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At the head of the famous Wenatchee Valley, "The home of the Big Red Apple." The higher up the valley you go, the Bigger and Redder the apples grow
Vol. 10. No. 5
Numerous Brick Business Blocks will be
Built and Many Other Improve
ments Being Talked of
Every indication points to one of
the greatest development areas in the
history of Leavenworth with the com
ing of spring, and without exaggeration
we will say that before another year
rolls around we will witness a scene of
activity in and about this city that
promises to exceed all expectations.
Everything is in readiness and wait
ing for the snow to leave the town
when a building boom is expected.
Among the buildings likely to be
erected will be a 50-room modern ho
tel on the corner of Ninth and Com
mercial streets. Paul Weigand has
plans under way for a building on
the same corner, work on which will
commence work at an early date in
the spring. A. C. Barclay is planning
to erect a two story brick on his lots
on Front street adjoining The Frank
building but has not as yet announced
when work will begin.
There were twenty or more sub
stantial residences erected the past
year, but there is still a scarcity of
dwelling houses and the coming year
will no doubt see many new homes
erected. There is hardly a day goes
by that this office does not have from
two to three inquiries for houses and
the demand will be even greater in
the spring when the mills start up and
new families come to the city. As
there are but few houses to be had
most of the new comers will likely
buy lots and put up their own houses.
The Lamb-Davis and Leavenworth
lumber companies expect to begin
operations about the first of March and
the two mills will employ between
three and four hundred men half of
whom at least will have families and
come from outside of the city.
Mr. Rothert, manager of the Wash
ington Steel & Iron Company states
that his company will be making steel
before the middle of the summer and
once in operation the company will
employ a large force of men. The
Wenatchee Valley & Northern Railway
is planning extensive improvements
this year and will likely extend their
track to Lake Wenatchee before the
summer is over. They have already
purchased a big new engine and will
have more new rolling stock here in a
few weeks.
The Great Northern Railway it is
said will erect a new round house this
summer and make numerous other
changes in that part of town which will
greatly facilitate the handling of trains.
Taking everything into considera
tion Leavenworth's payroll will in
round numbers be $75,000 every
month, most of which will go back
into the channels of trade right here in
Leavenworth and without doubt this is
going to be the most prosperous year
that the citizens of this city have yet
If you have any friend in the east
or any other part of the country who
wants to come to a live town, one
which is destined to startle the state
ere long, tell them to come to Leaven
worth and grow up with the town.
The slogan fiotn now on will be.
"Watch Leavenworth Grow."
North America Third in Mountain Heights
Since the discovery of Mount Mc-
Kinley in Alaska, North America has
ranked third among the continents in
the matter of height of mountains.
Asia has Mount Everest, of the Hima
layas, 29,002 feet above set level,
and South America has Mount Acon
cagua, of the Andean system, 23,080
feet in height. North America comes
next with Mount McKinley, 20,300
Jeet, and Africa is fourth, with Kibo
Park, 19,3*20 feet in height. Mont
Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, is
15,782 feet in height, which is higher
by more than a thousand feet than any
mountain in the United States, exclu
sive of Alaska.
ZTbe %eav>cn\voitb iScb
Governor Lister Hires and fires
Gov. Ernest Lister upon receiving
the resignation of Hamilton Higday as
member of the state industrial insu
rance commission which resignation
was to become effective on February
1, sent a letter to Mr. Higday ex
pressing his desire that the resignation
take effect immediately. Mr. Higday
was a strong advocate of first aid, and
is the man whom the employers of
metal workers and lumbermen sought
to have removed when Gov. Hay was
in office, for that reason. As yet Gov
ernor Lister has appointed no one to
fill his place. M. J. Corrigan of the
state tax commission has also been re
moved by Gov. Lister. E. J. Koors,
secretary of the commission has been
named as his successor, but the gov
ernor announced that this appointment
is only temporary. Mr. Koors is re
garded as a very efficient man.
Agent f. M. Lee Says Railroad Business
Has Been Heavier the Past Year
Than Any Previous Time
When the Echo reporter called on
the Great Northern Agent one day
the first of this week he found that
gentleman in a very amiable mood,
also very busy, but not too busy to
give the newspaper man a story which
by the way was the object of his visit.
After a couple of stogies had been
produced which were soon belching
forth clouds of smoke equal to a steam
engine the narrative begun
That the business of the railroad
company, which includes freight, ex
press and ticket sales has increased
wonderfully during the past year is
proven by the fact states Mr. Lee that
these receipts are now anywhere from
$800 to $1500 more than they were at
this time last year. The amount of
money passing thru the local office in
the course of a month will approxi
mate $15,000.
From July Ist to December Ist
there were 29 cars of fruit, mostly ap
ples, shipped from this point, of which
number five cars went east and twenty
four cars were shipped to the coast.
During this time there were also three
cars of potatoes shipped from here to
the coast.
"We have not noticed any falling
off in the express business since the
parcel post went into effect says Mr.
Lee and if anything we are sending
more packages now than we did be
fore. There'is very little difference
in the rates of the express companies
and the parcel post, and on some
things our rates are lower than the
We furnish wrapping paper, strings
and markers for our patrons which the
postoffice does not do for the parcel
post package.
'There has been no time when we
were not able to compete with the
parcel post, with the possible excep
tion of ounce packages. This is a
business that has been enjoyed by the
postoffice department previous to the
inception of the parcel post. Our
rates on packages other than ounce
packages are cheaper on both the
short and the long haul shipments.
Our rates on produce, fruits and vege
tables are lower and our methods of
handling and service Sre much better
than the parcel post can possibly be."
University Wins at Cashmere
The basket ball game in Cashmere
last evening between the University
of Washington and the Athletic Club
of that city resulted in a victory for the
University by a score of 31 to 20. The
High school team of that city is sched
uled to play here to-morrow evening,
and a big crowd is expected.
During the month ol December
there were 2,591 automobiles regis
tered in the stale of California. The
Ford machine led the list with 399
cars, with the Overland second with
272 and the Buick third with 201 ma
Leavenworth, Wash., Friday, February 7, 1913
Chdan County Will not Get Senator-
Will Investigate Water front Con
ditions in Sound Cities
The total number ot bills introduced
in the senate during the first two
weeks «f the session was 90 while in
the house there were 117, making 208
bills in all, and still the bills are pour
ing in every day. That there will be
no reapportionment of the state for
legislative purposes, is the decision of
the house which has passed a resolu
tion that the state remain as at present,
and this means that Chelan county will
still have its one member in the house
and one senator. In the house the
resolution introduced by Houser of
King, to investigate waterfront condi
tions in Seattle, Tacoma and other
Puget Sound towns, claiming that the
Northern Pacific and allied interests
were holding up the people of the
state, created some stir, and when the
matter came up for consideration,
Chamberlain of Whitman county made
a speech which will be remembered
long in legislative circles. Houser
was very urgent that his resolution be
given immediate attention intimating
that if not investigated at once the
lobbyists of the big interests would be
down to kill the measure. Despite
his urgency there was a delay of one
day and when the matter came Cham
berlain took the floor and explained
that he has not seen any lobbyists
around the statehouse, nor had he
been approached by any and he said
he would watch carefully for them, but
so far as he was- concerned he had
been unable to find one.
The rejection by the senate of the
resolution for the jnnket trip to the
state institutions passed by the house
may not put an end to the investiga
tion of the different state institutions
as resolutions have been introduced
asking for investigations of the three
insane asylums, the state reformatory
and the office of state printer. Other
resolutions for probing other state in
stitutions may be introduced later.
While in Olympia the state federa
tion of labor elected as its president,
to succeed Charles R. Case, who re
signed to become superintendent of
streets in Seattle, E. T. Marsh of
Everett. Raymond was selected as
the place for the next meeting of the
On His Return from Duluth Mr. Rothert
found an Order for Six Tons
of Steel
Mr. E. H. Rothert, general manager
of the Washington Steel and Iron Co.,
returned from Duluth and Superior,
Wisconsin, last Saturday, after an ab
sence of two weeks, and among his
mail found an order for six tons of
steel from a cutlery firm in Leeds,
England, to be shipped just as soon
as the Leavenworth plant begins to
turn out metal.
While in Superior Mr. Rothert closed
a deal with Michigan people for the
erection of a plant at Superior to en
gage in making steel by the Rothert
process. The Michigan plant will be
larger than the plant located here and
will be rushed to completion as quick
as possible, it being the intention of
the Duluth parties to have the mill in
operation and turning out steel the
coming summer.
He says he found a number of men
who had either read or heard of his
process of making the highest grade of
tool steel from magnetite iron ore at
one smelting process, and were very
much interested. A half dozen or
more expect to come here the coming
summer to see the plant in operation.
While in Duluth he saw Wenatchee
valley apples-on sale and bought a box
of extra fancy Delicious for one dollar.
Contract Let for Big Spokane Hotel
Contract for the superstructure of
I the palatial Davenport hotel in Spo
i kane has been awarded to the Brayton
Engineering Company of Portland,
Oregon, on a bid of $1,100,000.
Work is expected to begin March 20,
and the contract calls for the comple
tion of the hotel, ready for the furni
ture, by May 1, 1914.
The contract price, which is exclu
sive of the cost of excavation and
building the foundation, and naturally
of the cost of the site and the furnish
ings, is the largest contract ever
awarded in the city of Spokane for a
building ot any kind. It includes ev
ery detail of construction, however,
above the foundation, and more than a
score of subcontracts will be let by the
successful bidder.
The Engineering Construction com
pany, which has the contract for the
excavation and foundation, has until
March 20 to complete its work and it
is expected will have its work finished
by that time. Construction work will
begin on that date.
Event Will Take Place Middle of June-
Will Have Olympic Games
Playtime for the Inland Empire will
become an official and annual institu
tion about the middle of June this
year, when the fanner is experiencing
a breathing spell following spring work
and preceding the beginning of har
Prominent Spokane men have lor
mulated plans for an annual carnival
designed to entertain and amuse. It
is probable a smaller edition of the
famous Olympic games mil be held
this year, giving every town and com
munity in the Inland Empire an op
portunity to send its best athletes to
Spokane for the contests.
Although the athletic tournament is
to be made the central feature of the
carnival, sufficient funds are available
to insure a great many other attractions
and events of interest. The Spokane
Chamber of Commerce has had a com
mittee busy formulating the plans for
two months, and the committee's re
port favoring an annual June carnival
received the enthusiastic endorsetiient
of the 400 members at the weekly
meeting Tuesday.
William S. McCrea, chairman of this
committee, reported in favor of a car
nival that would bear the relation to
the Inland Empire that the Fotlatch
bears to Seattle, the Rose Carnival to
Portland and the Mardi Gras to New
The Mystic Order of Enakops, of
which J. J. Schiffner is Imperial Kop
san, will play a prominent part in the
carnival, many of the events of which
will be staged in the centrally located
stadium to be built by the city just
west of Monroe street.
State Tax Commission is Necessary
That their work would be seriously
hampered and that the state tax com
mission is absolutely necessary as the
head of the assessors of the state, was
the opinion of the county assessors
who met in Olympia on January 20,
and who went on record in favor of the
continuance of the tax commission,
which they say would be a serious loss
to the state if abolished.
Great interest is being manifested
throughout the state in the first big
automobile show to be held in the
Northwest. The show will open in
the Seattle Armory on February 10
and continue for the entire week. Ev
ery foot of available space has been
taken by exhibitors of the various
makes of machines, and each it vying
with the other to make the most at
tractive showing. The big hall is to
be profusely decorated and gorgeous
electrical effects are planned. At
tractive electrical effects are planned.
Attractive programs have been ar
ranged for every evening of the week.
P. S. Darlington, Horticultural Inspector
Says Apple Crop of Valley this
Year 6,082 Carloads
In a report given out by Fruit In
spector Darlington this week, he esti
mates the fruit crop of the valley for
the coming year thusly.
Apples - 6,032 cars
Peaches 432 cars
Pears 279 cars
Apricots .- 137 cars
Cherries 17 cars
Plums 42 cars
Total 7,019 cars
Ordinarily we do not expect two full
or normal crops in succession, says Mr.
Darlington, although such a thing is a
possibility. "The 1907 and the 1908
crops were both full or normal crops.
The severe winter of 1908-9 caused a
very short crop in 1909. Because the
1909 crop was short and the trees had
a chance to form fruit buds and store
up energy that year the 1910 crop
was an exceptionally big crop. The
1911 crop was only a fair crop, prob
ably because the trees overbore in
1910. But in that year the average
bearing per tree was considerably
more than in 1909. As a matter of
fact the Wenatchee district shipped in
1911 more fruit than all the rest of
the state together. The 1912 crop
might be considered a full or bearing
crop. While the average bearing per
bearing apple tree was greater in 1912
than it was in 1910, I belieye that it
was greater only because the average
age of the bearing trees was greater.
In fact, I believe the 1910 crop was a
more exceptional crop than that of
"In 1910 there were in the district
901,996 bearing apple trees which
bore on an average of 2.87 boxes per
tree. In 1913 there will be in the
district 1,377,546 bearing apple trees.
Figuring then at the same average-
bearing per tree we should have this
year 3,952,575 boxes of apples, or
6,082 carloads, figuring 650 boxes to
the car.
In 1912 there were in bearing in the
district 216,677 peach trees, which
bore an average of 2.72 boxes per
tree according to the shipping figures.
Had there been no peach trees de-'
stroyed there would have been in
bearing in the district in 1913 about
232,839 trees. I would estimate,
however, that about 25 per cint of all
the peach trees in the district have
been taken out this fall. There would
then be left 174,629 trees. If the
average remains the same in 1913 we
should have 474,991 boxes, or ap
proximately 432 carloads of peaches."
He bases his estimates on the other
fruits in the same manner.
Accident Occurred at Rock Island—Only
Lived few Hours
Guy Fisk, a brakeroan, under con
ductor Close of this city met his death
Wednesday morning at Rock Island
when he was caught between the draw
bars of the engine and a freight car.
The accident occurred about 3 o'clock
but he died four hours later at the
Wenatchee hospital where he was ta
ken immediately after the accident.
The ycung man who was 21 years of
age had only been in the employ of
the railroad company for a few months
and up to the time of his death had
been on the Spokane division east of
that city.
The tather of the young man is a
! brakeman on passenger trains running
j thru this city and was at Wilson Creek
when he learned of his boy's death.
He came to Wenatchee on tbe first
train, being 27, the fast mail bat was
not in time to see his son alive. The
body was taken to Hillyard for burial
where his parents reside. Besides be
has a younger brother and sister.
$1.50 Per Year
State May Sell Land on Small Payments
Among the bills introduced in the
legislature relating to the solution of
the iogged-oS land problem, is one
which provided for a mill tax levy to
cover an appropriation of $1,000,000
to be used by the state in clearing off
logged off lands, which are then to be
sold on long time payments and in
small tracts to settlers. Another bill
pending before the legislature provides
for the loaning of the permanent
school fund to farmers on first mort
gages, while there is a bill providing
for the payment to the wiyes of con
victs of money earned by such con
victs, and a bill providing that the
state make powder for the benefit of
the small landholder.
This is the Determination of the Lamb-
Davis Lumber Co. for the Future
George L. Gardner, general sales
manager for the Lamb-Davis Lumber
Co., was here over Sunday and left
Monday for Wenatchee on his way to
Spokane, where he makes his head
quarters. He said to a reporter that
the lumber and box output of the com
pany was sold several months in ad
vance. He is looking forward to a
very active summers business. He
recently sold a large box order to one
of the Washington meat packing
houses. The boxes and packing cases
to be turned out by the company this
year will surpass in quality all pre
vious efforts of the company in this
line. This is made possible by the
latest improved box making machinery
which is now being put in place.
Mr. Riggs, the mill superintendent,
says he will commence making boxes
this month. The saw mill, however,
will probably not be able to commence
running before March. It will prob
ably be that time before the snow has
disappeared sufficiently to make get
ting about the yard practicable.
fifty Three, Four and Five Room Houses
Needed Right Now
J. R. Strick came here the first of
this week from Worland, Montana,
having accepted a position in the big
lumber mill. He has a wife and one
child, and he put in two entire days
hunting a house or housekeeping
rooms, and while thus engaged he said
to a reporter for The Echo that he
ran across at least twenty people en
gaged in the same quest. He said
sometimes it would be quite amusing,
he would run across a man and think
ing perhaps he could help him out he
would ask him if he knew where there
was a house or rooms for rent, and the
man would reply, "That's just exactly
what I am trying to find out "
Mr. Stride called at this office for
information and said be did not like
the Montana climate on account of
the wind and wanted to locate some
place permanently and liked the ap
pearance of Leavenworth and its out
look for the future.
Death of Mrs. John King
One of the saddest deaths in many
months occurred last Friday when Mrs.
King, wife of John King of Peshastin
passed into the beyond. Two weeks
ago a little girl came to brighten their
home but since that time the mother
has lingered between life and death
and in spite of all efforts her life was
taken by the grim reaper. Mrs. King
was well known here where they had
lived up to about a year ago when
Mr. King moved to Peshastin and had
many friends in both places. She
leaves a husband and three children.
The funeral icnrices were conducted
by Rev. Barker from the Peshastin
church after which the remains of the
faithful mother were laid to rest in the
cemetery at that place.

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