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THE MEEKER HERALD.
VOL. XXXVIII—NO. 2 Are You Going Forward or Backward We see no need this week of changing the above slogan relative to the County High School Bond Proposition. It means just what it says—a proposition of either going Forward or Backward. So Progressive and Enlightened Taxpayers Will Know How to Act. Show that You belong to the Forward and Enlightened Class \ by Voting in Favor of the bond issue next Monday. HIGH SCHOOL OBSERVATIONS Next Monday, you are called on to rote on tbe High School bond propo sition and It is the duty of every voter to got out and vote. Almost the flrft question a newcomer asks is “What are your sohool privileges?"' Denver is working for a 600,000 population in the next few years, and will vote on a six million dollar bond proposition soon, as they realise that if you want population at the present time, you must have schools. The site for the high school build ing has been purchased and is just a block north of tbe park, on the street leadiog to the grade school building. The looation is ideal and water and sewer bandy. It has been said that $76,000 is too much money to pot Intoa high school buildlog at this time. If you vote for this amount, it does not necessar ily mean that $76,000 worth of bonds must be purchased at this time, or any fotnre time. Only the amount of bonds necessary to put in the foun dation would have to be sold and one banking house In Denver has offered to pay 6 per cent, on all balances on money deposited with them. The question of foundation and basement is an important one. aud must be done in a permanent manner, and to aeeompllsh this, will cost considerable money. If a building can be build for $60,000 or SBO,OOO that would be the amount of bonds sold. have a High School committeo who are working to give you a good county high school at the lowest pos sible ooet. Vote FOR the Bond issue and push with them to make Rio Blanco County High School one of the best practical an well as theoret ical schools in the state. The present tax levy will have to be raised to oarry on the High school in the grade building. The rent of SB,OOO a year will pay 6 cent on $60,000. It is up to you people who see the need for a High School building to get out and work for it Let it not be said that those who want a high 1 school failed to go and vote. From 2 til 6, Monday, August 21st. The favorite objection advanced by those opposed to Issuing high school ' bonds has been: “We will not vote for bonds till we know where the pro posed building is to be located." That objeotlon has been removed. Under .the authority vested in the high school committee by the voters at the last election, about the best site In town has been selected (its loca tion is given In another Item). This selection was not made by the high school committee, but on the recom * mendation of a committee of heavy taxpayers who examined and priced , every available pie ce of suitable real estate in .town, and made recom mendation in accordance with* find ings. Up to date, the high school * board has consulted the citisens ad visory committee in every step taken aud propose to continue that line of : notion till the whole high school building matter is brought to a suc i cessful conclusion. Singular as it may seem, objection * to issuing high sohool bonds does not come from Abe heaviest taxpayers, k but from tbe small taxpayer, who would be called on to pay 60 cents to s sl.oo per year to meet interest on bonds. The big taxpayer folly real* Jses that if we do not furnish people with as good educational advantages ,as that of neighboring towns, new settlers will not locate, but that peo ple already here will move out of the town and county, thereby depreciat ing in value the property he already owns. Give these facts consideration. Schools In a recent number of the Ameri can Boy, appeared the following brief, but timely, article: “Some prominent man with the complete and perfect intelligence of an addled cocoanut got up on his legs the other day and said high schools should be abolished because poor folks couldu’t afford to sond their children to them. Yes sir, he said just that. He said the poor folks had to take their children out of school at the completion of the grammar grades, and comfortable-off people got all the benefit. We’d hate to ex amine that man’s head unless wore a gas mask. We know some thing about schools, and we are here to say that there are more chi Idreu of poor people in high school than there are of folks who are bettoroff. That’s because the poor people know that the way to make their children more fortunate in life than they are is to give them the best education they can. So they work aud sacrifice that their boys and girls may have the best. High schools are more for the benefit of the poor than of the rich. The rich could get along. They oould send their children to private schools. We think the high school is the pe culiar property of the poor; t’latthey get more out of it than anybody else —as they should. Even colleges are no longer the property of the well to-do. They belong to the ambitious. We don’t care how poor a boy is, if he wauts an education, he can get it.% And mostly he does.’’ Noted in Last Week’s Observations. At the recent high school bond election, the high school board was given authority to do most everything under consideration, .but was not giv en funds with which to carry the au thorizations into effect. On. August 21st, give the board the menus with which to do something along con structive lines. Vote in favor of the bond issue. Practically everybody admits the need of a high school building, but quite a number say—let us wait till times are better before burdening our selves with additional taxes. Times are now getting better—fast. And, you will not be called on to pay any taxes on a high school bond issue for over two years. All farm, garden and orchard cPfips in Colorado- this year will have a farm valuo of slightly more than $100,» 000,000, according to presont Indica tions, at present prices and what ap parently will be prevailing prices at market time. Production of most of the major crops grown in the state apparently will bo somewhat larger than last'year and production of po tatoes, fruits and market garden crops will be considerably higher than for 1021. Prices of staple field crops are much the same as those of 1021, but prices of'potatoes and late orchard crops are notyetestabllshed, says the state crop report. , Chicken Sandwiches, Cake, Ice Tea, and Hot Coffee served In the park„by the Catholic Ladles, Friday, Sept. 1, 1922. Mrs. E. C. Smith, from Newton. lowa, is visiting her sister, Mrs. A. E. Rees. Later she will be Joined by Mr. Smith. MEEKER, COLO., SATURDAY, AUGUST 19. 1922. Another Summer Lodge. A deal went through this week whereby Messrs. H. Kluge,a wealthy merchant and banker of Palisade, aud Frank Hatter, a prosperous fruit rglser of the same place, became the owners of the Johu Moore place near Trappers Lake. Tiie new owners will improve the property aud erect fine summer homes. Messrs. Kluge and Hatter are wel comed to the White River country. More Water Than We Know What to do With. cloudburst occurred on upper Strawberry, Monday, and a large vol ume of water came down the creek. Again on Thursday, an eight-foot wall of water came rolliug down the creek. On Thursday, Sulphur creek went on the ratnpagti. These floods were due to iieavy rains in the Danforth hills. Dr. M. I. Brewer departed last week for Greeley, Colo., where he has a good opening to specialise in eye, ear, nose and throat practice. Dr. Brewer is a fine practitioner in medicine and surgery, having had the benefit of nearly three years In the artny dur ing the war. He made many friends during his two years residence in Meeker, and while all regret- to see him depffrt from here, we cannot ob ject to seeing him go to a much more extepsive field. He likes Meeker and Meeker people, so here’s hoping he returns wiien v we get our promised railroad. An eye-opening exhibit was on dis play in one of the Meeker hotel win dows, Thursday. It consisted of head lettuce, a number of the largest cu cumbers ever seen iu Meeker, and a pailfull of beautiful golden string boans. The exhibit was raised at Marvine Lodge by Teddy Marshall, and attracted Tnuch attention. Mar vine Lodge, on Marvine creok, is at an altitude of 8,000 feet, but the soil is rich up there. Large audiences saw tiie “Fool’s Paradise" at the Princess Theater on Monday and Tuesday nights. Tiie present management is trying hard to procure high class “movie" at tractions and should be patronized as an evidence of public appreciation. Iu the eastern cities it costs as high as $3 to $4 to see such attractions as that shown in Meeker this week for 65 and 60 cents. R. W. Schaefer, one of the field men from the Agricultural college, was in this week, looking over farm conditions here. Mr. Schaefer is par- < ticulady interested in promoting the hog industry. This Is about one of the best hog counties in Colorado; but, of course, it cannot be fully de veloped until we get transportation. Messrs. L. L. Offerle, Paul Dunn, aud Game Warden Joe Clinard, and i Buford’s famous “Hootch Hound',” represented the growing town on north branch of White, last Saturday. All were as gay as a bunch of deputy sheriffs after a successful raid. H. Anderson, the Trappers Lake tourist man, was iw town, Tuesday, and reports that the auto road is uow within half a mile of the lake. He also reports there are a much latter , number of tourists visiting the upper ( White aud lake regions than ever be fore. lO and 26 cept table. See them *l2 The Toggery. Meeker 14, Grand Valley 3. Thu Meeker ball team went to Grand Valley last Sunday and de feated that team by a score of 14 to 3. It might have been worse had the Meeker team been able to find the baseH. No game next Sunday, hut Mana ger Hays is trying to arrange a game for tiie following Sunday, and two games for tiie Fair aud one following Sunday. The Meeker team have been play ing good ball and are deserving of tbe support of the community. Tiie Craig Empire of Aug. 16, an nounces the County Fair at that place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7th and Btb. According to their program, Meeker is billed to play tbe Steam boat hall team Friday morning, Sept. Bth. Seven teams are to play and it is referred to as Northwestern Colo rado’s “world series." The Muybell-Craig-Lay-Utah base ball team defeated tiie Strawberry team at Maybell, last Sunday. A large party of prominent people from Dallas, Texas, registered at the Meek*-r hotel, last week. Iu tiie party were T. S. Davis, M. D., W. J. J. Smith jr., A. B. Woodman, W. -G. Peters and J. H. Hiutz. Tiie party is bore to take iu tiie beauties of upper White. Amoug tiie guests registered at tfie Meeker hotel last week were Miss Emma Taylor, Washington, I). C., and Miss Ora Burgess, Baltimore. Tiie young ladies will visit Marvine and Trappers Lake regions before re turning East. John Hay, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Hay, is in ou a visit to parents and friends here. John is now a member of the Aviation Corps, U. 8. A., and is making good, fie is stationed at Post Field Fort Sill, Ok lahoma. Mr. Edmund Pauls still wears tlio belt as our champion big fish catcher. He lauded a 11-pounder, last Friday evening, up near Wilber’s bridge. As tliis is his largest Rainbow, he will have it mounted. From present Indications all kinds of Colorado fruit will be cheap this fall. There is a big crop and frulf raisers are having trouble in getting it shipped out. In anticipation of a good sized building boom next spring, Emert VauCleave is getting out logs these days; preparatory to sawing. A large delegation of Meeker Odd Fellows went over to Craig, Thurs day, to attend a big Three Link func tion at that place. Harry, Mrs. Morris and tiie child ren, were in from Axial, Monday. Methodist Church News There Is no let up in our Sunday school this summer. The attendance is better than usual and the interest is surprising. The morning worship at eleven o’- clock. The sermon subject will be “Tiie Voice of Authority." In the eight the popular Suuday evening service. Sermon subject “The Lamps of Life." At both ser vice* an opportunity to unite with our church will be given. Parents wishing children baptised will please see the pastor atonce; the conference year-U almost up. We are anxious to serve you In any capacity that a minister should. At the morning service, Mrs. Carr and Miss Dorothy will sing a duet, and in tho evening an anthem by the choir and a duet by the Misses Ruth and Ethelyn Gourley. You will find our church cool and coufortablo and a worshipful atmos phere round about. HOWARD L ELSTON Enjoying Radio. A large number of Meekerites en joyed a radio concert, from Wichita, Kansas, last Friday evening. On this occasion, air conditions happened to be just right and every word and sound was distinct. Tills concert was received through the Commercial Club plant, and was heard to better advantage in the town park and over on • Park avenue tliau in tiie Commercial Club rooms. In putting in a radio plant, the Commercial Club gave another evi dence of its public spirit, and evident intent of always doing something for the public benefit. The public can sit in the town park and enjoy concerts and other features that come over the radio. The Royal Cafe. Mrs. Maude Wells will reopen the Itoyal Cafe today to public patron age. Mrs. Weils is an experienced cook and will serve transient and per manent guests in away that will be appreciated. The Royal Cafe is the old Davitt House dining room, and has been thoroughly renovated and made at tractive. The next big sale will be at tiie E. E. Oyler ranch on Strawberry. Read the announcement of sale on another page of this issue. , Miss Grace Kenney and brother, Albert, from Oklahoma, are visiting their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Hay. Mrs. J. P Bailey and the Misses Bailey returned to town this week after a very pleasant outing on Mar vine creek. Stay with the dairy cow and the inllk pail. Give her a chance and “Bossie" will lift the mortgage. Dr. Taylor, dentist, is at his office in tiie First National Bank block again after a business trip to Denver. Ed Wilber, the popular Danforth park pioneer, wasshakingliaudswit.il Meeker friends, Thursday. Cattle and hogs appreciate shade as well as human beings. Frank Doll and wife, Gypsum, Col orado, registered at tiie Meeker, ear ly part of the week. Another Reason Why We Should Have New High School Building Meeker, August 2, 1922. Honokahle President ani» Board of Rio Blanco County High School, Meeker, Colorado. Gentlemen In making up our school year statistics, we find the percentage of maintaining the rooms occupied by the High School last year is considerably higher than the cost has been to the Grade School in main taining the same rooms. It will, therefore, be necessary to advance the rent this year, for the same accommodations that the High School had last year, from Twenty- Four Hundred Dollars, to Three Thousand Dollars, beginning Sep tember 1, 1922. We trust the rent will merit your approval. Sincerely yours, [cop A. L. Stremlkr, Secy. PRICE, FIVE CENTS DOES IT PAY TO ADVERTISE? None but a danmphool will answer otherwise than with a Big YES. Listeu to the following from the Grand Junotion News of Augusts, 1922: “A folder wee put into the liendeof a Daily News writer yesterday after noon that bears a heading like this: ’Sixty-eight miles shorter via Meeker to Sait Lake City than via (freed Junction; better roada, good waler, no desert travel.’ There was no fltft* nature on the map aud folder, tftlt there is a mighty good boost for tile Meeker route. The inap outline*tile route from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City, aud tbe Meeker roulw Is well defined, together with oousteer able reading matter telling of thn re sources of Rio Blanco county. “The man who gave the folder to The News stated that tbe Meeker peo ple see that every auto traveler weefc* ward from Colorado Springs is hand ed one of these route maps and assur ed the Meeker route Is the best. This 'piece of advertising, together with the flagmau Just outside of Rifle, who stops and directs them vie the Meek er route, probably in a large measure is responsible for the large amount of tourist travel being diverted at Rifle to the northern route. “The enterprise of the Meeker pw pie Is to be commended, aud if adver tising pays, as everyone knows, they are getting the larger percentage of the auto tourist travel. “So far as The News has been In formed, the local Chamber of Com merce has taken no action to luform tourists of the Rifle, Grand Junotion, Halt Lake route, and in the face ef such competition this city can onfy expect to get the smaller end of this business. Every traveler that comes thru here on his way to the Mormoo capital stops and stocks up on oil and gas aud rests before starting for Balt Lake. Grand Junction is undoubted ly losing many dollars and much ad vertising for tbe valley by not oom* peting for her share of this business in a business-like way. Meeker is en titled to the busiuess because she Is progressive enough to go after it." As everybody knows, auto travel from coast to coast is getting to be a big thing. Nobody hereabouts paid any attention to this matter until our young fellow townsman Wright Ball took tbe matter up a few weeks ago, with tbe result that the truthful and valuable folder above referred lo is uow in tiie hands of the public. In getting up thie folder Wright had the assistance of Thomas Allan, our coal lands expert, and that Intel ligent live-wire Jack Wix. The hearty co-operation of The Herald was also back of the enterprise. If we have any live business men in town (and It is hoped all are—or should be) we shall expect to see them all right behind Mr. Ball in Ills good work of showing that we have not only the best auto route from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City; but also a country that will bear In spection. Miss May Wildhack arrived heme Sunday, and will remain for an In definite stay. A truck load of Mt Streeter coal passed through town this week. It looked good. H. K. Langston and family ware registered at the Meeker, Monday. , Wonderful Bargains In all Lines a!2 Tan Tooosar.