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Bakersfield, California
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1 TIQ9 CALLKXIKN1AN THE FAR FAMED DELANO" A Fertile, Well Watered Section of Old Kern County e Town of Delano, the Metropolis Jompany at Tulare, a distance of 3< of a Splendid Agricultural Sec- miles, with their lands. They havs tion-The Great Orange and ^eloped < h « ™& r from wells, the . ..\ _ , , i surest and most satisfactory source Beit of thi 3an Jwiquln ( of 8Upp , y and ^ s((bdiv ,J d a Bec . Valley—The S. F. B. Mort e De- tlon of 640 af . res Jllst on tne D0r( j er of Tulare and Kern Counties, having velopment Company Are Exploit- ng This Splendid Section. A grout deal in the past has been «i.ue.ii iibnut tile great oil fields of Sakersfli-ld situated iu the northern jart of Kern County, where fortunes lav-, lieen made and lost In the quest U>r nil. many settlers from all over llit ?reat S:ui Joaipiin Valley having M>n:o to this district during the boom, lelt their ranches and homes siptctinK to become millionaires ov- *T alght; that was when the south- arn end of the San Joaquin was a aast slu-i-p pasture and later on was noted more for the growing of wheat, ita the. past t''ti years a few Indus- triouB ranchers, realizing the possibilities of this illstrid. sank wells and developed water sufficiently to irrigate their land and grew such pro- Juris us all'.'ili'i'i, potatoes, corn and In fact all garden products; others going iu for the growing of oranges and vineyards. latter have been to 4r> feet deep and It will raise anything. Along Hag Oulch, where the land overflowed, 22 to 25 sacks of wheat has been raised to the acre, rtius showing that the ground only needs water to make It produce splendidly. Then? are now In the limits of the old district about 300 families that are engaged la raising cattle and sheep aud some are still raising grain. The town of Delano has a population of nearly 500. It has four general stores, one exclusive hardware store, one millinery store, one drug store, one confectionery and tobacco store, one bank, two hotels, one meat market, with cold storage, six jreal estate agencies, a newspaper, graded the streets and Installed gas engine and pumping plant, and j tnree churches, two grain warehous are distributing their water in ce-j USi one machine shop, two blacksmith ment pipes, laid underground, to each s | u)ps . olle plumbing shop, two livery lot, which is irrigated from a cement | t . eu stables, one lumber yard stand pipe on each lot of ten or twen-| an(1 an electric plant. Ther Is build- ty acres. They are preparing to ! | ng a $14,000 bank building, a large plant, shade trees on all the streets and have completed the grading of the cross streets through this section. In order to give everyone a chance to secure a piece of land of from ten to twenty acres they have made their payments so low as to permit of almost anyone acquiring a tea acre tract, only asking a small payment down and to allow to pay for itself, as the balance of the purchasu price Is payable in five equal pay i ments at the end of each year, with | no interest or taxes for the first two '. years. In addition to this any person that locates on their land will be given the free use of the adjoining I ten or' twerily apres for five years, ' now business block. A nursery of 3011,000 orange trees out. There Is a good has been laid opening here for a creamery and cannery, In fact In any Hue of business there are splen- at Coallnga. He IB the popu- ir manager of the beautiful $8000 . pera houae, that all the citizens can xrint to with pride; la fact, be la on- y another one of those young hustlers ia Coallnga who find time and money f required to help boost for one of he best and liveliest today. towns In the move than ifiiccessful, many ranchers culture found of the independence raisin grape, by the which thrives In this section. Of late years tfce vast holdings have been sold to smaller ranchers and now the district ?rom Hakcrsfield to Fresno Is dotted TrJth ranch houses, their owners hav iiip under cultivation and irrigation anywhere from 20 to 50 acres. In a Sfvat many cases large holding com -janies have subdivided large tracts and have sold them In ten and twenty sere tracts, which have found Twly market, ten acres of this ric Can 4 lieiiu; sufficient to maintain '.ainlly, lii-sides giving them a com.'or:able bank account. The district a<!j'iiuin,u l).'l,-uiii, :'i miles north of ?!a';er,;lirli|. ha.--, ix-eii very pnnluc- ;ri>. tlieir {iriiicj|'.)| (ii'iidiicls beiiit? jio. 'tat;'«-:-(. of which ihe.v m-ow t\\ii crop.-; i ><MI. tomatoes, which S.MUW alums: the year and Mud a ready market. *I*o alfalfa, peas, beans, peanuts, or- feiii'ivi, lemons, corn, sweet potatf.ja, cut 'onn. si r.iwberries and considerable Ki'i'in. 'I'll'' districts farther such u< Purterville, l,iu<lsey aiui lO>:eU'i- have In en wor'.d lamed on iC".'O\lut of the title variety in' oranges grown, which mature three weeks ft!i'.''.lt*t than do the oranges nf Southern California and are on die eastern snorkel in Chicago, New York and Boston at Thanksgiving time. This has bec-u made possible by the energy displayed by one of Centra! California's greatest productions, John Hny« Hammond, who Is the owner of the Mount Whitney Power Company, •ith the privilege of buying any time t the original price of tho land, tha nly thing necessary Is that the hold- r of this free land is to cultivate t during the time he uses H. Their superintendent, Prof. Raaf, la THE DELANO HOTEL. Lumber Company. The lumber trade ia well taken care of in Coallnga and at the head of the procession In this line stands the Coallnga Lumber Company, which uegan business here in September, 1907. Although but a little over one year has passed since the business was launched, yet In that time the company has forged to the front and is today an easy leader In their line They carry a stock aggregating a million feet of building material and rig timber On hand at all times, and are in position to fill any order-that may come to them without any delay. Mr. W. H. Falcoabury, the manager of the business, came here from Oklahoma, where he had been engaged fn the same line since 1900. The office and yards are at the corner of Fourth and O streets, south of the railroad and are equipped with every convenience for the cheap and expeditious handling of the business. The com pany Is compos- • 'ocal men and , advantage to <.ne company makes this In itself L the town. Wha stays in Coalinga and goes to help build It up. The company also han dies cement, common and fire brick Cheney Bros. S«ctl«n Six OH Company. The Section Six Oil Company has' 42 acres of land in the famous Sec- Ion 6 at Coallnga. The; own 420 acres of land south of Coalinga in 2314, near where the El Cerrltos well Is now toeing drilled and a lease of 1000 icres of land at Temblor. On the 42 acres In Coallnga one well has been drilled to something over 2600 feet and has since been eased to George Cameron. Another well la now being drilled on a lease from this company to the St. Francis Oil Company, which well B now about 1350 feet deep. On the holdings of the company at Temblor, there have been drilled eight wells, six of which are produc- ng. One is a water well and one is unfinished. On this property the company lately installed a large ah •ompressor and in the near future will install another, which, it Is expected, will give the company a production of three to four hundred barrels per day. This territory is shallow , most ot these wells being only about 300 (eel deep and all of them are drilled neat the break, tt Is expected, however, that as drilling is carried on further out in front of the break, the wells will be deeper and correspondingly larger producers. The oil Is of about 20 gravity and a pipe line ia soon to be laid from this lease to join with the Associated line at McKHtrlck. The offices of the company are In Los Angeles and the officers are as follows: President, A. O. Nichols; secretary, J. R. Rlgglns; genera manager, H. B. Guthrey. [did opportunities. The country Is 1 bound to come to the front as one of the greatest grape growing communities In the world, now that the S. F. ocated on their property to instruct B - - Morse Development company have hose buying as to the best and quick- st way to derive a revenue from the and. he having had a wide and var- ed experience in California and being familiar with conditions in this section. His services are free to all,| so that a man does not have to be a taken hold In earnest, and are rapidly- colonizing the whole bench, selling in five to fifty acre tracts with water and irrigation systems Installed. The Delano Hotel, A. Borel, Prop. On May 14, 1906, August Borel op- ned his new hotel in Delano, and it We doubt if there are three men in the entire west side oil district from Sunset on the south to Coallnga on the] north, that are as well and favorably I known as are Frank, Thomas and J.] G. Cheney. They have been doing | teaming in the oil fields for the past) nine years. For two years they huve been in Coallnga and they ar.e there as they were in Sunset, the leaders in their line. They have about 100 head of stock and are prepared to haul anything that is offered from a paper of tacks to a house. These boys are natives of California and were born and reared in Sonoma 'County, north of San Francisco. They | are 'arsely interested In oil lands (both in the Sunset and Coalinga | fields. Eighty acres of their Sunset ! holdings they have leased to the idtiihrie interests, who are now sink- j ins wells. Besides their holdings In | the Sunset, and C'oalinga fields they have filed on a quarter section in the i Pt'Vil's Den district. The conveni- i ence of having men like the Cheneys In a field is fully appreciated by the operators, and Is indeed a great advantage. -*-<-*'The Coalinga Jewelry Store; THE WAY GRAPES GROW NEAR DELANO. rancher in nrdi-r to settle there. Delias, from that date, bt^fc accoiiied he mechanic or business man he Is .the liberal patronage it desenes. able to make his land productive and lie formerly conducted a hotel on an- the advise of one who knows' other site that was completely de- whioh supplies the electrical power wmlt is Ul , sl tu p | uru Iu OI . Jt?r to ge t! stroyed by fire, and immediately after ft»r the Dumping of water In this dls- qlll( ,| £ returns. trkt, and the values of land here have. Mr. S. F. H. Morse . .. . _, .. Milldlng a increased 200 per cent. Lond that a beautiful modern home In the center tew years ago was selling for $10 an ut 300 acres, which he is making into a«re today cannot be bought for $159 ft ( . ( > u tral ranch, planted to oranges ?er acre and many orange groves la ni a viaeyarda, also all products that Sh'aring condition have ssold recently (grow we u i a this section. Delane. The town of Delano was laid out by the Paclnc Improvement Company. During the years of '87, '88 and '89 the government land ou the bench, which comprises In Us reaches all of purchased tho prominent corner now occupied, and at au expense of over |10,oiitf erected what is today a first- class hostelry lu every respect. It Is a substantial two story brick building containing fourteen guest rooms, besides the office aad bar and a com modloua dining room, providing ao When the Coaltnga Jewelry Store selected this famous oil center for such an up-to-date store as they now operate, they fully demonstrated their unlimited faith In the future greatness of the thriving little city, for they operate a store aud carry a stock that would do credit to a city of the metropolitan type. They carry a full Hue of watches, Jewelry, cut glass and all the finer things of the jeweler's art. In the watch department they were fortunate enough to secure the services of Mr. J. S. Baker, a man of 48 years' experience extending Into several of the leading watch factories of America. In addition to a full line af everything ,one would expect to a»d In any first lor as high as 11750 per acre. Tue latest company to come Into 'vkln rlcli field, and one oC the biggest Ia tt-e outiro state, Is the S. F. B. Men-flu Development Company, which {& controlled by Jolm Hays Ham-. M0n4, Harry Payne Whitney, Lewis S. Thompson, Harris Hammond and S. F. B. Morse, and are developing that section Immediately north and t.isi of Doluuo, Kern County, Cal. They have been Investigating the poa- .siUIities of this district tor eight nicittths, h«vo had engineers In tho field (OBting the land and after thoroughly testing It thoy found a body of laud of iOOO acres which is as near (lorfect as -can bo any land. They Sound the land absolutely free, from the territory for miles each way from taken up and a great P. grant land was sold During the rainy years a of grain farming was done, but effort, or very littlu at least, was mado at irrigating the laud. This condition continued until the dry years of '87, ' ( ,is, ';i'.», p.iOO, 1901, came and then farming practically ceased. Oil had been discovered in the south- end of the comity and the people left their laud ; 'iid moved to tho various oil centers, This exodus, which was as largo from the town as it was I from the country, came near wiping . llelailo out. I About !lve ypnrs a .no Frank Schlit/. , and L. Ue.tree pur down \\ells on • theii- places and se--mvd n quod siiip- I ply of water at a depth of 7" feet. Tho water'd t,> uithln ten feet of the, top of the well and continual pumping failed to reduce ihe level In the well. commodatlous for 89 guests, f Be | class store of this character, they rooms are not only well furnished, i have the exclusive agency for but each aud every one has outside Spauldtng's full line of sporting goods exposure. It Is operated on the Amer- and everything the athlete requires, leun plan and the extreme low rate The management of tkls popular a distance of nvel of $ l -« 5 il day attracts a patronage place is vested In the hands of Claude Delano, was' lh!U attestH the high regard that the T. Walker, who Is not only a practl- deal of the 3. j residents of that sectloa aud the trav- cal Jeweler, but one of the foremost to settlers. (> "")S public as well, huve for the boosters for Coalinga. He ia tbe pop- great deal j Pl»«'. When Mr. Hovel cam uo I section '.'7 years ago, the town was •nothing more than a sheep camp, and was possessii of :> small lodging hhaeks. He has •ep camp, one business house, hoiijo au-1 a few seen the town grow to this nlar manager of Recreation Park, a Redman and an ail around good fellow. ;u>i:utrated • •: -.'ting a r-i.i-.-e that and develop a tld ha* d. his faith in its future, !.>y burding and conductiiu a would do Justice t • -i i city. If the t.iwn ",-y • Bossed more piib!ii--s;iii itej rn •': >;' '-.-« caliber it won!.) be ten jvars i-j. .-ivance of todav. PEERLESS COALINGA The City Market of Coallnga. This important business was estab llslu'ii several years ago, and came under the management of Albert Levy January 1, iym>. Mr. Levy came from l.aton, win-re he was in ,1 in a market in Hint section teres 'if tlii. TWENTY ACRES AND INDEPENDENCE A Practical Man'* Views o f What Can Be Done on Twenty Acre* by a Man Who to In Earrwtt and Meant to Succeed-—Opportunity AwaiU the Man. I would advise that anyone purchasing 20 acres for farming, should buy nothing hot the beat that there Is In this county, and under the beet canal. la order to do this, it will necessarily entail the expenditure of at least $80 20 acres, or 11600. have to expend $1000 for house, barn. well and fences. Naturally, you hare your- own furniture and household effects. This means an initial ex- an acre for the He will then HON. C. A. BARLOW Member of the firm of Barlow & Hili who have played a conspicuous pun n the oil development ot the county. Yellowstone Oil Company. The Yellowstone Oil Company has -lo acres of land In section 0 iu the Coalinga district on which one well las been drilled to a depth of about 1 UK) feet on the lease held by the Coalluga Southern. This well is not f-et completed but is expected to be i heavy producer. The company has Go acres of land on section 11 in the McKlttrick district, ou which therfc jootl producing well is already oue and another marl or alkali, and $40,000 i* boiug spent lo connect the power flues of the Mount Whitney Power ie eyes of tho fact that who they depend on ralu ai.<tj brands of two town and countryPrevious to ei owned laud did not have to slnco then the around it have begun to gain population, Tho soil Is a sandy loam about 20 city, carrying as does over 25 quarter cigars. IL business for himself ho was for five agent on the Southern years relief Pacific railway, aud was also agent tor a short He kills all of his own o, w MC!I are S:-! M-ted from native k. H;s ample storage capacity le:ig experience in this particular n-i enables him to handle the !> patroiiaio !ie has attracted to popular marUot. His trade does on'.y exten l to practically every >• -u Coalin^a, but throughout the s that are compelled to nearly completed. This property is leased to R. P. Benedict and Is surrounded by producing wells, connected by pipe line. The company also has 188 acres of laud In the north half of section T 23-11 la the Sunset district, oa which thre e leases of forty acres each kave already been made, one to the Western Consolidated OH Company o[ Saa Francisco, one to C. J. Laughlla aid one t» the Ogontz •!( Ceupany of lx>s Amgeles. • The first well on the Western Consolidated is some 1210 feet deep with ten Inch pipe and with splendid pros- cis of being a heavy producer. It is expected that light oil will bo struck In thih well In largo quantities as It seems to be the rule iu all the California fields that the deeper the territory, the lighter the oil, and the fact that the i<uhy Oil Company has lately brought in'two light gravity wells just to the north and that the old American Olrl well on the south west quarter of the same section Is producing 17 gravity oil Is taken as proof that the light oil belt runs out through the flat. 'l lie offices of the company are lu t.os Angeles and the officers are as follows: President, H. B. Outhrey; sei-retiiry, J. H. Hltfsius; general man. ager, H. U. Uuthrey. Silver Bow OH Company. This property lies directly north o! the State Oil Company's holdings and pense of $2600 or $130 an acre. Lands can be bought irom the Kern County Lanti Company and other large laud holders at the price mentioned above on terms of one-fourth down at 7 per cent on deferred payments. The balance of the payments to be supposedly in one, two and three years. Would advise that of the 20 acres, five acres be Immediately seeded to alfalfa. This for the purpose of furnishing feed to one cow aud two horses. This will furnish both pasture in the summer time and hay in the winter time. One acre to be devoted to the grounds for the house, barn, corrals, such fruit trees as are necessary and a vegetable patch. Bear In mind from the start, that I am a great believer in the use of fertilizers In the way of stable manure and all such manures and fertilizers as can be gotten from the farm, to be immediately put back Into the ground. The fourteen acres that are left for ordinary farming purposes will more than keep one man busy with two horses. I do not believe In putting all your eggs in one basket, but to diversify your crops so that they will come in at different times; for instance, raise one or two acres of potatoes, one or two acres of onions, raise some vegetables. If necessary raise some corn for your chickens of which you should have quite a few, and in this way, gradually get your farm under cultivation. There is always a market in Bale- ersiielcl or its environs for anything tlia; you iit-ing to tliU city, which can be sold at a good price. The day is not far distant when the farmer with L'I> acres, who always has something to sell, will be more independent and have more money in the bank than the man with liio acres who has to rely upon outside* help. I believe In cultivation and that there is no crop that goes into the ground but what should be cultivated. Less irrigation and more cultivation will give you better results and more money at the end of the season. Small farmers living close to Dakersfleld when there Is a lull in work on their farms, can come to Bakersfleld and always get a load of manure for the hauling. This manure, if property applied to their properties, always enhances the value of same, not only aa a producer of crops, but It enhances the value ot the real property. Furthermore, we have no farmers la Kern County that have ever gotten down to the old German system of Intense famiag where every foot •( graund la utilized, wfcero every leaf and every kit ot top vegetation wnlcti la of no value except as a fertilizer, tfl put back into the ground, where *e grass growing in fence corners is taken out, spaded up and a tree or a vine is planted, from which revenue is gotten and returns derived. Many more things could be BtUd how farmers or people that want to farm could make more out of the land that they could cultivate themselves, which might not be 30 acre?, but eveu 10 or 5, than they could on a large scale. Would recommend that tho Board of Trade with the dues derived from Its membership roll take it upon Itself to start an experimental farm to show the prospective farmer or settler coming into this country what can be done, here. This, if put Into tho hands of a competent manager, can be easily carried out. consists of twenty acres. There are two producing wells on th'? property. M enterprising merchants for. Tho principal offices of the company dally supply of fresh and salted.{are In Butte, Montana, and the prop- He Is a young and progres-, erty Is owned by Montana people. The hustler that has made a success company will this fall put down sev. in the county and his success lu Broker In OH Lands, Mr. J. A. Stroud has opened a brokerage office f n Hakernfleid and will deal exclusively In oil lands an.l oil leases. Ho Is well known here and has a knowledge of lands and values second to no man. His reputation for straightforward dealing Im never been questioned during his long connection with oil produc tion by deserving It. eral more wells. new line la assured.

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