Covina Argus from Covina, California on July 25, 1908 · Page 3
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 3

Covina, California
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Saturday, July 25, 1908
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A GOVINA FURNITURE GO FOR ANYTHING IN THE LINE OF .HUM or fLOOR COVERINGS SAFEST PLACE TC TRADE W. O. CUSTER, Manager Yosemlte Valley. YosiMiiitc Valley is now reached daily after short and pleasant trt.p via Southern Pacific to Merced. Yosemitc Valley Nailrond and 12 miles stapfe ride. 11)formation may he had at Southern Pacific office. COVINA FIRM PERFECTS PIPE-MOULDING MACHINE Kellar & Thomason on Eve of Receiving Patent Which Will Revolutionize Cement Work. Review of Seven Years' Work, Probably one nf the most itnpor-' taut items of news which hiis conic to j light iu several months in relation j to the ranching industries of South- j eru California, is the one exclusiv ; ely announced in this article, relat-' ing to the invention of a power machine for the manufacture of cement pipe for irrigation and sewer purposes. The firm of Kellar & Thomasou of Covina, received notice on Monday through William Crunch Mclutyre of the Patent Law Association of Lrjs Angeles, abat the patents applied for on the firm's invention were practically in a way to be ic- turned with the approval of the United States patent office, which means that a complete revolution is shortly to take place iu the making of cement pipes and conduits. The importance of the invention can be realized when it is remembered that the whole of California in the irrigated sections is being piped according to the advanced ideas of running water npou arid laud, and any machine which will do away with the slow and arduous manner of. producing these pipes effects the orange grower, the alfalfa raiser and the truck garden man immediately. The assured success of this invention means the building up of a big manufacturing plant, for Covina, something which will be the envy of all the towns of Southern California, where manufacturing plants are not numerous. The discovery is the result of loug apulication to cement pipe work on the part of the-members of this enterprising firm. George Kellar and Elmer Thomason have been in California 21 years, both coming from the town of Lov- iugton in Illinois. Both are comparatively young men, and it therefore can be said that nearly half a life-time has been expended by them in relation to the best processes of placing water evenly and without waste on arid lands. It was in the summer of 1901 that these two men started in the business of making cement, pipe on Cypress avenue in Covina, using the primitive methods then in vogue tor the moulding, for the cement pipe industry is one of the youngest iu this country. At that time the surface system of bringing water to lands iu need of irrigation was employed; through open ditches $nd flumes, a system which is still used somewhat, but which is rapidly disappearing before more intelligent methods. Mr. Kellar and Air. Thomason both realized the possibilities of the cement work and started a thorough study of laud conditions and the necessity for improved irrigation. The firm, iu a recent announcement has struck the vital keynote of the country in stating that intelligent irrigation is the secret of success in our arirl lands. Dnniel Webster, in Congress in 1843, said that this portion of the country was fit only for savages and wild animals, and at that time Congress was on the point of "swapping" all the country west of the ^Kpckies for the privileges of the cod fisheries on the coast of New Found laud. Any child in the school now can tell something of the enormous mistake this would have been. The great loss of water through seepage and evaporation, through the growth of weeds and grasses interfering with the flowage of the watc-r in surface ditches, and the deflection and loss of water through gopher holes, always appeared to 1m a problem to wrcsth) with, and Hiiucesaful underground piping seemed the only solution. Some work of this nature had bi'Hti accompli*hcd in advance <>t the firm of Kellar A- Thomason, but it was by no means perfect. Ranchers all know the inconvenience of getting the right pressure for land = having a rapid fall, an 1 the building of Htand-pipi:.s '<-••> overcome this tall and produce tin; required pressim; WHS only paiiiully .lUccfcMstul. After remaining in the business of making cement fiipe by hand from 11)01 until I'.ml the firm started in making an improved kind of viii'.i---> and gart^ for tJ'c j,>ir(.< -fe <,f .-ah-)v holding water pn-5-iiin; and the proper distribution i t il "V."i tin: BUI fare. Thin •.*.;..-, the LiitL ,.f the "h"]'" val\ i-M and if>\H:-., and in S.-|,tcK,i.r-r, UiUT, K'-ilai A Tt;, n.ii->:iii u, '.t-.i t - writer this week, shows .the factory in n complete state if modern improvement. Kellar & Thompson arc working steadily in the manufacture Sterctilln Diverslfolln. The poc-ulinr method of shedding foliago of I ho on Cottiigo Drive of the (Inns' machine for the mnlihig has caused a large number of people a location near the Southern Pacific depot, where they aro now established, and built a factory, which, with the machinery now installed, is worth over 810,000. Samuel Fortier, an expert engineer and writer in the Irrigation Age, stated a short time ago that over 70 per cent, of the millions of dollars expended for irrigation purposes in our irrigated districts was wasted utterly, through the one fact that a good piping system had not been as yet installed. The attempt to run water over sandy soil for a considerable distance always ended in the soil near the top of the landfall getting all the water and the lowest grade none at all. The Covina firm has watched the elevation of irrigation from open ditches to wooden flumes and afterwards cement flumes, and had seen that these, although better than the natural ditch, were far from satisfactory. Through the inventions of Kellar & Thomason many of the cement ditches were replaced by the pipe system. The cement ditches were exposed to the aun and weather and cracked, and the constant waahing wore the sides away, causing them to crumble. It was infinitely more labor to connect irrigating furrows with the gates of a flume than with the new order of stand-pipes, as from 15 to 25 feet of furrow bad to always be made by, hand. The stand-pipe of concrete, being placed just under the boughs of the trees in regular order, escaped the destruction of tools while cultivating, which fell to the old style of flume, and one more thing in the favor of the concrete pipe is that it grew'harder and more durable with age instead of deteriorating. These pipes, made of pure river sand and gravel mixed four parts with one part of Portland cement, made a combination that resisted destruction better than anything that bad been manufactured before. In the making of the "KT" valve, the Covina firm had one competitor in the field, whoso valve was quite universally in use, but its inferiority was evident immediately when placed ut work alongside the Covina invention. The prior iuvnnticn was made of brass and iron with a rubber gasket, but so constructed as to corrode easily, a thing which could not be endured in a piece of mechanism which was couNtontantly under water. Then too, when the rubber gasket became worm it could riot be extracted and replaced without tearing the rivted niochtiniHtn to pieces. It was not durable and proved impracticable, as tho ranchers soon learned. The "KT" valve is so arranged that this working partd are non-corrosive, alwavf) perfectly fitting and in working order, and the rubber gasket a detachable bit of packing by itself, which when worn oat can bo replaced at trivial expense to the rancher. This "KT" valve is tho one which is almost universally in UHO in Southern California at the present time, and the one which is taking the place of out- of-date irrigating systems all over the Pacific slope. The previous valve invention has been purchased by Kellar & Thomason, thus nuiki'ig them the only manufacturerH of irri gation valves in the country. Tim firm has made tho valves adaptable to all crops, the valve used for alfalfa flooding being HO arranger! an to open tho pil' e to its full capacity, and differei.-t sixes arranged for the ii-ri- galion of the many kinds of cropa grown on the. Pacific slope. A demonstration of the "{(T" gate, also shows its up-to-date efficiency. With the material alao made non corrosive and working from the surface in the interior of (lie stand-pipe by a handle, the mechanism by brass cog opens the orifice like any simple pi'rbw cap, and th<> rubber gasket makes it ab.-.oJutelj- tight ula-n closed. It wa.-i in connection with these same improved stand pif>en that Joa- qiiiu -Mill'-r, in un article <-n Southern California improvements, made hi.-i ludicr'.u.i mistake when lie stated that these stand pipes -A ITU the si.urre of waU.-i sui,|,ly for in it/at ing io which hi.'ce uas attached, atl«-r the fashion of i'n e ti^htiij>,' aj,j.;:ratu-i ii: t he I'itli-o. A \i~.\l to l be shop in (,'•,•, ii,a hy the of cement pipe by hand, a machine which has several compel itors, but which is the only olid adaptable to California, and more practicable in every wav than the machines in tho market by other firms. Hand pipe making will remain an industry for some time, in spite of tho assured success of tho power machine now perfected by this firm, as the hand machine may be procured at. a cost which the small nmuufacturor can stand. With the growth of business in connection with the success of the power pipe-maker, Covina will short ly witness tho up-building of a Iar«i3 and important, business hero, for which tho town is to bo congratulated. Tho making of the valves and gates, together with the general machine-shop work now clone by this firm, makes of itself a considerable business, but with the newer and greater scope of business, Kellar & ThoniHson will soon place Covina on the world's map as a community not only devoted to tho growth of the finest citrus fruits, but as tho home of a successful manufacturing concern. The Covina Valley Savings Bank offers you a safe investment for your idle funds. We pay 4 per cent. Start an account today. in this vicinity to fall into error. Quite n little indignation was expressed by residents lust week, who HOW that tho Irons \\ero becoming bare and concluded naturally that the trees were dying for want, of water or from disease. Tho Argus called the attention of Commissioner C, K. Bemis to the matter, and the trees were thoroughly inspected this week. Commissioner Bnmis states that while this dee is an evergreen and not in any senao deciduous, it is its nature to shod foliage liberally at this time of tho vt-ar, although the intense heat of tho past two weeks, coupled with tho exposed condition of tho trees on this street causes thorn to shed more rapidly than is healthy. This snocion ia known as the ster- cuila divcrsifolia, or bottle tree, this common name being applied because of tho peculiar shape of tho trunk. Commissioner UemiH lonrns from Mr. Jacob Maechtlon of Covina, who bus several varieties of those trees, that the tree drops tho old and takes on tho now loaves in July, tho change being only noticeable for about two weeks. It is tho general opinion of horticulturists that this tree is not especially desirable for ornamental purposes. I, N. WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics and the best equipment we can do your work in the most workmanlike and best manner in shorter time and at a reasonable cost to you. Wfi also carry a line of Farm Implements, Wagons, Etc and if you are thinking-of purchasing-a vehicle os any kind we invite you to call and look over our line and talk the matter over. We will guarantee you a square deal and save you a few dollars besides. Select Your Route TOURIST CARS To the EAST Via New Orleans, El Paso or Ogden Personally Conducted Tourist Excursions from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Washington, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul and oilier points in the Kust without change of cars. Through the warmer climate of the South, with its rice and cotton fields; or over the route of the Pioneers of '-I'), and across (ireat Salt Lake—"going to sea on a train." D. B. SCIUONCK, Agent. Coviua Home phone H4 or G. L. TRAVIS, Commercial Agent, Pomona Home phono <>1; Sunset Main 7() Southern Pacific r,os Angeles Oflice, 600 H. Spring St., corner Sixth Clarence Allison Plans furnished for all kinds of building's, Building Contractor COVINA, CAfc. Glendora Furniture Store TAKE NOTICE PLEASE: As long as this ad appears the following prices will prevail: c 9x12 Superior Axminster Kuy $25.00 9x12 Sackney Axminster Rtttf $22.50 9x12 Top Brussels KUR- $12.00 9x12 Medium Brussels Kuy $16.00 9x10 Brussels Kutf $10.00 Linoleum, pi-r yard 45, 50 and 60c Granite Knameled Linoleum "5c Ciranite Knameled Linoleum, 4 yds wide "Oc Floor Oil-cloth, per yd 30c 9x12 All Wool KUKS $8.50 9x12 Ingrain Ku# $6.75 9x12 Velvet Kujf $20.00 1'icture Frames, 10x20, complete ,75c Everything in the store at big reduction until our invoice is || taken. 0 O Come and see our stock. We have the goods and can save you money f& if you give us a chance. p* fti? We deliver the goods anywhere in the valley free of charge. <£? .A.SEIM.EARS I J »RQ1 'RIKTOR I Phone 166 0 C-^OO^-^/^^O^^CCV^C^^^O^d^^^^ 000^01^'!>'1>^60^3

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