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When You Trade at Home You Get Two Chances at Your Dollar. Try It
OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY
PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY
VOLUME XXXVII.
ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1918
COUNCIL HOLDS AN
INTERESTING SESSION
PHONE RAISE DISCUSSED
( out nirlorx Ankrd to Muke IIIiIn on
Hrt l ull of City Ihn k.
Notwithstanding the dense fog
wlileli hung ovnr tlie city, til the
counelliiion and tlin mayor founa
their way to tlie city hull and the
Hmilon vn hell en uhuuI.
After the reading and approval or
tie minutes, the mayor callod (or
report of officers. Nulthor Jou l)u
or Wul'or Ulakesley had any report
to make, that In, nt Unit particular
limn. Ills honor ihould know better
thun to call on either ot these offi
cer right off the Jump, for they
' never Ret really warmed up beforw
the KPiHion I almost ovo' and ru.
porta of'Other officer are heard.
None of the councilman hod any re
tort to muke and It auenied thut the
nHNshui would he n very tamo one,
brt McDonald Inquired of tlie mayor
an to what he had found out an to
telephone service and telephone
rate.
Wait on Portland DtM-Ulon
The mryor Info-tncd the council
that In an Interview with the local
manager here, It hnd been suggestea,
thut St. Helena take no action until'
the I'or'.lund cent ro verity w.ia nettled,
ai thin would apply to Kt. Helena
and other Oregon towns as well a
I'ortlnnd. Councilman Allen thouKht
ll might be a good plan to follow thlH
nugfeHtlon. McDonald linked u to
the service and exteralon of the
(.hone linen. The in .yor said If tin.
telephone company could get per
MlKnlon to string their wlrei on the
electric llKht poles, they could In
n'rll additional phones. During
theno h, 0. I. tlinen, each pole hole
would coHt about ISO r.nd the tele
phone company did not think the tn
ntallutlon of n few phone Juntlfled
nny rucIi expeniie. The natter, for
the prevent won left In abeyance.
Muilholin Hlioutil lie Killed
Walter UlakeMley. who when first
called on for a report, wai afflicted
with stage frlKht, now necmcd to
have regained hi unual composure
and reported on the many bed mud !
hole which can be found In moat of
the city atreeta. He thought a few
loads of rock should bn dumped Into
the hole ho the atreeta would be1
passable. !
.Mayor lUte Not Approve
Mayor Saxon did not approve ot j
the auKfteatlon of the marshal as to
repairing; the streets. He waa per
fectly willing, he said, that the cross
walks and street crossings should be
repuired, hut was unwilling to ex
pend tho taxpayers money In flxln
up street which should be fixed
by the adjoining property owners.
McDonald shared the same opinion
as the mayor. Mud hole near his
property, he said, had been fixed nt
liln own personal expetiHC. Walter
llhikesley then Inquired a to how
people and delivery wagons would
manage to navigate the streets, and
the mayor' prompt response was
thut they had better get boats. He
reiterated hi former statement that
the street should bo repaired by
thoso who owned property on such
thoroughfare or waterways.
y Catawatnptis Htreets
F Councilman Allen then Joined tho
illncusslon and it waa learned tn
St. Helen has such streets as "cata
wampus atreeta." JuBt where they
are, Mr. Allen did not state, but he
wutited to know how the property
owners could be assessed for repair
ing the "ontawampus street" which
tan "thla way and thBt -way," and
followed no general direction. Tht
mayor disclaimed any responsibility
for such "calawampua atreeta" and
mild they would have to remain as at
. , . - li ...1 tin l.v tlin nrn-
in mem. uillUBS iiauii u w "
porly owner.
Phone Question Hobs Aguln
Councilman Chnnman. who haa
not taken a part iu the proceedings,
evidently became a little "het up
by this time. When It was spen that
no action would be taken as to the
niudholes and caqala, he asked the
council to reoonBider the telephone
question which had been so abrupt
ly shelved. He callod on the city at
torney for his opinion and after due
consideration, the attorney, gave It as
his opinion that tlie council should
go on record as opposing a phone
rate raise, that the council bIioiiUi
advise the phone subscribers or cu.
Helens not to pay the lncroaiied rate
when payment of uch Increased rate
was demanded. The council thought
the attorney' advice wa sound, and
thereupon, unanimously voted to ad
vise the people NOT TO PAY TUB
INCREASE IN RATE until the mut
ter had been settled. This important
question being settled, the council
wa ready for more business.
Dock Illds Called For
Councilman Chapman, after hav
ing been so successful with his form
er motion, decided to try again, and
he moved that the council advertise
for blda tor the construction of a
city dock. A general discussion fol
lowed, and reports of the various of
ficers showed they had not been able
to locate the missing dock plans.
However, it wa decided that bidders
should furnish their own plans and'
bid on the beat dock they could
(Continued on page eight)
SPECIAL ROAD TAX
VOTED SATURDAY
Other niMrl.u Will Have Meeting
Tomorrow Afternoon
All road districts except St. Hel
ens ( District No. 12) which held
iiieir meeting Saturday lust, voted
speciui ioiuI tuxes. Hoad District No
winch Is that territory between
warren and lieer Islind, Kt. Helena
cuy limits excluded, voted about 1
nuns, which will be spent on the
several roads In the district.
ltoi'd District No. 8, tlie Mist
neighborhood, voted a 10 mill tax
for special work. The valuation In
the district is $1,391,785, so ap
proximately $14,000 In addition to
the regulur county levy will be avail
able for use In that district.
Kond District No. 6. the Ooblo
neighborhood voted about $8,000 or
a special und Itoad District No. 9. the
Vernonla country, voted $13,00u
speclul.
No speclul tax was voted in St.
Helens. A few who were opposed to
any special tnx, met at the city hull,
mil made a motion that no tax be
voted. There was a prompt second
to tlie motion nnd It was unanimous
ly carried, A complete report of this
meeting, s well as others, will ap
pear In the next Issue of the Mist. A
meeting is scheduled for Hoad Dlb
trlct 1, Scappoose; Hoad District 6,
Rainier and Road District 7, Clats
knnlo, tomorrow ; 'te-noon. It Is
probable that special taxes will be
voted In these districts, with the
possible exception of Clatsltanle.
FATHER ACCIDENTAL
LY SHOOTS HIS SON
A nnen Ixivell Dangerously Wounded
by Ills Tather
A distressing and serious accident
occurred Wednesday afternoon when
Ansen Lovell, the 12-year-old son ot
Charles Lovell was accidentally snot.
Mr. Lovell and his son were on the
way to the harn where they were to
kill - pig. The futlicr ccrried a 22
callhie rifle which was to be used to
kill the pig. llefore reaching the
harn, the elder Lovell saw a skunk
which ran under a pile of boards.
Father and son tried to dislodge the
skunk from his hiding place and it,
tho effort to move the boards, the
rifle was discharged and the bullet
struck the boy near the heart and
passing through his body, came out
under his shoulder blade. A hurry
cull was sent for Dr. L. O. Hobs,
who responded promptly and dressed
the wound. The injured boy was
resting easy at last reports and Dr.
Ross thinks he has an excellent
chance for recovery.
J. UVHUNT
KltM'tcd County Clerk
THANKSGIVING DAY
QUIETLY OBSERVED
Thanksgiving Day was observed In
St. Helens by a cessation ot an ousi
nesa activities. A union Thanksgiving
service wob held In the Methodist
church Wednesday night and was at
tended by many. A number of St,
Helens people took advantage of the
holiday and visited friend in other
places, and there were many visitors
from other olaces who spent Thanks
giving in St. Helena. Khaki clad sol
dier boys were much in evidence,
Many of the men who are at camp
some dlBtnnce from St. Helens, were
given a four day furlough, while
those stationed nt Vancouver and In
Portlund were given two days' leave,
In order that they might spend tne
thankful day with friends or rela
tlves.
SCHOOLS ARE OPEN
ATTENDANCE SMALL
The schools of- St. Helens were
opened Monday, but the attendance
was not more than half of what It
was when the "flu" ban wa Ira.
posed Some of the grades had only
three to five pupils in attendance.
They were the lower grades, how
avai and the higher grades had
. .. . jij it.,
fnlrlv s-ooa Buenuuuue, an utu i"
high school With an
in the "flu" situation, , It isi
that the attendance will be
r
A . .-:
I. '
GOVERNMENT CANCELS
CONTRACTS FOR SHIPS
HELD AS HASTY ACTION
l-WMltfards Affected. Hut Knonuh
I'ork on Hand to Keep Going
The government ha cancelled a
portion of their contracts which
canea ror the building of govern
ment vessels. The St. Helens Ship
building company loses contracts for
two boats, but the other vessels,
which are under way, will be com
pleted and turned over to the govern
ment. The Sommarstrom yard is not af
fected. They have four government
contracts and work is under way on
each contraot, so the boats will be
finished and turned over to the gov
ernment as per contract. They now
have between 600 and 700 men at
work and do not anticipate making
any great reduction in the working
force. Instead of trying to secure
further government work, the com
pany will turn their attention to pri
vate contracta and work will continue
at the big yard the same as hereto
fore. H. F. McCormlck, manager of tho
St. Helen Shipbuilding company
does not feel alarmed at the situation
nor does Ills company expect to maku
a reduction In the working force.
Severul vessels are on the ways, ana
when they are completed, other con
tracta will be forthcoming from
private parties, or it Is probable the
McCormick Interests will build other
vesseU for their fleet. The City of
St. Helens was sold, the Allard lost
and it Is possible the company will
replace this tonnage. In that event,
work will continue at the yard as ih
the past.
With conditions as unsettled as
they are, It Is not probable that eitn
er yard will take on any new con
tracts for several months, but Inas
much as both yards have enough
work to keep them going for almost
a year, it Is evident that there is no
occasion for alarm at the shlpbulld
Ing situation, so far as St. Helens is
concerned.
MEMORIAL ARCH
IS SUGGESTED
To commemorate and honor the
memory of sons of Columbia county
who have given up their lives In the
great war, It is suggested that a
memorial arch be built In the court
house square. E. I. Ballagh is the
party who suggests this to the Mis:
und wishes to head the list ot con
tributors by giving $10 or more It
necessary.
Mr. Balagh'a Idea Is to have an
arch about the middle of the square
and over the fountain. The names of
those soldiers from the county who
have made the supreme sacrifice.
would be on the arch. The Idea Is
worthy ot consideration and the sev
eral who have been Interviewed are
heartily In favor of it. The Mist
would be pleased to have some ex
pressions on this subject.
CALL FOR SPECIAL
SCHOOL MEETING
The directors of the St. Helens
school district hnve called ' for a
special meeting of the legal voters oi
the district to meet at the city hall
Saturdcy. December 7th. At thh.
meeting1 the question of authorizing
the directors to submit a proposition
for borrowing' $25,000 for the pur
pose of building a new school build
ing, will be considered. There are
many who favor the construction of
a new and modern school building
and it Is sure there will be a large
turnout at the meeting.
HOME GUARD TO
MEET MONDAY NIGHT
Captain H. S. Mason of the St.
Helens Home Guard has . called v a
special meeting of the company and
they are to meet Monday night at 8
o'clock In the basement of the court
house. Since the war Is over, there has
been some talk ot disbanding, but
there are some members ot tho
guard who think the organization
should be kept intact. The purpose
of the meeting Is to discuss (his mat
ter and every member of the Home
Guard should be in attendance.
The steamer Wahkeena, carrying
1,000,000 feet of lumber for delivery
at San Pedro and San Diego, sailed
last Monday night. The Wahkeena
recently completed a fast voyage to
Honolulu. Nine dayg after leaving
the Columbia river the vessel an
chored in Pearl Harbor. The cargo
of lumber and piling was discharged
In four day, and then two day
more were consumed in taking on
fuel oil and a cargo of 1,100 tons of
sugar. The trip to San Francisco
iroui io
from ' the island port was made In
iv, . k.d rn,.i-
Belleson is naturally qui' proud of
I tn. record ot the steamer nnd the
good time she makes when at sea.
ST. HELENS GIYES MUCH
IN WAR WORK DRIVE
$4543.02 IS CONTRIBUTED
Hplcndld Work by Campaign Cap
tains tiring Fine Results
The managers of the camoalen In
the war work drive, feel Droud of the
response by St. Helens people and
are grateful to the campaign cap
tains who did such good work in
soliciting fundo. The total amount
pledged arid collected Is $4543.02.
Ot this amount $4429.02 was col
lected in cash and $114 was oledeea
to be paid at a later date. Something
like $18,000 is the total subscription
of the county, which give It the fine
standing ot 181 per cent. Few coun
ties in Oregon made a better show
ing than did Columbia.
Following is the reoort for St.
Helens:
Captain
Mr. John Sten
Mr. T. Isblster . . .
Mrs. H. Blake3ley ,
Mrs. C. W. Philips
Mrs. J. O. Prtngle .
Mrs. Blnkemore . . .
Mrs. O. Shepard . .
Amount
$ 690.20
931.69
311. 20
214.70
48.65
1.00
67.60
(9.60
212.10
142.70
9.60
1630.35
35.00
132 85
9.00
123.53
13.70
Rev. Wm. Hampson
Mr. H. P. Hudson .
Mr. B. I. Plummer .
Mrs. Smith
St. Helen Shipyard
Mason Dlllard ....
Miss Mabel Da vies .
Mrs. Doleshall
Miss M. Dixon
Mr. Chas. Wheeler .
$4543.0
PIONEER CITIZEN
ANSWERS CALL
Hazeklah Caples, a pioneer resi
dent or the Columbia City nelghboh
nooa, aiea at nis nome just across
the river from that place. Wednes
day. Mr. Caples had been in feeble
health for sometime.
Deceased had lived in or near Col
urubla City for about 60 rears and
owned a considerable Dortlon of the
Columbia City site. Living in the
state of Washington, he wa In the
county affairs and some years ago
was commissioner of the county iu
which he resided. He was a member
of the Kalama Masonic lodge.
In addition to his wife, whom he
married several months ago, deceas
ed la survived by several sons and
other relatives who live at Columbia
City. The funeral was held today and
the interment was In Liberty Hill
cemetery. The funeral services were
conducted by members ot the Ma
sonic lodge.
WHISKEY MERCHANT
ADMITTED TO BAIL
Tom Douras, who a few weeka ago,
was tried in Judge Philip's court foi
violation of the prohibition law ana
fined $760 and. given 60 days in jail.
Is out on ball.
After his conviction, be was taken
to the Multnomah jail by Sheriff
Stanwood. After arriving in Port
land, he secured the services of a
Portland attorney and habeus cor
pus proceedings were Instituted. The
case wr.s tried before Judge Morrow
and Columbia county was represent
ed by District Attorney Glen R. Mets
ker. The defense claimed that Judge
Philip was not legally a justice of
the peace, and had no right to sen
tence the defendant. Judge Morrow
over-ruled this and decided In favor
of Columbia county, but an appeal
was taken by the defendant's attor
ney and pending the hearing of the
case, the defendant was admitted to
bail.
SOME OF THE THINGS
THE U. S. HAS DONE
Here are some of the things the
United States ha contributed to the
triumph of the allied armies:
A war chest of $57,000,000,000
tor expenses up to the end ot tho
current fiscal year. Ot this $7,017.-
000,000 has been extended to our
allies In the form ot loans.
An army of 6,000,000, authorized
strength. More than 2,000,000 are on
the battle ground after being trans
ported 3,000 miles through submar
ine infested waters, white another
million and a quarter were training
and embarking here at the moment
Germany surrendered.
A navy ot 1,000 fighting ships that
has protected our stream of trans
ports through the war zone, and at
the same time helped keen the kais
er' fleet harmless In German ports.
Fully 18,000,000 tons of food
stuffs, shipment ot which saved out
allies from hunger, much ot which
represented the cheerful self-denial
of America.
Countless article of latest arm)
equipment, including some of the
mightiest engines of war yet develop
ed, wrought by a peaceful nation
suddenly becoming an arsenal.
Nearly 7.000,000 dead weight tons
of merchant shipping and trans
port to help overcome destructions
by U-boats. . ,.
The Red Cross end countless other
relief workers, giving food, medicine,
clothing ana comfort Incalculable
RECALL ELECTION
SEEMS PROBABLE
Petitions are Now Being Circulated
tor Recall of District Attorney
That Columbia county is due for
another recall election seems quite
probable. - Petitions have been pre
pared and are being circulated and
in some instances, freely signed.
The petition, which is addressed
to J. W. Hunt, county clerk, set forth
many allegations, the principal onea,
that he "beat up" S. E. Smith two
years ago and that last July he "beat
up" and assaulted Ham Kautzman.
It is said that the petition was drawn
CLEX R. METSKER
District Attorney, for whose recall
petitions are being circulated
by a Portland attorney, who has been
employed to defend Kautzman, when
his trial come up in January.
The Mist leerno from reliable
authority that Attorney Fred Her
man of Rainier, has consented to run
against Metsker. Two years ago Her
man ran against Metsker for the dis
trict attorneyship, but was defeated.
In order to have the recall elec
tion, it is necessary to get about 450
signers on the petitions, which is 2
per cent of the vote cast for judge
of the supreme court, and those cir
culating the petitions claim they will
secure this number and more, so It
appears that the county will soon be
mixed up in a heated recall electiou.
LOCAL STORE
CHANGES OWNERS
Dewey Harrison has purchasea
the Central Grocery from H. Stokes
and taken charge of the business.
The new owner has already added
much to the stock ot goods and In
tends to further increase the variety
of articles carried. Dewey should
make a success of the business, as
he has had much experience in the
mercantile line and has a wide circle
ot acquaintances in St. Helens and
surrounding country.
I J. VANORSHOVEX
Re-elected County Surveyor
LOCAL INSTITUTE
AT VERNONIA
Will be Held in High School Build
ing, December 14th
County School Superlatendent Al
len has Issued a neat program of the
local institute which will be held m
the high school building at Vernonla,
Saturday, December 14th. The pro
gram wl.ich vu3 ay-ranged cy Protes
tor Wllkerson, Is us follows:
Morning Session, 10:30 o'clock:
1. Sons High School Girls
2. Dramatization . . Primr.ry Pupils
3. Pi:' no Solo ..Miss Louise Bruce
4. Primr.ry Language
Mrs. Ethel Ray
5. Intermediate Lnn gunge
Work . . Mrs. Glayo G. Spilth
Afternoon Session, 1:15 o'clock
6. Vocal Solo
Miss Dorothy Deerwester
Language (7th and 8th
grades) ....... .C. W. Brovm
Selected Subject
Sunt. J. W. Allen
7.
8.
9.
10.
Sorg High Schocl Girlo
"What Should the ruptrs
Report Cards Contain"
Prcf. J. B. Wllkerson
11.
Souk Audience
It is expeced that quite a number
of teachers will be In attendance, as
well cs these Interested in sc'iool
work- who live ir. Vernonla and
Other p;.rta of the Nelmleu valley.
VERNONIA SERVICE FLAG
NOW HAS GOLD STAR
S U P R E M E SACRIFICE
Edwin Smith Falls In Battle October
Twelfth
Edwin Smith, age 30 years am:
son ot Mr. and Mrs. John Siult.h Ver
conla, has made the groat sacrifice
fcr his country's sake. He was kil
led in battle In France, October It
Mrs. Smith was rejoicing that tho
war was over and that her son
would soon return to her, but on
November 20th, she received word
from the war department that the
young man had been killed in action.
The soldier was in the July draft,
and with other boys from Washing
ton county, left for Camp Lewis. He
went over with the 91st division
which has seen bo much hard fight
ing since their arrival In France.
The news was a great shock to Mrs.
Smith and to the many friends young
Smith had in the Nehalem. He was
well known in that section of the
county and also quite a few here iu
St. Helens were acquainted with
him.
The dead soldier was born August
16th, 1887, at Portland and came
with his parents to the Nehalem val
ley when two years of age and had
lived there until called into the army
Service.
Besides his father and mother, he,
leaves to mourn his untimely end,
three sisters and four brothers: Mrs.
C. J. Hunan of Portland, Mrs. E. D.
Peterson of Mist and Mrs. V. L.
Powell, who resides at Vernonla.
The brothers are Charles W., Gar
field B and R. C. Smith, all of whom
live in the Nehalem and Leroy Smith,
who is in the 63rd infantry and
stationed at Camp Meade, Md.
Thirty boys have gone from the
Vernonla section to serve in either
the army or navy and a gold star has
been added to the service flag of
that community.. '
Barbering Under Difficulties
Ed Lynch recently received a let
ter from Louis Muhr, which gives a
tew details as to the difficulties a
company barber encounters when the
Germans turn loose their big guns
on the Yank soldiers. The letter
which was dated October 15th, says:
"Just a few lines to let you know
that I am still all right. We are now
seme distance back cf the lines for
a rest. Wcs up there at the front tor
some time, but do not know when
we will have to go back.
Kt. Helens Boys in Buttle
"I saw several of the boys from St.
Helens up there, before we went in,
but have not been able to find out
where they, are located now. We all
have to take our hats off to the
American doughboys and in my judg
ment they have no equals. .
Shells Stop Barberwork
"3'Well, I am still compa: y barber,
that is, when I have nothing else to
do. I will tail you of a circumstance
that happened when we were at th,
front. We had been up there foi
some time and one afternoon I tried
to do a little tonsorial work. Frlu
had been shooting some heavy ones
over us all day, whea all of a sud
den a number of the shells fell
short of their previous objectives
and landed so close that well, I
closed shop for the day, and I clos
ed up so hurriedly that I don't re
member if the laBt man paid me or
not." -
Louis is in the ambulance corp
and has been in France several
months.
George Vanvolkenberg, son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. E. Vanvolkenburg,
former residents of the Nehalem, at
last reports was In the thick of the
fighting. His parents have not
heard from him for some weeks and
they fear he has been wounded or
killed. George enlisted in the Ore
gon National Guard, but before his
regiment sailed from New York, he
was taken sick, and was left in New
York. Later he was assigned to an
Alabama regiment. Many of the
southern boys were In the big drive
at Argonne forest and It is possible
young Van was with them. The
young soldier Is a nephew of County
Commissioner A. E. Harvey. : ;
A letter recently received from
Corporal Clifford Stokes, stats he
was at Camp Mills, New York. His
qeglment expected to be on t-he way
over before he wrote his letter, but
the little matter of the kaiser say
ing he had enough, had changed
their plans, for they were still held
In New Yokr. Cliff wanted to be re
membered to his many St. Helens,
friends.
Charles F. Heacock la visiting hi
parents, Mr. nnd Mrs. H. P. Heacock,
and his cousin, L. R. Rutherford. Mr.
Heacock is chief electrician on the
transport, Great Northern, and is
here on a ten-day furlough, while the
ship is being repaired. He has made
eight trips to France. The Great
Northern holds the record for tlib
fastest round trip between New.Yorll
and Brest, France. ' - ;
Fred Morgus came down from Van
couver Wednesday, night to eal
Thanksgiving dinner at home. He ha,;
been assigned to the supply depart
ment at tho army post.
normal tne coming week

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