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THE LEAVENWORTH ECHO
VOLUME 21 -NO. 52.
HAVE THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS KEPT FAITH?
In the last issue of the Echo you were promised some fait- ami
fig-urea which would support some of the statements made under an
article entitled, "Why Divide Chelan County?" The following is the
first one of a series of articles which will give you the facts from the
records at the county courthouse. These data have been compiled by
a well known Spokane accountant.
Let us now enter the records of Chelan county. Today we will
chiefly concern ourselves with the bond issue we voted for in Septem
ber 1019. The following extracts from a resolution made by the
county commissioner! on the Bth day of August, 1019, are interesting
when studied in the light of how this money was actually spent.
■ c extracts are as follows:
"Be it resolved by the Board of County Commissioners in regular
sesion assembled, that a special election be held in Chelan County.
Washington, on the 20th day of September 1919, for the purpose of
submitting to the legal voter.- of -aid county the question of issuing
bonds to the amount of eight hundred thirty thousand ($830,000) for
the purpose of making new roads, building bridges and improving
established roads in Che'an County ."
"The improvements contemplated are to be completed as nearly
as possible within four (4) years from the commencement of work
and the money obtained from the sale of said bonds IS TO BE EX
PENDED AS FOLLOWS:-* .
1. "Concrete hard surfaced road 18 ft. wide from the City
limits of the City of Wenatchee to the city limits of
Leavenworth. (except portions heretofore paved) $300,000.00
GRADING AMI GRAVELING
2. "Sunset highway from the Methodist church at l'eshas
tin, which is at the \K corner of the SW' 4 . SWU.
Sec. 21. Town. 24, N. Range 18. E.W.M. to Ingalls
Creek I 15,000.00
3. "Concrete bridge over the Wenatchee River east of
Cashmere ..$ 70,000.00
4. "Concrete bridge over Peshastin Creek on Sunset
Highway $ 10,000.00
T>. "Concrete bridge over Entiat River on State Road No
10 ! $ 10,000.00
t< ' is c v m m "■ -
"Dated this Nth day of August. 1919.
"BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF CHELAN COUNTY.
"Geo. W. Milham.
(Seal) "E. F. Cadman.
"E. C. Long.
"A. V. Shepard, Clerk of said Board."
For the purposes of this discussion the above bond proposals are num
bered and will be referred to by number. Please note also that the
above extract relating to "Bridges" includes all the bridges authorized
by the voters at the bond election of the 20th day of September, 1919.
Now let us tain through the county records until we find how
this money voted for 1, 2. .". 4, and 5 above was spent.
Bond proposal No. ! authorized the county commissioners to
spend $800,000.00 for "Concrete hard surfaced road 18 ft. wide from
the city limits of Wenatchee to the city limits of Leavenwoith."
With this in mind, a study of the following is illuminating:
EXPENDITURES ON CONTRACTS OF ROAD BOND ISSUES.
Bond Proposal No. '
Con- Ledger I'l-oposal
tract Cost Cost Carried
1-A—Stewart Johnson & Co.
Sunnyslope Grade .:.$ 12,120.04
1-R— Burke & Sengfelder
North Monitor Grade 93 ! 51.0H
1-C_ Burke Seniscfelder &
East Cashmere Pavement 16,652.80
1-C— Burke-Sengfeldi r &
TAX FOR 1923
World: A total <>f nearly $221,000 ;
in personal taxes will be raised lur- [
in^' 1923,' according to an itemized.'
statement recently completed by
County Assessor K. A. Schi ble aiul
turned over to the treasurer, who will
use the statement as a guide in mak
ing out tax statements.
The total personal property ta.x i
a little lower than the total for lU2li
about <,000 and still lower thai
for 1920, $258,000.
Personal property valuations, due |
to the depreciation of the value of
farm product* and other personal
property at the time the assessments
were made in the spring are some-.
what lower than in the previous year,
and this partly accounts for the low-1
er personal taxes. Cut* were made
by the county commissioner? in »oitie
Wenatrhee city personal tax. on a
valuation of ai>out $1,600,000, is
about $20,000 for 1023. For t'lis
>• M". Wenatchee's personal property,
valued at $1,5:50,000, raised about $27.
POO. The city personal tax for the
,«ivvious year was $32,000 on :i $1,
Chelan's persona] property vis for
IN THE WENATCHEE VALLEY—HOME OF THE BIG RED APPLE— WHERE DOLLARS GROW ON TREKS
1923 Is $1,600; ILakeside, $168; Leav-'j
enworth'B $"500: Ca~shmere, $:;,000.
Road district No. ! will raise •>'.
500 in 1923; Road district No. . will
raise $5,500; Road District No. :'. will
A building fund of $17,451.90 is to
accrue from personal taxes'. Last
year a building fund of about $5,000
The personal taxes, generally
speaking, are abort 12 per cent of the
total taxes. This tatio • ill not pre
vail throughout, however!
K. P.'« ELKCT.
At their meeting Ust Thursday
evening the Knights of Pythias elect
ed the following officers for the onsu
C. . Herman Howe.
V. C— 11. M. Goff.
Prelate—.l. T. Lindley.
M. \V._W. E. Haniea
K. of i: ?.— E. U. McClain.
M. of E.— H. A. Franklin
If. at A.—H. A. Gartner.
] G.—J. G. Corbett.
0 G.—Otto Anderson.
Trustees— J. T. Lindlcy, Butler
Sampson, O. A. I^ee.
An experienced orchardist reeom
nuniis cutting oT a few of the limbs
i from eac'i tree in fall s>> tint t>-r
mice ■will have something besulen the
[bark of the trunks of the trefn to
' gnaw on during th* winter.
LEAVENWORTH. < HELAN COUNTY. WASHINGTON. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 15, IW2.
l-D I'niun Bridge Co.
Cost 2 -4,407.17
Hal from 11 ..jo
Bal from \2 12,159.43
1-E—W. L Hill Jr.
North Monitor Culverts 6,305.96
l-F- Burke-Sengfelder <£
Crossing ...... 83,363.3!)
North Monitor Grade
Sta. K2 00 to
Sta. 71 .10 7,064.61
North Monitor Grade
Sta. 46 00 to
Sta. 60 00 1,780.46
1-3— T. W. Parrish
Leaven wort h-I'esha.st in
Genera] Expenses 310.Jl
Kngineer's Expenses 6.070.)::
$808,988,86 $302,928.35 $300,000.00
Especial attention is called to Contract 1-1) with the Union
Bridge Company. You will note that over -$::'>,ooo was spent on the
Sunnyslope Bridge. This $36,567.10 wa> taken from the Road Bond
proposal and spent on a structure not authorized by the voters.
Board of County Commissioners, how to do justify this misuse of
And this ia not all. Referring to Bond Proposal No. 2 above you
will note that $45,000.00 was carried to grade and gravel the road
from the Methodist church at Peshastin to Ingall's creek. In the
county records this is known as Bond Proposal No. 1 and we read
as follows under "expenditures on contracts of road bond Issue":
"Bond Proposal No. I
*■■ Engineer.- Bond
Con- I Ledger Proposal
tract Cost Cost Carried
Improvement .. I 15,259.92
Genera] expenses 52.1 o
Engineer's expenses 991.21
% 16,.'!0".2S $ 16,303.28 .* 15,000.00
Contract l-A—Peshastin-Blewett Pass Improvement.
"The Bond Proposal carried $46,000.00 for the
completion of this work. *1(i.30.''..2« has been spent.
Work is uncompleted and only 113,199.90 available
in the Fund on October 31, 1022."
Expenditures for October and September have not been distrib
uted on the Engineer's ledge]-.
WHERE IS THE OTHER $16,496.82?" Perhaps it helped to
build the Sunnyslope bridgl —perhaps—but what i.- the use. All
you can lie .-ure of is that it has been spent somewhere other than
where you voted to spend it. One of the men who ,-pi-nt Severn] days
compiling the above material said. "You might say that the Board of
County Commissioners have absolutely broken faith with the people
in their expenditure of any money for hridges constructed except that
covered by the oii'rinal resolution voted for by the people, for the
reason that certain bridges have been provided for and no other bridge
could be constructed with any of the Bond money, therefore the Sun
nyslope Bridge. $36,567.10, and the excess used on Saunders Bridge.
$3,765*06 and the i vcess. Entiat Bridge, Contract No. 13, $7,673.5
are all illegal expenditures which should have come from the Coun
ty Road and B i Ige or District Fund-."
Caps are writer I*.
To be continued >
The committee in charge of the ar !
ranpemcntH announce that there will j
be a Community Christmas tree at [
the Community building at 6 o'clock, !
Sunday evening, Dec. 24. Th( pro
-1 gram will be published next week.
; Everyone is invited to participate in
WORKMAN HURT AT DAM.
Barney Higgins, employed by the
Grant-Smith Co., and working at the |
(i. N. dam above town, was severely I
hurt last Sunday morning when a |
crane ike. He was brought to j
town and placed under the care of 1
Dr. Hoxsey at the hospital. One ear |
had to be stitched on and his back I
; was hurt, so thai he was in great pain
for a few days, but we understand j
that he is now easier and rapidly re- j
Trains were late most of the time
during the ten days from Pec, 1 to
Monday of th week on account of
the snow and storms, Here the yards !
were tilled and a plow "'a- ,-'-.l three
different times '.'■ clean the main line j
and Ridings. Extra men »c • in de- '
mand Saturday to ke»-p tin switches j
' cleared, but thi ■-...' scare*-.
DIED IX CALIFORNIA.
Frank Mull received word Tuesday
morning of the death of his daughter,
Mrs. Frances Anders, at 11:45 Mon
day night, Dec. 11. 1922, at Oakland,
Calif. Mrs. Anders was 3-1 yea of
a ire and i.- survived by In*:' husband
and one .son six years old, besides her
father and mother and one sister.
Mrs. J. A. Nash, of Leavenworth.
The body, acompanled by relatives,
is expected to arrive here Saturday
and the funeral will take place Mon
day. According to present plans tht
Funeral will be held at the Methodist
church at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon
and burial will follow in the Leaven
C. G. Smyth went to Wenatchee
Tuesday to ::-M-t Grand Commander
Stone in inspecting the Commander)-.
From there they ■ •■.• to :■■■ t<< Oka
nojran on a like mission.
We have been having some cold
wave this week. Monday the govern
ment thermometer registered 19 be
low as- the coldest point and this is a
record low point for recent years.
Tuesday morning the low point was
18 below anil Wednesday morning IT
below. If there is not a chance—if
it does not warm up more than one
degree a day—we shall have a
mighty cold winter. L'p to this writ
ing we have had 33 inchei of snowfall
at '.-...• - and there an 18
niches on the ground.
Chris lv: Dahl, for several years
postmaster at Blewett and storekeep
er for the Peshastin Lumber & Box
Co., died Sunday morning. Dec 10, !
1922, at the Community hospital. Mr.
I'ahl had been sick for some time, but
was brought to the hospital only a ;
few days before his death, which was j
due to obstruction of the pylorus or
lower opening of the stomach. He was
52 years, 4 months an.! 22 days of age
and is survived by his wife and son
18 years of age.
The body was sent to Spokane, the
former home of the Dahli, on Mon
day, at which place the funeral and
burial took place.
STEPHEN ELECTED DIRECTOR.
.1. Howard Stephen, of Peshastin,
was elected a director of the Icicle
Irrigation district for a term of three j
years at the election held Tuesday.
We did not learn the vote nor what
was cast for the opposition candi
There has been a contest on be
tween the upper and lower parts of
the district as to improvements and
the outcome of these differences is a
matter of interest to all. It seems
that a tret-together party is in order
so that the ditch may be put in good
condition before the irrigation season
is again upon us.
Work is still under way on the big
tunnel on the Icicle, but we under
stand that a long stretch of flume,
work on which was suspended a
couple months ago. must be replaced
or there will be no water for any part
■>f the district.
ATHLETIC ASSN. MEETING.
A meeting of those interested is
called for next Monday evening: at
the usual hour at the Gymnasium for
the purpose of reorganizing the ath
letic association and making plans
for basket ball and other sports for
Al.Hoffman, who has been the man
ager for two years, has had numerous
inquiries for games and a fine pro
gram can be had if we (ret going at
E. G. Wheeler went to Seattle
Mr. and Mrs. .1. A. Nash an' mov
ing to Fresno. Calif.
Emil Bauman is still working at
I'.lewctt. repairing houses and a irar
First basket ball of the season, Che
lan here Saturday night at the gym
! 'losing out our entire stock of can
dies at Christmas, at cost. — Ahlin's
Dl", Laws has been in Seattle for
some time with Mrs. Laws, whose
condition we understand is worse.
J. B. Hulf was called to Spokane
Wednesday to testify in the big .'>■
ornation of perjury case now being
tried in that city.
R . ilar meeting of the Pythian
Sisters next Tuesday evening, Dec '
19. Election, initiation anil refresh
, ments. All numbers come.
Mrs. John Ewing received word
Teusday of the deal of her sister,
Mrs. Alice Brooks, Wabuh, Ind. She
had recently undergone an operation.
Mrs. Kathyl Gregory was up from
Peshastin yesterday doing some
shopping and stated that she antici
pates (roinc o.i a visit to Seattle dur
ing the holidays.
There oimht to be interest in the
announcements that Demp*ey is
ready to meet Willard at an) time
within six months and that Carpen
tier .■.d Siki may fight apain.
Attorney John 11.I 1. Matsen is leav
ing this week for Seattle to work
with his brother for a time. He may
locate elsewhere or he may return
here later on, but in any event he ex
pects to be here off and on until he
closes up what business he has on
< hand here.
An embargo was placed on apples
and other perishable freight by the
[Great Northern on Tuesday. Apple-
I have been arriving in Chicago frozen
, and the low temperatures through
| Montana, North Dakota and Minne
sota make it extremely hazardous for
i the roads to attempt to move such
jfreipht at this time.
$2.50 I'KR YEAR
One hundred and fifty taxpayers,
representing every section and inter
est of the state, produced out of their
I state taxation conference in Tacoma
last week the State Tax Limit League
j and a platform declaring for rigid
'governmental economy and elimina
tion of .several state tax levies, a tax
on personal income, a business in
come tax. a gross earnings tax on all
public service corporations, and lim
| itation to 40 mills on a 50 per cent
i valuation the total tax to be paid by
property. The conference heard pro
i posals that a sales tax be adopted,
refused the measure.
Represented at the conference were
Wash. Coal Producers, Farm Bureau,
State Grange, Horticultural ass'n..
i Berry Growers ass'n., Manuf'rs ass'n.
! Lumbermen's assn.. Shingle Manuf.
ass'n., Federated Industries of Wash.,
and the Associated Industries of Se
attle, Taeoma and Spokane Tax
leagues of almost every county also
were represented, and in the meeting
were Senate and House leaders, coun
ty officials and others.
The following state officers were
elected: E. S. Goodwin, Seattle, presi
dent; S. C. Sawtelle, Seattle, secre
tary; L. S. Booth, Seattle, treasurer;
trustees at large, John A. Gellatly,
Wenatchee; Thomas B. Cole, Belling
ham; Julius C. Hubbell, Ellensburg:
Harry (i. Austin, Taeoma: George F.
Meacham, Fred J. Perine, Roy J. Kin
near. Seattle; E. B. Arthaud, Hoqui
Vice presidents, who will be identi
fied with local units of the Tax Limit
League over the state, were chosen
as follows: G. M. Elliott, Taeoma; L.
E. Miller. Bellingham; Andrew Dan
ielson, Blame; Frank Carpenter, Cle
Blum; John C. Denny, Everett; E. B.
Arthaud, Hoquiam; Nils Anderson,
Mabana: ,1. E. Calder, Montesano;
Donald Mclnnis, Port Angeles; Oscar
A. Sword, Port Orchard; D. M. Don
nelly, Sedvo-Woolley; Aides C. Bay
ley, Shelton; W. S. McCrea, Spokane;
R. D. Nesella. Snohomish; Jud Siler,
Vance; C. C. Tuttle. Vancouver; E. C.
Burlingame. Walla Walla.
In brief, the program of the State
Tax Limit League, adopted at the
meeting, proposes as follows:
1. Budget law. with office holder
liable on his own personal bond for
excess expenditure; requiring county
commissioners to annually adopt road
building program for ensuing year,
which shall not be departed from.
2. Pay scale for work done for
municipal bodies shall not exceed
pay scale of private contractors.
3. Serial bond retirement plan;
compulsory formation of sinking
fund to provide for retirement on
such bonds according to their terms.
•4. Extension of Consolidated Elec
tion Law to all counties, as well as
those of first class.
5 State's permanent highway levy
to be optional with ciunties and pub
lic highway levy repealed, to be re
placed by one-tent additional gasoline
C. Repeal of half-mill state lev)
for capitol buildings; repeal half
mill levy for reclamation fund, this
fund to be turned into the general
fund, with exception if amount suf
ficient to maintain hydraulic engi
7. Consolidation of department*
of government, to prevent duplica
B. State wide school survey to
9. Reduction if statutory limits on
certain millage funds, as illustra
tion: state General —5 to _'. mills;
County Current — 8 to 6 mills;
Schools—lo to 8 mills; Road an.l
Bridge—l to 2 mills; Road District?
— 10 to 8 mills, depending upon what
complete investigation will show to
10. Retention of fifty per tn\
valuation basis of assessment. v
11. Constitutional convention with
amendments submitted to 1921 elec
12. Tax on net income earned Ir
the state 01 elsewhere. $1,000 «••;■
i emption single person; $2,000 mar
ried person, 1800 additions! for erjrh
dependent. Kate on first 11000. 2
per rent: $2,000. 3 pel cent; 18,000, 4
per cent; $4,000, 5 p*>r cent; $5,000 or
] up, 6 per cent.
18. Business tax on net income,
to — offset on personal income tax
14. Gross earning! tax on all pub
lic service corporations.
15. Limit of total miltage to forty
, mini on a 50 per cent valuation a* a
maximum to >«- levied on real arid
, tangible pf-rsunal property.