Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927, November 05, 1915, Image 1

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VOL. 27
NO. 71
With Distributed Loads and Strict
Regulation Structure Might Carry
Traffic After Repairs. ,
Declaring that if some other safe
and adequate means of handling the
traffic between Salem and Polk coun
ty could be devised he would not fa
vor the expenditure for repairs on
the Marion-Polk county bridge, As
sistant Engineer Holmes of the state
highway department submitted his re
port on repairs to County Judge
Bushey Tuesday. Engineer Holmes
states that because of the urgent de
mand for opening the bridge to limit
ed traffic he suggests a list of speci
fied repairs which are suggested with
the idea that the county courts of the
two counties will restrict the traffic
over the span to light well distributed
loads moving under strict regulations.
He states further that the repairs
can at best provide only temporary
relief. On the assumption that be
cause the bridge has carried loads in
excess of its original capacity, EnJ
gineer .Holmes states the structure
may be relied upon to carry reduced
loads for a short time. Action of
wind must be given serious considers
tion, according to the report, and
during high winds no vehicles or traf
fic of any kind should be allowed on
the structure.
"It must be remembered, however,
that no definite assumptions may be
had that the structure will safely
carry the light loads specified after
the repairs have been made," the re
port states further, "owing to the
certain alterations of the materials
due to long continued and excessive
Repairs to the bridge according to
the report should cost . a total of
$1353.60, allowing 25 per cent or!
$225.(0 tor contingencies and $4;0
for labor and material for repairs to
the west approach of the bridge. Elim
inating these two items the repairs to
the actual structure would cost $078.
Traffic Rules and Estimates.
Rules to regulate traffic on the Marion-Polk
county bridge in case it
should be repaired and an itemized
list of estimates of repairs needed to
put the structure in. condition for
light traffic are contained in the re
port made by Assistant Engineer
Holmes of the state highway depart
ment to the Marion county court. The
rules and estimates follow:
watchman having special police
power should be stationed at each end
' of the bridge. Such watchman should
be j fully instructed as to the respqn-
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held its weekly meeting Wednesday
morning at a o clock. Alter a tew
announcements bv Mr. Dumkleberger,
the meeting was turned over to the
president, Miss Helen Casey. Minutes
were read by the secretary. Miss Hel
en Loughary. In the past years each
senior class has choosen its own class
pin, but upon a motion of Miss Casey
it was decided that there should be a
standard class pin, and therefore
class pins hereafter will be standard.
Ellis Scott was selected basketball
manager and Mr. Berg captain.
Alderman Guarantee Funds For Main-
. tenance of Musicians.
By unanimous vote of the city coun
cil, City Attorney Coad has been in
structed to prepare a resolution to
bring before the council at its next
meeting, authorizing the appropria
tion of $50 each month from the
city's general fund for the support
and maintenance of the Dallas band.
To this end the band members have
put in much time in perfecting their
organization, and receive the aid ot
the city with the knowledge that it
will be the means of creating a more
efficient musical aggregation. The city
will make its first appropriation for
the band in January and in the mean
time the Commercial club will pay
the salary of the director. The band
had a lively meeting on Wednesday
evening, at which a few additional
members signed the constitution,
making a total of 20 members, who
plan an active year under the city's
guarantee. Mayor Kirkpatrick will
appoint a committee of three, one
from the council, one from the band
and one resident not a member of
either of these, to supervise the ex
penditure of the fund that is donated
to the band'. .
Oregon Power Company Manufactures
More "Juice" Than Ever Be
fore in Its Local Business.
Introduction of Green Trading Stamp
Here may Have That Result.
There is a strong probability that
Dallas will have another grocery store
in the not very distant future, brought
about by the refusal of those already
engaged in the. business here refusing
to adopt the trading stamp proposi
tion as made by Sperry & Hutchin
son. Mr. E. M. lankersley of Corval
lis is in town with this end in view,
unless he finds it more convenient and
better business to buy one of the lo
cal stores, provided it is possible to
do so. It is said that overtures have
been made to at least two grocery
concerns to purchase, but as yet noth
ing definite lias been done. The groc
eryman say that with the small profits
in their goods it is impossible for
them to give away three per cent in
trading stamps, and hence the decli
nation on their part to enter into a
contract with the promoters of the
That, the tide of prosperity is re
turning to Dallas and Polk county
seems to be conclusively indicated on
every hand. The latest report that
would indicate such a condition is
from the Oregon Power company, with
headquarters in this city, and engag
ed in public utility service in Dallas,
Monmouth and Independence in t.us
county. The output of electrical en
ergy from the company's plant in
Dallas was greater in the month of
October than in any month in the
history of the company's business in
Polk county. The same could be said
of the business during the month of
September, but the latter month has
increased over September by thous
ands of kilowatt hours. In October
the plant developed and distributed
128,204 kilowatt hours of electrical
energy for use in this county. That
figure is an increase of exactly 10,814
kilowatt hours over the production of
October, 1014, and an increase, over
the next largest record, that of Sep
tember, 1915, of 4,032 kilowatt itours.
The increase is due to the great ac
tivity on the part of such electrically
equipped concerns as the Willamette
Valley Lumber company, the Arms
by packing plant, the Independence
Sand & Gravel company, the Inde
pendetnee creamery and the Coad
mill. These manufactories are show
ing a steady trend, and in many cases
a marked improvement in business,
that speaks well for the district in
which they are located. When more
power is required to operate the ma
chinery of these plants it stands to
reason that a larger amount of work
5s being done, and, therefore, the
tide of prosperity that is inundating
the business and activity of the com
munity can be traced over many lines
of industry. In most of the indus
tries represented in the 'county the
stress that has held itself over the
nation for many months, has had but
little weight, and from facts that are
evident the upward rise effects this
community as soon as it doeirthe re
mainder of the country which so se
verely felt the effects of the depres
sion. Electricity being the motive
power of the day and of the future
its use is an excellent barometer of
industrial conditions. .
Wednesday's Session Results in Tak
ing Over Sales Day Proposition
and in Helping Band.
A resolution condemning the fight
that Portland lumber interests are
making against the Southern Pacific
company giving a slight lumber rate
advantage to Willamette valley mills,
will be written by a committee ap
pointed on Wednesday evening at the
Commercial club meeting. The ex
pression of many interested in the
outcome of the fight was that the
Portland, interests are most unfair to
the valley and that it should be the
'duty of valley Commercial clubs to
exert any possible influence against
the battle. W. L. Soehren was ap
pointed chairman of the resolution
committee. The meeting on Wednes
day evening was one of the best that
has been held for some months, as the
attendance was larger and the discus
sion more varied. The club, by ma
jority vote, decided to make the
monthly sales day a club undertaking
and jrill give the venture its ofhcial
support, forty dollars were guaran
teed to the outstanding committee to
pav expenses of the first sales day
which will be held on the last Satur
day of this month, according to, plans
of the committee. The location of
the sale is to be decided later. Fea
tures ,of the first sales day will be the
participation of the Dallas band. Two
auctioneers have ottered their servic
es, free of charge, to the club's com
mittee, and it is considered that the
appropriation of the club will be
plenty to cover costs.
The club also appropriated $100 to
finance the band until January 1,
when the organization will receive its
first support from the city. The ap
propriation will cover the leader's
salary, and the band" must pay for
its own music. Among other decis
ions made by the members was that
membership in the United States
Chamber of Commerce would be con
tinued, and the payment of the an
nual fee of $10 was authorized. From
tlreTerrtf" eeeeeiary-U. .Lough-
'a.rv the financial condition of the
Commercial club was found to be in
very good shape and the scope of
club activity will not be limited, this
year at least, because of financial
ties taking part in the display have pilll mp I hi 11)1 A I IITrT
reaped fine benefits from the exploi- bUILU 0 ANNUAL Mttl
tation ot their products and many
consumers and producers have been
brought together. The exposition '"s
attracted the attention of many visit
ors m roriland enroute to the expo
sition in California and the message
of the state's agricultural and indus
trial wealth has been carried to thous
ands of people.
Musical Organization Will Receive
Support From City.
At a meeting of the Dallas band on
Wednesday evening the resignation
of Director (jeorge H Marsh was
read and accepted and B. A. Downey
was elected to nil the vacancy, bev-
eral new members appeared and sign
ed the constitution oi the band and
in general the meeting augured well
for the future of the organization for
the interest shown in the plans for
the coming year. ( The same officers
will have charge ot the band a it aire
through 191u, when the organization
wilt be supported by the city. Tin
Commercial club will finance the band
until the city funds warrant an ap
propriation, or until January 1. The
band will be required, however, to
purchase its own music hereafter. The
boys figure on creating a treasure
fun$ by giving a public concert some
time in December, They have an op
tion on the new theater for the first
two nights before its regular opening
and will either give concerts or take
a. share in the home talent production
that will be staged at that. time. Next
year being presidential election year,
and campaign money being more or
less plentiful at such times, the band
expects to figure in on some of it.
Donations Will Be Received at Home
of Mrs. Ellis Next Friday,
November 12.
ard of Inquiry Renders Verdict in
Head-on, Which Recently Took
Place Here.
No more money-orders will be sent
to Greece from the local postoffiee for
an indefinite period. This became an
established fact Monday when a new
order from the postoffiee department
was received. The order, which went
into effect immediately, is as follows:
"By virtue of the authority con
ferred upon him by the existing con
vention, the postmaster general has
ordered temporary suspension of the
interchange of postal money-orders
with Greece.
"Until instructed, therefore, post
masters at money-order offices in the
United States will refuse to issue
money -orders on Greece or to pay
money-orders issued in that eouotry
after' October 2-5."
miffeeTneenng in uanas. to outline
a campaign for next year. An effort
will be made to have precinct eom
of the county during the primaries
of the eutity during the primaries
next spring. Although an active cam
paign will not be opened until after
the primaries are held next year, it
is planned to carry on a campaign of
education in the meantime.
Student Body Meeting.
The student body' of Dallas Hieh
Disappear From Reformatory.
Apparently no trace can be found
of Charles Grosso of Dallas and
George Spindler of Freemont, the two
lads who escaped from the state re
form school earlv in the week. W. S.
Hale, superintendent of the institu
tion, reports that the boys, both twelve
years old, stole a shoteun from a)
rinat- the accident last week in
ich three persons were slightly in
ed was due to negligence and
ufd nave been avoided b; oomph-
Ice by employes with Southern Pa-
tic company rules is the opinion of
board ot inquiry appointed by the
mpany to investigate the reason for
e collision between Southern Pa-
hie motor car number 65 and a train
six cars of logs, near the local
; oh October 25. Three passengers
stained slight injuries, the motor
kr had its pilot and rounding nose
kved iu and tour window lights and
ke wood work on the front end were
poken in the collision, doing damage
lat is estimated at $135 to the motor
nd $4 to the first flat car in the log
sin. The motor car was bound for
jrlie, leaving the depot at 5:30 p.
u ear the sawmill it encountered
n open switch. Going at a rate of
p miles an hour the car would not
lop before the collision occurred.
I "An examination of the premises,"
lays 'the report, "discloses that the
ngineer could clearly discern posi
tion ot switcn target, and that bad
te been running under control, by or
dinary alertness and watchfulness, he
mum nave orougnt nis ear to stand
llill before reaching the open switch.
3 raking apparatus was in perfect op
erative condition at time of accident.
The primary cause of the collision
was the failure of the conductor of
the log train to place the main track
switch in proper position after using
Those injured in the accident were
Mrs. C. O. Johnson, forehead slight
lv bruised: Mrs. N. A. Monteomerv.
neck and knee bruised and E. R. Lew
is, cut on band.
quiry that made tlie report to the
company was composed of V. W. Mar-
tyn. assrstaut superintendent ; Charles
Reports From Delegates Attending
State Gathering Submitted En
tertainment Afforded.
The regular meeting of the Wo
man's club was held on Tuesday. Af
ter a short business session the mem
bers present were delightfully enter
tained with vocal and instrumental
music by Miss Lucile Hamilton and
Miss Dorothy Bennett. Mrs. VV. I.
Ford, Mrs. H. B. Cosper and Miss
Caroline Burch, delegates who attend
ed the recent convention of the state
federation of woman's clubs, gave
most complete and entertaining re
ports of the work of the sessions with
many interesting side lights, and
there were given a rising vote ot
The president appointed the fol
lowing committees to take charge of
the club bazaar to be held on Decem
ber 3. General committee: Mrs. A.
B. Robinson, Mrs. Eugene Hayter,
Mrs. C. G. Coad, Mrs. D. P. Patter
son, Mrs. Cntes, Mrs. E. V. Dalton
and Mrs. W. D. Collins. Marking
committee: Mrs. Oscar Hayter, Mrs.
H A. Woods and Mrs. J. R. Craven.
Sandwich committee: Mrs. Carl Man
ock and Miss Julia Nunn. Cooked,
food committee: Mrs. I. L. Smith,
Mrs. Geo. Scott, Mrs. M. M. Ellis,
Mrs. John Orr, Mrs. W. t Ford and
Mrs. Willis Simonton. Candy will be
made and sold by the young woman's
May Banta Dead.
May Banta. the nineteen-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Ban
ta of North Dallas, passed away late
last week. The cause of death wai
inven as tuberculosis, runerai ser
vices were conducted from the Chap
man parlors bv F. . Smith. The
voune ladv had two brothers and a
The board of in- sister.
Unable to Liquidate Indebtedness Tel
ephone Operators Ready to Quit.
The Bentley Telephone company, a
Polk county corporation with head
quarters at Bentley, being insolvent,
preparations are being made either to
Ihrow the concern into bankruptcy
or ask for a receiver. The company
operates a line fiom Bentley to Bear
Camp and some seven miles beyond
down the Salmon river, through a
sparsely settled mountainous, country,
and the revenue derived from the
plant has not been sufficient to meet
the company's obligations, incurred
through its efforts to maintain the
line, borne months ago an effort was
made - to 'bond the system ' for an
amount approximately equal to the in
debtedness, but this plan failed to
mature, and finding no other way
out of financial entanglements the di
rectory concluded to give the proper
ty of the company into the hands of
its creditors. John Boyer of Bear
Camp and Mr. Walker of Bentley are
the leading members of the company.
The Dallas Needlework Guild . will
hold its regular annual meeting
at the home of its president, Mrs.
M. M. Ellis, next Friday evening, No
vember 12, at which time the officers
of the guild hope to have every mem
ber present to see the large display of
garments. This meeting is the most
important for the general member
ship of any that is held during the
year, as it is the time When the gar
ments that have been solicited from
the members are displayed. The meet
ing is purely social, business being
disposed of at other times, and the
delightful luncheons that are served
at the annual meeting makes them
very popular. Garments and other
donations will be received and dis
played next Friday, and Mrs. Ellis
will keep open house from about 2
o'clock on, through the afternoon.
Many little boys and girls and many
families will benefit by the work of
the ladies of the guild, this winter.
Each member makes some article of
wearing apparel and these are dis
tributed to the worthy poor. In cases
of emergency help is given by the
guild at other seasons than Christ
mas. At times of great disasters the
guild ladies are the first to respond
with practical aid in the way of cloth
ing. '
Fine Two-Story Structure is Credit
to Builder.
The scaffolding in front of the Ri
ley building that is being reconstruct
ed1 on the corner of Main and Wash
ington streets, was. torn down by
workmen yesterday. The new plate
glass windows will probably be put
in next week. The building will rap
idly receive the finishing touches that
will make the front one of the most
modern two-story structures in the
city. The corner store-room is occu
pied by 1. E. Davis as a turniture
store and the remainder of the build
ing will be given over to the new Or-
pheum theater, one of the finest of its
kind in the valley, interior worK
in the theater will be done as prompt
ly as possible to allow for an open
ing performance some time next
month. D. J. Riley, the owner of the
building, has been personally in charge
of the reconstruction and be contem
plates erecting the south wall and
finishing the second story within a
McCann. roadmaster; C. F. Gorlineer.
zeneral foreman; J. R. Craven. Dal
las merchant, and F. E. Davis, Dallas
Exposition Big Success.
The Manufacturers' & Land Pro
ducts show will close Saturday, No
vember 13. after three weeks of 3iie
ss. Crowds have increased daily
since the opening of the big exhibi
tion. October 25. and the low faie-i on
steam and electric lines serving Port-
eil Baldwin, tonner private ste -I
tanner near me school alter making DoeTapber to the governor, is visiting land have attracted many visitors
their escape. I friends is the city. 'from Oregon and Washington. C'o:in
Will Examine Conditions Mentioned
in Engineer's Report.
The county judge and Commission
ers Wells and Beckett are spending
part of today in examining the lnter-
county bridge across the Willamette
at Salem, the object of the exam
ination is to determine the necessary
repairs, or to view the places that
are recommended tor repairs by the
state highway engineer's office. It is
estimated in the report from that of
fice that to put the bridge in condi
tion to receive restricted traffic will
cost more than $1300, and the court is
getting a first-hand idea as to where
and how this is to be spent. The
bridge repair crew will tie at work
by tomorrow and within a very few
days the span should be in sufficiently
good condition to carry the loads that
are prescribed by the report of the
Fertilizer Plant May Result Front
Col. Lawson s Recent Visit.
That the extensive limestone depos
its of Polk county will in the not
very distant future be utilized for
the manufacture of commercial ferti
lizer seems probable. Investigations
of these deposits have recently been
made with this end in view, and re
ports are of the. most encouraging
character. It has been found that the
limestone here has a peculiar value
for the purpose indicated, and capi
tal is now being sought for the pro
motion of the project with good pros
pects for success. The raw material,
which-exists in great abundance, has
been thoroughly tested and experi
ments show that from it high-grade
fertilizer may be had. Col. B. K.
Lawson, former warden of the state
penitentiary, who was recently here
as the representative of Portland cap
italists, has consulted with Mr. Sam
Moore of Corvallis on the subject, and
is convinced that the making of fer
tilizer from Polk county limestone
can be made a profitable industry.
Mr. Moore visited the deposit be
tween Dallas and Falls City last sum
mer, and took therefrom liberal speci
mens of the stone for the purpose of
testing its quality. He found that it
is well suited for the making of com
mercial fertilizer at a minimum cost,
and it was for the purpose of gaining
what information he has on the sub
ject that Col. Lawson visited him
this week. What the outcome of these
investigations may be remains to be
seen, but the enthusiasm displayed by
Col. Lawson over the project will
probably result in something more
than mere tolk.
Business Men 'a Meeting.
The third meeting of the recently
organized Business Men's association
will he held at the rooms of the La
Creole club next Monday evening.
when a full attendance of those repre
senting the city's business interests
is requested.
Mrs. William Kirkpatrick is im
proving rapidly from her illness.
Football Game Tomorrow Promises
to Be Good.
The football game between the high
schools of Dallas and Silvertnn isn't
to be such an easy victory for the
local team as was the first game of
the season, according to the coaches
and players. The Silverton team has
added materially to the strength of
its line by re-enlisting a number of
former stars and the fact has put
such fear of defeat into the hearts
of the Dallas boys that they have
been working conscientiously through
out the week to perfect a fighting
team that will "bring home the ba
son." The game is to be played on
the college campus tomorrow after
noon, and aside from the game of last
Saturday, will be one of the most hot
ly contested of the year. Coaches
French and Rudder have been drill
ing their men in open play, a feature
of football which might have brought
a victory last Saturday had it been
tried, and are painting victory in the
minds of every player. The game last
week was financially successful, but
the average for the year must be
good if the team, which is absolutely
self-supporting, is to break even.
Therefore, the boys and girls of the
high school are anxious for a larga
attendance at the game tomorrow.
A special train from McMinnville
passed through Dallas last evening
carrying a large number of members
of the Elk's lodge from the lower
valley towns to a meeting at Salem.
W. V. Fuller returned from Yam
hill county forests this week to spend
a few days at home. After spending
a day in Portland he returned to the
"tall uncut" to complete the cruising
project he is engaged in.