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4 PINE RIVER JOURNAL VOLUME II NUMBER 21 THE PINE RIVER JOURNAL. PINE RIVER, CASS <X>U.ffS\ MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1937 SUBSCRIPTION $1.00 Per Year NEWS BRIEFS OF INTEREST FROM 'ROUND THE STATE FARMERS RECOVER BAD CHECK MONEY Brainerd.—Checks totaling almost $325. have been recovered for Crow Wing County farmers to whom they were tendered for payment of stock purchased in the southern Dart of the county. The checks wer~ issued to the farmers hv a M;nneanolis man who was buying stock and (farm n.'-rviiirvhs naving fo„ tb.fi products with checks wTu*h came back from the bank with the notations that no fnn^s w~rp th°ra to cover them. After th^ats of prosecution were made. th° nrm- ey was recovered by the county attorney. GROW T.wmmows IN OTTERTAIL COUNTY F^rfucs Falls— Th-f- winter there will h° lemon m*> af the Press'ev Tewis liom" in Ottertail countv And the- lemons will come from their own tr-* thrives in Minn°s"ta F"<vmtlv fcVioir evbihi'ted °n urnis'iall'"' lar- ge lemon, cut from their tr**- when it was 19 b0low zero the night before. This1 is the first, time the trpe. which now stands two feet in heMif. is bearing fruit. As a 'five inch seedling, it was brought thne? vea^s ag° from Michigan. The tree is full of fragrant bVssoms, so there may be quite a few lemon pies. \wrywr*T\r's tjat pot.t.s iwtt/f.Q IS RETURNED BY WANT AD Mound.—Polling the distance from one town to the next from Mound to S-ton. did not prevent a woman's $12.00 hat from being found through a 25c want-ad. When 0Td Man North Wind whip ned a woman's hat from her head and carried it far beyond her reach, she thought it was gone forever. But. reckoning with her rcsou*c-ful husband he turned his ctorvc. to th° office of the Mound Pilot and inserted p- n/}v°rtia_.Tr>onf for the return of the hat A S-ton man appeared a few davs later with it and carried away a shiny dollar as his reward. SMILES BRING TONY $12,000 Duluth.—"There are smiles that make you happy." and there are also smiles that can bring you a fortune. Tonv Monti, a newsboy, who was formerly in th" Duluth Children'" Home, has just received a $12 000 inheritance as a reward for his cheerful disposition His unfailing smile and cheering wovds endeared him to a wealthy California man who nam-d him in his wi'l TT,_ furu°d ove** more than S^lKOO in c*~h and $6,500 in real estate and government bonds to the boy. SCHOOL NOTES School was, dismisspd eariv on Monidav afte-n^oo b°cause of the sudden snow-storm and noor road conditions, which made it hard for the busss to travel. The tobaergan slide on the rin-fh oid" ~f the school building is taking .shape and wi]l probably hp read'" for use next week. Renairs for the mimograoh machine have arrived and the school paoer will be published as soon as possible. The Pine River basket-ball team will play Backus at Backus Fridav nite. -A shipment of new library books arrived, and the YPA group is busy assembling them. RELATIVE OF LOCAL LADY DIES FROM RABBIT FEVER Mrs. W. A .Koester received word this week of the death of her cousin, Mrs. Jack Gillispie, of Illinois. Death was caused by rabbit fever, and was contracted when Mrs. Gillispie was cleaning a rabbit without using gloves This disease is not unknown by anv means but this is the first fatality that we have evpr heard of, caused by cleaning rabbits. NOTICE TO OLD AGE PENSIONERS IN CASS To al1 whos° attention this notice will come who are rceiving Old A ere A ssistanca and who are entitled to a pension' are urgent- ,- "ioniToc+^d to be nr sent at a mass meetir»<r in the school auditorium in Pine Piver on Monday Jan. 11 at ? p. m. Th° Old Age Assistance Taw and the administration of such benefits will be discussed. TWO INFANTS PASS AWAY THIS WEEK Gladvs P arl S°h-on, 2 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schoon of Gail Lake, passed away Saturday, January 2. Funeral services were held at the Northland Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Pearson of Jenkins officiating. Interment was made in the Pine Ridge cemetery. The 2 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murrel Hanson of Backus, passed away Monday evening. Funeral s-rvices will be held Friday afternoon, at the M. E. Church in Backus, with Rev. Milne of Pine River officiating. DRIVE STARTED AGAINST OBSCENE MAILS IN U. S. Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Johnson of Ah Gwah Ching. sp-nt Thursdav with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Walton. Bobbv and ElJpn Crosby of Osage, accompanied them. __Try A Want Ad Encouraged by the 15 year fed eral penitentiary sentence meted out to Gayle'R. Cleveland of Pensacola, Florida, alias Miss Gayle Cleveland, on charges of sending obscene matter through the mails , the Postal Inspection service has launched a nation-wide drive on obscene correspondence clubs conducted through the mails, it was announced by the Ppst Office department. Cleveland was the operator of "The Letter Club Different," one of numerous obscene correspondence clubs which have for their purpose the mutual exchange of 'cbscen? literature, photographs and drawings and which have been uncovered by postal inspectors in various sections of the country. The Pensacola 'Letter Cub Diff rent" of Cleveland was conducted in the same manner fls are the other obscene correspondence clubs which are now the subject of a far-flung roundup bv the Postal Inspection service. As operators of the Club. Cleveland would insert advertisements in the cheaper magazines offering for a small fee. •is^nl'v t-n cents, to put interested ner sons in touch with others of either sex who were in terest- 1~>d in the evchange of literature and photographs of an obscene nature. Unon remitting the original fee of ten cents, the persons ans"'oriner the advertisements of "The Letter Club Different" w°re then forwarded an identification and descriptive Mank. which, when properly filled out and returned to "Club" -^ave a minute description as to fhe senders acre, weight, height. features and nhvsical measurements in addition to stating the fvpe and sex of the person with whom thev wished to correspond on obscene, lewd and lascivious subjects. MORE FUNDS NEED ED FOR HIGHWAY! STATES ELSBERI JOHN KATER TO SELL FORDS IN PINE RIVER With upwards of $10,000, in federal aid funds as one the benefits at stake, N.W. Elf- berg, state commissioner of highways, in his biennial letter of legislative recommendations to Governor Elmer A. Benson, today placed the determination of Minnesota's (future highwaip policy directly in the hands of the people of the state and their elected representatives. His report and r commendatip ns were particularly pertinent inasmuch as only last week, thrf U. S. Department of Agriculture allotted to Minnesota $5,537, 023 in fed-ral highway funds for 1937, most of which cannot be 'obtained howievei, unless thf state matches the federal money with state funds that are not now either available or in sight. A similar amount will be at stake in 1938. before another legis ]ature meets. "The publi" and the l°mslat- ure," Commissioner Flsberg's recommendations to Governor Benson stated. "mu«t soon decide between the abandonment of a normal highway improvement program o» the adontion of a schedule of motor vehicle and motor fuel taxes high enough to meet the cost of such a program." The commissioner adhered to his statement made during December that he would make no effort to influence the Legislature as what nolicv it should choose. He did advise, however that legislation b° enacted that would put the Highway department on a oav-as-vfu-oro polic.v so that road dollars will go _>»** roads instead of naving interest on bond indebtedness. A pay-as-you-go' nolicv he stated, can onlv be accomplished bv eliminating- road construction or by increasing current revenues to match fed-ral aid funds, meet state obligations on other federal funds, and provide state funds "for roads on which no federal aid is available. The report points out that tho 1933 legislature added 4.500 miles of countv roads to the state trunk system, increasing its milage 65 percent, and at the same time reduced motor vehicle licenses and left gas^linp taxes unchanged. This provided no means for "financing the imnrov ment and maintenance of the enlarged trunk svst°m." and nonp has vet been provided the report adds, at the same time setting forth that the, 1935 legislature met the critical situation bv authorizing further bond issues tn finance matching of federal aid Commissioner Elsberg cited that bond charges n"w take month an one-fourth of the current income of the Highwav d^oart- me nt everv vear K° advised the Governor that complete- details of the financial problems of the department wi1! be presented to the proner legislative committees, but evPressed it a° his beli°f that the "interests o* the motorists and the public win be best served bv making a substantial increase in current revenues for the trunk highway system." How this can b° a/rnmnHshod is a matter for legislative determination. th° corhmissioner said chiding bv his earlier assertion that the Highway department will make no campaign for revenues. Commissioner Elsberg stresa- «d the imnortance of growing nublic demand for safer roads separated traffic lanes, senamted crossings, widening <>nd straightening of olde- highways and Greater sight distances on curves and hills. Two specific measures were suggested in the interest of safety: first, adequate provision f rr financing and maintenance of the Drivers License Division and enforcement of the law that (continued on page 4) ohn Kater, who operates the or Inn garage has received franchise to sell Fords and Ford products he announced this week. He received two models on./J£uesday. which are now on djsnlav in his garage. He has turned over the Pontiac-Buick sales to Marion Sherwood, who wi'l conduct his business in the building back of the bank. MEETS WITH UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT NEW YEARS Mrs. George Urton had th" misfortune of having a pile of wood fall on her on New Years Dav. While in th° basement gathering wood before building a fire, a stack of wood which had been piled to the ceding fell on hpr. seriously cutting the back of her head and blacking her eve. A physician was called immediat°ly to dress her wounds She is recovering nicely. ENTERTAIN FORTNIGHTLY CLUB ON MONDAY The Fortnightlv Club was entertained at the home of Mrs. Al Downing Monday evening A delicious luncheon was served bv the hostess at 7:30, after which bridgo was plaved bv the members. High sere wpnt to Mrs. Clyde Townsend and low to Mrs. L. W. Isens-e. ROADS MUST BE MADE FOOL-PROOF MUNICIPAL LIGHT PLANT PAYS BIG DIVIDENDS BILL DAY IS BUSY MANUFACTURING SNOW PLOWS Bill Day, the local blacksmith has created quite a reputation as a snow - p'ow builder, and during the past two weeks has been working early and late to complete plows that have been ordered. He uses his own plans and shapes the plows and welds them in his own shop. The plows are made for trucks and do a good job of cleaning off the snow. MUNICIPAL PLANT TOPIC FOR PTA MEET The nation's greatest safety, Campaign cannot achieveultimate, success until license and patrol | measures have culled out habitually dangerous drivers, and un-j til at least c.s much attention is] paid1 to the education' oif motor i vefhicle operators as is now paid to educate firemen of stationary steam boilers. These, in summary, are conclusions of America's highway experts at the 22nd national convention of the American Association of State Highwav Officials, according to Minnesota officials who returned last week from the assembly in San Francisco. Minnesota's Stat« Highwav Department, headed1 bv Commissioner N. W. Elsb-rg, ranks high for the entire nation, as evidenced bv the fact that Minnesota officials held three of the most important places in: the national association. J. T. Ellison, deputy commissioner and chief engineer of the Minnesota department, was chosen a member of the national expeutive committee; W. F. Rosenwald, maintenance engineer, was named chairman of the committee on Traffic Control and Satfety, and O. L. Kipn. construction engineer, heads the committee on Design, for the nation-widie organization. Mr. Rosenwald asserted on his return that the entire trend of th" convention this yea*- was toward greater emnhasis of the drastic need for education of motor vehicle drivers. This, sneakers and' stndv committ-es agreed, is now the most immediate need in the nationwide cam- naign to cut down the appalling death and injury toll of the highways. (continued on page 4) The PTA meeting at the high school auditorium next Monday evening, will be a mass meeting on "Municipal Ownership." Supt. Miller, of the Aitkin Municipal plant will be present with members of the board. The local library of books and pamphlets' pertaining to municipal ownership and and current distribution will be on display and any ques- tions asked will be gladly answered by those present. Special musical entertainment will be furnished by an orchestra from Pequot. Be there! A special invitation is extended to residents: of Pequot, Backus, Jenkins and Hackensack as well as all the local people. IF you are interested in reducing the rates you are paying for your currents—Be There. BENSON ASKS VAST PROG'M IN ADDRESS NOprrwT Aivrn FTTN'T, POME AWARDED CO. CONTRACT The Northland Funeral Home Was awarded the contract for burial of the county poor, at a meeting of the Countv Commissioners Tuesday. This is the third consecutive year they have received the contract. For some reason or other the commissioners rejected all bids for county printing. Gov. Elmer Benson, in his address to the Legislature, proposed a liberal program, asking for a 'new deal' for the state. He recommended a state dispensary liquor system, extention of the mortgage moratorium, elimination of the stat" tax levy on homesteads up to $4,000 assesed valuation and an increase in ore taxes. Gov. Benson took a firm stand in the increase of iron ore taxes, changing th° method of levy and repealing the ex emption of the iron mining comnanies from income taxes. He also urged a revision of the tax system to relieve the uniust tax load which now rests upon the home owner and farmer. Believing that taxation is based on ability to pay, he submitted bills to increase the monies and credits tax and also th" tax on utilitv co. franchises. He also advocate^ an increase in estate, gift and inheritance taxes and taxes of insurance companies. Union rate of pav for all of the state employes and comnulsory workmens compensation for all employees were somQ of theother proposals given in his speech to the Legislature. Municipal ownership has proven a great boon to the farmer and other rural users of current in Minnesota. Seventeen private companies ssrve 8638 customers "barging them 9 4c ner kiWatt. But fifty municinal plants serve 5311 customers at only 3.4c per kilowatt. The Municipal plants charge just a trifle over one- third of what the privately owned comnanies taxed their customers. The users ?e~ved bv the Municinally owned p]ant nay only $40.00 ner year for 940 kilowatts, while the private companies hold-un th°ir customers for $70.00 for 733 kilowatts. Almost twice as much for less current. It certainlv is logical to believe that the large privately owned comnanies who serve many more customers and produce more current, can manufacture their current for less cost per kilowatt than the municinally owned nlants. And vet they charge almost three times as much. The big nrofitsi go into the pockets of a f°w g^d-gor- ged corporations who will hire lawyers, newspapers and politicians to fight municipal owner- shin here in Pinp River. WAIT! WATCH! The 'pight has not begun yet. The B. E. P. P's. will not let go of a spot like this with out a fight. The Aitken Municipal p'aut gave $8,000 to their citv last year, besides furnishing 90 ooo k. w. h. free to the city and building a "white wav" at the cost of $1,700. This was don* all in one year, while the B. E. P. P's. took $5,000 more than thev should have out of the pockets of Pine River peonle. while we stumbled around in the glimmer of our 100 watt street lamps—> when thev work—so someone down east could line their pockets. A Diesel nlant can hoi jnstai-. ed here with two engines, one of 150 horsepower and one of 180 horsepower. These will pav for themselves over a P"riod of ten years while we enjov rates that will be much lower than those we now pay. If we work together and plan wisely we can change the whole 'future of Pine River and keep here for culture, convenience and permanent imnrovements, manv thousands of dollars that would otherwise be sent east by the local company. Evervone is urged to attend the PTA meeting next Monday evening, when these matters will be discussed. The m*n who operate the Aitkin Municinal plant will be there to exo'ain how well their plant is conducted. FRACTURES RIGHT ARM IN FALL ON SIDEWALK MRS. WYMORE CALLED BY DEATH SCHOOT FwrWTVFQ NEW RADIO IN SUB. DRIVE The school received a new "Philco radio as a reward for their efforts in securing snhscrip tions for the Curtis Publishing Co. Christmas was an unfortunate day for W. J. Webb, who fell oni the icy walk Christmas Day and fractured his right arm just below the shoulder. He is feeling fine at the present but is unable to use the injured member. HONOR ROLL The following new and renewal subscriptions to the Journal have been received the past week: Look at the date on your paper, if you are in arrears, stop in and see us. Frances Siefert, Pine River Frank Anderson, Iowa. Forrest Gilmore. Mildred Geo. Bealer, Mich. Phil B paler. Pine River Mrs. Jack Dooner, Minneapolis Mrs. Ford Rowell, St Paul Mrs. Maggie; E. Wymore of Pine River, passed away at her home Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m. Death was due to complications following cancer. Funeral services will be held Saturday, at the M. E. Church at 2 p. m, with Rev. MacKinney and Rev. Milne officiating. The Ramseys will sing at the funeral. Full obituary will be printed next week. John Rohr and Harold Jones j Mrs. Gardner-Johns on is seri- made a business trip t oBrainerd' ously ill with an attack of neuri- Tuesday. tis. Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Henderson returned Saturday, from Webster, S. Dak., where thev spent the holidays with relatives.
PINE RIVER JOURNAL
VOLUME II NUMBER 21
THE PINE RIVER JOURNAL. PINE RIVER, CASS