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The Sidewalk
By The
The Housewives Auxiliary of
the Joint Association took over
this week’s meeting of the Amal
" mud Squawk clubs. It wasn’t
-reported what they had on their
'2 brain! but they had water on
their minds. All the speaking
.. parts were taken by residents of
.31., area west of the canal. And
what speaking parts! To sum it
up in mild terms they didn’t like
the taste, looks or smell of the
water that comes from their fan
cets. Said one in particularly col
orlul language: f‘lt makes me so
mad I could spit—except that I
can’t because I’m too dry on ac
count of I can’t drink the stuff!”
We are not m a posmon to guess
hvhat repercussions will result
'56!!! the action taken by Kenne
wick’s most vociferous club as
outlined above. We do know there
are a lot of people as well as the
water who are riled up. Several
ideas have been suggested that
point toward a solution. But most
ly the residents of the West End
want a clean healthy water sup
ply. They are not particular how
'that is achieved. We might go
so far as to predict that much
more will be heard on the subject
in the coming months.
The end of the rail strike spoiled
a little gag we had worked out.
We had planned to have a cartoon
drawn showing Mayor Pratt and
his councilmen digging up the rails
on our grade crossings with the
comment: “Now we don’t need the
The KCR front window has
‘ from time to time taken on the
aspects of a zoological garden. We
have shown rattlesnakes, horned
toads, a bull (?) snake and a
turtle. After seeing “Lost Week
end” We have definitely sworn
of! reptiles. You’ll have to see
them some other place. From
now on we’ll stick to big eggs,
and plant life and such quiet
homey scenes as the current show
ing of colorful aprons. (P. S. We
still think the baby rattler was
,v W the button on his
more new
We understand that after weeks
and weeksH oflScrgtimzm' ' ' gfthe (city
streets, aro iggins oun a
parking place downtown that did
not have a parking meter and now
Harold seems to get ticket after
ticket (but not from- the proper
authorities) for\ illegal parking.
Could it be an Envious motorist
trying to discourage Harold? We
will try to help by offering two
west tickets to see “Dick Tracy”
showing June 7th and Bth at the
Benton Theatre with the hopes
the mighty sleuth will give Har
old some ideas. Drop in the Cour
ier-Reporter office, Harold for
your guest (not parking) tickets.
This one is going the rounds:
Photographer Wally Foxal re
cently was taking a ‘picture of
the new Eagles home in the High
lands. With his head under the
focusing hood, hands grasping the
metal legs of the tripod, he was
'backing up to get the full picture.
At the precise moment that he set
the tripod into a puddle of water
gigacked into the electric fence.
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'TGoEarly for Golf Gals
The “Dawn Patrol” was a little
too much for the Golf Gals, they
mefplly confessed after them
Ladies’ Day Tuesday. Hence from
now on they’ll report to the fair-
W 833 at 10 o’clock, and play from
then on. Scores of all players will
be posted on the bulletin board
80 that late-coming players Will
be able to compare their tallies
With those of players who have
finished their games. Bea Behr
man, of Kennewick, and Ann
Steel, of Pasco, walked off with
Tufidafs prizes. .
Al.l_members of the club Wlll
part“ilpate in a mixed “Two Ball”
tQ‘H'Hanlent starting Sunday at 2
Oclock m the afternoon.
law nusmzss .
Rube’s Cycle shop to open this
week adds a new service to. Ken
ne‘YiSflS’S ever growing busmess
actuation. The shop will be oper
ated by Ruben A. Rossert, recently
0! Same, who was employed in
“mlane construction work there.
The alien will be located at 9 Av-
Que C West.
New bicycles will be handled as
80011 as they are available and a
mm”hate repair service is noyv on
the menu. A novel sideline wfll.be
“13 and rentals of whel chairs.
BACK TO sums
Private First Class Ralph H-
Howhnd, son of Mr. and Mrs.
.HWfld Howland of Kennewmk
’3 lIOW en route to the states trqm
“19,5111 Replacement DePOt DlB
- Center near Manila for
h“ discharge from the army un
der the current readjustment reg-
Eh» Kenmmirk anurier- Ewart”
Irrigation Ditch
Fencing the Columbia Irrigation
ditch through town was the topic
of a special meeting Friday of rep
resentatives of various interested
groups. Dr. Tom Gillis was chair
man of the meeting. \
Surplus fencing has been found
in suflicient quantity for the job
as well as steel posts at a reduced
cost. A special committee headed
by R._C. Rector was instructed to
make a study of the proposal and
to make recommendations as to
what parts of the ditch should be
fenced and procedure to follow.
Many individuals have offered
financial assistance toward the
Actlvums Back Fencing
The Active club in meeting
Tuesday night unanimously en
dorsed the folowing resolution:
“Whereas one of the greatest
dangers to the lives of the young
children in the city of Kenne
wick is the open, unguarded ir
rigation canal running through
the city, and
“Whereas, we hold it to be
a primary duty of every citizen
,to safeguard the lives of all
children. wherever they may
“Now therefore, we resolve to
support actively and energeti
cally, to whatever extent is ne
cessary, the fencing of the irri
gation canal; and we urge that
all organizations offer their full
support to the project.”
purchase of material and many
have suggested a work bee to in
stall the fence.
Directors of the Columbia Dis
trict will meet on June 4. ‘ Manag
er Frank Mason stated this week
that the directors would meet with
any groups on this Subject at that
Spearheaded by the Pre-School
Mothers club other organizations
have endorsed the idea. Both Ac
tive club and the Kennewick Ki
wanis club have taken this actiOn.
Representatives of the Pre-
School, Kiwanis, City Council, the
Chamber of Commerce and others
attended the Friday meeting.
The fencing proposal has been
considered as a possibility for a
war memorial. Dr. Gillis pointed
out that if this job could be ac
complished in some other way the
War Memorial committee would
be free to consider other proposals.
(IPA Boosts Small
Grains Ceilings
A. J. Thompson, chairman of
the Benton county ACA states that
OPA, Department of Agriculture
and Ofiice of Economic Stabaliza
tion have agreed on new ceiling
prices for grains. The raises are
as‘ follows: com 25 cents, wheat
15 cents, oats 5 cents, barley 9
cents and rye 10 cents per bushel
To remove any uncertainty in
grain prices, it is expected that the
present ceiling prices shall remain
in effect till June 30, 1947. It is
hoped that these prices will bring
about a better balance between
livestock numbers and the amount
of grain available for feed.
The world food shortage is ex
pected to continue until‘ the 1947
harvest, consequently all are urged
to cull their poultry flocks, to sell
hogs at a lighter weight (not ‘over
225 pounds) and to sell cattle with
a minimum of grain feeding.
Mr. Thompson says it is expect
ed that the ceiling price will be
the market price for next year.
Toastmasters Rise Early
For Breakfast Meeting
The Kennewick Toastmasters
rubbed the sleep out of their eyes
Wednesday morning and held
their first breakfast meeting.
Julius Bahl acted as toastmaster;
Dick Rector and Rolfe Tuve were
principal speakers; Ken Serier
served as critic; and John Neuman
was timekeeper.
Next week’s program will pre
sent Fred Bunch, Jr., as toast
master, with J. C. Pratt and Don
Skirving as the principal speakers.
Kiwanis Plans Family Picnic in June
University Speaker Here Next week
Kennewick Kiwanians will en'-
tertain their families in their an
nual picnic at City park on Tues
day evening, June 11. President
D. M. 'Deeter and Frank Maupin
are in charge of arrangements
and they will be assisted by spec
ial committees. .
At the Monday night meeting
of the club’s board of directors
the group went on record as favor
ing the fencing of. the main irri
gation ditch through town.
‘ School Superintendent E. S'.
Black briefly outlined the accom
plishments of the school year just
concluded at the regular Tuesday
meeting or Kiwanis. He especial
ly thanked those individuals who
in 1939 loaned money to pay for
the field lights. That money was
repaid this year.
Merle Kirk invited Kennewick
business men to visit Clover Island
lto get first hand information on
Mr. and Mrs. Freer—Joe and Pat—newcomers to the business
life of the city. who have just taken our the Columbia Market
from Floyd Hodgson. ’
Return 0! Young Veterans Enlivens
Kennewick's Business Development
During the war’s darkest days,
in‘most of the small towns of the
country, there were stout-hearted
optimists who inisisted that, when
the war was won, the youth of
the nation would be coming home
to make our communities better
living places than ever. Kenne
Midgets To Stage
Musical A! Roxy
The kids of Kennewick, old and
young, will be entertained at the
Roxy theater, Thursday, June 8,
by a presentation of Henry Kra
mer’s world-famous Hollywood
midgets, featuring the diminuitive
stars of “The Wizard of Oz,”
“The Great Ziegfeld,” and many
other Hollywood hits.
The midget troupe, one of the
few of its kind still appearing
anywhere in the entertainment
world, will perform a musing
musical comedy in miniature on
the stage of the Roxy theater
starting at 2 p. m. and running
continuously through the day. A
big first run comedy hit, “River
boat Rhythm,” will show in con
junction with the stage show,
Clyde Anderson, manager of the
Egg)! and Benton theaters, prom-
Such outstanding, and yet so tiny
stars as Kayo Erickson, the Clown:
Prince of Mirth; Dolly Kramer,
the Mistress of Ceremonies; Mar-.
cella Porter, truly a Dancing Doll;
Dottie Wenzel, the Darling of
Song; Eddy Adams, the Midget
Fred Astaire, and Paul Dale, the
World’s Smallest Tenor, will ap
pear in the production.
Tennis Players Appear
In Spokane Tourney
The first annual Inland Em
pire high school tennis tournament
was held in Spokane from May
24 to 26. One hundred players
started the tournament with 21
matches on the courts at Com
stock park and North Central.
Entering from Kennewick were
Joy Michner and Gwen Johnson,
doubles; Ninette Evett, singles;
.Bob Ludlow and Eugene Wilson,
doubles; Charles Poole and Lynn
Wilder, singles.
Miss Doris Popple, tennis coach,
and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Billings
ly, accompanied the players on
the trip.
the boat building that is being
done there and other boating ac
tivity en the river. He stated that
30 boats are now regularly moored
at the island. 7 _ _
Dr. Lelewellyn A. Sanderman,;
a member of the University of‘
Washington Community Forum}
Series faculty will be the mainl
speaker at the Kiwanis club meetw
ing next Tuesday.
A member of the University’s
Department of Physics since 1928,
Professor Sanderman has carried
on research work in the field of
radioactivity, especially in the de
termination of the distribution of
radium in ocean-bottom samples
taken from the North Pacific and
Bering Sea regions. Throughout
the war period, Dr. Sanderman
assisted in the instruction of pre
‘meteorology students in the Army
Air Forces Training Command
‘and also in the Navy V 712 pro
gram. '
wick was something of an excep
tion to the rule, because of the
proximity of history’s grandest
scale experiment—the atom bomb
development at Hanford. But
there’s a place in any. town for the
young and the enterprising.
Typical of the venturesome
young veterans returning to take
their places in the Kennewick
business structure, is Joe Freer,
who has just purchased the Colum
bia Market from Floyd Hodgson.
in the management of the busi
ness. ; ‘
Their choice of Kennewick for
a place to go into business was,
Mrs. Freer confosses, the com
promise 01 an Idaho boy and a
Texas girl. “We drove around the
country,” she says, “looking for a
climate that was like Idaho and
Texas weather rolled into one.”
Kennewick proved to be the ans
wer. J
Freer, former resident of Bur
ley, Idaho, is a graduate of Al
bion State Normal college. He is
a veteran of five and a-half years
service with the navy, the latter
part of which he spent as a pilot
of a PBY. For a year he was in
command'ot naval air facilities in
the Samoan islands. Freer held
the rank of lieutenant commander
when he entered on inactive duty
in February of this year.
Mrs. Freer still owns the mil
linery shop, called Pat Wiley
Freer, in Houston, Texas, which
she operated before her marriage.
The shop is being managed by her
mother. 77 ~ A
""Mfi’hnd Mrs. Freer are living
at Park View Hana.
Snake Rulers
Prove Argument
“Button, button, who’s got the
Two Kennewick residents with
a scientific turn spent the day Fri
day seeking an answer to that age
old problem. Clad in the tradi
tional raiment of explorers—
shorts, pig} helmets, shiny putees,
the two . early with a trused
retinue of pack boys.
Ml werd in high spirits as the
small but !determined party left
their ox-cartsnat a point east of
Badger Canyon. Marching to the
lilting strains of “Once There Was
a Sailor Bay,” led ‘by Mayor J. C.
Pratt, the up Jauntily covered
three miles up the canyon without
a pause.
As the . wore on the heat be
came terrifi . As the canyon walls 4
became per, one by one the
pack boys eserted, turning back
toward civ ' tion.
But the 1 dc: pressed on, deter
mined to p ve his point—rattle
snakes, re ess of their size,
have either rattles or buttons on
the ends of their tails.
But success was fleeting. The
sun burned past the zenith and
started dropping toward the Horse
Heaven horizon. The afternoon
became hotter and even the en
thusiasm of the leader cooled. He
still kickedstones in search of a
baby rattler KCrosalus Confluentas)
but his h ' was not in the task.
Finally th sun was half hidden
behind the arse Heaven horizon.
Scientist ,tt paused in the waste
of sagebrush. His boys were all
gone. Only his fellow scientist, the
editor, remained of the original
1 “Turn back if you wish,” he said
€dramatically chewing a sagebrush
1 (Continued on Page Five)
Cabinet Member
Wires Praise 0!
Area's Asparagus
Two more letters from appreci
ative recipients of air-shipped
Kennewick asparagus to Washing
ton have been received here. Both
are generaus in their praise of
the choice product. Last week
the Courier-Reporter published a
similar letter from Michael Straus,
commissioner of the Bureau of
Reclamation. Following are those
from Clinton P. Anderson, Secre
tary of Agriculture, and from
Oscar L. Chapman, Acting Sec
retary of Interior:
“I received your wire of May
14 informing me that I was to
receive a crate of prize asparagus
from the Kennewick district. _
“The asparagus was delivered
looking as fresh and delicious as
when it was cut. I think there is
hardly a green vegetable as tasty
as asparagus and our family had
some wonderful meals centered
around your generous gift.
“I want you to accept my grate
ful appreciation.
Sincerely yours,
“Clinton P. Anderson."
“In the absence of Secretary
Krug who is in the Virgin Islands
attending the inauguration of
Governor Hastie, I received the
asparagus which the people of
Kennewick so kindly sent him.
I must confess that for this serv
ice I have appropriated half of
the gift for Mrs. Chapman and
myself, and the remainder is
under refrigeration pending the
Secretary’s return. I would like
to thank you both for him and
“It was beautiful asparagus and
the people who grew it have every
right to be proud. We are certain
ly pleased that the Yakima rec
lamation project has had such an
obviously fruitful result.
“Sincerely yours,
“Oscar L. Chapman."
In a big flying meet in Richland
on Sunday, June 9, crackups may
result in damaged aircraft, but.
there will be no injured pilots. f
The planes will be of the model
variety and the competition will
involve gliders, rubber driven
models as well as the larger gaso
line motor powesed craft. Prizes
will be awarded to winners, in
cluding three model planes, two
flying enthusiasts and entry cards
motor driven and one that derives
power from a twisted rubber band.
may be obtained at Jiffy Jen's
Radio Shop in Kennewick. The
meet will be held at the George
Washington Way ball park in
Richland at 12:30 (Kennewick
time. The aflair is sponsored )by
the Richland Junior Chamber of
Saleway Closes
Saturday. Fish!
The Kennewick Safeway store.
for many years a familiar fixture
in Kennewick’s downtown district
is relinquishing its present loca
tion this Saturday night.
Plans are under way for a grand
new Safeway in Kennewick. An
important announcement about the
opening of this new Safeway will
be made in this paper within the
next week or two. - ~
Mr. Scherger informs us that
Kennewick’s new Safeway will
feature the very latest ideas in
fixtures and modern conveniences
for simplified food shopping. Also
there will be abundant free park
ing facilities.
Pack 24 and Pack 27 cubs and
parents will celebate their annual
Pow Wow with a picnic at Saca
jawea State Park at 1:00 o'clock
Sunday afternoon, June 2. The
Cubs will participate in games and
Indian contests during the after
noon. Each tamily should bring
their own lunch basket.
Black Oullinesf Successful Year In
Kennewick Schools; Buy New Basses
Pieturing the growth of the Ken
nemck school system in the last
13 years, Supt. E. S. Black com
pared the budgets of 1933 and
1945. Total school expenditures
in 1933 were $56,000. Last year
reached an all-time high of $085.-
000, which included some of the
building iexpenditurea.
“Our cafeteria system alone is
now almost as large an operation
as the whole system was in 1933."
galalck’said. “We feed almost 1000
He stated that the. growth had
not yet been felt in the Senior
High School. This year's gradu
ating class reached 82 while 122
freshmen were graduated, He ex
plained that enrollment can be ex
pected to continue at a high level
insamueh as most of the new peo
ple in town are younger in aver
‘age age and are raising families.
Vista Field Returned
To City for Airport
Vista field has been returned to the city of Kennewick
by the Navy under terms of a revocable permit. This means
that theoNavy may require use of the field at certain times
for trarnmg purposes.
Official confirmation of the deal came to Mayor J. C.
Pratt Tuesday in a telephone
message from the commander of
the Pasco Naval Air station. The
Navy department has signed the
contract and it is in the mail and
should reach the mayor’s office
this week.
Opening of the field gives rise
to considerable speculation as to
the possibilities of its use. Several
airplane, firms have been eyeing
the field for some time. Columbia
Aircraft has already secured prop
erty adjacent to the field and have
if: hangar and shop in blueprint
Airline planners are studying
maps with a view of including
Kennewick as a stopping point for
feeder line aervice. Zimmerly air
lines has an application pending
for such service.
The recently formed tri-city
chapter of the National Aero
nautical association has in its plans
the development of the field as a
base to serve the entire area.
In discussing the matter Tues
day nightinxennewick city coun
cilmen po ted out that there was
no intention of deserting the Nob
Hill field in favor of Vista. On
the contrary they plan to push
the development of that field as
rapidly as possible. It was pointed
out that experience has shown
that an airport as close as possible
to the center of the town has
proved the best policy.
Vista field was developed by the
Navy during the war and was
ates-twig used in connection
with the base for training
purposes. It w- held by the Navy
on a lease from the city.
Health Service
Available Free
Individual water supplies on
farms and homes which are not
connected to public water sup
pliesmaybetreated for purity and
sanitation without charge by the
Benton-Franklin Health Depart
ment, Dr. Tudor, Health Ofl‘icer,
said today. 1
“One of the department's func-‘
tions is seeing that such diseases
as typhoid fever are not spread by
unsafe water," Dr. Tudor said,
“and this protection applies to
{those who must obtain water from
their own wells as well as those
served by city water systems."
; Forty-two cases of typhoid fever
‘and two deaths were reported to
the State Health Department last
year. Dr. Tudor said, many of
them traceable to unsafe water
‘ Anyone wishing this service
lshall call or write the Benton-t
‘Franklin Health department at
Pasco, stating name and the loca-‘
tion of the well. A representative
10: the departmait will visit his
home, check the location and con
struction of the well. and if these
are satisfactory, take a sample of
the water for laboratory analysis.
“We do not send water sample
bottles without making an inspec
tion of the well, since analysis of
the water might give a false sense
of security,” Dr. Tudor said. “A
poorly-constructed well mt give
a satisfach test one day, only
to have contamination show up
thenextday. Forthatreasonwe
take samples only tram wells that
are free from surface drainage and
other sources of pollution.
Business Women
Dinner Hosts
Friday evening was the occasion
of the Business and. Brotesslonal
Women's annual guest dinner, oer
ved at the Amw Grill to thirty
two members and guests. with
Beatrice Behrman presiding onc
The tables were very inviting
in tlie glow of candles. with bowls
of flowers. trailing vines and rose
petals. all in the club calm of
rose and green. ‘
The program included introduc
tion of guests. group Bmm led
by Gladys Bolon, brief talks by
members. the song “Summer
Time", sung by guest-soloist Theo
Lampson, and a very interesting
report, brought by delegate Lillian
Tuve ot the State convention held
recently in Wenatchee.
Cool Action Saves Home
onm Comb“; Fit? 1089
Presence of mind on the part
of a River Road householder saved
his house from complete destruc
tion by fire early Tuesday morn
ing, Fire Chic: Herb Malchow
says. when the Kennewick tire
company sped eight miles to the
scene of the blaze.
In view of the distance that had
to be covered by the tire Mien,
the entire building would have
been lost had not F. M. Keiso
closed oft the tire-swept bedroom
from the rest of the house. Al
though all the clothing and fur
nishings in the room were burned,
nothing else sustained damage. The
fire apparently started from the
electric wiring.
Effective immediately all eve
ning services of the First Baptist
church will begin at 8 p. m. in
stead of 7:30 p. m. as heretofore.
ThisSundnyeveningJunez, the
young people are organizing two
different groups. junior high and
senior high. both meeting at
7:00 p. m.
'The transportation problem
Mack, arrivedondwuuoedthe
lastdayotschool. Thhwuthe
inthestateothhington. Itwu
acquired through J. C. Pratt's
gamma“. Another“.
Dunn; the war years buses
were required to make double
trips. Thl: was eliminated the
considerable mecca during the
year. The Amigo: 8%
Bodycamethmough your
All other school mania-tion:
Proiecls Group
To Visit Krug
Secnetary oi the Interior J. A.
Km: will be unable to accept an
invitation to visit Kennewick and
view the Hialands project during
his visit in the Inland Empire on
Jim. 11. The invitation was
tendened by wire this week but
because of a full schedule the
stop heme is not possible. How
Irrigation l’roiects committee ex-
mm invitation was sent by
Chnrlu Bowen. chairman of the
Mr. Km: will be driven to
Coulee Dam and over the Colum
bia Benin am and the Colvllle
Spokane in the evening for a
lumber of conferences and will
10;: the 12th for Portland by
p .
Pre-School- Children'To
Rewi‘te Free Physicgls
Pre-school ”children of the city
may receive a tree physical check
up, conducted by Dr. Tudor and
his stat! of nurses from the Ben
ton county health department, at
the pre-school roundup scheduled
for the first week in June. All
children entering kindergarten or
the first grade this tall, and Who
will be five or six years old by
Other 1, are eligible to partici
'l'he examinations will be civsn
in the office of the.oounty nurse.
Miss Alma Stickle, in the Ron
newick grade school building. Pa
rents who have not received the
questionnaires recently sent out
by Miss Stickle may make ap
pointments for their children by
camnz Mrs. Records at Kenne
wick 1902, or Mrs. Click at Ken
newick 2827, on Friday, May 31,
or Saturday, June 1.
'l‘iclrete To Be Sold For
Muenstersingem rs Concert
e eisterdnzere at Richland
will present a concert Friday,
June 14, at 8 o'clock at the Kenne
wick high school auditorium under
the sponsorship of the Pre-School
cl‘ 13mg Meistertzisn the t
ven era on
side 0! hand. and diet sales
committee numbers are anticcifiat
incareadymarkettorthe ti eis
which will so on sale Saturday
afternoon,“ June 1. At a recent
muormance staged in a Richland
809 watt: a seating capacity at
meta-singers were com
pelied to turn away 200 persons
for whom there was no room.
Their appearance in Kennewick
is widely hailed as a noteworthy
In!“ eyent.
111. Mommy of M
will appear with the Mel-hr
m m camp at Buck
next week. Ant-tut Scout
m 3m Reid and Scoutmuter
Walt Woehler will each (1
part of the wrath with thew.
Robert Pntur Pat Kruuel and
gobert Goldmliththmeived Ten.
ertoot as e meeting on
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