Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Adams County Makes the News - Adams County Leader #26

The Adams County Leader    Official Paper of Adams County
Price $2.00 Strictly in Advance
Published Every Friday by E. E. Southard
Matter for publication should reach this office not later than Thursday noon – earlier if possible

June 22, 1923

Our groceries are fresh, new stock, the best to be had in the market, ordered specially for your table.  When you buy from us you get good stock—no leftovers or bankrupt, worm-eaten groceries here.  We sell them fresh and clean and good to eat.

February 22, 1924


Somebody who signs himself “D. J. C.” and says he’s “principle” and instructor at “C. R. Academy of Learning,” presumably located in Caldwell, writes what he or she seems to think a real sassy letter to the Leader, taking us to task for something he or she thinks the paper may have said about his or her old home town.  Evidently, they do not teach either penmanship or spelling at this “academy of learning” nor do they teach, apparently, decency and ethics, else this “principle” and “instructor” would know enough to sign his or her real name.  And “Crooked River” as a post office is not a very prominent place, to our knowledge.  But, since he or she promises to go back to Caldwell soon, and it’s to be hoped, stay there, we’ve no cause to complain, as we view the matter.  But we’ve an old spelling book at this office which we’d just love to loan this “principle” of Caldwell’s “creditible" seat of learning, in case in some misguided moment he ever again desires to write some scorching letters to the newspapers.

February 29, 1924

The Leader was a little hard on an anonymous letter writer last week who seems to have turned out to be a woman.  The paper, of course, had no way of knowing, or of even suspecting, that the writer was not a man.  If the name had been signed, such a state of affairs could not arise.  Any letter that cannot be signed by the true name of the writer had very much better not be written.  Newspapers do not wish to publish names without the consent of the writers, but they certainly have a right to know who their correspondents are, especially when they seek to criticize the paper and perhaps threaten it.

March 4, 1924

Complaints have come to my office that the law prohibiting Sunday dances is being violated in several places throughout the county.  All laws were made to be enforced, and I hope that it will be sufficient to call your attention to the fact that the law of this state prohibits Sunday dancing under a penalty of from fifty dollars to two hundred dollars and up to ninety days in the county jail.  Now, if you get caught again violating the said law, do not blame the officers.  The best advice that I can give you, if you must have Saturday night dances, is to see that you have standard time, not monkey with the clock, and quit promptly at twelve o’clock.

B. J. Dillon, Prosecuting Attorney

January 25, 1924

Soon we are to have radio movies, according to scientists.  Then we may sit by our own firesides and watch Mary Pickford and Tom Mix kill ‘em off and rescue ‘em, and do their other remarkable stunts, if they have any.  Really, life is getting too soft.  If some guy will invent a bellows, now, to pump air into our gizzards, we won’t even have to breathe.  Then all we’ll have to do will be to sit around and cuss the country.

April 25, 1924


That there is great danger of the hoof and mouth disease, prevalent in California, obtaining a foothold in Idaho seems evident from the extreme precautions being taken to keep it out.  The governor has issued a proclamation calling for strict quarantine enforcement, and a patrol squad has been placed on duty along the state line to protect the state against inroads of the disease being started by immigrants or shipments from California.  All passengers and shipments are being stopped and fumigated or otherwise disposed of.  For this purpose, deputy game wardens and other officials are being used for a state line patrol.


Charles Lappin, while cracking bones for his chickens, had the misfortune to get a splinter of bone in his right eye, and it was necessary for him to go to Boise Monday to consult a specialist.

See us for oyster shell grit, ground bone and all kinds of poultry supplies. 
Cool – Donnelly Co.

March 7 and 8, two performances, the local movies will show “The Ramblin’ Kid”, the noted Wild West picture from the story by the former Council resident, Earl Bowman.

H. F. Garett, internal revenue man engaged in securing income tax reports from people generally, spent Tuesday in Council.

For Sale – One-ton Ford truck, $125.00, or will trade for good wagon.  H. Fassbender, two miles northeast of Council.

The Weiser River has been opened for Salmon fishing, and many are availing themselves of the opportunity.

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. The Leader was a little hard on an anonymous letter writer last week who seems to have turned out to be a woman. The paper, of course, had no way of knowing, or of even suspecting, that the writer was not a man. If the name had been signed, such a state of affairs could not arise.

    This (the whole paragraph really) made me laugh, and also curious - what was the context? The content of the anonymous letter? And that a woman writing it made a difference in the response...

  2. Hi HKatz: It's the letter referred to in the preceding item. As far as I can tell, it was never published, but the editor made fun of the writer in the earlier item. Of course, this is from the 1920s when standards for behavior toward women were different than now!


Thanks for stopping by & sharing your thoughts. Please do note, however, that this blog no longer accepts anonymous comments. All comments are moderated. Thanks for your patience.