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DALLAS, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1916
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: CHILDREN CAT"
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Stiunp or 1
2t 0. A. C.
y on-" .vh of the 250 prizes
, to j neniles at last week's
1 t v. aa won by Polk young-Iw-t
content witU sweeping ev-
jing before them in the juvenile
club exhibits some of the clnl-
entercd into the general corm-
lon and won. Two Polk boys,
(by Stump and T '.win Brown,
icularly, were r rded.
e prize winn i yere: poultry,
gh Middleton, first on ducks,
leghorns; Varttaa Brown, Bee-
n white U;, boras; Willie Mackie,
on white leghorns; Delbert
'e, first in brown leghorns; Frank
. second in brown leghorns; Rus-
tAlsip, first in chickens, club pro
i Block Mimoroas; Russell Alsip,
pi in turkeys, club work. Beth
ra received first in canning, club
:t; Eleanor Portwood, second in
mg, club project ; Jiari cooley,
on dairy herd record, club pro-
Joe Jennings, first jn juvenile
ltd baking; KazeL Bursell, first in
jjnile jelly, three glasses ; Marie
jH 1 second jn juvenile jeiiy, uiree
t, (ses; Ester M. Winters, third in
fmile jelly, three glasses; Hazel
Jgl jkell, second in home heautiflca
It l club project; Levi McKee, first
ked box apples; Hussell Alsip,
in juvenile potatoe entries; Al
Hieke, first in potatoes, club
ect; Orville Embree, fourtfh in
itoes, club project; Edwin Brown,
in gram seed production, club
ect; May McDonald, first in ju-
Ble t md and inachine-niade dress;
in . Elliott, second in hand and
feL made d -ess; Wanda Elliott
& i hand i oda apron ; Bertha
firtit 1.1 club baking; Ray-
1 in- sabbage; Cecil
. in cabbage; Del Alex
i Middleton, third, class
l e; Doraey Edwards,
age; Violet Hatfield,
i re; .Frederick Hardt,
t n ierwuae Jiarat, lourtn
y s; .ord Calkins, class A,
t i in pumpkins; Williaim Ed-
pie 'pumpkins; John
, ; in pie pumpkins; Carl
it in class B, watermel-
ti Bursell, third in class
ms; Clarence Loy, fourth
J, watermelons; Albert
nd in class A; Homer Bivr
in class A, watermelons;
loy, fourth, in watermel
'4, Elliott, second in fruit
Ae canning, juvenile; Le-
third in fruit and cam-
e; Kenneth Bursell, third
ish; John Jones, fifth in
; Gilbert Loy, second in
ley Nelson, third in
aware 'he was to be changed from
Dallas to some other point, and in
asking tltat Springfield be made the
choice of the next meeting he did so
because he did not wish to saddle a
big convention of this kind upon a
new man here. Had Rev. Bennett re
mained in Dallas this city would, with
out doubt, have been host to 200 or
more Oregon ministers next fall.
Fire Does $30 Damage.
Fire at the J. C. Gross farm home
on Red Prairie, 10 miles north of here
and 7 miles. south of Sheridan, last
week Wednesday did damage to the
amount of $30 in the kitchen before
it was discovered. The fire was
thought to have started from live to
bacco ashes which fell into a drawer
in the dutch kitchen the evening be
fore. The family was awaked at four
in the morning by smoke and put out
the blaze before it bad spread to any
extent. A. V. R. Snyder was out
yesterday and adjusted the loss, a
few cents less than $30.
Reports Cabbage Plentiful.
Felix Comegys brought in a wagon
load of cabbage from his farm be
tween Perrydale and Ballston yester
day. He says the ton which the wag
on held, was taken from his garden
and hardly made a hole in the patch,
so plentiful is the vegetable.
INSTITUTE NEXT WEEK
TEACHERS FROM 75 SCHOOLS
WILL ATTEND MEETING.
START MILITIA DRILLS APPLE PACKING BEGINS
OFFICERS WILL CROWD IN 24 EWING BROS. BEGIN WORK AT
: BEFORE JANUARY. BARHAM WAREHOUSE.
Under Federal Government Soldiers
Are Well Paid For Practices.
Payment After 24 Meetings
Company L drilled Tuesday night
for the first time since the return
from the border. In order to com
plete 24 drills before January 1 tie
officers will call drills twice a week.
Twenty-four are required under the
direct federal supervision now in ef
fect before salary payment is made.
In salary and maintenance Com
pany h will bring into the city over
$4,000 a year. Privates receive $1
a drill night; corporals about $1.35;
sergeants about $1.87; and cooks'
about $1.87. Payment of officers has
not been announced yet but it is
thought they will receive about one
fourth of their salary in actual ser
vice. This would be about $35.25 a
month for second lieutenants; $43.75
for first lieutenants; and $50 for
START CUTTING TIMBER.
County Children Will Be Given Hol
iday for Three Days, Begin
, juve. .
flash ; 1
"lash; Pa 1 Brown, third in bird
use, home ! inidicraPt; Raleigh Mid1-
(ton, fourt-t in field, com, juvenile;
leigh Middli'ton, third in vegetable
rdening, club project; Homer Bur-
1, fourth in vegetable gardening,
l project; Irene Lewis, second in
f baking; May McDonald, fourth
club baking; Agnes Huffman,
"&rth in machine-made dress.
:V. EIirXETT TO LEAVE SOON.
Start for Klamath Falls Next
Jtev. land Mrs. Geo. H. Bennett will
u sve next week Thursday for their
IT home in Klamath Falls, Oregon,
lere Mr. Bennett will assume his
jtties as pastor of the First Metho
ds! church on Sunday, October 15th.
leir dan; '..tor, Arlene, who is teaeh
k school in the West Salem dis
.1 will spend the fore part of the
ill with them while attending the
t, ...U.) ;ncfUntA haw.
ing their residence of three
. in 1 alias, the Bennett's have
. many fast friends, who sincere-
ret 1 eir departure, but wish
t enil'i most of happiness and
in f jeir new borne.
:ie r vnt Sfethodist conference
r.ra Rev. Bennett extended an
m from Hie people of Dallas
next year's conference in this
invitation which was met
1 consideration and much ap
the deleeates. At the close
at ion, however, Mr. Ben
ped that "he had just re
rire! message" which
im to ask the convention
rfr'J be its unanimous
t ncl year's conference,
fif-tt explains that "his wire
re" was that he had become
Beginning next Monday morning at
9 o'clock teachers of the 73 school
districts in Polk county, including
more than 75 schools, will hold their
annual institute in the Dallas high
school. During the time that insti
tute is in session, Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday, all of the schools of
the county, including the Dallas city
Ischools, will be dismissed so that
teachcis may be free to attend all ses
sions of the meeting. Almost 200
teachers from all parts of the county
are expected to attend.
The program for the institute has
been announced by County School Su
perintendent Reynolds showing a list
of instructors which includes J. A.
Churchill, state superintendent, of
Salem; P. L. Campbell, president of
the University of Oregon; J. H. Ack
crman, president of the state normal,
Monmouth; Earl Kilpatrick, Univer
sity of Oregon; Frederick Berchtold,
Oregon Agricultural college; Joseph
K. Hart, Reed college, Portland ; M.
S. Pitman, state normal, Monmouth;
Miss Alice Mcintosh, state normal,
Monmouth; Miss Katie Arbuthnot,
state normal, Monmouth; S. S. Dun
can, superintendent Yamhill county,
MeMinnville; Wm.. Smith, superinten
dent Marion county, Salem; T. HI
Gentle, state normal, Monmontlh;
Miss Fox, Washington; H. C. Sey
mour, state agent club work, Corval-
lis; Mrs. H. H. Heller, boys' and
girls' aid society, Portland; L. P.
Harrington, state superintendent's of
fice, Salem; E. H. Hedrick. princi
pal Monmouth Jiigh school; Chas. H.
Jones. Oregon school journal, Salem; :
and Floyd D. Moore, supervisor, Polk
The institute work will cover morn
ing and afternoon sessions daily, be
ginning at 9 a. m. and at 1 p. m..
Departmental work under various in
structors will take up a lanre part of
each of these sessions. Evenin? ses
sions will also be held on Monday
and TiJesday. On Mondav evening
at 8 o'clock. Wm. L. Fitiley, state
biologist, will lecture on "Our Chil
dren and the Birds," at the Orpheum
theater. The lecture is to be surnle
mented by four reels of colored rac
tores on the subject. On Tuesday
evening, at the hish school auditori
um. Miss Fox of Washineton will
lecture on "The Migration of the
A number of musical selections are
to be made part of tne institute this
year. On Monday mornini. Octolier
9, Miss Edna Morrison will give
voenl solo and Miss Arlene Bennett
will sing at the afternoon session.
In the evening at 8 o'clock Miss Dor
othy Bennett will give a piano lo
as part of the illustrated lecture at
the Orpheum. On Tuesday morning
Miss Alice D. Grant will render a vo
cal solo, and Mrs. MacKenzie will
sing at the afternoon session. Mrs.
Walter L. Tooze will have a vocal so
lo at the morning session Wednesday
and Lawrence Dinneen at the fter-
Falls' City Company Put Logging
Crews to Work Monday.
Cutting of timber by the Falls City
Lumlber & Logging company, the new
owners of the former Falls City Lum
jber company, began on Monday of
this week when several logging crews
were put to work in the company's
timber, about seven miles back of
Falls City. Announcement has not
been made as to the extent of timber
to be cut this year, but it is expect
ed that train crews will soon be put
on the company's railroad to haul the,
logs to tlhe mill pond at the big Falls
City mill. It is stated that a large
quantity of the logs will be banked
until more definite arrangements lore
made for the mill's opening, and for
that purpose large derricks are now
being erected at the mill pond for-piling
the logs" as they are brought in.1
Repairs on the mill proper are also
being made, and a shay engine is be
ing overhauled and rebuilt for the
Expect to Ship Out Seven or Eight
Carloads to California and
Ewing Brothers began packing ap
ples at the Barham warehouse yes
terday morning for the Polk County
Fruitgrowers' association and are at
present employing five experienced
girls in handling the fruit for them.
This year's pack will be composed
principally of Kings, Baldwins and
Spitzenbergs, although some North
ern Spys, Ben Davis, King1 Davis,
Winter Bananas and Rome Beauties
will be boxed.
The apple crop is quite large this
season with the color good and the
quality good where orchards have had
proper eare. The quality on the
whole, however, will be that of the
Seven or eight carloads will be
packed by the firm, all of which are
shipped through the Western Oregon
Fruit Distributors' association. Some
of the apples will go to California
and the balance to eastern markets.
It is expected that it will take about
three weeks to conclude the pack, and
the first car will go out the fore part
of next week.
driver of the automobile which killed
C. S. Hatch at the corner of Main
and Washington streets early Sunday
morning, September 10, charging
Black with manslaughter. Black was
arraigned yesterday morning and the
time for entering plea was set for
Monday at 1:30 p. m. Walter L.
Tooze, Jr., has been retained to de
Visits After 30 Years.
C. E. Dickey of Suver was in Dal
las yesterday. This is his first visit
here since September, 1885, and he
reports a great change in the county
seat. Dust was knee deep when be
was here 31 years ago, he stated, and
he saw bult two places in the city
which he recalled as part of Dallas at
that time. Mr. Dickey has spent his
life in the Coast states and is at pres
ent farming in the Suver district.
Showing Polk Prunes.
The J. K. Armsby Packing company
this week shipped a quantity of the
1916 pack of Polk county prunes to
the Northwest Land Products show in
Seattle. The prunes sent for display
were of the Sun-Kist brand, packed
in 10-pounds boxes.
Grants Citizenship Papers.
Circuit Judge Belt Monday morn
ing granted citizenship papers to all
16 applicants appearing before him.
ENGINEER McCULLOUGH RE
PORTS ON BRIDGE FAILURE
Contractor and County Responsible.
Improper Mixing and Pouring of
Concrete Weakened Columns.
CAPITAL HIGHWAY IMPROVED.
Council Approves Bonds.
At a special meeting of the city
council last night bonds in the sum
of $3,328.56, to pay for the cement
sidewalk improvement in the city the
past summer, were approved. A rate
of 14 cents a foot was set for those
property owners who paid their as
sessment in cash and 14V2 cents for
those who bond. The bill of Dave
Reilly for reimbursement for the
building of sidewalk from the prop
erty line to the street was disallowed
and the bill for curbing was allowed.
Tax Collections Are Good.
Sheriff John Orr and deputies re
port that the tax collections this year
are surpassing those of last year. Yes
terday, the last day on which the sec
ond half of the taxes could be paid
without incurring a penalty, was a
busy one for deputy sheriffs Richt1
Spring Valley Roadwork Completes
1 Salem-Portland Route.
V. A. Cochran, supervisor of the
Spring Valley road district, was in
the city Wednesday and reports the
roadwork in his vicinity about com
pleted. A little rocking is still be
ing done, on the Hill road to Salem.
From the 'Yamhill county line,' this
way, Mr. '.Cochrane reports, a dis
tance of about a mile and a half, the
Capital (highway has been improved
this year. This will make, the su
pervisor says, a good and completed
Capital highway from Salem to Port
land as soon as a few rains settle the
GOOD ROADS MEN MEET
HIGHWAY MEETING TOMORROW
FOR WEST SIDE ROAD.
DELEGATES FOR CONFERENCE.
Will Attend Fairbanks Meeting in
The Dallas chapter of the Hughes
Alliance has appointed the following
delegates to attend the statewide con
ference in Portland today and to hear
Chas. W. Fairbanks, republican nom
inee for vice-president, at the Port
land armory tonight: M. D. Ellis,
Mrs. M. D. Ellis, Mrs. A. L. Long
necker, Mrs. E. E. Ellsworth, Mrs.
H. B. Shriver, Mrs. Jesse Barham,
M. G. Ellis, E. C. Kirkpatrick, Ed.
F. Coad, Walter L. Tooze, Jr., Mrs.
F. E. Card and Geo. W. McBee.
The morning session of the confer
ence will be devoted to the electtion
of permanent officers, and the after
noon session will be given over to
talks by Congressmen Hawley, Sin
nett and McArthur.
Weldon Black Indicted.
The grand jury yesterday returned
an indictment against Weldon Black,
Song leader of the "Sunshine Evangelists," who will beein protracted
. : a TV.11.. f'lir.ti.n.liim-K nrt fiiinitnV
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Dallas Commercial Club Will Be Host
to Visitors from YamhilL Benton
and Polk Connties.
The Dallas Commercial club will be
host to a large number of out-of-town
people tomorrow night when represen
tatives of the various commercial bod
ies from West Sido Willamette val
ley towns will gather here to formu
late a plan of action for securing a
permanent West Side highway. Del
egates from all of the principal towns
and cities in Yamhill, Polk and Ben
ton counties are expected to attend
the meeting which is to be held at the
Dallas armory. The Dallas band has
consented to furnish music for the oc
casion and the committee in charge of
the meeting, headed by Andy Muir
and President J.s R. Craven of the
club, has also made arrangements to
servo coffee and sandwiches. It is
especially urged of club members that
they attend the meeting lo show the
other valley towns that Dallas is just
as interested in the prijected high
way as any other place An invitation
is also extended to farmers of this
and nearby communities to come out
and take part in the prrnv edings.
The October meeting of the club,
held last night, took up several rou
tine matters. Reports from the man
ufacturing and rosd committees were
heard, but any action on these prelim"
inary reports was held up until more
complete data was gathered and pre
sented to the club.
BUY ENGINE EFFICIENCY CO.
O. Talbott and Colonel Mathews
To Handle Spark Arrester.
The $10,000 stock of the Engine Ef
ficiency company, a Falls City and
Portland concern, has been purchased
by J. C. Talbott and Colonel C. W.
Miathews. Selling rights in the Uni
ted States and Canada of the Adams
spark arrester are included in the
sale. The company plans to open a
factory in Portland in the spring and
will manufacture and sell the arrest
er, the product of Ralph Adams of
Falls City. Mr. Adams still retains
the patent rights. Adams and Mr.
Belcher of Portland were the former
owners of the Engine Efficiency com
pany. This year they sold 30 of the
arresters at a price from $140 to
J. C. Talbott Store Sold.
J. C. Talbott of Falls City bas sold
his furniture store to A. F. Courter
and M. L. Thompson of Falls City.
The new owners took possession Oc
tober 1, Mr. Courter is the pioneer
furniture man of Falls City and M.
L. Thompson is proprietor of the
drug store. "I have enjoyed my bus
iness experience in Falls City very
much," said Mr. Talbott while in
the eity Wednesday," and I hope
my customers will treat Messrs. Cour
ter and Thompson as kindly as they
Grant Borford Injures Hand.
While chopping wood at his home on
Bnrrh street Tuesday evening Grant
Burford rut bis left hand. The wound
required 11 stitfhes by Dr. Bollman.
"Careless and incorrect methods
of construction were probably chief
ly responsible for the failure," is a
sentence taken from the report of C.
B. McCullough, enginees, of the Ore
gon Agricultural college, after, an in
vestigation of the Independence bridge
"For this careless construction the
contractor is in a large measure re
sponsible but the county is in a minor
degree responsible (morally at least)
in that careful inspection was not in
sisted upon," continues the report
made to County Rondmaster Finn.
At the request of Roadmaster Finn
Professor McCullough made a thor
ough inspection of the Independence
bridge after the collapse. He took
samples of the concrete from the col
umns, bars, slabs and other portions
ond these were submitted to Profes
sor S. H, Graf of the college who sub
mitted them to compression and chem"
The report says that the design of
the bridge was not faulty.
"There is no data to warrant the
belief that the cement was in any
way responsible for the failure" says
Finer sand than should have been
used was mixed but this defect, alone,
did not cause failure, according to
"Portions of the concrete in thu
nest column, immediately adjacent to
he point of failure, show a very
marked segregation of materials.
There were sandy streaks interbanled
with streaks of very, rich mortar near
ly neat cement. Near this point was
found a large pocket of material
which was apparently nearly devoid
of cement and very friable..,vA sam
ple was taken and analyzed in the la
boratory. The results, while only
roughly approximate, fully confirmed
the indication of the general appear
ance, iue proportions as louna were
of about one part of cement; 17 paits
of sand; and 34 parts stone. A sand
pocket of this kind could have but
two explanations ; improper and care
less proportioning or lack of thor
"The bond between aggregate ana
mortar was everywhere found1 to be
eery poor and connected lines of air
voids surrounding the stone were ev-.
trywhere apparent. Such a condition
could have but one explanation: the
concrete was deposited too wet and a
film of excess water (not forced to the
surface by a thorough working of the
mass) had, upon being slowly drawn
to the surface, left the aggregate sep
arated from the mortar by a line of
connected air voids.
"In view of these facts it is not
surprising that the structure failed,
in fact the surprising fact is that
more concrete of this type does not
The conclusion and recommendation
of the report follows:
1. The failure of the bridge at In"
dependence was the result of careless
and incorrect methods of placing the
2. The contractor is in a large
measure responsible in that he did not
exercise' due precaution.
3. The specifications are in part
responsible in that they did not defi
nitely provide for a method of plac
ing concrete through the "tremie."
4. This last fact may be excused
in view of the fact that all specifi
cations are written to be interpreted
through careful and intelligent in
spection and it is some times the part
of wisdom to leave details such as
these to the inspector.
5. The county is in part respon
sible, at least morally, in that they
did not insist upon inspection and
thus give the contractor the benefit
of expert supervision and advice.
In s preface to the report Profes
sor McCullough wrote that, in his
opinion, the incident served a valu
able purpose in showing the folly and
shortsightedness of any policy that
economizes on engineering and in
speetional services at the risk of such
failures as the Independence bridge.
The county court took no action on
the report at the regular session Wed
nesday thoutrh the report was received
by them. The court sat in special
session yesterday in Independence to
consider Professor McCullough 's findings.
The Observer publishes the news.