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About The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 1, 1918)
PystBepi; ; arid the Famous
'In the heart of the Willamette
.-valley ;36 miles south of Portland
t ' abd a 8 miles north of Salem, in the
tenter of the most favored spot on
the earth for its size. , Is found the
i hustling little city of Woodburn, Itsi
population' la .about 200O souls. Its
climate like the rest of Marion coun-
, ty is noted for its mild winters, sun-
oy summers, and a population whore
lyalty to its home town is not ft
. relied byjany city on. earcU., : -i , .
The writer spent a few "hours
- amnig its J)smess men recently, and
was ilihpressed with- their hearty "erf H
; dtawar to make it a city where' the
stranger' would ftad a sincere wcl
eonij and a helping hand. One of
thf first'things to 'Which ur.attei
fm was called, when asking: a few
questions about f its pVospects and
business assets, was the fact that th4
citizens-had put their claim to busi4
ness recognition in cold type and had
Issued a 28-page bulletin, well-plan-
jied, with (many cuts showing every
point ' of vantage . which could' be
Marshaled in its favor.. Th fact that
they had gone to this expense and
effort in. a little city of 2000 people
.5 impressed US with their earn esteness.
We - think" we could do ; them n
' better favor than to quote to the pub
lic .at large, through the columns of
The Statesman, some of the thing
mentioned in that bulletin and some
or the 'facts , for which they vouch.
Here is wbtft they say of 'Wood burn
Home Town":! . i J
c" Woatlbarn- t Home Tewh.
Woodburn ,1s i essentially a home
.town.. - About two thousand, prosper
ous, industrious, home-loving people
are proud to call the little city ; the! r
home. ' A better class of people can-
Hnap-Kliot of the Becker
not be found.: Some are descendants
of the, original pioneer stoct, bat
more are those who have become
Jf ,rrd Jlf fhy extremes In.cliraate. and
-d' uncertainty of saccess In farin
irg in the East and Middle West, and
La?e sought the Peaceful and Pro
rerous .Willamette; Valley" 'as V in
ideal place to live,' And they have
not been disappointed. Those wfco
Sirst came have brought others by let
ters telling of their satisfaction, un
til now - there are man colonies
established, composed - entirely of
"Home Folk all happily contentea
p 1 their pew homes. Especially Is
bis true in the case of Germans and
candinavlans,,; and Woodburn has
oen the happier and niore ,prosper
js," for many of our best citizens ar
ora among these nationalities. Set
it of the states are so generously
resented ;iaj the community that
re are organizations, for. the pur-
of making the new-comer from
?e states feel at home, and as int
ements for more to come to Ore
. Minnesota, Kansas, South Da
Wisconsin, anf other, state
represented in this way. i '
me life j Irf Woodburn : Is made
'attractive because of the many
residences thaf nave been con
t'd in the, last Tew - yeais. A
thrcagb the residence district
i the thrift ahd happiness that
1- throughout the city.- Wide,
treets.i some' .-of them paved,
....Trr mors (surfaced with mac
ra, wttf.. cement curbs and grassjr
rklngs. are a few certain lndica
na of prosperity. There are some
I houses and some" that are not
t in the condition that nost of
e citizens desire, but they are jew
proportion to the many
the many moderns
ctures that bespea: me inie p .
' the town.riii?r'-'" 'f""'-1.';
'orts to make Woodburn a de-
home town hae resulted m a
-f movements for the inlprove
t the city'a utilities. y j
public 1: schools cannot be
f i that attempt to equal them
le and there are few towns of
that attempts to equal them
mcleneyfe and achievetnentv
. are ten churches represented,
f which have modern1 ftructures
Smt to meet their needs. . The
nation -h are. , Presbyterian,
ist. Catholic, Lutheran, Chris
Kplscopal, Christian: Science,
' h of Go Seventh Day Adven
and Free! Methodist. All- are
Mr -with pastors and eve organ
Tcarry on the religions work of
imcnitjV " , 4
yodbnrn Public Schools.
the first questions a pro:u
' ettler t in city asks, la,
-i of schools have your
ra caai certainly give a
ctory, 'answer to such an
'i has one-of the finest
l buildings :Jn the state,.:
i It' is a modern building. ad modern
in iu equipment and appointment,
It IS a bailding of w hich any "eity five
times the ooDulation ol Woodburn
could be justly prond.
ra think it Would be of interest to
the publi-?. to quote? from that Bul
letin something - about Woodbura s
nuhlitf schools. This is what the
bulletin savs of the bigft school
Recause of the feeneraVspirit of th
Mmmiinltv thai of dolnc well air
that is' undertaken. I Woodborn wais
caused to suffer for several years for
lack: of proper educational facilities.
It vu . felt that the- city could not
nrrvnt hich school that wookl b
in keeping with, its progressive atti
tude, so none was built. 'Two years
ago the citizens agreed that they
were able, ati last, to construct and
equip a building which would rank
with thei best. and when school
opened last fall the new high school
was completed. ' - I - ? ;
There is probably not a more mod
ern school in the state, nor is there
one which is better equipped or bet
ter managed than is' Woodburn higni
school. The new oujiamgft cobswi
of the main structure and the gym
nasium.? They are situated in fcasi
Woodburn. about five blocks from
the heart of the town on a slightly
elevated plat of six acres. In con
nection Is an athletie( field, and a
sightly front parking. ;
i t In the mala building, wuicn is eon-i
Structed f cream colored, pressed!
hHck is s well lighted and ventilated
assembly room which . will hold about
three hundred students. In addition
to this room, there are. on the first
floor, off'ces. class looms, and a well
stocked library. - On the second floor
will be found additional recitation
tooras, laboratories and i lecture
rooms for the teachers. Throughout
the building fa .' fully equipped fo
cvery course, which offered.
' f The gymnasium, connected to the
school 'building by pergolas, contains
Son Harness Shop.
a gym floor of ample size for all in
door games and , physical training! I
dressing rooms, shower baths, and all
needed gymnasium equipment. The
manual training shop Is in one end
or this building. ; j;,.
" Purpose ,and Standardization..-
Woodburn high school Is fully stan
dardized, having fulfilled all the re
quirements of the state educational
department. It is the purpose of the
school board to keep the school
abreast i of the best educational
thought and practice, and to make it
an efficient means . of preparing
young people for active participation
in the Industrial and cultural life of
the community, and for entrance into
any college or univerlsty. To this
end,' facilities have been provided for
study and practice In both the prac
tical and cultural courses. -.' '
i Under the direction of Professor
.Wk IJ. Mistier as SupeHntendent, the
public schools of . Woodburn have
done most effective work. Professor
Mishler has been associated with the
Woodburn school for the: past eixbt
yearsv haVlng been principal of the
high school uurtng most or this tlui".
He i was, at- the 'close of the school
jear.telected to jthe superlntendency.
He is one the; progressive educa
tional men:' of the state and stands
high t in . hi profession, and Wood
burn lean be congratulated in having
such a man at the head of its schools.
The ! fact that he has been there for
so many yetfrs speaks well for the
lovaltv andeoyeng of Woodhii.-n
citizens retainlthe same man kol
of requent cnange inj faculty1!
tenure of positions interfere wt4n9
efficient work, of teachers. I We co.
also fFrofesaor Mishler ,oa
being located in such a town
It : would be a pleasure to -t the
writer to more fully go into ' the
courses of study and other matters
connected wC1f the; school, did space
permit,, but what we have already
stated! will give the stranger suffi
cient: information, and fie will un-'
doubteaiy come t the conclusion!
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that in school 'mVt'ters mij. city In the
state, large or small, Ir; more thor-
-eughly up to date. - '
Protluce Clearing 'House.
' We quote the following facts and
figures about the Voodburn Produce;
Clearing House from the Commercial
Club Bulletin referred to 'above.
' The one institution in, the town
that furnishes a connection between
the farmers of the ocalitya.nd the
House Association. It is a? so the
one business of the com m unit j which
is not i organized for; any - financial
gain whatsoever, but solely sfar the
upbuilding of tlvls section of the val
ley, and to secure Just! prices for all
produce, v Associated- ii, the Clearing
House ire practically alt of-thCTTier-chants,
a board -of directors having
charge of the managenient. ;
All local produce passes througn
this association, le 'farmers' cni.
take their products diectly to the
warehouse or to the merchants -In
exchange for- all kinds pf mercnaa
dise. Trading money is psed, which
is acceptable in any store' in the city
Since the establishment of this aso-
elation.; In January. 1916, higheri
prices nave ieen realized by the pro
ducers for their market products, anl
lower prices have prevailed for th
consumers. Certainly no concern has
ever bad a more satisfactory busi
nesa. - ;
When the association v.p.s estab
lished the purpose was to buy eggs,
poultry, hogs, and veal. Etnce then
it has branched out to include all
fruits and vegetables; has -done an
extensive business In berries,5 and th
plan is to do a general commission
business in potatoes, onions, onion
sets, and seeds. It has alto acteJ
as a medium through which the mer
chants have purchased such article!
as sugar and feed In car lota.
The original officers continue th
management of the association. H
Moore is president, A. U Austin
tice-president, George Landon secte-Ury-treasurer.
and W. H. BrOyles. H.
M, Austin, and E. L. Kilen., form th
Board of Directors. Frank Sims baa
en the successful manages, spend
ing all Of his tim in l..l,i
. . .u ivuniuK aitri
. ouying and selling. During th.
-v jear nearly- J 40.000 forth o
, " vR! wa aon- an an Increase
uunu jor mis year,
.. . r. aieelbaimuer is the prj
-- .wVU.ar Bna erncient iiayorjbf
v.oououm. Mr. Sleelhamn.es is Un
known our the county as one of iu
prominent business men and cltiJn ?
PlnuHn? tf1 OWns Woodlurn
Flouring Mills, a big 100-larrel
mller mill, which Is one of thefcsets
of Woodburn. . JF
The Woodburn mill is well tron
Ized by. the farmers and thsfwhite
Kose . and -i Snow Drop t loul Wi'i.
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iiey luauuiaciure is very intnil.r 4
-.imci. . i u(i a qiarket at
to reiL,0rthe.Ir Jl fc"V"
mZSSPLI top p,r'C6 Both, the
a former r..r,Hl oeing
- - MerTH Air. vtA
Heelhammer haTU Mr.
a rumor among his falJf
would b0 good timber fifg j1
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PItOF.-W. J. MISHLEI t
1 Kiliteriikteiwlettf .
' - ,ir0(lhevtt Pnblle Kchc4l.i .
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lature. We have no intimation of
that fact, from Mr. Steelhammer, but
should he ' have aspirationi .in : that
direction, we have no doubt' that a
i;an who can giind out as ood flour
as this mill does, could ceitalnly. as
sist in grinding put some good laws
with the legislative machinery.
The "Woodbnrn Hotel t
The Woodburn' Hotel is one of the
Vest managed jin (this section .of the
vJate. ; ; The nelw pi-uprietor. Mr.;, It.
Fields took possession December 1st
tf this year and Is being kindl re
ceived by the traveling' public. Ope
of the boat meals we have partaken'
of fa a long while was in the dining
rm of the Woodburn Hotel. .; ;
f le has some well-furnished rooms
ana. is amply equipped! to accommo-dat-
the commercial men, as .well as
otbef travelers, j which fat they are
fast .finding' out. When j-ou go to
Woo?Jurn you. will find the 'best ac-
comudations with MrJ Fields
:( PnWty of J-1ita.Hnt Fmi
1 Moore' Drujj Itfre4
Mooie's eornejrls one bf the luost
Topular In Woodburn. t ri ne ticket-
office of the Oregon Electric Rail
way is located lochia stor . But this
is not alt that if conta' ns, by any
means It' b afailrt tiie "Rexa'!
Store, and since 1302 has been un
der the management ot H1- Moore,
"who has been one sf . Woodburn s re-
jaentg j0r a quartet nf a icuiury.
Ho has aha of tV most complete
lug store in this, spctloa of Oregon,
tesides handling I rtanosj victroias.
.nsco photographic sup"'"18- H,l'BU--jry,
books and RPOittpg goods of all
kinds. An up-to-date Ice cte Parlor
and soda rountatn, is also! l of ,ts
t-quipment. .- -1 t ; .rl . --(-
V-.Mr. Mocrii I. tnemhSr of tM City
council and one of the erfs t ",i.11s
lousiness men. ' The .tore! i ;kl;-
.. .seq apd the members XL
Tuti'0rCe re efficient aril srfoniwo
;i"n: As one 0fuhe fVi!
n. embers of ti,- . i r' :. sis
to the up-building of t t
8t .totrat8.--; v ' -s
One 'of th imoFt c-
t Woodburn is Mr. fV
tV vV of Drake
in 1912 became
, '1 ,1 r, - . -. v'
L - .1
Hlfth Kcliool Itiiildhic
of. Woodburn. He haapne of the
finest groceries it has beep oar pleas
ure to enter in a long sime and be
carries 'a large anKt''ll-slected
Mr. Drake is, af fa lie. courted
sincere and his treatent of his cus
tomer Is show?,the fact that his
bnsiness Is steadily increasing.
Phea Vrm $. I Bent ley, lrops
This farm, owned by W. L. Bent-
ley. Is the original farm devoted to
the raising of loganberries in Marion!
county. , It . is situated about twoi
miles north of Woodburn and .is cer
tainly In a high state of cultivation,
r "Mr. 'Bentley ia'the blcal manager
of the Phez company, whose specialty
k: bottling the juice rronu the .logan
berry; M,:. Bentley Informs the
writer that the- company has under
, contract '150 acres or full-bearing
Vines and will contract for 200 acres
more this year. As an example. Of
the productlveneea of the loganberry
as Well as the profitableness, he told
s that Mr. D. S. Hall from less than
two acres raised 800 pouifds over
12 tons last year,! for which he re
ceived 76. This certainly Is a
great showing as to what the culti
vation of loganberries means to the
Marion county farmers. He says be
has bad no trouble the past year in j
getting all the help that was needed
in harvesting the crops. Boys ann
girls from the public schools find etu-
pioyment during the season at good
wages, and he gave an instance of
one poor widow who with her family'
retted $75 from-their labor during
the season covering about one mont''.
The pickers dre paid 1 cents per box,
with a bonus of cent. . : -v.
He says that after the plants are
set Out in March that the following
4,, cu, of Wnndbnrn, Or.
r farmers can raise from ,thls
'Baby Crop:' one to wp tons per acre
end 'his pays them well for the labor
expend The following year tne
tines irtiiinnnua tri rw. run ne an riff.
f Anyone cotemplaUag putting out a
iu5oufrry Tield wasld do well , JO
consult Mr. sentley. aa his experi-ne-.wou!d
beaiuible to them. v
The Woodburn iPhez Plant has
been i In operation only three years
and! the factory ts runnlna In full
blast durlngr the sefcbn handling an
the , berries that can be obtained.
That the loganberry industry has be.
come one of Oregon's xnost promising
sou tees or income is. certain.' ' Jt has
already assumed the plae or a world
wide drink. The quality and price is
the same from New York to Port
land.and the demand is equally uni-
iorm ..-- ,
To;Wodbnrn and the surrounding
countfj. .the value of this rndustrv
can scarcely-be realized. When a!
Interior View -of Secnrity K
farmer can make off. of each acre an
average of f 280 every year, of which
about CO ptr cent is net gain, eet
tainly the growing of loganberries iz
Justified, the land In the iromedt.
ate vicinity If Woodburn cannot be
AAn.lloil In lt I u. A l .1 . ,t.t
The Austin Stores.
The Austir slroe; cut of which
are shown in tbfls wtlcle. consist of
two separate euUblU4ments, one de
toted to groceries; ar the other to
dry goods.; ral.a lu&tln sVttled
in Woodburn in 1891 and is one of
the prominent busineutaen 'of this
part of the state."; He recognized
as one Of the -pioneer grocwymen of
the state, but has now refined .and his
store is conducted by Jilsioo. Mi H.
M. Austin. ; ? .- -
H. M. Austin IskMty ireafBwvr or
Woodburn and fs'a popular ars ef
ficient officer, , IV hater he. Uwei
takes, he goes t it earnestly au 1
just as 4eyoteVto . the mteresu o
Woodburn a he 'Is to his own it-r-fconal
business. . Hals always in sobi
communltr euterprisenat Ja for tit
general Aood and, was aMrt in ttJ
monisinz of the product a idea .1
ing House Association, of which he is
ri director. His grocery j one of the
most complete in, this section and in
cludes all kinds of groceries,. f,esn
iruitsJ vcefables. crockery, diKhe
i I lour and mill feed. Besides the
I store proper, be "baa a laige. brick
warehouse for storage. .
Mr. A. E AuBtia devotes his time
and attention to he dry good de
partment of the Austin lores. They
handle dry goods, clothing,
ladies' and gentlemen' 'ornishingj,
notions and everything that !- J
ried in a generally goods store. He
is one of the prominent, citijen, of
Woodburn ana i -"remost in
whatever is best for the .eoraraunW
He also owns and rontrol at'
at St. Helens, to which he devote!
t hi. Ilml II is .1.,
isgUdofit. ; oro
Although the Ausna stores
separate as to ownership tae
cinity ac t.
y- tires, fto
have a cW
pn. or th
et half f
'r. Be! '
the of fit
; local jurn
ton. ,, Iv .;