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HOOD RIVER, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1912
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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 7 uowil
Says Need of Immediate
Co-operation Is Urgent
President Sugrue of Cashmere Union Writes Open
Letter to Fruit Growers of Northwest to Prove
That Central Selling Machine of Some Kind Is
Only Solution of Harketing Problem.
That a central wiling machine of
Home kind for the fruit districts of
the Northwest In the only practical
Holullon of the marketing problem
which frultmen are now facing. In the
opinion of John F. Sugrue, president
of the Cashmere Fruit Kxchnnge,
from whom the following open letter
hait lieen received:
The marketing ijueHtlon of the
fruit of the Northwest linn reached a
crisis. The value of the apple Indus
try an at present existing 1h Indls
putalile. Its future success or failure
lain the hands of thorn engaged In
the raising of fruit.
There Ih no oppoMltloii to the state
inent that ban been bo often made
"that the raising ami marketing of
the North weBtern apple are two ep.
arate and distinct branches of one
business." The knowledge of (1)
how best to mine and prepare the
fruit for Bhlpinent and (2) how to He
cure the best prices for the Bald fruit,
docs not generally exist lu the bruins
of theame man or body of men. W e
are now more particularly concerned
with the second proportion, namely,
how bent to market the product. On
thU question there are two leading
FlrHt: That each section should
lie a law unto Itself and that It Is
more advisable to tight our fellow
grower from another district than
to combine with him.
Second: That the Ix-nt and most
economical method Is one big protec
tive and Helling agency whereby In
stead of competing with our neigh
bor we can confer with him, whereby
Instead of meeting him In the same
markets we will, as far as possible,
avoid one another. And whereby In
event of our having to meet In the
same markets we will Ik enabled to
place our respective products In that
market In proportion to the amount
needed at any particular time by
that particular market.
The first contention Is, In my opin
ion, mainly based on the liellcf of
each section In the'gn-at superiority
of Its product over that of Its neigh
bor, and that opinion, bear In mind,
Is common to all sections. Does this
superiority really exist to the degree
supposed, and even If It does, Is It a
good and sulllclent argument for us
to commit ourselves to a war of in
terests or not? In the first place I
do not Udleve the superiority does
exist to the extent claimed. F.ach
section has apples of peculiar merit
and if these particular varieties were
To Address by Expert
Up-to-Date nethods of Highway Construction Are
Described by O. A. C. Professor at Largely Attend
ed Meeting L.L.Smith
at Convention That Nominated Lincoln.
(lood roads boosters from all over
the county who attended the meet
ing of the Commercial Club Monday
evening and listened to the address
by Professor F.rnest F. Ayres of the
Oregon Agricultural College learned
an abundance of new facts about
modern road construction, which
promise to bear fruit In the good
roads campaign for which Hood
Itlver county. In company with
others throughout the state, Is pre
paring. One of the most Interesting points
brought out by Professor Ayres was
that good earth roads are now being
advocated In many Instances lu pref
erence to macadam. lie declared
that It would surprise many people
to find how satlsfatory an earth
road can lie made when proiorly
constructed. Me stated that It
would not b desirable to macadam
more than ten per cent of the roads
In Oregon or Hood Itlver county. He
further explained that the cost of
properly maintaining and repairing
a iiiacnd.ini road Is high and that It
is necessary to constantly repair
them If they are to Is kept In good
condition. While macadam Is advis
able on heavily traveled thorough
fan's, he said It would be useless ex
travagance to macadam the roads
that are not subjected to much
the only apples In question the post
tlon taken by the advocates of "Iso
latlou" might lie tenable. We have,
however, to consider the Industry as
a whole. Also the consuming public
do not confine themselves to the
high-priced apple, and It Is the con
suming public as :i body and not
any particular section of that public
that we have to reckon with.
Local pride Is a most worthy and
proper spirit to encourage, but it
should not lie allowed to blind us to
certain hard and fast business theo
ries which are not of an experimental
nature, but which have lsen tried
and tested and fouud to be advan
tageous for years. The science of
selling, liecause it Is a science, has
certain axioms which cannot Is gain
said, and acceptance of these admit
ted facts Is absolutely necessary to
the successful disposal of our crops
today, and much more so In the near
I'p to 1910, apples of good quality
sold themselves. From now on,
owing to the fact that the box apple
Ih no longer a novelty and to the
rapidly Increasing volume of fruit
produced, It Is up to us to sell them
To do this we must eliminate all un
necessary competition and expense
and consider the question not from
our own particular viewpoint, but
from a broader and more compre
hensive standpoint. If we do not do
this, and promptly, ourlndustry will
find that history repeats Itself with a
fatal regularity and that the period
of depression, and, to many, of act
ual ruin, that lias been the feature In
so many industries of a like nature
to ours will Inevitably come to pass.
Personalities must not tie an Issue
In this attempt to solve our troubles.
Suggestions of merit must be consid
ered for the good or harm that Is In
them. Local prejudice should lie laid
aside. This Is a matter of business
pure and simple, and should lie de
cided on business principles only.
It seems strange to me that In this
age of co-operation such strenuous
objections should be raised to thor
ough and comprehensive co-operation
as has has been suggested by
the Rogue Itlver plan. Thorough In
vestigation of this plan has up to the
present brought to light nothing
that was not benetlclal to the grow
er. Lark of investigation has liecn
the means of circulating many wild
and Idle surmises which had no foun
dation lu fact and which, when ex-
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Recounts Stirring Scenes
Professor Ayres went Into a de
tailed description of road construc
tion and emphasized above all the
necessity of having proper suhdralu
age. He advocated tiling the ditches,
proper construction of culverts and
also descrltied the proper construc
tion of roadbeds.
Two different kinds of road the
sand and the clay should lie treated
entirely different, said the speaker.
The sand road needs water and the
clay road must have all water kept
carefully off from it, out from under
and nway from It. To do this it
must be properly crowned, drained
through the tiled ditches and the
water carried away through cul
verts. The sand road, on the coa
trary, should be slightly depressed in
order to retain water. The Ideal
road Is made of a mixture of sand
and clay, thus Insuring a good sur
face In all kinds of weather, he said
The professor advocated state aid
for roads, showing how a good high
way tienellts more than! the farmers
whom property abuts upon it, and
said cost should be distributed
Professor Ayres took a trip over
some of the county roads and gave
Instructions as to how the different
kinds of road should tie cared for.
Opportunity was given those pres
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COUNCIL IS SPLIT
Whether or not Judge Derby U
eligible for the olllce of city attorney
ou account of his connection with a
local corporation as Its attorney,
was brought to an issue at the meet
ing of the city council Monday ulgbt.
When the vote was taken three coun
cllmen voted lu favor of retaining
Judge Derby's services and two
voted against it.
The question was raised when a
letter was read from Judge Derby
stating the remuneration which he
would expect If retained another
year. Councilman Itobertson moved
that his services lie accepted under
the conditions specified. Thereupon
Councilman Staten took the floor
and declared that he was not In
favor of Judge Derby lielng retained.
He said that the fact that Judge
Derby was In the employ of a cer
tain public service corporation as
well as the city placed him necessar
ily In a position lu which it would be
practically Impossible to do the right
thing by both of his clients.
Councilman Mayes seconded Rob-
ertson's motion. Itobertson then
took the floor. He said that in his
Judgment Judge Derby's proposi
tion was ns fair us could be expected
for competent services; that he did
not know of any Inst auce of Judge
Derby's duties as attorney for this
corporation conflicting with his
duties as city attorney. Ho also
stated that no lawyer could be ex
pected to receive only $"." from the
city and not engage in private liti
gation. Councilman Staten again took the
floor and asked whether Judge Derby
had not drawn an ordinance for a
certain corporation, which was sub
mitted to the council and passed.
He repeated that he did not see how
an attorney could serve two masters
without favoring oue or the other.
The vote was then taken on the
question of whether Judge Derby lie
retained. It resulted ns follows:
Ayes, Hugglns, Mayes and Roliert
son; noes, Staten and Stranahan.
Councilman llroslus was absent.
APPLE FAIR ASSOCIATION
WILL DISCUSS BUILDING
An adjourned meeting of the Apple
Fair Association has been called for
Saturday, February 24, at the Com
mercial Club. The purpose of this
meeting Is to formulate a plan to
carry out the original Intention of
the company, which was to erect a
building on the corner adjoining the
Davidson block to be used for a fair
building as well as for business pur
poses. Unclaimed Letters
I nclalmed letters at the Hood
Itlver postollice are as follows:
E. L. I'acon, It. K. llradley, Miss
Lucy Brown, It. Ilucher. Mrs. J. Cox,
Mrs. H. H. Cochran, L. A. Dahl, Miss
Wllma Oonncll, Win. Fmmons, Ar
thur Falconbuary. E. V. Cramps, K.
H. Green, ('has. Hllmer, W. II. liar
mon, Frank L. Keating, Mrs. Oliver
Lafferty, John A. Lawrence, L H.
London, Miss Hazel Manners, Mr. &
Mrs. Mansfield, Frederick Mark. Mrs.
F. McKereher, W. A. McXabb, John
nie McPalmer, ("has. I. Moody, Dale,
Rlalto& Myers, J as. Randall. Mrs.
itosa Italney, C. F. Seeley, A. T. Son
neman, C. K. Spencer, Ike Young.
There are parcels for Mrs. Sallle
Hammond, I. A. Nancan, Mrs. P. L.
Of (he Week
sol for the McN'iiinain brother, wns Indicted for nllei;.-.! complicity In the iittempted bribery of Robert ;'. It. ay. n Juror,
Juror. Reports from London state that ex-King Manuel and I iota Miunel "f Uratauzii. pretender to the fallen throne of
lion anil Unit Miguel loaned the exiled kln H.IHM.noo to help hlui regain his throne
OF REAL ESTATE
Iteul estate transfers of the past
week have been as follows:
Charles A. Prlesslng and wife to .1.
II. Durham and Suvllla V. Durham,
four lots In Hood Itlver park near
Grace P Farrls and husband to J.
It. Nunnamaker, 17 acres south of
town and ten ucres at liarrett.
X. C. Fvans, trustee, to W.J. Ma
ker aud H. T. DeWItt, lots six and
lHJand parts of lots five and HO,
Oregon LumberCompnny to school
district No. 14, one acre near Dee.
W. H. Goodenough ami wife to
W. H. Hoover, 40 acres In Barrett
C. it. Totter and wife to Guy Sai
ling, lot 20, Idlewllde, tlOOO.
Ieroy Armstrong to M. Sue Arm
strong, undivided oue-half lots three
and four and half of lot five, Para
dise Acreage, f 10,000.
N. C. Kvans, trustee, to Kdlth A.
Gladen, lots four and 21, block "7,
Five Fairs for Children
Being Arranged Here
Statewide Country Life Movement Takes in Hood
River County and Arrangements Are Being Made
to Stimulate Interest in Agricultural Pursuits
Winners Will Compete at State Fair.
Hood Itlver children will have a
chance to compete In raining farm
products, flowers and poultry, If
plans which were launched here the
last of the week by N. C. Maris, field
assistant la the extension depart
ment of the Oregon Agricultural Col
legs, are given local support. The
plan Is to hold five fairs In different
parts of the county this fall, all en
tries to b tidily ' "I 'ln. The
winners V'.'. 1 glvn ; ' - md nlso
the prlvll rj rii - li. 1r prod
uct) In co) i" t't ., i v::': ' iber chil
dren o( Oii;ri a. :..t" fair to
be held at '..V:ii.
Mr. Mai - iW ' -, d ,i! C. D,
Thompson, cjjii'.J tjuiiiuteudent of
schools, and with Secretary Kauff
man of the Commercial Club, both of
whom promised to co-operate In the
movement which Is statewide and
conducted under the direction of the
state bankers, commercial bodies,
state educational authorities, Port
land livestock Interests and Oregon
For the county contests here a list
of prizes will be solicited from the
merchants and business men. A
splendid list of prizes Is being col
lated by the state to be awurded at
the state fair. The young Hood Itlver
farmers will first exhibit tlulr prod
ucts at local fairs, then nt the state
fair, If they have been fortunate
enough to be winners, and again ut
the county fair. The local fairs would
thus have to be held the last of Au
gust, ns the state fair comes the first
part of September and the county
fair a little later.
A largely -attended and enthusias
tic meeting was held at M osier on
Friday under tin- direction of Mr.
Marls and keen Interest in the coun
try life movement Is lielng shown
everywhere throughout the state.
EVENTS OF WORLD WIDE INTEREST PICTURED FOR BUSY READERS
Kdwin llnwley, ime of the best known rnllnvid men. in the Fulled States, ilie.l siulilcnl)
life ns nil errsiid ! nt a Hilary nf ? n week i;ener:il Sir Kel.eit linden Powell, hero
scout movement, nrrlved in this country to re lew the work done here. As :i result of
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PASTOR TALKS ON
Last Sunday at the Unitarian
church Itev. II. A. McDonald spoke
of the church and the social question.
He spoke of many national condi
tions such us unemployment, un
bealthful working conditions, the
curse of monopolies, unequal suffrage
and the evils of the open saloon. As
relief from these he mentioned em
ployment of the unemployed by the
government In reforesting and re
claiming and In building public
roads, canals, etc., government in
spection unci control of industrial
coudltlous, federal control or owner
ship of monopolies, woman's suff
rage and the closed saloon. To re
fuse to assume responsibility for
these conditions or to oppose these
remedies Is like sweeping back the
the tide. They are the fulfilling of
the laws of the universe. The church
has passed the time when Its chief
coucern Is Individual salvation, he
said, and If It Is to live a useful life
It must work for the enthronement
of social Justice and righteousness.
Much Is expected from this new de
parture In the state's educatlonul
svstem and the allied Influences be
hind the movement are such ns to
Insure Its success.
Bulletins on the various agricul
tural subjects will be Issued to the
children under the auspices of the O.
A. C. to serve as text books In the
various farming classes lu the schools
throughout the state. The contests
will Include work In gardening, gen
eral agriculture, domestic science,
poultry raising nud manual work.
W. B. DICKERSON ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF LEAGUE
Oregon Agricultural College, Cor
vallls. W. B. Dlckerson of Hood
Itlver was elected president of the
Oregon Agricultural Kxpertment
league nt the annual meeting; Di
rector It. D. Hetzel, O. A. C. exten
sion, secretary; Pres. A. J. Johnson
of the Benton County National
The four vice-presidents are K. B.
Knddant, Sllctz; It. H. Parsons, Med
ford; H. W. Hamlin, White Salmon,
and It. W. Allen, Hermlston. Kight
directors were named, as follows:
M. Vanlluyster, Hermlston; F. C.
Itelmer, Talent; Dr. J. F. Morel,
Portland; A. L. Chamberlain. New
berg; F. S. Bailey, Ontario; Dr. .las.
Wlthycombe, O. A. C; D. T Aubrey,
Cottage Grove, and Claude Nosier,
Treasurer Johnson reported flM.N")
In the bnnk; Secretary S. F. Grltlls,
Medford, reported gains In member
ship and Influence and efficiency
through the plan of making the Ore
gon Countryman monthly magazine,
the official organ of the league, free
with each membership.
70 Per Cent of 1911
Crop Was Extra Fancy
Remarkable Showing Is Announced After Reports of
Two Companies Are Studied and Averaged
"Fancies" Were Twenty-five Per Cent of Crop
and "C" Grade Only Five Per Cent.
That 70 per cent of the local apple
crop In lull was extra fancy Is shown
by figures for the fruit sold up to
February 1 by the Hood Itlver Apple
Growers' I'nlon and the Davidson
Fruit Company. This remarkable
showing of high grude apples has
excited much local pride. The fancy
apples are given out as having aver
aged 25 per cent of the entire crop
and the "C" grade only five per cent.
The largenumber of extra fancies is
explained by the fact that the crop
last year was colored highly. The
figures given above as well as those
which follow are the averages of the
averages of the two companies. The
prices obtained for the season on
four-tier apples are given as follows:
Yellow Newtown Pippin, extra
fancy, $1 W.
Arkansas Black, extra fancy, $2.12;
fancy, f 1.7."; "C" grade, f 1.3.1.
Black Twigs, one grade, $1 42.
Red Cheek Pippin, $1.62.
Winter Banana, extra fancy, 2 40.
Baldwin, one grade, $1.00.
Spltzenburg, extra fancy, f 2 14.
Wagner, one grade, $1.00.
Ortley, extra fancy, $2.0..
Strawberries, 00,000 crates or 100
cars, at $2.23 per crate, average.
Pears, 2o cars.
Bartlett, 1.23 per box.
D'AnJou, 1.92 per box.
The average of the Yellow New
towns will be materially Increased
when the full returns are received In
the late spring. The greater part of
the Newtown crop Is as yet unsold.
The principal markets of the Hood
Itlver apple are shown to be London,
Liverpool, Hamburg, New York City
Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis,
Itockford and other cities contiguous
to the above. An increasing de-
West IV! ay Worf Convicts
On Road to Portland
$10,000 Is Donated to Defray Expenses and Proposi
tion is Made to Governor, Who Takes It Under
Consideration Construction of Road Around
Shell Rock Is Proposed.
Governor West has under consid
eration a proposition w hereby a cer
tain public-spirited citizen will con
tribute 10,000 and the state wli!
furnish convict labor with which tu
build a road past Shell Rock, which
at present stands as a barrier be
tween Hood River and Multnomah j
counties. Speaking In Portland the;
last of the week, the governor said : ,
"I was notified today thatacer-j
tain citizen Is willing t put up $10.-;
000 to help finance the building by I
convict labor of a road over Shell (
Rock, which stands between Mult
nomah county and Hood River conn-;
ty. I have this under considera
tion." When asked about the project.
County Judge Cullvertson showed a
i5 v' .Tvl T&ia"
In New eiV lie he-Mil his l.u; ,ies
of M:ifekiin: and the founder of the No
t lie l iliinc of a oiii.in ilui nu the M i K.
atre - ted t't.ircn c I'.ni 'U.ihif ....n
and Georue l.o. kw I. a i r -i e tie
Portugal. hae eib- ted a i c on, I u
in and during the past two years has
been showing Itself In the middle
west and southern states. Several
carloads of Hood Itlver apples have
lieen disposed of In Tennessee and
Arkansas within the past few
months. Texas also consumes a
great quantity of the fruit and Is de
These figures were secured by Sec
retary Kauffman of the Commercial
Club rind appear In the "Hood Itlver
Commercial Club Bulletin," an at
tractive two-page folder published In
the Interests of Hood Itlver and
Hood Itlver valley and county.
A feature of the phamphlet Is a let
ter recently received from Governor
West who states that he tielleves
Hood River district received more
advertising on the Governors' Spe
cial than any other section of the
west. "Hood Itlver Is a name," he
writes, "that appears to be familiar
to most everyone throughout the
east especially those Interested in
55 HENS LAY 1027 EGGS
IN MONTH OF JANUARY
E. F. Batten has a flock of .V hens
which have done a lot of Indignant
cackling since they read In the News
last week that Rev. J. B. Parsons'
hens have been boasting of the rec
ord which they made last month.
Mr. Parsons' bens laid 523 eggs to
January, or an average of about IV
eggs each. They were "Just com
mon" hens. Mr. Batten's 53 Rhode
Island Ited pullets produced 1027 eggs
In January, an average of about Wi
eggs each, or about 00 per cent yield,
ills birds are pure bred and from a
good-laying strain that has pro
duced prize winners.
letter recently received from K. Henry
Wemme, the champion good road
booster of Multnomah county. Mr.
Wemme Is particularly Interested lu
the road along the Columbia from
Portland east and announced that a
friend of his had promised $10.oot. to
help defray the expenses of con
structing the most expensive piece of
road lietweeu the two counties.
Mr. Wemme expressed himself as con
fident that Governor West would
put a gang of convicts ou the work
and was also hopeful that his friend
with the money would give In excess
of $10.0i.O once the work was under
This being Good Roads Wet k
throughout the state, the governor
Is carrying on an active speaking
campaign. He says:
"I consider that the good roads
movement Is the proper system for
solving the labor problem. We
want to get people back to the farm
but we cannot uutil we have good
roads. These thoroughfares open
up many opportunities for the state
and will solve many au Important
"As to the system of Issuing bond
In the amount of $2n,0n",ooo. 1 have
been criticised. I am willing to con
sider any supplemental measures
v hlch will solve this r oad problem
and If they areas good as tti.' in.' is
tires I have arranged I will 'i i . kl..
get behind them and piwh There l-i
objection to my h i Ing ch'rg" o' t ie
funds. 1 concur In the opinion of
others that the governor Is tuc pn.
tier official for this. I know that
am honest and I know there will I
l no graft as h ng as I li ive ch.-irge .
I the money. I d not desire tie
roii. Is for the benefit of any
lar class, but for all l.i-s. s.
1 one Is to benefit.
W o Oil Harness, e
Vc j,sf r.eel.e.l a
e have just r-
oiling tank I'.rlng your Inn,, - In
and li t us give It a to,,, I ,,;l!ig be
fore the Spring work star's,
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