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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
L B. HARRIS HORSE
SHOW ON APRIL 8
sth Annual Equine Event Takes
Place in Colfax.
Stable Room and Feed Provided
Free of Cost to Animals on Exhi
bitions-People on the Bth Will
See the Best in Inland Empire.
The I. B. Harris Horse Show in Colfax,
an annual event that is looked forward
to with interest from all parts of Whit
man county, will be held on Saturday,
April 8. George Palmer, Bernard Baber
and J. E. Kincaid have been named as
the committee in charge of the event.
Those desiring to enter hornet*, mules or
jacks rhould write or confer with Mr.
Palmer, who is acting as secretary of the
This ib the fifth annual event. The
idea was first conceived by the late I. B.
Harris, and in honor of a well known
and highly reapeeted pioneer citizen the
annual event wan named in hit* honor.
The horse Hhow has grown in interest
and the display of horse flesh has in
creased with each succeeding year since
the first event five years ago. And the
management fully believe, judging from
inquiries made from owners of tine
equines, that the display this year will
excel previouH events.
Stable mom Hnd feed will be provided
free of cott to all animal* placed on ex
People coming to Colfax on the Brh
will see the bent there is in bors? flVsh in
the state of Washington. The horse
has passed^through several evolutions in
the Pacific^Northwest since thp first set
tlement of the country by whites. The
first settlers found here the cayuse, a
habitat of.the country, and were glad to
tame and use the little fellow in divers
ways, the cayus" filling a useful place in
the every day affairs of the men of those
times. Next came the half breed, a
cross between a pedigreed horse and a
cayuse, producing a hardy, serviceable
animal, embodying the good qualities as
well as the eccentricities of both ances
tors. The half breed is seldom seen
these days, the thoroughbred of all
breeds, many of them imported from the
East as well as from Europe at great
expense, being in evidence at all times
Massive animals, some of them weighing
2000 pounds, will be seen at the !.arse
show on April 8, as well as the coach,
the saddle, the running and trotting
varieties as well.
Most farmers nowadays own and use
large, well bred animals for farm work,
and at all times are seeking to improve
their horse flesh. By attending the horse
show they will see the best of the differ
ent breeds and can select accordingly.
Besides, most people like to see fine
equines, whether engaged in raising them
The demand for horse flesh for draft
purposes was never so great in the
history of the country as now. Instead
of being the "horseless age." heard co
frequently at one time, the horse is IT.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
Protest Filed Against Paving Main
Street- -Other Business.
City council met Monday night, Mayor
Weinberg presiding and all couDcilmen
present but Perrine and Stravens.
The protest of P. Codd and others
against the paving of Main street, be
tween the north and of Cooper lake
br'dge and the south side of Island
street, was laid over until next meeting,
which is Monday night.
Lftter from Claude Hollingswortb in
! regard to lot on Main street belonging
to Lkllingsworth estate was laid over.
Petition of E. J. Armstrong to erect a
barn 16x20 feet on Meadow street was
Health officer reported one new case of
scarlet fever. Also recommended a
sewer on Morton street to abate a
No protest was filed to the proposed
improvement of north Main street.
Council will meet again next Monday
Ryans Adopt Vedder Baby.
Mr. and Mrs. K. M. Ryan this week
legally adopted the Vedder twin girl
baby born the 19th of December, the
mother, as all Colfax people know, dying
a few days after the birth of the twins.
The other twin, a boy, died soon after
the mother. This wan the second pair
of twins born to the Tedders, Mrs. Ved
der being the mother of five children,
although only 32 years of age. Mrs.
Vedder's fatber and mother, Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Barger, have the three older
children. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan are justly
proud of their new found treasure, and
it is also pleasing to note that the little
tot has fallen into such good hands and
will have a perfect home.
Eight Per Cant Grade Macadam
Road Under Construction.
Work on the Canyon street grade,
leading from the Methodist church to the
top of the bill as far as the cemetery, a
distance of one mile, is under full swing,
from 25 to 30 laborer** being employed
in the work. J. J. Miller has charge of
the enterprise. This is the most direct
road leading to the city of Palouse and
the Potlatch country, besides accommo
dating a large farming constituency liv
ing in the intervening territory. The
grade to the top of the hill, while mac
adamized, is in rough condition, the
grade being uneven and the pull always
hard and tiresome.
The road is being changed to conform
to an eight per cent grade to the top of
the hill, provided with a 20-foot drive
way, macadamized and made to con
form to a first class road. The county
commissioners at their last meeting ap
propriated fIOOO toward this improve
ment, the Colfax Improvement Associa
tion agreeing to stand the rest of the
expense, Mr. Miller stating that it will
be at least $4000.
The association, it should be stated,
own Grand View addition to Colfax on
top of the hill, recently placed on the
market, which it is desired to reach- by
team by the Canyon street grade. When
the work is completed a team can almost
trot to the top of the hill, instead of
pulling and tugging along in laborious
fashion as now and in the past.
To begin with, the channel of the
small creek coming down the gulch is
being cleared of all rubbish, straight
ened and widened in places, thus allow
ing the water during the freshet season
to run off without impediment. The
roadway id being changed by following
closer to the creek bottom than the pres
ent roadway, cutting out unnecessary
curves, all bummicks and making an
eight per cent grade the entire distance.
To do this will necessitate considerable
blasting and rip-rapping at divers
places, but it is expected to be a thins of
beauty and a joy forever when completed.
Not less than 25 or 30 men will be kept
employed until the work is done.
Conductor Jell Passes Away.
Robert Jell, for the past 21 years con
nected with the Oregon-Washington Rail
road & Navigation Co, as passenger
conductor, died in Tekoa last Sunday
morning, apoplexy being given as the
cause of death. Of late years he ran
between Spokane and Pendleton, and
was known to scores of people along
the route. He leaves a wife and two
grown daughters. Mr. Jell was born in
Keokuk, lowa, December 1, 1853. He
was a member of the B. P. O. E. No
228 of Spokane, blbo the 0. R. C. division
No. 285 of Spokane. The funeral services
were held at the Elks' temple, Spokane,
Date of Poultry Show Changed.
The time of meeting of the Whitman
County Poultry & Pet Stock Association
has been changed from January, 1912,
to December 18 to 23 of this year. This
change has been made so as not to con
flict with other shows, that at Tacoma
for instance. Elmer Dixon of Oregon
City, Oregon, has been engaged to judge
poultry at the forthcoming show in
Colfax. Be is an old hand at the buei
ness. It is the purpose of many of the
Whitman county poultry raiserß after
the show here to take prize birds
to the big shows at Tacoma, Seattle,
Spokane and poesiby other places, ex
pecting to capture many prizes.
Car Backed Off of Track.
While standing on the track at the In
land station Monday morning, ready to
start on the run to Spokane, the motors
of the power car were set in motion,
Bending the chair car in the rear over
the embankment at the end of the track.
The car did not topple over, although it
looked eadly out of place. A lady pas
senger was in the car, waiting for the
train to pull out, but kept her presence
of mind, not attempting to get out
until the car had stopped. Jack Bcrewß
were put to work and the car wae soon
on the track again. The train pulled
ou,t Monday morning minus the derailed
Killed in Nevada- - Buried Here.
Funeral services were held Tuesday
afternoon at the undertaking parlors
over the remains of H. D. Walker, Rev.
N. M. Jones officiating, interment taking
place in Colfax cemetery. Walker was
killed on the 13th by falling under a car
in the state of Nevada, his stepfather
going to Nevada and bringing the re
mains here. Particulars of the accident
could not be obtained. Walker was born
at Farmington in this county and was
33 years of age. His mother, wife and
two children were here to attend the
funeral. They live at Tekoa.
Operate on Spokane Woman.
Mies Katherine Larkin of Spokane
was operated on at St. Ignatius hospital
Tuesday morning. The operation was
said to be a severe one. At this writing
the young lady is said to be doing as
well aa could be expected.
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 24. 1911.
COMMERCIAL CLUB HAS
TAKEN ON A NEW LIFE
Enthusiastic Meeting Held Monday After
noon—People Heretofore Lukewarm Are
Now Very Much In Earnest.
An informal meeting of citizens was
held Monday afternoon at the office of
J. L. Neil, various matters of public in
terest coming up for consideration. Ex-
Mayor Lippitt presided and C. S. Clarke
officiated as secretary.
Mr. Neil's office was Boon filled to
standing capacity, it looking at one time
ac though it would be necessary to call
an overflow meeting on the sidewalk,
such was the enthusiasm and interest
shown. Nothing like it has been seen in
Colfax for a long time. Recent develop
ments have shown the people of Colfax
the necessity of "getting together," and
the meeting Monday afternoon seems to
have been the forerunner of this getting
The meeting was called primarily to
consider road matters and conditions,
but the "booster spirit" was uppermost,
and it was resolved then and there, with
out any ifa or other qualifications, to
breathe new life into the Coliax Com
mercial Club, and that no mistake might
be made it was resolved to let the dead
bury its dead and to start in anew, by
incorporating the Colfax Commercial
Club, unlimited liability. .-^natures
were called for and before the; close of
the meeting over 100 names were at
tached to the roster, many coming from
the near by stores, signing the roll of
membership and returning to their places
The constitution and bylaws of the
old club were adopted. Charles L Mac-
Keuzie was elected president, William
Lippitt vice-prenident, J. L Neil secre
tary, James A. Perkins treasurer.
It was resolved to make the monthly
dues $1, that being considered ample to
pay the ruuning expenses of the club,
thus doing away with the accustomed
initiation fee. It was also resolved to
hold meetings hereafter at night, it be
ing pointed out that the reason meetings
in the past were frtquently poorly at
tended was because of the difficulty of
merchants and others leaving their
places of business during the busy hours
of the day.
J. L. Neil, Charles E. Scriber and Fred
A. Ruseell were Darned to secure a ball
and Dame the next time of meeting of
the club, when it is expected the organ
ization will be perfected. It seemed to
be the concensus of opinion that we
should meet regularly once a week, or
as often as called together by the presi
dent and secretary, and to arrange for
frequent banquets, the social features
helping to pave the rough places in the
road of progress.
Charles R. Hill, W. R Anderson and
E. M. Woodin were named a committee
to solicit membership. It is expected
the membership will be more than
doubled over that obtained at the first
It was voted to appoint a committee
of three to arrange for the I. B. Harris
Horse Show to take place on Saturday,
April 8. Thiß committee is composed of
George Palmer, Bernard Baber and J.
William Lippitt, J. R. Good and Virgil
T. McCroskey were selected as the good
roads committee, to confer with Pull
man, Palouse, Garfield and other towns
in Whitman county anent good roads
OVER THE GARDEN WALL!
and the distribution of funds to build
It is pleasing to note the enthusiasm
manifested Monday in regard to the
Commercial Club. SeTeral expressed
themselves as being lukewarm heretofore
in regard to the matter, not realizing its
importance to the public until the light
of recent events had opened their eyep.
They were now on the anxious seat and
proposed to remain in the amen corner.
Citizens should lose no time in joining
the Commercial Club. Don't be a sala
mander. Be a live wire. Let your light
ehioe from the hilltops. Boost for Col
fax. Don't let it be said that Colfax is
a "has been." It is one of the rich
towns of the state, situated in the heart
of the greatest wheat growiDg district of
the Inland Empire, and it should be in
the band wagon along with all the other
towns and cities of the state, making
itself heard and felt. And we believe
from now on such iv fact will be the case.
K. OF P. GRAND LODGE.
Will Be Held in Seattle on May 16,
17 and 18.
Eugene Foster of Aberdeen, grand
ehanceller, E. B. Hawkins of Heattle,
superintendent of insurance, department
of Oregon and Washington, and C. V.j
Snvidge of Olympia, grand lecturer,
were in Colfax the first of the week con
ferring with Harry M. Love, grand
keeper of records and seals, Knights of
I'ythias, in regard to the grand lodge
session to be held in Seattle on May 16,
17 and 18.
Twelve new lodges have been organized
since the last session of the grand lodge,
which makes a most gratifying showing.
The last report concerning the supreme
lu'Jge shows the state of Washington to
hu,ve gained 19 per cent in membership
during the preceding year, the largest
net gain of any district in the United
States, only two states, Massachusetts
and Michigan, showing a larger gain
Change of Managers.
S. H. Sauve, tor 10 years connected
with the Pacific Telegraph & Telephone
Co., recently of Spokane, arrived in Col
fax the first of the week to take charge
of the company's business here, succeed
ing H. W. Shilling. Mr. Shilling is going
to his homestead in Grant county, 110
miles west of Spokane on the line of the
Great Northern, where he will establish
his home and till the soil. While sorry
to lose Mr. and Mrs. Shilling still their
many friends wish them success in their
Down With La Grippe.
Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Morrison and son
Paul are down with la grippe, confined
to their home by this annoying disease,
Mr. and Mrs. Morrison were stricken
Sunday, while Paul succumbed Monday.
The only consolation one can offer in a
case of this kind is that there are others.
Boy Breaks Arm.
The 12 year-old eon of Walter Lloyd
of Hay broke bis right arm below the
plbow Tuesday while engaged in play.
The lad wbb brought to Colfax where
the arm whs set by a physician.
—Carter in New York American.
A COMMERCIAL CENTER.
Facts to Show That Colfax Stands
High in That Regard.
It ie pleasing to note that goods are
supplied by home merchants to a degree
that is marvelous when figured in the
yearly aggregate. Reed & Ripley, Col
fax daymen, lant week unloaded and
delivered to lochl firms eight carloads of
inerchtindiee, all from the east exception
two care, one containing sugar from San
Francisco, the other salt from Salt Lake
City. This in an average of over one
carload a day handled by one firm of
draymen, sayiug nothing of local busi
ness. Other carloads were handled by
other firms engaged in the drayiug busi
ness, the exact amount at this writing
not being known.
This given one some idea of the amount
of business done in Colfax in the mer
cantile line, showing it to be a commer
cial center of importance. As a com
mercial as well an a financial center Col
fax has long been famous, a fame that
will probably continue, judging from
facts like those noted above, a« well as
bank statements published at regular
intervals, all of which speak louder than
OLD TIMER CROSSES DIVIDE
George Frice First Inmate County
Poor Farm--Blind 16 Years.
George Fried, the first inmate of the
Whitman county poor farm and for all
these years an inmate of that institu
tion, died in St. Ignatius hospital Tuen
day, aged 85 years. He went blind 16
years ago from the effects of la grippe,
so it is said, at that time beiDg admitted
to the poor farm. He is supposed to
have relatives, but from all appearances
they abandoned him long ago, as none
have been located at this writing. It
would probably be quite different if the
old man had died a millionaire.
Frice was a German by birth, but came
to this country when a boy. He crossed
the plains to Oregon in 1850. He was
engaged in the freighting business for
several years in the early days, freight
ing by team between Wallula and Walla
Walla, later going to Elk City, Idaho.
At one time he lived at Colton and
Uniontown, this county. It is under
8:ood that his wife is buried at or near
Walla Walla. He was buried iv the
Continue at Christian Church--16
Accessions to Date.
Revival meetings have been in pro
gress at the Christian church all the
week, 10 accessions to the church being
reported to date.
This (Friday) night "A Lesßon From
the Marriage Supper" will be the subject
Tomorrow (Saturday) evening "Short
Sightedness" will be the theme.
Sunday morning the subject will be
'"Conquest," while in the evening "Me
morial Stones" will be the subject.
K. of P.'s Have Bought Lot.
The Knights of Pythias lodge of Colfaz
has bought the lot on Main street, be
tween Canyon and Brewery streets, on
which the Cab barn stands, where the K.
of P.'s will erect their new temple when
arrangements are all completed. The
property was bought of R. H. Reid, the
consideration being $2500. The ground
space is 70x90 feet. This is considered
a good buy, as it is in the heart of the
city and is a desirable location. A
temple to take the place of the old barn
will be something of a transformation.
Grammar school declamation contest
for the district comprising Colfax and
37 other districts will be held at the
High school building this (Friday) even
ing at 7:45. There will be four contest
ants Thin will be a try out for this
district for the county declamation con
test to be held during institute. Those
who will ppeak tonight are Lulu Swift,
Lloyd Nesbitt, Florida Hill, Mac Sher
man. Judges, W. M. Duncan, B. F.
Manring, Robert M. Hannw.
Married in Spokane.
Friday evening of last week in Spo
kane Miss Mabel Kinnear was married
to Roecoe Williams, Miss Kinnear is a
popular young lady of Spokane, promi
nently identified with musical circles
there, and hap relatives and many ac
quaintances in Colfax. Mr. Williams is
connected with the Exchange National
Bank in Spokane.
Degree Work in bight.
Verona Rebekah Lodge No. 13, I. O.
O. F., has been invited to put on the
degree for several candidates at La
Crosse this (Friday) night. Representa
tives from Endicott will also attend, and
after the class has been initiated the
members and visitors will partake of the
hospitality of La Croese lodge in the
nature of a banquet and social.
Residence Property Changes Hands
E. M. Woodin this week bought the
H. M. Moffat residence, corner West and
Island streets, the consideration being
|3500. It is a tightly location, one of
the pleasant homes of Colfax.
I'UICK FIVK CENTS
FACTS AND FIGURES
Record of Our Members to the
Highway Entanglement Not Likely
to Be Untangled--Ffdalgo Island
Rock Crusher Total Loss to State
--McNeelyof Pierce Is Blamed.
Olympia, March 22 —It is B hown by
statistics compiled by the state tax com
mJHriion that Whitman county, with its
population of 33 280, baa 2 914 per
cent of the total population of the state,
while its f 37.881,000 which represents
the assessed value of all real and per
sonal property, steam and electric rail
ways and telegraph linea, is 4.180 per
cent of the total assessed valuation of
the state. The per capita valuation id
Okanogan county is $1138. This is
considerably higher than the average
for the state, which is $793 57, but it is
not the highest amount, as Adams
county has an assessed valuation per
capita of $1704 OH. Kiteap county has
the lowest per capita valuation, it being
but 283.86 in that county. Itenton
county runs over $1200, while Franklin
reaches $1500 and Urant $1200. None
of the big counties run in excess of
$1000, King having an asHenspd valua
tion per capita of $873, Pierce $833
and Spokane $8 *4
Record of Our Legislators.
Senator Hall of Whitman county in
troduced uo bills during the session o!
rhe legislature just ended, while Senator
Arrasmith introduced but one, the name
being S. B. 12G, providing for special
road districts and providing tax for
In the house the delegation from
Whitman county introduced a total of
22 bills, Representative Todd having in
troduced 10 bills and one house concur
rent resolution; Representative Larue
house joint memorial No. 8, bouse con
current resolution No. 8 and four bills;
Representative McCoy three bills and
Representative McUlure five bills. H. B,
69, by McClure, providing mill tux fund
fur support of institutions of higher
learning and H. B. 228, for the preven
tion of fraud in hay trade, have been
signed by the governor.
Senator Bassptt of Adams county in
troduced more bills than any other mem
ber of the legislature, either in the senate
or the house, having introduced a total
of 28 bills during the session.
The Highway Entanglement.
As yet it has been impossible to
atraighten out the highway department
as tbe result of the deadlock io the
legislature when the law makers ad
journed March 9. The attorney general,
the highway department, the auditor,
the treasurer, the board of control and
the state burean of inspection all admit
that they cannot get things straightened
out, and it may be months before the
bungling work of the legislature ie
Fidalgo island Rock Crusher.
The state board of control have found
it necessary to close the Fidalgo Island
rock crushing plant and to send the 50
convicts back to the penitentiary, ac
cording to a statement made by the
board. It was found that the legislature
had made no provision for this institu
tion, and the board openly place the
blame upon McNeely of Pierce, chairman
of the house roads and bridges commit
tee, and his followers in the house, and
say that the plant was deliberately put
out of business. They al*o say that for
the pnet 30 days it has been on a paying
basis, but needed capital to run it and
as it has oo working funds it had to shut
down. With tbe exception of the $6300
realised from the sale of rock the $87,000
invested by the state ia the plant is a
total loss. Not even enough money was
allowed to provide a watchman, and it
will be necessary to leave $25,000 worth
of machinery in the buildings exposed to
thieves and to tbe element*.
Governor Hay's Ultimatum.
Governor Hay has announced that
before he will call a special session of the
legislature a majority of the senate and
house must agree not to be in setwioa
more than 24 hours aqd to consider
nothing but the reapportionment and
good roads legislation, and it is prob
able that there will be no extra session,
as it is not likely that the lawmakers
could agree on these subjects in 24 hours
when they could not agree upon them in
New Piano for School.
A Eew piano was installed in the de
partmental school Saturday. The school
has raised f 100 to pay for the instru
ment, and hopes to complete payments
before the end of the year. The occasion
was celebrated br a musical program.