Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (March 22, 1909)
Hew Opportunities For Homc
buildcrs in West.
"West of the Missouri river lien avast
Tegion extending to the foothills of the
Rocky Mountains, and from the Pan
handle of Texas northward into Canada.
Jt is known as the Great Plains. For
many years the vast region has been
utilized as a public common. Countless
rattle and sheep have had free access
to it and have over grazed it. Its ad
ministration is still one of the most
vexing problems before congress. The
pioneer of the Great Plains was the
cattleman. He farmed but little, and
from the nature of his business and the
methods of operation, as a rule wanted
The real homebuilders, who under
took to subdue the plains to agricul
ture, encountered many difficulties. In
pec lions there was no timber and he
was forced to build his house of sod or
adobe. Ho found the btreams were
not dependable; they were dry in Bum
mer when water was most needed.
Nature, however, provided an inex
haustible Bupply of underground water,
which the farmer pumped into small
reservoirs and then led to his garden
and orchard and supplied his live stock.
He harnessed the wind which blows !
almost constantly on the prairies, and j
made it a cheap and useful servant for
Within the past fifteen year3 there
has been an awakening to the oppor- j
tunity which lies in the plains area, and j
settlements have moved westward with j
such remarkable rapidity that the day
of the broad, free range, with the old,
careless, and often inhuman methods
of titock raising, is about over. The
day of smaller flocks and herds, winter
fed and fattened on home-grown for
age, is at hand. Dry farming has
come into vogue, and has greatly in
creased the crop producing area of the
In the Great Plains area the lie
rlamation Service has in progress of
constructiou eleven projects involving
an expenditure of $18,7-10,000 and the
reclamation of 500,000 acres. Several
of these projects are unique, and in
their engineering features are deserv
ing of extended description. All have
reached a stage of construction, where
water will be available this season, and
the hundreds of new homes which dot
the prairies show that the settlers are
preparing to put it to use. Full par
ticulars concerning the lands available
to settlers, the terms of water right,
etc., may be obtained by addressing
the Statistician, U. S. Reclamation
Service, Washington, I). C.
Two of these projects are located in
North Dakota, in the valley of the
Missouri river, and in the vicinity of
Williston. A heavy influx of settlers
is anticipated this spring to take up
the lands to be irrigated. Diversified
and intensive farming by irrigation
will bring about a great change in the
agricultural methods now in vogue in
this flection. The cultivation of alfalfa,
sugar beets, vegetables, and such fruits
as apples, cherries, grapes, melons, and
"berries of all kinds, for which this
region is adapted will doubtless create
a prosperous community here in a few
Not far from here, in the Lower
Yellowstone valley, and embracing
00,000 acres of land in Montana and
North Dakoto, is the Lower Yellow
stone Project. The settlement of this
large area has been progressing rapidly,
but there are' still opportunities for
homeseekers to secure good lands.
Up the Yellowstone about 200 miles
is the Huntley project, located 12 miles
east of Killings, Montana, and embrac
ing .'50,000 acres of land, having a gen
eral elevation of 3,000 feet above sea
level. The irrigable area has been
divided into 589 farms of 40 acres each,
and about half of these have already
been filed upon. The project offers
unusual advantages for the practical
farmer of small means to obtain a good
home, whereon by his own industry he
can secure a comfortable living. The
climate here is delightful and the soil
of exceptional fertility, producing
bountiful crops when watered. Cereals
and alfalfa are the principal crops, al
though apples, small fruits and garden
vegetables do well. On account of the
fine range country surrounding the
project, alfalfa will always be a Btaple
product. It produces about five tons
per acre at present, and is worth $5
per ton in the Btack. A sugar boet
factory is now in operation at Billings
and the farmers are increasing their
acreage in this crop, as it is very
profitable. Unusual facilities for trans
porting crops to the large markets are
afforded by two lines of transcontinental
railroads, the Northern Pacific and the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, which
traverse this tract. No farm is more
than three miles from a shipping point.
There are eight new towns on this pro
ject at intervals of about five miles
along the two lines of railroad, and
town lots are now offered for sale by
the government at reasonable prices.
Not far from the thriving city of
Great Falls, Montana, the first unit of
the Sun river project comprising 10,
000 acres, is now open to settlement.
This project whon completed will be
one of the largest undertaken by the
government, irrigating nearly 25(5,000
acres, or considerably more than the
cultivated acreage of Rhode Island.
An interesting feature in connection
with this project is the proposition of
the engineers to augment the water
supply by taking water from the
streams now flowing jnto the Pacific
Ocean through a gap on the continental
divide to a water-shed which drains
into the Atlantic Ocean. The Sun
River Valley proper is about 70 miles
long and from 1 to 5 miles wide. Tie
unit now open to entry is the abandoned
Fort Shaw Military Reservation, which
contains about 200 SO acre farms.
On this project the rural settlement
plan is being carried out. There will
be a village about every six miles. The
soil is a warm, sandy loam covered
with buffalo grass, gramma and wheat
grass. All the crops which can be
grown in the northern countries can be
raised in this Bection. The principal
crops will be largely alfalfa, sugar
beets and potatoes.
On the northern border of Wyoming
the governmant is building the highest
masonry dam in the world. This struc
ture, which will rise 323.4 feet above
its foundation, blocks a very narrow
gorge. It will be 108 feet thick on the
bottom and only 175 feet long on top.
For Hot Fires Get Egenber
Sure satisfaction every time you light a fire if on
top of the kindling is ebony fuel from our yards.
It's heat and light giving and slate-free when it
leaves the mines, screened and cleaned again here
and served to you full weight and with celerity of
delivery. Order any way that suits you. Both
J. V. ECENBERGER
i Furniture That Pleases
Old Winter with his reign of ice and snow will
soon be gone. Those chilly blasts will be a thing of the
past. Spring with its new deman Is will soon be here,
and you will need some new furniture. Our line is re
plete with up-to-date, designs and patterns, which ere
sure tj please, and at prices, which are sure to appeal
to the prudent buyer. See our display, we are glad to
show tho goods and quote you prices.
STREICHT & STREICHT
There always have been soda crackers;
there always will be soda crackers
There never were and never will be
any other Soda Crackers to equal
The Soda Crackers of
Schl Only in
Moisture Trocf Package
We might get a better conception of
the enormous height of this dam if we
compared it with the height of some
familiar building. Take for instance,
the Flatiron building in New York
City. Placed side by side, the Shoshone
dim would rise two stories higher.
Twelve miles below the Shoshone
dam a diversion dam has been built in
the river which turns the stream into a
tunnel 3 1-4 miles long, connected at
the other end with a large cannal which
carries the water out upon 101,000
acres of fine land. The first unit of
17,000 acres was opened to settlement
last year, and so rapidly was it taken
up that another unit of about 15,000
acres will be thrown open this spring.
from the Ledxi-r
Ray Brambelt and Karl Upton were
home from Lincoln to make a Sunday
Mrs. F. L. McLcod departed for Lin
coln last Friday to visit several days
with her mother.
T. J. O'Day and wife were down
from Nehawka on Sunday to spend the
day with their friends.
Nelson Applegate drovo up to Platts
mouth on Wednesday to attend to mat
ters of business.
Jesse McKean and wife of Omaha
made a visit with their Union relatives
and returned home Monday evening.
Sheriff Quinton was down from
Pla.ts nouth on Tuesday, causing trou
ble of course, by giving Reese Dclaney
official notice that he has been sued for
$5,00) damages by Fred Thrall, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick True's little son,
Haven, who has been seriously ill with
pneumonia, is reported as slowly im
proving and it is thought he has now
passed the dangerous stage of his ill
ness. L. G. True, one of the pioneer citi
zens lesiding north of town, has been
seriously ill with an attack of bowel
trouble, but we are pleased to be able
to report improvement in his condition.
He wa j f evcr.ty-six years old last Sun
day, but he didn't feel like taking part
in a celebration of the event this time.
Claus Speck, who has for some time
i been in tho employ of Ed. Fgenberger,
' and who 1ms given the best of satis
' fatcion to his employer at all times,
has been offered a more lucrative
j'i'oiiii'ii nib i u. i'liivtviici, aim mis
accepted. I ; goes without crying that
Clam will make good in his new location.
From Ihc Register
Mrs. Raymond Pollard has been sick
for the past week, but is some better.
Fred L. Nutzman was transacting
business in Nebraska City on Wednes
day. William Stock ham was a business
visitor at Nebraska City on Wednes
Miss Rounceville of Denver visited
her niece, Mrs. Scott Norris Wednes
day. James Vantine of Arapahoe came
in Sunday morning to visit with rela
tives. Miss Carrie Allison of Murray came
in Monday for a visit with Mrs. D. C.
Mrs. Elmer Shallenberger and sister
were Nebraska City visitor on Wed
nesday. Miss Thilly Opp went to Nebraska
City Tuesday for a visit with friends.
She expects to be absent about a week.
James Stuck from Huntington, W.
Va., arrived here on Friday morning
and will spend the summer near here.
Mrs. Norman Deles Demies and two
children returned from Elmwood on :
Saturday, where they had been visiting
' for a week. .
1 Robert Willis, who returned from
i the hospital in Omaha last Friday is re
j ported as not felling as well as he did
I the first of the week.
through this burg last Wednesday on
their way to Lincoln to attend the fun
eral of a brother-in-law.
Miss Electa J ones of Oskaloosa
Kansas, arrived in the city Tuesdayi
morning and wiil spend a few days vis
iting her sister, Mrs. G. L. Myers be
fore returning to her position in Omaha.
Fred Spahnle and Bert Hudson left
Wednesday morning for Ericson on a
few days hunting excursion. We hope
they will be successful and expect to
see them come home loaded down with
What a Heap of Happiness It
Would bring Plattsmouth
Mrs. Atta Banner Acquitted' at
j From the Beacon,
j Mike Lee moved Tuesday onto the
old Ranford farm which he had recent
H. A. Blume and wife were Lincoln
shoppers Monday returning on the af
Percy and Mamie McAllister attend
ed the home talent play in Elmwood,
Thursday evening and report it as be
ing very good.
R. E. Ward was down from near
Lincoln where he recently moved Mon
day, looking after business matters and
shaking hands with friends.
Wesley Walch. Ncal Gardner and Art
Trumblc went to Springfield, Nebr.,
Monday morning for a two days hunt.
Charlie Fays, "Art is going to kill two
birds with one stone."
O. P. and A. V. Brown of Kansas
City, former residents of Eagle passed
Hard to do housework with an aching
Brings you hours of misery at leisure
or at work.
If women only knew the cause-that
Backache pains come from sick kid
neys. 'Twould save much needless woe.
Doan's Kidney Pills cure sick kid
neys. Plattsmouth people endorse this:
Mrs.- James Hodgert, 1102 Main
Street, Plattsmouth, Neb., says: "I
suffered a great deal at times from
dull, heavy pains across the small of
my back, especially when I stooped or
brought any strain on the muscles of
my loins. About two years ago I
learned of Doan's Kidney Pills and they
brought me such prompt and positive
relief that I have since used them
whenever I have felt in need of a kid
ney remedy. I procured Doan's Kid
ney Pills at Gering & Co's. drug store
and I have found such great benefit
from their use that I feel justified in
The above statement was given in
June ISMHi, and on December .'!0, 190f,
I Mrs. Hodgert saij: "I can still en
dorse Doan's Kidney Pills highly. I
am glad to confirm all I have previously
said about this remedy."
For sale by all dealers. Price CO
cents. Foiter-Milhum Co., Buffalo,
New York, sole agents for the United
Remember tho name-Doan's-and
take no other. $r 4
At 0:10 Saturday evening the five
days' hearing was ended and the case
submitted to the jury to determine
whether the defendant was able to tell
right from wrong when on the nitrht of
July 20, in South Omaha, she shot her
brother-in-law, Fred Banner, after
learning that he had inflicted upon her
17-year-old daughter, Majorie King. the
most cruel wrongs.
After being out only about three
hours the jury returned a verdict of
"not guilty," and Mrs. Atta Banner
became a free woman. In speaking of
the arguments of "council the Omaha
World Herald says:
"Matthew Gering for the defense, de
livered a masterly piece of court room
oratory. Neglecting none of the vita
points of the evidence showing Mrs.
Banner momentarily insane he yet
boldly pleaded the unwritten law. Mrs.
Banner's deed, he urged, was not mur
der, but retribution. There is a law of
the heart strings, stronger than any
"His argument of Fred Banner's con
duct toward Marjoric King, branded by
him as more hideous than anv tni
j Smollett, Boccacio or Fielding dared to
ien, was highly efTective. When he
pictured Mrs. Banner's life-long devo
tion and sacrificing services to Mar
jorie, culminating in the scene in the
I dining room of their little room where
the broken-hearted girl sobbingly con
fessed all, was moving pathetic."
"In his peroration.a tribute to mother
hood, Mr. Gering delivered what is
credited wiih being the finest piece of
oratory heard in this court room in
many a term. With artistic touch ho
J 11 this up to the closing plea that the
jury write its verdict a .tribute to
In speaking of Mr. Gering's argu
ment the Omaha Bee says:.
"Gering arose to deliver what the
county attorney later declared was
'one of the most remarkable specimens
of forensic oratory ever delivered in
, any court room. Ce rtainly there has
none like it in this court, here in
I the trial of the criminal case.' "
The News-Hkhai.d will wiv that
Matthew Gering takes rank as the
greatest criminal lawyer in Nebraska.
Powered by Open ONI