A weekly nummary or events of in
terest to Kettle Falls and the Upper
Columbia Rivpr Valley, the garden
•pot of the great northwest.
Mrs. Myrtle Pish. Representative
Kettle Falls News
Services at the Presbyterian
church tomorrow morning at 11
o'clock. Rev. Valdo Petter will
Miss Wilma Keel of Twin Falls,
Idaho, a student at the U of Idaho,
is a guest of Miss Lucile Owen this
Tyler Folsom of Spokane is visit
ing his parents Mr. and Mrs. F. E.
Mrs. Rose Bradbury of Rathdrum,
Idaho, is spending the week at the
home of her parents Dr. and Mrs.
B. L. Brigham.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith of Che
welah spent Xmas visiting the F. E.
Smith family and the Gustave
Howard Morrison and Elton Lar
sen of Spokane were in town for
several days the first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Strieker of
Amber were holiday guests of Mrs.
Strieker's parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Dwight Smith of Vera and Ralph
Smith, a student at W. S. C, were
guests of their parents this week.
Donald Squire, a freshman at W.
S. C, is spending the holidays with
his parents Mr. and Mrs. A. R.
Mr. and Mrs. Vem Morris and
sons Irvin and Stanley left Sunday
for Seattle and points in California.
Harry Dudeck spent Christmas
with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Otto
Marguerite Ferguson, who is
teaching on the coast, visited her
parents Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Fer
guson this week.
Ned Richard visited his lather
Clint Richard this week.
Word was received by Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Hart of the marriage
of their son Henry Hart to Miss
Smith of Harrington. The ceremony
took place in Spokane and they im
mediately left for Seattle where Mr.
Hart is employed.
Clyde and Hugh Ferguson were
home for Christmas.
Miss Lucille Owen entertained at
a fudge party Wednesday evening
and at 1:30 o'clock luncheon Thurs
day in honor of her guest Miss Wil
A. R. Mann left for Puyallup last
Friday to be there for an indefinite
The most complete line of pyrex
in Kettle Falls.—Mrs. Dan Richard.
Thing! that are doing
in our hurtling litter
city. Reported by
our special corres
E. Graham has begun to take the
mail stage from Hunters to Spring
Christmas has past and New Year's
is coming, so we wish you all a
happy New Year.
The rain is taking the snow off
Mrs. Pierce and grandddaughter
Mitfs Gladys McCord returned home
Miss Edna Cooley and Joe Lakey
were married last week at Colville.
They returned Thursday and on Fri
day night two sleigh loads of young
people went out to charivari them.
Miss Ellen Hamilton came home
to spend Christmas with her father
Ben Jennings and brother Del
spent Christmas with their sister
Mrs. Jess Newlan of Cedonia.
Mi. and Mrs. Anderson and
daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Friske and
family were guests at the Scheele
Mr. and Mrs. Heber and family
had dinner with their daughter Mrs.
Bill Duncan had Christmas dinner
with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas.
We are sorry to report Mrs. Lock
man sick with tKe flu.
Mr. Flood and Mr. Walker are
taking a load of hogs to Spokane.
Clyde Ferguson was in town Mon
day, and Tuesday.
Mrs. Cliffton visited with her sis
ter Mrs. Laird during the holidays.
Miss Mildred Campbell, who has
been at Cheney attending school,
come home to spend Christmas with
Miss Floss Collings left Tuesday
for her home where she will spend
Miss Newhouse left Friday for
her home to spend Christmas.
Dr. Robertson of Devils Lake,
North Dakota, one of the principal
share holders of the Cleveland mine,
woa here to look over the work that
is being done on the property.
The New Year's dance will be at
the grange hall. Everyone is hoping
to have a better time than at the
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Mrs. A. L. Swanson, Representative
Mrs. Raymond Zapel and children
are spending the holidays at the
home of her parents Mr. and Mrs.
A. W. Smith.
The program given last Friday
by the school children at the school
house spoke for itself as one of the
host programs given in Meyers Falls
for a long time. The children were
well trained and showed the efficient
work of the teachers Miss Laura
Ellii and Miss Agnes Hewett. The
house was packed with friends and
Mrs. N. Hanisch is spending the
holidays in Spokane with her daugh
ters Mrs. Chas. Aris and Mrs. P.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stephenson
received the sad news several days
ago that Mr. Shepherdson's mother
had passed away at her home in
Philadelphia, Pa. The Stephensons
have the sympathy of their many
friends in Meyers Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. h\ Mark and daugh
ter Francis are spending the holi
days at Yakima with his parents.
The Sunday school had a short
program Sunday morning. The
children observed white Christmas
this year and the money and cloth
ing is to be sent to the Salvation
Army and the Washington orphans
home in Spokane.
Mrs. Ruth Spencer had as her
guests for Christmas dinner Mr. and
Mrs. Myron Spencer, Mr. and Mrs.
Eli Latting and Mr. and Mrs. Vern
Swartout and children.
Mr. and Mrs. John Biddle were
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. A.
L. Swanson Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Smith had a
dinner Christmas day for the Kelley
family of Kettle Falls, Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley Smith of Marcus and Mrs.
Zapel and children.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fedder spent
Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Keller had a
family dinner for Mrs. Keller, Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. C. Smith and son.
A son was bom Dec. 27 to Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Norton.
Miss Jean Kerneor spent a few
days with her mother last week and
returned to Seattle on Christmas day.
Mrs. Wm. Ledgerwood has been
on the sick list for several days but
is better at this writing.
Mrs. Geo. Dunn spent Christmas
at Meyers Falls with her parents
Vlr. and Mrs. Montour.
The warm days of this week have
played havoc with the snow, and it
is neither sleighing nor boating;
still it is better than the real cold
Marcell Ruthfort is visiting at the
Delbert Abbott is home for the
The end of this year's correspon
dences, and another year will soon
start. May it be one of happiness
and prosperity and with best wishes
for a Happy New Year from the
Meyers Falls correspondent, Mrs. A.
The News of Greenwood
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Cleary of
Clarkston are visiting Mrs. Cleary's
parents Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Walston.
Mrs. B. Conrad of Seattle is visit
ing her sister Mrs. S. A. I.ynn anu
her brothers John and S. H. Bender.
Miss Caryl White is home from
Spokane for the holidays. Miss
Caryl will return to Spokane Jan. 1
to enter Northwestern Business col
Miss Velma White, who teaches
the Basin school, is home for the
Miss Cecil Noble, a teacher at
Bossburg, is spending the holiday
vacation visiting hei parents Mr.
and Mrs. F. Noble and at Deer
Miss Alta Leitheid took charge
of the program at the school house
Friday night, as the teacher, Mrs.
Kaniscr, had been called home by
the serious illness of her husband.
Among those who entertained on
Christmas day were Mr. and Mrs.
S. H. Bender. They had as dinner
guests J. B. Miller and wife and
George Lingle of Meyers Falls and
Bert Curry and Clarence Bell, who
is home from Pullman
Mr. and Mm. E. R. Lynn had as
guests Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hale of
Meyers Falls, Mr. and Mrs. S. A.
Lynn, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lynn and
children, John Bender and Mrs. B.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Walston and
children spent Christmas day in Col
ville with Mr. Walston's parent*.
The next meeting of the Ladies'
club will be the afternoon of Jan 10,
1923, with Mrs. S. H. Bender.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Walston en
tertained Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Cleary
of Clarkston, Miss Clara Walston of
Cheney, Mr. and Mrs. F. Gordon,
The CoMlle Examiner, Saturday, December 30, 1922
Mr. and Mrs. F. E. "Gordon and son,
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Gordon and Hugh
And now we wish you MN and a>l
a happy and prosperous New Year.
Waterloo — Mountain View
The Stranger creek school gave a
nice program and Christmas tree
Friday night at the school house. A
large crowd was there. One of the
features of the evening was a tab
leau of Santa Claus and two Christ
mas spirits, also one of the Virgin
Mary and the infant Christ in the
Miss Sarah Watsan has been quite
sick for the past two week:i >vith
Mrs. Ray Maxwell and children
are visiting at the home of J. W.
Mrs. Ora Potts to visiting with
the home folks this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Konady and
Henry Laser returned from Idaho
The stork was with us this week
as well as Santa Claus. He left a
10-lb. boy at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Merton Bohren Dec. 24. Dr.
Horton was the attending physician.
L. N. Scott of Colville is spend
ing the holidays at the home of his
sister Mrs. Chas. Countryman.
Mrs. Zada Hofstetter is on the
sick list this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Camp and fam
ily, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Robbins and
Lee Robbins were Christmas guests
at the Chas. Countryman home
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Cahill had
Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs.
W. A. Parks.
Reporting the Event!
of this Thriving
Edward Harphan of Oroville is
spending the school vacation with
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lind.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Peckham
are rejoicing over the arrival of a
daughter Dec. 22. She has been
named Avinell Lenora.
Mrs. Katherine Keyser and Her
man Keyser and wife of Kettle Falls
had Christmas dinner with M. C.
Smith and family.
Mrs. Ethel Piper of Republic spent
Saturday with Mrs. F. A. Lind.
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Doty enter
tained at Christmas dinner at their
home the following guests: C. W.
Wright and family, F. V. Lair and
family, T. M. Fondery and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gifford and
little daughter of Eureka spent the
holidays with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Milo Brittain and
family have returned to their home.
Clara and Melona Zwang have
gone to Northport to visit with
Mrs. Bessie Thompson and Mrs.
Ben Scott have opened up a new
The W. W. P. Co. men have all
returned to work after spending the
holidays at their different homes.
John Peterson came home to spend
Christmas with his family.
The program given by the little
tots on Dec. 22 was well rendered
and was enjoyed by a capacity house
Sunday school at 9:45 each Sun
day and all are invited to attend.
NORTH BASIN NEWS
(Mrs. Ray W. Hall, Representative)
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bailey spent
Christmas day with Mr. and Mrs.
A good sized crowd attended the
program given by the Basin Mill
school. Miss Velma White is to be
complimented on her ability to work
up a good program with the greater
number of her pupils in grades be
low the fifth. After the program, all
enjoyed ice cream and cake and a
few hours were spent in dancing and
Mr. Fifield returned from the coast
last Thursday. He has been working
over on the west side since early last
Ray Walters was ill several days
last week with lagrippe.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tilson enter
tained Mr. and Mrs. Dan Osborn.
Curtis Wilson, Mrs. Evan Alborn and
baby Norma Ruth and W. E. Noble
at Christmas dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davidson and
family spent Sunday with Mr. David-,
son's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.
Mrs. C. R. Hall came out Friday
evening to attend the Christmas pro
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Plumb and
Junia, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Priday and
Jimmie, Mrs. C. R. Hall and Miss
Gae Thompson and Isiah Orser were
guests at Hall's Highland ranch on
Fern and Floyd Hall attended the
Christmas program at the Congrega
Miss Vclma White left for her
home in Greenwood Saturday.
Mrs. Frank Howe and baby have
!>een quite ill with the grippe this
week, but are somewhat improvec
at this writing.
Ralph Young and Ed. Mellick came
home for Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davidson and
family, Nick Vander Velden and W.
E. Noble spent Tuesday afternoon
and evening >vith Mr. and Mrs. Ray
It's neither sleighing, nor wheeling,
nor walking, it's just slopping, as
one person expressed it.
West Side, Addy
Marzella Toepel, Representative
After an absence of two years,
I'aul Sneiter arrived home from
eastern Oregon and will probably re
main for the winter.
Miss Agnes Buchholtz arrived from
Seattle Saturday for a visit of two
weeks with home folks.
Floyd Ward, who is employed at
Crystal Lake, arrived home Sunday
i'or a holiday visit.
An important matter in which two
young people were vitally concern
ed was settled in Colville Saturday,
Dec. 23, when Miss Vernice Smith
and Victor Klement quietly slipped
away to Colville and were married.
The news of the elopement proved to
be quite a shock to some of the
young ladies of West Addy.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Klement have
gone to housekeeping on his ranch.
G. W. Singer visited in Spokane
several days last week.
Floyd and Herbert Ward were
business visitors in Chewelah Tues
After an absence of six months
at Ord, Nebraska, Anton Klement
returned Tuesday and will reside with
his son Victor on his ranch in the
Glen Singer left for Spokane Fri
day to spend Christmas.
F. B. Schmid, Representative
Christmas was celebrated in the
g-ood old way at Glendale. Good
sleighing with nice mild weather
brought out everyone from far and
near to enjoy this great festival. For
. everal weeks the children were
trained under direction of Mrs. N.
Haugness and the program consist
ing of 32 selections was very enter
taining and was rendered without a
hitch. It was amazing how some of
the little tots who had never gone
to school got up and spoke their
little pieces or sang their songs. The
song by Homer and Reuben Eglaml
was grand; also Miss Gladys de
serves credit for the song she sang
alone. The song "Beautiful Snow
at Christmas Time" by all of the
girls, when each waved a bright
star in her right hand, was very im
posing. After the program the dis
tribution of nuts and candy began;
every child and grown person in
the Glendale community received a
sack of candy and nuts with their
name on it. After that, dishpans
full of candy and nuts were passed
around until all had had all they
cared for. Numberless gifts were
placed under the glowing tree and
these were distributed last, and show
ed the good will that prevailed in
Marble Valley News Notes
Mrs. C. H. King, Representative
The grange will give a basket so
cial and program Saturday evening.
The Christmas program the 22d
was a success in every way. After
the program by the children was
over, old Santa came in through a
rear window and distributed candy
and nuts to all present, also baps to
be taken home to absent ones. Miss
Hanna deserves great credit for the
program and the children deserve
credit for the good order and their
help in making every thing a suc
George Cross ate Christmas din
ner with the Fred Fast family.
Mr. Sargent has a new team of
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Skee:« and
family and Mr. and Mrs. John
Bishop spent Christmas at the H.
T. Skeels home.
Miss Florence Hanna resigned as
teacher of the Marble Valley school
and returned to her home in Mar
Fred Fast is taking treatments
from a Spokane doctor for his rheu
matism, and is so much improved
as to be able to lay a new floor in
The board of directors went to
Colville Tuesday to secure a teacher
to finish this year's term of school.
They engaged Mrs. Heaton of Col
The snow went off so suddenly
here that a load of lumber and a
load of ties are stalled beside the
Vernon Van Dyke came ~np from
St. John and in working for Bare
& Schouler, logging on the Marbod
Florence Koerner, who is work
ing in Colville, spent Christmas af
ternoon and night at the home of
The high school students spending
the holidays at their homes are:
Mabel Roily and Iva Naff of Spo
kane, and Myrtle Gotham of Cheney.
The Loveland, Clarke and Fred
Dowty families took dinner at the
home of Olaf Rosen on Christmas
Paul Schneiter is home again af
ter nearly two years in Oregon.
Mrs. Zbinden and Willie autoed
to Colville Tuesday, exchanging
wheat for flour at the mill, and
visited at the home of Rudolph
A surprise party was given Mrs.
King on her birthday Tuesday eve
ning. Those present were Mrs. Bare
and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Schouler
and Eddie, Dee, Ray, Marda and
Esther, Mr. Van Dyke, Mrs. Zbinden
and Chris Streit. The evening was
speni, in games and music and re-'
freshments were served. After a
merry time, all left for their homes
at 12:30 o'clock.
News from Church
and Garrison Flats
Mr. and Mrs. F. Shannon of Wy
oming are visiting at the home of
Mrs. Shannon's parents Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Rhoda Shepherdson and
daughter Ruth of Deer Park visited
at the Men Muir home during the
Samuel Montgomery was calling
on friends in this neighborhood
recently. He is attending Cheney
normal school this year.
Evelyn DeGreif is visiting her
sister Mrs. A. Loiselle and other
friends at Aladdin during the holi
Clyde Heberling and family spent
Christmas day at the home of Dr.
and Mrs. J. J. Ingle.
Mr. and Mrs. James Chase enter
tained Christmas for their children,
A. R. Hall and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth McPhail and family.
THE TAX SYSTEM
NEEDS A REFORM
University Expert Claims
that Taxation Unrest
Should be Heeded
"There is now so completely de
veloped in our state a concensus of
opinion that the tax system should
be reformed at this session of the
legislature, that a failure to meet
this expectation may be fraught
with the danger of unfortunate so
cial and political consequences," de
clares Prof. Frank J. Laube, politi
cal science department of the Uni
versity of Washington, who spoke
in Colville some weeks ago.
Discussing the underlying causes
of the state-wide demand for tax
reform, Mr. Laube notes that Wash
ington's tax burden has increased
150 per cent since 1910, while assess
ed valuations have gone up but 30
per cent, and remarks that "While
the state's population and industrial
life have been growing, the in
creasing burden of government cost
has continued to rest on. property
investment alone. This burden," he
adds, "especially smothers the home
owner and the farmer, the two
classes upon whom the stability and
welfare of the state so much de
Mr. Laube cites the plight of Aso
tin county farmers, whose total
wheat yield will amount to about
$225,000, while their taxes will ap
proximate $259,886, or some $30,000
more than their crops are worth.
Stevens county has 8,000 descriptions
on the delinquent list, Mr. Laube
declares, and quotes one of the
commissioners of Benton county to
the effect that 20 per cent of that
county's agricultural land will be
off the tax rolls inside of six
"Those who have placed their in
vestments in property have seen its .
valuation disappear. The farmer
particularly is in a hostile frame of
mind. His confidence in government
is disappearing. He finds the values
wrought from the heavy labor of
years, confiscated to the state for
what he believes to be extravagant
and unnecessary uses," the writer ;
remarks. "It bodes ill for a state
when its agricultural class loses
courage, and become antagonistic to
government. The radicalism of the
unpropertied is a sufficient menace."
Mr. Laube sees the cause of the
property owner's plight and his in
sistence upon a tax reform to relieve
him, in Washington's system of the
general property tax. "This system
is a proven failure, bringing disaster
wherever it has been used," he de
clares, "because it was developed be
fore the present industrial era, when
ownership was entirely in real and
tangible personal property, and when
such ownership represented the abil
ity to pay. Now we have passed
into a new economy in which values
other and much larger in volume
than property values have developed,
but the general property tax con
tinues, reaching the tax paying abil
ity of one class only. We are in
the condition of a state half taxed
and half free," the writer concludes,
"and no state can in that manner
go forward in security and prog
"The statistics of tax levies and of
government per capita costs," Mr.
Laube says, "demonstrate not only
that the burden of government cost
rests upon too narrow a base,
that of property, but that the reve
nue base is too narrow to have un
dertaken the developments which we
have undertaken, or to have financed
them in the manner in which we
have financed them.
Statistics further show, he de
clares, that in the state millage levy
on property for ;;tate purposes alone,
the rate runs more than three times
as high as in such states as Minne
sota, lowa, Illinois, Montana and
Oregon. The same is true of the
per capita levy. Yet purely govern
mental expense, outside of outlays,
is little higher, and in some cases
not so high.
"Both state and city have wrongly
visioned development and necessity,"
Mr. Laube believes. Tax mfllage
which could have been deferred Has
been levied, and developments which
could have been better timed entered
"I believe in the movement now
making such progress, for the limi
tation of the millage on property,"
Prof. Laube concludes, adding that
"the reform of the system alone
would not, however, be sufficient.
An adequate machinery of adminis-.
tration must be developed," he says.
"The present decentralized adminis
tration, with inexpert service, makes
for gross discrimination between in
dividuals and counties, varying in
unconvincing valuations, and a gen
eral failure of uniformity and effi
"Jim Bilkins is dead."
"He stuck his head into the Red
Dog saloon and hollered 'Fire.' "
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