Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927, October 15, 1915, Image 1

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VOL, 27
NO. 85
Highest Among Forty Bidders He Be
comes Possessor of Business on
Tuesday Last.
About forty bids on the Bfcock and
fixtures of the Dallas Mercantile com
pany were opened on Tuesday after
noon, and as a result Mr. Chauncey
manager of the large establishment
shortly thereaf ter. For several weeks,
or since the proposed sale of the
business was announced by the own
era, bids, have been entered by mer
chants in many cities in the valley as
well as by a number of local buyers.
There were nearly forty of these and
Mr. Orider'g was the highest. He bad
not thought much of the matter, how
ever, and the announcement that he
was the new owner came as a surprise
to him. He immediately took charge
of the store and started planning for
the future of ;tihe business.
Under its new owner the Mercan
tile company will continue to do bus
iness along the same lines that have
been followed' by the former company.
Mr, Glider will continue ithe price
cutting sale until all the present stock
is disposed of and he wiJl then reno
vate and completely restock the store.
He plans to cater to the business of
farmers and workingmen with the
new stock, and will buy only well
known brands of good substantial
clothing1, shoes, dry-goods and other
things that are found in a store of
this kind and size. The business will
not be allowed to conflict with the
Crider grocery store, although the
owner will personally manage both
stores. The grocery store will remain
where and as it is. It will probably
oe two months before the large stock
that is on hand is sold off at the sale
that is now in progress, and immedi
ately after that is cleaned up the new
stock will begin to arrive.
Mr. Howe, the retiring manager of
tne company, has made no plans other
'than that he expects to retire to his
orchard property, which he will im
prove. Mr. Howe was a member of a
wnpany of five which owned the Dal
las Mercantile company. The other
members ware J. R. Riley, H. L. Fen
ton, Mrs. M. M. Ellis and R. E. Wil
liams. The company was organized
several years ago and the store enjoy
ed a prosperous business career
throughout most of that time.
gloves in the Sunrise hotel on Fri
day afternoon. Unfortunately the
owner or the gloves, Mra A. Kay-
burn, was close at hand, and swore
out a complaint, Justice Holman lin
ed Poullas $5 and court costs, amount
ing to $2.50, when he pleaded guilty
to the charge. . Mrs. Rayburn is an
employe of the hotel. '
State Engineer Cantine to Report to
County Courts.
The Salem-Polk county bridge will
be inspected for its safety this week
by State Highway Engineer Cantine
upon petition of the - Polk countv
court and he will report to the county
courts of Polk and Marion counties
Saturday. The petition for the in
spection was made by the Polk county
court as a preliminary step to pro
ceeding with arrangements for a new
bridge between the two counties. Def
inite action on the bridge is expected
following the report of Engineer Can
tine Statesman.
It has been asserted that the inter
couuty bridge is unsafe to travel, and
hence the request of the Polk county!
court. If the condition of the struc
ture is such that life and propertv arc
endangered the court wants to know
it, but -the simple statement will cot
suffice. If the report of the state
engineer condemns the bridge ithe in
speetor must show conclusively where
in it is dangerous. It is claimed that
the life of such a structure is only
twenty-five years, and .that the steel
is cryslalized, yet it is proposed to
erect a $HU0,000 structure of the su.ne
material that will stand for a half
century. The question naturally aris
es, how can it be done it the present
bridge has only half that life?
Mrs. Clara Lanfas and Son Barely Es
cape With Lives in Midnight Blaze
That Causes $2,500 Loss.
, Fourteen Dallas High School Boys to
Journey East Tomorrow.
The first football game on the
schedule of the Dallas high school
will be played at Silverton tomorrow
when Coaches French and Rudder pit
their light-weight warriois against the
team, representing the Silverton high
.school. About fourteen members of
the squad, one of the coaches and Prof.
W. L Ford of the faculty,, will make
the trip, and the result of the game
is expected to show the relative
strength of the teams of this year and
last. On the first three evenings of
this week the boys were put through
stiff scrimmage practice with teams
made up of former high school play
ers, and, according to the coaches, a
number of the boys displayed surpris
ing speed in their work. Those who
will most likely make the Silverton
Imp are Captain Jewnian Dennis, Ir
ving Balderee, Earl Cutler, Bud Hart
Webster Beebe, Forest Martin, Arnold
V uson, Raymond Y llson, Virgil
Brock, Rav Scott, Frank Met ann
Edward Cutler and Ted Berg.
Suffered Injuries Near Black Rock
When Locomotive Plunges Through
a Defective Bridge.
A settlement in the case of Joe
Fritz versus the Southern Pacific com
pany, asking $30,000 damages for in
juries received in a wreck near Black
Rock a year ago, was made without
bringing the matter to court, on Wed
nesday morning. The bouthern Pa
cific company sent its' special agents
to confer with August P. Risser,
guardian for Fritz, who is an inmate
of ithe state insane asylum, and Ris
ser s attorneys, and confessed judg
ment for $8,500. Judge Belt went
through the formality of declaring a
verdict for the plaintiff on Wednes
day afternoon. v
Fritz was employed as a fireman on
the engine that went through a de
fective Southern Pacific bridge near
Black Rock a year ago, and the se
vere injuries' be received at tthat time
impaired bis health and mentality to
such an extent 'that a guardian was
appointed for him, and he was com
mitted to the asylum. The attorneys
for Fritz had summoned witnesses lo
cally, as well as from Portland, and
bad gone- to much expense before the
case was settled. It was set for trial
at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
The little village of McCoy was
saved from total destruction on Tues
day night by a timely rain, when the
noitel, owned and operated bv Mrs.
Clara Lantz, was reduced to ashes and
practically all the family's worldly
possessions went up in smoke. The
loss on the building alone was more
than $2500. Mrs". Lantz was awaken
ed about midnight by the roaring
noise of the flames that were rapidly
consuming her building. She called
her son, the only other occupant of
the big' building at the time, and
they alarmed the community by ring
ing a large bell near the hotel. Soon
shots from all direction aroused the
neighborhood, but the efforts that
were made to save anything from the
blaze were ineffective. Mrs. Lantz
managed to get a few clothes, a sew
ing machine and a trunk out of the
fire-swept building just in time. So
close was the call, however, that she
was congratulated on getting out of
the place alive.
The blaze had practically enwrapt
the entire building before the fire was
discovered, and at that time a mid
night rainfall had soaked adjoining
roots and vegetation to such an extent
that the heat of the hotel fire, and the
flying sparks, did no other damage!
In 'the immediate vicinity of the ho
tel were the J. K. Sears warehouses.
filled with the season's grain, a new
dwelling, the Odd Fellows' stable and
the Odd Fellows' hall and store build
ing, in addition to a number of small
er structures. The rain is said to have
been all that saved these properties.
Mrs. Lantz carried insurance partly
covering the building and its contents,
in all amount to $l,3o0. The origin
of the fire is a mystery. The blaze
that destroyed 'the hotel building and
threatened the entire town was spec
tacular, as it consumed ithe place rap
idly, and on Wednesday morning ev
erything that had been the hotel and
ills contents was in fine ashefc-i
Convicted of Assaulting Wife With
Dangerous Weapon Tried for
Murder Attempt
Registration of New
Within Past Year.
Until the last day of September and
since January 1, five hundred and
forty-six motor vehicles had been reg
istered from Polk countv with the sec-
Iretary of state and, according to fig
ures from that ofhee, there are Bixtv-
five motorcycles in the county. Of
the thirty-two counties in the state
Polk stands eighth in line in number
of motor vehicles registered, and en
joys the same comparative standing
in number of motorcycles.
From January 1 to September 30,
22,998 motor vehicles wore registered
in the state. The total number of mo
torcycles registered during the period
was 3123 ; the total number of chauf
feurs 3804, and the total number of
dealers 171. The increase in the mo
tor vehicle registration over the cor
responding period last year is 6877,
the increase in motorcycles 246, the
increase in chauffeurs' registration
2085, and increase in registration of
dealers 62.
Suffer Painful Injury.
While riding a bicycle down a hill
on Monday, Chas. Rice, porter at the
La Creole club, was thrown from the
vehicle, offering a painful though
not serious injury to his right leg.
Registration at Monmouth Much
Larger Than Ever Before.
The fact that the enrollment at the
Monmouth Normal school is constant
ly increasing, until last week it reach
ed the maximum of 342, speaks well
for the institution and its future. Last
year at this time, according to the
report of President Acker-man, there
were only zib students m the school
so that the present attendance is
almost a third again as large as it
has ever been. The mid-vear enr
ment is usually very heavy, and it is
at that time that the greater number
of new students register at the school
Because ot this tact the president pre-
diets that betore the close of school
in June the student body will number
at least 4o0. The exterior of the
new training school building is prac
tically completed, and workmen are
hurrying the inside work to get the
building in readiness for the second
term work.
Elfins School Dedication.
Tomorrow afternoon Superinten
dent Seymour, accompanied by As
sistant State Superintendent Carle-
ton, will go to the Elkins school rouse.
four miles south of Monmouth, there
'to assist in a re-dedication aet for
that date. An addition to the build
ing has recently been completed. A
splendid program has been prepared
for the occasion, and a goodly atten
dance of pupils and patrons u expected.
New Business Firm.
The Freisen company, organized by
members of a well-known family, is
the latest addition to the business
life of Dallas. The concern will en-
Hunters From Far and Near Seek the
Chinese Pheasant.
The onslaught on the nheasant pop
ulation ot folk countv is simply I
nble these days. Aal with rain to
improve hunting, greater numbers will
meet their late eacir day until the
season closes at the end of the pres
ent month. There appears to be at
least an equal numlj ir of pheasants
end hunters in many of the fields
about the county. Very few individ
uals are getting the legal limit of
birds, and the peculiar circumstance
is that very few roosters are parad
ing themselves before the sure and un
safe aim of the hundreds of hunters
from all partis of the slate who are
exercising their marksmanship on the
pretty birds in this count. Either
they 'have been killed off or they dis
play that particular rare quality of
wariness characteristic of tbe beauti
ful mongolian importation and hide
themselves where neither the work
of the dog or the ingenuity of man
can dislodge them. The bountiful fields
of the county have attractei hunt
ers from Portland and other cities in
great numbers, and but few of the
pleasure inclined of this community
have failed to avail themselves of the
chance to bring home a few birds.
Last week the justice of tbe peace
was busy with law breakers, and
many bright and precious dollars were
extracted from reluctant pockets. An
average ot two men were brought be
fore the justice each day. In every
case they either pleaded guilty or
were convicted, being required to pay
their fines, and in most eases to for
feit their hunting license.
Improvements Nearing Completion.
With the exception of about two
blocks on Uglow avenue, street im-
provments for this year, which includ
ed twenty-one blocks, are completed.
It will require about ben davs to finish
I glow avenue, and Street Commis
sioner Greenwood, nnder whose su
pervision the work is being carried
on, is hoping for good weather. Dal
las has made more street improve
ments this year than during any pre
vious year in its history.
Experting County Books.
Judge Wilson of Corvallis, an ex
pert accountant, is checking tbe coun
ty books, and is now busily engaged
in treasurer Holman s office. When
he completes the work in this depart
ment be will move to the ether offices.
ine wont win probably require a
fortnight or more to finish.
Will Address Pioneers.
Joe Craven of Monmouth will speak
at a gathering of men and women who
came to Yamhill county fifty years
Sentenced to a term of from six
months to ten years on a charge of
assault with a dangerous weapon, the
attorneys representing Charles E.
Stinnett demanded an immediate tri
al on the second count in the grand
jury indictment) against him and yes
terday he went through a gruelling
hearing on a charge' of attempted
muraer ot nis wite. The jury in the
second case was locked up at six o'
clock last night and with the excep
tion or. an nour ior supper, was out
throughout the night or until nine o'
clock this morning. It was dismissed
for failure to reach a verdict. The
jury was out just fifteen hours before
being dismissed. The first trial took
place on Wednesday and consumed
the entire afternoon, the verdict be
ing returned about eight o clock.
When sentence was pronounced by
Judge Belt, Walter L. I'ooze, Jr., rep
resenting counsel tor the defense, ask
ed that the verdict be Set aside on
the ground of insufficient evidence and
asked for a trial on the second in
dictment. It had been the idea of the
state to observe the behavior of the
prisoner under the sentence that had
been given him and perhaps drop the
second indictment, but the demands
of counsel for the defense made this
; The habit of maltreating his wife
and family, one that had been grow
ing stronger on him year by year
ior the past twenty years, was inter
rupted by the law after the latest
assault, which occurred on Septem
ber Zu and it. otmnett got on a
more. than ordinarily vicious rampage
at that time and, heated with liquor,
threatened to kill his wife. This be
evidently was attempting when the
young son of the couple heard his
mother's cries for help and ran to
her assistance. The lad laid the fath
er out with a blow from a baseball
bat, and when the trouble came to
the, attention,.iof the . grand jury he
was indicted and later arrested and
lodged in jail by Sheriff Orr.
At both trials the counsel for the
defense introduced a plea of insanity
and asked that the case be thrown
out of criminal court. Two doctors
testified for the defense and two for
the state, expressing contradictory
opinions as to the man's sanity. The
testimony introduced at each trial was
materially the same, the defendant s
reputable family telling of the man's
bruit ali ty when on such rampages as
he had just before he was indicted,
and the word of farmers and expert
witnesses contradicting as to his san
ity or insanity. The jury which was
out all night on the second trial fail
ed to find a verdict and if the indict
ment is not dismissed a new trial will
be held before the end of the pres
ent term of court.. t Oscar Hayter
assisted District Attorney Sibley in
the prosecution while Ed. F. Coad and
Walter L. Tooze, Jr., appeared as
counsel for the defense. .
fore Judge Bean at Portland this
week. But that is not all;. Rankin
says the Indians took the "firewa
ter" back" to the Siletz reservation
with them, thereby breaking a federal
law. The Indians are said to have
bought the liquor from a white man,
but not in a saloon.
Edna M. Hawley Leaves Library to
' uirls Dormitory.
"We die but we leave an influence
behind us that survives," can be truly
sain or tana M. Hawley of Salem,
whose libdary has been recently pre
sented to the Women's dormitory of
the Oregon Normal school. Miss Haw
ley requested that her library, which
consists of a number of rare and care
fully selected volumes, be placed in
an educational institution of the state,
believing that it would there be most
appreciated. Her friends, knowing
the great interest she evinced in the
erection of the Women 's dormitory of
nie uregon normal school, making
several visits to it while in process of
eonstruetion, decided that the donor
would teel this a fitting depository
for her valuaable library. P. Henry
of Chicago, Miss Hawley 's ward, was
consulted and concurred in this se
lection, and the library will be in
stalled in the large living room of
the dormitory as soon as the cases
arrive. The Oregon Normal school,
and especially the women of .the dor
mitory, express their appreciation of
cue gut, which, possesses so many de
lightful and instructive hours for
those living within its halls. In ac
cepting this rare gift the board of re
gents expressed its keen appreciation
and fully recognized the responsibili
ty entailed. Resolutions directing the
secretary of the board to attend to
the details were passed and provision
was made to so install this libratry
that the students at the dormitory
may mane tno most or it.
Polk County Must Necessarily Bene
fit By Capital's Investments In "
' New Projects.
Sparkling Liquid Refreshments Find
Their Way in Every Section of
the Surrounding Territory.
Poullas Steals Gloves.
William Poullas, a light fingered
gentleman, picked up a stray pair of t iron materials will be side lines.
gage in a general business, handling ago, to take place in HeMinnville
farm implements, oils, builder's aup- next Saturday. Mr. Craven was eao-
plies, seed, flour and feed. Wood and, tain of an emigrant train that arrived
here in 1865.
Many Cases Disposed of at Fall Ses
sion of Judge Belt's Court,
The last jury trial before the cir
cuit court was held on Thursday,
and the jurors were dismissed with
the exception of one man, who was
held to form a nucleus for a new jurv
should it become necessary, for any
reason, to call another jury during
the present term of court. All jury
trials have been disposed of, and the
large number remaining are either
equity cases or injunction suits that
do not demand the presence of a jury.
Many of the cases on the fall docket
were dismissed, or non-suited, and a
few were continued, for various -rea
sons. The term has been uneventful
and in no way spectacular. Law has
taken its course in every case that
has been tried, and the verdicts that
have been rendered and the sentences
imposed have met with tbe approval
of everyone who heard the eases tried,
or who knew anything of them. The
circuit court will not convene again
until spring.
The remaining eases before the
court do not demand a jury trial, and
will be heard by Judge Belt today,!
tomorrow and early next week. These
cases are Odom vs. Polk county and
Bush vs. Folk countv, widows' pen
sions, this morning; Boehm and Nye
vs. Dallas City bank, tomorrow: Lov
vs. Loy, Hiatt vs. Hiatt, divorce, and
Henry Voth vs. Polk county, injunc
tion, (tomorrow; Hart vs. City of In
dependence, injunction, and F. P.
Smith vs. Van Walters et al. fore
closure of contract, Tuesday.
Silets Indians In Court.
Isaac Rippen and Reuben Metcalf.
young Indians, went down to Falls
City and got a gallon of whiskey. At
least that's what Robert R. Rankin,
assistant federal attorney, says they
did, and he is prosecuting the ease be-
After a very successful season the
Dallas Soda Works have practically
suspended! bottling soda water for the
satisfaction of , many hundreds of
thirsts in this and adjoining counties.
Business in the soda water line has
not been quite so good this year as
in previous years, but, according to
Manager Peter Greenwood, Jr., this
lack is made up by a very large sale
of vinegar, which the company has
had during the past year. A business
was done in soda water this year
amounting to about $4,000, and that
comes from practically . every cross
roads store in Polk county, including
those in little, out-of-the-way moun
tain hamlets, and those in the farm
ing communities about the county,
where the refreshing fluids are en
joyed as much by men and women as
by the little folks. The company
maintains a large auto truck which
it loads up each day during the sum
mer and sends to a different part of
the county to distribute its products,
and it is said that more than one
youngster's heart has been gladened
by the sight of the automobile when
the corner store had exhausted its
supply of drinkables. There are very
few demands for "ice cold soda pop"
ad this time of the year, so that the
auto truck s chief occupation from
tikis time on will be the distribution
of vinegar.
The Dallas soda Works is a com
pletely equipped plant, where all ex
tracts and flavors of carbonated wa
ters can be bottled. The water is
charged at the plant, too, which is a
feature only found in the larger es
tablishments, the local, and a num
ber of out-of-town confectionery
stores, send their soda fountain tanks
to the Greenwood plant to be charged,
and this is a remunerative side line
with the regular business of bottling
soda. The principal part of the out
put is bottled in the regular soda
water battle, but a number of special
drinks are put up in quarts. The
small saloon trade especially is sup
plied with quarts. This year coco
cola was bottled at the plant for the
first time, but its sale was small and
it probably will not be included next
summer, vt nen loganberry linos n
extracted so that it can be pot np in
soda water form, the Dallas Sod
Works will be one of the first to un
dertake it. Loganberry flavors have
already appeared in soda waters, but
not the fine product that it is expect
ed will be obtained from this berry.
The plant will not eloae, but will
only bottle on one or two days a week.
just enough to fill the few orders that
come in. The main energies of the
force will be directed toward the sell
ing and distribution of vinegar, but
about the first of May. when the de
mand for the crystal clear, "ice cold
snda pop" is renewed the Dallas Soda
Works will be ready to supply the
same good product in the same good
way. ,
That a new era of prosperity for
Polk county is dawning Ihere can be
no question in the minds of those who
are familiar with conditions as they
exist. The opening of the extensive
limestone quarry by the Oswego Ce
ment company, tracks to which are
now being laid by a crew of workmen;
the resumption of operations at the
Falls City lumbering mills under an
entirely new management, which-will
construct a logging railroad into the
Siletz basin, where it has large tim
ber holdings; the completion of the
Valley & Siletz railroad from Airlie
to Independence, and the probable
building of a sawmill at the latter
place, together with a number of less
important enterprises, assured and
prospective,, a revival of business
along all lines may necessarily be ex- .
pected. About seventy-five workmen
are now engaged in building a spur
track to the limestone deposits, upon
the completion of which the Quarry
will be opened and material there.
from shipped to the company's large
plant at uswego, thus giving perman
ent employment to a considerable
number of men. . It is the purpose of
the company to erect living quarters
at the quarry for several families.
The Falls City enterprise is of still
greater moment, the plant there being
one of the largest and most modern
mills of the interior, providing work
for upwards of 175 men in woods and
mill when in full operation. The con
struction, or rather extension, of the
railroad into the new company's tim
ber will be prosecuted with vigor, and
when this work shall have been fin
ished there will be an abundant sup- '
ply of fine timber to keep the wheels
revolving ior years to come. The
building of the Airlie-Independence
branch of the Valley & Silets will
have a tendency to open up much ad
ditional land to settlement, thus fur
ther developing the county and in
creasing population, - while the maio
line will penetrate a timbered section
directly tributary to Polk county,
which in good time will become set
tled with thrifty tillers of the soil.
The building of the proposed sawmill
at Independence is the only enter
prise mentioned regarding which there
is any doubt, and those in a position
to speak knowingly say that it Is
practically assured when the railroad
is completed.
All these things, augur good for
Polk county. And while plans are in
the making for the development of
these important enterprises every city
and town within the county is show
ing signs of a bettered condition, and
the rural districts are equally as pro
gressive. Although the past year may
be characterized as having been dull,
Dallas, Independence, Monmouth,
Falls City and the villages throughout
the county have shown advancement),
both in municipal and private im
provements, keeping pace with their
larger and more pretentious neigh
bors of the Willamette valley. While
Polk county has no complaint to make
concerning the past, it may expect
even greater things for the future. A
new era is dawning better times are
School House Dedicated.
The new school building at Zena
was dedicated on Monday evening,
when a splendid urogram Was render
ed by the pupils and others interested
in educational work. Assistant State
Superintendent Carlton, County Su
perintendent Seymour and Supervisor
Parsons were present and participated
in the ceremony, which was interest
ing throughout. The building is one
of four new school houses erected
during the summer vacation, the oth
ers being at Parker, Black Rock and
hiking, the two latter being two room
buildings. The Zena building cost
$2,000, and was erected under the di
rection of Messrs. R. C. Shepherd,
Frank Crawford and T. K. Simpson,
members of the board, and replaces
one burned last spring. Miss Elsie
Taylor is the teacher.
Falls City Popular.
Falls City saloonroen are putting
one over on their Independence broth
ers by selling seven bottles of the
brown beverage that smelleth of the
bop for a dollar, while the latter can
not see their way clear to deal out
more than five bottles. As a conse
quence there is much travel over the
Falls City road, and that highway is
being rocked much of the way.
Fine Hunting at Hon.
Those who have bad no luok at
bunting pheasants in the fields about
the eounty might try staying at home
to bunt. A fine bird flew against the
Grand theater building on Tuesday
with such fares that it was stunned
and fell to fhe lawn in front of the
horary, where a passerby picked it
np. ,