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%\to (\BG3<a_\»e-£o& voi_. I. no; 14. PALO ALTO. CAL., WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 27, 1897 PRICE 6 CTS. AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRY. The Growing of Onion Seed in the Santa Clara V_Jie>. The American Florist Company's Directory states that the acreage of unions planted for seed in the United Slates is 3500, and that HO per cent of I his. acreage is in the Santa Clara valley. We ma; add tbat perhaps the larger part of the area devoted to this purpose, in this valley, lies between i'alo Alto and Mountain View. Some facts In regard to this industry iiiay prove of Interest to-our readers and will serve to show one of the sources of the productive wealth of this section. The average yield per acre in this valley is .'1IHI pounds, but has fro- ejiiently reached 400 to IHXI pounds. The bulbs from whfcIT\Ti~5-oecTpTaiit arrows are u large part of the cost of "pi'iHlui'iiig tiro *_5t_J;~ami" nrc ordinarily raised by contract for the' growers. The ground is prepared ill the fall anil the bulbs are planted any time from the middle of November to the end of Ileivtnlecr. The crop is cultivated 'four time's'luring the season, and the .-...•il is luii'.e'st.el froni August 5th to 25th. Tht' (ops of the plants bearing the scM.-l clusters are cut oil and placed on large shce'ts to dry. When dried, the crop is threshed. This is now done hy machinery, a thresher Inning lieon invented by a gentleman in San .Ins,-, which threshes and partially cleans the seed. Tho seed is then run through u fanning mill and afterward placed in water to remove all imperfect see-Si. It has again to be dried anil fanne.-, when It is placed in double >,'am1ess sacks and is ready for shipment to the market. ■ The price at which the seed sells varies from 35 to 80 cents per pound, according to the variety. The whito oitions yield u light crop of seed, which sells at tho highest price.. On an average an acre will produce 300 pounds of seed which will sell at probably (ill ivnts.iier pound, equivalent to an income of $180, though it frequently goes above $200 per acre. Tho cost of planting and caring for an acre may be tabulated us follows: __. i'osl uf bulbs .. J»_25 00 Plowing and planting - 5 00 Cultivating II 50 Incidental expenses 1 00 Harvesting . 8 00 Sucks (II sucks for -00 lbs) 1 00 Rent of hind. 8 00 Total 51 50 Value of crop 300 lbs ut BOe 180 (HI Net income S128 50 This Is the average estimate, but »he cost of producing a crop will not, under advene circumstances, exceed *H0 per acre, and the yield seldom falls under 250 pounds, while It often reaches 400 pounds or more. A better investmont could hardly be desired, as it is equal to 12 per eent interest net on land at a valuation of $1000 per acre. Among those who are largely interested In this industry" are D. L: Sloan, our townsman, C. C Morse, Mr. Kim- berlln and Miss Galllmore. There Is also a considerable quantity of beet, carrot and parenlp seed,' and tbe like, raised in the valley. The present year has been an unfortunate one to the growers, owing to the failure of a seed firm in the East which had contracted for much of the .crop. The firm failed late in the season and could not take the seed, which prevented growers from placing it for this year's market. The Assembly Scandal, The committee appointed to investigate the alleged frauds in the Assembly roll of employes has found that It contained many names of persons who hud not been properly appointed. Some of these had been appointed by Chief Clerk Duckworth, hut there were thirteen fraudulent name's on the list that had not .lieen placed there by lym. The investigation is likely to compromise' others iu high places besides the chief clerk. Steps are King taken to remodel the roll and to prevent further frauds in this direction. On Sunday night, just after dark, two of M. H. Kliignre's daughters were riding up Cuiversiiy avenue ami at Mr. Decker's corner a wheelman run them down. All-three_were thrown from their wheels und Bertha Kingore was so severely injured as to lie ill for some time. The wheelman who collided with the girls left without offering assistance! The girls were ou the extreme right of the sti-eet and had bells on their wheels. That such accidents occur is due to the carelessness of deters in not keeping to the right, especially after dark. Cyclists should show a proper regard for the rights and safety of others, and it may lie wise to heed this warning. Next Sunday will be Christian Endeavor clay and will \te observed by an evening song service at the Presbyterian church. There will lie a program suitable to the occasion. Mr. Matheson will talk ou the Christian Endeavor movement, Miss Clow will discuss the home society and Frank C. Doty will give some facts about the junior and intermediate work. The SGrv.be will begin at 7:3n. Chas. It. Spaulding and wife were up from' Situ .lose Sunday. They uttended the Chinese Home Missionary -meeting ut the Chinese quarters on the St'tn- ford place'. These meetings will lie intinued every Sunday after next Sunday.' which is ~th_. Chinese New Year." . A report gained circulation on Sunday that Peter Mayer, the genial druggist of Mayfield. was dead. We are happy to state that this is an error, as he is still in the enjoyment of excellent health and spirits. A meeting of the Political Equality club will be held on Thursday ut 3 p.m. ut the resilience of Mrs. Corlieit. Members arc requested to be present and bring friends with them. A tire in Philadelphia Tuesday night destroy**! ubout *2.000.l)0ll worth of pro]ierty. John Wuiiamakcr was among' the heaviest loseiv. The storm in the East the past few days has been most severe, and many- people have perished from cold. Good board and comfortable rooms, at reasonable-rates, can be hud.by enquiring at this otHee. Mrs. Peasley has been given charge of the dining room at Roble. HATTERS OF LOCAL INTEREST. Home from Randsburg - - The Intercollegiate Debate • • Supervisors' Meeting. H. L. Mansfield returned a few days ago from a trip to the southern mining camps. He spent three weeks at Mo- jav_ and was at Rundsburg for live days. The distance from Mojave to Randsburg is fifty-two miles and daily stages make the trip. The only other way to reach the mines is from the desert station of Cramer, thirty miles by stage. Mr. Mansfield fouufP Randsburg a very "active camp, but most of the mines are held by men who have not the cipital to develop them, and are wailing to sell to capitalists. Capital, however, is slow to invest in desert mines as they have not proved a~-i-ue; cess. At Randsburg the surface indications of the lcdgcs-irc guod and show from *2U to $200 a ton. But at the lower leyels the ore hus proved refractory and carries much less gold than on the surface. The Southern Pacific company contemplates building a roud from Mojave to Randsburg. and the Santa Fe talks of building there from Cramer. Living at the camp is cheap, however. Things are lively now but the future of the district depends upon what value the mines-may havo as they are developed. There is a steady rush to the camp and quite a town has sprung up. The greatest lack is water, which has to he hauled twelve miles, and sells for $1.50 a barrel. Building Notes. Frank Backus is havingastore building erected at Mayfield. Mrs, A. P. Zschokke now has two residences under construction and will have a third one erected. Mrs. Chapeau is having an addition built to her store in Mayfield and will increase her stock of groceries. J. W. Wells has secured a contract to build a residence at Menlo Park for Captain Bollcs at a cost of 84400. Joseph L. Hatter, of Flora, Indiana, is one of the late arrivals. He intones to locate here and will prop:ibly build a residence. J. E. Mallory, a San Francisco contractor, has been in town this week. He has secured tho contract to build two cottages here. G. W. Mosher has the contract, for another cottage for Mrs. Zschokke. It will be erected adjoining Mrs. Phoebe Sanor's on High street. Mallery et Swenson, of San Fi-an- eisco, have contracted to build a cottage each for John Lyons and Olaf Larson. The buildings will be located ou the south side of Chaiuiing avenue between Cowpor and Waverly streets. Reception by Mrs. Stanford. On Tuesday afternoon, from 3 to 6 o'clock,.Mrs. Stanford held a reception in honor of Bishop Newman and wife, at her elegant home In San Francisco. Manv of the noted people of the city j and State were present, as well as almost the entire faculty ot Stanford Unlvereity. The hostess was assisted i in receiving her guests by a number of the leading society belles of San Francisco. The residence was tastefully decorated for the occasion, and the guests enjoyed the many works of art that make the home one of the most attractive In the city. The Stanford Glee mid Mandolin clubs sang and played in an entertaining manner. The reception was one of the most brilliant events of the season. The Intercollegiate Debate. The last of the preliminaries for the Intercollegiate Debate will tuke place In tho University chapel next Friday evening. At the close of this debate the judges, Professors Barnes, Brun und Ross, will announce the names of the three debaters who are to represent the University in the intercollegiate contest with Berkeley. The question for discussion this week is, "Should a .system of municipal- -government.eon- - centrating all executive und administrative power in the mayor lie adopted inSan Francisco?" Thoseon tho affirmative are Bell, 'W7, Schwartz, 'Ml. and Hunt, '00. The negative side of the question will be upheld by Palmer, '07, O'Neil. *»7, Riggins. -|I8, and Swit- zer. 'll?. Supervisors' Meeting. The County Supervisors met on Monday and transacted considerable routine business. A list of trial jurors to serve during the year was drawn. G. H. Parkinson and Gordon Wigle were the ones named from Palo Alto. A committee was appointed to work in conjunction with the Associated Charities to afford relief to indigent persons i n tbe county. A motion was adopted to employ a clerk for tour months; at $100 a montb Salary, to rearrange papers uml prepare indices in the Supervisors' office. H. S. Fpote was selected for the position. The Board adjourned until Monday, February 1st. Items ol Local Interest. Mrs. D. L. Sloan has lieen quite ill the past week. Ward Hall, of Alamo, is vTstttiig his brother. Dr. B. F. Hall. S. B. Connell. of .New York, was registered ut the Palo Alto hotel on Monday. . Constable Spauldiug has appointed George Dunsmore a deputy constable for this township. MLss Stull. who bos been stopping at the Palo Alto hotel, has removed to Mr. Ramsey's house.n Emerson street. District Deputy Vinter. of San Jose, visited Stanford Lodge. A. O. U. W., Tiiijidtiy night and assisted in the initiation of several members. Franklin is still making photographs for tl.50 per dozen und doing ttie best work In the country. If you wunt tin- typos he will make you 18for25ccnts. " Judgu Lorigan on Tuesday grunted a divorce te Alice Buck from Dr. F. E. Buck. The parties live in Mayfi_.d~ unil the cose has created considerable sensation during the past two months. Mrs. I i in- k' was given the custody ot the children und $20 a month alimony.
|Title||Palo Alto Live Oak 1897 January 27|
|Date of Publication||1897-01-27|
|Number of pages||8|
|Place of Publication||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|Publisher||Frank Kasson, Frances A. Kasson|
|Source||Microfilm collection in Rinconada Library|
|Coverage||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|Rights||Material in the public domain. No restrictions on use.|
|Publication Title||Palo Alto Live Oak|