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About The Coquille Valley sentinel. (Coquille, Coos County, Or.) 19??-1917 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 5, 1917)
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COQUILL*. CO08 COUNTY
N, FRIDAY, JANUARY 5. 1917.
$LS8 THE YEAR.
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The City's Tax Levy.
The Item s A re Reduced O r
er $50,000 at Saturday’s
Court in Session
ain This Attorneys Liljeqvist u n i
Goes Tell What 1« the
Week. Contract« Are
Cause of the Delay.
■ m I end-that Ü m meal U ti
hero ta feed tha 1
Gooa county. N aturally 1 m
During the discussion of the itanu
of the Budget for 1917 a t the meeting
of the County court last Saturday
morning complaint waa made by the
court th at euch large aUounta due
from largo eatatee remained unpaid,
that the receipts from taxes never
equalled the eetimatee and so the
amount of outstanding county war
> daiUoa et th eir bid of Uve conte a Una, rants issued in anticipation of tax re
on their sta temente of éhrculation. ___ ceipts continually increased.
The prfnting of oAcers’ notices waa
George A. Stevenson, manager of
awmrded to thè Marehfield Record a t the North Bend Mill and Lumber com
pany, nude a talk telling why th at
2 canta a Una.
The pablieation of thè Tax Sum- company had not paid its taxes for
mona in foredosure went te thè Coca
Bay Harbor on ita bid of 3 conta far
each description, includine thè nasse,
for ali thè inaertiona and 8 conte a
Un# for all thè inaertiona of othar
, m attar than deaeriptions.
Dis tre t Attorney Liljeqvist aald
The btyapf thè Coos Bay Times end th at ha had begun in 19X8 to take
thè Marehfield Record to pubtish thè
dalinquant tax Ust e t 8 conte e lina
for each iaaertioa were held for fur-
thef consideration. This m etter waa
paaaad up by thè Supreme court la
The m eeting a t the court house Sat
urday-to discuss the coming year’s
bod get was so well attended th at Uk
County court moved upstairs to the
Circuit court rosta which was half
filled by the people who had come to
consider the tax question * The
Marshfield Chamber of Commerce waa
represented by Attorney Cassias R.
Peek, President Charles fiali, of the
Good Roods Association, RL M. Jen
nings, of the Oregon P aver Company,
and others- From North Bend came
Commissioner-elect Archie Philip,
Gèo. A. Stephenson, of the North
Band- Mill, and others, while there
Arehie Philip, of N orth Bond,
«da W. T. Dement as county
Jeeee P. Boyers, of Coquille suc
ceeds T. J . T hrift as county M ice «or,
beginning a four-year term . Ha has
as deputy J . C. Sullivan and as darks
Raymond E. Jeub, formerly deputy
county clerk, and A. A . «slander, of
The latter will be the
draughtsm an in tha office.
L. W. Oddy succeeds R obt R. W at
son aa county clerk. His office force
consists of Nets Osmundson, who con-
Charfes Hall, who represented tha
Good Roods Association as. wall as tha
Marshfield Chamber of Commerce, op
posed this, insisting th at good faith
with the Communities in the upper
Coquille valley which had voted for
the bonds, required th at the prosaism
made to them during the campaign
last spring should ho fulfilled, and
th at the usual annual road fund be
raised eo as to perm it the improve
ment of the roods north and east of
of widows’ pensions and appliestlon«
fa r allowances from the indigent fund.
The work of the session will probably
be completed so th at the court can
the work was being done on the roods
for bringing which to Urn and grad#
the bond issue was voted, and the a r
gument for n reduced levy won.
One statem ent made by Mr. Pack
■was especially noteworthy. Ho mid
the tax levy for the city of Marshfield
this year had been reduced e mill and
» h a lf fresa loot year's fig » « . 'W hnt
th at was done the people who opposed
the redaction insisted th at K would be
neutralised by an increase of an equal
Liljeqvist Still On the Job.
the total they had to pay over a t the
Bay would h# nu cha nged. So ho
asked th a t the budges be eut enough
for them to realise on their economies
a t homo—and ha was not dimppoint-
The following table shows the ori
ginal estim ates on the principal items
of the Budget, the cuts recommended
by the Marshfield committee, and the
amounts finally decided upon by the
court. It will be noted th at the court
hi some instances and U Re total
made more cute from the eetimatee
Estim ato ’
Justice C ourt...................
Circuit Court .................
D istrict Attorney*« Office
. ........ 10,000___
. ........ 1,600___ . L600
____ 8 ,6 0 0 ....
. • | e e e . *_ 30Ì) », » « •
. . . 20,000___ . 20,000
........ 4,000___ .. 4000
.. 27,100 .
. 10,0« .Vas M ^gOOO. es* . .
.. 26,000 . .. 1 .. 20,009....
.$177,860 . y/r.fl4 0 A 6 0 .. . . .$187,700
»70,000, t|bus making" the total eu
from the original estim atiw tll.fllfl
It must be rather disappointing to
the Kinney tract people and the others
who thought they would get n breath
ing spell in the litigation for the
foreclosure of the tax liens now in
■progress to usd former D istrict A t
torney Liljeqvist still on the Job.
Owing to the fact th at Judge Hall,
the new county attorney, is in the
same position aa Judge Coke in re
spect to them suits—disqualified on
account of being a party in internet—
the county court Inst Saturday asked
Mr. Liljeqvist to go on with them
until he secured judgment, carrying
them up to the Supreme Court should
on appeal be taken, and he agreed
to do so for n fee of $260 and ex
penses in each of the four coses now
in co u rt Thom include the tax sum
monses of 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911 end
1912, the Inst of which is running in
this issue of the Sentinel.
Freed from the pressure of other
official business, Mr. Liljeqvist says
ho will prom them cases to a speedy
He has had them casm in
hand, or a p art of them, for the' past
four years and is thoroughly fam iliar
with all their details. Indead he made
a trip to Seattle Inst spring to famil
iarise himself with the litigation in
Washington along this line under n
statute sim ilar to ours.
in vain for notion. Judge Skipworth
mid he would proceed with the ^ x
eases—but did not order tha sala of
Finally in August, 1918, Judge
Skipworth took up one m m and in
four days took all tha testimony in
the cnee. Ho ordered certified cop
ies of the decree to bo nude a t once,
and briefs filed in 80 days from tha
time the copies ware mode. The a t
torneys promised to have their cer
tified copies out soon, but th irty days
passed and then another th irty days
and then another until on the S0U|
■of D aeattbfr nothing had been done.
No action had boon taken on the dis
trict attorney’s request for an order
to compel the attorneys in the cam
to flU their briefs. Public sentiment
most demand th at the courts givo tha
county a fair dasd.
Liljeqvist m id he wanted to try
the came, th at he was anxious to
clean them up. The big taxpayer he
mid, uses «very device to forestall
action. The coart ought not to favor
Heavsn only knows
when we will get e decision of th at
cam triad last A ugust "The way K
has bean put over from year to year
is a crime, an outrage and n vioUtion
of public rights,” he added.
courte should give aa much attention
to Coos Monty’s re ses es to thorn
of private citisene. The county cannot
collect thorn tmek taxes except in the
The tax levy in Coquille for the
year, 1917, will bo as follows:
County and sta te ...........................19.4
Port of B andoa.......... - ................8.
City of Coquille .......................... 17.6
City school district ................... 9.5
VERY 600D NEWS
Both Our Lumber Mills To
Run at Full Capacity
Total .......................................... 41
A fter standing idle for several
This is five mills more than last
year, the school tax being five mills years the mill of the old Coquille
Lumber Co. is to be put in opera
greater and the othar item s the son
tion again. This is the fulfillment of
H ie Ferry Business o f 1916. a desire the people of this section
have cherished for the past three
The following is the,report of Fer years, and it m arks a long step for
ryman M. C. Toser, of the traffic over ward in the Industrial improvement of
the Coquille ferry here for tha year Coquille and Gw surrounding country.
This announcement of the reopen
ing of the mill was made to 'th e Sen
Footmen . . . .
tinel this meaning by E. E. Johnson,
Single team s.
who returned last night from a ten
days’ trip to San Francisco where he
Live stock . . .
secured a lease on the lower mill from
the Dollar people.
Since the rise in the price of lumber
a year ago it had been hoped th at the
Dollar people would see their way
clear to sta rt the mill up, but the
huge profits to be made in the ex
Only two bids wars submitted for port and shipping business have pre
the construction of the pile approached vented any attention being given to
to the bridge across Hoffman slough, logging operations.
four miles above M yrtle Point. These
When Mr. Johnson secured th at
ware opened a t the afternoon session large contract a few weeks ago from
of the County court and the contract the Sitka Spruce company, of P o rt
was awarded to Edwin Ellingaen, of land, he immediately began » « w » ;
Coquille, whese bid waa $1,286.96. plans to operate the lower mill. His
The other bid waa by Hagquist A plan is to run the upper mill on fir
Bjorqvist for »1880.
and the lower mill on the spruce
Thro# Mds were opened fa r the com which the Portland Arm is so anxious
pletion of the Bandon south to the to secure a t once.
Curry county line road by the court
It will require about 90 man to
The bidders were Chris and Chas. operate the lower mill, wfaar# C. McC.
Johnson wQl be in charge.
qvist and Bjorqvist. As the bids were Schroeder will continue to bo the fore
itemised and it could not be deter man in charge of operations a t tha
mined without considerable figuring upper mill. .The pay roll a t tha new
which was the lowest, the m atter was mill will be practically the same as
referred to the Headmaster to report th at of tbs old mill now, thus doubling
on a t the February session of the the amount which is now being distri
co u rt Another reason for tha post buted by this single industry in Co
ponement was on account of the in quille end amounting to several thous
junction threatened by County Sur and dollars a month.
veyor McCulloch against tbs conatruc-
The amount of lumber cut will like
wise be doubled, Mr. Johnson figuring
on a 2-million feet a month cut.
claims th at the county has not yet
The old mill has been running
secured title to all the rig h t of Way.
steadily for the post month, a large
A discussion aa to the character of part of the output going to the South
the improvement of this rood, with ern Pacific, which has ordered nearly
regard to bridges, was started whan 2JX>0,000 feet, end which it is shipping
Chris R khert asked th at tha old brid to Brooklyn, Loa Angeles, San Fran
ges, which he said would last for 20 cisco and other points.
years yet, be left as they are, thus
While the work of getting the mill
saving $20,000 so th at this amount ready to operate will begin a t once,
could bo used for surfacing tha road. it will be the latter p art of the present
Goo. Laird took the position th at month before active operations begin
concrete bridges were needed on this there. Aasen Bros., who have 80 men
new road now and urged th at they at work in their camp on Beaver
be made a p art of the new construc slough and expect to put more men on
a t once, will probably bo ready to sup
Judge Watson gave as his opinion ply the mills here with logs by the
that the application of gravel to the 16th. Crane’s camp will not got into
surface did not constitute a perma tha Boutin tract to cut for the local
nent improvement and therefore the mills before March. ’
proceeds from the sale of bonds could
Mr. Johnson says th at there will
notrbe used for this purpose, ns sug probably be a demand for more men
gested by Mr. Richert. He mid Uw. thMLCan. he secured i s Coquille a t
tOCSUdO 67 (his road had been left in present, when the newly opened mill
the hands of tbs State’ Highway Com gets into operation, but from w hat ha
mission and he did not think it the said it is understood th at Coquille res
business of the County court to in idents are to bo given first chance at
terfere with the commission’s plans. the new Jobs.
Action on the bids was then post
While this resumption of operation
poned until the February meeting of has boon taken into consideration in
forecasting the reasons for improved
Bide for operating tha Coquille fer business conditions end brightening
ry were numerous, there being seven financial sky* in 1917, it is with a
bidders who submitted eight bide. great deal of satisfaction th at we can
John Hickam offered to take the job chronicle the actual closing of a deal
for $120 per month; Chas. P. Offleld which will have so great an influence
for $116; Logan Kay, $1$5; M. C. in bringing about the promised pros
T o ile r, $136; Jos Peart, $116; J . W . perity. While it is a business pro
McGuflln, $110; Rock Robison, $116. position with Mr. Johnson, it also
In addition to t hose bids Logan Kay means better times for all, end the
offered to perform the work, bear all city is to be congratulated on its
the expenses for new m aterial and prospects.
make all repairs for $166 per month.
At the evening session of the court
Short in H is Recollection.
this U tter bid by Mr. Kay was ac
Mr. T hrift’s books show th at in
cepted and ho and Jack Tozier will
of Charles Short’s five-acre lot
operate the ferry the coming year.
in Ferndale paying only «1.61 tax, it
ie paying $21.26. It is Lot 6 sad is
assessed for $«26. A t the Budget
moating last Saturday morning Cosn-
missioner Philip quoted Mr. Short) as
saying th at he had beea offered $6,000
for the property and was still paying
the same Utile old $1J1 taxes he did
ten or twelve y ean ago, after buying
the tot for $$60. Perhaps ha waa
talking through his hat, too, when he
claimed to have been offered $1000 aa
acre for it.