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Q NW$ffrAl'ml)S 10 PElt SIXTY-SECONO YEAR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON--- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1961 NUMBER 41 Q Q Q \\; ! @ t Churches Ot The Valley.., A Series Petition Seeking New School Dist. Enters Mill, Jan. Election Sought Methodism Began Here In 1894, Congregation Today Is 300 By Ann Trout Blinks Monroe Methodism began in 1894 when the Rev. Edward B. Reese, a "drcuit rider." served Monroe as one of a five-point cir- cuit and organized a Sunday school that year in Austin's livery ham, a frame building. \\; 'Nites in Ole Monroe' Will Benefit School "Nights In Old Monroe," plan. ned for Saturday, November 18, ,ill afford adults of the commun. - 'Nnrlt;"- and- "at "the same t'ne helt defray the cost of a Monroe high school athletic field grand. stand roof. The dlnner.,dan aflai will be staged by the Monroe Lions club, builders of the sorely need- ed, and much mdcome grand- stand covering. L Tickets for the shindig are available at OK Sundries, W. Main SL, Monroe Hard,are Monroe Sming Center, or ith an. Lions club member. They are selling for $1.50 per terson. Co.chalrmen of "Nights" are Rau DahI and Dick Searle, both of Monroe. I L Wagner Lumber Plans Weekend Truckload Sale In 1896 Monroe's first Metho- dist ohurch building was com- pleted when a frame building with a bell tower was erected. The ive charter members have grown to a congregation of 299 meLbers, housed in a $20,000 brick structure dedicated debt- free in December, 1924, by Bishop William O. Shepard. The Rev. E. )'D.  White was ehuroh ,pastoc-a the ReV. George W. Frame dis- trict superintendent at that time. Charter members, now deceas- ed, were Amelia Austin, Andrew Braaten, Addie Hayes, Maria 2ohnson and Frances Regan. O. L. Dearie and Meade L. Cun- ningham were the circuit riders in 1896. Four of the church's present membership joined the congrega- tion more than 50 Fears ago, They are Mrs. B. F. Dickinson now resides in Montesano, 62 years; J. Albert Countryman, 56 years; :Mrs. Countryman, 54 years; and 3. Leslie Brady 51 years, all of "Monroe In 1900 the congregation be- came a one-point charge with the Rev. A. H. Marsh as the first full-time minister. Today, the church is served by the Rev. Forrest D. Tibbitts who came to Monroe in June, 1955. The church is a part of the Methodist Puget Sound District served by the Rev. Jack M. Tuell as superintendent and of the Se- atUe area served by Bishop Ev- erett W. Palmer. The administrative body of tbe church is the official board which is responsible for the promotion and general administrative over- sight of the spiritual and tempor- al work of the body. Last year Monroe Methodists gave $4,200 for missionary work in various parts of the world in addition to meeting the local budget. There is a Board of Trustees, Wagner Luraber Co., corner Hill and Ldwis Streets, has sched- uled its "Big Truckload Sale" complete with free coffee, cook- ies and doe? prizes all day Fri- day and Saturday, November 10- 11. The sale will feature savings on Wepco A'tuminum storm-screen doors and windows, paints and Armstrong ceilings. Austin's livery barn, 1894, was the inauspicious beginnings for a church that was to grow and grow with the community-- The Monroe Methodist. From "circuit rider" services to the 299-member congregation of today is indicative of the many spiritual and community accomplishments of the Methodists here. Re-organization Of Evergreen Fair From Cround Up Slated Monday Lad Is Norm Michel Minor Motors Has Region.P,P,K Contest Wmner Minor Motor's Skykomish Val- ley Pass, Punt & Kick contest paid off big dividends to the Mon- roe Ford dealership thanks to a little, husky, nine-year-old, Norm Michel of Rt. 2, Monroe. Norm is the announced winner of the Ford Regional P. P. & K. con- test. As such, reports Jack Minor, Norm has won a free trip for liimself, his dad and Minor to the NFL 49ers game in San Francisco November 19. At halftime, during the '49er go, Norm will take the field to compete for the National Cham- pionship. And that could, mean a "Tour of Champions', with dad and the sponsoring Ford dealer, Minor, to the championship NFL game, and an official White House reception. Norm, whose ather is W. N. "Tex" Michel, first won in the nine-year division of the Skyko- mish Valley competition Judged by the Monroe Junior Chamber of Commerce. Minor learned yesterday, that upon the basis of points register- ed in the ,local meet, Norm had garnered the regional title. Re-organization o f the Evergreen Fair. now a Snohomish County function, from the ground up will be set upon at a dinner meet- S f way's West ing of the old association Monday. November 1, at Lake Stevens. a e Robert H. Follis, incumbent ,fair president-}Danager , said the .-ToLeave Here CounfT Fab'00s " " ..... .... For Auburn Post 'adoption of new by-laws to con- form with the new county seup. He said election d new tmmttees and appointment of a manager is expected to foaov. Appointment of the managerial- ship rests in the hands of Sno- homlsh County commissioners. Follis exvlained that much of the Power for running future fairs will be vested in a seven- man executive committee. W h e seven-man committee, which will so function as the budget com- mittee, will be selected "m ma- jority by commissioners. "John West, Safeway Stores manager here since 1957, was promoted to the managership of the firm's Auburn store last Mon- day, according to Wayne Chand- ler, .d%strict Saeway manager. West's replacement will prob- ably 'be named sometime next week, Chandler said. Coming here from Everett in 1956, West won the mmmgership a year later. He has been active $80,000 Budget To Be Studied Each commissioner will up- in community affairs, eluding point one board member, for a a membership in the Monroe total of three, then jointly name the fourth, or majorityship, mem- ber. The remaining three will be selected by the trusteeship which s expected to exced 20 in num- ber. The new by-hws are currently being framed by a group for the old association. The Monday meet will be held at the Frontier Vitlage Inn and is set r 6:45 p.m. Lion's Club, and more recently, as a wurker in the current move to re-activate the Monroe Cham- ber of Commerce. The Wests, who make their home in Park Place with their three children, plan to move to the Auburn area. Evergreen County Fair's 1962 budget, set at $80,000, will beup for examination when a new /air board, of directors convene at Lake Stevens next Monday eve- ning. Meanwhile, fair president-man- ager Robert H. Follis 1el it be known that finalized figures on the '61 event allowed payment of all obligations. He predicted the '62 run--the irst under coun- ty control--will show a $13 to $14- thousand profit. The '62 budget's major call for, expenditures is' for mate nance and operation at a cost of $58,300. Included in that sum is an anticipated outlay of $15,160 for awards and premiums. Total salaries and wages budg- eted are $7,250, $4,800 of which is earmarked as the manager's (Coaued o Page 8) Hansen s 'Ct ts End League Play With 27.19 Defeat; Turk Go Is Next A petition, signed by Monroe school district patrons, asking the formation of a new school district went into channels Monday. Meanwhile, Monroe schools superintendent Thomas E. Marsden travelled to the state capital this week to asce"ain technical pro- cedures The first petition submitted to Snohomish County Schools Super- intendent Dorothy Bennett had more than enough signers for the calling of a special dection in the Monroe district. Patrol Adds Hour To Licensing Period Valhyites are advised t h a' t the Washington State Patrol Li- censing division will be at the Monroe town hall an additional hour Thursday of each week. The patrol will be available for licen- sing from 1 to 5 p.m., an hour longer than has been the practice. / Evergreen Pt. Bridge Approach Bid Call Made Opening of bids or the east ap- proach to the new Evergreen Point bridge across Lake Wash- ington will be held November 21, reports the State Highway Commission The bridge is sched. uled for completion in June of 1963, and shortly thereafter, the Monroe-Bothell cutoff opening is planned. Plans for the approach project call for clearing, draining, grad- ing and paving about 1.9 miles of new highway. The new roadway Will have four lanes each 12 feet wide. A 4-foot median strip will separate opposing traffic lanes. It will be paved with asphaltic concrete. Included in the plans for the project is coustmetion of four concrete bridge, three of which will be prestressed and one which will be of the erdimary type. The first structure will carry 76th Avenue N.- E. trac over the new roadway. It will be 93 feet king and will have a 28-foot roadway with a 4-fot sidewalk on each sde. A" pedestrian crossing will be built to carry pedestrians over the new roadway :at 80m Avenue N. E. It will be 163 feet long and '6 feet wide. At 84th Averme N. E. a struc- ture will be built to cay traffic over the new road. It will be 92 feet lcmg and will have a 32- foot roadway. The structure to carry 92rid Ave- nue N. E. traffic over the new road will be 97 feet long and will have a 28-foot roadway with 4- koot sidewalks on each side Cost of the project is estimated at between $1 and $2 million. The plans call for about 72 acres of clearing, 737,770 cubic yards of ecanmon excavation, 27,655 cubic ,yarcls of excavation of unsuitable material, 22,590 tons of asphaltic concrete and various other items. Chamber Group To Meet Tues. A second re-organizatkmal meeting for a :Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be held as a 7 a.m. breakfast affair next Tues- By Danny Weaver Coach Steve Hansen's Monroe Bearcats ended their 1961 Cas- cade League season on a despairing note; a 27-19 defeat at the 00roo are o,eo00o00 E g ncy Pl os of the Lake Stevens Vikings. Thus the Bearcats end their nually for a three-year term. mer e an league play with a 2-3 won-lostrecord. Only Monroe s traditional day , , They are O Lewis Morse, ch@Lr C Caldorma Food Fzrm P Fo R ti0 ing romzses man, O. H. Jameson, Henry Za-  game with arch-rival Sultan remains on the schedule. darski, CliFf A. Gillies, Ellery r a n The Lake Stevens game was # i-- f'! 1 It, __ highlighted with high-scoring and Consideration' In Expans on Plah (Centred on page 6) H J __ U b/ougtl blamed : frequent brawls. Seven touch- unuerway here _ were 00core00 Vacu.00 Oom00o00 00ten.00, Ir A /;,,,..;_. P,.,.u teams with Lake getting a 4-3 nia firm specializing in low reels- ed. n - .... ,,, , --v,,,j, *split decision. Neither team gain-, ture feeds. "careful "I promises think we've got just what usa ]m011 ces ews of volunteer workers ed anything from their temper eons]dert_on"  ; " for the Monroe they need in their contemplated day, November 14, at the Holi- day Inn. It is expected that by-laws will come up for consideration, and possibly, permanent officer selec- tions. The session wiql be presided over by temporary chairman Nell McCaffery. Only 5 Signers Needed Legal requirements state that five heads of families within a district can make the move. Thus it stands that successful petitions may well be forthcoming from Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar and In- dex school districts. Upon receipt of the Monroe re- quest for a new district forma- tion, Mrs. Bennett will, in turn, make the bid known to the Sno- homish County School District Organization Committee. Repre- senting the valley on tha body is Charles Taylor, Rt. 2 Monroe. Request Travels Upon approval of the Monroe petition, as well as those of other communities in the valley, the Organization Committee will re- fer the special election request to the State Board of Education. The State Board, as ,it is now understood by Marsden, is im- ,powered to call an election. San. 20 Date Sought Proponents of the consolidation move are hopeful of an election day of Saturday, January 20. Spearheading the petition move- ment is the advisory groups of the five valley school districts. Inquiries Should Help Marsden's'inquiries at Olympia shotdd clear tlp many of the questions of vital concern to the electorate. For example: It is not known just how the consolidation question will be framed, for it is within this verb- age that the future of valley schools will be dearly dependent. Likewise, it is not known wheth- er the election will pose the ques- tion of a new high school plant, and the financing thereof. Also, t is not known how a new district will share, or not share, in current liabilities. Simple Majority Suffices As to an election tself, a sim- ple majority vote will suffice, and, with no strings attached to any previous election. In other wrds, voter turnout in a speci- fic nmnber will not be necessary for election validation. Therefore it stands that a very small mi- nority of the electorate can bring the new cly into being. Marsclen has pointed out the method of selecting the first new school district board when and if the electorate chooses to form an erdarged district. He reports that existing boards rom the consolidated area will elect a new five-member board, each member to 'be a resident of pre-established, population de- termined districts. Talk of re-organizing valley schools into one large district, with the benefits of a new high school facility came to a head last spring when a State Department of Education team surveyed val- ley schools. Since that time school boards and their respective advisory groups have mulled and chewed the idea; however, the general public remains relativly unin- ormed as to the many and sun- dry ramifications of such a mas- Sive step They--the electorate-- t now appears may have only until January 20 to learn "what Turl ey Shoots Games of  kinds, door prizes and free coffee will be eatured at the Turkey Shoots planned by the Vsa Lodge, Monroe. for Sunday, November 12 and 19. The events are planned (zvm noon to dark at the :Monroe Vasa Hall. Features of the day will be the games, turkey, ham, bacons and door prizes and free coffee. The publle is invited. have ,been busy for the past week putting mailing stickers on envelopes getting them ready to mai'l to a'll homes in Snohomish County. These envelopes contain the ood and gas ration card reg- istration forms that are being mailed during this week to an estimated 750,000 heads of house- holds in the State of Washington. Washington will be the first state in the nation to set up the emergency rationing plan, order- ed by Governor Rosellini as a Civil Defense measure. (Continued on Page 8) Storrs Clough, MoLOe attorney, lst week was electecl president of the Monroe Kiwanis Club. He will replace the incumbent presi- dent, Paul Berglund, at. ustalla- tion ceremonies in Deeemler. Selected vice-president, a n d theasurer were Rev. Ernest Li- dell and Harold Fankhauser re- spectively. Kiwanians so named a new board of directors, including C. C. Devers, Percy Dyer, Ewalt Schrag, Ralph Ramaley, Walter A. Bourclage,, Dan Cxmnelly and Verne Fankhatiscr. outbursts. The Vikings started the scor- ing parade with a quick first quarter tally; taking the opening kickoff and marching through the Orange and Black. Monroe then stormed back with two touoh- downs with Keith Weeks, the 'Cats' outstanding halfback, do- ing most of the ground gaining. Despite the Lakers victory, Weeks turned in the most out- standing individual effort of the season. Weeks, along with Sopho- mores Roger Creswell and Mike ( on Page 8) area in an exparon program now under consideration, it was learned here last week by Mayor Robert H. Follis. W. Edgar Galiwey, Vaeu-Dry president, told Monroe's mayor that this area would be up for consideration when the firm ex- pands its operations to the field of dehydrated vegetables. Keen on enticing new industry here, .Follis plans to visit Vacu- DrY's general offices in Oaldand, Calffmmia ext week towaxd that end. "This is a growing concern with expansion prograra." In a communioation with "Gall- wey, the mayok" recommended the firm consult with George Buffer, retiredfrozen foods plant manager and Mom-oe town cotm- eilman. Recently Vecu-Dry completed, a major expansion .program at Se- gives ?" . . . . .. Accident Kills Peninsula Man . A Port Angeles man met acci- ]a'h, Washingtori by the purca dental death 'whlle dismatling a of Ros.Paek'mgC0mpany..-_ giece of. heavy equipment 10 Ater his call n Calfforhia; Fol- miles southeast  Skykomish. 'lis said, he will report back-Ib .The.victim was identified by the Monroe Chamber 0f Corn- Purdy & Kerr Funeral Home as merce seeldng ts assistance. Kenneth Henderson, 38, a Priest I.oggh Company employee. SHOP.... M f)nroe :: Shopping Center ..... ,, . o . .,. . .