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About The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 1, 1926)
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! WITH NEW CAPITAL ACTIVE
StarkeU and Production Expand, Demandinje Enlarge! Facilities,
; t5rraUn New Piaata, ISmpIoying Hkilkxl AVoekers
fTIHE story of Salem's substantial growth not mushroom
Jb growth; hot growth in terms of extravagant promoters
neds no expression in flamboyant adjectives. 1 Facts spealc.
They need not be cramped nor distorted, nor made to march
adroitly around the corners of truth, to tell of Salem's
growth. Rather these; facts are here placed simply, and
frankly,-telling an undistorted story no greater than it isr
and no less. ' - "
I Most' men speak brave words for their native city, for
their nativecounty.i But when intelligent business and in-
o:ustriaI men back those words with cold cash, running high
i into six figures fofteachof many new projects, the spirit of
blarney dies; and constructive prosperity is established;
commerce analysis of building permits covering a period of
five year$, 1920 to 1925. For every $2.50 put into new ware
houses; factories and wholesale buildings in 1920, $10 was
so invested in 1925. ' Had these men questioned Salem's in
dustrial future, that progressive increase in investment would
not have been made. ;
4 Look at the second graph. For every $4.50 put into of
fice and retail store buildings in 1920, there were .ten new
dollars so spent during the year just closed. Menjmaking
una increased investment know. Salem. Marion and Polk
unties. ( They knowthat to keep pace with the territory,
ey know that more and better buildings and equipment are
quu-ed.;:tvv-t; :,'-. .' -
'- Graph three tells another convincing story. For every
$5 put into churches, hospitals, theatres and municipal build
ings in 1020, there were $10 so spent in 1925, which, shows
the tendency of the citizens to keep their town in line with
progressive business and industrial development.
7 j C lance at graph four. Investment in new hotels, flats,
lodging and apartment buildings took a sudden slump,, which
distorts the graphi only $650 beinff so sDcnt. Normal condi-
jvins pretailed again in 1921, howeverwhen $10,000 was in-
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t.y ; a ui c cx jf in capiuii auaea mat year, more tnan
'i'S ; was added in 1925' which indicates increased accom-
itions for non-home owners and tourists. t
The last crranh ia "most imnortant nf 'tiW Tf. shnws
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CI . ISe , SW&dilv flnrt thnf n Vinmp UwnoH anH noi1 fn-r- will
tuJding perfects for 1920, $10 was listed in 1925.
i ; These graphs were drawn to scale and present an undis
kjr torted picture. VThey show unbroken, progressively increas
V" ing prosperity InSfive major fields, industrial, business, pub
lic; buildings, hotels and private homes. They show that the
. expansion of the Salem territory is not a mere picture in
! - words; put a picture in dollars, expanding and prospering.
, Na boom; is present.
f Substantial growth in marked degree is laying a rock
frfoundatiqn under the future of this city, and this section. The
X table in, total represents the mass judgment of highly trained
oainds who have chosen-to see capital invested here rather
I Ihan in he multitudinous fields always bidding for more
( and more industries, more business . houses,, more homes.
JLef no man question the picture here presented.
. The igraph speaks the trath.
'-- What is the city's present population? How fast is it
growing T; V --
: i Increase in the number of telephonesiin use is often
taken as a basis for estimate. Following is: the number of
telephones in use on the first day of each year save for 1925,
when the last available report dated November 20 is taken:
, 1920M-L...:-897 j'l92S... .,...6.6'.
r : 1921 .., J. ...39(T 1924 : :.3,760
r'r ; 1922;.'i.. ......3,410 1925 4,178
. Listed as phones on farmer lines were 1,038 on the local
exchange! Between 1920 and 1925 there wasan increase of
48 per cent. Basing the growth of the city on this percent4
age the, population of Salem would be 26,000. . ,
.iUsJng the January 1, 1920 census figures for Salem and
Y the same percentage on growth of several industries,; the
' total would be: :i
On; increase in number of water permits..
Onsihcrease in school enrollment.....
On: increase oi postal receipts .22,580
OnT fncreA'AA of lprtriifv ntrs 29.170
On! October 1, 1925,. there were 4,178 telephones in use,
sr 5,4z water permits, 9,062 users of electricity and 5,090
i SJhouses in Salem, i ! p
yJTT "The j following monthly normal temperatures ; arc from
records of the U. S.: Weather Bureau : I -
; 1 . . ' " Jan Feb.
Saicm J... :0.0 425
J St. faul, .11.6 . 15.0
Memphis ; ..403 43.3
i ! July Aug.
"Salem 66,5 . 66.7
. St.? paul 72.1 69.5
Memphis ...80.7 97
; j More ideal climate could scarcely be found,
jif Following are the figures showing rainfall for each
month, , based on the average precipitation for the past 25
years, compared witn tnree oiner cities: f
Janr Feb. 'Mar April
4.36 3.99 2.63
2.16 ' 2.55 28
, Salem 5X8
' - St Louis.:...:2.27 :
f' Cincinnati V...3.S6
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Salem 1...J ".48
Chicago - 3.6 lt
St. j liouis.... J5.43 ;
Cincinnati. ..3.33 -
The average 'temicrature of winter in the WllUmette
the f-m r ' that of Memphis, Tennessee, while
- .r tr: :r:;tur i.3 very much Il!:e.t. l:ul.
THESE CHARTS PROVE SALEM'S GROWTH
KEEPS PAGE WP WEALTH OF CITIZENS
Progressive Value of Building Permits in City of Salem Declared value, normally considered 35 per cent below actual
value used in drawing these graphs to exact scale. i
Industrial i Business j v Civic Investment Citizen's
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Prosperity j Prosperity Prosperity Prosperity Prosperity
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: Warehouses, fac
tories and wholesale
buildings i Progres
sive value of build-,
ing permits were:
1920 $ 26,050
show i belief s of in
dustrial heads that'
Salem . is a fertile
field for inrestmefit.
Increase in per
mits ' during 1922
and; 1923 show'carly
preparation for: ex
. pansion ' .now being. ,
Office and retail
store buildings; pro
gressive value of
1920 $ 8900
1922 ..... .... 96,100
1924 ... 148,950
1925v .;iJi. 199.150.
These; f igUT'
show' expansion '
business and pr
als, theatres and
1923 ... ...... 141,500
1924 ..U 206,500
1925 ......... 32S,500;
- show . the city's in
terest in1 maintain
ing; spiritual . and
, recreational centers
unsurpassed by, the
growth - of industry,
Graph Four j
.Hotels, flats, lodgf
ing and apartment
building p e r m i t $
1920 $ W50
1922 ... .58.500
1923 "000 J
The ur e s
bein; or ex
pan c u r i s t .
for.' s rent
ed ts and"
j Graph Five
j One new home
ekch day was Sa
lem's 1 record thru
out 1925 : progres
sive value of jier
mits being: .
1922 ,A 345,200
'1924 ' 944,080
1925 J.- i;006,350
v More inan. a o
n ew - homes were -huilt
in this city in
the first eleven and,
a 1 half months of
1925, with construc
tion continuing late :
into the fall.' - ' . -
Cohctdht, T."r.r!:cd Incrcarq
Hicut Five Year Period
MAJOR! PROJECTS WlLt EMPLOY; :
HUNDREDS, NEW FIELDS OPENED
Paper, Linen, Lamber, Ten-Story Oftice Bnllltns, 'JEUk Home
and. V. M. C7. A. HejMl IAst of OpefatiOBS j
THESE major projects, calling for an initial investment of
capital with a total running iigh into seven figures, have
within the coming year. -" . I
The Oregon Linen Mills, Inc. f iannced but as yet not in ;
operation, will establish during the year a complete plant in-
eluding a preparing and spinning system for dry; spun tow
yarn, to be used in the s manufacture of linen crash toweling,;,
and a complete preparing andt" spinning .unit. for wet spun
yarn. The initial investment will pass $650,000. 1 More than ,
100 looms will be operated. This machinery .will be housed ,
in a building of concrete construction, size and details to be ,
determined by machine requirements. . ; Gertain .units are
being imported from England and Scotland. . Every step
leading to the final manufacture of fine linens will be taken
in this plant, which will materially increase the market for.
locally grown flax within the near future, ! 4 .' f
The Miles Linen Company, 2,100 Fairgrounds road, be- .
Igan operations on October 1, 1925, employing 30 persons,.
wuiRmg on u scneuuie mat wiu mean an appruMiuaie auuusif l
output valued at $120,000. This manufacturing plant is:
specializing in the production of twine, shoe thread, and har-.
ness tnread teDeused in sewing leatnen ine plant s ouxia-.
ings are of the most substantial character, covering1 a large!
area. Numerous windows and strenuous cleanliness makV
working conditions ideal. This firm is among the earliest"
pioneers whose vision has been a srreat linen manufacturing
center in the Willamette valley, centering about Salem. i .
Western Paper Converting Company, representing an i
approximate! initial investment of $200,000 is, employing 70
persons and I is just getting underway. An imposing steel.1
and concrete! building, with modern equipment to the minut- .
est detai, has-been completed during the past month, and J
operations are just well under way. This new organization,
whose future importance to the Salem territory is not to be
underestimated, specializes in paper conversion and the mami-
factureof paper specialties of all kinds, among these, paper,
boxes, fenvelopes, bacon, ham and candy wrappers, and the ;
printing in colors of waxine papers for various large concerns, :
predominate! The plant is located : at Front and. D streets. s
iNO iormai opening ior puouc jnaptxuoH uaa jct wecu .u-!
ranged. -" -, u-;-1 - - -a f ri-- t
Materially increased- investment .has marked - the year
in the operation of the Oregon Pulp and Paper company's
holdings. This firm, one of the largest in the northwest, now :
has a payroll of more than $40,000 a month, employs ap-t
proximately 400 workers, thereby supporting 2,000 persons,
(counting five to the family. Three, shifts of workers has.
been constantly employed, manufacture continuing 24 hours!
a day,. every day in the week, save Sunday. Each calendar
day the plant uses almost as much electricity as the city Tof,
Salem, and nearly three times as much water as the entire,
cityj Qose' affiliation with the Western Paper Converting'
company, which will manufacture paper specialties of all;
kinds drawing much of its supply from the Oregon Pulp and
Papr Mill, thereby materially increases the importance of,
this! firm tojthis territory, during the coming year. , .
I With the-announcemerit of .the newl shingle mills, to be:
established here by the Charles K. Spaulding Logging com-:
pany, holdings of this firm will be increased.' A saw mill, a
sash and door factory and a box factory; with necessary-
equipment now covers more than eignt acres in tne neari oi , ,
the! city, while a mill. and window frame factory at Kewberg, :
a lumber yard at Woodburn and Independence and a sash
and door factory at McMinnvile are also operated. Approxir
mately 300 persons are employed in Salem, 200 in Newberg,
anfl 55 in MeMinnville, while the total on the payroll of thej
company runs the total still higher. ? ! - v x
j A new 10-story, class A, fireproof structure,. to be the;
hew home of the First National! bank, vand provide as well,;
approximately 100 offices, will be jbuut at tne corner vl
State and Liberty streets, construction begmmng about June .
1 , 1926. A thoroughly modern heating plant will be ansUlleo-,
there will be two fast elevators. The building .wiUbe so con-,
structed that all office rooms will be outside. The outside,,
finish of this first sky-scraper will probably be terra cotta;
and face brfck. The building should be ready for use on or
about January 1, 1927. k , ;i . :
Prosperity of Salem's banks is shown by: improvements.,
a'nd enlargepients contemplated or made. The newj banking,
home of the United States National Bank, occupied during
the past month, is one illustration. Space-formerly occupiedt
by the firmihas been doubled, installation of time-saving de--Vices
has b4en made, tending to speed nonbusiness transac-v
tions. -With the present well lighted rooms and. artistic dec-
Kafinnal Rank becomes one of -
jSalem's most attractive business structures and a source of
civic pride. ; : - , . t-it.
Other banks contemplate expansion, no ueiuuie u-
nouncement' having been made. " ) --' r r
The new Elsinore Theatre, now nearing; completion on
High between Stete and Ferry, streets, will be opened to the
public on or about; March 1,, thereby materiaUy-increasing:
the city's reputation as an amusement center. The buildms,
will be onelof the" fmeston;thejcoast,iits-massive English
Gothic architecture being" a distinct contribution to the bet
ter buildingt program. One attractive .feature is the great
Gothic foycr,30 feet high, 30 feet wide and 72 feet long. The
snorifll mnsanine balcbnv will be featured with the choicer
seats mine nouse. iiusic is .mj w "r.T
organ, also adapted for orchestra use, .while the stase is de
signed to accommodate any) type pt apirbdurtion. , Seatic. cs-. ,
h On March lr the-. Young Men's Christian ; association
kiirtuM instnilo in ita new home, one of the most modem
buildings on tneiraciiic coast. ixcaiea virj
bffice, on" Court street between Church ar.d
ite alone cost $15,0004 rThe final structure
nished; will add anoier ASJ0.'i-Accoj0'
,meh will bo found, in the! donnitoryv and t.irrc
nrmnasiums and a swimminjr tank, 20 by C )
1 for national competition.- Tha Trails arc r o -rete,
finished on the outside with stucco. Xi
i wings,1 one a menV lobby, one a boys lo j ,
.n the center. Class rooms and dormitory occi ;
second floor, dormitory and auxiliary gymnas:
i of :;c lliird