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GRANTS PASS. JOSBPHINB COCHTY, OKBQOK, FRIDAY. JANUARY 1, 199.
ONE OF THE BIG
Eismann Orchard Sold
for Good Price.
OVER $500 PER ACRE
Has Already Made Fortune for For
mer Owners the
The sale of the Eismann' orchard,
fire miles below Grant Pass, last
week to Elmer Shank and C. C
Hall, was one of the largest real es
tate transactions which has taken
place In this valley for some months,
There are 64 acres in the tract, 35
of which is composed of apple trees
In bearing. Another 20 acre is
planted with apple and peach trees
alternately but is not in bearing,
. though the peach trees will com
mence to bear next year, making
at that time t5 acres of producing
The 35 acre tract is one of the
oldest orchards In the valley and
has had much to do with the fame of
this section as the land of the big
red apple, and while it was making
fame for Grants Pass it also made
a fortune for It owners. The en
tire place Is well equipped, has good
residences, packing houses, spray
factory, irrigation system, and every
thing else to constitute a well f quip
ped working orchard.
The price paid was $34,000, for
lue entire 64 acres and while this
Is something over $500 per acre,
yet It is not high considering the
fact that one year's crop from the
i5 acres alone amounts to over
$17,000, When the peaches begin
to bear next year the return will be
much more, and vastly more yet
when the young apple trees begin
The Elsman Bros, have been sue
cesful orchardlsts, and they have
studied the question from all sides
and while learning to combat the
enemies of fruit have shown that
properly bandied orchard Is the best
paying proposition that Is known In
this or any other country.
Chris. Elsman will continue to
manage the orchard for Messrs,
Shank t Hall.
Pastor to Leave,
Rev. Austin J. Hollingsworth has
resigned the pastorate of the Chris
tian chuich, to take effect the last of
February. Reverend Hollingsworth
came to Grants Pass In August, 1907,
from Lincoln, Neb., and during his
time here there have been 120 addi
tions to tie church and nearly $2500
has been raised for the various
church pit-poses. He has several
calls from churches in the middle
west, but has not as yet decided
what his luture work will be. He
has thought some of entering evan-
gellcal work beween the time of his
resignation here and next fall, when
We Extend to You
Thanking You for
I AND WISHING THAT
MAY BRING TO YOU
medical school td
for the medical misionary field, that
being his chosen 1
work. His suc-
cessor here has no
been decided up-
on, though the chut h has under con
DRW X. ,
The January ton of the Circuit
Court will probabll
be quite a long
and Important on
urymen have beewummoned to act
(or the term:
'1'. G. Harmon, A den.
David Brlggs, Mby.
D. S. Shaffer, Vfdo.
Orr Brown, Wifcrville.
M. T. Galvin, Gltts Pass.
. W. L. Babcock, lerby.
R. M. RobinsonlVllderville.
W. C. Hllderbr dt, Kerby.
.J. X. Nelson, C nts Pass.
W. F. Bowler, llllams.
G. A. Dunlap, ovolt.
R. P. George, srby.
J. B. Eberle, G nts Pass. -L.
C. Hyde, W lams.
G. A. Savage, ( ints Pass.
B. F. Bull.Wllc vllle.
Andrew Gtgler, rants Pass.
John Patrick, ants Pass.
James Parks, rby.
W. J. Smith, Sf 1a.
W. J. Ott, Mer .
L. G. Patterson irants Pass.
Robert Huck, ( ints Pass.
W. H. Freed, ( ints Pass.
R. Mansfield, G its Pass.
F. A. Pierce, J lln.
H. L. Andrews, rants Pass.
L. A. Heberlie, rants Pass.
J. C. Kincald, 1 Hams.
George Finch, ants Pass.
and evening by
the pastor. Mr.
bert S. Reltz will
sing solos at botl
school at 10, H.
tague at 3, Mrs.
M. C. Findley, silrintendent. Ep-
worth 'League at
0, D. H. Stovall,
worship at 10:3
Reed" Is the suif t of a pre-com
lie right hand of
fellowship will bl'xtended to new
members and the
ird's Supper will
be observed at
30. The Bible
school meets at 1115, under the dl
rectlon of R. Kl
Duty of Making
Is the topic for
meeting at 6:30.
with sermon by
pastor at 7:30,
on the topic "Thl
'Be of Time. At
the morning ser
Miss Nina Pad-
dock will sing
4rdlal welcome is
services will be
held In the W.
W. hall Sunday,
January 3. 1909 11 a. m. Sub
ject, "God." fnesday evening
service at 7:30 i
i., in the reading
ouse block, room
room in the Oper
5, north hall. .
are cordially in-
Selma school si
Roberts of the
several days at
Waldo last week!
nd this week in
visiting his old f
id A. L. Blodgett,
at Williams. T Selma school re
the Favors (908
and Hapraess J
he expects to entd
We wish one and all a
Prosperous and Happy
WILL OF THE LATE
R. D. HUME PROBATED
The will of the late R .D. Hume
has been filed for probate in Curry
county and by It's provisions the
widow is left outright the testator's
property on Chestnut street, San
Francisco, all stocks and bonds,
$20,000 in cash and some personal
property. The mansion at Pied
mont is owned by Mrs. Hume her
self. Four or five nieces and neph
ews are bequeathed $5000 each and
the remainder of the estate Is di
vided into 100 shares, of which Mrs.
Hume receiving 16 shares and the
nieces and nephews, some five and
some seven I hares each. This part
of the estate Includes the enormous
land holdings and canneries in Cur
ry county. Mrs. Hume Is sole ex
ecutrix of the will and she, together
with Charles H. Warner, is appointed
to admlnlnster the portion of the es
tate in California. According to
J. S. Coke, attorney for the admin-
Ihtrat.or, there will be no contest in
the settlement of the estate.
January 4, Monday City schools
H. T. Day and Miss Nellie Dement
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. A.
Jennings on Christmas.
Miss Barker, one of the popular
teachers In the public schools of the
city, spent her Christmas vacation in
The Nuggets have been disappoint
ed in securing a game of basketball
with the Medford team, and will
therefore play the Ashland Athletic
Club team this evening at the Coli
seum. The Ashland team Is a strong
one, coached by Claude Swan.
The boys' basketball team goes to
Ashland this afternoon to play the
Ashland Normal school this evening.
The boys have been practicing regu
larly in the skating rink, and Prof.
Miekle, manager, thinks that It will
be a close game. The players: Nor
ton, center; Dykes and Spauldlng,
forwards; Bratton and Nlday, guards.
Subs., Letcher, Stanley and McCrack
en. During the holidays here were a
number of petty burglaries in the
city. Schmidt's cigar store was en
tered and considerable plunder car
ried off. The thief was later cap
tured and Is now held In th county
Jail to appear before the grand jury.
Several of the merchants reported
light losses, but nothing of conse
quence. Sheriff Russell is wearing a new
Elk's charm, and one that is unique
in the way that It was secured in
fact there Is probably not another
one In existence where the teeth were
taken from a live elk. Some time ago
Mr. Russell caught an elk, threw It
down and then with a pair of pinch
ers pulled the two tushes out. The
elk was then allowed to go its way.
The two teeth make a very beautiful
A party of Young men from this
city will leave In a day or two for
Seattle to enter the State University
of Washington, where they will take
a special three month's course in for
estry to fit them for the examinations
for positions In the Forestry Service.
Those who will go are Melvln Lewis,
Ira Tungate, H. M. Guthrie, H. V.
Anderson, F. L. Colvlg and Chas. T.
Lewis. All the boys except Lewis
have been connected with the Forest
Service under Supervisor M. J. An
derson. Free Homes.
There is going to be a land opeu-
Ing at Roseburg, Ore., January 20.
1909. For lists, blue prints, maps
with vacant lands marked thereon
and full information regarding fil
ings, etc., send $2 to
ROSEBURG ABSTRACT UO
12-18-tf Roseburg, Ore.
81nce the first of the year the
county clerk has Issued 771 hunters'
licenses In Clatsop eounty. The li
censes are $1 each, and the money Is
turned over to the state. Over 1500
licenses have been issued In some
counties in the state.
WOULD CHANGE MANY
NAMES OF PLACES
The Oregon Geographic Board
has begun Its sessions in Portland
and the entire state divided Into
districts. The object of the or
ganization is to replace all ridicu
lous and unfit names with ones bet
ter suited. Grxyback mountains,
for Instance will probably be called
Marble mountain, as there is plenty
of marble in that section, and no
"graybacks" that anyone knows of.
Josepnlne County Falls in the di
vision assigned to .Will G. Steel of
Portland.' As there are plenty of
names around here that are not so
beautiful hut that they might be
improved. Louse Creek might
stand a change and ' many others,
where the names have not become
sacred by long association or
BORN To Mr and Mrs. SalveserD.
Clarke, living a few miles west of
' Grants Pass, on Friday, December
25, 1908, a son.
WOLLERMAN - RIVERS At the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Wlllard
Chase on East A Street, Christmas
Eve, December 24, 1908, Carl
Wollerman and Hesper May Rlv-
DIED In Grants Pass, Oregon, De
cember 28, 1908, Mrs. Karollne Kar
ner, of cancer, aged 46 years, 1
month and 24 days.
The funeral was held Wednesday
afternoon, interment being made in
the Granite Hill Cemetery. The de-
ceasd was the wife of GuBtave Kar-
ner. Her Illness extended over more
than a year, but in spite of all that
medical skill and loving kindness
could do, she passed away.
DIED In Grants Pass, December 29,
1908, David Albert Eberhard, son
of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Eberhard, of
Aurora, Oregon, of appendicitis.
The funeral was held Thursday af
ternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Hob
son residence in this city, Rev. Alex.
M. MacLean officiating. Mr. and
Mrs. Eberhard and child arrived in
Grants Pass a short time ago, and
nave been visiting Mr. Eberhard'a
sister, Mrs. Hobson. The little one
was taken with appendicitis and it
was thought an operation would save
Its life, but It died a short time after
At the last meeting of the city
oum 11 It was decided to fix the rate
of taxation for the ensuing year at
Independent Company Organized.
The Citizens Telephone Company
was recently organized in this city
and articles of incorporation filed on
December 23d. E. A. Marsh, a
gentleman of wide experience In or
ganizing Independent lines through
out the west is at the head of the
new company. The officers are E. A.
Marsh, president, Arthur Conklln,
vice-president and secretary and Mar
cus Robblns, treasurer. The same
persons constitute the board of direc
tors or trustes. The capital stock
of the company Is $30,000, and the
object Is to put in an Independent
Bystem In this city and to gradually
extend both north and south to con
nect with other Independent lines.
Franchises wil be asked of both the
city and county. Plans have been
made for a building but no site has
been secured as yet.
It. K. Montgomery Goes to Albany.
R. K. Montgomery, who has so
ably and pleasingly filled the position
of agent for the Southern Pacific at
Grants Psbs for the last year, will
leave within the next couple of days
for Albany, to occupy the same posi
tlon there. The transfer ts a pro
motion, as Albany Is the most tm-
portant station on the Southern Pa
cific In the state outside of Portland,
and employs a large number of men.
It Is an Important passenger station,
having lots of tourist travel also an
immense freight business. A fine
large new depot was dedicated about
month ago. While the people of
Grants Pass will regret to lose Mr.
and Mrs. Montgomery, tbey will be
glad to know that the change Is much
to their advantage, and the good
wishes of a multitude of friends will
go with them to their new home.
M. J. Mahoney, who is now assist
ant agent, will have charge of the of
fice here until a new agent is ap
pointed. A new operator is expected
to arrive any day to relieve Mr. Ma
honey of a part of the work in that
MERLIN DISTRICT A
Josephlne County has long been
noted for Us mineral resources but
Merlin as the center of this industry,
has not been given the recognition
Galice Creek, with the Almeda and
Its smelter, the Big Yank, the Gold
Road, the Oriole, the Argo, and the
many other promising quarts proper
ties, all of which are at or near a
producing basis, together with the
Old Channel, the Lewis, the Anderson
and the Galice Consolidated placers,
must come to Merlin tor rail rans-
portatlon. The same conditions ap
ply to the Jump-off-Joe district with
the Mt. Pitt, the Mountain Treasure,
the Eagle, the Oro Flno, the Oak, the
Baby and the Lucky Queen quarts
properties and the Sexton and Swat
zlka placer mines.
To enumerate the many prospects
in the district lying between Merlin
and Galice, within four or five miles
of the town,, on which active devel
opment work Is being done, would
require considerable space, but
prominent among them are the Mam
moth Copper, the Peacock, the Cop
per Sandard and the United Copper
Gold. The latter probably making
the greatest strides and the most sat
isfactory showing. In this district
are also to be found the Emerson-
Flannagan and Hellgate placers
properties that have been worked a
full 50 years together with several
otner smaller propositions thai re
celve spasmodic attention.
While none or these employs a
large force of men, in the aggregate
they constitute a considerable num
ber and rurnlsh a market lor our
fruits and farm products far f roater
than one realizes for above all the
mlror lives well. He wants the best,
and pays for It. His shoes are rcugh
but he spends more in clothing his
feet tJmn duos the dandy iurto of th
city. His clothers are not flashy, hut
thuy nre of better material than the
average seen In the busy marts. He
can look you In the eye and tell you
of his prospect with an enthusiasm
that warrants the thought "Therj'll
jo something doing in Merlin very
The pocket-hunter ts not yet
thin of the past, for hardly day
passes but some hardy prospector
outfits at one of our strops tot
trip Into the mountains. Whilo he
frequently returns with tnou,;h to
pay for a month or so of leUuro, he
seldom has sufficient to warrair. put
ting his name in the press dispatch
es, although he firmly believes tha.
his next sloree will place him In that
much-to-be-deslred position. He Is
an Interesting study, and when you
get thoroughly acquainted with him
you will envy him his happy-go
But this is wandering away. Let
us get back to Merlin. With Its var
ied resources It Is destined to be
come an important centre, but if It
were dependent entirely upon the
mining Industry the continued de
velopment of these prospects would
keep It alive, and the bringing of a
few of them Into the producing list
would make It a city.
The crying need of these prospects
is capital for development purposes
for many a magnificent showing is
being worked in a hand-to-mouth
manner. The promoter and wild
catter 1b as yet unknown, but the
values are so evident that many a
man practically slaves for years to
accomplish that which a little capital
would bring forth In one season.
Placed In a desert where there was
(Continued to page 4)
THE BANNER YEAR
OF TREE PLANTING
1400 Acres Beinc Pre-
pared lor Fruit.
ROOM FOR MUCH MORE
50,000 Trees and 20.1,000 Grape
Vines Already Ordered and
Season Not Over.
On all sides of Grants Pass, and
even extending almost Into the heart
of the city, preparations are going on
for the planting of fruit trees and
grape vines, and there are yet thous
ands of acres suitable for fruit rais
ing which are still In timber and
brush which will be cleared and
planted before a great while longer.
It has not been many years since
the planting of trees for commercial
purposes began here, so short a time,
In fact, that but few of the orchards
have come Into bearing. Several
hundred acres of new trees will bear
fruit next year for the first time, and
each succeeding year will see the
production more than doubled over
the preceding year. By far the great
est number of trees planted are ap
ples, and the Spltzenbergs and New
town Pippins are the leading varie
ties, and next come poaches, pears
cherries, plums, apricots and so on
through the list nearly every varie
ty of edible fruit being raised.
The Tokay grape became an ac
knowledged wealth producer In this
section of the Rogue River valley at
about the same time that other fruits
came into their own, and the plant
ing of vineyards has gone on at ft
rate about equal to that of the apple.
Nurseries which have representa
tives In Grants Pass have taken or
ders for something over 60,000 trees
already this season, and about 265,-
0O0 grapes. Many persons have also
ordered direct from the nursery, and
It is impossible to get any Idea of
the number of either trees or vines
whlrh have come In from these or
ders, but It may be seen that be- .
tween 700 and 800 acres will be
planted this year to fruit trees, and
at least 600 acre to grapes even
though no more orders are sent In.
As the planting season will not be
over for four months yet, It Is safe
to say that the number of trees and
vines ordered will greatly Increase
the number given above. The above
estimates are made after inquiring
from each of the representatives of
the nurseries here as to the orders
taken, and are therefore authentic.
With all this Increase there Is still
no danger of over-production. In fact
the larger the acreage the better op
portunities there will be for markt
Ing fruit. Rogue River apples, peach
eas, pears, grapes and other fruits
are becoming known, and as they be
come known the demand increases.
The Fruit Exchange was not able,
this year, to fill the orders recelvod,
and another year the exchange will
be better organized and better able
to push the fruit to the best market.
With the largo area of land suitable
for raising all kinds of fruit, there
Is but little doubt that within the
next 10 years that part of the Rogue
River Valley tributary to Grants
Pass will be the largest and most
famous fruit raising section of the
A short time we will work in your
city. With an experience of many
years In shop work on sewing ma
chines, later conducting a large re
pair shop of our own. We feel that
we can give you service that Is not
obtained from the class of men that
generally solicit this work, we will
be able to furnish recommendation
from the first Job to the last. Wo
examine and advise you about your
sewing machine free of charge. Peo
ple in the country need only bring
the bead. Robers & Roberts, Spec
ial Machinists. Rooms, Second and
E streets, at Mrs. G. W. Scotts.
Phone 105. 1-lt
Placer blanks at the Courier.