8 UPWARD SWING ALL HUES NOTED Big Gains in Business Opera ations Proof of Prosper ous Conditions Here. WHOLE STATE GOES AHEAD Settlement of Lands Big Aid to Port- land Realty Situation Is Satis factory Building Activity Continues Strong. A review of the arious business act ivities In Portland for July establishes the fact that the city is making- steady and substantial gains. Bank clearings, postal receipts, building permits and shipping operations showed marked in creases over the records for the cor responding month of last year. The wholesale trade is better than it was a year ago and the lumber industry has shown a big improvement. One of the significant features of the present situation is the immense amount of railroad construction in Ore gon. Both the Hill and Harrlman lines are spending millions of dollars in bet terments and extensions. Much more producing territory is being opened up and many of the older sections are be ing brought closer to markets by the building of electric lines and branch steam roads. While development and settlement of the rich lands in the Willamette Valley are going on steadily, it must be re membered that a big transformation is taking place in Central and Eastern Oregon. The Improvement of lands in the Immense Central Oregon country means much for Portland. There are millions of acres there that can be re claimed and made productive, but that district will not go ahead as rapidly as it should unless more energetic ef forts are made to induce settlers to go there. ' . The commercial organizations are do ing good work in this respect, the railroads are doing much for the dis trict and many land development com panies are active. Yet, the people of Portland do not seem to realize the importance of the situation. It is said that more Seattle capital is invested in the Bend and Redmond districts than Portland money. A great amount of Eastern capital also has been invest ed in the Central Oregon country dur ing the past two years. Portland will be directly benefited as a result of the growth and development of the section of the state east of the Cascades more than any other city. Accordingly the residents of that section feel that more consideration should be given them on the part of Portland people. One thing is certain and that it that as the cen tral part of the state grows and de velops its natural resources it will prove a big factor in the commercial expansion of Portland. With material progress being made in all districts in Che state, it would seem that no serious contingency could arise to check the forward movement. Oregon Is now harvesting the biggest crops in her history. An Immense new wealth is being created. This, in addi tion to the large amounts of Eastern capital being attracted to the state for permanent Investments, should bring abont the most prosperous era in Ore gon's history. As to the real estate situation in Portland, there is everything to indi cate an Increasing activity during the remainder of the year. The realty mar ket has held its own so far this Sum mer. There have been few large trans fers of downtown property, but, in medium-priced parcels activity has been above the average for this season of the year. The most notable recent deal was the sale of the Blake, McFall Company property at the southwest corner of Fourth and Ankeny streets for $350. 000. The property was purchased by 8. F. Wilson, a Umatilla County bank er, through the agency of the Colum bia Trust Company. The parcel has a frontage of 100 feet on Fourth street and 125 feet on Ankeny street. It is Improved with a modern six-story building. Mr. Wilson acquired the property as an Investment. Another deal of Importance was closed during the week in the pur chase by the Associated Oil Company of a large tract of water front property south of the city limits. The tract was acquired of E. D. Klngley for $25,000. It has a frontage of 250 feet on the Willamette River and has a depth of 760 feet. It is announced that a mod ern oil plant will be established on this site. The property will have track age connection with the S. P. & S., thus giving the company both rail and water shipping facilities. Portland continues to make a fine showing in building operations. Dur ing the month just closed there were 676 permits issued, with a total valua- f-1 itm Krar ,v.,.,,.. ; - . '" iss1 -v i&M,l ' ! iff1 ffifflS-X - - DRAWING tion of $1,499,126, as against 613 per mits, with a total valuation of $1,376, 315, for July of last year. This Is a gain of 8.2 per cent. Seattle s building ngures ior jmj were only $645,320, or si,io " than Portland's totals. So far this year Portland has been leading Seattle in building construction by a big mar gin. If the present ratio keeps up un til the close of the year, Portland's building totals should exceed those of Seattle by nearly $10,000,000. The total investment in new duiio- lngs in Portland during the last seven months reached $10,277,393. For the corresponding period of last year the totals were $10,958,679. While there is still a decrease, there is every Indica tion that the year will clos with as big a record as that made in 1911. There are several plans for big struc tures under consideration now, and with the big building projects that are to be started during the next few weeks, it is expected that the record for the first nine months of the year will surpass that for the same period of last year. The past week was active in the Building Inspector's office. There were issued 187 permits, with a total valua tion of $439,033. The largest permit was for the Wauna apartment-house, which Is now under way on Davis street, near Twenty-third street This structure will cost $200,000 and will be the finest building of the kind In the city. A large percentage of permits were for dwellings. The summary of the week s permits is as follows: Permits. Valuation. Monday . . .......... rrwu...-.! ""-var r? f-- !": . - . r . j-... . .1m ' t I SB t 42.330 29 21.835 40 48.835 2 64.2SS 35 251.555 10 21.190 187 $430,033 Tuesday Wednesday . Thursday ...... . Friday Saturday Totals CHTJRCH SITE IS TRANSFERRED Kllllngsworth Avenue Lot to Be Im proved With Fine Building. An important sale in North Alblna was the transfer oi a lot on wnicn the Church of the Brethren stands at Killlngsworth avenue and Borthwick streets to a syndicate for $4500. The purchasers plan to erect a three-story modern building, the lower portion of which will probably be occupied by a bank. The names of the men interested In the enterprise are withheld for the present. The church will be removed from Killlngsworth avenue, where the noise of passing streetcars will not disturb the congegatlons. Many Important Improvements are projected in this district. Work is pro gressing on the new branch library building, which will cose u.uuu. n will be completed about the first of the year. Killlngsworth avenues which was the first street to be paved in this district, is evidently destined to be come a great thoroughfare. It has been opened to East Forty-first, and Improved for a considerable portion of the distance. Lents Residence Sold. A modern two-story residence on South Main street, Lents, belonging to Alfred Baker, has Just been sold to J. U Harvey, of Laurel, Or., for $6000. The ground surrounding the house Is 80 by 113 feet in size. In the transfer Mr. Baker secured a 60-acre tract near Laurel, partly Improved. FTNE RESIDENCE TO RISE ON ARLINGTON 1 I k'. -00-Sr ? -wfc 1 Lr - a." HOME OF E. B. HAZES TO COST THE SUNDAY OF FINE HOME TO BE BUILT FOR RESIOEXCB TO BE OK TVPICAt. COLONIAL STVLK OF ARCHITECT!. RE. SANDY IS GROWING New Railroad Will Help Build Bigger Town. to COMMERCIAL CLUB ACTIVE Surrounding Country Contains Many Excellent Farms and Fine Homes Flace Is Now Mecca tor Auto Tourists. Sandy, on the Mount Hood automo bile rod, is a growing center for the Sandy Valley. At present half a doz en new buildings for general business purposes are under construction there, and the town is making rapid growth In all lines. Sandy recently was In corporated to provide power to police the town. Virtually all the travel for Western Mount Hood passes through the place. It has a population estimated at from 300 to 400 people. Surrounded by a prosperous farming and fruit' district, vast tracts of timber, water power and other resources, Sandy has become a place of Importance. It is 26 miles from Portland and about 400 feet above the Sandy River. It is connected with the Estacada Electric Railway line by automobile stage, which runs to Boring In less than half an hour. Sandy has an active Commercial Club, which assists in locating men seeking homes on the vacant tracts in the immediate vicinity. Edward Bruns is secretary of the club. Railroad Company Seeks Franchise. At present the Multnomah & East ern Railway Company is seeking a franchise through Sandy for its line, which is to connect with the Mount Hood Railway at Cottrell, six milos away. Through the efforts of the Sandy Commercial Club, a $5000 bond was subscribed and will be paid to the railroad company on the completion of the line to Sandy. Surveys have been made through Sandy and eastward to Cherryville and beyond. However, Sandy residents are inter ested in getting an electric ..railway to that place. Rights-of-way have been secured between Cottrell and Sandy. Few places have more attractive sur roundings. It has an elevation of about 1200 feet. The land about it is com paratively level. Sandy Offers Advantages. Here Is a new $5000 graded school. Sandy also has a $3000 Methodist Church, a $3000 Catholic Church, Odd fellows lodge, Rebekahs, Artisans, Grange, Fruit Growers' Association, 11 bray. Commercial Club, and other or ganizations. The town Is perched on the south side of the Sandy River. can yon and its scenery is unsurpassed. There Is much vacant land In the neighborhood which is held at moderate prices. Much of the land Is logged-off and easy to clear. The soil .is extreme- HEIGHTS. 10,000. ax., w a. ;-, . m OREGON! AN, PORTLAND, DR. A. S. NICHOLS ON PORTLAND ly rich and deep. Many fine farms may be seen with excellent homes. The oat field on the east side of Sandy, owned by A. Mlenlg. Is as fine a field of grain as can be seen anywhere. Many Portland men have Invested in tracts on the bluff above Sandy, where they have built Summer homes. Among the most conspicuous is the Summer home of Otto Kleeman, which stands on the bluff. The view is beyond descrip tion, especially toward the east, where Mount Hood is constantly in sight. Single Tax la Opposed. Casper Junker, an old resident and property owner of Sandy, is very con fident that Sandy and Sandy Valley will grow. Mr. Junker said that at present the menace of single tax in Clackamas County is having a quieting effect on farm land in the Sandy district. In speaking of the matter, he said: "At present the possibility that single tax miirht carry in this county is hav ing a depressing effect. I own a lot of property in Sandy, But ao not xeei nice going ahead with improvements and building more houses until I know what, the outcome of the single tax movement will be." CITY BUYS CLARK LOT WAY NOW OPEX TO IMPROVE UPPER OAK STREET. Disposition of Klosterman Property Essential Before Street Opening Can Be Effected. The property of John Clark, which has for months stood in the way of the opening and improvement of Oak street between Park and Burnslde streets, has been sold to the city. The way is now open to proceed with the improvement of the entire street ex cept where it cuis imo ms prujiei tjr of John .Klosterman, at Tenth and BurnRida streets. . The city paid Clark $60,000 for his property last Monday, and the deed was at once recorded with the County Clerk. The property secured by the city is lot 3. and the south 10 leei oi ioi i, owcn 86, Portland. For more than a year Clark has been fighting the opening of Oak street, and the taking of his property. The view ers allowed him $44,000 for the prop erty, but he did not consider tnis enougn, and it was necessary for the City Council to apropriate $16,000 out of the general fund to make the amount $60,000. Clark secured in the State Supreme Court an injunction against the city, preventing it from trespassing upon his property. It was stipulated jbefore this injunction was secured that the decision In the Clark case should apply also to the Klosterman case. The city has ' already received bids for the hard surfacing of Oak street with the exception of that portion held by Klosterman and just deeded to the city by Clark. aiexSnT plan LENTS DISTRICT MAY BECOME Residents to Portland. Rich Suburban Center at Southeast ern Boundary Would Add 12,000 Residents to Portland If the .movement to annex the Lents district to Portland at the election next November succeeds, it will add about 12,000 to the population of the city, be sides a large territory east of the pres ent boundary line at Grays Crossing. Petitions for annexation are being circulated by L. A. McKinley and oth ers. In order to get the question on the ballot at the. November election, and although the petitions were put in cir culation only the past week, they have been generously signed up. The peti tions simply ask that the annexation question be submitted to a vote in November. It is estimated that there are be tween 12,000 and 15,000 people in the territory between Grays Crossing and Gilberts schoolhouse, Powell Valley road and Johnson Creek. Lents is a prosperous business center. It has & public school of 22 rooms, built by the Portland district, where between 900 and 1000 children attend. It has one of the largest wireless stations on the Pacific Coast. There are three factions In Lents one opposed to annexation but favoring Incorporation; one favors doing nothing at present, and the third favors annex ation. When the question was submit ted three years ago it was defeated by a small majority. At present Lents Is supplied with Bull Run water by Portland, that ter ritory having been taken over when the Woodmere Water Company's plant was purchased. Two Lots Bring $12,000. Lilly Trigg has sold to George 8. Gels two lots and buildings In Arleta Park No. 1, in the South East Side, for $12,000. .. S -T-Wt-teo I AUGUST 4, 191S. HEIGHTS. , FINE HOME TO RISE Colonial Residence Planned for Dr. A. S. Nichols. DETAILS ARE COMPLETE Broad Verandas, Ionic and Doric Columns Are Features Interior to Be Highly Finished Work, on Basement Under Way. J One of the most attractive and com pletely modern homes In the exclusive Portland Heights district will be built immediately for Dr. A. S. Nichols at the northeast corner of Twentieth and Jackson streets. According to the plans as prepared by the architect, E. T. Foulkes, of Portland and San Francisco, the ex terior treatment of the residence will be of strict Colonial style of architec ture, with broad veranda and high Ionic columns extending through two stories and crowned by a pediment of chase detail. A rich cornice with a balustrade of turned balusters above will form the termination of the ex terior walls. The main entrance porch will be flanked by Doric columns and a re cessed vestibule containing niches for potted bay trees. The piazza will be paved with impervious brick. The liv ing and breakfast porch will be floored with Welsh quarry tile. The plans call for details characteristic of colonial finish, such as exterior blinds, orna mental iron grilles, leaded glass and other features. The first floor will contain the living room, dining-room, library, living porch, dining porch, together with the servants' portion of the house and servants' sitting-room. Hardwood fin ish is to be used in the main rooms on this floor. The second floor will contain four main bedrooms, with private and com municating tiled bathrooms. Each bed room will be provided, with a spacious sleeping porch. The servants' bed rooms, with private bathrooms, will be located also on this floor. The attic space will be finished and the entire basement will be divided into store rooms, laundry, heater room and other compartments. At the rear of the residence will be located a garage, thoroughly equipped, together with the chauffeur's bedroom and private bathroom. This building will be carried out in the same general style of architecture as the residonce. The grounds are large and sightly and much attention will be given to land scape treatment. The residence will cost about $35,000. Excavation for the basement was started last week. Summer Home Under Way. C. M. Hyskell, of Portland, has ac quired an acre at Oswego Lake and is having built a fine house on the site. It will be used as a Summer home. MODERN WAREHOUSE THREE-STORY STRICTURE TO COST $00,000. Progress is being made on the new fireproof warehouse being built for the Portland Gas & Coke Com nmv Vt the southeast corner of Second and Flanders streets. The structure occupies a quarter block and wmybe thre. storte? hflh It is being built of reinforced concrete. The exterior will be trimmed with red will tlr Bt"w " ,,, x : th. mont modern and complete of Its kind in the city. It will "Jasa"' r?T-wi. tember 15. BUILDING ACTIVITY Oil EAST SIDE BIG Business Structures and dustrial Plants Are Under Way. In- CARSHOPS ARE RUSHED Big Sums Being Expended in Con struction of Schoolhouses In Residence Districts Scores of Homes Being Built. Mid-Summer finds a number of mod ern structures under way on the East Side. At Kenton, on the Peninsula, the John S. Beale Company, is erecting a factory building for metal works of all kinds. This structure Is north of Columbia boulevard near the plant of the Nicolai Door Manufacturing Com pany. Perhaps, the most important improve ment under way on the Peninsula is the filling operations of the Portland Union Stock Yards, by which the cap acity of the present grounds occupied by the stock yards will be more than doubled. Owing to the growth of busi ness of the stock yards more space is required. The dredge Is digging out the slough and using the material in filling up the additional grounds. Sev eral industries are planning to erect plants near Kenton in the near future. The Portland Railway, Light & Pow er Company is erecting a new brick car barn on East Twenty-eighth and East Couch streets, at a cost of $40, 000. It covers 100x200 feet, and stands on the site of the old frame build ing recently torn down. The streetcar company is rapidly completing its car shops on East Seventeenth and Holgate streets. In the South East Side. Here the company erected three units of the carshops two 200x200 and one 200x350 feet, all facing East Seventeenh sreet. Shops to Cost 9400,000. The larger building stands at the north side and Includes a number of departments, including the repairs and blacksmith departments, and boiler and machine shops. The three buildings are separated by the streets, 60 feet wide, filled with car tracks which converge into all the buildings from East Seven teenth street. Both narrow and wide gauge lines connecting both narrow and standard gauge divisions. Four acres of space is occupied by the three buildings, beside the Intervening streets. The company owns 20 acres, and the space not used by buildings will be used for storing cars and trackage. Altogether, with the cost of buildings and equipment, the com pany is spending about $400,000 in the erection of these shops. By Fall they will be in operation, and the streetcar company can construct Its own cars in stead of having the work done. In the East, with the consequent delays. Llpman-Wolfe & Company will put up a $25,000 distributing building on East Sixth and East Oak streets this Fall. Mitchell, Lewis & Staver will erect a five-story $150,000 warehouse on East Eighth and East Gllsan streets. Work has been started on a $25,000 combina tion brick building on Union avenue and Sacramento streets, Alblna. Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson has had plans drawn for an apartment to be built on Hancock street to cost about $15, 000. The Portland Seed Company will erect a five-story brick structure on East Alder and East First streets, at a cost of $45,000. Many School Bnidlngs Rise. The Board of Education Is erecting additions to the Montavma scnooi- house, providing six rooms with an as sembly hall. This will make the Monta villa schoolhouse a 20-room building. At the Creston building, an addition is being erected. Also at the wooamere hnnlhnii on the Mount Scott line. an addition is under construction For the Waverly-Rlchmond school on di vision and East Thirty-ninth streets, the district is erecting an eight-room addition of reinforced concrete on the north side of the present structure. These additions represent an expendit ure of something above $250,000, with miir,mnt The concrete gymnasium tr.r tiio Washington Hierh School, In n.ntni v.aat Portland, has been finished at a cost of $86,000. The equipment ni n.f ihnnt s 15. 000 more. The domestic science department also will be installed in this buuaing. In the matter of residences there Is little if any abatement in this line. Laurelhurst will have fully 400 first class homes by the end of the present year, representing a cost of fully $2. 000,000. Building operations in Laurel hurst have now extended all through the addition. In Beaumont and Almeda, there is the same story of home-building. In Rose City Park a number of residences are being put along the edge of Almeda avenue, which skirts the hill. Several fine homes are under way in Irvington and Holaday Addi tions, Eastmoreland and other portions of the East Side. Store Building Planned. Plans have been drawn for a one story reinforced concrete building. BEING BUILT FOR PORTLAND Tth architect, expect, to have the building ready for the owner, by Sep- 54x105 feet in sise, with a full base ment, by Architect W. A. Duke, for W. F. Woodard, to be built at Archer Place in the South East Side. The in terior will he of heavy mill construc tion. It will contain five store rooml with heavy plate glass store windows. NEW REALTY FIRM IS FORMEE Vincent Jones Realty Co. to HandU Fine River Acreage. V. Vincent Jones, formerly asoclated with the Fred A. Jacobs Company, and H. N. Aldrich, a former merchant of Bridal Veil,. Oregon, have formed a partnership under the name of the Vincent Jones Realty Compan', and will have offices in the Spalding building. Tha new firm has taken over 172 acres adjoining Linnton, belonging to the Linnton Realty Company, and will handle the sale of the property upon a profit-sharing basis. The front 21 acres of this property is already platted as Waldmerp, and contains three fine resi dences with three more in course of construction. Improvements are all in, including winding gradod streets, side walks, curbs and water system. The owners have signed a contract to es tablish an automolillo bus service to meet the cars of the United Railways and run over a rpgular route through the property. The service will be maintained free of charge to the resi dents of the tract for a period of five years. It is the intention to erect homes of the better class, and also to build for purchasers on easy terms of payment. "Waldmere affords naturally beauti ful terraces such as are now being made to order at tremendous expense on the hills nearer the center of the city. It is a 25-minute ride on the cars of the United Railways, which run hourly until midnight," said Mr. Jones. "These gently sloping hills fronting the river, the city and the mountains afford fine views, and present a variety of opportunities for building homes, with ideal suburban surroundings, which are to bo taken advantage of to the fullest extent by the owners and developers. Many of the sites are larger than the ordinary 50xl00-lot, ranging up to a half-acre or an acre in size, and at the price at which It Is proposed to sell the property it will be possible for one who loves beauty in his surroundings to gratify that taste to the fullest extent and have from two to five times the amount of ground for the money that is possible any where else within a similar radius. "An experienced and competent land scape architect will be employed to design plats for each residence site, showing the most feasible layout for each one in order to secure the maxi mum of beauty, with a minimum of expense. Nothing is to be left undone to make Waldmere the choicest of all close-in, desirable and high-class resi dence districts, combining every city convenience with ideal suburban sur roundings." COUNTRY PLACE ATTRACTIVE Dr. E. D. Connell Establishes Fine Home in Suburbs. One of the most unique and attractlvt suburban' homes built this year has Just been completed for Dr. E. Dewltt Cornell. The house is situated on a sightly place near Shattuck Station, about five miles from the city. The house contains "eight sleeping porches, each of which is provided witb a dressing-room. The living-room i 30x40 feet and is of artistic finish. At one end of this room is a large fire place. Everything in connection witb the house is modern. Casement win dows, ten feet in width, are special features of the living-room. A largs garage has also boen completed. There are about six acres in the tract. A natural grove occupies th portion of the tract where the build ings are located. Dr. Cornell plans to make additional Improvements this year. When his plans are carried to completion. Dr. Cornell expects to havs one of the finest country places neai Portland, NEW CARLINE TO BE BUILT Residents of Brentwood Want ErroJ c. Heights Extension. Work will be started soon on the ex. tension of a carllne from the present terminus of the Eastmoreland line, through Errol Heights. The resldenti of Brentwood adjoining Errol Heights are contemplating the organization ol an association to support the plan ol securing the proposed extension foi that district. It will be the ultlmat aim to have the extension run through the Mount Scott district. If this ex tension Is built, two street carlinej will be provided for a rapidly-growing district Lot Sales Closed. T, C. Anderson bought two lota in Monefee's Addition, of Theodore Con ick for $1900. Mr. Anderson is well known as a house builder, and he will start the erection of two residences at once. Scott & Beesley made the sale. This firm sold an acre at Park Rose to B. R. Gray for $1500. L. A. Chaterson also bought an acre in Park Rose for $1500, on which he will erect a home. Alameda Park Home Sold. S. A. Johnston has purchased from the Alameda Land Company a house and lot in Alameda Park, the consid eration being $8500. The house was completed recently and Is a modern and attractive home. GAS & COKE COMPANY.