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rHE C oquille H erald
COQUILLE, COOS COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, MAY 1, 1917.
FOR BETTER HIGHWAYS
SOME BOOSTS FOR BETTER
ROADS AND THE BIG
Many Reasons Why Our Voters Should
Support The Movement 1 hat Will
Pull This Part of Oregon
Out of the Mud.
According to the figures which have
just been compiled, the cost of engi
neering to Coos county on the roads
improved under the bond issue has
been less than the premium of approx
imately $12,500, which was received
on the sale of the bonds, by more
than $2,000. As all engineering costs
were assumed by the State Highway
department April 1, 1917, Coos coun
ty will be able to spend more actual
money than the $302,000 of bonds vot
ed in actual construction.
Engineering expenses on the bond
issue projects up to April 4 , 1917,
amounted to $10,150.33, or 2.71 per
cent of the total amount available un
der the bond issue. These expendi
tures include all charges of whatever
nature which could be culled either
engineering or administrative, includ
ing office supplies and expenditures
incurred by the County Court in se
curing rights of way, abstracting
deeds, advertising bonds, etc. The in
dividual expenditures for each project
have been as follows:
Coquille-Marshfield Road . . . $2,537.68
Bandon-Curry County Road. 2,116.80
Coquille-Myrtle Point Road. 1,556.03
Coquille-Bandon Road.......... 1,819.35
Coos Bay north Road............ 2,120.41
The above cost covers all of the
preliminary surveys on forty-five
miles of road and it includes the prep
aration of maps, profiles and esti
mates in accordance with the regula
tions of the Federal government, and
the preparation of the specifications
for this mileage. It also includes the
final locations for twenty-six mile3
which are frequently loft until the
work is under contract.
On his recent visit to Coos county,
State Highway Engineer Herbert
Nunn advised County Roadmaster
R. B. Murdock that he was very
anxious to have the contracts for road
improvement under Coos county’s
bond issue let at the earliest possible
date. He gave three very pertinent
reasons for immediate action:
First, to reduce overhead engineer
ing expense which might be excessive
if work were delayed over a long
Second, to take advantage of the
dry season which will insure better
Third, more proposals will be re
ceived and more responsible contrac
tors will bid if the proposals are open
ed before general (work ! starts all
along the Coast.
Roadmaster Murdock has called the
attention of the County Court to Engi
neer Nunn’s desire and urged that the
Coos Bay north section and the Co
quille-Myrtle Point section be adver
tised as soon as possible. The Coale-
do-Coquille section is already being
advertised, and the Coquille-Bandon
section still requires that considerable
right of way be secured before the
contract can be let.
If Coos county roads are in shape,
there will be a considerable amount
of sight-seeing done by the visiting
bankers who come to Marshfield June
8th and 9th for the State Bankers’
convention. Many of the bankers have
expressed a desire to come to Coos
Bay by automobile and J. H. Booth,
Un?f -d SfnVr.s S
-president of the Douglas County Na
tional Bank at Roseburg, has been
appointed to report on road condi
tions. He has called the matter to
the attention of the Douglas County
Court and if the weather is favorable
he expects to arrange to have the
Roseburg-Myrtle Point road in shape
to serve the visiting bankers.
In case the Six Million Dollar Bond
Issue is passed on June 4th, it will
be possible for Coos county to assure
the bankers that at some later date
they can motor to Coos Bay in com
fort. If the bonds are not voted, It
will not be possible for the State
Highway Commission to be as liber
al in providing for the improvement
of the road from Coos Bay to the out
If the Six Million Dollar Bond Is-
j sue is voted by the people of Oregon
June 4th, there is a prospect of the
early improvement, with State and
j Federal funds, of the road through
! Curry county and the opening of the
[ road from Coos Bay to the Umpqua.
At a recent meeting of the State
Highway Commission with the rep
! resentatives of the Forest Service, it
I was agreed that Federal and State
funds to the amount of approximately
j $100,000 would be available to the im
provement of the Curry county road
j and the Reedsport project. The ex-
| penditure of these fnuds, which it is
j understood are to be divided equally,
will be contingent upon similar expen-
j ditures by the counties. Coos county
has already provided to meet her
share of the appropriation with the
funds raised by last year’s bond issue.
In case the Six Million Dollar Bond
Issue does not carry, it will probably
be impossible to divert the State and
Federal money into this section as
there are other Forest Roads much
nearer the centers of population, par
ticularly along the Columbia river,
which under the present plan will be
taken care of by the State bond issue.
Several months in the year children
in many Coos county school districts
use the Southern Pacific tracks as a
thoroughfare. The $6,000,000 State
road bonds will provide money to pave
the road from Marshfiedl to Myrtle
Point. There are five schools on this
road and if the children are given
the paved road instead of the choice
between mud and the railroad they
will be removed from the danger of
passing log trains. '
The esthetic value of roads well
built and clean is sometimes reluc
tantly conceded or in some cases de
nied by individuals. It may be no
ticed, however, that a)ong improved
roads there is a tendency of farmers
to improve the appearance of their
homes and farm buildings. The pres
ence of good roads seems in many
cases to stimulate latent self respect
into practical expression.
There is no wonder that a bog of
well-nigh impassible mud before one’s
door should rfeact unfavorably upon
the entire family. The improved road
not only has an esthetic value in it
self but it is potent in awakening the
dwellers along its borders to a sense
( of esthetic values in farm buildings
i and home surroundings.
trunk lines will be used on laterals and
other less traveled roads if the good
roads bond issue is voted by the people
at the June election.
Clackamas county, the home of C. E.
Spence, Grange leader, who is oppos-
i ig the road bond bill, is reported to
have spent $3,000,000 oil roads in the
last ten years and has three or four
miles of good roads to show for it.
In 1910 the people of California voted
bonds to the amount of $18,000,000 for
good roads by a small majority. I-ast
Fall by a 4 to 1 vote they approved a
further bond issu * of $15,000,000 for
the same purpose. Californians know
a good investment when they see it.
All are agreed that Oregon needs
good roads The only material differ
ence of opinion is as to the method of
financing the movement—direct taxa-
t on or bonds based on a revenue al-
r a«ly provided by law. The fact that
taxis are already l uni* ns. me is the
very best tu'gu.neni for issuing bonds.
The combined revenue from an increas
ed auto license and ti <• « xisting state
road tax will pay ine interest and re
tire at n uri:. the
r.ds o pposed in
the good roads bid.
The people will
vote on ti.i . . ! ' ’ I
election June 4th.
“ Stop renting your roads-buy them."
“ Paying as we grow is better than
paying as we go” was one of the point
ed remarks of Highway Commissioner
Adams when he recently addressed a
meeting of Portland realty men.
People won’ t go back to the farm
until they have roads to get there.
Assist the “ Back to the l arm" move
ment by voting for the road bond bill
at the June election.
Place the burden of building the
roads on those who wear them out—the
automobiles. The state license on au
tomobiles has been doubled and the
owners of these machines are willing
to pay the increased fee. All they ask
is that the money so raised shall be ex
pended in construction of good loads.
Vote for the road bond bill and assist
to bring that about.
Auto license fees alone will pay all
the costs—principal and interest—of
the $6,000,000 road bond bill and leave
a substantial balance for other roads.
And all this without an additional cent
of taxation for the farmer.
Every automobile owner in the state
should vote for the $6,000,000 road bond
bill. His licence tax was doubled by
the last legislature and he will have to
pay the increased fee anyway. If the
road bonds are voted at th • special
election in June, the money derived
therefrom is to be expended in the con
struction of a system of state-wide
Harvey G. Starkweather of Milwau-
kie, Clackamas county, for 23 years a
member of the Grange and who assist
ed in drafting the rural credits legisla
tion in this state, has the following to
say in approval of the pending $6,000,-
000 road bond bill: “ I am not pre
pared to say whether this bill i3 as good
as the one proposed by the State
Grange committee or not, but the ques
tion now up to the Oregon voter is upon
the bond issue, and speaking from the
standpoint of a farmer and Granger
since 1894 I feel that the state’s inter
est will be best served by an affirma
tive vote on the measure next June,
and 1 sincerely hope when the whole
question has been carefully studied
that the Grangers of the Mate, includ
ing the State Master, will be found on
the side of progress, assisting to pu 11
Oregon out of the mud."
“ A good road is a thing that will last
forever, when properly kept in repair,"
remarks an exchange. “ The next gen
eration has no right to be enjoying an
improvement that their fathers sweat
to pay cash for. The children of today
can use the improved roads in going to
school so why shouldn’ t they help pay
for them. Under a bonding system the
cost is distributed over a long period of
(Continued on page 4)
In building roads today, the high
way engineer must harmonize’ a num
ber of conflicting elements in deciding
upon the surface he will put down.
There are horses, autos und property
owners along the roud and all have
a direct interest in the carpet that
shall be laid upon the roadway.
The property owm rs do not want
dust, nor do they want an undue
amount of noise. II. ses want a sur
face that shall give a foothold for the
animals, as well as a smooth surface
that shall offer a minimum of fric
tion to the passing wheels of the
wagon. The motor interests want a
non-skidding surface, yet smooth
Hard surface pavement is the one
road finishing material that offers a
satisfactory answer to all demands.
It is a modern way of making roads,
other and older methods savor of the
(¡in past. Macadam was for a long
time the ideal road making material
I ul it i: n > longer able to meet the
traffic demands. It has been super-
ccdeu by ihe smooth, uniform liuul
surface on roads carrying heavy traf
Bond issues provide the funds in a
I lump sum to carry out the whole im-
| provement. The money is at once
available and the work can be carried
j cn in wholesale fashion instead of
the piecemeal construction favored in
| other days. This is the cheapest way
I of doing the work, the most perms-
| nent results are obtained and it is
I not extravagance but economy in road
The Roosevelt Commission on coun
try life reported that education and
good roads are the two needs most
frequently mentioned at the hearings,
which are held throughout the coun
try. This was in the year 1909, and
while there has been a great advance
made since that time, it is but a be
ginning in dealing with the good roads
But how can rural districts get
good schools until they have good
roads to reach the schools?
schools must have good teachers, and
teachers must be well paid or good
ones will not be attracted. In other
words, large schools, with many pu
pils, are the only ones to which good
teachers car. be supplied.
This means concentration into cen
ters and this also means gool roads
to reach them or children do not go.
In Germany, illiteracy is about three
hundredths of one per cent, while in
the United States it is over 250 times
greater. What a reflection upon rhe
roads of this country such a Condition
What is true of the schools is also
true of the churches and their intlu-
ence upon the life of the community.
If country people cannot get to church
over good roads, many of them do not
go as often as they otherwise would.
But it is the economic side of our
problems that really give rise to a de
sire for good roads in this country.
Everyone is in favor of good roads
and, apparently, has been in this
frame of mind for a lnog time and
yet, in the aggregate, we have but
few really good roads in this country.
In the first place, it is surprising
that many people do not know that it
is only the hard road that can be a
I good road every day of the year. This
may be due to the fact that they have
never used a hard road. Until they
do see and use one, they cannot real-
j ize what it means to them in de-
| creased hauling cost and greater val-
ue of thier lands and they will op
pose thereafter the building of the
! usual country road.
No one would want to go back to
ihe old methods of doing things even
I if it were possible. The new way
means progress and betterments for
j everyone. There is economy in the
' operation of motor vehiclcs.More mile
age can be covered and more tonnage
moved with the modern vehicles than
with the old. The motor car is con
venient and promotes better methods
of living. It brings contentment and
comfort to people of the rural dis-
Automobiles are bringing with
them a great army of good roads ad-
voeates. For roads passable at all
seasons of the year for autos, as well
ns for horses, must lie good roads, not
the old mud highways that have been
in vogue in this country for far too
long a time.
And those who are giving thought
to the roads problems of the country
are tearing that good roads, of first
clasv-; construction and hard surface,
really cost no more than the old, ne
glected roads, which are really the
most expensive highways that can be
l uilt in any man’s country.
B U S I N C O l-
l M READY
and Fixtures in
F. B. Anderson announced in an in
terview this morning that all the fur
niture and fixtures of the business
college will arrive and be in place by
tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. The
chairs and tables are now in plhce
and the typewriters will arrive today
and will soon lie unboxed and in place.
j Arrangements have been made with
Knowlton’s Drug Store and Fuhr-
man’s 1'harmacy whereby all texts
and supplies will lie carried constant
ly in stock.
Sixty pupils have already enrolled
and it is hoped this number will be
swelled to one hundred. Accommo
Good Roads Pointers
dations have already been made for
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publicity bureau of the Legislative arranged for on short notice.
The trtMr. is Is n 2*1.000 ton vessel. 562 feet long. She carries twelvt ■ Good Roads Tommittee, 310-311 Selling
The faculty of the school for the
tv ,clv c Inch guns, and It takes l.ot.S officers and uien to run her.
present will consist of F. B. Ander
j Building, Portland, Oregon.)
County money now spent on main * son, H. O. Anderson and Mrs. N. B.
PER Y E A R $1.50
DOUGLAS IS TO IMPROVE
F. B. Anderson will have
charge of the accounting department
while H. O. Anderson will teach the
academic branches. The Stenograph
ic Course will be under the care of
Mrs. Scott. The former two are well
known to the people of this section.
Mrs. Scott is a thoroughly trained of
fice woman. This experience has in
cluded court reporting. It might be
mentioned in this connection that this
school is offering to its pupils trained
teachers, accountants and court re-
proters, people who have actually
made their living it the exact occupa
tions they teach.
TW O MILES MORE WILL BE
PUT IN YEAR ROUND
Survey Is Completed and Court W ill No
Doubt Order W ork Begun at Next
Meeting— Planking W ill Be
Used for Surface.
County Surveyor M. B. Germond about 1200 feet in length there is ab
arrived in the city yesterday evening solutely no change in levels, although
the surrounding country is very
after completing a survey of the first
rough. The road winds a good deal,
two miles of highway through the but on curves easily negotiated and
Coquille canyon, on the Roseburg- which adds rather than detracts from
Myrtle Point road. He will immed the beauty of the highway.
The road is to be planked for the
iately set to work in preparing his
plans and specifications and expects j entire two miles according to present
to have them ready for the next term plans, and although no etsimate has
| been announced or prepared in any
of the county court.
His survey starts from the end of | way it is the belief that the cost will
the new planking in Camas valley and \ be between twelve and fifteen thous
i' jllows the course of the Coquille riv- and dollars for the entire improve
i for a trifle more than two miles. ment. It is very probable that the
Surveyed on a line following closely county court will pass an order at its
the banks of the river the road makes next session authorizing a contract
long sweeping curves with the water tor the work and that grading will be
on one side and the massive trees of begun within a few weeks.
With a two-mile improvement by
one of the finest forests on the Pacific
coast on the other, making one of the the county, only six miles remain be
most scenic roads to be found in the tween Douglas and Coos counties, a
; stretch lot almdst impassable road
Mr. Germond has planned a road which prevents the linking of two of
which will be inexpensive in construc the most productive sections of the
tion considering the nature of the state, The county, however, is with
country through which the thorough out means to make the entire im
fare is built, one which will cost but provement, under present conditions,
little for upkeep and which can be but in the event that the county bond
traveled at all times of the year at a issue is approved by the people at the
grade of less than two per cent for June election $50,000 will be appro-
the entire distance. The route is con ! i railed to complete this improvement
sidered remarkable for this one fea in a permanent manner, making a
ture, as previously the road has reach highway which will be open all the
ed as high as twenty-five per cent, year round. With state aid it will
while only a slight deviation from the probably be hard surfaced for the
present course brings it to grounds greater part of the distance and Ruse-
over which a vehicle can travel with fcurg will have an outlet for auto
practically no noticeable difference in truck travel throughout the seasons.
the grade of the bed. On one stretch - Roseburg News.
The three programs of the high
school commencement week will be
the Sixth Annual Declamatory Con
test, the Baccalaureate Service and
the final Commencement Exercises.
The first of these exercises will prob
ably be held on the evening of Thurs
day, May 24. As heretofore, the con
test will he in three sections with a
gold medal as the prize for the win
ner of each.
In the first section,
Merle Landeth and Travis Tyrrell will
represent the fifth grade, and Kath
leen Siler and Clarabel Peart will
represent the sixth grade. In the sec
ond section, the seventh grade will be
represented by Kenneth Stanninger
and Chester Howard, while Beryl
Woodruff will speak for the eighth
grade. The high school speakers will
be Marvel Skeels, Leanna Curry, Ru
by MacDonald, Katie Price and Nelli* 1
Johnson. It is possible that others
may enter later. The music for this
program will be furnished by the high
school orchestra, the girls’ glee club
and by pupils of the fourth grade.
The Baccalaureate service will be
held in the Methodist church South.
The following is the order of service:
Organ Voluntary .Genevieve C. Chase.
Hymn, “ Coronation” . . .Congregation.
Invocation..................Rev. H. M. Law.
Anthem.. .High School Girls’ Chorus.
Scripture Reading.Rev. T. H. Downs.
Anthem..............High School Quintet.
June Willey, Ada Downs, Gladys Nos
ier, Marvel Skeels, Charles Willey.
Sermon.___ ,................John L. Gary.
the grand total for the tax office for Waltermeir, deceased, was signed by
Benediction..........Rev. T. H. Downs.
' April $237,493.02, and the grand total Judge Watson. The estate consists
The final Commencement Exercises
for the 1916 taxes $319,761.48.
of $1270 personal property and $1,000
at the Masonic Hall on Tuesday even
On Saturday of this week the bids in real estate.
ing, May 29, will be as follows:
Cou: ty Treusjrer Dimmick lcs! week
Music........................ Girls’ Glee Club. will be opened on two of the Coos
county road bond projects, the unit on received his receipt from the state
Invocation..............Rev. T. H. Dow
Vocal Solo................. Miss Mabel Bay. the Coquille-Marshfield road between treasurer frr $29,276.06, this h: log the
Address......................Dr. John Straub. Coaledo and Cedra Ponit, and the first half of ihe county’s remittance for
Bandon-Curry county line road. In- state taxes for this ycp.-
Dean of Liberal Arts, U. of O.
Lec Goodman became one of the as-
Music........................ Girls’ Glee Club. 1 quiry at the offices of the roadmaster
und county clerk elicited the informa I sessor’s office crew the first of last
Presentation of Class,
..........................Supt. C. A. Howard. tion that neither of these projects is week, working on the new tax rolls for
receiving the attention from the con next year's use.
Presentation of Diplomas,
W. L. Kistner, chairman of the tractors which their importance would
seem to merit. However, it is hoped
Board of Education.
Marriage License a
Music........................ Girls’ Glee Club. that there will be a goodly represen
tation of the contractors present when
April 28 -Joseph J. Morris and
the bids are opened.
Mildred Grace Sneed.
Circuit Court Notes
The arguments in the Kinney fore
April 28— Ivan Vaumund and May
closure cases involving about 2000 Cogdill.
Several cases were cleared from the
lots at the Bay were made before
court docket Saturday in Judge
April 28—John Owre and Perl R.
Judge Skipworth Thursday afternoon.
Coke’s court and one more was wiped
I He announced postively that he would
from the records yesterday. Those
, hand down a final decision during the
handled last week were: State vs.
j month of May. He allowed John D.
Fred Feiger, State vs. Fred Gross,
Goss, attorney for Frank B. Waite,
Sargent vs. Cousins, Shuster vs. Corn
ten days more in which to submit a
wall, and State vs. McLay.
| At an uiiormal meeting of the city
brief on one phase of it.
council last evening the plans of City
. The last named resulted in acquit
County Judge Watson yesterday re Engineer Kellogg for the bulkheads
tal for the defendant.
The case of Sargent vs. Cousins, a ceived from the state engineer’s office on the First street improvement
suit for damages for $2,000 for per the requirement of specifications for were gone over and approved. The
sonal injuries to Miss rfargent result the road bed for hard surfacing by inspection was followed by a discus
ing from a collision of two wagons in the state under the bond issue. The sion as to the advisability of this
one of which she was riding, resulted specifications are for a dirt grade 24 work being done by the city with the
feet in width on all fill^ and 26 feet result that this course was determin
in a verdict for the defendant.
After deliberating something less in width on all cuts. The county .s ed upon. This will include cedar bulk
than eleven minutes, the total time also required to make all necessary heads on both sides of the street
they were absent from the court room, drainage culverts and ditches in a where it becomes necessary owing to
the Jury in the case of the state verus manner satisfactory to the state en heavy fills.
Engineer Kellogg alpo submitted
Fred Grohs and Fred Figer, of Bandon, gineer's office.
In the Probate Court yesterday the plans for the Hall street bridge which
for breaking the game laws, brought in
a verdict against Kiger hut in favor of order appointing James Waltermeir were inspected and approved by the
Gross. The case wai^tried in the cir administrator over the estate of John council.
cuit court here Saturday.
was passed on Figer yesterday morn
ing and it was the judgment of the
court that Defendant Figer pay a fine
of $50 and the costs of the case and
serve 60 days in jail. If the fine and
costs are paid thejjail sentence will be
Shuster won in his suit against Corn
wall et al in the circuit court Friday
obtaining a verdict for the full amount
of his claim, $120, for the loss of a suit
case on the Gardiner atage. The ver
dict designated J. P. Chriatie as the
particular defendant against whom the
judgment should rest, finding for the
United States Dreadnought Delaware
Court House Notes
Sheriff Gage, through his deputies,
Saturday turned over to County Treas
urer Dimmick the sum of $203,536.28
in cash, checks and post office money
orders. This sum comprises the delin
quent taxes for the years 1911, 1912,
1913, 1914 and 1915 and a part of the
1916 taxes collected prior to April 5. A
further turn-over of $33,957.74, which
cleans the sheriff’s office of collected
taxes was made yesterday. This makes
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