LOCAL NEWS
CASA GRANDE DISPATCH

9 FEB 1912

Harry Peart is in Sacaton, where he has a contract for wiring Mr. R. E. Crouse's store and residence for electric lights.
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Fred Cornich was in Phoenix on business this week. Fred is busy with a number of contracts for clearing land and for sinking wells for irrigation.
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Messrs. W. T. Davis and J. L. Morgan were in town from the Black Diamond Mine. They are busy with assessment work but believe there are good values to be had later.

Mr. Davis has mined in Pennsylvania and Mr. Morgan was at one time connected with the Panama Canal.
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Ray Woolpert and Art Morrison spent two weeks hunting in the mountains. They were joined at Brownell by Frank Brownell. They all had a good time but wouldn't tell what they killed.
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Mr. George Wilson passed through Casa Grande on his way to Pittsburg.
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Ed. A. Humphreys came in from Los Angeles with a party of Californians who are hoping to secure relinquishments. They are from Hemet, 30 miles from Riverside, in Pleasant Valley. They were: Mr. R.H. Humphreys, a cousin of Ed and Fred Humphreys, Mr. Wm. Hamer, Mr. R.B. Young and Mr. H.E. Blackmore.

They were greatly pleased with the land in the valley which surpasses any they have seen.
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Friday night, Feb. 2 the Casa Grande Dramatic club gave an interesting comedy entitled "A Box of Monkeys," by George L. Furniss. The parts were as follows:
Edward Ralston-Mr. McNatt.
Chauncey Oglethorpe-Mr. Wm Day.
Mrs. Ondego Jhones-Lolita Kellner.
Sierra Bengaline-Edith Johnston.
Lady Guinevere Llandpoore-Victoria Kellner.

The players were amateurs and their performance was most creditable. The play is an excellent one but required clever handling to bring out the delicate sarcasm that runs through it. The actors seemed to have grasped the author's meaning with a good deal of clearness. The honors were shared by the entire cast and it is not easy to make any distinctions as the parts were so entirely different. and called for much individual work.

Miss Lolita Kelner, in the role of Mrs. Ondego Jones carried the story of the plot. She portrayed with decided ability the author's characterization of a grasping, scheming American society woman, eager to push ahead in society and only too glad to entertain titled English people. Her niece Sierra Bengaline, is an American girl rather slangy, but charmingly natural. Miss Edith Johnston sustained this part with great credit. Miss Victoria Kellner had a difficult role to sustain as Lady Guinevere Llandpoore, a wholesome English girl, hampered by the instructions of a match-making mother and yet at heart very fond of frank American ways. Her portrayal was excellent.
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Mrs. Carr McNatt had two or three characters united in one and carried them through with good ability. He was quite natural in the love-making scenes and proved a good impromptu butler.
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Mr. William Day, as the painfully bashful Chauncey Oglethorpe, a titled young Englishman, showed decided ability, fitting in his part nicely with the others.
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On the whole, the interest was very well sustained throughout and the audience showed its appreciation by frequent applause.
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There was a very enjoyable dance in Maldnaldo Hall the same evening. The attendance was good and all seemed to enjoy themselves greatly.

LOCAL NEWS
CASA GRANDE DISPATCH

23 Feb 1912

The W.C.T.U. met Thursday evening at the Presbyterian church.
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The embroidery club has disbanded but met informally at Mrs. W. V. Elliot's Wednesday afternoon.
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Charles Wheeler of Tucson spent a day in town on business.
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Mrs. Jones came over from near Sacaton, where she has been visiting and left for her home in New Mexico.
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Gus Kratzka, of Long Beach, Cal., spent a few days in town, looking after his land. Mr. Kratzka expects to open a first-class bakery here soon.
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Joe Gochenouer ran down from Tucson in his auto. He motored to Phoenix later.
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Frank Jeffs of Brownell returned from Tucson Monday morning and went out on the stage.
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Fred Thor made a business trip to Phoenix Monday.
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C. E. Benedict and wife of Denver, Colo., stopped over Monday and sold Geo. Bennet a large Nothey Patten meat box.
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Mr. and Mrs. Kinear and Mr. Freeman, who have been staying at "Hotel Peart" the past month, left Tucson for San Diego, Cal., but expect to return after a time.
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Bill Day was in from Santa Cruz Monday evening.
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Art Morrison came in from Santa Cruz Tuesday.
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D. R. Guild of Denver, Colo., special representative of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., was in town the first of the week.
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Fred Humphrey went west on No. 7 Tuesday.
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Mr. Hammond Ilmer of Los Angeles, has finished his assessment work and came over to file his first year's proof. Mr. Ilmer went to Pasadena when it contained only about half a dozen houses.
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Last Friday evening the young men got up one of the best dances that has been given this season. It was held in Maldonado Hall and the music was furnished by a visiting Mexican band. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kellner, Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Cruz, Mrs. and Mrs. George P. Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Carr McNatt, Mrs. A. H. Elliott, the Misses Valencia, Johnson, Maggie Cruz, Lolita Kellner, Victoria Kellner, Virginia Kellner, Phillips, Allagrasia and Conchi Vasquez and Mary Elliott, also Messrs. Arthur and Alfred Elliott, J. D. Wilson, Robert Blower, Joe Day, Jay and Mark French, John Kellner, Harry Peart and George Phillips.

All enjoyed themselves immensely and voted the committee good hustlers for their enterprise in setting up the dance.
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Mrs. J. D. Wilson just returned from a visit to Madison, Wis., and other eastern cities.
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J. G. Wilson made a business trip to Phoenix the first of the week, to buy fruit trees and grape vines.
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E. P. Peterson returned from a business trip to Phoenix the last of the week.
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Mr. W. B. Christman went to Phoenix Sunday.
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Mr. and Mrs. Layton from Ohio, friends of Mrs. Frank Plotts, are here and have located 320 acres near the canal, going to Phoenix Thursday night to file.
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S. O. Thompson returned from Phoenix Thursday.
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Mr. and Mrs. Ellicot left for Los Angeles a few days ago.
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Mr. I. J. Johnson of Phoenix got off No. 7 on Sunday and shook hands with a number of friends at the station.
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The baseball team is busy practicing for their game here Feb 25 with Florence. The look business like in their new uniforms and expect to give a good account of themselves in this game.


LOCAL NEWS
CASA GRANDE DISPATCH

1 MAR 1912


Conrado Ayala died Monday evening in Florence after a short illness. Mr. Ayala had a severe case of diphtheria which it is said he contracted in Florence. He leaves a mother, father and three sisters here to mourn his loss.
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Mr. Leonard, assayer for the Copper Queen company at Bisbee, was a business visitor in Casa Grande the early part of this week. Mr. Leonard states that great interest is being take in the SAn Carlos question in Bisbee.
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Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman, Mr. and Mrs. Slaughenhoupt and Mr. Cris Cristensen were visitors in Casa Grande Tuesday.
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Dr. and Mrs. E.K. Wedelsaedt of St. Paul, Minn., paid a flying visit to Casa Grand, motoring down from the ruins. They were greatly impressed by the dignity of the ruins and charmed with the desert. Although great travelers the visitors declared they had never had such a delightful experience as their ride through the desert. They returned to Phoenix and continued their trip to the coast.
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Mrs. Joe Gochenouer and children have returned to Tucson after an extended visit in Casa Grande.
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Mr. Frank Pinkley, one of the most active director of the Casa Grand Valley Water Users' association and custodian for the United States government of Casa Grande ruins, came in with Mr.s Pinkley for a short visit. Mr. Pinkley is enthusiastic over the prospects of an early settlement of the reservoir question. While in town he superintended the shipping to Tucson of a carload of grain which he had sent in.
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R.E. Crouse came in one day last week on business and shipped a carload of wheat to Tucson.
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Charles French returned from Phoenix Wednesday morning with a party of three who are looking for land in the Cas Grande valley. People are beginning to wake up to the fact that this valley will soon be placed under irrigation and are becoming anxious to get hold of a piece of land before it is too late.
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W.J. Shulze, Mrs. Shulze and O.M. Head left for Phoenix Tuesday. Mrs. Shulze is making the third year proof on her desert entry of 320 acres.
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Mr. J.H. Beckman of Los Angeles is again in Casa Grande looking after land in this vicinity and says one of the leading subjects in the parks and on the streets of Los Angeles is the Casa Grande valley and its wonderful possibilities. Mr. Beckman feels sure that the valley has just started on an era of great prosperity and that hundreds of people will be coming in within the next few weeks.
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W.C. McCormick, a passing tourist on the rods of a freight car, fell off at this place Wednesday and had his foot badly crushed.
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Senator Brown expects to begin his leave of absence about March 5th. The duties of his office with the railroad take up so much of his time that he has no opportunity to prepare legislation which he wishes to work through and has secured assurances of assistance from a number of members of the legislature.
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J.H. Lincoln from Phoenix is in Casa Grande looking for relinquishments and patented land. Mr. Lincoln already owns one quarter section of land but the situation looks good to him and he wishes to secure more.
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H.C. Brown, of Old Mexico, is in Casa Grande endeavoring to get a relinquishment or patented land. He owned a ranch in Mexico which he sold for $125.00 an acre. He is well pleased with the looks of the Casa Grande valley and will undoubtedly locate here.

The real estate firm of Humphreys & Sons brought in six different parties Wednesday the 28th who are looking for land in the Casa Grand valley.
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Mr. J.W. Wenzer, manager of the Associated Placer company (Nevada), has just returned from a thirty-day eastern trip, where he was fortunate in securing strong financial support for his 780 acres of placer holdings. Mr. Wenzel was impressed with the fact that eastern capital was instantaneously and enthusiastically responsive for Nevada investments, where merit and responsibility were combined. He said he found no difficulty in financing his projects and stated that capital was manifesting a great interest in Nevada and ready to respond to its needs upon an honest certificate. "By this," he said, "I do not mean that capital will not take a liberal chance when it knows it will get a show for its white ally or is confident that the money will be honstly applied in development and legitimate effort in making it count in opening up the fine wealth rescources of Nevada." - National Miner.

The same will hold good when the San Carlos is proposed for financing. There is no better security than an irrigation project, properly safe-guarded.
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Mr. J.F. Brown has secured a fine horse and buggy for his cousin, Miss Rodell. While the horse is very gentle it is considered one of the speediest and finest horses in the valley, and it is hoped that the daily drives Miss Pauline takes will be of much benefit to her health.
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Mr. Gustav Kratzka of Long Beach, who has been in town several days looking after his interests, returned to Long Beach Monday. As soon as Mr. Kratzka sells his large bakery interests in Long Beach he will come to Casa Grande and locate permanently and start a bakery at this place.
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Messrs. Day and Morrison, from the Greene ranch, are visitors in town today and report everything in good condition in the Santa Cruz country. They intend to leave in a short time for South America where they have taken a contract under the Guggenheims for drilling one of the biggest mines in Chili. There will be sixteen young men in the party.

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