Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 18, 1919
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Sept. 18, 1919
IRRIGATION TO BE VOTED AT TWO ELECTIONS
The Talent Irrigation District has called an election for Tuesday, September 23, 1919, and the Gold Hill Irrigation District has called an election for Saturday, October 4th, 1919. Both of these election are for the purpose of taking advantage of the law passed by the people at the last election, under which the constitution of the state was amended permitting the state authorities to issue bonds for the guarantee of the interest on bonds in irrigation districts for five years. This law will be of much benefit to the irrigation districts of southern Oregon. It will aid the land owners during the first five years by lessening the expenses that each acre is required to pay by way of interest; provides money at five in place of six percent, and furnishes funds upon which no discount is made from the principal which is the case in the sale of all irrigation bonds. The elections are conducted in the same manner as the general elections in the district, and in only a matter of form necessary for the districts to pass thru in order to take advantage of the opportunity of getting the state’s assistance. Undoubtedly, the election clause was put into the law for the purpose of showing whether there are any dissensions in the district or not, and if the vote should demonstrate such dissensions by a majority vote, then the state will refuse to assist. In both the districts named, there is no question but what the vote will be practically unanimous in favor of taking advantage of the offer of the state.
The Gold Hill district is practically thru with its construction work, and will be in good shape for spring irrigation on all of its lands.
The Talent District has practically finished its high line ditch on the west side, and in now constructing its low line ditch on the west side. This will give the west side unit flood water irrigation for next spring, and will insure prosperity to more than thirty-five hundred acres lying on the west side of Bear Creek, surrounding Talent and Phoenix.
This section has already experienced a lively interest in real estate and a considerable number of ranches have already changed hands because of the assurance of water for next spring. A number of large deals are now pending in this vicinity. The sale of Manning and Loomis pear orchard of seventy-five acres, which sold last week to an experienced orchard man of the Sacramento Valley at a high figure, is in about the center of the west unit. We are also informed that the Talent board expects to let the contract for the building of the east side unit, together with the construction of a reservoir sometime during the winter, so that construction work may be commenced early in the spring.