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Page 8 Wednesday, December 26, 2012 The Adams County Record The History Corner .ore esa papers By Dale Fisk -- 253-4582 Here is more-from the papers donated to the museum by Delvin Watkins. A document dated November 15, 1912 lists the land that had been purchased by the Weiser Valley Land and Water Company: Council Mesa - 3,160 acres; Bacon Gulch - 240 acres; Midvale -" 433 acres; Middle Fork -160 acres; total - 3,993 acres. It said 1,389 acres had been I think this is looking north at Mesa, with Cuddy Mt. on the left and Council Mt. to the right. The Gus Keckler home, shown in the other photo, is in the distance about half way between the left edge of this photo and the center. Big City Selection All At One Location planted to fruit trees, 1,222 acres of which had been sold to investors or on-site growers. Document dated September 1, 1913: "Many prominent and prosperous -business men and farmers located at different place, principally in the states on New York, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas have bought our orchards either as an investment or for a-future home. Several purchasers have already built homes and settled upon the Mesa and many more will do so when the 5-year development period has expired, q2ae Company does not encourage home making at present, because it desires, as far as possible, to keep the orchards on large tracts during the development period, so as to insure uniformity of care and cultivation. Settlers mean intertillage and varying methods of pruning and cultivation - which is not compatible with the Company's purpose to make this the largest and best orchard in the United States" A professionally printed report dated December 1, 1913 began: "We're pleased that it is time to transmit to you our third annual report as it cannot help but bring to your notice that the time is not far distant when you will be in charge of your own property and receiving a fine income from it as well as being numbered among the fruit growers of Idaho. In accordance - Burial Services - Pre-planning Optiot This photo must be from about 1910. It was taken looking north northeast from above the old Moser Grade off the north side of Mesa Hill. The Middle Fork of the Weiser River is in the background, and beyond it is Council Mt. All three of the photos with the History Comer this week were donated by Lew Keckler, the son of Gus and Bertha. with the plan outlined in the last annual report, we did not plant any additional acreage this year but devoted our time entirely to the care of the trees already planted, and feel certain that as a result we can show one of the best cared for and best appearing orchards anywhere in the Northwest" Later, the annual report contained the following: "During this season, as well as last, our working_ camp and the families located on the Mesa have been ;upplied from our small garden patches with all the vegetables of every kind that could be used, including sweet potatoes, tomatoes, sweet- corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, etc., all of which yield very abundantly and have been pronounced. by the many guests we have entertained as being of the finest quality they ever tasted." "We have also had an abundance of small fruits, - Cz nafion 8ervic . Monument3 221 E, Court St W~q,~, I'D 83672 (2O8) 414-1234 including strawberries, blackberries, dewberries, currants, gooseberries, etc., and during the month of October and for part of November have been eating strawberries of the very finest quality from our second crop. The vines blossomed profusely and bore continuously for nearly six Weeks this fall after producing a heavy crop early in the summer, and we also had a gecond crop of blackberries at the same time" "There seems to be nothing in the way of vegetables and small fruits that cannot be produced on the Mesa, and with a small garden patch between the trees everything that is desired may be raised" "Our fruit is also by no means limited to apples, peaches and pears, as we can successfully raise both sweet and sour The Gus and Bertha Keckler house at Mesa, date unknown, but it must have been about 1909 to 1912. This must have been one of the nicer homes, espe- cially in those early days of the orchard. qherries, plums, apricots, nectarines and prunes. We are also raising grapes very successfully, both of the American and European varieties, including Flame Tokays, Muscats and Malagas, and produced bunches of Tokays this season from two-year old vines that weighed three and four pounds. Of the American varieties, the Concord grapes do especially well here, and from a few two- year old vines we. picked over a ton, the larger part of *which we sold at four cents a pound wholesale." Parts and Service Open On Saturday We service all makes and models Quality Service Award Winning Factory Trained Technician Phone (208) 549-3310 - Toll Free (800) 658-5080 602 Highway 95 Weiser, Idaho 83672 www.hometownmotors.com