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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. X. NO. 24 WHO WILL GET VALUABLE LAND? People at Walla Walla , / This Week Contesting for Rich Acres This week several Kennewick people are interested in two of the njoet important land cases which juve been tried at Walla Walla this In the first of these, the proceedings were to determine whether or not J. A. Schiffner, of Spokane had a preference right to' the northeast half of section 10, township 8, range 29, and his j-ight was contested by T. B. Wright and f, G. Ridley, of the Highlands, J. E, Plummer, employed with the Ciab Creek Lumber Company, and E. Fishback, operator at Relief. The second case was that of J. E. Webb versus M. Driscoll and the bone of contention was 80 acres of fine land described as the north half of the northwest quarter of sec tion 10, township 8, range 29. At this stage no decisions have been rendered, but it is thought that all will be satisfactorily settled within the next thirty days. Wright, Ridley, Plummer and Fish back have agreed to take forty acres apiece if the decision is rendered in fceir favor. The history of their case in brief kasfollows: In 1902 Mrs. H. C. Mitcham made a desert land entry, involving the land now in litigation. She found it impossible to get water on the land within four years after her entry was made and she was adviaed by the United States Gov ernment special agent A. F. Leach, that if she would execute. a relin quishment of entry the same would operate as a restoration of her rights and a new filing would be allowed her if she at any time wished to make such a filing. In 1908, J. J. Schiffner instituted a contest against her entry. Mrs. Micham says that no notice of the contest w#s served on her until af ter her relinquishment, which she made acting upon the advice of the special agent. Of course Mr. Schiff ner claims his preference right by reason of this contest and the pur- Pose of the hearing was to deter mine whether or not his contest Was the result of Mrs. Mitcham's relinquishment. On December 28th, 1!)05, the land was closed to all entries by the government and was not thrown open to settlers until May 16, 1911. At midnight on that date Messrs. right, Ridley, Plummer and Fish kick moved on the land and have there since that time. An other purpose of the hearing was to determine whether any of these four tad any prior rights over the others 88 |®sed upon the time of their lo- Mrs. Mitcham is no longer Personally interested in the case. Mr. Mitcham made a desert land ®Jtry at about the same time as his and relinquished it in the SitDe banner and for the same rea- Jtos that she gave up hers. In 1908 ebb entered a contest jfcinst the entry. The proceed in this case are almost identi \f with first. However, there * additionol feature. J. M. *kins has entered a contest in is acres of the eighty which ing contested and a decision is in the general land jfj*at Washington, D. C. Mr. offers no dispute in regard ' r / Hawkins' contest, the being whether Mr. Hawk " as a right to a homestead en or a desert land entry. t may be stated in connection % leSe CoUteStß °^ ers . the parties involved have a office a^ * rom t' ie local land *° the commissioner of the Kennewick Makes Clean Sweep at North Yakima This DiStrid Takes First Moneys Both on Di&ridt Fruit Display and on Be£ General Grape Display at State Fair Yesterday As was expected, the Kennewick District has carried off the honors and first money in fruit and grape compe tition at the State Fair. In the district fruit exhibit, which carried a first prize of $200, Kennewick was awarded first, Selah second, Moxee third and Toppenish fourth. In the general grape display Kennewick easily took first money and Mr. Lee, of North Yakima, second. Prof. general land office at Washington, and from him to the Secretary -of the Interior and under certain con ditions the case may be finally taken before the Court of App°als which was instituted last winter. It is probable that these contests will be fought to a finish as 240 acres of the richest and best of the valley's land situated in a very de sirable location is to lie won by the lucky contestants and the value of the prize to be lost or gained will make the fight a long and bitter one. Just at present, every man corfcerned thinks that lie is going to win. HOPPEL 6ETS A RAISE E. L. Hoppel, agent for the 0.-j \\\ R. & N. at Kennewick, has re-1 signed to go back with the North ern Pacific; With that road he will act as Traveling Freight Agent, for the Walla Walla district. He will enter his new position as soon as the North Coast can put a man here to fill his place as agent. Mr. Hoppel has worked eight years for the Northern Pacific, un til this spring, when he resigned as their local agent to take a similar position with the North Coast. A. de Regt returned Tuesday eve ning from North Yakima where he spent a day or two taking a look at the Fair. J. J. Rudkln was In North Yakima the first of the week. John says he didn't so to ttie fair as he didn't care to take the good taste out of his mouth after seeing the Grape Carnival. Chas. »'oillns returned to town on Wednesday after a few days at the Yakima Fair and adds his opinion to the universal verdict that the Ken newick exhibits are the only feature of the show which Is really worth seeing, j Dr Ilhynsburger returned Tues ! day trom Spokane where he spent | three days visiting his wife and ' children. The doctor expects to move his family to Kennewick as soon as his Spokane property can be disposed of satisfactorily. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1911 EYESORE TO RE DEMOLISHED Livery Stable on Second Street to Be Replaced by Mod ern Store Building The old Valiey Barn is to be de- j molished immediately and in its place is to be erected a modern i brick store building. Such is th e' announcement which comes from Nathan Thayer and G.E . Hanson, who are now owners of the prop-; erty on which the barn stands.< This will be welcome news to all who have the health and good ap pearance of the city at heart and to whom the old building and its sur- i roundings have long been an eye- j sore and a source of annoyance. j Ferrell & Schmella, proprietors' of the Valley Barn & Dray Line, will suffer little or nothing by los ing their location, as a very desir able site has been leased to them for new stables on Mr. Thayer's property on Kennewick avenue, west of State street. Men are at work today staking out the location of the new barn and its erection will be commenced without delay. As soon as the livery business is housed in its new quarters, work of demolishing the old structure will commence. Messrs. Thayer and Hanson ex pect to have their new property erected and ready for occupancy before spring. The building will cover the 50-foot front, will be of brick and probably two stories. They announce that they have made arrangements by which J. Corder will occupy half of the lower floor with a modern bakery, confectionery store and ice cream parlors. The removal of the livery barn will mean probably that the J. E. Tull Co. will now go ahead with their plans for a modern building on their location at Second and Yakima. They had practically made all arrangements for building last spring, but were deterred by the refusal of the owners and ten ante of the barn property to vacate at that time. Thornber in awarding this prize said that Kennewick's ex hibit was the prettiest and most comprehensive display of grapes which had ever come under his observation as judge. In this triumph of the valle)''s products, Kennewick has wiped out last year's defeat by Yakima and Zillah, and has taken her place where she belongs, first among the fruit producing sections of the Columbia-Yakima vallev. TO ORGANIZE CHORAL SOCIETY Meeting Called for Next Friday Night to Plan for Season's Chorus Work On Friday evening, Oct. 6th, the] first meeting for the organization of ■ he new choral society will be held | in the Commercial Hall. On that] night the society will he organized and plans completed for the season's work. Every singer in Kennewick and vicinity should accept this notice as an invitatian to be present and assist in every way to make this society a great musical success. At least two concerts will be given during the season and the club will be assisted by an orchestra and soloists. The work of preparing and drill ing the chorus will be in charge of Prof C. O. Kimball, who is busy getting acquainted with and lining up the vocalists and looking up new material. Prof. Kimball wishes it understood that this is in no sence to be "his" choral society —that the organization is Kennewick's and he is here to give his best efforts as as choral master. He is certain that there is abund ant material in the city and vicini ty, and many exceptionally fine voices, all of which may be welded into a splendid chorus. All that is needed is for the singers themselves to come forward and volunteer their time and services. They will be amply repaid in the expert in struction they will receive and in the pleasure and satisfaction which comes with being identified with any successful undertaking. The'following have been named on a temporary advisory committee which will meet Monday evening This is the Display that took the Hill Cup The accompanying illustration gives but a faint idea of the beautiful display made by the Kennewick Orchard Co., at the Grape Carnival last week. The exhibit was arranged by Man ager Burns and Foreman Schenk and was made up of sixteen va rieties of American and European grapes artistically grouped. This exhibit carried off the silver cup given by President Hill of the Great Northern, and $25 cash donated by President Elliott of the Northern Pacific, for best general display. at the Commercial Hall to line up the preliminary details: Mrs. A. B. Ely, Mrs. G. E. Hanson, Mrs. J. B. Rose, Mrs. A. R. Gardner, Mrs. L. E. Johnson, Mrs. S. Z: Henderson, Mrs. H. J. Claussen, Miss Margaret Wet more, A. R. Gardner, S. Z. Hender son, Jas. A. VanNorsdall, R. G. Tripp, E. C. Tripp, R. E. Reed, Mr. Trendbath, Dr. A. B. Ely, Dr. B. C. Elms and Supt. M. S. Lewis. NEW LAW FIRM Another law firm has been or~ ganized in Kennewick, the past week. Lockerby & Kolb is the name of the new partnership, which is composed of two of the best known legal lights in this section of the state. Mr. Kolb has been engaged in the profession in Ken newick for several years past and was prosecuting attorney for Ben ton county last year. Mr. Lockerby is well known in Kennewick, as founder and director in the Bank of Kennewick. He was for many years a prominent member of the bar in Portal, N. D. Their offices are in the Bank of Kennewick building and are the finest appointed of any in Benton county. Mrs. J.J. Rudkln returned Wed* nesdav from North Yakima where she has been visiting for a few days. The members of the Ladles' Liter* ary Club will be hostess at a recep tion to be given In honor of the teachers, Friday evening at eight o'clock In the Commercial Club room. A very delightful evening has been planned with an informal program of literary and musical numbers and the public Is cordially Invited to at tend. Mrs. J. B. Rose, Mrs. R. J. Andrus, Mrs. E. 0. Brown and Mrs. E. M. Sly compose a committee on arrangements and these ladies will endeavor to entertain you to the best of their ability. The purpose of the affair Is to make the teachers In our schools better a«quatnted with the people of Kennewlck. WHOLE NUMBER 493 VIOLATES LAW; GETS OFF EASY F. B. Dobblaar of Hover Arrested for Selling Home-made Wines Without License Down Hover way, there is a little cottage surrounded by shrubbery and flowers and set advantageously on a fertile five-acre tract which ad joins the main road. Near the house there is an orchard and many fine varieties of grapes grow in cul tivated profusion. The care with which the vines are trellised up tells the most careless observer that it is a skillful hand which wields the hoe and pruning shears. It is very hard to imagine that as unlovely a thing as a "blind pig" should be hidden in such a beautiful spot. Yet such is the case and what is more of a reproach to the voters of the lower valley, the thing has grown and thrived upon toleration like an ugly cantankerous sore for the past five years. Many barrels of an intoxing beverage concocted from grapes or peaches have been made in the cellar and back yard and the drinks which have been in discriminately sold there without so much as a protective license of any description have become known aa Dobblaar's wines. As is often the case, such a wrong was left to the women of the com munity to right, as the men, for reasons of. their own, preferred to forget all about the violation of the law which was being carried on un >der their very noses and it was through the effort of some of the mothers that three complaints were entered against F. B. Dobblaar and an arrest of the offender made on Wednesday afternoon. F. D. Par ker, a neighbor of Mr. Dobblaar's, went his bail and he was taken to Prosser and tried before the prose cuting attorney the following day. The excited assertions of the old Dutchman, in broken English made the trial somewhat amusing and sensational. He alleged that he had talked with the United States Revenue Officer about the sale of wines and had been told by him that it was entirely legal to sell them as long as the sale was made on his own place. Not with standing this assertion, the offense was defined as the sale of liquor in dry territory, as Benton county is a dry unit, but in consideration of the fact that Mr. Dobblaar was misinformed by the revenue officer, the attorney recommended that len iency be shown him and he was fined twenty-five dollars and costs. The old man insisted that he had no money and after listening to his pleas and explanations, the fine was not imposed and Mr. Dobblaar was dismissed with the advice that the offense should not be repeated. The old Hollander's propensity for liquor selling has been noted for some time past by the county authorities and he has been warned of the possible consequences of his acts several times in the past but all without avail. STOLE RIDE-TWO DOCTORS While trying to steal a ride from a passing buggy Wednesday, the eleven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Havstad, of Richland, sus tained a compound fracture of the leg. Dr. Kelley was called from Kennewick to assist the local phy sician in setting the injured leg. It is not known yet whether the lad will lose the member or not, but the wound is very serious, muscles in the leg being severed as well as the bone. Jas. A. Van Noradall returned on Wednesday from Walla Walla where be has been looking after bis Inter ests in the big land scrap.