The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 20, 1910 Page: 1 of 10
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A Hewip« f F«r Tho Wteol> Ptoult Of Tin South FMai Of TWM.
CROSBYfON, CROSBY COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20,1910.
The meeting was called to
order, by, Don. IJ. Biggers'who
acted a9 president, at 2 o'clock
p m. Tuesday. F. E. Whife
^was elected' secretary.
Prof, J. M. Ball delivered the
welcome address in which he
opened the doors of every home
in Hale Center to the visitors.
His remarks of welcome were all
that could be expected and his
statements were all lived.up too.
less .partisan politics.
"4 We believe that the work
<Tf the local Cofrmrercial Clubs
should be encouraged, and that
the citizens of each town be en-
couraged to give aid and encour-
"5. We believe that the suc-
cess of this country depends on
more farms and better farms.
hy this Federation, in session at
Uncle Joe Foster, editor of the Hale Center, that the above five
Phimview New-4- responded in
equally as beautiful terms, and
expressed the true feelings of
The following committee was
Appointed on resolutions:
Prof J. M. Bull, Hale Center.
Joe Foster, Plainview.
J. A. Graham, Plainview.
F. E. White, Crosby ton.
Uncle Bob Lemons Hale Center.
It was moved and seconded
that the program for the evening
be left erxjtir6ly with the local
Apjournmwit to 7:30 p. m.
House called to order by chair-
man, the entertainment consisted
of vocal and instrumental music,
an hours speech by Don. H. Big-
gers on general conditions, this
speech was full of good ideas and
optimistic from start to finish
Adjournment to 9:30 a. m.
Meeting galled to order by
president, speech by F. E. White
speech by J. H. Graham and
Committee on resolutions re-
port as follows:
"1. We believe it to be to the
best interests of our Federation
that a reorganization be affected
as speedily as possible, and that
only those counties which give
aid and encouragement to our
efforts are eligible to member-
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"2 We believe that th6 best
interests of our Federation and
that of the territory embraced
therein, demand that an effort be
made to establish a Fair Associa-
tion for the counties ofLamb,
Hale, Floyd, Crosby, Lubbock,
Terry, Lynn, Dawson, Cochran
4 '$ We believe that our news-
propositions have our hearty en-
dorsement and that we pledge
Our best efforts to further the
bbjects set "forth therein.
Resolutions of Thanks.
The Federation of Commercial
Secretaries and Newspaper men
in convention at Hale Center,
hereby tender sincerest thanks
to the hospitable peoDle of Hale
Center for the entertainment ac-
corded us at this meeting.
Midst the stirring scenes of
that prosperous future which
avails you. one priceless treasure
we tender the assurance that
your visitors on this occasion
will ever honor you, and hold in
grateful remembrance your cor-
diality and kindnesses. We as-
sure you that a still sweerer and
more touching return shall be
yours, in the days to come when
your children shall hear of the
hospitality you have extended it
will be with glowing clucks and
kindling eyes and their very
souls will stand tip-toe at the
mention of your names and they
will glory in their lineage from
a parentage governed by such
nofele and generous impulses.
We heartily recommend that
our best efforts be used in the
organization of a Forage Crop
Association as re'commended by
H. H. Harrington.
Therefore be it resolved that
we endorse the proposed call, by
Mr. Aarrington, that a meeting
be held during the Fat Stock
Show at Fort Wopth, for,. the
purpose of organizing the Forage
Association and that same be
given all possible publicity to the
"end that the matter may be
given wide-spread publicity.
AdjoummeUt to meet in Lock-
ney, April 8th and 9th, 1910.
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There were several speeches
and papers that we failed to get
Courtesy Mr. Avery Coonley, Riverside, III
Birds-Eye View Of Spur, Texas, Forty-Four Days After The Opening.
This new town thirty miles East of Crosbyton was opened November 1st, at which time only one building stood on the town section^
This piicture was made December 14th, just forty-four days after the opening. The town of Spur has proved to be a wonderful succesi
It is conservatively estimated that Spur now enjoys a population of more than 1,400 and is making greater strides each day.
Commercial Club Secretaries and Newspaper Men at Hale Center Jan. 11th, and 12th,
should be encouraged to
more development and
Speech delivered before the Fed-
eration at Hale Center, by J.
A. Graham, Sec: Plainview
The bugaboo of Commercial
Secretarys existance, is the ques-
tion of always having the neces-
sary funds to carry on success-
fully the work he wishes to do.
In small towqs and cities his
efforts are hampered for 'the
lack of funds,. A great part of
his time and thought are taken up
scheming now to raise more mon-
ey when his time should be devot-
ed to efforts in other directions.
It cramps and retards his useful-
ness. It narrows the scope of
When a way is devised to rem-
edy this defect, then the work of
a Commeicial Organization is
benefitted to a degree never be-
fore attained. I believe that the
method adopted and carried out
by Plainview is t.he correct so-
lution of this problem. We have
named it the "Plainview way"
and its success has been more
than we anticipated. The meth-
od is as follows
A list of all persons; firms, and
corporations was taken from the
city tax rolls, together with their
individual tax valuation. Then
an assessment of one fourth of
one percent or 25c on the $100'
valuation, was made against each
individual, firm and coporation,
as their dues for the Commercial
Club for the year. A note was
then mao'e out and signed by
each one for that amount, pay-
able quarterly, these notes were
then placed in the bank in which
the signer carried an account,
and the bank ordered to charge
up each quarter the amount due,
to the drawer of the note and
credit the account of the Club,
by this method we know at the
beginning of the year just how
much money we have available
for the years work and it elimi-
nates the time and expense re-
quired when the secretary, has
to collect the dues monthly him-
self. By this method each per-
son pays in proportion to the be-
nefits he receives by the growth
of the town. It is fair and
equitable to every one in a posi-
tion, where he must come through
or else be put down as a non-
public-citizen,. one who has not
and one whom the citizens of the
town should not support in a
business or any other way. They
should be ostracised in every way
and made to know their presence
We have signed up practically
all of the tax payers of Plainview
and now are getting those who
have no property, to join the
club and pay $1.25 every three
months or $5 per year as their
dues vto the Club. We have
about 300 notes now signed up,
and we expect to get®very one to
come in before we stop. We
want the farmer to also come in
and work with us, in fact the
whole of Hale county,
And I want to say here that
while I am secretary of the Plain-
view Commercial Club, I shall
work not only for the interest of
Plainview but for every town and
person in Hale county, and when
we can assist any other town on
the south plains we shall be glad
to do so. Let us all work togeth-
er, no one ever makes any thing
by knocking h i s neighbors.
Boost your neighbor and you
boost your self. If you talk
against your neighbor the man
who is listening, loses confidence
in you also.
As soon as we can get up a
good exhibit this summer or early
fall I want to get all the towns
on the south plains together and
let us get a car load of products,
and take along a tourists sleeper
and take a trip through the north-
ern and eastern states and adver-
tise our section of the country.
We can carry out this plan with
little expense to any one and the
good it will do cannot be accom-
plished by any other method. 1
have done this several times and
know the results.
I want every one when they
come to Plainview to make the
Commercial Club roorns their
headquarters at all times.
Portales, N. M., Jan. 8 1910.
Federation Newspapers and
' Hale Center Texas.
It i$ with sincere regret that 1
am unable' to be with you, or
send ytfu as lengthy a paper as
the subject "of the possibilities
of irrigation" warrants.
You are perhaps ail aware that
Portales New Mexico., is install
25000 acres of land. 1000 acres
this spring, and 1500 acres next
It will be a pumping proposi-
tion strictly, each 160 acres will
have one well and a pump cap-
able of delivering three acre feef
of water on 160 acres in one hun-
dred and fifty days. As we have
an average rainfall of 22 inches,
it is not expected that ve will
ever need over one third of' the
Owing to the fact that the Por-
tales valley has no running
streams, but has an inexaustable
flow of underground water at a
depth of ten to twenty-five feet,
it is possible for us, by means of
the plant under construction, to
make the "desert of today the
garden of tomorrow."
From an agricultural stand-
point, irrigation means independ-
ence of nature's spasmodic moist-
ure—an assurance of a full crop
—a market for your products —
beautiful homes prosperous citi-
zens—an established value for
your lands, wealth instead of
poverty and a magnet around
which capital will cluster.
The possibilities of a farming
community under irrigation are
so much greater than the old
methods of so called "dry farm-
ing," that I frankly say to my
friends of the Panhandle who
are in the shallow water belt and
not availing your selves of it,
that you are turning your backs
on prosperity when she is knock-
ing loudly at your door.
You have in many localities of
the Panhandle the same condi-
tions that eastern New Mexico
has, be the pioneers in develop-
ing your resources, thereby, not
only reaping the harvest but
blazing the trail for others who
are seeking an oasis.
Yours very truly
T. J. Molinari,
Sec. Portales Commercial Club,
and Pbrtales Irrigatien Company"
Speech be fork the Federation
at Hale Center, by F. E. White,
Sec'y. Crosby ton Com. Club. ;
I have been listening with an
eager ear at every word that has
been said in the
since the beginning of the meet-
ing. The beautiful english in
welcome address by Prof.
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