Development of District Is Progressing Rapidly Since Irrigation Ditch Project Was Completed, But it Required Much Hard Work
Yelm Prairie, with the assistance of the Nisqually river and the natural geography of the land is being put on the map as one of the most important irrigation centers in the state of Washington. Irrigation of the [...]
[Irrigation] 1911 -14 Washington Standard
Letter From J. C. Conine
Do you know where Squim is (spelled Sequim) too? Well, it is in the eastern part of Clallam County, on the entrance from the Sound to the Straits of Fuca. On the 5th of July, after the Carnival of Nations, I took a boat and [...]
THIS IS THE STORY OF A FAILURE
By Mabel Abbott
Tacoma Times June 30, 1916.
War correspondents, when the exigencies of war withhold their messages from the impatient world and the much more impatient editor, write picturesque stories of how they failed —and get away with it.
No war correspondent was ever more absolutely muffled, silenced, bottled [...]
Thurston Ranchers Promote Irrigation Seattle Daily Times December 31, 1910
Olympia, Saturday, Dec. 31 – The most pretentious irrigation scheme ever launched in Western Washington is assured in organization by Thurston County ranchers of a company with $50,000 paid up in capital to engage in irrigation of not less than 7,000 acres of prairie lands near [...]
Farmers Offered Little Encouragement
(From: Prescott, Edgar. Nisqually Valley News, 1989)
Still there were those who claimed that irrigation had retarded the town’s growth and would eventually lead to its ruination.
They told of waiting helplessly, watching crops dry up, while broken flumes were being repaired. They told of makeshift flumes and rocky ditches in which water drained [...]
Coda: Final Words on Irrigation
The old timers though were pooh-poohing any mention of Yelm’s soil being unproductive and recalling the years before the depression when blackcap berries covered the prairie, and beans grew like mad out of the rocky ground; and Jack Conner, the director of the irrigation company, was looking forward to restoring all [...]
Introduction: Edgar Prescott, a teacher at Yelm High School and a resident of the town, summarized the impact of the irrigation saga in the following section of his memoir on file at the Washington State Historical Society.
But we were thinking more in terms of a house that was sitting up on a solid foundation, one [...]
At American Lake they are preparing for 6000 men on 70,000 acres. So you see Tacoma will be booming soon. They are building 3 boats in Olympia and several more under contract. They will cost $280,000 each. I presume you’ll buy a liberty bond. “Everybody’s doing it!” The Dupont powder works is all up. Yelm [...]
“Well the Nisqually is flowing thro’ Yelm and the millenium is fast approaching, in the minds of the promoters. All prospective millionaires. They are holding land at $200 per. There is a family on the Lake place but I don’t know what arrangements Lee made with them.” (Letter from J.C. Conine April 27, 1917)
I’ll sure [...]