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STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS TO HELP BINGHAM COUNTY BUILD ROADS
Jftafya Srpxtbltran OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY Vol. XV. No. 32 BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1919 $3 a Year SHOULD LEAVE EXPENSE OF PROPER ROADS TO COMMISSIONERS JUDGMENT Election to be Conducted in Near Future When the People Will Decide the Question of Bet ✓ ter Highways for.Bingham County T TYPE AND CHARACTER CONSIDERED In a few weeks the people of this county will be voting to expend for a most laudable purpose the sum of $600,000. The object is-to create a new and efficient highway system of'which we may all be proud. An expenditure of this magnitude calls for deep thought and most careful consideration on the part* of those vtho will be to a great extend re sponsible for success or failure. There will be many things to con sider, and one of the most important of these is the type and character of road to be built. Astonishing Our Neighbors If we should recommend that the county commissioners should take a junketing trip, into other states to examine new roads and old ones al ready ljuilt and tested, the suggestion would probably meet with the ap proval of all thoughtful persons. If we should say it were better they should travel until they had seen enough to satisfy them, enough to enable them to reach conclusions and have those conclusions clinched so they would have no doubt as to the type of materials that should be used in this county and in the dif ferent parts of the county, we ffblieve people would approve of that. But if such travel were to cost the county $20,000, it all that expense had to be met before one foot of roadbed should be built or a decision reached as to plans, we believe many men in the county would be ready to pro test, or even to impeach the com missioners. There would be radical persons in the county who would «say it was a shameless wasting of the public ftinds. There would be wo men all over the country who would be telling one another that the commissioners were just wasting the borrowed mfiney something awful. Three Per Cent for Information But supposing that they should expend $20,000 learning of the ex perience of other states and counties with similar materials, similar cli mates and similar distances to haul materials; that would/ only be the cost of one mile of concrete road. It would only be expending $20 out of every $600, for absolute know ledge of how to expend the other $680 to ge certain desired results. Spoil One in Thirty "if the commissioners should rush around and build sixty miles of road and we should then find that two miles of it wsb a bad job and a mis take, but that the other fifty-eight miles was all right, people would be well satisfied. Sacrifice One in Three-Hundred This, then is the problem to which the commissioners should address themselves next, finding out what typp of read to build, , or what dif ferent* types for different localities in the county where materials differ. We fix the maximum limit at $20,000 and if they do not expend more than that in solving that problem, we shall bind this office not to complain. But we think one-tenth of that amount^wlll be sufficient. Certain it Is that the editor of this paper does not know how to built roads, and we have not found others in the county who could tell us. Sixteen-Thousand People Fussing If the 16,000 people in the county should put up a dollar apiece to have three men educated quickly so they oould safeguard the expenditure of our $600,000 in road building, we think it would be money well spent, and it Would be wisdom for all the other 16,997 of us to keep our hands off and let the commissioners attend to the job. We can probably make that dollar apiece minding our own business while the roads are being planned and built. Orpheum Theatre Monday-Tuesday Montague Love Friday-Saturday Jack Pickford in in "THE VARMINT »» THE GROUCH a Owen Johnson's great board ing school story. SENNETT COMEDY A vivid, unusual story played against a background of superb natural beauty. 'BATTLE ROYAL' PATHS NEWS SATURDAY MATINEE 2.80 Educate Three as Experts ' We hope the commissioners will get right out and attend to their education as to road building, and make it thoro. We hope the rest of us will show our good sense by go ing on with our work and voting for the bonds so the funds will be ready when spring opens. We Shall not Argue We are for the bonds. We have talked and shouted for proper cul verts and gravel roads, high-lines, dump carts and Goshen gravel till we had half the road overseers in the county cussing us in the open, but we were not doing that for fun. We were trying to get something started. Now we are going to soft pedal all those hobbies and stand back of the commissioners in what they do. We think they can ac complish more if the people leave them alone, not bothering them with a thousand and one petty contentions among ourselves. We think this is the year for all of us people to say to the commissioners, "Thy will, not mine, be done.'' SEWER ENGINEER RETURNS Louis C. Kelsey, the engineer who put in the Blackfoot sewer system, was here from Portland Wednesday. He is looking over the valley to see what new business he can find, and studying the effect of thp Dubois project. Mr. Kelsey is interested to see what Blackfoot will do about its .water system. He says he has re cently completed a sewer system at Ontario, Ore., and that the town was forced to action a year ago by hav ing forty-six cases 61 typhoid. He expects to be back in time to attend the reclamation congress at Poca tello Friday. Federal Building on the East Side Our Last Week's Suggestion Was Not Satisfactory With Everyone 'BOWLES CORNER DESIRED The people of Blackfoot are doing some thinking as to where the pros pective federal building should be located, and when we put it on the city hall block last issue it did not satisfy everybody. Some think it ought to be located on what is com monly called the Rowles corner at the corner of East Main and East Bridge, facing the railroad tracks. The lots there are 125 feet deep, and that gives the! required amount of ground In that dimension. The other dimension must-be 180 feet or more, according to Addison T. Smith, and there is only about eighty feet un less we can move the residence ot Maurice Watson, leaving everything dear from Bridge street to the Wat son garage, and probably Mr. Watson would willingly sit over that much. A good many folks would like to be able to run into the post offloe or the land offlse or the forestry office or the internal revenue collector's office right from their lawn or with out crossing the tracks. Of course the folks in the business district might complain if they had to cross the tracks to get to the federal build ing, but it is open season for shoot ing locations for the government building and we want to hear from all. Has anyone a choice not yet mentioned? Wire us! ASYLUM CONDITIONS SLOW TO IMPROVE Board of Directors Re sponsible for Much of the Trouble REPORT MADE TO OFFICIALS Matters at the Blackfoot asylum have been going from bad to worse lately, or else the disagreeable fea tures of conduct of the institution have come to light in a more pro nounced way recently. . . One year ago this week we an nounced that there was trouble at the asylum due to mismanagement, and we demanded the resignation of the board of directors and a gen eral clean-up of the personnel 6f the employees that were guilty of rough handling of patients. There was a change of medical superintendent, matron, supvervisor and some em ployees, but the same directors held their places. After exposing som'e of the harsh methods of the institution this paper challenged the governor to ignore our advice at the peril of having their guilt find them out. We took the view that no permanent good could be expected under the management of men employeed and kept in position by a guilty board of directors. An occasional scandal at the asylum marked the events of the year, and the governor himself dropped in at the grounds one day and is said to have found employees gambling on the lawn, nobody in the office, the medical superintend ent gone to North Idaho, and condi tions bad about the place. But to fire the management and directors would be acknowledging what a Re publican editor had said was true. He took the other horn of the dilemma and by his action proved what we had said about letting poli tics run the place wrong. The chairman of the board one year ago sought to excuse an out rage at the asylum by saying that 6Q per cent of the patients were vic tims of a certain disease that is not pleasant to mention or think of. We told the public that the board's own report said there werq only 8 per cent. Since that time they printed another report and it does not show that there is any of that trouble among the patients. Times seem to change, even tho the same patients remain. ^ We said last winter that patients were treated harshly, but the board denied that they were. Since that time they have not made acknow ledgment that they had learned their mistake, which indicates that they are dull students ,for it has been proven to the satisfaction of many others that they are treated brutally. If the dicectors have changed their minds about it they have not done this office the honor to make acknowledgment that we were rflght last winter. Some matters are pending in the courts just now and we shall not dis cuss them. Suffice it to say that this office knows there is abuse and mismanagement. When Dr. Jackson came last March to accept the position ot medical superintendent, we slxed him up and stated thru the paper that he was a pleasant genltman, but lacking in executive ability. A great many people agree with us now, and give reasons for thinking so. At this time we recommend the removal of the board .of directors consisting of S. L. Reece of Poca tello, L. E. Dillingham of Mackay and Mr. Thatcher of Rexburg. We recommend that there be ap pointed in their stead one farmer and stockman, who understands the management of the farm and who can direct the care and breeding of the flocks and herds so they will be a source of proflit to the institution rather than an expense bill; one man who is a merchant and qualified to be the purchasing agent; one man who is a successful business man and lawyer or well read in the law so he can be their legal adviser. These men should represent two political parties, three parties if a third one can be found without going into the ranks of the Bolshevlkl, and care should be taken to find men of high, clean character. We recommend that the medical superlntedent shall resign, and his place be filled by a man who has had experience in caring for the in sane, and who will get the best class of employees he can, preferably call ing them from among the young men and women of Idaho who will vol unteer for service and take the training for kindness and firmness in dealing with the insane. The rate of pay Bhould be raised so they can make as much money as in other vocations. This office has forwarded the above recommendations to the gov ernor and the state affairs commit tee, together with many facts about the conditions at the institution, not mentioned in .this article. We have expressed the hope that by following our recommendations, they would be able to lift the disgrace now rest ing'upon the state by reason of the mls-management from broad of di rectors down. BLACKFOOT MAN PUSHING PROJECTS Combining Efforts to Push World's Great est Project WILL MEET FRIDAY IN THE GATE CITY Blackfoot is going to send a team of about thirty of its substantial business men to the irrigation con gress to be held at the Gate City Fri da. They are bent on seizing the big opportunity that knocks at the door of the great Snake river valley in this the beginning of the greatest era of reclamation the world has ever seen. When Blackfoot with its modest, conservative citizenship wakes up and goes its full length on a prospect so big that it is be yond the comprehension of the aver age observer, its sister towns «atn afford to get into the procession, especially in view of the fact that the benefits are destined' to fall alike upon the just and the unjust all over the valley. The Dubois project with its extensions is attracting attention in many states already and not only statesmen and home seekers, but the captains of industry and commerce are taking notice of the movement and getting back of it with their in dividual helps. The following gentlemen from the Grove City will be in the Pocatello gathering: Neil F. Boyle of the Boyle Hard ware company, E. M. Kennedy, vice president of the First National bank, W. F. Berryman, cashier of the D. W. Standrod bqnk, M. M. Farmer, assistant cashier of the Blackfgot City bank, Nofear Davis, manager of the Blackfoot Mercantile company, F. A. Seegerr manager of the Seeger Bundlie company, Byrd Trego, editor of the Idaho Republican, J. H. Ander sen, of the law firm of Thomas & Andersep, Charles Harris, receiver and J. T. Carruth, register of the Blackfoot land office, J. A. Stewart, executive secretary of the Snake River Plains Development associa tion, John R. Jones, editor of the Bingham County News, W. B. Royse, manager of the Boise-Payette Lum ber company, C. B. Dalman of the Brown-Hart company, W. H. Stuf flebeam of the Bingham Abstract company, A. B. Stephens, mayor of Blackfoot, Hamilton Wright, city attorney, Councilmen W. A. Beakley, N. E. Montgomery, Ernest Pearson, Neil Boyle, County Commissioner R. G' Bills, L. M. Capps of the Black foot Milling company, E. T. Peck of the Brown-Eldridge Furniture com pany, M. J. Hammond ot the Delco Light company, J. H. Early of the Irrigated Lands company, O. Bu chanan, manager of the Yellowstone Motor company, Frank Knowlden, Frank Whitten and others. The men from towns up the val ley will leave Blackfoot at 10 o'clock, on No. 42, and leave Pocatello on 31, at 7 o'clock in the evening. It is expected that they will put in the day canvassing the situation now con fronting Idaho, and planning the ways to unite their energies to make the greatest move ever yet made for Irrigation by government loans and by combining the interests ot all the commercial enterprises far and near that would be stimulated by its ac complishment. The objective is to combine all irrigation projects into one great drive, political, lndusrlal and commercial, and from now on let it be said that Idaho asked for more than was ever asked before, pre sented a solid front in the asking, presented a solid front in its accom plishment, and set an example for co-operation and booster spirit never before witnessed in an irrigation en terprise. It means the creation of a new irrigated empire of three mil lion acres, more than doubling the irrgated area of the Snake river valley and multiplying its industries. + Repairing the Snake Rivfer Bridge John Beguin Making Repairs After Damage Done by Flood in June BLACKFOOT BRIDGE NOT GOOD John Beguin the bridge man is engaged in raising the parts of the steel bridge over Snake river that settled with the pier during the flood last June. One of the round posts or piers settled about six Inches and twisted two spans slightly, and the adjust ments are now In process. The wooden bridge that Mr. Be guin built across the Blackfoot river on the new road reaching the reser vation east of town needs adjust ments. Either the timbers have shrunk a great deal or the support ing rods were not made tight enough, and it all needs drawing together. A mechanical draftsman, who ex amined it closely last fall criticised the original design and says It Is not efficient. The editor of this paper doesn't know. INTERVIEW WITH DELEGATE FOR SNAKE RIVER PLAINS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION SOMETHING MAY BE DONE BY MARCH 4 J. H. Andersen Much Enthused Over Interest Shown by Men at Washington. Senator Dubois Working for Success of Project In an interview with Judge Ander sen regarding his trip to Washington in behalf of the Dubois'project with its extension, the judge said that on his arrival at Washington he found it difficult to get any place to stay and everything was very expensive indeed. He finally succeeded in get ting a room at a cost of $6.00 a day, and meals were so high it was a source of constant surprise and amusement to him. He says it costs as much to be in Washington a day as in one of our western towns for a week or more. Everybody he hired to do any clerical or other work charged him so much it seemed like paying two or three prices. Senator Dubois Working When he got the data together to present to the secretary of the in terior he succeeded in making an appointment with him thru the aid of Senator Dubois, wh<r was of in estimable value to. him in many re spects. The Senator is always in terested in anything affecting Idaho and this project with the extension is of special interest to Senator Du bois for three or four reasons. Is Interested in Idaho First because of its great value to ,the state because it is a department of the reclamation work that Du bois helped to originate. When he was in the senate, he and Mondell of Wyoming and about a.dozen others originated the reqlamation service, and the Blackfoot reservoir water ing the reservation and Pocatello, and the Dubois project are matters that Senator Dubois helped to start. Decided for Idaho There was a controversy at Washington as to whether the waters of Jackson Lake belonged to the state of Wyoming, because it was in Wyoming, or whether it belonged to Idaho because it drained into Idaho. Mondell of Wyoming contended that it should be used in Wyoming and Senator Dubois proposed that a con gressional committee should visit the head waters of the Snake and decide where the water belonged. When they got into the Jackson Hole coun try and saw the mountain barriers separating it from the agricultural lands of Wyoming, Mondell con ceeded that is was impossible to use it in his state and thereafter worked in harmony with Senator Dubois in making use of it in Idaho. Named for the Senator The surveys and construction work for the Jackson Lake reservoir fol lowed, %nd it was during the visit of this congressional committee to the upper Snake river valley that the Dubois project was born. As they looked over the Snake river plains and contemplated the vast water sup ply that would be Btored they con cluded that her| : whs the material for the greatest irrigation world, and preliminary surveys were ordered. The men of the party sug gested naming it for Senator Dubois because he had worked so much to secrue' recognition for reclamation and irrigation and to get a party to visit the upper Snake river valley. Season for Working is Ripe Work progressed on the Dubois project tor eight or nine years up to the opening of the war and it Is now in such a condition that construction work could soon be taken up. The ^ Facts Appeal Judge Andersen says that Senator Dubois' interest in the Dubois pro ject is very keen, and that because of his early^ssociatlon with it and be cause it means so much to his state —the state he has served during his whole political career—he is glad to do anything and everything he can for it. When he talks to officials in the reclamation service and the de partment of the interior he makes a very strong appeal by -presenting the facts, and then he adds to that his personal interest which always ap peals to his life-long political friends, now occupying commanding positions in the government. A Worthy Executive The Senator has his office in project in the BANKS CLOSED SATURDAY We wish to announce that Saturday ,Feb. 22, 1819, the banks of this city will be closed all day, it being Washington's birth day and a legal holiday. D. W. STANDROD * CO, BANKERS BLACKFOOT CITY BANK FIRST NATIONAL BANK Washington and a private secretary looking after the work of the board of o anyt the Dubois project without neglect ing his official duties he is glad to irdinance and distribution, and hng that the senator can do for do. Fine Spirit of Fellowship Judge Andersen said he had always know that legislation depended more upon the activities of men who were well acquainted with each other than upon the speeches made in congress, and on this trip that impressed him more than ever. The men of long acquaintance who meet and called each other by their first names and come into that clase touch that is notable among classmates and chums, really accomplished much in import ant things in legislation like this. While he was in Washington he learned of a delegation that was coming from Chicago to do some work in connection with the handl ing of the unemployeed, and he saw it would be very much to our inter est to have the delegation present some facts that would increase the apparent need for legislation favor able to our project, and he made a trip to Chicago, met his men, made arrangements he wished and went back to Washington. Few Idle .Weeks Mr. Andersen says there U some work to be done up to the fourth of March, and that Senator Dubois thinks he will be able to take care of the part that needs attention dur ing this Interval. Awaiting Approv&l of Appropriation BUI They secured the assurance from Secretary Lane that if Lane's meas ure appropriating one hundred mil lion dollars for irrigation and drain ange is approved, that the Dubois project and its extension will be thoroly investigaced. Secretary Lane's word is good and that leaves the mat ter depending entirely upon the suc cess of the appropriation. Expense of Trip On behalf of the people here who are interested with Judge Andersen in the work, and who are furnishing the funds to pay the expenses, we asked what was the expense ot the trip and he said about $900. It is likely there will be a meeting at the court house within the next Yew days and at that time Judge Andersen will give a report of the trip and at the same time a report will be made of what is done in Pocatello on Fri day, together with an outline of what will next be undertaken. It is al ready settled that if the appropria tion is not met in the present session the work will being anew on the first days ot the next session. + Sterling Soldiers Re turn to Their Homes Herman Tiechert and Gamptoa Got ining Arrive In Blackfoot Week needay, Looking Fine SEES SON FOR FIRST TIME Herman Telchert a Sterling boy, who has served as a soldier for Uncle Sam for many months, twelve of which was spent in France, returned to Blaokfoot Wednesday evening. Mrs. Telchert was expecting him some time this week and went to Pocatello Monday to meet him there. She didn't know definitely when he would arrive, but it was an alto gether happy meeting when he found her in a dentist's chair, unexpectedly. Mr. Tlechert is mighty proud of his little son, who was born to the Telchert family soon after Mr. Tiech ert landed in France. Mr. Telchert served as a forester. He was accompanied home by Campton Cutting, also a Sterling boy, who served in the Areo squadron in England.