THE COURT SESSION
After a few preliminaries, Judge A. C.
Hatch, acting attorney for the Provo Reservoir Company, stood up and introduced the first
article, explaining the change they desired in the proposed decree.
It was then that words flew. My attorneys were both upon their feet objecting to the proposal of Attorney A. C. Hatch
Joseph R. Murdock could not hold his seat and he stood upon his feet and plead with Judge C. W. Morse to grant the request of the Attorney A. C. Hatch. He said, "These things have all been agreed to by the people of Wasatch County." He pointed to me and said, "I have the signature of this man to those agreements."
My attorneys told the judge that Murdock was lying and had no signed papers or agreements and that those resolutions were being introduced without the knowledge of the people of Wasatch County.
The judge sustained our objections. Morning Session was adjourned.
There were some angry men in the room. Galeb Tanner, a one time water commissioner of the State of Utah, but then an advisor to Joseph R. Murdock stepped over to me and said, "Winterton, you are the biggest water hog I ever saw, but we are going to fight you to a finish. We are going to have that water."
I replied, "You are going to hell first."
The new attorney which the Charleston Irrigation Company hired to protect their interests, sat in silence, not understanding what the trouble was all about. He was watching over one of President Murdocks pet schemes intended to pacify J. M. Ritchie and Harry Watson so they would not get acquainted with his big scheme.
We Charleston men all went home happy, feeling we had won a victory and thinking the water troubles were all settled. No one had objected to Ritchie and Watson having their water delivered at the end of the ditch with no loss.
The decree of the court was signed by Judge C. W. Morse, dated May 2, 1921. But still more trouble!
(AN ADDITIONAL EXPLANATION)
It is very easy to understand that Joseph R.
Murdock, President of Provo Reservoir Co. desired that all Provo Reservoir rights have a
priority over all rights in the Wasatch Division except 1st class rights.
Through some scheme, without apparent opposition, he had succeeded in getting approval for 50 second feet of Class A water in the Provo Division. This was because of their Blue Cliff claim to the Pony Steele Springs, approximately not more than 5 or 6 feet.
It is now very clear why he wanted the Class A rights
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