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Antone Marty, Jr. 7-28-54 NEWSTANDS 10c PER COPY FIFTY-FIFTH YEAR t MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON -- THURSDAY, 1953 NUMBER Fire Chief, Investigators Continue Probe Into Cause Of Monroe Fire Chief Carl Drugge and officials of the state fire Marshall's office Tuesday were still conducting an exten- sive investigatioon of the multi-thousand dollar fire that swept the IOOF hall early last Friday evening. Investigators have learned the source of the fire but have been unable to unearth any logical cause, hence the investigation which thus far has con- tinued for three days. Eastgate Park Work To Start Within Week The Eastgate park, which has caused more haggling and con- fusion than many current issues, will be completed within the next few days. Plans for completion of the roadside park, which will in- clude a drinking fountain, park- ing area and greenery, came from L. S. Hughes of the State Depart- ment of Highways. Hughes also disclosed that a park, similar to that at Sultan, will be constructed along thb Stev- ens Pass highway at Gold Bar. The Gold Bar roadside accommo- dation will be centered around the cement slab which was formally a garage-service station and ex- tend in both directions the length of town limits. The park area will be along the north side of the highway. Hughes, along with a crew, came to Monroe Tuesday seek- According to Drugge all leads and reports relative to persons near the IOOF hall Friday are be- ing "checked out". There was no apparent reason for the combust- ion, he said. Deputy State Fire Marshall Bruce Igou of Seattle, who heads the state's investigation, remark- ed on several occasions that the Monroe Volunteer Fire department had done an exceptional job in controlling and extinguishing the blaze. Surveying the interior of the old three story frame struc, ture, Igou told Drugge he could hardly believe the department was able to save the building. The hall, erected in 1901 and for nearly half a century the scene of many community activities, was presently being used for storage as well as the meeting place for several lodges. Damage to the building, includ- ing stored merchandise, has been roughly estimated at between $7,- 500.00 and $10,000.00. No less than four fire corn- Where Practice Paid Ott panys fought the blaze with the aid of Monroe police, three state 'LIVE DRILt,---Hungry flames last Friday evening: were defeated by the Monroe Volunteer Fire patrol units, a PUD unit and sev- department as fire partially gutted the half-century old IOOF hall on LeWis Street. With mine eral extra volunteers. Monroe fire- help from the Snohornish Fire department, local firemen, who more than once have practice ing suitable rock formation with which to construct the proposed men answered the call at 6:25 P. "lays" on the three story h'~-ne etrticttlre~ o!~ ,1~.~ the bl~e to the rear of the building. This water fountain. George Cook of m. immediately summoning the aid shot was taken' from the Savoy hotd late ill the fibre-hour fight and shows fir~.qnen and I~e Monroe aided the highway in this of a Snohomish Fire Department of the htmdred$ of spectators who witnessed the ~re. lllv~atol's are ~ ~ to deternlme unit. Believing the blaze under the cause of the blaze.--Mom'oe Monitor Photo.~ .... respect, control the Snohomish department According to sketches shown by Fair Considers More Livestock Space In Future Evergreen State Fair board held their monthly meeting last Mon- day night. Plans for the fall exhi- bition were discussed fully. It was brought out at the meeting by Charles Taylor, who is the direc- tor in charge of the livestock, and by Albert Stephen, who is super- intendent of the barns that the fair does not have adeq~jate room for housing many entries of live- stock which would like to attend this year. They pointed out that the Evergreen State Fair already has one of the largest livestock showings of any fair on the Pa- cific Coast. It was urged that the directors give consideration as soon as possible for further facil- ities and housing for more cattle. The Grounds Committee an- nounced ~hat they will lay addi- tional water pipes throughout the grounds this year. This means there will be better pressure for water. It is contemplated that the barns will be whitewashed and put in shape within the next 30 days. Robert H. Follis, manager, an- nounced that premium books for 1953 will ,be available on July 10 for they are now in press. Tree Farm Jay Gruenfeld, resident forester of the Skykomish Tree Farm, Weyerhaeuser Timber Co., dis- closed Monday that another as- sistant resident forester has beea employed to work with assistant forester Nell Bowman and him- self. Gruenfcld al~o revealed L~,~' Weyerhaeuser has purchased an acre of land on which office and storage buildings would be built. Hired on the Summer employ- ment schedule is Dick Yonke, v: Washington State graduate, who will aid the two foresters during fire season. Coming to Monroe well educat- ed and experienced as the new assistant forester is Carl Garey. Garey, educated at the University of New Hampshire and the Uni- versity of California, was formerly employed at the Weycyhaeuser Longview operation. His work there was in the forestry and engineering departments. Married and the father of two children, Garey is now making his (Continued on Page eight) Bugge Cites Monroe-Bothell As No. 1 Pro/ect State Highway Director Wil- liam Bugge told a meeting of the Stevens Pass Highway associa- tion last Friday that the Monroe- Bothell cutoff is the most import- ant new construction planned for the next biannum in connec,tion with the expansion of the state highway system: Bugg~ addressed the annual meeting of the Stevens Pa~s group at the Summit Inn, east of Scenic. He was high in his praise of work done by the legislative high- way intrim committee during the past few years; said that road planning aimed ten to fifteen years ahead is presently being undertaken by the Highway com- mission, and told the group that with the 84 million dollars in road bonds issued the past two years the state has reached its bonding limit. Bugge cited increased costs, in- creased travel by a rapidly grow- ing population as the basis of many of the problems of his de- partment, and his solution to the growing road inadequacy seemed (Continued on Page eight) Hughes, the fountain will be lo- cated at the corner of Ann and Main streets with parking facili- ties along Main. Shrubs and pos- sibly trees plus a lawn comprise other stipulations of the draw- ings. The triangular park will be cared for by Monroe. The town has also agreed to provide water for the area. The expense of con- struction is being provided by the state. Firemen Quell Pictsweet Fire Monroe Volunteer Fire depart- ment extinguished a Sunday morn- ing fire at Pic,tsweet Foods Inc. According to firemen the blaze kindled in a wall causing but min- or damage. The cause of the fire, which was located in the "quick freeze" room, was not determined, reports" Fire Chief Carl Drugge. ----The W_S.C[S. of the Methodist church will meet at the home of Mrs. Ewalt Schrag Wednesday, July 1, at the usual hour. Mrs. Trullinger and Mrs. Parkhurst will be assisting hostesses. The Rebekahs will hold their final meeting of the year in the Congregational hall Thursday eve- ning. left, but was recalled after the fire mushroomed later in the eve- ning. The five-hour blaze, which for the most part was fought in heavy rain, was confined to the rear por- tion of the building giving an ad- vantage to fire fighters. Ironically, Chief Drugge was the first to discover the fire. He spot- ted smoke, while at his Blakely street home, pouring form the hall. Firemen battled the blaze amid heavy smoke and rain for the bet- ter part of five hours. False ceil- ings contributed substantially to the length of time it took to quell the fire as did the storage of thousands of wax-coated milk car, tons. Although most spe.ctators be- lieved the fire under control when the Snohomish department left, Monroe' firemen continued to pour water on the structure waiting for the blaze to break from the en- closed woodwork. The IOOF hall was being used for a meeting place by the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, Pocahontas, Eagles and the Eagles Auxiliary. Other clubs using the hall on a part time basis were the Sports- men and Kiwanis. Western Supply, Devers Furniture and She-King Dairy used the lower floor and stage as storage. All lodges and businesses suffered loss. Also stored on the main floor were fix- (Continued cn Page 8) Let's Save Our Firemen Completion of Monroe's sewer system and the installation of a sewage disposal plant would cost the Town of Monroe in " the neighborhood of $160,000.00, council learned last night in regular session. The figure presented town authorities by Har- rison Kramer of Carey & Kramer, Seattle consulting engineers, included a total of $82,700.00 for the completion of the sewer system and $79,0"00.00 for a sewage treatment plant. Kra- mer's estimate is some $30,000.00 over the estimate given council in June of i 951. Making reference't0 Local Im- provement Districts as a means of financing, the engineer pointed out that there is approximately 22,000 feet of assessable front footage in areas without sewer lines, hence if the town charged $3.00 per assessable front foot, the revenue would be about $66,000.00. The payment of this assessment would not include the property owner's expense of a side sewer line to the main trunk. This would mean, Kramer continued, that $66- 000.00 of the total would be paid by assessments and the balance, $95,000.00, would be paid by rev- enue. "Based on 30-year revenue bonds, 3% per cent interest, 50 per cent coverage, and including operating costs, the town would require about.e9,700.00 in revenue per year. Based on 400 eustomers, the monthly service charge would be about $2.09 per month," Kramer explained. Speaking of the sewage treat- ment plant, Kramer said the op- erating cost of the Imhoff type plant would not exceed $2,500.00 pr year. After discussing the feasibility of a "hook-up" charge in lieu of an LID as a means of finance, council decided to submit the re- port to the financial firm of Har- per & Company. The obvious in- dication being that a three-way meeting--town, engineers and fi- nancial f~rm--would be forthcom- ing. Turning to other business, coun- cil agreed to ask the state high- way department to resurface Lewis Street from the south town limits to MacDougall Street. The action came on a recommend- atlon from Street Supt. Carl Dru- gge. Considered again was the l~OS- si~bility of banning all-night park- ing on Lewis and Main streets. Council learned from H. Jim Hart, town attorney, that thus far there has been little progress on the proposed annexation of a segment of the Eastgate area. Lacking sufflcAent information, councilmen withheld any further actio~ on the sale of the town's Chevrolet fire truck to the Town of Skykomish. Skykomish town of- ficials had recently offered Mon- roe $1,000.00 for the apparatus. The Monroe department is plan- ning the truck sale in view of the coming delivery of a new piece of fire fighting equipment. St. Pass Assn. Ernie Wagner, Skykomish hotel man, was named president of the Stevens Pass Highway association at the group's annual meeting held Friday afternoon at the Sum- mit Inn, atop Stevens Pass. Beyond routine matters of elec- tion of officers for the 1953-54 year, much of the executive ses- sion was devoted to laying plans for a tourist guide service to be conducted at the Coulee Dam Vista House where the association will maintain a full-time employee during the tourist season to de- velop travel over the scenic Stev- ens Pass route to the Puget Sound country. Supporting the plan which calls for an outlay of a thousand dol- lars, will be the Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Vancouver and Victoria Chambers Of Commerce who will participate in the cost with the association. Dan Gordon of Chelan was named vice president of the group, ahd Web Thorn~erry of Everett was appointed secretary-treasurer. Directors from Monroe named were Oliver Jameson and Robert Follis; Sultan, Paul Sattelmeier and Glenn Hill; Skykomish, Dick Flynn and John Henry. Others from Skykomish Valley were Carl ESCAPE--Monroe Vokmteer, Firemen narrowly escaped seri- Here's A Catch Far Over Limit Phillips, Albert Gulicks0n and Ad- olph Burgstahler. ous injury as they fought a blaze which partially destroyed the ' Prior to the meeting, dinner I.O.O.F. hall last Friday evening. The danger---an oil drum, WOW--A WHOPPER -- State Patrolman W. R. Ragsdale (in boat wearing hat) is a good not equipped with an air vent, which exploded . sprains, with a baitless hook as he proved last Friday afternoon by snagging a near two-ton auto- was served in the Summit Inn, flaming oil. Here, Fire Chief Carl Drugge points to the explod- mobile from the depths of the Skykomish River iust west of the Lewis Street budge. Patrolmen whtChpared overlnCludedthe openrastfireSalmn'by "Tip"pro" ed tank while his right hand rests on a properly vented tank. 3peculate that the vehicle was shoved into the d .nk after being rifled, pretmmably, by juveniles. Guttormson and Albert .Gullick- is the second time in recent weeks that the lives of fire- rhe car was reported stolen Wednesday by owner Dan Connelly. Oil slicks Thursday and Friday son. men have been endangerel by improperly vented tanks. Sup- plus tracks gave hints as to the fate of the car. Taking part in the recovery was State Patrol. Indian who cut off one end of his ported by Deputy State Fire Mm hal Bruce Igou, the Monroe man G. B. ~urey (upper left), Chief of Police C arles Hill (background, left), Game Protector "Daylight saving is like an 01d department and police are a crack-down on all pig- Fred Hosay (in boat), Central Motors wrocker service and Rag lale. Only camalty: Offiee blanket and ~ved it on the 0thor end to make it 10nger,"---C.A. 8an. laters. ---Monroe Monitor Photo. Ragsdale who suffered a partial dunking.---Monroe Monitor Photo., : f0ra. School OHicials Seeking State Aid For Boiler Learning that the Central Grade school heating plant should be re- placed, Superintendent of Schools Thomas E. Marsden and Board of Education Director Lyle Early- wine traveled to Olympia Tuesday in an effort to gain financial aid from the State Department of Ed- ucation. School authorities felt that there is some hope of re- ceiving aid from the state level as some $26,000.00 remains in the Monroe district's matching funds. Marsden reported that their recep- tion was amicable, however no definite answer was forthcoming pending further study. Harold Sllverthorn of the de- partment of education told Mon- roe's representatives that funds from the last btenium are still available. School authorities learned last week that the Central heating sys- tem is virtually beyond repair. Following is a report from the of- fice of the chief boiler inspector of the State Department of Labor and Industries : Dear Mr. Marsden: Central Grade School, Pacific Hot Water Boiler: This boiler was inspected both externally and internally and was found to be in very bad condition. The front tube sheet around the hand hole is paper thin and leak- ing. This has b'een welded. The sheet in the knuckle radius is welded which is not permitted. In the tube ligament between the tubes there is a weld approximate- ly 10 inches long. In the water legs front of the boiler the sheet has deteriorated to a condition where it cannot be repaired. Due to the age and general deterio- rated condition of this boiler, I do not consider the repairs neces- sary to place it in a serviceable condition are warranted. I .recom- mend that it be replaced by a standard A. S. M. E. constructed boiler. Yours very truly, Mat Fogarty Chief Boiler Inspector Slay. Gives Up RiHed Vehicle To State Patroll * State Patrol officers last Friday afternoon raised an automobile from the depths of the Skykomish River below the Lewis Street bridge. The car, a four-door se- dan belonging to Dan D. Connelly of Monroe, was apparently rifled and then shoved into the river, patrolmen have speculated. Patrolmen, after learning Wed- nesday that the car was reported stolen from below the bridge, in- vestigated finding markings that indicated the vehicle had plunged from the bank into the river. Sub- sequent investigation Thursday re- vealed oil slicks breaking the riv- er's surface. The river was sound- ed that evening with no results. The following morning oil slicks continued to break with patrol- men hooking the vehicle in late afternoon. Until the car was raised, po- lice did opinion that it was en- tirely possible that someone might have been in the vehicle when it went into the river, although no persons had been reported missing from the area. Mrs. Louise Connelly, daughter- in-law of the car's owner, park- ed the vehicle adjacent to the base of the bridge Wednesday morning. When she returned the car was missing, she told police Making the recovery Friday were State Pafrolmen G. B. Carey and W. R. Ragsdale, Monroe Chief of Police Charles Hill, Game Pro- tector Fred Hosay and the Central Motors wrecking service. Patrolmen said evidence indicat- ed that the glove compartment and trunk of the ca~" had been rifled and, presumedly by Juveniles. An investigation is being conducted. Several score persons watched the dragging operation both Thurs- day evening andFriday.