Covina Argus from Covina, California on October 17, 1908 · Page 3
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TRY THE I/" 4, COVINA FURNITURE GO FOR ANYTHING IN THE LINE OF .MIRE or FLOOR COVERINGS SAFEST PLACE TC TRADE W. Q. CUSTER, Manager Yosemlte Valley. Yoscmitc Valley is now reached daily after short and pleasant trip via Southern Pact tic to Merced, Yosemite Valley Railroad and 12 miles atape ride. Information may be had at Southern Pacific ofl'icc. THE IMPERIAL JALLEY Its Great Growth and Development in Five Years. Probably the finest large tract of laud iu the Southwest is Imperial valley. In rotmd numbers, about 40 miles square, extending from the main line of the Southern Pacific railroad to the Mexican border. The soil la a peculiar gilt, deposited by the Colorado river, hundreds of feet iu depth, lu boriug for water at Imperial to a depth of COO feet, uo other formation \vaa encountered but just the same silt that is on the surface. The deposit varies somewhat in hardness, or perhaps iu the amount of clay, on the surface. The terms used to designato the kind of land are "soft," "medium," and "hard," the hard land probably consisting of a greater percentage of clay. There are almost no deposits of sand like in the barrancas and arroyoa of other parts of California. It appears that the soil is inexhaustible and probably no fertilizer will be needed for many years, perhaps never. The land is very well adapted to the growing of alfalfa. Probably iu DO other locality could alfalfa be grown as cheaply. The water supply is abundant and cheap and the land is easy to irrigate on account of being so nearly level; just grade enough to make the water run uioely, ahout 10 feet to the mile. It is said that a ma.n can irrigate 100 acres a day of alfalfa if the land is properly prepared. A crop of alfalfa will mature in about four or five weeks after irrigation; some have cut as high as ten times a year. Au acre will produce about a ton at a cutting, very frequently more. The irrigating water coats about two dollars a year per acre. A water right is estimated t<> furnish that amount of water yearly that would cover the land four feet deep with water, or about five inches continuous flow to he acre. So far the farmers have found it necessary to use only about one-half of the water that the water right would entitle them to. It costs from three to six dollars per acre to prepare and plant an acre in alfalfa, depending on the amount of leveling to be done prior to planting. There are .some places for sale where the profit on two years' crops would pay the purchase price. And many cases are cited where one year's crop has paid for the land. The branch line of the Southern Pacific running from Imperial Junction to Cnlexico, runs about the center of the vallev, and on this line is located the thriving villages of Brawley, Imperial, El Ceutro, lieber and Calexico. The lands are higher in price near the railroad, ranging from DO to 100 dollars per acre, improved, with water. At a distance of eight to ten miles away from the railroad, laud can yet be secured at a nominal llgore above the water right. The water right costs ahout twenty-live dollars per acre, one-fourth payable cash. A large number of tenant farmers ate scattered over the valley. Im proved land stocked and fenced rents for one-half the income, which makes a good tiling fur the tenant. There is quite u demand for good, reliable tenant farmers that have had some experience in farming in the valley. Land owners are a little shy of contracting tu rent to wholly inexperienced men. The general health of the people i& good. Irrigating the land does not make the climate malarious, us some feared when the proposition WHH new. Fni about eight months in the year the climate \.-i unsurpassed UN far as heat and culd is concerned. Slightly inure windy than in some of the better iJiMtt-cteil localities in "inside" California," but free from tornadoes or damaging storms. During the months of .June, July, August and one-half of September, the ther- uiomefer is liable to jump to 110 or more and range around there for a few days at a time. However, the nights are comparatively cool and re- freshii.g, us iei the case over most of California. The earlier settlers, who had the good fortune to stay on their tilings are now pietty well on fatrfcfct. H'. i.ie bave leased their p f,.r' one-half of the crop ai;d go once or twice a ytur to collect rent ut:'J shake l.ariii.1 with themselve t,.r ii-.t h-i\iiiii ti'.ttei, fli.-e urage ai.il --'.M '.'.I I. fin ti.i- i.iiMiL tin.'- The same proposition that was up to the early settler is up to the present settler as far as laud, water and climate are concerned, and it will perhaps only be a short time until additional transportation faoi lilies will open up new lauds with the same transportation facilities that the older settled localities now enjoy. Imperial valley is now the third shipping point in tonnage on the Southern Pacific line in Southern California, following after Los Au- geles and Sau Pedro. This speaks well lor a settlement substantially about five years old. A large percentage of the farmers raieirjg alfalfa claim that better returns cau bo had by feeding stock ou the land than by shipping the produce. There are several creameries in the valley that furnish a cash market for milk, with butter about forty cents per pound. Stock cattle aud hogs also thrive as well as anywhere else. Another peculiar feature of the Imperial land is that it does not seem to be necessary to leave the land rest after taking off one crop before putting on another, but the land seems to do better if one crop follows another as soon as the land can be pro pared. After maturing any farm crop if something else isnVt planted one is liable to have a crop of wends whinh would cost about as much to clean off as it would to plant some useful crop. They find that barley cau be followed by corn planted iu July and leave the land iu better shape for next year's planting than if it were left to be idle. And those cantaloupe farmers who planted corn after their cantaloupe crop was harvested iu June have now beautiful fields, while those who let the land lie idle have pig weeds galore. The great Saltou Sea. lying in the lowest part of the valley, the surface of which is about two hundred ffi below sea level, which is about forty miles long and twenty miles wide, is slightly receding, the surface of the water having gone down about five foct since the break in the intake was repaired. The sea is now fed by the surplus waste water that ruus down New river and the Alamo. The water is nice and clear, contains many flsb and is fine for boating. In the middle of this sea the water is said to still be seventy-five feet deep. Covering as it does the immense salt bed at, the lowest point in the basin, it improves the looks of the country very much. And rather a pity it, couldn't be kept at its present level and made it pleasure resort. As fine a body of water as that, located in "inside California" would have all kinds of swell hotels and summer residences. Nearly all the irrigated loud in the valley is below sea level. Commencing at Calexico on the Mexican border, the hind fulls gently towards the north until Salton Sea is reached, Calexico being about on sea level, IJrawley being about <mo bundled and twenty foet below sea level and the surface of SaHeu Sea being about two hundred feet, below noil level. Peop'e are going into the valley very fast, now, there being about twice as many going in us going out. Politics and Christianity. An excerpt is printed here from the sermon preached last Sunday by I\ev. Harry W. Whito of the Coviua Methodist Church, iu which the pns- tor scores severely the lack of moral reconstruction in Snn Francisco ea related to the immense business ventures iu progress. Mr. White took his text from Ps. 127:1. "Except the Lord build the house they labor iu vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain." He said in part: "Sau Francisco is being built with great profit from the experiences of the past. Their buildings will he class A earthquake proof and fire proof. Had the business portion of the city been entirely of the same construction as the Call building, a different story of the disaster might have been written. But San Francisco has another kind of reconstruction with which she is not; succeeding so well. Until her people are willing to pay the price, and build a city government, constructed according to the specifications of the Architect of moral law, she will always be liable to destructive influences far more costly than improper building. 'Except the Lord build the city.' Wo have divorced not only church from state, but too often politics from morality, and government from honesty. The watchman watcheth in vain when we take the money from vice to make the jinve- mouts easy for horses, but fail to safeguard the road to ruin from our boys and girls! Signs of a better time are coming. The old methods have lost force, but the new are demonstrating their effectiveness. One mile of saloon frontage a week is going out ot business. When we built the old transcontinental linos wo were willing to make three curves to get around a stump, but iu building the new a coyote hole fifty feel, deep is packed with one hundred and twenty-five barrels of powder crammed into sacks, and reinforced with three ases of dynamite and the whole exploded with au electric fuse when the nen are a mile away. This explosion cau be heard thirty miles, and when t is over the hill of rock will hove 'made way for the uew transcontinental.' The explosions when Southern States went dry have been icard over the entire country. Other hills are to bo blown up, and when ;ho conference in Los Angeles called :o the people to arise and put from he speaker's chair n man who usurps he prerogatives of the Supremo Court, the fuse was fired of another explosion in the preparation of the line for the rule of righteousness. The ideal of religion is Jerusalem tho '.'Aty of (Jod—nnd the chief factor in bringing this rule is men built on tho pattern of the Christ. " D. E. STITES Cement Contractor IHm.IUNG HI.OCKS A SlMCCIAI.TY Can save you dollars on your building-. Am equipy>ed to do your job larg^c or small. Blocks for sale cheap. S. W. GAGE, Agent, Covlna Call and See Us If you need anything in the HARNESS line and we will give the best goods at the lowest price. Satisfaction guaranteed. CowSna Harness & Saddlery Co. Phone Home 1170 BARBERS AND SHAVERS ATTENTION Shaving 1 a delight. Use t: Sunset Dry Hone. Four strokes before each shave all that necessary to insure perfect shave. Mailed to any address on receipt of price—regular size$1.00; large size S3.00. Ag-ents wanted. J. T. Cirowe, Manufacturers' Ag-cnt, 507 Hlclg 1 . , Los Angeles, California. City Council Asked to Assist Plague Extermination. In COUCH AND CURE THE LUNGS WITH Dr. King's New Discovery FOB C828 18 ,«-S» AND ALL THROAT AND LUNG TROUBLES. GUARANTEED SATISFACTORY OK MONET REFUNDED. Select Your Route TOURIST CARS To the EAST Via New Orleans, El Paso or Ogden IVrsonally Conducted Tourist Excursions from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Washington, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul and other points in the Kast 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 M'), and across Great Salt Lake "going to sea on a train." D. 15. SCHKNCK, Agent. Covina Home phone 1-14 or G. L TRAVIS, Commercial Agent, Pomona Home phone Cil; Sunset Main 7(1 Q. W. MARSH Practical I CARRIAGE AND AUTO fltaintcr Shop opposite 1'ostoffice COVINA COVINA Shoe Repairing (o. • j out the An Appreciation. Tho building up of a town depends on the kind of merchants that have charge of tho town's hiiHine',H. That is why it in uei'e.HHary to advertise; u man in every way possible when hr comes into a town and shows that he is doing thu right thing. In the interests of Covina, the Argus wishes to insert this little unsolicited appreciation of the new Inilnr in town, \) M. Sutherland, who haw opened a shop in the location formerly occupied by Sehiumn it Hturdivant. Mr. Sutherland in doing a good business and giving good valueH, for which he will certainly rcre.iie the .support of the gentlemen of the town. Sutherland ban had u large nhop on South Spring street, L<JH Angelen, for years and will be Kind, he Hays, to meet Coviua people at his whop in Lo.s Angeles. where tin will give them prices of the name rate UH at his Covina shop, but tbe aume business can be done at his Cuviua estuh liHhrnent without the necessity of going into town. That ia what he has established this branch shop here fur. F.very style known to his fash iouuble trade in LOM Angele-t, or any ' work from ordinary business apparel to evening drefc.s can be obtained frurn him. Out here Mr Slither land saja he duta not l.ave to pav big rent. Tbe Coviua man g'-.t^ the benefit of this fact in the piiec .,f l:is Mjit. The Argii*. print-, ihi- in tt.e iiitti L--.I.-J '.t h -u.t tiadf. S. U. Brooks, chairman of I ho Liw Angeles county board of health, linn gent an important communication to the city council of Covina, asking cooperation in the extermination the bubonic! pliigue, which is said to bo communicated to tinman beings through the common ground HijuirrelH and rat.H. Squirrels infected with thiH disease have been found dead in KI.VHian Park, I. OH. Angeles, and one boy of ten yearH uaw bitten by an infected animal and the disease was transmitted to him. At. a meeting of the council Tii'-sday evening, Dr. Keed, as local health officer, present ed the communication In the board, and i\-< per i q est from tho county heallti huanl, i he HIIII ul t Im e dol larn per incut li «»is appropriated to HKhiHl in the extermination i/f thono pnhts. An urgent .request \u sent forth to ranchers to send in squirrels, both dead and alive, to JJr. Kced, who . wishcH to supply the county board with there animals for experimental purposes. Tim Coviuit elti/ens are asked to take up Ibis matter im mediately. Cement Work All Kinds. I have in my yards in tbe rear of the Covina Irrigating Company, Kast College sheet, cement, irrigation pipe ot all sixes ready for instant deliv ery. Let me furnish you estimates i nn all cement curbs and sidewalks, | foundations, etc. LOUK yean of experience in laying cement irrigation Citrus Avenue Having recently installed the latest improved shoe machinery, I am now prepared to do all kinds of shoe repairing at short notice. Satisfaction is fcuaranteed in every respect. Men's sewed half soles 7Si; Ladies' sewen half soles M)r. hadics' nailed . c -0e Southern Pacific Los Angeles Otlice, 600 H. Spring 1 St., corner Sixth Clarence Allison 1 Building Contractor Plans furnished for kinds of buildings. COVINA, CAL. MONEY WANTED I have notes falling 1 due in almost every month from $250.00 to f'JOOO.OO Secured by lirst trust deeds on new city residences, oraugx 1 , walnut and alfalfa ranches, which I will sell toilet, lender, H per cent interest, payable quarterly, free of taxes, and guarantee payment of interest to maturity of note, and collect interest free. I can loan $5(io.OO to J.1000 for you on modern homes in Covina or l/os Au- tfeles or on ranches near Covina for 2 or .1 years on (.food I'lrsl mortgages a t . percent net; the borrower pays all taxes and expenses and my coniiuis- ion, and the banks collect interest free. Tel. .1250. ()SCA K M I M,KK. H E A U D ' S (114 South Crnnil Avnniln, Lo» Alitf«l«», California. Tin- Ki'i'iilimt hijHliuum IrnlnliiK liiHtiLiiLioii in tlin uoul.li. O|i«:li (liu'liitt HIM c'lil irn ycnr. Wrll«i for inirlli-iiljii-H. .1. W. I.ACKKY. MUMIIIHT. TIII-; NKW IRambler Metier tli;m ever. Hetter •inv, regardless ol price, than J, N. WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics arid the best equipment we can do your work in the most workmanlike and best manner i;i shorter time and at a reasonable cost to you. We 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. We can "show you." See local agc.ut or • W. B. COWAN h.'.O S. liroadway, I<os A ugeles Agent for S'/uthern California Howell & Howell BREAD Light, Sweet and Wholesome FKKSH KVKKV UAY [,l[,e. Hit:. K O. u can fcavo money by seeing JAMKS BON HAM, ill. Vards, K. College St., Coviiii ike Ki itako ban in ii'-i/.g daml fai Tq \ ' ¥"• Cake and Confectionery Wagon through valley daily. .U Moving Heaven and Earth And also anything eh Triinsf'erinj.y I'urnitun that wi!! move-. pianos, deliver- ing express |i;ir!<;i(.(i's, carrying I'nited States mail, taking out parties to the canyons and bearh--s. Hauling oranges .-aid all kinds of heavy teamin;'. OKI''ICI'; With Wclls-Kar^o on Citrus Avenue Covina Transfer Company H ome 1'llollt c-, I'llOtle SI) ill-t

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