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@ll2 Ktmwmirk alumina Evpnrtv’
l'ire Completely
Mays Garage
And Building
OarS, parts and mum
ment lost In flre Whlch
also ruins bulldmg
} Friday night a fire of unknown
with, totally destroyed the build
in! and contents of the S. 8; J.
1!on Co. and the Contractors
3.13 and Service Co., in the 10-
am of the former E. C. Smith
motor Co. on Benton street.
The fire, which had gained
much headway, was discovered by
mimnen on a passing train which
whistled the alarm. At the time
‘Ol discovery, the men state, the
mes were already twenty feet
mm the roof of the concrete
building. ' By the time the fire
Went arrived, the fire had
“med too much headway to be
controlled. so that eVerything
contained in the building was
destroyed completely. -
There were several cars in the
repair shop. These were com
pletely destroyed, although the
_¢ity’s dump truck can possibly be
'med. The equipment, gath
and from many places through
out the state, belonging to the
Motor Co. was completely de
stroyed. Thousands of dollars
worth of parts were also ruined,
a well as all the office fixtures
and supplies.
The. Sales & Service Co., which
carried $15,000 or'sl6,ooo worth of
tires, also lost all their stock, in
cluding three huge six-foot tires
weighing approximately a ton and
costing $2650 each were destroy
ed. .
The fire has practically put the
motor company out of business,
as the equipment is exceptionally
difficult to replace, even though
a 'new location could be secured.
Mr. Simonds has been making
every effort. to find a location
with no success at the present
moment. Until he can- find a lo
cation or one can be built for the
.wrpose the plant, -badly needed
’in this area, cannot be operated.
Lee Metzger, manager of the
>Contractors Co. has had better
luck. He has secured a location
on the highway for his new stock
which the company took immedi
ate steps to replace for him. He
also has a branch store at Han
ford, so his operations were not
completely suspended, as was the
me in the motor company.
The building, which was com
pletely destroyed was of con
crete block construction belong
“! to M. M. Moulton. He has
not decided whether he can or
Will rebuild until insurance set
flflnents have been completed.
mini—an; Hear About
Conditions in China
The Chinese people are won
dam, but their customs and
Parts of the country are terrible,
fun the white man’s standpoint,
John Whittaker, manager of the
local FSA camp told Kennewick
’Kimians Tuesday noon. Mr.
Whittaker, son of medical and
church missionaries, was born in
Gina and lived there for some
Rats. He learned to speak Chin
-9e before he could speak Eng
-1:31., but says he‘s now beginning
to be unable to think in Chinese.
Members of the club asked him
my questions concerning the
mum? and his answers were in
{ensely interesting, giving new
light to some of the actions which‘
“1' linking up that country with
ours In the world conflict.
Tr} iii—HWY—
local Proiecis
Plans specifications and esti-
Hfites for Kenenwick’s new hos
nm line been sent to the head-
Wem in Seattle for final ap
b“Swill. In addition to the hos-
Pita] proper, Rev. Coan, chair
m?“ Of the development com
mm“! Stated that plans were also
sent for a $19,000 nurses’ home.
Indications are that the govern-
Inent is ready to make the grant,
m at today's chamber of com
met-cg meeting it was decided to
”Pd a committee there to inter
m‘" the board with a view of
”Wing the action. The com—
r’élttee will also attempt to con-
Vince the board of the very urgent
“$.10: the 200-unit additional
hmmg project here.
SEVeral carloads‘ of material, a
anall crew and the construction
rm’flllan for the Strand & Co.,
"“96 here this morning. The
Nmpany has the contract for the
“W housing unit.
Feed Wheat Available
Through AAA Office
Word has been received by the
AAA office that government feed
wheat sold to feed mixers after
Oct. 4 can be used only for dairy
cows and laying hens and turkeys
if incorporated into mixed feeds.
An effort is being made to dis
courage the feeding of market
hogs to weights in excess of 200
pounds or beef cattle beyond fair
to good finish.
Feed wheat is available to Ben
ton county farmers at the ware
house in Pasco. Orders should be
filed through the Benton county
AAA office in Kennewick.
F our Farmers to
Manage Affairs
0! County PSA
Pass on loans, advise
use and adaption
of services
Four Benton county farmers,
designated as the County FSA
committee, three as full members
and one as alternate, will assume
major responsibilities for adapting
the Farm Security Administration
program in this area to local needs
and assist in every way possible to
place all small or family-type
farms on a full Wartime basis, an
nounces Edwin O. Wartensleben,
county FSA supervisor, Court
House, Pasco. Past committees
have been advisory without ad
ministrative duties.
' Appointed effective October 1,
the farmers who will make up
the committee and their terms
of office include:
A. J. Thompson, diversified
farmer, Route 2, Prosser, three
years. _
Rolla Lanning, diversified farm
er, Route 1, -Kennewick, two
Adam P. Thornber, diversified
farmer, Route 1, Kennewick, one
Mark Richardson, farmer, Route
2, Kennewick, alternate. '
' Committeemen were selected on
the basis of representative com
munities in the county, their
knowledge of local farm problems
and ability to help others in
boosting war crop and livestock
“After a two-day meeting to
familiarize themselves with cur
rent FSA procedures and pro
grams, the county FSA commit
tee will review and pass on eligi
bility of applicants for FSA loans,
advise farmers how they can best
use FSA services, and help adapt
every FSA authorization to best
fit local needs,” said Wartensle
ben. “Farmers themselves know
about their own problems and
that it why the Administrator has
asked direct farmer participation
in shaping this important war
food program.”
The Couny FSA supervisor will
continue to service families as in
the past, and will be secretary
of the county FSA committee, but
the farmer committee will assume
primary responsibility for guid
ing and adapting the program to
the county in the best interests
of small farmers and the war job,
it was explained. Operating goods,
group service and water facility
loans to those with no other ade
quate credit sources, together
with management assistance, ten
ure improvement, health care and
debt adjustment services will con
tinue to be basis of the program.
__ _ ____” ’—
Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Estes of
the Highlands
Unsigned Leflers
Merely Annoy
Seleclive Service
Board anxious to learn
about all apparent
draft evaslons
The various selective service
boards throughout the nation are
composed of men who are devot:
ing their energies and a consid
erable portion of their time gratu
itously, to the work required un
der the provisions of the Selective
Service Act. They do their work
conscientiously, without expecta
tion of praise or reward, but they
are fallible and errors and injus
tices sometimes occur. - Strange
as it. may seem, however, the
criticisins of board actions come
mostly, not because certain men
have been selected for service but
because certain other men have
not. '
Many times criticism is voiced
‘by a neighbor over the failure
of the board to induct a certain
registrant. It may be that this
particular fellow has had a physi
cal rejection or for other reasons
is unacceptable for army or navy
service. Naturally he is not
anxious to advertise his defects
and suffers in silence the undis
guised scorn of his acquaintances.
Again he may be entitled and
forced against his wishes, to ac
cept an occupational deferment.
Rigid rules are laid down govern
ing all classifications and by these
the boards must be governed.
Then again there is the slacker
who doesn’t think it is his war
and who is willing to hide_.behind
anything that will keep him out
of it. - About the only thing to
be said for him is that he will
have to live with his own con
science the rest of his life.
It may or may not be peculiar
but most of the complaints or
criticisms come in the form of
anonynmous letters to the board.
These of course cannot be an
swered nor can the writer be con
tacted for more information which
many times would be welcomed.
In writing to the board one should
have no hesitation in signing his
name as all such communications
are held strictly confidential. If
that were done, full and free co
operation would be assured, states
a communication from the Benton
County Local Board, Selective
Service System.
Bill Boutelle ll]
In Virginia Hospital
Finley—William Boutelle who
was stricken with appendicitis
while out to sea was brought to
"a hospital at Norfolk, Virginia,
for an operation. His parents
received a letter written by his
nurse that he was improving and
would soon be able to write to
them himself.
Lee Boutelle and Lt. Ude from
Seattle were fishing on the Yak
ima river Sunday and were for
tunate in getting their limit.
Over Here
Ration Calendar
SUGAR, 5 lbs. book 1, stamp 14,
expires October 3lst.
SUGAR for home canning, 5 Ib.
each, book 1, stamps 15 and 16
expire October 31.
SHOES, book I,'stamp 18, and
book 3, airplane 1 valid Nov. 1.
blue stamps X, Y, Z, expire No
vember 20. Book 4, green A, B, C,
valid November 1, expire Decem
ber 20.
CHEESES: book 3, brown C, D
E, F, expire October 30. Brown
G valid Oct. 24, expire December
4. Brown H valid October 31, ex
pire December 4.
Take All Three Ration Books
When You Shop
GASOLINE: A books coupons
8 good for 3 gallons through No
vember 21. B or C books may be
renewed within, but not before,
15 days from the date shown on
the cover of the book.
TIRE inspection: A every 6
months (by March 30, 1944). B
every 4 months. C every 3 months.
T every 6 months or 5,000 miles
of driving.
It will be: necessary to pre
sent Book 111 when registering
for Book IV.
Only Blue Fuel Oil Coupons
Good in this Area
Spokane District employees of
tion and pof War Price and Ba
the Office of Price Administra
‘tioning boards, lead all other dis
tricts of the Eighth Region in the
bonds, compared with a quota of
Third War Loan Drive.
The Eighth Region, of which the
Spokane district is a ‘part com
prises eleven districts in Wash
ington, Oregon, California, Ne
vada, Arizpna and northern Idaho.
This region oversubscribed its
quota by 71 percent.
- North Africa
Friday, Sept. 24
Dear Mom:
I slipped up on the letter last
Sunday. I had to work all day.
Then Monday I went south, right
to the edge of the Saharra desert
to install a refrigerator. Got back
Wednesday night. I was the only
American back there except for
the negro that drove me, and of
course he didn’t count. I didn’t
have a bit of trouble with the
so-called wild Arabs. They are
wonderful people if you just try
a little to get to know them. They
treated me just as swell as they
possibly could. We went through
a Mohammedan Mosque that is
next to Mecca itself, as far as
sacredness is concerned. It is actu
ally right at the gateway to the
Saharra. Inside it is a beautiful
thing, even though it is just made
of mud bricks. Everything seems
to just be ageless in the desert.
Timber that holds up the roof of
New 30-81 mm
School in Cards
For Kennewick
Increased population
need for enlarged
school facilities here
The wartime influx of people
into the community is apparently
going to result in a new school
house for the Kennewick district.
Supt. E. S. Black has assurance
of a federal grant sufficiently
large to erect a 30-mom building,
plus at least two new buses and
a cash grant of $35,000. besides
sufficient equipment to furnish
the building. '
Mr. Black is on the Coast now
attending to the details in con--
nection with the project and hopes
to have the deal far enough along
so that construction can be started
this winter. -
Plans are for the building to
be put on the property owned by
the district just west of the pres
ent grade school building. First
‘ plans included a remodeling of the
‘old Washington street building
‘school busses, but it was found to
vagina. .
In the meantime Don Coates.
former principal of the high
school, has been hired by the
board to act as assistant super
intendent while Mr. Black's time
will be devoted to the new build
ing project. Under the wartime
setup, it appears that the new
facilities will be entirely at the
expense of the federal govern-:
meat. 1
a Mosque that is more than 1200
they were put up. Inside of the
large temple is a tomb where rests
the old prophet. that founded this
temple, his wife and three chil
dren. This old -man is rated right
along with the prophets in our
Bible. You know the Koran
(Mohammedan Bible) contains our
Bible and also a lot that our Bible
doesn’t mention, yet they have ab
solute proof for a lot of their be
There is a high iron fence across
the room that fences off the
tombs. The interpreter swore by
person put in that pen and left
there for three days and nights
would come out perfectly well.
I’m not religious but I won't dis
pute his word. After you see
these things, and see the look in
the eyes of these old Arébs you
can’t help but know that they
(Continued on Page 8)
Ask Early Return of
Red Cross Articles
Because of the organization of
a separate Red Cross chapter in
Benton county, it is considered
advisable that all the units in
the county close their records
with the Yakima chapter as soon
as possible.
For that reason. the local pro
duction chairman is asking all
Kennewick women who are sew
ing on Red Cmss materials to
please try to complete their as
signments before November first.
Completed articles may be left at
the Courier-Reporter office and
should contain the name of the
person who made them.
Board Gives Time.
Places and Dates
For Registration
Applicants for ration
books must have old
one to turn in
If you intend to eat next year.
there is one duty that sogneone
in the family will not be 'per
mitted to neglect next week. Four
afternoons and evenings, Oct. 26._
27, 28 and 29—‘l‘uesday to Friday
of next week, every family must
make application for the new Ra
tion Book No. 4.
For the Kennewick district the
registration will be at the 'senior
high school building from 2:30 to
5:00 in the afternoons and from
7:00 until 9:30 each evening.
For the Richlnnd district. regis
tration will be at the grade school
building on two days onLv. Wed
nesday. October 27 and. Friday.
morning and 6:00 to 8:30 in the
evenings. No afternoon session:
at Richland.
For the lower valley. registra
tion will be held at the grade
school building at River View
on the afternoons and evenings
of the first three days, but not in
the evening of Friday. October 29.
Registration hours there will be
3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 0:00 each
day, but only in the afternoon on
Friday. October 20.
Residents in the Hanford-White
Bluffs district will register at
Hanford, but the time and place
has not yet been determined. The
residents are asked to watch the
bulletin boards for further in
Each applicant must have Ra
sons for whom he makes appli
cation tor Book IV. ~
'Hbrse Heaveners Stage
Private Band Drive
1 Members of the Locust Grove
Grange in Horse Heaven had a
lot of fun last Friday night when
:they held a bond auction sale at
¥their meeting house. Kit Gifford
acmd as auctioneer in his cus
tomary entertaining manner and
managed to coax nearly SIO,OOO
worth of bonds from the small
group which attended. This, too.
right on the heels of the big drive
just completed during the pre
vious month.
Articles oi! merchandise had
been contributed by the Kenne—x
wick merchants. These were
auctioned by the size of the bond
purchased. Two pillows. for in
stance. brought - bond sales of
S6OO each, and the auctioneer
himself bid S4OO for the small hole ‘
in a Lifesaver candy. 1
Following the sale dancing and‘
refreshments were enjoyed. l
Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Esta of
the W
City to Seek
New and Bauer
Water Facilities
Quantity and quality
both insufficient city
fathers decidb.
The accent serious the was the
occasion tor the city council to
renew its activities toward the se
curing of adequate water facilities
for the municipality. The tire. ac
cording to the reports, was inef
ficiently fought because of insuf
ficient water supply. It was re
ported that the suction pipe of
the Pasco pumper. which had
been called in to help. was sucked
flat by exhausting the water in
the mains. Even the local pumper
was unuable to use its capacity
on account of the lack of water.
The insufficiency of the supply,
plus the reports from the state
health department regarding the
quality of the water. has again
stirred the council into taking
some action. Discussion at.the
meeting was to the effect that a
municipal system should be ac
quired, either by buying whole
sale from the Highlands plant.
which would in that event be en
abled to finance a filtration sys
tem, or to put in their own new
system. It was thought that under
me wartime circumstances. the
flood of new inhabitants and the
prospects for a still further and
greater increase. that federal
grants might be obtainable.
Discussion brought out the fact
that the local plant. if purchased
by the city, would need a com
plete overhauling and enlarge
ment, plus the installation of the
filtration plant and that a com
plete new system might not cost
.much more than the purchase of
ithe present system. However.
‘before any definite action is to be
taken, information regarding the
intentions of the Pacific Power 8:
Light Co. regarding compliance
with the state board of health
regulations will be secured. This
information is to be available at
the next council meeting.
In the meantime. further in
formation regarding the possi
bilities of a greater population
will be secured. if possible. from
County to Control
River Sanitation
At the hearing Monday night
sponsored by the Benton County ,
Planning Commission, there was
only one resident of Kennewick,
althoum several from the High
lands were there.
The meeting was for the pur.
pose of asking the county com
missioners to do something about
the water contamination above
the intakes tor the two systems.
Reprenntatives of tip county and
state health boards were present
and the pnohlem has been more
or less worked out. .
Residents, both in houses and
trailers, along the river bank be
tween the canal and the river,
tanks instead of dumping sewage
into the river which has been
found to be against the state law
already on the statute books. The
commissioners will nequire build
htg permits for all future installa
tims in that area, which will in
clude the requirement referred
to. ‘
C of C Hears
About Project
A desu'iption o! Kennewick's
new ted-a1 housing project, to
and blueprints for it were given
at the chamber of commerce meet
ing this noon. P. G. Richmond
and R. E. Reed, members of the
local housing authority, explained
the drawings and handed out such
information as was available.
Several carloads of material ar
rived today and trucks and equip
ment, together with the con
struction foreman and crew and
immediate work is to be started.
The community house. accord
first building completed, in a mat
ter of 30 days. The entire project
is to be ready for occupancy by
the first of February.
The units will all contain stoves,
refrigerators and in some cases
basic furniture. Water, lights,
fuel. sarbase and yard service are
to be furnished residents. The
‘houses will be rented on a priority
NO. 30

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