Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 20, 1917)
I FROM POLK
if Sop Yards Ideal for
j, fruit used by the Sa
(fated by Hunt Broth-
i t Polk county ; 90 per
Vlett pears and 75 per
Jffries come from this
yer, The cannery pays
i year to Polk growers
4 ij x iir -i
. . accoramg w v. u
jof Hunt Brothers' Sa-
talked to the f ruit-
"llas Saturday on the
the cannery's wants
' e from these figures
it-county bridge tangle
& cannery and the f ruit-
ftsounty, said Mr. Al
ii mean a great loss to
aers will lust) men uvsi
i cannot run anywhere
Mi without Polk county
ay wil help some, but
iwhether the ferry will
idle the vast quantities
illy transported; then
ji9 will materially cut
aid especial emphasis on
ft could use more ever-
Anes man ail ine otner
i t ii i. it
iogeuwjr, yet iim ecr
Ld around Dallas. The
lion for the evergreen
of any fruit on the
,Dp never fails because
blossoms before the
'i : The yield per acre with
1 4tioii reaches 8 tons and
-Mligh as 12." Hunt
ifenng to write 10 year
at $0U per ton and can
red raspberries will be
las the hops are dug up,
Jot Mr. Allen. "The
of the hop yards are
j ninety of berry," said
araery man. v
could sell three times
supply of black cap
I am willing to write
(sets for 150 acres more
WMr. Allen. "On the
er, a new variety.
be best type to grow; jt
ft and less seedy than
4ti the American. Last
a ton for these ber-
ine nrst turnover was made Saturday
noon and the amount was $74113.60 as
against $1588.23 in a longer time,
The tax roll was not turned over
to the sheriff until February 13 this
year, ten days later than last year,
but the amount collected is far in ad
vance. People seem anxious to pay
their taxes. Two citizens wanted to
pay before Christmas, and inquiries
have been coming in frequently 'dur
ing the past six weeks. Although on,
ly one half of the taxes have to bf,
paid liy April 5, nine out of every
ten are paying the full amount some
thing unusual for ths county or any
The sheriff's office is a busy place
tnese days; Deputies Hooker and
Riohter are on the jump collecting
taxes 'and Sheriff Orr is serving pa
pers all over the countv.
DALLAS POT.TT nnrrmnr .
, wmi, uMuun, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1917
LICENSE FEE REFUNDED WORK ONE DAY EXTRA
COUNCIL DOES NOT COLLECT
FROM JOLLY ENTERTAINERS
Routine Business Transacted at Reg
ular Meeting of City Fathers Last
Night ; J ust Quorum Present
Good Averages at Gun Shoot.
Averages were higher and the high
individual score lower at the La Cre
ole Gun club shoot Friday night. Five
out of the six members participating.
averaged 88 or better. II. A. Web
ster again carried off the honors with
an average of 92; Oscar EUis and H.
W. Stump shot 90; A. F. Toner, 89;
Ben Werner 88;' and H. M. Edgar,
PRUNE RETURNS URGE
POLK GROWERS RECEIVED $210,-
000 FOR 1916 CROP.
Sixteen Hundred Acres in County
Produced 3,500,000 Pounds of
make their season as
jitaous as possible, Hunt
t with gooseberries, most
get from West Salem.
lire nmlifla trniwunt nnrl
Y', hut there is no big
'm, according to Mr. Al
io not eat the real tart,
1 days in the year. Still
pe a few more contracts
jrt awtioned against the
jwre loganberries. The
established and there
ps set out in loganber
ry seems to be ahead of
'fen now. The same is
to; production is nearly
N, since the war. There
much home eonsump
' there is abroad.
f cherries depends up
ability to find some
P prevent their cracking
fording to Mr. Allen.
4 simply because the
""ugh the pores of the
'J the cells until the
pen." Mr. Allen be-
aterproof spray will
N which will stop this
k a bright future for
Fstry. The cherries will
ripe and not just to
crack in?, the season
I tokened out and thelin y cash.
"He if this handicap is I ij h,i m
Bant Brothers are not
""tracts on cherries un-
f dears no, but they
lp handle from 30 to 40
Ipan tbey did last year.
IHt use 200 tons of sour
Tear but there is no
W." said Mr. Allen, in
ktalk. "There is al
rd for this fruit and
p not as apt to split
Sixteen hundred acres of producing
prune land in Polk county gave a to
tal of 3,500,000 pounds of dri!
primes in 1916. This was the largest
crop ever produced in the county, n.n.
it is conservatively valued at $210,-
000.00. This crop gave wage earners
of the county over ffSO,000 in cash
during the past year.
According to figures compiled by a
prominent prune raiser of Dallas, the
average crop of prune (dried) was
2125 pounds to the acre, or in green
fruit about 0200 pounds to the acre,
worth $127.50. The harvesting of
Polk 's crop cost $31.60 per acre, cul
tivation $10 per acre and taxes $3 per
acre. Figuring the value on an aver
age of $500 per acre, the interest at
6 per cent amounts to $30 per acre,
leaving an average net profit of $52.-
90 for the growers in 1916, and the
actual profits after paying all labor
costs for the handling of the crop
Besides the 1600 acres in bearing,
there were last year 1600 more acres
which had not reached a productive
stage. The increase in value on thesa
$1600 acres is figured very conserva
tively at $50 per acre per year, so
thnt last vear these 1600 unhealing
acres increased m value $80,0UU. ims
year's planting has been quite heavy,
tnn. and will add materially 10 mis.
It cost $9,600 to cultivate the unheal
ing land, and allowing $3200 more t?r
interest on this acreage there was a
net increase of $67,200.
The packing plant employed a force
of 125 people to pack the prunes, 40
men and 85 women, merr payruu
$15,000. It cost to cultivate last year
$16,000, and to harvest the crop
$50,569, making a total of 81-0
which went to labor in handling the
prune crop of the county.
A typical case of one prune raiser
is cited His orchard produced 4000
pounds of dried fruit to the acre.
Li.h worth $240. It cost this
man $60 to harvest, $10 to cultivate
(including pruning) $3 taxes, and he
figured interest at 6 per cent on i W.
K him a net profit of $103 per
... 1 J I.--. f nav n DAT
ct or II ne woiuu ' r-j - -eent'on.
valuation of $1000 per acre
he would have had left $73 per acre
regular meeting" of Hia aitv
fathers last nieht was nnavantf,,!-
only four councilmen were present
mm routine Dusiness was the order of
The council unanimously asm! in
refund the license fee which the city
was allowed to collect from the "Jol
ly Entertainers." Cities all along
the way have been letting tha
knile musicians put on their show with
An ordinance was read for the first
time which puts the repairing of
buildings within the fire limits at the
discretion of the council. The purpose
oi rue ordinance is to allow repairs
to wooden residences, which are in
cluded in the fire limits and which
will probably not be needed for the
business district for some time. The
ordinance will eliminate all hardships
to this class of property.
The budget system was finally
adopted last night when all voted aye
on the second reading of the ordin
ance. The law provides that any sui-
plies for the city must be ordered by
the chairman of the committee involv
ed. Upon presentation of the order,
duly signed, the auditor and police
judge shall issue a requisition. Anv-
one violating the provisions of this
ordinance is liable to a fine of not less
than $2 and not more than $50.
The case of two property holders
who took advantage of the bonding
act for street improvements but have
failed to keep -up their yearly pay
ments and interest, was referred to
the finance committee with instruc
tions to ascertain just what the delin
quents intended to do, so that the
council might act accordingly.
Councilman Campbell volunteered
to look into the value of the city's
engine and boiler at the rock quarry,
as Mayor Stone has- received inquir
ies as to what the city would sell them
Councilmen Muir, Sweeney and
Young were not able to attend last
LEGISLATURE FORCED TO WHEN
BOND BILL HANGS
House Ahead of Senate in Work No
Working Majority in Upper Body;
Lobbyists Also Blamed.
REHEARSALS BEGUN FOR PLAY.
And the prune industry just W
its infancy in Polk eounty.
Sells Confectionery Store.
ttt p Lewis comec"""' -'
PSJ TO PAT TAXES
j iy Taking M T,
ran So Far.
wing in much f .
' lut: th .h.i-iffV 'ce
.torTon "Main street ta .been
, j-si. L Potter of Salem. r
,Bng,r!n. but expects to remain
pias for the present
Sherwood Gets Fine Eand.
U C. Sherwood of Rickr
'Peg 0' My Heart" To Be Given By
High School Soon.
Rerearsals have begun for the stu
dent body play, "Peg O' My Heart,"
which will be presented early in
March, with Miss Elsie Forrette in the
title role. Miss Forrette took the
leading part in last year's production,
"Polly of the Circus," and has re
turned to school to take the part of
Peg, the lovable, madcap, Irish hero
ine. The play is a thriller from start to
finish and presents many humorously
pathetic situations. The student body
is putting forth its best efforts to
make the play an artistic and finan
cial success. The cast is as tollows:
Mrs. Chester, a widow. .Hallie bmith
Ethel Chester, her daughter
; Maude Barnes
Alaric Chester, her son, Walter Craven
Pee O' Connell, their cousin
.Terrv (Sir Gerald Adair)
rhristian Brent. Frank McCann
Mr. Hawkes, a lawyer .William xoung
t.t; (ha hnt er Samuel Halsey
The play is under the direction of
Miss Gladys Cartwngn.
Hiwley'f Lime Bill Lose Out
Senator Curtis L. Hawley'e biU to
create a state lime board to prodnee
agricultural lime by convict labor was
reported adversely by the joint ways
and means committee. Bean'i bill to
nubsidise private quarrying com
pany met the same fate. Instead, a
resolution was adopted calling upon
the bureau of mines to make a thr
oueh investigation and report to the
eit session of the legislature.
Members of the Leerislative Assem
bly of Oregon are one day late, this
year, m returning to the bosom of
their constituents. The immediate
cause of the extra day without pay
was the blocking of the $6,000,000
road bond bill in the senate Saturday.
At 10:30 that night both houses
agreed to adjourn until 10:30 a. m.
The prolongation of the session may
be traced to a number of other caus
es, however. Men who have watched
legislatures come and go for many
years remark that this is the first
time within their recollection that in
the course of 40 days, 16 or more of
the 30 men, constituting the senate,
ihave not gravitated together as a
working majority. There is practi
cally no floor organization in the up
Lobbyists have been even more in
evidence than ever this session. There
has been an unprecedented amount of
interference from special interests
and individuals who have seemed to
imagine that they were specially en
dowed leaders and circles of public
The 100 or more bills left over on
the calendar may cause some to think
that much important legislation still
awaited action. As a matter of fact,
the two houses had passed nearly all
their measures of importance. Indeed,
all that was needed to round out s
record for real efficiency was adoption
of the $6,000,000 road bonding meas
ure. Among the bills passed ore a dozen
that may be considered constructive.
but they are constructive only in the
sense that they benefit particular line
of industry or particular phases ot
Irrigation has been aided with need
ed code amendments; -the insurance
code has passed : the military code has
been brought into conformity with
federal enactments; the grain stan
dard has been adopted; the bill to en
force the bone-dry law has been hon
estly drafted and passed ; rural school
terms have been lengthened; streams
have been opened to logging; needed
revision in the Highway commission
law has been provided; cut-throat
competition in public utilities has
been prevented by passage of the cer
tificate of public convenience bill;
sterilization act has passed and the
anti-cigarette law has been strength
ened. The rest of the legislation, for the
most part, was of minor importance
and of local interest. A poem from
the St. Louis Globe Democrat, seems
to apply to this class of law-making.
It follows :
Are your neighbors very bad I
Pass a law ! .
Tto they smoke t Do they chewt
Pass a law !
Are they bothering yout
Don't they do as you would dot
Pass a law!
Are your wages awful low t
1'nfig a law 1
Are the prices much too high f
n i,A ,;fa anil hnhien erv
'Cause the turkey's roost so highT
Pass a lawl
Owners of timber laud in Polk coun
ty are holding; they expect to real
ize a targe return on investment with
in the next few years on account of
this increased demand for lumber. I
"For several years car builders
were prejudiced against lumber and
favored steel for construction pur
poses," said Mr. Donober. "This
feeling has largely disappeared during
the past few months, as railroad men
have found that freight cars with
wooden frames and steel under frames
are far more desirable. There are
thousands of freight cars under con
struction at the present time, and is
a result of the change in the attitude
of the builders the demand for lum
ber has increased. Then, too, there is
a large amount of building in pro
gress in various lines throughout the
DALLAS WINS BIG GM.IE
MULTNOMAH IS OUTPLAYED QT
New Sign For Gail Hotel
Chas. Bilyeuv proprietor of the Gail
hotel, has made arrangements to have
a handsome new -electric sign install
ed on the front of the building. The
sign will be of the same type as that
used at the Oregon Power company'
ofhee and will be set an such a way
that it can be seen from four direc
lions. The Oregon Power company
will install it about the 15th of March.
rive Hundred People Sea Local Five
Defeat One of Strongest Teams
In The Stat.
POLK APPROACH READY
SALEM IS SLOW IN PREPARING
Only One Ferry Will Operate, Cap
able of Transfering 80 Passengers
and 16 Teams In One Trip.
(By H, K.)
Dallas completely outplayed Mult
nomah Saturday night and won 16 to
9 before 500 wildly enthusiastic fans.
"Pebo" Shaw was the individual star
of the game; he played the fast Dew
ey to a standstill at nil stages and
slipped down the floor often enough
to shoot three baskets, himself.
The victory was not due to any one
factor, however; the best team won.
At times Multnomah would show some
"brilliant floor work and passing, but
they were unable to break through
the Dallas final defense and were
forced to shoot from near the center
of the floor with the usual result that
Dallas would secure the rebound and
start their teamwork, which proved
more effective, as the story of field
baskets shows: Dallas 7, Multnomah 3
Multnomah drew first blood when
Ira Mix landed a horse-shoe from the
middle of the floor. Dewey rivaled
his teammate's effort a few minutes
later with a beautiful side arm
"shove" shot from a difficult angle.
Dallas had hard luck the first part of
the first half; several shots flirted
with the basket rim and seemed al
most embraced in the meshes of Mr.
Two-Points, but finally escaped, amid
a groan from the expectant audience.
Shaw broke the ice by eluding the
Multnomah star, Dewey, and scoring
the first counter for Dallas. Throe
others followed before the whistle
blew; one by Boydston was the result
of some pretty passing and one was
a "blue-ribbon" shot from the side
of the floor ly Carl Fenton. Shaw
finished the fireworks with a second
basket, making the count 9 to 4 at the
end of the first half.
Laird Woods broke away from his
hoodoo in the second half and scored
two field baskets, despite the close
guarding of Twining. Multnomah op
ened up their long shot campaign full
blast but none of the efforts were suc
cessful. Amid the cannonade Toomey
and Edwards had several ebancea to
score short shots but missed by a
narrow margin each time. Dallas
played a safer game, content with
their six-point lead, which they main
The gam got a little rougher as it
proceeded and Referee Jamieson call
ed more foul in the second halt.
Dewey shot three out of four and '
Boydston two out of as many tries.
Clerin substituted for Edwards to
wards the close of the game.
The armory was filled to capacity
with Dallas fans and admirers of the
local auintet from the surrounding
towns; there were about 500 paid ad
missions. This game closed the bas
ketball season in Dallas unless the
team decides to play Willamette Uni
versity, which is anxious for a game.
Referee Jamieson handled ths game
in an able manner, being especially
efficient at calling out of bounds.
JUVENILE TROUPE ENTERTAINS
The Polk county approach for the
ferry, which will provide the tempos
ary means of communication between
the two counties until the. bridge is
built, is practically ready for travel
but the work on the other side of the
Willamette is of a dilatory nature,
according to Roadmaster Waldo Finn.
Up to this week the work on the
Marion county approach consisted of
cutting a few briars and. a fir tree but
very little dirt has been moved. -
The Salem Ferry company will have
the only ferry on the run; the Mar
ion county court and Salem Commer
cial club offered a franchise to Ben
Mitchell, a Portland ferryman, whose
rates would have been about double
Dhose of the Salem Ferry company,
but he is unable to secure a lease on
property on this side of the river for
a landing, within the lone desired. E.
C. Bushnell, a property owner ot weal
Salem, and G. C. Skinner, of Inde-.
pendence, are the owners of the Salem
Mr. Skinner's gasoline lannen,
which has been plying between in
dependence and East Independence,
will supply the power for operation.
The launch will carry 80 persons and
the ferry proper will be 120 feet long
and 20 feet wide, capable of carrying
16 teams. The ferry will be operat
ed on a water line eable and will
make the round trip inside of 20 min
Tha rates, which the company will
.i,.rro ! aarvice. will be determined
Jiy the Salem Commercial dub and
th. Pn h cnuntv eourt. acting winuj.
ptl. i that nntiftt must be
ine ww ictuuu. ... - i . . tr nntli
before license can Musical rrosram sun "
posted 20 days
Prominent Masons Visit Here,
wvi;. A Moore, grand master of
Oregon Ma-ons, and James JK Robin-
uu.rtarv. passed unuus-j
Friday en-oute to Fall City, whr-e. pcft C(mIlt7 Xa
thev will spend some in e
Lrest of tleMse there. The two
office are visiting n
sonic lodges of the state.
When M. D. finds new diseases,
Pass a law 1
Got the mumps or enfermitis,
Measles, croup or "expertitist"
Lest we all should fly to pieces,
Pan a law!
Are the light a-burning red I
Paint 'em green, or paint 'em white,
Close nn all them places tight!
Myl Our town is such a sight!
No matter what "the trouble is,
Goodness sake, but ain't it awful!
fy! What are we going to dot
Almost anything ain't lawful.
And the judife is human, too!
Pass a lawl
LUMBER DEMAND IS LARGE.
and Gooch Hel" Eickre-ilL
Elmo Bennett and Fre ' Sooch seor
aJ most of Rifkresll'f points .g-i.'t
Buen. Vista Friday went; Buena .-
ei Men Believs
Timber Land Good Investment
There is an increased demand for
lumber throughout the Cnitcd Ststcs
at the present time beeaune of the
change in attitude of railroad offic
ials, who for several years past la
vored all-steal freight carriers, ac
cording to J. E. Donoher, president ol
the Bootn-Kefly Lumber company.
be eranted for traffic and the two
bodies will get together as soon as
this time is np and fix the rates. The
company has a U. S. Marine license,
now, and needs only the permission of
the Salem Commercial club and the
Polk eourtboth of which have prac
tically been assured. It is believed the
ferry wUl be operating within s
The Polk county approach is di
rectly east of the end of ths old
bridge approach, on a straight hne
with the Dallas and Salem road. The
c.in urnmirh is b-k of the old
gas works, between r"t "d Cbe
meketa streets. The fetr? will make
a great difference to the Tanners oi
West Salem in handling this yesr's
crops; without it they could realize
scarcely any mmn
and on their investments.
Twenty-four "Jolly Entertainers"
pleased an enthusiastic Dallas audi
ence last night with a spienaia musi
cal program. Solos by miniature pri
ma donnas, instrumental quintets,
songs in cost u me and last but not
least, the big band, full of pep, wer
all heartily received.
The troupe is in charge of Mr. and
Mrs. a M. Draper, who have lally
adopted the 24 kiddies and who mk
a bring for theaoselves and Ahsir
large family by these entertainments
When not on the road their home is
si DeMoines, Washington, not fsf
from Seattle. During ths day ths
young folks go to school, under ths
inUruetion of Mm. Draper, from 19
a, m. nntil boob and from 1 :30 to
p. au, much the same as publie te-hoo
The juvenile troops gave a free eon
cart at the bijrh school yesterday
morning and the band was out on the
streets sdvertisins; the big show. Most
of the mntic is popular; for instance..
Salea May Have Paper MIR.
Chas. K. Spanlding returned to Ra-
lem recently from ban rTanciK..,
-h.ra ha hu been interefting capi
talists ir. the building of paper sndj,,!,, the Valley of ths Moon," "Acs
pnlp mill in Salem. A eompanv ' Yott From Lhne" and l nuus
which Mr. Spaulding U interd-ted " 'niekey Dula." Many of ths yoong
eeutly bonirht the Sal am Flooring wpra entertained at homes of
II property snd power site on j vj people during meir
street Psper msnufscturers will b
in Salem soon to look over the sitna
tion. They f! that Salem offers ad
vantages for the erection of a large
mill bat wish to make a personal investigation.
Ths company is easking a tour of the
The Odd Fellows will have work is
ths initistory degree oa Thursday e-
hiah has extensive boldinei in the
, rfepjptg represer
tr and oui"'
P looon, yestei , .
t, won 30 to 2. uooro F..j