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Adams County Makes the News - Adams County Leader #31

The Adams County Leader        Published Weekly On Friday
Wm. Lemon Editor and Manager
Member State Editorial Association 
Member National Editorial Association
Official Paper of Adams County Price $2.00 Strictly in Advance

January 27, 1927

Last week, the editor of this family-fireside home-companion got back home and wrote about some matters right here in Council that deserved attention after a whole month or two of editorializings on general items far away and which would not tramp on anybody’s toes or antagonize the humdrum everyday uprisings and downsittings of our home folks.  We wrote our opinion about conditions in public halls and discussed high school athletics.  Then we reclined ourself curiously to watch reactions.  And there are some—reactions.  A lot of folks are talking about what we said “in the paper.”  Some have come to us and reported personally somewhat concerning their reactions.  All who came personally to report have reacted favorably, saying it was timely editorializing.  Those who think it was “bad business” to say anything about our beloved status quo are either keeping it to themselves or are talking to somebody other than this editor.

November 4, 1927

Dear Editor: I don’t know who reported our accident last Sunday evening a week ago but whoever did did an awful poor job.  I will try and tell you the truth about our auto accident.  We were getting up to Crooked River and just before we came to the Hornet Creek Ranger Station we met Bob Weddle driving hell-bent-for-election.  There was a curve in the road and the road was too narrow for us to pass so we pulled over as near the fence as we could and stopped, and Bob tried to stop, but he was going so fast he couldn’t.  So when he threw on his brakes his car skidded sideways and bumped into our car.  The front bumper on our car received the shock so it didn’t damage our car much.  It was not dark so we did not need our lights on.  Bob said he was driving fast so he could get to Council before dark because he didn’t have any lights.

Yours Truly,
O. B. White

November 4, 1927

During the past few weeks, several new fur animal breeders have located in Meadows valley.  Three years ago, Mrs. I. L. Keener, a trained nurse of Boise, bought a pair of foxes.  Her pair has developed to 14 and she and her husband have purchased what was known as the Lone Pine Fur Farm in lower Meadows valley.  They have built a new five-room bungalow and are doing a fine business in fur animals.  This farm was a going concern stocked with martin and mink and muskrats.  Now they have added foxes and have one of the most up-to-date fur farms of the Northwest. Then there is the Harrington fox farm with fifty pairs of silver gray and blue foxes.  The prediction for this territory is that within a very few years, the fur industry will rank among our foremost revenue producers.

January 20, 1928
The editor of the Leader has observed somewhat critically the public halls in Council where people are accustomed to assemble for entertainments, dances, socials, etc., etc., and we believe it is not untimely, not inappropriate, to say that these halls are entitled to complaint.  For dances, or any other public gathering, none of them are suitably equipped with such ordinary conveniences as would be expected at such assembly places.  Most of all, they are lacking in a lavatory for women.

The People’s Theatre may get along for theatre purposes without such ordinary conveniences as toilets and rest room, but as dances are often held there, and other public gatherings, it certainly should be properly provided in that respect.  The same can be said of the Legion Hall.  When women must leave the warm dance hall on the coldest of nights, clothed as they usually are in not enough to offer the least protection against the cold, even though wrapped in a cloak, there is grave danger to health, and it is a bad situation, to say the least.  The Odd Fellows hall is likewise lacking in the same way, so it might be said, and properly, that Council hasn’t a single suitable place for dances or public gatherings, except the school house, where now there is an assembly room with a stage in first class condition, while on the first floor there are toilets for men and for women, drinking fountains, and in fact all necessary conveniences.  This is not written in a spirit of censure on anybody, but with the thought that when the condition is thus presented, the public will demand that the condition be improved.

January 20, 1928

The first and greatest handicap that Council school athletics, particularly basketball, has to contend with is a lack of a gymnasium.  Under present conditions, only a very small number of students get the physical benefit of basketball or other indoor athletics, while a very large effort is put forth by the high school faculty to carry on the work.  That effort, properly apportioned through the school, could be lauded, but when it reverts to so small a number of pupils or students, it is a grossly unfair deal to a very large majority.  Those pupils who really need physical activity get absolutely none from this big effort and disposition of time. And no one can figure that while effort is being put forth, it is not being done to neglect of other school duties.

Without a gymnasium, it is a very questionable matter whether the school should undertake those athletic activities which require indoor facilities, and it would be well for school patrons to analyze this question and be prepared to express themselves should the school board and the faculty bring it to the fore for final decision.

January 20, 1928

Jim who?
Why, G-y-m-n-a-s-i-u-m.
Do we need one,
Can we have one?
Well, that all depends on how badly we need one.
New Meadows has one.
Cambridge has one.

New York has many according to her needs.  Council needs only one, and needs it as badly as Cambridge or New Meadows.

The cost would represent not over one per cent of our assessed valuation, and surely we can manage to set aside one per cent even if we have to drive the old car another season.

A Councilor.

compiled by Eberle Umbach

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