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THE MORNING OREGONIAK, THTTRSDAY, APRIL 27, 1965.
WELFARE OF STATE IS TEXT AT DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CONVENTION
DELEGATES TO TIIK OREGON DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE CONVENTION", PHOTOGRAPHED FOR THE OREGONIAN AT THE MARQUAM THEATER BY KISER BROTHERS.
To stretch out a welcoming hand to pos
sible settlers who will meet at the Lewis
And Clark Exposition; make a more neigh
borly Oregon; help to And homes for de
sirable homeseekers; secure fair railroad
rates by which the citizens of the Inland
Empire can with convenience and profit
to themselves visit the Exposition this
Summer; speeches; work for good rohds
these are a few of the watchword of the
second annual convention of the O.- u
Development League, which beg:ui t
meetings In this city yesterday. It a
a season of handshaking, and business,
participated in by delegates from 53
branch organizations. Rural Oregon
joined hands with Oregon's metropolis.
Well done. Hood River! Her delegates
landed 75 strong and they marched from
the Union Terminal Depot, headed by
Bverest's band. The visitors wore
helmets, special badges, etc., and carried
walking canes cut from the celebrated
Hood River orchards. The Hood River
peoplo had one of the largest contingents
In the Jlne-up. and their badges are works
of art They also brought with them a
section of an apple tree limb, and labeled
the latter "The Big Stick." They also
had a "yell" prepared for the occasion.
The Independence-Monmouth Improve
ment League came in a special railroad
car, and bore C2 faithful "rooters." They
brought a brass band with them. Every
window In the car was made interesting
by bundles of wheat, holly, Oregon grape,
and nop vines 14 feet long. The placard
read: "Polk, the Blue-Ribbon County,"
and tho pretty decorations were designed
by the women of Independence and Xlon
mouth. Benjamin Franklin Jones,- "tho
lone clamdlgger" from Lincoln County,
was also among the faithful.
As fast as tfie delegates landed they
made a bec-llne for the Marquam Theater
where the first general sessions opened.
A spirit of good-fellowship prevailed,
and kindly welcomes were given. Tho re
ception committee ' included' S. G. Re"ed,
E. L. Thompson, Mrs. P. J. Mann and
Mrs. A. II. Breyman, assisted by W. E.
Coman, W. D. Wheelwright, Charles EL
Ladd, J. L. Cressey, .George W. Hazen,
Colonel R. C. Judson, R. B. Miller, John
H. Seals and J. D. Leet.
Governor Welcomes Delegates.
President E. L. Smith called the league
together and. then Governor Chamberlain
gave a short address of welcome.
"Oregon and her different sections have
een arrayed against each other for a
leng time," began the Governor, "but now
there is to bo a now regime, and I am
here to welcome you to a new Oregon,
and I predict that this state, although
now practically undeveloped, will soon
be among the very brightest In the con
stellation of states. The organization of
this Development League is the first step
toward, developing and building up tho
commonwealth. There are yot tens of
thousands of acres In Eastern Oregon
that are to be opened tip until they shall
blossom like tho rose. I welcome you as
citizens of a new Oregon and as advo
cates of the Lewis and- Clark Fair, where
each section will have a chance for inoro
thorough exploitation. I encourage you
in the good work in which you are en
gaged." President Sraitli's Speech.
Warm applause - marked the conclusion
of the Governor's speech, and In reply
President Smith said:
"I thank Tour Excellency for your
words of commendation for my own sec-1
tlons of Oregon and of our organization.
Never was a truer sentence spoken than
that Shakespeare put into the moiith of
Brutus, when he said, 'There is a tide In
the affairs of men which, taken at the
flood, leads on to fortune.' That time has
come for a grand future for our State of
Oregon. With all that has been done In
:ur state, 90 per cent of our lands await
the hands of the planter. Let us build
:ur railroads through all the stated let us
extend our waterways from the Inland
Empire to the sea; let us all unite on
ifaes fioxxaaoa. injtrpstsrixUjvlxea we. dx J
we shall welcome a development never
dreamed of before."
President H. W. Goode. of the Lewis and
Clark Exposition, said. In part:
"In the splendidly enterprising -work pf
your league, every citizen of this common
wealth should, and does, as the progress
of the organization shows, take an en
thusiastic Interest. Of the beneficent re
sults of your deliberations and your
achievements there can be no doubt. In
the Lewis and Clark Exposition's system
of advertising, carried on most aggres
sively throughout the country, not a sin
gle material point to the advantage or
truthful glory of the North Pacific Coast
country has been omitted. One of the first
acts of the publicity department was to
issue a booklet upon Oregon's resources,
covering every portion of the state, for
the benefit of all communities. I cannot
attempt to review the vast good accom
plished by this book, but suffice to say
that the enormous demand for unbiased
facts about the state has. In a measure,
been supplied through the Exposition. It
will draw the people, and will promote
trade and commerce, but after the Fair Is
over and the visitors have gone, the work
of the Oregon Development League will
go on. Many visitors will exploit Oregon
in the most convincing manner, by remov
ing to this section and by bringing others.
Tho greatest good to the greatest number
is the broad, actuating policy of your as
sociation. The Lewis and Clark Exposi
tion, from the very nature of things, is
bound to multiply your opportunities for
good on behalf of the entire state, em
phasize your importance as a factor in
the upbuilding of the country, and closely
second your most worthy efforts. I proph
esy that In considerably less than ten
years the State of Oregon will double lu
population, and the City of Portland will
be a metropolis of 230.000 Inhabitants."
Rogue River Valley Resources.
"The Rogue River Valley constitutes
what we believe to be the healthiest, rich
est and most desirable section of Oregon,"
stated Frank I. Vawter, of Medford.
"Very recently, a 40-acre fruit ranch near
Medford sold for $7400. This Is situated 800
miles from the nearest great market.
Rogue Rlvor fruits are noted for keoplng
quality. Without cold-storage or artificial
means, our apples will keep until July.
The Rogue River Valley has now about
10,000 acres In fruit. The most important
recent project in Southern Oregon is the
starting of a branch road from the South-
em Pacific to the sugar pine belt on Upper
Rogue River. The opening of 100,000 acres
of land by this means will moan much
j to that country. Local capital will accom-
plish this development."
j Horticulture His Theme.
"Horticulture" was the subject chosen
by Charles V. Galloway, superintendent
! of the horticultural' exhibit at the Lewis
1 and Clark Exposition, and superintendent
; of the Oregon fruit exhibit at the St.
i Louis Exposition. He made the point that
all present and all Oregon for that mat
j ter were practically committed to work
i for the succoss of the Lewis and Clark
Exposition. "This Is riot the time for
dire forebodings or for criticism. This
is the time to push, and not knock," he
went on. "Oregon is going to be the host
ess of the world, and it is to be expected
that she will carry off her honors well.
All Oregon counties must be represented
at the Exposition. Make your display
strong on those articles on which your
county is strong," He closed with a grace
ful compliment to the Hood River apples.
One of the busiest delegates at this and
succeeding sessions was Manager Tom
Richardson, of the Commercial Club. He
made brother delegates acquainted with
each other, he introduced various speakers
and as a spellbinder he was there with
Addresses were also mado by, Walter
Lyon, the well-known newspaper man
from Independence, and secretary of the
Willamette Valley League; G. A. West-
gate of Albany. "The Opening of the Wil
lamette"; President E. D. Ressler, of the
Monmouth Normal School, "Education a
, Feature of Development": Mayor J. H.
Hawley. of Monmouth, "Fine Stock of
Polk County"; and B. F. Jones, of Lin
coln County, "The Opening of Yaqulna
Bay to the Commerce of the Willamette
J Four Sectional Meetings.
After luncheon, the delegates found
their Inclinations pulling them four dif
ferent ways, as there were no less than
four sectional meetings to attend. "Wish
I could attond all four!" was the way a
veteran farmor from "Salem way ex
The Willamette Valley Development
League held forth In the Marquam
Grand, under the presidency of Colonel E.
Hofer, of Salem. One of the features of
tho session was the report of the com
mittee -on transportation, which was. In
port, as follows:
We have the following- request to make of
the Southern Pacitlc Railway Company, and
we deem It of the "utmost Importance that
Immediate steps be taken in the matter.
That the new observation cars recently put
on, and which are now running from Rose
bur? south, be extended so as to run through
the Willamette Valley by daylight, in order
to give better facilities for the travelers to
see ine country inrougn wnica iney pare. ims
matter was taken up with C. H. McCormlcfc. J
at Chicago, and C S. Fee, at ban Francisco.
Mr. Ffc telegraphed that the matter had been
arranged as requested, and later another tele
gram was received confirming the arrange
ment, and we considered the matter 9ettied.
The operating department of the Southern Pa
cific Railway Company at Portland claims now
that, owing to lack of facilities at Portland
for turning the earn. It will be impossible to
put the cars on, and that they cannot be run
from Portland south. We would therefore re.
quest that some steps be taken to remedy
the difficulty at Portland, as It U of the
greatest importance that these carp be- run
through the Valley on the day trains. There
seems to be little difference of opinion between
the local official of the Southern Pacific Rail
way Company and the higher officials In re
gard to the advisability of running these cars
south, and your committee feels that, with a
little effort, arrangements could be made to
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PROMINENT MEN SEEN AT THE SESSIONS OF THE OREGON DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
run the cars from Portland to Glendale and
return on trains Xos. 11 and 1-. and taua en
able travelers to get a better Idea of the rieh
neso and fertility of Western Oregon.
That the train now leaving Portland at 4
O'clock P. M., and known as the Albany local,'
be extended to Eugene so as to give the
patrons of the railway between Albany and
Eugene better facilities for going to ami from
Portland, and thereby enabling them to go
to Portland and return the same day.
That In view of tho importance of the Lewis
and Clark Fair to Western Oreson, an excur
sion rate of one fare for the round trip, with
stop-over privileges be made from Portland to
any point in Western Oregon, good for W
days on the regular trains, as we feel that
such a rate would induce a number of visiters
to inspect this part of the state.
That the Southern Pacific Railway Com
pany run a dally excursion train from Port
land up the West Side to Eugene by way of
Corvallla and Albany, returning to Portland
by way of the Sprlngfletd-Woodbunt branch.
Such an arrangement ae thU would enable
visitors to t-ee the best parts of the Willam
ette Valley, and It would also give the In
habitants of the different towns through which
the train would pass an excellent opportunity
to show the products of their community,
greeting the visitor?, and give them mmplee
of their fruit, flowere. etc.
President Ilofer's Statement.
"As president of the Willamette Valley
Development League It becomes my duty
to call this, the agricultural section, of
the State Development Convention to
order. It Is to be hoped that you will
do you part in making this great gather
ing a success, and that the 'hayseed de
partment will be intensely Interesting,"
said Colonel Hofer. "How can the largest
number of these Immigrants and tourists
and Fair visitors be got to see the rural
regions, that are the boast and the back
bone of Oregon? We have heard from
the people on this matter, .and the dele
gates from the agricultural section are
here to ask for the best possible train
service, the most possible trains, tho
lowest possible rates and the greatest
possible conveniences to take the mil
lions into the Interior of Oregon. The peo
ple of Oregon have been very liberal in
their treatment of the transporatlon com
panies, and realize that they have re
ceived some substantial advantages In
return. The upbuilding of the City of
Portland and tho success of the Lewis
and Clark Fair have been largely due to
"In making demand for the develop
ment of the Interior of the state it is from,
the business standpoint. Railroad man
agers will do well to heed It and meet
the demands of the business men of
Westcrri Oregon half way. They are not
dealing with a lot of cheap-pass candi
dates or $30 statesmen such as are found
In many of the Legislatures.
"In speaking for. the farming population
of the Willamette Valley Including the
laboring people and inhabitatnts of tho
smaller cities and towns we want to
make a plea for them to have better fa
cilities to attend the Fair. What would
be the harm in having special excursions
for their benefit on the plan of the rail
way employes' excursions a fixed sum
like a dollar for the round trip from any
part of the Valley, and especially on
Sunday for the men who work all the
week and cannot get to the Fair during
the week. The farmers who raise the
crops and pay the taxes and raise the
families that constitute the masses of the
people are entitled to consideration as
well as tho wealthy residents of other
states who are hero on pleasure bent, and
never expect, many of them, to leave
their comfortable homes In the East."
Supplementary Report Adopted.
Tho following; supplementary re
port, submitted by B. F. Jones, of Lin
coln County, was adopted:
Whereas. The coast line of Oregon Is indent
ed by numerous bays and water ways; and.
Whereas. The Government of the United
States has recognized Yaqulna Bay as a safe
harbor, with a preajnt depth of 23 feet of
water, and bclne connected with railroad fa
cilities with the great Willamette Valley, and
one of the chief gateways of the Orient; there
fore be it
Reiolved. by the Orepra Development League,
In afiio3-JJiat-jKft fOs. Xhj, hearty.
ebeperatkn of this league and .the citfoeni
or the btate at Oregon, and the Oregon" cete
gfttfam In Congress. that they use all 'honor,
able means to secure an appropriation for the
completion of the Yaqulna Bay harbor, an pre
sented and outlined by the Presidential Board
of Coram teskroers, believing that the ultimate
success of this great enterprise will be a
saving to the farmers of the Middle Willam
ette Valley on transportation of thousands of
Good lioads League.
"Good roads" was the slogan of a
section of the league that attends tc
that end of the business, and the mem
bers met in the main dining-room of
the Commercial Club. Judge J. II. Scott,
of Salem .president of the Oregon Good
Roads Association, was chairman. The
meetings was supposed to formulate
plans for exploiting road work at th
Lewis, and Clark Exposition, but got to
a general talk on the betterment of
; roads In general, and discussed the rel
ative merits of macadamized and earth
roads, etc. The general opinion of
those present was that not enough
money was raised by levy In Oregon
to build good roads, and that the United
States Government should make and
exhibit an improved roadway at the
Lewis and Clark Exposition, so that
people from the interior of the state
should see how an up-to-dute road is
constructed and kept up. Th.e Hood
River roads were praised, and ex-Governor
Geer intimated that th'e excellence
of these roads was due to what he
called "the Hood River spirit." He
made a plea for the better grading of
roads. A motion passed that repre
sentations be made by Manager Rich
ardson, of the Commercial Club, to all
Counts Commissioners and Judges of
the state, inviting County Commis
sioners and Judges and road super
visors and road masters to attend the
convention of the Mational Grod Roads
Association, which meets hifre in June,
to witness object lessons ip road-making-
and generally help thd work along.
It was also recommended that the ex
penses to this city of the visiting- rond
supervisors, and road-mas :ers be paid
by the different County Courts. A com
mittee of five was appointed to prepare
resolutions as to entertaining pros
pective homeseekers at the approaching-
Exposition, and to present the -resolutions
at the meeting of the conven
tion this morning.
Meetings were also held of tho dairy
and fruit sections, and similar reports
will also be acted upon.
Guests of Commercial Cluh.
. Four hundred men and women la-st
night promenaded through the bril
liantly lighted rooms of the Commercial
Club, danced on the waxed floor of the
big hall, talketl and chatted and had a
good time generally. It was the sooial
side of the Oregon Development
League's convention. There was' plenty
of entertainment, plenty of music an.l
plenty of refreshment, but no speeches,
for the affair was entirely Informal, anl
the speech part of the day was over.
The committee of the Commercial Club
had taken care that there be enough
hosts and hostesses to receive the out-of-town
guests, and the Portland men
and their wives turned out In numbers
In response to the call.
It Is expected that the business ses
sions of the convention will close at
noon today. The delegates will then
board trolley-cars at First and Wash
ington streets at 2 P. M. and will be
taken to view the Lewis anj Clark Ex
position, entering at Twenty-eighth
MST OP THE DELEGATES.
Representative Citizens From Cities
' of Oregon Attend Convention.
"General register A. L. Woodard, Cottage
Grove; A. B. Chadbourne, Drain; Warren K
White, Portland; Frank G. Micelli, W. .
Fisher, A. A. Bellows, Rceeburg; Leo Estes,
(Concluded, Pase 3.1