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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. VII. NO. 34 PRACTICAL WORKING OF NEW ROAD LAW Careful Address of Highway Commis sioner Snow Delivered at the Good Roads Meeting Mr. Chairman an J Gentlemen. Hefort, entering upon a discussion of the practical workings of the Staie Road laws. I wish to call your at tention to the roads located upon the map which you see hanging here, the location being designated by broken or solid brown and red lines, and what will appeur to you to b< green dots. The solid brown lines and the solid red lines represent the State Roads which have actually been estab ished by the legislature and have been surveyed. There is a total length of surveyed State Road of 1,081.6 miles: unsurveyed 48 m les approximately, making a total length of established State Roads of 1.129 miles. The estimated cost of building the entire nvleage of State Road already designated by legsla t've act wili be approximately $4,- S'nce tho organization of tho Highway Department, 1,081 miles of surveys have been made, and 146.2 miles of first-class road has been completed In addition to this completed work, there has been 35.7 miles of clearing and grubbing completed through the heavy timber in Chehalis, Clallam, King and Che lan counties, this being now readj for grading. The total cost of the location, surveys, construction work and superintendence is $334,000 to date. This expenditure covers a per iod beginning April 1, 1905, and end ing at the present time. In addi tion to the State Roads mentioned there has been actually constructed during the past fourteen months 40.C miles of improved highway under the State Aid Road law. These roads have been laid out to the number of thirty-six, and are located in thircv counties of the state. The cost of the State Aid roads completed Sad those roads under contract nearing completion is approximately $232,- 700, making a grand total spent on engineering and construction on State roads and State Aid Roadn April 1, 1905, of $566,700. The counties interested have paid on State Roads, in addition to a large amount of extra work which they have done, the sum of $51,079 and have paid or will pay on the State Aid Roads mentioned one-half of the cost, of the same, or approximately $116,350. The city of Aberdeen has paid as its share of the construc tion of a highway leading into their town from the east, the sum of $19,- 144. It will, therefore, be seen tha> Ihe state has contributed in building and improvement of roads in the past four years the sum of $880,- IS7, while the counties and the city of Aberdeen have contributed $130,- fi73, and further, that an expendi ture by the ctate of $4,500,000 on State Roads is contemplated under the existing laws. I have quoted this data !n order that you may re alize the extent of the work actually proiected, and that having realiz ed the exact condition of affairs you may be guided in planning fu ture road improvements, and per haps asicing l'or the discontinuance or temporary abandonment of some of tho projects now in hand. Before leaving this map, I will call your at tention to the dotted brown lines thereon, which represent several hun dreci miles of proposed Slate Road, much of which involves very expen sive construction. Consider well, gentlemen, what you are going to ask in the way of new road construction, and further consider where the funds are to eonif from. You must abandon some o the proposed projects or raise the highway levy. Which will you do" 1 Personally, T am in favor of rais ing the levy and building the mos important roads as rapidly as phyu cal conditions will permit. There are three trans-mountain roads pro jectcd which are of vital important to of Washington, all of which* ould he extended beyonu their present limits. Notably: State Tload Xo. 7. known as the Snoqualmi Pass road, which begins at the North Bend in King county and ends at Faston in Kittitas county. This road fchould be "xteinled westerly to Sear 11f\ and easterly through the cities of W'-natchee.- Waterville, Coulee Citv Davenport and Spokane to the Idaho line. The counties along the line of this road are paying more than fifty per cent, of all the taxes in the state and this thoroughfare when completed would be one of the most useful of all the state roads. The next i s State Road No. 5, known as the Cowlitz Pass wagon road, which besrins about twenty miles ens' of the city of Chehalis and extends easterly across the Cascades by the way of the Cowlitz and Natches val leys to a point about thirtv milef from the city of North Yakima. Thi« should be extended westerly to the (Continued on page 6) DEATH OF MRS. ROE Mrs. J. C. Hoe died Wednesday morning at her home east of town aft -r an illness extending over a p-riod of three months, during which time she suffered with intense pain much of the time. Emma A. Davis was born in C truing, New York, forty years ago, She grew to womanhood, received herdeducation, and became a lover of Christ in whose foot steps She has ever walked, in the old home neigh borhood in York state. The only child, she was the particular object of her parents affection and she re turned that affection with all the warmth of a generous loving heart and the tenderest feeling of love to ward her dear ones, was the special mark of her noble character all through life. She was always active in church work and in the Sunday School and ever since her girlhood days a member of the Methodist Church, and she laid aside her earthly pains and cares in a trium phant hope of a glorious resurrec tion. Over 20 years she was married to J. C. Roe and the score of years marking the span of their wedded life has l>ecn one of strong devotion mutual co-operation and service. Six children, a daughter and five sons were born to them and were present with the aged mother and faithful husband when in the last sad hour death took from them the one who had made the greatest sacrifices for them, and the example of whose life will be the guiding star of their lives. Fnneral services were conducted from the Methodist Church by her pastor, Rev. L. N. B. Anderson Thursday afternoon at 1:30 and many attended to ehow a last tribute to the departed sister and neighbor. Interment was in the Kennewick Cemetery. A woman of refinement and sym pathy, a kind neighbor and a devot ed mother she will, though gone from sight, still wield a strong in fluence, because life and love are stronger than death. 00M IN 6! DENTON C. CROWL, CARTOONIST THE NEW SAM JONES The second number of the Ken newick Lecture Course will be Tues day evening, December 29th. Mr. Crowl is a humorist, cartoonist and chalk-talker with highest recom mendations. His principal feature of entertainment is a representation of Sam Jones, that unique charact er among American platform speak ers. He'presents him so realistic ally that those who have heard Jon es say that if you were separated from the entertainer by a partition that you would think Jones was still speaking. More extended notice next week. Postmaster .Scott, has just made himself a Christinas of a new Oliver typewriter, latest model and the best visible tyj>ewriter made. We publish in full this week the paper read Before the Good Koads convention bv Highway Commission er Snow and it merits a careful read ing t>3* everyone in the least interested in the building of better roads. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1908 MAKE A ROAD While all the talk incident to the Good Roads Convention has been going on and the discussion about the expensive and permanent roads has had the center of the stage, the natives ot Section 7 have been going them one better by building a good pieee of road from the second bridge across the canal about a mile south to the bridge across the lateral. The road was first smoothed up on the proper grade and the dirt then cov ered with a heavy layer of dry as paragus canes. These have work ed into the soil and the road is now hard and smooth and a pleasure to ride over. Such roads as these should l>e built as much as possible by the farmers as they have been found to be highly satisfactory. Sage brush and straw have also been used as the covering material in different places in the valley and the highways much improved. The expense of such roads is very mod erate and the improvement eminent ly justifies the effort. These roads will l>e ready for use at once and can be used to great advantage un til the more permanent roads can be established. The piece of gravel road now be ing constructed near the new school building can be tried out and in an other year we will know whether that kind of a aoad is satisfactory for this country. In the meantime the road up-the river can by a very little work-by filling up chuck holes and by covering the soft places with straw, sage brush or trash from the ranches, be very greatly improved. Each farmer along the road there could make a big improvent in the road by a very little work on the road in front of his own place. The road along the Christ Kruse and Pierce places is a worthy example of improvement where the residents have taken a little interest in im proving the road adjocent to their property. During the slack time of winter is a good time to make ar rangement so that the waste water from your irrigation system does not run in the road. The3e pools formed during the irrigation season are very bad for the roads and those who permit them to form from the waste from their flumes are liable to prosecution for violation of the state law. WOMAN'S SUFFRA6E NOTES Mrs. Emma Smith Devoe, presi dent of the Washington Equal Suff rage Association will speak in Ken newick the 9th. In accordance with a motion which prevailed at the National con vention, President Roosevelt will re ceive during the next week a letter and a telegram from every State in the Union having a woman suffrage organization, urging him to take cognizance of the subject of equal suffrage for women in his message, which is to be delivered to Congress shortly. From Washington the following telegram was sent: "The women of Washington strongly de sire their political rights restored;'' also a letter urging him to recognize the expediency of doing quickly that which it is generally conceded must be done, namely, the grant ing of the ballot to women, and thus conserve the abundant supply of energy which is being expended in its line of effort, to the hindrance of other branches of reform which might l>enefit by this great impetus could it be released from its present field of endeavor. BOATMAN WEDS Sunday evening, December 6th at Pasco, S. E. Wood and Miss Yerna Gaulf were married by Rev. May of the Congregational Church. Mr, Wood, the groom, is the purser on the Steamer Mountain Gem and the bride who has been a teacher in public schools at Great Falls, Mont ana, resigned her position just be fore coming here to wed. They will be at home on the Steamer Gem and we wish that they may ever hare smooth sailing. POINTERS OH PAVING COST, MATERIALS AND .DESIR ABILITY, FROM EXPERIENCE OF EUGENE OREGON Sam T. Laird who rerurned the first of the week from a visit to relatives at Eugene, Oregon and gave the Courier some very interest ing facts about the work of paving the streets in that pretty home city. About thirty blocks are being paved and the cost is about $6 per front foot on each property owner paying for the paving to the middle of the street. The city is bonded in the amount of §300,000 for this paving improvement. Crushed rock is be ing used for the foundation layer which is rolled and packed into place and then covered with a bind er or top coat of asphaltum. A further idea of the expense can be gained by thie one illustration. Mr. Laird's brother owned a corner property which is 50 feet wide and 160 feet deep. The paving was done on both sides and his assess ment for the work adjacent to this building .was $1324. A uniform plan is followed of having 12-foot cement walks ajid then there is a Strip 4 feet wide which is reserved for parking, and the growing of trees and grass. The remainder of the strip fifty odd feet wide is pav ed as indicated above. Eugene is a town of 10,000 people and is a very pretty city. Mr. Laird made a rough estimate of the cost of paving the business portion of Kennewick. To p."ve Second Street from Wash ington to Pacific and a block each way from the center on Washing ton, Yakima, Tacoma and Pacific Streets would make a total of eleven fa fc" »( |l We are opening up and will have on display the coming week the largest display of \ Holiday Goods t we have ever shown in Kenne wick. You can't do your Before Christmas shopping satisfactor ily without calling at the Big Store. The children will all want to see the Santa Claus dis play. We will have extra help so that we can attend to your wants very promptly. H. M. Ashbaugh Santa Claus Headquarters Kennewick, Washington HAZELWOOD DAIRY PEOPLE IN TERESTED AT FINLEY Mr. Madison, a representative of I the Hazelwood Creamery Co., at I Spokane met with the Finley Devel opment Club last Saturday night to eonsider plans f«»r developing the dairy industry in the Valley. In brief his plan was that when there was a hundred dairy eows in the territory tributary to Finly the Hazelwood Company would agree to take the entire product delivered at the station. When there should be 200 cows in this territory the Company would put in a Pasteuriz ing plant at Finley and handle the product. Should the dairy busi ness continue to increase the Hazel wood people will put in a creamery at Finley at the earliest date that the business will justify it. To aid further this dairy development the Hazelwood people will furnish the money for the farmers to buy cows with and allow them to pay for them on the installment plan at the rate of $2.50 per month. After looking over the situation at Finley Mr- Madison thought the prospects most excellent for the building of paying industry. We regard this movement as the best one started in the Valley for some time and one th:it will surely make for the pro sperity of the farmers. blocks or about one-third the amount in Eugene and the cost would be not less than $100,000. A cost as great as this would be for the present far beyond the legal limit to which the town can l»ond, Mr. Laird thought. Although he found that the paving in Eugene was a great convenience, yet with the excellent natural streets we have after the sand is removed, lie did not think the outlay would be justified at the present time. WHOLE NUMBER 3JIS CITIZEN'S TICKET WINS COMPLETE VIEW THE STEAM ROLLER FOR THE TAX PAYERS OONGH The Ciiizens Ticket was victorious clear down the lines at Tuesday's city election winning by majorities ranging from 50 on the mayorality to 24 on treasursliip. The vote was as follows: MAYOR L. E. Johnson 122 H.A.Howe G:i COUNCILMEN W. A. Hawes 17<i H. A. Bier 112 M. 0. Klitten 73 TREASURER B. F. Knapp 104 A. F. Brown 80 TOLICE JUDGE Clinton Staccr 180 Total vote 185 A big vote was polled considering the number of voters out of town attending the Apple Show and at the construction camps and else where. F. L. Watson, J. J. Reed and Chas. G. Kiuse composed the election board and in accordance with the new law the polls were kept open from 8 a. m. to 8 p. m , a much longer time than is neces sary for a town election it seems to us. Mies Gabriel, of Spokane, Is the new book-keeper at the Kennewick Elec tric company, but it ia not her lioru you hear every evening Just before the lights come on. Mrs. G. C. Seal is again very sick at lier home in the Horse Heaven south of Fiuley.