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J. H. Young was in Spokane this week, where
his wife is sick. She is gaining rapidly, but will
remain there until the first of the year.
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Curry of Bossburg were
among the Colville visitors from that quarter last
Monday. They were accompanied by J. A. Curry,
a brother from Spokane who is visiting for a
Mrs. Willet, who has been at the hospital several
weeks undergoing treatment for inflammatory rheu
matism, will be able to be out next week. Mr.
Willet has moved his household effects from Che
welah and Colville will be their home.
Colville chapter No. 20, Royal Arch Masons,
elected the following officers for 1908 at the regular
meeting Monday evening: F. Leo Grinstead, high
priest; B. G. Rich, king; A. B. Sansburn, scribe;
W. R. Baker, treasurer; Geo. W. Seal, secretary.
Half interest in the Fair store has been pur
chased by J. J. English, who formerly conducted
the Colville Bakery. Messrs. Pierce and English
are enlarging their facilities for displaying mer
chandise by placing new shelving in the store.
They also have a store at Deep Creek and are
making plans to do their own freighting to this
branch. Additional stocks have been placed in the
Colville store, $600 in crockery and glassware, and
$500 in shoes.
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Something Which Colville Needs
The great increase in farm and fruit produce
about Colville this year has placed a demand upon
this city for a commission house, or for some com
pany or individual which can buy, handle and ship
produce for the producers. Many more cars of
fruit, grain, hay, berries, potatoes and wood might
have found shipment Gut of Colville this season
had there been any house which could buy these
things from the producer and find a market for
them. The average fruit grower is not always a
successful dealer or shipper, and the uncertainty
of the market has led not a few farmers to grow
less than they could or desired. Berries and per
ishable fruit must have a quick market. The pro
ducer cannot always spare time in picking season
to make an out-of-town sale. If the market is
offered him, with facilities present to care for
products offered, satisfaction will result on all
A commission house is not as satisfactory to the
grower as a house which can directly buy and sell.
The margin of profit for such a house, properly
conducted by men who know their business, would
be very large in a season, and at the same time
producers could make more clear money than they
are now receiving. If some one who has money
wants to make more money, here is the opportun
ity. It is only in the west where such openings
are allowed to pass unoccupied.
It is true that Stevens county offers so many
good opportunities that it is hard to decide which
will prove the best, and it is true that much money
is coming into the county in lines of development.
The province of this article is not to specify what
lines are most lucrative. Attention is called to a
pressing need here in Colville which will net the
right party an exceptional profit, and a welcome
awaits him by merchants, farmers and citizens.
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A Growing Industry
Owing to the progressive business methods
which have been introduced and are being used by
its promoters "the cigar factory," as Colville
terms it, is coming into considerable prominence
in business circles. Its proper name is the Wash
ington Cigar and Tobacco Company, incorporated
June Ist. It is employing seven men and paying
dividends approximating 700 per cent. The pay
roll is $150 a week—and would be more if all Col
ville gave its products their patronage. Manager
Ed Gauthier travels from Spokane to Orient, and
to Oroville, Rossland and Nelson, on each trip sell
ing from 14,000 to 16,000 cigars. He buys all
tobacco in bond and can thus draw stock whenever
necessary. At present there an order of over a
ton of tobacco on the road from the east for im
mediate use. Correspondence is in progress with
Cuban growers for a part of next year's stock.
That the output meets approval is evidenced by
the increasing sales.
Inside of a year a force of twenty men is expect
ed to furnish cigars for the entire section tributary
to Stevens county. What Colville has heretofore
lacked was a steady pay roll. A united effort in
aid of any home industry will soon bring this to
the city. The cigar factory is aiding greatly.
Eastern products are not to be compared with
those manuactured here, in sight of all and amid
cleanly environments. The workmen are all union
cigar makers, and the blue label on the box is a
guaranty of good work at good wages. Children
or girls or sickly tenement dwellers do not belong
to the union or manufacture blue label cigars.
They do make many which are sold in Colville and
are deemed popular brands. In the Colville make
there can be no doubt regarding honesty and clean
liness of manufacture.
These statements are not made in the nature of
an advertisement. They simply relate to a business
proposition in which tax payers of the county
are interested. Every dollar kept at home accrues
indirectly to the benefit of the county's business
interests. And every dollar needlessly sent out
of the county makes us that much poorer. ''A
boost for your home industry is a rail on your own
fence." Remember this and tell your neighbors.