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VOLUME XXXIII 1x19; _49
The Sidewalk REPO B T E B by The KENNEWICK COURIER SOUAWK CLUB _ With an eye toward bigger and better complaints during the New Year the Amalgamated Associa tion of Lower Valley Complainers this week met in its annual meet ing and elected new officers. The new president was picked because of his dispeptic appearance and his overhanging eyebrows which gave him an undue. advantage. The tops of two bottles of bromo seltzer showing in his breast pock et also aided in his chances. Sev. eral objectives were painted out ‘ as a basis for the year’s program. One however, received more at tention than any of the others. This was an attack on our city government. “We have no com plaints against our mayor and councilmen.” summed up one spokesman. “In fact, under the Cir-i cumstances, we .think we have. . - one very well. Our complaint is ¥gainst the system whereby a ma jor business, such as that of the city of Kennewick, is operated on a volunteer basis. It ain’t right!” IT AIN'T . We are inclined to agree with the alove mentioned grousers. Certainly no corporation, domg a quarter of a million dollar annual business, wuld expect its eiiecu tives to operate for practically nothing on a volunteer basis. But that is what is expected of our city govrnment. It is right that it ein’t mt. ANSWER What is the answer? Many com munities are finding the answer in the establishment of a city man ager form of government. There may be flaws in that system,_too. But generally speaking it is a . sound plan. That is the way some of the biggest and most success ful corporations in the United States _operate. They pick a board. , of directors who in turn hire a; general manager. And usually thatl managerearns a fancy salary. He 4 aim is the tall guy when thingsl ' don’t work Out quite right. Then‘ he either has to mend his ways ori get canned. 1 RESPONSIBILITY ‘ WW wuoilrespéizistble if things don‘t go just right? It can be the mayor, or the councilman or one or more of the paid depart-‘ ment heads. It is easy to find fault with the work of the mayor . nd the councilmen. Many people SO. In a number of cases, when we have heard people complain about the action of councilmen. we have suggested that they run for the council themselves. “Too busy—l couldn't possibly take the time!" . TOO BIG There was a time before the war when a volunteer council could do a fairly creditable job with little‘ time involved ’for the individual. That time has passed. When the} new housing projects are com pleted this year they will house a community almost as big as thel Dre-war Kennewick. Still we ex-‘ pect _volunteers to do all of the multitude of jobs required in the senSible operation of the city. It isn’t in the cards. START ' Who starts the job of repairing this situation? Certainly not the present councilmen who are al ready overloaded with a thankless job. Chamber of Commerce? Per haps. Other Civic organizations? They could help. But to do the job right, to make a complete study of all phases involved to make a pro per presentation to the community at large it is our belief that it should be undertaken by a city wide committee, representing alll interests within the community.‘ We. have asked the boss and he definitely promises to put the fulll weight of the columns of ’the KGB! ehmd the proposition. In fact he ‘en volunteered to gather more , iormation and write a page one editorial on the subject next week. Bet it will be a dinger! STORY OF THE WEEK The last atomic bomb had ex ploded. Devastation was complete and it seemed there was no livmg thing left on the face of the earth Finally a monkey moved d‘n a limb of one of the few trees left standing. Soon he espied another and smaller monkey on a limb above him. He moved to her side and they looked out upon the wasted lands. Finally he said: “Should we start this all over again?” - ”em 24%. . . Born at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital: ' Dec. 31 to Mr. and Mrs. John Munn. a girl; to Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Morvel a son and to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shelton, a girl. January 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Mark BYOWD, a girl. ~_ January 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Wll - Bellomy a girl: to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Craig, :1 son. January 5, to Mr. and Mrs. Rus -59” Scott, a girl: to Mr. and Mrs. Corydon Roberts, a son. January 7, to Mr. and Mrs. Har- I‘y Oswalt. a girl. @ll2 lKP‘tmvmirk Q’muriprn ‘ﬂ’xwm‘m Truman massage Heightens Hope For Project Okay Proponents of the Ken neWick Highlands Irriga tion project today found support for their high hopes of imminent appro val and appropriation for the long-sought develop ment in the President’s annual message to Con gress. Reviewing the accomplishments of the past decade, and looking into the future, President Truman in his Wednesday address to the Congress on the State of the Union named the conservation and full use of national resources as a major objective of his ad ministration. - The reclamation program, _the President declared, must be ex panded to bring water millions of arid acres and to increase the irrigation of millions of acres already receiving water, especi ally in the west. He called also for a continued construction pro gram to erect multiple purpose dams on the great rivers of the nation, noting that the experience of the Tennessee Vagey;,Autority must be applied to other great river basins. - ‘ l President Truman’s message came on the heels of word, from rthe Boise office of U. S. Bureau of Reclamatidh that: the \revised report on the Kennewick High lands Irrigation Project has been sent to all interested agencies of the federal government in Wash ington, D. C. and that the way has been cleared for “congressional action. - Other major highlights of the address included recommendations for immediate action to secure the essential human.’.~-rights 01- all amnerican citizens, and the estab lishment of a new federal agency to promote advancement in ﬁne fields of education, health and individual security..~;g.n. Predicting that theqiational liv ing/K standards; .Vyeaw.‘ ago can be almost' 50 _ in 'the ‘luture, President Truman describ ed the first great goal of the nation. as the improvement of standards of living for the entire population. ‘ Agriculture, business and in dustry and labor must move for ward together to attain these ob jectives, the President said.- Cily Fire Losses $19,705 In 1947 ’ Fire prevention measures and effective blaze battling held 60 city ﬁre calls to a loss of only $19,705 during 1947. Fire Chief Herb Malchow outlined this week in his annual report. The Ray-D-Ant Cleaner ﬁre in May accounted for-$8,350 of the total, the report showed. Another $5,735 loss in October resulted from a warehouse ﬁre that con sumed a number of pinball ma chines. Rural ﬁre calls during the year added up to 28 -for a total loss of $3,650. Damage to Sherry’s Grocery on the River Road in December was estimated at SI,OOO. Two other small ﬁres brought ﬁre loss during the month to $1,500, Malchow said. Stale College Speaker at Kiwanis Urges 'Pirm Justice" For Russia I A policy of “Firm Justice” in U. S. relations with Russia as recommended by James F. Bymes was endorsed by Dr. Ferd R. Yoder of the sociology depart ment of Washington State College in address Tuesday to the Kenne wick Kiwanis club. 1 “The problem of war or peace is the greatest question of the century,” the speaker said. He agreed with Secretary of ,State George Marshall that we should remain patient and tolerant and use the United Nations to avoid if possible the catastrophe of another war. 7 Dr. Yoder who served as an instructor in military tactics dur ing World War 11, predicted that the United States would lose five to seven million soldiers and a million civilians if we were plunged into another world con flict. Such a war would cost us a trillion dollars. ‘ “The picture of such a war is so terrible that we must find some other way,” he said. Tracing the history of Russia in connection with its geographic location, Dr. Yoder pointed out that Russia has long sought warm water outlets for commerce into both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. . , Looking at the picture from the Russian viewpoint he stated that apparently Russia does not intend further annexations of occupied countries in central and KENNEWIcgg WAseggTON They - were big one. and little ones—but more than 400 youngsters can. alone or with parents to In Santa can: at Piccoli's at. on Chasm-s Eve. The passion was the Richland Y Manhunt: Chum" party to; kids. Post package-opening reports indxcato that the Good Old Saint did a good job of .disconring and! try watts and daunting than on schedule. WSC President Compton lo Visit Here Tuesday _ President Wilson Compton or Washington State College will be‘ guest of honor and main speaker at a meeting for the tri-city area next Tuesday gight. Jan. 11 "He will appear a a" banquet at' the Recreation center at Pasco at 6:30. The general public is‘ invited to the session which is being .organ ized by'the Kennewick and Pasco Chambers of Commerce. President Compton will speak particularly in connection with a plan now being developed by the State College for community sur veys. Pasco and Kennewick each are to enoy the benefits of the survey. - He will arrive in time for an in formal luncheon with representa tives from the three cities and Benton and Franklin counties. During the afternoon he will be shown around the area especially with a view of pointing out the needs of these growing communi ties. He will visit Richland, the proposed Kennewick Highlands project. the new Pasco project and other Selaces of the region. Pre ident Compton has shown! able and progressive leadership at the College and has recently an-! 'nounced an expansion program that will include a large expendi ture for experimental work in farming and food industries. Tickets for the banquet are now ‘ on sale and may be secured from Frank Ross, Chamber of Com- ; merce secretary, at the Chamber ofﬁce. ' l‘ lwestern Europe. However, he pointed out that Russia is work ing to control that region to assure that there will never be another invasion of their coun try from the west. - -. He stated that Prince Bismarck and other statesmen of the past had held to the theory that world domination WAS centered in con trol of central Europe. “The greatest fact established in World War I was the emer gence of Russia as a world pow: er,” he stated, “The greatest factj of“ World War II was the success of Russia in establishing domina-i tion in Europe.” ' Quoting one student of world affairs, Dr. Yoder said that Rus sia has developed tears. “They fear a combination of capitalist powers which may invade Russia.” she said. “They also fear- that YAllied countries may give Ger many a soft peace and permit her to re-arm that may result in a future invasion.” He stated that we also have developed fears that Russia may be starting aggression to impose communism on large sections of the world and that we have a fear of communism generally.” These fears, he added, are ag gravated by disturbed conditions throughout the world and that communism thrives on these and! unemployment conditions. Dr: Yoder's iéﬁbi'e'égﬁce here in cooperation with the Adult Education department of WSC. SANTA GETS RECEPTION AT 'v' The Business and Professional Women of Kennewick are spon soring the March of Dimes Drive in the Kennewick area. Mrs. Lena McCamish, grade school principal is ayea chairman. This is the second year that the Business and Professional Womens Club has sponsored the drive here, and it is also the second year for Mrs. McCamish-to have the chair manship. A ‘ “Kennewick 'wﬂl start its March of Dimes Drive January 15,” area chairman, Mrs. Lena Mains said today. “Committees, and their heads have been appointed, and are getting ready to start the cam paign.” Mrs: McCamish also made the appeal fo: other organizations and individuals who wish to vol unteer their help to call her at Kennewick 3611 during school (Continued on page seven) Richlénd Baby Wins In 3rd Courier S tork Race Gray Linn udette, you of Mr. and Mrs. . uis Arthur Gau dette. 707 Wil rd street, Rich land, is Winn" baby in the Kennewick ‘er - Reporter's third annual t' . baby contest. Gray Linn w ‘ born at Kadlec “hospital, Rich] at. 4:19 o’clock Maintains“ Shanty 2. His birth being the ﬂat to be report ed to the Courier-Reporter, that made him winner. _ Plans Set For Grape School on Jmm‘lﬁ, 16 f f The Benton-Franklin Grape ‘School will be in session again this year on January 15 and 16 at the West Highlands Comm unity hall, near Kennewick. The school this year will have a number of top ranking speak ers on the program. They will cover subjects which grape growers have indicated that they are most interested in. : I The' school on January 15, at the West Highland Community Ihall, will begin at 9:15 in,the Imorning with a, discussion of 'Cover Crops by Dr. Joseph Jack obs. Dr. Jackobs is from the Irrigation Branch Experiment Station at _Prosser. He is a spec ialist in cover crops work and during the past year has had several different types of cover crops growing experimentally in one of Church’s vineyards. Ample time will be given fol lowing Dr. Jackob’s and the other speakers’ talks for a discussion and questions proffered by those attending the school. Dr. John C. Snyder, who needs no introduction to grape growers around the state, will follow Dr. ‘Jackobs with a discussion on pruning. Dr. Snyder is well known for his work with the Extension Service and is an authority on pruning of grapes. Mr. E. C. Durdle, formerly county agent of Benton County, wi_ll discuss fertilizers. In the aftemooajvi'nsects and their control will be the topic (Cr/.ltinued on page six) BPW Opens Dime Drive Jan. 15“: :I‘HURSDEANUAR—f "871318 It is the second year in succes sion that a Richland baby has won the coveted honor. The con eet was open tog-parents in the third county cmnmissionem‘ dis trict of .Benton county which in cludes the _ cities of Kamewick Wt! and' the Hover, , - and Finley comm unities ‘ ' ‘ The winner and his parents will ;receive a great many prizes as ‘a result of being first. The prizes, donated to the baby and his par ents by Kennewick merchants, include an airplane ride, gaso line for the family car. sarious‘ riding vehicles, jewelry. a savings bank. account, gmceries. per manents and cosmetics for the mother, and many other items. amounting probably to several* hundreds of dollars. | Baby Linn also took the first baby_con_test in his home town! Denna“ Survives crash a! Tractor Virgil Bennett of Kennewick was in Our Lady of Lourdes hos pital at Pasco today. apparently recovering from injuries he sut fered Monday noon when his trac tor turned over on him. Although his injuries were des cribed as serious. hospital attaches last night said he was better and had been ordered up for X-ray pictures. ° He was working alone in a ﬁeld four miles from his home when the accident occurred. He walked home after the accident but was said to have been almost uncon scious when he arrived. 1 Dr. R. M. deßit, of Kennewich.l had him rushed to the Pasco hos-‘ pital, and stated later that his chest and back injuries were se rious. - . Dennett with his wife and two‘ daughters live on the Highlands west of Kennewick. ' I Car: Crash All Over Landscape In End of 0111 Year And First of 1948 ‘ The New er took 01! with a bang, only the bang was from cars coming together from all over the country," wrote Kennewick Ofﬁc er Ward Rupp in a report cover ing the chaotic -tratfic conditions prevailing through the last hours of the old and the first hours iof the New Year. Tow cars were busy from 10 o'clock of the evening of Decem ber 31. until 7 am. of January 1, bringing eight damaged cars in for repair and extricating from roadsides. three machines, that proceeded under their own power. An early morning account given to police officers by a driver for Inland Motor Freight. described 23 smashed autos, observed be tween Toppenish and Kennewick! y Rain, freezing to ice between 2 Land 3 a.m., made roads extremely dangerous, officers said. A spectacular. pile-up of four cars three miles west of Kenne wick, on highway 410, was re ported by State Patrolman Everett Wisner. who noted that a fifth car was involved in the crash, but it sped on without stopping. (Continued on page sev'en) ’Council Seeks Reaction To Tree Removal Plan Those two rows of shade trees along west Kenne wick avenue which have been admired for years: may have to be torn out to make room for a under street. The City council Tuesday night had under j'discugsasmn a plan to Widen the avenue from Dayton street west to the bridge and also first avenue. Councilmen expected opposition to the plan but said they consid. ered it essential to care for the traffic on Kennewick avenue. No action wig! be taken until the sentiment of the pmpert,» owners along the streets. the business men and residents in general is learned. There will be a public hear ing to air the question. but no date was set for the hearing. Mayor J. C. Pratt brought the matter to the attention of the council, saying, "There are only two solutions to the problem—— towidenthestreetsortoelimi— _nate parking along one or maybe two sides.” Mayor Pratt pointed out that traffic over Kennewick avenue had xaown to where the present width was inadmuate to handle it all. That audition will grow worse as time goes on and in “March mm t‘h’m be a realcl‘s’ottle e mayor. uncil members joined in to agree with the statements. If the streets ane widened. “at“!!! property owners will probably not have to stand the cost. Councilman said they felt that the cost should fall on the 239:; “mum him“ owners it paid tor a street and should not have to pay again except as other pro~ perty owners pay. .With, tsamc heavier than the river noa can hear, more or the "attic between Richland and Nick is coming over Ken newick avenue. the latter being 3: all! ‘:ltemale mrage (roan _west. was out the councilmen. ’9 y W. " ~ _ that the m be m at the mating of the illness-o! oom mt and that it: wid “Fm pre tenaoss -he obtained betore any action is taken .'l‘he entire street is 80 feet. With 10 feet on each (Continued on page seven) Introduces Bill For Kennewick ﬁedergl Bn_ill_l_ing .aenawr warren u. magnuson of Washington has introduced 'in the United States senate a bill to erect a federal building to be usedasapostofficeinKenne wick at a cost of not more than $125,000. Introduction of the bill fol lowed agitation hece as postal business increased in the local office and conditions became so crowded that handling the mail heme became a serious problem. First information that the bill had been introduced came to Julius Bahl, chairman of the Benton county democratic central committee. Mr] Bahl said he was pleased with the steps tajcen by Senator Magnum to secure for Kennewick a tederal building but added thatthisisonlythefirst real step and that it might still take plenty effort before the ap lpropriation is authorized by Con gress. The bill was referred to the senate committee on public works. Senator Magnuson wrote that “the first hurdle will be to get the legislation referred out of their sub-conunittee on public buildings." The sub-committee is composed of Senator Harry P. Cain. Republican of Washington, chairman; Senator John J. Will iams. Republican " of Deleware; and Senator- Sheridan Dowuey. Democrat! California. " “The nib-committee will un doubtedly determine the- relative needs of the- various meaureu it consider; and decide which one to report out ﬁrst,” Senator Magnu son wrote. “You realize that this \is just the beginning in getting a‘ ‘post ofﬁce. After the authoriza tion legislation“ is passed, another bill must be put through appro priating funds for the construc tion," \ Meanwhile, the local post oﬂice ‘called for bids for two space con tract postal stations on Avenue C between Washington and Gum fatxeets and on the River Road in the vicinity of the Richland “Y.” The stations are being establish ed after azlong period of conces tion at the local post oﬂice which, residents have contended. is much too small for the amount of busi ness handled. The call for bids was signed by Roger Records, lo cal acting post master. I lMerchants Association Meeting Scheduled The Kennewick Merchants association will meet on Monday. Jan. 12, at the Angus Grill. An evening meeting. scheduled to start at 6:30 has been called to give the group ample time for discussion of several important subjects. RATIO!“ GUARD ' The Kennewick unit of the Washington National Guam will ‘meet Thursday evening at 8 o’clock at the Big Pasco Armory. Vacancies still exist for recmits in the unit, Captain Wayne Thnone, commanding officer said. Vernon Olson of Pasco, driving iwest, stopped on the shoulder of the highway preparatory to turn ing around. when the rear of his carwasstruckbyacardriven by‘ L. L. Eaton of Richland. Eaton's car was emmediately sideswiped by a passing car, which did not stop, whereupon an eastbound car ‘driven by n. Laffoon of Richland.‘ crashed into the front of the Eaton car, knocking it backward into a car driven by Frank Clifford 01‘ Kennewick, who had stopped. to render assistance. I Mrs. Eaton sustained head in-i juries and a broken ankle, and was taken to Kadlec Hospital in] Richland for treatment. A pam ger in the Laftoon car, a man named Glover. was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Pasco for treatment of head_ ianqiu,_in: curred—n ""when'm'" ’he was dnsﬁed out of the car door to the pavement by the force of impact. Patmlman Wisner estimated to tal damage caused by the accident at SI,OOO and has not yet com pleted his investigation of the (Continued on page seven) $3.00 Per Year—loc Per (,‘npy Two Men Eln Car-Truck Crash 1 Leonard Smith, 45. or Kenne wick this week became the second ‘victim of an automobile wreck which occurred Friday night two 'miles west 0! Kennewick. ; Smith died at 11:40 p. m. Monday in_ Our Lady at Lourdes fhoopitai in Pasco from injuries he suffered in the collision of lan automobile and a truck on iHighway 410. Robert Fan'ington. 39, of Richland, was killed instant ly in the crash. Two others George Crary and John Osborne. both of Pasco. were still in the Pasco hospital yesterday and were apparently recovering. I The four men wer riding in a sedan Friday night when it crash ed into the rear of a truck driven by Benjamin Melton oi Pendel ton. Ore. The truck belonged to McCabe Moving and Storage company of Portland. A deputy sheriff who investigated the accl dent raid the collision occured when Melton drove his truck on to the highway and that al thouah the driver of the sedan, tried to avoid a collision, he was unable to swerve the car shwa enuogh. men um: “H‘M 1... _ rmmgwn was employed by ‘ Atkinson 8: Jones at Richland. Relatives live in Kalispell, Mont. He lived at the Harvard hotel in Kennewick. The body was sent to Xalispell from the Mueller Funeral Home. Kennerck, and ‘ mneral services were to be held where where his father, Charles I Fan-ington lives. ' It was learned at state motor f patrol headquarters today that a itnan' who said he was an eye I witness to the accident had til .ed a statement with the patrol. I The patrol declined to give the ‘lcontents of the statement but it ,known to contain the assertion that the eye witness saw the car ’.which the victims were riding pass the eye witness’ car on the Night side a short distance be ;fone it cradled into the rear end 'o‘ the truck. “ 74¢ 70%. . ' Nan. uh. Pep December 31............36 28 0 January I ...............56 30 .08 January 2 ...............56 4a .03 January 8 ...............50 35 0 January 4 ..............48 39 .12 January 5 ................41 28 .02 January 6 ................39 34 .50 Note: 1.22 of rain in 35 hours— -6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on the 7th.