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Lents, Multnomah County, Oregon, October 25. 1917
PAVE FOSTER ROAD
Influential Citizens United in the Belief that
Some Way Ought to be Found Immedi
ately to Pave this Important Highway
babies will have to wade through mud
five months in the year to get to school.
They are not going to move into a local
ity where there is no main thoroughfare
to the business section of the city.
"Without question, this district needs
some big substantial development pro
ject" declared M. K. Hedge ofthei-ents
"Personally I have always been in
favor of tbe paving of Foster road" con
tinued Mr. Hedge." The COS* of the
improvement to any individual property
owner within the district would not be
worth considering when we take into
consideration the tremendous advan
tages to lie derived."
"There is no better barometer of a
community than the local hardware
dealer. When a community is pros|«er-
ous, ttie hardware pusineso is good and
the hardware dealer likewise is the first
man to feel any depression.
"So far this year there have been
mighty few houses built in this section.
This condition should not efist. The
selling price of unimproved property is
low in this section.
mechanics are coming to PortlanJ, or
have come here, during tbe past year.
These men are earning high wages and
are naturally home owning people. Tbe
Mount Scott district should have been
the natural location of thia new element.
We should have enjoyed an influx of
new residents in thia district.
should have had forty new houses to
our credit for the summer season and
we would have bad a substantial devel
opment along tbeee lines if we had tbe
¡«roper improvements to offer.
"Had Footer Road been paved last
spring tbeee people could have taken
advantages of our low priced iota and
acre tracts. They would have realised
that thia district offered them their
opportunity of owning their own home
and that property values would surely
increase, making a double Incentive ior
them to locate among us.
"The result Wwald have been a
healthy development end an inflax of
families into thia community with a
larger earning capacity. That would
have meant t etter business for our firm
and for every other merchant in this
district. It would have meant stabilis
ed realty values, a sounder and firmer
condition for every resident in this sec
"Besides this purely selfish argument
which can be advanced in favor of the
paving of Foster Road there are innum-
berable reasons in favor of it from the
broader community angle. It is not
questioned by anyone that business al
ways follows improved highways and it
is quite evident that newcomers to Port-
Ian«! are not going to come to this dis
trict so long as we are behind other sec
tions of the city in local improvements.
"Wr need and must have a pave<l
road into the heart of the city. That is
the first and most important local im-1
provement which will take us a long
way toward the prosperity which we
deserve and will have when this plan is
SPECIAL COUNTY ROAD
TAX AND RULING THEREON
Following ia an extract from the
Special County Road Tax Law ¡«eased
in the 1917 Legislature which authorizes
the expenditure of 70 per cent of tbe
County Road money within tbe limits
of incorporated towns. It is claimed by
many that the districts outside of
inc«,rporate<l cities ail over the state
have been receiving more than their
share of attention when it came to road
work, and this law is designed to
remedy this condition and give the
cities a chance to get good roads too.
Too many good roa«ls quit at the outride
edge of town. Others claim that this
law is extreme and would work a hard
ship on the rural districts and could
not possibly tie really lived up to by the
towns—they would have more money to
spend than they would know what to do
"The County Court may levy a tax of
not to exceed ten mills on the dollar on
alj taxable property of such county at
the time of making the annual tax levy,
which shall lie set apart in tbe county
Treasury as a general road fund—Said
tax when so collected shall be used for
road purpoeee only, as provided in this
act, and seventy per cent thereof shall
ba apportioned to the several road dis
tricts including districts composed of
incorporated cities and towns, in sueb
proportion as the amount of taxable
property in each district shall bear to
the whole amount of taxable property
in the county, and tbe remaining thirty
per cent shall be applied to roads in
such locality in the county as the Court
may direct." (Laws 1917, Chap. 299,
Sec. 24, P. 620.)
District Attorney Evans in reply to a
letter from the Commissioners asking
what course was open for them since
the passage of.the above law stated in
"That section was construed by the
Supreme Court in the case of Kime vs
Thompson and it was there held that
while the word 'may' when refering to
a ministerial public duty is often con
strued as 'shall' or ‘must,’ the ordinary
imported the word is directory—and
that it therefore rested within the dis
cretion of tbe county court to make or
not to make the levy provided for. In
tbe case of Roney Vs Lane the Court
said in part, "The* district« throughout
the county, including cities and towns,
get 70 per cent whether needed or not.
The County has only 30 per cent and is
restricted in its disbursement.
thickly populated centres would have
money to waste while the outlying high
ways would become impassable for want
of means to repair them." In conclusion
Mr. Evans says, “I am. therefore, of the
opinion that by virtue of the provisions
of Section 937 L. O. L. and Section 2 of
Chapter 21*5 of the 1917 Session Laws,
money raised for the county general
fund may. be expended for use upon the
county roads and be apportioned for
that purpose among tbe different local
ities in the county, in such manner and
in such amounts as the Board of County
Commissioners in the exercise of its own
discretion may direct."
Applying the above to the paving of
Foster Road, and summing up the find
ings, we find that if this law were ad
hered to the County would have abund
ant funds to hard-surface not only Fost
er Road, but probably many other coun
ty roads within the city limits of Port
land, and that in order to avoid such a
contingency District Attorney Evans ad
visee the County Commission to make no
Road Tax Levy, but to draw on the
general fund for such road money as
they see fit to spend.
County Road master John II. Yeon is I either at its present level or at the city
anxious to have Foster Road paved, aa I grade this condition would be mails
a connecting link in the great slate worse unless some plan were made for
highway» bringing the rural and city I the disiiosal ot the surface water."
communities closer together. He ex» Asked if tins applied r<pially to that
pacts to recommend to the County Com part of Foster Road from "2nd street to
' 102nd street where no city improve
missioners to undertake this task.
District Attorney Evan» i* to much ments bad yet been put in, Mr. Chap
in sympathy with a move for the pav man thought not, especially as the
ing of Foster Road that he has volun natural drainage is good in the l-ents
teered to lie »|>okeeman for a delegation district, although he referred to one or
of Mt. Scott ¡«eople before the CounlV two places where th«’ water sometimes
stands at Hie side of Foster Road now,
HU|>ermtendent of Road Maintenance near H2n«i street and in front of the 1‘ost
II. R. Chapman ia of the opinion that < «lin e.
"I have talked to the people around
the sewerage and drainage question ia
even greater than the paving question, here," said J. Allen Harrison, president
and to make a job of it that would l<e ol tbe Mt. Scott Improvement Club,
¡«ermanent should lie tackled Ural. the business men's organisation for the
Especially ia thia true of the district Analiel district, "an«l on account of tbe
street car company's financial condition
from 72nd St. to 52nd St.
A Representative of The Herald inter at the present time, and the low value
viewed varioua County and City oflicials of real estate, they are not favorable to
and local business men with reference going ahead with tbe |>aving al present.
to the project of aotnebow, by some They are In favor of paving Foster Road,
means or other, immediately, if not but realise that It is a complicated and
sooner, hanl>urfacing the Foster Road expansive project for our district and
To be real honest about It, tbs task feel that it will have to be put of! for a
presents some considerable problems, little while yet, until times are better.’*
"We look st tbe question from a Safe
It it were not so we would liars been
travelling over a hard-surface street ty First standpoint," said John R.
long ago. It does not seem, however, Laacb, Secretary of the Southeastern
as though they were by any means in Portland Civic League, the Arleta Club.
"There must have been at least fifteen
“I am a firm believer that the main ¡«eople killed on the mile of street car
trank highways are in a class by them trees from Firland to Anabel, averag
selves. and ahould bo dealt with differ ing probably from one to three a year.
ently to the average county roads" said This arises from the lack of sidewalks
John B. Yeon. “I would be willing to which cannot be laid until Foster Road
recommend to the County Commission is reduced to city grade and paved. In
ere that if they will use the preeent the absence of such facilities people
base, al least a portion of the Foster walk the car track, or wa<ie in tbs mud
Rasul and rpart of R-'ml" Street should on Foster Road. 1 think tbe County
bo hard-surfaced in order to complete ought to pa vs the road, and am strong
the missing link between the city and ly In favor of enforcing tbe Special
tbs rural districts served by the Foster County Road Tax Law making provision
Road. In any event I do not think the for the ex|>enditurw of 70 per cent ol tbe
taxpayers should have to stand the County Road money within the limits of
whole coat of paving Footer Road. If it Incorporated cities. Tbe outside points
is put down to city grade and paved tbe have had the big end of the stick long
County ought to stand from one half to enough, it Is time to let ths cities have
two-thirds of the coot."
Whoa die a little of tbe road money."
G. A. Morrison, of tbeG. A. Morrison
cussing the most feasible route to con
nect the country with the city Mr. Yeon Lumber Com|>any, Tremont is strongly
recommended the route from 102nd in favor of ¡wiving the road, but thinks
Htreet to 82nd street on Foster Road, it should be a curb to curb proposition,
thence north on 82nd Street to Division, with the street car tracks in the center.
C. A. Norwood, of the Norwood Man
and then coupling up with the paving
which is now laid on Division Street aa ufacturing Company situated on the
far out as 00th Htreet. Mr. Yeon also Foster Road at Myrtle Park Statibn,
intimated that he favored the paving of wants a good job done if anything is
82nd street clear from the Clackamas undertaken. He, too, thinks it should
County line to make a connecting link lie a curb to curb proposition with street
car in the centre, and beiieves that that
from that direction.
"I lielieve I am safe in saying that will tie the liest means of attracting new
the County will not levy a road tax this residents to the district.
year," said District Attorm^r Walter H.
"How any taxpayer or resident of ti e
Evans. This ia on my advice, and tbe Mount Scott district can consistently
step will be taken to avoid the "Special oppose the paving of Foster Road Is a
County Road Tax 1-aw passed by the mystery to uie" was the |>ertinent re
last legislature. The money needed for mark of F. R. Peterson, proprietor of
road improvements will tie taken out of the Lents Pharmacy, in discussing the
the general fund, which will be un proposed improvement.
"Every taxpayer in this district for
usually large for that pur|>oae. The
law is an unjust one and would virtual blocks on either side of Foster Road
ly stop all work outside of the city lim will lienefit directly from the improve
The Mt. Scott Mental Culture Club
its, and it would not be possible to inent of the road. From purely selfish met Thursday afternoon last with Mrs.
spend the 70 per cent of the Road Tax motives, therefore, every man, woman George E. Stoner, 7411 59th Ave., for
money on the county roads within the aud child should boost this paving pro the study of Ibsen. The program in
city limits." Mr. Evans could see uo ject.
eluded biography, by Mrs. E. J. Steph
"Paving Foster Road would give us ens; "Hedda Gabler," by Mrs. Frederic
reason why Foster Road ahould not tie
paved, but he drew attention to the stability of realty values. It would have Armstrong; ••Doll’s House,” by Mrs.
fact that the good roads almost always influence in lowering insurance rates. S.vyler Smith.
stopi>ed just at the outside of the city It would make this district attractive as
Members will meet with Mrs. Ray
, limits of most towns, the country being a residence section for the better class of Armstrong, 7327 55th Ave. 8. E. today
better served than the cities.
highly paid working people.
It would for Red Cross work.
"The paving of Foster Road is really give us a foundation upon which to
Mrs. Frank N. Dobbs, president, and
a drainage and sewerage problem," build a stable and promiting prosperity. Mr«. Frederick Armstrong, delegate,
said H. B. Chapman, Superintendent of
"Not until Foster Road ia paved will will attend the State Federation Conven
Maintenance in tbe County Road weever experience any degree of pros tion at Prineville next week.
"Especially is this perity. People are not going to come to
He Got the Answer.
tras of the Anabel and Ariel* district the Mount Scott district to live so long
where the city side streets have been as we cannot offer the tame improve
When he dismissed her she had the
8chool Teacher (to little boy) "If a
laid. Apparently they have been laid ments aa other sections offer, no matter audacity to ask for a recommendation. farmer raise« 1,700 bushels of wheat and
to drain towards Foster Road for in how ebeep our rents and our re*) estate He wrote: "This young woman has sells it for *1.17 a bushel what will he
winter limo ths water stands in many are. People with children are not go been in my employ for a week and I am gett”
places. Were Foster Road to be paved ing to move into a district where their satisfied."
Little Boy, "Automobile.”
MENIAL CULTURE CLUB
MEETS Al MRS. STONERS
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BIG BOOSTER BANQUET
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Chronicle of Weekly Events In Arleta
And Kern Park Varied And full
of Interesting Doings.
Lents Improvement Club Has Arranged
Get-Together Banquet Tor
Monday October 29.
Mrs. G. E. Reed, of Woodmere, re-
turne«! borne from Hood River Saturday
Mis« Olive Ree«l gave a very pleasant
surprise in honor of her brother, Robin
on Saturday evening last, at their home
o«> 78th St. in Woodmere.
Ths little daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Zebrung, who has been very ill for some
time with pneumonia, is improving, to
tbe great joy of her many friends.
Mr. Geo. Merry returned Monday
evening from Madras. Ore., where be
has been working (or the past two
Merle Fisher, a one-time pupil of
Franklin High, left tor France Monday.
Tbe Ijkiiee* Gym class, of Arleta will
meet every Tuesday evening at 8:00
FRANK M. McCRILLE8, Speaker.
o’clock in the assembly hall of Arleta
Every man or woman engaged in buri
school. All ladies of tbe community
nées in tbe Lente District—say from
are invited to come and join tbe claae.
Tremont to Lents Junction, and out into
Mr. A. L. Dundas spoke at Lucky tbe country pointe adjacent, and every
Cottage, Arleta, last Friday afternoon in property owner who ia interested in the
the intereets of tbe Liberty Bond isene. industrial and commercial prosperity of
The meeting was arranged under the the Lente District as a trading centre are
auapicee of tbe Lady Mecabeee and was hereby, by authority of the Lente Im
provement Club, invited to a big free
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Prentice expect feed on Monday evening next, October
to leave Oregon tbe first of the month 29th at 6:30 p. m. in the Oddfellows*
for Colorado, where they expect to re Hail. Wm. S. Worden, betterknown to
Prentice’s Oregonians ae Judge Worden of Klamath
mother, Mrs. Langheid, who has been Falls will act as toastmaster.
visiting here for some time proceeding
Covers wiU be set for 100 people, and
them, hsving left tbe 17th.
inasmuch^« there are more than 10O
Mrs. Frank Doelemaa is still some business people alone it will be neces
where in the Hood River district apple sary to phone in reservations hy Satur
sorting, as are several others ot this vi day night, if possible, to the Secretary,
His office phone ia Tabor
Mise Gertrude Taylor, who has been 7824. D. 61-1111, and his residence
having serious difficulty with her eyee, Tabor 6037. Places will be reserved for
is recovering slowly. She has been un tbe first 100 people who comply with
able to work for two or three months. the description given above and send in
their request« for reservations.
Mr. Wm Woodham, of 4624 07th 8t.
The object of the Banquet ia to draw
8. E. was happily surprised Wednesday
the business life of the community cioeer
evening on his return from a business
together in ties of fellowship, discuss
meeting to find about 25 of hie friends
some of the greatest needs of our com
in charge of bis home, the object of tbe
munity to ensure its going ahead in the
gathering being the celebration of hie
right way, and the chief attraction will
filet birthday. A very pleasant evening
be a rousing speech
was spent in games and music. Dainty
McCrillis, the Town Specialist for tbe
refreshments were served. Mrs. 8. I.
Payne was in charge of the games and
Ladies are not only invited, but are
Mrs. Loehr and Mrs. Thoe. Lockwood
urgently requested to be present,
presided at the punch bowl. The tol
Supper will be served by a few ladies
lowing were present: Rev. and Mrs. W.
who have kindly volunteered their ser
G. Handley, Rev. and Mrs. W. T. 8. j
vices, and the food Is provided by the
Spriggs, Dr. and Mrs. W. D. Lockwood,
business men of the community.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Howard, Mr. and
Monday’ Oct 29th 6:30 p. m.
Mrs. 8. I. Payne, Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Mission, Mr. and Mrs. Thoe. Lockwood,
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Loehr, C. A. Al- i
vord, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Brasure, Mr. Lents Honor Roll to Liberty Bonds.
and Mrs. M. E. Henika, Dr. and Mrs. Franklin G. Fisher
Wendell L. Miller
W. O. Boon, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Barnett. Ida R. Foster
Mary McG. Bloyd
W. E. Wester
O. A. Hess
Students Geledrate Halloween
L. M. Quinn
Allen T. Gribble
A very pleasant evening was spent by Wm. G. Clark
Stella E. Smith
a company of Franklin High School Frances E. Smith
Chas. E. Tronson
students at a Halloween party given Chas. E. Barber
John S. Howe
Saturday the 20th inst. at the home of Mult. State Bank
Joe. W. Copeland
Mrs. R. D. Rennie, 308 E. 38th 8t. The Maymis B Hogue
Ruth H. Lent
evening was spent in dancing and games Magdalena Morterud J. E. fpdyke
after which refreshments were served. Fred E. Hogue
L. D. Graham
Those present were, Mabie Louther, Alex Peterson
Esther Louther, Manon Wheeler, Con P. J. O'Donnell
R. E. Lovelace
stance Cole, Luella Hausler. Vera Prud- Maud Thebo
bomme. Ollie Benedict, Lucile Peake, Emauel Thebo
Lou Jenkins, Hyacinth
Westbrook, Robt. Abram
Chas. R. Hunter
Gladys Westbrook, Lucile Marsh, Mil Owen T. Stillians
Mila J. Boardman
Warren H. Sweet
dred WehofTer, Julian Creighton, Ethel P. A. Kennedy
Marvin K. Hedge
Johnson, Dorothy Smith, Nellie Fuller Mrs. C. P. McGrew
ton, Miss Poulsen, Margurite Wheeler, Frederic Armstrong Hiram O, Hickox
Chester Rich, Cecil Jone«, Will Mc-Cor- Archie A. Johnston
James W. Fetty
mack, Raymond McMann Floyd Hib Julia A. Sco t
Chas. B. Edwards
bard, Ray Haixlip, Fred Kelly, Harold Myron E. Clark
Dunean, Edwin, Honey, Roewell Peake, David Nelson
Merle Fisher and Harris Morrell.
Carl 8. Ogsbury
Susan C. Bryant
Th« prise« for th« beet coatnme were Geo F. Reynolds
L. C. Pullen
won by Ethel Johnson and Roewell Lents Lodge No. No. Herbert Peterson
156 A. F. A A. M.
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