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ANNl AL MEETING OF
SCHOOL HOARD TODAY
Feature of Today's Annual Meeting:
Before Election Commenced Dai Id
Bay Calls Meeting to order And Will
Soon End His T?rm Kernels of
Value In Summary Report.
School Clerk A. C. Williams today
read a splendid report of the La
Grande schools to the annual meet
ing of the school board held at the
high school building. The meeting
was called to order by Chairman Da
vid Bay, whose successor was se
lected this afternoon, and when he
calls the board to canvass the returns
tonight, he will have committed his
last official act as director of the La
Grande schools. Little business was
transacted except for the reading of
the report. In the document the fi
nancial statement is a pleasant fea
ture, but there are many other im
portant matters of interest to the pub
lic whi;i Ip told in the appended re
port: Number of pupils between 4 & 20
years of age residing district. 1369;
teachers employed, 26; number of
school houses in district, 4; number of
months school taught, 9; number of
legal voters for school purposes,
about 740; number of library books
1460; number of library books pur
chased during last year, 234; estima
ted value of school houses and
grpunds, $75,000; average monthly
salary male teachers, $90.; average
monthly salary of female teachers,
$37.; number of teachers employed in
private schools, 5; number months
private school, 9. "
Cash on hand last report June 1,
1908 ..: $1210i.Si
Received from district tax. . . 1 1U9.S8
Received from County School Fund,
Received from State 'School Fund,
Received from Tuition 270.10
Received from other sources 65.93
Paid out for teachers wages, $14553.7i
Paid out for fuel and school supplies,
Paid out for repairs, Improvements,
janitors . ... WtW
MISS ELMA BENNET DRINKS CAR
BOLIC ACID WITH FATAL
Daughter of Respected Pioneers of Elgin
Country Dies by Her Own
ELGIN, June 21. (Special) Miss
Emma Bennet, aged about 24 years,
"ieided at the home of her parents
four miles southwest of Elgin some
time Sunday morning by drinking
carbolic acid. The body was found
by -her parents yesterday morning.
Near the bed was an empty bottle of
a'u out lor interest 180G 00
Paid out for insurance ::H.:?o
Paid out for clerk 400 o.i
Paid out for other purposes. lP.ir.
Total paid out $246SS IS
Balance on hand June 21, 19ti9
BUFFALO, X. Y June 21. One of
the greatest fairs of its kind ever held
in the cou'ry opens here today un
der the nan-;, of the Buffalo Midsum
mer Exposition unit vf continue to
July 4. Three big new buildings have
been erected on the grounds and are
filled to overflowing with interesting
exhibits illustrating the commercial,
Industrial and artistic greatness of
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., June 21.
A state convention of the Oklahoma
Anti-Saloon League will begin in
Vinlta tomorrow, when plans will be
made to fight the proposed attempt
to repeal the present prohibition laws
of the state.
l.NSLWNT KILLING SEAR TORT-
LAND EARLY TODAY
( barging That Victim Stole His Wife,
Murderer Surrenders to Authori
ties. PORTLAND, June 21. R. T. Dic
kerson, a grading contractor, this
morning shot and Instantly killed H.
A. Garrett, whom he accused of ta
king his wife away from him. Dic
kerson immediately boarded' a car,
and rode to the city, where he sur
rendered himself to the sheriff.
The shooting occurred near a camp
on the Patton road, where Dickerson
was in charge of men engaged in
grading. He refused to discuss the
case, but said he fired in self de
fense. Old Pioneer Here.
E. Fisher is here today, one of the
pioneers of the county having first
Bettled near Summerville 47 years
ago and for 46 years has lived on
his farm which he took up under the
homestead laws. Mr. Fisher for many
years has called regularly at the Ob
server office to renew his subscrip
tion. carbolic acid.
The Bennets have lived in the vi
cinity of Elgin for many years, and
the untimely and self-willed death is
a shock to the many friends of the
girl. If there were any known causes
for the sad a'ct, none have been divulged.
LA GRANDE, UNION COUNTY,
mini i r
II III MILL L
TWO FORDS SOW LEALIXG
IX RACE OVER CONTINENT
Since Yesterday Afternoon Three Au
tomobiles Have Passed Through
The Yalley One Sow Far Ahead
Shawmut Car Two Honrs Ahead at
Rolse Rut Lost Time Here Leave
Summenllle One Hour Behind
Ford Xo. 1 This Afternoon.
At 3 o'clock this afternoon the
shawmut car had repaired a broken
clutch sustained at James Mckenzie
ranch near the Conley warehouses
and left Siimmerrille for Walla Walla.
The Ford car Xo. 1 overtook the
Mninmut west of Xorth Powder and
passed through Summenllle an hour
ahead of the car which until toddy
has been leading car No. 1.. The
break delayed the Shawmut 4. mln
utes. Both cars were going at a ler.
rilic speed. They are just 21 days
out of Xew York.
Automobiles, dismantled to ma'ue
the 'ieast possible weight have Keen
tearing madly across Union county
since Sunday noon, in the New-York
to Seattle Guggenheim auto race. The
Tord Car Xo. 2 Is far in the ieo. It
'.ouched the valley yesterda-' after
noon, going directly from Union to
Summerville, under piloting of L. C.
Smith. At Summerville a brief stop
was made to repair a spring and
then the race continued through the
Toll Gate road. It should reach Se
The Shawmut car left Boise two
hours In the lead of the Ford car No.
1. Mr. Smith was also pilot for the
Ford car which went through this af
at c mm
TWO HUNDRED DESCENDANTS OF
J. E. AND MARY WOODELL
Woodells in Great
A notable family reunion of one
of the honored sturdy and successful
families of this valley became a mat
ter of history yeisterday. The day
was ideal, and everything conBpired
to make the occas'on one of great
pleasure and unusual profit. The
Woodell tribe and their descendants
with many friends added laurels to
their crown and fragrance to their
names on this splendid occasion.
The place of convocation was the
Oliver Shafer grove on the Sandridge.
The family came together on Satur
day, 82 In number, and richly en-
Joyed the family occasion. Organi
zation was effected by electing Jas. L.
Woodell, pres., Mrs. Janius Woodell,
vice pres., Mrs. E. W. Oliver, sec,
Mrs. Eleza Wall, singer, historian
and Miss Isis Moss, historical secre
tary. The family encampment in the
grove was a delightful feature, as
song and story by camp fire were
Indulged In by young and old.
During Sunday forenoon a spirited
ball game was the feature, when the
Sl'.XG BY YISITORS
Town at The Wallowa Luke Makes
Extremely Pleasant Day For Ex.
curslonfsts Who Attend Crowd Not
Large, But Great In Praise of The
Treatment Accorded Them Return
at Midnight, All Tired But Happy.
Singing the praises of all Wallowa
county and more especially the hos
pitality of Joseph, the 300 who yestei
day enjoyed the .railroadmen's excur
sloh are today confiding to their
friends what was missed by not atten
ding. The weather was ideal, the
crowd was not large, and the hoa-
Ipltality of Joseph beyond descrlp
tlons. Three hundred left Ia Grande,
the same number boarded the train at
Elgin, and from then on every station
helped augment the crowds. It was h
Jolly good crowd and they had a Jolly
Accommodatons were ample. When
the train reached Joseph, It was to
find teams in great abundance to con
vey the pilgrims to the head of the
lake, or to the falls if the timid ones
were shy at the launches. But many
took to the launches and rode the
full length and more too gratis. There
was precision and organization at ev
ery turn and the crowd was moved
like to many soldiers. It was Jits;
noon when they reached their des
tination and all afternoon was devoted
to listening to the La Grande bands
popular airs, to drink the free coffee
which for "Just Tightness" was tin
excelled. The beauties of Waliown
lake were enjoyed simultaneously
with the open-hearted hospitality.
When it came to go home, the same
Numbers Form a
married men contested the single men
for family honors. The latter won.
At the noon tide about 200 people
set down to a sunituous feast, after
ward the audience gathered awl-enjoyed
an elaborate musical program
a feat in itself, where Woodell talent
was charmingly manfested.
Pastor W. 11. Gibson, of the First
Baptist church of La Grande, preach
ed an earnest sermon from Josh 2i: I V
on "Personal and Family Religion."
The attention was tense and felt. The
audience sang the "Glad Reunion"
and closed the hour with "Sweet By
The W'oodeIl family and Its pres
ent enlarging life sprang from J. E.
and Mary Woodell, who came from
Virginia in the early year;,. They
sojourned in 'owa and Miss ourl. and
reached Oregon, settling in Grande
Ronde valley In 18(:t. The generation
consisted of Mrs. Margaret German,
deceased, W. E. Woodell, deceased,
Mrs. Elizabeth Wallslnger, Joseph
Woodell, Jas. L. Woodell and J. A.
Woodell, the latter of whom was ab
sent from the annual convocation.
JUNE 21, 1S09.
systematic accommodations were on
hand and when the Joseph train ar
rived here at midnight, a happy, tlreJ
and well enterttalned lot alighted. To
a man, they affirm it was the finest
excursion ever Indulged in.
The thorough system and the nuny
thiugs supplied free of cost by the
Joseph people, will always remain as
a pleasant thought to those who went.
Many from here had no occasion to
spend a cent for everything was free I
of charge. j
The MI;....., iiaiu enH popular-1
ly attended, but those who went, found !
fishing good, and a quiet plcuic by
themselves, remote from the masses
where they communed with nature ta
the fullest extent of their wishes.
The entire affair was one solid
thing of pleasure.
I'nion Is Defeated.
Union, at the top of the percentage
column In the league, met defeat at
the hands of the Huntington ball
tossers yesterday on the Huntington
LITTLE CREDENCE IS GIVEN'
REPORT BY FRIENDS
Wall Street Suffers by Reports From
Austria Saying Railroad Chief is
NEW YORK, June 21. An uncon
firmed rumor says E. II. Harriman
died at Austria today, has created
confusion in Wall street. A sharp
break in the market followed the cir
culation of the report. Directors of
the Union Pacific and personal friends
have not received any word. Harri
man is supposed to be In Vienna to
day. The fact that friends have not heard
anything to make them fear for his
state of health, had an effect of gen
erally discrediting the minor; grow
ing into the belief that the report
was circulated to affect the market.'
Elgin Team Loses.
Cove defeated Elgin and Wallowa
defeated Joseph yestterday at Joseph.
The score of the Elgin-Cove game
was 9 to 3.
Pasture In Good Shape.
J. W. White states that feed in the
inountan at this season of the year
has not been as good before in
TO HAVE DIED
FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN RUINS
BUILDING AND ALL ITS
Property to the Extent of
JOSEPH, June 21. (Special) A
$10,000 fire Saturday night destroyed
the Joseph Mercantile building with
all Its contents. The origin of the
fire la not known.
Starting at the dead of night, the
flames 'had gained considerable head
way before being discovered, and the
Ill STOOD 10
.MORNING ( AIL RAILS
AT THE JIRY MEJ
Ycsteday Xoon The IIsagreenient In
The Famous Calhoun Trial Was A a.
nounced no Opportunity For Rich
Man to Get Into' Jail Asserts The
Edltorlul Can And Will no Doubt
be Tried Agalu on Same Charge, -
SAX FRANCISCO, June 2I.-lleucy
today presented a motion In court
asking that a second trial of P. Cal
houn, bo called tomorrow. The mo.
tlon was bitterly , contested br the
Later In the day Judge Lawlor set
uextt Monduy for the opening of the
second trial of Calhoun. The defense
announced It would present an Bill
davit supporting the allegations that
Judge Lawlor Is biased, and that Hen
ey was never legally appointed at
Assistant District Attorney.
SAN FRANCISCO. June 21.."The
Call" owned by John D. SpreckeU,
and the only morning paper here,
has printed an editorial on the action
of the Calhoun Jury In disagreeing.
The poll of the jury shows ten for
acquittal. The disagreement was an
nounced at noon yesterday.
. The Call editorial says, partly:
"The Bimple moral of the Calhoun
trial, and its outcome, is wicked. The
rich man has a better chance of get
ting into heaven than the outraged
public has or getting him Into Jail,
The fabric of law gives way under
the weight of millions. The penal
code Is not built to hold against the
pressure of the plutocrat, esp'ecially
when his crime is commlttted uooa
the public. He can be tried again
on the same charge, and ought to
be, and it is probable he will be tried
again on some of the many charges
pending against him."
Finest Program Yet.
"Probably one of the strongest com
binations that has ever come to the
Scenic will be ready for the patron
tonight" said Manager Gardiner to
day. "The Wayne & Co.." is a fine
one, and produces some splendid wiz
ard stuff. Billy Baxter the famous
comedian Is also on the program. The
line of features Is too numerous to
mention and the best way to learn, Is
to gn and see.
department devoted its energies ; to
stopping a spread. The owner hav
recently conducted an auction sale, a
fact which saved much of the stock.
But even with considerable quanti
ties of the stock disposed of lately,
there was still enough on hand to
raise the loss to 110,000.