Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District
News from the
May 3, 1919
C. E. Gray was in Pomeroy Sunday visiting his father, Joseph Gray. The former had been demonstrating machinery for the Holt Company at Walla Walla, and called here on his way home to Waterville. He has been an employee of the Holt company for several years, but now operates independently, as a repairer of Holt machinery in the Waterville district.
Wood Powell has been discharged from service, at Camp Lewis, and will return to work on the farms in Garfield county. Mr. Powell was in Pomeroy a day or two last week. He said he had been offered a job by a number of farmers.
Starbuck and Dayton to Swell W. O. W. Membership
Classes of candidates will arrive from both Dayton and Starbuck, and probably from other towns to take the W. O. W. degree at the close of the membership campaign which is now in progress in Garfield county, under the management of District Organizer C. E. Horton, assisted by N. O. Baldwin, clerk of the local camp.
A team will come from Lewiston or Walla Walla to confer the degree.
The initiation will take place in the Union Lodge Hall on May 21.
Pomeroy Girl Wins
Miss Myrtle Matthies made the closing argument in the debate in which the Whitman College team won from the University at Seattle, Tuesday night. Miss Matthies is the daughter of Fred Matthies of Pomeroy.
Writing to his mother, Mrs. Howard Scoggin, Herman Scoggin, of C Battery, Fifth F. A. with the American army of occupation, in Germany, in part, says:
I am well now, and happy, and hope my dear folks are the same. I think that it will be impossible to get home this year, unless you show the authorities that my help is needed. As the war is over, home is the only place for me, but I am helpless, unless I can get some support from home. I can do more for the U. S. by being home than I can by staying in the army, but that isn't known in the war department unless it is introduced. There are several getting discharged on the same basis.
It is quite nice here now, the whole regiment is motorized and we only drill about three hours in the morning, and the boys are getting passes every day. But as the war is over, there is no place like home. But suit yourself, if my help is needed, which I think it is that is the place for me. I think my little bit is done. I sure hate to think that papa was trying to work the ranch alone, which is impossible.
No, mother, I didn't get my package for Xmas, it simply hurt me to think that your trouble was in vain. There are many crooks in the army so l think I won't write for anything else. My pal said that it came to the battery. Yes, Louis Lepke is a cook [n the battery, a good boy too but he didn't understand about the first division casuals that were in the hospitals. They are getting a rotten deal, the same as the first division. The most of tbem are sent back to the army of occupation whether they are able or not. They tell them the sivme as they did me, well try it, and if you can't make it, then come back to the hospital. They know that if a man ever gets out of those dens, that they will never come back.
We are billeted in a town twenty miles from Coblenz, Germany, which is situated on the banks of the Rhine river. There are five of us in one ! house. There is an old lady and two girls that also stay in the house. They sure treat everyone good. They hate to think that the French soldiers are going to take our places, which we tell them, when we want to argue.
Two-thirds of the boys have a fraulien (or girl in American language.) Of course, I am too slow. I guess the letter written in August to Bonita wasn't very interesting, that shows how much time the first division had...
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Game Commission Will Make Effort to Protect Baldwin Orchard
The county game commissioners, Senator E. V. Kuykendall, E. C. Cluster and Dr. John Gilbert, accompanied by W. O. Long, visited C. M. Baldwin's orchard in the mountains Monday, their object being to investigate the condition of the trees which, according to report, had been damaged by the elk.
Considerable damage had been done, it was found, elk having bitten off limbs and gnawed the trunks of some of the trees.
The orchard is near the top of a high ridge about two miles back of the edge of the timber and a mile or more distant from any house.
An effort will be made to protect the trees.
Almost everyone went for an outing Sunday, some to the Alpowa; some to upper Pataha creek; a few to Cummings creek; and for the most part others not accounted for, spent the day on the Tucannon. A list of the stay-at-homes includes the names of ministers, one school teacher, one county officer, a lawyer, a doctor and Police Judge John Thompson. Fishing was fair, it is reported.
Attends Oddfellows Celebration
W. A. Miller attended the Oddfellows' celebration at Walla Walla last Saturday. Mr. Miller has received word that his son Oscar Miller who served as a truck driver with a supply train of the 91st division, has returned from France and will be home in a few days.
Deal Not Closed
The deal reported to have been made by which W. J. Nicholson would have become the owner of an interest in the Nicholson grocery and market has not been closed, according to a statement made by O. D. and W. J. Nicholson.
Pomeroy Plays Prescott
Manager F. M. Robinson of the Pomeroy baseball team announces a game with Prescott to be played at Prescott Sunday afternoon.
Hogs Top Market
W. H. Hamilton, buyer for Rummens & Son reports the sale of a car of hogs in Portland last week at 20 1/4,the highest price for 12 months.
Henry Kinney was in Pomeroy last week visiting relatives.
of their own. It has been snowing and raining the whole day.
To Hold Neighborhood Gathering at Chapel on Flat
The board of directors of the Pataha Flat cemetery association announces an all-day meeting at the Pataha Flat chapel on May 15. Everyone interested in the improvement of tho cemetery is requested to be there to work on their lots.
A basket dinner will be a feature of the day.
There is also some business to transact and arrangements for the annual Decoration Day on June 4th will be made.
Present Superintendent, H. C. Hayes Retained
The school board has re-employed the present corps of grade teachers as follows: Miss Dean, 1st grade and building principal; Miss Moore, 2nd grade; Miss Rhodes, 3rd grade; Miss Burnett, 4th grade; Miss V. Jones, 5th grade; Miss E. Jones, 6th; Miss La Casse, 7th; Miss McFadden. 8th.
Superintendent of schools H. C. Hayes has also been re-employed.
Takes Trout Record
J. P. Buchet takes the early spring record for big trout, having caught from the Tucannon a 25-inch, 4-pound redside.
G. I. Drennan, former manager for the Pacific Power & Light Co., here, has been in Pomeroy this week. Mr. Drennan is now traveling inspector for the company with headquarters in Portland.
Mrs. W. W. Richardson will leave Portland soon for a visit to Washington where Miss Lelah Richardson will graduate, from the National Park Seminary. Before coming home Mrs. Richardson and her daughter will visit their relatives in Ontario, Canada.
Minister's Family Gets Sympathy for Death That Is Not Yet
Rev. Frank R. Spalding, of Oakesdale was kept busy several days responding to messages of condolence with which the family were being showered by friends who had received a report that Mr. Spalding nad died.
W. R. Winans, the father of Mrs. Spalding, left Pomeroy for Oakesdale, Sunday, for a visit. He said Rev. Spalding had been ill and the report got out that his illness had proved fatal.
Mr. Winans lives at Hood River, where he follows the occupation of farming and writes songs for diversion. "He has produced patriotic verses of merit, some of which have been set to music by Portland music organizations.
Attorney A. G. Farley delivered an address to the Oddfellows at Dayton, Saturday, the occasion being the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Oddfellowship in America.
Harry Burns, secretary of Harmony lodge of Pomeroy has circulated literature urging all Oddfellows, including the Rebekahs, to be present at the celebration here Saturday night. A program will be given at Union Hall. beginning at 8:30 and W. J. Hindley of Spokane will deliver an address.
Ad Sells Ranch
"It pays to advertise," says Roscoe Ward. "I sold that 20 acres on the creek above town for $4,000. The ad did the business.
The purchaser was Raymond E. Gentry through his guardian, Jeffrey Williams.
Ray Watson Home
Ray Watson arrived Saturday evening from Camp Lewis. He spent six months in France, was wounded, and has been in the hospital since October.
Boy's Arm Broken
When cranking a Ford car last Friday, Leonard Stentz, eleven years old, suffered a fracture of both bones of his right arm.
Hogs Bring 19 Cents
Ed Priest paid the Parlet brothers 19 cents a pound for a car load of hogs, shipping to Spokane Tuesday,
Among the arrivals this week of discharged soldiers are Carl Christopherson and Otis Rose.
Three More Arrive
Hermus Bartlow, Harry Schultz and Oscar Koenig have reached tho United States from service in France.
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