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to pay for any part of the project, in
PARTIAL REI’ORT OF
IM I SI KiATING COMMITTEE cluding the cost of maintenance up
to the (into that tho project works
Klamath alls, Ore., .1 .n. 3 ’’ >.
T<. the Hoi >able Board of Directors, should l>e turned over to the Klamath Complete Revision of Plans for (lie
Klamath Water Users' Association: Water Users’ Association.
Considered by Department
(II) During the incorporation
We, the Committee, appointed by
your board to investigate the taiiou. pro<e<*dlngs the land owners were in
Senator Chamberlain has been an
»subjects of controversy between offi- formed that ail proceedings must be
cials of the United States Reclama in harmony with the desires of lite interested worker in behalf of recla
Reclamation officials or the project mation work iu Oregon nnd has been
tion S rvice and tockholdi rs of
Klamath Water Users’ Association, would not be approved, atxl the funds greatly encouraged in his efforts to
submit the following partial report: that would otherwise go to the con secure Oregon’s share of the public
(1) In December, 1904, the land struction of this project would be di land sales. He has also taken up di
rectly with Secretary Ballinger the
owners of the Klamath country were verted to some other project.
completion of the Klnmuth Pro
called together at Klamath Falls.
The following letter received
Oregon, in Joint conference with F.
11. Neweii. cm . f lit. ■ >• er; J B Up Vss'H’iation met to perfect permanent from Senator Chamberlain last Fri
pincott. Supervising Engineer, ami organization and elect a board of di day by Secretary Ehler of the Water
Morris Dein, Attorney U. S. R. S . lators. when a list of names was pre Users’ Association, would Itidiest,
and T. H. Humphreys. Project Engi sented to the assembled stock sub that there was very little foundation
neer Klamath Irrigation Project, to scribers as recommendations from for tho repor that the funds tor this
consider the advisability of reclaim tho Reclamation officials of persons project for 1910 had been diverted
ing the lands of the proposed Klam satisfactory to said Reclamation offi The letter Is ns follows:
"My Dear Sir:— Upon receipt of
ath Project, under the Reclamation cials for directors of the Klamath
letter of the Sth instant, I
Laws of the United States, at which
of tho Secretary of the
meeting Chief Engineer Newell gave
the assembled land owners informa owners must harmonise with the de terior that proposals bo submit!
tion and assurances, both by his per- sire of the Reclamation officials or i at once for blds to cover tho ent
the project would not be approved: amount of your appropriation
siinal statements, and through Ales;
a list of the recommended names was •1910 and the surplus funds of 19'
Lippincott. Bien and1 Humphreys,
presented to each stock subscribed, and that contracts be let not lu
printed on a slip of paper, and those than April 1, 1910; also that c<
(2) "The Reels
of paper were tho only votes struct ion be rushed so as to contpb
desired to undertake tbe reclamat
the first Board of Directors the Klamath Project as fust as mor
of the Klamath PropI'Cifesptx’ially
of the Klamath Water Users’ Asso is available, I staled to the Sec
cause this was cous idered the m
tar.v that you had heard rumors
feasible, the cheapest of const ructi
(16) This Board of Directors ap the cffeefftliat the funds of the Klam-
and the most promi-i ng of great b'
ar 1910 have
proved every act of the Reclamation ath Project for the
eficial results to the land owners,
him if this
any territory known to the Reclama
was true. I also inquired as to the
amount of the appropriation for your
(3) "That Project Engineer Hum that harmony must continue.
project for 19 10, and what further
phreys had made preliminary sur
veys of the project and estimate of organization of the Klamath Water action on the part of the Water U m rs'
the probable cost of the same and Users' Association individual mem-: Association is necessary before the
Harold Kilgore, of Langell Valley,
found a reclamable area of 236.000 hers of the association have raised work is completed.
last week swore to a warrant for the
a. res tbat could be reclaimed at an questions relative to the prices paid !
arrest of S. A. Jefferson for forgery.
average cost of $13.65 per acre for for properlies purchased for use in little time to investigate the situa Jefferson is now under arrest nt
the lands irrigable from the Upper the project, the relative cost of con-,
” 'There is now under consldera- Bakersfield, Cal., on a charge of em-
Lake and Horse-fly reservoir sites, struction under contract and under'
in the department a complete re Leirlement. If he should cat
and designated as ’The Upper Pro "Force Account” and various policies
law at that place he will be h< Id until
pursued by Reclamation officials, and
Project. The matter is one which ne the arrival of Sheriff Barnes with
(4) "That these figures had been each question has resulted in threats
careful study of the situa requisition papers and will be bioili it
reviewed by Mr. Newell and his con from Reclamation officials to divert
require additional In back to Klamath Falls for trial.
sulting engineers and found to be cor the funds to some other project, and
Jefferson purchased throe cnrloa u
on three definite occasions word has formation. It is desired, however, to
horses In Iatngoll Valley and ;.a
(5) "That as a safeguard against been locally given out by Reclama
notes and a check its seen it
changed labor conditions and other
will be communicated to you, as well for the payment when th« ho,
tmforseen events the Chief Engineer
It is bellwvi
as tho amount allotted for expendi reached Pendleton.
and consulting board had added ap ntony* on the part of the persons
that Jefferson figured on disposin • of
proximately 20 per cent to the Pro
"I will advise you further when I the horses al Pendleton and skipping
(18) Since acepting Government
ject Engineer’s estimates, thereby ob
out with the money, but Kilgore and
more definite Information.
taining approved estimates of $16 40 Reclamation in December, 1904, the
Frank Swingle went along with the
"Yburs very truly,
per acre for the lands of the Lower
and Jefferson did not show
Project, and $1S.6O per acre for the unanimous in their desire for the
up. The banks afterward reported
lands of the Upper Project.”
<»!•’ that they believed the papers to be
(6) "That all these estimates in est possible date, and consider every
forgeries. The triutsactlon happened
cluded the cost of maintenance up year's delay as a great and irrepa
last August and the account as given
to the time when the project should
Will Try to Secure Resuming of Work by Mr. Kilgore is quite interesting.
be turned; over to the Water Users' they would generally approve of ex-
l.y G ovcrnnicnt at Clear lake
It seems that last year Jeffersou
Association, with all work in the most cessive and unnecessary exi>enditure3
and the l’p|M*r Country
Into tills county with a man bj
durable condition, and all flumes and
the name of Schmitz from Fresno
head gates in cement and steel.”
Jacob Rueck, who owns 800 acres They purchased a number of horses
(19) During 1905 and 1906 the
(7) "Mr. Newell assured the land
of land in the Upper Project, left from parties In laingell Valley and
owners tbat unless unusually changed great tunnel and first nine miles of Wednesday morning for Washington.
conditions should arise the project the Main Canal was completed under D. C., as a special representative of Schmitz paid for them in checks.
engineers’ estimate would be abund contract at prices that were announc the land owners in his section. A Jefferson returned to Langell Valley
antly adequate and probably more ed by Mr. Newell to be within the meeting was held at Bonanza last last fall for the purpose of buying
more horses, representing that he
than the project would cost, and that Original Engineer's Estimates.
week at which there were present 90 was still buying for Schmits. He pur
the land owners would not be requir
per cent of the land owners under
ed to pay more than the actual cost 1907, the local cost of labor and the Upper Project, and resolutions, chased three carloads, from Kilgore,
In case the estimated amount was materials were higher than during were passed declaring that the farm George Deal, Frank Swingle and Mrs.
Nichols. They were to bo taken to
the fall of 1904, when the prelimi
not all used.”
ers in that section were ready to in
(8) "That $10 per acre would be nary estimates were made, and dur crease the value of the stock to $30, Mt. Hebron and shipped to Pendle
the lowest amount for which the pro ing these changed labor conditions and urging that work be rushed on ton. Jefferson gave three notes for
$1200 each to secure the payment
ject could be completed, and that the the principal work on the project this portion of the project.
twenty days, and gave George
estimates of the chief engineer and
Out of 23 present at the meeting. Deal a check for $500 as payment for
consulting board, being safeguarded
22 voted for the resolutions, there be-.
by approximately 20 per cent above work has been done since June, 1907, ing only one opposing vote. It is his horses.
Kilgore nnd Swingle accompanl'tl
those of the project engineer, would with cost of labor and materials far stated that the farmers are in favor
be abundant for all changed condi less than during the fall of 1904, of paying the cost of the work, what the horses to Pendleton. At Port
with thousands of idle men actually
land they met Jefferson who promis
tions that could probbaly arise.”
out of this country unable ever it might lx», and are willing to ed to be at Pendleton to receive the
(9) "That the Chief Engineer
horses. Apparently the fact of Kil
and his supporters would safeguard to find employment.
(21) Mr. Newell has published necessary by the Reclamation Service, gore and Swingle being along with
the land owners against excessive
their only demand being that work
prices for properties needed in the statements that cost of construction start at once and be rushed to com the shipment did not meet the plana
of Jefferson, as he failed to show up
project, by obtaining the same under
pletion as soon as possible.
at Pendleton. The notes were taken
the right of ’Eminent Domain’ when of construction under contract.
Copies of the resolution were fur
(22) Mr. Newell and his associ
to the bank at Pendleton and sent to
ever prices were excessive, and would
nished Mr. Rueck for use at Washing
also safeguard the land owners ates have published statements that ton. As Mr. Rueck is personally on Idaho, where tho endorsers of the
against excessive transportation rates the various properties purchased for very friendly terms with Newell, and notes were supposed to live, and the
th-ough the contracts between the use in the project were secured at Murphy, in the Washington office, report camo back that the notes were
believed to be forgeries. The notes
Government and the various railroad the original estimated value.
and Mr. Hopson, the Supervising En
(23) Being in possession of these gineer, it is expected that he will be were made out in favor of M. B. Har
(10) Mr. Newell assured the land official statements we find no excuse able to accomplish much good for ris & Co. and no such firm could be
owners that, "relying upon the spe for the official announcement that the the Upper Project.
loo Miles Overland
cial powers conferred upon the Re first unit of the Lower Project has
As there was practically no market
clamation officials by the Reclamation cost an average of $37.50 per acre
for horses in Pendleton at that time
Act, and the unquestionable ability including maintenance, instead of
AND HALL, SECRETARY of year, Kilgore was compelled to re
of said officials, that in no case should $13.65 per acre as originally esti
turn to Klamath County with the
the land owners be called upon to mated by Mr. Humphreys, and safe
pay more than $20 per acre for any guarded to $16.40 by Mr. Newell and Organization Effected of Klamath band. He happened to have one
saddle horse In the band, and started
part of the proposed Klamath Pro his consulting board.
Publisliing Company and Di
across the country, after hiring a
Therefore, we recommend that
rectors (T iom - ii
man to accompany him. It is fully
(11) "That when once the pro itemized statements of all estimated
400 miles from Pendleton to Langell
ject were approved it would be push cost as prepared by Mr. Humphreys
A meeting of about twenty of the Valley through a mountainous coun
ed to completion under Government and ail other Reclamation offiicals
stockholders of the Klamath Publish try, and it took Mr. Kilgore fifteen
Reclamation at much earlier date prior to May 15, 1905, be requested
ing Company was held Friday evening days to make the trip. He lost two
than would be possible for private from the Reclamation Service for im
In the basement of the First National horses on the journey. It appears
companies to complete the same, and mediate transmittal to the Board of
Pank building for the purpose of that Jefferson had sold a carload of
that the time of completion of the Directors of the Klamath Water
completing the organization. Geo. T. horses belonging to Schmitz, his for
project would not exceed five years.”
Baldwin was elected temporary chair mer employer, and skipped out with
(12) Upon these assurances from mend that request be made upon the I
man and A. L. Leavitt, secretary. The the money, and a warrant was al
Mi. Newell the Government Reclama Reclamation Service for a brief and
following directors were elected: Geo. ready out for his arrest nt the time
tion was accepted by the land owners comprehensive statement of all ex
T Baldwin, L. F. Willits, Fred Mel- he was making the deal for the Lan
in preference to reclamation by the penditures charg* d up against the
Klamath Canal Company, that was Klamath Project prior to the begin hase, Alex. Martin, Jr., Geo. R. Hum, gell Valley horses.
tt’cn doing construction work in this ning of the present fiscal year, and . W T. Shlve and E. B. Hall.
Following the meeting of the stock-
project under an offer to complete the that itemized statements of all quar-;
iders the newly elected directors
Lower Project at a flat rate of $15 terly expenditures charged up against
met and elected tho following officers- I
the Klamath Project after the begin
Geo T, Baldwin, president; L. F.
CLEVELAND, Ohio Jan. 28.—
(13) In March, 1903, the land ning of the present fiscal year be
Willits, vice-president; E. B. Hall, A Lake Shore passenger train, run-
owntrr of the proposed project pro
secretary and Geo. R. Hum, tre-us- nlng forty-five miles an hour, today
ceeded to incorporate their lands into of the Klamath Water Users' Associa
collid'd with a bus load'd with
the Klamath Water Users’ Associa tion at the earliest possible date after urer.
twelve school children. Several of
tion at the rate of $20 per acre share, the close of each quarter.
John DePuy, who owns a ranch tho children were injured, six of them
that being the amount which Mr.;
! near Midland, left Saturday morn- perhaps fatally, The train »truck the
Newell had assured them would be
I ing tor an extended visit nt San Fran forward end of the bua, killing the
R. S. SMITH.
the highest possible amount per acre |
cisco, Santa Rosa and Los Angeles, j horses.
that they should ever be called upon j
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