County Democrat-News (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 15, 1923 Page: 4 of 8

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COUNTY DEMOCRAT-NEWS "rr w,,a'" nall>»n* «•*■« *••• •* f«»
---- person*, except for selfish molives—those op-
y pu«vl to pm^rem ami who do not know the
meaning of the won! prosperity who will vote
« gains! the bond ft.
(«M»d roads i. a heritage to hand down to ihe
coming generations. The tax will not Ik- a hurden
while the Itenefitft aeeruing will treNe and quad-
ruple the cost to each and every individual.
Think it over.
COUNTY nKMCK.RAT-NKWS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1923
Published at 18 South Park St.
Sa pul pa, Oklahoma
K. M. STAGGS
Editor and Owner
Entered a- Seeond Clast Mail Matter Octolwr
• — 1 *20. at Sapuipa, Oklahoma, under the
art of congress. March 3, 1879.
THE PUBLIC
And Conscientious
SERVICE
City Without Funds
to Employ Inspector
REII-BCTtON or _
IM Bur SENTIMENT IN KOI
TORIAL rilOM THE “EL
RENO DEMOCRAT.”
THINK IT OVER.
Il we treat the good roads proposal as a busi-
ne-x enterpris*- we wdl all. as business men. vote
"b> If we consider if a matter of polities,
w. will mix the issue until it resembles hoarding
bouse ha‘b. V\ e must |IMik upon tins a» we
wouId uni other imestinenL if we are to make
anv prog res, m ( reek county in the next sev-
■ r.t! mu- e m ist consider the question from
•dl rplc*. It is an eeonomie, not a p ,(| ,,r
I" * '"d que Imn. It is a matter o( -citing our
*'" ' 1 *' Io spending tlii- money for pood
f".i 11 • \\r . re put Imp t h«- w hole Ci >urt\ lit p -siliun
t * wl\< . <J It filial) Ye |>r;
Jrtirallx foi.r tiinrs ihe
mount of 11u* fn»n«l>.
to -it noliiing ->i iiililrd
nu-in4>w ;«!!<! iiirrfD-V'il
cmplox incut.
1 lu* turn i f
Clerk coinitv arc lo-ing
f hot i vine I* i*f ijolla rv < (f
Inisillcss evert tear Ik*-
««itiM of out]
Il i' fell al Bristow, at
Dnimripht, at Mannford. at Oilton, at Kiefer,
at Mound', at Sapuipa and e\er\ other town in
the county. It is natural for business to follow
good roads, and. as a lesult of this. Okmulgee
and r.iki counties are the lienefieiaries of our
failure In huild hard surfaced roads.
In five year-, if we vote these hoods, t uiric*
passing through the city, will spend more than
enough money to meet the interest. That is a
small matter, of course, but there is an old song
“That even little bit added to what you have
make' a little bit more,” which is true in the
iase of (,icek county.
I he wear and tear on automobiles, trucks,
wagon* and vehicles of all kinds and character,
will mean a '.iving much greater than the total
amount of the Ismds to be retired each vear. The
saving of time to the farmer and the oil field
worker will run tar into thousand* of dollars
annually.
Ilirmjgh the proposed Uuid i"iie of $730,000
in conjunction with the program of the county
commissioners to build a few miles of hard sur-
fac-,1 road each vear. ( icek eountv will receive,
through tt ler.il aid on the proposed (if) miles
of hard surfaced highway, a total of $823,000
from the government, or more than the bond
issue. I hi* is a fait that should receive the
greatest consideration.
\\e can build that Of) miles of load in three
years under this plan, while it would require the
eountv commissioners, under their program, at
least six years to do so. This would give two
roads as a start, running across the county. Then,
when these are completed the county com mis-’
sinner*, out of what i» now used as a maintenance
fund, could build latterals to even community
and through every township, giving Creek coun-
[> the most complete system of highways in Ok-
lahoma. with the possible exception of Tulsa.
Th,- building of these roads also would mean
a "•duetio.i in the road tax. The maintenance
Would lie light and there would he no need for
a huge fund to try to do the impossible—keep
dirt roads in conditions for traffic. Slick should
have a road to Kellyville or the Ozark Trail at
some point south of Bristow: Kiefer should have
a road to Glenpool; Drumright, Oilton and
-Mannford should have short latterals leading to
various points, while Shamrock should have the ;
new federal aid highway to a point east of Bris-
tow on the Sapulpa-Bristuw road.
Sapuipa should have a road to the north.
1 his is necessary in nrt(er that the business in
that district could he brought to this city The
road in that direction, which would serve a
large numlx-r of farmers and others in that ter- !
ntory. are impassable. This should at least be •
graded, drained and the holes filled.
Creek county residents would prefer to spend
their money at home, hut with no roads to get j
into the various cities and towns this is impos-
uble, y« Cm* , OU,"-V “ !*>'"* tribute of mure
than $.1,000,000 a year for roads that ar- im-
passable a good part of the time.
The situation is desperate. It strikes the
farmer, if he only has a dozen eggs and a pound
of butter to sell; it hits the lalmrer, in that it
tends to make food products higher. It affects
the rural schools, preventing many children at-
tending school regularly and makes social inter-
course between the farmers an impossibility.
The rural churches are affected, all of which is
discouraging as well a, expensive.
Every man, no matter where he lives or what
[lift business, should go into this matter deeply
before voting “No.” The facts are available
and the cost, as all can learn, will be light—
lea. than $1.25 per $1,000 valuation. Com-
pnre tiua with the tribute paid for bad ronda,
SETTLING ONE point.
If we vote $i 50,0(10 of road ImuiiI* what
assurance have we that the eountv com-
missioners will use this fund cm the project
endorsed at the Bristow meeting? W ill it
not I e possible for the commissioners to di-
vert this money to other road*?
That is a questioned advanced by a well
known citizen of Mounds as to how the pro-
pos,-d bond monrv will la- used. This man. Mr.
Joe Sis'on. former county commissioner, is an
advocate of good roads, hut he. like others
wot* to know the people will get what they
I>«v for.
I hat quc'tion is ea*i|v un*wcr*-d. An in-
vestigation of the procedure neoessarv to rail an
1 '-' lion -hows the commissioner* must specify
i c higl way* to |h- improved with the money.
Ih.it is binding iqion them.
•'hen. in making application for federal aid.
the county commissioners must state, spceifical-
lv. what roads are to benefit through the fund*
allowed by the I niled States highway depart-
ment.
W hen this application is approved hv the
highway commission it i* referred to federal **n-
gmeiT'. (line of whom are stationed in Oklahoma
<-ity. The*,- engineers make an investigation; if
they approve the project, it is then referred to
'■'I engineers at F-1 Worth, who ap-
prove. and reler it to the national bureau of
highways in Washington.
If the project is approved by the bureau, the
stale highwav commissioner is then directed to
advertise for bids. Bids also are scrutinized by
the federal engineers in Oklahoma, and the same ——- ... .«■ emergency .no i
process of approval is gone through that is fol- ~ * <rnipor.ry line .cross the river. It
;---------:— .l • - • .. w*« not an easy task, and the worker.
fa ed many diacourageaM-Bta, but d*
feat to the workers was only an ad-
ded incentive and the new line was
put across. Rock Island engineers
and employees did the work, which
was personally supervised by th* El
Though city officials realise the'
need of a special milk and food in-
spector for Sapuipa. it ta doubtful
“ w hether provision can he made to em-
► AIR-MINDED pUy such an officer. The estimate
for the current year did not carry any
! fund for this purpose, and it may be
necessary to defer action on thia for
: another year, it is said.
“While at time, we are prone to, I)r- George H. WeUel, at the last
condemn and ' riticiae our pubi c serv. me,’tn,r °f ^ *Ry commission, re
ice corporations, and sad to relate, ft 'commended the appointment of a milk
is done too often because it appears *n<* inspector. The proposal is
the popular thing, to do. yet it must r,kftfded with much favor, hut the
he admitted that the time of emerg I'(Ueation of funds from which to pay
ency and catastrophe, the everyday ’**l»ry of such an officer faces the
efficiency and the desire to serve, i, i ri,v ” *• *---
j brought out in greater relief than or-
dinarily. At least that is true in El
K. on. Day after day we are served - ..........—>
with transportation facilities. ga« and over "n,il n,Tt Jo,Jr
.]. in, sen ice, te'ephone and the Ilk* ---
take thi. as a matter of fact.; |)|{ J. E. GARDNER
L* injr but littl# hfw) to thi* wfindfr i DFNTIST
',J Tan 7.-it on that is hehind .-ach| Offir* Hours: i> a m to K p m
utility, working that we may have Sundays V a m tails m
Phon* 744
R. L. Suddath
LAWYER
Land Titlea and Damage Sait* a
Specialty.
I« Tears' J*ractir. in all Coarts.
Office. Dickson Rida
Sapuipa, Oklahoma
(ravlord R. Wilcox
LAW YER
Bldg.
Off.
msi7 Clay ion
Phon* <94
| city commissioners. If it ia possible
to divert funds to meet this contin-
gency. the inspector wrill be appointed
. in a short time, otherwise this must
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d* that th<' public may be served,, , .... ' ~ ”
LEWIS \ LANDRITH
' '< but little thought to the man' Oadertakers and E mbs I me re
r r and the en ,rm,.u. exp- , -lit-.re, ,.U‘ M,l''h*U *
v operate and ftwanca tbrae great 81 'h,,n'
organirations. In the pa.t two weeks
I Go -d conditions have raused a short- _______ _ _
‘ ■ "t *»'<■»■ in El Reno, interrupted • 77
v .trie .emre, and rural and long
di-tanc* telephone service, the city
wim withoat natural gas for two
we.-ks; it was during those periods of
; in -nveniene* that the value of our
public utilities was brought home to
us.
The Rock Island had men on hand
ready to make bridge and track re-
pair. almost before the h,gh waters
had completed their devasution. and
the work went forward unceasingly
until transportation was reestablish
ed Here in El Reno when high wat
er broke the water mains of the city,
it was the Rock Island which came
forward in the emergency and built
* a al _ «rfr.
A I l»*r RegnUiar rrJ
t mu r-.o .
* *r«1 tones
e- Mam; i.r n«a .,utek
"ttef and la,line re-
ts. I-. Ljrli.ue
• I. le-sl l.>’Ua
sse .t roor .1. wi,
Jaha .-l-aaa a saaa
rt. Smoaffttk.
lowi*ij in approving the projr-rt originallv
1 hr county must <i<-|M>sit mi much money for
tlu- project, which will Ik- placed with the state
highway commissioner. When this money is
forwarded f<* • tkl.ihonia Citv the county commis-
sioners lose all connection witli the project. The
work is done under the supervision of an en-
gineer designated by the state highwav comnns-
Moner, with the approval of the federal highway
bureau. The county commissioner* have noth-
ing to do with construction on the highwav* des-
ignated. Thev do not even receive monthly re-
ports and estimates of the engineers in charge.
And as further evidence of tlie fact that Nhe
tax pavers will get value received if they vote
th. *,- Ik,nds, i. the fact that, under fi-deral su|K-r-
vision. there is no commission to any one; the
engineer is paid a straight salary, and it is es-
11mated, if the Isinds are sold at par. that at
least 95 |ier vent of the bond money will Ik-
spent in A*- actual construction of the roads
designated.
These are farts, as they will Ik- revealed to anv
|K-r»on who desire* to make an investigation, and
a.IviM-ales of good road* should not lose sight
of the procedure, which is necessary for the pro-
tection. not only of the lax payers, hut of the
county commissioners.
I he present Iki&tiI of county commissioners
has shown a-disposition to tote fair with the pub-
li«. There is no man among them, according to
general belief, who would attempt to divert the
lunds derived from the sale of these bonds.
Only sufficient bonds, probably one-third of
them, will be sold each year for a period of
three years, and the highway* commission is al-
lowed interest at tin- rate of 3 |,er cent on a
daily balance of all such funds deposited with
it. which goes toward construction of the roads
designated.
The republican publicity bureau in Washing-
ton says wheat farmers of the northwest “know"
Ihe Fordney-McCumber tariff has henefitled
them, then proceeds to tell why, hut fails to
make any mention of 70-cent wheat, and the
high price of flower.
"America la-ad* W orld in Can of World War
v eterans,” says a headline. But we assume Mr.
f orhes was aide to take care of himself.
That shaking and rumbling out in California
may only lie Hi Johnson getting ready for the
coming session of congress.
Judge Cotteral gave Jack a cold shower. The
house promises him a cold plunge_soon.
*--—--—
Well, anyway, Medill McCormick is about aa
consistent as you would rxpeef him to be,
A man with cold feet never won anything but
a losing foot nee.
The oyster is Waiting on
Reno official* of the railroad. Before
! highway* were really pa*K*ble, and
high water had barely begun to re-
tede, a crew- of telephone linemen
were at work north of the city doing
their utmost to ret their line across
Ihe swollen stream.
“When the city's electric current
was cut off, when high water took out
portions of the 'high line,' workmen
<>f the Oklahoma lias A Electric cm
l-any went to work almost immediately
to repair th* line, and sufficient tern
r-i-rary repairs were made to resume
service. The repair* to the gas mains
of the Oklahoma Natural company
1 unsullied mure time than usual be-
cause the workmrn were handicapped
by conditions left by the flood, over
which they had no control. Vet that
line was put across. These utilities
were actuated by the one desire, re-
sumption of service. Certainty we
readily admit that resumption of aarv
ice also means resumption of reve
nue for the utility company. Vet we
must also admit that resumption of
service means a resumption of our
comforts and conveniences.
"There is a certain pride about pub-
lic utility concern* and their employ-
ees to giv* 'service,' and they labor
unslintingly and without hope of re-
ward, and often endanger their lives
to see that that service is given.
"It is not the daily wage that keep*
the railroad man working industrious
ly to relay a washed out track, or re-
, pair a bridge; it is not the day'* pay
that forces a telephone or electric line-
man to plunge into the swollen tor-
rent of a river on a cold day, to at-
* tempt to get hi* lines across, it is
not the greed of money that forces
the men who repair our gas lines to
work all day and part of the night in
mud and water, and with their cloth-
ing soaking wet.
“Money has its attractions, nu doubt,
mid we all are more or less attracted
thereby, yet there must be a atilt
; higher motive that actuates the work- j
man for the public utility company or
any other concern, when he goes to
th* extent of endangering his life,
that we may have "uninterrupted
service.” 1‘ublic utility companies or
any others, must have • high stand-
ard themselves, to have men in their
employ who cooperate in giving serv
icn. Those companies which nerve El;
Reno with transportation, fuel, power
or light or in other waya, are to be
complimented on the manner In which
they met the emergencies of th* past
two weak*, and wo th* people must
learn to bettor appreciate the work of
those concerns. Patience and coopera-
tion on our part often assist* la se-
curing ‘resumption of service’ mom
epeedily than will unwarranted enti-
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portunitv to accumulate the sur-
plus funtl** with which to make the
most of vour business ehanees.
Here you get 4% interest and Na-
tional Rank safety for vour Sav-
4 0
ings.
i
American National Bank
Sapuipa* Oklahoma
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