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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
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
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
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.
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
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
Corrected weekly by the Chas. H.
Collins Co. Dealers iu Feeds, Seeds
and Farm Products.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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

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