Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 1886-1927, July 13, 1906, Image 1

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No. 15.
Cat Medals at Every Fair So Ad
vertised that Europeans Think
Little Valley Is A Big State.
"When it comas to advertising their
traits the Hood River orohardists are
not equaled by the growers of any
other .section of the Paeifio Coast. If
there is a distinguished person or a
notable party that passes through
Hood River they are presented with
boxes of choice frnit being the com
pliments of the Hood Hood River
Fruit Growers Union.
Let there be a fair, an exposition
or a gathering of frnit growers any
where from Maine to Oregon and tbe
irrepressible Hood River hostlers are
on band with a display of frait and
they get away with the great majority
tbe honors and their Union conld
make a display of medals and diplo
mas that in number wonld eclipse the
collection possessed by the mncb dec
orated npnarchs of Europe. Even at
Salem, which claims to be in tbe
land of tbe cherry, Hood River
cherries got away with most of the
honors in the cherry exhibit at tbe
meeting of State Horticultural Soci
ety, held in the Capital City last week.
Then not oontent with competing
against the world these advertisers
for profit hold a fruit exhibit of their
own every two years at Hood River
and vie with each other who can
make tbe best display of orchard
products. Already they have begun
preparations for tbls Fall's fair which
they announce is to be larger, better
and more successful than ever hereto
fore held by them.
That this persistent, thorough and
effective advertising is a profitable in
vestment to the Hood River orohard
ists is proven by tbe extraordinary
high prioes they realize for their
fruit, $3 a box not being an unuBoal
price had for their apples. LaBt year
the entire Hood River apple orop was
bought by a London firm in compe
tition with buyers from New York
and other American cities. So effect
ively ban Hood River been advertised
that many people in tbe East and in
Europe think that it is a state of tbe
Union, instead of a little valley 12x25
miles square hid awav in the side of
the Cascade mountains, peopled by
the most progressive, scientific fruit
growers in the world. It is conceded
by experts that k Rogue River Valley
can grow apples, pears, cherries and
strawberries fully equal to tbe best
that Hood River cau produce and in
grapes, peaches and melons we lead
the entire Coast. But in prices
Rogue River does not lead for tbe
world knows not of these fine fruits
and does not fancy bidding to get
Sell Real Estate
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Miners and Mill Men !
If you are going to need any machinery in the line of
Hydraulic Machinery and Air Compressors
Steam Power Plants '
Light and Heavy Saw Mill and
Transmission Machinery -1 , v .,
Edwards' Friction Log Turner
Cleveland "Sweet Temper" Machine Knives
Hamilton Machine Tools . : )
DROP ME A POSTAL stating your wants and I will save you money
by selling to you at jobber's prices. ,
Courier Building Grants Pass, Oregon.
them. ,.Wbi Rogue River is as well
known as la Hood River then will
the orchard jets here get (be top price
for their frait.
At the meeting of the State Horti
cultural Society in Salem last week
among the topics discussed was that
of grapes. Among those giving their
experience in grape growing was W, K.
NewelPof Dilley and commissioner
for the First district on the State
Board of Horticulture. Mr. Newell is
one of the most successful grape
grower! in the Willamette Valley and
is an authority on the subject aud the
Courier herewith gives the main
points of his address which will be of
interest to grape growers in this val-
In part, Mr. Newell said: "We
might do a great deal more In grapes
than we are now doing. Eight years
ago we succeeded in stopping the im
portation of Conoords from New York
into our markets, but we are still buy
ing large quantities of California
grapes annually. We should grow
more, of the California varieties. It
is well known that Oregon is the best
oountty on earth to grow grapes. The
finest, Tokay grapes are to be bad In
Oregon. I don't advocate growing
tbe Enropean vareties in tbe Will
amette Talley; grow only the Ameri
cans. Grape growers should pick out
hillside locations for their vineyards
in order to make a success of grape
colture. The elevation should be
from 200 to 1000 feet. Perfect drain
age is necessary. The soil on wbioh
our hazel and fir grow is good for
grapes.' 'Plaut four-fifths of the vine
yard to Concords, get some Moore's
Early - and several other popular
varieties. The trade demands a black
grape., Buy yearling vines. Plaut
them from the middle of March to tbe
first of May about tbe middle of
April is the best. Rows should be 10
feet apar and the vines eight feet
apart in the row. All of the Ameri
can varieties should be trained by the
trellis system ; tbe Europeans on the
stump.! they trellis posts should be
four feet higb with a top wire and
the lower wir should be 16 inches
above tbe ground. Cut tbe vine back
to just come under tbe first wire.
Summer training should be practiced.
About the middle of June pick out tbe
ends offtjj8hoots, and about a month
later gd-pTOT them the second time in
the sanje way. The old style of train
ing is not being nsed any more. Keep
plenlty of foliage on the vines as the
best grapes grow under the heaviest
leaves and next to the ground. The
trade demands the American varieties
and in baskets of four to eight
pounds J "(Europeans should be packed
in boxes.' - Don't pick grapes until
after 9 a. m. so there will be no mois
ture to adhere to them. Grapes can
stand 24 hours 'after being picked be
fore it 'is necessary to get them to
market This is one thing in their
favor. The present high express rate
precludes their being shipped in small
quantities, -
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Cc Real Estate Man.
Ground Floor, Courier Bldg.
Grants Pass, - Oregon.
Grants Pass Fruit Growers Union
Arrexnge With Agricultural
College For Fruit Meetings.
The board of directors of the Grants
Pass Fruit Growers Union held a
meeting Saturday at the Courier office.
The appointment was made of Fred
rick D. Ejsniann as business mauager
for the Union to serve for this year,
he to hold this position in addition to
that of president. Mr. Eismann was
tbe unanimous choice of tbe directors
for manager as all considered him to
be the best qualified man in Josephine
oounty for the position. Mr. Eismann
and bis brother Christopher, will have
12,000 boxes of fruit this year to sell,
and.thls will be an extra Incentive
for bim to get the beef price possible
oo all shipments made by the Union.
The constitution of the Union pro
vides that the manager shall be paid
only by fixed charge per box on all
fruit sold. Mankger Eismann offered
to handle tbe business of tbe Union
for five cents per box of fruit that be
will sell. This being considered a
very liberal offer the directors accept
ed it. For the payment of this small
price the grower is relieved of all
trouble of finding a buyer for bis
frnit and of tbe trouble of shipping
and of attending to the collections, in
whioh many of them had a bitter ex
perience is the past. The matter of
fixing the amount per box due the
Union to cover its various expenses
snob as expert packer, warehouse rent,
iusoranoe and office expenses was left
to be considered at tbe next meeting
of the board.
Manager Eismann was authorized to
have made a stencil' plate for putting
the Union's label on all boxes of fruit
to be shipped. The placing of an
order for boxes, paper and nails was
deferred to a future time pending the
seonring of an estimate from the mem
bers of amount they will need. Tbe
securing of a warehouse for the use
of tbe Union was left to Manager
Eismann. . -
It was decided to hold a series of
frnit growers meetings in Josephine
oounty the first week in September
under the auspices of the Uuion and
of the State Agricultural College and
Secretary Meserve was auhorized to
arrange with Dr. Withcyombe, di
rector of the College, for spi akers.
The pUce for holding these meetings
was not determined, that being lttft
to Secretary Meserve to arrange with
local parties. The business niiu of
Grants Pa.-s will be called on to ay
the hotel expenses of the speakers
while in tbe city and tbe livery hire
in taking tbeui to the various meet
ings in the country. The citizens
at each place where a meeting is held
will be expected to entertain the
speakers and to furnish accommoda
tions tor the team. The plan is to
make each meeting a picnic event and
the farmers and their wives bring
their lunches and have a dinner and
social hour to add to the pleasure of
the day. The plan is to hold six
meetings thus occupying the entire
week and in addition to day sessions
there will be evening sessions at such
places as desire. There will be full
moon that week so farmers can come
from a distance. While the schedule
of plaoes has not been fixed on yet
meetings will likely be held at Grants
Pass, Provolt, Murphy, Wilderville,
Lee School House and Merlin.
The question the members of the
Union going on tbe Development
League excursion to Ashland was
considered ani it was decided that
every fruit grower who possibly can
should go for the purpose of examin
ing the many fine orchards that ad
join that city whose base of prosperity
is its fruit industry. The officers of
the Union make it a point to confer
with the officers of tbe Ashland Fruit
Growers Colon on business matters
concerning the fruit industry in
Rogue River Valley. Adjournment
was bad to Saturday, July 21, when at
2 p. ni. sharp, there will be a meeting
of the Union, to be followed by a ses
sion of the board of directors. At
this meeting it is expected that
every member will be present and
ready to furish an estimate of tbe
quantity of fruit be expects to bave
to market this seasoo. Tbls data is
reqoired by the Unioo that it may
know how muon box and other ma
terial will have to be purchased and
also so that an estimate can be siveo
buyers who may wish to bid on the
fruit orop.
Big Flow Had From Well Ner
Talent Contract Let for
Other Wells.
That a flow of artesian water could
be bad in various sections of Rogue
River Valley is the belief of maoy
who are versed on the geological for
mation of this section, and now their
expeetations bave been verified by the
opening of a big gosher on the Pellett
farm near Talent. Should artesian
water be found generally over the
Valley it would do much to solve tbe
irrigation problem for this section and
add 25 per cent to the value of all
agricultural land, besides making
much land productive that is now a
waste by reason of a lack of water.
The bills of Southern Oregon are
full of water, notwithstanding the
long, dry Summers give a semi-arid
aspect to the country. The chief
difficulty the miners encounter in
their operations underground is the
water and drainage by tunnel or pump
has to be provided for every mine.
Tbe Granite Hill mine is proof of
this great snbterraneau water supply
in Rogue River Valley. When the
haft at this mine had reaobed the
200 foot level it reqoired a pump
throwing a 8-inch stream to clear tbe
mine and when the 400-foot level bad
been reached and extensive work
carried on it took a centrifugal pump
throwing a steady 6-inoh stream to
handle tbe Inflowing water. Follow
ing extensive development work tbe
mine.waa completely flooded last week
by a flow of water so great that the
pump could not handle it and the
flood rose to the 200-foot level. The
pumping capaoity has been more than
doobli d and it is expected to have the
mine clear of water by next week.
There are many wells in the foothills
ai out this Valley that are almost im
possible to pump dry. , As tbe water
problem is a erioos one with
Grants Pass it would be a profitable
venture for this city to have an ex
perimental well sunk.
-The following is the account. the
Ashland Tidings gives of the finding
of artetian water at Talent:
A flow of water estimated at 700
callous per minute was struck yester
day noon in the well being bored for
31. Li. fellett on til orchard lour
miles west of Ashland, near Talent,
by Dnbney & Troxel, at a depth of
Uft feet.
The strike naturally created inteuse
interest among people generally, who
have been watching with anxiety the
reports of results of this first geuuine
boring for artesian water in the
Rogue River Valley. The Tidings
niau, who received a telephone mes
sage iu the afternoon, drove over to
see the gusher last evening, and it
even surpassed reports. The water
comes out ot the ground through the
eight inch bored hole with a surpris
ing volume aua runs away use a
veritable null race. Mr. felled be
lieves it is enoDgh to irrigate
thoroughly his ninety acres of apple
and prar orchard.
Ko test oi course nas yet been made
of the water, but it is apparently very
soft and pure, with a temperature
higher than that of the water In the
surface streams.
Oulte a uuinber from the sorroond-
ing section visited the well last even,
iuir where ihe rootractors were jnst
completing the last five feet of their
work and witnesxed tbe btg drill
weighing hundreds of pounds, at the
eud of the nearly 800 foot cable, com
bating the great volume of water
which was forcing its way from the
depths below, and bearing a message
of Increased profit and prosperity to
land owners and orcbardists or the
valley. Mr. Pellett himself wai there
aud naturally in high spirits. He
had spent nearly two thousand dollars
in the experiment and the well was
down yesterday morning within five
feet oi toe deptn lie naa cootracteo
for. with no more of au artesian flow
than would lupplv water for domestic
snd stock use on the place. That
was valuable but naraiy wnat ne naa
hoDed for. When at noon the drills
struck the big flow, his highest ex
pectations were realized and he
watched in wouderment the outpour
ing streams, realizing what it meant
oot ooly to bim but to other live or
ohardists and farmers of tbe valley
who see in irrigation a way to double
the Droduot of their fruit and farm
acreage and to mske the light alluvial
soils of tbe foothills yield tne most
bounteous harvests. Tbe Rogue River
Valley is anything but an arid region
but tbe value of water as an aid to
farm, fruit and garden yields bave
been demonstrated to be Inestimable,
and tbls is why the suocesslul out
oome of tbls pioneer enterprise is be
lieved to be fraught with such great
Domlbilitiea for the future.
Tbe drill was pulled out of tbe well
last night when the 800 foot depth
was reaobed. fc. K. Anderson, a
leading farmer and fruitgrower near
by, is enthusiastic over the big strike
of water and is considering tbe bor
ing of a similar well oo bis place.
Tbe flow of water was measured
this morning and found to be nearly
25 miners' inches a miners' inch be
ing a square inch of water flowing
under a six inch pressure. v-sss-
This will give some idea of the vol
ume of water that is boiling out of the
top of the long bole into Mother
Some of the enthhusiastio residents
of this vicinity acclaim the artesian
water stiike as the biaaent thins since
the advent of the railroad into the
Rogue River Valley and herald Mr.
Pellett as the right kind of a
"booster," and his enterprise worthy
of the highest recognition.
New Method to Keep Mice Out of
Rev. and Mrs. E. Badger of Pro-
volt, were in Grants Pass last Friday
and were callers at the Courier office.
Rev. Badger is president of the Ap
plegate Valley Telephone Company
and he stated that a meeting of the
stockholders meeting would be held
early in August, so soon as the
farmers were over the rush of their
harvest work, to arrange for getting
out the poles for the lines that the
Company will build tbroughoot the
Applegate Valley and to Grants Pass.
The setting of the poles will be
done until wet weather sets in to make
the digging of the holes easy. It
will be the plan to extend the Com
pany! line on to the Illinois Valley
so as to give that large .section' of the
oounty free telephonic communication
with the Applegate Valley and with
Grants Pass.
Rev. Badger, in addition to holding
services on Sundays in a church he
built himself on bis land aod at other
plaoes is a practical farmer aod is
opening a fine farm on a tract of land
be bought oo Williams oreek. Of the
damage that mice cause to grain bay
Rev. Badger stated that he had found
way of effectually keening them
out When each load of hay is put in
tbe barn he levels it off and slits over
it a handful of sulphur with an equal
quantity of salt. The sulphur will
effectually keep the mice away while
itis a most healthful tonlo to stock
as is aim the salt The salt will also
prevent the hay from muiting even
though it may be rather green or
damp when hauled in from the field.
Rev. Badger has tried this sulphur
aod salt application on hay for several
years past and be has fonnd it effective
in keeping oat the mice, which eat
out the kernels of grain and leave an
offensive odor to the hay that makes
stock loth to eat it, and it also pre
vents tbe hay from getting moldy
or dusty.
Ice Saving vs. Refrigerator.
Let us show yoo the greatest Re
frigerator made at a reasonable price
8 walls for insolation Thomas &
Poster:, placards, dodgers, all sizes
r-', kind vnnted at the Cornier orhce.
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the Extraordinary Values we
more such values in Chairs.
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Sanitary and healthful; no disease germs or dirt can lodge in
our Beds; a fine line of colorings, smooth and hard as marble.
Another lot of GO-CARTS just in. 1
More of those new style Mattresses have arrived.
Look our stock over when shopping this week.
Thomas. r O'Neill
The llousefurnishers.
Coke Hauling Began July 15-
Capt. Mclntiro Has Two Bit
Teaming Contracts.
The Takilma copper smelter wilt
blowio August 1st and coke hauling
from Grants Pass to the smelter will
begin July 15th is the information
given the Courier by Capt. J. M.
Molntire, president of the Molntire
Transportation , Companay that has
the contract for hauliug the oie to the
smelter and of hauling the coke from
Grants Pass to the smelter and of de
livering the matte to cars lu this city
for shipment to the refinerry in Ta
ooiua. A force of men have been kept at
work ainoe last Fall doing develop
nient work on the mines and a large
quantity ot ore is now available.
Capt. Molntire has had two teams
hauling ore for the past month and
by the time it la ready to start a big
supply of ore will be in the binns.
How long tbe smelter will run it not
given out but it may shut down as
has been done heretofore so soon aa
the roads get' muddy this Fall. Capt
M Ion tire has all his teams hauling
freight from Pokegama to Klamath
Falls for the construction company
putting Id the big irrigation ditches
in Klamath oounty. The Captain has
been In Klamath Falls for the pas
month bat Monday be returned home
to seoure rhore teams to do hauling osi
his Klamath contract. He has se
em red seven teams and wants several
more. He ; . goes back Monday to
Klamath Falls to remain for a month
when he will return to Grants Pass
and bring the greater number of his
big six aud eight-mule teams and pal
them to hauling for the smelter. He
will also hire teams as he will require
about SO teams on his two big ooa-
Little Law Bualnnse in Josephine
Judge H. K. Hanna came to
Grants Pass Sunday evening ani
Monday morniog be convened the
regular July term of circuit court Aa
there were but few oases on the docket
and. none importance the Judge
kept court in seasion only for an hour
while he iade some orders, after
wbioh he adjourned oourt until tbe
next regular term, which will be oa
the fourth Monday in September.
Judge Hanna returned to his home
io Jacksonville on "the 10 a. in. train.
and that afternoon he and bis son,
Herbert, went to A. B. Saltmarsh's
plaoe on Little Applegate, and the
next day ware taken by Mr. Saltmarsh
o ver the roouotaln trail to Cinnabar
Bptiugs, where they will remain for a
mouth or six weeks at that ft.mous re
sort f. ,
Porch Chairs
jpjsjfl and Rockers
strong and durable;
worth $3 50, for....j)
-1 Juauy mjusl uuvaiuugc oi
such prices last week. We
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want more people to see
are offering. We have a dozen
are our guaranteed for 10
Iron Beds
BRASS, all prices dlQ
up to $00