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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.

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