Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Adams County Makes the News - Council Leader #3

The Council Leader
Ivan M. Durrell, Editor and Publisher
Council, Washington County, Idaho

March 26, 1909

If Midvale, Cambridge, Council, and Meadows would work together in advertising the upper end of the county, much good could be accomplished. There is no use in attempting to deny the fact that there are persons in Weiser who knock the upper country. If a man were stationed there who could tell these people who are looking for homes in a straightforward manner the advantages of this section before the other fellow got hold of him, the chances are very favorable that he would come up and look at the country. There would be no trouble about locating him once he came.

Now is the very time to act. There are thousands of people coming west, and as long as the Alaska-Yukon Exposition is running, they will continue to come. We can more than double our population this summer if we will quit our infernal knocking each other and work together. The settlement of one section of the country enhances the value of the other. If we can’t locate a man at home, let’s locate him where he will be our neighbor.

Cambridge News

February 11, 1910

Dear Editor:

The Third Annual Oratorical of our county has passed into history and we trust that much good of an educational nature may result. The program was carried out very smoothly, and considerable ability was shown by the speakers.

Last year, I considered the decision of the judges in accord with the facts rendered; this year, the decision of the judges was so apparently unjust to Council as well as Meadows that I hereby wish to utter my protest against same, and while we all recognized some merit in one of the contestants awarded a prize from Cambridge, there were certainly plenty of others both from Council and Meadows who took prestige over the one to whom second prize was awarded.

We, as a school, do not feel beaten or outclassed—anything but that. We feel that we won.

Yours very truly,
J.D. Neale, Principal of School

March 25, 1910

James Hensen has been hauling posts and running out lines the first of the week.
E. L. Marble came back from western Washington where he has been working this

Walter Rogers and family have moved into their new home.
D. L. Marble papered Mr. Roger’s new house.
James Hensen bought a new team this spring.
L. L. Marble has been digging a well.
Walter Rogers has been doing some grubbing.
The boys of the upper Hornet Creek have organized a baseball team this spring that
promises to be one of the strongest on the P. & I. N. railroad. We expect to see
some interesting games this season.

Arthur Gardner says that he is going to fence his forty this spring. Good for him.

April 30, 1909

Frequently you pick up the local paper and after glancing it over, you wearily and impatiently thrust it aside remarking: “Nothing in the paper again this week.”

Did you ever stop to think what that expression means? inquires a brother editor. It means first of all that in the week just past no misfortune has befallen the community: that no fire has wiped out the our neighbor’s worldly goods; that the grim angel of death has crossed no threshold; that no one driven by liquor, anger, fear, or hatred has taken the life of a fellow human; that no poor devil haunted by the past and overwhelmed by misfortune in the present has crossed the range by his own hand; that many things that ought not happen have not happened. Yes indeed.

“Nothing in the paper” means further that the community is happy and peaceful and busy. So next time you read the paper that is devoid of tragedy, disaster, or sensation of any kind, take time to give thanks and do not grumble, for “Nothing New” is good news.

Grangeville Globe

April 30, 1909

Set a post in your hog lot and every hog will rub against it. This gives the cue for a cheap and effective louse killer. Wrap the post tightly from the ground up with quarter-inch rope and saturate the rope with kerosene every few days. Kerosene will kill lice, and the hogs will keep rubbing against this post.

Farm Journal

June 25, 1909

In order, as far as possible, to safeguard the property interests of the people of the Village of Council, from the dangers of conflagration, I, Frank E. Brown, chairman of the board of trustees of the village of Council, County of Washington, State of Idaho, do earnestly request that the people of the said village do refrain from exploding firecrackers over the length of four inches within the corporate limits of the village of Council and that no firecrackers, toy cannons, sky rockets or other inflammable substances or devices be set off or exploded near, in or about any building, or structure within the said corporate limits of the village of Council.

Frank E. Brown, chairman.
L.L. Burtenshaw, clerk.

June 25, 1909

This is a Contest worth looking into, also a Prize worth working for and we believe you will become interested.

The Leader has a plan by which some school district may get an organ absolutely free. All that is asked is the cooperation and support of the people.

For some time we have been devising some plan to increase our subscription list and have decided that this will be the most effective plan as it will give each subscriber something to work for. The plan we have adopted is as impartial as could be given and is this: for every five cents paid for subscription to The Council Leader we will give one vote on the organ to the school district designated by the subscriber.

The organ will be ordered and placed for inspection at the Leader office as soon as 300 votes are cast. This is merely enough to make the first payment on the organ.

Every school district should have an organ, and here is a chance to get one without any expense to the district. Remember the date the contest opens, and begin them to cast your votes.

(Not enough money was raised by this plan to purchase the organ.)


  1. I'm going to guess that the annual count Oratorical has passed into history, period. You might have a right-wing militia to compensate, though.

  2. Hi K: We have more than our share of tea baggers, for sure. See this afternoon's post.

  3. if we will quit our infernal knocking each other
    I really like this turn of phrase :)

    And I found myself enjoying this thought too:

    So next time you read the paper that is devoid of tragedy, disaster, or sensation of any kind, take time to give thanks

    A friend studying journalism told me that one of the things he noticed in himself, and needs to be watchful about, is a feeling of acute disappointment whenever something doesn't go completely pear-shaped, leading to a juicy story.

  4. Hi HKatz: Thanks! I like the pear-shaped/juicy story bit!


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