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THE ELY MINER
VOL. 21; NO. 26. ELY. MINNESOTA. FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1922. 22 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE
ITEMS OF INTEREST IN THE
GREAT ROAD BUILDING
Rate Cut Mean* More Road*.
Minnesota will have about $250,-
000 less freight to pay on sand and
gravel and other materials for its
1922 work on trunk highway im
provements under a freight rate
reduction order made this week by
the state railroad and warehouse
commission. The big saving will be
used to extend needed highway
The rate reduction order made
public by Commissioner Ivan Bowen
of the railroad body, Charles M.
Babcock, state highway commission
er, estimated the freight saving
and declared the figure conserva
tive. Furthermore, he added, high
way department contracts are so
worded that every dollar saved will
revert to the state —not the con
"The lower freight rates mean
that Minnesota will have an addi
tional quarter million dollars for
use this year to spread and speed
benefits from Good Roads Amend
ment No. I—that1 —that sum will go into
public roads and not to the rail
roads as would have been the case
otherwise,” said the highway exec
Commissioner Babcock several
weeks ago demanded lower rail
rates on road building materials.
A few railroad officials offered to
make cuts on individual projects
but the commissioner insisted upon
a general, flat decrease. He car
ried the matter before the railroad
and warehouse commission with the
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State Furnishes Tree*.
William T. Cox, state forester,
this week announced that the for
est department has procured 20,000
young walnut trees for planting
state parks and along state trunk
highways. Charles M. Babcock,
highway commissioner, approved
the plan as related to the beautifi
cation of the state roads.
Three-fourths of the consign
ment will be available for plant
ing on the highways, after the
park requisitions have been filled,
Mr. Cox said. These will be dis
tributed in the southern part of
the state, especially south of the
Minnesota river, where they are
most apt to thrive. An organiza
tion at Northfield purposes to olant
a number on the Northfield-Fari
bault pavement on State trunk
route No. 1, and women’s clubs in
a number of towns are negotiating
for supplies. The young trees, now
about 18 inches high, will mature
in about 15 years, the forester
said. They will be furnished where
individuals or organizations will
guarantee proper planting and
Although the forest service is
without large supplies of trees
suitable for planting on the road
sides in the northern half of the
state, Mr. Cox said it will co-oper
ate with local parties toward se
curing them. The service recom
mends the planting of elms, hack
berries, basswoods, spruces and
pines in those sections, and favors
nursery over wild stock.
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Min ncsota Second.
Minnesota ranks second among
the states in miles of roads built,
under construction or under con
tract for construction, in conjunc
tion with federal aid funds. The
government bureau of public roads
so reports in a new bulletin cover
ing the period from July 1, 1916.
A big part of the 5-year showing,
however, was made during the
eight months the Babcock good
roads plan has been in effect.
Minnesota is credited with 1,-
713.4 miles of such roads at an
estimated cost of $17,509,911.01,
including $6,947,373.63 of federal
Goods Of All
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aid. Wisconsin similarly is listed
with 986 miles, South Dakota 676.7,
North Dakota 999.5, lowa 1,509.2
and Montana 680.3. Texas, the
only state to lead Minnesota, is
credited with 2,485.7. An earlier
bulletin put Minnesota first for
largest mileage of Class A roads
under federal aid laws. The lists
cover all the more important and
expensive highway undertakings.
The figures show a large mileage
of graded and drained, sand-clay
and gravel-surfaced roads, and a
similar mileage of concrete, bitum
inous concrete and brick roads.
This condition, the report states, is
due to the higher costs that pre
vailed in recent years on the high
er types of roads, but that these
costs are being lowered now is in
dicated by bargain prices being ob
tained by the Minnesota highway
•‘Drive carefully! You may meet
a fool!” is a forceful safety slogan
which a reader suggests that all
autoniobilists should have pasted
on their windshields.—Hendricks
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Someone should re-write the old
song about keeping your hand on
the throttle and your eye upon the
rail, and make the words "ead:
“Keep your foot upon the foot
brake and your eye on the road
ahead.” The day of the fast driven
automobile is a day of sorrow for
many people.—St. James Independ
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The extensive winter highway
program of Commissioner Babcock
will appeal to the unemployed who
want to be employed, but will not
reduce the number of habitual and
congential loafers to any extent
for those we have with us always.
—St. Paul Pioneer Press.
In another column will be found
the proceedings of the first meet
ing of the city council for the new
year. The three members elected
at the election in December took
their seats. Only one new mem
ber was in the line-up, John Jud
nich, Aiderman Champa and Erick
son having been reelected. As can
be seen by the proceedings no
changes were made in the appoint
ive officers for the year.
Judge Mark Zoretic took his
place on the municipal bench Tues
day morning. Joseph Klobuchar
has been named as clerk of the
court by Judge Zoretic and the
appointment has been confirmed by
the council. “Joe” is a young
man of sterling qualifications, a
member of the Legion, and will
make good in his new station.
Judge Zoretic opened the proceed
ings Tuesday morning by disposing
of two New Year clebrants. One
was fined $7 and costs and the
other was allowed to go and sin
Legion Boys Apologize
The Legion boys wish to apolo
gize to the patrons of the dance
given Friday evening for the lack
of advertised decorations in the
hall. The decorations, had been
ordered and were due to arrive
here Thursday But failed to.appear
until Saturday owing to the holi
day congestion of the transporta
tion facilities. The novelties how
ever were distributed to the danc
ers and a real New Year carnival
spirit prevailed at the party. It
was one of the finest dances the
boys ever gave here—and that is
saying much as their dances are
recognized as events.
Deputy Clerk P. Schaefer has
made his report to Clerk of the
Court J. P. Johnson, showing that
there were 45 marriage licenses is
sued in this city the past year.
The book has been sent in for
checking and no licenses can be
secured here until the return of
SCORE 17 TO 11.
ELY A. C. TEAM ADDS AN
OTHER VICTORY TO THEIR
Last year the Rocky Mountain
Champions, as the Denver team is
known met defeat at the hands of
the Ely team and this year the
same thing happened. The Denver
boys put up an elegant game using
the long shot system but our boys
were too much for them with the
snappy short passing game and the
visitors went down to defeat on a
score of 17 to 11.
The score at the end of the first
half showed 11 to 3 in our favor.
In the second half the visitors
took a spurt and tied the score
early in the half making a suces
sion of baskets neatly and quickly.
This ended their share of the score
getting while our boys shot three
baskets before the final whistle
The game was a clean one and
showed what can be done when
players are sportsmen and not
sports. Two technical fouls were
called on Ely and two on Denver,
one of these being personal. Ely
made one free throw and Denver
made one. O’Donnell of Duluth
assisted the Denver boys, one of
their men having been injured last
week in one of the games. Isaac
son, the new’ mari for Ely showed
up well and is a valuable help to
the already strong Ely team.
Simonson made 1 basket; Ileg
man 2; Murn 2; Isaacson 2; Chinn
1 and 1 free throw. Carlson had
one foul and Isaacson one. Carl
son and Hegman alternated in the
game. For Denver, Steffes made 3
baskets and 1 free throw; Schur
2; Caley, O’Donnell and Gifford
failed to score. Schur and Gifford
secured a foul each. Umpire, Far
Saturday night the boys go to
Aurora, and on January 13 and 14
the Christie team of Superior will
be here for two games.
Get Ready to Figure.
With the approach of the period
for filing income tax returns, —Jan-
uary 1 to March 15, 1922, —tax-
payers are advised to lose no time
in the compilation of their accounts
for the year 1921. A new and im
portant provision of the Revenue
Act of 1921 is that every person
whose gross income for 1921 was
$5,000 or over shall file a return,
regardless of the amount of net in
come upon which the tax is as
sessed. Returns are required of
every single person whose net in
come was SI,OOO or over and every
married person living with husband
or w’ife whose net income was
$2,000 or over. Widows and wid
owers and persons separated or
divorced from husband or wife,
are regarded as single persons.
Net income is gross income, .less
certain deductions for business ex
penses, losses, taxes, etc. Gross in
come includes practically all income
received by the taxpayer during
the year; in the case of the wage
earner, salaries, wages, bonuses ana
commissions; in the case of pro
fessional men, all amounts received
for professional services; in the
case of farmers, all profits from
the sale of farm products,
rental or sale of land.
In making an income tax return
for the year 1921, every taxpayer
should present to himself the fol
What were your profits from
your business, trade profession or
Did you receive any interest on
Have you any property from
which you received rent?
Did you receive any income in
the form of dividend or interest
from stocks or bonds?
Did you receive any bonuses dur
ing the year.
Did you make any profit on the
sale of stocks, bonds or other pro
perty, real or personal?
Did you act as a broker in any
transaction from which you received
Are you interested in any part
nership or other firm which you re
ceived any income?
Have you any income from roy
alties or patents?
Have you any minor children
•who are working?
Do you appropriate, or have the
right to appropriate, the earnings
of such children? If so, the
amount must be included in the re
turn of income.
Has your wife any income from
any source whatsoever? If so it
must be included in your return
or reported in a separate return of
Did you receive any directors’
fees or trustees’ fees in the course
of the year?
Do you hold any office in a bene
fit society from which you receive
Answers to all of these questions
are necessary to determine whether
a person has an income sufficiently
large to require that a return be
filed, and may be the means of
avoiding the heavy penalties im
posed for failure to do so within
the time prescribed.
Good and Bad Trail Association.
We are being continually asked
by dur readers throughout the rur
al districts in regard to the reli
ability of such and such a trail or
ganization, whether it is respons
ible and will live up to its agree
ments, etc. In the past we have
rather evaded giving our opinion
as we do know of a few national
trail organizations tfoat are really
functioning along what we consider
proper lines and are proving a real
benefit to the communities through
which they pass, while others are
more or less mushroom organiza
tions promoted principally for the
financial gain of an individual or
set of individuals and are not
There has recently come to our
desk a publicity sheet prepared by
the Ohio State Automobile Aseocia-
tion, which has stf much to say in
regard to so-called trail organiza
tions, and which so thoroughly
covers the subject that we are pub
lishing it hertwith for the edifica
tion of those of our readers who
wish general information in this re
In granting the request of the
Ohio State Automobile Association
to give this article publicity we are
doing it with the'idea of benefiting
our readers and not to work a
hardship o n tfail organizations
whose past records we are con
vinced leave them nothing to fear
from the publication of a« article
of this nature.
Not all the trail organizations
are grafts neither are the grafts
in the form of trails. But there
have been large quantities of
money collected in the name of
some trail or other that might have
been put to much more effective
The subject of good roads is so
dear and near to* the heart of every
motorist that it is a simple matter
to collect funds by mentioning that
cause. In fact, the ease with
which most car owners, garage men
and others concerned in the auto
mobile industry pay good money to
further highway development, has
brought a horde of grafters to prey
on the unwary. It becomes the
duty of automobile clubs to warn
members and the associated inter
ests development for illegitimate
Ordinarily the hotel proprietor is
a pretty smart individual. Years
of experience with the check cash
ers, bill jumpers and others who
live by their wits have him wary
and shrewd, and yet many hotel
men are easy victims of good roads
grafters and sometimes it seems
that the bolder the graft the surer
the innkeeper is to tumble. Hotels
are naturally in favor of increasing
and developing motor travel. The
avidity of some hotel men to share
in the inundation of touring is
rivalled only by their ignorance of
the basic facts regarding its origin
and trends. Show some hotel men
a map with lines drawn across it
to signify highways and they will
give you carte blanche on the safe.
But around the corner there may
exist neglected, so far as they are
concerned, an automobile club that
has done more in one month to
uromote motor travel to that man’s
town than all the trails that were
ever imagined may do in an eter
A promoter will gather about
him the board of trade, hotel, gar
age and confectionery interests of
some small town far removed from
the beaten path. It ip a simple
matter to convince them they ought
to divert the stream of motor travel
to their community. So they es
tablish a trail leading thither. This
trail is started oyer some well es
tablished route end then branches
off through the dir?*by-ways to the
town in question and it’
the Fandango trail, or name it after
some gallant and now defenseless
general, and publish a map showing
a fine, red line heading straight for
their town. Whether any motorist
ever follows the trail, or whether
anybody in spite of mud and de
tours, ever reaches the town to
curse it, is of small moment to the
In other cases, the trail’s course
is more plastic. Whether the map
shows the Dufunny highway lead
ing to your town depends merely
on how much you are willing to
pay the highway promoters for the
privilege of having the line run
through your town.
And business firms and business
men go on falling for these pros
titutes of the good roads cause,
which if they ever do anything at
all merely trade on the accomplish
ments of those organizations and
those forces which, working over
a period of years, have builded in
the country and in the state a real
good roads sentinuent that is today
providing real results in the im
provement of highways and the in
crease in their use.
It is time for the organization
that year in and year out have
nurtured, cultivated and realized
the development of highways, to
to offer protection, against them.—
Sparks from Motor Life.
The members of *the Evangelical
Lutheran Congregation held their
annual meeting in the Finnish Luth
eran church on January 2. The
teem of the pastor, Rev. D. Ruotso
lainen, was continued and the fol
lowing officers were elected:
Vice President—Abraham Hill.
Trustees—Edward Dahl, Isaac
Lof berg, three years; Charles Nap
pa, Edward Harri, two years; And
rew Sipola, Henry Palo, one year.
Deacons—John Andervon, Henry
The annual o f the
stockholders of the First State
Bank was held Tuesday evening
and the larger part of the capital
stock was represented either in per
son or by proxy.* The annua. 1 re
port showed the bank in a very
good condition and a dividend of
15 per cent was declared. Direct
ors elected were M. J. Murphy, G.
H. Good, Jas. Moonan, A. D. El
lefsen, Peter Schaefer. Jos. Mantel
and L. Slabodnik. After the elec
tion and the ciose of the annual
meeting the directors met and
elected officers as follows:
Prest.—M. J. Mumhy.
Vice Prest.—Jas. Moonan.
Vice Prest.—Peter Schaefer.
Asst. Cashier—-J. E. Johnson.
The Ely Fire Department held
its annual meeting last evening and
re-elected all the officers who have
so acceptably headed the organiza
tion for the past year. The Re
if Association also re-elected their
old officers. The Relief Association
treasury was reported in good con
COURT OPENS. HERE TUESDAY
NEXT—2S CASES ON THE
The January term of the District
Court with Judge Freeman presid
ing opens at the court house
here next Tuesday morning at 9
o’clock. Twenty-five cases are list
ed, many of them new ones and
also several old ones brought for
ward from last term and two to be
retried. The jurors summoned to
appear are as follows:
Ely—Mary A. Walsh, Marie Mc-
Mahan, Olive I. Miller and Frank
Duluth—Mrs. N. P. Tengwkl,
Mrs. Anna Rudin, Neb Peterson,
Peter Olson, J. F. Segog, Ole Peter
son, Miss Mary Pars Ons
Virginia—John Williams, O. M.
Lehne, Edw. C. A. Johnson, Lena
Maryland, Vincent Kirby, J. A.
Hibbing—E. S. Woolfan, Charles
Aura, Oscar Widstrand.
Buhl—Fred Gullett, J. O. Baker,
Frank Demel, Sr., Oscar Anderson.
Eveleth—D. E. Stirling, Patrick
Murphy, Geo. Campbell, Martin
Panian, J. H. Floyd, V. E. Board
Chisholm—Mrs. A. J. Sullivan.
Two continued cases are listed,
one a court and the other a jury
case, viz: National Surety Co., vs.
Thomas Kearney, et. al. with Court
ney & Courtney attorneys for the
plaintiff and M. H. McMahan and
W. K. Montague for the defend
ants. The divorce hearing of
Alice E. Adamson vs Francis Oscar
Adamson comes before the court
with Karl H. Covelll listed as the
Attorney for the plaintiff.
New jury cases are:
Foot, Schultze & Co. vs. Matt
Herranen; W. D. Mann attorney
for plaintiff and A. J. Thomas for
The Western Shoe Co. vs. Matt
Herranen, same attorneys.
Jacob Varoga, etc., vs. Frank
Veranth, et al; Jenswold & Jens
wold for plaintiff and Victor L.
Power for defendant.
Francis Luzar vs. J. W. Horn
and St. Croix Lumber & Manufac
turing Co., a corporation; H. J.
Merdink for plaintiff and A. J
Thomas for defendant.
Margaret Shoop vs. Abraham
Syyolainen; A. W. Nelson for
TSfaintiff and H. J. Merdink for de
Barbara Barich vs. Frank Kos-
C j *V, Merdink for plaintiff
and M. H. McMahan for defendant.
McElwain—Chicago Co. vs. Matt
Herranen; Wm. P. O’Brein for
nlaintiff and A. J. Thomas for de
Frank Pniatelj vs. Matt Dejak,
a ’ ’ ttt Thomas for plaintiff and
-A.’ W. Nelson for defendant.
A. A. Cutter Co., vs. Matt Her
r?n.ei?.’«. Archer & Pickering for
nlaintiff and A. J. Thomas for de
Axel Anderson vs. Jacob Hack
kel®l A. J. Thomas for plaintiff
and M. E. Louisell for defendant.
ochrader and Prena vs. Marti-
Gunderson; A. J. Thomas for
Dlaintiff and Fryberger, Fulton,
Hoshour & Ziesmer for defendants.
are listed against
the City of Ely appealing from a
-ewer assessment by John Schaefer
Herman Pohianen. W. H. Pierce
jngho Columbo, Matt Maki, Anton
a Tja £ er ’ Olof Knutson,
TT^u tte o S ’i N - Sutherland
a P d Urho Salminen. M. H. Mc-
Mahan appears for the plaintiffs in
all the cases and A. W. Nelson for
Elizabeth Pete vs. Jacob Lampi,
et ij *J ury , trial ? J enswold & Jens
wold for the plaintiff and Geo. H.
Spear et al for the defendant.
S. F. of A. Lodge Elect..
Officers were chosen for the
Swedish Fraternity of America
lodge as follows:
Vice Prest.—John Johnson,
u T? I \ DaTi(l Berglund.
Chaplain—Mrs, Anton Johnson.
’Si G -—Mrs. A. Stenlund.
the ladies of the order served
refreshments after the meeting and
a fine evening resulted.
mi. t N®''* Officer..
_ . T “ e - Legl °? Auxiliary has elect
officers for the coming year.
The new officers took their places
at once. The reports show the
m UX iI- iary L in j a fine condition and
working hard for the welfare of
the ex-service man and his depend
ents. The new officers are as fol
President—Mrs. Lillian Schaefer.
White 6 President - Mrs - Maude
Secretary—Miss Audrey Williams.
Treasurer—Mrs Emma Sletten. .
Now Operating in Florida.
Swallow & Hopkins, who formerly
operated a saw mill at Winton,
Minn., will log a tract of 30,000
acres at the head of St. John river
in Central Florida says Skilling’s
Review. The lands are important
for yellow long leaf pine and cy- i
The pines are now in process of
being “turpentined”, which will be
continued for a period before be
ing cut. This consists of making
an opening in the tree trunk apd
receiving sap which is later dis
tilled in copper kettles. After
this is done for several years the
trees are logged.
The Swallow & Hopkins interests
will have to build a 25 mile railroad
in the near future, and possibly a
single band saw mill.
The company when operating at
Winton, owned a 12 mile railroad
which together with some standing
timber was purchased by the Weyer
hauser interests about a year ago.
The Florida tract of timber was
purchased about two year ago.
I. G. Cox and Adolph Manninen
of this city have been chosen to
serve on the petit jury at the Du
luth term to open next Monday.
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NOTICE TO CAB OWNERS
AUTO LICENSE TAX- DUE.
All Owners of Automobiles.
Motor-Cycles and Trucks are required to
make application for license and pay fee for
same during the month of January, 1922.
Penalty of 25c per day for failure to pay
license fee if not received within two days
after January 31st.
Car owner required to attach
certificate received in 1921 to the application
for license for 1922.
Bring m your old certificate and
make your application for license here.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
PRODUCTION OF ORE BEGUN
AT THE MINE LAST THURS
The Armstrong Bay mine being
operated by the Chippewa Mining
Company with H. E. Walbank as
superintendent, inaugurated the new
year by becoming a producer.
This is welcome news to the
people of the Vermilion Range
and establishes another active mine
on the list of Vermilion producers.
A month ago we mentioned the
fact that the branch railroad from
the D. & I. R. at McComber had
been completed to the mine and
that by spring shipments would be-
gin. - *
Hoisting of ore was begun at
the 'mine last Thursday and that
day only a few cars were raided to
the surface. Friday the work of
mining and stockpiling was begun
in earnest and that day 30 cars of
two-ton capacity were brought to
the surface. Since then th* work
has been prosecuted with vigor and
the stockpile at the mine 11 con
stantly growing. Shipment! will
begin as soon as the season Topens
in the spring. F. W. Farnsworth
of Cincinati is president of the
County Board Start. New Year.
The St. Louis County Commis
sioners started the new year by
listening to reports from officers
and electing officers for the year.
Chairman Walter Swanstrom was
reelected chairman and Grant Mc-
Mahan of this district was elected
vice chairman. Dr. H. G. Lampson
was reappointed county health of
ficer. $2,000 was appropriated to
aid the county fair at Hibbing.
The report of R. W. Acton showed
that he had paid $200,716.59 for
the construction of state trunk
“THRIFT MEANS KEEPING
HP-HOT CATCHING UP.”
Ever notice how easy it is to run
short of money? Ever stop to
think what causes it? It’s the
double standard of personal finance.
Money comes in according to your
spending power. That’s all wrong.
Let your earning power decide the
out-go as well as the in-come.
Then you will be able to keep up,
you won’t have to catch up, and
you’ll be able to save.
We welcome you to make a New
Year’s start with our Bank.
highways during December. Of
this $4,269.03 was paid out for
county bridge construction. S. J.
Bennett was reappointed county
purchasing agent and A. E.' T)yer
was appointed on the board of di
rectors of the Welfare Board.* Re
ports from county officers showed
a very satisfactory condition for
the year. Clerk of the Court'John
son showed an income of $19,246
for the year of which $5,048 was
for marriage licenses. Sheriff
Magie reported that the county
jail held 1,877 prisoners during the
year. 1,088 of the were
committed to state institutions and
the county work farm.
Steel Stock for Employee.
One hundred thousand shares of
common stock of the United, States
Steel corporation has been, offered
for subscription to its employes in
this district and elsewhere,. at SB4
Jer share, during the mpnth of
anuary. The price of the com
mon stock in the market;.on the
day of the announcement was frac
tionally higher than SB4 per share.
The price to the employes of the
corporation in 1921 was $Bl and
$lO6 in 1920.
Gave Fine EntertainnSfast.
The Washington Auditoraim was
filled to the doors Saturday even
ing on the occasion of the, enter
tainment given by the Dr. If; E. C.
No. 120 lodge of this city. *Hie
evening opened with the rendition
of the play “The Three Grooms”
in the Slavonic language and in
which Matt Kobe, Adolph Dolinsek,
Matt Vertin, Frank Merhar, Jos.
Gerzin, Jos. Dolenc, Miss Mary
Hutar, Miss Barbara Vaida and
Miss Mary Slogar took part. The
play was well put on and elicited
much applause. Jos. Komatar had
coached the actors. Neckties and
aprons were disposed of and a
dance followed. Music was fur
nished by the White Iron Beach
Orchestra. The society intend in
the near future to put on a play
in the English language.
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