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imposed on those who detuult In payment? ?
ment Htutlons und domonutriiliun farm* i>Hliibll*li«<d on the Irrigation pro
A bb . 9. Graduated payment* or nu
Ans. 9. Would grant person* de Joels?
exteiiHlou of time to twenty years, faulting in payment one year from
None. Experiment h I u
Ali*. 17. hoiiioiiHlrutlon fami* noi
allowing the first year of free waler date of default In which to reinstate lion so fur Ims iiccompilHlied nothing Martori In Kliiniiilh Project untll tli<
or at a uouilnal fee.
their rights, providing such default Frequent application for Soil Ex **a»oti of Ilio», tuo ini« for Hov.llng
was for unavoidable cause (failure to port's Report upon the sold of the nml thè work of thè y<>nr devotod lo
recoive water because of break* or project denied. Lands for experi prepurat loti of ground. Tlioro I h no
l<«'|M>r<a t\»ntrnated of Board of Directors, and R«-|s«rt of Stockholder* to lie
other causes, crop failure, storms or mental purposes given to the Govern* locai experlment Hiutlon bui connld
Submitted Over Signatur«' of the Individual
damaging weather conditions) by nient free of charge with no results oratile vgluable work ha* buon don*
paying Interest at th«« rate of six per from Ilio une of hii I i I lumi
for individuili nettlora by Ilio Coi
cent from th,« date payment In de-
valila station, ai ili« Hollcitutlon of
fault first became due to date of pay -
ili« eltlxen* nini commercial organi
Ballotta a soli aurvey of ilio Kliiuiuth
There has b«?en a f««eling ever sine«« th«> public conference was held tn
Project whh ordered by ilio Depuri
Question 10. What lire your prlndpul crops, where do
Klamath Falls, November 9, that the answers submltt»««! to th«« questions
_ . you market
moni of Agricolture In H0H, unii Ibi
of the Senate Committee on Irrigation were unfortunately not representa
work purtlnlly completori, bui inali«
into tli<) market under the most favorable condition*? ?
bave noi yet beali iaaued covorlug
tive of the sentiment of the land owners, and that in some respects they
ilio tleld work dono: u comprehen
Ans. 10. Alfalfa ami grain. Hom««
Ans. 10. Principal crops, cuttle,
were entirely misleading. This Impelled business men ot Klamath County
V« y would donili Ini
horses, mules, sheep, hogs, liny,
and land owners who. as water users, ar«« vitally concerned, to frame the
provo of great vulue lo ilio Hottlor*
wheat, hurley, oats and rye. dairy
answers now to be offered for signature of th«> individual members of the
Queatlon IS. What lire your te-hool t ini 111 I oh , uml how nro school
products, potatoes, celery ami other
vegetables Live stock Is marketed funds provided?
Water Users’ Association, in order to admit of easy comparison the two
in San Francisco, Sacramento, Port
Anu. 18. Good Provided by gen
Ana 18, Good public Hcliool aya
reports, together with the letters of transmittal accompanying each, are
land. Tacoma and Seattle. Hay Is crai taxation und the Irreducible lem, supported by general luxation
herewith published in parallel coluiuns.
fed to live stock on the ranches. School Fund
und Interest from State Irreducible-
Mr. Water User an«! Land Owner, which of these reports do you con
Grain so far lias been chiefly used
School Eu nd.
for local consumption Hnilroad com
sider most worthy of your approval, and which conveys the true impression
Now. In your opinion, cun Congress bout promote th.
pleted to Klamath Falls last June
of the Klamath Falls Irrigation Project?
and considerable shlpnientu of wheat general welfuro of the wuter users und carry out the purposes of th« He
Question 1. Is the existing reclamation law satisfactory, and if not, in
have been made to California mills clamai Ion Act?
what respect should it be amended?
An». 19. (a) Enforce unit rule;
¡ Ana. 1». We would ask Congruse
Ans. 1. The existing Reclamation 1
Ans 1. Il fairly interpreted th?
(b) Remove resident restrictions, ‘ tu previde
Klamath grain Is extra high grnde.
- fuiids for thè immediata
present law is satisfactory. If we ' lotw is quit«« satisfactory. So many
winning first prizes for wheat, ont.i
le) Extend payment to twenty cotuplelion of all projecta and bave
understand Sec. 4 of th«« Reclamation 11 projects having been undertaken as
and barley at National Irrigation Con years, or graduated payments;
thè ileclamatlon Service proc<««d with
Act the «»stlmated «*ost of construc I to make progress construction slow
gress at Sacramento and first prize
(d) Interpret act uh |»er our answer thè work u* spoodlly ns ponalbli-,
tion should be announ«*ed and con and th««refore unsatisfactory to set-1
for blue stem wheat at National Corn to the first question; as for uii ex thereb) rcllcvlng thè settlurs of Ione
sidered an official announcement tiers; while this may not be ob-
Show, Omaha, over all competitors, ample the Engineer* estimated tbe wult and extra cosi.
when the Secretary deems a project j«*ctionable as applkd to Government
and the various grains taking high cost of th«« project nt >18.60 per acre
practical. And no private lands land it works differently with lau-t
rank at the Dry Farming Congress ut and finally rained It to >30 per acre.
should be asked to subscribe for
Private capital would have Irilgated
stock until given a definite price per more than 160 acres of irrigabh* land
It for >15.
acre for irrigation. As we under In the Klamath Project are required
Question 11. What are your present transportation facilities, und arc
tc) llnv«« Wnt<«r Applications to
stand Sec. 6 of the said act the esti by the law to soil the excess land. they adequate and satisfactory?
complv with acreage ami original sur
mated cost mention«^! in Sec. 4 should This has been complied with to a
Ans. 11. Branch line of the S. P.
Ans. II. On Southern Pacific line vey made by the government to nvold
include operation and maintenance large extent and it is an injustice to Ry. Co., and It Is not satisfactory at
building from Klamath Falla to confusion in acreage;
and It should not be separated as is keep the settlers who have purchased present, shipping rate 50 per cent too now
f) We dealre to have a special
Oregon, and when completed
done by the U. S. R. S. into two excess lands waiting an indefinite pe high, but we hope to have better Natron.
will place Klamath Falls on muln line agent appointed by (he Secretary of
charg«*s and the cost deterred until riod to maKe such lands remunera shipping facilities and markets lu tbe lH>tween
Sun Francisco and Portland the Interior to visit th«« projects ut
completion of project, becaus«« th«- tive. We are informed, however, near future.
between W««««d, California, least once a year to Investigate exist
act distinctly says in Sec. 4 ’’th«-
Falls was completed Ing local conditions relative to each
charges shall be determined with a this is acknowledged by th«« present
the connection to project An the local otficlnln of the
view of returning to the Reclamation administration to have bc*en a mis
completed prob Klamath Project have In many In
Fund the estimated cost of construc take.. and that no new projects will
service ade stance* acted unfair towards th«« land
: be start«*d until those now under
rates are owner* nml we have been unable to
' const! uction are completed.
too high, adjustment will doubtlcHu get any retire**;
(g) We desire an Itemized stat«»-
Question 2. Are your local laws governing the appropriation and us«-
soon take place by application of
ment of th«« expenditure* of the
of water for irrigation satisfactory in their application to lands being re
Klamath Project from Inception to
claimed by the government, or through
private enterprise, and If not.
Question 12. What is the reasonabl«« present averag«« value per aere date.
what amendments are required?
< h) Reclaimed lakes and swamp
Ans. 2. As fas as ascertainable at
Ans. 2. Local laws are satisfac of land In your project, exclusive of water right, th«« value being computed lands
should all pay their proportion
the present time the local laws an« tory, some new acts having been on the basis of productive capacity. Interest being computed at 6 per cent of
for drnlnng«« of sain«« nml b««
a part of the whole pro
meet the requirements of the Recla
Ans. 12. Reasonable present aver
Ans. 12. I-and now- under ditch
tl) Furthermore, It In proposed by
>50 at present and prior to coming age value of Improved, cultivated th«« U. H. It. H. to survey u very low
Question 3. Is the administration of the law by the Reclamation of
Service satisfactory, and if not, what are the objections and what remed;« not affected by the Government irri right, >60 per acre; before construc Bn«« ditch m-nr the Cl««ar l-ak«« site,
to avoid going through rock*, nnd
tion of Reclamation works >20 per then put In pumping plunt* at various
Ans. 3. As to the first clause, we
Ans. 3. The administration of the
acre. Improved cultivated land not places to rain«« th«« water to th«« lamt I
answer NO. Our objections, in the law is as satisfactory as usual with
Dry land yield:
having water, same basis, 125 per under th«« preliminary survey, which
main, are these: It has often been any government work on account of
acre; before proj««ct was adopt««d and altogether cheaper, will add grealiv
unsatisfactory and unfair, as the red tape. etc. In our opinion more
construction commenced >15 per acre to the maintenance cost, nnd ns cut
facts will show. When the first sur authority should be granted the Pro
Unimproved, uncultivated, raw estimates were made on the basis of
vey was made, and land holders were ject Engineer within certain prescrib
land, not having water >20 per acre; the high line ditch, wo would object
urged to sign up their lands, officials ed limits to enable prompt dealing
, before project was adopted >7.50 per to same.
stated publicly that their estimates with minor local problems, and also
(j) The erection of wooden flumes
stowed a cost of >18.60 per acre; would recommend adoption of a sys
Based upon productive capacity ami bridge* uh they hav«« b««en mad««
bu or > 1.68 >28.00
and we were assured that the aver tem of reports that would enable the Rye .... 12 bu 3
and 6 per cent capitalization:
under the first unit of this project
age cost would not exceed >20 an people of the project to be advised Wheat 15 bu 3 *4 bu or 2.10 35.00 Alfalfa hay, 4 tons per acre,
will add greatly to the maintenance
bu or 2.00 33.33
acre, and it was with this under of developments and progress at Oats .... 25 bu b
worth >6 per ton
>24.00 of same.
standing that we signed up our lands. more frequent intervals than is now Average value of dry land at
Less expense for water Irirga-
Ik) The method of forwarding
Some years later other estimates were possible, this being especially desir
this time and prior to com
ting, putting up and feeding
money to the General laiml Office,
made, when it was announced that able where land is held in private
ing of Government.................. 132.11
out, >3.50 per ton
14.00 which In this project Is Lake View.
the cost would not be less than >30 ownership largely.
Is cumbersome uml expensive. Thin
an acre. And it is now urged, that
>10.00 could be nvold«««! by having the money
shareholders will be compelled to
Profit, 6 per cent on value per
paid Into the Unit'd States Deposi
pay this added 50 per cent. This
>165.00 tory within the llmlth of this project
seems unjust, and we solemnly pro
Less cost of water right
30.00 or Into th«« Water Ua««r*’ Association,
test against it. As one remedy to
or directly to the Disbursing Agent
meet unsatisfactory conditions, we af
1135 00 of the United States Reclamation
Value of land per acre
firm that Oregon has not had its
Irrigated Grain Iuind, computed on 8ervlce. We ask that all commis
just apportionment of the funds. If
6 Per Cent Basis:
sion* be dispens««d with am! that S>«<-
this were given her the project might
Ei penso 5 of the Reclamation Act of Jun«« 17,
be completed at an early date. Also,
I er Acre. Value. Per Acre. 19op, ne amended *o a* to comftly
>10 00 with the condition* mentioned above, i
because the shareholders for four
years have been at an expense for
Respectfully *11 bln It ted,
BOARD OF DIRECTORS KLAM-
keeping up the Water Users’ Asso
ciation, without results to us. As a
ATH W a TER USERS’ ASS’N.
remedy complete the project as soon
as possible. We ask your committee
ALBERT E ELDER.
to investigate all the reasons for the
>10.35, or va. pr. acre at
increase of the estimated cost ot the
6 per cent ....
project, and we further ask that the
LETTER OF WATER I SERS
Ilmlnary surveys were made and up
Less cost of water right
officials of the Water Users' Associa
purcntly from these surveys e*tl
tion bo placed te direct communica-
mat«« were mad« which were given
lion with the Secretary of the In-
In submitting tbe foregoing an out by Mr. Newell, etc., and were not
swer* to vour committee the Boar«! less than llo nor more than >30 per
With this understanding th«-
of Directors of th« Klamath Water acre.
Is your water supply adequate for both irrigation and
Water Users’ Association was organ
Per Acre. Value. Per Acre. Us««r»' Association de*lre to call your Izod under the direction of the Re
>14 4 0
> 8.00 attention to a few of the fact* which clamutlon officials and th«« cupitallza
Ans. 4. Yes. entirely adequate for
As. 4. The water supply is ade
0.00 havo .
1 V l)
,;;.ll-< d In th!:, project, a:;4 lion ot slots used al 4-0, and iiutu«
quate. The U. S. R- S. does not sup both purposes.
«.«no ask that you consider the sam«« In dlatcly the engineers commenced th«*
ply water for domestic purposes. It
»00 connection with the answer* above Reclamation Project.
Barley ...... 25
is desired in this project continuously
In doing this certain purchaser
for domestic use from the first of |
The Klamath Basin under what I* were mail« nt price« which the peoph
April to freezing time, or about Janu- !
Average per acre >13.86
known a* th«« first unit at th«« time feel were two or three times the vale«*
Average profit per acre >5.11
th«- United States Reclamation Engi of the rights purchased, and certain
Question 6. Is your canal and distributing system satisfactory, and
or value per acre
>35.00 neer* wore endeavoring to secure tho concessions given which the Board
if not, what are the defects, what caused them, and what remedy is pro
For Individual examples as to act land for the purpose of putting in a of Director* Is unable to find author
ual buying and selling values and ■ytern under the Reclamation law, I zed by the Reclamation Act. For
Ans. 6. Canal and distributing
crop production see "Exhibit B” at had, at that time, privato Irrigating Instunce, H. C. Ai R. H. Moore lu con
Ans. 6. It is not. PRIME CAUSE—
inefficient service on part of Recla system generally satisfactory; some
system* which irrigated approximate ilderatlon of certain rights on Link
mation officials, business and execu complaint because of leakage, due to
ly 15,00 Oacres, and which could lllver, (which affidavits In our pos
tive ability of present project engi
have been enlarged so as to Irri session show were valued at approxi
neer satisfactory; PRIME REME the opinion of practical frrlgatlonlsts
gate approximately the 30,000 acres, mately 115,000), were given between
DY—Good business men at the head canals and laterals would have been under what conditions are the same now available for the stock owned by I which are Include«! under the first nine and eleven hundred perpetual
of projects; more power to be given better adapted for irrigation purposes water users?
unit of the Klamath Project and for horse-power delivered at about a mile
to the men in charge of the project if made wider and not so deep, there I Ans. 13. Yes.
which water may be had by making further down the river than the lo
Ans. 13. Yes, free to everybody.
and less in the hands of Supervising by lessening leakage and danger of
application to th«« Reclamation Serv cation of their former rights. W«
Question 14. What suggestions have you to offer for legislation to ice. At the sain«- time u private com full to find any provision In the Rc
Engineer. DEFECTS—Poor construc breaks and making it easier to main
tion and always behind time. REM tain turnout and gates for placing I make public pasture lands In the vicinity of your project available for the pany was In the field and had under clamntlon Act whereby anybody can
use of those cultivating the irrigated lands?
taken construction of an Irrigating get perpetulal rights for power.
EDY—Practical man in charge of the water upon the land.
various construction and engineering
system which would cover many thou
Again negotiating for the so-called
Ans. 14. We favor the placing of
sand acres, and their contract* were Ankeny ditch, the Reclamation offi
work—NOT BOYS—but men with
all adjacent non-tlllable lands into a factory.
given for >15 an acre. At the pres- rials give to Mr. Ankeny and Mrs
some practical knowledge of irriga
reserve for the exclusive use of the
rlghts under what Is known as the Henley, owners of said ditch, a per
tion and farming.
first unit, will cover something like petual water right for 1799 acres of
Question 7. Can the cost of maintaining and operating the canal and .settlers for grazing purposes.
ent time the applications for water land and here too, we fall to And
distributing system be reduced, and if so, in what way and to what extent?
Question 15. Is the farm unit of your project, as established by the 16,000, and apparently no more land any
provision In tne Reclamation Act
Ans. 7. Yes, by hastening comple Secretary of the Interior, satisfactory, and if not, would the objection be is placed under Irrigation than we whereby
Ans. 7. Owing to poor construc
th«« Secretary of the Interior
tion the cost of operation and mainte tion of the entire system thereby en removed by the addition of pasturage rights as suggested by the foregoing formerly had under our «»Id system of or any of his subordinates are au
nance is very high and can not be abling the maintenance and operation question?
private irrigation. In order to Induce thorlzed to allow anybody or give
made lower without large expense in department to deal with the whole
the settlers of tho Klamath Project anybody a water right for more than
Ans. 15. Entirely satisfactory.
Ans. 15. Y«?s, we should have the
enlarging and strengthening main ca project more economically than Is pasturage rights a* suggested above
to take up the Irrigation under the 160 acres of land. The purchase of
nal and laterals—banks are too low
Reclamation Act, Mr. R. H. Newell, the Clear Lake dam site was made at
The unit rule should be enforced
and narrow—boxes too high—checks
then Chief Engineer, now Director of a price of 1187,000, and wo have af
and boxes located in wrong places
the Reclamation Service; J. B. Llp- davits in our possession which eatah
Reduce force after irrigation season
Question 16. What is your source of supply for fuel ami building plncott, Supervising Engineer, an«! T. llsh the fact that the said dam site
is over instead of keeping them all on
materials, and the average cost thereof?
H. Humphrey* at that time termed was placed In a man's hands for sale
the pay roll as seems to have been
Project Engineer, held public meet at the price of >35,000, and he war
I ing In this county, and after what
done in the Klamath Project.
to get a five per cent commla
or state land. Lumber at
Question 8. Can the water users, by employing reasonable industry >30 per M.
forest reserves; prices of lumber from they termed an extensive survey, an slon on that price. Again, In th<
and economy, promptly make all payments required by the existing law?
>12 to >36 per thousand; abundant nounced to the people that reclama purchase of the so-called Adams
supply of wood for fuel on hills ad tion of the lands under the Govern ditch, known as the Little Klamath
Ans. 8. A man with small means
Ans. 8. Results attained by vari
jacent to irrigated lands, chiefly on ment *y*tem would not cost less thnn Ditch Co., purchase was made for
can not come into the Klamath Pro ous farmers, affidavits of which are
the public domain and principally ju >10 nor more than >20 per acre, and 1100,000. Th«« Adams ditch irrigat
ject, purchase land partly on tlm.i, hereto appended, prove that It is en-
niper. Settlers have been in the hab- i induced our settlers to sign up con ed practically 10,000 acres of land,
make improvements, and live and pay tirely practicable and is actually be-
it of procuring fence post* and fuel tracts to the Water Users' Association which would mean >10 per acre—a
the water charges. This explains ing accomplished. See “Exhibit A.”
from these juniper tre«m on Govern- i on tho*e representations, and feeling very reasonable sum, and this board
why the Klamath Project is not fill
ment land but recently agents of the | that the county would be generally Is unable to ascertain why It Is that
ing up with farmers, and largely why
Interior Department have exacted benefited by having a much larger the lands under that ditch are not
the excess lands can not be sold at
payments for such fuel and post« amount of laud placed under Irriga compelled and called
prices now asked. A large part of
from various settlers at. exorbitant tion, the settlers who were able to pay
land owners would not be able to
prices. We deem this unjust practice get water at the les* price, agreed additional
meet the payments, that is at >3 per
and would ask for such rulings a* to pay more, that I*, not less than made in supplying water to
annum and >0.75 maintenance per
land under the Adnms ditch, The
would enable the settlers to obtain
acre according to the present law.
fuel and posts free of cost, except authorized the Reclamation Service land owners were offered water
By deferring the first two or three
rights under the Adams ditch for >10
the labor necessary.
payments farmers might possibly be
der the Klamath Project. According
able to pay out on the water charge.
Question 17. To what extent have you been aided In your farming to the representation of the Engi
Continued on Seventh Pago
Question 9. What additional terms and conditions, if any, should be operations by information acquired from the work of agricultural experi- neers of the Reclamation Service, pre-
STOCKHOLDERS SUBMIT ANSWERS
TO SENATE IRRIGATION COMMITTEE