Vernonia eagle. (Vernonia, Or.) 1922-1974, December 16, 1932, Page 3, Image 3

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    VERNONIA EAGLE, VERNONIA, OREGON
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1932.
Brrnimta Eagle
MIMIIR
Issued Every Friday
$2.00. Per Year in Advance
Entered as second class matter August 4, 1922. at the post
office at Vernonia, Oregon, under the act of March 3, 1879.
Advertising rates—Foreign, 30c per inch; local, 28c per inch;
legal notices. 10c per line first insertion, 5c per line succeeding
insertions; classified lc per word, minimum 25c first insertion,
15c succeeding insertions; readers, 10c a line.
RAY D. FISHER, Editor and Publisher
REDUCTION IN AUTO LICENSE FEES
One of the virtual certainties of the coming session
of the legislature is a reduction in automobile license fees.
The demand for a heavy, even drastic, cut is so insistent
that nowhere does one hear the old demand for retention
of the existing scale of fees lest the maintenance and de­
velopment of the state highway system be impaired.
Among the plans suggested is that of Secretary of
State Hal E. Hoss, who recommends an annual fee of
three dollars, with a personal property tax averaging $7.50
a car. Another, backed by Dr. E. B. McDaniel, president
of the Oregon State Motor association, Ralph S. Hamilton,
representing the state chamber of commerce, and other in­
fluential men, advocates a five dollar fee and a one cent
additional gasoline tax. A third, upheld by the State As­
sociation of County Judges and Commissioners, urges a
five dollar fee and two per cent tax on the blue book valua­
tion of the car, and so on. The demand for sharp revision
downward on the part of men who have been friendly to
the state highway system is significant. Those who are
sponsoring the plans for a three dollar or five dollar fee
with variations as to the extras are not radicals; some of
them, indeed, have been extremely conservative, for the
State Motor association for instance until recently vigor­
ously fought any effort to reduce the cost of automobile
licenses.
Twenty years ago, when automobile manufacturers
were advertising fore-door touring models as the latest in
ultra-smart design, and farm teams disputed with motorists
the right of way over dirt roads, Oregon had a three dollar
license for cars of light horsepower. At the start of the
good roads movement the fees were considerably advanced,
and there were further increases until 1930, when there
was a slight reduction. Always the public was assured that
high license fees were absolutely necessary unless the hard
surface roads should be allowed to crumble into bits, and
no new. construction be undertaken. Statisticians proved, to
their own satisfaction at least, that Oregon’s automobile
tax was the lowest on the coast, considering the personal
property levies exacted in California and Washington. Any
movement for a reduction of consequence met with power­
ful opposition. Always the argument was that we want
roads, and they must be paid for. Even as late as last
summer Joe Dunne’s threat to introduce into the legislature
a bill providing for a five dollar license fee as regarded by
many with the horror that spectators would behold a boy
about to heave a rock through a plate glass window, and
no one in a position to prevent.
Significant it is, too, that figures are being computed
to prove that the state’s highways need not suffer from a
three or five dollar license for passenger cars. Some 10,000
Oregon motorists who have been slipping over the Into
California or Washington to buy their plates w'ould be
persuaded to purchase at home, it would bring back into
use the greater part of about 50,000 idle cars in the state,
substantial savings could be effected by abolishing a bureau
or two and cutting down the work of registration, and so
on—all of which goes to show that where there’s a will
there’s a way. Previously there was no will, and hence no
way, with the result that license fees and gas taxes kept
going up, and motorists kept paying until they no longer
could. Now will come the drop, and it will be welcome.
The resignation of Councilman B. J. Cline is to be
regretted. “Ben” had the confidence of the people, as was
twice proved, gave faithful service, and because of his ex­
perience and integrity would have been a valuable member
of the council in the two years to come.
DAIRY COSTS LOSE
51 cents, to 41 cents and then
RACE WITH PRICES to 30 cents. Thus for this third
Much as the cost of producing
dairy products on Oregon farms
has been reduced, it has not kept
pace with the nosedive made by
the selling prices of these prod­
ucts. The extent of this spread
is accurately shown in the re­
port of the third progress re­
port of the three-year study of
the cost of producing dairy pro­
ducts in Oregon just completed
by the dairy and farm manage­
ment department at the Oregon
experiment station.
This latest report is for the
year ending April 1, 1932, and
includes compiled data gathered
from 464 farms having 8224
cows producing about 2*4 mil­
lion pounds of butterfat in the
year.
This report shows that the
cost of production has been pro­
gressively reduced from 50 cents
a pound of butterfat to 40 cents
and then to 36 cents for the
three years studied. Meanwhile
the average selling price for the
same three years dropped from
year the average selling price,
reduced to a butterfat basis re­
gardless of how the milk was
marketed, was six cents below
the average cost of production,
while for the other two years
a slight margin of profit was
shown.
Cost of production as express­
ed here includes, of course, wages
at prevailing figures for the
dairyman and his family and 5
per cent interest on capital in­
vestment. The cash cost, which
will be shown in a later complete
report, is considerably below the
36-cent figure.
Once again the survey, obtained
through actual records kept on
each farm, reveals that central
Oregon “irrigation dairymen” are
priducing butterfat at the lowest
cost in the state, the figures show­
ing 33 cents for the irrigated
sections, 35 cents for the coast
sections and 39 cents for the Wil­
lamette valley.
A wide range in individual farm
costs is shown in the figure fori
the Willamette valley where the
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school tuition fund is $20,135.85.
25 low-cost farms produced at
In the county road fund it is $13- Surveying Crew Is
an average figure of 24 cents Delinquency in
172.59, and a like amount in
while the 35 high-cost farms
On Wilson River
Taxes Is Serious the district road funds.
showed a 60 cent average. Fac­
Mrs. Jake Neurer
The state and county school
tors contributing to this great
(Clatskanie
Chief)
funds have a delinquency of
spread will be shown in the final
(Forest Grove News-Times)
Delinquent taxes in the state $121,070.43.
detailed printed bulletin being
Mrs. Mollie Wright has been
A survey crew of 14 under M. >1 sick here at her home but she
The total delinquency of the
prepared for publication between of Oregon are becoming more and
more a problem that is causing county on the 1931 rolls is W. Allen moved into Forest is on the way to recovery now.
now and July 1.
Grove Saturday to locate a con­
serious worry to state and county $345,916.02.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lindsey call-
necting line between the Wilson ed to see Mrs. Lindsey’s mother,
officials.
A LONG WAIT
river road survey and the Wolf sister and husband Sunday.
Since the law was passed by
My grandpa notes the world’s
creek road.
worn cogs and says we’re going the Oregon legislature abolishing
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ward from
Working from the Devils Lake Clatskanie mountain were visitors
to the dogs. His grand-dad in his the old penalty on delinquent
Mrs. A. A. Dowling
fork, a line was located to the at Mr. and Mrs. Ira Peterson's
house of logs, swore things were taxes and fixing an 8 per cent
summit and the crew moved to Wednesday.
going to the dogs. His dad among interest charge, delinquency has
Glenwood, working back to the
the Flemish bogs, vowed things increased rapidly in practically
Frank Peterson and his son
Mrs. Wm. Bridgers was a summit. The road from Glenwood
were going to the dogs. The cave-1 all counties of the state.
Portand business visitor a couple to Balm Grove has been included Richard were in Vernonia on
man in his queer skin togs said
Throughout the state, approx­ of days last week.
in the line and working from business Wednesday.
things were going to the dogs. imately 40 per cent of the taxes
Mrs. Maud Rogers spent a few
Otto Bittner bought a beef here the crew will locate a road
But this is what I wish to state: are delinquent and but for the
from Gales Creek road across to days with her daughter and fami­
The dogs have had an awful taxes paid by the utilities, es­ cow of John Libel last week.
Mrs. Ed Reynolds is on the sick North Plains. The survey will ly in Scappoose last week.
wait.—Pacific Cooperative Wool pecially the railroads, the delin­
list for the past ten days.
Oliver Burris and his grand­
leave the present road north of
Grower.
quency would be much larger.
The teachers and pupils are Balm Grove going over the rise daughter, Beatrice Perry, shopped
Figures given out this week
show that there is a deficit in working all their spare time on to North Plains. This means, if in Vernonia Tuesday afternoon.
Engineer Kirkwood’s a 11 e r n ate
Mrs. John Thomas and chil­
the state treasury of approxi­ the Christmas program.
mately $4,000,000 and the returns
Geo. Jones has gone to Wolf survey is accepted, that the Wil- dren went to Portland this week
son river road will connect with to visit with relatives.
from the income, intangibles and creek to work for a few days.
the proposed Wolf creek road at
excise taxes are diminishing. How­
Ed Tapp from the Vernonia
W. R. Johnson has been doing
ever, many of the counties are some work on the interior of I. North Plains.
Trading Co. delivered a load of
Many “If*“ Present
mill feed to Natal this week.
Frank Cunila, of St. Helens, a in worse condition than the state E. Knowles’s house.
There are many “ifs” and the
cousin of Pete Serafin of Tren- itself.
Folks in Vernonia the first of
While
Shady
Lane
was
get
­
entire matter is problematic. “If” the week were Ira Peterson, Bob
Curry county, which has no
holm, was found dead in his
ting
in
his
supply
of
winter
bed Dec. 3, apparently smother­ railroads, has the highest delin­ wood last week the team backed the estimated cost of running the Lindsey, Dave McMullen, L. We-
ed by a fire which started in his quency in the state, with 78.8 off the approach to his shed and line directly across to 1’
d'eH> Hy Tracey, Zale Holmes,
Plains meets with the plans of the I Mrs. G. Jones and Jake Neurer.
per cent of the taxes delinquent.
bedroom.
a
large
block
of
wood
rolled
Figures given in the Sunday
highway commission, and “if” no j
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Mrs. C. R. Watts accompanied
Portland papers show Columbia over him, injuring his shoulder complications arise, political or
Oscar G. Weed has been re­ county’s delinquency 47.5 per and leg.
otherwise, the Wilson river road her daughter on the mail route
elected chancellor commander of cent; Multnomah’s, lowest in the
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brown will turn a short distance north part of this week. We have had
Avon lodge, Knights of Pythias.
state, 29 per cent; Coos 63.2 per are nicely settled in the little of Balm Grove, striking straight our mail delivered every day on
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cent; Clackamas, 30.9 per cent; cottage on I. E. Knowles’ proper­ across country, several miles time during the cold weather.
A two room office building is Washington, 34.8 per cent and ty past Nehalem bridge.
The severe cold spell delayed
south of Banks, run through Roy
being built by H. F. McCormick the wheat counties in eastern
On Wednesday evening Mr. and meet the Wolf creek road at all road work, bridge construction
on his property next to the Shinn Oregon running higher, as Hood and Mrs. Austin Dowling enter­ North Plains. According to pres­ and general logging in most parts.
building in St. Helens, for use River, 47.4; Harney 56.6; Grant, tained the following guests: ent indications the Wolf creek The Nehalem river was frozen
of John L. Foote.
70; Gilliam, 51; Wasco, 43.4, and Grace and Sarah Ellen Ham- road would then travel northwest for 15 feet on both sides the
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mous from Olney, Miss Ethel to Manning passing west of Bux­ water running through the center
so on down the line.
Harold Axford, new publisher
The state itself is now faced Gross, Miss Ida Niemela and Don­ ton. This would mean that vaca-| of the river. The coldest night;
of the Rainier Review, is a for­ with the levying of either a state ald Sundland. The evening was tionists coming from Portland) here was Sunday, Monday morn­
mer copyreader for the Oregon property tax for state purposes spent in music, radio programs could continue on to the nortH ing at 5:30 the thermometer reg­
Daily Journal.
or a sales tax. County officials and a social good time. Lunch beaches, or, at North Plains, istered five below zero.
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The Natal grange will hold
throughout the state are fighting was served by the hostess.
could turn west and reach the
Thomas Timoney was chosen the idea of a property tax. If a
their regular business meeting on
Tillamook beaches.
Skating
parties
are
the
order
chancellor commander of Rainier consumers’ tax is levied by the
Wednesday evening.
of the day now as the severe
Time Saving Objective
lodge 58, Knights of Pythias.
legislature it will probably be cold snap has frozen ice thick
In any even it appears that
People who use Eagle classi-
an emergency measure for two enough for skating on the over­ plan in the making is to utilize as!
I. E. Tyrrell, newly elected years’ duration.
i fieri ads are obtaining excellent
flowed
meadows.
much
as
is
feasible
of
existing
worshipful master of Rainier
■ results. Give them a trial.
County Delinquency
Little Freddy Lowden had the roads, consistent with time sav-1
lodge 24, A. F. and A. M., and
The delinquency of the 1931 misfortune to have his finger ing and shortened road, and at i
other officers were installed last tax roll for the various cities
Tuesday night by Grand Master of Columbia county as cf Decem­ caught in the door of the car the same time avoid congested
as the school bus was leaving centers. The latter point would
Walter Winslow.
ber 1, 1932, as given by the for home with the children Fri­ of course be included in the time
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Suggestion
county treasurer, is as follows:
day night, bruising and cutting saving plan.
William L. Brown, 67, a pio­
Clatskanie, $2,315.37.
The present line is being sur-l
it
quite
badly.
Mother,
Daughter,
neer of the Rainier region, died
Rainier, $7,033.29.
Sister . . .
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cechmanek veyed with the understanding that!
a week ago Sunday from a heart
Vernonia, $7,583.39.
and daughters Annie and Lydia it will have a C class road bed, I
attack.
St. Helens, $8,718.73.
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were guests at the Chas. Han­ but will eventually be made an I
Scappoose, $826.82.
A class road. The plans also in-'
son home Saturday.
Edith Ivy Sorg is the new noble
Columbia City, $142.14.
AND
Miss Ethel Gross was a Port­ elude a 32 foot road with wide I
grand of LaFrance Rebekah lodge
In the school districts, it is
shoulders. The crew’s headquar­
land
visitor
on
the
weekend
school
at Clatskanie.
as follows:
ters are in the Forest Grove Na­
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vacation.
Scappoose, $3,294.30.
tional Bank building and from!
Shady
Lane
left
Wolf
creek
BEAUTY SHOPPE
The 1931 tax delinquency in
St. Helens, $16,665.02.
the first of the week to take present indications the men will
Vernonia Hotel Building
Washington county was 34.8 per
Clatskanie, $9,914.78.
be
stationed
here
for
two
of
I
charge of one side at the con­
Phone 1261
cent of its levy. The average non­
Deer Island, $365.84.
three
months.
struction camp there.
payment ratio this year through­
Goble, $1,454.08.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Wallace
out the state was 38.75 per cent,
Marshland, $614.17.
were guests at the I. E. Knowles
according to tax commission fi­
Rainier, $15,727.12.
home Sunday evening.
gures.
Mist, $2,016.60.
Chas. Melis is working down to
Birkenfeld, $449.88.
Wolf
creek.
R. W. Hannaford, 57, for
Quincy, $1,440.87.
The Ivory Bungalow put on a
nearly two years deputy in the
Mayger, $462.77.
Christmas attire of dress up.
office of County Clerk J. W.
DéTena, $1,031.98.
Hunt, died Monday from a para­
Bradbury, $532.96.
Inviting Aiaauination
lytic stroke.
The delinquency in the union
To brand men with Infamy and
high school districts of the cour.
let them free Is an absurdity that
PEDESTRIAN PERILS
ty are:
peoples our forests with assassins.—
No.
1,
Vernonia,
$16,794.87.
Automobiles cost the pedestrian
Diderot.
No. 2, Birkenfeld, $374.32.
the heaviest toll of life and limb
No. 3, Rainier, $24,008.57.
of any class of persons involved
High and Low Point*
No. 4, Scappoose, $8,106.58.
in automobile accidents. Out of
The highest point on earth Is
The delinquency in the high Mount Everest In the Himalayas,
nearly 34,000 persons killed last
year, according to statistics of ing oncoming traffic so as to be and the lowest is the shore of the
Dead sea.
the National Bureau of Casualty readyfor any emergency.
J. A. Thornburgh
R. G. Thornburgh
and Surety Underwriters, 14,500
President
Cashier
Albert W. Whitney, associate
Originally
Greek?
were pedestrians. In most of general manager of the National
There
Is
some
evidence
to
Indi
­
these cases, contrary to popular Bureau of Casualty and Surety
cate that the Roman mile was an
opinion, the pedestrian was wholly underwriters says:.
Invention borrowed from the Greeks.
or in great part at fault.
“As every motorist should obey
There are four chief spots of the fundamental rule of safe
danger for the individual on foot. driving, so every pedestrian should
These are: Crossing between in­ obey the code of safe walking.
tersections; coming from behind His cooperation is absolutely es­
parked cars; walking on or al­ sential in reducing the tremen­
ong a rural highway and playing dous annual loss of life and limb
in the street—1,710 youngsters which is so darkly relflected in
having lost their lives in street the cost of casualty insurance,
play last year.
economic waste and untold hu­
The most dangerous pedestrian man misery.”
action is crossing between inter­
sections, where 3,920 were killed
MARY KATO
last year. One should adhere rig­
idly to the practice of crossing CHOP SUEY RESTAURANT
only at intersections. Motorists
Open Friday, Saturday
should remember that every ob­
And Sunday
ject along a street or highway
729 THIRD STREET
big enough to hide a man or
child is a danger sign.
Darting out from behind park­
ed cars cost 1,630 persons their
lives last year.
Rural highways apparently are
OLD GROWTH
death traps for walkers, 2,330
persons being killed on them
last year. The man who sets out
for a walk along a country road
should walk on the left side fac-
Natal
Mist
Among Our
Neighbors . •
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