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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 11, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Aug. 11, 1921

DEMAND WATER BE SHUT FROM TWO ORCHARDS

Meeting at Public Library Takes Definite Action Regarding City Water Supply — If Council Refuses Request Injunction Threatened.

At a public meeting held last night at the public library, attended by fifty citizens — men and women — and notice of which was promulgated throughout the city by handbills, after a discussion of the water question from various angles and attempted action on resolutions and amendments, a motion by E. W. Phipps finally prevailed.

This motion provided that it was the sense of the meeting that a committee of five be appointed to wait on the city council and ask that body to cut off the two commercial orchards allowed to irrigate by the city from further using city water, and that in the event the city council refuses to so act, an injunction proceeding be started to compel the council to shut off the orchards.

Chairman H. C. Glasscock then appointed the following committee for this purpose: W. E. Phipps, N. J. Wylie, J. W. Shirley, Will H. Wilson and Mrs. M. A. Robinson.

No new information on the water situation was given in the discussion. In fact only one or two phases of it were discussed and that only from one side, but it was unmistakably shown at the gathering that those present were dissatisfied with the present water restrictions, and that they think that the fact that the council allows two orchards to irrigate with city water has much to do with the consumption of water and the imposing of these restrictions. No opposition was manifested to the proposed building of pipe line and reserve reservoir.

Neither the mayor, City Water Superintendent Davis nor any councilman was present and statements made by Judge Phipps and others, especially about the orchards irrigating went unchallenged and were accepted as true by the majority of those present. The city administration was only invited by the unsigned handbills to be present at the meeting.

The gathering was called to order by N. J. Wylie who explained that the parties responsible for the meeting could not be present. H. C. Glasscock was then nominated chairman and Mr. Wylie as secretary. E. W. Phipps was called upon to make remarks, and he stated that he had just come as a spectator and had published his criticisms about the water situation and restriction in his newspaper from time to time. Nevertheless he briefly reviewed his published criticisms, especially about the city council permitting the two orchards to irrigate with city water “day and night.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com