Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Adams County Makes the News - Adams County Leader #32

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

March 9, 1928

During the past week, a youth of the community was hailed before Justice Watt by the village marshal, George Childers, the complaint being that he rode a horse up and down the street at an unlawful pace, all to the violation of town law and the peace and order of the community.  Without entering into the discussion of guilt or innocence of the boy, though we take it for granted he was guilty as the fine was paid, we do assume to take the side of enforcement of law and the maintenance of peace, order, and discipline.

There is a tendency on the part of youth, and every reasonable man knows it, to override authority and laugh at attempts of enforcement.  In other words, a very large majority of boys appears to think that as they never did have to obey or respect authority, when they come face to face with laws of the commonwealth, that too can be ignored and ridiculed.  If more law enforcement officials would do their sworn duty rigidly, there would be less disrespect of law and order, and the citizenry of the country would be better for it.

Since we have observed the attempts of town law enforcement in Council, we have noted that each time the officer made an attempt there was remonstrance raised by some that he was “picking” on the accused and that he was venting his personal prejudice on this particular one.  If an officer is known to observe violations of some and to ignore them, and then pick up another for the same thing or a similar violation—that is reprehensible; but no such condition has been shown to be true against Marshal Childers.  Some have been heard to make statements to the effect that he “passes up” some violations and then jumps on others.  But such accusations have not been substantiated.  We doubt that any of them can be proven.  At least the marshal defies anyone to prove such charges.

There is such a thing as authority, even in a small community, and the sooner it is made evident and respect for it established, the better it will be for all concerned.

March 9, 1928

George Childers submitted his resignation to the village fathers Monday night and will prepare at once to move to the ranch on Cow Creek, west of Goodrich.  He thinks the ranch offers better possibilities for a living than does the small town.  “At least,” he says, “we can be independent.”  The council elected Will Pouste for watermaster and marshal, who enters on his duties at once.

March 9, 1928

Editor Adams County Leader
Dear Sir:
I want to add a few words to what has already been said in regard to the P. & I. N. railroad which operates between Weiser and New Meadows and which for the past three years has not been making expenses.  I was among the first settlers in Meadows Valley, before there was any railroad, and have not forgotten the inconveniences of living without a railroad.  If this railroad should be discontinued and we should have to depend on trucks, our lumber could not be moved and every sawmill in this section would have to go out of business.  I feel it would set our country back forty years with inconceivable disaster.

George W. Clark

March 16, 1928

Some have said that the Leader editor has no business to “butt” into this P.I.N. and truck discussion so vigorously because he hasn’t been here long enough—he’s too green in the affairs of this community to have any say about our local affairs.  And by this it may be assumed that the editor may editorialize all he likes about something way off in Chicago or Boise, but when it comes to local affairs, he should keep out of discussions.

But the editor relies somewhat for his guidance in this particular proposition on the theory that according to the laws of existence, growth, etc., green things at least have the characteristic of being able to grow, while ripe things quickly come to the point of decay—even rottenness.

July 27, 1928

On account of extreme dry weather the springs that feed the village water supply are running so low that the reservoir has been drained to the extent that water users in the east end have been short of water for house use.  Water must be conserved by all, and it is anticipated that next week, three days can be set apart when water can be used for irrigation purposes during specified evening hours (5 to 10 o’clock) designated by the village council and supervised by the marshal.  This program will be tried out but if found impossible, water for irrigation will have to be discontinued for a longer period, as fire protection must be maintained.  Every water user MUST conserve water for all purposes.

Village Council, by George W. Prout, Chairman

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. Heh, heh! I love the "Editor Too Green" article; he has a point, and he puts it so elegantly.

  2. Hi Roy: Yes, those old Idaho editors had a way with words! Glad you liked it.


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