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The Kennewick courier-reporter. [volume] (Kennewick, Wash.) 1939-1949, November 04, 1943, Image 1

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iower Company Promises
City Better Water Supply
We Growers Receive
High Prices for Crop
' While there was only about a
third of a normal crop of prunes
>m‘s year, according to Manager
W Desgranges of the Big
Y, the returns have more than
made up any possible deficiences
{hr the growers. The returns
m that the first pools brought
a; growers $220 per ton and the
ma pool went even higher,
with returns of $240 per ton.
president plums, not a large crop
we, brought $260 per ton.
War Medals on
Biplay in
courier Window
Air medal and oak
leaf clusters awarded
to war prisoner
‘ In the Courier-Reporter window
'I on Air Medal, and three Oak
In! Clusters, awarded to Richard
L. Peebles, formerly of Kenne
wick. Peebles is a prisoner of
min Germany, having been
taken during the Tunisian cam
paign in Northern Africa. The
medal and clusters have been for
warded by the War Department
to his wife, the" former Jerry
Dam of Richland, who has not
seen her husband for more than
twoyears. He was formerly a
pilot with the RAF, but trans
ferred to the U. S. Air Corps when
it arrived in England.
Peebles was injured in his crash
and was confined at firSt in a Ger
man hospital, where he reported
that he was being well cared for
and has since, of course, made
amplete recovery. His wife had
rid several letters from him since
he has been in the prison camp,
but just lately received the very
that letter which he wrote -while
still in the hospital.
Mrs. Peebles, born and raised
at Richland, taught in the Ken
newlck~ schools a couple years.
She is teaching at Richland this
Mr. .
The citations accompanying the
medal state it was granted “for
participating in 10 sorties against
the enemy." The Oak Leaf Clus
ters for Air Medal were “for meri
torious achievement while par
ticipating in 20 sorties against the
many and for the destruction of
one enemy aircraft, Type ME 109
on the let of April, 1943.”
In the letter to Mrs. Peebles the
Ming chief of decorations and
awards stated: “You can rightly
Share the pride which would be
his could he be present to receive
this decoration. The Army Air
forces present this award to you
In honor of his services to his
The decorations will be on dis-
Play in the local window for a
few days only.
The library will be closed for
No holidays this month, Nov. 11,
Armistice Day, and Nov. 25,
Thanksgiving Day.
Gather Gets Wings at
Corpus Christi Field _
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Garber
have mceived word that their son
wfiyne was presented his pilot’s
zines on the 19th of October and
“0W an ensign in the Naval
have. He was graduated at
CNN: Christi and has now been
ht t 0 Jacksonville, where he will
rule his studies in aviation as
mat of a navy bomber. '
Will try wells for
source; more storage
and bigger mains
“Kennewick is entitled to an
adequate supply of pure, clean
water,” general manager R. B.
Bragg of the Pacific Power 8;-
Light Co., told members of the
city council Tuesday night. “Our
company, which has been supply
ing the city for many years, recog
nizes the situation and are mak
ing plans now to secure an ade
quate. supply. This effort will re
quire, we presume, a possible new
source—wells, if possible, ample
storage facilities and new and
larger mains to handle the in
crease which‘ this community is
beginning to demonstrate that it
needs,” he continued.
The company has secured the
service of competent engineers
and are making a survey of the
needs of the community, togeth
er with the likelihood and possi
bilities of expansion Mr. Bragg
reported. As soon as these sur
v'eys are completed, estimates of
the costs will be laid before the
council frankly and if necessary
the council will be asked to an;
thorize an increase in rates to cov
er the added investment. '
Regarding the possibilities of
the city entering the utility busi
ness, Mr. Bragg said he was frank
in stating that the company did
not care to sell its plant, even
though it was the only city on its
network which was supplied with
water as well as electricity. ~
In the informal discussion which
followed the statement, Mr. Bragg
spoke of the economic desirability
of combining the Highland do
mestic system with that for the
city proper. This was feasible, he
said, and probably would be the
most economical in the long run,
although he was not able to state
whether or not the Highlands
would care to sell or combine.
In case wells are found not to
be available, either in quality or
quantity, filtration will be re
quired, Mr- Bragg pointed out.
In either case, the company plans
to take such steps as are necessary
to give the city an adequate
Local Stockholders
Control Kellogg Mine
Many local people are stock
holders in the Lynch-Pine Creek
mine in the Kellogg district. They
are being made happy this week
by the announcement that they
have secured control of the prop
erty and will be represented on
the board of directors by George
The company is already in oper
ation, operating 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, with a daily
capacity of 60 to 70 tons of ore.
Leases on a royalty basis of some
30,000 tons of ore already blocked
out. are under contract and the
stockholders are expecting divi
dends from their investments from
now on, according to- Mr. Turner.
Valley Farmers
Forced to Sell .
Final chapter-in the evacuation
of residents from the area occu
pied by the Hanford Engineering
Works is being written now as
farmers along the fringe of the
vast project sell out their belong
ings and prepare to start anew
somewhere else. ‘- Probably the
largest auction sale to be held in
a series of sales which have con
tinued steadily since early sum-7‘
mer is that to be held next week
at the ranch of Fred Wilson north
east of Prosser. ,
Wilson, who owned about 10
sections of land of his own, and
has been leasing the old Snively
ranch in the Barrel Springs dis
trict. He has raised cattle, using
the fine bunch grass grazing over
the top and on the slopes of the
Rattlesnake, and has grown dry
farm wheat.
; Listed for sale at the ranch on
iTuesday are 270 head of cattle m
‘cluding seven herd bulls, horses
and pigs, and a long list of me
;chanical equipment, including
écombines, tractors, drills, weeders,
and all of the equipment that goes
with a large ranch operation.
G. R. Gochnour, who is handling
the Wilson sale, estimated that
during the year he will have dis
posed of about $1,000,000 worth
of property, much of it from the
dispo‘sessed farmers along the
Hanford project—Yakima Herald.
War-Time Recreation Committee Appointed
18.396 Rafion
Books lSsued Here
Last Week -
Kennewick turns in
7396, while Richland
issues 2436 books
Registration, still not complete,
for Ration Book IV, as taken last
week, gave this end of the county
a grand total of 18,396. Of this
number 7,369 were from the Ken
newick area. The highest number,
as shown by the applications, was
from the ‘ Hanford-White Bluffs
district, where 7850 books were
iSsued. This number does not by
any means, include all of the peo
ple in that area, for by far the
largest number of workers in that
area do not require ration books.-
Richland registered 2436 books
and the River View district issued
741. Ordinarily these figures
would give a very definite check
upon the number of people in the
several districts, but because of
the large number who do not re
quire ration books, the population
cannot be checked in this man
ner, being entirely too low.
The ration board announces that
those who were unable to regis
ter' last week 'may apply at the
local board after next Monday
for their books. _
Jack O’Neil Now
Captain in Air Corps
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. O’Neil re
ceived the good news last week
that their son Jack had been pro
mated to the rank of captain, and
had been sent to England, where
he expects to visit Jim Green of
Kennewick. Captain O’Neil, a
communications officer in the air
corps, will now have charge of
three groups.
fl, Armistice
Supervised Recreation to
be Flamed to Care
for Local Youth
A new civilian recreation au
thority .for the community of
Kennewick has been authorized
by the Federal Office of Com
munity Services, _7 Division of Rec
reation.. Under the instructions
of the Division Field representa
tive, T» O. Hoagland of ,Seattle,
Mayor A. C. Amon at a meeting
in the city hall Tuesday afternoon
appointed several members to the
It was established that. the fed
eral agency in charge of this phase
of community welfare is quite
well convinced of the need of or
ganization and launching of an
adequate recreational program
here and stands ready to assist
in its promotion and its financing.
One of the first steps will be a
thorough survey of the commun
ity to determine its needs along
this line and the available facil
ities for such a program. It was
pointed out that assistance can
be had for all phases of the proj
ect except that of building con
The new recreational set-up
will also have the full approval
and support of the local office
of civilian defense, and Miss Phyl
lis McCain, district child welfare
worker for Benton and Franklin
counties has been instrumental in
a similar organization for Pasco.
She will be active in the program
here also. An over-all chairman
for four phases of child welfare
work in this county will be ap
pointed soon on her recommenda
tion to the COD. _
At the meeting Tuesday the
preliminary committee called by
Miss McClain and Mayor Amon
met with Mr. Hoagland who gave
a general outline of the plan
which the local committee might
follow. He stated that his agency
is merely advisory but that it
is in position to secure allotments
of funds for carrying out the rec
reational program when it is once
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150 Teachers '
Attend. Connly
Instructors discuss pro
fessional problems at
afternoon sessions
An address “World of Tomor
row,” by Dr. James Brett Kenna,
pastor of the University Metho
dist Temple of Seattle was the
high light of an afternoon-evening
program for the Benton. County
Supplementary Teachers Institute
held here yesterday. About 150-
teachers and guests were present
at' the sessions and the banquet
in the evening.
In the afternoon, in addition to
a short musical program there was
consideration of professional prob
lems, assisted by Joe Chandler,
general secretary of the Washing
ton Educational Association and
Martin Miller, field secretary of
the ~W.E.A.
Victor D. Rogers is president of
the Benton County unit of the
WEA. and presided at the ban
quet. C. Bruce Schwarck, Prosser,
is vice president and Leila Holden,
Kennewick is secretgry-treasurer.
Representatives of the different
groups were Edgar Gilbert, ad
ministrator, Kennewick; Roger W.
Jones, Jr. 'and Sr. high schools,
Kennewick; Geraldine Peebles,
upper grades, Richland; Glenna
Larkin, intermediate grades, Riv
er View; Florence Stillwell, pri
mary grades, Kennewickr and
Ruth Carmichael, ex-officio, of
Prosser. -
Lieut. Marjorie E. Nelson, WAC
recruiting officer, accompanied by
Frances L. Miles, T/5 Gr., will
'be at the city hall in Kennewick
on Tuesday afternoon from 3
o’clock until 7 to take enlistments
for the service or to explain the
service to anyone interested.
See Possibility of Early
Start on High Line Proiect
Uni-t would add
30,000 acres of best
land in valley
For 25 years it has been the
dream of Kennewick folks to have
the High Line 'canal constructed,
thereby adding some 30,000
acres of highly productive tam
lands to the 4000 already under
cultivation on the Highlands. This
week, it looks as though the dream
had a real chance of coming true,
as a result of the trip taken by
representatives to the annual ir
rigation institute held last week
at Denver.
H. G. Fyfe and E. J. Brand, rep
resenting the Kennewick Irriga
tion district were in attendance at
the meetings and came back with
the word that the Kennewick
project would probably be the
next one to be constructed. Pos
sibilities of the start of the work
as early as next spring are being
A few years ago the Kennewick
project was all but in the cards.
Then the Kittitas project was giv
en precedence. Then, after other
years of effort, the Rosa was given
the green light while the Kenne
wick unit was passed by. Now,
‘the Rosa is all but completed, the
Kittitas is out of the way and
the Kennewick unit is next on the
Because of all the preliminary
work, this project is ready to be
developed. Settlement nowadays
is a comparatively speedy ' and
simple matter, economic and soil
surveys have been made, rights of
way have been purchased and the
legal preliminaries all straight
ened out.
The project received the en
dorsement of all the irrigation
men in charge of the regional
work and the local men feel sure
that at last the project is about
to be undertaken. The most seri
ous obstacle, they feel now. is that
the pumps will be unavailable,
but the war situation would seem
to justify priorities on this equip
measure a war food program of
It was pointed out this noon by
Mr. Brand that the development
of ‘this area would triple the size
of the business and residential
area of Kennewick, regardless of
any growth due to war activity
and industry in the area.
October is P.O.’s
Biggest Month Ever
Postal receipts are said to be
the most accurate index of a com
munity‘s commercial life. Post
master F. H. Lincoln today reports
that the month of October of this
year was the biggest month in the
history of the local office, not ex
cepting Christmas rushes in the
past, when all tamer records
have been shattered. The records
are for stamp sales, money orders
and volume of mail handled;
New Buy Seoul '
Trbop Launched
At a meeting of boys and par
ents interested in scouting in
Kennewick, held Tuesday night at
the Methodist Church, plans were
adopted by the new troop com
mittee for the immediate registra
tion of boys who can quality and
for regular meetings of the new
The troop, which will not re
ceive its number until its charter
is granted, will be sponsored by
the Methodist Church and will
meet in a hall provided there each
Monday evening at 7 o’clock. The
found necessary.
Two leaders for the troop are
already appointed. Harry Higley
will serve as acting scoutmaster
and Herbert Hisner as assistant
scoutmaster. Both are experienced
leaders. The troop committee in
cludes Vane Wilder, chairman;
Floyd Hutchins, William Johns,
Ellis Dorothy and D. M. Deeter.
All of these have had scouting
experience in the past. Vane
Wilder is a district officer in the
Blue Mountain Council.
The registration for new scouts
as charter members of the troop
is to be held open for several
days in order that all who are in
in. Mr. Coan was asked by the
troop committee to meet with the
boys at school at a convenient
}time to discuss troop plans.
Close Armistice Day
As has long been the local
custom. Kennewick business
houses will he closed all day
next Thursday—Armistice Day.
This is one of the six holidays
which local business institutions
observe. The second one this
month will be Thanksgiving
Day. a snonth from today. Other
than the usual Legion banquet
and program. no other observ
ance of the day has hoen
planned for next Thursday.
Farm Laborers
All Want to
Come Back Again
All seem pleased with
experiment in hand
ling farm crops
Tuesday night the last remain
ing quota of farm laborers, im
ported for farm work in this area
from Missouri and Mississippi this
spring, left for their homes. There
were 7.8 individuals in the party.
Of the 18 families from Missouri,
only one gave his intention of not
returning another year if possible.
His refusal was not because he
was dissatisfied, but because he
had made enough so that he pre
ferred to stay at home and con
tinue the development of his heme
One family of eight, three of
whom worked during the season,
was taking back S3OOO which they
had saved from their season’s
‘work. Others had nearly as good
records. All had profitted and all
had either sent or. were taking
Imoney back with . than.
The camp, however, is not be
ing closed, as was planned at the
beginning of the season. As a re
sult of the acute housing shortage
here, permission has been re
ceived to keep the camp open for
transient agricultural or defense
[workers in this area. There will
be approximately 30 units avail
able for the winter. The unit
consists of a sidewalled tent, with
floor, bed, tick, stove and table.
Other equipment must be supplied
by the workers themselves.
Camp facilities. wash rooms,
toilets, etc., will be supplied by
the camp officials who will re
main on the job during the winter.
There will be a group of Mex
icans housed on' the place during
the winter, they, too having re
ceived special permission to re
main tor agricultural work during
the winter. ‘
Ruled National
Speaker Coming
Dr. Walter Van Kirk, of the
Federal Council of Churches of
New York City, Who is heard each "
Saturday on the national “Re
ligion in the News” broadcast, is
evening man service on Nov. 14.
The meeting is scheduled to be
held in the auditorium of the
Methodist church in Pasco. Dr.
Van Kirk is a member of a team
of five outstanding national and
international figures sent out by
the Federal Council to talk to the
American people on many phases
of plans and building for the post
war period of peace and‘ welfare.
The coming of Dr. Van Kirk is
sponsored by the local Mid-Co
lumbia Council and the inter-city
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