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HARNEY COUNTY, OREGON, JUNE 22, 1901.
IRRIGATION BY ELECTRICITY plants in operation, as well as fur
The Times-Ji erald.
MOUNTAIN WATERS USED IN QENER-
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Chief Hydrofr.pber ta Vl.lt Orcf.a la J b I v
U S Senators ................ I
J. II. Mitchell.
ta Make Measareaieols of Streaas
1er Irrifatloa o«4 Power.
I M A. MoodjL
D. R. N. Blackourn
Irrigation by electrical power
C 8 Moore
Su pt. Public InstrucUon. . ... .J H Ackerman promises to work a revolution in
....... W H Leeds
But. Frióte r
) K. 8. Bean. many sections of tbe arid West.
...> C. Wolverton
Supremo Jud «e.
The streams are to be used in the
> F. A. Moore
mountains to generate power, and
tbe power is to be transmitted to
the fields below for pumping water
on the land.
. June, A Sparrow
Mr. Frederick II. Newell, the hy-
K A Miller drographer of the geological survey
Geo Shelley has just returned to his office from
J W Buchanan
J C Bartlett a surveying tour of the West, and
E J Noble
A. Venator he states that this power develop
R J Williams
ment will add immense and. at the
■ ARNEY U. 8. LAND OFFICE’
. ....... Geo. W Ha'es present time, unknown areas to the
irrigatable land of the arid region,
while at the same time the water
SYLVA REBEKAH Degree No.*3
under the system will be
Moot.everj-1st .nd »<1 Wednesday.
Tillie Jordan N. <>.
certain and most satisfactory to the
Fronkle Bremen Rec Bec'jr.
▲. o. U. W. Burns Lodge, No. 47
"The feasibility of transmission of
Moorer, Krlduy night. ADi||ïrd M w
E 11 Hoyt. Rec. electrical power for not 20 or 30
miles, but for 150 or 180 miles has
HARNEY LODGE, NO. 77, I. O O F.
? Mwto.todd Follow. H.n,M.veX2..urd.y opened the way” says Mr. Newell,
w Y King.Seer. ‘•for this new and enormous additi
onal develi pment to the hitherto
supposed resources of the arid West.
‘‘The method by which additional
C- A- SWEEK
can be brought under irriga-
attorney a T- law ,
| lion with a given visible supply of
water, is this: We will suppose
GEO. S. SIZEMORE,
that a stream flowing from the
mountains down into a large broad
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CollesUon-. Land burinew, »nd Real bejo.w. The water from thia river
Eatatomaturproiuitlv attended to.
- j is sutncient to irrigate only one-
half or one-third of the plain; all
the real is, then, dead land. There
Biggs & Biggs
is, however, an underflow, beneath
ATTORNEYS - AT - LAW,
thia remaining, or ‘dead’ land,
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B I BNS,
which can be found at a depth of
Practice in all the courts of Ore. from 20 to 50 feet. Thia furnishes
Collections promptly made.
an inexhaustible supply of good
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C. W. FAUB1.II water for irrigation could it be got
ten economically to the surface,
PARRISH & REMBOLD,
The great bulk of the lowlands of
tbe valleys adjacent or tributary
Born, («nd Canyon City,) Oregon.
Will practice in the courts of Harney and
Grant counties and in the supreme cuurt ui tbe to the forest areas of the Hockey
state, and also in U.S. land office.
Mountains or the Sierra Nevadas
are underlaid with this water—a
5 Cha-t. II. Leonard,
practically inexbau»table supply
A ttorney - at - law ,
Careful attention given to Collec
“Fuel for pumping, however, is
tions and Real Estate matters.
and it does not seem
practicable to get water onto the
H arney ,
land except at a prohibitory cost,
M. F itx G brald but here ia where the power can be
THOBirroN W illiams
Attente y at Law.
Real Estate Agent brought into operation.
reservoirs can be constructed way
WILLIAMS & FITZGERALD
off in tbe mountains in such man
fkic« in old Masonic Building.
ner as to utilixe tbe power of the
B urns ,
river or its fall to the full extent,
and from this plant or plants tbe
8. W. MILLER,
power generated can be transmitted
down the valley to the twenty or
forty acre irrigated farms, where it
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can be applied to an electric motor
JOHMWQIABT operating a centrifugal pump lifting
water upon the land required. This
MARSDEN & GEARY.
should be the idea] irrigation sys
Physicians and Surgeons.
tem. Tbe farmer starts hit motor
and the water cornea; when be has
'Phone A’o to \ enough he shuts it oft.
ire at reiidenre.
---------------- supply is right under him in great
abundance, and he does not have to
H. KLEBS, M. D.
jump on bis horse and tear off 20
1Y8ICIAN AND SURGEON. miles to a canal headgate to find
Office in Viegtly Building.
out why his water does not come
the ditch ”
B urns ,
O regon .
“But ia thia a theoretically possi
Telephone No 171.
ble development, Mr. Newell, or is
L E. H ibbard it something which has been actu
libbard Ac. Brownton, ally lx-en tested?”
| “Tbe practicability of this devel
O 1er» bolMlos f.warrly oocuvi.4 by Mr» opment has already been demon
strated by tbe number of plants el
ready in operation in San Joaquin
valley. It is claimed that water is
E. Htandloe. M. L>.,
actually being pumped at a less cost
that it is supplied by gravity ditches.
(Alleali, answered prcwplly .)
There are many opportunities not
only in California, but also in Colo
rado, Utah, and other state« where
power plants can be economically
installed in tbe cacyona, and tbe
: JOHN M MULLEN
water from these used to irrigate
tbe fields. Tbe power from these
plants can be conducted out to
points beyond reach of canals, and
employed in lifting tbe underground
Cloudy days preferred for
waters to the surfer» Tbe ulti
Making sittings. Photo« fln-
mate development of this class of
bti- : in carbon and platinum
work must rsst largely upon
water conservation, tbe bolding
Iootantaneo'’. process used
of tbe floods of lbs spring to
• xtensivoly FirsC riaao work
a continuous discharge dur
•r i satisfaction guaranteed.
ing tbs rammer, keeping tbe power
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nishing water for the ditches.
‘"This complete conservation must
rest largely upon tbe government,
completing its work in the forest
reserves, not only in protecting the
growing timber, but also by con
structing large reservoirs where the
conditions are favorable. By such
works the largest possible use can
be made of the irregularly distrib
uted water supply, and the moist
ure which exists beneath the sur
face and which now is practically
useless, can be recovered and mad6
to assist in the creation of thous
ands of homes upon the public
TO VISIT OREGON IN JULY.
however, estimates that the water ♦ <
now available, if properly utilized,
will irrigate but 2 or 3 per cent of
the entire area of arid Eastern Ore
gon. Asked if this estimate was
not low, he replied that under the
conditions there existing, it was not.
The streams of Eastern Oregon are «
for the most part small. While
each will irrigate but a small area,
yet in the aggregate, when the vast
extent of the state is considered, it
will be found that a considerable
area will have been artificially wa
tered. There are a few large rivers,
of course, like the Snake and its
tributaries, which are capable of
supplying vast quantities of water
tor both irrigation and the genera
tion of power.
The fact that but a small percent
age of the aggregate area of arid
lands can be irrigated is not dis
couraging to Mr Newell, lie says
the most of that section would only
be good for grazing under any cir
cumstances. Of course along the
the streams, where plenty of water
is to be had, small farms will thrive,
but it will not be possible to irri
gate the entire area with the water
of the streams above mentioned.
Yet the wavering of this 2 or 3 per
cent will work wonders, especially
when the drought-resistant grasses
being introduced by the department
of agriculture have been given a
fair start. The irrigation will af
ford frequent watering places for
stock, which can find plenty of fod. ♦<
der on the more arid ranges.
The Orogonian correspondent at
Washington, writes under recent
date: At some early date in July,
as yet undecided, F. II. Newell,
Chief Hydrograpber of the Geolog
ical survey, will visit Oregon, and
in all probability begin operations
looking to a systematic measure
ment of the streams east of the Cas
cade Mountains, with a view to de
termining tbe amount and rate of
their discharge, and their high and
low stages. In short, Mr. Newell
will collect all information concern
ing their waters which would be
valuable to people intending to in
stall irrigating or power systems in
that part of the state. Mr. Newell
visits Oregon at the express invita
tion of Representative Moody, who
pressed the matter in person while
in Washington, and has kept up a
steady and insistent correspondence
since his return to tbe state. Be flood Times in Grant, Harney and
cause of the apparent lack of inter
est shown by Oregon farmers in this
Quite a goodly delegation of
matter heretofore, and the great in
prominen. men and women from
terest of other states, the attention
various parts of the inland liyestock
of the survey has been turned to
empire arrived in Sumpter yester ft
localities where the people them
day and took the 9:40 a. in. train
selves took an active interest in the
for Portland and other Western
irrigation of arid and semi-arid
Oregon pointe, says the Sumpter!
areas,and where they eagerly sought
reporter. Among the party were
the aid of the survey. Now that
Dr. and Mrs. Marsden and Mrs. L. I
tbe people of Eastern Oregon, thro’
Woldenberg. of Burns, Harney !
their representative and otheswise,
county, who arc going to Portland |
have come forward and mani'ested
as delegates to the Masonic grand
an interest in tbe development of
lodge and the grand chapter of the
their semi-arid lands, the survey is
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glad to turn in and lend them what
Attorney Wm. Miller, of Ontario, I
assistance it can with the limited
Malheur county, who is returning
appropriation on band for stream
from circuit court at Canyon City,
and also goes with his family to
Mr. Newell will go to Tbe Dalles,
Portland to attend the Masonic
on arrival in Oregon, where he has
grand lodge; Attorney C. W. Par
planned to meet Mr. Moody, and
rish, of Canyon City, who is going
with him will make a tour of the
to Salem to transact business be
eastern part of the state, making a
fore the supreme court; ex-Stat<-1
general inspection of the various
Senator O. W. McIIaley, Wm. Starr
streams and other sources of water
and J. W. Tucker, of Prairie City,
supply. After this inspection and
summoned to Portland as witnesses
consultation with stockmen and
in the U. 8. district court in the
others interested, it is bis intention
timber cases against the O. L. Co.,
to begin the actual work of measur
J. B. Stoddard and A. W. Ellis.
ing the various streams which seeui
Dr. Marsden is a leading physi
to offer encouragement to irrigators.
cian of Burns and has closely ob
Mr. Newell and bis party expect to
served business and livestock con- ,
measure all of the principal streams
ditions in Harney county, wherein
of Eastern Oregon, including tbe
tbe cattle, horses and sheep are
Deschutes, Grand-Ronds, John Day,
numbered by the tens of thousands.
Umatilla,Malheur, Powder, Owyhee
Hon. Geo. W. McIIaley is one of the
and Silvies Rivers. It is possible
heaviest holders of livestock in
that a few of the streams west of the
Grant county. District Attorney
Cascades may be measured, more
Wm. Miller has an excellert oppor
with a view to determining their
tunity to observe affairs in Malheur
adaptability for developing water
county, as well as throughout other
power than their availability for ir
part* of the ninth judicial district,
which includes the counties named
It is said by Mr. Newel] that in
Each of these gentlemen, as well
order to obtain accurate results, and
as others of those great growing sec
results which will be of real value
tions, told of the splendid condition
to prospective irrigators or those
of the livestock, tbe general prosper
who propose to install power plants,
ity of tbe people and the bright
tbe system of measurements to be
prospects promised for the coming
conducted should cover a period of busy summer and fall season.
about five years. This is necessary
in order to observe the condition of
A mixup occured yesterday
the streams under all climatic con
ditions, in times of drought as well morning in the Maze saloon between
aa in wet au tn mere-, and to get meas Tom Stevens, of Burns, Harney
urements during the summer as county, the old time sport, and Bob
well aa tbe winter. It is proposed Smith, a dealer of a twenty-one : :
to establish stations at various gsme. Stevens was playing at th»
points on the several rivers, where game and lost, it is said. $420.
instruments can be installed, and Stevens was sore over his lose and
readings taksn st stated intervals reached over to "swipe” the funds
each day, so aa to base a correct Smith was not asleep and landed
record the year round. Present in good «nd hard on Steven«’ face,
dications seem to indicate an abun knocking him down and kicking
dance of water during the ooaiing him for failing. It was a lively
summer, while next summer may ‘ mill, so bystanders say, and Stev
be dry. Thus, two directly oppo ens got decidedly the worst of it —
site conditions will be encountered Baker Democrat.
at tbe outset, and two widely diver
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gent sets of results will be foond.
In tbe opinion of Mr Newell, week al tbe Burna Furniture Co'«
much of Eastern Oregon is suscep New designs and up-to-date pat
tible of successful irrigation. He,1 terne—the very latest Myles.
Has something of interest to say to all Harney county people.
largest and most complete stock of
We have on hand the
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Our store and warehouses are full to overflowing
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