i i it ir ii i-t :i . i i'-v i' s -. ; . i m i i ii ii ii OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY VOL. XXXIII. 8T. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 0, 1913 NO 3. V COUNTY COURT ORDERS ROAD BOND ELECTION taxes, when payable Extract, With Reference, Irom General Laws of Orefon. SmrrioN 36H2. Taxes legally lev- lad and charged in any year shall 'be paid before the first day of April following. If the taxes against any particular rrcel of real property, or the taxes on personal property charged against any Individual, Arm, corporation or association, are not paid before said first day of April, penalties shall be charged on such taxes and added to and collect ed with the same, as follows: 1. A penalty of one per cent on all taxes paid on or after said first day of April and before the first day of May following. 2. A penalty of two per cent on all taxes paid on or after the said first day of May and before the first day of June following. 3. A penalty of three per cent on ail taxes paid on or after the said first day of June and before the first day of July following. 4. A penalty of four per cent on all taxes paid on or before the first day of July and before the first day of August following. I 6. A penalty of five pr cent on ill taxes p"id on or after the said jfirat day of August and before the first day of September following. J I'KOViDKt), that one-half of the llaxes against any particular parcel of real property, or of the taxes on personal property, charged against (any individual, firm, corporation or association may bo paid before the 'said 1st day of April, in which event the penalties specified in this "section shall apply to and be col lected with the remaining one-half t such 'axes, to be paid prior to the first day of September follow ing. All taxes remaining unpaid on the said 1st day of September shnll become delinquent. Upon all taxes so delinquent there shall be i fharged and collected a penalty of 0 per cent and interest at the rate f 12 per cent, per annum on such taxes from th day on which they became delinquent until their pay Tiient. All penalties and interest charged and collected, as provided In this section, shall be for the ben efit of the county and the municl pal incorporations or districts which may havo an Interest in any por tion of such taxes. I Scappoose Bridge Out. The severe rain storms of last .week caused the bridge across Scappoose creek to float about a mile down the stream. This waa a large structure, covered, and rest ing on concrete piers, but the wa ter in ScaP;ooso creek wss so high that the piers were inundated and thw rapidity of the water caused the bridge to go out. I The county court this week let a contract to G. W. Morris to build a temporary bridge which will be completed in ten days. In the spring a new steel bridge wili replace the old one. Much inconvenience has resulted from the bridge going out ns it shut off travel along the road between St. Helens and Scappoose, and the only way of getting from one place to the other waa by train. Miss Helen L. Anderson, teacher of the piano; several years experi ence; with Mrs. C. H. Johns, St. Helens. 3t-l-3 WHAT TAXES ARE FOR Summary o ! Levy and Amount for Various Departments We print below a summary of the tav levies for the county this year together with the amount that will be raised by these levies. A study of this list will be interesting as showing the cost of the various in stitutions of the government. The portion of the state tax to be paid by this county is far In excess of the actual expenses of the countv itself, while the schools and roads constitute the greater portion of all the taxes. His also interesting to look back less than forty years and find that in 1875 the total tax for the county iucluding state, county, school and everything else, was just $5,000, much less than it now takes for the city of 8t. Helens alone. Total valuation of Tax Koll $18,067,830.00 State Tax .00370640 66965.00 School 00170336 30776.00 Library .00002126 384.00 Indigent Sol .00001661 800.00 County .00285237 61537.59 General Road . OOC60000 171944.33 Special School 61254.71 Special Cities 1C072.10 Total ... 398.933 73 Fire Patrol, 8.487 acres, .036 per acre 297.04 Total of all $ 399,230,77 a warantpresent City of St. Hilm Pnuali Oar Fia Company with Warraat for Ona Hundrad Dollars. As a mark of appreciation for faithful services the City Council last Monday night presented to the Fire Company a city warrant for flOO. Thla money will be used by the company in securing some need ed equipment, and was a very timely gift. They Wanted to Know. A delegation of citizens of Mist waited on the county court yester day to obtain information concern ing the proposed bond issue for building roads. The delegation consisted of Casper Libel, N. D. Peterson. Antone Gerg, Peter Ban ter, W. II. Hose and Andrew John son. They spent the greater por tion of the day with the county court and every detail of the prop osition waa thoroughly discussed. K. o! P. Install Officers. At the meeting on last Tuesday evening the following officers were installed by the Knights of Pythias lodge: Je Clark. C. C. ; S. R. Son neland, V. C; Edwin Rosa, P.; M. E. Miller. M.of W.; Jaa. O'Connor, M. of A.; A. J. Deming. K. of R. and S.; C. W. Hlakesley, M. of F.; W. J. Fullerton, M.of E.: Martin White, I. G.; A. L. Stone, O. G. Anent the Road Districts. The valuation of property in the four road districts of the county is as follows, and the tax levy of nine and a half mills for road pur poses will raiso the amounts set opposite: No. Valuation Amounts- 1. $7,667,715 $72'843.27 2. 5,079.445 48.254.72 3. 3,203,115 80,429.57 4. 2.117.555 20.116.77 Total $18,067,830 $171,644.33 WILL BUILD CITY DOCK By a Vote of 2 to 1 Voters Instruct Council to Proceed The people of St. Helens have decided to build a municipal dock. Ily a vote of more than 2 to 1 the voters at the election on last Wednesday instructed the Council to build a dock at the foot of St. Helens street. The Council has already planned on a dock to be 100 by 200 feet, built out to a depth of 21 feet in front. It is planned to let a con tract for the driving of the piling and capping the same, and then the Council will do the decking and building on it by the day. No definite arrangements have been made yet, but the new council will take the matter up immediately so that work will be started soon. CIRCUIT COURT MONDAY Caaa of tha Stala . Adama, Murdar Chargad, U oa tha Dockat Crima Committad at Varnonia. The Circuit Court will convene again at St. Helens on Monday, January 19th, at which time the case of the state vs. Green Adams, charged with the murder of Robert McPherson, will be placed en trial. This alleged murder was committed at Vemonia last spring and there will be a large number of witnesses to be heard. County Attorney Dillsrd will prosecute, while George C. Brow nell. of Oregon City, will defend Mr. Adams. It is presumed that after this trial some of the other pending criminal cases will be disposed of. Pot Luck Supper. Come and bring your baskets to the M. E. church Wednesday, Jan uary 14th. The members of the aid society and congregation are requested to bring their friends. Arcade Theater. Saturday night the great moral drama, "The White Slave," in two reels. Sunday, matinee and night, the wonderful jungle picture, "Wamba, a Child of the Jungle." MIST OILLERY-ST. If . PIC' One of the new residences on the hill overlooking the Columbia river, ia the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Morton. This was one of the first houses to be built after the building started in St. Helens a few years ago dating with the advent of the saw Jd "TWENTY YEARS AGO Market wit Not Ovar-tockad with Eg f Oragon and Washington Produced Big Crop of Hop. Will Tichenor, of CUtukariie, was attending court here lust week. G. 11. Bynon and L. W. Van Dyke, of the Nehalern Journal, were in the count seat Saturday. Almost everything produced on farms an1 in gardens now sell at lower price than they have brought for many years, but eggs bring as g"od prices as they did in flush times. The market never seems to be overstocked, as there is a big de mand for them in all cities. J. Peacher, a pioneer citizen of this place, had the misfortune Sat urday morning, to fall down a stair way at the home of his daughter, near Columbia slough, and fracture his leg. Mr. Peacher is over sev enty years old and the accident is a most severe one for a person of his advanced age. His daughter, Mrs. S. A. Miles, of this place, is in at tendance at his bedside. The indications were on Monday night that the ice would be frozen to a sufficient thickness the follow ing morning to admit of skating and a number of our people who are foud of that sport made prepa rations to indulge in a good day's skating, but they were doomed to disappointment, as they awoke on Tuesday morning to find a drizzling rain prevailing. It is not well to make preparations for any fun and expect the weather to help you out. in Oregon. It is said that one-half the hops now used in the United States are grown on the Pacific coast, the bulk of them in Oregon and Wash ington. These two states have all the conditions for supporting all the hop fields in the world. It costs less to produce hops here than it does in any other country, and the soil is well adapted to them, yielding a very large number of pounds per acre. Why wouldn't it he a pretty good idea for some of our Columbia county farmers to set a portion of their farms to hops. Mr. W. A. Galbraith is wanted to get his things from Kaleva boarding house within fourteen days from today, Friday, Jan. 9. , 2-5-3t HELErt RE&1DEMCE& no,...,,. .uJ ' -a-.''xr-;'sn' s. mill in the city, and Mr. and Mrs. Morton selected a site that would command a beautiful view and one that could not be obstructed. The home of the Morton's has been the scene of many pleasant gatherings and family entertainments. TO I ffifki ELECTION TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 2nd APPORTIONMENT OF FUNDS IS THE ONLY QUESTION IN DISPUTE Petitions with over 600 names of legal voters were presented to the County Court this week praying for an election to submit the question of bonding the County for $360,000 with which to build per manent roads. The clerk checked over the names with the registra tion books and found . more than enough to call the election and the Court accordingly made an order calling a special election to vote on the question for Monday February 2nd 1914. This question is uppermost in the minds of nearly every citizen of the county at the present time. There is almost a unanimity of opinion in favor of the bonding of the county for building roads but there is con siderable dissatisfaction ever the distribution of the funds. The petitions calls for the expenditure! of $Z60,0U0 on the Kiver road; $25,000 on the Houlton-Pittsburg road; $l5,(K)0on the Mist-Clatskanie road and $60,000 on the Nehalern road. The amount of money appropria ted is deemed to be equitable and in proportion to the amount of assessable property in each district Will Build Gas Tug. Another contract was awarded the St. Helens Ship Builr ing Co. this week when Mr. Rocca, of Point Reyes, California, left orders for the construction of a gas tug, which completed is to be 64-foot long, 18-foot beam, and depth of hold 6 feet. The tug will be completed within sixty davs and when launched will be taken in tow by one of the McCormick steamers and taken to Point Reyes. With two large barges and this tug under construction almost the entire ship building crew is again busy and will continue so un til the laying of the keel in the spring for a fourth large steamer for the McCormick company. Road Supervisors Appointed. The County Court this week ap pointed Supervisors for the four road districts of the county as fol lows: District No. 1, U. S. Despain. District No. 2, Mr. Kirby. District No. 3, James Van. District No. 4. U. S. Mellinger. At the Telephone. Miss Slade, who has been em ployed by the St. Helens Telephone Co. the past year, has resigned her position here and gone to Carlton, Oregon, where she has taken charge of the Pacific States office. Miss Mildred Schultz, of Portland, is now at work in the St. Helens office. Clover Hill Farms. It is reported that E. L. Thomp son, owner of Clover Hill farms near Deer Island, has sold his prop erty there to a firm of Portland men for $100,000. The farms con sist of about 400 acres of land and many modern improvements. as the figures show that in District No 1, which is all the southern portion of the county from Deer Island to the Multnomah County line, the assessed valuation is $7, 667,715; in District No. 2 $5,079, 44s; District No 3 $3,203,112 and District No 4 $2,117,555 so that when the amounts to be expended in each district are taken into con- s sideration the apportionment teems to be fair and equitable. The County Court has employed Mr. Titus, an experienced road builder and engineer to have super vision and charge of the road build ing for the County -hlle the State Engineer of Highway Commission will have charge of the surveying and locating. The County Court will, of course, retain and have jurisdiction over all and will be the last in say so that every detail will be looked after by competent and trustworthy men. There need be no fear of any graft or favoritism. Each and every locality and community will be accorded fair treatment and the money will with out a doubt be used to the. very best advantage for every tax payer in the county. Suicide at Tillamook, i Word waa received here this week that Ben Wooley, for several years a resident of St. Helena, had com mitted suicide at Tillamook, where he, with his family was residing. We have been unable to confirm the rumor so far. Mr, Wooley will be remembered as a carpenter here for several years who worked at the mill for some time and who lived along the road to South St. Helens. He leaves a family consisting of a wife and three children. A Light Vote Cast. As the election held Sst Wednes day A. W. Mueller was elected Mayor. H. P. Watkins, Treasurer, and the following as Councilmen; J. H Cronkite, Charles Graham, N. O. Larabee and M. Saxon. For water Commissioners, U. S. Despain, A. T. Laws, H. F, Mc Cormick, H. J. Southard and A. L, Stone. The proposition of building a dock was carried 106 to 52 which means that the city will construct a dock at the foot of St. Helens St. during the summer. Not over a 25 per cent vote was cast. Clerk and AssessarTraa'e. County Assessor Blakesley has moved his office into the room ad joining the clerk's office, while Treasurer Hattan will occupy the old assessor's office for the collec tion of taxes. Stockholders Meeting. There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Columbia County Bank on Tuesday, January IS, 1914, at S o'clock p. m., for the purpose of electing directors for the ensu ing year. Wm. M. Rocs. President. - r.