The Stanford World (Stanford, Mont.) 1909-1920, October 23, 1909, Image 1

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CTANFORD Is the Com- mercial Metropolis of the richest country on earth P riir S VOL. 1 NO. 36 62.00 THE YEAR ANIJ ORD IN (n) STANFORD. FERGUS COUNTY. MONTANA. SATURDAY. OCTOBER 23. 1909 LARGE CROPS HARVESTED Arrow Creek Bench Farmers Surprised at Yield of Their Grain Fields. THRESHING IN PROGRESS James T. Cape. who has a large ranch on the Arrow creek bench, was in Stanford on Tuesday on land business, and in conversation with a representative of the World, told of crop conditions and yields in his section of the country. The gentleman lives about twenty-five miles from Stanford in a portion of the Judith basin, which a few years ago boasted not a single farmer, and was inhabited only by the nomadic sheepherder and his flock. Now all has changed, for in place of the herder's lonsome cabin, now (lotting the prairie are the homes of pros- perous ranchmen \I am,\ he said, \this year run- ning a threshing machine and have been engaged for the past few weeks on the bench where my ranch is situated. During all the time that I have been running the machine, we have not threshed a single field of wheat., which has not yielded more than 36 bushels to the acre. The yield has been greatly in excess of that anticipated by the ranchmen themselves, many of whom, in my section are this year threshing their GREAI , NoRTHERN ANI1!)) first Montana crop. One young man who came from the eastern states, estimated that his field of wheat, THE BILLING' t:EP which embraced sixty-five acres, would thresh 25 bushels. It went over 36. \Oats on the Arrow creek bench are turning out wonderfully. No Railroad Company Taking Great Interest in Coining Session field of oats threshed by my ,ma- chine has gone less than 60 buthels of Dry Farming Congress ---Letter of President per acre. One field yielded 96 bush- Hill ---Will Run Special Train. ehm per acre. The yield of every! crop is beyond the expectations of the growers, and the harvest will be a great awakening for those who have previously farmed where from IS to 20 bushels was counted a fair crop, and a paying one.\ T HE WORLD is published in a veritable paradise for ranchmen and investors $2.00 THE YEAR 6c TICE COPY Bainford-Shipley Yesterday the Jollitimll man re- ceived an invitation announcing the marriage of Miss Mary Prudence Shipley to David Richard Bamford; W*esday, November '17th, says the Judith Gap Journal. Miss Shipley is the talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Shipley of Broadview, and has many friends in this city, and is a most popular young lady wherever known. Mr. Bamford is a hustling real estate dealer of national fame—a gentleman, scholar and a good judge of human nature. His hundreds of friends are congratulating him on the announcement of the happy event. 1878 Bank of Fequs County Lewistown, Montana Is thoroughly equipped to extend to its Customers every facility in Banking. WE ISSUE: Drafts, Money Orders, Travellers' Checks Letters of Credit—Domestic and Foreign SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES FOR RENT 1887 1909 STANFORD Half Way Between Shelby junction and Billings The City of DESTINY Catch the Idea? Get in On the Ground Floor by Buying Lots Now Stanford Townsite Co. President L. W. Hill of the Great Northern railway will be at the Dry Farming congress at . Billings, and will go in a special train, which will start from Culbertson, in the Milk river country, on October 25, and will pass through Stanford the fol- lowing day about 8 o'clock a. m. The Great Northern people are taking more than usual interest in the coming congress of dry. land farmers, and are doing all in their power to make the meeting a huge success. President Hill of the rail- way, will be accompanied by a party of St. Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth gentlemen, and in Montana will be ' joined by about fifty leading citizens of the northern part of the state. In a communication to the editor of the World he says: To The Stanford World : The officials of the Great North- ern railway are greatly interested in the development of Montana, and we believe that the coining congress at Billings will be a great oppur- tunity to display, advertise, and 1909 generally promote the interests of Montana, as a most excellent agri- cultural state. We have already gone to a con- siderable expense in arranging for a Great Northern annex to the expo- , sition hall. This was necessary on account of the large number of in- dividuals and communities wishing to exhibit and compete. There are two matters that im- press inc as the most , important to be brought up at this meeting. First. To arouse interest in the state to bring pressure to bear on the government authorities who have charge of surveying of public lands, with a view to having unsur- veyed lands more promptly nut in shape for settlers to homestean on. As a matter of fact, I believe there are several instances of townships within eight or ten miles of the Great Northern railway that are as yet unsurveyed, and upon which , settlers would immediately file ! homesteads if they were surveyed. All this in spite of the fact that the railway has lieen completed over twenty years. This delay we think is not for the best interests of Mon- tana, and strong concerted action on the part of the patrons of our line ! would tend to hurry the eompletion of surveys by the government An- other good reason for urging this matter is that it is through the sale of government lands that the recla- mation fund is inoreased. Second. The other matter that seems especially important to me is the question of classifying Montana as an arid, semi -arid, or dry state. W. W. Cargill Dies at La Crosse, Wisconsin News was received Tuesday of the death, at his home at La Crosse, Wis., of W. W. Cargill, connected with the firm of Cargill & Withee, which constructed the Conrad-Valier irrigation project in Teton county and conducted the opening of 70,000 acres of government land near Valier under the Carey land act a short time ago. Mr. Cargill died of an attack of pneumonia which was I contracted at Valid October 7, while he was in attendance at the open- ing of the lands. Mr. Cargill was! 65 years of age, and one of the best known figures in the commercial , world of the middle western states. ! Mr. Cargill's wealth is rated at! St5,000,000. He was president of the La Crosse & Southeastern railway, ! vice-president of the Green Bay &! Western railway, president of the: Cargill Coal company, head of a big line of elevators throughout thel northwest, with headquarters in La Crosse and branch offices in St. Paul and Duluth, and he was inter- ested heavily in the lumber busi- ness in Pine Bluff. Ark. He also had heavy interests in wool and and other projects \ l'kNG I think you will agree with me that nearly all press and magazine no- tices refer to the dry farming (sem- i gress, classing states interested as 'arid, semi -arid or dry states. I think !it to the interest of Montana and other western states that this name . be changed. so us not to give a seri- ously erroneous impression to pros- pective settlers. Considering that Montana stands at the head as re- gards the average amber of bush- els per acre of wheat raised and is able to raise twice the yield of wheat, flax and oats that is raised in some of the older states, it is absurd to class It as an arid, semi -arid, or dry state. There are also matters pertaining to the development of government irrigation projects by the rechuna- Ition department that I should like to discus, with you, and for this reason will start from Cnlbertson on the morning of the 25th, running a special train with sleepers and diners, to Billings by way of Havre and Great Falls, arriving at Billings on the afternoon of the 26th. prob- ably making a stop at Great Falls on the evening of the 25th. and stopping at all points between to pick up the gentlemen whom I have Invited. Expect there may be be- betwen forty and fifty of the best representative men of the various districts that the Greet Northern passes through in Montana There are no doubt many ques- tions that can be disposed of to ad- vantage by such a representative body of men, and as it is our desire to co-operate with and assist in every way the various communities in northern Montana. I hope you will find time to join us on the trip, and kindly let me know if w( many expect you. You will be put to no expense on the trip, and the sleepers and diners will be able to accommodate the party at Billings, during the stay there of two days. In addition to the general matters I The Ox No Longer Acts as Beast of Burden William Marshal, who has been a resi- dent of the Ruby valley almost since the first day gold was discovered in Montana. talked interestingly to an Anaconda Stan- dard reporter recently, of pioneer days and the great part played in the first stages of the state's development by the : \bull team. - He saitl: \I was reading the other day in an eastern paper, that an effort was being made to get a number of yokes of oxen to be used in some spectacular parade , which a lot of society women were getting up. I think the parade was to be held near Chicago and the whole state of Illinois - was searched before two yoke of oxen were secured which could be driven. Then came the question of getting a driver—one who could handle a bull whip In proper style and make the oxen 'gee' and 'haw,' such as we used to do long ago on the plains and in every section of Montana. Some of us wanted to volun- teer our services, but we were too far away front Illinois and, besides; we had lost that peculiar old style of blastphemy which used to make the air taste of sul- phur and which could make ten yoke of oxen pull a wagon out of ' so deep that only the bows of the canvas-toppeil wagons were visible. \But to be serious. The 'hull team' has passed and I guess it has gone forever front this country. Really the only unex- plored sections of the United States are to be found in Alaska and there the dog takes the place of the oxen which did such good service many years ago in pio- neer development. Sometimes I actually feel hungry for those pioneer days in Montana. There used to be times when you could travel along the roads which led front Salt Lako City to Montana. and from Fort Benton to Helena and see train after train of oxen straining at their yokes , plodding slowly along, and making every effort to move the reavy load behind them. Every day it was the same old story. Al- ways the 'bullwhacker' plodded along be- side his cattle, occasionally touching up some tartly animal with his 'bull whip' which was often twenty feet long. braided of the finest buckskin and leather and In capable hands it could he 'popped like a rifle shot. And when that whip popped. every animal in that teain always wrung his tail, if he had any. and went against the yoke. As n matter of cotirse it re- quired a little profanity to give the sit- uation its proper setting. \In getting across thu llllll attains after winter set in the oxen used to litIVe it over the horses and mules a plenty Mules were notoriously poor actors in snow or mud and they went all to 'times. Hones were little better. and I have known many a fancy freight of pioneer days to set out front the loading point, intent to make the round trip before a rival bull team would make the objective point, come to grief in mud or in snow and the wagon boss begging the bullwhackers to pull hint out of the hole into e had sunk his wagons. \I do not believe there is bull teamn in all Montana today. while when the state was in the making they were to be fowl in every section. The first mining machinery ever bauled into Montana WM hauled by hull team, but before that time a quartz mill was actually 1 ,acte , 1 into Montana on horseback \The fate of the big string of oxen • which brought many of die ',pincer set - tiers of Molotov' to this land of gold Was pathetic. The greater part of them were killed and eaten. They made the best beef imaginable. for they were .-giivied tO fatten up on the virgin grasses of this state and they took on flesh in a manner which was a revelation. I have known beeves slaughtered from the oxen which nulled an emigrant's possessions across the continent, to dress more than 1.110 pounds and this weight was a common occurance. Today some of the Texas cattle marketed at Chicago weigh no more hoof, hide, horns and all. \Every blacksmith shop in Montana during pioneer days was epuipped with an ox -shoeing attachment. This was a massive frame into which the 'ix was led Or coaxed. Then: a big belt was passed undel'his body and the animal was lifted bodily into the air by means of a wind- lass. Then the work of shoeing began. There were two shoes necessary for each foot, the metal being semi -circular strips the thickness varying as occasion de- manded. They were tacked on the same as a horse is shod and the blacksmiths got Sit a yoke for doing the work. All the shoes were hand -made and in many instances the nails, as well. were made by hand front a piece of Norway iron. Now there is not an ox -shoeing pen left in the state and I doubt very 111801 if there is an ox shoe, unless it be in some collec- tion of curiosities. The ox used to be 11 prime factor in Montane. He and his yoke mate grew to be chums 'luring the long Journeys they used to mutate 811(I when the bullwhacker would take his 'ix- I bow and walk Into the corral and place it around the neck of his wheeler, the othe ox was sure to be Close at hand. ready and willing to share the burden of the YOke:ivith his mote, Intl after that ii wrii l but a little while until every ox was in his place, waiting the word which would send ! them straining at the chains daring an i all -day hike.\ of interest that will come up before the dry farming congress, no doubt there may be some local matters that you desire to take up with the railroad company officials, and if so we will be glad to discuss them with you oil this trip. Yours truly, Louis W. Hui., President. It is understood that James J. Hill will be present and aildress the meeting. A. J. Stough, president of the First State Bank of Stanford, and Dudley Axtell, editor of the World, have been invited by President Hill to join the train at this place, and ac- company the party to Billings. Favor New Mail Route An agitation has been comment- ed by the citizens of Stanford and of the territory to be benelitted by the innovation for al daily stage line from this point to Denton, Alton and Coyote. It is pointed out by those who have been boosting for the change in the mail service to these interior points, that Stanford is the logical point of distribution for this great inland country. Re- cently there have been two new postoffiees established, one at the J1111e8 ranch, 011 . Coyote creek and one at the Dyer ranch the other side of 1)enton--Coyote and Alton, re- spectively. One stage line could easily iiccom- iiiodate the three offices. TO ADD LINE MACHINERY Site Is Secured for the New Business to Be Conducted by Cargill Elevator Co. STANFORD IS GROWING F. Drum. the representative of machinery department imf thi• Mon- tana E:levator company, lir ratlitr the (7tmrgill-Withee people, vats in Stanford for several (lays this week making arrangements for the (gaol- ing at this place the vowing spring of a large implement house, which will Pc hmindled in conjunetion whit the elevator business. Mr. 1)ruin secured iptions mitt mu up -town site for the iniincss. um.d during the winter a i..mmari on ii, mo ,. mid substantial latildimr.! will I. , erected. 'flu. company will place in this city a large and complete stock of implements and will make Stanford it distributing pint for this portion of the routity The menu. ele,,14,,. now romoetesi an, ready far lb, reception 11( grain Mr Fitzgerald. the local manager, is on the grinimmil and solicits a visit from tleee Imqv(ogrmiin to market. A competitive market flitramil - in Stanford is something that is highly appreciated. Grain is conn- ing in rapidly. . INTEIZI7S r Is the greatest incentive towards MkIving money. When you find your money is e,arning.simamettming you fe,1 more like saving. Interest \works whjle you sir. d\ We pay iiitorest mai saving accounts from $1.00 tip and on certificates of deposit for six or twelve months' time Absolute safety, liberality and courtesy our' watch -word. ••• The First National Bank OF LEWISTOWN, MONTANA 11 oi el Stanford best Hotel on Billings & Northern Railway. Handsome Three -Story Building. Forty-one Steam Heated Rooms. Neatly Furnished Through- out. All Guests Courteously Treated Headquarters for Commercial Men When Making the Great Judith Basin Territory Richly Appointed Buffet in Connection EDWARDS & BAUMGARTNER PROPRIETORS Great Falls Tote 1 GREAT FALLS MONTANA FITZGERALD & FOSTER,. Proprietors EUROPEAN PI,AN A First -Class Cafe. Connected \ow

The Stanford World (Stanford, Mont.), 23 Oct. 1909, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.