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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 16, 1950)
The MILL CITY ENTERPRISE
BROADWAY AND MAIN STREET
MILL CITY, OREGON
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sertion. Errors In advertising should be
‘ reported 1 immediately. ,xl
--------------------------------- By BILLY ROSE----------------------------------
When Martin Quint, 71, married Ellie Reynolds, 34, their
friends in Nyack didn’t give the union much chance of success
Five years later, however, they were ready to admit they had
been wrong—Ellie was doing a good job of taking care of Martin,
and as for the old coot—well, he was a lot friendlier than anyone
had ever thought possible.
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On their fifth anniversary, Martin sent EUie to New York on an
errand, filled the parlor with gifts and paper curlicues, and Invited a
dozen neighbors in for a surprise party.
It happened in 1849 It happened in 1918, in fact it always happen» at
times when there 1» a need or an unusual opportunity. The affliction ol
which I »peak is not partial to creed or social < la»a. Even now members
of the federal congrass are incarcerated for such behaviour. The enigma
of which I »peak 1» that of unfair profiteering.
Now that MUI City 1» approaching one of the bent opportunities of
her history for a permanent and stable payroll the demanding responsibility
for a better community rests upon the shoulders of every citizen. It is
ours to give every opportunity to new industry.
Only recently a certain person, who owned a favorable tract of land
remarked they were boosting the price because certain Industries were
looking for sites in the area.
It becomes obvious that any realization of community needs are not
within their scope of thinking.
Such “land hysters” apparently are unable to see that any new industry
In the canyon area will contribute to economic stabllzatlon, making possible
better schools, better homes, better facilities for youth, a better community
Will the future of so many be ruined by so few? It must not be.
Who Is the Taxpayer
At this season when people are and will liecome more tax conscious
than at any other time of the year it is perhaps worth a thanksgiving
that the “hidden taxes” are hidden from the people who pay and pay.
However, it would be to the advantage of the individual were he able to
see through the tax smokescreen which the experts have laid down—de
signed to be painless in administration.
Robert S. Bird, in a factual article in the New York Herald-Tribune
stated few people realized how deeply hidden taxes cut Into their income.
For instance, on a $10,000 bouse it was found that no less than 639 hidden
taxes were involved in the construction, development of site, and purchase
financing. These taxes, Mr. Bird says, were collected by the federal and
state governments from the architect, builder, banks, agents. Insurance
companies, contractor, manufacturers, jobbers and others.
Hidden taxes are not confined to big purvhaM*« like a house. The
Tax Foundation found that 151 taxes applied to a loaf of bread.
woman’s spring hat carried 150 taxes, A nuin'N suit came in for 116. A
humble egg accounted for KM).
No one knows the actual total of hidden taxes. Estimates indicate
they may run as high as $700 per family per year, And, of course, they
come on top of all direct taxes.
One tragedy of course is the fact that many of the taxes were de
signed to collect revenue from processors, manufacturers, retailers, etc.
They have refused to accept the taxes as their share of government ex-
pens«* and have passed the burden on to the consumer.
What to do about the difficult problem is not easy to answer. Over
lappiug. outlived, and over proportioned taxes will demand a careful study.
It Is however, the citizens’ duty to know and to he aroused.
Frank White states that he has
had the same telephone ring for 24
years, starting years ago in Colo
rado Despite several moves his ring
has remained the same.
Ladies Aid met at the home of
Mrs. Inez Crook last week with a
were: Mrs. Luther Stout. Mrs. Chet
Blum, Mrs. Ray Branch, Dr. and Mrs.
David Ferguson, Mrs. Reed White,
Mrs Meral Teeters, Mrs. Moe, Mrs.
M. Ridling, Mrs. Chis McDonald.
Mrs. Violet Wallen. Mrs. John Allen,
Mrs. Delbert Bailey. Mrs. Bob Dra-
per. The regular business meeting
was held followed by refreshments
Maraschino cherry cake with Valen-
Friday & Saturday Specials
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( HEDDMt CHEESE, lb.
B\<X)N ENDS AND PIECES, lb
BMUN- SWIFT’S SLICED, lb.
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(Briny tn Your Coupons)
EGGS, large A, doren
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Editors Letter Box
Butterflies, Beetles, Cyanide
Make a 'Surprise' Vengeance
DON PETERSON. Publisher
Entered as s.eond-class matter November 10, 1044 at the post office at
Mill City, Orexon, under the Act of March S, 1>7».
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The plan was for a lookout at the
railroad depot to phone when he
saw EUie get off the train, and then
they would turn out the lights and
hide. When Ellie walked In and
turned them on
would yell, “Sur
Well, what hap
pened was a sur
prise, aU right, but
there was no yeU-
ing. As the front
door opened, Quint
and his guests
heard Ellie whis-
per. "Sssh! H e
might be awake.”
"I don’t like this sneaking
around," said the voice of a man.
“Why don’t you ask him for a di
“Think I’m crazy? He doesn’t
figure to live much longer, and I'm
pretty sure to get the savings and
insurance. Thanks for taking me
home. See you Tuesday at the reg-
Then Ellie closed the door and
switched on the lights ....
AFTER THE embarrassed guests
had left, she said to her husband,
"I suppose you want me to pack.”
"Why should I?” said Martin.
“It’s only human nature for you to
take up with someone nearer your
"Don’t you want a divorce?”
"Not unless you insist on it. All
I ask is that you slop seeing the
young man as long as I'm alite.
If you'll agree ansi put it in writ
ing, I'll fix it so you'll gel every
cent I've got.”
And that’s how it was arranged.
An agreement was signed and
locked In the wall safe, and the
couple went on living together.
Of course, the neighbors gos
siped a lot, particularly when It was
whispered around that EUie was
still seeing the young man, but their
talk seemed to make no impression
on Martin. Instead, he busied him
self with a new hobby—the study of
insects—and spent most of his
waking hours in a spare room over
ALBERT TOMAN. Prop.
Merle Stewart returned home last
week after receiving his discharge
from the 64th A.A.A. Gun battalion.
He spent several months in Japan.
Before returning home he visited
former Mill City people in San Fran
cisco, among them were Gene Slater
and mother, Mrs. Potter and Gene’s
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Primary room under the direction
of Mrs. Cook held a Valentine party
Tuesday for the mothers and pre
school sisters and brothers. The
upper room also had a valentine box.
A short program was held Monday
afternoon in observance of Lincoln's
The school recently conducted a
March of Dimes drive netting $9.83
in the primary room and $6 55 in the
Roxie McCarley lost her coat at
school last week.
Edna Keys, small sister of
visited at school Tuesday.
Mae Wall has been sick and
several days at school the past week
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the garage, mounting butterflies
and beetles on small exhibit boards.
"I wouldn’t mention this around.”
he told his wife. ”As it is, people
think I’m not quite aU there.”
One evening, just after EUie had
brought him the usual glass of
warm milk. Martin began to have
convulsions. EUie phoned the doc
tor that her husband was having
a heart attack, but by the time he
arrived the old man was dead The
doctor examined the body, then
caUed the coroner, and an hour
later the corpse, together with the
empty milk glass, was taken away.
e • •
EARLY THE following morning,
a detective rang Ellie's doorbell.
"I have a warrant for your ar
rest,” he said. “According to the
coroner, your husband died of
cyanide poisoning, and the drug
store In town reports that you
bought a bottle of the stuff two
“That's right," said EUie. “Mar
tin used the cyanide to kiU the in
sects he was studying. There are
hundreds of specimens In the lab
oratory over the garage."
”1 never heard of his being
interested in bugs," said the de
tective. "Can I see this labora
Ellie led the way up the garage
stairs and opened the door. There
was nothing in the room but a
few hits of funk and an old bi
“I'm sorry, but you'U have to
come along," said the detective.
“You're the only person who fig
ured to profit by Mr. Quint’s
“I swear I didn’t do it." said
EUie. “Both Martin and I knew he
wouldn’t live long, and we signed
an agreement which explains every
thing. It’s in his study."
She ran into the house, opened
the wall safe and took out a brown
envelope, but when she tore it
open there was nothing inside but
a piece of blank paper.
Blank, that is. except for on<
word penciled in a childish scraw
Dear Mrs. S.L.C.
We have patronized this so called
I questionable environnment since it
first opened. We have «ever been in
a nicer establishment for the Teen-
[ agers except the churches. We so
! far have found nothing questionable
about it. Besides the boys and girls
having a good time it keeps them
off the streets in the evening. Also
most of the people that come here
have made no complaints about the
Civic minded persons in this town
, have tried everything possible to get
: different types of organizations
started in this community to no
There also seems to be a certain
I group of people that have big ideas
in their heads but do not want to
[ help in any way but complain about
[ us not having any organizations.
—J.F.H and G.L.S.
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tine frosting and jello topped with prise
A number of local men erected
telephone poles and strung wire the
past week to restore telephone ser
vice up the little North Fork road to
Freres mill anl across the river to
Four new wires run from Mehama
to the end of the pavement where
the line forks All the repair work
was done by volunteers as the line
is a community project. There are
approximately 12 families on each
2 for .25
2 for .45
2 for .39
HILL TOP GENERAL STORE
February Hj, 1930
2—THE MILI. CITY ENTERPRISE
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RVSSELL KELLY, Manager