIDLY
An idea as to the extensive
foothold which the Russian
thistle had acquired through- .
out the city can be gained by a
visit to Normal hill, where
Street Commissioner Knight
has a force of 10 men engaged
in digging up the pest along
tho streets, Tie great piles of
thistles left in the wake of tho
workmen show that the weed
has spiead to an alarming
extent. The property owners
are taking up tho work of de
stroying the pest on their prem
ises and are making great head-
ay. On vacant lots the thistle
is found to have gained a strong
foothold, and in many instances
the ground is thiokly covored
with them. Lewiston Tribune
i i ii
Wanted: To buv several norda at
good dry wood, out Intq 10-lnoli length, .
Apply tit this bfllce,