Saturday, February 5, 1876 Telegraph Line.--The united energies of the people of Waitsburg, Dayton and Lewiston can secure a line from Walla-walla to Lewiston. It would great facilitate business operations along the line and in a short time, no doubt, become a paying investment.
Granges.--Geo. Hunter is deputy Master P.H., for this county for organizing Granges, and exercising a general supervision over the work. There are five organizations in the county with the prospect of an increase in the number.
Jurymen.--Columbia county furnishes 8 Grand and 12 Petit Jurors for terms of court, for the present year.
Harmony.-- Sweet Home Lodge --No. 69 I.O.G.T., - January 29, 1876.
At work in Purple Degree: Be it resolved, that we tender our heartfelt thanks to the brothers and sisters of Unity Lodge No. 39 for their kind and efficient support in conducting the funeral services of our well beloved brother, Jacob J. Surber.
That we tender our sincere thanks to the members of Dayton Brass Band, for their valuable aid, rendered in said services. And as the voice of one, the entire membership of Sweet Home Lodge, say, sisters, brothers and friends, we thank you. By order of the Lodge, Geo. Hunter, D.N. Clawson, Com. A.L. Sanford, Secretary.
The O.S.N. Company are building several new boats in anticipation of a large increase in their business.
Bear Hunt.--Our bear hunters returned sadly disappointed. The tracks proved to be those of a siwash of the female persuasion.
Order Changed.--The order for jurymen, from this county, has been changed. We will only be required to sent 9 petit and 6 grand jury men.
Woolen Factory.--The woolen factory started up again this week, and having plenty of material on hand, will be enabled to run without interruption.
Shingles.--We hear complaints made in both counties of the scarcity of shingles. Mr. J.N. Burns, near this place, has a large lot to dispose of on reasonable terms.
Tannery.--The Pacific Tannery, in the vicinity of this place, is turning out an excellent quality of leather. The establishment is under the management of Mr. Page, a practical and energetic man.
Hog Killing.--S.M. Wait is killing a large number of hogs and putting up some fine bacon and lard. This business is destined to become a very important and lucrative one at this point.
Commissioners' Court.--The February term of the Commissioners' court will commence on Monday next, when all bills created against the county will be examined and passed upon, and much other business of importance disposed of.
Fine Beef.--Ike Abbott exhibited some beef at the meat market this week that cannot be beat in any country. He is putting up a fine lot of dried beef, sausages and other nice eatables in his line. It is now rumored that Ike will marry in Walla-walla.
Now is your time.--Messrs. Dusenbery Bros., of Walla-walla, call the attention of the Dayton people to their advertisement in the News. Their large stock of dry goods, carpets, groceries, boots and shoes, all to be sold regardless of cost. Give them a call before purchasing elsewhere.
Conundrum.--Hunt of Columbia hotel, one morning this week looked out of the window and remarked that if the sun did not hurry and get over the hills, it would be behind times. There has been a good deal of discrepancy in times in the town, and the question is, which must be relied upon, the sun or Hunt's clock.
Lyceum.--The debate this week resulted in the decision that the education of the female sex was of more importance than the education of the males. Next week the question is resolved, that the interests of this country will be better promoted by the opening of the Columbia river to free navigation, than by railroad communication to the sea coast.
Religious.--Rev. A. Morrison, of Oregon, has preached here four or five times to a large number of hearers. One the 2d inst., a Universalist society was formed, being the initiatory steps towards effecting a church organization and the erection of a suitable building for services. E. Ping, R.F. Sturdevant, and W.W. Day, were elected trustees. Wm. Hendershott, Libbie E. Hendershott and D.C. Guernsey were elected delegates to the State convention to be held at Salem, Oregon. Fifty-eight persons have joined the organization and aid is expected from the State and national conventions, in behalf of the church building.
Dayton.--Without endeavoring to draw insidious distinctions against other drinks, we can boast of the best and purest water in Dayton of any point in the Territory. It can be obtained anywhere by sinking wells from 12 to 20 feet deep, and in the summer season, is so cold, that ice is unnecessary as a luxury. Pure water is an important consideration, always in determining the advantages of any point for health and real comfort. Socially, we have, for the age of our town made as much advancement, as any town in this Territory or the State of Oregon, In this respect, there seems to be an united purpose on the part of, both old and young, to keep up with the spirit of the day. Much attention is paid to religious and educational matters, and to musical and other accomplishments necessary for elevated state of society. All varieties of entertainments, of a proper character are encouraged, and good feeling prevails throughout as manifested by the courtesy shown to all strangers of either sex. There is not a piece of ground in or about town, but what is susceptible of the highest state of adornment with little labor. Fruit, vegetables, grapes, berries, and all kinds of shrubbery grown luxuriantly. At no point in this country, this side of the Cascade Mountains, can a comfortable home be prepared as easily and economically as here. It is very seldom that our Justice of the Peace have to take conginanze of violations of the law, public sentiment being sufficiently strong in favor of good order and morality, to check the evil disposed. The right kind of spirit has been manifested in the organization of this community, and the impress will be felt and appreciated by future acquisitions to our population.
Suggestive.--A while back a man came to town in search of the justice of the Peace to get a divorce. He said the matter had to be attended to immediately. If it could be done, jurisdiction should be conferred upon magistrates to dispose of these matters in the summary manner that petit larceny cases are disposed of. The higher courts seems to make but little distinction between the two characters of the cases. If anything, more importance is given to the investigation of a petty larceny case.
Improvements.--S.L. Gilbreath contemplates erecting a two story brick building the coming season. The ground floors to be used for store rooms, and the upper stories for offices. Moody & Keach are erecting a carpenter shop 40 x 24 on Main street. Many other good buildings will be erected.
Bob Sturdevant has at last heard from Bismarck, who is going to send Prince Fritz to the Centennial with 10,000 men to capture America, attach to Prussia and make one grand republic.
Incorporation.--Of the town under the general law providing for the incorporation of towns, is being agitated. Precautions against fire, care of the streets, and the acquisition of property by the town, are the objects for which the matter is urged. There will be but little expense attached to it, and the town great benefited.
Navigation.--The boats on the upper Columbia will resume their trips the first of March. The O.S.N. Co. have demonstrated the deep interest they feel in the development of this upper country, not by mere words, but by active, substantial and discriminating aid towards the producer.
Wm. S. Newland intends to visit Montana this spring to look after some mining interest of his there.
Mr. Weller, of Montana, who has been sojourning at the St. Louise hotel in Walla-walla during the winter, paid our town a flying visit during the week and expressed himself much pleased.
M. Fettis has recovered, and is now along the line. We hope his energetic disposition will not be the means of confining him to his sick bed again.
Weather.--We have had a fine chinook wind for the past six days, and from appearances, the winter is broken up and preparations for plowing and putting in gardens will soon be the order of the day.
To have copy sung in our ears while we are listening to an interesting account of Bob Rowley's matrimonial prospects, is anything but agreeable.
Brick.--Dexter & Thompson will resume the making of brick this season and expect to supply builders at $10 per thousand. There will be a large demand for them this year.
We can state that the roads are mudding and bad, one of the unusual things in this country.
Married.-- McCauley -- Crossler -- On January 30, 1876, at the residence of the bride's father, by Rev. R.H. Wills, Mr. A.L. McCauley to Miss Anna E. Crossler.
Born.--In this city, February 1st, 1876, to the wife of Rev. A.J. Joslyn, a daughter.
Saturday, March 25, 1876 Commissioners' Proceedings.
The application of L.E. Harris, for a license to sell at retail, spirituous liquors in the town of Dayton coming up for consideration. The board, after a proper investigation being had and being duly advised in the premises to the extent that they had satisfactory proof that the said L.E. Harris is a man of good moral character. Order, that upon the said L.E. Harris having filed with the Auditor a bond duly executed in the sum of $1000, to be approved by the said Auditor, and depositing with the Country Treasurer $150 in payment of said license for six months, that a license be issued in accordance with the said application. The board being duly advised that the following named persons heretofore selected for Grand and Petit jurors to serve at the May term of the United States District Court to be held in Walla-walla city, for the counties of Walla-walla and Whitman, to wit: C.A. McCabe for Grand Juror, and James E. Silcott, Samuel Shaw, Joseph Miles and J.N. Day for Petit Jurors, would be except from serving as such jurors.
Ordered that the following named persons be elected in their place and stead, to-wit: Henry Ously for Grand juror, and David Woods, D.M. Vaughn, T.S. Reynolds and William Berge for Petit jurors.
Ordered that John McInnis, a charge upon the county as a pauper, be discharged from further care from the county, and that the bill of R.H. Condon, amounting to $37 for the care of said pauper be allowed, and the Auditor be instructed to draw a warrant upon the Treasurer for said amount.
Ordered that a Board of Health, for the county be created, and that A.J. Cain, S.L. Gilbreath and J.M. Hunt be appointed and constitute such board, and that, no person shall be allowed to become a charge upon the country as a pauper when this board is not in session except upon the recommendation of the Board of Health.
Ordered that when any defendant is sentenced to jail on failure to pay any fine or costs, or is under sentence of imprisonment in the county jail the Sheriff shall cause such persons to work out their term of imprisonment, or amount of fine and costs at the rate of three dollars per day, upon the public highways. And the Sheriff is hereby authorized, for the more safe keeping of said prisoners, to place upon them a ball and chain.
Boot and Shoe Store.--Hanson is putting up a good frame building adjoining the News office, for a boot and shoe store.
New Saloon.--L.E. Harris, of Lewiston, will open a first-class saloon in this place, in the building adjoining the livery stable.
Quarterly Meeting.--Rev. S.G. Havermale commences a quarterly meeting on the Pataha Flat today. He will be assisted by the Rev. A.J. Joslyn, of this place.
Notice.--Kimball & Day are closing up their business with the view of building and opening anew on a larger scale. To do this they must collect up. See their last call.
Gold.--For years past the opinion was expressed that there was gold in the immense sand banks in the Alpouaua, on Snake river. Prospects made within the last two years confirms this belief, and a ditch to get a supply of water from the creek has been dug, and before long we will have the result of those interested. Capt. Armstrong has promised us some particulars next week.
Personal.--Dr. M.A. Kelly, of Lewiston, passed through a few days since, on his return home from the east, where he has been spending the winter. He visited Washington and informs us that the numerous petitions signed for the annexation of North Idaho to this Territory, are in the hands of Judge Jacob, our Delegate
A Mistake.--We hope the citizens of Dayton will not make the same mistake that was made in Walla-walla at an early day in the prosection of miner enterprises, for the benefit of the entire community, by being so diffuse in their energies that no particular matter will be pushed to a successful termination. For want of concentration of purposes, enough energy and money has been uselessly expended in Walla-walla in a public spirited way to have made it a business centre with twice its present population.
Warehouse.--George Hunter, the business manager for the Grangers of this county, has been during the last week soliciting stock for the warehouse at the mouth of the Tucannon. He succeeded in obtaining over $1000 in and about Dayton. George might of done better, but he can scarcely speak above a whisper and at a short time at that, and as a matter of course he was occasionally bluffed by good talkers who would take advantage of his diffidence. However, he will succeed in getting the building up and be ready to receive freight soon. Last year over the road to the Snake river, Robt. Elwell with three 3 year old colts and one mare hauled over 4500 pounds to the river, and at the same time J.N. Thompson hauled 2500 pounds with one span of horses. The road is one of the best in the country and will require but little labor to keep in repair. The O.S.N. Company are offering us all the facilities that can be asked and to secure a good outlet by the way of Snake river, is now a matter entirely within our own control.
Cattle.--There is quite a demand for cattle now, but not at rates that offer any great inducement to the raiser to sell. However, we think the wise policy would be to sell and re-invest.
Correspondence. Editor News:--We want in this letter to announce to the public that the fellow who writes scandalous letters from the place to Walla-walla Union and Pendleton Oregonian, is regarded by our citizens as one of the meanest of the hoodlum kind. He made a raise of a pair of pants not long ago, to wear in place of his "foxed pants," and gambled them away in the saloon before he had a chance to sport them. He is a nice fellow to be writing about the average Granger and the people of Dayton if he has to be noticed any more, it will be in the way he deserves. Yours, Citizen
A regular term of the Probate Court will be held on the 4th Monday in April.
Scott has burnished up the drug store so it looks like a new pin.
Belcher is sticking to his word in giving bargains at the Red Store.
Our office was mistaken for a drug store yesterday. What is the town coming to.
Rowley & Bunnell are preparing to receive a fine stock in their line this spring.
J.N. Day has donated two lots to the Baptist Association for the erection of a fine church.
Judge Sturdevant will remove his office to the building occupied by Mr. Dustin, by the first of April
Mr. H.A. Frary leaves today for a tour through Idaho representing the interests of the Woolen Factory.
T.G. Lee, of Walla-walla county, is paying us a visit. We are glad to learn he is recovering his health again.
Up to the present time everything looks favorable for a most abundant grain and fruit crop the coming season.
Waitsburg is to have a new town hall. The enterprising citizens of that place are ahead of Dayton in that respect.
Look out for the centennial entertainment to be given by the ladies in Matzger's hall, on Thursday evening next.
S.L. Gilbreath has contracted with Dexter & Thompson for the manufacture and laying up of the brick for the two story building to be erected by him.
Dayton is destined to become an important produce market. Until that time we cannot expect much stability to be given to our business operations.
We regret to learn of the severe illness of Miss Mina Jones, who has a serious attack of sore throat, which required the use of the lance to give her relief.
Our old friend, George Giles, has returned to Dayton to make it his permanent home. He is in charge of the milling department of the Dayton Flouring Mill.
In securing a proper landing on Snake river, the trade of Waitsburg will be an important consideration, which should not be overlooked by those having this enterprise in hand.
That the importation, manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors for a beverage, was the question before the Lyceum this week, which, after being ably discussed was decided in the affirmative.
Hunt says he knows who is going to be the next President of the United States, but he was told not to tell. If he don't tell us we will publish him for sure. "Cumtux mica."
If proper steps were taken the butter and egg trade would become an important one at this point. These articles will bear shipment to Portland and the Sound with a renumerative profit to the shipper and producer.
At the brick store they are busy invoicing and making other preparations for a fine spring stock. Mr. Guernsey goes below in a few weeks to make the necessary purchases to keep up his large trade.
Ike Abbott gave us a call yesterday, and was relating to us some of his experience with the young ladies. He thinks of taking a trip to Walla-walla, to see what his prospects are there. We fear he will be a little disappointed.
Estate of Jacob Joseph Surber, administrator, James M. Sparks
summons Harriett E. Fauver, plaintiff vs Marquis D. Fauver, defendant. divorce and custody of Authur D. and Lilly G. Fauver, maiden name Harriett E. Palmer, county of Nez Perce, Idaho **
Saturday, April 1, 1876 Accident.--A little son of Berry ???ns, four years old, had his thigh broken, on Thursday. The wheel of a wagon being greased fell upon the little fellow as he was looking on. Dr. Day set the limb and the boy is doing well.
For California.--Mr. James Dustin who has resided with us for two years ???, leaves for California to make it his future home. His upright dealings and ??dness of heart has make him many friends who regret to lose him.
Ed. Harris will fit up the room occupied by the News office for his saloon. As spring is coming we propose to camp out until after fly time, if we can raise a tent. Economy is the order of the day, and we ???e to practice, when we know how, what we preach.
Centennial Sociable.--A very pleasant and agreeable company of ladies and gentlemen assembled at Matzger's hall on Thursday evening. There was much enjoyment and the Spirit of '76 seemed to imbue all, ?? before separating it was determined to take active steps to increase the interest in the coming celebration. The ladies, especially have determined to have a rousing time on the Fourth of July, and our readers are fully aware that when they say they "will," they will and there is no use of any further argument. A new and special committee of arrangements has been appointed to get up a lively affair to come off about two weeks hence. There is to be no foolishness this time.
Race Course.--We visited the course on Monday last and found it in excellent condition. John Putnam is an old experience trainer and has devoted a great deal of labor towards making his track the best half mile track in the country. He has at this time Hopeful, Capt. Jack and J.N. Day, by Badger Boy, in training. These colts have good action and speed and give evidence of as much outcome as any blooded colts we have seen. Aurilla, by Medoc, is the finest colt in the country. he won the purse in the 2 year old running race last fall at the Walla-walla county fair. Wm. Hendershott has in training Vinnie Ream, of Messenger and Paul Jones stock. She shows better action than any Belfounder we have seen. He also, has Paine Bros. and Moore's Belfounder filley and a 2 year Badger colt in training, which we will notice more fully at some future time. Great inducements are offered on this course to persons having colts they wish trained, the expense being less than at any point in the upper country.
Go to the concert on Monday night, it will be your last chance.
Mr. John Graham is in town paying his relative and friends a visit
Hunt gives a free dinner at the Columbia hotel today.
The cattle men are busy gathering up their bands.
Hanson has moved his shop to his new building near the Red Store.
Some of the boys had a big hoodo night before last. We were not invited.
The Lyceum has a meeting on Wednesday evening, the last of the season.
Butter and eggs generally a legal tender in Dayton are at a discount at present.
Rowley & Bunnell are having built in the rear of their store a fire proof cellar
The factory wagon went to Walla-walla yesterday with $1300 worth of goods.
A.H. Reynolds, of Walla-walla, is in town looking after his interest in the factory.
Mr. Breyman connected with a large mercantile house in Salem, Oregon, is paying this part of the country a visit.
We don't know so much about the consequences, but would like to know all about the other part of the arrangement.
Wm. Vauters, of Waitsburg, was in town during the week. We wish inducements could be offered him to make this his home.
As soon as we can secure our claim in the Alpouaua gold district we will publish particulars and give our friends a chance.
We learn that arrangements have been made to erect a flouring mill on the Toucannon, near the present crossing of the stage road.
The saw mills are turning out large lots of lumber to meet the heavy demands that will be made this year for building purposes.
George Day, recently arrested in Umatilla county, for selling whiskey to the Indians, has been tried and sentenced to three months' imprisonment in the Portland jail.
Geo. Hunter had at last accounts succeeded in obtaining $500 more stock for the Tucannon warehouse. The building will go up immediately, and shippers may rest assured Mr. Hunter will have their business attended to with promptness and dispatch.
Battle Creek Grange
Editor News:--Thinking that a few lines from this section would be of interest to your readers, and especially to Grangers, I will let you know something of the kind of time we had on Saturday, March 25th, at Battle Creek Grange. In accordance with previous arrangements, we were to meet at 10 o'clock, to have a harvest feast. Notwithstanding the inclement weather, by half past 12 o'clock the school house was filled and a fine a repast as ever tempted the appetite of a hungry man spread before us in a manner that reflected great credit upon the good taste of the sisters. After the return of thanks to the All Wise One, for his bounteous gift, all set to and had a splendid time in the good old way. After the feast 12 basketfull of the fragments could of been gathered up. All being in a mood for conversation that unanimous feeling was one of the satisfaction with the prospects of Columbia county in the near future, and in favor of all enterprises calculated to advance the interest of the people, and especially the building of a warehouse and establishing a shipping point on Snake river. Being reminded that as tillers of the soil had other duties to perform, we bid each other adieu, feeling that the harvest feast at the Battle Creek Grange would always be remembered as one of the most pleasant events of our lives. Eye Witness.
Died.--Near Dayton, March 31st, 1876, of consumption, Mary Emma, wife of John L. King, aged 26 years, 11 months and 19 days.
She leaves a husband and three children and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Her funeral discourse will be preached by the Rev. A.J. Joslyn, at the M.E. church, today, at 10 o'clock A.M., to which all are invited.