State Historical Society
THE RATHDRUM TRIBUNE
RATHDRUM, KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, LÜ1!)
VOL. XXIV, NO. 80
fl.OO PER YEAR
Doings of the Idaho Solons
Boise, Idaho.—When the legisla
ture adjourned the last day of last
week it had passed the forty first day
of the session without having con
sidered any of the large appropriation
hills, which must come before it. On
the other hand the senate is up with
its work and fewer bills have hfcen
introduced in each bouse than Id any
session for many years.
The passage by the senate of the
new primary bill and the adoption of
the house amendments to the con
solidation of departments measure
are the outstanding features of an
otherwise dull week of legislative
Action by the house on the senate
primary bill is expected at an early
date. But one change of note may
he made. It is possible the provision
for the state to pay the expenses of
of delegates to state conventions may
be eliminated. This payment is
urged in order that no delegate may
be under obligation for his expenses
and so that no poor mao, otherwise
qualified, may be shut out from
being a delegate.
Farmers are affected by several
measures of importance which bave
been fought out during the week.
The passage of a bonded warehouse
bill in the bouse is forecasted. With
that measure a law all those engaged
in storing products would be hooded
for the protection of those using the
warehouses. This bill is sponsored
by the administration.
Idaho will also be in line for the
protection of stock growers who have
livestock condemned and killed be
cause of tuberculosis. The grower
will stand one-third the loss, the
federal government a third and the
state a third. This bill has passed
the house and senate but a recon
sideration in the senate has recom
mitted it for amplification.
Favorable consideration by the
seoatc committee of the whole of the
house bill requiring the state board
of agriculture to investigate cases of
loss iu marketing which might be
reported to it forecasts the passage of
this measure. The object of the bill
is to ferret out and prosecute brokers
and commission bouses that manipu
late markets and distort returns. In
numerous cases it is said Idaho ship
pers have been robbed by middlemen,
sometimes even being billed for the
freight after their produce has been
confiscated to the purposes of thiev
ing commission agents. Public an
nouncement would be made of the
names of honest brokers aod every
thing possible done to secure for
Idaho growers a fair price for the
produce they ship.
The big penal and charitable iusti
lutlon bill introduced Feb. 17, carries
a total appropriation of $800,000.
A good roads bill was started in the
bouse Monday creating a permanent
levy of two mills for roads.
The present primary law would be
repealed in a senate bill introduced
by Senator Nelson of Coeur d'Alene,
and Senator Nash of Preston, authors
of the new law.
The house passed an appropriation
hill of $30,000 ta investigate water
resources of the state. Real estate
ageots and salesmen would be requir
ed to give a bond of three thousand
dollars to do business under a house
bill introduced by Rep. Weeks.
The state affairs committee asked
for $5000 to assist in paying for the
education of persons of foreign birth;
$25,000 was asked by the judiciary
committee of the house for the publi
cation and distribution of the new
compiled laws of the state,
same committee asked for $3,000 to
he placed in the hands of the secre
tary of state to be disbursed in dis
tributing the Fifteenth legislature
session laws to the state and county
Froiu the educational institutions
committee came a bill to provide
$10,000 to pay the traveling expenses
of students attending the state insti
Still another appropriation measure
asks for $30,000 for the improvement
of the south fork of the Coeur d'
Alene river in Kootenai and Shoshone
The house defeated the proposed
constitutional amendment to increase
pay of members of the legislature
from $5 to $10 per day.
The legislature has passed a new
law for the protection of son« and ln
sectiverous birds and to authorize
county commissioners to launch a
campaign against the English
An increase of $1000 in the salaries
of the secretary of state and the state
auditor will become effective the first
Monday in January, if a measure in
troduced In the senate by W. Lloyd
Adams of Madison and E. P. Arm
strong of Blaine meets with the legis
Tat u re's approval. No attempt is
made in the bill to change the
stipends of other state officers.
Idaho voters are not likely to have
the opportunity to express themselves
on a proposed constitutional amend
ment designed to increase the terms
served by county commissioners. Two
resolutions providing for the submit
ting of such an amendment at the
1920 election«, one of which originat
ed in the senate and the other already
passed by the house, were recom
mended unfavorably by the senate
committee on privileges and elections.
The features of Tuesday's session
were the pas«age of the modified
eight-hour act for women, and the
investigation in executive session of
the alleged misuse of funds by the'
adjutant general under the Alexander
The senate passed the garage
licensing and bonding bill.
H. B. 71, regulating the width of
tires, was killed.
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Idaho State News Items.
The war department has compiled
figures showing tha't. Idaho sent
19,016 men into the army and naval
service during the war.
President Lindlev of the University
of Idaho will deliver the baccalaureate
address for the graduating class of
Lewis and Clark high school in
Spokane March 9. "A Perpetual
Discovery of America", is to be the
subject of Dr. Lindley's address.
The Sandpoiot school district has
an outstanding warrant indebtedness
of $30,000 costing 7 per cent, interest.
It is proposed to vote a refunding
bond issue bearing 5 per cent, thus
saving the district $600 a year in
Charles E. Elmer was named regis
ter of the land department, and M.
C. Stott was named acting commis
sioner Friday by the state land board,
both to serve until reorganization is
effected March 31 under senate bill
The Bonners Ferry Lumber com
pany has started tn cut 500,000 feet
of cottonwood timber. Manager It.
II. McCoy says this is an experiment,
as the company has not found a
market for the product, but expects
the lumber will he used bv box
makers and coffin manufacturers.
If Idaho does not watch its seed
industry closely it will fall from its
present high rauk among the seed
producing sections of the natiun and
world through the spread of weeds in
its seed production regions, according
to P. A. Wenger, state seed analyst,
who recently returned from the
American seed analysts' convent inn
at Baltimore, Md.
The second annual state hiirb
school basket ball tuurnamcot will
(continued on last uauk)
JOIN THE LEAGUE OF THE NATION
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BUILDING A CUT OFF
Georgetown Citizens Donating
The enterprising citizens of the
Georgetown community have been
making a new ^na more direct road
to Rathdrum, running it along the
north slope of the hill on the Perley
Smith place near where it joins
the J. F. Reuther place. The
main purpose is to eliminate the
heavy grade on the Webster hill.
The greater part of the work was
done last week, those donating
time or otherwise helping, being
Geo. W. Anstine, Fred Lundin, J.
L. Townsley, Fred Keiler, A. D.
McDonald, Marco Belcheff,Arthur
Bowers, Geo. Albert, Geo. Miller,
Dale Sencenbaugh, E. G. Greenup
and P. H. Smith.
The survey for this piece of road
was made last year. The next step
is to petition the county commis
sioners to view the road and
accept it as a county highway.
Another improvement contem
plated in that neighborhood is the
construction of a road across the
meadow on Dr. Wenz's south line.
It is believed this would facilitate
the granting of rural free mail de
livery by a third route from Rath
drum, which has been delayed on
account of road conditions.
FROM OVER THE COUNTY
Earl Gaskill bas leased the T. J
Deck frnit ranch.
A daughter was born Feb. 13 to
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Young.
Sam Young, Henry Metz, Eric
Johnson and Rev. N. M. Fiske at
tended the quarterly conference of
the M. E, church at Rathdrum.
Four car loads of ice were shipped
in from Blanchard.
Lee Brugger succeeds Gene Lavon
ture as ditch boss for the Post Falls
Irrigated tracts at $125 a month and
use.of a truck.
The Presbyterian ladies have com
pleted paying the indebtedness on the
uiause, built at a cost of $1590.
A Roosevelt memorial service was
held at the M. E. church last Sunday
evening. There were five speakers.
The commercial club meets twice a
month and is boosting for heller
roads, larger industries, more tele
phone communications, a ferry and
many other things.
The Harrison Y. M. O A. team
defeated the St. Maries team at
b isket hall 21 to 13.
Word was received that B. S.
Thompson broke his leg in a fall at
Bremerton, and his wife prepared to
go to see him the latter part of tl c
Private Earl W. Baruhouse, recent
ly discharged from the army, married
Miss Nellie Boue at Plummer and
will reside in Harrison.
Walter Lockling has gone hack to
work at the shops after being laid up
with a sore hand.
Milton Adams, who had his artn
broken, is recovering.
C. II. Straley and Ed McMahon
have been discharged from the navy.
A daughter was born to Mr. aid
Mrs. Ira Brown Feb. 7.
G. F. Ilageubuch, superintendent
of the PaDhaudle Lumber compao.',
left last week on a business trip to
The ban on dances has been lifted.
The Eastern Star installed orticeis
A daughter was born Feb. 5 to Mr.
and Mrs. Gerow.
father of Judge I
W. R. Whitney,
M. G. Whitney, died Saturday morn
ing, aged 87 years.
The case of John Deignan versus
the Kootenai Growers Association, in
which the plaintiff was suing on an
alleged failure to fulfill a contract,
involving the delivery of fruit-boxes,
was nonsuited by Judge R. N. Dunn,
in the district court Saturday, on the
grounds that the plaintiff had intro
duced insufficient evidence to submit
the case to the jury.
Huntington Taylor, chairman of
the Kootenai County Chapter, Red
Cross Christmas Roll Call, has
received a congratulatory letter from
Campaign Manager Chadwick, of
the American Red Cross, for this
county's tine showing in the Roll Call.
The report shows that this county
WILL BOOST TAXES
Said to Be Only Way For Ida
ho to Cet Road Honey.
Boise, Idaho, Feb. 17. 1 —There
will be available for construction
of good roads in Idaho around $6,
000,000 from the federal govern
ment during the next three years if
Idaho shall put up a similar
That sum is in addition to
federal allotments amounting to
$900,000 for the present year. The
new government arrapgetnent
means that Idaho will have to
appropriate around $4,000,000 for
the coming two years. The exact
amount for the present year is $1,
700,000, but the government total
will be increased 50 per cent after
this year, providing the state
allotments grow correspondingly.
Will Increase Taxes.
As Idaho has reached the limit
of bonded indebtedness so far as
any large additional bond issues
are concerned it will be necessary
to raise this road money by direct
Men from all over the state have
been here during the past week at
conventions representing every
industry and class in Idaho and
they declared that the necessity lor
good roads in Idaho and the
benefits of increased values and
the benefits of increased values
and improved marketing facilities ^
for the farmers, are so generally'"'
recognized and appreciated that
the public will gladly pay the in
However, it is admitted, all
arguments merge into this: If
Idaho wants federal aid in abund
ance in building permanent high
ways it will have to meet the
government on a fifty-fifty basis,
and it will have to be done by tax
exceeded the 1918 membership by 61
per cent, $3,786.00 being taken In on
annual memberships and $40 in
E. B. Hitchcock, soil specialist
with the University of Idaho exten
sion division, spent a few days with
the county agricultural agent for the
purpose of airauging soil demonstra
tions iu Kootenai county. Various
farmers will he secured to cooperate
in the plan by adopting the recom -
mended rotation of crops and keep
data ou them that will be used for
the iuformatiuu of the farmers at
Wednesday of last week the countv
agent met with the farmers of Medi
mont aud Thursday with those of the
Ilaydeu Lake district to discuss
problems. A farm bureau committee
I was elected at each place to cooperate
' in putting ou a program of work at
each place. At Hayden Lake the
farmers decided on taking up the
following problems: Squirrel Ex
termination, Soil Improvement, Live
stock, Potato Growing, Marketing
and Grains aud Grasses.
That the University of Idaho
handled the S. A. T. C. better and
more economically than any school in
the northwest is the statement of W.
A. Hobson, inspector for this work,
who checked up the accounts prepara
tory to settling with the university.
Mr. Hobson spent two days goiog
over the records and auditing all
claims and passing upon the expense
and the amount of work done and
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