Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927, December 24, 1915, Image 1

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NO. 85
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Chairman Himes
. Toys Will Be
1 Today.
i consolidation of capital the
i of Pythias and the rJlkB in
are accomplishing great good
ristmas, taking the cheer of
ason's greeting and their sup
to nearly a hundred homes in
and tlw immediate vicinity.
Himes. chairman of the com-
from the Knights, has been
faithfully for several days
3ting the needs of the worthy
d hag boi'-ht the Christmas
that tod y will gladden the
more t a one little tot in
whose Christmas outlook was
I but -it "Bill's" idea,
se of b dge brothers, was
y those t...ng that go toward
a truly joyous Christmas, for
t of the little folk is not made
f, even in direct poverty, with
wirings and a new cap, as it
ling in the childish want for
fruit, candies and toys. The
g of the more necessary
sueh as wearables, has been
other organizations in the
'he county court and the
ark Guild are. constantly giv
h things to the needy, but
sure to be a vacancy in the
earta if Christmas doesn't
ie things that other children
fa and candy.
b $100 was '. collected from
i in Dallas, and what was
ided for in that amount was
from the K. of P. treasury.
r of the exchequer Mr. Himes
charge of the assembling of
He bought a whole box of
sixty pounds or candy, titty
if tuite, other f raits, and the
,. collection of toys imagin
ing clothing, including stock
shoes, for supplying special
fere purchased, but for the
t the f. eternal participation
stributi n of Christmas cheer
toys and goodies. Through
ibers of the lodges and ar
ms knowing of w6rthy cases
anen were able to find near
persons, mostly little folks,
happy this gay Christmas
Motorists Should Be Careful In Cross
ing Tracks on Main Street HilL
I. N. Woods, of the Southern Pa
cifio company, has called timelv at
tention to a very dangerous practice
among local motorists, and citizens
would do well to heed tlie warning in
time to save their necks. Topping a
lull in North lallas, leading trom
Main street, is a railroad track,
where a number of trains pass one
way and the other eaeh day. Au
tomobile drivers usually run from
Mam street onto the hill at lull
speed, making a turn that obscures
the track, just betore they reach the
top. At the rate or speed the ma
chines travel it would be little short
of a miracle if death or serious in
jury to the occupants were avoided
in case a train came along at that
moment. If the community were
larger and both train land automobile
travel heavier it would be very nec
essary to build a viaduct tor the
trains to pass over, but under pres
ent conditions the only safeguard
that can be had is in the warning
given, or the establishing there by
the company of a signel bell system.
An engineer would have no possible
chance to avoid a collision with a
rapidly moving machine, under exist
ing conditions, and it therefore be
hooves the motorist to exercise every
preeauition to avoid an accident on the
Main street hill.
Former Dallas Mer
ged at Portland.
.'es for Harrison E.
Dallas merchant, un
sr of Salem and Fred
jeall, and veteran of
ere'conducted on Mon
Sunnyside Congrega
t Portland. Mr. Kozer
Saturday at his home
ere he has lived since
o business in Dallas
c years ago. Sarvices
t held under the aus-
ton chapter of the
d Ben Butler Post,
the Republic. The
officiated and inter
e Fir cemetery.
) was 75 years of age,
' of Dallas for many
who have lived here
sember him well. He
iiisiness with William Faull
re now owned by the Craven
5 company. The firm of
Kowr was one i-f the best
slnblishments in Dallas at
i Mr. Kozer bail friends i:i
of Polk county, and here
my to mourn his death. His
Fred Kozer of Rickreall, is
most Dallas people, and
e acijii-unted with another
Sam Kozer, who has held
portaut offices in the state
Juvenile Court May Bump Against
Further Litigation If the Moth
er Is Persistent.
Yamhill-Tillamook Roadway to Pop
ular Ocean Beaches Is Now
Ready for Traffic.
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r. s.
r in 1
zer, i
'sidon '
1 peoi
time r
Made on Tax Roll Not Yet
irkera in the sheriff's office
t surpr aed on Tuesday when
t on ls)15 taxes came in be-a-xonsiment
became collect-
however, is not the en
. -ie payment came from
, a Falls City saloon
II be torced to retire
in that particular line
t of the new year. Mr.
I the fact that his tax
S but be is ambitious
year not only by re-
business he is in, but
Mate. This was the
of saloon taxes to be
1915 levy. It will be
sheriff and his depu
saloon taxes are paid
ning of the new year.
i iLed payment of Mr.
i sure unexpected.
t i Water Cm Soon.
s i the ease of H. V.
e ity of Dallas and the
) commission, will be
' lodge Keller at Salem
' w year. This ease in-
nership of the Dal-
County Roadmaster J. Waldo Finn
has announced that the Ya.mhill-1 u
lamook highway, from McMiunville
to the coast, will be completed and
ready tor tiiavel by spring. Almost
nine miles of this roadway are within
the boundaries of Polk county, The
Yamhill-Tillamook highway is the
work of the county courts of Polk
Yamhill and Tillamook counties, this
county building that part or the road
within its limits, and the other coun
ties appropriating- $120,000 for the
work. Or the appropriations or the
two counties one-half, or $60,000, be
came available this yeajr, and the bal
ance will be available next year. The
state government appropriated $9,000
to assist in the project. The highway
leaves the west side highway at Mc-
Minnville, passes through Bellevue,
Sheridan, Willamina and Grand
Ronde, having its western terminus at
the ocean. After tearing Willamina
the highway enters Polk county and
is within the county until it gets some
distance beyond the Butler store, nine
miles from Willamina. The entire
distance is about 100 miles from Port
land, and Portland motorists can eas
ily travel between the metropolis and
the ocean between noon and nightfall
on a summer day.
Polk county's share of the improv
ed roadway is ready tor the heavy
trathc that it will be torced to bear
during the coming summer. The en
tire distance has been macadamized.
The most admirable of the many
scenic attractions along the road are
tound within this county, and they
are ot such a nature and extent as to
make the road famous as soon as it
becomes better known to travelers. It
will make an important side line to
the west side highwav. which will re
ceive the major share of the Willam
ette valley travel next summer, just
as it has betore. Polk county's pride
in her stretch of the Yamhill-Tilla
mook highway is none the less because
her name is not linked with the titles
of the sister counties.
Where are Mrs. Mollie Bowers and
her four-year-old daughter? That is
a auestion that is now interesting the
juvenile court of Multnomah county
and also one in which Mr. and Mrs.
Milt Grant of this city are vitally in
terested in. When Mrs. Bowers, act
ing upon an order from the supreme
court of the state, came to Dallas
last Sunday and gained possession or
her daughter alter it had been under
the care of tihe Grants for approxi
mately two years, during the latter
half of which period the mother was
engaged in a legal battle to recover
her offspring, she was supposed to
haw returned to Portland, where the
child would remain under tihe juris
diction of the juvenile court of that
countv, but the court is unable to lo
cate either. ,
On Monday Mr. and Mrs. Grant
went to the metropolis with a view
to inducing Judge Cleeton to give
back to them the custody of their
ward of two years, but were disap
pointed in finding that both the moth
er and the child had disappeared.:
Their whereabouts could not be ascer
tained, but an investigation is under
way and the matter will doubtless be
terreted out wit'lun a tew days. There
is a strong probability that Mrs. Bow
era and the child are secreted in
Washington, in which case further
litigation may follow if the juvenile
court would continue to insistl upon
its rights in the premises. Mr. and
Mrs. Grant went to Portland to con
test before the juvenile court for pos
session ot little Marion, on the ground
that they had cared for her during
the past two years, providing her with
all the comforts of a home, thus mak
ing her happy and contented.
Dogs Must Be Leashed.
The practice of permitting dogs to
run at large in Dallas after nighh-
fall must be stopped, says Marshal
Chase, who purposes to see that the
city ordinance pertaining thereto is
rigidly enforced. Dogs that are tied
up during the daytime are, in some
cases, permitted their freedom after
it becomes dark, and ttiose citizens
who follow this practice henceforth
are liable to prosecution.
Heavy Rainfall Causes Overflow of
Several Streams, Damaging Prop
erty in Some Instances.
Local Basket Shooters Will Flay
Many Important Games.
The Dallas basketball team is pre
paring for a strenuous isjeason of
playing in which it will meet some of
the best (earns in the northwest, and
perhaps several very good eastern
teams. The big games scheduled al
ready are those with the Washington
State college team, sometime in the
latter part of January, and the Uni
versity of Idaho on February 10. Oth
er games tentatively agreed upon are
with the university of Washington
and a crack organization from Oswe
go, New lork. which will tour through
the west during the playing season.
As tie University of Oregon has drop
ped basketball from its sportin? cal
endar for the present at least, there
will be no game here with that insti
tution, and it is not very probable that
the O. A. C. team will invade this ter
ritory this year.
Monmouth Clnb Active.
The Ladies' Civie club of Mon
mouth is one of the prime movers for
civie betterment in that community.
Only recently toe ladies successfully
conducted a movement to provide gar
bage cans to catch the refuge along
tbe main streets. The cans have been
purchased and set about town, and
are doing a great deal of good in
keeping tbe streets free from ordi
nary trash.
Planning Next Sales Day.
The next public Sales day, which
will be held on the last Saturday in
January, will be made the most con
spicuous of any of these events yet
held. Manager Loughary will com
mence the promotion of the January
Sales day with the opening of the
month, and that he will be able to
create much greater enthusiasm
among the farmers of the county is
a foregone conclusion.
High water caused consternation
among travelers on the roads about
the county the first of the week, and
property damage resulted from the
overflow trom rivers iand streams in
Jditterent parts. The most serious
property damage done by the heavy
rains was when the Falls City dam
bursted on Tuesday, resulting in a
heavy loss for its owner, Claud Elli
son, formerly of Dallas. The dam
holds back a water supply for the
operation of the electrical power ma
chinery that lights Falls City, and its
breaking will be heavily felt bv resi
dents there as soon as the high waiter
lias subsided. The dam was torn out
when a heavy log rammed' uhrousrh
it, and it will hardly be possible to
reconstruct the affair until the water
reaches its low level sometime next
summer. It may be that Mr. Elli
son will arrange to install an engine
to continue the sen-ice of electrical
energy. While the water remains at
the" persent high mark the electric
light and power plant will not be
Wear Rickreall the banks of the
Rickreall overflowed and inundated
the roadway for a distance of one
half mile. The water was hub high
on a large automobile on Tuesday in
the vicinity of the Mouslon hop yard
below Rickreall. Within a short dis
tance of Monmouth the slough filled
and overflowed, covering the road over
two or three hundred feet. Travel
was extremely difficult through this
water, but it did nob remain long on
the roads. In the McCoy neighbor
hood, and in several other parts of
the county where there are streams,
the roads were covered, knee deep in
many places, after the heavy rains.
It is reported from the Lewisville
neighborhood that the Big Luckia-
mute is on a rampage and that its
torrents are tearing through and over
much valuable property. The water
of the Big Luckiamute is said to be
higher at the present time than it has
been since 1908. At I alls City red
lanterns were placed on a bridge to
warn travelers of the danger from the
high water and swift current that
threatened the bridge with destruc
tion at any moment. .
The United States Will Have Anoth
er Citizen in Near Future.
With the assistance of County
Clerk Robinson The Observer was
able to learn on Tuesday that Pana
giotus Papagcou goopof os of Mideas,
Geibesi county, Greece, had declared
his intention of allying himself with
hosts of his countrymen under the
stary banner and imposing protec
torate of the United States of Ameri
ca. That name is spoken in Dallas,
where the gentleman makes his home,
as Peter Pappas, which for obvious
reasons, including sympathy for the
reader, we prefer to use. Peter Pap
pas, employed as a laborer in Dallas,
came to the United States from Nav-
plion, Greece, and has lived in Polk
county for some time. The fact that
many friends with whom he has here
been associated have become citizens
of the United States caused him to
appear at the office of the county
clerk to declare his intention of be
coming one of us. Pappas is the
Americanization tor the man's real
Was But Recently United in Marriage
to Mrs. Christiana Fellows Par
ticulars Concerning Sad De
mise Are Meager.
Pastor Will Resign.
Rev. Mr. Berchitt of the Indepen
dence Presbyterian ohurch, has an
nounced that he will soon resign his
local pastorate to take up missionary
work in South America. He has been
pastor there for one year, his efforts
being very successtul.
Ensign E. Howes of Dallas, vice
president of the Union Pacific Life
Insurance company, passed away sud
denly at the Imperial hotel in Port
land at 4 o'clock this morning.
Series of Stories in Seattle Building
Record Said to Originate in
Dramatic Club at Work.
The Dallas Dramatic club will start
earnest work on the preparation of
the play with which to open the new
Orpheum theater in the near future.
The east has been assembled several
times to assign remaining parts and
to read over the manuscript One
evening next week the cast will get
together again with the idea of com
pleting study and practice as soon os
possible, and rehearsals may be start
ed within another week.
Great Money Spending
Contest Nears Close
Christmas shopping is in full blast
in Dallas today, and the idle man can
find plenty of entertainment in just
watching it as it goes on. There is
the shy young man who hopes for
something before the next Christmas.
He is entering a jewelry store be
cause he thinks it would be almost
sacrilege on his part to dare to pur
chase anv article of clothing such as
might suit his divinity. He is break
ing himself, but he is meditating all
the time that when he makes the gift
he will do it in a careless way just as
though he was in the habit of doing
such things every day.
There is the young lady. She is in
tent on something; she is hesitating
between neckties and fine linen hand
kerchiefs; she is looking furtively at
pins that would fit a scarf and she is
saving to nerselr, ir Clarence will
only keep his word I will be out of
this trouble a year hence.
There is the old man and woman
fixing up to fill a whole row of stock
ings on Christmas eve, and they are
as mvstenous about it when around
borne as ever a banker is when once
in a great while he loans some impe
cunious citizen $7.25 without ortho
dox collateral.
There are tbe boys in the family
that behind a warehouse somewhere
are counting their money and trying
to estimate how many million dollars
worth of goody-goodies they ean pur
chase for mamma for that amount
of money. There are brother and sis
ter gifts being purchased. There is
the anxious looking lady doing her
shopping with the thought in mind
that she has one hundred and seven
outside friends tbat are not worth a
dollar apiece to whom she most send
presents ranging all tbe way from
three dollars to fourteen dollars, and
she is in perfect humor when she
reaches home to denounce to her hus
band the high cost of living.
There is another class who hold
that Christmas gifts must not depend
upon the cost but in the taste dis
played in securing them, knowing lull
well that some man would preier
small gift or a flower together with a
smile rather than an expensive gilt,
There are wt.vs, good nnd line, who.
to show their own selt-sacnnce, are
buying each a box of cigars for the
lord and master at home. They be
lieve thev are buying the best in the
market and do not know that if the
husband smokes them the next thing
needed in the house will be a eaak-t,
full size.
And so they go. All intent on n
holv purpose, all wishing it was over;
all except a few. There are a few
that wish it would eome every day.
especially the demure young lady who
is hesitating whether to buy a neck
tie or a pin for it, or both. Or the
young man who has ignored cigars
for a month and smoked a loud old
pipe just to have the currency ready
to buy the Christmas present, and he
is all the time wondering if there
ever was just such another girl in all
the world as the one who ha3 taken
pity on him.
It is a great custom. It has been
going on many and many a year. We
suspect it will keep going on so lonT
as fathers and mothers love their
children, so long as children love
their fathers and mothers, so long as
brothers love their sisters or the tit
ters of some other brothers, and so
long as sisters have beans so targe
that they can take in tbe whole far.v
ilv and still hate enough left for the
young man who waits until just after
dusk before he skulks in with a hope
in his heart very much like that in
the heart of the genuine L V. W,
that he will get something priocUw
for next to nothing.
That interests opposed to the build
ing of a concrete bridge across the
Willamette river at Salem, doubtless
representatives of coast steel compan
ies, are originating in Portland and
sending to Seattle for publication in
the Seattle Building Record a series
of stories criticizing the Marion and
Polk county courts for the method
used in calling for bids on the bridge.
is the opinion of a Salem man, who
has been closely associated with the
two courts in the preliminary ar
"The stories in the Seattle publi
cation," said this man, "have been
published with the apparent) purpose
of stifling competition. The . result
has been that both concrete and steel
builders have been cornmunicatuig
with Salem asking if there is any
thing in the reports that tbe counties
are going to give up the competitive
"The stories that have been given
publication claim that the time limit
allowed for submitting bids is too
short and that the $1000 fee for the
plans selected is too small. The reg
ulation rate is 2Va per cent of the
cost of the structure with an addi
tional 2 per cent if field supervis
ion is to be handled by the engineer.
"Representatives of coast steel
companies met the Polk county court
at Dallas and argued in tavor or a
smaller roadway than has been plan
ned, a lighter loading and a highel
structure. Should one of these com
panies be given the contract it would
insist upon the engineering bids com
plying with its own plans and speci
fications and would cause all other
bids to be thrown out. It would give
the company control of the whole sit
uation, including the financial. The
people of the two counties are willing
to spend money for the bridge, but
they want every dollar to go into the
bridge itself. This policy, however,
meets the opposition of the steel
trust. statesman.
Rock Creek Voters Asks For Polling
Place There.
The matter of changing the boun
daries of several of the voting pre
cincts in Polk county will eome be
fore the county court at its next meet
ing, to be held January 5. No action
was taken on this at the December
term of court. The West Salem pre
cinct is too extensive, according to
some who live too distant from the
polling place to take an interest in
voting. There sire more than the lim
it of voters in this precinct, and it is
one of the several that will probably
be changed. The Bridgeport precinct
is another of those whose boundaries
are too far apart for the convenience
of the majority. Tbe Bridgeport pre
cinct will probably be divided so that
part of the voters in the Bridgeport
district will be able to east their
votes in one of the Monmouth pre
cincts. A petition has been received
by the county court asking for the
creation of a precinct in tbe vicinity
of Rock Creek, in the extreme south
western part of the county, where
there are a number of voter who
cannot exercise their right of fran
chise because of the distance to the
polls. The petition will be aeted np-
at tbe January meeting of the
county court
The orchestra of Independence will
give a Christmas ball at that place
tomorrow night
Mr. Howes and his wife, who was
formerly Mrs. Christena E. Fellows,
wentl to Portland early Wednesday to
do Christmas shopping, and on Thurs
day, Mrs. Howes telephoned the in
formation to friends here that her
husband had taken suddenly ill and
was confined to his room in the hotel,
with a trained nurse in attendance.
Shortly after four o'clock this morn
ing the nurse called friends here to
say that he had died. She did not
state the cause of death. When Mr.
Howes left Dallas on Wednesday ho
was apparently in perfect health, and
the only cause of death that would
seem reasonable in the absence of bet
ter information is that he had
ptomaine poisoning. It is said that
he had been subject to slight attacks
of Btomach trouble for several years.
Mr. Howes was a native or Massa
chusetts and was fifty years of age.
He had been well known in Dallas for
five years, as he was a frequent visit
or at the home of Mrs. Fellows, Whom
he married at Portland on November
9 of this i year. The couple had re
turned only a week or two ago from
an extended wedding journey through
California and southern states and
were making their home in Dallas.
Mr. Howes attended to his duties as
vice-president of the Union Pacific
Life Insurance company by making
frequent trips to Portland, and on
Wednesday combined a business and
pleasure trip in going to his Port
land offices. Mi", i and Mrs. Howes
were to return to Dallas last even
ing, and called friends in the after
noon to say that their return would
be delayed until tonight because of
Mr. Howes' sickness. Mrs; Howes
has sCnt for her only child, Mrs.
Marshall of Lyle, Wash., and she is
to arrive in Portland today to bring
any possible comfort to her bereaved
mother. Mrs. Marshall accompanied
her mother and Mr. Howes on their
recent wedding trip.
Pension for ex-Slave Sought. -
Representative Hawley of the first
district of Oregon, has introduced a
bill in congress to pension Lou
Southworth, an old negro ex-slave,
who fought in the Rogue River nnd
other Indian wars in the pioneer days
of this state. ' He was purchasing his
freedom from his master when the
Civil war gave him his freedom and
he never received a receipt for the
money paid. The bill introduced by
Mr. Hawley would pay him a pension
of $20 a month.
Milt Grant Cuts Hand.
Milt Grant, rural mail carrier, near
ly lost a little finger on Wednesday,
when his hand slipped and struck the
edge of an axel greese can. The lit
tle linger hung only by the skin, but
will probably be saved es a result of
prompt surgical attention. The pain
fully injury did not keep Mr. Grant
from bis duties.
Mrs. Coad's Niece Dead.
Mrs. Julian Byrd of Burns, Oregon,
a former Dallas resident and a niece
of Mrs. F. J. Coad, died on Monday
at her eastern Oregon home. Mrs.
Byrd had been under treatment at
Portland hospitals for several weeks.
but failed to recover from the attack.
Mr. Byrd, who survives his wife, is the
editor of one of the papers at Burns.
Expense Money Cot Off.
Delegates who may be elected to
the different national party conven
tions for the nomination of presiden
tial candidates must pay their own
expenses in attending the conventions
next year, es the old law allowing
them f-'"0 each was repealed bv the
last legislature.
Epidemic of La Grippe. ,
An epidemic of la grippe is preva
lent throughout Western Oregon and
several deaths from that cause are
reported from Portland and Salem.
The general health condition in Dallas
is good. The "grip" has not invad
ed this city to any extent.
K. of P. Plar Soon.
Fred West informs The Observer
that the Knights of Pythias will stage
a play yet to be selected soon after
the presentation of tbe one to be giv
en by the Dallas Dramatis company
next month. The committee in charge
of the arrangements consists of Fred
West, Lew. A. Cates and John. Sibley.