Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 1886-1927, June 01, 1906, Image 1

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No. 9.
Been a Success and Outlook En
couraging for Next Term
Large Class Next Year.
The schools of Grants Pass closed
their work for the year last Friday
and in the evening the commencement
exercises were held in the opera bouse.
The stage was tastily decorated with
the class colors of white and green and
flags and bunting. Flowers in profu
sion save added beauty to the scene
ami honnnnti in nlentv were for the
graduates. There was a large attend- J
un. nf tha natrons of the schools and
they greatly appreciated the interest
ing features of the program.
The exeroUes opened by a well rend
ered instrumental selection by an or
chestra made up of pupils of Prof. W.
A. Henry. CUy Superintendent R. R.
Turner then read bis report of the
"wor of the schools for the term. The
ishowing made was very gratifying to
teachers and parents and gave proof
that the schools of Grants Pass were
such that the citlzenBof the city could
be proud of and that they equaled the
best grade and high schools in the
state. Subjoined is a synopsis of the
report of Supt. Turner.
A vocal solo by Mrs. W. L. Ireland
was exceedingly well rendered and was
given a hearty encore by the audience.
President P. L. Campbell of the
State University had been engaged to
deliver the address, but he could not
reach the city in time to meet his ap
pointment. President Campbell was
in Jackson oonnty where he had deliv
ered the addresses at the Jacksonville
and Medford high school commence
ments a' d was stranded at Medford by
reason of trains not rnnning, the South
ern Paciflo being tied up by a big land
slide in California. The lack of trains
also stranded Hon. W. C. Haw ley, of
Salem, in Grants Pass, he having
given the prinoipal address at the re
publican rally in this city the previ
ous evening. At the request of Supt.
Turner and Chairman Gilkey, of the
school board, Mr. Hawley made the
address, of the evening. Brains, that
most valuable of finished products,
Mr. Hawley took as hit theme and
be made a most convincing argument
iu favor of boys and girls, men and
women acquiring the greatest brain
efficiency and capacity possible. Brute
foroe no longer ruled the world or
brought soocess to the individual in
any walk of life. His address was
scholarly and of high merit and made
a line impresson on the young people
of the school and on the older persons
A very pleasng selection by the or
chestra under Prof. Henry was rend
ered after which H. L. Gilkey, chair
man of school board presented the
Hgh school graduates with their di
plomas. There were four in the class.
Daisy Cole, Blanche Ferdine,
Addie I
Robinson and Dale Williams and the
young Indies had each made fine reo
ords in school and attained high rat
ings in the examination papers. That
the class was so small and that it con
tained no boys was commented on by
Chairman Gilkey in his address and
he attributed it to the spirit of com
mercialism now dominating the land.
The average boy and girl so goon as
old enough earn money, imbibing this
spirit, quit sohool some even before
the high school grades were reached
and went out in the world but half
a asm
Sell Ileal tstate
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I do not ask for a Contract or the Exclosivesale all I want is
W. L. IRELAND. "The Real Estate Man
Ground Floor OourlerJBldg. OramtsIPass, Obe. P
prepared for the struggle of life. Mr.
Gilkey laid special stress on the work
ing value of an edncal ion and expressed
the hope that parents would more fully
realize the need of at least a thorough
oornuion school education for their
children and would keep them at their
at odes until they had completed the
high school course.
For the school year of; 1906-7 the ex
pectation is that the Grants Pass High
School will have the largest enroll
ment in its hiBtory, for there has been
an nnosually large eighth grade class
graduated from the schools of this city
and from the schools of the connty. It
is expected that folly 60 pupils will en
ter the high school for the next term
as there are 38 eighth grade graduates
from the Grants Pass schools and 12
who passed In the recent examination
except in one or two studies and these
they will take at the June lexamina-
tion. ' There will be fully as many
graduates from tho other schools of the
oonnty as from this oity.
The following are the scholars of the
Grants Pass schools who passed the
eighth grade the recent examination:
Rojf Cheshire, Clifford Dean, James
DeLameter, Geo. Fay, Errol Gilkey,
Lionel Gordon, Henry Newell, Dale
Sturgis, Stewart Disbrow, Gladys
Archer, Marion Clarke, Electa Chap
man, Jessie Cargill, Alice Huggerth,
Pearl Kerns, Emma Loughridge, Em
ma Letcher, Fannie Montgomery, Jose
McCarthy, Geneva Myers, Lacosta
Mangum, . Zora Perry, Alma Wolke,
Vera Whipple, Fannie Yont, Cleta
WlliiauiB, Myrtle Moore, Maud Peach
ey, Orville Whipple.
The report of' City Superintendent
Turner showed that the enrollment for
this term had been 902, for last year
893 a gain of 69. Average daily attend
ance 67 for this term aud for last term
58, a gain of 61. Canes of tardiness
for this term 159 and for last term 204,
a decrease of 45 for this year, a good
showing as the enrollment was muoh
larger than for last year.
The following is the roll of honor of
those making the best standing in at
tendance, deportment and writing :
(Coniinuedou Page Two.)
Bonds of $13,000 Voted and New
Brick to Be Completed
This Summer.
The election Monday on an issue of
15,000 in bonds for funds to build the
Third Ward school house resulted in
an almost unanimous vote in favor of
the proposition. In anticipation of
the bonds being voted the board has
had plans prepared for an eight-room
brick building and have advertised for
bids for its construction. All bids
must be in by June 6 and Chan, E.
Burggraf of Albany the architect, will
be in Grants Pass this Friday to meet
bidders who may wish further infor
mation as to plans and specifications
for the building.
The new bnilding is to embody all
the latest ideas in school architecture
and will be a credit to Grants Pass.
An innovation to Southern Oregon
schools will be a play ground of an
acre adjoining the grounls of the
building this tract having a part of it
in a handsome grove of shade trees.
The building is to be oompleted ready
for the opening of school whioh will be
1 the seoond Monday in September.
they are
Cleanly Shows That Charges
Against Him Have No
Editor Courier : I note that in the
issue of the Oregon Observer of date
May 23, 1906, F. W. Chausse makes
reference to the county court's al
lowance of certain bills in favor of
Dr. F. W. Kremer, with the inten
tion apparently of casting some re
flection on me personally, because of
the matters connected with the allow
ance of his bills, and I desire through
your columns to make a true statement
of the facte, in order that no impres
sion may go abroad that there is any
thing in the transactions which was
not strictly proper and just.
It will be remembered that during
the Spring and Summer of 1903 there
was an epidemic of smallpox in the
outlying districts of this county.
For the purpose of providing medi
cal assistance in case of such epi
demics, the legislature, in its regular
session of 1903, passed an act which
was approved and wert into effect
February 18, 1903, which gave the
State Board of Health power to compel
connty boards of health and all other
persons to cause any special disease
and mortality to be abated and re
moved, and provided for a fine of f 100
in case of uach violation of any order
of the State Board.
Upon the disease threatening to
become epidemic in Josephine couuty,
the State Board of Health took charge
of the matter under its legislative
powers, and repeatedly ordered the
county board to quarantine the
various esses, and to furoith neces
sary medical assistance.
Dr. W. F. Kremer was under con
tract with the county to furnish neces
sary medical assistance to county
paupers and indigent poor, but his
contract did not cove extraordinary
services performed for others under the
orders of the State Board of Health.
The County Commissioner's Court
endeavored to compel the State Board
to pay these extraordinary expenses
occasioned through their orders, and I
personally and at my own expense
went to Portland to confer with the
State Board in an endeavor to relieve
Josephine county of the expenses, but
I found that no provision had been
made by the legislature for the pay
ment of such expenses, but that the
State Board required the various
counties to defray all expenses so oc
casioned within their limits, and it
therefore .became incumbent upon the
board of county commissioners to
make proper allowances for payment
of these expenses.
The first bills that were presented
by Dr. Kremer and Dr. Love were cnt
down by the connty oomissioners con
siderably below the amonnt claimed,
and Dr. Kremer was very much dis
satisfied at the amounts allowed, and
was proposing to take action agaiust
the oounty to compel the payment of
the usual fees and charges. When the
bills referred to in Mr. Chausse's ar
tides were presented to the county
oourt by Dr. Love, the matter of the
previous allowances was discussed,
and it was suggested by Dr. Love
that if the county oonimltsioners
would increase these claims about 10
per cent that it would be aocepted in
settlement of Dr. Kremer'a claims
for previous services. Dr. Love at
this time had charge of Dr. Kremer's
baslness and was conducting it
After doe consideration the county
court concluded that it would be ad
visable to adjust the dispute aud re
lieve the oounty from furthsr liability
by making Dr. Kremer an additional
allowance, all of which was done,
snd the warrants aocepted in full
satisfaction and discharge of Dr.
Kremer's claims against the county.
It is insinuated in the article that
the warrants or the proceeds thereof
came to me. The fact in that matter
is this: when the warrants were is
sued they were turned over to Dr.
Love and by him tamed over to me
and sold to the bank at 9Bo and by Dr.
Love's diarctioos were applied to pay
certain drafts and claims of wholesale
houses and others against Dr. Kremer,
that were then lying in the bank
awaiting payment, and this W abso
lutely the only connection with or in
terest in the matter that I have ever
In endeavoring to smirch me in this
transaction Mr. Chsusse brings into
question the official integrity of the
two oonnty
oomm Isslooers 'who sat in
the board session aud who acted in
these matters.
Had these expenses been voluntarily
incurred by the county oourt, then
Mr. Chausse might be entitled to
question our judgment and business
aenmeu in subjecting the couuty to
such expenses, but no right minded
person would attempt to condemn me
or the connty commissioners for allow
ing hills which were forced upon the
connty by operation of law and the
aots of a superior board over which
we bad no control.
I have read ovr the preseding ar
ticle, shown me by Judge Booth. I
remember clearly that one bill which
was put into the county in my name,
while I was in Dr. Kremer's employ.
was out iu two iu the middle by the
eourt. I also remember that I dis
cussed with Jndge Bootb, that faot,
and insisted that it should have been
allowed. My reoollection is that I
caused the bills at Dr. Kremer's, re
ferred to in Judge Booth's artiole, to
be prepared by our bookkeeper and
then sent them to be presented to the
court, which was done. Subject to
these modifications, I believe Judge
Booth's article fairly states the facts
in the premises, as clearly as I can
now remember them. D. P LOVE.
Jump-off-Joe Farmer Is Making
Money by Modern Inten
sified Farming.
The idea has been dominant in Rogue
River Valley since its first settlement
that only the rich, bottom lands were
fit for agricultural purposes and this
belief was given some foundation by
the failures of many farmers who at
tempted to grow crops and froit on
the less favored lauds of the Valley.
What is known as the Flanagan ranch
in Jump-off-Joe Valley, seven miles
from Grants Pass, has been a fair
illustration of so many Josephine
county ranches for heretofore it has
been a losing venture to all who have
handled it. Last year this tract of
land, which consists of 720 acres, was
purchased by P. H. Jewell, who came
here from Columbia oounty in this
state. Mr. Jewell is a farmer who
uses his brains quite as much as his
muscle and is an alert student in
modern argicultnral methods.
The land he purchased is largely of
the much detested granite soil yet Mr.
Jewell saw that it could be made to
prodooe crops as has been demon
strated by other progressive farmers in
this county. By deep plowing, early
planting and by shallow aud fre
quent cultivation to conserve the
moisture Mr. Jewell was confident
that he could make the land a profit
able investment. And this he is
demonstrating in a most satisfactory
manner for he has 30 acres of fine
grain and an acre each of sugar beets,
carrots aud beans that give promise
of a good yield. He has a fine p-' eh
of corn and an aore of potatoes,
That the potatoes will yield a good
crop is now an assured fact for Tues
day he brought the first to Grants
Pass, leaving a mess of as fine Early
nose as a cook would wlsli to serve.
As his potatoes are the first on the
market, Mr. Jewell has more orders
than be can fill at three cents a pound.
as against a cent a pound later in the
season. Mr. Jewell is only growing i
small acreage this season while test
iog his land and the demands of the
ket, but he expects to next year in
crease his crop ares.
Mr. Jewell is also taking up dairy
lng and hog aud poultry raising so as
to diversify his industry aud also to
enrich the fertility ot his soil. He
Is now milking eight cows and ha ex
pects to milk 20 during the Winter
mouths when the price of cream is
highest. He ships his creamto the
Medford creamery, as there is no
creamery in Grants Pass, or in Jose
phiue except near Kerbv in the Illi
nois Valley. Mr. Jewell has about i
hundred hogs aud he U convinced that
there is profit in them that he will
keep a large number on his farm.
Tuesday he brought a wagon load of
Hti. fat hogs to the Grants Pass roar
ket and he plans to have hogs to anil
from time to time during the year.
which with the rnonthlv receipts from
(Team will give him a steady income.
Mr. Jewell sowed a fluid of vetch
this Spring bat the crop will be light
as the seeding was too late. Here'
after be will sow early in the Fall.
Mr. Jewell will also engage In froit
raising and he bas 10 acres of bearing
trees, half to apples and half to
peaches. The trees are well loaded
and the quality ot the fruit promises
to be very fine. Mr. Jewell will
study the soil conditions of his land
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location will plant a large orchard.
Located in Illinois Valley and Is
a Fine Plant Begins Op
erations June 15.
The Industrial development of Jose
phine county is coming on apace and
one after another
of the causes that
of cash, sent away
oould be produced
The first flour mill
drain the oonnty
for products that
here, is stopped.
in the county was put in operation two
months since in Grants Pass is turn
ing out a high grade of flour and is
building op a satisfactory business,
bnt oould do better if the housewives
of Josephine oounty would give their
preference when ordering flour to the
brands made by the Grants Pass
mills, provided the quality and the
price are equal to that of the imported
Butter is another artiole the impor
tation of which takes thousands of
dollars each ' year out of Josephine
oounty to the financial loss of the
oounty, but this drain on the wealth
of the oommnnity is certain at no dis
tant date to ceafe. As a result of the
farmers Institutes held in Josephine
oounty by Dr. Withycombe and his
staff from the State AgrlcuUural Col
lege, in which the farmers were told
of the steady and profitable income to
be had from dairying, that industry is
being taken np quite extensively in
various sections of this oounty.
Large quantities of cream are now
being shipped from Grants Pass and
Merlin to Medford aud Portland
creameries, while large quantities of
butter is made by farmers who do not
ship cream. A creamery will be
quite certain to be erected at Provolt
this year and within the near future
there will be creameries at Merlin aud
Wilderville. There may though be
built at Grants Pass, where the mar
ket would be for the butter and the
buttermilk, one big creamery that
would handle the cream from all sec
tions of the central and northern parts
of the oounty.
The southern part of the oonnty now
has a creamery iu oourse of construc
tion and it will be la operation by the
last of next week. Wednesday the
last two loads of machinery were
taken by team from Grants Pass for
tho creamery, the teams being in
charge of Carl Johnson, one of the
owners of the oreamery, and Win. Mo-
Kenney of Kerby. The other ma
chinery has been hauled out and is
being set np. The creamery is located
at the jonotion of the Grants Pass
and Crescent City stage road and the
Sucker Valley road and is iq the cen
ter of the Illinois Valley, being six
miles each from Kerby and Waldo and
three and a half miles from Holland
ine building was completed some
time since and is a substantial frame
struoture 38x40 feet of two stories
and a basement. The basement and
first floor will be for the orsamery and
the seoond floor will be for a public
hall. The equipment is of the latest
make and it will be an op-to-date
creamery inj every respect. With the
beginning of operations cream will
be had from 200 cows and saoh is the
More New Goods
Comforts, Oots, Tents, Hammocks
Weathered Oak Dining Chairs
New shapes in Dining Chairs Golden Oak
New shapes in Small Hookers
Porch Shades to roll op
New Conch Covers, Portieres, etc.
Lace Curtains
60 inch Large Curtain, usually sold for II, our price 6So
108" a beauty ' " a. " " ia.10
84 " Irish Point" " " " 4.50" " 9.9S
Lamberquln, " " f 1.75" " 1.20
10,000 Rolls New Wall Papers'
The best we have ever shown for the money from the
cheapest op to (1.50 roll
New Carpets-
We are headquarters for thiogs for the house make it oor busi
ness to show good goods, snappy up-to-date stuff at really better
pries than lota of mill and jobbing house old tail ends are worked
off at onr motto "Money back if you want it."
Thomas r O'Neill
The Lar jut HoiiKfurnlshln j Cencern In Southtm Ortjon.
interest taken in dairying by the
farmers of Illinois Valley that the as
surance is given that the cream will
be had from more than 300 cows.
The Illinois Valley Creamery will
be the name of this the first creamery
erected iu Josephine county and the
batter will bear that name as a brand.
The owners of this creamery are
George Mathewsoo, a well known
farmer and dairymau of Sucker Valley,
and Carl J. Johnson, a young man
who came to that Valley two years
ago. A first-class butter maker from
one of the1 big Willamette Valley
creameries will be in charge of the
Endorses Plan to Shorten and
. Better Their Roads to
Giants Pase. J
G. V. Winetrout was a caller at the
Courier office Tuesday. Mr. Wins
trout resides on Thompson creek two
miles above Applegate postofflce
where he has a large farm and is en
gaged in raising bay and cattle. He
stated that grass was fine and that
stock were doing 'well but that the
heavy raiu of late were making it
dlffloult save the first crop of al
falfa. Iu regard to the plan proposed by E.
N. Provolt, candidate for oounty com
missioner, to straighteu and improve
the road from Grauts Pass to Murphy,
Provolt, Williams and Missouri Flat
Mr. Winetrout ; stated that the set
tlers of Thompson creek aud of Ap
plegate Valley in the viciuity of
Applegnte postoflloe were very much
in favor of this road Improvement.
By this plan the road would be short
ened fully two .miles and the grade
would be greatly improved it being
so reduced as to not exceed three per
cent in any one place. FromAnple-
gate postoflloe, where the road down
Thompson oreek intersects the main
oouuty road, it isj an even distanoe to
uants raai and to Medford. it being;
20 miles to either place. The farmers
market their produce and trade in
both towns but prefer Grants Pass as
they are able to realize better prloes
for their produce than at Medford.
With the round trip shortened by four
miles from the Josephine connty
boundary to Grants Pass and the road
put on almost a level and no heavy
hill to pull over as from Medford
across the divide to Applegate Valley,
the farmers from Thompson oreek and
the middle section of Applegate Val
ley would all come to Grants Pass to
do their trading and sell their pro
duoe. Thompson oreek heads ia
Jossphine county and Mr. Winetrout
states that most of the settlers live in
this oounty and they have to oome to
Grants Pass onoe a yeai or oftener to
attend oourt and to pay their taxes and
as their county interests are witb
Grants Pass they would do all their
trading here if tbey were afforded a
shorter and better road than to Med
ford. Throe-fourths of the area of Japaa
is mountainous, aud less than IB per
cent is under cultivation.
We are still running the Speaial Sale 48o
"goods for S5o our line iiootnplete. Jj "