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Potato Dealers o;
Idaho Falls Write
Their Sorting Views
Continued from page two
consumption. We were in the stress
of the war period, the food admin
istration reigned supreme and
great idea was the conservation
distribution of human food. An
telligent analysis of the rules cover
ing both of these grades will
vince any one that they are founded
on common sense and good judg
ment and are the result of good trade
.practices since the beginning of
industry. In fact, we are glad
say that the better class of Idaho
growers have always marketed really
better than U. S. No. 1 potatoes.
The best of the No. 2 potatoes have
always moved at a small reduction
in price from No. l's, but the poorer
grades are worth more fed to stock
on the farm than they are upon
market, excepting during periods
scarcity an<J high prices.
We do not believe that any
son after giving the matter mature
consideration, who having operated
either as grower or dealer, under
standard grading rules, could
driven back to operating under
old system, or rather lack of system,
In those days we purchased potatoes
from the growers as "good sound
merchantable stock" but no
knew just how to define this phrase,
If the market went up the growers
tendency was to crowd in most every
thing he had in his cellar. If
market went down the dealer wanted
them polished, perfect and grown
in a mold. There was no recognized
standard of criterion by which
putes could be settled and rights
defined. The confusion and difflcul
ties between the shipper here
the receiver at the other end was
even greater. Every shipper and
celver had his own ideas of what
"choice" potatoes were, and these
ideas were in many instances influ
enced very considerably by market
conditions, prevailing when cars
rived at destination. Our present
federal standard grading rules
away with all of these difficulties
and growers, shippers and receivers
make their orders and contracts read
U. S. No. 1 or No. 2, and know what
they are buying or selling.
We have investigated very care
fully certain statements that have
been made recently by parties oppos
ing the above grading rules, in which
they have alleged that the farmers
of this community are having
throw away 50 per cent of their crop
to make No. 1 grade. There may
isolated instances where scattering
growers have had the misfortune
raise such a poor crop of potatoes,
but we have not been able to find
the man who is proud enough of the
fact to admit it. We do know posi
tively, however, that the great ma
jority of the growers are not culling
out half of the above percentage,
We have the names and addresses
dozens of large growers whose cel
lars are sorting out less than 25 per
cent, and many of them are less .than
15 per cent. We must bear in mind
also that even these percentages are
based on potatoes in storage, field
run containing all the digger cuts
and small potatoes. These small po
tatoes are suitable for seed purposes,
and may later on be worth more
than No. 1 stock is at present. An
other consideration is that these
shrinkages, are coming only fijom
the Russet variety and still another
is that unseasonably warm weather
during the fall months was very un
favorable for proper keeping of
stored potatoes. We therefore are
convinced that the statements re
ferred to are a gross slander on the
fair reputation of the Idaho Falls
potato growers, and that if they are
persisted in they will soon have
decidedly deletorious effect on the
reputation and marketing of our
product. The great majority of our
growers are putting on the market
every day a superior, merchantable
No. 1 grade, the same as they have
always done, and we consider it poor
business judgment for any of us to
penalize this majority, by a desperate
effort to market a few poor rough
crops at prices above their real
Most of the Idaho dealers learned
by sad experience last fall that the
outside markets would not absorb
these rough, jelly-end russetts, at a
price that would much if any more
, than pay freight charges. In fact,
we have observed that our own local
trade in Idaho prefer the smooth
- well graded, plump end potatoes at
double the price; so what can we ex
pect from the consumers at the other
end after we add eighty cents to one
dollar per hundred freight charges?
With an active market and materl
ally higher prices, these conditions
may change, and we sincerely hope
they do. In any event, however,
tere is nothing in the world to pre
vent any dealer or grower from put
ting on the market every sound po
tato he has, or any combination
grade of No. 1 and No. 2 potatoes
that his heart or fancy desires. , The
competitive markets of the nation
are open to you.
In conclusion we wish to correct
certain statements that have been
made regarding the operation of the
present system of Idaho state Inspec
tion. Our prejudices have been ap
pealed to by representations that our
inspectors were a species of para
site, being supported by the Idaho
farmers by way of added taxation.
We want to state once and for all,
f that the tax payers of Idaho have
never contributed one dollar toward
the support of our Inspection system,
The dealers of the state pay a fee
of $2.50 per car, and the service is
and has always been self support
ing. We do not know of any legiti
mate dealers who has ever passed
this charge on to the grower either
directly or indirectly. In many in
stances we are able to pass this
charge on to the buyer of the car
at the other end, who is willing to
pay this much premium to be as
sured that he is getting a car of
U. S. No. 1 potatoes. Otherwise we
consider it as part of the expenses
of doing business, and feel that it is
■ best investment we have ever
Practically every wire inquiry that
omes into the state regarding po
atoes specifies U. S. No. 1 quality,
md ail of our quotations are based
>n this grade as a standard. Our
laily sales are made on this basis and
A large number of our customers in
jjgt upon the grade certificate. We
are selling more and mor„ ears F.C.
Idaho each year, as the outside
trade requires confidence in the ef
fleiency and correctness of our grad
ing certificates, and hundreds of
ars have been sold durlng the pa8t
few months, on this basis to receivers
tn eastern and California cities, with
wbom we as dealers were only
s u S htly acquainted, on the sole basis
of our state grading certificates. At
f be present time practically all of
( be ba n k guarantees wired into the
8tate covering purchases of potatoes,
specify that payment is guaranteed
only when lading and inspection cer
tificates are attached to our drafts,
This means quicker returns, broader
demand and wider distribution of
Idaho potatoes; and these in turn
spell more stable local markets,
heavier purchases and higher prices,
Qur state lhw provides that these
inspection certificates shall be re
C eived in the courts of the state as
p r i ma facie evidence of the correct
ness of the statements thereon, and
any on e who has had experience with
railroad claims will realize some
thing of tbe va j ue ot these ce rtifi
cates when it comes to filing claims
against the carriers for damage due
to freezing or other hazards of tran
s it, ( These and other advantages
that might be enumerated explain
wby that over 95 per cent of the
shippers of the state avail themselves
0 f the state inspection service, under
a voluntary system.
Another very important feature
not mentioned above is the vital im
portance to the industry of our in
S p e ction service with respect to the
alfalfa weevil quarantine laws of the
s t a te of California. This state has
very seriously considered an abso
i u te quarantine against Idaho po
tatoes, and we positively know that
the only thing preventing this action
j s the f a ltli their officials have in,
our excellent inspection system, and,
the co-operation they have been re
ceivlng from the department of ag-;
riculture at Boise. We doubt if the;
Idaho growers recognize the import
ance of the California markets for
our potatoes. In passing we will
state that at the present writing
they mean twenty-five cents per
hundred weight premium over east
ern markets, or one hundred dollars
per car on every carload of russetts
in the state. Figure it out for your
Summing up we may state without
fear, of intelligent contradiction,
that the fruit and produce trade all
over the United States, are demand
ing a uniform standard quality and
pack of whatever product is offered
for sale; and experience has shown
that no given standard can be main
tained without some sort of inspec
tion under universally accepted
grading rules, by licensed inspectors
with either state or federal authority
behind them. Practically every po
tato growing state in the union has
laws providing for state-wide inspec
tion, and the question is put square
up to us as growers and dealers of
the state of Idaho, whether we, who
were among the very first, shall
"carry on"' at the head of the pro
cession, or whether we shall step
aside and "let the rest of the world
go by."

4 ,
Charles Packham, Olie Yancey,
Elmer Blood, Arthur Manwaring,
Joseph Jensen, Andren Jensen, Sr.,
Samuel Seamons, J. A. Mangum and
Elijah Bingham were Blackfoot
visitors Saturday,
There will be a meeting of the
Parent-teachers association at Grove
la » d °« Friday evening, the third of
February, and a dance afterwards,
Th e Groveland freshmen and the
Blackfoot freshmen played basket
t>all Friday evening at Blackfoot and
Groveland won by a score of sixteen
to fourteen.
Another game between the seniors
resulted in a victory for Blackfoot.
The parents and teachers will
£ive a dance in the gym Friday night,
A program will be given and re
freshments served,
The sacrament meeting was held
the L. D - S. church Sunday at 2
The relief society met Thursday
afternoon at 2 o'clock,
Mrs. Alice Yancey, Charles Pack
ham and wife, and M. W. Van Seters
and wife attended the funeral Sun
da y °f Mrs. Malcom, which was held
* n the tabernacle In Blackfoot.
Mrs. Nels Johnson has been quite
and ^ er baby has had tonsilitis.
At this writing they are both re
Vern Reynolds, who has been very
sick wlth inflamatory rheumatism, is
improving in health
Last Wednesday after school there
was a basketball game in the gym
between the Blackfoot and Grove
land teams, the score being twenty
tw ° to twelve ln * a Y° r , of Groveland.
Ml \. , and Mrs - c Jl arle f Packham,
Mrs- Alice Yancey, Mrs. Arthur Man
waring a " d M / s - Johnathan Hale at
*f, nd f d the industrial institute in
Blackfoot Wednesday. l
Mrs. George Schumaker received
word Monday that a seven pound
boy arrived at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. M. S. Wright in Ogden
D. V. Archbold of the Mackay!bank
bank made a business trip to Black- :
foot the last of the week.
Mrs. Alonzo iFullmer, of Rigby,
who has been visiting her daughter,
Mrs. James Larsen has returned
Orson Hickenlooper and family
are in quarantine again for chicken
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Packham
and Mrs. Alice Yancey attended the
relief society stake meeting Satur
| f®funa™ on fn
Bimini ml fonowin/llnnif
® h °*' 3 J 1 nE'
!t 0 discovered in the Gate City,
I Probate Judge William A. Hyde
this morning submitted the follow
in S story which is of especial inter
es t to Pocatello business men:
yourselves as the aids of young boys
in the city in the art of forgery.
That statement may seem to be
cold one, but see if what I have said
j ts not true,
banking and check writing,
book beirig lost or taken by a teacher
another one is obtained by a corn
panion of the same size and age, and
their studies '*■ are resumed. They
put their knowledge together and
discover how to write a check. Then
they try passing a small one, get
a ten cent article and get ninety
cents back in change. Then the
vistas of a fortunq open up before
these embryonic financiers, and they
settle down to work. , Seated at a
table in the public library, they care
fully draw the checks, and first one
little boy and then another is given
a commission for passing them. The
proceeds are spent in shows, candy
Small Boys in City of
Pocatello Have
Passed Checks
Business men and bankers as well
It is no doubt without your knowl
edge and consent that a number of
you have unwittingly constituted
A boy so small that his head
scarcely comes to the bank window,
presents himself and asks for a
check hook,
want," asks the smiling teller, and
being informed that it is the kind
with the stiff black covers, hands
one over without a word of question
as to the child's bank account, or as
to what his name, or the name of
his father is. The boy plays with it
in school and other boys see It, and
they study over the mysteries of
"What kind do you
and sports, a little of it being re
ported to the parents as money re
ceived for work.
Some of the merchants refuse the
checks by kindly saying that they
have not the money to cash them,
but generally if an article, however
small is purchased, there is little
question except to ask for the ad
dress of the boy, which he has
learned to give falsely. Then the
police, the probation officer and the
dectlve agency are called in to work
their heads off to find the kid and
get back the two or three dollars
that are lost. It seems to me that
if professional crooks knew what
easy picking Pocatello is that some
time they would come here, and
leave nothing in some of the stores
except the fixtures. The worst fea
The state of Idaho has just re
ceived the sum of $28,050 from the
National Security company and $ 5 ,
goo f rom t he Fidelity and Deposit
company of Baltimore, covering the
08ses of three 8tate banka ln whlch
state fundg were dep 0 sited. These
three banks were the Blaine County
National bank of Hailey, the State
bank of Idaho Falls and the Citizens .
a te bank of Buhl. Interest for the
agt quar t er of 1921 and for the first
twelve days in 1922 was also paid
the bonding companies
There was $11,600 en deposit in
the Hailey bank at the time of its
closing: $13,6'"' ;n the T *~ho Falls
and $13,500 in the hi bank
'''he state will no* lost a cent on
ture, however, is that we are train
ing a lot of boys in criminality.
I think that business men ought
to remember that small boys are not
often entrusted with checks by their
parents, and that, with few excep
tions, they have no checking accounts
of their own, and that ordinarily
little boy could not be expected to be
handling funds in that way. Know
ing these things, when a boy presents
a check, call up his parents if they
have a phone, or the bank if during
banking hours. If the boys shows
fear at this proposal, or you learn
that he is really passing a had check,
hold him until you learn his right
name and address, and then give
this office the information and we
will attend to the correction. Nine
times out of ten it is not a criminal
you are dealing with, and in many
instances it is a child who does not
know that what he Is doing is wrong.
Yesterday we had thirteen checks
aggregating about $40 written and
passed by four boys. A small por
tion of the money we could recover,
hut one boy is the son of a widow
who is at present without means,
and the other principal is the son
of a man out of work. They will
refund this money as soon as they
can. In the meantime the industrial
school Is not the proper place for
these hoys. Four days were spent
in running down the forgeries and
with the fright the boys have re
ceived they are probably cured. Let
the business men show ordinary
business prudence, and we won't
have so much trouble in the future.
The parents should remember, also,
that their children should be sternly
warned not to use the family check
book. If the boys of the city know
that a check In their hands without
proper explanation as to its origin,
is of itself a suspicious circumstance,
they will cease these practices.
It may be the custom of banks to
pass out checkbooks to any applicant,
but it would seem that there should
be a limit placed at the small, un
identified boy.
The names of the boys ln yester
day's investigation are withheld from
the public, for the same reason that
we withhold the names of the mer
chants and the bank that favored
them. If we publish one set of
names we shall publish the other.
the closing of these banks.
Last Friday night a Jolly crowd
met at the home of the bishop and
spent a pleasant evening in games
and story telling. A nice luncheon
was served at a late hour.
Monday night seventeen couples
met at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
John Bltton, Jr., and surprised
them. Games were played and
a late hour refreshments were
A basket ball game was played
Monday night in the school building
between the Groveland and River
side girl's teams. The score was
eleven to ten in favor of Groveland.
A game was also played between the
boys senior teams, resulting in
score of forty-three to thirty-four in
favor of Riverside.
The Idaho Republican has been re
quested to announce that all high
school students in this territory are
eligible for the prize play-writing
contest, conducted by the Dramatic
club of Gooding college, which Is
com' osed of members, chosen from
the department of expression.
This contest has grown out of the
conviction that there is much latent
talent in our high schools which, if
discovered and developed, yviil lead
to the betterment of the American
The plan provides a list of prizes
to be given for the best one-act plays
written by high school students. The
rules of the contest permit any stu
dent of any high school to compete.
There are no limitations upon the
plays as to type'or length, provided
they are suitable for one-het produc
The first prize will be $25; the
second $15; the third $10 and the
fourth $5. All plays sent In will he
read by competent judges, who will
name the winners. The manuscripts
must be in the hands of the judges
by April 1 and, after the awarding
of the prizes, will become the*prop
erty of the dramatic club.
Further instructions concerning
the contest may be obtained from
Esther Hope Jacoby, dramatic di
rector, Gooding, Idaho.
4 *
The U. S. civil service commission
announces an open competitive ex
amination to secure eligibles to fill
vacancies in the position of labora
tory attendant thruout the eleventh
United States civil service district,
at $750 to $1200 per annum, in the
United States public health service.
Receipt of applications to close on
February 18, 1922.
For further information and appli
cation blank apply to the local sec
retary, board of civil service examin
ers, this city, or to the secretary,
eleventh U. S. civil service district,
303 Post Office building, Seattle,
Mrs. O. W. Peterson entertained
a number of her friends at quilting
at her home at Riverside, Monday
afternoon. Seven guests were pres
ent. After completing the quit a
delicious hot chicken dinner was
served. All present reported a very
enjoyable time.
Walker Rich of Blackfoot bought
two pure bred Duroc Jersey sows
and one gilt at the stock show at
Idaho Falls last Friday; D. F. Fink
bought two sows at a cost of $55
and $50.
McDonald ville

Mr. and Mrs. Orsen Nelson gave
a party at their home last Friday
evening. There was a large number
in attendance. Lunch was served
and a good time was reported by all.
Miss Winkler, who is teaching
school at Firth, spent the week-end
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
R. H. Hofhine just returned from
Salt Lake, where he was called on
account of the illness of his mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Julius Hunzeker and
family made a business trip to Po
catello last Saturday.
Mrs. Nellie Orchard and little son
visited with Mrs. Orchard's parents
Mr. and Mrs. nofhlne last week.
Mrs. Nora Hammond is staying
with her son, Sam Hammond, at the
present. She is keeping house for
him and caring for his children.
Mr. and Mrs. William Findlay of
Blackfoot spent a few days last week
with Mr. rindlay's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Findlay.
Cleamond Kinney, who has been
sick for three weeks, was able to re
turn to school Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Anderson made
a trip to Rigby last week and while
there they visited relatives.
Elmer Jolley and family spent a
few days of last week In Firth visit
ing relatives.

E. P. Ward was In town the first
of the week.
Mable Mocre was in Blackfoot last
A very quiet wedding occured here
last Thursday evening when L. F.
Freeman and Lottie Crofts were
united in marriage by Bishop Wil
liam Dye.
D. N. Johnson was a Blackfoot
visitor last Thursday.
Miss Cleo Robinson is ill after
her cold trip with the ninth grade
team to Groveland last Wednesday.
Joseph Dye was in Idaho Falls last
R. T. Quinn made a business trip
Idaho Falls last Thursdov
The T adles' Aid society met Thurs
I Programme, Week Commencing )
Saturday, January 28
Saturday Only—2 to 11.30 p.m.
Wm. Fairbanks in
Absolutely just released—Also
Adventures of Tarzan
and Comedy
A unique setting—the romatic St. Law
rence River country; a brilliant cast—Rose
Dione, Tully Marshall, Pauline Starke and
others—these make this picture a big. pro
duction all will want to
Russell Orchestra
In Special Musical
Wm. Russell in the
Thursday Evening
Dr. Greggerson—Free Lecture
day with Mrs. Hoff. There was
large attendance. The former
ficers were re-elected. Mrs. Mar
rion became a member. The next
meeting will be held at the home
of Mrs. Robblnson with Mrs. Robin
son and Mrs. Smans as hostesses.
The basket ball game between
Firth and Blackfoot was an easy vic
tory for the BlackfoCtf team, the
score being fifty-three to fourteen.
,. „ , . . . , ,, ,,
Mrs. Rumkey entertained the high
school teachers one evening last)
Mr. and Mrs. Farmer entertained
the young people at cards last Fri
day evening.
The Misses Lieper, Bloomquist
and Hall dined at the Mannion home
last Wednesday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor entertained
at cards Thursday night. Mrs. Boll
ing wen the highest score. Refresh
ments and music were greatly en
The Misses Zeta and Stella Boyle.
Dora Hilliard and Georgia Archer
attended the basket ball game at
Firth last Friday night and spent the
week-end with Miss Letha Shockey.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ramsey were
Firth visitors Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Foster enter
tained E$.me qf their friends one
evening recently.
Milton Barnett is employed tem
porarily by the Boyle-Slayton hard
Reverend Peterson was in Idaho
Falls on business Monday.
Mrs. L. Hurt made a trip to Idaho
Falls Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Christensen
returned from Pocatello Monday,
Mid-Winter Excursion
January 31st,
Limit April 1st
Old time
Round Trip
Fare of
$ 56.95
Ao war tax
Proportionately low fares
from other
Ask Local Agent
Union Pacific System
for further details.
where Mr. Christensen has been em
ployed at the O. S. L. depot.
Doyle and Clint Jensen and J. H.
Berg were Blackfoot visitors Tues
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Cork was in
Idaho Falls Friday.
Mrs. G. G. Graham and her mother
Mrs. J. Ricks of Rexburg spent Sun
day and Monday with Eva Dye.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Vaughn were
j n town Saturday
Earl McCurdy of Pocatello was
in -tqwn Friday.
Mable Moore made a business trip
to Blackfoot Saturday.
Mark Farmer was in Blackfoot
Monday on business and to hear
Governor Davis speak.
Word has just been received from
Mr. James Dye that he is greatly
improved. Mr. Dye is in Salt Lake
taking electric treatments for his
arm, which he broke while working
for the sugar company.
Seed Potatoes
For Sale
Two carloads of IRISH COB
BLERS that will Mature for
Market in August.
Phone 400J1
Blackfoot R.F.D. 2 Riverside

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