Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 1886-1927, August 02, 1907, Image 1

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No. 18.
Tvo Big Events to Be Held in Grants Pass
ADrrAW IDDTflATTftK rnWVrKTlAW kXT nnm TiiriTJa8ke1 of JoePblne county
Experts of National Reputation to
f; Speak at Convention Big
Attendrnce Expected.
Arrangements for the annual meet
ing of the Oregon Irrigation Assoica
tion and for the Rogue River Valley
Industrial Fair tbat are to be held id
Granta Pass on September 10, '11, 12
are being perfected and the two events
each promise to be a success. The Ir
rigation Cooventon is to have by far
the beet array of talent ever had at a
similargathering in Oregon, and in fact
at any state irrigation convention.
There will be.a larger number of gov"
eminent experts at the National Irri
gation Congress than has ever before
been sent to such a meeting, and there
will also be many other prom I u en t
men, specialists in lines bearing on
the agriooture and forest wealth of the
country. Charles Meserve, who has
been placed in charge of the arrange
ments for the irrigation and for the
fair that is to be held in this oity,
called on Secretary Garfield, Mr.New
ell and Mr. Pinchot as they passed
through here recently on a toor of the
West examiniBg the various govern
ment irrigation projects and forest re
serves, and was assored by them that
tbey would heartily oo-operate to make
the convention a saocess and to be the
means of inaugurating an extensive
and more praotically bandied irriga
tion system for Rosoe River Valley.
Mr. Newell, who is at the bead of the
government reclamaton service, and
Mr. Pinchot, who is at the bead of the
forest reserve service, will attend the
convention and each will make an ad
dress. Secretary Garfield gave the
' assuranoethat all the experts of bis
department who will be Bjt Sacramento
will come to Grants Pass and assist in
the convnetion here. Secretary Gar
field will also send an expert from bis
department who will examine all the
samples of clays, shales, lime, marble,
etc., tbat will be brought to the fair
held here, to ascertain if the material
is in the Rogoe River Valley for the
manofature of sewer pipe, vitrified
brick, fire brick, pressed brick, pot
tery, eto. Through Seretary Wilson
two experts from the department of
Agriculture will take part in the pro
gram for the meeting here, aod speak
on topic? of special interest to the
trait growers, stockmen and farmers.
Toe program will also embrace a num
ber of prominent persons of this state,
who will present subjects for consid
eration that have an important bearing
on the develoment of the resources of
The conservation aud usa of the
water and. timber supplies of the
United States is attracting wide
spread attention and the forthcoming
National Irrigation Congress at Sac
ramento promises to have a much
larger attendance than any such pre
vious gathering. There will be prom
inent perrons at Sacramento from all
st'etiuous of the country, eveu " ?w
England is to be represented, and it is
espucted by the officers f f the Coo
gr-Ka that the attendance will be .WOO
or more. A strong delegation from Or
eon will be there aud all will work
to secure as many as possible of the
1 35 Acres 8 miles from
I; tivation, 2 Acres in Alfalfa, 15 Acres of first class Apple
i: land nn.l balance suitable for Teaches and Grapes,
!: about one half of place under irrigation, 100 assorted
:i fruit trees. House and barn,. Price only $1500 if
taken smn.
Ground Floor, Opera House Block
Eastern delegates to return by way of
Orogon to their homes and take a
look at Rogue River Valley and stop
off at Grants Pass aud attend the Irri
gation Connvention aod visit the
Rogue River Valley Industrial Fair. "
It is also planned to have a business
mens' ecxarsion to come by special
train from Portland. This will be
arranged for through the commercial
organizations of Portland and the offi
cials of the Sonthern Pacific. It is
expected that 500 or more can be had
to come by this excursion from the
various sections of the northern aud
eastern part of the state, and after
they have spent a day or so in Grants
Pass then.their train will be run as
far as Ashland and on the branch
roads to Jacksonville and to Eagle
Point that they may sea a goodly part
of Rogue River Valley. There will
be every likelihood tbat there will be
in Grants Pass at the time of this j
convention more persons of natioaal
and state promineooe than were ever
before in Rogue River Valley at one
time and it is certain that the irriga
tion convention and fair will draw to
this oity a larger orowd than ever has
been in Grants Pass at any celebra
tion or other public event.
There will be some 15 or more
state irirgations conentins held this
year.and, as is the role heretofore, at
each place where a conventio is held
au exhibit will be made of the pro
doots of that section and a showing
of the resources aod advantages that
interest home seekersand investors.
This feature will be carried out at
Grants Pass and the Rogue River
Valley Fair will bajan attraotive and
profitable .adjonot to tueOregon Irriaa-
tion.Oonvention. The purpose will
be to especially make a complete
showing of the fruit, dairy, stock,
bops, vegetables, minerals, timber,
manufactured and other products of
Rogue River Valley. But the display
will not be restricted to this valley,
for if the other sectiontof South' rn
Oregon want to exhibit their products
they will be given space. Pioneer
and Indian relics and Rogue River
Valley photographic views will be
featares in the fair that will be of
special iuurest to our visitors from
the east.
While wo are proud of the capacity
of Rogue River Valley for producing
the of fruit, stock, lumbtr, miu-
eral and similar products, vet the
babies of this wonderful Vallry, by
their attract.venens and intelligence
would certainly elicit the heartiest
of commendation from our baby lov
ing president. To give our Eastern
visitors an opportunity to i-ee the fu
ture hostlers of this Valley aud who
will he able to hold their owu with
the best of the country, a baby show
ill l, hld. the indues to be three
of the most popular bachelors of
Rogue River Valey. !
A large tent will be secured
in which to place me irun
similar exbuitB. To meet tne ex
penses of the fair aod the irrigation
convention will require fully $2"00
To raise this auioout thtre is avail
able, a state appropriate of 11200
fir a Ronoe River Valley. di-tric fair,
and an appropriated of t-"00 will be
Grants Pas, 10 Acres in cul-
Grants Pass oity council will grant
the fair management the licenses de
rived from the the street shows that
will flock to the city during the fair
aud which will yield about ft 00. i
The admissions to the fair will briug
in $250 or more. Only residents of
Southern Oregon will be charged ad
mission, as is the rule at the Hood
Rivre fair, while all visitors will be
given a souvenir badge that will b
a pass to all departments of the fair.
I'o see that the funds of the fair asso
ciation are properly expended the ex
ecutive committee has chosen R. W.
Clarke, Joseph Moss and R. H.
O'Neill, three of the most prudent
business men of Grants Pass to be the
finance committee. H. L. Gilkey,
cashier of the First National Bank,
has been chosen treasurer.
A feature which Manager Meserve
has proposed and which the farmers
all say will be a drawing card to them
will be a stock aud general auction
sale to be condacted each day of the
fair. There is not a farmer in Rogue
River Valley but what has stock, tools
or other things that he would like to
sell, and he is also, ready to buy other
stock or tools that might be sold. A
first-class auctioneer and a competent
clerk and a sales manager will be se
cured, and a warehouse and stock
yards rented. A nominal commission
of 5 percent will be (cbarged which
will be enough to make the auction
pay its way.
Fruit Crowore Association, ie Now
Rectsty for Shipping Trulia.
Pear Ripening.
The Grants Pass Fruit Growers
Association has all arrangements com
pleted for shipments of fruit aud melons
for this season. The warehouse of the
gristmill has been ronted of H. A.
Corliss and tho Association will now
have the exclusive use of a large pack
ing room and have the use of a siding
where the cars are not kicked about
every few hours. A supply of paper
and boxes is now ready for pouch and
pear shipments as also crates for melons.
The shipping of peaches anil canta
loupes will begin the first of next
week, the local market now taking up
at a good price all peaches and canta
loupes brought in. The grower to have
the first ripe cantaloupes was Lynn I.
Allen, on the Hiver road below this
city, who picked the first from his
field on July 111. C K. Russell, another
melon grower picked Ins Iirsl
intaloupes but two days later
did Mr. Allen.
I'nloss a cool spell of weather comes
to hold hack the ripening of fruit the
picking of liartlctt pears will commence
on Monday, August 12. and all unpacked
ust be delivered at the Associn
Hons warehouse by noon the following
day and packed fruit by 5 p. m. This
i(1 Bi,BOluti'ly necessary as tho ear will
1m. HtHrt,.j for New York mat nigni ami
unless there is enough for
car the pears left over will be shipped
to Portland and take the chances of a
low market. The first pear in the
Kastern mnrkets bring the fancy prices
and every day's delay means a decrease
in price. L,ast year picKing " k""
on Tuesday morning and owing to the
slowness of the farmers in getting
their pears in the loading of the car was
delayed until Friday, Causing a loss of
L'.'.c a box on the pears as the drop was
that much in the New1 York market
This season the oar will be loaded
within 40 hours after picking las begun
and if itis delayed by nop arrival or
pears the late comers will be find Wc
a box for each day they cause the car
to be delayed. Pears must not be pick
ed when hot as tbey will wilt and will
not stsnd long shipment. Picking must
begin at daylight and stop so soon as
tie beat of the day comes cn at!) or
10 o'clock. The hauling can be done
during the day but the fruit must be
carefull covered from the sun and dust
and the boxes kept perfectly clean,
Pears are ready to pick so soon as the
point of the seed begins to turn brown.
They must not be dropped eve-, one
inch in the basket or picking sack, as
the very smallest bruise will rot the
pear during the 12 days in .the car for
New York. Shipment will positively
be refused to growers who handle their
fruit roughly. Don't pick a pear less
than 2 V4 inches in diameter, leave the
small ones to grow for the secoud pick
ing, and only perfect truit win oe re
ceived. Get extra help so the picking
can all be done in ono morning if
possible. Tears will be received in
quanities from one box up and for this
year from any person whether a member
ot tho Association or not. All desiring
to ship pears through the Association
must notify mo at 'once. AU pears
within convenient distance to Grants
Pass must be brought to the warehouse
for packing. Growers at a ditsance
and having 50 boxes or more will have
packers sent them and they must get
their boxes and paper at once. Small
lots had better be taken to the neigh
bor who has a Dackinz crew, but if
not convenient then be brought to the
Association's warehouse. Pears are so
tender and having to bo shipped 2000
miles to markot they must be hauled
to the warehouse in a spring wagon.
If on a cemmon wagon then put on
high sideboards and fill with hay and
set the boxes on they hay and drive
with the greatest care and walk the
horses. Small lots can be brought in
loose in boxes, but it is best to wrap
each pear in old news or other paper,
for if there is any of the pearsat all
bruised the lot will be refused as we
shall take no chances with a bad lot
that will endangerthe sale of the eare
ful grower's fruit.
This Association is going to attain
the Medford prices for pears and the
Hodd River prices for apples and
growers who will not conform to its
rules will have to sell where they can
and get swindlod as they have almost
every year or loose their pay entirely
as many of the farmers did last fall
who slod to a dishonest local buyer,
Three dollars a box for apples and $5
a box for pears will yet come to the
fruit growers of Josephine county if
they will but be thorough intheir oreb
ard work, honest in their pack and
stand loyally by their Association.
Kverv other industry and vocation is
organized and if the farmers't
unite and co-operate 'hey may bo aide
by hard work and fins cionomy ma U
a scant living. Vit:i the sii.nll Si
ginning that ;h li-nnis Win Fv.iit
(iiowers Asse.'i ;ii .1 "i:id" laM year I'lid
with a very small membership I
meiuliers reuli.i-d hi tter pi ices for II i
fruit than di.l 'lr' "luvi-f. wile n'M to
dealers nud 'hec git their cash .-oinpt
ly and did not nin' to ) le e Mtaih
meats on cirs -if frui: and .-Imse in
absconding dei.-'r u: of the stale. 1 'n
the shipment of Martlet pears to Xew
York the Association netted $1.10 a
box after freight and sales commission
hud been made. The farmers who Bold
to local dealers got .fllle n box. The
previous year, before the Association
had been organized, the best price paid
by the dealers was .40 a box. On New
town apples the Association netted $1.79
a box and on Spitizenburgs $1.(10 and
$1. ('." a box. On fall apples that were
selling in the local market at " a
box and were a drug in the Const
markets the Association got $1.00 a box
shipment esnt to Honolulu. Hut
the Association did not fare o well on
a shipment of the common kind of
apples that I had sold to a Ran Fran-
cisco firm at fl.l" r. o. o. urnnis rnn.
These apples were to be free from scale,
worms and blemishes but owing to the
carelcsness of some of the packers and
some of the growvrs the shipment was
turned down by the buyer sent by the
firm to examine tho fruit and he re
graded the lot and fixed the price rang
ing from $1.10 down to .70 a box
Had the pack been honest and uniform
the firm, which is one of the het on
this Coast, would have paid the eon
tract price of 11.10. When the Assoc!
ation is able to have all the grading
and packing done by its own crews of
trained, reliable hands then will such
olsses to the growers be avoided. But
this little loss was nothing to that
sustained by some of the fruit growvrs
j outside of the Association who did their
f)Wn ,nil,j)ing 0ne of the big growers
; of tti eountT got a flattering offer
( f r;)m N( w T(J.k fof tw(. arj of tmarJi
Newtowns. Not having the means of
knowing the firm's standing as does the
Association he sent the apples and lost
over $400 on the shipment One of
the biggest growers in Jackson county
was taken in by the same firm on
seven cars of apples and pears and lost
so heavily that he did not make a
dollar onhis orchard last season. The
Fruit Growers Associations all over the
United States all stand together and
when ono finds a buyer bad all the
other Associations are notified and that
firm goes on the blacklist. When a
farmer is swindled he does not write
to all the othor farmers In the country,
but he pockets his loss and his wrath
and proceeds next year to soli to
another dealer who likely as not has
swindled other farmers, and thus the
endless chain goes on and at last the
poverty-stricken farmer declares that
farming docs not pay.
Manager Grants Pass Fruit Growers
Testimony in OrloU Will Suit
Soon Bo Tsvkn Claima
of lh Plaintiff.
Tostimony in the ponding suit of
John Robertson against F. N. Mitchell
and J. C. Mattison, for a one third
intrest in the "Oriolo" mining claim,
Galice district, will be taken at Grants
Pass on Thursday, August 8th before
Court Referee Calkins. This suit is
attracting more than the ordinary share
of attention because all the parties to
the action have long been ersidents of
Josephine county and are well known.
A large number of witnesses are being
subpoenaed by each side and the suit
promises to become a cause celebre in
the annals of mining litigation in
Southern Orcgv.i.
When Robertson first filed his action
he received an injunction restraining
tho defendants from further operation
of the "Oriole," or shipping the rich
ore that it has lately been producing,
pending a determination of tho suit.
This injunction is still in force, despite
the most determined efforts of tho de
fendants to have it dissolved. In
furtherance of this attempt they ran
sacked the Galice district and other
sections for tho aflidavits of alleged
witnesses, but these were of no avail,
These are Live Ones
You'll Have to Hurry
Regular 72 iu. Hammock
with cut pillow or val
ance, 7 be kind 50C
Regular 72 in. Hammock
with valance and pillow , P
$1.65 kind I.Z5
Regular 11 in. Hammock
with valance and pillow A AA
$2.35 and $2.50 kind. . . Z.0U
Regular 72 in. Hammock
with large val. and pil-
1... n.A
$3.75 kind 3.00
Reg. 84 in. Hammock with
heavy, large val., taffeta
K7S kind 0.00
Sizes given above is the bed
Hammock only.
Furniture and Car
pets. Linoleums,
!. Curtains, For
tieres, Mattresses,
Pillows, Cots, Wall
Paper, Clocks,
Mirrors, Window
Bhades, Picture,
Picture Moulding.
il it. b hUlik
I ront St., bat. 6 and 7
the court holding in effect that the
interests of all parties would be best
conserved by keeping the mTne in the
hands of a receiver until the questions)
at issue are finally adjudicated.
In his complaint Robertson alleges
that he has been deprived of his right
ful intrest in the "Oriole" by reason
of a conspiracy entered iuto by
Mitchell and Mattison. It appears
that Robertson bought the claim in
1001 and had, at that'fimo, undisputed
titlo to tho whnlo of the property.
An agreement was entered into with
Mitchell whereby the latter was to do
tho assessment work for a one-half
intrest. At about that time Mrs.
Robertson, wife of the plaintiff, be
came ill and Mr. Robertson was com
pelled by force of circumstances to
quit his employment in Galice and take
hor to a hospital in Portland to secure
needed medical attontion. Ho loft the
disrtict relying upon Mitchell to do
the assessment work in compliance with
the agreement made between them.
Mitchel, failed to do this work. The
yoar had nearly closed bofore Robertson
loarnod the fact and thou, poor in
purso because of the unusual financial
strain that had been laid upon him,
he found himsolf personally unable to
attend to it. In those circumstances)
Robortson entored into a further agree
ment with Mitchell, who had, by this
time, formed some kind of partner
ship with Mattison. This agreement,
in brief, was that Mitchell' should re-
stake the claim on January 1st., in the
names of all three, each man to share
The claim was re-staked, ' but John
Robertson was not named as one of
!the lotors.. He avert that the eon
'piracy of Mitchell and Mattison to
defraud him of his just share was con
ceived by them at the time Mitchell
was supposed to be doing the assess
ment work and that the claim was
allowed to lapse as a result of that
conspiracy. The deception was kept
up by Mitchell for some time after
the claim had been relocated, as Rob
ertson has letters from that defendant,
which will bo produced at the trial,
saying that all was woll and that his,
(Robertson's), intrest was safe. Noarly
a year elapsed before Robertson bo
came aware that he had been tricked.
Whon ho did learn of it he tondered
payment ofr his ono third of the assess
ment work, making this tender in the
presnnco of witnesses. The money was
refused and tho man who had bought
(Continued on last page)
Now that warm weather la
here lot as get down to business.
I want to talk HAMMOCKS to
I tbink I have the biggest as
sortment of Hammocks ever show
ia Orants Pass. I was tempted
by the low pries at whloh then
Hammocks were offered aod I
booght heavy. They are worth
more money in the market today
to bay than I am selling for.
The goods are perfect and prices
low My advise is to order now.
Better send io yoar order today
by mail, or if in Grants Pass,
ooine in aud as us.
Yonrs truly;
rtores and Ranges,
Agtcwars, Tinware,
Wooden ware,
WUIowara, Cutlery,
Crockery, Lamps,
Glassware, Fancy
Chios, Uo-Carts,
Baby Carriages.