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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. VI. NO. 45 New Homes On Fechter & Rudkin Land Big Hay Ranch Subdivided Into Small Farms Tor Fruit and Vegetable Growing. The tendency in all irrigated sec tions to cut up land into small hold ings for intensive fanning has a striking local example in the Fecht er & Rudkin ranch east of town. Last season and before this entire ranch of more than 200 acres had been in alfalfa and hay had made the owners money, but having de cided to take a large interest in the Kiona Developement Co., they plat ted the hay ranch into five and ten acre tracts which have practically all been sold. W. H. Durham of Tekoa purchased the ten acre tract on which were located, the fore man's residence and ranch build ings. Already Rev. Tresenriter, George Hills and F. W. Ethredge have built homes. We call to mind the names of Win. Kammeyer, Captain Brown, of Trcoma, and H. W. Desgranges, as purchasers who will put up houses on their tracts this season. The alfalfa is being plowed nnder and its roots will add to the humus of the soil and make it suitable for the vegetable crops. For this season crop most of this land will be put in early potatoes. The planting will be done early next month. Under the favorable conditions here existing by reason of previous culti vation the growers should duplicate the trick of many a Yakima Valley rancher who pays for h!s land with the first year's crop. The final result will be that twelve or fifteen families will live in prosperity on this third of a section of land having all of the advantages of farm life, mail delivery, telephone and social contact without any of the disadvantages. Small Small farms and a dense farming population are advantageous, not only to the farmers but to the entire valley. It makes possible better roads, better schools and a higher standard of education, better institu tions, and a more enjoyable com munity life than elsewhere. Preachers Make Good at Farming. In a special article from its North Yakima correspondent under the the above caption, the Seattle Post- Intelligencer has the following ap preciation of Rev. and Mrs. Bartlet: Rev. H. M. Bartlett, formely rector of St. Michael's Episcopal church at North Yakima, left North Yakima four years ago for Kenne wick, where he has bought land and set out an orchard. This year the orchard will come into bearing, and if the past year is any criterion for the future, the returns should well reward his four year' 3 hard work. Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett are both of unusual culture and taste, and their North Yakima home was among the nnst artistically furnished in the city. Mr 3. Bartlett has done some extensive European traveling, and souvenirs of her trips add to the interest and attractiveness of her home. Louis Quinze treasures and Florentine mosaics hidden away in a little house in the sage brush are among the incongruties of the Northwest. Another example of the text is Hon. Lee A. Johnson, father of Mayor L. E. Johnson, of whom the article says: Probably the best known ex minister of the valley is Lee A. Johnson of Sunnyside, who has represcnte 1 his district in the legis lature for several terms. Mr. John son was a Methodist minister. Re cognizing the possibilities of the OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE CITY AND COUNTY. irrigated country, he was shrewd enough to buy land in the early lays of the Sunnyside boom, and is now a man of wealth and of more than local influence. Still another example who is well known here on account of frequent visits to his sons, John and Marvin, is the Rev. Jesse Thornton, a form er Baptist minister. "With him it is bees which make his living. The willing little workers have a large family to support, too, in his case. Mr. Thornton says they are good for it if you know how to treat them. He has a number of colonies of his own, and rents colonies of neighbor ing orchardists. He at one time held the position of state bee inspec tor in Oregon. Both Mr. and Mrs. Thornton are enthusiastic members of the State Bee Keepers' Associa tion . Reverends, A. 11. Henry, Method ist; H . P. James, Congregationalist, J. M. Thompson, Presbyterian, of Fruitvale; S. J. Harrison, Dunkard, of Sunnyside, are also named in the article as former Yakima Valley divines now engaged in successful agriculture. To Get At Value of Railroads. Possibly a provision for the physical valuation" of railroad properties may be tacked on as an amendment to the Aldrieh Currency Bill. The two subjects are not so far apart as might be imagined at first glance. The Aldrieh Bill pro vides for the issue of additional bank notes based on the value of railroad bonds, among other bonds, deposit ed as security with the government. It is held that it would not be fair to allow an issue of notes up to 75 per cent of the market value of the bonds, as provided for in the bill, without ascertaining as near as possible the exact value of railroad property represented by the bonds. The same effort for a physical valua tion of railroad property was made when the recent rate law was pass ed. Senator LaFollette of Wiscon sin was the father of the measure and it was warmly approved by the President, but it was fought by the railroad interests and finally knock ed out. Now Senator LaFollette is pressing the bill again and there is some chance though not very much of its being added to the Currency Bill as an amendment providing that railroad bonds shall not be ac cepted as security for note issues till the actual value of the property against which they are issued has been ascertained. The President is said to be in favor of this addition to the bill and there are several of the Republican senators who also will back it. There is little question that such amendment will have the support of the Democratic side of the House and possibly of the Sen ate as well. The minority is fighting what it recognizes is a losing fight against the Aldrieh bill. It was attacked again this week by Senator Clay of Georgia who pointed out that same fault that has been found in it by other speakers, that it practically surrendered the money issuing power of the government to a few corporations and financiers who would be able to expand or contract the currency almost at will. Senat or Clay declared that all of the money issued by the national gov ernment was fiat money with the exception of the gold certificates. He said that it was just as good as gold because the guarantee of the government was behind it and it would continue to be good as long as the government was solvent. He favored the minority plan of issuing $500,000,000 of straight Treasury notes to be used by the government in paying its running expenses, be ing allowed thus to find their way I into the channels of trade. The scheme is not much more scientific than that of the Aldrieh bill itself, though it at least has the advantage ,of not being so easily manipulated in the interests of high financiers. KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1908 The School Caucus Recommends the Kindergarten. The school caucus held last Sat urday afternoon at the new school house brought out between 40 and 50 voters. Don F. Cresswell was made chairman, and attorney H. H. Humphrey, secretary. The fol lowing names were placed before the caucus and on the ballot being tak en received the number of votes set opposite their names: G. F. Richardson 24 J. Kelly DePriest 21 S. T. Laird 17 W. S. Haxton 16 H. D. Sweet 13 James Johnston 11 C. A. Lundy 10 W. S. Maddrey 8 In accordance with the motion previously adopted that the three receiving the highest number ol votes should be the nominees of the caucus; G. F. Richardson, J. K. DePriest and S. T. Laird were de clared the nominees by the Chair man. Chairman Cresswell then stated that the question of establishing a kindergarten department had been up for consideration by the old board and because there was a large representation of patrons present he would call the question up for dis- j cussion. Mr. Frank Kelly who has had many years of experience on school boards and in districts where the kindergarten is a regular depart ment was called on by the chairman. 1 Mr. Kelly strongly favored the es tablishment of a kindergarten. If once put in the schools he would guarantee it would become a per manent feature of the Kennewick schools. In the east where he had been director, the particular ward he represented, was most pronounc- > ed in opposition to the introduction I of the kindergarten; Mr. Kelly took! the position with his constituents that a trial should be made and I then if it was found unsatisfactory, J the department could be discontinu ed at the end of the year- But long before the year was up the opposers had bccome the warm friends of the kindergarten. On account of this experience Mr. Kelly said he would guarantee that if once adopted, the! kindergarten wonld bccome a per manent department of our public schools. The kindergarten enabled the child to accomplish so much more throughout the entire school period. The kindergarten work gave tone and enthusiasm to the school life of the pupil. The expense of establishing a kindergarten was | not large. The equipment for the music and other paraphrenalianeed not require a heavy expense at all. The benefits would be greater in proportion to cost than any other department. He hoped the meet ing would take action looking to the authorization of a kindergarten. Superintendent Nelson also spoke, pointing out that the additional expense would be slight. A kinder garten teacher we already have in the corp and her services can easily be secured. In order to have the best H 'heols —schools such as we should have we must have the kin dergarten. .J. Sercombe had only one objection to mention and that was that all the money raised by a levy as high as the law would permit would hardly furnish funds to carry on the schools as at present and pro vide the room needed for the rapid ly increasing school population. The board were most familiar with the financial situation of the district and knowing the exact status of affairs might not be willing to put in the new department in the im mediate future. Attorney Humph rey also advocated the new depart ment in a few words and concluded by making a motion that it was the sense of this meeting that the new board at its early convenience take steps to establish a kindergarten de j partment in our schools. The mo j tion carried without dissenting vote. ) Adjourned. Mr. and Mrs. Wiegel Entertain. Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Wiegel on Kennewick Avenue, a very pleasant eveuiug was spent by seven teen couples. Five Hundred was the special amusement until half past eleven, when a most enjoyable lunchean was served by the hostess The room was then re arranged and dancing enjoyed by the young prople. The ladles' prl2e was won by Miss Jackson and the lucky man turned out to be Mr. Crowell, and he was awarded a very appropriate picture. The affair was voted by the different guests to have been one of the most enjoyable and successful of the seasou. Market Report. Still the conditions are ideal for fruit crop the cool nights and not too warm days have a tendency to hold back our fruit tree buds. With a few more weeks of this weather we can look for spring in earnest and the valley will be ready to harvest one of the big crops they tell about In the olden times. I,arge movement of Seeds and Feeus to use In spring seeding marks the already forward movement of that season. Wheat selling showing about 75 cents for No. 7 Blue stem. All other seed grains, barley, rye and oats are strong demand, increasing. Hay markets continues to be rather dull, bring as low as $10.00 to the grower and some case less Wheat hay $15 00 barley hay $16 00, wild hay $15.00. Ail feeds such as rolled barley selling at $33.00 per ton. Butter remains good at 25 to 30 cents; creamery 40 cents per lb. Eggs have taken a little decline, 20 cents lower in Yakima and all other points. Root vegtables selling at $1.00 per sack, some 81.25: potatoes jobbing at $18 00 per ton. Heed potatoes demand good price; going up. Poultry good demand; hens 12 cents lb. springers last year 11 cents per lb. meat prices about same this week. No decline looked for in the feed market owing to the fact that large lots will not be used for spring work. Soon be look lug for early vegtab les. Corrected weekly by the Chas. H. Collins Co. Dealers iu Feeds, Seeds and Farm Products. MEN'S STYLISH SPRING SUITS """IK CPRIMP PI nTUIMP In the last ten days we ornmll ULUmINU have received two large shipments of our Spring Clothing for Men, and we - are delighted with every suit. Never have we shown so handsome a line of Spring Clothing as we have ready now for your inspection. They are from ftri&ly newest QPQIIJP PTVI [0 weaves in clothandmade Ul nlllu u I TLtv up in the mo£t popular Spring styles. The workmanship is of the of pure worsted and every suit we guarantee to hold its shape well and give satisfdion. The prominent colors are browns, blues, grays and fancy worsteds. We also have a swell line of single and double breasted blacks. onnillO nniOTO 34t044. $12.50t027.50 ornlNb rnlbto H. M.Ashbaugh Co. for the for the crd.n Kennewick's Leading Store scna,#r Hat Trousers WE SELL FOR CASH ONLY — AND FOR LESS LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION ELECTRIC LINE TO KENNEWICK Cascade Construction Company Re ceives Proposition to Build. Local business men are interested in a report brought here by Engineer Haynes of the Hanford Irrigation project that an electric line is to be constructed from Hanford to this city within the next 00 days, j The Cascade Construction com pany this week completed the pump ing plant for the Hanford company Jat Coyote rapids, and was ready to move, when it was suggested that the company build the line to Ken newick before leaving the country. I Superintendent Rogers of the con struction company agreed to build j the grade and lay the rails within 60 days and furnish a bond for the completion of the work within the stipulated time, the Hanford people to build the bridge across the Yaki ma river.- Review. Consumption Ravages Native Alaskans- The report rendered this week as to the physical condition of the natives of Alaska is the work of the medical bureau of the army and states that the ravages of consump tion are more pronounced among the natives of Alaska than in any other part of the country. The con ditions for the propagation and spread of the disease in the native huts is almost ideal and while white men living under sanitary condi tions are remarkably healthy in this cold region, the physical de terioration of the natives is marked and alarming. FINLEY. Mr. Davis the owner of the Van Holderbeck fruit ranch in building a. dwelling house and his son-ln-law will occupy it aud will look after the orchard. Six oteight carpenters are at work on the depot here. Work has beeu delayed on account of tlie lumber needed. A house for the sectiou men has beeu completed. Rev. Wood ami-Dry are holding meetings al the school house this week. Llovd Simmons, and the pupils of the Bth grade had their photos takeu last Saturday iu Keunpwick. Bill Roberts, foreman in the yards here, and all the laborers have taken their departure for new fields. WHOLE NUMBER 305 If there Ih such a thing as freezing out consumption, Mr. Ireland who pitched h|s tent on the banks of tl e Columbia last fall, will surely do It. I)h.vs when the h'hhther Ih not too cold he will walk down to the river, shed his linen nnd plunge In. It Ik sa Id that he sleeps with Ills lifHil out side the tent at night, has no fire day or night. He ban trained about, twenty-five pounds this winter and does not look like a nick man. Miss lei Barton met with quite an accident last Friday. She was look ing after her homestead in Horse Heaven, and while driving through a urate the team became frightened throwing her over the dash board. Both wheels of the buggy ran over li»-r but she managed to hold on to the lines till her escort could stop the team. She was not badly hurt but badly frightened, we Imagine Kiona. (From the Enterprise) • Mrs. C. B. Qulllen took her little niece. Ara Showalter. to Moscow, Idaho on Thursday where the child's uncle will meet her, having made ar rangements to adopt the little girl. Mrs. Quillen received a telegram while at the Plinmlck-Normnii wed ding and made a flying trip of 24 miles In two hours and a quarter to Kennewlck, where she caught No 4. Mrs. (Julllcn expects to be back lu Kiona Sunday night. .1. L. Hodges visited his Horse Heaven ranch this week and report* that all the farmers in that vicinity are hard at work seeding or prepar ing their flehls for that work. The The ground Is dry on top and wltent growers fear that there may in t i»e as much moisture as usual this spring and are therefore eager t,« get their crops In early, so that when when the spring rains do come the wheat will be ready for them. John J Hudkln of North Yakima, a stockholder In the Kiona Develop ment Co., was here Wednesday ac companied by All>ert Kaylor of Seattle, <J E Hanson of Kennewlck and another gentleman whose name we did not learn They, together with Manager M A Mcßean, drove out to the company's holdings In the valley. The 300 acre tract of land owned by the company Is being plat ted Into ten-acre lots. Mrs. W. M. Scott returned home on Friday night of last week from a vfslt to her old home In lowa. E A Grav. who is the new proprie tor of the Kiona Livery Barn, has ta ken possession of the business. C B Qulllen returned Wednesday morning from North Yakima, where he went as a witness In the McKevltt contest case before the land office officials.