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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. XI NO. 48 strawberry growers fail to UNITE ON METHOD OF MARKETING Divided on Question of Forming Entirely New Organization—Another Meeting to be held Tomorrow to Consider Proposals of Yakima Valley Association The strawberry growers of the Kennewick valley met in the Com mercial Club rooms on the after noon of Feb. 22nd, to further con sider the question of an organiza tion for the purpose of marketing tbe strawberries of the valley. H. W. Desgranges, chairman, in troduced Geo. Newton, manager of the White Salmon Fruit Growers' Association, who told the assembled growers how success was attained at White Salmon. He said that by securing the marketing through the association of a large majority of the berries grown in their valley and adopting a strictly f. o. b. system of sales of all first-class fruit, their association, after a hard fight and some losses, had finally secured the adherence of all the growers of their section and had been able to secure a fair price for all their fruit. o C* He said that one of the most dif ficult things to secure was an abso lutely honest pack; but by rigidly adhering to their rules and rejecting 800 crates out of a total of some 14,000 they had been able to estab lish a reputation that was worth many thousands of dollars to their growers. He said that all fruit growers were naturally inclined to be crooked in the matter of hand ling their own fruit and that some of the worst offenders were officers of their own association. Now that the rule of rigid adherence to an honest pack had been established and the f. o. b. system understood by the buyers, more orders came in than they were able to fill. He urged the growers of Kennewick to get together on the same general system, saying that it would not only be greatly to our advantage but that it would help White Sal mon also, because where so many were marketing their fruit inde pendently, the markets were sure to be demoralized and prices conse quently suffered. 4 The president of the Kennewick District Fruit Growers' Association was then asked to state what that association could do for the straw berry growers of the district. Mr. Hart admitted that the as sociation bad apparently fallen down in it's effort to market the berries last season, but claimed that there were causes not under its control, among them that its mem bership controlled only some 22 per cent of the shipments from this district and that the competition was of a nature so ruinous that it is not likely to occur again. He explained the system under which the association proposes to Market strawberries this season, stating that the whole business had been turned over by the central as sociation at Yakima, to our man agenient here and that central would send their sales manager to make his headquarters here during the season and assist us in a " ways possible. Mr. Perham, the sales manager, 8 a nian of wide experience in man agement and has had special experience in handling ber ric* tt* • His assistance and advice * be of the greatest value to us. «18 corn ' n g is conditional however, ° Ur secu ring a sufficient percent of the whole acreage to justify SUc b a move. ar t also explained the new feT P ayme,lt membership • a opted by the association and i n niat ters which will be found Sna'] ' n a report below, and sent " V , Urge< ' u P° n f he growers pre «ndividli qUe9ll,,n of giving th f ir support to the associa tion already organized and financed, rather than to organize another competing body which would need to be financed and set in operation at an added and unnecessary ex pense, and the success of which would still be problematical. Following this, the report of the committee on organization was read by E. O. Keene. It was closely modeled on the by-laws of the Fruit Growers' Association, covering prac tically the same ground, both as to its power and its management, except in the matter of affiliation with the central association. Before a motion to adopt the re port of the committee was made, the question was raised by Mr. Storland: "Why not join the Fruit Growers' Association and avoid the extra organization and the extra expense?" A motion was made to that effect. This resulted in a very earnest discussion, during which Mr. Newton sprang to his feet and said in effect: "You fellows ought to stop this discussion, you are get ting warm and lam getting hot. What you must do is to get together on some basis. I suggest that the association make a definite proposi tion that the growers can act on. If the proposition is not acceptable then you can make a separate or ganization. But if you are to win you must get together." The suggestion was adopted, the motion before the house was laid on the table and a committee was ordered, two of whom were not to be members of the Fruit Growers' Association, to consult with the trustees of the association and se cure from them a definite proposi tion for the consideration of the body at an adjourned meeting, to be held on Saturday, March Ist, at 2p. m. The following committee was named:- Messrs. Desgranges, Crossland, Perry, McCory and Fyfe. There were fifty-one growers pre sent at the meeting, representing 96§ acres of berries with a probable output of at least 10,000 crates. Last year the shipments from Ken newick ,were about 11,000 crates. It is evident that the growers were fully represented at the meeting. On the afternoon of February 25, the trustees of the Kennewick Dis trict Fruit Growers' Association met with thft delegates from the straw berry growers of the Kennewick valley and submitted the following proposition to the said delegates: That the Kennewick District Fruit Growers' Association will accept ap plications for membership in said association on the following terms: The member shall pay to the associa ti on one per cent of the gross amount of all moneys received for the sale of the said member's produce sold through and by the association for the year 1913, to apply on a full membership fee of $100.00, balance of membership fee to be paid in a similar manner without interest, the percentage to be fixed by the associ ation. A member may withdraw by giv ing 20 days' notice previous to the Ist day of March in any year and in case of such withdrawal he shall not be liable to any further pay ments on such membership fee, but shall forfeit to the association all moneys previously paid on such membership fee. A fixed charge of 15 cents per crate shall be charged for handling strawberries and if the cost of hand ling be appreciably less than that amount, the excess shall be rebated to the members proportionally. The trustees of the association ;igiee to handle the strawberry crop of 1913 on an f. o. b. basis. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28,^1913 THREE WANT DIRECTORSHIP Tomorrow's School Election De velops Considerable Adtion — Board's Affairs Criticised Tomorrow afternoon will be held the annual school election to choose a director for a term of three years. Far from the quiet affair which at first it promised to be, the cam paign has developed surprising life and candidates for the job have been bobbing up in all quarters. During the past day or two, however, the contest has narrowed to a field of three, consisting of R. C. Mounsey, present incumbent; E. 0. Keene, who is backed by the Highlanders; and I. N. Newkirk, of Section Seven th*e Socialist candidate. All of these have announcements published elsewhere in this paper. One rather unpleasant develop ment of the campaign is the digging up of the report 3f the state exam iner, who checked up the affairs of the district.last August. This re port, which has never been made public, covers the period from July, 1905, to August, 1912, and harshly criticises some of the methods of ac counting and also some of the ex penditures which have been made. The report reads, in part: "Of the thousands of warrants is sued in payment of school expenses since the organization of Schocl District No. 17, including thousands of dollars expended in the construc tion of three school houses, there are now less than 300 stubs on file with the records of the school dis trict. ***There has been shameful neglect in complying with this part of the school code. ***No financial exhibit of school district finances could by any possibility be prepared solely from the records of the school district clerk.'' The report also calls attention to the illegality of warrants drawn in payment of $100.00 attorneys' fees to Moulton and Henderson in Aug ust, 1911, and of traveling expenses allowed the clerk, amounting to something over $ 100.0U for several trips taken in connection with school affairs during 1910. 1911 and 1912. AN EFFICACIOUS INSTRUMENT. FIRE AT FINLEY LEAVES CLAUSE FAMILY HOMELESS The residence of Wm. Clause, at Finley, was totally destroyed by fire Wednesday night. The house was of five rooms, and was burned after midnight, and while the family were absent. Mr. Clause had left town on business, and his wife and daughter spent the night with a neighbor, waking to find their house in smok ing ruins. The origin of the fire occured in the afternoon when Mrs. Clause was at work at the stove. She had been frying doughnuts, when the hot grease caught fire. The daughter ran for a neighbor who squelched the blaze with a patent extinguisher. Evidently a spark was left smolder ing which burst into flame after Mrs. Clause and her daughter left the house. GIVE COMMISSION POWER OVER WATER COMPANIES Rowland Bill Would Have Irrigation Companies Bound by Terms of Public Utilities Law Having the water code off his hands, Representative H. K. Row land of Benton county has jumped into another fight, this time to bring irrigation companies under the su pervision of the public service com mission. The Benton county man introduced Bill 607 for this purpose on the final day for introduction last week. This promises to open another struggle worthy of the name. Last year when the public utilities law was'enacted, it was proposed to give the public service commission full power over irrigation companies, the same as other corporations serv ing the public. The provision was eliminated chiefly through the fight made against it by Representative Elmer E. Halsey of Asotin county. In Asotin county they were fearful that the public service commission would step in and allow a local com pany to raise its rates. The public service commission is barking Rowland in his attempt to bring the irrigation companies un it* supervision and as a matter of fact the public service commission attorney draft*d the Rowland bill. —Sykes in Philadelphia Public Ledger. MUST WAIT 8 YEARS LONGER If Proposed Bill Passes House, Prosser Will be County Seat - Until 1920 Any further county seat fights in Benton county will be prohibited until 1920, according to terms of Senate Bill 167, passed by the senate and now up for final adoption in the house. At the same time this bill, if en acted, will prevent any repetition of the incidents of the last county seat fight by bringing in as contestant such a community as Benton City. The measure limits contenders for county seats to incorporated cities of the first, second, third or fourth class, repealing the provision, which allows any village t« become a can didate. The bill, which was presented by the senate committee on cities of the first class, is intended to prevent county seat fights in the main. It was sent to Olympia by former Sen ator Davis of Grant county, to head off a threatened resumption of hos tilities there. The measure provides that the qualified electors to the number of 45 per cent of those who took part in the last election must file a peti tion with the county commissioners at least 60 days prior to their Oc tober meeting. All signatures must be obtained within 90 days of the time of filing and each petitioner must write also the postoffice ad dress, ward or precinct if in a city and the date of signing. On the ballot the bill provides, the present county seat shall come first and other contenders come in the order of the filing of their peti tion. The bill gives any taxpayer the right to enjoin the proposed re moval on account of any irregularity in the proceedings and finally changes the present law to provide that after a failure to move the seat of government, no other attempt may be made to do so for eight years. WHOLE NUMBER 568 FOR BETTERMENT OF KENNEWICK New Association Hopes to Inject More Ginger into Business Conditions The Kennewick Business Men'a Association came into being last Tuesday night at the city hall. Of some sixty-five signers to the mem bership list, twenty-five were pres ent and elected C. L. Holcomb chairman and 0. E. Haubold secre tary. In his opening statement, after taking the chair, Mr. Holcomb gave his view of the conditions which had led to the formation of the new or ganization. He stated that its pur pose was the general betterment of conditions in Kennewick and the surrounding territory. Its chief ef forts, he said, will be directed toward more activity in a business way. Active co-operation with the agri cultural interests of the valley, it is hoped, will give added stimulus to business affairs, and will work toward the betterment of the com munity. In order that none may be denied the privileges of the or ganization, the membership fees will be placed at the smallest figure possible. Mr. Mattecheck suggested that one of the matters the new associa iion should take up was the selling end of the game for the farmers. A cannery to take care of the or chard by-products and a man on the road to sell the produce were phases mentioned in his talk. Several others made talks along the same lines and endorsed the sentiments expressed by Mr. Matte check. Edw. Sheppard was called upon to express his ideas of the best methods to take to secure the great est amount of prosperity for the community. In his talk he said: "In my opinion one of the main objects of this organization should be to assist the farmer to make a living. They are the backbone of the country now, since the inflow of foreign money stopped some two years ago, and before the business of the city can expand, better re turns must be made to the growers for what they raise. The idea of this organization sending a salesman out, at our expense, appeals to me. "Another thing, we should make an effort, and the effort will succeed if we unite on it, to reduce the price of raw land. At the prices that have been and are now being asked, a man cannot keep up his payments and make a living. Make it possible for the farmer to make a living and you will inevitably main tain a degree of prosperity. "I believe that this organization,'' Mr. Sheppard continued, "could aid materially in securing an ad justment of affairs between the farmers and the irrigation company, if the matter was worked just right. And it's high time that something was done." Mr. Sheppard's re marks bore weight, as he is a heavy property holder in the valley, hav a farm, residence property and the business house which he occupies, and speaks from personal acquaint ance. Others to voice opinions as to the city's needs were Mayor Lockerby, E. L. Kolb, H. E. Huntington, T. J. Wright and H. J.Clau3sen. Committees were appointed to draft a set of by-Jaws and a consti tution and fo secure new members, and will submit reports at the next meeting, Monday night at the City Hali. At this time permanent of ficers will be chosen, and further plans made for the work to be under taken by the new organization.