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Devoted to the Interests of the Peninsula, the Manufacturing Centre of the Northwest.
VOL. I.
ST. JOHNS, OREGON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30. 1904.
NO. 3
ST. JOHNS REVIEW
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
Various Topics of Local and
and Tersely Treated.
rimely Matters Dealt With and
tions on Local Affairs.
it u futimntcd tli.it tiicrc will be
I over two million people attend the
1 . ! mid Clark fair next vcar. and
that the visitors will spend while
llicre upwards of twelve numon Uol-
Ilnrs. What is bt. Johns, the lowcii
. ( lm West, frointr to do about a
I little exploitation to get its share
Icif this vast sum r 1 ne commercial
Awociat on should take the matter
I, it. rind tn.ikc a start. It is hitth
Itmic that plans' should be developed
and details arranged. 111c oppor-
Ituiiitics wliicn will present tncm
w lvrs will be manv. and St. Johns
lean be made to reap largely and
richly, but wc must get a .move on
at once.
One bv one new industrial en
Itcrpriscs arc being added to St.
I Johns. This week it is definitely
announced that a brass foundry cm
nlovinir some thirty skilled men has
bought property and will at once
commence the erection of shops.
Several other mid equally import
ant schemes arc on foot, having for
I their object the location and crcc
tion of shops, etc. The fact be
Iconics more apparent each week
Ithat the advantages offered for In-
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mistrial enterprises nciu .111; utmji
taken up by men who fors.ee tnc
future importance 01 inns district,
rite reasons for this condition arc
kibvious. There is no longer op-
kiortunity to secure desirable sites
In Portland at any figure witliin
reasonable bounds, while property
licrc can lc purchased at reasonable
tares, with every whit as good fa
cilities as anywhere in the West.
In ten years from this time, wc feci
!afe in" predicting, desirable loca
tions will be just as hard to find
lis they are today in Portland.
The alley question is receiving a
'ood deal of attention and nearly
eiii 1 lie mailing mat nas iiccu nunc
.1 I I I
recently has provided for these nec
essary thorough fares. Alleys are
not only of great utility in a com
mercial and domestic way, but arc
licneficial from a sanitary point ot
lew. i-et tuc a 1 icy sentiment
row.
building and loan association is
11c of the great needs of St. Johns.
Such an organization properly con
ducted would be of great benefit to
the wage-earner in securing n home
n terms that would not embarrass
Mm, the payments being small
I weekly sums. Can't some of our
I enterprising nieu tawe now ot tins
matter anil push it to a successful
issue, It will not only help the pea-
I pie, but benefit the city generally.
It does seem stranpii tb.it the
("knocker" Is snmi't!mr; found
among that class of ople who
live in a town where they depend
upon the prosperity of the place
for their living. However strange
it may appear, though, it is true.
St. .Johns hasn't got many of this
species, yet occasionally one bobs
up and uses his "hammer" with a
vim worthy of a better cause. Of
all neonle who should rise nlwwp
such methods, the business man
tjit to be the first, and whenever
hear one "knocking" the town,
1 can jot it down as a fact that
I s here not nermanentlv. but onlv
J such time as he can turn to
f, -d account the opportunities of
f til in his particular line. Such
r .1 are a detriment to any com
r nity and are a burden the sooner
u xuled the better. A man can't
d ery much "knocking" before his
ic 'Uity is marked, and the wide
a akc citizen will drop him like a
not potato. If a resident can't find
General Interest Briefly
Interspersed with Timely Sugcs
I anything good to say for his town,
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ne owes 11 us u uiuy iu, ma nciguuur
to say nothing. If 111 business, he
is tinder still further obligations to
the people who supiort him with
their patronage to keep his ham
nicr" locked up.
St. Johns and the entire penin
stila has a future before it seldom
found, if ever. What wc want is a
good, enterprising class of business
men, men who believe m the (lis
trict, not only temporarily, but men
who will identify themselves with
its interests. These arc the kind of
people who will give confidence and
encouragement to other people. Wc
know of one instance where a
stranger came to St. Johns with
the fixed purpose of investing 111
property for a home. In convcrsa
tion with a "knocker" he was
plainly and without miatlfication ad
vised not to invest, but wait a few
years and property could be bought
cheaper. The man, fortunately for
himself, later fell in with a man
who had invested and was invest
ing more, and was given sound and
reasonable advice. lie bought
property here, and will locate. The
"knocker" hasn't got enough in
vested here to buy a town lot at the
root of Mt. Hood, hut he had breath
and tongue just the same as an en
tcrprisiug citizen.
This talk about prices for real
estate being too high in St. Johns
is the veriest rot. It is not true,
and the facts prove that it is not
true. Where else on the coast can
you go into n town not one-tenth
so favorably located and buy a fine
corner lot, one block from the street
car line, surrounded by comfortable
hrtines, for S150? You can t do it,
and yon know it, if you give anv
thought whatever to conditions as
they exist. Talk is cheap ; in fnct,
mechanism has produced speech,
but mechanism never produced
brains, and it never will. The street
corners and other rendezvous of
the jaw-worker is prolific with gab,
but wc can't say so much for brains.
And now it's the bridge swindle
in Portland. What next? It only
requires that you find some public
work done or being done in "the
city of roses," prolns it a little, and
if you don t find an odor of
"grafting," thieving, etc., it is only
because you don't probe deep
enough. Sfany of the taxpayers of
Portland thought that when the
"executive board" took charge
tilings would go along all right.
They did, too, until the reform
mania struck the town, and now it
looks as though the whole city out
fit is painted with the same color,
boiled in. (Tie same pot, just like the
average restaurant meal.
One of the "cafes'' of Portland
has introduced the "Tanner creek
cocktail." It may prove a good ad
vertisement, but the name is rather
nauseating to the taste of honest
people,
Tt may not le generally known,
yet it is true, that when Mayor Will
iams selected experts to examine
the Tanner creek sewer, he came
to St. Johns for one member of Ids
commission and selected Captain
W. W. Goodrich as one of the ex
torts. He made a valuable mem
ber, too, and received high commen
dation for the excellent work per
formed. This is a proud distinction
for our city, and a high personal
compliment to the attainments of
Captain Goodrich, one of our most
distinguished citizens.
The Oregon legislature meets
one week from next -Monday. The
dominant party hast such an over
whelming majority In both houses
that a big family row is expected
over the division of the spoils. As
usual, however, Portland will be on
top, and may be expected to have
tilings pretty much us own way.
Senator Mitchell and Congress
man Herrmann have agreed to ap
pear before the United States grand
jury at Portland and tell all they
know about the landfrauds. Herr
mann, from his somewhat question
able leave-taking of the land office,
if he will tell all he knows, is liable
In throw some limit. on the subicct
which may prove valuable in hclp
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l.lllll Mil 1 11: iiik una in inu
tcntiary. You know" politics now
adavs makes some very stramrc bed
fellows', and the dottfchty congress
man is a politician bf the profes
sional variety. Wc arc not inclined
to believe cither of the members of
the national branches of the govern
ment will say much that will make
it very embarrassing for their
"heelers." The less sajd is the easiest
mended, and if me government
keeps on its crusade the number
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sent to 1 11c penitentiary tor roniiiiig
the people might go loo far to deci
mate the "good workers" at elec
tion time.
Ilhiford D. Siglcr, a Portland
councilman and assessor-elect of
Multnomah county, was indicted by
.1 1 1 1 1.
uie granu jury, nrrcsicu, .11111 is uuw
at lartrc under a ball lxnd. The
chamc is extorting npnev from a
IVirtt.iiwi rnntrnelnrJ Thi Ore-
troniau explains thntf.'cycn though
the county assc'ssor should be sent
to the penitentiary for a term, if he
gets out in time he can go ahead
with his duties of office. Strange
as it may seem, the Orcgonian is
authority for the statement, and it
may be correct. A pretty mess
those Portland officeholders arc
making for the people.
The taxpayers of our southern
nemhbors will foot an interest bill
within the next few days of somc-
Ihing like $105,000. A pretty snug
sum for "the city of roses, and
entirely too much for the body of
"grafters" to have the handling of.
The Story of a Wonderful Town.
The Review has been favored
with an advance copy of a booklet
bearing the above title. It is pro
fusely illustrated with scenes in and
around St. Johns, while the water
front and manufacturing establish
ments arc given prominence. The
text contains an c1nlorate descrip
tion of the city, its industrial, man
ufacturing and other interests, and
s altogether one of the most inter
esting .and valuable looklets of its
kind we have ever seen. From an
artistic standpoint, it is most credi
table to both compiler and printer.
To Harry L. Powers, one of the
staunches! and best friends this city
ever had, is largely due the publica
tion, and he has certainly earned
the good will and commendation of
every citizen.
Copies of the booklet will be
mailed free to any address in this
mmediatc neichlwrhood, or may be
obtained by calling at the office of
Hartman. Ihompson & rowers in
St. Johns. It will be ready for
mailing, and those contributing to
the work may obtain their share of
copies Saturday.
The street railway company is
extending its tracks east along
Kilhncrsworth avenue from rieu-
mont Junction to Union avenue,
with the view, it is said, or tunning
the St. Tohns cars through to Port-
and. This route is taken because
of the llurnside street bridge being
ess used for team traffic than the
steel bridge, and better adapted for
running the large cars. If this is
the intention, and is carried out, it
will prove a great convenience to
the peninsula public, but it is only
rumor.
HOW SHALL
Everybody Favors Some
1905
The Different Views of Some of Our Prominent Citizens ns to
Methods.
The question of advertising St.
Johns and the peninsula district at
and during the Lewis and Clark
fair next year, is receiving some at
tention. The question as to the best
method is being discussed. That
something should be done is the
opinion of every one with whom
The Review has talked. A number
of prominent citizens have ex
pressed themselves, and wc give be
low some of the various ideas in
regard to the matter :
W. H, King, president of the Com
mercial Association, says: "I nm In
fnvor of advertising our resources nnd
attracting t lie attention of visitors tills
way. I think the proper way would
be to maintain n booth on the Fair
grounds, in charge of n competent per
son, Mid prepare descriptive and Illus
trated literature, maps, etc., setting
forth the natural advantages, and sup
ply copies of same to every inquirer.
I nm most decidedly iu favor of the
scheme, and wilt support nuy reason
able plan."
Henry Hlckncr nays; "lly all means
let the people of St. Johns do sonic
thliiR to bring our advantages before
the thousands of eastern people who
visit the Fair. I think wc should have
n booth and keep it supplied with
printed matter setting forth the facts
In rcitnrd to this district. Much koI
would result from inch a scheme."
Shcpard tt Tufts say: "Fix up a
booth on the Fair urounds to distrib
ute a booklet' and other literature.
Have a raised map sIiowIuk the nar
row strip of ground on the peninsula
and the high raagc of hills on the
west side of the river, to bring out
the fact that the City of Portland
must build down on the peninsula;
also showing our fine water front 011
the Willamette nnd also 011 the Co
lumbia Slough, showing the ndvan
Inge of being below the drawbridges,
giving to the manufacturer the best
shipping facilities that can be ob
tained. Wc believe that this would
do a vast amount of good for St.
Johns."
W. A. Kdgcrton: "Certainly. If wc
want our city to attain the prominence
it deserves, wc must not 'hide our
light under a bushel,' but adopt some
plan to bring before the Fair visitors
the vatt resources 01 111c peninsula
and St. Johns. The Fair will present
an excellent opportunity, and we
should avail ourselves 01 It.
I.. II. Chinman says; "The onnor
tuities for advertising the district,
which the l'air will offer, should not
be lost sight of for a moment. 1
favor the maintenance of a booth on
the grounds in charge of a capable
person; keep on hand fresh and up-to-date
literature, and supply all visitors
with facts regarding the city. I think
if we could secure special Illustrated
editions of our local paper from time
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in nine miring 111c rnir, nun umriu
uie them. It would be better than to
depend entirely on booklets and cir
culars. I am in favor of doing the
most effective thing possible."
O. L, Chapel says: "My idea of
advertising St. Johns at the 1003 Fair
is to place the location and facts be
fore the people in such a way as to
cave no doubt as to our superiority
over all other Northwestern manufac
turing cities. First, I would propose
a large relief may to occupy about
12x25 feet Poor space, winch would
show the elevation and general to
pography of the peninsula from the
steel bridge to the confluence of the
Columbia and Willamette Rivers,
thereby proving wc have sufficient
water front to support a population
on the lower peninsula of 100.000 peo
ple. Up to the present, the Columbia
Slough has practically been lost sight
of, but right there wc have four miles
of fine water front. On this map
should be located all our industries,
principal streets, buildings, car lines,
railroads, etc. It would also be neces
sary to have a man well posted to give
information and distribute literature.
A boat should be and of course will
be operated between St. Johns and
Portland, so visitors may come by
boat and return by rail, and if we give
them the elad hand the population of
St. Johns will double in 1005."
Dr. W. W. Hicks says: "I think
cards or circulars with full informa
tion concerning St, Johns, to be dis
tributed under the auspices of the
Commercial Association, by persons
whom that body may designate, would
meet the desired end. I also think that
special editions of our home paper
WE ADVERTISE?
Form of Publicity at the
Fair.
containing information about St. Johns
might be used to great advantage in
this connection."
Ci. H. Carlson saM "I think the
resources of St. Johns should be set
forth in proper manner at and dur- 1
ing the Fair, and steps to that cud
should commence i: once, and the
thing to be done right."
Councilman Mouohau says: "What
Is the best way to ndvertise St.
Johns? I believe thnt the Review and
the Commercial Club arc the best me
diums to advertise St. Johns. The
Review, because it gives the reader
a chance to sec what is being done
in and around our citv each week;
the Commercial Club, for the reason
that it is composed of the business
men of the town who arc awake to
the fact that wc have one of the best
locations on the Pacific Coast for
anyone to Invest in. Then the De
velopment League is still another
great advertising medium, one we
don't want to overlook. Then I would
suggest that diving the coming Fair
wc devise some means whereby we
can attract the attention of some of
the great multitude of people who
will llock to the Fair from the cast
and show them what wc believe to be
one of the moVt beautiful towns on
the Pacific coast to locate In from a
sanitary as well as a commercial point
of view."
Mayor Charles A. Cook: "There
arc many ways pf accomplishing the
desired object, Ipit on the spur of the
moment It is hard to say what scheme
or method Is the best. One is pub
licity through the medium of a news
paper. The St. Johns Review, dis
tributed among the visitors on the
Fair grounds and nt the hotels, con
stantly mid continually would serve
an excellent purpose. Especially would '
this be the case if issued daily iu a
bright nnd attractive form, and set
ting forth the advantages of our city
in n pleasing manner. Of course
there nrc many other methods of pub
licity, but the newspaper scheme, it
seems to me, at first glance to be the
most feasible and satisfactory; nnd
while it could be supplemented by
other means, I think it should not be
left out iu any scheme that may be
adopted."
J. C. Scott, superintendent of the
water works, says: "Of course. St.
Johns mutt take sonic steps to ndver-
use nt tne i-air grounds. I believe
a large relief map, showing the to
nography of the peninsula, and -special
editions of our home paper dis
tributed, together with other descrip
tive and statistical matter. To main
tain a booth and n competent attend
ant might entail too much expense,
but by all means let us do something."
Van Houtcn tic Rogers; "We be-
llcvc n good way to advertise St.
Johns at the coming Fair would be
to have n man constantly on the
ground to distribute attractive print
ed advertising matter, setting forth
the many advantages of our city. A
map similar to one issued by the O.
R. eV N, Co. showing St. Johns' gco
graphical position and advantages rcl
alive to the two rivers, its harbor
and wharf facilities ahd inducements
to mauufacluriiu plants, should form
the basis of such advertising matter."
J. Henry Smith; "The best way
to advertise St. Johns during the 1003
Fair is for everyone to throw onen
their houses to the visitors not free
of course, but at a cheap rental for
rooms, i.et tnem come here nnd
breath the pure Columbia breezes and
see our fruit, our magnificent cherries.
Nothing convinces people Ukt per
sonal contact. I intend to throw open
my home and to give my auests free
access to the fine cherry orchard on
me piacc. some 01 my trees yield a
ton of cherries apiece. F-astern pco
pic would not believe that unless they
saw it with their own eyes, And then
they will tell others and bring them
down here to prove their statements
And those in town will tell still otlt
ers, and St. Johns will get advertis
ing that will bring in substantial re
turns, .Of course printed matter Is a
good medium of advertising and
should be used alto; but the scheme I
speak of should be the main one."
Mrs. Williamson, of Similiter.
Or., is visitine Mr. and Mrs. Rog
ers, on the Boulevard. Mrs. Will
iamson is interested in some valu
able mining property at Sumpter.
She cxnects to reside in St. Trdim
if she can purchase desirable prop
erty.
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