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am am NEWS$'IAND8 10c PER COPY SIXTY-FIRST YEAR THI: monRoE mo00nlTOR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON--THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, i960 NUMBER 4 Editorial... The Story Behind The Hospital Sale A question that seems to arise nearly every time that the proposed hospital district folmation is discussed, is "Why does the county all of a sudden want to sell the county hospital?" This can be explained in several ways and perhaps the best way is to spend a moment to delve into the hospital's past. THE COUNTY "POOR FARM" Without using specific dates since they are relatively unimportant in this instance, let us say that back before the 1920s the county farm was located upon' what is now the hospital site; and the farm was maintained by the county for the care of indigents--persons who could no longer work and support themselves, bad no resources and had no relatives who could care for them--they were sent to the "poor farm." An old two story wood building housed these people, and those who were able, worked on the farm while others just lived out the re- mainder of their lives there, cared for by the county. The old two story house was torn down just a few years ago, though it had been aban- doned years before. NEW BUILDING ADDED In the early 1920s the county constructed the first wing of what is now known as the Monroe General Hospital. The Spanish mission type of architecture to match the county court house in Everett was used by the designers, and the new building was designed to take care of the county's indigents the same as the old taro-story building. We suspect that the new building was built to replace the old, but there appeared to be a continued use for the old so both were utilized. CHANGES BROUGHT ABOUT BY DEPRESSION The operation of the county farm continued into the 1930s when social changes began to take place, largely as a result of tl Great De- pression, and the burden of support of indigent persons was assumed by the state. The advent of "Old Age Assistance" paid by the state, with the aid of the federal government, provided for care of aged and un- employable persons, sothere was little need for the "poor farm" as such. COUNTY HOSPITAL ESTABLHED It was at this point that the county got into the hospital business at Monroe. The new state laws provided that the county welfare depart, meat must provide hospital facilities for recipients of Old Age Assistance, and it seemed practical at that time to convert the county, farm into a county hospital, so a new wing was added and until the late 1940s, after the war, state assistance recipients in need of hospital care were sent to Monroe from all parts of the county. NEW LAWS BRING CHANGES About 1948 a significant change in the state law made further op- eration of the hospital by the county impractical. The new law decreed that recipients of state assistance need no longer be sent to Monroe, but could go to the hospital of their choice for treatment, consequently people from Arlington, Stanwood, Marysville, Everett and remote parts of the county, far removed from Monroe, patronized institutions closer to home. HOSPITAL PRIVATELY LEASED The hospital at Monroe was patronized by fewer and fewer pa- t/eats under county operation, and so the decision to lease the propey was reached by the county commissioners, and shortly thereafter ar- rangements' were made with private, parties to take it over. During the past eleven years .uadm'lease o ,ir,a!.this portion ,of the county h enjoyed the benefits of a well  hital wlaich has been a profitable venture for private capital. ...... " HOSPITAL STANDARDS RAISED New state laws have modernized and raised the standards of hospital operation, and faced with the probability of a rather large out- lay for capital improvements in order to receive continued hospital certi- fication, the commissioners for more than a year had under considera- tion the sale of the institution. HOSPITAL SALE TALKED They reasoned that it was improper for the county as a whole to own and operate a hospital, even by the present lease arrangement, which served only a small portion of the county. This line of thinking most persons will agree with, but in disposing of the property, the county would jedpardize the continued hospital operation serving a seg- ment of the county population which desired to keep a hospital. Sale to the highest bidder was the only answer with no guarantee as to who would ultimately own the property, hence no assurance that it would continue as a general hospital. PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT PROPOSED It was at this point that the Monroe Monitor and the Valley News editorially drew attention to the advantages of ownership by a public hospital district formed and operated under state law enacted for just such a use. It was apparent that a negotiated purchase could be arranged with the county as between one governmental body and another, and this seemed to be the best guarantee of a continued hospital operation for the Skykomish Valley. Don't you agree in the light of the above facts, that the county is doing the proper thing in disposing of the hospital property, and don't you agree with this newspaper that the hospital district formation is the proper solution to our problem at the local level? Fire Hazard Correction In Schools OKed Diane Hullcjren Is One Of Finalists In Junior Miss Contest All state requirements for fire protection in Monroe public schools have been complied with, reports the office of State Fire Marshal. Assistant state fire marshal E. L. Smith last week said a rein- spection "... reveals that all of the requirements as set forth in our various inspection letters have been fully complied with to the complete satisfaction of the depart- ment." Smith, as well as chief Henry Buss of the Monroe Volunteer Fire Dept., extended schools superin- tendent Thomas E. Marsden com- mendations for splendid coopera- tion in fire safety. Accomplishment of the work was made possible when voters last May ratified a special lvy propo- sition for the express purpose of correcting many existing hazards. "As long as you feel you are serving others, you-do the job well. When you ,are concerned only with helping yourself, you do it less well. This is a law ,as inexor- able as gavity.".,-A.Cdmr Gordon. Voter Edification Is Aim 0f P-TA In Calling Special Meeting Tonight Fifty Some Are In Attendance: Edification of the voting public, with regards to school district No. 402's special levy proposition and school board candidates, will be the aim of a special gathering of the Monroe Parent-Teachers Asso- ciation at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at the elementary school on Dicken. son Rd., announces P-TA president, MrS.BoardWalterof E.educationHayfield.chairman..Urarner's ',00=l'ags County Chamber Re-organizes, Officers Named C. C. Devers, Monroe business- man, and Joseph H. Smith, town of Monroe attorney, have been named to offices in the re-organized Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce, according to secretary B. T. Moore of Everett. Devers has been named to serve as a director from district No. 3 while Smith will head up the legis- lative committee. The roster of officers, determined at the re-organizational meet i Everett last week included the se- lection of Perry M. Black, Marys- ville, president; Earl Greathouse, Arlington, vice-president; Herman Safer, Edmonds, also ice-presi- dent. Committee chairmen, working with the directors, will gather through local civic and service clubs .and individuals, a list of most important projects in the various areas, which the chamber will organize into a valuable "all over the county" project folder-- the start of a "Forward-March" inter-community campaign. Black announces that the fore- going will be the foundation for constructive activity and that, al- ready, the program has a fine start with many community leaders en- thusiastic and ready for definite action. Black also announces that the board of directors will meet the third Thursday each month and that, during the year four or five general dinner meetings, open to the public, men and women, in dif- ferent sections of the county will be held. The first  be held Tuesday, March 8, at East Stun- wood with the central theme "Flood Control', to .be :headed up:by U.S, Army EngineerS. Other guest speakers will discuss problems and projects vital to this northwest in connection with our forest areas. The next dinner meeting follow- ing East Stanwood will 'be held in the south end of the county, the definite location to be announced later. Lutheran Lent Series Begins Kenneth Schilaty, according to Mrs. Hayfield's .agenda, will talk on "The Purpose and Needs of the Levy"; Mrs. Donald Holcomb will talk on promotion and selling of the pro- position to voters; Supt. Thomas E. Marsden will address the group on '"ihe Task Before Us"; the campaign will be outlined and or- ganized, all those in attendance be- ing invited to participate; and school director candidates, all of whom have been invited, will be introduced and given time to speak if they so desire. The special proposition will ask voters March 8 to ballot upon a $20,000 or approximately 5 mill levy "... for the purpose of pay- ing the cost of repairing and cor- recting substandard conditions in the Senior High School and Central Elementary School, all ,as more specifically 'provided for in a reso- lution adopted by the Board of Di- rectors on January 19, 1960.". Candidates invited include: Director district No. 1 candi- dates Gordon Keck, Rt. 1, Monroe, and Cecil J. Weeks, Rt. 2' Snoho- mish--for a four-year term; Director district No. 3 candidates Lawrence W. Whitfield, Rt. 2 Mon- roe, Harold W. "Tony" Meier, Rt. 1 Monroe, Donald A. Steffen, also Rt. 1 Monroe--for a four-year term; Director district No. 4 candi- dates Andrew H. Broz, Dickinson St., R. L. "Bob" Schuler, 510 Pew- ell St.--for u two-year term to fill the unexpired term of Jack Cole, who resigned shortly after taking office. Mrs. Hayfield points out that the meeting is not confined to mem- bers of the P-TA but is open to the general ptblic. Date Announced For Coronation Ot Fair Queen Selection and coronationb of e 1960 Evergreen State Fair queen will take place during the course of a 6:30 p.m. banquet Saturday, March 12, .at Arlington, announce fair officials. As has been the custom, Snoho- mish County superior court judge Charles Denny will officiate at the coronation. The queen will .be se- lected from a slate of fourteen candidates from the Arlir4ton high school. Being held under the auspices of Arlington's Chamber of Commerce, the general public is invited; how- ever, reservations are a must and can be made at the WIonroe fair office, Savoy Bldg. Arlington's Lincoln school will be the scene of the event. Martin Luther Film Is Set The film, "Martin Luther," will be shown, in Monroe Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Covenant Church. Church pastor, the Rev. Fred Neth, has extended an invitation to the public to attend the showing of this film on the reformation in the life of Martin Luther. The film runs one hour and 45 minutes. A free-will offering will be taken to defray expenses of show- ing the film. The first in a series of lenten services will begin next Wednes- day at 8 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. Each week during lent mid- week services will be held at the church at 8 p.m. the pastor, Hey. Martin C. Stuebe, announced. He added the public is welcome. The first in the series of serv- ices March 2 will be led by Rev. Stuebe on "The Way of Sorrows." The series will be based on the theme, "Places Hallowed by the Passion." Next Sunday, February 28, will be "Lutheran Hour Sunday" at Peace Lutheran Church. Stuebe said attention would be given to the Lutheran Hour, radio mission arm of the church, sponsored by itiee Lutheran Laymen's League. added the Lutheran Hour is currently heard in more than 60 countries of the world and in about an equal number of languages. Diane Hullgren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Hullgren, Rt. 1, Symphony ffckets Are "and I " and Monroe Junior Chamber of quote Commerce candidate in the Wash- On Sale In Monroe The nationally famous Seattle Symphony Family Concert Orches- tra under direction of Milton Ka- rims will play a Family Concert in Everett at 3 p.m. on March 6. Persons in the Monroe area wish- I ing tickets for the event scheduled at Everett Civic Auditorium should contact Mrs. E. H. Streissguth at Price-Rite or Mrs. Gene Ernster, PYramid 4-4373. Rainbow Girls Plan Pie, Coffee Social A pie and coffee social is sched- uled this coming Saturday, Febru- ary 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Monroe members of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. The event is slated for the Masonic Temple. Proceeds from the pie and cof- fee social will be used to send Don- elle Holc0mb to Grand Assembly as a soloist. Donelle Holcomb and Carol Naa- man are in charge of arrangements. "Experience is what permits you to make the same mistake again withoul getting caught. "--Franklin P. Jones. Tourney Duckers Are Available Here Tickets for the Northwest District Class A Tournament scheduled to open at Mt. Ver- non next Monday, are avail- able to botk adults and stud- ents at the Monroe senior high school. Students a r e especially urged to purchase tickets lo- cally at .50 cents rather than pay $1 at the Mt. Verno, gate. Adult tickets sell here and at Mt. Vernon for $1 each per session, the only differ - ance behg the ease of making purchases here. Forum Attracts Council Aspirants, One School Candidate, Two Issues ington Junior Miss 'Pageant last week in Pullman was one of ten finalists. This was the second annual pa- geant sponsored by the Pullman Junior Chamber to select a Wash- ington State girl to compete in the national Junior Miss Americp con- test in Mobile, Ala., later in the year. Winner was Korea Kimzey of Pullman. Miss Hullgren, a senior at Mon- roe high school, was one of 22 girls from all parts of the state participating ifi the contest. Her selection for sponsorship by the Monroe Junior Chamber was made by school faculty members. Contestants and their chaperons were guests in the various sorority houses at Washington State Uni- versity. Miss Hullgren was accom- panied by Mrs. Jack Minor to the February 18-20 meeting. Competition included a talent event when Miss Hullgren sang "You Belong To Me" and evening gown and sports'clothes competi- tion. (A progress report on deoelopments aimed forward the formation of a Skykomish Valhy hospital district, as presented at the ton, n forum meeting by Rod Boddington, Suhan attorney and guiding light of the undertaking, n, ill be found elsewhere in Claim Second ) Monroe's town forum meeting, called to acquaint voters with lrtl candidates and school and hospital issues, last Tuesday evening proved I n League flay an orderly hour-and-a-half session for the fifty some voters in attendance. To a man, town council candidates were there; however, with but one exception, Monroe Board of Education candidates failed to appear. By Mark Zaremba Council aspirants appearing in- Coach Bob V'arner's Monroe eluded the two incumbents, Wil- Bearcats defeated the Oak Har- Progress opol'ted liam Rainwater, 501 S. Lewis, and her Wildcats 5 7-49 thus givin the George Butler, 128 S Madison, and locals second place in the final In Hospital deal Harry Miller, 318 S. Blakely, Irvin Faussett, 121 Hill, Don Moellring, Cascade "A" League standings by last Friday night in Oak Harbor. Rod Boddington E Main, and Herb Schwartz, 210 S. Madison. The contest see-sawed back and Of the seven school director forth during the first half, but the Appearing before a public meet- Wildcats led at the first quarter ing in Monroe Tuesday evening, candidates, the youngest, Lawr- 13-10 and 23-22 at the intermission. Rodney Boddington, president of ence W. Whitfield, 30, at. 2 Men- the Skykomish Valley Hospital As- roe, alone took the floor. He is The Bearcats crept ahead in the sociation gave what amounted to seeking the district No. 3 post for third to take a 40-39 at the end a progress report on the activites a four-year term. of the eight minutes. , of the association toward the pur- First on deck of the council During the first three minutes of chase of the Monroe General Hoe- candidates--they are vicing for the final frame, the locals pulled pital.*The meeting was conducted three four-year terms--was Fans- away to the biggest lead of the by Mayor Robert H. Follis and at serf. Mter taking the Monroe Men- game as they led 5141 with about which candidates for public office itor editor apart for edit6rial corn- four minutes to go. were heard before Boddington's meats Feb. 18, he started in on Six straight points by Oak Har- remarks, the council declaring they a r e "... spending too much money: her cut the lead to 51-47. Arvid He told -his audience that the including the purchase of a new Brommer's jump shooting and first step toward formation of a police department wagon--In my some key lay-ins by Cecil 'Muan public hospital district had been opinion .they should walk their pulled the Bearcats away for the taken last Friday when petitions beats." victory, were filed with the county auditor Brushing his initial comments Bremmers led in scoring, 20 containing the signatures of more aside as being neither here nor points, followed by Munn and Steve than eleven hundred residents of there,. Faussett indicated he sought Johnson with 10 tallies each. the proposed district asking that office primarily because of a lack MONROE (57) FG FT PF TIP the county commissioners call a of a cordial working relationship Brommers 7 6 0 20 special election for the purpose of between mayor Robert H. Follis Munn 4 2 4 10 ratifying their action in establish- and some councilmen. On this Cube 1 3 2 5 ing the district. - score he was later taken to task Thompson 3 0 5 6 He said that the county auditor by Lawrence V. Whiffield. Johnson 3 4 2 10 is given fifteen days to cheek the The senior Whitfield, himself an Clark 0 0 0 0 signatures on the petitions and pre- incumbent councilman but n o t Lind 0 0 0 0 sent the matter for the board of seeking re-election, told Faussett DeWitt 3 0 '0 6 county commissioners for action, that good ideas of the mayor are and this he felt will probably be supported by the councilmen 21 15 13 57 done prior to their meeting of whereas if councilmen are not in Oak Harbor (49) FG ,FT PF TP March 7. agreement .their reaction is con- Coates 1 1 4 3 The next step will 'be for .the trary. He thus denied Faussett's Kirk 1 1 5 3 commissioners to call a hearing charge that there is not a good Wilson 11 9 3 31 after which the boundaries of the working relationship. Kitchel 0 3 4 3 district may be confirmed, and the Presenting one of the stronger, Carlson 3 1 1 7 date for the special election set. more concrete, statements was Tyhuis ,: 1 0 0 2 In this connection Boddington said Rainwater. Standing on his record, ..... ..... that he felt that while there were as well as that of the incumbents, ......... :-17 I5 17 49 two schools of thought on the sub- he admitted the town was spend- ject that the election should be ing considerable monies, but to held at the earliest possible date good ends. ,, ,V'wan:s vuC'serve that the commissioners who are "We have the best sewer eye- elected to operate the district will tern in the district. We have reno- have a maximum of time to make vated the town water system thus u ,, .. ,nro*kerl, oo a their plans for financing and take giving users clean water--some- * care of other arrangements before thing not enjoyed here for many the proposed take-over date of Jan- years," he reminded voters. In recognition of brotherhood uary 1, 1961. 'Rainwater also pointed out that Week; Rev. Lloyd Doty, Marysville Boddington stated that he felt the council had provided funds for Methodist minister and Kiwanian, that the project would have a the erection of a new fire hall, as was the principal speaker at the greater chance of success if well as for town hall renovation, Kiwanis club of Monroe's regular handled in this manner instead of both being accomplished within noon luncheon gathering here yes- waiting for the fall primary elec- the budget. terdap, tion. "The council of today," he said, The gathering also hosted visit- Numerous questions proposed by "has annexed more properties than ing club members from Marysville the audience were answered by any other council in the past thirty and Shoreline; and accepted into Boddington dealing with the selec- years." This is a clear indication membership William E. Skorick, tion of commissioners, financing that Monroe has something bene- partner ]n Smith Cleaners. Skorick and the eneral background of the ficial to offer the hinterland, he was formerly affiliated with the move to acqmre the hospital prep- explained. North Bend Kiwanis. erty. Before turning the floor over to Schwartz, Rainwater expounded on the virtues of Butler pointing out Up the many, many hours freely given 'Cats, As League Runners , the town in the performance of duties as a councilman. To Go In Tournement Monday Saying that he has been a dent here since 1911----except for a District tournament basketball play opens Monday, February 29, brief period when he lived in Ed- monds--Schwartz told the roup for the Monroe Bearcats at 8:15 p.m. Scheduled to take to the Mt. the town had been run in a busi- Vernon court in the second game, Coach Bob Warner's "Cats will face ness-like manner, and economically either Mt. Baker or Ferndale, whichever team finishes in the third over the years. He said he would" place spot for the Whatcom League. By virtue of the win over Oak try for the same record. Ques- Harbor, the Orange and Black squad grabbed off the second rung of tioned as to whether he could de- the Cascade League ladder. Lynden high, one of the NW representatives to the state meet last year, will open the race to the state position against Arlington at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Thus, the Bear- cats are in the same bracket of tourney play with Lynden, Arling- ton, and either Mt. Baker or Fern- dale. In the lower bracket, to start play Tuesday evening, will be Cas- cade Champs Twin City facing Nooksack Valley in the second night opener followed by the win- ner of the Mt. Baker-Ferndale play- off playing Oak Harbor r First round winners in each bracket will move into the semi-finals after a one night rest. Not since the days of Beareat state championship glory have the locals been given the chance of returning to the Tacoma basket- ball heights. The Bearcats will probably open with Arvid Brom- tion that they will face the Lions Wednesday in the semi-finals. Should Warner's five dump the Lions, they would be assured of trip to Tacoma. Here are all the "its" facing the Monroeites: --If Monroe wins Monday night, they will enter a Wednesday night game against the winner of the Lynden-Arlington go. ---If Monroe loses Monday night they will play the loser of the Lynden vs. Arlington game on Wed- nesday evening, 7:00 p.m. The loser of this game of first round losers will then pack their suits away for another year. --If Monroe, entering Wednes- day's clash as a winner, should win the second round game, they would enter the championship game as- sured of a trip to Tacoma and no lower than a second place district tournament finish. vote sufficient time to the job, he stated he could. Both "Rainwater and Butler stood together on the often voiced pro- posal that Monroe seek third class city status rather than the fourth class town setup now in use. Both opposed advancement pointing out the-expense of such a move and indicating Monroe is not big enough for such a step. Stating that he would make no promises he could not kee, But- ler, saying that the town was in the "black," declared he would keep it that way if humanly pos- sible. Commending the incumbents, Miller was for carrying on town government in the same vein, im- proving where possible. He said he was retired and therefore had suf- ficient time to give generously to .the post if elected. Moellring also congratulated the incumbents saying that %.. they mere, Cecil Munn, Rich Cube, non --If Monroe, enering , Wednes- Thompson, and Steve Johnson. Don day's clash as a loser, must win Bongo, an alternating starter all to stay in the tourney. A win, in season, returned to school this this case, would put them in Fri- week after missing the Oak con- test due to illness. The Lynden Lions have entered the tournament, despite a last game loss to Ferndale, as favor- ites. The Lions rest in the same bracket as the Bearcats. Should the local five get by their opponent on Monday, it is a natural expecta- day's losers bracket contest in a win-or-go-home situation. Comparing tournament brackets, the 'Cats are as well off as any team. They are assured of a rest of one day between games since the upper bracket will play Mon- day, Wednesday, and Friday. How- (Coutinued on Page 4' have made many improvements. We of the fire department (he is a member of the volunteer group) have found the council most co- operati*e." He went on to say he was prepared to' do the best for the betterment of the community and promote the town. Follis, who moderated the gath- ering, lauded the candidates for making themselves available tel" office, and declared flatly that "I (Continued on page 5)