Independence enterprise. (Independence, Polk County, Or.) 189?-190?, August 08, 1901, Image 1

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Tom it, SMiiiilny, AlH',llNt I I,
The Knights mill Ladies of Se
curity, a popular oiu uizittion ol
thi city, will give a grand railroad
cxeuri-ion Id I utU'iuiin:H, Or,,
August II, t the low rate. of-tT
lor t he round trip. Independence
is u picturesque eountrv town on
the Went Side line of tun Southern
Pacific, surrounded by waving
fields ami shady forests. It is a
good place to k ft cool on a warm
day uinl tliH warm spell in now on.
It uboiind in ideal sports for
small picnic parlies ami no doubt
a number of persons will club to
gether in small parties ami spend
it pleasant tiny in tliu green. This
is tin- lirKt excursion from Portland
to Independence, ll"I this affords
those, who participate an oppor
tunity to see something new.
Hilhoro, Forest drove and Mc
MiunviJle will also win) crowds of
excursionist to the grounds, and
it i anticipated that between 3(XKJ
ami 4000 people will assemble in
Independence on thut day. Tim
place in recognized a b beautiful
country retreut for rent and reerea
tion. Added to the pleasures will
be music and other entertainments.
Bind from Portland aud Other
places represented on that day will
vio with each other in displaying
their proficiency in discoursing
wmt f U of d.inic , ,
TraiiiH leave Union depot atS:15
A M., returning leave Indepen
dence at 5 1'. M. Tickets can be
secured from members and lit the
depot Sunday morning. It in now
several weeks since iho Portland
people have had the opportunity to
attend a good railroad excursion,
ami it is therefore safe to Bay that
with the Knights and Ladies of
Security at the helm the excursion
to Independence will be oho of the
most liberally attended excursions
of the season. Saturday Evening
. -
The Mercury Iteclies the High
est Point In Several Years.
Sunday wan what Oregon people
would call a hot day. In fact, it
was the hottest day Oregon has
seen in many years. The mercury
registered about 102 degrees in the
shade during the hottest part of
the day. There wuu a breeze all
day and while it was warm it wan
not the hot firey blast that the
Kant experiences, iu fact, eastern
people would consider Sunday a
typical sutnuier Sunday in which
to enjoy themselves, while Oregon
was saying, "ohl the heat; is it not
awful?" Monday was alBO a warm
day, but not as warm as Sunday,
while Tuesday was just nice and
Woodmen From Airlie.
Special from Alrllu.
Twenty Woodmen from this
place attended the great initiation
at Portland last Saturday. 1406
applications were received and
over 1000 candidates were on the
platform and obligated at one
jime. In the drilling contest the
Multnomah camp was the winner.
Wapato camp, of Gaston, caused
the most laughter by drilling hh
"hav-enerM." (Jeorge Washington
camp, in our opinion, had the
most, beautiful uniforms ol any
team nreent. The eXcielscs were
union. hi' broiighniit,
A Pretty WfilriliiK.
One of the prettiest weddings of
Polk county occurred at the resi
dence of Mr. Humphrey Best, of
Monmouth, l"t Tuesday evening
ut 8 o'clock, the occasion being the
inamageof Mr. and Mrs. Best's
daughter, Tillie, to Mr. Charles II.
Zurcher, of Wallowa county, Ore
gon. The event was one of unusuul
beauty and elegance. Culture and
skill had beautifully decoiuled the
parlors of the home with lovely
Vines uiiil ornaments. Everything
conspired to render the sjciio at
tractive and impressive. At the
appointed hour the biidal puity
marched into the parlor, where the
contracting parties took their place
under u wreathed arch of entwined
vines. Here the Rev. 10. J. Thomp
son, 1). J).,' of Independence, pro
nounced the solemn service that
made Miss liesl and Mr. Zurcher
husband and wife.
The bride was attired iu a Mode
shade of silk, trimmed with elegant
lace, and touched with pink, hold
ing in her hand a large and lovely
boquet ol white carnations. The
groom wore the conventional black.
Mis Best is well known as one
the" -MunninE voune huh-t (i
Polk county, a graduate of the
Suite Normal school and a person
of line culture, character and at
tainments. Mr. Zurcher is a young
man ol most excellent reputation
and business qualifications, at pres
ent county clerk of Wallowa county
in this state, where the happy
couule will make their future
Quite a number of invited guests
were nresent to witness the cere-
- i
mony and extend their hearjy con
gratulations. At the close a very
delicious wedding supper was
served by Mr. and Mv&l,
which was most happily enjoyea oy
nil. The bust wishes of ft host of
friends follow Mr. and Mrs.tfurcher
to their new home.
Council Proceedings.
City council convened in regular
session Tuesday evening " with
President Kirkland in the chair
and Oouncilmen Jones, Huntley,
Jaspersou, Mills and . Kirkland
Special committee on ordinance
bill to authorize the recorder to
assess the assessable property of
the city of Independence, also
authorizing the city marsFfiiJ" of
said city to collect said tapces, made
riiort on said bill On final. Das-
nai7H of bill the council stood unan
imous tor its acceptance. Special
committee instructed to secure
proper blanks and books for the
The recorder was instructed to
issue a warrant in favor pf the W.
E. Cressy estate for $12.00, over
pay city tax for 1900.
On motion, the matter of run
ning water pipes to the city park
to supply the park with water was
referred to committee on water and
The following bills were allowed:
Water & Electric Light Co., $50;
A. J. Tupper, $49.75; II. M. Lines,
Thone Winaiitii I lie I'tl.ex in tlx
('irreNimiKleiice' 'on test
on .Inly ;ti.
The exceptional) line lint
piii'h awurdi d otir eorieKpoi.den
for their good work on the 10.NTKI
husk took place I lit-1 WednesdM
and is as follows:
The oruan falls to Mrs. 10)1
)iividsou. at Calvary.
The May Kodac falls to A.
Ilulleck, of Monmouth.
Th target rille was awarded
I). M. Calhrealh, of Parker.
The remainder of the prizes were
awarded ti follows:
Mrs. Bonnie Smith. Lewisville
onu dozen best cabinet photos; H
A. Clodleller. Perrvdale. double
ink stand; C. E. Staats, Airlie
kodac album; Mrs. A. Anderson
Buena Vista, Lincoln fountain pen
Monmouth, one nickel watch
Crowley, one copyrighted book
-To Have and To Hold."
All Indications Are Favorable to
a Kleh Deposit of Oil Under
the Polk County Hills.
What would California have
amounted to without the discovery
of gold?
What would have been the fate
of the Transvaal if diamonds had
not been found at Kimberly, or
gold in the Rand?
What was it thrift Pennsyl
vunia upon ths n'uice i ..f the whole
world but the discovery of her im
mense oil fields?
What has made the Alaskan
fields the Mecca of an anxious
world but the discovery of her ex
baustless mines of precious metals?
What does any territory amount
to unless within its borders man
discovers some vast and indispens
able utility?
The wealth of a world might lie
dormant through the ages were it
not for the brains and handicraft
of humanity that unveils the hid
den resources nature has been
storing up for forgotten centuries.
Why should Oregon be minus
these wonderful fountainsof wealth
when all the surrounding terri
tories are developing rich and
bountiful supplies of the rarer com
modities that go to enrich and
comfort mankind?
Nature is no niggard; she hides
her stores carefully that they may
not waste by corrosion, by evapora
tion, by llame; but she leaves the
keys of her treasure vaults lying
upon her surface, and gives forth
the signs, that the initiated may
read surely and safely, of the
things she has accumulated for the
good of man.
One by one the treasures laid up
in the heart of Oregon are being
unfolded by the wisdom and skill
of man; and now he has found still
another gift of the wealthy the
hands of kindly nature; oil indica
tions of the most promising tort
are plentiful in the beautiful and'
fertile hills of Polk aud Marion
counties. Experts have examined
these signB by all the crucial tests
that can be applied to the surface
tokens and have not hesitated to
declare the presence of oil in this
Bection. It is one more discoVeryr
Discovery is but a prelude to de
velopment. Development is wrought
by the timely faith and coiirag'-ous
liihoi of fi i n ii, u i I lirincs its own
reward. Only by that faith und
labor can man ineusine the extent
of the reward awaiting him.
If the discovery of oil within the
borders of Oregon shad be followed
by ths exploitation thut the prob
ability warrants, then the ext nt
of the reward imiuriiig to her citi
zens whose faith and courage shall
effected the bounty, may prove in
calculable and place the state it
self upon ii pinnacle of prosperity
never dreamed ol by ie-r most de
voted sin and citizen. The stake
is worth fighting for, and no sacri
fice too great by those in whose
ini mediate hands the trust is given;
namely, the citizens of Polk and
Marion counties.
It is by the quick and business
like appreciation of these wonder
derful natural advantages that
small and unpromising commun
ities have sprung into universal
fame and matchless commercial
prestige, and it approaches close
upon wilful fool-hardiness to per
mit the passing of such an oppor
tunity without devoting the neces
sary brains, time snd money in
rational investigation.
If all eigne shall fail, then the
living question vexing the people
of these two great counties will re
solve itself into a conviction that
shall never be disturbed again;
they will know for a certainty that
there is n oil hand and rest
content witfi life resources thav'are
known mid utilized.
If the signs upon which all are
depending prove true, then who
will regret, for an instant, the en
terprise that shall bring millions
of money and tens of thousands of
people into the state, not only to
build up a new and marvelous in
dustry, but to iuvest in and ex
ploit a thousand other lines as
Every rule of local protection,
every precept of business life, every
principle of expediency, demands
that Salem shall enter this new
., A v.wnti ioinrt daM o a iYa ha a A
uu f.uuj...b
center of the capital requisite iorT' ,
its proper development, as the die
tributing point for the subsequent
mass of business attendant uponf
... . f
such discoveries, as tne nome oi
the countless hundreds that will-
gravitate to such a field; as the
logical and pivotal station for stor
age, sale and general manipulation
the product ot the oil territory,
fact as the market, principally.
all that shall enter into the
commerce incident to such develop
ment. Let every citizen of Salem think
seriously of the venture that has
been placed before him, and be
careful, lest by the exercise of a
too conseryative prejudice he turn
aside '"a tide of fortune" the ebb of
which he may deplore to the last
day of his life. Jurisdictional lines
mean but little in a crisis upon
which impigns the destiny of a
city and its environments; in the
outcome of an oil discovery, Polk
becomes Marion and Marion, Polk;
and Salem still holds her pre
eminent right to represent them
both, and all contiguous to them,
In the disposal of the vast business
growing up out of the discovery,
aud to ignore thi right, or fritter;
tt away in indifference, were sui
cidal. Salem Statesman.
Will PisjicrM the Music at the
.State Fair at Naleni Year
Frank Lucas whs hi 1'ortiund
last week and secured th contract
to furnish the music for the statu
fair this fall. The Monmouth
band will be assisted by special
talent from different places, but
will be made up mainly of the
band from Monmouth. The boys
have quite a good reputation for
furnisLing first-class music, and
the music this year will probably
be better, or at least as good as in
former years.
Marsh Gas Near .Salem.
A report came into Salem yester
day that natural gas had been
found over in Polk county by a
man who was digging a well, and
all kinds of wild rumors and spec
ulations iu regard thereto were in
dulged in.
Mr. O. L. Chapel, the oil man,
went over to the place in the after
noon, and found that there was
verv little justification for the
rumors. The find was on the
place of Amos Wann, about three
miles west of Salem. Mr. Wann
was digging a well. He dug down
through about ten feet of red dirt
and then struck soft sandstone,
through which be dug about
twenty feet. The gas became so
strong then that it was offensive,
and he could not remain in the
well. '
I,Ir." Chapertijulid,- tsWevefiuaV
it was merely marsh gas. Abo..:
sixty per cent of marsh gas is made
up of natural gas, and the finding
of this kind of gas may be a good
indication of the existence of
natural gas in the neighborhood.
It may have seeped through the
crevices for an unknown distance.
The marsh gas was formed in 6ome
past age by the action of the heat.
Confined as it is in this eise in
the loose sandstone, it will soon
escape after the sandstone is ex
posed to the air. Statesman.
The Oregon prune growers are
Jnreoarinir to
handle their large
crop of prunes and the indications
A are that it will be a heavy one.
On all sides prune 'dryers are be
ing overhauled and pu in condi
tion to handle the crop and new
prune-driers are everywhere going
up. The indications ara that the
market will be good, the demand
from the East promising to be far
greater than in the pattTew years,
partially because of the drought in
many parts of the country destroy
ing the fruits, and in part because
of a better knowledge and appre
ciation by the people of the East,
of the rich and finely flavored
f'uits of the Oregon country.
There is no doubt but that every
prune will be saved and prepared
for market this year, and a ready
sale may be expected at a fair
price for all that are placed upon
the Eastern market in good con
dition. Statesman.
In a sound sleep, the soul goes
hnnifl in renrnit tor strength, which
could not else endure the wear and
tear of life. Rahel.
The rain falls upon the just and
the nniust alike. The uniust. how
ever, are quicker to steal umbrellas,
and generally iare dcbi in a bdow
er. Picayune.