Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Adams County Makes the News - Council Leader #24

The Adams County Leader
Published Every Friday by the Council Publishing Company. 
Eighty-nine per cent of the stock of the above company
is owned by F.H. Michaelson.
F. H. Michaelson Editor and Manager

February 2, 1917
One of our contemporaries finds consolation in the fact that in the high cost of things, no concern has obtained a monopoly on the Aurora Borealis.  Since the Aurora usually displays its Borealis at a height of some sixty miles or more, it has been reasonably safe to date-- but, brother, with the advent of the flying machine, there’s no telling just how long before it will be selling for umpty cents a pound.

July 13, 1917
C.W. Holmes, Council, Idaho
Dear Sir: The bounty on squirrels will not be paid until after the first of next year, as funds will not be available until then.  In the meantime, you may notify parties claiming bounty to save the tails.  Full information will be sent you at an early date.
Yours truly, H. G. Bodle, State Veterinary
February 2, 1917 


The Weiser Commercial Club is, we note, keeping in close touch with developments in the North and South Highway situation in which Boise is working to have the route changed to go through Long Valley.  Influential members of the club, armed with facts and figures that might be unfamiliar to members of the legislature who do not live in this part of the state, have been at Boise to assist in spreading among legislators a knowledge of true conditions.  The people of Weiser believe that a clear presentation of facts is all that is needed to insure that the highway will be built through Council as previously planned.  The Weiser American says:

“For fifty miles through Long Valley, the Boise-McCall link would be higher than the summit of the Weiser valley route.  The lowest possible summit on the Boise-McCall route would be nearly a thousand feet higher.  Regarding the distance, the mileage from Weiser to Lewiston is 50 miles less than from Boise to Lewiston, to say nothing of the easier grades and the lower altitude so important except perhaps for 60 days during the summer.

“It is also well to emphasize the fact that the Weiser valley route is the one selected by the previous commissioners after comparative surveys and later endorsed by the land board.  By the Weiser valley route, the towns reached would be Nampa, Caldwell, Fruitland, New Plymouth, Weiser, Midvale, Cambridge, Council, Fruitvale, Starkey Hot Springs, Tamarack, New Meadows, and several smaller stations.  These facts coupled with the further fact that the Boise-McCall road would pass through 30 miles of uninhabited canyon and then only touch small stations except Roseberry and McCall makes the Boise contention ridiculous.”

February 2, 1917

Corrected weekly by L.J. Rainwater.  The following quotations are the prices paid for produce by the Council merchants. 

Eggs.……………………….. dozen 40 cents
Butter, creamery…………… pound 40 cents
Spuds………………………. pound 2 cents
Onions……………………… pound 3 cents
Cabbage …………………… pound 4 cents
Apples.……………………... box $1.00
White Beans………………...10 cents
Colored Beans………………8 cents
Squash……………………… pound 1 cent
Pop Corn……………………    pound 5 cents

February 2, 1917

The use of the word “damn” in a government bulletin has brought a newspaper discussion as to whether it is to be considered profane and unsuited to polite society.  Possibly if one were driving a pair of mules in a lonesome place and the off mule let its off foot and slammed one on the shin, the word, void of prefix, would be permissible.  Personally, we are inclined to admit that we might chance it.  But we suggest that if any person desires to put the questionable word to an acid test, he ask his mother, wife, or daughter to use it within his hearing.  For instance, if Ma burns the biscuits, have her say, “damn the luck.”  If your wife likes chocolates, have her say, “they’re damn good.”  If a few such demonstrations do not convince you that the word in question is to be counted among American “cuss words” the editor of the Leader will admit that he is no philosopher.

February 2, 1917
Taken up about the first of January, one bay yearling filly with a small star in forehead, branded X on left shoulder.  If not claimed and proved by owner, she will be sold according to law for cash on the 24th day of February 1917 at 10 o’clock a.m., at my place in Indian Valley, Idaho. 
H.L. Joslin, Constable

LOCAL ITEMS, 1918-1919


The last census report shows that there are more than six million farmhouses in the
United States and additional records of the same character show that a very large
proportion of these homes are supplied with running water.  Certain of these investigations which had to do with farm home life showed that a great and unfair burden has been lifted from the shoulders of the wives and daughters of American farmers by the installation of farm water systems.  I can install a perfectly satisfactory water system in your farm home at comparatively small cost to you.  After you have used it you would not part with it at three times its cost.  While in town, call and see me.  Am prepared to quote you on anything in this and other plumbing lines.   
Archie Poyner, Plumber, Council, Idaho

"Shubert" Paying Big Money For Coyote
Catch 'Em—Skin 'Em—Ship 'Em
We want all the Idaho furs you can ship,
Coyote, Lynx Cat, Muskrat and all other fur-bearers


Do Your Lighting and Cooking The Clean, Economical, Sensible Way—By Electricity

A man may get tired of ordinary tobacco—but never of Real Gravely Chewing Plug.

Have you placed your order for millfeed?  It's going fast and if you wait you may be too late.  Telephone or write at once.  Fred Cool.

The Girls' Canning Club met at the home of their instructor, Mrs. Andrew Hutchison, on Wednesday afternoon.

The report that is going around about Frank Haworth is only supposition, as he has not written any of his relatives the nature of his injuries; just said that he had been in the convalescent hospital in France since March and didn't say anything about the nature of his injuries either.

Several parties of camping tenters are in close proximity to the orchards, awaiting the opening of the fruit harvest.  The fruit is good, wages are high, and help seems to be coming in sufficient quantities to make everything a success.

Mr. Bliss is at the home of Louis Annia.  He is looking after orchard interests and adding to his packing shed so that when completed, the floor will be 24 x 66 feet.

Ripe Peaches Now Ready
Peaches 1 cent per pound
Bartlet Pears 5 cents per pound
Bring Your Baskets
The Mesa Orchards

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. Absolutely fascinating stuff from beginning to end, but I couldn't help picking out:

    A man may get tired of ordinary tobacco—but never of Real Gravely Chewing Plug

    No doubt it has something to do with the perversity of my nature.

  2. As usual, a great selection. As a matter of interest, I still have those squirrel tails. Where should I send them to?

  3. Hi Dave & Alan

    Dave: That caught my eye as well! Thanks.

    Alan: I'll look into that one! Glad you enjoyed it.


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