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The Sidewalk
‘ By The
The Weather Prognosticators
and Thermometer Readers As
sembly, an affiliate of the Cen
tral Complainers, were the only
gripers with sufficient fortitude
to face, the rigors of a meeting in
the unwarmed basement room of
the club this week. Their plaint is
a little different than is heard
generally up and down the street.
“Taint cold enough!” was the
terse comment of the third V.P. As
he talked he kept jabbing his
'thermometer into a block of ice.
“Nobody does anything about the
weather,” he wheezed. “Take the
river, for instance. Think what a
marvelous time we all could have
skating if it just .got cold enough.
Ain’t tit to 3mm in come summer,
won’t freeze for skating in the
winter. Taint no good to nobody
except maybe to make a little
power and irrigate a few acres of
land.” A wishful look crept into
his bleary eyes. “Ever, go ice boat
me?" he asked.
.Another guest writer comes up
mth some food for thought in pre
senting the 'story of soil conser
vation. (See page two.) James Wal
ker is. to quote his official title
In full, a “Conservation Aid, Soil
Conservation Service.” Now if you
want to know what SOS stands
for it means: “Save Our Soil.”
This week’s flowers go again to
a frequent winner. A posy to each
and every member or the Active
Eluh for their foresight in intro
ducmg a “Man of the Year”. con
test to Kennewick. We are sure an
ahle and deserving man will be
Diehed out of many that are
eligible for the honor. This is to
be an annual event so if you don’t
wm this time, keep plugging. May
be you’ll make it next year.
Q ___.—
Kennewick’s Chamber of Com
merce is attempting to realistically
{ace the many problems involved
in a rapidly growing community.
Committee chairmen are pushing
plans for an over-all program for
the organization and plans are
heme formulated for a full time
Secretary -manager. Cooperation
Of busmessmen and citizens will
be appreciated.
Benton count contributed. j
share toward mg failure of Inma
tlve 14, which deals with the qges
tlon of legislative reapportiop
ment. Only 7.7 percent of ’_regls-
W voters signed the petitions.
Fmllklin did much better With
83.5. Klickitat hit 15.8 and _' Ska
mania reached 17.5 For a district
*hat suffers more than any other
eglslative division in the state
that Is definitely not a good show
A Kennewick school teacher
We!“ into Penney’s shoe depart
ment the other day. Al Kissler
busfled forward to wait on her. ”
I want a pair of aligator shoes,
She said.
. “Yes, maam,” said Al, “and what
517-5 does your aligator wear?”
For the convenience of mothers
Who may be attending the ladies
gym class at the Recreation hall
Tues“? and Thursday mornings
at 9 O’clock an attendant will be
pr‘i‘ePt to care for children. The
building is warm, recreational
leaders say, and children of all
‘33 are welcome. They may ar
file in buggies, strollers, or how
""' they wish.
Safely Drving
A Heine Problem.
Keene Emphasizes
The Kennewick Active Club this
week sought for, and were prom
ised, the aid of the Toastmaster’s
Club in carrying on their cam
paign for safe driving. Toastmas
ters are organizing their’ speech
schedule to reach all service clubs
in the area.
Activian Bob Washbum and
Chief of Police H. H. Kershaw
took to the air to appeal for safer
driving habits. Their program will
be heard at 8:15 over the twin city
station KPKW tonight.
Meanwhile, two judges of file
city released reports highlighting
the extreme importance of safety
driving for all. .
Judge o‘. "F. ' Winkenwerd’er
reckoned his criminal cases for
the year 1946 as follows: drunken
driving, 29; reckless driving, 15;
negligent driving, 107; speeding,
244; failure to stop for parked
school bus, 3; failure to yield the
right of way, 22; minor traffic vio
lations, 280.
“I would be pleased,’.’ said the
Judge, obviously speaking with
moderation, “1f the public would
drive safely, sanely, and courteo
ously; thereby saving money and
injury to persons and property.”
Judge R. E. Reed had a similar
record to show. Seven drunken
drivers stood before his bench in
1946; four were reckless and. ten
(Continued on Page 4)
Methodist Brotherhood
To Give Dinner Monday
The January dinner program of
the Methodist Brotherhood will
be‘ held -on Monday evening‘ at
6:30 in Epworth Hall, according
to Dudley Randal, its president.
An outstanding speaker, Dr. Wal
ter G. Gleiser of Walla Walla will
be on the program.
The men’s organization has
completed a very successful year
and has now a well established
program of activities and projects,
including the sponsoring o'f Troop
24 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
He broke one camera and possibly broke a record along with
it. The decrepit figure pictured above in the wheel chair is none
other than Kennewick’s Mayor J. C. Pratt. one of the youngest men
ever to have been initiated into the Odd Fellows "Grampa Club."
Also winning the honor is McKinley Desgranges. who is seen lean
ing on a flag-draped cane. In the back. sporting the regalia of their
new rank are Thelma Higley and B. H. Stairs. newly installed Noble
Grands ot Rebekahs and Odd Fellows. (Randal Photo)
Mrs. Grosscup ls
Named lo Vacancy
011 County Board
First official act of the new
board of county commissioners of
Benton county Monday was the
appointment of a commissioner
for the third district to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of
Thad GroSscup on election day.
Only a handful of spectators
were present for the announce
ment. As the old board wound up
Its business, brief farewells were
exchanged between retiring com
missionrs Jay Perry and Ira Hart
man and holdover commissioner
Bob Evans of Presser.
The new board, Evans and
George Thompson of Benton City
went into a private session behind
closed doors for a few minutes.
When the door was again opened
Ralph Wise, new county auditor
and clerk of the board was called
“We have appointed Mrs. Thad
Grosscup to fill the vacancy on
our board,” Evans told Wise.
Last official act of the old board
was the acceptance oi'a bid by the
Brady Construction company of
Seattle for the construction of a
new annex to the court house.
The bid was for $104,000..
“This figure is far above our
estimates for the job,” Commis
sioner Perry explained. “However,
it is almost impossible to conduct
the county’s business without ad-.
ditional space. The county will
pay $27,000 and the remainder
will come from the state develop
ment fund.”
The new building will be 35 by
85 feet with basement. It will pro
vide office space for , the 'health
and welfare departments, the
county agent, coroner with an
assembly room and storeroom.
The county has received ap
proval fdr its road surfacing pro
gram under the development fund
program. Ths includes several
roads. in the Highlands as well as
the oiling of about six miles of
a road through the north edge of
Horse Heaven to the line of the
third district, connecting with the
present road past Vista. This will
provide a surfaced road all the
way to Prosser over the hills.
Eire Departmetg§_Fi_ghts
Three Fires in WeeE
A semi-type army bus, convert
ed‘ to living quarters, was almost
completely destroyed by fire this
‘morning, Fire Chief Herb Mal
chow reports. The Kennewick fire
department, arriving at the scene
found that flames had crept down
‘ward into the lower part of the
It was almost impossible to get
water to the fire. Heavy smoke
from burning insulation prevent
ed iire fighters from entering the
living space. The converted home
is the property of Jack Connell.
and is located about four miles
southwest of the city.
Firemen extingdished a blaze
started by a basement kerosene
heater early Sunday morning at
the Galloway place. three miles
southeast of the city. Damage was
The Kennewick company also
answered a call Saturday night
to the J. P. Head Plumbing and
Heating building in Pasco, which
was badly burned. Much plumb-1
ing equipment and supplies were
saved, Malchow said. The Kenne-;
wick fire fighters battled thei
blaze for more than an hour. ¢
Back from his first batman lea; with metal wings. is Tommy
Thompson in this picture taken in acoma in 1937. He jumped
from a Buell Air Sedan. because it was the only ship they could find
with doors big enough to make the jump possible.
“Bat Man” Recounts
Thrilling Experiences
A 14-year-old machinist’s help
er stood on a flying field at Pue
blo, Colorado back in 1925 and lis
tened to the guying of his pals,
who were trying to needle him
into making a parachute jump.
Minutes afterward he stood,
feet planted on earth again, shak
ily spilling the air out of a para
chute, but a veteran of his first
airpléne ride and first parachute
Odd Fellows And
Rebekahs Install
Amid appropriate pomp and
ceremony, new officers of the Re
bekahs and Odd Fellows took of
fice Monday evening at the Odd
Fellows Hall. The installation was
open to the public.
Installing officers were past
president Frances Pangle of Pas
co and Special Grand Master
Clyde Hialey of Kennewick who
is also a past president. i
New otticérs installed in the Re
bekahs were:
’ Noble Grand: Thelma Higley;
Vice Grand, Eva Harper; Secre
-Itary, Flora Dickinson; Financial
Secretary, Marjorie Schmidt;
Treasurer, Ella Mae Rupp; War
den, Eleanor Erickson; Conductor,
Margaret Reymore; Inside Guard,
Frieda Brodbeck; Outside Guard,
Ethel Edwards; R. S. N. G., Em
ma Higley; L. S. N. G., Blanche
Pratt; Chaplain, Tella Winken
werder; R. S. V. G., Evelyn Lyons;
L. S. V. G., Mildred Heberlein;
Fast Noble Grand, Lucile Strad
Taking office in the Odd Fellows
were: H. H. Stairs, Noble Grand;
Alvin Lucke, vice Grand; Kermit
Liebel, secretary; O. A. Fisher,
treasurer; Morris Peterson, war
den; Hugh Lucke, conductor;
Bruce Lucke, inside guard; E. L.
Erickson, outside guard; Cecil:
Travis, RSNG, Clarence Farley,
LSNG; Everett Wisner, Chaplain;
George Taylor RSVG; Fred Brod
beck, stc; hm Dickinson, past
noble grand; Frank Brown, 1.55;
and J ess Pain, 388.
Mrs. Glenna Larkin sang a so
lo, accompanied by Mrs. George
Reigal. ,
Z-Chnrch Rescue
The reputations of two
“churches” in Kennewick were en
hanced recently, when “Forward,”
weekly publication of the Park
Avenue Christian Church of New
York City decried the lack of
grape juice for communion serv
ices. -
Determined that the New York
congregation would maintain their
record of not missing a communion
since 1810, Jess Vinson and Rich
ard Riegel of the Kennewick
Christian Church dispatched a
case of Church grape juice‘: them
at once. ~ __ _ ___ _
Mr. and Mrs. Riegal and their
son, Don, former members of the
New York Church were especially
pleased that the Christian Church
and the Church Grape Juice Com
pany could provide the means by
which a proud record of 137 years
could be kept intact.
The New York church and the
Kennewick Christian church are
both members of the Disciples of
Christ, with headquarters in In
dianapolis, the membership of
which comprises the 7th largest
protestant body in the world.
jump. And headed, he knew, into
a new career. 7 7
A thousand close calls and about
22 years later, he arrived in Ken
newick to start a business in the
merchandise he knows best
the ’chutes he's floated earthward
under for more years than he
cares to count. ,7 , 7 7
He’s Charles E. “Tommy"
Thompson, famed as the daring
batman, whose leaps from air
planes have started thousands of
hearts into thousands of throats
all over the country. And he's the
managing owner of a lusty, prom
ising infant industry—the Vista
Parachute. and Distributing Com
pany of Vista Field.
He has’t been doing many bat
man jumps lately, because the,
°‘ “a“? fia‘fifm “ “
num 0 en men
all over the landscape. ‘
But he’s planning one more
jump—for the next Kennewick
Grape Festival. There's an idea
that has been lurking in the back
of_his mind . . .
The early batmen, Thompson re
calls, glided through the air with
the aid of a webbed contrivanoe
that spread out from each arm.
and between the legs. Air resist
ance alone supported them, until
the moment they were ready to
yank the rip cord on the chute
they wore and land.
In 1938, Thompson began work
on metal wings. They were con
structed with ailerons built into
them, had a full wing curve, and
provided a lift from their upper
surface, just like airplane wings.
They were much more maneuver
able and spectacular than the web
bed outfit.
Thompson jumped with them
for years, until the CAA grew un
easy about them.
To get back to that new idea of
his, though. A dream forms full
fledged in each of his eyes, as he
stagtsrto think it out.
“Let’s see,” he says, “if we could
just build jet propulsion units into
each wing . . . ”
That’s the stunt Thompson is
saving for 1947 Grape Festival.
A flying batman. scorching thru
:hte “sllll3an skies on
There's still a littliem matter of
getting penmssion m CAA.
at: he’s willing to give that a
Thompson spoke to the Kenne
wick Chamber ot Commerce at
their noon meeting today. a
“I had been looking for a place‘
to locate all over this area." he'
said, “but there didn’t seem to be!
any space available. Then I got
in touch with Mayor Pratt of
Kennewick, and things started to
happen.” ‘ .
He remembers particularly how
Rolfe Tuve, Dick Rector and Paul
Richmond.‘president, secretary and
leading member respectively of
the Chamber of Commerce, turned
out on Sunday to put glass into
the broken windows of his new
parachute loft at Vista Field.
“I’ve never seen that kind of
help given to a business man in
my life,” he says wonderingly.
He hasn’t forgotten either how
he called Mayor Pratt from Pros
ser to inform him that he was
starting out with a truck load of
parachutes. “An hour and a half
later,” he recounts, “I was settled
in my new place of business."
Thompson considers Kennewick
an ideal site for his parachute
business. In addition to his regu
lar work of maintenance and re
pair, he will open a distribution
point tlimere tagger-cw chute of
revo u onary
He holds rating of senior rig
ger now, and will reserve his mas
tower and equipment have been
installed at Vista l-jield.
March of Dimes
Campaign Starts
The March of Dimes officially
agar: in Kennewick ‘on Wednes-
And this year the shiny little
coins ate marching out to meet an
ancient and implacable foe. who
in 194:6 struck a cruel and mish
ing blow—hardest since 1034.
rged fromtht'leien‘fimtzt“ m?
eme grea cp -
demic of infantile paralysis since
the great scourge of 1918. and.
WHEREAS. the fiftional Foun
dation for Infan e Paralysis,
which is supported by the March
of Dimes and by the March of
Dimes only. has been called upon
as never before in its history to
spend millions to bring the best
available care to those stricken.
regardless of age, creed, color or
“”' “glans
WEE , the National Foun
dation for Infantile Paralysis will
provide continuing care for the
thousandsisstricker‘iduriintil maximum
recovery assu every case
thereby fulfilling its expmcd
pledgd. e to the American people.
an 0
WHEREAS. the National Foun
dation for Intantile Paralysis has,
in addition to these huge sums
spent millions— and will continue
to spend millions in research
seeking the cause of and possible
cure for this great crippler and
proposes so to do until polio is
rendered harmless, :25
WHEREAS, the Nati Founda
tion for Infantile Paralysismgup
ported as it is solely by the rch
of Dimes. will need millions of ad
ditional dimes this year in its
widespread educational program
designed to strike against polio’s
two greatest allies—fear and ig
WHE , the National Foun
dation for Infantile Paralysis.
spearhead of the ceaseless war
against "Rollo will, for the reasons
set to above. need funds to
carry on its work in 1947 as never
before in its history,
ED, that the sixteen days, Janu
ary 15-30. be officially set aside
for the 1947 March of Dimes Drive
in Kennewick, during which time
all citizens are urged to familiarize
themselves thonoughlyr with the
good works of the March of Dime
and to giant-t the National Foun
dation r Infantile Paralysis to
their utmost with their dimes.
(Signed) J. C. PRA’I'I'. Mayor
Collies! To Pick
'46 Man of Year
1 That is the question the Kenne
wick Active Club and the Kenne
wick Courier Reporter will seek
an answer tor in the first man of
city. Nominations will be invited
from citizens of the entire aneai
and the decision of an impartia
panel of judges will be based on
the community contribution made
during 1946 by each of the pro
posed candidates, Bob Mathemn.
chairman in charge, announced.
Full rules for the contest and
the nature of the recognition that
will be given to the contest win
ner will be announced later. Math
econ said.
Potato Goals to Be Set
Soon, Jacobs Reports
Requests for potato goals must
be made to the AAA office by new
raisers not later than January 24,
Walter Jacobs stated this week.
Any farmer who has raised not
more than three acres of potatoes
in any one year since 1942. must
register his request for acreage, it
he expects to raise more than
'trhhree acf‘es tin 19", Jacobs said.
e war 0 setting acreage goals
sible, and old growers may expect
to receive notification of their
lfigdgoals within a short time, hel
no . 1
Sleepers Needed
The city of Kennewick needs
four sleepers. And, just to keep
the record straight that isn’t some.
thing you buy from the
Company. or a guy who parks out
at field's edge and unruly pre
pares to receive a pass.
A “sleeper” is a member of the
fire department. who sleeps in
comfortable quarters at the sta
tion house and answers the phone
in the night, when someone wants
togeport 9 fire._ , 7
Favored applicants, for abvi
ous reasons. will be single men.
although family heads temporar
il out of favor at home may covet
the refuge the job prom-es.
Sleepers receive their living
glam-ter: tree of charge. When
a stop sleeping, and run out
wi the company to put out e
:’th receive the going wage
or fighting.
Sleepers may I, to Fire Chle!
Malchow at the gamut Fire
$3.00 Per Year—loc Per Copy
» Polio struck‘ down 518 Wash
ington people last year; 12 of them
in Benton 3%. Six of them
were in Ri . But the silver
ranks that marched out in early
me against the enemy that crip
ples. paid the expenses in full tor
the care that saved its victims.
Again in l“? the coin collec
tion boxes stand in public places
in Kennewick. They were put
there? the Business and Proteas
ional under the leadership
of Imam general chair
man for the March of Dimes in
the Kennewick district.
Lillian 'l'uve and Margaret Haw
kins have assumed resronaibility
for the collection of con box re
-3:...» Beymore and Dorothy
Binnman are in charge of the
arrangements for the box social
benefit to be elven January 24
at the Highlanda Clubhouae.
The President's Birthday Ball.
on January 80. will be held at
‘Playland under the auéficies of
lung Kennewick Active *9!» ,
Dr. Arthur L. Ringie. Washing
ton State Director o Health. this
week explained the three-front
me mint twig. “First. the
provide or e training 0
doctors and aura: in treatmthnt
technician; aocon '- pay e
doctor and hoamtaltbgfih of an
polio victims w retqhuinejinan
dal aid; and third, ey Lina-We
reaearch into the most promising
meagoda of prevention and ther
.péaierauy about one half of
alloafilafienta recover completely.
‘ . gle says, one quarter sut
[fer alight deformities, and 20 per
lcent have permanent cripplintef-
Five percent of them died in
1946. The total toll in Washinmn
“9419 *9 27.5109“!!-
“The battle lines are drawn,”
Mn. McCunish says, “You have
the ammunition in your pocket.
Don't tail to send it to the front."
Royalty Reigns
0n 61h Grade Day
I Hi! Majesty, King William
' Egb&lPat-ke&a&d°§atty Paris, hi:
‘ een, upon a to a
flame In room 28 of Kennewik
elementary school on the closing
(light: the first semester.
Mower: for segment? ' tfiacthecmi}
Spurgeon tor leadenh'fé' Frances
Dlmhp for W {p and to
Mt. Owen tor improve
Embers of the Royal Court
were chosen from those receiving
honorable mention for good citi
zenshi‘: and scholarship traits. The
Queen I Mt was Elaine Wil
derandwuof the courtwero
Edward er and James Larkin.
. Ribbons were awarded for out
nandm to Shirley Adam,
Merle Nannette St. Cloud
and tthhgn following v:‘:)r impggve
ment: 0 Larsen, ayne or
m Jean Bruce and Irene
W The 33‘. who attended
the court was 11 Wheeler.
1 Teams to Star!
B_askel nan Play
Ted Gifford, chairman of the
Active Club’s wwitfieh 0? has
ketball, moot-ted a e arma
tion or a seven-team flame. to be
known as the Inter-City League,
which will begin within the near
mun-e to compete in a tournament
expected to run for at least eight
Basketball (ems will be upon
ooned tactile Veterans of Foreign
Wan, American Legon, t 9
Holy Names 80% the nomy
The W; City Cream
ery. the tion Hall. and the
Active Club. More teams will be
added to the league later. Gifford
Games will be played in the
Kennewick high Ichool two nlflzts
a week. flame me: will be p y.
ed every night. Halves will be
shortened to make the play-oft.
’ Thé me schedule is be!
worked out now. Gifford said. as:
will be unmanned soon.
Republican Committee
Defers Decision
Benton County’s Republican
Central committee meeting Satur
day night in Richland moved to
leave the decision of the appoint
ment or a county commissioner
to fill the vacancy on the board to
Republican George Thompson and
Democrat Bob Evans. The action
was taken following a discussion
of the question in which it was
brought out that a recommenda
tion by the committee might tie
Thompson’s hands in the appoint
Herman Schth was named as
chairman of a committee to at
rangeflornflnoolnmy banquet.
Details of the pun will be an
nounced law.
had a committee to draw up
an not the mutation of a

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