The Hood River news. (Hood River, Or.) 1909-current, May 03, 1911, Image 1

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Job Vrinting
Improvements to City
Council and Citizens Join in Improving Streets,
Constructing Sewers and Planning More Beauti
ful City-State and 12th Streets to Be" Oiled and
Dressed --Sewers and Park Planned.
Trogn'sslve Improvements were
again the keynote 1 ( t lie illy coun
i'II'm regular meeting Monday night,
with tin apparent 1 m il iifi (Ion nn the
pnt ot the citizens to ultl In the
In line with tlilH, ordinances were
brought In providing for the oiling,
top dressing ami rolling of lioth
Stitte and 12th street, the eoHt to
lie assessed to the itliuttlng proerty
holders. Plana for a Hewer In dls-
trlct No. 8, on the lilll. were outlined,
find also one for Columbia street, ex
tending from Kith toward the city
line. The street committee wan In-
Htructed to InveHtlgate the feaHltilllty
of putting In cement crosswaks on
State street at Fifth and Sixth.
The Woman's Club, which never
loses an opportunity to start a pro
gresslve movement to lieautlfy the
city, received the support of the
council In a request to make the
ground at the head of Ninth street
Into a city park, and the street com
mlttee wan authorized to confer with
a committee from the club, with this
end In view.
A remonstrance was received from
Horace Dletx. M. U. Sharp anil Frank
1'arker ngalnst paying their assess
ment for Improvements on State
street, their coinmunlcat Ions stating
that the contractor, W. U. Aldred,
l!y refusing to take chances on los
ing a small bundle of personal be
longings, n man who' name Is sup-
IhiwiI to Im llato Sengulnette, an
Italian, lost his life Sunday morning
011 the (). W. It. & N. track three
miles east of Hood Klver.
Sengulnette, who was on a trestle
when a westbound freight train
came In sight, stepped down off the
track onto one of the stringers. In
doing so he left his bundle on the
track, and In reaching over to get It
was struck In the lie-id by the pilot
of the engine. His body fell 40 feet
to the ground and when lie was
picked up by the train crew he was
The body wns brought to Hood
Klver In charge of Coroner Edging
ton, who made an Investigation.
l'aTs were found showing that he
owned property In IxwU county,
Wash., but only eight cents In
money, A cheap watch was found
which had stopped at about the
time he was killed.
A coroner's Jury empanelled ex
onerated the railroad company from
responsibility for the accident. The
dead man was Identified as having
lieen here Saturday looking for
work, and wns apparently about fio
years old. He Is said to have Im-cii
quite feeble.
Efforts are being made to locate
Ills relatives or friends nt Wlnlock,
Wash., when he Is supposed to have
In a high wind Wednesday nfter
noon the residence of Jack Morrison
caught on tire and wns totally do
stroyed. Although the llremeii n--sponded
promptly, the fire had made
disastrous progress la-fun' they
nached the building, and, as there
were no hydrants In the vicinity,
and very poor' water pressure,
nothing. could be done to save the
burning residence. The efforts of the
llremati were directed toward saving
the adjoining buildings, which wns
accomplished after a short but hard
It Is slated that the first Intima
tion that Mr. Morrison and his wife,
who were in the house, had that It
was on lire was when they heard the
crackling of the Haines. The origin
of the fin Is said to have been a de
fective Hue.
With the exception of a stove and
oneorlwo other articles, the furni
ture and other contents of the build
ing were saved.
Mr. Morrison had Just completed
about I00 worth of Improvement
on the property and estimates his
loss at $.MW, about one-fourth of
which ! covend by Incuninoe.
On the Move
had failed to comply with the re
quirements of the specllicat ions III
regard to gutters and other matters.
The communications were referred to
the street committee for investiga
tion. The fire and water committee.
which has lieen Investigating the
safety of buildings In the event of
fire, stated that the matter was a
serious one and asked that the utreet
committee be added to assist In the
work. The request was granted.
A discussion In regard to the
boundary of State street, which has
never lieen dedicated to the city from
East Second to the Hood Klver
bridge, was settled by the announce
ment of Councilman Early that the
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Seven tons of Illegally caught
salmon were confiscated Wednesday
by s. I,. Kathlnin, deputy state lish
commissioner, In a refrigerator cache
neatly coustructsd In a cave in the
mountains along the Columbia Klver
liet ween Cascade Locks nud Itonne
vllle, anil supplied with Ice intended
to maintain them fresh until the
opening of the season Monday.
The confiscation was taking place
Just as the County Judge Culbertson
and Commissioners Khoades and Me
Curdy were following out the lines
of the old county road In the west
end of the county with a view to
having It n-constructed and they
were Invited b; the fish warden 'to
view the find.
The unlawfully caught fish were
taken to Cortland and distributed
among the various charitable Insti
tutions there. A number of nets
were also secured by the officers and
the state police boats Patrol and
Traveler are lielng used by the offi
cers In their efforts to apprehend the
guilty ones.
The same day a big seine was
picked up near The Hallos. It was
so heavy with Imprisoned fish that
It could hardly lie raised from the
water. Individual fishermen It is
claimed have boon out nearly every
night and a large number of fish have
boon caught out of season.
At the meeting of the Business
Men's Association held Tuesday
night, the good of the order was dis
cussed and the nicmliers listened to
a papVr prepared for the occasion lij
I). McDonald.
The association Is planning to
haven Fourth of July celebration.
D. McDonald, J. W. Perlgo and Carl
II. Vaughan have lieen appointed as
a committee to confer with tin mer
chants and discuss the matter with
the Commercial Club. The celebra
tion Is to be strictly sane, all forms
of fireworks being prohibited by city
News Snapshots
Of the Week
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Mrs. William O. Story. David 1. Hill baa resigned ns ambassador to Germany, the resignation taking effect July 1. The choir and memorial chapels of St. .lohr
the Plvlne, In New Tork, which when completed will lie the fourth Inrgewt cathedral In the world, were con sw rated. Tb ffciventh Nw York regiment's sur
TItot celebrated th fiftieth anniversary of their boIub to war la 1SG1 with a itrect parade and a dinner.
Bumper Crop of Apples of Last Year Will
Not Be Reached, But Yield Will Be Nor
mal for Off Year Strawberries Estimat
ed for Good Yield, Cherries Light and
Peaches Will Cut Little Figure Pear
Crop Gives Evidence of Large Yield
Little Damage From Frost.
The blossoming period during the
past week" has given growers and
frultmeii an opportunity to estimate
on the prospects of this year's fruit
crops ami Indications now point to
about a normal yield for the off year.
Small fruits have lieen hurt a little
by frost but no damage has lieen
done to apples. The small peach
crop at Hood Klver, however, was
about exterminated by the cold
nights of two weeks ago.
Information obtained by the Da
vidson Fruit Company and by the
Apple Growers' I'nioii giveabout the
same estimates for this year's crops
although the former places it a little
H. F. Davidson who has been over
the valley pretty carefully, says:
"1 look for about 0 per cent of the
crop of apples shipped from here last
year. Statements that we would
have as many apples this year as
last can not be borne out In an ex
amination of the orchards. In most
all cases theold trees tha tbore heavy
last year show exceedingly light
promise so far this year. On the
other hand I have noticed that In a
number of orchards the young trees
will liear a year earlier than they did
last and also that a lot of young
trees that had a good crop ou In 11110
show promise of a very heavy yield
this season.
"I believe strawberries will show a
bigger crop this year than last when
The reorganization of the manage
ment of the Hood Klver Apple Grow
ers' I'lilon was fully completed Sat
urday, when C. H. Sproat was
unanimously elected manager for the
season of I'll 1-11(12. The board of
directors adopted a new plan In vot
ing on matters that will come before
It In future, the vote of each member
now lielng by roll call, and recorded.
A full board was 'present Saturday
and Mr. Sproat received the full vote
and n substantial increase In salary.
At a recent meeting of the direct
ors,!. W. McCurdy was re-elected
president and Mr. Sproat again
chosen as secretary for the ensuing
year. K. II. Shepard was eltvted
vice-president and treasurer. At the
meeting Saturday the board took
up the matter of emit lug a sales de
partment and force for handling the
11(11 crop The matter Is receiving
the careful attention of the directors,
but as yet no definite action has
been taken.
The denth of Severn I citizens of 1 ouglusi, Arb... ns the result of wounds received while w.itehliiff the buttle Ntweeii the Mole:ii
ntsln and federal at Agun Prletn oh used Governor Sloan to ask the president for protection. Fire Chief Croker of New York
baa resigned to open a bureau of flre prevention thmtigh which he hope to n-diiee the enormous iinnu.ll tire losses in the l ulled
Ftnte. Mm. Matthew T. Scott wna re-elected pnnidctit of the Iailghlera of the Anicrtctiii Kovolutlon, defeating her opponent.
about 73 cars were shipped from
Hood Klver. The plants are looking
fine now. Cherries will be a very
light crop. Teaches were hit by
frost and the- crop here, which cuts
but little figure, will be even lighter
than usual. Tears however show
up exceedingly well and there should
be a much larger yield than last year.
"Frost did no damage to apples.
The falling off In the crop Is simply
due to the normal procession of
crops, a light one following a big one.
I estimate that 1200 cars of all kinds
of fruit was shipped from here lust
year, 1,000 cars of apples, 200 of other
fruits. Koughly estimating, I look
for about tJO per cent of this ship
ment on all fruits to lie the yield here
this season."
C. H. Sproat manager of the Apple
Growers' Fnlon, makes a little dif
ferent basis of estimate. Mr. Sproat
"My lnformatoln so far leads me
to believe that Hood Klver will (.hip
this year about 50 per cent of a nor
mal crop of apples, that Is taking
the crop from year to year. Some
trees have an extraordinary large
yield promised while others are very
light. The big yHd. however, Is on
youx,; trees with few exceptions.
Of course there will be more or
chards coming Into bearing, but I
do not think that this will much
more than offset the light yield on
old orchards. This is only a rough
An article recently published in the
Frultman's Guide, and which was
also printed by the News in Its last
Issue, purporting to come from' Hood
Klver, was discussed. Several mem
bers of the board had been credited
with writing It. The entire board
repudiated the Intimation, stating
that they knew nothing of It until
they saw it In print. An expression
of the board was to the effect that
It was opposeil to anything of tills
nature and that It hoped en tin1 har
mony would prevail among members
of the union, in order to get the liest
The business of the County Clerk's
oflice shows a decided Increase for
the month of April, lull, over that
of last year, both In the number of
Instruments recorded and In fees.
The receipts from miscellaneous
sources shows the largest Increase
having been more than for April
1010. The Increase lu the miscellan
eous receipts docs not Include the
money from fishing and hunting 11
and early estimate however and It
will be possible to tell more definite
ly In a week or two.
"The Htrawberry crop, as fur as I
can see, should lie less this year than
last. I lielleve the acreage Is smaller,
particularly In the Oak Grove dls
tslct, where the orchard business has
been gone Into moie extensively and
growers have grubbed out the
plants. From so to S3 per cent of
the amount of berries shipped last
year Is what I look for. The early
berry blossoms were a little touched
by the frost, and this, I believe, will
cut down the crop some. Cherries
will lie very light, and peaches al
most no crop commercially. I look
for a cherry crop of 40 to 30 per cent.
"The strawberry crop I estimate
to be ten days later than last year,
when It was the earliest In the his
tory of the business. The first car
of berries was shipped out last year
on the 17th of May. There Is no
prospect of such an early shipment
this season. Indications point to
berries of good quality, although
some gooil rains would help along
the crop wonderfully."
The board of directors of the union
has n'duced ths price of handling
strawberries to 10 cents per crate
from 1l"4 cents. The directors have
also decided to make a reduction, for
union stockholders. In the price of
arsenate or lead, selling It for 10 cents
per pound, where 100-iiound kegs are
taken, and giving a discount of 3 per
cent on cash orders. .
Considerable stir In church circles
Is being caused at Hood Klver, ac
cording to the Portland Journal, by
an effort that is being made by sev
eral prominent members of Asbury
Methodlst church to secure the serv
ices of Kev. E. L. House, formerly
pastor of the First Congregational
church of Tortland, Oregon, now
pastor of a large and wealthy Con
gregational church nt Spokane. Dr.
House owns a fruit farm In the Hood
Klver Valley, anil it Is understood
several of the Influential memliers of
the Methodist church are making a
hard effort to locate the Spokane
pastor In this city. The annual con
ference of t he Methodist church con
venes In SeptenilsT, nt which time
changes are regularly made in the
several pastorates.
It Is also stated that Kev. ICO.
McOinbor. the present pastor, lias
many supporters and that a petition
which has been circulated to secure
the retention of his services here has
been signed by a large percentage of
the members of the church.
Liverpool Fruitman
Talks on English Market
Walter J. Bellis, President Liverpool Fruit flerchants
Association, Visits Hood River and Gives News
Interesting lnterview--Says Hood River Newtown
Is Supreme and Wants Shipments.
Walter J. Ileitis, a large fruit hand
ler, member of the firm of Kellls &
Miik, and prominent resident of
Liverpool, Kuglnnd, was here Thurs
day. Mr. Ileitis was accompanied by
W. S. Chautrell also of Liverpool,
who Is making a tour of America for
pleasure. Itotb gentlemen are
members of the Town Council of
Wallasey, a new borough across the
river from Llveprool, and Mr. Ilellls
Is also Justice of the peace for his
district. A third member of the par
ty was F. O. Hlghn an extensive
apple grower, whose holdings are
located at Santa Cruz, Calif. For
several years T.ellis & Meek have
purchased the entire crop grown by
Mr. Hlghn, which Is of the Yellow
Xewtown variety and have made a
The White Klver Tower plant,
which supplies electric power and
light to both The Dalles and Dufur,
over a transmission 'line 3. miles lu
length, and which Is shortly to be
connected with the Hood Klver
plant. Is located at the falls of the
White river south and a little east of
The Dalles, and two miles above the
White's confluence with the lies
chutes river. The river where the
plant Is located plunges over two
falls, giving a total trop of 147 feet.
One of the characteristics of the
White river Is the Immense amount
of sand which Is lielng continuously
washed out and brought down
stream from the territory drained by
The equipment of the plant at the
falls when It was taken over by the
Pacific Tower & Light Company lu
July, lUln, consisted of a concrete
dam :!."() feet long, a settling basin, a
pipe line liHK) fiet In length leading
to the power plant at the foot of the
falls, two ."iiHi kilowatt Impulse water
wheels directly counected to alter
tinting currvnt generators, a trans
former house and equipment, and a
masonry power house.
The first thing which the new com
pany did was to construct a new
line of wood pipe five feet In dinme
tea from the old Intake to a point In
a ravine about oiiO feet from theold
dam, where a new concrete dam has
been built 'M feet In height and 170
feet long, to form lu this ravine a
second settling basin. From this
basin a new line of pipe was built
which leads down the hill to the
power house, :'H) feet of the pipe lie
lng of wood and loO feet of steel.
At the power house the old watir
wheels were dismantled and two
new lltHl horse power turbine wheels
were installed.
One of these wheels has been In op
eration since last Novemlicr and the
other has just been Installed, and
will be In operatlsn In a few days.
Much work yet remains to be done
before the plant will be brought to
its fullest capacity. A third unit
will be Installed, which will lie of
U.'iil kilowatts power, a new trans
former house will be built and new
equipment Installed, and other Im
provements will be made In and
around the power house.
The construction work at White
river Is In charge of Knglneer .1 . .1.
The improvement and development
work planned by the Tactile Tower
LlglitN 'oinpnny for tills vicinity
was begun here Wednesday. Chief
Construction Foreman II F. I.oub N
here with a crew of t."0 l.iborers and
several carloads of material, and a
camp has been established a short
distance west of town.
Immediately after making the nec
essary overhauling of the local power
plant, the stretching of the high
power line lietwoon here and The
Dalles w 111 begin.
Fngagement Announced
At a very enjoyable evening given
the .1. 1. li. girls at the home of Mr
and Mrs K. T. Orr April Jntli the en
g.'lgeineilt of Ml- l'n Orr and l
U rt l.athrop of the linn of Mori ui
l.athrop was announced. Mr. l a
throp and his bride to be were
warmly eongra tula ted.
big success lu selling It. And by the
way Mr. Hlghn grows some apples,
having shipped the small dab of
cars this year, which netted him fl
per box. In all he has :MK acres In
bearing and will develop 1,000 more.
Mr. Hlghn Joined the natives of Iirtt
aln at Santa Cruz. The former had
traveled over n,000 miles by the time
they reached Hood Hirer and ex
pected to cover almost as much more
on the way home
The object of Mr. Ilellla' visit here
was to secure additional shipments
of Newtownu having secured a
greater demand than could lie fur
nished by the California grower.
While here they were guests of C II.
Sproat in an automobile ride around
the country and also had a long In
terview with E. H. Shepard. They
were much pleased with their visit
here and also the country.
As president to the Liverpool Fruit
Merchants Association and member
of lta board of arbitration Mr. Bellt
Is In close touch with the fruit busi
ness In England's great seaport
town. In an Interesting talk with
the News man he paid a high tribute
to the Hood Klver apple, saying that
no Xewtown grown could touch It
and that It was so considered In Eug-
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J. T. Newell, the well known civil
engineer of Portland, who was one
of the first to investigate the prac
ticability of the Columbia river high
way from an engineering standpoint.
Is a warm advocate of the road.-
Mr. Newell believes that the recom
mendations contained In the review
er's report submitted to the Mult
nomah county court, are commend
able and should be followed out In
time. Instead of having a 20-foot
road all the way, however, he lie
lleves It would lie practicable at first
to build 10-foot or 12 foot roads at
points where It Is necessary to cut
through the hillsides. At those
places the road could be widened
later, when more money was avail
able for such purposes.
It will not be necessary for Hood
Klver couuty to spend over $10,000 to
put that end of the road lu shape,
according to Mr. Newell', estimates.
He says that the most costly work
In Hood Klver county would lie to
cut down the steep hills at Kuthtou
and at Mitchell s Totnt. The other
points of the road between Hood
Klver ami the Multnomah county
line could be constructed at nominal
"It Is of great Importance to the
people of Hood Klver county and
other counties east of the Cascade
mountain, as well as to the people
on this side, to have this road built
and opened as soon as possible,"
said Mr. Newell. "It will make one
of the most scenic highways In the
world, and It will become the nieeca
for tourists. Itestdes, It will lie val
uable as a business artery between
Eastern and westers Oregon."
The National Apple Show, for three
years the exclusive property of Spo
kane, will go to the Fast for I'.lll.
St. Tan!, i lii'-ag . I'hllndlphU or
I'ostoti one of t hose cities probably
will bo a warded the Fourt h National
Apple Show to be held next Fall
All th"se cities following the l'.MO
show, I urn tin' contenders for staging
the First National I rtilt Show to be
held In the Fast.
l'pnn the Isit of Howard Elliott,
president of '' National .ie Show
and of the Northern I'.ieilic Coin
pany to that city "iandiy, plans for
the pill show w i- made after a
conference with local otlicl.ils.
Harry .1. Neely, s.ooiid lee presl
dent of the National Apple Show
said tolay:
"Largely on account the wider
advertising to I e g il ,. d In the Fast
It l en der.e that the show
will be held In some Eastern city this
year. p .k.ino will not abandon
the National p pie Show per III a tie li t
. We will endeavor to show t he
l ast what can iro i. e a nd w hut
we i. an show In compel It . m I lie
show In any Insl in.e will lie held
under the iin-i h . f the National
pple Show I nislei