The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, March 31, 1923, Page 26, Image 26

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Also Center of Rich Agricultural Community Where Farm injj Frail Culture, Purebred Cattle and Poultry Farifting Thrive ETducational Institution Makes' It a CUui To?, a
of Qean, Healthful Influences Great Building Improvement of Past Year Adds to Appearance New Business Homes Are Noteworthy Has Number of Important Industrie
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drug Line
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If we haven't got it, we'll get it
. Hardware Furniture :.
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Joftn Deere Farm Implements
1 E. WINEGAR, Prop.
Manufacturers of
Plants at Monmouth,; McMinnville, Monroe
Home Office: Monmouth, Oregon
T. J. WE D E KI N D -10
and 15 Cent Store
Also Tailoring, Cleaning, Pressing
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. r-fe'-AV; :,!;; - j ; Tube . '.
Samson Products j 'T
Accessori c s S e r v i c e Gas and Oil s
Phone 2003
General Ulacksmithlng and
Horseshoeing V!
Manufacturer ot the '
Scissors Tractor Hitch
Ask for Demonstration
' rIoninciitIi Ore
Coffin & Egletton
Transfer, Trucks and
j Teams
; licm
g Distance Hauling
Headquarters at
Monmouth : : Oregon
Excellent Dining Room
s Service and Well
. - . . Furnished
Normal Bookstore
Headquarters for Normal
School Studenta' Text Books,
8tationerY Hchool Supiaies,
, Coufec-tioiM-ry, Fountain j
P. H. Johnson,
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Editor Monmouth Herald
Monmouth. located 14 miles
southwest of Salem and two miles
west of the Willamette river, la a
city with a past and a future, both
of which are more or less closely
linked together. It was a memo
ry of its past with the record of
sacrifice by, pioneers to establish
and preserve education in Oregou
that was largely instrumental in
giving Monmouth the preference
as the site of Oregon's only nor
mal school in the popular election
of ItfoYember, 1910. That elec
tion demonstrated the hold which
Monmouth's claims have with the
voters of the state and stands-as
a guarantee of its permanence in
the future. ,
In the course of litigation over
local affairs in 1918. Attorney Os
car Hayter dug up the fact that
Monmouth was platted and the
documents recorded before the
main traveled roads of the county
were established and that the early
roads passing through Monmouth
were described as occupying spe
cific streets.
Early Settlers from Illinois
The story is told that in the
early fifties' a group of men as
sembled in Monmouth. Warren
county, Illinois, and planned a
jonrney to Oregon for the purpose
of establishing a town and a
Christian college. They were a
portion of a company who arrived
in Oregon in August, 1852, and
Bpent the first winter at Bethel;
near McCoy. The next year they
moved to the site of Monmouth,
and in 1854 founded the town.
Rev. John E. Murphy. Elijah B-
Davidson, J. B. Smith, Thomas H.
Lucas and Squire S. Whitman do
nated 640 acres of land for the
purpose. The square mile was
subdivided, lots sold and the pro
ceeds used to build a church 'and
School and town grew by slow
degrees. The school was known
as Monmouth University up to
1S71 when it was called Christian
College. In 18S2 the state legis
lature ..accepted the gift of build
ings and site and the school be
came the Oregon Normal school.
A long line of distinguished men
and' women have graduated from
this school under its different
names. P. L.; Campbell, the pres
ent head of the University of Ore
gon, was president of the normal
from 1890 to 1902, and his father.
T. F. Campbell, was one of the
beacon lights of Christian Col
lege. ' ' . 1
Permanent Site of Oregon Normal
Since established permanently
by the initiative vote of 1910 the
Normal school i has prospered
steadily. For ten years the school
was directed by the late President
J. H. Ackennan and his organ iz-
iag power ana wiae acquaintance
In the state gained it positive rec
ognition. ;
' J. S. Landers, who has been
president of the Normal Bince Sep
tember,, 1921, has proved himself
a fitting successor to Mr. Acker
man. His talents as an educator
and his ability as an administrator
are making sure preparations for
the work Oregon is demanding of
its Normal school. Mr. Landers
is popular with .students and the
public and has the confidence and
good will of the faculty.
The school now has 500 stu
dents. Not all of these are in
school at one time. . Constantly
there are some students in the ru
ral centers doing practice teaching
work. The centers are located at
Kola, Oak Point, Mountain View,
Elklna and Rickreall. About 50
students daily ret their nractlce
teaching in Independence, and
the remainder in the Monmouth
training school. ' The varieties of
training thus afforded are of high
value, as the student is enabled to
practice under all sorts of condi
tions with the eye of the experi
enced critic upon their work.
Since the Normal fits teachers
especially for rural work its loca
tion is especially valuable. With
few distractions the student is able
to concentrate all her energies on
her work. . 1 ; :' ':
Town nnd Gown Fraternize
Townspeople share with the stu-
Hanta in fhalp fflvArslnna Thft nnK.
lie' Is welcome to the different,
platform attractions which come
to the school and at the weekly
moving picture night the public
attends also. All of the better
attractions are shown here about
as goon as in any of the cities of
the state. At the dancing parties
and social affairs of the student
body, eligible people of the vicini
ty are welcome.
The two literary societies of the
student body, the Vespertines and
the Delphian, give programs in
die chapel alternately every sec
ond Friday evening to which the
public Is welcome. :
By Invitation distinguished cit
izens of Oregon or visitors to the
state appear before the student
body at its assembly period.
The enlarged dormitory pro
vides room for 155 girls, 26 are
fruit culture. Monmouth Or
chards, owned by a stock com
pany and located six miles to the
southwest of Monmouth, ia one of
the best orchards in the state. The
soil of these hills is deep and
productive. They have in them
the possibilities of large wealth
for thi3 section.
Blooded Stock liaised Successfully
Stock growing and the breeding
of purebred cattle is a noteworthy
feature ot agricultural life in this
vicinity. Some years ago John B.
Stump astonished the natives by
sending to the Island ot Jersey for
a carload of the cattle which have
been famed for their dairy quali
ties for centuries. Such. men as
Frank Loughary and O. G. Hewitt
are acknowledged as leaders
among Jersey breeders of Oregon.
Every little while some new rec
ord Is taken in Jerseydom and
held in . Polk county. Lad's Iota,
owned by Sam McKee, holds the
world's record for Jersey butter
production. ,
The world also was startled last
year when a goat was sold for
11750 at a fair in Texas. It was
not sold for its gland3 either. The
goat which brought this record
price was owned by Wm. Riddell
&Sons of Monmouth and was an
Angora". The Riddells are famed
for their goats and "sheep and
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Group of Buildings of Oregon State Normal School at Monmouth
Where Oregon Teachers Receive Their Training v
taken care of Id, the Senior cot
tage and 18 in the Junior cottage.
The remainder of the students are
residents of the city or live near
t hand, driving in daily, or are
In the various boarding houses of
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possess medals and premium rib
bons by the bushel.
Wm. Riddell Jr., is specializing
in Lincoln Sheep with notable suc
cess." x- i
Poultry Farming Thrives
Chickens also engage Jocal at-
houWToVVhe ;c.dta is the" kind tenti0n nd ere are a number
In which the student is provided
with light, heat and a small cook
stove at which she prepares her
own meals. These are known as
"honsekeepln g'rooms" and
through them board is very eco
nomically obtained. v . " .
Many families move - to Mon
mouth during the course of the
school year and rent small fur
nished houses as long as . the
school lasts. There is always a
demand for these houses.
Monmouth a Modern City
The population of Monmouth,
exclusive of students, is estimated
at 800. Electric light and power
are furnished by the Mountain
States Power company. City wa
ter is municipally owned and
comes in a six-inch pipe line from
Teal creek. 11 miles to the west.
The quality of the . water is uni
versally cdmmended. As an aux
iliary we have a deep well, and a
power pump' with capacity of 60
gallons per minute.
The city is exceptionally well lo
cated as regards natural attrac
tions. To the southwest is the
Luckiamute valley, said to be the
best and- most fertile soil in the
state, its only rival being the fiver
bottoms to the south of Independ
ence. To the west of us, is a range of
hills which have proved them
selves unusually well "adapted to
of fanciers whose reputations
have gone abroad. The Normal
City 'poultry yards and hatchery
hatched fifty thousand chicks last
year and will do better this year.
Two men are kept constantly at
work attending1 to the Incubation;
welcoming the young strangers,
packing them for their travels to
new homes and making ready for
future hatches. J. M. McCaleh is
the proprietor of this flourishing
business. ' i
, During the war the Monmouth
warehouse had to enlarge its ca
pacity tox accommodate the in
creased harvest of wheat, oats and
barley. It has a capacity of 100,
000 bushels. A great deal of
wheat is still raised in this sec
tion, although dairying Is . en
croaching upon the wheat land.
Red clover does well here and with
seed and forage as by-crops is
highly esteemed.
Walnuts orchards in, the vicini
ty of Monmouth are now coming
into bearing. Last year was TT
prosperous year for the nut men.
A great deal of the local crop of
prunes is dried in the Alsip dryer
in Monmouth which handled over
ten thousand bushels of prunes
last fall. .
Creamery Big Asset
The Monmouth Co-operative
creamery cares for the product of
a circle of dairies reaching over
Polk and Lincoln counties. This
creamery which has been In busi
ness for the past 15 years was
taken over seven years ago by the
farmers. F. E. Murdock is the
present manager. The creamery
has grown from small beginnings
until last year it churned nearly
five hundred thousand pounds of
butter. Gradually it is ' working
into all sorts Of co-operative work
among its patrons, selling them
feed and dairy supplies and tak
ing in and disposing of their eggs.
The creamery has two trucks, one
for the delivery of goods and the
other , for the gathering of cream
from patrons. (
Tile Plant Important Industry
The Central Tile plant Is one of
the flourishing institutions of
Monmouth, and it has climbed up
fast in the scale of importance
since G. H. Partridge became con
nected with it five years ago. Pre
viously they had been hauling clay
from a distant deposit to make
tile, but Mr. Partridge discovered
the clay on which the plant was
located made a superior product.
The tile and brick produced are
hard, have a smooth, lustrous fin
ish and the building; tile, being
hard and tough, rank. among the
best. With R. U. Steelquist at the
business end and Mr. Partridge as
manager, the concern is incorpor
ated as the Central Clay Products
company and is growing each year.
They have acquired brick plants
at McMinnville and Monroe. Lo
cally they have bought several
acres of clay yielding soil and have
material for many years of business."-
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Building Record Notable
Last 'year , over a mile of con
crete sidewalks were built in Mon
mouth. . Several fine residences
were ' built during the - year, : but
the most notable' addition to build
ings of the city was on Main street,
the new bank ' building - and Odd
FellowsXhall. both of which were
finished during the late summer.
Each building cost over $20,000.
The bank is a model for rural bus
iness, and as a special feature had
a community room where small
public meetings may' be; held. Its
ceilings are high, its floors of ter
razzo, its furnishings of Columbia
marble. Its vault Is made of 18
inches of concrete and iron and
the whole is protected by an up
to date burglar alarm. President
Ira C. Powell of the bank has been
with it since he was a young man,
starting in as clerk when an im
portant part, of his duties was
sweeping the floors and bunding
tires. J. R. V. Butler, vice presi
dent of the Normal and son of
the original pioneer merchant of
Monmouth, is chairman of the
board -of, directors. i.
The Odd Fellows building occu
pies a ground apace of 80x150
feet. The upper floor is occupied
by Normal lodge No. 204 and oth
er organizations. They have a
large lodge room and a large din
ing room with suitable anerooms
and rest rooms. The lower floor
has two tenants, one-third being
occupied by Bowersox pharmacy
end the remainder by Pember
Snell, general merchandise. Nor
mal lodge has 140 members and
with its auxiliary lodge of Rebek
&hs is a power in the social life
of the city.
City Meets Religious Needs of -
There are five religious socie
ties in the city, first being the
Christian church, founded by the
first inhabitants and which has
been the leading church ever since.
The Nazarenes are newly estab
lished; the Christian Science holds
regular services in Odd Fellows
hall and is in a flourishing condi
tion. The Evangelical congrega
tion recently moved its church
building to Monmouth avenue, put
a basement under it and enlarged
the structure at an expense of
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i Main - Street r
Union Gasoline and Oils
Repairing a : Specialty All
' Work Guaranteed
C. C. Mulkey &
Groceries and
School Books, Stationery, Confectionery, Cigars
; Tobacco, etc. v
KODAK FINISHING : In at 6 p. m. today out at
. 8 a. m. tomorrow
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Specialty of Farm Land ami City Property
Garage Building . .
$5,000. It Is an Important factor
in the 1 religious life of the com
munity. The local Baptist church in
keeping with up to date ideas of
service has mado its church , the
chapel o' a community house. This
building known as "The house by
the side of the road," stands at the
corner of Main street and Mon
mouth avenue. The pastor. Rev.
E. B. Pace, who conceived the Idea
for the building, with Mrs. Pace
occupies the house and looks after
callers. The house is open at all
hours of the day and evening. It
has. a reading room and social
room used by visitors and in the
basement below is a play room for
the younger folks and a kitchen in
which the Normal girls entertain
small parties of friends- and is
nsed by the activities! ot the
church when they take this form.
Living Conditions Ideal
It appears now as If the long
controversy over the west -side
highway is finished. This . thor
oughfare has already given to
Monmouth a paved road south
from Rickreall and east t6 In
dependence. The contract 1
been let for the paving with c
crete of the road south tr;
MomoUth to connect ' with tl
road to Corvallis a few c;
south of. the Lucklamute. Ci :
ing:for most of this lnir:-,.
ment -waa done two year aS0
Monmouth has long been a c'
that attracted -people seeklsj t
Place to retire from actlvt v
The first, city charter forta2d t -loons
and gambling houses t
none such has ever existed t
It has seemed an attractive tc
to many "fine people and 'its c
zenship Is of the best. Its c':L
have always liad confidence la i.
future and never more so fhaa
this year 1923. :
For the person who desires a
home where , the higher things c!
life are possible of attainment t.
no sacrifice of opportunity f . .
financial achievement, Monnc: ,
provides an Ideal home. To y
persons, and to all newcomers, : r
citizens extend a hearty and t. .
dial welcome.
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Vice President Asst. Cashier
Surplus and ; nndivided profits $22,000.00
Capital Stock ..,.$30,000.00
f.ior,r,:ouTH, onEGon
Established 1889 V
J. B. V. Butler, Chairman
I. M. Simpson
Wm. Riddell
George A. i Conn
David R. Riddell
Ira C. Powell
Savings deposit Safety deposit boxes for rent.
Complete Lines of
Groceries ' T
Fruits . -.r ' :. '
Dry Goods r'
Shoes - -fv-'
- Men's Clothing Supplies
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In the Best Section of the Willamette y Valley Famed
for its. Fruit, Grain and Purebred Stock With
Climatic Conditions fllnsurpassed and an
Enterprising,- Progressive .. People -
Richard B. Swenson, Editor and Publisher
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Meals at Regular Hours
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