THE BLACKFOOT OPTIMIST
OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY OF BLACKFOOT AND OF BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO.
VOL. IV NO. 21
BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, APRIL 20 1911
$2.00 PER YEAR
MAYOR CAPPS ASSUMES OFFICIAL DUTIES
New Officials Take Over Reins
Government Tuesday Last. Num
ber of Citizens Present
APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED
Mayor Selects Well Qualified Men to Assist in
the Administration of Affairs of the City
of Blackfoot for Next Two Years
The i'ew council met Tuesday ev
ening vL h T. J. Johnson, retiring
clerk occb.'jying the mayor's chair,
while the • retiring mayor occupied
one near th% door. Mr. Johnson cal
led the meeki'g to order, requested
that the incoming officers arise to
their feet and 1 take the oath of office.
After this ceremony Mayor Capps as
sumed the duties of his office with
no introduction to the duties of office
ino assistance from the outgoing offi
cial, and G. H. Holbrook, the incom
ing city clerk also assumed his duties
Mayor Capps addressed the council,
and citizens present, making known
the fact that he would be the most
beneficial to the greatest number of
his constituency. He stated that he
realized that all parties were new in
the performance of their duties a..d
with no assistance, it would be nec
essary for them to grope their way,
familiarizing themselves with the du
ties of office.
There was a large number of the
résidents of the city present, and
when Mayor Capps stated that he
hadi several recommendations to make
everyone was alert and listening to
hear what his appointments would be
The appointing of a chairfnan of
the board and various committees
was first taken up and resulted as fol
Chairman of the Board of Aldermen.
Louis C. Rock wood.
Street and Alley Committee.
Louis C. Rockwood, A. H. Simmons
Johin S. Watson
Law and Order Committee.
W. A. Beakley J. G. Bond
S. W. Gibb»
Alex Vounie E. T. Peck
John S. Watson
E. T. Peck L. C. Rockwood
W. A. Beakley
John S. Watson A. H. Simmons
J. G. Bond
S. W. Gibbs E. T. Peck
Alex You nie
John W. Jones
Chief of Police.
Max W. Smith
Dr. H. A. Halsey
Official City Newspaper.
The Blackfoot Optimist
Alter the conclusion of the reading
of the appointments by Mayor Capps,
Alderman Gibbs movedi that the
board take a recess of ten minutes,
and they retired to an anteroom,
where the appointments were discus
sed in the absence fo the mayor. Up
on re-convening Alderman, Younie
made a motion that the appointments
be confirmed. A vote was taken there
being six ayes and two nays.
An application for a building per
mit for J. L. Baker was laid over
cause the lot numbers were not on
Alderman Gibbs moved that a vote
of thanks be tendered Chief of Police
Hilliard and Patrolman Vanderwood
for their efficient services during the
last two years. This motion carried
unanimously. Mayor Capps then cal
led upon former Mayor West to ad
dress the board relative to some un
finished business. Two subjects were
discussed and acted upon. The matter
of vacating the alley in Block 9, Elm
wood addition, and an ordinance pro
viding for its vacation was pre. e ted.
The rules were suspended and the or
di'nance given its third reading, and
ordered published. This alley is on
the south side of the block recently
purchased for a high school site.
The question of the granting of per
mission to the state insane asylum to
connect with the city's sewer system
was entered into by Mr. West and
the board, the former stating that Dr.
Francis Poole, superintendent of <Re
institution, would appreciate some ac
tion on the matter, so that he could
report to the asylum board at its
next meeting. Alderman Bond, after
much discussion, had been indulged
in, moved that a- committee of three
be appointed by the mayor, to confer
with the city attorney, and report at
the 'next meeting of the board of al
dermen, their findings on the subject.
The motion jirevailed. The mayor ap
pointed Messrs. Peck, Bond and You
Alderman Gibbs presented the nam
of E. Watson, for cemetery sexton but
the mayor stated that there were sev
eral applications for this position and
tht he preferred to consider each one
more fully before making a choice.
The following bills were allowed
for services rendered during the re
Mrs. Nelson Sill, registrar... .$24.60
Mrs. Maud Johnson, registrar.. 50.80
Mrs. Grace G. Gibbs, registrar 34.60
Mrs. Maud Cherry, registrar.. 57.40
Election officers—First ward. '
C. T. Peck, judge..............$8.00
F. C. Barker, judge............ 8.00
Mrs. Sweet, judge..»........... 8.00
Laura Pen, polling clerk...... 8.00
Emma Killion, polling clerk.... 8.00
Mrs. C. Wright,distributing clerk 8.00
Constable .....................7 "15.00
T. J. Reagan, judge............ 8.00
W. C. Craig, judge............ 8.00
Edith Bond, judge.............. 8.00
Mrs.R.W.Chaimers, polling clerk 8.00
Minnie Reagan, polling clerk.. 8.00
Lucy Bond', distributing clerk.. 8.00
Bynd Trego, constable.......... 6.00
R. Fleming, judge.............. 8.00
Mrs. T. H. Christy, judge...... 8.00
B. A. Boling, judge............ 8.00
Mrs. R. L. Archer, polling clerk 8.00
Mrs.Geo.Warren, polling clerk.. 8.00
Mrs.Nelson Sill,distributing clerk 8.00
J. D. Kent, constable.......... 6.00
S. W. Gibbs, judge............ 8.00
H. C. Dipple, judge............ 8.00
T. M. Ferguson, judge.......... 8.00
L. O'Neal, polling clerk........ 8.00
Guy Dippel, polling clerk......8.00
Parley Blackburn, dlst. clerk.... 8.00
Fred West, constable.......... 6.00
The matter of placing electric
lights »near the city hospital and"CafE
olic church was referred to the im
A motion carried to the effect that
the street and alley committee take
up the unfinished business of the old
committee and report at the next
meeting. Aldermen Simmo. s and
Bond reported that they had estab
lished sidewalk line on property line
the full length of the west side of
Spruce street, and the report was ac
cepted. Alderman Peck made some
strong comments os the cement work
that had been done in the stfC-.T cros
sings of the city, and used terms des
criptive of the ''bunk ' that had been
handed out that would go in pri t all
right, but the writer has forgotten
the exact expressions used. They
came from Peck's big right and were
entirely apropos. Mr. Peck's talk
was the result of a discussion iv.ative
to sewer connections, inspections of
sewers and sidewalks and many otKtr
sins of commission and omission of
the former mayor, chief of police, in
spectors and members of the council.
It was unanimously agreed that Mr.
Peck's remarks were timely, and hit
the spot where she needed it most.
Mr. Peck moved that the matter of
sewer connections be laid on the ta
ble until the next meeting, and that
until that time I.E. Smith, the pres
ent inspector of sewers, continue to
fill that position, as he has so credit
ably done in the past.
The question, of sprinkling the
streets was discussed and the clerk
was authorized to advertise for bids
to be opened at the next regular
meeting of the board.
The notice for bids appear else
where in this issue.
Alderman Gibbs made a motion that
the chief of police be Instructed to
have published a notice to property
owners to. clean up, and suggested
that the city establish a precedent by
cleaning up the grounds surrounding
the city hall.
Motion to adjourn carried at 11:20
and as the lights were out everyone
had to "go home in the dark.''
MISS MARY CAPPS WINS HONORS
Blackfoot was represented at the
State Declamatory Cuc.test at Twin
Falls on Friday, April 14, iby Mary
Capps who won second honors in the
The first honors in the humorous
class were awarded to American Fallt
with Twin Falls winning first in dra
matic and Pocatello second place.
Twelve of the most prominent high
schools of the state at first accepted
the invitation to meet in contest, at
Twin Falls but during the past two
weeks four of them withdrew, therebj
causing one of the classes to have
only one contestant, which was the
oratorical. This contestant was from
Caldwell aind of course won first hon
Boise, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Cald
well, American Falls, Payette, Em
mett and Blackfoot all sent contest
ants and a most interesting and en
joyable contest was the result.
President Axline of the Albion Nor
mal was chairman of the judges and
GOOD ROADS CONVENTION
IN GATE CITY IN JUNE
WILL BE BIG GATHERING
PRESIDENT SHERMAN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF STATE
COMMITTEES AND COUNTY VICE-PRESIDENTS.-SECOND AN
NUAL SESSION OF INTER MOUNTAIN GOOD ROADS ASSOCI
ATION TO BE LARGEST EVER HELD IN SOUTHERN IDAHO.
That the second annual conve tion
of the Intermountain Good Roads as
sociation to be held in this city on
June 22-23-24 will be the largest and
most important (gathering of good
roads boosters ever held in the north
west now seems assured. President
E. R. Sherman, who spent a couple
of days this week ln» the Gate City,
conferring with Secretary William
Wallin, has drafted 1 an official call
for the convention, which will be is
sued in a few days. Delegates from
the five states of Idaho» Nevada,Mon
tana, Utah and Wyoming will be in
attendance,and the convention will be
addressed by eminent experts in the
good roads movement and will pos
sibly be honored by the presence of
no less a distinguished gentleman
than Secretary of Agriculture James
Wilson. An invitation to Secretary
Wilson was mailed yesterday, in
which he was pressed to attend,and
also send one or more of the good
roads experts attached to his depart
ment. Arrangements have practical
ly been completed with Professor S.
C. Lancaster of Seattle to give illus
trated lectures on good roads. Rep
resentatives. of different road making
machinery firms will be present with
elaborate exhibits. Automobile deal
ers will also have representatives
present, and the Continental Oil
company is arranging to install an ex
hibit and make demonstrations of ap
proved methods of oiling roads. The
state engineers of the five states eni
braced in the association will also b
he said it was one of the best and
also the closest contest that he bad
ever attended and Blackfoot may well
be proud of her representative and of
the place she won, for our high schoo.
among the best schools of the state.
ANNUAL EXHIBIT OF MILLINERY.
Easter Sunday was an -ideal day
in Blackfoot and the churches were
well filled with the fair femininity
adorned in the latest creations of
the milliner's art. There were hat
shapes that mere man did not think
much of when he became wedged
between two of them with a>n car on
either side being cut with a wide
brim, but it made the better halves
happy to have them aud who can
deny them the pleasure of wearing
an inverted coal hodi, or a lid with a
contrivance on the front end that
looks Hike a cow-catcher on a mogul
engine so long as they are happy.
Collectively or separately the ladies
of Blackfoot made a pretty picture in
their spring attire and it was good
to see them
David Paul Brown says: A be
coming diecer.cy of exterior may not
I be- necessary for ourselves, but it is
agreeable to others.—It is like the
. polish of the diamond, taking some
thing perhaps from its weight, but
adding much to its brilliancy.
Wednesday afternoon the Guild of
the Episcopal church tendered a de
lightful reception to their retiring rec
tor, Rev. Williams, and his wife, at
the home of Mrs. Ralph W. Adair.
Many were in attendance and an ex
tremely enjoyable afternoon was spent
Rev. and Mrs. Williams, to Black
foot's sincere regret leave early next
week for tlieir new home in North
The conditio.» of Mrs. Samuel Loyd
remains unchanged. Her illness is
most deplorable and lier many friends
will learn with deep regret that there
is no improvement in lier sickness.
President Sherman and Secretary
Wallin have decided upon the »form of
a good! roads button a»nd orders will
at once be placed' with an eastern» fac
tory for their manufacture. They
will be sold at a nominal sum to
members of the association.
At the first annual convention» of
the association at Ogden last Sept
ember it was resolved that a vice
president from each county in the
five states comprising the associa
tion's field be appointed. The reso
lutions also provide for the appoint
ment of the executive council of
three members, a legislative commit
tee of three and a highway committer
of five from each state. Complying
with these resolutions President Sher
man yesterday completed the list of
appointments and Secretary Wallin»
is today sending out the credentials.
The legislative committee appoint
ments are being held under advise
ment by President Sherman until the
June convention is held, as he de
sired to make the strongest possible
selections for these Important assign
The appointments made by Presi
dent Sherman for Idaho are as fol
Executive committee— P. G. John
ston of Blackfoot, S. E. Burnham of
Boise and N. P. Nielson of Pocatello.
Highway committee—J. B. Hall of
Twin Falls, T. R. Jones of Blackfoot.
.1. D. Robertson of Weiser, À. E.
Robinson of Wallace, H. C. Haight of
ANNIVERSARY TO BE CELEBRATED IN THIS CITY PROMISES TO
BRING LARGE CROWD TO CITY APRIL 26TH.—EVERYONE
SHOULD HELP ENTERTAIN.
That the Odd Fellows of the local
lodge are doing their utmost to en
tertain their expected guests in this
city on the 26th inst. goes without
saying. The occasion is the anniver
sary of the lodge and representatives
from the lodges at Idaho Falls, Shel
ley, Ashton, St. Anthony, Rigby, Poca
tello and American Falls will be in
attendance. The first meeting~wTll be
held at 1 o'clock and the following
program will be rendered:
Opening by Noble Grand.
Prayer by Chaplain.
Opening Ode by Assembly.
Address by Mayor.
Response by J. E. Smith.
Song by Misses Simmons, Vio
lin' by Frank DeKay.
HELP BUY PICTURES
A Fine Art Exhibit is to be Present-,
ed by Schools.—The Effort is Un
.dartaken for the Purpose of Rais
ing Funds to Purchase Pictures for
Public Schools.—Pupils Who Sells
Most to Get Free Picture for Room.
No city or towu, should be indiffer
ent to the wholesome influence that
good pictures has upon its inhabi
tants. it is tlie work of the schools
to develop the finer natures of chil
dren by making their surroundings
artistic. At the present time our
public schools have a dearth of good
pictures. It is now recognized by au
thorities that culture and» refinemx.t
can be greatly a»i»dcd by the proper
display of pictures on the walls of
our school rooms. The larger the at
tendance at this exhibition the »great
er the number of pictures c»a»n be pur
This collection has a distinctly ed
ucational purpose in view being ar
ranged to show the development o
art from the pyramids and temples
through the fine old classic architec
ture and sculpture, Italian puinti..g,
Dutch, French, Spanish, English and
American. The pictures are most in
teresting and are th» finest colle;
of their kind ever shown in this town
Teachers and children have takei
hold in an encouraging ma nier. If
the people of the city buy tickets
freely there ought to be sufficient
iunds to purchase a number of go.
SALE OF BLEACHED
FLOUR TO CEASE.
Notices to This Effect Being Sent
Out to Millers and Dealers in
State.—Local Authorities Will Co
operate With Government in Cru
sade Against It.
There will be no more bleached
flour In Idaho if steps which are be
ing taken by Pure Food Commission
er J. H. Wallis are successful.
"1 am preparing notices which will
be sent to millers and others con
cerned,'' said Mr. Wallis yesterday.
"The government is determined that
the sale of bleached flour must stop
and I have sent out notices telling tKe
manufacturers that they have until
Oct. 15 to get all bleached flour off
of the market. In the event I find
bleached flour for sale in this state
after that, prosecutions will follow.
"Bleaidied flour is handled by a
good many of the merchants. The
ordinary housewife, looking over vari
ous brands of flour will of course ac
< ept the fine looking, white bleached
flour in place of the other purer vari
ety. The bleaching is done by a
chemical process which à je: ts ni
trates into the flour and th se are
detrimental to he digestive organs.
"Unbleached flour can be digested
in just one half the time that the
Recitation by Miss Pearl Quan
Address by Dr. Guyon.
Recitation by Mrs. Smith.
Closing Ode by Assembly. .
Benediction 1 .
A street parade of the members
will be held in the afternoon» and an
invitation dance will be given in the
evening in Progress hall. It is under
stood that there will be about 200
people in attendance and 1 that Idaho
Falls alone will have eighty mem
bers representing. The Blackfoot
band has been secured for the day
and the occasion» will be one grand
time. The citizens of the town, and
members of all lodge* should put
forth an effort to help the local lodge
of Odd Fellows to help entertain the
bleached' flour can aud the harm is
"The merchants will be warned and
the crusade against this bleached
flour is not confined to this state but
is general throughout the country.
The government is determined, to rid
tile country of the stuff.
"Regarding the arrests I made at
Buhl and the cases down there I can
ct.ly say that the entire matter will
be hinged on the results of the ex
periments which are being curried on
by the state chemist in analyzing spe
cimens of the stuff which 1 confis
WIND STORM PLAYS HAVOC.
Twiller Over State Worst in Years.—
Roofs Blown Off Box Cars in
Glenns Ferry and Houses Toppled
Over.—East Side Skating Rink Des
troyed and Power Lines Broken.
It takes the real old timers to tell
of a worse wind than that which
swept over Pocatello. aid the sur
rounding country last night. Before
the storm had spent itself several
out houses hadi been blown» down and
the skating rink on the east side of
the city was almost completely de
molished. The tent poles were brok
j en off like matches and the tent was
whipped almost into shrode.ln» Glenns
Ferry the wind was even more severe
than locally and among the losers the
Short Line perhaps suffered the most.
Roofs were torn off box cars and in
many Instances these were complete
ly demolished. Houses were blown»
down and it is said» that there is not
an out house standing in the river
town. The snow storm which followed,
tue wind was general as far went
as Gooding, but it is thought that
the damage to crops will not be very
Two of the large globes on two of
the cluster lights on North Main
street were broken during the heavy
wind storm, and the large stone wall
which was being built by the Idaho
Consolidated Power Co. at the dam
was completely blown down.
As a result of the storm the Idaho
Consolidated Power company's line
was put out of commission and the
power and light was shut off until
nearly noon today when the trouble
was located. There was nothing the
matter out along the line however,
but a cut wire near the edge of town
grounded one of the transformers.
The "ground'' did not show up un
til well along in the fora oon, but
"trouble shooters'' were sent out of
here as well as out of American Falls
and inspected the line the entire dis
tance without »finding a break. No
serious i conveniences was suffered
and the loss was nominal.—Tribune.
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