The Osage County News (Pawhuska, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, April 30, 1920 Page: 1 of 8
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The Osage County News
Combined with The Avant Hustler and The Osage County Hustler.
___REPUBLICAN IN PRINCIPLE, BUT PROGRESSIVE IN SPIRIT AND PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OF PAWHUSKA AND OSAGE COUNTY.
Volume 7. Number 84.
PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA, Friday April 30, 1920.
Commercial Club Meets
Touches On High Cost
GLENN DIAL RESIGNS
Recommendation Made to State Fair
Fair Price Chief.
Immediate Attention of Directors to
be Directed to Prospective Inves-
tors in Pawhuska.
The regular weekly meeting of the
board of directors was held at the
Commercial Club at 4 o’clock yester-
day and considerable business was
There were present directors Shid-
ler, Caspary, Lake, Elam, and Peters.
Mr. Shidler presiding. The four ab-
sent members were out of town.
The minutes of the previous meet-
ing were read and approved .
A bill for $18.30 for feeding the
Tulsa Boosters’ band was approved
and ordered paid.
A. C. Seely, Secretary of the board
of education appeared before the board
of directors on a proposition affecting
the raising of sufficient revenue to
meet the requirements of the city
school system n 1921. The Commer-
cial Club will take this matter up
Mr. Peters made a partial report
on the labors of the band committee
which is treated more fully in another
Mr. Elam, on behalf of the city
park committee, reported that the
members were at work but were not
ready to make a full report. Further
time was granted.
Mr. Caspary made a partial report
«n the streets sprinkling propostilon
and gas given further time.
Mr. Peters reported that negotia-
tions were in progress looking to an
early understanding with the Santa
Fe railroad company for the construe
tion of the road to Pawhuska and
stated that he will be in a position
to make a more definite report next
week at the regular meeting.
The question of the high cost of
living was touched upon in a brief
discussion and it was brought out by
Mr. Peters that within a radius of 100
miles of Pawhuska provisions and
clothing were being sold 25 per cent
lower than prevailing prices here. The
question of a recommendation for a
fair price commission for Pawhuska
was brought up and disposed of.
It was voted that the entire board
of directors constitute themselves for
the present an industrial committee
to aid in procuring sites and loca-
tions for new business interests and
factories seeking locations in Pawhus-
ka. The directors placed themselves
at the disposal of new comers desir-
ing to establis substantial commercial
or other projects and in the future
such a meeting can be arranged with
the prospective investor within a
quarter of an hour.
Glenn Dial, a member of the board
of directors and treasurer of the Com
mercial Club sent in his resignation
which was accepted by the board, due
to the fact that Mr. Dial is now a resi
dent of Tulsa.
Mr. Dial’s successor both as a di-
rector and as treasurer of the club
will be elected at a future meeting.
The board adjourned to meet next
Wednesday at 4 o’clock.
Buy Parsonage Site.
The Christian church last week pur-
chased the piece of property on the
southeast comer of Ninth and Pru-
dom, which they will use as a par-
sonage for their minister, who arrived
last week, and is now a substantial
fixture in Pawhuska and is alliancing
himself with the other ministerial
associates of the city, getting ready
to build the Christian church up to
the atandard where it belongs. It is
understood that the lot on the comer
of Ninth and Prudom will eventually
be occupied by an elegant new church
house and that the residence will be
moved on to the back of the lot. This
indeed is a mighty fine spirit on the
part of the Christian people and no
doubt they will make a great suc-
cess of tjjo venture. The new pastor’s
name Is Kev. J. W. Kindred and he
comes from Billings, Oklahoma, vnry
highly recommended. He 1b an ex-
cellent talker and the membership of
this congregation should give him ev-
Monday ovoning there was a tacky
party given In Owen Hall by the
Knights and Ladles of Security. A
large number wore present and on-
joyod the dancing and refreshments.
Music was furnished by a local or-
----N.wi- ■ ^
Mrs. Charles Stroud of Tulsa was
in the city spending Sunday with hor
husband, who is here to establish a
Re Vore Agency, Mr. Stroud having
the state agency.
One Dollar and a Half a Year.
Last Saturday afternoon at 1:30
there was a meeting called at the
Commercial Club rooms by Mayor
Carroll for the purpose of discussing
the paving question, the kinds to be
used and to try and determine some
_ ^plan to pursue to give Pawhuska the
ror Local best paving and to ascertain the will
of the people. As far as the latter
was concerned the meeting was a
complete failure for it has been dem-
onstrated tipies innumerable that the
people will not, as a rule, give expres-
sion in meetings of this nature. The
meeting was an open one, but only a
very small percentage of the people
interested in the city were present and
of those who attended very few ex-
pressed themselves, and then only in
a very mild way. The time was giv-
en over almost entirely to the paving
interests,, who used their time tell-
ing the people just how no-account
the other fellow’s paving was, etc.,
and telling why their’s was the best.
The meeting was a good thing, no
doubt, and gave the people some idea
as to the different pavings that are
being offered the people of Pawhus-
ka, and we sincerely hope that the
commissioners will choose wisely and
get the best money will buy, for this
will be something that our citizens
will be using for many years, and
surely we want it to last longer than
the time it takes to pay for it. We
say, even if the initial cost is more,
to get the best always pays in the
long run, and the best is none too
good for Pawhuska citiezns. To our
way of thinking either concrete oV
brick paving are the best, but which-
ever kind of paving is put in, it will
have to be given a good concrete base,
one that will stand the heavy traffic
with which our streets are punished,
and it will have to be seen that only
the best materials are put in. Every-
one knows the wearing qualities of
concrete and also brick, and with the
proper foundation and filler we see
no reason why either of these will not
stand the punishment that is given
them. Surely we do not want the
kind of streets all over our city that
we now have paved. We have been
given a good examplq of asphalt, and
it.<s readily creceded that we have
the best job anywhere in ths part of
the country. If that is so, then we do
not want any more asphalt. It looks
nice at first, but will not stand the
heavy traffic, so let’s get something
that will last. We have had a sad
and expensive lesson with the streets
we now have paved and they stand to
speak for themselves. Let’s choose
the very best and all be satisfied when
this choice is made. But, also, let’s
hurry and get busy and decide just
what we do want and get started, for
every day lost throws us just that
much closer to winter, and the bad
weather it brings with it. And again,
let us caution that we do not choose
too large a program. Let’s be judi-
cious, and look into the future just a
little. There’s no telling what it may
contain. Prices may drop, and then
there may be a tightening up of finan-
cial affairs. If that comes, our la-
boring class of people will need work,
and by scattering the paving over a
period of a couple of years or so we
may be able to do a wonderful good
for them and we may save ourselves
some money. Let’s make this propo-
sition do all it will for the betterment
of Payrhuska. But right now, we say,
get busy, and pave the principal
streetB, at least.
Visits Eastern Star Chap
Mrs. Gladys Hargis, the Grand Ma-
tron of the Eastern Star chapter, left
the first of the week for Blackwell,
Tankawa, Ponca City, Foraker, New
Kirk and other cities to visit the chap-
ters at these various cities.
MrB. Hargis is making the Eastern
Star a delightful Grand Matron and
wherever she goes she makes hosts of
warm friends, who are getting so they
regret to part with her at the time for
her to loave their city. The only re-
grets that us Pawhuska folk have is
that some of the orders in one of
these cities she visits may keep her
away from Pawhuska longer than wo
can well afford to spare her, for she
is alwdys working for tho better in-
terests of tho city and the Eastern
St. Thomas Episcopal
Cornor Leahy Ave. St 9th. Street.
The Bishop of the District, Rt. Rev.
Theodore P. Thurston, will make his
annual visitation and administer tho
Apostolic rite of Confirmation on Sun
day, May 2nd. at the morning ser-
Holy Communion and sermon Ay
the Bishop, 11 A. M. Evening prayer
nnd address by Archdeacon Spencer-
Mounsey, 8 P. M.
Any who wish to be confirmed
should notify Archdeacon Spencor-
Mounsoy, who will bo at tho Duncan
Hotel Friday afternoon and Saturday.
OUR CITY’S EXPENDITURES.
Last week we told the readers of the News that we were
going to the city water and light plant and secure for them the
first hand knowledge of the expenditures that are being made
in the way of improvements for the betterment of the city’s
water and .electric service. Monday in company with Mayor
Carroll, we went to the plant and found everything moving along
first class, considering the difficulties that they have been labor-
ing under for the past several months.
First let us call attention to the people the conditions that
individuals have had to bear with in building and construction.
Then in all fairness to the city officials let us call your attention
that they are only human beings and can secure no more for the
public benefit than the public themselves can secure.
We are going to take one division after another and outline
the activities and the difficulties and then we want to ask our
readers whether the city officials have not done about as weil as
the ordinary citizen could have done. We are not placing the
city officials above anyone else, nor are we upholding them in
any way for whatever shortcomings they may have, but we are
putting up to the citizens the common sense way of looking at
things. We all make mistakes and no doubt some of us would
have made far greater mistakes than the officials have made,
with the big undertakings that have been theirs to combat.
First we will take the construction of the spur at the plant
for the purpose of unloading supplies and new machinery for the
city. An application was made to the road officials for this spur
some time last June, but under Government administration, noth-
ing was done, nor could anyone secure anything for any price
through the government management of the roads. After they
were turned back to private ownership, steps were again taken
up with the road officials and action was taken at once and the
spur will be in this week, and the city will save enormous sums.
Prior to this the city has had to pay a very high rate to get their
supplies transported from the railroad yards to the city plant.
And right here let us state that at the time of the taking over
of the roads no account of the city’s application for this spur
could be found. Thus, this shows you the inability of the gov-
ernment to run railroads.
We will now take you to the building that is being over-
hauled which contains the city’s engines and dynamos. The work
on the building will be completed in about two or three weeks,
after which the engines and dynamos will be set. The large
Fulton- dlsel engines are already here on the ground, partly in-
stalled and the dynamos are ready for shipment at the command
of the city, which will be given as soon as the building is ready
for them so they will be protected from the weather. Each dyna-
mo will have a capacity of 240 kilowats, and the engines have
a horsepower of 285 each as compared to the horsepower of the
old engine of 227, which is running day and night, seven days a
week. So you can see that the city will be adequately supplied
with electricity and the quality of the engines is unequalled.
They are direct oil burners and will save the city no small item
in fuel consumption as compared to what they have been using
with the old boiler system. The cost of the engines and dyna-
mos will be $67,500.00 installed, and the overhauling of the build-
ing will be $26,200.00, including numerous other items of equip-
Next we wish to call your attention to the large dam and
filtration plant which are being built to supply the city with an
adequate supply of water. The contract for the dam has been
let and work started on this Monday and was progressing fine.
Really, it seemed good to see a bunch of men working so har-
moniously together and in the old fashioned way as these men
were for the Hamilton Construction Co., which is doing the
work. When completed the dam will give the city an approxi-
mate supply of eighty million gallons of water, and this docs
not include the dam over on Clear Creek, which also provides a
nice supply. The dam is being built on the cost plus basis, and
it is thought will cost about $30,000.00. The work on the filtra-
tion plant will start in the next thirty days, as soon as advisable
and workmen and materials will not be in the way of one anoth-
er. The work on this will be done by the Hamilton Construc-
tion Co., which also has been doing the sewer construction work.
The filtration plant will have a daily capacity of two million gal-
lons, which gives the city about a million gallons lee-way, as
tho summer consumption, it is estimated will be about a mil-
lion gallons per day, and thus you can readily see, that, with the
meters which are being installed the city will have an abundant
supply of water when all this work is completed, and for such
a mammoth program, it takes time and with the delays that arc
experienced because of shortage of materials, help and transpor-
tation facilities, there is no wonder that it seemB ages for Paw-
huska to get relief from her shortages in electricity and water
supplies. The filtration system will cost $65,000.00. The pro-
gram has been a great undertaking and to say the least, wc be-
lieve that it has been handled in a very satisfactory manner, con-
sidering everything. C>
Besides all the above the city officials have had tho water
mains lowered, lead street service connections made, preparatory
to paving, and have the sewer connections made for the Palmer-
Highland addition, with tho exception of a few alleys at the
wcHt edgo of tho addition, and the plans for the sewer system for
the Prudom addition have been sent to the State Sanitary engi-
neer for his approval, and as soon as they have been passed upon
and returned, the system for this part of the city will be put
Wo ask ovory individual who is not satisfied with the city’s
way of doing business to go to the city officials and lenrn some-
thing of tho work they have been doing, learn more of the condi-
tions us they really are, then if they ore not satisfied, to do the
big thing, by offering the officials every bit of help they cun in
order to push the things along more rapidly. We need speed urnl
tho only way to get it is for overyono to work together for tho
better interests of our city and not for some individuals or cor-
porations. Be a rcul PawRusku booster and do the big things
and do not bemoan yourself to doing tho things that are not for
the better interests of everyone. What all of us want is a bigger
and bettor Pawhuska. To this end, wo must all put forth our
host efforts. Are you doing all you can to make this posable?
Noxt week we oro going to touch on the topic of high rents,
taxes, and how to avoid tho calamity that is bound to coma If
we do not watch our step.
Must Come to Pa whuska: Texaco Interests Very
Some years ago, about four, if we1 Busy.
remember correctly, there was a geni- j The interests for the Texaco paving
ii u* •* d°WI* at Hominy, who sold concern were very busy the first of
all his interests in that sister city,; the week and up until Wednesday
I Pnm„mr!te< «<yith uS.wiy .t0L°kl“; 8ett'nK their propoganda before the
j noma City, to make that their home . cjty commissioners. There’s one thing
' n the mean time the gentleman in certain you will have to give it to
1 I’urc.haied a !ar*° 5 °f.k them for being on the job, but we
! i ,Bi, ft0Ck °’ th<l Clt'zens National 1 sincereiy hope the city commissioners
bank, for an investment, so they said, wiM not sec fit to allow any more
but, really, we believe it was to give asphalt paving, for the kind we have
S - *>n.y spectacle and a disgrace to
the city. It has not lasted until the
tax payers were able to get it paid
for. Wo are guessing that the city
generally does not wish any more such
paving, and we hope that the liter-
country on the face of the earth. And
just this past week, the many friends
of that good fellow, Prentiss Price,
ore welcoming him with that knowing
smile and telling him how glad they
™e wonder how much ature that they have been 8preading
n ^ 6 °°iPTn Wi" ,aWo | before the mayor an.l the other com-
to rcslht the cal1 of Pawhuska? I missioners will have very little weight
with them. Whatever kind of paving
is chosen, we, with the others of the
city, who have the better interests of
all at heart, hope that it will be a
kind which will last at least as long
as we are paying for it.
The first of this week Carl Soder-
strom of the Bank of Commerce left
Merchants Produce Co.
The Merchants Produce Co., organi-
zation has been completed, and short-
ly they will be prepared to handle all
kinds of whalesale business to the
merchants in this and the surround-
ing towns. They will deal wholly in
fruits and vegetables. Their place of
business is located behind the Paw- . . , , ....
huska Wholesale Grocery Co., on the ',n hls Essex roadster. f°r Indepei-
right-of-way of the Mi,Hand Valley, dcnce: Kan“’l whc,r<;.he will visit a
• ■■ .....- few days with relatives and from
where they are nicely located
commodious brick building.
The officers of the organization are:
R. S. Tolson, president; J. Mert Hoef-
er, secretary; L. B. Hoefer, treasurer.
The directors are E. S. Shidler, C. F.
Lake, J. A. Strauss.
Hoefer Bros., formerly located on
East Sixth street in the wholesale
produce business saw the necessity of
enlarging their business and incor-
porated in order that they might be
will be in active charge of the new
firm and has had several years of
coming their way. J. Meret Hoefer
will be in active charge of the busi-
ness and has had several years of
there he will go to parts of Arkansas
for an extended visit. Carl said he
should have started out the first of
this week, but he had to take along
his car and the roads were too muddy
for that.. As soon as he returns W.
O. Dildine will leave for Ohio with
His fumily to he gone for several weeks
Refinery To Soon Start
J. L. Hester, president of the local
refinery, who has been in the west
for several weeks, past, returned the
first of this week. He has been in
experience with some of the largest j Colorado, Kansas, Washington, Idaho,
wholesale houses in this part of the
Father of A. E. Stone-
house is Dead.
Monday, A. E. Stonehouse, manager
of the telephone company in this city,
returned from Scottsburg, Indiana, at
which place he had been for several
days on account of the death of his
father who had been ill for some time.
The elder Mr. Stonehouse was getting
well up in years, but ft was a very
sad blow to his son to learn of his
illness which called him home and to
have death come so suddenly after ar-
riving there. The friends of Mr.
Stonehouse, with the News extend to
him their sincerest sympathy in the
loss of his father.
Judge Museller to
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, A.
R. Museller left Wednesday for Wichi-
ta to be at the bedside of his aged
mother, who is very ill, she being in
ner 85th year. Mrs. Museller, tho
Judge’s wife has been there for several
days. The many friends of Mr. Musel-
ler hope that his mother will soon im-
prove and that she will still be spared
him for a number of years.
Because of the rains we have had
| at the time of the taking of the religi-
ous census, the same was postponed
[ und the bunquet will now be held on
j next Monday night. Every worker
of all tho churchoB is requested to he
I on the job and have the census com-
pleted by that time.
The Art Club.
The Art Club held its regular meet-1
j ing Monday afternoon at the homo of
Mrs. R. L. Hall, 525 East (ith street,
with Mrs. J. B. Spence us tho hos-
| toss to the members. The time was
happily siient In the study of modern
, palitters. Also an election of officers
I wus held, Following are tho ladies
who will preside over tho club the
coml«K year: Mrs. E. L. Guy, presi-
dent; Mrs, Ed. T. Kennedy, vice-presi-
dent; Mrs. George H. Gardner, secre-
tary and Mrs. Martin Carrikcr, treas-
Mrs. Sadie Simpkins, who has been
quite ill In u hospital In Parsons for
some time, is reported to bo much
Improved. Mrs. R, Wood Ryder loft
Monday evening for thaat city to bo
with her for a few dayB. Tho many
friends of Mrs. Simpkins in this city
hope for her speedy and complete re-
and up into Alberta, Canada. He re-
ports that he will soon have things
ready for operation at the refinery at
the east city limits, and that it will
be a very excellent establishment. For
its size one of the best in the state.
Now in New Quarters.
The Hudson-Osage Motor Co. Is
now nicely located in its new quarters
on East Main, the corner of Main and
Leahy. They have one of the nicest
garages and sales rooms in the city.
The building is a very attractive one
and is modern in every respect.
Recently Mr. Carriker, one of the
owners of the company went to De-
troit to the Hudson factory and he
was very fortunate in being able to
secure a large shipment of cars at
once. This firm handles two cars, the
Hudson and the Essex, both of which
are excellent makes and very popular
in Pawhuska. While in Detroit, Mr.
Carriker saw to the loading on the
trutn of the cars and it was one of the
largest shipments of cars ever sent
to this section of the state.
Patterson • Kline Shows
The Patterson & Kline shows will
exhibit here ail next week under the
auspices of the County Free Fair or-
ganization. It is one of tho biggest
shows on the road. They have thirty-
six cars of equipment and parapha-
nalia, and come highly recommended.
It is composed of several shows com-
bined, in fact a real circus and carni-
val. They will be located on tho San-
ta Fe right-of-way, at the end of
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth.
By order of tho Republican Cunty
Central Committee, there is a call
issued to the Republican voters of tho
county to meet in mass caucus in the
District Court Room on Friday, May
7th., at 2 p. m.
This is an important meeting and
a good attendance is especially re-
E. H. SIMPKINS,
Mrs. Nettle Phillips and W. E.
Thornburg wore married at tho Chris-
tian parsonage nt 7:30 o’clock Tues-
day evening of this week. Friends
of the bride und groom had looked for
tho marriage for some time nnd wore
not surprised when tho announcement
wus made. The News joins In wish-
ing them many, many happy yeara
of married life.
Visits Her Brother.
Miss Myrtle Dtinrnn of McComb,
HI., Is in tho city spending n few days
on a visit to her brother, Attorney
H. R. Duncan. She is supervisor In
thu Normal schools at McComb.
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