Smith, W.L. (Walter)

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    -Mr. Smith is a prominent Chandler rancher.

    He has purchased 50 Poland China Shoats from Mr. Wing of Lehi.  The plan is to feed them milo maize, and expects to net ten cents per pound.  (Chandler Arizonan 8/23/1912)

    -Mr. Smith is planting a small orchard of fruit.  (Chandler Arizonan 3/14/1913)

    -Mr. Smith and Thomas R. Jones have leased 40 acres from J.R. Halstead north of town.  Each man has 40 acres already, but will use this land for dairying.  They will buy a few cows to get started.  (Chandler Arizonan 4/25/1913)

    -Mr. Smith owns 80 acres of land, and the land is on that road that first leads east on Arizona Blvd., and is near a little bridge that crosses the government ditch which runs beside his farm.

    With little water, he cleared 30 acres of sage brush a bit more than a year ago, and will receive about $2,000 for his crop.  His total expenditure was about $100.

    His barley crop reaches between 3.5 to 5 feet tall.

    When he started clearing his land last fall, he was told he wouldn't get more than 15 sacks to the acre.  He decided to keep deep plowing, because it would hold the water in the ground better.  He has used one-half an acre foot of water at the cost of 30 cents per acre.

    Before planting in December, he gave the ground a thorough irrigation, and a second one on March 15th, and the last one on April 3rd.  He decided to plant in December so that the roots would grow deeper in the ground.  It ended up taking a few months for it to make progress above ground.

    The seed cost was $1.25 per acre, and the a $1.00 for planting per acre.

    The barley will be ready for the market on June 1st.

    The stand runs thirty sacks to the acre, or an average of 3,500 pounds per acre for a total of 105,000 pounds.  The grain is selling for $1.50 per cwt, but is using most of the crop for the seeds which pays $2.00 per cwt.  He will get about $2,000 for the crop.  (Chandler Arizonan 5/2/1913)

    -Mr. Smith and Thomas Jones are putting up a fine crop of hay on their 40 acre tract leased from J.R. Halstead.  (Chandler Arizonan 5/16/1913)

    -Mr. Smith is planning a trip to Santa Maria, California in July.  (Chandler Arizonan 6/13/1913)

    -Mr. Smith's barley is on display at the offices of the Chandler Improvement Company.  The barley was grown on raw land, and received little water.  It was raised mostly by cultivation.  (Chandler Arizonan 7/4/1913)

    -Mr. Smith has written from Santa Maria, California, where he is spending a month, that he is having a good time.  He is looking for news on Chandler, and is looking forward to coming back.  (Chandler Arizonan 8/8/1913)


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