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BANDON, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1914
Registration Books Are Open. Voters Must Be Registered Before Signing the Road Petitions.
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Relatives of Cooley Furnish
$50,000 Bond For His
Gold Reach, Or., Jan 13 A R.
Coolc) , arrested last month in San
Francisro and charged witli the
murder of Thomas Van Pelt, who
was shot near Ghetto, Curr coinuy
in February, 1890, was held tn the
grand inry on tne preliminary hear
ing here yesterday under a $50,000
bond. Cooley has furnished $50,000
bail and has been released. His
bondsmen are Alf Gauntlett, John
Miller, Elmer Colgrovc. John D.
Coolev and Will Cooley Whether
Cooley will remain here or go to
California until court meets is not
certain, but he will probably stay
District Attorney Meredith, who
ably presented the ease against him,
wanted Cooley held without bail,
but was defeated. Cooley did not
offer any evidence against it.
The sensation of the bearing was
the testimony ofJ.H. Higgins, an
accountant of Spokane, who testi
fied that while serving as assistant
cashier in the Second National Bank
in Colfax, Wash., in 1897, Alfred
Coohdge, president of the bank, de
clared he would gladly pay anyone
who would go to Curry county and
kill off the Van Pelts, the sum of
John Van Pelt testified substantial
ly as follows: That Thos. Van Pelt,
his father, was shot from ambush
near Chctco, in Curry county, Ore
gon, on February 19, 1893, shortly
after noon, he having heard three
shots fired, and rushed to the scene
of the shooting. Two 40 65 Win
chester shells were found near a
clump of bushes behind which the
assassin had taken ambush. The
track of the assasin going over the
hill was found and measured by a
string, and later compared with size
of boot and found to be about num
ber 7 or 8. Riley wears that size
John Lopes, aged 58, and born
and raised in that community,
testified that Riley Cooley was
passing down the beach in Northern
California about 6 p. m. that same
evening, three-quatters of mile off
main road, about 11 miles from
where the shooting occurred, and
and asked Lope." a short cut to the
Smith River ford. Lopes knew
Cooley well He never before had
seen him afoot. He always rode a
J. H Higgins, who was assistant
cashier of the Second National Bank
of Colfax, Washington, in 189S, of
which bank Alfred Coohdge was
pir"i(knt, testified that Alfred Coo.
lid' c aid i him and others late in
the I..II of 1897, after returning from
Oregon, where his brother Al Coo-
lulge had been shot that he would
piv anyone $300 to go down to
Oregon and kill off the Van Pelts,
That was about March 1, 1896
Higgins receivetl clippings from his
relatives in Portland telling of the
shooting of Thos. Van Pelt near
Chetco. That was about the loth
of March, 1898, A. R. Cooley ap
pearcd at the Second National Bank
at Colfax in his mountain clothes
and with a Winchester rifle. Alfred
Coolidge introduced him to the wit
ness and paid him $100 in his pres.
ence. lie then took Cooley over
to a clothing store and bought him
a new suit of clothes. Cooley spent
some time around the bank and left ,
his rifle there. Coolidge later gave
Higgins a package of money and
the rifle, and told him to send them
to A. R. Cooley at a certain address
in Spokane, stating the value of the
package and rifle was $600. He
asked Higgins to ship the gun by
express, as he did not want Coolev
seen carrying it. The witness ask
ed Coolidge if that was the party
who "got" his man in Oregon, to
which Coolidffe made no reply and
turned away. Higgins positively
identifies the prisoner as the man
to whom the money was paid in
Colfax, Washington. And when
Higgins spoke to Cooley in Rose
burg and said to him: "1 met you
in Colfax, Washington, in the spiing
nl 1898," Cooley replied: "I am
. Stephen A. Doyle, who brought
Cooley from San Francisco on a
requisition from the Governor of
Oregon, testified that Cooley stated
to him, when first arrested, that he
was in Alaska at the time of the
shooting of Van Pelt.
The state has other strong links
in this chain of evidence which it
will not introduce at the preliminary
nor divulge at this time, deeming
the foregoing entirely sufficient to
bind the defendant over to the Cir-
il Court, wnicn convenes nere on
' second Monday in April, and
will be presided over by Judge John
S. Coke, of Marshfield. The pre- j
liminary hearing was before County
Judge W. A. Wood. Coos Bay
Officers and Directors of
Bank of Bandon Elect
The Bank of Bandon held their
annual stockholders and directors
meeting Tuesday evening at which
time officers and directors were el
ected as follows: J. I, Kronenberg
president: T. P. Hanly, vice presid
ent; F. J. Fahy, cashier; R. H.
Rosa and C. Y, Lowe. Under the
new law it is also neccessary for the
state banks to appoint two examin
ers to examine the condition of the
hank between times of the regular
bank examiner's visit. Geo. W.
Moore and J. W. Mast were ap
pointed and Geo. P. Topping was
The financial condition of the
bank is perfectly satisfactary and the
volume of business increasing con
The new currency law was dis
cussed and the bank will apply for
membership in the new concern in
due course of business, &
The outlook for the future was
never brighter than it is today.
At the Coos County Hardware
mens' convention which as was an
nounced in Tuesday's Recorder,
was held in Commercial Club Hall
last Tuesday, honored two Bandon
men, by making them officers of the
organization. Ray Mc Nair of the
McNair Hardware Co. w.s elected
president and T. M, Nielsen o? tlj
Bandon Hardware Co. was elected
The banquet at the Hotel Gallier
in the evening was a very enjoyable
H. C. Dip pel and E. T.
Wolverton Form Business
A new firm was formed in Ban
don this week by H. C. Dippel and
E T. VVolverton, to be known as
Dippel & Wolverton, and to have
for its purpose the buying and sell
ing ol real estate, writing insurance
and handling investments.
Both are experienced real estate
men, Mr. Dippel having been a
member of the recently dissolved
firm of Strauhal & Dippel, and Mr.
Wolverton having engaged in that
business in Colorado for several
Both members of the new firm
came to Bandon to tiy its climate
and were so pleased with the result
and so impressed by the possibilities
of this section that ihsy have become
enthusiastic boosters and have de
cided to make this their permanent
Mr. Wolverton was county clerk
of Lake county, Colorado, in the
days when Leadville was at the
heighth of its boom, and later was
in the banking and real estate busi
ness at both Cripple Crek and
Leadville. For the last ten years
lie has been a frujt grower.
Mr. Dippel came to the coast
from Idaho, and after investigating
all the favored localities in California
and other points decided in favor
of Bandon. He has recently com
pleted a fine home on Ocean Drive.
The Recorder welcomes the
new firm to Bandon business circles.
Special Meeting Discusses
Better System of Street
The Bandon City Council held a
special meeting at the City Hall
Wednesday night. The meeting
was called mainly for the purpose of
considering a bill of $175.00 in favor
of J. C. Shields for work dono on
First Street and was allowed.
The council also took up the
proposition of better street lighting
facilities, and the subject of cluster
lights was discussed also that of
arc lights, and Recorder Kausrud
was instructed to communicate with
other; cities regarding the rates for
arc and incandescent light.
A few other items were taken up,
the city engineer was ordered to
establish a grade Fifth S'reet from
Elmira to Crand Ave.
After the session, the council went
into executive session ?nd visitors
were asked to leave.
The chief business of this session
was the discussion of a bill for $2 so
handed in by a Marshfield attorney
tor services claimed, but as such
services were never authorized the
bill was turned down.
An investigation in certain matters
of the police department was also
made, with the result that Chas.
Hubbard of the night force tender
inc his resignation as an officer
P. H. Pool has been in Coquille a
few days on business. 0
Also Held Banquet at K.
of P. ftall Wednesday
The Pythian Sisters held instal
lation of officers and a banquet at
the K. of P Hall Wednesday night
About six months ago the lodge
divided into two teams and the
agreement was that the side which
had the least number of absences for
six months should be served with a
chicken supper by the other division.
1 his served to keep up a good at
tendance, but of course one' side
had to lose. Mrs. Lewin was can-
tain of one team and Mrs. J. H.
Shields of the other, Mrs. Shields'
team being the winners and the
banquet Wednesday night was on
the losers, about sixty being present.
One of the big features of the
banquet was the music by Kausrud' s
orchestra which is always a welcome
adjunct to any social event.
The officers installed were, Mil
dred Coumerilh, P. C; Sadie Shields
M. E. C; Bertina Kausrud, E. S;
Ada Bane, E. I: lennie Bowman.
Mang.; Bettie Mitchell, M. of R.
and C. ; Julia Pape, M. of F. ; Anna
Jones, Pact.; Anna Tucker, Guard;
Roberta Hoover, pianist.
Adolph Johnson is at home again,
having arrived on the last trip of the
Grace Dollar. He has been sailing
on the Robert Dollar for the past
four months, between San Francisco
and Hong Kong as apprentice quar
Bandon and Marshfield Will
Settle Coo s County
As has been announced in
previous issues of The Recorder the
Coos County High School cham
pionship debate will be decided in
this city this evening when the Ban
don team composed of Jack Kronen
berg and Pearl Craine will meet the
strong team from Marshfield high
Bandon has already defeated
Myrtle Point and Marshfield has
defeated North Bend so that the
debate tonight is between the two
winning teams and will settle the
question of supremacy in Coos
county for this year, and the win
ning team will have a chance to de
bate the winners of the Southern
Oregon District and there success
ful will get a try at state honors.
The question for discussion is
one that is of much interest at pre
sent as there is considerable talk in
national circles of changing the term
of office of the president to one six
year term and there ar: many lead
ing minds of the country who are
dvocating the proposition very
Come out tonight, at thq, High
School Auditorium and help cheer
th8 home team on to victory.
Ralph W. Rounds of .North Bend
was a Bandon visitor Wednesday.
Pythian Improvement Club.
The Pythian Improvement C!lnl
met at the home of Mrs EffieMullin
Tuesday Jan. 6th 1914 and had a
very interesting and good meeting
It being the regular time for elect
ing officers for the next six months,
the following officers were elected:
Mrs. Eliza Rasmussen. pres. ; Mrs.
Annie Jones, v. p ; Mrs. E. Lewin,
sec. ; Mrs. Ada Bane, treas., Mrs.
F.. Mullin, p. c.
At the close of the meeting dainty
refreshments were served by the
hostess and all went home feeling
better for having been there, ""rhe
next meeting will be held at the
home of Mrs. B. Coumerilh on
Tuesday January 20th, 1 914.
City Trancfer Changes hands
R. M. Boiler has sold the City
Transfer Line to S. D. Kelley who
has already taken possession and is
operating the same. Mt. Kelly is
experienced in this line of business
and will no doubt give entire satis
faction. He has a new ad in this is
sue of the Recorder that it would
do well for everyone to read.
B. B. Zeek is prepared to register
all voters and as all muet regiser be
fore they can sign the good roads
petitions now being circulated it is
up to everybody to get in and reg
ister at once as the time is short.
Marshfield Man Who Passed
Worthless Checks is
Coquille, Or., Jan. 14. The Coos
county grand jury today brought
in two indictments, one against Mrr.
Cappious of Marshfield, charging her
with assault with a dangerous weap
on. She is a woman who lives on
Commercial avenue in Marshfield
and who took a shot at waiter Park
inson in the Right Cafe. C. W.
Spencer was indicted on two counts,
one for forgery and one for obtain
ing money under false pretenses.
Both will be arraigned Friday.
Gustaf Essentis, whom Justice
Shuster of NorthBend bound over to
the grand jury on the charge of be
ing a degenerate was turned loose
by the grand jury.
Herbert Smith, a woodsman from
Bandon who was charged with as
saulting some little girls there, was
The grand jury is now probing the
case of Miller, the cook, who is
charged by W. G. Borneo and Jack
Elwood with having confessed to the
Myrtle Point bank robbery. No new
evidence in the case has been found
the officials say,
Vaughn, the man convicted of
horse stealing, who is alleged to have
told that he knew where the money
was buried, will be put in the "sweat
box" today and grilled as to what
he actually knows.
With the bringing in of a verdict
for $300 for the plainttff in the case
of Crouch vs. Bestul today, the jury
work was concluded and Judge Coke
discharged the jury until Friday.
Coos Bay Times.
B. Struble and wife have arrived
from Portland and are now stopping
at the Hotel Bandon and ai looking
over the situation here wilh a view
to locating. . 0
Bank Holds Annual Meeting
and Elects C f f ice r s
and Directo r s.
The stockholders of the First
National Bank of Bandon held their
annual meeting Tuesday evening
and elected officers and directors
1'ir the ensuing year. The officers
and directors are the same as last
year: Dr II. L. Houston, president;
C. Y. Lowe, vice-president; E. D.
Webb, cashier; E. E. Oakes, as
sistant cashier; Elbert Dyer, A.
McNair, J. Ira Sidwell, E. B. Thrift
and Thos. Devereaux.
The financial condition of the
bank was found to be better than at
any former time in the history of
the bank, and the business for the
past year has been greatly increased
over any former year.
The bank also adopted the new
currency bill and will operate under
that bill from this time on.
The stockholders were very much
pleased -at the progress of their new
bank building although they have
been delayed considerably in getting
material owing to irregular sailing of
boats, however they hope to be in
the new building by March 1st.
This will jjive them large, and. V.coU.1
mb'dious quarters and will no doubt
be a great stimulus to future
The suit of Rexford Starr vs.
Conlogue Bros, which resulted in a
jury disagreement in December was
again tried at Coquille Saturday,
and a verdict was found for the
defendants. Stair was suing for
$10,000 damages, having lost a leg
at Conlogue's camp.
The voting precincts of Coos coun
ty have been entirely re aranged so
that the county now has 56 precincts
instead of 39 as befoie. This has
been done in order to expedite el
ection work because of the increased
number of voters as the result of the
enfranchisi meni of women,
With the new arrangement Han-
non gets four precincts instead of
two as heretofore, and they are
outlined as follows:
No 38, Bandon Northwest
All that part within the city limits
of Bandon lying w of the tp line be
tween tp 28, s r 14 and 15 w and n ol
the lA sec line running e and w
through the s 1-2 of sec 25, 28. 14.
No. 39, Bandon Northeast
All .that part within tue city limits
of Bandon lying e of the tp line be
tween tp 2J s r 14, and 15 w and 11
of 2nd street Woqdlatul Add and iht
street in Woolen Mill Add to Ban
don. No. 40 Bandon Southeast
All that part within the csty limits
of Bandon lying e of the tp line be
tween tp 28 s r 14 ami 15 w and sof
2nd street Woodland Add and ist
street in, Wooleli Mill Add to Ban
No. 49, 'Bandon .'SouTifWEST
All that part within Jie city limits
of Bandotijtyjng w ofjthe $ line be
tween tp 28,s 14 and 15 w add s
q the sec line running e and w
through the s -2 gee 25528, 15,