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Devoted to the Interests of the Peninsula, the Manufacturing Center of the Northwest
ST. JOHNS, OREGON, FRIDAY, N0VKMM5R 24, 1905.
FAVORS LOW LEVY,
AND BE HAPPY
Acme Lumber Company
WE CARRY "ODD" SASH IN STOCK
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St. Johns "D."
ST. JOHNS SASH AND DOOR CO.
I PHONE SCOTT 4063 JERSEY STREET
Small Amount Of Business Came
Before Tltc City Council.
Low Tax Levy
A Qood Ail For
Kditoks oi Tut! Rkvihw:
I have on different occasions.
during the past few months, heard
it suggested by people discussing
St. Johns' financial difficulties that
it would soon be easy sailing, in !
The regular meeting of the city
council was held on Monday even
ing with all members present.
There was a small nmount of busi
ness transacted and it was not
Report of City Kngineer Good
rich on the location of the dock
stated that the dock nt the shore
end projected six feet upon the
Rankin property -while at the
river end the eucroaclitiicut was
nine feet. Somewhere about thcmimliiu
center it extended over less than I 'nil ,,i,,tl r ,. ,iin,,ti!,.u
three feet-showing that the same!i,a.s )ocn advanced in th.. Portland
St. Johns Park
view 01 me laci iiuu uie assess
ment had been raised to about $1,
250,000 and that n 10 mill levy on
this assessment would raise some
$12,500, an nmount sufficient to pay
all debts and leave n handsome
was very faulty so far as a straight
edge went. No positive action
The time fur remonstrances uikiii
Catlin, Lively and Thompson
streets having expired the tccorder
was ordered to publish a call for
bids for the improvement of those
streets. 1 he engineer s estimate is
about as follows: Catlin, S.ttS:
Lively, Stoy: Thompson, fo77r to
which the engineer's cost of ten
pir cent is to be added.
An ordinance (No. 601 for plac
ing street signs at proper Intersec
tions was passed ntul adopted. A
call for bids on the work is to be
found in this issue.
A complaint was made that the
0. R. and N. Company had re
moved its tracks from one .section
of the occupied street to another
thereby spoiling the street as a
thorofnn without permission from
the council, wns very strongly con
detuned: and steps will be taken to
lave matters corrected.
Various complaints were re
ceived about the carelessness of
msincss men in sweeping the litter
from stores and offices Into Jersey
street. There is nil ordinance pro-
libiting such a practice and the
apearniice of the newly-gravelled
street has been so greatly harmed
y it that the marshal was instruc
ted to enforce the ordinance. If
every business man will nut use a
ittle pains to keep neat the street
'efore, his own door there wlll.be
A communication from. M. L.
Iolbrook regarding the selected
site for n city hall was received and
read. Mr. Oihuse lias kept the tract
for the city although he could have
sixweu of it several tunes for a
considerable iidvauce over his proff- j
ered figure: unit Mr. llolbrook de-'
sires to have the sale to the city at
once effected. Few iwople would
lave held the projerty so long as
ins Mr. Oihuse and Mr. llol-i
irook proposed to have the deal
made he (Mr. llolbrook) agree
ing to nuance tlie same, it was
Mnceil in the nanus ol tlie prosier
papers from time to time, and has
attained a prominence
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consideration at the hands of tax-
payers mid all others interested in
St. Johns welfare.
For my.self, I do not believe that
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sauctioiiimr a lew such as this.
I Aside irom tlie salaries paid some
1 of the city officials - and for some
of which the council should not be
held responsible the city govern
ment has not been characterized by
extravagance and 1 believe those
in authority keep in mind always
the need of economy in the hand
ling of the city funds.
It is, however, well to give this
matter of tax levy the utmost pub.
Ilcity, and the duty devolves upon
the council and tixn the citizens
and tax payers of St. Johns
generally to see to it that property
interests arc not tuicrilcl by
cessive tax rates. Nothing
surely blight the town's future
Let it be remembered that
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were nearly trebled by the county J
assessor in all parts of Mtilttioinah
county for the distinct purpose, J!
publicly announced, of reducing ;
the levy at a corresponding ratio.
Last year the total assessment in J
Multnomah county was about $56 ,
000,000. This year it will be
about J i.i.s. 000.000. Last year'Jv
the total tax levy for all purposes '
was about .10 mills, as I recall it. 1 .
This year Portland's tax payers are
promised a total tax levy for all
purposes of not to exceed 15 mills.
Can St. Johns afford to iutosc a
higher rate of taxes than Portland ?
I do not believe it can. If the St.
Johns levy is kept under 15 mills
for all purK)ses, state, school and
city, it is perfectly clear that the
city levy cannot exceed 3 or 4 mills
Lots 50x1 06 ft.
With a 1 6-foot Alley back
of each lot.
&Zi Dwn and $5 per month
at tlie outside. What greater ser
vice can the municipal authorities
render the community than to so
manage affairs as to make pos
sible a levy lower than that of
Portland? What sort of reading
for the public would it make, if the
announcement were made to the
These lots arc located 011 Jersey street, three blocks
from car line and
Near the Great Weyerhauser Mill Site.
Don't pay $350 and $.oo for building lots only 100
leet deep, and without alleys, when yon can get extra
si.ed lots with 1 6-foot alleys, all high and level, and in
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iiiu ue.iL iiiLiuiiy 111 oi, mini mi uu .11111 iipwiiru.s,
Let ns show yon this property. We can sell only
the first fifty lots at these prices. This is done toad
vertise the property. When these are sold prices will
advance 2S per cent.
Within one year, whenthegreat Weyerhauser mill
is in operation, these lots will be worth double the pres
St. Johns Land Co
coniniitteeTwitli instructions to re- worj, t,nt tnxcs nre ,Klcr j
hju 111 me uumuuim iii-i-iiHK . in litis t Man ii I'ort and t Tie one
great reason for the independent
municipal existence of St. Johns is
that she is enabled to esciiiK.' the
I grafts and extravagances of Port-
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Although the puuip at the water-: .,... is .lenuiiistrattd that it costs
Sprung A Leak.
St. Johns Wiqhc union 3101 Oregon
Branch Office ami Agency on the Ground.
works workeil till Saturday night it
could not supply water as rapidly
it leaked from the tnnk: hence
when the citizens were looking for
jath-water Sunday morning the
supply was limited to what was in
The Scott phone was kept busy
explaining matters to the cople:
and there wus a hustle to get the
eak stopped. It required several
so but alwtit eleven
! Hardware, Tinware, Plumbing
i raone Scott 40fi!5
Tin Roofs, Gutters, etc.
ST. JMNS. to
Dray and Baggage Line
Phone Scott 1308.
Piano Moving a Specialty.
Leave order at Blackburn' Furniture
itore and they will receive prompt
"For Rent" and "For
cards for sale at this office.
more to run a separate municipality
than it would to live as a part of
the city of Portland, n demand will
go up for annexation that cannot
Is it desirable to bring this con
M. L. IIOt.llKOOK.
Amrustus Abraham llurlbert
mors to do so inn aixnit eleven 1
o'clock the force commenced to get was born in St. Lawrence county,
in action and after that time there New York, Februury 30, iK.vj:
as no trouble. died in bt. Jolins, at seven-thirty
Those residences in the im- in the evening, Noven)ler i-t, 1905.
mediate vicinity of the water-tank Mr. llurlbert enlisted in Coin
were without water several hours pay l' 3st regiment volunteer
while those at more distant jwints infantry, m 1861, and served three
were lucky enough to have a lim- yars. He was in the battle of
.-none uiver, .iiinreesourg, iuki
others and was detailed 011 secret
service work till the close of the
war. He received an honorable
When Lincoln was assassinated
Mr, Hurlliert took part in the cap
ture of liooth. At the close of the
war he engaged in the lumber busi
ness in Wisconsin, and about two
years ago he moved to this city.
A wife, a daughter, and three
sons the eldest still in Wisconsin
are his remaining relatives.
Funeral services were held from
the inethodist church at one o'clock
Thursday afternoon -and the re
mains placed in Columbia cemetery.
Do not forget we carry a full line of
Men's, Ladies' and Children's Underwear
at right prices. Phone Union I06T.
COUCH & CO.
ited amount to keep things going.
Dosn't Care To Sell.
It is reported that the O. K. &
N. railroad has instituted a suit
against M. W. Oatton to compel
him to sell a certain jortioii of his
farm which the company wishes to
use as a right of way for its pro
posed line on Uie Peninsula. The
land in dispute is located at the
extreme northern end of the city,
and skirts the bluffs above the
immense sloughs on the farm.
Both the O. K. & N. and the
Northern Pacific have several
surveys through the tract. It is
reported Mr. Gattou is willing to
sell, but declines the offer of $500 ,
an acre made for the right of way,
having refused $450 an acre for the
J. J. KADDERLY
Of all Kinds.
Sole Agent for
When the heart U getting lighter,
Anil the spirits seem to rise,
Then the frost is on the Pumpkin
Anil the Pumpkin' in the Pies
At the Jloiton Home Ilakery,
Universal Stoves and Ranges
Do not fail to see the Universal
Steel Range before purchasing
141-143 Firtl Sired, Odd Fellows Building, Portland, Oregon. Phone Main 1382
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