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THE mOnROE IIIOglTGR SIXTY-FIRST YEAR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTONTHURSDAY, JULY 21, 1960 NUMBER 25 .$ O 0 L Y M P I A 'Wanted: Young, Skinny Fellows... Publisher Relates Story of Jackson's Try Suggested By Engineer: R 0 U N D - U P Willing00 To Risk Death Daily' For Vice Presidency; Close of Conclave Council Goes For New Entrance Four initiatives quite probably will qualify for the November 8 general election ballot. These are Initiative No. 205 seeking to make it legal for taverns to sell hard liquor by the drink. No. 207, seek- ing civil service for all state em- ployes, No. 208, to permit passing of estates to survivors without court probate proceedings, and No. 210, to establish daylight saving time. Check of all signatures on the initiative petitions began last Mon- day, July 18, supposedly will be completed within about 60 days, and will likely cost the taxpayers in the neighborhood of $100,000. To qualify for the ballot each initiative must have the petition signatures of 90,319 registered voters. To make the count and check, Secretary of State Victor A. Meyers has recruited 120 checkers. Two shifts of 40 checkers each went to work Monday from $ a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to midnight. Next week a third shift of 40 will be added, working from midnight until 8 a.m., providing an around- the-clock operation. The job will be a record one in that 601,729 signatures must be checked for the four initiative pe- titions. The preliminary count of names by WIeyers shows that offi- cially No. 205 has 142,305 signers, No. 203 has 186,678, No. 210 has 160,746 and 207 has an estimated 112,000. The 2{)7 figure is not yet official but will prove very close• Signatures of any persons not registered to vote will rbe elingnat- ed, as will the names of any per- sons who have signed the petitions twice• The totals are' such, bow- ever, that it is unlikely that the mortality of signatures will fall be- low the required 90,319 signers. Naehes Pass Tunnel Report A public presentation of what has been determined to date re- garding feasibility of constructing a proposed Nches Pass tunnel and all-weather highway through the Cascade Mountains at Naches Pass will be made at 10 a.m. on July 25 at Tacoma. The report will be made to the Washington Toll Bridge Authority, the Washington State Highway Commission and the leg- islature s interira Joint Fact-Find- ing Committee on Highways, Streets and Bridges of which Rep. Julia Butler Hansen, of Cath- lamet is chairman. Reporting will be associated consultants, headed by Bertram H. Lindman, econom- ist of Washington, D. C. The pres- entation will be made in the Ta- coma Public Utility administration building, South 35th and Union in that city. The study was directed by the 1959 legislature, which appropriat- ed $100,050 for the purpose. Lind- man's job has been to find how the highway and tunnel could be fi- nanced through participation of PO- • litical subdivisions such as coun- ties, cities and port districts which ,would benefit from the shorter route connecting Tacoma and other Puget Sound ports with the rapidly growing Columbia Basin area and Eastern Washington. Hood Canal Repair Estimate Developments last week indicate that the troubles the state is having with construction of its storm dam- aged Hoed Canal bridge likely will be with us throughout the 1960 state ,election campaign. At a widely heralded press con- ference held in Seattle, Josef Sor- kin, member of a nationally rec- ognized engineering firm hired by the state to study damage to the bridge was reported to be ready to disclose what the repairs will cost, and how much money it will take to get a bridge completed un- der new design. Governor Rosellinl had said a week earlier that im- mediately upon the report by the engineers the cost figures would be made available to the public. But at the press conference Sorkin refused to reveal the fig- urea. And Governor Resellin re- versed himsflf',and backed Sorkin on secrecy. All Serkin would say is that there is a difference in ex- tess of four million dollars between the figures he thinks it will take to repair the bridge and those of the contractor. Best guess available is that the engineersthink about four million dollars will do the Job and the contractors are asking in the neighborhood of eight million dol- lars. Governer Rosellini's reversal on the promise to release the figures was based on the fact that bids will be called on the additional work and he said to release fig- ures now would tend to balloon the bids and lead to' further outlay of tax money. The conference devel- oped confirmation of the fact that the original bridge design was in- adequate, which is rather obyious. The target date for completion was to have been May 1 of this year, and is now July 1, 1961. The delay will adda million dollars to the cost through interest on bonds, and another million in lost revenues (Continued on page 6) "Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18. Must be ex- pert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages, $25 per week." Thus read advertisements placed in the search for the famed "Pony Express" riders of the 1860-61 era. Sultan Day-Camp Opens Monday For Campfire Girls Here An exciting ten days is planned for girls from seven years of age through high school at the Sultan Day Camp of the Ca'o Fire Girls and Blue Birds when it begins Mon- day, July 25, to continue through Friday, August 5. According to Vfarion Van Trojen, Sultan, valley district chairman the girls should "bring their happy faces, wear suitable clothes accord- ing to the Weather and bring a sack lunch•" She requested that no thongs be worn, Among the activities will be hik- ing, swimming, singing, outdoor cooking, and camp craft, The first day, Mrs. Van Trojen said, the girls will choose their own camp site which they will use each day for the two weeks, choose a family name and plan what they want to do while there. Civil Air Patrol Sets Salmon Bake For Sunday Afternoon The annual •Civil Air Patrol salmon bake will be staged at the Snohomish airport Sunday after- noon, according to Jobfinie Van Trojan who is serving on the com- mittee in charge from the upper valley. Van Trojen said that baked salrron or baked ham will be serv- ed all comers between the hours of noon and three p.m., with the program of events to be staged all This week, post offices through: out the United States are observing the 100th anniversary of the Pony Express, which though short, run- ning from April, 1360, to October, 1861, became the most famous mail serwce in the history of the coun- try. Open House Planned Monroe's Post Office, Dan Con- nelly, acting postmaster, announced this week, will hold an open house Friday afternoon, July 22, from to 4 p.m. Interested persons are invited to drop in and inspect the post office facilities and have cof- fee and cookies. Commenting on the Pony Ex- press, Connelly explained that it was a horse relay mail carrying system of a century ago which op- erated day, and night in all kinds of weather over 2,000 miles of wil- derness between Missouri and Cali- fornia. The mail service operated simul- taneously in ,both directions be- tween St. Joseph, Me., and Sacra- mento, Calif. It cut in half the time required to send mail by stage coach• The service continued for 18 months while the cross - country telegraph was being completed• Miles and Miles In all, 308 runs were made each way for a total of 616,000 miles, delivering some 34,753 pieces of mail. Postage was $5 a half ounce at first, but later went down to $1 .per half ounce• Each run carried up to 20 pounds of mail. Figures vary, but most accounts indicate up to about 90 Pony Ex- press riders, 119 relay stations and 40500 horses were used at one time or another during the 18 months. The average day's ride for a Pony Express rider was 75 to 100 miles• He changed horses at relay stations an average of 10 to 15 miles apart, and ended duty at aternoen. Entertainment will be major "home" stations. provided by parachute jumps, Each time he chanced horses-- plane.rides andhelicopr:rides, : The proceeds of the affair will the rider transferredhig "mochila" (a sadfflcover with four pockets go to defray expenses of the C.A.P. for mail) to a new mount. This Snohomisfi Squadron who are ac- tive in air search and rescue work and the promotion of an air safety program in this area, Van Trojen said• The public is urged to attend•and bring the whole family• Miller Named To Council Post Harry Miller, 318 S. Blakely St., retired PUD area manager, last week was named to fill the council seat of the late William Rainwater. He was the unanimous choice of councilmen George Butler, Carl Garey and Mrs. P. P. Cooley, and will be seated next Wednesday eve- ning, July 27, when the council next convenes, Mayor Robert H. Follis reported. (Councilman Herb Schwartz, who recently underwent surgery, left the chambers prior to the naming of Miller.) ,Miller's appointnent came fol- lowing an executive session of the council called for the sole purpose of considering candidates for the vacancy. Preceding the private session, seven members of the Monroe Vol- unteer Fire Department submited the name of Jack Law, 348 S. Blakely. S., a member of the de- partlnent, for the vacancy. The firemen, whose spokesman was Ken Maffson, urged councilmen to give every consideration to the ap- poinment of Law. Miller, who Was an unsuccessful council candidate last March, will serve until the next municipal elec- tion in March of 1962. He polled 171 votes at that time, being the fourth man, tally-wise, on the slate. The winning candidates, H e r b Schwartz, Rainwater and George Butler garnered 279, 272 and 243 votes respectively. leap from the old mount--mochila' in hand--and the changeover to the fresh horse took about two minutes. No Swearing Riders were recruited hastily, but carefully• They took an oath not to swear, fight, or abuse their ani- mals. and to conduct themselves honestly. After taking the oath, they were presented with a Bible. The historical significance of the Pony Express is being saluted in many ways during the 1960 centen- nial year--with reenactments, pag- eants in many of the communities 'through which the express operat- ed, an d-by the Post Office De- partment---with the striking new 4- cent U. S. Commemorative Postage Stamp and the stamped envelope sold first on July 19. 1960, at Sac- ramento and St. Joseph, respec- tively. Fairgrounds Now Getting Repairs WIany details are now being com- pleted to make the 1960 Evergreen State Fair, September 1 through 5, one of the biggest and best held to date, reports Russell L. Logue, assistant fair manager. Work being done at the fair. grounds in preparation for the an- nual event includes new roof coat- ings and a new rodeo chute area designed to speed up entrance of the animals and riders, as well as provide a safety factor. The R.C.A. approved rodeo will be held September 3, 4 and 5. New horse barns, designed to ac- commodate from 80 to 90 head of horses will be finished by the open- ing date, Logue reported. W i t h these new facilities comes a Step- (Continued on 0ege 5) • Off M i T Sh ing C (This is the second and final installment regarding the 1960 a n o opp enter Dcmocratlc National Convention which was covered for The Monroe Monitor by Ward Bon, den, its publisher, as a member of the 4,000 man press section of the conclave n, hlch ended last Monroe Shopping Center's Main St. entrance--a dilemma of • Friday.) some proportions for many weeks--apparently was resolved by town It was too bad that our Thursday morning deadline prevented government here last week. Councilmen unamlmously elected to ac- our telling the final chapter of the Democratic Convention story last cept the recommendations of town engineer William Parker who week, but there is more to be said, especially about the disappointment submitted a plan for a left-turn entrance to the center just west surrounding the collapse of the Jackson for Vice President boom. Of the railroad crossing. Thursday was the day the vice president was to be chosen by the Center businessmen, as well as delegates, but before the balloting could get underway at the convention its owner Venne Beauehamp, were hall there was the mater of an expression from Jack Kennedy as to in accord with the decision, all lOWll rlrl-ee l, fll [l''eSl" whom he favored for a running mate. feeling that the solution offered by It had been pretty well estab- the engineer was the safest and  e lished that as far as,the Kennedys most practical. WSR Talk Fund S were concerned, that Senator Hen- Here is the solution offered by C . cout ..amvoree___ -------- ry M. (Scoop) Jackson was their the engineer, and accepted by favorite, and we had understood councilmen: For Fire Truck t, mg'00om'- rror that there was to be an announce- "The left turn movement is mov- ment made from the Jackson suite ed to a point immediately west of in the Statler-Hilton hotel in the the westerly existing railroad sig- •  ,jCoun"" Youth early afternoon, hal on Main St. This eliminates the Talk of an accumulative euip- We found ourselves in the Jack- "trapping" of a vehicle waiting to ment fund for the purpose or re- son headquarters shortly after make a turning movement and .placing a 1936 piece of fire fight- Students planning to•attend Camp lunch with a lot of famous news permits the development of a left m g apparatus came before the Silverton are to meet at the Cen- men and television people. Every- turn pocket of sufficient length. IVlonroe town council here last conversaUon was a one in the room seemed tense, "Construction of a new access week. The ' " tral grade school on Monday, July there was in progress the making road approximately 65 feet long. three-way proposition with coun- • 25/to leave at 9:3o a.m., and will return the following Friday, July of a big news story. Probably the This is less than half the length cilmen, Charles Taylor, commis- 29, at 4 p.m. Supt. Thomas E. least nervous man in the room required at Woods St. Note that sioner of fire protection district Marsden reported yesterday, was Scoop who ate an apple and existing pavement in this /rea ex- No. 3, and Ernest Timpani, The camp is held each year, with kept an outward calm that seemed tends almost to the Main line track- Washington State Reformatory su- students paying a $10 fee to attend to indicate that everything would age and thereby reduces the perintendent, participating. rMayor Robert H. Follis, who for the week. come out airight, amoont of new construction re- broached the subject on the advice Those from Monroe attending Jackson had lunch with the Ken- quired. this year's camp include Sandra nedys. He was to receive a phone "The left turn pocket straddles of tire chief Henry Buss, called Akers, Allen Anderson, Sandra Kay call shortly after 2 p.m., and it the centerline of Main St. This upon Timpani to make an effort Anderson, Anita Both, Bruce Bunt. was not until 2:45 that the call places the driver of a vehicle on a to secure state financial assistance. ing, Connie Chamberlin, Gayle finally came. line of sight immediately to the The reformatory, which calls upon Countryman, Glenn Davis, William Jackson and his top advisers north of the existing railroad sig- the town and fire district for fire Davis, Loretta DeMonbrun, Danny went into a private room to re- rials. This location had the advan- protection, contributes nothing to ceive the call. A few minutes later tage of controlling the vehicles in the cause. Furlong, Gay Guptill and Daniel be came out of the room holding the pocket with the existing rail- Speaking highly of the depart- Hanson. Linda Hayfield, Linda Ann Je- his wrist Watch and said that he road signal as regards approaching ment's abilities and services to the linek, Michael Keck, Roxanna Kis- had just synchronized his watch trains and permits the vehicle op- state institution, Timpani explain- see, John Lowber, Leslie Lowber, with Jack Kennedy's and that in erator to have an unobstructed ed that he didn't know just what possibilities were open but promis- David McLain, Evelyn Merritt, exactly nine minutes he would view of oncoming traffic. "I'll Bill Michel, Barbara Millbach, make an announcement, from the "A new railroad signal would be ed, explore every avenue." He expected to be able to report Emily Moberg, Ptricia Moberg, Sierra room in the Statler which installed immediately north of the just what, if anything, the state Bradley Olson, Jeffery Ray, Vicki had been set up for a press con- tracks to warn vehicles traveling could do when the council next con- Wolfkill and Mary Jo Zandarski. terence. Kennedy would make the south on the access road of train announcement from his Biltmore movements. I believe that this sig- aeries. headquarters at precisely the same hal can be tied in electrically with Taylor, speaking for the fire dis- moment, the two existing signals and would trict told the mayor that the dis- Merv B trict had already established an ac- eyes One cannot imagine the pressure therefore not require the added cumulative equipment fund, how- that is on at a time like that. The expense of signal actuating equip- " ever he did not elaborate, further. IS Winner reporters and radio . TV people merit. Councilmen opinioned that the crowded around Scoop so that he "No left turn would be permit- time to consider the setting up of ,rto'ar could hardly move. They plied him ted from the new access road to Of Yell with leading questions, in an ef- Main Street. Vehicles leaving the thean aecunmlatiVeFall when the,fUnd1961w°Uldbudget be is in :" fort to.gain-an advantage or catch shoppillg.area and desiring to tl:av- . formulated. Merv Boyes, Rt. 2, Monroe, last some slip that would give a clue el easterly on Main St. would con- Saturday afternoon walked up to as to the outcome, tinue east on Butler Avenue and George Kopper of Coast-to-Coast The Sierra room was located on make a left turn at Butler and -a"ar'ware le--am Stores, hollered "DOLLAR," and the main floor of the Statler, five Main. producing the holler dollar or this floors below, and the rush to get Traffic on Butler Avenue in eith- week, was richer by $24. If he had- there provided several laughs es- er direction would b stopped by h"arners 4" Wi""n found the lucky buck earlier in the pecially when the Jackson party stop sigps before entering the in- week -- by noon Wednesday -- it found the doors locked at the bet- tersection with the access road. [ would have been valued at $48. tom of a back stairway and had This is necessary to insure free Meanwhile, this week's holler dol- to find their way through the boiler flow of traffic on the access road Monroe Hardware & Sporting lar, planted in one of the partici- room. and clearance of the trackage. Goods' softball team stacked up pating firms Monday morning, is Scoop's announcement was aim- "This solution is in reality an four wins in as many games dur- worth $40 and will remain so until ple and tremendously disappoint- expansion of an existing grade ing the past two weeks. noon Wednesday when it will de- ing to all those in the room who crossing and does not create an- In the first game, they edged crease in value to half. had worked so hard and had wait- other crossing which would be un- the Washington State Reformatory Boyes, a PUD lineman, didn't ed so long. Scoop said that it desirable. Farm No. 2 team by a 10-9 score know exactly where he had picked would be Senator Johnson for the "Access is retained as near as in extra innings. The hardware up the lucky buck, but said con- good of the ticket, pledged his sup- practical to the existing entrance team scored 12 hits, with J i m ceivably it could have been at Men- port and help. to the Shopping Center. Stansberry the winning pitcher. ty's Market, Stevens Pass High- Following Jackson's remarks the "It will be necessary for the Big guns were Steve Johnson, who way, one of the participating firms, newsmen present put their pencils Shopping Center to open an en- racked up a home run, Don Hun- Complete details of the contest in their mouths and gave Jackson trance opposite this access road son and Roger Thompson who hit will be found elsewhere in an ad- a tremendous ovation, and news- and revamp their parking layout two out of three, and Thompson, vertisement in The Monroe Moni- paper reporters applauding a poli- slightly. Wayne Bran .and Cat Prater, who claimed triple tor. Readers will note that shop- tician is something seldom seen! "I presented this proposal to Mr. The second  saw the hard- ping with the participating firms, It was during ,this conference Robert Currie, Safety Engineer of ware team d0g the reforma- especially early in the week, can that mention was first made of the State Highway Department' on tory guards 13l:With StarLsberry have its advantages. Jackson as the chairman of the July 5th and he said thgt it was a Democratic National Committee. decided improvement over the de- again pitching? :'l'i'ee home runs Jack Fisher of the Spokane Spokes- velopment of a left turn movement were stacked up, the'longest being 011 iLq;iveon 1 iljTr:" man-Review had received an ink- in the present location, a 400 footer by Herb Frewaldt. ling of this, and he asked Scoop "I if he had been asked to consider presented the proposal to the Johnson and Thompson also col- lected homers. ot.¢'a-*s m uy00onJa - this important post. Great Northern Railway (Messrs. F. J. Murphy and Henry Ferry- Farm No. 2's team fell 29-18 in Jackson admitted that there had nan) on July 6th and they request- the third game, Stansherry being been some talk of this in high cir- ed copies of sketches and a letter, the winning pitcher for the third Over 300 Boy Scouts of Snoho- cles, and that he had been offered all of which I mailed to them on time. Batmen were Jim Pope, who mish County will join more than the position. He said that he would July 6th. Mr. Murphy felt that hit five for five, one single and three million members of the Boy have the answer in a day or so. this solution would be more accept- four doubles; Prater, .collecting Scouts of America camping this Since he did accept the post able than the previous proposal, four 'for six, three doubles and a weekend (July 22-24) s they hold later, he has brought great distinc- In my letter to the railroad, I re- single; Steve and Dick Johnson their Jubilee Camporee at Bridle tion to himself and to the state (Continued On Page 8) each collecting five  for six with Park near Mukflteo. of Washington as this is the first Steve getting his fourth homer in In addition to the record-break- time that the position has been four games, and Stansberry, who ing Fifth National Jamboree at placed in the hands of a Western- I., tyoun £- t # llI] r,|--er got six for six, including a single, Colorado Springs, Colorado where er. . four doubles and a triple. 55,600 members are camping on His principal job at the moment Game No. 5 saw the guards fall- a 2,000-acre ranch opposite the Air will be to handle the strategy Of umanne00 Stansberry pitching for Force Academy, "Jubilee Jam- .the national campaign this fall, and the hardware club. The winning borees" will be held throughout the to guide the party and its hem- team collected 31 hits, including nation, inees to victory in November. It Carole Hansen, daughter of Mr. four home runs, two in a row by Beginning Friday afternoon (July means bringing all segments of the and Mrs. John Hansen of Rt. 1, Ron Thompson, one by Prater, and 22) the Scouts will set up their Democratic party into a working Monroe, and Suzaane Hultgren, Steve Johnson getting number five tents and place their gear after organization. This will be quite a (Continued on page 8) job to accomplish between sessions daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elder in as many games. Palmer Olsen, HaroldSt. Peter, and Bud Hanson of Congress, since Jackson has said Huitgren, also Rt. 1, are candidates that he intends to retain his seat for the honor of being,chosen queen were reported to have made out- in the United States Senate. of the Marysville 4-H Fair, set for standing defensive plays. August 11 through 14. Lunch With Rev. Diagfleld Also in the contest is Sharon products, to be installed soon, will Of especial interest to the up- Ki is Host lend the necessary decorative touch valley readers was our luncheon Cook, daughter of Mrs. Esther Wan to the Belgian product. The re- visit with Rev. Walter Dingfield, Cook, former Monrooites who re- Fat Qu malnder of the front, of course, is late of the Startup Baptist Church cently moved to Everett. A total r een encased in large plate glass win. and now visitation pastor of the of 17 candidates are in the running. dows with aluminum frames and Church of the Open Door in Los" The girls are selling tickets at Darlene Schroedi, queen of the door, plus a masonary entry-way. Angeles. 25¢ each, with proceeds going to 1960 Evergreen State Fair, was The July 12 fire slowed the re- He has just returned from a the scholarship fund for the 4-H guest of honor at the noon lunch- novation program inasmuch as the months trip to Europe and the Near clubs.-The girl who sells the most eon meeting of the Kiwanis club intense heat of the blaze necessi- East where 'he spent a week tour- tickets will be named queen, of Monroe yesterday. tared replacement of the Monitor ing the Holy Land. This is an ex- During the fair, a $50 savings Miss Schroedl, of Arlington, Building's roof. .perience that most ministers of the bond will be awarded to one of the spoke briefly about the fair. Other gospel hope for and few attain, supporters of the girls, fair officials also spoke to the He was the guest and companion The queen and her court will gathering. "anti.. _T nuote" of a Les Angeles businessman on ride in the Monroe fair parade and This Sunday, July 24, members e trip which was done mostly by in next year's Seafair. of the club will meet at the Bats- air. Sponsors of the Hy-Lo 4-H club den-Dyer estates at Port Gamble "The quickes way to get a lot Following lunch at the Mayfair of Monroe urged local people to for a picnic. Each family is re. of undivided attention is to make a Hotel we asked to be taken on a support" the Monroe girls who are quested to bring a potluck dish for mistake."--Frank G. Mchnis. (conet.ued on Page 0 seeking the queen,hip, the 8 p.m. dinner. Monitor Renovation, SlowedBy Fire, Moves On Monroe Monitor's renovation pro- gram.eased to a temporary, slow- down by the Smith Buildings' fire last week--is back into Broughton Construction Company's big gear. Interior renovation of the editor- ial, advertising and office supplies offices is rapidly approaching com- pletion. Likewise, the Monitor's front page, so to speak, is all decked out in a Belgium import product and should move to com- " pietion by week's end. Progress in the interior included the installation of Marlite walls-- masonite hardboard produet--ef walnut design. The Marlite was constructed in random p l a n k widths, with a highly polished fin- ish. Its deep hue contrasts pleas, marly with the marble-textured ae- coustical tile ceiling, with drape. over ceiling effect. The accgustical tile, new in design, .is a product of the Simpson-Lee Paper Co., Iwell. The Belgian poduct, utilized to face the 'Monitor building front, is a pastel, sea-green.turquoise shade. Made and designed in Belgium, by a patent process known only to artisans of that land, the pro- duct goes by the trade name of Glassweld. However, this much is known ef the process: working with an asbe, stos-eemnt base, the ar- tisans fuse the base with other in- gredients for the marble-sheen fin- ish nresented. Use of Weyerhaemer Co. wood