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Me Yon Purchased One of Uncle Sam's Baby Bonds? On Sale at Postoffice
0 "iiWM"MMWWWIIIMMMPMMMMliMi J v i I ii I r t x s i ; ' v. ill iv II -" ii II OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1918 NO. 8 OLUME XXXVII. ; 0i ROAD WORK WILL SOON START PLANS ARE BEING MADE VMIDlf CM Suw M"k,,,K to I'u.li ICotul Hum. COLUMBIA COUNTY HAS MKST WOMAN OFFICER Minn Ih'Miln llnttun la l,u,l..i.i County TrraHiiri-r. Tin season will n bo at hand I,pp rod repairing and road bulbi ng can b done to mi advantage, ,nd the cuunly court, with ttio idea ,( felling an early start un the many old projects. ha beon going over letilli d estimates of the proposed okI work. It ta planned to maka Ur All near Inglls to take the UN of the long trnHtle roadway, ihkh la unsafe and beyond repair. In DM U estimated to coat around 1,500. and bids will be asked for a this work. Beveral miles of the k llelens-IMttaburg road, from Tron- olm west, will he alno advertlad. lit euglnecr'e estimate on the firat two mlloa, which la quite heavy con struction, la around $18,000. The IcAllliter road I alao due for eome Lork, and blda will be aaked on that ob. In the Mayicer neighborhood. In Marti road will come In for Ita Jure of work. The estimate on thla kiropoaed Improvement la about 11,000. In the Clatakanle dlatrlct. the Clatakanle Ilolghta road will be palrod and put In better condition iti money haa alao been appropri ated (ur repair work on the Heaver id. In Districts 8 and S, repair ork will ba done firat, and aa won kitlie engineers ran got brer In that country and lay out the new work rapid progress will be made. In view of the recent court duct- lion aa to the validity of aeveral apo dal road levies In another Oregon county, the court la not now making any plana which call for eipondlturea from the special road levloa, prefer ring to aee If these levloa will be con tasted. It ta thought that the levloa ra valid, but the court would rather ba certain boforo proceeding with the work previously outlined. In Dlatrlct No. 1 (Scappoose), many of the tatpayera wlah the court to apend a conalderablo portion of their district money on the exten- lun and repairing of the Canyon road, aa It lead to a valuable tract ot timber which will aoon bo logged He fore the court adjourn, tlit program for the roml work will be outlined ao fur aa possible and thn dlatrlct aupervlaon given instructions to proceed wltli tlio work. In vlow of the scarcity of labor and the pre vailing high wage, it cannot be ox pected to do km much work aa waa done during the previous yenr. To Mine IIorhIii llattnn fulls tha dlatlnctlon of being the rimt woinun official to occupy un Important of!! clul poaltlon in the courthouHO. She waa appointed treasurer Tuesday h the county Judge, nnd the appoint, inont waa con finned by the county court Wednesday. Mine lluttan sue conda J. W. Hunt, who resigned to accept the poaltlon of chief deputy under County dork Hull. The new- ly np polled treasurer in n daughter of the late Judge It. 8. Iluttun, and la fully capable of performing the dutloa of her new office. For the poet aeven years she baa horn em ployed In a clerical capacity In the county clerk'a office and alio la quite familiar with the courthoune work In general. Thn appointment of Mlaa latlan meet with the approval of . large number of taxpayers, Irras- pectlve of party, and It la predicted that alie will fill the Importunt posi tion aha now occupies In a moat ac ceptable and efficient manner. COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL NOTES DEATH CALLS EDWARD WOODS Well Known ItcNldent of St. Helena Die hi Portland Himiltl. Edward II, Wooda. familiarly known aa Eddie by a boat of frlenda here and elsewhere, died In St. Vin cent a hospital In Portland Wednes day evening at 9 o'clock. For the Pint aoveral day. he bad gradually been falling and hia death waa not unexpected, hut novortheloss It came a ahock to his frlonds. Deceased waa born In Michigan In ', and his onrlv life waa silent In Ontonugo, In that etate, whore be waa employed by the Diamond Match Company. Charles II. McCormlck "d H. K, McCormlck were alao em Hoyed by the same concern, and It aa through their Influence that Mr WOOM M inr. . I , .1 v.iu want ami ncucruiau Position With thn Ht ITnlnna Lum r Company na lumber inspector ni yardman. Lntor he waa made foreman of the mill force. Several years ago ho left tlmt position to en Kige in business for himself. In '9I he married Mrs. Dortha Van Tassel, who survives blm. Deceased W ah a. mnmlini nf Avon '-"dge No. 62, Knlghta of rythlns, ftml a number of the members of "ie lodge went to Portland today to Wend the funeral, which will be 1,01(1 at the Portland Crematorium ftt 1 o'clock Mr. Woods waa flnunrvnitVv nnnil- Jor among a large number of people, "la cheerful disposition and friendly nya won him the friendship of many au he had a hoBt of frlonds who mourn his departure. DILLARD HOUSE DAMAGED BY FIRE Origin of Kirn In Not Determined Heeiim HukiI('Ioum. WHERE IS YOUR SOLDIER BOY? F.arl flrown hna been elected by the St. Helena school hoard to take charge of the Kghth grade of the St. Helena school In place of Prof II. McCoy, who haa resigned to take up Chautauqua work. Miss Dorothy John haa been elect ed teacher In the Stehman District No. IS. near Italnler. in place of Mlaa Eva Moore, who hna resigned Miss Mlllun Ilodglna, of Portland haa boon eloctod teacher In the Lost Creok achool, Dlatrlct 33, nnnr He lena, to finish the remainder of the year. N. C. Marls, Industrial field work er, of Salem, will arrive In Columbia county for two weeks work begin ning Fobruary 25, In conjunction with the KaUer drive. The school promlum list has been sent out and active wora: lor me county fair haa been atartod fa most of the schools of this county. All the lending schools of Colum bia county have signified tholr Inten tion of entering thn spoiling contest to bo held at St. llolens on May 3. We still have a few contest spellers, free for tho asking. The Warren achool under the man agement of C. J. Russell Is giving a progrnm on tho evening of Febru ary 8. Aolury School district, No. 38, will build a $3,000 modorn school build ing during the coming summer, hlch will probably bo the most up- to-dnle rural school in l oiumuia county. The Apiary peoplo are to be congratulated for tho progressive step they have taken along educa tional lines. Iloth tenchors nnd puplls'appenr to bo doing their utmost to boost the sale of Thrift Stamps and help to beat the kaiser. Don't forgot Arbor dny, Feb. 8. This woek marked tho beginning of the now semester and tho shlftliiR of classes. Some rooms contain as high M 45 pupil. A fire which started from some unknown source occurred at the resi dence of W. II. Dlllard about 3:30 o'clock Thursduy morning, caused damage of several hundred dollars to the building and contents. Mr. Dlllard Is of tho opinion that the fire was set, as it started In the south east corner of the basemont, where much wood Is stored. No one had linen in the basement with fire, nor had any flro been there. Mr. Dlllard heard a noise around the corner of the house and went out to Investi gate. He discovered the fire burn ing, and it was then so small that if he hud had a bucket of water he could have put out the flumes. Bo fore ho? could get the water, the flames had spread, nnd following up tho side of the house between the walls got Into the attic. Neighbors heard his cry for assistance end phoned in the alarm, and the fire nppRratus was on the scene In about ten minutes and did good work, soon having the flames extinguished. An Investigation of tho matter Is now under way. Mr. Dlllard carried no Insurance on either the building or furnishings, and thla loss coming on top of the loss of the Strand theatre, which was burned last full, on which there was no Insurnnco, fulls rather heavily upon him. Tim Honor Guard Girl Would IJke to Know. SINKING OF TRANSPORT CAUSES ANXIETY HERE Several I-al Hoys May Huve Heen on TrnsMirt. The St. Helens Honor Guard girls would like to know the present ad dress of every Columbia county sol dier boy. They wish to keep in touch with the boys who have answered the call to arms so that they may better serve the soldiers. Some of the Christmas packages which were sent out by the Honor Guard have been returned on account of being im properly addressed or failure to lo cate the Boldler tor whom the puck- age was Intended. The girls sent the packages to addresses given by frlonds or relatives of the soldiers, and it Is possible that many of the boys had been sent to other stations before the packagos were mailed, so they now want to get an accurato ad dress lint. If you have a friend, relative, sweetheart or even an ac quaintance from thlB county who is serving Uncle Sam In either the army or navy send his r.ddresto the president of the Honor Guard, S'.. Helens, and your courtesy will be appreciated. DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT SOMMARSTROM YARD IjuKO Ixlglng House Hums and Ad jacent liuildinKH Endangered. CITY COUNCIL HAS . YERY BUSY SESSION GOOD WOMAN GONE TO REST The nows of the sinking of the U. S. transport Tuscnnln, which carried the Twentieth Engineers, regiment, of Oregon, Is tho cause of much anxiety to people of St. Helens and vicinity. It Is thought likely that a number of Columbia county boys may have beon on the 111 fated vessel. George Perkins, brother of Mrs. H. F. Mc Cormlck, Joe Strlcklovltch and the Naglo boys, of Warren, aro thought to huvo been among those who were left to tho mercy of the waters by the (lends who haunt the sea. Tho Tuscanla enrried 2,179 United States troops, and as yet no authen tic report ns to names nnd exact numbers of casualties hna been re ceived. About l.tOO survivors were landed on tho coast of Ireland. When launched In Septomber, 1914, tho steamship Tuscanla was rated tho finest and largost the An chor lino had provided for Its ser vice. She was a twin screw ship, four-geared turbine engines being Installed. On the occr.slon of her first appearance nt Now York, Feb ruary 17, 1915, It was mndo a mom nrnhlo event in n maritime way. Tho Mrs. Louisa A. Luman, a resident of Columbia county for the past forty years, died at her home In West St. Helens early Sunday morning. For some time the deceased had heen In 111 health and her death was not unexpected. She leaves three daugh ters, two of whom reside In Idaho and one, Mrs. Ida Brarhble, who re sides In Astoria. A sort, Otto Luman 18 years old, and who has tenderly cared for his mother for several years, lives In St. Helens. The fu neral was held from the Houlton M. E. church Tuesday, and the services were conducted by Hev. A.' S. Hlsey. The interment was In the Warreu cemetery. THRIFT STAMP CAM PAIGN IN SCHOOLS The Thrift Stamp campaign taken up In the St. Helens schools a few weeks ago Is producing good results. Our children are foregoing the pleas ure of candy eating and indulgence In other unnecessary things that they may Invest their savings in' Thrift nnd War Stamps. Following Is a report from the different rooms taken February 6: Mcllrldo School First grade, Miss Matthew's room $ 5.50 Socond grade. Miss Taylor's room 24.00 Third and Fourth grades, Miss Armstrong's room 91.25 Seventh and Eighth grades, Mr. Lake's room 95.50 John Giinim School First grade, Mrs. Harnett's Last Friday evening a fire oc curred at the Sommarstrom yard at Columbia City, which caused a loss of $5,000 to $6,000 and for a time threatened the destruction of adja cent buildings. The three-story frame building recently constructed and used as a lodging house for a number of the company's employes, in some manner caught fire about 6 o'clock In the evening and was to tally destroyed. Many of the men were returning from supper when they saw the flames burst from both enda ot the building, and so rapid was the progress of the fire that the building was soon a mass of flames and was burned to the ground. By the faithful work of employes and others who came to the assist ance of the firefighters, the adjoining buildings were saved. The first Im pression was that the fire' was of In cendiary origin, but after a thorough Investigation by officials of the ship building company, aided by Sherlf Stanwood and a deputy from the of fice of the state fire marshal, it was determined that the fire was accl dental and probably occurred by the explosion of an oil stove. A large number of people from St. Helens went to the scene of the fire, and some of the city's fire apparatus was pressed into service, but on ac count of the deep snow Blow progress was made with the equipment, and it arrived too late to be of much as sistance. One man Jumped from the third story of the building and was slightly Injured and several lost their personal effects. Hardly before the ashes of the de stroyed building were cold, the Som marstrom brothers had placed an or der for lumber to erect another lodg ing house similar to the burned structure, and in the short space of a week the work has been so rapid that the building is now two-thirds complete, and In a few days will be ready for occupancy. A large force ot skilled carpenters and willing la borers rushed the work all possible so that their fellow workmen would have quarters, and when the building is complete a record will have been established in this viclntiy for the quick construction of a large bulld- n. The shipbuilding company is grate ful for the assistance given both by their employes and the public in gen eral, and wishes the Mist to express their thanks. MARSHAL TO GET RAISE Ordinance for Purchase of Fire . Truck Is Passed. MAN DISAPPEARS: SUICIDE IS FEARED 1 A 9K vessel had accommodations for 2.500 F(rBt Krnjo,'Mis8 Perr s room 7.25 The Tuscanla was built at Glasgow, sPCOnd grade, Miss Half's room 16.00 A Stephen & Sons having been , Third grade, Mrs. Lake's room 37.75 awarded the contract by tho Anchor ; fourth grade, Miss La Hare's ... i ccr room bS.OU lino, ane was i. i""s, Flfln grade, Miss Hickethler's room &.o Sixth grade, Miss Stenneck s Lebanon now has city mail deliv ery. URGE WORK START ON NEW ROAD A committee from tho commercial club waited upon the county court Thnrsdny afternoon and urged that work be begun on the Columbia City St. Holens road. A cunvoss has been mado among the various business men and thus far $1,400 subscribed for the building of the road. Many people are yei io uu thought that at least $2,600 can bo raised by private subscriptions to aid In the road building. The com mittee asked that part of tho road tax raised in the St. Helens district' bo appllod towards the building or the road. The county court took tho mutter under advisement and will .fivartlsn for bhU in the yruuau, " near future. A number of residents of the Tide Creok section who live along tho proposed Clark-Wilson road, were In attendance at the county court on Wednesday, protesting against the building of the rood on the line chosen by the surveyors and road viewers. room 13.50 Seventh grade, Mrs. Wilson s room 56.00 Eighth grade, Mr. Brown's room 37.00 The high school report hns not beon completed, but Including Lib erty Bonds tallies $1,044. L. L. BAKER. foot beam and 41.7 feet oeptn oi hold. The vessel had four full decks, also a shelter deck, and was 14,348 tons gross and 8621 tons net regis ter. Captain J. L. Henderson was Iter master, according to the last re ports, and shipping reports chow sho reached New York on her provlous voyage January 17. As outfitted for the passenger trade the Tuscanla represented the most modern typo of trans-Atlantic llnor. By a strange coincidence the Cun- ard llnor Tuscanla, torpedoed off tlie William J. Lake, who was accl coast of Ireland and bearing a large ; dentally klllod at the Deer Island contingent of Oregonlans In the 20tli Logglng cnmp 0n January 26, was Englnoor roglmont, was the same ves- L man of excellent habits and good sol recently employed in transport- rcputatlon and hlo traglo end was Ing the 162d Infantry, formerly the keenly felt by his many down-the-3r Oregon regiment, to a port in rlver friends. Before working f-tX Coroner White Is in receipt of a letter from C. A. Beckman, who lives In Portland, stating that his btfotlier-ln-law,Leo D. Monroe, disappeared from home January 26, and indica tions are that he committed suicide. The missing man is described as be ing 2 9 years old, height 5 feet 6 Inches, dark brown or black hair, fair complexion and rosy cheeks. At the time of his disappearance he was dressed In a dark suit of clothes, gray sweater coat and dark gray cap. Coroner White was asked to keep a lookout for anybody he might re ceive Information of bearing resem blance to the missing man. WM. LAKE MEETS DEATH AT CAMP France. No untoward incident marked the trip ot tho Tuscanla upon her voyage oversoas with the Oregon Infantry roglmont. RED CROSS COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT Deer Island he was employed In a camp near Cathlamet, Wash., and was a member in good Btanding of te I. O. O. F. lodge there. The lodge wired Coroner White to see that the Tim nnnunl Portland automobile , unfortunate man was given a nice show opened lost night in the audi-j burial. The body wns Interred in torlum. Governor Wlthycombejthe Warren cemetery and the fu prossod an electric starter which neral wns in charge of local Odd Fel turnod on the lights and the show, lows. Several of his friends from wns in full swing. It 1b said by i Deer Island were up to pay their res- thoso who attended that Uie 1918 cars exhibited make a very attract ive display. The show will continue ten days. pects to their dead comrade. De ceased was to have been married in July, and Coroner White had to break the sad news to his fiance. The Red Cross submits to the' pub lic a statement of all appropriations made since its appointment up to January, 1918. These appropria tions show a total of $44,657,795.99 tor foreign relief; a total of $2,612, 532.60 for United States relief, and a total ot $24,328,181 for expendi tures for supplies. Over thirty mil lions have been appropriated for work in France. Total approprla Hons from Red Cross war fund to January, 1918, equal $77,843,435.35. No expenses ot administration are paid from this fund. - This report gives the public some conception ot the magnitude of the work being accomplished by the Red Cross. Through the efforts of this organization the arms of relief are being strengthened and farther ex tended to include millions ot the world's unfortunates. Use everp op portunity to boost for the Red Cross. The city council had a busy ses sion at its regular meeting Monday night. All the city dads were pres ent and a considerable number of citizens were in the council chamber to see what was going on. Reports ot standing committees were heard. Councilman Alien re ported that after a careful investiga tion his committee thought it advis able that dances should not be held after 12 o'clock at night and that all other places of business be closed at 1 o'clock. A motion to .this ef fect was made and carried. The street committee reported that It was not advisable to place a light at the foot of the stairway leading to the library room. In the matter of the fire alarm gong in the engine room of the mill. It was claimed that the gong was not large enough. The matter was referred to the fire and watei committee. Mike Fresh applied tor a building permit and it was granted, and the matter ot connection with the mill company's tank for further fire pro tection was taken up and discussed at length. A committee was appoint ed to meet with the water board and see what could be done. The ordinance authorizing the council to purchase a fire truck and necessary equipment for a sum not exceeding $1,400 came up for its final reading, and before it was placed on Its final passage the mayor asked for expressions from the tax payers present. Senator Magnus Saxon was present, and remembering times of old when he sat within the railing as a councilman, he had pre pared a great speech, which he de livered. The "senator" was not op posed to the buying ot a truck, but suggested that should the truck be bought someone be employed to look after the apparatus and keep the brasswork polished. L. R. Ruther ford stated he was in favor of pur chasing a truck and thought the in surance underwriters would lower fire Insurance rates if more ade quate fire protection could be gained. Dr. Flynn thought the city should have a fire truck, as did several others who gave the council the bene fit of their advice, and after Attorney Day had given them legal advice, the councilmen voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance. No emer gency clause was attached, therefore no arrangements for the purchase of the truck can be made for thirty days, when the ordinance becomes effective. An ordinance fixing the salary ot the marshal at $85 per month was read the first time. The marshal now receives $70 per month, and the council thought that the office should pay more in view of the high cost of living. A telegram from Congressman Hawley was read. It related to the river channel work. Mr. Hawley promised that he would go before the board of engineers and endeavor to have another hearing of the matter. It was ordered by the council th-U the marshal bring before the record er all persons who have not paid their city licenses under ordinances 209 and 210. Several other matters were brought before the council and acted upon, and the council adjourned figuring they had put in enough time for one evening. COUNTY COURT TO MEET WEDNESDAY The county court will hold a spe cial meeting at 10 o'clock Wednes day, February 13, to hear all ob jections, remonstrances and sugges tions in regard to the appointment ot the election Judges and clerks. There is a state law requiring this, and the county court will hear any suggestions as to the board they ap pointed at the last term of court. Several ot the Judges and clerks ap pointed have advised the court that they will not serve, and the vacancies will be filled by other appointments on next Wednesday.