Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 1886-1927, July 24, 1908, Image 1

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No. 17.
Best Equipped ot Any In
Rogue River Valley
Postmaster Donnell Shows Lo
cBkl Newspaper Men Working
of the Mulls.
Through tne recent building of an
addition 23x40 feet at the rear of the
postqffice bonding, the acquisition
of a large fire proof safe, distributing
cabinets, bag-rack, as well as other
new fixtures the Grants Paa postoffice
is now one of the neateit and moat
commodious offices in Oregon outside
of Portland. While many of these
improvements and the consequent
facility in handling the mails here
might hare come in the natural course
of human events, their more expedi
tious inauguration are in a great
measure dne to the sagacity and up-to-date
methods which characterize
Postmaster Donneil's business policy.
The new bag-raok recently Installed
Is a table around which some 20 mail
bags are bung into which all mails
are distributed. On the same table
all incoming mails are dumped, and
after the letters are stamped on the
new aotomatio cancelling machine,
are classified in the seotiooal dis
tributing raok after whioh th e
paroels are distributed in varioos
boxes of the patrons. The ban-rack
and sectional distributing rack are
so situated in the room that the loss
of a parcel of mail is next to im
possible. All the various blanks used are
arranged in bandy cabinets so that
the whole is a splendid example of
system and convenience and at a mo
ment's notice either Poitmaster Don.
nell or Assistant W. A. Newell can
lay hands on any data fiat may be
wanted. The office force includes
besides the postmaster and assistant
three clerks, James DeLamater,
Clyde Martin and Lloyd Dyer.
Besides the general harmony which
prevail among the employers there is
an apparent universal . pride in tle
whole force and the result is
efficiency pins unscrupulous neatness
throughout, besides an enthusiasm
which makes the work a pleasure
raMier than an irksome task. The
new furniture and fixtures recently
installed include a number of cabi
nets aud other articles turned out by
the California Pine Box and Lumber
Co. right here at hoine, whioh are a
credit to both the office and the fac
tory where they were male.
Through the courtesy of Postmaster
Donnell the newspaper fraternity of
the city were shown through the
office one cay last week when one of
the mails was being worked, to give
the press an idea of the facility aud
accuracy with which the niaiN are
bandied each dav. On the north tide
of the new addition is a row of lockers
for envelopes and other office sup
plies as well as for the coats and hats
of the employees.
Mr. D Tim 11 states that 40 JO people
gt mail from the postolfice tons
acb day, while 8 JO mure are served
through the general delivery window
For the fifctl Tear ending March
41st, 1908, the percentage (f sain iu
pos'al receipts was 23 per cent over
that of the pro diug year; the gain
iu money orders issued for th fsmj
period was 8" per cent ; money orders
paid 5 per cent: rrsisters dinpaicbed,
20 per cent; registers rtcaived, 24
per cent sod legister in, 10
pr cent.
The gross receipts of the Gnnts
Pa off ice for the last year were over
911,000 or more than 1000 in eioss
of th amount necessary to entitle the
city to free null deliver'. Iu view of
this fact the city council recently
named the streets sod ;have just fin
ished the nombering of the house,
and at its list meeting the counoil
passed a resolution making formal ap
plication to Postmaster Donnell for
free delivery. Tbe commercial
clob also passed similar resolutions
And tbe two have already been for
warded ts tbe department at Washing
ton accompanied by Mr. Donneil's
report in connection with an applica
tion for such delivery. Mr. Donnell
advisBs the Courier that with no un
foreseen delay the people of Qrants
Pass should be enjoying the oonven
leiice of free mail delivery by the
first of Januaryif not sooner.
During ths fiscal year ending March
Slat, there were sold iu the Grants
Pass postoffice 172 International
nioDey orders and 15 were paid. Dur
ing the same period 8040 domestic
money orders were sold and 5339 paid.
Daring the year 2797 pieces of regis
tered mail were dispatched, 8775
pieces were received and 6276 pieoes
were handled in tiausit. During the
first quarter of tbe present fiscal year
the volome of business of the Grants
Pass postoffice has also materially
increased over that of any precediog
As soon as Postmaster Donnell is ad
vised of the action of the department
at Washington on the application, if
the same be favorable, an inspector
wil 1 doubtless be sent here to look
over the city and notices will then be
posted announcing aa examination for
applicants for rural carriers. This
examination will be held onder the
regular civil service roles, and the
Grants Pass office will then be en
tirely under the civil service rules
and placed in another class.
From recent'advices from Washing
ton Mr. Donnell is led to believe that
Greats Pass will be designated as tbe
location for all oivil service examina
tions to bs held in Sootbern Oregon.
This in turn will make tbe Grants
Pass office one of the most important
in the state outside of Portland and
President Gilman evnd Nine Men
Started Down Rogue River
to Establish Camp.
President L. F. Oilman and nine
men started down the Rogue River
last Friday afternoon for a point jost
below the month of Galice creek,
where tbe Oilman Bed Rock Mioing
Co will set their new machine, and
where they are now establishing
their first camp. The barge in which
they embarked is 20x40 teet and con
tained a cargo of some eight tons of
provisions, timber, rope and various
other articles. Quite a number who
hid learned that the barge was to
leave were down to s-ie Mr. Gilman
and his men mace the start.
Word reoeived by Secretary Wend
over, who is io charge of the office of
the company in this city, states that
the par'y passed through Hell's Gate
without mishap or incident. The
machine, with which this company is
to mine the bedrock of Rogue River
has jost been completed at SHcra
meuto, Cal., and will be shipped to
Merlin, from where it will b hauled
by wagon to a poiut joKt below Galice
creek. Thousands of dollar) worth of
gold have been taken from the
Rogue River aud from Galioe creek,
but thus far the ue of wing dams has
been the only method by which the
bed rock of the river bottom could be
mined, aud since the wing dam is
both expensive snd uncertain, it is
well known that millions of dollars in
gold still cling to the bed rock of the
Rogue snd its tributaries.
To s cure this valuable treasure
furnished the impetus for the inven
tion of a new machine bv Mr. Gil
man which gives every indication rf
socc s-fal river bed mining. Tne re
sult of the initial trial of the new
manhin". which will be made during
tbe latter part of tbe present month
is, t lure fore, being watched with
ere t ioterest bv not onlv mining men
bot the people Id general io this sec
tion. The soccess of the machine
will resolt io a revolution of the gold
mining indnstry throoghout,lhe slate
and will also create a demand for the
Oilman mining mschin all over the
coast country as well as Alaska.
Jf you want the bis, steel range
made, get a Malleable at Hair-Riddle's.
Christian Science Reading room.
117 E street, near Second. Servioes
11 a. m. Subject of Sunday's lesson
"Troth." Wednesday meeting 8 p. m
Fruit picking ladder jost the thing
yoo have been needing at Hair-Rid- j
dlefHdws. Co.
Tin Fruit Cans at Hair-Riddle's.
Business Houses and Res
idences Numbered.
Council at Regular Session An
nounce! Reexdineea of City
for Inexugurevtion.
The city oounoil convened in regu
lar session last Thursday night with
H. C. Kinney president of the oouncil
presiding, Mayor Smith and Conn
oilmen Burkhaltsr, Festch and Lewis
being absent.
After the reading and approval of
the minutes of the last meeting, the
petition of Edwin Smith aod J. M.
Johnston asking' lateral sewer be
ordered through tbe alley iu Blok 26
of the original townsite was read and
referred to the sewer oommittee.
The communication ot City Attorney
Clements relative to refundiug the
auctioneer's lioense to Max Zimmer
man for market day was laid on the
The following bills were reported
favorbly by the finance oommittee and
upon motion warrants ordered drawn
in payment of tbe same :
L A Robinson, labor on street.. 15 50
K E Hobion, engineering 10 00
Cramer Bros, hdw 10 80
Ranch & Cook, blabksmithing 23 65
O f Iron and Steel works, tank
etc 15 00
R R Water Co, water for flush 15 67
Western Hotel, meals, election
board 7 00
Clans Schnmiat, groceries to
quarantined oases 13 50
O P Hdw Co, plobtning 141 6
O P Hdw Co, hdw 44 69
On aoot fire, July 6th 11 25
Ordinance No 822, relating to laying
and constructing a lateral sewer on
Third street and Lawnridge avenue,
was read the first time in full and on
motion the second time . I y title.
An emergency was declared and the
ordinance was read the third time in
foil and placed upon its final passage,
all members present voting aye.
On motion the city auditor and
police judge was authorized to adver
tise for bids for the construction of a
snbmaln sewer from the corner of
third snd A streets to Second street.
The following resolution was then
passed by unanimous vote:
Whereas, the common couucil of
the city rf Grants Pass, Josephine
couoy, Ore., by ordinance duly en
acted and by contract thereafter let,
has caused to be numbered all ths
houses of said city in a systeniaic
manner, and has caused to lie
plced at the intersection of all
streets, sigus indicating the names
of ihe intersecting streets, a'l of whijh
has been done for the purpoaef f bring
ing ' the postoffice department's
attention to the fact that the city is
now ready, and that the people of the
city desire free mail delivery, ana to
that end have made inoh preparation,
therefor, be it
Resolved, by the common council in
session at a regualr meeting thereof
on July the lftth, 190S, that its auditor
and polio jorigfl w snd is herebv
instructed to impart uch to the local
lostmaiter, O. W. Donnell, and that
sail O. W. Donnell be r que ted that
this resolution be made a part f bis
official report; and that ,be foithwitb
report that it is tbe expression of tbe
commouity aod that the raople in
gxoeral are interested in demanding a
free delivery system for said city.
Done in coonoil oo this lftih day of
Joly, 1908.
There was lorue Informal discus-ion
of the proposition of the city's pur
chasing the water plant of the Rogue
River Water Co, but oo offio al action
was taken io the matter.
While Not the Success Anticipated
Boosters of the City
Teel (Repaid.
Last Saturday was Market Day. It
was strenuous and tbe temperature
was high, in fact, it was too bot for
the wedding, and it was declared off.
Bot there were a good many people
in town and the merchants were busy
most of the day. The band got oot
at 1 o'clock and furnished a good
Of course, it was the first Market
Day, attended with the usual curi
osity and some thought it was not as
large as it should have been. Bot
the general concensus of opinion
seems to be that Market Dy stiould
be made a permanent institution,
despite the fact that its Inception was
somewhat inopportune oo account of
the weather.
The parade included, besides tbe
band, a bevy of young Indies on horse
bark, as follows : Misses MandeJBaber,
Carrie TJinphlette, Frankie Letcher,
Iola Rehkopf Marguerite Cleveland
and Bessie McColm.
As is usual on tbe first dy, the
number of horses and 'cattle was not
lRrge and the sale wss slight.
The $5 gold piece for the largest
bona fide family was awarded to J. B.
Boroughs, who has a splendid little
fruit farm west of town. He was
here with his 10 children and was an
easy winner. Mr. Boroughs came
here from Iowa with bis parents at
the close of tbe war in 1850. Sinoe
his marriage, 18 years ago, be has
reared eight boys and two girls. Mrs.
Boroughs comes from numerous
family herself, she being one of 13 of
which County Suptr. Llnoola Savage
is one.
Mr. Zimmerman said that while
the crowd was not as large as he had
expected, that It averaged up with
other places of this site. He left
Sunday for Medford where he ex
pected to have a Market Day next
Begexn on Royal Anne Cherries
svnd Is Handling About
Two Tons a Day.
The Grants Pass Canoery opened
op last Friday with a force of 20
bands on Royal Anns cherries and
are now handling about two tons of
fro it a day, that is to say the factory
is putting up something over 10.UO0
cans of cherries daily. Of oourse this
Is nowhere near the capacity of the
factory, but Is all the oherriesj that
can be secured. A representative of
the Courier called at the factory
yesterday afternoon and found every
thing runuiug uioely. Manager
Sampson says the season has opeuod in
first class shape but that he would
like to have had three times the
amoout of cherries. Twenty hands,
girls women and men were at work
tbiswet-k; though when the lactory
rons at noruiul capaiuty 60 girls alone
are employed. However, the small
fruit orop this year is not sufficient
to run at foil capacity. But as soon
its the tomatoes come iu, which will
be wiihlu a wtek or 10 days, tbe
factory will be running full blast
W. B. Sherman has 23 acres of fine
touiatotjut .a half mile east of the
factory which are the finest ever
raised in the Rogue River Valley.
Mauager Kujisou ava the cherry
season iil be or the early part of
next week aud that the blackberries
will come on next week, then the
tomatoes. will be one of
the strong Hues of Ihe UrauU Pass
factory this er and Mr. Sampson
says they are going to put out so ar
ticle this J ear in the tomato line that
will equal, If not excel anything in
ti e market.
A car load of cans were received at
thrt factory last week and another this
week, while still others are io trao
sit A car coutaina aoout 30,000 cans
ur enough for a three day's run on
fruit. A car of sugar was received
Alouday. Mr. Sampson expect to
handle a few peaches from Ashland
this season. Tbe cannery is uow
offering four and a half cents per
pound for blackberries In bulk with
out crates.
While ever; thing is not folly ad
justed, Mr. Sampson says every
thing is running finer than a fid
dle." The factory shipped a carload
of vinegar to Medford yesterday.
The Bible School meats at 10 o'clock
in charge of Roy Haokett. At 11 a.
m. the pastor will preach on "Ths
Prophet in His Own Country.' In
additioo to the evening B. P. Y. U.
it 7 p. m. the Young- reople will
present a program at 8 o'olock.
A cordial ioritation Is extended.
Preliminary Survey Is
Now Under Way.
Mr. Collins Is Much Pleased wlih
the Outlook and Local
O. A. Collins, who is in the city
for the purpose of building an eleo
trio road into the Illinois valley,
returned yesterday from a second
trip over ths proposed route and is
even more sangnine than ever over
the project. Ths preliminary sur
vey is now under way and Mr. Collins
says this will be finished within the
coming wtek.
He says that the enterprise looks
sufficiently plausible to him and his
associates that a company will be
organized next week and that within
the next 60 days men will be at work
on the grade.
The construction of road into the
Illinois valley has been the subject
of muoh discussion for a number of
years past and many are of ooorss
skeptical relative to tbs consumma
tion of the enterprise, but Mr. Collins,
who is anything rather than ostenta
tious or given to," hot air," says the
road is going to be built and that the
dirt will be'f lying in September.
Illinois Grange.
Illinois Valley Grange No.
Elsie Kohler, reporter. Mil
An interesting and enthusiastlo
meeting of the Illinois Valley Grange
was held at the M. E. church, Alt-
bouse, Joly 18. The proposition laid
before tbe meeting of Ray Rrigg,
relative to rentiug the oreamery balX
met with nnauimous approval. "Here-
after we meet once a month at the
creamery at 10 a. m. The next uieet-
ing will be August 15, when we will
have our busluew meeting in the
morning and at noon, a good, old-
fashioned plcnio dinoer in the grove
west of the creamery. In the after
noon a program will be given under
the direction of Mrs. John Smith,
who was chosen lecturer pro tern.
Several gentlemen have volunteered
to clean out the grove and pot up a
table. They are aware that they will
receive a sufficient reward in the
dinner they know will be forthcom
All grangers who can praislbly at
tend are reqoasted to be there at 10
a. m. At noon anyone who wishes to
come aod share their dinner aud their
ideas with our dinner and our Ideal,
will bs cordially welcome.
Few people realize the good that
can be derived from an organization
of farmers such as ths grange is.
However, if .they will come aod join
many other useful articles for the warm wave season.
Try Them at Our Risk
ns, work with ns, and help as, they
will quickly agree that in this age of
organisation, the farmer most not be
in tbe tear. Success to the Oregon
granges aod to those of Josephine
County in particular.
Grants Pass li Central Point 3.
Tbe above score Is the fearful result
of last Sunday's game, between the
local team and the Central Point ag
gregation on the Grant Pass grounds.
It would seem that the locals had
started out with a view to keeping
pace with the mercury in number of
points as they started off with 11
runs in the first inning. But ths
pace was too strenuous when Old Sol
continued to bear down upon the
twirlers of the sphere it was only
about 110 on the diamond and the
game closed with the above story on
the score sheet.
Judge J. O. Booth returned home
lat Friday from the national denio
oratio oonventlon at Denver to which
he had been a delegate. Of course the
judge is a good democrat aod it is
needless to state that he is muoh
pleased with the resolt of the con
vention and is wonderfully sanguine
relative to Bryan' election; iu fact
hs confidently asserts that "Mr.
Bryan will be elected by the largest
majority sver given a' presidential
candidate in tbe United States. "
He mentioned one republican at the
convention who said he had attended
every republloau and democratic
national oonventlon for the past 40
yeais, who said thai the Denver
gathering was the greatest political
event of them all.
Malleable Steel Ranges at Hair
H C. Gale, Formerly of Buffalo.
N. Y.. Putting Out Splendid
H. E. Oale was down from Merlin
between train last Sstodray to look
after business matters. During a brief
call at the Courier office he lnoidntally
spoke of the fruit farm he recently
purchased near Hell's Gate and known
a to William Crowe Jplace. Mr.
Gale ha sinoe christened this 117a
acre tract the River View Ranoh.
He now has a corps of men at work
slashing, preparatory to potting out
50 acres of Toky grapes this fall. In
addition he will also plant 34 acres of .
Mr. . Gale and family some five
year ago came from Buffalo, N. Y.
to Portland, where they have since re
sided ontil last May he purchased the
hove tract, which he consider tbe
finest piece of land in that suction,
thougn there are several thousand
acres in tbe same vicinity which at
the present time can be had at a very
low figure ooropsred with the price
for less valuable laud elsewhere.
Mr. Oale will have a fine 'crop of
Peaches this season from ths small
orohard on ths plans when he bought
It. River View Ranch Is, owing to
its southwesterly slope, Ideally
adapted to the propagation of the
Tokay grape for whioh Jotephlne
ooontv has already become famous.
If yon want to enjoy a fishing trip,
get one of those split bamboo rods at
Hair Riddles.
my pretty maid?
"We're going; to O'Neilt'a sir," she
said. ,
We're going to see the Hammock
For which they're coming around for
And they are the Hammocks you'll
want to see,
So get tbee going right merrily.
Forget the Poetry
but you won't forget the new patterns
in Hammocks, I lass mock chairs,
Porch chairs, Porch screens, and