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Yellen Versus Imperial Irrigation District Collection
MSS 0677  
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UNITED STATES VS. IMPERIAL IRRIGRATION DISTRICT

box 1, folder 1

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings For Purposes of Appeal, Part 1, December 1, 1970

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Contains testimony including an extensive description of evidence admitted as exhibits, as well as objections to that evidence. Witnesses included: 1) Arleigh B. West, a long-time Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) employee and then assistant to the Commissioner, and 2) Edward Weinberg, attorney and twenty-five year veteran of the Bureau, who rose to become solicitor of the Department of Interior until his resignation in 1969. Both men discussed reclamation law and the history of the Bureau's administrative practice in regard to the land limitiation issue as applied in the Imperial Valley.
box 1, folder 2

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings For Purposes of Appeal, Part 2, December 2, 1970

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Contains the cross-examination of former Solicitor Weinberg. New witnesses included: 1) Assistant Commissioner Gilbert G. Stamm, a twenty-four year employee of the Bureau, 2) Theordore Bender Shank, an Imperial Valley farmer since 1904 who owned 900 acres and testified he was unaware of any size limitation, and 3) Robert F. Carter, general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District.
box 1, folder 3

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings For Purposes of Appeal, Part 3, December 3, 1970

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Contains additional direct and cross-examination of Mr. Carter of the Imperial Irrigation District and a short re-cross-examination of Edward Weinberg. A series of Imperial Valley landowners, all of whom owned more than 160 acres of land, then testified including: Robert C. Brown, Stephen Henry Elmore, John Kubler, Jr., Charles E. Nilson, Clara Marie Gutierrez, Harold Anderson Brockman, and John M. Bryant. Plaintiffs presented two rebuttal witnesses: 1) John R. Riter, a retired Bureau engineer, who testified to the various benefits landowners derived from the federal projects, and 2) Edmund Barbour, economist and twenty-year veteran Bureau employee, who also testified about the economic benefits of the project.
 

YELLEN VS. SECRETARY OF INTERIOR

box 1, folder 4

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings For Purposes of Appeal, Part 1, March 20, 1972

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Contains the official transcript of a pre-trial proceeding in which the Imperial Valley landowners successfully sought to intervene in the case so their viewpoint would be represented. Also includes Government arguments to postpone the proceedings pending appeal of the 160-acre case then before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a request that Judge Murray reconsider an earlier partial summary judgment decision he had made.
box 1, folder 5

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings For Purposes of Appeal, Part 2, April 25-26, 1972

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Contains the beginning of trial testimony including six witnesses: 1) Ted B. Talbert, county supervisor of the Farmers Home Administration of Imperial and San Diego counties, who discussed the various federal loan programs available to small farmers, 2) Maurice N. Langley, chief of the Division of Water and Land in the Bureau's Commissioner's Office, and 3) Frank Barry, former solicitor with the Department of Interior, and three Imperial Valley farmer-landowners who were non-residents and who would be affected by the court's decision. These included William L. Jacobs, Donald Cox, and Frank Hertzberg.
box 1, folder 6

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings For Purposes of Appeal, Part 3, April 26, 1972

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Contains the testimony of two witnesses: 1) Robert F. Carter, general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District, and 2) William W. Wood, an agricultural economist with expertise in land use, markets and planning, who testified that enforcement of the residency requirement in the Imperial Valley would lower the price of land as well as the tax base.
box 1, folder 7

Deposition of William E. Young, Sr

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Supplemental file containing the sworn deposition of a long-time Imperial Valley farmer and landowner who was no longer a resident but whose land was still receiving federal water benefits.