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Vol. 21: No. 37
WARD AND BURKE COUNTIES
PLAN DES LACS LAKE HIGHWAY
The Ward county commissioners
have been conferring with the Burke
county commissioners .relative to
building a new hridge across Des
Lacs Lake between Kenmare and
Bowbells. The old bridge, built of
piling and planks nearly twenty years
ago, was condemned several years
ago, but is still being used.. Each
spring, the ice forces up the piling
and the ends have to be cut off before
the bridge is usable. The old planks
are worn and loose.
The new structure, as proposed, is
not to be a bridge in reality but a rip
rap roadway across the Lake for a
distance of more than a quarter of* a
mile. There are plenty of rocks in
that district and the main expense
would be gathering the rock and haul
ing them. The lake at the greatest
depth where the bridge crosses is
eight feet deep. The present bridge
has a turn table and such a devise is
to be provided for the new structure.
The lake is considered a navigable
body of water, boats sometimes plying
up and down the lake, hauling wheat
down from points north as far as
Canada. It is estimated that the new
roadway will cost $90,000.00. Half of
this amount can be secured from the
federal government. There is a state
law that where a bridge crosses a
navigable body of water, the state
may appropriate one-third of the ex
pense. The commissioners expect to
go before the legislature and ask for
this aid, and in case it is secured, this
will leave but $15,000.00 to be paid
by. the counties of Ward and Burke,
or $7,500.00 for each county for a
$90,000.00 proposition. This is good
The plans are now being worked
out by a representative from the fed
eral department. H. C. Fra'hm, form
er county surveyor for Ward, and now
with the state highway department, is
working- in conjunction with the fed
eral representative. The proposed
roadway across the lake will last for
G. N. Conductor at Whitefish Killed
by 17-Year-Old Lad
The Independent received a copy of
the Whitefish, Mont., Pilot, which
tells of the tragic death of Ben
Ramay, a G. N. conductor, known to
a number in this city.
Ben Ilamay, G. N. conductor, and
for 15 years a .resident of Whitefish,
died at the hospital at Kalispell Sun
day night from pneumonia, superin
duced from gunshot wounds received
here ten days before. The shots were
fired by Raymond Douglass, a 17
year-old boy who had made his home
at Ramay's since last spring. The
shooting was the result of a general
row, according to available informa
tion. Ramay made a hard fight for
life and it is said that he probably
would have survived the wounds if
pneumonia had not developed. He is
survived by his wife and daughter
Mary, 16 years of age. The funeral
will be held this afternoon from the
Elks temple in Kalispell and burial
will be in Conrad Memorial cemetery
At the hearing, the Douglass lad
was held responsible for the shooting,
and he is held in the county jail.
Six Canadian Liquor Houses Closed
Winnipeg, Dec. 18. Six export
liquor warehouses of Saskatchewan,
for many months a bugbear of the
prohibition enforcement squad of
Manitoba, closed Friday night. Ex
port houses will no longer be legal
institutions in the western province,
and export traffic into North Dakota,
Montana and Minnesota, that had its
source there, will not be lawful. Ham
pered by snowstorms that have swept
across prairie provinces during the
last two weeks, owners of export
houses have not been able to dispose
of all stocks. They have made fran
tic efforts to clear their floors and they
have moved out thousands of gallons
of their stocks into United States, but
a vast quantity remains.
J. B. Brokaw, former manager of
the Northern States Power Co., who
has been manager of the La Grande
Division of the Eastern Oregon Light
and Power Co., has been promoted to
a position with the home office at
A Bit of Interesting History
The following is taken from the
historical column published by the
Fargo Courier-News and refers to
Mrs. A. Carr Sr., wife of one of Mi
not's prominent specialists-. The Carr
family have resided in Minot for near
ly twenty years and were formerly
residents of Northwood, N. D.
"Mrs. Addie L. Carr, who was state
treasurer: 'Her annual W. C. T. U.
report showing a balance of $600.00
on hand, is a graduate of Winona,
Minn., Normal, following which she
taught two or three years until she
married Dr. A. Carr of Northwood.
For two years she personally superin
tended their thousand acre farm, in no
way feeling she was belittling herself
by going right into the thick of the
business, looking after the cattle, hogs,
and hens. She had filed on a home
stead claim and still held it in her
own right and possession. For fou»
years she served as. a member of the
school board and had also served as
president and treasurer of the Grand
Forks district. W. C. T. U.'
ASSETS t)F KENMARE BANK
SOLD FOR ONLY $4,600.00
Kepmare, Dec. 15.—There have been
numerous inquiries regarding' the sale
of the assets of the FaVmers & Mer
chants State Bank, Kenmare, N. D„
which closed Sept. 5, 1918, and we
have taken the trouble to secure a
I statement which will give the people
of this community some idea of the
I situation and what the sale means to
the creditors of the defunct bank.
I The assets of the Farmers & Mer
I chants State Bank of Kenmare, N.
D., were sold to J. II. Sinclair and
W. F. Churchill on order of the Court,
Nov. 18, 1922, for the consideration
of $4600.00 in cash. A bid for the
assets in that amount by Messrs. Sin
clair and Churchill was received eauly
in November by the Receiver who
then made application to the Court
to sell. The hearing upon the peti
tion to sell was set for Nov. 18, at
Williston and all the creditors were
notified of same. No one objected
to the sale or made a higher bid and
the assets were orderd sold and trans
ferred in accordance with the bid as
tendered by Messrs. Sinclair and
Churchill. The conditions of the bid
have been complied with and the pur
chasers have taken possession of the
assets with James H. Sinclair Jr., in
charge of same with office in the bank
The same included all the assets ex
cepting causes of action against the
stockholders of the bank on their
double liability and an act on against
the former Receiver, M. T. Dalquist.
There is pending at this time numer
ous actions against the receiver on
claims where preference is asked and
no distribution of the remaining funds
can be made until such matters are
finally disposed of.
The Bank was closed by the State
Banking Department on Sept. 5, 1918,
because of its inability to comply with
regulations of the Department and
of the Guaranty Fund Commission
which was necessary at the time to
enable it to be accepted under the
Guaianty Act. The deposits in this
bank were therefore not guaranteed.
M. T. Dalquist was appointed Re
ceiver and took charge shortly after.
Mr. Dalquist resigned in March, 1921,
and A. A. Swanson then appointed,
and remaining in charge to this time.
During the time Mr. Dalquist was in
charge he maintained that if the cred
itors would only give him sufficient
time he would pay out 100 cents on
the dollar. Shortly after Mr. Swan
son took charge and, after he had time
to thoroughly investigate the different
items of assets, he reported to the
Court that little, if anything, would
be paid to general creditors regard
less of whether the assets he imme|maintained
diately disposed of by bids or the
receivership continued indefinitely.
And the accuracy of that report has
been borne out by subsequent facts.
There is little of any hope that the
general creditors of the bank will re
ceive a dividend of any kind. The
total number of claims against the
receivership amount to approximately
$300,000.00 which will be almost a
total loss. Thus, through misman
agement, poor paper, and because of
poor crops, as near a total bank loss
has occurred as has ever been record
ed in the State.
If. H. Bergh Dead
Towner, Dec. 10. Word was re
ceived here Thursday morning an
nouncing the death of H. H. Bergh,
who died a"bout 2 o'clock Thursday
morning from the after effects of ty
Mrs. Bergh left Thursday afternoon
to be present at the funeral which
will be held from Mr. Bergh's old
home at Waulcon, Iowa.
North Dakota llee Men Form State
Fargo, N. D.—North Dakota's first
beekeepers' organization was organ
ized at the Agricultural College here
this week, when 22 beemen represent-'
ing several counties of the state cre
ated the North Dakota State Bee
keepers Association, following meet
ings with E. I. Root, beeman of Me
dina, Ohio, and with bee specialists at
T. A. Williams of Cleveland, Stuts
man county, was elected president
George Duis, Grand Forks, vice pres
ident Dr. R. L. Webster, Agricultural
College, secretary, and E. J. Weiser,
Fargo, treasurer. An executive board
was elected consisting of W. L. Crites,
Amenia, Mark Andrews, Fargo, and
Dana Wright, Jamestown. Mr. Wil
liams, president,- has been a beekeeper
for seven years. The average pro
duction this year was 300 pounds of
sweet clover honey for each hive.
Despite the severe weather, bee
keepers came from as far as the
northern part of McHenry county to
discuss beekeeping methods, wintering
of .bees, bee diseases, and the necessity
for state laws to control such bee dis
eases as American foul brood, a bac
terial disease. Insistence that with
the proper control of foul brood North
Dakota's conditions mark it as a great
coming bee state was a keynote of the
general discussions. Recent figures
issued by the Federal Bureau of Mar
kets gave North Dakota credit for the
highest average production for each
hive, 157 pounds.
Plans were formulated at the meet
ing lo get in touch with more bee
keepers of the state, to carry on edu
cational work among members during
the coming year, and to hold a state
wide meeting some time next summer.
OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF WARD COUNTY AND THE CITY OF MINOT
(§ur (Smtittg fci
Earl) of fflu
Association of Commerce Tuesday
and gave the following information:
_Tn the first place, the state high
I ways in the county will be completely
taken over by the state highway de
I partment to he built, rebuilt and
for all time to come by
the state using state and federal
funds. The county and the townships
1 through which the state highways
pass will therefore be relieved of ever
spending any further money on these
main roads. They will be able to use
the money usually spent on these
main roads in the improvement of the
I next most important county or town
roads. This will lead to a more gen
eral and systematic improvement of
I all highways.
One especially attractive feature of
the Association's plan is that the
counties will be reimbursed in full for
what county moneys they will have
invested on state and federal projects.
For instance assume that Ward Coun
ty has put $.300,000 of county money
into state work. Under the Associa
tions' bill, $30,000 a year will be re
turned to the county for ten years.
The result will be that the county,
This will all be done by slightly" in
creasing the present auto licenses and
using them as a state highway fund.
The bills advanced give affirmative
answer to the question, "Shall North
Dakota continue to take advantage of
federal aid for highway improve
ment?" The re-cent federal aid laws
specify that states, to secure federal
aid in the future, must provide two
things, one an adequate state high
way department and the other a State
fund to match federal aid
sociation*s measures provide for these
The program is an unusually at
tractive one. It was recently sanc
tioned by the present State Highway
Commission of which Governor R. A.
Nestos is chairman. It is the first
real step to putting the state on the
good roads map.
A. S. Spicher, member of the board
of county commissioners, was also
present and spoke in favor of this
State Mill Gets Federal License
Grarid Forks, N. D., Dec. 14.—The
North Dakota State Mill and Eleva
tor here has been granted a federal
warehouse license, and a weigher and
inspector license according to a tele
gram received today from Washing
ton by B. F. Simmons, elevator super
intendent'. Warehouse receipts for
issuance under this license are now be
O. A. Myrand is the inspector.
A carload shipment of Sweet Clover
seed was shipped Tuesday from Gran
ville to Kansas City. The amount
was 60,000 lbs. and at '8 cents per
pound brought $4,800.
TRUST that your Christmas preparations have
been satisfactory, that your gifts will produce a
high degree of pleasure in recompense for the love
and consideration which prompt them, and that
you will spend the holiday suffused with the feel
ings of peace and joy which come from work well done and
a knowledge that you have made others happier.
If the bestowal of Christmas remembrances were merely
the following of a custom, and not inspired by a higher pur
pose, we believe thatitwould soon die out forcustoms change.
The fact that it increases from year to year shows that the
spirit of good will, the desire to give pleasure to the unfor
tunate and the impressing upon friends that they hiave an
important existence in one's heart are deeply rooted, flour
ishing sentiments. Such are attributes of the soul and point
to that soul-growth which is the best augury for the future
Our greeting to you is of cheer and confident hope. Our
feeling toward you is of deep appreciation for the encourage
ment and patronage you have given us,
and an optimism that if
we continue to co-operate we shall be able to make this com
munity more prosperous and better in every way. Our wish
is that this maybe the merriest Christmas you have ever spent.
THE INDEPENDENT HAS THE LARGEST CIRCULATION OF ANY WEEKLY IN THE STATE First Section
GOOD ROADS PROGRAM OUT
LINED BY SECY J. E. KAULFUSS
The three state highway measures 'Tis All Settled Montana To Have An
sponsored by the State Good Roads "Open" Winter
I Association according to Sec'y J. E Miles City, Dec. 16.—Mike Gilmore
Kaulfuss of Bismarck, if passed by. no use for barometers, ground
the coming legislature will .mean sjjvVj^s, muskrats and other common
great deal to Ward County, -"Jr^d by self-styled weather
Kaulfuss attended the weekly lunch-1 prophets. Mike simply examines a
eon of the board of directors of the P»lk *lleen
Minot, Ward County, North Dakota, December 21, 1922 Subscription $2.00 Per Annum
then reveals the fu
ture, so far as storms, frosts, thaws,
Hoods and a few little incidents like
that are concerned. Other voluntary
observers, in the fact of 'Mike's evi
dence, take back seat.
''With the unmistakable evidence
that I have found in the pork spleen,"
says Mike, "there is no longer any
doubt as to the type of winter, we
"Montana will have an open winter,
with only two or three storms of any
Mike claims to have based many
true predictions on his system of
spleen gazing. Miles City residents
are much encouraged by the comfort
ing thought that although a blizzard
has come and gone, there can be but
one, or at the most, two more such
outbreaks before next spring.
Knights Templar to Observe
Members of De Molay Comniandery
No. 10, Knights Templar will assem
ble at their Asylum on Christmas
morning for the purpose of partici
pating in their beautiful Christmas
Observances. All Knights sojourning
in the city are invited to meet with
without increasing taxes, will have them. The services will be in charge
I $30,000 a year extra to spend for ten
y?ars, or the county may make its
levies for ten years., $30,000 a year
less, thus decreasing the county taxes.
of Dr. R. W. Pence, the Commander.
Death of Mrs. D. A. Kramar of Velva
After an illness extending over a
period of eight years, Mrs. D. A.
Kramar, passed away at her home in
this city at 1:30 o'clock Thursday af
ternoon. Kidney trouble, high blood
pressure and complications have caus
ed the deceased many long weary
months and years of suffering. The
past two years during which time she
was unable to walk, even about the
house, were especially trying and
painful to Mrs. Kramar, as in earlier
life she was extremely active and
The As- found great enjoyment in carrying on
the duties of her household, taking
part in different social gatherings and
giving freely of her time and labor
in all church activities.
Funeral services were held Sunday
afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, at the Con
gregational church, of which the de
ceased was an active member up to
the time of her illness.
Minot Town Criers Will Give Annual
The Minot Town Criers Club Tues
day night decided to hold their an
nual vaudeville show. The Town
Criers have gained an enviable repu
tation as entertainers themselves and
will ask the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs
to contribute numbers. The show will
probably be held some time in Janu
A committee consisting of C. C.
Hvambsal, John E. Howard, P. J.
Montgomery and Dave Phillips was
appointed to arrange for the enter
tainment. The Town Criers have al
ways played to packed houses.
Geo. Dahle, prominent hardware
merchant from Carpio, attended a
meeting of De Molay Commandery,
No. 10, K. T. in Minot Monday night.
rilNOT NORMAL STUDENTS
iJ. R. FALCONER HEADS TOWN
CRIERS MEMBERSHIP LIMITED
WILL GRADUATE FRIDAY
The term closing exercises at the
State Normal School will occur at
10:15 Friday morning. The usual
general exercises will be held, follow
ed by the conferring of diplomas on a
class of eleven.
Hymn—Joy to the World.
The Men's Glee Club—-Recessional
Address to the class Dr. George
Presentation of Diplomas—Pres.
Mc Far land.
Members of Class
Advanced Curriculum: Verna Dan
iels, Sawyer Helma C. Jarland,
Wheelock Marian Jeardeau, Hanna
ford Mrs. G. L. Lillie, Maxbass Al
cinda McDonald,'Towner Myrtle Zim
Elementary Course: Rose J. Ander
son, Little Falls, Minn. Bernice D.
Dahl Donnybrook Inga Finke, Bow
bells Evelyn Norberg, Tolley Fen
nette Pasonault Rutten, Minot.
Men's Glee Club—Blind Ploughman
The program will close with a pro
grame of Christmas carols in which
the Normal School and the Model
School will join. The students will
then disperse for their homes to en
joy the ten-day vacation.
The public is cordially invited to
participate in the program.
Several of this group of young
teachers begin at once to reimburse
the state for their training, having
accepted teaching positions. Verna
Daniels will teach a rural school near
Douglas. Mrs. Lillie goes to a graded
school at Zahl. Bernice D. Dahl has
accepted a position at White Earth.
Rose J. Anderson will teach at the
Lincoln School, Minot.
Others have applications out and
are being considered favorably as
candidates and will be located befoie
the schools reopen January 2nd.
Myrtle Zimmerman will spend the
winter with her parent* Falser..
Fanneltf Pasonault Rutten, Alcinda
McDonald and Finke will ."-n
tinue their studies at the State Nor
mal School or elsewhere.
Sunday Coldest Day—36 Below
It is seldom that North Dakota ex
periences such cold weather as we
have had during the month of Decem
ber. For more than two weeks, the
themiometer hovered around the 20
below mark. On Sunday, the temper
ature registered 30 below and Mon
day 24 below. The wind shifted to
the east Monday and snow fell that
night. The weather is somewhat
warmer at present. I
New Farm Record Book Distributed
Following the distribution of 5000
copies of the North Pakota farm rec
ord book, and its adoption in the
course of study in all rural consolidat
ed schools of the state, a revised edi
tion of several thousand copies is be
ing made available to farmers of the
state at once, according to an an
nouncement by Rex E. Willard, farm
economist, farm management depart
ment of the Agricultural College.
Some 50 schools in the state are
now using the account book in a half
year course, organized with text and
lessons by Mr. Willard during the past
year. The greatest demand for the
books is from farmers who appreciate
the. necessity of keeping a record of
farm activities for the purpose of
studying their business just as other
businesses are studied.
"Careful records of farm operations,
expenditures, and income help to over
come leaks and losses which cannot
very "well be detected in any other
way," says Mr. Willard. "Farmers
who are using the record books are
able to determine which of their en
terprises have really been profitable
or- unprofitable. The books, which
are secured from county agents or
from the farm management depart
ment of the Agricultural College, also
provide for records necessary for de
termining income taxes.
Minot Soloists to Sing at Iterthold
Soloists from the choir of the First
Lutheran church will sing in a Canta
ta, The Christ Child, to be given by
the choir from the Lutheran church at
Berthold next Thursday night. Those
from this city to participate are C. C.
Hvambsal, the Misses Inga and Chris
tine Reishus and George Reishus.
Miss Christine Reishus, soloist in the
St. Olof choir, will spend the Holi
days in Minot and is to appear as so
loist in the Cantata, "Bethlehem," to
be rendered Wednesday night by the
First Lutheran choir.
Velva Journal: During the past
week several large turkeys have been
marketed in this city. P. C. McDowell
of North Prairie, brought in the prize
bird up to this time. He was an 18
months old torn which weighed 33
pounds and netted him $9.90. The
bird was sold to Otto Badem, local
poultry man. Mr. McDowell sold 15
turkeys Saturday that was the finest
lot brought to this city this fall. Some
of the young turkeys weighed as high
as 22 pounds. He still has a number
on the farm that will be marketed
James II. Falconer, advertising
manager of the Ward County Inde
pendent, was elected president of the
Minot Town Criers Club at the annual
business meeting held at the Leland
Hotel Tuesday night. C. C. Hvamb
sal, of the Piper-Howe Lumber Co., ia
vice president, and K. H. Swiggum,
of the same concern is the secretary.
W. 11. Perkins of the Minot Flour
Mill is the treasurer. The officers to
gether with Max Haskell of the Gam
ble-Robinson Co., Bert Gerlich of the
Men's Shop, Wm. C. Davis, of the
Daily News, .J. U. Lyons of the Inter
national Harvester Co. and R. J.
Doeblor, insurance man, constitute the
Hoard of Governors.
The members enjoyed a chicken din
ner prior to the session. John E.
Howard with Mr. Simmons at the
piano, rendered a group of delightful
violin solos, and Carl Hvambsal sang
a beautiful solo taken from 'The
Christ Child," a Cantata.
V. K._ Stenersen, the retiring presi
dent of the Town Criers presided.
Win. F. Jones read the annual report
and a number of the members gave
their views on the reorganization plan.
It was decided that in the future the
I Town Criers club should function as
an advertising club with weekly meet
ings where papers pertaining to adver
tising will be read and discussed. The
club is to continue with its work in
community advertising. The member
ship is to be limited to fifty business
concerns who can have more than one
I representative if desired. The new
officers are to appoint a committee on
the revision of by-laws. The first
meeting under the new plan is to be
held Friday noon, Jan. 5.
The Minot Town Criers club was
organized about eight years ago and
has done a real service to our city.
The vigilance committee has saved
the merchants of the city thousands
of dollars in heading off spurious ad
vertising and the club has always
taken a foremost part in anything
that has contributed to the develop
ment of our city.
Fell Down Coal Mine Shaft
Ben Mormann, who operates a coal
mine on his farm northeast of Ep
worth, fell down a 55-foot shaft into
the mine, uffering a broken ankle
and other injuries.
1 Has. on Forhat, a Stanley farmer, is
suffering •:. -iicus-sinn of the brain.
dt're td a fall" Iran ius sled W ti.o
C. M. Hanson Charged With $2,000
Charles M. Hanson, 50, former
postmaster at Wolf Point, Mont., was
placed under arrest in Minot by Dep
uty United States Marshal James Col
lins of Fargo, charged with embezzle
ment of $2,2(L02 in postoffice funds.
The prisoner was taken before U. S.
Commissioner R. E. Hopkins in this
city Friday and waived examination
and was bound over to the federal
court, under bonds of $2,500.
Hanson was committed to the Cass
county jail pending his removal to
Butte, Mont., to answer in federal
court to the charge preferred against
Life, Liberty, Happiness and Harold
Harold Lloyd, if he is to be judged
by his behaviour in "Never Weaken,"
places small value on his "unalienable
rights" of life and liberty in the pur
suit of happiness—for others.
Perhaps Harold has a happy time
shimmying on an iron girder twelve
stories above an asphalt pavement.
Perhaps it gives him the blues if tho
sun sets on a day in which he does not
frolic about on a skyscraper iron
framework as nonchalantly as a hun
gry goat on a tin can dump/ Perhaps
he has ninety-nine times the nine lives
of a eat, and a life, more or less, is
nothing to be sneezed at.
'T 'ny rate, he risks life and liberty
in the pursuit of thrills and laughs in
his newest Associated Exhibitors
comedy, which has been aptly titled
"Never Weaken." The Orpheum
Theatre will present it Thursday, Fri
day and Saturday in the belief that
it is Lloyd's greatest to date, for it
not only contains its full measure of
laughs, but the biggest aggregation
of heart-quickening thrills that were
ever packed into three reels.
"Swans are protected all times of
year by both state and federal laws,
as well as the laws of Canada. Very
few of them have been seen in North
Dakota during the past 15 years or
more, and very few of them have been
killed at any time, as they are natur
ally wild and hard to get. It is said
that they live to be 300 years old,
and that birds that are 75 years old
or more are not fit to eat, they being
too tough. It is said that swans
make the best eating when they are
from 35 to 40 years old."—Ex.
The Van Hook Reporter is holding
a subscription contest and one of the
prizes is a registered Guernsey bull,
Rival's King of Verndale, bought
from Col. E. S. Person of Minot. This
bull is one of the Person show ani
mals that was exhibited at the Na
tional Dairy Show in St. Paul and at
other places in the east and is consid
ered as fine an animal as can be
found in the Northwest.
Mrs. J. M. Maxham left today for
Mankato, Minn., where she will visit
with relatives during the Christmas