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low is the Time to Begin Preparing Your Exhibit For the Connty Fair
OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY VOLUME XXXVI. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 1917. Wl PRIZES OFFERED FOR SCHOOL EXHIBITS WILL BE FAIR FEATURE I Mr Hoard Offer Attractive lrli u . . i i The Columbia County Fair boar 0rt recently biiJ perfected arrange aDti fur some needed Improvement md adilllluuit at Ilia fulr ground anil Hit building ho everything would bt in perfect aluipo (or the opening jt of tli fulr. which la September mil. Tlie matter of selecting competent udK was taken up and soveral ap- pulntmenta made which will Rive utlifsctlon tu all exhibitor. A few nore Judgea will be named at the out meeting of the board, and th Hint will then make the Hat public. It waa the sentiment of the board that wry portiou of the county !e rfprPMMiti'il and that the people take mfflclont Interval In the (air to pre pare mltable and creditable exli Itilta which will properly advertlae the riroui IntlUHtrles and product! of the county A one of the board ex pressed it, "No good business wan our built up without advertlalng, mil the bunintHa world agrees that advertlalna; pays. Therefore, there could be no better advertlwlirk (or Columbia county than exhibits o( hat the county does and can pro duce." The (air board wanta to impresa upon the cltlieiiB of the county that the (air belong to the county and not to the (air board and that creillt ible eililblta will do much to draw the large attendance expected. In arranging exhlblla and a ward a, tU K-hoola of the county have been llten a very prominent part, and lie; are expected to make a nplendld ihowlng. J. W. Allen, achool aupe Intendtint, will have charge of Oila departnii'iit. Prizes In the manual training department are numerous, ind there ia certain to be a fine ex hibit in tMn line. For drawing, paint tI, decorating and writing, prizes Irora SO cent to $5 have been of-(ert-d. To anrertaln who I the heat farmer among the achool children prltea liuvo been offered (or the beat collection of vegetable ruined by the Pupil, and In line with the home Tan nine of vegetublu and frulta, choo llrla will have an opportunity to demonatrnte their skill In canning. Por the heat dlaplay of canned fruit the flmt prize la $2; second prize, 11 GO, and third prlxe, $1. Tit la con- teat ia open to girl over 1 4 year of e, and almllur prize have been of fered In another conteat for glrli un der 14 year of age. For baking and "wing, caah prlie ranging from CO "nta to $1 are offered, and boys may !wi enter tliU conteat. fur the beat achool exhibit, buaed l preinliimH, the achool scoring the !i'ShoBt point will be given a $10 pic ture, mid the second boat exhibit itet 15 picture. The first premium founts 100 point, second premium (0 poluta, and third 25 polnta. In dividual premiums count point (or ttlmol to which pupil belonga. No exhibit may he Installed nftor 2 M. tlie drat day of the fair, ami li nxhlhits will be Judged the first evening, beginning at 7 o'clock. Nothing can be exhibited that lias KovioiiHly been exhibited, anil each Mhool muat exhibit by Itself. Next wek the Mint wl.l live further do '""a as to some of (he (air depart ment, so that oxhio'tor may I'f.rn hat to expect In premiums. MORE TRAINS WILL STOP AT ST. HELENS v- A. Vermillion, superintendent 8nl K. II. Crozlor, assistant goneral MBsongor agent of the 8. P. & 8. railroad, were In St. Helen Tuesday n mntters connected with the opera tion of the railroad aystoni with wllch they are connected. Tho gen tlemen droppod Into the Mist office "nd authorized the ' announcement Hint tt.t.... . .kA..li t.onjth train which loaves Seaside at 6:30 D. hi ... .... i ,i at tlAlani In - nuuiu BiUp HI. PL discharge passongers. This will be great convenience to St. Helens fonplu who visit that populur resort, heretofore they were compolled to luve on tho local which left Sea Hue at 4 o'clock, thoreby losing ev- oral of the most pleasant hours at the buach. Mr. Crozler stated that his com pany wished to develop the beach business as much as pmwlblo, and he hoped the Kt. Iloleus neoule would take the opportunity to vlalt Seaside since the company ha made the con cession as to tralu service. With this order of the railroad company, which goes Into effect Immediately, one can leave St. Helens Sunday morninc. r. rlvo In Seaside at noon, spend all of tlie afternoon thore and return to 8t. Helens on a through train, arriving here about 9:30. CIVIL SERVICE SEEKS MORE FIELD CLERKS The United Htntes civil service comnilsalon announces that a forest and field clerk examination will be held In Portland August 18, to fill several vacancies existing and future vacancies In the poBltion of forest clerk (mule) and to fill vacr.nclea In the poultlon of clerk (malo and fe male) In other branches of the Meld service. Salaries $1,100 to $1,200 for forest clerk, $1,100 to $1,500 for field clerk. It la expected that prac tically all male ollglbln resulting from this examination will be ten dered appointment. Tho forest and field clerk exami nation announced to bo held on Aug ust 11 has buen canceled. Application blank and Information for applicants may be obtained from the local secretary, board of civil service examiners, at the postoffice, In Portland, or from the secretary, lllli civil service district, 303 post office building, Seattle, WbbIi. ATTENDS EPWORTH LEAGUE INSTITUTE Rev. A. 8. Hlsey returned on the noon train Tuesday, a(ter a week spent at Jefferson in attendance at the firth annual session of tho Ore gon Stato Kpworth League which was held In that city beglnnlnl July 23. The Institute wns held In a largo grovo alongside the Santlum river. Forty-eight young persons were reg istered for the work, representing chapters In tho Methodist church from Porttund to Grants Pass. The faculty was made up of the following talent: Kev. T. W. Lane, lllhle study and Epworth League methods; Hov. G. O. Oliver, Chris tian stewardship; Kov. A. S. Hlsey, recreation; Kev. Joseph Knotta, mis sions; ltev. Walter Alrheart, Method- Um. Kev. Hlsey stated that the league closed with a rouud of rellgiouB ser vices on Sunday, the day'a services beginning with an old-fashioned Methodist love feast. He wsb en thusiastic as to the accomplishments of the league and thought mucn gooa would come of the mooting. I. W. W. GET PRISON TERMS AT KLAMATH Twontv-one alleged mombers of the i,itrii.l Worker of tho World, ar ,,,uoil at Klamath Fall (ollowlng the burning of Murtln Brother' (lour mill recently, pleuded guilty to vag rancy charges Tueaaay anu we rivnn sentences ranging (rom tinny days to six months imprisonment. Tn nthor orlBoners were Ben tenced to pay a fine of $100 or serve ten days In Jull (or contompt o( court, and two other ploaded not guilty and asked (or Jury trial. Recently Governor Wlthycombe meninmenden that tho mon be given i..n. Bontencoa to Insuro tho sa(ety of the grain crops, which will be harvested while thy enre confined. The officials may put the men on tho rockplle. NEW ARMY NEEDS 24.000 DOCTORS Fully 24,000 physician, or two .... ..v nine of military ago in the country, will be needed by the new American armies, tho war de partment ha announcod, in addition . on ftftfl enlisted mon who must be ...j hi, iiio medical corns. Half wcuivu " of these physicians and enlisted mon will be neodod by October 1. Thoy arolnir Into training camps to fit them for service at tho nf 200 a day. Three month i. ivon the officers and men iruuiiiis " About 13,600 bfflcera nnd men aro now under training at these campa. WORK PROGRESSES AT SOMARSTROM PLANT Forty Men Are Now at Work Force to Ite Increased. If one visit the Somarstrom ship building plant at Columbia City he will come away convinced that the Arm means business and will have a plant capable of handling big busi ness. The dock la now almost com pleted and a warehouse Is being built on It. Grading Is being done preparatory to erecting a largo ma chine shop, and the hotel, which Is the first of two to be built, is neariog completion. A force of forty men 1 now em ployed and officials of the company, state they will be In a position to put on many additional men within short time. The ways on which the four gov ernment ships will be built will be laid within the coming thirty days, and Columbia City will be the base of a great Industrial activity. Many of the men who are work ing at the Somarstrom plant have been with the company for a number of years and came to St. Helen (rom Oakland, Cat., so the nucleus of the large crew which will be employed are all experienced men. A shipment of machinery (or the yard Is being assembled at the Oak land plant and will soon be shipped to Columbia City. COAST ARTILLERY IS MOBILIZED Twelve Oregon Comaniea Now in Camp at Fort Stevens. Twelve companies constituting the Oregon Coast Artillery are now at Fort Stevens. Every unit that en trained Sunday had It full strength and the special trains held In readi ness tor them lost no timo in deliver ing the soldier boys at the govern ment fort at the mouth of the Colum bia. Tho companies that constitute the artillery corpB are First company, Ashland; Second and Third com panies, Eugene; Fouth company. Roaeburg; Fifth, Albany; Sixth, Cot tage Grove; Seventh, Medford; Eighth, Portland; Ninth, Astoria; Tenth, Tillamook; Eleventh, Marsh- field, and Twelfth, Hood River. Virgil Hattan, of St. Helens, is a member of one of the Eugene com panies and went with hi company to Fort Stevens. Walden Dlllard Is also a member of the same company, but In the ordnance department, and he has not yet been called to report. FIRE WEATHER WARNING BULLETIN The fire weather warning for to day and tomorrow Is "Pressure con ditions favorablo for a spell of two days of rising temporature with mod orate westorlv wind shifting to northerly, which will Increase fire hainrd Sucrest extra caution be taken." Remember, don't burn slashings before October 1 without getting a permit from a flro warden. The wea ther bulletin adds this note of cau tion: "Stop and think before you toss away a match or leave a camp fire, for forest flro destroy vaiuanie nroDertr and menaco life and per manently remove a fiold of labor." So far thl summer Columbia coun tv has been fortunate in not having many destructive foreet fires, and this can be attributed to the excellent fire natrol system and also to the (act that people are getting educated to the safety first rules as to camp nres nd aiding government and state of flclals in avoiding forest fire. FAIR PLANNED FOR KELSO The Boys' and Girls' Club o( Kelso ia taking steps toward holding a ineni fair SoDtember 15, preceding the county (air at Woodland, (or the purposo of a thorough display of the work that has been done by the boys and girls. OBtrander, Lexington, Carroll, Shanghai and othet rural communities adjacont to Kelso will ah invited to participate and the Ho hon winners here will be taken to the Woodland (air. Tho canning, gardening, poultry and othor clubs m tnklnir great Interest In their work, and some excellent results aro expected. DRAFT NOTICES HAVE BEEN MAILED Ninety-Eight Are Called for Ex. ami nation. The registration boarl waj bust Thursday checking up the drafl list and mailing notice to the 98 men who Uncle Sam designated in the draft. All the notices were mailed Thursday night and should be in the hands of the men In a few Jay. The days fixed (or examination are August 7, 8 and 9. The first thirty- three drawn will be examined on tho 7th, the next thirty-three on tho 8th, and the remaining thirty two on the 9th. It Is the purpose of the board to hasten the work all possible, so they havo secured the circuit court room for examinations, and Dr. Ross will secure the services of some other physician to aid him In the physical examination. It is hardly probable that the county's quota, viz. 49 men, will be socured from the 98 drawn, as many of the registration cards show that exemptions are claimed. In cr.se the quota is not drawn, then the next, or third lot of numbers drawn will be checked up and more men sum moned for examination. Tho list of names and numbers published In tho last Issue of the Mist Is correct and for that reason we are not republishing It this week. NEW AUTO LAW NOW IN EFFECT Eyes of Hlate Officials Now Itetit on Careless Drivers. The new state automobile law went Into effect on August 1. It Is said that the new law contains but few major change from tho old one, and where It conflicts with city ordin ances the city's law Ib paramount. The rules of the road have been strengthened, one of the most im portant changes being that slow mov ing vehicles must keep to the right and give way to faster moving vehi cles. It is apparent that this pro vision is aimed at the road hog. The rule against glaring headlights, which most cities prohibit by ordi nance, Is now a state law and all machines must have dimmers on their bright lights whllo traveling at night. The new law allows a child of 15 year of age to drive an auto mobile. License fees for all vehicles have been doubled, so the party that now purchases a joy wagon will have to pay just double the amount he would havo paid had he registered the machine In July. The state auto registration books which heretofore have been given to anyone making a request for them, will be given only to county clerks, sheriffs and police officials. I. W. W. FAIL IN RAINIER Tho I. W. W. have made some at tempts to close mills and camps in this vicinity, but without success. The Rainier city marshal has given them no chance to tarry. Whenever a suspicious character is found about any of the mills or camps, ho is or dered to move and he usually obeys. Men recolvo big wages here and are satisfied and want no one to Inter- tore with them. NO NEW DEPOT FOR US THIS YEAR St. Helens people cannot expect to have a new depot this year, although the S. P. & S. officials state they would like to build one. C. A. Ver million, superintendent of the S. P. & 8., stated to us that on account of the war and the high prices of everything needed In the operation of their system, the company has decided to make no improvements that were not absolutely necessary. In order to servo the government well, a vast sum of money will be needed for equipment nnd additional rolling stock, and In common with other railroad systems throughout the United States, this Item would be given first consideration. Mr. Vermillion polntod out that In the moving of the coast artillery to Fort Stovens, four trains were used, and it required fifty passenger and bag gage cars to handle the troops and equipment. This movement of troops Ib small compared to what many of the transcontinental lines are being called on to perform, so It can be readily seen that the railroads have a dimcult problem to solve when they undertake to transport the thou sands of soldier and hundreds of tons of supplies that are necessary for the troops called Into service. His company, he stated, did not wish St. Helens people to think they had been overlooked, and the matter of building a depot In keeping with tho size and importance of the city would receive consideration at the earliest practcable moment. A MOTORCYCLE WEDDING TRIP James E. Hook and Miss Laura Hankin, of Portland, were united in marriage late Monday night. Rev. Taylor officiating. The young couple rodo from Portland on the groom's motorcycle and after the ceremcuy was p3rformed returned to their Port land home. Mr. Hook came to the city hall while the council was In session and inquired where ho could secure a license and also someone authorized to perform a marriage ceremony. Both Ed. Ballagh and Tom White offered to tie the nuptial knot, but Whlto being president of the council Ballagh retired in his favor. Joe Day looked up the law and while finding that White occupied a very prominent position in the city'o gov ernment and had some authority, there was nothing in the city charter giving him authority to take the minister's job away from him, so after Reese Hall had been aroused from his slumbers and had handed out the necesscry Joy papere, the young couple were taken to Rev. Taylor's residence and made man and wife. OREGON PIONEER VISITS ST. HELENS (Touted the Plain in 1845 and Set tled In Oregon. Jabez Wilkes, accompanied by his wife, were in St. Helens Tuesday en route to their home in Hillsboro. They had boen visiting Mr. and Mr Ketch near Deer Island and stopped here to see E. E. Quick, an old-time friend. Mr. Wilkes, who is 85 years old and hale and hearty, is one of Oregon's most interesting characters. Crossing the plains in 1845 with his mother and father, they located on a claim whers the town of Banks now stands.. When he arrived in Oregon the most important town in the stato was Oregon City, and he states that many of the settlers would drive 40 to 50 miles to get their supplies In that city and have their wheat ground. At that time the territory now embraced by Tillamook, Colum bla, Clatsop, Clackamas and Mult nomah counties was all one county, and according to Mr. Wilkes had so few people that It couldn't really be called a county. In 1865, at the time of the outbreak of the Yakima and Walla Walla Indians, Mr. Wilkes volunteered and served in the cam palgn against the murderous red skins. The big battle between the 1,500 Indians and the government regulars under Colonel Nesmith and the voluntaers under Colonel Cor nelius was (ought near the present site of Yakima, Wash., and the In dians were defeated with a great loss. The day before the battlo a detachment ot 112 volunteers, of which Mr. Wilkes was one, was sent up the valloy to meet a body of In dians, and while they were gone tho larger body of Indians swooped down on the regulars and defeated them. The next morning, when reinforced by tho voluntoers, an attack was made on the redskins. Our soldiers suffered tho loas ot only a few men, though, as Mr. Wilkes expressed it, "bullets were flying thicker than hor nets. Mr. Wilkes Is a staunch republican and was a member ot tho first com mittee called together for drafting the platform of the party in Wash ington county. His home place 1 a large one, half of it lying In the city limits of Hillsboro, and he states that he is pretty well known In Wash ington, for he has lived there "off nnd on" tor seventy years. He and Mrs. Wilktns, aftor a short visit hero, left by boat for Portland, as the aged couple wanted to soe a little ot the Columbia river. CONTRACTS ARE LET FOR STATE ROADS TOTAL SUM IS $271,133.00 Much Grading Work Will Be Done for Columbia County. At its meeting Monday the stato highway commission lot five con tracts for grading of the state high ways, the total being $271,133. The five contracts aro for work on the -Lower and Upper river highway and two of the contracts let were for work In Columbia county. A. L. Clark, of Rainier, Becured the con tract (or grading two miles on Rain ier hill at a price of $11,880.50. There were several other bids on this job but Clark was $700 lower than his closest competitor. On the Goble section 1.8 miles, the contract was awarded the Warren Construction Company, Its bid being $42,300. and lower by several hundred dollars than the bid of A. D. Kern. The commission decided to pave the important trunk roads 16 feet wide instead ot 12 feet, as provider in contracts awarded a short time ago. The contractors will bo paid the same as arranged under the con tracts but the length of the road paved will bo correspondingly less. - The loss of paving mileage caused In this manner will be made up (or tho present with gravel, which will make a good foundation later on for pave ment. Peoplo of St. Helens hoped that while the commissioners were mak ing awards (or road work that some award would be mads for the pav ing of the road through Columbia county, as the commissioners - had promised some paving would be do:io this summer, but evidently they are not yet ready to begin this work. Contractors regard tho bids award ed to the successful bidders as es pecially low considering the wages now paid (or common labor. Mr. Clark will soon be ready to under take his contract, as ho has just about completed his work on the Clatskanio-Mist road and can move his outfit to Rainier. The work o( tho Goble hill Is a very costly Job and much rock work will have to be done. When the road Is straightened out at that place it will do away with the dangerous curve and steep grade which automo- bllists have so dreaded. The old bridge will also be done away with, and tho road from St. Helens to Raln lor, after tho rough spots near Pres cott are smoothed over, will be In very good condition. REGULAR MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL Building Permits Granted Other Business Acted On. The city council met in regular session Monday night with all mem bers present. A number of citizens were in attendance with requests for street work, or other city affairs. The question of tho discontinuance ot the steam heating system of the mill company was presented to the council by Messrs. Morgus and Blak esloy, end a motion was made and carried that the matter be taken up with the public service commission ot the state of Oregon. The matter ot a license to be Im posed on all jitneys and automobiles operated for hire was taken up and discussed, and the council thought some action should be taken. It was referred to E. I. Ballagh. In the matter of cleaning the paved streets, the mayor was instructed to have the work done and also get a small street cleaning cart. An ordinance requiring and direct ing the city to purchase all ot that portion of the Strand between tho easterly end of St. Helens street and the tide land In front of said street was read the first and second times. Building permits were Issued to Mrs. Hnttio Veazle for a private gar age and to L. R. Rutherford for a tile building. Other matters ot goneral routine business were taken up an 1 disposed of and several bills which had boeu laid over, after corrections, wre or dered paid.