VOL. I. NO. 8 CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1909 PRICE FIVE CENTS To Select the Best City Candidates The public meeting called for half past seven o'clock tomorrow evening at the "court house has no' political signifi cance, the object being to ascertain public opinion on the subject of select ing the best men for the various city offices at the municipal election next Monday. This is a matter that should appeal to every voter, irrespective of party, I for that line has not yet been drawn in i naming city candidates, it being rather ; the desire of all good citizens to elect i men "who are the best' qualified to ad- minister the affairs of the municipality, j Then let all turn out tomorrow night : and express their opinion. The result should be the selection of men upon whom all the voters can agree and who will be an honor and credit to Corvallis. Next Tuesday night, My 18, St. . Mary's Chapter No. 9, Order Eastern Star will hold a special communication for the purpose of initiatory work. All officers and members are requested to be present. Social Session of Ladies' Auxiliary The Ladies' Auxiliary to the Com mercial Club 'has made all arrange ments for a delightful social session to be held tomorrow evening at the club rooms. Mrs. W. J. Kerr will be the hostess of the evening and there will be an en taining program consisting of a double quartet; reading by Mrs. Lewis; solo by Miss Lulu Spanger and a short talk on the question of a public library by Mrs. Kidder. . This social session is not only for the Auxiliary but also for all club members and their families and the ladies hope there will be a large attendance. ; Miss Margaret Snell, who has just re turned from a trip to California, will address the members of the Ladies' Auxiliary at the Commercial Club rooms tomorrow afternoon at four o'clock. Mrs. Dick Kiger will be the hostess and the ladies will be pleased to welcome all comers between two and six o'clock. t CITY BUSINESS REGULAR MEETING LAST NIGHT WAS WELL ATTENDED NEW FIRE HOSE ORDERED Adjourned Meeting Will Be Held Thurs day Night to Consider "Common Usage" Clause in the Willamette Valley & Coast Ry. Franchise. We are celebrating OUR CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY A 99 years ahead of time: This shows up-to-dateness , on our part and guarantees our customers against the Saturday morning . Sold Saturday . . . Unsold Monday . . 800 suits 23 suits 777 suits 777 Suits to Pick From At - The city council met in regular ses sion last night with Mayor George E Lilly presiding and all members present except J. B. Irvine. , A. J. Johnson, president of the Com mercial Club addressed the council i behalf of the booster committee asking for the free use of the city building i Madison street tor publicity purposes and he was followed by George A, Waggoner and E. R. Bryson who also favored the plan. The request was granted for one year, provided suitable arrangements could be made with the lessees at no expense to the city. The committee appointed to confer with the water commission on the ad justment of rates reported that the water commission was willing to let the master rest until money should be heed ed: ; , .- Ihe street committee and superin tendent of streets reported . that the sidewalks had been condemned as pro- vided for in ordinance No. 265, abutting certain property on the east side . of Second street north of Adams street.. The sewer in block 3 was reported to .yenjishe Per Pick. The Picking is Still Good We are having such a good time giving away our suits at $15 and it is giving our patrons and our competitors so much genuine pleasure, that we will continue the offer indefinitely. Our health is rapidly improving, however, and as we are not in, business . altogether for health and. pleasure, this phenomenal offer is apt to be discontinued any day. If you want to save money on a suit of clothes you had better hurry. Come join the merry throng, laugh, be happy, and save money " ' First Band Concert Success at Albany Albany, May 11, (Special to the Ga zette). The O AC Military Band played its opeuing engagement of the Willam ette Valley tour at the Albany Opera house last night The performance was a very creditable one and, although the audience was not as large as was ex pected,, the concert was' a decided suc cess.' Every number was rendered in a manner that showed the careful train ing administered by Conductor Beard, and the real ability possessed by each member. In fact, the entire perform ance showed an improvement over the concert given in Corvallis last month. ' The solo numbers all receiven hearty encores, and each responded with a number that delighted the audience. Woodcock and Luper played the same numbers as at Corvallis. Mrs. Gaskins sang "Carmena" and responded with Swanee River" with band arrange ment by Prof. Beard. Prof. Gaskins Was present and stated from a critical standpoint that the con cert was a success. He was well pleased with the performance and as sured Prof. Beard that the concert was good enough for any audience. The boys are in good spirits and ev erything points to a successful trip. CORVALLIS AND BENTON COUNTY NOW MAKING RAPID S DES RICH LANDS ATTRACTING MANY INTELLIGENT SETTLERS' Fruit Growing Is Becoming a Prominent and Popular Industry and Small Farms for Intensive Cultivation Are Being Secured by Homeseekers Who Are Locating Here for the Advantages Offered OAC ba Great Factor in Helping to Develop the Country.-' Deffry Company i Makes Good A fair-sized audience turned out to see the Deffry company last night and doubtless the attendance will be larger from now on. There is no doubt about the talent of this company made up of fivs artists.1 The play is a very diffi cult one to handle and in the hands of mediocre actors would be maudling sen timentality ; and " cumbersome " talky scenes. ' The ' Deffry Company, how ever, got away, with it to perfection, infusing life.. and "sparkle into a some what "old fashioned' play. : Josephine Pffry,.of- course,' takes the big . role TOGGER.Y CORVALLIS, - OREGON manner. Permission was given the M. E, Church to lay a ten-foot cement walk on the corner of Fourth and Madison streets. The matter of opening an alleyway in block 38, Moore & Newhouse Addi tion, was decided to be a question affecting the property owners and not the city. Permission was given H. W. Kau pisch to use certain ground for the erection of an ice storage plant and the application of August Fischer to' con struct a pole line to connect his elec tric plant 'with his property on First street was referred to the fire, light and water committee with power to act. The purchase of 600 feet of Xeystone hose at $1 per foot was recommended and an ordinance was ordered drawn giving authority to issue the necessary warrant in payment of same. A cement sidewalk was ordered con structed on Fourth street, on the west side of the City Hall, and instructions were issued to condemn the sidewalk on the rest of the block as provided by ordinance. The street committee was instructed to replace at the expense of the city. ! all curbing heretofore constructed in the city under former ordinances as fast as demand may be made therefor,, so as to conform to the present cement sidewalk and curb ordinance. The reply or opinion of A. C. Wood cock, to whom was submitted the ques tion of the franchise formerly granted to the Willamette Valley & Coast Rail road Company, to ascertain whether it contained a "common usage" clause, Was read, ' and was to the effect that the city could grant permission to other companies to use the same track age so long as the business of the original company, was not, in terf erred with. ' " ' " The council adjourned until Thursday night. May 13, to consider this opinion. Forest Service Appointments. : C. R. Davis and Robert J. Watson have been appointed Assistant Forest Rangers on the Umpqua' National For est; Walter G. Hellan, Forest Guard on the Wenatchee; Rolla J. Phelps, Assistant Forest Ranger on the Whit man; E. E. Robertson, -Forest Guard on the Columbia; Ralph Taylor, .As sistant Forest Ranger on the Cascade; John H. Russell and Earl Park, Forest Guards on the Wenaha; Bert Howard, Assistant Forest Ranger on the Mal heur; W. H. Brown, Forest Guard on the Snoqualmie, . and S. ' A. Moore, As sistant Forest Ranger on the Crater. Cash paid for wool by W m. Crees, 220 Third street. Independei.t phone 234. ' JC-7-3tw and sustains her . character" I'with" a" de gree of poise that could only be borne of long acquaintance with : the subject in hand.. She has a beautiful pair of eyes -which she sometimes uses. In L. Victor Gifford the company has a leading man of rare merit, one cer tainly seldom found in the ranks of popular priced players. His voice is a treat to listen to and his acting is naturalness itself. The other members of the company did not have much op portunity to show their ability, but evinced talent that puts them above the average stock actors. It is under stood that tonight's play, "A Grass Widow," gfves all an equal chance, and the manager announced he would give j being planted in ten . dollars to anyone who does not ! acres of Bartlett The Corvallis correspondent of the , Oregonian gives the following carefully prepared'description of this immediate section- and its many facts are of such importance that it is well worthy of re production: Benton County, with its county seat, Corvallis, is expected, within the next few years, to take rapid strides in its general development and industrial growth. . The large holdings of the old settlers, scattered throughout the low hills of the county, are being split up and converted into smaller farms. Con seauentlv. better use will be made of the,' fertile soil and the land which has been .lying for years among the foot hills, in tracts of from 500 to 2000. acres, supporting one family with a few sheep and horses, will be made to produce the apples, wheat and walnuts for which it is adapted. - It has been demonstrated by experi ment that apples raised in the low hills of Benton county are, in size, shape and color, fully the equal of those raised in the Hood River or Rogue River val leys, and they can be raised on land which costs only from $30 to $100 an acre, "-; f '' . - W. S.. Brown has just purchased 270 acres for apple-raising, purposes,' and has formed the Sorvallis Orchard Com-. pany.;.;'iMri Brown investigated thor-; tahly every important" -apple-growing section in Oregon and Washington and finally located near Corvallis, because the climatic and soil conditions were just as favorable and the land was cheaper. Another company, the Oregon Apple Company, has obtained 1000 acres, which will be planted to apples within two years. By the end of this year there will be growing in Benton county about 800 acres of the commercial varie ties of apples. The men investing in orchard lands are competent fruit men. One of them is President Kerr, of the Oregon Agricultural College. ' In addition to the apples, there are Benton county 100 pears, 100 acres of laugh. Frank Scott, the mail carrier, is mov ing to his new home on Fourth street. prunes and 160 acres of peaches. All, except the peaches, are on the upland. The possibilities for fruitraising in this county are practically unlimited, there being thousands of acres of clear land which can be had cheaply and which is especially adapted for fruit raising. Benton county has an advant age in horticultural pursuits on account of its close proximity to the Agricul tural College, where scientific experi ments are being carried on all the time, and where are located some of the best authorities on horticulture and pests in the country. The extension of the Oregon Electric to Corvallis will be of untold advantage to the people of Benton county. It will afford a quicker means of travel down the Valley, will stimulate the value of property, and will be the means of in creasing business and population many times over. The Oregon' Agricultural College, with its 1200 students and its fine out lay of buildings, is the life of Corvallis and in its practical way of disseminat ing scientific knowledge, it exerts in Benton county an influence- that is tre mendous in building up correct methods of general farming and fruitraising. Diversified farming and dairying are found to be particularly profitable lines ., of industry in this section of the valley. The lowlands are especially adapted for ' the growth of hay, grain, pofetoesJsfn all kinds of . vegetables. Potato "land- produces' from 150 to 500 bushels . an . ... eLUIC, aim 11VCI wvlilAJiu ianu la oaiu w f. produce $1000 an acre from diversified crops. Dairying as an income-producer in Benton county, can hardly be beaten. Corvallis boasts of a creamery which turns out four tons of butter a day, Which is said to be more than the daily product of any other creamery in Ore gon. The local creamery pays $175,000 yearly for milk. Benton county has millions of feet of standing timber, which averages 50,000 feet an acre. In Corvallis there are two sawmills with a capacity of 100,000 feet daily. One of these mills was re cently purchased by G. O. Bassett, formerly superintendent for the Booth Kelly Company at Eugene. He will . bring logs over the Corvallis & Alsea Railroad a distance of 20 miles. - Mr. Bassett is also constructing now an (Continued on page two) 1 45TH -ANNIVERSARY SALE -45TH Forty-five years of square dealing in the city of " Corvallis finds this . establish ment not only Corvallis' LARGEST, but Benton County's GREATEST Store, occupy ing 19,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The oldest established business under one contin ual management in the Willamette Valley. ; TO BE WORTHY OF YOUR PATRONAGE Is this store's aim, and that means mnch. , We have set our minds upon making this the biggest May's business in the history of the store and to do this we have deemed it expedient to offer special price inducements in every department. Thous ands of bargains throughout the store for the month of May. MEWS CLOTHING AT ADVERSARY SALE PRICES The entire stock of high grade clothing carried by us to be sold during this sale at remark able low prices. Think of it! The finest, most complete line cf clothing in all Corvallis, includ ing all the new spring and summer' styles in Society Brand, Michaels-Stern and Senior College Clothes. Take advantage of these low prices: Regular ?12.50 Men's Suits,' now $ 9.95 ' 15.00 " . ' H.90 18.00 " " " 14.25 " 20.00 " " " 15.85 Regular $22.50 Men's Suits, now $18.50. " 25.00 " " 19.75 30.00 24.85 Half Price for any odd suit or coats and vests in the store EVERY ARTICLE IN THE STORE REDUCED IN PRICE CONTRACT GOODS EXCEPTED ' : Agents - STANDARD PATTERNS FREE-"-A pattern with sub scription to Designer and Fashion B i k. ESTABLISHED CORVALLIS OREGON Post Cards Entire Line 1 C Local Views, Qregon Scenes , 50.Q00 to choose from.