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Home Situation Based;
New Houses Now Ready
g mils in Local
med Openetf to
”proved Renters
More. than }OO private
homes nearmg comple
tion; mom for trailers
Kw ’ck’s housing situation
. due in: considerable relief in
‘5, m near future. Several
new are responsible. The sev
en! thousand houses in the Rich—
giw ~ w are being completed
,' , occupied and more and more
am will relieve the local
situation as key men are able to
g“ permanently located nearer
waxwork. _
In addition to that, the Kenne
wick Housing project, with its
two hundred family units, is about
to be completed. In fact 90 of
the units are to be opened this
week end for occupancy. Some
{qty-odd ofthe units have already
been spoken for and will be oc
cupied before the end of next
week. .
As a further measure of rehet in
this section, the state housing
authority has released twenty
tive of the units for key men in
local essential industries. These
classifications will include key
men in the processing plants, in
transportation, teachers and some
lew other key positions.
Edda these two main factors,
the M addition west of town
is will: nectar: completion and
wants will be able to move in
within sixty days ‘or so. This will
with ham; or some sixty
milks. while at the same time
the Green, Homes addition east
of ton will have their sixty-odd
homes ready tor occupancy in
Motel! that time. '
.Smttemd about the city are per
slM other new houses
are being occupied as rap
idli Ithe roots are on. These
the comingdrailers will add
. ._ to Kennewick’s popula-
Won with uh; hd'islnz'
m'ue‘parations are being cm
meted for taking care of some
500 to a thousand trailers. Water,
sewer and light facilities are be
“! B"mixed for in the new loca-.
tion, and some of the trailers
“0W Parked along the river road
are Med to be moved to that
location. Besides that the govern
ment is seeking about 100 of its
trailers to rent.
City to Add '
New Fire Truck
Kennewick's increasing fire haz
ards have caused the city to plan
extensions to its fire fighting
equipment.‘ At the last meeting
of the city council, plans were
laid for ‘the purchase of another
gumper. Bids have been prepared
and the call has been made for
the new equipment.
Health Officer Tudor called the
attention of ' the council to the
fiery definite fire hazard being
Increased daily at the several
pabin and trailer camps in the
Immediate neighborhood.
A new car for the police de
partment was also authorized. It
is planned to make these pur
zhases out of next year’s budget,
0 that the former experience of
983 mg more in interest on the
bonds than the original cost of
the apparatus, will not be neces
sary this time.
Says Jan Bum“
Come Quickly
i . Commander McVay. senior med
‘ ical officer at the navy base at
Pasco Tuesday noon told Kiwan
nians of his experiences with the
landing of the marines at Guad
alcanal. It was a thrilling story, i
recounting in detail the hardships
that first group of men underwent
during the first four months of
American cccupation.
Dr. McVay discounted the super
stuff the japs are supposed to be
made of and says that three die
from deficiency diseases for every
one our our soldiers killed there.
When it comes to being tough sold
!el‘S, the doctor says the American
gnarines have got it all over the
He concluded his talk with the
prediction that the end of the
gap war would come much speed
ler than most of us are being led to
Coach Normile and his bas
ketball squad were guests of the
' duh and were introduced after a
short resume of the splendid ree-
Ol'd the squad had made “us
@ll2 ‘iKmnmirk Glnurivr- Emmet
Palm Sunday A
Services ’Plannetl
.Palm Sunday services at the
First Methodist Church 'will .m
--clude several special features. The
Rainbow Girls will attend "in a
group. There will be receptions
into membership of youths and
adults. Both the musical program
and the pastor’s message have
been selected for the day.
Friday evening at 7:30 a Good
Friday candle light communion
service has been announced as
an annual part of the program.
The sanctuary will be colorful
with subdued lighting and other
appropriate appointments. It has
been announced as family night
for the congregation.
On Easter the pastor has an
nounced that there will be dedi
cation of infants and young chil
dren in Baptism and other Easter
features in keeping with the day.
Mrs. Alma Albrech entertained
at dinner Tuesday evening. for her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pasche
of Sunnyside, Mrs. Pauline Hol
brook, Mrs. Frank Pasche, Mrs.
Walter Otte of Kennewick, and
Mrs. John Neuman and son Ronnie
of Eglin Field, Florida.
Senior Play to
Be Presented
Friday High! ,4 =
3—Act comedy to be
$11: on at- § at
. S. Auditorium
‘ “Almost Summer," a three-act
comedy by Christophmgi, will
bepresentedi>bythel ‘ i ' asset
& o'clock Friday evening, March
are Ram-Walrus
' . “In; . e 1.1!: .
er direction of Grace Wodt
promises a brilliant evening. '
The three acts take place in the
living room of an average mod
ern family, the Jones’. The first
‘scene is in'the evening, directly
latter dinner; the second, on the
}evening of the next day; and the
‘third, the following afternoon.
! Paul Jones, high school boy of
18, weighted down with the com
plex problems of finishing high
school, winning his girl, and en
[tering college is played by Ken-
Lneth Campbell. Mary, Paul’s sis
lter, very critical and very im
‘pressed with a convertible coupe,
”is taken by Annette Van Fossen.
} Duane Pierce has the part of Jack,
‘Paul’s pal, and also the owner of
’the cream and yellow convertible.
:Pat Sonnenberg is Jane, Paul’s
[girl friend and a source of much
worry on Paul’s part. Junior,
. played by Ardell Curtis, is the kid
‘brother and naturally very inno
‘cent. The parts of Mr. and Mrs.
\Jones, parents of Paul,_Mary, and
lJunior, are carried aptly by Thel
ma Falk and Norman Robbins. The
‘ part of the principal, Mr. Smudge
ly, who longs for vacations, is
played by Nathan Burrows. Anna,
the maid, is played by Betty Rob
bins. Lilah Johnsonsthe girl from
someone’s past, is. portrayed by
Bonnie Demitruk.
. The business cast includes: Stage
manager, Robert Rosson; lights,
‘ Ward Felton; properties, stage and
sound by Emmeth Nyleen, person
al by Margorie Klienknecht;
prompter, Dorothy Rosson; pub—
licity, advertising, Dean Staley;
tickets, Richard Reed - and Ira
Lampson; make-up, Gene Mosher,
Rosemary Estes, Delma Duffy,
Margaret Kelso; ushers, Walter
Reese, Charles Smith, Wilma
‘Gravenslund, Margaret Garber,
iDonna Billingsley, Melva Abken,
‘Dorothy Ann Reed; programs,
Lucille Daugherty, Wilma Denny.
The music between acts will be
furnished by Howard Giles’ 11-
piece orchestra, including Irene
Pace, Cecil Tindall, Delma Duffy,
John Hughes, Bill Campbell, Niel
Boyd, Lloyd Miller, Thelma Falk,
Pat Sonnenberg, Ardell Curtis and
an accordionsolo by Miss Holden.
Reserved seats are available for
purchase at Vibber’s Drug store
or from any member of the senior
Water Turned in
Main Irrigation Ditches
Water was turned into the
man canals of the Columbia Irri
gation district the first of the
week and deliveries are being
made in some instances. Full
heads will be available to all
farm lands by the first of the
month, according to Manager
Frank Mason.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lamp
son of the Highlands. 0n duty in
India as a chaplain.
Hospital Board
Selects .'l'ruslees .
At the meeting of the Kenne
wick Hospital Association last
Tuesday evening at the Methodist
church, the group approved the
articles of incorporation which had
been prepared by Mr. Moulton,
adopted the by-laws for the or
ganization and elected its board of
trustees which will serve until the
regular annual meeting in Sep
tember. ,
The nine trustees— chosen are.
Urban L. Koelker, .Mrs. John Fer
guson, J. R. Ayers, Guy Story.
Mrs. Harry Linn, Arthur W. Camp
bell, Charles Powell, George A.
Purdy, and John B. Coan.
The organizing chairman, Urban
Koelker, stated that the federal
agencies had informed him that
the government had favorably ap
proved the project for Kennewick
and would furnish funds to the
amount of $175,000 towards the
erection and equipment of the hos
pital or 50 percent of the planned
A finance committee composed
of Win S. Black, Urban Koelker,
Paul Richmond and Charles Pow
eli~ was named to see what could
be done towards obtaining state or
other aid in the project. Black,
W- W and Powellmrein con
ference Ttiesday - with ’Governor'
Langlie at Olympia!
At a later meeting of ‘the new
board three officers for the as
sociation and the trustees were
elected: John B. Coan, president;
Urban Koelker, vice president, and
Mrs. John Ferguson, secretary
The trustees named the “ap
proved list” of member organiza
tions which will name one member
each to the association. Besides
these there are to be several mem
bers-at-large named by the board.
° The organizations are: American
Legion and Auxiliary, Chamber of
Commerce, Kiwanis club, Masonic
lodge, Eastern Star, Odd Fellows,
Rebeccas, Royal Neighbors, Eagles,
P.-T.A. P.E.0., D.A.R., Business
and Professional women, city
council, public schools, state guard,
ministerial association, organized
labor, Highlands Men’s and High
lands Woman’s clubs, and these
Granges: Highlands, Finley, Val
ley, Horse Heaven, Kiona-Benton
and Locust Grove
Two Local Boys Take
Officers Training
Two of the Navy’s V-12 students
at the North Dakota State Teach
ers College in Minot, North Dakota
are William Robert Jackson, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jockson,
Kennewick, and Alfred James
Thompson, third son of Mr. and
Mrs. Alfred J. Thompson Jr., Ken
newick. Both boys are graduates
of the Kennewick high school.
Jackson was active in football
and basketball during his’ high
school career, while Thompson
was a member of the band, and
the Junior class president.
At' the North Dakota State
Teachers college the Kennewick
youths are two of approximately
80,000 young men being especially
selected as officer candidates to be
placed on active duty while con
tinuing- their education at more
than 200 colleges and universities
of the nation. .
The Navy V-12 program has
been set up to provide a contin
uing supply of officer candidates
in the various special fields of
the U. S. Navy, Marine Corps
and Coast Guard. Length of the
courses for new students entering
college for the first time to be
come a member of specialized
service, including chaplain, medi
cal, dental and engineering officer
candidates, will vary from 8 to 14
terms. ‘
Red Cross Benefit .
A Red Cross benefit food sale
will be held at Dependable store
Monday, April 3‘. All members
please bring food to the store
not later than 10 o’clock of that
morning. This is sponsored by the
Pink and Green club of Rebekah.
City Planing
New Sewer
Trunk Lines
Overflow to be ex
tended pending build
ing of new line
The city‘s rapidly increasing
population is creating several
serious problems for the city
management, chief among them
being the water and {sewer facili
ties. Plans for the sewer exten
sions are under way'and include,
principally, a new Imain trunk
outlet into the river. from Wash
ington street.
At present the main trunk runs
down Avenue C, the paved high
way, with a high water overflow
emptying into the backwater just
below the foot of ' Washington
street. This overflow pipe also
carries the irrigation seepage
water from the north 'side of town,
and is creating a stagnant pool
bel_ow the causeway to the island.
This condition aroused the
health department which has
ordered conditions changed thEre.
Recently an engineering firm was
hired by the city to lay plans
for the future extensions, which
included a new and larger trunk
down Avenue B from Washing
ton street. The plans also in
cluded the extension of the Wash
ington street line across the island
into the main channel of the
With the opening of the can
neries a great increase in waste
will be noted. This normally is
dumped into the overflow line.
Temporarily, the state health de
partment has authorized an ex
tension of this outlet further down
the slough, until the main trunk
line can be installed, work on
which will be undertaken as soon
as the city can secure the ne
cessary priorities for the materials
from the War Production Board.
Eventually:_ “a sewer disposal
plant. will he required and the
present plans include provisions
for transposition. .
Hanford Rn
Confused ;
2nd Lieut Scheideman is
Sent to Oregon Station
Second Lieutenant Virginia
Scheideman of Kennewick, re
cently commissioned in the United
States Army Nurse Corps, has
been order to report to Station
Hospital at Camp White, Oregon,
for active duty, it was announced
recently at the headquarters of
Major General David McCoach,
Jr., commanding general of the
Ninth Service Command, at Fort
Douglas, Utah. ’
Upon completion of a six weeks
basic training course there she
will be assigned to Birmingham
gelxiiferal Hospital at Van Nuys,
a . L
R. C. lluola Still
No! Achieved
3 “Every place in the state, it
‘seems, has gone over the top in
‘the Red Cross drive,” Mrs. S. S.
‘McHenry, chairman of the local
‘committee, said today, “but Ken
‘newick. ‘We're still quite a way
ifrom reaching our goal of $7500
§and we want to go over the top,
;the same as the rest of the coun
try. We must do something about
it. .We must reach our goal.”
‘ In some cases the contributions
were too small, under the pressing
need, Mrs. McHenry said, and in
other cases the people have been
missed, even after repeated trips
by the solicitors. “This is every
body’s campaign,” Mrs. McHenry
ieaid, “and it’s everyone’s real duty
‘to see that their contributions are
’handed in, even if the solicitors
ihappen to miss them. Contribu
ltions may be left at the printing
~ Several hundred dollars have
been collected at the Rovy theater
during the past week, but even
with several more days to go, the
collections from this source will
not alone put the community
over the goal top. ' .
Health Department
Closes Pasco Restaurant
One of the restaurants in Pasco
was closed by orders of the Ben
ton - Franklin Health department
last week, according to a report
made by Dr. Tudor. The place is
being torn down and will be re
built. Other restaurants in the
district are being regularly in
spected and the grade inspections
are being enforced again, now that
the immediate emergency has
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mason
of Kennewick. He is doing hos
pital work aboard ship.
Plans {or 'Bec.’
Hall Under Way
The same firm of architects of
Seattle that is handling the hos
pital plans for us. have been
given the green light by the local
committee to go ahead with the
plans for a central community
building in Kennewick and for
our temporary recreation center.
It is expected that the preliminary
plans will be back in about a
week for further consideration.
The central building will be a
permanent structure and the city
council last week went on record
stating that the city would assist
financially in order .to assure a
building of permanent type. This
will be of locally made con
crete block, according to plans
announced. Tentative location of
the buildingi; the city park.
The Twin‘;City Navy Mothers
club will meet in the Methodist
church hall in Pasco April 5 at
8 o'clock. _. ‘
bber Caught
Eat-Con Gels W
'1: Robbery: ls_
Caught at Yakima
Throws gun in river
from brldge; woman
involved 1n case
The robber who held up the
Western Union office at Hanford
Monday night has been captured.
confessed and the bulk of his
SBOOO loot recovered. The arrest
W 3) made in Yakima Wednesday
ni t.
Tuwday night Marion Jose
Beck, 28, held up the Western
Union office at Hanford and got
away with approximately SB,OOO.
His identity at that time was
unknown. The Hanford patrol
traced the man and his accom
plice, Clix 'Coldiron, 30, to Yak
ima whe they were arrested at
midnight. Following his arrest
the couple confessed to the rob
bery and surrendered the stolen
money. .
Questioned by the military in
telligence, who with the Hanford
patrol had had Beck under sur
vellience for 24 hours preced
ing the arrest, Beck confessed and
said that he had purchased the
revolver and 12 bullets from a
pawn shop in Yakima last Sat
urday for the express purpose of
committing the robbery.
After the crime early Tuesday
morning Beck said he had hidden
the money and revolver in the
spare tire of Miss Coldiron’s 1940
Buick sedan. They remained in
the vicinity of Hanford until five
in the afternoon when he and
Miss Coldiron left for a ,trailer
camp at Pasco.
Beck said he threw the gun
off the‘ bridge across the river
Wednesday before leaving for
According to the military police
Beck had served time for armed
robbery in Louisianna. He will
be turned over to the Benton
county authorities for trial.
Two From Here to
Join the Navy
Registrants from the Benton
County local board who were in;
ducted into the service wen:
Navy, Willis J. Taylor and Linton
Gullatt from Kennewick; James
0. Wallace of Benton City; army,
Dock M. Westberry, Joseph A.
Waite and Martin K. Welch, all of
Well Water Promised
For City’ s Domestic Use
Easier Sunrise
Service Planned
Because of the gasoline shorto‘
age this year the annual Easter
Sunrise service will be held? mis
year at 6:15 a.m. in the Ksnne-l
wick city park. 1
The Mid-Columbia Council oi;
Churches and the Inter-City Min- .
isterial association are cooperating
in the plans with the youth com- ‘
mission of the council. which is
in charge of arrangements. ‘
All church groups and the peo-T
ple of- the community are w‘
quested to unite in- the brief serv-}
ice. The Rev. Kenneth Bell of
Richland is the chairman of the
program committee. Assisting him
are the Rev. Oliver Adams. Mr.
and Mrs. Davenport of Pasco, Mr.
Brown of the 0.8.0.. Don Peter
and the Rev. Leo Dyson of Ken
newick. The program will in
clude music features and a short
,inspirational talk.
MRB. new man
Mrs. John Neuman and son
Ronnie of Elgin Field, Florida,
arrived in Kennewick lest Set
urday morning to visit with her
parents Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Pasche
and to see her brother, Arthur.
whom she had not seen since he
enlisted in the Navy two years
Labor Situation
Can Become
Very Serious
Farmers ur to apply
for gxtra lfirers at
once for. grass
Prospects for adequate labor for
the 1944 year for agricultural pur
poses are not at all bright accord
ing to Waldo W. Skuse, county
extension agent. who stated that
local tanner-giants year will not
have the services of a outsiderable
group of farmers brought in from
Missouri and Mississippi and
established at the Labor Camp.
Tas was the case last year. A few
individuals from such sources who
were there last year are there
now, having come in on their
own power, but they have been
grabbed up fast by the men who
employed them last year.
This means, says Skuse. that
Mexican Nationals are the biggest
remaining hope. Wires have just
been received that 175 of these
men will arrive on April 10 and
1“0.. summation
a 1335," ‘:hfat is. they have notl
been contracted for by farmers
with the Benton-Franklin Labor
Committee. The sad and awful
truth is that unless these men
are contracted for within the next
few days they will simply be sent
on up the valley to “the land of
no return.” so far as any hope of
ever getting them beck to work
here is concernedl It is only
through the foresight of the com
mittee in placing the order that
it will be possible to get thue
extra men. -
. Ordinarily quite a considerable
number of farm labor families
have come into the district to cut
grass. pick cherries. etc., but they
are not showing up, and farmers
who have been holding off on
this account must certainly soon
make up their minds which way
they are going to play this proposi
tion. The Extension Service has
been assignedby law the task of
recruitment and placement of ag
ricultural labor. A labor office
will be opened up at the Labor
Camp. More information will be
given about this later. but mean
while it is hoped that we won't
let any Mexican Nationals get
away from us and that interested
farmers will make contact with the
Labor Committee. Lawrence New
some is secretary.
Local Boys Attend
N .W. Hi-Y Congress
The local Hi-Y in the high
school had three delegates repre
senting it last weebend at the
Pacific northwest area HEY con
gress at Swan Island at Portland.
Norman Robbins, Ardell Curtis
and Kenneth Harper were the
delegates who attended the con
gress last Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. Approximately 300 boys
were in attendance. A A
There were a number of out
standing speakers present and the
boys watched the launching of a
large steamship.
Odvisors to the local club are:
Victor D. Rogers. “cult, leader;
Wilton (Joker and Rev. John B.
Contamination in
River Forces New
Source of Supply
Drilling to start as
soon as equipment
can bet set up .
Kennewick's water supply situa
‘lnn is shortly to be improved.
according to an announcement
made this noon by local manager
R. H. Skill, of the Pacific Power
8: Light Co., to the chamber of
commerce. The matter has been
in the making for more than a
year, investigations made last year
proving the need for a better and
more adequate supply.
The company plans to drill wells
in the city. pumping directly into
the mains, with the overflow go
ing to storage reservoirs located
ion the hills south of town. The
{site for the well has been secured.
the drilling contract has been
equipment was shipped from La-
Grande. One. last week. although
it has not yet arrived in Kenne
wick. Drilling is to commence
The wells will be located in the
neighborhood of Mrth avenue .
and Cedar street. in the southeast
ern part of town. The original
W! W o‘l mm 3*“
31m and it is hoped an maple
supply of water can be obtained.
If additional supply is needed.
more wells will be drilled. accord
ing to Mr. Skill. .
Provided a sutflcient supply is
chanted. Mr. sun laid. arrange
ments am being confident! to
also supply the Highlands system.
filer by purchase or wholesal-
It is not known how long the
drilling will take, but Skill can
the job will be pushed just as
rapidly as possiby. Much will
‘depuul. of court; upon the kind
of drilling and the depth to which
the law have to go to secure
the? 1" quality and quantity
of water. '
Both the local and Highlands
water supply is now from the
Columbia river. when pollution
is many worsening, woman:
“he health department author-
Must Raise Half
For New Hospital
Kennewick's proposed $350,000
hospital, approved by the district
office at male and the regional
office at Francisco, received
its first jolt last week when word
was received that the appropria
tion from the Lanham Act would
cost. The remainder would have
to be raised locally._
Following that! information, a
special committee composed of
;County Prosecutor C. L. Powell.
School Supt. E. S. Black and P. G.
Richmond, made a trip to Olympia
Monday to ask state aid from the
governor. The governor politely
turned thumbs down on any such
suggestion, saying that Kenne
wick was not the first district to\
ask such aid. but that under the
laws, such appropriations were im
However, the matter is still not
dead. The committee is trying to
finance the proposition through
the city, county and by other local
sources hand hopes to be able to
follow through with a counter
proposition which still might save
the day for the plans.
Fire Destroys One of
Early Day Residences
- Fire practically ruined the res
idence of Archie Williams on Third
Avenue Tuesday morning about 7
o’clock. Contents of the house
were pretty well gotten out. but
the house itself was almost com
pletely mined.
The tinstartedin theroofand
was. well under way before the
family became aware of it. The
house belonged to Williams' broth
er-in-law, William Mills of Hover,
end was one of the first residences
W in that part of the
New Councilman in
First Ward District
Since Councilman Roger Records
moved from the First ward, the
city council hes been short one
member. At the recent meeting
the Rev. R. B. Holden was ap
pointed to fill the vacancy. He
was sworn in at the last regular
meeting and took part in the dis
cuuiom at that time.
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