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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. VII. NO. 34
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)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
L. E. Johnson 122
H.A.Howe G:i
W. A. Hawes 17<i
H. A. Bier 112
M. 0. Klitten 73
B. F. Knapp 104
A. F. Brown 80
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
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.

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