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About The Coquille Valley sentinel. (Coquille, Coos County, Or.) 1921-2003 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 5, 1940)
George T. Moulton
Eldest Pioneer ggo
Told In Report
City Treasurer Caughell’s monthly
report to the city council Monday eve
ning was accompanied by a statement
of the city’s assets and liabilities
winch shows that the surplus of assets
over liabilities is $187,187.29 as at last
Saturday. The asgets total $308,383.-
23, and the liabilities $138,198.94.
The cash on hand in the bank to
talled $11,38141, to which is added
Coos county warrants of $120.98, city
improvement bonds of $697.90 and
an office cash fund of $80.
Of the $41,877.18 delinquent un
collected tax, $20,000 is deducted as
uncollectible, leaving an asset of $31,-
377.18. Of course, the $20,000 is an
estimate only as are the values
placed on city-owned property, $200,-
000 for the water system, real estate
and buildings $24,900, th* fire de
partment equipment $1800, furniture
and fixtures $1,000. Real estate con
tracts, funds advanced for improve
ment projects, bonded and unbonded
liens and acquired properties make up
the rest of the $308,383.
On the liabilities sidle, besides the
overdrafts, overpayment of bonded
liens and the partial payments ac
count, there are $193.18 of warrants
outstanding, and $128,844.42 of out
standing bonds. Of this total $94,000
are in the two water bonds series,
$15,000 in general funding and $14,-
844.42 in improvement bonds
Another indication of the careful
management of city affairs was the
statement by Mayor Milne that the
city has spent $9,320 less than the
budget for the first ten months of this
For 74 years, nine months and three
days, George T. Moulton was a resi
dent of the Coquille valley and dur
ing that three-quarters of a century
his place of residence was not more
than seven miles from the place where
he was bom. And all except the first
six years of his life was spent in
what is now Coquille, coming with
his parents to live in a,cabin along
side the grocery store which was on
the river bank back at what is now
the Coquille Bowling Alley, when
those two building were the only one
In this section. A pioneer of the days
when Indians were the principal in
habitants of the Coquille valley, he
saw the gradual elimination of the
wilderness and the gradual building
of a town until it became a small city.
Mr. Moulton pased away at his
home on Heath street at five o’clock
last Friday morning after lying in _JL
coma from Monday on, the dnly move
ment perceptible being his greatly ac-
The body lay in state at the Gano
Funeral Home for 24 hours preceding
the funeral service which were held
at the Pioneer church at 2 p. m. on
Sunday, his pastor, Rev. H. L. Gray-
beal, assisted by Rev. W. S. Smith and
Rev. G. A. Gray, officiating.
The church was filled to capacity
with friends from all over this part
of the county who paid this last tri
bute to one they admired and respect
Pallbearers who performed the last
human service for their friend were
L. H. Hazard, F. G. Leslie, Jno. W.
Leneve, O. C. Sanford, C. C. Farr and
in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
George Tildon Moulton was the son
of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Moulton and
was bom Feb. 26, 1866, on a farm
just below what is now Riverton but
Haldane Holmstrom returned to his
on thia ride of the Coquille river. His
home here last Saturday evening af
father was a black sand miner who
ter an absence of 18
later took over the store on the river
bank here which cousins of 8. M
Nosier's had conducted and moved
up here in 1872.
The elder Mr.
Moulton died in 1908, a year and a
half after the passing of his wife.
Mrs. Lulu M. Nosier, sister of the
deceased, is the only surviving near
relative. Geo. Steward, of the North
Bank road is a half-nephew, and
there are surviving cousins in the
George, or “Tilt.” Moulton, as he
was known in earlier days was sta
tion agent in Coquille for the Coos
Bay, Roseburg A Eastern Railway and
Navigation Co., before the railroad
from here to Coos Bay became a part
of the Southern Pacific system. At
that time the railroad ran along what
is now Front street and the depot was
located where the Coquille Wood Co.
office now stands.
After leaving the railroad employ,
Mr. Moulton for many years engaged
In the brokerage business, buying and
selling furs, hides and cascara bark.
He also was an insurance company
representative here. Due to failing
health he retired from active business
three years ago, devoting his time
since to looking after his investments.
Mr Moulton had never married.
He had beep a member of Coquille
Odd Fellows lodge for 40 years, ef
Chadwick Masonic lodge nearly aa
long, for many years was financial
secretary of the Woodmen of the
World here, and was a member ot the
Pioneer Methodist church, serving for
some time on its official board.
Probably no one had a wider ac
quaintance all over Coos county and
his memory for faces and names was
A good man has gone to his reward,
and hia kindly smile and cheery greet
ing will be missed by thousands who
called him their friend.
he was coming home, that his home
sickness was almost unbearable.
• “Bukx” had never experienced any
real winter weather before so last
winter he took a job in an open pit
mine about 30 miles from Salt Lake
City and he found it cold enough to
satsify his desire for low temperature.
The mine is on a copper mountain,
a low grade two per cent ore, and the
mountain is being literally shoveled
into cars and transported to the smel
Since leaving the mine last spring,
Haldane has been with the Reclama
tion Service on Green river in Colo
rado where it is planned to build a
dam in the Dinosaur National Pirk
And speaking of dinosaurs, he says
that bones and skeletons of these pre
historic critters, which are supposed
to have been alive millions of years
ago, are encountered all over the park,
both on top of the ground, with other
huge bones buried beneath the sur
face. Soma at the skeletons, all of
them are petrified, of course, are
practically complete, with an occa
sional break in the 30 feet long ver
Haldane’s last job was the operation
of a boat on the river for two miles
between the point the men could be
transpoited to In cars and the pro
posed dam sight.
For the past few weeks the river
has been full of ice and in order to
make progress down or up stream the
crew would have to keep the hull of
the vessel free by chipping the ice
off and the oar blades would be so
ice-encumbered that they resembled
“Buzz’* expects to remain here for
the winter, enjbying home cooking.
To Join Navy
R. L. Stewart To
Head C. ofC.
For Coming Year
Grand Council Fire
Warren. C. Cailey, vice president of
By soft candlelight, fifty of Co
the First National Bank of Portland, quille's Camp Fire Girls participated I
shared with the Cornfield Canaries in a Grand Council Fire at the Co
the honors at the Chamber of Com quille High school auditorium last .
merce banquet and annual election night. In the Camp Fire work these '
held in the hotel dining room Tuesday Council Fires are a very important
evening. Mr. Cailey gave a very in part in the girl's life. This Council Fira ,
teresting and thought-provoking ad was particularly outstanding because
dress on the subject of "Public Re of the prepence of Miss E. DeMote,
lations,” which was listened to with one of the National Camp Fire execu
flattering attention by the sixty ladies tives, at present stationed in Portland.
and gentlemen assembled.
Her wonderful talk on the Camp Fire
Not any less intersting was the mo work and her displays of work done
tion picture, with talkie accompani by girls in other parts of the United
ment shown by Supt. B.> W. Dunn. State, was an inspiration to everyone
“The story of your town is the story present'’
of America” was the title of the pic
The groups represented at this
ture and the dialogue brought out th« Council Fire were the Funds group
facts that only by the co-operation of With Mrs Meyers as guardian; Ao-
all — employer, employee, business Igrakiya group, with Mrs. Wardrip as
man, farmer, professional man and guardian; J unite Wardrip, member
housewives — I has
__ the JMfeUL
■_____ - group,
American communities been achieved- quille group with Cherie Mae Hart
Introduced'as the Comfed Canaries Well as guardian. Miss Bessie Chris
—their original title some twenty-odd tensen was pianist.
years ago was “Cornfield Canaries, Walker, Mrs. Idyll Goddard, Miss
but the corpulence of a couple of the Jean Polson and Mrs. Estelle Harbi
song birds caused the change in desig son planned the greater part of the
nation—the quartet composed of O. program.
T. Gant, J. L. Smith. F. G. Leslie
Coquille should, indeed, be proud
and E. D. Webb, created as much en of such an excellent organization aa
thusiasm Tuesday evening as it did the Gamp Fire Girls. We hear a
in the heyday of the Coquille Com great deal about the Boy Scouts but
Show. To some of their old-time fa don’t forget that we have one of the
vorites they had added a few not youngest and one of the finest Camp
heard from them before, and the deaf Fire organizations in the state.
ening encores with which each ef
There were two girls who received
fort was received proved the Can the honors at the “Woodgathers’ ”
aries are just as popular today as they rank: Nadine Ashworth and Geraldine
Mrs. Woodyard presided at the pi
A large group of thirty-two girls
ano and led the group in singing “God received the awards of advancement
to the “Trailseekers’ ’’rank.
Frank A. Pook and O. L. Wood were names are: Carol Kronsteiner, Har
appointed as tellers for the election by riet Walker. Mary Ann Walker, Louise
President Don Gillespie, who thanked Ferry, Norma Terry, Norma Helvi,
the chamber for the co-operatiob Roberta Medley, Lucille Morse, Betty
given him by the chamaber mem
Lee Renfro. Shirley Van Fleet, Nancy
during his incumbency of the
Haga, Velma Coy, Shirley Hnm-
The vote, with nearly 50 memtei
, Veraie Willis, Donna Lae Laq-
taking part, resulted In theelectidhc íll ÍSÍ JftUsh Hickam, Joyce Benham,
R. L. Stewart as president, O. L. Wood Marianne Rackleff, Eulia McCracken,
as vice-president, and C. M. Howard Anne Harbison, Anita Martindale,
as treasurer. To insure he would be Carol Jean Gray, Donna Mae Howe,
defeated for the presidency. Dr. Ralph Nancy Grant, Joann Savage, Alene
F. Milne passed around the cigars to Hunt, Rose Marie Peart. Sally Bon
all those who would agree to vote ney, Betty Dalton, Bonnie Zwicker,
for Mr. Stewart.
Dorothy Wersh, Dorothy Hughes, and
The vote for 27 directors of the Lenora Warnstaff.
chamber was extremely close, the
count as made by the tellers and the
chamber’» secretary, Mrs. J. E. Nor
ton, showing the following to have
Dr. Ralph Milne, Andy Anderson.
Mayor Gilbert Gable, C. W. Noyes,
J. L. Stevens, J.. A. Lamb, Geo. A. Ed Divelbiss and Archie McLeod were
Ulett, Geo. Witters, H, A. Young, Lafe here from Port Orford Monday to
Compton, J. £. Norton, Geo. Jenkins, present to the county court a petition
Dr. T. DeLaRhue, Don Gillespie, J. which Mr. Noyes stated contained
L. Smith, R. A. Jeub, Lloyd Claver, between 500 and 600 names, asking foe
B. W. Dunn, Tailant Greenough, Geo. a road across the mountain from the
Oerding, Dr. J. D. Rankin, Wm. end of the Sixes road to Powers, a
Ulett, Glen Claver, George Taylor, distance of 12 to 14 miles, The same
Drue Cunningham, Muri Pettit, M. O. petition was presented to the Curry
Hawkins, Dave Biegger, A. N. Gould. county court on Tuesday.
Straight and honest thinking by
All that the courts of the counties
society, business, labor, government are asked to do is to maintain the
officials and every section of this com road, which will be used for trans
plex life in the United States are the porting timber, minerals and dairy
greatest need of this democracy, was and farm stuff. The plan as approved
one of Mr. Cailey's conclusions, ac by the forest service headquarters at
companied by the statement that Granta Pass is that the actual road
nearly all are doing this straight for building shall be done by the CCC
ward thinking and that the public re boys, under the supervision of the
lations attitude of business, large and forest service.
small, is doing more to create con
fidence among the people at this
country than was ever accomplished
be.ore The interpretation of an en
terprise to the public is the most nec
essary policy for assmall business that
A change in the ownership and
it may grow larger and for a large
corporation that it may expand to management of the Tip Top confec
tionery became effective last Sun
its limit of usefulness.
Two or three humorous but pointed day when Wm. G. Walker bought the
stories were interwoven in his talk interest of Alan Bailey, his partner
and in the course of it he referred to , for several years in the place. Mr.
the fact that it required about $20 ' Walker will continue to operate the
to kill a man in Caesar’s wars, $20,000 Tip Top on the. same high^
for each soldier sacrificed in the first * service which has characterized it
world war and $50,000 for each man ' under the partnership.
who has lost his life in the present, Mr. Bailey intends going to Port
Orford, where he will be associated
eastern hemisphere conflict.
with Mrs. Bailey's father in business.
Sixes To Powers
Bill Walker Now
Howard Kyle, son of Mr. and Mrs.
A. A. Kyle of this city, left today for
San Diego, where he will enter the
Navy, having signed up last week in
Marshfield. Howard goes in under
The Charity dance in the Commun the new regulations allowing enlist
ity Building . this coming Saturday ments at 17 years of age.
evening. Dec. 7, is being sponsored by
¡F. A. Hannon’s car in which he de
most cf the civic and fraternal or-
livers morning papers, is .the third
kjrs Frank Schram suffered a se
ganizaiiorw in Coquille. The proceed»
car te have suffered a broken pan*t rious and painful accident last week
will be used to defray the cost.of
the intersection of the drive on Shpr- when she fell in a store downtown
Dance December 7 ||
A Spot Which
Mrs. Schram Suffers
Powers J. of ?
Then heing so little need for a jus-11”
* "Shady” arid'his dance band will X"
ties of the peaccand unstable dis- ™«iSK and-is the result of the eorth
"¿furnish thé Music for 'the dance.
trict at Powers—No. 11—the county sinking away at the end of the pave
court last Friday approved an order ment where it meets the dirt road.
Mr and Mrs Irving Larson plan to abolishing the* district and placed that
leave Friday for St Helens to spend section in the Myrtle Point district,
Mrs. O. C. Sanford returned Friday
several days visiting relatives.
from a brief trip to Portland.
Council Plans On
With Mayor Milne and all council
men except Everett Seeley present
for the session of the city dads Mon
day evening, a two hour session was
The residents of Kelley street, a '
block long at the extreme northeast
comer of the city, had a petition on
file asking for a gravel improvement.
The city engineer will check on the
cost and the property included on
the petition which will have to pay
At the suggestion of the chairman
of the street committee, Everett
Seeley, the council voted to have stop
signs installed on Third street, on
either aide "of Henry. This is at the
northeast court house block comer
where collisions have often happened
in the past. ,
A contract for the city’s supply of
chlorine far its 1941 use. at-9 cents
a pound, fob Tacoma, was made with
the Hooker Chemical Co.
A dance hall license was granted
Pat Hayes for the basement of the
Machon building. Ifeh^
using the Community Building for
A class B package and retail beer
license application of Ora Allen for
the Rex Tavern was approved.
An ordinance was adopted levying
the assessments for the payment of
the Heath street graveling improve
ment between Fifth and Sixth.
An amendment to the city’s plumb
ing ordinance was adopted as wag
another authorizing the completion
of the street improvement on Hall
street and the building of the side
walk in front of Le Roy’s Barber
& Beauty Shop. A call for bids for
construction of the sidewalk was also
When contemplated a
couple of years ago it was to have
been a W. P A. job but there is noth
ing of that kind possible here now
and the walk will be built either un
der contract or by day labor under
the supervision of the engineer.
The leasing of the Community
Building to J. W. Reyan for a skat
Council s Reply To
Comments Last Week
In view of the comment by the so-
called First Coquille Budget Com
mittee," which appeared in last
issue of the Coquille Valley Sentinel
purporting to set forth the facte in
volved in the preparation of what
was therein called “the. Coquille City
Budget recently rejected by the Coun
cil” we feel that the entire picture
of the situation should be presented
to the people. We do this in all due
respect to the signers and approvers
of last week's comment since they
have indicated that they have stated
their position “as clearly , as they
The main, but pot only, point of
real controversy involved the budget
ing of an item of $3,000.00 for a “Fire
Equipment Sinking Fund,” which
fund was established by an ordinance
making it possible to accumulate
funds over u three-year period winch
could be used for the purchase of fire
fighting equipment, the purchase
of a truck equipped with a pumper
being the intention of the council.
This ordinance was adopted pur
suant to a law passed by the state
legislature in 1939, for the purpose of
saving cities the expense of a bond
issue in obtaining fire-fighting equip
ment. The adoption of this ordinance
was essential to the creation of such
It has been intimated that since this
ordinance was passed by the council
the night before the meeting with the
aforementioned committee that it was
done for the purpose of double cross
ing the committee. For some time
brought on the council to provide a
pumper and the mayor and council
gave a lot of time and thought to the
matter and to the best method of ob
taining a pumper. During the few
weeks immediately prior to this meet
ing the purchase of this equipment
had been asked by the Chamber at
Commerce. a committee appearing
committee to arrangs terms and pay- before the council to make the re
ments for the lease.
quest, and strongly urged by the fire
There was some discussion, with
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no action taken, on a revision of the
ordinance which fixes the rates for
the use of water. The rate is not
to be lowered for home owners but
apartments and auto courts, where
the tenancy is fairly permanent, may
find the monthly rate a little higher. x The Coos county budget, as adopted
When the new rates are established by the county court at the public hear
the Sentinel will present them in ing last Friday, means a 1941 tax
levy of 18.9 mills for county purposes
The property owners on North which is three mills lower than the
Willard street, on Spurgeon Hill near 1940 rate
Total expenditures as approved
the Odd Fellows cemetery were in
attendance at the meeting to com Friday were Set at $868,419.47 of
plain about the fish pond which which $464,236.69 will be raised by
exists in front of their properties, or the 18.9 mills levy.
The application of three lady mem
rather to ask if the lake is to be kept
of the Coos county health asso
there that it be stocked with fish.
Some years ago the city put in a ciation that the pay for the county
culvert there to arrange for the run health unit be raised, was denied by
off there, but the property owners the county court.
The elimination of $7,000 originally
over whose land the run-off would
flow have kept the end of the cul budgeted for state taxes, before it
vert plugged with rock and mud to was known there would be no state
the detriment of all those who live tax in 1941, accounted for the drop
there or anyone who wants to use the of one-tenth of a mill in the rate.
street, just south of the dead end. There were also a few other changes
The city engineer and the water in the budget proposal as printed in
superintendent were instructed to try the Sentinel a month ago.
To Be 18.9 Mills
and work out a plan which would
relieve the water congestion, with
out damaging any property.
Rotarians To Have
“Your America,“ a patriotic film,
was shown at the Rotary Club lunch
eon at the hotel on Wednesday. The
film was one obtained by the high
school and George Folsom was the
It was decided to,hold the annual
Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec.
18, and Stuart Norton was named to
assist the program chairman in mak
ing arrangements for the affair.
Rotarian Wm. Lyons, of Eugene,
was present as a guest.
Junior Women To
For Woman's Club
Members at St. James parish held
their first dinner of the winter sea
son Wednesday at Guild hall. Tables
were decorated with ivy, fed apples
and tall red candles. As is always
the case, when the Episcopalians hold
a potluck, it was a ’grand dinner.’
Those present were Rev. and Mrs.
C. M. GuUbert and Beth, Messrs, and
Mesdames J. S Barton and Ben, H.
N Lorenz, L. L. Bonney and Sally,
John Martin and Bruce, Julius Ruble
and Laura Emily, C. Vernon Smith,
Frank Pook, Charles Selbig, Charles
Stauff, C E. Schroeder, Lee Hand,
Mesdames A. J. Sherwood, E. W. Lqr-
enz, Ida Owen, Martha Gratke, Annie
Robinson, James Watson, W N.
Briner, and Messrs. Harry Slack, Judy
and Harry, Jr., V. R Wilson, the Miss
es Siegni Young, Mary Margaret Ged-
ney, Anne Barton, Georgia Briner
For almost a . week.
and the AtnrtBary
paralysis is gradually leaving, Mrs.
Schram must spend two more weeks
lying flat on her back. She cannot
read or do any sort of work to break
the monotony of her convalescence.
the Christmas program with special
The Holy Name Altar society will
music and carols. All members of
the senior club are urged to attend hold a tea towel, apron and food sale
Saturday at Thrift’s Grocery.
and welcome the junior club.
of her eyes.