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lem». The Cousin-nomic:
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A youngster shooting tire
crackers on the Fourth. ran into
a wire in the edge of a grape
vinyard' in the Highlands, slash
ing his eyelid so badly that
medical attention was needed.
“Take him to the hospital," his
mother cried. “Tlere’s no hos-
Pital in Kennewick,” another re
-12:31.3 “but take him to Rich
. O 0
in these low statements you
have a picture o! what hop
pens inquently in Kennewick
and vicinity. You iind sudden
:L‘ule great need of a well
ied hospital to take You!
loved ones when they are in
iured or suddenly become se
xieusly ill. “No hospital" in
antes like these is about the
saddest words anyone can
Wk. It takes-the skids sight
out item under the ones whose
loved ones :ue. in. danger.
One often gets into a discus
sion with persons who are con
cerned with the newspaper you
are working on. usually be
cause you have" friends who
want your paper to be as good as
it possibly can be. It may be
because the person is interested
inyou personally or because he
has become personally attached
to the sheet tselt. In any event,
suggestions for improvement al-.
ways will be appreciated. After
some 30 years’ experience. the
writer believes that only one
kind of a newspaper succeeds‘in
the average American communi-.
ty—the kind that»,ts.lris the true
story of what “toes .on in the
community. leaving out the pet
ty things. printing the news of
the things which are important;
the kind at newspaper that cov
(Continued on Page 8)
Survey list
Kennewick Chamber of Com
merce has compiled a list of or
ganizations and governmental
units which it thinks might be
interested in an industrial survey
suggested by Owen W. Hurd of
the Public Utility District at a
reoent‘ chamber meeting.
The list included the P.U.D.,
railroads. waterways, motor
height lines, labor organizations,
the city councils of Kennewick
and Pace, thel two chamoléersivgfl
. co . -
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Manager Rosa Frank of the
chamber said- it was felt- that
with a great many organizations
taking part. cost of the survey‘
would not be a burden on any.
The proposed 'survey would
cover a ‘period of two years and
would aim at compiling informa
tion on all things bearing on the
industrial life or the area add of
the posibilities for industrial de
velopment. The proposal was
made by Hurd on the grounds
that the Tri-City area can be
come an outstanding industrial
center or the northwest i! the
people and the interests in it now
go about securing outside invest
ments in the proper manner.
The Kennewick chamber has
endorsed the survey and favor
able comment has come from
some of the city otticials on the
proposal. The Pasco chamber is
studying the proposal. Labor or
ganizations are reported to be
keenly interested.
Queen, Court
Busy Fourth
Queen Barbara Wells and Prin
cesse Joi Slusher. Marilyn Oliver.
Jo .Ann Baconvand Marilyn Pur
ser, represented the Benton
County Fair and Rodeo at four
neighboring events on July 4th.
- In the morning they attended
the air show in Prosser, where
they were welcgged by Mayor
Die Heald. At n, the Queen
and her Court accompanied by
fifty members of the Benton
County Sheriffs Posse. and Aux
iliary, all mounted, rode in the
Prosser parade.
Going then to Toppenish. the
group at 4 o'clock rode in the pa
rade featured by the Pow Wow.
and at 7:30 following their Grand
Entry into the Toppenish Pow
Wow Rodeo, as guests witnessed
the performance from horseback.
Chaperones for the Queen and
her Court were Mrs. Elmer Smith
and Mrs. Arthur Stromme.
Grasshoppers In
Seven Counties
Localized outbreaks of grass.
hoppers are threatening crops in
a seven-county area.
David Brannon, Washington
State college’s extension entoo
moiogist, reported today. .that
grasshoppers are attacking
wheat, oats. other grains. and
alfalfa as well as garden crops
in localized areas in Adams,
Columbia, Garfield, Kittitas, Lin
coln, Stevens and Whitman coun
ties. He said the pests are also
a possible threat to fruit areas
along the Snake river.
The continued dry weather is
forcing the ’hoppers to move
their feeding operations from
dried-up range and scablands
into cultivated areas where
crops are greener. The extension
agent, who is also state leader
in grasshopper control, said the
warm, dry spring has favored
grasshopper development.
Register NOW I'm; ail?" Election“ 9n Water Improvement? Bonds;
I 2 2111121111: nurwr- nun r
. ..‘ ‘ L 1 '33"!- ig
New Bridge To! Z‘Years
400 VquAhfeers For The HOSpifal Drive
Horton Tells
Of Need In
Dinner Talk
1 Four hundred volunteer
workers will give their ef
forts to the Kennewick Hos
pital Funds Drive for $300,-
000 during its two month
duration, Page Carter, the
campaign director, sai d’ {
yesterday. ' , 1
The "volunteer aid will?
come .- from Kennewick citi-.
zens who, _under_the guid-
ance o f th e Kennewick
Hospital Association, will wage
the campaign to secure funds for
a .hospital to serve their com
Persons with offers of volun
teer work will please contact
campaign headquarters by tele
phoning 8521, or calling at Room
19 m! the Bateman building,
Carter added. 7
The drive was given an en
thusiastic start at the kick-oft
dinner held Friday, at the Riv
ieria Supper club. Close to 100
Kennewick business men and
women met with hospital asso
ciation - and district officials to
open the campaign. Hugh Hor
ton, Kennewick attorney, deliv
ered the keynoting address,
stressing the importaneg of hav
ing a hospital in a gro ng city.
“With the growth of any vill
age to a city, we acquire prob
lems as well as benefits. Tonight
we meet one of our most pressing
problems—construction and op
eration of a community hospital
in Kennewiekfl; Horton said. He
said that it was a problem for
mnewick to gneciet and hamlille if
..; _. ..to .9 tan .0 mix fiul
Btatu"§:3_a great city“.g
“You are of a select group,” he
told those at the dinner, “and
you have been the pioneers-who
developed this area from a small
village to the small city it is
today. You are the builders of
progress which is making Ken
newick the fastest developing
city in the state.” .
He said that the only way to
finance a hospital is .“to get
_.Horton’s speech reached the
radio audience through station
KWIE, radio time being donated
by Keolker’s Men’s Store. His
speech, Page Carter said later.
aroused much interest and the
(Confirmed on Page 8)
Postal Receipts
Increase A dill
nepaiy's‘ay; ’7' '
Thanks To - . 1
Fire Fighters 1
'Deputy Sheriff W. L. Foraker
yesterday said he wished to ex
tend thanks of the sheriff's of
fice to those persons who ans
wered a radio appeal on the
Fourth of July for volunteers to
battle a Horse Heaven fire.
The blaze was brought under
control after a large group of
people from the communities
nearby fought for several hours.
(Continued on Page 8)
Women Were Busy
Thirty Years Ago
Women were busy back 30
years ago. There were not as
many of them in Kennewick at
that time. It was a community
of only several hundred, but a
clipping from a newspaper pub
lished 30 years ago showed that
Kennewick was a lively town.
The clipping was brought to
the Courier-Reporter by Mrs. A.
F. Brown of 115 Second Avenue
West. She was one of, the group
of. Kennewick women who were
active in many projects promot
ing the best interests of the
A report of the year's activi
ties of the woman’s club said:
"‘ln‘ closing our‘club work for
the year, will give a brief out
line of the work done by the WO
- club.
"'We took charge of the baby
clinic and as a result found
thirteen children who were in
urgent need of tonsil operations.
Helped with their expense. Were
responsible for the milk fund at
WHAT THE WELL DRESSED WOMAN will wear in Kennewick
starting August 9. Mayor Urban Keoiker has issued a procla
mation calling on the people of Kennewick and vicinity to‘
wear western clothing—hats. boots. trousers; blouses. leans.
starting August 9 as. a means of advertising the ‘ Benton
County Fair and tho Rodeo sponsored by the sheriii's posse.
$600,000 listed
For New School
!I . l
uCfly Park is
1‘ - ° 7
r Kee waydm
O, . A
Officml I y -
The city park hearth: high ;
school grounds has a name giv- ’
en to it when it was dedicated-f
many yem.ago‘n A.:. . . ' ..: _ ,
The official na 2is I‘Keeway
din,” an Indian name, although
it has been called all along
merely the “city park.” Miss Flor
ence Oliver of the Courier-Re
porter recalls the day.. it was
dedicated. She has- promised to
dig up the history of the. dedica-;
tion and how the parkwas origi
nated and to write it for next
‘week’s issue.
‘ The name “Keewaydin” is em
\ bedded in the stones at the gate
way to the park. Miss Oliver
lsays she can’t understand why
it isn’t called by its name. This
1 is to be the beginning of a cam
paign to get the people of Ken
lnewick to call their park “Kee
lwaydin,” its rightful name.
Postal receipts in Kennewick
boomed the past year, figures
released yesterday by Postmaster
Walter Woehler showed.
Receipts for the year ending
June 30 totalled $76,721, com
pared to $54,530 the previous
year. The gain was slightly more
than 40 percent and was a gain.
of more than 300 percent since
1941, the year the war started. In
that year the total of postal re
ceipts was only $18,664.99.
Except for a falling off of re
ceipts during the last quarter
from the previous quarter, the
record of postal receipts in Ken.
newick is one of steady and
rapid growth, The June total was
(Eontimfed on WPVa'gVei é;
school. Sent money to the Orthe
pedic hospital. Sent money to
the veterans in Walla Walla.
Sold our quota of Christmas
seals which was S9O. Donated
money to the Boy Scouts quota.
Gave money for candy at the
Christmas tree. gave Christmas
dinner to four needy families.
Provided clothes for eight needy
families. Gave a benefit tea for
seats‘ at the new city park. Put
on 'a Rummage Sale the money
used for charitable purposes.
Took charge of and served four
dinners for the workers on the
new fair grounds. We also be
long to the fair association.
“There are five women’s de
partments in the fair. Had two
'social affairs. Entertained at tea,
for the teachers, also entertain
ed the Commercial club mem
bers and their wives at cards.
Had a very pleasant club year.
Four meetings were given to the
study of_ China and we were able
to put $25 in our building fund.
Word received from Olympia
this week is that $600,000 has
been listetd by the state super- ‘
intendent of- public instruction 1
for ‘the academic section of a
new high school for Kennewick.
~lt is generally, expected this
will be erected this fall in time\
for use during the coming school
item, although ’probably not for
the opening of school. Also} list}-
,ed- with, other school config-i
jinn» was, an. elernenmy .
for the Benton-Kiona school at
a cost of $160,000.
\ It is expected that the amount
listed by the state superinten
-Ident. will be enhanced by sums
‘applied for from the atomic
energy commission, although no
definite word” was ayailable on
that angle. ‘
The total school building pro
gram in the state of Washing
tonwill top the 12 million mark
during the cum biennium.
Some of the co ction is not
expected 'to be possible this
year. Total of 53 new buildings
or additions are to be built in
the state. The local school dist
ricts are expected to furnish $6,-
363,000 of the amount spent for
school buildings in the state, and
$5,826,000 is to come from‘ the
‘statepon a matching basis.
In releasing a list of new
school projects planned
for the next'two years the state
superintendent. said they are
preliminary estimates and may
be changed. ‘
The preliminary estimates
showing the districts, projects, I
estimated total cost, local dist
rict's share of the cost and esti- \
mated state aid include: ,
‘ Soap Lake,’ addition to ele-1
mentary, building, $103,000
$51,500. $51,500. ‘
Harrington elementary unit,
$200,000, $150,000, $50,000. . I
Brewster, addition to elemeny
gay school, $40,000, SIB,BOO, s2l,- 1
Oroville addition to elemen
~(Continued on Page 8)
Installation -
For 1.0.0. F.
The 1.0.0. F. will hold a semi
annual installation of officers
Monday, July 11.
The following is a list of those
to be installed: Noble Grand,
Hugh Lucke; Vice-Grand, A. L.
Erickson; Commander. Frank
Brown; Ward, Ralph Nicoson,
Chaplain, Bruce Lucke, RENG,
Ernest Johnson; LSNG, Earling
Lande; 16. George Taylor; OG.
Bill Slocumb; RSS. John Nunn;
158, Bruce Ashby; RSVG. Alva
LUCRE: ISVG, Donald Hommell;
Past Grand, Henry Smith.
All Oddfellows in the area are
invited; ]
Crash, Bang!
Herbert Lobi of xennewiek
last week called himself a
lucky man. Driving along
State Highway 410 last Thurs
day evening, a truck in front
suddenly turned off the high
way and Lobl'e car crashed
into it. careened oi! the grade
and rolled over twice. When
the car came to a stop. Lobl
crawled out slightly bruised
but walked away otherwise
unharmed. He put in a. claim
for damages against the truck
owner. v
KID Water'
Deal Near
Kennewick City Council.
and Kennewick Irrigation
District board agreed Tues
day night on the sale"of thel
KID water system to the city i
for $140,000 plus the cost of
14 water hydrants being in
stalled. -
But the KID board acted
with the proviso that the
sentiment of the people of the
district be learned before the
deg! becomes a fact.
The council’s plan is to buy
the KID and the Pacific Power
and Light company’s system, to
issue a million dollars worth of
Frank Lampson. membe: oi
the RID board. said late you
terday that a full discussion of
the proposed sale would be had
at a meeting of the Highland
Improvement club at 8 o'clock
Monday night. Lampson laid
questionnaires would be sent
out to members also.
bonds, consolidate the two sys
tems, and to improve and ex
pand them to take care of all
the domestic water needs of the
51:1”. UNDECIDED ,
Members of the irrigation disl
trict board said after the council
meeting last night that they
were undecided as to what
means should be used to get the
sentiment of their people—whe
ther to hold a mass meeting,
take a postcard poll, or hold a
legal election. ‘Objections to a
‘ge‘herhl election By'me‘peopie at
the district is that it would con
sume too much time. ,
The irrigation district board
.(Continued on Page 8)
Apricots Move To Market,
Polatogs, Prunes Are Next.
_Tour Streets
To Determine
Repair Needs
Members of the Kennewick
council street committee, 'City
Superintendent R. C.. Rector, and
City Street Commissioner Joe
Stradling, were making a tour of
the city yesterday to ‘determine
just where street repairs are
needed most.
The tour was planned at a
city council meeting, Tuesday
night after county road super
visor Lou Keene said he needed
road equipment for county road
work. He has been doing the city
street repair work. Keene said
there was about 25 miles of
county roads which were badly
in need of repair. Rector said
he believed that the city’s work
could be ended soon.
Among road contracts let by
the state highway commission
recently is one for cleaning and
painting four bridges in the
state located in Kittitas, Benton.
and Franklin counties. The con
tract was let to Larsen Brothers,
Tacoma, for $25,136.
Booklet To Give Multitude
Qt Points About Kennewick
People who don’t know their
Kennewick are going to have
sor_qe helg._ _ _ _
The assistance is to come from
the Chamber of Commerce in
the form of a booklet being com
piled at the chamber office un
der the supervision of Manager
Ross Frank.
If, for instance, some stranger
drops in and asks you where the
name, Kennewick came from,
you will fish out the booklet,
open it and find on one of the
first pages that long ago the
Indians camped on this spot be.
cause it provided- water and
grass for their ponies, fish 'for
their families, and waterfowl.
They called it Kennewick be
gause that means winter para
ise. .
This is only one of 'the his
torical paragraphs to be includ
ed -in the booklet. There also
will be information on form of
rvovernment. population, area,
TOP ANTI-AIRCRAFT HONORS were won by Richland's own
Battery C of the National Guard when crews from Washington.
Oregon and Idaho assembled at Yakima Firing Center for two
weeks ending June 25. In the 180 rounds of fire. the 90 MM, gun crew
set a brigade record of 17 rounds in 45 seconds and were the only
crew to shoot down a target sleeve—a 20 by 5 foot nylon target
towed by airplane across the range. From left. Robert Woods. gun
commander. William Wahl. Ariand Robertson. Francis Risher. Al
bert Kass. Gilbert Blason. John Galbreath. Verne McGhan. James
Bauman. William Miller. lst Lt. Xirkwood of the Yakima Unit. and
Charles Reed. (Philip Lewis photo)
Sound Trucks Are
To Be Banned
Councilman R. J. Holden, who
has been searching for an ordi
nance that will stick against the
unrestricted use of sound trucks,
picked out one which is in force
at Columbus, Ohio. and it imme—
diately got the endorsement of
the city council when presented
Tuesday night.
The ordinance, which is to be
Number 548 among those of the
city of Kennewick, got its first
reading in full and second read
ing by title. It will make it‘un
,lawful to use a sound truck on
the public streets and in parks
in the city for any commercial
purposes. for ~ ,
Except use es;
"thetity'itseif; the W ‘
schools, and civic organizations,
it is expected that the ordinance
will make the blaring voice of
(Continued on Page 8)
' Kennewick’s 1949 crop of apri
cots took the well known “now
you see it, now you don’t” route
to move out and into the markets
of the midwest and east.
Although the crop was fairly
heavy and quality was good, the
crop was gone before it was
widely realized that picking had
gotten under way. It was one of
the shortest seasons in history,
some of this being due to im
proved means of handling which
speeded. up operations. .
The three big handlers out of
Kennewick were Pasco Growers
Association, Yakima Fruit Grow
ers, and Campbell's Custom Can
ne'ry. The part of the crop handl
ed by Yakima Fruit Growers did
not go through the “Big Y" plant
here. It was consolidated with the
crop handled at the Benton City
plant. The two others are hand
ling the local crop through local
houses. While the bulk of the
apricots will be gone this week.
Campbell’s willeontinue to can
since these arebrought in by the
growers in small lots and the
season. is strung out over a long
er period.
Nothing very definite came
from Byron Baker of the Pasco
Growers, McKinley Desgranges
of the Yakima Growers. or Will
ard’ Campbell of Campbell's on
prices. They were afraid to com
(Continued on Page 8)
altitude, climate, assessed valu
ation, tax rates, bonded indebt
edness, and telephone subscrib
ers. -
The booklet is to be used not
onl for home consumption but al
so to send out to persons who
write in for information about the
community and ‘for distribution
through other chamber of com
merce offices, railroad stations,
and bus stations.
Here are some of the high
lights of the information con
tained in the booklet:
’Form of government: Mayor
and seven councilmen and city
,Population: .1940 was 1,918;
now within city limits 13,000
with 7,000 in adjoining .rural
area. _
City area covers 3.98 square
miles, or 2545.2 acres with 45.4
miles of streets. .
Altitude: 400 feet above sea
level. .
New Patrolman
And Two Given
Higher Rank
Patrolmen John Dickinson and
0. C. Lincoln of the Kennewick
police department have been
promoted to the temporary rank
of sergeant to take effect imme
diately. The appointments were
made by Mayor Urban Keolker.
Two new patrolman have also
been addedLoto tn; police force.
; ane . Booming
" “Police clerks that have been
appointed recently by the mayor
are Richard D. Houston and Rob-
OK Ordinance
To Regulate -
Taxi ~ Drivers
Ordinance 547, regulating the
operation of taxicabs in Kenne
wick, had its first and second
readings at the council meeting
Tuesday night.
The ordinance, suggested by
Police Chief Jacob Jossup, pro
vides that owners keep records
of all their trips and that each
record be open to inspection by
the police.
-Each cab operator will get a
license for each cab at a cost of
$5 per year. It may be renewed
when approved by the chief. All
drivers are to be fingerprinted
and will be obliged to take med
ical examinations. The photo
graph of the driver will be post
ed in the cab he drives, and
drivers will be subject to exam
inations to determine their qual
Parts of an original ordinance
which is amended by 54?. make
the violation of the ordinance a
misdemeanor and provide a
niiaximum fine of SIOO for viola
t ons.
Climate: Exceptionally mild
with 180 frost free days per year,
average mean temperature 'of
53.6 degrees, and average an
nual rainfall of 7.11 inches.
Assessed valuation is $2,547,-
915 on January 1. 1948. Increased
to $3,100,623 on January 1, 1949.
Benton county ‘valuation was
$16,000,000 on January 1, 1948.
The municipal tax rate is 15
mills, maximum state tax is 40.
Bonded indebtedness: General
bonds, $4,500: sewer revenue
bonds, $200,000: net bonded in
debtedness, $204,500.
There are 2,350 telephone sub
scribers, 11 churches, total pop
lation in trade area, is 70.000.
three railroads, two airports, bus
lines, state highways, district li
brary with headquarters here.
nursery. grade and high schools.
unlimited water power. out
standing agricultural produc
53 a Copy—s3.oo . You
Plan Is
Community leaders wh 0
have been worrying about
where that new Columbia
river bridge will be located.
today turned their attention
to the question of when it
will be built.
Mayor Urb a n Keolker,
Herbert Owens, and others
were in Olympia yesterday
conferring wi t h Governor
Langlie over the location of
the bridge, but Keolker said
before leavingthat the dele
gation would also discuss
the qUestion_“when_?".__
That there is practically no
hope of any actual construction
before the year 1951 is well un
der way, was revealed in a letter
to a property owner here whose
land will be taken over by the
state highway department under
present plans.
The letter came Imm the office
of T. P. Doyle, district engineer,
in Yakima, and said no funds
were available for the bridge for
the next two years.
The letter was to Mrs. Char
lottee Aguilar of 1204 Imuaha
Avenue, Garden Tracts, in reply
to one she wrote to ask whether
to drop plans for plantings be
cause of highway work ’ ap
proaching. “The work being ‘done
in that area by this department
at the present time is in the form
of preliminary surveys to estab
lish the location of a new high
way fror'n Richland junction. .to
Pasco, together with tratflé’ipter
changes to provide
toKennewick antic __p -
Imouth highway,” the l .
‘“Whlle the major rouW’tair
ly well fixed, the location‘ot. the
variggls par-$l 5 the interchange.
an: lin H , ~ on.
“It is mem%m
us‘to advise. at this time vii:
final ; - . W. *‘the‘lettger'to‘
(Continued on Page 8)
Moving City
Hall Planned
. City Councilmen-11nd cm Su- '-
perintendent RVC. Redtehave
been discussing the moving of
city hall equipment into the part
of the city building now being
used by the National Bank of
It was announced at the meet
ing of the city council Tuesday
night that the bank would be
ready to occupy its new building
on Kennewick Avenue in about
two weeks. Eddie Pacot bank exe
cutive, said no definite date had
been set for the occupancy yet.
A grand opening is' beingplan
neg?i for a later date, however, he
sa: .
Population Again;
Is Quésfioned Here
A, changein the mutilation '2
flanks on the highway signs 3.
coming into the city of Kenne- :-
easy as statements made at re- .5
r cent chamber of commerce meet- 5.
Pugs would indicate. it'amre 'fg;
than merely asking .. theme 5*
highway department to substi- ,2
Hate the figures offered here. ._
Chamber of Commerce officials 9'
have decided the change prob~
ably will have to wait until
figures are made public by the ,
United States Department of 7‘
Commerce which wasfscheduled
i to complete a census of the area
this week.
Post Master Walter Woehler
said figures suggested recently
at a chamber of commerce meet
ing are too low for Kennewick. 5
i'l‘he Chamber‘s figures were 12.- u’
‘ 000 for Pasco and 11,700 for'Ken- .3
mewick. Woehler says Kenne. :
‘wick’s population is more than
Asks Cooperation
On U. S. Census
A request has been made by
census officials that the hill co
operation of persons contacted
be given when the U. S...depart
ment of commerce census is be
ing taken. It has been painted
out that all personal information
given is confidential and that
it is against the law for ‘a cen
sus taker to divulge any of that
Max. Min. Free.
June 29 ....-...... 72 49 ’l'
Junea) “_--.... 84 41! ..0
July 1 _...-"......" 88 51 ' 0
July 2 ............ 85' 46‘ 0
July 3 ......m.“ 92 51 0
July 4 ...-«w 90 61 v '0
Ju1y5..........»... 86 60 0

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