26 Ekim 1907 Tarihli Imperial Valley Press Dergisi Sayfa 1

26 Ekim 1907 Tarihli Imperial Valley Press Dergisi Sayfa 1
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Imperial Valley Press. VOL. VII STATUS OF DESERT LANDS Important Letter From Land Office in Washington TO GEN. PRESCOTT Entries for Desert Lands Only Can be Made. All Other Appli cations Rejected „ The following.letter which has been received by Register Pres ■cott of Los Angeles from the land office in Washington ex plains specifically the status of desert lands and what entries will be accepted: Register and Receiver Los Angeles,, Cal. Gentlemen:— I am in receipt of your letter of July 24, 1907, relative to the proper disposition by you of ap ' plications to make entry of lands, within the territory known as the Imperial Valley. The Act of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat, 728), directed a resurvey of townships 13, 14, 15 and 16 east, and fractional townships 17 south, ranges 15 and 16 east, S. B. M. By telegram "E" of March 30, 1906, this office directed you to Suspend entries in townships thir teen to sixteen, South, ranges eleven to sixteen, East and in town ships 17, South, ranges fifteen to Sixteen, E. S. B. M. after March 81, 1906. Letter . "G" of June 19, 1906, advised you that it was not in tended, by said telegram, to suspend existing entries or to re lieve entrymen from complying with the law j during the period of suspension, but that it was in tended to instruct you to receive and suspend all applications to enter presented after the said date, and you were directed to receive and suspend, without further action all applications here ' after presented for entries in said townships; and you are further di rected to at once notify all persons now holding entries of any charac ter within said townships, upon which final proof has not yet been offered, that they will be expected to hereafter comply with the re .quirements of the law and make / their proof within the prescribed . time. You are also directed that when final proofs are offered under any of these entries, you will re ceive same, and if otherwise porrect, you will at once transmit them to this office, and pay men thereunder will not be required until after the surveys have been completed. ■ Under Letter "G" of May 24, 1907, the order of suspension of said lands from entry was modi fied so as "to permit desert land entry thereof the same as though the lands, were unsurveyed". In reply to a letter from Mr. F. W. Lake, of Oakland, Cali fornia, asking if the lands in Im perial Valley "are with held at this time from ordinary entry applying to surveyed lands", and also, "if the said lands are Official Paper of Imperial County . EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2f>, 1907. subject to State Selection", this! office, under date of July 15, a resurvey of tho lands in ques tion is now in progress, and until such re-survey lias been made and the plats thereof officially filed in the district land office entries or se lections, authorized to he made for surveyed land only, should not be permitted. A copy of this letter to Mr. Lake was sent you with letter "G" of July 19, 1907. Your letter of July 24, 1907, states that you are receiving and suspending all ap plications in thatterritory save des ert entries which arl' received as though for unsurveyed lands. and that you do not under stand that the letter to Mr. Lake "changes the situation." These lands occupy the status of unsurveyed lands, for •which reason you have been authorized to accept desert land entries therefor. The lands Will not be subject to ordinary entry or se lection until resurveyed and the plats officially filed. (Gen. Cir. January 25, 1904, p. 77.) Rule 9of the regulations of April 25, 1907 (35 L. D. 537), prescribes that where a list of state selec tions is received in the district office, by mail, prior to the day the lands applied for are open to settlement, entry or selection, such list will be rejected as pre maturely filed. The same action should be taken if such list were so presented in person by an agent of the state, and I know of no reason why applications for en tries to be made for surveyed land should not be treated the same way. While you may have been .jus tified, in view of the language used in the instructions "G" of June 19, 1906, in receiving and suspending applications to enter or select the lands in question pen ding resurvey, yet, by a careful re-reading of said letter, it will be observed that it was written in response to an inquiry as to desert land entries exclusively, and the instructions given were only intended to apply to such entries. ' \ - You are accordingly directed to reject all pending applications (other than for entries and loca tions authorized to be made for unsurveyed lands) to enter or select said lands, presented sub sequent to March 31, 1906, and to take like action in the matter of applications hereafter present ed. Yours Respectfully, FRED DENNETT, Acting Commissioner John McPhaul County Commissioners Meet in the Valley The commissioners for the purpose of' deciding financial affairs between San Diego and Imperial counties are again in the valley. They met Wednes day morning at Calexico and Thursday they met ' with the su pervisors at El Centro. They went to Brawley Friday. Their work is about com pleted and everyteing is progress ing satisfactorily. Season tickets of the remain der of" the series of entertain ments to be given here this win ter can still be had. It is money well spent. GROSHEN TO HAVE LAND Judge Cole Decides in Favor of Original Settler SQUATTERS LOSE Land Case of Exceptional Import ance and Interest Brought to a Close The case of Floren P. Groshen of Brawley brought to regain possession of a tract of land near Brawley which was tried last Saturday was decided this week by Judge Cole in favor" of Mr. Groshen. An order to dispossess the defendants in the case was issued and a deputy sheriff served the writ of ejectment Wednesday. Hundreds of liind owners throughout the valley had been watching this case with keen in terest as it involved an import

ant point and 1 might establish a precedent foi^ many other similar cases. During the trial the court room was crowded with interest ed listeners. The chief center of interest was the defendant who was on the stand for several hours. Simply and pathetically he told the story of his hardships in endeavoring to cultivate his land and get a living in the face of adversity. He filed upon the land, which was an excess strip, nearly four years ago, building a house, planting trees and in oth er ways improving the property. His troubles began when the flood of two years ago destroyed the ditches and cut off his water supply and culminated about three months ago when, during a visit to Colorado, he learned that two squatters had taken possession of his land and had built a tent house '. in which to live. The land, with the improve ments which he had made repre sented practically all that he had in the world so he brought the suit against the squatters and by the decision rendered this week is again in possession. SUPPLEMENTARY ENTERTAINMENT Once a Month Entertainments to be Given Here Plans have been formed where by a series of entertainments given entirely by valley talent will be held either in the opera house or Masonic hall once a month. These entertainments will be supplementary to those given under the auspices of the Ministerial Union. The programs are in the course of arrangement at the present time and will be ready for publication next week. It is understood that the main feature of the first evening will be a lecture by Attorney Vermeil Rapp, who has recently located There are a great many talent ed musicians in the valley who will lend their aid and support for an evening of refined enter tainment, and it is practically an assured thing this effort on the part of those who are interesting themselves will meet with decid ed success. Watch for the an nouncement next week. A Splendid Entertainment The Garber-Howe .musical en tertainment given at the Opera House last Thursday night was a splendid affair and was well pat ronized, showing conclusively that the people of the valley ap preciate and will attend a high class entertainment. This musi cal was given under the auspices of the. ministerial Union of the Imperial Valley, and much credit is due this association for the efforts they have put forth in securing a series of winter en tertainments which, judged by the first, promise to be all that is promised. The- door receipts were gratifying, while the num ber of season tickets sold have been large. The next entertain ment will be some time next month. BAND ORGANIZES Officers Elected at Meeting Last Wednesday Night /L meeting of the band boys was held last Wednesday evening in R. E/Jauman's office and the following officers were elected:: M. A.' Stover, president. R. P. Moore secretary. R. E. Jauman, business mana ger. F. A. Griswold, treasurer. Prof. A. Scarpa, director. Another meeting will be held next Tuesday evening and it is requested that all the boys bring their musical instruments for a rehearsal. PROF. ANTONIO SCARPA The organization of the El Cen tro band will be heralded with delight by the people, and that Prof. Antonio Searpd will again be the director is a source of much gratification. Prof. Scarpa was the director last year and won a great many friends throughout The list of officers chosen for this year means success from ev ery point of view. They are all earnest workers and have the interest of a good band at heart. Every business man in El Cen tro should support liberally the move to maintain a first-class band at this place. J. H. Moynihan. of Los Angeles, brother-in-law of Mrs. P. O. Parsons, is in the valley for a week, looking over the prospects for profitable invest ments REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES Central Committeemen For Imperial Co. Chosen FIRST VOTE A TIE Between W. E. Wilsie and M. W. Conkling at El Centro. In Other Towns . Primary elections for the pur pose of naming a Republican County Central committee for Imperial county were held in the various precincts of the county, Saturday afternoon. In most places there was no contest, the closest balloting being in El Cen-' tro, where a tie vote necessitated a sqcond ballot. John M. Eshle man, Esq., was chosen on the first ballot, but for the second member to which El Centro is entitled M. W. Conkling and W. E. Wilsie were tied. The second vote was heavier than the first and resulted, in a victory for Mr. Conkling by two votes. Following are the members elected, so far as returns have been received. El Centro, John M. Eshleman, M. W. Conkling. Holtville, Major Patten, Major Cook. Silsbee, Joseph N. Woodward. Imperial, L. F. Farnsworth, R. H. Benton. Imperial Outside district, J. B. Parazette. Calexico, W. F. McCullom, Roy McPherrin. Brawley, W. T. Dunn, Fred A. Stahl. Laguna, George A. Trumbo. Hanlon, W. H. Buck. It is expected that a call will be issued in about two weeks for a meeting of the members elected and at that time the organization will be completed. The Democrats of Imperial county will also elect a central committee in the near future but at the present time it is difficult to determine just what percent-] age of the voters of the new county will be controlled by eith er party. Notice Uv Masons All Master Masons are invited to be present at* the public in stallation of officers of El Centro lodge F. and A. M. on Saturday evening! Nov. 2. There will be a banquet at Hotel El Centro. Worshipful Master. The dance given last Thursday night under the auspices of the Eagle lodge by Prof. Scarpa, was well attended. The music was new and good. The next session of the superi or court next week will convene Wednesday forenoon. Several cases are on the docket for next week and court will be in session the remainder of the week. NO. 29

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