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DALLAS, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1917
L COURT WEDNESDAY
hp DISTRICTS' ROADMEN
Petitions Generally Indicated
lointees Selection Not Made
In Districts iu ana ii.
supervisors named at the first
I of the present county court,
av were: aisinci one, x. ,j.
two, H, A. Dorton; three,
ZumwaU; four, W. Frank
nl: five, Ed. Mitty; six, S.
rivood; eight, Joe lewierow;
N. Jones; ten, r . JN. btump;
Rex Former; twelve, no elec-
ourtecn, J. A. Buttenck; six-
'ohn Underwood ; seventeen, no
: eighteen, D. thbson; nine-
Wren Wormer; twenty, Evan
twenty-one, Ed. Sampson ;
two, George D. Stewart.
uses where two or three men
Iplied for the position of road
isor the largest petition, gen-
carried. An exception to this
We in the case of district four.
Wright liad the largest peti-
this district but spokesmen
delegation present at the meet-
vailed upon the court to tfc-
Irom this apparently establish
ment and name W. Frank
Ibers of the county court said
Id not know when elections in
12 and 17 might be held but
led that as soon as the com
tiers could agree the men would
In district 12 petitions
for the appointment of Mor-
and Elmer Guthrie were
the court. In district 17 peti
tfor Jim Milton, Ezra Hart,
Vilwock. Mr. Brooks and O.
are to be considered. In dis
ks three candidates in the field
I at the request of the court
fouth man, D. Gibson, was
ited by Commissioner Beckett
sides in district 18, and..ac-.
y Commissioner Mansion and
Erkpatrick. In Dallas dis-
iumber 20, E. V. Evans had a
petition than T, J. Alsip, and
lans was named.
It 60 were present at the meet-
tbe afternoon in the circuit
bom. All morning in the court
lobbies little groups of men
Be seen conversing together.
r, there were no personalities
Id in the afternoon open meet-
iich candidate was willing to
Jpon his own feet, and those of
mat, in open court. If there
mud slinging it was done in
and in chamber sessions with
ft or by buttonholing individ-
(bers of the court.
laisei in securing a marriage liceuse
there to many Miss Alta Halford of
West Salem. The arrest was made
on complaint of the girl's father a
Tl, n f "
i oik. county rainier, who asserts that
mis daughter was not of legal age and
mat tne marriage license was ob
tained by a false affidavit. Miss Hoi.
ford's father states that the girl is
'but 1G years old and Parker is said
to have sworn she was 19. Parker
is well thought of in Turner where
he and his bride have been making
men- uome since the marriage on
Christmas day. It is said there that
ihe acted in good faith in making his
affidavit as to her age, and he has con
sented to return to Washington state
without extradition papers.
Send "Poisoned" Candy to Portland.
Sheriff Orr received a letter Wed
nesday from Bert Pilkington, Oregon
Agricultural college chemist, saying
that die would not have time to ana
lyze the "poisoned" candy received
by Mrs. Viola Colson recently. Mr.
Pilkington recommended that the
candy be sent to E..11. Harding of
Portland, a common food chemist,
and Deputy Sheriff Hooker has writ
ten Mr. Pilkington to send the can
dy to Mr. Harding. No further ac
tion will be taken in the matter un
til a report is received from Mr
Hirschberg Praises Court.
H. Hirschberg of Independence
stopped long enough while in the city
this week to speak a good word for
the present county court. "We nre
satisfied in our part of the county
that Judge Kirkpatrick will make a
good official. He has the ability and
the time and enough pride to do the
job as well as any man could. '
BETTERMENTS TO WAIT
IMPROVEMENTS OF POWER CO.
TO FOLLOW PROSPERITY.
Holding Company, Northern Idaho
' ' and Montana Power Company, Is
beds Dinneen on Observer.
Kuck of The Dulles, former
liter of the staff of The Dulles
ronicle, has accepted a posi
reporter for The Observer.
k succeeds Lawrence Dinneen
to La Grande to work on the
ide Evening Observer. Mr.
a graduate of the university
In and while in the university
shed himself in journalism
Mies. He was vice-president
psociated student body in his
kg Case Next Tuesday.
se of Sampson vs. Hartung,
question of damages due tor
pjuries to A. Sampson when
ruck by the auto of Charles
at Falls City last June, will
Tuesday before Judge Belt,
mplaint Sampson alleges he
k by an automobile driven
rson Wonderly, an inexperi-
ver, with whom Hartung
He complains the auto-
ps exceeding the speed limit
Pity, 20 miles per hour, at
of the accident, and asks
the amount of $2410.
Cantata In Independence.
idence people have asked D.
to put on the Christmas
pug in the Dallas armory
rfit, in the Methodist Epis-
pch in Independence. . Mr.
' take the matter up with
who sang in the cantata
orley Visiti West Salem.
Pe Worley of Molalla spent
with her annt and uncle,
Kn. J". C. MUlett of West
! WitneM Is Arrested.
arker of Turner on Wed-
fs placed nnder arrest' by
Hoped for improvement and ex
tensions of pole lines of the Oregon
Power company must wait upon a
return of prosperity to the Pacific
coast, according to a report sent out
from the II. M. Byllesby and com
pany's office in Chicago. H. M. Byl
lesby and company is the holding con
cern which manages the Oregon Pow
er company. K. u. steeiquwt, local
manager of the Oregon Power com-
Danv. had a conference in Albany
Tuesday with District Manager White
and returned with a little more op
timistic report than the information
from Chicago would indicate. Mr.
Steelquist said that the men in touch
with the situation felt hopeful that
prosperity would soon return and
that the company would then make
extensions and improvements.
"Because the Northern Idaho and
Afnntana Power company for several
vears has not earned its full bond in
terest charges, due to the failure
nf the communities served in Ore
gon. Washington, Montana and Idaho
to develop in population and indus
tries as rapidly as expected when the
original investments were made in the
physical properties, a friendly re-or
ganization ot the company nan
asked, and granted." says the report
from Chieaeo. Last week Elmer Do
ver, president of the company, was
named receiver by Judge Rudkin of
the United District court at bpoKane.
This action is preparatory to a friend
ly reorganization whereby the eap
if.limtinn will be reduced and the
company equipped with funds for the
construction of immediate and future
extensions. With the return oi pros
perity to the lumber industry and the
resumption of agricultural develop
ment considerable quantity of prof
itable new business may be obtained
by making the extensions which the
eomDanV is unable to finance in its
present condition. The Northern Ida
ho and Montana eompany and its
subsidiary, the Oregon Power com
pany, operate in territories with
-i ennon nnoolation. centering at
Kalispell, Montana. Sandpomt, Ida
ho, Newport, Washington and Al
bany, Eugene andMarshfield, Oregon
Leaves For Evangelistic Work.
Rev W. T. Tapseott will asist
Rev j. E. Thomas of Calvary Bap
tist ehnreh, Portland, for toe
three or fonr weeas in
art Rev. Tapseow w"" .
Thomas three or four years seo wnen
Rev. Thomas had Montana charee-
ngemrat nev. lap-
ELECT CLUB DIRECTORS
AL MEETING WEDNESDAY.
Selection of Secretary
To Come in Meetin
g Not Yet
The nine directors ol the Commer
cial club for the coming: year, select
ed at the annual meeting of the club
Wednesday night in the club rooms
are: A. B. Muir, N. 11. Guy, W. G.
Vassall, W. L. Soehred. F. J. Coad,
W. V. Fuller, J. R. graven, Traey
Staats and R. U. Steielquist. The
first six were re-elected from the
former board. The rest) of the or
ganization of the club for; the coming
year becomes the duty of. the newly
elected board. The president will call
a meeting of the board as, soon as
convenient and the president, treas
urer and secretary of the club for
1917 will then be chosen by the board
members. ' I
The action of the board of direc
tors in ordering 1000 calendars for
1917 was praised and the club, may or
der more pretentious calendars for
11918. Andy Mtair was named ;by
President Craven as delegate from
tilie club to the Tourist association
meeting in Portland tomorrow. E. K.
Piasecki had been named but said
that he could not be in Portland and
also tossed a bouquet Mr. Muir's way
by saying that the veteran club mem
ber would make a better representa
tive than himself. Tracy Staats plac
ed the quasi-petition of a number of
people living along the south side of
the Rickreall between Dallas and
Rickreall for mail service from the
Dallas postoffice instead of from the
Rickreall postoffice before the club.
No action was taken but the mat
ter was referred to committee. A.
B. Muir spoke to the club upon the
benefits gained from attendance at
such meetings as the recent gathering
in Portland of the county judges and
commissioners of the various coun
ties in the state.
COMPANY I IS SECURE
COMPARES FAVORABLY WITH
OTHERS IN THE STATE.
Militia Organizations Are All in Pre
carious Condition Universal
STORMY CHAPTERS ARE CLOSED
Independence Bridge and Monmouth
Paving Now Laid Away.
Even stormy chapters come to a
close and within the past two weeks
"finis," at least temporarily, has
been written for two such chapters in
Polk county. One is the Monmouth
paving work. The contractors, Hob
son and Hoskins of McMinnville, have
had their bill for the base of Main
street, accepted, though minus most
of the extras they asked, and have
been paid for 80 per cent of the val
ue of the work already done. The
other 20 per tjent will be paid in the
spring when the top pavement has
been laid and accepted. This is
thought will be about June. Until
then, except around the stove in the
general" stores, the matter will De
The other stormy petrel which nas
winged a last flight, it is hoped
"last," is the Independence bridge
which is now open to traffic. Ihe
bridge has been a thorn in Polk coun
ty's side for the past year or more.
Company L was, is. and shall be us
long as there is a single commission
ed officer, and a private on the local
Captain Conrad Stafrin reoorts
that Company L, even with its one-
half minimum strength, stacks up
mighty well with the other national
guard companies of the state. The
officers' convention in Portland Sun
day promised Captain Stafrin that
his company was in no danger. There
are companies in Portland operating
with but hve or six men.
National guard companies are uni
versally in a precarious condition
Realizing this, the convention in
Portland passed resolutions favoring
universal training, with one year un
der the colors and two in reserve.
They were also agreed that unless aid
came from congress soon, that the
foundation would likely, fall from un
der the whole system. At present
militia officers are asked to do prac
tically as much work as officers in
the regular army.
The minimum for a company under
the federal act is 65; Company L has
33. But two men have been recruited
since the return from the border four
months ago. However, the local offic
ers have several prospects in view,
and hope to increase the strength, ap
preciably, before long.
Lieutenant O. I. Chenoweth was
unable to attend the Portland meet
ing. Captain Stafrin returned Mon
day evening. He intends to ask for
another 40 days' furlough to start
This board of five members would ap
point a county school superintendent,
who would be the practical educal
tional and business head
schools in the countv.
The county school superintende
woum nominate the teachers for
the schools. He would place
teachers where they could do the be:
work. The taxes for the schools would
be levied on a county unit basis.
Where the county unit hag been
adopted, Mr. Churchill said, great
oenent lias resulted, particularly
the rural schools as a trained county
superintendent, with proper authori
ty, is more able to establish and main
tain an efficient school than are the
average rural school directors.
TO PLAY SILVERTON TONIGHT.
Dallas High Five To Meet Old Ri
vals. The Dallas high school basketball
team will play the Silverton high
school team tonight in the Dallas arm
ory. The Dallas' lineup is: forwards,
Walter Craven and Donald Hayes;
Elmo Bennett, center; Beebe and
Graves, guards. Just a week ago in
Silverton Dallas was defeated by the
same team and the local boys are de
sirous of coming back.
Santa Clans Morton on the Job.
George Morton, K. of P. Santa
Claus, introduced Christmas cheer in
to 17 families this year. Santa Claus
Morton delivered 12 sacks of flour.
sacks of spuds, 30 pounds of candy,
8 bushels of apples, 48 packages of
popcorn, 20 pounds of nuts' and vari
ous other presents dear to children
at the Yuletide.
Braun Family to Leave Dallas.
A. D. Braun, former proprietor of
the Dallas bakery, wired his wife
Sunday that he had purchased a bak
ery business at Wteiser, Idaho. Mrs.
Braun and son Marshall are prepar
ing to leave for their new home the
last of the week. '
Bar Association Met Wednesday.
The second meeting of the Polk
Yamhill Bar association was held in
MeMinnville Wednesday. General
matters of interest to the legal pro
fession were discussed.
NOT TO PURCHASE LOT
By agreement of counsel and the
court the re-trial of the cases of Wil
liam Branson and Mrs. Anna Booth,
accused of the murder of Mrs. Booth's
husband in Wlllamina will be heard
in Dallas instead of McMinnville.,
The change of venue has been made
because the defendants have been
tried three times in Yamhill county
and 180 jurors have been used in the
case. It is believed the expense of
obtaining a jury in Yamhill county
now would be great
William Branson's re-trial will be
heard first, beginning February 19.
Yamhill county will be represented by
District Attorney Roswell Conner
and a special prosecutor possiblv
Oscar Hayter. The defendants will
bo represented by Vinton and Bur
dette of McMinnville.
Inasmuch as the distance between
Willamina, the place of the alleged
enme, and Dallas, and between Wil
lamina and McMinnville, is about the
same, the expense of witnesses will
not be much larger than if the trial
were held in McMinnville.
The Booth-Branson ease was re
manded to the circuit court by the
en-preme eourt two weeks ago on the
ground that the trial judge had erred
in his instructions to the jury. 1
WOMAN'S CLUB WILL PROBAB
LY BUY LATER.
Plan Abandoned Now Because of Fi
nancial Problem. ' Mrs. Castner - -Gives
Account of Meeting.
George M. Dnngan Dead.
George M. Dungan, father of
Charles and M. M. Dungan of this
city and Mrs. B. D. Fidler of near
Salem, was found dead in bed Decem
ber 30 and the body was shipped to
Jefferson, Oregon, January 1. Mr.
Dungan had lived here with his son,
Charles, for the past five years. He
was born in Indiana February 16,
1848, and previous to coming here
lived in Jefferson.
Play Sheds Being Built
Play sheds are in the foreground
of the educational affairs of Polk
countv. Orchards district is com
pleting a large one, while the Uak- it.
The Dallas Woman's club decided
against purchasing a lot for their
contemplated club building at their
regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The great majority of those present
were opposed on account of the fi
nancial problem and the plan has
been abandoned for the present
The club voted to contribute to I
fund being raised among the feder
ated clubs of the state for the use of
the federation president to defray ex
penses incurred while on club busi
ness. This action is in accordance
with the practice in most states. At
the recent biennial convention in New
York, Oregon's delegate was one of
the only two who paid her own expenses.
The club also voted to take a six
months' trial subscription to the
'New West Magazine," edited in
Salt Lake City by a woman. The
magazine devotes considerable space
to the western club woman and her
interests. It will be placed in the
library, where all may have access to
point and Spring Valley schools have
them under construction. Airlie has
just completed one of the largest and
best in' the state having two divisions
To Give Cantata in Independence.
rm- :.LI. lJDant 11 ilm
Christmas cantata sung in the Dal-ii" , """ :
... . srf.,v venintr. will be i another for the larger boys and girls.
- ' T , , , km, luian rit-awn TnT RTV1CP.
D. V. Poling of the cantata t. Mmra ,n(irt 1 nmcxam and waa mach enjoyed. Mm.
on me uim juij W . , . . 4l- rn
Lastner rompmneuieu me vwiw
lham of Marion county on, begin. penod or ev.ngen.c ...
-om . Vancouver. Wash, 1 He Will be in
Ted that Parker ewore.be finishes in Portland.
repeated in the Methodist Episcopal
church in Independence Wednesday
evening, January 10. It is expected
that the arrangements made by Ui
will be approved by the members of
the ehorus in meeting tonight after
the rehearsal of the Dallas Oratorio
society. Another meeting win proo-
ably be held Sunday at three p. m.
in the Methodist Episcopal church.
Bnyi Monmouth Grocery Store.
Charlie Lightfoot, who has been
traveling salesman for Allen and
Lewis, wholesale grocers, for the past
20 years was in Dallas yesterday. It
is said that Mr. Lightfoot has pur
chased the grocery store of Allen
Clark in Monmouth and will assume
.hree January 15. Mr. Lightfoot s
choice of business site afttr such
extended travel is quite a boost foi
To dirt Dallas Concert
Ji. Claire Monteith, baritone,
and Franck Ei-enlaub, violinist, of
p.wl.n4 will rive a concert in Dal
las the first part of February, prob
ahlv Febrnsry 3. Rov Miller and
John C Uriow are handling the Dal
las end of the proposed concert.
Fiirview Has Wftck Serrice.
The watch service at Fairview was
Ninetv-five dollars was realized
from the bazaar, according to the
committee in charge.
Mrs. H. C. Castner of Hood River,
president of the state federation of
Woman's clubs, was a guest of the
local ladies for the day. Her talk,
relating an account of her visit to
the biennial session of the general
and John J. McBee,, federation in New York, last summer,
was the feature or the auernoon
Drawn on Federal Jury.
(Tinrlcs W. Bovle. R. F. D. number
TRY BOOTH CASE HERE
ATTORNEYS AGREE WITH THK
COURT ON CHANGE OF VENUE
William Branson's Trial Set for Feb
ruary 19; Mrs. Booth's Will Fol
low Alleged Accomplice's.
Dallas Sheep Men in Texas.
Last Saturday B. M. Halbert took
his guests, Messrs. Grant and Par
ker, of Dallas, Oregon, to the V. A.
Brown ranch, in Edwurds county.
After visiting Mr. Brown for a short
bile that ranchman will take the
Oregon ians down in the Uvalde coun
try, and they will be the guests of -.
goatmen along the Southern Paoifio
for a day or so. Mr. Halbert says
that Messrs. Grant and Parker ex
pected to arrive at their homes is.
the northwest about Christmas day. -He
brought them to Sonora from the
National Mohair Growers' convention
Galveston; and through his hospi
tality and the hospitality of others
this section they had a pleasant
and profitable, trip across the goat .
and mohair producing part of Texas.
The Sonora New Era (Sonora, Tex-
Miss Fern Hobbe Visits.
Miss Fern Hobbs of Portland, pri
vate secretary to ex-Governor Oswald
West and his emissary to close troub
lous Copperfield a few years ago, was
in the city yesterday for Mr. West.
Miss Hobbs came on business.
NEW PLAN TOR RURAL SCHOOLS
County Unit Idea is Urged by Super
intendent Chore mil.
The county unit plan for all sebooU
in districts below the first class prob
ably will be presented to the legisla
ture for enactment into law.
State Superintendent of Schools
Churchill, who strongly lavori me
plan, discussed it this week with the
ganization on its spirit or harmony
Th nrnirram was opened with a
vocal solo by Mrs. D. A MaeKenzie.
Mrs. Castner's address was followed
by Mrs. D. V. Poling's vocal solo and
the meeting dosed when Miss Claudie
Plank rendered pleasing piano solo.
The next meeting of the mnsie sec
tion will be held on the last Wednes
day of the month, January 3L The
place will be designated later.
The eivie section will meet on the
third Tuesday, Janoary 18.
Finish Armory Improvement
rmcnters are at work on the final
touches n the improvements being
made to f. i Dallas armory by the
Dallas Gymnasium association.
NEEDLEWORK GUILD IS ACTIVE
Local Organization Only One In
State Outside of Portland.
The Dallas branch of the Needle
work Guild of America collected 792
new garments in October, 1915 and
distributed 732 of the garments dar
ing 1916 to worthy poor people. The
collection for 1917 was made in No
vember, 1916, when 730 garments
were received and since November,
163 have been given. The Dallas
branch, the only one in the state out
side of Portland, fills a need for sys
tematic giving in the community and
annually helps people who need help.
The women of the organization wel
come new members and feel that the
housewives and mothers of the eity
should lend the branah their support.
December Was Dry Month.
The official weather record for the
month of December, taken at Salem,
ows that the rainfall for the month
was 4.71 inches, which might be term
ed ordinarily a dry month for De
cember. Six days were clear and 25
were cloudy. The lowest temperature
of the month was on the nighU of the
29th and 30th, with a record of 23
.Imitmw above. ' The warmest day was
when the mereory climbed ap to the
49 notch on the 19th. The mean max
imum temperature was 44.7 and the
mean minimum, 33.4, with the mean
temperature 39 degrees above. On
January 1 the river was 29 feet
above the low water mark. The wind
was 23 days from the sooth, seven
from the north and one day from the
county scnoo. - 1 7T ; .r h W- eomplet-
are in session at voe rjni u. . .
.... . lorkers are being moved from the
capacity oi - " - , . --.tairs to the
TV, n an in to centralis u I - .
thority over all the schools in a eonn
ty, excepting those in districts of the
fW class. Each eonnty adopting the
plan would be divided into five dis
Vrh dwtriet would elect a
member of the eonnty school board. I Friday evening
dreesinc room downstairs, and
Dramatic Club Meets.
Tba Dallas Dramatic club met last
night at the studio of C. B. Stone.
Fred B. West, Miss Oeorriana risks.
Miss Elsie Forrette, Miss famine
Coad and a B. Stone attended. ie
meeting was the first of the season
for tho local thespians. Mr. Eton
inavs that plans have not taken def
ine inita shape as yet
front well of the handball eonrt is
being finished. The work wiU not be
done in time for a elns Monnay ev-
Oritr Hew Jail Hamter.
The eonnty court has ordered Guy
wing bnt -mlar eUss will be held .Brother, to place a new