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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. XI NO. 49 TO CONFER WITH HEAD OF 0-W. Jjmmittee from Business Men's Association to Boost Kenne wick as Junction Point The Busin6ss Men's Association of Kennewick was formally launched as an organization for the better ment of business conditions in and around Kennewick, at the second meeting of the organizers at the city hall Monday night. Officers were elected for the com ing year, and a constitution and by laws were adopted as submitted by the committee appointed the week before. H. E. Huntington was chosen president; C. L. King, vice president; I. L. Fisher, secretary and S. D. Lynch, treasurer. A ►committee of five was elected by Tote of the members as a ways and means committee and consisted of G. A. Hamilton, M. W. Mattecheck, J. Sercombe, J. M. Hawkins and Edvf. Sheppard. True to their purpose in keeping the membership fees to the lowest notch, the members have placed the initiation fee at SI and the dues at 25 cents a month. This plan will keep no one from becoming a mem ber on account of the high dues nor will it be a hardship on anyone after becoming a member. To keep the running expenses down Mr. Shep pard made a motion that the new organization petition the mayor and the city council for the privilege of Tneeting in the city hall. Membership will be given to any one of good business standing in Benton county, whose name is pro posed by the membership committee or who may be admitted by a two- < thirds vote of the members. Right on the heels of the comple tion of the organization came a sug gestion for the business betterment of the city of Kennewick. "In a conference with Mr. Olmstead, pres ident of our hank," said Mr. Matte check, cashier of the Bank of Ken newick, "the matter of the O-W. branch up the river to Han ford and White Bluffs caine up. Mr. Olm stead stated that J. D. Farrell, presi dent of the road, was a director in several of the concerns in Portland that he served on, and that through this business relation he could se cure an audience with him and a consideration that might prove of value to Kennewick's interests. I would suggest that this organization appoint a commitiee to interview Mr. Farrell, with Mr. Olmstead as a member. As you know, there issomedoubtasto whether the O-W. will select Kennewick or Benton City as their junction point and I think it is to the best interests of this com munity that we make this effort to for our city the advantages that will accrue should the exten sion be built from this point." In the talk that followed it de veloped that Mr. Huntington was an old schoolmate and personal I nen d Mr. Parrel's and he was made chairman of the committee at will go to Portland and inter- Vlew the railroad's head. th^ 1 ercom^e " 33 a member of e ways and means committee was a nd in part, he said, Heve that this association will for good in this community. * Ve always believed that some f c or ßanization should be at work * the betterment of the town, pj ear 'y days a few of us, • • heppard and Prank Emigh, < ° are will bear me out, | Cluh ! hC Kennewick Commercial! Bam i- 9 * out on much the this 8 ' nCB are down for r Qn anc * it was thin ' CVe at we accom Pushed Ut a * ter awllile some fel w 0 had more money than we had got control of affairs and raised the dues, and made it too expensive fdr us to stay with. One of the things we had in mind at that time was the acquiring of a pay roll and the development of the community, the same as this organization. But we never had the chance to carry out our plans. With this associa tion I believe that we can get what we were after in the old club. The same problems confront us now that did in that time." Then R. L. Banta, who has hopes of one of these days becoming a formidable business rival of Klaw & Erlanger, got to his feet and made a spcech. "Kennewick right now is at the low ebb of her affairs, and the tide is about to turn. Right now is the time"to let Kennewick show to the world her true colors. I can't see anything but a rosy future for Kennewick. We can mend affairs that we now see have been a detriment to our prosperity. Looking over the list of signers on our membership I find represented the leading business men of Kenne wick. Now we must all work to gether—not each one for the par ticular and private interests of him self —but for the general good of all. Taken in this light, this or ganization will be a blessing, I am sure, to Kennewick. We want every one who has at heart the best interests of the community to get into this or ganization and push the car of pro gress along." He decried the fact that business men of Kennewick paid rent, in the majority of cases, to peo ple who lived in other places; that the place had the appearance to an outsider of but a temporary abiding place. He thought that we should give the town a permanent aspect by paving and making parks. Frank Emigh who was elected an "ornery" member, said that he thought there was too much talk on the dark side of things, that we should look and talk more of the best things in the community. He said, "You speak of helping the farmer —as if he really needed help. He don't. I'm a farmer and have ten acres down the valley. During the seven years that I have had that place I have never cleared less than $125.00 an acre a year. What I can do others can do. I did that with a hoe. And I have the figures to prove prove my statements. I know that this is a good country, because I have tried it and proved it." The next meeting of the Business Men's Association will be held in the city hall next Tuesday night at eight o'clock. BENTON IS EXEMPTED The lower house Monday passed the Truax bill which would allow citizens living in territory on the edge of one county to annex them selves by vote to an adjoining terri tory. As passed, however the bill will not effect Benton county and will not make it possible for the west side to annex a strip of Yakima county to aid Prosser in a possible county seat fight of the future. The bill has been amended to effect only counties of the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth clashes, and as Ben ton is in the eighteenth class it is in no way interested unless the senate should remove his proviso. Rep resentative Rowland voted for the bill. PASS RIVERSIDE RILL The bill calling for creation of a new county from the east end of North Yakima with Sunnyside as its county seat, was passed by the state senate Monday, but as a joke the upper house changed the name of "Riverside" as proposed in the bill to "Cleveland," naming the proposed new subdivision after the last democratic president. Whether the bill can pass the house is doubted. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1913 HORSE HEAVEN PROJECT GETS KLICKITAT WATER By Compromise, Power Company Pro moters Yield Rights Without CoSt to Irrigationi&s (Special from Olympia.) A compromise has been reached on the Wende-Rowland bill, pro hibiting the sale in other states of water power generated in Washing ton, that will be immensely to the benefit of the Horse Heaven pro ject. Wilbur S. Yearsely, of Spokane, promoter of the Klickitat and White Salmon river power projects, has agreed to give up all his rights in the Klickitat project, without com pensation, provided the bill is killed and he is permitted to go ahead with the White Salmon project and sell his power to the city of Port land. This compromise has been agreed to and the bill will be sent back to the committees on irrigation and arid lands, to be indefinitely post poned. The result of the compromise will be that the Horse Heaven irrigation project will gain sole right to use the Klickitat water without further cost, whereas if the bill were to be passed it would be necessary to re imburse the Yearsley interests for expenditures made in securing rip arian rights and for other purposes, amounting t<> approximately 8100,- 000. The White Salmon water is much less in demand for irrigation pur poses and it is claimed the use of this water for power will not inter fere seriously with any other inter ests. "After the water code is passed," said Representative H. K. Rowland, in discussing the compromise, "there will be no further need for such a law as we planned, since use of water for irrigation purposes is preferred to use for power purposes. I regard the compromise as the best thing for everybody under the cir cumstances." BAD FIRE AT HOVER Fire completely destroyed the building occupied by the T. H. Dry store and postoffice at Hover, Tues diy night. R. Stanton, who had $1,800 insurance on Mr. Dry's stock, was unable to give any details regarding the fire beyond the fact that a total loss had been reported. It is understood that Mr. Dry car ried 52300 insurance in all. The building, which was owned by a Pomeroy man, was uninsured. THE THREATENING HAND. WANT HELP IN LIGHT CASE The city council of Pasco thinks that the rates charged by the Pacific Power & Light Co. for their cluster and arc lights are too high, and they have filed a petition for a hearing with the public service commission, to be held in that city on the 29th of this month. In order to lend strength to their cause they have asked that the city of Kennewick join them in their complaint. When the communication was read at the meeting of the local council last Tuesday night, it was agreed that the rates in force in Ken newick were too high, compared with other places in the northwest, and, as the franchise granted to the P. P. & L. Co. at this place carries the provision that we shall enjoy rates as low as any other community served by the corporation, a com mittee was appointed to investigate the complaint made by the city of Pasco and report at the next regu lar meeting. CITY GETS HALF MILE OF SHORE LINE City Clerk Wright received this week a plat of the shore lands, which was made under the direction of the war department, last summer. Un der the terms of the dedication the city of Kennewick receives for pub lic use some twenty-three hundred feet of river front. This amount of property is divided into three sec tions, the first of which is a strip of land three hundred and fifty feet along on each side of Ninth street. At the foot of Washington street a place four hundred feet long on each side of the street has been reserved for the public, as has an equal sized place at the docks. FIRST SERVICES IN NEW CHURCH The new church of the Zion Luth eran congregation will be formally dedicated on Sunday, March 9th. Three special services will be ob served during the day. German services will be held at 10:00 a. m. and 2:00 p. m., at which Rev. F. Soli, of North Yakima, and Rev. E. Kirst, of Ellensburg, will re spectively officiate. In the evening English services will be held at 7:30, for which Rev. W. Hass, of Lewis ton, Idaho, will occupy the pulpit. The church choir, consisting of eighteen members, will render spec ial and appropriate selections for each service. The new church building is lo cated in the Olmsted addition, just west of the second street bridge. It is a handsome edifice in the bung alow style with mission finish thru out the interior. Rev. S. Probst and his congregation extend a cor dial invitation to everybody to at tend the dedication. —Goldsmith in Boston Glob*. GET APPROPRIATION FOR BRIDGE LOCATION Proposed Span Definitely Fixed at This Point —Other Bridge Bills May Get the Ax (Special from Olympia.) Four thousand dollars for loca of a site for a bridge across the Col umbia river between Pasco and Kennewick was secured in the gen eral public highway appropriations bill through the efforts of Represen tatives Rowland and Horrigan. The bill, as passed by both houses of the legislature, however, will re sult in definitely fixing Kennewick as the point at which the bridge must be built, for the bill gives no discretion to the highway de partment in this matter, but in structs the commissioner to select a site for a bridge "between Kenne wick and Pasco." MAY VETO BRIDGE BILL The lower house of the legislature has passed every bridge bill intro duced at this session of the legisla ture with the exception of the Ken newick-Pasco bridge. Included in the number of new spans provided in the series of bills are the million dollar Vancouver-Portland bridge, the $100,000 Newport bridge and the $80,000 Clarkston-Lewiston bridge. This wholesale passage of bridge bills is likely, however, to do the communities interested little good as it is freely charged that every one was passed, not on its merits, but by a series of trades and Gov. Lister is expected to veto every bill. It is extremejy doubtful if the bills can be repassed over the veto. In many ways it may prove better that the Kennewick-Pasco bill was allowed to sleep in committee this session in case that public senti ment is aroused against the other bridge plans to such an extent that may prevent their passage at a suc ceeding session of the legislature. HOLMES, WHOLESALER "I'm going to put 'wholesaler' up over my door, pretty soon," said J. M. Hofmes this morning. "This is getting to be pome whole sale center, all right." A woman in Seattle wrote to the manufactur ers of Cream of Rye, a breakfast food, saying that she was unable to obtain any in the city of Seattle. The factory wrote to Mr. Holmep, asking him to ship a case to the customer, as his was the only store west of Spokane that carried their products. WHOLE NUMBER 569 JOIN YAKIMA ASSOCIATION Strawberry Growers Agree to Pro posals of Present Organization —Will SeH F. O. B. The strawberry growers of the Kennewick district met, as per ad journment, at the Commercial Club rooms last Saturday. The commit tee reported a proposition from the Kennewick Fruit Growers Associa tion substantially as printed in these columns last week. The only change was one suggested by Mana ger Robbins, of the Yakima Valley Fruit Growers Association, to allow any one of the strawberry growers who should join the Association, to sever his membership from the As ciation on July Ist, 1913, if the ser vice given was not satisfactory. It seemed that no fairer terms could be offered and the assembled farmers unanimously passed a reso lution to join the Association on the terms proposed. A committee consisting of H. W. Desgranges, E. R. McCory and E. O. Keene was appointed to secure applications for membership, and assist the officers of the Association in perfecting plans for marketing the berries. Membership in the Association will entitle the member to market all his fruit through the Association. But few of the strawberry growers depend upon berries alone. The 'arger majority are growing berries as an inter crop while their trees are coming into bearing and will soon be marketing their larger fruit. The idea of a separate organiza tion for the marketing of strawber ries alone would not fill the needs of these growers, and, if the straw berry growers union took upon it self the business of marketing other fruits also, we would have two com peting associations, as they have in North \ akima to the disadvantage of both. We certainly do not want the same conditions here, and ow ing to the willingness of the Asso ciation officials to meet all demands of outside growers the danger of having another organization seems to have been avoided. MORE ABOUT THE PARK It is barely'possible that the city of Kennewick will purchase s park site. An offer has been made to the city of a tract of nearly six acres in the Garden Tracts. The prop osition comes from Mrs. Mertes and the consideration asked is $4000. The land in question lies nicely and has trees upon it of such size as to make a fine start toward a park. The members of the council looked favorably upon the offer, but want to hear from other property holders, if any there be, who have sites to offer. A committee was ap pointed to investigate the proposi tion offered by Mrs. Mertes and any other plot that may come to their notice. SCHOOL ELECTION CLOSE R. C. Mounsey was re-elected school director for a term of three years at last Saturday's election, by a margin of ten votes over L. M. Keene, his nearest apponent. These were 465 votes cast which was by far the largest number ever polled at a school election in this town. Mounsey received 186, Keene 176, Newkirk 52, Hart 50. CINDERS, NOT PLANK, TO S. P.&S. The estimate prepared by City Engineer Wright for the plank walk to the S. P. & S. station looked too big to the council, when it was pre sented last Tuesday night. So they are going to see what they can do in the way of getting a cinder path. The Clerk has been ordered to se cure prices on cinders and labor.