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-IE HOOD RIVER NEWS
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VOLUME 6, NUMBER 3
HOOD RIVER, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1910
SUBSCRIPTION, $1.50 A YEAR
Hardships of Winter
Electric Railroad Bee
Again Buzzing Lively
Papers to Incorporate Company Capital
ized at $2,000,000 Filed In Portland To
Develop Mood River's Electrical Projects
For Year's Business
In Days of Long Ago
flayor McDonald Reads Message Recom
mending Early Completion of City Water
System, and Other Hatters of Importance
With the mayor and all the mem
bers of the council and the city gov
em meat present the administration
of the city's affair was re-orgaulzed
Monday evening (or another year's
During the session Mayor McDon
ald read his message and made sev
eral recommendations to the city's
law makers. He also complimented
them for the work they had accom
plished during the pant year; he asked
that the Improvement which was
contemplated on the east side road
be completed as speedily us possible,
and stated very emphatically that
the need of a more abundant water
supply was becoming greater dally
and hoped that the council would
push the municipal system to an
early completion; he also recom
mended the purchase of a rock
crusher for use In making permanent
street Improvements. Another rec
ommendation was to change the
present license regulation In regard
to teaming so that It would be put
on a more equitable basis.
The mayor stated In his message
that violations of the local option
law had tieen brought to his atten
tion and that It was up to the sheriff
and district attorney to enforce the
The city officers were all reappolnt
wlth h raise of $400 in salary for the
city attorney. Attorney Derby stat
ed that he would accept the city's
work for the coming year at a salary
of $'JO0, except any litigation that
might ensue In Installing the city
water system. It was admitted
by the council that tills might call
for an unlimited demand on his ser
vices ami would le unfair, and Ids
proposition was accepted. J. M.
Wright was elected president of the
During the routine session a re
monstrance was received from the
proerty holders on 12th street, pro
testing against the proposed Im
provement on that street until the
city water mains -were laid. The
protest was referred to the street
The annual meeting of the Hood
Illver Merchants Association, which
was held Tuesday eveulng of last
week was characterized by a large
attendance and active Interest In the
welfare of the organization for the
ensuing year. The financial report
of the secretary shows that the asso
ciation Is la a prosperous condition
and thnt U has proved helpful to
Hood Itlver business men during the
During the evening E. Brnyford
addressed the association In relation
to price cutting and advocated hav
ing the organization take up the
matter with manufacturers of staple
articles and Insist that fixed prices
Isj made for all denlers.
A committee was appointed to
make arrangements for the annual
banquet of the association.
The new olllcers for the ensuing
year are C. H. Vaughan, president,
W. Ii. MoGuIre, vice president, J. II.
Osborne, trensurer, E. H. llartwlg,
secretary. A vote of thanks was
tendered Mr. Cram, the retiring pres
ident, for his efllclent administration
of the association's affairs during
the past year. President Vaughan,
on assuming the chair, thanked the
roemls?rs for conferring the presi
dency of the association on him and
said he hoM-d It would give him the
loyal support It had given his prede
cessor. Mr. Muggins was also nom
inated tor the position of president
and, declined, but the retiring presi
dent refusing to accept declinations
from nominees he was' made a candi
date. R. R. Pertgo nnd K. B. Bragg
were also nominated for the o til re of
vice president. Mr. llartwlg was
unanimously declared the choice of
Hie association for secretary. K o.
JUanchar and Trumnn Butler wlm
were nominated (or treasurer It) ad
dition to Mr. Osliorne, withdrew.
The directors iecte tit serve 'Mh
Up pew otHccrs are W. U- Taft, J.
McDonald and E. Uraytord.
City engineer Morse made a report
stating thnt the flow of the city
spring was the same at present as It
was when measured last summer.
The sewer committee's report on
Division No. 1 District No. 4 was ac
cepted and the sewer ordered con
structed at a cost of $2,000 23.
The viewers appointed to appraise
the half lot of the Chandler property
for street purposes reported. Two
of the board, C. D. Nlckelsen and L.
E. Morse appraised the property at
$S50 and J. M. Wood made a minor
ity report placing the vulue at 500.
The matter was referred to the street
A. I). Moe, D. J. Trleber and A. C.
Buck, aH)olnted to make an apprals
ment of the value of some lots the
city wants to utilize for street pur
poses, extending from the warehouse
of the Apple Growers' Union to Ctb
street, reported the valuation as $200
a lot. The property viewed consisted
of nine lots.
On motion of Councilman Slocom
the ordinance prohibiting minors
from frequenting pool rooms and
providing for them to close on Sun
day passed ttie first reading.
The license money collected from
the shows during the fruit fair,
amounting to $178.50, Was ordered
returned to I he fair association A
bond from W. G. Aldred for $8,000 In
connection with the 12th street Im
provement was accepted. Dills for
advertising the bond issue In the out
of town pajiers were ordered paid.
The commutes appointed for the
ensuing year are as follows:
Judiciary Hall, Broslus, Arnold.
Finance Slocom, Arnold, Wright.
Streets liroslus, Wright, Shn'om.
Fire and Water Wright, Hugglns,
Hall. Health Arnold, Hall, Hug
glns. I'rlntlng and police Muggins,
Wants Census Enumerators
Hon. Seneca C. Ileach, In charge of
the census in this district, Is having
a good deal of trouble in getting the
right sort of men to apply as census
enumerators In the outlying districts
of the remote counties. This Is par
ticularly true lu portions of Malheur,
Harney and Grant counties. From
some thirty districts no names have
In the populous centers, particular
ly In Portland, the reverse Is true.
For the 140 Jobs In Multnomah coun
ty many hundreds of applications
have licen tiled and in a like propor.
Hon from the smaller cities.
The press of the state will 13 called
upon to make this matter known to
the Interior parts, with the hojie
that competent prsons may ls se
cured, and It Is altogether likely that
the editors of the counties named
may be asked to suggest names
where none ure otherwise forthcom
ing. It Is very Important that we have
In Oregon a fair enumeration of our
population and resources, and to
that sole end will Mr. Ileach work.
There will be no pudding, and so far
as possible no names or Industries
will escape entry and tabulation.
The Dalles Optimist.
Will Assemble at American Lake
Militiamen from Washington, Ore
gon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and
North Dakota will participate In the
maneuvers at American Lake next
August. At the same time the gov
ernment plans to send a large num
ber of regulars, so that the encamp
ment will see a gathering of from
10,000 to 12,000 soldiers. The time
will 1h extended from ten days to
two weeks, as a longer course of in
struction Is Is'lng mapped out. Adj.
Gen. G. II. Lamping announces that
the coast artillery defense exercises
of tli 'militia will be held' In the
I'uget Sound military district during
Mt. Ijood Grange Re-organized.
Mt. Hood Grange No. iltlt) was re
organlzcd Saturday, J-lanunry hth
aud the new officers. Installed by A,
J. Mason and wc are starting with
an elllclent set of ollcer and twenty-thru
meinlHTs. Neighbors If we
only quit our kicking nnd push a
little there Is no reason why Hie
the Grange will not be beneficial
morally, socially and intellectually.
I'otne out next Saturday at 1 ::t p.
m. and help push.
Oa Christmas morning, t:
good steamer D. S. Baker, iiLxIji
John F. Stump, commander, left
Blalock's Landing, then the eastern
terminus of the O. It. & N. Portlaud
Huntlngton railroad on the upper
Columbia river. A lilting east wind
was blowing, aud as we swung
around and headed Into It I hastily
closed the pilothouse window, turned
on the steam heater, and drawing
up my stool, prepared to make my
self comfortable during my morning
watch. But this did not last long.
The clouds thickened and soou sleet
began to fall, mixed with snow, nnd
froze as fast as It fell, plastering up
the window panes so that It was Im
possible to see through. There was
no escape, so buttoning up my heavy
overcoat and opening the window, I
fuced the storm. It was an anxious
watch for me; the river was low;
rocks were plentiful on ull sides, with
one bad rapid to climb, aud I could
O. L. STRANAHAN
One of Hood River's Pioneer Citizens Who Passed Away Last Week
Will Ask State For
Normal School Here
Big Meeting of Commercial Club Hembers
After Hearing Report of Committee En
dorses riovement--Will Call Mass fleeting
At the meeting of the Common-til
Club held Thursday evening, at whh li
Charles Hall presided for the first
time, a large attendance greeti l
the new president. The busiiu-s
of greatest Interest to come before
the meeting was the report of t lie
committee recently appointed to
look Into the matter of attempting
to get the state normal school locat
ed at Hood Klver.
Attorney E. C. Smith who I ch.ilr-
maln of the committee which con
sisted of himself ( has Hall, l. .1.
TrellsTand C. T. Early made the re
port. An Interview which severil
moinls'rs of the committee had with
Mr. II. W.Scott, the veteran editor
of the Orcgonlap, Mr. Smith said, in
dicated that Hood Klver would not
the support of the Oregonlan if It
decided to ask for the school. It was
understood that Monmouth, wliich
already has buildings that were erect
ed for normal purposes was the only
probable competitor for the sol 1.
The sanitary conditions of the Lit (or
place owing to bad drainage w ore,
however! detrimental to locating the
school there permanently.
D. .1. Trolbor, one of the commit ioe,
spoke lu favor of the proposl'toti
stating that It was the sentiment of
the committee not to put up a light
for the school, but ask the state
to locate It at Hood Illver on ac
count of Its central location and
other desirable features. Ho U-lloved
ho said that It would add greatly to
the prestige of the city and prove a
honell t In many other way
J. L, Henderson spoke against
going Into a tight to have the school
located here on the ground that he
thought It would be an Injur v to
other Interests the city might ask
i ,,.,r,. ri.iin a boat's length
ji. 1 .'i!..'il. Irlvlng sleet almost
bliuileii Lie, As ' we approached the
foot of the rapid Captain Stump
balled me through the purser's speak
ing tube, aud asked how I was mak
ing It, saying that he did not dare to
attempt reaching the pilot house lu
that gale, as everything was covered
with lee, and to do the best I could.
We went through without mishap,
and about noon the storm abated,
the clouds broke away, when the sun
came out, the steamer glistened In a
fcheen of Ice. When Captain Stump
came up to relieve me for dinner he
had to take the Iron stove poker and
break the lee from the breast of my
coat before I could get out of It.
We reached Umutilla on time, and
discharged our cargo. That night It
turneil colder and the next morning
the river was filled with floating Ice,
and It was deemed imprudent to at-
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the state to take up and from the
the point of view that there were al
ready three sets of buildings at vari
ous places in the state which could
be used for the purpose and that he
thought the taxpayers would In.' op
posed to It,
C. T. Rolierts who was present
spoke enthusiastically of the good
he thought the school would do here
In a number of ways ami suggested
that the committee get Into com
munication with Dr. Eliot with a
view to having him donate a site
and grounds for the institution.
On motion of C. T. Early the re
port of the committee was accepted
aud the committee was continued
with Instructions to devise a plan
of campaign, and take steps to hold
a mass meeting to submit the mat
ter to the residents in general.
E. H. Shepherd brought up the
question of having a committee ap
pointed to got lu touch with U. K. &
N. ollicl.-ils In regard to the new de
pot which it Is expected will be erect
ed hero this summer and for the pur
pose of Inducing them to make an
extra effort to locate as tine a build
ing here as possible. Ho Is-lloved he
said, thi'.t the city and valley was
entitled to It and while he thought
that the railroad company would lie
liberal with Hood Klver, he U'lleved
that a commit tiv could probably
Induce the company to do some
thing out of the ordinary for Hood
K'vcr. On motion President Hall
appointed a committee of which
Mr. Shepherd is chairman. Three
new applications for lucmlcrsh'
were reported to the meeting and
the chair staled tluit a plan for a
campaign for stvurlng additional
memberships would shortly lie taken
up by the board of directors,
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Papers for the Incorporation of a
company with $2,000,000 capital
were filed In Multnomah county Sat
urday for the purpose of construct
ing an electric railroad In Hood River
The incoporators are J. D. Wilcox,
a wealthy real estate man of Port
land, V. Minor, of the well known
law firm of Teal & Minor also of that
city, and R. Smith of the Stanley-
Smith Lumber Company. Mr. Wil
cox who was at Hood River recently
and called at the News office lntlrn-
atedtthat a company for the pur
pose I f constructing an electric road
wasjb lug organized, but stated that
he wai not ready yet to give out any
of the t etalls.
He aio recently applied for a fran
chise ti construct a gas plant at
The Dulles'. It Is understood that
the Interests he represents have
large capital which they are seeking
to Invest In undeveloped public ser
vice corporations throughout the
The name of the new company will
Is the Hood River Light and Power
Company and Its head offices are to
be In Portland. In regard to the
new company the Oregonlan says:
"Under Its powers, the corpora
tion may harness anil sell water
power, construct or otherwise ac
quire and operate transportation
lines, Including boats, steam or elec-
- The auuual meeting of the stock
holders ol the Hood River Electric
Light, power and Water Company,
which was held Jauuary 11, resulted
In the election of H. F. Davidson, E.
E. Goff nnd W. H. Chipping as direc
tors. Owing to legal complications
no financial statement was rendered.
As directors and officers for the en
suing year the Hood River Banking
and Trust Company elected at Its
annual meeting C. G. Pratt, presi
dent, J. H. Osborne, vice president,
R. W. Pratt, cashier, M. M. Hill, C.
H. Strauahau, Wilson Flke.directors.
At the annual meeting of the stock
holders of the First National bank,
which was held Tuesday of last
week, the old board of directors, con
sisting of F. S. Stanley, J. W. Hiu
rlchs, A. S. Blowers, I). McDonald
nnd A. D. Moe were re-elected. E O.
Blanchnr was chosen cashier and V.
C. Brock assistant cashier.
The annual meeting of the stick
holders of the Butler Banking Com
pany held last Tuesday resulted In
the re-election of Its board of direc
tors and officers, which are ns fol
lows: Leslie Butler, president; F. W.
McKercher, vice president; Truman
Butler, cashier; R. T. Cox nnd E. H.
French, directors. Mr. McKercher
and Mr. Cox of Portland and Mr.
French of The Dalles were present.
The bank's statement showed an
Increase of $1.V,IHR lu deposits over
BLOW YOUR HORN
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horns
It you don't it won't be blown.
The people won't flock
To" buy your stock
If you never make it known.
So, Little Boy Blue, come blow your horni
It's the proper business caper,
And the very best way
To make it pay
Is" to blow it through this paper.
trie railways And airships; and en
gage In pocking, manufacturing, mer
cantile pursuits, express, telephone,
telegraph and other service branches
"The corporation papers provide
for the construction of a railway
from the mouth of Hood River to a
point In the Mount Hoed district.
'We have not yet organized said
Mr. Wilcox last night. 'The filing of
the articles of Incorporation la bat
preliminary work. Our intention Is
to develop the Hood River valley
with an electric road.
" 'It Is probable that we shall pro
ceed to organization very shortly.
We have the capital behind us. We
have not yet obtained options on land
necessary for the construction of
any railroad, but that Is a mere de
tail. - This Is a bona fide corporation
and we actually Intend to eonstruct
the road. "
Pays Highest Personal Tax
Mrs. Emma B. Kennedy heads the
list of personal tax assessments made
public In New York recently. She Is
the widow of the late John S. Ken
nedy, who left 126,000,000 to charity
when he died recently, and she must
pay taxes on personal property val
ued at $0,000,000.
Andrew Carnegie, who topped the
list last year, tied this year for sec
ond place with Mrs. Russell Sage at
15,000,000. John D. Rockefeller comes
third with personal property assessed
at $2,500,000 and In fourth place are
Florence Amsinck, Bessie McLeod
Leggett and W. K. Vanderbllt, each
assessed for $1,000,000. Win. K. Van
derbllt, Jr., Is listed for $500,000.
Dishonest Agencies Most Oo
The fight on undesirable employ
ment has been renewed In Spokane.
On New Year's day half a dozen of
them were put out of business by the
refusal of Mayor Pratt to renew
their licenses. All of the larger cities
of the northwest, where labor mar
kets have developed, have had
trouble with employment agents,
because of their tendency to prey on
unfortunate men and women search
ing for work. Seattle, Tacoma and
Portland face the same trouble.
While there are some agents whose
dealings are honest, the mayor of
Spokane fears they are too few to
trllle with and he has announced
his lutentlon to close all out as rap
Idly as their permits to operate ex
pire. Forest Rangers Seek Knowledge
Sixty forest rangers from all parts
of the northwest and California have
enrolled at the University of Wash
ington, lu the forestry department,
by detail of the government, W. T.
Andrews, expert of the forestry ser
vice, will assist the faculty In In
structing the men. They are on full
pay while attending the university,
but subject to all rules governing
ordinary students. It Is expected
that Chief Forester Glfford Plnchot
will lie present to gtve lectures before
the close of the term. A long cruise
in the woods will conclude the instruction.