Gervais Weekly Star
February 26, 1915
Gervais, Oregon


Dry Act Signed by Gov. Withycombe

State Capitol, Salem - "It is the best piece of constructive legislation in the world, " declared Governor Withycombe Thursday afternoon as he attached his signature to the prohibition bill. "I heartily approve of its every provision. If the legislature does nothing else, this act alone is well worth the expense of the session."

The governor was in a happy mood when he signed the bill. He declared that it gave him a real pleasure to be able to have a part in so wholesome and so beneficial a piece of work. Members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and other persons, who have been interested in the "dry" movement in Oregon for many years, stood about his desk.

Man Lost Since Fire Found.

Marshfield - Joseph Booker, whose body was searched for in the ruins of the Bunker Hill boarding house, where seven persons perished by fire, was found in a Smith-Powers logging camp at Wagner.

The reason for his disappearance without leaving any word caused the widespread search to be made. He said he went to a small waiting depot at Bunker Hill the morning after the fire, waited there for daylight and then started for the Wagner camps on foot.

W.C. Laird, deputy sheriff, went to Wagner, 56 miles from Marshfield, for the prisoner and placed him in jail at Myrtle Point. He will be returned here and the coroner's jury will resume the inquest. Mr. Booker will be asked to explain why he was awake and dressed while others in the building were escaping in their night clothes.

Reform School Boys Captured.

Tuesday morning three boys from the Reform School were seen passing through Gervais, one with out a lid. The city marshal gave chase but they being fleet of foot and the marshal being heavy on his feet they soon out distanced him and were last seen cutting across the fields between Gervais and Woodburn.

One or two posses scoured the surrounding country but failed to find them, but in the after noon Alfred Malo and Frank Cannard took a team and drove towards Woodburn on the county road and captured the boys near Belle Passi school house.

They brought them to Gervais and placed them in the city jail. Not thinking they were very bad they were not locked in cells but had access to the corridor. As soon as they were left alone they proceeded to break jail, with an axe which had been left in the corner of the corridor, and had it not been for passers by who heard the noise they no doubt would have broken out. They were then locked in the cells.

The two captors took the captured back to the school on the Tuesday evening train, and will no doubt receive the usual reward.

Reclamation is Planned.

Marshfield - A definite movement is on at Coquille looking to clearing a tract of the rich Coquille Valley bottom lands to be utilized for experimental purposes. It is proposed to clear 40 acres of a 2500-acre tract for the owners and turn them over to persons who are willing to farm this sedimentary deposit. The owner has been offering $18 an acre for clearing, slashing and burning, but laborers believe the work cannot be done for that amount. The Coquille Commercial club expects to offer an increase over the $18 offer sufficient to get the work done.

Students Win In Strike.

Eugene - Three hundred high school students, who "struck" several weeks ago and refused to attend certain classes to which the school board had fixed a tuition fee, were sustained by an opinion of George M. Brown, attorney general. He holds that the school board has no right to charge tuition to any classes.

School Notes.

Those neither absent nor tardy for the month ending Feb. 19th were: First Grade - Tressa Goetjen, Cleo Goetjen, Arlethea McDougall. Second Grade - Susie Chamberlin, Laurence Stewart, Clare Hume. Third Grade - Ross McDougall, Emily Larson. Fourth Grade - Winifred Gleason, Genevieve Briggs, Wayne Gleason.

The following were visitors in the primary room the past month: Mrs. S.H. Brown Supervisor John W.L. Smith, Mrs. Turrell and H.D. Mars.

Visitors are cordially invited at any time. Merle Dimick. Teacher.

Parkersville School Notes.

Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Ringo, Miss Jesise Ringo, Miss Catharine Hagenauer, and Mr. E.E. Shields were school visitors on Friday.

The children are making good use of the play ground equipment, which was put up a few weeks ago by the patrons of the district. There are two swings, four swing-rings and two teeters.

In the spelling contest held Feb. 18th the following averages were made: Fourth Grade - 99 per cent. Fifth Grade - 99 per cent. Sixth Grade - 100 per cent. Seventh Grade - 94 per cent. Eighth Grade - 89 per cent. Those making 100 percent were Mildred Pickens, Vollie McTavish, Velma Redman, and Irene Parker. Those getting 98 percent were: Luke Shields, Daisy Parker, Eugene Catching, Olene Cutsforth, and Edith Manning.

Monday being Washington's birthday but not a school holiday school was held as usual, with appropriate exercises in the afternoon to celebrate the birthday of our first president.

A parent-teachers meeting is being planed for Friday, March 5th. The speakers name will be announced later as it is not definitely known as yet. All patrons requested to be present. Every body welcome.

The Industrial club has reorganized with the following officers: President, Ruth Manning; Vice President, Tressa Haskins; Sec. Eugene Catching, Tres, Daisy Parker.

Fairfield Notes.

The Farmers in this vicinity are making quite an improvement by cleaning up old fence rows and replacing new wire fences.

F.R. DuRette is the proud possessor of a new six cylinder Studebaker Car.

A number of farmers of this section attended the farmers Institue held in Woodburn Saturday.

T.A. Ditmars made a business trip to Klickatat Co. Wash. the later part of the week.

It is reported that Earl Weidner is quite ill with Typhoid Fever. He has been working near St. Paul.

Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Parker visited with relatives in Brooks Sunday.

St. Louis Notes.

Mr. and Mrs. Howell from Salem spent the week end at I.B. Miller's.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Vanderbeck, Feb. 18, 1915, a girl.

Mrs. Joe Martin and sons were visiting Mrs. J.N. Groshong last week.

Mrs. F.R. Durbin and son returned to their home near Salem Sunday.

Gervais Local Happenings.

Dr. F.E. Hume was in Salem on business Monday.

Mrs. A. Schwab visited her daughter in Portland last week.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Vanderbeck, Feb. 18, 1915 a girl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Battersby of Portland, Feb. 10th a girl.

John Klene visited his sister Mrs. H. Meiring in Salem Monday.

L.K. Siegmund attended the Knight Templar Commandry in Salem Tudesday night.

Miss Marie Mangold returned Sunday evening from several days visit in Portland.

The Gervais Public Schools were closed Monday on account of Washinton's Birthday.

Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Mickel and children of Albany, were Sunday visitors to Gervais.

The Misses Frances Becker and Rose Mangold are visiting friends in Portland this week.

Stanford Ausman, of Portland spent over Sunday with his grandmother Mrs. C. Stravens.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schwab and children were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Schwab at Aurora.

There being no school Monday the teachers in the public schools spent the vacation at their respective homes.

Eva Benjamin, who is still in the Salem hospital is gaining daily and will no doubt be able to come home in a few days.

Mrs. Ross Cutsforth left Tuesday for Portland where she will spend a couple of weeks with her sister Mrs. Clyde Battersby.

Henry Kirkwood and family went to McMinville to celebrate his and his sister's birthday on the 25th. They are supposed to be the oldest twins in Oregon.

The many friends of Miss Anna Tanzler will be sorry to learn that she has gone to a Portland sanatorium on account of ill-health.

J.E. Cutsforth, John Klene and Otto Schwab attended the meeting of the Marion County Rural Letter Carriers Association which met at Aurora Sunday.

The Home Bakery of Woodburn is sending fresh bread to Gervais daily. The bread is wrapped before shipping. Also snails and doughnuts. For Sale by Mrs. August Schafer.

H.D. Olson our genial S.P. Agent has accepted the agency at Oregon City, and expects to leave as soon as the company sends a man to relieve him. You cannot hold a good man down.

Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Marshall were pleasantly surprised last Thursday night by their neighbors. Refreshemtns were served and a genuine good time was enjoyed. There were about twenty-five present.

The Brooks School celebrated Washington's birthday. The program consisted of addresses, patriotic songs, a flag raising and a chicken dinner, served by the ladies of the community. Hon. Frank Davy, Hon. Dana H. Allen and Superintendent Walter M. Smith were the principal speakers. About two hundred attended the celebration.

Rev. Mochel received a consignment of very choice pigeons Monday to add to his already fine lot of Homers. These birds were shipped from Oklahoma and arrived in first class condition.

For Thursday, Mrs. Eugene Manning invited a number of her friends and neighbors to a quilting and "rag bee" that was greatly enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to be there. Mrs. Manning is a charming hostess, and served her guests with a sumptuous dinner. Considerable work was accomplished and the guests departed wishing for many more such days.


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