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HOOD RIVER NEWS
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 28
HOOD RIVER, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1910
SUBSCRIPTION, $1.50 A YEAR
HOOD RIVER ASSOCIATION BEST SAYS EXPERT
Mass Meeting Friday Night Hears Many
Complaints. Ranchers Demur Against
Raise in Rates. Committee to Investigate
T tie joint meeting of the . Merchant'
Association Hint residents of the val
ley held Friday evening at the Coin
merclal Club rooms to discuss the
raise In telephone rates wax largely
attended and keen Interest manifest
ed In the discussions. ('. II. Vaughan
president of the association, was
chairman of the meeting. Mont of
the talking wan done liy out of town
residents, the memliers of the assocl
atlon having little to Hay.
The phone company wan repre
sented by Chun, and Kverett Hall.
J. li. liardlnger, who In IntereHted In
organizing the mutual company un
der the direction of F. II. Stow, was
hUd present, an were also a good
many of the representative business
men and a number of ranchers from
both sides of the valley.
The discussion wus led by A. I.
Mason, who stated thut he had been
appointed one of a committee of
three from I'lue Grove grange to
meet with the assocluiiou to protest.
against the Increased rates And in
elllclent service. He said he believed
that the raise lu rates was unwar
ranted on account of the poor ser
vice and also from the standpoint
of what other cities in the state were
paying for telephone service. Before
he had anything further to say, how
ever, tie would like to hear from
others and to have a statement made
by Mr. Hall. Mr. Hall stated that
lie was present In the capacity of a
listeuer and would like to hear more
on the subject Is-fore saying any
thing. Iee Morse was called on to give
bis views and stated that lie had no
particular kick coming. He knew
the service was good for every time
he took down the receiver the line
was busy. As far as the raise In
rates was concerned the people In his
section had no fault to And, inas
much as their rates had not been
raised on account of the fact that
when the Home company absorbed
the farmers' comyany the subscribers
of the latter made a contract for
three years with the Home company
which stated that they could not be
raised. Mr. Morse remarked that It
the farmers' Hue had lieen properly
supported It would Is? worth many
thousands of dollars to the people of
the valley nt the present time In op
posing the advance In rates or to
ward the formation of -a mutual
LOCAL FIRM MAKES
Devlin & Flrebaugb took the lend
In selling land and securing new resi
dents for Hood River last week by
successfully negotiating a number of
Important sales. The largest was
J." acres of the line C. E. Markham
place lu the Oak drove district which
was purchased by K. I-. Hall, man
ager of the gas plant of the Portland
Coke and (ins Company. The sale
Includes all the bearing orchard,
house, Implements and Improve
ments. Mrs. Hall will come here to
live on the place Immediately nud
Mr. Hall will come as soon as his
business affairs permit. The price
paid was $-'2J
Through the same company II. C.
Coleman, a retired merchant of Port
land, bought ten acres of Improved
frultland from Fred T. Llsco, while
Mr. Coleman sold 10 acres to A. I,.
Wheeler of Indianapolis for $12.0110.
A. T. Scluill sold 2:1 acres In two
pieces, one of them, ten acres, Is-lng
bought by Miss Bessie Henry of hea
ver and the other 1:1 acres by E C.
Mahany. The tract sold for 12.100.
Thirty-five acres of the Frank S.
Hammond estate was sold to E. P.
F.inery of Omaha for .i2.'i0 by the
nine company, while K. lii.iba and
and M. Sotanl, two gentlemen from
the Orient, bought X"i acres of the
Roy Wood worth property which
they will Improve at once and build
it house on.
Another sale was 20 acres of the
E. I Kleiner place to Fordham II.
Kimball, a Boston broker, for which
the latter paid I1),0M). Smaller sales
were live ncres V. T. Gardner to
Harry I .a Vein and five acres Clms.
Wallace to J. T. Morlarlty.
A request being made ou the part
of several for Information In regard
to the proposed mutual company.
Mr. Hardluger stated tnat the mat
ter had been taken up originally by
F. H. Stow, an experienced telephone
man of Portlaud, on account of the
poor service he was receiving at his
ranch here, and had engaged Mr.
Hardluger for three months to see
what could be done toward organiz
ing a mutual company that would
give good service at a cheap rate.
The plan proposed was substantially
as has been outlined In a previous
Issue of the News, getting WO to 1,000
subscribers to subscribe 7." who
would receive a phone and one fehare
of stock. On this basis It Is esti
mated that the service can lie given
for 7.1 to so cents a month by cutting
out several of the higher salaries.
Mr. Stow, Mr. Hardlnger said, could
not be 1 resent at the meeting on ac
count of his being culled Into eastern
Oregon in connection with some
land projects he has there. He had,
however, prepared a circular letter,
which would fie mailed out to resi
dents here, explaining the plan of or
ganization mid estimates of cost aud
proposed rates. Mr. Hardinger sug
gested the appointment of a commit
tee to confer with the Home com
pany and also the ad voeates of the
mutual company to report back to
the joint meeting.
Secretary Hart wig was then called
upon to give statistics of the rates In
other towns In the state and adjoin
ing territory and read reports from
Eugene, Corvallis, Oregon City, Pen
dleton, linker City, Salem, Med ford,
Astoria and a r -nilsr of other cities
In Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
With few exceptions the rates were
lower than tuose put Into effect by
the local company. Mr. Mason called
attention to the fact that none of
the reports gave rates on anything
greater than a four party Hue, while
the line he was on, aud many more
in the country, carried eight aud ten
He was willing, he said, to pay the
rates quoted in the reports, 1.10 to
$1.7.1, for a four party line and good
service, but the present company
was giving neither. As an Illustra
tion of the poor service he told about
leaving a package of meat In a con
veyance on his way home Saturday
and of his fruitless endeavor to Inter
cept the vehicle over the phone. In
consequence he had no meat Sunday.
Mason mentioned this several times
during the meeting In a humorous
way and Mr. Hall came back at him
by stating that the next time this
occurred he would see that Mason
got tils meat If he had to take It out
Continuing, Mason threw down
the gauntlet to the telephone com
pany and other corporations of the
valley, saying that past history
showed that the people of Hood
River were iH-cullarly Independent.
That In times past when It was
necessary they had fought the cor
porations to ix standstill, and he
was satlslled they would do It again
(Continued on Pun 12)
Ot the Week
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Porter Charlton, who confessed to murder of wife lu Italy, is Achting extrnd lion. Senate appoint committee to Investigate charges of Senator Gore that
3,000,000 .raft 1 at stake lu Indlau claims. Heno, the famous meeting- place of Jeffries aud Johnson, Is one of .Nevada's bluest towm.
G. H. Powell and E. C. Chllcott,
noted experts connected with tbe
United States Agricultural Depart
ment, were here last week looking
the valley over. Mr. Powell I tbe
head of the executive department of
the horticultural bureau and one of
the best known horticulturists In tbe
country. Through him several year
ago the citrus fruit business of Cali
fornia wa saved many thousands of
dollars by an Investigation Into
packing and shipping oranges. Mr.
Powell found the reasou for such a
large percentage of decay In oranges
was on account of the rough hand
ling they were subjected to while be
ing packed. Means were devised by
blm to do away with this and In
stead of fifteen per cent of the fruit
decaying enroute now less than 3 per
cent arrives at Its destination unfit
After a ride around tbe valley with
Local "Fans" Getting the Fight News
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A picture taken by Harry Wood lu front of the News office, while the
returns from tbe Jeffrles-Jobusou fight were lielng received, portrays the
keen Interest shown In tbe fistic battle by local residents. Tbe crowd Is
massed around the bulletin board listening to one of their number read tbe
doleful news of Jeff's defeat. Attorney E. C. Smith and County Judge Der
by on the edge of the crowd show that tbe bar was well represented,
while the presence of Fred. New by and J. T. Kobertson Indicate that the
lumber camps were deserted. The small boy Is In evidence and sprinkled
arouud are several ladles.
BUY GAS MACHINES
The Automatic Gas Light Company
which Is demonstrating Its lighting,
heating and cooking plant at the
plumbing shop of Gould & Snyder nt
ll ood Ulver has recently sold several
machines here and those who have;
seen the apparatus are astonished at 1
Its efficiency and economy.
The maeblie can lie placed under
ground outside and furnishes a com-'
plete lighting system of high grade:
character. It Is also used for heat-
ing and cooking. For suburban res
Idences or farmhouses and outbuild-'
lugs It gives all the conveniences of n !
city gas plant and a numlier of resi
dents In the valley will Install the
machines. The apparatus Is odor
less, clean, safe and requires very !
little care and Is automatic. While i
It can lie used anywhere Its great j
convenience to residents In the coun
try Is causing a big demand for It.
John A. Hoblnson one of the officers
of the company Is showing the inn-!
chine here nnd will lie pleased to
have the public generally Investigate
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Count Zeppelin's new passenger airship, with twenty newspaper men aboard, was wrecked in (iorinsu forest. All escatxil In
Jury. Vice President James 8. Sherman's wife nfoverlng from her Illness at Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore. The possi
bilities are that Governor J. Y. Sanders of UxiiNluia will succeed the late Samuel D. McKnery lu I'ulted Ntates senate. Con
crcHsmnn Butler Ames of Massachusetts Is n leader In the fight to dethrone Henry Cntot Lodge from his seat lu the senate.
C. H. Mproat Mr. Powell told the
New man that Hood Itlver wus the
finest apple growing district In tbe
country and that the association
here was the most successfully man
aged In the world. He stated this
after making an Investigation of the
cooperative associations of tbe
United States for tbe Agricultural
Mr. Chllcott Is chief of tbe dry land
farming bureau and In one district of
tbe west has under bis Immediate
supervision - 16 stations. He bos
made a life study of the subject and
tbe results accomplished In the arid
sections of I' tab and otber states as
related by blm are astonishing to
tbe uninformed. Mr. Powell and
Mr. Chllcott left here Saturday for u
trip through the eastern Oregon
fruit and dry land farming sections
and will not return to Washington
tor several months.
P ; t il
Mrs. Margaret Benson, only child of
Peter Kopke, arrived here last week
lu connection with ber father's ca
For a long time Mrs. Benson
not be located and It was
thought that the estate might revert
to heirs In Germany. Through no
tices Inserted In tbe California pa
per by John Iceland Henderson she
was finally located and came on to
claim the estate.
Mr. Kopke failed to make any pro
vision for Mrs. Benson In his will
stating that be dented the evlstence
of hi daughter. The fiwt that he
failed to do so now allows her ac
cording to law to Inherit tbe entire
estate which amounts to about
Mrs. Benson who ts accompanied
by ber husband Is renewing ac
quaintances with former friends
Money to loan.
Culbertson & Co."
Apply to Geo. D.
Precinct fleetlngs Saturday Enthusiastic
and Full Representation Chosen to County
Assembly. Party Reorganization Complete
In accordance with the call of
County Chairman Dethman of the
Republican county central commit
tee, precinct primaries to elect dele.
gates to the county assembly, which
will tie held next Saturday, were held
Saturday night. A complete set of
delegates was chosen In all the pre
cincts except at Cascade Locks,
where the precinct meeting was held
Monday. In most Instances the pri
maries were well attended, notwith
standing the hot weather and the
fact that Saturday Is an Inconvenient
day to hold meetings.
The primaries were characterized
by warm enthusiasm both for the
assembly movement and also for the
successful effort that has been made
In re-organlztng the party In the
state and county.
Reports received from all over tbe
state show that tbe movement was
general aud that the state assembly
will be attended by the largest num
ber of delegates ever gotten together
to consider party candidates.
In the east precinct the primary
meeting was held In the Commercial
Club rooms. C. Dethman was elected
chairman and C. H. Sproat, secre
tary. The delegates elected are S.
O. Campbell, C. Dethman, Hans
Lage, J. B. Hunt, J. L. Carter, J. C.
Porter, Miles Carter, C. A. Reed, F.
C. Dethman, M. F. Shaw. F. Button,
Capt. J. H. Dukes and Martin Drag
setb. The west precinct held Its meeting
Wants New Rating For Winesaps
Ira L. Edwards, chairman or a
committee appointed by the Wen-
atcbee Commercial club to negotiate
with tbe management of tbe Nation
al Apple Show for the adjustment of
the rules ou the judging of competi
tive exhibits, went to Spokane Tues
day to confer with the officers of tbe
Spokane apple show. He will ask
that Wlnesap apples tie recognized
as among the tiest grades; and If the
exposition officials refuse to accede
to his request the opinion prevails
that Wenatchee will decline to make
any display this year at the Inland
Getting Funds For Mail Man
In order to keep the rural mall
man working on Koute No. :t patrons
on that route are having a subscrip
tion paper circulated. The amount
that It Is necessary to obtain is .'W0.
Col. S. F. Blythe Is canvassing for
subscriptions and would lie pleased
to have those who will donate com
municate with him. The money,
when collected will lie placed in the
bank and oue twelfth of It paid to
the mall man each month.
Break Ground For New Church
Ground will be broken Thursday
evening at 7::U) for the new annex to
the Methodist church. A program
will lie provided for the occasion
which will take the form of a cere
mony and friends of the church and
others nre Invited to attend. As
soon as the excavation Is commenced
It Is exfiected to push the erection of
the church rapidly lu order to com
plete It before fall.
In the county court bouse. P. s.
Davidson was chairman and J. M.
Schmeltzer, secretary. The following
were elected: Hon. E. L. Smith, P.
S. Davidson, J. M. Schmeltzer, C. T.
Early, W. II. Walton, M. P. Isenberg
Newton Clark, Wm. J. Davidson.
James Stranahan, A. A. Jayne, J. ft.
Nuonamaker, D. McDonald, John W.
Hlnrlcbs, Edgar Locke, Geo. Parker
and C. P. Ross.
The Republican of center precinct
met In tbe Park street school and
after electing G. R. Castner chairman
and (?. D. Nlckelsen ecretary elected
as delegate N. C. Evans, Wm. Isen
berg, Geo. P. Crowell, John Wilson,
G. B. Datson, E. E. Coad. T. J. Cun
ning, C. D. Nlckelsen, Geo. Haacall,
C. H. Sletten, F. H. Ienberg, G. R.
Castner, J. L. Hershner, E. N. Ben
son, Frank Chandler and L. B. Gib
son. South Hood River precinct held It
meeting in Barrett school bouse. C.
D. Thompson was elected chairman
and Fred Miller secretary. Tbe dele
gate chosen are: J. tl. Shoemaker.
G. A. McCurdy, Joe Hall, Roy D.
Smith, Rev. J. G. Tate, J. J. Gibbons
Fred Miller, W. T. Forrey, Wm. Dav
idson and C. D. Thompson.
The Odelt delegation chosen Is H.
S. Galligan. L. D. Boved. C. A.Tucker
E. T. Hull, F. Cutler, Clint Wood
and W. L. Came.
In Baldwin precinct a representa
tive delegation was elected after
electing A. M. Kelley chairman and
W. H. Edlck secretary. The dele
gates are: G W. Dtmmlck, E. C. Mil
ler, Wm. Smullln, A. M. Kelly. O.
Fredenberg, Ed Spencer, Wm. Edlck,
John Goldsbury and P. L. Deals.
Tbe assembly will be held next
Saturday afternoon In Odd Fellow
ball and will be called to order at 2
o'clock. It Is requested by the chair
man of tbe county central committee
that delegate be In attendance
promptly at that hour.
The representative way In which
the delegates have been chosen has
caused Increased Interest and enthus
iasm In the county assembly and a
keen Interest Is being manifested in
having It successfully carried out for
the good of the party In the county
and In securing a good delegation to
attend the state assembly, where It
will meet with some ot tbe most
prominent and Influential Republi
cans and business men of tbe state.
Candidates for county office took
on more definite shape during tbe
past week and it Is expected that
several more will lie named shortly.
J. P. Lucas who wa mentioned
several weeks ago as a candidate for
county clerk makes bis formal an
nouncement In another column, and
Howard Isenberg Is also an avowed
candidate for this otfl.v.
Jesse WIckbam Is understood to
be In the race for assessor. For
county school superintendent L, B.
Gibson Is mentioned for the office lu
addition to C. D. Thompson, and
friends of J. M. Schmeltzer are push
ing him for the position of county
treasurer. George Dimmtck states
that he Is In the race for sheriff. O.
H. Rhoados ts being urged as a can
didate for commissioner from the
east side. It Is said that the upper
valley will also name a man for this
office. G. A. McCurdy Is still the
choice. It Is claimed, for a commis
sioner from the west side, while the
county judgeship seems to be going
begging. E. II. Hurt wig who was
mentioned as a candidate says the
office has no charms for him.
Another office for which there Is
apparently u.t aspirant Is that of
county coroner J. L. Henderson
announce himself this week for
county surveyor ami It Is stated that
there will also he other candidates
for this position.
The Methodist Sunday school Is
arranging for a river excursion and
picnic at Mount Vernon Wedueaday,
July J11. All memtiers of the school
are urged to tie In their classes next
Sunday when final arrangements
will tie announced.