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TTTE MORmo OREGONTAX. WEDNESDAY, SKPTErBER 29, 19T5.
PE ELL PROSPEROUS,
;i BUSY LITTLE TOWN
Trading Point in Chehalis
SCHOOL IS SPECIAL PRIDE
JHotels and Business JIouscs Are
!', Ample Iiinnbering and Dairy-
ing Important Industries,
f Cannery Is Started.
i; BT ADDISON" BEXXETTT.
) TE ELL. Wash., Sept. 28. (Special
Correspondence.) Pe Ell is the largest
town between Chehalls and the Willapa
Harbor. It is sftuated on the South
Bend branch of the Northern Pacific,
and also on the state highway leading
from Chehalis to the Pacific. It is in
the extreme western part of Lewis
County, the line between Lewis and
Pacific cutting the sawmill in. twain at
Walville, a couple of miles to the west.
It is also on the head of the Chehalis
Elver. The Northern Pacific Railroad
follows that river from Chehalis to a
point just west of her, then passes
over the summit, at Pluvlus, and fol
lows the "Willapa River to the Willapa
This Chehalis River is the shape of a
nuge nsnnooK. The end of the shank
Is at Hoquiam. on Grays Harbor. It
Hows from the east around Chehalis,
then makes a turn with the barb about
at Pe Ell, and the point a mile or so
to the west. So when you speak of the
Chehalis Valley, you are speaking of a
large section, and a varied one. It is
a section of wonderful and varied
resources, and of very great aericul
tural and horticultural possibilities. In
Jt Is some of the very best land in
the State of Washington, and a small
area that lacks a long way of being
first class. Pe Ell is in a section
where the land is mighty good, and
where the dairy business is getting a
good foothold. Indeed, I have been
more than pleased with my stop here.
I knew it was the trading point for a
large section, but I did not expect to
find a town of 1500, and without a
vacant dwelling in its limits.
, Sawmills Weather Depression.
1 This, of course, is in the lumber
country. For many .years there was
io other source of revenue save that
emanating in the trees of the forests.
Vhen the first settlers came, the entire
country from Chehalis to Willapa
Harbor was covered with giant trees.
There were perhaps some parks or
nraririe areas, but they were small and
far apart. Now there is no standing
timber worth mentioning in the valleys
bf the Chehalis and Willapa, and very
little on the side hills to the north
and south of these valleys. I am now
including only that part of the Chehalis
Valley between the City of Chehalis
ftnd South Bend.
, : Every portion of the lumber country
In the Northwest has practically had a
Stroke of paralysis. Everybody knows
that, and everybody is wondering just
how soon the patients will recover their
normal condition. This little City of
Per Ell was hit like the rest of the
etate. It was practically dependent
upon the great Yeomans mills here, the
McCormick and Walville mills just to
tne west. But somehow these mills
have done better during the great
slump than any others. I find, all
through the lumber districts that the
mills that were specializing are doing
the best. Those cutting and piling up
stock lumber were the first hit and the
hardest hit, unless they had ample
capital. But those that were making
specialties have done better. And that
has been the case with the three con
Town Has Bank.
Pe Ell is finely located on dry, level
land, and yet with ample drainage fa
cilities. A good water system sup
plies the town with an abundance of
good water and at a pressure that
keeps the fire risk down to the mini
mum. The town is well lighted. There
are no saloons here, so the new law,
when it goes into effect, will not cut
t a very large figure.
The only bank between Chehalis and
the coast Is located here, the Pe Ell
Stats Bank. It is certainly a safe
place for the depositor if there is any
thing in figures, for it carries in its
vaults and in depositories about 79
per cent of its deposits. I do not know
if . this is a profitable way to run a
bank, but it certainly looks mighty
safe for its depositors. E. H. Lester is
the president, C. W. Boynton cashier
and Miss Irene Pearsali seems to be
a sort of general factotum. The day
of my visit she was in entire charge,
the cashier being absent. She is a
.yaxing woman of ability and great
common sense, as well as of more than
pleasing personality. I am indebted
to her for a lot of information.
Pe Ell has also the only newspaper
between Chehalis and Raymond, the
Pe Ell Tribune, edited, owned and pub
lished by G. E. Simmons. It is pub
lished every Friday and is a very nice
little sheet, and seems to enjoy a good
If there is any one thing the Pe Ell
people are proud of. it is their school.,
I .hope the picture of their magnifi
cent school building will appear with
this article. From an artistic stand
point it is one of the most beautiful
school structures I ever saw. And the
work being done in the classrooms b'
the 12 teacherB and the superintendent
and principle. M. E. Hardy, gives the
school a standing along with the best
In: the state.
School Standard High.
in the district there are three out
lying primary schools, but all of the
pupils in the fifth grade and above are
brought in by wagons every morning,
and returned to their homes every
evening by the same conveyances. The
system seems to work well and places
Pe Ell on a par with the best educa
tional centers of the state for high
and Intermediate school work. Of
course this school gives all of the
courses given, in the best high schools,
such as domestic science, manual train
ing, typewriting and commercial work,
it is up-to-date in every respect, and
has as efficient a superintendent and
as- good a staff of teachers as any place
could wish for.
As to hotels, Pe Eell has one of the
beet little caravansaries I ever stopped
at the Collins Housee. It is kept by
the Collins Sisters Misses Lillie, Lulu
and Nellie. I am not sure I have the
fiamea arranged in their proper order
QV seniority, but that does not make
moc difference, for they are sor of in
terchangeable in their duties and in
their entertaining capacities. They
surely know how to run a hotel in a
way to make it pleasant and comfort
able for their guests. The whole house
is as neat as a pin, everything shows
ihe artistic touch of a woman. The
food supply is simply delicious, and the
$crvice excellent. Indeed in every way
K Is as nice a stopping place as you
can find anywhere.
; Hotel Is Social Center.
It is also the real social center of the
town. In addition to the three charm
trig hostesses, there are four beautiful
and accomplished schoolma'ams board
ing here. So you can see 'whyfore" the
place Is popular. I really wish I could
iena a montn or two here myself. I
think it would be a fine place for a
young man to stop for a few weeks
who has a good seven-passenger car.
I think he could have a mighty good
time and meet with a hearty reception.
The names of the schoolma'ams must
not be overlooked. They are the Misses
Ruth McClellan, Naomi Piatt, Alice Fra
zier and Eva Frazier.
This is, of course, a'good business
point. All of the business places look
prosperous.. The general store of Fronie
& Klein seems to be the leading estab
lishment, although the establishment
of Frank McKnlght, groceries and sun
dries, does a large business. Fair, Shou
cair & Co. have a. large drygoods estab
lishment; Theodore Becker has a drug
store that is worthy of more than pass
ing notice, being really as fine an es
tablishment of the kind as can seldom
be found in a city of five time3 the size
of Pe Ell. G. H. Dodge has a nice dry
goods store, as ha3 also W. Gould, while
J. G. Dunlap handles drygoods and
Stores Are Firat-CIasa.
C. F. Franklin conducts a fine Jew
elry store, and C. B. Hovey & Co. have
a hardware establishment that carries
a large stock and displays it handsome
ly. There are three meat markets, two
poolrooms, news and fruit stands. Yes,
there is also a nice notion store and
a clothing store that I have overlooked.
The former is kept by W. C. Summers,
and the latter by Joseph Carness, and
also a good restaurant, conducted by
Mrs. George Brain. Joe Konopka is
erecting a fine garage, which is badly
needed, for there is now a Heavy travel
through the town. When the State road
is completed next vear from the Pacific
"Highway at Chehalis to Long Beach
there will be autos going through here
by flocks. Then the Collins Sisters will
reap a harvest, as will also the garage.
In addition to the Collins House,
there are two other hot-ts, where trav
elers will find good accommodations.
The Pe Ell Hotel, now kept by Mrs.
Rosella Hurd, but to be taken by Burns
& Rose on the first of next month; the
Senate Hotel, kept by D. V. Thrash;
also the Beaver Apartment-house, kept
by Thomas Beaver. This is a very large
structure, of modern construction, and
always is filled with tenants.
One of the institutions that promises
much for the future of the town is a
canning establishment established this
year. It has met with unprecedented
success thus far, though the proprietor,
W. F. Shepherd, says ..e is somewhat
cramped for money to handle the busi
ness. It tc.kes capital to put up a pack
and await sales after the packing sea
son closes. There is a splendid country
all around the city, and there will be
no lack of fruits and vegetables to
keep a plant of that kind running nine
months out of the year.
There is but one real estate agent
here Silas Sage. W. J. Mead is the
postmaster: Frank Wahmlnski, Police
Judge; S. B. Branch Is notary public,
and H. W. Weller, Mayor and Justice
of the Peace. Mr. Weller is a very pop
ular official in every way.
TITLE SUIT IS DECIDED
Indian Deeds Held by Wenatchee
WENATCHEE, Wash., Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) A decision handed down Friday
by Judge Rudkin, of the United States
District Court, in Spokane concerned
the title to some of the finest orchards
In the valley.
The original patent of the land in
question was granted to Mary Seaples,
an Indian, and coverec" a quarter sec
tion of land, but this since has been
divided up into 15 independent owner
ships, the total present value of which
is estimated at approximately $110,000.
Piling Drive Down Lewis Completed.
WOODLAND, Wash., Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) Ralph Sutherland, a timberman
on the north fork of Lewis River, has
Just reached Woodland with a drive of
250 pieces of piling that he brought
down from the mouth of Spelei Creek,
destined for St. Helens, where they will
be delivered to the purchasers. He an
nounces that, while prices are not high,
they are satisfactory.
25-MONTH S-OLD BABY SCORES
9. AT POLK. COUNTY
DALLAS. Or., Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) Loree Barham. the 25-months-old
daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Earl Barham. of Dallas, is
almost a perfect baby.
In a contest with dozens of
other healthy children in the eu
genic show at the Polk County
Fair, the Barham baby won a
score of 99.9. The score is be
lieved to be the highest at a
eugenic contest in the state.
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RACES AND AIRMEN
THRILL AT SALEM
Women and Workers for Good
Roads in Meetings Hear
CITY STREETS DECORATED
Julius Xi. Meier Speaks of Xeed of
Concerted Action, on Highway
Programme Students to Pro
vide Entertainment Today.
SALEM". Or., Sept. 28. (Special.)
Ideal weather and a more pretentious
programme brought increased crowds
to the Oregon State Fair today. All
the exhibit buildings were filled
throughout the day and until late at
night with sightseers from all parts
of the state. The races drew 2000 per
sons in the afternoon, while probably
twice as many ivltnessed Herbert Mun
ter soar above the grandstand and
around Lone Oak track. Munter flew
in the morning, also. Both flights were
made without accident.
This was Good Roads day and Wom
Only an informal programme in the
new auditorium was carried out by the
road enthusiasts this .morning, as many
of the prominent persons who had been
asekd to participate in the programme
were unable to attend.
Women's Cluba Represented.
In the afternoon representatives of
the Women's clubs of th estate gath
ered in the new auditorium, where a
literary and musical programme was
given. Mrs. Anna L. Strong, of the
Bureau of Education, Washington, J
D. C-, delivered the principal address.
Mrs. L. M. Vail, of Portland, presided.
Tonight's ECtivities at the fair consist
ed mainly in an illustrated lecture on
Oregon roads, . concert by McElroy's
Band and a fireworks display.
Salem streets are gainly decorated in
the National colors in honor of Salem
day at the fair tomorrow. Wednesday
also is State Societies day, while the
evening will be devoted to the campers
who plan a parade through the grounds
and a dance in conclusion.
Stndenta Plan Programme.
The high school students of Salem
will give a special programme tomor
row night in the new auditorium.
Owing to the belated arrival of dele
gates, the good roads meeting this
morning was postponed to some future
time, when representatives of the bet
ter roads movement from all parts of
the state will be in attendance. Short
addresses, however, were made by
Julius L. Meier and S. C. Lancaster, of
Portland. Mr. Meier, who is president
of the Columbia Highway Association,
pointed out the importance of good
roads in Oregon, and said it was urgent
to have. the co-operation of the farm
ers as well as business men of the
state in obtaining a better system of
S. C. Lancaster, consulting engineer
of Multnomah County, who had charge
of the engineering work on the Co
lumbia River Highway, said the time
is at hand when Oregon should come to
the fore in road building.
Farmer First to Benefit.
He declared that the farmers in the
end would benefit most because good
roads create better social and living
conditions in the country and open up
direct and quick markets for the prod
ucts of the farm.
He gave, as examples, the results of
good roads in several states where di
versified farming had been most high
ly developed and where, with the use
of motortrucks, the cost of transport
ing produce to marketing and shipping
points had been reduced to a minimum.
He said already marked progress had
been made in the farming district
served by the newly built Columbia
"It is not necessary to have all the
roads paved," said Mr. Lancaster. "It
is important to hard-surface the main
trunk roads first. The lateral roads
should be properly located and drained,
and as the districts settle up, these
roads can be built on a permanent
Hard Roada Develop Community.
- "The sooner the main trunk roads are
hard-surfaced the sooner will the en
tire community develop and become
Other prominent good roads workers
present were: S. Benson, of Portland;
Leslie Butler, of Hood River; J. C.
Spence, master of the State Grange;
J. H. Albert and W. L. Jones, of Salem:
Sescetary of State Olcott. State Treas
urer Kay, and C. W. Myers, of Portland.
Another meeting was held tonight in
conjunction with the Women's day pro
gramme. The main feature was the
exhibition of the color pictures of Ore
gon's chief scenic- points by Henry
Berger, Jr.. and Frank I. Jones, of
Portland. .These were a reproduction
of scenes in their natural color, de
picting prominent features along the
Columbia River Highway, Crater Lake
and other-scenic features of the North
west. Crowds View Scbool Work,
The school industrial club exhibits
from the various counties, and the
booths installed by the University of
Oregon and the Oregon Agricultural
College in the old pavilion today were
magnets for large crowds. Seemingly,
no labor has been spared by the com
peting counties to show the high grade
of work being done by the children in
the industrial clubs. E. F. Carlton,
assistant superintendent of publio in-
struction is in active charge of the
The Oregon Agricultural College has
one of the largest exhibits in the build
ing. Work of the students in the de
partment of plant pathology Is strik
ingly illustrated. A branch seed-testing
laboratory occupies a prominent
place in the booth.
The University of Oregon has a her
berium exhibit which is attracting the
interest of the visitors. Architectural
drawings by students cover the walls
of the booth, while assistants in charge
are present to explain any detail de
sired by visitors.
Girls Illustrate Domestic Training.
The booth of the Girls" State Train
ing School, which was arranged by tao
girls, under the direction of Mrs. Hop
kins, superintendent of the institution,
makes clear to all the useful domestic
arts which are taught at the school.
Samples of canned fruits, vegetables
and needlework are shown.
F. M. Alley, bee expert from Rose
burg, has a screened cage erected in
th open, -north of the old pavilion in
which thousands of bees arn swarming.
To show the crowds that gather curi
ously about that the bees are harm
less, Mr. Alley occupies a chair within
the cage, and allows the winged in
mates to buzz and crawl all about him.
The string of Shetland ponies being
exhibited here by M. S. Levy, of Union,
Or., is the center of interest for all
the children. Mr. Levy has 30 ponies
on the grounds, including Billy L and
Prince, the prizewlnning tandem team
of the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Levy has
a 1200-acre farm in Union County,
where he raises Shetlands. principally.
MR. iMIEIER I. JIG IS ROAD ACTIOX
Concerted Move Along Definite Line
Proposed at Salem Mooting.
SALEM, Or, Sept. 28. (Special.)
Julius L. Meier, president of the Co
lumbia River Highway Association,
spoke today before the good roads
meeting here on the necessity for con
certed action on a definite plan of high
"A time has come when Oregon must
have improved roads.
"Agricultural prosperity, ability to
meet sharp competition of districts
elsewhere having good roads, compels
good roads here, or we fall behind. This
is not a theory, but a fact.
"Automobile trucks will prove the
greatest friend of the farmer since the
advent of steam railways. Good roads
alone make the truck possible. A com
munity depending upon old roads and
antiquated vehicles will be out of the
"We have before us two plans for
"(1) Build trunk highways for
through traffic and accommodation of
"(2) Build service lines- from pro
ducing centers to railways, to trunk
wagon roads, to rivers or to big mar
"The Grange has stood for the lat
ter. Most of the work of the coun
try outside of Oregon has been on the
trunk highway order.
"It is up to the people now what
policy to pursue. The advisory board
and Highway Commission both are here
to listen to plans. We want to hear
all. But, after we have talked and dis
cussed procedure, let us act.
"When a majority decides let all in
terests, rural as well as city, join hands
to do something.
"Let this be the last year for talk
on, mere plans, and start off with a defl
ne purpose to put Oregon in the
ranks of states building roads."
TRAXSPORTATIOX DAY IS NEXT
Portland Railroad Offices to Close
for Fair Trip Tomorrow.
Railroad offices in Portland probably
will be close? on Thursday Portland
day and Transportation day at the
State Fair at Salem.
All railroad and steamship men who
can leave their work will go on the
monster excursion over the Southern
Pacific and Oregon Electric roads to
enjoy the sights and the pleasures of
the fair. .
A special train will, leave th Union
depot in Portland at 8:30 Thursday
morning over the Southern Pacific, ar
riving at the fairgrounds at 10:35 A.
M. It will leave the fairgrounds at
4:45 P. M., arriving In Portland at
6:40. The overflow crowd will be han
dled via the Oregon Electric.
The Portland Transportation Club
will have charge of the railroad men's
participation and has named the fol
lowing committee to arrange the de
tails: George W. McMath. H. M. Wat
kins, H. J. Houghton. W. C. Wilkes,
Frank Egan, E. W. Mosher. J. E. Wer
leln, C. D. Kennedy and J. A. Ormandy.
No special excursion train will be
run by the Portland Chamber of Com
merce on Portland day at the State
Fair tomorrow, but the crowds will be
urged to attend.
Representatives of the Chamber will
be at the depots, and thousands of
Portland badges provided by the Cham
ber will be distributed among those
who are going from here to the fair.
Dayton Club to Push Campaign.
DAYTON, Wash., Sept. 28. (Special.)
October 13 has been set for a gen
eral meeting of the members of the
Commercial Club of this city to push
the campagn now in progress for new
members. There will be among the
speakers Dr. E. H. Van Patton. Attor
ney Will H. Fouts and Professor J.
L. Dumas and a number of members of
the Walla Walla Commercial Clilb.
Ten Motoring to Ronndup Arrested.
DAYTON. Wash., Sept. 28. (Special.)
Of the motorists driving from here
to attend the Pendleton Roundup 10
or 12 drivers were forced to answer for
speeding while going through Weston.
The drivers complained that Weston is
situated between two rises of ground,
so that a burst of speed is necessary to
attain the hill on the far side of town.
For short distances, the aalmon la the
awlfteat of fish..
he Right of
Sir Gilbert Parker
Thrills scenery terrible
Faversham dashes through a
burning church to rescue the
A Great Cross is burned on
his chest by a believer and
you will shudder as you see
that white flesh SMOKE.
It is Faversham's first mo
tion picture. We hope not
THE RIGHT OF WAY is a
world-famous book wonder
TWO FAMOUS BOOKS
IN ONE SHOW.
THE DALLES FAIR Of
Fine Weather Greets. Crowds
PARADE NOTABLE FEATURE
Departure This Year Is Erection
of Pavilions for Displaying Ex-
titbits In Business District
Sports Are Arranged.
THE DALLES, Or.. Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) With, perfect mid - Summer
weather, the finest assortment of ex
hibits ever seen here and better and
more amusement attractions than ever
before, the annual Wasco County Fair
and Rodeo opened in The Dalles this
morning. It will continue four days,
closing with a big dance in Second
street Friday night when two blocks of
the pavement will be used for this
Folda's band opened the fair at 10
o'clock this morning with a concert in
the business district. This was fod
lowed by roller skating contests in the
streets and a big parade through the
business district. The parade included
the band, 50 Warmspring Indians, pro
fessional cowboys and cowgirls, who
will participate in the wild west events
of the week, and the stock which is
displayed at the fair.
The daily programme at the race
track will be composed of biplane
flights, baloon ascensions with triple
parachute drops, running dash, squaw
race, bucking exhibition by Buffalo
Vernon, world's champion: Indian relay
race, exhibition of bulldogging and
trick and fancy roping, by Buffalo
LAST TIME TODAY
In Kleine-Edison Feature
A. Drama of Pathos and Passion.
DON'T MISS IT
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The funniest children's story
ever on the screen. "Budge"
and "Toddie," two "terrible"
kiddies, furnish fun enough
for anyone. Fathers will want
to chuckle, mothers to sob
when they see this matchless
book in pictures as part of
the National's great opening
picture programme. Don't
forget to bring the children
they will enjoy "Budge" and
Vernon. Indian race, farmers' saddle
race, Indian boys' race, and five-mile
The motorcycle races have attracted
professional riders from all parts of the
Pacific Northwest, and some exciting
events are expected.
All the exhibits are to be seen this
year in pavilions which were erected in
the business district, instead of at the
fair grounds, as in former years. The
school industrial exhibits are attract
ing unusual attention this year.
LArge crowds are here for the fair,
which promises to be the most success
ful exhibition in the history of Wasco
Courgty. The annual county teachers'
institute is being held here in connec
tion with the fair.
The Arnold Amusement Company is
furnishing the carnival attractions for
FUNERAL HELD AT ALBANY
John Chance, Resident of Oregon
Since 1882, leaves Family of 4.
ALBANY, Or., Sept. 28. (Special.)
The funeral' of John Chance, for many
years a resident of Albany, who died
at Central Point, Or., iast Sunday, was
held here today at the First Methodist
Boys you should
have a SHINOLA
shining kit a box
Busy Boys Use Shinola
'The shine that Kv
stays shined." TW
It's good for leather VTr5
and shines in a yftrfh
3Iffy- 4 W IY
of SEINCfLA and two
soft dry cloths one to
put on the SHIH0LA with, the
other for polishing".
. Keeps your shoes looking just
a little better than the other
Have you seen the key that lifts the cover
of the SHINOLA box ?
Black Tan White. Ask Naarast Stare.
America's Home Shoe Polish
Grey, as Rosalie, in "The
Right of Way."
Church by Rev. J. W. McDougal. of
Portland, former pastor of the local
Mr. Chance was born in Ohio. Jan
uary 12. 1S30, and came to Oregon in
1S2. He is survived by four children:
Harry O. Chance, who is in the Gov
ernment service in Guam; Mrs. R. A.
Pierce, of Central Point. Or., and Wal
ter B. Chance and Mrs. P. A. Goodwin,
rythians to Meet in South Bond.
CHEHALIS. Wash.. Sept. 2S. (Spe
cial.) Jesse R. Imus. of Chehalis. sec
retary of Pythian district No. 7. has
Issued a programme for the fourth an
nual convention of this district. The
session will be held in South Bend.
Thursday, October 7. An address of
welcome wil be delivered by Mayor
Coulter. The response will be by J. R.
Buxton, of Centralia.
Schools Promise Fair Support.
CEXTRALIA, Wash.. Sept. 28. (Spe
cial.) The schools at Bucoda. Cattail.
Colvin, Stony Point. Johnson Creek end
Skookumchuck will co-operate in mak
ing a success of the industrial fair to
be held in Tenino on October 11 and
12. according to Professor C. Lee Mar
tin, who haa charge of the school de
partment of the fair.