The Central Point American. (Central Point, Or.) 1936-195?, August 20, 1936, Image 1

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    CENTRAL POINT AMERICAN
Musings«^
by an Innocent Bystander
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Today we art* call* d upon to re­
port the passing o f one o f the city's
most prominent and colo rful figures.
In the death o f W. C. ( “ Con” ) Leev-
er the city has lost her most promin ­
ent citizen. It falls to the lot o f few
men to serve their communities year
after year as an elected officer for
more Shan thirty years. “ C on ” as he
was affectionately known
far and
wide was a faithful servant of this
city from the days of a country vill­
age. Under his guidane all the ma­
jo r im provements the city
enjoys,
paving, water system, sewer system,
etc. have been Installed. And today
as we mourn his passing, we feel re­
newed ourage to do well our part,
even as he did.
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C E N T R A L POIN T, O R E G O N . T H U R SD A Y . A I’OCMT 'Jo. | 9 » i
head o f ou r nation. Such a man is
congenitally unable to ” aeo'' the av­
erage person, even as you
and I.
Such a man
is Franklin
Delano
Roosevelt.
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In Alt. I-union we have
a man
who has fought his way front child­
hood. W hile not born in a log cabin,
he did com e from a family in what
might he classed as the "g reat mid­
dle class” . All that he has he has
won by the sweat of his brow And
while it is true he made his money in
oil. it was not as a protege« o f the
Kockefellers or Sinclairs, but as an
Independent.
fighting
for
every
point gained.
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NUM BER 15
MAYOR DIES AT HOSPITAL
W. C.
Leever,
, Syndiate. This houd was paid
tw o
I years ago and the money used to re­
tire a number o f outstandin g bonds.
Mr. L tev er was always interested
| In ev erythin g pertaining to civic w el­
fare and was an active director in
the local bank He was a prominent
j member o f the Masonic lodge, Hillah
| Tem ple and o f the Christian Science
Church.
William
Constant
Leever
was
married July 13. 1887, to Miss Isa-
[ bell Armstrong. T o this union were
I born five children
o f whom
tw >
W ayne H o f Seattle and Earl C. of
Ashland live to mourn their father's
death
Besides hi« wife
and tw o
sous,
three brothers and siy sisters remain
to mourn his passing. They are Mr.
Carl Leever, 1 49 7 Union
St., Sen
Fran cisco; Mr. T om Leever, Dixon,
Calif., Mr. Ed Leever, Fort Klamath
O reg on; Mrs. Lucinda Guy, 2677 S.
W.
Ravensvlew
Drive,
Portland,
Ore.; Mrs. Elizabeth Meyer, 217 Elm
St.. Modesto, Calif.;
Mrs.
Vinnle
Hathaway. Visalia. Calif.; Mrs. Ida
Bollinger, Rt. 2 Santa Cruz, Calif.;
Mrs. Ada Damon, John Day, Oregon
and Mrs. Nellie
Magee,
Klamatn
Falls, Oregon.
T w o grandchildren
also survive,
William and Richard Constant Leev­
er, sons of Mr and Mrs
Earl C.
Leever.
Funeral services will lie conducted
at 2 o ’clock p. m. Sunday from the
Perl Funeral H om e in Medford, un­
der the auspices of
the Christian
Science church o f which the deceas­
ed was a member. Services
at the
grave will be in charge o f the Ma­
sonic lodge. Interment
will
be in
the Central Point cemetery.
Passes Last Night
After Long Illness j
And Mr. Landon has a very cleat-
idea o f what he believes America
should be. He wants no hint o f dic ­
Today the flag at the city
hall ! ware store in the buildiug recently
tatorship. nor regimentation. To hint
B.
P.
Thelsa & Co.
hangs
at
half-mast
in
h
on
or
o
f
th " ; occupied by
the way is clear. He stands squarely
1 A Ivon t thirty years ago lie built the
passing
of
the
man
w
ho
has
stood
f
t
for the kind of
Americanism
the
building now occupied bv the Leev­
Founders o f the nation endeavored the helm o f affair s In this city fo
L ’cn voi
er Hardware store and
went
into
to teach and which principles have nearly thirty years.
When ea rth’s last picture is painted.
business
for
himself.
Here
he
con-
William Constant Leever.
a ffec­
carried the country through all the
his
And the tubes are all twisted and
tionately known as “ C o n ” to a host : tinned in active business until
yea rs.
|
recent
illness
com
pell
ed
his
absence
dried.
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o f friends
th roughout
the entir*'
I from the store.
W h en the oldest c olor has faded
To our mind,
the "N ew
D eal” state o f Oregon, passed away at th”
And the youngest critic has died.
The earliest records extant at the
smells too strongly o f Old W orld Community hospital in Medford at
We shall rest, and faith we shall
!
city
hall show that the name o f W.
7
o
'lock
last
night.
He
had
been
ill
despotism. And the leaders in it have
need it,
shown entirely too much
contempt for several months from a c o m p lica ­ IC. Leever was am ong those of the
Lie dow n for an eon or two.
the “ Tow n
for those things which have stood tion of diseases and the end was not early day members o f
Till the Master of all g ood workm en.
Board o f Trustees” o f the Tow n o f
the test of time and
which
have unexpected.
Shall call us to w ork anew.
Mr. Leever was born April 4, 1S5S Central Point, before the in corpora­
made our country great among the
on a donation land claim about tw o tion of the city. He was elected pres­
nations o f the earth.
And only the Master shall praise us
9 9 9
miles west o f this city. Part o f this ident o f the hoard o f trustees on
And on ly the Master shall blame
claim
Is now known as the McCaskey March 19, 1907. After serving one
Haven't heard much lately about
And no on e shall w ork for money,
Mrs. Pom eroy's candidacy
for the place His father. William T. Ijeev-p year he was succeeded as president
And no on e shall work for fame.
F. H.
in 1853, settling of the hoard of trustees by
legislature. She must he finding out came to Oregon
Hut each for the jo y o f the working. that it isn’ t so easy to get people to n e a r 'S e lo in Linn county. He cam e Hopkins, who served uutil
March
And each on his separate star—
sign petitions for independent c a n d ’ - to southern Oregon in 1855 and be­ 3 1909 at which time Mr. t I^eever
Shall paint the thing as he sees it
dateg as it used to be. And then her cam e identified with the educational again took offic e, this time as May­
F o r the God o f Thin gs as They Are platform o f getting a legislative in­ interests of the valley. During the or of the in corporated city.
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During his term o f offic e as Mayor
vestigation of Banks' trial sounds Civil war he served with the Union
W e were lookin g
back
through silly to a lot o f us. Pray tell, w h i t army. He married Miss Elizabeth M much in the way o f civic im prove­
the files o f The American recently has the legislature to do with in­ Constant, daughter o f Isaac Constant ments was
undertaken.
Pavement
and got quite a kick out of reading vestigating crim in al trials .’
one of the first settlers o f the R ogu e was laid in the business district, a
over what we said in the last ca m ­
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River valley. Mr. Constant
was a city-wide sewer system was
built,
paign four years ago. How we e v r
A murderer Is caught red-handed. prominent figure o f the early days. and the present city well and water
scared up en ough nerve to take tie Crazy or not. he admits firing the He was a friend o f the Indians and tower was constructed. In fact Mr.
stand we did is a mystery.
during I<eever had a guiding hand in prac-
shot which snuffed nut a human life. was not molested by them
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the. city
He is taken to another part o f the the trou bles o f the period. He was ttally every im provement
This year the atmosphere is much state where he is assured an im par­ a noted scout and led the first white i lias know n since its Incorporation.
clearer and so far no signs o f battle tial trial. A Jury, which had never party ever to visit Crater Lake. Ten
He served as mayor from March
are noticeable. But we believe the seen the man before, heard the tes­ children were born to the Leever fa­ j 1909, until April 1st, 1912, at which
time has com e to start something. timony, his own as well as others, mily of whom William Constant was :tim e he was succeeded
by W. A.
First, we want to say boldly we are and find
C o w l e y . F ollow in g his retirement as
him guilty
as charged. the eldest.
Harry Merriman, 48, passed away
or Isindoii, first, last and all
the W h ere does the law-makin g body of
Y ou n g Leever's boyh ood was spent mayor, he was elected County Coin-
at Salem, Oregon, August
18 after
time. His record is clear. He is a the state enter the picture?
in different parts o f the R o g u e River , mlKsIoner, along
with
F. L. Ton
eight months illness from tubercu-
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youngish man who has som e
very
valley, where bis father taught
in I Velle as County Judge and Frank
| losis. He was born near
Medford,
clear-cut Ideals and who has backed
his
It seems to us that others besides different schools. Part o f his educa­ Madden, commissioner. During
March 19, 1888. He was educated
those ideals in his hom e state. W hile Hanks am on g his crew would have tion was received in
an
old
log ¡term as county commissioner,
the
in the valley schools and lived all
wo do not expect hint
to
perform a hard time getting clear if placed school house just west o f the pre­ I C ounty voted $500,000 bonds for th ”
his life in the Rogue river valley.
any miracles, we are for that very before a lunacy commission.
sent city. latter he attended the Ash­ construction o f the first unit o f pav-
He was married to Alma Martin,
reason ready to back him.
land Academy.
j ed highw ay in the state o f Oregon,
O
ctober
19, 1910, and
three sous
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Arriving at early m anh ood young ou tside an in corporated city.
This
C E L E B It A T E B B IR T H D A Y
were born to the union, Kay, Lee
This country is getting very weary
Little Billy Langston
celebrated Leever went to W a sh ing ton In 18 80 pavement extended from the city li­
and Guy Merriman, all residetns of
o f extra-brilliant men at the head his eighth birthday last Friday. The where he was engaged with a part­ mits of Central Point to the foot of
Trail. His wife Alma and the above
o f our governm ent. It seems to us follow in g little friends
were
his ner for three years in the drug busi­ the old Ashland hill. Always Inter­
children survive, ulso his
mother,
the tint“ Is ripe (yea, over-ripe) to gu es ts:
Phyllis
Furry,
Charlotte ness. Selling out to his partner he ested In good roads, Mr. Leever was
Em ma Merriman o f Medford, three
get back to just ordin ary, run-of-the- Richardson, Dorothy LaCasse, Eun­ returend to Oregon
in
1883
and Instrumental In getting the county
brothers, Merritt Merriman o f Gold
mill, hard-headed men to handle our ice. tv- Patty Ann McClaire,
Patty went to work on the con str uction of to build a hard-surface road leading
Hill and Chester and Lester Merri­
affairs, and we favor a man who has Langston. Barbara and Jimmy A n ­ the Oregon & California
railroad, into the city from the west a couple
man o f Medford. He was a mem ber
rotne up from the ranks and
who ders, Ja ckie and Teddy McCoy, Mel­ having charge of a constr uction train ot years ago.
of the Upper R ogu e Grange und the
knows by personal experience
Just vin Kelly
In 1920, Mr. Leever was re-elect­
and
Donald
Thumler. in building the road from Roseburg
Baptist church.
what honest toil means.
ed Mayor o f Central Point. When he
(lames were played in cluding a sack to Ashland.
Funeral services will be held at
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Believing there was a better oje took charge he found the city's fi­
rae which caused much
fun.
Re­
the Perl Funeral Hom e Saturday at
Someway, we have never felt that i freshments of ice cream, cookies and portunlty for him In his old
home nance had been allow ed to become
2 : 0 0 p. m. Rev. W. H. Eaton o f f ic i­
a man who has descended from a punch were served. The little host town, Mr. Is-ever left the service of ¡badly tangled and he spent many a
ating. Intermen t in Medford I. O. O
wealthy fam ily; who has never, from received many nice gifts.
'h e railroad
and opened
a grain hard h o u r getting things straighten ­
F. cem etery. Services at the grave­
boy h ood, known what it means to
warehouse and lu mber yard in Cen­ ed out on ce more. It was through
side will be conducted by the m em ­
Mr. and Mrs Bert Hedgpeth spent tral Point. Later he sold
want for anything m oney would buy
ou t and his urgin g that the city purchased a
bers o f the Upper Rogue Grange and
was a proper person to place at the Sunday at Dead Indian Soda springs went to work as a clerk In a hard- $25,000 bond from
the
Investor's
the pall bearers will
be from
the
Grange.
Harry Merriman
Taken by Death
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Rebekahs Hold
Regular Session
I
Last Rites Held
For Mrs. Tyrrell,
Valley Pioneer
Funeral servies were held Satur­
day afternoon at the Conger chapel
for Mrs. Arietta Tyrrell, the Rev.
Clifton A. Phillips officiated. Inter­
ment took place
in the Siskiyou
Memorial park.
Mrs. Tyrrell, Oregon pioneer, who
resided here for 76 years, died at her
h om e on the Jacksonville
highway
last Thursday.
Arietta Jacquette was
born
In
Iowa, Jan. 17, 1858.
When she was tw o years old she,
with her parents, crossed the plains
by covered wagon to Oregon.
On Feb. 13, 1875, she was married
to John Howard Tyrrell, In Ashland.
O regop where they lived
for
one
year.
At the end o f that time they took
up a homsestead in the Little Butte
creek region which was their hom e
for over forty years.
For the last eighteen years they
have lived near
Medford
on
the
Jacksonville highway.
The thirteenth o f February o f this
year marked their sixtieth wedding
anniversary.
Besides the husband she is sur­
vived by the
follow in g children ;
Allle F ir lo w o f Lake Creek; John R.
o f Dead Indian Soda Springs; Arden
M., who live* ou the old Stage Road,
and Ivan E . o f Rainier, Ore.
There ure also 9 grandchildren,
and three great grandchildren, all o f
whom live In Jackson county.
Fick Hardware Co.
Now Sell Myers Pumps
The Fick H ardw are Com pany has
been appointed exclusive agen ts
in
Medford for the Myers line o f pump*
and pressure systems. They have a
very com plete line and are prepared
to install the pr oper size system for
all purposes
The Fic k com pa ny also
have a
com plete line o f parts for all makes
o f pumps and water systems, and
their slogan is " N o jo b to o small,
not too large.”
They will be pleased to make es­
timates on any Job of pump lnstsl-
lation at no obligation.
ÍEliP (Elntrritps
T IIE F E D E R A T E D CH U RCH
Rev. R ob ert Charles Lew is, P astor
P h one 51.
Bible School— A. W. Ayers, Sup-
rlntendent, 9 : 3 0 A. M.
Morning W orsh ip— 1 1 : 0 0 A. M.
Y.P.S.C.B.— ( t w o g r o u p s ) .
«:J 0
p. m.
Evening Servies— 7 :3 0 p. m.
W o m e n ’ s Bible study classes Tues­
day afternoon from 2 to 3 o'clock 'u
charge o f Mrs. II. A. Davisson. From
3 to 4 o ’clock in cha rg e o f Mrs. R.
C. Lewis.
er.
2 : 3 0 p. m. Tuesday.
The Fis herm an's
Club, W edn es­
day 6 : 0 0 p. m.
The Family Gathering,
W edn es­
day. 8 : 0 0 p m.
Choir Practice— Thursday.
7 :3 0
p m.
Mt. Pitt Rebekah Lodge met
In
regular session with a good attend-1
ance W edn esday
evening,
August
19th. Brother Ed Vincent gave s u l
excellent report o f the Joint meeting
o f the Grand O fficers of Oregon and
( I I B I M I I A N CHI'IMTH
California, who assembled in Yrek.i|
t llfton A. Phillip«, Minister
|('allf.. last week
After the business was taken care '
Bible School 10 :0 0 A. M. Doiand
o f lodge closed In fegula r form and Hover, Supt.
I Sisters Richardson and Coptnger put
Com munion and Preaching l l : u o
■ s very interesting
program
of A M. The Mixed Quartette will sing
various games and
a
watermelon Subject “ What Is The K in gdom of
feed All went home with a full sto­ G o d ? “
mach j n d perfectly satisfied.
Evening Services 8 : no P. M. Sub­
All O ddfellow s and Rebekah« o f i ject “ Bible Requirem ents For Sal­
(this District are planning a c ov er ed -! vation ”
dish pienti* at Lake ( ’ reek on Aug {
Senior Endeavor 7 : no p. M J. Ed
30th. Grants Pass has also extended Vinent, Director.
'a n invitation to all O ddfellow s and
Junior Endeavor Friday 2 :3 n p m
Rebekah* to meet In their beautiful | Prayer and Bible Study
Service
Paik ¡Sunday August 2 3 r d , with a Wedn esday 7 : 4 5 P. M.
covered dish picinc
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