Image provided by: Rogue River Valley Irrigation District; Medford, OR
About Ashland American. (Ashland, Jackson County, Or.) 1927-1927 | View This Issue
ASHLAND AM ERICAN
she will also go to A lbany to visit
her m other and fa th e r, Mr. and
Mrs. C. C. G ilchrist. This is an im
Tliut I k »U i women ami men of this
T he annuls of literary forgery have p o rtan t m eeting an d we hope o u r
giiteration a re more subject than »heir no more pathetic Instance than the
grange will p ro fit by sending o u r
forebears to nervous breakdow ns Is so-culled Rowley poems of Thomas
the cluim of m< t experts. On the Chatterton When < hatterton. perhaps w orthy le c tu re r to it.
Miss Elsie S trau s, who sepnt the
other hand. It Is denied by a few the most shining example of precocity
whose opinions carry weight.
to lie found in literary history, was holidays With her p aren ts, has re
The effect of the noise of modern twelve years old, la* conceived the tu rn ed to her d uties a t the Coquille
life Is being very carefully studied by Idea of fabricating the literary relics schools.
the Institute of Industrial Psychology, of a monk to whom he gave the name
M rs. E. A. W ilhite is m aking an
and Doctor Miles, a member of the Rowley and whom lie ascribed to the
visit w ith h er son, E. C.
stuff, has reached th e conclusion that Fifteenth century,
l ’.y the time he
the bad effect of noise on human was seventeen he had aroused some W ilhite and fam ily of Lake creek.
nerves Is far less th a n It. has been interest in the poems of Rowley but
H arry Johnson, who fo r the past
supposed to be.
not enough to satl* fy Ids Imagination. few years has been
em ployed in
Investigation seems to Indicate tha t So lie wrote to Horace Walpole, In Bellingham , W ash., is visiting w ith
one can a d ju st to the Increasing closing some pages of manuscript and
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. II. J o h n
noises of modern cities with great inferring he had oth e r papers and
rapidity and ease and th a t little or poems. Walpole wrote, asking to see son, fo r an in d ifin ite period.
Jea n Gulovsen, sm all d au g h ter of
no harm is done.
w hatever documents he might have
T ypists placed at work for hours and t ’hatterton sent so many as to Mr. and Mrs. George Gulvosen, who
In the most Infernal uproar—steam arouse Walpole’s suspicion and cause recently u nderw en t a slight o p era
whistles, crashing tinw are, pistol shots him to call in the poets, Mason and tion for rem oval of h er tonsils, is re
and Interm ittent groans- and screams fJray. They pr< notmeed the poems n
ported to be doing very nicely.
—are troubled only until Die .novelty forgery. Walpole dispatched a letter
Those who expect to a tte n d th e
wears off. Then nerves, ipilet down of admonition to (’hatterton. T hree
S atu rd ay
and the noises cease to be Impressed. months Inter he re tu rn e d the m a n u
The woman who Is excessively a n scripts. which, with the exception of evening, Ja n u a ry 15, will be in te re st
noyed by noise should la* examined one poem, never saw print until a fte r ed to know th a t a sh o rt program is
by n physician, for there usually Is C hatterton had taken his lift* in a being prepared fo r th a t occasion.
Ears Becom e A ttuned
* Odd Q uirk of N ature
to F a m ilia r Noises
in R ecognized Genius
something of serious importance giv moment of despair. He was not yet
ing rise to the "norves.”- - K n n s a s City eighteen when he died. So brilliant,
so versatile was he tha t even those
contem poraries who condemned him
conceded that in many respects he was
Look W ith Suspicion
a g r e a te r genius. Iiy some queer quirk
On Too-Good Youth of n a tu r e he had chosen to act the
Poor little good b o y ! Nobody be imposter, where he might with every
lieves In him ; everybody d istru sts him. prospect of renown have produced his
All the wise educators and psycholo work as his own.—Dearborn Independ
gists peer at him suspiciously and sol i ent.
emnly announce that he can't possibly
be approved of. If he is tra c ta b le and Gestures T ell M ore
obedient they shake tlieir heads dolor
Than Spoken W ords
ously and prophesy tha t it won't la s t;
tha t lie'll do something dreadful later
It Is one of the most difficult things
In life to make up for it and he’d In the world to act a lie. G esture Is,
much bettor be getting his allowance In fact, far more revealing—and far
of original sin out o f his system while more truthful than speech. Compar-
he's young, ingrowing sin being a seri nt'vely few persons possess complete
Itut control of this "language of the body."
somehow, we c a n ’t help wondering if j Neither a golden tongue nor a voice
It’s unite ns bad as all that. We a l I thrilling with passion is any match
ways had a sneaking idea th a t the i for a contradicting gesture or glance.
boys and girls who did as they were
Scientific study of gestures has
told and got into no serious mischief shown tha t they fall naturally into
grew up to be the dependable, con two classes—acceptance or rejection.
scientious, Industrious men and wom Almost every gesture of which we
en who do the hulk of the world's a re capable belongs to one or oth e r of
work and do it quietly and efficiently, these classes, for, In truth, the la n
w ithout ringing any bolls or blowing guage of gesture Is much simpler than
any horns to call a ttention to th e m the language of the Ups.
selves and tha t o n e . o r two of them movements of the head, hands, arm s
may even have become presidents of or eyelids belong to tin* form er class,
banks or railroads or something. Prob and dow nw ard movements to the la t
ably we’re wrong, but it's a com fort ter. There are few exceptions to this,
able theory, anyw ay.—Cleveland Plain but they only prove the rule. For
example, there Is a way of raising the
eyebrows tha t expresses a sneer, hut
then ¡ l sneer Is deliberate, w hereas
T 1* * * T h e BUrW hriH
th e gestures that are really ball-tale
3ft w as the ninth inning with a noth a re alw ays made without deliberation.
ing to nothing score. T here were two
outs against the home team, and the
umpire had called two strikes and
three balls against the redoubtable
Canavun. T he pitcher calculated his
distance, drew back his arm, and
hurled—his favorite in curve. Cana- FOR SA LE— Good wood range. In
quire Ashland E lectric & Supply
vtm measured its approach with n
keen eye and swung, putting all his Co., in Shook block.
strength behind it. Right on the nose!
Help W a n t e d - —Male.
It sped tow ard the left liehl fence.
T he left fielder was running back
ward*. Would he make it, would he W A NTED— Salesm an fo r electrical
appliances. Apply Ashland E lec tri
make It? T he g ra n d sta n d watched
with open eyes and mouths.
“ Look!" Myrtle grabbed her e s
WANTED TO RENT
cort's arm and pointed a trembling
finger, “ Look at tha t pink and purple
W A NTED— U nfurnished 3 r o om
h a t !”— Exchange.
T w o C o u n ties H o n o red
Virginia is known as the m other of
Presidents because eight Presidents of
the United States were born within
her borders, says the Pathfinder Mag
azine. W ashington, Jefferson, Madi
son, Monroe, William II. H arrison, T y
ler, T aylor and Wilson lirst saw the
light of tlie day in the Old Dominion.
T w o counties had the honor of giving
birth to four of these distinguished
men. W ashington and Monroe were
horn in Westmoreland and H arrison
and Tyler, born In the same county.
It is an interesting fact tha t Harrison
and Tyler, born in the same county
w ere elected President and vice-presi
dent, respectively, at the same time.
So It happened tha t when H arrison
died a month a f te r taking oath of
office he was succeeded by a man born
In the same county.
G ia n t A m o r.g S ta rs
T h e n a v a l n h s e rv u to r y says. accord-
Ing to lle o r g e E llery Hale, th e diam-
e t e r o f líe te lg p u se Is e e rta in ly more
th a n im .onn.nno m iles an d p r o b ah ly
a s m uch as 21.'.0t>»».0,D. T h e d ia m e t e r
o f t h e sun heing Wf.O *1 miles. Retel-
g e u s e Is t h e r e f o r c roughly of •JÓO tim es
g r e a t e r d ia m e t e r a n d l.V »>».';<o tim es
g r e a t e r volunte. I lo w e v e r it is su p
p o sed te coiisi t o f n ia tte r in a n ex
tr e m e ly a t t e n t u a t e d com lition, T hougti
t h e w eight o f R e to ! Z u e Is now
k now n, th e fm*t th a t lio « tu r w lmse
w eight h as ticen dote 'tnh'« d i* as mu *h
a s io n tim es as h av y 's th e sun
m n k e s it unlikely t! il Rct«*l.*:eii«e 1
honv.v in projMirtlon to Us votuuie
R etired a t the age of 33 years, a
mulé a t Colcm an, Texas, follows an
k o wn^rn it formcrly pullcd.
transm ission line was com pleted to become an im p o rtan t p a r t o f tin
F o rt Jo n es and E tna, in S co tt V al present Copco system . This has to do
ley, w ith branches to several active with th e activ ities of th e Rays, p re
mines. D uring 1909 fifty -fiv e miles viously re fe rre d to. On R igue riv er
of high tension line (th e p resen t ju s t below th e presen t bridge a t
Line 2) were built from Fall C reek Gold Ray, Dan Condor ow ned a mine
to D unsm uir, w here im m ediate steps which pro p erty was b ought by Dr.
w ere tak en to rebuild local lines and Ray in o rd er to get th e pow er site.
im prove the light and w a te r service. A dam - -the present Gold Ray dam —
In this connection th e S ch errer was built in 1903, also th e pow er
| lectric Light com pany, M ossbrae house, and in 1904 th e firs t e lec tri
Falls W ater and Pow er com pany and city was tran sm itte d from this p lan t.
D unsm uir W ater com pany proper* Dr. Ray organized the C ondor W a te r
ies w ete acq u ired ; also two plants and P ow er com pany to o p erate this
a t Sisson w ere subsequently acquired en terp rise. Lines w ere co n stru cted
and connected up with th e grow ing to d eliv er energy to consum ers; Gold
system . These activities w ere a tte n d Hill, G ran ts Pass and tho A shland
ed by a reorganization of th e Siski Electric Pow er and L ight com pany
you E lectric Pow er com pany, and its in 1905. This proved too m uch o f a
name was changed to Siskiyou Elec load fo r th e Gold Ray plan t, so to
tric Pow er and Light com pany. From cope with dem ands a p lan t was
D unsm uir the line was extended b u ilt on the Rogue riv er a t P rospect.
south to C astella, and in 1913 th e From P rospect to Gold Ray a line was
plant of R. E. C avanaugh of Edge- b u ilt in 1911 It was th e firs t 60,-
wood was purchased. A sm all p lan t 000-volt line on the Copco system .
on Sulloway creek was closed down
All p roperty, franchises and con
and Edgewood connected w ith Line tra c ts of th e C ondor o rg anization
2, as Copco knows it today. A n o th er w ere tra n s fe rre d to the Rogue riv e r
old line tak en over was th a t of the electric com pany in 1907, which
Mt. Shasta Milling com pany plant com pany becam e a p a rt of Copco a t
on L ittle S hasta riv er which had the sam e tim e the Siskiyou E lectric
been supplying some pow er to Pow er and Light com pany did— when
the C alifornia-O regon P ow er com
M eanwhile negotiations had been pany was incorporated. O ur reco rd s
begun fo r the purchase of th e Klam give Ja n u a ry 1, 1912, as th e d ate of
ath Falls Light and W a te r com pany purchase. From th at y e a r u n til 1015
owned by C. S. and R. S. Moore, developm ent of w hat is know n as o u r
which deal was consum m ated in 1911 Rogue riv er division included th e
Follows n b rief history of the K lam co n stru ctio n of num erous su b statio n s
ath com pany: It started w ith a small d istrib u tio n system s and the purchase
light p lan t and w ater system fo r o f others.
K lam ath Falls, acquired from H. V.
In th e foregoing has been listed
Gates, who, upon its organization, a m ajo r portion of th e p io neering
was m ade p resident and general w ork th a t led to the o rg an izatio n of
m anager. In 1905 a new plan t was the C alifornia-O regon P ow er com
com pleted, la te r to be know n as the pany— the old com pany.
E ast side plant. C. S. M oore w ith
The radical reo rg an izatio n of the
drew from this com pany, associated financial setu p of th e com pany in
him self w ith his b ro th er and, in 1907 1920; th e construction of Copco one
bega construction of a hydroelectric- da m and g en eratin g plat, com pleted
plan t on th e w est side o f Link river. in 1916; the raising o fth is dam and
It drew on Keno canal fo r its w ater. in stallatio n of a second u n it in 1922;
Transm ission lines w ere extended to the co nstruction of the new east side
various points, .including th e tow ns p lan t a t K lam ath Falls in 1924; the
of M errill and Bonanza, and active Copco tw o plant, placed in o p eratio n
com petition en tered into w ith the in 1925; th e in ter-connection con
K laam th Falls Light and Pow er com tra c ts m ade possible th ro u g h the in
pany. In 1910 the Moores purchased creased g en e ratin g capacity of th e
all the holdings of th a t com pany, and com pany; th e purchase of th e physi
shortly a f te r th e com bined holdings cal p ro p erties of the Douglas co u n
were taken over by the Siskiyou Elec ty Light and Pow er com pany (o u r
tric Pow er and Light com pany. This Um qpua division) in 1923— these are
la tte r was taken over th e follow ing am ong th e o u tstan d in g fe a tu re s in
y ear by the C alifornia-O regon Pow er the Copco of today. To them , and a
com pany. T h at was in 1911, th e y ear vast am o u n t of lesser developm ent,,
the old Copco was incorporated.
is Copco’s p resen t prosperous condi
B ut they do n o t
D uring the sam e period o f years
covered in the preceding notes a n
as we a re considering them h ere;
o th er electric light and pow er sys
they belong to a la te r sopch, and so
tem was in the m aking in the Rogue have been passed by in this n arratio n
riv er valley, and it was destined to i the histo ry of th e com pany.
How the C alifornia-O regon Pow er
com pany came into bein gis a story
of num erous little pow er com panies
th roughout southern Oregon and
n o rth ern C alifornia which were com
bined to m ake possible th e p resen t
Copco system . The la s t issue of th e
Volt contains a b rie f b u t in terestin g
account of how this all came about,
review ing the early history of the
com pany as follows.
Obviously, the p re se n t is more im
p o rta n t to us than th e past, fo r it is
w hat we of today have to deal with
— th at, and the fu tu re .
T here is,
how ever, generally speaking, .more
o r less in te re st in beginnings p a r
ticu larly when th ey explain how
things of the p resen t cam e to be. On
th a t assum ption, th e V olt in re cen t
issues trac k ed back into geologic
cycles of m illions of years ago when
volcanoes, glaciers and o th er forces
of n atu re w ere c reatin g the land
th a t is today served by Copco and
inhabited by its custom ers.
Once again we will back-track, b u t
not f a r ; electrical developm ent in the
region, from its beginnings, is now
to I»* review ed. And. as,w ill be seen,
those beginnings and ■ th e inception
and developm ent of th e C alifornia-
Oregon P ow er com pany are v irtually
o f one piece.
O urs is a story of
num erous little com panies th a t be
(th e C alifornia-O regon
P ow er C om pany) which was re o r
ganized and becam e the p resen t Cop-
com pany). How m uch— or how little
— the pioneer plan ts system s and
th e ir builders had to do with th e
success of the present com pany is not
to be debated here.
In C alifornia the leading sp irits in
the organizing of the nucleus of the
old com pany w ere the C hurchills—
Jerom e P. and Jesse W. Churchill, of
Y rek a; in O regon, the Rays— Dr. C.
m odern house, close to business R. and Col. F ran k R ay; th e Moores,
d istrict. M. D., care A m erican.
C. S. and R. S. Moore and H. V.
Gates. A t ab o u t the tim e th e Rays
w ere building Gold R ay dam and
9 the plant on the Rogue riv er, and
Sam s Valley, O i \ — (Special to organizing the Condor W a te r adn
the A m erican .)— The w eather fo re Pow er com pany, the C hurchills w ere
cast by the m ost noted prophets buiding F all C reek p lan t in Siski
aro und here, is a hard rain. The re st you county, and acquiring the S hasta
of us alm ost belieev the sam e.
riv e r plant, which had been b u ilt by
The last m eeting of the grange on Jam es Quinn in 1891. These ac tiv it
New Y ear’s day was a very success ies of the Churchills m arked the be
ful one indeed. T here was a record ginning of the Siskiyou E lectric
crowd in atten d a n ce both fo r the Pow er com pany, which m ay be con
d in n er a t noon and fo r the business sidered as the paren t of Copco’s
I session in the afte rn o o n . Mr. W ard Siskiyou division.
In 1903 the C hurchill’s com pany
of the Eagle P oint grange and also
m aster of the Jackson C ounty purchased
gran g e installed o u r o fficers fo r the Pow er and Light com pany. The plan t
com ing year. This cerem ony was very thus acquired in A shland was no
im pressive and was w itnessed by bargain. Im m ediately follow ing its
m any outsiders also. A special m eet purchase e ffo rt was m ade to bring
ing was called fo r T hursday night to it up to its utm ost efficiency. Also
in itiate L u th er E ast and W inonah a steam p lan t was installed to help
j M cKinnis. At this m eeting the grange out during the w inter. It was soon
o rch estra played a n d
practiced realized th a t the g en e ratin g equip
m ent could not be made to m eet the
1 several o f the late song hits.
1 A high school ap rty was given dem ands of the rapidly-grow ing city,
| F riday night by the stu d en t body. and it was decided to abandon it. An
Each m em ber of the high school was ag reem en t was entered into with the
allowed to invite some one.
This Rogue R iver Electric com pany which
brought the total to over forty. Some had taken over the C ondor W ater
and Pow er com pany to supply the
I new and very in tere stin g gam es were
played and also a num ber of tricks. necessary electric cu rre n t, and a new
A bout 11:30 a delicious supper was lighting system was installed. Most of
served by the refresh m en t com m ittee i the old lines were torn o u t and re- I
Everyone present proclaim ed a very placed by a new d istrib u tin g system . ;
This done, the old p lan t was dis
Mrs. George McDonough, lectu rer m antled and sold, leaving the city
of the Sams Valley grange, le ft F ri of Ashland, with a m odern system
day evening fo r Corvallis to a tten d serving the en tire com m unity with
a m eeting fo r all lectu rers of the light and power.
W hile there
D uring the w inter of 1903-1904 a
We Will Welcome You As A Shareholder
From a Permanent Investment
Public utility properties are built to endure.
They render indispensable services, the demand
for which increases steadily.
An investment in the Preferred Shares o f this
company is a permanent investment, safeguarded
by substantial property values, growing business
and sound management.
You can obtain a regular income from an in
vestment in this company— dividends arc paid
regularly by check, every three months.
You can start investing today on the con
venient monthly investment plan with as small
a sum as $3.
You Should K n o w the F acts A b o u t In vestm en t
In O ur P referred S h a re s
T h e C a l if c h n ia C f . e g o n P oy / l r
Ruvdiurg Hamath falU-Oregm