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INDKl'KNDKNCK, l'OI.K COUNTY, OltlXJON, AUGUST 4, 1904.
J, H, HAWI.KY,
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julfr, John M. Hlump, J. A. Withrow, F. H. Powell.
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THE INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL BANK
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(Sootl accommodation. Hows well fed. Mne
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Oregon State Normal School
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WATER and LIGHT CO. ,
PROSPERITY AND EDUCATION
GO HAND IN HAND
The Historic Town of Monmouth The
Seat of the State Normal School is Liv
lier than Ever Before.
Model Farms of Oregon that Helped to Capture Blue Ribbon
for Polk County Situated Near Monmouth.
Karly in thu spring of 1852 an
emigration wai organized at Mon
inuuih, Jll., for the purpose of mak
ing the journey to ttie fur away
Oregon country of wboiie resource
returning trader, trapper and
miners tjld audi wonderful aturiea.
The tneuiberhip of this company
was composed of aturdy pioneer
men and women willing to face
tha haruahipa and dangera of ihe
long journey that they might ob
tain homea of their own. To this
little band of pioneers ia due the
credit for founding the town of
Monmouth. That the foundation
laid for the town and community
wai not the ever shifting aand but
upon the solid rock has fully
proven itself during the fifty yeara
of ila existence. The founders
were men who fully believed in tbe
influence of the church and the
achool and one of theCret acta waa
the establishment of Monmouth
Academy, later Christian College
and finally merged into the present
State Normal, a full history of
which appears farther on in this
article. Borne of the party took up
homestead claims of 640 acres
upon their arrival in the Will
.... . . . i .
amette Valley out even ai vuv
ea'if uan bjohv oi mo lv"
was taken, consequently, many
bought homes near Monmouth.
For many years wheat was tne
chief product, and was ft very
profitable one, the wonderfully rich
soil producing from 40 to CO bu
shela per acre and the price
.73 to fl.00 per bu-
With DossiniE of time the condi
tion gradually changed, when crops
began to decrtase.in yield, Summer
fallowing was adopted as a sure
restoration for the soil. A few
years experience umpiuiu -theory
as the relief was but tern
norarv. Karly in the '90s an ad
ded burden in the shape of extreme
low prices, wheat selling at one
time as low as 35 cents, Bounded
the death knell to the already un
profitable businens of raising wheat
exclusively, about the same time
the green aphis made its appear
ce on the grain and fields that
bad never given a yield of less than
notice has been gazed upon.
Such a conception of the con
ditions existing in the county are
far from correct. Such men as F.
8 Powell. J. H. Mukey, C. Lor
ince, J, J. Russell, 15. F. White
aker. Wm. Fugate. C. C. Slone. W.
Meeker, 1l. F. Cartmell. G. W'.,
Gibson,. W. P. and T. A. Ireland, T
J. I'eltit and K. Campbell, all of
this immediate neighborhood and
with furma from 150 to 400 acres,
have kept fully abreast with all the
experiments and conditions of the
titnra and are all prosperous
and contented. Many farmers
with from 10 to r0 acres are en
joying an equal degree of pros
perity. The ' reasons for the marked
change in conditions are obvious,
an intelligent diversifying of crops
and the breeding of only the best
stock has brought its own reward
in the thap of tat bank accounts
ington with its own Normal school.
Diploma arrangments are being
i i i . i
made dj wmcn win aauio mum
may be reached in Idaho and Cal
ifornia. The course of study is so arran
ged that one period each day is
given for the review and studv of
elementary English work; par
ticular sires being laid upon th
ability to speak, write and spell
Kngligh correctly. Nature study
is given In a practical way so that
the students mey receive some ac
tual benefit there from beyond the
theoretical beauty of the science.
The location of the school is ideal
and accommodation may be had
at a very reasonable expense. The
school has been increasing in num
bers for the last four years and the
prospects for the coming year in
dicate a still larger increase. The
excellence of the work done ia in
dicated by the fact that the de
mand for the teachers graduated at
this school far exceeds the supply
and their work through out the
state has had a marked influence
for good in every way.
In 1882 Christian College which
was well known throughout the.
state on account of the splendid
educational word was merged by a
legislative act into the State Nor
mal school at Monmouth. Being
thus planted upon the old foun
dations so firmand well laid this
school has amply deserved all the
assistance which has been given it
by the state and is now recognized
Keep Politics Out of the Schools
r WHITELAW R.EID. Editor. Ctunccllor of the Board ot RaU.
University of tb t, of New York ...
ET u see to it that all our educational work, and ESPECIAL
LY THE WORK OF THE COMMON ' SCHOOLS, is
dona on the basis of absolute fairness to all the people. Toxi
carefully keep a saloon a certain number of yards away from a school
house or a church. You are even more particular about other
sources of possible contamination. But ' there ia one thing not
enumerated in the law which would damage the
acceptable working of your common school sys
tem almost as much as these abhorrent and forbid
den influences. - - .
Far be it from me to disparage politicians ; no
man can be a good citizen without being a politician.
But, whatever party he belongs to, it is reasonably
certain that, half the time nearly, or more than
half, the people having an equal interest with him
self in the common schools will be opposed to his party.
POLITICS AND POLITICAL AIMS THEN ' CAN HAVE NO MORE
BUSINESS IN THE SCHOOLROOM OR IN THE SCHOOL DIRECTION
THAN THEY HAVE IN THE CHURCH.
25 bushels went down to
7 or 8.
Truly the lot of the farmer 'at this
time was an unenviaDie one ..u
many of them went to the wall.
During this time however, the
brains of the couutry bad sot
been idle and extensive experi
ments .were being conducted with
1 a Ct ft. HV8-
view io miriAmuv" -
. . 1. A
of diversified larming iu
Id prove profitable and rebuild
the land. roremoB
farmers doing such experiment
work were such men as J.B. Stump
nd Wm Riddell. How well tney
k. .neceeded is luiiy aemou-
strated by the appearance of their
respective places. Mucn nas
said in the various papers oi
state concerning these two
,nd their fine stock . and beautiful
fields ol various kinds of ciops and
?. liable to reach ths con
clusion that when these farms have
w" en ftll that is worthy of
A town is but a mirror of the
financial condition of the farmer,
consequently, during the hard
timeB of the '90s Monmouth lost in
population and real estate values
slumrjed materially. The excellent
financial condition of the entire
community has caused a decided
change and prices are on the up
grade. Many people have come
from other states and located here
and the investment of their money
has contributed materially to the
present prosperity. A large num
ber of sales of town property have
been made during the past six
State Normal School
The course of study is correlated
with the state course bo that the
students of the normal find no
difficulty in taking regular State ,
examinations as they occur during
their course so that when they re
ceive the diploma from the school
they seldom have more than one
short list of papers to write. The
vacations come at such intervals as
to make no conflict with these ex
aminations nd the student work.
The four years diploma of thu
school is recognised nd given
equal credit by the state of Wash-
universally to be as firmly fixed as
any other state institution and to
hn the laadiui Normal school of
Oregon as well as one the most
practical and best on the coast.
The course of study and every thing
else about the school is especially
arranged for fitting young men and
women tor the occupation of teach
ing. The courses taught are selected
with reference to their neds as
teachers in the schools and em
braces a four years' course above
the 8th grade, including a year in
the study of the art of teaching and
the actual practice in the graded
and ungraded work. The train
ing school is a district School of
nine grades besides a kindergarten
department, Bloyd, cookng, and
physical exercise. The number of
pupils in this training school is
from 200 to 225 giving ample op
portunity of obtaining the best re
sults. While gymnastics is not a
principal object in the school, yet
a gymnasium well equipped is pro
vided and all students are encour
aged to take a proper amount of
exercise daily. Negotiations are
in progress to secure an, expert
physical director lor next yeax who
has learned the business thoroughly
both theoretically and practically
and is a first class man on the
gridiron and diamond as well as in
the house. IIe,ias a member of
the Colorado State University team
at the St Louis exposition and cap
tured both first and vecond places
in two events.
Mrs. J. I). Housman and child
ren are visiting at Mr. Boaley's at
W. L, Bristow and family
Suoday with friend here.
Mrs. Thomas Williams of Lewis
ville spent Sunday with friends
Glen Work has been quite sick
the past week.
Crop of all kinds are looking
well, and threshing has begun.
The fruit seems plentiful and gar
dens are looking fine.
Quite a number of students have
been here selecting rooms for next
Property is ' rapidly changing
hands and many new families are
coming in so the demand for houses
- Mrs. Elizabeth Percival is visit
ing her sister Mrs. Guthrie.
Mrs. M. E. Percival, formerly a
resident of this place but now liv
ing in Shaniko, is visiting here.
W. F. Scott and Rebecca Avery
have moved here from Falls City.
A. F. Campbell returned Satur
day from a fishing trip on the head
waters of the McKenzie river. He
reports a very ' pleasant trip . and
says the fiishing up there is fine.
Prof. W.C. Byrant, principal of
the Moro school, spent Monday and
Tuesday here renewing old ac
quaintances. T. J, Campbell came down from
Albany Saturday and is visiting at
the home of M. Mulkey.
Messrs. J.B.V. Butler.L. Ground,
Dr. Butler and G. T. Booth by re
turned Friday from a hunting and
fishing trip in the Yachats country.
There is a. .spirited contest each
year among these gentlemen for .
the fishing championship, for he
who catches the greatest number of
the finny tribe is King on the next
trip and has none of the onerous
duties of the camp to perform.
Dr Butler was the lucky, one
this year and will probably lord it
over the rest of the bunch next
year in great shape. When ap
proached with the question as to
how he did it and how many he
had to buy thei Dr. refused to be in
terviewed. I. P. Reese has bought the Ira S.
Smith property, C. E. Force the J.
F. Powell residence, and J. R. Gor
don the G. R, Huff place, and the
end is not yet, for several other
real estate deals are practically
Miss Margaret Owen has closed
her millinery parlors and will go
to Salem where she has a position
in a millinery store. v
Wheat is yielding much better
than was expected land, the cry
about short crops seems to have
been a trifle premature. Fall wheat
is yielding from 25 to 30 bushels.
W. S. Campbell is building a hay
warehouse 50x80 with a storage
capacity of 500 tons of baled hay.
The enormous quantities ot nay
raised in this locality this year
makes such a building a neccesity
as many pi the, farmers have not
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