Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Adams County Makes the News - Adams County Leader #39

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

February 12, 1932


The Democratic party added no dignity to its standing when the motto, “He Haw! We are Coming Back,” was adopted for its 1932 catchy phrase.  We have read in an exchange, the following, well said: What kind of a motto is “He Haw! We are Coming Back!” for a party of high patriotic principle and of sincere resolve to serve the public and the nation?  Imagine Mr. Jefferson, creator of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the Democratic party; or Mr. Madison, inspired author of the Federalist Papers; or Mr. Monroe, sponsor of the Monroe Doctrine; or General Jackson the hero of New Orleans and of the greater battle against the United States Bank; or Mr. Cleveland, who protected the American people from privileged power and maintained the integrity of the western hemisphere from foreign aggression— Imagine the great leaders of the great party which outlined the fundamental principles of our government and more than doubled the extent and importance of our country, devising as a fit expression of their principles and their purpose the truly asinine motto, “He Haw!  We are Coming Back!”

October 2, 1933

Mrs. Pearl Brown, Council (Mrs. Billie Brown) has outgrown the environs of Adams county and even Idaho in her art of making fine jelly.  This was evidenced during the past week when she received notice of having won third place among 5842 jelly makers.  She had sent her contest contribution some time ago to the Household Magazine Nationwide Jelly Contest.  It was a glass of red raspberry jelly, made of Adams county fruit, using Idaho granulated BEET sugar.  (Some jelly makers say beet sugar will not make good jelly.)  Additional to the big red badge and the abstract honors, Mrs. Brown received a check for $15.

August 8, 1933

Mrs. D. Russell and Mrs. Emery, acting as an investigating committee for the Worthwhile Club, looked up a family of husband and wife and six children who were reported to be in dire circumstances.  The result of their investigation brought to light a most distressing condition: the mother and children without any of the bare needs of clothing, no bedding, nothing to cook with, no dishes—eating from tin cans, a thirteen year old girl with no clothing except a wrapping of rags about her body, a baby with no clothing at all, and a dejected mother on the edge of collapse.  The women report it a case of poverty beyond description.  Mrs. Russell, acting for the Adams county chapter of the Red Cross, will coordinate all local relief workers to set about to rehabilitate the family.  Mrs. Russell says that anything and everything is needed and that anybody who will contribute necessities should at once notify her.  The husband has been given work on the Alpine road job, but his wage will amount to but little to care for the family in its present condition.

August 11, 1933

Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 284, Council, Idaho
Editor Jersey Journal:

Just writing you a few lines to let you know what a member of the CCC has to say and is doing.  To start off, this state is a remarkable one, with its mountains, valleys, wampas cats, and ticks.  Our camp, I think, is one of the neatest ones in the country.  That is the report of boys who have been to other camps.  We have a mess shack seating 215 men and the meals are pretty good, nothing to brag about, but pretty good.  We sleep in large tents holding 24 men and we sleep well, God bless us.  Some of the boys have written home that snakes, wampas cats, bears, etc. come into the tents, but that is just talk and I hope our mothers pay no attention.  The sports we have are O.K.  Baseball, volleyball, horseshoe pitching, boxing, swimming, and track.  Every Tuesday we have an entertainment and dance and do we love it!  The Council folks are kind and generous to every one of us.  The time out here is going fast and our six months will soon be up.  One thing is bad for our pay—a bottle of beer costs 25 cents.  Just lately we have had a recreation hut built and that will help a lot.  The boys have books, hometown newspapers, game boards and everything to have a good time with.

Best of all we like the work of building roads through the timber country.  Swinging a mattie and shovel will make us all hard and healthy and when we get home we will be in fine shape.

Three Hudson City Boys
Vincent Wiebbroski
John Schanicy
Vincent Matthas

July 7, 1933

How and why people should start rumors about killings and murderous attacks and such bunk about CCC camp men is beyond understanding.  During the past week, rumors of various such affairs have been current and when traced down, there was nothing to say to any of them.  One report went so far as to say that two victims of a killing at Manns Creek camp were in the morgue at Weiser and the killers were in jail.  Not a word of truth in it.  Someone gets it from someone and then it goes, a sweet morsel in the mouths of scandalmongers.  Such matters, which are so detrimental to the CCC, deserve to be verified before being repeated by anyone.  If all CCC men are as respectable, on the average, as the Council camp men are, they will average up pretty well with local people and deserve to be treated right.

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. It gives me no pleasure that a lot of that - and some other stuff in Germany - was going on around the time that I was born! It's difficult not to grow a complex about it. Interesting post - very.

  2. Hi Dave: Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, much brutality in the 30s--as is the case today.


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