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© © I A REAL, GOOD NEWSPAPER —IN A — REAL GOOD COMMUNITY THE MERIDIAN TIMES mes VOL. XIII, 2*1 RB 1 D I A X , A l> A C O IT X T V , I I) A II O , F K I I» A V , M A K ( If I » 2 2. X O . 4 « . Crushed Rock for State Highway thru Meridian A The state highway thru Meridian is j rough and uneven, and the work that has been done on it has been öf the , ' method of the country road of the old days which means that a few cart loads of dirt or gravel have been ! dumped into the low places from time to time. With probably more travel than on , any other road in Idaho, a stranger j •* would naturally enquire why this ! least ! road has not been fixed, at with gravel. It is on account of the defect in the state highway law, which places the burden entirely up- ! on the incorporated town through which the state highway runs. This ; Is the reason the highway through The distance of the state highway! through Meridian Is a mile, and to ; , Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell is all of the same condition and almost im passible at some seasons of the year. Paving is Too Expensive. pave would cost nearly $30,000, be sides the question of tearing up the ' water works mains j and replacing with new, which would be necessary, ■ would mean several thousand dollars If this was strictlv a munie tr tnis was strictly a mimic ipal improvement (like the water works) it would lie different, but the state highway is not a Meridian at- ; fair alone, but is the main artery of travel by auto between Boise and the more. outside world. The tax payer in Mer-jnow idian, especially during these hard j times, will not enthuse over a sug gested bond issue to help this high-, way, at least for the expensive pav ing. : OuMied Rock I'roposition. j But another way is proposed—which means one-third the expense, and would not involve disturbing the water mains. This is to put crushed rock on the highway, a thickness of j 8 inches deep on the side and 14 j inches deep in the center. The vil- ! lage board of Meridian has taken pre- > ilminary action by having a survey '. made to determine just how much dirt will be moved and filled to make an even highway through the'town! and the surveyors completed the job Saturday. - 1 L __ ,_ „ _I fooler.l n bo ? rd h ha . S . th Ki l> ,. r0m ' sed cooperation of the state highway I ? 1 n r iI U , re,lder a , s : JSLiJS f ° r W ?" 1 , d amount to considerable money. It is understood they will help in securing! the gravel pit, in hauling the rock and gravel, and will furnish trucks and i -«„a_, . j , ... fa , ctdoe '* ryth ' n t g ! possible within the law. The state ; lÄitÄ t°K 3 I f pad n a "? n , iCP f ty ' bu J, there 1 I a . la ' yag ? " ach, f e / y ' J W To'ft lpinB vo^ et o h i e work done to advantage While this is a single mile, it Is said that the | ■ work can be done as cheap iu this ! way, as f it were one of the mile units on the state highway. Big Contract on State Highway. ! ; , . .. „ ... j tune time for improving the Meridian mile is that the state highway de- a partment will start \\ork this spring ; on the the state highway and expect I to use the crushed rock construction. Their work will be 6-inch deep of crushed rock on the side and 10 inch in the center, not quite so heavy as One reason why this is an oppor ; . . , .. „ ... I that suggested for the Meridian mile. Starting at the Cole sghool four miles this side of Boise, (and at the end ol i , , .. . . , , oow P avln 8 6 the crushed rock j ( will be put on from that place on west through Meridian to the Adai county line, and on to Nampa At Nampa If the proposed paving plan is not autohrized by a bond issue, the crushed rock system may be adopted, Nampa has the same problem as ; Meridian, except that in the suggest-! ed paving plan the mterurban could l be saddled with the expense of pav ing the center of the street, the vil- j läge with the intersections and the ! unfortunate property owner adjac ent, with the balance. It is not I thought that the Nampa people will enthuse much over this plan, and the j street car company is not anxious to tear up Its tracks, put down paving j and then repair their tracks again, 1 To Improve Bad Stretch of Road. *4 ! ; Near the start of the new highway j Improvement planned, near the Cole school house, there is a stretch of two or three miles of old asphalt pav ing that is perhaps the worst piece of road between Boise and Meridian. It would be difficult to find an auto owner who has not broken at least one spring on this stretch of road.One thing at least can be said in favor of the crushed rock construction. There will be no holes in the road if it is kept in reasonable repair. With a paved road, however, to repair an uneven surface requires too big an item of expense to be done on short notice, and a condemned road is us ually left without repair, as Is the case with this road near the school hotise. Suggested Plan for Meridian A sugested p|an, which is being considered by the Meridian town board, is to propose a municipal bond issue of $12,000, to run for 10 years. The town has no bonded Indebtedness j except the $26,000 for water works; jThis bond issue is now being paid off , at the rate of $1000 a year. If the electors approve the $12,000 bond issue the mile of highway could ! be improved with the crushed rock, and $2,000 of this would be used on the streets of the town adjacent to , the highway, which are in had j shape, especially in the winter. This ! would also provide an amount for ! maintenance for at least two years, It would take about 6000 yards of relished rock and gravel, ! material could be secured at one of the several gravel banks. One place ; suggested is at. the Dan Barker place near Meridian. Another is at the Morrison & Knutson plant in the Boise river near Boise. It is thought, however, the gravel from the river is inferior, and would be more expen sive to haul.Contractors estimate it would take 250 car loads, at 20 yards to the car, and the auto trucks would ; need t0 haul nearly a thousand loads at 5 yards to the load. , and this ' An argument in favor of bonding j the town for this amount would be that the $600 that would be paid out ■ in Interest on the bonds would be b,,t uttle more than the town now pays iu keepi,1 S «P the streets that remaln in a very „„satisfactory con !dition. -: ; Easter comes the 16th of April. Get the ne " kat ready ' Wheat advances steadily, and is Mer-jnow getting around the $1.90 mark, j u is getting almost too expensive to feed to chickens - Arbor day was officially set as April 14th in an announcement by Mis# : Lura V. Paine, Ada county superin tendent of schools. j It looks as though we will have no spring. Hardly time to have spring now > so we go from winter into tbe summer season, j _ j Spring did not come this week, as ! " as expected, and the farmers are be > ginning to be restless, with the cold, '. wintry, rainy days, and no spring " 0 , acc ompIished. This promises the record" for a late spring, Eggs have gone down to almost 15c a dozen. As the hens liegin to set, however, the surplus will diminish, and the price may advance. But nev lertheiess those pepole in town who relish eggs have been able to buy 'hem cheaper during the past month than for Ume veat ! s . * _ ~ i J. R. Clark reports the trade of the jJ. E. Castor and the Jno. A. Knndson ! ranches, the two exchanging places, ; Mr Ca8tor m0ve8 to the n , ac B e * a ralle I north of Onwiler, while Mr. Knudson 1 goes to the place near the Hillsdale ' school, southeast of Meridian. Each has a l" a «> better to his liking, and so everybody is satisfied, | ! The Cheerylanes Head Lettuce league will hold a meeting at the Parkins hall in Meridian, this Satur ! day evening, April 1st. The associ ; ation promises that Meridian will j have a packing plant. J. B. Chaney, of Le w lst0 n, will be the principal a , )eaker at thls meeting, which Is for ; tlle p Urpose 0 ; organizing a local in I Meridian Everybody welcome. Hal N. Coffin, former state treas ; urer of Idaho, .died at Boise March 22 I at his home, 1403 Franklin street, jj e had been a resident of Boise for i 23 years. To Mr. Coffin Is given the , credit for first introducing the sys j ( em ot diverting interest money t0 the 8tate for depo8it8 of the public money . Thls was in the year 1900> whell Mr coffin assumed his 0 fp ce 0 f S | a te treasurer of Idaho. Pre v j oua this time, the treasurer was paid a small salary and made up tm> ; difference by pocketing the interest monev . from the faV0 red banks. l _ jf 0 drayagE CHARGE FOR TJ . w Idaho Traction company, was in Mer idian Friday and completed arrange ments while here to have the Inter ur b an freight 1NTERI KBAX FREIGHT General Manager F. L. Ring of the delivered free of charge to the merchants -of Meridian. This will be a substantial saving and will no doubt be appreciated by the business men. This concession has been made in other towns on the loop and means that the Internrban will meet the competition of the auto truck and deliver the freight to the customer's door. This is only one of several substan tial improvements which Manager Ring has made in the Interurban ser vice during the past few months. The company is progressive and with' a live wire like Mr. Ring to help, there is no doubt that the freight and pas senger business will further develop and prosper. The Boise valley busi ness interests will also be helped mat erially as/he Interurban expands and improves its service. Winnie Tolleth has commenced suit for divorce against Floyd Tolleth of Meridian. The couple were married here March 8, 1903. Custody of the three children Is asked fôr, and divis ion of property. Mrs. Tolleth is the daughter of Rev. H. B. Powere, TRACTION COMPANY DE LIVERS FREIGHT FREE The Boise Valley Traction Com pany announces an arrangement whereby less than car lewd Shipments of merchandise will he delivered to Meridian merchants free of drayage charges. The company maintains a similar arrangement at Nampa and Caldwell, enabling them to eompete with the auto trucks. (The express shipments are not included in this arrangement, as it Is pointed <-at the rates on express have not been in creased for a number of years and they are . , .... . making a free delivery would lie too The Ball Transfer Company, a new after the interurhan's freight deliv low that the burden of large.) drayage firm in Meridian, will leak «TJ The Lettuce Growers Of the Meridian vicinity will hold a meeting FRIDAY NIGHT, MARCH 31st AT THE MERIDIAN CITY HALL, at 8 o'clock. THIS MEETING IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THE CONTRACTS WITH THE IDAHO FRUIT AND VEGE TABLE EXCHANGE, WHICH WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE ADA COUNTY COMMITTEE. THE TWO THINGS NECESSARY to |Missess a Bank Account are : First, the Desire or Inclination. Ev ery one has a wish for monej. v That is human nature, for it takes money to possess the comforts anti necessi ties of life. Second, One Dollar or more. After wards the size of your bank account rests with you. FIRST NATIONAL BAN K OF MERIDIAN Capital, Surplus and Undivided Profits over $60,000 SAVE By making that spring dress yourself. o PICTORIAL R.EVIEW PATTERNS -o TOILE DE NORD GINGHAMS ! MANCHESTER PERCALES rOLLETHB SERVICE - QUALITY - PRICES MERIDIAN, IDAHO. FENCE POSTS SOUND, STRONG, STRAIGHT POSTS come to the GEM STATE LUMBER CO. for them. m It pays to use Gem State posts for that good and strong fence you want around your place. Every one of our posts is a good post—they stay put! « B. R.. GLATTS, Manager MERIDIAN, IDAHO. MAYBE IT IS SOMETHING AYE CANNOT PUT OFF In another column the Times pre sents one solution of the state high way problem. One might say that we c \ n lef the roa<1 a,r ' n »' '>«* thpre 'are corn plications that must be met in the near tutu re and which may have An effect on the commercial im pel tance of Meiidian. One is the pos sibility that the mile west will be gravelled and put in such condition that the traffic will lie attracted " to that road, and this would leave Mer idian a mile to the east. Another is, that a portion of the Caldwell-Roise traffic is already diverted to go by star, Eagle and the new paved road. We will have some competition in keeping the traffic on this side of the river. Aftej the mud holes are all repaired, shall Meridian remain with the only mile of poor road between Boise and Caldwell? — We Stand Behind 'St Thi« Tire ■ » We know its reputation for service and its actual formance on per the road. We \j We know that you will get more mileage from this tire than from other makes at the same or higher prices. U. S. Tires are good tires. ^5? V X X Vlokers-Sims Hdw.co. Meridian, Idaho. State Highway x WHEN SLED DOGS FREEZE HALF FROZEN. AND WITH HIS DOGS DROPPING IN THEIR TRACKS. OVERCOME BY .THE SEVERE SAM'S MAIL MEN IN THE ON". COLD. UNCLE FAR NORTH BRAVELY 'MUSH NOTHING MUST S^OP THE MAILS. This characteristic of the' mail service is res|K:<nsihle in part for the rapid growth of the bunking-by-maii plan. The convenience, safety and practicability of this method of bank ing gain converts to the system each day. Ask ns- alunit it. The Meridian State Bank STATE AND COUNTY DEPOSITORY • Stalker's - PEET BROS j • 1 Soap Week The Standard Brands, full weight bars, ! AT WHOLESALE PRICES:! i 1 large pkg. Peet's Washing Ma chine Soap 12 bars Peet's Crystal White jj 3 bars Peet's À. B. Naptha 3 bars Peet's Creme Oil . Stalker's CO-OPERATIVE MERCANTILE COMPANY 1 U i! Tl I 1 Z'-Zi ' J - • . S *' ALL KINDS OF MEAT EXCEPT BAD MEAT AT THE CITY MEAT MARKET McKSNNIS BROTHERS, Prop's. Idaho Street, Meridian, idaho. «♦< Good Bread, Rolls, Cakes, Pies FRESH EVERY DAY! o Beam's Bauern and confectionery MERIDIAN, IDAHO.