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THE MONROE MONITOR CONSOLIDATED WITH THE MONROE INDEPENDENT JANUARY 5, 1923 I TWENTY-NINTH YEAR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON -- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1927. Number 25. MONROE SCHOOLS1 OPEN NEXT TUESDAY High School Office Open for Regis%ratio S a t u r d a y. Desks and Other Equipment Have ' Been Put in First Class Condition. The school equipment and build- ings of the city have been put in readiness for the opening of the fall term, Tuesday, September 6. Floors have been el.led, desks and woodwork washed and varnished. The boys and girls dressing rooms and the gym- nasium at the high school have been repainted; the agriculture and com- mercial arts roor- have been put in first class conditior. The manual training department has also received attention; the work benches and tool room being redesi.gned; an inventory was taken of the tools and brass checks provided for each tool. The office at the high school will be open on Saturday for registration for the convenience of students who did not register last spring and those desiring to Change their regis- tration. Teachers of Monroe public schools 1927-28: Ellis G. Rhode, superi'ntend- ent. Central school district 323: Mrs. Af E. Larson, principal, departmental work upper grades; Mrs. Bertha Tooker, primary grade's; Miss Ester Kliewer, primary grades; Miss Mabel Keifer, lower grades; Miss Margaret. Chapin, lower grades; Mrs. Ida Peter- son, intermediate grades; Miss Lea Chapin, itermediate grades; Miss Mary Kaneman, intermediate grades; Mrs. Doris Oliver, Mrs. Winifred M. Nicholas, Miss Opal Stokesberry, Miss Alice Theodorson, Willis B. George, departmental work upper grades; Miss Clarice Loken, music supervisor three half days per week. Central school and Park Place. Park Place school district 323: Miss Estelle Keller, first and second grades; Miss Jeunesse Barthelomew third and fourth grades; Mrs. J. W. McCormick, principal, fifth anc sixth grades. Monroe Union high school district 103:A. F. Mahaffey, principal, mathe- matic; Miss Helen Olson, English Miss Marguerite Grady, Spanish, Latin, Li.brary; DeLoss Robertson, his tory, gem science, ath.; Miss Irene Anderson, home economics, girls' ath.: Miss Maxine $iebenbaum, stenogra- phy, typing, bookkeeping; Chester Ly- Lecher, manual training, agriculture Ellis G. Rh,de, superintendent, ctem- isty: Miss Clarice Loken, music, or- chest:a, commercial geography. FOOTBALL COACHING SCHOOL AT LAKE CHAPLAIN Coach (Babe) Hollingberry of Washington State college fame is conducting a coaching school at the Y. M. C. A. summer camp located at Lake Chaplain. Many of the big guns in coast football are attending this school, Roy Sandberg, athletic director of the State Normal, Ellens- burg, is one of the students. MARTIN ASSUMED SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE W. F. Martin, who until his elec- tion at the last general county poll was superintendent of the big Ar- lington consolidated district, took of- lice as county superintendent of schools Thursday morning, September 1. Mr. Martin succeeds J. A. Jacob- son, who retired after two terms in orifice to beedme vrindipa| of he Kirkland Union, a high :school in King county. Mr. Martin Mbnday morning an- nounced the appointment of Miss Elma Shannon as his secretary. Miss Shannon resides in Arlington. Mrs. era Clay has been secretary to Mr. Jacobsen. FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR LOCAL ELEVEN Coach Deloss Robertson is back in Monroe after a pleasant summer va- cation and is all set for the coming year with some good prospects for the football season. According to Mr. Robertson the following men, who i played on last year's championship: team, will be on hand this year: Cap-i rain Olen Lord, half; Ed Carlson, quarter; Harry Hillis, guard; Hector Salvadalena, guard; Mark Jansen, guard; Irving Wtalker, tackle; Ray Carlson, end; Clyde Schuler, half; Leon Spilllers, half; Lester Reaper, fullback. Wm Seth, guard, Stuart Cromwell, end; Paul Ackerman, all county center; Louis McGinn. all county half, gridiron heroes of "i926, were lost to this year's team through graduation. Schedule for 1927: September 24---Monroe vs. Sedro- Vcoolley at Sedro-Woolley. October 15--Sultan vs. Monroe at Sultan. October 22---Snohomish vs] Monroe at Monroe. October 29--Stanwood vs. Monroe at Monroe. November 11--Monroe vs. Marys- ville at Monroe. November 19Monroe vs. Edmonds at Edmonds. Seattle---M. Barde & Sons will build $20,000 warehvuse. ColtonTown will buy new pump for water system. Cathlamet---State will soon let all contracts for Ocean Beach road to Longview. 'COUNTY Harry Bayly leaves tonight (Fri-] day) on the Great Northern train No. 4, for the American Legion national! conventi'on to be held in Paris, France, this month. He will arrive in Wash- ingtQn, D. C., September 6, at which point he plans to spend three days, leaving the national capital, Septem- ber 9 and will sail from New York aboard the Leviathian the morning of September 10. Harry will arrive i.n Paris September 16. The convention opens officially September 20. Harry is the official delegate from the state of Washington to the Paris conven- tion. While in France he will visit var- i.ous points of interest, take in the old battle front and visit the several places where he was stationed while with the American expeditionary forces. Harry will sail from France cn the return trip October 11. THANKS I take this opportunity to thank the members of Arthur Kincaid post No. 58, American Legion, and the people of Monroe for .theiv kind as- sistance in making my Paris trip pos- sible. I will endeavor to keep the people of Monroe informed of the many things of interest and the hap- oenings at the national convention in Paris. HARRY J. BAYLY. WILLIAMS DRUG STORE ADDS LINE OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES George Williams of the Williams Drug store has added a complete line of school supplies to his stock. The school children are askeff to visit his I store and inspect his line of tablets,] ink, pencils, pens, dtc. An advertise- m.ent on page 8 of the Monitor car- ries his announcement in detail. ! NEW SIGN BOARD FOR i RATTLE SNAKE BRIDGE The county commissioners at their meeting on Monday last granted Foster & Kleiser, sign board advertis- ing agents, permission to construct a large sign boarfl near the east ap- proach of the bridge, the sign to warn the autoist of the sharp curve. This sign when completed will help some, although the proper solution is to build a new bridge, not next year but right now. GRANTED MEMBERSHIP IN NATIONAL ASSOCIATION George E. Smith has been granted a membership in the National Clean- ers and Dyers association. The re- quirements of membership are very strict and the members must main- tain a high class service, be fair in their charges and make adjustments satisfactory to the customer. The dis- playing of the masters emblem as- sures the public first class service and guaranteed workmanshi'p. ROBINSON FARM IS OPERATING A STILL Distilling Peppermint Oil, Not Moonshine -- Plant Started Operations Thursday, Aug. 25. Is in Experimental Stage. The first peppermi'nt oil ever made in the county was distilled at the Rob- inson Lettuce Farm, inc., Thursday afternoon, August 25. Mr. Robinson says that this year's crop is some- what of an experiment, but states that it is the beginning of a new farming industry for this valley. "It has been but recently that ex- perhnents showed peppermint could be grown profitably in the Puget Sound district," said Mr. Robinson "and today the oil distilled on the coast brings a premium on eastern markets. "A few years ago,, the nation im- ported hundreds of tons of the oil each year, but now it is beginning to raise enough for its own needs and i to export some. We planted, 65 acres I to peppermint this year, and are now making our first harvest. Each acre should produce somewhere between 40 and 70 pounds of oil which should bring about $5.00 a pound on the market. "I believe the crop is particularly adapted to this district ' because gov- ernment experts say the peppermint 'hay' from which oil ha been distilled makes good sileage for cattle. If that is true, peppermint may prove a most valuable crop for dairymen of the valley. We are going to give our 'hay' this year to any farmer who wishes to come after it, to see if the government men are right in their statement. After a year's trial, we should have exact facts regarding this feature. Another feature of the crop is that it needs very little fer- tilizer. W used just raw ground this year and have a fine crop." S. & S. AUTO FREIGHT RENT MERCANTILE WAREHOUSE The S. & S. Auto Freight Cb., inc., i have rented floor space in the Mer- cantile warehouse where they will store their truck. The Monroe Radio & Electric shop located in the Mercan- tile room just off the alley on Lewis street will be Monroe headquarters for this new company. The new freight schedule went into effect September 1 and gives Monroe a daily freight service to and from Seattle. Brewster--Work well under way on new bridge across Columb ASSESSOR P. T. LEE SUGGESTS A MODERN METHOD OF AUTO ASSESSING I First: Of aI1 classes of personal ,therefore ,the cost of owning one property an automobile is perhaps should Toe made as low as possible. I consider it really unreasonable to the most difficult to handle; thi.s may ]tax any car in the manner in which be for the reason it "rolls," it can get is done today. A tax as shown above away from us, and unknown. How- $32.00 and better on a light car and 5132 and. better for the heavier car in addition to the tax on gasoline is ever, we do place a tax on it, also, a license. The tax is correct as it shares with other values and not like a diamond, it can be found, but a li- cense pemltting it t0 run on the put)lie highways, o course, is taxing l twice. Neeond expense: Have you ever stopped to consider the work and ex- pense connected with guarding each car so both a license and a tax can be exacted from such automobile? You may not have, and for that rea- son I am naming a few. First of all, you must obtain a license before you are allowed to operate your car on the highway s. To obtain such licens you apply at the county audltor's office, who issues your permit when your fees have been paid. In turn you re- ceive a pasteboard which you dsplay for the time being. The auditor mak'es his report to the state department who, if everything is correct, will mail you your regular metal plates. Third: When the time comes, the first day of March, the assessor comes along with his glad ti'dings, and value your cat', not what it is worth in a majority of cases, but by what is found the most convenient manner to handle this vast volume of busi- ness. Therefore a certain fixed rule is laid down, not altogether accord- ing to law but the cheapest way out of it. it woul simply be impossi'ble to view every car on its merit for values for personal tax, hence the best methods have been used known to us. For the personal tax: The asses- sor must check up on all licenses in order to get them all, besides the field men are also trying to get them, and again we must check back to try and avoid double assessment, and to catch them all. To catch them all is s'mply impossible, some will slip away, as quite often is the case at taxpaying time. Thts you under- stand that, not all the moneys taken frc,m you are applied to construction and assistance where it ought to be, as the enormous expense in handling this commodity must be substracted from the gross income, and this can be greatly reduced by proper arrange- ment and procedure. Fourth: For example, you own a light car, and reside in the city of Everett. The car weighs 1500 pounds, your license fee on the car is $10.35. If yc,ur car is a new one, in addition to your license fee you are valued at $270. Everett rate is $3.06 per hun- dred or tax $21.66, total cost license and personal tax for the year $32.01. A heavier car for instance, weighing 3710 pounds, your license would be $23.45, the personal tax $132.21. In addition to the above, you are also paying a tax on gas, (I Want to say right here that the tax on gas is the most just and equitable one I know of), but it adds to your cost of run- ning your car. Fifth: The great cry that you hear is, give us lower taxes. Very few seem to heed this cry by suggesting any constructive ideas or methods by which tax can be reduced. By dis- tributing the funds and taxes in a manner conducive to all departments, o,f government, equalizing the bene- fits; and adopting the system here- with submitted, great help would be the results. Speaking of taxes, I believe in a normal medium tax. What would we do if we had no tax? We all would starve. For instance, stop your work on the highways, what would happen ? We all recognize the fact that a car of some type or other is really a nec- essity for the working man, the busi- ness man and pleasure seeker alike, in my mind too great a burden. Sixth: The remedy. The constitu- ti.onal right to collect the cash belongs to the county treasurer. He gives uond :or tha purpose, and why the lawmakers ignore such right I have always been at a loss to understand. All moneys collected, no. matter from what source should go directly to the treasurer, and at once thereby receiv- ing all benefits due the county. It is true 2 per cent on daily balances do not amount to a great deal, but it all helps. I believe the, treasurer should be the office where you should buy your license. The money would at once be deposited and earning interest. The treasurer should alsocollect the per- sonal tax on the car at the time he issues the li'cense. He should have the regular plates ready to deliver at th time, thus saving all aftermath and expense. The state should fur- nish the county with plates at cost and ship them all as nearly as possi- ble at one time thus saving on freight. We have in this county about 15,000 cars, and 13,000 plates could be sent at one time. Seventh: Thus handling the licenses and the persenal tax it can easily be seen that a saviag is effected at once. It would eliminate the auditor's ap- plication, the checking of the licenses at the state department, it would save the county assessor this double and triple checking, and it would make certain that the personal tax would be paid. I would suggest the license for a car up to 1500 pounds be $10, and that the personal tax in addition be on thi class of car 50 per cent of the license fee, or a total of $15, license and tax. The same ratio would be maintained for a car over 1500 pounds up to the including 25000. Over 2500 pounds up to and including 5000, 70 per cent over 5000 pounds including 7000; 80 per cent over 7000 includ- ing 7000 pounds, 75 per cent of the license fee. The license for stages and hlre cars. should be the same as nwv. The per- sonal tax for stages is made by the state tax commissi.on, and they con- tribute a good sized revenue for the state and county. Trucks using solid tires should be made to pay a heavier license which can be fixed, and for the reason that such vehicles are usually hard on the roads. Eighth: Dealers' licenses should be l the same as at this time. On the first c,f March the dealer must have a list of cars on hand, this list must be in the hands of the treasurer with a duplicate list to the assessor not later than the fourth, with penalty if not compliecb with. Such dealer shall be responsible for the personal tax on each car in his possession according to his list which must be sworn to on the first day of March. The dealer to give a bond to cover such amount as is represented by his list and at the end of the period for listing, the balance of the cars be listed against said dealer. All cars over five years old to take the value of one-half ef regular value and tax as shown above. When this method is observed, the dealer then nee d not fear the first of March, as he is only taxed on thc balance on hand after the taxing sea- son, as all sold cars will be stricken from the list. Ninth: Rebuitt cars or unknown values must be decided by the asses- sor before the treasurer can collect the tax, It seems to me, that an ex- penditfire hereafter by the state should not exceed ten millions of dol- (continued on page eight) Interstate Commerce Commission Fixes Valuation For Rate Making Purposes Rejecting a claim of the railroad for a figure of $750,000,000, the inter- state commerce commission has fixed a final valuation for rate making pur- poses of $579,057,598 upon the Atchi- son, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad, as of June, 1916. In making final the Santa Fe figures, the news report says: "'The commission adopted..the price levels of 1914 as a guide and' refused to concede that the much higher levels of prices in years sub- sequent to 1914, should be allowed to affect the valuation of the railroads." The interstate commerce commis- sion is a powerful body "and has done much to stabilize our transportation structure and enable American rail- roads to develop along normal lines. The method of reasoning of the com- mission, however, which refuses to take into consideration higher prie i levels, is dfficult to understand. I Laborer, manufacturer and housewife know that wages, as well as the cost of practically every commodity used in daily life or operation of industry have shown great increases in price. Railroads, which buy practically everything that is manufactured, as well as food grown on the farm, are paying these increases as well as in- creased wages. How increased costs of construction can be figured as not increasing the value of tlw physical properties of the railroads, is hard to understand. The man who builds a house today must sell it for nearly double what the same house would have cost to con- struct in 1914. Undoubtedly the rail- roads, because of purchasing in larger quantities, can buy more cheaply than a private individual but even so, they must be paying greatly increased prices over 1914. If the decision of the commission merely means it has established the value of the Santa Fe properties for a period not later than 1916, of what use is the decision for rate making purposes in 1927, 11 years later ? It took 10 years to arrive at this finding. If the valuation set by the commis- sion is 10 years out of date when it is handed, down, of what practical use is it in current rate controversies ? The public believes in sound regula- tion of public utilities and railroad companies. It also understands that valuations for rate making purposes must be up-to-date; that valuations may Euctuae rapidly due to causes entirely beyond the control of either the people or the companies; that it is essential that rates be subject to revision, either up or down, as readily as are commodity prices or wages. Of what practical use is a 1916 valuation on an automobile plant from the standpoint of arriving atp reduc- tion or price figures for automobiles today? SERVICE CLUB LUNCHEON The Ykmercan Legion Service club luncheon held at the Savoy care Fri- day noon August 26 was well at- tended, 17 bsiness men lresent The principle subject up for discus- sion was the forpling of permanent organization. There will be a meet- ing of the executive committee and ways and means of forming a per- manent organization will be given due consideration. A large attendance is expected Friday noon, September 2. W. E. MANSFIELD VERY SICK MAN W. E. Mansfield of Arlington i a very sick man, victim of an incurable disease. Monroe friends visited him last Sunday and report his condition Mr. Mansfield conducted a drug store in Monroe for a number of year% and at one time his store was located in the middle of Main street while he was waiting for a suitable building to be erected; he left Monroe 15 yeal"s ago selling his business to Mrs. Shay. The bushess was later eonsolidated with Camp-Riley Drug store. SNOIIOMISH AUTO FRELGHT TAKES OVER INEi)ENDENT L. A. George, vice president and general manager of the Snohomish Auto Freight, inc., was in Monroe Tuesday. Mr. George says that his !company has purchased the Independ- ent Auto Freight company, Everett to Monroe franchise effecdve Sep- tember 1, and will maintain the same schedule for the present. BOY SI;OUTS GETTING READY FOR BIG FAIR Specially Selected Troop of Eagle Scouts Will Be in Camp at Western Washing- ton fair From Sept. 19-25. The importance of the Boy Scout work of Western Washington will be emphasized during ;he progress of the estern Washingtc, n fah- at Puyallup from Sptember 19 to 25. Plans are complete for the participa- tion of a specially selected troop of Eale Scouts from all over Western Wa-,hngton in daily activities of the fair. Formation of the special troop has been handled by seeutmasters so that the best boys available will be at the fair. A complete Boy Scout camp wi!l be established in one of the sev- eral parks within the fairgrounds. The Boy Scouts will have a wide field of activities during the progress of the fair for more than 150,000 people visit the exhi.bition each year and there is constant call for first aid work, locating lost children, and find- ing lost articles. The Boy Scouts will The ,Snohomish Auto Freight, inc., act as ushers in the grandstand. for the past seven years ha,e cper-I Special demonstrations Will be ated an auto freight lie between Ev-Istaged daily for the benefi.t of fair erett and Skykomish including wavvisitors. The boys will give exhibi- points with the exception of Monroe. t tions of aerial raising, erecting a log Some time in the near future this house in record time and the rescue company will give Monroe a twice lot a drowning man. The big tank i daily service from Everett. The Men- front of the grandstand used for the roe Motors will act as their agents i Monroe. MONROE LAUNDRY INSTALL NEW SLEEVE AND HOSE FORM The Monroe laundry have installed a new sleeve and hose form steam woner which is the very latest in laundry equipment. The forms run from 9 to 12 in size, and the advant- age in this method of ironing is that the stockings are put on the correct size form while damp and are dried and ironed in one process giv- ing them the correct shape. These forms are hollow and heated with steam. Another new piece of ma- chinery installed by the laundry, last week is a sleeve form. This piece of equipment dries and irons the sleeve lot a shirt in about the same manner i giving the sleeve the correct form when ironed. The Monroe laundry is considered by laundry men to be one of the most up to date laundries in the state. SULTAN ROBBERSARE OVERHAULED HERE But They Managed to Escape. Car Was Loadef With Mer- chandise Taken From the G. F, Baker Store. Early Tuesday morning Frank Hogle, Sultan marshall surprised four thieves looting the G. F. Baker Dry G:',ds store in Sultan. He ae zh: alarm and in a short time a posse was formed. The robbers had loaded the loot i their auto, a Chevrolet touring car, license number 298-133 and startec towards Monroe. The posse followed in another car over- taking the robbers as their car crossed the Great Northern tracks east of town. The robbers abandoned the Chev- rolet in front of the Monroe town hall. Marshal S. B. Moore for a few rain- utes did not know which car was the robbers', who left the car while it was running, the car made the turn south, on Main and Ferry coming to a stop near the Vanasdlen place. Mar- shal Moore chased the robbers up the alley back of the Fred 'Gardell soft drink place. The posse, thinking the robbers were i the car when it made the Ferry street turn, riddled the back with bird shot and then followeu the car until it made the stop shoot- ing the wind shield and side full of holes. One of the balls hit the front door of the C. L. Barlow residence. Deputies from the sheriff's office ar- rived on the job but no trace of the robbers was found. The stolen mer- chandise, with the excepti)n of three leather coats, was recovered with the car. ELWELL CREF_J BRIDGE GOES DOWN County Engineer Ross Alverson land County Commissioner E. W. Co- yell were called early Tuesday mon. ing to Sultan. Sometime during the championship log rolling contests will be utilized for this thrilling exhibi- tion. "A Good Turn Daily" is one of the slogans of the Boy Scouts and the Western Washi.ngton fair will afford' the opportunity for the boys to put this slogan into practice, according t scoutmasters and officials of the fair BETTER BABY ENROLLMENT CLOSES SEPTEMBER 5 Mothers of Western Washington, who plan to enter their babies in the Better Baby contest at the Western Washington fair September 19, 20 and 21, the first three days of the ex- hibition, are urged to mail in their enrollment blanks at once since en- rollment ends September 5. The contest this year will be held in the new building to be devoted to the Better Baby contest and the Fine Art exhibit. Mothers of Western Washington are urged to write to Mrs. George D. Osborne at 611 West Main avenue, Puyallup and blanks will be sent by return mail. :Last year 50 citi,s and communities of Western Washington were represent- ed in the contest which attracted mere than 700 entries. This year the Better Baby contest will be a mental and physical exami- nation conducted by the mostexpert medical skill obtainable. GOVERNMENT TO MAKE DAIRY EXHIBIT The Un':ted States department a agriculture will be represented i the annual dairy exhibit at the Western Washington fair this vear. Seventeen features relating to the dairy indus- try will occupy more than 135 feet of wall space. Among the exhibits will be displays i.llustratino- the relation between pro- duction and income, co-operative mar- keting, ca-operative testing, good and bad pasture practices, approved methods in the nrodnction of milk, range cattle procluction and other features of vital interest to the dairy- men of Western Washington. SPECIAL DAYS FOR" VALLEY FAIR Every day will be a special day at the Western Wash':'ngton fair at Puyallup from September 19 to 25, When the fair owns Moday morn- in', September ]9 all children will be admitted free. Veterans cf wars will also be guests of the association. Tuesday will be governor's day, state day and valley day when communi- ties near Puyallup will close up their stores and attend, the fair in a body. Floats depicting the agricultural and industrial greatness of the valley country will form in procession about the race track. Seattle and Tacoma will enter int an attendance contest at the fair this year. Seattle won last year. The prize this year is a large American flag. Tacoma celebrates on W ednes- d'ay, which is also army and dairy day. Seattle will be at the fair on Thursday. It will also be navy and egg day. Friday brings Southwest Washington day, grange and, Derby days and Saturday will feature North- west Washington day. Sunday will be Labor day at the fair. A FINE PAPER We have the special edition of the Marysville Globe of last week, honor- ing the pening of the Everett-Marys- night the bridge over Elwell creek ville bridge,--one of the finest pieces went d)wn under a heavily loaded i of road building in Western Wash- truck, no one was injured, the truckling ten- The Monitor extends congra- and load were not damaged, t tulations to brother Owens nd ex- A temuorary bridge was built over tends the heartiest of good wishes ta the cree] and permanent repairs him and to the splendid paper. The started, that same morning, feature we most enjoyed ws the original poem by Mr. Owens--the E. E. JOHNSTON HARDWARE SALE The E. E. Johnston hardware sale starts Saturday, September 3. This will be one of the largest hardware sales ever held in Snohomish county. A page advertisement in this issue of the Monitor tells of the many bar- gains offered the public. style and thoughts are very fine. Not being the least poetic we will simply say, may the editor and the people of Marysville live and prosper for many, many years. Kirkland-=Pu#ret Sound Power & Light company installs miles of new rural line.