Lake County examiner. (Lakeview, Lake County, Or.) 1880-1915, May 19, 1910, Image 1

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Well Pleased With Cordiality
Lake County Extends
Spends Over Two Day$ in Ascertain
ing Resources and Possibilities ot
This Great Section of Oregon
That Louis V. Hill, president of
Iba (Jrwst North IUllwy, U well
ilNB(J Willi Ctftitrul Orrgon in gene
rat and Lake Oouulv lo particular
was plainly evidenced to all who had
thn pleasure of u.e-t lutf him on hla
reoeut vlill to Lakeview. la fact be
ao expressed hlwaelf on numerous oc
casions, lioth publicly ami In private
ouuveraatioti, and what be aaw on bla
vlalta lo New I'loe Creak auction and
tba Weil Hide, aa aleo bla tour of the
Dortb eud of the county, (really
broadened bla views aa to tba wonder
ful lesouroas of tba whole of Cen
tral Oregon. Arriving lo Uooss Lake
Valley Baturrfav sveoiog after travel
I ok through tba 15 real Warner Valley,
be was met at tba mouth of Wmer
Gauyoo by a large delegation of cltl
zaoa and tba braaa band In auto
mobiles and assorted to Hotel Lake
view, where be and bla party were en
tertained during their atay In our
city. Accompanying him ware K. C.
Leedy. general Immigration agent for
tbe Great Northern Hallway, and bis
assistants. Col. () W. Ualou and C
O. Morrlaon, K. C Culvert, cor
respondent for Th Oregon lau .and
Wm. llacler. the bla rancher and
stockman of burns, the Ultr having
induced Mr. Hill to make the trip,
and to wtjoin la due in a great meaa
ure Vbatever may reault from the
visit nf the railroad magnate.
The streets were thronged with
aohool children, men and women,
with many flags In evidence, and the
welcome extended Mr. Hill on enter
lug the city was most cordial. He
respouded to niatly salutes in a moat
happy manner, and that he highly ap
preciated the cordiality ehowo wae
clearly shown During the evenlua
many of the leading citizen and
business men met Mr. Hill eud the
hotel lobby presented a lively ap
pearance. Mr. Hill was ludeed searching for
Information, and th questions be
propoii'dod to uearly every one he
met was iu the uuture of a query as
to the resources or product iviuesa ot
this country.
Hunlay the party ws driven to
automobiles through the New Plue
Creek section, and luuch whs had at
the State line town.
A uutubor of lending citizens ac
companied tho paity on the trip and
also tj the Went Hide, which the
party visited during the afternoon
Mr. Hill aud nil members of his party
expressed themselvss as greatly sur
prised and well plensed with the
country, and especially with the large
area of farm lug lauds undor the O-V-L.
Co's. oaual on the West Bide.
Sunday evening a banquet was
tendured Mr. 1 1 til mid party at Hotel
Lakeview, and about 100 representa
tive uiou of Luke County were pre
sent. All sections of the county weie
reproHeuted, aud the gathering wub
indued a representative oue. V. L.
Suelliug presided as toastma-ter, aud
he did the honors most, gracefully.
He llruc introduced Dr. H. Daly,
who responded to the tomit, 'Luko
County and Ita nesourties," as fol
lows: Mr. Toast muster:
The subject, "Lake County and Its
Iiesources," which baa been assigned
to me on this occuBion, Is h large
subject It is tbe story of facts aud
tlgures of oue of tba lurgeat couutius
of the state of Orrgon. Lake Couuty
contain" uesrlv one twtlftb of the en
tire area of the stste. It is much
iHrger than mauy stales of the Uulon,
aud more than live times the area of
tba state ot I' hud Islaud
Lake Couuty rouatins &,0:i9.3(0.
acres of Ian i which has hen cImhhI
tled as follows: l.irWOOO acres of
agricultural Isuda 1,120.000 acres of
timber lands, and the remainder. 2,
7U0,:iU0 acre grazing lands. When 1
speak of agricultural lauds I mean
tbosa lands that are susceptiole to
oultivatiou, of belLg plowed and
seeded to cereali and other farm pro
ducts, aud when 1 speak of timber
lands 1 mean merchantable timber,
sucb as sugar aud yellow pine, tbat
will average not less than K'.CXJO feet
per acre.
Tba soil of Lake Couuty Is very
rich and productive, capable of pro
ducing crops In great abundance, oot
only cerea's aud other farm products,
but also fruits of nearly every klnt.
Apples, pears, cherries and berries
of all kinds grow, in many parts of
tbe couuty, to great perfection, and
aa to quality they cannot be excelled
ary place on tbe Pacific Coast. Dur
ing tbe past twenty-five years there
bas been but oue failure n the fruit
crop of this county. Hut notwith
standing all our sp.endid possibllt
tiea for farming, nod fruit growing
these Industries have been developed
only to the 'extent of supplying the
demands of our people, due to tbe
fact tbat we bave no transportation
facilities to carry our farm and or
chard products to other markets.
The principle ludoatry of the county
la, therefore, live stork, of which we
bave at tbe present time 05 000 head
of cattle, 20,000 head of horses
and mula eud 300.000 bead of sbeep.
From this one industry we bave re
ceived duriug the past year an
amouut equal to more than f'.'OO per
The B8tred valuation of tbe pro
perty of the county for the past year
ia nearly 98.000,000. Thn county does
not owe a dollar of indebtedness and
hat at the present time more tbau
KM, 000 lu the treasury. The tax levy
this year for all purposes Is 7.0 mills
wbich is nut ouly the lowest tux levy
of atiy couuty iu the state, but is
probably tbe lowest of auy other
cuuuty on the Paoltlo Coast. This
countv baa three banks with Bbsuta of
neurly 1, 200, 000; 500, 000 of this
amouut Is at the present time, avail
able In cash.
Luke Cuuuty la very fortunate in
havlug splendid facilities for Irriga
tion 1'rojacta. The wfter she is of
(loose Lake Valley produce annually
more than 100,000 acre feet of water,
sntllcent to Irrlgute more thuu 100,000
acres of laud. Private cupltal has un
dertaken au irrigation project to re
claim the lands iu (Joust Lake Vulloy.
The tl rut unit of this project, which
will reuluiui 00,000 uors, la two
thlrdi cumpletod, and this unit will
be finished by earlv full ao that the
water will be availuble for irrigation
purposes uext year. There ia nnother
irrigation project uuder way in
Waiuei Valley which '.when completed
will reolitim 08,000 norus of land aud
there Is still 'another irrigation pro
ject uudcr consideration at Paisley
which will reclaim a splendid body of
laud lu Hl miner Lake and Cbewaucau
Luke County bas lou been noted
1 Wil
A ii reaiilt of I In- tlslt of lreldent 1 1 III. of I In- ireat
Northern Kallwaj, II 1 now praeth-ally nMtnred that Lake
f Mill l' (Ik- terminus of one of III linen within the
next two jeniM. While the HHHcrlion tn not made filreet
by him, jet htutementa were made at different time by
member of the party that n h an In fere nee eonlil not be
aoldeil. Mr. Hill xtateil that he would complete IiIk rail
road work In Oregon within two jear; that he would
build to all aeetlona where the outlook for IhihIim-hh wax
favorahli-; that ilttonv Lake Valley, of whleli Lakelew In
the IokW'iiI dint rlbtitlay: point, la one of the moHt proml
liiK Keet lon of Oregon that ho had vlalted, und further
he ntated that the development of till valley had reached
nik'Ii u Ktaj:e that ru II road transportation wan an absolute
for tbe great Interests tbat her peoule
bave taken in tbe cause of education,
and as a result wa bave splendid
schools thiougbout tbe entire county.
Our high school Is one of tbe ao
orellted schools to the (Jn'versity of
Oregon. Hut in order to give atlll
I letter educatiool facilities to onr
people, arrange moot bave been made
to build a nw tlieb School Lalldiug
which will cost III) 000, A splendid
site of eight acres sitoated In tbe cen
tral part of Lakeview, bas already
been scoured, and upon this site
a modern High School building will
be coofctrncted. A building that will
cootaln lo addition ot tbe usual class
an-i recitation rooms, departments
for household economy and manual
training, so tbat tbs gli's may be
taught tbe clence and art of boi ss
bold economy, aod.the boys shall be
taught auob useful trades and occupa
tions as may tie, deemed necessary
to make them useful and practical
citizens. We shall also bave a de
paitment of agriculture and horticul
ture In order tbat our boys may be
Instructed aloug tba lines of farmiug
and friut growing, aod by tbe way,
this department of agriculture and
horticulture bas been added to tbe
school lu conformity with a sugges
tion made by a gentleman in a great
speech, delivered some months ago,
and which bas been published In the
newspapers ot the country stated tbat
owing largely) to tbe influence of tbe
present methods of education mauy
of tbe yooog men of tbe country were
leaving tbe farms and going to tbe
cities, ceasing to be producers and
therefore beooming oonaumers, and
tbat In order to counteract sub
tendencies, tbe science and art of
farming aud fruit growing should be
taught to the young men in the
schools of the country. Tbe gentle
man who deliveied tbat speech is not
ouly the greatest railroad builder
that this country has ever known,
but be is also one of the greatest con
structive statesman tbat this couutry
has ever bad and that gentleman, Mr.
ToBBtuiaster, is James J. Hill, the
distinguished father of out honored
guest, Louie W. Hill, presldeut of the
(J rent Northern Railway.
In conclusion permit me fo express
I the wish of the entire people of Lake
County tbat our guests rod bis as
sociates will soou visit us agaiu, Aud
when that visit is mad that Mr.
Hill will come with bis associates
iu bis own car over bis own railroad.
Following Dr. Duly, Mr. Suelllug
Introduced L. P Conn who responded
to the toast, "Our Needs." Mr Conn
said :
Mr Toastmaster and Ueutleuieu :
The great and maguitlceut re
sources of this sectiou of our State
bave been ably, yet modestly, de
tailed to us by the distinguished gen
tlomau who bus beeu at the bead of
our Couuty Oovernmeut for tbe Lst
eight veara, iiud perhaps no one
among us has a better understanding
ot these conditions aud facts, is
more able to array aud depict tbem
before our guests ou this occasion.
It has been assigned to me this
evening to -tell you- about "Our
Noeds." '
Ho vast are our resources und ao
mauifold are our oousequeut needs,
that it ia with much hesitntinu and
triisgiving I undertake this task, and
if it bud not been tbat I ao thorough
ly appreciate, our many seed and the
importauoe of making tbem somewhat
mii Next T w
apparent to our distinguished visitors
at tbla time, 1 should bave declined
tbe nonor bestowed in selecting me
to address you upoo this subject.
As bas been ao well and so ably
said by tbe genteman who preceded
me, we bave wondertul aud almost
boundless undeveloped lesources,
both lo tbe great forests of tbe very
best of yellow plue, and tbe buudreua
of thousands of acres of fertile virgin
soli, all yet untouched by tbe baud
of the lumberman aud farmer.
So ouftay are our needs tbat 1 shall
undertake to tell you uf only such as
to me seem the most urgent, and coe
of tbese 1 shall designate aod term as
ao absolute necessity.
We need thousands and tens of
thousands of intelligent industrlocs
farmers to make their homes opon
and to subdue from their present
wild and uacultlvtted state, our
hundreds' of thousands of acres of tbe
mot fertile soli to be found anywhere
beneath tbe eon, and to reduce them
to a state of cultivation and produc
tiveness, which are destined in tbs
near future to produce largely ot the
wheat aod other cereals for tbe sub
sistence of tbe people of .bese United
We need amongst us tbe bresence
of tbe lumber manufacturer to fell
and manufacture our great forests nf
yllow pine Intp lumber for tbe use
of oar neighbors In ttbs older states
uf the East where tbe want for tbat
class of merchandise cannot b satis
fied from their own resource.
We need thousands of men with
capital, skilled In horticulture, to
plant ia fruit orchards and to nurture
and cultivate them into bearing, tens
of thousands of acres of tbe finest
friut growing lands wbich lie witbin
tbe borders of this County and I say
with tbe utmost confidence and as
surance tbat, in my judgment, no
spot ou God's green earth can surpass
In beauty and quality and tlavor,
the apples which we can aud do pro
duce here.
V'e need woolen factories sufficient
to manufacture tbe wools growo in
our County, which are nf such excel
lent staple and superior quality tbat
tbev are much sought and iu great
demuud in tbe woolen manufacturing
centers of the Uuited States.
We need men expeiieuced, in tbe
dairying industry, to mantacture
cheese and butter from tbe dairying
products of these farms.
We need capital to build reservoirs
for storiug our surplus waters worth
couutleas millious for tbi irrigation
cf our fertile lauds. In 'act we need
almost everything uecessary iu the
development of a country yet in its
primitive state, haviug such wonder
ful reaouroes as bave been described
to you here tonight. lint tbat need
wbich ia the most important, tbat
which may be termed the oue para
mount need, indlspeusible iu the de
velopment uf our resources, that
wbich bas btten loug hoped for, pa
tieutly waited for, aud we hope soon
to be realized, is tbe ooustructiou by
si me of the great railroad builders
of this coutluent, of a railroad
through our fertile territory for the
trauspwitutlou of the uutold millious
of dollars worth ot products to be
gathered from these natural resources
wbcu Biiuh facilities tor transporta
tion come within out reach, and let
me any bf re tonight, that nothing eo
certainly would bring about tr e set
tlement of these oouutlesa acres ot
Concluded uQ hiHt page.
ailroadl to
Noted Railroad Builder Hand
somely Entertained
Outlines General Plan of Work to Be
Followed by Company in New
Development of All Oregon
la bis address at tbe banquet San
Jay evening Mr. II ili spoke entertain
iogly for about an hour aod covered
tberailrccl question, as well a a
number ot others, very thoroughly.
lis expressed bis views aa to tbe ;con-
servation question, be being directly
opposed tu tbe eastern seutiment
favoring tbe method. He also de
scribed a portion ot his trip through
Harney ooonty, and very feelingly
presented CoL Seaton with a huge
coffee pot ia remembersnce of tbs oc
casion wbeo tbe Colonel "laid oot"
all night on top of Buck mouotafo
ou accoont of a break down and was
neceasarily compelled to forego bis
morning ooffee. However, tbe
colonel was eqosl to tbs occasion.
and gracefully accepted tba memento
with a few sppruporiats remarks.
Mr. Hill also made a few remarks
opon good roads, and urged tbs im
portance of main lines of travel,
rather tbau to expend tbe road funds
on too many branch roads, lo this he
was warmly seconded by Mr. Hanley,
who considers it ot tba at moat im
portance to unite Lake Crook, and
Harney counties by good highways.
Mr. Snelling Inja few well chosen re
marks, at tbe same time regretting his
ability to command language worthy
in sucb a man, introduced Mr. Hill,
who ouid in part: -
Good Deople of Lakeview, Lake
County, and all of Oregon :
I want to tell you tbat in tbe first
place 1 never felt better in my life
(applause). I bave had so much of
tbis go 3d air that it almost makes me
thick I am an Oregoniao I wish 1
were one (applause). Further I think
tbe people of Montana bave been very
good to me, as all over our line bare
keen good to roe, but there is no 6tate
that I bave ever visited tbat has
given as as hearty and as warm s wel
come as we bave received In Oregon
and particularly in Lakevi;w (ap
plause). Wbeo we came into Lake
view, tbe demonstration was some
thing tbat surpassed anything I have
seen, and I bave been an Reception
Committees myselt. 1 have bad to
help entertaiu in my experience
foreign emissaries. President Taft,
when be was Secretary of War and
later when be was President, and we
thought we tried out all the nw
wrinkles, but they never were met
beyond tbe City Limits and escorted
in. and tbey never bad a bxnd to es
cort them in as automobile (ap
plause). 1 want to tell vou that is
something new to me ana when 1 go
ho ve, I am going to introduce that
in the Kast (applause). Wheu we
came down through tbe atreet, aud
saw the street Hoed with children,
waviDg their country's Sag, and
showing their enthusiasm, it made
me homesick for my own. Nothing
makes a man feel more at borne tbao
when be kuows be has got the child
ren with him (applause).
As for the railroad coming through
here, I wish I could tell you right
now what tbe facts were, but I do oot
know, 1 really do not know. Ih
question will be submitted to our
board of directors, and 1 sincerely
hope tbey will see tbelr way clear to
build a road through here iu tbe very
'near future.
Von oauaot keep ua out ot this
state uow Wa waut to get things
.started uuw aa we did back In Mnu
tana. In Moutaua we started 42 ex
NO. 20'
perimental stations, aod I sisb w
had one here now la this valley. We
put up tbe money, furnish tbe seed,
pay for tbe time raising it, and let
tbe farmer bave tbe crop. We have
three agricultural professors on oar
payroll now.
Tbe state ot Oregon is not real
ly koown, understood and appreci
ated. Certainly if it were koown by
some of those railroad interests who
are paralleling and crossing each,
other's lines down East, it would be
bard to understand, why they would
oot come out here and serve tbia
state. We had some older men witk
us in tbe party, bat they turned
buck. Tbey wanted to know bow
long t would be on tbis trip, and bow
long it would take ; they should figure
on taking an automobile tour all over
tbe states of Connecticut, Rhode Is
land aod Delaware, bnt tbey coo Id
not seem to realize tbat this country
was as large aa that.
1 tbougui oar opportunities for
colonization were good last year, aod
we pat thousands of people into Mon
tana, bat I wsn just two years is
Oregon. We bave two points in Mon
tana tbat witbin tbe last six months
have made more entries in their land
offices than bsve been made in any
other land office in a year. 1 do not
think tbat Oregon will have any diffi
culty in beatiog them.
As to onr plans for railroad devel
opment in Oregon : All 1 can say ia
we are going to build into tbe best
country, and wherever one valley
meets into another, but, our plans
so far have been uutliued by Mr. Wil
liam Hanley. He is one of two men,
tbe other being Mr. Harvey L. Scott.
Mr. Hanley and Mr. Soott started us
into Oregon, and we will be guided
ty both of tbnm. Now with Mr.
Hanley, if we can get them all lined
up so they will boost "dont knock '
aod all pull together, and if auy man
knocks, put him iuto tbe next coun
ty, each oue passing bim on, why it
is nt far down there to California,
put him there. Our plans, as I say
rest largely with Mr. Hauley. 1 am
going through the country with bim
for there ia uo roan 1 bave ever met
tbat kuows the country better. He
is showing me tbe best of it, and we
will try not to overlook anything.
(That is one reason we are uoina
! north. There is good country north
J aud we want to see it. All I ask
rom Oregon is about two years, with
j tbe co operation of the people, aod
jsee what we can do to help tbe state
(applase). (1 am 38 and to years will
pass tbe forty mark for me. iiall
jroadiut; is different, fur different
Last tbau it is iu Oregon. People
back East thiuk a railroad man is a
good mark to shoot at, aud I want to
get out of tbe areaa in auother two
As to our future plans in Oregon,
aa to what we may do, I shall leuve
that to Mr. William Hanley.
When 1 returned to St. Paul some
'time ago 1 found tbat Northern Dh-
kota uud Montaua were using 300
construction eugioes for steam Rod
gasoline plow worV turning over some
20 acres a day a piece, aud it is a fact
that some of tbem bad hea Mights and
were workiug at oiuht lo keep pace
with the work. It i an indication
rof wbat the people iu tbe East want
j to do when tbey get outo ibis west-
Cuncludrd on lant agt.