Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 26, 1908 · Page 19
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 19

Covina, California
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Saturday, December 26, 1908
Page 19
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EVER CANOPIED BY SUMMER FOLIAGE. I. D. Houser's Home Is Finely Situated. A GEM IN ARCHITECTURE. Residence of J. S. Wine. KEEPING PACE WITH PROGRESS Ben F. Thorpe's Cement Pipe System Conserves Water. Surface ditches and crude dams and gates in irrigation systems wherever found in this day, are simply the relics of first attempts at diverting water for irrigation purposes. This method served the purpose for the time, but as the industry of intensive farming and fruit growing progressed, and water became more valuable, the manner of diverting water was improved, so that irrigation today i.3 one of the careful studies of California husbandry, as important, or more so, than any other branch of the profession. An industry which has reached large proportions in the S.'in Gabriel valley is that of the manufacture of cement pipe for irrigation purposes. The largest industry in Covina of this nature is owned and operated by Ben F. Thorpe, whose yards are situated on West Cypress avenue. During the past vears Mr. Thorpe has ben studying the distribution of water over lands to be irrigated. The old, open ditches IOKI a large percentage of ihe water til rough evaporation and seepage. Ciopheis and ground squirrels bored inti. the sides of the banks and hundreds of gallons went to waste. The edges of Ihe flitches were always unsightly with rank growths of weeds. and much land was occupied by them. Then, too, the ditches would often break out, the water would be lost, and serious damage by over/iooding and gouging of the land would ensue. The cement, pipe is composed of a combination of Portland cement and medium-screen gravel. Sucessl'ui pipe- makers do not use line sand, for the ••eason thai, it does not have the cementing quality of gravel, costs more to porcure, and uses up a larger amount of cement with less satisfaction. Mr. Thorpe makes a specialty of installing main pipe-lines for irrigation companies, also for citrus groves, alfalfa ranches, and for all lands where irrigation is employed. His largo contracts are placed with such companies as the Huntington I>and and Water Co., whose system of many miles of direct ditches and laterals has all been placed under the cement-piping system. His products enable the rancher to procure his water from main pipe lines belonging to the irrigation company, and to deliver the water through other pipe lines when It IH diverted into the orchard or field through a perfect system of stand-pipes, provided with ccmi-nt tops;, with valves and gate for regulating the flowage. The cement-pipe system Is almost universally used In the vicinity of Covina, and Mr. Thorpe's men are busy the year around installing his systems throughout this locality and Southern California. His business gives employment for a number of ex| ert cement workers and ordinary laborers, ;IH he takes the entire; contract of making pipe, digging ditches, ami Installing the mains and laterals. Cement construction IH coming universally Into use in California, as it is found that It. Is much cheaper and more serviceable in Hie erection of build'ngs for private arid public pur- poses. Lumber is always a big factor in construction, and cement does away with this great expense, at, the same time making a structure which is beautiful as well as serviceable and attractive. Mr. Thorpe's own splendid residence, of the style of Ihe Italian villa, is an exemplification of the desirability of this kind of construction. He is also the contractor and builder of the cement building occupied by the Covinu Home Telephone Company at A/usa, a building in Old Mission style. VALENCIA PARK—HOME OF B. L. REYNOLDS. Fifty Acre* of Summer Oranges and $8000 Dwelling. J. W. Reefer was for four years a stable-keeper In Covina, and afterwards moved to Axumi, where; IK; remained 111 UlC Same bUHlneKH l'()l' SeV- oral years, but as l.he tide of business turned toward this progressive (own and Covfna began to show greater prosperity Iban many other (owns, he again opened his place of business here, and now lias one of (lie largest stables in the San (iabrlel Valley, situ- aled on the iiialn street, Mr. Keei'cr Is familiar with every rod of roadway In the San (iabrlel Valley. Me ban maintained prosperous stables In sev- AVENUE STABLES. J. W. Keefer's Place of Fine Turn-Outs. '<>ral towns In Ibis valley, and In this manner he has acquired a knowledge of the country thai Is Invaluable lo a man who Is sending mil many teams each day throughout the country. lie- Hides having a knowledge of Los Angeles connl.v, lie Is familiar with Hie roads of Riverside find San lleniardlno counly, and Is ready al all limes to send out teams wllh competent drivers Into any part of the country. At the present lime the Avenue Livery .Stables has len line bond of hows ready for the livery trade. The horses are all thoroughly broken lo the conditions to be met wllh In this locality. They are well broken to (he constant appearance of Hie automobile, and can be driven at night as well as In Ihit daytime by man or woman. These horses are matched lo drive double, and Mr. Keei'er does a great, deal of funeral carriage work, turning out linn loams Coi' Ibis purpose. Kor live years Mr. Keei'er ran a. stable In Cueamonga, where he met with good success. The growing prosperity of this portion of the country caused him lo move Into Oils lerrllory. The Avenue Livery Slables makes a special price to commercial travelers, and his prices to everyone are reasonable. Nothing especially attractive about this gray team. Nothing especially striking about the man driving. Yet the combination is becoming famous. The man is D. W. MacDonald of Covina. He represents the real estate firm of Edwards & Wildey Company (Inc.) of Los Angeles. D. W. MacDonald SELLS orange groves. That's all. But behind that there is a good deal. The reason we sell orange groves is because we have them for sale AT THE RIGHT PRICE. Nearly all the orange groves in Covina are good orange groves. Very few are cheap. When there is a good orange grove for sale in Covina, at a sacrifice, we have it. That's our business, No use to tell you of the hard work and alertness necessary to secure good orange groves cheap. When you consult us about Covina orange groves, you get, free of all expense, to you, the best and most reliable real estate service. Just a sample bargain: Pine ten acre grove, close in town, half in Valem ias, half in navels in full bearing; good five room house and outbuildings; Covina water stock. Crop included, price $10,000. "IT PAYS TO SEE US" EDWARDS & WILDEY COMPANY, Inc. Making Cement Irrigation Pipe. ! 228-234 Laughlin Building, LOS ANGELES D. W. MacDonald, Covina Representative, COVINA, CAl.

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