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INDEPENDENCE, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1918
Some From. France and
One From Texas
Interesting Letters From the
Boys Who Are in the
With the Colors, April U.
Dear Sir :
This finds me at Kel
ley Field flying school. Am not
flying but am in charge of the
propellor department at the fly
ing schoof. You can see it is dif
ficult for me to stay away f om
wood working. I have been
making propellors ever inee I
came down here, that is two
weeks after arriving at San An
tonio, Texas, and I expect to
carry it on for awhile longer.
I have not received my com
mission yet, but hope to before
long. We have had a mild win
ter of it down here, a little cool
during December and January,
but not enough to be called win
ter. There is something that is
objectionable at times and that
is the dust storms.
The barracks, hangers and
shops are surrounded by flying
fieilds on all sides, and as they
just finished last fall they are
but a bed of dust, and where
there are from 100 to 1"0 planes
flying every day there is but lit
tle room for the grass tc grow.
So far I like the .work down
here fine. Of course it is a little
monotonous, as we are partially
isolated from the civil life in
I have gained 23 pounds since
I came down here and I have
been working considerably hard
er than I did in civil life.
Well, the Kaiser is hammer
ing hard, but we are going over
some of these days with several
thousand aeroplanes and take
Germany behind his back. At
any rate we are not coming
back until we have him locked
up and put out of business
whether it takes a year or ten.
How is Independence t How
are things at the High School?
I understand no manuel training
has been taught there this year.
Well, it is not the only place
where the manuel trair.mt?
teachers are in the army.
Are the Barriek boys and
Fletcher still in townt Since
coming down here have met
many O. A. C. boys, some as of
ficers, some as cadets in the fly
ing school and others in the
Corp. Theodore Ellesat.
Somewhere in France
April 10, 1918.
I was out in the country
li.e othr day They sure bil
lots of pretty country here and
farming land. It is fun to see
them farm. They have one great
large horse and one rea' small
one strung out on a plow
It looks like rain here this
morning. The boys ho were
here last summer sny this i. the
prettiest country in Frac.
I am going to fhool over here
taking a course in French. I
am learning a little and can
talk quite a conversation with
the French. Harry is not with
me now. I am on detached ser
vice but see him quite often.
How is my dog,
Another letter from the same
party, dated April 7, says ic
I think the rain is over. It
looks good. The sun is out and
the streets are drying up but it
takes a long time for them to
dry. They are not like ours.
They are very narrow and very
rough. They have no smooth
pavement. It is made of ro ks
laid side by side. The buil lings
are not high, mostly two stories.
I have not seen Lee Jordin for
three months. I hear fron
Harry S. and lots of the boys
and they don't say anything
about any of the boys being :!,
so I guess everybody is 0. k.
The following letter has beer,
handed the Monitor bv one of its
Camp Greene, Charlotte, X. C.
April 7, 1918.
I am getting along fine. 1
made sergeant the first of April
and will' be getting my sergeant
warrant on a few days and will
send it to you as soon as I get it.
The Fourth Division paraded in
Charlotte yesterday at I iberty
Day celebration. The Fourth
Engineers marched right after the
It started to rain here today.
In this country the sun will be out
so hot one can hardly stand the
heat and in five minutes it will
cloud and rain.
We are about one hundred miles
from the coast Three cf we
boys hired an auto and went out to
Myers Park, Electric Park and
the Country Club. They have fine
building? mostly built of brick.
Of 0. A. C.
Makes Eloquent Plaa for
W. J. Kerr, president oi the
Oregon Agricultural College, de
livered one of the most interest
ing and instructive addresses
ever beard in this city along t ho
line of the necessity for conser
vation of our food supplies in
order to be able to feed (he
armies of the Allies and their
He quoted facts and figures
that proved beyond a doubt that
every ounce of food conserved
would find ready use an.l ur
gent need on foreign soil. 1 lis
address was a masterpiece and
one that every citizen sh uld
It has not yet been- brought
home to us the actual need that
is confronting us, and the facts
that "Food will win the war."
is becoming more evident every
MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY,
Prof. Patterson of .Eugene .Will
Have Charge of the Services
at Christian Church
A morning sermon on M other's
Day, Sunday, May 12, at the
Christian church has been ar
ranged and Prof. Patterson of Eu
gene will deliver the morning talk.
We understand Mr, Patterson is a
Urood speaker and is aprcciated
wherever he is called.
Two Pleasant Entertainments are
Promised the People Here
the Coming Week
Miss Mary F. Irvine of Aibany,
is one of the best musicians who
comes to our city, and the an
nouncement that she will give two
musical eventsnext week are very
pleasing to th music loving com
munity. On Satuday night, May 11, she
has secured the Isis tneatre for a
May Pole dance and under her di
rection a pupils recital will be giv
en tliH following afternoon -it the
Mrs. Joanna Heard of Albany,
who has a beautiful voice of ex
cellent training and range, will
sing as a part of the entertain
War Saving Plan to be
First Effort- Made
Ladies Clubs Organizing Nader
the Council of Defense
Plan in Independence
Mrs. Winnie Itraden, County
Chairman of the Woman's
Council of Defense of l'olk coun
ty, met with the different club
and lodge presidents in inde
pendence the first of the week
and took up with them the mat
ter of perfecting a ladies ruxil
iary to the Woman's Council of
Defense. Mrs. 1?. F. Swope of
the local council called together
Mrs. O. A. Kreamer of tbe Py
thian Sisters, Mrs. Geo. W. Con
key of t lie school board, Mrs
W. J. Clark of tlte Prent
Teachers Association, Mrs. Car
bray of the Camp Fire Girls
Mrs. Mattison of the Presbyter
ian Needlecraft Society, Mrs. O.
D. Butler ,vice president of the
County Council, to plan fur a
further organization of all clubs
at a Tater date. Saturday was
selected and every club of the
city was to be included in the
permanent organization plan.
The men's council and the
women's council are to co-operate
and work together so as to
eliminate all duplication of
work and the woniens clubn
will take over all the activities
of the women in this national
The first work the clubs plan
doing is to organize into a war
saving society all aid societies,
fraternities, Red Cross organiza
tions and all clubs of every im
ture having ten or more people
LADIES TAKE NOTICE
Independence Branch Red Cross
Has Received Shipment
The Independnce Hranch of the
Red Cross has received tiite a
shipment of material and it is de
sired that as many ladies as pos
sible do work at tin; lied Cross
Speiial days for all an: Tuesday
nun Friday of each week Come
and do your bit.
Another bright link is added to
memory's golden chain forever to
remain untarnished, by the death
of my faithful old friend, John
For forty years or more he was
the same staunch friend, always
wearing a smile of the best wel
come when we met at his borne,
and now he's gone, and the circle
of living old friends is getting
very small. For over forty years
they have been passing away
the the pioneers of Oregon one
by one, and I am still left to con
tribute to their faithful memories.
I'll miss the friend at the dear old
home that has been there so long.
Clubbing Offer: Two for Price of One
In order to place the Monitor on a sir'ctly Cash in Advance sys
tem, we have decided to club our two papers for a limited time at the price
of one. Two weekly papers for $ 1 .50
A home paptr with County News A strictly boys' and girls' newspaper
Regular Price Regular Price
luit even in death thou wilt live
for the boy of thy heart of years j
ago Francis' is still here to make
the goldu circl complete. Ami
now to thee, once more.dear old
frieud, I'll bid a last adieu, ami
the flowers of Oregon spring time
are here tq,deek thy grave fitdng
emblems of a good, treu and faith
ful life to country and to friends.,
ind on thy tomb should be en
"Faithful to Country and to
Frinds. lie Sought for thv Right
and Won "
Albert O. Yates
CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REG
Pay Bills, Elect a New Marshall,
Accept Proposition for Va-
The city council met in regular
session Wednesday evening with
Mix, Damon, W. H. Craven, Bo
hannon, H. F. Swope, recorder,
and A. J. Tupper, marshall, pres
ent. Minutes of last meeting read
and aproved, allowing petition to
vacate F street as petitioned by
the Oregon Milling Compauy, al
lowed. Oddinanee introduced vacating
street as proposed, but laid over
for a larger attendance of council.
Claims allowed as follows :
Jas. P. Morgan, for labor $ l.,r()
Al Obersou for labor 80.00
M Graves for gravel 1.90
A. J. Tupper, salary and
Oregon Power Co., light,
It. F. Swope, recorder fees 7, GO
Resignation of A. J, Tupper as
city marshall read and accepted
and application of Frank Arrell
for marshal was received and he
was elected until January 1, 191!),
at. !f'(i5 per month.
Th scout of Wnlaejr, 8, D., aid oil an
lDTBlid wnrann by rarrjing fuel ami
water and doing chores about the
house, and hav often wheeled her to
The acouta In Conyers, Ga., put a
War Saving atamp display ad lu tlm
paper and have told several thoiiMsil
In Waterbury, Conn., the Rotary cltitj
furnished 60 auto trucki, and 240 boy
acouta collected pllea of books aet out
for the army campa.
Teat of Man.
The test of a man la In what he la
able to do. Rhinestones sparkle, but
they don't cut glaaa. Milwaukee
HARRY LAUDER'S ADVICE
Harry Lauder la being aertout these, dayi. The famoua Scotch romt'dlan
Is subordinating his comedy to the all-embracing demands of war. Along with
hie work for hi Injured Soldier' fund and the Y. M. C. A., Lauder la making
an earnest apical to Americana to prepare for the next Liberty Loan. Uvueral
8ubHcrl)tlon ia the theme of Lauder's message. Here la what he aava:
Liberty is the dearest word la any language. It la the thing the
Ormans are fighting to Uko away. It la the one big thing we muat fight
What have you done to help win the war? What are you doing to
Every Sunday 600,000 Oermani 111 the (Jolted Btatea sing aongH of
pulling the trigger; tbey are talking of you of the United States. What
are you doing to do about them?
Right now our answer muit be- BUY LIBERTY HONDS! We hiifi
given that answer once, twice already. Rut we mutt make It agiilu and
attain aa need la. We muat turn our dollars Into allver bulUita rbai
the way we can become shareholder In the Dank of Humanity Our oart
la to provide the wherewithal, since we can't do what the boys out tberf
Hack in France I taw battalions of young fighters marching along and
chanting a song any old song right Into the mouth of death. Th y knew
where the were going. They were fighting to save LIBERTY. A.nd they
are railing on you to help them, you bark here.
Our part It easy compared with theirs but It it OUR PART and it
must be done. Put your money Into liberty support. Sign up as share
holders Id humanity' bank.
All Independence Stores
Give Stamp Discount
Thrift Stamp Day Monday, May
6, and Special Offers Made
To stimulate the sale of Thrift
Stamps and help win the war
the merchants and business men
made au agreement to give a five
per cent discount on all goods
purchased at their stores Mon
day, May t, which discount is to
be in the nature of Thrift
Stamps presented with the pay
ment for the goods purchased.
Monday is National Thrift
Stamp day over the whole of
the United States in accordance
with a plan adopted by the Na
tional. War Savings Committee.
The government has asked by
circular bulletin that every busi
ness man in the Pnited States
work for the sale of stamps on
this day, and the Independence
stores decided that they would
help to impress the idea on the
public by making a discount on
every article purchased from
them on that day.
It is also suggested that in
making change that every per
son take at least 2.i cents of their
change in Thrift Stamps, thus
helping this world movement for
the Buccess of the war.
Oregon must do her part.
Oregon always goes over the
top. Polk county must help and
our hoys call on our people to
see that Polk does her share.
K. OF P. HAVb VISITORS
Grand Chancellor Leslie K.
Crouch, Grand Keeper of Record
and Seals Walter fl. Glcason and
I'M M. Lane of Ivanboe Lodge, No.
1, Portland came up Monday
evening to help put on the Third
rank in the local lodge ball.
Brother Lance took the leading
place and Profilers Glceson and
The Western Youth
Crouch did their part.
The teams from Dallas. S.iletn
and Silverton filled in and the best
work ever seen in Homer Lunge
was put on by the combination
After listening to a fine patri
otic lecture by the Chancellor Com
mander and listening to re
marks from others, a banquet was
served of a war nut tire and all re
ported the evening one of picas
tire and profit.
Those present were: T. E. Wil
son, Floyd 1. Moore, .1. A. Lynch.
('has. Lynne, W. ?.. Halloway
Fred It. West, Doc Patterson. H. C.
Virgil, Geo. Gohrke and V. C.
Schaefer of Dallas; S. K. Sicgm un
der of Mitchell; Virgil F. Hack
lfinan of Albany;; (Jeo. C. Will, M.
H. Poguc, W. (1. Kigdon and Chan
cellor Commander Anderson of
Salem; Verne F. Compton, A. L.
Davis, J. K. Wood, George C'.iter,
A. L. Kobenolt, J. W. Uyett, U. M
lleald, L. C. F.astman, (. P.
Itlnkcley, G. R. Moser and 11 1;'
Drown of Silverton; F,d M. Lance,
Walter G. Glceson and Leslie K.
Crouch of Portland.
The hall was crowded to its full
capacity and the evening was one
long to be remembered by the
Sunday, at 2:30 for Boy
Dying in France
Memorial Service at Rickrall for
Soldier Who Dies in France
A telegraphic report received at
Kickrcall April ;H), announced the
death of Private Itenjamin J. Hill
in France from cebro spinal men
ingitis on April 25.
Mr. Hill was a member of Com
puny L and is the first Polk coun
ty boy to die in France, lie was -(
years of age and a son of Mr.
and Mrs. A. Hill of Kickrcall
Plans have been perfected ior a
big memorial service at the grove
in Kickrcall, Sunday afternoon
at 2:110 o'clock, in his honor
Governor Witliycoinhe and D, V.
Poling were invited to be pre
cut and participate in the exor.-ists
and have accepted the invitation
The Dallas hand will furnish music
and it is to be made a county mem
Death brings its realization of
the grimiicss of this cruel war hut
the determination to win for !cin
'x-rney and justice is not dimmed
by the awful toll that will come to
is, anil every soldier that gives his
life for his country makes for hi
oinunily a life sacrificed for free
loin a home saddened that' liberty
'nay live ami flourish in America.
A GOLD Oi PDRTUNITY
A Good Man ia Available for Polk
County as Agricultural
l'p in Malheur county one of our
best investments is a county agri
cultural Agent. There are several
l iases of County Agricultural
Agents and we have seen some that
hbould be clerking in a penny
store hut there are good men avail
able if you can get them.
It has come to us that A. K
Chase, county agent of Wasco
eonnty, could he induced to conn
to Polk county, This man is one
of the best men of the class in the
state and would be a big asset to
i be county.
He is reegnized for his boys and
girls club work and at the pieseiit
time when conservation, increased
production and the winning ol this
iciit war is everyone's main en
deavor such a man us Mr. Chase
would be a valuable addition to
our county frees.
We would like to see a little ef
fort made to see if our county
rourt would not investigate this
The Senatorial Situation
and Pres. Wilson
Supporting the President in all
Measures, State the Dem
ocrats West, has constituted himself the
Presidential Democrat of Oregon,
but if we remember correctly when
President Wilson was in a little
difficulty with our George Brother
West telegraphed to Chaiub-rlain
congratulating him on his staud.
Was this supporting the president!
If you will remember loading
Democrats over the state took the
presidential view and were bitter .
in their accusations against Cham
berlain but how about Westf
Due of the closest men to Wilson
in Oregon is Will Ii. King. He has
come out for the Democratic nom
ination. He is a president Wilson
man. lie helped carry the West
for Wilson in his first campaign.
He was rewarded for his efforts hy
a position of importance and has
his headquarters at Washington,
McNary, the Republican iucum
hent, has not always stood with
Wilson. In fact on one occasion ha
stood with La Follette and when
the senate was acting on 11. R.
I2f() to finance the .war, La Fol
lette made a dozen attempts to de
feat the measure hy amendments
aud substitutions aud eleven times
McNary followed La Follette's
leadership and voted with him.
La Follette has issued a statement
showing the roll call on his pro
gram and the name of McNary ap
pears with that of La Follette in
every roll call as above stated, with
tlie exception of one. Others of the
fifteen or more who followed La
Follette's lead were nut of the
Presidential supporters and this
was a particular measure support
ed niil favored by tho president,
and which La Follette was at
tempting to defeat.
President Wilson has frequent
ly recommended that men be re
tained of the opposite party when
they were supporting him in his
measures of war policy,, but
no word has come from Wash
ington asking the people to sup
port McNary in preference to
Stan field. No wbrd has come from
Washington asking tho Democrats
to vote for West.. The White
House has been as silent as the
tomb, which is the usual pi 1 icy
where the man who is out for of
fice cannot be depended on. '
Stanl'icld and King are both men
of character and foicc. I do not
believe either would follow a Paci
fist like La Follette. I believe
both would be satisfactory to
President Wilson. Wilson wants
big men, men of action and en
ergy, who think in million and
run see a financial benefit that
requires big brains to see it.
Stanfield offered his entire wool
e'ip at prevailing prices to the
government before he had de
cided to make the race for U. S.
senator. He did not dispose of his
holdings to middle men and specu
lators but kept a part of his clips
in his own possession that a supply
could be had when needed hy the
government. He realized that hy
holding he might be subject to reg.
illation and that his full supply
might be conscripted but he was
public spirited enough to hold in
face of these facts, that a good
quantity could be delivered in an
emergency. This is not profiteer
ing. Profiteering is holding for
profit and with the idea of hord-'
ing the supply.
Co. "B" Home Defense Guard
of Itueiia Vista tact again last Sat
urday evening aud received their
first few instructions in military
taetics such as forming, roll call,
saluting and other preliminary
duties. Hereafter they will meet
Friday evenings at 7 :30 P. M.