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The Colfax gazette. (Colfax, Wash.) 1893-1932, February 16, 1912, Image 1

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Olympia, Feb. 14. —In order to de
cide as to the best date for holding
"Good Roads Day," Gov. M. E. Hay
hes addressed a letter to Jno. M. Mc-
Caw, engineer of Whitman county,
and also to the engineers of all the
other counties of the state asking
their opinion on the matter, and
whether April 12, would be too early
for work on the roads, as all citizens
are expected on this day not only to
talk good roads but to actually get
out and work on them witu a shovel,
pick, spade, or behind a team haul
ing dirt, gravel or road machinery. If
possible, the governor would like to
have April 12, set for Good Roads
Day, as April 11 is Arbor Day and H.
B. Dewey, state superintendent of
public instruction is advocating the
plan of having the two days come to
gether, that is, Arbor Day on the
11th and Good Roads Day on the
12th. Gov. Hay expects to get out
and labor on the public roads on that
day, as he has promised to spend the
day with Senator F. L. Stewart of
Kelso, and will get out and labor
with the rest of the citizens on the
roads of Cowlitz county. If April 12
is not too early in the year for such
work Good Roads Day will be set for
that date.
Agents Receive Commission.
It is legal for the Board of Fire
Underwriters of the Pacific Coast,
with headquarters in San Francisco,
to send out circulars announcing that
insurance agents handling board
business only would be paid a com
mission of from 15 to 25 per cent,
while those handling board and non
board business would receive not to
exceed 15 per cent, according to a
recent opinion given by W. V. Tan
ner, attorney general, who holds that
the issuance of the circular would
not be an effort to combine or to con
trol rates, and there is nothing in the
statutes of Washington to prevent a
company paying a higher commission
to one agent than to another.
Big Inheritance Tax.
Over $26,000 was collected by the
stato tax commission Jn inheritance
tax from the estate of Michael J.
Heney, the Alaska promoter, whose
estate was appraised at over $744,
--000. This is the largest inheritance
tax ever received by the state treas
Bogus Agent Goes To Jail.
When a man passes himself off as
an agent for a company with which
he is not connected in any way and
sells stock of that company, he is li
able to be sent to jail, according to a
ruling made by the supreme court in
a Seattle case where a man repre
sented himself as an agent for the
Coos Bay Coal Company and sold
stock for the company, altho he had
no interest in the concern. The su
preme -court affirmed the decision of
the lower court which sentenced him
to a term In prison.
Rates in Legal Tangle.
It is set up in the complaints in the
suits filed by the Great Northern and
the Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget
Sound railroads asking for a review
of the recent public service commis
sion order putting into effect a joint
rate to South Tacoma, that the pub
lic service commission consisting of
Commissioners Jones and Lee had no
right to issue the order since the tes
timony was taken before Commis
sioner H. A. Fairchild, deceased, J.
C. Lawrence, who has resigned and
Jesse B. Jones. They claim that the
majority of the commission was
changed by the death of Fairchild
and the resignation of Lawrence and
therefore its orders are not effective
where the present commissioners did
not hear all the testimony. If this
contention is right it may result in
the knocking out of the distributive
rate order recently put into effect by
the commission, which has cost the
commission more than a year's time
and several thousands of dollars in
obtaining evidence.
Institutions Save Money.
Several vexing problems were
straightened out, and a set of rules
and regulations adopted for handling
the business matters along more sys
tematic lines, at the meeting of the
heads of eleven of the state Institu
tions which was held in Olympla at
the request of Gov. Hay. A discus
sion of ways and means of running
the state Institutions in a more eco
nomical manner was had, and Gov.
Hay insists that a better showing
should be made this year than last,
altho the records last year was the
best in the history of the state. It
was also arranged at the meeting to
have 25 prisoners deemed worthy of
consideration transferred from the
state penitentiary to the state re
B. F. Owsley Goes to Walla Walla to
Become Traveling Agent.
Several changes In the management
of the eastern Washington district
will be made by the Kerr-Gifford
company in the next few days. B. F.
Owsley, who has been district man
ager for the territory north of the
Snake river to Spokane, will go to
Walla Walla to become traveling
agent for the company In the Inland
Empire. L. W. Lanning, formerly
manager of the Colfax office, will suc
ceed Mr. Owsley as district manager
and Ira Camp will come here from
LaCrosse to manage the Colfax office.
Mr. Owsley succeeds M. A. Leach,
former traveling agent, who has re
signed. Mr. Owsley has already gone
to Walla Walla and will move his
family there after school closes.
College Students Get Warm Wel-
come la Colfax.
Days of Puritan simplicity shortly
after the arrival of the first English
settlers to America were portrayed
in a realistic manner by State Col
lege students in "A Rose O' Ply
mouth Town" last Friday evening.
Only one or two shows the present
season have attracted a larger at
tendance at the Ridgeway theater.
Miss Melcina LaFollette, as the
Rose* of the Plymouth colony, was
remarkably strong in her part and
Miss Winnifred Windus, as Resolute
i Story, also did well. They were sup-
I ported by a caste with abilities as
amateur actors. Miss LaFollette is
a daughter of Congressman LaFol
lette and Miss Windus is a Colfax
girl who has shown dramatic abil
ity in high school plays.
The survey for the extension of
the Utopia road has been completed
and the right of way has been se
cured. This extension opens a water
grade route up the North Palouse
river from Colfax to Glenwood, mak
ing one of the most beautiful drive
ways in the Palouse country. Pro
tected by the sloping hills and the
steep bluffs, it winds around the
banks of the river for a distance of
nearly six miles, connecting with the
Lyons road at the bridge near Glen
wood. This gives a direct outlet to
Elberton, Garfleld and other points
northeast from Colfax.
Heretofore, there has been much
inconvenience to settlers in the Pa
louse Valley, as well as those on the
adjacent table lands, for want of a
direct outlet to Colfax, west, and
especially to points east, north and
southeast. To furnish this outlet
was the original design of the Utopia
road, but difficulty in securing the
right-of-way has delayed this exten
sion for several years.
But the afore mentioned settlers
will not be the only beneficiaries of
this road, as the same will be used
by the public generally and by the
people of Colfax particularly, as a
scenic driveway of unexcelled beauty,
where picnic parties may have access
to the shady groves and cooling
springs which everywhere abound
along the whole length of the road.
In the course of time, no doubt, thig
road will be macadamized, as abun
dance of material may be found at
the foot of the basaltic bluffs and in
the river bed ready to be distributed
as soon as the road is properly drain
ed and graded. Only one bridge
will be needed the entire length and
that but a short one, whose cost will
be inconsiderable.
And it will not be difficult to un
derstand the' further "possibilities of
this favored locality when the. great
irrigation project, now under con
sideration, will have been carried to a
successful issue.
Power and light can be cheaply
distributed throughout its length
and the raging floods which occas
ionally ravages the low, level tracta
along the stream will be a thing of
the past. Orchards and gardens and
meadows will receive, at the proper
season, the benefits of the life-giving
waters that once poured through the
valley in a turbid and wasteful flood
on its way to the ocean.
Thus the dream of some of the
far-sighted citizens of Colfax and the
settlers of the J^Jorth Palouse is in a
fair way to be realized, and the not
far distant future will see a contin
uous line of beautiful homes from
Colfax to Glenwood, that will be the
pride of the country.
Put on Special Stock Train.
It has been definitely decided by
the 0.-W. R. & N. company to put
on a special stock train weekly from
Tekoa to Portland. The train will
leave Monday mornings at 9 a. m.
and will run over the Pleasant Val
ley branch. Stock on the main line
between Seltice and Winona and the
Moscow branch will be taken on
train No. 57 to Winona where it will
be connected with the special and
will arrive in Portland several hours
sooner and consequently in better
condition, than when shipped by lo
cal and through freight as formerly.
The time for starting the first spec
ial stock train has not been decided.
Railroad Planks Crossing.
W. Connelly, division superinten
dent of the 0.-W. R. & N. company
was in this city a few days ago and
approved the request of the city
council for a plank crossing at
Cooper street. While here Mr. Con
nelly also agreed to plank ibe cros
sings on Last and Main streets.
Deochmin to Ruild Garage.
The contract for the new garage to
be erected by Freeman aud McClin
tock has been let to P. R. Deuchmin.
How anxious is the Spokane and
Inland Empire Railway company to
build up a warehouse district on the
west side of Main street between
their new depot and the Codd bridge?
From the offers made by the officials
of the company when in town Mon
day it would seem they are very
The plan suggested is this: If the
city will permit the railway com
pany to use the sidewalk around the
freight depot for teams and drays
while loading and unloading freight
and will permit the company to build
a sidewalk with curved depression for
gutter instead of the regulation curb,
and of the same material as the pav
ing, on the west side of Main street
between their depot and the Codd
bridge, in return the company will
place steel beams and decking to re
move the ugly jog in the Main street
bridge next the court house making
that side of the bridge in a straight
line with the rest of the street and
will construct a concrete sidewalk all
the way on the east side of the street
between the two bridges. This sug
gestion was made to the city officials
Monday for their consideration and
an official of the company, with pow
er to act, will be here next Monday
to meet with the council for the pur
pose of closing some deal whereby
the company can have unhampered
use of the sidewalk abutting on the
railroad property.
Temporary permission has been
given the railroad company for ten
days to allow drays to drive over the
sidewalk to the freight depot.
Rev. J. H. Bainton appeared be
fore the council Monday evening and
asked that all show houses and pool
rooms be closed on Sundays. The pe
tition which he presented bore 374
names. He stated that he was not
asking for favors for the churches
but he was asking for a square deal
for the 12 religious organizations of
the city. The petition was referred
to the police committee with instruc
tions for a report at the next meeting.
It has been found the ordinance
intended to compel railroad com
panies to maintain a' light at every
railroad crossing in the city is un
constitutional and cannot be en
forced in its present form. How
ever, it is believed the companies can
be compelled to maintain lights dur
ing the time of danger at a crossing
and it is believed the ordinance will
be amended. As a matter of inform
ation it was stated that the Inland
company had complied with the pro<
visions of the original ordinance.
An ordinance providing for the re
funding of bonds to the amount of
$47,000 against the city passed final
reading and was ordered published.
Payments amounting to $15,849
have been made on the assessments
for the paving and this sum was
ordered turned over to the Warren
Construction company.
The meeting next Monday night
will be called at 7 o'clock on account
of the K. of P. minstrel show that
John Long, aged 65 years, died at
his home south of this city Saturday
from pneumonia. Funeral services
were held at the Bruning undertak
ing parlors Monday morning, the ser
vice being in charge of Rev. Mr. Rice,
an old friend of Mr. Long. Burial was
in the Colfax cemetery in charge of
the Knights of Pythias.
He leaves one brother, Allen Long,
of Elgin, Oregon, and four sisters,
Miss Rena Long and Mrs. Jane Hal
garth of Elgin, Oregon, Mrs. Julett
Tanbrook of Haines, Oregon, and
Mrs. Mary Leabo, of Lebanon, Ore
gon; also, five children, Mrs. Sam
Wheeler, Mrs. Burt Gray, Chas. Long,
Jacob Long and Lemuel Long to
mourn their loss.
He joined the Knights of Pythias
April 27, 1889, becoming a member
of Colfax lodge by initiation. The
grand lodge rank was conferred on
him in May, 1900.
John Long was born in Noble coun
ty, Indiana, in 1846. He came from
there to the Willamette valley where
he was married in 1868 to Frances
Ham. In 1871 he moved to the
Grande Ronde valley where he resid
ed for nine years and then came to
Whitman county where he has since
resided on a farm five miles south
west of Colfax.
Building Prospects Are Good.
Calling at the office of J. R. Good
& Co. in this city a Gazette represen
tative found them working on plans
for several new buildings. Mr. Good
said, "We are receiving many inquir
ies and the prospect for work is bet
ter this season than for many years.
Many of the Inquiries are from farm
ers who are planning to take advan
tage of the low cost of material."
Alton Tredick, manager of the
Bungalow, base ball fan and all
round booster, has been appointed
secretary of the Colfax Commercial
club at a salary of $20 a month. He
began h.s duties Tuesday evening
and from the way work is piling up
he will earn his salary and then
some. President Lippitt reports a
"bushel" of mail every day. The
secretary is authorized to collect
dues and 115 members had been re
ceived before the close of the meet
ing at the court house Tuesday even
ing. The membership committee has
spent but three hours of active work,
and that by only one man. It is ex
pected the membership will be
doubled or trebled before the next
By-laws were adopted fixing the
dues at $8 a year for business men
and $3 a year for others. H. G. De-
Pledge made a strong plea for high
er dues as he declared the club
would need much more money. To
show his willingness to accompany
his ideas with the cash Mr. DePledge
had already signed for a membership
in both classes, thereby fixing his
own dues at $11.
A board of managers consisting of
9 members will have charge of the
active, everyday interests of the club.
The board of managers will consist
of the president, secretary, mayor,
and six others to be elected by the
club. On the recommendation of
President Lippitt managers were
elected as follows: C. L. MacKenzie,
Charles R. Larue and John Bloom
for a term of two years and J. A.
Perkins, F. A. Russell and H. G. De-
Pledge for a term of one year.
Weekly meetings will be held by the
managers and much of the routine
business will be transacted in that
way. Dolph Coolidge was elected
treasurer of the club.
A ladies auxiliary committee was
appointed to work in connection with
the membership committee. The
ladies named were Mrs. G. \Y. Lame,
Mrs. C. B. Morely and Mrs. E. D.
Paul Pattison suggested the best
advertising that can be done for a
city is to welcome and entertain dele
gates who come to the various con
ventions. A meeting is to be held on
the first two days of March for the
purpose of interesting the govern
ment in developing a conservation
project for the North Palouse. This
meeting will be attended by Governor
Hay and Relegates from Franklin
and Adams counties as well as by
people living all along the Palouse
river in Whitman county. A" county
meeting of the Farmers' Union,
which will probably be attended by
several hundred farmers, will be
held in Colfax early in March. It>
was Mr. Pattison's suggestion that
tnese visitors be given a cordial re
ception. Acting on these lines the
president appointed the newly elect
ed board of managers of the club as
a committee to devise ways and
means for entertainment.
Another event which will soon re
ceive the attention of the club is the
annual horse sTTow to be held about
the middle of April.
Suggestions of a business men's
club in connection with the Commer
cial club were given slight considera
tion at this time owing to the fact
that commercial work is appearing
so rapidly that the entire energies of
the club will be needed along those
lines for the present.. Arrangements
for permanent quarters for the club
and perhaps a social club in connec
tion will be taken up later.
Milton Harding's Motor Cycle Col
lided With Meat Wagon.
Milton Harding, born in Colfax
and a resident of this city during his
boyhood years, died in Portland
February 3 as the result of a motor
cycle accident in which his skull was
fractured. He was a partner with
his brother in the motor cycle busi
ness and whMe returning to his work
after going home to lunch on Febru
ary 1, the motor cycle which he was
ridin.g collided with a meat wagon
and he was thrown to the pavement
fracturing his skull at the base of
the brain. He died at St. Vincent's
hospital two days later.
The young man, 29 years of age,
was a son of Mrs. L. D. Harding. For
some time he was a night operator
with the 0.-VV. R. & N. and had been
located at Riparia, LaCrosse and
Winona. He was buried at Oregon
City beside his father who died a
number of years ago.
Pay Car Restored.
After being in the barn for several
years the Inland pay car is again
making its regular monthly trips
over the system. Trainmaster J. F.
Ganaway was in charge of the spec
ial train which rolled Into Colfax last
Friday night bringing the "where
vnh-all" to the local employes of
the company. The party remained
in town over night. The monthly
special train will also bring station
supplies as well as the "dough."
j Entertainment Monday Promises to
Outshine Previous Performances.
| Following is the program which
; has been prepared for the Knights of
Pythias minstrel show which is to be
given at the Ridgeway Monday even
ing, February 19:
Opening Overture Chorus
"For All Kternity" Antonio Scotti
"Lord Have Mercy On a Married
Man" Geo. Primrose
"Just Because I'm from Missouri"
Len Spencer
"Mammy's Shuffiin" Dance"
Harry Lauder
"Doan You Cry My Honey"
K. P. Quartette
"You'll Have to Take Me Home To
night" Hi Henry
"Three for Jack" Morcel Journet
"What the Engine Done"
Lew Dockstadter
"I'm Alabamy Bound" Joe Green
Slack Wire Geo. S f. Leon
Musical Specialty S»egel & Barton
Drl" K. of P. Drill Team
Monologue Cal Stewart
Song and Dance Collins & Harlin
Marconi's Wireless Message '.
John Cort Company
Again Colfax riflemen have shown
their superiority on the indoor range.
A match with the Rifle Club of the
State college at Pullman was held
Monday evening, the College boys
shooting on their own range with
Rosco Phipps of the Colfax Rifle Club
present and the Colfax club shooting
at the Ireland gallery in the presence
of a representative of the Pullman
The College range is 50 feet and
the Colfax range is 60 feet, but the
Colfax club gave their opponents the
handicap in distance and also al
lowed them 10 shots standing and 10
shots prone, while the Colfax team
shot off-hand.
Colfax won the match, making a
total of 1794 points while the W. S.
C. team made a total of 1732 points.
Following is the score of each man
out of a possible 200:
T. A. Ireland 195
R. W. Phippß (on Pullman
range) 194
Ike Williams 189
Geo. L. Cornelius 184
J. L. Irwin JB3
Art Richardson iso
Ora Slate 173
Dr. W. A. Mitchell ZZZZ.'.ZZ. 169
John Fitzpatrick 167
Herb Moller 160
Total 1794
W. S. C. Rifle Club.
Woodward jg3
Kimm JBl
Sparling 178
Stewart 177
Newman 175
Jones "ZZZZ 173
Melcher 179
Gwe "ZZZZZZ 167
Bonney jg4
Stone ZZZZZ 163
Total 1732
Last year the College team was
third in a contest with 22 teams.
A match was held on the fair
grounds Wednesday between mem
bers of the Colfax team Dr. Mcßride
of Moscow was also present and took
Delegates from Franklin County Urge
Palouse Project.
Several special representatives have
been sent from Franklin county to
Washington, D. C, to interest the
government in tne proposed Palouse
project. W. H. Miller, who went as'
a delegate from Connell . urned the
first of the week. Mr. I, .•• r says:
"It is my opinion that he con
struction and completion of the Pa
louse irrigation project will be real
ized within a very few years, if con
tinued efforts are put forth in that di
"A great deal has been accom
plished at Washington in the furth
erance of the cause of irrigation for
Franklin county lands by the dele
gation sent to the capital for that
purpose. We received more encour
agement than expected."
Pasco people are interested in the
meeting called by Governor Hay to
be held in Colfax, March 2, and the
Commercial club of that pface prom
ises to send a good delegation.
C. T. Gietzentanner is the represen
tative of Pasco in Washington, D. C,
and reports encouraging news. Dr.
E. W. White, who was delegated by
the commissioners of Franklin county
to go to Washington, returned last
week with the Connell delega
tion, and stated that they had met
with encouragement. The promise
had been made in several quarters
that as soon as the funds were avail
able the needs of central Washington
would not be forgotten.
Colfax Ships Fancy Eggs.
Not long ago a trip to the express
office would reveal many crates of
fancy birds and eggs for hatching be
ing shipped into Colfa*. This is now
changed and now the reverse is ob
served. Yesterday four crates of
fancy birds and more than 100 eggs
for hatching were at one of the ex
press offices billed to outside points
by Colfax fanciers. The Whitman
County Poultry show has had much
to do with changing the condition in
the last two years.
There is nothing small about the
number of schemes in the embryo
state in the innermost circles of the
Farmers' unions of Whitman county.
This week a new one has piped in the
incubator. It is the control of all the
farmers' telephone lines of the coun
ty.. Eggs were put to hatch in the
different locals of the county. Tetts
have been madt> in the last two
weeks and in such places as tho
germs were found fertile, delegates
were sent to Colfax and an enthusias
tic meeting was held Wednesday.
Pacific Telegraph and Telephone
company men were informed they
were not wanted at the meeting;
they, however, were persistent and
succeeded in getting within ear shot
of the proceedings.
The proposed plan is to incorporate
all of the farmers' lines of the county
in one company with exchanges at
Colfax and other points and the reg
ular monthly charge to include ser
vice to any point in the county with
out any additional cost. The promo
ters of the plan believe a rate can be
maintained that will be no higher
for county service than is paid at prs
ent for local service in Colfax. Afc
the present time all kinds of con
tracts for different periods and dif
ferent charges are in force and be
cause of the different rates much dis
sention has arisen. The proposed
plan is to put every telephone in the
county on the same basis.
The meeting was a lively one and
there was no lack of enthusiastic
talkers. Many signed a document to
show their good taith in the co-oper
ative scheme and a meeting \vas
called to be held at Garfleld Febru
ary 27 at which time delegates from
all the telephone districts of the
county will be present for the pur
pose of forming an organization. The
36 lines centering in Colfax have
chosen John Bloom as their delegate
to the meeting.
Representatives of the Pacific
Telephone company say they have the
assurance of many farmers of Colfax
and vicinity that they are with the
old company.
Store Gomes Next.
The Union has advanced so far on
the proposed organization of a com
pany to conduct a union store under
the Roachdale system that, an option
has been taken on the whole main
floor of the Pioneer building, owned
by Livingstone & Kuhn. The option
is good until April 1. The plan is to
sell one membership for $100 to
each of 500 men and it in understood
the company will not begin operation
unless T>oo men can be secured to go
into the enterprise. Two weeks ago
the proposed company received a
good start and at the meeting last
Saturday enough more went, in to se
cure the taking of about $30,000 of
the capital stock. Leaders in the
movement in the union say the
scheme will be on a sound basis or it
will never be launched. The plan of
operation includes a 30-days settle
ment either by cash or note, there is
to be no price-cutting and all profits
will be distributed in the form of
Another act of the union at the
meeting last Saturday was to increase
the order for sacks placed with Bal
four-Guthrie company two weeks pre
vious, from 300,000 to 348,000. The
price was $7.50 per hundred.
A committee consisting of F. B.
Rogers, Sam Lyons and Claude Hol
lingsworth was appointed to look up
the twine business.
Tuesday, March 5, at 10 o'clock a.
m. is the time set for a meeting to be
held at the A O. U. W. hall in Colfax
for the purpose of organizing the
mercantile company under the Roach
dale system of co-operation.
Jacob Dycheman Lived to Ripe Age
of 83 Years.
Old age was the cause of death of
Jacob Dyoheman at the home of his
son Martin Dycheman, seven miles
southwest of this city Wednesday
morning. He came to America from
Germany 35 years ago and at the
time of his death was 83 years of
age. For a number of years he had
divided his t*me between Kansas and
the home of his son in this county.
Martin Dycheman has been a resident
of this county for 30 years.
Funeral services were held at the
Bruning undertaking parlors Thurs
day afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. H.
Bainton officiating. Burial was
in the Colfax cemetery. Besides the
son above mentioned another son and
two daughters live in the east.
Justice Doolittle Performs Oremonj.
Ethel Stone of Spokane and Prank
St. Clair of Wallace. Idaho, were
married last Saturday by Justice Doo-
Vltle. The ceremony took place at
the Hotel Colfax.
Saturday Business Was (iood.
Some idea of the number of people
who visited Colfax may be gained
from the fact that the morning traia
on the Inland brought 46 luirsengers
to this city Saturday morning.

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