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Council Faces Year ’of
Activity; Plan Paving
Kennewick’s city council Tues
swung into action for 1947
fin its first meeting of the year.
In a lengthy session, two ordin
ances were passed, several large
”d small problems were given
full discussion and three re-elected
councilmen and a city treasurer
were sworn in.
No changes were made in com
mittee appointments and Mayor
The Sidewalk
By The
‘ The Amalgamated Steering com-‘
mittee went into a quick session
this week with the Government
Gripers’ league following Tuesday
night’s session of the city council.
“It ain’t right,” was the terse com
ment of the chairman of the lea
*gue. When we tried to get him
to expand his remarke he merely
ed his earflaps tighter and re
film, “It ain’t right.” Diligent
investigation revealed that the
cause of the complaint was that
the city government swore in°three
councilmen for new terms without
any fireworks. Said one of the
committee members, “Other towns
most always have a wrangle when
a new term starts. The county is
in for a tight argument over an
appointment. But not our council.
Theyjuststart ofianew term
with a bunch of street projects
and what not. Of course,” he ac
mittcd graudgingly, “they’re the
same councilmen.” '
It is unfortunate that more peo
ple don’t attend council meetings
just for their own edification. Now
, when anyone appears at a council
meeting it is almost a foregone
conclusion that they have some
‘ thing to gripe about. Fortunately
in all cases they are heard pa
tiently and with understanding
Aid the occasion is rare when
some -»aatisfactory' solution, imme
i‘iiate or promised, is not forth-
Speaking of attendance, City At
torney Kenneth Serier completed
his second year _with a perfect
score. In fact it has now reached
' the point where the council mem
bers feel they can scarcely get
'along without him. The Mayor
will please add a second gold star
after Kenneth’s name on the chart.
Thespians of the community are
r .urged to turn out Friday and Sat
urday nights for the casting of a
new production for the Mask and
Dagger club. This group is en
titled to the plaudits of all resi
dents of Kennewick for carrying
out a~ cultural activity that is a
vital part of community life._ We
started out by saying “Thespmns.”
A correction is offered upon sug
:’;gestion of an authority on the sub
.ect: Would-be thespians will be
flan every consideration. And
if you want to know where to turnj
‘ out just take a couple hours 01!}
find read the rest of the paper for
’ gonce. \
This weeks flowers go without‘
, qualification to the Kennewxck
Business and Professional Women.
With nary a squawk they have
volunteered to accept the job of:
handling this year’s '- March ot‘
Dimes drive. {
—_ K
. coucnamzmons .‘ . ‘ \
_Twenty years ago a' sh? of}
”‘ wishes; men founded the Ki anisi
club here. They have obvious}!
done a good job of helping Kennett;
WiCk to become the best town in
the Northwest in which to live.
This 18 proved by the fact that out
of the twenty past presidents, fif
(9Bll .of the surviving eighteen stilli
» live In Kennewick. One has mov-\
ed as far as Yakima and two have
moved to a town called P-s-o.
Hearty congratulations to all of
Don’t forget the basketball game
many night
, tV. Dyson Called to
33w Charge in Richland
The Rev. Leo W. Dyson, for the
past four years priest in charge
01 the Kennewick and Pasco Epis
cOpal churches, resigned his charge
on Monday night to accept a call
‘O. Au Saint’s Episcopal church in
RlChland. Until a clergyman is
found to take charge of these
Churches, Mr. Dyson will have
599111093 of Holy Communion the
first Sunday of every month at ten
oclock. Howard S. \’.'hithcck, lay
reader, will be in charge of all
other services until the arrival of
the newrlergyman. Rev. Dyson’s
last service will be on January 19.
M o
The four Caspary boys now
have a baby sister. The daughter
Was born Jan. 8 at 7:45 a.m. to
_Ml’: and Mrs. Louis Caspary and
Weighed 10 pounds. The little new
91' has been named Judy Ann.
@ll2 lenmirk [ (flnurier- Erpnrtvr
J. C. Pratt held for a later decision
a proposal by Councilman Larry
Oliver that the Park Board be
combined with the Recreation
Commission. ~
Ordinance 463 was given final
passage. This ordinance provides
for the expenditure of approxi
mately $25,000 for street and alley
grading and surfacing. About five
miles of the city’s thoroughfares
will be included in the program.
(For a complete description of
streets to be included, see Ordin
ance 463 published in this issue.)
Funds for the project came
from the State Development fund
which was set up to aid cities and
counties in post-war building pro
grams. Kennewick’s allotment
from this fund was $20,000 as a
grant. Up to $20,000 additional
giay be secured on a matching
The overall plan for the street
improvement project was prepared
by R. C. Rector and has been ap
proved by the state. The work will
be done on contract and bids will
be taken. -
Mayor Pratt briefly outlined his
discussions with executives of the
Pillsbury Flouring Mills. He re
turned Saturday night from a trip
to Minneapolis, where he talked
to company officials. _
The Mayor referred the matter
of installation of a fire hydrant
on Avenue B at lone street to the
fire committee. Several new
houses have been built in this
area and the residents are seeking
a water main. The P. P. L. will in
stall a two-inch line to serve the
area. However, a four inch line is
required for part of the distance to
serve the fire hydrant. An agree
ment has not been reached with
the company as to the cost to the
cityof installing the larger main._
The three councilmen sworn in
were all reelected. They were
Lawrence Scott, R. B. Holden and
W. F. Neel. Margaret Reymore,
who has been serving as city treas
urer by appointment, was elected
to the position in the fall election.
Lions In Start
League Play
Kennewick High school has
ketball team will swing into the
1947 league schedule with a game
here with Prosser Friday night.
Five games are listed on the
home schedule which include:
Prosser, Friday, Jan. 10.
Grandview, Tuesday, Jan. 28. .
Pasco, Tuesday, Feb. 4.
' Sunnyside, Friday, Feb. 7.
Richland, Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Tuesday night games will start
at 7 o’clock with first team games
starting at 8. Friday night games
will be a half hour later.
Woman’s Exercise
Class Starts J in. 16
Spring fashions demand a slen
der figure so a woman’s exercise
class is being organized to start
Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. at the
Recreation hall in Park View
Homes. -
Recreational Director Ray Eades
will. give the instruction.
It is suggested that women at
tending wear slacks and loose
clothing, play shoes or low heeled
e building is heated so that it
will not be cold to take the ex
Dr. Brockman to Speak
At Pre-School Meéting
Dr. Katherine Brockman of the
Kadlec hospital, will speak on
“The Emotional Stability of the
Child,” at the Pre-School P.'l'.-A.
meeting to be held Jan. 16 at
8 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the
Recreation hall, Park View Homes,
Mstead of the Arrow Grill. -
'gl'ie organization is featuring
Da 3 Night, and all fathers are
urged to attend. A social hour will
follow the meeting.
ACA Committeemen and Dtticials to
Attend State Conference in Seattle
The annual state conference of
county ACA committeemen, to be
held in Seattle January 16 and 17
under the auspices of the Produc
tion and Marketing Administra
tion, will be attended by five rep
resentatives from Benton county.
ACA Committeemen Walter
Jacobs of Benton City and Rolla
Lanning of Finley will be present
as will V. O. Humphrey, Miss Ella
Oliver and Mrs. Marjorie Taylor,
secretary, treasurer and clerk re
spectively of the Benton county
ACA Committee. The party left
for Seattle on Wednesday. _
Principal speaker at the confer
ence will be R. M. Evans, who on
the Opening day will discuss“ A
griculture and Finance.” Other
speakers will be agricultural au
thorities of nationa» stature and
specialists in various agricultural
The more than 200 farmer-com
mitteeraen, county extension
agents, and members of county
As any experienced actor or
successful debutante would tell
you. the entrance is the thing!
Here is Master Benj. Flavious
Findley. Jr.. who timed his ar
rival so expertly that he won
both the Kennewick Courier-
Reporter and Richland Villager
contests for the first baby born
in 1947. Benjamin weighed six
pounds. 13 ounces. He is the
first child born to Mr. and Mrs.
Benjamin F. Findley of 1203-
Potter St.. Richland. . (Villager
Photo.) ,
Twenty Years of
Kiwanis Activity
Observed Tuesday
Kennewick Kiwanians Tuesday
were amazed that when past presi
dents of the club were special
guests, 17 of the 20 were present.
The occasion was an observance
of the twentieth anniversary of
the founding of the club which
received its charter on December
20, 1926.
All but two of the past presi
dents are still living and are in
this region. Those who died were
Dr. L. G. Spaulding and C. S;
Knowles. Of the others all but
three still live in Kennewick.
Farthest away is Dr. H. J. Capell,
now in Yakima,,and James Bock
%ls and Hugh Copeland live in
Old time members were espec
ially interested in a historical
sketch of the world events, local
highlights and club activities of
the past 20 years. The program
was presented by John Neuman,
Slim Meverden, Frank Maupin
and Charles Powell.
As the history of each succeed
ing year was outlined, the presi
dent of the club for that year was
called on to review the club’s ac
tivities. ‘
. Established in 1926, L. E. John
son was the first president. After
?a few successful years the organi~
zation went into decline during
the early thirties that almost
brought it to the point of disband
ing. However, dues were lowered
and after a low point of 16 mem
bers, the club started to grow. To
day it boasts 74 members.
Following are the past presi
1927 L. E. Johnson.
1928 H. C. Schmidt.
1929 L. G. Spaulding.
1930 Mark Moulton.
1931 H. G. Fyfe.
1932 Vane Wilder.
1933 Charles Powell.
1934 R. E. Reed.
1935 Dr. H. J. Capell.
1936 James Bockius.
1937 E. C. Smith.
1938 Urban Keolker.
1939 Hugh Copeland.
1940 Frank Maupin.
1941 C. S. Knowles. .
1942 Lawrence Scott.
1943 Francis Ludlow.
1944 Amon Mueller.
1945 Rev. John B. Coan.
1946 D. M. Deeter.
George Cloud is the present preo
siding officer.
oflice stafis, who will attend the
meetings will break up into com
mittees to consider specialized top
ics Thursday afternoon and Fri
day morning. Production and
marketing, crop insurance and kin
dred topics will be the subject of
committee deliberations.
C. P. Downen, state PMA direc-1
tor described the procedure, “The
county ACA committeemen—all
farmers elected by their neighbors
—are responsible for the develop
ment of the policy and the admin
istration of Department of Agri
culture programs in their own
counties. ‘ They are the backbone
of the democatic system establish
ed under the old AAA program
whereby grass-roots thinking
dominates government agricul
tural policy.”
Thus one of the principal func
tions of the conference, Downen
said, will be to give the tanner
committeen.en an opportunity to
(Continued on page five)
Kiwanis. Active
Clubs. Donkeys
To Offer Laughs
A donkey basketball game star
ring Jack Moore’s trained don
keys and presenting members of
Kennewick’s Kiwanis and Active
clubs as rival ball players, will be
played next Thursday night, J anu--
ary 16, at 8 o’clock in the High
school gymnasium, according to
Superintendent E. S. Black. The
game is being played as a bene
fit to help defray expenses incur
red by the Associated Students
when Kennewick High outfitted a
baseball team last Spring.
Those who have seen a donkey
softball game will remember the
laughs they had while watching
these contrary minded critter‘s in
action. Basketball will furnish
more fun. .:
The donkeys which will take
part in Thursday’s exhibition'have
been trained for the part. They
will be equipped with specially
built rubber shoes which will en
able them to keep footing on the
gym floor. Moore will present his
animals in similar contests this
month in Pasco and Richland.
The High school’s share of the
gate receipts will be used to pro
mote baseball. Last year the
schools in the‘Valley revived the
game and Kennewick High out
fitted its team with new uniforms.
Baseball is not a self supporting
activity in high school and de
pends upon receipts from other
athletic activities to pay its way.
By turning out for the game on
Thursday people will get their
money’s worth in laughs and fun
besides helping to support a wor
thy activity -in High school.
Odd Fellow-Rebekah
IrLsta!latjqq _J§n__uary 13_
The local Odd Fellows and Re
bekahs will hold a joint public in
stallation on Monday night, Jan.
13, at 8 o’clock. Frances Paugh of
Pasco, past president of the Rebe
kah Assembly of Washington, and
Clyde Higley, Special Deputy for
the Grand Master will insall. A
program has been arranged by
Mrs. Guy Lyons. district deputy
president. Refreshments will be
served. All visiting-road Fellows
and Rebekahs are cordially wel
comed. '7 7
A special guest will be Mrs.
Harry Kendall, vice president of
District 16, who will have a part in
the program.
Mask and Dagger Club
To Hold Play Tryouts
Casting for the next Mask and
Dagger Club presentation to be
given in early spring will begin
in earnest Friday and Saturday,
January 10 and 11, from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m. in the office of Dr.
Stephen Selby, of Wagner Optome
There are 24 interesting parts to
be filled, and every interested
person is urged to attend the cast
ing so that rehearsals -can get
underway immgdiately. The only
prerequisite to participation in
this community enterprise is a sin
cere interest in local dramatics and
willing cooperation during re
hearsals. The play .chosen is a
four-act comedy by James M.
Festival Plies lli
Sparks from the Kennewick
Grape Festival are still exploding
into blazes of publicity, readers of
Colliers for January 4, 1947 have
discovered. ~ _ _
“Wing Talk,” a regular depart
ment of the leading periodical, be
“The industrious people of Ken
newick, Washington, celebrating
their annual Grape Festival with
an air show early in October,
watched a stunt-flying biplane
bring its act to a climax \with a
dive to the edge of the airport, a
vertical zoom to a stall and a tail
spin that was converted at the last
moment from a crash into a smooth
landing. The crowd gasped. then
:ghtlagred as the plane taxied off the
1e ." ‘2
Then, as Colliers discloses, the
pilot jumping out of the plane
proved to be none other than 53
year old Tex Rankin, whose high
flying acrobatics will long be re
membered by Kennewick resi
But'Stunt Pilot Rankin is no
stranger to Kennewick as many a
long-term citizen of the city could
comment. Because the wings of a
Rankin plane were knifing through
Kennewick skies in the early
twenties, when Tex was much
younger and flying was unavoid
ably more colorful and hazardous
than it is today. Many local citi
zens flew with him then.
Older he may be, those who re
member him say. but the Rankin
maneuvers have lost none of their
old flash and daring. As the Col
liers article recounts, Tex is now
53, with a wife and four grown
children, a thriving business and
a big stomach.
If a poll. of Kennewick people
could be taken today air-minded
observers declare, ti choice for
the star of the next rape Festi
val air show fould that flyin’
fool, Tex Rankin.
,Sad Sam, the Hot Driver
No. l of a series on Momring Safety
“I’m afraid this is going In cure me
of tryigg to beat the signal"
Active Club Opens Campaign Against
Danger Driving in Kennewick Area
Kennewick Activians this week
opened a campaign against the
enemy that year after year kills,
maims, cripples and incapacitates
thousands of adults and children—
the American driver.
“We know we can’t compel peo-
March of Dimes
Begins on 1511:.
Chairman Reveals
Kennewick's 1947 March of
Dimes Campaign will be held from
January 15 through January 30
under the sponsorship of the Busi
ness and Professional Women's
Club. Lena McCamish, campaign
chairman announced today.
Collection cans will be placed
in public places throughout the 10-
cahty, Mrs. McCamish said, on
Monday and Tuesday. While no
quota has been set for the drive,
she calls attention to the polio epi
demic of 1946 as ample evidence
of rthe need for total public sup
po .
“The infantile paralysis epi
demic of 1946 was the worst in .30
years,” Mrs] McCamish stressed.
“It was only exceeded by the great
epidemic of 1916—the worst in
recorded history of the United
States. In 1916, 27,363 cases were
reported by 28 states. In 1946, up
to October 26, the nation reported
22,371 cases. This was almost
double the 11,463 cases in 1945."
Further developments in the
campaign for this year will be an
nounced at a later date, Mrs. Mc-
Camish said.
Kagpqfleltag to Meet
In Walla Walla on 18th
There will be an organizational
meeting of all Kappa Delta alumni
living in the area surrounding
Walla Walla on Saturday, Jan. 18.
at a luncheon held in the Marcus
Whitman hotel in Walla Walla.
Any member of the sorority who
has not been contacted by letter
is asked to write or phone Mrs.
Kenneth L. Reed at 921 Univer
sity, Walla Walla, phone 3399 to
make reservations.
BPW mama
The Kennewick Business and
Professional Women: club will
meet Tuwday, Jan. 14 at the Ar
row Grill for a linner meeting at
6:30 pm. A speaker is scheduled
and all members are urged to at
tend. Anyone not attending should
call Margaret Reymore before
Saturday noon.
lfllll ls Deadline for 1947 licenses.
01d Pldes Bring Arrest After Then
Approximately three fourths of
the motorists in the Kennewick
area have purchased their license,
plates for 1947, L. E. Johnson, dep
uty county auditor. estimated this
week. The remainder, probably
several hundred owners. must get
their new plates not later than
Friday, Jan. 10.
“After the Jan. 10 deadline."
stated Sgt. L‘. M. Geer of the Ben
ton-Franklin counties office of the‘
Washington State Patrol, "our!
patrolmen will be making arrests;
of motorists who have not secured;
their 1947 licenses. There will be‘
a concerted drive throughout the
territory assigned to our office to
require car owners to comply with
the law in this respect.”
3 Geer’s warning was reinforced
by that of State Patrol Chief H.
‘W. Algeo that there will be no
extension of the 1947 license plate
deadline beyond the 10th.
Explaining that cars carrying
1946 plates during the ten day
ple to drive safely.” Harvey
IQene. chairman of the Safety
Driving committee, admitted. “as
that’s a job for the proper traffic
officials. But primarily it's the
job of every man and woman who
drives a car. And we're going to
do everything we can possibly do
to call the responsibility to their
The press and the radio will be
employed in the drive for safe
drivers, Keene said, and speakers
fmm the Active Club will am
gt public meetings to _emp
the reality of the most common
place of American possession.—
the auto— as a deadly weapon,
when operated by a mm or
unsafe driver.
1 The Active Club campaign found
prompt backing in Mayor Pratt,
‘who said: “We must make the
streets of Kennewick safe for our
residents. Not only is there a trag
ic toll in life and health that must
be cheaed. but every time a car
is destroyed, our transportation
system is further impaired. Hun
dreds of autos are going to the
wrecking yards every week. be-g
cause people didn’t drive safely.i
We cannot permit the loss in life:
and limb—we cannot afford the
loss in irreplaceable automobiles.”
A good beginning for every
driver is prompt compliance with
t_he_ “Ten C_ommandm_e_nts__of Safe
Driving.” Keene said. H'e list:
them as:
(I) Obey signs and signals (2)
pass carefully (3) watch your speed
in traffic (4) take came at inter
sections (5) don’t race (6) remem
ber the other fellow (7) slow claim
at night (8) be alert (9) give propu'
hand signals (10) take care of your
“We have, without exception, ne
ceived thepromise of full mp
port from all authorities inter
ested in traffic contml and acci
dent pnevention. We plan to cell
on than for all the help they can
give us. We believe we can «sonnet;
also, on the active cooperation
the service clubs and organiza
ggnsedin Kennewick," Keene eon
u .
Still. he insists. the final respon
sibility for safe driving tests with
the individual motorist “The need
for safe driving starts," he says,
“every time a driver slips back of
the steering Wm and starts his
motor. And. re els of weather
or road conditions. that need does
not stop until he's parked his car
safely and is through with it for
a while. Remember, too. that the
need is there again the minute he
re-enters his car."
In its campaign, the Active Club
will be using material made avail
able to than by the General Pe
troleum Corporation. Keene said.
grace period are achnlly being
Operated illmlly. since the law
requires new plates to be display
ednotlaterthanJenuu-y Luzon
said that extension was allowed
only to avoid holidny rushes in
auditors’ offices.
He also reminded motorists that!
certificates of registration tamed
with the new licence plates must
be retained by auomohile owner-s.
Many operators, Algeo comment
ed, havel thmgn the cautiflcuta‘
away. “n su cases.” said,
“applications should be made to
obtain a duplicate copy (mm the!
department of licenses. State law
‘requires the certificate to he cox-J
ried in motor vehicles at all times?
As a helpful hint to the helated‘
motorists who must still secure
their 1947 plates. Johnson coun—
seled: “Owners of cars neistened
in Washington may present their
last certificates of ledstratton
when making application for 1947
(Continued on Page 4)
$3.00 Per Year—loc Per. Copy
Pillsbury Will
Build Mill Here.
Mayor Reports
“Pillsbury Milling company is
definitely interested in this area
and will build a mill on their Ken
newick property," Mayor J. C.
P‘ratt reported upon his return
from Minneapolis, where he con
ferred with officials of the com
“ it plans call for a two
stace mill which will produce all
of the milling bar-products as well
as flour." he said. These include
mostly teed pmducis and will be
neglected in the northwest.
Intimate plans call for the in
clusion ot a packaging plant that
will handle all types of flour and
“Pillsbury: recognize the advan
tages offered in this region,” Pratt
said. “Not only are there ample
rail and water shipping facilities.
but we are in the center of a
wizsatmducms area-'l. _
No statement could be secured
as to a probable date for starting
construction. Shortage of building
material at the present time makes
the huge construction almost im
possible. Other factors involved
include the unsettled foreign mar
ket conditions. 7
“When they do build, it will be
a big one," Pratt said.
Pillsbury purchased a large
piece of industrial property east
of Date street lying between the
two railway: in 1936. The pur
ehaae included a mill owned by
Charles Shoemaker and associ
ates. The mill was taken out of
Operation and a year lattes: was
completely destroyed by fi ”ANN
The city is negotiating with the '
company at the present time to
aeeue a rlght-ot-way tor the con
struction of the Gum Street under
paaa and the extension of Flrat
Avenue East.
“The company made no definite
commitunent." Pratt said. “Their
final suggestion was that we com
plete our plans and submit them
an! an attunpt would be made
act together on the proposition.”
Lion Cub: Point
In Jr. Hi Lead
\ .5
By George Mitchell
Last May afternoon at 2:30
the Wet Lion Cub: pro
nounced on the mod to the Yakima
Valley Junior High championship
by rolling over the Grandview
Greyhound Pups, 54-14.
George Black set the pace to:
the cube by dmppinz 13 point
thmugh the nets. Norman Wilde!
cone in a clone second with 12.
The eighth advanced also by
downing the Grendview eighth,
2740. Kenneth Goin led the scor
ing for the victors with 10 points.
My afternoon, January 7.
the Kennewick Lion Cub: chalk
ed up another win by a score of
22-15 over the Pasco Bulldog Pups.
George Black was high point man
with 8 points.
The eighth outplayed their rivals
and came 'up with another win.
19-10. Kameth Goin was high
point man with 10 points.
Boy Washburn ls
11am 3.! Death
The death of Boy Wuhburn,
son of Kennewick pioneu, and a
former partner in the Columbia
Electric Co., occurred «11% this
(Thursday) morning at the eter
an's hospital in Walla Walla. In
tailing health the put ear he
altered the hospital ten dyes: ago
when his condition became oer
ious. Funeral announcement. will
be made later.
Bank bandits have always been
sought after fellows. Scddoni, it is
said, tor their social graces.
But, where they used to have to
rewon with a hard-riding posse.
and' more recently with a swarm
of patrol and police cars. they are
not? w being mtg; “it s
pon no 0 a po
kane bank robbery, Deputy Sher
iff Dennis Huntley recently sought
out Johnny Sawyers of the Twin
City Airport. Leaping (figurative
ly) into the saddle of a radio
mugged Stimn. they zoomed off
on trail of the bandits.
hey flew over Washtucna. Kah
lotus and back to Connell in
search or the green Loncoln
Zephyr escape car. Just when they
“WW... ‘33::%“:% a“?
ness u er e -
fective aerial reconnaissance im
possible. And to compound their
diflieultic, they couldn't get thru
to the Twin C ty Airport. Some
‘body had flipped the radio toggle
iswitch over to the code band, and
ytheir message couldn’t get through
‘on the set.
} Well. anyhow. that ought to be
warning enough to potential male
i'actors. “it's not a shooting star;
it's not a comet; it’s not (here's
where we tool 'sin) Superman, it’s
Dennis Huntley. the flying defiuty
at the controls of a hedge op
ping Stinson."

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