The Hood River news. (Hood River, Or.) 1909-current, January 24, 1912, Image 1

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Job Tr In ting
Past Week Sees Some Lively Developments in Clash
Between Two Corporations for Control of Field Here
Local Interests of Pacific Company Transferred to
Hood River Gas & Electric Company and Sweeping
Reduction Made City Council Calls Election Petitioned
for by Referendum for March 2 to Vote on Wiring
Ordinance Injunction Suit Against City Heard.
Developments In the 11k lit between
the two power companies for con
trol of the local field have come thick
linil flint during the past week. On
Friday the Pacific company effected
a reorganization, transferring ita
(Kill Interests to the Hood Itlver
(iaH & Electric Company. Thin wuh
followed liy the announcement of
sweeping reductions In rates. On
the Maine day Judge Bradshaw, sit
ting at The I'alles, heard the Injunc
tion suit brought by J. F. Butcheldcr
to n'Htraiii the city from making a
contract for Htreet lighting with the
Hydro Electric Company. At the
council meeting Monday night the
light war again occupied the center
of the stnge. A 'tltlon signed by
four huiidred persons asking that
the Bpeclnl election on the wiring
ordinance be called an noon an pos
sible waH read. The election was
then called for March 2. which win
the earliest date possible.
The petition Hulxuttted to the
council Monday folliwed the one
filed with that body at their prevl
ouh meeting M?tltlonlng for the sub
mission to the people through the
referendum of the ordinance compel-
ling i lie I uciiiccu i
f - 1 . '
Illgll tension w ires nun uiieuiiuif me
telephone compnny In a similar man
ner. The jH-tltlou nskt-d that the
matter Is submitted to the people at
the regular election next lieceinls'r.
The opposing faction then circulated
the second petition asking that the
election be not delayed, but that It
Ik; held at the earliest possible
The lire anil water committee hiiIj
mltted a report In which It failed to
agree with Mayor Wright, wn,
stated In hU message that he did not
favor passing an ordinance compel
ling the placing of all wire under
ground In the business streets. The
committee, which In made up of
Council inen ItolsTtson, Broslus and
Hugglns, snbmltUd Its recommetida
tlon an follow:
"The fire and water committee
docs not coincide with the mayor In
the matter of putting wlren under
ground. We would recommend that
When the Portland Snow shoe Club
makes Its second trip up Mt. Hood
the first of next month. It will do so
so with all the style bellttlng such an
Intrepid organization. J. Wesley
Lndd, president of the club, has com
municated with Superintendent
Karly of the Mt. Hood Railroad
Company and has ordered a special
train to carry the club from this city
to Parkdale, where they will com
mence their ascent to the club house,
which Is located near Cloud Cap Inn.
It was suggested that a private car
attached to a regular train might
serve the purpose, but t he club wants
to ei.Joy the distinction of riding In a
private train and arrangements are
now being made to that end.
Mr. Ladd Is nn enthusiastic moun
tain climber and declares that the
club enjoyed every minute of the trip
up the mountain which they took n
few weeks ago. They had some
trouble In locating their clubhouse,
to which they had to tunnel nn en
trance through the drlfis, but once
Inside they were ns snug us I he pro
verbial bugs In the rug.
Buys Harness Company
It. (1. Yowell and wife have bought
the entire business of the Davenport
Harness Co. Mr. Yowell has man
aged the business for the past five
years. The firm assumes all out
standing accounts. On account of
lack of room for their business, they
Intend moving across the street Into
the new Hell building. In about two
weeks the stock will Ik; enlarged to
Include everything In their line.
We make stamps, also post cards,
one dollar s-r Hood Itlver
Btudlo. 3 St
an ordinance be drawn requiring all
telephone and power wires to go
underground within the lire limits.
We also recommend that an ordi
nance be passed requiring all electric
light wItch to lie placed on the Maine
line of pole and all telephone wires
the Manic, but on opposite sides of
the street."
The light and power matter
cropped out once more when the Are
ami water committee reported that
It had a, contract from the Hood
Itlver G-is& Klectrlc Company offer
ing to make a material reduction In
Its charge for power supplied the
pumping Htatlon. In reply to thin
the committee gave It as Its opinion
that the offer was worthy of coiihIiI
eratlon, but recommended that the
city should not enter Into such a
contract liefore the Injunction suit
and other litigation be decided and
uutll the city knows whether It Is to
get the plant or not. The committee
said further:
Referring to the mayor's menage
In the matter of street lighting, we
recommend that the contract given
the Hydro-Electric Company be car
ried out. It Is now held up by In-
Jctotl. wu,.n
wan argued liefitre
Judge Bradshaw last Friday ami we
hoK It will be dissolved, so that this
contract can be entered Into at
Judges for the March election were
named as follows: A. C. Buck, chair
man, J! II. (ill! and O. II. linker. 11.
T. I'eWItt and J. M. ( iilU rtson were
appointed clerks.
Judge W. L. Bradshaw, sitting at
The Dalles on Friday, heard argu
ments In the Injunction suit brought
by J. F. itatchehler to restrain the
city from entering Into a contract
for street lighting with the Hydro
Klectrlc Company, Mr, Batchelder's
attorneys argued that the city coun
cil did not have the legal right to
make such a contract with the Hydro
Company without giving the Pacific
Company the right to bid. The city
was represented by A. J. Derby and
Jesse Stearns, while George It. Wil
bur and Attorney Strong argued the
Editor Dunnlclirr of the White
Salmon Kntcrprlse sees the time not
so very distant when residents of
that place and Hood Itlver will be
Hitting across the Columbia In their
own aeroplanes and exchanging af
ternoon calls without ever having to
lie late for supper. He
"The ferry was held up by limiting
Ice and anyone going to Hood Itlver
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Photos of Hlnnley ami Jiinir coi)TlKht. I 'll, liy Amei ti-nn I'rt-s Association.
N cfl . The $14,000,000 building of the Kqultnhle Life Assiirnnce society of New York ns totally destroyed by n lire which nlso
(leWS OnapSnOlS cfl used eight deaths. The severe weather grently hindered the firemen nnd made their work doubly tm .unions Ollle James
HI ihm Wlc ' Kentucky was elevnted from the house of representatives to the senate by the state lenlMature. He ill succeed Thomas
VI inC TTCCK n iyn,prt wnoM temi expires In March. George furry nnd II. B. Ferguson, who represent New Mexico In congress, l-egim
their offlilal duties at Washington. Andrew Cnrnenle testified before the steel Investigating committee, of which lt preseutatlve Stanley Is the chairman.
matter In Is-half of Mr. Batchelder.
After hearing the urguments, Judge
Bradshaw aunouueed that he would
take the matter under advisement.
With a capital stock of $:0,000. the
Hood itlver lias and Klectrlc Com
pany has lieen Incorporated and has
acquired all the local light and power
properties of the I'aclfle Power and
Light Company. The transfer was
made Friday, Having acquired the
I'acltic's light and power system, the
new company has announced a gen
eral reduction of rates.
O Ulcers of the new company ure C.
N. McArthnr of Portland, president ;
II. 1. Hewitt of Portland, vice-president;
Frank P. Lonegran of Port
land, secretary-treasurer, and Alls-rt
S. Hall of this city, general manager.
Mr, Mc Arthur anil Mr. Kouegran are
well-known Portland lawyers and
businessmen. .Mr. Hall has been lo
cal manager of the Pacific Power
and Light Company for the past two
years. He Is a graduate of the Ore
gon Agricultural College and before
coming to Hood Itlver was manager
of the Hlllsboro Klectrlc. Light Com
pany. The otlice force of the Pacific
Company has been retained and sev
eral additions have been made to It
to erfect a complete reorgaul.atlon.
.Mr. McArthur, president of the
company, was In Hood Itlver Satur
day and held a lengthy conference
with Manager Hall, during which
the policies of the new company were
outlined. He stated that the new
company Is a separate and distinct
organization and denied that It was
a "dummy" for the old company, as
has Ist'ii alleged. "If business war
rants It, we Khali put In a gas plant
later on," he said.
It Is understood that the local
plant which has been acquired by
the new company will be thoroughly
renovated and used to supply "Juice"
for Hood Itlver and vicinity. It Is
also stated that a connection will be
maintained with the plant of the l'n
clilc Power and Light Company on
the White Itlver In case of emergency,
and thnt the local company w 111 pur
chase current from that source If
had the option of crossing from Ste
venson to Cascade Links or going
around by Portland, but at this
writing It Is again running. It Is
high time this place had an nlr ship.
The day will come, too, when Hood
Itlver will be reached In Just that
way. Great progress Is Is-lug made
In the manufacture of aeroplanes
and the next year will see much done
In making them safe for travel as
well as reducing the cost."
Neat nud natty Job printing qulck
execnted at the News otlice.
At a special meeting of the council
held Thursday evening the water
bonds, amounting to J-fT.-TiO, were
sold to the Merchants Savings and
Trust Company of Portland.
Light bids had been received on the
bonds. These were tabulated by the
yre aud water committee and It was
determined that the bid of the Port
land bank was the most satisfac
tory. This bank offered nlnety-four
per cent of the face value of the
bonds at five percent Interest. Al
though others of the bidders offered
a larger price, the interest charged
was correspondingly greater. Mem
bers of the fire and water committee
went to Portland Wednesday and
took the matter up with the Mer
chants Savings and Trust Hank.
After reporting favorably at the
special meeting Thursday and the
mutter lielng settled, a telegram was
sent to the bank Friday morning In
forming them that their bid had
lieen accepted.
Proper Care Will Save
Treea Injured by Storm
In Reply to Many Inquiries, Professor Lawrence Gives
Detailed Information As to How Orchardists Can
Repair Damage Sustained by Young Trees
All Except Those Totally Stripped Can Be Saved.
In reply to Inquiries received from
many orchardists as to how young
trees which were damaged by the re
cent storm should l cared f r. Prof.
Lawrence urges that the repair
work be done at once and gives the
following directions:
The settling of the deep snow has
done considerable Injury to fruit
trees, especially the one and two-year-olds,
In breaklug off the tops of
branches or badly splitting the
branches In the crotches. The re
pairing of these trees should be done
at once.
The branches which ere split In the
crotches can be saved, unless so
nearly torn off that the growing tis
sues of the bark are so badly Injured
that they will not start a new
growth, by bringing them back In
place and tying them firmly to other
branches In such a manner as to sup
port them. It is aiivisame in moi-t
cases to fasten the branch more se
curely In place and to draw the In
jured surfaces as tightly together ns
possible by using a nail or preferably
a bolt of convenient size.
For the f mailer trees a slender gal
vanized shingle nail with a large
head Is most serviceable In all cases
where the nail Is of sufficient length
to protrude on the opposite side of
the stem the point should be bent
downward lengthwise with the
stem so that It will not actus a
girdle, as will lie the case when lient
sideways and clinched. In all cases
where the limb Is of sulliclent size to
admit using n bolt the same should
be used. The advantage lu using a
bolt over the nail Is In drawing the
Injured surfaces tightly together, lu
which position they must remain,
since the bolt w ill not pull loose as
sometimes occurs when a nail Is used.
In using a bolt the best results may
be had by removing a ring of bark
(n either side of the stem the size of
In contradiction of statements
which have been circulated that little
interest Is being taken In the public
dock proposition and that a major
ity of the voters In the county are
opposed to It, postal card replies
which continue to pour In to the
county court show that already 3&
voters have expressed themselves on
the matter and more than two
thirds of this number are In favor of
building the dock. The replies show
that opposition Is strongest In the
Upper Valley, where the taxpayers
feel that they will reap less benefit.
An actual count of the !1'15 replies
shows that SW are In favor of the
proposition and 105 opposed to It.
The first two hundred, when count
ed, showed 1."4 for and 40 against.
The replies received more recently
were more from the Upper Valley
and were more evenly divided on the
two sides. As about one thousand
postal cards were sent out, one-third
have already been answered.
the head of the bolt so that when
the bolt Is In place the head and nut
both rest against the wood. The
hole through the stem should be the
same size ns the bolt. The nut
should Ik? placed on without a wash
er, with the rounding side toward
the wood. Cut off the end of the
bolt In all cases where It Is long
enough to extend past the nut. A
bolt with a round, fiat head Is much
more desirable than a square-headed
After the brauches have been put
back In place and securely fastened,
wax or paint the Injured surfaces to
protect them from air and moisture.
In case there Is a large amount of re
pair work to be done It Is perhaps
best to use a very thick white lead
paint, since the same may be used
readily at low temperatures. The
paint Is only recommended as a tem
porary covering, since It Is tedious
work to use the grafting wax at this
All wounds should receive an ap
plication of grafting wax during
early spring and before drying
weather occurs. The wax provides
a coat of some thickness which will
exclude the air and moisture, prevent
the surface from drying and check
ing, thus excluding the spores of
fungi which so frequently gain en
trance through wounds and Induce
heart rots which ultimately kill or
weaken the trees so that they do not
produce profitable crops.
Young trees when stripped of their
branches may be cut off at the low
est point of Injury and a new top
grown from a dormant bud of the
stem or at the crown below the sur
face of the soil. To Insure the
growth of a new top It Is an excel
lent plan to graft the trunk with a
scion taken from healthy tree of
known variety that Is known to
(Contin jed on Pajre 2)
Buaineaa Lien Hear of
New Marketing Plan
Meeting at Commercial Club Is Addressed by Man
ager Gwinn of Northwestern Fruit Exchange
and Others Speakers flake Favorable Impress
Ion -Hosier Fruitgrowers Endorse the Proposition.
At a meeting of business men Mon
day evening addresses were given In
explanation of the proposed combi
nation of the "Big Four" fruit dis
tricts In a central agency. The meet
ing was held for the purpose of giving
Information on this matter, which
will be presented to hx-al fruit grow
ers and members of the Union at a
public meeting to lie held Saturday.
K. S. Miller, manager of the Med
ford Fruit and Produce Association,
and W. F. Gwinn, manager of the
Northwestern Fruit Exchange.whlch
It Is proposed to purchase, gave ad
dresses, as did also President Bate
bam of the Oregon State Horticul
tural Society and Frank Cutler of
this city.
Mr, Bateham Is strongly In favor
of the proposition and so expressed
himself. He declared that a favor
able attitude Is also taken by the
Moeler fruitgrowers and read resolu
tions to that effect adopted by them
at a recent meeting.
Secretary Kauffrnan Introduced
Mr. Miller, The latter gave a com
prehensive talk on the proposed con
solidation. He said that the Itogue
Itlver valley Is strongly In favor of
the proposition. He also declared
that newspaper reports to the effect
that Y'aktma and Wenatchee were
against It are untrue and that a ma
jority of fruitgrowers In those sec
tlons are In favor of It. He further
declared that such a combination Is
necessary In order to protect the
fruitgrowers' Interests and to regu
late the supplies that are turned
loose on the market.
Mr. Gwinn was then Introduced.
He gave a detailed address on all the
methods used by the Northwestern
Fruit Exchange. He said they had
agents In many different sections of
the United States and that they
have perfected an extensive market
ing system. He quoted figures to
show that extra good prices have
been obtained for fruits handled
through the exchange. A point par
ticularly emphasized by him was the
fact that the output of apples In the
northwest Is Increasing so rapidly
that In order to obtain profitable
prices in the future It will be abso
lutely necessary for the fruitgrowers
to combine to regulate the supply.
The methods of the company as
outlined by Mr. Gwinn were enthusi
astically endorsed by almost the en
tire meeting, although no formal ac
tion was taken. In the audience
there were many of the valley's
prominent fruit growers. Every de
G. W. It. Peaslee, w lions president
presided at the recent meeting at
t'larkston of the Washington State
Horticultural Association, reviewed
npple conditions In his annual ad-
Iress to the delegates. He said In
"Ir. spite of an off year throughout
the Northwest the horticultural In
terests have fared remarkably well.
Prices have been up to the average
and the demand for apples and other
fruit has been ns good, nnd In some
Instnnees lietter, than In previous
years. With less than 10 carloads
of apples reported unsold In Wash
ington a week ago, the long-looked
for glut In the market did not come
this year, and I am Inclined to think
that this specter of overproduction
will not prove the disaster predicted.
"The short crop In nearly all sec
tions has been responsible In a great
degree In evening the annual prices
of our products, and I believe that
we may safely expect similar influ
ences In different sect I ins of the
country to do so In the future.
'Fourteen years ago the annual
production of apples was tMt.000.0iHi
barrels. This decreased tip to three
years ago to barrels and
under, when It Increased to i'.,ii,ihh
barrels nnd again declined, until this
year the production was only iTJ.inni,.
000 barrels. W hile this condition of
overproduction may or may not !
as Important ns we are Inclined to
feel that it Is. we should now pre-i
pare to so handle our products and I
so perfect our organization that I
there may lie no danger of lonlng our
crops tiecauso of a surplus and a lack
of proer distributing facilities."
was explained and
were asked M r.
Gwinn, which were answered satis
factorily. It was explained by him
that the Northwestern Fruit Grow
ers' Exchange does uot handle any
fruit except that of the associations
and that each association Is posi
tively allowed to maintain Its
Identity and the Identity of Its fruit
growers, the exchange simply being
a marketing machine, for which It
receives ten cents a box for handling
the fruit.
Mr. Gwinn estimated that the out
put of the northwest this year would
probably be 13,000,000 boxes of ap
ples and that therefore the matter of
wide distribution Is the most Im
portant problem liefore the growers
of the northwest, and that the ex
change with Its 300 branch offices
located all over the United States
could render growers and associa
tions a service that could not be oli
talned In any other way. The Integ
rity of these branch offices Is guaran
teed by their being forced to furnish
a bond for faithful performance of
their contracts.
A feature was the talk made by
Frank Cutler, who with his brother
has lieen In Portland for two days,
personally Investigating the affairs
of the exchange. Mr. Cutler stated
that he had found Mr. Gwlun's state
ments verified In every particular by
an examination of the books of the
company and heartily recommended
that the plan be adopted at Hood
It was shown by Mr. Miller that
with one or two exceptions the di
rectors of the Northwestern Fruit
Growers' Exchange are large fruit
growers and that their Interest In
the organization was not In having
It placed on a dividend paying basis
but to get a better price for their
fruit and to handle it under the very
liest system possible. In order to
get the support of the fruit growers,
Mr. Miller said that the directors of
the exchange are willing to turn
over the control of the organization
to the associations from the three
districts Wenatchee, Hood Itlver
and Itogue Itlver absolutely by the
payment of a comparatively small
amount of money for which they
would receive stock. Their Idea lu
doing this Is to have the northwest
box apple men try out the exchange
for one year.
Meetings will be held this week to
explain the plan In the various sec
tions of the valley. Those already
arranged for are to be held at Pine
Grove and Oak Grove.
Dijeds filed for record during the
past eek have lieen as follows:
Porter Pride and wife to James F.
fames aud wife 1. !-." acres In Para
dise farm, consideration fi'w'iiio.
Allen Jackson and wife nnd Nelson
W. Jackson to H. Montague Sidney.
0 ncres south of Pine Grove, consid
eration f 12,000.
A. E. Lnthrop and wife to Everett
O. Hall, 10 acres west of town.
Hood Itlver Orchard Land Com
pany to M. E. Eozier, lot 22. Glen
hurst Orchurils, consideration Jl.'sn),
nnd lot ."'.) for the same consideration
W.Itoss Wlnatisaml wife to Fred S.
Holsteeu, 40 acres near Wluans sta
James It. ilamblet and wife to
Frederick I,. H. von Eubkeu and
wife, eight acres on Sliepanl road.
Georgtatina Smith to E 1 Smith,
half of lots : aiul 4 and south half f
liits,i, it, 7 and n, block E. iioo.l Klver
Mark Cameron and Ife to siiniieT
1). Cameron half of tract ."0K"i feet
at Odell.
Mark Cameron an I w ife and Stim
ner Cameron and wife to Thomas B.
Cameron, tract U'mtn feet at Mcll,
consideration f "."si.
C. P. Kolierts to T. J. C. lilllesple,
10 acres on east side.
T. 11 Williams to Minnie Willi, it, i-.
his wife, undivided half lots H, 7, , !,
block II, ass addition.
Fred Erkeiis and wife to J M.
l'lter, trustee, 120 acr "s on I he eat
Carolyn lions to J. M. loiter, trus
tee, 4 acres on the east side, consid
eration $ -I7.Y
V .1. Chapman and wife to I,. I'.
Morris, lut "ion I'iO, U'lng part of lots
.'land tbhs'k I Pleasant view
I,. F. Morris to May me M rr,
tract .'lOxl'Ki feet. Is'lnu part of lots
,'t and t. Pleasant lew addition.
tail of the plan
many questions