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D E C E M B E R 3 , 1914.
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HARD TIMES ’ HAD “ GOOD TIMES”
TEARING DOWN YOUR TOWN
The young people held a aurpriae
imacellaneoua ahower at the Fred Bart
By "Hans Garbus’'
lett home on Monday night o f thia
Daniel Neff, who would have been K2
week in honor of Miaa Iona Bartlett, ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ « M » a é é é è ê a è > 4 » é * « â à à é * « a a a a a „ . . . ^ t t t t t t t t u ( > j
year» of age Dee, 28, died Monday, bride elect. A large crowd waa prea-
November 80 at the home of hia nep
"What Tearing Down the Home Though w e got bit every once in
ent and ahn received many uaeful arti
hew, E. Shepherd in Slayton, of pneu cle».
Town Coat an Iowa Farmer" appeared while, we got in the habit of sending
in the Oregon Merchanta Magazine, away for «tuff.
Mr. Neff waa down town laat Friday
published in Portland, in a recent iaaue,
"Gradually our merchants lessened
and waa sick but two daya. He 1» the
and contains many pertinent hints to their atock of good» for lack of patron
laat of hla family but leavea another
nephew In Slayton, Jaa. Leigh.
all interested in the upbuilding of the age. Finally we began to realize that
when we needed a bolt quickly for ma
Mr. Neff came to Oregon In 1873 and
I city in which they reside. The article chinery or clothing for sickness or
haa lived In or near Stayton alnee that
death we ha«l to wait and send away
time, at one time owning the rhair fac
(Special to The Mail)
Hans Garbus is a German farmer in for it, which wasn't so pleasant One
A very enjoyable Thanksgiving even- Iowa. He wrote a letter to the Farm
Mr. Neff waa a member of the S. A.. ing was celebrated at Jordan under the Journal, Philadelphia, the other day. by one our merchants moved to places
Hunter I’oat, Stayton, Grand Army of auspices of the Catholic young men, It summarized his experience and that where they were appreciated, and men
the Republic and waa one of the moat assisted by the Catholic ladies. The of his neighbors in neglecting their of leas energy moved in. Gradually
our town haa gone down, our business
reaper ted of Stayton'a Citizens.
program, although arranged upon short home merchants to "save" money by houses are "tacky” in appearance, a
The funeral waa held in the Chriatian notice, was well carried out and also patronizing the mail order houses. The
number are empty, our schools.church-
church on Wedneaday of thia week and well received by thore who attended.
letter Is a human document. Hans
and walks are going down, we have
the interment waa In the Stayton cem The first part of the program was in Garbus writes just as he would tell us i ea
no band no library, no newspaper nor
etery. Rev. H. E. Roaaell officiated at charge of the ladies and the second und it rings true. Let the secretary or I
ball team. There is no business in the
part in charge of the young men.
retailer give this to his farmers through town, and therefore no taxes to keep
Muny wdl miaa the quiet little old
The program was followed by a bas- his home paper. It ought to be read
man who alwava had a amlle and a kat social and a dance. A large crowd by every farmer in the United States: things up. Hotel is closed for lack of
travel. Go down to the depot when
pleasant word for everybody, for he attended and all enjoyed themselves in
Farmer« Need Awakening.
the freight pulls in and you see the se
waa one of nature'» true gentlemen.
a very orderly manner and left with
quel in mail order packages.
the feeling of satisfaction of having
“ VVe farmers need awakening to the
Nine Years A g o and Now.
Mra. Andrew andMra.Frank Rausch- spent a very pleasant evening.
fact that we have upmistakably reach
er viaited at the A. Wolf home Thura-
Nine years ago my farm was worth
This social gathering was indeed a ed the period where we must think and
success, both from a social and financial plan. I am one of the slow German 8195 an acre; today I'd have a hard
farmers that had to be shown, and 1 matter to sell it at 8167 an acre. It is
standpoint. 8106.15 was cleared.
The Catholic young men recently or am now giving my experience that too far from a live town, s o every
ganized them sc Ives and they expect to others may profit, for knowledge is farmer has said who wants to buy. He
appear again in the near future before more expensive now than 10 years ago. wants a place near schools and church
"Twenty-nine years ago I began my es where his children can have advan
A pleaaant surprise party was held the public with a program that will by
at the Joseph Koenig home on Satur far eclipse the one they have just rend- farm career. 1 had an old team and 850. tages. I have awakened to the fact
Our furniture was mostly home made — that In helping to pull the totvn down
day night The evening waa spent in ed, as their fist attempt.
games and dancing.
With the proceeds they Intend to e- chairs, cupboard and lounge made from it has cost me $5600 in nine years. Like
were; Dora Aidua, Katie and Mamie reel a spacious and will arranged hall dry goods boxes neatly covered by 10- the majority of farmers, I didn’t figure
Vanllandle, Aggie Barkmeyer, Litzie for future social gatherings. Work cent cretonne by my girl wife. We far enough ahead.
"This sort of business means the do
Odenthal, Clara Rauscher,Geo. Prange, will begin on this new hall within the rented 80 acres. Being a boy of good
habits I got all needed machinery and ing away with country towns. What
8immy Etzel, Jake Hafner, Frank next few weeks.
Rauscher, Joe Odenthal, Bill Herman»,
The ball will be equipped with a fine grocerie* of our home merchants on will It mean to farmers to have only a
Ed Etzel, Johnie Susbauer, Joe and stage, a check and ticket room, a bal credit until fall crops were sold. The few'large cities at a distance of 500 or
Mike Benedict, Casey and Joe Ducha- cony and the main part will be a spac first year was a wet season and I did 1000 miles? What are we going to do
teau, Wallace Smith, L. Phillipe, Ed i ious auditorium and dance hall 36x50ft. not make enough to pav creditors. 1 with our children who are demanding
Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rauscher
These entertainments will be under went to each on dute of promise and even better advantages than we had?
“ Those cities we help to build return
strict supervision and hence will always j explained conditions, paying as much
and Mr. and Mra. Alva Smith.
be conducted in a very clean and order- as possible, and they all carried the no favors; they take our money but
| balance over another year. They con offer no credit in time of need. If we
tinued to accomodate me until I was want high schools, etc., we muBt raise
Henry Gorger, Sec’y.
: able to buy a 40-acre piece of my own. tha money and build near our farm
j "As soon as I owned those few seres hoircs or send our boys and girls to the
D uce at I.O.O.F. B oM ni
, the mail order houses began sending cities at great expense, amidst tempta
Saturday night, Dec. 5.
j me catalogue», and gradually I began tion* of which the farm has no equal.
j sending my loose change to them, let- Neither am I the only awakening farm-
The Yeomen of thia city planned a
The Urode Club will meet with Mrs. ting my accounts stand in my home er. These mail order agents that come
big time at the I.O.O.F. hall laat night Shook to-night.
1 had gotten my accom- to our homes every week are becoming
___ , where
and carried it out successfully.
i modation when I needed it.
a nuisance and making it unsafe to
Each lady brought bait In the shape
Mr». Geo. Brown waa shopping in
leave women and children alone on the
of a toy or some similar article and tha Salem Tuesday.
farm. With farm cordiality we take
gentlemen flahed for the same and had
'We then had one of the thriftiest these strangers into our homes, often
the pleasure of the fair owner's com
T. J. Ware is confined to the houaa little villages in the state—good line of as one of the family, and we are some
pany at supper.
a bad cold.
business in all the branches, merchants times paid in having them entice our
Dancing, cards and other games fill
who were willing to help an honest fel girls to the city.
ed out the balance of the evening with
low over a bad year and a town full of
entertainment for all.
Facts for Consideration.
on a farm in Linn county.
people who came twice a week to trade
and visit. Our little country town sup
"These are some facts that need
Henry J. Ford of Salem spent Thanks ported a library, high school, band, ball consideration, and I have decided that
Will Miller and August Rahn of Scio
team, newspaper, and we had big cele the safest ptoposition ail around is for
were business visitors here Wednes giving at the Weddle home.
brations every year. A farm near a the country people to look after their
John Bailey was over from Sweet live town .aoon doubles in value. I sold own interests and build up their own
my forty acres at a big adyance and country towns that bring value to their
Home the first of the week.
bought an eighty, gradually adding to farms. Let these who want to patro
HARD TIMES BALL.
| it until I had two hundred acres of the nize the city mail order house go there
best land in Iowa. I then felt no need to live, getting their living where they
There is to be a "Hard Times" Ball
of asking favors and found it easy to give their patronage. The remainder
at the Mill City Opera House on Thurs
patronize the mail order agents that of my life will be given to building up
day, Dec. 17. Any dancer who violates
came almost weekly to our door. I re- the home town that I helped to pull
Mrs. E. T. Matthieu spent the week ' gret to say that I was the first in the down. Brother farmers, you can take
the rule and wears “Glad Rugs" will
visiting her sister in Salem.
be fined 50c. All are invited.
j county to make up a neighborhood hill my advice or eet your knowledge the
and sent it t o a mail order house. way I got mine.
Mrs. C. H. Brewer was in Portland
The city conncil met Tuesday night.
Tuesday and Wednesday visiting.
F. C. Grierson went to his ranch laat
W. H. Hobson made a business trip
to Portland Monday and Tuesday.
For Sale or trade—s good work or
Misse* Mary and Julia Boedigheimer
road mare. Home Bakery, Stayton.
spent Sunday «vlth Anna Rauscher.
AT JORDAN VALLEY
THE REASON WHY GARBUS BUYS
HIS GOODS OF SEARS & ROEBUCK
T O -N IG H T
"The Raiders of the Mexican Border”
A story of the Great Southwest in 3 reels.
Turkey and 5 tickets given To-Night
Saturday N ight-
Chas. Burmester will give a Reading on
Dr. Puffstuff’s Lecture on Patent Med
icine. 4 reels of good pictures, all for
6 and 10c
Friend Garbus is all right as far as
he goes but he does not tell quite all
the story. Why do farmers patronize
the mail order houses? The answer is
contained in two words "Invitation and
Let us dissect the second one first.
"The mail order manager can buy in
larger quantities and can sell for less."
says one. Grant that, then let the
merchants of a town or a number of
small towns organize (not for restraint
of trade in the selling end) but for the
cheapening of the price on the buying
end. You absolutely have it in your
hands as you have lower rent, lower
taxes and lower priced help than your
mall order house competitor, and if you
are too stubborn and bull-headed to do
the obvious thing in this line, you can
cerlainly blame no one but yourselves.
Now for the first condition noted
above, “ Invitation.” No mail order
house could exist over a single season
without the mail order house catalogue.
“ But," my town merchant, friend says,
"I cannot get out a catalogue like
that. ” Quite true, as It is so costly
that even Sears & Roebuck can issue
it hut TWICE A YEAR at the most.
But Mr. Merchant you have a medium
S e ria l N o 9 7 6
of invitation right at your hand that
you can use not TWICE a year but
FIFTY-TWO times a year at a very
"Shucks" says Mr.
Merchant, "you mean that little 2x4
country sheet called the Stayton Mail,
why no one reads that much less the
advertisements.” Mr. Merchant that
is where you make the biggest mis
take in your life, the women of the
household are the great readers of the
country weekly, it deals with people
they know, tells of the births, deaths,
marriages and visits here and there,
and incidcntly too, Mr. Merchant the
women spend fully three-fourths of
the money spent in your store. Am I
not telling you the truth.
To sum up, we reiterate without any
fear of successful contradiction, (The
columns of The Mail are open to any
discussion of this matter, pro or con)
that the secret of your competition lies
in two words "Co-operation and Adver
tising, or Price and Invitation."
I do not say this because I happen to
be Ihe proprietor of a country newspa
per, for I believe I am honest enough
to sny it even if I ran a glue factory.
PAV? TRY AND SEE
The Hard Times dance at the Opera
House Thanksgiving night was well at
tended and everyone enjoyed them
selves thoroughly. Mr. and Mrs. Mc The editor of the Mail has been ae-
Kay won the prizes for the best cos verly criticized several times for start
tumes, and M. J. Crabtree and wife ing a Premium Contest at this time.
My dear critical friend, we believe in
the prizes for the best waltzera.
advertising, and, we knew that this
was going to be a hard winter (because
you alt said so) and we further believe
that the time to advertise the most is
when the receipts are in danger of be
ing the least, (gel that) so we put 8250
spot cash into advertising in the shape
Sublimity district voted a special road of a piano. Did any merchant in this
tax of 5 mills at their meeting on Wed or any nearby town with 2u times the
nesday, November 25. It u probable annual business we have, ever put an> -
that Supervisor Kintz will be re-ap where near that money into advertiz
pointed. At the meeting in Stayton on ing in a whole year?
We may lose some money, but we
Saturday, November 28, a 2 mill levy
was voted. The amount would proba will bold our subscription list up to a
bly have been much larger but for the standard in a hard time. (Get that,
fact that although fully 60*$ of the tax too.)
Next spring, when business opens up,
is raised in the city, all of the money
must be spent outside of the incorpora we expect to be able to offer you s
tion. L. S. Lambert will probably be medium of advertizing that has been
unimpaired by a hard winter. You
At Fern Ridge a levy of 3 mills was may advertise then, if not, someone
made, and Geo. Etzel was recommend else will, for we have given up (almost)
trying to show the "Successful" busi
ed as supervisor.
Acrocs the river, the Kingston dist- ness man that, “The time to advertise
trict voted to raise a 5 mill tax and the heaviest is when business is at its
Raleigh Harold waa nominated as su lowest ebb.”
pervisor for 1915.
VOTE SPECIAL TAX
CHILD DIES WITH DIPTHER1A
SMALL FIRE STARTED
(Special to The Mail)
In Areola Indiana while parents are
here on a visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Gustane Kinder of Ar
eola, Indiana were visiting at the home
of Chas. Hottinger at Sublimity. Y\ hen
here but a few days they received a
telegram to come home at once. Sir ce
then word has been received that their
only daughter, Mildred, aged five had
died and was buried before the beraved
parents could reach home.
Mrs. Kinder is a sister of Mrs. Chas.
Mrs. Guy Moser of Silverton spent
Thanksgiving at the home of her par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Watters.
Mr. Moser came over on Saturday
and returned with his wife the first of
The fire bell rang a few minutes be
fore one o’clock Tuesday for a blaze
that started fiom a defective flue in
the W. A. Riggs house back of the
Stayton Stables. Frank Lesley grab
bed a fire extinguisher and got the fire,
which was small, under control when
the hose cart arrived, saving the loss
of the household goods by water. The
loss was nominal.
S. Arnold of Sublimity wa3 trading
with Stayton merchants yesterday.
CITY ELECTION TO BE
The annual city election will be held
Mrs. Jos. Hamman and daughter Ha on Monday, December 7. Two ciuncil-
zel are visiting in Mill City this week. men, treasures, recorder and marshal
are to be elected.
Owing to the fact that three roroi-
The W.C.T.U. will meet with Mrs.
Chas. Brown next Wednesday after- nees of the citizens party viz: S. L.
Stewart, W. Richardson and Henry
Smith failed to qualify by acce; ting
Felix VanErman and wife spent Sun the nominations, there will be practic
day evening at the Andrew Rauscher ally but one ticket in the field, that of
the Progressive party.
However, blanks will be left on tie
ticket, so that any may write their
Mr. and Mrs. Treesh of Gates spent choice on the ballot.
the week-end at t h e Jos. Hamman
John Steinbrenner of Shaw spei t
Thanksgiving at the Jno. Henkel homd
Mr. Carlson and daughter Bessie of near Kingston.
Aumsville were Stayton visitors Sat
Henry Boedigheimer motored over
frow Salem t o spend Thanksgiving
with home folks.
Clover Hay Wanted—
Misses Agnes and Maude Rauscher
Several tons of clover hay wanted
delivered. Phone 288 W. R.Jephcott. of Sublimity spent the week-end with
their cousins, Laura and Amelia.
Fire Meeting at the city hall to-mor
Harry Williams is here from Seattle
row night. Election of officers will
for an extended visit with his grand
parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Burson.
Mrs. Ruby Epiey and baby of Sidney
Mrs. Carl Titus and baby of Kings
spent the week-end visiting at the Oron ton are visiting at the home of her
mother Mrs. Geo. Murphy this week.
A FULL LINE OF
On Ladies’ Coats that defy competition.
R egular Prices on Groceries
Bulk Coffee . one lb. 20c, 2 for 35c
Steel-cut Coffee . . . 25c per lb.
P e a c h e s ..................... 2 cans for 25c
Tomatoes . . . .
3 cans for 25c
W a ln u t s .......................... per lb 15c
Special prices on quantities.
Eggs 38c at