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About St. Johns review. (Saint Johns, Or.) 1904-current | View Entire Issue (April 16, 1915)
St. Johns is Calling You
Has seven churches.
Hat a moit promising future.
Distinctively a manufacturing city
Adjoins the city of Portland.
Has nearly 6,000 population.
Has a public library. .
Taxable property. f4.50O.00O.
Has large dry docks, saw mills
Woolen mills, iron works,
Stove works, asbestos factory.
Ship building plant.
Veneer and excelsior plant,
Flour mill, planing mill,
Dox factory, and others.
More industries coming.
St. Johns is the place for YOU.
St. Johns is Calling You
Is second In number of Industries.
Is seventh in population.
Cars to Portland every 16 mln.
Has navigable water on 3 sides,
lias finest ko and electricity.
Has 3 strong banks.
I las five large school houses.
Has abundance of purest water.
Has hard surface streets.
Has extensive sewerage system.
I las fine, modern brick city hall.
I las good payroll monthly,
Ships monthly many cars freight.
All railroads have access to it.
Is gateway to Portland harbor.
Climate ideal and healthful.
ST. JOHNS REVIEW
Devoted to the Interest of the Peninsula, the Manufacturing Center ot lb Northtfeit
ST. JOHNS, OREGON, FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1915.
Old Council Steps Down
and New Ushered In
Mmday nvoning witnessed the
pacing of the old city officials
and the installation of the new.
All members were present, with
Mavor Vincent presiding.
W. S. Basey presented a com-
m inir-nMnn with affidavit at
tached in which he questioned the
ability of one or more officials
to qualify, in the belief that
tiny were not free-holder. At
torn ay Parker decided that it
would not be n matter for the
outgoing council to decide, and
on motion of Councilman Gar
lick the document was accepted
and ordered filed.
Attorney Parker, in response
to an inquiry of the mayor aB to
what legal matters were still
unsettled, stated that the West
intmite paving case was still
pending m the courts, as was also
the case of D. C. Lewis in re
sisting payment of street
nssoismcnt on Willamette boule
vard. The business of tho meeting
bcin? finished, short speeches
wore made by Councilmen Gnr
lick and Graden and Mayor Vin
cent. Mr. Garlick stated that during
his two years in office ho had
taken a great interest in tho
work, and never fnvored any
particular interest, but tried to
serve the people impartially.
Ho thanked tho people for the
fine vote he had received.
Mr. Graden expressed his
pleasure at receiving such n
largo vote, and said ho hoped to
carry out tho wishes of tho peo
ple, to the best of his ability,
lie predicted a harmonious re
gime for tho three months tho
new officials have to servo.
Mayor Vincent expressed his
thanks to tho members of tho
council for their cooperation and
faithful service, and that he
believed every member had did
his best for tho community at
large. He said ho believed that
he had demonstrated to tho peo
ple that a man may bo u rensrn
nblo 'man and at tho samo time
bo a Socialist. Ho admitted that
miit.ike3 had been male, but
they wero unintentional and
that they had all learned some
thing by tho mistakes that had
occurrod. Ho said he believed
the council had fully demonstrat
ed that they were ublo to govern
tho city, and were now ready to
turn it over to their successors.
Mayor Muck stated that it
would now bo in order to elect
the president of the council, and
upon motion of Councilman Bon
ham, R. Grndon was elected
unanimously. Mr. Graden is
the only member of the old coun
cil to be reelected.
The new officials were then
sworn in by Recorder Dunsmoro
in tho following order: A. A.
Muck mayor: B. C. Geeslin, city
attorney; S. C. Cook, J. S, Dow
ney and I. B. Martin, councilmen
at large; D. Tallman and R.Gra
den, councilmen first ward; G. L.
Perrine and. H. W. Bonham,
councilmen second ward.
Addresses were then made by
Councilmen Perrine. Downny,
Bonham, Graden, Tallman, Mar
tin and Cook, Recorder Duns
moro and Mayor Muck.
Mr. Perrine stated that he was
not a conservative, but a radi
cal, and that he did not seek
the office, but since the people
had seen fit to elect him they
would have to suffer tho conse
quences; that he believed great
er good would follow merging;
that it was now up to the people
tn prof rncrether.
Mr. Downey stated that he
would stand firm with the peo
ple and do his best to carry out
thnir wishes. He said that he
believed it would be a fine thing
for St. Johns to merge; mat
both cities would mutually
honnfit therehv. He naid a trib
ute to D. C. Lewis, and said he
believed him to be a clean man.
Mr Bonham stated that he was
n hnneless minority, beinir the
only anti-mergerite on the coun
cil, but that he would do his du
ty to the best of his ability.
Mr. Graden stated that it was
a bad thing for the water com
pany when Graden came to towi;
that he had been fighting for
lower water rates ever since;
that he had served from the low
est to the highest offices in his
home town, and would serve the
people to the best of his ability;
that he believed none would be
sorry after merging had been
fully carried out.
Mr. Tallman thanked the
voters for the honor conferred
upon him; that he had never pro
viouslv served in an official ca
pacity in St. Johns, but had serv
ed continuously for five years
on the council nt Newberg; that
ho had always believed m merg
ing; that while ho believed the
people could rule themselves
successfully, yet he believed
there wero big propositions that
a larger city could handle bet
ter. He predicted that harmony
would prevail in tho council
chamber until merging had been
Mr. Martin thanked the people
for the vote ho received, and
said ho believed tho majority of
300 in favor of merging should
Mr. Cook caused a ripple of
amusement to make the rounds of
tho room when he jokingly stated
it seemed to him that instead of
being city dads they appeared
somewhat like a bunch of grand
dads. He said he believed all
wero conscientious on both sides
of the merger question and that
he harbored not the slightest
ill will to any who differed from
him on the question; that wo were
now in a position to do more
for this section than the city
could do alone; that wo would all
have to unito and stick together.
Mr. Dunsmoro expressed his
deep appreciation of the confi
dence tho people placed in him
by returning him to oliice in
spito of tho well known fact
that ho was ananti-mcrgeritc.
Mayor Muck made tho follow
To the Members of tho City
Council. Gentlemen: As this
will probably be tho last City
Council that will ever sit in the
City of St. Johns.! deem it prop
er to present a short message.
At tho recent Primary Elect
ion, one lono Progressive caBt
his vote for me, and due to that
I became the nominee for Mayor
on tho Progrcssivo ticket. Af
ter a most exciting campaign in
which questions vital to our fu
ture welfaro wero tho issue, l
bocamo your Mayor by a majority
of twenty-four. in a total of over
1,300. and as Mayor, now desire
your full cooperation to tho end
that St. Johns may bo tho bene
ficiary. At tho election held on April
5th, the people spoke in no un
certain terms. Tho campaign
issues wero we 11 defined, and the
voters by their ballots paid that
which thov wished, and selected
us as their sorvanttHo carry that
expressed wish to comploto ful
fillment, and to refuse to do so,
or oven to falter, to carry such
wish into execution, would show
a lack of good citizenship, to
an extent bordering on deprav
The city government has had
as its Mayor for the past year a
popular man, clean in his person
al life, but politically speaking,
with views at great variance
His admin strntion is now a
matter of history; tho things nc
comnlished or nartially accom
plished, or partially finished or
left undono are before you. uan
wo do as much and as well, pro
portionately in the time allotted
us, or can we do more and bet
ter; these are questions that con
The past is gone; let us forget
it, except as we may look to it to
learn to avoid mistakes in the
Wo wero elected under differ
ent conditions and with different
issues confronting us than were
the elective officers of the pre
vious administration, and to
faithfully carry out our pledges,
and to carry them to fruition,
and to so conduct tho affairs of
the city that when the time ar
rives for us to cast aside the
mantle of authority, and volun
tarily surrender the reins of
government with honor to our
selves and credit to the people
should be our highest aim. We
were elected at least seven of
us on a specific pledge, to-wit,
that we favored merging with
Portland, and would use our
honest endeavors to bring about
that much desired result, and
the people having spoken fully
on this Question, and the major
ity being full and complete, it
is up to us to properly prepare the
way for merger by so arranging
the matters and affairs of the
City that the union of St. Johns
with Portland, can do maae
with the business affairs of the
city in such shape, that as little
criticism shall follow us into our
private Iive3 as possible.
The act of any person to now
attempt to overthrow the man
ifest will of the people would be
an act of bad citizenship.
One thing I earnestly recom
mend in the city affairs is,
strictest economy, and this,
Rawson's Fruit Wiper and Grading Machine
coupled with efficiency and hon
esty, will leave our city financial
I think I can seo where there
has been somo waste, but of this
I do not now care to speak fur
Some changes can be made in
the manner of street work,
street improvements, granting
of permits, tho passage of ordi
nances, thnt will bo of improve
ment, mul to tho city's benefit.
Of these things I will speak
Times arc hard, work is
scarce. Let us aid tho suffering
in our midst in an honorable
way, by fair methods in wnges,
employment of tho deserving,
ana in making improvement in
such a way that the hungry
muy bo fed and tho property
owner not be deprived of his
property, to any greater extent
With a feeling that there are
great things in store for this
section, providing wisdom pre
vails, 1 subscribe myself, A. A.
In winding up tho meeting
Councilmen Downoy and Perrine
debated tho good roads bond
issue, tho former advocating and
tho latter declaring against it,
Mr. Perrine making tho remark
that he would not vote for bonds
at any time.
Adjournment to meet in regu
lar session tho following oven-
Tho now city council took hold
of tho reins of city government
Tuesday evening with all mem
bers present and Mayor muck
Mayor Muck announced the ap
pointment of tho following com
FinanceMartin, Bonham and
Streets and Docks Cook, Gra
den and Tallman.
Water and Light Graden,
Martin and Bonham,
Firo and Police Downey,
Graden and Perrine.
Buildings and Grounds Per
rine, Tallman and Downoy.
Liquor License Bonham,
Downey and Perrine.
License Tallman, Martin and
A suggestion from the Com
mercial club that'the bill of $25
for a Polk's directory contain
ing a page ad. concerning St.
Johns be paid by tho city coun
cil, was disregarded and the bill
ordered returned to the club.
A street assessment against
the city's property in tho city
of Linnton was referred to tlie
Adjutant General Geo. A.
White wrote for information con
cerning the probabilities of a
company of Coast Artillerymen
being organized in St. Johns,
but no definite action taken,
except to have it placed on file.
D. C. Lewis, in behalf of sev
eral property owners, objected
to the erection of a water tank
on Wilamette boulevard opposite
the Dr. Jayno property by the
Western Cooperage Company,
and suggested that the matter
be taken up with the company
in the belief that an amicable
arrangement could be made
whereby the tank could be placed
farther down the hill and serve
the purpose as well without be
ing unsightly and offensive to
the residents of the boulevard.
Mayor Muck referred the matter
to the city attorney and build
ings and grounds committee.
Councilman Graden was ap
pointed a committee of one by
the mayor to look after matters
pertaining to the city's supply
of wood which was cut by the
unemployed last winter.
Ordinances providing the time
and manner of improving Hayes
street between Philadelphia and
Catlin, and Ivanhoc street be
tween Philadelphia and Catlin
streets were passed.
An ordinance assessing the
cost of improving Mncrum ave
nue in East St. Johns, and an
ordinnnco directing the city re
corder to sell improvement bonds
in the sum of $3,9G1.G4 were
The engineer's plans and spec
ifications for tho improvement
of Ivanhoo street between Phil
adelphia and Richmond streets
by cement sidewalks were ac
cepted and a resolution provid
ing for such improvement adopt
ed. Bills amounting to $299.80
Dr. L. E. Graves was appoint
ed health officer, with the under
standing that she receive tho
regular salary of $100 per an
num and bo allowed extra for au
tomobile hire in case of epidem
ic, Councilman Cook pointing out
tho fact that tho health officer
and city physician wero separate
offices, and if ono person Borved
in both capacities extra pay
should bo provided for addition
Upon request of Mr. Moody,
Judge McGinn was permitted to
make a short address in tho in
terest of the good roads cam
paign, and the judge made a
.vigorous appeal for tho good
roads movement. Councilman
Perrino called his attention to
tho incomplotonessof tho Colum
bia highway and stated thnt tho
hard surfacing could bo la'd for
41 cents per yard, whereas an
cstimnte of $1,20 per yard had
been made by tho promoters of
tho project. Ho asked if it
would solve tho unemployment
problem, and Judgo McGinn re
plied that it would do so par
tially. After the good roads discus
sion had ceased, Mr. Perrino ur
gently ndvocated tho necessity
and feasibility of constructing a
comfort station under the ground
at tho edge of tho city hall plot,
and volunteered to Iny all the
tile himself without any compen
sation whatever. Ex-Councilman
Wnldorf heartily concurred
in Mr. Perrine's idea and said
lie believed it would be one of
the best things that could bo
done for the city, It was decid
ed that Mr. Perrino should make
a detailed report of tho conven
ience and submit it later.
It was decided that now broom
bo placed on tho street sweeper
so that it might bo placed in
serviceable condition, although
Councilman Perrino objected on
the ground that it only was for
the purpose of keeping the pav
ed streets clean, while the streets
not thus .improved could not be
cleaned and yet these property
owners had to help foot the bill,
Councilman Martin called his at
tention to the fact that money
was spent in keeping tho cross
walks cleaned in the streets not
hard surfaced, thus somewhat
equalizing the burden of street
cleaning all around. Councilman
Downey held a liko opinion as
Mr. Martin, and said he believed
under present conditions matters
could not be remedied.and a like
method was adopted by all mod
FOR SALE. I will sell on
easy terms at a bargain my half
acre of choice garden land witn
small house in St. Johns only
twn hlnnks from car line. Would
accept a modern five passenger
auto as pari payment, wnai
have you to offer? For particu
lars, see Dr. Gilstrap.
For Rent One 6 room house,
$8.00; one 7 room house with
nnro. $8.00! one (5 room house all
remodeled, $10.00. Peninsula
Security Co., Room 5 over First
That is Bound to Meet With Splendid Success
Most Ingenious Invention
Mr. Ed Rawson has invented
a fruit wiper and grading ma
chine thnt is different and su
perior to nnything on tho mar
ket and is now making them at
his workshop nt tho corner of
Richmond and Jersey streets.
Mr. Rawson is an inventor and a
master mechanic of marked
ability. He has invented a num
ber of machines that are of par
In his latest invention, how
ever, he has something that bids
fair to yield him a largo for
tune, besides being of inestima
ble value to fruit growers. Ho
has also invented a potato
sprouter, grader and packer that
is a marvel. The probabilities
are tlyit ho will booh have to
greatly enlnrgo his capacity for
turning out tho work, and may
be the mentis of St. Johns later
on securing an important in
dustrial institution. Mr. Rawson
is fully deserving of all tho suc
cess that (abound to come to him
through his inventions. Tho
wiper and grader covers a space
about twelvo feet long and three
feet wide. Each table occupies
a space approximately six feet
square. Tho weight of tho ma
chine is nbout 200 pounds. It
can handle nearly fifty bushels
of apples per hour, which is as
fast as tho fruit can go through
and not bo bruised by rolling to
gether. This machine is as
rapid as any wiper nnd grader
on tho market. It will wipe
better than can bo done with the
Fruit polishers nnd graders
have como to stay, for fruit
growers cannot nflford to wipo
and grado in the old expensive
way. The Rawson wiper is so
simple that a child can operate
it with ease. It will wipe and
grade peaches without damaging
Ho manufactures these ma
chines in three sizes, to make
six. nine or twelve grades.
Tho Rawson Fruit Grador and
Wiper is the result of a careful
study of tho needs of fruitgrow
ers in tho Northwest and else
where. Its superiority over
other machines of its kind aro
easily seen. It is simple, light
running, easily operated, does
thorough work and does it rapid
ly. Lightness and durability
aro features of tho Kawson
grader that will appeal to all
fruit growers who want a strong
machino that can bo easily mov
ed from place to place. The low
prices of $95 to $120 places them
within tho reach of all.
By using the Rawson Fruit
Grader and Wiper fruit can be
handled with one-half less ex
pense than is now necessary in
wiping and grading it in the old
style way. This machine will
handle fruit as carefully as a
nurse would handle a new born
babe. It is simplicity itself.
Women or children can operate
it and save the expense of em
ploying high priced experts.
With this machine you can wipo
and grade apples, peaches and
pears and by using attachment
you can sprout, grade and sack
His double machine gives the
operator a chance to separate
fruit on the feed table, red
cheeked apples going through on
one side and lower grades on the
other. This machine is operat
ed in the samo way as the oth
ers, but has double capacity.
Auto for hire by day, hour or
trin. at very reasonable rates.
Good opportunity for parties of
four or less to make a trip into
the country at a low price. li.
M. Waldref,G09 Fessenden street.
Phono Columbia 206.
Interesting Notes for the
Afternoon, 12:00 to 5:30.
Evening, 7:00 to 9:00.
Sunday, 2:30 to 5:30.
Clark Old Homes of Now
"Never did a country have
such problems of immigration
to face as ours. Never was the
fato of any land so interwoven
with tho fate of other lands, and
with tho men nrtd women these
lands send to our shores. Not
withstanding this, there is in
America an abundnnt indiffer
ence nnd carelessness concerning
Inrgo numbers of our fellow citi
zens which must be replaced by
sympathy and active Interest if
America is to become tho great
homogeneous nation for which
wo all hope. Wo exhibit a crass
ignorance concerning tho neigh
bors who jostle us on every side.
People that como from entire
ly different points of tho Euro
pean compass are surprisingly
mixed, and all are often embrac
ed under tho one contemptuous
tltlo"Dago." Tho noblo history,
tho patriotic struggles, tho fa
mous literature, tho great states
men, poets and artists of the
countries from which these new
Americans como aro unknown
or lortiotton. This ignornnco
would not fso much matter did
it not breed not only indiffer
ence, but downright contempt,
brutality, and race hatred.
Mr. Clark'a book, by way of
protest against this ignorance,
gives an interesting discussion
of the country and peoplo of the
Austro-Hungarian monarchy and
their contribution to tho new
Galsworthy Tho Mob.
A book which may bo read
with profit by overyone, particu
larly in the times now with us.
It gives n keen analysis of tho
mob spirit by which war is made
and gains in forco by its form
that of a play.
Ross- Changing America.
Tho average man's mental pic
ture of his society is at least two
or three decades out of dato, so
that half tho tuno he is fighting
windmills instead of grappling
with tho enemies that riso in
his path. In this book Mr. Ross
aims to bring tho picture nearer
to reality by describing certain
contemporary social develop
ments. Ho realizes this to bo a
hazardous understanding but
ventures in tho knowledge that
after all it is only 1 ving tenden
cies that man can work with.curb
or guide. Somo of the topics
The Outlook for Plain Folk.
The Falling Birth-Rate.
The Significance of Increasing
The Suppression of Important
Buy your tickets to the Mult
nomah Theatre from tho Rebek
ahs and receive a chance for
each 10 cent ticket. on the Ten
Dollar Ansco Camera, now on
display at tho St. Johns Phar
macy, which will be given to the
one holding the lucky number
at the Multnomah Theatre, Wed
nesday evening, April 21st Re
For Sale Cheap-1914 Detach
able Evenrudo Motor for row
boats, 3J horso power, has been
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Call at this office or phone Main
3097 for turther information,
Incidents of High School
On Friday evening, Mr. Frank
Branch Riley of Portland lectured
under the auspices of tho Grade
Teacher's Association on "The
After a preliminary discussion
of the advantages of good roads
to the county, and of the pro
posed road bonds, the sneaker
showed the famous slides of Col
umbia River scenery from tho
collections of Mr. Lancaster and
Mr. Hill. The pictures wero
well worth seeing and the lec
I his week II. S. num s are
taking the mid-term examina
tions. A hmc number of tho II. S.
girls aro taking gym work under
the supervision of Miss Rundnll.
All tennis players tiro waiting
patiently or dry weather. Both
courts are marked off and all
ready for play.
Tho II. b. mini 8 uro wisely
taking advantage of tho splendid
opportunity to sec the Finley
bird nnd animal pictures at tho
Multnomah Theatre this week.
Tho St. Johns Parent-Teachers'
Association has made it possible
ior them to do this at the nomi
nal price of five cents. Tho pic
tures arc splendid and well
Words of Appreciation
Editor Review, St. Johns. Ore
gon.- Ucnr Sir: Having refrain
ed from asking for space in your
pnper during the heat of tho
campaign when your time nnd
space was so taken up with your
fight, as well as that of others, I
would now nsk for just a little
space to thank tho voters of St.
Johns for their hearty support
in my hohalt which resulted in
such a largo majority above my
numerous opponents. I feel nm
niy repaid for my struggles to
carry out that which I knew to
bo tho wish of the masses of tho
peoplo of St. Johns, and also for
my struggles in trying to olovato
tho standard of tho government
of our city, which was asked for
by nt least throe numerously
signed petitions, and in order to
evade doing something thnt they
did not have in Portland, nnd
which would apply only to tho
class of citizens in St. Johns, it
was called class legislation anil
tho ordinnnco was vetoed by tho
mayor, and sustained by all but
ono councilman, which leaves no
doubt in my mind that it was
tho principal cause for tho retire
ment of mayor nnd councilmen.
But of courso thoy would not ad
mit of that but say it was only
on account of tho morgor ques
tion. II that is true then how
about Mr. Bonham's election, but
may that be as it is. if we can
not have anything in bt. Johns
that is not in Portland, and we
must follow tho way things aro
done in Portland, then wo wero
certainly justified in annoxing
or voting to annex to Portland
nnd save tho oxponso of follow
ing m her footsteps. But now
that the battle of ballots is over,
tho now council has quito a lot
of work on its hands in cleaning
up and adjusting things for that
great event (in case our proposal
is accepted) that wedding of St.
Johns with Miss Portland, and
after that event has passed, wo
should all join in making this
part of Portland, which will al
ways bo known as St. Johns, tho
best and greatest of all Portland,
for in union there is strength.
Yours for Greater St. Johns.
St. Johns is No More
But listen to us. If you intend
to have any electrical wiring
done or if you intend to chango
your fixtures, better do it right
now beforo Portland restrictions
come into effect and savo thirty
percent. Now this is a straight
steer and when doing it remem
ber your only electric store and
Gensman's electric service. Wo
repair free of charge any wir
ing done by us, if defective, at
any time, Let's talk. -E. A.
Gensman & Son, 217 North Jer
sey. If your eyes aro troubling you
see Dr. Gilstrap.