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TWELFTH YEAR. McCOOK, RED WILLOW COUNTY, NEBRASKA. FRIDAY EVENING. MAY 4, 1894. NUMBER 50,
THE IRRIGATION CONVENTION.
The Work of Education In Matters
of Irrigation Commenced.
The convention which closed, last eve
ning, while not all the success that its
promoters had hoped it might be, was
yet helpful to the cause of irrigation,
good seed was sown, and the work of
education set in motion. The principal
thing attained was the organization of
the Southwestern Nebraska Irrigation
Association, and its development and
influence will yet work out great results
for irrigation and this section of state.
Following we give a brief summary of
The opening session of the irrigation
convention was held in Menard’s opera
house, Wednesday morning. Chairman
C. J. Ryan of the executive committee
called the meeting to order. Col. J. S.
LeHew, secretary of the committee, at
the secretary’s desk. A temporary or
ganization was effected by the election
of Peter Campbell of Wray, Colorado,
as temporary president; C. H. Meeker
of McCook, Nebraska, as temporary vice
president; J. S. LeHew and O. M. Peter
son of McCook, Nebraska, as secretary
and assistant respectively.
Short speeches were made by I. A.
Fort of North Platte, president of the
Nebraska irrigation association; H. H.
Benson, S. P. Hart and H. H. Pickens
of McCook, Nebraska. After which an
adjournment was taken until 8 o’clock
in the evening when the regular work of
the convention was taken up.
T. he afternoon hours were pleasantly
and profitably spent in visiting the
Meeker ditch, a few miles south of the
city, the delegates and visitors being
guests of our citizens. Quite a number
of carriage loads enjoyed the occasion of
seeing in practical operation, on several
farms southwest of the city, the most
succesful ditch now in operation in
The regular programme was taken up
at the evening session, which opened
with an address of welcome from the lips
of Mayor Kelley, who welcomed the
members of the convention to the hos
pitality and freedom of the city in a
very neat address.
Judge H. H. Benson of Haigler respond
ed to the address in a most eloquent
manner, drawing an enrapturing picture
of the future Southwestern Nebraska
under the stimulating and certain bless
ings of applied irrigation.
On behalf of the McCook club, Hon.
J. P. Lindsay extended to the delegates
the courtesies and privileges of the club
rooms. Supplementing his remarks by
some general and practical observations
on the question of irrigation.
The evening session closed with the ad
dress on “Water Supply in Southwestern
Nebraska and the Semi-Arid Region,”
by President I. A. Fort of the Nebraska
irrigation association. Mr. Fort merely
touched on the topic of water supply;
stating that he thought we had water
enough to irrigate a million acres, if in
telligently applied. He then spoke at
some length upon the objects and pur
poses of the state irrigation association,
giving facts and plans which he thought
would bring western and central Nebras
ka into prominence, not only from an
irrigation standpoint, but in a general
Before adjourning till Thursday morn
ing the following committee was ap
pointed on permanent organization:
I. A. Fort of Lincoln county, J. W. Cole
of Hitchcock county, L. Morse of Dun
At ten o’clock Thursday morning, the
convention reassembled. In the absence
of several parties on the programme, the
session proceeded somewhat irregularlv.
The morning session was occupied by a
sort of a school of irrigation. “Applied
Irrigation” was discussed in a practical
way by L. Morse of Dundy county.
“Intensive Farming and Horticulture”
was the subj'ect of M. C. Maxwell’s talk.
These and other topics were generally
discussed, and in some instances with
considerable enthusiasm. J. W. Cole of
Hitchcock county, Samuel Porter of
Dundy county and John Evans of Lincoln
county took active and instructive parts
in the discussion.
First thing on the programme after
the noon hour was the perfecting of a
temporary organization. The report of
► the committee was called for and adopt
ed unanimously as follows: President,
L. Morse of Dundy county; Vice
President, S. P. Hart, of Red Willow
county; Recording Secretary, A. L.
King of Hitchcock county; Treasurer,
E. D. Willetts of Harlan county;
This was supplemented by talks and
discussions on various topics by Messrs.
Morse, Pickens, Douglass, and Caldwell
of the Denver News. Which closed the
afternoon session. The A. O. U. W.
band enlivened this meeting with a
number of selections of music.
The evening and closing session of the
convention was somewhat informal, the
delegates being weary and the work fin
ished for the most part. Two or three
short addresses were delivered, and the
usual thanks expressed. The rest of the
evening was delightfully filled in by the
music of the valley’s peerless Pythian
Good writing paper ten cents a quire
at this office.
For Rent—Three rooms over Mc
Millen’s drug store.
Remember, if you want an abstract,
that C. T. Beggs is a bonded abstracter.
Kallstedt, the tailor, makes an an
nouncement, this week. Don’t fail to
see his stock.
Bicycle raffling has become the popu
lar way for the many to buy a cycle for
the lucky one.
Robert Bush of Trenton and Ira Lamb
of Benkelman were visitors to the irri
The contest of the Anson Kanouse
claim claimed the attention of the local
officials close of last week.
The fact that Councilman Pope quali
fied, last week, doubtless upset a few
calculations more or less fine.
Fifteen (15) cents will buy a box of
nice writing paper at this office, con
taining 24 sheets of paper and 24 envel
The upreme court has reversed the
decision of the district court in Smith
vs. Spalding error from Red Willow
The report of the Farmers and Merch
ants bank, in this issue, shows that insti
tution to be in a good and prosperous
Wanted—Good men to represent us
in this territory. Experience not neces
iaary. Plymouth Rock Pants Co., 408
N. 16th street, Omaha, Neb.
McCook will provide her usual • quota
of orators for Decoration day: Squire
Berry will deliver the oration at Benkel
man, and Judge Benson at Red Cloud.
Michael O’Leary of the St. Charles
hotel, McCook, was a city visitor, Mon
day. He says that he is doing well in
the hotel business.—Indianola Courier.
Things seem to be coming our way.
The late rains have been encouraging
and stimulating all around. Their con
tinuance will place Southwestern Neb
raska strictly “in it.”
Ticket 49 drew the Rambler bicycle
Tuesday evening at LaTourette’s. V. H.
Garrett, a traveler for a St. Louis shoe
house, was the lucky man. The ticket
cost him 49 cents, and the Rambler was
listed at $125.00.
It is understood President and Mrs.
Cleveland will spend a part of the sum
mer at Nebraska City, the guests of
Secretary Morton. Extensive improve
ments are being made on Arbor Lodge,
the Secretary’s country place.
Cards are out announcing the marriage
of Rev. Alfred Deletzke, pastor of the
German Lutheran church of our city,
and Miss Emma Grovert of Trenton.
The ceremony will take place on the
15th instant at residence of bried’s
parents at Trenton.
We understand that the road leading
northwest from the city will likely be
closed to travel—not of course being
a laid out road; and that an effcrt is
being made to secure a public road lead
ing south from the southeast corner of
the George E. Johnston farm, and con
necting with Dennison street.
With a general complaint of hard times
and lack of work why should so many
people desecrate Sunday with their la
bor, as was the case in various portions
of the city, last Sunday? Not only is it
contrary to law, but it is in defiance of
healthy moral sentiment. The perform
ance of any bnt absolutely necessary
labor on Sunday should be frowned
down. It is inexcusable, from any stand
J.A. Piper, of Alma, was at yesterday’s
Perry L. Hole, the Arapahoe bank
er, came up to the metropolis, Wednes
Jambs Gibson, of Exeter, this state,
traveling salesman for Kimball Bros, of
Lincoln, was a business visitor, first of
Miss Louie Starbuck is visiting her
sister, Mrs. George Goodwin, at South
Omaha. She expects to be absent about
J. N, Koontz and A. B. Heath came
up from Lincoln, Wednesday evening,
to take in the closing day of the irriga
PEOPLE YOU KNOW.
Bedford Brown is up from Hastings,
guest of S. P. Hart.
Miss Lowman is confined to her bed
with a very severe cold.
Mrs. Falkner of Hastings is guest
of her sister, Mrs. Clute.
Mr. Hocknell arrived home, Satur
day morning, in improved health.
George F. Milbourn of 'Minden
was a Commercial house guest, Sunday.
J. H. WlNTERSTEEN represented the
State Journal Co. at this port, last Fri
P, A. WELLS was among the pilgrims
to Hayes Centre, Monday, to attend
Mrs. Albert McMillen went up to
Trenton, Wednesday, on a visit to her
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bigler and
James Burke of Imperial were our guests,
O. D. Mosher and wife of the couuty
seat were guests of W. M. Anderson,
Ed. BallEw went into Omaha, Tues
day morning, on revenue business with
Judge Keyes and Mr. Holland of
Indianola were among the irrigationists,
C. G. Chandler, the Macomb, 111.,
horseman, arrived in the city, Tuesday,
Alex. Stewart was up from Wytnore,
Monday, looking after his busines in
Dr. Beck and Druggist Shafer of the
county-seat enjoyed city life early part
of the week.
Miss Watson will leave for her home
in Grand Island, tomorrow, on a two
F. C. Ayer, representing Fairbanks,
Morse & Co. of Omaha, was here during
L. G. Ruggers of county Dundy and
legislative fame was among the irriga
E. E. Lesh, manager of the York
newspaper union, had business here,
Friday evening last.
Mrs. W. S. CornuTT of Culbertson
was the guest of Mrs. W. C. LaTourette,
Monday and Tuesday.
Deacon Morlan and Mayor Kelley
attended court at Hayes Centre on Mon
day, driving up from here.
J. A. Cordeal wandered down to
Indianola, Tuesday, on some business
before the county officers.
James Gibson, representing Kimball
Bros., Lincoln, was in the city’ Tuesday,
taking orders for monuments.
Jonas Barnes and Miss Tillie, father
and sister of C. W. Barnes of the Times,
were up from Indianola, Tuesday.
James M. Wilson of Red Willow
precinct has had the address of his Tri
bune changed to Harrington, Kansas.
J. A. Andrew's of the Bee was down
from Benkelman, Thursday, to the clos
ing session of the irrigation convention.
C. M. Brown and R. H. Rankin, two
of Cambridge’s solid business men, were
among the city’s many guests, yesterday.
A. R. Cruzen, the Curtis banker who
has designs on Johnnie Allen’s shoes,
was at political headquarters for the
W. M. Kilpatrick of Beatrice was in
the city, Friday last. He has been look
ing after his stock and land interests up
Mrs. H. H. Troth and Miss Lillian
went down to Lincoln, Sunday morning,
to attend the annual meeting of Nebras
G. E. Wallin left, this week, for
South Omaha, where he expects to make
his future home. The family will fol
low next week.
Wm. J. Snider of the Haigler News
took in the irrigation convention, this
week, paying his respects of course to
these weather headquarters.
Hiram C. Rider was down from
Denver, close of past week, paying his
taxes and looking after his large busi
ness interests in the city.
A. J. Clute left on Sundy morning to
take the road for the well known St. Joe
house, the Kennard Grocer Co. Suc
cess ample and continuous be his portion.
Judge Welty of Cambridge, Lawyers
Norris and Anderson of Beaver City,
Lawyer Smith of Hastings, and J. W.
Shabata of Crete, came up to the city,
Sunday night, on their way up to Hayts
Centre to attend court.
A Religious Symposium.
Under the above title an exceedingly
interesting and instructive programme
will be given under Christian Endeavor
auspices in the Lutheran church, Sunday
evening, commencing at 8 o’clock. Ev
erybody cordially invited. The evening
choir and orchestra of the Baptist church,
assisted by the Christian Endeavor choir,
will furnish the music. The following
is the programme:
8:oo p. m.—Song Service.
8:10 p. m.—Scripture Reading—Prayer
An Old Virginia Rocker.Wirt
The Great Mystery... Dr. G. L. Holland
The Christian Religion. ..Thos. Jefferson
The Real Church.Theo. Parker
The Greatest thing in the World.
Rev. Preston went to Curtis, Wednes
day evening. He will attend the district
convention of the Y. P. S. C. E. at
The Memorial day sermon, Sunday,
the 27th, will be delivered in one of the
churches of our city by Rev. J. T. Rob
erts of Curtis, Nebraska.
The Sunday school board of the Meth
odist church met, Tuesday evening of
this week, and re-elected the entire
corps of Sunday school officers.
Sunday services at the Congregational
church. Morning subject, “Where is
Rest;” evening subject, “What is Ex
pected of You.” H. L. Preston, pastor.
The Christian Endeavor box social
in the Lutheran church, Tuesday even
ing, was fairly well patronized and a
source of much pleasure to all. The
society realized a neat sum from the
There will be no preaching services
in the Baptist church Sunday morning
or evening, as Elder McBride will be
absent at Chase, Chase county, Satur
day, at the ordination of a Baptist church
at that place.
At the M. E. Church, May 6th, Sun
day school at 10 a. m. Preaching at II
a. m by pastor. Junior League at 3 p. m.
Epworth League at 7 p. m. Preaching
at 8 p. m. by Presiding Elder Hale.
Third quarterly conference on Monday.
All are invited to attend.
A. W. Coffman, Pastor.
Died at I o’clock p. m., May 1st, 1894;
Clifford, youngest son of Dr. A. T. Rice
and wife of this city.
Little Clifford was a bright, beautiful
child twenty-two months of age, posess
ing a lovely disposition and those sweet
traits which make infantile childhood
He had the prevailing epidemic, the
measles, which culminated in catarrhal
pneumonia, and after several days of
severe suffering the little one was re
leased by the angel of death and went
unto Him who said, “Suffer the little
ones to come unto me and forbid them
not, for of such is the kingdom of
The funeral services were conducted
at the home of the parents, on Tuesday
afternoon at 4 o’clock, by the Revs.
Coffman and Preston. The services were
very impressive and beautiful. A large
concourse of friends gathered to pay the
last respects to the dear little one, and
offer sympathy to the parents and mem
bers of the family.
Masters Ernest Ludwick, Fred Brewer,
George Rittenhouse and Charlie Nor
thrup acted as pall bearers. The sym
pathy of the entire community goes out
to the parents, aged grandmother and
various members of the family, in the
loss of their child.
This lovely bud so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom.
First came to show how sweet a flower,
In Paradise could bloom.
There, in the Shepherd’s bosom.
White as the drifted snow,
Is the little lamb we missed one morn.
From the household flock below.
The parents and friends desire me to
express their heartiest thanks to the
kind friends who so kindly, and in va
rious ways administered to the comfort
of the little one, and by their kindness
and sympathy made the great sorrow
easier to bear.
Never was more fully fulfilled the
scriptural injunction, "Bear ye one
another’s burdens,” than in this in
stance, and their memory will always
be cherished with the deepest affection
Written by a friend,
Mrs . E. Kilgore.
S. E. Hager was up from Indianola,
C. D. Fuller, of Imperial, and J. S.
Bell, of Champion, irrigated with us,
Nice showers, Saturday and Sunday
evenings. Some hail on Saturday even
Wanted—A girl.to do general house
work. Inquire at ‘once at residence of
J. F. Forbes.
Fine and complete line of calling cards
at The Tribune. Also order taken for
The probabilities are remote that the
police appointments of the mayor will
ever be confirmed.
It is uphill work to make a third news
paper succeed where there is scarcely
a living for two. Very.
The Coxey movements are getting to be
as common over the land as the mumps
and measles are in McCook.
If such occurrences as that of last Sat
urday night transpire at all frequently,
a general strike may be expected among
hired girls of the city.
The farmers are preparing to put in a
generous acreage of corn, and numerous
telegraph orders for listers have flashed
over the western division during the past
Quite a number of incandescent elec
tric lights were burned out during the
storm of Tuesday of last week. Such
was the case in both the Lutheran and
Did you receive a May basket? There
were quite a few scattered over the city;
Tuesday. They were made of both
natural and paper flowers and were in
deed tasteful and pretty.
Red Willow county appeals to the
supreme court, objecting to paying a
little judgment for $52 obtained by Dr.
B. B. Davis for medical services rendered
in treating paupers.—Wednesday State
If the average dead man could read
the lines on his monument he would be
very much puzzled to solve the mystery
why his friends did not think of such
nice things to say about him when he
See the new advertisement of the
Holmes Brothers, carpenters and con
tractors. They guarantee good work
and very reasonable prices. Give them
an opportunity to figure with you if you
Don’t shun a business man and refuse
to trade with him when you have cash
simply because you owe him for past
accommodations. The way to get even
for kindness is to patronize him when
you have the money to pay for what you
Road Superviser Sharp of district 8
has been authorized to work out fifteen
city poll taxes on the new road being
opened out on the north of the ci'.y.
This new road runs east along the
north of Steam’s addition and the south
of Egan park, connecting with Mc
Dr. and Mrs. A. T. Rice felt the sting
of the destroyer, this week, in the death
of their 22-months-old son, early Tues
day morning. The funeral took place,
the same afternoon, from the residence,
where brief services were conducted by
-Revs. Coffman and Preston. They have
much sympathy on all hands in the
plucking of the dear one from their
home and affection.
Alfalfa is rapidly obtaining a nrm
hold in the estimation of the farming
interests and stockmen of southwestern
Nebraska, as well as in Nebraska soil.
Experiments have been made in grow
ing alfalfa in every county in the state,
and while failures have been reported,
•the general expression is one of satis
faction in its adaption to our soil and
climate. The encouraging reports of
alfalfa growing when coupled with the
persistent efforts of farmers of this sec
tion in the matter of irrigation, is evi
dence positive that the present arid dis
trict must rapidly recede toward the
Supt, Valentine visited friends near
The children of the tenth grade in
dulged in a picnic, Saturday.
Mrs. Frank Brown of the west ward
school has been on the sick list with the
measles, this week.
A representative of the Home Library
Association of Chicago visited the schools,
close of last week, in the interest of that
The school children of Indianola. or at
least a goodly delegation of them, are
being entertained by the pupils of the
McCook public schools today; and this
evening a lantern class exhibition, will
be given. This friendly feeling existing
between the children of these two public
school systems is altogether lovely.
May it never be disturbed
Summer and fall races at this place are
now practically assured. The canvassing
committee has met with encouragement
and fully one hundred shares of stock of
the value of $10 each have been already
pledged. This amount will give the
association about $i,oooto proceed with
in the repair of the track, erection of a
grand stand, building of stalls etc.
A meeting of stockholders was held in
A. F. Moore’s office on Tuesday evening
and the following board of directors was
chosen: A. F. Moore, E. I,. Laycock,
C. F. Babcock, Pat. Walsh, B. F. Troxel.
in whose hands the management of the
McCook Driving Association will rest.
At a meeting of the board of directors
held on the following evening, A. F.
Moore was chosen president; E. L. Lay
cock, secretary; Pat. Walsh, treasurer.
The management has already com
menced work on the track, and they
expect to have the course in good shape
C. F. Babcock went up to Denver, last
night, to see what he could do toward
inducing some of the flyers gathered in
that city for the summer meet to stop
over here on their way to make the cir
cuits east of the river. This determined
and a programme of the races will short
ly be forthcoming.
A pleasant and happy wedding took
place, Wednesday evening, at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. H. II. Pickens over iti
Valley Grange precinct. Mr. Frank
Freelove and Miss Ella Wood were the
contracting parties, and Rev. P. S.
Mather of Indianola was the officiating
minister. The ceremony was witnessed
by a few friends and neighbors: Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Green, Mr. and Mrs.
A. D. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. A. C'
Marsh, Miss Mary Marsh, Mr. and Mrs.
J. B. Meserve, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Ad
ams, and Mr. Charles Freelove of In
A splendid wedding feast followed the
ceremony, and it was thoroughly en
joyed by all the guests.
The young couple were the recipients
of a number of useful and handsome
They at once went to keeping house
in a cosy house just completed and fur
nished for their occupancy on the old
Thb Tribune wants to add its con
gratulations and well wishes to those ol
their many friends.
The municipal patriarchs were in ad
journed session, Saturday evening. Pres
ent, Mayor Kelley, Clerk Wilcox, Coun
cilmen Yarger, Steinmetz and Sutton.
License was granted to A. C. Clyde,
and a permit to A. McMillen, druggist.
Clerk was instructed to request police
men to make a detailed report of all
fees received by them, in addition to
their salaries for the last twelve months.
The mayor announced the appoint
ments of A. G. Bump as chief of police,
and J. H. Dwire as night policeman.
But the council took no action on the
appointments. And the mayor’s ap
pointees will serve until the next regular
meeting of the council. Adjourned.
Suddenly Called Hence.
After a brief illness Devier ]. Smith
passed away, Tuesday morning, dying
suddenly and painlessly from a compli
cation of inflammatory rheumatism with
dropsy. The funeral took place on
Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist
church. The services were in charge of
the A. O. U. W. lodge, of which the
deceased was a member and in which
he carried $2,000 insurance. Rev. A. W.
Coffman conducted brief services in the
church. His son David D. Smith was
the only member of the family here.
He leaves a divorced wife and three
The Tribune Free.
No deserving man in Red Willow coun -
ty, on the plea of poverty or hard times,
need be without a county newspaper.
The Tribune will be sent to all such
parties free of expense. If you can’t
raise three cents a week, let us see the
color of your eyes.
A nice variety of ink and pencil tab
lets at this office.
Writing paper in boxes very cheap at
City Treasurer Gray is the father of a
bouncing boy, bom to Mrs. Gray at In
William Boyd, of South Omaha, has
purchased the G. E. Wallin farm, east
of the city, and will settle upon it at once.
A local irrigation association has been
formed at Indianola with L. J. Holland,
president; E. S. Hill, vice president; W.
O. Bond, secretary; C. W. Beck, corres
ponding secretary; S.R.Smith, treasr—
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