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W vvk. JZmJ J I I i II I r -z i ' z i f " 111 IV II II II OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY Volume xxxvii. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1918 NO. 9 QLUMB1A COUNTY BOY TUSCANIA VICTIM GEORGE NELSON BJORK tpil of (immunity to Ikmk l,lf. In Warfare. Qtort Nelson Iljork, whose nil- JrMi , given as mi. Minims, in llll! Ml I fllll III If III WUtlW ww inn . . --.....I upfini l lltk II.... ra in aciuKi ...... - I..ll.... ...I,.!., 1.. ...t.mar-lflH UHMIIf Hill HI III II HllBlil IIU rilled wwfur. Hvral other bojr 1ret of our toiuuTB 10 uo siueu ty .i.. (lupniin ur niftr lilnoa. Not vrv ... iu n.i . t.ii.. . ... I.. . nr., liln. iin ik tlia mills, on icmi)or z na ap- at inn nnirn or inn rnunif i..L lw.V mi lila Aral fltlvntt- khlp pipers, Kmnjc mi aie an Zt; nrUUUIIUll. llllHUnt.HHIIl . V. k.U VIMLV ... .I.L - O I III. II-- ul MB Dinn s nwruuu. mi BiiuiirK- llon lor cmziinsmp paper siainu mai he hid lived la America nine May 4, 107. Former County Clerk Harnett end Dr. J. II. Flynn knew Iljork .1.. ii i. - i.i i u i.i.i. terms. It Is understood that ho worked In either tlia mill or shipyard or inon wnuo ueiore onusiing in I lie nun of George Nelson, nnd It l probshlo this Is the roasou t hut so fur knew of Mm as Iljork. Soreral olhur Columbia county boys wore on tho torpodood vessel but were saved. Oregon boya who re known to have lost thoir lives ire: Tarry Tuttlo, KIkIii. William P. Morln. Portland. Theodore K. l.ewton, Forest Grove. Percy A. Steven, Hum!. Curtis A. Wilson, Salem. Jsmos II. Ourney. Glide. James L. Pierce, Creawnll. Peter A. Agron, Jewell, John A. Lanko, Astoria. Klmor A. Houston. Iluld. Illlny A. Murray, Eugnno. Henry 0. Dato. linker. ST. HELENS SCHOOLS How Our Hihool Are Helping U Win the War. .GO .60 165.60 68.76 220.00 188.00 221.76 FAREWELL RECEPTION TO MR. AND MRS. M'COY A farewell reception wan given to Prof, and Mrs. McCoy at tho city hall Tuesday evenlg. Although the reception was hurriedly planned and many did not know of It, at least 100 people were In the hull to say good bye to the McCoy and wluh them good fortune In their new homo, nnd to enjoy the musical program. A. II. I-nko acted us miiKter of cere monies, and MIhb I'hyllla llrown, MIhb Laura Hteiinlck and Mrs. (hikes de lighted the audience wtlh plnno and vocal solos, as did Mr. JumleMon I'rof. McCoy gave a solo and a read ing and short talks were made by 8. ('. Morton and County Hchool Su perintendent Allen. I'rof. linker, In a few well chosen remarks, presented I'rof. McCoy a handsnmo gold watch and chain, and a beautiful lavaller to Mrs. McCoy. Aftor tho program light refreshments wero nerved. The McCoys left for their new homo In Cortland Wednesday morning, carry ing with them the good wishes of many friends hero. COUNTY COURT BUYS NEW AUTO TRUCK Will lie Vnn In Itoad District Num. her H and U. R. II. RAWSON NOW LIEUTENANT IN ARMY i HI. Helens Man (Jets Communion Joins dolors. i nd It. II. Itawson, for some years con nected with the St. Helena Creosot- Iiir Company In an tin porta lit posi tion, tins tendered hla resignation and received a lieutenant's commis sion In the Unltor Slates army. He Is attached to the npruco regiment and bis headquarters are in Van cou- ver, Waah. Mr. and Mrs. Itawson left St. Helens Tuesday, Mr. Rnwson reporting for army duty Immediate ly. For the present, whllo the lieu tenant Is stationed at Vancouver, the Itawson family will make their home In Portland. At Its special meeting Wednesday the county court entered Into a con tract with the Portland Motor Car Company for tho delivery of a Pack ard C-ton truck. Last fall the court practically bought the truck, or con traded for It because of the raise In prices on all auto trucks' bo that the truck to ho delivered was bought at last year's price, a saving of several hundred dollars over the present price of the truck. In the near future the truck will bo taken out to the Nehalem country and will bo used there In Hoad Dis tricts No. 8 and 9. CommiHsloners Harvey and Weed think that by hav ing a truck, road building In the dis tricts mentioned can be done at a lesser cost thnn by using teams, bb they state It will be a difficult mat ter to obtain labor on account of the various logging camps in the lower Nehalem necurlng most of the avail able labor nnd at wages hlghor than tins been paid by the county. Iloth of the Nehalem districts are large ones, and only one good rock quarry has thus far been located, it being In District No. . The long haul to District No. 8 makes It Im practicable to use teams, as the cost is prohibitive. The truck has a ca pacity of five tons nnd cost around ,000. At tho spoclnl meeting, the court went over tho list of those golectej as Judges and clorks of election hoards, filling the vacancies caused by refuBuls to serve or requests for appointments. Following s a report of tho mount of Thrift Stamps, War Stamps and Liberty Honda purchused by the (illTeroiit classes of tho pub ll school: Mrltrlil.i Hchool Flmt (irado, Miss Matthows' room 9 Second Grade, Miss Taylor's room 225 nurd and Kourth Grades. MIhS Arnistrcinir'u rnnm 19.1 2fj Plfth and Slith Grades. Mm A r " 1 r.n Seventh and Klghth Grades. r. i.uko s room 17 . u John (iunim Hchool First Crndo, Mrs. Ilnrnott'a room First (Jrndo, MIhb I'orry'a room 8ocond (Jrado, MIhb ilall'a room Third Grade, Mrs.' Lake's) room Fourth Crude. MIh ll- Hare'R rnnm Fifth tirade. MIkV 'l'llVk'n- thlor's rnnm ' uh nn 8lh Grade. MIhb ' Rt'nn'- tllck's rnnm Kft 7B Seventh Grade. Mra. Wil son's rnnm 9A0 An Eighth Grade, 'air.' u'rowii'i) room 639.60 II luh Hchool Freshmen 160.00 Sophomores 106.60 Juniors 338.00 Seniors 100.00 This report does not Include tho Investments ot the teachers, but we "ono to Includo them next woek. L. L. 13AKEII. In addition to the dudUb who en- 'rwl high school from the St. Holona eighth grade nt the beginning of this omeator, thoro are two now members ' the freshman class, Oscnr Morton, o' tlncholor Flat, and Gilbert Coopor, t Deer Island. On Thursday afternoon Dr. Emll Enna and Charles South, of Portland, entertnlnod the high nchool with a 'ew neloctlonn. Mr. South la Btarting violin class In thla city. Instead of the usual course of bot Rny. tho phynlology graduates are taking up the study of biology for the second someHter. The Junior class lias a new mem ber, Laura Whitney, of West St. Hel RED CROSS NOTES Tho Indies of tho lied Cross wish to thank the captains and members of tho teams for tho oxcellent work they have done during tho past month. Tho third shipment is now being Drepnred. Following Is the output of the ptiHt month. Two dozen nightingales, 2 dozen cleaning cloths, 10 dozen bed shirts, 6 dozen arm nllngs, 1 dozen tray cloths, 2 dozen suits pnjnmns. 2 dozen bands 10 sweaters, 10 pair socks, 2 hairnets and 2 pnlr wrlstlota. A unit hns been urgr.nlznd nt Houl ton nnd Mrs. Mclntiro was appointed clmlrmnn. The old city hall war Hocured. and the new unit Is now comfortably located there and hni (lxod up very nice roonm. Tho ladle? meet on Tuesdays nnd Fridays In the afternoon. It Is hoped thut tho ladles will turn out In force, for the chair man Btatos there Is plenty of work i.i lie dune and the help of nil is nendod. Tho chairman wishes that all who took out yarn during tho month of December to report In regard to It ADVOCATES COUNTY FARM IMPROVEMENT The Mint has received the follow Ing letter from a porson who pays i largo amount of tnxon. The ldoa as to tho further development of tho farm is a good ono nnd Is shared in by many other taxpayers of the coun ty. The lotter follows: "To the Editor of the Mist: "As Columbia county owns a very valuable tract of land between War ron and Iloneyman, why would it not be a good proposition for the county to spend a reasonable amount In nx ing up the prosont buildings and add in new onos? There no better ploco of land In Columbia county thnn the noorfarm. and If our pooplo wore sent there In place of to Multnomah county thoy could soon have the whole tract cleanod up nnd In a high Btate of cultivation, and thereby make It as attractive ns the other farms In the ylclnlty. "The highway will noon be fin ished and thousands of pooplo will. pass tho placo each sonson in ma FIND SOMMARSTROM FIRE NOT INCENDIARY BIDS ON ROAD WORK INVITED County Court Advertises for Bids on Heverul Job. IlldB nro oskod for by the county court for road work in several dis trict a of tho county. Among the roads advertised are tho Pittsburg St. Helens road, miles 13 and 14, nnd tho McCalllHter road, which is In District No. 3. The Marttl road In DlHtrlct No. 6 nnd the Heaver Slough OnwHlnir In District No. 7 also are Included in the work outlined, nnd for which bids nro nsked. In DIs trlct No. S, lowor Nehalem, bids are mhIiriI for on the Lon Van road. The Columbia Clty-St. Helens road plane have been prepared and bids are aked for on this piece of work. Plans and specifications covering all of tho work are on lllo at me road master's omce. Tho bids will be opened nt tho March time of court. Deputy Htato Marshal and InvestigaUi Mutter. Hlii-riff After two days Bpent in Invcstigat Ing the Are which destroyed the hotel building at the Sommnrstrorn ship yard, II. H. Pomeroy, deputy state tiro marshal, and Sheriff Stan wood have positively established the fol lowing facts and reported them to the proper authorities: That the fire was not incendiary. That the fire was caused by a de fective oil stove. That thero was but one fire. That two occupnntB of room where in fire originated are loyal to the United States In this war (one is an Englishman, the other a Scotchman). That a most friendly feeling exists between employer nnd employes. Thot the employes deserve great credit for the manner In which they fought the fire, thereby confining the loss to the one building. COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL NOTES GRANGE MEETING AT BEAVER HOMES Important ItcMilution Are Adopts by tho Assemblage, DEATH RATE IN COUNTY VERY LOW Ilirths Exceed Deaths In Columbia County by 142. According to the nnnunl report of tho Oregon stnto board of health, Columbia county has a very low denth rate, for during the year end ing December 31, 1916, only ilentlis occurrod In tho county. Of thoso 69 wore males and 36 femnles. During this year there were 236 births, 122 males nnd 114 females. Thoro wore 66 marriages in the coun ty during the yoar. For the entire stnte, thero wero 7,107 deaths and 12,690 births. On an estimated popu Intlon of 848,886, this gives a birth mt of 15.27 per thousand and a death rate of 8.37 per thousand. DILLARD FIRE WAS WORK OF INCENDIARY A careful Investigation of the fire which occurrod nt tho Dlllnrd rest denco last week by Sheriff Stnnwood and a deputy from the office of the state fire marshal In Salem, has thor oughly convinced the officers that the fire was set. It Is understood that strong circumstantial evidence has been secured and the officers are still at work on the enso. The meeting of the Grange which was held at Heaver Homes February 2 was a very Important and enthusi astic one. It was called to order at 1 p. m. In open session and the fol lowing spoakers were heard: Mrs. Kemp, Mold agent of the food ad ministration; Prof. Hoquet, of the O. A. C, and D. C. Howard, county agricultural agent. After a short recess the meeting was opened In the fourth degree. A vote of thanks was tendered the speakers. Three resolutions were read and made a special order of business for the eve ning session. The session was called to order at 7:30 p. m. The commit tee on resolutions reported the fol lowing resolutions, which were read and adopted: "He it resolved, That, whereas the government has taken upon Itself the duty of fixing the prices of farm pro ducts sold by the farmers, that it Is the sense of Columbia County Pomo na that It should also regulate the prices of all staple articles bought by tho farmers; also, be it "Resolved, that one copy of this he sent to Senator Chas. L. McNary.' "Relieving that a commission house in Portland conducted by the State Grange would be of great In terest to all farmers of Oregon therefore be tt 'Resolved, That our delegate to the next State Grange be Instructed to work for the establishment of a commission houso in Portland nnd run by tho State Grange." 'Whoreas, tho appeal has been sounded by every government official from president down to save every thing possible, give everything pos sible and subscribe as heavily as pos sible, to the end that America shall do nobly her part In the world war, and 'Whereas, our sonators and con gressmen have been foremost In urg ing this threo-fold service upon all our citizens, nnd "Whereas, we learn with surprise and regret that when the opportunity to show by deeds their like willing ness to give, our national legislators forgot and carelessly allowed a con ference committee to slip Into the recent revenue bill a provision ex empting government officials from Its provisions, thereby relieving themselves of 22S5 nnnuul income tax, therefore bo It "Resolved, that we condemn this action as unwise, unust and unpatri otic and call upon congress to repeal this exemption section nt tho conilnn session." The committee on resolutions was composed ot E. A. Gessell, H. Wns ser and Wm. H. Rose. K. D. Raker acted as secretary. A quorum not being present, no meeting of the city council was hell chines, besides tho thousnnds that last Monday night. SevernI Import soe the place from the trains, ond If the farm Is made more prosentnhlo It will be a good advertisement for our county as well as being a saving In actual cash to the taxpayers, now is the time to get busy. "A TAXPAYER. ant mutters are before the council nnd will be acted upon at the next regular meeting, Manager Scott of the local division of the telephone compnny was In Portland Wednesday in consultation with officials of the company. (By J. W. Allen, County Supt.) (IntHkanie Hchool Since the fall term of school opened In Clatskanie there have been many Improvements made. Some as follows are to be noted: The lighting of the high schol was very poor nnd was remedied by rear ranging the windows and In some cases doubling the lighting space. Obstructing trees on the east side of the building were cut down. The rooms were then repapered and painted. One room was fitted with new stu dent chairs, which made the taking of notes In class work more easy. The high school books have been catalogued and card indexed. Extra apparatus has been pur chased to make the school standard. The school has purchased and paid for a projection lantern. The high school has a bust .of Riley, a picture of "The Old Swim ming Hole," and our allies' flags, gained by selling Riley buttons. A course In SpanlBh r.as been sub stituted for German. One-liaif hour a day is devoted in the high school to music, during which time sight reading is taught Penmanship and spelling are com pulBory the first two years in high school. All high school pupils must gain fifteen points by participation In high school activities before credit will be given them In second semester Eng llsh. The whole school is expecting to Join the Junior Red Cross soon and devote some, of their time to pa triotic work. A committee in the high school has a service flag In the making. P. M. Stroud has been appionted agent to sell Thrift Stamps in the school. Tho grade teachers cm taking the free Palmer method of instruction in writing by mall. A lunch and play room has been provided for the grade children. An Industrial exhibit Is on view in the principal's office. Among the ex hibits are those of the Crescent Manu facturing Company, Cheney Silk Co., Hbrllck's Malted Milk Co., and many others. Additional exhibits have been sent for, and it is Intended that the pupils may learn by actual con tact what he has read from descrip tions. January 11 was devoted to a school exhibit given in the gymnasium, to which the parents were invited. A program was given, after which the teachers served light refreshments. It Is expected by the teachers to give another exhibit later In the year that the parents may note the progress made. The upper grammar grades are be ing organized Into societies for the development of debate, public speak ing nnd athletics. On Arbor day there were appro priate exercises in the rooms, after which the pupils made a general cleaning up of the school grounds, burned trash and cut down brush, Logs rolled together made glorious bonfires. No trees were planted, as there is talk of graldng the school grounds and making various Improve ments. It is being planned to use the gym naslum to better advantage by in stalling a reading room, too. The stage is to be fitted up, according to the plan, with accessories that may be advantageous to the work or a dramatic club and such school activ ities. Some improvements have al ready been made since the opening of school. The high school basketbnll team played the Lincoln High School team of Tortland In the gymnasium Friday evening, February 8. The visiting team won but Clatskanie proved themselves good lorers. Preceding the game the C. H. S. held a big rally with plenty of noise and pep. McBrido School Arbor day was observed by carry- THRIFT STAMP SALES IN COUNTY NOW $6,293 FEBRUARY SALES GOOD (latnlutnie Has First Honors in Amount HubHcrlbed in February. The sale of Thrift Stamps through out the county Is progressing quite well, but not as well as the cam paign managers had hoped for. To date $6,293.50 of stamps have been sold. This covers December, Janu ary and includes the first thirteen days in February. For December, the amount of sales at the different postofflces as reported to St. Helens, which is the central station, was $1,157.66. January showed a marked increase, $3,136.77 being reported, and thus far this month $1,999.07 has been exchanged for these little securities of Uncle Sam. From the showing made, it is apparent that February will eclipse the mark set In January. However, the goal Is a long way off for the apportionment for Columbia county is $270,000, or in other words it will take $264,000 more subscriptions to fill the appor tionment. The offices reporting and the amounts subscribed at each of fice this month are: Clatskanie $ Goble Houlton Marshland Mayger Mist Rainier Scappoose Warren St. Helens 842.62 95.10 37.27 79.47 107.60 41.20 296.44 188.70 25.00 286.77 Total $1,999.07 ROAD BUILDING DURING WAR Secretary Houston Announces Policy of Department Ship IdUiiiched. YcwtorUity Without coremony or christening, the big lumber vessel which the St. Helens Shipbuilding Company built for Balfour Gul'.irlo & Cn. was sue-! members of the seventh and eighth cessfully launched Thursday after-1 grades volunteered to furnish choice noon at 3:30 o'clock. TVe vessel. r0se bushes, which were planted with will have a lumber carrying capacity great care of 1,600,000 feet. I'or the pro.jen:, Hiss Armstrong has led the way Secretary Houston, of the depart ment of agriculture, In a communi cation to the American Association of State Highway Officials, has set forth squarely the policy which he thinks should be followed in highway con struction during the war. Secretary Houston says: "So far as it is practicable to d' so, this department will urge the maintenance of the highway already constructed; the construction and completion of those highways which are vitally Important because ot their bearing upon the war situation or for the movement of commodities; the postponement of all highway con struction relatively less essential or not based upon important military or economic' needs. The department is preparing to suggest to the state highway departments the preparation ot a schedule of work for the federal aid projects for 1918 in line with this policy." In carryng out the policy thus an nounced there has teen sent out by the office of public roads of the de partment of agriculture, schedule forms on which the states are request ed to set forth their porposed federal-aid work for the 1918 working season. These schedules call for a description of each road; the charac ter, quality, and rati haul of the ma terials to be used; the probable cost; the amount of federal funds deolred; the speclflo purpose of the improve ment; its bearing upon the war situ aiton; and what effect a delay of the Work until 1919 or later would have. With the Information thus assembled and classified, an efficient road-construction program is assured. While it is impossible to make any definite statement regarding the transporta tion of road materials, the expecta tions are that the transportatlou situ ation will be improved and that the shipment of such materials for es sential projects can be made. Road construction and mainten ance in the United States involve an annual expenditure of some $300, 000,000, and there is scarcely a sec tion, of the country that is not seri ously affected by a marked disturb ance in road work. Ing out the state program. Several "" - There was a heavy fall ot snow Wednesday night, but In St. Helens and vicinity it melted about as fast as it fell. Dr. Cliff, who motored down from Portland Wednesday she will be operated as a sailor, nnd (n the collection of cancelled postage afternoon, reported the snow was sev later on have auxiliary engines in-1 stamps in the past week, and at eral Inches deep in the Scappoose stalled. (Continued on Page 7) neighborhood. ens.