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NEWS (f.
Present Status of the
Presidential Race .
The Gallup poll claims Roose
velt leading by a small margin.
These eommercial polls general
ly, in the past have noted presi
dential races about even until two
or three weeks before 'the- actual
vote counting-
A magazine poll of the political
experts in the Washington press
5 indicates a rather stronger
fictation of a Roosevelt victory.
This reflects, I think, the popular
disbelief that anyone could ever
beat Mr. Roosevelt, the natural
sports notion that nearly always
makes the champion the favorite.
Generally the public cannot con
ceive of a champ losing, as he has
never lost before. ‘
Yet the inside unquotahle re
ports of the congressmen from :
back home actually give Dewey
an even or better chance to win. 1
as matters stand today.
Discard all republican reports, as
these might be partisan. Consider
only those of Democratic legisla
tors. They have been so discour
aging as to alarm and even embit
ter the Democratic political leaders
who are urging the President to
drop his “non-partisan” campaign
and start a partisan one—and he
will September 23.
The spearhead of the fourth term
movement was the Hillman - CIO
political action committee, and all
the politicos can see its effective
ness has been dulled, if not splint
ered. .The other unions, and some
CIO unions, would not stand for it-
Wagering odds have dropped
from 2% to 1 on Roosevelt to 9 to
5 in the best racing circles.
Take Maryland, which always
has been listed as a sure-Roosevelt
state. Today there is a Democratic
cloakroom saying, possibly over
drawn but nevertheless significant
that, “Only Senator Tydings is go
; Democratic.” These two claim
ajloosevélt majority would be
’25:!!00 today, but Roosevelt-capried
Maryland four years ago by 115,-
000. ~
I know a southern Democratic
leader who thinks Dewey will win
and is making' preparations ac
cordingly. . Others insistently list
Texas, Mississippi and Virginia as
There are reports that the Roose
velt Bremerton speech in the news
reels received little or no applause
generally, while the campaign pic
tures of the Dewey family were
well received. (Democratic leaders
are now taking care of this defic
iency and, within‘the past week,
Roosevelt applause again has ap
peared in the movie theatres.
Farm Vote Lost
. All reports agree the farm vote
is lost beyond redemption and the
busmess vote for Roosevelt was
damaged by the departure of lit
tle .businessman Nelson and big
busmessman Wilson from WPB in
favor of a TVA engineer. ~
Earlier a considerable portion of
the business vote, and possibly all
the top financial vote, would have
gone to Roosevelt, on the spending
recovery promise plus internation
On the other hand. New Eng
land is still classed as largely
doubtful thy Republicans) altho
Dewey has gone a long way to
ward satisfying the Willkie ele
nts there. Probably Willkie
meets to come out for Dewey
“at before election as he did on
the eve of the election of 1942 ,
in New York.
These developments as a whole
may explain Mr. Roosevelt’s deci
sion to make a labor speech .m
Philadelphia and follow wlth
others. .
After all 22,304,755 votes were
cast against him four years ago
(27,243,466 for him) and all symp
toms of sentiment suggest.this op
position has been greatly enlarged.
These 22,304,755 are nearly as
many as elected him president in
1932 (22,821,857). His totals in ’36
and ’4O ran 27,000,000.
Now many a campaign has been
won on Labor Day only to be lost
two months later on election day.
I think Willkie. for instance, was
stronger at this stage of the race
four years ago, than when the 22,-
304,755 votes were cast,for him.
I have seen Mr- Roosevelt com
pletely turn over a campaign sltu
ation stac ke d mountain-high
against him. He has been more
clever as a campaigner than in any
other phase of his duties. Yet
nothing which has developed so
tar in this campaign yet points to
that outcome again.
1:. s *
To date, the Dewey campaign
has been by far the smarter.
Anyone who thinks this brief ci
tation is not objective reporting,
is merely deluding himself. There
exists in this country a silent,
SWong opposition to Mr. Roosevelt,
a esentful opposition which is not
filming much in political debate.
. _lch may not show itself at po
liilCle meetings or in press reports.
I think the fourth term will be
gravely in doubt until these votes
are coun’ed. Republicans are sit
ting back waiting.
Richland Day School
Moves Temporarily
While plans are being completed
for a permanent building, the
Richland nursery and day care
school will be located at a new
address, 415 Cullum Avenue, ac
cross the street from the old high
school building. Children between
the ages of two and six, of work
ing mothers, are eligible for the
school. Extended day care for
children from six to 15 years of
age is also furnished. Arrange
ments for enrollment may be made
by calling R. H. Fergin, super
intendent of schools Richland 388..
Church Women
Urge European
Clolhing Relief
' At its meeting in Pasco last
Tnight the Council of Church
Women of the lower valley made
plans to jointly sponsor with other
groups the Emergency Collection
for Europe, and are issuing a
call to all the people of the com
munities to assist in this emer
gency appeal.
Theprogram is nation-wide and
the goal is 15,000,000 pounds of
usuable garments, new or used
for the released people of the
re-occupied lands of Eur Ope who
face mass tragedy this winter un
less help begins‘ reaching them
very soon. The Week of Sept
ember 24th has been set aside
for the collection of clothing and
the people are urged to take them
to any church, as all churches
have been named as collection de
pots. No one will be authorized
to call for the clothing, but each
must bring it to the church un
less local church committees plan
According to information re
ceived today, the United Nations
Relief and Rehabilitation Admin
istration with Herbert H. Lehman,
the Director General, is in general
charge of this emergency pro
gram- He states that churches,
parishes, and synagogues of Prot
estants, Catholics, and Jews have
responded to this appeal to as
sist and to use their respective
local and national organizations
to aid in the collections.
Director Lehman’s statement
says, “With the approach of win
ter the need for clothing in the
liberated countries becomes more
acute. Failure tohsecure adequate
supplies means untold suifering.
Because of the continuing needs
of the armed forces and civilians,
manufacture of clothing to relieve
these distressed people will not
get underway for some time. This
means that the needy men, wom
en and children in such countries
must depend upon the help of the
American people.”
The appeal is for substantial
clothing, used and new, for both
winter and summer wear. Needed
most are all types of infants’ gar
ments, particularly knit goods;
men’s and boys’ overcoats, top
coats, suits, coats, jackets, shirts,
sweaters, all types of work clothes,
including overalls, coveralls, un
derwear, robes, pajamas, women’s
and girls’ overcoats, jackets, skirts,
sweaters, dresses, underwear,
aprons, jumpers, smocks, robes,
nightwear; and in line of bedding,
blankets, afghans, shoes, pillow
cases, and quilts.
Information as to shipment of
the supplies gathered will be giv
en soon, it was stated. Clothing
given cannot be designated for
any given country or people- Pas
tors of Kennewick are requested to
appoint local committees of their
women to take charge of this
emergency collection.
Novel WAC Station
On Wheels to Visit Here
In conjunction with the cur
rent great WAC recruitment cam
paign, Lt. Jean F. Lee of the Walla
Walla WAC office announces that
the huge WAC recruiting trailer
will visit Kennewick on Tuesday,
Sept., 26. The trailer, 8 four ton
vehicle pulled by a one and a half
ton truck, is complete with daven
ports, easy. chairs, desks, chairs,
stove, refrigerator, curtains and
outside awnings. It also boasts a
radio and phonograph with out
side speakers, all serving to make
it one of the most unique trailers
on the highway-
The trailer will be staffed by Lt.
Jean F. Lee, Sgt. Anna Hughes
and Corporal David Mclntyre. This
staff will be on hand to interview
all interested women and give
them complete information about
the Women’s Army Corps and the
great new program it has to offer.
Lt. Lee urges that all women,
whether interested in enlisting or
not, visit the trailer and avail
themselves of this information
which engenders such matters at
the G. I. Bill of Rights, the chance
to serve overseas in one of the 11
foreign conntries where WAC’s
are now serving and the oppor
tunity of learning a fine new trade
which will be of enormous benefit
after peace comes.
With the war far from won,
many, many thousands of _ new
WACs are needed to help bring a
swift end to the conflict. Their
services are of vital necessity to
the nation and the woman who
enlists not only reaps the benefits
iof travel and excitement, but gets
education and the eligibility for
:the Bill of Rights which is so full
of meaning to the veterans of this
Iwar- All women, therefore, should
‘take the opportunity of getting free
information by visiting this novel
ltrailer when it arrives. It will be
worth their while.
Speaker Will '
Tell Slory ol .
Non-11l Areas -
Former Mountle 1s
Speaker on 1944-45
Lecture Program.
Sydney R. Montague, speaking
in the auditorium of the Kenne
wick high school at 8 o’clock Mon
day evening, Sept. 25, on the sub
ject of the glamorous Northwest
will open the Pasco-Kennewick
lecture series for the winter season
of 1944 and 1945. .- '
Mr. Montague, six years a mem
ber of the Royal Canadian mount
ed police and for a number of
years serving with “the Arctic pa
trol, will bring a vital message
to his listeners, stressing, that, im
portant as is the Northwest and
all its riches that the great north
road brings within easy reach, still
more challenging and encouraging
is the mental and spiritual out
look which the unclaimed and un
tamed Great Northwest offers to
modern man. This spiritual fron
tier, declares Mr. Montague, is a
challenge to all men, the Alaskan
road and the country it opens,
offering a spiritual side that
dwarfs mere man. ‘
Mr. Montague reports on the
great Alaska highway in a stirring
and inspiring story of the miracu
lous achievement of modern men
struggling under the stress of war.
He uses colorful word pictures
which are far more vivid, accord
ing to word from those who have
heard him, than any motion pic
tures he could possibly have. Mr.
Montague brings the towering
forests and the roaring rivers and
the huge herds of caribou irresist
ibly close to his audiences.
Mr. Montague’s lecture is not
merely a story of the new road
but it foretells a new world that
men will buildoin the North of
which the Great North Road is,
only a beginning. 1
His lecture will be heard Mon
day evening, Sept. 25, in the audi
torium of the Kennewick high
school, the opening lecture of the
Pasco-Kennewick lecture series.
Members of the lecture series com
mittee of arrangements wish to
urge people to purchase their sea.
scon tickets before this opening
D. C. Hanson is spending this
week in Yakima visiting his
daughter Mrs. Philips.
Son of Mr. and Mrs- R. J. Petersqn
of Kennewick, Lewis has been 1n
the service since January after
Pearl Harbor. He is assigned .to
duty aboard a tanker in the Pamhc.
Good Bye!
Service Men Have
Anonymous Friend
Apparently we’ve been on the‘
right track when we’ve applied
our anonymous contributions to
the fund for forwarding the local
paper to the boys and girls in
the armed services. All summer
we’ve been receiving two dollar
bills every once in a while in the
mail. Recently the bills have been
reduced in number ‘Ebut increased
in value. The last few have been
rivers. Until this last one, there
has been no message of any kind,
no name signed, no way to dope
out who the soldiers’ friend was
except the local post mark. This
week, along withdthe bill came
a single typewritten message:
“Thanks for allowing me to as
sist a little in your good work."
You fellows in the service have
a real friend on your side here
Villagers to Give
Home Talent
Show at Richland
“Bertha, the Beautiful Type
writer Girl,” an old-time meller
drammer in four acts, will be pro
duced by the Richland Village
Players on Oct. 7 in the Lewis
Grade school gymnasium. Cast
for the play, chasen this week by
Charles Stuart, director, includes:
George Truog as Daniel Desbro
Desmond (an unscrupulous bank
er); Lyle Albright as David Des
mond (his noble son); Matthew
McEniry as ~ Glenwood Garfield
(another villian); Thearon Atkins
as “Skeets” Skinner; David R.
Treadwell as Boswell Bancroft;
Mrs- O. S. Clark as Blanche Ban
croft; Miss Marsha Ratzer as Ber
tha; Mrs. Marion Anderson as
Clarice Clayboume, and Mrs. B.
F. Doran as Sally Silverthorne.
Being kept a deep secret is the
casting of Bridget O’Casey, the
}mysterious charwoman.
At a business and social meetr
‘ing in the Columbia high school
building last week, officers forw
the next six months were chosen,
by the Village Players. Those‘
elected were: Paul Nissen, presi
dent; Barney Doran, vice presh‘
dent; Jinx McKay, secretary; Dolly
Hampton, correspondmg secretary;
Capt. Jack Barrish, treasurer, and
Dave Treadwell, Charles Stuart,
Mrs. R. E. James and William
Dodge as members of the board
of directors.
Highway Work Cause
Of Two Accidents
I A serious wreck on the highway
west of town ocCurred last week
end and one ear was almost
completely destroyed and four
people were more or less injured.
A gravel truck, parked cross
ways on the pavement dumping
gravel for the widening of the
road caused a car with four pass
engers to stop- Another car, driven
by a woman, crashed into the rear
end of the halted car, crushing it
into the gravel truck. In addition
to the injuries to the passengers,
the owner estimated his damage:
at SI2OO.
Another accident earlier in the
week occurred along the same
stretch of road when a car got
off the shoulder where the new
work is in progress. Two of the
passengers were hospitalized.
John W. Safford SZ/c and wife
were week end visitors with Mrs.
Verda Safford, other relatives and
friends. He has been stationed
in Hawaii since April. He will
report to San Francisco Sept. 25
and will be sent to Officers School
somewhere in the states.
New EC. Building
ls Dedicated at
Headquarters for Ben-\
ton Co. Chapter holds
open house ceremomes
Richlandites had their first view
of the brand new American Red
Cross building Monday evening
when the new chapter held open
house for village residents and
their guests. Huge banks of flow
ers, given by the Promr branch.
decorated the interior of the at
tractive one-story stone building”
On display were various prod
ucts of the Red Cross, such as hos
pital garments, knit goods for the
maimed soldiers, surgical dress
ings, and the supplies used for
home nursing and in disaster serv
ice. Also open for inspection by
visitors were the nursery rooms
and yard for children of volunteer
workers, and the canteen for serv
ing luncheons.
Among the out-of-town guests
attending the opening were Walt
Sommers of Prosser, county chair
man, and R. E. Gay. chairman of
the Prosser branch ; Mrs- Gertrude
Spaulding of Kennewick, chair
man of the Junior Red Cross, and
Mrs. I. M. Hartman, chairman
of the Benton City branch.
Executive secretary of the Rich.
land chapter is Miss Catherine
Matthews; home service secretary
is Mrs. Norma M. Johnson. Other
officers and committee chairmen
are Mrs. F. T- Matthias, volunteer
special services; Mrs. R. E.
Schmeidl, production; Mrs. D. C.
Brooks, surgical dressings; Mrs.
R- R. Sachs( home service; El Mas
sek, first aid and water safety;
Mrs. Ella Linn, nursing activities;
Mrs. C. H. Brewer, camp and hos
pital; Mrs. Betty Blankenburg,
hospital and recreation. ~
Thrasher Places in FFA
Stock Judging Contest
3‘ Several boys who are enrolled
iin the agriculture classes of the
‘local high school went to Grand
view for the harvest festival and
livestock judging.
‘ The boys making up the judging
team were John Thrasher, Howard
Giles and Oliver Routh. The team
placed fourth in the contest. John
Thrasher was fourth high in the
whole contest, competing in a
group of 18 boys. Howard Giles
was sixth in the contest-
of Kennewick, Arthur is an avia
armycampinMissourl. ‘
Hi-Y Officers Attend
Officers Training School
i Tuesday of this week three of
the H-Y officers. John Hughes,
lpresident; Charles Quast. vice
president: and Cecil Rock, secre
tary, attended an all—day meeting
in Pendleton for the Hi-Y officers.
Arthur Albrecht. treasurer of the
club was unable to attend. ‘
Approximately 60 boys from
schools in Oregon and Washington
were present.
Victor D. Rogers is again the
faculty leader of the club with
Wilton R. Colyer and Rev. John
B. Coan assisting as advisers.
Motor Coach Co.
To Build New
Terminal Here
‘ A new, modern bus terminal will!
be built in Kennewick for the
Washington Motor Coach com
pany, according to information re
leased from headquarters today.
The company has purchased the
property and will erect a building‘
on the site as rapidly as possible»
The property is in a .most stra-f
tegic location, from the company
standpoint, being at the foot of‘
Benton street at the junction of
Columbia Avenue and Avenue C.
The site is 110x280 feet and will
be large enough to house their
terminal building and provide
ample loading and transfer space.
The property was owned by the
Union Pacific railroad.
The bus company is completing
‘its plans for the new building and
construction is expected as soon
as the contracts can be let.
City Valuation Upped
Quarter Million Dollars
In spite of the zoo-odd new}
homes erected in Kennewick dur
ing the past year or so city value-l
tion figures have not made such}
a perceptible growth. County “-1
sessor Ben Knox, upon whose fig-1
urea the city's budgets are based,
1r eports buta quarter otaunllion
‘dollar increase.
Last year the figures submitted
for budgeting purposes was $1,272,-
000, while this year’s (uum we
upped to $1,563,000. an mm of
but a quarter of 1 million.
FSA Announces
New County
Th Benton county FSA county
committeemen were announced
this week by Edwin O. Wartens
leben, county supervisor for Ben
ton and Franklin counties. as fol
iows: A. J. Thompson, chairman.
Roila Lanning and Russell Elliott
of the Kennewick area, newly ap
pointed and Donald Kerr, of Ben
ton City, newly appointed.
The county committee this year
will complete an inventory of
community and individual borrow
ers’ needs for Farm Security loans
and services. This undoubtedly
will provide a basis for a fitting
FSA program to meet the local
conditions .in terms of individuals
in this community and county.
The committee also has the re
sponsibility of recommending and
advising the county supervisor on
loans and servicing. Any family
in the community interested in;
FSA loans may contact any one of
the county committee. They will!
be glad to advise and talk over:
the possibilities as to loans. Its
was announced that funds were
appropriated by Congress where‘
help was needed to support War
Food production and operations or
family sized and smaller tarms
Family type. smhiler and part time
farms unable to place their opera
tions on a sound basis through
other credit sources. can secure
counsel and assistance W the
county committee and supervisor.
The supervisor’s office is at the
court house in Pasco.
FSA services also include farm
management and loan assistance to
guest? smaller gm up to full pro
u on capaci . vided throuu:
teed! seed, macgilgery. building
repairs and water tacility loans
and other essentials necessary to
efficient operations.
Loans are limited to $2500. re
per cent interest. Farmers must
be resident operators or-owners of
family type or smaller farms and
have a background of term exper.
ience and show that they are un
l-abie to secure financial aid from
commercial sources.
Practical farm plans will be
worked out by the farmers with
the aid of the supervisor and the
committee composed of resident
farmers. Special applications will
farm background.
I would like to take this oppor
tunity to publicly thank the Ben.
ton county FSA committeunen tor
the time and help they have given
this important job in advising both
the FSA supervisor and the FSA
clients. It is a responsible and
imth job and undoubtedly it
has had a great deal to do with our
making the program a success in
our community. We are sure that
their stewardship of the rogrun‘
will do a great deal towanfi aiding
War Food production and farm
assets in our community.
To Close Sept. 25
To October lfllh
Special school election
cause; only 12 days left
before general election
Registration books in this end
of the county will be closed Sat- ‘
urday night of this week until
Oct. to. This is because of the
special school election. After the '
election the books will again be
«men until 15 days before the gen
ieral election on Nov. 7, giving
about 12 days in which to become
eligible to vote—ii you are not
already on the books.
Once again we call attention to
the fact that citizens residing in
side the city llmits register at the .
city hall. Those outside the city
limits register at the printing of
fice. If you have registered and
have voted at at least one election
in the past two years. you do not
have to register. If your registra
tion has been cancelled, you prob
ably received a notice early in the
year from the county auditor tell
ing you.
The special school election is
for the purpose of ratifying a spe
cial levy of five mills for this year
only. The money is to be used as
the district’s ten percent of the
.cost of construction of 16 addi
tional schoolrooms to be added to
;the present new building. which
is not costing the district one cent.
all the money coming from the
federal government and the state.
The special election is being
called early so that. if passed, the
levy can be made on next year's
statements, saving approximately
SSOO in interest. Another reason
for having the election on a dif
ferent day from the general elec
tion is the difficulty of having two
separate election boards in the
same rooms. School elections are
usually held at one point only.
rather than in each precinct as in
general elections.
Also the school election boards
must serve without pay and it
would be almost impossible to set
eral precinct. in the school district.
A complete outline of the dis
trict’s proposal will be presented
in these columns next week.
Plans are being made to keep
the registration offices at the city
hall and the printing office open
nights the last week before the
books close for the general elec-
Service Men Guests of
Chamber of Commerce
Under the new policy of the
local chamber of commerce. two
service men were guests at honor
at the noon luncheon today. Lt.
Earl Johns, home on leave, and
.MM Jim Mokler, were the two
‘who were honored.
1 Lieut. Johns. a pilot with 68
;combat missions over Europe. had
been forbidden to make public
speeches unless prepared and are
passed by the boasd of censors.
Jimmy Mokler, also under censor
ship orders, was permitted a little
more leeway and answmd ques
tions about his combat experience
in the South Pacific. He has been
in several of the major engage
ments and has some interesting in
cidents to relate-
To Hold Paper Drive in
Richland Area
The junior chamber of commerce
together with the Boy Scouts and
other village youngsters' organise.
tions, is sponsoring a scrap paper
‘oollection on Sept. 28. Residents
in divisions 5 and 5 of Richland
are asked to bundle newspapers
and magazines then hold them in
the house until callod tor.
Pioneer Business
Takes Partner
E. C. Smith. former Kennewick
businessman has been appointed
executive secretary for the Kenne
wick housing unit. comprising 200
apartments and 500 trailer units
inthesouthendottown. Hewill
take the position made vacant by
theirsuisgtion of Gene insulting.
e W. 10" e .
dent of Kennewick. has purchased
an interest in the Harold G. Fyte
agency and will assume his new
“macaw” first of the ment}.th
agency one o e
early businesses. in Kennewick,
starting in 1917 when E. W- Tren
bath and Geo. Tweedt formed a
W of Trenbath 8; Tweedt.
years later Tweedt sold his
interests to W. H. Gascoigne and
the firm name was changed to
’l‘lenhath & Gascoigne.
In 1921 Mr, Fyte purchased the
interests of Mr. Trenbath and the
firm changed its name again to
Gascoigne 8; Fyfe. Four years
later Mr. Fyfe purchased Mr.
Gascoigne's interests and became
sole owner, although continuing to
operate under the same firm name
until a few years ago, when it was
changed to the Harold G. Fyfe
Agency. _
In .the meantime. the firm has
absorbed several other local in
surance firms. E- O. Keene Agency.
W. 'l‘. Tracy C. E. King and Don
Visger's business. There will be
no change in the firm's policies and
they will continue to handle only
the largest and best known of the
his manta.
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