Sept. 20, 1916
IRRIGATION WELLS PROVE SUCCESS
A. R. Enyeart of Jacksonville last spring drilled two wells on the Ernest Guthrie Jacksonville orchard, which secured a large flow of water for irrigating twenty acres of orchard, the driller guaranteeing a supply of twenty-eight gallons of water per minute, the test to be made in the dry season, August 15, 1916, and if the supply of water was less he was to receive no compensation. The deepest well was 14 1/2 feet deep. The test recently made in accordance with the contract developed a flow of 30 1/2 gallons per minute, or 5,184,000 gallons for the irrigating season of 120 days, or an amount sufficient to cover twenty acres to a depth of nine and a half inches. Mr. Guthrie had been pumping the wells continuously night and day for two weeks, just prior to making the test, and still they tested more than the required amount.
The mode of test was as follows: the wells being pumped to the bottom, the measurement was then taken, as the pump would then be getting only the water that was entering the well.
Mr. Guthrie has an air lift to pump these wells, which is operated by compressed air, one plant being sufficient to operate both wells, although they are 500 feet apart. This is the first plant of this nature to be installed in Jackson county.
ASHLAND AND VICINITY
The Odd Fellows have purchased the Barneburg block on North Main street from Mr. and Mrs. Barney Nichols, residents of Los Angeles. The building is now occupied by A. R. Brown as the Plaza market. Consideration, $3,000. The order now owns several adjacent properties leased at a fair rental, in addition to lodge rooms proper which are rented to the Woodmen of the World, Pythian Sisters, Maccabees and Fraternal Brotherhood. Ashland Lodge, No. 45, has funded its indebtedness in a new issue of $6,000 in bonds which were sold almost before they were off the printing press. The denominations are $300 each, interest at 6 percent, one bond redeemable each year obligatory, with privilege of redeeming as many more as the order sees fit.