Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 1886-1927, August 21, 1908, Image 1

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No. 21
Visitors From Missouri
Coming Wednesday.
Meeting of the Fruit Grower
Will Be Held at the Com
cial Club Koom.
W. P. Strk, president of the Mis
souri State Board of Hut i colt ore, ac
companied by James M. Irvine, editor
of the Western Fruit Grower, pub
lished at St. Joseph, Mo., bave t d
vised the Courier that they will be in
Grants Pass Wednesday to meet as
many of the frait growers of tbij sec
tion as possibe. They are makiug a
iz weeks' trip throngh the orchard
regions of Colorado, Idaho, Utah,
Montana, Oregon and Washington to
tudy the methods of western frait
The people ef Missouri have learned
to look to Oregon for intelligent in
formation pertaioiog to horticulture,"
said Mr. Stark to an Oiegoniau are
porter at the Portland Monday.
"The Missouri State Board ot horti
culture consists of sis members and a
secretary. Of the seven, four shall
have visited the fruitgrowing seotioos
of your state before the frait season
closes this year. Oar secretary, W.
1. Howard already has visited the
state and studied horticultural
conditions. Mr. Irvine, who accom
panies me, while not a member of the
board, is closely identified with the
fruit interests of our state. During
the picking season, T. H.'Todd, treas
urer of the Board, and J. H. Chris
tian, vice-president, will spood some
time in Oregon. Mr. Todd is an ex
tensive apple grower and comes to
study the methods employed by the
growers in Oregou with soon success
ful resorts. Mr. Christian is one of
the latest fruit shippers in Missouri
and will devote his time to studying
the methods followed by the various
association of the fruit n rowers
''Undeniably Oregon is one of the
greatest fruit scot ions in the country.
Our state is interested particularly
in the growing of apples and from the
investigation we have made, coupled
with our knowledge of the quality of
the fruit produced in Oregon, we are
convinced that your state Is mtitled
to the fame it enjoys as a fruit grow
iug district.
"Horticultorallv, Oregon has a great
many advantages over Mirsouir. In
the first place both climate and soil
are adapted to fruit culture and you
do not have to contend with tne un
favorable weather conditions and num
erous peats with which our state is
infested. You have practically no ap
ple sob while oor crop this year is
ee iously affected witli this blight.
Again, yon have a compnlto y spray
ing law. In our state it is option 1
with the grower whether he takes
Last Chance
Good News For You -Listen!
You have seen Hammocks, but you've
never seen as good a Hammock at a price
so small at ths Hammocks we are offer
ing now-all at cost-to close out.
O'NEILL, TheHomefurnisher
this precaation to insure good frait.
"You growers are organized and
derive the benefits from systematic
methods adopted in growing the fruit,
packing, shipping and marketing the
product. The Oregon orcha'dist also
devotes his time aDd attention ex
clusively to fruit growing while in
Missouri fruit cutlure is followed only
as a side issue. Lack of organization
and co-operation among the sowers
completes the explanation for the
position our state occupies horticul-
"Misiouri is " long in trees hut
short in fruit. There are in the state
20.000,000 apple trees, probably more
than in any other state, yet for the
reasons given, the crop will be liirht.
The members of our board are making
a thorough study of horticultural
conditions, the methods followed in
growing, packing, shipping and mar
keting in the states of Oregon, Wash
ington aud Idaho. This information
will be arranged in proper fo-m and
submitted for the education of Mis
souri orchardlsts in the hope that the
standard of or fruit may he raised.
"With the exception of frnit"the
crops throughout the Middle West
will be enormous this year," sup
plemented Mr. Irvine. "First the
frosts injured our fruit prospects and
then a cold rain lasting 20 days during
the period of fertilization completed
the damage. Farmers in Missouri,
Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois
never were more prosperous. Mauy
of them own automobiles and instead
of mortgage plastered farms it is not
at all unusual to find the farmer hold
ing mortgages.
"Our section of the country has quite
entirely recovered from the effects
of the financial disturbance last Fall.
In faot, dnring the flurry, many of
the smaller oities continued on a cash
basis while their business interests ap
parently sustained no ill effects from
the depression. "
Medford Man. Kecently of New
York, Mak Attempt on
Hi Life.
Frank I. Nelke of New York, who
went to Medford a week ago with bis
wife and child and rented a room, and
was about to open a clothing store,
attempted to commit suicide at 10:80
Tuesday morning by drinkiug two
ounces of carbolic acid, after cutting
his wrist with a razor. He was
found shortly afterwards iu the bath
room of the Hotel Moore by his wife.
Her screams brought doctors, win
pumped the man's stomach, but he is
believed to be beyond recovery.
Wednesday evening he made another
unsuccessful attempt to end his li fa
with a butjber knife ,with which bis
wife was breaking ice for him.
H is 8fi yeard of age, the son of a
wealthly New York merchant, and
had beeu a traveling salesman. He
whs given money by bis father to
start in business here. He had pur
ohas d a stock of goods, which is now
en route there. It is believed that
vtnrrv over business affairs unsettled
his nimd.
Nelke died the following day.
Don't wail until ynu crmmence
picking be'ore ordering Hop ticket'.
Or e from the C.urier flice.
THE 1 1 & 0. S.
Mr. G. A. Collins
Made President
Construction Work Will Begin
During December of th
Present Year.
The Rogue River and Oregon South
ern Railway company was formally
organized in the city of Seattle, Toes
day of this week with Chi-f Engineer
O. A. Collns, who has been here the
past few week making the prelimi
nary korvey of the proposed line Into
the Illinois Valley, as president f H.
B. Buddenburg, an extensive mining
man of Seattle, vioe-president, and O.
C Shepard of the law film of Sbepard
A Flett of Seattle as secretary-treasurer.
The company is capitalized for
11,000,000 or 10,000 shares of 100
par value. Of the capital stock 4000
shares are preferred, the other 6000
being ooinmoa stock. The company is
incorporated for a period of 60 yer
and will bave a board of five trustees,
which number may, by a vote of the
stockholders, be Increased to . nine.
The articles, of incorporation, which
are herewith published, rrovide that
the company construct a line with
Orants Pass and Waldo as termini.
As lias already betn stated in these
oolumns chief engineer, Mr. Collins,
has been conferring with the county
board relative to the construction of
the proposed new bridge across ' the
Rogue River at this point with a view
to having the same a combination
wagon and railroad bridge. Mr. Col
lins submitted plans and specification
of such a bridge to th board at its
meeting this week. Th's bridge, ac
cording to Engiueer Collins' figures
would be what is known as a combi
nation wood and steel structure of the
Howe Tru's pattern at a cost of about
f 15,000 aud would last 20 to 25 years.
The county board at this wiek's ces
sion decided to advertise for bids on
two different trpes of tiri.ige, said
b'ris to be opened at the neit sesson
of the court, Septebuier 4ih. The
court a-ks for separate b'ds cn a rugu-
latirn steel wagon tridve and for a
combination wagon and ra rload
structure of wood and s'etl as sug
gested hy Mr. Collins.
Mr. Coll'ns has suspended nier-Ulons
on a portiou of bis I rellmiuary survey
fur the present, pend ng the actlnu of
the court on the bridge rropos'tiou.
If the county should not ate f t to
construct a romblnat'on wagon and
ra Irod bridge Mr. Clio us stat-s that
it will probably necessitate arhnn.e
n th's end of the 1 no at now sur
veyed, In which evmt h s road m-y
cio s the river at a po'ut pet Lai s half
a mile above the present wagon br'dge
or two or three miles below the
bridge. It would app ar that to cros
the river al either of these latter
pointa would be less advantageous to
the people of the city thau if the
mad r ro sed at the resent wagon
bridge at the foot of Sixth meet, ss
this latter would give direct commu
nication with the city park across the
Howeve-, Mr. Collin bores ti have
the survey all completed and ready for
construction work to b-g n some time
io Kovebmer or Dec ruber, aud to be
able to let contracts to the local siw
mills for the cutting of tie and tim
bers during the winter months. This
would give the mills opportunity to
run during the winter months wheo
hauling oat lumber in ordinary years
would be difficult and the mill would
ordinarily be closed down for the
whole winter.
Following are the artiels of incor
poration of the new road, subject to
minor changes:
The name of the corporation shall be
Rogue River Oregon St Southern Rail
Tbe object and purpose for which
said corporation ia formed shall be as
follows :
I. To buy, own, construct, main
tain aud operate line of railway, to
be operated either by steampower,
electricity or any other means of op
eration of railroads now or hereafter
used for such par poses, for the trans
portation of persons and property
with terminals at Grants Pass aud
Waldo, Josephine County.
2. To acquire by purchase or by
condemuation under the laws of the
State of Oregon, all such lauds, ease
ment, building rights and privileges t
may be necessary for roadbeds, yards,
sidings, spur tracks, station groun s.
terminals and other purposes for the
ocmpleta and successful construction,
operation aud maintenance of Hues of
railroad for trausportatiou of persons
and property in said counties.
8. To buy construct aud maintain
all moh baildiugsaud other structures
for the reception aud dispatch of
person aud proixrty, for the storage,
construction, repair aud maintenance
of engines, cars and other vehicle to
be porpolled over such lines of rail
road, as may be necessary and use
ful for the operation thereof.
4. To acquire all such franchise,
easen.nU, grants, rights, power and
privileges under or by act of any
municipal or other public board or
corporations as may be necessary to
carry out the other objscts of this
6.. To acquire by any lawful
method under tbe laws ot the State of
Oregon right aud privileges for uti
lising the water and water powers
convenient and accessible to snob
liaes of railroad as may be constructed
or acquired by this corporal iou for
the purpose ot developing such power
aud . thereby operating said line ot
railroad and to build, maintain aud
operate - station and plant for the
produtioo of power by either steam or
water power and particularly for'the
production of electric current whereby
to pro pell vehicle and operate said
lines of railroad.
4. To bay, build, manufacture,
own aud use any rolliug stock, tool,
machinery, equipment, personal
property of every character, which
may be useful or necessary in tbe
operation of said railroad by either
steam power, electricity or any other
power now or herealter used for such
The amount tf the capital stock of
said corporaion shall be one million
dollars (f 1,000.000.00)' to be divided
into ten thousand shares (10.00 )) of
the pur value of one hundred dollars
(IIOti.00) per share. .Of said stock
four thousand (4000) shares shall be
designated as preferred stock and
shall be entitle ! ' to a perferential
dividend accumulating from year to
year until paid at the rata of 8 per
cent per year, and hall also be n
titled to full paymeut of the fioe
thereof out of the as-ela of the oor
portiou in cae of any sale or other
liquidation of its assets hffore pav
meut of any pal of the face of the
common stock and the remiuiug six
thouuHud (t'000) shares shall be desig
nalen as common stock and shall been,
titled to a dividend if ail the prin ts
in th" otx ration of the railroad over
and above theacctuulative divldiud on
the preferred Btock, and shall be en
titled n ess of any sale of or nthet
liqti d-stiuti of thx as-ifti of this corn r
ari"n, to all of ti e assets not applied
to ih payment of the par value of the
preferted stock.
The time of tbe existence of this
rorp ration shall be fifty (50) years
from tbe first day of Auvust, J DOS.
The numher of fostes rf this cor
poration shall be five (6) but by vote
of the majority of the stock holders
at any regular or social meeting
thereof the nuuilmr of trustees may
b incroas' d to any number not ex
ceeding (). .
The regular annus! meeting of the
stockhold. rs shall lie held rn the first
Moudav of Jiuoary in each jear here
after. ARTICLE VI.
Tbe prinolpat place of business of
this corporation and Its main office
shall be located in trie oily of Seattle,
King oounty, Washintgoo, but It shall
also bave an office in the city of
Orants Pass, Orgon.
1 1 i
Mis Anna Colvlg came down from
Ashlaad Monday, aod after a few
dav visit with parent aod friends In
this city, will go to PortUod to re
Aug. 27, Thursday the Annual re
anion of th Pioneer of Southern
Oregon at Jacksonvill
Climate and Soil Attract
People ot Other States
Wonderful Diversity of Nature.!
Resource Respond Quickly
to Touch ol Industry.
Oar county, Josephine, though not
so well known as soma others in Ore
gon is forgiug ahead and gaining a
place among tbe best of our beloved
state. Its resident bave great faith
in its resources wblob bave never
reached their highest possibiltiea or
are still entirely undeveloped. The
mountain scenery, pure water, health
ful climate, active, industrious and
friendly people are among the things
that attract visitor from other stales.
There is nothing more beautiful than
tbe view spread before us late iu the
winter or in the early spring, when
the valley are carpeted with spring
ing grass, dotted over wltb wild
flowers, and the surrounding moun
tain are clad In tbe white robe of
winter lime.
As Josephine Oounty is just north
ot the California line it climate doe
not differ greatly from the northern
part of that state. Though the tern
peratore may rise 10, 13, or more de
gree higher than In the eastern cities
where prostration and death from beat
is common occurrence, such a case
has never been known here. Though
the days may be warm, tbe night are
always cool and delightful and on
tl:t In the morulng rested, refreshtt)
aud ready for tbe day's labor. There
1 S:ldom a night in the heat of som
mer that a little covsriug Is not need
ed oe rore morning. The winters are
mild and rainy but it is quite unus
ual for the wind to blow while ralu is
falling so an umbrella can always b
carried, aud the people being used to
the damp weather do not seem to
mind it. Usually if a ersun spend
a year here and then goes East be is
never satisfied uutil be sees Joeephiue
County again. It is often said If a
dr;uk from Rogue River Is taken, re
turn is sure.
The ar ed scenery of the valley
with hw ft flowing stream, tb
uii untalns with their evergreen ft r
cat delight the eye of the most es
ti et o, aud In summer a visit to tbe
Joseph lie County Limestone Caves
is a never to-be-forgotleii treat. These
cavis are nearly 40 miles from Grants
Pans,, the county seat aud Its metropo
lis, and thoufth tho route for some
distance Is over a runged niounta n
trail, a visit to this wonder ot nature
repays one for all the dlflluultes en
0' uuteied In reaching (here. Two
entrance have been discovered, one
cons dorahlv higher up the tuotiulaln
thau tbe other. From the lower on
flows a stream of pore, low cold water
very refreshing to the weary traveler.
No draught from cut glans bowl or
gulden goblet coald possibly be better
than th from any kind of drink ng
venae! that can be obtained. ,
Among th mounts na surrounding
tbe Will ama Creek valley lie a source
of wealth, the Marble ledge, abso
lutely undeveloped, though of late It
has been takea lup, some fine speci
mens quarr ed out and a few head
stones made. Tbe marble la of a dark
tray mottled aud tbe potest white in
color. It take beautiful polish and
is there in vast quantities.
On Cheney creek, about 12 or 13
miles from Oraota Pas I anotbsr
cive, though not so large or interest-
Lg as the Limestone cave but easier
of access, and here Is another deposit
of marble, said to be very large but
not so purs ss that of the William
creek marble ledg. Home lime baa
beeo made oo Cheney creek but not
enough to consider It a oo of oar
Though for several year saw mills
have beeo io operation In different
section of the Coonty, the greater
part of the time ia yet untouched the
higher moontalo being covered
with the finest forest. This great
r source wblob i so far only partially
developed is only waiting for the
building of branch toads, as there is
but one railroad In the com ty, the
Southern Pacific When branch roads
are built, these hitherto inaccessible
forests will furnish millions of feet
of sugar pioe, fir, yellow pine, oak
and madrone. The iuauxnita is a
mall tree or bush but the wood is
bard, of a beautiful red color and
takssaflue finish. It is principally
used for cane and ornamental pur
poses. With wood suitable for all
kinds of furniture at hand, a furni
ture factory catefully managed would
be a great success.
When the facilities for reach iug oar
timber belts, our mines of gold, and
copper, our marble ledges, are pro
vided by the Iron horse, it doe .not
require a prophet or one veised in the
science ot astrology to ptediot the
future of Josephine county.
In an article printed iu 1805 the au
thor stated that the great staple of
Oregon was then and would always bo
iti mineral wealth; that wheu fully
developed It would afford employment
for millions of people and materially
dd to the world' wealth. Josephine
county has added its share to tne
wealth of tbe world though men
veised in the subject declare that the
minlug industry there Is still in its
infancy. With the development of
later years in lumbering and agricul
tural productions, miuiug will bave to
compete with both limber and agri
culture to retain it plaoe a tint on
the list.
The great need of Ibisoountry today
1 irrigation aud we bave th water
If it could only be utilised. The
Rogue river with it great volume of
water, the Applegate, the Illinoli'and
the numerous creek tributary to
these river form a wonderful resouroe
of wealth.
We cannot uioany obtain water
from the akle in ummer, bat theee
streams can be used. It 1 though! by
many from the lay of the land that ar
tesian water might be obtained bat
the theory ba not been tested. Oor
oil teems wltb big things. The
writer previously referred to, said
that the the distinguishing feature
ot th soil of Oregon aod of the en
tire Pactflo coast l It tendency to
convert itself into fruit, aud that the
difficulty with tree In Oregon was not
to make them, bear, but to keep them
from bearing too much. These are
certainly faols Iu Josephine oounty.
While irrigation might not make
great wealth for one person, homes
and a mean of livelihood - would be
furnished to many on lands that are
now worthies. We bave land all
about a sbowiug what water will do.
The fertile William creek and Ap
plegate valley 20 year ago contained
few farms that paid well. Today
w'th Irrigation tbe field ar green
with alfalfa, two oreainerica are In
otM-ratlon, hops, grain, berries, fruit,
all show what a combination of pluck,
industry, good soil and moisture can
produoe. Tbe farmers and fruit
ras-rsara prosperous not gorily there
but wherever Irrigation, together
with the other qualities mentlened
has been tried. Where good wells
cau be procured It Is possible to water
several acres with electricity, gaso
line or steam aa motive power.
In conclusion let as listen a mo
ment to tbe murmuring of old Kogue
River ss U rushes bj to bury Itself in
tbe bosom of the great Pacific
"Only give me a chance aud I can
ftirniah million of volt of electricity,
I can run your nil 11 and factories.
I can water your laud transforming
thousands of aores of waste land into
visions of beauty, making tbe desert
blosorn aa the rose. Hundred of
year 1 have poured this immense
volume of water Into the sea, bot am
anxious to help yoo. Of all the re
source of Josephine oounty, developed
or undeveloped, I am tbe greatest.
Only give in a chance."
And when shall the mighty river be
given chance to prove In power?
A young man by the name of Archie
Kelley was taken off No. IS last Sunday
night at tbtsfplace by the police at tbe
instigation ot the brakeman. He wa
beating bis wsy on tb blind baggage
aod when ordered off by the brake-
man displayed a gun and refased to
budge uutil be reached tbl point.
Wbeo searched the police found
npoo bis person two large dirks and
a revolver. He was placed in the
city jail until Monday morning wbeo,
after an examination by the authorU
ltte be wa relaesed. He stated that
be was a dairyman by trade and had
come from California n root to tbe
north country to envge in f'sp"'ng
and hunting dm Ing h. .ur w