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Editor. The Courier-Roper“:
People of the Tri-Cities should
know about how Congressman
Hal Holmes deals with the news
men. Holmes is a veteran in
congress and how he acts should
be of some significsnce.
Holmes dropped into Kenne
wick one day this week to chat
with a group of local men on
questions of outstanding im
portance to the community. His:
pct project. the Kennewick High
lands irrigation project which
would open up some 16,000 acres
south of the city for ‘farming,
came in for first treatment.
Holmes telephoned Frank Mau
pln. and soon a conference was
on. Gathered around a large
oval table in a Kennewick resta
urant were Holmes, Harold C.
Fyfe, Maupin, Charley Powell.
Jay Perry, Supt. E. C. Black of
the schools. and representation
from the press.
t O O
' Holmes did most of the talk
ing tor several minutes alter
which various ones of those
present questioned him. The
press Joining in. there was no
sidestepping by the congress
man. All questions were “in
order." Holmes revealed that
he and Henry Jackson. demo
cratic congressman iron: Wash
ington. are on the iriendiiest
terms and work together otten
on important questions. A ten
days after the meeting the two
congressmen were scheduled ‘
to center in Seattle on the ;
nighlands (Perkin; l
Following Holmes’ visit here,
a Kennewick business man ask
ed the question: “Why do we
need another bridge between us
and Pasco?” He added that many
people are not concerned with.
a new bridge and fetal that the
present span is sufficient. But
the state and federal govern~
ments have apparently taken a
different stand on the question.
The proposed new span would
be a part of an outstanding fed—
eral highway system which
would play an important part
infiansportation in case of war.
The clover-leaf junction planned
to: a location in the Garden
tracts is said to be one of the
most outstanding ever planned.
Power For
it " . ,m=mw, _ amt
rrmpwflq gamma
new PUD-Bonneville Power Ad
ministration sub-station at Tenth
and Auburn. in Kennewick, on
Thursday night at 6:27.
With the energizing of the sub
station, Kennewick. for the first
time, acqiuires a power reserve
which wll serve as a safety;
doctor in case of a power hilure.‘
Potential of the PUD system. is
now at 15,600 KVA. Last winter,
the system was forced to oven
w its transformers by 300 KVA ,1
KVAacii:y at that time was 9,61»l
The substation will send out
the added power over; four feeder
lines after belng stepped-down
from 115,000 volts to 12,500 volts.
The four lines serve the High
lands, the Finley-Hover region,
Knob Hill and the Kennewick
city center.
Expansion of the sub-station
will continue for the next two
years. Another 6,000 KVA trans
former will be added in 1950 and
a third in 1951. .
Officials of the EPA report that
the new station will be able to
meet the needs of Kennewick and
the surounding region 'tor the
next 10 years. ‘
Expenditure by the PUD a
mounted to more than $24,000
.while the EPA has spent $93,300.
Benton County PUD Manager
Owen Hurd said the new equip
ment showed the PUD’s faith in
the future growth of-Kennewick.
Man’s Bid Law
For Sewage
t. A. Robertson, 717 Fourth
avenue east. Kennewick, was
low bidder for construction of
sewage facilities for Vista Homes
No. 1 project in. the city, the
Kennewick city council decided
Tuesday night.
Robertson's bid of $11,901.06
was under the four other bids
The council accepted the bid
subject to the clearance of ease.
ment: which will permit the go
ahead on the work.
Hglmesl o F ighf For KenneWick
Highlands Irrigafion Proiecf!
I‘As tar as I am concerned, the
Kennewick Highlands irrigation
project is going through and if
they stop it, it will be over my
dead body,” Congressman Hal
Holmes of this district said on
a visit to the Tri-City area Fm!
day. !
Meeting with members of the?
Kennewick Highlands project}
committee. Holmes reported thatl
everything he could do to in-'
duce congressto fix an adequate I
appropriation, had been done}
Only 550.000 was earmarked for;
the project when the annual ap-}
propriation bill was reported out.l
Eh? ' Kmmmirk anurirr- Erpnrtrr
VOL. XXXV. 'No. 24
The Rev. Charles D. White. 0.1).. bishop of Spokane. assisted by other leaders in this diocese
oi the Catholich church is shown as he blessed the cornerstone of the new church which is
being erected in Kennewick. Hundreds of Catholics attended the impressive ceremony.
. (Photo by x. Dobbins.)
Strike Slill ’-
Inforce »
No break appeared near in
Kiem'lewicict'fi‘J bleak telephons‘
nature-a us «:93 ny an 2
union officials hfeat £3 admltr
ted they were “talking.” 1
Walter Taylor, local manager,
of the Interstate Telephone cong
my, reported that 'negdtf’atithT
resfimed Wednesday between In
terstate officials and officers of I
the union. .
The strike, which has disrupt
ed service in three states, start
ed at 6 a; m.- Tuesday and has
continued without letup since
that time.
Taylor said supervisors were
attempting to handle all calls
coming into the local office but
that local_calls still have to be
limited'tO'those of an emergency
nature only. Long distance calls,
however, are‘ being handled.
’ Both .union _and company of
ficials seemed to agree that the
walkout came as a result of the
c'o'mpany’s refusal to okay a un
lon shop clause in a new con
tract being negotiated.
A union spokesman today ex
pressed the willingness of the
union to negotiate if “its pre
sent legal rights are protected.”
“We feel,” he said, “that giv
ing up the union shop clause
would reopen every clause in the
contract for renegotiation.”
. According to the union, a let
ter ..signed by C. E. Johnson,
president of the Interstate com
pany, has been sent to the Na
tional Labor Relations board in
Seattle. The letter, it was re
ported approved the union clause
desired by the union member
Now, says the union. manage
ment. will not accept the clause:
Union officials also claimed
an agreement was reached af
ter 11 weeks of negotiation with
the company but that manage
ment then refused to recognize
the contract and asked to rene
gotiate 51 clauses.
A union spokesman told the
Herald that wages are still con
sidered by the union as a def
inite strike issue.
The present starting scale for
telephone men is 92% cents per
hour. The starting scale for op-~
erators is 77% cents per hour.
Top scale for an opera.
tor is 31.07% cents per hour but
it is necessary to work 10 years
to obtain this. A lineman must
also work for 10 years to reach
the top wage of $18796 per hour,
the union reports.
Trying for an appropriation of
millions instead of the paltry
$50,000 which has been allotted
to the project, Holmes said:
“We are certain of this at least
—that our project is as clean as
a hounds tooth, and for that mat.
ter I know of no enmity existing
win congress against the project.”
3 The congressman said: “We at
Ile‘ast have our foot in the door
!and I feel that now we should
start working for an adequate
gappropriation for next year."
.With this suggestion, Frank
iMaupin. Jay Perry and Charles
.Powell of the projects commit-r
ltee said they agreed.
New Kennewick Church Is Blessed
People along Kennewick
avenue Thursday afternoon
dropped what they had been
doing, gazed to the west and
waited expecting a caravan
advertising some rodeo or fair
tonappear. _. _ _
. ,2‘Here cmflw head! cart";
someone exclaimed. “A' Woman
'is driving." ‘
".Down Kennewick avenue it
came, and lo and behold it,
was a Kennewick woman driv
er. Down the avenue she drove,
the horn of her car blasting
and echoing through the com
It took.several minutes for
people to whisper the news up
and down the street. Every
thing was in order. except tne
horn on the car. It was stuck
and it blared forth until Mrs.
Lance Read drove into a ga
rage, secured a mechanic and
broke the connection.
Suspect Admits
Bad Checks In -
Tri-City Area
A recent flow of bad checks in
the Tri-City area was explained
Thursday when Henry Hansen,
Who is now being held .in the
Walla Walla county jail on a
first degree forgery charge, con
fessed_ to passing tours bogus
checks, two in Richland, one at
the “Y” and the other in Ken
Sergeant G. A. Mumper of the
Richland patrol, noticed an arti
cle in The Herald about Han
sen’s arrest at Walla Walla.
Confronted with the local for.
geries, Hansen admitted his
When Lester S. Randall, man
ager of the Groceteria Food
market, signed a “John Doe”
complaint after one of his relief
cashiers took a $53 check, a
search for Hansen, who was not
known at that time, was initi
The information gathered by
the patrol was turned over to
the office of the Benton county
prosecuting attorney.
Hansen also passed checks at
Campbell’s Food grocery- in
Richland, C and R market at the
Y and the Safeway store in Ken
newick. He left a trail of bad
checks from Yakima to Walla
"I think We now have to lay
the groundwork for an appropria
tion in 1950,” said Holmes. “I
have cited ample precedents to
establish this project as an old
project. not new, but they have
thus far turned down all prece
dents—l kept at this a week
after the members of the com
mittee who were in Washington
Regarding the construction of
a new bridge between Pasco and
Kennewick. Holmes said this had
run into difficulties because of
the refusal of the congressional
committee to consider it an inter- 4
state project. It is treated as ani
Bond Issue
Is Passed
The Kennewick water bond
issue has carried. _ _ ’
Unofficial decision that ‘ the
measure, which has hung-in the
balance since the Aug. 29 vote
had passed. was made Tuesday,
night. by the . Kennewick neityfi
council when it affirmed-the bar.
lots cast in the election. v ’o‘ ,
' According to council ’tabula
tions—made ‘ from the Official
precinct books—loß9 *people vot
ed on the issue. ‘01! these. 935
voted for and 151. voted against.
Three ballots taken into the
voting booths by‘quallfied voters
and then 'not s3sk“ at all—-
Were not count *either _for or
against. ' i - ~ sr'
. In short, it -meant that 1,089
residents actually “took part in.
the election. Three of the ballots
were absentee votes. All were for
the measure. .- .”' -
The council room was strange
ly silent as Councilman R. B.‘
Holden read the - results from
each precinct. Spectators, who
filled part of the room,_ busily
engaged themselves in marking
_douén the totals as they were
rea . i
A motidn to accept the ballots
was made by Holden and second
ed by Councilman Vernon C. Bell.
It passed unanimously. ‘
The results will now be for
warded to County Auditor Ralph
Wise for certification.
When Wise certifies the vote
the city of Kennewick will have
the authority to go ahead with
the purchase of the Pacific Power
and Light company and Kenne
wick Irrigation district domestic
water systems.
Authority will also be granted
the city to construct new wells
and transmission lines as well as
the two new reservoirs.
The revenue bond issue was
for $1,150,000. A million dollars
of this is for general revenue
bonds. These will be paid off
from the earnings of the new
system.~__- -_ .
The $150,000 will be general
obligation bonds. Mayor Urban
Keolker has repeatedly pointed
out that under the financing ar
rangements no increase in water
rates will be necessary.
Given Warning‘
Kennewick housewives were
warned to keep an eye on their
clotheslines these days by police
after Mrs. R. H. Shoaff. 1801 Ken
newick avenue, reported a thief
lifted four lines of Clothes from
her yard Monday night.
intrastate project by.fedel;al pub-.
lic officials. Holmes’ said under
the heading of intrastate con
struction, it would take the major
portion of the federal appropria
tion for this area. The congress
man said he planned to talk
with Governor Langlie in Olym
pia about the bridge question be
fore leaving for Washington.
which, he said, would be about
Sept. 20.
Holmes was accompanied here
by Mrs. Holmes. They were
driving a red station wagon and
planned to visit most pomts_ln
the congressional district, With,
brief stops at each. ‘
Rector said that while city
funds were unavailable, that the
city would meet the amount of
money put up by the state by
Supplying‘ equipment and per
sonnel to do the work.
Last year’s damage was esti
mated at $30,000 in the south-
Westem part of Kennewick.“
Rector said that it was planned
for the project to be finished by
the end of this year.
0! Taxes
E An opinion by the state at
itorney general virtually threat
rens to “hamstring" next year’s
operation of Kennewick area
; hospital and fire districts and the
Mid - Columbia library, The
Courier-Reporter learned.
The attorney general, Smith
Troy, held that property in rural
areas when fire, library and hos
pital ' districts were organized,
and which since have been an
nexed-i by Kennewick, still are
subject to levies for those dis
tricts. '
If applied, this ruling, 'accord
ing to Benton county auditor R.
E. Wise, would pyramid taxes in
those areas past the 40-min
limit. State, county, city and
school taxes in those areas now
total 37 mills. This would leave
three mills for the fire, library
and hOSpital districts, which
have asked for four, two am
three mills, respectively.
An assistant in the office of
Benton County Assessor Ira Hart
man at Prosser, who was absent
from his office Thursday, said
the attorney general’s opinion
was regarded as “law." He indi
cated that it would be applied.
So, in Troy’s opinion, the
county assessor must reduce the
millage of these three districts,
on a proportionate basis, so that
the total is three mills.
And, since taxes must be uni
form, the library district levy for
the rural areas of Benton and
Franklin counties would be only
two-thirds of a mill. This, it was
estimated, would not raise
enough money for even mini
mum library service.
"The Mid-Columbia library was
voted overwhelming]; by rural
residents of the two counties last
rl€3g3¢!erlzbel'.lt.hus been circulat-.
ing books since June to farm
homes throughout the two coun
ties- with a bookmobile—a “li
brary on wheels.” Several weeks
ago it moved its headquarters li
brary into spacious quarters sup
plied by Kennewick, which has
contracted with the new library
for service.
PICTURE rs 81.38!
The picture appeared bleak
also for the fire and hospital dis
tricts. The fire district, like the
library, has borrowed money.
Boards of directors for the
three districts declined comment
until they have had full oppor
tunity to analyze the opinion,
and its implications.
However, Wise wrote that “it
looks to me like this (application
of the opinion) will be disastrous
to all three districts, and I know
of nothing that can be done.”
The opinion, dated Aug. 25,
was addressed to Malloy Sens
ney, Benton county prosecutor. It
was in reply to 'a letter written
by Sensney Aug. 3 and it was
signed by C. John Newlands, an
assistant attorney general.
It contended that the conclu
sion of the opinion. according to
the constitutional provisions
willicl} it quoted, were “inescap
a e.’
Flood Control
Pact Reached
Stanton Ganders, state senator
from the 16th district. told The
Herald Tuesday that the'city of
Kennewick and the state Depart
ment of Conservation and Devel
opment had signed an agreement
for flood control work in the
c ty.
Ganders, in a special dispatch
to The Herald, said that the total
amount of the project is $54,350
and that the state will partici
pate to the amount of $27,175.
The state senator said, “I am
very happy to hear of this as it is
the first one of its kind in my
Dick Rector, city superinten
dent of Kennewick told The Her
ald this morning that the south.
western part of Kennewick, that
has suffered heaviest from the
spring flash floods, will be the
greatest beneficiary of the funds.
Among the flood control project
which are to be constructed, is
a dam in the Zintel Canyon on
West Tenth street.
Curbs, walks, drains and a de
pressed street surface will be
constructed on West Seventh
between South Vancouver and
South Rainier and on Seventh
street between Kennewick ave~
nue and South Rainier.
Bookmobile Roufe
Schedule Ah‘ered
Due to the time consumed in
school stops, the schedule of the
bookmobile has been changed.
All routes covered during the
summer will be continued dur
ing the winter but several will
be run only once a month. Per
sons on two week runs are al
lowed 2 books at a time; those
on month runs are allowed four.
The Bookmobile will visit all
schools in the rural areas twice
each month. The new schedule
for schools will begin September
19th and will be repeated every
alternate week as follows:
Monday—Fimey grade school,
9-12; Riverview High School,
Hover 1-3.
Tuesday Eltopia School, 9-
9:30; Connell Schools, 10-12:30;
Kahlotus Schools, 1:30-3:00.
Wednesday Star school,
Snake River, 9:00-9:30; Burr Can
yon School, 10:00-10:30.
Thursday—Benton City Schools
9-12; Whitstran School, 1-3.
Friday—Plymouth school, 9-
9:30; Patterson School, 11-11:30.
Time will be arranged for the
grade school children in Kenne-
One Unil OI Kennewick
Hespilal May Be Buill
During The Next Year
A total of $ 37,363.07 in cash
and pledges has been collected
to date in the drive to build *‘a
hospital in Kl. newick. The fig.
ures were rel? sed today by A.
C. Amon, chat nan of the drive.
- Amon added that, if possible.
one unit of the hospital would
be constructed this year.
. “Although we have temporar
ls Head
Of (hapler
At a recent meeting of the
Benton county chapter of the
National Foundation for Infan
tile Paralysis, Steve Mech of
Prosser was named chairman.
Other officers elected include
Miss Ellen Berndt of Prosser,
vice-chairman; Miss Bess Royer
of Presser. secretary, and Mrs.
Beulah DeGood of Prosser, treas
urer. .
Comprising . the executive
board are C. 0. Murphy, Benton
City; Mrs. Lena McCamish. Ken
newick; Harley Chapman. Pros
iser,d and Paul Beardsley, Rich
an .
Due to the polio epidemic now
existent throughout the United
Statbs, the chapter voted $2,000
to the National Foundation.
During the past year, the
chapter has paid out over $2,000
for the care of five patients
from Prosser, one from Benton
City, two from Richland and
three from Kennewick. Also, the
chapter has made a partial pay
ment on a Hot Pack machine
now in use at St. Elizabeth's
hospital in Yakima.
The chapter also made funds
available for a physician to take
a post-graduate course in polio.
Chapter records show a bal
ance of more than $5400 after
the past year's work.
Polio Fund
Drive Slated
An emergency polio funds
drive will be launched in Benton
and Franklin counties Thursday.
The first emergency drive in
the history of this nation’s fight
against polio is necessary be.
cause, according to Basil O'Con
nor, national foundation presi
dent, “in no other way can the
national foundation continue to
aid increased numbers of polio
patients without slowing up sci
entific research and professional
Miss Ellen Bernt of Presser is
chairman of the Benton county
drive while Don Seely heads the
Franklin county campaign.
They emphasized that there
would be no houseto-house so
licitation during the drive. Nor
will there be any collection
Contributions should be mail
ed to “Polio" in care of the 10-
cal postoffice.
Both chairmen urged that the
contributions be mailed immd
diately. The emergency drive
will last only a week.
Dog Bites lagL
A complaint to police that a
dog bit his three-year-old son
in the face was made Monday
by Harry N. Hale. 93 Parkview
Homes. Kennewick.
In his complaint. Hale reported
the dog is still running free.
wick to visit the headquarters
library at least once each month.
Rural runs for the bookmobile
will start again on Sept. 12. as
Monday Kennewick High
lands, (every two weeks).
Tuesday—Mesa-Ringold, alter
nate week Connell area.
Wednesday—Benton City. Rosa,
Whitman (every two weeks).
Thursday—Prosser area; alter
nate Finley-Hover area.
Friday—“Y" River Road (every
two weeks). .
Saturday Riverview district
and pump station area (every
two weeks).
Other runs The two Horse
Heaven runs will be made on al
ternate Friday afternoons of the
school schedule for Plymouth
and Paterson.
The two Snake River-Kahlotus
runs will be made on alternate
Wednesday afternoons of the
Star and Burr Canyon school
Enterprise run will be made
every other Saturday morning.
beginning Sept. 24th.
ily halted the drive for funds,
we have not stopped. The lull,
right now, is for the purpose of
calling in cards and readjust
ing the files. As soon as those
things have been completed, we
will resume the drive," Amon
Mrs. W. W. Gude, director of
the Kennewick hospital drive,
announced also today that head
quarters had been; moved to
roomtwo of the Ricm'nond build
ing on the corner of Benton
and Kennewick streets. The new
1 phone number is‘Bs2l. -
Mrs. Gude took over the dir
ectors duties the first of this
month. She praised the coopera
tion of the people since she as
sumed the duties of director. and
added her thanks .to everyone
that was working to put the
drive over the top.
Full information concerning
any phase of the-drive is availg
ab’le either through the drive
headquarters or by contacting
Mrs. Gude orgA. C. Amon. ‘
Pre-Mix Opens
New Gravel Pit
G. W. Noyes, manager of the
Kennewick Pre-Mix plant. an
nounced today that a new gravel
pit had been opened by the com
pany. ,
Noyes said the pit, three miles
south of Kennewick, near Elliott
lake, was the first gravel pit in
this area to supply washed ma
terial. Crushing equipment to
supply all sizes of crushed ma
terial is now on order and will
be installed when received, the
manager added. . ‘
“This pit will give the firm
its own material and will pro
vide the area with a good source
of clean washed material,"
Noyes said. The new pit went
into operation Wednesday.
lumooucme ‘
K ennewick’s Business
And Professional People
Introducing today one of Ken
newick's long-time residents.
Mark N. Moulton. lawyer and
former state legislator.
Mr. Moulton was born in the
country near Maquoketa, la. He
came to Kennewick Nov. 1, 1901.
started immediately the practice
of law which he has followed
ever since. . '
Looking back over the span of
years, the Kennewick attorney
says: "I have seen Kennewick
mm: a. neuron I
5: a Copy—s3.oo 0 Yea!
ls Broad
In Scope
Passage of an ordinance“
which sets forth definitions of
things the city will henceforth
term “nuisances" was completed
Tuesday night by the Kenne
wick city council.
The ordinance. which has the
overall job of aiding police and.
firemen in removing safety and
fire hazards, got through the
council without a dissenting
Among other things, the ordi
nance prohibits the burning of
any trash or rubbish in any
street or alley; all unnecessary
noises including the “unreason
able ringing” of church or other
bells; habitual howling of dogs
and the operation of vehicles
with inadequate mufflers.
The ordinance was a long
time in the making and contin
ually has come up for discus
sion. However, all councilmen
agreed that the city needed it.
Observers pointed out the os
dinance covers a multitude d
“We are aiming this at any
thing which can be considered
objectionable to residents of the
City or Kennewick." ‘
‘ The ordinance hits directly at
prostitution. with a section ban
ning “all houses, rooms, booth
or other structures used as a
place of resort where women are
employed to draw customers and
are guilty of lewd and lascivious
behavior, or used as a place of
resort for dancing where women
or girls solicit for salary or com
mission the sale of intoxicating
liquors, or used as a place or re
sort for dancing where disorder
ly persons are allowed to con-‘
gregate. or» used are resort
where drunkenness is carried on
or permitted.” ~ . ‘
lasl Riles
Held For
Boy, 12
BENTON cm, Sept. _9‘—Fu.. ‘
eral services were held at the;
Community Methodist church. ~
Wednesday for 12-year-old Roy 7':
Cole who drowned Sunday after- .‘_
‘noon while swimming in the‘ I',
iYakima river. The accident oc- ;
‘curred about 5 o'clock. His two 3
companions, Kadon Jones and .
Tommie Mclntyre had left the
water to dress and did not for a
short time realize his absence.
The body was recovered about
an hour later and artificial res
piratibn given, but without sue
cess._He was the eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cole, farm
ers on the Benton Highlands. ,
The farm home of J. O. Cros
by was destroyed by fire early
Friday morning. The tire de
partment, called about 5 a. 111..
found the ergo! agire, vzhgclékthg
extinguish an wen a
town, while Mr.‘ Crosby went to
the barn ‘to milk. A short time
later the house burst into flames
and little was saved. Mrs. Crosby
m with her sick mother in
a o.
make great changes, have seen
lots of hardshipcamong the pio
neer settlers here. But I have
no regrets that I came here."
.He was admitted to the bar
fll'St in lowa after being gradu
ated from the University of
lowa with Bachelor of Arts and
Law degrees. Mrs. Moulton. the
former Miss Mabel Carson of
New Sharon, la., came here with
her husband. They graduated
the same year, 1901, from the
University of lowa.
The City of Kennewick had
a papulation of about 1200 when
Mr. Moulton' came here. He im
mediately interested himself in
getting more water for the farms
which were being developed.
Many of the original owners lost
their land and left here. The
real estate boom which develop
ed when he first came died out
after 1912, he says.
Mr. Moulton served four terms
in the Washington House of
Representatives. He still repre
sents the Kennewick Irrigation
district and is the senior mem
ber of the well known law firm
of Moulton. Powell & Gess. Their
office is at 300 Kennewick ave
He has no hobby. he says. un
less it is teaching Sunday school
—an adult Bible class in We
Methodist church. He likes m
play golf and hopes to find more
time soon for the game.

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