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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - January 25, 1911, Oakland, California Annual number Oakland Tribune january 19u county of plenty by Marguerite Hunt i 4olano stands Forth today As the county of is wealth and of plenty. The years which have i passed bringing to the notice of the world i the world of Northern California have done much for this Fertile Section the years to pome will do More for the resources of so Lano Are still hardly realized. Diversified As Are the industries within her Borders the possibilities of Solano Are still in their childhood giving Promise of a Golden maturity in the Days to come. Located As she is within one of the two great valleys of Cali Valley of the her us of Rio Vista dating its history Back to tons of Salmon from the canneries of Bio Vista in Cherry Orchards near Vacaville Calif. Per climate her wonderfully fruitful soil her easy Access to the markets of both the East and the West through her excellent transportation facilities it seems that Sere indeed Mother nature has poured out her richest stores leaving to the hand of Man Only the completion of her wondrous work. Size and wealth. On o s the total output shipped including the a titles of vegetables which flourish m this estimated a per annul. Richest Orchards in California. S the Richness of the California soil became known the land was cultivated for products than great a Hart been the Revenue yielded by the latter and Solano gained Fame for her deciduous fruits a Fame which spread across the continent t for it is from the Rich fruit valleys of old Solano that the first California fruits Are shipped to the East each year. Five fruit Green Suisun Lagoon. Vaca and pleasant valleys include an area from two to eight Miles in Width and from twelve to fifteen Miles if length and yield the princely Revenue of Over five million dollars annually. The largest Orchards m the state Are found their confines and from one Cherry Orchard of 125 acres in the named Valley said to be the largest Cherry Orchard in the the first Box of this fruit shipped East from California in a year has been placed upon the trains As Early As january. This Orchard recently yielded 23.000 ten Pound boxes of cherries in one sea son at a net profit to the owner of per Box. Other or chartists throughout the fruit Belt of the county have been no less fortunate Solano is probably Best known for her deciduous fruits but it must not be supposed that she is lacking in Citrus fruits also for on her More than a million Trees with fruit ripening every month of the year Are to be found apples apricots cherries Tirb olives peaches pears prunes almonds and walnuts Orange Groves an area of Over fifty acres and experience has shown that the conditions for growing this fruit and other of the same variety generally thought of in connection a clime Are excellent the results being fully As Good of can be found m the Southern part of California. One of the great advantages of raising fruit m this Section is the fact that a Market is easily for it whether it is fresh dried or canned. And in what Ever form it is placed on the Market it Means labor to prepare it and labor in this Case Means employ ment for thousands of people during the fruit season particular attention if paid to dried fruit in the Vicin Ity of Suinn the yearly shipment from this Point in connection with the shipment of almonds amounting to one million dollars. Al yearns Wix ekies. Ess than six Hundred thousand acres stretch line Down from the coast Range of Foothills on the West and washed by the Waters of the Sacramento River and Suisun Bay on the East and South comprises Solano county. Part of the territory yet awaits the coming of the Hora seeker and the cultivator and yet tha aggregate wealth of the county exceeds the 30 million Dollar Mark while the percentage of Mort gages is probably lower than that of any other county of its size in the state. Financially Solano stands today As one of the strongest counties in California. Could More be asked Money in Grain. N the Early Days of California when the in flux of Gold seekers was followed by those who sought permanent Homes the growth of wheat promised to give to the latter the wealth which the pioneers dug from the ground and Solann county like Many others was cultivated ror the production of the Ricoli Grain. In the northeastern and Central sections today Grain continues to be the chief product and through out the Rich Montezuma Hills District is now produced the Best milling wheat to be found in this state. Fifty thousand tons of wheat is the yearly output from this Section alone while the total amount of Grain sent out from Solano county each year is More than three times this amount washed on the East and South by the Waters of the Sacramento River and Nisun As has been said and penetrated Well into the Interior by two navigable sloughs the transportation of her Grain is an easy matter and the thriving Little town while Solano w county is famous for her deciduous fruits no Small amount of Terri tory is devoted to vineyards a conservative estimate of the number of acres used for this purpose being placed at s200. One thousand acres of vineyards lie in the Vicinity of the Little town of Cordelia making the big wineries of this place one of the interesting and prof Itable industries of the county. The grapes grown Here represent j120.000 annually and the three big wineries with their Capa City of Gallons rapidly convert the fruit into Trine. Two Hundred and fifty carloads of grapes Are brought to the wineries each Yea a addition to the Supply from the local territory. Ibis Cut shows the Green Valley water Falls owned the City of Valejo source of a Uejo s water sup ply. By Only a Railroad track. This building is now in course of erection and will be one of the finest in this Section of the state fifty thousand dollars is also available for the erection of a Branch county Jai at Vallejo the site for which will be purchased within the next few weeks at an approximate Cost of Twenty thousand dollars. Government plants. Olano is fortunate m having located within her territory no less than three government plants for no paying Teller is hotter than Uncle Sam and in this nip it a Money that talks. Greatest of these u the Mare Island Navy 1 urd Auu Magazine Buu Aiudi across the Strait s from Vallejo while at Benicia is located the government Arsenal Headquarters for army ordnance work on the Pacific with a pay Roll South in the dry Dock at Mare Island. Dairies a rotund Dixon. Solano county s court House now being 3 ,.vo or Felt at Fairfield. N the Vicinity of Cordelia or Green Valley ass k a or a expense and for the operations of Many industries represented the erection of a be courthouse county seat separated fro Trust continued on next Page of gift of from to annually. The Benicia Bart polio am the. For the Siena ferns two companies being stationed there and contributing materially to the business Llop of the town while Benicia s Many tanneries her shipbuilding cards and her great agricultural works the latter covering Many acres Are a. Source of Large Revenue. Over two Millton Sacii year. T is at the Marp Island Navy Yard however that the greatest Industry of Solano county 15 to be found. Founded fifty five years ago the Mare Island Navy Yard has become the great naval base on the Pacific and with the opening of the Panama canal and the eventual maintenance of a battleship Fleet on this coast is destined to Plaj a prominent part in the history of the nation during the years to come. The fact that Mare Island will be the nearest government Navy Yard for the ships of the american Navy when they enter the Pacific from the Panama canal and her close proximity to a great Supply this Yard the logical Point for the great naval base which must be maintained on this coast if our supremacy in the Pacific is to be protected and the which has already been spent by the government in the Superb equipment of the Yard will be augmented during the next few years by Large appropriations for her further development including Money necessary for the dredging of the Mare Island Channel and the deepening of the approach thereto through san Pablo latter a piece of work Winch is necessary not for the accommodation of the ships of our did not the Missouri demonstrate to the world during the visit of the battleship Fleet in 1908, that she could go to the Quay Wall at Mare Island with ease in that navigation for the vessels which ply up and Down the Sacramento River May be improved. There is an old saying in time of peace prepare for and both history and experience during the Spanish american War teach that it is necessary to maintain efficient forces at the government Navy Yards at All times if the government is to be prepared for any emergency which May arise. Governmental shipbuilding is therefore a necessity and with the record which Mare Island has already made there is no doubt that As the naval base on the Pacific coast she will not water front Solano county Cal j

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