Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Adams County Makes the News - Council Leader #15

The Council Leader
Published Every Thursday by the Council Publishing Company
Fred Mullin, Editor

November 21, 1913


It is raining today.
Pastures are quite green.
We hope no potatoes are green this time of year.

School is closed for we do not know how long.  The teacher and some of the pupils have a breaking out.  Dr. Brown was called and pronounced it was small pox the teacher had, and the pupils he was not sure about.  Anyway, whatever it is, they do not feel sick; the only thing they want is to scratch and scratch.

January 31, 1913

“The people of Meadows valley have joined in a protest against being cut off from Adams County and joined to the proposed new Valley County.  In taking this step they are right and the legislature will do well if it sits summarily down upon any such plan.  In the first place, Adams County has little enough taxable property now, and in the next place it is much easier to go to the county seat by rail than by wagon.  There is the further reason that with the coming of the Short Line to Payette Lake there could be nothing in common between the two sections.  For the good of Adams County it should be eventually extended north to the Salmon River.”   The Weiser Signal.

We agree with the Signal on all points except the extension north.  Both counties have enough waste land as they stand, and could not possibly use any more.  When the southern portion of Idaho County becomes populous and valuable it will be made into a county by itself.

While Adams County is getting along nicely as it is, we do not care to lose any of it, and we do not care to bite off a fresh chunk of land that would later prove to be a white elephant in the way of worthlessness or county division.  All we ask is that the legislature keep hands off and leave Adams county just as she is—big corporations to the contrary notwithstanding.

September 12, 1913
To the Leader:

Here is my idea of how the county should be run:

1st.  Taxes should be payable to the county clerk.

2nd.  There should be an assessor elected by the people of each precinct to assess each precinct, for such a person would know what there is in his own precinct, its value, and the assessing can all be done in a few days and turned in to the clerk.  There would be no dodging taxes.  If taxes became delinquent, the sheriff should be tax collector and should have the power to seize and sell the property to pay the taxes and costs.  If anyone is too poor to pay his taxes, he should be exempt and not be on the tax roll.

3rd.  Each county commissioner should be a road supervisor and have to see all the road in his district once in three months, and when he is notified by three people that anything is wrong with the road, he should have to see to it at once.  If said three persons give a false alarm they should pay for the trouble.

I believe anyone elected to office is a servant of the people and should earn his salary, and if he does not look out for their interests he is no good to them.  Anyone not agreeing with me is at liberty to say so, as I am not perfect, but I might get right.
Ed L. Emery, Wildhorse

January 31, 1913

By scanning the advertising columns this week, you note that a number of our people are availing themselves of the opportunity to talk to the public through the paper.  The new display advertisers this week are Miss DeGaris, Winkler & Pfann, Council Lumber Co., Albert Woodell, Sam Woodland & Son, and the Telephone Co.  Quite a few of our citizens realize that advertising pays.  Mrs. Heimsoth put in two lines for four weeks advertising roosters for sale.  In two weeks, she had sold all of them and ordered the ad out.  It has been demonstrated more than once that the purchasing public reads every line in the Leader.  The moral is apparent.

March 28, 1913

FISHING OUTFITS at Albert Woodell’s
POLES - Jointed Bamboo, Jointed Steel, Telescopic Steel
LINES - 5 cents Linen to $1.50 Silk
REELS - 25 cents to $5.00 Automatic
HOOKS – All Kinds, Flies, Spinners, and Spoons
FLY BOOKS – 35 cents to $3.50
BASKETS – Willow and Canvas
March 28, 1913


O, Builder, quite well I know
That, when you build that Bungalow
You will surely want it shingled;
Well, I would like to put the cover on,
And will guarantee not to do it wrong;
I’ll shingle the gables, in an artistic design,
So that they will always shine.
I’m a Lather and Shingler here in town,
And my name is Ira A. Brown,
Pleasing you is success for me.
November 21, 1913

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. Absolutely delightful, as always.

  2. I’m a Lather and Shingler here in town,
    And my name is Ira A. Brown,
    Pleasing you is success for me.
    November 21, 1913

    So funny - reminded me of one of the other "Adams County Makes the News" posts on how the local paper was adamantly not taking poetry!

  3. Hi HKatz: An excellent point--I'm not sure of the relative dates, but this is the same editor who wrote the "We Do Not Publish Poetry" blurb.

  4. The Beauty Is In The Detail.+Ditto what Alan said!


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