Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927, September 26, 1916, Image 1

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Itj Be Given T.'At Consid-
at He"J:'i in Dallas
OctoW 7Ji.
ing that the West Side high-
;ween Portland and fcugene,
through the important een-
it of the Willamette river, xb
in much consideration at
ids of the state highway eotm-
as any other road, a large
'lusiastie representat,v'U from
i-pinl hndiro; met in AcMinn-
nt Saturdav nurht and formu-
flans for securing a portion of
lersl appropriation m vregon
completion of this road. The
betwen Portland ana Jmi-
12 n "en shorter this way
way of the East Side route,
lore ed scenery ana wiau
1 i oeep, and it was the
K'' ' 'ntiraent of the MeMinn
jf that the West Side as
I the East Side should share in
Jppropnaition for a permanent
Barry out the plans a committee
imifld to draft resolutions for a
r -
ent organization, and the next
ig of the association is to be
Dallr" m Saturday, October
Andr?-s Uuir of Dallas is a
er of ' e committee. ' -
sent act by congress provides
f e Aution of road lunds in
, ti afiia , TimvirlAd tliA fltllt.es
, t
kit amount each year which is
r,- -
to the government appropria
. f!i VimMinc nf trunk hiirh
Tlie federal appropriation for1
x)unts to about $8,uuu tor
year, tod this amount will
size over a period or live
king $156,000 next year,
ihe third year, and so on.
!an of the association to in
e various counties in which
it hi li-ways will be built in
.;riations for the fund,
e is at present no state legis
nrovidinff for this fund. Of
lias amount Will be expended
the entire state. 1 as the trunk
am built, each countv sharing in
hwt uroDortion according to the
lag-e of trunk line it builds.
be MeMinnville meeting was at-
livi hv Cnuntv Commissioner Ru-
fo. Hokr .n of Multnomah county,
f rha, -: arut W R. Chandler
BPortland, State Treasurer Thos.
of f 'em and other prominent
Mr i men of. the Willamette
fry. l.e Dallas representatives m-
l Andrew Muir, Walter JVluir,
V. Fuller, Frank Coad, C. L.
Dr. MeCallon, Dr. Starbucfe, C.
rg, R. U. Steelquist, WWter
b !1, " Junlge H. H. Belt, Cscar
!' r, J. R. Craven, Ernest MoCal
Vaido Finn and E. J. Himes.
he committee of five which will
ft resolutions for the permanent
anization of a West Side highway
sasts of Norman I Hayes of Cor-
Rufus O. Holman of Portland,
B. Muir of Dallas, C. L. Tipard
Tigard and W. T. Vinton of Mc
tmviile. Wm. Macy of McMinn
e was presiding officer at the meet
:. Representatives from all the im-
fc-tant communities on the st
Be were present.
frhe permanent highway proposed
to extend out of .Portland tnrougu
bard, Rex, Newberg, Dundee, La-
frette, St. Joseph, MeMjnnville,
fliitoson, Amity, Perrydale, DallaA
fcnmnntb, Independence, Corvallis
1 will connect with the East Side
t J at Eugene, both roads at that
.-e joining the Faeihe highway.
Come To Dallas Soon.
"We urn makin? a pretty Rood
hp, but are expecting to eome out
re as sooa as we can sell out,
'tee R. Gottsehalk from .Winters,
to Charles Bilyen of the Htf
ill. Gottsehalk is a cotton grow
i itl t wants to eome to Oregon
1 fe. I e .visited here recently and
1 DuI'.-js. Mr. Gottsehalk sent
cotton bolls for exhibition pur-
rested Saturday in Portland by Dep
uty Sheriff Ward of Multnomah coun
ty on a wan-ant charging him with
rape against Dollie Reynolds, 15, ibis
sister-in-law. Deputy Sheriff Hooker
followed Airs. Hamilton to Portland
and telegraphed Sheriff Hurl hurt to
have a man at the Jefferson street de
pot to arrest Hamilton when lie came
to meet his wife. Hamilton was lodg
ed in the Multnomah county jail and
Hooker brought his man to Dallas
Sunday morning. Hamilton pleaded,
"not guilty" before Justice of the!
Peace Holman Sunday afternoon and
was remanded to jail. Yesterday lie
endeavored to secure an attorney. He
will probably be given a preliminary
hearing before Justice of the Peace
Holman this morning. At the time
of the alleged offense, June 30 Hum-
llton and his wife were living at the
Reynolds home.
Expert Bridge Engineer Will Makt
Report on His Findings in
a Few Days.
Two Members Disagree on Higher
Assessment for V. & S.
T .2im House Bonn,
home of T. L. Williams, two
e-kalf miles from Falls City
tmyed by fire Wednesday. In-
of $500 was earned on the
and $300 on the furniture of
r. the resident
j-nn'. Is, 15, AceoMa Brother
la Law of Crime. -KanUHoo
of Ball&too was ar-
A petition from S. H. McElmurry
to the board of equalization asking
that the assessment of the 28 miles
of the Valley & Siletz Railway com
pany, roadway and trackage, be rais
ed from $19,140 to $150,000, has been
disallowed by the board of equaliza
tion. The two members able to be
present, County Clerk Robinson and
County Assessor Meyers, disagreed.
In the petition comparative figures
of other valley railways were
given. The petition recited that 43.
95 miles of the Salem, Falls City &
Western is assessed at $300,941, road,
trackage and rolling stock; the Ore
gon & California railway, $509,650 oa
33.28 miles. Taking off 20 per cent
for rolling stock (the Valley & Siletz-
has no rolling stock), the as
sessment per mile of the Salera, Falls
City & Western is $5,600 a mile; the
Oregon & California railway (ain
hill division) is $12,000 a mile; the
Independence & Monmouth railway:
$3,000 a mile. The petition prayed for
an assessment of $5,400 a mile for
the Valley & Siletz and added that
this is a fair assessment inasmuch as
the roadway and trackage is entirely
new- and- modern,- "
Rev. Bennett Is Nearest Dallas Has
to "Marrying Parson."
Three in one hour Saturday after
noon is Rev. G. H. Bennett's end of
the week record. He finished strong.
The three knots tied were: Leo. J.
Clements and Miss Edna Holmes of
Dallas. E. D. Crook of Monmouth and
Eva Harris, and Adrian J. Dickin
son of Independence and Miss Verna
Linn. The first ceremony was per
formed in the new Clements home,
Mill and Levens streets, the wedding
march being played by little Cleo.
Guy Dalton. The other two were sol
emnized in the Methodist Episcopal
Prominent Goatmen Visit.
A. C. Gage, editor of The Angora
Journal, and Dr. Parker, of Portland
visited in Polk county over the week
end. Dr. Parker formerly lived near
Phoenix, Arizona and had between
4,000 and 5,000 in his herds. He is
now looking over the Oregon country
and has decided to engage in the goat
business here on as large a scale as he
did in Arizona. He says Polk county
looks uhe best of all to him. U. S.
Grant believes Polk has a good ohance
of getting Dr. Parker to come here.
Roscoe Ballantyne Leaves.
Roscoe Ballantyne, Southern Pa
eilio roundhouse employe, plans to
leave October 1 for Ashland, where
be has 'been transferred by the rail
road company. The reason for the;
transfer is Mr. Ballantyne 's health.
Mrs. Ballantyne will Dot leave im
Another Good Oats Crop.
James Glover of near Whiteson
was in Amity Wednesday. When we
asked him about his crops he smiled
with a broad smile. His spring oats
weighed 103 bushels to the acre and
his other grains turned out equally
well. Amity Standard.
To Set Court Cases.
September 29th has been designat
ed by Circuit Judge Belt when de
murrers will be heard and eases set
for trial at the fall term of the eir
eoit court which convenes on October
2nd. A number of naturalization pe
titions will eome op for final hearing
on the first day of court
WiR Attend Convention.
TJ. S. Great, president of the Na
tional Mohair Growers' association
will attend the convention in Galves
ton, Texas, December 5. Mrs. Grant
may go with him.
Present indications point to care
lessness and poor workmanship on
the part of the contractors as the
cause of the collapse of the Inde
pendence bridge last week. Such is
the preliminary report of Prof. C. B.
McCullougli, expert bridge engineer
of the Oregon Agricultural college,
who examined the wrecked structure
in detail last Saturday. He 'lias not
yet made complete report of his find
ings, but it is expected this will be
forthcoming in a few days. The ac
tion of the county court in the mat
ter will be based largely on this re
Tobin and Stevens, the contractors,
are said to blame the accident to a
poor quality of cement, and it is also
said that they have signified' their in
tention of "doing the right thing."
Just what they mean by this, 'howev-
01', leaves considerable doubt, as the
phrase would "cover a multitude of
sins. "
In the contract which was entered
into between the county court and
the contractors, Tobin & Stevens of
Portland, on the 31st of last May a
provision appears as follows:
"The contractor will be held re
sponsible for the faithful execution
of the work in accordance with the
specifications. Any defective work
that may be discovered by the en
gineer or his appointees before tlie fi
nal acceptance or before final pay
ment shall have been made, shall be
removed and replaced by work and
materials which shall confirm to the
spirit of the specifications; and- the
fact that the inspector or other per
son in charge may have overlooked
snch defective work shall not consti-
Crusher and Bunkers Probably Will
Be Placed on City Property at
- Foot of Jefferson.
Tlie bridge had not been accepted
by the county court at the time of
its collapse, although it had been paid
for in full ($6300). The contract be
tween the county court and the con
tractors provided that payments
could be made monthly as work on
the bridge progressed until 85 per
cent of it had been paid for, leaving
(he balance to be due after accep
tance of the bridge.
It was further stipulated in the
contract that "The contractor agrees
to assume all risks for accidents or
damage that may accrue to persons or
property during the prosecution of
the work under these specifications
by reason of negligence or careless
ness of himself, his agents or em
The contract was drawn up in ac
cordance with Multnomah county
plans and specifications for concrete
bridges, and .the bridge itself was
almost an exact duplicate of the
Bertha bridge in the northern part of
that county.
City Fathers Consider Location of
Rock Crasher and Bunkers Sat
urday at Special Meeting.
That hope springs eternal in the
human breast was evidenced by the
eagerness with which. Dallas listened
to Roadmaster McCann of the south
ern Pacific Saturday night. Mr. Mc
Cann. was present to 'speak to the
council as to the request of the South
ern Pacific company in regard to the
improvement of Birch street
"We do not want to make a com
plete improvement at this time,"
said Mr. McCann, "as there is no
telling but that we might want to
tear up our lines here within year
or two to electrify." His words did
electrify the couneilmen. Mr. Mc
Cann went on to explain that electri
fication means a lot of expense and
requested permission of the council
for an incomplete improvement of
Birch street until such time as per
manent improvement could be made.
Tbe eotmcU granted the request
Under the temporary improvement
the Southern Paeifie will macadamize
Birch street 14 feet from each curb.
At a special meeting Saturday
night the city council authorized the
removal of the EUendale rock quarry
machinery to Dallas. Work started
Two sites have been considered 'by
the couneilmen, for the city's crush
er and bunkers to be placed to re
ceive rock from the Falls City quar
ry: one on the Spaulding Logging
company's land across the Levens
street bridge and the other in the
Southern Pacific yards. Definite ac
tion on the selection of a site will
be taken at a special meeting of the
council tomorrow night. Yesterday
morning the mayor and couneilmen
inspected the Southern Pacifio yard
site and this seems to have the pref
erence. The distance from tbe Le
vens street place to the city would be
a greater inconvenience than the un
avoidable delays in hauling which
will occur at the Southern Pacific
It is pretty certain tihat electric
power will be used for the crusher.
Enlarged bunkers will be built 'and a
spur, 460 feet long, constructed. The
plant will be ready for spring street
Graveling Road.
The graveling of the Dallas-Falls
City road, on its uncompleted part
near the Hugh Smith ranch, two miles
west of town, is rapidly progressing
and will be finished in a short time
Tflie half-mile stretch which is now
being graveled is the only portion of
the entire eight miles which has not
been surfaced and with its comple
tion the highway between these two
cities will be one of the best in the
, The Southern Pacific examination
car, which makes the rounds of the
system about once each two years',
arrived in Dallas Sunday and will re
main until tomorrow morning. Dur
ing its stop here it will examine all
employes of the company who are in
any way connected with the operating
department, Including lagents, telef
graph operators, engineers, conduct
ors, brakemen, firemen, hostlers, etc.
The car is in charge of W. F. Nich
ols, whose special car accompanies it
and who has been connected with this
work for the Southern Pacifio for
more than twelve years.
Hill Land Makes Big Yield.
Al Stow, farming the upper, hill
land of the Boise farm at EUendale
reports a yield of 500 sacks of oats
from 40 acres. The sacks weigh 100
pounds and contain three bushels.
Some agriculturists have said that
the Boise hill land would not pro
duce good crops but Mr. Stow offers
his yield in evidence.
Train Arrived at 8:45 Last Night.
Officers and Men Are Tanned
And Happy.
Company L, Oregon National
Guard, officers and men, returned to
Dallas last night after a three
months' absence. As a part of the
federal body of troops of the Third
Infantry, U. S. A., Company L has
been at Camp Withycombe and Cal
ifornia points since June 19.
The Southern Pacific train which
returned the soldiers to Dallas arriv
ed at 8:45 last night Though the
train was over an hour late a erowd
of about 500 people waited for its
arrival. The company fell in line at
the depot behind an escort of the G.
A R. and marched to Court, to Main,
to Mill, to Church for dismissal at
the armory. At twelve last night
they ceased to he members of the
Third Oregon Infantry, U. . and
became eitizen soldiers again, mem
bers of the new federalized national
guard. At nine this morning the
company reassembled for cheeking of
ordnance and equipment
One hundred per cent was Co in
to Captain Stafrin and the corns and
non-coms of Company L. It is said
that a number of the men had decided
not to re-enlist.
This would have eliminated Com
pany L as the government has ruled
that bodies of troops must take the
new oath en bloe. When the argument
was put to the men that to refuse to
re-enlist would be throwing down
their captain there was no hesitancy.
Tlhere, then, was no refusal.
Wednesday evening the women of
the Patriotic league will hold an in
formal reception in the armory for
the boys. Because of Mayor Kirk
Patrick's presence at a special meet
ing of the council ex-Mayor J. R,
Craven will preside. Judge H. H.
Belt will deliver the address of wel
come. The men of company L will
respond. There will be good music
and refreshments.
Books Will Be Open But Eleven
More Days.
The registration books in the coun
ty clerk's office will close in just 11
Have you registered f
There has been but little registra-
lton of voters since the re-opening
of the books after the May primaries.
It is estimated that no more than
200 have registered, and of this num
ber practically two-thirds were Re
The total number of registered
electors in Polk county April 18 was
5964. This is subdivided as follows:
Republicans, 3521, diivded among the
men and women as follows: men,
2102; women, 1419. Democrats, 1865:
men, 1084; women, 781. Prohibition,
196; Socialist, 156; Progressive, 30;
miscellaneous, 195.
The normal Republican majority is
approximately 600. According to the
registration figures the majority is
1656. This indicates many democrats
registered as Republicans. The total
mlale registration in Polk county is
3457; female, 2507. ! . s. : -
Aside from a few voters registered
as Republicans, but who are now and
always have been Democrats at heart,
the Republican vote in Polk county
will -go almost -solidly- for Hughes.
Hughes should carry the county by a
little better than the normal majori
ty. Defections to Wilson from the
Republican column are more than
made up by the additions to the
Hughes movement of Democrats,
many of them formerly Democratic
leaders here.
Among the Republican women of
tliis section there is an enthusiasm in
favor of Hughes that is most notice
able. They are proudly wearing
Hughes buttons, and are doing much
work for the ticket. Democratic hopes
that "Ihe kept us on of war" would
influence these women to vote for
Wilson has veen blasted.
The registration figures above also
indicate that practically all the Pro
gressives have returned to the Repub
lican fold.
The second annual sale of the Polk
County Jersey Breeders' club will be
held at Independence on Tuesday,
October 10th, when almost a hundred
head' of the highest class of register
ed Jersey cattle in Polk county will
be put upon the block. The sale will
be in charge of the president of the
association, W. 0. Morrow and Col. J.
W). Hughes, well-Jaiown auctioneer
of Forest Grove, will cry it.
The animals which are to be offer
ed are selections from the breeders'
herds of Polk county, which of course
insures they are the best in the west,
end are such cattle as were seen by .
thousands at the county fair here
last week. They are in no wise culls
from a consigner's herd, but are all
(surplus high class animals, among
which are registered cows of merit
(hat have made their records with
plain dairyman's care.
Manager .Morrow states that in
quiries have been coming in rapidly
of late regarding the sale and cata
logs are now being mailed out. The
buyers will find a fine lot of animals
offered and these who attend will re
ceive a hearty welcome.
It is the plan of the breeders to
hold a sale every year. The first
annual sale was held in 1915 and
was the greatest Jersey sale in re
cent years in tlie west. This year
eighty-five head of cattle have beet)
consigned and they are from some
of the best producing blood in the
northwest, and these breeders put
their good names behind their con
signments. The consignors to the
dale are well known to Polk county
and western Oregon people, and ac
counts of their herds have appeared
in these columns frequently.
The railroad tracks will be in theipany L's answer to the request of
center with a sloping, 14-ineh, open the government to enroll in tbe new
ditch on either side for drainage. national guard. It is a signal honor
Republican- Body, With Auxiliary, to
Make Campaign Plans.
A general meeting of the Republi
can county central committee, to
gether with the woman's auxiliary,
has been called by Chairman J. C.
Talbott, to be held in the circuit room
in Dallas Saturday afternoon, Sep
tember 30, at one o'clopk. Plane for
the ensuing campaign will be laid,
and thereafter tbe campaign opened.
The woman s auxiliary will also be
permanently organized, the officers
will be elected, and committees ap
pointed. Chairman Talbott was in
Dallas Monday and made all arrange
ments for the meeting. Personal no
tices are being sent by the secretary
to all members of the committee. A
large attendance is expected. Repub
lican county central committee head
quarters will be opened the first of
October in room 22, Dallas National
bank building. Campaign literature
will be kept at headquarters in plen
tiful supply, and Chairman Talbott
and Secretary Macken will make it a
point to be present as much as pos
sible during the campaign. Chairman
Talbott has made an investigation of
political conditions extending over
much of the county and is highly
gratified at the enthusiastic support
being given Hughes and the whole
republican ticket
Miss Robertson Recovered.
Miss Maude Robertson has recover
ed frem her recent severe attack of
throat trouble and is able to receive
visitors. Miss Robertson haa been
sick about four weeks.
Is Second Annual Event of Jersey
Breeders' Club 85 Head of
Thoroughbreds Up.
Will Attend Annual Conference of
Oregon Methodists.
Rev. G. H. Bennett left this morn
ing for Lebanon to attend the sixty-
fourth session, Oregon annual con
ference of the Methodist Episcopal
church, which opens tomorrow morn
ing and continues through Monday.
Mr. Bennett will preside tomorrow
evening, when the anniversary board
of home missions and church exten
sion meets. A. G. Kynett, D. D.,
Philadelphia, secretary of the church
extension work will speak, tomorrow
evening, on "America, the Strategic
Battleground of Christianity;" Ed
gar Blake, D. D., Chicago, secretary
of Sunday school extension, will take
his subject, "The New Sunday
School Movement" Mr. Bennett u
a member of the examining board
and the committee on education, two
of the most important bodies in the
Among tbe prominent Methodists
who will participate are: Mathew
Simpson Hughes, D. D., L. I D.,
bishop; J. W. McDougall, D. D., dis
trict superintendent; J. T. Abbett,
D. D., district superintendent; U.
J. Van Fossen, D. D., district super
intendent; T. B. Ford, D. D., district
Buperintendent; Walton Skipwortty
D. D., pastor.
Motorcyclist Fined,
Fritz Helzinger, a mechanic em
ployed at the Espee car repair shops,
was fined $5 by Judge Gregory Sat
urday for motorcycle speeding.
Coulter Suet Plaster.
A foreclosure of chattel mortgage
suit has been filed by W. R. Coulter
against Ed. Plaster.
Party For Mist Holmes.
Mrs. Ida Mans ton was hostess Fri
day night at a party for Miss Edna
Holmes, bride-elect.
Polk eounty people going to
the state fair this week are
requested to take bouquets of
flowers along for use in decor
ating the Polk eounty booth.
The bouquets should be deliv
ered to Mrs. Winnie Braden.
Yellow and purple flowers are
preferred as these are the eol-
ore of the booth. Citizens who
are not going to the state fair
but who do wish to assist in
making Polk's exhibit attrae-
tive to the eye are asked to
leave flowers at Fuller's Phar-
maey. Tbe flowers will be for-
warded from there to Mrs.